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Jen Austin is the host of the afternoon drive show on Mix 106, from 2 to 7pm every weekday. After a brief stint on Mix 106 in 2009, she's back in the Treasure Valley, entertaining listeners with interesting tidbits about fitness and exercise, relationships, and workplace experiences, and all the latest celebrity and pop culture news as Mix listeners wind down their day. Jen was born and raised in the rural town of Elwood, Nebraska. She went to college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and that's where Jen got her start in radio at country station KZKX. Jen continued in country radio at KASE in Austin, TX before moving to work at a network of stations that sent her shows to markets including Lubbock, Amarillo, Corpus Christi and Tyler, TX; as well as Jackson, MS, Lawton, OK, Baton Rouge, LA and more.
Idaho's Largest Garage Sale
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See You At Idaho’s Largest Garage Sale This Weekend!

My grandma, Si, used to have a garage sale every Memorial Day weekend at the lake cabin where she lived in rural Nebraska, and people came from all over to sift through the treasures.  It was one of those block-party garage sales, so dozens of other houses nearby sold stuff out of their garages too.  It was fun!  I cleaned out my room as a teen and sold as much stuff at the sale as I could.  People snatched up my old Olivia Newton John and Eddie Rabbit cassettes.  Stop doing the math...I'm not that old.

Grandma put some delightful little trinkets on a net-less ping pong table and sold them for 5, 10, or 25 cents each.  Like used frozen dinner trays that had been washed and stacked on top of each other.  Who in the heck would buy that stuff after someone ate fried chicken and microwaved pudding off of it?!  Lake people in Nebraska who needed a plastic plate with dividers in it, that's who!  Haha!  I still marvel at that. Grandma would also rake in the quarters selling stacks of old National Geographic Magazines and packets of jelly that she lifted from restaurants and never used.  My granny was a thrifty thing, and had quite a bit of money when she died...probably from her genius ability to market her wares at these garage sales.

If you find any grape jelly packets tomorrow at Idaho's Largest Garage Sale, be sure and let me know!  You and I will honor my late Grandma's memory together.

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I’m a Garage Sale Waitin’ To Happen!

Look at all the crap in my garage!

My excuse is that I just moved in a month ago, and I've had many other things to tend to.  This is actually a reduced pile since much of what was there has already found a place inside the house.  I will keep picking at this pile of wonders until it's all gone, and until every piece of it is in a proper place.  Cuz "Mama don't like messes" and she'll drive herself crazy if this heap stays here much longer.

See any treasures in there?  Come on, it's good practice for Idaho's Largest Garage Sale this weekend!

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JT Sits Down With O This Weekend!

Oprah's Master Class show is fascinating to me, and it gets even better this weekend with Justin Timberlake!  Hear what JT says about his connection to Michael Jackson.

The new Michael Jackson album comes out Tuesday, May 13th, and features Justin Timberlake

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If You’re a Parent, You’ve Probably Said These Crazy Things Too

I like to make sense, stay grounded, and say practical things that make me seem like I have it all together.  I like to think I have at least a few answers. I don't always, but Mama likes to feel smart, right?

After I had kids, weird phrases started coming out of my mouth and I realized there's a lot I don't know.  In fact, "I don't know" is sometimes the best answer.

As a parent, have things come out of your mouth that you never imagined you'd say? Like, "Ring Pops aren't for breakfast,"  And "You're going to school!  You have to wear pants!"

I'm sure you parents will have some gems to add to this list.

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