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Jen Austin

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.
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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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Who Takes More Selfies, Men Or Women?

Ladies, we are the champions!  Someone added up the number of selfies taken across the globe, and we gals take more selfies than guys do.  Not surprised!  I snapped this one with my daughter yesterday just cuz.

I think guys take more bathroom mirror selfies (if the dating websites are any indication), but overall we ladies take more selfies and post them online.  And it's not just the Treasure Valley!  It's across the globe, from Moscow to Berlin to New York, according to Selfiecity, a project analyzing the Instagram self portraits.

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Kids Sure Can Talk You Into A Lot Of Crap At The Store!

You go to the grocery store with a list that you're going to stick to, and the next thing you know you've got a cart full of junk you don't need.  Because the kids talked you into it! Dang it!

I dropped the kindergartner off at school today and then stopped at the grocery store with the 4 and 2-year olds.  I ended up with extra cheese pizza, drinkable yogurt I hadn't planned on because they said, "Mama, it's healthy," and an Easter Egg coloring kit that was on sale for 99 cents.  Easter will not be over in our house.

It could have been much worse.  Here's what those sneaky kids tried to put in the cart, but I made them put it back.

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Happiest Couples Sleep An Inch Apart

Do you snuggle up with your sweetie at night, so close that you're in inch apart all night long?

Good for you!  You're among the happy couples then.  Eighty-six percent of couples that sleep really close to each other are happy in their relationships.

How in the world do you handle it?!

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Tech Support Makes a Girl a Little Nuts!

When you're on the phone late at night and tired the next day, it's because you had a great talk with a hot date and you're excited about all the great flirty things that were said, right?  Yes!  I wish.

In this case, my late-night phone rendezvous was with tech support.  Ick!  I mean I'm happy they exist and all to fix the world's computer problems, but a late-night chit chat with a hottie would have been a whole lot more fun.

Here's why I wanted to poke my eyes out.

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