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I've been on the air in the Treasure Valley since 2009, and I love hanging out with ya! We chat about fitness and exercise, relationships, and workplace experiences, pop culture news, kids, and other things that present huge challenges. Like online dating. Oh my goodness. Dating on the apps is time consuming, but if we try to meet someone in person it's stalkery and creepy, so we forge ahead. I was born and raised in the rural town of Elwood, Nebraska with one stop light, a court house, three churches, and a bar. I'm a Cornhusker, and graduated with a Broadcasting degree from the University of Nebraska, and then worked all over the country in radio. When I'm not working, I'm usually running. I try to run between 6 and 9 miles a day because I love that runners high! I try to eat clean too. I love shopping, going out for salmon and wine, seeing live music and comedy, and listening to all kinds of music. I've got three daughters, and that means I'm an Uber mom, taking them to gymnastics, karate, softball, or whatever is in season. They always crack me up and ask odd questions, and give the best hugs and make me realize what's important in life. Feel free to connect via email anytime using the form here on the website. I love hearing from you!
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Boise Has The Best Picnic Spot in Idaho

After the winter we've had, spring picnic weather cannot come soon enough.  So let's plan ahead and think about sunny and 75 and then the good weather will come more quickly. Surely that's how it works.

It turns out, the best picnic spot in all of Idaho is right here around Boise.  

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Do Not Let the Dog Eat These Things on Super Bowl Sunday

I've got a terminally ill dog, and he's getting a whole lot of treats right now that he's never experienced before. Like Cool Whip!  Why not. Prime rib is not out of the question for this pup on his last legs.

But we've got to be smart at the football party on Sunday.  Do NOT let the dog get his paws on this list of things, or you may have a huge mess to clean up.

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Boise Is Doing Something Different For Groundhog Day

Each year on February 2nd we have to sit around and wait on Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania to know whether we're going to have more winter, or if spring will come early. Idaho has apparently had enough of that nonsense, plus winter has made us stir crazy.  So we're doing something new for Groundhog Day in Boise this year. 

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Boise Library Offering Free Tax Help

Despite stories about delays with refunds this year, most of the experts seem to think you'll get your tax refund within 21 days of the time you file.  And if taxes stress you out, you may be able to get some free help in Boise.

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The Most Underrated Restaurant in Idaho is in Boise

We've all got a favorite spot that flies under the radar and doesn't get the buzz that other restaurants do, and maybe we're kinda glad because it's our little secret. Until now.

The most underrated restaurant in Idaho just happens to be in Boise.

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Your Boise Super Bowl Party Will Feature Lots of Cheese

This is prep week for the big Super Bowl Party February 5th, and we're all searching for the best recipes to impress our friends, and satisfy the big holes in our stomachs that need gooey, fattening foods.

While other states are looking for Bean Dip and Buffalo Wing Dip, Idaho is looking for a cheesy guilty pleasure that we can keep around for regular old Tuesday nights too.  Yum.

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Dumped? Dump Your Ex’s Stuff at Boise Goodwill.

Single people unite!  Valentine's Day is a great time to purge memories of the ex, and one way to do that is to dump the stuff off at a Boise Goodwill location. Lots of relationship leftovers will be donated, and Goodwill loves the idea.

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