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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.
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People Who Insert “Like” and “You Know” Into Sentences Are Thoughtful And Smart!

Surely you know someone that's a "like" overuser and inserts it into places where it would be fine if it was, like, not there.  You know?

I read something today that said people who are constantly inserting the words and phrases "like," "you know," and "I mean," are not ditzy and immature if that crossed your mind.  In fact, they may be more thoughtful than everybody else.

I had a friend once who would constantly say as the conversation was dying down, "I don't know, you know?"  Actually, she had the amazing overall ability to plop in a record number of "you knows" in any sentence.  I swear she could pack ten of those things into an eight word sentence.  It drive me insane!  But perhaps she was onto something.

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How Online Dating Has Ruined My Love Life

I am an online dater, and I will probably remain one even though it drives me crazy.

I caught up with an old friend last week and she asked if there was anyone special in my life now.  I said, "Oh, there are three or four.  But there are always three or four."  And then I realized how stupid that sounded.

Here's the nitty gritty on why I think online dating has ruined my dating life.  Maybe forever!

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NFL Scraps Roman Numerals, For One Game Anyway

Do you know what number the Roman Numeral "L" stands for?

Me neither!

And if you know it's 50, good for you. You're very smart and well-rounded.

The NFL has decided to drop the Roman Numerals for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco in 2016, because the lonely "L" just doesn't work.

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Makeup Hides The Flaws! Is That A Good Thing?

Yay for these girls who post photos with no makeup!  This is Bethenny Frankel and Carmen Electra, who both went without makeup for a show.

I took a selfie with no makeup earlier today and thought about posting the before and after, but I totally wimped out!  In my defense, blonds have a harder time going without makeup than brunettes.  We get totally washed out and look like we have no eyelashes at all.

The San Francisco Globe ran an interesting article a couple of days ago about the impacts of makeup, and posted some pretty amazing pictures of women before and after they had been transformed.

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Kids! Mama Got Roped Into Getting Another Pet.

Kids always want a pet it seems.  My three daughters seem to rotate the duty of asking for a new pet, even though we have a miniature schnauzer named Harry and he's a good boy and not in danger of losing his role in the family.  When I point out that we could just settle in and be content with Harry, they inevitably ask, "Ok, but when Harry dies, can we have a cat?"

I don't know whether to be upset, or just be thankful that they are forward-thinkers who are already planning for the future and setting lofty goals.  It's the little things.

I finally caved and bought a fish.  I too love aquatic life and supported the girls in their $4 decision to invest in Maddox the Betta.  But here's why I'm having pet regret.

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Need to Boost Your Library Of Emoticons? Here!

Do you ever feel like you're not using your full emoticon potential?  I do.

To emote in text and email, I usually default to the quick and easy ones like these:

:)

;)

:-D

;-)

Everyone else seems so much better at cyber emoting!  So I decided to do a little research to get better with the cyber winks, and I decided to share what I found.  You may be all over these already.

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What Are the Worst Profile Pics? If You’re An Online Dater, I Know You’ve Seen These!

This is kind of a cute picture, and would work mighty fine as a profile pic on dating sites.  Don't you think ladies?

I don't mind a bit when guys post workout photos as the first profile pic we see on the dating sites.  I know they're going to be active and fit, and they might even drink one of my spinach-kale-romaine-pear-apple-strawberry-lemon green smoothies with me.  Okay, maybe that's too much to expect. But I do love a good bicep and I want them to show it.

What profile pics drive you absolutely nuts?  I've got a list!  Please add to it.

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Is ‘Thigh Gap Therapy’ Awesome or Crazy?

Kids have it so easy during the summer.  They have no bathing suit worries.  And we love them for it!

When it comes to us gals....we're full of confidence in the bathing suit, right? Whatever! Most of us ladies worry about how we look in a bathing suit, and if we act like we don't care, deep down inside somewhere we probably do.

There's a place in Dallas, TX that I read about that's doing what's called "Thigh Gap Therapy," where part of the inner thigh is zapped with a laser to create more daylight there. A Dallas TV station documented one woman's experience with it, and she said even though she works out and eats healthy, she still has an issue with her thighs.

Ladies, would you do it?

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