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What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day

Every year I text my dad to ask what he wants for Father's Day, and every year I get the same answer.  Barbecue sauce.  He's so low maintenance!  We've got some other gift ideas too, in case your pops aims a little higher.

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Is This a Lame Mother’s Day Gift?

No flowers, no brunch.  Just a gift card for my mom for Mother's Day, and it's black and white and doesn't even have any pretty decorations on it. Is this a huge Mother's Day disappointment?  

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Fidget Spinners Are Catching On In East Texas

Most kids have these things and they're supposed to reduce stress and help with concentration, but do they work?

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Today is the Best Day to Adopt an East Texas Shelter Pet – National Pet Day

There are hundreds of pets in shelters across East Texas right now, waiting for an awesome home like yours. And it's National Pets Day.

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How Do You Talk to the Kids When the Dog is Dying?

This is the worst part of pet ownership.  We've learned that Harry has major health issues and he's in noticeable pain, and we're faced with that big decision that no dog owner wants to make.  How do you talk to the kids about what's coming?

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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My Gym Just Got Busier

It's January and the gym parking lots are a little more crowded. It's awesome that so many people are resolving to get in better shape.  But there are some things we should work together on so we can all be good gym members, right?  Like don't wear too much perfume.

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Jen’s Detox Smoothie Will Get You Off to a Good Start in 2017

This smoothie recipe may not sound all that appetizing, but pumps me full of vitamins and gets rid of headaches.  Swear.

This smoothie along with some black eyed peas on the side, and you'll be off to a good star in 2017.

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New Year’s Eve Parties Aren’t for Everyone

New Year's Eve means fancy parties to some, and to others it's just another night to fall asleep on the couch.  What is it for you?

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Three Reasons Christmas Should Start Before Thanksgiving

It's mean to withhold the magic of Christmas from the kids, and I just couldn't do it any longer. Lights on, tree up.

And I've discovered three big reasons besides these girls, why Christmas should always start before Thanksgiving.

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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There Are More Veterans in Your Family Tree Than You Think

If my dad gets a free hour, we can usually find him digging around on Ancestry.com. He loves it, and he's made some interesting discoveries along the way.

Pop is Navy Veteran that served in Vietnam, and he's learned that the other veterans in our family served in the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.  I bet you've got these veterans in your family too.

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What Drives You To The Polls on Election Day?

Doesn't it feel good to vote?  I think it does. There are things that motivate us to get to the polls, besides the obvious opportunity to weigh in on the next four years.

The kids are talking about the election at school, and if Mama doesn't vote, they will be on my case!  What else encourages you to get to the polls?

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This Early Voting Experience Was Smooth

Part of the idea behind early voting is to help us avoid long lines on Election Day, but early voting has become so popular that we sometimes hit long lines there too.

I think I may have discovered the best time of day to go, to avoid long lines. Oh, and I voted for...

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