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Jen was born and raised in Overland Park. After going to Indiana University for college, then living in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, she grew exhausted of circling for a parking spot and headed back home to be near family. She and her husband Matt are parents to a 10 year-old boy and a 8 year-old girl. Jen teaches kindergarten and her husband teaches high school, so they wonder how they’ll relate to their kids during the middle school years. She spends her free time cheering on the Chiefs, Royals, and Hoosiers, hanging out with family, laughing with her teacher friends, and fostering a love/hate relationship with boxing. She also loves traveling, Target, coffee, wine, sunflowers and all things pop culture.

Amazing KC Kids: Meet Kate VanKeirsbilck, Lemon Club Founder

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A Mom’s Guide to the Art Course at the Nelson-Atkins Museum

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Packing Up My Parents

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Learning Golf the FUN Way at Topgolf

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I Want to be a Mom of the 80s

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What it Means to be a Chiefs Fan

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It’s Not Whether You Win or Lose… Or Is It?

I was born and raised in Johnson County. Growing up, my weekends were filled with recreation soccer games in the fall, my brother’s basketball games in the winter, and softball and baseball in the...