Jennifer Johnson

I was born and raised in KCK before living in Lawrence and Chicago for several years. I've since settled in to Overland Park with my husband, two daughters (about to enter the middle school years!), and cat. I wake up at 4 a.m. to host the morning show on KC 102.1, so I drink coffee, lots of coffee. Random facts about me: I was an extra in the movie Derailed (with Jennifer Aniston), I lived in Alaska for a summer, I was a traffic reporter for NBC in Chicago, and I tore my ACL playing basketball in college.
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National Random Acts of Kindness Day

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop Researchers have found that being kind could boost happiness in as little as three days. Another study shows giving seems to lessen our...
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Must-Have Christmas Gifts that Celebrate Kansas City

I’m a Kansas City native. I remember ice skating at Crown Center as a kid and celebrating the Royals big win way back in 1985...AND in 2015! I love finding good, personal Kansas City...
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Ideas for Halloween Candy Leftovers

My kids are twelve and ten, and one thing I’ve learned in those years is that we definitely don’t need THAT much candy sitting around after Halloween. Here are some useful ways I’ve learned...
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Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day…Six Feet Away

Many people have missed sweet conversations and visits with grandparents during the pandemic, so celebrating National Grandparents Day on September 13 may be bigger than ever. There are still ways to honor and celebrate...

Ways You Can Still Celebrate the Fourth of July Around Kansas City

It hasn't been an easy year for anyone, which perhaps makes this Fourth of July that much more important. While cancellations are knocking out many of our traditional activities, there are still ways to...
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Five Great KC Dates for Mom & Daughter

When it came to raising children, my grandma used to say, “the days last forever, but the years fly by.” It didn’t take me long to figure out just how accurate that is. I...
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World MS Day: A KC Mom’s Story

When my cousin Michelle (born and raised in Kansas City) was in her 20s, she had her first child, which is life-changing on its own. But around that time, she started to feel like...
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50 Years of Earth Day: How to Celebrate From Home

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and while stay-at-home orders will make celebrations a little different this year, there is some encouraging news. A recent headline from The Washington Post reads,...
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Five Creative Ways to Get Your Kids to Read in Quarantine

My sister is a professor who teaches future teachers. With everyone’s educational world suddenly changing, the latest assignment for her college students is to find unique ways to get kids to read one hour...

My View: Thankfulness in a Hard Season

My husband’s grandpa recently passed away (not coronavirus, he was 93-years-old and lived a full, wonderful life), and we had a trip in motion to go to the funeral in Arizona. This was just...
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