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Jamie's Biography

Jamie has been immersed in the entertainment world since high school. She was Miss Maryland Teen USA 2006 and starred in an independent scary film "Swarm of the Snakehead". College took Jamie to Elon University where she majored in Communications and anchored their sports show "Phoenix Weekly". Top it all off with an internship at VH1 in Santa Monica, California and Jamie was ready for the real world!


Now you can find Jamie O`Brien working with CW22 on The Jamie Diaries and doing weekend shifts on the radio!


Dream Job: TV Host
Role Model: All strong and successful women
Hidden Talent: I can beatbox!
Star Sign: Aries
Hobbies: Iron Tribe & Pure Barre
Siblings: One amazing little sister
Favorite Musician: All local singer/songwriters!
Favorite Triangle Hangout: Sola Coffee Cafe

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40 Ounces of BBQ

I'm still full.

Last weekend I had the incredible opportunity to judge a BBQ contest at Lafayette Village! "The Pork Out" raised money for the Raleigh Rescue Mission and also gave lots of local BBQ connoisseurs the chance to show off their skills! And boy do they know their stuff.


Pork Out is exactly what I did. I tried 20 different 2 ounce samples of pulled pork ... Wish I could do it again this weekend!
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Busch Gardens | Water Country USA

North Carolina is pretty great but I'm jealous of Virginia ... because they have Busch Gardens and Water Country USA!! I took a trip to both last week to see what kind of summertime fun they had to offer.

It's the 15th anniversary of Apollo's Chariot, a phenomenal roller coaster at Busch Gardens. And Water Country USA is encouraging everyone to #ConquerTheCurl ... the Colossal Curl that is! I tried both and lived to tell the story ;)

If you're looking for a fun getaway that is sure to please kids ages 5 to 95 then head to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA!

Check out my trip to Busch Gardens here!
Check out my trip to Water Country USA here!
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Baconnnnn

McDonald's knows how much we love bacon... that's why they've released a brand new bacon-themed sandwich!!

The new Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich comes with your choice of beef, grilled or crispy chicken. I tried the grilled chicken option and it was phenomenal! It features thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon on an artisan roll.

AND to top it off... this is the first McDonald's sandwich to use the Big Mac sauce that's not the actual Big Mac itself!

Try it out and let me know what you think! @JamieLinck #TheCW22
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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Whether you have a Valentine or not... Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is the place for sweet treats this Valentine's Day! 

They have truffles, candied apples, chocolate bark, and anything your sweetheart desires... I stopped by last week and had the pleasure of making some fudge myself (it's a challenge!). 

If you're not sure what you're craving the Rocky Mountain ladies are very generous with their samples and happy to help you decide!

Check out their website. Or stop in... 8521 Brier Creek Parkway!

Happy Valentine's Day!!! xoxo @JamieLinck #TheCW22
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Losing Motivation???

Not to worry. Pick up one of these low-cost tank tops that are absolutely hilarious at LookHuman.com!

I bought mine with the sole intention of wearing them to work out... so now they actually make me want to get dressed for the gym!

Follow me for all my gym follies (like having to run 7 miles in order to get a good nights sleep...) @JamieLinck #TheCW22
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2014

Now that we are a few days into the new year... I've decided it's time to nail down my new years resolutions in writing! They're pretty simple:

More paperback books, less social media

More soul searching, less judging others

More useful skills, less bad habits

What are yours?? Be sure to get them in writing and have a very happy new year!!!
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Chocolate Truffles!

Try out this simple holiday recipe! Easy to make and sure to impress.

Chocolate Truffles

 

1 pkg Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

1 (8oz). pkg Cream Cheese

2 (8 oz) pkgs Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate

 

Just mix crushed cookie crumbs with softened cream cheese. Dip rolled balls of the mixture in melted chocolate.Refrigerate for 1 hour and they're ready for your holiday party! Let me know how they turn out! @JamieLinck

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3 concerts in 1 week!

There is nothing like seeing 3 concerts in one week to show you how vast and differing the music world is!

The Three Concerts: 

Ben Rector at Carolina Theatre in Durham
Michael Buble at PNC Arena
Butch Walker at Lincoln Theatre

While the venues and tunes may have been different ... all three men were charismatic and funny on stage! It enhances the experience when they can make smooth transitions from song to song. Check them all out next time they're in town!
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#NowPlaying

New month means new music... Happy October! This is what you'll find me cruising to on these beautiful fall days:

1. "Girls" by The 1975
2. "The Beat" by Ben Rector
3. "Happy Pills" by Norah Jones

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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Nothing to do this weekend? I can change that!

Come out to the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in downtown Raleigh. I'll be the emcee tonight at the free stage on Martin Street near Fayetteville Street. (That's right, no ticket needed for this stage!) Some great bands are lined up and I am honored to introduce them.

Follow me @JamieLinck for live updates and pictures! In the words of Scotty McCreery... "See you tonight!"
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Fall Fitness

I stepped outside this morning to walk the Viv ... and it was a crisp 55 degrees! Fall is practically here already and I'm so excited for a new change of pace.

Apply this renewed sense of life to your work out routine. Completely switch it up for fall fitness! I'm taking longer walks instead of short runs and I've enrolled in a Pure Barre class after ditching my regular gym membership.

Not only will the new exercises keep my body guessing, but my brain as well. It'll be harder to become bored with a workout when I'm still learning what all the techniques and phrases mean!

Try it with me and follow my progress @JamieLinck.
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New York! New York!

This weekend 10 Raleigh radio DJs were sent up to New York City for a Broadway bender... I saw 3 Broadway shows in 24 hours! "Mamma Mia", "Book of Mormon", and "Once".

The talent on stage was impressive. And I can say the same for the DJs I was fortunate enough to meet. I took every opportunity I could get to pick their brains about their individual radio careers.

I came back to Raleigh feeling inspired (and singing non-stop show tunes)! If you have the chance definitely see a Broadway show this year.
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"What do you do when it rains?"

Every time I go to get dressed for work in the rain I think of Will Ferrell in Step Brothers asking... "What do you do when it rains?"

Here are my 3 rules for looking cute in the rain:

1. It is impossible to have a good hair day. So put the straightener away, throw your hair in a low bun and rock it.

2. Rain boots are your friend. Wear them into the office but bring your heels in your bag. If you get to work early enough, not many people will see you wearing them before you stash them under your desk.

3. Buy a grown up rain jacket. Nothing kills your professional mood more than throwing your bright pink college rain coat over your $200 post-grad blazer. Now is a good time to invest in a sharp black or brown trench coat with a hood ... winter is coming!

What are your tips for surviving a rainy Monday? Tweet me @JamieLinck.
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Food Truck Fever

I've caught it... And apparently so have 40,000 other people in Raleigh! That's how many attendants were at the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo this weekend.

The next one is October 13th from 12pm to 5pm and it's FREE. I'll be there.

My favorite food truck is Chirba Chirba, what's yours? Tweet at me! @JamieLinck
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Back to School.. Back to Work!

Like Tom Hanks says in You've Got Mail... there's something about the fall that makes me want to buy school supplies.

Even though I am a 25 year old adult on the outside, I am a giddy middle schooler inside when it comes to new pens and pencils. There's no rule that says I can't apply the same excitement of a new locker to sprucing up my desk with a few freshly sharpened pencils, right??

Take a look at what I've done below.

And follow me @JamieLinck #TheCW22
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Smile!

Ever since I was a kid... I have loved smiling for pictures, taking pictures, being in pictures and looking at pictures! I think it is so cool how a moment in time is documented forever.

I had some photographs taken last week as a kind of late 25th birthday gift to myself. I will always remember what I looked like after a quarter century of life.

Thanks Tripp Green!
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Rey's Restaurant

On Wednesday night I experienced some of the finest dining the Triangle has to offer... Rey's Restaurant.

Located in Cary, Rey's offers an intimate setting for any family dinner or romantic night out. Throughout the meal, Rey himself (the master mind behind Rey's Restaurant) was at our table ensuring our meal was delectable and to our liking.

I chose the Grouper Lafayette and a side of Au Gratin Potatoes complimented with a glass of white wine poured in the Voodoo Lounge. The encore to the Grouper?? Bananas Foster made tableside by Rey!

It was evident that Rey had a hand in every aspect of our dinner, giving it an aura of love. This personal touch seems so rare in an age of turning tables and rushing the customer. I have never felt so welcomed and appreciated as a patron.

Without a doubt, make Rey's Restaurant your next night out. And make sure to bring a healthy appetite!

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4th of July Recipe Share : Fruit Pizza

The 4th of July is 8 days away and I am already planning what dessert I'm going to make! I'll be at the beach with my extended family which means the kitchen will be perpetually occupied. So I found an easy recipe that I think will still have an impressive presentation....

Fruit Pizza :

1 roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough
1 package of Cream Cheese (8oz)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Strawberries & Blueberries

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet (or line with wax paper). Spread out the cookie dough on baking sheet and cook for 16 to 20 minutes (golden brown). While crust cools, beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Spread mixture over cooled crust evenly. Arrange fruit on top of cream cheese (bonus points if you make it look like an American flag!). Refrigerate for an hour then serve!

Good luck!!! xoxo



Quinoa

First let's clear one thing up... It's pronounced "KEEN-wa". (Had to look that one up!)

Second? It tastes way better than it sounds! The seed serves as a great protein replacement if you're not a meat eater. It's gluten free. And can be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Cook it with almond milk to make an oatmeal like breakfast snack. Or use chicken broth for a flavorful side at dinner. It can be found next to rice in your local supermarket. 

Whichever way you cook it just remember to rinse it off first!
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Taking My Own Advice

I really want to see Zac Brown Band in concert for my cousin's birthday on June 22nd. And as we all know... concert tickets are expensive, even if they're just lawn seats. So I'm taking my own advice and having a productive / lucrative weekend!

Friday Night : Babysitting
Saturday Day : Radio Shift
Saturday Night : Babysitting

All Weekend : Dogsitting!!!

Hope you're having a profitable weekend as well! xoxo
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Graduation Time!

During a radio shift last week I got one of my favorite type of phone calls. One filled with excited screaming girls! They were (probably breaking the rules) and listening to Pulse102 at school. Seems like they couldn't decide which they were more pumped about the new Bruno Mars song I was playing or their high school graduation coming up! Either way, congratulations everyone graduating!

(Threw in a picture of me after receiving my diploma from Elon University in '10, "Long live Elon!")
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Moving!

I know it is all that's on MY brain right now, but it seems to be a concern of everyone else's as well! Whether people are moving from college back home, out of their parents house to their first apartment, or out of a rental and into their very own purchased home .. it seems everyone is doing it. Moving!


So I'm gonna tell you a few phrases that I, myself, would like to hear:

  • Everything is going to work out.
  • You are more organized than you think.
  • But you could still be MORE organized.
  • Donate those clothes you don't wear!
  • Wherever you end up you'll make feel at home.
  • Don't be scared!
  • This is a new chapter and is so exciting!!!

YOU CAN DO IT!

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Someone Special Like Me 5k

I'm really excited to share an opportunity with you all that I'm taking part in tomorrow. It's the 2nd annual Someone Special Like Me 5k. The event's mission is to raise money and support for a family fun center that is designed for children with special needs and their families. Last year over 500 people came out to the race and they collected over $10,000.

This year they expect and even bigger turn out and I'd love for you to be there! Check out SomeoneSpecialLikeMe.org for details. It's Saturday May 25th, registration is at 7am and the 5k begins at 8:30am sharp. I'm the MC so look for me on stage!
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Wake Health Medical Group

It has been a week since I visited Wake Health Medical Group and I am still feeling relaxed and aligned! Last Tuesday massage therapist Barbara helped work out the kinks in my upper body from all the weight training I've begun in the past few months. The medical massage was the perfect combination of pressure and relaxation to provide me with lasting positive results. 


If you're working through a sports or work injury I definitely recommend visiting Wake Health Medical Group for a medical massage. Or if you're dealing with skin issues they are a perfect option for treatment of that ailment as well! Their website is even titled WakeGreatSkin.com so you know they mean business.


Let me know if you make a trip there and tell me how your experience was!
13200 New Falls of Neuse Rd #113  Raleigh, NC 27614
Thank you Wake Health Medical Group!
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Artsplosure!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Head downtown to Moore Square City Plaza and check out Artsplosure! From May 17th to the 19th the Raleigh Arts Festival mission is to expose you to visual and performance art from all across the country. There will also be local participants. You will find stilt walkers, sand castle builders, food, musicians and so much more.

Visit artsplosure.org to find out more details!
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Mom's Day

With tomorrow being Mother's Day... thought I'd take a second to give a shout out to my mom, the toughest woman I know! Just one more chemo treatment and she'll be in the clear. So glad to be spending Mother's Day with my mom tomorrow.

If you're lucky enough to have a mom or mother-like figure in your life, it's easy to show her you care. You don't necessarily have to buy a present. You could make her breakfast instead and pick some wild flowers outside. It'll still make her feel loved which is all she wants. xoxo.
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Imagine Dragons

I love all of my jobs... TV, Radio, EmCee, Babysitting... But last night I enjoyed one of the best perks of working at a radio station.

I got to meet Imagine Dragons before their concert last night downtown! Not only were they super nice guys but they put on a really wonderful show with tons of uplifting music.

They said they'd be back in Raleigh, so when they come try and make a point to go!
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Recipe Share

In honor of yesterday's holiday.. Cinco de Mayo .. I thought I'd share a simple and delicious recipe a friend gave me for Guacamole.

Ingredients :
2 Avocados
1 Can of Rotel
1 Lime

Smash up the 2 avocados with a fork. Drain the Rotel can and add half of it to the avocado mush. Squeeze a little lime juice over top and stir it all up! No need for spices or seasoning because the Rotel takes care of all of that.

Try some! A great healthy snack any time of the year, not just the 5th of May.

XOXO enjoy.

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How To : Get Healthy

The weather is beautiful today and it makes me think summer is quickly approaching! Here are a few changes that you can start implementing in your daily schedule to help get ready for bikinis...

xx Pick one time a day to swap out a carb for a vegetable. For example, go for a cup of broccoli instead of a baked potato. It's a small adjustment but will make a big difference.

xx Go for a walk! If you haven't done too much exercise this winter and then all of a sudden start running 3 and 4 miles you might shock your system and get sick. So start slow and just walk around the park and you'll be running before you know it.

xx Hydration is key. Drink at least one more glass of water a day than you normally would. Not only will this help flush out toxins in your body, it'll clear up your skin too!

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How To: Cure Those Sunday Blues

+ Make a few healthy meals that you can separate in tupperware and easily reheat later during the week. It'll put your mind at ease not having to figure out breakfast and dinner every day.

+ Get out your planner and write it all down! Everything you want to accomplish this week. It'll feel great crossing an item off every day.

+ Treat yourself to a little something, whether it's a Disney movie or playing with a cute pup! Anything that puts a smile on your face and lights up your evening.


What do you do to cure your Sunday Blues? Tweet at me and let me know! @JamieLinck
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25 Isn't So Bad!

I was really nervous to turn 25 (a quarter of a century is a longtime!). So when my grandmother asked what she could do to make my 25th birthday a little more exciting, I asked her for a trip. I had no idea I'd be blessed with the trip of a lifetime... She sent me to Hawaii!

 

We spent 4 nights on the island of Oahu that holds Hawaii's capital Honolulu and popular tourist destination Waikiki Beach. And yes... we did everything tourist-y that you could imagine! We hiked to the top of a mountain, drove through a rain forest, saw 20 foot waves with local surfers surviving them, and visited the zoo!

 

My favorite was the Paradise Cove Luau. It wasn't just a show, but indigenous activities before hand and an incredible meal after.

 

Hawaii was more than fun and games! We made time for education and stopped by Pearl Harbor. It was eerie to be in such a beautiful place and know something so horrible had happened there. We walked through a submarine to get a better sense of what Navy life was like.

 

If you ever get the chance to head to Hawaii, take it! The 16 hours of travel is completely worth it!

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How To: Earn Those New Clothes

If you're like me, this spring weather has got you seriously craving some new floral dresses and cool gladiator sandals. I figured out a way for us to go on that shopping spree without feeling too guilty.... Sell some older wintery dresses for cash!

I just turned in these 4 gently used dresses at a local "recycling retail store" and made 35 dollars. That's enough for a dress and flip flops to this weekends barbeque!
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The Power of a Manicure

Nothing starts my week off better than a fresh manicure. Mondays can be rough... but Manicure Mondays? The best. Here are some nail ideas for your next salon visit!
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I <3 JT

CW22 has something amazing in store for you tomorrow night... Justin Timberlake is throwing an album release party ON TELEVISION for the 20/20 Experience! Talk about TV Now...

Check it out, Tuesday night at 8pm on The CW22
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Guilty Pleasures

We've all got them. Mine happens to be the Ranch Snack Wrap at McDonalds! Whenever I'm on the run taking Vivian to puppy class or headed to work at the radio station I know I always have 5 minutes to spare for the deliciousness that's handed to meat the McDonalds drive thru.

So I just about squealed when I heard McDonalds was bringing a bigger version of the snack wrap stateside! Coming to a drive thru near you are three hunger stopping McWrap flavors:

Chicken& Bacon

Sweet Chili Chicken

Chicken& Ranch (my favorite)

All three have a crispy or grilled chicken option. While you're ordering see if your McDonalds offer the Shamrock Shake! The luck of the Irish has never tasted so sweet

Check out the McWraps here:

http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/chicken_mcwrap.html

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