Annie Payne

Watch Annie Payne weekdays on NBC11!

Annie is a Colorado native. She loves living in the Grand Junction area with her husband of eighteen years and their three children: Sixteen-year-old twin sons and fourteen-year-old daughter.

Annie has worked in media for over a decade. Annie started out as a blogger, where she chronicled the life and times of her growing family. Her blog attracted the attention of The Daily Sentinel, where they offered her the position of Home and Garden Columnist. Annie's enthusiasm for communicating with the masses and American Idol, then led her to become half of the "Gal Pal" team for Mix 104.3, where she co-hosted the drive home show every weekday with DJ, Roxy.

Annie currently is the host for Moms Everyday Western Colorado. She enjoys meeting all the businesses and organizations that are eager to help moms make their lives easier. Annie loves that moms come to her for advice and suggestions on everything from how to pick a good preschool to where to get the best burritos!

Aside from faith and family, Annie's other passions include: Home organization and management, public speaking, hiking, Bollywood movies, and her newly-found hobby of playing Minecraft with her daughter.

Homemade Musical Instruments

It doesn’t matter the season… fighting boredom is a constant challenge for moms with young kids. Read More

What Does Your Christmas Tree Say About You?

I am a Christmas Tree Prognosticator. It’s sort of like reading palms. I can tell a lot about a person’s life and personality by their Christmas tree. Read More

A Mom’s Beginners Guide to Minecraft

Why is Minecraft so addictive? Read More

Unsafe Purse Contents

Identity theft is a massive problem; here's how to lower your risk if your purse or wallet is stolen. Read More

Mother Knows Best

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I often reflect on the daily habits of my mom and grandmother and how much life has changed in a couple of generations. Read More

Managing Multiples: Advice for the Toddler Years

The good news is that the toddler years are easier than the first two years. Read More

How to Celebrate V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E-S on the Cheap

My love story is not an unusual one. Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy and girl get married. Boy and girl have children. Boy and girl don’t have the money to spend on a fancy dinner and night out on Valentine’s Day; instead they spend the evening watching TV with their kids. The End. Read More

The Inconvenient Hamster Truth

Replacing a dead pet with a live one without the kids knowing is not as easy as it sounds. Here is our story… Read More

Homemade Bird Feeders

During the winter months, outdoor play isn't always an option. Read More

10 Tips for De-Decorating Your House After Christmas

The bad news is Christmas is over. The good news is that the decorations will come down faster than they went up. Read More

Preparing for Holiday Houseguests

During the holiday season, visitors often come and go… and sometimes they stay for a spell. Read More

Keeping the Holiday Magic Alive for Non-Believers

Here are some of my tips, and perhaps you have some more, to celebrate the holidays with older children. Read More

Sprucing Up Your House for the Holidays with Black and White

Happy holiday house is just two words away, black and white. Read More

Do Kids Need Church?

Parenting requires support. The kind of support depends upon what you are teaching your child. Read More

Managing Multiples: Advice for the first two years

“Well, there’s one of the babies.” That is how the ultrasound tech told me I was having twins. Read More

Plan Now to Make the Holidays Easier

The holidays happen at the same time every year, so why are we always taken by surprise when the business and busy-ness of it all arrives, too? Read More

Monkey Bread

This is a great recipe to have ready for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning! Read More

What is your parenting style: Cheerleader or Coach?

In our younger, leaner years, Secret Agent Man (my husband) was an athlete. I was a dancer. So how did we end up with uncoordinated kids? Read More

Pumpkin Millipede

This fun favorite has adorned our front yard year-after-year. Read More

The Problem with Perpetuating Childhood Myths

I have often wondered if perpetuating the myth of Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Uncle Sam is going to have an effect on my kids. Read More