Kristen’s first part time job was as a Customer Service Representative at a local bank while she was a Marketing major at Rutgers University. Kristen was able to combine the best of both worlds and is currently the Direct Marketing Manager at Susquehanna Bank. While some may think she spends all of her time licking envelopes to get all of Susquehanna’s direct mail out, they’d be mistaken. Instead, Kristen spends her time telling hilarious one-liner jokes and traveling around the world. So far Kristen has been to four continents, with a plane ticket purchased for number five. It’s only a matter of time before Kristen’s bundled up frolicking with penguins on the bottom of the Earth.

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7 Tips for Pants-a-Fitting during the Holidays

[caption id="attachment_3805" align="alignright" width="300"]No need to get this extreme, but here are some tips to get you through the holiday eating season. No need to get this extreme, but here are some tips to get you through the holiday eating season.[/caption] I’ll be honest; I have a love affair with all things holiday-food related. I also know that I’m not alone in this love affair, hence why I’m writing this blog post and sharing some new-found knowledge. As wonderful as it may feel in the moment I’m eating as many chocolate chip cookies, truffles and pieces of fudge I can get my hands on, I know it’s inevitable it’ll eventually land on my hips. In order to save myself and anyone else who is willing to read this, here’s some advice I’ve accumulated. Continue Reading »

Here’s to Backpacks & Fresh Starts

[caption id="attachment_3766" align="alignright" width="300"]Susquehanna volunteers join Center for Family Services representatives for Operation Backpack. Susquehanna volunteers join Center for Family Services representatives for Operation Backpack.[/caption] I was always one of those strange children who couldn’t wait to go back to school. I’d know exactly where my classroom was, who was in my class and would have my school supplies packed and ready to go weeks in advance. Some of my fondest back-to-school memories include shopping with my mom for my brand-new backpack. As corny as it sounds, my new backpack was the symbol of fresh beginnings for the year. A few of the standouts through the years included the one strap backpack, backpack on wheels and the infamous plastic, see-through backpack (Mom, why didn’t you talk me out of that one?). I always thought having a new backpack was necessary and a rite of passage. Continue Reading »

I do or I don't. Being a bridesmaid can come with a hefty pricetag

iStock_000007502831SmallThe phone rings, and all I can hear through the speaker is “I said yes…” In typical situations, you might ask, said yes to what? Ordering a grilled cheese for lunch? Doing someone’s laundry? However, I’ve reached the age where engagements are being announced on a seemingly daily basis and taffeta will soon become a consistent part of my wardrobe, so I know exactly what’s coming. My best friend is getting married and I’m officially a bridesmaid! Becoming a bridesmaid is an amazing opportunity. I’ll get to participate in all of the activities surrounding a wedding from the engagement party all the way up until the final “I do.” Memories will be made that I will hold with me for the rest of my life. As wonderful as this sounds, I can’t get rid of the nagging feeling in the back of my mind asking, “Can I really afford to do this?” (I blame this on being in the banking industry for the past six years). As any good banker would do--- it’s time to crunch the numbers.  Continue Reading »