Marley and Me – The Unexpected Adoption

Marley blogI’ve been thinking about getting a dog for the past 6 months or so. And thinking. Annnnd…thinking.

I had in my mind what I wanted: a Goldendoodle! They don’t shed like Poodles and have the temperament of a Golden Retriever…how perfect! I even went to look at some puppies over the summer but I guess I wasn’t quite ready to make the short and long-term financial commitment that comes with a pet.

Then came Christmastime and I was doing my usual perusing of puppies online and I saw that the price of Goldendoodle puppies skyrocketed to $1,200! Well, pfft. There was no way I was getting one now. Continue reading »

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Snow day — now what? Here are 10 fun ways to beat the snow-day boredom

snowdayblogWhen I was in school, I remember the excitement of waking up to a snowy morning, sitting impatiently in front of the TV, waiting for our school to appear on the closing list and then rejoicing when we finally saw it!

Times have changed. Now, you wake up to a snowy morning, check the local news station’s website from your phone, see school is closed and go back to bed.  Many schools even send emails or text messages letting parents know of delays or closings. Continue reading »

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When is the best time of year to buy furniture, sneakers, dishware and other items? Check out this list.

shoppingDid you know April is one of the best times of the year buy sneakers?  And May is the best time to buy a refrigerator or a mattress? Maybe you knew that, but I had no clue!

I consider myself a pretty savvy shopper when it comes to buying clothes on clearance but certainly not when it comes to the best time of the year to buy tools, carpet, or office furniture, according to this list from LifeHacker.com

While researching the best time of the year to buy furniture, I was able to pick up some more helpful tips from LifeHacker as to when to buy certain household items: Continue reading »

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Embrace these cold weather comfort foods, but with an eye on healthy eating

SONY DSCIf you’re reading this from within the mid-Atlantic region, you’ve probably shivered through a cold snap in the past few weeks.  In the midst of that deep freeze, I polled my colleagues for their favorite cold-weather comfort foods, to find out what recipes they turn to when there’s a serious chill in the air.  And boy, did they deliver, speaking in sometimes passionate tones about their favorite winter dishes.

Classics like tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches were celebrated, as well as baked macaroni and cheese, and lasagna.  Some were a bit quirky – Brenda makes cornbread and beans when she gets homesick for West Virginia, and me, I order spicy Thai lemongrass soup when nothing else will warm me up.  Alyssa likes to whip up breakfast for dinner, and Sara swears by her family’s tradition of hot chocolate and buttered toast.

Numerous people mentioned the comfort of a simmering pot of homemade soup on the stove, whether it is Kate’s scrumptious-sounding sausage and tortellini concoction, or the delicious (and practical!) ham and potato soup Adam makes, using leftovers from Christmas.   Then there’s chili made with four pounds of meat – Lori’s family doesn’t mess around. Continue reading »

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Ditch your New Year’s Resolution already? Here are some tips to help you stick with it.

nye resolutionsFor many people, the New Year is a time to reflect and make resolutions to improve some aspect of life. Common resolutions involve losing weight, eating healthier, exercising more, getting organized, spending less, saving more, improving communications, quitting smoking, and drinking less alcohol, just to name a few.  Despite good intentions, many people do not stick to their resolutions for terribly long – a recent stat from the University of Scranton indicates that only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions! Continue reading »

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Power of social media slowly turning this skeptic into a believer

Social Media blog photoI was a skeptic – and on any given day I can still feel that way.

About three years ago I created a Facebook profile on a snowy Saturday morning with the reluctant help of my teenaged son – he knew what my ulterior motive was – I was nosy– and he was right!

I started out as a ’stalker’ – especially when it came to my kids and their friends. I didn’t say much then, and still don’t. I ’like’ posts, especially when it comes to news about friends, their kids or pets or anytime there is good stuff shared about the Philadelphia Eagles. Continue reading »

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Not into the New Year’s Eve party scene? Check out these unique ways to ring in 2014

newyearseve2What are you doing New Year’s Eve? It’s a question for the ages – one so popular there’s even a song about it. And year after year, I typically have no idea what I am doing New Year’s Eve!

Of all the celebrations throughout the year, New Year’s Eve is my least favorite. Staying up late. Partying with friends and strangers. Feeling awful the next day. Could it be at 33 that I’m just too old for this? My aversion to the holiday has made me adept at planning unconventional ways to celebrate. Continue reading »

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Millersville student cares for injured birds during internship sponsored by Susquehanna

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Meta Griffin

Background: Susquehanna Bank contributes funds to Millersville University in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to support students who choose community service-based internships at nonprofits or government agencies. The donation allows the university’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Management to offer an award to selected students who are completing an academic internship during a summer semester.

This summer, Millersville student Meta Griffin completed an internship with the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark, Del. The organization works to return injured, diseased, orphaned, and oiled native birds back to the wild. The following is a journal of her experience:

Entry 1: After only a few weeks at Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, I have already had countless wonderful and rewarding experiences. I have learned so much about the proper care and treatment of wild birds and am thankful for all the support of the staff and volunteers. Continue reading »

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Gifts for your children’s teachers? It doesn’t have to break the bank.

Kids making christmas decorations and postcardsEach year, I struggle with the thought of Christmas gifts for my children’s teachers.  Do I get gifts for them or not – that is the question?

I haven’t always given gifts to them, but, but last year I had the realization that these teachers are not only there to care for and teach our children, but also to protect them while they are in the center’s care. They do a fantastic job and deserve a gift of appreciation from us especially during the holidays. Plus, I don’t like being outdone by all the super-crafty moms!

In typical Amy fashion, it’s two weeks into December and now is when I convince myself I should do teacher gifts again this year. My kids are in daycare and preschool so they interact with a lot of people throughout the day which always makes me struggle with the question of whom to get gifts for: Do I buy for just their primary teachers – one in the morning and another in the afternoon – or do I also get gifts for the assistants? What about the school receptionist?  I love everyone there so it makes it kind of difficult to decide. Continue reading »

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A tale of two Black Friday shoppers: Cyber shopper vs. Social shopper

By Lauren and Lori

Black Friday photoBlack Friday 2013 grabbed tons of headlines in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

Actually, it was Gray Thursday that had everyone gobbling. Retailers opened earlier than ever – some as soon as 6 AM on Thanksgiving – raising questions about how we best spend our time on this family holiday.  Because Thanksgiving was so late this year, there were fewer days between Turkey Day and Christmas than usual, putting the pressure on retailers to meet their numbers and consumers to complete their shopping on time.

We all know it takes a well-mapped out plan to navigate the holiday tasks of planning meals, decorating and shopping for loved ones. But for Lauren and Lori, two Susquehanna bloggers, those shopping plans couldn’t be more different.

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