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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Balancing act: Find your happy place during the busy holiday season

holiday stress blogThree French hens, two turtle doves, and a headache as big as the moon!  Is this how you feel when thinking about the impending holiday season? A common complaint about the holiday season is that there is just so much to do: Responding to party invitations, writing cards, visits with family and school events.  The upcoming weeks can be a time of magic, or a time of panic and stress.  Finding a balance between what we have to do and what we want to do can be a real challenge.

In talking with friends and observing general comments about this balance, I have reached one conclusion:  The most important step in achieving a balance is recognizing what is within your power to control!  Once you identify what those things are, then you can determine how to change them, and take steps to do so.  The extra pressures of the holidays make this all-the-more important, so I have some helpful tips. Continue reading »

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Family, friends & puppy dog kisses: What things are you thankful for?

thanksgiving blog photoThe holidays are a time many of us reflect on the things we can be thankful for in our lives.  In fact, a daily gratitude initiative has gone viral on Facebook –a lot of my friends have been posting notes of thanks each day this month.  I’m starting to see some common themes of things people are thankful for, such as: Continue reading »

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Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month: Paying homage to the spreadable treat

pb photoI don’t need a specific month to celebrate peanut butter. Nope. In fact, I celebrate it almost every day! But since November is Peanut Butter Lovers’ month, it seemed only natural (get it?!) to write about it.

I have the whole peanut butter situation on lockdown, and as it turns out, there is most likely a peanut butter gene that has been passed down from generation to generation on both sides of my family. So, join me as I pay homage and work my way from tame treats to what some people may call just downright weird. Continue reading »

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The Great American Smokeout: One year later, Sandy is still smoke free!

smokeout photoThe American Cancer Society is marking the 38th Great American Smokeout today by encouraging smokers to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and quit smoking that day.  It’s also a good opportunity to learn more about taking steps that can lead to healthier lives and reduced risk of cancer.

Last year, I introduced you to my colleague, Sandy, who was two months into her tobacco-free journey.  I hadn’t talked to her in a while, and thought I would reach out to her to see how she was doing with her quest. I was nervous as I sent the email, knowing I may not get the answer I was hoping for. Within minutes she responded with the news I wanted to hear: She was still tobacco free! Continue reading »

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