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28
Aug
2014
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Take a hike – and hit the local trails

As sad as I am to admit it, fall is right around the corner. One of my favorite ways to spend autumn weekends—besides indulging in pumpkin-flavored treats—is to take advantage of the weather and hike local trails.

Lucky for me, the tri-state area is a treasure trove of parks overflowing with trails for every level. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking views or a nice stroll with the family, here are some of my top places to visit.

Delaware Water Gap (Mt. Tammany)
Drive a couple hours north to the Delaware Water Gap and I promise you’ll find vistas you won’t believe are…

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Take a hike – and hit the local trails

Posted on 28 Aug 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments
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As sad as I am to admit it, fall is right around the corner. One of my favorite ways to spend autumn weekends—besides indulging in pumpkin-flavored treats—is to take advantage of the weather and hike local trails. Lucky for me, the tri-state area is a treasure trove of parks overflowing with trails for every level. [...]

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19
Aug
2014
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4 Thrifty Ways to “Deck” Your Halls

Between Pinterest, HGTV, and a plethora of blogs and magazines, I could spend thousands of dollars on decorating my walls alone. For most of us, that’s not realistic. But what if you could spruce up your walls without emptying your wallet? Here are a few fun (and cheap!) ways you can add a little personality to your home:

1. Seek Greeting Cards

Next time you’re in Target, Hallmark, or a boutique paper store, take a walk up and down the card aisles. Many of the “blank inside” cards feature a cover with beautiful pictures, quotes, or drawings that can easily double…

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4 Thrifty Ways to “Deck” Your Halls

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

Between Pinterest, HGTV, and a plethora of blogs and magazines, I could spend thousands of dollars on decorating my walls alone. For most of us, that’s not realistic. But what if you could spruce up your walls without emptying your wallet? Here are a few fun (and cheap!) ways you can add a little personality [...]

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8
Aug
2014
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3 SNEAKY WAYS TO SAVE

Most people are always trying to save money. And it seems like we’re all trying to find a new way to up the balance on our savings accounts. Sure, we know the usual suspects: cutting back (see ya, dinners out), cutting out (goodbye, cable), and auto transfers (sorry, debit card). But what if you could save money without really noticing?

Here are 3 sneaky ways you can squirrel some money away without much sacrifice:

1. Jar of 5s

Carrying cash may seem like a thing of the past but there are times we have some green in our wallets. When I’m out…

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3 SNEAKY WAYS TO SAVE

Posted on 8 Aug 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

Most people are always trying to save money. And it seems like we’re all trying to find a new way to up the balance on our savings accounts. Sure, we know the usual suspects: cutting back (see ya, dinners out), cutting out (goodbye, cable), and auto transfers (sorry, debit card). But what if you could [...]

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18
Jun
2014
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Emerging Point-Of-Sale Trends for Retailers

Here in New Jersey, our state’s economy is driven by tourism, with summer as the peak season.  Our region’s hospitality businesses – restaurants, the boardwalk, hotels and motels alike – all rely on point-of-sale(POS)  credit card terminals to accept payments.

As you swipe away this summer, you may notice a quickly-growing trend regarding the POS experience.  Hospitality businesses are slowly but surely migrating away from the large, space-inhabiting, static credit card machine terminals and cash drawers to which we have become accustomed.  As customers become more mobile-centric in their payment strategies, merchants are quickly adapting their hardware and…

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Emerging Point-Of-Sale Trends for Retailers

Posted on 18 Jun 2014 by Mike Dinneen | 0 Comments
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Here in New Jersey, our state’s economy is driven by tourism, with summer as the peak season.  Our region’s hospitality businesses – restaurants, the boardwalk, hotels and motels alike – all rely on point-of-sale(POS)  credit card terminals to accept payments. As you swipe away this summer, you may notice a quickly-growing trend regarding the POS [...]

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4
Jun
2014
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How Do You Plan to Honor Your Dad on Father’s Day?

With Father’s Day just around the corner, I decided to look into the history of Father’s Day since a love of history is something that my father and I share.

In my research I found out Father’s Day was the idea of Sonora Smart Dodd in 1909. Her father, William Jackson Smart, became a single father after his wife passed away.  He raised his six children in a time when that was defined as the “Mother’s Duty”. Sonora wanted to honor her Dad on his birthday, in June; for all that he did for her and her siblings.  Father’s Day…

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How Do You Plan to Honor Your Dad on Father’s Day?

Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by Amanda Warren | 0 Comments

With Father’s Day just around the corner, I decided to look into the history of Father’s Day since a love of history is something that my father and I share. In my research I found out Father’s Day was the idea of Sonora Smart Dodd in 1909. Her father, William Jackson Smart, became a single [...]

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23
Apr
2014
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Serious Case of Spring Fever!

Spring is finally in the air, thank goodness!  I think we were all waiting for that day when we could put our shovels and salt rocks away and not even think of touching them until next year. So now that the warm weather is here, I have a serious case of Spring Fever! Sadly, instead of lounging outside and soaking up the sun, my mind keeps racing with all of the things I need to do around the house.

I’ve been in my new house almost two years (not sure if that still qualifies as new?) and I still have…

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Serious Case of Spring Fever!

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Amanda Warren | 0 Comments
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Spring is finally in the air, thank goodness!  I think we were all waiting for that day when we could put our shovels and salt rocks away and not even think of touching them until next year. So now that the warm weather is here, I have a serious case of Spring Fever! Sadly, instead [...]

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9
Apr
2014
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Exploring New Jersey: A – Z Part 5

We’re in the home stretch…just six more letters to go!

I’m not a big golfer, but my father-in-law is…I see a family trip to the USGA Museum & Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History in my near future. Interesting factoid: every golf ball manufacturer (and I do mean every) has to send each model of golf ball they produce to the USGA testing lab (located in the museum) in order to receive the USGA’s blessing for use on tour.

Apparently Van Vleck House & Gardens is a well-guarded secret among locals. I think I’ll grab my camera, pack a picnic and…

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Exploring New Jersey: A – Z Part 5

Posted on 9 Apr 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 1 Comment

We’re in the home stretch…just six more letters to go! I’m not a big golfer, but my father-in-law is…I see a family trip to the USGA Museum & Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History in my near future. Interesting factoid: every golf ball manufacturer (and I do mean every) has to send each model of [...]

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3
Apr
2014

Exploring New Jersey: A – Z Part 4

The tour of New Jersey continues with letters P through T. Let’s forge ahead, shall we?

I’ll need some nourishment for the upcoming activities, so I’ll head over to The Pop Shop, my neighborhood soda fountain. With over 30 varieties of grilled cheese and an old fashioned root beer float to wash it down, I should be all set for my adventures. Want to see a Broadway show in New Jersey? The Paper Mill Playhouse is just 30 minutes from Broadway theatres and often pulls from the pool of actors in New York. Nothing like seeing a great show in…

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Exploring New Jersey: A – Z Part 4

Posted on 3 Apr 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

The tour of New Jersey continues with letters P through T. Let’s forge ahead, shall we? I’ll need some nourishment for the upcoming activities, so I’ll head over to The Pop Shop, my neighborhood soda fountain. With over 30 varieties of grilled cheese and an old fashioned root beer float to wash it down, I [...]

26
Mar
2014

Exploring New Jersey: A – Z Part 3

11 letters down, 15 to go on the list of A to Z things to do in New Jersey. Let’s keep the ball rolling on this great expedition through the Garden State. K through O here I come…

In each of the two previous posts, I’ve tried something new, so why not keep that tradition going. How about kitesurfing for my next challenge? I like to think I’m a pretty athletic and coordinated person (although my friends may tell you otherwise), and although I’m really not an adrenaline rush junky (kitesurfing definitely sounds like the perfect sport for those who…

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Exploring New Jersey: A – Z Part 3

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

11 letters down, 15 to go on the list of A to Z things to do in New Jersey. Let’s keep the ball rolling on this great expedition through the Garden State. K through O here I come… In each of the two previous posts, I’ve tried something new, so why not keep that tradition [...]

19
Mar
2014

Exploring New Jersey: A – Z Part 2

Continuing on my previous post about getting to know New Jersey, here’s my plan of attack of places to go and things to do for letters F through J. Let’s dive right in…

Field Station, an outdoor prehistoric theme park, is filled with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, fossil dig sites and kid friendly workshops. And as my nephew is really into dinosaurs I think I’ve found the perfect place to take him! For some over 21 fun, I think I’ll head over to the Flying Fish Brewing Company, take a tour and do some tasting.

Having visited friends who lived in Germany,…

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Exploring New Jersey: A – Z Part 2

Posted on 19 Mar 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

Continuing on my previous post about getting to know New Jersey, here’s my plan of attack of places to go and things to do for letters F through J. Let’s dive right in… Field Station, an outdoor prehistoric theme park, is filled with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, fossil dig sites and kid friendly workshops. And as [...]