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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 Laura Anderson | 0 Comments

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
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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 Laura Anderson | 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 [...]

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26
Mar
2014
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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 Laura Anderson | 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 [...]

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19
Mar
2014
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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 Laura Anderson | 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 [...]

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12
Mar
2014
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Exploring New Jersey: A – Z Part 1

Even though I’ve been away from the Chicago-land area for quite some time, I like to think that I still know it like the back of my hand. Looking for something other than the typical tourist attractions? I’ve got a few places for you to check out. Want to go for an afternoon stroll? I can point you in the direction of some great trails. Have a hankering for some good eats? I could recommend a plethora of options for most every type of cuisine.

But I’m sad to say that I haven’t been so adventurous in getting to know…

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Exploring New Jersey: A – Z Part 1

Posted on 12 Mar 2014 by Laura Anderson | 8 Comments

Even though I’ve been away from the Chicago-land area for quite some time, I like to think that I still know it like the back of my hand. Looking for something other than the typical tourist attractions? I’ve got a few places for you to check out. Want to go for an afternoon stroll? I [...]

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6
Mar
2014
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Is “Bank” a Noun or a Verb?

Q: “What bank do you use?”

A: “Paypal”

This was an exchange I recently had with a Millennial-age college student.  I inherently use every opportunity to turn a simple outside-the-office conversation into a marketing research opportunity.  As you can imagine, this makes me the life of every party.  The point here is that there is a rapidly growing trend of non-banks permeating the space traditionally held by bankers – the space of simple day-to-day banking transactions.  In terms of financial solutions, the act of making payments, or getting paid, are becoming the primary drivers of a financial services relationship.

On the consumer…

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Is “Bank” a Noun or a Verb?

Posted on 6 Mar 2014 by Mike Dinneen | 0 Comments

Q: “What bank do you use?” A: “Paypal” This was an exchange I recently had with a Millennial-age college student.  I inherently use every opportunity to turn a simple outside-the-office conversation into a marketing research opportunity.  As you can imagine, this makes me the life of every party.  The point here is that there is [...]

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7
Feb
2014
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Home Prices Showing a Rebound, But Cautiously Optimistic for 2014

If you’ve been thinking of selling your home and worried about how much it’s worth I have slightly good news for you. According to a 2014 published study by CoreLogic; a leading analytics firm, home prices across the nation have been averaging a 0.1 percent increase month over month for quite some time now. In fact home prices have increased 11.8% nationwide since November 2012.

Well that’s great, but how about my local area? Well let’s first exclude distressed sales, since they generally demonstrate large home price fluctuations positive and negative. With those removed, New Jersey’s average home price has…

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Home Prices Showing a Rebound, But Cautiously Optimistic for 2014

Posted on 7 Feb 2014 by Charles S. Flick | 0 Comments

If you’ve been thinking of selling your home and worried about how much it’s worth I have slightly good news for you. According to a 2014 published study by CoreLogic; a leading analytics firm, home prices across the nation have been averaging a 0.1 percent increase month over month for quite some time now. In [...]

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31
Jan
2014
Football
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Sunday’s Game; It’s Not Just About Football

So if you are like me you may like the Super Bowl for reasons other than football. Example, I love sandwiches and wings, both go really well with the Super Bowl. See no mention of football. I am already planning my take-out schedule for Sunday’s big game!

Second reason I enjoy the Super Bowl? The commercials. Ever since I was watching Melrose Place during high school, I always knew I wanted to be in advertising. The Super Bowl is not just for football loving fans it’s also a huge night for the advertising world.

Who will have the best ads, how…

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Sunday’s Game; It’s Not Just About Football

Posted on 31 Jan 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments
Football

So if you are like me you may like the Super Bowl for reasons other than football. Example, I love sandwiches and wings, both go really well with the Super Bowl. See no mention of football. I am already planning my take-out schedule for Sunday’s big game! Second reason I enjoy the Super Bowl? The [...]

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23
Jan
2014
Fun Inside
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Beat Those Winter Blues With Some Indoor Fun!

I think it’s safe to say that winter is in full effect and outdoor activities have pretty much come to a screeching halt. So what to do when you are stuck in a polar vortex besides read your favorite bank’s blog posts, how about some of these indoor activities!

Catch up on your sleep. There’s nothing better than taking a mid-afternoon nap.

Write a letter to a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while. Yes, an old fashioned letter…the type you write with a pen and paper. It will make them smile when the mail comes.

Plan…

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Beat Those Winter Blues With Some Indoor Fun!

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 by Laura Anderson | 2 Comments
Fun Inside

I think it’s safe to say that winter is in full effect and outdoor activities have pretty much come to a screeching halt. So what to do when you are stuck in a polar vortex besides read your favorite bank’s blog posts, how about some of these indoor activities! Catch up on your sleep. There’s [...]

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10
Jan
2014
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Parenting Advice and Financial Advice, Are They Really the Same?

Recently I went to the dentist for my routine six month check-up. This was a pretty big step for me since it’s only the second time in about four years that I went to the dentist. (It’s really a long story but finally my husband made me an appointment back in August and ever since then, I really am trying to go on a more regular basis. And in case you were wondering I actually have pretty nice teeth, only one cavity…EVER!)  Anyways enough about my dental hygiene, I swear that there is a point to this blog post.

So,…

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Parenting Advice and Financial Advice, Are They Really the Same?

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

Recently I went to the dentist for my routine six month check-up. This was a pretty big step for me since it’s only the second time in about four years that I went to the dentist. (It’s really a long story but finally my husband made me an appointment back in August and ever since [...]

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