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Thank You Note Handwritten Means the MOST

Handwritten note for Blake Smith, CPA

Handwritten note for Blake Smith, CPA

I am sure we have all heard this before, that there is something really powerful about a handwritten thank you note!  I know my mom has said it for YEARS, and it really is true.   Blake received a very nice handwritten thank you note from a new client at Smith & Smith, CPA earlier this week.  Blake shared the note with me, and WOW, it really does make a difference!  The client thanked Blake for taking time to meet with him, he told him he was impressed with his professionalism, capability, knowledge and demeanor.   Way to go Blake!  And how nice for this guy to take just a few minutes and write that note to Blake.  So it is true, a handwritten thank you note DOES go a long way!   Take time today to write a note to someone who has made a difference in your life…it will make a difference in their day for sure!

Bike ride on the Greenway!

Bike ride on the Greenway!

I had the opportunity to slip away for the weekend and went down to Charleston to visit my college best friend, Lindsey.  She recently purchased her first house (YEA!!!  Congrats Lindsey!!)  In case you didn’t know the real estate market in Charleston is a TOUGH one!  So I’m so proud of her for being patient and waiting for the right house!  We spent the whole weekend painting and working towards getting her house ready for move-in!  Let me tell you...painting is hard work!  But when you do it with a friend, it can be fun and actually very rewarding to stop and look at your work.   We did find time to slip out for a bike ride on the West Ashely Greenway…and the weather was PERFECT!

Red Coat at My Girlfriend's Closet

Red Coat at My Girlfriend’s Closet

Speaking of the weather…it really does seem to be kinda up down, cold hot, etc right now.  On those cold days, I LOVE a great coat!  Check out this red jacket from My Girlfriend’s Closet!   I mean, seriously, does it stand out or what on that coat rack of black jackets!  I took this photo last week at my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting.   Lois and her girls at MGC have all kinds of great and COLORFUL coats and jackets that can carry you from the colder winter days, right into the chilly Spring morning, I mean, after all it is Groundhog Day and the groundhog DID NOT see his shadow, so Spring is coming early!   Tell Lois you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your total purchase!

 

 

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Ready to File! Here are Tax Tips for 2015 Taxes

Tax Tips with Smith & Smith, CPA

Tax Tips with Smith & Smith, CPA

Everyone loves to ask us for those ‘secret‘ and ‘all importanttax tips for filing your 2015 Tax Returns.  Here at Smith & Smith, CPA, we are proud to publish an article again this year with CaryCitizen on 2015 Tax Filling: What You Need to Know.  I met Lindsey and Hal, owners of CaryCitizen, several years ago and I see them often at Cary Chamber of Commerce events and networking meetings.   They do a really great job of capturing all the things in, around and about Cary.   I use CaryCitizen as a major resource and enjoy working with them each year on a tax filing article.  So take a read and let me know what you think!  Was it helpful?  Any ideas on some tax tips that I could include for next year?

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Rotary Leadership Institute for Zone 33 in Cary, NC

RLI with Rotary Friends

RLI with Rotary Friends

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the RLI Zone 33 Annual Meeting and New Faculty Training.  RLI stands for Rotary Leadership Institute and it is the leadership and training course for Rotarians.   I attended the first 3 parts of RLI several years ago before I became Club President of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club, and even wrote about it in my blog.   One of my friends & mentors in Rotary, Leigh Hudson, asked me back in the Fall of 2015 if I would consider attending the New Faculty Training in January for Zone 33 (Maryland to SC) that was going to be held here in Cary, NC.

RLI Leadership Challenge

RLI Leadership Challenge

So of course I said YES, and I’m so glad I did!   The New Faculty Training lasted the entire weekend and taught different technique and styles that are used for facilitating a RLI Course.  I learned SO MUCH from the training!  I made new Rotary friends from other states, and learned about the different adult learning styles, which is really interesting!  I’m a I & IV style learner, here is the link if you want to learn more and find out which style you are.  The weekend conference also included an all day session on Saturday for Rotary club members who were taking RLI Courses in Part I, II and III.   Once you complete all 3 courses, you are then an RLI Graduate and qualified for the RLI Faculty Training.  RLI Faculty can facilitate a course anywhere in Zone 33.

Marie, Leigh and Becca.  2 New Faculty Graduates

Marie, Leigh and Becca. 2 New Faculty Graduates

So I can travel from Maryland to Virginia, Tennessee and the Carolinas and help with RLI classes.  I’m so excited to get started!  The event was held in Cary at the Hilton DoubleTree, a very nice property.  All of the faculty had dinner together on Saturday night at Tony’s Oyster Bar, a place I had not been too in a LONG time!  Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for dressing me for the whole RLI Faculty Training weekend!   Lois and her team have beautiful clothing for every style and shape of women!   They are having a BIG Jewelry sale this weekend with 20%-35% off!  Stop by and see them!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and they will take EXCELLENT care of you!

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2nd Annual Tax Season Food Drive

Ava food driveToday is the day that we kick-off our 2nd Annual Tax Season Food Drive!  We did this last year for the first time and collected over 400lbs of food!  We donated the food to local food banks.  Thank you so much for your support last year and we hope to do even better this year!  Stop by our office and bring some nonperishable goods.  Here is a picture of our FIRST donation…thanks Ava!  We will be collecting goods from January 15th until April 15th 2016!  You can bring in goods when you come by to drop off your taxes or you can just stop by to say HELLO and donate!  We will be happy to see you either way!  And please help spread the word…the more food we collect, the more families we can help!  Thank you again for supporting our 2nd Annual Tax Season Food Drive with Smith & Smith, CPA!

 

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Tax Changes and Updates for 2016

new tax yearSo the new year has now rolled around and we have all pretty much gotten settled into our post-holiday routines.   Kids are back to school and we are back at work.  Now is the time to start thinking about your tax materials for your 2015 personal and business tax filings.  There have been several tax changes and updates for 2016.  Please take a minute to visit our January Newsletter and read all about the changes.  There are lots of things to consider, from health savings accounts, to retirement contributions and the standard deduction.  We are here to help and we are accepting new tax clients.

Come see us!  We look forward to working with you!

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Tax Class for 2016 and Let’s Party for Christmas!

Tax Class Seminar

Tax Class Seminar

You would probably not think that Tax Classes and Christmas Parties go hand-in-hand, but around here they kind of do.   You see, each year, the CPA’s and accountants in our office have to go through tax classes and earn CPE Credits to keep their license to practice tax.  The guys at Smith & Smith, CPA take a 2-day course in Greensboro that is put on by the Don Farmer Tax Seminar.  Now I know that sounds REALLY exciting and you are jealous that you can’t go!  So all joking aside, it is a really good course, they learn all about the new tax laws and changes and come back with their heads spinning on the new info!  Alicia is also taking her tax classes this week, but she stays close to home and completes her courses in Raleigh.  The guys are out of town in Greensboro for their big seminar.

Life Experiences Christmas Party

Life Experiences with Rotary Friends

Life Experiences with Rotary Friends

Earlier this week we had the Life Experiences Christmas Party.  It really is the BEST party of the year!  I’m proud to serve on the Board at Life Experiences and their Christmas party is a time when all of the clients, staff, Board, and families can come together to share a pot luck meal, meet each other, sing songs, and best of all, open gifts!  They each trade names and bring a special present for each other.  The clients also get a brand new Life Experiences t-shirt, something that they LOVE and truly Cherish.

Full House for the Party

Full House for the Party

Each year, one of the clients gets to dress up as Santa Clause and give out all of the gifts.  Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director for Life Experiences, also takes the microphone around to each one and let’s them say their name, introduce their families and say really whatever they want.  It’s a hoot as you never really know what is going to be said!  We had a great time at the party and I’m so proud to have many of my fellow Rotarians from the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club there with me!  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet for the beautiful black and white polka-dot dress.

Union Bank Christmas Party

Friends of Union Bank

Friends of Union Bank

Union Bank also had their Christmas Party this week.  My good friends, Jessica Register and Julie Clark, work for Union Bank and were kind to invite me to their office party.  Union Bank hosted their 2015 Wake County Christmas Open House at their Cary location, 111 Commonwealth Court, and had a huge crowd of clients, friends, Chamber members, Rotarians, and community leaders in attendance.  Jessica and I have been friends for several years now and have been on the Cary Chamber Membership Drive Rewards Trip together for the past 2 years!

Shop Local!

Shop Local!

Jessica and I both LOVE to shop and we LOVE consignment stores because you can find the best deals without having to pay a ton of $$$$.   Don’t we both look holiday-cute!?!  I’m wearing a black and white stripped sweater (it has some shine to it) from My Girlfriend’s Closet (stores in downtown Cary and downtown Apex).  I could have worn it with a black skirt, but I think the red makes it much more festive and styled for the holidays!  Jessica is wearing a black and white sweater too, her’s has some sequence sewn it, is hard to see in the picture, but in person it was very pretty and had a lot of texture and sparkle.  Jessica got her sweater from Classic Clothiers Consignment Boutique in Cary.  Her shoes (cute wedges) were from My Girlfriend’s Closet.  Why shop at the high dollar stores when you can shop local and get great deals!

Bass Pro Santa Shout-Out

Bass Pro Santa

Bass Pro Santa

And finally, I have to do a Christmas Shout-Out to my work friends…we meet once a month for lunch.  Earlier this week we had our December Christmas Holiday Lunch at Rally Point in Cary.   We have done different Christmas gifts and exchange parties over the years…this year we decided to do a Christmas Wrapping Paper Exchange!   Everyone brought 2 rolls of wrapping paper (or 3 gift bags) and we put them down inside of a black trash bag.  We then drew numbers and took turns grabbing gift wrap out of the bag, OR, you could steal the gift wrap from someone else.  Apparently the Snowman gift wrap is VERY popular among my friends!

All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas

After lunch, we went over to Bass Pro Shop in Cary and had our group picture made with Santa Clause.  I mean, how much fun is that !?!?!   I love Bass Pro Shop, even though I don’t hunt and I only fish with my parents.   They have all kinds of cool things in their store!  Plus I got to ride a 4-wheeler out front (well, not really, but I did pretend).  And one final THANKS to My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in this gorgeous Lilly Pulitzer Blayney Ruffle Dress.  The weather has been SO WARM this week,  I knew this colorful dress would be perfect!   Shop at My Girlfriend’s Closet and mention Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your Total Purchase!

ALSO, please remember to VOTE for our Smith & Smith, CPA tree as part of the Town of Cary Gifting Tree Project!!!  Voting goes until Saturday December 19th!  Winners gets $500 to the Charity of their Choice and ours would go to Life Experiences!

 

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Vote for the Gifting Tree in Downtown Cary

Vote for our Tree!

Vote for our Tree!

For a second year in a row, Smith & Smith, CPA is proud to participate in the Gifting Tree Project as part of the downtown Cary Holiday CelebrationThe Gifting Tree Proejct is hosted by Town of Cary and sponsored by The Mayton Inn (the brand new boutique hotel in downtown Cary that will open in 2016).  The Gifting Tree Project invites community members, non-profits, service clubs/groups and small businesses to decorate a Christmas Tree on the Town Hall Campus.   The trees can be decorated in anyway you like and with any theme idea, however, there are just a few rules including no food decorations and that your ornaments need to be weather-resistant (the trees are outside and in the loop around the campus).  The community is invited to cast a vote online for their favorite tree and the winner of the The People’s Choice with the most votes will have a donation of $500 made to the non-profit of their choice.

Rotary Tree

Rotary Tree

I went downtown last week to decorate our tree.  There is some really good competition this year with 24 trees in the race!  As part of the Board of Directors for Life Experiences, if our Smith & Smith, CPA tree wins, we will have the donation of $500 made to them! YEA!  I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see that happen!  Please take time to VOTE.  You can only vote ONCE per email address, so vote carefully!  I do have to give a shout-out to a few of the other trees in the Gifting Tree Project.  Check out the tree that was sponsored by the 5 Rotary Clubs in CaryThe Rotary Clubs of Cary Christmas Tree!  All 5 clubs worked together to make the ornaments and decorate the tree.  It reflects all of the great work and good projects that we do in the world.

Super Cute Tree

Super Cute Tree

Also take a look at the tree from My Girlfriend’s Closet.   I LOVE their creativity and all of the ribbon and tulle on the tree.  They also added the arms from one of the store mannequins holding their sign.  So creative!   So please take time over the next 2 weeks to VOTE online for the Town of Cary Gifting Tree Project. The voting period is December 5th through December 19th.  And remember, it is ONE vote per email address, so multiple votes from the same email will not count.  Please consider Smith & Smith, CPA as your top vote and let’s get that $500 to Life Experiences!  It will make a big impact for them!

 

 

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Where to View Christmas Lights in Cary and the 19th Annual Art Ball

Smith & Smith, CPA at the 19th Annual Art Ball

Smith & Smith, CPA at the 19th Annual Art Ball

WOW!  I’ve kinda taken a short break from my blog, but honestly I didn’t mean too!  The end of November was really crazy with the 19th Annual Art Ball for Cary Visual Art taking up a LOT of my time.  I was happy to serve Cary Visual Art as the Co-Chair for the event this year.  Smith & Smith, CPA is a proud Sustaining Sponsor for Cary Visual Art.  Blake, Cam, Brooke and I were in attendance and had a great time representing our CPA firm and our commitment to keeping art alive and thriving in the Cary Community.  It was a SUPER fun night, lots of glam, dancing, art and food! image thank you Thanks again to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet and her staff for helping me with the final touches on my Art Ball gown & accessories!  There were SO many gorgeous dresses that night!  I also loved seeing Blake all dressed up in his tux.  We ‘unofficially’ dubbed ourselves as the King and Queen of the Art Ball!  So enough on that…Back to my lack of blogging   We had Thanksgiving and were out of the office for most of that week.  Hopefully you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday too and you have recovered from all of the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, plus any family you had in town!   So that is my lame excuse for not blogging much in November.   But I’m BACK and ready to blog up a storm in December!

Christmas Lights in Cary

View Christmas Lights in Cary

View Christmas Lights in Cary

So this time of year, you always hear people talking about the BEST places to view Christmas lights in Cary.  Which house has the most, who has theirs set to music, which neighborhood is best, etc.  I found a really great website that talks about viewing Christmas lights in Cary and other surrounding areas.   It is called Fun4RaleighKids.com and they have ALL KINDS of great holiday & Christmas events and sights listed.  When you click on the Holiday Lights image at the top, you will then get to select the area in which you want to view Christmas Lights.  Pretty cool!  There are several listed in our area, so Blake and I will have to take the boys out soon to view the Christmas lights in Cary!  A family favorite every year!

 

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A Full Week of Business Events in Cary, NC

It has certainly been a full and busy week!  I have a full list of events and activities to recap and I want to start with something that really had an impact on my life!

Joe Dittmar – Survivor of 9-11

Joe Dittmar, Survivor of 9-11

Joe Dittmar, Survivor of 9-11

Last night, my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had the pleasure of hosting Joe Dittmar as our guest speaker.  Joe was in a business meeting on the 105 Floor of Tower Two of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.   Joe was the last one of the room of 54 insurance executive to leave the room and was one of seven in their meeting to survive that day by making it out of the tower alive.  Joe shared his personal story with us last night and presented it in a way to encourage us to always remember and never forget the lives that were lost that day.  I’ve been in Rotary for over 8-years and this has to be one of our most memorable programs.  Joe doesn’t charge a fee to speak and travels around the country shearing his story.  If you ever get the opportunity to hear him speak, don’t pass it up!

Leadership Cary 2015-2016

Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016

Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016

Last year I had the pleasure of being a participate in the Cary Chamber Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015.  It was a fantastic experience, I got to meet so many influential people in Cary, see lots of behind-the-scenes places and further develop my leadership skills.  This year I was asked to be a Co-Chair for the Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016.  The first session was earlier this week, held at Bond Park.  It was the Ropes Course and Team Building Day.  I had a great time meeting all of the participants and watching them experience the day together.  The course will meeting twice a month and will go until graduation in April of 2016.

Morrisville KNOW Luncheon

KNOW Luncheon (Erika, Molly, Marlynn, Debra and Skip Hill

KNOW Luncheon (Erika, Molly, Marlynn, Debra and Skip Hill

Thank you to Nancy Seymour, Director of Marketing for Atlantic Tire for inviting me to be her guest at the KNOW Luncheon on Thursday.  KNOW stands for Knowledgeable Network of Women and is a luncheon series hosted quarterly by the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce.   The November luncheon featured a Panel Discussion on the topic of: Business is a Team Sport – Learn How to Win.  The panelist included: Erikc Braun, Director of Human Resources for Golden Corral, Marlynn JonesAssistant Director of Athletics for Compliance of North Carolina Central University, and Molly Sapienza, Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships for PNC Financial Services.   The panel was led in discussion by Debra Morgan, news Anchor for WRAL.  I really enjoyed the panel discussion and their comments on leadership and personal experiences in the business world.

WBON of Cary Mega Networking

Lia, Lois and Heidi

Lia, Lois and Heidi

On Wednesday, WBON of Cary (Women Business Owners Network) hosted their Annual Fall Mega Networking Event at Prestonwood Country Club.  This is a great networking event every year.   All of the women in the room get a few minutes to share about their companies and how they work with their clients.  They always hold a contest for the most creative, most unique and most memorable.   Here is a cute pic of Lois Cozart (My Girlfriend’s Closet), Lia Sa (Fleur de Lia Alterations) and Heidi Simpson (Heidi Approved).   These three ladies will be holding an event together next Tuesday, November 17th at the My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  Call the store for details!

Kate Spade Sweater Dress Frenzy!

Kate Spade at MGC

Kate Spade at MGC

The Fall weather has been great this week, so it is time to bust open those Fall & Winter storage boxes and bring our your cooler weather wardrobe!   And speaking of My Girlfriend’s Closet, I had a great selection of Kate Spade sweater dresses from their stores to wear this week!  Lois has her stores up-to-date and stocked with the latest Fall trends and fashions (Such as: Logs of BLING, Lady Loafers, chic black boots, fringe and of course Plaid Plaid Plaid! ) Both of these dresses are NOW available in their stores for purchase and are very flattering on any shape.  The sweater fabric is thick and warm, just perfect for cool Fall days!

Kate Spade at MGC

Kate Spade at MGC

Kate Spade is a well known brand and a top favorite for many ladies. Kate Spade has handbags, clothing, jewelry, fashion accessories, fragrance, eyewear, shoes, swimwear, home decor, desk accessories stationary, tabletop and gifts!!!!!   You can find several Kate Spades pieces in the windows of My Girlfriend’s Closet, along with other designer brands such as Trina Turk, Coach, BCBG and Lily Pulitzer.  I wore the cream and navy stripped dress to the WBON of Cary Mega Networking event on Wednesday and the black and pink leopard print dress to the KNOW Luncheon on Thursday.  I had many compliments on both dresses.  As always, when you shop at MGC, make sure you tell them that you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your purchase!

It’s been a LONG week!  So happy weekend!

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C.A.R.T. Fund Week and Shopping for Art Ball Dresses!

C.A.R.T. Fund

CART Week event

CART Week event

Earlier this week my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club was happy to co-host with the Cary Central Rotary Club, a special event in honor of C.A.R.T. Week for the C.A.R.T. Fund.  Just what is the C.A.R.T. Fund you ask?  Well, it stands for Coins for Alzheimer Research Trust.  This was a program started by a Rotarian in SC back in 1995.   He had a family member who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and he wanted to raise funds for innovative research.  cartfund_bucket_logo_lg2So they started putting out BLUE buckets on the tables at their weekly Rotary meeting and asking members to put in their coins and loose change.  The idea of the CART buckets began to spread to other Rotary Clubs and is now being done in over 700 clubs in over 8 different states!  All, meaning 100% of the money donated goes to research and development to find a cure for Alzheimer disease.   So our two clubs teamed up to bring in a guest speaker to talk about the status of the cure for Alzheimer and what you can do to protect yourself.   We also had a speaker who updated us on the CART Fund status and grants that are being given out to research institutions.  Together our two clubs were able to raise $1,400 for the C.A.R.T. Fund!  Thank you to everyone who came and participated!

Art Ball Shopping at My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex, NC

Happy 3 Years with MGC!

Happy 3 Years with MGC!

In the photo above, I’m wearing a very warm and comfortable sweater dress by Ralph Lauren.  I got the dress from My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  It’s hard to believe that is has been 3 years already that I have been dressing and marketing for MGC!  I started working with Lois and her team of fantastic girls in August of 2012.  Here we are now in 2015 and I love promoting their store, all their fantastic dresses, sweaters, shoes, accessories and so much more!

Lia at work

Lia at work

Thank you for reading my blog and shopping at their stores in Cary and Apex!   I’ve always been a big fan of helping others in business and taking time to promote each other.  So the Cary Visual Art 19th Annual Art Ball is right around the corner…just 2 weeks from today!   I purchased a dress over the weekend and took it to Lia to get it hemmed.  Lia is a seamstress and her company is called Fleur de Lia Alterations.  She is located in the My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  She is great to work with and does fantastic work on any kind of alterations, she’s a master seamstress after all!  If you are looking for a gown to wear to the Art Ball, you should check out the MGC stores in Apex and Cary!  They have a great selection, just see the pictures below!!!!!  I will post a blog next week about great accessories you can get there for your Art Ball (or any upcoming Holiday Dress too!)

MGC Dresses for Formal Events

MGC Dresses for Formal Events

 

A Great selection

A Great selection

 

All Sizes and Styles

All Sizes and Styles

 Have a great weekend!

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