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Cruising for Murder on the High Seas!

murder 3Have you ever been on a cruise ship?  How about a cruise ship with a MURDER!  Well, I HAVE BEEN!  Kind of…so let me explain.  Earlier this week I attended the WBON of Cary Cruising for Murder Fundraising Dinner Event.  The proceeds from this ‘Murder Cruise’ will benefit the WBON Scholarship Fund, which is awarded each year in the Spring to deserving women business owners.  I was invited to attend the Murder Mystery Dinner, Cruising for Murder, by my friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Lisa Cotter, Owner of Doctors Express Urgent Care in Cary.  Lisa is so much fun and she was in-charge of the wine wall fundraising for the evening.

Lisa & Becca

Lisa & Becca

Doctors Express was also the Table Sponsor for murder mystery dinner.   Many of the attendees had parts in the mystery play and a good majority of them were also in costume.  The event was well attended and had delicious food and a nice selection of wines, plus soft-beverages.  Cruising for Murder was held at Bien Venue in Apex.  There was a whole table of auction prizes, sponsored by Carolina Prime Outlets and was appropriately called “Duty Free Shopping”.  I was the lucky winner of several auction items too!  I really enjoyed the live music that was played by Heart Rush, staring Linda Lyons of Lyons Coaching Solutions.  They had the crowd up and dancing several times on the dance floor.

Fabulous ladies of My Girlfriend's Closet

Fabulous ladies of My Girlfriend’s Closet

About 1/2 way through the evening there was a MURDER!  The drama unfolded, the clues were given and guesses were made as to “who done it!”  Many thanks to Lisa Cotter for inviting me to attend as her guest and thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for making sure I had a fantastic dress to wear!  Cheers to WBON of Cary and their Scholarship Program!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Yummy Eats of ALL Kinds!

Life Experiences Brownies!

Life Experiences Brownies!

Now, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that around here at Smith & Smith, CPA, we like to EAT!  After all, good food brings us together and Thanksgiving IS NEXT WEEK (slight panic….).  So let’s get right to the food talk…yesterday was the November Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon.  This is a women’s networking group that Smith & Smith, CPA has been proud to sponsor for several years.   As a GOLD SPONSOR, we get a large display table near the entrance and each month I take along guests with me for our RSVP table.  I usually try to include referral partners and clients in the mix and use our display table as a way to highlight clients & groups that we support.  So for the month of November, I decided to take along a delicious plate of brownies made in the bakery of Life Experiences.  I’m happy to be a Board Member for Life Experiences and I honestly believe that they have the BEST brownies on the PLANET!

TLPL girls at Smith & Smith, CPA table

TLPL girls at Smith & Smith, CPA table

So I took a huge platter, plus a ton of catering & bakery menus with me to hand out.  They were a HIT with the ladies and many thanks to Carrie Peele, Founder of The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, for letting me make an announcement about Life Experiences from the podium.  I encouraged everyone to consider Life Experiences for any of their catering and baking needs during the holidays.  Many thanks to the sweet friends at my table, Alicia, Heather, Shelli, Marla and Amy for helping with the brownies too!

Blake, Tony & Cam

Blake, Tony & Cam

Last week one of our Financial Advisor referral partners, Tony Delauney, of Ameriprise Financial Services, stopped by the office to bring by lunch…yummy sub sandwiches!  Tony has been a solid referral partner to Smith & Smith, CPA for many years and is preparing to get more involved in the Cary-area market.  We enjoyed having Tony over for lunch as he shared his plans and goals for the 2015 year and wants to include Smith & Smith, CPA in some financial talks.  Sounds like a good game plan to us!  As you can see, Tony left our office all decked out in Smith & Smith, CPA gear too.  Nice lookin’ cooler and tailgate chair you got there!

Papa Spuds with Lewis Farm Winter Berries

Papa Spuds with Lewis Farm Winter Berries

And finally a DELICIOUS strawberry SHOUT-OUT to our client, Papa Spuds!  The farm to fork delivery service, owned by Rob Meyer, works hard to bring fresh food grown right here in North Carolina to your doorstep.   Since 2008 they have been expanding their network of local growers and food artisans and are proud to offer over 200 food products a week!  Thanks to Rob for stopping by our office and bringing these delicious WINTER BERRIES, from Lewis Nursery and Farms in Rocky Point, NC.  The winter berries are grown in a solar tunnel and are available November thru April.  Thanks Rob!  Consider Papa Spuds for fresh produce right here in North Carolina!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Loving Your Job…and the People You Work With!

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

Do you love our job?  How about the people you work with?  I know many people could answer this YES on some days and then NO on other days.  Hey, that’s part of life and work right?  Here at Smith & Smith, CPA, we are happy to say that 99% of the time, we LOVE where we work and we LOVE the people we work with!  That is because we are family (or at least long-time family friends) and enjoy being together!  I’m happy to share two pictures with you that were made at our outdoor photo shoot yesterday.  It’s hard getting everyone out of this office for a picture, but they all smiled so nicely and the pictures turned out great!  You can plan on seeing this picture lots of places over the next year!

Loving those you work with!

Loving those you work with!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Life Experiences Auction in 2014

27th Annual Life Experiences Auction

27th Annual Life Experiences Auction

Last night, Blake and I had the pleasure of attending the 27th Annual Harry H. Montgomery Life Experiences Auction.  The event was held at Prestonwood Country Club and had the BIGGEST crowd to date!   If you have read my blogs before, then you know about Life Experiences and that is has a very strong place in my heart!  The entire ballroom was full last night and they even had to add about 5 more tables for people to sit!  That shows you just how hard the entire Auction Committee and Board of Directors had worked to make the event great.  It takes lots of time, planning and volunteers to pull off an event of this size.  But it is such an important event to Life Experiences as it is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Auction Item by Lucy & Bee

Auction Item by Lucy & Bee

It is actually a two-day event with the auction held on Sunday evening and a golf tournament held today (Monday) also at Prestonwood Country Club (they have a gorgeous day for golf today!).  The Rotary Clubs of Apex and Cary were very strong supporters and also provided many of the volunteers who helped work the auction tables last night.  I was happy to help serve on the Auction Committee on-behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA and part of my responsibilities included helping collect auction items.  Many thanks to my dear friend, Cynthia Dishman, of Lucy & Bee, for making a donation.  Cynthia is a professional seamstress and hand-makes many amazing items.  She generously donated one of her 18″ doll outfits and shoes.  It was simply beautiful and I borrowed the American Girl Doll, Saige, from Alicia’s daughter, Ava, to use as a model for the outfit.  It made for a very unique auction item.  Thank you to both Cynthia and Ava!  I also had a nights stay at Gunther Lodge at Holston Camp in Banner Elk, NC donated by Craig Bell, Camp Director for Holston Camp.  Each year during the first weekend in December, Holston Camp hosts a Christmas Family weekend.  The winner of this item gets to attend that weekend with their family and participate in all the festivities.  Once the silent auction part ended, there was a LIVE AUCTION that featured over 25 fabulous prizes and trips!

Steve & Susan Pruskin, proud Sponsors of the event last night!

Steve & Susan Pruskin, proud Sponsors of the event last night!

According to my calculations, over $15,000 alone was raised during the live auction! How exciting!  Many thanks to all of the wonderful sponsors, committee members, volunteers, attendees, bidders and most of all to Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director at Life Experiences, for making last night a huge success!  Hope the golfers have fun today and make plans to attend next year! Blake and I had a fantastic time seeing friends and clients and enjoy this event every year.   Many thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the Calvin Klein black sequence cocktail dress last night!  MGC in downtown Cary and downtown Apex has a HUGE selection of Fall & Winter fashions, shoes and accessories!  Stop by to shop, mention Becca’s Blog and get 10% off your purchase Shop Local!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Hand Painted Ornaments from Life Experiences

Drew & Becca

Drew & Becca

So what are your plans for Sunday evening?   I know where I am going to be!  I’ll be at the 27th Annual Life Experiences Auction at Prestonwood Country Club!  If you saw my previous post, then you know what I am talking about!   We have a REALLY neat opportunity for you on Sunday night at the auction.  You can purchase a HAND PAINTED ONE OF A KIND Ornament that was painted this week by the great people at Life Experiences!   Seriously, this has to be one of my MOST FAVORITE and MEMORABLE projects ever with my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club!  One of our newest members, Tia Coppus, came up with the idea this year!

Hand Painted Ornaments

Hand Painted Ornaments

We went to Life Experiences on Thursday and helped everyone there hand paint 2-3 different ornaments.  The whole experience just warmed your heart and their smiles over painted just made you feel so good (AKA, crying tears of joy and happiness!)   These ornaments will be sold for $50/each at the Auction on Sunday night and if you buy an ornament, you are then entered into the drawing for a pair of DIAMOND EARRINGS!!!!!  It’s a win-win for you either way!  Here are some pictures of our painting, you will love them!  See you Sunday!

Tia & Maria

Tia & Maria

 

Mark & Becca

Mark & Becca

 

Painting!

Painting!

 

Happy weekend too!!!!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Charity Spotlight for Life Experiences in Cary Magazine

Earlier this morning I was out at a work meeting and just so happened to pick-up a copy of the November/December 2014 Cary Magazine.  I LOVE looking at the local magazines each month, flipping through the pages, reading the articles and most of all…looking for photos of people I know personally (because let’s be honest, it is VERY COOL to see your picture in a magazine!)

Charity Spotlight for Life Experiences in Cary Magazine

Charity Spotlight for Life Experiences in Cary Magazine

So I was DELIGHTED to see my beautiful friend (and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club member), Mary Madenspacher, CEO of Life Experiences there in the pages!  Life Experiences was highlighted in the issues’ story titled “Charity Spotlight: 4 Easy Ways to be a Neighbor”.  The Cary Magazine Charity Spotlight talks about the upcoming auction and golf tournament (Nov 9th & 10th) that is the BIGGEST fundraiser of the year for Life Experiences!  This is the 27th year for the event and it’s always SO MUCH FUN!  More information can be found on the website, I hope you can make plans to join us!   I’m also so proud to be a Board Member for Life Experiences on-behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA.  Congrats to Mary and her amazing staff at Life Experiences for being in the Charity Spotlight for Cary Magazine!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Peachy Keen Frozen on the Fall Fashion Runway!

Peachy Keen Fall FROZEN Fashion Show

Peachy Keen Fall FROZEN Fashion Show

Last night was the Peachy Keen Fall Fashion Show with the theme of FROZEN!  The event was held in the Peachy Keen store in Cary and had a large crowd of over 130 people!  We were tightly packed in but the room was buzzing with all kinds of excitement over the runway show, specialty drinks, hors d’oeurves, shopping and prizes!   Smith & Smith, CPA was proud to be a sponsor for the event this Fall, our relationship with Peachy Keen runs deep with connections through ShopLocalRaleigh and other networking groups.

Ready on the runway!

Ready on the runway!

The event featured over 20 different sponsors and had a nice swag bag full of all kinds of goodies!  As a sponsor, I ordered Hot & Cold Therapy Bags as our Smith & Smith, CPA give-away (toss it in the freezer to get it nice and cool or in the microwave to get warm, GREAT for those neck & back aches and pains!).  The fashion show itself included close to 40 different looks, ranging from the casual weekend chick all the way to the holiday party girl-on-the-go!

Tia wearing Headbands for Hope, sold at PK!

Tia wearing Headbands for Hope, sold at PK!

The models had beautiful braids in their hair (hence the FROZEN Disney movie connection) and was styled by The Hair and Face Lounge in downtown Cary.  All of the styles seen on the runway were then available for purchase after the show.  I got lucky and found a very unique and totally perfect dress that I will wear this weekend to the Art Ball, hosted by Cary Visual Art!  My silk top last night was also purchased from Peachy Keen, made by designer Tracy Reese. The jewelry worn by the models was from Kenda Kist, a local designer.  The food was provided by Thai Spices & Sushi, BlackFin AmeriPub and delicious cupcakes by Confectionate CakesNirvelli Day Spa was offering nail painting and there was a whole counter full of door prizes that were donated by the sponsors.

Door Prize by Smith & Smith, CPA

Door Prize by Smith & Smith, CPA

The door prizes included hotel night stays, beauty supplies, jewelry and more!  Smith & Smith, CPA was proud to provide one of our tailgate chairs and matching coolers for the door prize raffle.  Many thanks to all of the sponsors and friends that came last night!  The idea of ‘shopping local’ is huge and something that our firm takes pride in being involved with in many ways.  Last night was also a special time for our group of girlfriends to honor our dear friend, Katherine Greene, who passed away at the end of September, just a month ago.

Katherine Greene

Katherine Greene

Katherine was a fan of Peachy Keen and always attended the Spring & Fall fashion shows with us.  Katherine had a flare for fashion and brought so much joy and laughs to our group of friends.  Donna, Karly and Jen Hankin, owners of Peachy Keen, were very kind to let us buy Katherine a seat for the show last night, we had her chair decorated with photos and flowers.  At the end of the night, we gathered in the parking lot to release balloons and share our memories of Katherine together.

Pre Balloon Release for Katherine

Pre Balloon Release for Katherine

We appreciate the kind words that Donna said during the opening of the show, it was a memorable night for us to honor a dear friend who will always be missed so much.  Donna reminded us all that life is short and each day should be lived to the fullest!  We need to take time to celebrate with friends and create those memories, you never know if today is your last.   Peachy Keen hosts the fashion show event twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.  The next Spring Fashion show will be held on April 16th, mark your calendars to be there!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Watkins Flowers for ShopLocalRaleigh

ShopLocalRaleigh

ShopLocalRaleigh

This morning was the October Final Friday ShopLocalRaleigh morning social. The event was held at Watkins Flowers of Distinction in Raleigh on Capital Blvd.  The store is already beautifully decorated for the holiday seasons and boasts tons of cool holiday decor, plus flowers of all kinds and styles!  The owners, Ed Carpp and his wife, Sallie Taggart, were gracious hosts and had fresh coffee and donuts for us.  The Friday Morning Social is a FAVORITE among many in ShopLocalRaleigh and gives a SLR member an opportunity to host the event at their place of business.

Winner!

Winner!

During the social, we all get a chance to go around and introduce ourselves and meet all of the other members and guests.  There was a HUGE crowd this morning and many members had exciting announcements about holiday promotions and events.  Watkins Flowers did a door prize drawing for a gift basket that was full of items from LOCAL stores and vendors, many of which are members of ShopLocalRaleighScott Sams of Dynamic Print Solutions was the lucky winner!  One of my favorite items in the basket is the popcorn from Carolina Popcorn ShoppeJennifer Martin, Executive Director for ShopLocalRaleigh, handed out the Sir Walter Raleigh cut-outs as it is ONCE AGAIN time for the “Where’s Walter” Holiday ContestSmith & Smith, CPA participated in this event last year and it was so much fun!

Where's Walter Contest

Where’s Walter Contest

The Where’s Walter contest involves local businesses putting the cut-out of Sir Walter in their place of business (or on their website) and inviting other SLR members & the public to snap pictures of Sir Walter and then post them to Twitter and Instagram.  Each post gets you an entry for all of the great prizes!  Last year the GRAND PRIZE was a SCOOTER and one of our Smith & Smith, CPA clients, Kate Steadman, Co-Owner of FRILL, was the lucky winner!  The contest will start in a few weeks, so make sure you stop by Smith & Smith, CPA to see our Sir Walter and enter the contest!  Thanks again to Watkins Flowers for hosting the October ShopLocalRaleigh Final Friday Morning Social and to everyone who came!  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me today in the purple tunic!  My Girlfriend’s Closet is located in downtown Cary and downtown Apex….keep it local, Shop Local!  Happy weekend!

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Set a Budget for Your Holiday Spending

Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping

So a good friend of mine kinda freaked me out the other day when she mentioned that we only had 9 weekends left till Christmas!  9 weekends??? Really, just 9 weeks!?!?!  So yes, the ‘holiday shopping & spending season’ is right upon us…2014 will roll right out the door and we’ll be greeting 2015 before you know it!  I read a great article last week about holiday spending from one of Smith & Smith, CPA‘s referral partners, Law Office of Dennis Sargent Jr, PLLC.  Dennis posted the article in his newsletter and I think the information is worth sharing.

dennis

 

The article covers some good holiday shopping points & tips, such as: Start Shopping Now,  Set a Limit, Make a Plan and most of all…don’t get caught up in the holiday frenzy!  Thanks Dennis for the great article!  Have any good tips that you want to share for the holiday “spending season”?  I’d love to hear them!

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Women’s Leadership Council…and CAKES!

Julie & Friends

Julie & Friends

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the United Way of the Greater Triangle Women’s Leadership Council Annual Awards Luncheon & Dessert Auction, as a guest of my good friend, Julie Clark.  Julie works with TrustAtlantic Bank and was a proud sponsor for the luncheon event, which drew a crowd of over 300 women from around the Triangle!  The luncheon held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham featured a Dessert Auction with over 30 different cakes, pies & cupcakes!  YUMMY!  Each table worked together to bid on their top 5 desserts, hoping to win!

Cake for Auction

Cake for Auction

Over $51,000 was raised during the luncheon and it goes towards helping those in our community with Eduction, Health and Income.  I had a delightful time and enjoyed learning more about the Women’s Leadership Council.  Our table didn’t win a dessert, but we were able to taste and sample many of the delicious desserts all over the room.  Take a look at some of these fantastic cakes!  They were provided by local bakeries and restaurants and really featured some work of art!   Jennifer Trapani of The Redwoods Group was presented the 2014 Women of the Year Award and the Master of Ceremonies was Debra Morgan, Anchor for WRAL-TV (she is so cool!!!!).   They showed the 2014 Girls Leadership Camp Video and it featured Julie talking about the program  (Great job Julie!!!).

Cake for Bidding

Cake for Bidding

Three other awards were presented to young girls who are part of the outreach programs that are partnered by the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.  Congrats to all of the award recipients!  A job well done!  And thanks to Julie for the generous invite to attend the luncheon as your guest of TrustAtlantic Bank!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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