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Making a GO with FitBloggin’14 in Savannah

FitBloggin'14

FitBloggin’14

A few months ago I caught wind of a really cool conference that was going to be held in late June in Savannah, Georgia.  I had been to Savannah earlier this year with some special friends to celebrate one of their milestone birthdays, we had a fabulous trip and created memories that will last a lifetime!  I loved being in Savannah, as it had been years since I had last been there to visit (my childhood on a Girl Scout trip if I remember correctly…) So when the FitBloggin’14 Conference popped up, it all just seemed to fit.

DIY Success: The Tech Tools Class

DIY Success: The Tech Tools Class

This event had many exciting options, a chance to interact and engage with other awesome bloggers & marketing-minded people, interactive classes to learn more about social media technology and trends, an opportunity to develop and grow my marketing abilities for Smith & Smith, CPA, plus a chance to visit this cool city again, I was completely determined to go!  Living in Cary & the Triangle Area gives me lots of opportunities to network, market and grow the client base for Smith & Smith, CPA ,but there is also some really good value in getting OUTSIDE of your town/area and learning from others, so for many weeks I was highly anticipating attending FitBloggin’14!  The entire conference was held at the lovely Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Savannah on the River.  I love the view from the Windows Restaurant Lounge & Bar, located in the hotel lobby, as it offers beautiful views of the Savannah River and River Street.

FitBloggin'14 in Savannah

FitBloggin’14 in Savannah

The conference is organized by a dynamic girl named Roni of SkinnyMinnyMedia.  Roni was easy to find at the conference and was very helpful with any questions during the whole FitBloggin’ Conference.  Her energy was contagious and you could tell that she was really passionate about this event!  The entire 3 1/2 day schedule was jammed packed with opportunities to learn, grow and develop your marketing and blogging skills.  Thursday afternoon kicked off with an Expo and Vendor booth meet and greet, followed by an Evening Welcome Mixer, Personal Badge Decorating and Ice-Breaker Extravaganza.

Class with Andre on Smartphone Videos

Class with Andre on Smartphone Videos

Friday was another full day with a great class I took called “Taking Your Smartphone Video to the Next Level” (tips on content, lighting, volume, coding, etc) – taught by a guy named Andre Smith of Mission Meltdown.  Following that class was the lunch sponsored by RunDisney (click to read the Blog Posting about that cool experience).  After lunch I went to two more classes: “Working with Brands on Google+” and “Monetizing and Affiliate Marketing”.  The Affiliate Marketing class was probably my favorite one, it was taught by Sarah Beeskow Blay of ShareASale.  Sarah took time after the class to sit with me and review my blog on a one-on-one basis.  We did some brainstorming together and she helped me come up with some fantastic ideas to take my blog to the next level (stay tuned for those updates & improvements coming soon!)

Google+ Class

Google+ Class

The evenings were spent with mixing and sharing ideas, plus great speakers and panelist sharing their thoughts and opinions on blogging trends.  Saturday was another great day of learning with classes on “How to Pitch Your Brand”, “Reading the Find Print: Federal Guidelines and Other Blogging Legalities”, “DIY Success: The Tech Tools” and “DHTML Class“.  Carrie D. Photography were there to cover the entire FitBloggin’14 Conference and offered attendees a free head shot down by the river (Thanks Carrie!!!!)

Toucan Cafe

Toucan Cafe

Dinner was on-your-own for Saturday night so I joined some new friends that I made at a very cool and unique restaurant in Savannah called Toucan Cafe.  The Toucan Cafe was simply amazing and probably some of the BEST FOOD I have ever had!  Everything here is made right from scratch (except the crab) and tasted amazing!  I had the Grilled Corvina, a new dish for me and everything was perfect from the presentation to the flavor and taste!  I took a picture of some of the meals my friends had because they were simply stunning, the Seafood Risotto and the Black & Blue Ribeye Steak.

More from Toucan Cafe

More from Toucan Cafe

I really enjoyed dinner at the Toucan Cafe and had a great time getting to know my new friends.  There were plenty of opportunities to exercise and stay fit at the FitBloggin’14 Event, a major focus for many of the attendees!   They offered early morning runs around Savannah (in groups of course), plus mid-day Yoga and Zumba classes.  It was so nice to see different parts of Savannah, paralytically the Forsyth Park, a 30 acre park in the downtown historic district.

NFL Selfie

NFL Selfie

One of the coolest parts of the whole conference was a chance to meet and get a ‘selfie’ with Arian Foster, NFL Player with the Houston Texans.  Arian is a spokes person for Chia Bar and part of the Health Warrior Brand.  Overall I was extremely pleased with FitBloggin’14 and know that I am bringing back some fantastic marketing ideas and blogging tips that will help me push Smith & Smith, CPA forward in our area.  I’m looking forward to getting these ideas implemented as soon as I can.  FitBloggin’15 will be held in Denver!  Maybe I’ll be there……  On the way back on Sunday I drove out to Hilton Head Island to enjoy the beach for a few hours. It was a beautiful day to just relax and enjoy the sun, sand and sounds of the beach.  A perfect way to end a perfect weekend!

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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Sorting Shoes and So Much More at Note In the Pocket

Shoes to be donated to Wake County Students

Shoes to be donated to Wake County Students

One of my favorite things about working at Smith & Smith, CPA is the opportunity to volunteer and give back to my community.  I have the privilege of being a member of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and through that membership comes many opportunities to volunteer.   Last night I worked with several club members at Note In the Pocket in North Raleigh.  I met Note In the Pocket a few years ago and have included them in my blog before.  Last night as my first time at their actual facility and their place is very organized and impressive.

Shoes ready to go!

Shoes ready to go!

Note In the Pocket has a simple mission of providing clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County.   Our service project last night included sorting, tagging and organizing over 200 pairs of shoes that were recently donated by another location nonprofit.  We had six club members there and we worked together in teams of two.  While I was sitting there helping to sort and tag shoes, I thought about those kids in Wake County who would receive these shoes…what it must be like to walk in their shoes…to not have the clothing necessities to wear to school that many of us have and simply take for granted.

Walk a Mile in their shoes

Walk a Mile in their shoes

I’m very grateful for Note in the Pocket and for the lives they are changing and the families they are helping.  The shoes we organized last night will be delivered in the next week to Wake County Social Workers who will get them to the families and kids in need.  It brings me great joy to think of the smiles on their faces and to know that they will now walk miles in a new pair of shoes.  🙂

 

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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Director of Marketing

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Cary, NC 27511

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Family Fun at the Orange County Speedway

Orange County Speedway

Orange County Speedway

If you are a small business owner and you live or work in Wake County, then you probably know that there are TONS and TONS of opportunities to network and market your business through referral groups.  One group that Smith & Smith, CPA supports (and has for years) is Triangle BNI.  A man by the name of Steve Hand, owns  Triangle BNI  (client of Smith & Smith, CPA) and is the man who is responsible to many successful business connections and ‘done business deals’in Wake County.  Blake is a member of a BNI Group in Cary called “The Next Level“, and really enjoys not only the great business leads, but also the members and friendships that have developed from the group.

Goody-bag for the kids by Johnson Maserati of Cary

Goody-bag for the kids by Johnson Maserati of Cary

His group is very active not just through their weekly meetings, but also through their community service projects that are done several times a year.  The Next Level BNI group had a Family-Social Event over the weekend at the Orange County Speedway.  Several of their club members went with their families to support club member, Dennis Sargent, Managing Attorney at Law Office of Dennis Jay Sargent Jr, PLLC.  Dennis is ‘Attorney by Day and Race Car Driver by Night‘ and he is GOOD!  Dennis was in the first race of the night, Limited Sportsman, and he placed 3rd in the race!  It was really exciting and everyone in “The Next Level” BNI group went down on the track to congratulate him.  Way to go Dennis!

Congrats to Dennis on winning 3rd Place in his race!

Congrats to Dennis on winning 3rd Place in his race!

Orange County Speedway is located in Northeastern Orange County (about 1 hour drive from Cary) and the track is 3/8ths mile around.  Our family had a great time at the race and they loved watching the race cars and mini trucks during their own races.  My kids also loved the goody-bags that were handed out at the door by Orange County Speedway sponsor, Johnson Maserati of Cary.  The goody-bag had several pieces of candy and cool little trinkets for the kids.  There was a SUPER MOON that night too, so everyone loved watching it come up over the trees, so cool!

 

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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Cary, NC 27511

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Noodle Bar in Raleigh with ShopLocalRaleigh and Bloggers!

Torii Noodle Bar by Kanki

Torii Noodle Bar by Kanki

So last night I had a pretty cool experience, I was invited by Jennifer Martin, Executive Director for ShopLocalRaleigh to join in on the SLR Food & Travel Bloggers event at Torri Noodle Bar by Kanki.  Now, noodle bars are one of the hottest food trends in 2014, so I had to go and check this place out!  Jennifer knows that I’m an avid blogger and not only is Beccablog.com about our Smith & Smith, CPA clients and helpful tax/accounting advice, but I also LOVE to blog about events and happenings within our networking groups, such as ShopLocalRaleigh.

Delicious Appetizers by Torii Noodle Bar

Delicious Appetizers by Torii

I’ve also been adding some reviews to TripAdvisor and UrbanSpoon here lately too, so it all ties in together nicely.  This was my first time at a noodle bar, though my husband and I are fans of the roman noodles that you can make it home, so I had to go and compare the two!  Torii Noodle Bar is located at Crabtree Valley Mall on the top level, right down from Kanki.  It is owned by the Kanki family and has both indoor and outdoor seating.  It is not a large space, seats 40 people inside and has large glass windows that provide lots of natural light.

Becca and Jennifer trying sake

Becca and Jennifer trying sake

The noodle bar was closed for just our group and upon arrival they offered you a drink and some delicious appetizers (edamame, Gyoza, calamari, and tataki).  The room was set-up in a ‘cooking teaching style‘ and I couldn’t wait to get started!   Those who know me know that I would rather do the dishes and clean-up after a meal ANY DAY instead of being the chef, but I was looking forward to this experience.  Everyone at Torii was very nice and I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Alex Cordova, Executive Chef for Torii (he taught the noodle making class), Tom MukoyamaCorporate GM and Certified Sake Adviser, Reuben RodillasGM Torii Noodle Bar at Kanki, and Gee DararouksaDirector of Operations for Plaza Associates.

Let's Make some Ramen!

Let’s Make some Ramen! This is what we started with

Once everyone had arrived we gathered around the table and Tom gave us a quick overview of Torii and introduced Chef Alex.  Chef Alex talked a little bit about the history of the ramen noodle and what the basic ingredients are (wheat flour, salt, water and kansui).   Now the fun began!  We were each given a plate of 4 small sauce bowls and we were invited to sip and try the difference sauces and then decide which one we wanted for our final noodle bowl.  All of their noodle bar sauces are made in-house and some even take up to 6-hours to make!

Mixing it all up!

Mixing it all up!

I went with the first flavor which was a shoyu broth, a soy-based broth and the most common style, a specialty of Tokyo.  Next we stared making our own noodles!  Starting with our bread flour, we mixed, rolled, and stretched and flattened the dough through the pasta noodle maker machine.  This was really fun as we laughed and talked and took turns sharing the noodle machines.  After about 20 minutes we ended up each having a plate of noodles for dinner and a bag of noodles to-go home with us.

Rolling out the noodles

Rolling out the noodles

The servers came around and took your fresh made noodles along with your name and choice of sauce.  After a few minutes your noodle bowl came out and you went down the ‘noodle bar topping‘ line and added different items as you wished (pork, soft egg, scallions, tofu, fish cake, and snow peas).  It was so fun to see all of the different combinations that everyone had made as it really does represent how Torri Noodle Bar caters to each individual particular taste and flavor, I just loved the idea of creating your own noodle bar bowl!

My noodle bowl included: noodles, shoyu broth, fresh egg, pork, scallions, and snow peas.YUMMY!!!!

Finished meal ready to eat!

Finished meal ready to eat!

During the whole cooking course we also were treated with tastings of many different sake flavors!  I can’t even remember how many we tasted but they were all different: sweet, hot, cold, strong, etc.  Really good!  My favorite one tasted like spiced apples!  After we all ate dinner together, they thanked us for attending and we were each presented with a “Certificate of Participation in the Making of Ramen Noodles” and a bright green recycled bag full of coupons, special offers to Torri and Kanki, recipes, notepads and more.

Let's eat!

Let’s eat!

Torii Noodle Bar is a great location for many events…there is plenty of parking and the space is perfect for hosting private events such as baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, office parties, family events, and more. The staff will work with you to help create the best set-up and menu for your event.  They also offer a variety of classes each month at Torii, such as Sake & Sushi 101 and Noodle Making.  The classes are $35/per person and they can be found on the website.   I really like how ShopLocalRaleigh reaches out to community bloggers and locally owned restaurants and works to connect them together.  This event was really well done and lasted about 2-hours.

Selfie with Chef Alex and Becca

Selfie with Chef Alex and Becca

I’d like to say thank you to Jennifer Martin of SLR and all of the staff at Torii and Kanki for such a fun night!  There was also a film crew there taking pictures and making videos to use for Torii, so I am sure they got some great footage!   So overall my first experience at a noodle bar was really awesome and I’m already thinking of an event I can have there soon with friends!  And a very special thanks to Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet, a high-end ladies consignment boutique with two locations, located in downtown Cary and downtown Apex, for dressing me in this beautiful blue and white silk polka-dotted sleeveless top from The Limited.  I paired it with while linen pants and it made for a crisp and cool hot July summer day outfit!  They still have tons of great summer dresses and tops, plus fantastic accessories!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your total purchase!

 

Becca Smith...Ramen Noodle Graduate!

Becca Smith…Ramen Noodle Graduate!

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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Cary, NC 27511

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Vacation Time is Here!

The weather is perfect and the ocean is calling our name!  Time to take a break and recharge our batteries by the sea.  Smith & Smith, CPA will be closed the week of July 21st – 25th 2014.  Hope your summer is a BLAST!

Vacation

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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Cary, NC 27511

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Beach Boys Hanging with Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA guys at the beach

Smith & Smith, CPA guys at the beach

 

It has been a GREAT beach week so far!  The weather has brought us storms and rain each afternoon, but nothing that has ruined our week weather-wise.  The kids are having a great time playing together and all of the adults are getting to relax and enjoy the time away from the office.  Just a few more days to go before we are ‘back to the grind’.  Hope your week has been productive and nice 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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Cary, NC 27511

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Balance the Pyramid

Life is like a pyramid…it is up to you to keep it balanced!

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Balance your Life Pyramid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Let’s Go!  Back to Work!

back-to-work We had a great week of vacation last week and today we were back in the office!  Today was busy answering emails, phone messages and going through a HUGE stack of mail!  Thanks to everyone who we’ve talked today who asked how our vacation was, it’s nice to have clients who care and Smith & Smith, CPA clients are the BEST!   This is the last week of July, the summer is coming to an end soon and kids are starting back to school!

 

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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Celebrate for Them!

Trevor and Connor

Trevor and Connor

Today is a special day here at Smith & Smith, CPA….it’s Connor’s 5th Birthday (Cam’s son) and it is Trevor’s last day at work as our Summer Intern.  Cam’s family came by the office and brought a cake, so we sang Happy Birthday to Connor and we all had lunch together to celebrate with both Connor and Trevor.  We have had a great summer with Trevor helping us around the office as our summer intern in accounting and marketing.  He’s been a fast learner and has been quick at learning the ‘accounting & tax ropes’.  He’s also been a lot of fun around the office and we are going to miss him!  Hopefully he’ll be back to work with us again soon, maybe next summer and maybe even during his college holiday breaks!?!?!  Cheers to Connor and Trevor!

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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Cary, NC 27511

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Congrats to the Best of Cary 2014

Congrats to the Winners!

Congrats to the Winners!

So this is really cool…The Cary News and The News and Observer advertising departments recently released the winners for the 2014 Best of Cary AwardsSmith & Smith, CPA was THRILLED to see several of our clients on the WINNING list and even more on the 2nd and 3rd place list!  A BIG Congrats to our two client winners, Sushi-Thai Cary for BEST of Cary ASIAN RESTAURANT AND BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT and to The Flower Cupboard for BEST of Cary FLORIST.  The announcement came in the Sunday, July 27th paper and listed a brief paragraph about each of the winners.  There were 70 category winners and they were selected and voted on by readers in early June.  The topic lists included local restaurants, jewelers, real estate agents, spas, gift shops, doctors, hair stylists and more!

The Flower Cupboard

The Flower Cupboard

This was the 3rd year in a row for The Flower Cupboard to win Best Florist, so a big congrats to Jon Van Denise, the proud owner!  John has been a client of Smith & Smith, CPA for well over 10 years and he certainly has some of the most beautiful flower arrangements in Cary!  Sushi-Thai Cary has been a client for nearly a year and we’ve enjoyed getting to know the owners and working closely with them on several projects.  Plus we LOVE going to eat there for business lunches, but also on the weekend!  Sometimes Blake is there 2-3 times a week!  We celebrated my birthday there earlier this year and it was really fun and very delicious!  I’d also like to give a CONGRATS shout-out to Graceful Expressions Dance Education, another client of Smith & Smith, CPA for getting 3rd Place in the Best Dance Studio Category.

Sushi Thai Cary

Sushi Thai Cary

And finally, CONGRATS to Bradford Wilson of Edward Jones for BEST of Cary FINANCIAL ADVISOR, Brad and his team are solid referral partners for Smith & Smith, CPA and we were so pleased to see them being recognized for their hard work.  All of the winners will be presented with an award plaque that can be proudly displaced in their place of work.  Congrats again to all of the winners for the BEST of CARY 2014 Awards Keep on making Cary and Morrisville a wonderful place to live, work and play!

 

 

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

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Cary, NC 27511

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