February 2016 Archives

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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!

 

 

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

(919) 380-0600 phone

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February is for FUN!

Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras!

I think I say this EVERY YEAR, but hands-down, February is STILL my FAVORITE month!  From Mardi Gras, to Super Bowl and celebrating birthdays and Valentine’s DayWOW, just SO MUCH to celebrate!   So I’ll start with Mardi Gras…each year, the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club puts on a HUGE Mardi Gras Kick Off BASH!  This year, the 9th Annual event was held at The Atrium in Regency Park in Cary.  Live music was provided by The Back of the Boat Band, and there was Live Auction, Silent Auction, Raffle Auction, plus over 25 different food, beverage and dessert vendors!  All of the proceeds from the event went to Life Experiences, plus other local charities and humanitarian projects in the community.

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

I’m a proud Board Member for Life Experiences, so we are always excited to attend this event!  Blake and I did a sponsorship on behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA and invited our whole office to attend.  Cam and Brooke were not able to go due to a family event, but Alicia and her mom came along and we had the BEST time!  From the fun and colorful Mardi Gras face masks, to the delicious foods, dancing and auction bidding, we really enjoyed the WHOLE time!  My Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had many members there too and was proud to support our very own club member, Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director for Life Experiences.  There was over 400 people there and from what I have heard so far, the preliminary numbers show that it was a SUCCESSFUL event for ALL!

Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50

We were SO proud to have the Carolina Panthers in the 50th Super Bowl!  We had a lot of friends and family over to our house and celebrated the game together.  We sure were hoping for a Carolina Panthers Super Bowl WIN, but alas, as you know, they just couldn’t get it together to beat the Denver Broncos!  We did have some Denver Broncos fans in the house though, as our good friends, Tia & Ethan Coppus are DIE-HARD Broncos fans!

Birthday Celebration

happy 60th bobWe have TWO office birthdays at Smith & Smith, CPA in the month of February…still not as many as we have in July (3) and November (3) but it’s a month of birthdays for Bob and me!   Bob turned the BIG 60 on February 4th and we celebrated with Krispy Kreme donuts (HOT NOW sign was ON), plus a brownie cake made by Brooke and a fresh fruit display from Edible Arrangements.  My birthday rolled around yesterday and I had SO MUCH fun having friends stop by with flowers, treats, goodies, hugs and cards!

Goodies from friends & Southern Oak Gift Co.

Goodies from friends & Southern Oak Gift Co.

They sure do know how to make a girl feel LOVED!   Once special gift was from a new friend & neighbor, Shea Armstrong.  Her business is called Southern Oak Gift Company and she provides gift boxes, bags and baskets for ALL occasions.  She brought me a beautiful red box of goodies yesterday and I am just smitten with her company!  Blake took me out last night to Full Moon Oyster Bar for a birthday dinner with friends.  What a YUMMY place!   Thanks for all of the birthday love!  February, you have been good to me!  Tax season is cranking up BIG time, so all of the fun in February makes it a little less…taxing.  🙂

 

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

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax

 

 

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Don’t Forget About Your Child Tax Credit!

Tax credit child trentWhenever a client comes in the door to drop-off their tax materials for their personal tax filings, we always ask them “Have you had any changes in the past year”.  Sometimes they will says YES, they moved, new address, got married, new job,changed emails, sold stock, bought a rental property, etc.  MOST of the time, people will remember changes that happened in the past year.  But do you know WHAT they forget to tell us about the MOST!?!  NEW BABIES, thus their Child Tax Credit!!  Especially those clients who have children earlier on in the year…so come January-February of the following year when they are here to drop-off their taxes, they have somehow TOTALLY forgotten the new baby!  We want them to remember this for their Child Tax Credit!  Click HERE for more ways your children can help on your tax return and learn more about the Child Care Tax Credit!

 

Dinner at Fearrington, The Granary

ferringtonLast weekend, we went out with some friends to celebrate some February birthdays.  It was a fun time, we took a limo bus to Fearrington Village and had dinner at The GranarySO GOOD!  We had the whole upstairs to ourselves and enjoyed the entire evening!  I had only been to Fearrington one time before and I am so excited to go back again soon!  Here is a picture of my friend Andrea and me.  Andrea is wearing a BEAUTIFUL blue dress from My Girlfriend’s Closet and I am wearing one of my FAVORITE necklaces from there too!  I love this necklace as it is reversible and can be worn as either black circles or white circles!

 

BIG FALL & WINTER SALE

valentiensSpeaking of My Girlfriend’s Closet, you can FIND great DEALS there this year.  Their BIG SALE is this coming weekend, February 26th-February 27th at both of their locations in downtown Cary and downtown Apex.  The weather looks to be NICE this weekend, so stop by and do a little shopping with them!  We all have SPRING on our minds, but the truth is that we will STILL have some cooler weather days in the month of March and April.   You’ll find great sweaters, dresses, shoes and jackets (like the one from White House Black Market that I wore on Valentine’s Day with Trent and Mark)  Tell them Becca sent you to shop and that you read about them on Beccasblog.com!

 

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!

 Follow my blog via email by clicking HERE  

Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

 “LIKE” us on Facebook HERE

 Connect with me on LinkedIn HERE 

 

Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax