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Friday Tax Lunch and Cary Central Casino Night

WOW!  It is the FINAL Friday in March!  So hard to believe!  And now we are just a little under 3 weeks until Tax Day, April 18th.  Can I get a Whoo-Hoo!!?!!

Lunch with Sage Payroll

A HUGE thank you to all of our friends & clients & referral partners who have been stopping by with sweet visits, kind offers and generous food supplies!  It really makes our day bright!  Thanks so much to JJ Mahon of Sage Payroll for stopping by on Thursday with a bag of goodies (and a cool water bottle) and then coming back on Friday with FREE TAX LUNCH for the whole office, compliments of HotPoint Deli in Cary.  Thanks so much JJ!  Check out our office enjoying the yummy lunch!

JJ Mahon of Sage with Becca of Smith & Smith, CPA

 

Alicia working hard and enjoying lunch

 

Lindsay shows some personality while working on tax returns

Cary Central Rotary Club Taste of Cary

Last Saturday, March 24th, was the Cary Central Rotary Club “Taste of Cary” and Casino Night.  Blake and I attended this event along with some other members of my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and really had a good time.  We tasted lots of good food from local Cary restaurants, bid on some cool auction items, visited with friends and played the casino tables.  This was a fundraiser for the Cary Central Rotary Club Foundation.  I hope they did well and raised lots of money!  Thanks to Lois Cozart and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the 3/4-sleeve silk wrap dress from the downtown Apex store.  They have their spring merchandise out so it is time to STOCK UP ladies!   Tell them Becca sent you to shop and get my special shopper discount on your purchase!

Cary Central Rotary Casino Night

 

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Veterans Day 2016 and More

veteransFirst of all, Happy Veterans Day and a big THANK YOU to those who have served and defended our country.  Today (and everyday) is a day to honor YOU and your service!

 

 

The kids are out of school, so they are here at the office with us today.  One of the many perks of a “family run business“!  Here is a picture of the cousins with Grandpa outside the office.  Thankfully we have a nice grassy field next to our office and they can run and play games together.

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Dorcas Ministries

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Dorcas Ministry 5th Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast.  This is such a nice event each year and once again the room was PACKED with supporters from all over Cary!  I am happy to report that through many generous donations at the breakfast they raised over $148,000 for their programs & services!

Dorcas Thanksgiving Breakfast with Jessica from Fidelity Bank

Dorcas Thanksgiving Breakfast with Jessica from Fidelity Bank

Shopping at My Girlfriend’s Closet!

Earlier this week I took my good friend, Kim Lavallee, along with me to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  Kim took part in their “Personal Style Profile” and found some great items for the Fall & Winter!  I also purchased some really nice items for the upcoming holidays & Christmas parties!  Thanks to Lois and her team for taking such great care of us!  Remember to mention Beccasblog.com when you shop there to take advantage of my special shoppers discount!!!!!

Shopping at MGC!

Shopping at MGC!

Halloween 2016 with Life Experiences

This is a little delayed, but we had our Annual Halloween Parade and Party with Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club on October 31st.  It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun celebrating with our special friends!

Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Halloween 2016

Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Halloween 2016

Have a great weekend!

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Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers 2016

Blake & Becca at Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers Class of 2016

Blake & Becca at Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers Class of 2016

Last night, Cary Magazine hosted their 2nd Annual Movers & Shakers party for the Class of 2016.  I am so honored to have been included among the winners this year!  The winners were nominated by peers and selected based on their community service, business involvement and leadership roles.   The June/July 2016 Issue of Cary Magazine featured an article about the Movers & Shakers this year and listed out their achievements and success.  I really enjoyed reading the article and am proud to say I know many of these people as close friends, fellow Rotarians, and business partners.   The party last night was held at the new Bond Brothers Brewery in downtown Cary and featured appetizers by Catering by Design and really delicious pie from Slice.  Thanks to 5Star Awards for the beautiful glass engraved awards.

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Here are some pictures from the Movers & Shakers Class of 2016 event last night to share.  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for selecting the chartreuse yellow sundress for me to wear to the party!  They has also paired up the white dress & accessories for the magazine photo (see below) that was shot in late April at the Page Walker Center in downtown Cary.

Rotarians honored in the Movers & Shakers Class of 2016

Rotarians honored in the Movers & Shakers Class of 2016

 

Congrats to my friends Lashonza Brown and Jennifer Martin

Congrats to my friends Lashonza Brown and Jennifer Martin

 

Thank you to Mary and Lorrie for coming last night!

Thank you to Mary and Lorrie for coming last night!

 

Food by Catering by Design

Food by Catering by Design

 

Movers & Shakers Photo from Jonathan Fredin

Movers & Shakers Photo from Jonathan Fredin

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Family Night with Chick-Fil-A and the Rotary Banquets

It seems like just yesterday we were closing out May and looking into June!  And now here we are today at JULY 1st!!!!  It’s been a busy end of June and I am sure July will be the same.

Hosting Family Night at Chick-Fil-A

Earlier this week Smith & Smith, CPA had the pleasure of hosting Family Night with Chick-Fil-A at Waverly Place in Cary.  We enjoy doing this twice a year and always meet really nice families and kids.  This time we did a Summer Sponge Ball and decorate Colorful Piggy Banks.  We had a ton of families come to our table and ran out of the piggy banks within the first 30-minutes!  Thanks to all of our friends and clients who came by to see us that night.  We will host another night in the Fall 2016.

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

 

Making Cute Piggy Banks

Making Cute Piggy Banks

 

Family Night at Chick-Fil-A

Family Night at Chick-Fil-A

Rotary Banquets 2016-2017

This time of year also means that the 2015-2016 Rotary Year is coming to a close and the new Rotary Boards for Rotary International, Districts and Clubs will start over with new slate of officers.  Blake and I had the pleasure of attending the Rotary District 7710 Governors Banquet last week at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.   We also attended my own Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Installation Banquet this week at NC State University Club.  Both events were well attended and really nice.  It’s so fun to celebrate all that has been accomplished in a Rotary year!  I am excited to see Susan Pruskin come in as our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club new President!  She was a new member for me to Rotary several years ago and she is going to have a fantastic year!!!  Congrats Susan!   Thank you to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex for helping me with dresses for both events.  I wore a shiny silver dress to the North Hills banquet and last night a dark blue tulle and lace dress with the sleeve cut out to the NC State University Club.  MGC has a HUGE summer sale going on right now!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get a special discount!

Governors Banquet

Governors Banquet

 

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Banquet

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Banquet

End of School Year

On a personal note, our boys have finished the school year and are now moving into 1st Grade and 4th Grade.  So crazy!  We were able to attend their school programs this week and are so proud of their accomplishments!  Trent received the MATH Award for his class again this year!  So proud!  Mark received his promotion certificate to 1st grade.  Both boys had excellent report cards!  We are so proud!  In the picture with Mark I am working a Yellow Silk top from J.Crew that I found at My Girlfriend’s Closet and in the picture with Trent I am wearing a lightweight summer sweater from Ann Taylor Loft, also from My Girlfriend’s Closet.

Mark Kindergarten Award

Mark Kindergarten Award

 

Trent Math Award

Trent Math Award

HAVE  A GREAT 4TH OF JULY!!!!!!

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Joint Rotary District Conference in Wilmington, NC

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club at 2016 District Conference

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club at 2016 District Conference

A few weeks ago, Blake and I had the pleasure of traveling to Wilmington, NC for the FIRST EVER, Joint Rotary District Conference between District 7710 and 7730.  We stayed at the Hilton on the waterfront, enjoyed beautiful weather and a fun packed weekend!  Blake and Ethan played golf, while Tia & I attended the conference meetings.  We had 5 members from the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club attend (Becca, Tia, Susan, Kyle & Dave).  We learned so much about all of the great projects going on in our own District 7710 and also about other projects going on in NC and the world!

Club Awards

Cary Club Awards

It really made you proud to be part of Rotary.  We also enjoyed time exploring Wilmington, eating some great seafood and relaxing after a very busy Tax Season 2016!  Here are a few photo highlights from the weekend.  So proud of our club, Cary-Kildaire Rotary, for coming in FIRST in total money raised for the C.A.R.T. Fund (for Alzheimer Research) and 3rd per capita for C.A.R.T.

26209459414_2922a871bd_oWe also received the Governor’s 5 Star Award +1 for Distinction. We also received awards for earning the Presidential Citation for 2015-2016.  That is REALLY hard to get!  Congrats to all of the clubs and all of the winners!  See you next year in 2017 for the Rotary District Conference here in Raleigh, NC!  And don’t forget that the Rotary International Conference for 2017 is going to be here in the USA in Atlanta!!!!!!

 

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Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet for styling me in great dresses and accessories for the whole weekend!  I was sure to stop by their stores (downtown Cary & downtown Apex) before I left to pick-up some of the latest fashions.  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your purchase!

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Bucket Bash with Fill Your Bucket List Foundation, Plus Cary Crime Stoppers, and Much More!

Now that the rush of ‘tax season’ is over, I am trying to get back in my better pace about blogging!  I have lots of events to catch back up on from the past week, just seems like each year tax season ends and the craziness of life & schedules take over!

Fill Your Bucket List Foundation Bucket Bash Gala

Bucket Bash Gala with Betty and Tia of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Bucket Bash Gala with Betty and Tia of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Over the weekend Blake & I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Annual Bucket Bash for Fill Your Bucket List Foundation.  This is an amazing organization that grants wishes for adults with cancer…think “Make A Wish” but for adults!  So incredible!  The organization is very young, but has already made a remarkable impact on the community and helping adults make their wishes come true!  The Founder, Peggy Gibson Carroll, is VERY passionate about their mission and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to meet her several times over the past year.  Their goal on Saturday night at the Fill Your Bucket List Foundation Bucket Bash Gala was to raise $100,000 and they DID IT!

Bucket Bash at Chef's Academy

Bucket Bash at Chef’s Academy

The event was held at the Chef’s Academy Campus and featured competing chefs with their own signature menu items to taste, a full buffet, silent auction and much more!  Several friends from my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club were there, along with some of our clients from Smith & Smith, CPA.  I LOVED seeing that one of our clients, Seton McGlennon of Seton’s Studio had donated an item for the silent auction.  Seton does beautiful work through her artistic creations and has done work for US Presidents, Oprah and other celebrities!  Check out her work!  Congrats to Peggy and her Board of Directors for a fun and successful event to help so many who are struggling and suffering from cancer in our community.

Create your memories in art with Seton!

Create your memories in art with Seton!

 

Cary Crime Stoppers & Cary Chamber

Jaqui and Becca at Cary Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast

Jaqui and Becca at Cary Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast

For the past 11 years, I have had the opportunity to participate in the Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Drive.   I get to help recruit new members to the Cary Chamber and see them get involved and flourish with their business!  It is very rewarding, as our CPA firm has been a Cary Chamber member for over 11 years and the benefits are incredible!  One of my new members for the 2016 year is The Cary Crime Stoppers.  Their current Chairman of the Board is Jaqui Carlislecary crime stoppers logo Jaqui joined me this morning at the Cary Chamber April Eye Opener Breakfast.  We heard from speakers in the Wake County School System about STEM-Impact and the work they are doing to get teachers and the business community connected and engaged together.  It was a very interesting topic and I’m so glad that Jaqui could join me!  Check out the Cary Crime Stoppers and see how they are working to keep citizens safe in and around Cary.

 

The Corner Tavern & Grill

corner tavern year 2Congrats to The Corner Tavern & Grill for their 2nd Anniversary Celebration!  They had a big 2-day party over the weekend and featured all kinds of local bands, games, prizes, events for the kids and of course, their amazing food!  Blake and I were not able to attend due to schedule conflicts with the boys & family, but Alicia and her family were there to take part in the festivities and celebrate!  The Corner Tavern & Grill has been a client of Smith & Smith, CPA since nearly the beginning and we are thrilled with their continued success in Cary!  Congrats to all of them and looks like the celebration was FUN for sure!  We look forward to celebrating 3 years next year and more after that!

 

Annie Get Your Gun and New Client Babies!

Tax Client new baby, her name is Kate

Tax Client new baby

 

One of the most favorite things for me each year during tax season is to hear about and MEET the new babies of our tax clients!  Last week one of them came in to see me!  I’m holding baby Kate in this photo, who is just 3 1/2 weeks old!  She’s super sweet and was very cuddly.  🙂  I am so glad she came by to see me!  I remember holding her big brother a few years ago after he was born.  My good friend, Liz Cantino, had her second baby YESTERDAY and I’ve already been over there to see her and get in some snuggles!

 

kk playAnd last but not least, this past weekend was Blake’s OFFICIAL first weekend after Tax SeasonYEA!!!!  We were able to get in some good family time with the boys and even took them to see the play, Annie Get Your Gun.  The play was put on by Apex Middle School and featured our very own cousin, Michaela Fillingame, as one of the dancers!  She did a fantastic job and the boys enjoyed getting to see her after the show!  Congrats Michaela!

 

 

And a BIG SHOUT OUT to my #1 Most FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOPMy Girlfriend’s Closet…two stores…located in downtown Cary and downtown Apex!  I’ve been working with MGC for about 4 years now and I’m so proud to shop and wear from their stores!  They have something for every lady and for every occasion!  All of the photos in this blog include dresses, sweaters, tops, shoes and accessories from their store!  Please stop by to see them and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get a discount on your final purchase!  Also follow them on Facebook & Instagram!

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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.  🙂

 

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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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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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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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