Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

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Cary Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast

This morning was the Cary Chamber Eye Opener Networking Breakfast for the month of October.

Eye Opener Breakfast Cary Chamber October 2017

This networking breakfast is held once a month on the 4th Wednesday at 7:30am at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.  The event usually draws a crowd of 50-60 chamber members and guests from the business community.  The guest speaker this morning was Tom Gough, Senior Vice President & Administrator at WakeMed Cary Hospital.  He talked about the fast pace of growth in the Cary community and how that is impacting hospitals and local health care.  He shared some of the new and exciting innovate technologies being used at WakeMed Cary to help patients with everything from cancer treatment to maternity care and all services in between.  WakeMed  Cary plays a huge role in our community through their support and sponsorships of such things like WakeMed Soccer Park and the Movies by Moonlight at Koka Booth.

 

Halloween Party at White Tiger Taekwondo

During the breakfast I saw my friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Master Rondy and her husband, Fred Huerta.

Master Rondy and Becca Smith

Rondy is the Owner/Grandmaster of White Tiger Taekwondo in Cary and it known worldwide in her industry!  White Tiger is having a Halloween Party on Sunday, October 29th 2017 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  The event them is “Break Fest” so there will be board breaking, pinata breaking, balloon popping, carnival games, stage shows and much more!  Tickets are $7.50 and everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costume.  You can find out more here: http://whitetigertkd.com/halloween-party.html

 

World Polio Day October 24th 2017

Yesterday, October 24th, was World Polio Day.  The polio disease is close to being eradicated and World Polio Day was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against polio.  In honor of World Polio Day 2017, my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club held 2 different fundraisers to raise funds to donate to the organization EndPolioNow.

World Polio Day Oct 24th 2017

We had a lunch & dinner fundraiser at Danny’s Bar-B-Que in Cary and partnered with My Berry Frozen Yogurt for $1/per bowl yesterday being donated.  Thanks to all who came out and supported us!  It looks like we have raised around $250!

 

Thank you to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for dressing me in the red & white swirl fringe piko top.  Shop there and tell them you read beccasblog.com for a special discount for my shoppers!

 

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Vacation is OVER!  Back to Work!

Ahhhhhhhh…that time of year when vacation is over (so long beach week!) and we are back to work!  We had a great time last week at Myrtle Beach with the Smith family…good weather, no shark bites, only a tad bit of sunburn and lots of relaxation!  But now back to the grind….September and October are not too far away…which means deadlines for extended personal and corporate tax returns.  But another blog soon to come on that.  Let’s focus on some new & exciting things for clients of Smith & Smith, CPA!

Smith Family Myrtle Beach

Best of Cary 2017 by The Cary News

Congrats to our friends over at Sushi -Thai of Cary for winning BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT and BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT for the 2017 Best of Cary awards presented by The Cary News.  Sam and his team at Sushi-Thai of Cary have been clients of Smith & Smith, CPA for several years now and we TOTALLY understand why they are the winners!  We had a delicious lunch today for the whole office from Sushi-Thai!  Stop by to see them and eat soon, you won’t regret it!

Sushi-Thai of Cary

Avery County Rotary Club in Banner Elk, NC

July came and went really fast!  It’s typically a quite time around the office, a month we use to get caught up on some work and get some planning done for the rest of the year.  I had an opportunity in mid-July to travel to Banner Elk, NC to drop-off and pick-up our oldest son, Trent, from summer camp at Holston Presbytery Camp.  On my trip back up to the NC mountains (my fave by the way), I was invited to speak to the Avery Country Rotary Club by club member, Larry Hazen.   Larry and I met years ago when we attended Rotary PETS before our year as Club President.  This was such a fun opportunity and I loved meeting all of their club members and sharing my personal Rotary Story with them.  I took along a Rotary Flag from my own Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and traded flags with their Club President.  So cool!  I love their flag…mountains and a fir tree!  I will present the flag this week to my Club President, Andy Wright.

Avery Country Rotary Club and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Flag Exchange

Thanks to Lois Cozart and her team of fashionistas at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for keeping my closet full of the latest trends & beautiful designs.  I shop with them monthly and the pink cold-shoulder top I wrore to the Avery County Rotary meeting is from their store!  Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get a special discount at check-out!

 

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Rotary International Convention with 40,000 Friends

I honestly didn’t even know I had 40,000 friends, but after coming back from the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta (got home today), I really kinda feel like I do!  That’s crazy right?  Everyone at the convention was really friendly and even though I didn’t know all 40,000 of their names & where they live & the language they speak, we all shared a common smile and a passion for doing good in the world.  That’s the best part of Rotary after all!

Becca & Blake for Smith & Smith, CPA at Rotary International Convention 2017

It was really nice to have Blake along for the whole event and we had a total of 17 club members & families there from our own Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.

Club members of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

The mornings were spent in opening sessions with engaging speakers on the topics of Eradicating Polio, Stopping Human Trafficking, and the role Rotary plays around the world in so many lives.  We heard from Bill Gates, Ashton Kutcher and John Cena, plus Jack Nicklaus,  the Mayor of Atlanta and many more!

Lots of Rotary people!

Some of my favorite parts included the Google EndPolioNow Virtual Reality three-minute film called ONE SMALL ACT #ENDPOLIO, that was offered to the largest crowd ever at one gathering spot!  Pretty cool!

One Small Act with Google

 

Virtual Reality with Google and Rotary

I also really liked the Hall of Friendship, a HUGE vendor/booth area that featured Rotary Clubs, Rotary Projects, Merchandisers and Vendors all with resources for Rotary!  Being that this was my FIRST Rotary International Convention, I had heard great things about the Hall of Friendship, but seeing it & experiencing it for myself was just really a great opportunity.  I also loved the presentation of the Country Flags during the Opening Ceremony on Sunday…over 125 countries and some that I am ashamed to say I had never even heard of, let alone know where they are located!

Country Flags

Tour at SweetWater Brewery

During the afternoon breaks and evenings, we had dinner with friends at some really delicious restaurants, as Atlanta does have quite the restaurant scene!  We also took time to tour SweetWater Brewery and went to a comedy show at the Laughing Skull.

The Famous Rotary Pin Man

Thanks to Lois Cozart and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for helping me pack a comfy & flexible wardrobe for the trip!  Comfort really was the key for this trip as most of the event were casual and relaxed in nature.

So it’s back to work as usual, but I have lot of wonderful memories (and photos) to help me remember how much fun we had representing Smith & Smith, CPA at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta 2017.  We have already made plans to attend the 2018 Rotary International Convention in TORONTO, Canada!  Can you find me hiding in the Toronto photo?

Can you find Becca hiding in the photo?!?!

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Rotary Pig Pickin’ & Joining the AENC

Last Saturday, June 3rd 2017, was my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club’s 31st Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park!  It was a HUGE success, with perfect weather, over 800 people fed delicious BBQ, a record number of sponsorships and the MOST we have ever made on our major fundraising event!  Our final numbers are still pending, but it looks like we are pushing close to $50,000!!!!  This fundraiser supports our college student scholarships as well as our local & global humanitarian projects.  Many thanks to ALL of our great sponsors, especially the ones who sponsored on my behalf: Sharon Lewis Homes, Gilliam & Associates Realty, Second Empire Restaurant, Chick-fil-A Waverly Place, Nirvelli Day Spa, Fit & Able, David Hellinger LPL Financial, Dennis Sargent Law, Randy Walker of Walker Design Build, Elizabeth Asbill of Edward Jones, Jerry Kozel of JTK Mediation, 5Star Awards, Riccobene Family Dentistry, Swift Creek Animal Hospital, Owen Robinson of Keller Williams Realty, Smith Family Dental Solutions, Rally Point Bar & Grill and the Matthews House in Cary.

AENC Membership!

AENC Affiliate Roundtable

Last week I officially joined the AENC, Association Executives of North Carolina.  I have been to several of their events in the past with Rotary and with my good friend, Christine Johnson, who is a member of AENC through her job with FirstPoint Resources.  It is a group I have been interested in for a while and I’m so excited to finally be a member!  I used the remaining funds from my WBON of Cary Scholarship to join!  This morning I attended the Affiliate Roundtable discussion with the topic: “How Do I Get in the Door?”  It was very informative, I took 4 pages of notes from the speakers: Aubie Knight, Linda Stinson and Jim Booth.  I can’t wait for the next event!

Jim Booth shares Best Practices

 

Blake & I are off to Atlanta for the 2017 Rotary International Convention!!  It’s our first time going, so we don’t really know what all to expect, but we know it is going to be FUN and AMAZING!  I will be sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube

 

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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.

veterans-day-2016

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!

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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax