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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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Triangle Business Journal Power Breakfast

NC Governor McCrory at TBJ Power Breakfast

NC Governor McCrory at TBJ Power Breakfast

Last week I attended the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) Power Breakfast that featured NC Governor, Pat McCrory.  The event has hosted by Deloitte and held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary NC District Attorney, Roy Cooper, had also been invited to attend the Power Breakfast, but had declined to attend.  Governor McCrory was seated on stage in a causal setting and was joined by several TBJ interviewers and reporters.   They took questions from the audience and topics ranged from schools/education, to transportation, health care and the NC Economy.  I ended up sitting with a friend from my Cary Chamber Leadership Cary class and we enjoyed seeing each other and catching up on work/life.  I appreciate the TJB holding events like this where business owners & business leaders in the community can get a chance to interact on a personal level with our elected officials.  I waited after the breakfast meeting to have a chance to greet the Governor and take a photo.  I had met him about 4 years ago when he was in Cary for another meeting.  You can read more about the Power Breakfast meeting here.  Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in Cary for helping me select this beautiful off-white Diane Von Furstenberg dress to wear to the breakfast meeting.   My Girlfriends Closet is having their End of Summer Sale right now!  Stop by and tell them you read Beccasblog.com!

Donuts by the Dozen

Payroll Companies Keeping our Office Donut HAPPY!

Payroll Companies Keeping our Office Donut HAPPY!

You would have thought it was National Donut Day around our office yesterday!  We had two different payroll companies stop by with two different kinds of donut boxes!  Thank you to our referral partners for keeping us happy and full of sugar!

 

Life Experiences Auction is Coming SOON!!!!!!!!

Gift Basket by LeapFrog Landcare and Smith & Smith, CPA

Gift Basket by LeapFrog Landcare and Smith & Smith, CPA

I am so honored to serve as the Board President for Life Experiences for the 2016-2017 year.  Next weekend (Sept 11th-12th) is our 29th Annual Harry H. Montgomery Auction & Golf TournamentSmith & Smith, CPA is proud to be a Grand Patron Sponsor and will patriciate in both the auction on Sunday night and the golf on Monday.  We have teamed up this year again with one of our clients, LeapFrog Landcare to offer a beautiful and unique ‘basket’ for the silent auction.  Greg Harris, owner of LeapFrog, donated a $100 gift card for yard care and Smith & Smith, CPA donated a 100ft water hose, extended water sprayer, and a water hose storage box to make a combined great Fall outdoor basket.  Blake and I are also donating a Dinner & Movie Basket that has gift cards, candy and mini-bottles!  Purchase your tickets today to join us!

Dinner & Movie Basket

Dinner & Movie Basket

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day Weekend!!!!! 

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Game Day Chair & Cary Chamber to Mexico

Smith & Smith, CPA Game Day Chair

The summer is nearly over and we are about half-way through August…which means the Fall sports season is coming soon.  When you head out to the games this Fall, be sure to take along your AWESOME Smith & Smith, CPA folding chair!  We have been giving these out as prizes at events over the past 3 years, so if my estimate is correct, there should be about 75 of these chairs out and about in the Wake County area.  If you spot a chair on the field, take a picture and send it in!  Here is Alicia Angell, CPA at Smith & Smith, CPA, rocking her cool chair on the YMCA soccer field this past week.  It’s hard to miss the pretty bright green chair!

Smith & Smith, CPA on the game field

Smith & Smith, CPA on the game field

Cary Chamber Membership to Mexico!

For the 11th year in a row, I have had the pleasure of competing in the Annual Membership Drive for the Cary Chamber of Commerce.  This year marked my 10th year in a row of being a top producer and thus earning an all expense paid vacation to a tropical location.  Hard to believe it has been 10 years!  It has been a wonderful experience as I have met many new fantastic Cary Chamber members, developed lots of new contacts and as a direct result, brought on new clients to Smith & Smith, CPA.  We recently got back from a fantastic 4-day trip to the Riveria Maya in Cancun, Mexico.  Our group of 12 enjoyed a nice stay at Secrets Capri.  Thank you to the Cary Chamber for rewarding the Top Five with the vacation package.

Cary Chamber Membership Drive Trip 2016

Cary Chamber Membership Drive Trip 2016

Being a member of the Cary Chamber is a top priority in our marketing plan and we enjoy all that our membership provides.  Thank you also to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex & downtown Cary for providing me with a great selection of dresses for the fancy dinners in Mexico!  Next week on Thursday, August 18th, MGC is having their Fall Clothing Exchange!  Pull out those Fall clothes and take them to MGC to trade-in for a new, fun and stylish wardrobe!  The event is 3pm-6pm at the Apex location.  Call the store for more details or click HERE.  Be sure to tell them Becca sent you!

MGC Fall Clothing Exchange

MGC Fall Clothing Exchange

 

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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Celebrating in Charlotte!

One of my good friends has a BIG birthday coming up in a few weeks, so we took off to Charlotte, NC for a Girls Weekend to CELEBRATE!   This blog post will highlight some of the great fun and experiences that we had!

Charlotte City Skyline

Charlotte City Skyline

Tour De Food (Food tour in Charlotte, NC)

We started out the weekend with a really fun FOOD TOUR of the NODA area in Charlotte.  Like most big cities, Charlotte is broken down and identified by different areas (Uptown, Southend, NODA, etc).  We decided to do the NODA Food Tour with a company called Tour De Food.  This is an eclectic vibe of NODA (North Davidson Art District), with lots of cool stores, unique restaurants, tons of art work, murals and funky cool people!  The tour included stops at 7 different restaurants (including a popsicle stand!), mixed in with some walking for exercise in the cool historic neighborhoods, plus a history lesson on the old mill area.  Our tour guide, Jon, was very knowledgeable and really made the tour fun.  There was a total of 17 people on our tour and it lasted from 12:30pm noon until 4:00pm.  I have done Food Tours all over the country and this was one of the best!  A food tour is a great way to learn about the area, try lots of different foods, get some exercise and have a great time in a new area!

King of Pops on Tour De Food

King of Pops on Tour De Food

 

Tour De Food at Fud at Sulud

Tour De Food at Fud at Sulud

Comedy Funny Bus in Charlotte, NC

On Saturday night, we had tickets booked to ride the Funny Bus Comedy City Tour.  Again, we’ve done comedy buses in other cities, so that was kinda what we were expecting.  This was fun, but very different from other funny bus tours.  The jokes were a little crude, so like their website says, NOT FOR CHILDREN, but if you are looking for a good tour of Charlotte and want some laughs along the way, this is a fun thing to do!

Funny Comedy Bus

Funny Comedy Bus

 

Ready to laugh!

Ready to laugh!

US National Whitewater Center

On Sunday, we went to the US National Whitewater Center…a place I have been waiting to go to for a LONG LONG LONG time!  We spent 12 hours there and had a total blast!  From whitewater rafting, to rock climbing, high ropes course, 100ft drop and more, we stayed busy all day and loved every minute of it!  It’s a place to really find out your outer & inner strength, face your fears (of heights or water) and test your limits!   I highly recommend a visit there if you are looking for some local adventure!

Whitewater!

Whitewater!

 

High Ropes

High Ropes

Hyatt House Pool Side

For our weekend in Charlotte, we stayed at the new Hyatt House, located in downtown Charlotte, near the EpiCenter and Time Warner Cable Arena.  This hotel is fairly new and really nice.  The staff were super friendly and the location was perfect for all we wanted to do and see.  We loved the rooftop pool and spent time up there relaxing and even took a short nap in the sun!  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex for the gorgeous beach/pool coverup!  Shop there and mention Beccablog.com for 10% off your total purchase!

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MGC at the pool!

 

Hyatt House Charlotte

Hyatt House Charlotte

I look forward to my next visit to Charlotte!  Have a great weekend!

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Hole Sponsor with Cary Chamber Golf

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

Yesterday was the most gorgeous day!  And a PERFECT day for golf!  Smith & Smith, CPA was proud to be a Hole Sponsor for the 2016 Cary Chamber of Commerce Member-Guest Golf Tournament.  We’ve been sponsoring this tournament for several years now.  Usually Cam & Blake will invite two other golfers to play on our foursome team.  But THIS year, they asked (or were told) that the wives were going to play!  That means Brooke and I got to play!  We started off at Prestonwood Country Club with check-in and headed to our carts.  We were assigned to play on the Fairways course.

Hole Sponsor Smith & Smith, CPA

Hole Sponsor Smith & Smith, CPA

Our carts were loaded with box lunches and a goodie bag with treats from all of the event & hole sponsors.  Paragon Bank was the Presenting Sponsor for the tournament.  After a greeting from Cary Chamber President, Howard Johnson, and a few other special guests, we were on our way to golf and enjoy the afternoon!  We played well, and while we didn’t win, we still had a great time and enjoyed spending the day supporting the Cary Chamber!  And thanks to all of the Cary Chamber Ambassadors who were out on the course driving the beverage carts and working the prize holes! It was fun to see you all!

Here are a few pictures to share from the day!

Blake and Becca ready to play golf

Blake and Becca ready to play golf

 

Brooke and Cam ready to play golf

Brooke and Cam ready to play some golf

Along the way, this super cool company called Lightspeed Marketing was set-up with a photo booth and cool prize giveaways!

Lightspeed Marketing #lightspeedgolf2016

Lightspeed Marketing #lightspeedgolf2016

Lightspeed Marketing is a full service marketing company offering services in Creative Development, Event Management,  Messaging, Mobile & Social Media, and Strategic Communications.  I am a sucker for a fun photo booth, so of course we stopped and had some funny pictures made.

Lightspeed Marketing

Lightspeed Marketing

They also had cool give-aways (best koozies ever) and a drawing for a Yeti Cooler!   You had to select a golf tee out of a bowl and then later on they would draw some lucky numbers to win gift cards and other things…like the Yeti Cooler!  And guess what…#19 was my LUCKY WINNER and the Yeti Cooler from Lightspeed Marketing came home with me!!!!!

Yeti Cooler! #lightspeedgolf2016

Yeti Cooler! #lightspeedgolf2016

We look forward to playing in the Cary Chamber Golf Tournament NEXT year too!

Happy 4-Years MGC

mgc 4 yearsThis is hard to believe, but My Girlfriend’s Closet has been open in downtown Cary now for 4 years!!!  This week is their 4-Year Birthday Celebration!  Stop by to see them on June 15th -16th from noon-3:00pm for special prizes, discounts and fun!  Tell them Becca sent you!  I hope to see you there!

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Attending the HOW Live 2016 Conference

HOWA few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the HOW Live 2016 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  I was able to attend the conference as part of a scholarship I won last year.  In early 2015, I applied for the WBON of Cary (Women Business Owners Network) Scholarship Fund.  This is a financial scholarship award that is given out each year to 1 or 2 professional working women in the Cary area.  The scholarship is good for 2-years and can be used towards continued education, training, trade shows, conferences, professional development and seminars.  HOW Live was a good opportunity for me to interact with other professionals in the marketing field.   Below is a recap of the events I attended during the 5-day conference.

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers at HOW Live 2016 Book Signing

Oliver Jeffers at HOW Live 2016 Book Signing

One of the highlights for me was getting to hear Oliver Jeffers speak as a keynote speaker on Friday, May 20th.  Oliver is an author & Illustrator of many well-known children books.  He illustrated one of the books that our boys LOVE LOVE LOVE so much, The Day the Crayons Quit.  I stood in a long line to get to meet him and have him autograph two books.

House of Blues Entertainment

David Fortin, House of Blues

David Fortin, House of Blues

On Thursday I sat in the session called “A DAM Case of the Blues”.  This one focused on the entertainment & restaurant franchise, The House of Blues.  The speaker was David Fortin, Senior Vice President of Marketing for The House of Blues.  I found his story from working as a bar-back to now being the head of marketing quite amazing!  He talked about the marketing challenges we all face now, with technology constantly changing and updating, how to stay relevant, capture the attention of your audience and keep a consistent flow in your marketing & advertising strategy.

Re-branding Uber

Shalin Amin, UBER

Shalin Amin, UBER

Another speaker highlight for me was to hear Shalin Amin.  He is the Director of Design, Products & Brand for UBER.  I am an avid fan of UBER, so I was anxious to hear him talk about the challenges UBER has faced over the past few years and how they went about their process to completely re-brand their company.

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

Exhibit Hall Opening Night

Exhibit Hall Opening Night

One of the things I loved the most about HOW Live was the Exhibit Hall Opening Reception.  This was held on Thursday night and featured all of the sponsors and vendors who were present at HOW Live.  The room was full and offered all kinds of marketing ideas from stock photography, to paper companies, to work flow technology and even a nonprofit that support children’s art & creativity in downtown Atlanta…it was so much fun!

Captivating Exhibits at the Exhibit Hall

Captivating Exhibits at the Exhibit Hall

It took me about 2-hours to browse through all the vendor.  I enjoyed meeting many of them, collecting cool swag (t-shirts were the best) and having dinner on the heavy hors d’oeuvres there were provided.

Never a Worry on What to Wear

Wardrobe for HOW Live selected from My Girlfriend's Closet

Wardrobe for HOW Live selected from My Girlfriend’s Closet

One of the nicest things about the conference for me was not having to worry about what I was going to wear each day and to all the sessions & speakers.  I went to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex, NC before I left and picked out tops and dresses that were comfortable and easy to wear.  Lois and her team of ladies do such a fantastic job on helping women dress for what looks BEST on them!   They made packing and dressing for HOW Live a breeze!  I highly recommend them for your next packing or traveling trip!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your final purchase!

Anniversary Love

Then ((2005) and Now (2016)

Then (2005) and Now (2016)

And a final shout-out in this blog post to my love & hubby of 11-years…Blake Smith!  We celebrated our 11-Anniversary together on May 21st.  We were both gone for the actual date (me at How Live and Blake on a guy’s golfing weekend) so we celebrated a few days later with a nice dinner at Flemings Steakhouse in Raleigh.  And yes, my long, silk Maxi dress a lovely find at My Girlfriend’s Closet!

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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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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

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Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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Leadership Cary in Education with the Cary Chamber of Commerce

Friends at Leadership Cary with Lisa Wilson

Friends at Leadership Cary with Lisa Wilson

Earlier this week I attended the Cary Chamber Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016 seminar on Education.  I am happy to serve at the Co-Chair for this year’s class.  We started the day off at the Cary Chamber of Commerce in downtown Cary where we heard from Wake County Public Schools Superintended, Dr. Jim Merrill.  Dr. Merrill gave an overview of the current WCPSS stats, number of schools, students, amount spent per student, teacher salaries and graduation rates.

WCPSS Board Member, Bill Fletcher

WCPSS Board Member, Bill Fletcher

He also discussed the goal for 2020 to have a 95% Gradation Rate…which also includes students having the skills to be able to walk at graduation but also move on to the next level…being prepared for the real world!  After Dr. Merrill we heard from Bill Fletcher, Board Member for Wake County Public School System.  Bill spoke on building new schools, student population growth, student achievement and the upcoming election in November.  Bill has been a friend for many years, he is active in Rotary and really tires to connect the community with the school board.

WCPSS Superintendent, Dr. Merrill

WCPSS Superintendent, Dr. Merrill

I enjoyed hearing both of them speak.   After Bill, we heard from Lisa Wilson, Director for Corporate Relations Wake Technical Community College.  Lisa is a fellow East Carolina University alumni (GO PIRATES) and she spoke on the new things at Wake Tech, their growth and NINE campus locations all in Wake County.   After the morning session, I came back to work (it’s Tax Season after all!) and the group went over to tour Hunt Library at NC State and learned more about Vernon Malone College and Career Academy.   Thanks to Christie Moser for her guidance and support to the Cary Leadership class!  Christie works at the Cary Chamber and makes all of the Leadership Cary plans and arrangements.

Sweet Things at Smith & Smith, CPA

Becca & Alexa

Becca & Alexa

I had a sweet visitor at work yesterday too!  My good friend, Tia Coppus, brought their dog, Alexa, by to see me.  We have helped to doggie-sit Alexa over the past few months and I always get exited to see her!  We have not gotten another dog yet, our 10 1/2 year old dog, Griffin, passed away in December.  The boys are hoping to get another dog soon, we keep telling them we have to get through tax season first!  Thanks to My Girlfriends Closet for the super cute pink and black polka-dot dress!  I paired it with a black cardigan and stayed comfy all day!  And I think Alexa liked stopping by to see me too 🙂  Thanks Tia!!!  She made my day!

Donuts!

Donuts!

Another sweet treat!?!  We had a guy stop by the office who was selling Krispy Kreme donuts for a fundraiser and yes, we didn’t say NO!  The guys bought several boxes an had them for breakfast, lunch and a later afternoon snack!   For some reason…those donuts in the Fundraiser boxes always seem to have LOTS of extra frosting on them!  We are in count-down-mode at work…Friday March 18th is ONE MONTH until TAX DAY…April 18th 2016!  Don’t Blake, Bob and Cam look cute!?!?!

 

Springtime Jewelry

Necklace from My Girlfriend's Closet in Cary & Apex

Necklace from My Girlfriend’s Closet in Cary & Apex

So the weather has been unusually warm around here these past few weeks!  I mean today alone it was a warm & toasty 85 degrees!  Global Warming for SURE!  These sunny and warm days really do make it hard to be in the office All DAY!  But it makes me want to break out the spring & summer clothes and get ready for warm weather fashions!  Check out this really cool multi-layered gold necklace from My Girlfriend’s Closet!  They have TONS of new great summer jewelry in both of their stores…downtown Cary and downtown Apex!  A great piece of statement jewelry is an easy way to dress up your wardrobe!  Shop at MGC, tell them Becca sent you and get 10% off your 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!

 Follow my blog via email by clicking HERE  

Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

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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