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Angel Magasano LBB Founder and CEO

The ye ar 2020 s e t m a n y o f u s on th e sid el i nes , t h re w u s o ff o u r g am e, forced u s t o w a t c h f ro m th e b ench. Wel l , n o m o re ! I t is G a me ON !

in o rd e r? UP Y OUR GAME ! Are you re ad y f o r a n e w lo o k? UP YOUR GAME ! Are yo u h o p in g to spend mo re time w o rkin g o n yo u r hobbies? UP Y OUR GAME !

N o mat ter whe re y o u a re i n y o u r p erson al or pro f e s s i o n a l l i f e , L ittle Black B ook i s c h a l l e n g i n g y o u to U P YO U R G A M E in 2 0 2 1 . A re yo u rea dy to take y o u r b u s i n e s s t o th e n ext l ev el ? U P YO U R G A M E ! D o yo u n eed t o get y o u r p h y s ic a l h e a lth

Th e w o me n o f LB B are h e re t o be yo u r c o ac h , c h e e rle ad e r, t ea mma t e, an d f an c lu b . Le t u s h e lp y ou rea ch an d e xc e e d yo u r 2 0 2 1 g o als. Now, tu rn o n yo u r f avo rite f ig h t song a nd g e t o u t th e re an d WIN! GAME ON! ¤

#UPYOURGAME #UPYOUR GAME BECOME MAGAZINE STAFF

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WELCOME 9 TO 5

Penny Buhr Essential Bodywear Riley Juenger Endeavor Wealth Management

COTTLEVILLE

Briana Carpenter, Webb Insurance Idelle & Katherine Diaz Let's Groove Entertainment Sarah Meyer Embrace, Live, Thrive Christy Weber Community Council

EDWARDSVILLE

GREATER ST CHARLES

new members

Meredith Brown Whittier Realty Group Cindy Lawson Edward Jones Ashley Brickle Brickle Select Homes Cindy Honickman Usborne Books & More

MID ST LOUIS COUNTY Ashley Hayden, Bank of America; Pampered Chef Julie Yawitz, AR Workshop Olivette

LaShonda Thomas, Good Samaritan House

TROY

Emily Peggs, Flat Branch Home Loans

Jennifer Schipper, Lakeway Publisher Shiloh Werkmeister, Integrative Connections Counseling, LLC

WENTZVILLE

Jacqueline King Yana Healing & Balance

WEST COUNTY

Christi Evans The Pedicure Plus

Kristen Buckingham • Kristen Henry • Teri Traynor Rhonda Travers • Darlene Willman • Heather Deatz Nicole Borland • Lacey Diekmann • Jill Shaver Heather Wheeler • Miranda Malone • Sarah Brenker

January 2021

EVENTS

Dates & Times are subject to change. • For more information, please visit, WomenofLBB.com/CalendarEvents.html 1/04 Members Only Meeting: Wentzville, 9:00 am 1/06 Coffee & Connections: Mid St Louis County, 9:00 am, AR Workshop & Zoom 1/07 Wine & Workshop, 6:30 pm, Limelight Events – St Peters (pre-register) 1/08 Coffee & Connections: 9 to 5 Chapter, 8 am, Zoom 1/08 Coffee & Connections: Greater St Charles Chapter, 9:00 am, Limelight & Zoom 1/12 Coffee & Connections: West County, 8:30 am 1/12 Coffee & Connections: Edwardsville, IL Chapter, 9:00 am, Lisa Webb’s Office & Zoom 1/13 Coffee & Connections: Troy Chapter, 8:30 am, Roasted Bean & Zoom 1/13 Connections: Cottleville Chapter, 9:00 am, Public School House & Zoom 1/13 Moms on the Move (Set Goals. Crush Them. Repeat with Angie Harness), 4:30 pm 1/18 Coffee & Connections: Wentzville Chapter, 9:00 am, Not Jaded & Zoom

1/18 Self Development Book Club facilitated by Angie (Members Only), 6:30 pm 1/19 Ladies Who Lunch (St Charles County), 11:15 am, The Christy * New location (pre-register by 1/15) 1/19 Leisure Book Club facilitated by Joan (Members Only), 6:30 pm 1/20 Members Only Meeting: Mid St Louis County, 10:00 am 1/22 Members Only Meeting: Greater St Charles Chapter, 2:00 pm 1/24 Woman of the Year Brunch, 11:00 am, Quail Ridge Lodge (pre-register by 1/18) 1/26 Members Only Meeting: West County Chapter, 9:00 am, Zoom 1/26 TED Talk Online Meeting facilitated by Michelle, 6:30 pm, Online 1/27 Members Only Meeting: Troy Chapter, 8:30 am 1/27 Members Only Meeting: Cottleville Chapter, 11:00 am 1/27 Leisure Online Book Club facilitated by Sam (Members Only),, 6:30 pm 1/28 Members Only Meeting: 9 to 5 Chapter, 6:00 pm 1/28 Moms on the Move, Quarterly event (TBA), 4:00 pm

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BOOK

club

SELF DEVELOPMENT

LEISURE

Teetering

Then She Was Gone

Have you climbed the ladder of success only to find that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Are you teetering between the life you’ve built versus the life you actually want?

Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. Beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers, and half of a teenaged golden couple. Ellie was days away from an idyllic postexams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away. Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?

by Tina Asher

by Lisa Jewell

Here's what others have said. "This book is a must-read guide for anyone who is facing the challenges of balancing their personal and professional life." — Mary Fineis, Life, Leadership and Sports Performance Coach "Tina is a skilled writer who brilliantly shares her life's lessons so anyone reading her book will come away awakened and inspired with the skills to make life changes." — Janet Henze, Certified Health Coach

Upcoming

BOOKS

SELF DEVELOPMENT

LEISURE

• Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick, by Jen Sincero

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• The Guest List, by Lucy Foley


WOMAN of the YEAR

Sunday, January 24, 2021 | 11am – 1pm | Quail Ridge Lodge

The 5th Annual LBB Woman of the Year Awards Brunch is a celebration of the LBB Woman of the Year finalists and their accomplishments. The pillar awards will be presented to impactful women that have excelled and stand at the top of each of the pillars. One exceptional member of Little Black Book will be selected "Woman of the Year" and awarded a $500 Grant. Tickets available: https://littleblackbook.wildapricot.org/event-3888042:

Katie MALLOY Katie is awesome! She is true to her word and her community. She is 100% committed to LBB and to helping everyone. I’m very new to LBB but without Katie I would not have joined and stepped outside my comfort zone! LBB Member Nomination Statement

Miranda MALONE Miranda exemplifies every pillar of little black book. This woman constantly gives to her community, to her family, to her friends, everyone she comes in contact with if she finds a way to help. Miranda will jump at the chance to do whatever is needed to push any project forward. She is kind, fun, caring, and an extremely hard worker LBB Member Nomination Statement

Valarie FLEAHMAN Val exemplifies love. She loves her community. She loves the women of LBB. She loves reaching out and empowering others to be the best version of themselves that they can be. She is always willing to go above and beyond to see someone else excel and grow. LBB Member Nomination Statement Little Black Book | Become Magazine | January 2021


"I CAN'T OPEN IT, SO I'M THROWING IT AWAY!" Have you ever been asked for a file in an email with an extension that sounded made up? If you’ve ever worked with a designer, odds are you have. We know there are a lot of file types out there and it can be hard to remember which is good for your purpose. Don’t worry... we are here to help! VECTOR Vector files are the ultimate design file. This is because they allow your designer to have the most control over your art and create the best product for you. If your designer asks you for a vector format of your artwork, look for one of these most common file types: .AI (Adobe Illustrator Document) This is Adobe Suite specific, so it requires Adobe design software to open. Don’t worry if you can’t open it because we can! .EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) This is a more universal vector file that is generally not software specific. .PDF (Portable Document Format) This is the document you are probably most familiar with. This type of file is capable of retaining vector artwork, while being able to be opened in non-vector programs. This makes it ideal for most printing and general purposes. RASTER Raster files are useful in some cases, and less useful in others. It just depends on your project! They are great for creating photographic imagery, whether it be collage or just a nice picture on the wall. Raster images’ scalability depends on the original image’s size and resolution. (We’ll talk about the specifics later). These are file types you are most likely more familiar with: .PSD (Photoshop Document) This is Adobe Suite specific, so it requires Adobe design software to open. This file is the most editable because it retains layers that can be manipulated, instead of having one flat image inside. Don’t worry if you can’t open it because we can!

.PNG (Portable Network Graphics) This non-editable format is commonly preferred amongst designers because the file type is capable of having transparent backgrounds, which means your image can be used in a more versatile way. You won’t always be limited to just one background color! It’s able to be opened in any photo viewer program. .JPG/JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) This non-editable format doesn’t hold transparent backgrounds, but that doesn’t mean it’s useless! Most images taken with a phone default to this file type. It’s able to be opened in any photo viewer program. .GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) While there is a heavy debate on whether this is pronounced GIF of JIF (you know, like the peanut butter), we can assure you it is GIF. This format has taken the meme world by storm. Those animated GIFs you see, are called GIFs for a reason. The unique thing about this file format is its ability to show animated or moving images. .TIFF (Tagged Image File) This image type is very common in the design world. It’s a raster file that is capable of saving at much larger sizes without losing image quality when compressed. Basically, if you start out with a large image, you’ll keep your large image when you save it this way. ¤

Veronica Schwab

Cool Touch Graphics Veronica@CoolTouchSTL.com CoolTouchSTL.com

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Branding *Dates & Times are subject to change. For more information, please visit, WomenofLBB.com/events

G YOUR BUSINESS G You may be wondering, “Taylor, how do I get a brand for my business?” Well, the good news, every business has a brand, whether they know it or not. So, you’ve already got one, but it may need a refresher. So today, I’m giving you a few trends and tips for branding heading into 2021. Bonus, some of these apply to your overall brand but also your marketing strategy!

In the last few years, “branding” has become a buzzword in the business industry. Buzz word or not, it’s one of the most critical aspects of your business, yet, it’s easily pushed to the back burner as we prioritize more “money-making” tasks. (Trust me, I did this for years). However, when done right, it’s something that can help more effortlessly bring in sales in our business. Let me explain... Branding can be things like fonts, colors, and logo. It’s also your elevator pitch, copywriting, photography, your personality, and more. It applies to almost anything in your business. Your brand is the connection between your potential clients and your business. This goes for virtual and in-person experiences. Everything you put out into the world says something about your business. It's either attracting the RIGHT kind of people or everybody. (You don't want everybody.) Branding is essential because every interaction someone has with your business is an OPPORTUNITY to get those RIGHT people into your business so you can make an income and an impact. When done out of alignment, it can also REPEL those right people. Yikes!

Personal brands are here to stay. People love buying from people they love. Most clients purchase from a PERSON over a business. Think about some of your purchases or hires. Was it because you loved the business or the person? Most of the time it’s because you love the person. I encourage you to think about how YOU can stand out from your business to connect with your clients on a more human to human level. The rise of casual marketing brings a level of relatability to brands. With all the social media platforms, we see more businesses showing up in real-time, unscripted to connect with their audience. This is amazing because you can be successful in connecting with their audience. Show up as you are, and your clients will feel MORE connected to you. Coloring outside of the lines. In the last few years, almost any type of business brand can be successful. I encourage you to think outside the box when it comes to your brand. If you have an idea that no one else is doing, try it, see how it goes, and tweak or pivot if necessary. There are no rules as long as it is authentic to you AND attracts your ideal clients. It may seem complicated, but it doesn’t need to be. Use the “Ideal Client Test” across the entire virtual and in-person experience of your business. Hands down, you MUST know who it is you are trying to attract and give them a name. Every decision you make in your business (marketing materials, promotional products, photography, you, etc.) will be easier because you choose the option that your ideal clients will LOVE. Ask yourself, “Will Sally love these new business cards?”. ¤

Taylor Thompson

HeyTaylorThompson.com Taylor@HeyTaylorThompson.com

Little Black Book | Become Magazine | January 2021


Ca$h•Out REFINANCE LOAN A DIY-ER’S DREAM COME TRUE

Is it time to fund those DIY projects with a Cash-Out Refinance Loan? If there’s an upside to quarantine and stay-at-home orders, it’s that you finally have some more time on your hands. Of course, you might have time, but you also need the money. If you do need funds, a cash-out refinance may be the solution you’re looking for. All About Cash-Out Funds A cash-out refinance allows you to refinance your mortgage for more than you owe on your house. The difference is cashed out to you to spend how you choose.

This option isn’t available to everyone. You must have enough equity built up. However, more than 14.5 million homeowners across the country are “equity rich” — meaning more than half of the home’s market value has been paid off. Is your home one of them? Then it could be time to put those funds to work for you. Amount of Cash How much cash can you get with a home equity refinance? That depends on several factors: Your equity. What is the amount of equity in your home? That’s determined by the difference between your home’s fair market value and how much you still owe on your current mortgage. For example, if your home is appraised at $400,000 and you owe $150,000, your equity is $250,000.

Pros of a Cash-Out Refi Loan for DIY Work This loan may have a lower interest rate than a home equity loan or home equity line of credit. By making much-needed repairs and renovations, you may also be raising the value of your home. The interest you pay back may be lower than a credit card. Cons of a Cash-Out Refi Loan You may have to cover the closing costs, so keep those extra fees in mind as you consider this loan. You may not borrow more than the equity in your home. If you borrow more than 80% of your home’s value, you will also have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). We want to help you make the right financial decisions. If cashing out on your mortgage isn’t in your best interest, we’ll tell you.

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Ready to get started? We can help with all but the actual work itself! Call us today or schedule a mortgage review to learn about your options.

Your credit score. As with any loan, lenders will look at several factors: your credit score, finances, income and debt levels at the time you apply. Those numbers will be factored into the loan amount and interest rate. Keep in mind that if you plan to consolidate and pay off other loans, your debt ratio will decrease, which may allow you to obtain more for this loan.

Your loan. The amount of cash your home can get you also depends on the loan-to-value (LTV) set by the home loan program you decide on. The goal is to maximize your benefits so you get the most out of your refinance. ¤

Lisa McLaughlin

Senior Mortgage Banker

NMLS# 283185 Delmar Mortgage NMLS# 30998 1066 Executive Pkwy Dr., Suite 100 St. Louis, MO 63141

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PREPARING FOR

Tax Time Here we are, facing another tax season. Proper preparation can reduce and hopefully eliminate surprises during filing. Having your documents organized and ready to go can streamline the tax preparation process. Missing documents can result in unwanted notices later, with tax balances due.

I recommend making a list of all your income sources in advance. As your documents come in, you can mark them off the list. This will ensure that you have everything you need before you sit down to file. Some documents that you may receive this year are: • Notice 1444 – This letter was sent from the IRS to all taxpayers that received the Economic Stimulus Payment. The amount is not taxable but will need to be reconciled with the credit on your return. • 1099-G for unemployment income. Unemployment is taxable and will need to be reported on your return. • 1099-INT for interest paid on federal refunds received during 2020. If you received a refund of taxes, you may have also received taxable interest. • 1095-A for your marketplace insurance. If you receive a premium tax credit, this will need to be reconciled on your return. • Daycare provider statement with: amount paid, the provider name, address, and Tax ID number. • 1099-S if you sold property. • Support for cash donations- even if you don’t itemize, this year, there is a deduction on the return for cash donations up to $300. At this time, the tax filing deadline is still slated for April 15th for Individuals and Corporations. A six-

month extension can be filed for the filing of the return; however, the taxes are still due April 15th. If you are concerned that you may owe taxes, you will want to project out your liability and make a payment with your extension. If working with a tax preparer, be sure to give them ample time before the April 15th deadline to calculate that projection for you. I want to note for business owners that the partnership and s-corporation tax return deadline is March 15th. Though the deadline is the same as last year, there is a change to note. Business owners required to issue 1099s to their subcontractors will notice that they will be filing a form 1099-NES for the nonemployee compensation this year, instead of the 1099-MISC. As business owners prepare to file these forms, they may want to ensure that they have updated W-9’s on file for all their subcontractors. This ensures you have the Tax ID number and the proper address for the 1099-NES. In preparation for the upcoming tax season, it may be beneficial to do a review with your tax preparer early in the season. A review can ensure that all deductions are accounted for and properly documented. You can also run a tax liability calculation to ensure that you are prepared for any tax balances that will be due. By being prepared, you may eliminate the panic and allow you time to do any lastminute planning that may be available! ¤ Stacy Cavin

Cavin CPAs and Advisors stacy.cavin@cavincpa.com https://www.cavincpa.com

Little Black Book | Become Magazine | January 2021


Traveling

IN 2021

Italy has been named Travel + Leisure’s Destination of the Year for 2021. Sadly, Italy is currently closed to US travelers with no scheduled opening date.

So, let's focus on some destinations that are accessible to us.

The three most easily accessible and affordable locations to us in the Midwest are Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. The Cancun area and Cabo are great options in Mexico, especially out of St. Louis. Mexico currently does not require a negative Covid test to enter the country, and Dominican Republic just removed their negative Covid test requirement. Jamaica requires a negative Covid test within 10 days of travel. Several smaller islands in the Caribbean are open to US Travelers like St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, and Turks and Caicos. There are still locations like Tahiti (think Bora Bora) and the Maldives, the long hall trips that can take half a day or a day of

flying. Looking for something a little more exotic or a once in a lifetime experience? There are options in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tahiti, and Maldives that offer overwater bungalows. Perfect for a couple wanting an ultimate vacation, while looking for relaxation and privacy, all with an amazing view. Each county and island have their own Covid requirements. This is one of the many reasons why working with a travel agent is so important. It is our job to stay on top of the requirements that seem to be ever changing. Want to travel but you are also uncertain about what the future holds? As we are all unsure of the future, travel insurance can ease your concerns. Currently,

travel agents can add Cancel for Any Reason Insurance, or CFAR for short, to almost any booking. This should give travelers a peace of mind. Get sick the day before, lost your passport, nervous to travel, (I think you get the point) you can cancel for any reason, and get a refund of everything minus the cost of insurance. Everyone’s views and comfort levels are different, and that is completely fine. Travel when you are ready. Your favorite travel agent will be there, ready to assist. ¤

Samantha Shawhan

Travel Haus / Edit for Content Samantha@TravelHaus.com

Little Black Book | Become Magazine | January 2021


Accomplish Your .Hopes. .Dreams. .Wishes. What does Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah, Steve Harvey, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Denzel Washington, and even Mark Twain have in common? They all believe in the Law of Attraction. I’ve been practicing the Law of Attraction since 1997. I was 30 years old and wasn’t married. I wrote down the type of man I wanted to marry. I listed everything about him that I wanted from a husband. I wanted someone with a great sense of humor, someone strong and masculine, confident, generous, that loved and adored me, that would be a great father, and so on. I would think about this mysterious man constantly. I’d imagine us going away together, buying a home, and cuddling up. Every time I saw an image of a couple together, I’d put it on my fridge. I became so aware of other couples that I could almost feel their love for each other. In October, I met the man I had visualized and thought about all year. On February 14, 1999, we won our wedding through Y98 radio station and got married in the Dominican Republic. Not only did I attract my future husband, but I attracted a trip to the Caribbean! This is the Law of Attraction in ACTION. This story proves what we think, see, feel, and believe; we bring into reality. Far beyond setting goals, this was a powerful intention I created and manifested. Everything has energy and vibration. When you set your intention to something, you vibrate to a particular frequency. It’s like you’re tuning in to a radio station, you hear static until you dial-in to where the music is. Our minds like images; that is why it’s important to visualize what you really want. Want to be in shape? Find pictures of women that have the body you want. Want more money? Find pictures that represent wealth and abundance. Look for images that light you up and get you excited. Feeding your mind pictures activates the

Vision Boards

reticular activating system in your brain. Things start to come to your attention faster. For example, if you want a new Lexus and have visualized it, you’ll notice a Lexus everywhere you look.

Collect pictures that resonate with your intentions, then create your Vision Board. Ask yourself these questions. • If money, people’s opinions, and fear were not factors – what would I want to be, do, or have? • What beliefs or things would I have to let go of if I were to allow this into my life? • What would I have to believe to be, do, or have these things? • What really matters to me? Your vision board can be a collage of many pictures to attract many things, or it can be focused on one intention. Look at it often, this is your mental blueprint for 2021. Believe, then become. ¤ Darlene Willman

Accomplish Unlimited, LLC DarleneWillman@GMAIL.COM DarleneWillman.com

Little Black Book | Become Magazine | January 2021


Ways to

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Help Nonprofits There is no doubt that 2020 saw new challenges for so many. Those challenges were magnified within the nonprofit community as the Covid-19 pandemic increased demand for services while revenue was lost from canceled events and closed operations. I was recently volunteering at the door of the coatroom at Helping Hands for the Holidays. I would greet people and let them know what to expect when shopping with their personal shopper. One mom and her young daughter were a little nervous about being there for the first time and said, “We’ve never had to struggle like this before.” Times are different. Our neighbors and the nonprofit community need us like never before. We all have causes that are near and dear to our hearts. Whether related to advocacy, arts, civic, cultural, education, or health and human service, something speaks to us. Philanthropy is about generosity in all its many forms. It can be as simple as the gifts of “time, talent, and treasure.” Thinking outside of the box!

Your time is valuable and it is also valuable to nonprofits. Most nonprofits run on very restricted budgets and rely on volunteers to help achieve their missions. There are many ways you can share your time, including volunteering for special events, being a part of a planning committee, or maybe even sitting on a board of directors. When offering your time, be sure to set boundaries on the amount of time you can give, so there are clear expectations on both sides!

Share your talent or expertise with a nonprofit. Are you great at organizing or handy work? Maybe you have excellent phone skills and can make phone calls. Perhaps you have a professional service to offer. Many organizations welcome pro bono services (i.e., lawyers and accountants are the most common).

TREASURE

Not everyone can support our favorite non-profit financially. I would challenge you to set aside a small amount each week... maybe you skip your daily coffee drink one day each week, putting that $5 aside. By the end of the month, that’s $20 and $240 by the end of the year! Of course, you want to be sure to vet the charity you are donating to. There are several tools to do this, including GuideStar and Charity Navigator.

THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

There are so many ways to help your favorite nonprofit outside of the normal. Here are just a few FREE ideas: Donate blood; Donate your credit card points or airline miles; Shop with e-commerce sites that will donate on behalf of your purchase (i.e., AmazonSmile); Donate items. It has been proven that more generous people tend to be happier and healthier, both mentally and physically. They also have stronger friendships. So get out there and make an impact! ¤

Christy Weber

Community Council CWeber@CommunityCouncilSTC.org CommunityCouncilSTC.org Little Black Book | Become Magazine | January 2021


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I learned from my Mother, who loved to entertain; you never go to a party empty-handed. The teachers love getting sweet gifts from their students. There is nothing like receiving an unexpected gift from someone who cares. What makes a gift inspirational is how it is thought out, and it doesn’t have to be handmade by you. Handmade can be found in a variety of small shops and boutiques. You can find great gift ideas like small kitchen towels that are affordable and can double as your wrapping paper. Purchase several of them in different themes, add a coffee mug and tea or hot chocolate. Succulents are the perfect tiny plants that make great gifts. They don’t require a lot of space or care. They usually start around $5 and can be picked up at a variety of stores. The recipient will think of you whenever they gaze upon their plant. Ok, drum roll please... it’s time for my shameless plug: Soul Stones. For those of you who are not familiar with Soul Stones. They are glass stones with hand-engraved words that resonate with our hearts and mind. Perfect gift for a hostess, teacher, just about anyone. Shopping for Soul Stones requires just a little thought. However, the impact will last years. Trust your gut when selecting the Soul Stones, even when it’s for someone else.

GIFT i iNG Emergency gift ideas are scented candles or bottle of wine. Add some flair to those gifts with the addition of a little package of hand or foot cream. Grab a gift bag and you're ready for the party. Don’t forget when shopping always purchase a few extra gifts, especially one for yourself. So, whether you're giving a scrumptious homemade dish, a candle wrapping in craft paper, or a mug full of goodies, like Soul Stones, you can trust that your thoughtful gift will be remembered. Most importantly, I know we are all wanting to stay healthy and are concerned about social distancing. Whenever possible, call your local store and ask for a curbside pick-up. Please have fun shopping and keep smiling under your mask. It is more contagious than you know. ¤

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Susan Houseman

Susan Houseman Designs LLC 4inksusanh@gmail.com http://www.susanhousemandesigns.com

Little Black Book | Become Magazine | January 2021


Caramel Irish Coffee

This is a delicious drink is one of the best things to ever happen to Winter. It is a creamy twist on the famous Irish Coffee drink. Enjoy sipping as a delightful after dinner drink or while sitting in front of a cozy fire, watching the snow fall. Created at Haven Rooftop, overlooking New York City's Times Square, it is easily made at home. The recipe simply adds the luscious taste of Baileys Irish Cream and the sweetness of butterscotch schnapps to the Irish whiskey and coffee base. Top it with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel, and you're ready to enjoy a dreamy cup of spiked coffee.

Ingredients

1 ounce Irish whiskey (Jameson) 1 ounce Irish cream (Baileys) 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps 2.5 ounces coffee (or more to fill, freshly brewed) Garnish: ​whipped cream & caramel syrup

Directions

To warm your mug or Irish coffee glass, fill with hot water. Allow this to sit for a few minutes, then pour out the water. Pour all of the liquors into the warm mug. Fill with coffee. Stir. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle caramel syrup. Serve and enjoy!

Cheers! Jeanne Strickland BOOM! Impact Graphics Call or Text 314.605.7193 This delicious recipe was originally found on TheSpruceEats.com

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