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Cash Mob Hits West Pasco County! By Debra Taylor
They usually strike in the morning. They gather secretly in an effort to surprise their prey. Then, BAM! Another local business owner is brought to tears from the results of the attack. Only, these tears are ones of joy rather than sadness! This scenario repeats itself throughout small towns all across America, as “Cash Mobs” flood pre-determined local businesses with shoppers prepared to purchase their products or services. West Pasco County is the home of its own Cash Mob. “Mobbers” eagerly wait to find out which local business will be the lucky recipient of their patronage! The local Cash Mob was established by Debbie Dawson, Founder & Publisher of It’s Your Home Magazine, a community lifestyle magazine in West Pasco & North Pinellas Counties, and Realtor with Remax. Her partner in Cash Mobbing is Valerie Wilson Napoli, Remax Realtor, and Advertising & Marketing Consultant for the magazine. They both share a passion for community and do what they can to help, support and promote local businesses. Debbie, Valerie and their loyal Cash Mobbers, understand small businesses are the roots in a community. Like many small businesses around the country, Mom & Pop shops in West Pasco have experienced significant challenges during the slumping economy, even to the point of facing closure. “I just don’t want to see someone’s dream go down the drain. They worked hard for so many years, and their business is their passion. They put their blood, sweat and tears into their business to make it work. I don’t want to see them go under because of some Walmart or other big chain,” Valerie explains. “Home is where the heart is, and our independent businesses are the heartbeat,” Debbie adds.
Here’s how the Cash Mob works: Each month, a message is posted on the IYH Magazine blog, and various Facebook pages, to invite friends to meet at a certain location to be announced. Mobbers meet with $10-20, designated to be spent at the secret location. Local businesses having benefited from this outpouring of patronage include Judy’s Cards & Gifts, Mom & Daughter Consignment, and Karen’s Gifts in New Port Richey, and DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry, Paw Wash Plus, Katelyn’s Kloset, Jay’s Sports Cave, Flip-It Toner and Turtle’s Nest in Trinity. Cash Mob West Pasco has generated more than $11,000 for the small businesses and restaurants “HIT”! Following the Cash Mob invasion, a celebration of sorts, combined with a networking opportunity, is held at a nearby restaurant. This serves as wave two in the Cash Mob experience! Participants can enjoy a refreshing beverage, enjoy lunch and build relationships with people who care about other people and their success! During this time, the next potential Cash Mob Victim is voted upon, with the location to be divulged and the parking lot to be named later! Some of the restaurants reaping the rewards of the Cash Mob after-party are Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant, Havana Dreamer’s Café, Boulevard Beef and Ale, Alpha Pizza, The Stadium Restaurant, and Crisper’s. The entire community is invited to participate in this amazing effort to keep our Mom & Pop Shops thriving! Join It’s Your Home Magazine, the proud sponsor of Cash Mob West Pasco to support the next deserving local businesses. Look for us on Facebook, or call 727-709-9541, for more information. www.facebook.com/groups/CashMobOfWestPasco Email: CashMobOfWestPasco@gmail.com
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Directory OF HOMETOWN PROFESSIONALS Accounting A+ Tax & Accounting Service.............29 Unbehagen Advisors.........................30,31 Advertising It’s Your Home Magazine..................6,37 Topaz Marketing Group.....................6,37 Air Conditioning A Plus A.C & Heating..........................20 Best Services A/C.................................26 Harrell Home Services..........................24 McWilliams A/C...................................19 Attorneys- Personal Injury Andreopoulos Law Firm.......................28 Bakery Sugardarlings Cones & Cupcakes...........9 Sweet Pretzels & More..........................10 Banks/Credit Union Achieva Credit Union............................34 Florida Central Credit Union.................29 Business Groups Cash Mob of West Pasco.........................2 Rooters Club..........................................38 Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce.........................................37 Trinity Business Association............32,33 West Pasco Business Association..........38 West Pasco Chamber of Commerce.......38 Carpet Cleaning Complete Care Systems ........................20 Cleaning Service The Cleaning Angel...............................26 Computer Repair Cudixs....................................................29 Consigment Shops Katelyn’s Kloset....................................11 Dentists David W. Dempsey, D.D.S....................16 Family Entertainment Jungle Bounce.......................................45 Congo River Golf .................................45
Fashion Madam Butterfly....................................12 Gift Shops Karen’s Gifts............................................9 Golf Seven Springs Golf & Country Club........................................................3 Hair Salons & Nails Aqua Terra Salon & Spa........................13 Cabelo Salon Inc....................................48 Stylez of Trinity......................................11 Homecare Services Home Helpers........................................17 Jewelers DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry.............................5 Massage Therapy Massage Therapy Center.........................6 Mind & Body Defy Aging............................................18 Music Lessons Music Matters .......................................44 Nail Salon Amber Nails..........................................14 Non-Profit Organizations Pack-A-Sack..........................................25 SPCA Suncoast.......................................47 Pavers C.M. Pavers & Hardscapes....................25 Pet Euthanasia Gentle Pet Passings................................46 Pet Grooming & Boutique Paw Wash Plus....................................7,47 Photographers Gripped by Grace Photography.............10 Photos by J. David.................................36 Physicians-Cosmetic Surgery Rinnova Med-Surgical & Laser Institute,.................................................15 Physicians-Gynecology & Female Care Dr. Gerard Cappiello.............................15
Physicians-Internal Medicine Dr. Halima Gafhoor.................................17 Physicians-Optometrist Dr. Sandra Stroud....................................17 Picture Framing Picture Perfect .......................................19 Plumbing Contractor Pete’s Certified Plumbing.......................26 Pool Contractor Posh Pools of Florida, Inc.......................21 Real Estate Debbie Dawson, ReMax Sunset Realty........................23,24 Valerie Wilson-Napoli, ReMax Sunset Realty..............................23 Restaurants Best of Philly Cheesesteak House...........42 Carmelita’s..............................................42 Dimitri’s On the Water............................40 Honey Baked Ham..................................43 Niko’s Place...........................................39 Seven Springs Golf & Country Club....................................................3,41 Windows on the Green at Fox Hollow Club.....................................39 Zen Forrest...............................................39 Roofing Contractors Arry’s Roofing Services.........................22 Storage Facilities Seven Springs Self Storage.....................25 Tanning Salon & Spa Planet Beach Contempo Spa...................11 Upholsterer Sunshine Upholstery...............................22 Veterinarians Animal Care Center of Pasco..................47 Trinity Pet Hospital.................................46 Website Design Websitedzyn............................................35 Weight Loss Body by Vi..............................................14
May All your Dreams Come True this Season at Deluca’s Fine Jewelry What’s on your “Wish List?” DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry offers a Wish List Registry just in time for Christmas, but perfect for any occasion throughout the year! Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Showers, Graduations, or just because, DeLuca’s has a variety of merchandise you will treasure! Stop by and complete your Wish List, and your loved ones will feel confident they’ve purchased the perfect gift for you. (Act Surprised!) Owners, Larry & Joanna DeLuca, invite you to stop by, look around and see what they showcase, which is much more than jewelry! You will feel right at home while browsing through the merchandise. If an item is not in stock, it can be special-ordered or custom-made just for you. Perhaps you will find that perfect something in their gift catalogue. In addition, Larry & Joanna can also procure professional and collegiate branded watches and gift items for the sports enthusiasts in your life! The DeLuca’s wish to thank all of their friends and neighbors for their continued support by offering an additional 30% off all in-stock beads (excluding Galatea hand-carved pearl beads), for the entire month of December. DeLuca’s provides an assortment of beads from more than nine manufacturers, with prices starting as low as $5.00. DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry will be open Christmas Eve from 10am to 3pm, for those last minute shoppers. (You know who you are!)
DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry is your hometown jeweler!
3104 Town Ave. Trinity • Longleaf Town Center
Larry and Joanna graciously wish to add, “Thanks to everyone for your continued patronage. We wish you a safe, wonderful Christmas season, and a happy, healthy New Year!” www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com
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HOLIDAY Issue 2012
PUBLISHER/EDITOR Debbie Dawson
WEBSITE DESIGN Rich Scherch, Len Wasnock
ART DIRECTOR Papande Newman
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Debra Taylor
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS DEFY AGING Barbara Marville-Kelly & Dennis Kelly HEALTHY WOMAN Dr. Gerard Cappiello NUTRITION TIPS Melanie Milletics MONEY MATTERS Todd Unbehagen TECH TALK Richard Scherch YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR Debbie Dawson MEDIA MARKETING/ADVERTISING Joe Ronecker Debra Taylor Valerie Wilson-Napoli SOCIAL MEDIA Topaz Marketing Group, Inc. CHARITY/FOUNDATION DIRECTOR Kristin Vogt-Wilson ADVERTISING: To request a Media Kit Call (727) 709-9541 or email: Advertising@ItsYourHomeMagazine.com Send artwork to Artdesign@ItsYourHomeMagazine.com SUBMIT STORY OR PRESS RELEASE Do you have a story or an upcoming event you would like to share? Email info in 250 words or less to Editor@ItsYourHomeMagazine. com and your story may be published in an upcoming issue of IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine! Visit our Digital Online Version of IT’s YOUR HOME www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com Phone (727)709-9541 Fax (727)947-4199
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Kim & John Crane of Paw Wash Plus, the “Paw”fect Couple Trinity’s complete pet day spa is at Paw Wash Plus. This spa haven for pups is family-owned and operated by Kim & John Crane, who got into the business because of their love of animals. They understand--first-hand--how people view their pets as their “furry family” members. They truly enjoy the happiness and satisfaction their services bring to their customers…and their customers’ pets! Their love of community--especially the family-friendly, Trinity community--is why they have been so well-received and successful. Paw Wash Plus supports animal rescue groups like SPCA. Kim explains, “We love working with the local rescue groups and helping raise funds for pets in need. These organizations are very involved and dedicated to their causes.” The Cranes offer free services and special discount prices at Paw Wash Plus for recently adopted pets from the SPCA Suncoast and Labrador Rescue. The first self-service pet wash in Pasco County, Paw Wash Plus offers a walk-in, self-service dog wash which is nothing shy of outstanding. Paw Wash Plus supplies everything you need to wash your own dog. Kim says, “The self-service wash is a great alternative to grooming. It’s not only a fun way to bond with your pet, but it’s an inexpensive way to maintain your pet’s hygiene.” Paw Wash Plus also offers full-service pet washes and professional in-store grooming, seven days a week. You
can schedule an appointment with one of the “pet stylists” for your pooch, and they will take care of everything for you. From a wash and dry, to a full-service professional grooming, it’s all just a day at the spa for your canine companion. The professional team of pet stylists at Paw Wash Plus are just that: professional. “All of our pet stylists are wonderful in their craft and make sure all of their customers are completely satisfied,” Kim boasts. Paw Wash Plus also offers professional in-store and mobile grooming, seven days a week. Options such as teeth brushing, pawdicures, special holiday scents and blueberry facials, which is a customer favorite, are all available for pet owners who want to spoil & pamper their pet! This doggie heaven is also full of anything you could possibly need for your furry friends, including all-natural, healthy pet foods, supplements, hygiene, pet meds and flea control. The friendly and knowledgeable staff can also do an assessment of your treats, and provide options for collars, toys and many other unique goodies. All of this variety is in one location for your convenience. The specialized bakery in-house carries a variety of different goodies both, regular and seasonal, fresh and healthy treats for your pet. Not to mention, they can even prepare a birthday cake for your pooch’s special day! With all that they offer, it is clear to see why Paw Wash Plus is the premier destination for all of your canine-care and grooming needs!
No Job Too Big or Too Small
Welcome Terrance Bailey
A-Plus Air Conditioning & Heating Sunshine Upholstery
Directory of Hometown Professionals ‘Tis the Season to Shop Local
Our Hometown Story
28 Fight for Your Rights
Paw Wash Plus Kim & John Crane, the “Paw”fect Couple
Taylor Made in West Tampa Bay
Get the Highest Possible Legal (Tax) Refund
A+ Tax & Accounting Service
14 5 Smart & Easy Tips to Avoid
Building Relationships That Last Forever
Andreopoulos Law Firm
Trinity Business Association
Cash Mob Hits West Pasco County! Cash Mob West Pasco
05 May All Your Dreams Come True
DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry
Grand Opening at Gulfview Square Mall
Madam Butterfly Boutique
Holiday Tipping Guide 2012 Why You Shouldn’t Skip the Tip
36 Around Town
Photos by J.David
Chef Du Jour
Executive Chef Brian Vroman of Seven Springs Golf & Country Club
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Believe in Yourself
Holiday Weight Gain
Body by Vi
Make Your New Year’s Resolution a Reinvention Dr. Gerard Cappiello
Make a Present of Yourself
Prepare Your Home for a Virtual Tour Debbie Dawson, Your Hometown Realtor
Healthy Personal Finance Resolutions for the New Year
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Back Cover Cabelo Salon “Where Beauty Begins and Never Ends!” Located at 10720 State Road 54 in Trinity A special thank you to Photos by Gripped by Grace Photography & Photos by J.David Photography
Delicious Christmas Cookie Recipe Passed Down From Angelina Marino for Over 100 Years! Ingredients 1 cup Butter or Margarine
½ cup Sifted Powdered Confectionary Sugar 1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 ¼ cups All Purpose Flour ¼ teaspoon Salt
¾ cup Finely Chopped Walnuts or Almonds Directions
Mix butter, sugar and vanilla.
Sift flour & salt. Blend with mixer.
Mix in nuts. Roll dough into a big ball and put in refrigerator to chill. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until they set, not brown. While they are still warm, roll in powdered confectionary sugar. Let cool and roll again.
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The Holiday Season is here! Regardless of age, it transports us back to our childhood: tinsel on the tree, stockings hung by the fireplace, colorful packages wanting to be shaken, and traditional celebrations with faithful friends and relatives. For our children, this holiday is still being written upon their future memories which they will pass on to our grandchildren. Two years ago I was blessed with a beautiful granddaughter for Christmas. This year I anxiously await the arrival of another precious gift, my grandson due Christmas time as well. Christmas is a time to celebrate our family and to appreciate every loved one you have in your life. It is a time for giving. As a child I really don’t remember the gifts that were under the tree, I only remember the family gatherings and how much fun everyone had, giggling and laughing while enjoying each other’s company. So many of our family members are no longer with us and truly missed. There spirit is now a thankful memory. The Holidays are a wonderful time to bring together family and friends from near and far. This holiday season take time to do some great family activities with your kids and grandkids (pg 17). Bake your favorite cookies that have been passed down from generation to generation. (pg 9). Spend quality time with your family, YOU are the gift they will remember most (pg 18). Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year! …Create Memories
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BIG, BIG Savings at Madam Butterfly Boutique this Holiday Season
GRAND OPENING at Gulfview Square Mall Formerly off US-19 in Tarpon Springs, this fresh, contemporary fashion boutique relocated to an equally fresh spot in the Gulfview Square Mall, Port Richey. Not only do they have an amazing selection of unique fashions at discount pricing up to 80% off, they have an awesome layaway plan not offered anywhere in Mall! With a small deposit, Madam Butterfly Boutique will hold ANY of your selections, allowing you to conveniently pay as your budget allows this holiday season! Owners, Steve Insolia and Donna Ferrante, are celebrating their grand opening in Gulfview Square Mall, just in time for the holidays! PLUS, Steve and Donna are paying close attention to the needs and pocketbooks of their customers. Purveyors of fashionable dresses, tops, shorts, scarves, hats, purses, jewelry and accessories, their tastes are - at the very least - glitzy and unique, and available at amazingly affordable prices! Everyone has an individual style, and the fun, friendly staff at Madam Butterfly Boutique is available to guide customers to their perfect look, while customers take advantage of huge discounts, designed to work within even the tightest budgets!
New, exciting merchandise is brought in everyday, so that women of all sizes always have the latest, cuttingedge options to update their wardrobe, or create a fashion statement all their own! Beaded and cloth purses, wallets and handbags that cannot be found in the malls and box stores, offer uncommon style to simply enhance an everyday look or accentuate a night on the town! Fashion jewelry, or flashy “Bling,” is also an inexpensive way to accessorize an outfit, with all styles, sizes, shapes and colors available at Madam Butterfly Boutique! To keep up with news of their latest fashion finds and receive daily specials, “like” and “follow” Madam Butterfly Boutique at Facebook.com/madambutterflyboutique, or visit their website at www.madambutterflyboutique.com. Madam Butterfly Boutique is located at Gulfview Square Mall, 9409 U.S.19 in Port Richey by the Sears side-entrance across from Shoe Encore. 727807-6097
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By Debra Taylor
MADE IN WEST TAMPA BAY I find myself more reflective during the holidays. Time spent with family & friends is that much more special. Memories of holidays past bring smiles and laughter, sometimes hugs and tears. I cherish those memories, but I choose to enthusiastically celebrate the New Year 2013! I resolve to march confidently toward each one of my goals, and rejoice in every success! I will be successful because I believe in myself. Take my word for it; there have been many times in my life when I have not had such confidence. However, today, as I write these words, I am excited about my life, both personally and professionally, and I feel certain I am on the right road to success! Recently, I was reading an article on the web by Jon Burgstone & Bill Murphy, Jr., which has sparked something within me: Believe – In YOU, 5 Easy Ways to Feel More Confident.
books, art, culture 1. Develop relationships with others. By building a support system derived of peers and mentors who want you to succeed, you are on your way to boosting your confidence. 2. Manage fear proactively. If that sounds scary, it might be. However, you must bust out of your comfort zone to experience the excitement of overcoming your fear, by conquering it gradually, one step at a time, until it is as if it never existed. 3. Celebrate the positive. The authors describe an exercise to “develop a reservoir of confidence.” Take some time to write down all of the instances when you have been successful in your life, no matter the context. As you supply your “reservoir,” you will become more self-confident, and your attitude will certainly improve. A positive attitude is key to maneuvering life’s twists and turns! 4. Listen to people. Listening provides the opportunity to determine how we can be of service to others in even the smallest ways. Perhaps, just listening is enough. 5. Seek and find external validation. The more you move toward your goals, the more people will offer encouragement and support. Take it! Just make sure the sources of the validation are credible people you admire.
First and foremost, they say, you must believe in yourself. If that sounds like a challenge to you, then maybe their five ways to “train yourself to believe in your ultimate success,” will ignite a fire in you!
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Expert manicurists at Aquaterra can sculpt acrylic nails or apply shellac nails for just the look your feel your hard-working hands deserve! Guests experience rejuvenating facials, relaxing massages, and smoothing waxes, in one of Aquaterra’s specialized spa rooms. Their most popular spa package is the “Spa Escape” which is a facial/massage combination to refresh and exhilarate your body, mind and spirit! “I love the satisfaction on our guests’ faces when they leave (our salon) feeling beautiful and relaxed,” Owner Bob Yesko adds. Aquaterra Salon & Spa is located at 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 110, Trinity. For more information, visit their website, www.aquaterrasalon.com. You can also become a fan on Facebook: www.facebook. com/pages/Aquaterra-Salon-and-Spa
5 Smart and Easy Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain By Melanie Milletics
During the Holidays, most people give in to eating with abandon, and use the season as an excuse to overeat day after day - after all, it’s only once a year...
The average person will put on about 8 pounds over the Holidays - pounds that will linger and then get put onto the list for the "New Year’s Resolutions". People wake up on January 1st intent on getting the unhealthy and less than attractive pounds off once and for all. The gyms fill with people who are finally going to be all they are meant to be. They are going to get their sexy back! The bad news? Most people NEVER take off the Holiday weight gain. People put on the pounds and then KEEP them. The average weight gain is 2 lbs a year.. that NEVER comes off! This equates to a larger and larger waistline as the years go on, and the typical 'middle aged spread'. Who wants a 'spread' around their middle??? To avoid looking like Santa in your New Year’s Eve dress, follow these 5 smart tips to avoid Holiday Weight Gain: 1. Get enough sleep, drink water, and take time to chillax. When you are tired, dehydrated or stressed, you are much more likely to over eat. 2. Limit high calorie alcoholic drinks. Egg nog, pumpkin pie martinis, and decadent chocolate drinks are wonderful on the lips, and forever on the hips! Instead, stick to skinny cocktails, and be sure to have a sparkling water in between drinks to stay well hydrated. 3. Don’t starve and feast – and never skip breakfast. You are far more likely to overeat later because you are literally starving, resulting in weight gain. 4. Fill your party plate with veggies and protein, then have just a taste of everything else. If you take your time and eat the healthier choices first, then have just a little of the rich side dishes and desserts, you will enjoy yourself without piling on an excess of calories. 5. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Every day is a new chance to eat in moderation and avoid Holiday weight gain. Don’t go over the deep end, figuring you’ve already blown it with just one big party plate! Drink water and eat properly the next day, and you can minimize the effects. Follow those tips, and you will avoid Holiday weight gain, so that your New Year’s Resolution list doesn’t have to include weight loss!
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Make Your New Year’s Resolution a Reinvention By Dr. Gerard Cappiello A new year is upon us and like every year, we give ourselves
a resolution to make our lives’ more fulfilling and enjoyable. Some people choose to stop a bad habit or pick up a good one, some want to make drastic changes to their lives whether it be through daily routine or through physical appearance. At Rinnova Med-Surgical and Laser Institute at the Female Care Center, it is vital to us that you start your new year feeling fresh and renewed. It is becoming more and more common for women to consider plastic surgery as it becomes more readily available and more accepted. Many women are uncomfortable about their appearance because it doesn’t match their youthfulness, personality or that certain spark that makes them who they are. So why should they let their body dictate how they appear? At Rinnova Med-Surgical & Laser Institute, Dr. Gerard Cappiello has been changing and bettering the lives of women for decades, as he makes them look the way that they truly want to be seen through reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries. A complete professional, Dr. Cappiello makes sure to walk every patient through every step of the procedure, pre and post, to make sure that they are at their most comfortable and all of their inquiries are answered. Maybe you’ve gone through the birth of a child and still don’t feel the same as you did pre-birth. Or maybe, you’ve gained a little weight over the last couple months or year and can’t manage to work it off. Whatever reason you have to want to change your looks, Dr. Cappiello is not there to judge, just to make sure that you look and feel satisfied and safe.
No matter your age, you deserve to look how you feel and Dr. Cappiello can help you make that reality. Call for a free consultation with Dr. Cappiello 727-942-7000 www.MyRinnova.com 32801 US 19 N., St. 100 • Palm Harbor, FL 34684
No matter your age, you deserve to look how you feel and Dr. Cappiello can help you make that reality. Not only can he take care of cosmetic surgeries, but he can also consult and operate to fix any existing pains, as well as performing all your basic gynecological services, all in an attempt to help you be happy with who you are and what you look like. Treat yourself this New Year to a change that will be long-lasting and refreshing, giving you the look and feeling of a brand new person. Give Dr. Cappiello a call and take the next step towards a cost-efficient, life-changing and completely safe procedure. Start your New Year off with a new you. Call and schedule your free Med-Surgical & Laser Institute
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It is that time of year again when we are thinking about gift giving? What to buy? Who to shop for? What’s their favorite perfume? Would they like a great handbag? Perhaps, trinkets…maybe gadgets? What about an I-pad, an I-pod, a puppy, a kitty, a new car, a new house…? Whatever it is, we think can make our loved ones happy with material things. Once the grand present is revealed, it is inevitable that the newness and the novelty wear off post haste. Why not make a present of yourself? It can be an everlasting present, remembered, and cherished every day, in every way, and delivered through a genuine act of kindness! Even in the smallest of ways, we can make a difference: a smile to a stranger, a tender hug to someone who needs one, sweet and encouraging words of inspiration, and the list goes on… Making a present of yourself, wrapped-up in love and caring, can go a long way to those who will be endlessly grateful for holidays to come! The best gift we can ever give is homage to those who have enriched our lives, in a way that enriches others!
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Prepare Your Home for a Virtual Tour 5. Pare down furniture. Identify one or two pieces of furniture that can be removed from each room to make the space appear larger.
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6. Rearrange. Spotlight the flow of a space by creating a focal point on the furthest wall from the doorway and arranging the other pieces of furniture to make a triangle shape. The focal point may be a bed in a bedroom or a china cabinet in a dining room. 7. Reaccessorize. Include a healthy plant in every room; the camera loves green. Energize bland decor by placing a bright vase on a mantle or draping an afghan over a couch.
1. Understand the camera’s perspective. The camera’s eye is very different from the human eye. It magnifies clutter and poor furniture arrangement. To make a home shine in a virtual tour or video presentation, cater to the lens.
8. Keep the home in shape. You want buyers who liked what they saw online to encounter the same home in person.
2. Make the home “Q-tip clean.” Because the camera magnifies grime, each room must be spotless. Don’t forget floor coverings and walls; a discolored spot on the rug might be overlooked by prospects during a regular home showing, but that stain becomes a focal point for online viewers.
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3. Pack up the clutter. But leave three items of varying heights on each surface. For example, on an end table you can place a lamp (high), a small plant (medium), and a book (low). 4. Snap pictures. This will give you an idea of what the home will look like on camera. Closely examine the photos and list changes that would improve each room’s appearance: opening blinds to let in natural light, removing magnets from the refrigerator, or taking down distracting art.
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Planning for the holidays can be hectic and time consuming. While the holiday season expresses a spirit of giving, holiday tipping may be difficult to manage in terms of who should be tipped and how much should be given.
Over the past few years, consumers have set a tight budget on holiday tipping due to the nation’s frail economy. However, with a five-year high on consumer sentiment, recent labor reports, and a rise in contributions to 401(k)’s and rising house prices, a number of indicators show that the economy is steadily improving.
As the nation gains a new sliver of hope in the economy, consumers are likely to be moved to spend more this year on holiday tipping. “People are more generous this year because when the economy gets better, people do better and tend to be happier around the holiday time,” said Jacqueline Whitmore, leading international etiquette expert and founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach. “We’re probably going to see more people getting tips this year,” she said. “It may not be the same amount in years past, but there will be more of it.” Here are a few guidelines on easy, efficient, and affordable ways to holiday tip. Read ahead to see the full list of whom to tip and how much.
Extracurricular Instructors Suggested Tip: Gift
If you hire an extracurricular instructor, such as a private tutor, musical teacher, sport coach, or dance instructor, it is important to put some creative thought into their gifts. For example, for a dance instructor, search for their favorite music or a coffee table book about dance, said Jacqueline Whitmore, a leading international etiquette expert and founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach. For a piano teacher, unique gifts like bookmarks made from ivory piano keys speak a more sentimental thanks than a cash tip, Whitmore said.
Suggested Tip: Cost of One Visit
A landscaper should get the cost of one visit. If there is a team, consider giving $10 to $20 each depending on the service and relationship.
Suggested Tip: Gift
United States Post Office and Fedex workers are not allowed to accept cash. Consider a small gift, gift card, or home-baked treat worth less than $20.
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Some private home nurses may not be able to accept cash due to agency policies. If they are allowed to receive monetary gifts, give one week’s pay. For those who cannot accept cash, give a gift or a gift card worth as much as $50. In a group setting, you may also consider a gift that every can share and does not favor only one attendant, such as a food basket.
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If you have worked with a personal trainer for at least six months, the tip can range from one session to one week of service.
Suggested Tip: Gift/Gift Cards
Check with your child’s school to see if they have a gift-giving policy. Experts say to skip monetary gifts, as it may look like you’re bribing the teacher for better treatment. Instead, give a coffee or book shop gift card for around $20. You can also get together with other parents and give one for a larger amount. Accompany the gift with a handwritten note from your child. Source: cnbc.com
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HEALTHY PERSONAL FINANCE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR By: Todd Unbehagen, MAFM, EA, ATA, ATP President of Unbehagen Advisors The New Year is the time when many individuals start making resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. And while resolving to eat better and exercise more is a good thing, you should be sure to make resolutions that pertain to the overall health of your personal finances as well. DEVELOP A BUDGET AND STICK WITH IT A good way to start the year on the right track financially is to make sure that you have a budgeting system in place. Start by identifying your income and expenses. Next, add them up and compare the two totals to make sure you are spending less than you earn. If you find that your expenses outweigh your income, you'll need to make some adjustments to your budget plan (e.g., reduce discretionary spending). Once you have a budget, it's important to stick with it. And while straying from your budget from time to time is to be expected, there are some ways to help make working within your budget a bit easier:
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to be thankful for. Trinity Business Association (TBA) would like to take this time to thank everyone associated with us and the Trinity Community for all your support. As we enter into 2013, our 10th year, we look forward to again bringing businesses and professionals together and continuing to make the Trinity area a better place by supporting many charitable causes. In 2012, we were happy to support: • • • • • •
RAP House J.W. Mitchell High School Scholarships Sunlake High School Scholarships PACE Center for Girls Fostering Hope Florida Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind
TBA wishes everyone in the Trinity Community warmest thoughts and the wonderful gifts of peace, hope and joy.
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TBA MEMBERS: A Family Affair Chiropractic ABCO Printing Advanced Restoration Apollo Window Tinting & Graphics Baskets Are Forever BayCare Health System Bruce M. Szabo, PA Community Chatterbox David W. Dempsey, DDS DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry Eternity Jewelers Fast Track Computer Solutions Five Star Auto Repair Kehoe & Deweerd, CPA Korrect Kritters Law Office of Charles S. Philips McWilliams and Son Heating & Air Conditioning Medical Center of Trinity Miller Wealth Management Group New England Financial Patterson Marketing Group Prudential Tropical Realty Ramm Marketing & Design Rockwell Financial Group of Raymond James Silverman Law Firm Synergy Ad Specialties Tampa Bay Insurance Therapeutic Massage by Arlene Unique Fitness Wells Fargo Bank Xpertise Cruise Travel
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That Last Forever
rinity Business Association (TBA) is unlike any other networking group in the area. Founded in 2003, TBA has always operated on the premise it would not be a “leads” group; but a place where acquaintances become friends - who build business relationships - which in turn create bigger, stronger businesses that can give back to the community in return. TBA wanted to introduce something a little different, and different is what it is! Ask any member of TBA why they love coming to the meetings and they will tell your first and foremost, it’s the friendships. As long time member Gil McWilliams of McWilliams & Son Heating & Air Conditioning so aptly put it, “I go to lots of networking groups but TBA is my favorite. It’s family. There is no other networking group like TBA.” But beyond the friendships, TBA is also committed to supporting businesses and professionals in the Trinity area. TBA members work together to expand and promote business opportunities and support the Trinity community.
As TBA moves into its 10th year, it still follows its original three guiding principles: •
Build a network of proven professionals of diverse age, race, gender, education and experience, which will promote new opportunities for members’ businesses to prosper.
Provide a unified and powerful voice that will enable TBA to have an active role in shaping the business environment in our community.
Take responsibility for making our community a better place to live and work by involving ourselves in different charitable functions.
TBA takes its commitment to supporting charitable causes very seriously. TBA has put into place a variety of
programs, which allows everyone to give back. For over 7 years, TBA has supported the RAP (Runaway Alternatives Project) House through donations, collections of needed items, Cook for Kids, sponsorship of RAP River Run and after every meeting; leftover food is taken to the RAP House. For the past 4 years TBA has given scholarships to graduating seniors of J.W. Mitchell and Sunlake High Schools. In addition, during 2012 TBA supported PACE Center for Girls, Fostering Help Florida and Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind. TBA encourages businesses located and doing business in the Trinity area to come to one of its meeting. TBA meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Fox Hollow Country Club. The meetings are lively, professional, informative and fun-filled. Each TBA member has similar goals of growing their business while creating great memories with fun friends at the same time. Each member takes pride in the group and the referrals sent to each other. TBA members spoil each other with special attention and services. It’s comforting to know that when you send a friend or client to do business with a fellow TBA member that they will be completely taken care of. TBA members love to make each other look good! If you would like to market your business to the fullest in the Trinity area then TBA is the place to be. With Open Houses, Business Expos, Group Cruises, Offsite Socials, 5K’s, and much more; you are sure to get the exposure you’re looking for with the heartfelt camaraderie that you deserve. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. trinitybusinessassociation.com.
Happy holidays from TBA and we wish everyone health, happiness and prosperity in 2013.
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TARPON SPRINGS EVENTS AND FESTIVALS VISIT GREECE IN FLORIDA! December 7 - 4-9 PM There's Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs Victorian Christmas
December 7 Annual Tarpon Springs Recreation Holiday Illuminated Boat Parade From the Sponge Docks to Spring Bayou Arriving with Santa at Spring Bayou Aprx. 8:30 PM December 13 & 14 Safford House Victorian Christmas Safford House Museum
December 15: 10 AM Annual Christmas Parade and Santa Fest December 16 - 2PM Florida Orchestra Brass QuintetAnnual Christmas Concert - Performing Arts Center
December 22 & 23 Amahl and the Night Visitors Performed by the Florida Lyric Opera with Special Madrigalian Holiday Celebration Performing Arts Center December 24 - 6PM Light Up the Bayou Craig Bayou - Candle Lighting
January 3 - 7:30 PM The Jews of Tin Pan Alley One Man Show with Jewish Folksinger Lil' Rev Cultural Center
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January 4 - 7:30 PM Acoustic Evening of Songs and Stories with Lil' Rev Cultural Center January 6: Epiphany and Glendi Celebration January 12 - 8PM The Brothers Four Performing Arts Center
January 19 - 11 AM - 4 PM Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 18th Annual Parade Event to follow at Dorsett Park until 4 PM January 19-21 Sponge Docks Arts and Crafts Festival January 13 - 2PM Eleanor Roosevelt Part II What We Are Fighting For Susan Marie Frontczak Performing Arts Center
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Dec 14 5pm-9pm Odessa Food Truck Festival 8701 Gunn Hwy Odessa Food Truck event – live music Dec 14 7pm How the Grinch Saved Christmas Seven Springs Country Club 3535 Trophy Blvd NPR 727-376-0039 All proceeds to benefit a local family in need. Live Band, Food, Dancing Mixing with our Local community. This event brought to you by WPBA Dec 15 10am-12pm Jr. Service League’s 5th Annual Holiday Brunch with Santa Verizon Event Center 8718 Trouble Creek Rd NPR Join Santa and friends for a Holiday Brunch, photo with Santa, crafts $10 ages 1-12 $5 Adults & children under 1 featuring SPCA Suncoast Pets. Collecting Pet supply donations. Dec 16 9am-12:45am Breakfast with Santa Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 11680 Our Lady Queen of P eace Catholic Church $4.00 adults $3.00 children 10 & under. Free picture with Santa provided. Dec 16 2pm-5pm Support Tina Shelton, candidate for the 2013 Honorary Governor of West Pasco. To benefit the PACE Center for Girls & West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Painting with a Twist 8351 State Road 54, Suite 112, Trinity Tina at email@example.com Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dec 17 5:30-7:30 1st Annual Feeding the Hungry Landon Outreach Foundation 1813 Wellness Lane Trinity FREE HOT MEAL for those in need! First 200 people will receive warm, cozy blankets! AND a special visit from SANTA! Dec 19 6pm Small Business Holiday “Paw”ty To Benefit SPCA Suncoast Seven Springs Golf and Country Club 3535 Trophy Blvd NPR $25 per person 727-376-0039 Dec 22 6pm-11pm Jump on the Polar Express By West Pasco Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Assoc. 3535 Trophy Blvd NPR Kids Night with Santa & A Parents Night Out! Enjoy Polar Express. Wear your PJ's to enjoy activities and a visit from Santa! Only $15 per child Jan 4 6pm-10pm First Fridays and Fresh Friday Nights Farmers' Market Railroad Square & Cavalaire Square, Downtown NPR Presented by Greater NPR Main St www.nprmainstreet.com Jan 12 8:30am-1pm Clay Shoot Fundraiser Tampa Bay Sporting Clays 10514 Ehren Cutoff, Land O' Lakes Support your candidate running for the Governor of West Pasco, Tina Shelton! To Benefit PACE Center for Girls & West Pasco Chamber email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS Painting with a Twist • December 16th • 1:00-4:00 pm • $45 per Painter West Pasco Showdown Clay Shoot January 12th • Tampa Bay Sporting Clays – Land O’Lakes $350 – Four Shooting Team / $100 Individuals Wacky Quacky Photo Scavenger Hunt • January 26th • 11:00 am-5:00 pm The Wacky Quacky Rubber Duck Race Party January 29th • 5:30 pm • Boulevard Beef & Ale Ducks are $20 each or a “Quack Pack”of 3 ducks are $50 “BUY A DUCK, HELP A GIRL!” For more information contact: Tina Shelton at email@example.com / 727-439-0516 or Gail Armstrong at Gail.Armstrong@pacecenter.org / 727-207-6580
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Small Business Holiday “Paw”ty
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Seven Springs Golf and Country Club is hosting the 1 Annual Small Business Holiday "Paw"ty to benefit SPCA Suncoast. This event is a great opportunity for small business owners to treat themselves and their employees to a night of dinner, dancing, photos, wine tasting and more while supporting a good cause! st
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM Benefitting the SPCA Suncoast Seven Springs Golf and Country Club Trinity’s Complete Pet Spa
is hosting this event in conjunction with The SPCA Suncoast Cheney Brothers, and DJ Robb Smith. Dinner, Dancing, Photos, Wine Tasting and More!
Visit us online www.pawwashplus.com
Help the SPCA Suncoast by bringing dog/cat food and supplies to put under the “Paw”fect Christmas Tree.
DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS EVENT Reserve your company table $25 per person
Seven Springs Golf
3535 Trophy Boulevard • New Port Richey, FL 34655
Call 727-376-0039 To reserve your table today for any size party!
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Published on Nov 30, 2012
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