Is there a missing “Peeps®” in your life?

Is there a missing “Peeps®” in your life?

Are there missing Peeps®?

Have you ever had the pleasure of coloring hard-boiled eggs with your children or grand-children and then have the “Easter Bunny” (aka Mom and Dad) hide them for finding on Easter morning?

This was an Easter tradition for our family and it made Easter morning a quick fun filled adventure to find the Easter Eggs. Of course, there is no competitiveness in our family and finding them first and the most was just added pleasure for the day.

When the hunting begins it is filled with screams of joy and laughter as decorated Easter baskets were filled with “their” eggs before breakfast and getting dressed in the NEW Easter dress for church. Three girls – it was a maddening mayhem to do the hair, dresses on, and off to church and lunch with relatives.

Thinking back, it was much like today’s fast-paced data-driven instant gratification life. Too much, too fast and not enough time spent on the important people in your life.

Sounds a lot like email, text, Snapchat, Instagram Facebook, Twitter………………….

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Did YOU File MY Tax Return?

Did YOU File MY Tax Return?

DISCLAIMER –

Before reading this week’s blog please read the following out loud slowly.

THE IRS DOES NOT SEND EMAILS TO TAXPAYERS NOR WILL THEY CALL YOU AND HAVE YOU VERIFY YOUR IDENTITY OR ASK YOU TO PAY YOUR TAX OWED WITH ITunes Gift Cards.

Now that we have that issue under control, we can move on to the fastest growing IRS fraud.  With the deadline looming for taxpayers, the crunch will be on for people scrambling to get their final documents together and submit their official tax return.

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Have you been “Disrupted”?

Have you been “Disrupted”?

Not sure what “Disrupted” is?

Merriam-Webster “to break apart; to throw into disorder”

In the early 1900’s (eons ago) Sears & Roebuck was Amazon.  Catalog retailing—what an innovation.

Today’ Amazon is the ultimate disruptor for retailing, gone are the magical days of “Going to the Mall” as many malls around the country are closing.  There is even a website for all the dead malls – http://www.deadmalls.com/

For every “Disruptor” there, of course, is the “Disrupted”

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Texas Rangers win the World Series

Texas Rangers win the World Series

Spring Training is underway, bringing baseball players back for another season. It is a time of unbridled confidence when every team imagines it will win the World Series, and every player will have a record-breaking year. As a Ranger fan, I’m particularly excited about the prospects for this year!   Of course, few of these predictions come true and only one team wins.

It is also TAX TIME as the clock ticks closer to the April filing deadline.  Just like a major-league ballplayer returns to Spring Training to get the basics down, it is important not to overlook deductions and credits to save money on your tax bill.

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Is your business like Neiman Marcus?

Is your business like Neiman Marcus?

Like athletes, the most successful business thrive under competitive pressure.  Yet, as Warren Buffett says, “it is only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

Two of Dallas’s home grown retail companies are feeling the change occurring in retail.  One has filed bankruptcy and the other is looking for a new buyer.  The landscape is changing rapidly with the online approach to shopping.

The Dallas Morning News reported that in a conference call on Tuesday, March 14, Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz said: “while Neiman Marcus remains at the forefront of luxury shopping, people are shopping less.”

“Customers are making fewer trips to the store and the mall and more trips to the web. They want newness, exclusivity and the best price,” Katz said. “Driven by these expectations, and thanks to the information available to them on the web, more and more we are seeing our customers shop multiple stores or websites, not just ours.”

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