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Charlie Strong Fundraiser

This week’s #SmallBiz518 we’re at Longfellows to promote the fundraiser for Charles Bumgardner’s fight against cancer. If ever there was a time that Charlie needed the help of friends and family, it is now. Please take 2 minutes to watch, every “like” this posts gets #TeamMonticello will donate $2 to Charlie’s fight against cancer (up to $1,000). Visit the Go Fund Me campaign (goo.gl/41GqDT) to make a direct donation. See you Thursday 2/28 at 5:30pm for the fundraiser, tickets here (https://goo.gl/ejuBYJ). Donate, Like, Share, Comment, & Tag. #CharlieStrong #BeatCancer

 

Meet Dana Farrell

We recently sat down and learned more about Licensed Real Estate Person, Dana Farrell.

You can watch the video here.

Dana has a design background and an architectural degree. She explains, “I can help buy or sell with clients, and if they want to look for a project or a house, then I can provide all of the ways to encompass a whole project.” Dana feels that she is providing her clients a home. She says, “If I can get them to walk into a space and generally feel that this space affects their mood and their lifestyle, then I have completely done my job.”

When Dana is not helping people with homes, she spends time singing.  “You can tell I get super excited about singing. It calms my nerves, but excites me. Over the years, I have done different types of acoustics, and I do a lot of open mic. I was gigging pretty regularly – about once a month -which for me is great.”

If you want to contact Dana – email her at Dana@MonticelloNYS.com

Last minute ideas for Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! Do you have plans yet? Even if you don’t have a special Valentine – don’t let that stop you from planning a little fun! Here is a list of some fun ideas that you can do with your loved one, your kids, or your best friend.

  1. Set up a tent indoors. Pop some popcorn. Hang some twinkly lights inside the tent and pretend you are camping under the stars.
  2. Buy Valentine’s Day pajamas. Get comfy and have a lounge fest.
  3. Surprise someone with affirmation sticky notes. Tell them how much they mean to you or what you appreciate about them.
  4. Draw a bath, and throw rose petals in the tub. Just because. I promise – it will make you feel fancy.
  5. Put up a Valentine’s Day tree. This works especially well if you still have your Christmas tree up.
  6. Buy yourself flowers. They don’t have to be roses. Anything will do to brighten up your house.
  7. Make candy jewelry and then eat it.
  8. Have a Valentine’s Day Brunch and invite all your besties.
  9. Make cupcakes and eat them all.
  10. Make chocolate covered strawberries and put them on the cupcakes and then eat them.
  11. Watch old love story movies.
  12. Host a wine tasting.
  13. Make heart shaped pizzas.
  14. Dress up your dogs in cute valentine’s day outfits.
  15. Order the pink drink at Starbucks.

Small Biz 518 – J. Foley Photography

We recently sat down and learned more about J. Foley Photography for our latest Small Biz 518.

Watch the video here:

Jeff and Jeanette Foley make up J. Foley Photography (JFP), which is located in Saratoga Springs. They love chasing the once-in-a-lifetime moments of a wedding day together.

JFP has won WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award for the past five years. The company also was voted Saratoga Photographer of the Year in 2014 (Adirondack-Albany Wedding Association’s Regional Choice Awards), and JFP won the Best of 2009 Portrait Award (Capital Region PhotoCenter).

Jeff has photographed more than 400 weddings, and he also draws from his experience as a freelance photographer for newspapers (Newsday, Albany Times Union). He has made portraits of athletes such as Eli Manning (New York Giants) and musicians such as Matt and Kim.

Jeff said, “This is the only job I’ve had that I have not gotten bored. It’s always challenging. It’s ever-changing. When we meet with clients – it’s not about what we do as photographers – it’s about them.”

Jeff describes his business as a team. He owns the business with his wife Jeanette. The couple also has three kids and they all work together to make the business work. Their son has assisted them on engagement sessions, and their teenage daughter has watched their baby daughter when the couple is working.

Jeff says, “It is really cool to know that we have built something that our kids can participate in, and will hopefully provide for them and their families as well.”

Jeff explains, “Our best days end with somebody giving us a hug at the end of the night, and saying, ‘Thank you for being there. It was like having friends document our wedding.'”

For more information about J. Foley Photography, visit here.