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Money Matters | Retirement Plans Can Be SIMPLE

Sponsored Post by Todd Harrett

If you own a small business (or are self-employed), there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your employees plan your financial future. One popular option for organizations such as sole proprietorship’s, partnerships, corporations, and non-profit organizations to consider is the SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

Unlike some retirement plans, there are specific criteria a business must meet to participate in a SIMPLE IRA plan. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about this type of retirement plan:

Can any business establish a SIMPLE IRA plan? Self-employed individuals and employers with fewer than 100 employees may adopt a SIMPLE plan. However, the business must not maintain any other employer-sponsored retirement plan where contributions are made or accrued during the calendar year in which the SIMPLE plan is effective. (This does not apply to plans that cover only union employees who are excluded from the SIMPLE plan.)

What is the deadline for establishing such a plan in order for it to qualify for the 2018 tax year? The IRS deadline for establishing SIMPLE IRA plans for the current year is October 1. After October 1, plans can only be established for the next tax year. An exception to October 1 exists if the business is a newly established company and has never sponsored a SIMPLE IRA plan.

Which employees are eligible to participate in this type of plan? An eligible employee is one who has received at least $5,000 in compensation from the employer during any two prior calendar years (does not need to be consecutive years) and who is reasonably expected to receive at least $5,000 compensation during the current year. In the plan’s initial agreement, the employer is able to reduce the amount of compensation and the number of years required. However, there is no required participation for this plan – eligible employees can choose whether or not they want to participate and contribute.

How much can employees contribute to the plan through salary deferral? The maximum salary deferral limit to a SIMPLE IRA plan for 2018 cannot exceed $12,500. If an employee is age 50 or older before December 31, then an additional catch-up contribution of $3,000 is permitted.

What are the maximum employer contribution limits for a SIMPLE IRA? Each year the employer must decide to do either a matching contribution (the lesser of the employee’s salary deferral or 3% of the employee’s compensation) or non-matching contribution of 2% of an employee’s compensation (limited to $275,000 for 2018). All participants in the plan must be notified of the employer’s decision. 

When must contributions be deposited? Employee deferrals should be deposited as soon as administratively feasible, but no later than 30 days following the last day of the month in which the amounts would otherwise have been payable to the employee. These rules also apply to self-employed individuals. The employer contributions deadline is the due date of the employer’s tax return, including extensions.

Can there be a vesting scheduled with a SIMPLE IRA? There is no vesting schedule with this type of plan – both employer and employee are immediately 100% vested.

How are withdrawals from SIMPLE IRAs taxed? Withdrawals from this type of account are taxed as ordinary income. However, if a participant is younger than age 59½ and makes a withdrawal within the first two years of plan participation, he or she will owe a 25% IRS penalty and ordinary income taxes on the amount withdrawn.  After the initial two years of plan participation, the 25% IRS penalty is reduced to 10% for pre 59½ withdrawals.  Exceptions to the 10% penalty on traditional IRAs are also exceptions to the 25% penalty for SIMPLE IRAs. Direct transfers to another SIMPLE IRA will not be subject to this penalty.

Can the assets in a SIMPLE IRA be rolled over? Participants are able to roll over funds from one SIMPLE plan to another at any time. After two years of participation, employees may roll assets to a traditional or SEP IRA without tax penalties.

As with any investment alternative, you should check with your Financial Advisor to evaluate the best option for your financial situation.

Wells Fargo Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice. Be sure to consult with your tax and legal advisors before taking any action that could have tax or legal consequences. Please keep in mind that transferring or rolling over assets to an IRA is just one of multiple options for your retirement plan. Each option has advantages and disadvantages, including investment options and fees and expenses, which should be understood and carefully considered.

This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Todd Harrett, Financial Advisor with Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in New Albany, IN at 812-948-8475.

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Cultural Pass Expands to Southern Indiana

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-41-58-pmPass provides free admission to numerous arts-related institutions

For the first time, the 2018 Cultural Pass will be available to kids in Louisville and Southern Indiana. The provides free access to many of Greater Louisville’s arts and cultural institutions and is valid for one-time general admission at each of the participating institutions and is valid through Aug. 11.

Created from Vision Louisville, the Cultural Pass is an innovative initiative to promote art and culture and improve summer learning in our community. The 2018 Cultural Pass is presented by Churchill Downs, in partnership with Metro Louisville, Fund for the Arts, Arts and Culture Alliance and the Louisville Free Public Library. Additional underwriting for Southern Indiana families to participate is made possible by the Bales Foundation, Duke Energy and the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, in partnership with the Jeffersonville Township Public Library and The Floyd County Library (formerly known as the New Albany-Floyd County Library).

Nearly 200,000 passes have been issued since its inception in 2014. The 2018 Cultural Pass can be picked up at The Floyd County Library, Jeffersonville Township Public Library and any of the Louisville Free Public Library locations. For more information, go to fundforthearts.org/culturalpass.

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Water, Water Everywhere

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BY JD DOTSON

Make Time To Play At Our Area Water Parks

WINTER HELD ON WAY TOO LONG IN OUR AREA. IT FELT LIKE SPRING WAS HERE FOR A DAY AND A HALF, BUT SUMMER HAS FINALLY MADE ITS WAY TO OUR AREA. THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER HAS ME ACHING FOR BIKE RIDES, PICNICS AND COOLING OFF IN THE WATER, SO I COMPILED A LIST OF THE EXTOL TEAM’S FAVORITE SPLASH PARKS IN THE REGION. DIG OUT THAT SWIMSUIT AND MEET US THERE!


Silver Street Park

2043 Silver Street

New Albany

812.949.5448

www.cityofnewalbany.com

Silver Street Park is a hidden gem to most people but one of our absolute favorite parks to play in. It includes a splash park, playground, a graffiti wall, sports complex and field, hiking and picnic areas (and tons of friendly strangers every time we’ve gone there). Free and open to the public. Closes at 9 p.m.


River Run

224 W. Daisy Lane

New Albany

812.948.5380

www.nariverrun.com

New Albany’s Family Fun waterpark has water slides, lazy river, steamboat-themed splash park, toddler and activities pools, and a bowl slide. Hours are 11 to 7 p.m. daily and prices vary depending on residency: $7 for Floyd County residents, $9 for Hoosiers and $15 for out-of-state guests. Season passes available.


Breslin Park

1388 Lexington Road

Louisville

www.louisvilleky.gov

Breslin Park sits just between downtown, Crescent Hill and the Highlands and has picnic tables, playground and sprayground. It’s free and open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Laporte Park in Portland

2529 Bank St.

Louisville

www.louisvilleky.gov

This park features basketball courts, a playground and a sprayground. LaPorte Park is free and open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Charlestown Family Activities Park

1000 Park St.

Charlestown

812.256.3422

www.cityofcharlestown.com

The park includes a super cool pirate-themed spray pad and playground for a mere $3 admission fee. Additional activities include roller skating, mini golf and concessions and is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Saturday. The park is closed Sunday.


Adventure Playground/Waterplay

1201 River Road

Louisville

www.louisvillewaterfront.com

The riverfront waterpark has an impressive collection of water cannons, misters, steamboat themed playground equipment and colorful sculptures of fish spewing water from their mouths. The park is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and free to the public.


Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay

937 Phillips Lane

Louisville KY 40209

502.813.8200

www.kentuckykingdom.com

The list of wet and wild water activities at Hurricane Bay is exhaustive – but in a good way. Conquistador Canyon, Deep Water Dive, Forbidden Passage, Waikiki Wipeout, Plummet Summit, Voodoo Express and (my favorite) Mega Wedgie all sound fear-inducing and awesome. Milder cool fun is aplenty at the park in a lazy river, family splash park and milder slides and activities for smaller ones. The park is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and depending on where you are coming from, the $44.95 general admission and $39.95 child admission will also get you into Kentucky Kingdom.


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Magnus Rasmussen

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-2-27-18-pmA Story Sweeter Than a Danish

BY KEVIN KERNEN | COURTESY PHOTOS

AS IS THE STORY with most Louisville City FC players, Magnus Rasmussen is a fan favorite. As is also the case with most LouCity players, “MagRam” isn’t a stranger to the pitch either, getting plenty of time on the field along with just about every other player on this lean roster.

It isn’t his playing time, his chiseled, Scandanavian good looks, nor his deft touch that have earned him a place in the hearts of Louisville City fans. No, it’s largely thanks to the midfielder’s actions from nearly three years ago.

On March 28, 2015, Magnus scored the first goal in Louisville City FC’s competitive history, the winning goal in a 2-0 triumph over Saint Louis FC. It was a day of many firsts: first competitive match for either club, the first win in club history and the first professional match for Magnus outside of his native Denmark.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-2-29-23-pm

The journey for Magnus began from a young age. After he outplayed most kids around him in his kindergarten class, he was urged onto a bigger club, when he would go to school from eight in the morning until two in the afternoon and practice in the early evening, spending the interim playing soccer in the street around school. After showing promise in Copenhagen’s youth football scene, Magnus signed his first contract at the tender age of 15, joining the Danish Superliga team Nordsjaelland, a relatively new team in the domestic top tier who pride themselves on youth development in particular.

After playing nearly every game available in his youth career, Magnus became a victim of his senior team’s success when Nordsjaelland won the 2011-12 season of the Superliga, which qualified them for the top club competition on the European continent, the Champions League. Winning the league and earning automatic qualification to the group stage of the Champions League comes with a sizeable influx in cash (they earned 20,402,000 Euro, per UEFA.com). Nordsjaelland, who play in front of about 10,000 fans on average, were drawn into a group with the Champions League title holders Chelsea FC, perennial Italian powerhouse Juventus and Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk. With the incoming money, Nordsjaelland manager Kasper Hjulmand and the team looked to build a more international roster and compete in the continental competition. None of this boded well for the then 19-year-old Magnus who, after deliberating with his manager, decided to make the move back to the club he was a part of earlier in his career, BK Soelleroed-Vedbaek, and finish his schooling.

It was there his visions of grandeur and adventure led Magnus to set his sights on leaving his native country and playing abroad. He shared his thoughts with a teammate at the time, who knew a futsal coach with international connections, Bo Holden. He was the manager of the domestic futsal powerhouse Jaergersborg-Gentofte Futsal (JB Futsal), who got Magnus in touch with James O’Connor ahead of LouCity’s inaugural season in late 2014. After seeing Magnus’ highlights, O’Connor invited the Dane to try out for the forthcoming team and made Magnus part of the first raft of singings ahead of the 2015 season, a year in which Magnus played 29 games, scoring eight goals and notching five assists from his attacking midfield position. Most of the offense ran through Magnus, who with 2015 MVP Matt Fondy, cut an imposing sight for the opposition’s defense.

Magnus remained with the Louisville outfit for the 2016 season but was slow off the mark-rehabbing from offseason surgery to repair a labral tear in his hip, which meant he didn’t see the pitch until the latter half of the season. He could only record 16 appearances and 777 minutes before time ran out on his and Louisville City’s season.

Meanwhile, the time spent from home had been wearing on the Dane. Back home in Denmark, a country that’s about half the size of Indiana, a 30-minute car ride is considered quite the trek to go see family, who traditionally live close to home. Magnus had also left his girlfriend, Camilla, as she finished her equivalent of high school.

It was after the 2016 season when a healthy dose of homesickness led Magnus back home, where he linked back up with Bo Holden and JB Futsal, and joined the club for their 2017 campaign, one that ended with them hoisting the Danish Championship. Magnus, like most Danish kids, was no stranger to Futsal, the version of the sport played on a court, with five players per team plus a goalkeeper. The fact that Futsal is played indoors meant that it was usually all that was available during the long, bleak Scandinavian winters, and it also meant that players had to develop the technical side of their game, yielding more well-rounded players. It harkened back to those afternoons spent between school and soccer practice for Magnus, too.

Magnus kept playing on the pitch, too. He signed on with Boldklubben Frem, members of the third tier of Danish soccer, in order to keep fit for Futsal. After being called up to the Danish national Futsal team, Magnus got to explore some exotic locales, such as Kazakhstan and Dubai, with his countrymen.

All this time, he kept in close contact with Coach O’Connor and the LouCity teammates he left behind. He watched most of the games from wherever he was and knew that there was something special going on here. The door never closed on Magnus, and when Camilla got the opportunity to study Bioinformatics for her master’s thesis at Harvard, he knew the time was right. Magnus signed back on with Louisville City on Jan. 4 of this year, returning to the club that he had come to be an important part of. Ask any LouCity player about the locker room atmosphere, Magnus included, and they’ll tell you it’s a professional one, but also feels like a family. For Magnus, it was family that took him back home to Denmark, and it’s family that brought him back to Louisville.

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NO JUSTIFYING NEEDED: BAFFERT IS THE BEST

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-2-35-27-pmSTORY & PHOTOS BY JEFF NUNN

IN A SPORT where the competition is based on four-legged creatures, why is it that the sport’s biggest star is a two-legged man that isn’t even on the track during the race? Is it because his white hair makes him recognizable to even the most casual fan? Is it because of the mystery that lurks behind those ever-present sunglasses? Is it because of the way he presents himself as confident and positive yet humble? Is it because he is so approachable and friendly?

Yes, yes, yes and yes. All of those attributes help distinguish Baffert as the biggest star in the sport, but what really makes him the star is that he is really good at training horses. And because he is good at training horses, his horses win a lot of races. Not just any races – the most prestigious races.

But the 2009 Hall of Fame inductee wasn’t always the best. He worked his way to the top and has endured the ups and downs of the sport since winning his first Triple Crown race in 1997 with Silver Charm.

Young Baffert grew up on his parents’ ranch in Arizona and became a jockey of Quarter Horses during his teen years. He then began training and scored his first victory at age 17. Out of high school, he asked D. Wayne Lukas for a job, but Lukas turned him down. He graduated from the University of Arizona’s race track industry program with a bachelor’s degree. In the early 1980s, he moved to Southern California and trained four champion Quarter Horses. He made the switch to thoroughbreds in 1988 with a purchase at an auction and won his first Breeders Cup race in 1992 with that purchase of a horse named Thirty Slews.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-2-35-35-pm

Baffert came up just a nose short in his first Triple Crown race as Cavonnier finished second in the 1996 Kentucky Derby. In 1997 (Silver Charm) and 1998 (Real Quiet), Baffert won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes only to fall one race short of the Triple Crown when both lost in the Belmont Stakes. He became the first trainer in history to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in back-to-back years. After a disappointing fifth place finish in the 2001 Kentucky Derby with Point Given, his horse went on to win both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. In 2002, Baffert won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes with War Emblem only to lose in the Belmont Stakes. It was yet another lost opportunity to take the Triple Crown. He didn’t win another Triple Crown race until the 2010 Preakness with Lookin At Lucky.


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In 2015, Baffert finally captured that elusive Triple Crown with American Pharoah. It was the first time in 37 years since that feat had been accomplished and twelfth time overall in the sport’s more than 140-year history.

This year, Baffert won the Kentucky Derby for the fifth time when Justify took home the roses. The victory moved Baffert into second place all time, one behind Ben Jones who trained in the 1940s.

Baffert and Justify also won the 2018 Preakness Stakes, giving Baffert his seventh Preakness victory, which moved him into a tie with Robert Wyndham Walden, who trained from 1875 to 1888. That Preakness victory also moved him into a tie with D. Wayne Lucas for the most Triple Crown race victories of all time (14).

The attempt to win the Belmont Stakes on June 9 would give Baffert his second Triple Crown winner in three years.

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The Boys of Summer Have Made It

By Jim Biery

Finally, summer has arrived after a spring that felt more like fall or winter. Now that I have referenced all the seasons in just one sentence, let’s talk baseball.

America’s pastime has begun it’s rather lengthy 162-game season. That is a 26-week long season, and then the playoffs begin. I feel like that borders on the “too much of a good thing” theory. Major League Baseball (MLB) is the only major sports league that starts and ends in the same calendar year. (FYI: That nugget of knowledge could win a trivia contest question for you.

Standing in the warm sun on top of perfectly manicured grass and a nice breeze carrying the sounds of all the people in the stand – now that is what I call a friendly office environment! But this is far from what most of us recognize as an office setting. This is what the lucky few get to enjoy when they get the call up from the minor leagues to the “big show.”

Like a lot of kids, I grew up playing baseball, starting with tee ball, where a handful of kids on each team were more concerned with building dirt piles in the infield or looking for ladybugs in the outfield, to Little League, where my interest began to drop off. The reason for this is the same reason I struggle with following and watching the MLB on a consistent basis: not enough activity.

If you have watched a MLB game at any point, you should notice one thing. Basically, everyone playing the game is standing around. In between pitches the only thing that happens is grown men either spitting tobacco or “adjusting” things in their uniform. Now, what a grown man does is his own business. However, when these grown men make an average of over $4 million a year, I’d like a better return for my investment to watch the game.

In 2017, Forbes magazine reported that season attendance for MLB dipped below 73 million for the first time since 2002. In my opinion, the reason is partly the game’s fault but also because of the rapidly changing landscape of technology.

Keep in mind that when baseball was in its heyday, there was no other way to see the game than to actually attend it. Now with the ability to stream darn near anything, a lot of people are choosing this easy option instead of fighting traffic, hot and steamy weather and the bad luck of having a seat right next to a crying kid who wants more ice cream even though they have dropped the first two offerings.

Technology aside, the game itself just does not have enough going on to keep people’s attention. Be honest with me. Does watching players basically standing around in between pitches offer what basketball, football or even soccer visually provide? MLB has tried to even put a so-called “pitch clock” in the game to prevent pitchers from taking up to a minute or two between pitches.

Outside of the occasional home run or stolen base, the only real action comes when a pitcher hits a batter with his pitch and both benches clear. What’s funny is that the pitchers in the bullpen located over the fence in the outfield actually run all the way to the location of the scuffle. It is laugh-out-loud funny to me. They have to extend the dance between opposing teams until they get there. Then, they don’t really do a darn thing!


“WOULDN’T YOU LIKE A JOB THAT YOU COULD ONLY SHOW UP ABOUT 32 PERCENT OF THE TIME AND GET FULL COMPENSATION?”


The fight itself is also a bit of a letdown. Most of the scuffles just look like a ball of bait fish being chased into a circle by a tuna. It’s just a bunch of grown men holding each other back but not much else going on. If you actually look close enough, you can see two players that look like they’re grabbing each other, but in reality they are just exchanging their wives’ favorite lasagna recipe. (I may or may not have made that last part up.)

Another aspect that is hard to swallow is the amount of money the players are getting paid, especially the pitchers. Keep something in mind as I continue rant: Pitchers typically only pitch one in every five games. That’s about 32 games out of the scheduled 162. Seriously, wouldn’t you like a job that you could only show up about 32 percent of the time and get full compensation?

The compensation itself is ridiculous. Zach Greinke, a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, is scheduled to make $34 million in 2018 alone. He got an $18 million signing bonus and $206 million of the contract is guaranteed. I understand the phrase “what the market can bear” when it comes too negotiating these contracts, but for crying out loud!

Go to a baseball game. Or don’t. It’s your time and your money to waste (or not). Just know I won’t be joining you…except when I get a hankering for baseball park hot dogs, tire of checking my phone for scores or need something to rant about.

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Kid Talk

PHOTOS AND Q&A BY JENNIFER MCNELLY

SOMETIMES, KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS. OTHER TIMES, WHAT COMES OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS CAN BE ENLIGHTENING, HEARTWARMING AND ENTERTAINING, TOO. WE SENT PHOTOGRAPHER-WRITER JENNIFER MCNELLY OUT ‘N’ ABOUT IN SEARCH OF YOUNG PEOPLE WILLING TO LET US KNOW WHAT’S ON THEIR MINDS.

Look from Sapphire on Spring:
Dress Romper with Shorts $42, Initial Plate Necklace $19.

Sizzle This Summer

Styling and Photos by Miranda McDonald

Model: Kristen Kirsch

This summer is all about making a fashion statement with your outfit choices. From playful prints on off-shoulder frocks to stand out accessories and bold button details, you are sure to turn heads with these trendy, summer looks.


FASHIONS FROM: Sapphire on Spring

326 Spring St.

Jeffersonville

812.920.0017


Mariposa Consignments

222 Pearl St.

New Albany

812.725.8508

 

Look from Mariposa Consignments: Vintage Dress $21.99, Yellow Necklace $12.99, Silk Scarf $14.99.

Look from Mariposa Consignments:
Vintage Dress $21.99, Yellow Necklace $12.99, Silk Scarf $14.99.

Look from Sapphire on Spring: Dress Romper with Shorts $42, Initial Plate Necklace $19.

Look from Sapphire on Spring:
Dress Romper with Shorts $42, Initial Plate Necklace $19.

Look from Mariposa Consignments: Vintage Audrey Hepburn Tee $6.99,  Red Skirt $14.99, Denim Jacket $16.99.

Look from Mariposa Consignments:
Vintage Audrey Hepburn Tee $6.99, Red Skirt $14.99, Denim Jacket $16.99.

Look from Sapphire on Spring: Floral Blouse $48, Hem Denim $39, Tassel Earrings $30.

Look from Sapphire on Spring:
Floral Blouse $48, Hem Denim $39,
Tassel Earrings $30.

Look from Sapphire on Spring: Lemon Dress $59, Lemon Clutch $12, Beaded Earrings $14.

Look from Sapphire on Spring:
Lemon Dress $59, Lemon Clutch $12,
Beaded Earrings $14.

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Unicorns, Mermaids and Dinosaurs – Oh My!

By JD Dotson

Our Intrepid Explorer JD Dotson’s Went on The Hunt For His Favorite Finds For Little Ones


LOOKING FOR A FEW GOODIES FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES? HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE FINDS SURELY TO BRING A SMILE TO ANY KIDDO’S FACE.


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Unicorns, mermaids and dinosaurs, oh my! Regalo is the place to go for all things socks, and these adorable kid versions come in a set of three. Fits kids shoe sizes 4-8.

$16 for a set of three.

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Buttercup the Magical Unicorn grants wishes and tells time from the wall of any lucky kid’s room while jumping over the rainbow. All this magic happening in a wall clock.

$58

Regalo

234 Pearl St., New Albany

812.542.6567

562 S. Fourth St., Louisville

502.583.1798

www.regaloart.com


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Pick up ceramic trinket trays for the secret mermaid or inner unicorn in the family. And, a gal is never too young to start a jewelry collection; these teething bracelets make a great accessory for mom and baby.

Trays $14

Teething bracelet $12

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Your own little mermaid will be protected from the harmful rays of the sun in this two-piece swimsuit. The suit boasts a 50 UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) meaning only 1/50th of the sun’s harmful rays make it through. The only thing your kid will care about is the mermaid scales that appear when the suit gets wet.

$58 for the 2-piece set available in 18 month to 5T.

Dress and Dwell

138 E. Spring St., New Albany

812.725.7566

www.dressanddwell.com


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The felted Zooties booties are handmade and fair trade by artisans in Kyrgyzstan and help reduce global poverty by giving the artists a living wage. Available in sharks, gators, whales and lots of land-loving critters, too.

$19.99

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I really wanted these Bling2o goggles to fit on my giant, adult-sized noggin. The adjustable kid-sized swim accessories adorned with bling, fake eyelashes or dino spikes may not make the kids better swimmers but they will be the coolest kids at the pool.

$16

Madhouse

151 E. Spring St., New Albany

812.924.7728

www.madhousena.com


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MESA is not only a culinary gem in the heart of New Albany, but a kitchen gift shop/accessory store as well. I found this amazingly adorable flamingo apron for my kitchen helper/aspiring Food Network child star. The adjustable strap will let the apron grow with the little master chef.

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The best alternative to the store-bought high sugar ice treats is to make your own fruit juice frozen pops in these Zoku animal silicone molds. The kids won’t notice they’re having a healthy treat but will notice the animal form it takes.

$8

MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen

216 Pearl St., New Albany

812.725.7691

www.mesachefs.com


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Mommy and Baby push toys come as a set of two-wheeled toys, the smaller nestled inside the larger for mom (or dad) and baby to play together. Seafaring and land-bearing creatures are available as a set of two.

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Push puppets are a throwback toy from when I was a kid. This modern version is done in wood and brightly painted, but still offering simple, classic fun. All species of sea and land creatures collapse with the mere push of a button.

$4.95

Brilliant Bumble Bee

426 Spring St., Jeffersonville

812.946.9901

www.brilliantbumblebee.com

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All That Sparkles

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-3-52-15-pmSTORY & PHOTOS BY MIRANDA MCDONALD

(Including Parenthood)

Jacqueline Koerber knows a lot about jewelry. Her family has been in the business for over 30 years. However, the jewelry expert is also learning a little bit about motherhood as well after giving birth to her son.

The new mama recently sat down with us to talk about current jewelry trends, her new role as a parent and finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day.

How has motherhood been treating you?

Having my son is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Most days it is a balancing act of being a mom and business woman, but I always find a way to make it work.

Are there any pieces of jewelry you have purchased or been given since becoming a mom?

I like layering necklaces. Recently, I started wearing a choker with my son’s initial on it. When you are a mom, you are just so proud of your children, so you find yourself wearing pieces that commemorate them in some way. Besides my stack of rings, I wear this piece almost every day.

After celebrating your first Mother’s Day at the store, have you noticed any jewelry trends that are popular with moms?

Stud, diamond earrings are such a good piece for new moms. Not only are they practical because babies can’t grab them, but they start as low as $199, so they are also affordable. Stackable rings are also trending because they can add some flair to any look. When I was on maternity leave, I wasn’t dressing up and coming to work, so stacking on rings was a simple way to still dress up a look that was as casual as jeans and a tee. We have also seen that birthstone jewelry is popular. Cordova makes a beautiful birthstone necklace that you can stack different stones on for each child. It is simple, yet still classic and elegant.

We don’t want to leave out the dads. What are some gift ideas for Father’s Day?

Watches are always popular and practical. I really love our Shinola brand, because they have leather straps that make them versatile. They can be dressed up or down, and we have matching wallets as well. Also, we have cuff links from Tacori’s Retro Classic collection. The stones are unique, and there is so much detail on the silver. They really are perfect for a father that wants to make a bold fashion statement.


KOERBER’S FINE JEWELRY

3095 Blackiston Mill Road

New Albany

812.945.5959

www.koerbersfinejewelry.com