Always Chasing A Dream

With each calendar day passing by our mascot, Socks, would like to remind you that October is Adopt a Dog Month. With that in mind, Socks has a tale to tell of a Year to Remember.
Annabelle FrameIt was 2014, a frightened dog was wandering down a highway when a kind person picked her up and took her to Millhopper Veterinary Center in Gainesville, Florida.
Luckily for the homeless pup the vet tech on duty saw a small dog, who with the correct guidance and love, would make someone a best friend. The vet tech knew just the right person, Shelby Bunting. Shelby had lost her best friend Cinnamon, a tiny Yorkie with a big heart, and was looking for a dog that needed a home.
Shelby remembers when she got the call from her friend. “Shelby, we have a tiny black dog that was found running through traffic and looks like she was abused. She is scheduled to go to the pound in an hour, you need to get over here now.”
Shelby hurried to the vet’s office and upon arrival saw a super skittish, tiny black and white dog. She could see the fear in the dog’s eyes but could also sense an immediate connection. Afraid the little dog would end up in another abusive situation, Shelby scooped her up and drove her home.
Shelby worked with the shy bundle of fur, while the tiny dog went to bathroom all over the house, chewed whatever she could sink her little teeth into and cowered when a male came near her. Once the dog even managed to get outside, through the fence and strolled around the neighborhood. When this happened, Shelby worried she might never see her new best friend again.  It was then, she decided to call the black and white pup Annabelle.
Shelby and Annabelle share a bond of love, happiness and friendship. Together, they are always chasing a dream…the next rescue, a no-kill shelter, a world free of animal abuse.
Shelby Bunting Shelby Bunting is a model, star of the hit show Gainesville, waitress, animal rescuer and Real American Girl.

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Meet Shelby

A friendly smile greets you upon your first meeting with Shelby Bunting.  Her smile extends to her eyes which sparkle like the reflection of a diamond in the sunlight.  Of course you will notice her outward beauty immediately, her long blonde hair is many a girl’s dream. When she speaks to you, a slight Southern accent comes across as both sweet and respectful.  You want to get to know her.

Shelby was born on June 4, 1995 in West Palm Beach, Florida. She moved to Alachua County, Florida and attended Trenton High School.  She landed a spot on CMT’s show “Gainesville,” a docu-drama about friends growing up in the South. She is the youngest cast member on “Gainesville” known as the mature, sweet sister of one of the show’s main characters.  One of Shelby’s first scene’s is brushing her horse.

Shelby is a passionate animal lover.  She has two horses and several dogs.  They are very near and dear to her heart.  She posts their pictures on her social media accounts and considers them not only her family but also some of her best friends. She teaches horseback riding lessons to some of her favorite youngsters.

Besides teaching horseback riding lessons and working on a tv show, Shelby also works at a hair styling salon and a pizza joint. Two days a week she works both jobs, but through it all a smile is on her face. She is a hard worker, waking up, going to the salon, when her shift is over she goes to the local pizza restaurant and works until closing.  Not sure yet what road she wants to take on her career path, Shelby is also modeling.

At the age of 20, she has the energy to do it all and still have time to be a free spirit and chase a good time.  Shelby Bunting is a Real American Girl.

Shelby Bunting

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A New Year, A New You

Did you make a resolution this new year? Some popular resolutions are to be more organized, more social, more educated, more relaxed and more confident.

Did you know you can accomplish all of the above simple by embracing coin collecting as a hobby? Coin collecting can be dated back to ancient Rome. It was known in the Renaissance times as the “Hobby of Kings.” It is now known as the “King of Hobbies.”

Did you know being organized helps in promoting better health and achievement of goals? In order to be a coin collector you must be organized.  Keeping your collection organized separates a collector from an accumulator. By being organized you will be able to be more focused on your collection. An organized collection also leads to a more enjoyable hobby as the collector is not stressed by not knowing what they have collected.

Did you know being more social may help you live longer? Being social may help lower the risk of high blood pressure, depression and boost your brain power. As a coin collector you will have the ability to be more social by gathering with other collectors to discuss, trade or add pieces to your collection.

Did you know collecting coins may lend to an increased education for all ages?  Coins teach us many things such as history, geography and math. Collecting in general helps one gather information and develop an expertise in that area. As a child coins prove to be valuable in the teaching of adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and eventually using fractions, decimals and percentages. Coins lend to a better understanding of history through their significance of people and events. Take for example the U.S. Lincoln Cent, it was minted to honor the 100th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln.  As a coin collector you would learn the Lincoln penny was first minted in 1909 which would in turn identify Lincoln’s birth year as 1809. Coins also teach geography as you learn where the coin was minted or understand the image on the coin.

Did you know coin collecting may add in relaxation and confidence just by accomplishing organizational, social and educational skills?  An organized, social and educated person is more likely a confident and relaxed person. Coin collecting may reduce stress and provide an excitement during the quest of finding a new piece.

Become a coin collector whether to be more organized, more social, more educated or more confident and relaxed and become a new you.


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More Than An Accessory, It’s A Statement Of Style

As I travel across the country and present our men’s accessories, I am often asked, “Who wears cuff links, a tie clip or carries a money clip?”

Instead of just answering off the top of my head, I started researching the question.  I began to pay attention to the way men dress on television, in magazines and on the internet.  I viewed news reporters, sports analysts and movie stars wearing these items. I also studied men at airports, restaurants and social events.

I came to the conclusion that all types of men wore these accessories…young/old, fat/thin, black/white, suits/club goers, executives and staffers. I noticed they all had one thing in common, STYLE. They all had a sense of style that spoke of confidence and a goal-oriented attitude. When I watched them I thought this person seems self-assured, optimistic and organized.

Cuff links are devices used to fashion a shirt cuff together.  They give the wearer a crisp, tailored look to their attire.

Tie clips are used to secure a tie in place.  They lend an organized and professional look to a man’s attire.

Money clips are used to secure currency. They suggest a person is secure and precise. They also give a man’s pants a more streamlined look in the pocket area.

So now when I am asked the question.  I answer with examples of not only successful public personalities but of the everyday man I see on the street. The man who catches my eye with his statement of style.


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September 11, 2001

The anniversary of 9-11 is approaching once again.  I will never forget where I was on that awful day.

I began my day with a workout on the treadmill.  While I was walking, a special report came on the news, the announcer said a plane had hit the World Trade Center.  A wave of sadness and sympathy washed over me for the injured, the dead and their families but I continued on with my walk.  Then the news of the second plane came over the television and the confirmation the jets were commercial airliners.  A chill hit me all the way through my bones.  

My husband had left from Midway airport to LaGaurdia airport for a business meeting in Manhattan.  His plane was scheduled to land around the time of the crashes.  I went straight to my computer and checked his flight information.  I could not confirm the landing.  Somehow I was able to hold it together while watching the news reports and waiting for his flight information.  I called the airline but they would neither confirm or deny the landing of my husband’s flight.

My husband’s plane had landed as scheduled at LaGuardia between the two crashes into the World Trade Center.  I finally received confirmation around 10:30 a.m. that indeed his plane had landed safely.  My husband had a cell phone and tried to call me as soon as he landed and heard what was happening in the city but the cell towers could not keep up with the phone traffic.  His communications would not reach me until 11:00 a.m.

I was so relieved to hear his voice that I actually cried tears of joy.  I urged my husband to get on a train and head home.  He was only supposed to be in Manhattan for the day.  He didn’t have anything with him except his business papers and cell phone.  Luckily he has family in Queens and was able to stay with them as he didn’t get home for three days. He was finally able to rent a car and drive 12 1/2 hours home. 

We thank all of the heroes that helped defeat the attack on America that day.  We will always remember the civilians on the planes, in the buildings and on the ground, the police, the firefighters, the service animals and the soldiers who bravely fought the enemy and completed the search and rescue.  And I will always remember the words of George Bush, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

My heart goes out to all who lost a loved one in the 9-11 tragedy.  

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As a young child growing up in Indiana, summer was a joyous time.  June, July and August consisted of popping tar bubbles, splashing through mud puddles, riding bikes, skipping rope, playing softball, chasing the ice cream truck, eating watermelon, running through the corn fields and back to school shopping.

Every August when I was in elementary school my mom would drive me to Sears to do my back to school shopping.  The internet didn’t exist back then, the closest shopping mall was 45 minutes from our home.  As an elementary student I would get new dresses, pants, shirts, shoes and a new lunch box.  I remember having a few different “Peanuts Gang” lunch boxes, who doesn’t love Snoopy.

As the years passed so did my summer activities, tar popping and puddle jumping turned into drive in movies and bonfires.  One thing always stayed the same Back to School Shopping.  I loved getting new clothes for school and the lunch box turned into new jewelry.

As the heat of August wound down and the cool of September breezed in I was ready to head back to school.  I loved the first day of the new school year, seeing friends you hadn’t seen since the beginning of June and wearing that new school outfit.  It always felt like a new beginning filled with endless possibilities.

American Coin Treasures has coin jewelry on special for back to school shoppers.  The collection of earrings, bracelets and pendants will start your school year off with wearable history, geography, mythology and language arts. You can find American Coin Treasures Back to School Specials here:


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Proclamation 5224

President Ronald Reagan declared July 20, 1984, Space Exploration Day.  Space Exploration Day was created to honor the Moon Landing in 1969 and the American Space Program.

Ever a proponent of the space program, Reagan was sadden by the loss of lives on the Challenger Shuttle.  Here are quotes from his address to the American public, ” We’ve grown used to wonders in this century. It’s hard to dazzle us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that. We’ve grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we’ve only just begun. We’re still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.”  “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.”  “The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.”

The American Space Program has seen great accomplishments such as the Moon Landings, Skylab, the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.  Celebrate these historic events on Space Exploration Day.

And remember the events of 45 years ago…

“That’s one small step for Man . . .

One giant leap for Mankind.”

Check out the specials on in honor of Space Exploration Day.357.main


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