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December 4, 2016

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses


Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our 2016 Smarty School Open House Guide.

December 5, 8:30am – Trinity Episcopal School Campus Tour
December 8, 9:15am* – Trinity Episcopal School Super Campus Tour (hear from school leadership and see classrooms in action)

December 3, 2016

Smarty Movie Review: Allied

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Rated: R
Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes

I practically jumped out of my seat when I first saw the trailer for Allied.  It’s rare these days for Hollywood to produce a mature romantic thriller.   I’m also a huge fan of movies set in the 1940’s and especially World War II stories.  Plus, whether you were team Jen or the now defunct team Angelina, Brad Pitt is still easy on the eyes so it sounded like a win-win situation!mv5bmja0mtkzmdi1mf5bml5banbnxkftztgwmjqxnde0mdi-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_

The year is 1942, and Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt) parachutes into French Morocco on a mission to kill a high-ranking German official.  He enters the city of Casablanca to meet his new co-conspirator Marianne (Marion Cotillard), a beautiful French resistance fighter who has used her beguiling charm to befriend several prominent Nazi supporters.  Marianne has fabricated a marriage to Max as cover for their secret mission and the two strangers gamely pose as lovers as they plot their assignment.  Of course, when you look as beautiful as they do and you live together in close quarters, your emotions might get the best of you.  If your mission is extremely dangerous (and you probably won’t survive through the night) you might do a little canoodling in a car during a sandstorm.  No judgement! Read More →

December 2, 2016

Fitness Friday: Gift FLY. Get Credits for YOU!

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Flywheel Charlotte is offering a Gift Card Promotion: Give and receive! Purchase a 5-, 10-, or 20–class gift card now through 12/31 and you’ll get 1, 2, or 4 complimentary credits, respectively. Click here or see the front desk at our Charlotte studio to take advantage.

Buy now and spread FLY cheer – the PERFECT stocking stuffer gift!!

You can find Flywheel Charlotte at:

Flywheel Charlotte
2907 Providence Rd
Charlotte, NC 28211
(980) 819-8501

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December 1, 2016

Oh Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (Psst! There’s a FLASH giveaway!)

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s newest production, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical is the PERFECT way to get you into the holiday spirit. It’s a musical the entire family can enjoy.  Moms and dads will connect with characters that will remind them from someone in their

Me, it was the Bradley family.  My younger brother could have been Charlie – standing up to the Heardmans, bragging about Sunday school, not realizing what he was saying (I don’t want to give away too many details). Me, I was Beth. Standing up for my mom, believing in my mom, being swayed by the true spirit of Christmas.  My mom was Grace Bradley, “Amazing Grace,” the fair and objective mom.  The mom who is empathetic to others’ feelings.

For my husband, it was the Herdmans.  He attended Catholic grade school where he learned to become an alter boy.  He vividly remembers a family where the boys used to steal from the donation plate and sneak behind the alter and drink the wine.

For your kids, they will enjoy seeing all the children perform. My boys laughed and laughed and laughed. They also left with a lot of questions.  Good questions. Thought provoking questions. The Heardmans opened their eyes to a new perspective.  A perspective that made more sense to them…. again, I do not want to give away too many details. 

We all have stories that connect us to Christmas.  This musical reminds us of our memories.  It also reminds us of the true spirit of Christmas and this holiday season.

Flash Giveaway! Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (2) Ticket Giveaway for this weekend ONLY!

We have a Smarty Surprise! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical is selling out fast and our friends at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte have secured us 2 seats to attend any show this weekend.

1.) Like us on Facebook & Share this post
2.) Like Children’s Theatre of Charlotte on Facebook
3.) In the comments below, share with us you favorite Christmas memory.

BONUS – For an extra entry, follow us on Instagram, like and comment on the picture of the tickets and program for the Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Have a Smarty Day! XXOO

Event Details

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical
November 25-December 23
McColl Family Theatre
Recommended for all ages
By Jahanna Beecham & Malcom Hillgartner
Adapted from the play by Barbara Robinson
Buy tickets here


Register your dancing diva in JMSD’s Winter Wonderland Camp!


Your little princess or prince will love a magical day to kick of the holiday season with some of their favorite Disney characters at Jami Masters School of Dance Winter Wonderland Camp! You will get to enjoy the day finishing your holiday shopping or just catching your breath!

Campers will enjoy sharing a magical day as the JMSD dancers spark their imaginations with not only a dance, but also a holiday story with Belle, songs with Ariel, crafts with Jasmine, a dance with Aurora, dress up with Cinderella, decorating cookies with Snow White, and a visit from Elsa. They will also enjoy a snack while watching the Disney Christmas of Enchantment movie. What better way to spend a December Saturday?!

Saturday, December 3rd
Saturday, December 10th
Saturday, December 17th


$60.00 per Day Camp

What to Bring?
Please bring a lunch and something to drink.

How to Enroll:
Download the this Enrollment Form. Once it is filled out you can: drop it off at the studio, email it to, or mail it to 1425 Queens Road West, Charlotte, NC 28207. Note: If your dancer is already registered for class(es) at Jami Masters School of Dance, please log into your portal via Customer Portal to enroll in camp. Read More →

Smarty Holiday Toy Gift Guide: Ages 6-10

The 2016 Smarty Holiday Toy Gift Guide is sponsored by our favorite local toy store, Toys & Co in Cotswold. Find everything on your child’s wish list and then some at Toys & Co! And guess what? They will wrap every gift BEAUTIFULLY and oh-so-expertly – so you don’t have to pull an all-nighter on Christmas Eve! Check out Toys & Co’s 2016 100 Best Toys List – you’ll have everyone covered on your list!

This is our BIG week here in Smartyland – our annual holiday toy gift guide. We divvy ’em up by ages and our Smarty bloggers get to work helping Santa figure out who gets what.

Our holiday gift guide continues this week with ages 6-10. Cheryl, Rachel, Liz & Jen P teamed up on this one – they are EXPERT shoppers, so rest-assured these are some good picks. If you have more gift ideas for ages 6-10, share ’em in the Comments section! We’d love to hear!


For the girls:

American Girl Dolls and Accessories – The American Girl dolls will be the gift of choice for all girls age 8+. Choose from the Beforever line. Each character features a story series that explores her era so your girl can discover how all girls share the same hopes and dreams. You should also consider the Girl of the Year, Lea, and all of her accessories or a Truly Me Doll, custom made just for you.

Lokai bracelets: Not only are the Lokai bracelets so pretty and stackable, but a percentage of each one goes to a charity. Great stocking stuffer, too.


Shopkins– These are still a huge hit with the younger part of this age group. Betcha your li’l Smarty needs a few more this holiday!


ivivva – CSP adores ivivva, we are in that Myers Park showroom weekly! ivivva is lululemon’s baby sister, active girls ages 6-14 will become addicted to these fab clothes. Our fave right now is this rhythmic tight in moon gem – they are reversible too:

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November 30, 2016

Tween Smarty Event on Sat, 12/3: Arrow Beads at ivivva for Barre, Beads & Brunch!

Bring your bestie to barre, beads & brunch this Saturday! The tweens of Arrow Beads are teaming up with ivivva Charlotte for an event that is not to be missed by all tweens in the QC!

We always get super excited when we see tweens with an entrepreneurial spirit! The girls of Arrow Beads are the next generation of Charlotte entrepreneurs as they are selling out of stock all over instagram! They bead necklaces, rings, bracelets and more and they’ll be beading away at ivivva on Saturday!

Meet the girls behind Arrow Beads: Mindy, Tatum, Molly & Sedlee

Arrow Beads Girls

Here’s a sampling of Arrow Beads pieces:

Arrow Beads 1

Arrow Beads 2

Arrow Beads 3 Read More →

Register now for Camp Harrison’s Winter Weekend December 9-11

Get THIS, Smarties! Camp Harrison is hosting a Winter Weekend on December 9-11. Past and future campers can come together for a full weekend of winter fun. Maybe your camper had a blast at Camp Harrison last summer and can’t wait a full year to return, or maybe you know someone who wants to give Harrison a try – this is a great weekend to do it! Plus, can you imagine a weekend to yourself in December? Merry Christmas to Y-O-U!

Harrison SmoresWinter weekend at Camp Harrison is Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11, 2016.

Here’s what on the schedule:

– Activities include Adventure Course, Sports, Arts & Crafts, and much more!Harrison Horse Read More →

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: December 2-4

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.


Charlotte Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker
Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC
December 2-4, See website for times and ticket prices, All ages
The story opens as the Stahlbaum family welcomes friends and family to their annual Christmas gala. Their grand home is adorned with festive decorations, at the center of which is a spectacular Christmas tree. When the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer arrives baring gifts, all the children are enchanted by the mechanical Nutcracker that he gives to young Clara.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
December 2-23, See website for times, All ages, $12 and up
Summary: What happens when the worst kids in the history of the world find out there are free snacks at Sunday school?

A Christmas Carol
The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC
December 2-11, See website for times, $27
Summary: Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition is back for its 10th Anniversary Season!  It is the classic tale of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.  We once again meet such beloved characters as Fezziwig, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and nephew Fred.  The spirits gradually warm old Scrooge’s heart as well as ours.

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November 29, 2016

New Parenting Predicaments Podcast: Go Ahead Mom…NAG AWAY!!!


We’ve been teaming up with 107.9 The Link’s Matt and Ramona for the newest Parenting Predicaments podcasts. This week, we’re talking about how research is suggesting that nagging your daughters is a GOOD thing – well that’s perfect, because we’re all REALLY GOOD at nagging:-) Listen up and join the convo, all while patting yourselves on the back!

Do you have a topic that you’d like us to cover? Email us here. We’d LOVE to hear from you!

Podcast below. Happy Listening!

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