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July 25, 2016

Encouraging our kids and parents to accept failure as a positive experience

Failure. It’s not a word any of us like to say, experience, witness, or anticipate. Perhaps the anticipation of failure is the one we fear the most, so we avoid putting ourselves and our children in its uncomfortable path. We were born to succeed after all. No one ever received a shiny blue ribbon for failing. In fact, failure often left you hiding in the back of the room. Failure produced those stabbing looks from our parents that we then saw in our own reflection. Unknown

After reading a recent interview with Sara Blakely, the billionaire behind Spanx, the word failure changed it colors. And my fears lessened as I thought about some ideas I have been holding onto for a long time. My fears lessened for my kids, as the word failure lost its stigma. They need to fail. I have needed to fail. I have failed. Failure is most often a prerequisite for success.

Sara’s father used to ask her, “What did you fail at today?” While I may have asked my kids that question on a rare occasion, in a very round about way, I have never asked them that question in such a direct manner or with the frequency that Sara’s dad asked her- which was daily. “How was school?” or “How did your test go?” are the questions that are usually asked with too much routine. I wonder if I even know that I am asking them half the time. And when my kids bring home less than perfect grades, I squirm a little, feeling like I am failing them somehow or that they are not working hard enough. The word failure colors the moment, as we try to decide whose fault it is. Read More →

July 24, 2016

Smarty Alert: Sign up for YMCA Camp Harrison’s AMAZING OIympic Week Aug 7-13


Breaking news!! Our Smarty friends at YMCA Camp Harrison are hosting the coolest Olympic theme for Session 7, August 7-13. This is the PERFECT chance to sneak in another week of camp before school is back in session. If your kids are anything like ours, they are always begging to stay when you pick them up from camp.

Well, here you go – Olympics and all!

The Smarty Scoop on ‘Olympics on Herring Ridge’:

The Olympics-themed week kicks off with a dramatic opening ceremony followed by special daily activities and team competitions. Think boat races, archery and wacky Olympics. Olympics on Herring Ridge wouldn’t be complete without DJ Wayne at a team party, a giant pig roast and special musical guests! Before the closing ceremony, there will be a camper fishing tournament, special tie-dying, and a once-a-year Olympic carnival! Don’t miss the chance to sign your child up for our late summer session like no other.

Sound fun? We thought so. Here’s more information?
Email and register now! Read More →

Smarty Back to School Alert: Students get a discount on glasses from CEENTA

This just in from our friends at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Association:

School is right around the corner, and being able to see the front of the classrooms and read textbooks is the best way to get
a good start on an education. Anyone in school now – from children in preschool to grandparents taking classes at a local college – can go to any of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.’s 12 optical shops and get 35 percent off new glasses. Anyone over 18 must bring a student ID. So come on down and get an advantage on your schooling.

Click here for more information and for a list of CEENTA’s optical shop locations. Happy shopping!

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July 23, 2016

Smarty Dad: Nathan Lanning

I am so pleased for you to get to know this Smarty Dad, Nathan Lanning. I met Nathan a few years ago when my youngest started kindergarten at Dilworth Elementary. I met many great parents in the hallways that year at school, but you start to recognize the ones who are always there. Nathan was one of those parents…always there, always picking up, dropping off, always eating lunch, always volunteering, etc. I soon learned that he was a regular volunteer and on the PTA board. Fast forward a few years to this year when I heard Nathan was our PTA President. I thought it was so great that we had a dad in as PTA president, and I knew he’d be great. It is so could easy to see the devotion Nathan has for our school and the students there. He worked so hard this year to accomplish so much, and we were blessed to have his time and energy. It is wonderful when parents get involved in schools, and in CMS it’s truly needed. Nathan, thank you for setting such a good example to all of us on your involvement and leadership! Parents, if you are not yet involved, start this fall! There is always a place to help. Nathan Lanning

Smarty Dad Stats:

Married to: Angela Lanning for 18 years
Children (age): Nathan William Lanning (not a junior) (10 years old)
Hometown: Lexington, NC
Alma Mater: UNC Charlotte
Years lived in Charlotte: 31
Occupation: Once upon a time I was in sales for a process control company and then went part-time for a couple years when Nathan was born. When he turned two years old Angela and I decided that I would be a full time stay at home dad.
Neighborhood: Freedom Park
Favorite things about Charlotte: The weather. I like that we can have a 70 degree day in February and a 50 degree day in May.

You have taken a very active role in your son’s school, Dilworth Elementary, over the last few years. Tells us what prompted this.

As a stay at home dad I had the time to help so I started out as a room parent when Nathan was in kindergarten and also volunteered on a lot of committees.

Was it hard to start volunteering and getting involved?

No. It was very, very easy to get involved. Read More →

July 22, 2016

Smarty Alert: Stay bug-free and earn $$ with Mosquito Authority now through the end of July

The Smarty team LOVES Mosquito Authority – who wouldn’t want to stay bug-free all year round? If you’re already one of the many Mosquito Authority clients/fans, don’t miss this deal. During the month of July, Mosquito Authority will be offering a $50.00 referral credit as part of a “Friends and Family” promotion.

How does it work? For every new customer you send to Mosquito Authority who signs up for their recurring treatment package, not only will you receive $50.00, but THEY will receive $50.00 as well. Simply forward your friends this link and ask them to mention your name when they call to sign up for service.

Act quickly! The deal ends July 31. Happy End of Summer, Smarties!!

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Fitness Friday: Late summer at AIR®

By our Smarty friends at AIR® Aerial Fitness Charlotte

Summer is about halfway through, it’s hot and you’re looking for some fun activities inside- we have the perfect thing! AIR® Aerial Fitness Charlotte is back with another Mom+Me (ages 4-7) and Mom+Tween (ages 8-12) AIR® Workshop Saturday August 6th. This workshop is $40 for the pair, includes some individual instruction on the hammock as well as some fun partner activities for you and your child. What better way to spend quality time with your kid?!IMG_8122

Looking to meet the owner? Bring your daughter to Athleta at Southpark Mall to celebrate the launch of their new girls line with a complimentary Mom+Me class at the store, then stay and shop their new apparel! Register on AIR’® mind body page, link below.

If you have a daughter 8-13 stay tuned for AIR®’s free kids class sponsored by Ivivva later in August! This is a great way to try them out before their Fall program starts after labor day September 12th. The class days and times vary depending on your child’s age and ability, so contact owner and trainer Kerri Flanigan to find out: Read More →

July 21, 2016

The TTB KidZ Children’s Consignment Sale is NEXT weekend!

It’s back-to-school season and there’s no better place to load up on Fall/Winter gear at bargain prices for the entire fam! For almost 9 years, TTB KidZ Children’s Consignment Sale has been Charlotte’s LARGEST most ORGANIZED Children’s Sale helping families outfit their kids from newborns through teens! TTB KidZ Children’s Consignment Sale is in their 8th year now and is bigger than ever! It’s 80,000 square feet and over 100,000 items to be sold. It’s the one-stop shop for anyone looking to save an amazing amount of money outfitting the kids.

“From Toys to Books, Trikes to Bikes, it’s everything from Tops To BottomZ!” – this sale has over $1 million in inventory and hundreds of consignors. Shop the thousands upon thousands upon thousands of new and gently-used clothing, indoor and outdoor toys, books, bikes, shoes, baby equipment, maternity wear, costumes, video games, strollers, cribs, furniture, and sooooo much more.

This is definitely THE consignment sale of the season to add to your Smarty calendar!

Here’s the Smarty Scoop:

TTB KidZ Racks


EARLY ENTRY – 8 am….($2.00 to be donated to help children’s cancer research)
General Public Shops 9 am to 7 pm (Free)

General Public Shops 9 am to 4 pm (Free)

EARLY ENTRY – 8 am…($2.00 to be donated to help children’s cancer research)
Everyone Shops – 9 am to 3 pm (Free)
(SUNDAY is 50% off select items day!!!) Read More →

Smarty Summer Must-Do: Open Swim at the Quarry

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Team Smarty was looking to stir up summer a bit and get out of the summer pool rut. So we decided to pack up the family trucksters and take a little Smarty roadtrip to the Quarry at Carrigan Farms. I must {literally} be living under a rock because this was my very first adventure to the Quarry. After one glorious day, I can assure you, the Plym crew will be back and often before we close out #summer2016.

We are all familiar with Carrigan Farms and their fall apple-picking, hayrides, corn mazes and the best strawberry-picking in the area. But most of us don’t know the other half of the Carrigan property and I’m so excited to share our summer outing with you!

Located just outside Charlotte in Mooresville, the Quarry is fed by an underground spring and rimmed in rock that rises to 70 feet – it’s absolutely stunning. The water is emerald green and blue with gray granite cliffs and a white, sandy beach – it’s perfect for a family picnic and swimming on a hot Carolina day. What I love about the Quarry is it has no age barriers – kids ages 4 (I recommend this outing if all of your kids can swim) all the way through high school and college will enjoy the Quarry just as much as you do. Your entire fam will enjoy cliff jumping, swimming, lounging, volleyball, and more.

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In typical Smarty fashion, we have some life-saving tips for your next journey to the Quarry for their popular Open-Swim dates: Read More →

July 20, 2016

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: July 22-24

Discovery Place

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

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week
Restaurants throughout the Charlotte Region
July 22 – 31, $30 – $35, See website for participating restaurants,
Summary: Make your choices from a lineup of excellent culinary candidates as more than 130 of the best restaurants in 8 counties around the metro Charlotte, NC, area offer 3 courses at dinner for only $30 or $35 per person (not including tax and gratuity).

14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule, special events and promotional offers!
Summary: Want to know what’s new at Carowinds for 2016. The list is long and exciting. Check it out

Harmony Hall Summer Concert Series
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
June 24 – July 22, See website for schedule and times, All ages
Summary: Looking for the perfect way to kick off the weekend? Come rock the house on the Harmony Hall patio stage for our Harmony Hall Summer Concert Series. Every Friday evening from June 24th through July 22nd, we will be featuring live music from fantastic bands, including the Cho-Cho Tumbleweed, Early Ray, Tony Barnes, Disco Natty Boh Trio and Back Porch Orchestra. In addition to the lively music, you can also enjoy sensational food and beverage specials.

River Jam Concert Series 
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, $5 parking
Summary: Join us on Thursday and Saturday nights from May through September for River Jam, the USNWC’s weekly concert series. A talented line-up of national musical acts provide the perfect back drop for a fun summer evening outdoors. Bring your friends, enjoy our large food and craft beer selection, and take in the sights and sounds of River Jam.

Lake Wylie Family Kayak Tour
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road, Charlotte, NC
July 2,9,16,23,30, 9:30am – 11:30am & 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Ages 5 and up, $15-$20
Summary: Paddle the border of the Carolinas with views of the Buster Boyd Bridge, Copperhead Island, and more. All equipment and instruction provided. Children ages 5-9 are required to share a tandem kayak with an adult. Registration required.

Rockin’ and Reelin’ Movie and Concert Series
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville, NC
May 20 – September 16, See website for schedule and times, Free
Summary: Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets welcome.

Summer Concert and Movie Series
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC
See website for schedule, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Pre-movie activities begin at 7pm. Movies will begin at approximately 8:30pm or dusk. Vendors will be onsite selling dinner food, treats, and drinks. No pets please.

Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series
Ramsey Creek Park
18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC
See website foe schedule, 8:30pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The unique “Boat-In” movies at Ramsey Creek Park, co-hosted by the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, will give spectators the opportunity to view the movie from land or from the lake. Boaters will be able to watch the movie from their boats and receive audio via boat radio or handheld radio.

Lake Norman Summer Concert Series
D9 Brewing Company
11138 Treynorth Dr., Cormelius, NC
July 23, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Mark your calendars and join us for the next Summer Concert Series! We will have two musicians/bands, four food trucks and plenty of street vendors. Time to enjoy summer nights with beer, music, food and community!

Charlotte Knights Baseball
BB&T Stadium
324 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC
See website for season schedule and ticket prices

Charlotte Independence
Ramblewood Soccer Complex
10200 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, NC
See website for ticket prices

Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse
American Legion Memorial Stadium
310 N. Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC
See website for season schedule and ticket prices

Food Truck Fridays at Plaza Midwood
Central Avenue (Behind the Light Factory)
1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC
Every Friday, 5:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: We are thrilled to announce that Food Truck Friday’s new location will be behind The Light Factory, 1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, in Plaza-Midwood. This is right across the street from the Harris Teeter, a perfect location for the many residents of the area who love to stroll through the neighborhood. Family friendly, this location is sure to become a favorite Friday night destination for Charlotteans. We’re looking at an April 1 start date, but keep your eyes on our Facebook page (Food Truck Friday Charlotte) and Twitter (@FTFCharlotte) for updates. We look forward to seeing you there! Read More →

July 19, 2016

From our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: You can get that at the Library?

By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

You love the library. You enjoy taking your children to storytimes, appreciate the convenience of checking out materials for your entire family in one trip, and are constantly using our new website to place holds and check our updated catalog for your next favorite read. Man using a tablet computer while his girlfriend is listening to music

But, did you know that the Library also has an extensive collection of FREE digital downloads for e-readers and smartphones, including e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, music and movies?

Here is a run-down of some of our most popular digital services and what they offer – all available for FREE with your library card:

Overdrive offers e-books, audiobooks, music and e-flicks. There are also reading rooms within Overdrive for Kids and Teen collections.

Freading  offers no waiting! This service allows for multi-user downloads so they are always available; you never have to wait for a title. Cardholders receive three downloads per week. Read More →

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