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October 24, 2014

Smarty Fitness Friday: Pure Barre’s Go-To Healthy Snacks

Are you always itching for a go-to snack that’s healthy and gives you tons of energy for your workouts? You’re in luck – Pure Barre Charlotte and Pure Barre Ballantyne recently sent over a couple of their favorite healthy treats that are easy to whip up and will keep you nice and full – of energy, that is. Check ‘em out!

Chocolate Protein Balls

PB ChocolateProteinBalls
Makes 10 Balls
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
2 tablespoons flax seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon chocolate-flavored protein powder, or to taste

1. Stir oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate, flax seeds, chia seeds, and protein powder together in a bowl until evenly mixed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Scoop chilled mixture into balls. Keep cold until serving.

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It’s THEIR homework not MINE

I set the expectation early with my kids that I don’t do homework. They do homework. I did homework when I was in school. Actually I didn’t do much homework then either, so why start now. ☺ Back to my point, if I’m more invested in their homework than they are, it’ll soon be MY problem. If the teacher sees perfect homework every night, they will assume my child understands the material.

My third grader taught me that the other day with her book report. I glanced over the rough draft of her book report and noticed she possibly misinterpreted a section of the directions that would hurt grade on it. I went against my better judgment and pointed it out to her. She disagreed with my assessment and to break the impasse I encouraged her to postpone her final draft until her mother, an attorney and professional wordsmith, could look over it for a final verdict.

By the way, it wasn’t due for another two weeks, but she REALLY wanted to get it over with. Not sure where the “get it done two weeks early” trait came from, I did my seventh grade leaf album project the morning it was due at the bus stop (collect leaves) and on the bus to school (make the album). I was proud of my efficiency. Much to my classmates chagrin, I managed to meet all the requirements on the rubric and got an A-Thanks Mrs. Savitz! (BTW, I’ve been known to still be working on my blog at 3 or 4 am the day it’s due. Old habits die hard!)

Why am I worried about a book report grade for my eight year-old child? Who cares? It doesn’t mean anything anyway, right? School is about LEARNING not GRADES. Besides, last I checked colleges don’t request elementary school transcripts…

My daughter refused on the grounds of “This is my work and if mom helps me with this the teacher will think I understand the material when I don’t! It’s okay if I don’t get a perfect score dad, it’ll show the teacher what we need to work on more.” Lesson learned. Read More →

October 23, 2014

From the Smarty Education Corner & Providence Day School: Social Responsibility Begins at Home

Providence Day School Kids CSP

From our friends at Providence Day School:

Hi Smarties! Thanks for being interested in Providence Day School. We know you can find your way around the web to get information that’s important to your family (you’re on CharlotteSmartyPants, after all!). If you are considering schools, we hope you’ve visited our site at and gotten a feel for what we’re all about – passion for learning, personal integrity, and social responsibility. Here’s a more personal look at one aspect of our community.

Social Responsibility Begins at Home
by Danielle S. Ferguson
Director of Multicultural Affairs and Social Responsibility

Growing up, there was a phrase that I often heard. “To whom much is given, much is required.” These words were the motto for my middle school, and a constant reminder from my parents. It meant that my sisters and I donated used clothing to shelters, served food to the hungry and homeless, sang and played games with seniors, tutored younger students, and generally did whatever we could to give back to our community. We learned that service begins at home and is reinforced at school.

Years later, the underlying values of that motto have helped to shape my life and career choices. I now work at Providence Day School, a place that “exists to inspire in our students a passion for learning, a commitment to personal integrity, and a sense of social responsibility.” At Providence Day we supplement lessons learned at home by integrating character education into our social responsibility program. Students in each division develop empathy while engaging in developmentally appropriate service.

In the Lower School, our approach of Love & Logic helps students gain self-confidence as they learn to find solutions to everyday challenges. This year each grade will celebrate the patients at Levine Children’s Hospital by way of seasonal decorations for their playrooms, waiting rooms, and hospital room doors.

As students get older, there are opportunities for them to go off campus for service projects. Middle School has developed a relationship with J.H. Gunn Elementary. Throughout the year PD students visit Gunn to help teachers create learning environments in their rooms, read with students, run supply drives, and lead lessons on famous historical figures.

Finally, in Upper School, 9th graders are encouraged to “Be The Change” through a series of in-depth workshops and off campus days of service. They learn how economic disparities can change life trajectory, reflect on their experiences, and identify ways in which they can affect change in the community. Many upper school kids also participate in Students of Service, a club in which over 250 students commit to 20 service projects around the city. Read More →

Smarty Alert: ABC Charlotte will be @ Lila HOME on 11/8, psst & a giveaway too!


ABC Charlotte is almost here! This is a precious book that your little ones will love!

Lila HOME Designs will be hosting Christina Berkau Pope & Thomas Berkau for their first official book signing. From the incredible illustrations to the fun descriptions of popular places all over the Queen City, it’s a must have & a fun read for everyone! ABC Charlotte is a great way to teach the kiddos about vocabulary while connecting popular attractions that Charlotte is known for.

Join the Lila HOME crew on Saturday, November 8th from 12-4 for some ABC fun, meet the author and pick up your copy for $17.99! Hope to see you all there! Read More →

October 22, 2014

Smarty Alert: Pre-order your Madame Alexander 18″ Frozen Dolls NOW for the holidays!

It’s time to start thinking about your Santa list and if you have a little girl to buy for, chances are the Madame Alexander Frozen dolls will be top of her list!

Our Smarty friends at Toys & Co are on the ball as always when it comes to all the hot toys for the holidays. Toys & Co will have Madame Alexander’s Elsa and Anna 18″ dolls arriving in early December. How cute are these?!

Madame Alexander Elsa

Madame Alexander Anna

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Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: October 24-26

Discovery Place

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

Brookhaven Family Fun

Mark your calendar for October 24 & 25 because this is one 5K that you don’t want to miss. The Brookhaven 5k for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is in it’s 7th year and has been a local favorite since it’s inception. Friday night is packed with family fun including a family-friendly movie under the stars, courtesy of Kids R Kids of Matthews. Hungry Howie’s pizza will be available for purchase, free popcorn from Primrose School at Austin Village and an incredible silent auction featuring Yankees tickets, sports memorabilia and a weekend stay at Charleston Place. You can even top off your evening with some delicious frozen yogurt from our Silver Sponsor – TCBY. Click here to learn more!

FRIDAY, October 24

Southeast Psych Super Conference    
Southeast Psych Southpark Office
6060 Piedmont Row Drive S., Suite 120, Charlotte, NC
October 24, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Adults/parents, Free
Summary: We are excited to announce our THIRD Super Conference with special guest Michelle Icard! This is a day to come learn, connect, and grow through 20 FREE presentations given by our very own experts. The conference will be held at our SouthPark location on Friday October 24th.  There will be twenty hour long presentations collectively covering topics such as parenting, anxiety, healthy eating, school concerns, and more.

Movies On the Green/Trick ‘r Treat Event
Promenade on Providence
Providence Road and Ballantyne Pkwy, Charlotte, NC
October 24, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Join us for Trick ‘r Treating and Monsters University at Promenade! Be sure to drop by Portrait Innovations in costume for your FREE professional portrait!

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October 21, 2014

Smarty Alert: Carolina Flipz hosts big Halloween celebration

Carolina Flipz Logo

Our friends over at Carolina Flipz are hosting a big Halloween celebration THIS Saturday, October 25 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Members AND non members can play, flip, and show off their Halloween costumes. There will be a pizza dinner, games, prizes, a bounce house and tons of friends. The best part? Kids ages 4-17 are welcome to attend, which means mom and dad can get a date night. Best Halloween party ever!Carolina Flipz Girls

If you haven’t been to Carolina Flipz yet, this might be the perfect time to check out the facility. The equipment is fantastic, the coaches are so knowledgeable and nice, and it’s SO clean. Your kids will love it – promise!

Event Details

Carolina Flipz Halloween Celebration
October 25, 2014 from 6pm – 10pm
Children Ages 4-17
Price Members $25 Non-Members $35
Pizza, Fruit, and a drink are provided.
(Kids with allergies are required to bring their own meal or eat prior to arrival.)
Coaches are available throughout to instruct and spot the child if needed.
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Parkway
Pineville, NC 28134

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Have you noticed that children’s fingernails and toenails grow faster than anything else? Like faster than ivy, bamboo, and kudzu? Combined? I just don’t know how it’s possible – my kids don’t even eat that healthy, but no matter what, I look down at one of my kid’s fingernails and notice they need to be cut. Again. How does a diet of PopTarts, Lucky Charms, peanut butter sandwiches, tacos, and spaghetti make finger nails grow SO fast? I’m baffled.

Is it the four-kid thing? Forty toes and forty fingers that need attention? No, it can’t be. I hear my friends with less kids complain and my friends with more kids not mention a word. I can’t use the four-kids excuse this time.clippers

Maybe it’s the finagling and negotiating that goes along with these manis and pedis? According to my kids, I inflict serious torture when performing this most basic grooming task. They say I cut “too deep” (must be heredity – I remember screaming the same thing to my mom when I was little – I am sure this will be used as a metaphor in their future therapy sessions), and they coil at the sight of nail clippers. I can guarantee you my boys will NOT be metro-sexuals with regular manicure appointments – mention the word “nails” and they start arguing better than the best Charlotte attorneys (which is shocking considering they come from a long line of salesmen). It makes the process snarly and dirty – kinda like their big toenails.

Is it because it’s MY job? My husband and I are surprisingly good at being a team. We divvy up most tasks with the kids and the house. Except nails. And air filters. (My job. His job.) He has never touched one fingernail or toenail that needs attention. I’m OK with that – except for the fact that I am clipping nails ALL THE TIME, which is way more than the number of times an air filter needs to be changed. Oh, and I’m the bad guy. Again.

Perhaps it’s because it’s getting worse, not better. Baby toes are amazing. You can kiss them – with your lips – and love every single second. I think God gives moms that gift until age six. Then, it’s starts to get a little precarious. Take, for example, a nine-year-old boy’s toes. Waaaaay different story than baby brother’s. It’s really not that cute. When do boys start to clip their own toenails? (Please say nine!). He’s wearing a cup to baseball for goodness sake; shouldn’t he be able to clip his own toenails??! Oh, and I’m calling Nike’s bluff – those Elite socks allow NO air circulation, and I am slightly disturbed by the amount of dirt and sweat that accumulates on one child. Every five minutes. Which is about how often I am clipping nails around here. Read More →

From One Breast Cancer Survivor: Early Detection Saves Lives

By Smarty Guest Blogger, Michelle Rogers, owner of  Miller Street Dance Academy

As we move into Breast Cancer Awareness Month it brings about many emotions for me. As many of you know, I am now a 7-year survivor of this dreaded disease. I was diagnosed and cured in the month of October in 2007. At the time my daughter, Natalie, was only 8 years old, and I knew nothing mattered more than making really good decisions that would help to ensure a great outcome.early detection

After spending the month of September at numerous appointments and biopsies, I was worried. The horrible call came on October 9th. My first reaction was to leave town, take care of it and then return to business as usual. Since that was not a realistic option, I decided to use this as a chance to preach early detection and make the Miller Street world aware of how important that is. I found the first cancer site myself – there were 4 total when everything was said and done.

As I prepared for my bi-lateral mastectomy (removal of both breasts), I had to keep all these little people who look up to me from being afraid and making everything as positive as possible.

It worked!! On October 30th I was cancer free. I have never been so excited, and I knew then how it must feel to win the lottery! As I had prayed for that great news, I promised that if God would grant me this prayer I would shout early detection from every roof top in order to help as many people as possible -and that is exactly what I have done. Read More →

October 20, 2014

Smarty Alert: Camp Highlander Social on Tue 10/28!

Mark your calendars, Smarties! It’s time to get cozy with our friends at Camp Highlander, one of our favorite resident camps located just outside of Asheville! Camp Highlander is hosting a fun social that you and your kiddos will want to attend:

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