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October 30, 2014

From the Smarty Education Corner: Meet Trinity Episcopal School

From our Smarty friends at Trinity Episcopal School

Trinity Episcopal School: Creating Scholars, Nurturing Spirituality, Embracing Diversity

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At Trinity Episcopal School, we nurture curious and empathetic scholars who go on to high school and college equipped with experience and knowledge of how to live and work as ethical and responsible citizens of the world. Our educational philosophy values the development of essential academic knowledge through collaboration, creative problem solving and differentiation. Based on both experiential and service learning, our program emphasizes respect, empathy and care for others in a setting that is unique to Trinity and our Uptown location.


“Let’s go to school!” These words are exclaimed every Monday morning when the entire school community gathers in Jamie’s Courtyard for “Greet the Week”, a student-led assembly featuring songs, prayers, “green” tips from second grade and updates from our Wildcat teams and clubs. This gathering reflects the teaching and learning that define Trinity Episcopal School.

Trinity’s academic program brings all members of the School community to a richer intellectual, spiritual, social, physical and aesthetic awareness through an interdisciplinary and progressive approach to instruction. We encourage the development of such scholarly habits as curiosity, intellectual risk-taking and perseverance. As students make connections across subject areas, they expand their creativity, enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, sharpen their communication and leadership dexterity and develop their independence.

We capitalize on opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom to tap the fullest potential of our students. Every student has a hand in shaping Trinity’s landscape, whether it is the potato garden planted and harvested by our kindergartners, the tulips cared for by our third graders or the pond excavated by our seventh-grade students. Our scholars rendezvous in the Renaissance, sample Shakespeare and perform magic with math. Favorite authors drop in, science projects fall from the sky and art and music fill the hallways. Trinity’s curriculum stimulates intellectual development in a way that inspires passion and sets the tone for lifelong learning. Read More →

Fall Fashion Giveaway #4: Bourbon & Boweties

Bourbon and Boweties Stacked Bracelets

I’m obsessed with stacking bracelets. And lots of them. My big sis introduced me to my latest faves, Bourbon & Boweties bracelets. They were hands down my favorite gift of the year. I fell hard in love and started my collection.

Bourbon & Boweties bracelets are meant to be worn up your arm and stacked with many different colors and stones. I can’t decide which design is my favorite: is it my shotgun shell or the dainty pearl or the chunky purple stone? I guess it depends on my mood. Here’s how it all started.

Straight from the South, designer and owner Carley Ochs started making bangles for friends and family after she discovered a market of fabulous gems and stones while she was abroad in Shanghai. Her design was to hand make souvenirs for her friends from the jade she stumbled upon while in China. From which, the first Bourbon and Boweties bangle was born. Unbeknown to Carley, that minute gesture of friendship bowed into a whirlwind of success and humility. Praised for her craftsmanship, Carley took her first batch of freshly made bangles to the heart of the South in a high end South Carolina boutique. That day in Charleston Bourbon and Boweties made its mark and continued to grow as a jewelry line that will forever be “Made by Proud Southern Hands.”

You can find Bourbon & Boweties in Charlotte at:


The Cheeky Bean
Located in Ballantyne Village & The Shops in Morrison
Ballantyne: (704)543-8773
SouthPark: (704)364-2288

7808-C Rea Rd.
Charlotte, North Carolina

Fiore Boutique
South Park Mall
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC

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October 29, 2014

Fall Fashion Giveaway #3: gwenyth

A fellow Pure Barre teacher stepped into the studio a couple of months ago wearing this amazing top/tunic – it was effortless, graceful, and just plain pretty. Of course I had to know where it was from. gwenyth. I went online THAT DAY and ordered one for myself. SO glad I did – it’s one of the prettiest workout tops I own (the ballet pink is simply gorgeous). It’s super soft, flattering, versatile, and so unique – love that. Turns out gwenyth was created with those EXACT things in mind. Read on to see how you can win one of these tunics AND get 20% off your next order.

Cher & Susan GwenSmarties Cheryl and Susan in the gwenyth Modern Classic top/tunic in ballet pink and mocha grey.

Designer Michele Braxton started gwenyth because she was SO sick of neon workout clothes (Amen, sister!) and wanted something feminine and flattering that performed but DIDN’T flatten. It’s inspired by dance, pilates, and barre – the perfect trilogy. She and her partner, an architect by training, have worked tirelessly to refine and improve design after design (she says they’re on version “4.0 – like the iPhone.” :-)). They are constantly looking for ways to improve their product – and their workout. We think they’ve nailed it. Read More →

Smarty Scoop for Weekend Events: October 31-November 2

Discovery Place

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


Toys and Co

Wednesday, October 29

Title Terror Night – Fight Your Fears!
TITLE Boxing Club
2016 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Ste. E, Charlotte, NC (704) 576-5053
October 29, 8:00pm, Ages 18+, Free
Summary: Come join us Wednesday October 29th at 8pm. We will have costume prizes, fear factor challenge and raffles. Dress in your best Halloween creation. The scariest and most unique costume will win the Grand Prize. We will also have a surprise Grand Prize for the raffle winner.

Half off Whiz Kids and Cardio Kids classes
My Gym South Park
5110 Park Road, Charlotte, NC (704) 522-6966
Summary: For a limited time only, October 27-November 1. Call today!

FRIDAY, October 31

Mall-O-Ween Celebration
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte, NC (704) 921-2005
October 31, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Ages, 12 and under, Free
Summary: Mark your calendar and be sure to join us for a very special Mall-O-Ween Celebration. Join us in costume for interactive displays, entertainment and of course cool tricks and sweet treats from your favorite Northlake Mall stores. The fun starts on the upper level at Customer Service. Read More →

Smarty Alert: Sacred Seed hosts holiday photo shoot for charity

Our friends at Sacred Seed are hosting Klicks for Kids, a fundraiser to benefit the Sacred Seed, an amazing organization that has been serving women who have lived in prostitution in India as well as children and young adults who are mentally, physically or developmentally challenged. Details below! Book photo slots at


Klicks for Kids Flyer 2014

Smarty Fall Fashion Giveaway #2: La Senorita Jolie

I fell in love with LaSenorita Jolie last fall when we introduced you to this super cute line by Charlottean Jennifer Dixon. What’s not to love? Each piece is easy to wear, comfortable, stylish, casual or dressy depending on your mood, washer-and-dryer-friendly, and affordable. A Smarty mom’s dream come true. I wore the pieces all year and was THRILLED to hear that LaSenorita Jolie started a jewelry line this fall. Right in time for our Fall Fashion Giveaway ;-).

Cher LSJ Fall 2014Smarty Cheryl in the Lulu top ($39) and Follow Your Heart Necklace ($34). Keep reading to find out how you can win both!!

Here are a few of my favorite styles from their Fall jewelry line. All jewelry is 100% stainless steel – it was REALLY hard for me to pick my faves:
LSJ Enjoy_The_Journey_grandeEnjoy the Journey Cuffs, $29 each. Keep reading to find out how you can win one in our bonus giveaway ;-). Read More →

Smarty Alert: Smarty Steal AND a Review of My Gym’s newest class

Have you heard about My Gym’s new class, the Tumbler Stars? It’s a GREAT addition to My Gym’s many fabulous classes. It really focuses on gymnastics for the older child. My girls have been taking the class over the last couple of months, and they absolutely love it. The class focuses on building skills like cartwheels, round offs, handstands, bridges, kick overs, planks, and push-ups – the fundamentals of gymnastics. It’s a perfect class for children who want to try out gymnastics and learn more gymnastics skills – without too much pressure.My Gym 1

I’ve always thought gymnastics is an awesome way for kids to get stronger and more flexible, but let’s face it, my girls are probably going to be like me and just too tall to be competitive gymnasts. And, even though they will probably not be on a competitive gymnastics team, they still love to be active and do gymnastics. That’s why this class is perfect. Not only do they learn great skills to build upon their gymnastics abilities, but they also are practicing lifelong skills that build strength. Planks, push-ups, and core strengthening exercises will benefit them from years to come – and that’s what Tumbler Stars is teaching. Read More →

October 27, 2014

Smarty Fall Fashion Giveaway #1: Roberta Roller Rabbit

CSP-192.2014FallFashionTagI discovered Roberta Roller Rabbit line a couple of years and immediately fell in LOVE. We introduced you to them last year in the Smarty Mother’s Day Giveaway. To me, it defines Bohemian chic. I absolutely love the bright colors, bold prints, and soft fabrics that she’s known for. Roberta Roller Rabbit is an offshoot of Roberta Freymann’s namesake label and is a relaxed, resort-inspired line that includes clothing for women, men, and children, as well as home furnishings and accessories. They have a FABULOUS fall line – check out me and Smarty Jen in a couple of pieces from Fall 2014.

Cher RR 2014

Smarty Cheryl in the Serafina top Read More →

Smarty Alert: Toys & Co School Week Fundraiser 11/9-11/15

Toys Co School Week Fundraiser

Get your holiday shopping on, Smarties and for a good cause! Next week Toys & Co will host their popular School Week Fundraiser where 20% of all sales will go directly to your school.

Contact Toys & Co (numbers below) to see if your school is participating. Don’t worry if yours is not on the list. Simply email your school’s contact person info. to Toys & Co. will email all the information to the contact person for your school to join in the FUN – and get 20% back to your school!
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