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June 24, 2016

Smarty Gift Idea: the GizmoGadget™ (plus a Smarty Steal!)

I’m not one for gadgets and gizmos, but I have fallen in LOVE with the GizmoGadget™ by LG™. We got it for my 10-year-old son for Christmas last year (props to my hubby – totally his find!). He’s too young for a phone, but he likes to go around the neighborhood on his bike or scooter, sometimes stays home alone while I run a quick errand, and can be dropped off at extra-curricular activities. There are times when my husband and I really want to get in touch with him or would like to know where he is, but there’s no way we’re giving him the power of a smart phone yet (nor do we want yet another phone line on our bill!). I was SO skeptical of this thing that looks like an Apple watch without the price tag (it’s listed at $149.99 and costs us $5 on our Verizon bill every month).GIzmoGadget

But, get this: the GizmoGadget™ actually works. Like legitimately works. He has a pre-set list of ten people he can make calls to and from (mom, dad, Mimi, Papa, sister, etc.). When he calls, it’s as clear as a normal phone. There’s an automatic call feature so if he doesn’t hear the phone (you’d think that’d be hard to do since it’s a watch, but sometimes he mutes it), it will automatically answer so he suddenly hears our voices at his wrist. I wish I could get this function on HIS BRAIN when he selectively listens to me. Read More →

June 23, 2016

Have you checked out Carowinds’ new Carolina Harbor?

Carowinds Carolina Harbor

Team Plym hit Carowinds’ all new Carolina Harbor to kick off our #summer2016 fun! With temps reaching triple digits today, you may want to pack up the fam and head to the Carolinas’ largest waterpark! Your kids won’t be disappointed!

New to Carowinds in 2016 – Boomerang Bay has undergone a historic transformation into the all new Carolina Harbor Waterpark. In addition to revamping previous popular waterpark attractions, Carolina Harbor brings many new attractions geared for families and thrill seekers. The new expansion doubles the amount of water slides at Carowinds. Here are the highlights:

1) There is a new EXCLUSIVE waterpark entrance. No more hauling all of your coolers and bags across the park if you’re just going to the waterpark. You can come and go whenever you feel like it.

2) More Cabanas – there are now more than 40 new luxury cabanas at the wave pools and the new two-acre family area. Click here to reserve your cabana, now all you need is a pool boy!

3) More lounging areas – an additional 1,100 lounging chairs are available for you to relax, enjoy the sun and beat the Carolina heat.

4) New Family Bathhouse. In addition to upgraded family changing areas, a new bath house has been added for additional capacity.

5) New – Blackbeard’s Revenge. This is the best new attraction according to the Plym kids! This new six-story tall water slide complex features three attractions (six exhilarating slides). Pirate’s Plank sends guests plummeting down a nearly vertical free fall where the floor drops out from underneath. Captain’s Curse twists and turns riders through an enclosed chute with four intense 360-degree turns. And Cannonball Drop shoots guests down a series of intense drops and turns. Read More →

June 22, 2016

Smarty Steal: Half off enrollment fee through the end of June

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Is it just me or are the “lazy days of summer” a complete fabrication? We’re just a couple of weeks into summer, and not only am I completely harried by the crazy schedule my kids insist on keeping :-), but I’m finding it hard to eek out the time to make it to the grocery store, let alone the farmer’s market. My kids are snacking me to death, but having fresh produce around is seriously hard to do when schedules are tight. Who has time to hit a bunch of stores? BUT, who wants to miss out on the best time of year EVER for fruits and vegetables?!

Enter the Produce Box. If you haven’t tried this home delivery produce service yet, it’s the perfect time. Not only will you have a bounty of deliciousness at your footsteps with zero effort, but you’ll be supporting 70 North Carolina farmers and getting the freshest fruits, veggies and more (local meats, chicken, cheese, bread!) – all while saving half off the annual enrollment fee through June 31, 2015. Plus, you choose what you order and you can skip a week anytime – perfect for vacation schedules.

I mean, check out this pic of what could be at your doorstep this month. Beautiful!
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Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: June 24-26

Discovery Place

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

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 – Early Ray
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
June 24, 5:00pm, All ages
Summary: Early Ray is often compared to contemporary acts like Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean, they can also scale their show back to a more throwback style in the vein of Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford and Sons.

Great American Campout
Anne Springs Close Greenway
835 Springfield Pkwy., Ft. Mill, SC
June 25, 3:00pm, All ages, $10 per person for members with a $35 family of four discount. For non-members it is $15 per person for non-members and a $45 family of four discount. Please register in advance at the Recreation Complex.
Summary: Bring your family for a night of fun out under the stars at the Adventure Center on the Anne Springs Close Greenway. We’ll have fun activities for all ages! Activities will include a guided family-friendly hike, Night Explorations hike, kayaking (age restrictions apply), fishing, fun family games, and a hot dog dinner over the campfire with all the fixings! Then we’ll finish the evening with s’mores and a campfire sing-a-long under the stars! Camping equipment is not provided.

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June 21, 2016

TWO new Parenting Predicaments Podcasts: Things No Parent Would Ever Dare Admit & Judgmental Parents

Matt and Ramona

We’ve got two GOODIES today in our Parenting Predicaments podcasts this week! We are really LOVING this series and hope that you will download for your carpooling pleasure all summer long! Podcasts have saved my sanity this summer in particular. This week alone, I clocked 400+ local miles in carpooling to and fro around the QC. Podcasts are the perfect solution because you can download what you want and listen to them when you want. I also load up on podcasts for long vacation drives – makes the drive fly by.

First up…

Parenting Predicaments: Things No Parent Would Ever Dare Admit

In this podcast, we’re breaking down the article about kids quitting sports by age 13. This is a great convo about year-round sports PLUS things no parent would ever admit. Two topics that don’t generally go together, but it just happened to flow and that’s just how we roll!

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June 20, 2016

Beaches Resort: The Ultimate Family Vacation

Our travel gal at Two Sisters Travel started this summer off right with a trip to Beaches Negril, and she’s sharing her insider tips with us. Whether you’ve been considering a Caribbean family getaway or not, after reading this you’ll definitely want to add a Beaches Resorts vacation to your bucket list!

Two Sisters Travel Beaches Negril

Recently our family returned from 8 days of sun, sand, & all-inclusive paradise at Beaches Negril Resort in Jamaica. This vacation was very different from our usual fast-paced, jam-packed trips to Walt Disney World.

To my surprise the change of pace fit our family perfectly, and my children (ages 9 & 5) declared that Beaches Negril was better than Disney. This left me questioning why did we wait until now to take a vacation like this?

Aside from a gorgeous tropical destination, what made Beaches Resorts the ultimate family vacation destination? Read More →

June 19, 2016

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte

By Addie Rising,, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.

As 40-somethings in the midst of our own parenting journeys, my husband and I are taking on a growing responsibility in caring for our own parents. My parents relocated to Charlotte several years ago and are thankfully healthy and active. My mother-in-law who requires extra care will also be moving to Charlotte this summer.

Our situation is not uncommon. In fact after touring several retirement communities in Charlotte this year, I’ve learned it’s becoming quite the norm. As the area continues to grow, seniors moving into the area to be near family are an increasing part of that trend.Share Charlotte June 18

Yet services for seniors — those who are active and those who need more assistance — are somewhat limited. Read More →

Happy Father’s Day!!

Happy Father’s Day from all of us from CSP!! We thought we’d use today to give a VERY special pink ‘n green shout out to all of our fabulous Smarty Dads!!

Greg Childress

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Andy Gunter

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June 18, 2016

Smarty Mom: Amy Crawford

Amy Crawford Fam

Photo creds: Madison Lane Photography

I first introduced you to Amy Crawford in our Mother’s Day Giveaway and I just had to dig a little deeper into her amazing world. Amy Crawford is the creative genius behind Punch Vintage Style, one of my latest and greatest local finds. Amy’s fab cuffs are made of the coolest hand-dyed cowhide and stamped with beautiful verses. Trust me, we all need a little Punch Vintage Style in our lives!

Punch Vintage Style cuffs

Amy Crawford pours her heart and soul into her jewelry line. She is mama of 6 beautiful children and she lives on a huge farm in South Charlotte. Amy is a lover of the Lord and a hippie chick at heart, which shines through in her jewelry. She has a variety of vintage cuffs that you can either follow her lead with her bible verses and notes of inspiration. OR, ask her to stamp your cuff with your own words of wisdom. I love, love, love Amy – she absolutely oozes cool. Once you start with your first Punch Vintage Style cuff, you’re going to be hooked and want 10 more, 5 for each arm! Lucky for us, Amy is offering a 25% discount for Smarty readers – whewhoo, load up and read on! Read More →

June 17, 2016

Fitness Friday: Celebrate Pure Barre SouthPark’s Half Birthday

Join Pure Barre SouthPark all weekend long for an Open House and Half Birthday Party! Never been to Pure Barre before? Now is your chance because newbies can try a class THIS WEEKEND ONLY at no charge! Click here to sign up for a class.Pure Barre SouthPark Half Birthday

Here is just a sampling of the fun things going on at Pure Barre SouthPark this weekend (follow them on Instagram and Facebook daily for updates!):


Sign up for our PLATINUM (12 months) or SILVER (6 months) membership and get your first auto-draft month at
HALF OFF! Purchase online or in the studio. Read More →

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