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February 20, 2018

Calling All Swimmers! Meet Goldfish Swim School and win a month of FREE classes!

Goldfish Class

Smarty Alert! Goldfish Swim School is opening in South Charlotte in late spring 2018! Goldfish Swim School is the country’s leading water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swim lessons. The newest addition to the Goldfish Swim School family in Charlotte joins dozens of other successful Goldfish locations throughout the United States. And guess what, Smarties?! One lucky Smarty family will get to check out Goldfish Swim School for an entire month! Read on!

What Makes Goldfish Swim School Different?

Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a unique setting. There is nothing else like this for families in the area!

Highlights of the Golden Experience at Goldfish Swim School Charlotte include:

– Highly trained instructors
– Small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Shiver-free 90-degree pools
– A state-of-the-art water purification system
– Convenience — families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently have all of their swimmers in the pool during the same half hour time slot.
– Families can easily schedule make up classes when necessary Read More →

February 19, 2018

Smarty Tips: How to Stay Sane ahead of Work Travel

I love traveling and seeing new places which fortunate for me, I get to do through my job. The flip side, in all honesty, is that it stresses me out, too. I recently took my longest work trip from my family, for a total of 12 days out of the country. Routine is key for our family so with me gone, I wanted to help prepare things ahead of time as best I could to keep routines going and to help my husband as best I could from afar.

Here are some things that I did ahead of time to prepare:

Calendar is king! I used my son’s preschool calendar to add key activities to in order to remind my husband of what needs to be done on what days, including when recycling was, swim class, special kindergarten events, birthday parties, and more.


Notifying key people. I let the preschool teachers and director, kindergarten teacher and after school care teachers and director know I was going to be gone for two weeks. I did this for two reasons – so they know to reach out to my husband should something come up and also should my kiddos be a little “off” it may be because their routine is altered with mommy being gone and a little TLC may be needed.

Take a little PTO. For my last day in the office ahead of traveling, I took the afternoon off so I could not only get all the laundry done before I left, but also so I could go to my daughter’s elementary school and have lunch with her. Bonus points, it was her birthday and Daddy could join, too. I could see how special that was for her. I also took the day off after my return, too – so I could have lunch with her again and just let her know how happy I am to spend time with her. Read More →

February 18, 2018

Smarty Save the Date: Claire’s Army Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive

Mark your calendars for Claire’s Army’s, one of CSP’s favorite organizations, annual Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive on Saturday, February 24 at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Claire's Army poster 2018

All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Claire’s Army, which is an AMAZING organization helping families right here in the QC. Click here to read our Smarty Mom interview with Claire’s Army founder, Emily Ratliff. Her two-year-old daughter, Claire, passed away from neuroblastoma, and this organization strives to honor Claire’s memory by helping families maintain some sort of normalcy through an incredibly challenging time. Claire's Army Pancake Breakfast

Tickets can be purchased at the door, but they are encouraging everyone to buy tickets ahead of time. The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will have two mobile blood buses there. To make an appointment for the blood drive (recommended, not mandatory), click here. Read More →

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 Palisades Episcopal School

Storytime Adventures
Reading, art and music workshops for parents & children ages 3-5 years. All Storytime Adventures begin at 10 a.m. Space is limited.

February 23, 2018 – Spanish Fun

Register at Read More →

February 17, 2018

Smarty Mom: Lauren Lindberg

Okay, Smarties…feast your eyes on Smarty Mom, Lauren Lindberg (and her magnificent looking family).  I actually have never met Lauren, but I work with her equally Smarty Husband, Jason, but I have a serious Mom-Crush on this beautiful mom.  She makes having 3 kids, running a household, staying sane (and looking gorgeous while doing it) super easy.


Since I haven’t actually met Lauren, I asked her husband to give us a little insight into what we should know about Lauren so I could give her a proper introduction before we get into her Smarty questionnaire.  Jason’s answer was so beautiful and romantic, that I decided not to paraphrase and just give you what he says about his amazing partner in life:

“I could go on for days about her:

1. Her poise and grace in unmatched. Our kids are VERY spirited to say the least. It’s a physical and mental workout all-day managing our littles. Her ability to handle all that she does and keeps a smile on her face is amazing to me.

2. She’s the most selfless person I know. It’s the family first 100% of the time. I aspire to be more like her in that aspect.

3. She’s hysterical and her self-confidence. These are the two main things that drew me to her 10 years ago. Her wit has no measure and I love it.

4. Her research abilities. The women never stops reading on all things. Her brain is like Mary Poppin’s bag. You can just keep taking knowledge and insights out. She researches everything from recalls, to kids accessories, stays up to date on health issues, kids activities, remedies for illnesses, latest in education and technology, how-to everything. She is literally a machine.

As I said, I could go on for days about her. I’m a blessed man and I thank God for her each and every day.”

RIGHT? I’m seriously in-love with this couple! Read More →

February 16, 2018

Smarty Alert: Free Movie Passes for ‘Love, Simon’


Smarties, we are excited to partner with 20th Century Fox and invite you to see their new movie, Love, Simon. This looks like a real goodie! The story is based on the acclaimed novel, Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda, written by Becky Albertalli, and the screenplay was written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (from This is Us). #youhadmeatthisisus With any love story, bring your tissues! Hope to see you there!


The screening will take place on Tuesday, February 20 @ 7:30PM at Regal Stonecrest.

Follow the instructions below to download your pass:

Tuesday, February 20
Regal Stonecrest

To Download an Admit-Two Screening Pass Go To:
*Please note: passes do NOT guarantee seats at the screening. The theater is over-booked to ensure capacity and seating is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Ticketholder and guest must enter the auditorium together.

SYNOPSIS: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love. Rated PG-13.

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Fitness Friday: Going on Vacation? No problem. Take Pure Barre with you!

As we are making our final preparations for Spring Break 2K18, don’t forget to plan your sanity too. For me, that’s my workout. I’m always searching what’s new on the fitness scene in my home town of Vero Beach, FLA (where we always spring break!). I’m telling ya, Pure Barre people, Vero Beach would be the PERFECT place for a new PB studio! But until that day happens, I plan on taking Pure Barre with me!

You may get lucky and find that there is a Pure Barre studio near your spring break destination. Click here for Pure Barre Locations. For the rest of us, you can take Pure Barre with you wherever you go. You can watch their videos On Demand, or you can purchase DVDs and equipment.


Pure Barre girls can lift, tuck and burn wherever we go!

Caris of Pure Barre Ballantyne/Southpark gives us her Smarty tips:

Quick exercises you can do anywhere!
*90 second plank – throw a couple of tucks in there to mix it up and get your mind off the burn
*Push-ups: full-body, tri-cep, wide hands
*Tri-cep Dips: Great to do while sitting in the baby pool watching your little LTB’ers splash!
*Work your seat and thighs with some back dancing. Throw in some tucks, squeezes and circles. Make sure to stay up for at least 3 minutes so that you can feel the burn and find your shake!!

Happy Spring Break 2K18, Smarties!

Current Specials

All locations:
Pure Barre Charlotte, Pure Barre Ballantyne, and Pure Barre Southpark
For the month of February bring a friend for FREE.  If they sign up for the intro month you will receive $25 “barre credit” to be used towards your next package (retail excluded).  Bring two friends in and they both sign up, you will receive $50 in “barre credits”.  Work your way up to a free month by the more the merrier!

Pure Barre Charlotte: Join Alexis on February 24th for Lifted Seat Intensive. This is a 75 minute class that will kick your seat. Spots are limited so sign up now to reserve your spot.


Pure Barre Ballantynepblogo
8430 Rea Road #120
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 502-5888

Pure Barre Charlotte
603 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(980) 329-4640

Pure Barre Southpark
6401 Morrison Blvd Suite 7A
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 364-2888

February 15, 2018

Smarty Top 10 reasons to try 2U Laundry today

2ULaundry CSP

It’s really no secret that one of the {Smartiest} secrets in the QC is 2U Laundry. Team CSP has been customers for more than a year now, and we can honestly say we are fans for life. We’ve got a LOT of kids, which equals a boatload of laundry. 2U Laundry is like our own personal assistant who drops in and out of our lives twice a week like magic. 2U Laundry offers purely customizable care for ALL of your laundry – sheets, blankets, clothes, sleeping bags, ski gear, towels, delicates, hang-dry-onlys, dry cleaning, and more.

We’ve used 2U Laundry for all of the above over the last 18 months. Without a hitch. And, you can, too. Use this link to get your first bag FREE. 2U Laundry 1

So, to give you a little more insight into what makes 2U Laundry so awesome, we came up with a Top Ten list as to why you NEED 2U Laundry in your life (aren’t lists perfect for busy mamas?!):

1. Battle the flu.

Maybe you’ve been lucky and the flu hasn’t hit you. Maybe it has. Either way, we bet you’re doing a TON of extra laundry this winter. 2U Laundry can help you fight the war on germs. All of those items you find yourself washing more often lately – clothes, towels, sheets, and more – can be thrown in your big blue bag, placed on your door step, and delivered cleaned and folded the very next day. Read More →

February 14, 2018

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events February 16-18

Carolina Flipz Open Gym
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville, NC
February 17, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Ages 6-18, $10 members, $15 non-members
Summary: Registration required, call today (704) 544-4511

Auditions For Peter Pan Jr.
DCP Actors Lab
20700 North Main Street, Suite 112, Cornelius, NC
February 16-17, See website for schedule, Ages 8-20, Free
Summary:Be prepared to do a cold reading from the show, a song and short dance routine. Please note: an accompanist will be provided; acapella is not encouraged. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for dance. Auditionees should arrive at the start of the audition and plan to stay for the entire session. Actors at all levels of experience are encouraged to attend. Please bring 16 bars of a song that shows off your vocal range and ability to act through a song, as well as a recent picture, resume or list of theatre experience, as well as a list of conflicts for the February-April time frame.

Charlotte Roller Girls Roller Derby
Grady Cole Center
310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC
February 17, 4:30pm, All ages, $12-$16
Summary:Established in 2006, Charlotte Roller Girls, Inc. (CLTRG) is a skater-owned and operated sports organization comprised of women and men from all walks of life. Formed to promote the sport of roller derby and enrich the Charlotte community, the league and its members donate time and a portion of bout proceeds to local charitable causes.

Kid’s Night Out
Sports Connection – Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
Ballantyne: 11611 Ardrey Kell Road
Northlake: 8626 Hankins Road
Every Friday 6:00pm – 9:30pm, Ages 6-13, $25 online, $30 at the door
Summary: The Sports Connection is “the place for KIDS to play” on certain nights during the year. Kids between the ages of 6 to 13 years old have discovered a reason to save their allowance! Kids get a supervised night of fun activities AND pizza, chips and a drink. Additional concessions are also available for purchase. Read More →

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: When your child hurts your face

CEENTA Protect Your Face

By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.

It seems like just yesterday your baby was a tiny newborn, wrapped in blankets and sleeping the day away. Now little Timmy has grown up just enough to start exploring the world around him, but he’s still not too big to hold. But as adorable as he is, and as much as he loves his mommy and daddy, those exploring hands of his may accidentally injure you. Let’s talk about what to watch out for and what to do if your little one does hurt some part of your face.

Before we start, we both know that your child isn’t intentionally trying to hurt you. Babies and toddlers are impulsive, aren’t completely aware of their bodies, don’t always have complete control of their bodies, and don’t understand the consequences of their actions. So remember: what’s painful to you might just be playful curiosity to them. Read More →

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