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July 6, 2015

Dive in to Shark Week at SEA LIFE Aquarium

So, sharks have been getting a bad rap around the state this summer, but that doesn’t mean we should live in fear. Now’s the perfect time to get educated on sharks! SEA LIFE Aquarium Charlotte-Concord is hosting events all week long for Shark Week using their specifies of sharks: Nurse Sharks, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Blacknose Sharks and Bonnethead Sharks.

Starting today through the end of the week, SEA LIFE will host educational talks and feedings. They’ll conclude Shark Week on Friday, July 10, by teaming up with the American Red Cross for a blood drive. Click here for more details on all of the goings-on at Sea Life’s Shark Week!

About SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is a 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with another 10,000 square feet planned for future expansion. This one-of-a-kind attraction allows visitors to experience the magical world beneath our seas with marine habitats, displays, and close encounters with thousands of sea creatures. SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors see strong evidence of SEA LIFE’s Breed, Rescue and Protect activities around the world, including new projects developed locally.

SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium chain with over 45 attractions around the world. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is the sixth SEA LIFE aquarium launched in the U.S. and parent company Merlin Entertainments’ 100th attraction worldwide. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is located at Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. in Concord, NC. For more information, visit

July 5, 2015

Smarty Giveaway: A Family 4-Pack to the Charlotte Hounds 7/11 Game

Charlotte Hounds Final Game

LAX fans, are you pumped up for the last Charlotte Hounds home game vs. FLA Launch? It’s this Saturday and you don’t want to miss the big shin-dig – #ReleasetheHounds! Y-O-U could score a Family 4-Pack to Saturday’s Charlotte Hounds game, a $100 value. Thanks, Charlotte Hounds!

For those of you not familiar with the Charlotte Hounds:
In January 2011, Major League Lacrosse announced a league expansion for the 2012 season that included Columbus, OH and Charlotte, NC. The Charlotte Hounds began play in 2012 at historic American Legion Memorial Stadium. The organization is dedicated to growing the sport of lacrosse in Charlotte and the Carolinas, as well as providing a unique sports environment that entertains and embraces fans. Read More →

Smarty Book Review: Seveneves

I’m going to veer off in a different direction this week and review what has got to be the weirdest, most epic book I’ve ever read. I’ll warn you straight up that this is a 900-page, highly technical apocalyptic saga, but to my surprise, I saw it was number three on the New York Times bestseller list the other week. Who knew there were that many hardcore space geeks out there? Please bear with me if you’re not the kind of reader who digs on lavish descriptions of astrophysics.th_b_stephenson_seveneves

The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.

When a mysterious explosion separates the moon into seven giant fragments, human beings are at first astonished, but quickly accept the new celestial reality. There is no immediate threat: the tides still roll and the moon fragments—the adorably named Potatohead, Mr. Spinny, Acorn, Peach Pit, Scoop, Big Boy and Kidney Bean—still orbit the earth. But within days of the death of the moon, at least one man realizes the truth: the Earth is doomed.

Within two years, give or take, the chunks of moon will split further into an exponentially increasing number of fragments. Once this reaches a certain critical mass—the sudden upswing on the exponential curve—the skies over Earth will light up with meteorites, a phenomenon dubbed the White Sky. Within a few days of the onset of the White Sky, the the planet will be blanketed with torpedoes of fire, a process termed the Hard Rain. The Hard Rain is inescapable: Earth’s surface will transpose into a boiling, fiery apocalypse that will kill every living thing.

No attempt is made to hide this information from Earth’s doomed population. In a worldwide show of unity, the leaders of each nation take to the airwaves, along with preeminent scientists and religious leaders, to inform their people of the coming annihilation. The novel doesn’t dwell much on the aftermath of this announcement; instead it focuses on humanity’s plan to preserve its species. With remarkable (and unlikely) cooperation, every nation selects a few people to send into orbit. (One exception to all this wholesome spacefaring compliance is Venezuela, which goes rogue and has to be nuked by the U.S.). Read More →

Smarty Sunday SHARE: Hope House Foundation

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

How many paychecks could you miss before becoming homeless? According to MarketWatch most Americans are just a single paycheck away from being unable to make their mortgage payment.

“Situational” homelessness happens more than you might think. This is the type of unexpected scenario that anyone can face – being without a place to stay for a variety of reasons, like job loss due to injury or layoff, as a result of a specific emergency, or maybe even the death of a primary wage earner.

Situated on four acres in Huntersville, Hope House Foundation provides a place where single women or moms with children can spend up to six months in a safe, supportive environment. While Hope House provides housing and support services, they are neither a battered women’s shelter nor a substance abuse recovery center. Instead, they describe themselves as simply a place for residents to call “home” as they get back on their feet.

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July 4, 2015

Smarty Mom: Carrie Kaschak

Smarties I am excited to introduce you to Carrie Kaschak. I first met Carrie in 2013 when we ran the Palmetto 200 (We Don’t Run… We Fly!) and she was one of my van mates. I am excited to feature her for many reasons today, but what brings a smile to my face is a memory of a delirious heat and sleep deprived conversation the van girls had at our rest stop; child birth. Carrie was not a member of the “mom’s club” then, and after our graphic shared stories on child birth, I didn’t think any of the non-moms would cross that line… EVER. Thank goodness that she either forgot that conversation or disregarded us all. When I first met Carrie, I was intimidated. The girl is a power house, fit, young, beautiful, and did I mention fit? I quickly learned that she was super sweet and my intimidation was put to rest… a little bit. I love/hate to pulse with Carrie at Flywheel! One of my favorite workouts that the QC has to offer by one of the best fitness queens! I dare you to take one of her classes and not love it and all that it does for you.

Smarty Mom: Carrie Kaschak

Married to: married to AJ for 4 years.
Children: Daughter, Kendall (6 months old)
‘Hood: Mint Hill
Years in Charlotte: 3 years
Home Town: I am originally from Timberlake, NC.
Job Title: Southeast Training Manager and Master Instructor for FlyBarre Read More →

July 3, 2015

From our friends at Little Otter: Top Priorities for Little Otter are obvious in design of Huntersville School

By our Smarty friends at Little Otter Swim School

Owners John and Lory Kirk spent ten years looking at how their business works, what families and students need, what industry peers are doing, and the building and technology innovations that have become available. They’ve brought together the best of all of these features and qualities in Little Otter’s Huntersville Swim School.Little Otter Swim School

So with Little Otter’s top priorities of keeping kids safe and having good lessons as their guiding focus, John and Lory opened the Huntersville location of Little Otter April of 2014.

The school has everything you’d expect:

– An impressive pool
– A filtration system that far exceeds regulations
– Spacious changing areas and showers
– Comfortable observation room
– Private rooms for parent meetings
– Office space to accommodate all of the needs of staff

But John and Lory went far beyond the expected in pulling the best of what they’ve seen together and offering an amazing learning experience that sets the school apart from not just many in the Charlotte region but many across the country. The first season’s enrollment quickly drew in more than 850 students and its pace has not let up in 2015.

Come in for a tour and enjoy seeing the extraordinary features at Little Otter Huntersville: Read More →

Fitness Friday: Pure Barre’s Passport to Mexico, a Smarty Steal, AND a big announcement

Traveling this summer? Don’t let that be an excuse to forget exercise! Instead, make travel the REASON to get your lift, tone, burn on at Pure Barre. PureBarreLogo

From July 1 – July 31, take class at three or more UNIQUE studio locations across the country and you’ll be automatically entered to win a trip for two to the fabulous, all-new Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen in the beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico! Simply sign up for classes using the same email address you typically use at your home studio. If you have never attended a class at the studio you are visiting, you will need to sign up as a “new client,” but please make sure to use the same email address you typically use. (And yes, taking a class at your home studio counts toward your three classes.) 5 lucky winners will also win a $100 gift card to Rent The Runway, ensuring you look picture perfect for that special summer event you’ve been waiting for.

As you hop around for work or play, you could have the opportunity to purchase a special Pure Barre Passport Class Package from the studio of your choice. View a list of participating here!

Just remember – all Pure Barre studios are individually owned and operated, so a passport package purchased at any studio is non-transferable. Just like any other Pure Barre class package, it may only be used at the studio from which you purchased.

This just in…

Pure Barre will be opening a studio in SouthPark in Fall 2015! We are SO excited to get our LTB on at a third location in the QC. Location TBA, but we DO know one of our fave instructors in Ballantyne, Caroline Taylor, will be opening that studio. Congrats to Caroline, and we’ll keep you posted on all the deets!

Smarty Steal: $75 for two weeks at Pure Barre Ballantyne

Get two weeks of unlimited classes for just $75 at the Pure Barre Ballantyne location ONLY – good through August 31. Read More →

Smarty Alert: Get 15% off at Kendra Scott SouthPark

Join us for a FUN event next weekend at Kendra Scott SouthPark. Receive 15% off your total purchase next Saturday, July 12, from 4-6 pm. Also enjoy some yummy sips and treats while you’re browsing. Check out what we love so much about Kendra Scott right here.

Here are deets on the event! Can’t wait to see you there!

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July 2, 2015

The 2015 Smarty Photoshoot

Once a year we update our photos since we get a little tired of looking at the same face & pose day in and day out – and we’re pretty sure you do too! So we scour the city for pink & green get-ups, rally our hubbies, brush our kids’ hair and force them all to cooperate for just a few keepers!

Smarties, we’re thrilled to unveil our latest photoshoot by our oh-so-talented photographer, Abbe McCracken! CSP {hearts} Abbe!

Meet the 2015 Smarty Team & enjoy our Smarty 2K15 Lookbook!

The CSP Bloggesses!

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Smarty FLASH Giveaway: Charlotte School of Ballet Dance Camps

Charlotte School of Ballet
Do you have a tiny dancer who’s dancing on the ceiling at this point in our long, hot summer? If so, THIS is your lucky day! Our friends at the Charlotte School of Ballet are giving away a week of dance camps for lil’ dancing Smarties at BOTH of their locations – Charlotte and Belmont. Dancers will bring to life favorite stories. Each day students explore the stories through dances, costumes, music and a craft. The final day will be a grand performance! Here are more deets:

Beauty and the Beast
Ages 3-5 9:00 – 10:00
Ages 6-9 10:00 – 11:00
Charlotte: July 6th – 10th

Nutcracker Camp
Ages 3-5 2:00 – 3:00
Ages 6-9 -3:00 – 4:00
Charlotte: July 20th – 25th
Belmont: July 13 – 16

Cinderella Camp
Belmont: August 3 – 6
Ages 3-5 2:00-3:00
Ages 6-9 3:00-4:00 Read More →

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