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April 2, 2015

Smarty Giveaway: A week of GameTech Designers Camp at CPCC!

CSP Camp Giveaway

As we enter the full blown 2K15 camp season, we have yet another camp giveaway for one lucky Smarty 3rd-8th grader! Our friends at CPCC’s Summer STEM Experience are giving away a week of GameTech Designers Camp, valued at $195!


If your child is obsessed with Minecraft (ummm, whose boy isn’t?!), but also has an itch to design his own characters and buildings for his games, then we have the perfect camp for you! In CPCC’s GameTech Designers Camp, your child will learn the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design his very own objects, create skins for characters and import them into his favorite Minecraft games. To access projects at home, campers must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email addresses are required to use 3D modeling software.

HOW COOL IS THIS?! Sign my boys up, please!

GameTech Designers Camp Details:

June 22-25

8:00am-noon (Rising 3rd-5th graders)
1-5pm (Rising 6th-8th graders)

CPCC Levine Campus
2800 Campus Ridge Road
Matthews, NC

*Fee includes camp T-shirt and the use of your own Minecraft game designed uniquely by you!

For more information on all CPCC STEM Camps, go to Read More →

From our friends at The Produce Box: How to dye Easter eggs naturally

This came in from our friends at The Produce Box, and we just had to share. What a great idea to get into the spirit without all the chemicals! Check out more of their natural living ideas on their blog. Have fun, Smarties! – The Smarty Team

How to Make Naturally-Dyed Easter Eggs

Makes 1 dozen eggs

– 1 dozen hard-cooked eggs, room temperature

– 4 cups dye liquid made from any of the following:
– 1 cup chopped purple cabbage/cup of water makes blue on white or green on brown eggs
– 1 cup red onion skins/cup of water makes lavender or red eggs
– 1 cup yellow onion skins/cup of water makes orange on white or rusty red on brown eggs
– 1 cup shredded beets/cup of water makes pink on white or maroon on brown eggs
– 2 tablespoons ground turmeric/cup of water makes yellow eggs

– 1 tablespoon white vinegar per cup of strained dye liquid
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Smarty Steal Alert: Erin McDermott Buy one-Give one and get a FREE little girl Lucky Elephant Tassle Necklace!

Just in time for a last-minute Easter gift, we have the CUTEST Buy One-Give One offer from our favorite local jewelry designer, Erin McDermott!

Once Erin McDermott gave birth to her precious baby girl, Coco, we just knew she’d do her magic and expand her Little Girls Collection. And let me tell ya, Smarties, she created the perfect necklaces to compliment her lucky elephants collection that we love so much! So we thought it would be fun to tie our Smarty Steal into Mom too. It’s spring and everyone needs a white lucky elephant in her life. And every little girl likes to be just like her Mom. It’s the perfect marriage.

Erin McDermott Buy One Give One Girls

For those of you not familiar with Erin McDermott, we absolutely adore her at CSP. We love that she’s a local artist, creating masterpieces and a thriving business out of her Myers Park home. Every time I go to pick up some pieces, I see more and more fun metals and stones and I can’t wait to see what Erin creates with them. Read More →

April 1, 2015

Smarty Alert: Kendra Scott’s Soft Opening is THIS Saturday at SouthPark Mall

The entire Smarty team is PUMPED about SouthPark Mall’s newest jewel, Kendra Scott. I am sure most of you have heard of this fabulous Texas-based jewelry line – we are SO lucky to be getting our very own store right here in the QC.

Kendra Scott is known for its statement necklaces and earrings, but it also has the most beautiful delicate pieces as well. Smarty Jen P. and I were able to catch a sneak peek at the store last night (I might’ve picked up a pair of earrings, but let’s not tell the hubs). One word: Gorgeous. The store is so feminine, so colorful, and so fun. My ten-year-old daughter came along for the ride, and was totally smitten with the Kendra Scott Color Bar (so were Jen and I), an interactive station where you can pick out your very own earrings, necklace, and bracelets from a zillion different styles and stone colors. Once you make your selection, your piece is made right there in the store for you. Instant gratification. Love.

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Smarty Event: ivivva FREE Yoga on the Lawn with Amy Morris this Saturday!

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Smarties, we’re thrilled to share this FREE event with you, hosted by our friends at ivivva Charlotte! Local Charlotte Yoga guru, Amy Morris, and Lululemon goddess (yes, this is the same Smarty Mama who is featured on the walls of Lululemon SouthPark:-) will be leading an amazing yoga class on the lawn at the Harris YMCA this Saturday!

Here’s Amy on yoga:

If it sounds like a lot more than a stretching class, that’s because it is. The mind/body/spirit connection makes yoga my moving meditation and prayer. The first 3 Oms we take in class remind me of God’s omnipresence, His omniscience and His omnipotence. The Namaste reminds me to see the light in others and reflect that back to them. I feel humbled and grateful every single time I get to hit the mat. Maya Angelou says one of my favorite quotes, “What you learn, teach. What you get, give.” My hope is that the staples of the practice manifest through my life off the mat as well. Namaste and Love!

See you on Saturday!

P.S. Stay tuned over the coming weeks – ivivva Charlotte will be announcing the opening of their new showroom in Myers Park – Team Smarty cannot wait!

ivivva yoga on lawn

Smarty Alert: Spring Break hopping at Sky Zone

Sky Zone Charlotte is expanding its hours to accommodate a house full of kids with no schedules (thank you, Sky Zone!). This is our fave place to wear out the kids. It’s clean, safe, and the only place we can catch up on emails or our favorite book while the kids jump every bit of energy out of their systems.

Check out their Spring Break hours here:
Plus, they’ve got a bunch of Spring Break specials (all specials are for walk-ins only, and on a first-come-first-served basis. May not combine with other promotions. Please present promotion to Cashier Prior To Purchase.)

Spring Break Weekday Door Buster
Come in any time between 11am-Noon and get 90 Minutes of Jump Time for $13! Available 3/30, 3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4/3, 4/6, 4/7, 4/8, 4/9, & 4/10 Read More →

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: April 3-5

Discovery Place

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


Easter Eggstravaganza at Carowinds    
14523 Carowinds Blvd, NC (704) 588-2600
See website for times, All ages
Summary: Who’s that hoppin’ down the bunny trail? It’s our own Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle! Come to Carowinds during our Easter Eggstravaganza April 3-5 to get your photo taken with Eggward and Snoopy and take part in our eggstra-special activities, crafts and entertainment.

Claws Exhibit at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC 28027
New exhibit, All ages, Free with museum admission $14-$21
Summary: Get your pinchers ready! An invasion of the crustacean kind is expected at the SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium. Claws is a new special exhibit featuring the Japanese Spider Crab—a scale-raising creature that can grow up to fourteen feet wide! Crabs, shrimp and an American Lobster can be found in this informative exhibit.

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March 31, 2015

Smarty 2015 Summer Camp Guide: Foreign Language League

Today’s Smarty Summer Camp Guide is brought to you by our friends at Foreign Language League.

Hola, Ni Hao, Bonjour, Ciao! Is your child interested in learning a new language? Let your child be immersed in the Language of your choice this summer! Our friends at Foreign Language League are offering Spanish, Mandarin, French, and Italian Immersion Summer Camp Programs. There is no better way to be introduced to a language or reinforce what your children have learned all year long than in three hours full of fun activities, music, games and cultural knowledge. No experience necessary, just the desire to have fun in a foreign language!

Foreign Language League Spanish Masks

About Foreign Foreign Language League:
FLL uses several different methods to effectively teach their classes. Total Physical Response (TPR) exposes children to a new target language using activities that provide a variety of ways to absorb and respond to a language before speaking it. The Rassias Method exposes learners to a new language through dramatic communication and the Multiple Intelligence Theory suggests learners acquire new information in a variety of ways such as musical, verbal, tactile and visual. Their goal is for children and adults to have fun while learning their target language. Read More →

Register now for the Sarcoma Stomp!

From our Smarty friends at the Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research.

The Sarcoma Stomp, the signature fundraiser for the Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research, will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC. The Sarcoma Stomp is a fun event for the whole family which includes a 5k run, 3k walk, games, activities, raffle prizes, food and even a visit from Sir Purr! This year will be the first year the race will be run without its founder, Paula Takacs, who lost her battle to Liposarcoma in April of last year.  Those of us who knew Paula look forward to making this year’s event the most successful Sarcoma Stomp ever!

Paula DeterminationIn 2004, Paula Takacs was diagnosed with Liposarcoma, shortly after giving birth to her son Gray. A few weeks later, Paula underwent surgery to remove approximately 22 pounds of tumor, which had gone undetected during her pregnancy. Paula was determined not to let cancer beat her and exhausted every available treatment option, often refusing to take no for an answer. She frequently had to travel long distances to receive care, because many of the treatments and specialists she needed were not available in Charlotte. Paula was a true warrior, enduring a total of nine surgeries, five courses of radiation and six rounds of chemotherapy, four of which were clinical trials, over a period of nine and a half years. Read More →

What my favorite ‘I’ll never’ taught me

How many I’ll never’s have you said in your parenting career so far? Here are a few of mine that pop into my head that I now ignore just about every day of my life:

I‘ll never let my baby sleep in my bed (my almost five-year-old comes to my bed every night, and I never make him leave).image1

I’ll never over schedule my kids (we have an after-school activity every day of the week and up to seven games on the weekends).

I’ll never pick up after my kids – it’s their mess, they clean it up (it’s like I live with a bunch fraternity boys – my daughter included – who has never seen a drawer or a closet no matter how many times I show them otherwise).

I’ll never use the drive-thru as a dinner option (is the Domino’s app considered drive-thru or is that the lazy genius woman’s drive-thru?).

And, one of my favorites:

I’ll never let my kids play baseball. Read More →

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