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August 16, 2017

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events August 18-20

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Y Guides Open House
Camp Thunderbird
1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC
August 20, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Ages 5 and up, Free
Summary: Don’t miss the Y Guides Open House this Sunday at Camp Thunderbird. Y Guides is program for dads and kids (boys and girls) to spend time together while learning life skills such as teamwork, independence, cooperation, confidence, self-esteem and goal setting.


If you have not been to Carowinds this summer now is a great time to check out some of the amazing deals.

Ride: from toddler rides to the top steel roller coaster in the world.
Splash: Carolina Harbor is the largest water park in North Carolina.
Experience: from Snoopy and Friends to Scarawinds to live music. Read More →

August 15, 2017

Head to Camp Thunderbird this Sunday and check out Y Guides!

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Our Smarty friends at YMCA Camp Thunderbird are hosting an afternoon of fun this Sunday and for a good reason – for you to learn about their AMAZING program called Y Guides. If you’re not familiar with this program, you are missing out. It is hands down our favorite daddy/child activity that builds memories of a lifetime. The Y Guides Open House this Sunday will be packed with F-U-N for your entire family – so load up your Smarty minivans and head to Lake Wylie! Read on!

Camp Thunderbird is hosting the Y Guides Open House to showcase the Y Guides program for dads. Y Guides is unique because it is designed just for dads so they can build bonds with their kids (ages 5 and up) through meetings, traditions, volunteer work and special events together. You’ll also have a chance to meet the creative directors and sample the camp’s popular activities like field games, canoeing, paddle boarding and more. Read More →

Enroll now in one of Hunstad Korstesis Bharti’s Summer Studies

Our friends at Hunstad Kortesis Bharti Cosmetic Surgery (HKB) are hosting an Eyelid Lift & Double Chin Study now through early fall and are currently accepting applicants. Here are details:

Upper Blepharoplasty Closure Technique (Eyelid Lift) Study

Refresh your appearance by participating in HKB’s study on upper blepharoplasty closure (also known as an eyelid lift) to remove and tighten skin for a brighter, firmer eye area.HK_2017-FACEBOOK_BLEPH


– Excess, hanging skin covering the natural fold of the upper eyelid
– Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelid over the eyelashes
– Upper eyelids that appear puffy, tired and aged
– Good general health, a positive attitude and realistic expectations

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June 1 – September 30

– Screening Criteria Applies & Space is Limited
– Promotional Pricing: $2,500 (Normally $4,000)

Kybella® + ThermiTight® Submental Fullness (Double Chin) Study

Improve the look of your profile and restore your skin’s natural elasticity by joining HKB’s study on a minimally invasive treatment to combat submental fullness (also known as double chin).HK_2017-FACEBOOK_KYBELLA

The treatment combines Kybella®, an injection that targets fat under the chin, with THERMItight®, a procedure to improve the appearance of loose skin. Both treatments are minimally invasive and require minimal downtime.


– Excess fat along the jawline or below the chin
– Loose drooping skin on the neck
– Good general health, positive attitude and realistic expectations


June 1 – September 30

– Screening Criteria Applies & Space is Limited
– Promotional Pricing: $4,800 (Normally $8,000)

Call HKB at 1-704-659-9000 or click here for more information about either study.

Last Call for HKB’s Skin So Fresh

Until August 31, 2017

Micro-Needling $899 for a package of 3 treatments.
This non-invasive treatment boosts collagen in the skin and works to restore fullness and improved texture while reducing fine lines and delaying the signs of aging for young and mature skin. AYP2803005-426x640

$25 off SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator with Brilliant Distinctions membership* (originally $178)
Instantly smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin texture while providing immediate hydration.

$25 off SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum with Brilliant Distinctions membership* (originally $280)
Improve fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and brighten skin, and enhance skin texture, tone and resiliency.

Sign up to receive savings and rewards on Brilliant Distinctions portfolio of treatments and products. Earn points for savings on select treatments and sign up for exclusive offers. Click here to sign up!

*SkinMedica promotion only valid with Brilliant Distinctions membership. Sign up above if you don’t have an account.
**Promotion valid for both Charlotte and Huntersville locations.

Call 704-659-9000 or email for questions.

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Safely see the solar eclipse

CSP Note: This article was originally posted on CEENTA’s blog. A big thank you to CEENTA for letting us share with our Smarty readers! Happy eclipse day on August 21!

A total solar eclipse is a rare and exciting event, and on August 21, 2017, this part of the country will be lucky enough to experience one. However, even the smallest view of the sun’s rays can cause irreversible damage to your eyes. So before you go out to watch it, make sure you follow a few important steps to keep your eyes safe and healthy.

What happens to the sun?

A solar eclipse is when the moon comes between the sun and the Earth, creating a shadow and blocking light from the sun. A solar eclipse happens every 18 months. A total solar eclipse – when the center of the moon’s shadow hits the Earth when the sun, moon, and Earth are directly in line – is much rarer. Read More →

August 14, 2017

Smarty Rainy Day Toddler Activity- Yummy Finger Painting!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had a few rainy days, so I’ve been revisiting some of my old favorites for indoor activities to do with the girls. We cherish our time outdoors because not only does it make the day go quick, but energy gets burned and new discoveries are made. However, staying indoors is sometimes unavoidable and mommy’s creative-brain has to kick in to keep the girls entertained and happy.

The girls, age 11 months

The girls, age 11 months

These days, as the girls are approaching two years old, finding new activities has been slightly easier. They are able to do more, understand more, and create more than they could a year ago. A year ago, every single thing was going in their mouth so I was looking for activities that were fun, safe and edible.

One of our favorites was finger painting with Greek yogurt that I would make into “paint” by just adding a few drops of food coloring. You don’t have to use Greek Yogurt, but that’s what we have at home, that’s what the girls eat anyway and I find the consistency to be a little easier to work with than more liquid varieties.

Step 1: Scoop some yogurt into several different cups.
Step 2: Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup.
Step 3: Mix, Mix, Mix until smooth and vibrant.
Step 4: Put your little ones in their high chairs, or wherever you designate as painting zone.
Step 5: Place a scoop of each color on their table, mat or whatever they are working on.
Step 6: Get the camera ready and enjoy your 20 minutes of peace!

TIP: I like to get the girls down to just their diapers before painting begins. It makes for an easier hose-down after. This works great before nap-time because they have full bellies, a fake mini-bath, warm PJs and it’s lights out within minutes.

August 13, 2017

Betsy Kingsley, My Maine Motivation….


Smarties, I want to introduce you to Betsy Kingsley. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Betsy this summer (4 days a week for two months to be exact) during my New England adventure in Maine. If you are ever in Mid-Coast Maine, I highly recommend taking one of her classes. She is not only an amazing personal trainer, she is beautiful and the most fun person to be around. She comes across as a soft-spoken lady with a gorgeous smile – and then it happens, her voice becomes firm, her Maine accent comes out as she encourages you to go lower, lift higher, try harder, etc. She is good. She is really good! Betsy continually pushed me out of my comfort zone, no two workouts were ever the same. In her classes, I have met the most amazing women – some local, some summer – it has been so much fun! I refer to us as #betsysquad. betsyandjenni1

Betsy was featured in the magazine Maine, Boats, Homes and Harbors. In the article, she gives ideas on how to incorporate a workout as you are cruising around on your boat. However, these workouts can be applied to any vacay or long weekend you may go on – hiking, at the beach, a day on the lake, in your back yard, etc.
Without further ado, here is Betsy’s article. Read More →

August 12, 2017

Smarty Mom: Tiffani Jones

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So if you love babies like we Smarty Moms do, you are most definitely going to want to step into the life of Dr. Tiffani Jones for at least a day. Tiffani delivers babies in Charlotte while gracefully living a full and meaningful life. Tiffani’s smile is contagious and if you ever find yourself in conversation with her, you will find she is also magnetic. If her positivity and passion isn’t evident yet, then look no further than her caring and selfless children. I just love this family and know you will too!

Smarty Mom: Tiffani Jones

Married to: Thaddeus Jones
Kids: Gavyn (8) and Greyson (4)
Occupation: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Alma Mater: Meharry Medical College
Originally From: Pontiac, Michigan
What part of Charlotte do you call home? Eastover

Delivering babies must be so rewarding and challenging at the same time. What’s it like bringing a baby into the world?

I was once told that things are always better when you don’t make it about you. That is how I look at delivery. While different for cesarean deliveries, for most deliveries I consider myself a guide. I take my medical knowledge, the desires of the mother, and the status of the baby/pregnancy to help guide her decisions about what to do and get their babies safely from their uterus to their arms. It is an honor to witness the joy and happiness of childbirth. Read More →

August 11, 2017

Fitness Friday: How do I become a CBC Core Member?


To celebrate their 4 year anniversary in Charlotte, Carolina Barre & Core kicked off a new membership option called “THE CORE MEMBER”.

If you sign up for a 12 month membership or a 6 month membership, you enjoy discounted pricing.

It’s called investing in Y-O-U.  If you don’t do it, then who will?coremember

If you already have a package or a contract with CBC, don’t fret.  Give them a call and they will work it out.

What a great way to join the CBC family (or become an even closer member of the family)!  Become a A CORE MEMBER today!

Carolina Barre & Core
2901 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209 Phone: 980.207.1046

Carolina Barre & Core, Lafayette Village Raleigh
8480 Honeycutt Rd, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27615 Phone: 919.200.4241

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August 10, 2017

Plan now for your next private swim party at the Quarry at Carrigan Farms!

Smarty Quarry Sweet 16

Y’all know how much we LOVE the Quarry at Carrigan Farms! We recently hosted our Smarty Sweet 16 Party at the Quarry and it was seriously the!

Team Smarty revealed Charlotte’s Best Kept Secret two summers ago and it has been so much fun to see so many familiar faces all summer long at the Quarry Open Swims. You can guarantee you’ll bump into someone you know on any given Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at the Quarry.


When our Smarty Ansley was turning 16 this summer, we knew we wanted to celebrate her big event Smarty style and do something unique and special. So we called in the big guns at the Quarry and decided to host a private swim party. This was the P-E-R-F-E-C-T venue for a Sweet 16 party – it’s the coolest place around for a bunch of teenagers looking to do some cliff jumping, floating, and vegging on a hot summer day.

The weather cooperated and it was nice and hot, so everyone loved being in the water and they also loved that they had it all to themselves. The best part for the hosts: All we had to do was show up with our cake and balloons. Everything else was done for us, and it was AH-MAZING! We had homemade burgers grilled to perfection and a spread with a delicious burger bar, chips and drinks for days. We brought our own spotify list and you could hear the tunes all throughout the quarry, even in the bathrooms! Our lifeguards made it super fun with good vibes and kept everything safe and flowing smoothly. Read More →

August 9, 2017

FINAL LAST CALL!! YMCA Camp Harrison End of Summer Session 9 NEXT WEEK!

This is the last reminder for your very last chance at the most amazing summer camp in our state! Our Smarty friends at YMCA Camp Harrison saved the BEST for LAST! And at a Super Smarty Steal – $350 for Aug 13-16 and FREE activities!

Session 9 is perfect for a first-time camper or just for fun to extend summer a little bit longer. We LOVE Camp Harrison – best summer tradition ever!

Camp Harrison Session 9
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