It’s our favorite time of year in Smartyland ~ that time when we give and give BIG we will! This one will put the swag in your swagger this holiday season as we kick off Santa’s Smarty Swag Bag holiday giveaway. That Clause dude and his pink & green elves were fiercely Smarty this year and put some of the B-E-S-T swag in the ‘ole holiday bag for one lucky reader. Make sure you are signed up for our e-newsletter for your chance to win almost $2,000 from our coolest Smarty friends in town!
This giveaway includes gift certificates and/or products for the designated amount listed to each of our Smarty retail partners below. One Smarty takes all. Make sure you stop in to visit all of these local businesses to do some holiday shopping or just to treat yourself – let’s support LOCAL!! Don’t forget to tell them Charlotte Smarty Pants sent you so we can continue to shower our readers with more giveaways.
Oh, and one more thing – pass this giveaway link along to your friends, because if one of them happens to be our lucky winner, YOU will receive a new iPod Shuffle just in time for a stocking stuffer! Just tell your friends to be sure to enter your name on the survey when it asks if a friend told them about this giveaway!
OK, now for the good stuff. Each business below has contributed a $100 gift certificate or more for our lucky winner to use as they please! Read on …
Smarty activewear favorite and home to Jen P’s signature Margarita “Smarty Pants”, Asana Activewear in Morrison Shopping Center SouthPark is giving our Swag Bag winner a $100 store credit to be used online or in the store. The Asana team has scoured the globe to provide over 30 different brands of high quality activewear with style that performs for a wide range of activities: fitness, yoga, pilates, running, tennis and (the most demanding activity of all) life! You can now shop Asana online at AsanaActivewear.com – a big Smarty congrats goes out to our new online boutique friends:)
Morrison Shopping Center (corner of Colony & Sharon Rds.)
3920 Sharon Rd., Suite B130
Charlotte, NC 28211
Alphabet Soup Gifts:
We Smarties love us some monogramming and guess what? Smarty Alert, our favorite monogramming boutique, Alphabet Soup Monogramming, has moved to an even better location in Morrocroft Village Shopping Center (near Monkee’s, another Smarty fave you’ll hear about in just a sec). Our lucky Smarty will get this presh and highly popular Market Tote w/mono ($50 value), Smarty Pink of course, plus a $50 gift certificate for her shopping pleasure. For the rest of us, hurry in, they have their new holiday stash in and let me tell ya, this stuff flies out of the store fast this time of year. These totes are perfect for meal transport to your new mommy friends, picnics, school outings, groceries, etc. Perfect for a mom on the go! Not to mention, my fave teacher gifts are at Alphabet Soup – super cute scarves with a single initial mono, for only $12 bucks, can’t beat that! Here’s another Smarty secret, this monogramming wonderland does not discriminate against WalMart and Target stuff brought in to add some flare, no upcharge of course just because they are Smarty cool.
Alphabet Soup Monogramming
Morrocroft Village Shopping Center
3900 Colony Road Suite B
Charlotte, NC 28211
Bellies and Babies – Bringing Women to Prenatal Zen:
Having a baby is the most beautiful event in a woman’s life but it’s also the most taxing on her emotionally, as well as physically. I can say with conviction that regular prenatal massage during my high risk twin pregnancy truly helped me carry my boys full-term. I’m thinking I may need to have another baby just to get back to my regular massages – just kidding! Bellies and Babies is offering a $130 gift certificate towards two sessions of a relaxation or nueromuscular massage therapy. They specialize in maternity/ postpartum stages, but are also here for everyone else. Bellies and Babies offer massage to anyone who needs natural healing of their aches and pains.
Services include: Fertility (for both partners), Prenatal or Postpartum Massage, Newborn/ Infant Massage (Session teaches parents proper techniques on to massage baby), Postpartum Neuromuscular Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy (for men and women), DeepTissue and Swedish (for men and women); Birthing Partner Relief Swedish massage (if you’re stressed they’re stressed, trust us!).
Candy Howard Photography:
Candy Howard is a sparkling gem in Santa’s Swag Bag this season and we are sure you’ll treasure your photography session with this Smarty Lake Norman talent! “It’s About You” when you work with Candy and she strives to create a fun and relaxing photo shoot for you and your family. She loves silly smiles, curled newborns, round bellies (bring it Santa baby!) and people so in love it’s contagious. Our lucky winner will enjoy a $100 gift certificate to Candy Howard Photography!
Candy Howard Photography
Cottage Chic is seriously one of my favorite shops of all times – maybe because they always have the cutest pink & green jammies hanging outside every single day. And maybe it’s because I could spend hours upon hours washing my hands with all of the fabulous scrubs and smelling all of the yummy creams and candles. This place screams all things girly! And they are giving our lucky Smarty a $100 gift certificate to buy whatever she wants – pick me, pick me! This mommy-centric store offers one stop shopping for stylish clothing, bedding for all ages, baby goodies and gifts for every woman on your list.
1232 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
Isabella in Myers Park wants one lucky Smarty to experience their lush store with a $100 gift certificate as well. Isabella is a boutique and design studio offering an eclectic yet sophisticated mix of fine bed linens (my fave is Matouk, yum!!), bath accessories, furniture, lighting, original artwork from local artists and unique accessories for the home. Isabella is also stocked with personal amenities including hand-crafted candles, lotions, European soap and sleepwear.
715 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
Started by two way-cool, mompreneurs, kixx shoes is hands down one of the best places to buy children’s shoes in Charlotte. Located in Parktowne Village Shopping Center (across from Park Road Shopping Center) and right next to Polka Dot Bake Shop, this is retail placement at it’s finest. Take your kids to pick out their shoes and then treat them to a cupcake right next door. Beautiful bribery! Smarty tip: for those of you with kids with “special” feet, kixx features hard-to-find narrows, wides and extra wides.
kixx is giving our lucky Smarty these PRESH Emma Sandals by my favorite Floridian cobbler, Stephen Bonanno. The Emma is a custom-made, monogrammed sandal and you can pick out any color combo you can think of (we Smarties like ’em pink & green), $150 value, thank you very much. Get this ~ since they carry kids and women’s sizes, you can either give them to your little one OR keep these beauties for yourself. Since they are custom, they will take 4-6 weeks for delivery, but don’t worry, they’ll be here in plenty of time for your spring break vacay. Smarty Scoop – kixx is the ONLY retailer in Charlotte to carry Stephen Bonanno sandals. kixx is where the cool kids shop for sure!
1730 E. Woodlawn Rd., Suite G, Parktowne Village
Charlotte, N.C. 28209
Lollipop Papers, conveniently located in the Arboretum Shopping Center, is your one-stop shop for all fun things printed from holiday cards, party invitations, babysitter notepads, stickers, and more. They have the hippest selection of fun and new whimsical designs to suit any printed need you have including custom designs from hundreds of local and national vendors. They happen to carry one of my all-time fave invitation lines, Picture Perfect – Good Lord, invitations just don’t get any cuter than that! Lollipop Papers also sells super Smarty gifts including personalized clipboards, top of my birthday party gift list for girls age 7-10. Shop online or in the store, whichever you choose, you will be certain to get the best customer service in town. Lollipop Papers is a great place for teacher gifts too, just in time for your frantic room-mom shopping frenzy! Our Swaggy Smarty will receive a $100 gift certificate – thanks Lollipop!
Arboretum Shopping Center
8206-1200 Providence Rd
Charlotte, NC 28277
The Milky Way:
Everything for hip hot mamma…..the Milky Way.
The Milky Way offers everything that you need for you and baby from nursing pillows, nursing bras, baby bottles, nipples, child-care books, swaddling blankets, anti-colic formulas, cloth diapers and more. And now they are offering one lucky winner a $100 gift certificate. Not only do they have one of the hippest children’s clothing/toys baby gear selection in Charlotte, but at the heart of their mission is the health of your baby. It’s all about the wellness of you and yours. The Milky Way strives to offer the very best, most natural, healthy and helpful baby care products at a great value. And as parents of two who have helped thousands of customers for over six years, the owners, Wooten and Adam, can offer you the most caring, helpful and informed customer service.
THE MILKY WAY
Shops at Twin Oaks
1419-B East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Store hours: M-F 10-6, Sat 10-5
Monkee’s of Morrocroft:
Located in Morrocroft Village next to Borders and two doors down from Alphabet Soup (see above), Monkee’s is a ladies store beyond your “girlie” imagination, carrying the finest lines in shoes, clothing and accessories. You can be assured if you find it at Monkee’s, it is the most “in” thing! Come experience boutique shopping as it is meant to be – fun and personal! Monkee’s associates have an incredible eye for style and are dedicated to delivering impeccable customer service.
Featuring designers such as: Trina Turk, Liquid, Prairie, AG Jeans, Alice & Trixie, Tory Burch, Donald Pliner, Frye, Jack Rogers, BCBG, Sofft and many more. You just may need a bigger closet!
Our lucky Smarty Swagger will win this GORGEOUS Kenneth Jay Lane Black Enamel and Polished Gold Hinged Bracelet, valued at $125. OK, so can I enter this shin-dig?!
Monkee’s of Morrocroft
3900-E Colony Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
Nesting is a precious children’s design boutique that offers complete interior design services, fine furnishings, clothing, gifts and accessories in fabulous lines. And you know I can’t talk about Christmas without thinking about my top pick for mother’s jewelry, the Heather Moore line, only available at Nesting at Specialty Shops on the Park/SouthPark. This jewelry is a unique collection of custom-designed, handmade jewelry and I just love, love, love it – you can pass it down for generations to come!
Nesting is running a super Smarty promotion for their Bugaboo line of strollers. For a limited time only, receive a $200 Nesting gift certificate when you purchase a Cameleon stroller. So give the gift of Bugaboo this holiday season!
Here’s to you, hoping you win this wonderful $100 gift certificate from our Smarty friends at Nesting!
Specialty Shops on the Park
6401 Morrison Boulevard, Suite 16A
Charlotte, NC 28201
Phone: 704.36.NESTS (704.366.3787)
Simply Fresh to You:
Fresh delicious quality dinners take time to prepare and are often sacrificed in just trying to get through the day, which is unfortunate since dinner is the most important family time of the day! But with Simply Fresh To You, you no longer need to turn to drive thru fast food (Chick-fil-A doesn’t count!), soggy restaurant take-out, or meal assembly kitchens. You order your food from the weekly online menu and everything is delivered to your doorstep – easy as pie. Simply Fresh entrees are made to order using fresh quality ingredients! You receive everything you need to serve a FRESH, not frozen, delicious gourmet quality meal in minutes. Plus there are plenty of options to customize them to your family’s likes & no need to be home for delivery – your meals are safely packed in thermal cooler boxes designed to hang tough in even the hottest weather.
And let me tell ya, Simply Fresh R-O-C-K-S! I have been ordering Simply Fresh weekly for over a year now – I never miss, in fact, I’ve been known to phone in my order from out of town for fear of missing a week! I stand firm that I have been saving a little $ each month since I don’t need the extra trips to the grocery store. Our lucky Smarty will win a $100 gift certificate!
Simply Fresh to You
You’re invited to host a Stella & Dot Trunk Show! Try on some fabulous, celebrity-coveted jewelry, pop open some sparkly drinks, gab and join Lolita for an hour of style! The jewelry has been featured in Lucky Magazine, InStyle and on celebrities like Debra Messing to namedrop a few. Designed in New York and San Francisco, the pieces are so irresistible and affordable, you’ll be certain to find a little something special. Made in the same couture houses as Lanvin, Dior, and Prada, you won’t believe the quality. Hostesses receive HUNDREDS in free jewelry and up to four 1/2-priced items.
Our Smarty will win a Free Soiree Pave bracelet in any color of choice, you lucky duck!
Lolita Trifiletti – Stylist and mother of 2
Wesley Chapel, NC
Sweet Pea Baby Planners:
From tummy to toddler, Sweet Pea Baby Planners are here to help you every “baby” step of your journey! Stephanie Keel, the Charlotte Baby Planning Director, is offering one lucky Smarty a free Expectant Family Preparation Package, valued at $480! This includes:
-An in-home lifestyle assessment and personal consultation to hear the needs and desires of the growing family.
-An afternoon of nursery preparation and organization to establish an environment which nurtures sleep and stimulates baby during playtime, while keeping the new parents organized and stress free.
-A custom written plan will be developed with the parents to organize all their pre-baby to-dos.
-Unlimited access to their exclusive baby concierge service.
Sweet Pea Baby Planners
Alright, Smarties, so what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN THE SANTA’S SMARTY SWAG BAG GIVEAWAY, but first be sure you are a newsletter subscriber. (This is required for you to be eligible as a winner.) Our winner will be chosen at 11p on Sunday, December 13th by a random number search. We will contact you that day to let you know that you are our winner, and we’ll feature you as our Giveaway winner on CSP. Pass this blog along to your friends so that you can also be entered to win a free iPod! The more friends who register, the better your chances of winning! Good luck and Happy Smartydays!
As if this isn’t enough, you still have time to register for the Children’s Theatre Smarty Giveaway! What a great way to start the holiday season! Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is giving one lucky reader a family four pack to their newest production, Laura Numeroff’s, “If You Take a Mouse to the Movies”. This giveaway will run through December 6th, so enter now for your chance to win. Click Here to enter.
*****Winner must respond to email within 10 days to claim prizes*****