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July 12, 2017

Springfree celebrates its first anniversary!

Our favorite trampoline, Springfree Trampoline, is celebrating its first anniversary at the Blakeney location and Y-O-U can join in on the fun. There will be free fun and entertainment for kids of all ages. You’ll have a chance to enter to win a Springfree trampoline of your own, dance it out with a DJ, enjoy free food and drinks, face painting, giveaways, and of course all the trampoline jumping you can handle!

See you there!SC107476_CH_2017_1 yr Anniversary party_170x300

Event Details

Springfree Trampoline First Anniversary Party
Sat, 22 July 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
9848-E Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
Register here

June 13, 2017

What I’m reading this summer

Summer is one of my fave times to plow through some books. And, I’m happy to say that I’ve FINALLY arrived – I’ve got four strong swimmers, which means I am parking my seat in a lounge chair at the pool and reading. (Don’t worry, Smarty moms of littles, your day will come! I’ve waited 13 years for this!!) Here’s what’s in my pool bag this summer (thanks to Amazon for the book descriptions!).

Commonwealth

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Read More →

June 12, 2017

Smarty Alert: Welcome summer with ‘Mimi Discovers Sullivan’s Island’ book release party

We found the PERFECT way to welcome summer. Grab some friends and head to Swoozie’s SouthPark/Sharon Corners next Tuesday, June 13, for a book release party for a local Charlotte family’s latest children’s book, Mimi Discovers Sullivan’s Island. Gently used children’s books will also collected at the event for Promising Pages, a local non-profit that inspires underserved children to achieve their dreams by instilling a love of reading. IMG_6375

This is the second children’s book by Catherine Farley and her family. The first, Mischievous Mimi Explores Seabrook Island, was written by Catherine and her two daughters, Madeline and Mary Katherine. In this latest book, Catherine and her son, James, and nephew, Gray, write about the adventures Mimi takes around Sullivan’s Island. Both books are illustrated by the very-talented Susan Leggett. Read More →

June 6, 2017

Smarty Steal: Get one class free at the newest CycleBar studio

South Charlotte Smarties, listen up! One of Charlotte’s favorite cycle boutique fitness studios has expanded to Waverly on Providence Road and YOU could try it out for FREE. CycleBar, which opened its first location in Midtown less than a year ago, has opened a second location in the Waverly community. CycleBar, a premium indoor cycling studio that offers a high-energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere; concierge-level service; and premium amenities, will celebrate its grand opening on June 19. But, from June 8-18, the studio will hold its “CycleBlast,” which allows Smarties all over Charlotte to experience one free class prior to its official opening. There will be 50 available classes; each holding up to 50 riders. No excuses, Smarties!CBRIDERS2

Here’s what CycleBar says about its classes:

CycleBar classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre and are led by CycleStar instructors who take participants through a 50-minute high energy ride. The CycleTheatre features tiers for 50 bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and state-of-the-art audio with a DJ booth. Riders can also track performance data via CycleStats and can download music used in the class session. After class, riders cool down with fresh fruit and enhanced water, while aromatherapy helps guests relax throughout the facility. CycleBar offers a pay-per-class model, with no membership necessary. Concierge service and amenities include free towels, showers, lockers, and shoes. Read More →

June 4, 2017

Smarty Save the Date: Claire’s Army Gala 2017

Gala

One of our favorite organizations in town, Claire’s Army, is hosting a new fundraiser, Claire’s Army Gala, presented by Steelfab this summer and now is your chance to purchase tickets. This black-tie-optional affair will be Claire’s Army signature fundraiser and will include cocktails, dinner, auction, a live band and dancing. There will be fun, joy, celebration and, most importantly, a deep connection to the families served by Claire’s Army that will move you, to say the least.

We recently highlighted Claire’s Army’s Executive Director and Claire’s mom, Emily Ratliff. Emily and Claire’s Army are doing such awesome things in our city all in honor of sweet Claire, but they can’t do it alone. We hope you’ll join the rest of the army this August! Read More →

June 3, 2017

Smarty Mom: Caris Malone

I am SO happy and honored to introduce you to this week’s Smarty Mom, Caris Malone. Caris is a one-of-a-kind ray of sunshine that popped into my life a few years ago when she became owner of the Pure Barre Ballantyne studio. She is, without a doubt, the reason I love Pure Barre and our studio so much. She’s a leader who’s real, honest, funny, compassionate, and just an all around awesome woman – you know, the kind of girl you want to stick by in this crazy life.IMG_7386

Caris is also a busy mama-in-the-trenches to two sweet girls, Ella and Lucy. She’s setting such an amazing example for her girls of a strong working mom who’s confident enough to learn from a mistake or laugh at herself. Love that about her. She’s easy to talk to – so easy that you might be chatting it up with her and find yourself three rosés deep before you know it. And then you’ll want a fourth, despite the morning headache that you know is most definitely coming, just so you can stay a little while longer with her.

She’s got a smile that will make you smile, a heart as big as the sun, and a killer Pure Barre ledge. She is one seriously cool chick, and I am SO lucky I get to call her a friend. If you want a chance to meet her or take one of her awesome classes (or understand what the heck a “Pure Barre ledge” is and how you can get one), come by Pure Barre Ballantyne. New clients get a week FREE. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Smarties, have fun getting to know Caris Malone!

Smarty Mom: Caris Malone

Married to: Chris for 7 years in October
Children: Ella Jane, 4 1/2 and Lucy, 2
Years in Charlotte: 12 years
Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA
Neighborhood: Sherwood Forest
Alma Mater: UNCG
Occupation: Partner/Co-Owner of Pure Barre Ballantyne

You’re the owner of Pure Barre Ballantyne. What made you fall in love with Pure Barre enough to make it your career?

There are so many different ways I could answer this question, but bottom line is that it combines all the things I am most passionate about: an active life, lifting others up, and helping people grow stronger both physically and mentally. Read More →

May 8, 2017

Get the best tips and tricks at Take Healthy Back

Some of the best local nutrition and health coaches are teaming up this week to host Take Healthy Back, a workshop on how to eat healthy in today’s crazy fast-paced world – something ALL of us probably could use a little help with. They’ll give their very best tips and tricks on making it all work even with a busy work schedule, kids’ schedules, after-school activities and more. They’ll show you how to eat well, whether you are in the kitchen or on the go!

Health coaches include Haynes Paschall, Adri Warrick, Nadia Miller, Tammy Panovich, and Shelley Butler. With that line up, you’re sure to walk away with some SERIOUSLY good tips. 😉

Tickets are just $15. Register here.

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May 4, 2017

Smarty Sneak Peek and Smarty Steal: Erin Condren 2017-18 LifePlanner

There’s NOTHING like a fresh take on the year, and today I’ve got it. I was lucky enough to receive a sneak peek at the newest Erin Condren LifePlanner™ in the mail this week. For those of you who haven’t ordered from Erin Condren before, let me just tell you: hearing the UPS truck drive up to your house then seeing the pretty package at your front door will absolutely make your day. There’s NOTHING like getting an Erin Condren box. This was no exception. Here’s what I opened:

Super fun box

Gah! So fun! And guess what, Erin Condren is pre-launching this beaut TODAY, and you can get $10 off your first order with this link.

I’ve been an Erin Condren fan for several years now (see my past review here and see my Smarty Mom interview with Erin here). Y’all know I am a pen-to-paper planner girl, despite my job in the blog-osphere (Smarty Jen P. makes fun of me all the time, but a girl’s gotta do what she loves…), and I’ve found Erin Condren planners to be some of the most functional and beautiful on the market. They’re uber customizable and functional, but just oh-so-pretty.

I fell in love with this year’s newest cover designs. Despite claiming a few years back that I would NEVER own anything rose gold, I’ve quickly found myself kinda dripping in it. (As I type this, I am wearing rose gold hoops and rose gold Tkees.) So, of course I had to follow suite with my planner. It turned out PERFECT. Read More →

March 25, 2017

Smarty Mom: Emily Ratliff

Ratliff Front Porch Photo July 2016

When I first met Emily Ratliff, she looked familiar – we actually both commented on how familiar we looked to each other and laughed at the small-town-ness of our city. I’m sure somewhere along the line we’ve run into each other at the mall, a grocery store, a park, or at a stoplight (we Charlotte moms are never really strangers to each other, right? We rival Kevin Bacon and his six degrees any day of the week), but it wasn’t until a mutual friend and Kindermourn connected us that I had the honor to actually meet her.

Emily lost her precious daughter, Claire, to neuroblastoma when Claire was just over two years old. Since then, she and her husband, Kevin, have started an amazing organization called Claire’s Army. I’ll let Emily tell you a little more about what they’re doing and how you can get involved, but know this: Emily, her family, and Claire’s Army are one of the reasons Charlotte is the BEST city in all the land.

And, it’s women like Emily who make up the backbone of our awesome city – the backbone of us – and who we should be supporting unconditionally because she. is. us. Emily’s family could be ours. She’s the woman behind you in the checkout line, she’s the driver of the SUV beside you at the stoplight, she’s the mom schlepping her kids in and out of Target on a Tuesday morning. And, Claire could be any one of our kids.

Emily is familiar to me because’s she a Charlotte mom. But, here’s the thing: she’s a Charlotte mom doing extraordinary things – all in honor of her extraordinary Claire.

Read on to learn more about Emily, Claire, and Claire’s Army. I hope you feel moved to join in on the army. And, I hope it also moves you to join in on The 13th Annual Kindermourn Hope Floats Duck Race coming up Saturday, April 30 from 2 pm – 5 pm at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. If you haven’t been touched by Kindermourn yet, I guarantee you or someone you know has (remember that Charlotte small town thing?). Adopt a duck here or just come out and join in on the fun. It’s one of our favorite family events that benefits one of the best organizations in town.

Smarties, enjoy getting to know this week’s Smarty Mom, Emily Ratliff! And a HUGE thank you to Emily for sharing her sweet family with us.

IMG_5260Smarty Mom: Emily Ratliff

Married to: Kevin
Children: Claire (our angel in heaven who is now 7), Sydney (3) and Walker (8 months)
Hometown: Technically I was born in Minneapolis – but have lived here since I was 2
Years in Charlotte: I moved to Colorado after college, so technically, I’ve been back here for 14
Occupation: Executive Director of Claire’s Army
Alma Mater: UNC Chapel Hill Read More →

March 19, 2017

Smarty Save the Date: 2nd Annual Charlotte Checkers hosts Daddy Daughter Day

Smarty Dads, listen up. Our fave hockey team, the Charlotte Checkers, is hosting a Daddy Daughter Day NEXT Sunday, March 26. The Checkers play Chicago at 1 pm, and dads and daughters are invited to watch the action for a special price and some super fun extras – including the Checkmates dressed up as princesses.

A package of two tickets for $40 includes two Checkers hats, pregame activities with Disney Princesses, hair braiding, nail painting and face painting. Sounds like a fun time for EVERYONE!

Contact Alice Woods at agarmon@gocheckers.com or (704) 444-1887 to purchase. Go Checkers!

Photo credit: Charlotte Checkers

Photo credit: Charlotte Checkers


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