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January 2, 2018

Smarty Steal: Take 15% off your first order at The Good Kitchen

Happy New Year’s, Smarties! With resolutions in full swing, we’ve got a super fun Smarty Steal for you today from the awesome folks at The Good Kitchen (TGK) that will for SURE help you stay in check with any health/cooking goals you’ve set for 2018. Smarties can take 15% off their first order at TGK by using the code Smarty18 at checkout. That’s all you need! IMZ_8866-1-300x200

In case you haven’t heard of TGK, let me give you a quick run down (also, be sure to check out Smarty Jen V.’s and my review of it here and our Smarty Mom feature on TGK’s founders Amber Lewis and Melissa Hayes here):

TGK is a fresh, fully-prepared meal delivery service. Breakfast, lunch and dinner ready in just 3 minutes. TGK offers meals comprised of gluten-free ingredients for busy lifestyles. Their meals are made from grass-fed and pastured proteins, organic and non-GMO produce, and contain no soy, antibiotics, additional sugars or hormones. Their chef-driven menu provides seasonal variety on a weekly basis. Orders are placed online and delivered right to your home. These meals are SO GOOD. It’s as amazing as it sounds. Read More →

December 26, 2017

Smarty Fitness Interview & Giveaway: CycleBar Midtown and CycleBar Waverly


We are SO excited about the start of 2018, Smarties! Over the next couple of weeks we’re bringing you interviews with some of our favorite fitness places in town AND with those interviews, we’re including some FIT-ULOUS giveaways just in time for those New Year’s resolutions.

First up is one of our faves, Lauren (Lolo) Wilson, CycleStar extraordinaire at CycleBar Waverly and CycleBar Midtown. She’s dishing on what makes CycleBar the best in town and letting us take a peek at some of her favorite things. If you’ve never taken one of Lolo’s classes, make sure to sign up soon. She’s seriously one of da best! Enjoy getting to know Lolo!

Lolo Wilson, CycleBar Waverly and CycleBar Midtown

Many first-timers are scared of cycle classes. What should a first-time rider expect at CycleBar and what would you tell them to calm any first time nerves?


CycleBar is a premium indoor cycling experience, designed for all ages and fitness levels. We understand being the ‘new kid’ can be intimidating! Whether your new to the cycling world or an experienced veteran, we take great pride in welcoming anyone who steps foot in our studios.

Our rockstar team will help ease any nerves! For first-timers, it helps to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the ride. We are a rhythmic based studio, and CycleStars will guide you through an awesome 45-minute full-body workout. A good rule of thumb is that it takes about 3 rides to get acclimated. Read More →

December 22, 2017

Fitness Friday: CycleBar makes for a very happy holiday


Our friends over at CycleBar Midtown and CycleBar Waverly are getting into the spirit of the season with an early holiday treat: new membership pricing! Check out the new pricing below, and if you’re already a member, never fear. The new monthly price will be reflected on your next billing cycle. It’s the PERFECT gift to give yourself after the overindulgences of the season :-). Thanks, CycleBar! Read More →

December 18, 2017

Give the gift of free time with 2U Laundry (and get 20% off! deets here)


Our Smarty friends at 2ULaundry are giving us the greatest gift of all – the gift of FREE TIME. A gift card to 2U Laundry is the SMARTIEST gift for husbands, wives, friends, teachers, co-workers, hostesses (imagine clean table cloths and dinner napkins in a snap), nieces, nephews, the list goes on. And, better yet, right now all gift cards are 20% off until December 24, 2017 – a perfect idea for all of us procrastinators. Click here to order gift cards, or, if purchasing for a current customer, call or email their Customer Care Team at or 704-766-8730.

Read why the Smarty team {hearts} 2ULaundry and get that Christmas list finished once and for all!

December 12, 2017

Grandparents Gifting: Activities and camps under the tree

JMSD Spring 2013 Recital

Our Grandparents Gift theme this year is all about camps and activities! When grandparents ask what the kids really want for Christmas, our number one reco is camp or a session of their favorite activity. Grandparents will feel good about the experiences they are giving to their grandkids as well as feel good about helping you out. Because let’s face it, camps and after school activities can get pretty expensive.

Keep in mind, many of the camps don’t have their summer curriculum ready just yet, but they still make a great gift! So my suggestion is to get creative. Either contact them to see if you can purchase a gift card or just write an IOU. Buy a sweatshirt or tee shirt, wrap in a big bow and put under the tree. This will be the perfect gift that will keep on giving! Grandparents who give this gift will be rockstars for sure!

Following are Smarty ideas for Grandparents Gifting – some of these fall into the camp category and some are lessons/activities:

Our Education Partners (all offer summer camp to ANYONE, not just currently-enrolled students!):

Charlotte Christian Summer Camps
Charlotte Country Day School Summer Programs
Charlotte Latin Summer
Charlotte Preparatory School’s Camp Prep
Palisades Episcopal School


Jami Masters School of Dance
Caroline Calouche & Co.
Charlotte School of Ballet


Carolina Flipz
Zenith Gym
Perfect Balance
Charlotte Gymnastics Academy
Southeastern Gymnastics
Little Gym Charlotte Read More →

November 30, 2017

The 2017 “Smarty” 25 Days of Christmas

In honor of the 25 days of Christmas we present (in no particular order) our top 25 fabulously Smarty Christmas events, activities, and ideas for you and yours!

Merry, Merry!

1. Pet Photos with Santa at South Park Mall
December 10th. Bring your furry children for a photo with Santa!

2. Christmas in Davidson Festival
November 30, Dec 1-2, 6-9 pm. Explore Downtown Davidson with lights, refreshments, special entertainment, and activities for the kids. True Holiday spirit in this festive and quaint town.

3. Holiday Lights at the Garden
November 17- December 31st. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The Garden glows with holiday spirit from the twinkling trees to the sparkling fountains and is transformed into a natural winter wonderland filled with unique festive décor including a towering tree of orchids, more than 600,000 lights, and illuminated displays. One of our Smarty faves!

4. The Nutcracker
December 9-23. The North Carolina Dance Theatre displays the magic of the season with this famous ballet. The holidays aren’t complete without seeing Charlotte’s favorite holiday tradition. Read More →

November 21, 2017

Register now for Carolina Flipz’s Flip Flop While You Shop

Carolina Flipz Girls

Our friends at Carolina Flipz are offering stressed out parents and energetic kids an amazing gift. On December 1, they are hosting their super popular Kids Night Out. That means, for four hours the kids can jump, tumble, and swing while YOU can shop, eat, play, and relax. Happy Holidays to Y-O-U!

Here are the details:

Carolina Flipz Flip Flop While You Shop

December 1, 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy Suite B
Pineville, NC 28134

Member – $25
Nonmember – $35
Pizza dinner included

Sign up now by calling 704-544-4511. Space is limited! Read More →

November 20, 2017

Smarty Fitness: Ride for FREE at CycleBar Waverly and Midtown this weekend + Black Friday Specials

This Thanksgiving, CycleBar Waverly and CycleBar Midtown CLT are giving thanks in a big way with FREE RIDES! The Smarties are LOVING CycleBar and are beyond grateful to them for this incredible deal. Come to either studio to sweat away your holiday-induced stress, regain your sanity, and do it all FOR FREE! Bring your friends, bring your family, bring any ol’ turkeys you can find—and get ready to ride free and gobble ‘til you wobble. We will see you there!ceb4354fc638dd62c07e81f0_640x400

Here’s their holiday schedule:

Thanksgiving: 7:00am, *​8:​​00​am Endurance – Rock the Bird, 9:​30am
Black Friday:7:00am, ​8:00​am​​, 9:​30am
Saturday, November 25​: 8:00am, 9:30am, 10:45am
Sunday, November 26​: 9:00am, 10:15am Read More →

November 14, 2017

Celebrate 50 with Beech Mountain

Fireworks at Beech Mtn Resort - CREDIT Ashley Laws

There’s a HUGE birthday this winter in the North Carolina mountains. Our favorite ski resort, Beech Mountain Resort marks 50 years of skiing on the highest elevation slopes in eastern America. The resort debuted in the winter of 1967-68 just as skiing was being developed in the South. It was the only North Carolina resort built around an alpine village, and has become of CSP’s favorite ski destination.

Beech Mountain is the perfect day or weekend trip for families to ski, snowboard, ice skate or more. Click here to read more about Beech Mountain and its Charlotte connection.

Photo credit: Sam Dean Photography

Photo credit: Sam Dean Photography

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November 13, 2017

Smarty Holiday Giveaway: the Just Add Elf™ Kit


**This giveaway is closed. Winner is Cammy Smith**

If you’re one of those people who marvel at others’ Facebook pages with their holiday Elf antics but just can’t muster up the creativity, energy, or brain power to unleash your family’s Elf’s naughtiness (and I’m looking in a mirror right now), today is your lucky day. I am SO excited to introduce you to the cutest way to take a HUGE load off your plate this holiday season: the Just Add Elf™ kit.

It’s an all-inclusive answer to the daily struggle of “what the ELF?!” No more waking up in the middle of the night freaking out because the Elf got lazy, no more Pinterest fails, no more cold sweats.

Each kit includes scenes for 24 complete Elf days (they recommend Dec. 1-24), including ALL supplies (literally everything — all ready to use), fool proof set-up instructions, and letters from your Elf to your kids (personalized ones are optional). The kit also includes several tangible take-aways and fun surprises for your kid(s) to keep from various scenes. Read More →

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