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April 21, 2017

Fitness Friday: #tuckforacause at Pure Barre Ballantyne

Join the sweet ladies over at Pure Barre Ballantyne next Thursday, April 27, for TWO donation-only classes for Amy Early, a Pure Barre Ballantyne client who has stage IV kidney failure. Amy will be getting a kidney transplant from her twin sister, Rebecca, soon. Pure Barre Ballantyne hopes donations will not only help with the cost associated with the transplant, but will also show Amy how much the community stands behind her.Amy Early.jpg

Here’s what Pure Barre Ballantyne says about Amy:

Amy is an incredible, thoughtful and compassionate person. She is a dedicated 1st grade teacher who has put her heart into helping her students every single day. She has given so much to this community and it is our turn to give back.

You can also read more about her story here. Read More →

April 19, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: April 21-23

Discovery Place

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

Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
April 21-23, See website for schedule, $25+
Summary: A Trek Into Outer Space blends 3D mapping with dance and circus arts to fly you through our solar system. Stella is a young and curious girl who gazes out her bedroom window one night at the stars and the moon wondering what it would be like to visit the other planets.

Independence Park
300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC
April 22, 10:00am – 3:00pm, All ages
Summary: Walk for the Animals is the HSC’s annual 2K fundraising walk. This is a fun family walk for people and pets of all ages. Walk with your pet or on your own. You’ll have a great time and you’ll get a warm furry feeling by raising money to help the animals. Your walk registration fee and fundraising proceeds will help us to meet our event goal of $160,000. Come and walk!! The shelter pets will love you for it. Read More →

April 15, 2017

Catching up with Smarty Mom Molly Grantham

By new Smarty Mary Katherine Watkins

Interviewing WBTV’s Molly Grantham – my first Smarty Pants’ assignment – was a “jump in a deep end” or a “drink out of a fire hose” kind of assignment. But those who know me don’t really expect much less.

And those that know the profile of this week’s Smarty Mom: WBTV’s Molly Grantham know that she’s not that kind of gal either. She is a self-described “what you see is what you get” lady. She is passionate about the City of Charlotte and our community, she has developed a cult-like following among her viewers and social media followers, and her in-depth feature stories hit so close to home that I can’t imagine how she keeps doing what she does, day after day with the same vigor and drive and passion.

– She fights for justice by honoring the memory of fallen CMPD Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton.

– She raises awareness of little known – often fatal – pediatric illnesses like POTS or Rett syndrome or Sanfilippo syndrome or Timothy syndrome through #MollysKids.

– And she covers very difficult stories like the one of 14 year old, Anthony Frazier, who was shot and killed while in a car with his family after a birthday dinner.

So my pitch to Molly was this: her stories are so heart-warming and important, but heavy and that heaviness must take a toll on her at times, so let’s do something fun – 20 Questions with Molly Grantham – easy and full of laughter, and something that our readers would get a total kick out of. Read More →

April 12, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a Family 4-Pack to CC&Co.’s Star Gazer!

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Smarties, we introduced you to the amazing Caroline Calouche of Caroline Calouche & Co.(CC&Co.) this past weekend. Caroline and her team at CC&Co. are working around the clock to get their spring production ready: Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space. This spectacular show is next weekend, April 21-23 at Booth Playhouse. In typical Smarty style, we have a giveaway for you so that you and your family can enjoy an evening of fun – perfect to wrap up your #SpringBreak2017!

Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space combines dance and circus arts with powerful visual projections of planets, comets and asteroids to fly you through our solar system. Stella is a young and curious girl who gazes out her bedroom window one night at the stars and the moon wondering what it would be like to visit the other planets. This simple notion leads to a spectacular, often thrilling, performance by the southeast’s premier dance and circus arts company, Caroline Calouche & Co., April 21 – 23 at the Booth Playhouse. Read More →

Smarty Scoop for Weekend Events: April 14-16

Discovery Place

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

Easter egg 400 At NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, NC
April 15, 8:00am – 11:00am, Ages 5-12, $8-$18
Summary: Now in its third year, the Easter Egg 400 is a festive morning highlighted by entertainment, games, crafts, a movie and photos with the Easter Bunny. Of course, the marquee event of the morning is the actual Easter Egg hunt where each child will get to take home a carton of eggs filled with candy and prizes.

Easter egg Hunt with Uptown Church
Uptown Church Independence Park
300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC
April 15, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Ages infants to 5th grade, Free
Summary: Invite your friends and neighbors to a fun morning with so many fun activities and a fun-interactive gospel presentation!

Easter Happenings At Phillips Place
Phillips Place
6800 Phillips Place Ct., Charlotte, NC
April 15, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Free
Summary: Visit from the Easter Bunny, balloon artist and face paintings. This is great family event and open to the public. Read More →

April 11, 2017

Meet the Paw-fect part of our Smarty Team! (Psst! There’s a giveaway!)

In honor of National Pet Day, CSP is celebrating our little furry companions by giving away this stylish bandana from Kiel James Patrick’s pet collection. It’s all the rage in the pet world!
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A Pawfect World-White (value $28)

Muddy paws, Blazing trails, windblown fur, setting sail–no matter the adventure, our American-made dog accessories can weather the endeavors of even the most venturesome pup.

Product Details: 100% Printed Kona Cotton, KJP Signature paw print, Woven label, 19 Square Inches, Washable, Made in the USA,
Color: White/Navy

And with this fun giveaway, we wanted to introduce you to the pets on our Smarty team! So, without further ado, meet the Smarties pets in the QC!

Smarty Jen P: Henry

Henry Plym, age 4. Cavapoo. Best. Dog. Ever.
Henry completed our family when Mom volunteered to “foster” the live auction puppy at our school fundraiser. We were “puppy shopping” at the time and we were trying to prove to Dad that we were ready, but not yet. We didn’t want to pressure Dad or anything. What we didn’t plan for is falling in love with the baby doggie when we fostered him for the six days before the auction. Well, you can imagine how that went. Henry the Cavapoo – 1, Dad – 0. Henry now sleeps on Dad’s pillow every night. Not kidding.
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Smarty Giveaway: Win a FREE week of SUMMER DAY CAMP at the YMCA (valued up to $300)!

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It’s time for an awesome DAY CAMP GIVEAWAY! One lucky Smarty will win a free week of Summer Day Camp at the Y — you choose the camp, the week and the location! Day camps for kids ages 1 to 16 run from May 30 until September across 14 + locations in the greater Charlotte area. The Y offers a huge variety of camp experiences to spark your child’s interest, excitement and creativity. Check it out:

What you might know about day camps at the Y …

You probably know the Y is a fun and safe place offering traditional day camps with tons of fun activities indoor and out for preschool and elementary ages and pre-teens and teens — and you don’t have to be a member to attend.

And because the Y stands for youth development, health and fitness, it’s a given they’d offer sports camps for baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and swimming — and even dance and cheerleading. All camps are led by well-trained and energetic counselors who are great with kids.2014-06-27_AOF_15493_CMYK Read More →

April 7, 2017

Register NOW for the 22nd Annual CPCC Charlotte Skyline Run on April 22nd!

CPCC 2017 Skyline Run

Saturday, April 22nd, will mark the 22nd Annual CPCC Charlotte Skyline Run, benefiting student scholarships and other urgent student needs of the college. 1,000-plus runners are expected to attend this family fun event. The Skyline Run will feature four components: a 5K Run, a 5K Walk for Health, a Family Fun Run (1 mile), and a 5K Baby Jogger Championship, hosted by CSP! Cash prizes are awarded for the top overall male and female 5K finishers. Children and families will enjoy the Family Fun Run and spending time in the Kids Zone. Additional exciting prizes such as a baby stroller, spa sessions, restaurant gift certificates, tickets to great area events, and more will be given to age group winners.

Registration is $25 until April 16th and up to $35 on race day, so register now to get your discount! More information here.


April 5, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: April 7-9

Discovery Place

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

Charlotte Knights 2017 Home Opener
BB&T Ballpark
324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC 28202
April 6, 7:05 first pitch, All ages, See website for ticket prices

Easter Eggstravaganza
Stumpton Park
200 South Trade Street, Matthews, NC
April 8, 11:00am – 2pm, Ages 12 and under, Free
Summary: Games, prizes, crafts, bounce house, food vendors, music and egg hunts

Lunch With The Easter Bunny
Matthews Community Center
232 Matthew Station Street, Matthews, NC
April 7, 11:00am, Ages 2-5, $5 per person

Fun As It Gets Easter egg Hunt At The Speedpark
The Speedpark at Concord Mills Mall
8461 Concord Mills Mall, Concord, NC
April 8, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Ages, 12 and under, Free
Summary: Enough eggs for everyone, golden eggs and prizes.

Easter Eggstravaganza At Carmel Presbyterian Church
Carmel Presbyterian Church
2048 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC
April 8, 11:00am – 1:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The annual Easter children’s celebration at Carmel is a full morning of events for your children. We offer more than just an Easter egg hunt. The morning includes a short Easter presentation, an egg hunt, a petting zoo, and a bouncy house! Read More →

April 4, 2017

2U Laundry: A Smarty Mom’s Laundry Fairy {psst! 6 free loads of laundry}

Fairies do exist. After a few weeks with 2U Laundry, we can honestly say they really do exist. And we’re hooked.

We first introduced you to 2U Laundry a couple of weeks ago with a FREE bag (6 loads!) of laundry Smarty Steal – if you haven’t taken advantage of that, we recommend you get on this laundry fairy train pronto because it is AH-MAZING. Imagine heaving all of your dirty clothes (no color sorting needed) into a big blue bag, leaving it on your front porch, and poof! it’s done the next day perfectly folded (our kids have never seen their undies folded so perfectly). Delicates and hang-dry items are no problem – there’s a separate {pink} bag for those. And dry cleaning? Done. In one day AND delivered to your door. There’s even an alterations service to mend minor clothing repairs.

Oh, and here’s what your laundry fairy looks like:

2U Laundry Dude

See? We told you it was magical. Read More →

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