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July 22, 2017

Smarty Mom: Katie Self Nifong

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I have known Katie since high school and she’s still as sweet now as she was then. We’ve reconnected through this journey called “motherhood” in more ways than one. She’s one of the strongest mamas I know, and you’re about to learn why. I’m delighted to introduce this week’s Smarty Mom, Katie Self Nifong.

Smarty Mom: Katie Self Nifong

Married to:Joe Nifong
Kiddos: Grace (2 ½) and Noah (7months)
Occupation: Norwex Consultant

What are the challenges of owning a small business and being a mom?

It’s hard not to feel guilty taking a little time away from your kids to work. I know that in the long run, this will benefit our family in a financial and health manner. Knowing that I can help other families become educated about reducing the chemicals in their home makes it worth it. Read More →

June 30, 2017

Smarty Review: Ollie Gray Bras

Ladies, I have found the most incredible, comfortable, versatile bra on the market. I am beyond excited to introduce you to the Lulu Lemon of bras, the Ollie Gray Bra!ollie gray bitsy bra

I started my search in a similar manner as the Ollie Gray founder, Kate Rech. While chatting with her, she described her search SO similarly to my own in finding the perfect maternity/postpartum bra. Rech had invested a TON of money on several bras during her postpartum journey, but never found a single “go-to” bra. She had a few bras that broke, and just about one bra for every purpose of motherhood. She decided there should be a “one and done” bra for all mommas, so, she created one!D15O5850 Read More →

June 22, 2017

Smarty Review: The Teething Egg

In the short 15 months that I’ve been a mama, I’ve been blessed to experience some incredible milestones being a stay-at-home-mom. That being said, I have to keep it real and also admit that there have been a couple excruciating milestones as well; one of them being the monster known as “teething”.

Like I said, Zoey has been a blessing. She’s a super happy-go-lucky baby who rarely lets anything stand between her and being genuinely happy. Even missing a nap here or there doesn’t affect her quite like teething has. I’m not sure about you mamas, but it sure has felt like teething has been an ongoing milestone since she turned six months old.

I tried homeopathic remedies to ease the pain. She LOVES freeze pops or frozen fruit in a silicone teether. But, The Teething Egg was an extremely useful and practical way to ease her teething pain on the go, or while she flipped through a good book at home. It was very helpful that it arrived with a lanyard that could easily clip onto Zoey’s clothing…she likes to throw things, so this kept The Teething Egg close no matter what! It helped that they were SUPER cute and had several color options for eggs/lanyards!mint teething egg Read More →

June 8, 2017

A Poem for the Teething Fairy

There is nothing nice I could possibly say,teething fairy poem pic
You’ve come unannounced and not welcome to stay.
I look like an extra from The Walking Dead,
And visions of punching you dance through my head.

My child can’t sleep and you’ve stuffed up her nose,
There’s no shortage of snot…it continuously flows.
Tantrums occur at an alarming rate,
And naps (if they happen) are never so great. Read More →

April 10, 2017

Plan a Visit: The Main Street Children’s Museum

Ready to get social with your little one? I know just the place to start! My first visit to the Main Street Children’s Museum is a one I will forever have etched in my memory. My little one was only 3 months old, but I needed to get out of the house and she needed some social interaction with other little ones. Each “Wee Wednesday” has a theme complete with story-time, songs, interactive play, instruments (sometimes), and the children are able to make the craft of the day at no additional cost! IMG_1509

Although Zoey was only 3 months old during her first visit, she still was able to participate in every aspect of Wee Wednesday. Needless to say, we have been to “Wee Wednesday” and visited the museum during normal hours several times since our first visit. I just had to tell everyone about this perfect little jem tucked in Rock Hill, SC.

In our subsequent visits, Zoey was able to participate in more features at the museum as she began to develop and grow. You and your child will find ways to interact and play in every square inch of this incredible children’s museum. There are even a few areas that are friendly for the not-yet-mobile infants as well! Which is truly a win-win if you’re looking for an activity for the entire family. Read More →

April 9, 2017

Sweet Ollie & Toys from the Heart

Alice Marleaux is one of the strongest mamas I have ever met. One year ago, her sweet son, Oliver (“Ollie”), was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at a mere four weeks old. Alice and her husband, Evan, embraced this diagnosis with an abundant amount of grace and have documented Sweet Ollie’s heart journey. Inevitably, Ollie was in need a heart transplant to save his life…meaning he would need a donor to give their heart, for him. aliceandollie

In honor of Ollie’s One Year “Heart-A-Versary”, this incredible family wants to give back to the same community responsible for giving their son a second chance at life. The Marleaux family wishes to continue to extend their gratitude for his donor and their family through the gift of giving. They will be holding a toy drive, Toys from the Heart, until April 23rd, 2017, through Child Life at the Levine Children’s Hospital.

In describing the toy drive, Alice Marleaux explaines, “We’re going out on a limb here and hoping desperately that others want to help us celebrate the gift of life and Ollie’s heartaversary. We’re hoping that we can take a brave, selfless gift of love and make the ripples of that action extend far and wide. We’re hoping that you’ll help us say thank you in a beautiful loving way.”

In response to their wishes, Child Life at the Levine Children’s Hospital has sent the following list of much needed items for their youngest (newborns/infants) patients. ***All items MUST be new for sanitation purposes*** Read More →

April 5, 2017

Smarty Summer Day Camp 2017: Aerial & Circus Summer Camp at Aerial CLT

Tired of the same summer camp choices? Does your child want to try something that deviates from the traditional summer camp path? IMG_0727

Aerial CLT is excited to announce they will be offering a summer camp option for children ages 8-14. Students will be encouraged to explore this incredible sport in a safe, supportive learning environment through the guidance of trained professionals.

Camp Activities Include:

– Aerial skills
– Aerial hammock
– Tumbling
– Crafts
– End of Camp Parent “Photo-OP”

Aerial CLT is currently enrolling children for Session 1 (June 19-23) and Session 2 (July 17-21). There is no previous experience or expertise necessary. Click here to learn more about this amazing camp opportunity! Read More →

March 8, 2017

Your Mom’s Donuts: A Mom and kid-friendly Donut Shop

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I’m no food critic, but I am a foodie…A junk-foodie at heart, but sweets have become irresistible since giving birth to my now, 11-month-old. Yes, I am well aware of other donut establishments in the area and I have tried them all. I have tried them all with my tiny tornado and I promise you, Your Mom’s Donuts is the BEST place to go meet with a friend (or two) and enjoy some delicious donuts with your little one.

The first experience I had at Your Mom’s Donuts, was with my doula and several of her other clients. Our little ones had each been born within months of one another. We were tired, sleep-deprived, in need of adult interaction and what better place to meet than a donut shop?!? I remember driving quite a distance (40 minutes) with a screaming 4-month-old thinking to myself, “this better be worth it!”IMG_3067

I remember walking in and smelling the sweet aroma of freshly baked dough and chocolate (two of my favorite things!). I remember seeing a mom, hard at work behind the counter, wearing her baby on her back while she worked. Their menu was an abundant chalkboard full of tasty treats, and literally THE BEST hot and cold-brew coffee. The trip was beyond worth it. In fact, we’ve made the drive several times just to experience these delectable donuts. To put it plainly, these donuts are simply heaven on earth and a MUST-DO in the Charlotte/surrounding area. Read More →

February 4, 2017

Smarty Mom: Melissa Powell

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Fellow smarties, allow me to introduce, Melissa Powell! She is an extremely musically inclined, rockstar momma of three kiddos. She currently teaches Music Together classes in the greater Charlotte area, but had quite a journey to get there. She immersed herself in theatre and the fine arts in her early middle-school years and developed an immense passion for acting. Having the opportunity to discuss her theatrical past, she described acting as:

“Not only a wonderful way to play “pretend” all the time, but as an actor, you are given the intense responsibility of making the audience FEEL something. I loved that…. loved being able to give people something… whether it was getting them in touch with emotions, making them laugh, or helping them learn something new.”

Being youthful and courageous, she and her now husband decided to “take the plunge” and move to NYC following their undergraduate studies at Troy University. While in NYC, she attended a musical theater conservatory and soaked up every ounce of theatrical training possible. She even performed in a few Broadway plays, though she humbly states, “in teeny-tiny theaters”. She also performed in venues such as the Children’s Theater at Circle in the Square on Broadway, as well as a few indie films! So incredibly adventurous, right?!?

Her journey eventually led her to fall in LOVE with teaching Music Together, after she and her husband decided it was time to start a family of their own. She began training in 2006 and was elated to learn she was pregnant with their first son. She began teaching Music Together in 2007, when they moved to North Carolina and states, “I loved acting (and still do commercials with my boys occasionally around Charlotte), but the opportunity to see the same faces week after week, and hear the stories of how music is bringing joy to families, is the BEST!”.

Let’s get to know Melissa better… Read More →

January 29, 2017

How do you Roe?

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I have made it my mission to find the most practical, comfortable, but also stylish “mom” gear out there. Although LulaRoe is not only specific to mothers, it definitely makes for an extremely practical wardrobe for the everyday mom. From tunics and flowy tops, to wraps and dusters, the most adorable and comfortable dresses out there, AND…LEGGINGS!!! ALL THE LEGGINGS!!! Aside from the heavenly leggings and the unique names for each article of clothing, the oh-so-very reasonable price tag attached truly sets this brand apart and above any other similar brands currently on the market!

LulaRoe Amelia

LulaRoe Amelia

If you have heard of LulaRoe, I’m sure you first heard of their insanely incredible leggings. These buttery-soft, super scrumptious, “I feel like I’m not wearing pants” leggings come in SO many stylish prints and solids! And yes, it gets better…LulaRoe has not only made the most incredible leggings in the world, but they are extremely affordable and they last for an extremely long time (if you wash/dry them correctly). Read More →


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