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April 21, 2018

Smarty Mom: Josephine Hauser

“Note to self: when you connect with people who are good for you, you feel it. This is a big deal. Don’t forget to acknowledge how great it is to be around someone who lights you up. Tell them, even if you feel a little bit weird…” ~ Author Unknown

Smarties, the quote above describes exactly how I feel about this week’s Smarty Mom, Josephine Hauser. Meeting her for the first time felt like I was catching up with an old friend. I knew instantly we would walk away being friends!

In this interview, Josephine opens up about her daily life as a mother to three children, her son Jackson’s recent diagnosis with PANDAS, her very stylish blog The Style Hostess, her work as a Travel Agent and her position on the Lung Force Cabinet for the American Lung Association in Charlotte. Phew, she has a lot going on! And, I am excited to mention that she will be guest blogging on CSP about her family’s journey with her son’s recent diagnosis of Pandas.

Without further ado, let’s get to know my new friend, this week’s Smarty Mom, Josephine Hauser.
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April 20, 2018

Fitness Friday: Let Pure Barre Spring you back into shape!

Smarties, is your body in need of spring tune-up? Has this lo-o-o-o-o-ng stretch of cold weather put your body into hibernation mode? It is finally starting to feel like Spring outside and you know what that means – it is time to shed those winter layers!

Our friends at Pure Barre are ready to help you shed those layers and show off a newly sculpted Pure Barre physique. Whether it is your goal to have long lean legs in a pair of shorts, toned arms in a sleeveless top, a lifted seat with a pure barre ledge in a pair skinny white jeans, or flat toned abs in a bathing suit – Pure Barre is here to help you! You can choose the isometric magic of a classic Pure Barre class or the fast paced dynamic movements in their Empower class. Either way, Pure Barre is your secret weapon against the muffin top or as I like to call it the “spare tire.”

Classic Pure Barre is a 55 minute total mind body workout! Each class is designed to be effective for people at all levels of experience and fitness. The positions and movements are basic. It is how deep you work in them that makes the difference- and trust me, it makes a world of difference! The instructors love to say, “You can always get your leg a little straighter, a little higher, 3/4 bend is almost straight…” You may not think much of it; but, those little adjustments can amp up your personal results. My advice – dig deep, the pay off is beyond your expectations.

Every class, the instructor changes the music and moves. They do an AHH.MAZ.ING job keeping each class fresh and challenging. You never know what to expect; however, you are always guaranteed a workout that yields results and targets the areas you really want to work on – your abs, hips, waist, arms and seat. Read More →

April 16, 2018

Is my Preschooler Ready for Kindergarten?

This time last year, I was contemplating the decision whether or not to send Christopher and Jack to Transitional Kindergarten (TK) or full day Kindergarten. I had all the forms ready to go. I kept asking myself: Are they too young (summer birthday)? Because of their minor milestone delays, are they going to struggle? Are they socially/emotionally ready?

In my head, I would tell myself:
“My husband and I both have late birthdays.”
“We were the youngest in our class.”
“We turned out fine.”

But as a former educator, I was aware of the differences in the school system today vs. my elementary days. Would my kids be able to survive the rigorous demands of today’s curriculum?

Internally, something was telling me to hold off. For more insight, I decided to reach out to family and friends. I received an overwhelming response to the benefits of giving my children the “gift of one more year of preschool.” 80% of the people I asked were in favor of sending the twins to TK. Surprisingly, more Dads joined the conversation and voiced the benefits. One dad, Christopher and Jack’s Pediatrician said, “No one ever regrets holding them back.”

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March 30, 2018

Smarty Alert! Epic Easter Egg Hunt taking place this Saturday

Smarties, We just received word of an amazing Easter Egg hunt taking place this Saturday. What makes this different from the rest? A HELICOPTER will be dropping the eggs! I don’t know about you — but, my little Smarties would think that was the coolest thing EVER! The awesomeness doesn’t stop there — they will also have bouncy houses, games and live music.

Event Details

Who: This event is being hosted by Christ South Lutheran Church
What: 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, March 31st from 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Polo Ridge Elementary School; 11830 Tom Short Road; Charlotte, NC 28277

* This Event is free and open to the public.

March 29, 2018

Easter Family Activities : The Easter Story Egg™ & The Lion of Judah

Smarties, Easter is my favorite time of year! It evokes so many happy memories from my childhood. It was the day we got all dressed up in our Sunday’s Best-BEST! Church was overflowing with people. If you didn’t arrive early, it was standing room only. I didn’t mind, I loved watching all the people arrive. After mass, we would all go to a family brunch. Once we were done, we would go home and find our Easter Baskets waiting for us – it was a big deal to receive the hollow Chocolate Bunny in those days!

Now that I am a mom, I want to continue my family’s tradition of celebrating the Easter Holiday. However, last year I noticed something was missing. There was a disconnect. My kids had listened to the story of Easter. They could tell you who, what, where… They weren’t connecting it to the actual day. It was too abstract. They only thing they were relating to Easter was the Bunny and the Eggs. In order to teach my children the true meaning of Easter, I knew I needed to find a teaching tool that would incorporate each learning modality (hands-on, visual, auditory) to create dimension in their little brains.
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March 16, 2018

Smarty Fitness: The Pure Barre Community

Smarties, I am going to let you in on a little secret. We have three of the best Pure Barre studios in the country. If you follow me on Facebook, you have heard me say time and time again that Pure Barre is so much more than a workout studio. It is a community! It is a family!


It has only been a year since the start of my Pure Barre journey and I feel like I have made a lifetime of friends. I am amazed at all the different women I have met. Some, I probably would of never crossed paths with if I hadn’t walked through those studio doors. Today, I can’t imagine life without them!

The Pure Barre woman cannot be generalized as a type.
~ We are all races.
~ We are all sizes.
~ We come from all different backgrounds.
~ We are all ages.
~ We are all experiencing different stages of our lives.

The one thing we have in common is we are striving for the same goal.
~ Achieve the mind body connection in class.
~ Never give up.
~ Challenge yourself to be better than the class before.

It is pretty remarkable and the comradery is beautiful. You find yourself arriving to class a few minutes early to socialize.

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March 8, 2018

Smarty Alert: Everything Girlz Love Grand Opening Tour

Smarties, Everything Girlz Love is a new little girls party business that’s rolling into town and we think it is Super SMARTY!


Everything Girlz Love is a 31ft mobile party carriage that brings the ultimate party experience to your door!

EGL was founded by two moms who wanted to create the perfect party that delivered no stress and no mess, sealed with love. With those three key elements in mind, they were able to design a carriage decked out with “Everything Girlz Love.”

~ A ceiling to floor pedicure wall
~ Stand alone makeup & hair stations
~ Costume closet
~ Dessert bar and SO MUCH MORE!

Everything Girlz Love services Charlotte and surrounding areas for girls ages 4 & up. They offer parties and play dates with a variety of services that make every EGL experience a memorable one. No detail is missed!

“If the Spa Spectacular with our very own line of natural scrubs & lotions doesn’t fit your little girls personality don’t worry you can customize your own that caters directly to her, or simply pick one from some of our other options!” ~ EGL

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February 23, 2018

Smarty Alert: Spring Beauty Festival at Bluemercury

Smarties, Spring is around the corner and I am in a make-up rut! I need to branch out from my mascara and red lipstick routine. I am becoming the dreaded “predicatable” with my everyday look. Seriously, I am 40+ and I still have no clue how to wear make-up. In my day and age, it was all about blue eyeliner, frosted pink lipstick and caked on foundation with a touch of a pressed compact powder. Gosh, the thought of it makes me cringe. Today, I am a mascara and lipstick junkie. I am always on the hunt for the best mascara, the longest lasting red lipstick. I love make-up! I am AMAZED at what people can do with make-up today. A-MAYZZZZZ-ED! The application of make-up has become an art-form. I become mesmerized watching videos of women applying make-up start to finish (highlighting, contouring, winged eyeliner, layering eyeshadows to bring out the shape and color of their eye). For me, I am looking for the tricks to even skin tone, flush cheeks, long eyelashes and a pouty lip (basically, what every woman wants)….

Long story short, I need help! This is where Bluemercury comes in the picture. As I was walking aimlessly around the store, the kind sales lady, Christine, approached me and asked if I needed any help. (Why do you think I was shopping at Bluemercury that day -any wild guesses -red lipstick. Smarties, I am obsessed.) As we were talking, she mentioned that their store will be hosting a Spring Beauty Festival, March 1st-4th: 8 different make-up brands with their professional make-up artists giving (by appointment) make-up consultations. Once I inquired about the different brands, I knew this was too good not to share with you! Read More →

February 16, 2018

Smarty Alert: Free Movie Passes for ‘Love, Simon’


Smarties, we are excited to partner with 20th Century Fox and invite you to see their new movie, Love, Simon. This looks like a real goodie! The story is based on the acclaimed novel, Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda, written by Becky Albertalli, and the screenplay was written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (from This is Us). #youhadmeatthisisus With any love story, bring your tissues! Hope to see you there!


The screening will take place on Tuesday, February 20 @ 7:30PM at Regal Stonecrest.

Follow the instructions below to download your pass:

Tuesday, February 20
Regal Stonecrest

To Download an Admit-Two Screening Pass Go To:
*Please note: passes do NOT guarantee seats at the screening. The theater is over-booked to ensure capacity and seating is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Ticketholder and guest must enter the auditorium together.

SYNOPSIS: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love. Rated PG-13.

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January 20, 2018

Smarty Mom: Katherine Sykes

Photograph by Little Nest Portraits Charlotte

Photograph by Little Nest Portraits Charlotte

This week’s Smarty Mom is my dear friend, Katherine Sykes. She is one of the most amazing women I have met here in Charlotte. My favorite thing about her, she is true to her personality. She is the real deal of a good friend. We all need more people like Katherine in our lives. I find her honesty very refreshing. I value it. When I am with her, we have the best conversations. She is a listener and that is rare. In this interview, she talks about love, marriage, kids, food, the importance of self-care and her passion for painting.

I feel lucky to have her in my life. If you are friends with Katherine, you know exactly what I am talking about… If you have never met Katherine, here is a glimpse into the mind of my beautiful friend…

Smarty Mom Stats:

Neighborhood: Matthews
Hometown: Vero Beach
Alma Mater: Wingate University
Husband and Kids: Jason, Max 16, Charlie 14, Evy 11
Pet: Lola, my black labradoodle

Get to know Katherine:

If you could tell your younger self something what would you say?

Your value isn’t measured in your good grades, if you think you are pretty or not, if you are popular or not, or by the many mistakes you’ve made.

If you could have lunch with ANYONE (dead or alive), who would it be?

I’d have lunch with grandfathers. Sorry there were two. One I never knew, Grandpa Max Froehlich. He was an immigrant from Germany. I think my dad is a lot like him and I’d love to have known him. My other grandfather I grew up with, Delbert Goss. He was such a huge influence in our lives. A true gentleman, a great encourager, a lover of education, and he just loved me well. I still miss him and I’d love for him to know the “adult” Katherine and meet my family. He used to write me long hand-written letters when I was away at summer camp. He included so many details of daily life. I still have those and will treasure them forever.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I’d live in the South – definitely on the coast. Perhaps the sugar sand beaches of the FL panhandle. Or somewhere in southern Italy or France on the Mediterranean Sea.

What would be your dream vacation?

Vacation to Italy with my husband, Tuscany.ks7

Last time you laughed really hard …

I don’t know when my last belly laugh was, but our daughter Evy makes me giggle most every day. Read More →