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January 11, 2018

Smarty Alert: The 2018 Sweet Cheep Discount from Little Nest Portraits


Smarties, Little Nest Portraits is running their first annual Sweet Cheep sale. Hurry up, this offer only lasts until January 13th (but don’t worry once you purchase this amazing deal you have until June 16th to schedule your sessionette).

Here’s what Little Nest says about the Sweet Cheep:

We’re kicking off 2018 with a fresh new look and a super sweet deal! Our annual sweet cheap sale is here for a limited time with a brand-new offering. It is the perfect time to take advantage of some deep discounts on a one of a kind experience and beautiful photos of your family. Read More →

January 1, 2018

Smarty Fitness Interview & Giveaway: Pure Barre Ballantyne and Pure Barre Southpark


We are SO excited about the start of 2018, Smarties! Over the next couple of weeks, we are 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.IMG_3400

If you are familiar with Pure Barre you have met our next Smarty Fitness guru, Caris Malone. She and Pure Barre go hand-in-hand. Her classes are always waitlisted, and her energy is contagious. She has this uncanny ability to motivate you to push yourself to be better than your best. She is amazing!

Smarties, I can’t think of a better person to give us an inside view on what Pure Barre is all about. Bonus, Caris also opens up about some of her own personal tips on workout gear, how she maintains a healthy lifestyle, pre-and post workout routines, etc.

Without further ado, I introduce to you, Smarty Pure Barre guru, Caris Malone.

Caris Malone, Pure Barre Ballantyne and Pure Barre Southpark

Tell us a little bit about Pure Barre.

Pure Barre is a 50 minute, full-body workout designed for everyone! We work our muscles to exhaustion, then stretch them out; thus, creating long lean muscles. Our movements are low-impact, making our classes ideal for anyone who is suffering an injury. Each class is designed to work for each-individual, meaning there are no ‘levels’, you work at your own pace. Pure Barre is the perfect place to start if you haven’t worked out in a while or if you are an exercise junkie; you decide the level you are going to work out each class. Our classes are filled with different ages, shapes and experience levels, creating a non-intimidating vibe. It truly is the best. Read More →

December 30, 2017

Smarty Mom: Elizabeth Pinto


Smarty Mom Stats:

Name: Elizabeth Pinto
Home: Rockland, Maine
Mom to: Jennifer and Greg
Married to: Terry (married for 46 years)

Smarties, we are coming to the end of 2017 and I couldn’t think of a better Smarty Mom to celebrate than my mom, Elizabeth Pinto. We are breaking the rules a bit. She is not local to Charlotte. She lives on the coast of Maine. Once you hear her story, you will see why I decided to break the rules and end the year with her as our Smarty Mom.
Ten years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. She was given one year to live. This news broke me, broke my entire family except my mom. She is a woman of faith and she knew her fight wasn’t over. She has turned that one year into ten and is continuing to fight. smartymompic1

This is when her journey began…

After constant visits with her internist, an appointment was made with a gastrologist for a colonoscopy. Hoping to find answers, the doctor came back saying it was clear. We were back to the drawing board. After a couple years her internist, once again, ordered a colonoscopy with a new gastrologist and that is when the cancer was discovered. All it took was one small flat head polyp and her life was forever changed. It was determined that the original gastrologist had missed it. Read More →

December 26, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Monster Jam® Family Four (4) Pack

Smarties, we have a MONSTER giveaway!

Monster Jam® is coming to the Spectrum Center and we have a family (4) pack just for you!

When is this happening? Friday, January 5th at 7:00pm

Where is this happening? Spectrum Center

Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live family entertainment, is bringing Monster Jam® to Spectrum Center once again in 2018! The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family. Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit. Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following racing, new in 2018 across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the freestyle competition by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones. Read More →

December 13, 2017

You’ve got MAIL! Personalized Letters from Santa Claus

Smarties, I love, love, love this idea! Lori from The Write Occasion Calligraphy has been personalizing letters from Santa Claus for little smarties for five years now. This is her way of spreading holiday happiness and she absolutely loves it (and CSP absolutely loves her)!santaletter

The letters cost $15.00 ($5.00 from each letter is donated directly to the Levine Children’s Hospital). To order your letter, it is simple, all you need to do is click here. Enter the correct amount for the number of Personalized Letters to Santa Claus that you would like to order, and, in the comments provide the name(s) to whom you would like the letter to be addressed, as well as, the address to where you would like the letter sent. Letters will be sent out within 3 days. Your letter will arrive in a festive holiday envelope (addressed in calligraphy) all ready to be opened by your super excited little smarty!

In addition to the monetary donations, The Write Occasion Calligraphy personalizes letters that are delivered to both the Levine Children’s Hospital and The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Read More →

December 12, 2017

FLASH Giveaway: Win a family four-pack to CTC’s ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

Oh Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte . Have you heard, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical is back!


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical

Runs through December 23, just added 2 more performances December 28th
View Schedule Here
Recommended for all Ages

By Jahanna Beecham & Malcom Hillgartner
Adapted from the play by Barbara Robinson

This is a musical the entire family can enjoy. Your kids will laugh out loud and you, you will be reminded of a teacher, friend, situation from your past. My memory was invoked by the Bradley family. My younger brother could have been Charlie… standing up to the Heardmans…bragging about Sunday school…not realizing what he was saying (I don’t want to give away too many details) Me, I was Beth. Standing up for my mom, believing in my mom, being swayed by the true spirit of Christmas. My mom was Grace Bradley, “Amazing Grace, “the fair and objective mom. The mom who is empathetic to other’s feelings. Read More →

November 30, 2017

A Little Smarty Giveaway! The Christmas Star From Afar®!

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Smarties, we have a SPECIAL treat for you! Have you heard of the Star Kids Company? They are this amazing company that sells two of the most meaningful holiday gift sets for your children. And guess what, we have one just for YOU!

Let me introduce you to the The Christmas Star From Afar®. This is a holiday gem for you and your family. It is a game that celebrates the True Meaning of Christmas. We get soooooo caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that it is so easy to forget what it is all about. This game will help you and your family reconnect to the magic behind Christmas. I know what you are thinking – I don’t have time for a game. Well think again, because; this is a game that is super easy with a huge heart warming punch!

All you do is:

-Set up your nativity.
-Hide the Star every night. Once your children find the Star, move all Three Wise Men to its location.
-Read the optional scripture.
-Repeat each night.
-On Christmas Eve place your star on the top of your nativity stable.

On Christmas Morning your Three Wise Men reach the Nativity Scene and find their king, baby Jesus! Read More →

October 28, 2017

Smarty Mom: Erin O’Brien

I am sooooo excited to introduce you to my new friend, Erin O’Brien. As I was scrolling my Facebook newsfeed, I noticed this catching t-shirt design. It stopped me in my tracks. Literally, stopped me. I loved, loved, loved the name CHARLOVE. The t-shirt is a simple design, almost a vintage feel with such a fun play on words! I decided to investigate further. The original post was on the Charlotte Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter page – this was my in. In my head, I am thinking we are not strangers- sending her an email won’t be awkward – she is a KD, too! This gave me the courage to reach out and I am so thrilled that I did. Erin is a super cool mom with an enormous heart. It has been fun getting to know her. The first time we met, we spend the entire morning chatting over coffee and not for one second did I feel like I wasn’t meeting up with an old friend. She is fun. She is witty. Her heart is charitable and she has a great mind for business. Without further ado, I would like to introduce to you, my friend, this week’s Smarty Mom, Erin O’Brien. family uptown

Smarty Mom Stats

Married: Eric O’Brien
Mom of: 7-year old daughter
Neighborhood: Weddington
Hometown: Gastonia
Alma Mater: Appalachian State
Career in previous life: Corporate America


Facebook & Instagram.
Charlove is a local Charlotte branded apparel, majority female owned business with a purpose. For each T-Shirt sold, Charlove donates a new, in-branded shirt to a child in need through our Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools partnership. Read More →

October 27, 2017

Smarty Fitness Spotlight: Pure Barre Instructor Jenna DaPolito

Smarties, I have a treat for you. I recently caught up with Jenna DaPolito, a Pure Barre Instructor at the Ballantyne location. You are going to love, love, love her to the core! She is patient, kind and one of the best instructors I have ever had! Her workouts are hard. Her playlists are AHmaze. (I totally want her arms!) She will guide you at the same as she pushes you to reach your best potential. You will leave her class a hot mess. But, you will feel accomplished and strong. Jenna is DEFINITELY a name you look for on the schedule! Jenna headshot (1)


Let’s get to know more about Jenna.

Name: Jenna DaPolito
Married to: Jason
Children: Dominic & Nolan
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Years in Charlotte: 10
Neighborhood: Quellin
Occupation: Stay at home mom, Pure Barre Instructor & Owner of Christmas Lighting Supply
How long have you been an instructor at Pure Barre? 2 years in February

What attracted you to the Pure Barre workout?

When I signed up for my first class didn’t really know what I was getting into. All I knew was I had to jump back into ‘it’ after having my second child but I wasn’t sure what ‘it’ was. I tried a few different workouts around Charlotte and then I took a Pure Barre class. I loved the shake and the burn and the awesome sore feeling afterwards, I felt motivated and energized and I was hooked. I remember walking down the stairs after leaving class and my knees just buckled, it was so great to see a workout using low weights and my own resistance could be so amazing and effective. It was the best thing I’ve done for myself. Read More →

September 28, 2017

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Mary Poppins Giveaway: Family (4) Pack

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Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is preparing for a simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 70th season.

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. Seventh St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

“Winds in the East, mist coming in,
Like something brewing and about to begin.”
~ Mary Poppins

Just like the quote says, something is brewing in the air. Can you feel it? The new season at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is upon us. Can you tell I am super excited?? Last season, was jaw-dropping, sit at the edge of your seat, laugh out loud, standing ovation AHHHHHHH -mazing. I can only imagine what they have in store for us this season. Opening night is less than 10 days from today – Friday, October 6th. They are starting off with one of my all-time favorites, Mary Poppins. Read More →