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December 10, 2016

Smarty Mom: Melissa Miller

Have you ever met someone that you instantly click with? That’s Melissa. We met a little over a year ago and I don’t think a day has gone by that we have not communicated in some form of another. At first, we were two moms new to Charlotte seeking out friends for our little ones to play with. Our friendship has developed into something so much more. She is an amazing mom, wonderful friend and so much fun to be around. Her personality is like sunshine. She brings the good in everything. I feel like I have known her my whole life. She is the sister I never had.

Smarties, after you read this interview you are going to want to be friends with her, too. I am honored to introduce my friend, this week’s Smarty Mom: Melissa Miller.

Smarty Mom: Melissa Miller

Smarty Mom Stats:
Name: Melissa Miller
Career: Special Education Teacher
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
How many years in Charlotte: 2
Children: 2 girls, ages 4 and 5 1/2
Neighborhood: St. George Place

Melissa’s Career: Special Education Teacher
Your alma mater:Marquette University (Milw)
Undergraduate Degree. BA in psychology
Graduate Degree. MA in special education (Cardinal Stritch University, Milw)

How many years have you been teaching?
7 years

What made you decide you wanted to be a teacher?
I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. My mom has pictures of me teaching my stuffed animals when I was about 6 years old. Read More →

December 1, 2016

Oh Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (Psst! There’s a FLASH giveaway!)

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s newest production, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical is the PERFECT way to get you into the holiday spirit. It’s a musical the entire family can enjoy.  Moms and dads will connect with characters that will remind them from someone in their

Me, it was 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 others’ feelings.

For my husband, it was the Herdmans.  He attended Catholic grade school where he learned to become an alter boy.  He vividly remembers a family where the boys used to steal from the donation plate and sneak behind the alter and drink the wine.

For your kids, they will enjoy seeing all the children perform. My boys laughed and laughed and laughed. They also left with a lot of questions.  Good questions. Thought provoking questions. The Heardmans opened their eyes to a new perspective.  A perspective that made more sense to them…. again, I do not want to give away too many details. 

We all have stories that connect us to Christmas.  This musical reminds us of our memories.  It also reminds us of the true spirit of Christmas and this holiday season.

Flash Giveaway! Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (2) Ticket Giveaway for this weekend ONLY!

We have a Smarty Surprise! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical is selling out fast and our friends at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte have secured us 2 seats to attend any show this weekend.

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3.) In the comments below, share with us you favorite Christmas memory.

BONUS – For an extra entry, follow us on Instagram, like and comment on the picture of the tickets and program for the Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Have a Smarty Day! XXOO

Event Details

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical
November 25-December 23
McColl Family Theatre
Recommended for all ages
By Jahanna Beecham & Malcom Hillgartner
Adapted from the play by Barbara Robinson
Buy tickets here


November 10, 2016

Go Apple Picking at Sky Top Orchard

Smarties, I have a wonder-FALL idea for your weekend plans — Go Apple Picking at Sky Top Orchard!

Sky Top Orchard

Open 7 Days a week, 9am – 6pm
For directions, visit

There are only a few more weeks left to pick apples. In my opinion, this is the best time to go. Here are my reasons why:
1. The leaves are peaking – the views are spectacularskytop1 Read More →

October 29, 2016

My Prayer Warrior, This week’s Smarty Mom: Margie Eades

Margie Eades. What is it about her that makes her so SMARTY? She is real. She is honest. She is kind. She is thoughtful. She is empathetic. She is heartfelt. She listens. She really, really, really listens. She is a survivor. Her smile lights up a room. Her faith inspires people. She is an amazing person, mother, mentor and friend. She is my prayer warrior. When you are around her, you feel like you are at home. Her stories remind you that she is human and life is a constant struggle. She will keep you in stitches!

You are probably thinking, there is just no way Jenni Strazz — you are exaggerating! Nope. I promise you, I am not exaggerating. Just read what others say about her,

“Margie is a woman of strong faith who touches everyone she comes into contact with. She continually goes out of her way to make a positive impact on others lives, especially moms. Margie is a blessing.” img_2252
~ Lauren Burke

“Margie is a wonderful friend, mother and grandmother. She makes time for the causes that affect many of us, like cancer research, and the moms that just need a little help. She has been incredibly supportive through one of the most difficult times in my life and I consider myself very lucky to have her as a friend.”
~ Erica Miller

“Margie has a generous heart. Her dedication to St. Gabriel’s Christian Mother’s Group is extraordinary.”
~Paula DiScuillo Read More →

October 26, 2016

Smarty Review: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte gr-ACED it with ‘Grace for President’

Presidential Performance! Star-Spangled Singing! Official-ly Outstanding!

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, you outdid yourself with this musical! I am not even sure if I am going to be able to put into words how A+MAZING it is. You even had my husband captivated. It is a MUST see. grace-for-president

Smarties, stop what you are doing, click on the link and purchase tickets. It is that good. Standing ovation good. My twins are still talking about it. They learned so much on opening night. What an amazing teaching tool! If this was out during my time as a fourth-grade teacher – this would be our field trip. TEACHERS, IF YOU ARE READING THIS — THIS SHOULD BE YOUR FIELD TRIP. The entire audience was engaged from start to finish. I loved seeing all the children’s faces during the campaigning scenes. It was so much fun. We all left with an overwhelming sense of happiness that the best person for the job was elected. You could hear the kids all talking and cheering for Grace as they exited the theatre. Another thing, we all left with a full understanding of the electoral college. Do you know how many years it has taken me to understand the electoral college? I even campaigned for a presidential nominee and worked in Washington, DC for a Senator and it wasn’t until last Friday night that I can finally say, “I get it!” Read More →

October 19, 2016

Star Spangled Smarty Alert!

Early Voting Starts tomorrow. Lucky for us we have lots of options. I will be heading to Morrison Regional Library as soon as I drop off my little smarties off at preschool. They opened their doors special during renovation just for early voting. i-voted

Smarties, would love your help. Please send us a picture of your “I voted” sticker and let us know your location and wait time. This will be very helpful for other smarty moms like you trying to work around their kiddos schedules.

Thanks Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for this handy list.

Locations beginning Thursday October 20, 2016 and ending November 5, 2016

(10/20) Thursday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(10/21) Friday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(10/22) Saturday Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
(10/23) Sunday Hours: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
(10/24) Monday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(10/25) Tuesday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(10/26) Wednesday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(10/27) Thursday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(10/28) Friday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(10/29) Saturday Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
(10/30) Sunday Hours: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
(10/31) Monday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(11/01) Tuesday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(11/02) Wednesday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(11/03) Thursday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(11/04) Friday Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm
(11/05) Saturday Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm Read More →

October 13, 2016

Smarty Giveaway: Four tickets to Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s World Premiere of ‘Grace for President’

Smarties, the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte newest production, the world premiere of Grace for President, is coming to town. The timing couldn’t be any more perfect with the upcoming presidential election. If you ever wanted to teach your children about the Electoral College, government, democracy…. This is for you! ctc-grace-300x250-c

Check out these book reviews…

“DiPucchio and Pham are game gals. Explaining the electoral system to adults isn’t easy, but they made it understandable to kids.”

“…the book delivers lessons on electoral votes, polls and the reason every vote counts.”
-New York Times

If these are the book reviews, can you imagine how amazing the CTC’s performance is going to be? They are masterful on bringing stories to life. I am super excited! Read More →

October 4, 2016

Smarty Review: CTC’s ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’

This season opening was TOAD-ally FROG-tastic! Smarties, get your calendars out and set a date. This is a must see with your little ones.

This year’s season at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte centers around the theme of community and acceptance. A Year with Frog and Toad was the perfect season opener. It celebrates best friends that couldn’t be more different than each other. Frog is the easy going, friendly, happy go lucky friend. Toad is the cranky, grumpy, more complacent friend. Their personalities balance each other perfectly! The audience gets a glimpse of how their friendship grows as they are confronted with different situations that take place during the different seasons throughout the year. I could give you more detail — but I do not want to give away the charm of this adorable musical! It is a must see, I promise! The cast and crew are amazing. My little smarty crew’s eyes were glued to the stage from start to finish. img_7806

Make it a Smarty adventure. Get tickets to an afternoon or evening show. Take the Light Rail. Last stop and you are there! Grab a bite, explore Imaginon and catch the play. We did — and it was tooooo much fun! Two Smarty Moms and 6 little smarties –4 girls ranging from 2nd to 5th grade & 2 preschool age boys. It was the perfect evening. Read More →

September 15, 2016

Pumpkin Picking, Hayrides, Corn Mazes, Zombie Chasing, & Haunted Houses


Fall is my favorite, favorite, favorite time of the year. It is the time for football (GO PANTHERS!), festivals, holidays, pumpkins, corn mazes, hayrides and apple-picking. Oh and let’s not forget to mention the leaves. I feel so blessed to live in North Carolina where we get to experience such an AH-mazing change of season. The trees are full of color, the air is crisp, the sun is bright — the weather is GORGEOUS…I cannot get enough of fall, and it hasn’t even started yet!!

We have compiled a list of fun activities in or around Charlotte that you can enjoy with your family. *Pumpkin picking is the perfect opportunity for some great pictures with your kiddos. I love this time of year and cannot wait to get out there any explore what Charlotte has to offer…

Bookmark this all season long and add it to your fall bucket list. Happy Fall Y’all!

Fall Frolic Weekends on the Greenway
*not scary
Anne Spring Close Greenway
1604 U.S. Highway 21, Fort Mill
Activities: Hay Bale and Corn Mazes, farm animals and so much more.
Dates/Hours: October 1-30; Saturdays 10am-6pm; Sundays 1pm-6pm
For more information: (803)548.7252,

Hodges Family Farm
*not scary
Hodges Family Farm
3900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte
Activities: Hay Mountain, Pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony rides, and so much more
Dates/Hours: please visit website for more details.
For more information: (704)608.8897,

The Hunter Farm
*not scary
The Hunter Farm
13624 Providence Road, Weddington
Activities: TBA
Dates/Hours: TBA
For more information: (704) 846.7975, Read More →

July 16, 2016

Smarty Mom: Sonya Alexis

Smarty Mom Sonya

Smarties, if you haven’t met Sonya Alexis. You are missing out. I was recently introduced to her through another friend and I am never looking back. I am almost afraid to introduce her to you because I might never get an appointment — SHE IS THAT GOOD! Celebrity Stylist GOOD! During our interview, she styled my hair in beach waves, introduced me to several products and taught me how to apply easy summer make-up. She took me out of my comfort zone with a cute summer side low ponytail with cascading waves. We had the best time! I left the interview feeling like a million dollars.

Not only is she a magician with hair, she is an amazing mother. She has an amazing personality and her artistic talent is beyond anything I have ever seen. I was mesmerized by the information she provided. I could go on and on…needless to say, everything she showed me I ended up running out and buying (if it wasn’t already for sale in her salon). My hair stayed wavy for 3 days. This is amazing to me for two reasons: 1) it rained really hard the night she did it; 2.) my hair is super thick and does not hold a curl EVER (until Sonya!)

Sonya’s Smarty Mom Stats:

Occupation: Salon Owner, Colorist (I like to refer to Sonya as a magician, miracle worker)
Salon Name: Revival Hair Lounge 
Location of Salon: Lenox Salons Ballantyne Salon 9, 12335 N. Community House, Charlotte 28277
Salon cell: 704-778-5900
Instagram account: @revivalhairlounge
Twitter: @revhairlounge
Where are you from? California
Number of children: 2
Names of children: Daughter Lotus (3), Step-son Ethan (17)

Now onto Hair, Hair, Hair…. Read More →

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