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March 31, 2017

Smarty Movie Review: The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby
Director: Tom McGrath
Written By: Michael McCullers (based on the award winning picture book by Marla Frazee)
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Bakshi, Tobey Maguire
97 minutes
​PG R​ating

Movie Plot Overview

DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, Dreamworks’ The Bossy Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart filled message about the importance of family, Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages. Boss Baby

Smarty Thoughts

My crew loved, loved, loved it! Alec Baldwin is superb! If you were a fan of 30 rock, you will totally get it! Imagine Jack Donaghy as a baby. HIL-AR-IOUS! I had several LAUGH OUT LOUD moments. In my mind, I am still laughing. My kids, who have no idea who Alec Baldwin is, loved it, too. They were mesmerized by all the action packed scenes. So much so, that a week later they are still talking about pirates, the cool talking alarm clock and learning to ride a bike without training wheels. Oh yeah, and they want me to teach them how to write a memo just like Boss Baby talked about in the movie. Read More →

March 22, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Sweetness Squared Cookie Decorating Box

**This giveaway is closed. We have a winner!**

We’ve got a SWEET giveaway for you this week, Smarties, just in time for Easter. Sweetness Squared

Meet Sarah, owner and baker at Sweetness Squared. She’s a stay at home mom to three kiddos. In August 2013 she and her husband were blessed with sweetness squared! Twins!! They went from being a small family of two and doubled into an active family of four. While she stays at home, she is pursuing one of her passions…baking. Cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies – she custom makes it all from scratch in her home.

And guess what, we’ve got a box of amazing, homemade cookies with your name written ALL over it (and go ahead, put your name on them before serving them to your mother-in-law at Easter brunch – we won’t say a THING! ;-)).

Smarty Giveaway: One box of Sweetness Squared cookies

One luck Smarty wins a Sweetness Squared Cookie Decorating Box (value at $12.00 per box). The box will include one dozen cookie with 2 buttercream icings (all made from scratch). Winner can choose from 4 different cookie shapes: flowers, butterflies, bunnies or Easter eggs. Read More →

February 18, 2017

Smarty Mom: Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor is a perfect example of the proverb, “Good things come in small packages.”

What can I say about “Miss Jenny.” The truth is, what can’t I say about Miss Jenny… she is the heart and soul of St. John’s Preschool. She is there to greet you in the morning and bid you farewell in the afternoon. She is never without a tremendous smile. What I love most – she puts your children first! In the carpool line, my twins pray that she is the one that is going to open their door. They LOOOOOOOOOVE her! Her kindness, grace and warmth is felt throughout the entire school. I feel so incredibly blessed to have her in my children’s lives. It is the most amazing feeling to be able to drop off your children and know they are safe and loved.

Let’s get to know a little bit more about this week’s Smarty Mom Jennifer Taylor. image5

Smarty Mom: Jennifer Taylor

Name: Jennifer Taylor
Married to: Jeff
Number of years married: 25
Number of Children & Ages: 19 and 22
Neighborhood: Olde Providence
Career: Preschool Director

Are you a Charlotte native?

If not, where did you move from?
Jackson, Michigan

What is your favorite date night place to go?
The Lodge Read More →

February 7, 2017

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s ‘Junie B. Jones’ Stole the Show! (And psst! There’s a giveaway here!)

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***Giveaway is closed! We have a winner!***

Save the date, Smarties. Junie B. is in town with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s latest production and your kiddoes will LOOOOOOOOVE this performance. Yes, the Junie B. Jones series can be controversial with parents. She’s sassy. The grammar/language is not perfect…. Some people interpret her as being rude and disrespectful. It is written in the point of view of a kindergartner. Junie B.’s character celebrates everything about being 6 years old! She doesn’t mean to be disrespectful. She is just an active 6-year old little girl questioning life as it is being thrown at her. So, I beg you, if you are one of those parents that are on the fence about going to see this play – GIVE IT A CHANCE! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!! Okay with that said, here is my review… Read More →

January 16, 2017

Smarty FLASH Giveaway: PBS Kids’ ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live’


I have a ggggr-ific news! The Emmy Nominated PBS Kids Series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live is coming to Charlotte on Sunday, January 22

Watch your little smarty light up when he/she sees Daniel Tiger, Mom and Dad Tiger, Baby Margaret, Katerina Kittycat, Miss Elaina, Prince Wednesday, “O” the Owl and Trolley come to life. This full scale musical production by the Fred Rogers Company explores stories of friendship, sharing and helping others as the characters make a journey through the neighborhood of make-believe.

Come hop aboard! It is bound to be a “beautiful day in the neighborhood.”

Event Details

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Knight Theatre, Levine Center for the Arts
2:30 & 5:30
Tickets start at $22.00
Available for purchase through:
Ticketmaster 800.745.3000 OR
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Box office Read More →

December 20, 2016

Smarty FLASH Giveaway: A Brilliant Sky Holiday Bundle


Quietly nestled in the corner of the Blakeney Shopping Center is one of the most charming little toys stores filled with the most amazing treasures. Do you know which one I am talking about? I know you do, it is called Brilliant Sky. And it is indeed, BRILLIANT. Immediately, as you walk through the doors you are welcomed by the friendliest staff. Smiles for miles is what I call them. How can you not be happy being surrounded by all those amazing toys? Let’s chat a minute about these toys…. the selection is fantastic. To narrow the choice to one toy is almost impossible. I have toys picked out for every special occasion up the age of 10 for my boys, mind you they are only 4 – yes, that is how awesome the toy selection is! Brilliant Sky is locally owned by two amazing women, Nancy Brislin and Susan Phillips.

Nancy Brislin has been with Brilliant Sky (Blakeney) since its doors opened in 2008. As you enter the store, she takes an interest in getting to know you. I was lucky enough to have Nancy give me a personal tour and teach me about all the different toys. I was amazed at her knowledge. I was certain she had a degree in education – nope, this just comes natural to her. She is that special (in the pink and green world we call her SMARTY!) She told me her goal is to “provide the highest level of customer service and ensure every customer has a good experience shopping at Brilliant Sky.” I have to say she has exceeded her goal. Nancy has called the Charlotte area home for the past 25 years (Charlotte is lucky to have her ☺ ) She and her husband Neal have three daughters and three very spoiled dogs. Read More →

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.

1.) Like us on Facebook & Share this post
2.) Like Children’s Theatre of Charlotte on Facebook
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 →

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