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April 19, 2018

Smarty Summer Camp 2018: Jami Masters School of Dance Summer Program

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This summer our Smarty friends at Jami Masters School of Dance (JMSD) have an enchanting schedule of camp themes perfect to keep your dancers entertained and twirling throughout the whole summer!

Jami Masters School of Dance is located in the back lot of Park Road Shopping Center and offers a variety of summer dance camps available to children two years old to third grade. Campers will discover acrobatics, art, dance, drama, ballet, cheer, hip hop, jazz and more. All campers will receive a JMSD Summer Camp T-Shirt and families are invited for a special performance on Fridays.

What I love about JMSD is their low-pressure philosophy:

To instill the love of dance in all of their students. They encourage each child to be the best they can be, and do this in a loving, caring, nurturing, and noncompetitive environment. Through careful, supervised dance training, students gain confidence and charm while developing stronger, healthier bodies. Read More →

April 17, 2018

Get your family outside and be active together this summer! (P.S. We have a giveaway from our friends at Springfree Trampoline!)

Now more than ever, it’s so important to get our kids outside and play old school. There are so many sedentary, indoor games, like video games, that just don’t have the same benefits that outdoor play has for our kids. Playing outside helps kids burn energy, stay healthy and gives them space to roam and explore. It even helps them develop more social skills as kids play outside together. This summer, we encourage you to join us and P-L-A-Y!

Play contributes to the physical, social and emotional well-being of children, and let’s face it – our kids just don’t get enough unstructured play time.

Outdoor play allows kids to develop their physical skills, enjoy fresh air and most importantly, get healthy exercise. And if we’re being honest, the LAST thing we moms want is to have our kids inside, in our space, all summer long. All 90+ days of it.

Benefits of Outdoor Play:

– It offers an opportunity for learning and creative play.
– It helps kids interact with nature.
– It gives kids courage and confidence when learning a new skill.
– It helps kids to learn through senses and aid in aesthetic development.
– It encourages social interaction with friends and peers. Read More →

March 25, 2018

Smarty Spring/Summer Travel Pick: Palmetto Dunes Resort on Hilton Head Island

Looking for the perfect spring or summer vacation that your entire fam will enjoy? We have just the spot for you. Head down to Palmetto Dunes Resort on Hilton Head Island!

Hilton Head Island is hands down our favorite escape from Charlotte whether its for a quick weekend or for an entire week. With miles of beautiful beaches, bike paths all over the island, amazing restaurants, golf/tennis galore and so much more, we never run out of fun things to do for the entire fam. We recently took the kiddos down for a weekend getaway and explored everything Palmetto Dunes has to offer. One thing we quickly realized – you don’t ever have to leave the resort, it’s full of endless fun!

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is located at the heart of Hilton Head Island, named as the #1 Beach Town in the US by Parents Magazine. Its three miles of sun-kissed Atlantic Ocean beachfront provide the perfect venue for three world-class golf courses, various condo and vacation home rentals, a full service marina, an award-winning tennis center, and an 11-mile lagoon. Guests may kayak or canoe the lagoon, sharing the pristine, natural environment with 40 species of birds and fish.

Our family stayed in a house which was absolutely perfect. When we arrived, we had 6 bikes ready and waiting for us {thank you, Hilton Head Outfitters} to cruise all over the property. We rode our bikes EVERYWHERE, it was so much fun!

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March 24, 2018

Smarty Mom: Cindy Johnson

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Smarties, I’m super excited to introduce you to our newest Smarty, Cindy Johnson. Recently I met with Cindy to learn about an amazing organization that she leads here in Charlotte, Flashes of Hope. Cindy and a team of angels work together to photograph families who are battling life threatening illnesses. When I met Cindy, I knew immediately that she was going to be part of our Smarty team. She’s a wealth of knowledge in her parenting journey and she is quick to share tips that she has learned along the way. Cindy is also a foodie at heart and she is chomping at the bit {literally} to share her favorite spots in Davidson, Cornelius, Mooresville and beyond.

We are over the moon that Cindy’s part of our pink & green dream team and we can’t wait for you to meet her!

Cindy’s Smarty Mom Stats:
Married to: Mike Johnson – 15 years
Mom of: Hannah (13) and Austin (10)
Years in Charlotte: 18 years
Hometown: Daleville, VA
‘Hood: Lake Norman/Davidson area
Alma Mater: Virginia Tech
Occupation: Director of Marketing, Body Helix Compression and Volunteer Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope Read More →

March 23, 2018

Win a FREE week of YMCA Camp Thunderbird – a $1,100 value!

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*****THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – OUR WINNER IS ASHLEY DUNHAM!*****

It’s time for another awesome CAMP GIVEAWAY! Today we bring you a free week of camp at YMCA Camp Thunderbird – woot, woot! One lucky Smarty will win one week of kid-free bliss. Read on!

YMCA Camp Thunderbird is a safe, nurturing and unforgettable experience that inspires kids to soar. The beautiful shoreline of Lake Wylie, SC is the amazing setting and ultimate water playground for life-changing experiences at camp. Kids are encouraged to aim high and try new things, cultivate talents, reach goals and become their best. Campers feel a sense of belonging and build lasting friendships as they grow in their understanding of themselves and in empathy for others. Take flight with Camp Thunderbird this summer! Read More →

March 8, 2018

Fitness Friday: Carolina Barre & Core’s 2018 Bikini Bootcamp

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Smarties, if you share the mindset of many of us and decided that February is really a trial month and you’ll get to sorting your life out in March then we feel ya. However, it-is-now-March. Let’s get to sorting it out! If you’ve made a fitness commitment – we have good news for you!

The Carolina Barre & Core “Bikini Bootcamp” starts NOW. Committing in advance is hard because there are too many variables in life that may trip us up. If you are an “ask me today” kind of gal, then you will be thrilled to know that you can jump on the “Bikini Bootcamp” train because it has not left the station. There’s still time to get on board!

The challenge runs for 22 days through March 28 and with it you get unlimited classes. Let’s make the change TOGETHER ladies! It’s time to get Spring Break ready with women empowerment and a little fun competition! #meetusatthebarre Read More →

Smarty Giveaway: Win a FREE week of camp at YMCA Camp Harrison, an $1,100 value!

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*****THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – KELLI FAY IS OUR LUCKY WINNER!*****

It’s time for an awesome CAMP GIVEAWAY! Today we bring you a free week of camp at YMCA Camp Harrison – woot, woot! One lucky Smarty will win one week of kid-free bliss. Read on!

YMCA Camp Harrison is a co-ed overnight camp for kids 6 – 16 located just 90 miles from Charlotte in the mountains of North Carolina. Set on over 2,000 acres of land, it is the perfect retreat for kids to explore nature in a safe, and supportive environment. Campers experience a vast array of activities and challenges, develop independence and autonomy, are led and encouraged by our nurturing staff, grow in their Christian faith, and make friends and memories to last a lifetime. Camp Harrison on Herring Ridge builds confidence, character and faith in every camper.

Our friends at Camp Harrison are giving one luck Smarty a week of overnight camp for her child age 6 – 16, valued at $1,100. Winner receives one week of Camp Harrison Resident camp valid at winner’s choice of Session 2 (June 10 – 16) and Session 9 (Aug 5 – 11). Read More →

February 28, 2018

Why I found Wilderness Adventures for my teen

My kids have been going to sleep away camp since they were six years old. They have adventure running through their blood. Last summer, my oldest, now a junior in high school, officially outgrew camp because she decided not to pursue the camp counselor program. Together, we have been looking for a summer opportunity that will continue her love of the outdoors while at the same time build her confidence through leadership. When we discovered Wilderness Adventures, we knew this was going to be the perfect fit.

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The Philosophy behind the Wilderness Adventures program is what struck me most…

“We know that a small group experience in the wilderness serves as a valuable catalyst to enable our students to become more responsible, tolerant, and self-confident while developing a powerful, all-inclusive community. We also know that through an intimate outdoor experience, our students learn to become peer leaders, acquire a responsible appreciation for the natural wonders of our planet, and develop a newfound environmental ethic to carry with them throughout their lives.”

The leadership and confidence components are most important in my mind. In today’s digitally-charged world, teens can lose self-confidence due to the perfect world they see all around them in social media. As a result, now more than ever, the importance of truly unplugging and rebooting is critical for teenagers. The Wilderness Adventures program offers the most amazing programs for teens as they adventure across the world, 100% unplugged and one with nature. From Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, to Alaska, Australia and even Kilimanjaro and beyond, Wilderness Adventures has so many programs that will be life-changing for your teens. Read More →

February 16, 2018

Fitness Friday: Going on Vacation? No problem. Take Pure Barre with you!

As we are making our final preparations for Spring Break 2K18, don’t forget to plan your sanity too. For me, that’s my workout. I’m always searching what’s new on the fitness scene in my home town of Vero Beach, FLA (where we always spring break!). I’m telling ya, Pure Barre people, Vero Beach would be the PERFECT place for a new PB studio! But until that day happens, I plan on taking Pure Barre with me!

You may get lucky and find that there is a Pure Barre studio near your spring break destination. Click here for Pure Barre Locations. For the rest of us, you can take Pure Barre with you wherever you go. You can watch their videos On Demand, or you can purchase DVDs and equipment.

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Pure Barre girls can lift, tuck and burn wherever we go!

Caris of Pure Barre Ballantyne/Southpark gives us her Smarty tips:

Quick exercises you can do anywhere!
*90 second plank – throw a couple of tucks in there to mix it up and get your mind off the burn
*Push-ups: full-body, tri-cep, wide hands
*Tri-cep Dips: Great to do while sitting in the baby pool watching your little LTB’ers splash!
*Work your seat and thighs with some back dancing. Throw in some tucks, squeezes and circles. Make sure to stay up for at least 3 minutes so that you can feel the burn and find your shake!!

Happy Spring Break 2K18, Smarties!

Current Specials

All locations:
Pure Barre Charlotte, Pure Barre Ballantyne, and Pure Barre Southpark
For the month of February bring a friend for FREE.  If they sign up for the intro month you will receive $25 “barre credit” to be used towards your next package (retail excluded).  Bring two friends in and they both sign up, you will receive $50 in “barre credits”.  Work your way up to a free month by the more the merrier!

Pure Barre Charlotte: Join Alexis on February 24th for Lifted Seat Intensive. This is a 75 minute class that will kick your seat. Spots are limited so sign up now to reserve your spot.

Locations:

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8430 Rea Road #120
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 502-5888
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Pure Barre Charlotte
603 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(980) 329-4640
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Pure Barre Southpark
6401 Morrison Blvd Suite 7A
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 364-2888
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February 13, 2018

Smarty Alert: Springfree President’s Day Sale Feb 15-19

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Our favorite trampoline, Springfree Trampoline, is hosting an amazing Smarty Steal for President’s Day! For a limited time, save $398! Bring home the bounce this spring with a Springfree Trampoline! It’s better than bringing home a puppy!

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The Deal:

Take advantage of this mild winter during Springfree’s President’s Day Sale! Save $398 with any Springfree Trampoline purchase. Free FlexrStep, delivery and installation with purchase (reg. $398). Hurry, this offer ends February 19, 2018. What a Smarty Steal! Read More →


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