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October 6, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: #GoNative

Native Sample Pack

I have been on the hunt for a good natural deodorant for years. When a gal pal of mine was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma a few years ago, she told me the first thing she ditched was her aluminum deodorant/antiperspirant. Her path to reducing the toxins she was exposed to inspired me to do the same. It makes total sense – we are putting metal in our pores to clog them right next to our lymph nodes and breasts multiple times a day. There is no argument that the more natural you go with your products, the healthier you will be in the long run. But finding an all-natural deodorant that actually worked proved to be more challenging than I anticipated.

What really made me do a hard stop and think about deodorant was when my girls started wearing it recently. They begged for a new aerosol spray brand that had scents similar to a Bath & Body Works collection – sounds yummy, right? Not so much. This meant that they would not only clog their pores with metals, now they would also be inhaling the toxic spray on a daily basis. It was game on to find a better alternative for my family. Here’s when Native deodorant entered my life – I fell hard for the Coconut & Vanilla scent and my girls did too. Read More →

September 30, 2017

Smarty Mom: Liz Khodak

Smarty Mom Liz Khodak

I love a fellow Smarty Mama of twins. Once you become part of the twin mom tribe, you instantly become a very resourceful person. Whether it’s scouting out gear that actually works like you need it to, or finding the best babysitter, or best consignment sale (plug here for the CMOMS sale – BEST in the QC, mark your calendars for the winter one in January!!) or best activities for babies and toddlers – twin moms figure this out as soon as they find out they are pregnant. We are tester-outers, researchers, information seekers and we’re not afraid to take our babes in tow to anywhere and everywhere this city has to offer. This is exactly what Liz Khodak embraces.

Liz entered the CSP team by storm, as you would expect a twin mom to do, with several blogs ready to share right out of the gate. She came on so fast, that I am just now getting to her Smarty interview a month later and several “Liz” blogs in (also typical of a seasoned twin mom who just runs out of time in every single day:-). Liz is exploring this city through the eyes of a new mama and a new resident of the QC – so you can bet she’s going to find the best stuff ever! We adore Liz and love watching her adorable girls through her lens. And we know you will too.

Smarties, meet Liz Khodak, the newest member of our Smarty family!

Liz’s Smarty Mom Stats:

Mama of: Emma & Sofia- 2 years old
Years married: 5
Years in Charlotte: 1 1/2
Neighborhood: Southend
Hometown: Woodmere, NY
Occupation: Recruiter

Tell us what first went through your head when you found out you were having twins.


What is your biggest challenge with raising twins?

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September 22, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a Family 5-Pack to Carowinds Great Pumpkin Fest

Great Pumpkin Fest CSP


Happy Fall, y’all! Our friends at Carowinds are celebrating fall with our favorite festival – The Great Pumpkin Fest! During the day, Carowinds puts the “Wee!” in Halloween! And we’re giving a family 5-pack to one lucky Smarty to enjoy the festivities!

The Great Pumpkin Fest is the day version of Carowinds’ Halloween festivities. Every weekend day, you can go to Carowinds’ Great Pumpkin Fest, which takes place every Saturday and Sunday now through October 29th inside Carowinds’ Planet Snoopy. During the daytime, they transform Planet Snoopy into a street party of Halloween fun for kids and their families.

The Great Pumpkin Fest has family-friendly Halloween attractions for the little ghosts and goblins from 11:00am – 5:00pm including a costume parade, foam zone, mazes and more! It’s kid-sized frights that every age will love and of course, all of your favorite rides. It’s all fun and no fear at Carowinds.

The Great Pumpkin Fest has Halloween-themed shows, attractions and interactive activities throughout the day. If you have been to Carowinds before, then you know Planet Snoopy has 13 amazing rides that are perfect for your younger kids. In addition to the rides, the Great Pumpkin Fest offers many Halloween-themed activities and loads of fall fun!

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September 12, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Charlotte Warehouse Sale starting this Saturday!

Fall 2017 CLT Warehouse Sale


The Charlotte Warehouse Sale starts this Saturday and runs through the following Sunday! This is NOT your typical consignment sale – it’s actually not a consignment sale at all because it’s all NEW! They sell women’s overstock, name brand, clothing & shoes from your favorite department stores at 65-90% off the original retail price! And guess what, Smarties?! We’re giving away a $50 gift card for you to shop ’til you drop!

Charlotte Warehouse Sale has been holding fabulous shopping events since December 2007. It’s home to one of the area’s largest liquidation event sales for designer apparel and accessories. They carry women’s clothing in all sizes, including Plus & Petite. They receive new merchandise daily so you never know what you will find. Think Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Nine West, Style & Co, INC, Calvin Klein, Karen Scott, Alfred Dunner, Jones New York, Tahari, Michael Kors, JM Collection, American Rag, DKNY, Pink Rose, Rampage to name a few. This is THE sale of the season and it’s the one you’ll want to block out an entire day on your calendar with your besties! Read More →

August 29, 2017

Smarty Alert: Jami Masters School of Dance Shoe Fitting THIS Week!


Back-to-School is here, Smarties – woot, woot! It’s time to gear up, get organized and map out your fall activities for your kids. We’re here to help you with your BTS planning and today we bring you Jami Masters School of Dance (JMSD).

My daughter is entering her 9th year at JMSD and she loves it more and more each year. It’s also our 3rd year on Junior Company and I can say with conviction, JMSD is her #1 sport. JMSD comes first before everything else and nothing makes me more proud. JMSD dancers are leaders at their schools, involved heavily in our local community, and a very special group of young ladies.

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 →

August 19, 2017

Smarty Moms: Lara Fleming & Traci Andrews


I first met Lara Fleming three years ago at a local gym. Our boys had just signed on to do competitive gymnastics and the two of us were like two mama deer in headlights. We had ZERO clue what we were doing and felt like we were not cut out to be the aspiring Olympics moms that our boys wanted us to be. We spent our first away weekend meet together and knew instantly that we were soul sisters. Our approach to sports, parenting and life were very similar. Lara is one of the smartest, most stylish and most hilarious moms I’ve ever met. Her humor is dry and very sarcastic, I found it refreshingly familiar – umm, well exactly like mine. We would often complete each other’s late night text threads (probably after a glass or two of wine:-) with an even funnier one-liner. I absolutely adore this woman – she makes me laugh out loud every time I hang with her!

Noah and Walker

Lara’s son, Noah, fell right off his mama’s tree. He is super smart and witty and a fierce competitor. I had no idea that he was facing daily lifelong struggles. I did however, catch a glimpse of his super anxious mom at each stressful gym meet, and I couldn’t figure out why she was such a nervous wreck after each rotation. I chalked it up to just being a regular gymnastics mom – it’s a very frightening sport to watch your kid compete in.

Fast forward a year later. Noah had recently quit gymnastics and I really didn’t understand why. His previous year was huge for him and he had gotten so good at the sport. Lara said it was too stressful for Noah and his anxiety level was too high. I didn’t press for more information. A few weeks later, I ran into Lara at Flywheel. She said she wanted to chat and fill me in on Noah. It was that moment that I knew something was seriously wrong. She shared her journey that I’m about to share with you. But she also shared something very personal and very terrifying. She shared an audio of Noah having what I thought was a really exaggerated tantrum. Until I listened a few seconds longer. That audio still haunts me to this day, knowing Lara and other moms like her have to face that every single day. It brought me to my knees in prayer – for Noah, for Lara, and for every other family dealing with a very misunderstood disease called PANDAS/PANS.

Recently, Lara invited me to dinner with Traci Andrews, another mom with a child battling PANDAS. They shared their journeys with me as well as information about an upcoming race to raise awareness for the disease. I knew exactly what I needed to do to help them – share their stories with all of Smarty Charlotte in hopes that we can help them make great changes for this disease. We need to support these amazing Smarty mamas and attend their first ever PRAI Awareness Walk & Fun Run on September 16th and shout from the rooftops about PANDAS/PANS. They need our help, Smarty Charlotte. They need us to pay attention to the signs they outline below and create conversations – with educators, healthcare providers and other moms. You’ll be surprised that once you start talking about PANDAS, you’ll find that you know quite a few families who have been silently struggling with this disease. It’s time to end the silence.

Meet Lara & Traci – the biggest warriors in all of the QC. These women are strong and brave, and I couldn’t be more proud to introduce them to you today. Read More →

August 18, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a 6-piece organic cotton towel set from Grund + get 20% off organic cotton home goods!

grund towels


Team CSP was lucky enough to try some of Grund’s super soft organic towels this summer and we instantly fell in love! And guess what? You will too because one lucky Smarty will get to try a 6-piece cotton towel set, valued at $149.99 – and they are offering a super Smarty Steal on all home goods through the end of August! Read on!

About Grund Organic Cotton Home Goods:

At Grund, we believe what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. That’s why we offer high quality, all natural products that are better for you and better for the planet. As parents, we have many things to worry about, but with Grund’s organic cotton rugs and towels, you can have one less worry on your list. All of our products are made from non-GMO organic cotton and possess ZERO toxic chemicals. We validate every step in our entire supply chain to ensure no harmful chemicals are used from field to finished products. So, you can feel good knowing each towel and rug is responsibly made to the highest social and environmental standards.

The Grund® Organic Towel collection is made of 100% certified Organic Turkish cotton that has been spared pesticides and other toxic chemicals from production through processing. To create these luxurious towels, the Organic Cotton is spun into five separate yarns then loomed into long, two ply, double loops. The end result is uber-plush towels with a soft, fluffy pile that feels good to the touch, is lightweight, and absorbs water easily. They are available in sizes ranging from face towel to bath sheet, and in white, ivory, driftwood, sage, and slate grey. Read More →

August 10, 2017

Plan now for your next private swim party at the Quarry at Carrigan Farms!

Smarty Quarry Sweet 16

Y’all know how much we LOVE the Quarry at Carrigan Farms! We recently hosted our Smarty Sweet 16 Party at the Quarry and it was seriously the!

Team Smarty revealed Charlotte’s Best Kept Secret two summers ago and it has been so much fun to see so many familiar faces all summer long at the Quarry Open Swims. You can guarantee you’ll bump into someone you know on any given Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at the Quarry.


When our Smarty Ansley was turning 16 this summer, we knew we wanted to celebrate her big event Smarty style and do something unique and special. So we called in the big guns at the Quarry and decided to host a private swim party. This was the P-E-R-F-E-C-T venue for a Sweet 16 party – it’s the coolest place around for a bunch of teenagers looking to do some cliff jumping, floating, and vegging on a hot summer day.

The weather cooperated and it was nice and hot, so everyone loved being in the water and they also loved that they had it all to themselves. The best part for the hosts: All we had to do was show up with our cake and balloons. Everything else was done for us, and it was AH-MAZING! We had homemade burgers grilled to perfection and a spread with a delicious burger bar, chips and drinks for days. We brought our own spotify list and you could hear the tunes all throughout the quarry, even in the bathrooms! Our lifeguards made it super fun with good vibes and kept everything safe and flowing smoothly. Read More →

August 9, 2017

FINAL LAST CALL!! YMCA Camp Harrison End of Summer Session 9 NEXT WEEK!

This is the last reminder for your very last chance at the most amazing summer camp in our state! Our Smarty friends at YMCA Camp Harrison saved the BEST for LAST! And at a Super Smarty Steal – $350 for Aug 13-16 and FREE activities!

Session 9 is perfect for a first-time camper or just for fun to extend summer a little bit longer. We LOVE Camp Harrison – best summer tradition ever!

Camp Harrison Session 9
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August 3, 2017

LAST CALL for Summer Camp: YMCA Camp Harrison Hosting End of Summer Session 9 Aug 13-16!

Our Smarty friends at YMCA Camp Harrison saved the BEST for LAST! And at a Super Smarty Steal – $350 for Aug 13-16 and FREE activities! Sign.Me.Up.

Session 9 is perfect for a first-time camper or just for fun to extend summer a little bit longer. We LOVE Camp Harrison – best summer tradition ever!

Camp Harrison Session 9
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