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March 24, 2017

Fitness Friday: Check out Carolina Barre & Core for your teen!

Carolina Barre Core Ansley

Carolina Barre & Core is the perfect supplement for your teen’s sports workouts. Whether she plays soccer, lax, field hockey, cheer or anything in between – a barre workout will enhance her performance. Research has shown that core conditioning will make you a better athlete, no matter what your sport. And our friends at Carolina Barre & Core (CBC) have special teen pricing just for you!

My 10-grade daughter, Ansley, plays field hockey as her primary sport. This is her off season and since December, she has been working out at Carolina Barre & Core and she absolutely LOVES it! When she first started, it was kind of fun for me to watch her shake at the barre during every exercise – afterall, I’ve been a barre addict for years and I know all too well the pain of the shake and burn:-) But she is now a barre pro and stronger than ever. She now seeks out the shake so she can get the best workout every time.

Here’s what Ansley says about barre:

Barre is more than a strengthening class, it’s a total body workout for me. It targets your core, gluts and thighs. During class, when you feel the burn, you know you’re doing it right and making changes. I can see such a difference in all of my workouts now – I’m an all around better athlete because of barre!

Whether your teen is in the middle of a sport season or not, Carolina Barre & Core is a great workout program for her. They have classes every day after school at 4:30p, 5:45p and 7:00p, so there is something that fits her schedule. The instructors are amazing – Anz comes home all the time talking about how much she loves them! I also love the fact that we can do barre together – as mom and daughter and we both get an incredible workout. On the weekends, we love to do barre and head over to One Life Raw Juice Bar next door and do some quality mother/daughter bonding. It’s the BEST! The Plym gals HIGHLY recommend CBC!! Read More →

March 22, 2017

Enter NOW to win a FREE Springfree Trampoline – valued at up to $2,299!

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Spring has officially sprung and what better way to ring in our favorite season than to win a FREE Springfree Trampoline! Our partners over at Springfree are giving one away. All you have to do is click here to enter – easy peezy! Enter now – contest runs through March 31st. You can’t win if you don’t enter!

In case you haven’t heard, here’s Springfree Trampoline (from the source!):

The Safe Choice is Now the Smart Choice

Smart Innovation
We are committed to getting kids outside and active through safe, outdoor play. Our latest innovation, tgoma is the only digitally interactive trampoline game system that engages the entire family in backyard fun. Read More →

March 14, 2017

Meet 2ULaundry and get your first large bag of laundry FREE, just because!

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I bet if you ask any of your gal pals what chore they hate the most, 100% of them would say doing laundry. Laundry is a never-ending chore, especially if you have a growing family.

Most of us spend the majority of our time either in carpool, at the grocery store or in the office. The last thing we want to do in our free time is laundry. Well Smarties, we have the perfect solution for you. Meet 2ULaundry, your one-stop shop for laundry and dry cleaning needs.

2ULaundry Fairy

2ULaundry is like having your own personal laundry fairy. You leave your dirty clothes and dry cleaning on your door step in the morning. You’ll get a text when your person picks up your bags. The following day, you’ll receive a text that your perfectly washed and folded laundry is waiting for you on your doorstep. It’s almost too good to be true. We call it #lifechanging. Read More →

March 4, 2017

Catching up with Smarty Mom: Rebecca Wofford


Rebecca Wofford is a mover and shaker. When I first met her a few years ago, I was so amazed by her passion when she started The Lunch Project. This woman literally moved mountains to feed the children of Tanzania. What started as a work trip ended in a life-changing decision to put her law endeavors on hold and help feed children halfway across the world. We’re happy to report that The Lunch Project is now feeding 1,800 children lunch every day! WOW!

Now, Rebecca is back to her other passion of law and is focusing on what she loves, family law. Even better, she partnered with her hubby and they are providing families personalized law representation and will work together to give families the best solutions.

We’re excited to announce that Rebecca will be writing a 3-part series on CSP, to help our readers navigate the divorce process. Nobody wants to go through this, but when this is the best option for you, we’re certain you’d want Rebecca Wofford and crew in your court.

Let’s catch up with Rebecca! Read More →

March 1, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a FREE week of camp at YMCA Camp Thunderbird, a $950 value!

Camp thunderbird 2017 Giveaway


It’s summer camp planning season which means it’s time for another awesome CAMP GIVEAWAY! Today we bring you a free week of camp at YMCA Camp Thunderbird! One lucky Smarty will win one week of camp, Sessions 1 or 6, June 4 – 9 or August 6 -11. Read on!

Camp Thunderbird’s one-week sessions offer all the fun and discovery of camp, with an emphasis on:

-FRIENDSHIPS and TEAM SPIRIT with a cabin group, who stays together for all activities.
-Closer TIES TO COUNSELORS who stay with cabin groups throughout the day.
-Sampling the myriad camp ADVENTURES with preset activity schedules.
-Calendar FLEXIBILITY for the camper with busy vacation, sports and/or working schedules at home.
-Introducing the INDEPENDENCE of camp to new campers and parents. Read More →

February 23, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a FREE week of TRY CAMP at YMCA Camp Harrison, a $450 value!

Camp Harrison Giveaway


It’s time for an awesome CAMP GIVEAWAY! Today we bring you a free week of TRY CAMP at YMCA Camp Harrison – woot, woot! One lucky Smarty will win one week of TRY CAMP from May 31-June 3. Read on!

If you’ve got a child who is interested in trying resident camp but feels a little nervous about going away for a week or more, YMCA Camp Harrison offers a TRY CAMP session. Specifically designed for first time campers, this four-day, three-night session will allow your child to see what camp is all about. Campers will sleep in cabins, make new friends, and experience the fun of mountain biking, climbing walls, water inflatables and more! This mini-camp is a great way to test the waters and prepare your child for a longer camp session in the future. Even in this shortened session, you’ll be amazed by the incredible development your child will experience.

More on YMCA Camp Harrison:

Camp Harrison Climbing Wall

Located between Lenoir and North Wilkesboro in North Carolina, YMCA Camp Harrison offers exciting opportunities for all who come through our gates. Campers choose from a broad range of activities empowering them to create adventures which fit with their unique interests and personalities. All campers spend time enjoying God’s creation, building relationships and challenging themselves as they learn new skills.

As a Christian organization, we desire that each camper understands what it means to have a relationship with Christ. Morning watch, vespers services and nightly cabin devotions highlight our Christian values through the study of God’s Word, worship songs, testimonies and more. Read More →

February 16, 2017

Must-See Video for Parents of Tweens & Teens: SCREENAGERS

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A few weeks ago, I went to the JCC for a screening of a parenting documentary on screen time and video games, SCREENAGERS. I left feeling a little anxious but also somewhat proud of my social media parenting approach. Screen time and social media are not going away, so we need to figure out how we are going to guide our children through their digital lives.


Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

The take-away for me is that we as parents are in a new world of parenting, and screen time and social media are at the heart of it. We need to be aware and be present in our teens’ lives now more than ever and come up with a realistic family digital citizenship program, which is unique to each family.

This film is a great way to create conversation with your family on social media and what is happening in their lives. I would highly recommend you watch it with your kids at a future screening. I can promise you, changes will be made immediately in your household. After our family watched it, we immediately implemented a Tech Talk during Sunday night dinners. This is our chance as a family to openly discuss what’s going on in their social media world. We’ve already had two “Plym Tech Talks” and I was floored by some of the things my kids were sharing. Read More →

February 7, 2017

Smarty Alert: Springfree hosting a Valentine’s Day Party THIS Saturday!


Bring the whole fam and celebrate Valentine’s Day with Springfree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center! There will be lots of fun goodies, and of course, jumping on trampolines.

Join the Springfree crew at the best Valentine’s Day Party in the QC! Your kids will enjoy face-painting, Valentine crafts, plenty of sweets with a whole Candy Bar and delish Pink Lemonade. Oh, an did we mention a Princess appearance? Yep, you read that right! Every princess in your family will adore meeting Ariel AND Elsa! What a treat!

About Springfree Trampoline:

A Springfree trampoline is the perfect gift for the entire family, not to mention they are pioneers of safety in the trampoline category. Here are a few of the amazing features that Springfree trampolines have:

tgoma®: Designed for one-at-a-time play – eliminating the risk of multiple jumpers.

No springs: Springfree’s design uses flexible composite rods instead of springs, which lie beneath the jumping surface out of harm’s way.

FlexiNet™: Springfree’s flexible safety enclosure is made from a strong, but soft material that cushions jumpers and prevents falls to the ground.

Hidden Frame: The metal frame is located well beneath the jumping surface where you can’t land on it.

SoftEdge™ Mat: Springfree’s shock absorbent edge allows jumpers to experience the freedom of jumping across the entire surface of the mat.

The Smarty Scoop on Springfree’s Valentine’s Party:

Springfree CLT Valentines Party

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January 26, 2017

Smarty Alert: YMCA Camp Thunderbird Early Bird Discount Ends 1/31!

Summer fun at Camp Thunderbird on Lake Wylie, SC

Smarties, get your summer calendars ready and start mapping out your kids’ plans – YMCA Camp Thunderbird has an early bird discount that will expire on January 31st! Every dollar helps, so don’t forget to register NOW!

YMCA Camp Thunderbird is the BEST! It’s close to Charlotte, hosts day and resident campers, and is one of the few places in the QC that can boast generations of camp alum. There’s a lot to be said for that. Plus, it was voted Best Day Camp in the 2016 Smarty Awards!

For more info on YMCA Camp Thunderbird:

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YMCA CAMP THUNDERBIRD is a co-ed resident camp on 1.7 miles of beautiful Lake Wylie, SC shoreline. Your child will learn new skills, make lifelong friends and grow in confidence on Thunderbird’s ultimate water playground and diverse land activities. Wakesports, paddleboarding, horseback riding, high ropes, and archery are just a few of the programs your child can experience this summer.

Smarty tip #1: Members of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte receive a $100 per week discount when registering for resident camp.

Smarty tip #2: Take advantage of Thunderbird’s easy payment plan. Make a $200 deposit and five additional payments beginning in February. Read More →

January 19, 2017

Must Attend Event for Parents: ‘SCREENAGERS’ at the JCC on January 29th!


Our Smarty friends at the JCC are hosting a MUST ATTEND lunch & learn screening for parents of all ages – SCREENAGERS, Growing up in the Digital Age!

SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Following the film there will be a panel discussion with Michelle Icard from Michelle in the Middle, Melanie Hempe, Founder of Families Managing Media, Nicole Levine from Jewish Family Services and Justin Ashely a Charlotte-Mecklenburg teacher. Lunch provided. Children 10 and up welcome to attend. Read More →

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