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July 13, 2017

Host your next summer {or fall} bash at the Quarry at Carrigan Farms!

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One of our favorite local gems is the Quarry at Carrigan Farms, located just outside Charlotte in Mooresville. Nothing beats the summer heat than the cool blue water at the Quarry at Carrigan Farms – it is absolutely stunning!

What many people don’t know is that you can host your own private swim party at the Quarry – this is perfect for a family reunion, a big birthday party, or corporate team building event. The Quarry has no age barriers and is fun for everyone with cliff jumping, swimming, lounging, volleyball and more.

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The Quarry is warm enough to swim comfortably from mid-May until mid-September and swim parties can be scheduled on Monday-Thursday evenings from 4:30 PM until 9:00 PM, depending on availability. Swim parties can also be scheduled from 9:30 AM until 3:00 PM on Mondays-Fridays; however, now through August 24, 2017, open swim will be hosted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. So, from now through August 24, 2017, morning times are only available on Mondays and Fridays. Swim parties are by advance reservation only, for groups of 25 or more. Read More →

June 19, 2017

Smarty Alert: Beverly’s Gourmet Foods Hosting Frozen Food Sale on Thursday, 6/22

Mecklenburg County Market

A piece of Charlotte’s farmers market history resides in the Mecklenburg County Market near uptown. Beverly McLaughlin and three generations of her Charlotte family have been running this farmers market since the 1920s. I have been buying my produce from Beverly for the last decade. Her heirloom tomatoes are the juiciest and best tomatoes that I’ve ever bought, and that says alot coming from this Florida girl who grew up on the best tomatoes on the planet.

My true life changing moment was when I discovered Beverly’s Gourmet Foods. Beverly and her culinary team cook recipes rooted deep in her family and every single one is delicious. I feel like I have my own personal vegetarian chef! As a busy mama of four very active kids, I never have time to slow down, much less cook a healthy meal, even in the summer. My kids love Beverly’s foods as much as I do. Our favorites are the planet burgers, any and all soups, quiches, breakfast casseroles, salad dressings, pimento cheese – well, I can honestly say all of it! So, here’s the good part. And I’ll be honest, I’ve been hesitant to share this with Smarty Charlotte because it’s one of Charlotte’s best kept secrets. Read More →

June 15, 2017

Get your summer dance on with Jami Masters School of Dance Summer Technique Classes and INSPIRED Summer Intensive!

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Do you have a rising 4th or 5th grader looking to raise the barre on her dance technique? Look no further, we bring you the best dance technique classes at our Smarty favorite, Jami Masters School of Dance!

Our friends at Jami Masters School of Dance (JMSD) offer technique classes all summer long for dancers of all levels age rising 4th grade all the way up to adults. They offer ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, funk, contemporary, body conditioning/stretching, pointe and more. This is the perfect time for your dancer to try something new and see if she likes it before registering for fall classes.

Also, join JMSD this year for their popular summer intensive, INSPIRED! This summer intensive is offered to dancers ages 8-18 and is sure to be an amazing weekend of beautiful dancing! Read More →

June 14, 2017

Summer Happenings at the Quarry: Open Swim Schedule

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Our FAVORITE local gem is the Quarry at Carrigan Farms. Smarties, we kid you not, this is the best kept hidden secret in the Greater Charlotte area. CSP {LOVES} The Quarry!

Located just outside Charlotte in Mooresville, The Quarry is fed by an underground spring and rimmed in rock that rises to 70 feet – it’s absolutely stunning. The water is emerald green and blue with gray granite cliffs and a white, sandy beach – it’s perfect for a family picnic and swimming on a hot Carolina day. What I love about the Quarry is it has no age barriers – kids ages 4 (I recommend this outing if all of your kids can swim) all the way through high school and college will enjoy the Quarry just as much as you do. Your entire fam will enjoy cliff jumping, swimming, lounging, volleyball, and more.

This is also a fun birthday party spot – think 13th birthday, 16th birthday, family reunion, etc. My go-to activity when we have company in town is to pack up a cooler and haul everyone up to the quarry – it gets everyone out of my house and good and tired from a full day of fun in the sun!

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For those of you not familiar, read our Smarty tips on how to do the Quarry here. Read More →

May 31, 2017

Check out the Red, White & You Session 4 at YMCA Camp Harrison!

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Celebrate Fourth of July with a very special RED, WHITE & YOU week at YMCA Camp Harrison! Our Camp Harrison friends will host a special Independence Day party, including a spectacular fireworks show (we hear it’s the best in the county!)! Throughout the week, campers will experience live music, a carnival night inflatable extravaganza, a live magic show and a special night zip. Come for this AMP-ED UP session or add it to another session to create a longer, unforgettable camp experience! CSP {hearts} YMCA Camp Harrison, especially during 4th of July week!! Read More →

May 25, 2017

Smarty Pick for Memorial Day: The 1st Open Swim of the Season at the Quarry

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Our FAVORITE summer outing is celebrating Opening Day on Memorial Day! The Quarry at Carrigan Farms will open up to the public on Monday to kick off their Open Swim Season of the Summer. Smarties, we kid you not, this is the best kept hidden secret in the Greater Charlotte area. CSP {LOVES} The Quarry!

Located just outside Charlotte in Mooresville, The Quarry is fed by an underground spring and rimmed in rock that rises to 70 feet – it’s absolutely stunning. The water is emerald green and blue with gray granite cliffs and a white, sandy beach – it’s perfect for a family picnic and swimming on a hot Carolina day. What I love about the Quarry is it has no age barriers – kids ages 4 (I recommend this outing if all of your kids can swim) all the way through high school and college will enjoy the Quarry just as much as you do. Your entire fam will enjoy cliff jumping, swimming, lounging, volleyball, and more.

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For those of you not familiar, read our Smarty tips on how to do the Quarry here. Read More →

May 24, 2017

Jami Masters School of Dance Summer Camp & Company Auditions

JMSD Camp

This summer our friends at Jami Masters School of Dance (JMSD) have an enchanting schedule of camp themes perfect to keep your little princess entertained. From Frozen to Sofia the First, these JMSD camps will keep your daughters 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. The 2-8 year old campers will explore “Frozen”, “Princess Elena”, or “Sofia the First” while discovering: acrobatics, art, dance, drama, and song, in a week long adventure. Campers in 1st-3rd grade will spend a week discovering: acrobatics, ballet, cheer, hip hop, and jazz. All campers will receive a JMSD Summer Camp T-Shirt. Camps catering to three years to third grade have a special performance on Friday! Please refer to the JMSD website www.jamimastersschoolofdance.com for more details regarding camps as well as a summer technique class schedule for 4th grade and older. Read More →

May 23, 2017

Smarty Alert: Springfree Trampoline Memorial Day Flash Sale – save up to $548!

Springfree Flash Sale

Smarty Alert: For a limited time, save $548 on Springfree Trampoline! Bring home the bounce for Memorial Day with Springfree Trampoline! It’s better than bringing home a puppy!

The Deal: Save $548! For only $199, you’ll get delivery, installation, tgoma game system and a FlexrStep when you buy any Springfree Trampoline. Offer ends May 29, 2017.

The sun’s out and it’s time to get the kids outside and active! When looking at trampoline options for your kids, safety shouldn’t be an option and Springfree is the only trampoline that has been re-engineered from the ground up. Springfree’s smart, springless design has not only changed the way trampolines work but it has also eliminated the impact areas most commonly related to injuries. Every Springfree trampoline is built to last using only the highest quality materials, so your family will get the same enjoyment, year after year. Read More →

May 18, 2017

Smarty Alert: The JMSD Spring Company Showcase is this FRIDAY!

JMSD 2017 Recital

Smarties, it’s our favorite time of year – it’s spring recital time for all of our tiny dancers! Since my girls were little {and before they were dancers}, we have always made the Jami Masters School of Dance (JMSD) Friday night Company Showcase a Girls Night Out Plym tradition!

This year, my daughter will be in her 2nd year in JMSD Jr Company and I can’t wait to see her dance! She has been taking dance at JMSD since she was four years old, she’s now 14. She has loved every minute of it and so have we! We have had so much fun watching her grow into a beautiful young dancer, and we can thank Jami and her talented team for that. Let’s not forget, Smarty Charlotte voted JMSD “Best Dance Studio” in the 2016 Smarty Awards, very well-deserving! Read More →

May 5, 2017

Fitness Friday: Flywheel Sports Teen Program

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As school spring sports are wrapping up and summer is just beginning, it’s the perfect time for your teens to try new workouts. Well Smarties, we have just the workout for your athletic teenagers – Flywheel and FlyBarre Charlotte!

Whether your teen is a competitive athlete or just looking for something to get him/her in shape, Flywheel has something for everyone. Flywheel is the perfect supplement for your teen’s sports workouts, for boys and girls alike. I mean if Cam, Greg & Luke can hang here in their off season (just spotted last week:-), then you know this is the best kick-booty workout in the QC!

Keeping your teens busy is important, it keeps them out of trouble. There is nothing better than an intense cycle class or even better, a double with cycle and barre, followed by a juice from Juice Bar next door on a Friday night (or Leroy Fox if they are really hungry)! Best part, they can invite all of their friends to join the competition.

My teen has been loving Fly for a few months now and she absolutely loves the high energy workouts, the overall vibe of the studio, the FlyGear (she wears Fly’s AHH-Mazing leggings out pretty much every Friday night!) and best of all, I love the teen discount rates. Here’s what they look like. Read More →


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