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December 2, 2017

Register NOW for Camp Thunderbird’s Winter Camp Dec 9-10!

camp thunderbird

Get THIS, Smarties! YMCA’s Camp Thunderbird is hosting a super fun Winter Camp December 9-10. Campers, old and new, come together for an overnight experience unlike any other. Spend the night with friends, relive camp memories or make new ones, and participate in fun-filled camp activities with Thunderbird’s camp counselors.

Maybe your camper had a blast at Camp Thunderbird last summer and can’t wait a full year to return, or maybe you know someone who wants to give Thunderbird a try – this is a great weekend to do it! Plus, can you imagine a weekend to yourself in December? Merry {early} Christmas to Y-O-U! Read More →

November 30, 2017

Smarty Toy Giveaway: American Girl Tenney Grant™ Doll + Z Yang™ Doll


Every little girl has an American Girl doll at the top of her Christmas wish list. All of the ‘lil Smarties on Team CSP have frequented the American Girl store in South Park and often! There is something magical as soon as your daughter steps foot in the store!

We are super excited to announce that in honor of CSP’s 10th birthday – that’s right, you’ve had 10 years of pink & green bliss:-) – our besties at American Girl are giving away not one, but TWO very special American Girl dolls, books and accessories. One lucky Smarty will win the Tenney Doll, Paperback Book & Accessories. And another lucky Smarty will win the Z Yang™ Doll, Paperback Book & Accessories, a value of up to $149 for each winner! Read on to see how you can score this fab gift for your little girl!

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November 22, 2017

One of my favorite holiday performances of the year…Jami Masters School of Dance presents Happy Holidays!


OK, I’m a little biased, my daughter is in it this year, and yes, I’m beaming with pride, as always:-) BUT, JMSD Happy Holidays has always been one of my favorite holiday shows for years. Before my girls were into dance, we made it our tradition to see all of the Nutcracker and holiday performances during the holiday season. We make it a Girls Night Out with dinner and a show every weekend in December. My girls live for this tradition now and we’re thrilled that it’s a JMSD Happy Holidays year!

Every other year, Jami Masters School of Dance puts on an AMAZING production called Happy Holidays. This is a beautiful, fun and sweet performance with dancers ranging from age 3 all the way up to seniors in high school and performing a variety of dances. Happy Holidays is produced and choreographed by professionals – this is NOT your typical recital performance, this is the real deal perfect for the season. You will leave in tears of joy!

On Happy Holidays from JMSD:

Happy Holidays is an original dance production that delights and captures the hearts of audiences of all ages. Set to your favorite holiday music and featuring classical ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance, Happy Holidays offers family-friendly holiday entertainment.

Come and be a part of Angel’s earthly journey as she is sent to find the true meaning of the holiday. Travel with her through the Winter Wonderland, a Sweet Bakeshop, and the Magical Toyshop, as she discovers the gifts of hope, love, peace, faith, forgiveness and joy. Share the gift of dance with your family and friends and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays at Happy Holidays. Read More →

November 16, 2017

Smarty Event: Hang with Camp Harrison for the Holiday Reunion at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Just typing the location of this event makes me feel, well, HIP!! So our Smarty BFF’s at YMCA’s Camp Harrison are hosting a very special holiday event this season. We’re super excited to share the details with you – so mark your calendars for this one.

YMCA Camp Harrison Holiday Reunion

Camp Harrison campers, alum, friends, family and anyone who’d like to join – are all invited to a Camp Harrison Holiday Reunion at our favorite watering hole, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery on Sunday, December 3rd. Celebrate the holidays field party style. For those of you not familiar, the field party is Camp Harrison Campers’ all-time favorite night of the week in the summertime. Camp Harrison will also be sharing the GIFT OF ADVENTURE, where campers new and old can donate to a great cause and send a kid to camp, who wouldn’t be able to go without our help. As a 6-year Camp Mom, there is nothing more beautiful than to watch a child grow year after year in this very special place. Read More →

November 15, 2017

Smarty Alert: Beverly’s Gourmet Foods Hosting Frozen Food Sale TOMORROW, 11/16!

Mecklenburg County Market

Y’all, this is a Smarty Alert for sure! Beverly’s Gourmet Foods is hosting their big frozen food sale tomorrow! Read on and get in line at 9:45am so you can get your pick of the loot at 50% off! Read on!

About Beverly’s Gourmet Foods:

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 →

October 24, 2017

Smarty Event: Flashes of Hope Give a Mini Session, Get a Mini Session this Sunday at Freedom Park!

Flashes of Hope CSP

One of my favorite aspects of my work at CSP is getting connected with amazing people in our community who are doing wonderful things. Flashes of Hope is an example of just that. Flashes of Hope Charlotte is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. It’s an army of professional photographers, make-up artists and hair stylists with a huge heart. We couldn’t be more proud to highlight an event that Smarty Charlotte needs to hear about. It’s this weekend. I’ll let you hear all about it straight from our friends at Flashes of Hope. We certainly hope you’ll be inspired to get involved. Read More →

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 →

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