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April 20, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a Family 5-Pack to Carowinds’ Taste of the Carolinas!

Carowinds Taste of Carolinas


Carowinds is gearing up for the kick-off of the premiere spring festival, Taste of the Carolinas, this weekend. In typical Smarty style, we want you to join us in the festivities! We are giving one lucky Smarty a Family 5-Pack to Taste of the Carolinas, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from April 22 through May 14.

Get a taste of the best food, entertainment and culture from seven different regions all around the Carolinas, all in one day!


Carowinds is where the Carolinas come together, and on Saturdays and Sundays from April 22 through May 14, we’re bringing together the best from seven distinct cultures from North and South Carolina. Come to enjoy gourmet food and handcrafted beverages, homemade arts and crafts, first-rate entertainment, and memorable experiences from:

– North Carolina’s Asheville and the mountains, Outer Banks, and Lexington
– South Carolina’s Upstate, BBQ region, Lowcountry, and Charleston Read More →

April 8, 2017

Smarty Spotlight: Caroline Calouche

Caroline Calouche and tankina

Aerial dance is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring styles to watch as it is truly an artistic interpretation of grace, strength and gravity-defying creativity. We are so lucky to have an amazing artist on the pulse of the aerial dance scene here in Charlotte, Caroline Calouche.

Caroline founded Charlotte’s only aerial and contemporary dance company and school, Caroline Calouche & Co (CC&Co.), a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring people of diverse backgrounds to explore beyond their boundaries through performance and education. Her vision is to create educational opportunities for people to experience the world from a unique and artistic perspective, which will enrich their lives and the lives of those around them.

Straight from her bio because this is just beyond impressive:
Caroline Calouche has taught contemporary dance, Pilates, Gyrokinesis and ballet at UNC Charlotte, Winthrop University, The Belmont School of Ballet, Gaston Dance Theatre and The School of North Carolina Dance Theatre. Her dance and fitness teaching background has allowed her to become a sought after aerial dance instructor. Not only has Caroline developed a safe method and syllabus of teaching Aerial Silk, Sling, Trapeze, Lyra, Corde Lisse and Spanish Web, she is able to teach students how to incorporate floor work with their apparatus to seamlessly move from the ground up and back again.

I’m excited for Smarty Charlotte to get to know Caroline through her productions, her camps, her summer intensives and also her super fun recos of her favorite things all over Charlotte.

Meet the one and only, Caroline Calouche! Read More →

April 7, 2017

Smarty Alert: Carowinds Spring Break Special Hours + Easter Eggstravaganza


Yippee, Carowinds is open for the 2017-18 season and has special Spring Break Hours! Spring is the BEST time to hit Carowinds – our Carolina weather could not be any better! My family absolutely lives for Carowinds, year after year!

From today, through April 16th, Carowinds will be open extended day hours just for us spring-breakers! Click here for the calendar and hours.


The littles will want to hang out in the Easter Eggstravaganza from today through April 16th, also coinciding with #springbreak2017! Who’s that hoppin’ down the bunny trail? It’s Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle! Come to Carowinds during our Easter Eggstravaganza to get your photo taken with Eggward and Snoopy and take part in eggstra-special activities, crafts and entertainment! You can take your littles to Easter Brunch on Easter Sunday, April 16th. Details here. Read More →

April 6, 2017

Smarty Pick for Best Boys Birthday Party in the QC: Knockerball Charlotte


Knockerball: The Ultimate Party Experience

I’m always stumped when it comes to a good boys birthday party venue. I get asked time and time again, “what are your favorite birthday party spots?” Until my twins’ 11th birthday party last month, I’ve never really had a good, solid reco for a birthday boy. And then we hosted a Knockerball party, which was hands down, the best boys birthday party we’ve ever hosted. Here’s why.

My boys’ birthday is on Valentine’s Day, kind of a lame date for a boy birthday. Valentine’s Day is all about girly things like pink hearts and sending love notes to your Valentine crush. If you ask any boy about stuff like that, they’d blush and want to throw up. It’s also a terrible time of year for weather which means no outside venues. We can’t just set up a game of flag football, throw some Gatorades in a cooler and send the winning team home with bragging rights. Our birthday parties need to be well thought out and perfectly executed. Or we run the risk of my boys and their buds literally bouncing off the walls. Enter Knockerball Charlotte, the perfect activity inside or out where kids can do just that and have a blast while doing it.


Knockerball is a giant inflatable sphere with handles and adjustable straps on the inside. Knockerballs allow you to bump and crash into your friends with no pain experienced at all. Organizing a game of KnockerSoccer is super fun, although people often forget about the soccer ball and find themselves knocking each other down in pure chaos. The only pain you’ll experience will be from laughing too hard!
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April 1, 2017

Meet the newest member of CSP, Mary Kate Watkins!

MK Watkins

I live for Smarty Mom Saturdays, especially when we have some new pink & green blood. Mary Katherine Watkins (Mary Kate or MK, totally interchangeable:-) has had pink & green running through her veins long before she ever even knew it. She is an investigative researcher and tester-outer by nature and is constantly looking for a good story to share. This has much to do with her amazing upbringing, which I’ll let MK tell you about in just a second. Let’s just say she was brought up by “good people” and has always surrounded herself with people of the like. Her siblings are straight out of a Hollywood movie, pretty sure “This is Us” stole their ideas from MK’s Charlotte family.

I’m also certain it was serendipity that MK joined Team CSP. Little did I know it at the time, but I befriended her younger sister, Anne, when I was a brand new mom years ago. Anne was just starting her career at Nordstrom SouthPark, and I starting my new mommy career. I was also on the brink of the birth of Smarty Pants. As you can imagine, with four kids in tow and not a lot of shopping options for the littles, I spent ALOT of time in the Nordstrom Kids department, checking out products and trends in kids stuff. Anne and I quickly realized we had so much in common even though were years apart in age. She was a St. Gabriel Catholic School graduate. My kids were just starting out there. She was an identical twin, I have a set of identical twins. She comes from “good people” and I do as well. I LOVED Anne the minute I met her. Fast forward 10 years and Anne recommended her sister for a writing position at CSP.

When I first reached out to MK, we were trying to arrange a coffee meet-up. She committed to a date at first and quickly texted back saying that she didn’t realize her kids were off school that day. It was her description of why they were off that day that caught my attention. She said “shoot, my kids aren’t in school that day, feels like they are never in frickin’ school.” I knew right then MK was one of “Us.” She has a quick wit, writes exactly how she talks and can fly by the seat of her pants. Not to mention, she also has an amazing story, family and CSP angle to share – you’re going to absolutely adore MK! I know we do! Read More →

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!

2ULaundry CSP

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 →

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