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January 5, 2017

Top 5 Local Smarty Picks for where to ski, snowboard and snow tube!

Get your NC Ski/Snowboard on! It looks like our very first #snowmageddon2017 is upon us, especially in the mountains! That makes for AWESOME ski weather this weekend – fresh snow and powder! Lucky for us, we have a few ski resort areas just a hop, skip and a jump from the QC (well, maybe a little further:-). And this weekend is the perfect weather for a spontaneous family ski outing – if you can get your SUV out of your hood!

Keep this list handy throughout your ski season since it goes through mid-March. As always, make sure you check resort websites and call ahead for weather reports and slope closures. Smarty Tip: It’s easier to get your ski and snowboard rentals in Charlotte so when you get to your destination, you’re ready to go. Our favorite spots are Alpine Ski and Ski Country Sports.

In typical Smarty fashion, we’re bringing you our Top 5 tried and true Smarty favorite local ski spots based on proximity to Charlotte and best options.

1) Beech Mountain Resort

CSP Beech Ski Read More →

January 3, 2017

Smarty FLASH Giveaway: 4 tickets to the Monster Jam® truck show at Spectrum Center this Friday!



This flash giveaway is comin’ in HOT!!

If you have a house full of boys (or girls!) who thrive off the BOOM! CRASH! of Monster Jam® trucks (I have three of those at my house!) today is your lucky day. We’re giving away four tickets to the Monster Jam® truck show in Charlotte this Friday, January 6th. No snoozing at the wheel here, we’re announcing our winners tomorrow!!

Monster Jam® is the most action-packed live event on four wheels where world-class drivers compete in front of capacity crowds in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions. Celebrating 25 years of adrenaline-charged family entertainment, Monster Jam combines spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road, motorsport competition. Monster Jam features the most recognizable trucks in the world including Max-DTM, El Toro Loco®, Monster Mutt® and many more. Monster Jam events leave you on the edge of your seat as these competitors thrill fans with jaw-dropping displays of gravity-defying feats. The Charlotte area will welcome Monster Jam this Friday, January 6th and Saturday, January 7th at Spectrum Center (formerly Time Warner Cable Arena). Click HERE for ticket information. Read More →

December 30, 2016

Smarty Alert: Early Bird Discount for YMCA Camp Harrison & Thunderbird

Camp Harrison Green Bus

Smarties, get your calendars ready and start mapping out your summer plans – YMCA Camp Harrison & Thunderbird have early bird discounts expiring soon! Every dollar helps, especially when you have four kids like I do!

Read up on my experience as a Camp M.O.M. at Camp Harrison – and guess what? We’ll be there again for Session 6A, I love this place! New this year to Harrison is Try Camp and Parent & Me Camp for first time campers to get a taste of what camp is all about. You’ll be happy to hear that YMCA Camp Harrison was voted “Best Overnight Camp” in our 2016 Smarty Awards! Read More →

Vote for the 2016 Smarty Mom of the Year

When I think of one person who epitomizes all things mommyhood, I think of Jen Bunich, Co-Founder of CSP and the biggest angel in heaven:-) In her two and a half short years as a new mommy, she embraced that role like no other. Jen immersed herself in all aspects of being a mother to her sweet Claire in her work, home life and play life.

On Saturday, January 13th, we’ll crown one 2016 Smarty Mom the “Jennifer Lisman Bunich Smarty Mom of the Year” in honor of our favorite Smarty Mom ever.

Our Smarty Mom of the Year will be selected after Smarty Charlotte casts their votes! We selected 8 Smarty Moms based on a variety of reasons, whether it’s a mom who battled breast cancer, one who is pulling all the amazing women entrepreneurs of Charlotte together, one who is the executive director for a powerful  nonprofit, one who gives selflessly to her child (or children) and the community, or one who is just plain living the Smarty Mommy lifestyle. We love all of our Smarty Moms equally and it was hard to select just a few! The winner will receive a $100 gift card from our favorite spa, The Spa at Ballantyne.

We present the 2016 Smarty Mom candidates (in alphabetical order:-)): Read More →

December 7, 2016

Smarty Holiday Toy Gift Guide: Tweens & Teens

The 2016 Smarty Holiday Toy Gift Guide is sponsored by our favorite local toy store, Toys & Co in Cotswold. Find everything on your child’s wish list and then some at Toys & Co! And guess what? They will wrap every gift BEAUTIFULLY and oh-so-expertly – so you don’t have to pull an all-nighter on Christmas Eve! Check out Toys & Co’s 2016 100 Best Toys List – you’ll have everyone covered on your list!

This is our BIG week here in Smartyland – our annual holiday toy gift guide. We divvy ’em up by ages and our Smarty bloggers get to work helping Santa figure out who gets what.

We bring you our Gift Guide for Tweens & Teens (these terms are totally interchangeable!), by our Smarty tween & teen team, Smarty Ansley, Isabel & Ava – and a sprinkle of the #momsquad! We brought in the teen experts themselves for this bad boy!


It’s all about technology for the tween in your household…

If your teen is begging for an iPhone upgrade, the holidays is the perfect time to give it to him or her. P.S. We hear the iPhone 7 camera is getting RAVE reviews, kinda worth the upgrade.

Actually, anything with an “i” in front of it…start out with an iPad mini 4


OR go big with the iPad Pro

iPad Pro

The Apple Watch is getting SUPER popular for all ages, tween and up:

Apple Watch Trip

Beats by Dre Headphones:

Beats Dre

Beats Pill+:

Beats Pill Plus

Springfree Trampoline. This will be the BEST.GIFT.YOU.WILL.EVER.GIVE.YOUR.KIDS {besides a puppy}:

Springfree Medium Oval Trampoline Read More →

December 6, 2016

Smarty Event on Saturday: Springfree Charlotte’s Christmas Wonderland with Santa & Mrs. Claus


Bring your family and join our Smarty friends at Springfree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center this Saturday for the first annual Springfree Christmas Wonderland with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Jump on the World’s First Smart Trampoline and enjoy tons of free family fun.

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.

A Springfree trampoline will hands down be the best gift your kids receive! Be the best Santa you can be:-)

The Smarty Scoop on Springfree’s Christmas Wonderland:

Try out the world’s first smart trampoline and your kids will enjoy loads of free fun! There will be cookies, hot cocoa, Santa and Mrs. Claus and more! Details here.

The Saturday (12/10) Schedule:
11am-12pm – Christmas crafts for the whole family
12pm-2pm – Meet and take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus
12pm-3pm – Dance with DJ Stevie C From Children’s Party Plus

Don’t forget to register for the FREE Springfree trampoline on CSP!

CSP and Springfree Charlotte are giving one lucky Smarty a free trampoline on THURSDAY, 12/8 – details here. Can’t win if you don’t enter!

You can find Springfree Charlotte at:

Springfree tgoma logo

Springfree Charlotte
Blakeney Shopping Center
9848-E Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
Phone: (704) 312-1212

Springfree Pop-Up Store
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
Phone: (704) 312-1212

December 1, 2016

Register your dancing diva in JMSD’s Winter Wonderland Camp!


Your little princess or prince will love a magical day to kick of the holiday season with some of their favorite Disney characters at Jami Masters School of Dance Winter Wonderland Camp! You will get to enjoy the day finishing your holiday shopping or just catching your breath!

Campers will enjoy sharing a magical day as the JMSD dancers spark their imaginations with not only a dance, but also a holiday story with Belle, songs with Ariel, crafts with Jasmine, a dance with Aurora, dress up with Cinderella, decorating cookies with Snow White, and a visit from Elsa. They will also enjoy a snack while watching the Disney Christmas of Enchantment movie. What better way to spend a December Saturday?!

Saturday, December 3rd
Saturday, December 10th
Saturday, December 17th


$60.00 per Day Camp

What to Bring?
Please bring a lunch and something to drink.

How to Enroll:
Download the this Enrollment Form. Once it is filled out you can: drop it off at the studio, email it to, or mail it to 1425 Queens Road West, Charlotte, NC 28207. Note: If your dancer is already registered for class(es) at Jami Masters School of Dance, please log into your portal via Customer Portal to enroll in camp. Read More →

November 30, 2016

Tween Smarty Event on Sat, 12/3: Arrow Beads at ivivva for Barre, Beads & Brunch!

Bring your bestie to barre, beads & brunch this Saturday! The tweens of Arrow Beads are teaming up with ivivva Charlotte for an event that is not to be missed by all tweens in the QC!

We always get super excited when we see tweens with an entrepreneurial spirit! The girls of Arrow Beads are the next generation of Charlotte entrepreneurs as they are selling out of stock all over instagram! They bead necklaces, rings, bracelets and more and they’ll be beading away at ivivva on Saturday!

Meet the girls behind Arrow Beads: Mindy, Tatum, Molly & Sedlee

Arrow Beads Girls

Here’s a sampling of Arrow Beads pieces:

Arrow Beads 1

Arrow Beads 2

Arrow Beads 3 Read More →

November 29, 2016

New Parenting Predicaments Podcast: Go Ahead Mom…NAG AWAY!!!


We’ve been teaming up with 107.9 The Link’s Matt and Ramona for the newest Parenting Predicaments podcasts. This week, we’re talking about how research is suggesting that nagging your daughters is a GOOD thing – well that’s perfect, because we’re all REALLY GOOD at nagging:-) Listen up and join the convo, all while patting yourselves on the back!

Do you have a topic that you’d like us to cover? Email us here. We’d LOVE to hear from you!

Podcast below. Happy Listening!

November 28, 2016

Smarty Giveaway: Win a FREE Springfree Trampoline, a $1,749 value!

CSP Springfree Giveaway


Forget about Cyber Monday – y’all don’t have to spend a dime to win something big for the holidays on Charlotte Smarty Pants! Today, CSP kicks off our Smarty favorite Holiday Toy Guides by age (scroll down in our daily post feed). In typical Smarty fashion, we are kicking the guides off with a bang – or a giveaway – actually, a REALLY BIG giveaway! We’re thrilled to announce that our Smarty friends at Springfree Trampoline are giving one lucky Smarty a FREE trampoline, just in time for the holidays! Read on!

Here’s Springfree Trampoline:

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.

Smart Safety
We’ve used smart engineering in every inch of our design. From our patented safety design to tgoma’s one at a time play feature, you’ll have peace of mind that your kids are having a safe, fun jumping excperience.

Smart Quality
We believe safety and quality go hand in hand. Every Springfree is built in our own facility where we rigorously test every component and manufacture our trampolines with only the highest quality materials; so you get the same enjoyment year after year.

One lucky Smarty family will win a Medium Oval Trampoline: Read More →

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