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February 23, 2018

Smarty Alert: Spring Beauty Festival at Bluemercury

Smarties, Spring is around the corner and I am in a make-up rut! I need to branch out from my mascara and red lipstick routine. I am becoming the dreaded “predicatable” with my everyday look. Seriously, I am 40+ and I still have no clue how to wear make-up. In my day and age, it was all about blue eyeliner, frosted pink lipstick and caked on foundation with a touch of a pressed compact powder. Gosh, the thought of it makes me cringe. Today, I am a mascara and lipstick junkie. I am always on the hunt for the best mascara, the longest lasting red lipstick. I love make-up! I am AMAZED at what people can do with make-up today. A-MAYZZZZZ-ED! The application of make-up has become an art-form. I become mesmerized watching videos of women applying make-up start to finish (highlighting, contouring, winged eyeliner, layering eyeshadows to bring out the shape and color of their eye). For me, I am looking for the tricks to even skin tone, flush cheeks, long eyelashes and a pouty lip (basically, what every woman wants)….

Long story short, I need help! This is where Bluemercury comes in the picture. As I was walking aimlessly around the store, the kind sales lady, Christine, approached me and asked if I needed any help. (Why do you think I was shopping at Bluemercury that day -any wild guesses -red lipstick. Smarties, I am obsessed.) As we were talking, she mentioned that their store will be hosting a Spring Beauty Festival, March 1st-4th: 8 different make-up brands with their professional make-up artists giving (by appointment) make-up consultations. Once I inquired about the different brands, I knew this was too good not to share with you! Read More →

Smarty Movie Review: ‘I, Tonya’

I, Tonya
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Run Time: 2 hours
Rated: R — Definitely R for Ridiculous amounts of the F#$% word!

In honor of the Olympic Winter Games, I felt compelled to spend even more of my free time watching competitive figure skating. As I’ve probably mentioned on more than one occasion, I love the Olympics. I was lucky enough during a semester abroad to finagle tickets to the 1992 Men’s Figure Skating Finals in Albertville, France and it was an amazing experience. I watched Paul Wylie (now a Charlotte resident) win the silver medal with a phenomenal routine and have been fascinated with skating ever since. But who knew that two years later this beautiful competition would become a blood sport?

Full disclosure—I’m Team Nancy. It still ticks me off that people mocked the poor gal for sobbing “Why me?” over and over after the attack. Call me crazy, but if you’ve dedicated your entire life to being an Olympian and weeks before the competition some big nut job attacks you with a lead pipe and bashes your landing leg you might wail and moan too! Putting that aside, I was curious to hear Tonya’s perspective on the whole nightmare and I hoped to gain some insight into her frame of mind. Read More →

February 22, 2018

Smarty Podcast: Parent Teacher Conferences 101


Welcome back to the Charlotte Smarty Pants podcast series, which is powered by Charlotte Star Room, Charlotte’s premier boutique music development and corporate video production studio + the best birthday parties in the QC, the Popstar music video parties, AND professional voice lessons in a studio.

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Today Smarties Jen P. and Cheryl are talking to educator Mary Yorke Oates, Admissions Director at Charlotte Latin School, about how to get the most out of a meeting or conference with your child’s teacher.

Click to listen to the podcast. Read More →

February 21, 2018

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events February 23-25

Juniors Clinic With Olympian Carolyn McRorie
Charlotte Curling Center
6225 Old Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC
February 24, 9:00am – 11:00am, Ages 11-17, $10
Summary: This event will provide world-class curling instruction to local junior age curlers! This event is open to the public, welcoming anyone in grades 5 through 12. The clinic will consist of basic instruction and finish with a short game. Parents will have a warm area to watch from above. All equipment is provided. Please wear warm layers, including hat and gloves, as well as clean tennis shoes.

Southern Spring Home and Garden Show
Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC
February 23 – March 4, See website for schedule, All ages, $10
Summary: If you plan to do any home projects this spring, you must attend this show.

The Posh Closet Fine Children’s Consignment Sale
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC
February 23-24, See website for schedule, All ages, Free ($20 entry to pre-sale)
Summary: We pride ourselves in being “not your typical kids consignment sale”. We are not as big as many of the “mega sales” in the area and that is by design. Instead of having our shoppers search through racks & racks of clothing looking for that perfect boutique piece, we provide the perfect short-cut by only taking smocked, trunk-show & boutique brands (with a few mall brands) in the first place! Read More →

February 20, 2018

Recreational Cheerleading At Carolina Flipz: The Perfect Progression for Any New Cheerleader

Carolina Flipz Rec Cheer 4

By Carissa Sawyers, All-Star Program Director, Carolina Flipz Cheer

Growing up, my little brother played baseball. My earliest memories of baseball are simple: the backyard was our field, the trees marked the bases and the rock marked home plate. Our parents noticed my brother’s love for the game at the young age of four and enrolled him in neighborhood T-ball. After that he was enrolled in the community recreational baseball program and finally the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). While his journey stopped at age 16, there were plenty of additional programs and schools to guide him to the big leagues. Thinking back, I revel at how easy the transition was from barely understanding the game to full commitment. It is as if the baseball industry has the perfect path to guide its young prospects all the way to the major leagues, should their talents align with their dreams. Realizing this easy-to-follow, step-by-step progression of a baseball career, it dawned on me that cheerleading, as an industry, has been completely missing the mark!

In Charlotte and the surrounding areas, if your child wants to get involved in cheerleading you essentially have two options: 1. enroll your child into a recreational league where they will be coached by well-meaning parents with little to no knowledge of the sport or 2. enroll your child into competitive cheerleading, with practice multiple times a week, traveling to competitions and a price tag you aren’t sure they will appreciate. Don’t get me wrong, both of these options have tremendous benefits! But how do you know your child has progressed beyond the recreational league? And how do you know your child is ready for the full commitment of competitive cheerleading? There HAS to be a middle of the road, right? There must be a clear “next step” for you to test the waters of progression for your cheerleader. Read More →

Calling All Swimmers! Meet Goldfish Swim School and win a month of FREE classes!

Goldfish Class

Smarty Alert! Goldfish Swim School is opening in South Charlotte in late spring 2018! Goldfish Swim School is the country’s leading water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swim lessons. The newest addition to the Goldfish Swim School family in Charlotte joins dozens of other successful Goldfish locations throughout the United States. And guess what, Smarties?! One lucky Smarty family will get to check out Goldfish Swim School for an entire month! Read on!

What Makes Goldfish Swim School Different?

Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a unique setting. There is nothing else like this for families in the area!

Highlights of the Golden Experience at Goldfish Swim School Charlotte include:

– Highly trained instructors
– Small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Shiver-free 90-degree pools
– A state-of-the-art water purification system
– Convenience — families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently have all of their swimmers in the pool during the same half hour time slot.
– Families can easily schedule make up classes when necessary Read More →

February 19, 2018

Smarty Tips: How to Stay Sane ahead of Work Travel

I love traveling and seeing new places which fortunate for me, I get to do through my job. The flip side, in all honesty, is that it stresses me out, too. I recently took my longest work trip from my family, for a total of 12 days out of the country. Routine is key for our family so with me gone, I wanted to help prepare things ahead of time as best I could to keep routines going and to help my husband as best I could from afar.

Here are some things that I did ahead of time to prepare:

Calendar is king! I used my son’s preschool calendar to add key activities to in order to remind my husband of what needs to be done on what days, including when recycling was, swim class, special kindergarten events, birthday parties, and more.


Notifying key people. I let the preschool teachers and director, kindergarten teacher and after school care teachers and director know I was going to be gone for two weeks. I did this for two reasons – so they know to reach out to my husband should something come up and also should my kiddos be a little “off” it may be because their routine is altered with mommy being gone and a little TLC may be needed.

Take a little PTO. For my last day in the office ahead of traveling, I took the afternoon off so I could not only get all the laundry done before I left, but also so I could go to my daughter’s elementary school and have lunch with her. Bonus points, it was her birthday and Daddy could join, too. I could see how special that was for her. I also took the day off after my return, too – so I could have lunch with her again and just let her know how happy I am to spend time with her. Read More →

February 18, 2018

Smarty Save the Date: Claire’s Army Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive

Mark your calendars for Claire’s Army’s, one of CSP’s favorite organizations, annual Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive on Saturday, February 24 at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Claire's Army poster 2018

All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Claire’s Army, which is an AMAZING organization helping families right here in the QC. Click here to read our Smarty Mom interview with Claire’s Army founder, Emily Ratliff. Her two-year-old daughter, Claire, passed away from neuroblastoma, and this organization strives to honor Claire’s memory by helping families maintain some sort of normalcy through an incredibly challenging time. Claire's Army Pancake Breakfast

Tickets can be purchased at the door, but they are encouraging everyone to buy tickets ahead of time. The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will have two mobile blood buses there. To make an appointment for the blood drive (recommended, not mandatory), click here. Read More →

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses


Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our Palisades Episcopal School

Storytime Adventures
Reading, art and music workshops for parents & children ages 3-5 years. All Storytime Adventures begin at 10 a.m. Space is limited.

February 23, 2018 – Spanish Fun

Register at Read More →

February 17, 2018

Smarty Mom: Lauren Lindberg

Okay, Smarties…feast your eyes on Smarty Mom, Lauren Lindberg (and her magnificent looking family).  I actually have never met Lauren, but I work with her equally Smarty Husband, Jason, but I have a serious Mom-Crush on this beautiful mom.  She makes having 3 kids, running a household, staying sane (and looking gorgeous while doing it) super easy.


Since I haven’t actually met Lauren, I asked her husband to give us a little insight into what we should know about Lauren so I could give her a proper introduction before we get into her Smarty questionnaire.  Jason’s answer was so beautiful and romantic, that I decided not to paraphrase and just give you what he says about his amazing partner in life:

“I could go on for days about her:

1. Her poise and grace in unmatched. Our kids are VERY spirited to say the least. It’s a physical and mental workout all-day managing our littles. Her ability to handle all that she does and keeps a smile on her face is amazing to me.

2. She’s the most selfless person I know. It’s the family first 100% of the time. I aspire to be more like her in that aspect.

3. She’s hysterical and her self-confidence. These are the two main things that drew me to her 10 years ago. Her wit has no measure and I love it.

4. Her research abilities. The women never stops reading on all things. Her brain is like Mary Poppin’s bag. You can just keep taking knowledge and insights out. She researches everything from recalls, to kids accessories, stays up to date on health issues, kids activities, remedies for illnesses, latest in education and technology, how-to everything. She is literally a machine.

As I said, I could go on for days about her. I’m a blessed man and I thank God for her each and every day.”

RIGHT? I’m seriously in-love with this couple! Read More →

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