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April 22, 2017

Smarty Mom: Joanna Reule

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my friend Joanna Reule. Since my love of movies has been pretty established at this point, I have a great story about the power of film. Many people are touched by important stories, but Joanna went one step further and took action when she was inspired. Here’s her terrific story:

I am married to Dave and we have four adorable and rambunctious children. We have lived in Charlotte for our whole 13 years of marriage. Disclaimer- he is the most wonderful man on the planet, and would probably be a monk and/or canonized saint if I hadn’t seduced him with my charm and wit, after we met at UNC Chapel Hill while volunteering for Young Life… is ‘seduce’ too strong of word to use in article about homemade bone broth and alongside a reference to volunteering for a Christian organization? You tell me. Either way, I think you get my point, I basically hit the marriage jackpot with one lucky pull. 2016 Christmas card photo

And without Dave believing in me and Brave Bone Broth, this whole thing wouldn’t have happened, hence the disclaimer.

Tell me how a night at the movies sparked your amazing new idea:

After an inconspicuous girls night to go see the movie “Lion” (and escaping putting all four kids to bed!), I came home a sobbing wreck with a broken heart. As I tried to tell my poor, confused husband what had just happened to me, I could barely put it into words. Read More →

April 21, 2017

Fitness Friday: #tuckforacause at Pure Barre Ballantyne

Join the sweet ladies over at Pure Barre Ballantyne next Thursday, April 27, for TWO donation-only classes for Amy Early, a Pure Barre Ballantyne client who has stage IV kidney failure. Amy will be getting a kidney transplant from her twin sister, Rebecca, soon. Pure Barre Ballantyne hopes donations will not only help with the cost associated with the transplant, but will also show Amy how much the community stands behind her.Amy Early.jpg

Here’s what Pure Barre Ballantyne says about Amy:

Amy is an incredible, thoughtful and compassionate person. She is a dedicated 1st grade teacher who has put her heart into helping her students every single day. She has given so much to this community and it is our turn to give back.

You can also read more about her story here. Read More →

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 19, 2017

Smarty Review and FLASH Giveaway: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s ‘Go, Dog. Go!’

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** This giveaway is closed. We have chosen a winner **

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Recommended for ages 4 and older
Adapted by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz
Adapted from the book “Go, Dog. Go!” by P.D. Eastman

From our friends at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte:

Every dog will have its day. And at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte this April, every dog will have its party, too!

The long-beloved P.D. Eastman book, Go, Dog. Go! comes to life on Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s stage from April 7 to April 23 in a zany, madcap musical version. This rendition comes courtesy of the genius playwriting minds of Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory and is sure to have audiences howling in their seats with laughter.

“The classic picture book has captivated multiple generations since the first edition hit book stores in 1961,”Mark Sutton, director, said. “Yet, amazingly enough, the energy leaping off each page is as powerful today as ever.”

Originally written as an introduction to reading with a collection of mostly monosyllabic words, Eastman’s classic introduces young children to the joys of literature through big dogs, little dogs, black dogs and white dogs, as well as the familiar faces of Red Dog, Green Dog, Yellow Dog and Blue Dog. Read More →

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: April 21-23

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.

Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
April 21-23, See website for schedule, $25+
Summary: A Trek Into Outer Space blends 3D mapping with dance and circus arts to fly you through our solar system. Stella is a young and curious girl who gazes out her bedroom window one night at the stars and the moon wondering what it would be like to visit the other planets.

Independence Park
300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC
April 22, 10:00am – 3:00pm, All ages
Summary: Walk for the Animals is the HSC’s annual 2K fundraising walk. This is a fun family walk for people and pets of all ages. Walk with your pet or on your own. You’ll have a great time and you’ll get a warm furry feeling by raising money to help the animals. Your walk registration fee and fundraising proceeds will help us to meet our event goal of $160,000. Come and walk!! The shelter pets will love you for it. Read More →

April 17, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and Signature Pediatrics: What’s the latest word on sleep?

By our Smarty friends at Signature Pediatrics

Did you know that driving a car when sleep deprived is as dangerous as drunk driving? The effect of being awake for 24 hours and then driving is equivalent to having a blood alcohol level of 0.10! That’s worse than drunk driving which has a cutoff of 0.08!Kid Sleeping

What has that got to do with kids? We all know how lousy it feels to be sleep deprived, but few of us realize how much our thinking and reaction time has suffered from sleep deprivation. Inadequate sleep really and truly has a detrimental effect on brain function. And as true as that is for adults, it has an even greater effect on the developing brains of children.

New guidelines for sleep in childhood have come out from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Age & Recommended Hours of Sleep per 24 Hours
4-12 months – 12-16 hours (including naps)
1-2 years – 11 – 14 hours (including naps)
3-5 years – 10-13 hours (including naps)
6-12 years – 9-12 hours
13-18 years – 8-10 hours

Regularly getting less than the recommended amount of sleep is linked to difficult childhood behaviors and certain pediatric medical problems. These include irritability, difficulty concentrating, obesity, headaches, high blood pressure and depression. In fact, the exact behaviors that can lead to a diagnosis of ADHD are identical to behaviors seen from inadequate sleep. Read More →

April 16, 2017

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: DO GOOD as a Family

By Addie Rising,, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.

As moms, we volunteer a lot. In fact, 30 percent of parents volunteer in some capacity, according to data collected by the Corporation for National & Community Service. But most of my volunteer hours are spent at my children’s schools or at church, which I love.do_good_week_LOGO

But I’m always searching for ways my entire family can get out together and DO GOOD. Luckily there are many opportunities that are family-friendly.

Here are six volunteer activities you can do with your family:

Help with childcare at Project 658
Project 658 meets immediate needs of Charlotte’s international community by providing English classes for adults, a clothing store, child care, after school activities, medical services, counseling, culinary training and job development opportunities. Volunteers will assist room teachers in taking care of and instructing children ages 0-5 of ESL students. Activities include reading, playing outside, coloring, snack time, etc. Read More →

April 15, 2017

Catching up with Smarty Mom Molly Grantham

By new Smarty Mary Katherine Watkins

Interviewing WBTV’s Molly Grantham – my first Smarty Pants’ assignment – was a “jump in a deep end” or a “drink out of a fire hose” kind of assignment. But those who know me don’t really expect much less.

And those that know the profile of this week’s Smarty Mom: WBTV’s Molly Grantham know that she’s not that kind of gal either. She is a self-described “what you see is what you get” lady. She is passionate about the City of Charlotte and our community, she has developed a cult-like following among her viewers and social media followers, and her in-depth feature stories hit so close to home that I can’t imagine how she keeps doing what she does, day after day with the same vigor and drive and passion.

– She fights for justice by honoring the memory of fallen CMPD Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton.

– She raises awareness of little known – often fatal – pediatric illnesses like POTS or Rett syndrome or Sanfilippo syndrome or Timothy syndrome through #MollysKids.

– And she covers very difficult stories like the one of 14 year old, Anthony Frazier, who was shot and killed while in a car with his family after a birthday dinner.

So my pitch to Molly was this: her stories are so heart-warming and important, but heavy and that heaviness must take a toll on her at times, so let’s do something fun – 20 Questions with Molly Grantham – easy and full of laughter, and something that our readers would get a total kick out of. Read More →

April 14, 2017

Fitness Friday: Carolina Barre & Core ~ My Story

By: Sue Ann Weddington

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Barre.  Barre?  Barre!   It’s everywhere it seems.  I have been curious and interested in trying a class however I just couldn’t see myself walking into a barre studio alone.  Also, there’s the intimidation factor…I envisioned a room full of graceful ballerinas.

Last summer, my friend Lauren became certified as an instructor at Carolina Barre & Core and encouraged me to come take her class.  This was a sign, right?  I had to support my friend, right?  Still, I was hesitant (me and all of the graceful ballerinas).  And, I was nervous  (me walking into a studio alone).   I pushed myself to get over it and give it a try.  W-O-W.  I am so glad I did!

I have tried many different workout routines over the years.  There wasn’t a “fitness flavor” that kept me engaged and committed for a long period of time. This all changed with Carolina Barre & Core.

The classes are very challenging and yet somehow they make it fun.  The best aspect is the encouragement from the instructors. They are skilled at teaching how to modify based on where YOU are.  They challenge and push you to YOUR next level.   Class participants come in all shapes and sizes; there are many different levels of physicality, flexibility and strength.   They encourage “progress not perfection” so you are not comparing yourself to others and are only focused on your progress compared to where you were the week or month before.

View More: go to CBC 3-4 times a week, usually 3 during the week at 5:30am and once on the weekend.  Yes, it is that motivating that I get up that early to workout!  I have lost about 5-7lbs and about an inch in my waist. I have more muscle definition in my arms and legs. My clothes fit better.

I have become stronger in so many ways – mind and body. I have more energy and love seeing the physical results. I have met some great people and always look forward to my next class, even at 5:30am!

I have found a true “home” at CBC. This is a place of no judgement and endless encouragement. The team is amazing! They always motivate me to do my best.  Becoming a part of the CBC community is one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

cbclogoCarolina Barre & Core
2901 Selwyn Avenue,  Charlotte, NC 28209 Phone: 980.207.1046

Carolina Barre & Core, Lafayette Village Raleigh
8480 Honeycutt Rd, Suite 102,  Raleigh, NC 27615 Phone: 919.200.4241

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April 13, 2017

Because of you, libraries transform

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By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Libraries are more about doing than borrowing – more about connecting than simply plugging in – and your local librarian is your expert guide. Whether you want to get involved in your community, find a job, get smart about money, or build your digital literacy skills, your library is the key to your transformation.

National Library Week is celebrated nationally April 9-15, but we’re celebrating all month long with hundreds of free programs and a special book drive for kids in partnership with WAXN-TV.

Experience the transformative power of libraries. Then share your story with us.

1. Find your FUN-spiration!

Science is all around us—and it’s so much fun! Join us now through April 23 for special programs that are part of this year’s official NC Science Festival, a statewide two-week celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Participate in events for children, teens and adults, such as Legos, plant and sea life, coding, The Great Egg Drop Challenge, robotics, Rookie Science, technology and more! Read More →

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