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April 23, 2018

See you there! The Smarty Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 3.0 – Register Here

Do you feel like keeping up with your kids’ social media is a full-time job? You’re not alone. Parents today have it hard. We’re all playing catch up with the social media world and often feel overwhelmed by how to parent through it. Our first two Town Halls on Social Media Parenting were so successful that now we’re back to host our THIRD Town Hall on Social Media Parenting (we call it 3.0) where parents and experts in our community can come together to discuss kids and social media. We’ve got a host of experts for everyone plus time built in for small group discussion that will be relevant to your family’s needs – whether you’re holding off on social media and devices or all-in.

Charlotte Smarty Pants is partnering with Charlotte Christian School on April 29th at Charlotte Christian School for this event. All parents from preschool to high school and from any school are welcome to join in on the conversation. Our goal is to bring knowledge, relief, and empowerment to navigate the iGeneration. And guess what? It’s FREE.

We hope you join us because let’s face it: what happens in my kid’s school affects what happens in yours thanks to social media. Register here now.

Event Details:

Sunday, April 29 from 2-4pm
Click here to register.

Charlotte Christian School
Center for Worship and Performing Arts
7301 Sardis Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270

What to expect:
We’ll start out as one big group then (2) 30-minute breakout session blocks, (4) breakout panels. Panels will repeat for the 2nd session block. When you register, you’ll be prompted to tell us what (2) breakout session topics you plan to attend.

Register here now. Hope to see you there! Read More →

April 26, 2018

Smarty Summer Camp Giveaway: Win a FREE week of camp at Carolina Diving Academy!

Carolina Diving Academy Diver

Smarties, we’ve got a big giveaway for you this week! Y-O-U could win a week of summer camp at Carolina Diving Academy in Huntersville! What better way to spend a summer than learning how to do cool dives?! You’ll get to choose any week from June 11 through August 17 and can choose half day or full day camp. Read on!

About Carolina Diving Academy Camps:


Some people learn more quickly, but everyone can learn. At Carolina Diving Academy, they have targeted their progressions and training cycles to enable everyone to learn as quickly as they are able.

The lessons program develops flexibility, strength, and discipline. They train each diver in the basic skills of tumbling, trampoline, dry board and deck drills, before advancing to the diving equipment.

Workouts are kept as energetic and fun as possible while introducing and perfecting basic diving skills. Practices end with a period of “free time“ when divers have the opportunity to revisit what they have learned and explore new skills under their own terms.

The DiveKIDS summer camp is a diving oriented day camp for children ages 6 -12. You may sign-up by the day or opt for the entire week. Camps will start the week following CMS dismissal. Participation must be reserved 1-week in advance and all attendants must be able to swim.

Middle/High School Camps are for older and/or more experienced divers and accommodate a wide range of skill levels and athletes: from those who wish to learn new dives for high school competitions and stay fit to those who are more focused on gaining the skills necessary to become eligible for the team level of training.

Extended care available for all camps.

Here are details on how to win a week of Carolina Diving Academy Camp FREE! Read More →

Smarty Alert: Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville & CPCC’s Touch A Truck event THIS weekend

Our friends over at Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville are partnering with CPCC this weekend for a FREE event for kids of all ages. The Touch A Truck event is this Saturday, April 28th, from 10 am – 2 pm. The weather is supposed to be PERFECT this weekend, so it will sure to be a great event.

Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to touch, explore and peek inside trucks of all shapes and sizes. They can climb aboard first responder vehicles like a fire truck and ambulance; lift a load with construction equipment like mini-excavators and concrete mixers, or settle in for the long haul in the cab of an 18-wheeler. A wide variety of vehicles will be available to discover. Plus, using CPCC’s advanced simulators, truckers-in-training can try their hands at driving, welding, circuitry and even painting.

Discovery Place Kids educators will provide extra activities for little long haulers, like Makey Makey simple circuits challenges, Roller Ramps Rampage, Gears Galore and more. Then kids can burn off extra energy in a bounce house or get their faces painted. Read More →

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Why do we have dry eyes?

By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.

Your eyes are tearing up a lot. They don’t look red, but you’re worried you might have an infection or something in your eye. Don’t worry. It’s more likely that you have dry eye. But what does that mean? Read on to learn more.

What is dry eye?

Our eyes need tears to stay healthy and comfortable. When we blink, a film of tears spreads over the eye. This keeps the cornea – the surface of the eye – smooth and clear. However, as we age, our eyes naturally dry out because the production or composition of tears changes. Oil glands that are important in helping make healthy tears may not function as well. In women after the age of 50, decreased tear production commonly occurs due to menopause. That’s why it’s important to talk to your parents if they show dry eye symptoms.

While redness and itchiness are less common symptoms, we more commonly experience stinging, mucus, and blurry vision. In many cases, people with dry eye will experience excessive tearing, as their eyes are responding to the irritation on the cornea produced from dry eye disease.

“We often call this situation reflex tearing,” CEENTA Ophthalmologist Sumit Gupta, MD, said. “It is a challenge convincing patients that their tearing problem is often from excessive dryness.” Read More →

April 25, 2018

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events April 27-29


Coaster Campout
Carowinds Amusement Park
300 Detective Mike Doty Memorial Hwy
April 27-28, Check-in is 4:00 – 6:00pm, All ages, $250 per campsite, Registration required
Summary: This is no ordinary camping trip. You will be braving the third shift and sleeping inside Carowinds with your favorite rides! Your donation benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and includes admission to the park April 27-28, an evening meal and exclusive ride time on April 27, a hearty breakfast buffet, early ride time on the morning of April 28 and more.

Touch A Truck
April 28, 2018
10 am – 2 pm
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville & CPCC
CPCC’s Merancas campus in Huntersville
11920 Verhoeff Drive Huntersville, NC
Free parking is available in any of the campus lots.
Summary: This event is FREE !Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to touch, explore and peek inside trucks of all shapes and sizes. Climb aboard first responder vehicles like a fire truck and ambulance. Lift a load with construction equipment like mini-excavators and concrete mixers, or settle in for the long haul in the cab of an 18-wheeler. A wide variety of vehicles will be available to discover. Plus, using CPCC’s advanced simulators, truckers-in-training can try their hands at driving, welding, circuitry and even painting.

Da Vinci’s Machines
Discovery Place Science
Ends May 6th
301 N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Museum hours and pricing
Summary: Da Vinci’s Machines brings the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci to life. This exhibition features over 75 inventions reconstructed from his illustrations and writings. Encounter and test these amazing inventions, from flying machines and war weapons to diving gear and a self-propelled car. See iconic artwork and reflect on the work of a true visionary. Read More →

April 24, 2018

Smarty Review: Hunstad Kortesis Bharti’s HydraFacial

Hydrafacial 1

Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin’ across your face. ~ Truvy, “Steel Magnolias”

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed that years of sleepless nights, endless carpools, and Nerf bullets are taking their toll on my face. I went from alive-and-thirty-five to flippin’ forty in what feels like the speed of sound. I’ve considered a peel, but am super nervous of the…well…peeling. Peels seem a little too invasive for me right now – I’m just not ready for the downtime – and I need a little something more than creams. So when our friends at Hunstad/Kortesis/Bharti (HKB) told us about their new Hydrafacial, a non-invasive, semi-relaxing facial that promises to cleanse, peel, extract, and hydrate skin, I was ALL IN. They were kind enough to provide me with a Hydrafacial in exchange for a review, and I couldn’t WAIT to tell Smartyland about it. Hydrafacial 3

I was giddy with excitement the day of my facial. I hadn’t altered my schedule in anyway, so I was really hoping their promises of no downtime were true. My appointment was at HKB’s SouthPark office, which, in case you haven’t been, is simply gorgeous. My aesthetician was SO sweet and talked me through the whole process. I don’t have exceptionally dry or oily skin, but if you have some sort of specific skin need, she will talk you through the treatment process. The HydraFacial includes the patented 4-in-1 technology of Vortex-Cleansing, HydroPeel Exfoliation, Vortex-Extraction, and Vortex-Fusion and use four phases to cleanse, peel, extract and hydrate skin. It combines antioxidants, water, and skin nourishers, which include specialty serums chock full of potent peptides, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. It also vacuums out skin impurities, dead skin, and toxins all while you lie there relaxing.

You know how good it feels to get your carpets cleaned? Yea, this feels better because no one can stomp across your face with dirty shoes and mess the whole thing up. And, you’ll actually GLOW for at least week. Read More →

April 23, 2018

Smarty Review: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Madagascar – A Musical Adventure & GIVEAWAY!

Our family foursome had the privilege of experiencing Madagascar – A Musical Adventure put on by the Children’s Theater of Charlotte. This was the first musical that we have gone to as a family. I was a little nervous as my six-year old and four-year old are big squirmers and have a difficult time sitting still longer than ten minutes. As the four of us found our seats, we took time to look through the program. I love musicals so I took some time to explain to my daughter what the program is for and who will be playing the characters we’re about to see.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this musical for kids but let me tell you, I was super impressed with how vibrant, fun and interactive it was. One of the first things you do is jump out of your seat to learn some dance moves.

The musical is sweet, as you follow the four loveable characters: Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe (he’s super tall!) on an adventure of finding freedom outside of the Central Park Zoo. Marty’s birthday wish was to experience life outside of the zoo for a little bit. His friends get wrapped up in his adventure and learn a lot about friendship and living a little!

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First time away from the kids is the hardest?

Chipper’s wife Taylor, Chipper, me, and B.B. Abbott, Chipper’s agent, standing in front of our ride

I am not one of those moms who has a problem leaving kids with a babysitter. I believe in balance. But somehow I got almost two years into parenting before I’d ever spent more than one night away from my son, and that was for my stay in the hospital having two more! (Our twin boys are six months old.)

Breastfeeding does that. I once took my mom and son on a work trip to Atlanta, so I could pop back to the hotel and breastfeed. So does living in the same town with family. Overnights don’t make much sense when people can sleep in their own beds.

But a little over a month ago, my former life came calling, beckoning me to take a trip out of town, and the only logical answer seemed like yes. Quick backstory: I used to be a sportswriter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The main beat I covered in my 17 years there was the Atlanta Braves. That led to an awesome opportunity to co-author a biography with Chipper Jones, their superstar third baseman. And this past January, Chipper was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He’ll be inducted in a formal ceremony in July. In March, he got invited to Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, for a personal tour of the museum as part of an orientation for his induction weekend. He got to pick two writers to join him on the behind-the-scenes tour, and I was one of the lucky two.
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April 21, 2018

Smarty Summer Camp 2018: Carolina Flipz

Carolina Flipz’s summer camps are a fun-filled week your child will learn gymnastics skills, team bonding, artistic creativity, healthy living, independence and much more. This camp is not just for gymnasts but all athletes that like to flip around and have a fun time. It’s PERFECT for both boys and girls. Flipz’s USAG certified instructors maintain a safe and structured atmosphere for all kids to participate no matter what their gymnastics abilities may be.

Carolina Flipz’s summer camp’s awesome activities combined with its flexible structure make it one of the best camps in town. You can customize the days you want to come – whether it is 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 days. PLUS they have Water Day Wednesdays and nice, cool A/C during the dog days of summer. Here’s more info on Carolina Flipz summer camps:

Junior Camp

8:30AM-12:30PM | FOR AGES 3YRS-5YRS
*must be of age by the time they attend camp*
*must be potty trained*
This camp is specifically designed for Junior FUN! With age appropriate games and skills we take the time to make sure each child grows and builds CORE motor development and gymnastics basics. Read More →

Smarty Mom: Josephine Hauser

“Note to self: when you connect with people who are good for you, you feel it. This is a big deal. Don’t forget to acknowledge how great it is to be around someone who lights you up. Tell them, even if you feel a little bit weird…” ~ Author Unknown

Smarties, the quote above describes exactly how I feel about this week’s Smarty Mom, Josephine Hauser. Meeting her for the first time felt like I was catching up with an old friend. I knew instantly we would walk away being friends!

In this interview, Josephine opens up about her daily life as a mother to three children, her son Jackson’s recent diagnosis with PANDAS, her very stylish blog The Style Hostess, her work as a Travel Agent and her position on the Lung Force Cabinet for the American Lung Association in Charlotte. Phew, she has a lot going on! And, I am excited to mention that she will be guest blogging on CSP about her family’s journey with her son’s recent diagnosis of Pandas.

Without further ado, let’s get to know my new friend, this week’s Smarty Mom, Josephine Hauser.
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