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October 15, 2017

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 2017 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Charlotte Christian School

Charlotte Christian 2017 Fall Open Houses

Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Please click here to register for an open house.
Early Education Enrichment Opportunities
Prospective students ages 4-6 and their parents are invited to be our guests and experience the Charlotte Christian Early Education program through 45-minute, discovery-based learning/play events.

Music and Movement – Oct. 17 at 3:15 p.m. – Led by our lower school music and physical education enrichment teachers, activities will promote gross motor development, imagination, and intellectual curiosity through music and play.

Please contact the admissions team to tour the campus, reserve your space at an upcoming open house or enrichment activity by calling (704) 366-5657, e-mailing or visiting

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Charlotte Christian School
7301 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 366-5657
Twitter: @charchristiannc
Instagram: @charlottechristianschool Read More →

October 14, 2017

Smarty Mom: Christina Cottingham


By Smarty Guest Blogger Lisa Farley

Last Thursday, on October 5th, 200+ women (and a few good men) gathered at Charlotte Country Club for a breakfast gala in support of one of Charlotte’s amazing charities: Arts for Life. This annual fundraiser, the Rise and Shine Breakfast raised money and awareness to help sick children have a spark of hope. I sat down with event Chair, Christina Cottingham, to learn more about how she got involved. Her story goes back almost 15 years and it’s neat to connect the dots looking back.

Smarty Mom: Christina Cottingham

Married to: Daniel Cottingham, 10 years
Mom to: Nora Jane, 6 years and Joseph, 4 years
Years in Charlotte: 12 years
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Part of Charlotte you call home: Myers Park
Alma Mater: UNC Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography
Occupation: Artist and Volunteer

What is Arts for Life and how did you get involved?

Arts For Life supports pediatric patients and families through arts education and engagement. We provide art lessons to patients, siblings, parents and even grandparents. As you can imagine, creating art not only enriches patients’ lives, it also nurtures their minds and spirits. Arts For Life helps children in four communities across North Carolina including at Levine Children’s Hospital here in Charlotte.

I actually caught wind of Arts For Life when I was studying at Chapel Hill in 2005. My mom introduced me to this great organization. When I moved to Charlotte years later, I joined the Junior League and got re-connected with Arts for Life. I volunteered in the hospital about once a week for about 2 hours at a time. I went room to room doing art projects like painting or crafts with patients. I also celebrated the holidays with Arts For Life patients in the rooms designated for kids to come for lessons and create beautiful art pieces. Read More →

October 13, 2017

Fitness Friday: Meet CycleBar (and get two exclusive Smarty Steals!)


We are SO excited to introduce you to our brand-spankin’ new fitness partner, CycleBar, located in Midtown and Waverly. If you think you’ve taken all the spin classes the city has to offer, think again. CycleBar is like no other cycle class and no other studio. Cyclebar is a premium indoor cycling experience (seriously, y’all, it’s an experience!) designed for all ages and fitness levels. We’ll be bringing you tons of CycleBar fun in the coming months, but first up are TWO really great Smarty Steals. Keep on reading for details!

Why We {Heart} CycleBar

One of the most important parts of a fitness studio (in our Smarty opinion) is the staff and instructors. CycleBar has, hands down, the friendliest, most welcoming staff and Cyclestars (their instructors) in the QC. We love that they call you by name to encourage you in class; we love the warm atmosphere and community focus; and, we love how good we feel after class (especially after a couple of swipes of those post-workout fresh body wipes in the community room! #smartymust).rsz_cb_theater

Not only is CycleBar super friendly, but they’ve got some serious technology to help you perform your best every single class. Their theatre has incredible lighting, amazing sound that they call ‘cyclebeats’, and state of the art technology that provides riders with real time class stats. Classes are a 50 minute full-body sweat sesh full of energy and positivity. Cyclestars guide you through class to not only be working at YOUR best, but to also be mindful and centered. We absolutely love this “zen” twist on spin! And get this, when all of your workout stats hit your inbox after class, your ride’s playlist is included – how fun is that?! Read More →

Smarty Movie Review: My Little Pony

My Little Pony: The Movie
Directed by: Jayson Thiessen
Rated: PG (I can’t even fathom why this was not rated G)
Run time: 1 hour and 39 sugary sweet minutes

Because I take my love of movies extremely seriously, I sometimes venture out to films that aren’t exactly in my wheelhouse in order to broaden my horizons. I didn’t really want to walk into the theater of My Little Pony all by myself, so I coerced my 12 year old daughter to join me by promising a nice lunch date afterwards. Besides, she loves horses and once upon a time watched the TV series about these sparkly high-pitched voiced magical creatures so why not? After all friendship is magic! My_Little_Pony_The_Movie_Poster_2

Ponyville is preparing for their first ever Friendship Festival hosted by Princess Twilight Sparkle. She is joined by her besties Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity. Together, these are the “Mane 6” (get it? horse humor!) that are featured in the TV series. The ponies work together to finalize the details for the big event, even booking the famous Songbird Serenade (voiced by singer Sia) for the evening. Unfortunately, things go horribly awry with the arrival of the villainous Tempest Shadow, a bitter unicorn who turned to the dark side when her horn was broken. Tempest Shadow (voiced by Emily Blunt) freezes Ponyville’s leaders Princess Celestia and Princess Luna and attempts to also freeze Twilight Sparkle, but Twilight manages to escape in the nick of time. She then begins a long (and I mean long!) journey with her fellow ponies to find help and save the day. Read More →

Top 3 Charlotte Parks for Kids’ Cross Training

Hunt Park Road Park

CSP Team Note: In conjunction with the Chick-Fil-A Charlotte Kids Marathon, we’re bringing you a list of parks around town that are perfect for taking a day off of marathon training!

When you’re looking for something to mix up your kids’ cross-training workouts during the Chick-fil-A Charlotte Kids Marathon Program, we’ve got just the thing for you. We’ve hand-picked three different playgrounds we think are perfect for strength, agility, endurance, and cardio training – the perfect way to mix it up and stay injury-free!

Freedom Park: A sure-thing when it comes to variety, Freedom Park’s lake loop is a perfect place to bike, rollerblade, rollerskate, or skateboard on cross-training days. There are also basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball nets, and more to make a family game-day a real thing. Also check out the Carolina Panthers Play 60 KidZone for an obstacle course, 40-yard dash with an automated timing device, climbing structure, and more. Read More →

October 12, 2017

From the Smarty Education Corner: Students Take Ownership of Learning at Charlotte Prep

By Smarty Guest Blogger Catherine Astin, the dean of students and Middle School math teacher at Charlotte Preparatory School

Throughout a student’s experience at Charlotte Prep, activities, lessons and programs are designed with vital components of the school’s Mission in mind. As part of this “exemplary educational experience,” students in the Middle School are invited to have a voice and a choice in their learning. Each semester, 5th-8th graders are empowered to select an elective course that meets weekly and broadens their experience. The options cover a vast scope, from ultimate frisbee to Bollywood dancing to Spanish film study. During this block, students can stretch their understanding of learning, see themselves, their peers and their teachers from another perspective and develop passions outside of the core academic program.AK5A1085

Students are prepared to make this choice as a result of purposeful decision-making throughout their time at Charlotte Prep. With a strong Montessori foundation, children as young as three years old have developed awareness of their preferences, ownership over their role in their learning and a sense of pride for demonstrating their skills and knowledge to others. In the Lower School, this foundation strengthens as students participate in the BUDEE program (Be Understanding, Dedicated, Empathetic and Engaged), where they engage monthly in activities created, led and organized by Middle School students. They see their future selves in leadership roles and are inspired and excited about having this chance for themselves in just a few years. Read More →

October 11, 2017

Smarty Reminder: LCH’s Kids Helping Kids Day this weekend


Here’s a Smarty reminder to join Levine Children’s Hospital on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to noon for the Kids Helping Kids Day – a morning where families can:

– Visit our Teddy Bear Clinic for a child-friendly, hands-on demo of what happens to our patients inside the hospital

– Make cards and blankets to encourage and support our patients

– Enjoy food, games and giveaways, plus a bounce house and more family-friendly activities

Kids Helping Kids

When: Saturday, October 14 | 9 a.m. to noon, after the Hopebuilders 5K
Where: Parking Lot B, in front of the hospital on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children’s Hospital
1000 Blythe Blvd. | Charlotte, NC 28203
Don’t miss out on the fun!
Learn more and RSVP!

Smarty Reminder: HKB’s 7th Annual Beauty Bash

Just a friendly reminder that our Smarty friends at Hunstad/Kortesis/Bharti Cosmetic Surgery (HKB) are hosting their HUGE 7th Annual Beauty Bash October 13th and 14th. That’s THIS week! HK_BB17_300x250_dft1

Mark your calendars and plan to go. This one time, event-only includes specials like:
– 25% OFF Botox ($9.75 per unit) & Dysport ($3.00 per unit)
– $150 OFF any injectable (Juvéderm, Radiesse, Sculptra, Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Belotero)
– 10% OFF a new surgery procedure with doctor consultation
– $200 CREDIT towards a surgical consult
– And MORE!

And due to the overwhelming response to last year’s nonprofit donation by attendees HKB is doing it again this year! All Beauty Bash attendees will have the chance to vote for 1 of 3 local non-profits with the winning non-profit receiving a $10,000 donation from the Bash. Voting will take place at the Friday and Saturday events and the winner will be announced the following week. HKB is partnering with the awesome people over at SHARE Charlotte to donate funds to one very special organization. The lucky nonprofits are:

1. Redeeming Joy – A transformational program that offers sustainable freedoms to women over the age of 18 that have survived human trafficking. They provide holistic and trauma informed services in a safe environment to help bring healing to the complex hurts of those sexually exploited. Read More →

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events October 13-15

Scarowinds Ad CSP

14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC

Great Pumpkin Fest CSP

The Great Pumpkin Fest
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC

HKB’s 7th Annual Beauty BashHK_BB17_300x250_dft1-300x250
RSVP at or 704-659-9000

Friday, October 13/ 4 PM to 7 PM
4625 Piedmont Row Dr, Ste 135 B
Charlotte, NC 28210

Saturday, October 14/ 10 AM to 3 PM
11208 Statesville Rd., Ste. 300
Huntersville, NC 28078

Can’t make the event? Call 704.659.9000 to find out how to take advantage of the specials.


Levine Children’s Hospital’s Kids Helping Kids

Join us for Kids Helping Kids Day, Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to noon – a morning where families can make cards and blankets to encourage and support patients at Levine Children’s Hospital. There will food, games, giveaways and other family-friendly activities. Learn more and RSVP! Read More →

October 10, 2017

Smarty Alert: Charlotte Warehouse Sale Starts This Weekend!

Fall 2017 CLT Warehouse Sale

The Charlotte Warehouse Sale starts this Saturday and runs through the following Sunday! This is NOT your typical consignment sale – it’s actually not a consignment sale at all because it’s all NEW! They sell women’s overstock, name brand, clothing & shoes from your favorite department stores at 65-90% off the original retail price!

Charlotte Warehouse Sale has been holding fabulous shopping events since December 2007. It’s home to one of the area’s largest liquidation event sales for designer apparel and accessories. They carry women’s clothing in all sizes, including Plus & Petite. They receive new merchandise daily so you never know what you will find. Think Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Nine West, Style & Co, INC, Calvin Klein, Karen Scott, Alfred Dunner, Jones New York, Tahari, Michael Kors, JM Collection, American Rag, DKNY, Pink Rose, Rampage to name a few. This is THE sale of the season and it’s the one you’ll want to block out an entire day on your calendar with your besties! Read More →

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