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February 13, 2018

Smarty Giveaway: Free HydraFacial from Hunstad/Kortesis/Bharti Cosmetic Surgery

Smarties, if you’re looking for a non-invasive way to fight the aging process, you’ve hit the jackpot! Meet the HydraFacial, Hunstad/Kortesis/Bharti’s (HKB) new non-invasive, medical grade, skin resurfacing procedure that offers noticeable results with no downtime and no pain. It’s the perfect thing to do before an event or to add to your existing skincare regiment. And guess what? Our friends at Hunstad/Kortesis/Bharti (HKB) are giving away a FREE HydraFacial treatment at their SouthPark office to one lucky Smarty. See? Jackpot!

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February 12, 2018

Getting by with a little help from my friends

At some point in the fog of my first three months as a twin mom, I looked over at my husband, or my sister, or my mom, or the steady stream of friends and family helping me survive each day and said, “We are really doing this.”

I can’t remember who I said it to; I just remember that even with a baby on each arm, it felt surreal.CSPHelpMama

I’d said the same thing before – to a running buddy at about mile 16 of the Alaska Marathon. The sentiment was similar. You’re in the midst of something you knew would be hard. You’re exhausted. Body parts hurt that you didn’t know you had. You’re not 100 percent sure you’re going to make it to the finish line. But you’re there. You’re breathing (and so, blissfully, are the babies). You’re putting one foot in front of the other. And you’re a little bit….proud.

My husband and I had gone into our twin pregnancy eyes wide open. We knew it was a distinct possibility. We’d come down to what we knew was our last IVF attempt – both emotionally and financially. On the big day, our doctor told us our best chance of getting pregnant was to transfer the two healthy embryos we had remaining. So we did. Read More →

February 11, 2018

Smarty Cooking School: Healthier GF Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

When we think of Oatmeal Cookies, we assume they are healthy, right? But, a vast majority of recipes call for a half cup of sugar for one dozen cookies. That’s nearly a TABLESPOON of sugar in each cookie. Yikes! For this recipe, I was determined to alter that. And add some stuff of good nutritional value.


But, I didn’t really mention any of this to my kids, lest they scoff at my efforts. Both kids gave these cookies two thumbs up. Which was a total victory. And so, I think I’ll keep the secret to myself! Read More →

February 9, 2018

Fitness Friday: Carolina Barre & Core Referral Challenge

CBC TeamAdvocacy is the sincerest form of flattery.  When you love something, you will literally tell everyone you know!

Whether it’s a beauty product, a restaurant, something you bought on Amazon or a workout – us Smarties will go tell it on the mountain and share our faves with all of our Smarty friends.

Wouldn’t it be great to get something in return?

Our friends at Carolina Barre are hooking it up!  You can win 3 months of unlimited classes by telling your friends about them!  Carolina Barre will contact them about a super Smarty intro special (10 Days Unlimited Classes for $39!).  For every person you refer that signs up for the intro offer, you will be entered to win 3 months unlimited!  The winner will be contacted at the end of the month on February 28th.

It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy to get started…fill in the referral form and boom done.  Good luck and see you at the barre!

You can always find our Smarty friends at Carolina Barre & Core at:

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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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February 8, 2018

Smarty Steal: Thimble & Bodkin Mommy and Me Aprons

Thimble & Bodkin have been making hand-crafted, stylish Mommy & Me aprons since 2011 and I got my hands on some for me and my girls. When they arrived, I was really impressed with how soft they were and the quality. And, my girls didn’t want to take them off…they have been having tons of fun pretend play with them since they arrived back in November. Thimble and Bodkin

I had all these visions of cooking up a storm during the holidays together and capturing adorable photos of the three of us baking cookies. However, there was cold after cold after cold this winter and as the fevers and runny noses made the rounds around the house, pictures didn’t seem like they would be adorable at all.

Then, Grandma came to visit and we caught this adorable moment of her and my girls cooking some dinner together so I could show all you Smarties how cute these aprons are! Not only do the girls love playing in their aprons and using the pockets and ties, but the “mommy” apron stood up beautifully to Grandma’s cooking marathon for the few days she was visiting…still looks brand new! Read More →

Smarty Podcast: ‘The Queen of Hearts’ Author Kimmery Martin

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 Pop Star birthday parties in the QC, AND professional voice lessons in a studio.Queen of Hearts cover jpg

Today we’re talking to The Queen of Hearts author Kimmery Martin. Kimmery is a Charlotte mom (and former Smarty blogger) who is about to publish her first novel out on February 13. We talk to her a little bit about how she got the idea for her book, her writing process, and what the publishing process was like. Read Smarty Cheryl’s review of The Queen of Hearts here and click here to find out how you can purchase the book.

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Smarty Alert: Carolina Flipz hosts Back Handspring Blitz & Tuck Tech PLUS Open Gym Night

Two big events are coming up at our fave gym, Carolina Flipz, and if you’ve got a cheerleader or gymnast in the house, you’re going to want to mark your calendars. They’re at the PERFECT time for spring cheerleading tryouts.

Back Handspring Blitz

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First up is the Back Handspring Blitz, a back handspring intensive that will give your gymnast, dancer, cheerleader the jump start they need to getting their back handspring, which is harder than it looks! ;-)​ Campers have the flexibility of doing 1, 2, or all three days. Each day the coaches break down the form and technique of the back handspring in order to prepare the mind for what the body is trying to accomplish. In order to prevent muscle soreness each day, they work on different drills, skills, and combinations in order to build up their strength. The BHS Blitz is how my daughter FINALLY, after years of trying, landed her back handspring. The coaches are unbelievably patient and kind – I can’t say enough awesome things about this blitz! Read More →

February 7, 2018

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events February 9-11

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Joined in Education Symposium: “Teach Your Children Well”

Providence Day School
5800 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC
February 13 & 14, See website for schedule and ticket prices

Joined In Education’s next parenting symposium takes place on February 13 & 14, 2018. The keynote address this year will be delivered by Madeline Levine Ph. D., author of New York Times bestsellers Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege. This event will be relevant to parents of toddlers as well as teens. JIE’s goal is to help parents ensure that the next generation can problem solve, think critically and are productive, kind citizens of the world.

Caroline Calouche & Co.: Rouge
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
February 9-10, See website for schedule, Ages 13 and up,
Summary: From comedy to thrills, the CC&Co. dancers will entertain you cabaret-style. We have an exciting evening for you filled with gravity-defying aerial acts and tantalizing dance. This show is for mature audiences (PG). Read More →

Smarty Podcast: Family Ski Trip Tips from Beech Mountain Resort

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 Pop Star birthday parties in the QC, AND professional voice lessons in a studio.

Today we’re talking to Beech Mountain Resorts’s Shawn Williams. She gives us all of the Smartiest tips on taking YOUR family for the best ski trip ever. It’s the perfect month to hit the slopes! You can also click here to read more of Smarty Jen’s tips from her recent trip with the fam. Have fun and happy listening!Beech Winter Wonderland

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February 6, 2018

Smarty Alert: Join Wilderness Adventures for a Night in Charlotte on Feb. 7!


Smarties, we’re super excited to announce our newest partner, Wilderness Adventures! Experts in adventures since 1973, Wilderness Adventures is the pioneer of outdoor adventure trips for students. Based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Wilderness Adventures started in 1973 with a dream of combining love of the outdoors with passion for education. What began as one trip with ten students for eight weeks across the western United States has grown to over 45 trips across six continents with over 25,000 alumni. Their mission is simple: to create life-changing adventures for young people in remarkable locations. We are thrilled to announce Smarty Teen Ansley will be joining the Wilderness Adventure family this summer and we know this will be #lifechanging for her! We can’t wait to follow her journey!

About Wilderness Adventures:


Their Philosophy & Goals:

We know that a small group experience in the wilderness serves as a valuable catalyst to enable our students to become more responsible, tolerant, and self-confident while developing a powerful, all-inclusive community. We also know that through an intimate outdoor experience, our students learn to become peer leaders, acquire a responsible appreciation for the natural wonders of our planet, and develop a newfound environmental ethic to carry with them throughout their lives.

The Wilderness Adventures program is based on four core values. We are educational, we are forward-thinking, we are a launch pad, and we are fun!

Your child’s outdoor adventure starts HERE – Choose from 45 programs for the perfect experience in outdoor adventuring all over the world. Engage in a variety of activities while creating friendships, building community, and developing your leadership skills. Read More →

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