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April 13, 2017

Smarty Movie Review: ‘Gifted’

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Official Hashtag: #GiftedMovie
Directed by: Marc Webb
Written by: Tom Flynn
Produced by: Karen Lunder, Andy Cohen
Cast: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer

Movie Synopsis: Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend.
Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.

Smarty Review: Thumbs Up! I really enjoyed this movie. I found it to be a very touching story. From start to finish, I was invested in the characters. I am not sure I would take my husband to see it, but, it is a great movie to see with my girlfriends.

I definitely will be buying the soundtrack to this movie!

April 12, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a Family 4-Pack to CC&Co.’s Star Gazer!

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Smarties, we introduced you to the amazing Caroline Calouche of Caroline Calouche & Co.(CC&Co.) this past weekend. Caroline and her team at CC&Co. are working around the clock to get their spring production ready: Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space. This spectacular show is next weekend, April 21-23 at Booth Playhouse. In typical Smarty style, we have a giveaway for you so that you and your family can enjoy an evening of fun – perfect to wrap up your #SpringBreak2017!

Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space combines dance and circus arts with powerful visual projections of planets, comets and asteroids 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. This simple notion leads to a spectacular, often thrilling, performance by the southeast’s premier dance and circus arts company, Caroline Calouche & Co., April 21 – 23 at the Booth Playhouse. Read More →

Smarty Scoop for Weekend Events: April 14-16

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

Easter egg 400 At NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, NC
April 15, 8:00am – 11:00am, Ages 5-12, $8-$18
Summary: Now in its third year, the Easter Egg 400 is a festive morning highlighted by entertainment, games, crafts, a movie and photos with the Easter Bunny. Of course, the marquee event of the morning is the actual Easter Egg hunt where each child will get to take home a carton of eggs filled with candy and prizes.

Easter egg Hunt with Uptown Church
Uptown Church Independence Park
300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC
April 15, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Ages infants to 5th grade, Free
Summary: Invite your friends and neighbors to a fun morning with so many fun activities and a fun-interactive gospel presentation!

Easter Happenings At Phillips Place
Phillips Place
6800 Phillips Place Ct., Charlotte, NC
April 15, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Free
Summary: Visit from the Easter Bunny, balloon artist and face paintings. This is great family event and open to the public. Read More →

Smarty Giveaway: Let’s Cook Out {Bug-Free} with Mosquito Authority

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By our Smarty friends at Mosquito Authority Charlotte

I can’t believe this is Mosquito Authority’s 8th season here in Charlotte. This venture was supposed to be a part-time deal that we did in the evening after work and on the weekends for a few people here and there. Today, as I drive around Charlotte, I am humbled and excited when I see our yard signs scattered through the different neighborhoods. (If you don’t see our signs in your neighborhood, we can fix that for you.) So many of those signs were made possible by a family we serve telling another family about what we do. Through happy families and word of mouth, our little business has flourished.

Ten years ago I didn’t even consider that there was an alternative to lathering up with DEET or hoping we had enough Citronella oil to go outside in my yard. Today, I am spoiled and often forget that my yard is a safe-haven from mosquitoes. When a friend invites us over for a cookout, I ask if I can provide a treatment instead of bringing a side dish. I have yet to hear a “no” and typically end up feeling like the hero of the party.

So I have a proposal for you: Let’s have a cookout at your place. Seriously! And yes, I’m inviting myself over. :) I’ll provide the mosquito-free yard, burgers, hot dogs, buns, chips, condiments, soda, water, and napkins. You invite your friends and we’ll talk food, traveling, baseball, Disney and mosquitoes. We’ll hang out for a few, cook up some food, and leave you and your company with full bellies & no mosquitoes. Read More →

Finding My Voice

By our brand-spankin’-new Smarty (so new she doesn’t have a headshot!) Mary Katherine Watkins

Hi everyone. For my first Smarty Pants post, I want to thank Jen and Cheryl for this opportunity and thank – YOU – their loyal readers for reading this.

I’m not sure what my Smarty Pants “voice” will be just yet, but I’m thinking it will be more “reporter” than “opinion” because, let’s be honest, there are a.lot. of opinions floating around right now and there are a.lot. of days that I don’t even like my own opinion, so why would you want to hear my thoughts on current events?


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April 11, 2017

Meet the Paw-fect part of our Smarty Team! (Psst! There’s a giveaway!)

In honor of National Pet Day, CSP is celebrating our little furry companions by giving away this stylish bandana from Kiel James Patrick’s pet collection. It’s all the rage in the pet world!
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A Pawfect World-White (value $28)

Muddy paws, Blazing trails, windblown fur, setting sail–no matter the adventure, our American-made dog accessories can weather the endeavors of even the most venturesome pup.

Product Details: 100% Printed Kona Cotton, KJP Signature paw print, Woven label, 19 Square Inches, Washable, Made in the USA,
Color: White/Navy

And with this fun giveaway, we wanted to introduce you to the pets on our Smarty team! So, without further ado, meet the Smarties pets in the QC!

Smarty Jen P: Henry

Henry Plym, age 4. Cavapoo. Best. Dog. Ever.
Henry completed our family when Mom volunteered to “foster” the live auction puppy at our school fundraiser. We were “puppy shopping” at the time and we were trying to prove to Dad that we were ready, but not yet. We didn’t want to pressure Dad or anything. What we didn’t plan for is falling in love with the baby doggie when we fostered him for the six days before the auction. Well, you can imagine how that went. Henry the Cavapoo – 1, Dad – 0. Henry now sleeps on Dad’s pillow every night. Not kidding.
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Smarty Giveaway: Win a FREE week of SUMMER DAY CAMP at the YMCA (valued up to $300)!

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It’s time for an awesome DAY CAMP GIVEAWAY! One lucky Smarty will win a free week of Summer Day Camp at the Y — you choose the camp, the week and the location! Day camps for kids ages 1 to 16 run from May 30 until September across 14 + locations in the greater Charlotte area. The Y offers a huge variety of camp experiences to spark your child’s interest, excitement and creativity. Check it out:

What you might know about day camps at the Y …

You probably know the Y is a fun and safe place offering traditional day camps with tons of fun activities indoor and out for preschool and elementary ages and pre-teens and teens — and you don’t have to be a member to attend.

And because the Y stands for youth development, health and fitness, it’s a given they’d offer sports camps for baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and swimming — and even dance and cheerleading. All camps are led by well-trained and energetic counselors who are great with kids.2014-06-27_AOF_15493_CMYK Read More →

April 10, 2017

Plan a Visit: The Main Street Children’s Museum

Ready to get social with your little one? I know just the place to start! My first visit to the Main Street Children’s Museum is a one I will forever have etched in my memory. My little one was only 3 months old, but I needed to get out of the house and she needed some social interaction with other little ones. Each “Wee Wednesday” has a theme complete with story-time, songs, interactive play, instruments (sometimes), and the children are able to make the craft of the day at no additional cost! IMG_1509

Although Zoey was only 3 months old during her first visit, she still was able to participate in every aspect of Wee Wednesday. Needless to say, we have been to “Wee Wednesday” and visited the museum during normal hours several times since our first visit. I just had to tell everyone about this perfect little jem tucked in Rock Hill, SC.

In our subsequent visits, Zoey was able to participate in more features at the museum as she began to develop and grow. You and your child will find ways to interact and play in every square inch of this incredible children’s museum. There are even a few areas that are friendly for the not-yet-mobile infants as well! Which is truly a win-win if you’re looking for an activity for the entire family. Read More →

April 9, 2017

Sweet Ollie & Toys from the Heart

Alice Marleaux is one of the strongest mamas I have ever met. One year ago, her sweet son, Oliver (“Ollie”), was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at a mere four weeks old. Alice and her husband, Evan, embraced this diagnosis with an abundant amount of grace and have documented Sweet Ollie’s heart journey. Inevitably, Ollie was in need a heart transplant to save his life…meaning he would need a donor to give their heart, for him. aliceandollie

In honor of Ollie’s One Year “Heart-A-Versary”, this incredible family wants to give back to the same community responsible for giving their son a second chance at life. The Marleaux family wishes to continue to extend their gratitude for his donor and their family through the gift of giving. They will be holding a toy drive, Toys from the Heart, until April 23rd, 2017, through Child Life at the Levine Children’s Hospital.

In describing the toy drive, Alice Marleaux explaines, “We’re going out on a limb here and hoping desperately that others want to help us celebrate the gift of life and Ollie’s heartaversary. We’re hoping that we can take a brave, selfless gift of love and make the ripples of that action extend far and wide. We’re hoping that you’ll help us say thank you in a beautiful loving way.”

In response to their wishes, Child Life at the Levine Children’s Hospital has sent the following list of much needed items for their youngest (newborns/infants) patients. ***All items MUST be new for sanitation purposes*** Read More →

April 8, 2017

Smarty Spotlight: Caroline Calouche

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Aerial dance is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring styles to watch as it is truly an artistic interpretation of grace, strength and gravity-defying creativity. We are so lucky to have an amazing artist on the pulse of the aerial dance scene here in Charlotte, Caroline Calouche.

Caroline founded Charlotte’s only aerial and contemporary dance company and school, Caroline Calouche & Co (CC&Co.), a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring people of diverse backgrounds to explore beyond their boundaries through performance and education. Her vision is to create educational opportunities for people to experience the world from a unique and artistic perspective, which will enrich their lives and the lives of those around them.

Straight from her bio because this is just beyond impressive:
Caroline Calouche has taught contemporary dance, Pilates, Gyrokinesis and ballet at UNC Charlotte, Winthrop University, The Belmont School of Ballet, Gaston Dance Theatre and The School of North Carolina Dance Theatre. Her dance and fitness teaching background has allowed her to become a sought after aerial dance instructor. Not only has Caroline developed a safe method and syllabus of teaching Aerial Silk, Sling, Trapeze, Lyra, Corde Lisse and Spanish Web, she is able to teach students how to incorporate floor work with their apparatus to seamlessly move from the ground up and back again.

I’m excited for Smarty Charlotte to get to know Caroline through her productions, her camps, her summer intensives and also her super fun recos of her favorite things all over Charlotte.

Meet the one and only, Caroline Calouche! Read More →

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