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July 12, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events July 14-16

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• Calling all kids! Come to Carowinds on July 15-16 for an extra-special event that’s just for our younger fans! KidsFest will feature musical performances from Choo-Choo Soul, super-fun interactive games and activities designed just for kids and their families.

• Experience all the sensational stunts and amazing acrobats of Cirque Imagine

• @Carowinds entertainment has an exciting line up of shows for your whole family to enjoy!

The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy Mooresville, NC
Summer Hours and open swim dates and times
Summary: The Quarry at Carrigan Farms, LLC is a natural, spring fed, body of water where swimming is enjoyed by many at company picnics, private events and specific open-to-the public times. Located in Mooresville, NC, The Quarry was mined in the late 1960’s for its granite stone, which was used in the construction of interstate 77. Once a spring was discovered, the quarry filled with water and is now a favorite spot for those wanting to cool off in the summer. At select times, it is open for individuals, as open swim and at other times, it is available for private reservations only. Read More →

Springfree celebrates its first anniversary!

Our favorite trampoline, Springfree Trampoline, is celebrating its first anniversary at the Blakeney location and Y-O-U can join in on the fun. There will be free fun and entertainment for kids of all ages. You’ll have a chance to enter to win a Springfree trampoline of your own, dance it out with a DJ, enjoy free food and drinks, face painting, giveaways, and of course all the trampoline jumping you can handle!

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Event Details

Springfree Trampoline First Anniversary Party
Sat, 22 July 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
9848-E Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
Register here

July 11, 2017

Hit Carowinds this weekend for KidsFest – a Just-For-Kids Celebration!

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Join our Smarty friends at Carowinds this weekend for their popular KidsFest – A Just-for-Kids Celebration with performances by Choo Choo Soul and the PEANUTS™ Gang! KidsFest, a celebration for the youngest Carowinds’ guests, is happening this Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16. This summer festival is fun and educational for Carowinds’ smaller fans and highlights all the best things about being a kid including: dance parties, science experiments, interactive games and activities and a meet and greet with local heroes. All activities will take place on both days unless otherwise specified. Read More →

Smarty Alert and Giveaway: ‘Nordstrom to You’ hits the QC

For Smarty Pants fans of Postmates and other order-from-your-couch delivery services, have I got some news for you.

A month after Amazon Prime Now launched in Charlotte, Nordstrom SouthPark is hitting the same-day delivery trend right on time with a merchandise delivery service, called “Nordstrom to You,” which is about as amazing as the name is obvious. From July 13-16, Nordstrom SouthPark will launch the “To You” pilot program for Charlotte customers timed with the start of the yearly Anniversary sale, which runs until August 6.nord anny sale2

I’ll get into exactly how “Nordstrom to You” works down below, but let’s talk quickly about what this means first. Imagine it:

Scenario A: You have literally tried on your whole closet; nothing fits, you have an important [insert dreaded social event where you will be surrounded by negative zeros with high fashion sense and still you own 87 cardigans from college]. Log-on to Nordstrom.com; order a few items that you can try on in the privacy of your own judgement-free closet; and WHAM-O, those items are delivered to you before 4PM eastern standard time. Done. Read More →

July 10, 2017

Smarty Summer Butterfly Project

If you’re looking for an easy, fun (and no mess) summer project to inspire wonderment in your children, then you definitely should check out the butterfly project we just completed. And you might be surprised by the childlike excitement that you too will experience.

We ordered painted lady butterfly caterpillars from Carolina.com and within a week, six little guys arrived in a small plastic covered cup containing all the food they would need to make their transformation. I found it amusing that the website Carolina.com takes one to a website dedicated to insects and educational items and not the Panthers, Tar Heels, or Gamecocks. Who knew!

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The caterpillars were not very active upon arrival and were less than one inch in size. Within a day or two, they started feeding while leaving small web trails. They were like toddlers practicing walking. And if you think your kids grow quickly, watching caterpillars grow is like watching the world through a time lapse lense. Read More →

Mosquito Authority offers free treatment to expectant moms

By our Smarty friends at Mosquito Authority

Last season, when the threat of Zika struck a nerve with so many, your friends at Mosquito Authority wanted to fight back. To show that we were serious, we started offering a FREE TREATMENT to expectant mothers. A year later we continue to support the same movement. If you are an expectant mother and have concerns about mosquito-borne illness, please feel free to take advantage of our FREE TREATMENT offer.Mosquito Authority New-Logo-FINAL-JPG

Fine print: Expectant mothers should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites in order to reduce the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease like Zika, including but not limited to wearing repellent containing Picaridin or DEET. Eliminating mosquitoes may also help reduce your risk. For more information on Zika and Pregnancy, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy. To redeem this offer, contact Mosquito Authority at 704-999-1808 or charlotte@bugsbite.com

July 9, 2017

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: SummerSHARE LemonAID Stand for Good

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

OK Smarty Parents! We’ve got a contest where EVERYONE wins! Wait, what? Everyone? Yes, everyone! Iced LemonAID

For many neighbors in Charlotte, summer brings a time of great need. Groceries are hard to come by and many families in our community rely on resources from local organizations to make it through the summer months. Did you know that summer is when Charlotte’s food pantries become depleted? Need does not get a vacation. Read More →

July 8, 2017

Smarty Mom: Susie Oringel

I met Susie several years ago when my sister was looking for a cottage to rent on Kiawah Island. She does a terrific job of ensuring that her clients have an amazing vacation and that dedication has quickly built her business to include 30 rental properties. She’s dealt with all sorts of unique challenges (like breaking up the squirrel party on the roof of my sunroom!) and loves to turn vacations into terrific family memories. 12017488_10207482252084032_2040732121431777888_o

Smarty Stats:

Married to: Joe Oringel for 22 years
Children: Jake, 17, Jules, 15, and Daniel, 12
Years in Charlotte: 14
Hometown: I was an Air Force brat and I went to 8 schools in 12 years
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Occupation: Founder of Kiawah By Owner, LLC – a vacation rental agency

With all of the fantastic beaches around Charlotte, why did you decide on Kiawah Island as the place to buy a vacation home?

Joe and I moved to Charlotte in 2003 and started talking about getting a small beach cottage. We had visited several beaches and then went to Kiawah – it was the very best! We immediately fell in love with the island and quickly bought and began to renovate a 2-bedroom cottage. We love the natural vegetation on Kiawah with its old oak and magnolia trees. Riding our bikes on the hard packed beach sand and watching the dolphins are our favorites way to enjoy Kiawah. Read More →

July 7, 2017

Fitness Friday: Carolina Barre & Core 4th Anniversary Celebration

FullSizeRCarolina Barre & Core is turning 4 and they are inviting YOU (and you and you and you – ALL OF YOU!) to their party!  Come meet the instructors, as well as members of the Carolina Barre & Core community, to see what it’s all about.

Date and Time:  Saturday, July 8th (tomorrow!), 7PM

LocationCarolina Barre & Core, 2901 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209

Details:  They will be rolling out their new “Core Member” program.  There will be giveaways, food, drink, incentives and special swag!

RSVP:  The best part? RSVP not needed. JUST SHOW UP!  Bring a friend, bring a neighbor, bring your significant other.


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Carolina 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

Email: info@carolinabarre.com
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July 5, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events July 7-9

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• Experience all the sensational stunts and amazing acrobats of Cirque Imagine

• @Carowinds entertainment has an exciting line up of shows for your whole family to enjoy!

The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy Mooresville, NC
Summer Hours and open swim dates and times
Summary: The Quarry at Carrigan Farms, LLC is a natural, spring fed, body of water where swimming is enjoyed by many at company picnics, private events and specific open-to-the public times. Located in Mooresville, NC, The Quarry was mined in the late 1960’s for its granite stone, which was used in the construction of interstate 77. Once a spring was discovered, the quarry filled with water and is now a favorite spot for those wanting to cool off in the summer. At select times, it is open for individuals, as open swim and at other times, it is available for private reservations only. Read More →


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