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November 29, 2017

The 2017 Smarty Holiday Toy Gift Guide – it’s all here!

Smarty Holiday Gift Guide

Alrighty, Smarties. Here is your one-stop, need-nothing-else, ultimate source for all things gifts 2017. We have SO LOVED working with Toys & Co to come up with each and every age group. Keep in mind, we shopped high and low to come up with our ultimate gift suggestions. Many products are at Toys & Co, and some are available only via our links in each post. So if in doubt, call Toys & Co ahead of time! Happy shopping, Smarties!

Smarty Toy Gift Guide 2017

Ages 0-2: classics mixed in with some freshies. Love this list.

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Smarty Giveaway: Local gifts for the hostess with the mostest!


We know how crazy busy this time of year is for you, so we’ve got a super fun giveaway (and gift list!) that will help you check off a few boxes on your holiday list. We teamed up with some of our Smarty local favorites to help you with the perfect gifts for your hosts, hostesses, neighbors, friends, & family. Show them love by selecting these charming gifts from our local friends. Keep on reading – one of each item will be given away to some extremely lucky CSP readers. Merry, merry!

Ella B Candles: Hostess with the Mostess Candle & Cloister Whipped Cinnamon Honey

Ella B Hostess with Mostess

Our go-to gift every holiday season is an Ella B candle. Partially because we are HUGE fans of local founder, Julie Tassy. And partially because they are just PERFECT and packaged in a precious box with a bow.

Show up with the Hostess with the Mostess candle and Cloister Whipped Cinnamon Honey and you’ll be sure to be invited back. A delightful blend of tarragon, basil and patchouli – this is the perfect kitchen candle.

One lucky Smarty wins this fab gift set, valued at $35!

You can always purchase Ella B candles in our favorite stores all across Charlotte. Visit to find your closest retailer.

The Buttercup: Champagne Bears & Cocktail Napkins

Buttercup Hostess Gift

Nothing says “thanks for the invite” better than this “Cheers y’all” cocktail set! Give your hostess these precious Southern napkins paired with yummy champagne gummy bears. Hide these from the kids, grown-ups only!

Our lucky Smarty will win this hostess set, valued at $18.50! Happy partying!

Recently rebranded and now 2nd generation Charlotte family-owned, the Buttercup is a Charlotte icon tucked right in the heart of Myers Park. Their quaint yellow brick building has been a Charlotte icon for over 40 years. The Buttercup is hands down the best spot to shop for gifts this holiday season – from candles, to jewelry, to art, and stationery, now offering in-house monogramming – you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday list, especially your hostess!


You can find the Buttercup at:
343 Providence Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina
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November 28, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Bringing up blepharoplasty

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

Do your parents have dark circles around their eyes? Do they look tired even if they got a full night’s sleep? Do they have difficulty seeing out of the corners of their eyes? If so, the skin around their eyes may have started to sag or the fat has started to protrude, and it may be time to talk to them about a facial plastics procedure called blepharoplasty.

What is happening around their eyes?

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As we age, the skin around our eyes becomes lax and stretches. The fat, which normally sits around the eyeball, herniates through weaknesses in the fine membranes, resulting in visible lumps or bulges. These changes tend to narrow our eyes. While these changes are inherited in some cases, for most people they start to develop in their early 30s. Not only can this make our eyes look smaller and tired, in some cases it can impair our peripheral vision. Peripheral vision is the ability to see things to the sides of us when we are looking straight ahead. Read More →

November 27, 2017

Golden Gratitude

Gratitude is growing in popularity and I like it. Go into any store and you will see the word gratitude stamped on items from notebooks and mugs to shirts and workout gear. While some may say this is merely a trend that will soon move on, I prefer to think that these mindfulness reminders are here to stay. Beyond material reminders, more and more books, talks, and lessons are further embedding the benefits of gratitude, reminding us all to be actively grateful.Gold heart

I have also noticed the font color most often used to inscribe the word gratitude is gold, as it should be – gold is bright, happy, shiny, and doesn’t go unnoticed. Traditionally, gold signifies the best of the best. Like the properties of gold, gratitude makes life happier and shinier, nor does it go unnoticed. Expressing gratitude is like pressing the pause button on life – with gratitude we see more to be thankful for.

I remember pressing down the five corners of the gold star that my teachers placed on the top of my papers with pride. The act of giving that shiny gold star represented the gratitude that my teacher had for my hard work. That gold star also represented so much more, something that my subconscious understood: when we do well in school or in anything for that matter, we unknowingly express gratitude. Our attitude for gratitude improves our mental strength. I was grateful to learn and for the relationship I had with my teachers, to be recognized (not that I had the insight to completely frame it this way as a child).

There is a quote that reads: gratitude turns what we have into enough. Instead of seeing our worlds riddled with shortcomings and emptiness, lacking this and that, we simply have enough. We are enough. The corners of our mouths turn into a smile, followed by feelings of wholeness and serenity. We are okay, more than okay. Not only does gratitude turn what we have into enough, it feeds our soul, empowering every cell in our being. Read More →

November 26, 2017

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: Let’s GIVE It Up For Giving Tuesday!

#GivingTuesdayCLT is Charlotte’s local #GivingTuesday effort, uniting 235 local nonprofits. Visit through Nov. 28 to donate money, time or goods to help make Charlotte stronger.

We’re in the throws of a shopping frenzy. It likely started with 25 trips to Harris Teeter last week to prepare for ONE family meal. Thankfully, we most likely spent Thanksgiving with loved ones. Then, we likely survived Black Friday (or slept through it) and are eagerly watching our emails today for crazy good Cyber Monday deals. That’s great, but we probably need a shopping detox. Enter, Giving Tuesday!YogaInAction_photo

Now in its sixth year, Giving Tuesday was created a way to counteract the consumerism of the days preceding it. This day is a day for communities to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Read More →

November 24, 2017

From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: Volunteering with the Library

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It’s that time of year again – for family gatherings, being thankful and giving back. While the Library may not be the first place you think of when choosing an organization to support through volunteerism, it is because of our many dedicated volunteers that Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is able to expand our capacity to serve and do more for the community.

In the last year, more than 1,400 volunteers donated 61,000 hours of their time to support the Library – valued at more than $1.8 million in donated services. Thank you to those who have given of their time so generously to help the Library improve lives and build a stronger community.

Here are a few ways you can get involved too!

Become a library volunteer

With 20 locations across Mecklenburg County, opportunities to get involved aren’t hard to find. Are you looking for a way to help children improve their reading skills? Do you have a green thumb and can help maintain library greenery? Or, do you have a knack for organization and want to help by shelving books? Check out the Library’s website for these volunteer opportunities and more. Read More →

November 22, 2017

One of my favorite holiday performances of the year…Jami Masters School of Dance presents Happy Holidays!


OK, I’m a little biased, my daughter is in it this year, and yes, I’m beaming with pride, as always:-) BUT, JMSD Happy Holidays has always been one of my favorite holiday shows for years. Before my girls were into dance, we made it our tradition to see all of the Nutcracker and holiday performances during the holiday season. We make it a Girls Night Out with dinner and a show every weekend in December. My girls live for this tradition now and we’re thrilled that it’s a JMSD Happy Holidays year!

Every other year, Jami Masters School of Dance puts on an AMAZING production called Happy Holidays. This is a beautiful, fun and sweet performance with dancers ranging from age 3 all the way up to seniors in high school and performing a variety of dances. Happy Holidays is produced and choreographed by professionals – this is NOT your typical recital performance, this is the real deal perfect for the season. You will leave in tears of joy!

On Happy Holidays from JMSD:

Happy Holidays is an original dance production that delights and captures the hearts of audiences of all ages. Set to your favorite holiday music and featuring classical ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance, Happy Holidays offers family-friendly holiday entertainment.

Come and be a part of Angel’s earthly journey as she is sent to find the true meaning of the holiday. Travel with her through the Winter Wonderland, a Sweet Bakeshop, and the Magical Toyshop, as she discovers the gifts of hope, love, peace, faith, forgiveness and joy. Share the gift of dance with your family and friends and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays at Happy Holidays. Read More →

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events November 24-26

14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
November 24 – December 10, See website for schedule, All ages, $25+
Summary: WinterFest is packed with all the sights, sounds, food and experiences of the holiday season. The state line will shine bright with over 5 million shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree and lavish displays. Live shows and strolling performers will be delighting guests and spreading Christmas cheer for all to hear. Festive fun and hands-on holiday activities will be located throughout the park, and sweet aromas from special holiday dishes and desserts will fill the midways. Plus, there will be up to 16 rides open to complete your night of memory making.

The Sound Of Music
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
November 24-26, See website for schedule, $25 and up
Summary: The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Charlotte. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Read More →

November 21, 2017

Register now for Carolina Flipz’s Flip Flop While You Shop

Carolina Flipz Girls

Our friends at Carolina Flipz are offering stressed out parents and energetic kids an amazing gift. On December 1, they are hosting their super popular Kids Night Out. That means, for four hours the kids can jump, tumble, and swing while YOU can shop, eat, play, and relax. Happy Holidays to Y-O-U!

Here are the details:

Carolina Flipz Flip Flop While You Shop

December 1, 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy Suite B
Pineville, NC 28134

Member – $25
Nonmember – $35
Pizza dinner included

Sign up now by calling 704-544-4511. Space is limited! Read More →

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