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March 9, 2017

Get your tickets to Charlotte Youth Ballet’s Spring Production: ‘Coppelia’


Get your ballerinas ready and grab tickets for your entire family to Charlotte Youth Ballet’s (CYB) Coppelia, performed by the Charlotte Youth Ballet in collaborations with Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico and the Mauro Ballet Company of Puerto Rico. This is a family-friendly event not to be missed!

The delightful tale of Coppelia presents a budding romance between two young villagers, Franz and Swanilda, alongside the curious working of their eccentric neighbor Dr. Coppelius. Dr. Coppelius, a mad inventor has created a beautiful life-like doll. Infatuated at the sight of the inventor’s new doll, “Coppelia”, Frantz sneaks into Dr. Coppelius’ workshop and mayhem ensues! Following the show, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the cast during a free autograph and photograph meet and greet.

Performance Dates & Times:

Friday March 17, 2017 | 10am (Preview Performance)
Saturday March 18, 2017 | 1:30pm & 5:30pm
Sunday March 19, 2017 | 2:30pm

Smarty Tip: Girl Scouts can enjoy a special Before the Curtain presentation before the matinee performances. Read More →

March 8, 2017

Smarty Scoop for Weekend Events: March 10-12

Discovery Place

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


“DeWitched” is a story about the fairytale witches and their quest to retire from a life of evil scheming. But how? With help of a mischievous magic mirror, the gals concoct a plan to make it all happen! The original score is filled with jazz, pop, gospel and edgy tunes and Charlotte’s favorite actors will read and sing this musical comedy.

Sharon Presbyterian Church Chapel
5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
Performances will be at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, March 11th
This show is appropriate for all ages but would be enjoyed best by ages 12 and up.
Talk back session and written survey will follow. Feedback is encouraged!
Admission is FREE but donations are welcome.

Run Jen Run Race Festival 2017

RunJenRun 5K Race Festival
The 5th annual RunJenRun 5K is this Saturday in Symphony Park, SouthPark. All proceeds will benefit the GoJenGo Foundation, a community of caring people brought together for the common purpose of assisting people in their fight against breast cancer. Details here.

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Your Mom’s Donuts: A Mom and kid-friendly Donut Shop


I’m no food critic, but I am a foodie…A junk-foodie at heart, but sweets have become irresistible since giving birth to my now, 11-month-old. Yes, I am well aware of other donut establishments in the area and I have tried them all. I have tried them all with my tiny tornado and I promise you, Your Mom’s Donuts is the BEST place to go meet with a friend (or two) and enjoy some delicious donuts with your little one.

The first experience I had at Your Mom’s Donuts, was with my doula and several of her other clients. Our little ones had each been born within months of one another. We were tired, sleep-deprived, in need of adult interaction and what better place to meet than a donut shop?!? I remember driving quite a distance (40 minutes) with a screaming 4-month-old thinking to myself, “this better be worth it!”IMG_3067

I remember walking in and smelling the sweet aroma of freshly baked dough and chocolate (two of my favorite things!). I remember seeing a mom, hard at work behind the counter, wearing her baby on her back while she worked. Their menu was an abundant chalkboard full of tasty treats, and literally THE BEST hot and cold-brew coffee. The trip was beyond worth it. In fact, we’ve made the drive several times just to experience these delectable donuts. To put it plainly, these donuts are simply heaven on earth and a MUST-DO in the Charlotte/surrounding area. Read More →

March 7, 2017

Smarty Tips for Divorce Part 1: Divorce Primer

CSP Team Note: This is the first in a three-part series written by Rebecca Wofford, a family law attorney and partner at Wofford Law, PLCC to help our readers navigate the divorce process. Rebecca is also founder of The Lunch Project – see her most recent Smarty Mom profile here and her first profile here – she was also 2014 Smarty Mom of the Year!). Nobody wants to go through this, but when this is the best option for you, we’re hoping this series of blog posts will be helpful to you.

When a marriage breaks down, what do you do? This is something we have trouble talking about in our polite society. Even when surrounded by a group of mom friends — our tribe who normally lets their hair down and shares the “real” stuff — the mention of divorce can quiet the room and cause our most down-to-earth friends to look around the room nervously and then change the subject. Yet, we all have friends who have gone through this process. One-on-one, we have held their hands, looked them in the eye and told them it will be o.k. when we have no idea if this is true and then we worry and hope that it will all work out. Or, that they will stop talking about their divorce simply because we don’t know what to say. So, our friends going through divorce are left to consult with other people who have gone through the process and, unfortunately, they hear a lot of horror stories about how awful the legal system treats people, how attorneys don’t really care about what is going on in their lives and how life will never be the same now that they are going through divorce.image1

Here’s the thing — life will change, and divorce is hard, but it does not mean that change cannot be a blessing if this change is meant to be. It is time we start talking about the things we fear the most and resolve to become educated so we can make the best decisions we can for our families. It is also time we understand the hard stuff so we can support our mom friends going through divorce. This is why I decided to write about this. There is a lot of misinformation about divorce and, although it is one of the hardest things people go through, it can have a positive outcome. You and your ex-spouse can continue to co-parent successfully although you now have a legal document that says you are no longer wife and husband. Read More →

March 6, 2017

Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer with The First Tee of Greater Charlotte

By Smarty Guest Blogger Aly Bridwell, The First Tee of Greater Charlotte

1. It increases your personal health

1When you volunteer, you are focusing your attention on others, and not on yourself. Perhaps you have a lot going on in your life at the moment…or perhaps a recent college graduate…or maybe you just need a break from your day job. Whatever the reason may be, volunteering is a great way to free your mind, and relax. Especially when you get to hang out with the amazing kids at The First Tee of Greater Charlotte!

2. You learn something new

2So you want to be a volunteer with The First Tee of Greater Charlotte-but you don’t think you can because you have never played golf-let alone coached anyone in golf-before. That is okay! At The First Tee of Greater Charlotte, we take volunteers of all skill levels. Rest assured, our volunteers come from a variety of different backgrounds and skill levels. Prior to the start of each season, Volunteer Orientations and Trainings are offered where you will learn all the necessary skills needed to assist with classes. While you are teaching the participants new skills-you could be learning new skills yourself. Read More →

The benefits of intergenerational experiences

The way life is structured today, we are insulated from a lot of experiences prior generations benefited from. Our social lives are often structured according to age: grades/schools, careers, ages of our kids, retirement communities, church groups, book clubs, as well as fitness classes. Our families often live hours or plane rides apart, making opportunities for intergenerational get-togethers infrequent. As a result, we tend to interact on most days with peers who are in similar age groups. Specifically, the predominant influencers in many of our children’s lives are their peers.image1

However, intergenerational experiences contribute to our children feeling more connected, allowing them to see beyond their own horizons. Throughout my own life, I have reflected on how intergenerational interactions have made me feel, how they have shaped me, and how those interactions broadened my horizons.

Just yesterday, we participated in an intergenerational baking activity with members of our church. The youth gathered in the older members’ homes and collaborated on a recipe together. I saw how special the opportunity was while observing the bakers of varying ages interact with one another. The youth and adults felt important, as well as a sense of belonging to a community.

On the drive home, I shared stories about how similar interactions throughout my life gave me a greater appreciation for people of all ages and taught me about the world. While sharing these accounts, I thought about how amazing it would be to allow my kids the opportunity to experience some of the same (minus the paper route). Read More →

March 5, 2017

Join Belk and Wacoal for Fit for the Cure

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Did you know 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra? Did you know that the right bra can take 10 pounds and 10 year off of your figure? Get fit for the right size bra and help end breast cancer. Belk and Wacoal Fit for the Cure is once again taking it mobile and heading to Tega Cay, SC for the 4th year in a row. For everyone woman who participates in a complimentary fitting, Belk & Wacoal will each donate $2 to Susan G. Komen. Belk and Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal or b.tempt’d bra pre-sold during this event.

Event Details

Belk and Wacoal Fit for the Cure
Monday, March 13
9 am – 6 pm
Lower level of the Glennon Community Center, 15083 Molokai Drive – Tega Cay, SC 29708 (just beside the Tega Cay Golf Club) Read More →

March 4, 2017

Catching up with Smarty Mom: Rebecca Wofford


Rebecca Wofford is a mover and shaker. When I first met her a few years ago, I was so amazed by her passion when she started The Lunch Project. This woman literally moved mountains to feed the children of Tanzania. What started as a work trip ended in a life-changing decision to put her law endeavors on hold and help feed children halfway across the world. We’re happy to report that The Lunch Project is now feeding 1,800 children lunch every day! WOW!

Now, Rebecca is back to her other passion of law and is focusing on what she loves, family law. Even better, she partnered with her hubby and they are providing families personalized law representation and will work together to give families the best solutions.

We’re excited to announce that Rebecca will be writing a 3-part series on CSP, to help our readers navigate the divorce process. Nobody wants to go through this, but when this is the best option for you, we’re certain you’d want Rebecca Wofford and crew in your court.

Let’s catch up with Rebecca! Read More →

March 3, 2017

Fitness Friday: Flywheel turns 5!

Flywheel Sports Charlotte is celebrating their 5th birthday on March 18 and they are inviting you to join the fun! Get ready for DJ rides, a FLY 90 minute ride featuring 5 instructors, raffles in classes, treats in the lobby and more! Also they will be running a package promotion to celebrate their big day. If you purchase a package of classes, you will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of Bruno Mars tickets for his 24K Magic World Tour concert at Spectrum Center on September 14 at 7:00pm.

So mark your calendars and get ready for one big day of excitement, sweat, and fun!

Please send all inquiries to

You can find Flywheel Charlotte at:

Flywheel Charlotte
2907 Providence Rd
Charlotte, NC 28211
(980) 819-8501

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March 1, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a FREE week of camp at YMCA Camp Thunderbird, a $950 value!

Camp thunderbird 2017 Giveaway


It’s summer camp planning season which means it’s time for another awesome CAMP GIVEAWAY! Today we bring you a free week of camp at YMCA Camp Thunderbird! One lucky Smarty will win one week of camp, Sessions 1 or 6, June 4 – 9 or August 6 -11. Read on!

Camp Thunderbird’s one-week sessions offer all the fun and discovery of camp, with an emphasis on:

-FRIENDSHIPS and TEAM SPIRIT with a cabin group, who stays together for all activities.
-Closer TIES TO COUNSELORS who stay with cabin groups throughout the day.
-Sampling the myriad camp ADVENTURES with preset activity schedules.
-Calendar FLEXIBILITY for the camper with busy vacation, sports and/or working schedules at home.
-Introducing the INDEPENDENCE of camp to new campers and parents. Read More →

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