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June 9, 2017

Smarty Movie Review: Wonder Woman

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Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Rated: PG-13
Run time: 2 hours 21 minutes

Wonder Woman—it’s about time but it was worth the wait!

I grew up watching Wonder Woman. Whether it was the Super Friends cartoon on Saturday morning (where she had that fantastic invisible jet) or the live action Lynda Carter version on TV, I was completely hooked. I even had my very own Wonder Woman bathing suit (though it never occurred to me at the time that I couldn’t fill out the suit quite like Lynda could!) So I was thrilled to hear that Hollywood was finally making a movie about my favorite childhood superhero. We first met Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice where she had a relatively small role. This time around, we get her full origin story and it’s quite a tale. Read More →

June 8, 2017

A Poem for the Teething Fairy

There is nothing nice I could possibly say,teething fairy poem pic
You’ve come unannounced and not welcome to stay.
I look like an extra from The Walking Dead,
And visions of punching you dance through my head.

My child can’t sleep and you’ve stuffed up her nose,
There’s no shortage of snot…it continuously flows.
Tantrums occur at an alarming rate,
And naps (if they happen) are never so great. Read More →

June 7, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events June 9-11


14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
Saturdays and Sundays, See website for schedule, All ages
Summary: The park is open 7 days a week, Get your season tickets now!. Check out the Waterpark, the new Country Fair, Rock the Park is here…

Summer Pops

Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops events take place on Sundays from June 4-July 1 at Symphony Park, SouthPark. From Hollywood hits, music from Star Wars to Broadway, Jazz and Patriotic favorites, these one-of-a-kind musical picnic experiences are some of the most highly anticipated events of the season! Fun FAQ’s about the concerts HERE.

Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops kicks off this weekend! Read More →

June 6, 2017

Summer blockbusters

Beat the heat this summer by checking out some of this year’s much anticipated kid-friendly movies! Here is a rundown of this summer’s hottest family movies! Thanks to IMDB for the rundown of upcoming flicks – be sure to check them out for movie info, trivia and so much more!

diaryofwimpykidDiary of a Wimpy Kid
Rated PG
Release date: May 19

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

captain underpantsCaptain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Rated PG
Release date: June 2

Every time my daughter watches this trailer, she is belly laughing! We can’t wait to check this one out! Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Read More →

Smarty Steal: Get one class free at the newest CycleBar studio

South Charlotte Smarties, listen up! One of Charlotte’s favorite cycle boutique fitness studios has expanded to Waverly on Providence Road and YOU could try it out for FREE. CycleBar, which opened its first location in Midtown less than a year ago, has opened a second location in the Waverly community. CycleBar, a premium indoor cycling studio that offers a high-energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere; concierge-level service; and premium amenities, will celebrate its grand opening on June 19. But, from June 8-18, the studio will hold its “CycleBlast,” which allows Smarties all over Charlotte to experience one free class prior to its official opening. There will be 50 available classes; each holding up to 50 riders. No excuses, Smarties!CBRIDERS2

Here’s what CycleBar says about its classes:

CycleBar classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre and are led by CycleStar instructors who take participants through a 50-minute high energy ride. The CycleTheatre features tiers for 50 bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and state-of-the-art audio with a DJ booth. Riders can also track performance data via CycleStats and can download music used in the class session. After class, riders cool down with fresh fruit and enhanced water, while aromatherapy helps guests relax throughout the facility. CycleBar offers a pay-per-class model, with no membership necessary. Concierge service and amenities include free towels, showers, lockers, and shoes. Read More →

June 5, 2017

How a rabbit taught our family lessons

If you follow my posts, you know I write from the heart. When I first started writing for Charlotte Smarty Pants, I have to say, it felt a little uncomfortable. Why? One word: vulnerability. Once I post, I know I am potentially opening myself up to judgement.Andie

I have a story to share involving a parenting decision that has received applause and scorn at the same time – it’s a story that I haven’t shared with many because quite honestly, it makes me feel vulnerable, and it still has the potential to unsettle me. Here is the story of Andie:

Andie was a miniature Netherland dwarf rabbit, our pet of two years. Her runt size made her the smallest of the dwarfs and allowed her to live inside, in a cage, in our sunroom. Andie was ridiculously cute. Seriously. And debunking all rabbit truths, she never bit a single person, never chewed a single item, and even loved hanging out with our dogs. Andie possessed all rabbit perfectionisms. But we were not perfect for her. Read More →

June 4, 2017

Smarty Save the Date: Claire’s Army Gala 2017


One of our favorite organizations in town, Claire’s Army, is hosting a new fundraiser, Claire’s Army Gala, presented by Steelfab this summer and now is your chance to purchase tickets. This black-tie-optional affair will be Claire’s Army signature fundraiser and will include cocktails, dinner, auction, a live band and dancing. There will be fun, joy, celebration and, most importantly, a deep connection to the families served by Claire’s Army that will move you, to say the least.

We recently highlighted Claire’s Army’s Executive Director and Claire’s mom, Emily Ratliff. Emily and Claire’s Army are doing such awesome things in our city all in honor of sweet Claire, but they can’t do it alone. We hope you’ll join the rest of the army this August! Read More →

June 3, 2017

Smarty Mom: Caris Malone

I am SO happy and honored to introduce you to this week’s Smarty Mom, Caris Malone. Caris is a one-of-a-kind ray of sunshine that popped into my life a few years ago when she became owner of the Pure Barre Ballantyne studio. She is, without a doubt, the reason I love Pure Barre and our studio so much. She’s a leader who’s real, honest, funny, compassionate, and just an all around awesome woman – you know, the kind of girl you want to stick by in this crazy life.IMG_7386

Caris is also a busy mama-in-the-trenches to two sweet girls, Ella and Lucy. She’s setting such an amazing example for her girls of a strong working mom who’s confident enough to learn from a mistake or laugh at herself. Love that about her. She’s easy to talk to – so easy that you might be chatting it up with her and find yourself three rosés deep before you know it. And then you’ll want a fourth, despite the morning headache that you know is most definitely coming, just so you can stay a little while longer with her.

She’s got a smile that will make you smile, a heart as big as the sun, and a killer Pure Barre ledge. She is one seriously cool chick, and I am SO lucky I get to call her a friend. If you want a chance to meet her or take one of her awesome classes (or understand what the heck a “Pure Barre ledge” is and how you can get one), come by Pure Barre Ballantyne. New clients get a week FREE. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Smarties, have fun getting to know Caris Malone!

Smarty Mom: Caris Malone

Married to: Chris for 7 years in October
Children: Ella Jane, 4 1/2 and Lucy, 2
Years in Charlotte: 12 years
Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA
Neighborhood: Sherwood Forest
Alma Mater: UNCG
Occupation: Partner/Co-Owner of Pure Barre Ballantyne

You’re the owner of Pure Barre Ballantyne. What made you fall in love with Pure Barre enough to make it your career?

There are so many different ways I could answer this question, but bottom line is that it combines all the things I am most passionate about: an active life, lifting others up, and helping people grow stronger both physically and mentally. Read More →

June 2, 2017

Fitness Friday: Take advantage of one of these incredible Flywheel Sports specials

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It’s officially summer and school is out! Flywheel Sports has some of the FLYest special offers for students, teachers and military personnel. Now’s the time to take advantage and work towards your fittest summer yet! Are you new-to-Flywheel Sports? Your first class is only $15! Just create an account here and purchase the $15 intro special.

Student Offers:

Single class reservation is only $18
Unlimited Flywheel or FlyBarre Membership is only $145 Read More →

June 1, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Seasonal Allergies – A Smarty Podcast


Welcome to our brand-spankin’-new Smarty podcast series! CSP is excited to partner with Southeast Psych’s Shrink Tank to host our first-ever Smarty podcast series. We’ll be talking to experts from all over Charlotte on relevant parenting topics from health to education and everything in between. Feel free to listen while you’re commuting to work, making dinner, folding laundry, exercising, or just watching your kids in the pool! We LOVE the podcast flexibility!

In this week’s podcast, we talk about the differences between colds and allergies with Dr. Hunter Hoover and Dr. Darrell Klotz of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates. Both are ear, nose, and throat doctors who practice in CEENTA’s SouthPark office. Dr. Hoover practices comprehensive pediatric and adult ENT care and specializes in allergies, sinusitis, and sleep apnea. Dr. Klotz practices comprehensive ENT care and is fellowship-trained in voice disorders.

Dr. Hoover

Dr. Hoover

Dr. Klotz

Dr. Klotz

If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Hoover, Dr. Klotz, or any of the doctors at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates, you can call 704-295-3000. More information is available online at

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