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August 2, 2017

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events August 4-6

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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 →

August 1, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and Levine Children’s Hospital: Meet Ella Kate – full of laughter after rare heart transplant.

Consistently named a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report, Levine Children’s Hospital pays tribute to the incredible patients who helped us earn that title. Meet Ella Kate.View More: http://sclancyphotography.pass.us/ellakateturnsone

Rare Heart Transplant Surgery Gives Newborn a Second Chance at Life

As a parent, your child’s laughter can make all of your worries vanish in an instant.

So when 8-month-old Ella Kate broke out into tender giggles just days after a rare heart transplant surgery, it was a welcomed sign of hope for her family and all the doctors and nurses who helped save her life.

Rough Start, Happy Ending

When Ella Kate was born, she didn’t breathe for eight minutes and was quickly airlifted to Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital.

Hours later, her parents learned their newborn daughter might not survive because of tumors found throughout her tiny, walnut-sized heart. Read More →

July 31, 2017

Hit the Ella B. Candles Hive and load up on Sorority Candles & get 15% off!

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Six years ago, my Smarty friend Julie Tassy started a customized candle line out of her home-based personalized gift business, Ella B. Candles. Naming lovely fragrant soy candles after Charlotte neighborhoods, she found a niche in the local retail market. A friend encouraged her to expand into other cities with the concept. So, with a cooler in her trunk and the full support of her hubby, she pitched the idea to stores in Nashville, Birmingham and Atlanta. It was evident that this neighborhood candle concept was a hit. So two years into the adventure, her handsome husband left the corporate world to join her. In Julie’s own words, “He had put up with my crazy business ideas for over ten years. Finally, he could benefit from one of them… he doesn’t have to travel or wear suits to work anymore.” It was a no-brainer. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find her Neighborhood candles across the country in hundreds of specialty stores in big cities and little towns. But every last one of them is made with love right here in the QC.

Christopher and Julie have continued to expand their candle business, and recently launched a beautiful line of Sorority Candles and Diffusers. Here’s Julie: “I’m kind of obsessed with details. It’s not enough to just make a candle. I wanted to create something beautiful. Something new. Something that no-one else has made.” Well, this Sorority line is just that. The fragrances, ΩΜΓ (Greek translation: OHHH-EMMM-GEEE)! Read More →

July 29, 2017

Smarty Guide to the 2017 CMOMs sale

Charlotte Mothers of Multiples Fall/Winter Consignment Sale will be Saturday, August 5, 2017.CMOMS 4 redo

Join CMOMs to shop the thousands of gently used items, including children’s and baby clothing, equipment, furniture, toys, games, and maternity wear. Voted #1 Voter’s Choice Best of the Best Consignment Sale by Charlotte Magazine; this year’s Fall/Winter 2017 Consignment Sale will be held at The Park Expo and Conference Center. The Park Expo and Conference Center (formerly Charlotte Merchandise Mart) is located off Independence Blvd at 800 Briar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205.

The CMOMs sale will be open to the public on Saturday, August 5th for early bird shopping from 7:30-8:30am with $2 admission and free entrance 8:30am-12noon. Free Parking is also available. The half price sale will be open to the public 12:45-3pm with many items offered at a 50% discount.

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July 28, 2017

Smarty Book Review: ‘Everyone Brave Is Forgiven’

For more reviews by Smarty Kimmery, visit her awesome website, kimmerymartin.com. And a big thanks to her for always sharing her amazing reviews with us despite being a busy PUBLISHED author! :-)

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

The problem with reviewing a large amount of books is it’s possible to use up all the superlatives, particularly if you are excitable by nature and therefore prone to hyperbole. A list of words comes to mind after reading Chris Cleave’s latest work: poignant, witty, searing, beautiful. However, I am fairly certain I have already used those words in relation to other books, and they couldn’t possibly have meant the same thing in those cases. I’m going to have to invent new words to describe this book.Chris Cleave

EBIF employs my favorite kind of protagonists: they’re all impossibly clever smart-asses (even better, impossibly clever British smart-asses) able to engage in such elegant, highbrow, witty banter with one another it’s as if Monty Python somehow fused with Downton Abbey and produced three people: Mary North, a young, charismatic upper-class socialite; Tom Shaw, the manager of a London school district; and Tom’s close friend and roommate, Alistair Heath, who has just enlisted in the British military at the dawn of World War II. Tom and Mary meet and begin dating amid the looming threat of the Blitz; Alistair is deployed to the besieged island of Malta, after a stint on the shores of France:

In a group of poor positions dug into the beach at Dunkirk, shells had screamed down and exploded on the beach at unpredictable intervals. Smoke blinded everyone: a sharp amalgam of black soot from ships that were stricken, and white chemical smoke that the British destroyer were laying in a screen. It made a lachrymose fog that reddened the men’s eyes and left their throats raw. Read More →

July 27, 2017

Get a jump start on what your kids are doing this fall, so you can relax for the rest of summer. The YMCA’s got you covered.

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So, it’s that time of summer when us parents start to stress out about fall. Even if we’re sitting at the pool enjoying our weekend and feeling the warm sun on our faces, nagging questions are starting to creep in and plague us, like, “What are my kids going to be doing after school?” And, “Should I try to line up a tutor for math soon?”

Well, the YMCA wants you to enjoy the rest of your summer worry free by signing up now for their Fall Sports and Afterschool programs. The Y really is more than a gym. It’s committed to offering programs like these that help develop and nurture the whole child, from the inside out.

Kick confidence into over drive with Fall Sports

Kids who play sports discover so much more than their athletic abilities. Sure, they get stronger and learn skills that make them a better player. But they also discover the delight of being a part of a team, what working together accomplishes and what it feels like to gain confidence with each new practice.2014-06-24_AOF_8804_RGB

Soccer is huge at the Y every fall for kids ages 5 to 18. Trained volunteer coaches introduce young players to the fundamentals of the game like passing, possession and defending through drills and exercises. And there is competitive league play for more experienced athletes. Read More →

July 26, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events July 28-30

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Hunstad Kortesis Bharti Plastic Surgery Hosts Summer Vibes Fashion Event

July 27 from 6-9pm Cachet Nails
Hosted at Cachet Nails in Piedmont Town (right across from the HKB SouthPark location. Cachet Nails is one of the only nail salons with signature cocktail drinks in addition to wine!)

– There will be cocktails, a DJ, a fashion show with clothing from Sloan Boutique, IC London Lingerie, Revolution and Lipp Boutique.
– Don’t miss out on the HKB raffle items.
– Watch live injectables at 6:30p, 7:30p, 8:30p and micro-needling at 7:00p.
– HKB will be raffling off $250 HKB gift cards, 1 area of Dysport ($260 value) and an HKB 180 skincare package!
– Party starts at 6pm and fashion show at 7pm.  RSVP here.

Follow @cachetnails and @hkcenters on Facebook/Instagram for all the details and how you can be a winner.

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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! Read More →

From the Smarty Health Corner & Drs. Hull & Coleman: Your First Orthodontist Visit

By our Smarty friends at Hull & Coleman Orthodontics

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One of the most common questions we get asked by moms is “When should I bring my child in to see you for the first time?” It’s a great question, and there are unfortunately a lot of misconceptions about this issue. The American Association of Orthodontists, our specialty’s national organization, recommends that all children have an evaluation by an orthodontist no later than age 7.

This response is usually met by a confused/mortified look on mom’s face, as she’s thinking, “No way. That’s WAY too early.” But it’s really not, because as orthodontists we can gain a ton of information about a child’s orthodontic condition simply by taking some pictures of the teeth, taking a simple x-ray, and doing a brief exam. When we examine younger children, we’re really just looking for normal, age-appropriate development of the teeth and jaws. We want to make sure that your child has the correct number of adult and baby teeth for his or her age, as well as detect any problems that might be present so that, if needed, the appropriate treatment could be recommended.

Many parents think that they’re supposed to wait until all of their child’s baby teeth have fallen out before visiting the orthodontist. That’s a common misconception, but it’s actually much better to have your child evaluated before all the baby teeth are lost. In some cases, having an evaluation before all of the baby teeth are lost can be a critical part of planning and can often help avoid more complicated treatments down the road. Read More →

July 25, 2017

From the Smarty Education Corner and Palisades Episcopal School: Social Media Options for Kids

by Melissa Puno, Middle School Director, Palisades Episcopal School

Online communication, especially via social media, is becoming an increasingly necessary skill for children to acquire. But, exposing our children to social media can be a daunting thought for most parents, especially when many of the most commonly-used social media platforms provide little to no filtering of adult content, offer only minimal identity protection, and are rarely monitored. However, as much as it is a parent’s job to protect their children from the dangers of social media, we also have a responsibility to help our children learn to engage with peers online in appropriate and healthy ways.

Photo source: TheIntentionalLife.com

Photo source: TheIntentionalLife.com

Thankfully, there is hope in the growing number of safer, regulated social media options available for kids, as well as in the availability of websites such as commonsensemedia.org that enable parents to read critical reviews on apps and websites prior to their children’s use. Commonsensemedia.org thoroughly reviews apps and websites for kids in order to identify the strengths and pitfalls parents should consider.

Below is a list of several safer apps and websites for kids organized by age and interest.

Kindergarten Through Early School Age

Of the many options available for younger children, most websites offer opportunities to explore digital “communities” largely centered around games and toys. In many cases, these websites are designed to stoke a child’s interest in the toy or game for marketing purposes. Because young children have not yet acquired the communication and interpersonal skills for chatting and “friending,” the focus of these websites is on communal game-playing and earning points to buy virtual accessories, rather than socializing. There’s some messaging between friends, but most sites allow young kids to post messages using only prewritten, generic phrases or words from a tightly restricted dictionary. Kids can’t share personal information like a home address. Some of the most popular include: Read More →

July 24, 2017

Remembering summer boredom

As a kid you told yourself that you would never ever compare your childhood to your own child’s when the time called for motivational conversation. As your mom or dad began the dreaded statement, “When I was a kid…” upon seeing you move about the house aimlessly in the summer, your eyes rolled to the back of your head. When the perceived eyeroll was caught by that superior parental peripheral vision, you complained of something in your eye that was making you look up and then spent the next few minutes looking up at the ceiling while rubbing your eye. The wrong eye. Conversation turned one sided for a few moments as you studied the imperfections in the ceiling that you never noticed before – before the summer, before the eyeroll – while your mom or dad spewed out ideas. Something about a dust cloth, weeding, getting dressed…boredome curiosity

You then checked in with Boredom who was saddled up next to you at the kitchen table who was shaking her head “no” after your dad got to the word “encyclopedia” and something about learning. Boredom was a relentless friend who you wanted to unfriend but instead allowed to degrade your behavior down to silly noises, eating from the sugar bowl, looking for split ends, sitting in contorted ways (I guess you could get away with calling it yoga these days), studying back-to-school fliers while making yourself sick, and then back to looking at the imperfections in the ceiling and noticing that an array of bumps actually looked like a face. Your parents seemed to have a million terrible ideas on how to rid yourself of Boredom (dusting and weeding was supposed to make Boredom unfriend you). “I would never say that to my kid!” circulated throughout your stagnant grey matter.

Ultimately, most of us split up with boredom decades ago. Well the relationship just kind of slipped away without much to-do. A free moment became hard to find and you weren’t even sure what color your own ceiling was…that is until you had kids and mashed peas ended up on splattered on the ceiling – a ceiling that could use a coat of paint one Saturday when there was nothing else to do. Hundreds and even thousands of Saturdays then raced by and you finally called a painter because there was no free time to be had. You found yourself wishing for Boredom who seemed to now be a privileged friend. Read More →


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