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Ten Minutes With: Charlotte Smith

The creator of Ciburbanity.com



Charlotte Smith and her family “went suburban” after ten years cruising the streets of New York City. Smith’s popular website Ciburbanity (city + suburb + sanity) was born as a suburban diary, record book, and sounding board. She writes about life, kids, her 200-year-old home, and offers ideas, tips, and projects for beautifying your home and life. Smith has appeared on Flea Market Flip, in Better Homes and Gardens and has a monthly appearance on “Good Morning CT.”  

Please tell us about your inspiration for ciburbanity.com.
With three small children at home, I wanted a job, but I didn’t want to be gone all day, every day. When a friend suggested I share my transition from urban working mom to suburban stay-at-home mom on a blog, I figured, why not?  

So, what will we find if we click on ciburbanity.com?
I write about our house and the projects I take on. I try to share simple, inexpensive ways to have fun with decorating and incorporate your own personality.  I try to demystify the process of “decorating” and encourage people to take chances.

What’s your parenting philosophy?
Benign neglect. If there’s something my kids can physically or mentally do themselves, I let them. 

Where do you go when you need to escape?
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pedicure, but more typically my happy place is listening to a great podcast and working on something out in my shed or finishing up a blog project around the house. Without kids interrupting!

How did you go from school guidance counselor to successful blogger and do-it-yourselfer?  
It’s taken almost four years. When I first started blogging, the only one I knew was Perez Hilton. A year into it, I learned about a blog conference down in Atlanta and signed up for that. The DIY aspect of the blog came more naturally, but the benefit of being part of this industry is that there’s usually someone testing the limits. I quickly learned to think big.

How would you describe your style? 
I jokingly call it “frugal repurposed eclectic.” I think design should have a sense of humor and whimsy. I love bringing in flea market finds in an unexpected imaginative way. 

Best and worst mother moment?
Potty training my now five-year-old son almost broke me. I also admit to having a short fuse when I’m tired, which is often, so there are times at the end of the day when emotions run higher than I’m proud of. The best moments are when I get to watch them enjoying each other in some game of imagination and logistics while my husband and I are minding our own business. 

Where do you see yourself and your work in five years? 
I’d be thrilled to have more on-camera opportunities. Matt and Savannah, call me! I’ve started a project with Habitat for Humanity in which a group of bloggers are working with a modest cash donation to furnish and decorate a newly built Habitat house. I’d love for other bloggers around the country to follow suit and give back with their DIY talents.

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May 2018

School Days. School days. Dear old golden rule days! Join the Norwalk Historical Society on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:00pm at Mill Hill Historic Park for a trip back in time to those good old...

Cost: $5 general public/ $3 current teachers

Where:
Mill Hill Historic Park - Town House
2 East Wall St.
Handicapped parking on site only. All others follow signs to overflow parking across the street.
Norwalk, CT  06851
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Sponsor: Norwalk Historical Society
Telephone: 203-846-0525
Contact Name: Samantha Kulish-Fargione
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Wigs & Wishes® Powered by Friends Are By Your Side® Every day, thousands of women and children are diagnosed with cancer. Wigs & Wishes® Powered by Friends Are By Your Side®...

Cost: $40.00

Where:
Wall Street Theater
71 Wall Street
Norwalk, CT  06850
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Sponsor: Wall Street Theater
Telephone: 818-857-2390
Contact Name: Jeanne Moore
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SilverSource – the leading resource for older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2018 SilverSource Awards.  The awards...

Cost: FREE

Where:
SilverSource, Inc.
2009 Summer Street, 3rd Floor
2949 Long Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT  06905
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Sponsor: SilverSource, Inc.
Telephone: 203-324-6584
Contact Name: Kathleen Bordelon
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Norfield Church Parish Hall at 3PM - Weston comes out to sing. Several well known personalities will be coming out to sing and perform at an event to benefit the Weston Senior Center. Presented by...

Cost: $30/pp

Where:
Norfield Church - Parish Hall
64 Norfield Road
Weston, CT, CT  06883
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Sponsor: WestonArts
Telephone: 917-363-5345
Contact Name: Brooke Valenti
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MAY 18 THROUGH 20, 2018 IF YOU’RE INTO BIRDS, THIS IS THE MOST FUN YOU’LL HAVE THIS MAY! For three days, birders of all skill levels will engage in a fun and friendly competition to...

Where:
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The Bruce Museum’s 33rd Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival runs rain or shine from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on the grounds of the Museum. Over 70 artisans, many new to the show, gather to share their...

Cost: $10 per person; Museum members and children under 5 free

Where:
Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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SilverSource – the leading resource for older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2018 SilverSource Awards.  The awards...

Cost: FREE

Where:
SilverSource, Inc.
2009 Summer Street, 3rd Floor
2949 Long Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT  06905
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Sponsor: SilverSource, Inc.
Telephone: 203-324-6584
Contact Name: Kathleen Bordelon
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Cost: $10

Where:
The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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SilverSource – the leading resource for older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2018 SilverSource Awards.  The awards...

Cost: FREE

Where:
SilverSource, Inc.
2009 Summer Street, 3rd Floor
2949 Long Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT  06905
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Sponsor: SilverSource, Inc.
Telephone: 203-324-6584
Contact Name: Kathleen Bordelon
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Stamford EMS is offering a safety training class for those planning to become summer camp counselors and lifeguards. The skills learned in this course will teach participants to recognize cardiac...

Cost: $60.00

Where:
Stamford EMS
684 Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT  06902
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Sponsor: Stamford EMS
Telephone: 203-252-2193
Contact Name: Jessica Anderson
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Cost: $15/class or $70 for all 5 sessions

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
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SilverSource – the leading resource for older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2018 SilverSource Awards.  The awards...

Cost: FREE

Where:
SilverSource, Inc.
2009 Summer Street, 3rd Floor
2949 Long Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT  06905
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Sponsor: SilverSource, Inc.
Telephone: 203-324-6584
Contact Name: Kathleen Bordelon
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KMR Arts is proud to present MAYDAY, an exhibition of new photographs by Barbara Vaughn. Please join us for the opening reception with the artist on June 2, 2018, from 3-7pm, 2 Titus Road,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot , CT  06794
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SilverSource – the leading resource for older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2018 SilverSource Awards.  The awards...

Cost: FREE

Where:
SilverSource, Inc.
2009 Summer Street, 3rd Floor
2949 Long Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT  06905
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Sponsor: SilverSource, Inc.
Telephone: 203-324-6584
Contact Name: Kathleen Bordelon
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Cost: $42 Members Save:$5 /tckt

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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KMR Arts is proud to present MAYDAY, an exhibition of new photographs by Barbara Vaughn. Please join us for the opening reception with the artist on June 2, 2018, from 3-7pm, 2 Titus Road,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot , CT  06794
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Website »

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SilverSource – the leading resource for older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2018 SilverSource Awards.  The awards...

Cost: FREE

Where:
SilverSource, Inc.
2009 Summer Street, 3rd Floor
2949 Long Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT  06905
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Sponsor: SilverSource, Inc.
Telephone: 203-324-6584
Contact Name: Kathleen Bordelon
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A community-based, family-oriented event with dance performances, professional dance instruction, bands, DJs, and social dancing for youths and adults.​ We are thrilled to continue our...

Where:
Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
1 First Stamford Place
Stamford, CT
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KMR Arts is proud to present MAYDAY, an exhibition of new photographs by Barbara Vaughn. Please join us for the opening reception with the artist on June 2, 2018, from 3-7pm, 2 Titus Road,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot , CT  06794
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Website »

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SilverSource – the leading resource for older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2018 SilverSource Awards.  The awards...

Cost: FREE

Where:
SilverSource, Inc.
2009 Summer Street, 3rd Floor
2949 Long Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT  06905
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Sponsor: SilverSource, Inc.
Telephone: 203-324-6584
Contact Name: Kathleen Bordelon
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A Benefit For Veterans Featuring exclusive footage of edisun on tour with US Armed Forces. 2005-2018 6PM doors 7PM Film and Musical Performance

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Wall Street Theater
71 Wall Street
Norwalk, CT  06850
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Sponsor: Wall Street Theater
Telephone: 203-283-5290
Contact Name: Jeanne Moore
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An evening of ribald, one-man comedy with Wet Hot American Summer actor and stand-up sensation Michael Ian Black. Fans of sketch comedy might know Black’s work from such seminal television...

Cost: $29

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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A community-based, family-oriented event with dance performances, professional dance instruction, bands, DJs, and social dancing for youths and adults.​ We are thrilled to continue our...

Where:
Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
1 First Stamford Place
Stamford, CT
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