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Archive for December, 2007

MommyMixer needs Lowcountry moms

Monday, December 31st, 2007

mm-mommy-mixer.gifTune in to “Good Morning America” today (Mon. Dec. 31) to find out about THE babysitting networking event that we’re missing out on here in the Lowcountry.

Good Morning America is set to air a story on MommyMixer, an organization which hosts parent-sitter parties in cities nationwide. At such mixers, parents get to meet carefully selected college students with childcare experience. Each parent takes home the Babysitter Book containing every babysitters’ contact info, references, experience and availability schedule.

We’ve heard from moms who have frequented this mixers in Atlanta. They say there are always more sitters than moms!

Neither Savannah nor Hilton Head/Bluffton has had MommyMixer come to town. (SouthernMamas has notified them – i.e. begged them – that we’d love to have a MommyMixer event here) The organization is on the lookout for motivated moms and college girls to serve as City Managers and Campus Reps. Interested in learning more? E-mail recruiting@mommymixer.com or click here.

Kid-friendly neighborhoods in historic Savannah

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Looking to move to one of Savannah’s historic neighborhoods?

Thanks to Savannah Realtor Ron Melander of Cora Bett Thomas Realty for giving us his list of best kid-friendly historic neighborhoods. Read his picks by clicking here to go to his beautiful real estate blog.

I was jazzed to see Parkside among his selections. That’s my favorite, after living there during my single days. I’d love to return someday with the family. You can’t beat a sidewalk neighborhood that’s within walking distance to schools, Sand Gnats and soccer fields.

Thanks to Ron for his plan for the wee folks. We plan to feature even more Realtor’s picks for kid-friendly neighborhoods as an ongoing SouthernMamas series. So be sure to keep checking back in! For a past post on Best Kid-Friendly Neighborhoods in Bluffton by Realtor Stacey Macioszek, click here.

How effective is The Fertility Diet?

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

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What if you could alter your diet to boost your fertility? Maybe start popping folic acid, drinking whole fat milk and banning trans fats from the house, all in order to get pregnant? The Harvard hot-shots behind the new book “The Fertility Diet” are hoping you will.

The book provides dietary suggestions to increase your fertility including:
• Avoiding trans fats
• Eating more beans, nuts, and other fertility-boosting plant protein
• Embracing whole grains such as oatmeal and barley
• Ordering that latte with whole milk or having another full-fat dairy product every day (Hello Ben & Jerry’s!))
• Staying away from sugared sodas

But critics say the Fertility Diet is risky because the book’s findings don’t apply to a vast majority of people with infertility problems. Instead, they are based on women with ovulatory infertility, a condition caused by irregular ovulation that affects fewer than a third of infertile women.

In other words, not every infertility problem can benefit from diet improvements.

So women might waste precious years focusing on the fertility diet and postpone seeing a doctor to find out the real infertility cause. Eating better – and weeding out all those sneaky trans fats – certainly can’t hurt. But be sure to see an infertility specialist before putting all your hope on a big bowl of Haagen Dazs.

Read more about the science behind fertility foods in this New York Times article and this Boston Globe article. Buy The Fertility Diet by clicking here.

Circus is coming to town

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

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Here’s a special Live Oak Public Libraries story time for those who don’t suffer from coulrophobia – an exaggerated fear of clowns:
Clowns Dave and Cherie from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus present a special storytime for kids of all ages. Meet Dave and Cherie and hear “If I Ran the Circus” by Dr. Seuss.
Mon., Jan. 7, 11 am — WW Law branch
Mon., Jan. 7, 1 pm — Oglethorpe Mall branch
Tues., Jan. 8, 11 am — Tybee Island branch
Tues., Jan. 8, 1:30 pm — South Effingham branch
Wed., Jan. 9, 10:30 am — West Chatham branch

For info on library branch locations, click here.

The clown story time is in anticipation of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to the Savannah Civic Center Jan. 30-Feb. 3. Click here for info on the circus schedule and to order tickets.

Let’s just hope our kids aren’t like those in a recent British study that found children have a fear of paintings of clowns. Read the article here. Yet another reason not to go with a Ronald McDonald motif in the nursery.

Discounts from SouthernMamas sponsors

Friday, December 28th, 2007

supperstudio_button-post-ad.jpgOodles of new SouthernMamas subscribers have signed up in the last few weeks. (Thank you!) So we wanted to let the new SouthernMamas know about discounts offered by our wonderfully supportive sponsors, both local businesses and Internet-based ones.

Supper Studio. Mention SouthernMamas at this meal-assembly business and receive a free side to go with a purchase of six meals or more. Located @ Piccadily Square, 10010 Abercorn Ext. (912) 925-9550 or click here.

The Polkadot Platypus, an online store with top picks for maternity, babies and kids, gives SouthernMamas subscribers 15 percent off. Click on this link to see some of the stylish apparel, hip baby gear, designer crib bedding, fun accessories and unique baby gifts. Enter the code “polkadot” when you check out to obtain your 15 percent discount.

The Grocery Grabbers, locally-owned grocery delivery service waives the $10 delivery fee for customers who mention SouthernMamas.com. They deliver throughout Savannah, Pooler and Richmond Hill. (912) 412-7467 or click here.

Kitchens on the Square. Mention SouthernMamas.com while shopping at this kitchen gadgets store @ 38 Barnard St. and get 10 percent off purchases of $10 or more. (912) 236-0100 or click here.

Savannah author Bess Chappas offers a reduced delivery rate for SouthernMamas subscribers on her children’s book “Kiki and The Red Shoes.” She’ll also sign a copy personalized to your child. Visit here or email savteller@aol.com

Your kid’s New Year’s & weekend guide

Friday, December 28th, 2007

tybee-fireworks.jpgWe’ll serve up the New Year’s Eve festivities first:

Fireworks launched from the Tybee Pier on Tybee Island. Free. Midnight New Year’s Eve. (Mon. Dec. 31)

Fireworks @ New Year’s Eve City Market Celebration, 9 pm-1 am

Kid’s New Year’s Party
As part of the “Counting Down the New Year with The Sandbox” part @ the Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island, a kid’s New Year’s party is available for children 4-12 while the adult party goes on.
7:30 pm Dec. 31. The parents’ party will feature music, dancing, food, live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum on HHI. Tickets: $125. Call 843.842.7645 or email klikins@thesandbox.org

Polar Bear Plunges

  • New Year’s Day 5K & Polar Bear Plunge, 10 am, Tues. Jan. 1 @ Sea Turtle Cinemas (106 Buckwalter Parkway) and Baynard Park Amenities Center, Bluffton, S.C. To register for the race, call 843.757.8520 or click here. Pre-registration cost online thru Dec. 29 is $25. Race Day registration is $30.
  • Tybee Island Polar Bear Plunge, noon Tues. Jan. 1 @ South Beach. Free.
  • Polar Bear Jump, Harbour Town Pool, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, 10 am Sat. Dec. 29. Hot chocolate and refreshments. For details, call 843.842.1979.

Now for this weekend:

Cell Phone Saturday @ Oatland Island. Bring in a cell phone for recycling and get $1 off admission, 10 am-4 pm Sat. Dec. 29, Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-17 and seniors ages 65 and older. Free for children 3 and younger. Call 912.898.3980 or click here.

Skatefest: A public skating rink @ the Savannah Civic Center. Tickets are $7. Each session lasts for an hour and a half. A 5-session pass is $25. Open every day through Jan. 5. 800.351.7469.

“Christmas Castaways” program @ the Ships of the Sea Museum. Up to two children receive free admission with a paying adult through Dec. 30, 41 MLK Jr. Blvd. 912.232.1511

Holiday Evening Tours @ the Davenport House, 6-8:30 pm Dec. 26-31 @ the Davenport House, 324 E. State St., Columbia Square. Tours will emphasize the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th-century Savannahians. Call 912.236.8097.

Autism book for children

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

rules.jpgA SouthernMamas reader and old friend who has a child on the autism spectrum suggests a new book for children about autism: “Rules” by Cynthia Lord.

The book, for readers aged 9-12, is told from the perspective of a 12-year-old with an autistic younger brother. The narrator shares many rules with her brother including “No toys in the fish tank” and “It’s okay to hug Mom, but not the clerk at the video store.”

Check out the author’s blog here and learn more about the inspiration for her book on her Web site.

Also on the topic of autism, the band Five for Fighting donates 40 cents to Autism Speaks each time the video below is viewed. Proceeds benefit research studies. Click here to watch the video and help find a cure.

Recycle your Christmas tree

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

chipper-2.gifNot that we’re encouraging an early end to all the festivities (Hooray! We survived!) but for those of you who are headed out of town and plan to say timber to your tannenbaum now, here’s a list of where to recycle your tree(Recycling your tree helps reduce waste in landfills. The trees are turned to mulch for playgrounds etc)

The big Bring One for the Chipper Day for Chatham County is 9 am-4 pm Sat. Jan. 5 at area Home Depot stores or the Savannah/Chatham area landfill. On that day, in exchange for your dead, used tree, you’ll receive a free, new, live dogwood seedling (while supplies last). For more info, call 912.651.6520 or 912.652.6840. Organizer: Keep Savannah Beautiful.

If you want to ditch the tree earlier, here are your drop-off options from today (Dec. 26) until Jan.5

  • Oglethorpe Lake – Pond #29 Building 610, Hunter Army Airfield. Call for hours: 912-767-8880
  • Dean Forrest Road Landfill, 1327 Dean Forrest Road. Call for hours: 912-651-6948
  • Wilmington Island Drop-off Center, 7022 Concord Road. Call for hours: 912-651-6940
  • Wilmington Island Landfill, Shorty Cooper Road. Call for hours: 912-651-6948

In Beaufort County, the Grinding of the Greens is set for 8-11 am Sat. Jan. 12. Free mulch will be given to those who bring their own containers. Trees may also be dropped off earlier starting Dec. 24. Here are the “grinding” drop-offs:

  • Bluffton on Ulmer Road near the County tennis courts
  • Hilton Head Island @ the Coligny Beach parking lot
  • Hilton Head Island on US 278 @ the Gullah Flea Market

For more information call Keep Beaufort County Beautiful at 843.470.6416.

Savannah Children’s Choir Auditions

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

childrens-choir.jpgYou’ve enjoyed hearing them sing throughout the holiday season.
Now it’s time to see if your little vocalist has what it takes to join the Savannah Children’s Choir.
Mid-term auditions for boys and girls in second through eighth grades will be at 4 pm this Monday, Jan. 7 @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church @ the corner of 34th and Abercorn streets.
Children should bring a copy of their most recent school progress report and be prepared to sing “My Country Tis of Thee.” After auditions, those selected will meet weekly on Mondays at 4:30 pm starting Jan. 14.

The Savannah Children’s Choir recently completed its first successful year. The local non-profit community choir is for children from all walks of life. The only requirement is children must maintain a B average or better. Volunteer tutors are available to help the children whose grades drop below the standard.

For more information, click here or call 912.228.4758. Email info@savannahchoir.org

Elf on a Shelf

Monday, December 24th, 2007

elf-on-shelf.jpgHere’s a treasure to put on your post-Christmas sale list: Elf on the Shelf.

This is one of those great marketing concepts that makes you hit yourself on the forehead and say “Why didn’t I think of that?” An elf who spies on kids as a way to coerce them to behave.

A cleverly rhymed children’s book explains that Santa sends a scout elf to every home. During the better-watch-out, better-not-pout holiday season, the elf spies on children by day and reports to Santa each night.

When children awake each morning, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location in your house (as long as Mom and Dad don’t flake out). Kids also name their elves and can register the elf’s name online here.

We’re looking forward to adding Elf on the Shelf to our family traditions next Christmas (after hopefully buying it on sale post-Christmas). After all, how else is Santa going to know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice?