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Archive for January, 2008

Welcome sponsor: JULIAN & Co.

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

julian-button-ad.jpgWhen it comes to unique custom-engraved jewelry, no one beats JULIAN & Co. That’s why we’re honored to announce JULIAN & Co. is our newest sponsor at SouthernMamas.

This mama-created company offers parents and their babies a handcrafted line of 18k gold and sterling silver ID bracelets, charms , necklaces, cuff links and more. Each piece can be personalized to include baby’s name, birth date, time of birth, weight and length, and includes hand or feet prints.

birth-id-3.jpgFashion-forward mom Tania created JULIAN & Co. after her son, Julian, was born 11 weeks early at 3 lbs. 4 oz. She and her husband couldn’t find a baby bracelet small enough for his wee wrist.

After Julian was home, Tania wanted to celebrate his life every moment of the day. She handcrafted sterling silver disc pendants adorned with Julian’s hand and feet prints, added his name and birth date for she and husband Tony to wear. The compliments kept coming and, lucky for the rest of us, the business was born.

Schoolhouse Rock Live @ HHI

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

school-house-rock-live-2.gifRemember “Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?”

And “I’m just a bill, sitting here on Capital Hill.”

You can relive all the hits of your childhood Saturday mornings – and introduce them to your children – at Schoolhouse Rock Live, a full-length musical based on the children’s TV series from the 1970s. Feb. 1-24. 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. Main Street Youth Theater, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island. $20 for adults; $10 for students. 843.689.6246.

So now your kids will know what you’re talking about when tell them “Unpack your adjectives.”

Baby koala @ Riverbanks Zoo

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

koala_baby.jpgIt might be time to make a road trip to Columbia, S.C.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has a new addition: a joey, or baby koala, is now on exhibit.
The joey, nicknamed Oz, was born in mid-May and spent seven months developing in Mom’s pouch. Oz began to emerge from the pouch in late November. Now, the totally exposed joey spends his days holding tight to Lottie, his mom, in the Koala Knockabout area where Riverbanks visitors can see him.

Oz will remain at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for the next several months while he continues to grow on the back of his mother. Once he reaches about 12 months he will be considered mature and weaned from his mother. Oz will eventually be transferred to another zoo.

Lottie’s first joey, Karoo, passed away in 2005 at nine months. According to the zoo, female koalas lose their first joey approximately 73 percent of the time.

Safe sweets for kids with food allergies

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

cupcake.gifValentine’s Day must be tough on kids with food allergies.

If your child can’t partake in the treats because of allergies to nuts, egg or dairy, check out Divvies, which makes allergen-free cupcakes, cookies, popcorn, candy and more.

Divvies’ nut, egg and dairy-free cupcakes – one dozen for $24 – can be shipped complete with allergen-free icing and sprinkles. The cupcakes are made in the New York-based company’s dedicated facility where no peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or milk enter the doors.

Lori and Mike Sandler opened the bakery for people with food allergies after growing tired of telling their son Benjamin, who has several life-threatening food allergies, “No, you can’t have that.”

See “The Business of Being Born”

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008


Should child birth be viewed as a natural life process? Or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency? Are too many babies being born by C-section? And are too many women having their labors artificially induced?

Find out at a screening of the documentary “The Business of Being Born”, 3 pm Sun. Feb. 10 @ the Quality Inn & Suites on Hilton Head Island.

Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to examine and question the way American women have babies. The film includes intimate birth stories and shocking statistics about the maternity care system. Click here for more details.

Following the film will be a question & answer panel with experienced professionals. The screening is part of the “Be Kind To You Expo” which runs 2-8 pm and is hosted by The Birth Connection. Call for ticket prices: 843.683.8750.

To buy organic milk or not?

Monday, January 28th, 2008

organic-cows.gifMy column in Sunday’s Accent section of the Savannah Morning News garnered more emails than I expected. I wrote about the question an increasingly number of parents face on each milk run: to buy organic milk or not?

Do we dole out extra bucks on organic milk and risk finding out from future medical studies that organic milk is no more healthy than conventional milk? Or do save our dollars by buying regular milk and risk finding out from future studies that we were harming our children by giving them regular milk when organic was available?

Several organic dairy farmers weighed in after my column was published. Most sounded similar to the response of Lyle Edwards, a thoughtful 32-year dairy farming veteran who spent the last five years farming organically at Spring Brook Farm in Vermont: “Since I switched my cows to organic, the cows have less health problems than they did when I was farming conventionally.”

Edwards said organic is the best choice. He calls rBST-free milk “a big rip-off to consumers.” Such milk isn’t organic, but instead referred to as “organic light” because it comes from cows not given the bovine growth hormone. An increasing amount of store-brand milk is rBST-free milk. Hormone-free milk isn’t officially organic because it doesn’t meet all the requirements and doesn’t cost as much to produce.

“They still use other hormones such as lutalayse, GNRH and oxytocin, plus hundreds of other practices that are not allowed organically, such as docking tails and the use of confined animal feeding operations.”

Still, if it comes down to buying rBST-free milk (because you can’t afford organic) or conventional milk, isn’t hormone-free milk a better alternative to regular milk?

Lyle counters: “The difference between rBST-free milk and regular is very little. The differnce between regular milk and organic milk is wider than the Grand Canyon. Remember, rBST-free milk isn’t the same as “hormone-free” milk because farmers still administer hormones other than rBST.”

Grocery Grabbers grocery giveaway

Monday, January 28th, 2008

grocerygrabber-pix.jpgWe love our sponsor The Grocery Grabbers.

The locally-owned grocery delivery business is offering an amazing giveaway to a lucky SouthernMamas subscriber: FREE GROCERIES! That’s right. Grocery Grabbers is giving away a $20 gift certificate to a SouthernMama.

Just email and tell us why you need Grocery Grabbers. We’ll give the $20 gift certificate to the subscriber with the best reason! Responses don’t need to be long. Deadline is midnight this Wednesday. Don’t forget to put Grocery Grabbers in the subject line.

Grocery Grabbers allows you to order groceries and have the goods delivered to your home. Goodbye checkout line.

The Grocery Grabbers Website has everything on your grocery list. You just register and order. Then let Grocery Grabbers do the work. The Pooler business @ 807 U.S. 80 delivers throughout Savannah, Pooler and Richmond Hill. Register to become a customer by calling (912) 412-7467, fax (912) 748-1715 or register online by clicking here.


Triplet baby goats @ HHI petting farm

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

triplet-goats.jpgSea Pines Lawton Stables on Hilton Head Island is always a fun place to visit because they have a petting farm, pony rides and trail rides. It’s even more special now after triplet goats were born Jan. 20. Read about the rare triplets here.

We took my son to see the baby goats today snug in their stable with mom. As an auntie to triplet boys, I couldn’t help feel for the mama goat. She looked tired. Poor woman. The petting farm also has a new batch of baby bunnies among all the other typical barnyard animals. All of which- plus discounted pony and trail rides for South Carolina residents – makes a visit to Lawton Stables well worth the trip.

Lawton Stables @ 190 Greenwood Drive in Sea Pines Plantation, HHI is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 843.671.2586. Lawton Stables also hosts children birthday parties.

Kids activities @ Savannah Book Festival

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

savannah-book-festival.jpgThe Savannah Book Festival this weekend isn’t just for adults.

Kids activities will take place Sat. Feb. 2 at City Market in downtown Savannah, on the main stage near Barnard Street. Events will feature Critters-To-Go petting zoo; fire truck and police car; Valentine’s arts and crafts; cupcake decorating.
Events start at 10:30 am with a children’s book reading about animals, followed by an 11:30 performance by singer/songwriter Kate Morrissey. Other readings at the same spot include:
12:30 pm: children’s book reading about safety
1:30 pm: children’s book reading about black history
2:30 pm: children’s book reading about Valentine’s Day
3:30 pm: local children’s book author Charlotte Sauers reading from her book “The Bee in Bonnie Bondelle’s Bow.”

If you’re lucky, maybe you can wear the kids out so they’ll fall asleep in the stroller and you can duck into some of the book festival events. Here’s the festival schedule of speakers. The festival is free and open to the public.

Is Ariel an anti-feminist?

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

mermaid2.jpgOh the diversity! You wouldn’t believe how many subjects were covered @ the mommy blogging session Friday at BlogSavannah Unconference. Topics included how children will someday react to their lives being chronicled in mommy blogs; how blogger moms decide what not to share about their children on the Internet; and a variety of parenting issues.

Blogger and mother-of-four-daughters April Groves said she once shared with her readers that the Little Mermaid is banned from her house. After all, the teen fish gave up her voice, her talent, her craft for a much older man she didn’t even know. Ariel is an anti-feminist. Needless to say, April received a lot of comments on that post. Go, April!

Beloved mommy blogger Ginger Heidel said that, as the daughter of a minister, she often feels conflicted about what to share on her mommy blog and what to keep private. Especially since her dad’s congregation reads her blog, er, religiously.

Other interesting mommy bloggers who helped keep the colorful conversation flowing included Suzy Buelvas; Jessica Leigh Lebos; editor of Skirt, and keeper of the blog at; Dolores Schwartz, mother of four including two children on the autism spectrum; and Dizzy Girl.

Thanks, moms, for such an intriguing discussion.

Your kid’s weekend guide

Friday, January 25th, 2008

robot.jpgTechnology Expo and Family Sunday, 1-5 pm Sun. Jan. 27 @ Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts. Demonstrations by local and visiting tech-based artists, student robot teams and tech-based performances. Hands-on activities for young people. 912.790.8823.

Hargray Hilton Head Snow Day, 11 am-4 pm Sat., Jan. 26 @ Shelter Cove Community Park, HHI. Includes a snow field complete with faux snow and inflatable rides, including a 35 foot high inflatable slide. Entertainment by Musical Madness. Concessions include roasted marshmellows and hot chocolate. Cost is $10 and includes rides. Proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Association’s scholarship fund. 843.681.7273

Haunted Tour of Oatland Island Wildlife Center, by the tour company Sixth Sense Savannah, 9-11 pm Sat. Jan. 26. Cost is $28 for those 13 years and older and $18 for children 3-12. Twenty percent of the profit benefit s Oatland Island Wildlife Center. 912.898.3980

Check out the Savannah’s new The Little Jumping Bean, an indoor inflatable play center, 2123 E. Victory Drive. 10 am-6 pm Mon-Sat and noon-5 pm Sundays. 912.691-8797. Children 3 and older cost $7.75 and $9 on Friday-Saturdays. Children 2 and younger are $5.

Random Preggie Pops giveaway

Friday, January 25th, 2008

ppd-organic.jpgSouthernMamas sponsor Preggie Pops kindly included an extra package of pops and drops as part of our earlier giveaway. So we’re looking for one more expectant mom interested in receiving these naturally flavored lollipops made for pregnant women searching for a drug-free, natural remedy to morning sickness. Preggie Drops are the more discreet, lozenge form of the lollipops.

Email me at to receive the Preggie Pops and container of Preggie Drops. Just put Preggie Pops in the subject line. You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber. Click here to subscribe to SouthernMamas. It’s free!

SouthernMamas who miss out on the giveaway can still receive 10 percent off online purchases of Preggie Pops and Drops. Visit the Web site by clicking here and use the coupon code “southernmamas” when making your purchase to receive your discount.

Social mom groups

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

mother-child.jpgWe’ve had a couple requests lately from moms looking for mommy groups for playdates for their kids and fun for the moms.

Here are a few local moms groups you can access online and find out when the next meetup is:

Savannah Stay-At-Home Moms has moms’ nights out, kid activities, day trips, exercise sessions, book clubs and more. Click here.

Coastal Moms of Georgia for moms looking for true friendships, as well as plenty of playdates. Click here.

Ft. Stewart/Hinesville Moms offers host a variety of meetups so you can find one that works for you. Click here

If you know of any other mom/playgroups open to new members, please let us know and we’ll be happy add to the list.

Addition from the comments section: Kari writes that there is also the Sav-Stay at Home Moms group, which has meetups on Tuesday mornings as well as bi-monthly mom night outs (one during the week and one on a weekend)! Thanks, Kari.

Addition: Moms Club of Savannah. Email to join.

Tybee Memorial Park Playground

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

whale-rocker.jpgIf you haven’t been to the relatively new playground at Memorial Park @ 401 Butler Ave. on Tybee Island, make sure to take the kids for a visit. The beach-themed playground is behind the Tybee Island Branch Library. It’s one of our new favorites, along with Daffin and Forsyth park playgrounds in Savannah and the Gregg Russell Playground in Harbour Town on HHI.

Tybee’s Memorial Park has lots of fun climbing areas, easy-accessible slides, faux palm trees, whale rockers, a see-saw and even an amiable (read, fake) alligator for climbing.

Extra attributes include a rock-climbing wall and a keyboard complete with a wall of “sheet music” that allows kids to pound out “London Bride,” “Twinkle, Twinkle,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Frère Jacques.” Of course, there are also swings, tennis courts, a basketball court and picnic pavilion. Plus, the playground is within walking distance of the beach.

So if you’re looking to get out of the house, make a trip to Tybee. The Tybee Library has story telling at 11 am Tuesdays.

For more playgrounds, play areas and parks click here.

Free car seat check

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

baby-sculpture.jpgI confess. I’m paranoid about my son’s car seat. I’ve gone to two of the periodic free car seat checks that SAFE KIDS offers to have my son’s toddler car seat checked by certified child passenger safety technicians. I also had SAFE KIDS check his infant seat.

Each time, these experts found something wrong with how we had installed in the seat. Not surprising, since four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. That’s why it’s crucial to take advantage of the free car seat safety checks available locally.

Safe Kids of Savannah Coalition will provide free car seat checks, 11 am-3 pm on Sat. Feb. 16 in the parking lot of the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion across from Candler Hospital on Reynolds Street.

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available to help examine child safety seats for recalls and to insure correct installation. (912) 353-3148

  • Safe Kids Savannah also provides free child safety seat checks 9:30 am-4:30 pm Fridays by appointment, Oglethorpe Office Park, Mall Blvd. Building 420, Environmental Health. Call (912) 353-3148.

Help for sleep-deprived new parents

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

itzbeen.jpgLooking for a helpful gift for a new parent?

Check out the Itzbeen Baby Care Timer, which helps parents know how long it’s been since the last nursing, diaper change or naptime.
The Itzbeen was invented by a new mom and dad who found themselves sleep-deprived and in need of help to remember EVERYTHING, including when their baby last ate.

The Itzbeen has four timers that help you clock the time since the last feeding, medication time etc. It also has a nightlight to help mom find her way around the nursery at night without waking baby. There’s even a nursing reminder switch to remember from which side the baby fed.

It’s enough to make you wonder how those of us without such a gotta-have gadget ever managed.

Itzbeen is available for $24.99 in our Southern Mamas Picks boutique, powered by Amazon. Click here. Browse our other recommendations for books for children and parents, toys and baby gear. You’re still shopping through Amazon and you’ll see the same functionality, such as your Amazon wishlist, if you already are an Amazon shopper.

How to decrease your risk of miscarriage

Monday, January 21st, 2008

latte.jpg You’ve probably already heard about study results released today that found consuming more than 200 mg of caffeine a day can double a pregnant woman’s chances of miscarriage. That means cut it back to only one Starbucks grande (16 oz) latte a day, moms-to-be, because the drink has 150 mg of caffeine.
How much caffeine is in your other favorite drinks and eats? Here’s a look:
Coffee & Energy Drinks
Starbucks Latte, 16 oz.: 150 mg
Coffee, brewed, 8 oz.: 95 mg
Red Bull, 8.3 oz.: 76 mg
Espresso, 1 oz.: 64 mg
Instant coffee, 8 oz.: 64 mg
Coffee, decaf, brewed, 8 oz.: 2 mg

Black tea, 8 oz.: 47 mg
Green tea, 8 oz.: 30-50 mg
Herbal tea, 8 oz.: 0 mg

Soft Drinks
Mountain Dew, 12 oz.: 54 mg
Diet Coke, 12 oz.: 47 mg
Dr Pepper, 12 oz.: 41 mg
Coca-Cola Classic, 12 oz.: 35 mg
Barq’s Root Beer, 12 oz.: 23
7Up/Sprite, 12 oz.: 0 mg

Excedrin, Extra Strength, 2 tablets: 130 mg
Hershey’s Chocolate Bar, 1.55 oz.: 9 mg
Hot cocoa, 8 oz.: 8 mg
Chocolate milk, 8 oz.: 6 mg


Snow day on HHI

Monday, January 21st, 2008

snowy-day.jpgJealous of everyone Up North with their snow days and wintery photos of kids making snow angels?

Your kids can make just as many snowballs as their Yankee cousins @ the Hargray Hilton Head Snow Day, 11 am-4 pm Saturday, Jan. 26. Shelter Cove Community Park will be turned into a snow field complete with faux snow and inflatable rides, including a 35 foot high inflatable slide.

Entertainment provided by Musical Madness. Concessions include roasted marshmellows and hot chocolate. Cost is $10 and includes rides. Proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Association‘s scholarship fund. Sponsors are the Island Recreation Association and Hargray. 843.681.7273

Circus opening night tickets: $11

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

circus-logo-2.jpgJust a reminder the Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey circus is coming to Savannah Jan. 30-Feb. 3

Opening night tickets are $11 for the 7 pm Jan. 30 show. Tickets other nights are $15-$17.

Shows include 7 pm Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1; 11 am, 3 pm, 7 pm Sat. Feb. 2; 1 pm Sun. Feb. 3.

Arrive an hour early to meet the animals and performers at the free-with-a-ticket all access pre-show. For tickets click here or call 1.800.351.7469 or 912.651.6556.

Valentine’s Day gifts

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

valentine-doll.jpgFeb. 14 is closer than you think.

Here are some gift suggestions.

  • Craftsbury Kids has these $28 handmade velvet Valentine dolls that have a heart-shaped pocket to hold a small treat. Each comes with a sweet shoulder bag. Made in the USA.
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  • Tell your honey you want some cooking classes at Kitchens on the Square, 38 Barnard St. in downtown Savannah. Call 912.236. 0100Here are a few fun cooking classes to consider:

Valentine’s Date Night, 6-8 pm Feb. 9, taught by chef couple Bethany and Christopher Hewitt. Cost: $100

Girl’s Night Out: Chocolate Bliss, 6-8 pm Feb. 19, taught by chef Bethany Hewitt.Cost: $40.

Fresh Food & Wines of California, 6-8 pm Feb. 20, taught by chef Bethany Hewitt. Cost: $50.

  • The heartfelt book Motherbridge of Love, offers comfort and encouragement to adoptive parents and children. The book won the No. 3 spot in Time Magazine’s Top Ten Children’s Books of 2007. Order it from Barefoot Books for $16.99.

Handmade fabric birthday party hats

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

party-hat.jpgHere’s a cute way to make your little one’s special day extra special.

Rabbit in the Hat party hat shop on Etsy sells adorable handmade party hats crafted with vintage and vintage-inspired fabrics. The designs are made in limited editions, so don’t delay if you see on you really love. Orders take about seven days. You can also have hats made out of your own favorite fabric. For more info, email or click here.

These sweet treats are the creations of Leigh Metcalf who has a beautiful blog about making her screenprinted cards and other one-of-a-kind works.

Mommy bloggers unite

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

blogsavannah_button.gifWhen my son starts school, chances are he’ll have the dubious distinction of being the only kid whose childhood wasn’t loving chronicled on a blog. Bad mother. He’s stuck with an old-school baby book

But for those of you mommy bloggers who so diligently document, here’s a FREE event for you to learn even more about blogging: the BlogSavannah UnConference. It’s @ Armstrong Atlantic State University’s new Center for Professional & Continuing Education on Friday, Jan. 25.

Sessions will concentrate on a variety of topics from podcasting to copyright issues. The mommy blogging talk will be 11 am-noon. Working mom bloggers Ginger Heidel and April Groves, two local moms who really know blogging, will lead that discussion.

Register by clicking here. Remember, it’s FREE.

Your kid’s weekend guide

Friday, January 18th, 2008

choo-choo.jpgSaturday & Sunday: The Model Railroad and Train Show 10 am-4 pm @ the National Guard Armory, 1248 Eisenhower Drive. Cost is $4. Children 12 and younger are free. Seniors and students: $3.

Saturday & Sunday: Check out Savannah’s new The Little Jumping Bean, an indoor inflatable play center, 2123 E. Victory Drive. 10 am-6 pm Mon-Sat and noon-5 pm Sundays. 912.691-8797. Children 3 and older cost $7.75 and $9 on Friday-Saturdays. Children 2 and younger are $5.

Saturday & Sunday: A musical version of Oliver Twist @ Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive. Cost: $15-20. Click here for performance times.

Saturday & Sunday: Free hourly magic shows by magician Gary Maurer @ the Home & Garden Show, Jan. 18-21, the Savannah International Trade Center, Hutchinson Island. Cost: Adults 17 and older are $7; Free for children 16 and younger.

Sunday: Parade of Pure Bred Dogs, noon-4 pm @ the Mall at Shelter Cove Sponsored by Hilton Head Kennel Club, 843.726.3237

Monday: 29th Annual MLK Jr. Day Parade in Savannah, 10 am. Begins at MLK Jr. Boulevard and travels through downtown. FREE!

Inflatable play center opens in Savannah

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

inflatable-slide.jpgOK. So Savannah doesn’t have a Gymboree or My Gym.

But we do have The Little Jumping Bean, an indoor inflatable play center! The facility just opened. It’s @ 2123 E. Victory Drive across from the Piggly Wiggly and next to Rite-Aid. Read all about the play center here.

We’re so jazzed to see this much-needed facility open in our area. Here’s hoping we all support it. Anyone who has already been, feel free to share your first impressions under our comment section underneath this post..

The Little Jumping Bean is open 10 am-6 pm Mon-Sat and noon-5 pm Sundays. 912.691-8797. Children 3 and older cost $7.75 and $9 on Friday-Saturdays. Children 2 and younger are $5.

The facility has fun, colorful inflatables, diaper changing area, highchairs in the concession area and provides birthday package deals with invitations, party favors and balloons! Can’t wait to check it out. When you go, be sure to tell them SouthernMamas sent you!

Bedtime Story Time @ HHI LIbrary

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

pjs.gifJust a reminder: Thursday evening is wear-your-PJs-to-the-library night. Bedtime story time, 6:45 pm Thurs. Jan. 17 at the Hilton Head Island Library Branch. Wear your PJs, bring your favorite stuffed animal, register to win a book store gift certificate, take home cool stuff and a bedtime snack.Other bedtime story dates at the HHI branch are Valentines’ Program Feb. 14 and March 20. The library is at 11 Beach City Road. (843) 342-9200.

While we here @ SouthernMamas would love to see a bedtime story time event at a branch in the Savannah area, we also know the Live Oak Public Libraries have a plethora of fun story times, including a well-attended, high-energy one with fingerplays, songs and more for infants, one- and two-year olds at 10:30 am every Thursday at the Bull Street library.

For more story times, click here.

Oatland Island Haunted Tour

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

childseyesmainpage1.jpgIf you’ve visited the closest thing that Savannah has to a zoo, Oatland Island Wildlife Center, then you’ve probably wondered if the former hospital/laboratory was haunted. Now you can find out.

Families can investigate Oatland Island’s haunted history with guides from the tour company Sixth Sense Savannah, 9-11 pm Sat. Jan. 26. Cost is $28 for those 13 years and older and $18 for children 3-12. Twenty percent of the profit benefit s Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

For more info, call Charity Novick, 912.898.3980 or click here or here.

Earn $50 for sitting on a mommy panel

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008


(Update on 1.20: Kids Today panel is almost full, thanks to a great response from SouthernMamas. Still needed: one first time expectant mom and one grandmother)

Kids Today, a trade publication, is looking for moms to sit on a consumer panel for one hour March 6 @ the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa on Hutchinson Island, Savannah.

In return for sitting on the panel, moms receive a $50 American Express gift card.

The panel is part of Kids Today’s two-day annual conference in Savannah. Panelists needed include an expectant mom, a mother of a toddler, a mother of a five to 10 year-old, a mother of a teen and a grandmother.

Panelists don’t have to prepare, but are just asked to come with their opinions. Retailers and manufacturers in kids products will ask panelists about their buying habits, brand/shopping preferences and how they make buying decisions.

The panel is 8:30-9:30 am March 6. Panelists are invited to a 7:30 am breakfast that morning.

For more info, call 336.605.1111 or email

Imagination Saturdays and Birthdays

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008


Who says Michael’s has nothing to offer but DIY guilt trips for not being crafty?

A savvy SouthernMamas reader let us know about Michael’s Imagination Saturdays. Every Saturday, kids ages 5-12 are invited to join 30 minute craft sessions at 10 am, 10:30 am, 11 am and 11:30 am. The $2 cost includes supplies.

Craft projects for each week are posted here. This Sat. Jan. 19 kids will make snowscape magnets. Next Saturday it’s love bug wooden gift bags and on Feb. 2. get ready for pop-up groundhogs.

Michael’s Kid’s Club also offers on-site birthday party packages for kids ages 5-12. The birthday child can chose from one of 11 craft projects for the guests to do or create their own project. Cost includes a non-refundable room fee deposit for $30 plus craft project prices per child. Parties are offered seven days a week, depending on availability and last one and half to two hours. Parties should be booked at least 10 days in advance. Click here for more information.

Michaels in Savannah (8108 Abercorn St. Call (912) 927-3806) and in Bluffton (30 Malphrus Road. Call (843) 837-2070) offer birthdays and Imagination Saturdays.

For more local birthday packages, click here.

First steps training

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

first-steps-logo.GIFWas your New Year’s resolution to do more volunteer work?

Get busy. First Steps- Parents of Newborns is hosting a volunteer training 9 am- 3 pm Sat. Jan. 19 (lunch is provided). First Steps is a program designed to help people adjust to their new roles as parents. Training is free. Fourth floor of Heart & Lung Building Candler Hospital Campus.

A second volunteer training session is divided into two parts: 9 am-noon Tues, Jan 22 and 9 am-noon Thurs. Jan 24.
First Steps is also accepting registrations for the February volunteer training to be held 9 am-3 pm Sat. Feb. 16. Register @ 912.819.6910.

First SouthernMamas giveaway

Monday, January 14th, 2008

ppd-organic.jpgThanks to our new sponsor Preggie Pops, we’re thrilled to offer our first giveaway to SouthernMamas subscribers.

Email me at to receive a bag of Preggie Pops and container of Preggie Drops. Just put Preggie Pops in the subject line. You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber. Click here to subscribe to SouthernMamas. It’s free!

Preggie Pops are fun gifts to give at baby showers or to that friend who just told you she’s pregnant! Preggie Pops are naturally flavored lollipops made for pregnant women searching for a drug-free, natural remedy to morning sickness. Preggie Drops are the more discreet, lozenge form of the lollipops.

SouthernMamas who miss out on the giveaway can still receive 10 percent off online purchases of Preggie Pops and Drops. Visit the Web site by clicking here and use the coupon code “southernmamas” when making your purchase to receive your discount.