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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

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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 anne@southernmamas.com 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.

UPDATE: TO SEE WHO WON, CLICK 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 yoyenta.com; Dolores Schwartz, mother of four including two children on the autism spectrum; and Dizzy Girl.

Thanks, moms, for such an intriguing discussion.