Archive for March, 2008

Getting savvy about toy recalls

Monday, March 31st, 2008

toy-recalls.jpgThis helpful parents.com article comes complete with photos of toys that were recalled and the dates that the risky toys were sold.

If you’re overwhelmed by the recent plethora of toy recalls, be sure to click here to peruse this article and see if any of these toys on in your child’s room.

You can also sign up to receive free emails about toy recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Click here.

Wanted: more activities like this for babies

Monday, March 31st, 2008

oatland-wildlife-center.jpgDon’t forget, Tuesday (tomorrow) is the debut of toddler story time @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s main building.

Here at SouthernMamas, we often hear from parents who say our area doesn’t have enough activities for really young kids. So when pre, pre-schooler activities are offered, let’s support them, whether it’s a new story time like this, or the Little Jumping Bean indoor inflatable play area, or the new soft play @ the Savannah Mall.

Oatland Island’s Toddler Tuesdays story time, 10:30-11:15 am, is for children ages six months to 4 years. Each week, a new 45-minute program will be offered and may feature stories, games, songs, crafts and animal visitors.

Free with regular Oatland Island admission. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 4-17; children ages 3 and younger are free. 912.898.3980.

For more story times in the Savannah/Hilton Head Island area, click here.

Tastefully Simple Gourmet Basket Giveaway

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

tastefully-simple.JPGLess time in the kitchen. More time to enjoy your life.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Our newest sponsor, Tastefully Simple, sells convenient, easy-to-prepare gourmet foods that help you do just that. Some of the foods can be enjoyed right out of the package or prepared within minutes.

The products are primarily sold at home taste-testing parties by independent Tastefully Simple consultants such as April Langteau here in the Savannah area. Online sales are also available.

One lucky SouthernMamas subscriber is going to win a $45 basket of gourmet goodies including mango margarita mix; blue aztec chips; cilantro & olive salsa; corn black bean salsa; giddyup guacamole mix. YUMMY.
To be eligible to win, email us the correct answer to this quiz question: Tastefully Simple has yummy products including easy-to-prepare desserts. The $5.99 apple cake mix is named for everyone’s favorite relative. Who is it? Visit the Tastefully Simply Web site by clicking here to find the answer under “Shop Our Products.”

Email the answer and your name to anne@southernmamas.com. Deadline is 11 pm Thurs. April 3. We’ll pick a name at random and announce it Friday on SouthernMamas.com.

Remember, you have to be SouthernMamas subscriber to be eligible. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

If you’re ready to host a Tastefully Simple party, be sure to do so via consultant April Langteau. (And don’t forget to invite SouthernMamas.com!)

Check out Brown’s Guide to Georgia

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

browns-guide-to-georgia.gifPlanning a trip in Georgia, but not sure where to go, what sights to see, where to eat or even where to stay? Visit Brown’s Guide to Georgia. The listings are arranged by region, category and just about every way the sharp Web designers @ eMarketSouth could think of.

Attention mompreneurs, the user-friendly site is also a place to promote your businesses. Businesses can add a listing to Brown’s Guide for FREE! The listing gets your business in the database. You can then upgrade, if you so choose, for a small fee.

Brown’s Guide has more than 5,000 profiles of Georgia travel and recreation resources. The aim is to someday include every professional travel and recreation resource in the state. The site will also include photos and videos and eventually allow the rest of us to contribute comments, photos and videos about our own experiences traveling in Georgia.

Puppet People to visit Live Oak libraries

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

puppet-people.jpgAngela Beasley’s Puppet People are a longtime Savannah childhood tradition.

If your kids haven’t had a chance to be dazzled by the Puppet People, they will have several chances during National Library Week (April 14-19) at some Live Oak Public Library branches.

The Puppet People will present “Discover the World through the International Jukebox @ Your Library!”

Children can enjoy world-renowned puppetry from the Puppet People and discover new and wonderful facts about the world around them just by visiting the library. Best for ages ages 5 and older.
10:30 am Tues., April 15, @ Hitch branch
4:30 pm Tues., April 15, @ Effingham (Springfield) branch
10:30 am Wed. April 16, @ Tybee branch
4:30 pm Wed., April 16, @ Oglethorpe Mall branch
2 pm Sat., April 19, @ Midway branch
10:30 am Tues. April 22, @ Port City branch

Call your local branch for more information.

Mary Poppins lands in Savannah

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

mary-poppins.jpgThe real super nanny is coming to Savannah next weekend.

Children from the Academy of Dance in Savannah will present the Mary Poppins Ballet on Sun. April 6 @ the Trustees Theater in downtown Savannah.

The shows will be at 2 and 6 pm. Costumes in this family event are custom made. General admission tickets can be purchased at the Trustees Theater box office through the day of the performance. Click here for ticket purchasing info. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students older than 12 and $10 for children, military and seniors.

Should kids younger than 2 watch TV?

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

elmo.gifIt’s so tempting to plop a child down in front of Sesame Street while you scramble to get a few things done.

But the American Academy of Pediatrics says children younger than 2 should watch no TV. Yet, many of us ignore such advice, do it anyway and, as a result, feel guilty every time we hear Elmo’s squeaky voice.

I write about the “TV or No TV?” struggle in my confessional, or rather, my column in Sunday’s Savannah Morning News Accent section: “Bad Mommy: My toddler watches the boob tube.” You can read the column by clicking here.

Feel free to let me know what you think of the “TV for toddlers” question and whether you think “edutainment” is really good for children younger than 2. Or if the term educational TV is just a euphemism to make us feel less guilty.

Baby-wearers unite! Attachment parenting group open to new members

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

mother-child1.jpgYou believe in gentle discipline, not spanking.

You believe in co-sleeping or sleeping near your baby, not letting babies “cry it out.”

And you definitely prefer “wearing your baby,” not going the stroller route.

If that describes you and you’re looking for new friends with similar parenting styles to yours, then check out a local attachment parenting group. It’s open to all like-minded parents including pregnant, new birth or adoptive, says member and Southern Mamas fan Laura Langlois Zurro. Click here for more info.

For other social moms groups in our area, click here.

When to question your pediatrician

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

norman-rockwell.jpgWe’ve all heard the stories of moms who suspected something was wrong with their child and voiced those concerns to their pediatrician. The moms were either dismissed, or, even worse, told they were imagining things. The moms turned out to be correct.

So just when are you supposed to question your pediatrician? It’s a tough topic and one tackled in this interesting CNN article. Basically, don’t argue when your pediatrician dispenses medical fact such as that your newborn needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat or a child with a 105-degree fever needs to get to the doctor’s office immediately.

But do try to differentiate medical advice from a pediatrician’s personal opinion. Examples of physician opinions – where there’s plenty of room to disagree – include:

  • Don’t pick up your baby in the middle of the night
  • Baby should be home with Mom
  • You must take the pacifier away

Read more here.

Resource Fair for parents

Friday, March 28th, 2008

childs-drawing.jpgYou suspect your child will need speech therapy, but when should you start it? Or you’re worried your child has some other developmental concern?

Get your questions answered at the Children’s Resource Fair, 5-7 pm Thurs. April 3 @ Children’s Therapy Center, 11550 Abercorn St. (behind Checker’s near Mercy Boulevard). Refreshments will be served. Physicians, teachers and parents are invited.

Experienced speech, occupational and physical therapists will be available to answer questions about how to help children with developmental concerns or neurological disorders and how to tap into the resources available to them. They can also help explain insurance eligibility and available funding sources.

Find out more about therapeutic activities that interest children and make motor development more fun and exciting. Therapists will provide written information on programs available through Children’s Therapy Center such as biking and aquatic therapy. They will also demonstrate the Interactive Metronome, a brain-based rehabilitation assessment and training program that develops and improves the processing ability that affects attention, motor planning and sequencing and strengthens motor skills.

So if you have a child with developmental concerns, take time to attend this event or send a friend in your place to find out what local resources are available. Because we all know the importance of early intervention when it comes to helping kids.

Your kid’s weekend guide

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Savannah area

Sheep to Shawl Festival, 10 am-4 pm Sat. March 29 @ sheep.jpgOatland Island Wildlife Center. Features lots of activities including hayrides and shearing of Oatland’s sheep and two alpacas. Click here for cost info. 912.898.3980.

YMCA Wingfest 2008: Restaurants compete for best wings, 10 am-4 pm Sat. March 29 @ the Spiva Law Group, 12056 Abercorn Ext across from St. Joseph’s Hospital. Includes children activities, face painting, YMCA demos of belly-dancing, aikido, zumba. Proceeds benefit the YMCA Annual Scholarship Campaign. 912.920.2000.

ArmstrongFest. Outdoor Art Show & Children’s Festival, 10 am-4 pm Sat. March 29 @ Armstrong Atlantic State University. Kids’ art, music, theatre and dance activities. Click here for more info. 912.927.5381.

St. James School Annual Family Fun Festival, 10 am-3 pm Sat. March 29 @ St. James School, 8412 Whitfield Ave. Games, crafts, bake sale, rock wall, pony rides, photo booth, concessions, cake walk, grilled chk. dinners for take-out or dine at festival. 912.355.3132.

Savannah Children’s Choir concert, 3 pm Sun. March 30 @ Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn Street. FREE! and open to the public.

Bluffton/Hilton Head Is. area

Breakfast with Books, 9:30 am Sat. March 29 @ Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road. Muffins, donuts, juice before the 10 am Do-Drop-In Story Time. FREE! 843.342.9200.

“Annie” Fri. March 28-30, 7 pm Fri & Sat; 2 pm Sun. @ Main Street Youth Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island. Cost is $20 for adult, $10 for students and children. 843.689.6246.

Hilton Head/Savannah Equestrian Expo, 12:30 pm Sun. March 30 @ Rose Hill Plantation’s Equestrian Center, Bluffton. Equestrian demos with a jumping competition, 2:30 polo match etc. Click here for ticket info. Proceeds benefit local charities. 843.815.5400.

The winner of the Polkadot Platypus cape giveaway is…

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Megan Peck! Congrats, Megan. We selected your name at random.

You win a $30 custom-made cape from platypus.gifThe Polkadot Platypus, and you can have the cape personalized with the letter of your choice for your child. We’ll be in touch with the details!

Thanks to all you SouthernMamas who participated in this giveaway contest. You were all correct. The answer to the quiz question is The Polkadot Platypus donates a portion of their proceeds to organizations that benefit awareness, research and education for Down Syndrome, which occurs in one out of every 733 births.

Check out other original products @ The Polkadot Platypus. Get 15 percent off by entering the code “polkadot” at checkout.

Summer Art Camp registration begins April 14

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Summer Art Camp, hosted by mykidcouldpaintthat.jpgSavannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs, offers nine camp sessions for children, providing an introduction to painting, ceramics, metalwork, mixed media and performing arts in age-appropriate group settings.

Art camp is @ S.P.A.C. E studios (Savannah’s Place for Arts, Culture & Education) @ 9 W. Henry St. from June 9 through Aug. 29.

  • Sessions 1–7 are one-week full-day sessions open to children ages 5-14. These sessions are 9 am-5 pm June 9- Aug. 1. Fee is $125 per child.
  • Session 8 is an intensive two-week full-day camp open to children ages 7-14. This session is 9 am-5 pm Aug. 11-22. Fee is $250 per child.
  • Session 9 is an introductory half-day camp open to children ages 4-6. This session is 9 am-noon Aug. 25-29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Fee is $75 per child.

Fees include all necessary materials. A non-spoiling bag lunch must be provided daily for full-day sessions. No camps will be held the weeks of June 30 and Aug. 4.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration begins April 14. Click here for applications or call 912.651.6783.

Children’s Book Festival Poster Contest

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Next year’s live-oak-libraries.jpgSavannah Children’s Book Festival on Nov. 15 in Forsyth Park feels like a long way off.

But planning is already under way, including a poster contest for elementary, middle and high school students. Students can design a poster for the annual book festival. First, second and third place winners in each age group will receive gift cards from Michael’s Arts & Crafts.

Winning posters will be displayed on the Live Oak Public Libraries Web site and the winners will be invited to a reception at the Bull Street Library on Tues. May 13. Deadline to enter: Mon. April 28. Drop posters @ any library branch in Chatham, Effingham or Liberty County. For branch addresses, click here.

Be sure your child has all the info on the rules. Click here or call 912.652.3605 or 912.652.3665 or email divinec@liveoakpl.org or leesu@liveoakpl.org.

Green Home Giveaway & Tours

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

green-home.pngThis green home giveaway has such a lived-happily-ever-after vibe, we couldn’t pass it up.

Click here to enter a contest to win the 2008 HGTV Green Home located in Tradition Hilton Head, SC, a neighborhood that’s actually closer Hardeeville than HHI, but you know how marketing works.

The contest is from March 21-May 9.

The HGTV Green Home has all eco-friendly appliances and furnishings. The winner also receives (because a fully-furnished home is just not enough) a new GMC Yukon Hybrid. The whole package is worth $850,000.

You can also tour the home through May 18. The HGTV Green Home is open 9am-5 pm Monday- Friday; 10 am-5 pm Saturday; and noon-5 pm Sunday. Tickets are $20 per person. Proceeds benefit United Way of the Lowcountry. Local United Way volunteers are guiding the tours.

Special labor-inducing meal delivers

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

toucan-cafe.jpgWe know some of you smartypants guffawed at a post on SouthernMamas last year about a local restaurant that serves a labor-inducing entrée.

You thought “How ridiculous!” to say that the Thai shrimp (or chicken)and eggplant at The Toucan Cafe, a SouthernMamas favorite, would make an expectant mom go into labor.

Well, laugh no more, ladies. An expectant SouthernMama took our advice and ordered the magic meal (remember, it’s not on the regular menu so you have to call ahead and order it before coming to the restaurant @ 531 Stephenson Ave. 912.352.2233)

Anita H. reports she dined on the special dish Wednesday night March 19. Braxton Hicks contractions started that night and lasted throughout the night. She and hubby went to the hospital Saturday afternoon and, after three hours of pushing, Anita had a 9-pound baby boy Easter Morning.

So tell all your about-to-burst expectant friends to check out the Toucan Method of Induction.
Thank you Toucan Café and congrats Anita!

After-school art classes & summer camp

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

art-classes.jpgMask-making. Drawing. Wire and clay sculpture. Animation.

Those are just a few of the topics covered in after-school art classes April 14-May 23 @ the Telfair Museum of Art. Registration is under way now.

Classes are by age group and include ages 6-14. Click here for info on classes, cost and registration.

Telfair also offers a summer photography camp and art camp. Various sessions are available in June and July. For ages 6-16. Click here for info.

Savannah Bake Sale to end childhood hunger

Monday, March 24th, 2008

bake-sale.jpgYou know those moms who have so much energy you want to ask them what vitamins they’re on and what exactly they eat for breakfast?
Terri Henry of Wilmington Island is one such Southern Mama. The woman manages to do everything, in addition to being a mom of two. Her latest project is a good, good, good one: Savannah’s Great American Bake Sale.

Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength, a U.S. non-profit that raises money to end childhood hunger in America

Make plans to visit Terri’s Bake Sale to END childhood hunger in the U.S. The bake sale is 10 am-1 pm Sat. April 12 @ the Ace Hardware on Johnny Mercer Blvd. If you can’t make the bake sale, you can donate by clicking here

Last year’s bake sale was a huge success, raising $7,600 surpassing the $5,000 goal. This year’s goal: $10,000.

“Seventy percent of the money raised stays right here in our community,” says Terri. “Savannah’s own Second Harvest Food Bank was the biggest beneficiary of your hard work and support from last year.”

Family Circle Magazine was so jazzed about the success of Terri’s bake sale last year, the magazine is doing an article about her and the upcoming sale for the May issue.

If you would like to bake or volunteer, please contact Terri via e-mail: tls1011@aol.com and while you are at it, read her blog by clicking here.

The Polkadot Platypus Giveaway

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

cape-1.jpgYour child dreams of someday leaping off the roof. The treehouse. The nearest telephone pole.

But enough with using your high-thread count sheets as a makeshift cape to leap off the doghouse.

Check out these custom-made capes @ cape-2.jpgThe Polkadot Platypus, an adorable online boutique for babies, kids and moms.

You can win a $30 cape for your wee superhero and have it personalized with the letter of your choice. Here’s how to be eligible for this generous giveaway. Email us the answer to this quiz question:

The Polkadot Platypus donates a portion of their proceeds to organizations that benefit awareness, research and education for a disorder that occurs in one out of every 733 births. What is that disorder?

To find the answer, visit platypus.gifThe Polkadot Platypus and scout around a little.

Email the correct answer and your name to anne@southernmamas.com by 11 pm Thurs. and you will be eligible for the giveaway. We’ll draw a name at random and announce it on www.southernmamas.com Friday. Remember, you have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to be eligible. To subscribe, click here.

The capes are made of machine-washable cotton. They have magnetic closures and measure 22.5 inches long. Check out other original products @ The Polkadot Platypus. Get 15 percent off by entering the code “polkadot” at checkout. Thanks, Polkadot Platypus!

A couple’s story of suffering, joy and faith

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Happy Easter.

Of course, it’s a busy day. But when you get a chance, please check out sean-grant-and-stefanie-reeder.JPGmy column today in the Savannah Morning News about a remarkable Savannah couple’s story “When a miscarriage is prevented.”

Anyone who has suffered a miscarriage knows you’re usually told that, chances are, the loss was your body’s way of ending an unhealthy pregnancy. But not all miscarriages are the result of fetal chromosome abnormalities.

The story of Sean and Stefanie Reeder and their very healthy 22-month old son, Grant (pictured here) is proof that some miscarriages can and should be prevented. Thank you Sean and Stefanie for sharing such a personal, emotional story.

To see the Lori Grice photo of Sean and Stefanie – the one which captures their “I’m pregnant!” moment and is mentioned in the column – click here.

Savannah Mall’s new soft play area opens

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

soft-play-area-at-savannah-mall.JPGHere’s a peek at part of the new soft play Playtime Center @ Savannah Mall.

Swim lessons and Easter egg hunts didn’t leave much time today to play at Savannah’s latest toddler haven. But it looked so inviting, we’ll definitely check it out. Designed with a Savannah/Coastal Empire theme, the soft Playtime Center features a plantation house, river boats, seafaring birds, a cannon, a fish and more.

The Playtime Center opened Sat. March 22. It’s under the Target Court’s skylight dome, near Target and Burlington Coat Factory. Open during mall hours (10 am-9 pm M-Sat., noon-6 pm Sun). FREE! Click here for info on future kids’ activities at the Playtime Center.

This is Savannah’s second soft play area. Oglethorpe Mall also has one that’s near JCPenney’s and also opened mall hours. Click here for info.

For more toddler-friendly places, visit the SouthernMamas pre-preschooler category by clicking here.

Savannah Children’s Choir spring road tour

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

childrens-choir.jpgThis spring, the Savannah Children’s Choir is taking its beloved concerts on the road. The young performers, directed by Roger Moss, will give four free concerts around Savannah featuring American song. Each concert is FREE! and open to the public.

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.

Here’s the schedule for the spring road show concerts

  • 3 pm Sun., March 30 @ Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn Street
  • 3 pm Sun., April 6 @ St. Phillip AME, 613 MLK Boulevard
  • 3 pm Sun., April 20 @ Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 Westridge Road (The Landings)
  • 3 pm Sat., April 26, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th and Abercorn
  • For more information, call (912) 228-4758 or click here.

Children’s shows @ Savannah Music Festival

Friday, March 21st, 2008

savannah-music-festival-logo.gifThe good news is Savannah Music Festival March 20-April 5 has 11 am weekday events for children.

The bad news is those of us with really young kids are out of luck as these music events are for school-aged children.

If your kids are among the thousands of lucky pre-K to 12th grade children expected to enjoy these performances through their schools, click here for a look at some of the array of musicians who will be entertaining and educating them.

For info about taking your children to any of these events, call 912.234.3378, ext 112 or email education@savannahmusicfestival.org.

Your kid’s weekend guide

Friday, March 21st, 2008

easter-rabbits-parade.jpgAnnual Spring Garden Festival, 9 am-4 pm Sat. March 22 @ Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens, 2 Canebrake Road and U.S. 17 South, Savannah. 912.921.5460. Click here for a schedule of children’s events including a 11 am Easter egg hunt.

Check out the new soft play Playtime Center @ Savannah Mall. It’s expected to be finished by Fri. March 21 and the grand opening is Sat. March 22. Located under the Target Court’s skylight dome, near Target and Burlington Coat Factory. Open during mall hours (10 am-9 pm M-Sat., noon-6 pm Sun). FREE! Read more here.

Oodles of Easter egg hunts in the Savannah area and Bluffton/Hilton Head area. Click here for a listing.

Have photos taken with the Easter bunny. Click here for a listing of local spots where to find him.

Haunted Oatland Island Tours, 9-11 pm Sat. March 22, Savannah. Investigate Oatland Island’s haunted history with tour guides from Sixth Sense Savannah. For costs, call 912.898.3980.

Annual Bluffton Easter Parade on Calhoun Street, Bluffton, S.C. 10 am Sat. March 22. Two Easter bunnies and announcement of Bluffton’s “For the Birds” birdhouse contest winner. Free admission. Don’t forget to wear an Easter hat. 843.757.3855

Wing Fest @ Shelter Cove Community Park, HHI. 11 am-6 pm Sat. March 22. Local restaurants cook their wings. Live music, a kids’ zone, rock wal, bungee trampoline. Food for sale other than wings includes ice cream, pizza, hot dogs. Cost: $5 entrance fee. Proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Association’s scholarship fund. 843.681.7273.

The winner of the Sweet Funky Vintage giveaway is

Friday, March 21st, 2008

funky-vintage.png Rebecca Bailey. Congratulations Rebecca! We chose your name at random to receive a $50 gift certificate to shop at Sweet Funky Vintage, a sponsor of SouthernMamas. We will be in touch with their contact info.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Y’all were all correct: Monkeybar Buddies Shorts is the cute name Sweet Funky Vintage calls their shorts that allow girls to wear their dresses and skirts worry free when they’re hanging around upside down. Click here to see the MonkeyBar Buddies.

Look for a different giveaway from a different sponsor to be announced here Monday.

Hatchery @ Oglethorpe Mall today and Friday

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

chick.jpgHappy first day of spring.

What better way to celebrate than by taking part in a Savannah spring tradition: visiting the temporary hatchery that’s set up in the mall outside Belk’s @ Oglethorpe Mall a few days before Easter.

For more than two decades, Chatham County Cooperative Extension has run the display hatchery during the Easter season.

Kids can watch the chicks and quail emerge from their eggs and hold a newly hatched chick. The FREE! exhibit runs through Fri. March 21.

On Sat. March 22, the chicks move to Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens, Annual Spring Garden Festival, 2 Canebrake Road and U.S. 17 South. 912.921.5460. Here’s a schedule of the garden festival events:

Visit the baby chicks 9 am – 3 pm in the Annex building

Story Time by Live Oak Public Library 10 am in the Cottage Garden

Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt 11 am in the Cottage Garden

Easter Egg Coloring 1:30 pm in the Pavilion

Story time coming to Oatland Island

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

oatland-wildlife-center.jpgSo happy to tell you about a new story time program that includes the wee kiddies, too.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center – aka Savannah’s zoo – is starting Toddler Tuesdays, a story time for children ages six months to 4 years. The program starts April 1 and will be every Tuesday from 10:30-11:15 am. Each week will include a different story and craft. Afterwards, the group will head outside and visit the animal featured in that day’s story book.

For more info, call 912.898.3980. For more story times in the Savannah/Hilton Head Island area, click here.

Interested in joining a playgroup?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

motherchildreunion_a.jpgWe often receive requests from moms interested in finding already established playgroups for their kids.

Recently we had a different request. SouthernMamas subscriber Alyson Beasley-Spinks wants to start a playgroup/moms group for those who live in the Ardsley Park area. She’d love to hear from any other moms with children one year and younger (or two years and younger). Her idea is for moms to get together with their children at area parks, bring a blanket, share some mommy tips, go on walks etc.

If you’re interested, email me at anne@southernmamas.com and I will forward your email to Alyson.

To find already existing moms social groups, click here for the Savannah area and click here for the Bluffton/Hilton Head Island.

Fun baby shower invites, birth annoucements

Monday, March 17th, 2008

baby-shower.pngPrintMyBaby.com. Remember that name the next time you start planning a baby shower. Or the next time you need to tell the world that you’re a mother all over again.

The online store offers unique, custom baby announcements, baby shower invitations, birthday party invitations and more. You can even comment on what type of designs you like – or don’t like – on the PringMyBaby.com blog.

Click here to see more of their fun birth announcements and baby shower invites and for pricing info. Or call 404.474.1946.

Register now for Spring Break Art Camp

Monday, March 17th, 2008

spring-break-painting.gifPlans for a spring break family vacation to an exotic destination fall through? And now you’re scrambling to make alternative plans the kids?

Consider Spring Break Art Camp offered @ S.P.A.C.E. (Savannah’s Place for Arts, Culture & Education) in downtown Savannah. The one-week session April 7-11 provides a chance for children ages 5-14 to sample a range of artistic mediums including painting, ceramics, metal work, mixed media and performing arts. Camp is 8:30 am-5:30 pm. Fee of $125 per child includes supplies for classes.

Sessions fill up quickly. Registration is under way now. Click here for more info and for online registration packets. Or call 912.651.6783

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