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Becoming a daddy and widower at once

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

matt-logelin.jpgEvery now and then, we need to step into someone else’s life to put our own silly troubles in perspective.

That’s what readers of Matt Logelin’s blog experience. In 27 hours, Matt Logelin became a new dad and a widower. He reached out online though his blog and found an outpouring of support.

Matt’s 30-year-old wife, Liz, died the day after their daughter, Madeline, was born March 24. Matt found strength after telling their story in a blog,, entitled “Life and death. All in a 27-hour-period.”

A SouthernMamas reader shared the beautiful and painful blog, in hopes that I would share it with you. Click here to read. You can also read a Star Tribune article here about the Logelin family’s story “Without Liz, but not alone.”

You will definitely hug your children a little tighter after reading Matt’s blog. Please share it with other parents, too.

Free tickets to Tales with TWIGS

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

munsch.jpgWe have eight FREE! tickets to a popular annual family after-hours celebration @ the Bull Street Library!

The generous folks at Live Oak Public Libraries told us today they will give away eight Tales with TWIGS tickets to SouthernMamas readers. A pretty amazing giveaway considering the tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children.

The Tales with TWIGS event is a family gathering to celebrate the work of children’s book author Robert Munsch, 6:30 pm Sat. May 3, 2002 Bull St. This is a great event for working parents who miss out on regular library story times that usually are held during the day on weekdays. Learn more about the event by clicking here.

Just email your name to and tell us the name of your or your child’s favorite children’s book. Deadline is 9 pm Wednesday. We’ll pick two families Wednesday and announce the winners on Thursday.

Two families will win four tickets each, two for adults and two for children each. If you win and don’t need that many tickets, we will pick another name to receive the remaining tickets. What a great deal! And yet another reason to support Live Oak Public Libraries.

Mother’s Day Wish List: Kitchens on the Square cooking class

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Continuing our “series” on Mother’s Day gift hints, how about suggesting a cooking demo class at kitchens-on-square-logo.jpgKitchens on the Square in downtown Savannah?

A variety of local chefs teach a variety of classes including:

  • Girls’ Night Out Deep Dish: based on Mary Kay Andrew’s latest book “Deep Dish” Spend an evening dishing about a book set right here in Savannah while watching chef Bethany Hewitt cook recipes featured in it. 6-8 pm June 5. Cost: $50.
  • Surf & Turf the Gullah Way: Sallie Ann Robinson of Daufuskie Island share some of her prized recipes: shrimp and tada salad, smothered cube steaks with stiff grits, cabbage and sweet tada bread. 6-8 pm May 14. Cost: $50.
  • Wish You Were Here: Tuscany: A Tuscan feast is the theme of chef Linda Anderson’s class: panzanetta salad, steak florentine with balsamic demi glace, crostini with canneloni beans and garlic, and panna cotta with apricot coulis. 6-8 pm May 22. Cost: $50.

Plenty of other classes, too. For a list, click here. Kitchens on the Square, a sponsor of SouthernMamas, is happy to offer classes for groups and parties like a bridal shower, girls night out, couples classes etc. 912.236.0100.

Don’t forget to tell them SouthernMamas sent you.

Defeat Autism Now! doctor in Savannah

Monday, April 28th, 2008

autism-puzzle.jpgParents seeking biomedical treatments for their autistic children used to have to travel out of Savannah to find a pediatrician certified as a Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) doctor.

DAN! – a project of the Autism Research Institute – focuses on experimental and alternative treatments for autism, rather than the standard treatment of behavioral therapy and drugs.

No longer will such families have to spend the extra money and time to leave Savannah for the treatment they want for their children. Dr. Ramon Ramos, a Savannah pediatrician who practices integrative medicine, is becoming certified as a DAN! doctor.

The Defeat Autism Now! approach considers autism spectrum disorders (from ADD/ADHD to severe autism/mitochondrial disorders) to be medical issues, as opposed to the conventional belief that the disorders are mental or psychiatric disorders.

People with autism often present with gastrointestinal issues, severe food allergies and sensitivities, sensory issues and more. Advocates of the Defeat Autism Now! approach say such problems can be improved by medical treatment from a DAN! doctor.

Ramos’ office will provide counseling on diet and supplementation, chelation, hyperbaric oxygen treatment and other treatments.

Although some mainstream physicians discount the DAN! approach, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently met with representative of Defeat Autism Now! in an effort to facilitate communication between pediatricians, parents and researchers about the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism. All advocates for these children agree that further research is needed regarding causes as well as safe and effective treatment, according to an AAP news release.

“Autism is a challenge for pediatricians, their patients and families. By working together, we stand the best chance of helping these children to realize their full potential,” AAP President Dr. Renee R. Jenkins. “The Academy is committed to working with researchers and treatment groups like Defeat Autism Now! to get closer to finding answers to the multiple causes of autism and determining effective therapies.”

The Little Jumping Bean free jump card giveaway

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

SouthernMamas sponsors are the best.

Our sponsor little-jumping-bean.bmpThe Little Jumping Bean is giving a lucky SouthernMamas subscriber a frequent jump card. That means you can win 15 free jumps at Savannah’s first indoor, inflatable playground catering to children 6 and younger.

Here’s how to be eligible for this fantastic giveaway. Email us your name and the correct answer to this question: The Little Jumping Bean is known as a fun place for children’s birthday parties. Name the type of food The Little Jumping Bean provides at their parties. Just visit their Web site by clicking here and hit the “our parties” section.

Email us your name and the correct answer by 11 pm Thurs. Email it to We’ll pick a name at random and announce it Friday on

Remember you have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. It’s free to subscribe. Click here to do so.

Don’t forget. The Little Jumping Bean is hosting a Kids Bean Bash Night, 6-9 pm Sat. May 17. On that night, potty-trained kids can enjoy an evening at the Bean while you enjoy an evening out. The $20 cost per child includes organized, supervised play; activities; and dinner.

You must pre-register by Wed. May 14. Limited spaces available. Register now by calling 912.691.8797.

The Little Jumping Bean is in Victory Drive Shopping Center, 2123 E. Victory Drive near Skidaway Road. Click here for directions. It’s open seven days a week, 10 am- 6 pm M-Sat and noon-5 pm Sun.

Do kids take too many standardized tests?

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

tests.jpgParents frustrated about lost instructional days in their children’s schools due to increased standardized testing requirements have organized the Chatham County Parent Coalition.

They’re working to build a countywide coalition of parents, stakeholders and business leaders to communicate more effectively with school administrators and board members about their growing concerns.

The group hopes to spark a productive dialogue about testing increases with District leaders.

All concerned parents and community members are invited to the Chatham County Parent Coalition meeting, 6 pm Tues April 29 @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (34th and Abercorn). Childcare is provided. Angela Stone, Senior Director of Accountability, Research, Evaluation, and Assessment for the District will give a presentation about testing in Chatham County and will be available to answer questions from the group.

Parent Julie Varland got involved when her third-grader started complaining about all standardized tests she was taking. When Varland learned that her child had taken 18 standardized tests — some of which are multi-part tests –over a period of 75 school days, she decided to take action.

Coalition members include parents from Heard Elementary, Savannah Arts Academy, May Howard, Jacob G. Smith, and Charles Ellis Montessori Academy. Their goal is to have parent representation from every school in the district.

For more info, visit the group’s Web site by clicking here. Call 912.401.8424 or email

Have you tried an online child care service yet?

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Thanks to a savvy SouthernMama for letting us know about, an online business that connects people who need caregivers for children (as well as for elderly adults and pets). Just type in your ZIP code and up pop names and profiles of local babysitters/nannies in your area. Browse Pre-Screened Nanny Profiles

There are other similar online services such as, which lists several local sitters/nannies with 5 stars ratings (out of five). Need a babysitter? The best local sitters are at Save 10% on registration with promo code SCSAVE10

Find local babysitters at

I’ve never tried one of the services and not sure I’m trusting enough to do so. But I’m also a neurotic first-time mom. If other, more well-adjusted moms have ever tried one of these online sitter services, please let us know about your experience, good or bad.

We’d love to post info on, as child care info is one of the most requested topics we receive. says it does address and Social Security verification and criminal background checks on everyone listed on its Web site. also recently started providing screened profiles of people looking for housekeeping work by ZIP code.Free Background Checks. Safe & Easy.

The winner of the baby sling giveaway is…

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

rockin-baby-button-ad.bmpMarla Grady! Congrats Marla. You win a $100 baby sling from Rockin Baby Sling – an online baby sling and pouch shop. The sling is called the All You Need is Love style. You can read about it here.

We’ll be in touch so Rockin Baby Sling can get your giveaway to you.

Thanks to everyone for participating. Look for a different giveaway from a different sponsor to be announced Monday on

Savannah Summer Choral Camp

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

childrens-choir.jpgSavannah Children’s Choir offers a summer choral camp July 14-25 @ the campus of Savannah Country Day School.

Daily classes will be offered in music, reading, history, composition and a special session on audition techniques from directors of the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Afternoons are spent in group choral work, leading up to a public concert on 7 pm Fri. July 25 @ Savannah Technical College.

The camp is designed for rising 2nd through 8th graders. A special mini-choral camp is offered for 4-7 year olds as well.

For more info, click here or call 912.228.4758.

For more info on different local summer camps, click here.

Sand Gnats Baseball Camp & Birthdays

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

gnats-logo.jpgSand Gnats season is under way @ Historic Grayson Stadium in Savannah. Click here for the schedule.

Children ages 7-14 are invited to enroll in Sand Gnats Baseball Camp. The first session of the summer is 9 am-noon, Wed. June 25 to Fri. June 27.

Children will receive instruction from current Gnats players, receive a baseball camp T-shirt, Gnats hat, lunch and a free ticket to a Sand Gnats game. Cost is $125.

Download a sign-up sheet by clicking here.

A second Sand Gnats Baseball Camp session will be held later in the summer, 9 am-noon, Aug. 7-9. Learn more here.

Gnats games are also a fun place for children’s baseball birthday parties. Parties start one hour prior to pitch. The cost of $20 per child/$14 per adult includes:

  • a visit by the mascot Gnate
  • general admission seat to the game
  • unlimited access to the play and party pavilion
  • picnic: choice of hot dog or hamburger, chips and unlimited Coke beverages.
  • a personalized birthday cake
  • “Happy Birthday” PA announcement and message on the video board
  • “Happy Birthday” sung to the birthday child on the field during the game
  • an autographed team ball

Mother’s Day Wish List: Supper Studio meals

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

supper-studio-2008.jpgMother’s Day is Sun. May 11.

Time to start dropping hints about what you’d love to receive. Tell your people to head to Supper Studio for your gift this year. The family-friendly meal preparation studio in Savannah provides a quick way to make healthy, kid-approved gourmet meals, minus the tiresome grocery shopping, prepping, storing and cleaning.

Supper Studio (a SouthernMamas sponsor!) has 14 different entrees each month. Recipes change monthly. You (or your hubby, kids etc) assemble the entrees, sides and desserts at Supper Studio where the ingredients are already diced, sliced, chopped and grated. Take the meals home in airtight freezer bags. All that’s left to do is cook it. Click here to see pricing info and compare the costs to the much higher price of eating out or even ordering take-out

Supper Studio also offers the Studio Chef option: they make it for you and you cook it. Grab-N-Go allows you to pick meals from the Supper Studio freezer and cook the meal at home.

Host a shower or party at Supper Studio. Gift certificates make perfect presents for Mother’s Day (or expectant or new parents.)

Supper Studio is Picadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn Ext. near Television Circle. (912) 925-9550

More social moms groups

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

mother-child1.jpgAttention moms in Bluffton and Hilton Head looking for a moms group.

There’s a MOMS Club of Hilton Head/Bluffton. It is part of the International MOMS club. The contact person for the HH/Bluffton Chapter is Tracy Baldree at

Savannah also has a MOMS Club Chapter. Learn more by clicking here.

SouthernMamas has an ongoing list of local moms club. Read the list by clicking here.

Fort Jackson’s 200th Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

cannon-blast.jpgYou and your family are invited to wish Georgia’s oldest brick fortification a happy birthday.

The 200th birthday party @ Old Fort Jackson is 5-9 pm Sat. May 17. Old Fort Jackson National Historic Landmark is the fort off President Street, about 3 miles east of downtown Savannah @ 1 Fort Jackson Road.

The party – made possible by a generous donation from the Savannah River Pilots – will include:

FREE admission.

Cannon firings.

Fireworks after dark.

A cannon salute from the 3rd Infantry Division.

Performance by the Savannah Arts Academy’s Skyelite Jazz Band.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy and other food will be sold during the event. Proceeds benefit the fort.

You’re encouraged to bring a gift for the fort, a donation to help defray the cost of the fort’s annual operations, which receive no government funding.

For more info, call 912.651.3673 or email

Old Fort Jackson is also a great place for outdoor children’s birthdays. A cannon-firing is a hallmark of planned birthday parties.

Oatland Island Summer Day Camp

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Many of you are already scrambling to make summer camp plans.

Consider signing your wee nature-lover up for oatland-summer-camp.jpgOatland Island Wildlife Center’s Summer Day Camp. Each week, campers will play games, make crafts and meet the center’s animals up close.

The camp is for upcoming kindergarteners through upcoming 8th graders. Eight weeks of camp are June 23-Aug. 22

Weekly camps run Monday through Friday, 9 am-3 pm. Weekly camps end at 2 pm each Friday with an open house. This “show and tell” session gives adults and siblings an opportunity to walk the nature trail and see what campers did during the week at Oatland Summer Camp.

Cost is $120 for each week for Friends of Oatland Members; $135 for non-members. Fee includes a camp T-shirt that must be worn during camp. Additional T-shirts are available for purchase.

Children are divided into groups by age. Click here to read about the variety of programs offered for each age group and to download a summer camp enrollment form.

For more info on local camps, click here.

Sign up for summer Kindermusik classes

Monday, April 21st, 2008

kindermusik-logo.gifKindermusik will offer TWO Summer sessions (with different curricula) for 2008. Also new for this summer include:

a. Saturday am classes, to accommodate parents who work regular weekday hours.

b. Five locations in three counties.

c. “Sign and Sing”, sign language class for children, 6 months to 3 years old.

d. 19 classes per week to choose from.

Take a moment to browse the local Kindermusik Web site and sign up for Summer ’08 – “Kindermusik Adventures.”

The Web site is a bit confusing with the two Summer sessions labeled, “SUMMER” and “SUMMER”. If you click on the first SUMMER picture, it’ll take you to info on Session I (starting June 16). If you click on the second SUMMER picture, it’ll take you to info on Session II (starting July 21). The curricula of the two sessions is different, so you could sign up for both if you like. Each session lasts five weeks.

Teddy Bear Picnic & Birthday Party

Monday, April 21st, 2008

teddy-bear-picnic.jpgOatland Island Wildlife Center continues to come up with fun, much-needed activities for young children.

Here’s one more: a Teddy Bear Picnic, 11 am-1 pm Sat. May 17.

Grab your favorite Teddy bear and join the fun at the first Teddy Bear Picnic, designed for children ages 6 and older.

The event will feature a Teddy bear hospital, a special presentation as well as special bear food and cookie decorating.

After the festivities, join Oatland Island animal care staff in celebrating Oatland’s black bear’s 27th birthday. He will be fed him a special birthday treat.

Cost is $7 for members of the Friends of Oatland Island, $10 for non-members. Pre-register by calling 912.898.3980. Tickets will also be available on a first come first served basis the day of the event.

Rockin’ Baby Sling Giveaway

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Alright ladies, I mean, rock stars.

We’re thrilled to tell you about this week’s giveaway.
baby-sling.jpgRockin Baby Sling – a 2-mom baby sling and pouch shop – is giving away a $102 baby sling to a lucky SouthernMamas subscriber. The sling to win is called the All You Need is Love style and is pictured here.

Rockin’ Baby Slings makes their own fully reversible and adjustable slings and baby pouches including floral patterned slings and pouches, hip and trendy prints, as well as dad-friendly colors and patterns. As Rockin Baby Sling says, “Because Moms Are Rock Stars.”

Read more about the sling that’s soon to be yours by clicking rockin-baby-button-ad.bmphere.

Here’s how to be eligible for the giveaway. Just email the answer to this question. What info do you want to read on More events? More shopping deals? More parenting news?

Send your answer and your name to Deadline is 11 pm Thurs. We’ll pick a name at random and announce it Friday on

Remember you have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. It’s free to subscribe. Click here to do so.

April 30 is deadline for Starfish Swim School sign-ups

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Swim season starts soon.

Better make sure the kids know what they’re doing before slipping on the swim fins and diving in. Starfish Swim School classes soon begin at The Chatham County Aquatic Centerstar_fish-2.jpg. Registration deadline for class is April 30. Classes run through May.

A variety of classes are offered, including Starbabies for ages 6 months to 36 months. That class – 10:45-11:30 am Tuesdays/Thursdays – helps such very young children develop a high comfort level in the water while also training parents in water safety. Children become comfortable putting their faces in the water, kicking, blowing bubbles. Some kids learn how to climb out of the pool and jump in.

One parent must be in the water with each child. Be prepared for lots of singing (”Splashes. Splashes. We all blow bubbles….” Starbabies sessions are offered include Tuesdays/Thursdays. Saturday sessions are on hiatus until Aug. 2.

aqua_tot4.jpgOther swim classes offered Mondays/Wednesdays and Tuesdays/Thursdays include:

SeaSprites for ages 3-5: swim skills through creative water activities.
SeaStars for ages 6-8: core swimming skills and the opportunity to progress to advanced strokes;
SwimStars for ages 9 and older: swimming skills, water safety, water sports and adventure learning activities.
StrokeStars for any age that meets the skills requirement: refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more.

Classes cost $50 for non members and $45 for non-member consecutive session/second child; $38 for members and $33 for member consecutive session/second child. Call 912.652.6793. Learn more by clicking here. The Chatham County Aquatic Center is @ 7420 Sallie Mood Drive.

Ode to Lori Grice Fine Art Photography

Friday, April 18th, 2008

hart-clapping-with-bunny.jpgI was really nervous before my son’s portrait session with Photographer Lori Grice. What if he cried? What if I didn’t have enough of his favorite toys to make him smile? What if he hugged the Easter bunny, provided by Lori, just a little too exuberantly? What if I looked like a complete idiot jumping around behind Lori, doing my best to slapstick a grin out of the poor boy?

As you can see from these sweet portraits, my son AND Lori Grice did a superb job. And the bunny survived.

Seriously, I am so thankful for these precious treasures taken in Forsyth Park as part of Lori Grice’s annual Strasburg Children portrait event. The popular spring event is designed to promote Strasburg’s new spring and Easter lines. Lori sold out two days worth of portrait sessions in the park.

hart-upclose-with-bunny.jpgLori is a true pro. She was, after all, named Georgia Photographer of the Year in 2007. Add to her list of skills the ability to put neurotic moms like me at ease during portrait sessions.

hart-fountain-chair.jpgYou can’t beat Forsyth Park in full bloom spring as a backdrop. And the price was just as attractive, $199 included the session, one 8×10, 2 5×7’s and 8 wallets of your one favorite pose. Warning: you can – and most likely will – buy more.

If you did not make it on the list this year, be sure to sign up early for next year.

Lori plans to also work on a beach day at Tybee. Watch Lori’s blog by clicking here and keep checking with Strasburg Children in Oglethorpe Mall.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until next spring to set up a portrait session with Lori. You can reach Lori’s office at 1-800-704-LORI (5674).

After-hours children’s book celebration

Friday, April 18th, 2008

munsch.jpgYou and your family are invited to an after-hours celebration @ the Bull Street Library.

The annual Tales with TWIGS event will celebrate the work of children’s book author Robert Munsch, 6:30 pm Sat. May 3, 2002 Bull St.

This is a great event for working parents who miss out on regular library story times that usually are held during the day on weekdays.

Tickets are $25 adult, $10 child. This was a sold-out event last year, so please make your reservations early. For more information or to make a reservation, please email or call Christy Divine at 912.652.3605 or mail your check to the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation (attn: Christy Divine, 2002 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401).

RSVP by Fri. April 25. For more info, click here.

Proceeds benefit children’s programs such as the Summer Reading Program and the Savannah Children’s Book Festival. Tales with TWIGS is brought to you by the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation, the Byck Family Foundation, Applebee’s, Krispy Kreme, Papa John’s, and Belzer Law.

Your kid’s weekend guide

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

earth-day-savannah.jpgSat. April 19 Earth Day @ Forsyth Park, 11 am. Includes FREE! Savannah Wheelie social bike ride that starts at 3 pm. Kids are welcome to ride. Click here for a schedule of events.

Sat. April 19 Haunted Oatland tour, 9- 11 pm @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Investigate Oatland Island’s haunted history with guides from the tour company Sixth Sense Savannah. Cost is $28 for those 13 years and older; $18 for children 3-12. Twenty percent of the profit benefit Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Call 912.898.3980 or click here or here.

Sat. April 19 “La Traviata” @ the Lucas Theatre, 7 pm. The Savannah Choral Society presents Verdi’s classic. Families with children are encouraged to attend. 912.596.8973

Fri, Sat and Sun April 18-20 “Snow White” @ the Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive.7 pm Fri. April 18; 3 pm Sat & Sun April 19-20. Cost: $10. 912.238.9015.

Fri April 18, Alliance for Children Inc. and Families First host a FREE! international adoption informational lunch 11:30-1:30 pm @ Candler Hospital’s Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St. Savannah. To RSVP and get directions, call Christina Bennett, Families First, at 912.441.9346.

Fri April 18, “Aesop’s Fables” 7 pm @ USCB Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret St. Beaufort. Part of the Beaufort Performing Arts’ PJ & Play Children series for ages 3-12. Large-scale puppets with music of Scarlatti, Beethoven and Chopin. 843.521.4145

Sun. April 20, Savannah Children’s Choir presents its Spring Road Show @ Messiah Lutheran Church, The Landings, 1 Westridge Rd. 3 pm. Free and open to the public. 912.228.4758.

The Winner of the “Little Reasons Why” CD is…

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

resized-matthew-cd.jpgVictoria Hudgins.
Congratulations Victoria. Your name was chosen at random from all the entries.
Victoria wins a “Little Reasons Why” CD by Skidaway Island singer/songwriter Matthew Davis.

All of you who entered the contest were correct. The song written for the families of babies born prematurely is called “Emily’s Prayer.” Thanks for playing. Look for a different giveaway from a different sponsor to be announced here Monday.

Meanwhile, order the CD by clicking here.

Welcome Love &!

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

love-and-blessings-logo.gifLooking for perfect Mother’s Day gifts? Check out our newest sponsor, Love &

nursing-cover.jpgThe online boutique has unique gifts for mama and baby. SouthernMamas readers receive five percent off all products! Just enter the code SOMAMA at the checkout and the five percent will automatically apply.

The folks @ Love & are pros at putting special gift baskets together, for moms, new moms, expectant moms. You can create your own gift basket or select one that Love & Blessings already has set up and filled with all their goodies.

Love & Blessings is also the site to hit when looking for fun gifts for new moms. Think Bebe Au Lait nursing covers (pictured here) to make breastfeeding a little less eye-catching; organic cotton baby clothes; organic baby lotions and body washes; books and CDs.

Enjoy and don’t forget to plug in that discount code.

Big baby bottle news this week

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

bpa-glass-bottles.jpgBisphenol A (BPA), a risky compound in hard, clear polycarbonate plastics such as baby bottles and sippy cups, finally received official U.S. government scrutiny.

On Tuesday, the U.S. government’s National Toxicology Program agreed with a scientific panel that recently expressed concern about physiological changes that occur in people when they ingest BPA that has leached from plastics into their food or drink. Read more here.

The Canadian government is even considering declaring the chemical toxic.

Exposure to high levels of BPA increases one’s risk of developing uterine fibroids, breast cancer, decreased sperm counts, and prostate cancer. Babies and children at greatest risk from the exposure. The NTF report found that the scientific evidence warrants “a higher level of concern than those expressed by the expert [scientific] panel for possible effects of bisphenol A on prostate gland, mammary gland and early onset of puberty in exposed fetuses, infants and children.

Do we need any more reason to ban of BPA from plastic baby bottles, water bottles and food containers?

At the very least, maybe Target and company will start carrying and promoting more BPA-free bottles and sippy cups like BornFree. Meanwhile, click here for a guide to more BPA-free plastics.

Find out everything you need to know about BPA in bottles by clicking here and here. For info on how to limit your exposure to BPA, click here.

UPDATE 4/18: Wal-Mart and Nalgene pull BPA-bottles from shelves.

UPDATE 4/21 Playtex pledges to phase out BPA bottles

UPDATE 4/21 Toys-R-Us plans to phase out BPA bottles

Showing of “Autism Yesterday”

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

autism-puzzle.jpgIf you’re one of the many dealing personally with autism, make plans to see the showing of a free film Thurs. April 17 in Savannah.

The film “Autism Yesterday” about defeating autism will be shown in 139 cities nationally on the same night. Savannah’s showing is at 7 pm in the sanctuary at Calvary, 4625 Waters Ave. A Q&A session will follow the 30-minute film.

The film, open to the public, spotlights five families who say their children recovered from autism. It’s sponsored by Generation Rescue, a group that pushes for biomedical treatment of autism and believes the disorder is reversible.

Two free Puppet People shows today

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Just a reminder – in case you missed our earlier post and the mention in this week’s newsletter – Angela Beasley’s puppet-people.jpgPuppet People are putting on shows today (Wed. April 16) @ two Live Oak Public Library branches.The Puppet People shows are part of National Library Week (April 14-19). The Puppet People will present “Discover the World through the International Jukebox @ Your Library!” at:

10:30 am today @ Tybee branch
4:30 pm today @ Oglethorpe Mall branch

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.

Puppet People performances will also happen @
2 pm Sat., April 19, @ Midway branch
10:30 am Tues. April 22, @ Port City branch

Call your local branch for more information.

Oh la la. Spa baby bathtub

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

spa-baby.jpgOh those Europeans. They’re so clever.

And their babies are so lucky. Here we are in the states bathing our children in boring horizontal tubs while for generations Europeans have been bathing their babies in tubs that allows the baby to sit in a natural upright position with warm water up to their shoulders.

Thanks to Petite Posh, the $39.95 upright tubs can be ordered in the states. It’s for ages newborn to 10 months.

Tell all the tired new moms you know. The tub is supposed to recreate a calming womb-like environment and help colicky babies. No word on whether there’s room for Rubber Duckie.

“Arthur” creator headlines @ Savannah Children’s Book Festival

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

arthur.jpg“Arthur” creator Marc Brown and author/illustrator mo-willems.jpgMo Willems will be @ the 2008 Savannah Children’s Book Festival.

Festival organizers announced the news today at the Bull Street Branch of Live Oak Public Libraries. Sure, the popular annual festival in Forsyth Park isn’t until Nov. 15, but these are two big names in children’s literature. So we couldn’t wait to tell you.

Marc Brown wrote and illustrated the bestselling Arthur books series, which started as bedtime stories Marc told his first son. One night the story was about an aardvark who disliked his nose. That aardvark was named Arthur. Some 30 books later, Marc also has a PBS Show based on his books and continues to win awards and entertain kids.

Mo Willems began as a writer on Sesame Street. He created Nickelodean’s “The Off-Beats,” Cartoon Network’s “Sheep in the Big City” and head-writes “Codename: Kids Next Door.”

But your kids probably know Mo Willems best for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!“and “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale”. He also wrote and illustrated “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” and too many more to name here.

Be sure to mark your calendars and stay in town Nov. 15!

The Savannah Children’s Book Festival is presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Major sponsors are the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation and Gulfstream Aerospace.

For more festival info, call 912.652.3689 or click here.

Marc Brown and Mo Willems are among dozens of authors and illustrators in the festival lineup including:

Mike Thaler: “Letterman” from the “Electric Company” series and the “Black Lagoon” book series

Carmen Agra Deedy: “The Library Dragon” and “Growing up Cuban in Decatur Georgia

Donald Crews: “Freight Train” and “Truck”

Katie Davis: “Who Hops?” and “The Curse of Addy McMahon”

Nancy Yi Fan: 13-year-old author of the bestseller “Swordbird” and its prequel “Sword Quest”

Charles Ghigna aka children’s author and poet “Father Goose”

Dr. Farrah Gray: “Reallionaire” and “Get Real, Get Rich: Conquer the 7 Myths Blocking Your Success”

The festival also features local authors, entertainment, costumed characters, a coastal writers circle and more.

Elmo’s daddy deployed to Iraq

Monday, April 14th, 2008

elmo-and-his-dad.jpgDid you know Elmo has a dad?

Well he does. And the smart folks at Sesame Workshop are using Elmo and his dad (pictured here) to help young kids with deployed parents.

Sesame’s educational-outreach kit Talk, Listen, Connect in Spanish and English features a DVD for families with young kids and a loved one at war. It includes a story of Elmo who prepares for his father to be deployed. Furry father-and-son agree to look at the moon each night wherever they are and say goodnight.

The goal is to help children deal with the stressful situation of having a parent deployed. More than 1 million children younger than 10 have a parent or parents on active military duty or in the reserves.

The kits are downloadable at the Sesame Workshop Website.

The second phase of Talk, Listen, Connect is expected to be unveiled April 29. It includes print materials and a new DVD, “Deployment, Homecomings, Changes” to help families who are now dealing with multiple deployments and parents returning with combat-related injuries.

Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island

Monday, April 14th, 2008

fish.jpgFish will be the theme Tuesday (tomorrow) for toddler story time @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s main building.

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.

Click here to look ahead at the themes for upcoming Oatland Island story times.

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