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Archive for April, 2008

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, www.mattlogelin.com, 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 anne@southernmamas.com 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 www.southernmamas.com 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 anne@southernmamas.com. We’ll pick a name at random and announce it Friday on www.southernmamas.com.

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 chathamparentscoalition@yahoo.com.

Have you tried an online child care service yet?

Friday, April 25th, 2008


Thanks to a savvy SouthernMama for letting us know about Care.com, 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 Sittercity.com, which lists several local sitters/nannies with 5 stars ratings (out of five). Need a babysitter? The best local sitters are at Sittercity.com. Save 10% on registration with promo code SCSAVE10


Find local babysitters at Sittercity.com

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 SouthernMamas.com, as child care info is one of the most requested topics we receive.

Care.com says it does address and Social Security verification and criminal background checks on everyone listed on its Web site. Care.com 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 www.southernmamas.com.

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