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Welcome newest sponsor: Island Child

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

island-child-big-ad.jpgIsland Child, a new sponsor of SouthernMamas.com, has been dressing children for generations.

And all that experience pays off.

Just visit their online store here for children’s clothing and accessories.

Or drop by their store in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island. You will be glad you did.

Island Child offers the finest children’s clothing including a sweet collection of flower girl dresses, first birthday outfits for boys and girls, trendy pettiskirts and unique one-of-a-kind items such as these starfish-shoes.jpgstarfish cotton slip-on shoes and golf-cart-onesie.jpggolf cart onesies pictured here.

You will find everything for newborns, layette, toddlers and children, with styles both funky and classic.

Island Child also carries baby cribs and changers as well as crib bedding.

Click here for more info or call 1.888.705.5437 or 843.686.5437

Your picks for kid-friendly restaurants

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Thanks for all your entries for best family-friendly local restaurants. Your favorite places to eat out with the kids are:

bonna-bella-yacht-club.jpgBonna Bella Yacht Club, 2470 Livingston Ave. near LaRoche Avenue in Savannah. 912.352.3133. This outdoor restaurant (accessible by auto and boat) on the Herb River received the most votes from SouthernMamas readers as best kid-friendly restaurant.

You love that the eatery has a ping-pong table and cornhole game to entertain the kids. Also has great views, the occasional live music and yummy food. As SouthernMamas reader Jennifer M. writes “Being able to go by boat is wonderful and they have such a large outdoor area for the kids to run around.”

  • Siciliano’s, 4700 US 80, Whitemarsh Island. 912.897.1938. SouthernMamas reader Sarah H. writes “The staff is always so welcoming and friendly. The food is great, both for children and adults. There are also some great arcade games inside, including a car and motorcycle game. The staff members alway let children sit down on the car and motorcycle and pretend to play. Love it!”
  • The Shell House Restaurant @ the intersection of I-95 (exit 94) and Hwy. 204. 912.927.3280. SouthernMamas reader Joy G. writes “There should be more restaurants that have trash cans in the middle of the table.”
  • Cancun Mexican Restaurant, three locations (Wilmington Island, Pooler and Savannah). Speedy service suits impatient toddlers.
  • Barbara Jeans, 138 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Wilmington Island. 912.898.4424. SouthernMamas reader Ginger H. writes “all those great veggie casseroles are an easy way to get our daughter to eat vegetables.”
  • Sweet Potatoes, 6825 Waters Ave., Savannah. 912.352.3434. SouthernMamas reader Lana S. writes “We love to take our 9 month old to Sweet Potatoes-it’s casual dining, so if she gets upset she most likely won’t interrupt a romantic dinner or something like that and of course the food is extra yummy.”
  • Moe’s Grill, 7801 Abercorn St. Savannah. 912.303.6688. SouthernMamas Danielle R. writes “It’s fast, friendly, cheap and the music is fun. My daughter loves it. I can even get a 100% juice box instead of soda with the kids meal. And you can get tofu as a meat option!”
  • Chick-Fil-A in Pooler which has Family Night every Tuesday during May, June and July. Kid-friendly entertainment and children can make their own sundaes, 180 Pooler Parkway. 912.330-9209
  • North Beach Grill, 33 Van Horne Dr., Tybee Island. 912.786.9003 SouthernMamas reader Meagan W. writes “We get to have fun in the water and swim to work up an appetite, then just take a quick walk to the grill and sit outside under the umbrellas.”
  • Houlihan’s, 17029 Abercorn Ext. Savannah 912.921.5712. Free carrot sticks and ranch dressing to hold the kids over while they wait for their kids meals. Kids meals come with a small bowl of ice-cream. Writes SouthernMamas reader Barbara M. “it was by far the best, most un-stressed lunch we’ve ever had out with all the kids.”
  • Basil’s on Wilmington Island, 216 Johnny Mercer Rd. 912.897.6400. SouthernMamas reader Kari H. writes “they have a playroom right off the main dining room where they show movies and have toys and books. Parents can keep an eye on the kids in the next room by watching the TV monitor in the dining room.
  • 606 E Cafe, Ford Ave., Richmond Hill. 912.459.0606. Kari H. writes “Also has a family room stocked with toys. Families can eat in the toy room and kids can play while they wait for their food or while their parents enjoy conversation and dessert.”
  • Hilton Head/Bluffton area

  • Marley’s Island Grill, Park Plaza, Hilton Head Island. 843.686.5800. Received multiple votes. You love that the restaurant also has its own ice-cream stand adjoining the restaurant.
  • Bluffton Atlanta Bread Company on U.S. 278. Kids-eat-free nights are 4-9 p.m. Wednesdays. 843. 815.2479.
  • The Salty Dog Cafe in South Beach Marina Village, on Hilton Head Island. Live guitar music most nights. Also often has face painting and balloon art by Cappy the Clown.
  • Hilton Head/Bluffton area

Shop Saturday @ the Savannah Market Bazaar

Friday, May 30th, 2008

And make sure to visit the miabella-button-ad.gifMia Bella Bowtique booth while you are there.

Add this to your weekend guide: Savannah Market Bazaar, 9 am Sat. May 31 @ the corner of Bull and Henry Street in Savannah. Art, antiques, clothes, jewerly and more. Free and open to the public.

SouthernMamas sponsor, Mia Bella Bowtique, will have a booth @ the market with reduced prices on most items. Mia Bella Bowtique is an online gift boutique that specializes in hand-made designs for children. A locally-owned company based on Oatland Island, Mia Bella’s clips are lined with velvet to make the clips stay in and stay put. The store also has “Bella Banners” custom made/personalized fabric banners for special occasions, vintage theme birthday and baby shower invites and party favors. See more of Mia Bella Bowtique’s goodies by clicking here.

Your Kid’s Weekend Guide

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Sat. May 31, archeofest1.jpgArchaeoFest 2008 @ Battlefield Park, Savannah, 10 am-3 pm; Hands-on archaeological education activities on the site of the 1779 Battle of Savannah. Kids see artifacts, learn about the CSS Georgia, talk to real archaeologists and learn how to match bones to skeletons. Click here for a $1 off coupon. $6 for adults, $5 for children; kids 6 and younger are FREE. Located @ corner of MLK Jr. Blvd and Louisville Road between the Visitors Center and Roundhouse Railroad Museum. 912.651.2240

Sat. May 31, Haunted Oatland Island tour, 9-11 pm. Go on a ghost-hunting tour of the 80-year plus facility. In partnership with Sixth Sense Savannah, a local tour company. Cost: $36.50. Twenty percent benefits Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Click here for more info. 912.898.3980

Sat. May 31, Recycling Roundup Event @ Lake Mayer, noon-4 pm. Awareness event for youth about recycling. Family activities & entertainment including wet slide and bouncers. Bring your recyclables to benefit the youth scholarship fund. First 50 kids to bring 20 recyclables receive a free T-shirt. Sponsored by YFAC (Youth For A Cleaner Environment) 912.897.0311 or email yface2000@yahoo.com.

Sat. May 31, Kids Fishing Rodeo @ Daffin Park Lake, 7 -11 am. Lake has been stocked with freshwater catfish. All children 15 and younger are invited to participate. Bring your own bait and tackle, however a limited amount will be available for children without any. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult. Food and drinks will be served. Awards will be presented. Sponsored by City of Savannah, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Bass Pro Shops

Fri, Sat. & Sun, May 30-June 1. Performance of “Children of Eden” @ Savannah Children’s Theatre, 7 pm Fri. May 30, 3 pm Sat & Sun May 31 & June 1. Tickets cost $10, 2160 E. Victory Drive 912.238.9015

Hilton Head Is./Bluffton area

Fri. May 29, Farmer’s Market @ Center Court, The Mall at Shelter Cove, 8 am-1 pm. Fresh local veggies and fruit available for purchase. 843.686.3090

Sat. May 31, 9-10 am. Free Stroller Fitness class @ Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road, HHI. 9-10 am. Jennifer Wolfe of Once Upon A Workout will lead the class for moms and babies. For children ages 3 months to 15 months. Wear workout clothes and shoes. Bring a stroller and bottled water. Preregistration required. 843.342.9200. Email jmorgan@bcgov.net

Sat. May 31, 10 am. Do-Drop-In Story Time @ Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road. FREE! For children all ages. Each week a different themed story time with songs, poems, finger plays, a story-in-the-wall and a take-home craft activity. No registration required. 843.342.9200.

The winner of the Shabby Apple dresses giveaway is…

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

shabby-apple-logo.jpgMeagan White.

Congratulations, Meagan. You and your daughter win a mother-daughter dress combo from Shabby Apple - a Web-based dress company that offers figure-flattering, moderately-priced designer dresses – and their new children’s line Shabby Baby.

Thanks to those of you who participated in the giveaway for sharing your helpful ideas for local, kid-friendly restaurants. We hope to post ALL of your many suggestions on SouthernMamas.com this weekend.

Be sure to look for another different giveaway to be announced here Monday.

See “Sex and the City” for Free

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

sex-and-city-logo.jpgAll set to see “Sex and the City” when it opens this weekend?

Don’t forget that SouthernMamas subscribers can see it for FREE, thanks to Savannah Mall, a SouthernMamas sponsor.

Just click this link to get a free movie pass for SouthernMamas: free-savannah-mall-movie-pass-for-southernmamas.pdf

Of course, you can use the pass to see other movies, too.

“Sex and the City” opens Fri. May 30 @ Regal Cinema 10, 1132 Shawnee Street near Savannah Mall. “Sex and the City” T-shirts are sold @ Steve & Barry’s in Savannah Mall, a store where everything is $8.98 or less.

Arts Smarts Camp

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

scad-logo.gifBring out your child’s inner Monet this summer.

The Savannah College of Art and Design and the Savannah Arts Academy will hold a day camp for children 7-14. The Art Smarts Camp will be in three one-week sessions July 21-Aug. 8 @ the Savannah Arts Academy, 508 Washington Avenue.

For info and registration, click here or call 912.325.5100.

For more listings of local summer camps, click here.

MusicAlive! kicks off summer library events

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

child-playing-cello.jpgExpose your kids to live classical music through Savannah’s “MusicAlive!” programs next week @ branches of the Live Oak Public Libraries.

The FREE performances are recommended for children of all ages. Here’s the schedule for the MusicAlive! events:

Bull Street Library: 3:30 pm Mon. June 2
Liberty (Hinesville) Branch: 10:30 am Tues. June 3
Tybee Branch: 3 pm Tues. June 3
West Chatham (Pooler) Branch: 4 pm Wed. June 4
Oglethorpe Mall Branch: 6 pm Thurs. June 5

Call your local branch for more info. Click here for branch phone numbers and addresses.

For a look at other programs coming this summer to Live Oak library branches, including wildlife shows, storytellers, puppet and music performances, click here.

Surf camp @ Tybee Island

Monday, May 26th, 2008

surf-board.jpgReason No. 8,143 that our area is a better place to raise kids than some landlocked city: surf camp.

This summer, Tybee Island YMCA offers the third season of surf camp for kids ages 7-16. Kids learn surfing basics @ several locations around the island. Open to all surf levels. Campers are divided into age groups. All campers must be able to swim 25 yards and be comfortable with ocean tides, waves and undertow. Private lessons also available.

There’s also kayak camp on Tybee for kids ages 7-16, hosted by guides from North Island Surf and Kayak. Campers will take paddling trips around Tybee, Little Tybee Island, Cockspur Lighthouse and through the tidal pools surrounding the island. Suitable for all skill levels.

For price and camp schedules for the surf and kayak camps, click here and download the info for Ocean Adventure Camp.

Or call Tybee Island YMCA @ 912.786.9622.

Shabby Apple mother/daughter dress giveaway

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

shabby-apple-logo.jpgTwo dresses. That’s right. You can win one for you and one for your daughter.

All thanks to Shabby Apple - a Web-based dress company that offers figure-flattering, moderately-priced designer dresses – and their new children’s line Shabby Baby.

One of the dresses Shabby Apple is giving away to a SouthernMamas subscriber is a $64 Apple Seed secretary dress for mom. The design, aptly named shabby-apple-mom.jpg90 Words per Minute”, has ruching at sides to flatter hips. A tie at the neck, puff sleeves and a skirt that hits just below the knee.

The second dress to be given away is a little girl’s version, a $33 Apple Seed secretary dress called, you guessed it, shabby-baby-girl.jpg“45 Words per Minute.” It’s available in sizes newborn to 10-12 girls.

To be eligible for the giveaway, email your name and the answer to the question below to anne@southernmamas.com. What’s your favorite, kid-friendly place to eat out in our area and why?

Don’t forget. You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to play. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

Deadline for entries is 11 pm this Thurs. May 28. We’ll announce the winner Friday here on www.southernmamas.com.

Oh, and one more reason to love Shabby Baby: the women-owned and women-operated company partners with Unitus, a non-profit organization in the microfinance industry, to help alleviate global poverty for millions of women and their families. To see more of their little girl dresses, click here.

Little Leagues join Sand Gnats on the field

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

gnats-logo.jpgHere’s one more reason to make it to a Sand Gnats game.

Your child’s Little League team can meet the Sand Gnats and join the team on the field, in position, for the playing of the National Anthem. It’s all part of the Field of Dreams package deal. In addition, the name of each member of your child’s team is announced over the PA system for entire Grayson stadium to hear. Their names are also displayed on the video board.

For $15 per child, the Field of Dreams package also includes:
One General Admission ticket to the game.
A Sand Gnats group hat.
A Meal Voucher good for one hot dog, bag of chips and a soda.
Group picture with a player or coach,
Autographs from the Sand Gnats players

At least 10 players are needed to participate. Click here for more info.

The Sand Gnats also offer other programs for children including the Gnat Pack Kids Club for Children.

Sand Gnats games are also great for children’s baseball birthday parties. Parties start one hour prior to pitch. The cost of $20 per child/$14 per adult. Call 912.351-9150

Naptime is the new happy hour

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

naptime-happy-hour.jpgDo you secretly mock mommy-and-me-style music classes? Moms who scrapbook? Or hipster parents who are just too cool?

Do you suspect that moms who say their kids watch absolutely NO TV are, indeed, lying?

Then you might enjoy the latest mommy lit offering by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor: Naptime is the New Happy Hour: and Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down.

Wilder-Taylor, whose first book was Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay, takes on the trend of moms who do everything they can- including lie – to appear to be superparents in the eyes of others.

Wilder-Taylor, mother of three, shares her irreverent take on parenting, including making fun of parents like me who made our own baby food and schlep our kids to Kindermusik. Hmmm. This read might hurt a little. But if you can’t laugh at yourself…

At least, the book makes a good gift for that first-time mom who feels overwhelmed by the new world of pseudo superparents she just entered. And serves as a painful mirror for the rest of us.

Pass the chardonnay, please.

Your Kid’s Weekend Guide

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

cannon.jpgSat & Sun May 24 & 25, Memorial Day Weekend @ Fort Pulaski, 9 am-7 pm. Features cannon firings, soldier demos. The park’s expanded summer schedule begins. 912.786.5787

Sat. May 24, 10 am-5 pm Memorial Day Weekend @ Fort McAllister Historic Park, Richmond Hill. Program focuses on the life and duties of an average Civil War soldier including musket and cannon firings. Cost: $2.50-$4. 912.727.2339

Sat. May 24, Just for Baby sidewalk sale, 10 am-4 pm. For more info, call 912.355.4455.

Fri, Sat. & Sun, May 23-25. Performance of “Children of Eden” @ Savannah Children’s Theatre, 7 pm Fri. May 23, 3 pm Sat & Sun May 24 & 25. Tickets cost $10, 2160 E. Victory Drive 912.238.9015

Fri. May 23 DNA Child Safety Program @ Savannah Mall, 2-6 pm. Free program provides parents with tools to protect their children including: Home DNA ID kit, audio and visual DVD featuring your child, digital photo and more.

Sun. May 25, Gospel Brunch @ Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts,12:30-2:30 pm. The St. John Baptist Church Gospel Choir will perform. Tickets: $10 nonmembers; $5 children ages 6-12; free for all children ages 6 and younger. 912.790.8800

Bluffton/Hilton Head Island area

Fri-Sun May 23-25, Gregg Russell begins summer tradition of entertaining under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head Is. Fun & kid-focused, 8-9:30 pm. 843.842.1979

Sat. May 24, 10 am. Do-Drop-In Story Time @ Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road. FREE! For children all ages. Each week a different themed story time with songs, poems, finger plays, a story-in-the-wall and a take-home craft activity. No registration required. 843.342.9200.

Autism talk: “What really matters?”

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

autism-puzzle.jpgIf you have a child diagnosed with autism or know someone who does, make plans to attend “What really matters?” with Jeff Strully, executive director for the Jay Nolan Community Services in Mission Hills, Calif.

Jeff will speak @ two venues in Savannah:

  • 6:30-8:30 Fri. May 30 @ First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Supervised childcare is available.
  • 9:30-noon Sat. May 31 @ Armstrong Center just south of Atlantic State University. Located behind the EnMark station. Childcare will not be provided.

Jeff has spent 30 plus years advocating for children with disabilities so they can live and lead a valued life. He and his wife are the parents of three adult children with disabilities. Jeff will be in Savannah to help parents and caregivers of children with autism.

Both events are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy. To register, contact Tom Kohler at tomkohler@bellsouth.net or call 912.236.5798.

For more local resources concerning autism, click here.

The winner of the birth cufflinks for Father’s Day is…

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Liz Longshore!

Congratulations Liz. You win a pair of handcrafted, personalized birth cufflinks from our sponsor JULIAN & Co. The $99 sterling silver cufflinks like those pictured cufflinks.jpghere can be inscribed with JULIAN & Co.’s signature baby feet or hands and text.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the giveaway contest. You are all correct. The couple who started JULIAN & Co. in honor of their son are named Tania and Tony.

Don’t forget. Father’s Day is June 15. If you want to purchase a pair of the birth cufflinks in time for Father’s Day, be sure to place your order by Friday, May 30. Start shopping by clicking here.

Look for a different giveaway to be announced Monday on SouthernMamas.

Is popular organic infant formula too sweet?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

similar-organic-formula.jpgWe’d all love to believe that the label “organic” is synonymous with “healthy.”

But that may not be the case when it comes to Similac’s Organic Formula.

An article in the New York Times suggests Similac’s Organic Formula, which costs about five bucks more than non-organic Similac formulas, is the sweetest formula around. It uses cane sugar, which is sucrose and has been falling out of favor in infant formula since the 1950s.

Read the article here. (Thanks to a savvy SouthernMamas reader for alerting us to it).

“No health problems in babies have been associated with Similac Organic,” the article states. “But to pediatricians, there are risks in giving babies cane sugar.”

Concerns about sucrose include harming tooth enamel faster than other sugars and contributing to obesity, which is why the European Union plans to ban it in infant formula by the end of 2009. In a New York Times taste test, the Similac Organic formula tasted the sweetest, with “the sweetness of grape juice or Country Time lemonade.”

“All infant formulas contain added sugars, which babies need to digest the proteins in cow’s milk or soy,” the article states. “Other organic formulas, like Earth’s Best and Parent’s Choice, use organic lactose as the added sugar.”

Whether sucrose turns out to be a health risk or not, a too-sweet formula certainly isn’t what parents have in mind when we buy organic.

Take the kids to Piccolo Spoleto

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

piccolo-spoleto.bmpCharleston’s Spoleto Festival may be a little too hoity-toity and pricey for the kids.

But Piccolo Spoleto, which starts this Fri. May 23 in Charleston and is the official outreach festival to Spoleto, is a fun, laid-back, kid-friendly time featuring music, dance, parades, story-telling and more.

Events include a FREE outdoor family-friendly concert, 8-9:30 pm Fri. May 23 @ the US Customs House, Concord and Market streets in downtown Charleston.

The Sunset Serenade concert includes Irish fiddlers Na Fidleiri playing with a group of 100 fourth grade Suzuki violin students from Charleston County Schools who are making their world debut and Benjamin Britten’s “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” performed by the Charleston Symphony (conducted by Scott Terrell). Click here for more info about the free concert.

Piccolo Spoleto runs Fri. May 23 through June 8. Click here for info about more Piccolo family and children events.

Magic shows, face-painting @ family-friendly eatery

Monday, May 19th, 2008

This economic crisis has many of us cutting back financially. That includes not eating out as often. But there are restaurants you can go to where kids eat for free or at a discount on certain nights.

FOR A LISTING OF VARIOUS KIDS EAT FREE NIGHTS IN SAVANNAH-AREA RESTAURANTS, CLICK HERE

Birth cufflinks giveaway from JULIAN & Co.

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Who says SouthernMamas overlooks daddies? Check out this dad-friendly giveaway. Our sponsor JULIAN & Co. is giving away the perfect Father’s Day gift: handcrafted, personalized birth cufflinks.

This week a SouthernMamas subscriber will win a special pair of $99 sterling silver cufflinks like those pictured cufflinks.jpghere.

The square cufflinks can be inscribed with JULIAN & Co.’s signature baby feet or hands. Cuff links can be personalized with 4 lines of text (Think your baby’s name birthdate, birth time, weight, height) or one line of text and hands or feet.

To be eligible for the giveaway, just email your name and the answer to the following question to anne@southernmamas.com. The couple who started JULIAN & Co. named the online boutique after their son, Julian. What are the names of the happy mom and dad? Hint: Visit the JULIAN & Co. Web site by clicking here and hit the “Our Story”

We will move the drawing of a winner’s name and announcement up a day to give the winner plenty of time to place her order in time for Father’s Day. So deadline for entries is 11 pm Wednesday. We’ll announce the winner Thursday on www.southernmamas.com.

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

Welcome sponsor “Just for Baby”

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

justforbaby-final-ad.jpgSouthernMamas is thrilled to announce our newest sponsor: Just for Baby.

The locally-owned store @ 7720 Waters Ave. is THE local place to shop for furniture for babies and children; clothing for premies to 4T; gifts; and accessories including wall art, rugs, mobiles, toys. Just for Baby also has gift registry, in store and online.

Speaking of Just for Baby’s online store, it has a whole new look. Just for Baby has made many improvements to the site to make your online shopping experience with Just for Baby easier and more enjoyable. Click here to start shopping and to register to win a Chicco Key Fit 30 Infant Car Seat on June 1.

Be sure to drop by Just for Baby this Sat. May 24 for a sidewalk sale, 10 am-4 pm. For more info, call 912.355.4455.

Real people win our real giveaways

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

cape.JPGSome readers have asked about the sponsors listed on the right sidebar of this main page. Why are they there and what do they do?

Those are the banner ads for the wonderful businesses that make SouthernMamas.com possible. Please support them! SouthernMamas sponsors not only help us fund this site, but they also contribute to our Monday giveaway tradition. Every Monday, we do a different giveaway to a lucky SouthernMamas subscriber.

Here is picture of a recent giveaway winner and cutiepie, Aiden Peck, 17 months old, modeling a recent giveaway item. Aiden is the son of local SouthernMamas subscriber Megan Peck. Megan won this fun, custom-made cape from our sponsor The Polkadot Platypus, an adorable online boutique for babies, kids and moms.

Megan says Aiden loves his superhero cape (and, of course, SouthernMamas.com, too.) They are looking forward to many days of fun playtime with the cape, which is personalized with a giant A on the back for Aiden.

See. Real people do win our very real giveaways! Look for another giveaway from a different sponsor to be announced here Monday. Be sure to enter the giveaway contest. You, too, could be a SouthernMamas winner!

Don’t forget. The Polkadot Platypus offers SouthernMamas 15 percent off purchases by entering the code “polkadot” at checkout.

“It’s not a school, it’s an extended family”

Friday, May 16th, 2008

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School isn’t even out yet for summer. But you’ve got the big job of figuring out where to send your child to school next fall.

Open enrollment for the 2008-2009 school year is underway @ St. Michael’s Catholic School on Tybee Island.

St. Michael’s is celebrating its 60th year of excellence in education and still going strong. From pre-K through 8th grade, students are taught in a close-knit, faith-based community. Staff and alumni say of St. Michael’s “It’s not just a school, it’s an extended family.”
All children are welcome to attend. Rates for Catholics , non-Catholics and scholarships available.

Click here for more info or call to take a tour of Tybee Island’s longest running school. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the summer.

Free, local estate planning seminars

Friday, May 16th, 2008

money-image.gifLocal estate planning attorney Richard Barid wants SouthernMamas to know about two free estate planning seminars in Savannah this upcoming week. The seminars are hosted by Smith Barid, LLC, where Barid is a partner.

Topics covered in the seminars include how to lower your estate tax, how to avoid the probate process, and why it may be a mistake to hold title to property as “Joint Tenants.” Learn more, including how to reserve your seats, by clicking here.

Here are the seminars:

  • Tues., May 20, 10 am OR 7 pm @ Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Midtown, 5711 Abercorn St., across from Twelve Oaks shopping center.
  • Thurs., May 22, 10 am OR 7 pm @ Armstrong Center for Continuing Education and Community Engagement, 13040 Abercorn Street in Savannah, Georgia, the Armstrong Center is across from the Kroger’s shopping center on Apache Avenue which is across from the Savannah Mall.

Your Kid’s Weekend Guide

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

little-jumping-bean.bmpSat. May 17, Kids Bean Bash Night @ The Little Jumping Bean, 6-9 pm. Potty-trained kids younger than 6 can enjoy an evening at the indoor, inflatable playground while parents enjoy an evening out. Cost: $20, includes organized, supervised play; activities; and dinner of two slices of pizza, a drink and a snack. Register @ 912.691.8797.

Fri. May 16, 6 pm, Tybee’s Beach Bum parade @ Tybee Island. Following the parade, festivities continue with free live entertainment in Memorial Park from 8-10 pm. Food, drinks, live music. Celebration continues 4-9 pm Sat. May 17 with the Beach Bum Luau featuring hula hoop & limbo contest, children activities.

Sat. May 17, Teddy Bear Picnic @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 11 am-1 pm. For ages 6 and up. Celebrate the birthday of Oatland’s black bear. Children will be served a “Bear Lunch” with birthday cake. Special bear birthday feeding. A Teddy Bear Hospital, where kids can bring their favorite stuffed animals for repairs. A Digitarium Theater production of Willbear’s Adventure will be presented. Cost: $7 for members of the Friends of Oatland Island; $10 for non-members. 912.898.3980.

Sat. May 17, 16th Annual Canal Anniversary @ Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum, 681 Fort Argyle Rd. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Historic tours, a reptile show, pony rides, music and food. $10 adults, $5 children. 912.748.8068 or email info@savannahogeecheecanal.com.

Sat. May 17, 200th birthday party @ Old Fort Jackson, 5-9 pm. 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. Food will be sold during the event. Proceeds benefit the fort, located off President Street, about 3 miles east of downtown Savannah @ 1 Fort Jackson Road.

Fri, Sat. & Sun. “Sesame Street Live: Elmo! Ready for Action” @ the Savannah Civic Center. Show times are 7 p.m. Fri. May 16; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. May 17; 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sun. May 18. Tickets are $12-$20; a limited number of $25 Gold Circle seats are available. 912.651.6556 or click here.

Sat. May 17, Atlanta Hawks star Spud Webb in Savannah @ Rousakis Plaza 404 E. Bay St., noon-2 pm. Celebrate the second anniversary of Alltel Wireless’ ‘My Circle’ plan with carnival games, food, raffle prizes and live music. Autograph signing by Spud Webb for Alltel customers. Free and open to the public.

Sat. May 17, Savannah Shakespeare Festival @ Forsyth Park, 8 pm. Free and open to the public. Also, an open dress rehearsal will be @ 8 pm Fri. May 16. 912.651.6417

Sun. May 18, Savannah Wheelie FREE! social bike ride. The Savannah Bicycle Campaign ride leaves from Grayson Stadium at 1 p.m. and returns in time for the 2 pm Gnats game. Bikers receive $2 off general admission Gnats game tickets. Click here for Gnats ticket prices. Children are welcome. This ride’s route will include the Police Memorial Trail and portions of beautiful Parkside Historic District. For more info, click here.

Hilton Head Is./Bluffton area

“Art in the Park” @ Honey Horn, Shelter Cove and Old Town Bluffton. Kids can watch local artists paint outside.9:30 am-4 pm Fri May 16; 9 am-3 pm Sat. May 17. All artwork will be sold in Shelter Cove Community Park at 5:30 pm Sat. May 17. Hosted by the Hilton Head Art League. 843.681.5060

Is your OB savvy about cord blood donation?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

cord-blood-where-2-donate.jpgWe here @ SouthernMamas are always looking for tips about quality medical practices.

Thanks to SouthernMamas reader and expectant mom Sarah Newman for this one about OB/GYN Associates in Savannah. Sarah’s doctor, Dr. Melissa Cobb, asked Sarah if she was interested in cord blood donation when she went in for her first pregnancy visit.

This is such an important- and often overlooked – question that every pregnant woman should consider. But frequently obstetricians don’t even ask their patients if they want to donate the umbilical cord blood.

Umbilical cord blood contains stem cells that can be used to treat blood cancers, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and about 60 other diseases.

As this ABC News article “Saving Nature’s Miracle Substance” says “As many as 10-thousand Americans each year could benefit from donated cord blood, but there is such a shortage that many while die waiting.”

Still, only a tiny fraction of mothers donate their cord blood. Usually the cord blood is thrown away or, in some cases, parents shell out big bucks to privately store the cord blood it for their child’s possible use later in life. The American Medical Association suggests that is a waste of money.

“The chances that a person would use their own cord blood to help that child are somewhere between one in 20,000, all the way up to one in 200,000,” Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg of Duke University’s Medical School says in the ABC News article.

Learn more about how to donate cord blood by clicking here.

Among the places that offer a public cord blood donation program is Cryobanks International Inc. Cryobanks will send a courier to collect cord blood from hospitals nationwide. FOR FREE! But you have to fill out paper work etc beforehand.

Donated cord blood is registered with the National Marrow Donor Registry, where it potentially can help patients and save lives. Click here for more info.

Meanwhile, kudos to OB/GYN Associates for asking patients about cord blood donation. Here’s the link for contact info to OB/GYN Associates.

Feel free to email anne@southernmamas.com about other local doctors that we should spotlight on SouthernMamas.

Six Flags’ Thomas Town opens May 17

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

thomas-at-six-flags.jpgThomas Town, a Thomas & Friends-themed area with a playground and train replicas, opens Sat. May 17 @ Six Flags Over Georgia.

Kids will be able to take a train ride around the Island of Sodor and meet Sir Topham Hatt.

Because it seems everyone is in a credit crunch right now, Six Flags Over Georgia has returned to its prices from 2000. You can save $10 and get in to the amusement park for $39.99.

Click here for more information. The park is open on weekends only until May 23 when it opens seven days a week.

If you’re planning to head to Atlanta this summer, but worried about affording all the main attractions, check out the Most Valuable Package.

For $89, you can receive admission to Georgia Aquarium and New World of Coca-Cola, an all-day pass to Six Flags Over Georgia, an all-attractions pass to Stone Mountain Park, and an upper box section ticket to an Atlanta Braves game. It’s a 35 percent savings and is available through Sept. 21. Click here to learn more.

Elmo and pals visit Savannah

Monday, May 12th, 2008

elmo-ready-for-action.jpgThe Sesame Street gang will perform in Savannah this weekend.

“Sesame Street Live: Elmo! Ready for Action” will be @ the Savannah Civic Center. Show times are 7 p.m. Fri. May 16; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. May 17; 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sun. May 18.

Characters on the tour include Super Grover, Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Bert, Ernie, Count Von Count, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, Baby Bear, Telly monster, Rosita, Honker and Kay.

Tickets are $12-$20; a limited number of $25 Gold Circle seats are available. Call 912.651.6556 or click here.

Registered for Kids Bean Bash Night yet?

Monday, May 12th, 2008

little-jumping-bean.bmpDon’t forget. Wed. May 14 is the deadline to register for Kids Bean Bash Night @ The Little Jumping Bean – Savannah’s first indoor, inflatable playground catering to children 6 and younger.

On Kids Bean Bash Night, potty-trained kids can enjoy an evening at the Bean while parents enjoy an evening out. The special night will be 6-9 pm Sat. May 17. The $20 cost per child includes organized, supervised play; activities; and dinner of two slices of pizza, a drink and a snack.

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

Face to face with infertility on Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

wiggins-family-photo.jpgHappy Mother’s Day, SouthernMamas!

Let’s hope you are really busy today being celebrated and honored! But if you get a minute, please check out my Sunday column in the Accent section of the Savannah Morning News. You can read it by clicking here.

I write about women who long to become mothers, but struggle with infertility. The amazing couple spotlighted in my column, Kelly and Tony Wiggins, decided to adopt a child after years of trying to have a biological child. They are such wonderful parents to Canon, now 19 months. This is a picture of the whole family.

Please share the Wiggins’ story with any couples you know who desire a child but are having difficulty.

Kelly Wiggins has an infertility and adoption support group that meets the fourth Thursday of the month. Email her at emptycradle_savannah@hotmail.com to find out more.

Free Savannah Mall movie pass for SouthernMamas

Friday, May 9th, 2008

savannah-mall-ad-redo.bmpAlready have a sitter lined up so you can have a girl’s night out and see “Sex in the City” when it opens May 30? Or maybe the kids are begging to go see the new Narnia film when it comes out May 16?

You are in for a treat. The wonderful folks @ Savannah Mall, a SouthernMamas sponsor, are taking SouthernMamas to the movies FOR FREE.

Just click this link to get a free movie pass for SouthernMamas: free-savannah-mall-movie-pass-for-southernmamas.pdf

Don’t forget to pop into Savannah Mall before or after the movie to check out the new soft play Playtime Center which opened in March.

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 toddler haven is 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.

Click here for directions to Savannah Mall and to see a schedule of upcoming mall events.

Meanwhile, be sure to enjoy your free movie!