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Your Kid’s Weekend Guide

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

1stsat_logo_160.gifFirst Saturday for Kids, 10 am -1 pm Sat. Aug. 2 @ Telfair’s Jepson Center for Arts. Studio art workshop focuses on a summer sculpture project; storytelling; children activities in the ArtZeum; an 11 am classic family film. Free admission.207 W. York St., downtown Savannah. 912.790.8800

Tax Free Weekend! Thurs. July 31-Sun. Aug. 3. Items that are exempt are personal computers priced $1,500 or less; general school supplies priced $20 or less per item; articles of clothing priced $100 or less per item with the exception of handbags, jewelry, watches etc. For a list of exempt items, click here

“Annie Get Your Gun” @ Savannah Children’s Theatre, 7 pm. Fri. Aug. 1, 3 pm Sat. Aug. 2, 3 pm Sun. Aug. 3. 2160 E. Victory Drive. Cost: $10.

Historic Savannah Feis, national Irish dance competition, 8 am Sat. Aug. 2 @ the Savannah Civic Center. Dancers from all over the U.S. compete. Cost: $8, free for 17 and younger. 912.897.5984

Brian & Jennifer Huskey, owners of B. Matthews Restaurant @ 325 E. Bay Street & Blowin’ Smoke BBQ @ 514 MLK Jr. Blvd were married @ Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universality Church, where the recent deadly shooting occurred. On Sun. Aug. 3 and Sun. Aug. 10, both restaurants will donate 20 percent of daily receipts to the congregation of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

Disney on Ice tickets go on sale. Starting @ 10 am Fri. Aug. 1. Minnie and Mickey’s Magical Journey will have seven shows at the Savannah Civic Center Nov. 5-9. 912.651.6556, 800.351.7469

Head Is./Bluffton area

Family Fun Day @ Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, 10 am-2 pm, Fri. Aug. 1. Yostie the puppeteer from 12:30-2 pm; sweetgrass basket maker Sarah Edwards Hammond, children’s author Kate Sally Palmer, gumbo sampling with Rowland, a Kids’ Zone and more. 70 Honey Horn Dr., HHI. 843.689.3033 ext 224

Home Depot Kids Workshop, 9 am-noon Sat. Aug. 2 @ all Home Depot stores. Free how-to clinics designed for children ages 5-12, available on the first Saturday of the month. Children accompanied by an adult create useful objects.

The winners of the Robeez shoes giveaways are…

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

robeezlogo659.jpgJanna Godfrey, who wins a pair of Tredz.

Sarah Hunter, who wins a pair Soft Soles.

Both SouthernMamas winners will be able to select their favorite pair for their kiddies from robeez-horses.jpgRobeez new fall collections, Soft Soles and Tredz. Click robeez-trendz-hearts.jpghere to see the entire fall collection.

Be sure to check out all the comments on this earlier post announcing the giveaway. You’ll find some fun kids activities tips about what SouthernMamas want to do with their kids before the end of summer.

Look for a different giveaway to be announced here Monday.

Honey, Hannah Montana is on the phone for you!

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

rotary_phone.jpgThose of you not leery of Miley Cyrus might appreciate this trick for waking up your sleepy kids on the first day of school: a wake-up call from the superstar herself.

Thanks to Wal-Mart and Disney, your child can receive a morning call from Hannah Montana. You can set the time and theme of the free call online. At the designated time, Hannah Montana will give your child a “good morning” message.

The calls are available now through September 15. To register for your wake-up call, click here.

Just for Baby’s expecting a brand new bouncing…store!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

justforbaby-final-ad.jpgGet ready for a new bigger and better Just for Baby store.

The locally-owned shop @ 7720 Waters Ave. is planning to move Sept. 1 directly across the street in the building formerly occupied by Closet Specialist. The new store will include individual rooms of nursery furniture, a section of youth furniture (twin beds, etc) and an entire organic section with clothing, accessories – towels, moby wraps, slings, nursing covers etc. in organic fabric!

Coming soon: a grand reopening party with a giant one-day sale, complete with giveaways – cribs, twin bed, bedding and more. Keep checking SouthernMamas to find out when.

Just for Baby 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.

Don’t forget to visit Just for Baby’s online store.

Just for Baby is a sponsor of SouthernMamas.com.

Take the kids to a mad scientist lab

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

madbannerreprintmar08.gif I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t know the Georgia Southern University Museum in Statesboro had kid-friendly exhibits. Thanks for savvy SouthernMama Kari Hunter for setting me straight!

Check out this interesting show, Mad Scientist Laboratory, that’s been extended throughout summer due to popular demand.

Here’s the description from the museum Web site: “You can never be quite sure what you’ll see in there, but it’s sure to be interesting! Things will pop, change color, stick together, spin around and go splat. You can wrap yourself up in a bubble, and wrap your mind around some surprising chemical properties. Come on in and get physical with physical science and return as experiments in the exhibit change!”

There’s also a separate exhibit, Expedition Georgia, through Aug. 3 that’s an adventure maze through southeast Georgia’s habitats.

Museum admission is $4.50 for adults, $3 for students and free to museum members.

Headed to Hotlanta? Check out these kid-friendly events

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

six-flags-logo.jpgIf you’re planning to visit Atlanta this weekend, check out Kids Fest @ Six Flags Over Georgia’s Southern Star Amphitheatre. Face painters, balloon artists, craft stations and a Sunday performance by singer Raven Symone. Aug. 2-3 10 am-10 pm; Sun, 10:30 am-9 pm. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

Tickets are $29.99 online. Click here for more info or call 770.739.3400

You might also want to drop by the FREE! Varsity’s 80th Anniversary Celebration, 11 am-4 pm Sat. Aug. 2. Live music, a sneak peek at the upcoming Varsity documentary, NASCAR and Harley-Davidison simulators and more. 61 North Ave. Atlanta. 404.881.1706

Sleeping Beauty also just opened today and runs through Aug. 10 @ the Center for Puppetry Arts. Shows are 10 am and noon Tues-Fri; 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm Sat; 1 pm and 3 pm Sun. Recommended for children 4 and older.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is @ 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta. 404-873-3391. $16.

Release of bald eagle this weekend

Monday, July 28th, 2008

eagle-2.jpgMy son goes crazy with excitement when he spies this eagle statue above the entrance to Colonial Park Cemetery in downtown Savannah.

I can only imagine how he’d react to this rare chance this weekend to see an actual live version of our national bird: A bald eagle that was found on Wilmington Island with a broken wing is set to be released this Sat. Aug. 2 at 9 am @ 14128 Walthour Road, where he was found.

The bird was treated @ Auburn University. If you want to attend, call Dale Harde @ 912.313.3001 or 912.897.7629.

Oh, and guess what the lucky animal’s name is? Baldy, of course.

Robeez shoes giveaway, two pairs!

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

robeezlogo659.jpgWe have TWO giveaways this week! Cute kids shoes from Robeez new fall collections, Soft Soles and Tredz.

You have a chance to win one pair of Soft Soles. Or a pair of Tredz. Click here to see the entire fall collection here – from which our winners will be able to select their favorite pair.

From playtime to partytime, Robeez has the perfect style for every occasion. This season, you’ll find a broader range of designs in both collections. Here are just a few of top trends and a sample of what you can win.

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Mirroring preppy styles in adult footwear, Robeez is introducing DRESSY designs with delicate details and classic style like ribbon-adorned plaid bow and preppy chocolate suede penny loafer.

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Dressed up or dressed down, SPORTY goes with everything. Robeez introduces new designs like Sporty Z-Strap in magenta or navy and mod taupe and orange.

To be eligible to win, make a comment on this post. Tell us the one thing you want to do with your child(children) before the end of summer. Be sure to include at least your first name. Just click on “comment” below this post to make yours by 9 pm Thurs. July 31. We’ll pick a name at random from the comments and announce the winner here Friday.

You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

Pregnant? Toast with a “mocktail”

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

margarita-mama.jpgTrimester Tini anyone?

That’s just one of the names of the alcohol-free cocktails in “Margarita Mama: Mocktails for Moms-to-Be.”

The book offers more than 60 recipes for alcohol-free drinks for pregnant moms who want yummy healthful treats for mom and baby.

Mocktails have names like Shake Your Booties, the Raging Hormone and the Chocolate Crave.

Sounds like a fun gift to celebrate a new pregnancy or for a baby shower. Cheers.

SouthernMamas Q&A: Kari Hunter

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Welcome to another SouthernMamas Q&A with one of our savvy readers about parenting tips, troubles and triumphs. (If you know a SouthernMama you’d like to nominate for a profile, email anne@southernmamas.com. Read past profiles by clicking here. )

Meet Kari Hunter.

About:

Your Family

Husband: Curtis, Child: Lucas, who turns 3 on July 27. (Happy Birthday Lucas! From SouthernMamas) We live in Garden City. My husband works at J& L Glass. We also have a dog named Jadie and several stay outdoor cats that have adopted us.

Website: hunter-family.JPGWide Open Spaces

How would you describe your parenting philosophy?

I am pretty laid back and easy going but I am not a push over when it comes to discipline or teaching my son to be polite and say “please” and “thank you”.

What are your child’s/children’s favorite books and toys?

Lucas loves for us to read to him. We are always going to the library to check out new books but his favorite book is Dinosaur Binkit by Sandra Boynton. I think he loves it so much because it is about a dinosaur that is very attached to his lovey and Lucas can really relate to that. He knows all the words and will sometimes “read” it to me. Lucas’ favorite toys are Lego’s, matchbox cars, and trains.

What are your child’s/children’s favorite TV shows or movies?

He really likes VeggieTales, The Wiggles, Super Why, and Curious George.

What are your child’s/children’s favorite foods?

Lucas has always been a great eater. He loves his fruits and veggies and they are usually the first things to disappear off his plate. Some of his favorite foods are tomatoes, avocados, carrot sticks, black olives, bananas, and any kind of berry. He also loves yogurt, cheese, rotisserie chicken, eggs, and PB&J.

What one adjective would you choose to describe motherhood?

Fulfilling

Any tips for meeting other moms with similar age children?

My mom friends are the reason I’ve kept my sanity. Nobody understands you quite like a mom going through the same things as you. I found a wonderful playgroup when my son was about 8 months old by using mommyandme.com. It’s a free listing of local playgroups and children’s activities. Another great place that I have met other moms is at church.

If you want to make friends with another mom don’t be judgmental. Just because another mom does something differently then you it doesn’t make her way “wrong.”

Describe your most humbling parenting moment:

Having my son labeled as “failure to thrive” because my 10 lb 4 oz baby at birth was only 16 lbs at 1 year old and he wasn’t trying to pull up and would not put any weight on his legs. I felt like somehow it was my fault and I must have done something wrong. He had to start going to monthly weigh-ins with his pediatrician, G.I. appointments, neurology appointments, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Most weeks we were at some kind of appointment everyday Monday-Friday.

Describe your most beautiful parenting moment:

Watching him walk for the very first time during an Occupational Therapy session when he was about 15 months old. His occupational therapist and I were both crying our of sheer joy at how far he had come.

Favorite local kid-friendly eatery?

Chick-Fil-A @ Savannah Mall. They provide place mats so I know my son is always eating off of a clean space. They also have fresh fruit and the prize in their kids meals is usually a book. Also, we can make a trip to soft play after we are all finished with lunch.

Favorite local kid-friendly spot/event?

Story time @ the West Chatham Library, The Little Jumping Bean, Kidscoast at Seacoast Church and the tide pools at the very end of Tybee Island.

What resource for children does our area lack, one that you would like to see here?

I would love it if we had a kid friendly coffee shop where the kids could play while the parents got to sit, sip, and talk while they watched their kids have fun.

Who is your pick for the area’s best pediatrician?

We love Dr. Ramon Ramos. He was really great about making all the needed referrals for my son and staying updated on his progress. He was also great at easing my fears and always taking time to listen to what I had to say.

Most valuable baby gift you received that you couldn’t live without?

My sister-in-law gave me a backpack with Lucas’ name embroidered on it at my baby shower. That backpack has made the best diaper bag because it frees up your arms to carry a sleeping baby or chase after an escaping toddler. Also, my husband has never minded carrying it because it doesn’t resemble a purse. It’s 3 years old and it still looks new.

If you had zillions of extra bucks to donate, what charity/cause would you select?:

Backus Children’s Hospital right here in Savannah, which is where my son spent several months doing his physical and occupational therapies. They are wonderful and really care about the children they work so hard to help.

What is the one phrase you hope your child/children will say to you when they are all grown up?

Growing up you and Dad always made me feel so safe and loved, thank you.

Should wacky baby names be illegal?

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

baby-baby-names.jpgA New Zealand judge is taking a stand against parents who give their children wacky names.

He made a 9-year-old girl named Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii a ward of the court so her name could be changed. Other children’s names that’ve been blocked by the court include Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit. Yet, some names were permitted including Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence. Read the article here.

Several countries have gone so far as to establish laws against parents saddling their children with embarrassing monikers. Malaysia, for example, has a list of forbidden baby names including Hitler and Smelly Dog. Read about other countries baby names rules here.

Hmm. Wonder what can be done about obnoxious baby naming contests? Such as the Orlando, Fla. radio station contest David Partin won after he pledged to name his son after local radio hosts to win a $100 gas card. Partin will collect the card in December, when his son is born, if he can produce a birth certificate proving the baby is named Dixon Willoughby Partin, after the hosts. Read about it here.

Suddenly, celebrity baby names like Apple, Suri and Pilot Inspektor don’t seem so bad.

The winner of the ‘me hula, hula’ toddler tee is…

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Deborah Evans.

Congratulations! Deborah won this week’s giveaway, a fun hula-girl child’s size T-shirt from hip and tickle and fallflowers.jpghappy ever afters boutique. You can see the shirt here or in this earlier post.

Thanks to all who participated. Deborah said her wish item from happy ever afters boutique is the girl’s monogrammed fall flowers dress pictured here.

Look for TWO giveaways to be announced here Monday.

Future Olympic gymnast? We’ll find out

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

future-gymnast.JPGMommy & Me gymnastics here were come.

My 20-month-old son can’t get enough climbing, jumping and overall rolling around. He threw a tantrum today after I pulled him away from the swinging bars at the park to head home for lunch.

So we’ll definitely be checking out Summit Gymnastics‘ Mommy and Me class for 18 months to 3 years. Class is Mondays at 10:30 am and runs for 50 minutes. There are four classes in a session. Each session is $52 plus a one-time registration fee of $50.

You can start at any time in the session and your fees are prorated based on which week you start on. Classes take place in a real gym and kids use equipment such as a foam pit.

If those times don’t work, Summit Gymnastics plans to add new classes with their fall schedule. Call 912.921.1034 or email summitgymnastics@yahoo.com. The gym is @ 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad.

You can take a free trial class before signing up.

Let’s hope exhaustion via somersaults puts an end to toddler tantrums.

Totten Photography: two photographers for the price of one

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

beach-wedding-totten-photographay.jpgTotten Photography is a husband and wife photography team serving Savannah, Statesboro and the surrounding areas. Because they shoot as a team, you get two photographers for the price of one.
totten-photography.jpgTotten Photography specializes in photojournalistic, as well as traditional wedding portrait styles.

Having two different shooting styles means you get two different perspectives on your wedding. Kim and Randy Totten live together, laugh together and shoot together. Unlike some intrusive wedding photographers, the Tottens work so well together you may not even realize they’re at your wedding. But they’re busy capturing the moments that matter, the moments you will cherish for a lifetime.

For Totten Photography contact info, click here. Call 912.823.2142 or 912.687.4002. Or email totten@bulloch.net

You’re invited to an American Girl tea party

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

american-girl-tea-party.jpgGet Felicity and Kit’s tea outfits ready.

Children ages 5-12 are invited to an American Girl tea party @ Barnes & Noble in Oglethorpe Mall. It’s 10-11 am, Sat. Aug. 9. Don’t forget to bring your American Girl dolls.

The American Girls Collection, geared to girls ages eight and up, features books and dolls based on nine-year-old fictional girls who grew up during pivotal times in America’s history. Each character comes with a rich life story that offers girls a look at the past.

The products are sold through the company’s Web site and at its retail stores such as the American Girl store in North Point Mall in Alpharetta, outside of Atlanta. The books are also available in bookstores nationwide.

A fun twist on a summer lawn party

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

animal-splashers-smaller.jpgHere’s a summer toy that’s sure to be a success at your child’s next backyard birthday.

This Fisher Price Soak N’ Splash Animal Park – an elephant with a sprinkler trunk, a giraffe with a spraying neck and an alligator pool – made for a sweet, memorable 2-year-old birthday fest at the home of my son’s little playmate this weekend.

As you can see, the menagerie of inflatable, water-soaking critters were a big hit with the toddler set.

The birthday girl’s savvy parents purchased the animal splashers trio at Big Lots for $35. The set is also available via Amazon.com by clicking here, but for a much more pricey $79.

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Newborn calf on exhibit @ Oatland Island

Monday, July 21st, 2008

“It’s a boy!”

oatland-calf.gifOatland Island Wildlife Center is celebrating the birth of a baby calf, now on exhibit in the center’s barnyard area called the Georgia Farm.

The young male calf was born 9:30 am July 10 to the center’s cow, Sapphire. The calf is named “Gerren” after longtime, dedicated caretakers Chuck, Carol, Spenser and Victor Gerren.

Don’t forget. Oatland Island hosts Toddler Tuesdays, story and craft time for children ages 6 months to 4 years. Each Tuesday at 10:30 am, a new 45-minute program includes stories, games, crafts and animal visitors. According to the Web site schedule, wolves are the focus of this Tuesday’s program. But that is subject to change. The event is free with regular Oatland admission.

Check Mate Tuesday in Forsyth Park

Monday, July 21st, 2008

checkmate.jpgTake the kids to downtown Savannah late Tuesday afternoon to experience chess in the park.

Check Mate in Forsyth Park is 5:30 pm this Tues. July 22 in the promenade between the fountain and playground. Find out more here.

“Me Hula, Hula” tee giveaway

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

hulahula1.jpgIsn’t this little USA-made child’s T-shirt adorable? You can win it this week!

The $29.95 100 percent cotton shirt, available in sizes 2-6, is just a taste of the sweet children’s clothes, accessories, kids decor, furniture, toys and more available from hip-and-tickle.bmphip and tickle, and happy_logo.jpghappy ever afters boutique.

To be eligible for the giveaway, just visit either hip and tickle or happy ever afters boutique and find one wish item you’d love to order. A very easy task given the abundant options at both online boutiques. Email a description of that wish item to anne@southernmamas.com by 9 pm Thurs. July 24. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Friday.

You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

Take this quiz to measure your autistic traits

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

autism-puzzle.jpgResearch now indicates that parents of autistic children may show some signs of being aloof themselves while not actually being autistic. (Read about the study on parents here. )

Ever wonder if you have any autistic traits? Take this online Autism Quotient assessment quiz by Cambridge University. The autism community reportedly considers the quiz to be reasonably accurate at finding where people fall on the autism spectrum.

The quiz only takes only a few minutes. But just like with a Cosmo quiz, you can skew your score if you know enough about autism symptoms.

The lower the score, the further away from autism you are (low-scoring people are supposed to be especially intuitive and empathic.) The male adult norm score is 17 (out of 50); the adult female is 15. A score of 35 is associated with Asperger’s Syndrome, the mildest form of autism. Take the quiz by clicking here.

Baby’s gender: To find out the sex or not?

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

pregnant-woman.jpgDid you find out your baby’s (babies’) sex before birth?
That’s the question I write about it in my column today in the Accent section of the Savannah Morning News. (This week, my husband and I found out the sex of the baby we’re expecting in December and I reveal it in the column. Read it by clicking here. Yes, that’s a tacky tease. )

Whether to find out early or not is a tough decision for some. Those who have the patience to wait until birth win my admiration – but also have to deal with frustration from their friends and family who simply want to know now.

Would love to hear your experiences when it comes to finding out baby’s gender. Did anyone regret finding out afterwards? Did anyone find out without wanting to? If you had to do it all over again, would you wait until the birth to find out? Know anyone whose ultrasound was incorrect, so they were expecting one sex only to get a big surprise in the delivery room?

What were your reasons for finding or for waiting?

Expectant couples who wait always end up hearing oodles of old wives tales, homespun tricks to find out the gender on their own – such as dangling your wedding ring on string in front of your pregnant belly and seeing how it swings. Pendulum movement means boy. Circular means girl. Anyone one have any other fun homespun gender-predicting tricks?

Island Child’s next top model

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

island-child-big-ad.jpgIsland Child, the Hilton Head boutique that’s been dressing children for 23 years, is looking for a winning smile .

Send your favorite photo of your child in an outfit from Island Child to islandchild@islandchild.com for a chance to to be the store’s next model. A panel of young people will vote on the entries.

The winner will be Island Child’s next top model and their photo will be posted on www.islandchild.com. Good luck!

Island Child is a sponsor of SouthernMamas.com.

SouthernMamas Q&A: Deganit Ruben

Friday, July 18th, 2008

deganit-rubin.JPGWelcome to another SouthernMamas Q&A with one of our savvy readers about parenting tips, troubles and triumphs. (If you know a SouthernMama you’d like to nominate for a profile, email anne@southernmamas.com. Read past profiles by clicking here. )

Meet savvy SouthernMama Deganit Ruben of Skidaway Island. Deganit was kind enough to answer these questions on the same week she was to due to give birth to her second child. (UPDATE: On July 15, Deganit had her baby Elana Suzanne, weighing 7 lbs, measuring 19 ins. Congratulations Rubens!)

About:

Your Family

Husband: Jesse, Child: Jordan, age 3 1/2 & another due any day now. We live at The Landings. My husband works at NetJets in Bluffton, SC.

How would you describe your parenting philosophy?

Lots of love and patience in all situations, but with the clear message that rewards and good things all come from being earned and that there is no such thing as “entitlement.”

What are your child’s/children’s favorite books and toys?

Jordan loves the Little Critter series and enjoys toys that involve arts & crafts.

What are your child’s/children’s favorite TV shows or movies?

She loves the Wonder Pets on TV, and is not really a fan of movies yet.

What are your child’s/children’s favorite foods?

She is a typical 3 year old: pizza, fries, yogurt, cheese, peanut butter

What one adjective would you choose to describe motherhood?

awe-inspiring

Describe your most humbling parenting moment:

Finding out about my daughter’s permanent hearing loss and realizing that there was nothing I could do to fix it

Describe your most beautiful parenting moment:

Realizing that all the months of hard work on behalf of my daughter’s disability was manifesting itself in success beyond what I would have imagined

Favorite local kid-friendly eatery?

The Original Pancake House near Mall Blvd. My daughter loves the food and atmosphere and the staff there is wonderful with children.

Favorite local kid-friendly spot/event?

Storytime at the Bull Street and Oglethorpe libraries, Oatland Island, the 2 soft plays at the malls.

What resource for children does our area lack, one that you would like to see here?

A REAL Children’s Museum

Who is your pick for the area’s best pediatrician?

We love our pediatrician, Dr. Gustave Kreh of Pediatric Associates, and we also loved Dr. Ben Spitalnik who we saw once when Dr. Kreh was unavailable.

Most valuable baby gift you received that you couldn’t live without?

My mother’s continuous babysitting offers!

If you had zillions of extra bucks to donate, what charity/cause would you select?:

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and other organizations devoted to helping children with a hearing loss learn to listen and speak

What is the one phrase you hope your child/children will say to you when they are all grown up?

Thank you for everything you did for me, and I’m sorry for all I did to you!

The winner of the Sweet Fletcher Designs T-shirt is…

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

sweet-fletcher-tees-variety-pack.gifEmily Khalil. Congratulations!

Emily wins her choice of one of the fun toddler tees from Sweet Fletcher Designs, a local webshop started by Savannah mom Ashley Waldvogel Gaddy. Sweet Fletcher Designs sells a colorful array of bushel & peck T-shirts for your child.

Thanks to all who participated. You were all correct. The bus on one of the tees is headed to Toyland.

Look for a different giveaway to be announced here Monday.

Pint-size chefs in the kitchen

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

paula-deen-kids-cookbook.jpgRecognize any of these children pictured here on Paula Deen’s “My First Cookbook” due to be released Oct. 7?

We’ve been told the kids gracing the cookbook cover are from the Savannah area. And that they’re thrilled to be included on a Diva Deen cookbook and to have their picture in this week’s People magazine, in an article spotlighting the soon-to-be released kids cookbook.

Cookbooks and cooking classes for kids are big right now. Williams-Sonoma even has an entire division, wsKids, that specializes in kid-friendly kitchenware such as princess spatulas, backyard bugs cakelet pans and kid-size chef jackets with matching tocques.

Take a look at some of the latest kid cookbooks (conveniently available in our SouthernMamas Amazon.com boutique. Just click on the book title to visit the SouthernMamas boutique and place your order. In return, Amazon.com will jingle some change in the SouthernMamas tip jar.)

The Toddler Cafe, by Jennifer Carden

Betty Crocker Kids Cook!

Kitchen Playdates, by Lauren Bank Deen

Freshman in the Kitchen: From Clueless Cook to Creative Chef, by Eli and Max Sussman.

Around the World Cookbook, by Abigail Johnson Dodge,

Yum-O! The Family Cookbook, by Rachael Ray

The Spatulatta Cookbook by kid-chefs Isabella and Olivia Gerasole, 12 and 10, who show videos of kids cooking recipes on spatulatta.com.

Mermaid Cookbook, by Barbara Beery

Little Cooks, by Fiona Hamilton-Fairley and the Kids’ Cookery School

Sign up for summer Kindermusik classes

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

kindermusik-logo.gifEnrollment is under way for the second summer session of Kindermusik classes.

The mommy-and-me music classes start next week, the week of July 21. Themes are “Busy Days” for infants ages newborn to 20 months and “Zoo Train” for children 18 months to 4 years.

Enroll online by clicking here

Got questions? Call or email Marina Lindblom at InstrumentaLinks, Inc. 912.728.KEYS (5397) or email music@instrumentalinks.com.

Overnight adventures @ Oatland Island

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

owls.jpgRemember going to the zoo as a kid and wondering what all the animals did at night when the crowds left? Well, get the kids’ sleeping bags ready. You’re about to find out.

Savannah’s zoo – Oatland Island Wildlife Center - has a fun overnight program for the wee owl-lovers in your life.

Kids can spend the night @ Oatland to get a real taste of animal night life. The program features animal encounters, stargazing, and other interactive games and activities. Oatland Island’s Web site says children can “learn how animals work the night shift and discover how early navigators used the night sky to find their way around before the days of road maps.”

Sounds like a fun idea for a child’s birthday party.

Overnights are offered Friday and Saturday nights, 7 pm – 9 am. Cost is $20 per student for Chatham County residents ; $30 per student for out-of-county residents. One adult chaperone is admitted free for every eight students. Otherwise, the adult fee is $15/$20 per adult. An evening snack and cold breakfast are included.

Each program can accommodate up to 75 students. Groups of less than 12 must pay the minimum fee of $240/$360 (12 students x $20/$30).

Find out more by clicking here.

Save 25% on Color d’Papel orders in July

Monday, July 14th, 2008

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Autism expert among Creative Minds speakers

Monday, July 14th, 2008

temple.jpgJanuary 2009 is a long way off. But with the increase in autism diagnoses to one in 150 children, we know there will be interest in this speaker partaking in the upcoming Creative Minds Series in Savannah.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., billed as the most accomplished and best-known adult with autism, will speak in Savannah, 6:30 pm Tues. Jan. 27 as part of the Creative Minds lecture series. Grandin is the author of best-selling books such as “Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports From My Life With Autism” and “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior.”

Grandin invented a series of innovative livestock handling devices and has authored more than 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals. Her presentation is expected to include personal insight into autism and strategies for overcoming autism.

The fourth annual Creative Minds series, which runs throughout the 2008-2009 school year, brings experts in a wide range of fields -from parenting to cultural issues – to speak in open, community-wide forums in Savannah.

Wildlife expert Jack Hanna will also be part of the series, speaking in Savannah 6:30 pm Mon. Nov. 17. To see who the other speakers are, click here.

Creative Minds events will be in Jelks Auditorium at Savannah Country Day School @ 824 Stillwood Drive. Cost is $10 advanced purchase/$12 at the door. For more info, call 912.961.8828 or click here.

Youth yoga teachers, volunteers needed

Monday, July 14th, 2008

little-yoga.jpgYoga is coming to a couple Chatham County middle schools PE classes this fall.

The Youth Yoga Initiative (YYi), a non profit created by Kelley Boyd and Jeanne Seaver, is looking for 5-6 certified yoga teachers to teach yoga at local public schools during the 2008/2009 school year starting Sept. 2. YYI is also looking for volunteers as well as sponsors.

Interested? Find out more at a casual meet and greet with YYi, 5:45– 7pm Fri., July 18 @ Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. 912.232.2994. RSVP by 5 pm Thurs. July 17 @ 912.441.6653.

Other local mom or kid-oriented yoga classes:
Pregnancy yoga, 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Tuesday and Thursday evenings in eight week sessions, Participants can take one or two classes a week. Call ahead for space availability. Instructor Ann Carroll, (912)786-4882/ (912) 704-7650 or email ann@aikyayoga.com

The Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Road, Whitemarsh Center
Mommy & Child yoga classes for children roughly 4-12 years old. Call or visit online for times. (912) 898-0361.

Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Mommy & Baby (9-18 mths) and Mommy & Infant (pre-crawlers) yoga classes. Call or visit online for times. 912.232.2994

Studio V, Hilton Head Island
Prenatal yoga for women in or beyond their fourth month. For times and locations, call (843) 785-9776 or email studiovforhealth@aol.com