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Archive for July, 2008

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

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.

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.

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 Read past profiles by clicking here. )

Meet Kari Hunter.


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?


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 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.