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Archive for August, 2008

Cry Babyz Boutique Giveaway

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

One if this week’s giveaways comes from crybabyzlogo.gifCry Babyz, an online boutique teeming with rockin’ fresh baby luxuries.
crybabyz-gift-cube.jpgCry Babyz, a mom-owned and operated Webshop – is giving away one of their popular gift cubes, pictured here, which includes an original paci pocket and CryBabyz pacifier.

Cry Babyz also offers a variety of gifts such as baby talk onesies and diaper pockets. And, as if you cared about this celebrity stuff, Cry Babyz has gifted Nancy Grace, Melissa Joan Hart, Paula Deen’s grandson and Matthew McConaughey.
Now Cry Babyz can add “SouthernMamas” to that esteemed list!

To be eligible for the giveaway, visit Cry Babyz by clicking here and tell us the one wish list item you’d love from Cry Babyz. Email your name and answer to anne@southernmamas.com. Deadline is 9 pm Thurs. Sept. 4. We’ll announce the winner Friday.

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

Savannah Celtic Soccer Registration Giveaway

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

A local youth soccer league, celtic-soccer-logo.jpgSavannah Celtic, is giving away one FREE soccer team registration with a free soccer ball to a SouthernMamas subscriber.

That’s right. The winner’s child will be able to play on an organized soccer team this fall at no charge. The winner will select her choice of the age group for which she wants to register. The league has different programs for children ages 3-8.

Typical registration fees range from $40-$60 depending on the child’s age. So this is a quite a “kickin’” deal.

Most practices and games are @ the Chatham County Soccer Complex on the corner of Sallie Mood and Eisenhower drives.
To be eligible to win, just email your name to anne@southernmamas.com. (No contest question this week. We’re giving you a break. It’s a holiday, after all!). Be sure to put “soccer” in the subject line. Deadline is Thurs. 9 pm Sept. 4. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner Friday.

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

Where to meet a camel, kangaroo or baby buffalo

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

petting-zoo-logoReaders often ask for tips on local petting farms.

Here’s one we’re looking forward to checking out: The Double C Ranch and All-American Petting Zoo. It’s nearby in South Carolina, just off highway 460 near Ridgeland.

The farm has about 200 animals @ their new Educational Learning Center, where kids learn to respect and take care of animals .

The menagerie includes a pot-bellied pig who likes to play soccer, a camel, donkey, kangaroo, zebra, baby buffalo, horses, llamas, emus, rheas, angora goats and more.

Schools, churches, clubs and parents are encouraged to bring student groups to the center to learn about the scientific names of animals, what they eat, the products they produce – rather than just reading about such subjects in text books.

For directions and business hours, call 843.441.9790. For more info on local petting zoos, click here.

The winner of the RuffleButts giveaway is…

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Katie Pynn! Congratulations, Katie. Katie wins a pair of ruffle-butts-logo.jpgRuffleButts diaper cover bloomers in the fabric and size of her choice.

Thanks to everyone who participated and offered tips on fun adult-friendly kids music. Be sure to check out other readers’ suggestions in the comment section of this post.

We’ll have TWO giveaways next week! Check in on Monday to find out how to win.

Lolliposh Consignment & Boutique opens in Pooler

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

lolliposh-logo.jpgOh Lolliposh! All we can say is “Thank you! Thank you!” A consignment AND boutique business! A shop that offers handmade items crafted by local moms AND a weekly story and craft time! How about giving this new business a standing ovation.

Then head out to check out the Lolliposh shop @ 112 Hwy. 80 West. next to First Baptist Church in Pooler. Lolliposh is open 10 am-6 pm Mon.-Sat.

In addition to new boutique and handmade items, Lolliposh also has gently-used name brand items from newborn to 5T. You will also delight in a large variety of gift items, hairbows, hairbow holders and diaper bags. Lolliposh even carries some maternity products. Coming soon: a baby registry and lay-a-way.

And how fun is this: every Tuesday @ 10:30 am, Lolliposh hosts a FREE toddler story, music or craft time with a snack
afterward.

For more info about the new store or to find out about dropping off children’s clothing for consignment, call the Lolliposh owners Jamie or Lisa at 912.988.3493.

Don’t forget to thank them for opening such a much-needed business and tell them SouthernMamas sent you!

Children’s art classes: ceramics, jewelry-making and more

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Unleash your child’s inner Leonardo da Vinci.

leonardo.jpgSavannah’s Place for Art, Cultural and Education (S.P.A.C.E.) is now registering students for its fall visual arts classes and workshops.

Day and evening sessions are offered in ceramics, metals, jewelry-making and glass for children, teens and adults. Classes are held at the S.P.A.C.E. studios @ 9 W. Henry St.

Six- and eight-week children’s, ceramics and metalsmithing classes begin Sept. 8 and run through Dec. 11. Instructors include Lisa Bradley, Kelli Johnson, Irene McCollum and Kathryn Riechert.

One-day ceramics workshops will be held Sept. 11, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, providing an intensive day of hands-on learning and instruction with accomplished potters Chris Cannon, Gail Hustedde and David Peterson.

Two-day glass workshops in fused glass will be held every month with instructor Kelli Johnson. A six-week open studio session in ceramics is also available.

Class fees include instruction, use of studio space, use of equipment and all materials and tools required. Space is limited and advance registration is encouraged. Class schedules and registration forms are available online by clicking here or call 912.651.6783. The programs are sponsored by Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

What’s for dinner? Relish!

Monday, August 25th, 2008

relish-button-ad.jpgSouthernMamas.com readers, admit it. You’re in a chicken nugget rut.

Plus, food prices are rising. You need some serious help making a weekly menu planner, so you’re not just mindlessly grabbing some pricey meal off the grocery shelves.

Enter the superhero, Relish!, our newest sponsor. Relish! gives you the plan, complete with an itemized grocery list, to get healthy, fresh dinners on the table. Relish! is teeming with kid-friendly options that go beyond chicken nuggets.

Relish menu planning service was founded by two moms who know how important a good meal plan is. For a minimal monthly subscription, you get access to nutritious recipes and their related grocery lists.

Each week you choose five entrees you’d like to make for the week. You receive a comprehensive grocery list that results in substantial savings – five dinners and sides cost less than $85 per week.

Relish! is also launching a gluten-free site in September.

Click here for more info on Relish!

RuffleButts giveaway!

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

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How adorable are these 100 percent cotton diaper covers? ruffle-butts-logo.jpgRuffleButts is giving away pair of RuffleButt bloomers this week to a SouthernMamas subscriber in the fabric and size of the winner’s choice.

The machine-washable diaper covers have three rows of ruffles. Choices range from classic woven cotton to super-soft T-shirt material in twenty different colors and patterns. Also available are coordinating swing tops with open backs. View all the sweet selections by clicking rufflebutts-photo.jpghere.

To be eligible to win, answer this question in the comment section below: Name your favorite all-time children’s CD (or those of you old-schoolers, album). Not your kids’ favorite, but kids tunes that you actually enjoy. Answer just by commenting below (Click on comments and start writing). Deadline: 9 pm Thurs., Aug. 28. We’ll announce the winner Friday.

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

Bottoms up!

Help for parents of children with autism

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

autism-puzzle.jpgIs there a child with autism in your life?

Be sure to read my column today in the Savannah Morning News Accent section. The column spotlights a local autism expert and the controversy surrounding the disorder that affects one in 150 children. Read it here.

Dr. Lynn Adams, the focus on the column, says “children with autism behave differently than neuro- typical children and as a result require very consistent and focused parenting. A lack of consistent and focused parenting can result in persistent behavioral concerns.”

When it comes to the controversial topic of treatment options, Adams believes in doing what works for the child, whether that be a special gluten-and-dairy-free diet or more traditional behavioral therapy.

Adams will speak at an upcoming autism workshop in Savannah that’s open to parents and professionals. Here’s the info:

“Authors on Autism” Workshop
WHAT: A workshop for parents and professionals working with children with autism.
WHEN: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Pre-registration is required. Call 912. 355.9098.
WHERE: Armstrong Center for Continuing Education & Community Engagement, 11935 Abercorn Ext.
SPONSORS: The Matthew Reardon Center and the Georgia Department of Human Resources

Local kids consignment sale with boutique items

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

coastal-kids-market-logo.jpgYou’ve dug through consignment sales looking for that one great find. But all you found were entirely too many stained and spent throw-away items.

Fortunately, there is now a new, premier semi-annual children’s consignment sale in the Savannah area. And we’re thrilled to tell you about the first sale coming in September.

Coastal Kids Market specializes in gently-used boutique and trunk show clothing at a fraction of the retail cost. As well as consignment clothing, this very welcome fall sale will also showcase several vendors who specialize in custom children’s clothing, accessories and gifts.

The sale will be Sept. 11-13 @ A Class Act Dance Center in Pooler, 118 Pipemakers Circle, Suite 110.

Expect to find quality clothing, nursery decor, accessories, gifts and baby gear. Coastal Kids Market has a discriminating acceptance policy. So you’ll be sure to nab that coveted boutique bargain.

Interested in consigning some of those hardly worn, outgrown items hanging in your child’s closet? Click here to find the consignor packet and contact Catherine Edmonds directly at cfedmonds@gmail.com to register as a consignor. Then sit back and count your extra cash.

The Coastal Kids Market sale dates:
Thurs. Sept 11, 6 -8 pm
Fri., Sept. 12, 9 am – 2 pm
Sat., Sept. 13, 9 am – noon (Select items will be half price on Saturday)

Cash only! Click here for directions.