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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.

Shop Little Bits of Style now & get 10 percent off

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

little-bits.jpgYou’re invited to the grand opening of a Web boutique for children.

Little Bits of Style – SouthernMamas’ newest sponsor – launches right now, as in Fri. Aug. 22. Mompreneur Lisa Bettinger designed the Little Bits girls’ clothing and baby items. She added other designers specializing in hair accessories, jewelry and purses. Talk about one-stop shopping for a complete outfit.

little-bits-outfit.jpgLittle Bits started about four years ago on eBay, then opened a store on Etsy. To celebrate the grand opening of their new Web boutique, Little Bits is offering a 10 percent discount off all orders for one week starting Fri. Aug. 22.

Five lucky customers will be selected to receive a giveaway such as hair clippies, jewelry, custom tee, etc.

So start shopping by clicking here. Enjoy.

Two winners of the Shooshoos giveaway are…

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Colleen English & Liz St Lawrence!

Congratulations, ladies. You each win your pick of a FREE pair of shooshoos-square-button.jpgsoft-soled baby shoes from shooshoos USA . Check out the collection here.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Check out the comments here for shower and baby gift ideas provided by other SouthernMamas.

Look for a different giveaway to be announced here Monday.

Wednesday playdates @ The Sandbox

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Coming in September to sandbox.jpgThe Sandbox, an interactive children’s museum on Hilton Head Is.: Wednesday Play Day classes.

These parent or caregiver-accompanied-sessions are geared for older toddler and preschool children ages 2.5-4 years. The theme for the month will be “Learning About Ourselves and Others.”

The Wednesday Play Days will be 9:30-10:15 am, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24. Free with The Sandbox admission

Registration is required. Space is limited. Call 843.842.7645 to reserve a spot. Click here for upcoming programs and events.

Animal Enrichment Day @ Riverbanks

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Jacksonville’s isn’t the only nearby zoo within less than a three-hour drive from Savannah.
Did you know Columbia, S.C. also has a zoo – logo_enrichment.gifRiverbanks Zoo and Garden – that’s teeming with kid-friendly activities?

Such as Animal Enrichment Day, Sat. Sept. 6. when you can watch wildlife in action as the animals interact with new and unusual objects in their environment.

Enjoy timed activities throughout the day, plus hands-on learn-and-do stations, animal encounters, temporary tattoos and a silent auction.
Enrichment activities include providing puzzle feeders for the octopus, parrots and monkeys to figure out; offering edible flowers to the lemurs and chuckwallas as a new food choice; creating paper-mache prey for hornbills and tigers to tackle.
Click here for a schedule of animal encounters.

Looking for more kids-eat-free restaurants?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

KidsMealDeals.comDana Davis, an at-home mom of two, just launched a Web site that makes SouthernMamas.com very jealous.

Davis’ site, KidsMealDeals.com, lists restaurants nationwide where families can get out and around the dinner table without breaking the bank. Just enter a ZIP Code and you can find eateries that offer kids nights, kids-eat-free specials and other family deals. Currently, our area’s choices are limited to mostly chains, but KidsMealDeals.com also is looking for restaurant recruiters to sign up more restaurants nationwide. (And yes, the job pays)

For now at least, SouthernMamas Family Restaurant category offers more options of kids-eat-free nights to help you save family dollars. Click here for our list.

So stick to the SouthernMamas list when looking for local choices. Please! But KidsMealDeals.com certainly makes a helpful resource when you’re on the road with the kids.

Back-to-school carnival @ Island Playground

Monday, August 18th, 2008

island-playground-logo.jpgA new indoor playground – featuring inflatable fun and creative play for kids – is throwing a back-to-school bash this Fri. Aug. 22 from 4-8 pm.

The Island Playground, located between Bluffton and the Hilton Head Is. bridge, features slides, winding obstacle courses and brightly-colored jumpers, as well as a separate toddler exploration area.

On Friday, the place will transform into a carnival of fun to kick off the school year. One lucky elementary or preschool will benefit by receiving 20 percent of the event’s admission proceeds. Entertainment includes Cappy the Clown, Yostie the Puppeteer, games, prizes, arts and crafts, balloon animals, puppet shows & puppet making, kids’ tattoos, face painting and
a visit from alligator mascot “Slater the Gator”.

There will also be free snacks and treats as well as free kid’s meals from Jalapenos Mexican Grill in Bridge Center (with the purchase of each adult meal) and a raffle to win a free year of unlimited open play for one child.

For more info, call 912.837.8383 or click here. Click here for directions. Tell them SouthernMamas sent you.

St. Jude Kids benefit airs live from Savannah Mall

Monday, August 18th, 2008

stjudelogo_color.jpgRemember that New Year’s resolution you made about participating in more community outreach?

Here’s your chance. Savannah Mall will host WJCL’s KIX96 and its annual “Country Cares for St. Jude Kids” LIVE radiothon on 6 am-7 pm Thurs. Aug. 21 and Fri. Aug. 22.

Donations through the annual radiothon help to save the lives of children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases. The event raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the world’s premier center for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

So call in and make a donation. Become a “Partner in Hope” with a pledge of $20/monthly and receive a KIX Cares for Kids St. Jude T-shirt. Call 1-800-822-6344 or click here or here

All donations are tax deductible. Last year Country Cares raised more than $34 million in pledges nationwide.

Shooshoos Giveaway: Two Pairs

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

shooshoos-banner.jpgYou braved the back-to-school shopping crowds. You nabbed every item on your children’s school supplies list. You successfully signed them up for all the appropriate sports leagues.

Congratulations! You definitely deserve a back-to-school treat. How about a FREE pair of shooshoos-square-button.jpgsoft-soled baby shoes for your little one? shooshoos USA is giving away a pair of baby shoes to TWO SouthernMamas subscribers.

shooshoos uses the highest quality leathers and workmanship, but still has reasonable prices. Winners can choose their own shoes. Check out the collection here.

To be eligible, tell us the most useful or treasured baby gift you ever received, one that really came in handy or was just sweetly special? Give your answer by commenting in the comments section below this post. Deadline is 9 pm Thurs. Aug. 21. We’ll pick names at random and announce the TWO winners here Friday.

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

Support group for young moms with breast cancer

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

pink_ribbon_image.jpgMore than 11,100 U.S. women younger than 40 will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. More than 1,100 will die.

Not trying to depress you, but trying to illustrate the need for young women to take the risk of breast cancer seriously. Don’t ignore a lump or other irregularity in your breast because you think you are too young for breast cancer.

My column in today’s Accent section of the Savannah Morning News is about the journey of a Wilmington Island woman diagnosed at 37, when her daughters were 7 and 4. Read the column here. She went on to form a local support group through the Young Survival Coalition for other young women facing breast cancer.

Learn more about the support group, which meets once a month on a Sunday (to accommodate working women), by attending the Pink Tea “Celebration of Life” , Sun., Sept. 7, 2-4 pm @ the Wilmington Island Club, 501 Wilmington Island Road. Tickets are $5 per person and must be purchased in advance. Purchase tickets by clicking here or call Susan Richardson at 912.897.3933 or srisland@aol.com.

Ladies of all ages are encouraged to attend and there will even be activities for young girls if you would like to include your daughters.

Tickets can also be purchased at the following spots:

Wilmington Island Golf Shop: 501 Wilmington Island Road, 912.897.1615

Transformation Station, Nancy N and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 912.819.8386

The Misty Marsh Shoppe, 7906 US 80 E, 912.898.9399

Merle Norman Studio, 216 Johnny Mercer Blvd # A, 912.897.5705

Colonial Quilts, 11710-A Largo Drive, 912.925.0055

Recommended toddler & baby books

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

cows-in-the-kitchen.jpgYou know well the overwhelming feeling of walking into the library to find new books that will really catch your toddler’s imagination. You don’t know where to begin, so you select yet another Maisy adventure or one of the oldies but goodies: “Goodnight, Moon” or anything by Eric Carle and Bill Martin. But you want to broaden your child’s book exposure.

Fortunately, children’s librarians in South Carolina have published a brochure “Born to Read” listing about 50 top reads to share with babies and toddlers.

The list is available @ the incredible children’s section of the Hilton Head Branch Library (their regular 10 am Saturday storytime takes place in a lovely indoor amphitheater!), but I failed to find the book list anywhere online – until now, courtesy of SouthernMamas.

Just click on the link to purchase the book from our Amazon.com SouthernMamas boutique.

Here are the recommended toddler and baby books, compiled by South Carolina children’s librarians. Be sure to share this list with all the new and expectant parents you know.

Little Lions, by Jim Arnosky: Lion cubs play under mother’s watchful eye.

Ten, Nine, Eight, by Molly Bang: A gentle countdown to bedtime.

Trucks, by Byron Barton: Bright pictures show what trucks do.

Big Red Barn, by Margaret Wise Brown: A lyrical introduction to farm animals.

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo, by Eric Carle: Bright animals to identify and count.

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom: A exuberant rhyme about bear child’s daily activities.

Cows in the Kitchen, by June Crebbin: While Tom Farmer naps, his animals take over the farmhouse.

Who Hops? by Katie Davis: Animals that hop, jump, fly, swim and crawl – and some who don’t.

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens, by Denise Fleming: Fluffy and Skinny follow mother , but Boris likes to nap.

Time for Bed, by Mem Fox: A cozy book of animals saying goodnight to their babies,

My Doll, Keshia, by Eloise Greenfield: A girl plays with her doll and joins her in a nap.

Hush, Little Baby, by Shari Halpern: Colorful collages bring a favorite lullaby alive.

Spot at Home, by Eric Hill: One of many books about Spot, a dog and his friends.

Big Red Bus, by Judy Hindley: When a wheel gets stuck in a pothole, all the other vehicles must stop.

Eyes, Nose, Fingers, Toes, by Judy Hindley: Toddlers demonstrate fun things they can do with their eyes, ears, hands, feet and more.

What Can You Do in the Rain? by Anna Grossnickle Hines: Toddlers feel, hear, look and explore the rain.

Of Colors and Things, by Tana Hoban: A fine mx of color and object recognition illustrated with excellent photographs.

What is That? by Tana Hoban: A wordless book of familiar objects.

zoom-city-book.jpgZoom City by Thatcher Hurd: Dogs drive cars through busy streets – BE-BOP! KA-ZOOM!

Joshua by the Sea, by Angela Johnson: A small boy enjoys the beach.

Gotcha, by Gail Jorgensen: A bear chases a pesky fly.

I Love Animals, by Flora McDonnell: A child shows the animals on her farm.

Growing Colors, by Bruce McMillan. Photographs of food introduce colors.

boom-baby-boom-book-cover.gifBoom, Baby, Boom, Boom, by Margaret Mahy: Toddlers love the silliness, animal noises and inventive sounds in a story about an unusual lunch.

Here Are My Hands, by Bill Martin and John Archambault. “Here are my hands for catching and throwing. Here are my feet for stopping and going…”

Big and Little, by Margaret Miller. Multicultural children introduce the concept of big and little.

Be Gentle, by Virginia Miller. Bartholomew learns to be gentle with his kitten.

Toddlerobics, by Zita Newcome. It’s time to wiggle, dance, jump and bend!

To Baby With Love, by Jan Ormerod. Five nursery rhymes that are perfect for sharing with baby.

Tom and Pippo Read a Story, by Helen Oxenbury. Tom “reads” to his toy monkey.

Pretty Brown Face, by Andrea and Brian Pinkney. A baby discovers the unique features that make his face special.

Goodnight, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann. When the gorilla takes the zookeeper’s keys, the animals follow him home to bed.

Mouse Mess, by Linnea Riley. A little mouse makes a big mess having a snack.

Come Along, Daisy, by Jane Simmons. A duckling forgets to stay close to Mama.

Fire Truck, by Peter Sis. Matt loves fire trucks so much he becomes one.

My Little ABC Book, by Bob Staake. Bright colors and familiar objects make this a good first ABC book.

Toby, Where Are You? by William Steig. Toby hides from his parents but wants to be found.

A Hat for Minerva Louise, by Janet Morgan Stoeke. A hen searches for a hat and finds an ingenuous solution.

Dinosaur Roar, by Paul Strickland. Dinosaurs of every shape, size, or color highlight this book of opposites.

Show Me! by Tom Tracy: A mother and child move from nose to toes, ending with a snuggle and a hug.

Do Monkeys Tweet?, by Melanie Walsh. Children enjoy making the animal sounds in this bright, colorful book.

Baby in a Buggy, by Monica Wellington. A baby sees many objects during a walk.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider, by Rosemary Wells. A favorite rhyme in its own board book.

Let’s Go Visiting, by Sue Williams. A small child visits farmyard friends.

more-more-more-book-cover.jpgMore, More, More said the Baby, by Vera Williams. A daddy, grandma and mama show their affection with cuddles, kisses and loving words.

Piggies, by Don and Audrey Wood. Ten little piggies dance on a young child’s fingers and toes before going to sleep.

Nursery rhymes and songs

Animal Crackers, by Jane Dyer.

My Very First Mother Goose, edited by Iona Opie.

Pat-A-Cake and other play rhymes, by Joanne Cole.

Tomie de Paola’s Mother Goose.

Mommy-and-me music classes start in September

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Time to register for fall kindermusik-logo.gifKindermusik sessions, which start after Labor Day in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Wilmington Island, The Landings and Rincon.

Attention work-outside-the-home SouthernMamas who have difficulty finding weekend mommy-and-me activities: Saturday Kindermusik sessions will be offered in Savannah, starting Sept. 20!

Kindermusik classes are available for children ages 0 to 7. Classes are divided by age including the “Zoom Buggy and Dream Pillow” class for ages 0-20 months; “Milk and Cookies” for ages 18 months to 3.5 years; “Hello Weather, Let’s Play Together” for ages 3 to 5; and Family Time classes for newborns to 7 year-olds and the whole family.

Kindermusik also has a baby sign language class, “Sign and Sing,” for hearing children ages 6 months to 36 months and their parents. You and your child will learn over 150 signs to help you communicate.

Browse the local Kindermusik Web site and register for the Fall’08 session. Be sure to tell them SouthernMamas sent you!

The winner of the Polkadot Patch giveaway is…

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Tracey Erwin!!

Congratulations, Tracey. She wins a $29 baby cow footed romper from pp-logo-larger.bmpThe Polkadot Patch Boutique, where they believe children’s clothing should be fun, unique, and let children express their individuality and their personality. The Polkadot Patch hand selects every item and each product must match their philosophy

Thanks to everyone who participated by picking out their wish item from the Polkadot Patch. Tracey’s pick was this funky unisex kids monster outfit - which was a popular item with many SouthernMamas!

Look for a different giveaway to be announced here Monday.

Get nose-to-nose with Oatland’s gray wolves

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Coming Sat. Aug 23: the opening of Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s wolf-wilderness.jpgnew Wolf Wilderness exhibit.

No more looking down on the six wolves from a viewing platform, behind a chain-link fence and several feet away.

The Wolf Wilderness observation cabin, pictured under construction here, will allow you to stand at four 6-foot-tall windows and watch the creatures at ground level, according to this article in the Savannah Morning News. The article points out the special safety glass in the windows is the same tough stuff used in zoos for gorillas.

Other creatures will also be displayed in the cabin – bats, snakes and a tarantula. Nearby will be enclosed displays featuring a peregine falcon and some armadillos.

Summer deals on Atlanta Braves tickets

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

So you want to trek to Atlanta to take in one last summer treat, but don’t want to pay rockstar prices.

Have we found a deal for you. braves-logo.gifThe Atlanta Braves slashed 50 percent off their ticket prices for upcoming games. Cheer them as they take on the San Francisco Giants and Florida Marlins at the lowest prices @ Turner Field this season. Prices include Field Level for $18 (reg. $36), Outfield Pavilion for $11 (reg. $22) or Upper Box for $6 (reg. $12).

Watch Atlanta vs. the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 17-18 or the Florida Marlins on Aug. 26 & 28. To buy tickets, click here and use the promo code TRZOO to get the offer.

Squats N’ Tots fitness class

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

mother-child.jpgPopular Thursday morning story and sing-along time @ Bull Street Library goes on summer holiday this week until after Labor Day.

So what’s a mom to do come Thursday morning? Check out Squats N’ Tots – a mommy-and-me fitness class held every Thursday, 11:30 am-12:15 pm @ the Heart & Lung Building, Suite 120, on the Candler Hospital campus, 5353 Reynolds St.

The class helps stretch and strengthen overused body parts, as well as focus on muscle endurance, low impact aerobics and abdominal work. Babies ages 6 weeks to 1 year can participate or watch sitting next to Mom. To pre-register, call 912.819.6463.

Free parent coaching session

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

motherchildreunion_a.jpgIf you often wonder whether your “mom rules” make sense and how to best implement them, then check out the Parenting with Dignity seminar, 7 pm Tues. Sept. 9 @ the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

The FREE two-hour parent coaching session is open to the public and sponsored by the Clinical Social Work Association of Savannah and Jewish Family Services.

It’s a chance to compare or discuss your parenting techniques and strategies with a clinically trained parenting professional and other parents. Presenter Helen D. Schandolph, LCSW has over 12 years experience in assisting families and their young, adolescent & adult children how to communicate, compromise and conciliate; and, as a result, function most optimally.

The learning objectives for the program are:

Learn to objectively assess your parenting style.
Explore the foundations of your thoughts and feelings about parenting.
Determine whether your parenting style is the most effective.
Learn skills to identify & cope with difficult emotions associated with parenting.
Learn to respect yourself as a parent and feel more comfortable in a parental role.

For more info, call 912.355.8111.

Paying it forward through Cruise Planners

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Jen Anastasopulos, a single mom who relocated to Richmond Hill about a year ago, has a rewarding job.

As owner and operator of cruise-planners-ship.jpgthe Cruise Planners franchise - our newest sponsor – she gives her clients the opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest with unforgettable memories, no matter what category they fall under: family vacations; family reunions; corporate incentives; weddings; honeymoons; high school graduations; and much more at the best prices.

Cruise lines included, but are not limited to are: Carnival, Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland, Voyages of Discovery, Celebrity, Cunard, Oceania.

If you are just looking to get away for a few days or travel the world, Cruise Planners will make it happen. Interested in a Bahamas cruise starting at $199 per person and other deals? Click here. Or check out Norwegian Cruise line travel specials by clicking here.

Ready to plan that special getaway? Contact Jen @ 912.704.1337/866.636.4995 or via email eugenia@exotictraveldealz.com. Tell her SouthernMamas sent you.

Swim Class Info @ Parents Open House

Monday, August 11th, 2008

The foreboding fall doesn’t have to signal a swimming hiatus for your kids.

The Chatham County Aquatic Centerstar_fish-2.jpg offers swim lessons, teams and camps during even the coldest months. Find out more about Starfish Swim School classes and the Savannah swim team @ a Parents Open House. It will be 6-8 pm Thurs. Aug. 21 at the indoor swim center @ 7420 Sallie Mood Drive.

Deadline for registration for swim classes is Aug. 29!! So don’t delay.

A variety of classes are offered, including Starbabies for ages 6 months to 36 months. That class helps such very young children develop a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training parents in water safety. One parent must be in the water with each child. Be prepared for lots of singing (“Splashes. Splashes. We all blow bubbles….”) Sessions offered include Tuesdays/Thursdays or Saturdays. Click here for the fall class schedule.

aqua_tot4.jpgOther classes include:

SeaSprites for ages 3-5: swim skills through creative water activities.
SeaStars for ages 6-8: core swimming skills and the opportunity to progress to advanced strokes;
SwimStars for ages 9 and older: swimming skills, water safety, water sports and adventure learning activities.
StrokeStars for any age that meets the skills requirement: refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more.
AngelFish program for special-needs children

Classes cost $50 for non members and $45 for non-member consecutive session/second child; $38 for members and $33 for member consecutive session/second child. Call 912.652.6793. Learn more by clicking here.

Polkadot Patch Boutique Giveaway

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

We’ve all visited many cute baby-kid product Web sites.

But y’all are really going to swoon over polkadot-patch-logo.jpgThe Polkadot Patch Boutique, where they believe children’s clothing should be fun, unique, and let children express their individuality and their personality. The Polkadot Patch hand selects every item and each product must match their philosophy

This week, the Polkadot Patch webshop is giving away this adorable cow-romper.jpgbaby cow footed romper pictured here to a SouthernMamas subscriber in the size of her choice. The $29 unisex cow romper from Empress Baby is made of super soft velour.

To win, answer this: If you could have any item from the Polkadot Patch, what would it be? Would it be these personalized lunchboxes. Or this funky unisex kids monster outfit? You gotta love this colorful surf’s up children’s wall clock, too. Or would you select one of these baby gifts?

Email your answer to anne@southernmamas.com by 9 pm this Thurs. Aug. 14. We’ll pick a name at random and announce it here Friday.

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

Polkadot Patch donates a percentage of their gross yearly sales to Prevent Child Abuse.

Is spanking an acceptable form of discipline?

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Would love to know your thoughts on my column today in the Savannah Morning News Accent section. The subject: to spank or not to spank? You can read it stophitting.gifhere.

The column prompted several emails from anti-spanking advocates, including the folks @ the Center for Effective Discipline, which subscribes to the belief “Spare the child, lose the rod.” They pointed me to a Q&A for parents with experts answering parents’ questions about discipline. Read it by clicking here. Their Web site also offers a theory on the origin of Biblical quote “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” Read it here.

Check out an extremely detailed debate about spanking between parenting expert John Rosemond, pro-spanking, and the Center for Effective Discipline, anti-spanking. Click here to read it.