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Archive for October, 2008

The winners of the Eager Mind alphabet magnet giveaway are…

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Sharie Graf!
Melissa Neil!
Tonya Dowell!

Congratulations, ladies. You each win a combo of uppercase and lowercase alphabet magnets from the mom-owned online store eager-mind-logo.gifEager Mind The magnets have letters and pictures that teach letter recognition, alphabet sounds and phonic reading. Check out the magnets here.

Thanks to everyone who participated! Y’all were all correct in answering the quiz question: Each set has 35 letters – the 26 letters of the alphabet, short and long vowel sounds and “an additional four of the most used consonants.”

Look for another giveaway to be announced here Monday.

What do you want to know about the Wiggles?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

wiggles-pop-go.jpgAs we told you in this earlier post, The Wiggles tour “Pop Go The Wiggles Live” will be in Savannah, 6:30 pm Tues. Nov. 18 @ the Savannah Civic Center. Tickets range from $18-$38. Order tickets online by clicking here or call 912.651.6556 or 800.351.7469.

I need your help. In advance of their Savannah performance, I will be interviewing some members of the wildy popular children’s music group for an article for the Savannah Morning News. I’d love to know what you, as moms to Wiggles groupies, want to know about Jeff, Murray, Anthony and Sam.

Couple of potential angles for the article include:

  • Their latest CD & DVD “Pop Go The Wiggles” showcases a collection of nursery rhymes that each member of the group loved while growing up. The importance of preserving these tales is a subject that each of The Wiggles is passionate about.
  • The story of how it all began and what it is like for them now seventeen years later. They are currently one of the longest running entertainment acts in the history of children’s music.
  • The Wiggles were appointed International Goodwill Ambassadors for UNICEF. They will join more than 300 other well-known actors, musicians, athletes and artists who at the national and international level speak out for children.

Please let me know if any of those topics appeal to you or suggest another. What questions would you like to ask the group? Comment below or email me at Thanks!

New report: FDA ignored evidence about risky chemical in baby bottles

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

bpa-glass-bottles.jpgStill concerned about using plastics containing the risky chemical BPA, even though The Food and Drug Administration says the chemical is safe?

Perhaps you should be. After all, today an expert panel asked to review the FDA’s handling of the controversial substance found the FDA ignored evidence when concluding that a chemical in plastic baby bottles is safe. Read the article here.

BPA-laden baby products could pose harm to children at levels at least 10 times lower than the amount the FDA says is safe, according to the report written by outside scientists asked to review the agency’s handling of the controversial substance.

To learn how to tell if your baby’s bottle or sippy cup are safe from BPA, click here.

Election Day giveaway @ Chick-fil-A

Monday, October 27th, 2008

georgia-voter.bmpIf you vote early this week, be sure to save your “I Voted” sticker.

It will nab you a free chicken sandwich @ all Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Savannah on Election Day (Nov. 4).

Any voter who comes into a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Savannah area wearing the “I Voted” sticker on Election Day receives a free sandwich. No purchase necessary.

Here’s where to vote early this week, to avoid what are predicted to be record long Election Day lines next Tuesday:

Chatham County

Voter Registration Office, 1117 Eisenhower Drive, Suite E: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Friday.

Wilmington Island Library, 125 Wilmington Island Road: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday.

Mosquito Control, 65 Billy Hair Drive (formerly Short Drive): 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Friday.

More info: 912.790.1520.

Bryan County

Voter Registration Office, Bryan County Courthouse, 151 S. College St. in Pembroke: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday.

Bryan County Courthouse Annex, 9930 Ford Ave. in Richmond Hill: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday.

More info: 912.653.3856.

Effingham County

Voter Registration Office, 306 N. Ash St. in Springfield: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday.

More info: 912.754.2115.

Giveaway: three sets of Eager Mind alphabet magnets

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

eager-mind-logo.gifTrying to teach your child how to read and those boring, plastic fridge letter magnets not doing the trick?

Eager Mind – the mom-owned online store known as the learning playground – can help. Eager Mind is giving away three sets their smart letter magnets – magnetic letter and picture combos that teach letter recognition, alphabet sounds and phonic reading.

This week, three SouthernMamas will each win a combo of uppercase and lowercase sets. Check out the magnets eager-mind-photo.jpghere.

To be eligible to win, email the correct answer to the following question to Each set has 35 letters – the 26 letters of the alphabet, short and long vowel sounds and an additional four of what??. Hint: click eager-mind-package.jpghere and scroll down to the packaging section.

Deadline for entries is 9 pm Thurs. Oct. 30. Don’t forget to tell us your name, too. We’ll announce the three winners here Fri. Oct. 31. You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

Mompreneur Sally Hanan started Eager Mind after she and her husband moved to Texas from Ireland with their young son and daughter. They had received a lottery visa and it was the fulfillment of one of my husband’s dreams to live in the States.

In 2004, a sister sent Sally some of her letter magnets which she made and was selling. Sally loved their educational aspect, including the fact that the letters had phonic value and that each vowel had it’s two sounds, fitting with the phonic method she used to teach both kids to read. After working to have the magnets made professionally, the results have been fantastic. Moms and teachers use the magnets to teach their children and students how to read. Now you can, too.

The winner of the Love & Blessings toddler gift basket giveaway is….

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Rebekah (Becky) Wheeler!

Congratulations, Rebekah. You win a gift basket from love-and-blessings-logo.gifLove &

Rebekah will receive her choice of either a Love & Blessing’s new Pear Play Purple basket (for a girl) or Pear Play Green (for a boy) from the online boutique. These baskets are valued at $70-plus each.

Yes, y’all were all correct, the classic children’s board book included in the toddler gift baskets is “Guess How Much I Love You.”

Thanks for participating. Look for a different giveaway from a different business to be announced here Monday.

Alert: Infant death prompts Delta crib recall

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

delta-crib-recall.jpgHere at, we don’t list every recall from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, even though we regularly receive the agency’s email alerts about various recalls. There are so many that listing them all would turn us into solely a recall Web site.

But this recall announced this week is too serious not to tell you about.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Delta Enterprise Corp., is announcing the voluntary recall today of about 600,000 drop side cribs because the drop side can detach when the spring peg is not engaged, causing risk of entrapment and suffocation to infants and toddlers.

Also, the company is offering replacement of missing safety pegs for over 985,000 drop side cribs.

An 8-month-old child suffocated when the drop side of his crib detached. CPSC is also aware of one child entrapment and one incident in which the drop side detached due to a disengaged spring peg.

The cribs, which were made in China, were sold at major retailers nationwide from January 2000 through January 2007 for between $33 and $200. Cribs currently sold at retail are not involved.

CPSC and Delta urge parents and caregivers to immediately stop using these cribs and contact Delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit.

For more info, go to either the CPSC link here, or call Delta toll-free at 800.816.5304, or visit the manufacturer’s recall page here to order the free repair kit.

To receive notifications of similar recalls of baby gear, toys etc, join the CPSC email subscription list by clicking here.

Personalized, holiday outfits @ Kate Rees

Monday, October 20th, 2008

kate-rees-casual.jpgRemember when holiday celebrations included wearing a special holiday dress bought just for that day?

The folks @ kate-rees-boo-yall-set.jpgKate Rees, personalized clothing for children, do. Kate Rees, our newest sponsor, offers classic, traditional, personalized outfit for each and every holiday. The unique, online shop has a limited line of custom boutique, finely finished garments for that little girl or boy in your life.

Each outfit is made individually, not mass-produced, and is appliquéd or monogrammed to your specifications and is made especially for your little one. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out some of these sweet, personalized outfits from kate-rees-snowman.jpgKate Rees.

Just imagine capturing fond memories of each occasion in a photograph of your little one dressed in a Kate Rees classic, casual or special occasion outfit.

Give where you live (and get a discount in return)

Monday, October 20th, 2008


Banana Republic and Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. are giving customers a chance to ‘give where you live’ while shopping. Trade in your gently worn sweaters or coats at Banana Republic @ 121 W. Broughton St. in downtown Savannah in exchange for a 30 percent discount on a regular-priced sweater from today through Oct. 26.

Customers can drop off their sweaters at The Banana Republic store @ 121 West Broughton St. In exchange, they will receive one coupon per sweater donated – limit three coupons per customer – for a 30 percent discount off regular-priced sweaters. Some exclusions apply.

All donated sweaters will be sold in the 14 Goodwill retail stores across the 29 Georgia counties and the 4 South Carolina Low Country counties within the Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc service region. Proceeds will fund Goodwill job training programs that benefit hundreds of thousands of people each year. To locate your local Goodwill and for info on all Goodwill services, call 912.354.6611 or click here

Love & Blessings toddler gift basket giveaway

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

This week, a lucky Southern Mama is going to fall in love with love-and-blessings-logo.gifLove &

That’s because the online boutique is giving away one of their popular gift baskets. This one is for toddlers. The winner will receive Love & Blessing’s new Pear Play Purple basket (for a girl) or Pear Play Green (for a boy). These baskets – valued at $70-plus – make great 1st birthday presents.

Inside you’ll find Sckoon’s organic cotton Pear Romper, 100% certified organic cotton with fun and positive statements such as “Shiny Happy Kids” and “Play, Laugh and Grow”; matching Sckoon pear summer hat or monkey pants; ImagiPlay’s Palm Tree Bead Maze, crafted from rubberwood and painted with non-toxic, lead-free paint. All items tucked lovingly, with butterflies and flowers, in a photo organizing box for Mom.

To be eligible to win, email your name and the correct answer to this question to These sweet toddler gift baskets also include a classic children’s board book. What is it? Hint: Click here and feel free to browse around while you’re there. Deadline for entries is 9 pm Thurs. Oct. 23.

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

The folks @ Love & are pros at putting special gift baskets together, for moms, new moms, expectant moms. You can create your own gift basket or select one that Love & Blessings already has set up and filled with all their goodies.

Love & Blessings is also the site to hit when looking for fun gifts for new moms. Think Bebe Au Lait nursing covers to make breastfeeding a little less eye-catching; organic cotton baby clothes; organic baby lotions and body washes; books and CDs.