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Giveaway: monogrammed diva tote bag from Suzi Homemaker

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Our popular sponsor, Suzi Homemaker, is the Webshop behind one of TWO SouthernMamas giveaways this first week in December. (See the post below for the second giveaway.)

Suzi Homemaker is giving away diva-tote.jpga monogrammed diva tote from Buckhead Betties. The tote, pictured here, comes in three colors – hot pink, lime green and black – and can be personalized for free using your choice of font. Learn more details here.

To be eligible to win, email us the correct answer to this question: Suzi Homemaker sells holiday-placemats.jpgpersonalized children’s placemats and holiday placemats (like the one pictured here). Name one of the girls’ names embroidered on the sample placemats. Hint: click here, then click on View Styles. Email answer to anne@southernmamas.com.

We’ll pick a name at random Thurs. Dec. 4 and announce the winner here Fri. Dec. 5. You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate in the giveaway. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

Suzi Homemaker is a “Mom-owned” custom embroidery and sewing business specializing in personalized baby and children’s gifts such as monogrammed lunch boxes and messenger bags, as well as linens, school uniforms, personalized aprons for kids and logo wear for work, family reunions and more. Shop here.

Giveaway: children’s bloomers from Savannah Jacks

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Y’all are going to adore the locally-owned online boutique called Savannah Jacks, which sells monogrammed home decor, children’s furniture, UGA jewelry, my first scrubs, even monogrammed umbrellas, flip-flops, coolers and much more.

You are also going to love the fact that owner Kristen McAdams is giving away a pair of tybee-belle-bloomers.jpgTybee Belle bloomers or Broughton Belle bloomers. The winner can select which pair she wants for her little girl.

The fancy pants, pictured here, make the perfect diaper cover for an active toddler and, like almost everything @ Savannah Jacks, can be monogrammed. The Broughton Belles are made of the softest featherwale baby corduroy. Tybee Belles are made of the highest quality Swiss imported pique fabric. Both are trimmed with ric rac.

To be eligible to win, email us the correct answer to the following little quiz. Savannah Jacks has oodles of designer needlepoint belts, including at least two or three that would be perfect for the holidays. Tell us what’s on those belts that makes them so festive for the holidays. Hint: click here and scroll down. Email answer to anne@southernmamas.com.

We’ll pick a name at random on Thurs. Dec. 4 and announce the winner here Fri. Dec. 5. You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate in the giveaway. Subscribing is free. Click overstuffed_baby_48e0378fce85f.jpghere to do so.

Meanwhile, check out more Savannah Jacks products pictured here – all of which can be ordered online, just monogrammed_dood_4919cce14c9ac.jpga click away. I’m eyeing these monogrammed doodle bags as fun holiday kids gifts.

What the overindulged kids are receiving this holiday season

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

high-heels-for-infants.jpgWhat if there was a child-focused version of the annual and over-the-top Neiman Marcus Christmas Book?

You know the Book, the one that is offering the chance this year to have a golf course in your backyard custom designed by Jack Nicklaus for a bargain $1 million?

Certainly, adults are the only ones receiving such lavish gifts. We all know there are ample opportunities to spend big bucks and overindulge children with all the flamboyant kids products out there. Read swarovski-crystal-encrusted-pacifier.jpgmy column this week in the Accent section of Sunday’s Savannah Morning News to see some of the more absurd or pricey children’s gifts available. Think Swarovski crystal-encrusted pacifiers and high-heels for infants!

Read the column here, then start saving for that oh-so-necessary bejeweled binky. Also, let me know if you think I’m being a little too uptight for dissing the high-heels for infants by Heelarious. I can’t help but think these are ridiculous. But maybe I’m just losing my sense of humor???

Registration begins Dec. 1 for Starbabies swim classes

Friday, November 28th, 2008

star_fish-2.jpgA new session of Starfish Swim School classes start next year at The Chatham County Aquatic Center. Registration begins this Mon. Dec 1. Deadline to register is Dec. 26.

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. My son has taken several Starbabies sessions and loved it.

The goal isn’t to get toddlers to do the butterfly stroke, but to get them comfortable putting their face in the water, kicking, blowing bubbles and sometimes even learning how to climb out of the pull and jump in.

One parent must be in the water with each child. Be prepared for lots of singing (”Splashes. Splashes. We all blow bubbles….”) Starbabies sessions offered include Tuesdays/Thursdays or Saturdays. Click here for a 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.

Classes cost $60 for non members and $38 for members. Call 912.652.6793. Learn more by clicking here. The Chatham County Aquatic Center is @ 7420 Sallie Mood Drive.

The winner of the personalized stocking from Island Child is…

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Christy Scripture.

Congratulations! Christy wins this week’s SouthernMamas giveaway: a white holiday stocking with red gingham ribbon trim, made by Sweet William, a premier creator of fine baby bedding and accessories. She’ll be able to have the stocking monogrammed. Made from the finest Matelasse fabric, the personalized holiday stockings are being sold locally @ islandchildbutton-june-08.jpgIsland Child in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Is. or via the Island Child online store here.

Look for another giveaway from a different sponsor to be announced here Monday.

Your Kid’s Weekend Guide

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

santa-on-broughton-button-ad.gifSanta arrives on Broughton Street: Noon, Fri. Nov. 28 @ 24E Broughton St. He’ll be available for photos and listening to children’s wish lists until 5 pm Fri and every week until Christmas. 912.660.4718. Click here for parking info.

Skating Under the Stars on Broughton Street: Outdoor ice-skating and holiday cheer, 6-9 pm Fri. Nov. 28. Be the first to ice skate on Broughton, between Lincoln and Abercorn streets. $7 tickets includes ice-skate rentals. Part of Southern Lights, a Savannah holiday tradition.

Post-Thanksgiving Day Sale @ Just for Baby & More, 10 am-6 pm Fri. & Sat, Nov. 28 & 29. On the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, fill your shopping basket and get 30 percent off everything in your basket, plus 30 percent off art and lighting. Avoid the crowds and Just for Baby & More gift wraps. 7701 Waters Ave., Savannah. 912.355.4455

Savannah Holiday Frolic, 10 am-9 pm Sat. Nov. 29 in Savannah’s Historic District includes ice-skating, snow, children’s activities and live entertainment. Free parking and food for purchase available. Schedule includes: holiday marketplace, 10 am-9 pm on Broughton Street; outdoor ice-skating on Broughton Street, 10 am-9 pm between Lincoln and Abercorn streets; snowed in Savannah, 10 am-3 pm, Reynolds Square; Santa’s Workshop, 10 am-3 pm in children’s activity area in Reynolds Square. Cost is $15 for a wristband ($5 for children 5 and younger) and $10 with a military ID, includes skating, snow area, children’s activity area and holiday movies @ the Lucas Theatre.

Signing and reading by Bess Chappas, local author of the children’s book Kiki and the Red Shoes @ Books-a-Million, 11 am-5 pm Sat. Nov. 29. Book includes a read-along CD. 8108 Abercorn St.

Holiday Movies @ the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Elf @ 12:30 pm and 7 pm Sat. Nov. 29; Miracle on 34th Street, 3:30 pm Sat. Nov. 29. Part of Savannah Holiday Frolic. Tickets for movies are $5 for adults, $3 for children, available at The Lucas Theatre box office and at the SCAD box office or by calling 912.525.5050 for advance tickets.

The Nutcracker @ the Savannah Civic Center, 5:30 Sat. Nov. 29 by Columbia City Ballet, preceded by a Sugar Plum Party in the Kingdom of Sweets Party @ 4 pm where kids can taste delectable treats from a Whimsical Cup of Tea and meet characters from the Nutcracker Ballet. Tickets for the pre-show party are $10. Tickets for the ballet range from $20-$42. Tickets available here.

WTOC Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony @ River Street, 5:30 pm Nov. 29 in Morrell Park @ the east end of River Street. An evening of local choral groups, dance groups, and other live entertainment culminating with the lighting of the WTOC Christmas tree. 912.644.6401

Savannah Harbor Foundation Boat Parade of Lights @ River Street. 6:15 pm Sat. Nov. 29. A parade of festively-decorated yachts cruise the Savannah River. Free viewing @ River Street during the tree lighting ceremony, followed by a fireworks display. 912.201.4304

Hilton Head Is./Bluffton area

Thanksgiving Hayrides through Sea Pines Forest Preserve, HHI. 3 pm & 4:15 pm, Tues., Wed. and Fri.; 10 am & 11:15 am Thurs. & Sat. Reservations required. 843.842.1979

Holiday Shopping Day @ The Sandbox, Interactive Children’s Museum gift shop, HHI. 11 am-1 pm and 4:30-6 pm Mon. Nov. 24. Get a head start on the holidays at The Sandbox’s Gift Shop. Unique books, puzzles, educational and wooden toys, specialty items and more. Sales help support the non-profit museum. The museum will not be open for play during this time.

Piggly Wiggly Turkey Trot starting @ Boathouse II restaurant, HHI. 8 am Thurs. Nov. 27. 5K, 10K and fun walk. Pre-register, as the race is only hope to the first 1,300 racers. Pre-registration ends 4 pm Wed. Nov. 26. Fees are $30-$40. Proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Association’s scholarship fund. 912.681.7273

Gregg Russell’s Thanksgiving Concert, Harbour Town, HHI. 7:30-9:30 pm Fri. Nov. 28 under the Liberty Oak. FREE. 843.842.1979

Caramel Apple Festival, Sea Pines, HHI. 1-3 pm Sat. Nov. 29. Hayrides, face-painting, pony rides, music, crafts and food @ Heritage Farm. Reservations required. 843.842.1979

Christmas Tree lighting @ Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, HHI. Christmas carols, holiday crafts and visit from St. Nick. 843.842.2787.

Baby names: A is for Atticus

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Less than two weeks until our daughter is born and still NO NAME!

Maybe I should check out this tip from savvy SouthernMama and expectant mom Beth Howells: “A is for Atticus: Baby a-is-for-atticus.jpgNames from Great Books.”

Author Lorilee Craker tries to help expectant parents by taking them on a tour through about 500 names steeped in literary tradition. From the “A” entries to Zora, she gives each name a detailed paragraph explaining its background, meaning and cultural significance, according to reviews. Atticus, of course, is the name of the father in Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The 240-page book was recently the No. 1 baby-name book on Amazon.com. So perhaps in a couple of years, we can expect to see many Scouts, Holdens and Homers headed to kindergarten.

Craker is also the author of the blog, Beta Mom Musings, where she is working her way through the alphabet of baby names.

Giveaway: monogrammed holiday stocking from Island Child

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

While preparing for Thanksgiving this week, be sure to take time out to enter to win a monogrammed Matelasse stocking from island-child-mantle-stocking.jpgIsland Child, a fine children’s clothing and accessories boutique on Hilton Head Island.

This week’s SouthernMamas giveaway is a white holiday stocking with red gingham ribbon trim, made by Sweet William, a premier creator of fine baby bedding and accessories. The winner will be able to have the stocking monogrammed, making this a sweet keepsake.

Made from the finest Matelasse fabric measuring 17 ½ x 9 inches, the personalized holiday stockings are being sold locally @ islandchildbutton-june-08.jpgIsland Child in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Is. or via the Island Child online store here.

To enter to win one, just email us the answer to this question by 9 pm Thurs. Nov. 27. We’ll announce the winner here Fri. Nov. 28. Under the make believe section, Island Child has several children’s outfits. Email us your favorite. Hint: click here and email the answer to anne@southernmamas.com. Don’t forget to tell us your name.

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

Make your holidays more meaningful

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

autism-puzzle.jpgLooking for a way to really GIVE something during the holidays, besides that which comes wrapped in ribbons and bows?

Check out my column this week in Sunday’s Accent section of the Savannah Morning News to find out how to donate to save a local school for children with autism. You can read the column here. Thanks for taking the time to do so and for doing whatever you can to help save the school, which is set to close by New Year’s Day if not enough money is raised during the holiday season.

Santa arrives @ Savannah Mall Saturday

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

santa-and-pets.jpgSavannah Mall‘s Holiday Train and Santa’s Castle open @ 10 am this Sat. Nov. 22, welcoming Santa’s arrival to Savannah Mall.

Santa’s Castle is located in the Burlington Coat Factory / Target court and the Holiday Train is in the mall’s enlarged center court. Don’t forget to have presents wrapped at the Greenbriar Gift Wrapping Center near the Children’s Soft Play Area. Proceeds benefit the Greenbriar Children’s Center in Savannah.

Remember Savannah Mall gift cards are a stress-free gift-giving solution. Call the Mall’s customer service to purchase gift cards and for information regarding extended shopping hours @ 912.927.7467. Savannah Mall is a sponsor of SouthernMamas.

The winner of the Kate Rees giveaway is…

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Maria Rogers! Congratulations, Maria. She wins her pick of a children’s outfit from our sponsor, katerees1.jpgKate Rees – a unique, online shop with a limited line of custom boutique, personalized clothing for girls and boys.

Be sure to visit Kate Rees by clicking here for individually-made outfits appliquéd or monogrammed to your specifications.

Look for a different giveaway from a different sponsor to be announced here Monday.

Help name the baby panda @ Zoo Atlanta

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

baby-panda.jpgZoo Atlanta is asking all panda fans to vote online for the name of the zoo’s newest addition, a giant panda cub, born Aug. 30.

In the spirit of Chinese tradition, the baby panda will be named 100 days after its birth in a 100 Day Naming Celebration.
Have your kids vote online before Dec. 3 by clicking here.

The winning name will be unveiled during the cub’s celebration on Mon. Dec. 8.

Holiday photos deal @ LeeAnn Ritch Photography

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

leeann-ritch-holiday-special.jpgYou know photos of the kids and family make perfect holiday gifts. Too bad that brilliant idea doesn’t usually hit you until a few days before Christmas.

But not this year. This year you promised yourself to plan ahead. And Savannah photographer and new mom LeeAnn Ritch is here to help you.

LeeAnn Ritch Photography is offering a Holiday Special that includes a photo session and a CD of all the photos taken for $295. (which is a $450 value)

Examples of LeeAnn’s work are pictured here and in her blog

Click ritch-logo.jpghere to contact LeeAnn. Or call 912.308.9327 or email leeann@leeannritchphotography.com

Special Disney travel package for family of four

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Our sponsor – travel agent Jennie Tarver of easy-travel-planner-button-smaller.gifMy Easy Travel Planner – has some great family travel deals such as a Disney package that would make a fantastic holiday gift.

Book four nights and get three nights free with Disney including Disney resort accomodations and tickets each day for the parks. This is for a family of 4. You have to book by Dec. 20, but don’t have to actually travel on this date.

For more info, contact Jennie: 912.272.9965; email jennie@myeasytravelplanner. Or visit My Easy Travel Planner.

Grandparents Day Wednesday @ Just for Baby & More

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

If you’re fortunate enough to have your parents living nearby, consider emailing them this post as a holiday shopping hint.

Wednesdays are now Grandparents Day @ our sponsor just-for-baby-new-ad-address.jpgJust for Baby & More. Starting this Wed. Nov. 19, from 10 am-6 pm, grandparents can bring in a picture of their grandchild and receive 15 percent off all gifts and clothing.

Just for Baby & More is @ 7701 Waters Ave., Savannah. 912.355.4455

Santa arrives @ Broughton St. on Nov. 28

Monday, November 17th, 2008

santa-on-broughton-1st-ad.gifGet ready to visit Santa on Broughton Street for photos starting Fri. Nov. 28.

He’ll arrive @ 24E Broughton St. at noon on Nov 28 and be available for photos or just hearing your child’s holiday wish list until 5 pm that day and every week until Christmas.

Prices for “Santa’s Back on Broughton St. Photos” start @ $15. Packages @ $20. Or, if you bring your camera, with a minimum of $5 donation, the staff will gladly take your child’s photo with Santa.

Proceeds benefit Make Wish (Georgia and Alabama chapter) and Savannah Downtown Business Association.

Of course, sitting on Santa’s lap and visiting with him is FREE. For more info, click here or call 912.660.4718.

Giveaway: Personalized Kate Rees kid’s outfit

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

We know how much y’all love classic, personalized children’s clothing.

So don’t miss out on this week’s giveaway from our sponsor, katerees1.jpgKate Rees – a unique, online shop with a limited line of custom boutique, finely finished garments for girls and boys.

Kate Rees is giving away your choice of one children’s outfit. To be eligible to win, just visit kate-rees-giveaway.jpgKate Rees by clicking here and tell us your favorite outfit. Email your answer to anne@southernmamas.com by 9 pm Thurs. Nov. 20. Don’t forget to tell us your name. We’ll pick a name at random and announce it here Fri. Nov. 21.

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

Each Kate Rees outfit is made individually, not mass-produced, and is appliquéd or monogrammed to your specifications and is made especially for your little one.

The winner will be able to chose the outfit of her choice, size and name or initials of the child to be embroidered on the outfit. Delivery of the custom outfit will take about three weeks.

Kids eat free @ Chick-fil-A family night

Friday, November 14th, 2008

This economic crisis has many of us cutting back financially. That includes not eating out as often. But there are restaurants you can go to where kids eat for free or at a discount on certain nights.

FOR A LISTING OF VARIOUS KIDS EAT FREE NIGHTS IN SAVANNAH-AREA RESTAURANTS, CLICK HERE

The winner of the Wiggles tickets giveaway is….

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Bridget Rainey!

Congratulations Bridget. She wins FOUR free tickets this week to the upcoming Wiggles concert in Savannah. The “Pop Go The Wiggles Live!” show will be at 6:30 pm Tues. Nov. 18 @ wiggles-giveaway-logo.jpgthe Savannah Civic Center.

The Wiggles are joined by Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog as part of the new all-live concert tour sponsored by Toys “R” Us. Tickets for the show range from $18-$38. Order tickets online by clicking here or call 912.651.6556 or 800.351.7469.

Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite Wiggle story. Look for another giveaway for a different business to be announced here Monday.

Goodbye to the Little Jumping Bean

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

We are so sorry to report a favorite local kid spot, little-jumping-bean.bmpThe Little Jumping Bean, has closed.

Some savvy SouthernMamas readers showed up at the Bean earlier this week only to find a sign reading “closed” due to current economic conditions. The sign also thanks customers for their patronage.

As you well know, parents fell in love with that place almost as much as the kids did after it opened earlier this year. The Little Jumping Bean was Savannah’s first indoor, inflatable playground catering to children 6 and under and a fun place to host children’s birthday parties.

A search of the Bean’s Web site no longer even lists the Savannah location as it did previously, only the Atlanta location.

UPDATE: An email SouthernMamas.com just received from info@thelittlejumpingbean.com says the closing is permanent and everyone who has a birthday party scheduled will have their deposits refunded. The email reads: “We do apologize for the inconvenience to you but we look forward to maybe seeing you at our Atlanta location if you are visiting. Thanks, TLJB.”

Savannah Children’s Choir Days @ Barnes & Noble

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

If hitting Barnes & Noble in Oglethorpe Mall is on your holiday shopping list, try to make it there during savannah-childrens-choir-logo-smaller.jpgSavannah Children’s Choir Days this Thurs. Nov. 13 or Fri. Nov. 14.

Members of the Savannah Children’s Choir will be on hand each day from 5:30-7 pm for impromptu singing. Representatives of the choir will hold book readings of their favorite books.

A portion of all sales made during these two day – all day – benefit the Savannah Children’s Choir. Be sure to mention the Choir’s name at checkout.

The SCC is a not-for-profit auditioned community children’s choir with a mission of uniting Savannah’s children through the power of song. For more info on the choir’s performance schedule, click here.

The outdoor Market @ Trustees Garden

Monday, November 10th, 2008

This week’s trustees-logo.jpgMarket at Trustees Garden will be all outside. Come and see new farmers, kids activities and local art 4-7 pm Wed. Nov 12, @ Charles H Morris Center (10 East Broad Street). FREE!

The market is held every Wednesday and includes cooking demos, organic farmers, local arts & crafts, local and organic food from Savannah restaurants, live music, plants, herbs, kids activities, sustainable/green education. Interested in being a vendor at The Market? Contact Maria Castro 912. 844.3184 or mfcastro@greenlifespace.com

Giveaway: Four tickets to “Pop Go The Wiggles Live!”

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Get ready to Wiggle – for free.

We’ve got a giveaway that is sure to be hit. A lucky SouthernMamas reader will win FOUR free tickets this week to the upcoming Wiggles concert in Savannah. The “Pop Go The Wiggles Live!” show will be at 6:30 pm Tues. Nov. 18 @ wiggles-giveaway-logo.jpgthe Savannah Civic Center.

The winner and her family will see The Wiggles, Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog as part of the new all-live concert tour sponsored by Toys “R” Us. wiggles-giveaway-group.jpg

To be eligible to win, tell us your favorite thing about The Wiggles: your favorite song, CD, DVD. Or your favorite Wiggle. Or your favorite Wiggle story about your kids. Your favorite Wiggles memory. Comment by clicking on comments below this post by 9 pm Wed. Nov. 12. Don’t forget to tell us your name. We’ll pick a name at random and announce it here Thurs. Nov. 13.

Tickets for the show range from $18-$38. Order tickets online by clicking here or call 912.651.6556 or 800.351.7469.

Library Lion author @ Savannah Children’s Book Festival

Friday, November 7th, 2008

We don’t want anyone to miss the savannah-childrens-book-festival.jpg5th Annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 15 in Forsyth Park (rain location is the Savannah Civic Center).

So to drum up some excitement in this week leading up to the festival, we plan to spotlight a different author who will be at the festival, which includes children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country. The festival also features dozens of local authors, arts & crafts, food, an international tent, costumed characters, a “teen scene” and more.

Today’s children’s book author: Michelle Knudsen whose latest picture book, library-lion.jpgLibrary Lion,” is a New York Times bestseller and a Publishers Weekly bestseller. The book was also Amazon’s number one pick on their list of Best Picture Books of 2006, Nick Jr. Family Magazine’s Best Books of 2006, and Child Magazine’s Best Children’s Books of 2006.

Knudsen, author of 28 children’s books, is also the editor of the hugely popular “Junie B. Jones” series by Barbara Park.

As we told in you in previous posts, other kid-friendly celebrities and authors coming to the festival include:

“Arthur” creator Marc Brown. He wrote and illustrated the bestselling Arthur books series, which started as bedtime stories Marc told his first son.

Author/illustrator mo-willems.jpgMo Willems, who began as a writer on Sesame Street. He’s known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!“and “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale”. He also wrote and illustrated “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” and too many more to name here.

Miss Rosa, new host of the PBS Kids Preschool Block.

Click here for list of other authors headed to Savannah for this festival.

Two toddler’s thumbs up for Disney on Ice

Friday, November 7th, 2008

“More Mickey. Again. Again. More pirates.”

That was my almost-2-year-old son’s plea the whole ride home after Thursday night’sdisney-on-ice-logo.jpgDisney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey.

The show is playing @ the Savannah Civic Center this weekend Nov. 7-9. For tickets and showtimes click here.

The production has it all: Mickey & Minnie, Donald and Daisy. Goofy. The Lion King. Lilo & Stitch. A giant Ursula the sea witch. All on skates.

A favorite number was “Under the Sea” with all The Little Mermaid characters including dancing star fish, jellies and sea horses as bubbles dropped from ceiling. Even the concession guys selling snowcones in Stitch cups were grooving in the aisles during that one.

After intermission (and a Zamboni whirl that my son also loved) comes Peter Pan, his fairy friend Tinker Bell and the big swashbuckling pirate clash in Never Land, complete with pirate ship and a gigantic crocodile.

The only complaint I heard was from a little girl who wanted to know where the princesses were. But chances are Ariel doing a couples’ skate with her Prince Charming will compensate just fine.

It’s worth checking out one of the several Disney on Ice shows this weekend. Now if I can just figure out to explain to my son why we can’t go see Mickey and the Peter Pan pirates every day.

The winner of the Babycape giveaway is…

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Jen Lingenfelter-Rodgers!

Congratulations, Jen.

You win a free blue sherpa suede babycapes-photo.jpgBabycape, valued at $99. This innovative outer-wear for little ones fits over the harness strap, allowing you to slip a child into and out of a stroller or car seat without unbundling and rebundling.

Thanks to everyone who entered this week’s giveaway. Y’all were all correct. According to the Babycapes Website, 7 out of 10 babies are not properly buckled in.

Babycapes can decrease the risk of bulky coats or blankets interfering with properly buckling a child in a car seat

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

Waldorf-inspired childhood programs coming here

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The waldorf.jpgWaldorf education movement has spread worldwide and some Waldorf methods have been integrated into public and charter schools. But there was no Waldorf program in Savannah. Until now.

Starting the week of Jan. 5, 2009, Waldorf-inspired children’s programs will be held on Tybee Island. Open houses begin in early December.

The Waldorf movement was founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919 and incorporates visual arts, drama, dance, music and crafts in diverse subject areas. It’s all about educating the whole child—the heart and the hands as well as the head.

Click here to learn more about Waldorf education.

The local Waldorf-inspired early childhood initiative – called Tybee Island’s Play Garden – will offer families a warm, gentle, fun, nurturing environment in which they and their children can learn and play.

Three programs will be offered:

1. A Nurtured Newborns Class specifically for parents with their newborns ages 6 weeks to 10 months. A gentle place to go to learn and play. Includes observation and discussion of infant behavior, simple circle games and lullabies, snack for the parents and a sharing of insights from recommended study books.

Adapting the infant observation practices of Dr. Emmi Pikler of the Pikler Institute parents learn how to assess a baby’s needs at different developmental stages and how to support their child’s natural growth.

2. A parent–toddler class called A Gnome’s Garden for parents and their toddlers, ages 1 to 4. Gentle nurturing environment. Classes are once a week, 9-11:30 am for 5 weeks. Includes: creative free play, snack preparation, hand crafts, morning circle, snack, story and outdoor play.

3. Nurturing Playcare , a mixed–age morning daycare program that will meet three mornings a week. Children ages 1 to 4 years are eligible to attend.

Call 413.575.5338 for more info.

Winter Wonderland @ St. Augustine

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Kids in the Savannah area have to wait until Dec. 12 before Skatefest starts at the Savannah Civic Center.

So if yours are anxious to lace up their skates a little sooner, check out the Winter Wonderland Nov. 21-Jan. 4 @ the augustine-winter-wonderland.jpgSt. Augustine Amphitheatre in nearby St. Augustine, Fla. . Open to the public Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The ice skating rink is $8 (skate rental is $2). Sleigh rides take place from 6-10 p.m. (adults $10, $4 for children). This winter extravaganza includes a 100-foot ice slide, winter games, an elf village, onstage performances of the Quiltmaker’s Gift, lighted nature trails, Santa, s’mores on an open fire and more.

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is @ 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine. 904.471.1965 or click here.

Kids’ music, story-telling & more @ Holiday Inn Savannah Midtown

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

One big complaint we hear from local parents is our area lacks activities for really young children, 0 to pre-walkers.

You’ll be delighted to know a series of baby fun, one-hour sessions – featuring rhythm, music, songs & rhymes, finger games and tummy time fun – are coming to the Holiday Inn Savannah Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St., between Stephenson and Eisenhower. Cost per session is $10 for one baby and one adult. See the “Baby Fun Time with Peek-A-Boo Sue” flier below for dates and times.

At the same location but on different days, there will also be other sessions for older children including:

  • A”Super Saturday” story and music program at various times Sat. Nov. 22 for children ages 3-7 and their parents. Cost: $10 for children, $5 for adults. Show times: 9:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm & 4 pm. See the “Super Saturday” flier below for more info.
  • Several music, story and make believe sessions on various dates for children ages 18 months to 4 years and their parents. Cost: $10 for children, $5 for adults. See the “Four Fantastic Thursdays” final flier below for dates and times.

These kid-focused educational and entertainment events are brought to you by Eye Winker Entertainment, LLC, started by former educators who have always enjoyed entertaining young children and making learning fun. For more info, see the three fliers below. Contact Eye Winker @ 912.728. 4724 or eyewinkerkids@gmail.com

Mention SouthernMamas and receive a 20 percent discount.

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Oh la la: PetitePosh.com

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The mantra @ petiteposh-logo.jpgPetitePosh.com is “Life as a toddler doesn’t have to be without style.”

Sporting a gift from this Web shop can make any toddler or baby automatically hip – even if old mom and dad are, er, fashion-challenged like yours truly.

PetitePosh.com, started by a work-outside-the-home mom-of-three in need of an easy way to shop for unique items for her kids, has everything – designer diaper bags, quality crib bedding, crawling pants and a fun collection of baby & petite-posh-hats.jpgtoddler hats, like these pictured here, as well as adorable baby coats that resemble snuggly animals.

Check out their petite-posh-hippo.jpgZoobie Pets, a three in one plush toy, blanket and pillow, which have won 31 awards to date and counting and make memorable holiday gifts. Or the cozy Baby Sleeping Bags.

All purchases at Petiteposh.com are in Canadian dollars, therefore giving SouthernMamas an immediate discount (about 20 percent depending on the exchange rate).