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Archive for November, 2008

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

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

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 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 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.