Archive for January, 2009

Bouncing Angels honors Jumping Bean cards

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Wondering what to do with your Jumping Bean jump card now that the inflatable play center closed down?

If you have an old Jumping Bean card, bouncing-angels-logo.jpgBouncing Angels, the indoor inflatable play center that replaced the Bean, will let you jump for free from 5-7 pm and half price any other time. Bouncing Angels also has all the jump cards there that were on file from Jumping Bean.

Thanks to SouthernMamas reader Sarah Newman for that tip.

The play & party entertainment center opened this year in the Jumping Bean’s former location @ the Victory Drive Shopping Center, 2123 E. Victory Drive near Skidaway Road. For more info. call: 912.691.8797.

In addition to regular, open play, the center’s available for birthdays, field trips, mommy clubs,  group events etc.

Tell them SouthernMamas sent you!

Free admission to Callaway Gardens

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

During these hard economic times, it’s nice to get a break every once in a while.

In response to the economy, callaway_logo.gifCallaway Gardens, a family resort in Pine Mountain, Ga., is offering complimentary admission for February during their “Be Our Guest” event. Click here to find out more.

Take in the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, with more than 1,000 tropical butterflies, watch the Birds of Prey show, enjoy the gardens’ trails and more.

RuffleButts freebie sale

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

RuffleButt Logo

RuffleButts.com is having a special freebie sale.

With the purchase of their knit-fuchsia RuffleButt crawler pants, you get a FREE matching ‘High Maintenance’ Tee, valued @ $23.

Please rufflebutts-high-tee.jpgclick here to visit the RuffleButts website.

The winner of the SillyGoose Photography giveaway is…

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Beth Ewing. Congratulations!

Beth wins a free photo session from Silly Goose Photography on location in the Bluffton area.

silly-goose-photo-2.JPG Silly Goose Photography specializes in on-location photography (the beaches, May River), babies, children and their families.
Contact Silly Goose by emailing wjdpowell@hargray.com or call 843.706.9968.

How to brighten a January day

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

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Best Day Cares/Preschools on Hilton Head Is.

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

motherchildreunion_a.jpgWe heard from a lot of SouthernMamas readers when we posted earlier about the best Savannah-area preschools and day cares. Thank you.

Now we’re asking for your help yet again. We’d love to hear your input on the best preschools/day cares in the Hilton Head Is./Bluffton area.

SouthernMamas reader Elizabeth Dulaney, who moved to HHI about a year ago, emails she’s looking for a daycare/preschool program in HHI for her daughter this summer. “I need something for three days a week. I have toured some of the bigger daycares and I would prefer something smaller possibly in a church or just an overall smaller more personal setting.”

Feel free to comment below or email your input to anne@southernmamas.com.

Babycapes’ Help America Sale

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

We’re all cutting back these days.

babycapes-button-ad.gifBabycapes – a SouthernMamas sponsor – is making it a little easier to save money.

Babycapes is trying to stimulate the economy with an “American Recovery Sale” offering Babycapes at nearly 40 percent off retail pricing.

Click here for details of the sale.

Babycapes fits over the harness strap, allowing you to slip a child into and out of a stroller or car seat without unbundling and rebundling.

Babycapes are one-size-fits-all for infants to preschoolers and come into cuddle-worthy, machine-washable fabrics like Minky Sherpa Suede and Minky Cuddle

The mom-invented product is simple to put on or take off, even while holding a squirming child. From your arms to the car, there is no need to remove Babycapes. In the car, babies can move freely. When the car warms up, Babycapes can be removed or replaced without unstrapping the child.

CoachWayne2GO brings gymnastics to you!

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Mom’s taxi (and mom) can only take so much ferrying to and from one kids’ activity to another.

That’s why coach-wayne-2-go.jpgCoachWayne2GO brings the gym to you.

Rather than drive across town to a studio, you can have the CoachWayne2GO team of gymnasts bring gymnastic and tumbling instruction to your neighborhood or even your child’s school. CoachWayne2GO currently offers classes at The Landings, Southbridge, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. Click on those locations to find out about the classes offered there.

A mobile gym. How convenient is that? Even better, these instructors are real pros.

Coach Wayne Evans has taught tumbling and gymnastics since the early-1980s. He most recently was the head cheerleading coach at Savannah College of Art and Design, a post he resigned in 2007 to focus on his mobile gym business.

The mobile gym includes instructor Zuzana Sekerova, who is Coach Wayne’s wife and a 2004 Gymnastics World Cup Gold Medalist and two-time Olympian. Coach Wayne and Sekerova met about six years ago when she was in search of a tumbling coach in the United States.

coach-wayne-button-ad.jpgCoachWayne2GO teaches budding gymnasts, as well as cheerleaders, martial artists, baton twirlers, dancers or anyone else who needs to improve their tumbling skills.

Sign up by calling 1-888-548-4545 or 912.238.1747 or email: Coach@CoachWayne.com.

And give mom’s taxi (and mom) a much-deserved rest.

CoachWayne2GO  is a sponsor of SouthernMamas.com.

Do you have a favorite child?

Monday, January 26th, 2009

mother-child1.jpgNow that I am a mother of two, I’ve been hyper sensitive to whether I’m favoring one child over the other.

That means canning the cooing at my 7-week-old daughter the minute I see my toddler staring at me as though I just offered to trade him to Blagojevich for Obama’s Senate seat.

Of course, I love both kids equally and there certainly hasn’t been enough time to pick favs. But it’s made me think a lot lately about the whole “favorite child” issue. How common is it? Do all moms have favorites? How do you prevent it? And what are the effects on the other not-so-favorite children?

Writer Laura Bennett takes a fun spin on the favorite-child question in a piece she wrote for a Web site that’s my latest guilty pleasure, The Daily Beast. Check out her essay “The Dirty Little Secret of Motherhood”. Here’s a quote from it:

“If you swear you have no favorite, and think you are fooling your kids, you’re fooling yourself. Just because kids are short, they aren’t stupid.”

The writer definitely intends to be more humorous than heart-breaking, but still, I can’t help but hope she’s wrong. Please, moms-of-more-than-one, please tell me you don’t all secretly have favorites!

Giveaway: Silly Goose Photography photo session

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

This week, silly-goose-photography-1.jpgSilly Goose Photography is giving away a free photo session. The winner will be able to choose the location for the shoot in the Bluffton area, perhaps Church of the Cross, Palmetto Bluff, and the Oyster Factory.

Photographer Janet Powell started Silly Goose as a way to fuse her passion for children with her passion for photography. Check out examples of Janet’s work to the right or click here see even more.

Here are the rules:

  • To enter to win, email your name and the correct answer to the following question to anne@southernmamas.com. “Newly hatched” is the name of the newborn portfolio; “flocks of geese” is the title of the families portfolio. What’s the name of the kids portfolio? Hint, visit the site by clicking silly-goose-photo-2.JPGhere, then scroll down to featured galleries.
  • Entry period closes early this week, 9 pm Thurs. Jan. 29.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • We’ll announce the winner here Fri. Jan. 30.
  • The goal of Silly Goose Photography is to capture life’s precious moments as they happen – with a “silly goose” flair. Specializing in on-location photography (the beaches, May River), Janet loves to capture babies, children and their families as they are: no pretensions. The result is innocent beauty captured forever.

    You’re invited to a hand-smocked children’s clothing show

    Sunday, January 25th, 2009

    Smitten with hand-smocked children’s clothing?

    Then be sure to check out a special showing 10 am-4 pm Sat. Jan. 31 of Orient Expressed Children’s Clothing @ Cadre Shops, 2485 US 17 South, Richmond Hill.

    You’ll swoon over Orient Expressed hand-smocked dresses, bishops, shortalls and longalls; hand-smocked baby clothing, and handmade orient-expressed.bmpsweaters.

    Orient Expressed’s specialty is matching brother sister clothes, holiday clothing, smocked garments, smocked dresses, smocked john johns, smocked bishops, monogrammed clothes and heirloom sewing.

    You will also find Easter clothing, Christmas outfits, Halloween garments, flower girl dresses, first communion dresses and all sorts of special occasion clothes for children, making it especially easy to match twins or triplets. Sizes 3m – 10.

    Rebecca Pallone,  local rep for Orient Expressed, will be @ Cadre Shops  with a full line of samples from the Spring/Summer 2009 collection. Come by and bring a friend.

    Unable to attend the free showing this Saturday? Private appointments to view the clothing line can be made until Feb. 7 by calling Rebecca Pallone @ 912-695-7755.

    If you order from the orient-expressed-no-2.bmpOrient Expressed Web site, be sure to put down Rebecca Pallone’s name so she’s receives credit for the sale!

    Countdown to Feb. 2 when pre-K madness begins

    Friday, January 23rd, 2009

    schoolhouse.gifOK, OK, we fully realize applying to a funded (i.e. FREE!) pre-K program isn’t the equivalent to trying to get into an Ivy League.

    But it can be stressful and every bit of info helps. So below is a lowdown on the dizzying application process, which runs Feb. 2-March 16, and the nerve-wrecking lottery held @ the school sites @ 10 am March 18. You can attend the lottery drawing to see if you child gets in to the pre-K program of your choice or wait to be notified in writing of acceptance or waiting list status during the week of March 23.

    Applications will continue to be accepted after the classes are filled, but they will be placed on a “waiting list” in the event that openings occur in the pre-K classes.

    The most surprising tidbit from the info below is that you can only apply to TWO different schools and that your first choice must be the school in your attendance zone.

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
    1. The child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2009.
    2. The child must be a Chatham County resident.
    3. If your child is selected, the following required documents are needed: Georgia Immunization Certificate #3231, certified birth certificate, social security card, Eye Ear & Dental Certificate and proof of residence.
    OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
    1. The program is full day. Check with your school for the starting and ending times.
    2. You can apply at two different school sites; however your first choice must be the school in your attendance zone.
    3. You are required to show proof of residence when submitting an application and at the time of registration.
    4. Transportation will be provided to children who are on the existing bus routes for each elementary school. No transportation is provided to Windsor High School, Woodville Tompkins, or Savannah High School.
    5. Before and after school programs are provided at most elementary school sites. Call your school for further information.

    HOW TO APPLY
    Parents must apply to the pre-k school site within their *designated attendance zone and one other additional site of their choice. (Only two applications can be submitted)
    Complete the application and return it to the school site(s).
    The first date to return applications is Mon., Feb. 2. Please contact the school if changes in your address or telephone number should occur after the application is submitted.

    Here is a list of all the schools in Chatham County that offer the free pre-K program. Applications will be available at the school sites.

    Thanks (once again) to SouthernMamas reader Kari Hunter for providing this info!!

    Best day care center in Effingham

    Friday, January 23rd, 2009

    day-care-effingham.gifFirst Baptist of Rincon Weekday Ministries was voted best day care by the people of Effingham County.

    The child care center on Highway 21 @ 6th Street in Rincon offers day care for 6 weeks- 12 yrs of age. The center serves afterschool children from Rincon, Blandford, and Ebenezer Elementary. There is also have a private Pre – K and two K-3 programs.

    For more info, call 912.826.2213 or click here.

    The winner of the Stacy Martinez Photography giveaway is…

    Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

    Amy Perry.

    Congratulations, Amy. You win an on-location photo session, valued at $75, from stacy-martinez-logo.jpgStacy Martinez Photography. Let us know how it goes!

    Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. You ALL were correct. A typical Stacy Martinez portrait session lasts about one hour.

    Stacy Martinez Photography specializes in wedding and portrait photography. SMP’s portfolio also includes military – families and deploying or returning troops – commercial, headshots, any type of event, beach and pet photography.

    Click here to see examples of her work.

    Set up an appointment by calling 912.308.1427 or email stacy.martinez@comcast.net.

    Personalized St. Pat’s & Easter outfits from Kate Rees

    Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

    Middle of January isn’t too soon to start planning for St. Pat’s & Easter (April 12)

    katerees1.jpgKate Rees – a unique, online shop with a limited line of custom boutique, finely finished garments for girls and boys, can help. Kate Rees offers classic, traditional, personalized outfit for each and every holiday.

    Check out the st-pats-kate-rees.jpgSt. Paddy’s Day ensembles by clicking here. Or the easter-duo-kate-rees.jpegeaster-kate-rees.jpgcottontail time outfits perfect for Easter Sunday.

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

    Kate Rees is a sponsor of SouthernMamas.

    Kindermusik starts next week; sign up now

    Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

    kindermusik-button-ad.gifKindermusik’s Spring ’09 semester begins NEXT WEEK with classes four days per week, in five locations. There’s still time to sign up. Email music@instrumentalinks.com or call 912.728-KEYS (5397)

    Here are the age groups for the classes below.

    Village = Hickory, Dickory Tickle & Bounce/Rhythm of My Day (newborns to 20 mos.)
    Our Time = Fiddle Dee Dee (18 mos. to 3.5 years)
    Imagine That = 3-5 years
    Sign and Sing = 6 mos. to 36 mos.
    Family Time = 0-7 years combined

    Monday mornings, Savannah Southside (7410 Skidaway Road):
    Village class
    Sign and Sing class.

    Landings classes, Monday afternoons.

    Tuesday mornings, Wilmington Island:
    Our Time class.
    Village class.

    Wednesday mornings, Richmond Hill:
    Village class.
    Our Time class.

    Saturday mornings, Savannah Southside (321 W. Mont. XRoads):
    Village class.
    Our Time class.

    SchoolDigger digs up dirt on local schools

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

    school-digger.gifNo local schools made Schooldigger.com’s Top 10 Best Georgia Elementary Schools. Surprise Surprise.

    Schooldigger.com is a site dedicated to test scores, rankings, student/teacher ratios, ethnic makeup, and scores of other metrics and information for over 120,000 elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. They list statewide public school rankings from best to worst.

    You can look up a certain school’s rankings, find a school near a particular address, and also find a state’s best 10 schools and worst 10 schools. One local school made Georgia’s Bottom 10 Worst Elementary Schools: Spencer Elementary.

    The only local grade school to make the site’s top 30 Georgia Elementary Schools is South Effingham Elementary School.

    Thank you to SouthernMamas reader Kari Hunter for the head’s up about Schooldigger.com, a helpful, albeit somewhat depressing, resource.

    Best Local Pre-Ks

    Monday, January 19th, 2009

    pre-k.gifSouthernMamas reader Tanya emails with a question that can rattle any parent: where to send your child for pre-K?

    Tanya writes “I am interested in knowing if anyone has any experience with any of the Savannah pre-k programs?  My son will be 4 in April and will be eligible to start this fall.  I would like to send him to Georgetown Elementary, where we live, but am concerned if we don’t get in.  I would like to have a back-up plan.  Thank you.”

    The entire process involved with the Georgia-lottery funded pre-K is quite daunting. I, too, would love to hear from other SouthernMamas about the best local pre-K programs. As well as any tips you have on handling the lottery system you have to enter to try to get your child into a state-funded pre-K. Please comment below!

    Completely clueless about Georgia’s free pre-K programs? Click here to read more about the funded (i.e. FREE!) pre-K program and the lottery you have to enter. Children must be 4-years-old prior to or on Sept. 1, 2009 to be eligible for pre-K,

    Applications for the free pre-K will be available Mon. Feb 2, 2009-Mon., March 16, 2009. Click here for a list of places where you can pick up an application.

    Here is a list of all the schools in Chatham County that offer the free pre-K program.

    Giveaway: Free Stacy Martinez photo session

    Sunday, January 18th, 2009

    stacy-martinez-portrait.jpgProfessional mother-and-child, family and children portraits are cherished treasures.

    They’re even better when they’re FREE.

    This week Stacy Martinez Photography is giving away an on-location photo session, valued at $75 to a lucky SouthernMamas reader. Check out examples of her work to the right or click here to see even more.

    Here are the rules on to win the photo session.

  • To enter to win, email your name and the correct answer to the following question to anne@southernmamas.com. What’s the typical time length of a Stacy Martinez portrait session? Hint visit her Web site by clicking here, then click on portrait investment.
  • Entry period closes early this week, 9 pm Thurs. Jan. 22.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • We’ll announce the winner here Fri. Jan. 23.
  • The giveaway is with the purchase of prints that start at $2 or purchase the CD of photos which is $100. The winner’s choice.

    Stacy Martinez Photography specializes in wedding and portrait photography. SMP’s portfolio also includes military – families and deploying or returning troops – commercial, headshots, any type of event, beach and pet photography.

    Set up an appointment by calling 912.308.1427 or email stacy.martinez@comcast.net.

    RuffleButts Sale

    Saturday, January 17th, 2009

    rufflebutt-crawler.jpgIs there anything better than a little ruffled bottom?

    Yes, a RuffleButt bargain!

    These crawler-style pants pictured to the right are on sale. The soft 100-percent cotton provides gentle protection from hard floors and carpet burn, then perfectly transitions to a trendy capri as she grows.

    RuffleButt Button

    Available in a wide array of colors, this RuffleCrawler was made to mix-and-match perfectly with coordinating long-sleeve tees, short-sleeve tees, and knit hoodies.

    Please click here to visit the RuffleButts website. Then click “on sale.”

    Shopping @ Rufflebutts helps support SouthernMamas.

    Prozac on the Playground: Are we raising Generation Rx?

    Saturday, January 17th, 2009

    prozac.jpgSome 237 million prescriptions were written last year for anti-depressants, making them the most prescribed drugs in America. An estimated one out of about 20 children suffers from attention deficit disorder and many are being treated with meds. Even bed-wetting is sometimes treated with pills.

    But what about the effect of such drugs – antidepressants specifically – on the young, still-developing mind? Should doctors prescribe medication for depressed adolescents or hold off?

    My column in Sunday’s Savannah Morning News Accent section touches on this question and other mental health issues when it comes to treating children and adolescents.  Read it by clicking here.

    Most drugs used today to treat mental-health conditions have been available for a relatively short time, so we don’t yet know about long-term safety. And many of the medications might have different, more dangerous side-effects in children than in adults.

    The local psychiatrist I interviewed said the question of whether to prescribe antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs for adolescents is a tough one. But it often comes down to the lesser of two evils: the risk of NOT treating an adolescent’s mental illness with drugs that have proven effective with adults is much higher than treating that mental illness with drugs.

    One thing is clear: children receiving these drugs must be closely monitored – which, sadly, isn’t always possible because of lack of funding for mental health treatment. Without adequate evaluation and follow-up on whether such drugs are safe and effective, we’re not going to learn much about the treatments and we’re going to be putting a lot of kids at risk.

    Electric Company returns to PBS

    Friday, January 16th, 2009

    Most of our readers may be too young to remember  electric-co.jpgThe Electric Company, a TV show back in the 70s that targeted graduates of Sesame Street.

    But those of you who do will definitely appreciate this: four decades after the kids’ classic, PBS Kids Go! is recharging The Electric Company with a hipper version.

    The new Electric Company’s cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Tiki Barber and Jimmy Fallon.

    A special two-hour sneak preview will air this Mon. Jan 19. Starting Jan. 23, the show will air regularly on Fridays.

    The winner of the See Kai Run shoes are…

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    see-kai-run-giveaway.bmpTiffany Williams & Sarah Wagner

    Congratulations, ladies.  Tiffany wins the Monica pair and Sarah wins the Jake.

    Thanks to everyone who participated. You can shop for See Kai Run children’s shoes by clicking here.

    Look for another giveaway to be announced Monday.

    Gripe water: Beano for babies?

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    gripe-water.jpgCan 14 bucks ease baby’s evening colic spells? Let’s hope so.

    Lots of babies get cranky and colicky in the evening. Our 6-week daughter is one of them. An otherwise incredibly easy and good baby so far,  Francie’s only struggle is crying for a couple hours in the evening. In hopes of turning that witching hour back into happy hour, I plunked down $14 for a bottle of gripe water on the advice of our pediatrician’s nurse practitioner.

    Is it a homeopathic hoax? Or life-saver? One night in and she was quiet and content all evening. I am thinking life saver.

    And Baby Bliss Gripe Water isn’t even an advertiser.

    Free career help seminar

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

    mompreneur.gifPlanning to go back to work after staying home with the kids?

    Savannah Christian Church, the megachurch that has EVERYTHING, is hosting a FREE “Careers in Transition” seminar this weekend.

    Learn from experts about taking practical financial steps, searching for a job in the digital age, resume writing, interviewing and more. Fri. Jan. 16 6-9 p.m. and Sat. Jan. 17 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Jan. 16 – 17. For more info. click here or contact Steve Angel at 912.629.7491.

    Thanks to savvy SouthernMamas reader Kari Hunter for the tip about this seminar!

    Your input needed on designing BD packages

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

    birthday-cake.jpgWould your child love to have his or her birthday @ Old Fort Jackson? The Roundhouse Railroad Museum? Battlefield Park?

    The Coastal Heritage Society is looking for children and parents to participate in focus groups to evaluate and provide feedback for several new birthday party packages. Each group will have the opportunity to play games and have fun in a real party setting!

    Applications are currently being accepted and group members will be chosen soon. Application deadline is Sat. Jan. 31. For more information or to apply to be a group member, call 912.651.6823 or email us at birthdays@chsgeorgia.org.

    Personalize your Valentines

    Monday, January 12th, 2009


    Here’s a fun way to dress up your Valentines Day cards:PhotoStamps

    Turn photos of your kids into real U.S. Postage. Just upload your child’s favorite photo to the PhotoStamps web site, customize it using the easy-to-use toolbox (which includes zoom, rotate, and a choice of border colors), and place your order. Your personalized stamps will arrive in the mail in about 5-7 days. Available in most major postage denominations from $.39 to $4.05.

    Before my wedding, I made a photo stamp of the little church on Daufuskie Island where we married and used it for the wedding invites as well as thank-you notes afterward. It was a big hit. PhotoStamps are also perfect for baby announcements, birthday and anniversary parties and gifts.

    Click on the logo above to get started.
    PhotoStamps

    Find out about St. Andrew’s School

    Monday, January 12th, 2009

    Interested in sending your child to st-andrews-logo.gifSt. Andrew’s School?

    The independent college preparatory school on Wilmington Island has several open house dates for Pre-K 3 through Grade 12 including:
    Tues., Jan. 13 at 9 a.m.
    Fri. Jan. 16 at 12 noon
    Mon., Jan. 26 at 9 a.m.
    Wed., Jan. 28 at 12 noon
    Thurs., Feb. 5 at 9 a.m.

    Call 897.4941 to reserve your spot or for more information. To find out more about the school, click here.

    Giveaway: See Kai Run baby shoes

    Sunday, January 11th, 2009

    Thanks to See Kai Run, we’re giving away two pairs of baby shoes from their new line called smaller.

    Specifically, you could win see-kai-run-monica.jpgthe Monica  (for 9-12 mth-olds, red mary jane with hearts; shown) or see-kai-run-jake.jpgthe Jake (9-12 mth olds, cream/brown trainer; shown) . Just check out the rules below to enter to win a pair.

  • To enter to win, email your name to anne@southernmamas.com. Also, please tell us which of the two shoes you’d like to win. Entry period closes early this week, 8 pm Thurs. Jan. 16.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • If you can’t wait for the giveaway and want to order from See Kai Run now, start shopping by clicking here. From now until Jan. 15, enjoy free shipping on ALL orders! No minimum purchase is required.

    Free MOPS Spa Day & Best Mom Groups

    Sunday, January 11th, 2009

    Now is the time to join mops-logo.jpgIsland MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers) which meets twice a month.

    Not only does the popular moms group provide inspiration, support, guest speakers, friendship, food and creative activities. Not only does the group have free childcare for your children ages birth-5 yrs.

    But also, once a year, Islands MOPS has a special FREE Spa Day. This year’s will be 9:15-11:15 Wed. Jan. 28. Moms will be pampered for free. Nails, hair, makeovers, exfoliations, door prizes, breakfast and much more.

    The MOPS Spa day and the group’s regular meetings are @ First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd.

    The mom group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 9:15-11:30 am. The next meeting is this Wed. Jan. 14. Call 912.898.6456 or 912.898.4344 for more info or to RSVP childcare.

    Offering such a Spa Day may just make Island MOPS the best local moms’ group. But we’d love to know your picks for best local moms/play groups. Please comment below.

    Other local moms/play groups:

    *SouthernMamas reader Jolene Byrne emails that there’s a new playgroup for parents and kids who live in Georgetown.
    The Georgetown playgroup meets the first and third Thursday of the month (THIS THURS JAN. 15)  from 9:30 to 11:00am at the Northside clubhouse. It’s an informal group, so feel free to show up late or leave early.

    *Attachment parenting group for parents who believe in gentle discipline, not spanking; co-sleeping or sleeping near your baby, not letting babies “cry it out”; prefer “wearing your baby,” not going the stroller route. It’s open to all like-minded parents including pregnant, new birth or adoptive.

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