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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

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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.