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Mon. Feb. 23 is deadline to register for swim classes

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

star_fish-2.jpgA new session of Starfish Swim School children’s classes starts in March at The Chatham County Aquatic Center. Registration deadline is this Mon. Feb. 23.

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 loves 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 $50 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

“Spring is coming soon” gifts for kids

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Easter (April 12) isn’t far away and the daffodils are already blooming.

Check out these fun spring-is-here gifts for kids from

Butterfly Garden Butterfly Garden Watch them grow then let them go! Raise 3 to 5 Painted Lady butterflies while learning all about metamorphosis with this Oppenheim Best Toy Award-winning butterfly raising kit! See each caterpillars transition as it matures, changes into a chrysalid, and finally emerges as a Painted Lady butterfly! After observing your butterflies, experience the joy of releasing them into your backyard! Absolutely safe to release into the environment. Includes colorful pop-up habitat suitable for hanging or free-standing on a countertop, pre-paid certificate for 3 to 5 butterfly larvae with special food, feeding kit and complete instructions.Notice! This kit doesn’t contain any live insects, but contains a mail-in certificate for the live critters. The kit with live insects is available elsewhere in the Insect Lore store.Three butterflies are guaranteed to be perfect specimens. Please allow approximately 3 weeks for your larvae to develop. During extremely hot or cold weather, delivery of live larvae may be delayed. Available only in the Continental U.S. and Alaska.

Flower Pot Painting Kit Flower Pot Painting KitTurn the ordinary into extraordinary! Customize these two terra cotta pots with your own decorations. Kit includes two 3.5″ terra cotta pots, non-toxic paints and a brush.

Butterfly Watering Can Butterfly Watering CanReady, set, water! These unique watering cans are the perfect mix of fun and mischief for your little gardener. Fun to use, the watering cans make a great gift for any child eager to help outdoors. The five different designs based on creatures found in the garden add to their appeal, making them perfect for anyone under 12. Galvanized for durability and a topside loop for hanging, your plants (and kids) will be in hydration heaven! Available in Manny Mantis, Webster Spider, Flutter Butterfly, Buzzby Bee or Dot Ladybug.

Nyokki -  Chickee Nyokki – ChickeeNyokki means grow in Japanese, and that’s exactly what these Nyokki Pets do! These little pet plants are adorable and original and they are hand made in Japan from glazed ceramic. They are shaped like eggs with fabric legs. Filled with a growing media and rye grass seeds, these Nyokki pets are easy to grow – seeds germinate and grass grows to full height in less than two weeks. You can style your Nyokki’s “hair” or cut it and watch it grow again! Choose from Monkey, Chickee, Froggie, Panda, and Piglet.

Dinosaur Plant Grow Kit Dinosaur Plant Grow KitThis one-of-a-kind marvel has lived on the Earth for over 290 million years and has had the ability to come back to life over and over again for hundreds of years! The Dinosaur Plant came to be just before the dinosaurs began to emerge, and it still lives on today! Place this seemingly dead ball of foliage in water and within hours it transforms into a vibrant green evergreen! Let it dry out and it will return to the dried state it ships in. This fantastic specimen can hibernate for up to fifty years and will spring to life every time it is given water. This complete kit contains everything needed for you to grow your very own scaly-leaved Dinosaur Plant: plant, display bowl, and real volcanic stones! Water not included.

Baby giraffe @ Columbia zoo

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Take the kids to see the newborn male giraffe calf born at giraffe.JPGRiverbanks Zoo and Garden.

The 12-day-old reticulated giraffe calf measures approximately 5 feet, 5 inches and weighs 126 pounds.
Born to parents Sharon and Charlie on Feb. 9, the calf will nurse for about one year and will remain at Riverbanks for two to three years before being placed at another zoo.

The name of the calf will be announced early next week.

If you’re planning to take your family for a visit, remember the weather in February can be a bit unpredictable. Be sure to check the temperature before you plan to see the baby. The weather should be favorable and the temperature must be above 45 degrees before the giraffe can have access to the exhibit.

For more info, call Riverbanks at 803.779.8717 or click here.

The winner of the CoachWayne2GO giveaway is…

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Susan Shami.

Congratulations.  Susan wins FOUR weeks of gymnastics classes for free for one student (either preschool or schoolage,  her choice).

coach-wayne-button-ad.jpgCoachWayne2GO‘s team of gymnasts bring their mobile gym and gymnastic and tumbling instruction to your neighborhood or child’s school.s

Thanks to everyone who participated. You were all correct.  CoachWayne2GO offers gymnastic classes@:
Savannah Christian Prep. School
The Landings
Hilton Head Island

CoachWayne2GO’s mobile gym 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:

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

Time to sign up for toddler soccer

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

celtic-soccer-logo.jpgMy 2-year-old son is excited to start playing soccer and points out the Chatham County Soccer Complex every time we ride by. Have you signed up yet? Savannah Celtic’s toddler soccer program will start the week of March 23 and run through April 27.

The local youth soccer league, Savannah Celtic, already offers programs for older children.

Now in it’s 5th season, the league is having a fun, action-packed Early Goals program which specifically caters to players ages 2-3 & 4. Coaches will work on simple motor skills and ball familiarity. Early Goal players will attend one practice session a week (Mondays or Fridays — parent’s choice), 5:15-6:00 p.m. @ the Chatham County Soccer Complex on the corner of Sallie Mood and Eisenhower drives or one on Fridays @ Brooks field on Wilmington Island.

Fee for the six-week program is $50. This includes a practices t-shirt and end of the season awards.

Days to chose from:

Monday 5:15 @ Chatham County Soccer Complex (corner of Sallie Mood & Eisenhower)
Friday 5:15 @ Brooks Field on Wilmington Island
Friday 5:15 @ Chatham County Soccer Complex

For more information, contact Michell Laing or 912.495.9996.

Do kids need vitamins?

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

gofishbrainy-lg.jpgThis week, I will ask our pediatrician whether my toddler son needs to start taking vitamins like these, Dr. Sears Brainy Kidz Go Fish Omega 3 soft chews and Little Champions Children’s Multivitamin soft chews.

I am willing to do anything to beef up my kids’ immunity and brain development. But there’s plenty of pros who say vitamins aren’t necessary if your child eats a healthy diet.

The question of Do Kids Need Vitamins? is a hot topic on blogs like Babble. Read the contrasting answers here.

Do you think vitamins for kids improve their health? Or are they just a marketing ploy and waste of money?

Children’s Place Sale @ Amazon

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

childrens-place-sale.jpgAttention thrifty mamas.

An amazing sale is going on Children’s Place stuff at

Dresses like this one for $1.49. Shirts or pants for $1.50. Click here.
Thanks to SouthernMamas reader Richard Barid (Yes! Daddies read us, too) for the tip on this sale!

Raising kids to new heights

Monday, February 16th, 2009

kabooster-example.gifThis little stool of mine.
I use it all the time.
To reach the things I couldn’t.
And lots of things I shouldn’t.

When it comes to baby gifts, second and subsequent children are tough to buy for. Our newborn daughter had pretty much everything she needed thanks to hand-me-downs from relatives and second-hand baby gear our son used.
Which is why the personalized Kabooster child step stool we received for Frances was such a treat. Something her very own. Something practical. Something she would have forever. Something so cute and well-made.

Kabooster step stools are made of furniture grade birch hardwood plywood and coated with a long lasting protective finish.
The finest joinery techniques are utilized for a lifetime of safe use. Colorful handles make it easy for kids to move them around and explore.

The stools have a 10 year replacement warranty and come in three colors, green, blue and magenta. You can select from 16 different icons, baseballs to tulips. (Francie’s has a butterfly) Click here to check out the step stools and give the kid in your life a boost.

Kabooster is a sponsor of SouthernMamas

Giveaway: CoachWayne2GO gymnastics sessions

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Get ready to do cartwheels, hand-springs and somersaults over this week’s SouthernMamas giveaway.

coach-wayne-button-ad.jpgCoachWayne2GO, whose team of gymnasts bring their mobile gym and gymnastic and tumbling instruction to your neighborhood or child’s school, is giving away FOUR weeks of classes for free for one student (either preschool or schoolage, the winner’s choice).

Typically, four weeks of a preschool class cost $50 and four weeks of school-age class (6+ yrs.) costs $70.

If the winner chooses to sign up after the free classes,  he or she will not charged the $35 registration fee.

Check out the rules below to enter to win:

  • To enter to win, find the answer to this question. CoachWayne2Go currently offers lessons at six locations. Name one. Hint: visit the coach-wayne-2-go.jpgCoachWayne2GO Web site by clicking here and scroll down.  Email your answer and YOUR NAME to Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. Feb. 19.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner Fri. Feb. 20.

    CoachWayne2GO’s mobile gym 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:

    Savannah triplet toddlers help save babies

    Sunday, February 15th, 2009

    triplet-premies.jpgSomehow superparents Amber & Dove McHargue – mom and dad to 2-year-old triplet boys – manage to find time to volunteer.

    That includes partaking in the March of Dimes’ March For Babies on April 25 in Daffin Park. The McHargue family got involved in the annual event after their triplet boys were born prematurely two and a half years ago. This will be their third time walking in the fund-raising event.

    The McHargues would love to get more people involved whether it be sponsoring them, joining their team and raising money and walking with them or inviting others to start their own team. Click here for more info. on how to get involved.

    Triplets Lex, Brody and Collin McHargue were born at 32 weeks gestation – which is 8 weeks early. Lex spent 18 days in the hospital and Brody and Collin spent 19. The triplets – pictured here shortly after birth – all weighed less than 4lbs when they came home.

    Fortunately, all three are healthy and advanced for their age. But not all premies are so lucky. Often, preemies are at risk for physical and developmental delays.

    The March of Dimes helps give such babies a chance by funding research and providing resources.

    “These are babies that can fit their entire wrist through your wedding band,” says Amber. “These babies deserve a chance. The March of Dimes is dedicated, dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.”

    To sponsor the triplets’ team, click here.

    $10 admission during February @ South Carolina Aquarium

    Saturday, February 14th, 2009

    During February, South Carolina residents can visit the aquarium.jpgSouth Carolina Aquarium with a flat rate admission of $10, which is a savings of $7 off adult admission.

    See the expanded touch tank featuring Atlantic sting rays or take a ride on the kids-only discovery boat in the new Something’s Fishy Kid Zone, watch a dive show or enjoy a family hike through the new exhibit Camp Carolina.

    This offer is only available to South Carolina residents with valid proof of residency and may not be combined with any other offer. Expires Feb. 28. For more information, click here or call 843.577.3474 (FISH).

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all Southern Mamas!

    Saturday, February 14th, 2009

    happy-vd-southern-mamas.JPGThanks y’all for reading SouthernMamas & supporting our Mama!

    Love, Hart & Francie

    The winners of the Lia Sophia jewelry giveaway are…

    Thursday, February 12th, 2009

    Alyson Beasley-Spinks.

    Carin Behringer.
    Congratulations. You each win one lia-sophia-possible-1.jpgLia Sophia jewelry item of your choice under $100 from the Spring/Summer catalog or the Kiam Collection.

    February is Double Up time: purchase two items at full price and you can add two items for half price. When you purchase three items at full price, you can add three items for half price. And so on and so on. Even better, your half-priced items can be your HIGHEST priced items.

    You can either place jewelry orders individually with Kristen or host a jewelry party (and receive amazing hostess benefits such as your choice of any catalog item under $100 or, during February, add $100 of jewelry to your order for only $19). See the jewelry here and check out the hostess benefits here.

    Contact Kristen by clicking here and schedule your show today.

    The winner of the Kookie dress giveaway is…

    Thursday, February 12th, 2009

    kookie-party-dress.jpgGinger Heidel.

    Congratulations, Ginger! She wins an “Off To The Hamptons” dress from Kookie, kids couture for girls only.

    Thanks to everyone who participated. Don’t forget, from now until Feb. 28, enjoy free shipping on ALL Kookie orders! No minimum purchase is required. Start shopping by clicking here.

    Georgia Day Parade on Thursday

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

    georgia-day-parade.jpgConsider this a practice run for the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

    Take the kids to the Georgia Day Parade in downtown Savannah this Thurs. Feb. 12. While not a huge blow-out like on St. Pat’s, this much more kid-friendly parade is  an annual tradition with thousands of elementary school students joining dignitaries, costumed characters, and local citizens in a colorful parade through the squares of Bull Street.

    The parade begins 10:30 am @ Forsyth Park and continues north on Bull Street, ending at City Hall with greetings from the Mayor and other dignitaries as well as Banner Competition awards presentations to the students.

    Free and open to the public.

    The Georgia Day Parade is part of Georgia Historical Society’s Georgia Days, a month-long commemoration of Georgia history.

    How safe is your jar of Jif?

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

    peanut-butter.bmpConfused about which peanut butter brands and products are not affected by the historic outbreak of salmonella stemming from one plant in Georgia?

    Click here to read the official list of brands NOT affected by the recall. Looks like Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan are all fine.