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Valentine’s Special from Something Blue Photography

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Here’s a perfect Valentine’s Day gift idea: a fine art photography gift certificate from SOMETHING BLUE PHOTOGRAPHY.
wendy-cooper-photography.bmpSOMETHING BLUE PHOTOGRAPHY is offering the following special for Valentine’s Day:

$195 portrait/photo session to be scheduled this spring. It includes two 8×10 fine art prints on archival paper. $50 of your fee supports Savannah Children’s Choir. Additional prints may be ordered through Something Blue Photography. Special  photo books are available and make lovely gifts as well. (Price not included. Orders taken separately).

Call now and Something Blue Photography will have your gift certificate ready to be picked up on Feb. 13. Gift certificates can also be emailed to you. Click here to visit the Something Blue Photography Web site. Contact Wendy Cooper @ 912.323.0616 or email wendy@somethingbluephoto.com.

What to read to your kids

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Our pick this Valentine’s week for our new, regular feature “What to read with your kids”:

mamas-kiss.gifMama’s Kiss by Jane Yolen
A missing kiss slips and slides around to the author’s short and snappy rhymes. Mama’s kiss, shown as a winged pair of lips, is first tossed across the bedroom at her daughter, but misses and sails off through the neighborhood to finally land….

Click  here to search and see where Mama’s Kiss is available to check out @ Live Oak library branches and here to see where it’s available @ Beaufort County libraries.

Every now and then, we’ll turn the spotlight on a children’s book you should check out. And we’ll throw in a few links so you can find the book at your local library branch.

We’d love suggestions from readers about their favorite library finds for kids. Email anne@southernmamas.com

Lia Sophia jewelry giveaway

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Kristen Grach, a Savannah advisor for lia-sophia-decorate-yourself-button.jpgLia Sophia jewelry, is giving away two sweet Valentine’s treats .

Two SouthernMamas can each win one item of your choice under $100 from the Spring/Summer catalog or the Kiam Collection.

Just check out the rules below to enter to win:

  • To enter to win, visit the Spring/Summer catalog or the Kiam Collection here. Tell us your favorite item you’d buy if cost wasn’t a concern and tell us your name. Email anne@southernmamas.com. Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. Feb. 12.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • We’ll pick two names at random and announce the TWO winners Friday.

    February is Double Up time @ Lia Sophia: 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. The jewelry comes with a lifetime guarantee. Contact Kristen by clicking here and schedule your show or place your order today.

    Kookie dress giveaway

    Sunday, February 8th, 2009

    kookies-hampton-dress.jpgKookie, kids couture for girls only, is giving away an “Off To The Hamptons” dress to a lucky SouthernMamas subscriber.

    Specifically, you can win the green pique design (shown in the photo). It’s a size 5, so even if your darling daughter is merely a few weeks old, you can save it for when she’s old enough to hobnob with her BFFs in style.

    Just check out the rules below to enter to win:

  • To enter to win, click on the comments below and tell us your favorite Valentine’s gift (that you gave or received) or favorite Valentine’s memory.  Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. Feb. 12.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • We’ll announce the winner here Friday.

    If you can’t wait for the giveaway and want to order from Kookie now, start shopping by clicking here. From now until Feb. 28, enjoy free shipping on ALL orders! No minimum purchase is required.

    Help heal a Savannah mom

    Sunday, February 8th, 2009

    humes_family.JPGDianne Humes, a Savannah mother of two, has a rare form of lymphoma and needs a bone marrow match to save her life.

    You may be her miracle match.

    Dianne’s incredibly supportive friends have organized two bone marrow donor drives:

    OR

    Anyone, age 18-60, who meets the health guidelines, is eligible to donate and could end up being the life-saving match for Dianne.

    We know y’all are busy. But donating is cinchy and will take only about 15 minutes. At the drive, you just fill out some paperwork requesting basic information as well as some health info. No needles. No blood. (Read more about donating by clicking here.)  A $25 cost pays for typing of the marrow and is 100-percent tax deductible. You will be given four cotton swabs to swab the inside of your mouth in the cheek areas. The swabs are then placed in a plastic bag and ready to go for typing. Viola.

    The information is then confidentially placed on a NATIONAL DONOR registry. If you are a match, then further testing will be required.

    There are thousands and thousands of different bone marrow types, says Dianne’s friend Suzanne Smallwood. “This is why it is so critical to get as many people on the list as we possibly can,” says Suzanne. “Our priority is to find a match for Dianne. But our hopes are that we will not only find Dianne’s match, but others as well.”

    Once on the registry, you can remove your name at anytime for any reason.

    We wish Dianne and her family all the strength in the world to beat this cancer.

    (Dianne is pictured here with husband Chris and children Molly and Hayden)

    Volunteer opportunities for tots?

    Sunday, February 8th, 2009

    children-holding-hands.jpgSouthernMamas reader Ginger Heidel emails with a great question.  She’s searching for a regular opportunity to do some volunteer work with her 2-year-old daughter on the two weekdays she has off every week.

    The aim is to find something that teaches her daughter to give back to the community, but is kid-friendly and not just a one-day event. Something a toddler might enjoy and be able to assist doing.

    We’d love to hear from all you altruistic mamas out there on how you’re teaching your tots the value of volunteering. In the current Savannah Magazine issue, I featured an innovative Savannah 5-year-old who found a creative and fun way to volunteer to help fight illiteracy. Read the article here. But does anyone know of volunteer opportunities that are done weekly and are toddler-friendly?

    If so, please either comment below or email anne@southernmamas.com.

    Pre-K application process varies from school to school

    Friday, February 6th, 2009

    pre-k-handprint.gifAll I can say is I am relieved my son has two more years until he’s eligible for Georgia’s free pre-k program because it’s going to take me that long to figure out the application process.

    We continue to receive questions from SouthernMamas readers about the free pre-k application process, currently under way @ Savannah-Chatham public schools until March 16. Children 4-years-old prior to or on Sept. 1, 2009 are eligible for free pre-K in Georgia.

    Private child-care facilities also offer the free pre-k, but many have a different application process. If, for example, you are interested in a private child care that has it, call the school to find out when their applications are due.  Savannah Youth University and The Children’s House take applications around mid-February. YMCA Childcare Plus starts accepting applications Feb. 15.

    Many are on a first-come, first-serve basis, such as Maggies’ Morning School ,which is already full and only accepting waiting-list applications now.

    Perhaps the most confusing is Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, part of the Savannah-Chatham public school system. Although Ellis doesn’t have a designated attendance zone for its higher grades, it does for free pre-k. That means they have TWO pre-k lotteries. One for those fortunate people living in the attendance zone and another for those of us outside the zone. The first lottery group gets first dibs on free pre-k slots. Those in the second group don’t have much chance.

    Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School @ 301 Buckhalter Road in Savannah is accepting free pre-k applications from Jan. 12 through March 31. The lottery will be done at the school at 5 pm April 1 and is open to the public. You can apply online here.

    For more info on the free pre-k program, click here.  Good luck to those you immersed in the process.

    The winners of newborn photo packages by Nicole Williams are…

    Thursday, February 5th, 2009

    Jenny Boone.
    Jennifer Zottola.
    Sally Silbermann.
    Congratulations on your pregnancies or new babies ladies and on winning this fantastic giveaway!
    Each of you wins a newborn photo session from local photographer and SouthernMamas sponsor nicole-ad-new-09.jpgNicole Williams of Memories for Keepsake Photography by Nicole. To book a session with Nicole Williams, call 912.596.0832 or email memoriesforkeepsake@comcast.net.

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

    Double up on Lia Sophia jewelry during February

    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    lia-sophia-possible-1.jpgKristen Grach loves well-made, beautiful jewelry.

    But after the Savannah mother-of-three sold her upscale maternity boutique, Expectations, she had little reason to don her jewelry every day. Then she discovered wearing jewelry and getting dressed in something more than a tee and jeans – even just to go drop the kids off at school – helped her feel better, more put-together and as though she could conquer the world.

    Now as an advisor for Lia Sophia jewelry, Kristen gets a chance to share her love for fun and fabulous jewelry, while earning a little spending money and setting her own hours.

    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.

    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.

    The jewelry comes with a lifetime guarantee. Contact Kristen by clicking here and schedule your show today.

    Find your attendance zone for free pre-K

    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    pre-k-logo.gifNow that the application process is under way for the funded (i.e. FREE) Georgia Pre-K program (Feb. 2-March 16),  SouthernMamas.com is receiving scores of questions about how the pre-K lottery system works. We’re trying to figure it out, too.

    Children 4-years-old prior to or on Sept. 1, 2009 are eligible for free pre-K in Georgia. You can only apply to TWO different schools and your first choice must be the school in your public school attendance zone – which is a real downer for those of us in a designated zone with a less than desirable elementary school.

    SouthernMamas reader Jennifer Rodgers emails:  Where can I get a list of the designated attendance zone?

    Answer: Click on this school locator and put in your address. If you have any questions, call the Savannah-Chatham School’s pre-K program director LaWanda Ransom @ 912. 395.1154 or 912. 395.5635 or email her @ lawanda.ransom@sccpss.com

    Private schools also offer the free pre-K program including Maggies’ Morning School and Candler’s The Children’s House.

    The lottery is held @ the school sites @ 10 am March 18. You can attend the lottery drawing to see if your 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.

    For more info, read past posts on this subject here and here

    Powered by your child’s imagination

    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    wild-dill.jpg
    Wild Dill is our latest crush.

    Organic. Free-trade. Sweat-shop free. Natural. And this handmade car is on sale for $19.

    Cure your child’s boredom @ Savannah Book Festival

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

    Feel as though you’re out of touch with your children or are missing too much of their childhood?

    Jodie Randisi says her book, jodie-randisi.gif201 Things to Do When Your Children say I’M BORED!”, can help. Randisi will be among the writers, storytellers, spoken-word performers and children’s book illustrators in the family activities tented venue @ the 2009 Savannah Book Festival. Check out her Web site here.

    The book festival is free and open to the public, this Saturday, Feb. 7.
    The kid-friendly part of the festival is in Telfair Square from 10 am-3 pm and includes children’s book author Charlotte Sauers (click here to read about her book), singer-songwriter Caroline Aiken, singer-author Ysaye M. Barnwell, The Spitfire Poetry Book and more.

    For a schedule of the performers, click here.

    Of course, the book festival also has lots of stuff for adults – such as six literary venues with more than 40 authors speaking to audiences throughout the day; book signings after each author presentation, book sales; food vendors from local restaurants; exhibitors, including a local authors marketplace.

    What your kids are reading

    Monday, February 2nd, 2009

    Introducing a new, regular feature @ SouthernMamas. Every now and then, we’ll turn the spotlight on a children’s book you should check out. And we’ll throw in a few links so you can find the book at your local library branch.

    This week’s pick: some-dogs-do.jpgSome Dogs Do, by Jez Alborough, who serves up a catchy rhyming tale of a world where some dogs do fly and little pups are encouraged to believe.

    “All dogs walk and jump and run,
    but dogs don’t fly – it can’t be done.
    “But I did,” said Sid. “I did.”

    Click here to search and see where Some Dogs Do is available to check out @ Live Oak library branches and here to see where it’s available @ Beaufort County libraries.

    We’d love suggestions from readers about their favorite library finds for kids. Email anne@southernmamas.com or comment below.

    New storytime @ Roundhouse Museum starts next week

    Monday, February 2nd, 2009

    A reminder about a new storytime in town.

    It’s @ roundhouse-museum.JPGThe Roundhouse Railroad Museum @ 601 W. Harris St. in downtown Savannah, starting Wednesday, Feb. 11 10 – 11 am. In the Kids Zone Baggage Car. For ages 2-5.

    The theme for that week is “Will You Be My Valentine?” Cost : $4 per child, plus adult admission.

    Reservations are required. Call 912.651.6823 or email childrensevents@chsgeorgia.org.

    The event kicks off  a special once-a-month story and craft time @ The Roundhouse Railroad Museum. Click here upcoming storytime themes and dates.

    Giveaway: Three newborn photo packages from Nicole Williams

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    Attention new and pregnant moms!
    This week, local photographer and SouthernMamas sponsor nicole-ad-new-09.jpgNicole Williams of Memories for Keepsake Photography by Nicole is giving away THREE newborn photo session packages. The three giveaway packages will include :
    1 8×10
    2 5×7’s
    1 set of wallets
    a set of mommy cards
    25 custom announcements
    and a mini album of your session

    The only stipulation is the baby must be less than 3 weeks of age. These packages can be redeemed anywhere from now through August 2009, so whether you are newly pregnant, about to deliver or just home from the hospital, you should enter this contest! Here’s how:

    Here are the rules:

  • To enter to win, email your name and the correct answer to the following question to anne@southernmamas.com. Nicole helps capture childhood moments. She knows how quickly those moments pass as a mom of how many children? Hint: Visit her nicole-williams-infant-2.jpgWeb site and click on More Info, then click on About Me.
  • Entry period closes early this week, 9 pm Thurs. Feb. 5.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • We’ll announce the winners here Fri. Feb. 6.
  • To book a session with Nicole Williams, call 912.596.0832 or email memoriesforkeepsake@comcast.net

    Free train rides on Super Museum Sunday

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    roundhouse1.JPGThis upcoming Sunday Feb. 8 is Super Museum Sunday. On this special day you can take your whole family to participating museums and historic sites FOR FREE. For a list of participating museums and venues, click here.

    During Super Museum Sunday, The Coastal Heritage Society will offer FREE rides on its newly-completed passenger car at The Roundhouse Railroad Museum

    The train rides will take place every half-hour from noon-4 pm. Admission to the museum will be free as well. The car will be hauled behind a historic diesel locomotive. Also featured are blacksmith demos as well as children’s activities including storytimes in the museum’s special kids’ cars.

    The Roundhouse is across from the Savannah History Museum/Visitors Center on Louisville Road west of the intersection of MLK, Jr. Blvd. 912.651.6823.

    For a details on events offered at other venues during Super Museum Sunday, check back Friday on SouthernMamas.com.