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Archive for March, 2009

…Out like a lamb

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009


Goodbye March winds. Hello April sun.

Celebrate the sunny days ahead with fun carefree dresses from craftsbury-dress.jpgCraftsbury Kids. See the entire collection of dresses @ Craftsbury Kids.

Designed by Kiki Fluhr to fit for years, Kiki’s dresses offer a rare combination of great value and gorgeous design.

Order by this Friday (April 3) and you will receive a complimentary bracelet kit, and be entered to win a set of ten letter press greeting cards by Sweetbeets (a $55 value). Just mention the giveaway in your order notes at checkout.

Accentuate the positive puppet show

Monday, March 30th, 2009

johnny-mercer.gifMake plans to celebrate the Johnny Mercer Centennial with Angela Beasley’s Puppet People. “Accentuate the Positive: A Puppet People Sing-Along,” will be @ various branches of Live Oak Public Libraries in April. The free performances are supported in part by the Savannah Coastal Puppetry Guild.

Come sing and dance to Mercer originals with Angela Beasley’s Puppet People at one of these free shows:

Tuesday, April 14, 11 am @ Hitch Branch Library
Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 am @ Bull Street Branch Library
Saturday, April 18, 2 pm @ Oglethorpe Mall Branch Library
Monday, April 20, 10:30am @ Liberty Branch Library
Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 am @ Ogeechee Branch Library
Tuesday, April 21, 4 pm @ Islands Branch Library
Wednesday, April 22, 10:30 am @ West Chatham Branch Library
Thursday, April 23, 10:30 am @ Kayton Branch Library
Saturday, April 25, 2 pm @ Midway Branch Library

Appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Don’t forget, Live Oak library branches also offer FREE storytimes every week. To find a story-and-sing-along time @ a library branch near you, click here.

Giveaway: $50 in children’s books from Usborne Books

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

We have a fantastic giveaway for y’all this week. Free children’s books. Fifty dollars worth.

All courtesy of usborne-books.jpgUsborne Books & More, Marcya Burton, Independent Consultant. Check out the educational books for children from babies to young teens usborne-books-2.jpghere. Examples what you can win include “100 Things For Little Children To Do On A Trip”, “How Big is a Million?” or “1001 Pirate Things to Spot.”
Here are the rules:

  • To enter to win, visit Marcya Burton’s Usborne Books & More Web site here. Find the answer to this question on the site: What are the books (stories) in the combined volume “The Complete Book of First Experiences”?
  • Email your answer to anne@southernmamas.com. Don’t forget to tell us your name. Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. April 2. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. April 3.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • Marcya is also available for Usborne Books home shows. If you host a show, as hostess, you receive free shipping and handling for your first show. Or consider doing a book show as a fundraiser.

    Interested in being a full-time mom with a part-time business with full-time pay?Ask Marcya how. Call 912.547.0284 or email marcya@myubah.com. Click here for more info.

    Usborne’s older books for teens are accelerated reader or Internet related which will direct the child to an Internet site for additional information and has clip art for their school projects. Usborne has also has books written by international authors and translated into English.

    Fabulous organic baby blankets from Namely Newborns

    Saturday, March 28th, 2009

    namely-newborns-blankets-1.jpgNamely Newborns offers free personalization on all crib and stroller blankets.

    This month, the special feature @ Namely Newborns is their fabulous fringe organic woven baby blanket – thick, soft, cuddly and 100% organically grown cotton. It’s the natural choice for the green nursery.

    No fertilizers, herbicides nor toxic defoliants were used to produce and harvest this cotton. The Namely Newborns two layer organic cotton baby blanket is a generous 46 by 37 inches.

    It’s available in natural, pink or blue with your baby’s name and birthdate added for FREE.

    Woven in the U.S. by Manual Woodworkers. A great price for an organic blanket. $44.95.

    Free shipping through April 15. See more of Namely Newborns affordable, personalized children’s products here.

    Happiness in a child’s hospital room

    Saturday, March 28th, 2009

    josh-rifkind.jpgA terrific non-profit organization called Songs for Kids Foundation brings musicians year round to every children’s hospital in Georgia, including Backus Children’s Hospital @ Memorial Health in Savannah.

    Read all about Songs for Kids Foundation in my column this week in the Savannah Morning News Accent section. Click here.

    Founder Josh Rifkind (pictured here playing guitar) is the son of a doctor, but Josh wasn’t interested in becoming one himself.  He found another way to help heal kids, making them happy with music.  Songs for Kids Foundation also has a program called Kids Rock! which allows sick, hospitalized kids to write and record their own tunes.

    Of course, as a non-profit, Songs for Kids musicians need all the help they can get to bring this service to children’s hospital rooms for free. Click here to donate.

    GoodGuide Web site

    Saturday, March 28th, 2009

    good-guide.png“Ten Tub Toys You Don’t Want Your Kids To Bathe With.”

    That’s just one of the listings you’ll find @ The GoodGuide, a Web site where you can find out if the products you use or eat daily are safe, green and healthy. The site includes food items, personal care products, toys, household cleaners and more.
    The site doesn’t just tell you which products on the market to avoid, but also offers suggestions of healthier alternatives. You can, for example, learn which mac & cheese brand doesn’t contain high-fructose corn syrup etc.

    All that’s missing are instructions on how to get that contaminant-laden rubber duckie away from Junior.

    Easter Bunny Photos & Visits

    Friday, March 27th, 2009

    easter-bunny-for-blog.jpgHere’s where to find the Easter Bunny in Savannah & Hilton Head Island:

    Savannah Mall
    Every Saturday starting March 28 through Sat. April 11 during mall hours in the Dillard’s court.

    Sam’s Club, 115 Millcreek Circle, Pooler
    Cost: $5. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network which locally supports Backus Children’s Hospital
    11 am-5 pm Sat March 28
    noon-4 pm Sun March 29
    11 am-5 pm April 4
    noon-4 pm April 5
    noon-4 pm April 11
    Call 912.748.3767

    Oglethorpe Mall
    The Easter Bunny arrives Sat. March 28 and will be located in the Macy’s court.
    Click here for Bunny Hours.
    FREE bunny ears when you visit.

    Hilton Head Is./Bluffton area

    The Mall at Shelter Cove, HHI
    Center Court. Each child receives a treat. Friendly, leashed pets are welcome for pictures too!
    April 4: 12-6pm, April 5: 1-5pm, April 6-9: 4-7pm, April 10: 4-9pm & April 11: 11am-7pm.

    Harbour Town, Sea Pines, HHI
    The Sea Pines Resort Easter Egg Hunt @ the Gregg Russell Harbour Town Playground,
    11 a.m. Sun. April 12.
    Photos with the Easter Bunny immediately following the hunt. Complimentary.
    843.842.1979.

    Literacy lemonade stand @ Saturday Farmers’ Market

    Thursday, March 26th, 2009

    lemonade-stand-for-literacy.jpgIf you drop by the The Market @ Trustees Garden this Saturday, you find more than organic produce from local farmers.

    You & the kids will also get a chance to support 5-year-old Fletcher Gaddy & his Lemonade Stand for Literacy. Fletcher will be @ the Farmers’ Market selling lemonade to raise money for the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy and registering children for the program (no charge, open to all children aged 0-5 living in Chatham County).

    The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy gives a free, age-appropriate book to a registered child every month until the child’s fifth birthday. The Georgia foundation’s goal is to eliminate the key reason why parents don’t read to their children: the lack of quality books in the home. The Ferst Foundation has provided home libraries for more than 67,000 children and is expanding until all 702,000 Georgia children under the age of 5 are enrolled.

    The Market @ Trustees Garden is in downtown Savannah in a tented-area next to the Pirates’ House at 20 E. Broad. St and it runs 9 am-3 pm. The Market includes artists, farmers, kids activities, local organic farmers, live music and local fare.

    The winners of the Penny People ABC prints are…

    Thursday, March 26th, 2009

    Katya Gubenko & Amy Estes!!

    Congratulations. Each of you wins an adorable 8×10 Alphabet Name Print from penny-people-abc-name-print.jpgPenny People Designs. Owner Lindsay Stephenson will customize their children’s name onto a colorfully modern A-to-Z poster.

    Thanks to everyone who participated. Look for another giveaway to be announced here Monday.

    New Billy Jonas CD: parent-friendly kids’ music

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

    Lots of children’s musicians bill themselves as playing tunes that parents enjoy, too. Then you listen to the CD and realize they define parent-friendly as meaning they just play a hard-rock version of E-I-E-I-O.

    Not Billy Jonas.

    billy-jonas-happy-accidents.pngBilly Jonas’ newest CD “Happy Accidents” – to be released March 31 – really is one you will love so much, you’ll find yourself playing the funky folk music even AFTER you dropped your kids off at school. Jonas performs @ the Savannah Music Festival @ the Trustees Theater, 7 pm Tues., March 31. For tickets, click here.

    Of the 18 songs on “Happy Accidents”, my favorite is  “What kind of cat are you” which also asks what kind of dog, cow, bee (you get the picture) Here’s a sample.

    What kind of bee is plastic and flies thru the air? FRISBEE
    What kind of bee sings all you need is love? BEATLES
    What kind of bee is ah ah ah ah stayin alive? BEE GEES
    And what kind of bee rocks a lobster? B52’S
    And what kind of bee is the king of the blues? BB KING
    And what kind of bee is the key of this song? B FLAT
    And what kind of bee is on your windshield? B FLAT

    My 2-year-old son can’t listen to “Happy Accidents” without yelling “Dance, Mommy, dance!” Or, in the car, “Sing, Mommy, sing!” His favorite song is “Knock Knock”.

    Knock knock! Who’s there?
    Hatch!
    Hatch who?
    G’bless you!

    Knock knock! Who’s there?
    Olive!
    Olive who?
    I love you!

    You’ll appreciate the variety of sounds from Jonas’ trademark homemade “re-percussion’’ drum set, as well as rubber bands, body percussion, door squeaks, apple cider jugs, kalimbas and marimbas plus conventional instruments.

    So when your kid tells you to sing or dance along with the music, you’ll actually want to.

    Now that’s parent-friendly kids’ music.