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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.

    New pregnancy yoga session

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

    A new pregnancy-yoga.jpgpregnancy yoga session starts this week with fabulous prenatal yoga instructor Ann Carroll.

    Classes are offered 6-7:15 pm Tuesdays or Thursdays through May 14 @ the Home Builders Association of Savannah, 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive near Eisenhower. Participants can take one or two classes a week.

    Cost is $100 for Tuesday OR Thursday classes. Cost for both sessions is $175. For more info, call Ann @ 912.786-4882 or 912.704.7650. Email: ann@aikyayoga.com. Click here for more info.

    Tell them SouthernMamas sent you!

    Special Mother’s Day Photo Package

    Monday, March 23rd, 2009

    wendy-cooper-mothers-day.jpg
    Capturing a special moment in your family’s life is a loving keepsake. What better way to say “I love you” than with a fine art print of your child as a special gift for your mother or wife?

    Something Blue Photography – a SouthernMamas sponsor – is offering the following package for Mother’s Day:

    The portrait package is $350 (value of $700). It includes the consultation, the photo session up to two hours and three outfits, post production and the following custom archival prints:

    Two 8x10s; Four 5x7s; Six 4x6s; Eight wallets.

    If you’re interested in cards or note cards, Something Blue can design a customized card for you.  Albums are also available and make great gifts. (Price not included. Orders taken separately). Gift certificates also available.

    Click here to see more examples of Something Blue photos.

    Contact Wendy Cooper @ 912.323.0616 or email wendy@somethingbluephoto.com

    Giveaway: Penny People’s ABC name print

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

    This week, two SouthernMamas readers will each win an adorable 8×10 Alphabet Name Print from penny-people-abc-name-print.jpgPenny People Designs.

    Owner Lindsay Stephenson will customize your kid’s name onto a colorfully modern A-to-Z poster. Entering this giveaway is as easy as ABC. Here are the rules:

  • To enter to win, visit the Penny People Designs Web site here and find your favorite product.
  • Answer by clicking on comments below and tell us your favorite product. Don’t forget to tell us your name. Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. March 26. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. March 27.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • Penguin Planet exhibit opens

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

    The penguins have arrived @ the penguinplanet_logo-2.jpgSouth Carolina Aquarium in Charleston.

    The aquarium’s newest exhibit, Penguin Planet!, opened Sat. March 21. Penguin Planet features four Magellanic Penguins in a brand new interactive exhibit. Watch as penguins dive underwater, learn about penguin colonies, discover what makes these unique birds march. The animals are on loan from SeaWorld

    Learn more about the penguins exhibit with pictures, videos, and updates here.

    Get fit with Pooler MOPS

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

    moms-in-motion.jpgYes, SouthernMamas readers, there is a Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS) group in Pooler!

    And they will meet this week, Wed. March 25. The topic will be health & exercise for women. Enjoy great fellowship, speakers, and food while your kids are being cared for. Meetings are 9:30-11:30 AM.

    Dates & themes of upcoming meetings include:

    4/22 – Tea Party (please bring a “treasure” to share with the group)
    5/13 – End of the Year Party

    The moms group meets @ Trinity United Methodist Church, 320 Benton Dr. in Pooler. Check out the “Pooler MOPS” group page on Facebook by clicking here.

    To find a local moms/playgroup in your area, click here.

    Chick Hatchery starts April 8

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

    chick.jpgPeeps are in the stores. Cadbury eggs are calling your name.

    And there’s one more sign that Easter’s almost here. The annual Chick Hatchery @ Oglethorpe Mall will start Wed. April 8 and run through Fri. April 10. Hours: 10 AM -8 PM in the mall indoor courtyard Barnes & Noble and Belk’s. It’s free.

    Kids can watch the chicks and ducks emerge from their eggs and hold a newly hatched chick. For more than two decades, Chatham County Cooperative Extension has run the display hatchery during the Easter season.

    Share your stories with “In the Motherhood”

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

    Your friends always tell you that your life sounds like a sit-com.

    Now you can put all your wacky mommy stories to good use. ABC’s new show -  motherhood2.jpgIn The Motherhoodis looking for real-life parenting stories to use for the show’s storylines and plot points.  Submit your parenting stories online. Find out more by clicking here.

    The show – starring Megan Mullally, Cheryl Hines & Jessica St. Clair  -premieres this Thurs. March 26.

    Quality Care @ CareSmart Nursery & Preschool

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

    caresmart-post-2.jpgIf you’re looking for quality care and early learning experiences for your child’s first three years, come check out CareSmart Nursery & Preschool on Wilmington Island.

    CareSmart has been taking care of children for 15 years! CareSmart is accredited by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition, has a Comprehensive Life Membership with NAEYC and is Georgia certified, licensed and incorporated.

    CareSmart is hosting an open house in April for interested parents. This private childcare service has twice the adults and space per child than required by the state of Georgia. Caring for infants 6 weeks to age three. Anyone interested should call 912-897-1768 during work hours: 7:30-5pm. M-F for reservation, date, time, and location.

    Post it! Book Festival Poster Contest

    Friday, March 20th, 2009

    library-poster-contest.jpg“Look what I painted for you today, Mommy!”

    She’s so talented. She’s so creative. You little Monet’s drawings have always had a place on your fridge. Now your wee genius’s artistic endeavors can be part of the Savannah Children’s Book Festival Poster Contest.

    Live Oak Public Libraries will accept entries for the contest from April 1-30. The theme of the posters should be books, reading or libraries. (Pictured here is one of the winning entries from last year’s contest, by middle school student Amy Rustine)

    First, second and third place winners in the following age groups will receive gift cards from local art supply stores: elementary school, middle school, high school, and college students.

    Posters must be on letter-sized paper and should not include any wording. For a complete list of poster guidelines, click here.

    The poster contest is the first step in a year-long process leading up to the festival, set for Nov. 14 of this year.

    For more info about the poster contest, call 912. 652.3605 or email divinec@liveoakpl.org. Submissions may be dropped off @ any library branch in Chatham, Effingham or Liberty County.

    Winners will be posted on the Live Oak Library Web site May 8.

    Friends & family will be delighted. Grandparents will ask for copies.

    You knew it. Your little one was meant for fame after all.

    The winners of the Billy Jonas tickets & CDs are

    Thursday, March 19th, 2009

    Amy Czarnecki & Lisa Stout.

    Congratulations. They win two Happy Accidents CDs each and two tickets each to the billy-jonas-happy-accidents.pngBilly Jonas concert “What Kind of Cat Are You” @ the Trustees Theater, 7 pm Tues., March 31 as part of the Savannah Music Festival.

    Composer, songsmith, and multi-instrumentalist Billy Jonas performs original songs, stories, and improvisations with voice, guitar, and “Industrial Re-percussion” – a collection of instruments he made from found, foraged, and recycled objects.

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

    The winner of the free estate planning consultation is…

    Thursday, March 19th, 2009

    Kate Faford!!
    Congratulations.
    Kate wins a free estate planning consultation with smith-barid-logo.jpgSmith Barid, LLC.

    Thanks to everyone who participated. You were all correct, the radio station the Smith Barid attorneys are on each Saturday @ 10 am is WTKS AM 1290.

    Infertility support group

    Thursday, March 19th, 2009

    childs-drawing.jpgAn increasing number of couples long to become parents, but struggle with infertility.

    It can be an extremely difficult and lonely time. And sometimes it’s nice to hear “Me, too.” An infertility and adoption support group meets the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at Panera Bread on Abercorn Street. The next meeting is next week, March 26.

    This support group is for infertility (primary and secondary), pursuing adoption & adoption after infertility.

    Email Kelly Wiggins at emptycradle_savannah@hotmail.com or 912.596.0852 to find out more.

    Kelly and her husband Tony Wiggins decided to adopt a child after years of trying to have a biological child. Now they are wonderful parents to a sweet 2-year-old. Read their story here.

    Please share the info about this support group with anyone you know who desires a child but are having difficulty.

    MDs seek gag orders to silence patients online

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2009


    Try Angie's List!

    Consumer ratings online services like Angie’s List now include medical care and some doctors aren’t happy about it.
    According to several news reports including this one, doctors are asking patients to agree to what amounts to a gag order that bars them from posting negative comments online.

    A quote from the article:

    “Consumers and patients are hungry for good information” about doctors, but Internet reviews provide just the opposite, contends Dr. Jeffrey Segal, a North Carolina neurosurgeon who has made a business of helping doctors monitor and prevent online criticism. His company, Medical Justice, is based in Greensboro, N.C. For a fee, it provides doctors with a standardized waiver agreement. Patients who sign agree not to post online comments about the doctor, “his expertise and/or treatment.”

    Doctors are notified when a negative rating appears on a Web site, and, if the author’s name is known, physicians can use the signed waivers to get the sites to remove offending opinion.

    We here at SouthernMamas appreciate online reviews like those at Angie’s List and other sites. Certainly, Angie’s List shouldn’t be the only source for picking or dropping a physician. But it’s a good place to start.  Find reviews on the best doctors in our area at Angie’s List. Check the List!

    Don’t stop at physicians. Find reviews on the services you need at Angie’s List – from electrician to physician – Use promo code “SAVE TEN” for $10 off!

    Angie’s List also offers reviews of local child care – Try Angie’s List today!

    Trustees’ Farmer Market on Saturdays, too

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

    If the 60 Minutes segment with “Slow-Food” legend Alice Waters last Sunday has you jazzed about buying more organic fruits & veggies, check out the market-logo.jpgTrustees’ Farmer Market this Wednesday (4-7 pm) and, starting this week, on Saturdays, (9 am-3 pm) too

    The Market @ Trustees Garden in downtown Savannah includes artists, farmers, kids activities, local organic farmers, live music and local fare.

    This Saturday is the launch of the Saturday markets and will include facepainting; Leopolds Ice Cream; The Puppet People; puppet making workshop (all from recycled materials); a stage for kids to present a puppet show; ponies; live animals by Critters to Go Petting Zoo; and storytelling.
    All with organic local farmers & fresh produce, cooking demos and more.

    To find out more about the twice-weekly farmers’ markets, click here.

    Giveaway: free estate planning consultation

    Sunday, March 15th, 2009

    You need a will. And lots of help with estate planning.

    You’re in luck. This week, SouthernMamas is giving away a free, one-hour estate-planning consultation worth $250 with the local firm is smith-barid-logo.jpgSmith Barid, LLC.

    Richard Barid, estate planning attorney and founding member of the firm (and SouthernMamas fan!) says estate planning is particularly critical for parents of minor children. We need to designate guardians for our children (in the event of our death or incapacity) and we need to position whatever assets we have (even life insurance) to be properly managed for our children in the event of our death.

    Check out the rules below to enter to win:

  • To enter to win, visit the Smith Barid Web site here and tell us which radio station the Smith Barid attorneys are on each Saturday @ 10 am.
  • Answer by emailing anne@southernmamas.com. Don’t forget to tell us your name. Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. March 19. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. March 20.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • Giveaway: four free Billy Jonas tickets & CDs

    Sunday, March 15th, 2009

    The billy-jonas-happy-accidents.pngSavannah Music Festival isn’t just for adults.

    In “What Kind of Cat Are You” @ the Trustees Theater, 7 pm Tues., March 31, composer, songsmith, and multi-instrumentalist Billy Jonas performs original songs, stories, and improvisations with voice, guitar, and “Industrial Re-percussion” – a collection of instruments he made from found, foraged, and recycled objects.

    This week, SoutherMamas is giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to the Savannah concert and two Billy Jonas’ new “Happy Accidents” CDs so you and your child can join in on the funky folk singing, dancing, and banging-a-long. That means TWO sets of winners.

    Check out the rules below to enter to win:

  • To enter to win, visit the Billy Jonas Web site, click on lyrics and tell us which song title is your favorite.
  • Answer by emailing anne@southernmamas.com. Don’t forget to tell us your name. Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. March 19. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. March 20.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • Asperger’s syndrome support

    Sunday, March 15th, 2009

    If you or a friend has a loved one with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, please read my column today in the Savannah Morning News. You can read it here.

    Carcinogens in kids’ bath products

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    toxic-tub.jpgMaybe it’s because I spent some time today in the pediatric intensive care unit for an upcoming Sunday column. Or maybe it’s because I’m paranoid about the increase in leukemia and pediatric brain tumors.

    Whatever the reason, the new report about carcinogens in my kids’ shampoo really ticks me off.  In case you haven’t heard, more than half the baby shampoo, lotion and other infant care products analyzed by a health advocacy group were found to contain trace amounts of two chemicals that are believed to cause cancer. Read more here.

    We’re talking about big name household products found in everyone’s bathroom, like Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and Baby Magic lotion. The risky chemicals are apparently byproducts of the manufacturing process.

    Why is it so hard for a huge, boldface company like Johnson & Johnson to make a safe baby shampoo when other, smaller manufacturers like California Baby can?  It’s maddening.

    Of course, Johnson & Johnson discounts the study.

    If you’re concerned about what’s in your baby’s bath bubbles, read about the chemicals to avoid the No More Toxic Tub report here. Find safer baby products here.

    What soaps and lotions are in your kids’ bathrooms? Do you plan to switch to organic products based on this news?

    Bye-bye BPA

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    bpa-glass-bottles.jpgRejoice!

    Six major manufacturers of children’s products — Playtex Products, Gerber, Evenflow, Avent America, Dr. Brown’s and Disney First Years — recently agreed to stop selling plastic polycarbonate baby bottles and other products made with BPA.

    Read more here.

    The country’s leading baby bottle manufacturers announced they will stop using the estrogen-like chemical in their plastic bottles. A large study in The Journal of the American Medical Association in October linked BPA to heart disease and diabetes, and animal studies have linked it to other health problems.  Despite that, the FDA maintains that BPA’s safe, relying on two studies that were funded by the chemical industry. But the agency is revisiting its position.

    This voluntary BPA ban by bottle makers shows that the marketplace is listening to moms who stopped buying bottles with the risky chemical.

    Search recalled peanut products online

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    Wondering if those peanut products in your pantry are safe?

    Get answers now through a new tool on the peanut-butter.bmpCoastal Health District’s Website here. On the bottom, right section of the home page, you’ll find a “recall widget” from the Centers for Disease Control. This widget allows you to browse the Food and Drug Administration database of recalled peanut products and is updated as new information becomes available.

    Many food items containing peanut butter were recalled after the CDC linked them to 683 cases of Salmonella infection.

    The contaminated products include peanut butter and peanut paste, which is often used commercially in products like cake, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream. The FDA says consumers should not eat recalled products and should throw them away.