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Archive for April, 2009

The winner of the Family Talk games is

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

family-talk-photoSunny Connell! Congratulations.

Sunny wins two portable, conversation Around the Table games, one of the Family Talk series (Family Talk, Grandparent Talk and Family Talk2) and one from the kids & teens series.

These thought-provoking, easy-to-play games involve picking a card and asking the question on it. What results are insightful, often funny glimpses into the people you assumed you already knew. The games help make the most of family togetherness time.

Free shipping on Lemon Loves Lime

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

island-child-lemon-loves-limeOne day left for free shipping on the latest Lemon Loves Lime @ Island Child.

Now through the end of April 2009, Island Child  will ship your Lemon Love Limes online order with no charge for shipping.

Island Child has a new shipment of these great pieces on the way. When they’re gone, Island Child can’t get any more. Don’t miss out. Click here to check out Lemon Loves Lime via the Island Child online store here.

Island Child, a sponsor of SouthernMamas.com, is in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Is.  1.888.705.5437 or 843.686.5437.

Mommy exercise: Savannah Stroller Fitness Class

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

moms-in-motionSwimsuit season is here and the baby weight has to go.

But how are you supposed to get in a good workout with your baby in tow?

Consider a six-week FitnessOne Stroller Fitness Class, with instructor Melissa Safrit Bowen
The class includes basic to moderate Intensity that includes interval walking/running, weights and drills at park. This class is designed with children in mind so there will be breaks.

Dates are May 11- June 18, Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 9:15-10:15 AM (Prompt)

Locations: Forsyth Park(Tennis Courts) and, on June 3, June 17 @ Hutchinson Island- 5 minutes from downtown across Talmadge Memorial Bridge @ Melissa Bowen’s house. (On those days, the group will train and then have snacks and play @ the pool)

Reservations are required. Deadline is 3 pm May 8.

FitnessOne Members $88(Pay In Full); Non-Members $110(Pay In Full)
Make checks payable to FitnessOne. Cash/Credit are accepted. Contact Melissa @ melissasafrit@aol.com or 912.350.4032.

Please bring strollers suitable for exercise(no umbrella Strollers), towel, water, hand weights (3-5lbs.), snacks and cash(The Sentient Bean coffee house is nearby).

SouthernMamas rock! Q&A with Ashley Waldvogel Gaddy

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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Savvy SouthernMamas profiles are back, in a more concise version. In anticipation of Mother’s Day, we’ll spotlight various savvy SouthernMamas. Know a sassy, savvy mama you want to nominate? Email anne@southernmamas.com

Meet Ashley Waldvogel Gaddy, mother of two, professor, artist & small business owner.

Your Family?

Raymond Gaddy and Ashley Waldvogel, Fletcher Gaddy, 5, Lola Gray Gaddy, 3. We live in Ardsley Park.

Your Occupation(s):

I am a Professor of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art & Design. I am also a practicing artist and run a small business, Sweet Fletcher Designs, which sells baby slings, bags, quilts and appliqued t-shirts.

Your Website (s):

I am a bit obsessed with blogging right now! I have a site for my business, a blog for the family, a food/recipe blog, and a site for the group of artists/moms with whom I exhibit under the name Four Square.

http://www.sweetfletcher.com
http://feedingthefamily.wordpress.com
http://fletcherandlola.wordpress.com
http://foursquared.wordpress.com

Best local preschool:

My daughter attends First Presbyterian Preschool and my son attends First Christian Preschool – we love them both!!

Best local kid-friendly eatery?

Blowin’ Smoke has great food and is very kid-friendly. They keep a basket of toys and books in the middle of the dining!

Best local kid-friendly spot/event?

There are so many! We love visiting the Jepson Center, especially on the first Saturday of the month when they have wonderful activities for children. We also love going to Grayson Stadium to watch the Sand Gnats games, playing in the fountains at Hull Park, and taking picnics to the many wonderful State Parks in the area.

Best local pediatrician?

Dr. Ramon Ramos

Best secret tip for other local moms?

The secret is starting to get out already, but I think the Savannah Coop is a great resource for Savannah Moms who want to give their family healthy, organic, regional foods without breaking the bank. They provide regional organic produce, Georgia-produced natural milk and butter, Georgia-produced organic pasture-raised ground beef, Georgia-produced artisanal pastured cheese, locally-caught wild Georgia shrimp, Midwest small-farm-produced organic yogurt, local pastured organic eggs, locally-made natural baked goods, fair-trade organic locally-roasted coffee, and natural drugstore items.

Best charity/non-profit?

Our family does a lot of work with the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. It is a wonderful organization whose goal is to prepare every preschool child for kindergarten by sending a free, age-appropriate book to their home every month from birth until age 5. When children grow up surrounded by books they naturally develop a love of stories, a love of reading, and a love of learning. What could be more important?! Unfortunately, one of every five children in Georgia live in poverty, and 61% of low-income homes do not have a single piece of reading material suitable for a child. A third of our children enter school unprepared to learn. If you are interested in registering your child for the program, making a donation, or becoming a Ferst Foundation volunteer, please visit www.ferstfoundation.org or contact me at ashleygaddy@comcast.net.

What one phrase do you hope your kids will say to you when they’re all grown up?

I don’t know. I just hope that they grow up to be independent and creative thinkers, and that they always know they are loved.

Giveaway: Family talk, portable conversation games

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

family-talk-photoHere’s a way to make your summer roadtrips memorable: start the conversations with thought-provoking, easy-to-play Around the Table games.

The  fun, portable conversation games keep today’s busy families connected. Simply pick a card, ask the question and get an insightful-often hilarious-glimpse into the people you assumed you already knew. The games help make the most of family togetherness time.

In Family Talk, questions are as simple as, “What is your favorite color?” or can get as detailed as, “What is one of the most important things your parents taught you?”

This week, one SouthernMamas reader has the chance to win two Around the Table games, one of the Family Talk series (Family Talk, Grandparent Talk and Family Talk2) and one from the kids & teens series.

Here are the giveaway rules:
# To enter to win, email us the correct answer to this question. Name one of the games for teens & kids. Hint: Visit the Around the Table Web site here and click on products. Email your answer to anne@southernmamas.com. Don’t forget to tell us your name.
# Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. April 30. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. May 1.
# You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber and a SOUTHERNMAMAS FACEBOOK FAN to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so. So is becoming a SouthernMamas fan. Click here to become our fan.

Low Country Luxe launches new candle line

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

low-country-luxeStill struggling to find a special Mother’s Day Gift. Give her some “Sugah.”
Low Country Luxe is hosting two wine receptions this Sat. May 2 to celebrate the launch of their new collection of eco-chick soy candles – called Sugah, Belle & Beau.
The receptions are free and open to the public:
2-4 PM @ The Gray Horse, 8413 Ferguson Ave # A, Sandfly
5-7 PM @ The Paris Market, 36 W Broughton St, downtown Savannah

Beau, Belle and Sugah are each 13 ounces, beautifully packaged in linen bags and embody the exuberant smells, colors, charm and ambiance of the Lowcountry lifestyle.

The new collection is an addition to the popular signature 13 ounce original signature candle collection and feature the highest quality of soy wax and the finest fragrances found. The candles are made in the United States, are environmentally friendly and feature specially designed wicks for a clean burn.

low-country-luxe-2Low Country Luxe, founded in 2006, designs, develops and markets high-quality, luxury products that encapsulates the elegance and charm of the Low Country lifestyle.

Low Country Luxe’s pledges to raise a minimum of $10,000 for the March of Dimes by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Beau, Belle and Sugah.

Low Country Luxe pledges to raise at least $10,000 for the March of Dimes by donating a portion of the proceeds of the seven-ounce candles, beautifully packaged in linen bags and selling for $35.

Giveaway winners, winners & more winners

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

We’ve got lots of winners to announce for this week’s giveaways.

First, the two winners of the gopher1Georgia State Parks giveaway are:  Cheree Edenfield  & Courtney Lane!

Congratulations. Y’all each win TWO Friends of Georgia State Parks Family memberships, which includes (2) Annual Park Passes, Historic Site Passes, (2) Free Rounds of Golf or (2) Camping Nights, (1) Adult/(1) Child SAM Shortline Tickets & special park discounts.

Thanks to everyone who participated.  You still have a chance to win the “Get Outdoors Getaway.” Between April 18 and May 25, state park visitors who spend a night in a lodge room, cottage, campground or yurt are automatically entered for a chance to win a Coachmen travel trailer from Mid State RV Center in Byron or camping gear from outdoor specialty store REI.

This “Get Outdoors Getaway” promo kicks off in Savannah this Sat. April 25 @ Skidaway Island State Park. It’s also Earth Fest Day with fun, family activities including a river cleanup, recycling games & prizes for kids, hayrides, a scavenger hunt, crafts, music, green vendors & more.  Click here for event details.

earth1Winners of tickets to see “Earth”, the G-rated Walt Disney movie, which arrived in theaters Earth Day and centers on three animal families that struggle to survive over the course of a year:

Linda Lennane

Deborah Evans

Ashley Waldvogel Gaddy

Elizabeth Kurian

Marisa Lilje

Heather Miller

Nikki Smith

Charissa Love

Stephanie Froncak

Cindy Drew

Each pass admits two people. The film centers on three animal families that struggle to survive over the course of a year.  The passes are valid at any Carmike Cinema in Savannah Mon. through Thurs. from April 27 – run of engagement.

Congratulations to all our Earth Day winners. Look for another giveaway to be announced here Monday.

SouthernMamas Rock! Q&A with Jennifer McGee

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

jennifer-mcgees-childrenSavvy SouthernMamas profiles are back, in a more concise version. In anticipation of Mother’s Day, we’ll spotlight various SouthernMamas. Have someone who want to nominate? Email anne@southernmamas.com

Meet Jennifer McGee, mom of five & autism advocate. (three of her five children pictured here)

Your Family: Matthew McGee, Catherine McGee (11), Connor and Carson McGee (7), Abby McGee (6) Effingham

Your Occupation:Advocacy/Education Specialist for the Matthew Reardon Center

Best local school: Sandhill Elementary and ADVANCE Academy at the Matthew Reardon Center

Best local kid-friendly eatery? Carey Hillards, the booths are a little bit more secluded and spread out. Great for children with Autism or who get over stimulated easily.

Best local kid-friendly spot/event? Meldrim Park (It’s fenced in, I can actually sit down!) We also like Leaping Lizards in Rincon.

Best local pediatrician? Dr. Monica Manocha

Best secret tip for other local moms: Coastal Performing Arts Academy in Pooler, Springfield, and YMCA in Rincon. The teachers are FANTASTIC!! My daughter takes ballet, jazz, and tap. My twin boys, both of whom have autism, take hip-hop and tap. One of them even takes ballet. It is great for social skills and has been wonderful in building their self-esteem and confidence. They have learned to be a part of a group, have made some good friends, and have learned the reward of practice and hard work. It has been great for me to network with other moms!!

What resource for children does our area lack, one that you would like to see here? We need summer programs for children with special needs!!!!!

Best charity/non-profit:
The Matthew Reardon Center. The Pay It Forward Foundation of Bryan County is hosting a benefit for the Matthew Reardon Center on Sat. May 9th, 7-11pm, at The Kilkenny Grill, Richmond Hill, GA. “A Night on the River” includes a live and silent auction, cocktails, dinner, and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Matthew Reardon Center. Go to www.matthewreardon.org or www.piffoundation.org or call 912.756.3552.

What one phrase do you hope your kids will say to you when they’re all grown up ?

My mom taught me….

Earth Day Giveaway: Tickets to see “Earth”

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

earth-movieHappy Earth Day.

Today SouthernMamas readers can win tickets to see “Earth”, the G-rated Walt Disney movie, which arrives in theaters today.

The film centers on three animal families that struggle to survive over the course of a year. We will give away run-of-engagement passes to 10 winners. Each pass admits two people. They are valid at any Carmike Cinema in Savannah Mon. through Thurs. from April 27 – run of engagement.

• To enter to win, email us the name of one local SouthernMamas sponsor. Our sponsors are in the column to the right. It has to be a local business. Email your answer to anne@southernmamas.com. Don’t forget to tell us your name.
• Entry period closes 9 pm TONIGHT April 22. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Thurs. April 23.

Join moms in March of Dimes walk Saturday

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

modlogoverticblackSavannah triplet mom Amber McHargue  will be on WJCL-TV 6:30- 7 AM Wed. (tomorrow) Aug. 22 talking about her three 2-year-old sons and their participation in this Saturday’s March of Dimes’ March for Babies walk @ Daffin Park.

Registration for the walk  is @ 8 AM and the walk begins at 9 AM. The March of Dimes helps give premature babies a chance by funding research and providing resources.

Amber & Dove McHargue  got involved in the annual event after their triplet boys were born 8 weeks prematurely two and a half years ago. This will be their third time walking in the fund-raising event. Click here for more info. on how to get involved.

To sponsor the triplets’ team, click here. Meanwhile, let’s wish Amber best of luck for her TV debut!