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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

ashley-fletcher-lola

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!

Spring Fling this Saturday

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

childs-drawingAnd you were just complaining that there aren’t enough activities for very young children!

Check out the First Presbyterian Preschool Spring Fling, 10 AM-1 PM Sat. April 25.  Activities include face painting, pony rides, bean bag toss, go fish, moon walk, art activities, playground fun, lunch/snacks. Most activities will be free.

Admission: one can of pet or people food. First Presbyterian Preschool, 520 Washington Ave.  in Ardsley Park on the corner of Washington and Paulsen streets.

Autism 101 conference this Friday

Monday, April 20th, 2009

autism-puzzle1Coping with a new autism diagnosis in your family?

Don’t miss a full-day Autism 101 conference this Fri. April 24 featuring 8-10 speakers who will provide varying information that educates, enables and empowers you as you begin the journey of caring for, planning for and treating your autistic child.

The conference is for newly diagnosed families and individuals who want to expand their knowledge of our local resources. It will be @ Armstrong Center for Professional & Continuing Education, 13040 Abercorn Extension. 912.344.2555. The Center is NOT on main AASU campus. It is southwest of the campus.

Speaker topics include: Successfully Advocating for your Child; The Biomedical Approach called DAN!; Functional Neurology – Improving Brain Function & Ability; Enhancing Social and Play Skills.

There will also be a resource fair where you can meet local providers of autism related goods and services, including the speakers.

Cost: $10 in advance or $20 at the door. The cost of your ticket covers ALL speakers and activities.
To pre-register, call Jennifer McGee at 912.355.9098 or jennifermcgee4@comcast.net or click here for more info.
For a schedule of speakers, click here.

Giveaway: two state park memberships

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

2009_parkpassSpring in Savannah is the perfect time to enjoy Georgia State Parks.
Get Out. Get Fit & Get Dirty.
Georgia State Parks invites SouthernMamas to explore the parks for free.
This week, TWO SouthernMamas readers will win 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.

That’s right, TWO winners!

Here are the giveaway rules:

  • To enter to win, tell us what your favorite outdoor activity is gopher1in our area. Answer by commenting below this post. (Just click on comments) Don’t forget to tell us your name.
  • Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. April 23. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. April 24.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Don’t miss library puppet show

    Saturday, April 18th, 2009

    We rarely do TWO posts about the same show.

    But we’ve heard so many positive reviews about “Accentuate the positive: A Puppet People Sing-Along,puppetworld-thumb”” we wanted to remind you to make plans to celebrate the Johnny Mercer Centennial with Angela Beasley’s Puppet People. The puppet show was a hit last week at Bull Street Library and will be @ various branches of Live Oak Public Libraries this upcoming week. The free performances are supported in part by the Savannah Coastal Puppetry Guild.

    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

    To find out more kid-friendly events this upcoming week, sign up to receive our free, weekly e-letter. Subscribe by clicking here.

    Storybook classics on the small screen

    Friday, April 17th, 2009

    storybook-classics-dvdYou swore you wouldn’t allow your child to watch DVDs.

    That was before you had kids.

    Before you had to make dinner or work from home with darling, but demanding ankle-biters at your feet.

    Here’s an award-winning series of animated children’s videos that you won’t feel guilty about turning on when you just need to get something done.

    Scholastic Storybook Treasures’ MY VERY FIRST TREASURY OF 50 STORYBOOK CLASSICS: PRESCHOOL STORIES features many all-time children’s classics. Think your all-time childhood favorites like “Harold and The Purple Crayon,” “Corduroy” “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel” and “The Snowy Day”.

    There are also newer stories, such my 2-year-old son’s favorites, “Good Night Gorilla,” “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” “Is Your Mama a Llama?” and the very parent-friendly “Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems.

    I’m particularly smitten with the sing-along favorites that include an endearing version of John Langstaff’s 1957 “Over the Meadow.” Thanks to the DVD, that classic book has turned into a favorite bedtime lullaby at our house. And the crooning skeleton band in “Dem Bones” works as a solid bribe for a whine-free naptime.

    This brand-new 7-DVD set, released March 31, is perfect for children ages 2 to 6, preschool children who can already read picture books, or are just learning about letters and words. Cost: $49.95. Order yours here.

    The only problem is, the DVD set is so good, you, too, will be drawn in and dinner will just have to wait.

    The winner of the Mama Mio O’Mega Body Oil is…

    Thursday, April 16th, 2009

    Ashley English! Congratulations, Ashley. You win Mama Mio’s superfood for skin

    mamamiomothersdaybutton-2.gifMama Mio Skincare is also offering SoutherMamas a $10 gift certificate to mamamio.com by posting this Happy Mother’s Day button on your site.

    Look for another giveaway to be announced here Monday.

    Show SouthernMamas some love

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

    southern-mamas-buttonY’all are great about telling us you love SouthernMamas. Now you can show that love.

    Check out our cute, new banner ad, courtesy of the talented folks at eMarketSouth. Please post this on your personal or business sites, linking back to us.  Tell us you did so & we’ll put your name in the hat for a special SouthernMamas promotion.

    Meanwhile, if you really want to swoon over SouthernMamas, check out our progressing Grouch Gallery. Thanks to everyone who is submitting photos of your little Oscars the Grouches.  SouthernMamas readers have some really cute grouches, er, kids.

    Discover the answer to dyslexia

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

    reading-quest-ad-larger1Best-selling author and dyslexia expert Ronald D. Davis will be in our area to give for an in-depth at dyslexia.
    The Discover the Answer to Dyslexia lecture will be 7-9 PM Wed. May 13 @ Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St.

    The talk is sponsored by Davis Dyslexia Correction Facilitator, Lesa Hall of Reading Quest.
    The agenda includes:
    • How Ron Davis corrected his severe dyslexia.
    • The background and development of the Davis Dyslexia Correction methods.
    • How dyslexics think and learn
    • How dyslexia develops and how it can be corrected.
    • Audience Q&A
    • Book signing

    Pre-Registration Admission: $8 or $16 per family (Save 20%)
    Admission at door: $10 or $20 per family

    For more info or to register, call Lesa @ 912-330-8577 or email lesa@readingquestga.com

    Learn more about Reading Quest here.

    Grouchiest Kid Photo Contest

    Monday, April 13th, 2009

    grouchiest-kid-final-buttonPut your child’s Oscar the Grouch days to good use. Enter our Grouchiest Kid Photo Contest to win tickets to see Elmo Makes Music, Sesame Street Live Production  @ the Savannah Civic Center, May 15-17.

    Your little grouch will be posted in our Grouch Gallery here. We’ll give away a family-four pack of tickets to the best grump.

    Email your kid’s grouchiest photo to anne@southernmamas.com to enter to win.  It doesn’t matter if the snapshot is recent or not.

    We’ll announce the winner Fri.  May 8.

    Shop your way to a $25 Savannah Mall gift card

    Monday, April 13th, 2009

    Load up on spring clothes @ sm_webad_mar09.jpgSavannah Mall and get a $25 gift card free – thanks to the mall’s double rewards points promo.

    Through the end of April, you get double points for your purchases @ Savannah Mall. After you nab 1000 points, you get a $25 gift card to use at any mall store. Here are the details:

    Normally, you receive 1 rewards point for every dollar spent at Savannah Mall. But during April, you get 2 rewards points for every dollar spent.

    Sign up for the Savannah Mall Rewards program @ the mall’s Customer Service Center in the lower level, Center Court. To accumulate points, turn in your same day receipts @ the Customer Service Center.

    Accumulate 1000 points – either at multiple stores or the same store – and receive a $25 gift card to use @ any mall merchant.

    Happy shopping.

    Autism workshop this weekend

    Monday, April 13th, 2009

    autism-puzzle1Have a loved one with autism?
    Check out the “Growing Up on the Spectrum Autism Workshop” this weekend @ Armstrong Atlantic State University.
    The two-day workshop features representatives from Autism Speaks, New York Life & The Jericho School. It will be Fri. & Sat. April 17-18 in the meeting suite @ AASU, 13040 Abercorn Ext., @ Apache Ave.
    Parking is free. Registration feed includes workshop materials & refreshments.
    Sponsors included the Kicklighter Resource Center.
    For more info, contact Keller Deal, 912.355.7633 or email keller@krcmail.org

    Giveaway: Mama Mio O’Mega Body Oil

    Sunday, April 12th, 2009

    Bye-bye alligator legs.
    This week, you can win Mama Mio’s superfood for skin, O-Mega Body Oil (value: $35), a moisturizing unoily oil.

    Packed with omegas 3, 6 & 9, the fragrant blend of pure oils (no carriers, parabens or synthetics) is rich in Argan Oil, the superstar ingredient of the year.

    mamamiomothersdaybutton-2.gifMama Mio Skincare is also offering SoutherMamas a $10 gift certificate to mamamio.com by posting this Happy Mother’s Day button on your site.

    Here are the body oil giveaway rules:

    • To enter to win, answer this question. Mama Mio offers a bootcamp for boobs, a bootcamp for butts, and coming in May, a bootcamp for what? Hint: Visit the Mama Mio site here and click on bootcamp bodycare. Email your answer to anne@southernmamas.com. Don’t forget to tell us your name.
    • Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. April 16. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. April 17.
    • 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.

    For more Mother’s Day gift ideas, visit our Mother’s Day Gift Guide here.

    Have you become our Facebook fan, yet?

    Sunday, April 12th, 2009

    Don’t forget. SouthernMamas is on Facebook.

    Visit the find_us_on_facebook_badge.gifSouthernMamas Facebook page by clicking here.

    Become our fan and see who else you know is reading us! It’s also a great way to stay connected to SouthernMamas. Thanks.

    “Did you get rid of the bad guys in my blood?”

    Sunday, April 12th, 2009

    care-for-cora.jpgMandy & Rob Garola are face to face with most parent’s biggest fear: their child has leukemia.

    Cora Garola, 2, of Isle of Hope, has undergone three blood transfusions, one platelet transfusion, two hospital stays, chemotherapy, steroids, many spinal taps and several bone marrow procedures. She’s now in remission, but will need to have outpatient chemotherapy and follow-up tests for the next two years. My garola-cara-2.jpgSavannah Morning News column this week is about  the Garolas. Read it here.

    Rob explained leukemia to Cora by telling her she had bad guys in her blood. Upon waking up after a bone marrow biopsy, Cora asked “Did you get rid of the bad guys in my blood?”

    You can help Cora by participating in the Care for Cora 5K run/walk 10 AM May 16 at Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Proceeds benefit The Cora Garola Medical Fund and Cure Childhood Cancer. Register here.

    Cora’s mom is beautifully documenting their family’s fight on her blog. Click here and start reading.

    Save Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island

    Friday, April 10th, 2009

    UPDATE: Michele Mazzei, who leads Toddler Tuesdays, emails with this great news: Toddler Tuesdays will continue during construction of the main building!!!

    Oatland Island’s oatland-island.bmpToddler Tuesdays story-craft-animal program is in danger of disappearing again.

    Starting In June 2009, Oatland Island’s main building will be undergoing a $5 million facelift. The animal exhibits and trails at Oatland Island will remain open during the construction. But the extensive renovations have put the future of the increasingly popular Toddler Tuesdays program at risk after June.

    We need as many toddler programs as we can get in this area and don’t want to see the weekly Oatland event to come to an end. Let’s tell the folks @ Oatland Island how much we’d love for the Toddler Tuesday program to continue after June. Maybe the classroom at the Georgia Farm could serve as a substitute spot?

    Please call Oatland and tell them to save Toddler Tuesday. 912.395.1212.

    If you haven’t been to Toddler Tuesdays in a while, it’s grown into a much better and more organized program than when it started. This past week, in addition to crafts, stories & an egg hunt, baby ducks thrilled the kids by waddling around in the middle of circle time and moms broke into an impromptu chorus of Old MacDonald while waiting for the ducks to show up.

    The good news is summer programs @ Oatland look kid-friendly and include:

    Weekly Guided Trail Walks
    10 AM-noon every Tues. & Thurs. during July and August
    Guided trail walks will be offered with Oatland staff. Fee is an additional $3 per person ages 4 and up and FREE for ages 3 and under (regular Oatland Island admission rates). Space is limited to the first 16 participants. Reservations are recommended.

    Weekly Wolf Wilderness Exhibit Encounters
    1 -3 PM every Tues. & Thurs. during July & August @ the Wolf Wilderness Exhibit for informative programs with various live animal presentations. Program is FREE with regular Oatland Island admission.

    Help for new parents

    Friday, April 10th, 2009

    baby-sleeping.jpgKnow a new mom who’s feeling overwhelmed?

    Tell her about the Baby H.U.G.S. (Help Us Grow Safely) Program, a fun, baby-friendly discussion group that covers topics such as nutrition, bonding and attachment and much more. Any family with a child under the age of 1 is encouraged to attend.

    The group meets @ 10 AM every 4th Thursday and 4th Saturday @ Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St.  Call 912.819.6911 to get information on this month’s topic and room location.

    SouthernMamas receive discount on Telfair’s art classes

    Friday, April 10th, 2009

    telfair-logo.gifYou’ve been meaning to nurture your budding Monet’s creativity. Now’s your chance.

    The Telfair Museum of Art’s Spring Studio Art Classes start April 13 and continue through the week of May 23.  Lucky for you, SouthernMamas readers receive a $25 discount. Just mention SouthernMamas and your child can take a class for the reduced museum member rate ( which is a savings of $25)

    Click here to see the various art classes offered.

    There are art classes for adults, too, and the same SouthernMamas discount applies.

    The winner of the $100 tj&co gift certificate is…

    Thursday, April 9th, 2009

    Suzanne Pablo!

    Happy early Mother’s Day, Suzanne. You win a $100 gift certificate from tjco-choker.jpgtj&co, a mom-owned Web shop that sells stylish “mommy jewelry” using your favorite family photos or your baby’s name. Each piece is made by hand of sterling silver or 14K gold.

    Bummed you didn’t win? Don’t forget to tell your man about this SouthernMamas deal: Save 15 percent on your order from tj&co when you use coupon code SOM15 (expires 4/30/09).

    Look for another giveaway to be announced here Monday.

    This SAHM says ‘No thanks, Dr. Laura’

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    dr-laura.jpgAs a stay-at-home mom, I’m supposed to like Dr. Laura Schlessinger.

    Especially now that her 16th book, “In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms,” unapologetically praises mothers like me who give up their jobs to remain at home instead of juggling a career and motherhood.

    But I don’t really care for her.

    In fact, Schlessinger, 62, who has a radio show on over 250 stations internationally and 10 best-selling books, ticks me off. Mainly because she doesn’t allow for any nuances in the debate about whether to work or stay at home. Such as the fact that many work-outside-the-home moms have substantial quality time with their kids, time so rich with appreciation and fulfillment that it can rival the long, often frustrating hours I put in as a SAHM.

    Nor does Schlessinger stand up for moms who don’t have any choice when it comes to whether to work or stay home with the kids. Instead, she just writes that children of SAHMs “are less likely to be major pains in the butt or get into horrendous situations. The closer the family is and the more hands-on time spent with children, the more likely those children — as impulsive and impetuous as they normally are — will set some limits on their youthful experimentation and nonsense.”

    Schlessinger continues “Of course, it is also possible for a child brought up mostly in day care, or by nannies and/or baby-sitters, to be successful, personally and professionally. I wouldn’t dream of suggesting that there are any real benefits to children from having at-home parents; it’s just a choice, like French or Vinaigrette dressing on your salad. Isn’t it? Well, sure that’s right, because if you knew you were going to be recycled and come back as an infant with a choice, you’d choose a mommy, a nanny, a babysitter, or a day-care worker for yourself with equal enthusiasm — right?”

    Would love to hear what other SouthernMamas think about Dr. Laura’s stance and her new book….

    Savannah Arts Camp

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    savannah-arts-camp.jpgAddition to the SouthernMamas Summer Camp Guide 2009.

    Savannah College of Art and Design and Savannah Arts Academy combine creative forces to offer a unique summer camp experience for young people ages 7 to 14. A thematic curriculum is offered in studio art, computer art, and performing arts/production design.

    For more info or to register online, click here.

    2009 Dates
    July 6-10
    July 13-17
    July 20-24