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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Ashley Waldvogel Gaddy, mother of two, professor, artist & small business owner.
Raymond Gaddy and Ashley Waldvogel, Fletcher Gaddy, 5, Lola Gray Gaddy, 3. We live in Ardsley Park.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.