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Get your Dixie Chicks fix

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

chick.jpgDon’t forget: the annual Chick Hatchery @ Oglethorpe Mall starts today and runs 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 hatch and really gentle kids can hold a newly hatched chick. For more than two decades, Chatham County Cooperative Extension has run the display hatchery during the Easter season.

More summer camps

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

We’ve had a couple of suggestions to add to our Summer Camp Guide 2009:

sand-gnats-2.bmpSandgnats Baseball Camp: fielding, hittting, baserunning, pitching. Click here for more info.

Summer Camps @ Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 West Harris St.
Get On Board! Trains, Trains, Trains
M-Th, 9 AM – 1 PM
Ages 3-5
June 15-18
July 13-16
Cost: $125; $50 deposit due at registration

The Great Train Exploration
M-Th 9 AM – 1 PM
Ages 6-8
June 22-25
July 20-23
Cost: $125; $50 deposit due at registration

Savannah Way Back Then
Savannah Life in the 1800s
M-Th, 9 AM – 1 PM
Ages 6-10
July 6-9
August 3-6
Cost: $125; $50 deposit due at registration

Historic Preservation: How Do We Preserve History?
M-Th, 9 AM – 2 PM
Ages 9-12
June 29-July 2
July 27-30
Cost $195; $50 deposit due at registration.

Mon. June 1 for June Camps
Mon. June 22 for July Camps
Mon. July 20 for August Camps

Call 912.651.6823 or email

For more Summer Camp 2009 suggestions, click here.

Summer Camp 2009 Guide

Monday, April 6th, 2009

summer-guide.jpgLooking for the best summer camp to suit your child’s tastes? Here’s a list of organizations offering summer camp programs.  We provided the link to those that have Web sites.  Click on the link to find out camp details.

Be sure to tell them SouthernMamas sent you!

(Of course, many local preschools, not listed here, also offer camps. )

A Class Act Dance Center
Adventure and the Arts, a visual & performing arts for ages 7-14 @ Armstrong Atlantic State University
ATA Blackbelt Academy
Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Villa Maria Center Summer Camp
City of Savannah Cultural Affairs
Coastal Heritage Society
Culinary Cottage for the growing gourmet
Diving Locker/Ski Chalet, scuba camp
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center summer horse camp for ages 9-14. Sending your child to this day camp helps to support the therapeutic riding program for children with special challenges.
JEA-Camp Savannah
Midnight Star Pottery
Mighty Eighth Museum, Flying Legends Summer Camp for ages 6-11.
Portman’s Music
Savannah Children’s Choir Choral Summer Camp
Savannah Sailing Center
Sea Kayak Georgia Kayak Camp
Star Ridge Stables horse camp, near Savannah & Bluffton
Starlight Pottery
Telfair Museum of Art, photography & art camp
The Academy of Dance
YMCA of Coastal Georgia, offers a broad range of summer camps including a surf camp @ Tybee Island.

Giveaway: $100 gift certificate from tj&

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

tj_mothersday_2009.jpgtj&co creates chic & 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.

This week, one SouthernMamas subscriber will win a $100 gift certificate to tj&co. Consider it an early (and well-deserved) Mother’s Day present.

SouthernMamas Deal: Save 15 percent on your order from tj&co when you use coupon code SOM15 (expires 4/30/09).

Here are the rules:

  • To enter to win, visit the tj&co site here. Tell us what your favorite piece of jewelry is by commenting below this post. Click on comments below. Don’t forget to tell us your name.
  • Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. April 9. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. April 10.
  • 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.

The photo jewelry is made with sterling silver and the name discs are available in both sterling silver and 14K gold. The photos are permanently sealed into each piece and protected with a waterproof coating.

Be our fan on Facebook…please

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

find_us_on_facebook_badge.gifSouthernMamas is on Facebook. Finally.

We just created a SouthernMamas Facebook page and, at first, it was similar to being a new kid @ school. It felt like sitting at a lunch table all alone. Fortunately, fans started signing up. Thank you!!

We’ll be updating the SouthernMamas Facebook page regularly and posting hints there about what’s to come here. So click here and become our fan. Please! We don’t want to be that kid eating lunch alone.

Mother’s Day gift suggestions

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

It’s time to start dropping direct hints about Mother’s Day gifts.

Here are some suggestions from teething-jewerly-smart-mom.jpgJust for Baby & More @ 7701 Waters Ave.

Smart Mom Jewelry: teething bling jewelry for mom to wear and baby to safely teeth on.
Preggie Pops: suckers & candy to help moms-to-be ease morning sickness
Pregnancy journals for the expectant mom.
Nursing covers to discretely feed baby on the go.
Mustela lotions including stretch mark lotion & leg lotion.

Don’t forget Grandma. Just for Baby & More has “Grandma and me” books &  framed poems about grandmas

Just for Baby & More is a sponsor of SouthernMamas. For more suggestions, visit our Mother’s Day Gift Guide here.

Have your kids visited our local Raptor Center?

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Here @ SouthernMamas, we do a lot of promotions of Oatland Island Wildlife Center and all the programs they offer, including the increasingly popular Toddler Tuesdays.

But there are other places to see wildlife including raptor-center.jpgThe Center for Wildlife Education and The Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center on five acres of the Georgia Southern University campus in Statesboro.

You can view native raptors in their natural environments. An elevated walkway allows visitors an unobstructed and up-close encounter with a bald eagle nest, complete with a live Eagle.

The Center for Wildlife Education is open to the public on Saturday’s from 1-5 PM. A reptile program is held on each Saturday @ 2 PM in the lecture hall and a flighted raptor program is held at 3 PM in the amphitheater.

Closed on weekends during the months of June, July & August

For more info, call 912.478.0831 or click here.

The winner of $50 of Usborne children’s books is…

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Jennifer Morgan!!

Congratulations, Jennifer.  You win your choice of $50 in children’s books from Usborne Books & More, Marcya Burton, Independent Consultant. usborne-books-2.jpghere.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Don’t forget, If you host an Usborne Books home 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

Visit Marcya Burton’s Usborne Books & More Web site here for more info.

Billy Jonas in Savannah: “Bang your bucket”

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

in-spir-ing (adj.)
1. Animating; cheering; moving; exhilarating;
2. Stimulating or exalting to the spirit;
3. billy-jonas.jpgBilly Jonas, an incredibly original singer/songwriter whose primary instrument is the audience and whose new album is “Happy Accidents.”

“Everybody’s in the band” was the message of Tuesday’s family concert & CD release celebration @ the Savannah Music Festival. Parents, grandparents & children were invited to play along with Billy, using our keys, water bottles and, one of Billy’s favorite instruments, bodies.

The kid-centric performance was in direct response to parents’ requests to the Savannah Music Festival for more family concerts. And it was a hit.

Billy Jonas engaged the crowd by pairing traditional instruments with recycled, foraged & homemade objects. Think empty water cooler, garbage can, buckets, baseballs strapped to broom handles & even a “gordjo” (banjo made from a gord.) Wearing bells on his legs & music moccasins on his feet, Billy Jonas taught kids they can make music using anything, even a bucket. No doubt many kids went to sleep crooning one of the favorite sing-alongs:

Who’s gonna make our music?
We’re gonna make our Music!
What’ll we do?
Bang ‘n sing!
What’ll we use?

Thanks, Savannah Music Festival, for bringing such original talent our way.

Billy Jonas performs @ the Florida Theater in Jacksonville in June. It’s worth the trip to take the kids to see him live. For more info, click here.

The new album “Happy Accidents” is now available here and in stores.

Now get to work making a drumstick out of your old broom.