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Archive for April, 2009

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 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 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

    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 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.