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Giveaway: $50 gift certificate to Savannah Inflatables

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

savannah-inflatables-exampleThis week, a SouthernMamas subscriber will win $50 off an inflatable rental from Savannah Inflatables.

Great for children’s birthday parties, pool parties, community and corporate fund-raisers. The set up and delivery is included in the price. Available seven days a week.

Here are the giveaway rules:
# To enter to win, visit the Savannah Inflatables Web site here and tell us what item you’d rent, either comment below this post or email your answer to
# Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. June 4. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. June 5.
# You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

Children’s films @ Savannah’s BLUE Ocean Film Fest

Friday, May 29th, 2009

blue-festival-imageHere’s a way to encourage your budding Cousteau. The inaugural BLUE Ocean Film Festival coming to to downtown Savannah June 10-14.

The festival includes about 50 ocean films from the best of the best ocean filmmakers. Among the selection will be some kid-friendly flicks. On Sat. June 13, children’s ocean films will be shown 10:30-noon @ Trustees Theater and throughout the day at the All About The Oceans family street fair 10 am-4 pm in Oglethorpe Square.

Walt Disney Studios’ Disneynature kicks off the festival with an 8 pm June 10 screening of its first theatrical release, EARTH, a documentary that opened this year on Earth Day. The G-rated film centers on three animal families – polar bears, elephants and whales – that struggle to survive over the course of a year. James Earl Jones narrates. Admission is included in all community festival patron passes.

Other festival films that may appeal to kids include “Ice Bears of the Beaufort” and “Saving Luna.” Click here for a schedule of films.

Inspire your tween to follow their ocean-exploring dreams @ the FREE Career Paths Insights workshops for young adults on Sat. June 13 at Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts. The workshops feature talks with Brian Skerry, National Geographic underwater photographer; Fabien Cousteau, Ocean Explorer and Advocate; Paul Gasek, Executive Producer Discovery Networks show including “Deadliest Catch”; Dr. Emory Kristoff, National Geographic photographer, filmmaker and ocean explorer.

Patron passes and individual tickets for the event can be purchased through the SCAD box office. Individual tickets will be $8 for the public and $6 for students or seniors. Some events are FREE including National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry’s Ocean Wild Photography Exhibit on display at Red Gallery throughout the festival.

Tickets for the general public are available here. 912-525-5050.

Yes, SouthernMamas giveaway winners really win

Friday, May 29th, 2009

aultmans-taprootEvery now and then, a SouthernMamas fan asks me “Do people really win your weekly giveaways?”

YES! Every week.

I’d love to post pictures of each and every one of our winners wearing or taking part in their win. Here’s one: The Aultman family recently won a SouthernMamas giveaway: $300 gift certificate from Taproot Photography.

The Aultmans just had their photo session. Above is a sweet photo from their shoot. See more on the Taproot blog.

Children’s activities this weekend

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

bouncing-angels-logoGrand opening party @ Bouncing Angels, the indoor inflatable play center, 2123 E. Victory Drive
Fri. May 29-Sun. May 31
Half-price admission, music, candy, prizes, free popcorn. Elmo is expected to visit. Call ahead to find out when.

Family fun day @ Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler
Sat. May 30
Special admission rate of $20 for a family of our.
Children can participate in a history scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Prizes.
FREE showings of “My Dog Skip” @ 10 AM, noon & 2 PM

Saturday Explorations @ The Aquarium (SEA) Programs @ UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium on Skidaway Is.
1pm-4pm Sat. May 30
For all ages. Fishing clinic. Bring a rod and reel, they’ll provide the bait.
Cost: $10/person. Fee includes admission to the aquarium.
Pre-registration required.
30 Ocean Science Circle
912.598.3474 or email

Free parent-and-tot Make A Joyful Noise music class preview @ White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 10710 White Bluff Road
Sat May 30
9-9:30 AM: Family Music for Toddlers (18m – 2 yr)
9:45-10:15 AM: Twist & Turn ( 3 – 5 year olds)
10:30 – 11:15 AM: Music Makers: 5 – 7 year olds
For more info, click here.Contact Vicki @ or call 912.920.6542.

“Hubba Hubba” @ Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive
A program presented by the Teen Theatre.
Cost: $10-$12

Hilton Head/Bluffton area

Parents’ Night Out @ The Island Playground, 1538 Fording Island Rd. Suite 104, Bluffton near HHI bridge
5:30-9:30 PM Sat. May 30
Drop off your child @ this indoor playground featuring inflatable fun. Kids will participate in free play, staff-led fitness games, arts & crafts, movie & pizza dinner. Potty-trained children ages 3 and older are welcome.
Space is limited. Advanced registration required.
Cost: $25 per child includes pizza & drink
The playground will be closed to the public starting @ 5 PM

Music & entertainment @ The Salty Dog Cafe @ South Beach Village. A guitar-player performs 7 nights a week, 5- 9 PM in May and 6-10 PM June. Cappy the Clown will be at the Salty Dog Cafe 7-9 PM Friday – Monday. Click here for entertainment info.

Sing-along legend Gregg Russell plays for free under the Liberty Oak @ Harbour Town
8-9:30 PM. Sun-Fri May-Sept (dates vary call 843.842.1979 to confirm.)

Winners of the Roller Girl Boot Camp are…

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

bootcamp2-09Kate Faford, Nikki Smith & Heather Alkire!!

Congratulations. Each wins $25 tickets to the Savannah Derby Devils’ 2009 Roller Girl Boot Camp taking place June 7-12.

For those who didn’t win, but still want to partake: The boot camp is Sunday through Friday evenings (Excluding Wednesday) @ Garden City Gym, 160 Wheat Hill Rd. (Off Hwy. 21 behind Groves High School). To register, click here or contact Felony Melanie at Cost is $20 early bird expires May 31; $25 late registration. On site registration available through June 9.

Hilton Head Child Care/Babysitters: Weekly Parents’ Night Out

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

sandbox-bigger-logoDate night is back – thanks to The Sandbox.

The interactive children’s museum on Hilton Head Island is now hosting WEEKLY “Parent’s Night Out – Kid’s Night In” programs at their 18 A Pope Avenue location. The program will be 6-9 PM Wednesday nights during June, July and August.

Can you say marriage-saver? And it’s available for tourists and residents.

It’s for children 3 to 9 years of age (all children must be potty trained) and includes a pizza dinner, summer arts and crafts projects, supervised play throughout the hands-on museum and take home toy for each child.

Cost: $30 per child, with a reduced $25 fee for siblings and Sandbox Members.

Eventually, local restaurants will provide discounts to parents dining out on these evenings. A complete list of dining partners will be included on The Sandbox’s website here. Release forms may also be downloaded from the website.

Call 843.842.7645 for more info or to make a reservation.

Choral Camp starts Aug. 3

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

makejoyfulnoiseYou always wanted to try a parent-and-me early childhood music program with your little one.
This summer’s your chance.
Attend a FREE demo Make A Joyful Noise music class Sat. May 30. Here’s the schedule:
9-9:30 AM: Family Music for Toddlers (18m – 2 yr)
9:45-10:15 AM: Twist & Turn ( 3 – 5 year olds)
10:30 – 11:15 AM: Music Makers: 5 – 7 year olds

Vicki Mills, who has a masters in vocal performance and more than 20 years of experience teaching children, offers the Make A Joyful Noise early childhood music program.

Summer classes include:
Music for Toddlers: 18m – 3 year olds
Cycle of Seasons/Twist & Turn: 3 – 5 year olds
Music Makers: 5 – 7 year olds
Sounds of Praise: Intro to Choir 7 – 15 yr olds
August Camp: Sounds of Praise 7 – 15 yr olds starts Aug. 3-7

Make A Joyful Noise also will hold auditions in June for Sounds of Praise Children’s Choir, noon-2 PM Sat. May 30-June 6; 6-8 PM June 4. Pre-register here. The 2009-2010 Choral Season begins September 10th

The classes and choir audtitions are @ White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 10710 White Bluff Road on Savannah’s Southside.

To find out more about summer class times and to register, click here.Contact Vicki @ or call 912.920.6542.

Free family movies this summer

Monday, May 25th, 2009

free-movies-in-summer1A free family film fest begins in June and runs through August.
Starting in mid-June, you and the kids can see selected G & PG movies at 10 AM each Tuesday & Wednesday at Savannah Stadium 10 theater at Savannah Mall. FREE. It’s on a first come, first serve basis.
What a great way to spend a hot weekday morning. This would make a great outing for moms groups.
Tickets for Regal’s 2009 Free Family Film Festival are exclusively available at the theater’s box office on the day of the show. Click here for schedule of movies.

Giveaway: Two Tickets to Roller Derby Boot Camp

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

roller-derbyWouldn’t you love to have a kickin’ nickname and hot bod, courtesy of Roller Derby? This week, two SouthernMamas readers will win $25 tickets to the Savannah Derby Devils’ 2009 Roller Girl Boot Camp taking place June 7-12.

The boot camp week offers women ages 18 and older an unconventional kind of fitness program and an outlet for all your mommy stress. Not only do you get to try the fastest-growing, full-contact sport for women, but you also get a moniker like Felonie Melonie. No mad skating skills necessary; just a passion for playing hard.

You never know who’s gonna fall in love with roller derby, says Derby girl “Fear Abby.” A few mamas on the team can’t live without it. And their husbands are so proud to brag about their rollergirl wives.

The boot camp is Sunday through Friday evenings, June 7-12 (Excluding Wednesday) @ Garden City Gym, 160 Wheat Hill Rd. (Off Hwy. 21 behind Groves High School)

Here are the giveaway rules:
# To enter to win, tell us your desired roller derby nickname and your real name either by commenting below this post or emailing the info to
# Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. May 28. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. May 29.
# You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

At Roller Girl Boot camp, you can freshen up your roller skating skills, get a challenging workout, learn the basics of roller derby and other skills needed to join the Savannah Derby Devils. Men interested in roller derby refereeing are also encouraged to register.

Can’t wait for the giveaway? For info on the bootcamp or to register, click here or contact Felony Melanie at Cost is $20 early bird expires May 31; $25 late registration. On site registration available through June 9.

Kid-friendly places open on Memorial Day

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

starlight_logo-copySouthernMamas has you covered with a list of kid-friendly spots that are open on Memorial Day, Mon. May 25. Click on the link to get address and contact info.

Starlight  Pottery, Open Memorial Day, 10 AM-6 PM New location a block from former location. Click here.
Bouncing Angels, the indoor inflatable play center: Open Memorial Day 10 AM-8 PM.
Skukuzoo indoor jungle playground with tubes, mazes and ball pools, indoor mini-golf, Savannah Mall. Open Memorial Day, 10 AM-9 PM
Oatland Island Wildlife Center Open Memorial Day 10 AM-4 PM.
Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Open Memorial Day, 9AM-5 PM
Old Fort Jackson, cannon demonstrations at 10 AM, 2 PM & 4 PM. Open Memorial Day, 9 AM-5 PM
Roundhouse Railroad Museum Open Memorial Day, 9 AM-5 PM
Jepson Center for the Arts, includes the children’s ArtZeum. Open Memorial Day 10 AM-5 PM)
Fort McAllister Historic Park, Richmond Hill. Open Memorial Day 8 AM-5 PM)

Hilton Head/Bluffton area

The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Ave., HHI
Open Memorial Day, 10 AM-5 PM.

The Island Playground, indoor playground featuring inflatable fun & creative play, near the HHI bridge on the Bluffton side. Open Memorial Day, 10 AM-5 PM

Thank you gifts for teachers

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Leo Hart Tedder & Martha Bryant

I dread saying goodbye to my son’s beloved first teachers this week when school ends. So much so I wrote about it in my regular Sunday column. Read it here.

My son loved his first year at First Presbyterian Preschool in Ardsley Park with Ms. Martha (pictured here with my son) & Ms. Laura. I’m am so thankful to the staff there for making him feel so welcome.


Great thank-you gift idea for teachers

How I wish I had thought of this great teacher thank-you gift from the darling blog tutus & turtles: a picture of all the classmates holding up letters to spell out “thank you” to your child’s teachers.

The idea is to give your amazing teachers a copy of the image pictured here and a small book in which each child has a page with their picture and their thoughts on why they love their teacher and what their teacher does that makes them laugh. Great suggestion for those who still have time to get it done before summer begins.

Ferst Things First auction for childhood literacy

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

ferst-logoWant to get the word out about your business, while also helping the community? Consider making a donation from your business to auction off at an online fundraising auction to promote childhood literacy.

Proceeds from the Ferst Things First online auction, set for the first two weeks of October 2009, will benefit The Chatham County branch of the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.

The Ferst Foundation aims to instill a love of books and a readiness to learn to read in all Georgia preschoolers by providing registered children with a free, age-appropriate book mailed to their home every month from birth to age 5. There is no cost to the families of registered children – all costs are covered by the local Community Action Team in each county. The cost of the program is approximately $36 per child per year.

At The Ferst Things First online auction, anyone and everyone will be able to bid on auction items. I will be working on publicizing the auction as widely as possible and will, of course, mention our donating sponsors at every opportunity.

Some wonderful SouthernMamas sponsors have already donated auction items including a $100 gift card from Just for Baby & More; Kindermusik sessions; photography sessions from LeeAnn Ritch Photography, Taproot Photography; a Kate Rees outfit; and more.

Donations are being spotlighted on a Web site that will be updated as more donations come in. Click here.

If you want to donate to the auction, email me at or contact auction organizer Ashley Waldvogel Gaddy at or call 912.507.6721

The winner of the soccer summer session is…

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

celtic-soccer-logoJennifer Hodge!
Congratulations. Jennifer wins a free 6-week Early Goals soccer summer session from  Savannah Celtic

If you want to sign up your baby Beckham, the Early Goals program will be June 9-July 21 @ a new location – the fields @ the corner of Bee Rd and Washington, 3000 Bee Road across from Grayson Stadium. Practices are approx. 30-45 minutes. Session cost: $50.
Select from one of these days:
Tuesday 5:15 pm for 3 year olds
Tuesday 9:30 am mixture of 3 & 4
Thursday 5:15 pm for 4 year olds

Sign up for the Savannah Celtic summer session by calling 912.495.9996 or click here.

Parent classical education seminar & children’s camps

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

classical-conversations2Enjoy fellowship and inspiration @ a FREE 3-day parent seminar in June @ the First Baptist Church of Richmond Hill.

Learn what classical education is, why it is such an advantage to our children and how to teach and nurture them using it.

This is for parents and teachers of all grade levels desiring to practice teaching from a classical Christian perspective. Seminar facilitators love teaching the fundamentals of learning to help you bring success to your child’s education. Plan to use your brain and laugh a lot.

The Classical Education Seminar (For adults and teens) is 9 AM-4 PM Tues., June 2 — Thurs., June 4
First Baptist Church of Richmond Hill is @ 9184 Ford Ave., Hwy 144, Richmond Hill, GA 31324
(I-95 Exit 90, between I-95 and Hwy 17)

While you attend the seminar, your children can either attend a writing or art camp for $11 a day or, for children 2 and younger, there’s a nursery.

Registration is required. Click here

Savannah children photographers Taproot put kids at ease

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009



I am so smitten with my children’s portraits from Taproot Photography.

Matt & Shayna Hobbs, the husband & wife team behind Taproot Photography, have a gift for putting children at ease, even my shy Hart, 2, and Francie, 5 months.  Not one forced smile. Not one “say cheese.” Not one toddler meltdown.


As Matt writes on the Taproot blog, “90 percent our sessions with kids are usually very easy for the parents. We’re almost like hiring babysitters to take pictures of your children.”



So true. The Hobbs made the session fun and comfortable. As a result, I have oodles of sweet shots of Hart & Francie and the difficult task of figuring out which ones to order. A terrific problem to have!

But I’ll be quiet now and let the photos speak for themselves. Check out the slideshow below, too.

Taproot’s Matt & Shayna Hobbs recently moved to Savannah. How lucky are we? Contact Taproot Photography via email @ or call 229.848.7033.

Keep up with the Hobbs and see more of their work on their blog.

Tired of Tybee? Head to Hilton Head Is. beach

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

seapineslogoSavannah folks typically opt for Tybee over Hilton Head. But lately, SouthernMamas has received requests from readers who are Tybee-weary and want to make the trek to Hilton Head for a day @ the beach.

Private-access beaches

If you go, we recommend shelling out $5 for a day pass to Sea Pines Resort. You can spend the day at the beach, then grab a bite to eat at one of the Sea Pines restaurants before heading back to Savannah. The daily pass – which you can purchase at the Sea Pines Greenwood or Ocean gates – gets you access to most Sea Pines highlights.

Beach it

We recommend going to the beach @ the Sea Pines Beach Club . You’ll have access to restrooms, food service, a bar, picnic tables, showers, entertainment. The beach is attended by lifeguards and has some parking, which fills up quickly.

You can grab dinner right on the beach (without giving up your coveted parking space) @ the Surfside Grill, located at the Beach Club.

Post-beach in Sea Pines

Other Sea Pines restaurant-entertainment options:
The Salty Dog Cafe @ South Beach Village. A guitar-player performs 7 nights a week, 5- 9 PM in May and 6-10 PM June. Starting Fri. May 22, Cappy the Clown will be at the Salty Dog Cafe 7-9 PM Friday – Monday. Click here for entertainment info.

Harbour Town, children’s musician and sing-along legend Gregg Russell plays for free under the Liberty Oak 8-9:30 PM. Sun-Fri May-Sept (dates vary call 843.842.1979 to confirm.) Check out the playground at Harbour Town named after Gregg Russell, too. Here’s a list of places to eat in Harbour Town.

Public-access beaches

Not interested in going the Sea Pines route? Hilton Head has four main public entrances to the beach and pay parking is available at each.

The most popular is Coligny Beach, located at Coligny circle which intersects Pope Avenue with North and South Forest Beach Drive. Coligny Beach is across from Coligny Plaza, where you can find places to eat and shop. The beach has restrooms, water fountains, outdoor showers. Check out the legendary Tiki Hut outdoor at the neighboring Holiday Inn.

Park at the public parking lot for Coligny Beach for $4 for the day ($2 after 2:00 PM ) which allows you to come and go throughout the day with your receipt.

Click here for other public beach entrances on HHI. Most of the same beach rules apply as on Tybee except dogs are allowed on leashes BEFORE 9 AM and AFTER 5 PM between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Rain options

Don’t head directly home if your beach day is rained out. Take the kids to:
The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Ave. The museum will be open Memorial Day Mon., May 25 from 10 am-5 pm.
The Island Playground, an indoor playground featuring inflatable fun & creative play. 1538 Fording Island Rd, Suite 104, near the HHI bridge on the Bluffton side.

Don’t miss Children’s Garden Amphitheater @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

childrens-garden-amphitheaterIf you’re headed to Atlanta for the long holiday weekend, make plans to check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

You can catch “Moore in America,” the landmark exhibition of monumental works by famed English sculptor Henry Moore, and entertain the kids @ the delightful two-acre Children’s Garden. We were there over Mother’s Day weekend and were thrilled to catch a Mother Goose show by storyteller Betty Ann Wylie in the Children’s Garden Amphitheater.

Click here for a list of upcoming children’s activities, storytimes and performances @ the Amphitheater.

Putumayo’s “European Playground” CD released today

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

putumayo-european-playgroundSometimes all you can do is dance. Especially on rainy days when the kids just can’t stop moving.
Enter European Playground, which was released today (May 19). It’s the newest CD from the Putumayo Kids’ Playground series.

The collection of 15 songs has been my life-saver these past few rainy and unseasonable cold days. My son and I spend the indoor afternoons dancing, galloping, jumping and kicking to these lively and engaging tunes by contemporary artists.

Each song takes us to a different country. We sing along, even though we don’t know the language (but you can download the lyrics and their English translation here.). My son’s favorite is the bouncy Swedish tune “Trampolin” by Sas & Kopp about jumping on a trampoline with friends in the backyard. “In our garden, we have a trampoline. It’s like a very big tambourine.”

I’m partial to Alain Le Lait’s French love song of good food complete with plenty of ‘chocolat’ references and the English “Change Song” by London’s Herbie Treehead. He writes sometimes change is good, like when you change your wet socks after a rainstorm, when tadpoles change into frogs or when seeds change into plants. “We all have to change sometimes.”

You’ll also enjoy the Dutch tune by the children’s musical group De Band Krijgt Kinderen, which means “The Band Has Children.” It’s about all the things you can imagine when you play the piano “I play a pop star/I play happiness/I play fierce, tender, sad.” I play we’re traveling through Europe without even leaving the house, thanks to this spirited music.

Sample a few of the tunes from European Playground here and get ready to bounce.

Kid-friendly Piccolo Spoleto starts this weekend

Monday, May 18th, 2009

piccolo-spoletoThis is the weekend to head to Charleston, SC.

It’s the kickoff of Piccolo Spoleto, which starts this Fri. May 22 in Charleston and is the official outreach festival to Spoleto. The festival is a fun, laid-back, kid-friendly time featuring music, dance, parades, story-telling and more.

Saturday’s events include a wonderful-sounding Children’s Festival in downtown Charleston complete with Dance Carolina performing Alice in Wonderland; Robert Ivey Ballet performing The Velveteen Rabbit; The Electric Company’s breakdancing; Panjamdrum Steel Band and more.

Plus jump castles, pony rides, and even gymnastics. There’s also the zany Seed & Feed Marching Abominable Band from Atlanta, Georgia, dressed in their kooky outfits. The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry will help kids make colorful kites, wind socks and more. Click here for festival location info.

Piccolo Spoleto includes a FREE outdoor family-friendly symphony concert, 8-9:30 pm Fri. May 22 @ the US Customs House, Concord and Market streets in downtown Charleston.

The festival runs May 22-June 7.

Giveaway: six-week summer soccer session

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

celtic-soccer-logoSavannah Celtic is giving away a free 6-week Early Goals soccer summer session.

The Early Goals program normally costs $50. But this week, a SouthernMamas reader will win a session that includes six-weeks of once-a-week soccer lessons, a practice T-shirt and end-of-season medal and certificate.

The summer session will be June 9-July 21 @ a new location – the fields @ the corner of Bee Rd and Washington, 3000 Bee Road across from Grayson Stadium. Practices are approx. 30-45 minutes.
Tuesday 5:15 pm for 3 year olds
Tuesday 9:30 am mixture of 3 & 4
Thursday 5:15 pm for 4 year olds
If you can’t make any of those day, please don’t enter to win the giveaway.

Here are the giveaway rules:
# To enter to win,  tell us one thing you hope to do this summer. Comment below. Don’t forget to tell us your name.
# Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. May 21. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. May 22.
# 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.

Can’t wait for the giveaway? Sign up for the Savannah Celtic summer session by calling 912.495.9996 or click here.

Work-from-home opportunity for moms

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

lisa-cobbs-moms-work-at-homeWould you like the opportunity to have safer products in your home? Would you like to stay home with your children and still provide an income for your family? Check out Lisa Cobb’s Web site here.

Lisa loves her job. She simply refers other moms that are interested in a cleaner environment and healthier lifestyle to purchase safe natural products @ wholesale prices. Simply shop for everyday products that YOUR family uses at a solid savings but without the toxins. There’s everything from cleaning products, bath and body, to vitamins. And there’s no risk. No sales. And no inventory. Interested in knowing more about working from home or about the products? Click here.

Summer library programs and performers

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

live-oak-librariesCheck out the special programs and performers all summer long @ Live Oak Public Libraries branches. June 1-Aug. 15. For children of all ages.

Music Alive!
The musical quintet returns with a special program featuring the music of Johnny Mercer. The musicians will also present a segment on songwriting. Appropriate for kids of all ages. Starting June 8 @ various branches. Click here for a schedule.

Ronald McDonald will talk to the children about how much fun it is to read and encourage them to read during the summer. He will read stories, perform a magic trick or two, and encourage the children to join “Ronald’s Reading Rangers”. Programs start June 4. Click here for a schedule.

Fiddlin’ Dan, the Mountain Man. This musical romp through the woods encourages the children to work together to create one-of-a-kind stories and songs. The program will include storytelling, fiddling, sing-alongs and mountain lore. Presented by Reuben Haller, musician, clown and storyteller. Programs start June 15 @ various branches. Click here for a schedule. Appropriate for all ages.

Fun with Electricity: Mike Clemmons sparks enthusiasm about electricity using a Van der Graaf generator, Jacob’s Ladder, plasma pen, plasma globes, magnetic electric core, and high powered magnets. For ages 5 and older. Programs start June 18 @ various branches. Click here for a schedule.

Chad Crews, Magical Educator. Chad’s new “Creative Reading Show” features magic, music, storytelling, live animals, and all kinds of books as children learn about the creative arts, such as music, dancing, drawing, and drama. Appropriate for kids of all ages. Starting July 20. Click here for a schedule.

Drawing Dragons: Michael P. White, illustrator of the bestselling book “The Library Dragon,” presents this high-energy, interactive program. Children will learn how one idea can start a story and how an author and illustrator work together to bring a story to life. They will also learn the value of persistence and perseverance in following their dreams. Programs start Aug. 8 @ various branches. For children 5 and older.
Click here for a schedule.

And even more programs throughout the summer. Click here for a complete list. Don’t forget the regular storytimes, too, @ various branches. Some storytimes continue through summer. Click here for a list of storytimes.

Disney on a budget this summer

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

disneyThis month’s newsletter from the incredibly helpful offers great tips for doing Disney World’s Magic Kingdom this summer. Here are a few tips from the segment .

  • The bring-your-own-food ban is over. You ARE allowed to bring food into the park. So pack a cooler with sandwiches, chips and water for the day.
  • The lockers are at the entrance to the park right under the train station. Store the cooler away in a locker and run up to the second story to get on that train. Take the train to Frontier Land and get off there. Do not go down Main Street – with the hordes of fellow on-lookers.
  • Once you get off the train, grab a fast pass for Thunder Mountain and go ride Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted House (if you have someone to watch the little ones) and Splash Mountain. Then enjoy that area of the park while everyone else funnels into Fantasy Land.
  • Toward the afternoon, enjoy Tomorrow Land and get your fast pass for Space Mountain. Then take the train back to the entrance to enjoy your packed lunch on the second story of the train station complete with cool breezes, tables and if you time it just right, a parade. A late lunch is advised.
  • Save Fantasy Land for the evening so you can be right in the middle of the 9 PM firework show. Then it is back to your accommodations to have a late night snack. Speaking of snacks, pack a ton of those – light ones – in the backpack that you carry with you and you can avoid having to spend money on spur of the moment edible treats.
  • Allow each child to choose a souvenir under $20 at the end of the evening. We have a tendency to get our kids a million little things that break easily or don’t ever make it home. When you have a predetermined amount to spend, it makes the whole day easier and makes for less that mom has to tote around or stuff in the stroller.

Thanks Got good Disney on a dime tips, too? Feel free to share in the comments section below.

Memorial Day Fest @ Skidaway Is. State Park

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

get-outdoors-logoIn a frenzy because you have yet to make plans for Memorial Day weekend, which will be here in just a few days?

Make plans to attend the Memorial Day Weekend celebration @ Skidaway Island State Park SATURDAY, May 23.

Here’s the schedule of events:
11 AM- Volleyball Game
2-3 PM Family Water Games, seed spitting contest, greased pole climb!
4 PM- Horseshoe Tournament competition (meet at comfort station 3!)
6:30 PM- Musical Hayrides.
7 PM-Campfire-Enjoy smore’s, songs, skits, stories and more.
(meet at amphitheater across from picnic Shelter 4)
8 PM- Frog Watch: See and Hear Froggies in their Natural Habitat!
(meet at Big Ferry Trail)

For more info, call 912.598.2300. For driving directions, click here.

Celebrate your BD free with Atlanta Braves

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

atlanta_bravesThe ultimate birthday present for any Braves fan! Click here and register your birthday to be eligible for a free ticket to a home game of your choice.

Available birthday tickets are organized by month and do not include the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox series.

The winner of the 50 Storybook Classics on DVD is…

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

storybook-classics-dvdHeidi Sullivan!

Heidi wins hours of kid-friendly entertainment, the  award-winning DVD series, Scholastic Storybook Treasures’ MY VERY FIRST TREASURY OF 50 STORYBOOK CLASSICS: PRESCHOOL STORIES.  The 7-DVD set includes all-time children’s favorites including “Harold and The Purple Crayon,” “Corduroy” “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel” and “The Snowy Day” and “Good Night Gorilla.”

What sweet and wonderful answers y’all shared! Thanks to everyone who participated. If you haven’t read the comments yet on this post, there are some great suggestions of children’s books to check out.

Want to pick up your own storybook DVD set? Order yours here.

Look for another giveaway to be announced here Monday.

Care for Cora Run this Saturday

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

cora-garola-new-pixTwo-year-old leukemia patient Cora Garola, daughter of Rob & Mandy Garola of Isle of Hope, is completing her final stage of chemo this week  before going into the maintenance phase.

You can help Cora (pictured here) and her family by partaking in the Care for Cora Run this Sat. May 16 @ Savannah Christian Preparatory School on Chatham Parkway.

Proceeds from the race benefit The Cora Garola Medical Fund and Cure Childhood Cancer. Learn more info here. You can register and pay online here.

care-for-coraNote the new race times below:
8:30 am Kiddie Run
9:00 am Family Relay
9:30 am 5K

Read Cora’s story here. Cora’s mom is beautifully documenting their family’s fight against leukemia on her blog. Click here.

Donations can also be made to The Cora Garola Medical Fund at Bank of America.

Teach your kids culture, host an exchange student

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

chi-exchange-photoEver consider teaching your children about other countries, cultures and languages by hosting an exchange student?

Ali Scott @ Cultural Homestay International (CHI) within the Academic Year Program says hosting an exchange student is an amazing opportunity for your family.

The AYP offers students in other countries the opportunity to come to the United States for a school year. Students come from over 30 countries; come with their own money to pay for school supplies, activity fees, entertainment, etc; and have health insurance.

Host families are asked to provide room and board, and to welcome the student as a member of their family. Because the students will be attending school, they already have a good base of English skills.

You have the opportunity to choose the student you will host. And Ali will work with you to find a student who will be a good match for your family, as well as monitor the placement during the student’s entire stay.

Host families can be single parent homes, couples without children or grown children, families with small children, and, of course, families with teenagers. If you wish to send your own children abroad, you would receive a discount on any of the CHI programs if you have hosted a student through CHI.

The host family application process is completed on-line, and includes a criminal background check and references. Ali interviews all family members in your home and reviews the rules of the program (there is also a complete host family orientation before the students arrive).

Contact Ali with any questions @ 912.481.0166 or via e-mail

Kindermusik offers free special needs scholarship

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

kindermusik-button-adKindermusik is offering one FREE Kindermusik scholarship for Summer ’09 semester to one special needs child, age 3.5 and under.

This is a $211 value and includes 10 free classes and 2 free sets of materials.

The scholarship is open to any child with any type of learning impairment such as autism, speech impediments, hearing problems, learning or physical disabilities, etc.

To apply, email with “Special Needs Scholarship” in the subject line, explaining why you believe your child should be eligible for this scholarship. Deadline is June 1.

After a winner is chosen, Kindermusik will need a note from a physician, therapist, specialist, etc. verifying the condition in order to grant the scholarship.

Rules are:
1. Child must be 3.5 and under by August 09.
2. Scholarship is only for Summer 09 semester and must be used at a class that will be running. If the recipient is not available for the classes that are offered, the scholarship is not transferable into Fall 09, nor does it convert into any cash value.
3. The judges are an arbitrary 3rd party, Sigma Alpha Iota, international music sorority based in Statesboro.
4. Child must have a “diagnosed” condition, verified by a specialist.
5. Application email deadline is June 1, 2009.

Kindermusik offers mommy-and-me music classes for children Ages 0-7. Learn about the summer sessions here.

The winner of the gourmet picnic for four is…

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

picnic-basket11Tara Setter!

Congratulations. Tara won the moms-helping-mom raffle, a gourmet picnic for four, donated by 32 Degrees North Catering, which specializes in creating elegant, memorable experiences.

Proceeds from the raffle will go towards paying the medical bills of a Garden City family, Kari & Curt Hunter and their 3-year-old son, Lucas. Curt had to have unexpected emergency surgery recently and the Hunters didn’t know how they were going to pay the roughly $10,000 worth of medical bills. Curt works for a glass company and Kari is a stay-at-home mom.

The picnic raffle was just one part of plan by  Becky Wheeler and Kari’s other friends  to help raise money for the Hunters’ medical bills.  Thanks to all their efforts, more than $1,400 was raised! Great job, ladies!!