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Gift ideas for husbands: customized photo cufflinks

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

tjco-cufflinks-pabloCheck out these personalized cufflinks from tj&co that Suzanne Pablo won in a SouthernMamas giveaway in April.

Suzanne won a $100 tj&co gift certificate by entering one of our weekly giveaways. Being such a generous mama, Suzanne used the gift certificate to have custom cufflinks made for her husband, John. The cufflinks feature photographs of their children, Jake (7 mos) & Sofia (3). The children’s lovely portraits were taken by professional Savannah photographer Sarah Buck.

tj&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.

See, real local moms really do win our giveaways! Thanks again, tj&co for a fantastic giveaway.

MOMS Club of Effingham County

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

moms-club-logoWe’ve told you about a lot of Savannah moms groups. But there are also moms group in nearby counties, including the MOMS Club of Effingham County.

The group meets the third Tuesday of each month, 10 AM at Rincon United Methodist Church, Savannah Ave, Rincon

Free childcare is provided at meetings. There’s often have a guest speaker on topics of current interest for moms. Membership is open to any mom living in Effingham Co. Dues are $25/year.

The group – part of the MOMS Club International organization – aims to support moms during their experience as a stay-at-home-mom. Each month, the group has an activity calendar full of fun activities for moms and kids such as playdates, crafts, seasonal outtings, and MNO (Moms’ Night Out.) Members are also active participants in community service, and choose two projects a year to do that benefit the local community.

For more info, contact Jennifer at 912.247.6655. or jenn.welch@hotmail.com.

For more Savannah-area moms groups, click here.

Kids Eat free with 912food2go.com

Monday, June 29th, 2009

PrintLooking to relax and enjoy your family this Sunday night?

Go to 912Food2go.com for kids night on Sundays 5-8 PM. You receive 1 free kids meal for every $25 towards your restaurant total from the following restaurants: Chili’s, Geneva Geneva’s Home Plate , Juarez Mexican Restaurant, Moon River and Spanky’s.

912Food2Go.com is Savannah’s premiere, locally-owned and family-operated restaurant delivery service. Whether you want to feed your family and friends at home, need to plan a hassle-free meeting at the office, or would like to plan a meal in the park, 912Food2Go.com has the perfect meal solution for you!

912Food2go.com doesn’t just deliver food, they deliver convenience. 912Food2Go.com currently delivers lunch and dinner from the following Savannah restaurants: Angel’s BBQ, Chili’s, Geneva Geneva’s Home Plate, John’s Jamaican, Juarez, Kao Thai Cuisine, Moon River, Spanky’s. Hours are Monday – Friday 10:30 AM-10:30 PM and Saturday & Sunday 4 PM – 10:30 PM.

FOR A LISTING OF VARIOUS KIDS EAT FREE NIGHTS in SAVANNAH, CLICK HERE

Potty Training Tips. Giveaway: Pee Pals potty training stickers

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

pee-pals-logo-200x4801Potty training is hard work. Which is why this week we’re giving away Pee Pal stickers to make the process a little more fun.  The idea is kids hit the sticker and potty train quicker.

Pee Pals are adhesive stickers that get placed inside your child’s potty. When you child urinates on it, a design is revealed. Then the sticker returns to its original black. A mother of five invented this product.

Just check out the rules below to enter to win .

  • To enter to win, click on the comments below and tell us your  best potty training tip. If you haven’t potty trained your child yet, tell us what your strategy will be . Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. July 2.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • If you can’t wait for the giveaway and want to order Pee Pal stickers now, click here.

    EmmAva Photography offers great rates on children’s portrait sessions

    Saturday, June 27th, 2009

    emmava-beach-sessionsEmmAva Photography will host several pint-size sessions from the end of July to the mid September.

    Pint-size sessions are just a smaller versions of portrait sessions. Sessions are 30-minutes and cost $30.

    emmavaphotographycom1Ashley Goss of EmmAva Photography will have the  portrait sessions at various locations including:

    • July 25, senior pictures in Forsyth Park.
      • Aug. 1 , girly sessions with tutus at Dragonfly’s Hair and Nail Boutique.
      • Aug. 8, boy sessions at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. There is a small fee to get into the Roundhouse, but it includes a tour of the museum.
      • Aug. 29, family pictures on Tybee Island.
      • Sept 5, watermelon-theme sessions at Forsyth Park.

    Appointments run from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. If those sessions fill up, EmmAva Photography will add more session times.

    You will receive 20 pictures on disc in color and in black and white about two weeks after your session, with a copyright release. You have no obligation to purchase any prints.

    EmmAva Photography also is available for newborn, children, family, engagement, bridal shoots and weddings.

    For prices, click here or email EmmAvaPhotography@yahoo.com.

    Children’s activities: Center for Wildlife Education and Raptor Center

    Saturday, June 27th, 2009

    discovery-logs-sign-center-for-wildlife-educationdiscovery-logs-at-center-for-wildlife-education-statesborodiscovery-log-interior-center-for-wildlife-education-statesboroplayground-center-for-wildlife-education-statesboroAn often overlooked kid-friendly spot in the Coastal Empire area is The Center for Wildlife Education and The Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center in Statesboro.

    This week, we visited for the first time and caught the 3 PM reptile show (held on weekdays) that included insects, tree frogs, snakes and more. The raptors flight show – with falcons, owls, hawks and more – is on holiday until about mid-August or September.

    But even without the raptor show, the center is worth the one-hour drive to Georgia Southern University. It’s a fun, educational destination for moms-tot groups. Kids can hit the outdoor Discovery Trail which includes a opossum and skunk. A Habitat Walk includes a live bald eagle in her nest, 10 displays housing several live birds, a wetland preserve with ducks and wading birds, a playground (pictured above) and fun “Discovery Logs” (pictured above) where kids can crawl inside and see encased ladybugs, grasshoppers, frogs, beetles and more.

    The center also offers several birthday party packages that include the reptile show or bird show. There’s also a Birthday Overnight Camping Adventure that sounds like a real treat.

    The center is open 9 AM- 5 PM Mon-Fri. It’s closed Saturdays from June to August but the rest of the year is open 1 PM-5 PM Saturdays. For more info, click here or call 912.478.0831.

    Savannah moms: homemade baby food

    Saturday, June 27th, 2009

    homemade-baby-foodNow that Francie is six months old and starting on solids, I am making her baby food instead of relying on the jarred stuff.

    I did the homemade baby food route with my son as well and IT IS REALLY EASY, even for a cooking-challenged mom like me.  Making your own baby food is as simple as pureeing steamed veggies and raw fruits.

    A number of books and Web sites offer recipes for the basics – mashed bananas and avocados – as well as advanced dishes and make-your-own-baby-food tips. The resources also provide advice about food allergies and ideas for taking your home prepared foods on the road.

    While convenient, commercial baby foods often contain more water, starch and sugar than homemade ones. Plus, you can’t help but wonder of those jarred strained peas on the shelf might be older than your baby is. There are other advantages to making fresh pureed baby foods.

    For more how-tos and some baby food recipes, visit Wholesomebabyfood.com, a one-stop online source for any parent interested in ditching those jars. There’s also Homemade Baby Food Recipes.

    UPDATE: Just for Baby & More at 7701 Waters Ave. has a new item- the Wean Machine. It is a portable, compact, self -contained “food processer” that prepares baby food. You just fill it squeeze and feed. Cost: 27.99.

    Children’s Activities This Weekend: What to do in Savannah and Hilton Head Is.

    Thursday, June 25th, 2009

    baseballbugs011-150x150Movie & A Game
    Watch a movie in the air-conditioned Lucas Theatre and get a ride to Historic Grayson Stadium for a Sand Gnats game.
    THIS WEEK’S MOVIES include:
    “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” 4 PM Sat. June 27
    Preceded by family-friendly animated movie “Baseball Bugs”
    Package includes a movie ticket, roundtrip transportation, baseball game ticket: 17 dollars
    Discounts available with SCAD ID
    912.525.5050

    Critters to Go – Petting Zoo @ The Market at Trustees Garden
    1-2:30 PM Sat. June 27
    Bunnies, Chinchillas, Snakes, Turtles, Exotic Lizards and more! Kids can visit with the animals while you shop at the Farmers’ Market.

    Summer Film Series: Back to the Future @ Trustees Theatre. 216 E. Broughton St.
    7 PM Sat. June 27
    $4-8. FREE with valid SCAD ID
    Presented by the SCAD Cinema Circle
    Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 912-525-5050, at the SCAD Box Office window, 216 E. Broughton St., or at the door 1 hour prior to the event.

    The following isn’t a children’s activity, but we wanted to remind you about it anyway because SouthernMamas readers receive a discount:
    Restorative Yoga Workshop
    June 27, 11am-1pm
    Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts
    $15/member, $20/non-member; $13 FOR SOUTHERNMAMAS READERS!
    This workshop, instructed by Savannah Yoga Center director Kelley Boyd, emphasizes muscle tension release and the increase of flexibility rather than strength development and aerobic capacity.

    Free Youth Drawing Class at Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
    10 AM-noon Sat. June 27
    For fifth graders and older. Bring own drawing materials.
    To reserve a spot, call 360.477.1495 or email priscillapatterson@wavecable.com

    Saturday Explorations at The Aquarium (SEA) Programs, UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Is.
    10 AM-noon Sat. June 27
    Reptiles presented by John Crawford. Gators, snakes, turtles, lizards.
    For all ages Cost: $10 per person.
    Program fee includes admission to the aquarium.
    Pre-registration required.
    30 Ocean Science Circle
    912.598.3474 or email fish@uga.edu

    Triple T Show at Skidaway Island State Park
    2 PM Sun. June 28
    Turtles, Terrapins and Tortoises. See live ones.
    $5 parking
    912-598-2300

    Cinderella @ Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive
    Tickets $12; $10 for students and military
    Shows 7 PM Fri. June 26, 1 PM Sat. June 27, 3 PM Sun. June 28
    912.238.9015

    Hilton Head Is./Bluffton area

    Freedom Fest at Jasper County Farmer’s Market
    Celebrate the market’s newly-renovated facility. Fest includes inflatable slide and rock wall, mechanical bull, face-painting, family games and races. Fresh product, baked goods, arts and crafts.
    11 AM-4 PM Sat. June 27
    9935 South Jacob Smart Blvd. on Hwy 17 in South Ridgeland
    843.726.8126

    Hand-smocked children’s clothing on sale

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    On sale for $37.20

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    Honey Comb Smocked Christening Gown $88

    Honey Comb Smocked Christening Gown $88

    You love quality hand-smocked children’s clothing.

    And you love a sale.

    We’re thrilled to tell you Fantaisiekids.com has both.

    The online boutique’s children casual wear is currently 60 percent off.  Brands include Fantaisie Kids, Neige, Seafolly Girl, le top, Tommy & Fern, Flora and Henri, and Tea Collection.

    Fantaisie Kids also has a christening line that sells in speciality boutiques nationwide and at Lord & Taylor.

    Pictured here are some other reasons to check out Fantaisiekids.com.

    You’ll also find flower girl dresses like this Ruffle Tiered Organza Dress featuring cloudlike layers of extra full ruffles for the ultimate twirl factor. Made of 100 percent organza overlay and silk taffeta.

    Donate to help children displaced by fire

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

    hand-holdingYou probably read about the fire that destroyed 24 apartments last weekend at the Oaks of Brandlewood Apartments in West Savannah.

    The American Red Cross is assisting 78 people displaced by the fire. Twenty-eight of those are children under 18.

    The Red Cross is assisting the residents with clothing, food, medications and deposits for new apartments.

    A church in Pooler is hosting a clothing drive for the children.

    To donate funds to the Red Cross, click here or mail a check to PO Box 9987, Savannah 31412. Call the Red Cross to inquire about the church hosting the clothing drive: 912.651.5371.

    Here is the number of children and their ages:
    15 Boys:
    1 three month old
    1 six month old
    1 two year old
    1 four year old
    3 six year olds
    1 seven year old
    1 nine year old
    2 ten year olds
    1 12 year old
    1 13 year old
    1 14 year old
    1 16 year old

    13 Girls
    1 one year
    2 two year olds
    1 four year old
    1 six year old
    1 seven year old
    2 nine year olds
    1 ten year old
    3 twelve year olds
    1 15 year old

    Hull Park spray pools are open

    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

    hull-park-smallerDon’t forget your children’s swimsuits next time you hit Hull Park.

    The FREE spray pools are open at various Savannah parks including Hull Park at 55th Street and Atlantic Avenue in Ardsley Park and Forsyth Park at Drayton and Hall streets.

    The pools, a chance for kids to play in cool water under adult supervision, are open 10 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri until Aug. 14.

    The Hull Park fountain is also open 10 AM-3 PM Saturdays. For more info, click here.

    Help provide books to homeless children

    Monday, June 22nd, 2009

    child_reading_book_a20907Here’s a chance to provide books for children who are homeless, abused or unable to fit into the foster care system: participate in a summer reading program called REACH FOR THE STARS sponsored by Usborne Books & More.

    This program will reward your family and benefit Greenbriar Children’s Center, which provide services that promote the healthy development of children in need and the strengthening of families

    Your child’s participation involves reading (or for non-readers, being read to) for 30 minutes a day for 10-days. During the reading period, friends, neighbors, and relatives are invited to make financial pledges.

    As a reward for their efforts, your child and you can select books for 50 percent of their collected pledges by visiting Marcya’s website here.

    The remaining 50 percent of the collected pledges will be donated in books to Greenbriar Children’s Center.

    REACH FOR THE STARS is July 1 – July 31. To request a packet and brochure including a Reading Journal, a Wish List and a Pledge Form, email Marcya Burton at Marcya@comcast.net

    When you have completed your reading, email your pledges and your wish list to Marcya at Marcya@comcast.net. All monies, wish lists and minutes read are due by August 10.

    Top 10 Places Every Savannah-area Child Should Go

    Sunday, June 21st, 2009

    southern-livingThe current Southern Living magazine has a list of 12 Places Every Southern Kid Must Visit. See the list here.

    We couldn’t help but notice the dear folks at Southern Living, bless their hearts, overlooked a certain Southern area. No mention of any Coastal Empire/Lowcountry kid-friendly places anywhere in the list. (The closest was Jekyll Island) Surely, it must be an oversight. (Somehow the American Girl store in Alpharetta beat out our Juliette Low Birthplace?)

    So we wanted to start working on a list of Top 10 Places Every Lowcountry-Coastal Empire area child should go. We’re looking for suggestions of places in the Savannah area as well as Bluffton, Hilton Head Is., Beaufort etc.

    Please list your picks in the comment section below and we’ll put together a list of the best 10 and post it on SouthernMamas.

    What to do with children in Savannah: U-pick blackberries

    Saturday, June 20th, 2009

    hart-blackberry-pickingOn Saturday morning before the real heat hit, we hit the u-pick blackberry field @ the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens.

    It’s a fun summer activity for kids.  They can also check out the vegetable garden, banana trees, various flower gardens and, of course, the bamboo.

    We arrived home with eight pounds of blackberries, which promptly turned into blackberry milkshakes, blackberry crumb bars and blackberry breakfast bars.

    Blackberry picking continues through June. Cost for blackberries is $3 per pound.  9 am-4 pm (or until picked out for the day)  Mon-Sat.

    Call ahead to make sure the field is open. 912.921.5497. The field can be picked out quickly at the beginning and end of the season. More information can also be found here.

    Celebrating stay-at-home dads

    Saturday, June 20th, 2009

    happy-fatherHappy Father’s Day!

    Today we tip our hat to all dads – including those hard working stay-at-home dads, whom are the focus on my Sunday newspaper column this week. Check it out here.

    The number of stay-at-home dads is on the rise. In 1995, there were an estimated 64,000 stay-at-home dads. By 2007, the number had risen to more than 159,000.

    Would love to hear what SouthernMamas think of this trend. A big thumbs up? Are you thrilled to see dads take more of role in child care? Or have men been conned by women, as author Michael Lewis writes in his new book “Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood”, into doing the woman’s part in child rearing?

    Kids’ Weekend Guide: Savannah, Hilton Head Is. Children’s Activities

    Thursday, June 18th, 2009

    Juneteenth Family Day at Owens-Thomas House
    10 AM-1 PM Sat. June 20. FREE!
    Features the McIntosh County Shouters, a “Jumping the Broom” ceremony, storytelling, African Tall Spirit Stilt Walkers, artist demonstrations, art-making activities for young people and more.
    (Thanks, Marisa, for the tip on this)

    fishSaturday Explorations at The Aquarium (SEA) Programs, UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Is.
    10 AM-5 PM Sat. June 20
    For all ages. Behind the scenes aquarium tours. Ever wonder what goes on behind closed doors at an aquarium? Here is your chance to see everything from the animals not on display to the equipment that keeps the animals happy.
    Cost: $10 per person.
    Program fee includes admission to the aquarium.
    Pre-registration required.
    30 Ocean Science Circle
    912.598.3474 or email fish@uga.edu

    Latin Festival on River Street
    Latin food, performances and wares
    FREE!
    1-9 PM Sat. June 20

    FREE movie “Ice Age” at The Market at Trustees’ Garden, downtown Savannah
    12:30 PM Sat. June 20
    Cool down and share a meal and movie while shopping at the farmers’ market next door.

    Discovery Beach Walks at Tybee Island Marine Science Center
    One-hour guided walk on South OR North beach. All ages!
    Learn about tides, seashells, dunes and more.
    Cost:$ 10; children 3 and younger are free.
    Fee includes admission to the Science and Nature Gallery
    10:30-11:30 AM EVERYDAY through Sept. 6 for South Beach
    4-5 PM Mondays and Fridays for North Beach
    Reservations required
    912.786.5917

    Marsh Trek at Tybee Island Marine Science Center
    One-hour exploration of the salt marsh. Discover fiddler crabs, snails and more.
    Cost: $10; children 3 and younger are free.
    4-5 PM Sundays through Sept. 6
    Fee includes admission to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center Science and Nature Gallery
    Reservations required and directions to the marsh given when reservations are made.
    912.786.5917

    Turtle Talks at Tybee Island Marine Science Center
    6:30-8 PM Saturdays through Sept. 6
    90 minute presentation about the lives of sea turtles.
    Cost: 10; children 3 and younger are free. Fee includes admission to the Science and Nature Gallery.
    Reservations required by 4 PM day of the program,
    912.786.5917

    Ronald McDonald at Oglethorpe Mall Branch Library
    He will read stories, perform a magic tricks and encourage the children to join “Ronald’s Reading Rangers”.
    2:30 PM Sunday, June 21. FREE

    Coastal Reptiles at Skidaway Island State Park
    2 PM Sun. June 21
    Learn all about reptiles. See live ones. Bring your camera for pictures with Beau.
    $5 parking
    912-598-2300

    Dad’s Day Deals

    Free admission to all fathers at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia, SC on Father’s Day
    Open 9AM -6 PM Sun. June 21
    Admission is $9.75 for adults, $7.25 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three.
    803.779.8717.
    Riverbanks will also offer free admission to all children of deployed military personnel on Sunday, June 21. The Zoo also will provide free admission to children who have a parent that has returned within the last year from a deployment.
    Military families with a parent deployed overseas must bring a copy of the parent’s deployment orders to receive free admission. Those who have had a parent return from deployment within the past year must provide a copy of those orders as well. The Zoo also will admit kids with moms deployed overseas or children with moms who have returned from deployment in the past year for free on this day.

    Dads receive free admission to Charleston’s South Carolina Aquarium on Father’s Day with a paying guest or child. Click here to download a special Father’s Day coupon for free admission to all dads on Sunday. The website coupon must be presented to take advantage of this offer. Fathers also will be recognized during daily programs.

    On Saturday and Sunday, June 20 – 21, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler is offering all Fathers half off of admission rates. The Museum admission rates for fathers this weekend will be $5. On Father’s Day, a special brunch will be offered in Chef Matt Cohen’s New South Pub, open daily from 11 AM to 3 PM.

    Hilton Head/Bluffton area

    Reduced admission for locals at The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, HHI
    Sat. June 20
    Families living within the “299” zip code area can take advantage of The Sandbox’s original pricing of only $5 per person (children under 2 are still FREE).
    To receive the discounted admission fee, present a valid driver’s license indicating a “299″ zip code.
    Open 10 AM-5 PM Mon-Sat.

    Pastries for Parents and Storytime at Hilton Head Branch Library
    9:30 AM Sat. June 20
    Celebrate Father’s Day before weekly 10 AM Do-Drop-In Story Time. Pastries and juice. Special take-home things to give to Dad. Story times for children of all ages. Residents and visitors are welcome
    11 Beach City Road.
    843-342-9200

    The winner of the Memories for Keepsake photography session is…

    Thursday, June 18th, 2009

    memories-for-keepsake-new-ad-juneKatie Sharp!

    Congratulations! Katie wins a free studio session from Memories for Keepsake Photography by Nicole.  Or, if Katie opts to do the baby plan, which covers maternity through the baby’s first year, she can win a free mini album of the session of choice.

    Photographer Nicole Williams, a maternity, newborns and children’s photographer in the Savannah area,  offers a 10 percent off portrait prices to SouthernMamas readers.

    Nicole is also offering an amazing special for moms expecting multiples. Contact her for more info

    Ladybug, ladybug…backyard bliss for bug-loving kids

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

    gimme-some-more-ladybugs-1This was a sweet summer evening activity we did in our backyard: releasing live lady bugs.

    Yes, this what you have to do in city lacking fireflies. Import your own friendly insects. And ladybugs have almost as friendly a rep as fireflies. My toddler son loved feeling the ladybugs tickle up his arm. Releasing them onto the stems of flowers proved to be a bit more challenging. They didn’t want to leave us.

    upclose-ladybugs-1You can order the live ladybugs here. They are apparently a more healthy alternative to chemical bug spray. You release them at sundown (because they don’t fly at night) and they eat aphids and other bugs. Gnats? We’ll see. We’re also hoping they’ll lay eggs and we’ll see baby lady bugs in a few weeks.

    Babble also has suggestions for 25 Nature Adventures for Kids, including things you can do in your backyard. I love the birdwatching tip to encourage kids to take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

    Discounts for Dads for Father’s Day

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

    fathers-dayDon’t forget. Father’s Day is this Sun. June 21.

    Dads can spend this Father’s Day at Charleston’s South Carolina Aquarium for FREE with a paying guest or child. Click here to download a special Father’s Day coupon for free admission to all dads on Sunday. The website coupon must be presented to take advantage of this offer. Fathers also will be recognized during daily programs.

    The aquarium’s newest exhibit, Penguin Planet!, features four Magellanic Penguins in a brand new interactive exhibit. Watch as penguins dive underwater, learn about penguin colonies, discover what makes these unique birds march. The animals are on loan from SeaWorld.

    On Saturday and Sunday, June 20 – 21, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is offering all Fathers half off of admission rates. The Museum admission rates for fathers this weekend will be $5. On Father’s Day, a special brunch will be offered in Chef Matt Cohen’s New South Pub, open daily from 11 AM to 3 PM.

    The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is @ 175 Bourne Avenue in Pooler, off of I-95 at Exit 102.

    SouthernMamas receive 10 percent discount on summer early childhood music program

    Monday, June 15th, 2009

    makejoyfulnoiseRegistrations for the summer session of Make A Joyful Noise music programs are under way.

    Mention SouthernMamas to receive a 10 percent discount. You’ll find sessions for toddlers to teens. Classes run July 2 – August 8 and 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
    Sounds of Praise Choral Camp: August 3 – 7; 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 7 – 15 yr olds

    Audition for Sounds of Praise Children’s Choir’s 2009-2010 Season.  Contact Vicki to schedule the audition by August 3. The season begins September 10.

    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 @ MakeAJoyfulNoiseMusicStudio@comcast.net or call 912.920.6542.

    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 and  Sounds of Praise Children’s Choir.

    Giveaway: FREE professional photography session

    Sunday, June 14th, 2009

    memories-for-keepsake-toddler-junememories-for-keepsake-june-13-2Savannah and Pooler GA newborn and children’s photographer: Memories for Keepsake Photography by Nicole

    This week, Memories for Keepsake Photography by Nicole is giving away a free studio photography session to a lucky SouthernMamas reader. Or, if you opt to do the baby plan, which covers maternity through the baby’s first year, you can win a free mini album of the session of choice. The idea is “your miracles, your moments…remembering every detail.”

    Photographer Nicole Williams excels in maternity, newborns and children. The baby plan is a great way to make sure your baby’s first year is fully documented and it includes a special discount that is exclusive to the baby plan holders.

    Please book early. The summer is slipping by and summer spots are almost gone

    Mention SouthernMamas and receive 10 percent off portrait prices. Nicole is also offering an amazing special for moms expecting multiples. Contact her for more info.

    memoriesforkeepsake-june-13Here are the rules:

  • To enter to win,  visit Nicole’s blog here and tell us your favorite shot. A simple one-line description or date of the post will do. Just comment below!
  • Entry period ends 9 pm Thurs. June 18.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • We’ll announce the winners here Fri. June. 19.
  • To book a session with Nicole Williams, call 912.596.0832 or email memoriesforkeepsake@comcast.net

    SouthernMamas rock! Q&A with cloth diaper mama Elizabeth St. Lawrence

    Saturday, June 13th, 2009

    elizabeth-st-lawrenceSavvy SouthernMamas profiles are back.  Know a savvy mama you want to nominate? Email anne@southernmamas.com. Read past SouthernMamas rock! profiles here.

    Meet Elizabeth St. Lawrence, stay-at-home mother of three who became a cloth-diaper enthusiast with the birth of her third daughter, Brianna (pictured here)

    Your family:
    Husband: Matthew. Three daughters: Alexandra (5), Samantha (4), and Brianna (6 months)

    Liz, we understand you use cloth diapers. Are you nuts? Why did you decide to try cloth diapers this time around? And please tell us there’s no toilet dunking involved?

    Honestly, I didn’t realize people still cloth diapered when I had my first two daughters! I think with the whole “green” movement the last few years combined with the economy, cloth diapers are making a great comeback. A few weeks before Brianna was born, I was giving into one of my guilty pleasures, Facebook, and one of my friends from high school mentioned cloth diapering on her status. I had to comment and bombard her with questions, and soon I was spending all of my free time researching cloth diapers!
    There are a lot of valid reasons for cloth diapering; I will explain the reasons that “won” me over.

    Read Liz’s reasons for cloth diapering, the entire interview with Liz and get help if you’re interested in cloth diapering (and even cloth wipes) by clicking here.

    Southern “Sweet Tees” t-shirts for kids

    Friday, June 12th, 2009

    southern-bred-sweet-teas-2You love real pit BBQ, old pick-up trucks and sipping sweet tea on front porch. And you hope your kids will, too.

    Which is why a vintage child’s Southern soft t-shirt that proclaims “I’m the only heck my mama ever raised” is the one for your kid. Or maybe one that reads “Baptized in Muddy Waters,” ” “Daddy’s Lil Cowgirl” or “Darn Right I Got the Blues”

    Southern Brand, a lifestyle label evoking the Blues, BBQ, Outlaw Country Music and the lore of the American South, has a new line of Lil’ Ones vintage t-shirts – sweet tees – for children.

    southern-bred-tees-3Forget that rebel flag, south’s-gonna-do-it-again business. These southern tees feature classic southern fried images of rural Americana including roadside BBQ shacks and phrases born of tradition, hard work and good livin’.

    Southern Brand also has an adult line of tees.

    These sweet tees and other Southern items, like cowhide koozies, are available for purchase online here.

    Southern Brand.com is a down home guide to Southern culture and good livin’ through music, film, food, travel and books.

    Savannah/Hilton Head Is. children’s activities this weekend

    Thursday, June 11th, 2009

    blue-festival-imageChildren’s films at BLUE Ocean Film Festival
    10:30-noon Sat. June 13 at Trustees Theater and throughout the day at the All About The Oceans family street fair, 10 AM-4 PM in Oglethorpe Square.
    Other kid-friendly festival events include:
    Screenings of “Ice Bears of the Beaufort” and “Saving Luna”
    Click here for a schedule of films
    912.525.5050

    FREE Career Paths Insights workshops for young adults at BLUE Ocean Film Festival
    Sat. June 13 at Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts
    Featuring talks with Brian Skerry, National Geographic underwater photographer, Fabien Cousteau, ocean explorer; Paul Gasek, producer of Discovery Networks shows including “Deadliest Catch.”

    Family Happenings at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum
    10-noon Sat. June 13
    Theme: Bugs & Butterflies. Children will make butterflies & fingerprint bug pictures. Hear stories about bugs, butterflies and their world.
    Register at 912.651.6823 or email childrensevents@chsgeorgia.org

    Saturday Explorations at The Aquarium (SEA) Programs, UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Is.
    10 AM-noon Sat. June 13
    For all ages. Maritime Forest Hike. What is a maritime forest? Wear your walking shoes for a discovery hike to see all a maritime forest has to offer.
    Cost: 10 dollars per person.
    Program fee includes admission to the aquarium.
    Pre-registration required.
    30 Ocean Science Circle
    912.598.3474 or email fish@uga.edu

    Tybee Children’s Fishing Tournament at Chimney Creek Fishing Camp
    8:30 AM-4 PM Sat. June 13

    Bluffton/Hilton Head Is area

    Beaufort Water Festival
    Annual event featuring water sports, golf tournament, art expo, and parade
    July 10-19
    Click here for an event calendar.

    The winner of the $100 Crate & Barrel gift card, Relish! subscription is…

    Thursday, June 11th, 2009

    relish-button-adAllison Kelly!

    Congratulations. Allison wins a $100 Gift card from Crate and Barrel and a free 1-year gift subscription to Relish!, a truly cool meal-planning service for busy parents.

    Relish! helps you prepare healthy, creative meals every week. For subscriptions as low as $5 a month, you’ll end up with five complete dinners for a family of four running you less than $85.

    What delicious comments everyone left to enter this week’s contest! Thanks for entering. Look for another giveaway from a different business to be announced here Monday.

    Low-cost Savannah summer kids’ activities

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

    childs-drawingSouthernMamas is always telling you about free or low-cost Savannah area children’s activities.

    Especially when it comes to finding fun, inexpensive ways to enjoy your summer staycation in Savannah with the kids.

    But not until now did we have all those low-cost children’s summer activities in one place. Check out our new page entitled Low-cost Savannah summer kids’ activities. Check it out here.
    Let us know what events you love or which ones need improving by sharing your comments.

    Thanks to Lynn Adams for compiling this list.

    Have a great SouthernMamas summer.

    New Wilmington Island moms group

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

    mother-childLooking to meet other moms in your area?

    Check out a new meetup group that is just forming in the Islands area.

    The Wilmington Island Moms/East Savannah Meetup Group is primarily for moms and children 0-5 (siblings are welcome.) This group is based on building lasting friendships, supporting other moms, laughing, and sharing experiences. Click here for more info.

    To find out about other moms-tots groups in our area, visit our Groups/Moms Groups category on SouthernMamas by clicking here.

    Discounted Telfair yoga workshops for SouthernMamas readers

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

    yoga-in-museumHave we told you lately that it pays to read SouthernMamas? If not, here’s another reminder: SouthernMamas readers can attend three of the Telfair Museum of Art’s special yoga workshops at a one-time entry discounted rate.

    This summer, the Telfair’s hosting three yoga workshops—Restorative Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, and Partner Yoga—in addition to the museum’s weekly Saturday morning yoga classes. The one-time entry discounted SouthernMamas rate is listed below in boldface. (subtlety is not our strong suit)

    Restorative Yoga Workshop
    June 27, 11am-1pm
    Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts
    $15/member, $20/non-member; $13 FOR SOUTHERNMAMAS READERS!
    This workshop, instructed by Savannah Yoga Center director Kelley Boyd, emphasizes muscle tension release and the increase of flexibility rather than strength development and aerobic capacity.

    Kripalu Yoga Workshop
    July 18, 10am -12pm (morning session), 1-3pm (evening session)
    Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts
    $15/member, $20/non-member for individual session: $13 FOR SOUTHERNMAMAS READERS!

    $28/member, $35 non-member for complete workshop; $26 FOR SOUTHERNMAMAS READERS
    This all-day workshop focuses on the Kripalu Yoga method. Co-instructed by Jan and Richard Barrali of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the special workshop provides students both individual assistance and hands-on adjustments during a mindful yoga practice.

    Partner Yoga Workshop
    August 22, 11am-1pm
    Telfair Academy
    $35/couple; $32/COUPLE FOR SOUTHERNMAMAS READERS!

    You and your partner—a friend, roommate, spouse, sibling, parent, child, etc.— will work together to accomplish all of the poses. Instructed by Savannah Yoga Center director Kelley Boyd.

    Registration is required for all workshops; call 912.790.8823. Space is limited. Don’t forget to mention SouthernMamas to receive your special discounted rate.

    The Telfair also offers weekly yoga classes in the Jepson Center or Telfair Academy galleries. Kelley Boyd of the Savannah Yoga Center guides the class through beginner and intermediate yoga positions while incorporating various aspects of the artwork on display. Flexibility of the body is not required. All are welcome, regardless of experience and fitness level. Participants should bring a yoga mat and towel, and dress appropriately.

    Classes are offered from 10-11:30 AM on Saturdays. Please arrive promptly at 9:45 AM. Drop-ins are welcome! Prices are: $10/session for members, $14/session for non-members, and $7/session for teachers and students.

    For more info, click here.

    Savannah-area drive-in movies

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

    tybeedriveinmovieflierjune09

    Show your kids how you used to watch movies in the days before anyone ever used the word “download”.

    TYBEE DRIVE-IN returns for summer @ North Beach, featuring big screen and full radio broadcast sound. The First Movie is this Thursday, June 11: “BEACH BLANKET BINGO,“ Classic beach party film starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

    “Economic Stimulus Package” for the whole family: $10 per vehicle, $5 per person.
    Pack the cooler, drive, bike or walk in. Bring the kids for a picnic and some Leopold’s ice cream, or grab a bite to eat at North Beach Grill (byo alcohol).(Free Parking for movies in North Beach Parking Lot) Pets in parking lot welcome on leashes. Don’t forget the bug spray, radio and lawn chair if you’re on foot.

    Where: North Beach Parking Lot, Meddin Drive on Tybee Island
    When: Gates open @ 6 PM Thurs, June 11. Show starts at “dark.“
    For more info, click here or call 912-323-7727
    Benefits the Tybee Post Theater.

    Join the Marrow Registry for FREE! Normally $52

    Monday, June 8th, 2009

    marrowthon1From June 8 – June 22, or until funding runs out, you can join the bone marrow donor registry for FREE. It normally costs $52.

    Becoming a donor is very easy to do and you may be the ONLY match for someone needing a life saving transplant. Dawn was unable to find a suitable marrow donor in the bone marrow donor registry.

    Go to this site here and click “JOIN”.

    Need a motivation to do so? Visit this blog about a 28-year-old Charleston, S.C. woman who was unable to find a match and lost her battle with leukemia.

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