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Archive for June, 2009

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

For more Savannah-area moms groups, click here.

Kids Eat free with

Monday, June 29th, 2009

PrintLooking to relax and enjoy your family this Sunday night?

Go to 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. 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, has the perfect meal solution for you! doesn’t just deliver food, they deliver convenience. 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.


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

    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, 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

    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

    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

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

    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

    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

    Hand-smocked children’s clothing on sale

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

    On sale for $37.20

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    On sale for $28.20

    On sale for $28.20

    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 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

    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