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Savannah swing set, playground gym assembly

Sunday, June 7th, 2009






We now officially refer to our backyard as our Staycation Destination, thanks to a new swing set/clubhouse put up by Steven Tarver of Renascent Renovation.

Renascent Renovation saved our summer. The wood playground set we bought on sale turned out to be much more complicated to assemble than my husband and I imagined.  We wanted it to be put together correctly. After all, we plan to spend a lot time in our backyard this summer in lieu of going on a big family vacation.

So instead of using up summer weekends struggling to assemble it, we called Renascent Renovation.

As licensed and insured general contractors, the guys at Renascent Renovation normally do much more complicated work such as renovating entire homes. But in this economy, Stephen’s willing do things like playground assembly. You gotta love hiring someone overqualified for the job.

Steven was an amazing worker. The man never takes a break, even for lunch.  He did a quality job and we couldn’t be happier with the decision.

Other jobs business partners Steven Tarver and Daniel Weiner of Renascent Renovation do include: flooring;  painting; fences (wood & chain link); decks; roofing; light plumbing; light electrical; cabinet installation; framing; tile; trim work; gutters; siding (wood, vinyl, concrete); doors & window installation or repair; sheetrock (new & repairs); flooring (laminate, vinyl, wood).

Steven’s also planning to build custom playhouses.

So skip the tough assembly projects, savor your summer weekends and contact Steven @ or or 912.272.9523 or 912.604.0640.

Children’s summer Savannah activities: U-pick blackberries

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

blackberry-pickingThe u-pick blackberry field is now open @ the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens.

Cost 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.

Recycled tires a playground hazard?

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

tires-on-playgroundsAdd this to your list of health concerns: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is having second thoughts about letting kids play on ground-up tires at playgrounds, according to this Associated Press article.

EPA scientists are worried they don’t have enough information about potential health risks from chemicals in the rubber. Here’s a quote from the article: “Communities from New Jersey to Oregon have raised concerns about children touching, swallowing or inhaling lead, metals and chemicals such as benzene, zinc and breathable particles from synthetic fields and play yards.”

Momnesia sufferers unite!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

momnesiaQuick: Name the capital of California? How many U.S. senators are there? Where’s your diaper bag?

Can’t answer even one of those? Chances are you’re suffering from momnesia, the mental fuzziness and memory lapses that set in after childbirth and linger for months afterward. If so, or if you know a new mom who is, check out my regular Sunday newspaper column here.

Adrienne Hedger and Shannon Payette Seip, moms and authors of a new book called “Momnesia: A Humorous Guide to Surviving Your Post-Baby Brain,” sum up how our brains change post-pregnancy.

One page of their book compares what kind of information a new mother retains. She doesn’t know today’s date, but she knows her baby is 44 days, 10 hours old. She can’t name the president of France, but she has the pediatrician’s number memorized.

Moms can submit their funny memory lapses here. In one, a stranger standing in a long line at a bank asks a mom if she’s in the right place because she’s carrying an armful of dry cleaning.

Beach portrait special with Savannah family photographer

Friday, June 5th, 2009

wendy-cooper-beach-special-21Beach days! Join nationally award-winning portrait photographer Wendy Cooper this summer for a portrait session on Tybee beach for a beautiful documentation of your family. June 15-July 3. Call 912.323.0616 to reserve your time today. Space is limited. Portrait sessions are $750 and include: a pre-session consult; a portrait session with Wendy; a custom 20-page 8 x 8 inch silk beach album. See more of Wendy’s work here.

Children’s activities this weekend

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

first-sat-for-kids-logoFirst Saturday for Kids @ Telfair’s Jepson Center for Arts
Studio art workshop focuses on summer sand paintings based on the Tibetan Monks Sand Mandalas; storytelling; children activities in the ArtZeum; an 11 am classic family film.
Free admission.
10 am -1 pm Sat. June 6
207 W. York St., downtown Savannah

Snakes Alive! @ @ Skidaway Island State Park
3 PM Sat. June 6
Learn about snakes. See live ones
Other park activities include a 7 PM campfire with smore’s, songs, skits, stories and more. (meet at amphitheater across from picnic Shelter 4)

Public viewing “Clusters of Stars” @ GSU planetarium
7 PM Fri. June 5
Telescopic observing outdoors following presentations.
Free moon maps, sky maps and more will be given away. FREE! For all ages.

Asian Festival @ Savannah Civic Center
11 AM-4 PM
Features a full-day of live stage performances ; martial arts & dance performances. Savor exotic cuisines & browse the cultural marketplace.
Free workshops & children’s activities.

Saturday Explorations @ The Aquarium (SEA) Programs, UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Is.
10 AM-noon Sat. June 6
For all ages. Understanding sharks. A talk about sharks. Shark video.
Cost: $10 per person.
Program fee includes admission to the aquarium.
Pre-registration required.
30 Ocean Science Circle
912.598.3474 or email

Narnia @ Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive
8 pm Fri. June 5; 3 pm & 8 pm Sat. June 6; 3 pm Sun. June 7
Cost: $10-12.

Reduced admission rates for Pooler residents until June 8 @ Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum,
The museum reduced admission rates of $10 for adults and $6 for kids to $5 for adults and $3 for kids. You’ll also receive a 10 percent discount in the gift store and a free drink with the purchase of lunch in the museums’ restaurant Chef Matt Cohen’s New South Pub.

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Free how-to clinics designed for children ages 5-12, available on the first Saturday of the month. Children accompanied by an adult create useful objects
9 am-noon at all Home Depot stores.

Hilton Head Is. area

Do-Drop-In-Story Time Program @ Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road
10 AM every Saturday – Story times for children of all ages. Stories, songs, silliness, take-home ideas and more! Residents and visitors are welcome.
For more info, email or call 843.342.9200.

The winner of the $50 Savannah Inflatables gift certificate is…

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

ocean-wave-wet-dry-slideVicki Braswell!

Vicki wins $50 off an inflatable rental from Savannah Inflatables.

Savannah Inflatables are 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. Click here for more info.

Look for another giveaway from a different business to be announced here Monday.

Rainy day activities in Savannah & Hilton Head

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

babyshower1Here we go again with the rain. SouthernMamas has some rainy day children’s activities to keep you sane. Click on the link to get address and contact info.

Wildlife program at The Center for Wildlife Education & The Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center @ Georgia Southern University, Statesboro
An hour-long wildlife program featuring birds of prey & reptiles at 1 PM Mon-Fri. in the Center’s Lecture Hall.
Cost: 3 per person. Children ages 3 and younger are free.

Storytime at Bull Street Library
10:30 AM program Thurs. June 4 features stories, fingerplays, songs for infants, 1 & 2 year olds.

Starlight  Pottery, New location a block from former location. Click here.
Bouncing Angels, the indoor inflatable play center.
Skukuzoo indoor jungle playground with tubes, mazes and ball pools, indoor mini-golf, Savannah Mall.

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

Jepson Center for the Arts, includes the children’s ArtZeum.

Hilton Head/Bluffton area

The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Ave., HHI

The Island Playground, indoor playground featuring inflatable fun & creative play, near the HHI bridge on the Bluffton side.

Ten percent off waxing services @ Park West Salon

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

park-west-orginal-21You put off waxing all spring. Now it’s June, the pool is open, the beach is calling,  yet you’re no where near bikini-ready.

Fortunately, being a SouthernMamas reader has its advantages.

Including a discount on waxing at the posh new Park West Salon, 106 W. Gwinnett St.  Mention SouthernMamas at Park West and you’ll receive 10 percent off the already reasonably priced waxing services listed to the right.

Talk about a welcome-summer treat.

Park West is located in the former location of ROBS on Forsyth. It’s @ the corner of Whitaker and Gwinnett  facing Forsyth Park. Parking in this area isn’t the headache that it is in much of downtown Savannah. There are plenty of side streets with FREE parking.

So take advantage of your savvy SouthernMamas status and get swimsuit ready, while keeping your rep as a thrifty mama intact.

Call 912.349.4856.  Become a fan of Park West Salon on Facebook by clicking here.

Children’s summer activities: picnic @ The Skidaway Aquarium

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

seahorse-at-aquarium-on-skidawayaquarium-picnicThe Aquarium on Skidaway Island is a good destination for a summer picnic.

Inside the Aquarium, kids can see seahorses, turtles, loggerhead turtles, nurse sharks, lionfish, catfish and more in tanks. There’s also a little touch tank where kids can pick up conchs and touch a live horseshoe crab.

Behind the Aquarium is a shady spot, just off the nature trail, with plenty of picnic tables overlooking the water and a patient heron who seems to be a regular.

Click here for directions and hours. 912.598.3474 or email

Lemon Loves Lime for Fall @ Island Child

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

lemon-loves-lime-fallIsland Child loves Lemon Loves Lime and you will too.

You can now pre-order Lemon Loves Lime for Fall 2009. Be sure to get the merchandise you want. FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders over $100. Orders will ship mid-July.

Pre-orders are purchases of merchandise scheduled to ship at a future date. You can order the merchandise for a coming season and be sure to get exactly what you want.

Island Child understands that ordering in advance can be difficult for sizing and are more than happy to exchange sizing or styles for you that do not work out.

Click here for more info or call 888-705-5437 or 843-686-5437.

Island Child, an upscale Hilton Head Island children’s boutique with shopping available online as well, is a sponsor of SouthernMamas

Children’s summer activities: free Savannah concerts

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

free-concertsOK, so the annual free summer concerts in Savannah’s city squares don’t actually include children’s music.
But the live concerts are a fun way to expose your kids to some of Savannah’s finest musicians.

Sixteen concerts are planned from this Wed. June 3 through July 31. Concerts are @ 11:30 AM on Wednesdays and Fridays and will alternate between Johnson and Wright Squares.

The concert series is being produced by the New Arts Ensembles (NAE), a Savannah-based group that showcases some of the region’s finest musicians.

The series kicks off on this Wed. June 3 with modern jazz group Silver Lining in Johnson Square.

Concerts are free and open to the public.
For more, 912-651-6417 or click here.

2009 Summer Concerts in the Squares Schedule

June 3, 2009: Silver Lining in Johnson Square (Modern jazz)
June 5, 2009: Roger Moss with Eric Jones in Johnson Square (Mercer standards)
June 10, 2009: The Jimmy Wolling Band in Wright Square (bluegrass)
June 12, 2009: Gina René Quartet in Wright Square (Jazz)
June 17, 2009: Claire Frazier in Johnson Square (Jazz)
June 19, 2009: Doug Carn and Marielouise in Johnson Square (Jazz)
June 24, 2009: Claire Frazier in Wright Square (Jazz)
June 26, 2009 Bottles ‘n Cans in Wright Square (Blues)
July 8, 2009: Silver Lining in Johnson Square (modern jazz)
July 10, 2009: The Jimmy Wolling Band in Johnson Square (bluegrass)
July 15, 2009: Lolintar Trio in Wright Square (Latin Jazz)
July 17, 2009: Bottles ‘n Cans in Wright Square (Blues)
July 22, 2009: Roger Moss with Eric Jones in Johnson Square (Mercer standards)
July 24, 2009: Gina René Quartet in Johnson Square (Jazz)
July 29, 2009: Lolintar Trio in Wright Square (Latin Jazz)
July 31, 2009: Doug Carn and Marielouise in Wright Square (Jazz)

Free Bee Movie @ The Trustees Farmers’ Market

Monday, June 1st, 2009

bee-movie1You can shop The Market @ Trustees Garden in downtown Savannah while the kids watch the BEE Movie for free.

The movie will be shown @ 5:30 PM inside the Charles H Morris Center during Market Hours. The Market will be located in the Brown Tent from 4-7 PM.   Seated dining area to watch movie.

The Market @ Trustees Garden includes artists, organic farmers, live music and local fare. It’s held Wednesdays (4-7 pm) and Saturdays, (9 am-3 pm).

Summertime storytime @ Roundhouse Railroad Museum

Monday, June 1st, 2009

choo-chooThere’s a special storytime 10-11 AM Wed. June 3 @ the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St

For ages 2-5. The theme: Fun in the Sun. Children will make ocean bottles & hear stories about summertime fun. Register at 912.651.6823 (note a different number than what was included in our weekly newsletter) or email

The Roundhouse Railroad Museum has a special once-a-month story and craft time in the Kidz Zone in the museum’s baggage car.

For more storytimes happening in the local area this summer, visit our new storytime page which lists a variety of storytime locations. .

Free string instrument music shows

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Savannah’s “child-playing-cello.jpgMusicAlive!” string quintet will have FREE music programs for children starting next week (June 8)  @ branches of the Live Oak Public Libraries. Children will learn about the musical genius of Johnny Mercer and his music.

The musicians will also present a segment on songwriting.

My toddler’s attended a coupleMusicAlive! performances and afterwards there’s often a string instrument “petting zoo” when children are allowed to touch the instruments.

The FREE performances are recommended for children of all ages. Here’s the schedule for the MusicAlive! events:

11 AM Mon, June 8 @ W.W. Law Branch Library
4 PM Mon., June 8 @ Oglethorpe Mall Branch Library
6 PM Mon,, June 8 @ Islands Branch Library
10:30 AM Tues., June 9 @ Port City Branch Library
1 PM Tues. June 9 @ South Effingham Branch Library
4 PM Tues. June 9 @ Kayton Branch Library
10:30 AM Wed. June 10 @ West Chatham Branch Library
2:30 PM Wed. June 10 @ Tybee Branch Library
4 PM Wed. June 10 @ Ogeechee Branch Library
10: 30 AM Thurs. June 11 @ Bull Street Branch Library
3 PM Thurs. June 11 @ Midway Branch Library
6 PM Thurs., June 11 @ Liberty Branch Library
10:30 AM Fri., June 12 @ Effingham Branch Library
3 PM Fri. June 12 @ Hitch Branch Library
5 PM Fri. June 12 @ West Chatham Branch Library

Contact your local branch for more information

Toddler soccer starts June 16

Monday, June 1st, 2009

celtic-soccer-logoEven children as young as 2 can take part in Savannah Celtic‘s Early Goals program June 16-July 28.

The six-week soccer session is @ 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. Fee includes the 6 week program, practice t-shirt, end of the season finale with a medal and certificate

Select from one of these days:
Tuesday 5:15 pm for 2 & 3 year olds
Tuesday 9:30 am mixture of 2 – 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.