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SouthernMamas Playhouse Disney Live! giveaway winner

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The winner of the playhouse-dlPlayhouse Disney Live! family-four pack of tickets is Megan Hulsey. Congrats Megan! Thank you to everyone who entered.

Playhouse Disney Live! has two shows at the Savannah Civic Center this Sunday, Oct. 4, 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM.

Join the fun with Handy Manny his Tools, and your child’s favorites from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and Little Einsteins. Playhouse Disney Live! tickets range from $14-$40. To order tickets: 912- 651-6556 or click here

Monkey Joe’s Savannah: children’s birthday party headquarters

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

monkeyjoeslogo1Monkey Joe’s Savannah  – a sponsor of SouthernMamas – is just days away from opening at 311 Eisenhower Drive.

The first official day of business will be Fri. Oct 2. Then the GRAND OPENING festivities will be Sat.
Oct. 3. 

The new indoor playground and birthday spot offers bouncing, sliding, and jumping fun for kids 12 years-old and younger.

The Monkey Joe’s party coordinator will be available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday  – ALL DAY! – to book parties and answer questions. Swing in and let your kids go BANANAS!

912-349-2528. For Monkey Joe’s Savannah business hours and more info click here.

FOUR KIDS: Cool toys, hip children’s clothing, unique baby gifts in Savannah

Monday, September 28th, 2009

four-kids
Hooray! Your tot’s finally hit the birthday circuit. Too bad gifting is now a never-ending chore.
Make it fun with a visit to Four Kids, Savannah’s hippest new store for children.
Toy connoisseurs Doug and Debbie Haupt pack the store at 10 Whitaker Street in downtown Savannah with everything from wooden toys to dolls, shoes and accessories.
There something for everyone on your list – even some “green” product toys and classic toys.
Hurry before the holiday rush.
Mention you saw Four Kids on the Southernmamas and receive a 10 percent DISCOUNT before Dec. 31, 2009 (Sale items are excluded).
912.238.1919

Giveaway: four tickets to Playhouse Disney Live!

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

playhouse-dlPlayhouse Disney Live! has two shows at the Savannah Civic Center this Sunday, Oct. 4, 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM.

You can win a family-four pack of tickets to the show and blast off to adventure with the Little Einsteins and all your child’s  favorite Playhouse Disney friends from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and Handy Manny.

Because the show is Sunday, there isn’t enough time to get the tickets to the winner. So the show’s promo folks will leave the winner’s name at the will-call at the Savannah Civic ticket office. If that’s cutting it a little close for you, this might not be the giveaway for you. However, if you’re OK with that, then read on…

Check out the rules below to enter to win:

  • Read our online e-letter two posts below this one or our SouthernMamas Halloween Fun guide. To enter to win, just click on comments below this post to share which e-letter or Halloween Fun guide activity you’d like to do if you have time. Entry period closes early this week to give us more time to get in touch with the winner. Entry peroid closes 9 pm Wed Sept. 30. Please tell us your name AND PHONE NUMBER so we can get in touch with you before the Sunday show! We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner Thurs. Oct. 1.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to subscribe. . 
  •  Join the fun with Handy Manny his Tools, and your child’s favorites from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and Little Einsteins. Playhouse Disney Live! tickets range from $14-$40. To order tickets: 912- 651-6556 or click here

    Savannah children photographer offers holiday specials to SouthernMamas readers

    Sunday, September 27th, 2009

    britt-anderson-newbornsJingle bells, twinkling lights, blah blah blah.

    Every holiday season you pray for a little gift-giving inspiration, only to buy another boring CD for Dad, another book for Mom.

    Here’s a solution: Savannah photographer Britt Anderson – who specializes in newborns, children, teens and families – is offering special holiday sessions. Find out more about the specials on Britt’s Web site here.

    Mention that you read about Britt on SouthernMamas and you will receive a free 8 x 10 portrait of your session.

    Britt is an on-location phographer who enjoys photographing at the beach, local park or at the clients’ home. As a mother and photographer, Britt seems to tell an entire story through each picture. As you can see from her photos, Britt’s work is hardly one-dimensional.

    britt-anderson-familyTo keep up to date on Britt’s regular photography specials, become a fan of Britt Anderson photography on Facebook here or visit her Web site

    A lovely photographer, a free portrait and special gifts for all.

    The perfect thing to make holiday gift-giving a little less blah.

    Contact Britt via her Web site.

    Savannah moms, are you accidentally teaching your kids to swear?

    Sunday, September 27th, 2009

    hear-no-evilIn one of my favorite books, Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird,” Lamott tells a story about her then preschooler son Sam’s cursing. One day Sam pretended to lock himself out of the house, and then proceeded to try to unlock the door with his toy keys.

    When he couldn’t fit the keys in the lock, she heard him say, “Sh-t.”

    She made the silent Munch painting scream and then told Sam that both of them absolutely had to stop using that word right away.

    He said, “OK,” but then asked, “Mom, do you want to know why I said ‘sh-t’? It was because of those f-ing keys.”

    I know how Lamott feels. In my newspaper column today, I write about what happens when my toddler starts mimicking Mommy’s verbal indiscretions. Read the column here.

    Thanks to all the SouthernMamas readers who shared their cursing kids stories!!

    Barbara vs. Paula: Is Paula Deen to blame for childhood obesity?

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    When the ultimate SouthernMama Paula Deen appeared on “The View” on ABC Tuesday, host Barbara Walters questioned her about pushing fattening food for children. Deen was on the show to plug her book, “Paula Deen’s Cookbook for the Lunchbox Set.”

    “This is a cookbook for kids. Obesity is the No. 1 problem for kids today. Everything you have here is enormously fattening,” said Walters as she sat by the famous chef. “You tell kids to have cheesecake for breakfast. You tell them to have chocolate cake and meatloaf for lunch. And french fries. Doesn’t it bother you that you’re adding to this?”

    All things in moderation, counseled Deen. “No, I’m not saying they should eat like this every day,” she said.
    Walters said Deen’s book is hardly a lesson in moderation. “Not when you’re giving them this!”

    Sounds rough. But if you actually watch the clip, Barbara’s comments don’t sound nearly as scolding. Still, some are making a big deal out it and saying Walters accused Deen of contributing to childhood obesity.

    Perhaps Barbara was just using the childhood obesity questions as a way to pick on our homecooking queen for another reason: the report that Paula Deen shot the pilot for an in-the-works syndicated talk show that will have a format similar to the “The View,” but with a focus on parenting and motherhood. Paula is supposed to be in the matriarch role on the show, similar to Barbara’s role.

    What do y’all think?
    Was Barbara right to ask some tough childhood obesity-related questions?
    Or did Barbara appear a little bit hungry and perhaps a tad jealous about the possibility of having Paula Deen as a daytime talk-show host rival?

    Savannah moms: best spot to host a baby shower

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    find_us_on_facebook_badgeAre you a SouthernMamas fan on Facebook? If not, you’re missing out on helpful tips and comments from other SouthernMamas readers.

    For example, recently an out-of-town reader asked for suggestions for a Savannah spot where she can host a baby shower for a friend. What follows is an interesting conversation about restaurants that are good for a baby showers and ones that aren’t.

    Read that conversation and others by becoming a fan of SouthernMamas on Facebook. Click here to do so.

    Here are a few of our readers’ suggested spots to host a baby shower:
    45 Bistro inside of The Marshall House
    Vics on the River
    Lulu’s Chocolate Bar
    Cha Bella.
    Soho South Cafe

    Star Wars in concert in Jacksonville

    Thursday, September 24th, 2009

    star-wars-concertTime to start indoctrinating your kids with your love for all things Star Wars.

    Star Wars: In Concert – a multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams’ epic Star Wars scores – will play 7:30 PM Oct. 29 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

    Tickets for the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena go on sale Fri. Sept 25 at 10 a.m. (tommorrow!) at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box office, by phone at (800) 745-3000, and online here.

    Narrated live by the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all six films, the production features a full symphony orchestra and choir, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen.

    Accompanying the concert is an exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props, artifacts, production artwork and specially created behind-the-scenes videos from the Lucasfilm Archives.

    Update on leukemia patient Cora Garola

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

    cora-garolaWhen photographer LeeAnn Ritch read about little Cora Garola’s battle with leukemia, LeeAnn immediately wanted to reach out to Cora’s parents, Rob & Mandy Garola of Isle of Hope.

    LeeAnn offered to donate a photo shoot of the Garola family. LeeAnn gave the Garolas a free shoot and CD once a year indefinitely. How sweet is that?

    Pictured above is just one of the lovely results of LeeAnn’s first of many portrait sesssion with the Garolas. See more photos of Cora and her family on LeeAnn’s blog here.

    As you can see, Cora is doing really well and looking as adorable as ever! You can follow Cora’s progress here, where Cora’s mom is beautifully documenting their family’s fight against leukemia.

    Who won the toddler soccer giveaway?

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

    The winner of this week’s SouthernMamas giveaway, a free session of celtic-soccer-logo.jpgSavannah Celtic’s  Early Goals soccer program, is Allison Maher!

    Congratulations. Allison wins a free season of toddler soccer for her little one.

     Savannah Celtic’s  Early Goals soccer program is for players ages 2, 3 & 4.

    The toddler soccer session starts next week, the week of Sept. 28, and runs through Nov. 2.  

    The $50 registration fee includes a 6 week program, practice t-shirt, end of the season finale with a medal and certificate.

    All session will be held at the Salvation Army fields on the corner of Washington and Bee Rd. (3000 Bee Rd). All practices are approx. 30-45 minutes. Early Goal players will attend one practice session a week. Days to chose from:

    5 PM Mondays
    9 AM Tuesdays
    5:30 PM Tuesdays
    5:30 PM Thursdays

    To register your toddler for Early Goals, contact Michell Laing michell@savannahceltic.com, call 912.495.9996
    or click here.

    Countdown to opening of Monkey Joe’s Savannah

    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

    monkeyjoeslogoGet ready to bounce.

    Monkey Joe’s Savannah is set to open Sat. Oct. 3 at 311 Eisenhower Drive, next to Dr. Ramon Ramos’ office.

    The new indoor playground and birthday spot offers bouncing, sliding, and jumping fun for kids 12 years-old and younger. 912-349-2528. Find out more here.

    Petite Feet: Your new spot for children’s shoes

    Monday, September 21st, 2009

    petite-feet-button-adHave you checked out Petite Feet yet?

    Shopping at Savannah’s newest shoe store for children is a relaxed and enjoyable experience, thanks largely to the fact that it’s a child-friendly store with a comfortable atmosphere.  Puzzles, TV, children’s book and toys keep the tots busy while you shop.

    Petite Feet’s knowledgeable personal service ensures that each child is fitted correctly. And you don’ t have to fight for parking spot. Petite Feet at 5521 Abercorn next to Fresh Market and across from Publix is in a super convenient location with easy in-and-out parking.

    But best of all are the popular brands Petite Feet carries – all the ones you’ve been searching for, but have a tough time finding in our area: Lilly Kelly, Keen, Merrell, Michael Kors, Morgan & Milo, Naturino, Ralph Lauren, Robeez, Roxy, Sanita, See Kai Run, Simple, Sketchers, Sperry Top-Sider
    Teva and many more.

    Visit their website at www.petitefeetsavannah.com for more brands and information

    The Melting Pot opens this week in Savannah

    Monday, September 21st, 2009

    melting-pot-open-button-adReady to enjoy some fondue?

    The Melting Pot on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah opens Wed. Sept. 23

    The Melting Pot offers a four-course dining experience, relaxed atmosphere, private tables, fine wines, attentive service and exceptional fondue dinners.

    Start with a creamy cheese fondue. Then choose from four flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of entrées including filet mignon, lobster, blackened chicken, duck, shrimp, salmon and more. For dessert, enjoy chocolate fondue served with dipping items including fresh strawberries, cheesecake, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies.

    Sign up here for Club Fondue. Club Fondue members receive free chocolate fondue for two on your birthday and wedding anniversary. You will also receive monthly emails about The Melting Pot’s grand opening, ladies night out, wine tastings and other fun events.

    No more flu shots at the Health Department

    Monday, September 21st, 2009

    flu-shotsForget about getting your child’s flu shot at the Chatham County Health Department.

    The Health Department has seen a record demand for seasonal flu vaccine, providing more than 2,700 doses thus far to the community. As a result of a delay in shipment of expected doses ordered, the Health Department will temporarily be unable to provide seasonal flu vaccine as a walk-in service at its Eisenhower and Mid-Town facilities effective Sept. 22.

    The Health Department does not have a firm date for expected arrival of the additional vaccine, but will let the public know as soon as the flu vaccine is again available.

    It is still early in the year. The Health Department anticipates the ability to offer the seasonal flu vaccine in time for individuals to develop immunity before the peak of the flu season.

    Giveaway: free season of toddler soccer

    Sunday, September 20th, 2009

    This week, a lucky SouthernMamas subscriber will win a free session of celtic-soccer-logo.jpgSavannah Celtic’s  Early Goals soccer program, which caters to players ages 2, 3 & 4.

    The toddler soccer session starts the week of Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 2. Normally, registration costs $50. But you can win a free soccer program for your toddler.

    Check out the rules below to enter to win:

  • The news seems to be much more nutty than normal. Tell us where you turn to find out what’s going on (Local newspaper? A certain local TV news? NPR? Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper? Google News?)  To enter to win, just click on comments below to share your favorite news source. Entry period closes early this week because soccer starts next Mon. Entry peroid closes 9 pm Wed Sept. 23. Please tell us your name. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner Thurs. Sept. 24.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to subscribe. .  
  • The $50 registration fee includes a 6 week program, practice t-shirt, end of the season finale with a medal and certificate.

    All session will be held at the Salvation Army fields on the corner of Washington and Bee Rd. (3000 Bee Rd). All practices are approx. 30-45 minutes.

    Savannah Celtic already offers programs for older children. But also has a this fun, action-packed toddler program for players ages 2-3 & 4. There are no games. Instead, coaches work on simple motor skills and ball familiarity.

    Enter to win even if you already registered your child. If you win,  Savannah Celtic will give you a refund and your tot will play for free.

    Early Goal players will attend one practice session a week. Days to chose from:

    5 PM Mondays
    9 AM Tuesdays
    5:30 PM Tuesdays
    5:30 PM Thursdays

    To register your toddler for Early Goals, contact Michell Laing michell@savannahceltic.com, call 912.495.9996
    or click here.