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Archive for September, 2009

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.