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The winner of the free, personalized holiday cards is…

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

sendoutcards-logoTamara Cordero!

Tamara wins a free Gift Account entitling her to send five free cards from SendOut Cards, which allows you to select cards and personalize them with your own message.

Thanks to everyone who entered to win. To inquire about setting up a card account, contact Tina Barefield at 912-897-0010 or

Mommy and Me program at the Skidaway Island Aquarium

Friday, October 30th, 2009

skidaway-aquariumA new Mommy and Me program begins in November @ UGA’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium, 30 Ocean Science Circle, Skidaway Island.

The educational Mommy and Me programs will be every Tuesday from 8:30-9:15 AM through 2009 for children between the ages of 1 and 4. In January of 2010, the program will be provided on both Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

The first session is Tues. Nov. 3. Must be under 4 years old. Maximum of 15 participants. Cost: $6/child for non-member; $4/child for members. Adults get in free with a paid child. For information, call 912-598-2496, email or click here.

It’s great to see another activity in our area for the pre-preschool set. This particular program will include learning techniques that allow for the development of motor skills, understanding of different sizes, shapes, weights, and movements among a variety of marine animals native to Georgia waterways and the ability to identify the difference between fish, crabs, turtles, and invertebrates. The programs will include hands-on experiences with different animals, arts and crafts, a story time, and a game.

Upcoming dates include:
November 3, 10, &; 17, 2009 and December 1, 8,15,& 22, 2009
January 5, 12, 19, &26, 2010 & Thursday January 7, 14,21,& 28, 2010

Thanks to Karin Paquin for telling us about this!

Don’t feed your child these cereals

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009


Have you noticed all those misleading “Smart Choice” labels on cereals like Kellogg’s Fruit Loops and “Healthy Choice” labels on General Mills’ Cocoa Puffs?

Cocoa Puffs a healthy choice? Not many parents would fall for that.

Researchers at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity analyzed the marketing and nutritional content of breakfast cereals and found that kids are a big target for heavy marketing of sugary cereals

Check out the home page of their new report, Cereal FACTS (Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score) The lowest-scoring cereals, nutrition-wise: Kellogg’s Corn Pops – Chocolate Peanut Butter and Quaker’s Cap’n Crunch w/ Crunchberries.

The top-scoring cereal, from a nutritional standpoint: Kashi’s Puffs — 7 Whole Grains Puffs. The cereal most heavily marketed to children: General Mills’ Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Here’s the full report.
The FDA plans to step in and take a closer look at misleading labels and plans to develop a nutritional gold standard for products labeled as “healthy.”

Just for Baby & More will host infant CPR course

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

just-for-baby-new-ad-addressJust for Baby & More offers more than nursery and youth furniture, apparel, gifts and accessories.

The locally-owned and operated store at 7701 Waters Ave. also hosts occassional classes including an infant CPR course in their store 10 AM-2 PM Sat., Nov. 14

If an emergency strikes, your first line of defense is to rely on your abilities to save the life of your child. You need to be prepared. One way you can do this is by getting trained in Infant CPR. For nearly a century, the American Red Cross has prepared people to save lives through health and safety education and training. Just for Baby & More - a sponsor of SouthernMamas – recognizes this great need to help those with children lead healthier and safer lives.

The class is open to the public. Cost: $35 per person or $60 per couple. Class fee includes instructional manual, supplies, certification card and a light lunch. To participate, email or call (912)355-4455 to register.

CPR is a simple and very effective lifesaving technique training lay responders to overcome any reluctance to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in infants. Make sure you are familiar with the procedure as you never know when you may need to use it.

Bye-Bye Baby Einstein?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

meet-the-orchestraDid your child fail to become a genius despite a steady diet of Baby Einstein DVDS and videos?

Now you can get your money back. According to this New York Times article, the Walt Disney Company is offering a $15.99 refund for Baby Einstein videos, up to four per customer. Receipts not required.

The videos have been the subject of complaints and a threatened lawsuit by the advocacy group Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood, which contended that contrary to the company’s early claims that Baby Einstein would enhance child development, watching TV is actually detrimental to children younger than 2. The American Academy of Pediatrics is against children younger than 2 watching any TV.

Here’s the link to the statement on the Baby Einstein Web site about the refund. For full details and an official mail-in certificate, click here.

I initially intended not to have my kids watch any TV until post-2, but failed miserably. However, I use DVDs to entertain while making dinner etc. and never believed Baby Einstein’s pitch that their products would land my kid in the gifted class. Did you? And if so, do you plan to take advantage of the refund and stop using Baby Einstein products?

Cinderella Saturday: moms helping moms

Monday, October 26th, 2009

cinderellaVolunteers are needed to help single moms enjoy a day of pampering.

On Dec. 12, the Salvation Army will host a “Cinderella Saturday” for single mothers who are currently residing in the organization’s Savannah shelter. For these mothers, things that we take for granted such as a trip to the salon or a new outfit are true luxuries. Their day-to-day concerns are providing food and shelter for their children.

As part of Cinderella Saturday, the mothers will receive a day of pampering, along with a shopping trip to find a perfect everyday outfit. The event will culminate with a fun event at night. Childcare will be provided for them the entire day so that they can truly enjoy one day to themselves.

Hair stylists are needed as well as manicurists and makeup artists willing to donate their services; shops willing to donate outfits; entertainment venues willing to host the kids for an hour of play; and food establishments willing to provide meals for both the children and parents.

Anyone interested in volunteering, donating their services or making a financial contribution may contact event chair Amy Pine at or 912-659-3050

Classical Conversations of Savannah helps with homeschooling

Monday, October 26th, 2009

classical-conversations-logoThe Classical Conversations group of Savannah will host open houses – by reservation only – during the next few weeks.

Learn how the Classical Conversations of Savannah community can help equip, encourage, and support parents in their homeschooling endeavors. Open houses start at 9 AM with a short explanation of the Classical Method of Education as well as a brief overview of Classical Conversations. At 9:15 AM, there will be an opening ceremony and dismiss for classes at 9:30 AM. During morning class time, learn and review information from English Grammar, Geography, History, Latin, Science and Math and an entire history timeline from a Biblical perspective. Enjoy watching the class presentations, hands-on science experiments, and Fine Arts sessions of the Foundations programs. Pack a lunch if you would like to eat lunch with the group.

Hear and observe the Essentials program from 1-3pm. This is when 3rd – 6th graders learn grammar, writing and play math games.

Reservations are required to ensure enough space is available. Meet on Tuesdays in Effingham county. The following dates are available for reservation: Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. More dates will be available in 2010.

If you are interested, please contact Kristin Bigalke, Director of CC Savannah, at 912-655-8173 or

Giveaway: free personalized holiday cards

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

sendoutcards-logoWhen those gift and card giving holidays start to sneak up on you, it only means one thing: time to buy or fish out some cards and get them mailed.

Even just a few personalized holiday cards can take up to an hour to complete, address, stamp and seal for delivery. The process is time consuming and SendOut Cards has noticed.

With SendOut Cards, you choose the card and personalize it with your own message. SendOut Cards does the rest!

This week one lucky SouthernMamas reader will receive a free Gift Account entitling her to send five free cards. To be eligible to win, visit this SendOut Cards website and Send A Free Card. Then click on comments below this post and tell us your favorite card!

  • Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. Oct 29. Please tell us your name. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner Fri. Oct. 30.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to subscribe. .
  • Can’t wait for the giveaway? To inquire about setting up a card account, contact Tina Barefield at 912-897-0010 or

    Lowcountry photographer specializes in newborns, maternity, children’s portraits

    Sunday, October 25th, 2009

    cecillia-photography-portrait-1cecillia-photography-portrait-2Lowcountry photographer Cecillia Berger loves to create emotion that inspires memories when someone views her photographs.

    A recently transplanted photographer from San Diego now serving the Beaufort, SC and surrounding Lowcountry areas, Cecillia is considers the world as your studio, with a thousand and one backdrops from which to choose your perfect setting. In the Lowcountry, we are blessed to have a variety of location choices from which you may select; from old buildings, to beautiful parks, forests, and sunny beaches. Or you have your session in the beauty and warmth of your own home.

    Mention SouthernMamas when you book your session with Cecillia B Photography and receive 1 sheet of wallets and 1 5×7 print. Become a fan of CecilliaB Photography on Facebook here receive a $20 print credit with your session.

    Primarily a natural light photographer, Cecillia specializes in families, maternity, newborn and children’s custom lifestyle portraiture. She loves capturing , energy, emotion, family connections and children’s true natures in her photographs.

    The perfect photographer for those of you who want be able to look at pictures and relive happy and fun memories for years to come.

    To see more examples of her work beyond those posted here, visit the Cecillia B Photography Web site and her blog.

    Cecillia B Photography, 843.263.5971 or email

    Update on Savannah infant heart transplant patient.

    Sunday, October 25th, 2009

    cabell-stewart-10-monthsChances are you’ve heard about Cabell Stewart, the Savannah infant who was in need of a heart transplant to survive.

    Little Cabell has received a heart and is finally home from Atlanta. Read an update about Cabell in this column “How do you thank someone for saving your child?” and find out how you can help him and his parents, Amy and Brad Stewart.

    Their story is an example of the importance of organ donation. But the Stewarts had to endure the agonizing experience of waiting for a miracle for their baby while at the same time knowing another family is going to have to face death for Cabell to live.