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Archive for December, 2009

New Year’s Savannah children activities: Celebrate NOON year’s eve for kids at Monkey Joe’s

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

monkeyjoeslogo1On Thurs. Dec. 31, Monkey Joe’s Savannah will have a countdown to NOON, with a bubble wrap fireworks celebration. Bounce, stomp, and jump into the New Year with family friendly popping fun at the indoor inflatable playground at 311 Eisenhower Drive.

Standard admission rates apply. Monkey Joe’s will close at 6 PM on New Year’s Eve.

On New Year’s Day, come watch the Bowl Games while the kids jump. Monkey Joe’s will be open regular hours, 10 AM – 9 PM New Year’s Day. 912-349-2528.

Tell them SouthernMamas sent you.

Recycle your Christmas trees at Savannah’s Bring One for the Chipper

Monday, December 28th, 2009

chipper-2The City of Savannah’s annual Bring One For The Chipper Christmas tree recycling event will be 9 AM to 3 PM Sat. Jan. 9.

Bring your Christmas trees to one of four locations Saturday and receive a dogwood seedling and as much free mulch as you can haul. Christmas tree mulch will also be used by the City for parks and neighborhood beautification projects throughout Savannah.

The free service is available at the following locations:

Bacon Park Transfer Station, Shorty Cooper Road
Dean Forest Landfill, 1325 Dean Forest Road
The Home Depot, 11180 Abercorn St.
The Home Depot, 1901 Victory Dr.

More than 4,000 tree were recycled in 2008. For more information about Bring One for the Chipper, call 912.651.6520.

Winner of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Baily circus tickets in Savannah

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

circus-illusc-logoAngel Foley!

Angel wins a family four-pack of tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is coming to Savannah Civic Center Jan. 21-24. Thanks to everyone who participated. Check out other readers’ comments on their favorite holiday tradition the comments section under this post.

Purchase circus tickets by clicking here or at Savannah Civic Center Box Office, Lester’s Florist, Savannah Mall Customer Service Booth or by phone at 800-351-7469 or 912-651-6556.

Tickets are $15 & $17 with a limited number of $28 VIP seats and $35 VIP Floor Seats also available.

Ringling Bros. starts the excitement early with a FREE All Access Pre-show, which begins one hour before the show. The audience will have a chance to go onto the arena floor, try on costumes, walk the low wire and meet many of the show’s performers.

Performance Schedule
Thurs., Jan. 21 7 PM
Fri., Jan. 22 7 PM
Sat., Jan. 23 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM

Don’t forget to become a fan of SouthernMamas on our SouthernMamas Facebook page here. All we want for New Year’s is 2,010 Facebook fans by 2010!

Giveaway at Thanks Mama cloth diaper store

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

thanks-mama-cloth-diaper-store
Thanks Mama – a sweet, online cloth diaper store – has a new giveaway up and running on their blog www.clothdiapertalk.com.

Thanks Mama is giving away a new Thirsties Duo Diaper. The winner will be able to choose size and color of the diaper. Duo diapers come in cute colors and in two sizes: size 1 fits babies 6-18 lbs; size 2 fits 18-40 lbs. So you can get a lot of use out of it while still getting a perfect fit. Each diaper comes with a double microfiber/hemp insert and provides excellent absorbency.

Click here to enter to win.

Thanks Mama has cloth diapers, diaper covers, potty training pants and more from top brands like BumGenius, Fuzzi Bunz, Blue Penguin and Bummis. The online boutique carries a variety of cloth diaper styles and accessories like prefolds, pocket diapers, inserts, flushable and washable liners and swim diapers.

Free shipping on orders over $60.

Thanks Mama believes cloth diapers a great choice because they are more natural, expose your baby to fewer chemicals and are more environmentally friendly. Visit the Thanks Mama Cloth Diaper info page for answers to common questions about going cloth.

Thanks Mama offers a 30-day money back guarantee return policy for unused and unwashed items and offers quantity discounts on many brands.

Best home Christmas holiday lights displays in Savannah, Chatham and Effingham

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Christmas Lights on Tacky Light Tour

182 Mills Run Drive, Savannah

182 Mills Run Drive, Savannah

Here are some Coastal Empire home holiday light displays that are well worth checking out this year:

• 105 Mapmaker Lane, in Battery Point, Whitemarsh Island: computerized lights display animated with music

• 170 Dalcross, Hampton in Buckhead subdivision, Richmond Hill: computerized lights display animated with music (while driving there, check out the three brillantly-lit homes on 144 at Charlie Rd. One has a lake in front that reflects the lights.)

• 182 Mills Run Drive, off Chatham Parkway: computerized lights display animated with music (THIS ONE IS A MUST SEE!!)

• 512 Gordonston Ave., Savannah

• 711 South Drive

• 202 Blue Marlin Drive in Seagate, Whitemarsh Island

• 203 Windsor Road, Windsor Forest

• 18 Cutler Drive, Georgetown area (in the same area, drive down Lions Gate (also in Georgetown), there are several brightly-decorated homes as well as a house on Waynesboro)

• 136 Chimney Road, Rincon

• 13008 Largo Drive, Windsor Forest

pooler-christmas-house• 16 Godley Park Way in Pooler (Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance 6-8 PM Dec 21-23. Join in the holiday spirit for cookies and hot chocolate.) Pictured to the right.

• 504 E. 52 St

• Musical light display at a home on Wingate in Wilmington Park

• Stuart St. just off Waters: a yard full of blow ups

• Three homes on Clark St, just off Montgomery Crossroads.

Holiday Cupcakes from Southern Belle Cupcakery

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

sbc-logo-2In Fantasyland, you’re the queen of holiday baking, wielding a peppermint stick scepter, sporting a chocolate tiara and churning out dozens of yummy yuletide confections.

But in reality, you simply can’t find the time to do all the baking you wanted to do this season. Southern Belle Cupcakery in Savannah to the rescue. Southern Belle is all about gourmet cupcakes made completely from scratch with the freshest ingredients and no preservatives.

Southern Belle’s Holiday Cupcakes are perfect for any holiday occasion and great as gifts. Owner and bakemeister Brittany Banks creates pretty little bites of heaven.

peppermint-chocolate

Peppermint Chocolate

Holiday flavors include peppermint chocolate cake with peppermint cream cheese frosting, garnished with crushed candy cane; hot chocolate with marshmallow buttercream frosting, garnished with mini marshmallows and hot cocoa powder; holiday red velvet with green cream cheese frosting, garnished with holiday sprinkles. Brittany also makes rum cakes infused with a rum glaze, garnished with pecans.

See all the delicacies here. Place your holiday orders by this Sun. Dec. 20 to ensure delivery. Cupcakes are $28 per dozen.

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Southern Belle Cupcakery also offers creative flavors year round. Cookies-and-cream confection is topped with a generous swirl of Oreo buttercream, then adorned with a teensy Oreo. Brittany’s chocolate raspberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting garnished with a fresh raspberry were a hit at my son’s birthday party.

Give Brittany 48 hours notice, and she’ll supply your next dinner party, shower or carb craving. Love at first bite!

Southern Belle Cupcakery in Savannah, 912.695.5654, www.southernbellecupcakery.com

Giveaway: four tickets to the Greatest Show on Earth

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

circus-illusc-logoRingling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is coming to Savannah Civic Center Jan. 21-24

This week SouthernMamas is giving away a family four-pack of tickets to one lucky reader!

Here are the rules on to win free tickets toRingling Bros’ Illuscination, a fantasy-filled world where thrills, wonderment, and unbelievable magic intersect with the outlandish fun of the circus..

  • To enter to win, click on the comments below and tell us your favorite holiday tradition or a tradition that you’d like to start. Also, please tell us your name. Or comment on the SouthernMamas Facebook page here. Please become a Facebook fan of SouthernMamas. (Hint, hint. All we want for New Year’s is 2,010 Facebook fans by 2010!)
  • Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. Dec. 17.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber and SouthernMamas Facebook fan to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so. Click here to become a fan of SouthernMamas on Facebook.
  • We’ll announce the winner here Fri. Dec. 18.
  • Purchase tickets by clicking here or at Savannah Civic Center Box Office, Lester’s Florist, Savannah Mall Customer Service Booth or by phone at 800-351-7469 or 912-651-6556.

    Tickets are $15 & $17 with a limited number of $28 VIP seats and $35 VIP Floor Seats also available.

    Ringling Bros. Presents Illuscination invites you on a mystifying adventure as Illuscinator David DaVinci bridges the believable world in which we live, to the seemingly impossible one of the circus.

    David entertains audiences with eye-popping illusions, mind boggling transformations, and unique up-close magic. This modern Houdini even attempts to escape a straightjacket while suspended three stories in the air over a den of lions.

    In an intimate setting, where the action takes place just feet away from your seat, audience members’ eyes will witness astonishing acrobats, awesome aerialists, and amazing animals, including majestic Asian elephants, a pride of lionesses, horses, ponies, and even a rare white lion.

    Ringling Bros. starts the excitement early with a FREE All Access Pre-show, which begins one hour before the show. The audience will have a chance to go onto the arena floor, try on costumes, walk the low wire and meet many of the show’s performers.

    Performance Schedule
    Thurs., Jan. 21 7 PM
    Fri., Jan. 22 7 PM
    Sat., Jan. 23 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM
    Sun., Jan. 24 1 PM

    Goal: 2,010 SouthernMamas Facebook fans by 2010

    Sunday, December 13th, 2009

    find_us_on_facebook_badgeAll SouthernMamas wants for New Year’s is 2,010 Facebook fans by 2010.

    Please visit the SouthernMamas Facebook page here and become a Facebook fan of SouthernMamas. Right now, we have about 1,220. Please tell your friends who also read SouthernMamas to join. It’s an easy way to keep up with all the events on SouthernMamas!

    Click here to become a fan of SouthernMamas on Facebook.

    Putumayo’s newest CD “A Family Christmas” teems with festive tunes

    Sunday, December 13th, 2009

    family-christmas-discNot all family Christmas albums are created equally.

    Which is why Putumayo’s newest CD “A Family Christmas” is the one and only disc we’ve been playing this holiday season. The entire 11-track set is
    so festive and includes new interpretatios of classic tis-the-season favorites in jazz, blues, retro-swing, folksong and country.

    Take a look:

    1. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – Johnny Bregar
    2. “Holly Jolly Christmas” – Martin Sexton
    3. “Is Zat You Santa Claus?” – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
    4. “Let it Snow” – Leon Redbone
    5. “Winter Wonderland” – Deana Carter
    6. “Sleigh Ride” – Sam Bush
    7. “Here We Come A-Wassailing” – Kate Rusby
    8. “Jolly Old St. Nick” – Brave Combo
    9. “Mele Kalikimaka” – Debbie Davis and Matt Perrine
    10. “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” – The Christmas Jug Band featuring Angela Strehli and Maria Muldaur
    11. “Frosty the Snowman” – Lars Edegran and his Santa Claus Revelers featuring Big Al Carson

    Listen to a sample by clicking here

    The minute we’re in the car, my 3-year-old starts asking me to put in the disc, saying “Play it from the beginning!” I love that he’ll always consider Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s “Is Zat You Santa Claus?” as as much of a Christmas classic as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

    You can hear sample tracks of A Family Christmas or purchase the CD at Putumayo World Music or at Putumayo Kids (where you can also download a free mp3 from A Family Christmas).

    Putumayo’s “A Family Christmas” will lift your mood, no matter how stressed you are this season. Enjoy!

    Bouncing Angels Christmas Party on Dec. 19

    Saturday, December 12th, 2009

    bouncing-angels-logoA cozy Christmas party at Bouncing Angels indoor play place sounds perfect right about now.

    Mark you calendars for “BOUNCE INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ” an all day event at  Bouncing Angels on Sat. Dec. 19. Highlights include hot chocolate and cookies for the kids at the party room, drawing and coloring contest with surprise prizes for the winners, Christmas arts and crafts workshop. There will be a big inflatable outside (think Elmo and Scooby Doo) of Bouncing Angels for kids at all ages to use if isn’t raining.

    Even better, there’s NO extra charge for the party, just the regular entrance price.

    Also starting this week at Bouncing Angels: Spanish classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11-11:30 AM and from 1-1:30 PM at no extra charge. So kids can come for regular price to play and also participate on the Spanish class. Times and dates of classes are subject to change depending on demand. These classes will be done while playing in the inflatables to make it more attractive for children ages 6 and younger.

    Bouncing Angels inflatable play & party entertainment center is @ the Victory Drive Shopping Center, 2123 E. Victory Drive near Skidaway Road.  Bouncing Angels no longer charges higher weekend rates!  Now, you pay the same price every day for kids: $5 plus tax for tots 2 and younger; $8 plus tax for the 3-and-up set.  

    Check out the Bouncing Angels Web site here. For more info. call: 912.691.8797.