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In praise of kids’ imaginary friends

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

snuffaluffagusA big thank you to SouthernMamas readers who agreed to share their stories about their children’s imaginary friends for my newspaper column on the subject. 

You can read the column about children’s pretend playmates by clicking here. 

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it when readers are willing to be interviewed for my various freelance articles. Thanks so much!

Beautiful Baby Contest hosted by La Dee Da & Kristin Pate Photography

Monday, April 12th, 2010

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beautiful-baby-contestLA DEE DA upsale children’s consignment boutique and KRISTIN PATE PHOTOGRAPHY are proudly hosting a BEAUTIFUL BABY CONTEST.

Photos will be taken by Kristin Pate this Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17 at “La Dee Da”, located in the heart of Rincon, Georgia.

Please call 912.295.5470 to schedule your FREE photo session!

There will be two age divisions – 3 months – 24 months and ages 2-4. Prizes include gift certificates to La Dee Da and a free photo session with Photography by Kristin.

Winners will be featured in our fall print ads. Sign your child up today!

La Dee Da upscale children’s consignment boutique , 912-295-5470. Tues- Fri 9:30am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10 am – 3:30 pm. Proud retailers of Mudpie, Petit Ami, Rileyroo’s, Jewelry by Lorena and The Fizzy Baker. Hwy 21 North, Rincon. Located in Burns Station next to the Bank of America and across from The Curiosity Shoppe

Giveaway: seersucker jon jons from Classic Kids

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

classic-kids-jon-jonsClassic Kids is giving away this adorable boy’s seersucker lime birthday cupcake shortall pictured here (size 12-month) to a lucky SouthernMamas reader.

Here are the rules on how to win this week-long contest.

  • To enter to win, visit the Classic Kids Web site by clicking here and tell us your favorite item that you’d buy by commenting below this post (Just click on comments).  Also, please tell us your name. Or comment on the SouthernMamas Facebook page here. Please become a Facebook fan of SouthernMamas.
  • Entry period closes: Thurs. April 15.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber 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. April 16.
  • Classic Kids offers custom made children’s clothing and accessories for any time of the year. At Classic Kids trunk shows, you can see all of Classic Kids designs or even design you own ClassicKids outfit.

    classic-kids-logo-11Become a fan of Classic Kids on Facebook and you will be updated on our new designs and fabrics and catch our monthly specials and giveaways.

    Orders can also be placed through the Classic Kids Web site or you can find Classic Kids at La Dee Da in Rincon.

    April giveaway: a pair of Lilli Kelly children’s shoes from Petite Feet

    Friday, April 9th, 2010

    lilli-kelly-giveawayApril is here and Petite Feet – Savannah’s newest children shoe store and a SouthernMamas sponsor – is celebrating by giving away your choice of a pair of Lilli Kelly children’s shoes or sandals in stock at Petite Feet.

    The winner gets to pick out the free Lilli Kelly shoe for your child while visiting Petite Feet, located at  5521 Abercorn next to Fresh Market and across from Publix with easy in-and-out parking.

    Here are the rules on how to win this month-long contest.

  • lilli-kelly-giveaway-2To enter to win,tell us what you like best about April by commenting below this post (Just click on comments).  Also, please tell us your name. Or comment on the SouthernMamas Facebook page here. Please become a Facebook fan of SouthernMamas.
  • Entry period closes: April 3o.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber 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 May 1.
  •  petite-feet-button-adShopping at Petite Feet  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. 

    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.

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

    Winner of the house pressure wash from All American Pressure Cleaning

    Thursday, April 8th, 2010

    Diane Dodd wins a complete exterior house pressure wash (valued at $300) from  All American Pressure Cleaning.

    The wash includes the removal of all mold, mildew and other surface pollutants utilizing All American’s exclusive low-pressure, soft-wash process and Mildew Preventative Treatment.

    Thanks to everyone who entered to win by sharing photos your homes on the SouthernMamas Facebook Fan Page

    Don’t forget: All American Pressure Cleaning is extending a 10 percent discount to all SouthernMamas readers as well as a free sidewalk cleaning for all House Washes scheduled before May 15.

     Mike Vidan, “The Dean of Clean”, All American Pressure Cleaning, 912-308-8544. For lawn care services, All American Property Maintenance

    Free Puppet Show: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

    Thursday, April 8th, 2010

    true-story-of-3-little-pigsThe Savannah Coastal Puppetry Guild is bringing a wonderful puppeteer from Missouri who is playing At the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta for a month to come to the Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St.

    PAUL MESNER PUPPETS will perform The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf (used with permission of Jon Scieszka) on Tues. April 13. The 1 PM show is FREE and must have reservations (call 912-660-3255). The 4 PM show is $5.

    For more info, call 912-660-3255.

    In this revealing no-squealing adaptation of the popular book written by Jon Scieszka’s and illustrated by Lane Smith, A. Wolf has a chance to tell his side of the story. He only wanted a cup of sugar and he did have a cold. For years we have only known this story from the pigs point of view. Mr. A. Wolf tells all about what really happened to those three little houses made of straw, sticks and bricks and the three pigs who lived in them.

    Sponsored by grants from the Grassroots Arts Program, (City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs) & The Arts Ashore Legacy Fund (Savannah Community

    Walt Disney Silhouettes Artist to Visit Just for Baby & More

    Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

    just-for-baby-new-ad-addressYou are invited to Just for Baby & More at 7701 Waters Avenue this Saturday from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM to let artist Beth Pray capture a timeless treasure of your children in a hand cut silhouette.

    With five years experience at Walt Disney World and 19 total, Beth cuts black acid free paper into an exact likeness of her subject. Beth will mount them and place them on a 5×7 mat. The silhouette is then placed in a quality black oval frame making it a great Mother’s or Grandmother’s Day gift or a nice picture to hang in your own home.

    The process only takes two minutes or less (and don’t worry your children don’t have to sit still) and only costs $22.

    Call (912) 355-4455 to reserve your time slot or email casey@justforbaby.net.

    Just for Baby & More, 7701 Waters Ave., 912-355-4455, www.justforbaby.net.

    Sew sweet: SouthernMamas readers receive 20 percent off Cheeky Banana unique girls’ clothing

    Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

    cheeky-banana-2You want to dress your darling daughter in clothes that are fun to buy, easy to wear and that celebrate the fleeting joy of childhood.

    Which is why you and your DD are going to swoon over Cheeky Banana’s colorful fabrics and original applique and embroidery designs.

     Cheeky Banana designs and manufactures girls’ clothing in sizes 2-12.

    SouthernMamas can receive free shipping and 20 percent off new, non-sale items. Just enter this discount code: southernmamas. This special discount is good through April 30.

    cheeky-banana-1Cheeky Banana strives for a classic look that has a stylish feel and fit, clothes that are nice enough to wear to church, but comfy enough for a playdate.

    Their clothing is made in the USA and CPSIA compliant. Most pant/skirt styles include adjustable waistbands. Think premium 100 percent cotton prints as well as stretch cotton sateens and twills.

    cheeky-banana-3Cheeky Banana, LLC is the realization of a long-time dream by founder Lesley Fleming. Having enjoyed sewing for over 30 years, friends often asked her to make special outfits for their child.

    With two children of her own and a busy job in marketing, this became increasingly difficult to do. Finally, Lesley made the decision to create a line of children’s clothes. And we’re so glad she did!

    Cheeky Banana, www.cheekybanana.com, 919-610-6943

    Babysitters & Nannies offers April discount for baby-sitting or nanny placement

    Monday, April 5th, 2010

     babysitters_and_nannies_-logoBabysitters & Nannies  – which pairs families with child care providers for babysitting, part-time nanny or live-in nanny jobs – will offer an April discount to SouthernMamas readers: $50 off a yearly babysitting membership and $100 off  a nanny placement service.

    Babysitters & Nannies serves Savannah, Tybee Is., Wilmington Island, Bluffton, Hilton Head Is., Beaufort, Charleston and surroundng areas. Babysitters & Nannies has an arsenal of vetted candidates who are CPR certified and have undergone DMV checks and extensive criminal records checks.

    After you pay a membership fee that comes out to less than $1 a day (and even less with the April discount), you can request a babysitter 24 hours-a-day via phone, email or by filling out a Babysitter Request Form through the Babysitters & Nannies website.

    Make sure you mention SouthernMamas sent you to receive your April discount.

    Also, school will be out sooner than you think and Babysitters & Nannies has summer nannies for elementary kids who are out of school.

    Babysitters & Nannies, Owner/Operator Jenna Lucas, Phone: 843-384-4317; Fax: 843-757-8294 email info@babysittersandnannies.com  or jenna@babysittersandnannies.com ; www.babysittersandnannies.com, 6 Victory Point Circle, Bluffton, SC 29910

    Free face-painting, balloons at opening Sand Gnats game

    Monday, April 5th, 2010

    sand-gnats-2The Savannah Sand Gnats’ Opening Night at Historic Grayson Statium at 7 PM Thurs. April 8 2010 will include FREE face-painting and balloons for kids as they walk in.

    Children’s entertainers will provide the fun. Opening Night game is against the West Virginia Power and includes fireworks after the game.

    Fans can purchase tickets in three ways: 1) online by clicking here. 2) by phone at (912) 351-9150; or 3) in-person at Historic Grayson Stadium

    “Mommy & Me” to “Just for me” children’s music classes

    Sunday, April 4th, 2010

    make-a-joyful-noise-new-logoMake A Joyful Noise early childhood music classes offers opportunities for families who want to try something new and prefer a shorter time commitment : 6 Saturday sessions April 17 – May 22

    9:00 – 9:45 Cycles (3 1/2 – 5 year olds) $131* (parents attend)
    9:45 – 10:20 Dance With Me: 18m – 3 1/2 yr olds $107* (parents attend)
    10:30 – 11:30 Meadow: 4 1/2 – 6 1/2 year olds $157* parents join the last 10 minutes
    11:30 – 12:30 Intro to Keyboard: 6 – 8 year olds $140* parents join the last 10 minutes
    *All prices include home materials

    Summer camps for Rising 2nd – 8th graders include: Multiple Exposure: Guitar/Piano/Percussion/Computer Music – Can’t decide which instrument to learn? Experience them all!
    make-a-joyful-noise-music-class-photoSummer Sounds: Start your summer singing (and drumming and moving!) in this choral camp.
    Sounds of Praise Day Camp Event, June 5 where the day concludes with performing at a local nursing home.
    Family Camp: a musical experience for the entire family! Sing, drum, create, folk-dance and more!
    Family Music: another music opportunity on Saturdays in June & July.
    There is an Around the World camp for 4 – 6 year olds, and an 8-day introductory Music Makers: at the Keyboard class for the older beginner (3rd – 5th grade). 2nd graders and up can explore keyboard and more during Piano Possibilities. There is something for everyone, so join the fun!

    Complete descriptions and registration forms can be found online here
    Call Vicki at 920-6542 for more information.

    Giveaway: free house pressure wash from All American Pressure Cleaning

    Sunday, April 4th, 2010

    all-american-pressure-cleaningAll American Pressure Cleaning has proudly been serving the Lowcountry for over 10 years and this week is offering to a Free “Day at the Spa” for your home to one lucky SouthernMamas reader.

    Win a complete exterior house wash (valued at $300) which includes the removal of all mold, mildew and other surface pollutants utilizing All American’s exclusive low-pressure, soft-wash process and Mildew Preventative Treatment.

  • To enter to win, just share a photo that includes your house somewhere in the photo on the SouthernMamas Facebook Fan Page .  Be sure to become a fan while you’re there! Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs April. 8. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner Fri. April 9.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to subscribe.
  • All American Pressure Cleaning is extending a 10 percent discount to all SouthernMamas readers as well as a free sidewalk cleaning for all House Washes scheduled before May 15.

    all-american-pressure-cleaning-2All American Pressure Cleaning has taken pressure washing to the next level, having spent over a decade developing and refining a proprietary soft wash system of exterior cleaning which incorporates custom engineered equipment, eco-friendly cleaners and a highly trained staff providing the most effective and affordable way to bring back the beauty of your property’s exterior. 

    Mike Vidan, “The Dean of Clean”, All American Pressure Cleaning, 912-308-8544. For lawn care services, All American Property Maintenance

    Lowcountry photographer offers April discount special

    Friday, April 2nd, 2010

    cecillia-b-photography-april-2Lowcountry photographer Cecillia Berger  is offering an ideal April special: a $200 discount off the purchase of a high resolution CD of your full session that includes two file folders, websized for sharing and high res files for printing. Includes all images from your gallery and copyright release. Print to your heart’s content.

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

    cecillia-b-photography-april-1Become a fan of Cecillia B Photography on Facebook to find out about new products and special offers. Just click here. Don’t forget to become a fan because Cecillia B will beannouncing a give away next week and you don’t want to miss it.

    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 CecilliaBPhotography@gmail.com

    Winner of Petite Feet children’s shoes giveaway

    Thursday, April 1st, 2010

    Emily Sontag wins the March Petite Feet giveaway!! Congratulations. Emily wins her choice of a pair of Tsukihoshi children’s or babies shoe that is stock at Petite Feet.

    Petite Feet is Savannah’s newest shoe store for children. Petite Feet’s location at  5521 Abercorn next to Fresh Market and across from Publix has easy  in-and-out parking. petite-feet-button-adShopping at Petite Feet  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. 

    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.

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

    Winner of free season of toddler soccer

    Thursday, April 1st, 2010

    SouthernMamas reader Beth Nichols Watt wins a free session of celtic-soccer-logo.jpgSavannah Celtic’s  Early Goals Spring soccer program, which caters to players ages 3-4.

    The toddler soccer session runs the week of April 12 through the week of May 17 . Registration costs $50 and includes a 6 week program, practice t-shirt, end of the season finale with a medal and certificate.

    Sessions will be held at the Salvation Army fields on the corner of Washington and Bee Rd. (3000 Bee Rd). The Wilmington Island session will be held at Brooks field on Concord Rd. All practices are approx. 30-40 minutes.

    Savannah Celtic already offers programs for older children. But also has a this fun, action-packed toddler program for players ages 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. Chose one of the following sessions:

    Monday 3 PM @ Wilmington Island
    4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17

    Tuesdays 9:30 AM @ Salvation Army
    4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18

    Tuesdays 5:30 PM @ Salvation Army
    4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18

    Thursdays 5:30 PM @ Salvation Army
    4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

    To register your toddler for Early Goals, contact Michell Laing  laing2110@gmail.com , call 912.495.9996
    or click here.