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Archive for May, 2010

Giveaway: $25 gift certificate to Uppercase Living

Monday, May 24th, 2010

uppercase-living-button-adThis week, a lucky SouthernMamas reader will win a $25 gift certificate to Uppercase Living , which specializes in beautiful vinyl expressions and décor that allow you turn any space into a unique expression of you and your family.

  • To enter to win, please visit the Facebook Fan Page for Creative Spaces~ Jamie Strahm, Uppercase Living Independent Demonstrator by clicking here.  Please become a Facebook fan of the page and answer this question on the FB page: What is one of your favorite expressions out of the Uppercase Living catalog that you could see in your home, and what category is it from? Click here to view the catalog. (Example: “Always Remember to Kiss Me Goodnight” out of the category Dreaming, Master Bedroom)
  • Entry period closes at the end of Memorial Day weekend.
  • 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 June 1.
  • As easy to put up as they are to take down, these expressions will bring color, creativity, and comfort into your home, nursery, kitchen, business, or your special event.

    And for an even more personalized touch, you can use the online MyDesign Suite, which offers an easy way to create an expression that is all your own.

    Something new and exciting that Uppercase Living is now offering: Photo Prints! Upload your photo on MyDesign Suite, and Uppercase Living will make a photo print for you. You can have the entire photo made into a photo print, or you can select something specific and Uppercase Living will create it for you. Better yet, these are removable and repositionable, so you can use them over and over.

    uppercase-2-alligatorWhat a fun idea for birthday or graduation parties.

    Uppercase Living expressions are also ideal for weddings. (Think the wall behind cake table, the guest book table or get-away car.)
    Other uses include:

    * Children’s sport number
    * My Family faces
    * Sport silhouettes & objects (soccer ball, baseball player, tennis, golf, dancer, etc.)
    * Cause ribbons

    * Store front windows
    * Advertise Sales
    * Dressing rooms
    * Classrooms

    Host an Open House!
    Uppercase Living products are not sold in stores, so the best way to tell your family and friends about this fabulous discovery is by hosting an open house. By becoming an Uppercase Living hostess, you can receive free products and half- off catalog items. At your open house, you and your guests will get product ideas and tips, and see how easy it is to apply the expressions and embellishments.

    uppercase-3-vineBecome an Uppercase Living Independent Demonstrator!
    As a leader in the vinyl lettering and décor industry, Uppercase Living offers an exciting opportunity and a chance to dream big. For a low cost of $99, you can start your own business!
    Uppercase Living Demonstrators enjoy:
    Flexible hours
    Increased ability to balance work and family
    Incredible earning potential
    Travel awards and other incentives
    Discounts on Uppercase Living expressions
    Sharing an amazing new product that sells itself
    Helping others transform their homes
    Making new friends

    uppercase-4-familyWith Uppercase Living being fairly new to Savannah and the surrounding areas, this is the perfect time to join!

    To view the catalogues, create your own expressions on the MyDesign Suite, and place your online orders, click here.

    For more information on becoming an Independent Demonstrator or Hostess, product information, or to purchase a gift certificate, e-mail Savannah Indepedent Demonstrator Jamie Strahm at  or call (913) 526-9123.

    How to help a Savannah boy with a brain tumor

    Monday, May 24th, 2010

    Trevor Parker, 6, of SavannahTrevor Parker of Savannah had a brain tumor removed last week.

    He’s 6.

    Perhaps too young to fully grasp the severity of his medical condition.

    But someday he’ll understand how important it was that the tumor was found, that his parents were persistent in search for answers to his symptoms and that a doctor finally listened to them.

    Fortunately, the tumor does not appear to be cancer and is instead a benign teratoma. But doctors are awaiting test results to be certain.

    Trevor’s story is a reminder of what parents of children who are sick know all too well: trust your gut instincts when it comes to your kids’ health.

    Trevor Parker’s family is facing mounting medical bills as a result of his condition. If you’d like to help, you can donate to the Trevor Parker Fund at any Sea Island Bank branch, or send an e-mail to

    Get Kids Interested in Their Own Health

    Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

    veggiesBelow is a guest post from Sarah Leonard of Nursing Degrees.

    As parents, we do the best we can to make sure our kids are healthy, well-adjusted little people. But our endeavors can only go so far. You may make a concerted effort to keep your own house free of chips, soda, and processed foods, but what happens when they go over to little Debbie’s house down the street and come home stuffed full of ding-dongs and pizza? Or when you send them off to school only to find that they’ve traded their PB&J for money to use in the vending machine? How can you be sure your kids are making healthy choices when you’re not there to guide them?

    It’s easier than you think. Kids are receptive to learning the lessons you want to dish out, if you can just find a way to make it fun. When kids are small, this is pretty easy. Are you teaching your child the names of colors? Use different fruits and vegetables to demonstrate. Whenever they list the right color, give them a bite. This will probably work better if you use foods you know they like, but getting them to branch out by throwing in interesting items that are also tasty (exotic produce like starfruit, guava, and kiwi, for example) can make it more fun. Or make a story out of snack time by coming up with a reason that the celery, peanut butter, and raisin concoction is called ants on a log. Creativity will earn you major points when it comes to teaching your kids about nutrition.

    As they start to get older, turn to the internet for a little help. Dozens of health-conscious websites cater to kids with information and activities. One of the best is Kids Health , which offers games, movies, and even experiments that teach your kids about eating right and staying healthy. Kidnetic is also great in that it offers not only games and quizzes, but also a section on easy-to-make recipes that kids will not only love, but they can help make. Don’t forget, the internet can be a great tool for you, too. There is a wealth of information available for parents looking for the latest news on children’s health issues, as well as tips and tricks to get your kids to eat right.

    And don’t forget exercise. A healthy child is an active child, so be sure they’re spending some time running around each day. Take them to the park, or just head to the backyard for a little soccer or a game of catch. Kids need to hone their motor skills and I don’t mean with an Xbox controller. And be honest, you could probably use a little movement yourself. Get out there and join them…you’ll all have some healthy fun!

    Guest Post by: Sarah Leonard of Nursing Degrees.

    Winner of the Totally Bowlicious giveaway

    Thursday, May 20th, 2010

    Marie-Ricky Vazquez wins a Totally “Bow”quet from Totally Bowlicious, which specializes in fun hair accessories with a touch of whimsy for little girls.

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway contest. These bowquets can be custom made to suit any occasion.

    Look for another giveaway from a different business to be announced here Monday.

    Make Father’s Day Gifts at Starlight Pottery’s Kids’ Night Out

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

    Forget trying to find the perfect Father’s Day gift. startlight-potteryThe last Friday night of each month is Kids Night Out at Starlight Pottery, 7070 Hodgson Memorial Drive. And this month, from 6-8 PM Fri. May 28, kids will make Father’s Day gifts at the paint-your-own pottery studio.

    For ages 5 and up. $25 per child includes pottery painting, pizza and drink, games and more!
    Drop off your kids for this very popular event.
    Reservations required: 303-9599.

    On the last Thursday of each month, Starlight Pottery hosts LADIES NIGHT OUT
    The next Ladies Night Out is 6-9 PM Thurs May 27. Gather your friends and reserve a table. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink. Price of the pottery is all you pay, no additional studio fee or after hours fee!
    Call today to reserve a table: 303-9599.

    Starlight Pottery’s studio is in mid-town Savannah. The studio is in the Eisenhower Shopping Plaza at the intersection of Eisenhower and Hodgson Memorial Drive. Starlight Pottery is a great place to host your next birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower, youth group, ladies group, etc. Bring your Girl Scout or Boy Scout troops, too. Become a fan on Facebook and receive special announcements and offers.

    The Ballet School’s Perfect Princess Summer Camps in Savannah

    Monday, May 17th, 2010

    perfect-princess-campWhen it comes to summer camps, there are those for whom only tulle and tiaras will do.

    If your tot falls into the frilly set, check out The Ballet School’s Perfect Princess Camps in Savannah.

    Little princesses will receive an introduction to the fundamentals of both movement and classical dance techniques while learning about fun fairytale characters and famous ballet stories.

    The tiny Cinderellas and Snow Whites will also have dress-up time and craft time, including decorating their own tu-tus and tiaras. Dancers may bring their favorite princess gown or costume on Monday to use throughout the week at “special dress-up times”.

    The camp includes a magical tea party, princess spa and hair day. A photograph will be taken on her majestic throne. On the last day, “A ROYAL INVITATION” is offered for the family of the princess for a fabulous “Runway Show” and a short dance combination will be performed. Don’t forget your cameras!

    Perfect Princess Camps:
    3-5 year olds (June 7-11, June 14-18, July 26-30): 9:30 AM – 12 PM
    6-11 year olds (June 14-18 and July 26-30): 12:30 PM – 3 PM
    $135/individual session/$15 registration per family
    10 percent discount for families with multiple children

    For the older set, The Ballet School also offers a Ballet Summer Intensive Workshop.

    Summer Intensive Workshops for Intermediate and Advanced Ballet
    June 1-3, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – $150/session
    July 12-16, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – $245/session
    August 9-13, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – $245/session
    Workshop will be provided by Heidi M. Spivey-Carter, Karen Burns and Christina Bunn. This intensive will cover classical ballet with a strong concentration on technique, pointe, variations, pilates mat, character and nutrition.

    The Ballet School, 10010 Abercorn St., Suite 8, Savannah, (912) 925-0903 or email,

    Sophie the Giraffe available at the Lowcountry’s Island Child

    Monday, May 17th, 2010

    The most popular toy in France for 50 years, sophie-the-giraffeSophie the Giraffe is now sold at Island Child on Hilton Head Is. and via their online store.

    The toy, made by Vulli, was produced in France in 1961. Sophie’s such a sought-after teething toy for babies, Island Child owner Senny Powell said her boutique can barely keep them in stock.

    Made of 100 percent natural rubber from the Hevea tree and painted with food paint, Sophie is soft and safe. Check out Sophie by clicking here.

    The Island Child store is in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Is. You can also order clothes on The Island Child  Web site . Or call 1.888.705.5437 or 843.686.5437.

    (Savannah geocaching) Geocaching has arrived at Georgia State Parks

    Monday, May 17th, 2010

    geocachinggopher_smile_small1The new Georgia State Parks Geo-Challenge invites GPS-toting geocaching explorers to travel trails in search of hidden caches.

    Adventure seekers use a GPS unit to find hidden treasures, then share their experiences online. Caches usually contain trinkets that geocachers can keep, replacing them with something else. Some trackable items, called travel bugs, make their way across the country and create a story as they go.

    With the new Georgia State Parks Geo-Challenge, players download a PassPort by clicking here, find hidden stamps in each cache to spell out the PassPort’s message and collect custom geocoins.

    Forty-two state parks have hidden caches with “first to find” prizes of a free night of camping. Three parks also have more elusive “bonus caches.” Players go to to find the GPS coordinates for each hidden box. After their journey, players can talk about the parks and what they found.

    Caches are hidden in public-access areas, so treasure hunters will not venture off trails or into remote locations.

    Savannah Young Breast Cancer Survivors Retreat

    Monday, May 17th, 2010

    pink_ribbon_imageThe Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center invites breast cancer survivors and their caregivers to a free afternoon retreat.

    Young Breast Cancer Survivors Retreat
    10 AM-2 PM Sat. June 5
    Jepson Center for the Arts Auditorium, 207 West York St., downtown Savannah

    RSVP by May 28 to Jennifer Currin-McCulloch at 350-7845 or

    Speakers include: John Duttenhaver, M.D., a radiation oncologist at the Anderson Cancer Institute, on factors that influence a
    healthy survivorship; Christopher Haberman, M.D., medical oncologist at Summit Cancer Care, on genetic aspects of cancer and inherited family cancer syndromes; Susan Lamb, Ph.D., psychologist at Savannah Psychotherapy Center, on relationship dynamics
    after cancer and how to open communication and intimacy and regain self-esteem; Whitney Shingler, R.D., clinical dietitian at the Anderson Cancer Institute, on nutrition tips to live healthy and keep cancer from returning.

    Free and open to all breast cancer survivors and their caregivers.

    This program is made possible by a grant from the Southeast Georgia Cancer Alliance, part of the Georgia Cancer Coalition.

    Giveaway: gift basket of hair bows from Totally Bowlicious

    Sunday, May 16th, 2010

    totally-bowThis week,  catch the hair bow bouquet. Win a Totally “Bow”quet from Totally Bowlicious, a cuter-than-cute online store that specializes in fun hair accessories with a touch of whimsy for little girls.

    The Totally “Bow”quet has 2 flower clips, a cupcake bow, a bottle cap bow, a preppy stipe bow, a zebra fabric flower clip, and two clippies. These bowquets can be custom made to suit any occasion.

  • To enter to win, visit the Totally Bowlicious Facebook Fan Page by clicking here,  become a Facebook fan of Totally Bowlicious and comment on their wall about what Totally Bowlicious product you love best. See the products here.
  • Entry period closes at the end of this week.
  • 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 this weekend.