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Archive for September, 2010

SouthernMamas receive 10 percent off educational Discovery Toys

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

discovery-toysLocal Discovery Toys Educational Consultant Donna Blas Cartwright is offering SouthernMamas 10 percent off your first purchase from her Discovery Toy Shop. Click here to start shopping and use the promotional code SOUTHERNMAMA912 to get the deal.

Donna – who is a Bluffton mother of four, retired Real Estate sales agent and wife of a military chaplain  – chose to become an Educational Consultant because she said Discovery Toys offers the most outstanding developmental products for families – products of the highest quality with extraordinary value. Even after a decade, DT Toys still have the same quality and continue to strive for better and fun products. They’ve been around for about 30 years or so.

Through a high level of open-ended play, Discovery Toys products encourage a child’s positive growth and development, says Donna. Children love the toys because they are fun, and while they are playing, they are learning.

Discovery Toys also provides a meaningful business opportunity. It’s a career that allows you to build your work schedule around your family while earning an income that supports your lifestyle. For more info, click here.

Holiday sessions with Savannah/Hilton Head photographer Britt Anderson

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

britt-anderson-holiday-2010britt-anderson-holiday-session-2010-2Are you looking to get the perfect present for family and loved ones?

Family portraits are just the thing for the holidays. Portraits are what we look back on, day in and day out as they hang in our homes, reminding us of the people we love. They are a timeless gift, and you can never go wrong when giving them.

Holiday Sessions with Britt Anderson Photography are just what you need this season. There are four options to choose from, including the ever popular digital collections.

All sessions include a set of 25, 5×7 flat custom holiday cards. You better believe, people will be oohing and ahhing over these when they get them in the mail. Nothing better than bragging on your beautiful family with gorgeous portrait cards. You can see a small sampling of those cards here, and full offerings here.

britt-anderson-holiday-2010-3The Jolly Session is the print option, giving you 1-8×10, 2-5×7’s and a set of 8 wallets for $200.

The Jingle Session gives you your 5 favorite images on disk with a print release for $225.

The Merry Session gives you 10 of your favorite images on disk with a print release for $325.

The best value of all if the Joyful Session, which gives you all of the images from our session (between 15-20) for $425.

For more details regarding sessions, please check the website here.

Contact Britt today at contact@brittandersonphotography or by giving her a call at 912-966-0498. Let Britt capture those memories to last a lifetime.

Tybee Island Pirate Fest Schedule 2010

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

pirate-head1Tybee Island Pirate Fest is Oct. 8-10. The fest includes such kid-friendly attractions as the ever popular pirate parade along Butler Avenue; Captain Jim & Krew Illusion Show; Petting Zoo; Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship where pirates are available for pictures; Pet Costume Contest; Children’s Costume Contest; limbo contest; and more.

For a schedule of the kids events at the Tybee Island Pirate Fest, click here.

World’s Largest Cruise Night at Edgewood Travel in Savannah

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

edgewood-travelLocal residents can get a taste of life at sea when Edgewood Travel in Savannah hosts an event supporting World’s Largest Cruise Night 5-8 PM Wed. Oct. 13, 2010.

The evening of cruise festivities which helps mark National Cruise Vacation Month will be at Edgewood’s offices at 105 Wheeler Court.

Highlights of this year’s World’s Largest Cruise Night include: reduced deposits, door prizes, on board credits and special promotional rates. To help cruisers and potential cruisers get a real feel for the cruise industry and its offerings, trained travel professionals will be on hand to give unbiased expert advice and assist with cruise planning. RSVP to if you would like to drop by during the World’s Largest Cruise Night.

For more information about cruise lines, ships, itineraries and worldwide cruise destinations, visit Edgewood Travel at 105 Wheeler Court or at Or, call today at 912-351-0570 or 800-966-2779 to speak with any of our cruise vacation experts.

Homeschooling help: Savannah, Bluffton homeschool offer from Mama & Company

Monday, September 27th, 2010

homeschooling-mama-and-co-2Below is a guest post from Lowcountry homeschool expert Donna Cartwright of Beaufort-County-based Mama & Company:

Interested in homeschooling but don’t know where to start?
here! Southern Mama Readers get a ONE FREE CONSULTATION email. Email your question to

Are you a thinking of homeschooling? I was in your shoes not too long ago! She did a lot of research and asked a few friends who homeschooled what they do. I learned more about curriculums they use and local support groups. Joining a local homeschool cooperative allowed me to talk to other mamas and see what they like as a curriculum and also how they taught inside their homes. I just loved meeting new people and making new friends. Homeschoolers are a unique commmunity.

If you’re a military family like we are, the only stability really for the children is the parent who stays home with the child. Let’s face it, the other parent (whether Mama or Daddy) deploys for months to years at a time. Homeschooling is taking this ‘stability’ to the next level.

Check out some books at the library about home schooling to help you decide if you want to do this. Only you can make the decision but be realistic with what you can handle and cannot. You certainly don’t want to take the kids out of school and realize this is not for you.

Take advantage of the ONE FREE CONSULTATION email offer to get your homeschool question answered. Email For more homeschooling info, click here.

The above was a guest post from homeschooling expert Donna Cartwright of Mama & Company.

For more homeschooling resources in Savannah and the Lowcountry, click here.

Saturday morning sessions of physical science activities for grades K-8

Monday, September 27th, 2010

KOOLSCIENCES4KIDZ presents: Saturday morning sessions of physical science activities at Southwest Middle School, 6030 Ogeechee Road, Savannah.
One session for grades k-5; a second session for grades 6-8. Medical students from Mercer University Medical Mentors program will be involved with teaching and will present free science sessions related to the medical field.
For session dates, sample topics, or to sign up, click here.
Cost.: $48 a month. Includes materials
912-660-3442 email:

Meet the mom who started Savannah’s The Next Generation

Monday, September 27th, 2010

heather-and-luke-fountainHeather Fountain, a local mother of two, co-founded The Next Generation, a volunteer organization founded to benefit the Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center.

Click here to read about how her son Luke’s serious medical condition inspired Heather to start The Next Generation and how you can help support their efforts. Volunteers with The Next Generation donate their time, talents and financial resources to help Backus patients and families experience a little happiness while combating life-threatening conditions.

Next Generation BBQ, Brews & Bluegrass Fall Festival at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 3-7 p.m. Sun. Oct. 3, 2010
Face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin patch, train rides and more to benefit Backus Children’s Hospital. 601 W. Harris St. (912) 350-1524, 350-6374 or

“Trick or Treat” song on Justin Roberts’ new CD Jungle Gym

Monday, September 27th, 2010

halloween-ghostHalloween songs are tough to find. Until now.

Kindie rock musician Justin Roberts has a fun “Trick or Treat” song on his new CD Jungle Gym that may just become a Halloween classic

“Everyone’s outside, bags are open wide,
Cuz we’re ready to trick-or-trick-or-trick-or-trick-or treat!
Falling leaves will soar, we’ll go door to door,
Cuz we’re ready to trick-or-trick-or-trick-or-trick-or TREAT!”
-Justin Roberts, from the song “Trick or Treat”

Listen by clicking here . View Justin and his Not Ready for Naptime Players and their high energy performance here

For Savannah/Bluffton/Hilton Head Halloween festivals and pumpkin patches, click here.

On having a photo shoot with Savannah children’s photographer LeeAnn Ritch

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

francie-leeann-ritch-1hart-leeann-ritch-1Popular Savannah family portrait photographer LeeAnn Ritch recently took photos my two children, ages 3 & 1, at Tybee’s North Beach.  

Beforehand, I was completely stressed about how my kids would behave. If they would behave.  But a mere two minutes into the session, I could see that LeeAnn had mesmorized them both!

During the photo shoot, my 3-year-old son turned to me and whispered: “Mommy, I don’t want to be a fire-fighter anymore. I want to be a PHOTOGRAPHER.” He is in awe of LeeAnn. So am I.  Here are  few samples of her shots from that beautiful evening that included magical September light, clear moon and sunset.

francie-leeann-ritch-2hart-leeann-ritch-2Not only is LeeAnn Ritch a natural-life aficinado with a knack for turning out unfussy photos that shine, the mother of two is also a pro at relating to children and making photo sessions fun and stress-free. My kids relished being in front of her lens.

LeeAnn Ritch Photography is currently offering a fall special: $300 for a session and CD! (regular $575). Check out some of her work here. LeeAnn Ritch specializes in newborn, baby, child, and family photography.

Click here to book a session. Be sure to mention SouthernMamas to take advantage of the fall special. Try to take advantage of the pre-Daylight savings lighting. To follow LeeAnn Ritch’s work and stay updated on her specials, be sure to “like” her Facebook page by clicking here.

 LeeAnn Ritch Photography, 912.308.9327 or email

Parents urged to secure TVs, furniture; one child dies every two weeks due to tipovers

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

tipover_pdf1U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is asking parents to inspect and secure TVs, furniture and appliances in child-proofing efforts. On average, one child dies every two weeks due to tipovers.

Between 2000 and 2008, CPSC staff received reports of nearly 200 tipover related deaths involving children 8 and younger. Nearly all of these fatalities (93%) involved children 5 and younger.

More than 16,000 children five years old and younger were treated in emergency rooms because of injuries associated with TVs, furniture, and appliance tipovers according to CPSC staff’s most recent estimates from 2006. To read more and to learn how to prevent tip-overs, click here.

This year, the CPSC is intensifying its outreach efforts by partnering with numerous organizations, including clinics and second-hand stores, to disseminate a two minute PSA including a powerful testimonial of a parent who lost her two-year-old in a TV tipover incident and a poster. In addition, consumers will be able to stream a 20 second version of the PSA through October 23, 2010 by texting TVFALL to 878787.