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Savannah baby photographer offers 2010 holiday special

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

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nicole-williams-baby-1-2010-postOne look at the amazing portaits by Savannah baby and child photographer Nicole Williams and you can tell she adores taking photos of babies.

So all of you new and expectant mothers will be thrilled to learn that Nicole’s popular photography business – Memories for Keepsake, Photographyby Nicole - is offering SouthernMamas readers a fabulous holiday special: $50 off your portrait session fees from now through Dec. 15.

If you’re pregnant and book your session (date obviously flexible) before Dec. 15, 2010, Memories for Keepsake Photography will honor the $50 off the session fee.

To book a session, contact Nicole Williams 912.596.0832 or email info@memoriesforkeepsake.com. Click here to see more examples of Nicole’s extraordinary work.

Giveaway: two tickets to Nutcracker family matinee Nov. 27 in Savannah

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

UPDATE: WINNER IS Andrea Ginsberg. Congratulations, Andrea!
nutcracker-2010This week, win two tickets to the Nutcracker matinee performance Nov. 27 presented by Savannah Danse Theatre at Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. in downtown Savannah.

To enter to win, share one Thanksgiving tradition you’re really looking forward to this year. Comment under this post by clicking on comments or on the SouthernMamas Facebook page by clicking here. Deadline to enter is Sun. Nov. 7. We’ll announce the winner here.

The Nutcracker in Savannah – Family Show
Saturday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m.
Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.
Presented by Savannah Danse TheaterPrices: $10 General Admission (additional service fees may apply).
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 912-525-5050, at the Savannah Box Office window, 216 E. Broughton St., or at the door 1 hour prior to the event.
This magical ballet is brought to life with a special Savannah flavor from the party scene at the Gingerbread House to flowers waltzing in Forsyth Park and Savannah River Rats trying to spoil it all. This talented cast of Savannah’s dancers and special guest artists along with a special “meet and greet” with your favorite Nutcracker characters, makes this a memorable and heart warming performance. Begin your Holiday Season with Savannah Danse Theatre’s “The Nutcracker in Savannah.”

The Nutcracker in Savannah Featuring the Savannah Philharmonic Orch.
Sat. Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.
Presented by Savannah Danse Theater Prices: $27 – $50 (additional service fees may apply).
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 912-525-5050, at the Savannah Box Office window, 216 E. Broughton St., or at the door 1 hour prior to the event.
This magical ballet is brought to life with a special Savannah flavor from the party scene at the Gingerbread House to flowers waltzing in Forsyth Park and Savannah River Rats trying to spoil it all. This talented cast of Savannah’s dancers and special guest artists along with the famous Tchaikovsky’s musical score performed by The Savannah Philharmonic, makes this a memorable heart warming performance. Begin your Holiday Season with Savannah Danse Theatre’s “The Nutcracker in Savannah.”

An affordable family-friendly pirate hotel in St. Augustine that’s every kid’s dream

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

pirate-haus-st-augustineOverpriced, cookie-cutter hotels aren’t your thing. Especially when traveling with the kids. Which is why you need to add the Pirate Haus Inn in St. Augustine to your list of affordable, family-friendly places to visit.

My family stayed in the quirky pirate-themed hostel with private rooms after the Yo Gabba Gabba concert in Jacksonville. Not only are the rooms cheap (and include an all-you-can-eat pirate pancake breakfast), but the place is centrally-located smack dab in the middle of St. Augustine’s Historic District.

Chances are the inn’s communal kitchen, transom windows and high-ceiling hallway will remind you of your college dorm or the youth hostels you stayed in while back-packing around Europe. In other words, this ain’t your posh Westin. But it is the type of place your kids will love.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why Your Kids Will Never Forget the Pirate Haus:

1. Owner is a charming character called Captain Conrad, who is known to periodically don pirate-costumes and engage kids in pirate talk and occasional pretend sword fights. 

2. At check-in, kids are given a stack of age-appropriate pirate bedtime stories to take to their bunk beds.

pirate-haus-exterior3. That’s right. We said bunk beds. Kids sleep in bunk beds. Get ready to hear “I call top bunk! the minute you open the room door.

4. Communal TV/computer room is teeming with pirate-themed toys for the tots.

5. Free, all-you-can pirate-themed pancakes for breakfast overlooking St. Augustine Historic district.

6.  Just a short stroll to Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (cannon firings), the Black Raven (an authentic pirate ship in St. Augustine) and Project SWING (a city park with a 23,000-square-foot wooden playground featuring a castle, pirate ship, lighthouse, space shuttle) as well as oodles of restaurants and other kid-friendly attractions.

7. Pirates bedeck everything in this place from the stairwell to the shower curtains. The walls are painted with sails, ships, crows nests and more.

8. It’s the perfect place to stay when in town to visit the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, expected to open later this year, or during any of St. Augustine’s pirate-themed events including the upcoming St. Augustine Pirate Gathering (Nov. 12-14) which will feature blackpowder demos, historical re-enactments, a vendor marketplace and more.

pirate-haus-stairs9. Even Disney liked the Pirate Haus, as it was mentioned in Disney’s Family Fun Magazine.

10. While this may not matter to the kids,  rooms also come with free wi-fi and start at $50, which makes mom and dad very happy.

The Pirate Haus Inn, 32 Treasury Street, St. Augustine, FL, (904) 808-1999, www.piratehaus.com

Disclosure: We stayed at The Pirate Haus Inn at no cost for this review

Savannah Spanish lessons for children, toddlers

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

spanish-classes-for-kidsSouthernMamas readers have long asked for Savannah-area Spanish classes for kids. We have it!

Bilingual Speech Pathologist Lorena Luna-Bradfield M.S. CCC/SLP offers these upcoming classes to help your child learn a second language through music and dance:

SPANISH FOR Toddlers:
A fun environment is created where learning takes place naturally. Students learn basic Spanish through music, games, crafts and basic sign language and dance. Classes mainly concentrate on teaching little ones basic Spanish concepts and words through bilingual children’s music. Classes organized into series of 8 classes. Meeting one time weekly for 45 minute sessions. Special Intro price $125 for 8 classes.

SPANISH FOR CHILDREN
This class is geared toward school age children from 5 to 10 years of age. The Risas y Sonrisas music and teaching guides are utilized for increased success. Children are also given handouts and simple homework assignments to practice the Spanish vocabulary.

BABY SIGNS
This 6-week series of “play classes” helps parents & toddlers learn signs through theme-based songs, games &books. Tuition includes Sign,Say & Play ™ Kit for you to keep! Tuition is $135.

Please email Lorena Bradfield for further information, class time and dates at llbradfield@gmail.com

Lorena Luna-Bradfield is a board licensed Speech Language Pathologist specializing in treatment of medically fragile children, as well as toddlers and children with an array of speech and langue delays. Lorena is a native Mexican-American and fully fluent in Spanish. Lorena enjoys working with children and offering Spanish classes through a fun engaging curriculum including music, dance and basic sign language. You can contact Lorena at llbradfield@gmail.com or 956-561-1576 work cell; 106A Oglethopre Professional Court

Savannah private school open houses for school year 2011-12

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

schoolhouseA slew of open houses at schools are happening this season. If you are looking into schools for the 2011-12 school year, below are a few open houses to check out. To access this list throughout the school year, visit the Savannah private school open house page, included in the Pages list on the left side of the main page of SouthernMamas.

If you’d like to have a school included in this list, please email the info to anne@southernmamas.com:

St. James Catholic School
8412 Whitfield Ave., Savannah
www.sjcs-savannahga.org
facebook.com/stjamescatholicschool
9:30 AM Tues Nov. 9 for pre-K and grades 1-8
9:30 AM Tues. Jan. 11 for pre-K and kindergarten
8:30 AM-1 PM Sun. Jan. 30 for pre-K and grades 1-8 “Show and Tell”
6 PM Tues. March 15 for pre-K and grades 1-8
Open registration begins:
Pre-K and kindergarten: 9 AM-3 PM Tues. Feb. 22
Grades 1-8: 9 AM-3 PM Wed. Feb. 23
Contact: Alice Atchison at 912.355.3132 ext. 319

Blessed Sacrament School
1003 E. Victory Drive
9 AM Tues. Dec. 7
Open house for prospective pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students and their parents at the school’s Kindergarten Roundup, which lets parents see the school in action. Prospective students and parents will get a tour of the school where they will meet the pre-K and kindergarten teachers and see classes in action. Parents will learn more about the school and have the opportunity to fill out registration applications.
Please contact the school in advance to sign up for the roundup. Call (912) 356-6987.
The day will be pirate-themed: Come sail on The Jolly B.S.S. for an adventure in learning!

Sign up for youth basketball in Savannah, Chatham County area

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

ymca-youth-basketballPut play in your day!

Sign up for YMCA youth basketball with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. Ages 6 and under learn fundamentals of the game and skill exercises in Micro-basketball and ages 7-18 learn healthy competition and sportsmanship.

Pricing for members and non-members. With branches in eight nearby communities, you’ll find a YMCA nearby with programs for you and your family. Visit www.YmcaOfCoastalGa.org for more information.

The Yo Gabba Gabba Live! There’s a Party in My City show features favorite characters, songs

Friday, October 29th, 2010

yo-gabba-gabba-live-concertIf your kids are like mine, they’re fans of the Nickelodeon show Yo Gabba Gabba! We had the chance to attend the Jacksonville show Oct. 27, and my kids loved the the colorful, kid-friendly romp and still periodically shout out “We love Yo Gabba Gabba.”

The Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: There’s a Party In My City show features all of your favorite characters, including DJ Lance Rock and costumed characters Muno, Plex, Foofa, Brobie and Toodee. Biz Markie also makes a cameo appearance, beat boxing with children from the audience. The fast-paced show includes the most popular Yo Gabba Gabba songs, such as “Don’t be Afraid,” “There’s a Party in My Tummy”and “Bubbles”.

If you want to take your kids to show, there are plenty of dates remaining on the 60-city tour including Columbia, S.C. on Nov. 2 and Knoxville, Tenn. on Nov. 3. For more cities the tour will visit click here.  Check out the Get Tickets page for a list of the shows.

Disclosure: We received tickets at no cost for this review.

Visit Starlight Pottery in Savannah to create unique, personal holiday gifts

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

starlight_logo-copyAlready worried about your holiday gift list? Check out the November events at Starlight Pottery, 7070 Hodgson Memorial Drive to help you create unique, personal gifts.

Tippy Toes Pottery  Days at Starlight Pottery will be:
Tuesday, Nov. 2 10am-2pm
Saturday, Nov. 6 10am-2pm
Tuesday, Nov. 9 10am-2pm
Amanda Reed of Tippy Toes Pottery will be at the studio to assist you with printing your child’s hands and feet. Then Amanda will turn your child’s handprints and footprints into amazing Christmas gifts – plates, platters, frames, mugs, and ornaments will be available.

Don’t forget about Ladies Night Out – Thursday, Nov 4 6pm-9pm: Ladies, get your friends together, reserve a table, and come create! You’re welcome to bring your own food and drink. Price of the pottery is all you pay -no additional studio fee or after hours fee. This is a great time to get started on Christmas gifts. Call 912.303.9599 to reserve a table.

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Tippy Toes Pottery

Kids Night Out Saturday, Nov. 6 6pm-9pm: Starlight Pottery’s Thanksgiving Celebration for Kids $30 per child (ages 5 and up) includes pizza and drinks, Thanksgiving pottery painting projects, games and lots of fun! Reservations necessary as space is very limited 912.303.9599.

SouthernMamas readers receive a Startlight Pottery discount through Dec. 31 , 2010: Book a birthday party with 8 or more guests and the birthday child paints free (Up to a $15 value).

For more info or to make reservations for a Tippy Toes Pottery Days, Kids Night Out, or Ladies Night Out , call 912.303.9599.

Starlight Pottery’s paint-your-own-pottery 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. Become a fan on Facebook and receive special announcements and offers.

Classic Kids partners with Michelle L Morris Photography

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

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Savannah Children’s Book Festival set for Nov. 13

Monday, October 25th, 2010

savannah-childrens-book-festivalSavannah Children’s Book Festival at Forsyth Park
10 AM-4 PM Sat. Nov. 13
Celebrate the joy of reading and the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling. Meet children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country.
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah
Featuring Anna Dewdney author of “Llama Llama Red Pajama”, Judy Schachner author of “Skippyjon Jones”, Music Alive! and more.
Rain location: Savannah Civic Center
For more info, call 912.652.3689
www.liveoakpl.org

blu owl photography in Savannah offers holiday special and discount

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

blu_owl_promo_holiday-sessions-2010There is still time to book your holiday session and take advantage of an amazing holiday special from blu owl photography.

the blu owl photography $200 holiday session includes:
a set of 25 5×7 flat, press printed holiday cards.
30-40 minute portrait session in Savannah.
Images in an online proofing gallery.
1 8 x 10 Print.
$50 print credit.
5 Web-friendly files to share with family/friends.

blu owl offers several holiday designs to choose from.  Additional sets of cards, prints or high resolution files can be purchases. Cards have custom greeting.

Book a weekday session and receive 10 percent. www.bluowlphotography.com, 912-656-4023 or email info@bluowlphotography.com

Giveaway: Georgia State Parks Annual Family Membership

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

UPDATE: Winner is Sarah Peay Baxter! Congratulations Sarah!

georga-state-park-lodgesThis week, SouthernMamas is giving away: one Friends of Georgia State Parks Annual Family Membership, which includes two annual park/historic site passes, two free rounds of golf OR two camping nights, and one adult/one child SAM shortline ticket and special park discounts.  Here’s how to win.

leafwatchFall is here – the perfect time to enjoy Georgia’s fall colors and get the family fit and moving. What could be better than hiking through freshly fallen leaves at our Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites? Share your favorite part of fall and the harvest season by posting a fall photo on the SouthernMamas Facebook fan page for a chance to win a Friends Of Georgia State Parks Annual Family Membership. Click here to go the SouthernMamas Facebook fan page.

This year Georgia State Parks is partnering with the Georgia Forestry Commission to provide weekly updates on the best places to see foliage this Fall, you can check it out at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/LeafWatch. Plan a fall foliage weekend with the family. Georgia State Parks & Lodges offer a variety of comfortable hotel-style lodge rooms at affordable prices. Or, simply head out for the day, park fees are just $5 per day and there are tons of recreational offerings for the entire family, from hiking and biking trails, to canoeing, kayaking and golf, there is an activity to fit every lifestyle. Best of all you can enjoy the tranquility of the great outdoors in style with a comfortable bed and hotel-style amenities.

About Leaf Watch
To help leaf peepers plan their fall escapes, Georgia’s State Parks have launched “Leaf Watch 2010” in partnership with Georgia Forestry Commission to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether heading north for hiking and waterfalls or south for canoeing and camping, “Leaf Watch 2010” offers advice on where to find the best color at Georgia’s state parks. Found at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/LeafWatch throughout October and November, travelers can get updates on fall color, learn safe hiking tips, and make reservations for the many campsites, cottages and lodge rooms offered at Georgia’s state parks. New this year is a partnership with Georgia Forestry Commission and a webcam at Black Rock Mountain State Park near Clayton, Ga. Expert foresters will advise travelers about overall color, specific tree species and even the weather’s effect on leaf watching. The webcam will provide a glimpse of color progressing across the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Deadline to enter to win is Sun. Oct. 31. We’ll announce the winner here Sunday.

UPDATE: Winner is Sarah Peay Baxter!

Summit Gymnastics in Savannah offers preschool classes for babies, toddlers

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

 summit-gymnastics-logoSummit Gymnastics on Savannah’s Southside, which offers SouthernMamas readers 10 percent off your first session.  Classes for a variety of ages including preschoolers (ages 18 months to 5 year olds); recreational and tumbling classes for children ages 6 and up; as well as active babies Saturday sessions for children 24 months and younger.   Click here for more info. The preschool classes are split into different age groups including a separate group for 18 months to 2 year olds. For class times, age groups and costs, click here. (912) 921-1034, email: summitgymnastics@yahoo.com.

Ms Amy’s School of Music in Savannah offers parent-and-me children’s music classes

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

 amyschoolmusicMs. Amy’s School of Music in Savannah has early childhood music education classes that start the first week of November on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Ms Amy will be teaching the following mommy and me music classes: 9:00-9:45 (6 – 18 months) 10:00-10:45 (18 months – 3 years) 11:00-11:45 (3 – 5 years). For class descriptions, click here. Contact Ms. Amy’s School of Music in Savannah  via email at msamyschoolofmusic@gmail.com with any questions or if you would like a registration form. All students must be registered for the new term no later that Oct. 27. Payment is accepted for the term at the first class. Classes are held at 2421 Waters Ave. near Daffin Park. For a schedule of available class times, visit www.msamyschoolofmusic.com.

A Standing Ovation for Savannah Children’s Theatre

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

If you haven’t taken your kids to a show at  The Savannah Children’s Theatre, then y’all are savannah-childrens-theatre-button-admissing out on one of our local treasures.

Just returned from seeing Sarah Plain and Tall, the Newberry Medal winning story of a widowed farmer, his children and the charming woman who would change their lives forever. It was an engaging and refreshingly simple production – with local talented children playing all the roles. My 3-year-old son talked non-stop about the show the whole way home. 

This is the third production we’ve seen at this amazing theatre at the Crossroads Shopping Center, 2160 E. Victory Drive and all have been hits. While Sarah Plain and Tall isn’t one of the theatre’s typical razzle-dazzle productions with lots of dancing and singing, the roughly 90 minute show has just enough to hold young children’s attention. And it would definitely be a winner with older children.

Shows are  3 PM Sat. and Sun. Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Tickets $10-$12. 238-9014.

Coming soon to The Savannah Children’s Theatre: a holiday musical production of Scooge and, in January, a Main Stage musical production of Cinderella. Can’t wait!

Savannah holiday children events: All aboard the Santa Train

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

santa-train-roundhouse-2010Reserve Your Golden Ticket for Santa Train 2010!

Sat. Dec 4 @ the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St., downtown Savannah
Ages 4 and Younger: 10 AM
Ages 5 and Older: 4:30 PM

This year, the Roundhouse is offering a version for younger tots in the morning and one for older kids in the late afternoon. Bring the crew, come out dressed in your pajamas, and celebrate the holiday season, Roundhouse Style!

Morning Tots (ages 4 and under)
The younger crowd will enjoy holiday-themed crafts and activities, hear Christmas stories aboard the passenger car, and will have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus as well as make their own holiday cookie creations.
$10 Children
$4 Adults
roundhouse-railroad-museum-button-adCHS Member Adults Free

Late Afternoon Big Kids (ages 5 and up)
The older kid crew will have a special surprise train-ride visit by Santa Claus himself. They will create their own holiday artwork, sing Christmas carols, and be served a delicious dinner. This fun will be followed by a viewing of the Christmas favorite of many children, Warner Bros.’ Polar Express.
$20 Children
$14 Adults
CHS Member Adults $10

Reserve Your Spot Today: Call Kelli @ 912-651-6823 x3 or email childrensevents@chsgeorgia.org

Come by the Roundhouse booth at Holly Days on Broughton Street, Sat. Nov. 27 for fun crafts and a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Santa Train 2010!

Art on the Park: fall Savannah art classes for children

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

art-on-the-parkSavannah artist Torrey S. Kist’s Art on the Park children’s classes are so popular, several classes are already full. So don’t miss out enrolling for these late fall six-week art classes.

Spots available:
Tuesdays: “famous Artists” for ages 5 & 6. Nov 9-Dec 14, 4-5:30 PM

Wednesdays: “foundational & fun fine arts” for ages 10-12. Nov 3-Dec 15, 3:30-4:30 PM

Private students are welcome for select hours of the day.

Contact Torrey S. Kist for enrollment fees by calling 912.354.5988 or emailing tskart@yahoo.com

Studio Address:
1311 Washington Ave. (Daffin Park)

Instructor Torrey S. Kist, MFA
Torrey loves teaching children to tap into their natural creativity! Torrey received a BA in Visual Arts from Gettysburg College, and an MFA in Painting from SCAD. For the past 5 years, she worked for the Telfair Museum’s education department- directing, designing, (and often teaching) all of the youth & adult studio programming.
Torrey recently resigned from this position to pursue her two passions: teaching children and painting!

Art on the Park Studio
Situated directly on Daffin Park, the studio is a great place to spread out, get messy, and take play breaks if needed. Small classes, so register today!

Contact: tskart@yahoo.com or 912.354.5988.

Please forward this info to your friends and families.

You’re invited: free discussion on charitable giving

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

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Edgewood Travel upcoming events to help plan family vacation

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

edgewood-travelEdgewood Travel in Savannah has two events coming up:

Globus and Avalon Waterways on Thurs. Oct. 28
Panel of past travelers who will share their personal travel experience. RSVP by Oct. 22

Tauck World Discovery on Mon. Nov. 8.
Presentation highlighting Tauck’s new adventures for 2011
RSVP by Tues. Nov. 2

These companies would be great for the multi generational tours! Grandparents and grandchildren. Both events will be held at Edgewood Travel, 105 Wheeler Court.  To find out more, call 912-351-0570 or email admin @edgewoodtravel.com

Call today to learn more and to start planning your family trip! visit Edgewood Travel at 105 Wheeler Court or at www.edgewoodtravel.com. Edgewood Travel is a SouthernMamas sponsor.

Hip Savannah children’s clothing boutique to open Nov. 1

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

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Your child’s sashay is so unique, she deserves her own runway. And a Savannah boutique that carries clothing and accessories as unique as she is.

Which is why you need to mark your calendar for Nov. 1, the opening of sara jane’s children’s boutique, a new store tucked away among the upscale businesses in Sisters Court in Savannah. sara jane will create an environment full of imagination and whimsy – complete with a pint-sized playhouse to facilitate those little shoppers looking for an adventure; a runway for the mini divas; and, of course, a dress-up box full of accessories to complete the look of a fashionista.

The show-off lines that will be sold include Petunia Pickle Bottom, The Sweeteas, Palm Tree Princess (made in Hawaii), Bailey Boys, Zuccini, Angel Dear and more. Lines such as Magnolia Baby and Mud Pie round it out. Offering newborn to size 6 for girls and boys.

There’s no slouching on accessories, either. Dig the adorable, monogramable diaper bags.

sara jane aims to give children the confidence to be unique and show their own personal style. It’s a place that is not only fun for parents, grandparents and friends, but extra special for the kids. sara jane makes shopping exciting for kids and encourages them to try things on (which any mom knows is often a hard task to complete) by playing dress up.

Palm Tree Princess

Palm Tree Princess

sara jane is now booking children’s birthday parties and has several adorable themes to choose from. Party-goers can dress up and strut their stuff on the runway. Best thing is: you don’t even have to worry about a thing.  Every party includes decorations and invitations, craft, snacks, party hostesses, set up and clean up, goody bags, coupons and more! Email sarajanekids@comcast.net for more info.

“Like” the sara jane’s Facebook page to stay connected by clicking here

sara jane’s childrens boutique, 202 East 37th St. Savannah, Ga 31401, in the location in Sisters Court formerly occupied by Bella Mia Bridal Shop. Email: sarajanekids@comcast.net, 912-596-9506, Hours 10 AM-6 PM Mon-Fri, 10 AM-5 PM Sat. www.sarajanekids.com

Zoe Foundation helps Savannah families dealing with the loss of a baby

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

zoefoundation_finalOctober is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

The Zoe Foundation will host the second annual “Walk to Remember” Sat. Oct. 30 2010 @ Forsyth Park
Registration: 9 AM
Event Time: 10 AM to noon

This Family Event is FREE and open to the public. Pre-Registration is recommended: Call or e-mail: 912.508.1858 / kayla@zoe-foundation.org

This year’s event will feature: music – guest speakers; balloon release; memorial walk around Forsyth Park; special reading of the names of our honored babies. Please bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park following the event.

The Zoe Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that offers financial and emotional support to families who have endured the loss of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, chromosomal disorders, SIDS, accidents or other causes. The Zoe Foundation believes that even the smallest life is precious and deserves a proper memorial. Everyone who has experenced a similar loss or knows someone who has is invited to get connected with The Zoe Foundation.

Savannah family portrait photographer offers fall special

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

leeann-ritch-fall-special-1010-postThe holidays will be here any second.  Time to have those professional portaits made for holiday cards and gifts.

Take advantage of the amazing special from LeeAnn Ritch Photography: $300 for a session and CD. (Regular price is $575)

LeeAnn has an intimate session style, turning out unfussy photos that shine. I can tell you from personal experience she is worth every penny. LeeAnn recently took amazing beach photos of my two kids, which we’re going to use for holiday cards, birthday invites, grandparents’ gifts, and, of course, to display throughout the house and cherish forever!

leeann-ritch-fall-special-2-10-10If you aren’t familiar with this Savannah family portrait photographer and mother of two, 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.

 LeeAnn Ritch Photography, 912.308.9327 or email leeann@leeannritchphotography.com

Walt Disney Silhouettes Artist Returns to Just for Baby & More

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

just-for-baby-new-ad-addressBack by popular demand! Walt Disney silhouette artist Beth Pray will be at Just for Baby and More - located at 7701 Waters Ave. – on Sat. Oct. 23, 2010 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Her appearance this past spring was a sell-out and she agreed to return just in time for the holidays. Come meet artist Beth Pray and have her capture a timeless treasure of your child in a hand cut silhouette. With five years experience at Walt Disney World and 19 years total, she 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 holiday gift for a grandparent, loved one or other family member. It only takes 2 minutes or less (so don’t worry your children don’t have to sit still for very long).

Public is invited to attend. $22 per silhouette picture.

Reservations are required and spots fill up quickly! Please call (912) 355-4455 to reserve your spot or email casey@justforbaby.net.
NOTE: Cash and Check payments only

New Savannah mommy and me music classes at Ms Amy’s School of Music

Monday, October 11th, 2010

amyschoolmusicMs. Amy’s School of Music in Savannah has early childhood music education classes that start the first week of November on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Ms Amy will be teaching the following mommy and me music classes: 9:00-9:45 (6 – 18 months) 10:00-10:45 (18 months – 3 years) 11:00-11:45 (3 – 5 years). Class descriptions are as follows.

Mommy and Me Music (ages 6 -18 mos.)
This class enhances musical growth in a playful and developmentally appropriate atmosphere. Babies feel, hear, and see different musical instruments while parents and caregivers learn activities and songs to promote their childs musical beginnings.

Mommy and Me Music (ages 18 mos. – 3 years)
A joyful first music experience where children, siblings, and parents will share in a music making program of rhythms, active movement games and singing. A nurturing environment where an energetic connection is drawn between music and imagination. Meet others and learn some fascinating music activities you can re-create at home.

Mommy and Me Music (ages 4 – 5 years)
An artistically conceived flow of songs, nursery rhymes, instrumental jam sessions and movement activities will keep your little music maker involved. This class is designed to support children’s development of competence in tonality and rhythm.

Ms. Amy’s School of Music in Savannah  also has openings available for private students. Lesson options are as follows:

Music Discovery Lessons (ages 3 – 5 years)
This is a private half hour lesson for both parent(s) and student to attend. It’s for the parent who wants their child to eventually play piano or guitar. Little fingers are not that strong, so I have designed these lessons to give children the basis needed to begin and instrument at a younger age than normal.

Piano, Beginner Guitar, Voice, Brass, and Woodwind Lessons (ages 3 – 100 years)
This is a private half hour lesson. Every student is different and each lesson is directed, through materials and activities, to meet each student’s needs and goals.

Theory Lessons
These lessons are for the musician who knows how to play already and wants to learn to read music and widen their understanding of music theory.

Contact Ms. Amy’s School of Music in Savannah  via email at msamyschoolofmusic@gmail.com with any questions or if you would like a registration form. All students must be registered for the new term no later that Oct. 27. Payment is accepted for the term at the first class.

Classes are held at 2421 Waters Ave. near Daffin Park. For a schedule of available class times, visit www.msamyschoolofmusic.com.

Petite Feet in Savannah now carries UGG boots for children

Monday, October 11th, 2010

ugg-logoAll the kids are wearing them. And now your favorite place to buy children’s shoes in Savannah carries them: UGG boots.

Petite Feet now has UGG boots in stock for toddlers and kids.

The trendy wool-and-sheepskin boots are perfect over jeans or with skirts and oversize sweaters

Petite Feet’s knowledgeable personal service ensures that each child is fitted correctly. The boutique has hard-to-find sizes. And you don’ t have to fight for parking spot. Petite Feet at 5521 Abercorn next to Fresh Market and across from Publix is in a petite-feet-button-ad1super convenient location with easy in-and-out parking. The kid-friendly store even has puzzles, TV, children’s book and toys keep the tots busy while you shop.

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: Lilly Kelly, Keen, Merrell, Michael Kors, Morgan & Milo, Naturino, Ralph Lauren, Robeez, Roxy, Sanita, See Kai Run, Simple, Sketchers, Sperry Top-Sider
Teva and many more.

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

Kids and teen yoga classes at The Yoga Room in Savannah

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

yogakidlogocolor1Kids and teen yoga is now offered at The Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Road,  on Whitemarsh Island.
Ages 4-8 Tuesdays 4-5 PM
Ages 9-12 Thursdays 4-5 PM
Teen yoga, 13 and up Saturdays 4-5 PM
For cost and more info, click here.
Register by calling 912-898-0361 or emailing svnnhyogaroom@aol.com

AGES 4-8: Children in this age group benefit greatly from the focus and gentleness that yoga brings in a time when kids mind’s tend to be over-stimulated by television, computer games, and today’s fast paced lifestyle. This class stimulates creativity, regulates adrenal glands to better control times of possible aggression or excitability, tones all internal organs and promotes health, builds coordination, strength, and agility, and equalizes energy.

AGES 9-12: This class strives to increase concentration for students, improving in all areas including schoolwork. Practicing yoga will aid in balancing out the pineal and pituitary glands to correct any sadness or gloominess that girls may experience at this age. Yoga also helps to create a healthy body image, improves posture, instills the ability to relax, and provides a healthy way to experiment and take risks. It cultivates a sense of gratitude; enables letting go of the tendency to be critical of one’s self and judgmental of others. Children will learn to calm themselves and better manage stress. The class will assist in building self-esteem and creating a connection with their own body, environment, and the food they eat. Kids who practice yoga also tend to choose better foods to eat and are able to engage in more physical activity than those who do not.

TEEN YOGA: Yoga improves performance in sporting activities like baseball, softball, soccer, football, cheerleading, ballet, tennis, etc. It improves circulation, digestion, and respiration to provide more energy. Yoga for teens increases flexibility and builds balance, promotes self-awareness, increases focus, and relieves stress. Teens that practice yoga learn to better regulate their own emotions. For girls, yoga will aid in establishing an easy and regular menstrual cycle. This class explores ways to honor yourself, others, and all living things. For teenagers, the intensity and duration of the asanas can be increased during practice, as well as focusing on breath control. Yoga for Teens is a great way to meet new people, socialize, and have a lot of fun.

Be the face of EmmAva Photography; win a free photo session

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

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Be the face of  EmmAva Photography .

EmmAva Photography is getting a facelift and needs a face to be the model for the new look. The logo has been designed and all EmmAva needs is you.

Three winners will become the face of EmmAva Photography. First place prize is a free one-hour session, 25 pictures on disc and a photo package.

Here’s how to enter to win: Go to EmmAva Photography’s Facebook page by clicking here and “like” the page. Submit a picture of you or a family member of your choice on to EmmAva’s wall. Get your family and friends to “like” EmmAva’s page and “like” the picture you submitted. The highest 3 “likes” of submitted pictures will be the winners.

Contest ends 11:59 PM Oct. 23.

There are several mini session days coming up over the next month. You can check out the dates on www.EmmAvaphotography.com or on Facebook.

Savannah family portrait photographer offering Christmas Mini Sessions

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

michelle-l-morris-mini-christmasMichelle L Morris Photography is offering limited appointments for Christmas Mini Sessions on Sat. Nov 13. Please email for details and availability, as the four limited appointments offered will fill up quickly. For info on standard family or child sessions, please email info@michellelmorrisphotography.com. To view the complete published portfolio, click here and for recent work, studio news, and specials, please visit and subscribe to the blog at www.michellelmorris.com/blog. Michelle will soon be unveiling several new custom boutique style products that are wonderful for gift giving this season, and are currently not available anywhere else. Please email for all details, rates, information, and availability.

“The Haunting at the Cove”: Halloween event at Chatham County’s future water park

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

pirates-cove-water-parkYou’re invited to “The Haunting at the Cove” – a Halloween extravaganza happening Oct. 22-31 at the site of the proposed water park being built in Chatham County.

The location of The Haunting – and the future water park called Pirates Cove Water Park– is on 10 acres near I-95 and Ga. 204 off I-95 Exit 94.

Pirates Cove Water Park isn’t expected to open until May 2011. So The Haunting will give the public a chance to check out the site where the water park will be and sample some food that will be sold at the park.

The Haunting includes a scary walk through the haunted woods, inflatables, mechanical rides, rock climbing walls, free treats for kids, live music, photos with the monsters and more, said Robert Welch, lead consultant and park general manager. Welch worked for Walt Disney and has opened 17 water parks around the world.

Cost: $10; $15 on Sat. Oct. 30. The admission cost is for the walk/ride through the woods only. The other venues are pay as you go with coupons: inflatables, rides, photos, rock climbing wall etc.

Hours: 6-10 PM Fri Oct. 22; 2 PM-midnight Sat. Oct 23; 2-10 PM Sun. Oct. 24; 6-10 PM Mon-Thurs. Oct. 25-28. 6 PM-midnight Fri. Oct. 29; 2 PM- until whenever Sat. Oct. 30. 

For more Savannah-area Halloween-related events, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and fall festivals, click here.

Hailey Mae’s Boutique: handmade custom gifts and accessories

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

hailey-maes-boutiqueHailey Mae’s Boutique offers handmade items such as holiday dresses, pillowcase dresses, aprons, crayon aprons, crayon holders, unique trellis necklaces, hair clippies, hair bows, tutu bow holders, and other handmade items. 

 Hailey Mae’s believes in giving back to the community. The Pooler-based Web boutique uses the highest quality fabric and ribbon yet their prices are lowest in industry. Even better: Hailey Mae’s has weekly sales on the Hailey Mae’s Facebook page!

“Like” Hailey Mae’s on Facebook by clicking here. If they reach 200 fans by Oct 15, you can enjoy 50 percent off holiday dresses Oct 16 when Hailey Mae’s debuts their line of Holiday dresses to their facebook page.

Hailey Maes, www.haileymaes.com, email haileymaesboutique@gmail.com