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Gluten intolerant? Dr. Ranicki’s Creating Wellness Center in Pooler can help

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Dr. Ranicki’s Creating Wellness Center in Pooler can help you with your gluten intolerance.

Give them a call (912) 376-1506to schedule your appointment today to find out how they can help.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com  Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Buchi Kombucha on tap @ Brighter Day Natural Foods Deli, Savannah

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Buchi Kombucha at Brighter Day Natural Foods Savannah Buchi Kombucha on tap now Brighter Day Deli at 1102 Bull St. at the south end of Forsyth Park in Savannah.

Buchi Kombucha is a probiotic rich beverage that has been available for thousands of years. It was so highly regarded that it was called “The Teas of Immortality” and “The Elixir of Life”. Buchi begins as an organic black tea which is sweetened with organic evaporated cane juice. It is nutrient dense and packed full of digestive enzymes, organic acids, B Vitamins, and probiotics.

Ask for a free sample!

Brighter Day has the following 4 flavors at the moment (Flavors will change from time to time). Buchi Earth: which has roasted roots, holy basil & maple syrup; Buchi Water, which is made of elderberry, coconut water and blueberry; Bucchi Avonlea, which is in a base of orange juice, mango, passion fruit and sea buckthorn; Buchi Soverign, which is a combination of fresh pressed ginger, peach juice and sorghum molasses.

Brighter Day Natural Foods Market, 1102 Bull St., Savannah, 31401  912.236.4703  www.brighterdayfoods.com,  On Facebook here. Brighter Day Natural Foods Market is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

FREE community lecture on the benefits of fish oil, April 24, Savannah

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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FREE Fit Kids’ Fest: Food, Fitness, Fun, April 5, Daffin Park, Savannah

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Fit Kids Fest 2014 Savannah Junior LeagueOne in three children in Chatham County is considered obese. Studies show that overweight kids are more likely to become overweight and obese adults. If obesity among kids continues to increase at this rate, our current generation could become the first in history to live shorter and sicker lives than their parents

To aid in curbing this growing epidemic of childhood obesity, the Junior League of Savannah will be hosting their second annual Fit Kids Fest on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Optimist Field in Daffin Park.

Fit Kids Fest is a free community event, focused on increasing awareness and prevention of childhood obesity by providing children and their parents with resources and tools to help them make more educated choices and live more active, healthy lifestyles.

Junior League members will be offering tips on making healthy meals and snacks, and providing several opportunities for children to engage in physical activity demonstrations.

Thanks to generous partners at the Savannah Sand Gnats minor league baseball team, the first 250 children who attend Fit Kids Fest will also receive a free ticket to the Sand Gnats baseball game at Historic Grayson Stadium later on that same evening.

Please invite children and their parents to attend Fit Kids Fest this spring.

By turning education into action, we can all play a part in the fight against childhood obesity and improve the lives of children in our community.

For more information Contact: Jessi Horne Junior League of Savannah, Fit Kids Fest Chair ejhorne04@gmail.com

FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Stroller Strides Fit4Mom of Savannah introduces L.E.A.N. Mommy to help you lose weight

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Lean Mommy

Beginning March 1 2014: Stroller Strides Fit4Mom of Savannah is proud to introduce their latest program, L.E.A.N. Mommy!

Lead by their instructor and licensed psychotherapist Blythe Wyatt Conway, MA LPC, this 8 week counseling program is designed to bring mommies together in a home environment to learn how to get off the diet band wagon for good.

Utilizing behavior and cognitive modification tools, proven stress reduction techniques and nutrition education, L.E.A.N. Mommy will teach you how to bring the balance back into your whole being, mind body and soul.

Current Fit4Mom members receive a special introductory rate of $125* Non-members rate of $250*
*All prices include educational materials. Non-members price includes 3 Stroller Strides classes per week for the 8 week program.

Any questions? Email blythewyatt@fit4mom.com

For more information contact: Natalia Lucero at natalialucero@strollerstrides.net , visit www.strollerstrides.com or facebook Stroller Strides of Savannah at https://www.facebook.com/StrollerStridesOfSavannah. Stroller Strides of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Free Monthly Support Group for New & Expectant Parents

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Erigo Monthly Support Group for New & Expectant Parents SavannahFree Monthly Support Group for New & Expectant Parents @ Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street, Savannah, 31405.

This event takes place the first Tuesday of every month and is always free.

time: 10am to 11:30am
date: March 4th, 2014
phone: 912-544-6387
email: support@erigosavannah.com
web site: http://erigosavannah.com

Come and meet fellow parents and kids. Discuss and learn different ways to enjoy parenthood. Cate Glyn-Jones, registered nurse, midwife, and lactation consultant, will be on hand to answer all of your questions. This is a free event with refreshments served and takes place the first Tuesday of every month.

Free workshops @ Savannah Food Day Festival including Family Health Workshops & Exhibitors

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Savannah Food Day Festival Free Healthy Family WorkshopsOCTOBER 26TH | DAFFIN PARK | 11 AM-5PM

The Savannah Food Day Festival  -  the large outdoor festival this Sat. 10/26  that is free and open to the public - will offer more than yummy, healthy, affordable & sustainable food.  Attendees are treated to a live concert, featuring many of Savannah’s top musicians, plus nearly 100 exhibitors and vendors and shopping at the Farmer’s Market.

We here @ SouthernMamas.com are excited to invite you to several special FREE Family Health & Nutrition workshops in the festival’s special parenting & pregnancy area. FREE workshops include:

Here’s the schedule for the Family Health & Nutrition workshops:
11:30 Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology: Staying Fit & Well Fed During Pregnancy
12:30 Stroller Strong Moms of Savannah
1:30 Breastfeeding;
2:30 Erigo: Free food for babies
3:30 Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education, L.E.A.N. Expectations

There will also be Healthy Family exhibitors & a private, enclosed tent exclusively for nursing moms and diaper changes.

Look for this special Family Nutrition & Health section at the festival Saturday in Daffin Park!

What is Food Day?

Think of it as an Earth Day – for food!

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. This is a national grassroots mobilization backed by some of the most prominent voices for energizing the food movement. Each year in October, people gather at events big and small and from coast to coast in homes, schools, colleges, churches, city halls, farmers’ markets, supermarkets, and elsewhere to raise awareness about food issues and advocate for change.

For more details, view Well FED Magazine here.

The 2013 Savannah Food Day Festival is brought to you by Well FED & Center for Science in the Public Interest.

FREE & Open to the Public: Savannah Food Day Festival, Daffin Park, Oct. 26

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Savannah Food Day Festival 2013 Well FED

OCTOBER 26TH | DAFFIN PARK | 11 AM-5PM

For the past 2 years in a row, The Savannah Food Day Festival is the largest in the United States!

Each October, The City of Savannah is treated to a large outdoor festival, that is free and open to the public. Attendees are treated to a live concert, featuring many of Savannah’s top musicians. The public is encouraged to bring their own canopy tents, seating or blankets and spend the day taking in the music, browsing the nearly 100 exhibitors and vendors and shopping at the Farmer’s Market. Attendees are also sure to find interest among the two dozen unique and completely free workshops and cooking classes, suitable for everyone, including the kids!

What is Food Day?

Think of it as an Earth Day – for food!

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. This is a national grassroots mobilization backed by some of the most prominent voices for energizing the food movement. Each year in October, people gather at events big and small and from coast to coast in homes, schools, colleges, churches, city halls, farmers’ markets, supermarkets, and elsewhere to raise awareness about food issues and advocate for change.

Craving Change?

Spearheaded by the nonprofit, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day is organized around 5 priorities:
◾Promote safer, healthier diets
◾Support sustainable and organic farms
◾Reduce hunger
◾Reform factory farms to protect the environment
◾Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

For more details, view Well FED Magazine here.

The 2013 Savannah Food Day Festival is brought to you by Well FED & Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology opens new satellite office in Pooler in addition to their Savannah location

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Thrive OB-GYN opens in PoolerCongratulations to the dynamo-sister team at Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on the opening of their SECOND office in our area. Thrive is now seeing patients at their new satellite office in Pooler, in addition to their Savannah practice in the Candler Professional Building.

The new Pooler practice is @ 114 Canal St. Suite 403 and is open Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Dr. Maryanna Barrett & Dr. Maria Paasch just opened their first practice in Savannah this past May. So we’re thrilled to see how well the community has responded to manner in which these two deliver health care with kindness, compassion and consideration.

Dr. Barrett and Dr. Paasch are identical twin sisters born and raised in Clarksville, TN. Growing up in a family of strong and nurturing women, both were drawn to the field of Women’s Health.

They attended medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed their residencies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Barrett completed her training in 2009 and Dr. Paasch in 2010. Drs. Barrett and Paasch are board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

While offering complete Women’s Health Care, they have a particular enthusiasm for obstetrics, including trial of labor after a caesarean section (TOLAC), minimally invasive surgery, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. They, along with their husbands and children, have newly relocated from Hawaii to Savannah, to be close to family and to re-establish roots in their native South.

Their approach to care marries the science of modern medicine with the art of listening to each patient’s individual concerns. At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch believe healthcare is a collaboration between the patient and her provider.

Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch offer a healthcare alternative that provides you with options and encourages you to choose the approach that works best for your life. They want to help you to take charge of your own health and feel your best at every age. They want to help you thrive…

Stay connected by “liking” Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on Facebook here.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5354 Reynolds Street Suite 422, Savannah, 31405 & 114 Canal St. Suite 403 Pooler,  tel (912) 721-9595 email info@thriveobgyn.com , www.thriveobgyn.com  Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

You’re invited: 90-Day Challenge health discovery workshop, Savannah

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

 

Dr. Ranicki's 90 Day Challenge Health Workshop, Savannah 2013

You’re invited to take part in the 90-Day Challenge. Learn more at a health discovery workshop with Dr. Ranicki’s Creating Wellness Center.

Attend the workshop
August 20th, 6:30-7 PM
OR
August 22nd, 12:30-1 PM

DISCOVERY WORKSHOP will include:
•Secrets To Losing The Extra Weight In 3 Quick And Easy Steps
•The TRUE CAUSE Of Disease And Illness
•The 3 Causes Of Stress That Are Robbing You Of Life
•How To Harness Live, Nutrient Rich Foods, For Rocket Fuel Energy
•Better Results From Your Workouts, In A Fraction Of The Time!
•3 Hidden Causes of weight gain that are rarely discussed in most weight loss programs

Learn to stay or get on track for your food, fitness & wellness goals.

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT call 912-376-1506 or email info@RanickiChiropractic.com MORE INFO HERE.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com

St. Andrew’s School forms new partnership with Thrive Cafe to provide student & faculty meals

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

St. Andrew's only Savannah private school named one of most challenging schools in the U.S.

Imagine if your child’s daily school lunches were going to come from a popular green-certified restaurant next school year?

That’s the welcome & innovative news at St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island, which recently partnered with Thrive Café, Savannah’s first and only green certified restaurant & caterer.

Thrive Café will begin providing all student & faculty meals at the private independent school beginning August 2013. The partnership is designed to bring healthy, affordable food to the Pre K – Grade 12 school on a daily basis.

In 2008, Chef Wendy Armstrong started Thrive Café. Thrive uses green methods in their daily business practices and works with over 20 local farms to source ingredients for delicious food with a healthy twist.

Some of the new and exciting plans include using all natural meats, preparing more local vegetables, serving no fried foods and pouring local hormone free milk. The St. Andrew’s garden will also take a prominent focus with this newly formed partnership.

Visit us www.saintschool.com  or www.thrivecarryoutcafe.com  for more information.

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

FREE Play Streets family & health festival in Savannah & attempt at hopscotching world record

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

April 28, 2013 Chalk Sports Ciclovia Play StreetJoin Well FED magazine & many other local non profits and organizations at Play Streets Sun. April 28 and help attempt a world record at most people simultaneously hopscotching!

Well FED is shutting down Lincoln Street from Henry to Gaston in downtown Savannah for the first in a series of FREE unique family and health oriented events! More info here.

Sunday, April 28, 2013 Chalk Sports Ciclovia Play Street
Time: 2pm-5pm
Where: Lincoln Street Corridor

Bring your kids, family, and friends to enjoy:

Live Music from Local Musicians
Shopping from tons of Farmers’ Market vendors
Art exhibit and activities
Children’s Bicycle Games
Chalk Poetry
Healthy Cooking Demos from local chefs
Bicycle Repairs

And last but not least, join Well FED in an attempt to break the World Record for most people simultaneously HOPSCOTCHING. The goal is to have as many as 400 people hopscotch their way into the Guiness Book of World Records

So get out and get active!

Volunteers are needed to help make this happen so please contact Well FED if you would like to help in some way!! Please contact Well FED at 912.480.4345 or email info@wellfedsavannah.com  or visit their website by clicking here.

Real Food Tips: 10 Highly Processed Foods to Avoid

Monday, January 28th, 2013

We admire the mom (Lisa Leake) behind “100 Day of Real of Real Food.”

Especially this post which simpflies how all of us can gradually make the move away from processed foods toward real food: “10 Highly Processed Foods to Avoid.” Check it out here.

FREE 2012 Savannah Food Day Festival, Oct. 28 in Daffin Park

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

 

Make plans to check out 2012 Savannah Food Day Festival,11 AM-6 PM Oct. 28 in Daffin Park!

Live music all day. There will be over 25 workshops and classes on everything from gardening and chicken keeping to nutrition and how to get more veggies into your kids’ diet. Other highlights include fun learning activities for the kiddos along with entertainment from Puppet People and live magic shows.

FREE & open to the public.

For more details, view the complete Festival Guide in the October issue of Well FED Magazine here.

You’re invited: FREE Farm Swap at Hunter Cattle Co., Statesboro

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Come out to Hunter Cattle Co. farm on September 29th from 10am to 2pm to set up as a vendor or just enjoy local goodies at this free event!

This is a great opportunity to meet local farmers and learn about backyard homesteading! Bring the family and enjoy the farm.

The Burger Barn will be open. Prices range from $5-$10.

Hunter Cattle Co., 934 Driggers Road, Brooklet, Ga., 30415, www.huntercattle.com

Kids LiveWell: How to eat out with kids in restaurants in a healthy way

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Restaurant food is generally served in large portions and typically high in calories, sodium & fat, contributing to childhood obesity.

We’re all looking for tools to help make smarter dining out choices for our children. The National Restaurant Association launched Kids LiveWell, a website providing nutritional information for healthier meal options for restaurant dining.

You’re invited to a Twitter party hosted by @resourcefulmom this Thurs. Feb. 9 from 2-3 PM to celebrate the growth of Kids LiveWell. A registered dietitian will answer participants’ questions about eating well on-the-go, and will share info about new restaurant partners, and the mobile site.

Twitter party attendees using the hashtag #kidslivewell are eligible to win gift cards from participating restaurants such as Outback Steakhouse, Au Bon Pain, and IHop.

Visit http://m.healthydiningfinder.com/ –Kids-LiveWell to find a Kids LiveWell meal
http://resourcefulmommy.com/category/twitter-parties/  to RSVP or learn more about the Twitter party

Voice your opinions about school nutrition at Savannah Community Health Forum

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

healthy-savannah-community-forumUpset about what your child eats at school? Here’s a chance to voice your opinions about your child’s school meals and school partnerships with fast-food restaurants.

The public is invited to a free Community Health Forum, 6-8 PM at Savannah Civic Center.

Healthy Savannah will join with local co-hosts St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Memorial Medical Center, Savannah State University, Junior League of Savannah, A Phillip Randolph Institute, GeoVista Credit Union and 100 Black Men of Savannah to sponsor this first Community Health Forum.

Healthy Savannah is working on several issues including getting junk food out of public schools. Find out more here.

Chef Jamie Oliver’s wish: Teach every child about food

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Can anyone pry chicken nuggets from school lunch menues? Maybe Chef Jamie Oliver, who successfully reformed the school meal system in the United Kingdom.

In the UK, Oliver spearheaded a healthy school lunch campaign that persuaded the government there to allocate more than $400 million for the lunches.  Can he do it here with the new TV series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution?

Oliver will be on CNN’s Larry King Live at 9 PM Thurs. March 25

Fast-food, junk food in Savannah elementary schools

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

fast-foodKrispy Kreme school fund raisers. School spirit night with Pizza Hut. Elementary school carts that hawk Snickers to first graders.

All done in the name of raising money for budget-strapped schools.

The school system has the difficult task of fitting school meals into caloric and fat-content guidelines, but also making those meals appeal to kids. All with a limited budget of a little more than $1 per plate.

Yet, individual elementary schools can hold a Little Caesars School Spirit Night fund raiser or sell snacks, no matter how high the fat and caloric content, to raise money.

What’s your take on fast-food partnerships in elementary schools? And school snack carts that sell candy to students? My Sunday newspaper column on the topic has generated a slew of hate mail from folks who see nothing wrong with elementary schools endorsing fast food. “Don’t blame the obesity problem on fast-food” one reader wrote. So getting kids hooked on eating a school-endorsed meal of nuggets and fries at an early age doesn’t have any effect on the obesity problem? Seriously?

There have to be better ways to raise money. St. Andrew’s, a fast-food free school on Wilmington Island, hosted a successful school benefit last year that was the opposite of fast-food fundraiser: a slow foods dinner with local (non-fast food) restaurants to raise money for an outdoor classroom that will be a place for gardening and ecology. The benefit featured foods by Brighter Day Natural Foods Market, Cha Bella, Local 11 Ten, The Sentient Bean and Thrive.

Schools have been successful in reducing or eliminating soft drinks from cafeterias: Can’t they do the same with fast-food?

In search of Savannah schools that promote healthy eating

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

better-school-foodParents fed up with their kids’ schools for pushing sugary snacks and junk food are banding together to fight for healthier school menus through groups like Better School Food and Edible Schoolyard.

But the problem isn’t just with notoriously unhealthy lunch menus in elementary schools and older, but also in preschools that dole out cookies and lollipops to appease the tots.

Which is why I want to do a shout-out in praise of my 3-year-old’s preschool, Discover Montessori on Whitemarsh Island, known as the best kept secret when it comes to quality Savannah preschools.

Director Margie Carfrey goes above and beyond in encouraging healthy eating in various ways such as:  limiting sugary snacks; planting a garden with the kids; and even occasionally offering organic snacks such as local organic eggs and veggies. For the Valentine’s Day tea party, she gently suggested that parents who want to bring something opt for snacks other than frosting-laden treats and candy.

But the school does this all without going overboard or being overly strict. For example, parents can bring in special treats for a child’s birthday etc. And there’s certainly no shortage of fun school parties and celebrations. Holiday festivities include hay rides, costumes, games, performances and a last day of school circus show – all without a tidal wave of sugar.

Now, if only we can find an elementary school that values nutrition and healthy eating  as much as Discover Montessori does.

Any parents out there frustrated by your child’s unhealthy school menus – preschool, elementary or higher – or these questionable partnerships between schools and fast-food restaurants (Little Caesars Pizza Days, Chik-Fil-A fundraisers)? If so, please email anne@southernmamas.com to comment for a potential newspaper article on this topic.

Get your kids to eat Brussels sprouts and other veggies (kid-friendly recipes)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

sproutsYou’re trying to keep your kids healthy this flu season by stuffing them with nutrient-rich meals.

But what to do with veggie-phobic tots? Convince them to take on what writer and mom Charlotte Hume calls
the World’s First Great Big Vegetable Challenge.

Charlotte convinced her 7-year-old son Freddie to take a vegetable journey of a lifetime, getting him to eat through the ABCs of veggies, trying each vegetable from asparagus to zucchini in alphabetical order.

Freddie had to try at least two recipes with each. His mom found recipes that she thought would appeal to her finicky eater’s appetite. The challenge resulted in Charlotte’s extremely helpful blog full of kid-friendly veggie recipes. Think
zucchini turkey burgers and a canneloni recipe with butternut squash.

Join the Great Big Veg Challenge here.

A thank-you to Urban Baby Daily Picks for letting us know about such a useful kid-friendly recipe blog.

Don’t feed your child these cereals

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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Have you noticed all those misleading “Smart Choice” labels on cereals like Kellogg’s Fruit Loops and “Healthy Choice” labels on General Mills’ Cocoa Puffs?

Cocoa Puffs a healthy choice? Not many parents would fall for that.

Researchers at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity analyzed the marketing and nutritional content of breakfast cereals and found that kids are a big target for heavy marketing of sugary cereals

Check out the home page of their new report, Cereal FACTS (Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score) The lowest-scoring cereals, nutrition-wise: Kellogg’s Corn Pops – Chocolate Peanut Butter and Quaker’s Cap’n Crunch w/ Crunchberries.

The top-scoring cereal, from a nutritional standpoint: Kashi’s Puffs — 7 Whole Grains Puffs. The cereal most heavily marketed to children: General Mills’ Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Here’s the full report.
 
The FDA plans to step in and take a closer look at misleading labels and plans to develop a nutritional gold standard for products labeled as “healthy.”

St. Andrew’s School Sponsors Slow Foods Feast

Friday, October 16th, 2009

st-andrews-logoThe slow foods movement is coming to Wilmington Island.

St. Andrew’s School will host a slow foods dinner on Sat. Nov. 14 from 6 – 7:30 PM on the Wilmington Island campus. Proceeds from the dinner will support the school’s green garden, an outdoor classroom promoting whole foods, community service and environmental stewardship.

The goal is to celebrate local cuisine, teach young people gardening skills and enjoy wonderfully prepared foods by Brighter Day, Cha Bella, Local 11 Ten, The Sentient Bean, Thrive and our own St. Andrew’s cookbook crew – First Come, First Served.

For tickets or more information, please call 912.897.4941. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

The winner of the SproutBaby gift certificate is…

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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Alison Zielenbach!

Alison wins a $25 gift certificate to SproutBaby, an online source for organic, affordable baby food and products for eco-conscious parents.  SproutBaby sells Sprout Foods, the organic baby chow created by celeb chef (and dad) Tyler Florence.

Thanks to everyone who participated. There’s also another to chance to win big from  SproutBaby,

To celebrate SproutBaby.com’s first birthday, the online store is kicking off  its new referral program with a $2,500 giveaway.

SproutBaby.com will award one lucky winner a $2,500 cash prize in a random drawing for all customers making purchases between Oct-15 (today) and Dec. 15.

SproutBaby.com is also launching a new referral program for parents and families to earn unlimited cash back for referring their friends, relatives and colleagues. For more information, contest rules and referral program guidelines, please visit: store.sproutbaby.com/birthday and store.sproutbaby.com/referral

Giveaway: $25 gift certificate to SproutBaby.com

Monday, October 12th, 2009

sproutbaby-logoThis week, a lucky SouthernMamas reader will win a $25 gift certificate to the new planet-friendly online shop SproutBaby, which sells Sprout Foods, the organic baby chow created by celeb chef (and dad) Tyler Florence.

Check out the rules below to enter to win:

•Visit SproutBaby.com, click on Shop and tell us what product you’d love to buy by commenting below this post.
•Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. Oct. 15. Please tell us your name. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner Fri. Oct. 16.
•You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to subscribe.

sproutbabySproutBaby.com is the brainchild of parents and professionals that saw an unexplored area of parenting and shopping and wanted to bridge the gap between making healthy choices and making easy choices.

As SproutBaby.com grows to include more options to fit more needs, the company will provide comprehensive, eco-conscious, e-commerce and social shopping which is centered around making it easy to make mindful decisions about the products parents choose to put on, in and around their children and families.

Love your baby. Love the planet.

Savannah moms: homemade baby food

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

homemade-baby-foodNow that Francie is six months old and starting on solids, I am making her baby food instead of relying on the jarred stuff.

I did the homemade baby food route with my son as well and IT IS REALLY EASY, even for a cooking-challenged mom like me.  Making your own baby food is as simple as pureeing steamed veggies and raw fruits.

A number of books and Web sites offer recipes for the basics – mashed bananas and avocados – as well as advanced dishes and make-your-own-baby-food tips. The resources also provide advice about food allergies and ideas for taking your home prepared foods on the road.

While convenient, commercial baby foods often contain more water, starch and sugar than homemade ones. Plus, you can’t help but wonder of those jarred strained peas on the shelf might be older than your baby is. There are other advantages to making fresh pureed baby foods.

For more how-tos and some baby food recipes, visit Wholesomebabyfood.com, a one-stop online source for any parent interested in ditching those jars. There’s also Homemade Baby Food Recipes.

UPDATE: Just for Baby & More at 7701 Waters Ave. has a new item- the Wean Machine. It is a portable, compact, self -contained “food processer” that prepares baby food. You just fill it squeeze and feed. Cost: 27.99.

The winner of the $100 Crate & Barrel gift card, Relish! subscription is…

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

relish-button-adAllison Kelly!

Congratulations. Allison wins a $100 Gift card from Crate and Barrel and a free 1-year gift subscription to Relish!, a truly cool meal-planning service for busy parents.

Relish! helps you prepare healthy, creative meals every week. For subscriptions as low as $5 a month, you’ll end up with five complete dinners for a family of four running you less than $85.

What delicious comments everyone left to enter this week’s contest! Thanks for entering. Look for another giveaway from a different business to be announced here Monday.

Giveaway: $100 Crate & Barrel gift card & free menu-planning service

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

relish-button-adMeal planning just got a million percent easier. And cheaper.

Until we can all afford our own personal chefs, the next best thing is easily Relish!, a truly cool meal-planning service for busy parents.

This ingenious, easy to use (really), mom-run website helps you prepare healthy, creative meals every week that rock, from what we’ve seen. You pick from a ton of excellent tested recipes, a very cleverly organized grocery list is automatically created, then all you do is hit the store for five days worth of home-cooked meals–not one of which takes more than 30 minutes to prepare.

You’ll find a whole lot to choose from including freezer meals, vegetarian menus, picnic and camping menus, and tons of kids faves that don’t include the word “nugget.”

For subscriptions as low as $5 a month, you’ll end up with five complete dinners for a family of four running you less than $85. Between the money savings and the angst savings, we say you’re coming out way ahead.
(Pssst…living gluten-free? Check out their sister site, Gfree! Gfreecuisine.com)

This week, a lucky SouthernMamas reader will win a $100 Gift card from Crate and Barrel and a free 1-year gift subscription to Relish! If you sign up for Relish! and win the subscription, you will be credited.

Here are the giveaway rules:
# To enter to win, tell us your name and favorite summertime dish or food by commenting below this post.
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Children’s summer Savannah activities: U-pick blackberries

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

blackberry-pickingThe u-pick blackberry field is now open @ the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens.

Cost is $3 per pound.  9 am-4 pm (or until picked out for the day)  Mon-Sat.

Call ahead to make sure the field is open. 912.921.5497. The field can be picked out quickly at the beginning and end of the season.

More information can also be found here.

Free Bee Movie @ The Trustees Farmers’ Market

Monday, June 1st, 2009

bee-movie1You can shop The Market @ Trustees Garden in downtown Savannah while the kids watch the BEE Movie for free.

The movie will be shown @ 5:30 PM inside the Charles H Morris Center during Market Hours. The Market will be located in the Brown Tent from 4-7 PM.   Seated dining area to watch movie.

The Market @ Trustees Garden includes artists, organic farmers, live music and local fare. It’s held Wednesdays (4-7 pm) and Saturdays, (9 am-3 pm).