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Free Election Day childcare to allow parents to vote @ YMCA of Coastal Ga branches; free Election Day Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Free Election Day Childcare YMCA of Coastal Georgia branchesThe Y is making it easier for parents to vote!

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia knows how important it is to cast your vote- and the Y wants to make it easier for parents!

On Nov. 6 2018, the YMCA of Coastal Georgia is offering free childcare to allow parents time to visit the polls. You can visit any participating YMCA to take advantage of their Election Day childcare.

Taking kids to the polls may add stress for busy parents and caregivers; the Y is committed to doing its part to help remove barriers to voting so that all Americans can vote.

Effingham YMCA: 1224 Patriot Dr, Rincon, GA 31326 8:45AM -12PM and 4:30PM – 8PM
Golden Isles YMCA: 144 Scranton Conn, Brunswick, GA 31525 8AM – 10:30PM and 5PM – 7:30PM
Habersham YMCA: 6400 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31405 8AM – 1PM and 4:15PM – 7:30PM
Islands YMCA: 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah, GA 31410 8AM – 1PM and 4PM – 8:30PM
Liberty County/ ASYMCA: 201 Mary Lou Dr, Hinesville, GA 31313 8:30AM – 12PM and 4:30PM – 8PM
McIntosh County YMCA: 1111 Magnolia Bluff Way, Darien, GA 31305 9AM – 12PM and 5PM – 7:30PM
Richmond Hill YMCA: 154 Thunderbird Dr, Richmond Hill, GA 31324 8:15AM – 12:15PM and 4PM – 8PM
Statesboro YMCAL: 401 Clairborne Ave, Statesboro, GA 31458 8AM – 12PM and 4PM – 7:30PM
West Chatham YMCA: Isaac G. LaRoche Dr, Pooler, GA 31322 8:45AM – 1PM and 4:15PM – 7:30PM

Parents will need to complete a registration form and sign a waiver upon arrival at Childwatch if not a YMCA member.

YMCA of Coastal Georgia is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

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Election 2018

Learn more about the candidates? Check out Voters Guide at lwvcga.org.

Find your polling place: mvp.sos.ga.gov

VOTE EARLY:  Find early voting hours & locations here. 

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Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream Savannah Election Day Georgia Voter sticker

Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for voters

Keep those “I’m A Georgia Voter” peach stickers after you vote.

Show your Georgia Voter sticker on Election Day Nov. 6 @ Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream on Broughton Street in Savannah to receive a free scoop of ice cream. Open 11AM-11PM on Tuesdays.

UPDATE: This offer is no longer being offered as Ben & Jerry’s said they cannot offer any special treat for voting, saying it’s illegal according to Secretary of State. 

Ben & Jerry’s Savannah
25 E Broughton Street, Suite 1B
Savannah, GA 31401

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More Election Day Treats 

Show your “I’m A Georgia Voter” peach sticker on Nov. 6 to get these Election Day discounts:

Duck Donuts
99 cent coffee and free basic donut
7127 Hodgson Memorial Dr.

Bojangles
Free 22 oz. iced tea (all 5 Savannah area locations)
29 West DeRenne Ave.
4401 Ogeechee Rd.
1021 East U.S. 80, Pooler
7111 GA-21, Port Wentworth
130 Carter St., Hinesville

Sentient Bean
10% off all drinks
13 East Park Ave.

Ben and Jerry’s
Free scoop of ice cream
25 E. Broughton St.

Leopold’s Ice Cream
Upgrade your single scoop cone to a double scoop cone
212 East Broughton St.

The Coffee Fox
10% off your order
102 West Broughton St.

Henny Penny Café
10% off your order
1514 Bull St.

Blowin’ Smoke
Complementary peach-themed dessert or drink
1611 Habersham St.

B. Matthews
Complementary peach-themed dessert or drink
325 East Bay St.

East End Provisions
Complementary peach-themed dessert or drink
420 East Broughton St.

The 5 Spot
Complementary peach-themed dessert or drink
4430 Habersham St.

Early Voting through Nov 6th

Civvie’s on Broughton
10% your purchase
14 East Broughton Upstairs

Starlandia
10% off your purchase
2438 Bull St.

The Book Lady
20% off one regular stock used book
6 Liberty St.

Duck Donuts
99 cent coffee
7127 Hodgson Memorial Dr.

Salacia Salts
10% off your purchase
208 West Hall St.

The League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia and 9to5 Georgia have arranged for local businesses to give incentives for voting in the midterm elections on Nov 6 2018. Some businesses also are offering incentives during the Early Voting period as well. 

(Savannah child care) New hourly, drop-in childcare facility: PlayLand Savannah

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

child care Savannah PlayLand drop-in

Savannah now has an hourly drop-in childcare facility: PlayLand Savannah LLC!

Feel free to visit during business hours to see PlayLand for yourself.  Open 8AM-8PM Mon-Thurs.  PlayLand is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights so that parents can enjoy childfree time on weekends.

Also available: a Sitter Services division focused on parents who prefer to book a nanny/sitter (even pet sitters) and have them come to their home.

PlayLand also offers Mother’s Morning Out, birthday parties, a preschool, weekly activities for children up to age 5 such as Story Times, Sensory Play, Tots & Crafts, and Saturday classes such as Sip & Paint (kid style), Slime Making, Toddler Yoga, etc. Learn more here. 

Playland Drop-In Childcare

Drop-in childcare

PlayLand offers playcare for ages 6mths – 12 years.

Appointments are not necessary but recommended during busier times to ensure an open spot. Once registered, bring your child while you run your errands, enjoy a date night, or get that much needed childfree time.

PlayLand is a shoe-free facility. Please bring socks.

PlayLand Savannah, LLC
423b W U S Hwy 80
Pooler, GA
(912) 348-3676

Learn more about PlayLand here.

(Savannah Moms Groups) FREE Halloween Open House with MOMS Club of Savannah

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

moms club savannah Halloween groups

 

You’re invited to a free Halloween Open House with MOMS Club of Savannah  @ Lake Mayer in Savannah on Tues. Oct. 30 2018, 10AM-Noon.

Come along & meet some other moms in the area and find out what Savannah MOMS Club is all about!

Dress your little ones up for some Halloween fun (Costumes encouraged but not required).

If you would like more information or have questions, please email momsclubofsavannahga@gmail.com

Free Halloween Open House
Oct. 30 2018, 10AM-Noon
Lake Mayer
1850 E Montgomery Cross Rd.
Savannah, GA

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About MOMS Club of Savannah

MOMS Club of Savannah is a group dedicated to the support of moms.

MOMS Club is not solely a group for playdates. The club is run by members and collectively members plan weekly activities, both in the morning and afternoons.

Learn more about the Savannah moms group here. 

(Savannah pediatricians) SouthernMamas Exclusive Q&A with Pediatric Associates of Savannah

Monday, August 27th, 2018

As part of SouthernMamas.com “Ask Me Anything” series with pediatricians @ Pediatric Associates of Savannah, PC, SouthernMamas.com readers submitted questions for an exclusive Q&A with Savannah pediatrician Dr. Chintak B. Patel.

Great questions. Great responses by Dr. Patel. Thanks everyone for participating.

See the video of Dr. Patel answering questions submitted by SouthernMamas.com readers here.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

(Savannah pediatricians) What to Expect for the Upcoming Flu Vaccine Season

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Pediatric Associates of Savannah pediatricians

Beloved Savannah pediatrician Dr. Ben Spitalnik @ Pediatric Associates of Savannah shares everything you need to know about the upcoming flu vaccine season here. 

Find out here who should get the flu vaccine; when the best time is for your child to get the flu vaccine; the flu shot vs. nasal flu spray vaccine; how effective the vaccine is; when the flu season typically spikes in the Savannah area.

Pediatrics Associates of Savannah locations

Pediatric Associates in Savannah
4600 Waters Ave, Suite 100,
Savannah 31404
912.355.2462

Pediatric Associates of Savannah in Pooler
110 Medical Park Drive
Pooler 31322
912.330.5010

Pediatric Associates of Savannah on Whitemarsh Is.
1001 Memorial Dr
Savannah 31410
912.898.9800

Pediatric Associates of Savannah, 4600 Waters Ave, Suite 100 Savannah, 31404-6702, (912) 355-2462, www.pedsav.com On Facebook here.  Pediatric Associates of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Your input needed for upcoming Savannah parent community & indoor educational playspace for kids aged 0-7

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

The Village indoor playspace Savannah parent community

There’s a new nonprofit that’s looking to get started in Savannah that needs your input: The Village, an upcoming parent community-and- educational indoor playspace for kids aged 0-7.

The proposed playspace organizers are trying to gauge interest in the project before moving forward & are asking for input from Savannah & Lowcountry-area parents.

Please check out the playspace website here and take a few seconds to fill out the survey linked on the site.

 

Moms groups: Pooler MOPS Open House, Aug. 22

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Pooler MOPS Open House 2018

If you’re looking to join a group of moms for brunch, conversation, crafts, speakers and a little break from the children, Pooler MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) might be just what you need!

Come learn more about Pooler MOPS and sign up for the 2018-19 MOPS session @ the Pooler MOPS Open House, Wed. Aug. 22 2018, 9:30-11:30AM @ First Presbyterian Church of Pooler.

There will be information sessions at 9:45AM & 10:30AM, for moms who want to learn more about MOPS. For moms who already know they want to join, registration can be done anytime during the open house.

Childcare will not be provided, but we will have activities for the little ones while moms fill out paperwork.

Free Admission. Kid Friendly

Pooler MOPS Open House
Wed. Aug. 22 2018
9:30-11:30AM
First Presbyterian Church of Pooler
1115 US Highway 80 E
Pooler, Georgia 31322

Learn more here. 

(Savannah Moms Groups) Connect with other moms @ MOPS @ Compassion Christian Church’s East Campus

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers Savannah

 

Connect with other moms this school year! Attend MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at Compassion Christian Church East Campus.

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) connects moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another.

Moms who are pregnant or have children through kindergarten are invited to the MOPS group at Compassion Christian Church East Campus.

MOPS Popsicle Party in the Park

MOPS @ Compassion Christian East Campus invites you to a MOPS Popsicle Party in the Park event on Fri. Aug. 17 2018, 10-11AM.
Hull Park (55th Street & Atlantic Avenue in Ardsley Park).

Please RSVP by Aug. 13 via email to ccceastmops@gmail.com .

MOPS @ Compassion Christian East Campus Meetings 2018-19

Dates for the upcoming year 2018-2019: Sept: 20 Oct: 4 & 18 Nov: 1 & 15 Dec: 6 Jan: 17 Feb: 7 & 21 Mar: 7 Apr: 4 & 18 May: 2
Where: Compassion Christian East Campus 9150 Old Montgomery Rd SAV, GA 31406
When: 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from September 2018- May 2019, 9:15-11:30AM

(Savannah physical therapists) Stacey McKenzie @ Optim Therapy on Pelvic Health & Wellness

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Optim Health Therapy Savannah

Stacey McKenzie, Physical Therapist Optim Therapy in Savannah

The following is a guest post for SouthernMamas.com by Stacey McKenzie, Physical Therapist
Optim Therapy in Savannah
Pelvic Health & Wellness Program

Your pelvic floor muscles are very important.  They support your internal organs, give you urinary and fecal continence, and help to stabilize your core.  So why don’t we hear about exercise programs for the pelvic floor? Just like your other muscles, you need to work on getting them stronger.

Let’s use our bicep muscle as an example.  When you bend your arm, your bicep muscle has to contract (or shorten) and this will lift your arm.  If you couldn’t lift your arm or you had pain, you’d be very concerned, right?

Can your pelvic floor muscles contract through their full range of motion?  Are you leaking urine or having pain in your pelvic region? It could mean your pelvic floor muscles might not be strong enough or you might not be firing them properly.  As a pelvic floor therapist, I can examine you and teach you the proper way to fire your pelvic floor muscles.

Besides being able to contract a muscle, you also have to be able to relax it.  Going back to the bicep muscle example, for you to be able to straighten your elbow all of the way, the bicep muscle has to relax.  If there are any tight parts in the bicep muscle, it may hurt to straighten your arm or it may feel tight. These restrictions can lead to pain, altered movement, and further dysfunction.   

Your pelvic floor muscles are just like any other muscle in your body.  They have to be able to fully contract and fully relax. The overall tone and mobility of the muscles cannot be hindered or this could lead to dysfunction (i.e. urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, overactive bladder, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, etc.).

At your first visit to Optim Therapy’s Pelvic Health & Wellness Program, I’ll meet with you for an evaluation in a private, closed-door environment. We’ll talk one-on-one and go over all your treatment options.

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Optim Therapy recently launched their Pelvic Health & Wellness Program and Physical Therapist Stacey McKenzie can work with you one-on-one to make sure you are successfully activating your pelvic floor.  It can be accomplished in as little as one visit.

Stacey is one of Optim Therapy’s dedicated therapy professionals, all of whom utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to providing patients with the best treatments and outcomes. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Armstrong Atlantic State University and says that the most rewarding aspect of being a therapist is making people feel and move better.

If you are interested in improving your pelvic health, please talk to your personal physician about a referral to physical therapy. If you have any questions, or need help with a referral, feel free to contact Stacey directly at smckenzie@optimhealth.com(912) 644-5333.

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(Savannah physical therapists) Stacey McKenzie @ Optim Therapy on Pelvic Health & Wellness

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
Optim Health Therapy Savannah

Stacey McKenzie, Physical Therapist Optim Therapy in Savannah

 

The following is a guest post for SouthernMamas.com by Stacey McKenzie, Physical Therapist
Optim Therapy in Savannah
Pelvic Health & Wellness Program

Imagine if your shoulder and arm muscles were weak and you couldn’t lift or hold your child. You would do something about that, right?

Now, what if weak muscles caused you to leak urine when you run, laugh, cough or sneeze? This could mean you need to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which are a group of muscles that support your bladder, bowel, rectum and uterus. Just like your other muscles, you need to work on getting them stronger. As a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor therapy, I can assess your pelvic floor muscles and make sure you are firing them correctly.

At your first visit, I’ll meet with you for an evaluation in a private, closed-door environment. We’ll talk one-on-one and go over all your treatment options.

At Optim Therapy’s Pelvic Health & Wellness Program, our goal is to provide a comfortable environment with individualized treatment programs to make sure you receive the most from each of your visits.

Now is the time to address your urinary incontinence because, unfortunately, this problem can get worse. As we age, our ligaments, tendons, and muscles get weaker.

If you are interested in improving your pelvic health, please talk to your personal physician about a referral to physical therapy. If you have any questions, or need help with a referral, please feel free to contact me directly: Stacey McKenzie, , (912) 644-5333.

Stacey McKenzie is one of Optim Therapy’s dedicated therapy professionals, all of whom utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to providing patients with the best treatments and outcomes. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Armstrong Atlantic State University and says that the most rewarding aspect of being a therapist is making people feel and move better.

Optim Therapy in Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Learn more about Au Pair live-in child care @ Wilmington Is. Farmers’ Market, Savannah

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Au Pair live-in nanny childcare Savannah Hilton Head Au Pair in America will be at the Wilmington Island Farmer’s Market, Sat. June 2 2018. Come by to meet Au Pairs from South Africa, Brazil, and Thailand and learn more about the most experienced live-in cultural childcare program.

Au Pair will also have Savannah Banana tickets available for an upcoming SOLD OUT game.

The non-profit works with more than 60 countries to bring international students over as caregivers, offering an affordable and flexible childcare experience. Host families gain peace of mind knowing their children are well loved while gaining a unique experience with cultural exchange.

For more information, visit www.aupairinameria.com or www.facebook.com/APIASAV/.

Use promo code: SAV for $300 off the program fee.

Wilmington Is. Farmer’s Market
9AM-1PM Sat. June 2 2018
Islands High School
170 Whitemarsh Island Road
Savannah, Ga. 31410

Free “Baby Basics” class for expectant parents @ Pediatrics Associates of Savannah

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Savannah pediatricians Baby Basics

Attention expectant parents.

Pediatrics Associates of Savannah invites you to a free “Baby Basics” class at 6PM on the first Thursday of each month.

This class is FREE to expectant families (but reservations requested).

Come join Dr Brandy Gheesling (pictured here). Held after office hours the first Thursday of each month, at the Waters Ave location. Space will be limited, so to register or for more information about the class please email BabyBasics@pedsav.com or call  (912) 355-2462.

Classes are offered on the first Thursday of each month at 6pm at Pediatrics Associates of Savannah main office (4600 Waters Ave, Savannah, GA).

Pediatric Associates of Savannah pediatricians

New Pediatric Associates Web site

Pediatric Associates of Savannah has a brand new and improved Web site! Check it out at pedsav.com.

New to the area & in need of a pediatrician? Pediatric Associates of Savannah has offices in Savannah, the Islands and Pooler. Learn more here.

Stay connected with Pediatric Associates of Savannah & informed about children’s health news, by ‘liking’ Pediatric Associates of Savannah on Facebook here.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah, 4600 Waters Ave, Suite 100 Savannah, 31404-6702, (912) 355-2462, www.pedsav.comOn Facebook here.  Pediatric Associates of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Discount on Au Pair live-in child care in Savannah, Hilton Head Is.

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Au Pair Savannah nanny service Hilton Head nannies

Want to give your children the experience of a lifetime?

Consider an Au Pair.

Au Pair in America is the world’s first and most experienced live-in cultural childcare program. The non-profit works with more than 60 countries to bring international students over as caregivers, offering an affordable and flexible childcare experience.

Host families gain peace of mind knowing their children are well loved while gaining a unique experience with cultural exchange.

For more information, visit www.aupairinameria.com or www.facebook.com/APIASAV/.

Use promo code: SAV for $300 off the program fee.

Prenatal Yoga Class Starts May 7 at Memorial Health, Savannah

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

prenatal yoga memorial savannah pregnancy yoga

The next prenatal yoga @ Memorial Health’s FitnessOne in Savannah begins May 7 2018.

The six-week course meets Mondays*, from 5:45-6:45PM at FitnessOne in the Memorial Outpatient & Wellness Center. Cost: $75.

A yoga instructor specially certified in prenatal yoga leads the class, which is designed to ease the discomforts of pregnancy and keep you fit for childbirth. Prenatal yoga improves strength and flexibility, aids in digestion and mood, and exercises the spine. The practice of yoga enhances the mind-body connection, leading to a sense of wellness and more restful sleep.

No previous yoga experience is required.

Call FitnessOne at 912-350-4030 to register or go to: women.memorialhealth.com

Gift certificates are available.

* No class on Memorial Day, May 28.

Memorial Outpatient & Wellness Center
Third Floor
4700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404

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Savannah preschools: Open House @ First Presbyterian Preschool in Savannah

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

First Presbyterian Preschool Savannah FPP

Preschool searching in Savannah for 2018-19? Come and check out a beloved Savannah preschool for ages 1-4.

Open House for Prospective Families @ First Presbyterian Preschool in Savannah.
Tues. Feb. 20, 2018
6-7PM
First Presbyterian Preschool
520 Washington Ave.
Savannah, GA 31405

First Presbyterian Preschool offers a warm nurturing environment operating Monday-Friday, 9AM-1PM.

Registration for the preschool’s 2018-2019 school year will open to the public on March 1 2018.  The preschools’ school year will start on Aug. 6 in order to follow Savannah-Chatham County School calendar.

Teachers @ First Presbyterian Preschool would love to meet you and your child!

For more information call 912-351-0609.

Learn more about First Presbyterian Preschool in Savannah here. 

Savannah/Wilmington lsland-area Speech Therapists: The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Speech Therapists Savannah Coastal Empire

We’re excited to tell you about a new pediatric speech language pathology clinic on Wilmington Island in Savannah.

The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire makes speech therapy more convenient for families on the Islands and has sister locations in Waycross, Jesup and Brunswick, Ga.

Therapists at The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire are nationally certified and state licensed, and can provide assessments and treatment for the following: developmental delays, expressive language, receptive comprehension, pragmatic language, articulation, fluency, voice disorders, feeding/swallowing issues, oral motor, apraxia of speech, dysarthria, etc.

Services are provided at their office location or in private preschools or daycares around Savannah to help parents with busy schedules.

The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire accepts most insurance (Medicaid, Amerigroup, Peach State, BC/BS, Cigna, Tricare, etc).

The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire
315 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Suite D
Wilmington Island
Savannah, GA 31410
912.235.2166
email: TSCCoastalEmpire@gmail.com

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