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Find out about St. Andrew’s School

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Interested in sending your child to st-andrews-logo.gifSt. Andrew’s School?

The independent college preparatory school on Wilmington Island has several open house dates for Pre-K 3 through Grade 12 including:
Tues., Jan. 13 at 9 a.m.
Fri. Jan. 16 at 12 noon
Mon., Jan. 26 at 9 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 28 at 12 noon
Thurs., Feb. 5 at 9 a.m.

Call 897.4941 to reserve your spot or for more information. To find out more about the school, click here.

Candid Portraits by Stacy Martinez Photography

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

You know you want professional portrait or wedding shots that incorporate the beauty of Savannah and the Lowcountry.

But you don’t know where to begin to find that perfect backdrop. Photographer and Savannah native Stacy Martinez does.

stacy-martinez-logo.jpgStacy Martinez Photography specializes in wedding and portrait photography.  She’s hip to the ends and outs of this area and perfect back alleys and side streets to make for lasting and timeless photographs.

SMP’s portfolio also includes military – families and deploying or returning troops – commercial, headshots, any type of event, beach and pet photography.

stacy-martinez-sample-2.jpgStuffy and posed she is not. Stacy’s style is candid, photojournalism with natural lighting so gorgeous it bounces off her clients beautiful smiles. She is also a photojournalist for the Coastal Family Magazine and The Business Report & Journal.

Check out her reasonable prices.
On Location session: $75
Beach session: $100
Clients can own the copyrights (images on CD) for $100
Or order prints for prices starting at $2 for a 4×6 .
You can view your images in your own private password protected gallery and order the prints or the CD from stacy-martinez-sample-1.jpgthe Stacy Martinez Photography Web site.

For even more proof that Stacy does quality work, take a look at some of the examples of her work posted above or visit her blog by clicking here. Set up an appointment by calling 912.308.1427 or email

Premier Resumes helps you stand out among the competition

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Looking for a better job? Or trying to rejoin the workforce after staying home with the kids?
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Support the people to your right, please!

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Welcome to all the new SouthernMamas readers who found us over the holidays and signed up to subscribe to our popular weekly newsletter.

Please support the businesses listed under the sponsors column on the right side of this site. These for-profit businesses help make SouthernMamas possible and we are so grateful for their support.

So when you have online shopping to do, are looking for a photographer or travel agent, need a clown for birthday parties or help on home repairs,  or just want to give your resume a facelift, please click on our sponsors’ ads to the right. Because the more readers support them, the more our sponsors will support us.

Thank you. And thank you for spreading the word about SouthernMamas.

On birth stories, babies and breast-feeding in public

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

hart-francie-smaller.JPGThe good news is I still write a Sunday column “Hart to Heart” for the Savannah Morning News Accent section.

The bad news is they are cutting my column back from once a week to every other week. Very depressing and confidence-shattering. But that’s the state of print journalism today – budget cuts and lay offs.

I will continue to use this Web site to promote my columns when they run on the first and third Sunday of each month. Feel free to share story ideas and comments on what you’d like my column to focus on in the future. I get mixed messages on whether readers want more personal stories or more issue-oriented stories. My last two columns have offered a little of each.

Last week, I shared the humorous birth story of our precious new daughter, Francie, who arrived as an early Christmas gift for our family and a 40th birthday gift for me. You can read the column here. (The photo posted above is of Francie looking a little perplexed by her big brother as he tries to explain fingers and hands to her.)

This Sunday’s topic is a bit more controversial: breast feeding in public. I, personally, am often too shy to breast feed in public,  but support mothers who do 100 percent. You can read the column here. It’s about a breast feeding feud prompted by Facebook banning some breast-feeding photos on the basis of being obscene. Do you think breast-feeding photos are obscene? Please share your opinion in the comment section below.

Oatland’s Toddler Tuesdays to return mid-January!

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

 Thanks to savvy SouthernMamas reader Lia Hyatt for sharing this tip: Oatland Island Wildlife Center will not cancel their regular oatland-island.bmpToddler Tuesdays story, craft and animal visitor program after all. The good news was announced @ this past week’s Toddler Tuesday.

Last month, organizers had said  there are no plans to continue the popular program this year because of budget cuts. The wildlife center receives funds from money-strapped Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

We’re thrilled the program is expected to start up again mid-January. Click here for upcoming updates on when it will start.

What a great reason to become a member of Oatland Island, especially now that membership rates have been lowered. It now costs $35 for a family of six, compared to the previous price of $60. Click here for membership info and here for rates.