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Fingertip amputations prompt Graco stroller recall

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

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Joan Calabrese First Communion dresses trunk show at Hilton Head’s Island Child

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

island-child-first-communion-dressIsland Child – a sponsor of SouthernMamas – will have a trunk show of First Communion dresses and accessories on Fri. Feb. 5 and Sat. Feb. 6. 

The show featuring lovely Joan Calabrese for Mon Cheri dresses will be just in time to place orders for the desired delivery for dresses that need to be ordered for Spring.

Check out the collection of dresses at the Island Child Web site here. You can order online or at the Island Child store in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Is. 1.888.705.5437 or 843.686.5437.

Island Child – owned by children’s clothing gurus Steve and Senny Powell, who have seven adopted children and have fostered seven children – has been dressing Lowcountry tykes for 25 years.

Joan Calabrese joined Mon Cheri Bridals to create a new collection for children, islandchildbutton-june-08.jpgJoan Calabrese for Mon Cheri. A designer for the past 32 years, Joan Calabrese is known for her use of exquisite fabric and detail along with pristine lines.

Best of all, her premiere collection for Mon Cheri offers moderate prices while still providing the signature style and fine fabrication her design is known for. The Island Child collection of Joan Calabrese for Mon Cheri includes special occasion, flower girl and First Holy Communion designs. See some of the dresses by clicking here.

Applications for Savannah-Chatham FREE pre-K 2010-11 not available until April

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

 Let the madness begin.

The confusing and nerve-wrecking  application process for the FREE pre-k-handprint.gifGeorgia pre-k program is not expected to start until April. It was intially supposed to start in February. But now the Savannah-Chatham Board of Education BOE Web site reads the application process will be Monday, April 12, 2010 through Friday, May 7, 2010.

Applications are expected to be available April 12 at the Savannah-Chatham public schools that offer the free, full-day program and at 208 Bull St.

Children 4-years-old prior to or on Sept. 1, 2010 are eligible for funded (i.e. FREE) pre-K in Georgia. (Did we mention it’s free?) You can only apply to TWO different schools and your first choice must be the school in your public school attendance zone.

Children will be selected through a lottery process, which will be held May.

To get a list of the designated attendance zone, click on this school locator and put in your address. If you have any questions, call the Savannah-Chatham School’s pre-K program director LaWanda Ransom @ 912. 395.1154 or 912. 395.5635 or email her @

Private schools also offer the free pre-K program including Maggies’ Morning School, Savannah Youth University, Candler’s  The Children’s House, and  YMCA Childcare Plus: but many have a different application process. If you’re interested in a private child care that has it, call the school to find out when their applications are due.  Many are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Free Classes on Cloth Diapering and Infant Massage at Just for Baby & More

Monday, January 18th, 2010

just-for-baby-new-ad-addressJust for Baby and More, the locally-owned and operated store at 7701 Waters Ave. that sells nursery and youth furniture, apparel, gifts and accessories, will host FREE cloth diaper and baby massage classes this upcoming weekend.

The free cloth diaper class is 10 AM-noon Sat. Jan. 23.

The free baby massage class is on Sat. Jan. 23 for non-sitters (up to 6 months) from 1-2 PM and for sitters and movers (6 months and older) from 2-3 PM

Classes are free and open to the public. Register by calling 912.355.4455 or email First 20 registrants will receive a $15 gift card.

Giveaway: four tickets to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


circus-illusc-logoRingling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is coming to Savannah Civic Center Jan. 21-24

This week SouthernMamas is giving away a family four-pack of tickets to one lucky reader! (We’re announcing the giveaway early this week because we’re headed out of town for the weekend!)

Here are the rules on to win free tickets toRingling Bros’ Illuscination, a fantasy-filled world where thrills, wonderment, and unbelievable magic intersect with the outlandish fun of the circus..

  • To enter to win, click on the comments below and tell us your favorite place/Web site/book  to nurture and encourage kids’ love for animals. (Example: Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC; the National Geographic kids magazine etc) Also, please tell us your name. Or comment on the SouthernMamas Facebook page here. Please become a Facebook fan of SouthernMamas.
  • Entry period closes early this week: noon Wed. Jan. 20 so we can get the vouchers to the winner in time for the show.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber and SouthernMamas Facebook fan to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so. Click here to become a fan of SouthernMamas on Facebook.
  • We’ll announce the winner here Thurs. Jan. 21.
  • Purchase tickets by clicking here or at Savannah Civic Center Box Office, Lester’s Florist, Savannah Mall Customer Service Booth or by phone at 800-351-7469 or 912-651-6556.

    Tickets are $15 & $17 with a limited number of $28 VIP seats and $35 VIP Floor Seats also available.

    Ringling Bros. Presents Illuscination invites you on a mystifying adventure as Illuscinator David DaVinci bridges the believable world in which we live, to the seemingly impossible one of the circus.

    David entertains audiences with eye-popping illusions, mind boggling transformations, and unique up-close magic. This modern Houdini even attempts to escape a straightjacket while suspended three stories in the air over a den of lions.

    In an intimate setting, where the action takes place just feet away from your seat, audience members’ eyes will witness astonishing acrobats, awesome aerialists, and amazing animals, including majestic Asian elephants, a pride of lionesses, horses, ponies, and even a rare white lion.

    Ringling Bros. starts the excitement early with a FREE All Access Pre-show, which begins one hour before the show. The audience will have a chance to go onto the arena floor, try on costumes, walk the low wire and meet many of the show’s performers.

    Performance Schedule
    Thurs., Jan. 21 7 PM
    Fri., Jan. 22 7 PM
    Sat., Jan. 23 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM
    Sun., Jan. 24 1 PM

    Savannah toddler soccer giveaway winner

    Thursday, January 14th, 2010

    Tiffany Lane wins a free session of celtic-soccer-logo.jpgSavannah Celtic’s  Early Goals soccer program, which caters to players ages 2, 3 & 4.

    Congrats, Tiffany. The toddler soccer session starts the week of Jan. 18 and runs through the week of  Feb. 22 .   

    Thanks to everyone who entered the contest giveaway.

    To register your toddler for Early Goals, contact Michell Laing, call 912.495.9996
    or click here. The $50 registration fee includes a 6 week program, practice t-shirt, end of the season finale with a medal and certificate.

    All sessions will be held at the Salvation Army fields on the corner of Washington and Bee Rd. (3000 Bee Rd). All practices are approx. 30-45 minutes.

    Lowcountry photographer offers affordable Valentine’s mini portrait sessions

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

    cecillia-b-photography-v-d-sessionsLowcountry photographer Cecillia Berger will be doing  a round of Valentines Day Mini sessions.  

    These incredibly affordable portrait sessions are available at the location of your choice – outside if you’re brave enough to face the cold or luck out on a warm day OR in your home with Cecillia’s portable studio.

    *Studio sessions limited to 3 children. This session is not available for newborns.

    Session 1 – Be Mine
    •Session fee $100
    •1/2 hr of session time for up to 2 subjects. $15 for each additional person.
    •1 sheet of wallets
    •2 5×7’s or 1 8×10
    •50 personalized photo stickers

    cecillia-photographySession 2 – Sweethearts
    •Session fee $100
    •1/2 hr of session time for up to 2 people. $15 for each additional person.
    •5-10 proofs in a password protected gallery for you to choose from
    •4 5×7’s or 2 8×10’s
    •1 4×6 spiral bound, hard cover photo book of all final images

    The mini-sessions will be available Feb 6-21.

    Primarily a natural light photographer, Cecillia specializes in custom lifestyle portraiture. She loves capturing , energy, emotion, family connections and children’s true natures in her photographs.

    To see more examples of her work beyond those posted here, visit the Cecillia B Photography Web site and her blog.

    Cecillia B Photography, 843.263.5971 or email

    Your kid isn’t the only bedwetter

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

    articlelargeA New York Times Science article from Monday, “To Treat Bedwetting, Healthy Doses of Patience,”  is a hot topic on mommy Web sites.

    According to the article, an estimated 15 percent of five-year-olds still wet the bed at night.

    Parents who worry that the bedwetting is connected with a parenting mistake can relax, writes Doctor Perri Klass in the Times:

    “In other words, it is not about emotional problems, or mistakes a parent made during potty training, or laziness, which some still attribute to the bed-wetter himself. (The problem is about three times as common in boys as in girls.) Indeed, one of the worst things about bed-wetting is the stigma. Sufferers and their families have been accused of everything from poor parenting to latent criminality.”

    Dr. Klass says bed-wetting is caused by the interaction of a variety of factors such as genetics, physiology, development stage, and the child’s environment. Bottom line: parents dealing with this problem are not alone.

    Would love to read what SouthernMamas readers have to say on this topic.

    Savannah autism workshop and booksigning

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

    autism-ribbonLocal autism expert Lynn Adams will host a workshop this month in Savannah:  “Autism: Behavioral and Sensory Needs Through the Lifespan.”

    Her books are available for purchase after the workshop or through

    Early registration is recommended; $50 for professionals, $30 for parents and students. Some scholarships available for parents.

    The autism workshop will be 9 AM-12:30 PM Sat. Jan. 23 @ The Armstrong Center for Professional and Continuing Education, 11935 Abercorn St.

    For information and to register: Call Jennifer McGee at 912-355-9098, e-mail or click here.

    Family Sleepover at the Aquarium (Savannah kids activities)

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

    aquarium-logoKids and their parents are invited to a Family Sleepover Educational Program this month @ UGA’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium, 30 Ocean Science Circle, Skidaway Island.

    Time 6 PM – 8 AM Sat-Sun. Jan. 23-24. Cost: $25/person all children must be accompanied by an adult.

    The sleepover’s activities will focus on coastal development. All activities will be hands-on and exciting. There will also be a mini fishing clinic. Program includes snack and continental breakfast.

    Please bring the following items: sleeping bag, pillow, hand towel, pajamas, bug spray, toothbrush and paste, flashlight, fishing pole, camera, and change of clothes.

    Maximum of 25 participants. Advanced registration required. 912-598-2496 or email

    Valentine’s gifts: SouthernMamas receive $10 off custom jewelry from Julian & Co.

    Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

    julian-coOne of our favorite companies, JULIAN & Co., has handcrafted, personalized gifts for the whole family.

    Including the $49 mini JULIAN & Co. customized charm for mom. The front of the sterling silver birth necklace is customized with your child’s name and either baby handprints or footprints, while the back can engraved with birth time, date, weight and height.

    The personalized pendant is durable enough to endure tiny, tugging hands.

    JULIAN & Co. is offering Southern Mama readers $10 off order. Use the coupon code: SOUTHERNMAMAS when ordering online to receive the discount.

    The deadline for Valentines Day orders is Jan. 31.

    Also, check out “Heart on Her Wrist,” a $79 sterling silver id bracelet, for babies or little girls.

    New Kindermusik children music classes in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Pooler

    Monday, January 11th, 2010

    kindermusik-logoYou’ve been meaning to sign up for parent-and-me early childhood music classes. Now’s your chance.

    The new Spring 2010 semester of Kindermusik classes begin the week of Jan. 24 and run through May 21.  Classes will be offered in three locations: Mondays in Savannah, Wednesdays in Richmond Hill, and Fridays in the Pooler/W. Chatham/S. Effingham area.

    The Coastal Empire Savannah Kindermusik Web site has been updated and online enrollment is available. Classes are limited to 12 children per class, so sign up today! If you have any questions, please email or call 912.728.5397.

    To register, click here, then click on the Kindermusik for Ages 0-7 link. This will take you to our Kindermusik page, where you can create a secure account, enroll your child, and even pay by credit card online.

    piano-88-keys-logo1A Kindermusik session makes a great  gift. Kindermusik “gift certificates” are available for a semester of classes. Click here more information.

    Check out Kindermusik’s sister site 88 Keys, for piano tuning, piano service, sales/rentals, even piano moving. The family-owned business also buys, sells and RENTS pianos.

    You can rent a spinet piano for $1 per day. That’s right $30 a month for a piano. For more info, click here or call 912.728.KEYS.

    Giveaway: free season of toddler soccer

    Sunday, January 10th, 2010

    This week, a lucky SouthernMamas subscriber will win a free session of celtic-soccer-logo.jpgSavannah Celtic’s  Early Goals soccer program, which caters to players ages 2, 3 & 4.

    The toddler soccer session starts the week of Jan. 18 and runs through the week of  Feb. 22 . Normally, registration costs $50. But you can win a free soccer program for your toddler.  Check out the rules below to enter to win:

  • To enter to win, just click on comments below  and tell us your tip for entertaining kids during this cold snap (home activity, game, craft, an indoor playground or other snug spot to play?) . Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs Jan. 14. Please tell us your name. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner Fri. Jan. 15
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to subscribe. .  
  • The $50 registration fee includes a 6 week program, practice t-shirt, end of the season finale with a medal and certificate.

    All sessions will be held at the Salvation Army fields on the corner of Washington and Bee Rd. (3000 Bee Rd). All practices are approx. 30-45 minutes.

    Savannah Celtic already offers programs for older children. But also has a this fun, action-packed toddler program for players ages 2-3 & 4. There are no games. Instead, coaches work on simple motor skills and ball familiarity.

    Enter to win even if you already registered your child. If you win,  Savannah Celtic will give you a refund and your tot will play for free.

    Early Goal players will attend one practice session a week. Chose from either the Tuesday or Thursday sessions:

    Tuesdays 5 – 6 PM
    1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23

    Thursdays 5 – 6 PM
    1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25

    To register your toddler for Early Goals, contact Michell Laing, call 912.495.9996
    or click here.

    ‘Night at the Museum’ kids sleepover at Savannah History Museum

    Sunday, January 10th, 2010

    night-at-the-museum-dvd-posterKids can spend a night in a real museum.

    The Coastal Heritage Society is proud to present a “Night at the Museum” sleepover at Savannah History Museum. Kids can enjoy games and activities as well as a screening of “Night at the Museum” in the museum theater. Dinner and breakfast are also included

    Night at the Museum is 6:30 PM Sat. Jan. 23, 8:30 AM Sun. Jan. 24 at Savannah History Museum – 303 MLK Blvd, Savannah. Cost: $22.95 per person

    Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Children must be 3 years or older to participate. Just to clarify, this is a family event, rather than a drop-off-your-kids event.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 912.651.6823 x203 or email

    Don’t forget your sleeping bag!!

    Islands MOPS hosts Spa Day for Savannah moms

    Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    mops-logo.jpgIsland MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers)  will host their annual Spa Day on Jan. 27 from 9:15 – 11:30 AM.
    This popular event includes massage therapists, hair stylists, manicurists, an eyebrow waxist, bra fitter, as well as several vendors bringing products for our shopping pleasure. A catered breakfast as well as fabulous door prizes are available to enjoy, also. Childcare is provided. Call Frankie at 897-6167 to reserve a childcare spot.

    If this is your 1st time coming to Islands MOPS, it’s free. Otherwise, the cost is $5 per meeting. Scholarships are available and confidential. 

    The Savannah moms group meets at 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd. on Wilmington Island every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (Sept. thru mid-May). For additional info, please call Laura at 898.0869.

    SouthernMamas receive personal trainer discount

    Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    Savannah personal trainers Drew and Shazi Edmonds, who work with Paula Deen and Ruby, are giving away four personal training sessions to a SouthernMamas subscriber.

    The winner of this week’s SouthernMamas giveaway is Julie Herrin. Julie wins FOUR PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS and a body analysis from Train Me 24/7, the personal trainers to Savannah’s Ruby Gettinger on Style Network’s show “Ruby” and to Paula Deen.

    Trainers Drew and Shazi Edmonds of  Train Me 24/7 were so impressed by readers’ NY resolutions in the comments section under the initial post announcing the giveaway,  they want to honor all those who entered. You can take group fitness classes or get personal training at a reduced rate when you mention you entered the SouthernMamas giveaway contest.