Sunday March 21, 2010

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Today in History
The infamous Alcatraz prison is closed. (1963)
I came across this amazing new snack company called Hippie Chips the other day at Whole Foods. They are 100% all natural baked potato chips with hemp and come in yummy flavors like Memphis Blues Barbecue, Lime is on My Side and Sea of Love Salt. They are gluten free and kid friendly too!

Tips for Protecting Your Child From Sexual Abuse
With the startling statistics of a sexual molester likely being someone the parent knew and trusted, just how do you protect your kids? What type of personality and situations should you be aware of? And how do you educate your kids to be cautious? Breezy Mama turned to veteran sex crimes prosecutor, television analyst and author of My Privates are Private, Stacey Honowitz to answer Breezy Mama’s questions.
Looking for ideas on how to complete a room? Need ideas on how to merge existing furniture with new? Want help with accessory & furniture selections? Paint color choices? Get a complete room design for just $375 with e-decorating. Email your room dimensions along with pictures of the room & any existing furniture you want to incorporate and you will receive a complete design package consisting of: furniture floor plan layouts, concept ideas, furnishing selections (artwork, accessories, area rugs, furniture, lighting, & window treatments), paint color swatches, & a list of resources – all within your budget.  Email: for more info, including portfolio work & contact info.  Also available for on site design consultations (paint color consultations, space planning help, kitchen/bath remodeling/feedback, etc) & full service interior design (from start to finish) at the hourly rate of $75.)
kokopax city carrier™-New!
The kokopax city carrier offers parents an affordable and simple way to carry their baby in style.  The carrier positions baby at eye-level, making it a great way to see and interact with the world.  It’s made with a lightweight aluminum frame and high quality custom designed fabric.  The 5-point harness, adjustable frame and kickstand for easy loading and unloading are all features that make the kokopax city carrier a comfortable, safe ride for baby and parent.  Meets ASTM F2549 Frame Child Carrier standard.
Parents Night Out Guide!
Need a date night but don’t have a babysitter? For the same cost as a private sitter, you can bring your kids to an indoor playground or gym and everyone has fun. Go to for a list of where this service is offered. Hours, cost, activities and contact info are all included.
Try a new and energizing fitness program in the privacy of your own home!!
The Balance Method™ is a new fitness program for all levels!  Certified Personal Trainer, Becky Tinney, was tired of the same old same when it came to her fitness programs, so she created a routine that gives you beautiful tone, incredible energy, and the transformation you’re looking for!  The Balance Method focuses on resistance, stability, and cardiovascular training to give you all fitness requirements in one 60-minute workout!  Services you can try are private training, semi private training with you and a partner, or you can hold a private class with 4 or 5 of your friends.  Laugh, sweat, and work your way to a new you in 2010! Contact to schedule your first session!

Writing workshop: Unlocking Your Story
8 Tuesdays, April 6th – May 25th, 7-10pm
The Santa Monica Playhouse, Fee $400
This 8-week workshop is designed to explore the life experiences that have shaped and defined you. Through a wide variety of creative exercises, you’ll find the spark to unleash the stories that reflect the uniqueness of your personal journey. Each week we will uncover the various aspects of you through the spoken and written word with the goal of completing a personal essay. The small group environment cultivates a safe, dynamic space, allowing for group interaction as well as individual guidance and feedback. Space is limited to 10. Register now! Call (323) 363-1600 or email For full details:
Dan – The Magic man
All magic shows are customized to meet your needs!
The owner is selling her business that she started from scratch less than 4 years ago because she doesn’t have the time to devote to it any longer; however, everything is in place for it to be a successful business with funky eco-friendly clothes for the little ones.  She’s looking for someone to pass it along to that will keep it going and thriving.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for stay at home moms – set your own hours while making a great living doing something rewarding and fun.  Included in the sale is an established and maintained professional web boutique with all the remaining inventory and everything you need to hit the ground running.  Email Tanya at for more info and she’ll send you a full list of what’s included in the sale as well as URL of the website. 

Paranoid Mama
Provides info about keeping our kids safe, parenting dilemmas, deciphering all the conflicting info out there, etc. It’s accessible at or (not there is no www at the front of this address).

High Heel In A Haystack
Do you have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear? Robin can help! Professional wardrobe stylist, she is well known for her approach on helping YOU enhance and express your own style with confidence. After 8 years in the fashion industry — dressing people for events, styling models for photo shoots, and designing clothing for lines such as Brochu Walker, Joie and Splendid…Robin is now coming to YOUR home! An Exclusive and Limited Offer for Wardrobe Styling – 1 HOUR COMPLIMENTARY PERSONAL STYLING CONSULTATION. Reserve your consultation today.
Call 323.533.4111 or email
Catered Cotton Candy and Snow Cones at Your Next Event
Add fun and excitement to your next event by having Tasty Clouds Cotton Candy Company serve freshly made cotton candy and snow cones. A variety of Kosher Certified sugar and syrups to choose from that is available in organic, old time favorite and sugar free flavors. Tasty Clouds also offers customized color, labels and flavors to match your event. Call 310.990.2435 or visit
Social Skills for Kids
Does your child successfully interact with friends?  Help is on the Way!  The Adat Ari El Rose Engel Early Childhood Center and Penni Seller, Psy.D., are pleased to offer an important program…”Gan Haverim: Garden of Friends”, a fun-filled 7-week program designed to facilitate social interactions, turn-taking, and to make transitions less stressful.  This class will help children ages 3 -5 yrs old to expand their interests, and to help develop and foster peer relationships.  The group is limited to 8 children with 2 facilitators.  The next class begins April 20th and runs through June 1st at 1pm.  For more information please call Beryl Strauss at 818-766-6379 or email at
A library burned down at a school in Boyle Heights
With funding how it is they have managed to rebuild the library but there are very, very few books. The Beverly Hills Literary Society is collecting books for this library on March 23 starting at 11:30a.m. at the Regency Club in Westwood on the corner of Westwood Blvd. and Wilshire, at the valet parking area.  Email for more info.
jillybean green has spring fever!  Come in and save up to 50% off the entire store until March 27th.  They have unique gifts, cool apparel, toys/puzzles, diaper bags, candles, skincare and more! Good for in-store only purchases, but online shoppers can save 10% off their entire order – just use discount code JEN’S LIST.
jillybean green at the COOP
11118 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City
Now that spring is near, so are all the beautiful butterflies! 
Here’s a list of butterfly events and activities in and around Los Angeles compiled by L.A. Kid Stuff.  Sign up for a once-a-week newsletter for more tips on fun, enriching things to do in and around Los Angeles!  Many are low cost and free.
3 Rulings Find No Link to Vaccines and Autism
Happy Parties one-stop-shop for party planning. Themed characters, princesses, superheroes, magicians, puppet shows, arts & crafts, petting zoos, ponies, reptiles and more. Big or small, they arrange it all. Serving the entire greater LA area. Book a party and receive 10% off party favors from the Studio City store – look for the Classic Toys sign on the yellow store front. Call (818) 980-0032 for more info
March 21 – Flower Power
Spring is here again, and flowers are back!  Today you can make festive floral wreaths to add some greens and pinks and yellows back to the outside. All Sunday drop-in programs run from 2:00-4:00pm and are free for members and $3.00 per child for non-members in addition to the entrance fee.  Entrance fee is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 3 and over.  Children 2 and under and grandparents are free.  Zimmer Children’s Museum is located on the lobby level of the Goldsmith Jewish Federation Building, 6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90048.  Sunday hours are 12:30pm-5:00pm.  Please check or call (323) 761-8984 for further information.
Bonnie Harris
Author of When Your Kids Push Your Buttons and What You Can Do About It and Confident Parents Remarkable Kids, will be visiting Los Angeles to speak 4/15-17. She has been a parent educator and counselor for more than 20 years and has an M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. The cost will be $10-15 per person for a 1 ½-2 hour presentation. Visit for more info. If you are interested, please contact Maria Hoffman at by March 24th.
Autism Speaks’ Walk Now for Autism
North America’s largest grassroots autism walk program and our signature fundraising and awareness event. Join one of our walks across the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom.
Getty Publications The Art of Motherhood
This beautiful gift book pairs hundreds of stunning portraits of mothers and their children with pithy quotations from a range of literary and public figures, from Plutarch to Mae West.  Together, these words and pictures create a stunning tribute to mothers.  More information can be found at:
Teens on the Go
A unique social skills summer camp program of The Help Group, located in Culver City, designed specifically for teens ages 15-18, with Aspergers Disorder and High Functioning Autism featuring day trips, tours and activities throughout the Los Angeles area. For more information call 877-943-5747 or visit
Mommy & Me Class at the Creation Station, Studio City
Newborn to 9 months – learn new, effective parenting in warm and supportive environment. Mondays 11:30 am. Find new supportive friendships with other parents and have fun while sharing your experiences of having an infant. Topics presented will reflect the needs of the group. Discussion topics can include the following: recovery after birth, post partum depression, breast feeding, sleep, crying, attachment and separation. Email for more info.
Lego Engineering and Clay Animation Spring Break Camps at Paintbox Kids
These creative 4 day camps are offered Monday through Thursday.
Lego Engineering Camp
March 29th- April 1st from 9:00-12:00
April 5th-8th from 9:00-12:00
Clay Animation Camp
April 5th-8th from 1:00-4:00
For more information and to see a sample video go to
1383 E. Washington Blvd. in Pasadena, CA 91104
FDA Cracks Down on Food Label Lies
The FDA says 22 foods use such egregious marketing claims that their labels are illegal. Includes Beechnut, Parents Choice, Juicy Juice, Diamond Walnuts, Baby Mum Mum.
Garage Tile Pros
Bringing the showroom home. Garage Tile Pros offers custom flooring for residential and commercial properties.  Don’t be stuck with that old toxic epoxy flooring instead choose tile flooring that is safe and durable.  Transform your space in as little as 2 hours with do it yourself installation or have us install for you.  Easy snap together installation and you can choose your own design. GT Pros flooring is great for garages, basements, aircraft hangars, trade show booths, and more. Installing requires no glues or chemicals, so there’s no mess or toxic fumes – each module simply ‘Snaps’ into place! There is a 10 year manufacturer warranty on all tiles and there are 6 colors to choose from. Visit or call for a FREE estimate 805-276-8163.
APRIL 14th FROM 7:00-9:00 P.M.
Personalize your M&Ms!
Words, pictures, sports teams, birthdays, Disney, lots of colors.

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp scheduled for your community this summer – Early sign incentive – Your child will receive one of the great looking replica jerseys (value $39) free when you sign up on line at least 45 days prior to camp. Find a camp near you now! Plus – check out the new TETRABRAZIL CAMPS featuring experienced Brazilian coaches and a whole lot of new practices and skills.
Qualified British Coaches – Enthusiastic, fun and knowledgeable • The most popular Camp in the country – Over 100,000 campers • Free British Soccer Ball – New design • Free British Soccer T Shirt – Stylish new full front graphic • Free Giant Soccer Poster – Features world star Wayne Rooney • Free Replica Jersey with early sign up – Value $39 Click here to check out which camps are currently taking registrations in your area – new camps are added every week.
Growing up Green
Give your eco-baby a healthy jumpstart on life or help to green your existing family’s nest by joining, Growing up Green’s parenting classes and support group!  Have you ever wondered how to eat organic without needing to get another job? Are you interested in diapering your favorite tushy in a healthier way but not sure how?  Does the thought of chemicals in your products send you into a confused panic? Growing up Green classes will help to provide you with simple, economical ways to answer these questions and live safely and sustainably. The philosophy is that they simply cannot embark on this role of sustainable parenting by ourselves. They will work to create a class full of support, friendship and information gathering! Classes will be taught at Green and Greener in Valley Village. For a list of complete class curriculum and information about the instructor visit and click on the link to their calendar of in-store events.  Growing up Green classes will be Wednesdays, starting May 12th from 7-8:15pm.
Island Spray Tan… location.
At Island Spray Tan they use the highest quality products available and make it fast and convenient. They cater to your busy schedule and bring the tan directly to you wherever you are, whenever you need it. All mobile tans are applied by a professional airbrush technician who has a trained eye for detail to ensure you glow with perfection. They use an organic spa formula infused with antioxidants for anti-aging benefits along with skin firming and moisturizing properties so you can achieve a deep, glowing tan without sacrificing your skins health. Spray tanning also disguises unsightly cellulite, stretch marks, blemishes and skin imperfections, making you look and feel amazing. If you’re a social butterfly looking for the next big trend in parties, then throw a spray tan party, perfect for pre-wedding, pre-premiere, pre-holiday, birthdays, girl’s night in! Call 805-452-0648 or visit for more info.
Nora’s Arc: Drama and Vocal Coaching
Nora Gaffin Shore has enjoyed an extensive career as teacher, director, actress and singer. Nora is Co-Director of Harand Camp for the Theatre Arts. A summer oasis for children ages 8-18, the camp was created in 1955 and is still flourishing to this day. A theatre graduate of Northwestern University with a Masters from CSUN, Nora also teaches acting classes and auditioning. Contact her at 323-874-0599 or 323-356-9143 or
About Xeriscaping and Backyard Ponds
Also growing herbs from cuttings and a recipe for Rhubarb-Strawberry Crunch.  Yum.