Monday March 22, 2010

Today’s Jens List is sponsored by A Kid’s Life! Go and Grow with Friends!
A Kid’s Life! brings wholesome, heartwarming entertainment into the home for children to enjoy. Kids will learn about the world around them through educational online games, interactive exploration, and age appropriate web-episodes. A Kid’s Life! is a safe and secure website where your kids can Go and Grow with friends!
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PlayandGrow Smart-er Tips
Nancy Pyne-Hapke, author of Play and Grow Smart, A Guide Supporting Brain Development, Birth through Five, has been giving tips to aid your child’s optimum skill development through proactive neuroscience-based activities every Monday. 
More   Developmental Learning Tools options (with skills development):
•  NOISE-MAKERS – squeeze-and-squeak, whistling, harmonica-sounding, jingle, chirp, click, snap, ring (tactile, fine motor, auditory, visual, thinking/learning)
•  SOFT STUFFED animal – soft/cuddly [no wire to pop thru or eyes to yank off] (tactile, fine motor, social/emotional, visual)
•  CLOTH BOOKS – bright, high contrast easy-to-see patterns and pictures, sensory surprises with rattles, squeakers, mirrors, textures, crinkles, movable features (tactile, visual, fine motor, auditory, language/vocabulary, thinking/learning)
•  LIGHTWEIGHT rattles – bright colors with colorful tinkling beads and places large enough for Baby to grasp and manipulate, mirrored surfaces offering reflective light play and pliable, gum-friendly teething areas (tactile, fine motor, visual, auditory, thinking/learning)
•  ACTIVITY quilts and play mats – clean, familiar surface to take along (tactile, gross motor, social/emotional, visual, auditory)
Next week – “Developmental Learning Tools for 6-mo- to 9-mo-olds, Pt. 1” 
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Select Dry Cleaners
Hate having to go to the Dry Cleaners? Never Enough Time to go to the Dry Cleaners?Now you have the option of Free Pick-Up and Delivery Service! Plus 20% Off your 1st Order and Free Mini Lint Brush! Low Prices – Great Service! Their vans are ready to pick up and deliver your clothes anywhere in the West Valley. Go to and select “Request A Pick Up” or Call 818-826-9294. Family owned and Environmentally Friendly. Jen’s List Members receive 10% off your orders forever! They pick up and deliver every Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Price Sheets are located on the website.
Baby Bird Photography and Sparrow
A green baby boutique, are teaming up for their Spring Portrait Event. Your Sparrow purchase of $75 or more qualifies you for a free photo session with Baby Bird Photography on Saturday, March 27 at Sparrow (3266 Cahuenga Blvd. West, LA, CA 90068). You will also receive one free 8×10 print. Prints and digital files will be available for purchase if you like what you see! Spots are going fast so visit Sparrow soon! For more info call (323) 512-7122.
Hebrew Tutor-Bar/Bat Mitzvah Trainer
“Mazel Tov!”  That’s what your family will say when your son or daughter is trained by Randee Samsky Hilborne for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Randee tutors children of all ages and adults in Hebrew, as well as Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training. She specializes in chanting the notes for the Torah (trope)  and also teaches children about all Judaic areas if you like. Randee has 28 years experience as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah trainer and studied in Israel one year during her Junior Year Abroad.    She has a BS in Education/Hebrew and Semitic Studies  from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  Everyone loves working with Randee and her passion for teaching is contagious! Your children deserve the best!! Highly recommended by Linda Zigman-email:  (trained Linda’s son Zach).  Randee travels many places  in the Valley and Westside.  She will travel to your home or will tutor in her home in Woodland Hills. Contact Randee at 818-224-4659 (home) or 310-344-6543 (cell) or email: Individual or group lessons available.  Other references available if requested.
Hope Gardens designs
Have you always wanted a vegetable garden? Are you tired of your water-sucking lawn? Do you just need some horticultural hand-holding? Hope Gardens designs, installs and maintains organic veggie gardens and drought-tolerant, native landscapes. They also offer a special $100 springtime garden consultation – think of it as “garden life coaching!” Visit them at or call 323-493-5177.
Jewish Daycare in Sherman Oaks now enrolling
Children at the ages 2 and up… Welcome! Located in a quiet culdesac south of the blvd. A warm,loving and safe environment. Indoor and outdoor play area with swings, slides, play houses and toys galore. 3 homemade kosher meals served each day. Extensive experience at the JCC. We celebrate both Jewish and American holidays and practice both Hebrew and English with the children. Challa baking with the children each friday. Please call 818-981-1706 for more information
“Social Gypsy”
Works great for Busy Moms, Diabetes, Teens and Seniors. Claudia is just a regular person. Not a celebrity, fitness fanatic or a person who has tons of money. Finally, after years of trying, she lost 70 lbs and wants to help others do the same. You will be able to select 5 quick and easy plan meals a day and one meal you prepare yourself per plan guidelines. Share recipes with other team members. She is now a Health Coach who does not charge for services! Email for more info
NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing
A NNEB diploma in nursery nursing indicates the holder undertook a full time 2-year course covering the ages of 0-7. This is probably the most widely recognized qualification and gives student’s hands on experience in addition to the academic course which covers the physical, social, educational, intellectual and emotional needs of different ages. Other areas of study include health and hygiene, play and first aid. Once you have completed your NNEB you are well qualified to start working in a nursery. NNEB’s can also work as a nanny in the private home sector. The closest US equivalent is an Associated Degree in child development. If you are looking for a NNEB nanny, Contact Sue Email:
Artistic Dentistry
Dr Nushin Shir, owner and expert cosmetic and general dentist of the Artistic Center for Dentistry in Santa Monica is holding a month-long grand opening even from April 1-30th. She is giving free dental cleanings and exams to 120 patients and is requesting that a $10 donation be given to Heal the Bay. Dr. Shir has served many celebrities and has been interviewed by USA Today, Who’s Who, and was included in Time-Warner’s cable section on health in the areas of preventative and cosmetic dentistry. The practice has the lastest in green technologies to help minimize their carbon footprint. To see a full list of services or to book your appointment please visit, or call 310-393-2300. Email with any questions.
1531 6th St.,Ste. 100 in Santa Monica, CA.
2busy2do is a personal concierge and personal assistant business design to service our client’s needs on an hourly basis. 2busy2do does everything from relocation to planning of small events. Whatever you need, 2busy2do is at your service. Looking for that 25th hour in your day? 2Busy’s got it.
Swing Set Installation
 Referral from Jens List member –
“I purchased the same set, and had it installed a week ago by Jorge Escamilla. He has been doing this for 10 years, and used to work for Rainbow (the company that makes the set). He did a great job…very professional. I highly recommend him.
Jorge Escamilla- 818-355-7210”
Cute pictures of animals
BIG ‘aaaww’ factor.
A Visit From Cousin Roachetta’ by Kim Morrell
A lovely, warm and whimsical celebration of the hope, joy and innocence of childhood. A beautifully told remembrance and richly illustrated. Truly a book to be shared and enjoyed by folks both big and small.
4 Spices – Disease-fighting antioxidant power
Cinnamon, Sage, Turmeric and Hot Peppers
AirPlay tray table cover
Offers a convenient way to keep toddlers and infants happily occupied when flying. Made of colorful cotton and polyester, it offers several early-educational activities with a clean playing surface for little travelers. The company also produces a Snack & Play unit for strollers and car seats. Great gifts!
WHAT TO BRING? Old, outdated, unwanted or unused GOLD (10k, 14k, 18k, etc.) or STERLING SILVER (silver must be marked “sterling” or “925”) hanging around your home. (All items will be tested and weighed) THINGS LIKE: Sterling Salt & Pepper Shakers, Cuff Links, Broaches
HOW ABOUT: Tarnished Photo Frames, Dishes, Gravy Boats & Cutlery Broken Gold Chains or Ugly Pendants, Gold earrings that are broken? They test and weigh your items and PAY YOU CASH in a matter of ten minutes.
(1) Show up with your gold/silver items in a bag or box. If you can’t make it but still want to sell you items email for pick – ROBSAMMAK@JUNO.COM
(2) An expert weighs and tests your items and gives you a dollar amount in cash at the going rate.
(3) You decide if you are happy with the amount and sell any or all of your pieces & get cash.
Simple Chart of Vegetable Seeds to Start Indoors
Includes onions, leeks, early tomatoes, celery, early peppers, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, head lettuce, melons, cucumbers.
Presented by John Steinreich, Operations Manager at Wellspring behavior agency and formerly lead supervisor of the school aged department At North Los Angeles County Regional Center
MARCH 24, 2010 FROM 7:00-9:00 P.M.
PLEASE R.S.V.P. (818) 222-8118 or
Spring to Success:
Winning Strategies for Women in Business
Thursday, March 25th from 9:30am – 12p.m.
Sherman Oaks Fashion Square
Spring is almost here, and with it comes the opportunity for growth and progress! 
Join this first-ever Spring to Success Workshop, designed to inspire, educate and  empower you to exceed your business goals in 2010!  You’ll learn from experts in the areas of business strategy, financial management, human resources, business law and brand management–and will take home real, tangible knowledge you can implement right away. 
This not-to-miss event will cover such topics as: 
1. • building a financially-sound business
2. • boosting employee productivity
3. • developing a growth plan
4. • protecting your most important business assets
5. • enhancing your brand image
6. • avoiding common legal pitfalls
7. • strengthening relationships with your team members
8. • and much more!
PLUS–you’ll get a peek at some of this spring’s best new business looks…from professional stylists who know how to make you look and feel fantastic! And just in case you need a few more reasons to come–you’ll receive goodie bags, amazing give-a-ways, exclusive discounts for Bloomingdale’s merchandise, and networking opportunities with other women in business. For more information go to
Crafts are a great hands on activity that inspires the creativity
Kids and parents can enjoy the time spent and kids love to display their craft idea. This site began with the idea of providing a place to share craft ideas that my kids and I love to do. 1 stop kids crafts are easy crafts for kids and for the kids at heart. New to 1 stop kids crafts is the addition of interesting tidbits about seasonal events and holidays. The kid crafts and recipes posted include step-by-step instructions and are fun, easy and best of all free.
Garage Party!
Saturday, March 27th 6:30-9:00PM
A women-only event where you’ll learn about riding. Grab life by the handlebars.
Space is limited, RSVP by March 26. Pam or Angie (805)552-9555
Simi Valley Harley-Davidson
6190 Condor Drive, Moorpark
Building Teen Esteem Through Pilates
Healthy habits are developed young, BetterBody offers teens an incredible way to increase fitness, flexibility and body-awareness.  This will be a motivating class where teen girls can be themselves without being judged, move without being ridiculed and realize that being confident in one’s self is something that no one can take away from them.
Tuesday 4:15 – 5pm (4 Week Session) $100
Friday 3:15 – 4pm (4 Week Session) $100
or do both Tuesday and Friday $160
Call 818-224-4734 for more info!
Grow Fava Beans: hardy, reliable and versatile
Let your kids eat what they grow.  Start seeds now.  Okay for containers.  Same growing conditions as peas.  Won’t do well when the temperature consistently hits the 80’s.
Sweet Peas & Stilettos
The Modern Mommy Guide, Are you looking to create an eco-friendly home for your family? Sweet Peas & Stilettos features everything from organic baby food, home eco-consultants, green cleaning products, eco-friendly children’s toys and clothes, green diaper solutions, all natural make-up, organic vegetable delivery services, and colorful reusable shopping bags. They’ve got fabulous handbags, shoes and sparkly baubles too!
Summer is Around the Corner -Do Your Children Have Plans Yet?
If your children are between the ages of 8 – 18 and you need assistance planning their summer, call Jill at Tips on Trips and Camps.  She will listen to your needs, make suggestions on overnight camps/programs, send brochures/DVDs and help you distinguish between various options.  Call Jill Levin: 310-202-8448 or contact her by email: (Tips on Trips and Camps is a FREE service for families and one of the oldest and largest camp advisory services.   Each year “Tips” provides advice and guidance to thousands of families.)
Need a Memorable/Professional Looking Slideshow for a Special Occasion?
Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s, Graduation, Anniversaries– occasions that celebrate love, dedication, and unforgettable memories. Bring your family and friends together in a captivating montage. Tracie Karasik can create a beautiful, touching, light-hearted slideshow to culminate some of life’s most significant events. Have a keepsake of that special event in your life. Email or call 805-558-0188 for more info.
A FUN Weight Loss and Body Firming Class Inspired by Dancing
Tatjana Luethi is teaching a “work out class” in a local studio in Marina del Rey / Mar Vista area with a focus on weight loss and body firming techniques inspired from her training in International Latin Ballroom dancing. This class for women only is partially a cardio work out class incorporating the very basic steps found in salsa, cha cha, rumba, samba and jive. The other half of the class will focus on body–sculpting exercises, firming and sculpting upper arms, chest, waistline, abdominal area, butt, hips and thighs. This is not a dance class, and you do not have to be a dancer. For details please visit:
Remember that old grade-school game, Telephone?
Broken Picture Telephone is a Web-based version of it, and lets players alternate between writing words and drawing clever pictures to transmit the original clue.
H2O Plus skincare
Deep-sea life thrives with essential elements that naturally nourish and revitalize your skin. They cultivate and combine these marine botanicals in  the water-based formulas, creating a harmony of technology and nature. All of the formulas begin in the sea; however even marine extracts need some help to satisfy today’s product standards.   By adding science, they have made marine extracts even more potent in their effects.  They still need to rely on certain preservatives to protect the purity and freshness of the products. Products available at the GLENDALE GALLERIA (818- 551-0831) – Jens List members get 15% off (in store only)
Baby LaLa products have received rave reviews from, HIP MAMMAS PLACE blog, BABY FRIENDLY L.A., and the VERY GREEN Mothering Magazine!! All Baby LaLa products are handmade by Kym, mom-preneur. The blankets are made of high quality Minky that says soft. These blankets are high end and earth friendly! (wash cold, hang dry & recyclable.I have 2 of them and my babies LOVE them!
FREE Dental Exam & Digital X-Rays + 20% OFF ANY Cosmetic Procedure + Zoom! for only $199!
NYU Graduate, Dr. Frank Esfandiari & founder of Village Family Dentistry in Thousand Oaks will provide all Jen’s list subscribers with a FREE Comprehensive Exam including Digital X-rays. This office is ready to take care of the dental needs of your entire family. All children over the age of 6 are welcome and will be examined by the doctor for FREE.  No Insurance, No problem!  MAJOR DISCOUNTS & payment plans available for patients without insurance. For a limited time you can also get 20% off of any cosmetic procedure not covered by insurance. Take the first step in feeling good and looking great this holiday season with brighter, whiter teeth in less than an hour. Zoom! teeth whitening is safe, effective and very fast & now all Jen’s list subscribers can enjoy Zoom! 1 hour teeth whitening for only $199! You will experience a whole new level of dentistry. Same day emergency service & early & late appointments available. Visit or call 805-777-7717 to make an appointment.
Over 3000 people attend the festival on 4-24-10. 100% of your donation supports the music, art and PE programs and your business will be promoted to all who attend! They are looking for gift certificates, sports/theater tickets, massage/beauty services, landscape design, and other exciting items! Send donations to Michele Urbach, Kester Elementary, 5353 Kester Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411.
BWell Fit Challenge- only $40 a month!
The “Fit to BWell” Challenge is a 12-week course designed to give participants the necessary knowledge and support needed to achieve safe and long-term weight loss. BWell will be choosing a maximum of 25 participants, with the winner walking away with up to $1000 in cash. We will be kicking off the challenge with a free fitness event on 3/27/10 in LA- Register here: