Wednesday March 24, 2010

Today’s Jen’s List is sponsored by a New Book!
Beyond the Brochure:An Insider’s Guide to Private Elementary Schools in Los Angeles
It is the ultimate guide for parents faced with the task of selecting the private (independent) school best suited to their child’s needs. With all phases of the process covered – researching schools, filling out the applications, nailing the interviews – parents will appreciate the extensive data as well as the authors’ ability to spell out the unwritten rules of the admissions process. Co-author Christina Simon is the parent of two children at The Willows Community School.  Anne Simon is the former head of the Wildwood Elementary School & the former dean of the Crossroads Middle School. Porcha Dodson spent five years as a teaching partner at the Curtis School.
KIRIUS Review calls Beyond The Brochure “an instructive, all encompassing guide that’s essential for parents attempting to find the best school for their child in the City of Angels”
Available for $30 on and at local bookstores.
For more information, visit
Check out the authors’ private schools blog:
Today in History
*German scientist Robert Koch announces he has discovered the bacillus that causes Tuberculosis. (1882)
*Elvis Presley joins the U.S. Army. (1958)

More than 1 million baby slings recalled 

OPENS APRIL 1st IN NEW WOODLAND HILLS LOCATION AND OPENED MARCH 1st in SHERMAN OAKS!!! The Water Whisperer is where babies, children and adults learn to swim in a creative, nurturing and peaceful environment. They teach individuals to swim using gentle, developmental methods tailored to each person. Last summer, Emily and her team helped my then 4 yr olds, who were very afraid of the water, get excited about being in the water/swimming in just 10 lessons. Not only do swimmers develop water safety skills, but they also create their own swimming style. They have a %98 success rate in getting children ages 3 and over swimming within ten lessons. The technique was developed by a Jen’s List member, Emily Cohen, who has a Masters Degree in Education from UCLA as well as years of experience teaching children both in and out of the water.  The W.W. is a proud member of The United States Swim School Association!  The Water Whisperer keeps current with all of the Association’s swim teaching techniques. They recently expanded to Woodland Hills!  Spots are filling up quickly in both locations. Contact for Sherman Oaks location and Courtney at for Woodland Hills!  WATCH THE VIDEOS, READ THE TESTIMONIALS and register at
*Learn to swim in very few lessons*Heated, saline pool- our pool or yours*CPR certified*Great with people who fear water *Lifeguarding for parties*Swim birthday parties at The Woodland Hills location!
Round Meadow Spring Boutique!
This Friday, March 26th from 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
5151 Round Meadow Road in Hidden Hills, Ca 91302
Get ready for spring & summer…Lots of great prices well below retail. All your favorite brands such as Rachel Weissman hair accessories, J. Brand Jeans for women, Paige Denim for men and women, Workout wear, Tempt Jewelry, Havianna flip flops at wholesale for kids and adults, Soto Boutique, Totes by Tote le Monde for the pool and beach, Gruvy Wear rash guards for kids, Model Medal works Servingware, Indulge Fine Jewelry, Mom/daughter matching aprons, Treasure Accessory, Michelle Kaufman jewelry, Jill Lieberman sweats and T’s, Shabby chic pajamas and robes for women, Keiko throws, designer handbags and shoes at great prices, decor for your home, fabulous stationary and Stacey Silberman from Girls Gold Party will be there giving cash for your old, used and broken gold!
20% will be donated to the RMPFA
SunChips new/first ever 100% compostable chip bag
Wednesday, March 31st at 12:00pm
Come celebrate SunChips’ launch of the world’s first 100% compostable chip bag by kicking off a national composting education effort with Hollywood’s composting expert, Sophie Uliano.
The Grove Lawn (in front of the fountain) – 189 The Grove Drive in Los Angeles
For more information, please email or call 310.584.8379
Are you in a position to invest?  Protect yourself.
From the S.E.C.  Ask Questions about Mutual Funds, about The People Who Sell Investments or Provide Investment Advice, and about Progress of Your Investments.
i9 Sports Flag Football in Woodland Hills and Simi Valley
Spring Flag Football starts on Sunday April 18th in Woodland Hills and Simi Valley.  All i9 Sports Leagues and Camps are open to all Boys and Girls ages 4-14 . 8 week Season, open to all skill levels. Focus on Fun and Good Sportsmanship.  Organized, Safe, and No Contact. Easy online Registration at  (Please enter your local Zip Code if first time to website). Sportsmanship Medals and Trophies to all players.  At i9 sports, we allow friends to play on the same team.  Equal playing time for everyone
Chubby Delicious SPING SALE!!
All new and available now! Super cute tanks, tunics, skirts and tees for your little ones. Friday, May 27th 9:30 – 12:30
2525 30th Street, SM 90405
OR Shop on line at Chubby Delicious and use the coupon code “chubby25” for 25% off and free shipping.
50% products at MD Moms!
Wednesday March 24th-Friday March 26th
Available will be MD Moms Baby Silk Silky Liquid Powder, Soothing Bottom Relief Diaper Rash Creme, and our Gentle Scalp Rub Exfoliating Lotion (for cradle cap) at 50% off.
Summary of New York Times Best Seller, Brain Rules
About exercise, survival, wiring, attention, short- and long-term memory, sleep, stress, sensory integration, vision, and gender.
Add the WOW factor to your Passover Seder
Order Aunt Ida’s all natural Matzah Rolls Matzah Rolls look like dinner rolls, but they’re made with Matzah Meal – no leavening products. You can use them as an appetizer with chopped liver or your favorite “shmear,” eat them during your seder or use them as mini sandwich rolls during the week. Also, add tomato sauce and cheese for mini pizza snacks. The rolls are moist and delicious. A crowd pleaser. Or send them as a gift. Order today for Passover.
Sweeps Alert!
Your baby could be sleeping in style -Enter to win a Bonavita crib, Serta mattress and cute CoCaLo bedding from!
A source for a wide selection of hard-to-get tickets at reasonable after-market prices. Great seats are still available for Alicia Keyes, and Jen’s list readers can use this coupon code to take 5% off the total at checkout: jen5
Lanai Road Elementary’s Online Post Auction Sale
Get great deals on all sorts of items on the Lanai Road Elementary School’s After Auction Online Sale.  Many great packages still left from our primary auction plus numerous items that have been saved just for this online sale.  All proceeds benefit Lanai Road Elementary School, an LAUSD public school in Encino.  Simply click on and check out all of the wonderful outings, photography packages, jewelry, memorabilia, children’s items and more.
Breast milk cheese article
(3) general admission tickets for Saturday, March 27th. Tickets cost $24 each, but will sell for $20 each. Email
Music Stars & Masters “Music’n’Me” and “Rock Star” classes on the road!
FREE Concert on Tuesday March 23: On Tuesday, Teacher Dan and his team of talented musicians will be performing for the Kids Club at the Commons in Calabasas. The concert starts at 6pm and is free to all who are looking for a fun and interactive musical time!
Music Stars & Masters Classes at Giggles N’ Hugs: Starting this Wednesday (3/24), Music Stars and Masters will be offering its Music’n’Me program and Rock Star Jam Sessions at Giggles N’ Hugs ( ).
For more information about classes, private lessons or special events, call or email Music Stars & Masters in the Valley at the Westfield Topanga Mall (818)610-8370 or on the West Side in the Westside Pavilion Mall (310)470-1400.
Got a problem product—who ya gonna call? 
You might want to save this list of federal agencies and the products under their jurisdiction.
To check for recalls, go to the Web site of the individual agency or to
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
What: Cars, car seats, tires and vehicle equipment
Online form
Call: (888) 327-4236
Consumer Product Safety Commission
What: Consumer products (toys, baby products, grills and more)
Online form
Online form for drywall complaints
Call: (800) 638-2772
Food and Drug Administration
What: Foods, medicines, cosmetics, and medical devices
Medical: Online form for drugs regulated by the FDA
Non-meat food (cereal, fish, produce, nuts, cheese):
Call: (301) 443-1240 (emergency); (800) 535-4555 (non-emergency)
Or the consumer complaint coordinator in your state.
Pet food:
Call: The consumer complaint coordinator in your state.
Restaurant food:
Call: The health department in your state.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What: Foodborne illness
Call: (800) 232-4636)
And your local health department.
USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service
What: Meat, poultry or egg products
Call: (888) 674-6854
Creamy Blended Cici Beans (Chickpeas)
Call it a “Dip-Pitty-Doo” and serve with corn chips (with flax or sesame seeds) or whole wheat pita strips toasted.
Temple Adat Elohim Social Action Synaplex Shabbat
Friday March 26, 7:30-10 pm
Temple Adat Elohim – your place to learn, grow, and connect – invites the public to a special “Social Action Synaplex Shabbat,” Friday, March 26, from 7:30pm – 10 pm. The Social Action Synaplex Shabbat will focus on activism and education in fun and interactive ways. Immediately following Shabbat services, participants will hear from the Jewish World Watch organizations’ co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir-Reznick. Students from Calabasas High School who have received their Activist Certification Training from the Jewish World Watch organization will speak about education, advocacy, and refugee relief. Temple Adat Elohim is an open and welcoming Jewish community embracing those who seek spirituality, knowledge, and a desire to heal the world. 2420 E. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks, 805-497-7101.
Sunday’s 11:00AM – 3:00PM Kids’ Adventure Garden
Conejo Valley Botanic Garden – The Kids’ Adventure Garden is an educational and fun garden for kids that is part of the 33-acre Conejo Valley Botanic Garden. The KAG provides an exciting place for children to learn about flowers, trees, nature and gardening. The garden features a tree house, zoo garden, carnivorous plant bog, nature trail and more. Docents are available. Walking shoes suggested. Closed during inclement weather and on Easter. Email for more info
Reasonable Interior Decorating Services Offered
Marissa specializes in color consultation, custom window treatments and kitchen/bath re-designs. Please call her at (818)625-7936 to set up and appointment
Electrician Lead – Aaron Electric
Offers professional, reliable electrical services including recessed lighting, trouble shooting, and panel changes. Please call Mitch at (661)305-0552 for any electrical needs.
Donations Needed for Temple Etz Chaim’s Family Fun Day
The Preschool is seeking donations for the Silent Auction held during Family Fun Day on April 25th. Temple Etz Chaim is home to 700+ families & has been serving the Conejo Valley since 1966. The Preschool will use funds for playground/equipment. Donations will be recognized in our literature and we will include any brochures/business cards submitted. Please contact: Debbie – or call (805) 497-6852
Fitness & Trainer Leads
One on One Pilates in Encino is offering 3 private reformer sessions for only $100.00. (new clients only) call Donna now for more details. Just remember, bathing suit season is approaching FAST!!! 818-469-5730
It’s March…it’s Warm…and it’s Almost Time to Get Back into a Bathing Suit – ARE YOU READY? No? Help is here. Contact Sandy Freed, certified personal trainer to help get you warm-weather ready. Her customized workout routines tone and trim her clients in all the right places! Throughout spring Sandy is giving all Jen’s List members a free one-hour workout/consultation. Sandy’s rates are reasonable and multi-session discounts are available. To learn more contact
Professional Trainer McKerrin Kelly understands the needs of busy moms. She optimizes your workouts so you get the best results in the shortest amount of time. She specializes in strength training, postural alignment and functional fitness. Spend more time with your family and less in the gym. One session a week. Really! There’s NO excuse not to gain more energy, strength and a better body. 323-788-0704 /
Personal Training a Luxury?? Not anymore!! Topham Street Gym, The Valley’s Only Green Gym, is offering small group (2-4 people) sessions for as low as $10/hr. per person!! No machines ~ just workouts designed us, but powered by YOU! Available Times (M-F): 5:30am / 6:30am / 7:30am / 9:00am / 10:00am / 5:30pm / 6:30pm Currently there are 6 available spots left. If you are interested, act NOW! These spots will not last! Call Tony @ 818-881-8830 or e-mail:

Restore the Core™ ~ LOSE THE LOW BELLY SAG! Do you still have that “poochy” belly from pregnancy? Do you suffer from back pain or experience bladder control issues? Our babies sure are cute, but do we have to suffer? NO! Restore the Core™ is a mat pilates class that restores the postural changes and muscular imbalances that pregnancy and childbirth bring. Some muscles become too tight and short, others become overstretched. This is exactly why we have to retrain the pelvic floor and every other muscle that was mistreated, underused or overused during pregnancy and childbirth! With these very specific exercises and stretches, the core will tighten up and the result is a slimmer, stronger body and NO MORE LOW BELLY SAG! Plus, gain the ability to run, jump, sneeze and hold it! This class is full and a waiting list has formed. But we are excited to announce a new session is starting! Eight week session starts April 5th on Mondays AND Wednesdays at 8:30 pm in a private gym in Tarzana. The total cost is $289 and it includes your mommymuscle® equipment and access to the entire gym before and after class. Sign up now – SUMMER IS COMING! Email or call 818-631-1257. Space is limited! Restore the Core™ is safe and effective for prenatal moms.
OM Grown up: An Urban Kidz Yoga Workshop
Featuring Denise Woods on Sunday 3-28-2010 1:00pm – 2:30pm
This workshop is an all encompassing journey of the 5 B’s of Yoga: Balance, Breath, Brain, Body, and Being! This exploration of Yoga is filled with fun, laughter and light hearts, a gift for your young one not to be missed! All levels. Ages 4 – 9 yrs 2-3 yrs with guardian. $15.00 Pre-Registration $20.00 at the door. Email for more info.
April 3rd for only $49.99
JBL Moving & Storage Inc
Agents for Atlas Van Lines have served the Los Angles community for over 25 years with an “A” rating from the BBB.  JBL/Atlas specializes in local, national, international and corporate relocation services.  Full packing and crating is also available at your request. Their spotless warehouse is available for STORING your household goods or commercial equipment. Call Sherry for a FREE estimate today or email her at  Mention Jens list and receive 5% off your move plus 2 FREE months of storage when purchasing the first month!  CALT157532
MAY 4th @Luxe Hotel, Brentwood 7:30-9pm $40 pp/$75 couple
Panel: Brentwood School-Keith Sarkisian Crossroads School-Celia Lee Marlborough-Jeanette Woo Chitjian- Independent school Admissions Directors will offer their perspectives and professional advice about the dos and don’ts of the process, including how to prepare your child, find the right school for you, and handle the testing and interview process, so you can feel confident and calm.

FOR SALE: 2002 Ford Explorer Limited Edition
106,000 Miles. Very well Taken Care of. Blue Book Value is over $8500. Asking Price $8000 but best offer will be considered. Call Tracy at (818) 216-2095
Age Defying Skincare in Studio City.
Custom Age-Defying Facials, Microdermabrasion, LED Treatments, Diamond Peels. Voted best of the Valley. Open until 9pm with Martini and Expresso Lounge, full service salon/spa, and valet service. Mention Jens List and get a FREE LED treatment with purchase of any of our facials. Email for more info
Little Artist Party – Arts and Crafts Parties for Kids!
They bring Craft Parties to you! Want to have a great party at home at the park or other location but don’t want the hassle? Let them bring the party to your chosen location! Little Artist Party offers a great variety of Arts and Crafts for kids. Children can make their own take home party favors. Try something creative and fun for your child’s next birthday party! Email:
Save time, money and have fun by attending a freezer meal workshop. For $40, create 10 meals to feed 4 each using all natural Wildtree ingredients. NO preservatives, additives, msg, food dyes and 100% peanut free. Contact to reserve 4/7 or 4/14 at 10am and 7pm. Located at Beverly Glen/Mulholland.
Designer Home Furnishings 3-Day Sale
March 26,27,28 2010
Several Designers are participating bringing the inventory to well over 1000 pieces available to purchase. Finally your opportunity to own stylish high-quality designer sofas, chairs, tables, beds, bedding, lamps, decorative accessories and artwork at very affordable prices. Visit for more information.
Hairstyle/Beauty Leads
Experience for yourself the hottest, most amazing trend in hair: The Brazilian Blowout! This is a smoothing treatment that improves the condition of the hair, eliminates frizz and smoothes the cuticle. It works with ALL types of hair and will leave you with incredible shine and effortless, manageable hair that can be worn straight, curly or wavy. Non-toxic. No harsh chemicals. Lasts up to 12 wks! Mention this ad and receive $50 off. Call Jenny at Claudio Marino in Woodland Hills (818) 497-4828.
Ana is a hair dresser who studied for 5 years and has been working for the past 2 years. She specializes in modern cuts for women, and men. Instead of paying salon high prices she will go to the comfort of your home to do the same work for less. She does makeovers, color, cuts and hairstyles for any occasion, extensions, and highlights. Please feel free to call to make an appointment call (818) 422-8007
Beverly Hills Hair Colorist with over 20 years of experience. For convenience, to his busy valley moms is available Mondays in Granada Hills by appt .818(667 -8321) References available upon request.
Yossi does an excellent cut/color, along with the Brazilian Straightening. He’s trained by Vidal Sassoon & is a color spec. For Jen’s List members, he’s offering a complimentary cut with any chemical service. Or you can get a complimentary color & cut when you get the Brazilian Nanokeratin Straightening service- the price for this is $250 and up depending on your hair length. Call Yossi today at 818-825-3467.
20% off All Hair Services – Including: haircut, color, highlights, Global Keratin Treatment aka Brazilian Blowout, hair extensions, and Bio-Ionic Retex Straightening system services. Just mention Jens List 425 N Larchmont Blvd in LA Call 310.702.7774 to make an appt
Fantastic Sams Hair Salon and Beauty Supply
Since 1986, This Woodland Hills Location Has Been Specializing In Hair Care
For The ENTIRE Family! Tues – Wed: Kids cuts $9.95 and Adults $13(no coupon needed) Thur. Special: Kids cuts ONLY $8.95 (Long Hair extra)(no coupon needed)Victory Blvd, Woodland Hills  SW Corner of Victory & Fallbrook
OPEN 7 DAYS – Mon. – Fri. 9-9, Sat. 8 – 8 and Sun. 9 – 7
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Got a H.S. Junior and Looking for Unique & Editorial Senior Portraits
Currently looking for 8 more Model Reps to represent a studio, get their session free & earn discounts on products. All Seniors who book before June 1st receive 20% off their session, and ALL packages include free hair and makeup. Be Vibrant! Call 310-689-8267 or email for more info.