Monday April 5, 2010

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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.  These ideas come from scholarly sources to personal interviews, from the internet to periodicals to books.
•  Baby’s play is becoming more vigorous.  When she picks up a spoon now, she bangs it against pots and pans, and she furiously rattles a bunch of keys she finds.  She now grabs 2 toys at once and slams them together, but her movements are also becoming more precise; and thanks to her growing dexterity, she can pick a raisin off the floor.
•  He is becoming more aware that objects still exist even when he can no longer see or feel them.  This means he’ll miss a favorite stuffed animal if he can’t see it and try to search for it.  It also means you can begin playing hide-and-seek games with objects.  Hide his teddy bear while he’s looking, and he’ll find it right away – and be very proud he did.
Consider the following Developmental Learning Tools options (with skills development):
•  “LOVEYS” – Soft Dolls or Stuffed Animals – pediatricians say attachment to a “lovey” or favorite toy or blanket can ease transitions later on.  Avoid dolls or stuffed animals with anything that can be pulled off and put into a child’s mouth.  Some “loveys” have gentle rattles inside for auditory reassurance.  Don’t get dolls so big they’re hard for Baby to pick up and explore. (tactile, fine motor, social/emotional, auditory)
•  HOUSEHOLD Items – plastic bowl, measuring cups, wooden spoons, open your lower kitchen cupboards while making meals (fine motor, gross motor, life skills, creativity, auditory)
•  Additional developmental learning tools: ROLLING Rattles, WOOD or Soft Blocks, SQUEAKY Rubber Toys
Next week – “Developmental Learning Tools for 6-mo- to 9-mo-olds” Pt. 2   Any ?’s –
A one of a kind summer experience for the young songwriter, musician and or equestrian dreamer!
Kids ages 8-15 will learn to write, register and record an original song which will be debuted at a BBQ on the last Saturday. Each child will also go  home with a T-shirt with their new Band logo and name, designed by them, and a CD  of their new song. At Rockin’ Horse Academy, Music+Nature+Horses=FUN! Call 818-693-2763 for more info!
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She is like your go to best friend for advice on all things related to beauty products and services, lifestyle, fashion, food and culture. She has a fabulous blog where she posts thoughtful reviews about her latest discoveries and she does fabulous giveaways too! Fun Spring and Earth Day Giveaways coming soon. Checkout her blog so you can stay on top on of the trends too. And sign up to be an email subscriber here:
It is less than a month until Mothers Day. Order a gift for your Wife, Mother, Daughter, or Friend from Ausloe Design and we will extend to Jen List Members a 15% discount on any order over $150.00. An exquisite necklace or bracelet in Sterling Silver, 14kt Gold or a combination of both, will make a lasting impression and a beautiful keepsake. Check out our website or call us at 818-999-4855 and we will help you design the perfect personalized gift.
Brian Peeler from the hit TV SHOW “Workout” is offering his regular bootcamps for a discounted price to Jen’s List Members only as a challenge to stop making excuses and get in shape for summer!
I participated in the last session and it was AMAZING. Brian is sooo motivating and everyone there was extremely supportive of one another. Be ready to sweat, workout, and lose those extra pounds that you have been looking to get rid of. Please email (Subject line: Jen’s List Bootcamp) for further information.
All sessions start the week of May 3rd:
Bootcamp #1: Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-11am Woodland Hills
Bootcamp #2: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-11am Woodland Hills
Bootcamp #3: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm Woodland Hills
Bootcamp #4: Mondays and Wednesdays 6am-7am Studio City
Bootcamp #5: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6am-7am Encino
$100 for 4 weeks (includes 2 sessions per week for 4 weeks) – That’s $12.50 per session
$125 for 4 weeks (includes unlimited sessions for 4 weeks-you can attend as many bootcamps as you would like!)
Something different vs. your standard grocery store dessert! “Bella Donna Special Events And Bakery” on Sherman Way in Canoga Park is filled with your favorites. Donna McDaniel-Pavlock, a former singer with Toto, Motley Crue, Billy Idol and Disneyland, has spent most of her adult life with a mike in one hand and a mixing bowl in the other. After 12 years as a successful event planner, her bakery addition is just the next, sweet step. Planning a wedding, a party, or romantic dinner? Let Donna and her staff create your dream. In need of something sweet? Come in and try an orange creamcicle or banarama cupcake, or a traditional chocolate fudge or coconut cake – it’s all there and more – come taste for yourself!
Bella Donna Special Events and Bakery
21727 Sherman Way in Canoga Park, CA 91303
818 704-5032
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 A.M. till 6:00 P.M – Closed Monday
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Birthing Classes at Mother’s Haven in May
Supported Birth classes are 4 weeks long starting May 4th from 7-10pm at Mother’s Haven in Encino. To sign up call Mother’s Haven at 818-380-3111. To learn more about the class email the instructor, Lauren Ryan at or check out Couples will come out of class feeling empowered and positive about birth and that there is “no one right” way or method for giving birth.
The History of Food
When did man first eat eggs, wheat, yogurt, olives, citrus, onions?  Listings of foods with probable dates (scholarship substantiated) and recipes with dates, like challah, kimchi, halvah, ravioli, borsht.  Could be the basis of a fun school project.
Attention Foodies
Don’t miss Chef Amy Jurist’s next Decadent Underground Dinner, The Bacon Affair on April 17.  4 Courses of Bacony Goodness + Appetizers! Includes Comp. Wine- only $90 per person. Secret LA location revealed after sign up. To reserve a spot: Chef Amy’s unique dinners have been featured on KCRW, LA Magazine, Edible LA, My Daily Find, etc. Check out her website for menus, press write ups and reviews from her past dinners.
Help schools serve healthier food for school lunch!
Congress is updating the National School Lunch Program this month. Parents can send an email asking for healthier school lunch, stronger nutrition standards for school vending machines, more local food and more school gardens.
Katie B. Photography
Offering 2 for 1 sessions now through Mother’s Day and 20% off frames and albums!  Team up with a friend and kick start your Mother’s Day shopping with a great deal on photos PLUS a great deal on frames and matching accessories which make the PERFECT gift for mothers, grandmothers and in-laws! Katie B. is an on location children’s and family photographer who creates natural, classic yet modern, fresh and playful images that capture the essence of your child and your family. Visit and contact Katie at or 310-344-1982 for details.  Become a Facebook Fan and check out the latest Sneak Peeks–
Mother’s Day Mini Sessions with Cynthia Spivack Photography
Looking for a great gift for Mom that will last [and be cherished] for years to come? Give the gift of custom photography! Surprise Mom with professional photos of your family or present her with a gift certificate for your very own family session! Either way… Mom will be thrilled! What’s included: A 1 hour session at the location of your choice, 20-30 proofs presented in a private online gallery, disc containing all your images [for personal printing] and 10% off additional prints and products. But wait…there’s more: refer a friend and both your session fee and your friend’s session fee is only $225!
Contact Cynthia Today! 310.614.3060 | |
Rob Brown is attentive, artistic and reasonable
Check out his website, and let him know you saw this post on Jenslist!
Thrift Road Images
A new photography business aimed at providing affordable images for the web. A husband and wife team with more than 25 years combined experience, Thrift Road Images has competitive pricing and really fast turnaround. They also have a wealth of resources to provide website design and production as well as graphic design for print production. Check out their website for samples of their work and be sure to check out their pricing page.
Pet Photography
If you have pets, check out Little Friends Lifestyle Pet Photography! I hired Photographer Seth Casteel to photograph my pups and the photos are absolutely outstanding!! Plus he volunteers at the local animal shelters and takes pictures to help them find forever homes! Check out for more info!
Recommendation from Jens List member –
“I had the most amazing photo session with my baby that I wanted to share it with you. Rebecca Fishman takes the most personal photo’s and seems to capture the spirit of whatever it is going on. Please check out her website-
she is amazing! She shot my son’s 1 Year Birthday, as well as his birth. I recommended her to a friend, and she shot their engagement session in San Francisco, even though she lives here in Los Angeles. She also just got featured on this wedding website!
Rebecca is sweet, mellow, and can find beauty through a lens that will surprise you! Call her at 818.307.5329.”
Mother’s and Father’s Day Family Photography Special
Family portraits, a great Mother’s and Father’s Day gift. For the month of April, Jen’s List friends will receive 50% off a family portrait session with Trippypics Photography. Please contact Mark Tripp. Call 310-750-5728 or email: to book your session today.
Parents are Asking: How Can I Get My Child to Poop…On the Potty?!
Is your child fighting the urge to use the potty for “number 2?” 
Parents Ask expert Elizabeth Pantley offers easy to follow tips for all parents!
West Valley Playhouse Children’s Theatre Presents
A comical spin on the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty”. Adults acting for kids. Come see what really happened when two good fairies and a magical frog help set the story straight and make sure everyone lives happily ever after. Saturdays at 1:00pm April 10, 17, 24 2010. Tickets 818-884-1907 Kids $8 Adults $12. We are located at 7242 Owensmouth Ave. Canoga Park, CA.
Email for more info
Need Your Baby Seat Installed or Inspected!?!?
Adam Lari is a certified safety seat technician in your area and he makes house calls! For parents convenience you can make an appointment that will fit your busy schedule. He provides the education, instruction, and installation. Can come to your home, work, or meet at a local retail store. He also does stroller, toys, and other baby gear assemblies!
Email or call (818) 770-2547 to make an appt!
Visit for more info.
Saturday, April 24th from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
With Jo Levey and Jen’s List member Kellie Smith
$25 for family of 2, $10 for each additional family member
Tap into your Inner Child with this Lighthearted and Fun Workshop!
Parents, Grandparents and kids (ages 5 & up) can now practice together! Practicing yoga with your family creates a sense of togetherness, enthusiasm and connection with one another. Learn how to be fearless from your little ones. Open the doors of communication with your teens. Share love and an open heart with those who mean the most to you. Children and families are the key to a lovable future for our communities and our planet. By passing down the values of this centuries-old wisdom tradition, we are perpetuating respect, unity, and love, and in the words of Gandhi, we can truly be the change we want to see in the world.  Yoga works magic for children as well as adults. Some of the many benefits include increased attention and awareness, improved confidence and self-esteem, balanced nervous system and brain functioning, regulated hormones, sleep pattern, and digestion and maintained sense of wonder and play throughout life.
Call (818) 915-5355 for more info.
Go Green, Natural & Organic for your Baby!
April 22nd at 7:00 PM; Free Come learn about alternatives to using chemicals in your home and around your baby as well as natural and organic skin care and diaper alternatives. Various experts in the field will come and discuss these very important options.  Representatives from Melaluca, Love Me Baby Me, Young Living Essential Oils, Monkey Bunz and more will be in attendance.   This IS NOT a solicitation or sales pitch.  You are not expected or obligated to purchase anything.  This is a learning lecture about the benefits of going green, natural and organic in your home and for your children!  All learning lectures are held at the OTB Center in Woodland Hills. Please call (818) 348-PLAY for more information and to register, or visit
Mali’s Beauty Salon
Color Services, usually $40..NOW..$10 0ff Highlights, usually $60..NOW.. $10 0ff Blow-dry usually $30..NOW.. $10 off Keratin Treatment, usually $350..NOW..$250 (In salon, or at home service is available) Express Facial.. Usually $60..NOW $10 off Pumpkin Peel & Glycolic, Usually $65…NOW $10 off Italian Peel, Usually $65..Now..$45 Eyebrow Thread- $15 For Hair services, Ask for Mali (818)776-9079 For Facials, Ask for Mitra (818)486-8175
19214 Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana
Weiss Orthopedics
Dr. Andrew Weiss’s (Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Fellow of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons) primary focus is his relationship with each and every patient, addressing each person’s unique needs, while doing his best to provide the finest orthopedic care possible. The new office will feature a state of the art digital x-ray machine and the most modern facilities available, designed to meet the special needs of children and adults of all ages. He will continue to accept PPO insurance plans and will be joined by his irreplaceable assistant, Cynthia Centeno as well as four talented doctors from the Children Orthopedic Center of CHLA; David Skaggs MD, Robert Kay MD, Deirdre Ryan MD, and Nina Lightdale MD. Together, they will care for the full spectrum of orthopedic injuries and conditions, including sports medicine, arthroscopy, spine, hand, and general orthopedic trauma.
150 N. Robertson Blvd Suite 250 in Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310 652-1800
Baby Vegetables: Tips to Grow, Harvest, and Serve
Ongoing art workshops to children and teens
The Canoga Park Youth Arts Center features three art studio/classroom spaces that includes a digital arts lab, photography darkroom, garden patio and a spacious light-filled gallery presenting displays of student work as well as exhibitions featuring professional artists and arts organizations. They offer an ongoing cycle of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. Every workshop is uniquely designed to be fun, educational and exciting. Young minds and creative spirits are nurtured by the outstanding faculty of artist/instructors who bring years of knowledge, expertise and energy into the studio. The classes are kept small so that every student gets maximum attention and instruction allowing students to grow in a positive, personalized and safe classroom environment.
Teenage Alabama girl opts for suspension rather than being ‘paddled’ for ‘racy’ prom dress
The Law Offices of Michele Cobin Friedlander is a mom-owned firm that understands the needs of families and family businesses
Specializing in family law (divorce, custody, support, pre- and post-nuptial agreements), general business and litigation and corporate representation, and estate planning, to protect your assets and children, and formalize your wishes in the event of death or disability. Located in Encino. Contact (818) 986-1900, or
Enhance personal awareness and gain insight into your life
Improve your personal or professional relationships and the ways you function as an individual or family.  Hollye is currently seeking individuals, couples, children, and/or families with a desire to enhance their personal awareness, gain insight into their lives and decisions making processes, learn more adaptive communication skills and/or improve their current relationships with others and quality of life.  Please contact Hollye Grayson, M.A., MFT  at (310)  446-5916 for a free telephone consultation.  Hollye takes Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance plans.
Calling all Moms! Are you looking for a fun way to get in shape?
Moms In Motion’s LA team will begin a new season on Apr 10. This non-competitive, fitness team will train for a 5K/10K. Walkers & runners welcome – all fitness levels. It will meet Saturday mornings in Griffith Park from 7:30–9:30am. Learn more at the season kick off on Thu, April 8th at Runnergy (14082 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks). Visit and find the LA/Griffith Park team or email Lucie at
Yes!  Let your Toddler loose in the kitchen
Lots of cooking and food prep ideas that have been successful involving young children.
The Hit Show “Messy World” is Rocking the House at The Electric Lodge
Located in Venice. ” LA TIMES raves “Great music & comic turns..all ages appeal.” This show is so good it just got funded to make a film and is headed to New York in the fall. CHICAGO PARENT says boys and dads will love it just as much as girls and moms. Dance party at intermission. Shows are at 1 & 3:30. $12 pre-purchased, $14 at the door. April thru June. Theater has large parking lot. Email for more info
Leo Baeck Temple Religious School’s Open House
Sunday, April 18th 9:30am—12:15pm
Families with children going into Kindergarten – 6th grade Leo Baeck is a hidden gem on the Westside of Los Angeles, exactly halfway between Sherman Oaks and Brentwood located at the Getty Center. Our program feels like summer camp. They have dancing, music, drama, a radio station, a video program, gardening and amazing outdoor space.  RSVP to Robin Foster at or 310-476-2861
Where is the best place with the best doctor for gamma knife surgery or cyber knife surgery? The goal is to shrink a meningioma in the posterior fossa. The largest distance is 1.7 cm. Brain surgery, the traditional way, is not an option. The tumor is too close to some major arteries so it is too dangerous to perform. Choosing between: UCLA St. John’s Santa Monica Cedar Sinai USC (they have a gamma knife unit that has been around for a while) Can also try Stanford University or UCSD, but they’re both much farther. Email
Looking for a typing teacher in Woodland Hills to teach an adult typing. Email
Looking for a reasonably priced female math tutor on the WESTSIDE for a 8th grade girl-Email
Need a bonded and licensed tree removal person. Email
Looking for recommendations for preschool (Jewish or not) in the Hollywood/Silverlake/Studio City area for 2 year olds. Email
Looking for day care options in Santa Monica or in between Sherman Oaks and Santa Monica (in home or centers) for infants starting at 3 months old. Email
Guesthouse wanted in Woodland Hills or surrounding area for an older single Mom with a 5 year old boy who is with her part time. Son is amazing and mom is employed-does not smoke or drink. $800/850. Email
Construction family looking for a 3-4 BR rental OR lease-to-own home in the Studio City / Sherman Oaks area by May 10th. Willing to remodel or upgrade in exchange for first few months as needed. Email
Looking for a furnished apartment, condo, house or guesthouse in Beverly Hills, Century City or anywhere on the Westside for the month of July. Email
Looking to buy a good used condition power wheels ride on, for either a girl or boy. (Escalade, Barbie jeep, mustang, etc) Email
Personal training and Nutrition Academy 6 week course
Instructions are conducted by Professional athletes, IFBB PROS, Doctors, Teachers, Fitness champions, Dietitians and Nutritionists. Nutrition Tech Academy course will be commencing on October 10-2009. All personal trainers should benefit from nutrition to help grow their business. Academy 6 week course for nutrition tech and personal trainer will start at 3pm and will last for about 4 to 5 hours. Sign up to improve your income and grow your business.
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.
At Lia Sophia, one good thing always leads to another. * Being a Customer – pick the items you want to put on sale. * Hosting a Show – earn free and half priced jewelry * Becoming an Advisor – run the business of your dreams! Lia Sophia is a unique direct selling company that offers fashion jewelry through personalized in-home Shows. Learn more today! It is in all the major fashion magazines everywhere!
The Energy Blast
A Community Festival and Raffle Benefiting Congregation Beth Sholom
Sunday, May 2, 12-4 p.m.
A blast for all ages! Come and enjoy music, dancing, food and activities. Win raffle prizes with a grand prize – up to $10,000! Cost: Adults: $18, Kids: Free $20 and $100 raffle tickets. For complete details or to purchase event or raffle tickets call: 415.221.8736, ext. 124 or go to