Monday April 12, 2010

Today’s Jen’s List is sponsored by the Fridge Locker
Because we all know the feeling…You’re hungry for the delicious snack and the refreshing beverage that are waiting for you in the fridge. But when you open the door the shelves are empty…Keep your Food Safe from “Refrig-A Raiders”(and your kids!)at Home, Dorm or the Office with the Original Personal Food Security System, The Fridge Locker. Use the Fridge Locker to Secure: Sweets, Snacks, Sodas, Coffee Creamer, Work Lunch, Medications, Expensive Ingredients, Off Limits Diet Foods, Ice Cream, Energy Drinks, Alcoholic Drinks & Anything Else! Food allergies are on the rise in children in the US and are now affecting 3 million children.  Fridge Locker can store Peanuts, Tree nuts, Eggs, Soy, Shellfish, Fish, Wheat products.
Today in History
·         By an Act of Congress, Puerto Rico becomes a U.S, territory. (1900)
·         Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space. (1961).
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.
Developmental Learning Tools for 3- to 6-month-olds
•  Make toys safe for chewing – check labels – because Baby want to look at, feel, chew on, handle, and drop everything!
•  BY 6 months, she may sit up, giving her a new perspective on life, making her center of her own clanging, colorful, ever-changing world.
•  Build your “Learning Library” by choosing developmental learning tools, designed to “grow” as children grow, that have features and developmental skill elements appealing to different ages simultaneously, all in 1 toy.  This way, Baby learns developmentally at 3 months with an item, and at 2 years, for example, he’s ready for different features of the same toy.
Consider the following Developmental Learning Tools options (with skills development):
•  SOFT STUFFED animal – soft and cuddly; careful – watch out for this safety issue: check for no inside structural wire to pop through 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”  Any ?’s – email Nancy Pyne-Hapke at
Mom Lounge Presented by Mothering Magazine
Sign up for your FREE 1 year digital copy of Mothering Magazine and you will be entered in to win the Episencial organic gift basket. Sheinina the host of the Mom Lounge webisode show and special guests will discuss Attachment Parenting and How To Be a Sexy Mom, watch, listen and learn from the experts at the Whole Children Whole Planet Expo on April 24th from 10am-6pm. There is plenty of entertainment and hip organic goodies for the whole family, it’s FREE to attend & located at Highland Hall Waldorf School – 17100 Superior St. in Northridge(
Visit for more info!
Join Lancôme’s National Makeup Artist DARAIS & his team of pro artists for a private makeup lesson
From runway to real way…learn the latest tips and beauty trends for the season’s hottest looks. Don’t miss this limited engagement with the master of makeup. It will make all the difference in the world between doing what you know and know exactly what to do. DARAIS will be at the Macy’s Thousand Oaks April 21st, 22nd and 23rd from 11am – 6pm. Appointments are recommended. Call 805-496-4444 ext. 2358 to reserve your spot.
All Your Security Needs in One Place
Call Jackson Security Associates and schedule a FREE consultation with one of their highly trained Security Specialists. Jackson Security Associates, founded by two Police Officers with over 25 years of experience, they are a multi-talented Organization with expertise in Home & Business Security, Security Guard Services, Executive Protection, Audio/Video/CCTV, and Internet Safety. Because security threats and challenges evolve over time, their mission is to protect their clients from the growing risks associated with physical and electronic threats. For more info email or call 800-239-8313 for details
I use them personally and highly recommend their services. ~Jen Levinson
Returning to Work: Top 5 Tips For Finding Childcare
Managing editor of Parents Ask and author of Perfectly offers insight and tips for all moms returning back to work– including signing up for must read newsletters like Jen’s List!
Finally! The solution to traveling with baby bottles!
Send fresh foods to school, work, and much more! PackIt bags are lined with an eco-gel liner, they store directly in the freezer, once frozen pull them out, pack’em and go! They “create cold” and keep contents cold for up to 10 hours without adding ice or bulky gel packs!! school lunch, work, sporting events, hiking, all outdoor activities, travel and more! Moms…don’t miss the PackIt Bottle Service Wine Bag
First Steps Developmental Services announces a new class for parents that will teach the skills children should be exhibiting at what age. Part 1 covers 0-18 months & Part 2 covers 18 months-3 years. Part 1- May 3rd from 6:00-7:30 Part 2-May 10th from 6:00 -7:30 All classes are $30 per class and will be held at 13101 Washington Blvd, L.A. CA 90066. Sign up for both and receive $10 off. Please call 310-491-9467 or
CPK Restaurant Fundraiser for National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Simi Valley California Pizza Kitchen, Monday, April 12, 11am to 9pm.
Take a day or night off from cooking and come out to Simi Valley CPK for some great food while helping a great cause! Just print and bring in the flyer and 20% of your check will be donated to National MS Society. Print flyer from this link,, or email
Have you embraced natural products yet for you, your kids and your home?
Whether you have already or you’re waiting for a small push, here is an offer that’s sure to delight. Abe’s Market is a cool, new, online market for natural products. It fosters discovery of remarkable natural products and lets you meet the real people who make them, including some inspiring Los Angeles-area momtrepreneurs. Jen’s List has teamed up with Abe’s Market to offer readers exclusive membership access to hot deals on the site. Abe’s Market membership enables discount prices and hot deals that can’t be seen by non-members. The first 75 Jen’s List readers to respond get free Abe’s Market memberships. Go to now to get your free membership.
Mindful Mom Classes-New class in the Valley
It will be held at The Enchanted Castle in Woodland Hills (20650 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills). Starts Tuesday April 27th at 11. A 5 week session, meets every Tuesday. Also 2 new sessions starting in Beverly Hills, Sunday April 18th at 12:30 and Monday April 19th at 10:30. The class is designed to help mom’s strengthen their ability to be present and therefore have more ease, well being, clarity and joy. Mom’s will learn tools/games to play with their kids that help them to train their attention to build their capacity to be present. As mom’s deepen their embodiment of their present moment awareness the kids start to feel more and more anchored in the present; creating more well being in themselves, thus being a more mindful mom. It’s restorative and fun. Please email if you’d like to sign up. If you say you saw it on Jen’s list you get the discounted price.
Healthy Kids Day 2010 is coming!
April 17th from 9AM-1PM
SWAT team Rockclimbing wall Dunk Tank Inflatable Obstacle Course Disney Dancing Pictures with Disney Characters Adopt a Pet Healthy Cooking Demonstrations SO MUCH MORE! West Valley Family YMCA. Please contact for additional information.
Join Brian Peeler’s(from the hit TV SHOW “Workout”)Bootcamp!
He is now 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-it’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!)
WenZi Wishes
Theme Party Decor Event decorators specializing in creative personalized theme centerpieces, photo invitations, place cards, & other decorations for events on a budget, big or small. Call (818) 885-0025 or email today for your free consultation
Parents are Asking: How Should a New Mom Deal With Loneliness?
Romina Furniture Sale – April 10th-April 26th
This is the best made baby/kids furniture out there! Come check out 2010 styles
Juvenile Shop
13356 Ventura Bl in Sherman Oaks
Sweet Cones
Perfect for party favors, showers, weddings, thank you gifts, holidays, hostess gifts, birthdays, teacher gifts, etc. Custom and bulk orders are available!
Unique stroller bag to fit all your needs
Fits a double or single – can carry all those sand toys plus the porta-potty! Completely washable and comes in several colors.
Silhouette Artist at Sparrow!
Just in time for Mother’s Day – Karl Johnson will be at Sparrow to hand cut silhouettes of your children on Sunday, April 25th from 11am to 4pm. See a sample of Karl’s work on the website below. These make wonderful Mothers Day gifts! Call the store to set an appointment at (323)512-7122.
3266 Cahuenga Bl. W. in Los Angeles
Buy Delicious Baked Goods and Help End Childhood Hunger in the US
SATURDAY, APRIL 17 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Corner of Moorpark and Longridge Ave (1 Block East of Fulton) at M Street Coffee Shop and Two Tomatoes Boutique.
If you would like to donate or bake something to sell, please contact
The Great American Bake Sale is taking place nationwide April 16- 18.
For more information:
A fabulous 50-minute musical that’s great for the whole family. TWO SHOWS: Saturday 4/24 at 7pm; and Sunday 4/25 at 2pm. Performed by kids (ages 7-14) at Birmingham Community Charter Theatre (17000 Haynes Street, Lake Balboa: corner of Balboa & Victory). Reserved seating: $10 each. School Groups (of 20 or more): $5 each. (Under 2: Free with ticket.) For more info, call 818.343.7353. Reserve your ticket today at
• “Museum Manners” This unique class combines museum etiquette with a one hour art appreciation tour presented by Quick Culture that is designed just for kids at LACMA. Following the art appreciation tour, children are escorted to the Pentimento Café for a complete table and dining manners review followed by a 5-course dining tutorial prepared by Patina Catering. Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Ages: 7 to 12 / Class Registration: $140 per child
• “A Mother & Daughter Tea” Celebrate Mother’s Day one week early learning about the history and tradition of taking tea along with the various courtesies that are associated with any tea gathering. A formal tea service will be served including a selection of tea sandwiches, pastries and scones as well as an assortment of the finest black, green and herbal teas. Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 3:00am – 5:00pm at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills / Ages: 8 and older / Class Registration: $115 per person
For more information, please e-mail OR to register online, click on the link Jen’s List readers receive 10% off!
Mommy Support Group for moms of infants and young children
Starting Sunday, May 2, 2010 5:30PM-6:30PM
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center – Babywise Classroom
501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA.
$60 total for 6 weeks. Topics: juggling career and motherhood, depression, impact on family and couple’s relationship, anxiety, financial difficulties, sleep deprivation, role changes within family, body image issues, and more. Contact Susan Grinberg, LCSW 818-309-5966 or
Santa Clarita  Family & Pet Expo USA 
May 1st-2nd from 10am-5pm
This year they are proud to have Shorty Rossi  Pit Bull Rescue, Shorty Rossi, Pit Boss : Animal Planet, Travis and Presley Travis & Presley | Home,  Tank and Tillman The Skateboarding Bulldogs,  Linda Blair  Home | Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, Actress and Author–Mackenzie Phillips, Dancing dogs, Animal Encounters, Food, Music by Melanie Martel, Megan Blake Megan Blake,  Pet adoptions and many other family and pet related exhibits and entertainment. PETS WELCOME. FREE RABIES VACCINES AND MICRO-CHIPPING
College of the Canyons- Valencia Campus
Tickets on sale now discount at or call 661-263-0130.
Seeking Donations for the Encino Elementary Silent Auction
May 27, 2010
Donations will support programs LAUSD does not pay for (art, PE, computer lab instruction, to name a few). Every dollar contributed ensures that Encino Elementary School will continue to offer a wide variety of programs, while promoting your business or service to local families. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, or to make a donation please contact
Join Miss Laurel and Miss Lisa for our fun musical theatre camps!
Register now! SESSION 1 (June 23-July 9) – AGES 4-7: Storybook Summer (M/W/F 10am-1pm). AGES 7-12: Bye Bye Birdie (M/W/F 2-5pm). AGES 13 & up: Cabaret (T/Th 12-3pm). SESSION 2 (July 12-23) – AGES 4-7: Broadway Babies (M/W/F 10am-1pm). AGES 7-12: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (M/W/F 2-5pm). AGES 13 & up: The Beatles Love (T/Th 12-3pm). Classes held at Anisa’s School of Dance in Sherman Oaks. Email for more info!
Interior Design for Baby Nurseries and Children’s Rooms
Let Michelle from Lullaby Interiors help you design a stunning room for your child. She eliminates legwork by coming up with color schemes, themes and custom shopping lists. Lullaby Interiors offers design services to accommodate any and all of your room makeover needs. Contact Michelle Kroll at or visit Mention Jen’s List and get 20% off any design service!
Free Introductory Self-Healing Meditation!
Want something better for your kids on Saturday mornings besides cartoons?
Let them loose in the Y.A. Rep’s SPRING IMPROV CLASS! Wild, fun, crazy, funny… IMPROV! After teaching children’s theatre for 6 years, Josh Evans founded the Young Actors Rep in La Canada/Flintridge to continue to offer a safe and fun location for aspiring young actors to stretch their acting muscles. New class starts SOON: Satrudays 9a-11a April 24-June 19 (+ a final performance TBA) Email: for more info!
Need a Princess or Superhero for you birthday party?
Check out Enchanted Events at Their goal is to make your little one’s day EXTRA special, and make you feel worry-free! Make your child’s dream come true. They have the sweetest, and most energetic performers in LA. Their services include princesses, superheroes, fairy tale characters, facepainting, balloon sculpting, princess makeup, music, and MORE! Email for more info.
Lime Light Hair Industries presents Just for Jen’s List  children’s haircut $10.00 ,mother’s cut and color $50.00 ,Father’s $10.00 ask for Owner/ Hair Artist Kelly – 13201 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City
Tamara B. specializing in Precision Haircuts for Men and Children at affordable prices. Located @ Studio Bijoux in Westlake Village. Available appointments on Tuesday mornings and Weekends only. Please call to book your appointment . Tamara B. @ 818-720-6222. Mention Jen’s List and receive 10% off your service
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.
Smart Retirement Planning
How to Plan to Succeed Presented through Pasadena City College Extended Learning
Tuesdays – May 18th, May 25th, June 1st from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at San Marino H.S.
How Can You Invest for a Confident Retirement? 5/18 When Can You Afford to Retire? 5/25 Will Your Money Last as Long as You Do? 6/1 626-585-7608 to enroll or visit Pasadena City College Extended Learning at and select “courses” $29 per person
Loss Mitigation Specialist
Are you having trouble paying your mortgage payment(s)? Have you received a Notice of Default (NOD) or is a foreclosure sale looming? Contact Nationwide Assets Solutions and speak to a loss mitigation specialist today. The consultation is free as well as the phone call. Call 800-403-6595 for more info.
HOUSE appraisals, COIN appraisals and STAMP appraisals
How many people can do them all??!! SOL can! Call 818-515-5295 or e mail for more info!
1984 Classic CJ-7 Jeep For Sale
In Great Condition. My Husband’s Baby. $4K in Upgrades In Last 3 Years. New Seats, Stereo w/ IPod Attachment, All-Weather Speakers, Chrome Plating, Lock Box, and More!!! Perfect Weekend Beach Jeep. We Just had a Baby and Can’t Use it Anymore! Very Sad To See it Go, But Must Sell. Has Been Smog Approved. $7,950 obo. Email for pictures.
2000 Mercedes CLK430 for sale
Upgraded everything and low miles-all service records-mint condition. Green exterior/ light gray leather interior. Email