Sunday January 22, 2012

Healthy moms and Healthy babies

Ganit’s medical practice focuses on women’s health and fertility. She believes acupuncture and Eastern medicine are particularly effective in assuaging women’s health issues due to their holistic approach. Maximizing the wellness of both mother and child is one sure way to help achieve this. Ganit specializes in helping women get pregnant, overcome nausea or “morning sickness.” Help relieve pregnancy sciatica and related pain and Labor preparation in cases of late birthing.



Today in History

A historic Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade legalizes abortion.(1973)

National Blonde Brownie Day



Play and Grow 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 Sunday.  These ideas come from scholarly sources to personal interviews, from the internet to periodicals to books.  
“MATH/LOGIC” Developmental Skill Definition: recognizing and understanding cause-and-effect relationships, forming and understanding concepts, matching, classifying, categorizing, reasoning, problem-solving, strategizing, organizing ideas.
THE CRITICAL WINDOW during which the circuits of the brain are being most heavily wired for Math/Logic development is 1 – 4 years old. The more opportunity children have to experience healthy, positive and nurturing math/logic experiences during this critical period, the more efficiently their brains will work over the long run.
A FEW DEVELOPMENTAL LEARNING TOOLS (toys and other objects) for Math/Logic development:  * rattles * water  * sand  * objects that can be taken apart and put back together  * toys involving problem-solving * games  * clay  * objects involving counting forward and backward  * toys with various shapes, colors, sizes * blocks  * puzzles  * objects that can be matched, classified, categorized  * objects that nest
MORE PRO-ACTIVE Parent-Supervised MATH/LOGIC Activities, 4-year-olds  —  MAKE BOOKS!
* “WORDS” book
…. use pictures of things Preschooler is familiar with (household things, things seen at the park/beach/neighborhood) and her favorite things she cuts from magazines using “safety/primary” scissors.  
…. print in lower case letters 1 or 2 words associated with the pictures she chose.  Use lower case letters – we use lower case letters more frequently, and 2/3 of the printed upper case (capital) letters have a different shape than the lower case letters.
* “SHAPES” book
…. focusing on circles, squares and triangles (later on rectangles, diamonds, ovals, other polygons and different shapes) create ‘chapters’ of
    . . . objects taken from newspapers/magazines
    . . . child-created shapes
    . . . shapes traced from objects: circles from saucers or cups, squares/rectangles from boxes, etc.
Next week – “Math/Logic, Pt. 11”

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Give a Gift, Touch a Heart

A Talbert Family Foundation Valentine’s Day campaign for Baby Reef. Please read on…



First-class postage stamps go up by a penny today



Members Need Leads – Can you help?

Looking for a reasonable and insured tree trimmer. If you know of anyone, contact


Looking for someone to pick up an elementary school child at 2:45 p.m. and then pick up a middle school child at 3:10 p.m. – both in Sherman Oaks, and drive them home to Topanga Canyon, 2-3 days a week. Email for more information.


Seeking a reliable company to remodel shower/bathroom. Email


Looking for a referral for a granite fabricator and installer. Email with any referrals.


Looking for a 1st grade tutor in the Valley. Call (818) 692-5712 with any leads.


Landscape designer needed ASAP for small budget job. Experience with new construction and small spaces a plus. Contact Julie at


Looking for a used Step 2 Up and Down Coaster in decent shape for sale. Email


Looking for feedback on the Sheraton Cabo for anyone that has been, particularly with children. Email



Big Bear Vacation Cabin Rental

Big Bear Cabin rental is only 2 minutes to slope. Dogs are welcome too! 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 900 square feet, sleeps up to 5 comfortably for your family snow vacation. Walk across the street to free shuttle service to Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Hassle free parking.



Friendly Fire – Working vs. Non-working mothers



Hike to Griffith Observatory

Saturday, January 28th at 1pm

Join TorahTrek’s group YIRAH: Awe-Inspiring Wilderness Adventures hike to Griffith Observatory. Hike up as a group and spend an hour at the Observatory enjoying the exhibits and the view. For more information visit



Hairstylist Specializing in Precision Cuts & Expert Hair Color, Weddings & Glamour Do’s

Located within the beautiful Casablanca full service salon in Sherman Oaks, Tami has been in the  industry  for 20 years. Her areas of expertise include cuts, color, up do’s, weddings, special events. “Little Diva” parties. Tami also offers Brazilian Blow Outs and a very special Keratin deep conditioning treatment. Call today for your consultation and receive 20% off when you mention Jen’s List.    

(818) 687-8347



Part-time Internet Marketing Associate for Counseling Center Needed Counseling Center in Encino is looking for someone with Skills and Experience in:

*Website admin/maintenance/updates

*SEO/Social media trends and marketing

*Social Networking


*Email Blasts, Blogs, Newsletters and Internet Marketing Ads Must be honest, reliable, proactive, independent, innovative and self-motivated. Social Work or Psychology background a plus. Flexible schedule, ability to work from home and live locally. Email resume, samples and links to



New Year Special: Get CPR & First Aid Trained for Only $25

Only $25 – Every weekend, Saturday & Sunday at Noon. Limited time only. Get trained in CPR and First Aid. You never know when you might be the one to help save a life. Leticia has taught over 75 classes and is a former professional Nanny and knows how important it is for a childcare provider or elderly care provider to know CPR and First Aid. Leticia has saved a child’s life while working on a job. Fortunately Leticia was trained and carried a valid CPR certification because the parent didn’t know CPR. Call to schedule a class, they can come to you.

(818) 782-8247 or (818) 812-0110



Professional Interior Design Services for Your Home or Business

Looking for interior design help or professional design advice for a home or office project? JS Interior Design provides full service design and on site design consultations for your home, office, or place of business. Services include anything from a full remodel to small projects, can work in phases and with any budget. If you need help with a bath or kitchen remodel, paint color selections, space planning, furniture selections, or general design advice and direction – no project is too small. Hourly rate for all on site working design consultations and ongoing design services is $75/hr. Available in both OC & LA. Email for more info including portfolio and contact information.



Food, I Love You!: Love the Food That Loves You (and your kids) Back!

Crash diets, cleanses, batches of cookies, oh my! It sounds like you’ve had a love-hate relationship with food. Sharing in your heartache, culinista extraordinaire, Colleen Donnelly, broke up with her no-good relationship with food by developing recipes that feed the body and soul, improve mood and complexion and aid in the fight and prevention of cancer. All so that she and her loved ones could prepare and eat food that loves them back. Subscribe to Food, I Love You! today!



Is it possible to get out of your new cellular contract?



Have You Ever Thought After Seeing a Really Good Drawing, Wow, I Wish I Could Draw Like That?

Drawing Together is an arts program for children and adults based on the drawing methods developed over 25 years ago by internationally acclaimed artist, teacher, and author Mona Brookes called the Monart® method. These methods were developed around the premise that drawing is a teachable subject, much like learning to read or write. Anyone can learn to draw through Mona’s progressive drawing curriculum.



Facebook: Friends’ Happy Pictures Make You Sad?



Get Fit This Year! 

Beginner Yoga class Sundays at 8am in Sherman Oaks

Are you interested in learning yoga but have never tried because you were afraid of being the only beginner in the room? Here is your opportunity to learn poses in a small, comfortable, ego-less setting. You’re invited to join a beginners yoga class on Sundays at 8 a.m. in Sherman Oaks. For more information and location, contact Judy Santos, RYT 200, at (818) 784-7004 or Single class is $16.00/5 class series is $70.00.



Beginning Sewing Classes For Kids

Monday, January, 30th – February 20th from 3:30-5:15pm

Viridian Art Academy

18356 Oxnard Street, Unit #6 in Tarzana

You will be amazed at what your kids can do! All classes are taught by Hollywood’s Costume Designer, Judy Bowerman. In an artistic environment your children will learn to:

*Become familiar with sewing machines and safe operation.

*Understand patterns and fabrics.

*Build sewing and cutting skills.

*Cut and sew pajama pants and a fun tote bag for themselves!

Four week course. 2 hour classes. $160.course. All tools, machines and fabrics provided.

(818) 774-0775



BIzzie Photography: Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions

Saturday, January 28th from 10am-3pm

Bizzie Photography is offering Valentines Mini Sessions for kids and babies – a great way to personalize those school Valentine’s Day cards. The Mini Sessions are $75 for the maximum of 2 children. The session includes 5 edited digital files on disc, 20 min session, 5 facebook images and one facebook ready card. Book your session today. Call Stephanie at (818) 634-5438 or email



10 Ways to Warm Up Your Winter



Auditions Open for MUSYCA Children’s Choir

MUSYCA Children’s Choir is auditioning for the Spring Semester which runs from February 15th – May 30th with a concert on Sunday, June 2nd.

For audition information e-mail or call (818) 554-9937.

Choir Location: West Valley JCC at Milken, at 22622 Vanowen Street in West Hills.

Melody Choir: Ages 5-7,  Wednesday, 5- 5:50pm

Harmony Choir: Ages 8-12, Wednesday, 6-7:15pm

February 5: Winter Concert in Northridge



DIY home office organizing  
Tips for setting up a sorting system.



CSUNflowers: Preschool Readiness “Mommy & Me” Program at Language Speech & Hearing Center at CSUN

Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday, from 9-11:30am

CSUN Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences invites you to a language-based Mommy & Me Preschool Readiness Program for the 1-4 year-old. Siblings are welcome. Opportunities to develop and expand language, play and motor skills in an open and supportive environment while playing with Mommy and friends. Parent-professional partnering to enhance the generalization of developmentally appropriate readiness and pre-literacy skills. Open enrollment. Call (818) 677-2856 for monthly rates.



Authentic Scentsy Products
Do you love scented candle, well then you will love scentsy! How does scentsy work? There are over 40 different warmers and 80 different smells to choose from. Unique Scentsy warmers use a low watt bulb to melt the scented wax slowly, maximizing the fragrance time. With no flame, soot or wick the Scentsy system is a safe way to enjoy the many smells available. Each bar lasts 60 hours and only costs $5.


Make pumpkin pasties

Cooking in the kitchen with kids is a perfect winter activity. Pasties are delicious with both canned and fresh-cooked winter squash (pumpkin). Includes recipe for whole wheat/flax pie crust although a natural refrigerated pie crust can be substituted.



See Howie Mandel’s Technique for Staying in Shape at BetterBody

Try it for yourself and get into a healthy regular routine. 3 Private pilates session for $150 with Emma Clemens at BetterBody Fitness Studio on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas.

(818) 224-4734



15th Annual Tu B’Shvat Nature Fest at the Shalom Institute in Malibu

Sunday, January 29th from 11am-4pm

Celebrate the Jewish Birthday of the Trees with Ozomatli, Cindy Paley, Billy Jonas and the Mati Choir. Enjoy our Seder hikes, petting zoo, tree planting, nature workshops, moonbounce, climbing wall, bungee trampoline, Israeli Dancing, animal education with Reptile Family and Wildworks, pioneer Living and wilderness skills  and much more. Food available for purchase or bring a picnic lunch. Advance tickets sold online for $5 at or $10 at the door.



How to Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds  Use this technique for these yummy recipes:
“Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic.”
Stovetop –
Crockpot version –
“40 Cloves of Garlic Spaghetti” (Vegetarian) –
“Beef Brisket with 40 Cloves of Garlic” –



Host A MarcAllison Jean Party & Receive a Free Pair

New year, new jeans! Host a Marc Allison Jeans party in your home and receive a free pair of jeans. These are the hot new jeans you must have! Skinnys, straight leg, boot cut, bells in many different colors and washes. Marc Allison Jeans have been featured in some of the best magazines, such as Shape, Glamour and Life & Style. Additionally, all the celebrities are starting to wear them. Already Halle Berry, Katherine Heigl, Eva Mendez, Emmy Rossum and Kym Johnson have been spotted and photographed in them. The jeans are selling at upscale boutiques such as Lisa Kline and Fred Segal for close to $200, but will be available at the wholesale price of $89. Contact Samantha to schedule a party at



Get a Head Start on Your Tax Prep This Year!

Want to make sure that you get the maximum amount of deductions this tax season? Enlist the help of a business management specialist to organize your paperwork for your accountant. It could save you money and bring you better returns. Contact Heidi Feldman of HSF Management, LLC for all your financial organizational needs at or (818) 430-9762.



Early puberty for girls is raising health concerns  
Chart gives percentages of 7-year-old girls with early breast development with statistics from 1997 to 2010. Earlier breast development increases odds that girls will develop low self-esteem, eating disorders and depression and are more likely to attempt suicide and to have earlier sexual activity. Article names suspect chemicals.



T’ai Chi Chuan For Health & Well Being

Classes are forming now for this slow-motion, energy gathering excise characterized as Moving Yoga. Enhanced circulation and Calming movements are offered also as an effective Self Defense system. Harold Miller has been practicing since 1971. All movements are performed standing but are also available as a sitting exercise perfect for Seniors. All ages and groups are welcome. Contact (818) 324-4056 or for more info.



Young Fresh Fun Modern Bar & Bat Mitzvah Photography

Shani Barel Photography is debuting its Mitzvah site. Shani is the “go-to”  photographer for your son and daughter’s special day; capturing their journey with a young, fun and modern approach. From the personal portrait session with a printed sign in book, to the service and party, Shani provides a modern twist on this timeless tradition. Call (310) 920-8227 for more information, now booking into 2013, select dates still available in 2012.



The Sherman Oaks Nursery School (TSONS) Silent Auction

Saturday, April 14th

Have a great service or product you want local valley families to know about? All funds from the auction will be used to enrich their educational programs and enhance campus facilities. They are looking for amazing items to auction off. If you are looking for a great way to get your product or service in front of over 100 families email for more information and donation forms.



Learn About the Top 5 Life Regrets & How Therapy Can Help

Patricia O’Laughlin psychotherapist and art therapist discusses the top five regrets people have on their deathbed and how therapy can decrease these regrets. With a private practice in Silver Lake, Patricia works with children, adolescents, and adults.