Sunday February 19 2012

Make Your Child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah a Joyous Experience with Cantor Ken!

Cantor Ken is an ordained Cantor/Voice teacher currently serving a congregation in Los Angeles. He is available for private one-on-one coaching in your home and can help you create the unique Bar/Bat mitzvah you’ve always wanted at the location of your choice. All-inclusive package includes training, counseling, personalized prayer book, and ceremony. Cantor Ken believes that every Bar/Bat Mitzvah can be a creative expression of your child’s unique personality and gifts! Email or call 310-486-6878 for more info.



Today in History

A prize is inserted into a Crackerjacks box for the first time (1913)

National Chocolate Mint Day

Mr. Rodger’s neighborhood debuted in 1968



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, 5-year-olds:
• ENCOURAGE measuring activities.  
…. Use blocks to show height/length differences.  
    . . . How many blocks high is the chair seat? the table top?  
    . . . How many blocks from one end of the couch to the other?  from one side of the doorway to the other?  
…. Use a broom/mop handle, walking cane or yardstick to compare the height of a child’s/adult’s chair, the television/coffee table, the dog/cat.  
    . . . Another approach – use separate pieces of yarn/string, make knots from point to point, then compare positions of knots for longer/shorter distances.
…. Compare higher/lower, larger/smaller, longer/shorter, above/below, wide/narrow, etc.
• Remember to count backward as commonly as forward: forward sequencing = addition, backward sequencing = subtraction.
Next week – “Developmental Learning Tools for Newborns to 3-mo-olds”

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Camp Cottontail – Ages 6-16

Open House: Sunday, March 4th from 11am – 1pm

Traditional Resident Camp

LA Adventure Surf & Watersports Camp

July 1st – August 4th  – 1, 2, 3 & 4 week Sessions

Early Bird Rates & Free Registration available through March 4th .

Trips to Local Beaches & Lakes PLUS… Special Weekend Activities including Color Wars, Camp Carnival, S’mores by the Shores.

* Sleep in Air-conditioned cabins 

* 2 amazing swimming pools 

* Surfing 

* Wake Boarding 

* Kayaking

* Zip Lines 

* Mini Bikes 

* Go Karts & so much more!

30910 S. Sloan Canyon Road in Castaic, 91384

Now Enrolling! Call 661-257-0266 or visit for more info.



Tattoo your shoes with Ink Your Kicks!

Designed and Patented by LNI (A California Corporation) and its staff; Ink Your Kicks, and Shoetoos is quickly becoming the hottest new trend for foot wear and backpacks! LNI is the design and manufacturer of Luv N It Brand products. With over 25 years of success in design, development, production, and distribution of leading trends, LNI has positioned itself internationally to create and produce amazing trendy products, insure superior quality and exceptional implementation of customer routing requirements. LNI is more than a vendor. The LNI team is dedicated to the customer’s success.



Skateboard and Surf Lessons

Looking for summer activities for your kids? Try Corey Oswald’s “School of Shred”, Private and Group lessons. We had Corey to our home to help teach our 6 yr olds to skateboard and he was fantastic. Over 17 years experience and over 5 years teaching experience helping all ages & skill levels. Surfboards included for no extra charge. Will meet at beach, your home, or skate park of convenience. Also specializing in birthday or theme parties. Call Corey with any questions or to set up an appointment at (818) 371-3160 or email



10 secrets of SUPER-HAPPY couples



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 info.



FDA: Electric Toothbrush May Cause Chipped Teeth and Choking



Temple Judea Brotherhood Presents Nationally Acclaimed Comedian Rabbi Bob Alper, One Night Only

Thursday, February 23rd at 8pm

Temple Judea Brotherhood is proud to present an evening of hilarious comedy with nationally recognized comedian Rabbi Bob Alper. “The world’s only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy – intentionally.” This is a great opportunity to see a comedian whose appearances include The Today Show, Newsweek, and on Sirius/XM Radio among others. Don’t miss this fun night of comedy at Temple Judea. Tickets are only $18 in advance, or $22 at the door. Yummy refreshments will be available.



What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent — And What Makes A Great One



Life Purpose 1 Day Workshop at Happy Trail in Topanga

Sunday February 26th from 12-2pm

A workshop to learn about your life purpose. What are you meant to do in this world? What is your part in creating a utopian society? Learn how your personal soul energy holds who you are and how to apply that truth into all areas of your life. Visit website for more about workshop, instructions on attendance, location, and payment. Cost: $20



Calabasas Preschool: Montessori of Malibu Canyon

Distinguished Calabasas Preschool now enrolling for Summer Camp & Fall Enrollment! Space is limited.

Montessori of Malibu Canyon is now accepting applications & offering tours for their FUN, SAFE, EXCITING and EDUCATIONAL Summer Camp & Fall Enrollment.

*Clean secure Campus

*All Wood Furniture

*Stimulating Academic Program

*Highly Qualified Teachers (All Teachers are Certified Master Teachers) Focusing on Geography, Math, Science and Language

*Daily Yoga *2nd Language classes as a part of curriculum

*Gardening *Computer

*Fine Arts, Music and Dance

To Schedule a tour call (818)880-0555.



Top Toy Trends of 2012 – New Trends in Toys and Board Games



An informative article on “over-thinking” and its connection to stress, fear, and the brain

Patricia O’Laughlin MFT, psychotherapist in Silver Lake, writes on the connection between the brain, stress, and “over-thinking”. Staying up at night “over-thinking” or continuing to break down a situation even after you are sure of the solution can be annoying and uncomfortable. Learn why “over-thinking” is hard to control and its connection to fear.



Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine offer great relief in most Chronic conditions including allergies

Many patients are choosing acupuncture and Oriental medicine because they are not getting any relief from their pain, their auto immune diseases, and their allergies. They offer personal care to all the patients. Dr. Hillairet is in network with most insurance companies.

805) 798-4018



B.A.N.I.- Birthing As Nature Intended Classes Now Forming At The Pump Station Westlake Village
Join Jesslyn Shani as your Birthing Practitioner in the warm and inviting Pump Station store, your one-stop learning center for all things baby, nursing and childbirth. Childbirth is a natural process and pregnant women possess the innate instinctual ability to have their baby without medication or interventions. B.A.N.I. re-teaches women the art and joy of experiencing birth in a safer, more comfortable, relaxed manner. Four consecutive weekly classes. Starting April 2012.  Reserve your spot now by contacting Tamara at The Pump Station, 805/777-7179 or at



Boost Your Brainpower



In-Spa Cosmetic Teeth Whitening – 2 People Only $99(reg. $320)

Offer good through March 1st

Each session has 2 consecutive same-day 20-minute treatments per person (third 20 minute treatment each may be purchased for additional $25 per person). Fast and safe with no tooth sensitivity. Call 818-468-6651 for an appointment & mention the Jen’s List $99 couple’s special!



Get your student the assistance they need now

Tutor with 15 years in education, four years of tutoring in L.A. area. Math and Language Arts K-8. Very reasonable rates. Recommendations from very satisfied families available upon request. Email Kelly King at



SCTC Kickboxing offers a high-energy workout for all ability and fitness levels

The class can be done as impact or non-impact. It is a great aerobic workout as well as covering core and some strength training for extra calorie burning. Mention Jen’s List for a free week of classes. Classes – M/W/F – 9:30am & Tue/Thu – 6pm. Possibly new times starting soon. Call 818-907-5744 to set-up your first trial class. The only thing holding you back is you!



3-D uniquely molded iPhone case covers of endangered species and their stories

10% of the net profits goes to support our endangered neighbors. The awareness and conservation efforts serve to support and bring back animals from the brink of extinction with style.



Personal and private drug and alcohol testing for your family

This is family owned drug, alcohol and DNA testing company in Los Angeles. Their testing facility provides discrete and confidential testing for children and adults. They offer free drug testing advice and literature on how to combat the ever increasing problem of drug abuse in the family. Services provided include urine, hair and finger nail testing as well a 24 hour 7 day drug monitoring patch. Call 310-862-4333 for confidential advice.



Babytalk LA is a true blend of getting expert advice and having the opportunity to meet and bond with local parents who have babies the same age as yours

The roster of experts includes pediatricians, preschool administrators, child safety specialists, early childhood development specialists, sign language instructors, lactation consultants, infant massage instructors, trust & estate attorneys and financial planners to address how to plan for your little one. Educational + fun!



The multitasking coupon app for modern moms

Couponing can save families a pretty penny, but between soccer practice, ballet lessons and board meetings, modern day moms no longer have time to scour for relevant coupons. Luckily Yowza!!, a new mobile coupon app available on iPhones and Androids, is helping moms save $$, time and paper. Downloaded by more than a million users nationwide, the free GPS-based Yowza!! app helps shoppers locate deals and promotions in their area.



Resort style home away from home boarding for dogs and cats

Boarding for reptiles, birds, rabbits, etc. Doggy day care, in-home pet sitting, daily visits, dog walking, mobile dental clinic, low cost anesthesia dental cleaning for dogs, pet transport, and basic obedience training for dogs and puppies. Bonded and Insured. Since 1999. Call your pet’s favorite Uncle at 818-884-8757 or visit 20% discount on all services for all Jen’s List members.



Vitals – Twins with autism: Parents wonder, did it have to happen?



Donations Needed for Non-Profit Preschool Silent Auction!

Weekday Preschool located in Northridge needs donations from local businesses to help make their silent auction a success on May 20th! All funds received from will be used for scholarships and for children with special needs. Their list of donations will be emailed to their current and past families, posted in their display cases and listed on a banner at the event. Your business will definitely receive recognition for your donation.



GREAT Gardener Lead
Highly Recommended by Jen Levinson –
Reynaldo Luna has been our gardener for 6 months now and does a terrific job. Dependable, reliable and knows how to take care of the yard! Call him at 818-802-0025.” 



Do you have garage envy because your garage doesn’t measure up?

OrganizIT! is one of the fastest growing garage organization company in LA. They are your full service garage organization company, with a level of professionalism second to none. They can help you with: Overhead storage racks, * Slatwall garage organization wall systems, * Full line of heavy-duty, versatile garage cabinets, * Garage flooring; interlocking garage floor tiles and epoxy flooring, * Full line of accessories; hooks, garage shelves, baskets, * Garage lighting options. New location in Simi Valley! Call 818-232-7683 or click for a free design consultation. OrganizIT! was voted the 2011, 2010 & 2009 “Best Garage Design Firm”, by the National Association of Professional Organizers – Los Angeles



Why Down Syndrome Is on the Decline

New prenatal blood tests can inform pregnant women as early as 10 weeks that their fetus may have Down syndrome.



Now is the time to get your family Spring Break and Summer vacation plans in order

Smart-Travelers is a family created website to help families plan the best vacations. These guys have ‘been there, done that’ and share their best destinations and tips. Be sure to ‘like’ them when you visit to help support the effort.  They are out to provide unbiased vacation information to families like yours.



Children’s Event Planning & Entertainment

Face painter, Balloon artist, Photographer, Oh My! Having a party or school event and need one of these things? Contact Tiffany Levy for all your event needs at (818) 554-8652 or Let  her do the work so you don’t have to!



Santa Monica/Los Angeles Lifestyle and Wedding Photographer

Lindsay Kline from Elle K Photos is running a special to all Jen’s List subscribers. Family portrait sessions are $150 for a 2 hour session, photo editing and a full disc of images. Just mention “Jen’s List” when booking.



Plastics Make it Possible®

They highlight the many ways plastics inspire innovations that improve our lives, solve big problems and help us design a safer, more promising future. This initiative is sponsored by America’s plastic makers through the American Chemistry Council. The Plastics Make It Possible® website is an online destination intended to give you the most recent and compelling innovations using plastic from around the world. It’s our goal to feature an array of viewpoints: from writers, designers, and technology professionals wherever they’re making a difference using plastic. That includes you!



Opportunity to Sell Unused Jewelry

American Jewelry Exchange is seeking 2500 people to test their online Live View jewelry buying svc. The pay is $25-You must be available for a live online interaction to watch them assess your jewelry Mon-Fri 9a-4p CST. Email your name/phone# to – Put Live view test in the subject line. Even if you’re not sure it has any value you’ll get an honest assessment. Seal your bag with the jewelry inside the free Priority Mail provided. Once your items are rec’d by AJEX, they call to set up your appt. Sell Gold-Silver-Platinum-Diamonds-Class Rings-Estate Jewelry-Watches-Dental Gold-Flatware! Call Sherri at 562-697-0030 with any questions.