Sunday April 22 2012

Parents are always looking for ways to
educate as well as entertain their kids

Families have been turning to electronic media for several years. Magic school is an amazing alternative to electronic media. Learning magic helps children build skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. While they will learn magic, they will also be learning much more. Magic-related skills that students develop include public speaking, leadership, stage presence, gross motor skills, fine motor skills & interpersonal communication skills.
Magic also helps build personal strengths such as self-discipline & perseverance – all while sharpening their critical thinking skills.
But all the kids really need to know is that Magic is fun!



Today in History

Girl Scout Leader Day

National Jelly Bean Day

Earth Day (U.S.)



Mr. Rick is AMAZING!! Local Couple Teaches You How to Paint Your Ancestors… and Relax!



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.  
SKILL DEVELOPMENT points , 9 mo. – 12 mo.
•  Baby is beginning to understand words and recognize the names of familiar objects.  Talk to her about what you’re doing.  Use lots of descriptive words.  “Bathtime is fun!  Let’s make big soap bubbles.”  “We’re putting on a fresh clean diaper.”  “There is your soft, fluffy, white teddy bear.”
•  To encourage gross/fine motor movement, roll a ball back and forth between you and him or let him crawl after it.
•  By 12 mo., many babies have risen to their feet and can stand and even walk.
•  Build your “LEARNING LIBRARY” by choosing developmental learning tools, designed to “grow” as children grow, with features and developmental skill elements appealing to different ages simultaneously all in 1 toy, so Baby learns developmentally at 3 months with an item and at 2 years, for example, she’s ready for different features of the same toy.
SOME DEVELOPMENTAL LEARNING TOOLS (toys and other objects) for 9- to 12-month-olds and the developmental skills utilized:
•  TACTILE balls – lightweight, fabric, rubber, plastic, colorful, textured, noise-making, lightly scented, bigger than can fit in little mouths (tactile, gross motor, fine motor, visual, auditory, thinking/learning)
•   HIGH chair activity center – suction cup on the tray can hold a toy with bright-colored objects that move, spin, turn, click, squeak (tactile, fine motor, creativity, visual, auditory, language/vocabulary, thinking/learning)
Next week – “Developmental Learning Tools for 12- to 18-mo-olds”

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Children’s Baking Cookbook Launch Party  
Handstand Kids is launching their fourth cookbook, Baking Around the World, on April 28th from 1pm- 4pm at Sweet Arleen’s Bakery in Westlake. Arleen is the two-timewinner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. Sign your child up for cupcake decorating at the launch. RSVP here: and for more info contact us at For a sneak peak at the Baking book:



“For My Children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom”

A beautifully designed and illustrated book with creative prompts that will spark Mom’s recollections of fun family vacations, favorite games, and special holiday traditions. This collection of fill-in-the-blank lists, questions and queries is the easiest way for any mother to record on paper answers to the questions her children never thought to ask but will love to discover.



$50 discount off of any party package from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Playsource

Book the last private party party slot Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and receive $50 off any package AND free face painting/tattoos with a space rental. Good for any 5:30-7:30pm party available in April, May, and June. Visit the website for packages and call or stop by for availability.

21921 Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, 91364

(818) 888-0899.



Where Does Bullying Start?



Mathnasium of Oak Park is looking for a lead instructor to teach math and assist the director with center operations

Applicants must have a strong grasp of math and be able to teach Algebra I, II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. Ability to teach Calculus and Statistics a plus. Paid training will be provided. This is a terrific opportunity for someone interested in a long term part time position with 10-25 hours a week at $13 per hour. Send resume to




Most adults remember and wish they still had their plush baby blanket. Remember the one your Mom couldn’t pry from your fingers and could only wash when you napped? We remember the fabric, the texture, and its comfort. Minky Couture designer infant and adult blankets are just that, fluffy as a cloud and eco-friendly. The best part is they are customizable. Gifters can design them, choosing heir own nursery matching colors and prints at Minky Coture even has matching adult blankets. Perfect for Mom’s movie night at home or when she just needs a nap.



Color Spray for Dogs



In honor of Mother’s Day, give yourself the gift of an evening to connect with other women like you

May 9th from 6-8pm

Talk one on one with the following experts in their fields:

Mom Esq. (Maternity Benefits, Employing a Nanny, Pumping at Work, etc.)

The Center for Fertility and Gynecology (Fertility treatments and options)

The Family Formation Law Center (Adoptions, surrogacy, etc.)

Tatiyants Law, P.C. (Estate planning, trusts, guardianship nominations)

Financially Wise Women (Financial planning for families)

L.A. Talk Therapy (Group and one on one sessions for Moms)

Come for mingling, knowledge and fun!   Food and beverages will be served.

RSVP (424) 442-2503 or  

Mom, Esq. Offices

10951 Pico Blvd, Third Floor in LA, 90064



Mother Duck Family Home Day Care

Monday to Friday 7am-6Ppm.

3 Months to 5 years old. Hot meals every day. Excellent references!

Call 818-999-9010 or 818-224-9021 for more info.




Pet Sitter Leads

Amazing, loving pet sitter. Licensed, bonded and reasonable. Woodland Hills, Calabasas and Agoura.

Referred by Jens List member

“I have been using Ellen as my pet sitter for years. She is simply the best. She is licensed and bonded. Very loving with cats, dogs and even reptiles. She is also experienced in providing medication/shots/IVs. Ellen handles all home care needs in addition to providing lots of love and responsible care to your animals. I know you will love her too! Here is her number: (818) 522-3573.”


Making your summer vacation plans?

Think Lewi Girls dog sitting for your beloved furry friends. They offers safe, loving, dependable and affordable day and overnight care  for dogs. Excellent references upon request. Call 818-883-0478.



Free Kids Club: Earth Month Seed Planting

Saturday, April 28th from11am0in

Calling all kids to come plant a seed and decorate your very own pot! Local farm, Kenter Canyon Farms, will be here to give you a seed to plant in celebration of Earth Month! Reserve your spot now.
Email at or sign up in Customer Service.

Patio At Whole Foods Market Woodland Hills

21347 Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, 91364



Alemany Warriors Div. III State Champion Basketball Camp.  Boys and Girls 3rd ` 8th grade

June 18th-June 21st and July 9th-July 12th

3rd- 8th graders, sign up now for summer basketball camp at Bishop Alemany High School Div III State Championship Coaching staff. LA Times Coach of the year Tray Meeks, invites 3rd through 8th grade boys and girls to sign up for Basketball camp. This year the coaching staff will be offering two session. Contact Miguel Pimentel at or 818-365-3925 for more information.



Young people who get regular exercise learn better in the classroom  
America’s most revered fitness expert says, “Support the Fit Kids Bill.”  Join the P.E. Crusade — write your senators, congressmen and congresswomen now.


VandyCakes – Unnecessary Vintage Essentials

All things vintage – including the eclectic look of new & old mixed together. It’s the simple things that make life exciting; the prized rubbish finds like a vintage cocktail shaker, table cloth, or metal picnic cooler, turning any camping trip into a glamp-a-thon.



If Mommy plans to nurse or even try and is a multi-tasker she may not like being confined to the chair or couch. What if the doorbell rings? What if big brother or sister needs a snack? Carrying the baby around and nursing might make your arms and back sore. KoalaKin® steps in, the first ever hands-free nursing pouch. KoalaKin®’s patented shoulder clasps were designed specifically to help Mom switch the baby’s position without having to flip the pouch, therefore making it easy to move the baby from side to side. The back and shoulder designs relieves stress and pain. Mom can walk around, fold laundry, make a cup of tea, or make the older siblings lunch without ever disturbing the baby.



When do babies control their head?



Wee Drool’s Waterproof Reversible T-bib for Babies and Toddlers!

Wee Drool T-bibs are wearable waterproof bibs that are designed to protect your little one’s clothing from dribble, drool, spit up and spills without covering up their style. Designed to look like a T-shirt with a super absorbent eco-friendly outer layer and a waterproof inner layer. The T-shirt like design will ease your mind of the worries that a normal bib poses while leaving your little one smiling in comfort. 

T-bib = comfort + less rash = happy baby and less laundry = even happier mom!



Judy Blume discusses her books and career and gives some advice




Plastic is out. Resuable, recycleables are in on trend. Eco-ditty is every parent’s answer to saving the landfills from the gross throwaways. They are organically sound, reusable sandwich and snack bags. Parents love them! No more plastic press and seals to buy by the box. If you take your lunch to work, adults can use them too. EcoDitty offers more than a dozen designs but the most popular is the bag kids can draw on. The organic 100% recycled cotton bag is a blank canvas and comes in a kit with eco-friendly permanent markers. EcoDitty products are green and toxin free.
’s Can I Eat It? app answers all of your food safety questions for what you can-and can’t-eat during pregnancy




There is so much to tell your child. There is so much you want them to know about you and life. Some subjects are more difficult to get out. Book2MyKids is the best gift lasting through the years. Parents and grandparents can write their own stories. Created by a Dad with teenagers, a Book2MyKids book can be penned with advice, anecdotes, and a dose of reality. It can be written and designed online. A keepsake book tweens and young adults will reference when life gets them stuck.


Sometimes when people kick gluten to the curb their diet can seem a little well, gray
But enter BOLD Organics pizza into the fray and watch the whole family light up with delight! BOLD Organics, offers four varieties of premium frozen pizza that is gluten- and dairy-free, with 85% of the ingredients certified organic. Their signature sauce is blend of organic tomatoes and carefully chosen organic herbs and spices that will literally wake up your taste buds. The all-natural rice flour crust crunches with a texture achieved from an alternative mixture of organic baking ingredients. Also labeled as casein-free, egg-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free and while containing no GMO’s, preservatives, nitrites, nitrates, or trans-fats.



Try these 10 products to make cleaning up more fun for your kids



Is Your Daughter Ready for the Social Pressures of Middle School?

Social Coaching Club is offering a special workshop designed to help your 5th grader prepare for the new social challenges of Middle School.

Workshop Topics Include: Effective Communication, Peer Relationships (including friendship building, boundary setting and bullying prevention), Etiquette & Civility, Self-Esteem, Problem Solving, Alternative Conflict Resolution, Anger & Stress Management and Good Decision-Making.

Workshop Info: Thursday, 5/17/12, 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Calabasas Location, Fee: $150  (Includes Pizza and Healthy Snacks)

Register at or call 818.379.3340. More workshops and classes offered throughout the summer!



New Name- New Look- New Energy…at BTEE  
Burbank Temple Emanu El Pre-school announces it’s new name, “BTEE Early Childhood Center” with added infant and toddler classes starting this summer. Toddler Transition Class to learn how to transition your child into a pre-school classroom setting & minimize separation anxiety. Parent & Me Infant Class is a perfect opportunity to meet other mothers, discuss topics such as feeding, sleep patterns, and share idea’s with one another. For children ages 2 – 5 we offer Camp Summer Fun. Activities include art, science,yoga, music, gymnastics, karate, water-play, dance, and on-site field trips. To schedule a tour or register call 818-845-6601, Jens list members will receive 10% off of their camp tuition!



Swim Lessons with Mira

Summer is right around the corner over! Want to ensure water safety on your next trip? Looking for a fun way to get fit? Private swim lessons are directed to your specific needs at any pool of your choice. Over 10 years of experience with all ages & skill levels. Mira is certified in first aid, AED, lifeguard, WSI, pool op, & EMT. She has a BS in neuropsychology & is studying toward her MD. Contact her with any questions and to schedule lessons! Email for more info.



A Day at The Beach Kit by GO-GIRL


Katie Witt Photography: Special For Jen’s List Members

Memories will start to fade, but pictures will last you a lifetime! Katie Witt Photography offers budget friendly photography services for all of life’s most precious events. Mention Jen’s List when you book your photo session and you will receive a photo CD with all of your Hi-Res prints, free of charge. Visit or


Hanging Around While Your Agent Shows Your House Is Creeping People Out – Business Insider



12 week Makeover that will transform your Mind, Body & Spirit

May 8th-July 31st, Tue noon-2:30pm & May 9th-Aug 1st, Wed 7-9:30pm

This proven formula for success will help you go from feeling flabby & frumpy to being fit & fabulous!  Transform your “inner-slacker” into an “inner-winner” in just 12 weeks! Shana Daniels – former Ms. Fitness California & Sharon Saevitzon certified Life Coach & Hypnotherapist have over 50 yrs combined experience in the Fitness and Wellness Industry.  Transform your body, inspire your mind, awaken your spirit and live up to your fullest potential. 1st 15 to sign up save $100. Call 805-990 7427.



Handyman Lead

Referred by

“Jaime Valladares is always the lowest quote. He does quality work every time. Inside, outside, big and small jobs too. Plumbing, electrical, roofing, flooring, installations, demolitions, paint, or just a quick fix. Call 818-415-9730 for more info.”


The Red Chair Children’s Production Co. Presents “Gems” a neo classic ballet

Saturday, June 16th at Glendale High School Auditorium

The Red Chair Children’s Production Co. Presents “Gems” a neo-classic ballet and “Let’s go to the movies” an ensemble of commercial dance! Come and see an amazing performance put on by children of all ages. Get your tickets through