Monday December 8 2014

A Valentine’s gift he will never forget! Pampering for You and $125 savings for booking by Dec 15th

Kathy Rappaport of Flash Frozen Photography in Woodland Hills is the ultimate photographer of Fabulous and Fun Boudoir. You will look ooh la la Sexy and sessions can be in your best little black dress that you can show the world or you can do something personal for just the two of you to cherish. Kathy knows just how to show off your best assets with her camera & trained eye to create the perfect portrait in her Studio. I can tell you how much my hubby loved my Little Black Book! Do it!!




Today in History

Martin Van Buren becomes the 8th President of the United States, and the first president to be born in this country.

Thomas Edison exhibited the phonograph in 1877

Pearl Harbor was bombed in a surprise Japanese attack. It marked the U.S. entry into WWII.(1941)

International Civil Aviation Day

Letter Writing Day

National Cotton Candy 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 weekly since 2010. These ideas come from scholarly sources to personal interviews, from the internet to periodicals to books.

“CREATIVITY” involves imagination, ingenuity, invention/originality, creative thinking, dramatic/visual/musical arts.

THE “CRITICAL WINDOW” during which the circuits of the brain are being most heavily wired for CREATIVITY is 1 – 4 years with lifelong expression. The more opportunity children have to experience healthy, positive and nurturing Creative experiences during this critical period, the more efficiently their brains will work over the long run.

FORMS of creativity: 2- and 3-Dimensional ART, Written/Spoken LANGUAGE, MOVEMENT / MUSIC using the body, Imaginative-Pretending FANTASY.

Some general Creativity: ART tidbits:

* FROM 2 years old, dough or clay offers experience for pounding, rolling and squeezing, fine motor practice + tactile opportunities. (Avoid making models in clay for the child to mimic or drawing pictures for him to copy – he learns more by working out his own ideas, and adult-induced items can actually hinder learning and healthy self-expression.)

    ..ripping and tearing is a fun natural desire, so provide colored scrap paper and old newspaper (including colored comics) to avoid having books and magazines shredded (call this paper “special collage paper”), then glue scraps on cardboard to make a torn paper collage. Every collage will be different. Notes: minimal adult direction; when 1 or 2 “works of art” are produced, they can replace 1 or 2 older “works of art” on “Bobby’s Art Wall” or your special art display location.

Next week – “Creativity: Art, pt. 4”

Questions? Email  



Free Pure Barre Class for Moms in Woodland Hills

Friday, December 12th at 6:30pm

Come enjoy a private Pure Barre class in Woodland Hills for 10 moms, learn about a fun fitness competition for moms launching in January. Available for only 10 moms. Please R.S.V.P. to to reserve your spot today. Kickass for Good is the only mom fitness competition in the world where moms get help funding fitness, nutrition, and shopping too. Get Fit, Have Fun, and Win a Trip to Tulum Mexico Too!



Do you feel pressure to be merry but instead are struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness or anger?

You don’t have to go through this alone. The first step in helping yourself is to make the call. Sherry Warschaw, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience, will help you explore and cope with these feelings in a warm environment. Individuals ~ Couples ~ Groups. Free consultation – call 818-344-0299. 20% discount first 3 sessions, for Jen’s List subscribers.



Smart & Final is the perfect one-stop shopping location for the holidays

Smart & Final is named after its founders, J.S. Smart and H.D. Final. Products range from private label items to national brands, from small household sizes to large bulk sizes, and from fresh produce to kitchen supplies. Each store offers locally relevant items tailored to each community, with products that appeal to both household and business shoppers. And the best part is, prices are substantially lower than traditional grocery stores, allowing you to save money during the busy holiday season without the need of a membership card! Try it. Like it. Or your money back. Check out recipes created by Chef Jamie Gwen featured at And enter to win a $100 Smart & Final gift card! Email with the subject: ‘SMART’ and include your name and phone number by Sat., Dec. 8th at 11:59pm.



“Race to Nowhere” Film Screening/Panel Discussion – Free
Sat., Dec. 13th at 3-6:30pm at Outside the Box

This riveting documentary is a must-see for ANYONE who has a child!  The educational system in the US is failing our children miserably from early education all the way through High School. This eye-opening documentary is crucial for parents to see so that they can make educated and informed decisions about their child’s education. This screening will be followed up by a panel discussion with experts from the education community. Educational options will be discussed at length with a frank discussion on how we as parents, can make a change for the better of our children. Call (818) 348-PLAY to register.

6100 Topanga Cyn Blvd., #2220 in Woodland Hills, 91367



Musical Youth of California (MUSYCA) Children’s Choir is Auditioning Talented Singers, Boys and Girls, Ages 4-18 For the Spring 2015 Semester

To schedule an audition for your child, call (818) 554-9937 or e-mail  Don’t be shy, give it a try! 2015 will start with the Performance at Disneyland. Among other performing opportunities will be a Concert tour to France. In 2014 MUSYCA has Traveled to Europe, worked with Aloe Blacc (Wake Me Up, The Man), performed at the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, televised live. Collaborated with the  Grammy nominated platinum artist Alexander Palmer, recorded with the top music producer DJ Mustard. Performed at Thousand Oaks Civic Auditorium among other exciting events. 



Save Money Now Off Your Rising Electric Bill With a Free Solar System SolarCity®

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Children’s Musical Theatre & Dance Classes in Sherman Oaks: Peter Pan, Annie, Hairspray & More

Ovation Performing Arts Center is now enrolling for their next session of Musical Theatre, Dance, Voice, Acting, and Baby & Toddler Classes! Perform in Annie, Peter Pan & Hairspray! Session starts January 19th. Located in Sherman Oaks at 13727 Ventura Boulevard (cross street Woodman). Enroll in performing arts classes in a positive, encouraging environment, where every child is a star! All students receive a featured role in Ovation productions, giving every child his or her chance to shine!



Join the Tarzana Community For a Free Holiday Boutique & Pancake Breakfast ($9) at Wilbur School

Saturday, December 13th from 8am-Noon

Get all your holiday shopping done with the Tarzana community at the annual fundraiser for Wilbur Charter Elementary School. Friends of Wilbur is hosting a free Holiday Boutique and Pancake Breakfast ($9) for the entire community on Saturday, December 13 at Wilbur Elementary School at 5213 Crebs Avenue in Tarzana. There will be music, shopping, eating and more. Stella & Dot, Oragami Owl Custom Jewelry, Birdie-Fashion on the Fly, GreenKeeper and more retailers will be there.



Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” at the Ahmanson Theatre

Oscar-recipient and five-time Tony Award® winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage this winter in her Tony Award®-winning role as Madame Arcati, in Michael Blakemore’s revival of Noël Coward’s smash-hit comedy. Researching for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. While consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’ new wife Ruth. Now if he wants his latest marriage to stand a GHOST of a chance, he’d better conjure up a solution quickly. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air – who will win in Coward’s unworldly comedy?



Holiday Party Kid’s Night Out at Blue Starz Dance & Theatre in Sherman Oaks

Sat., Dec. 13th at 5:30pm

Parent’s Date Night & Kid’s Night Out! is back! Let your children 3.5-8yrs enjoy a fun drop-off Winter Holiday themed party at Blue Starz! Activities include Dance Party, Cupcake Decorating, Crafts, Games & a Movie. Cheese Pizza & Refreshments included! When: Saturday December 13th, 5:30pm-9:00pm. Cost: $35 (siblings $28). Blue Starz is in the heart of Sherman Oaks on Ventura Blvd & Beverly Glen. Call 818-404-2132 or email for more info and to reserve your space.



Hanukkah Festival at the Zimmer Children’s Museum

Sunday, Dec 14th

Hanukkah is The Festival of Lights! Come celebrate Hanukkah with a fun-filled day of light-themed activities and a special guest performance by Addie Lupert at 3pm. FREE with paid museum admission.



On-demand moving and hauling right from your phone

Stop overspending and stressing! With just a tap of a button, Buddytruk connects people who have moving, hauling, delivery, or courier needs with a local driver to help you do the job. No more having to bug your friends to help you move, rent a clunky box truck, or hire an expensive moving service.



Wright Car Detailing – “When it’s wright it’s Wright”

Wright detailing has been providing professional detailing services for 8+ yrs. They have a very unique method of detailing each vehicle with only 1 gal. of water with mix, and still having a much better result, without harming the paint or environment in any way. By doing so they would be accomplishing 2 obstacles – 1. Detailing your vehicle to its highest expectation and 2. Conserving the way the retain and dispose of the water. California is in a drought crisis, every car that we detail is doing it’s keep it clean and green part by saving up to 40-80 gal. of water. All services include vacuum & trim and tire glaze. Highly recommended by Jens List members. Starting at $24.95 Call 818-530-3760.



Checkout 51

Each week, a list of products with discounts becomes available. Purchase any of them, upload a picture of your receipt, and the amount of money you saved will be added to your account. Once you reach at least $20, you can request that check by mailed to you.



Attention Parents with Children who like Milk, Cookies & Holiday Stories

Wed. Dec. 10th at 6:30pm

Barnes & Noble at Third St. Promenade is hosting a family literacy event, “OH STORY NIGHT.” Featuring Roosevelt Elementary School students reading original writing, as well favorite holiday classics. Free milk & cookies too! Barnes & Noble will be donating 10% of sales to Roosevelt Elementary School. Sponsored by “If You Can Talk, You Can Write”.



Best Books for Boys

40+ Fantastic Reads for Boys ages 8-16



Need a helping hand for the holidays?

The holidays are rapidly approaching! It’s time to take out your holiday decorations & get your shopping done. Maybe you don’t have the time or patience to get it all done, well you don’t have to – Claudette can help! Claudette is a professional organizer and a personal assistant. She can help get your home holiday ready & get your holiday plans, gifts & parties organized. Need help organizing your closets, kitchens, garages? Whatever the reason, don’t delay – call Claudette!



Barnsdall Art Park’s upcoming 2014 Holiday Sale + Fundraiser

December 13th from 10am-4pm at the Junior Arts Center at Barnsdall Art Park

It will feature a wide range of work by students and faculty at LA venerable Barnsdall Art Center. Every medium will be represented from prints, ceramics, and jewelry, to handcrafted cards and photography, ensuring unique artwork for every taste and budget. Join local artisans and browse amazing work while enjoying delicious wine from JUSTIN Winery, coffee from Keurig, and handmade tamales. Admission to the sale is FREE! Wine and tamales available $8 pre-sale, $10 at door (cash only). Barnsdall Art Park supports students and emerging artists year-round through its unique array of art classes and programming.

4800 Hollywood Blvd.



A kit to make your own fully functional, 3 dimensional menorah

Made out of gingerbread, royal icing, and an assortment of candy. It’s the most bio degradable option out there! It’s an activity that the entire family can share! Who says 17th Century German children are the only ones that get to use gingerbread as construction materials? It’s about building a new tradition-You in?




Makes it fun to brush up on a language you once studied or drop your toe into a new one, earning points along the way.



Little Movers and Shakers Parent & Me Music Program special offer

They are a 2011 Red Tricycle Winner, Early Childhood Music Enrichment Program located in Sherman Oaks. They are excited to be able to offer new classes for the winter session to expand our family of little movers and shakers. They have opened 3 new classes on Thursday mornings this session! 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am(each 45 minutes) Classes begin next week, Dec. 11th! Sign up for one of these classes now and get $25 off! Sign up with a friend and you each get an extra $10 rebate! Register at and use discount code THURS25OFF. For more information, email



Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa, a AAA Four-Diamond rating

This family-friendly hotel creates an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation, which is just what we needed! There are SO many things to do including rejuvenating spa treatments, championship golf, dynamite cuisine at celebrated restaurants, sizzling nightlife, free Wi-Fi in the lobby and breathtaking desert sunsets beyond. The Fitness Center is filled with Cardiovascular equipment & free weights, water aerobics & group fitness walks too. The pools are amazing and one of them even has a sandy pool entrance! They have bike rentals, a jogging/fitness trail, sauna & tennis courts. Camp Oasis is for children 5-12 yrs old.



Play Bunco with The Chatsworth FUN-raisers

Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30pm at SanSai Japanese Grill

$10 donation. You don’t need to know how to play…just roll the dice & bring your spirit of fun! Door prizes. Food & drinks available for purchase. Dinner is at 6:30pm, followed by Bunco at 7:15pm. Call Annie to reserve your seats at 818-882-6437. Pay at the door.

9243 Winnetka Ave. in Chatsworth – Free parking.



NOLAbles labels

Adjustable, washable, reusable baby bottle and sippy cup labels that are fun, fashionable, and easy-to-use.  They are perfect for multiple child households, and ideal for daycare and school settings.  Just write, wrap and snap! There aren’t any other products on the market that offer the function and purpose of properly packaging, identifying, storing and personalizing bottles and sippy cups, especially while children are under the supervision off caretakers, which makes NOLABLES launch truly exciting for families on-the-go!



Register for the 12 Days of Giveaways at The Pump Connection


Calling all new and expecting mamas! Looking for some great breastfeeding/postpartum support products? Register today for the ’12 Days of Giveaways’ at The Pump Connection in Sherman Oaks. It is super easy and there is no purchase necessary. Visit and fill out the registration form. Two lucky mamas will even receive a FREE lactation consultation. Happy Holidays!



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Holiday Boutique with Live Jazz

Sat., Dec. 13th from 2-9pm at the home of Laura Pursell Byrnes

Live music, art, gourmet desserts, organic bath products, handmade gifts, clothing, bags, accessories and more  – all from local artisans. Featuring jazz guitarists Ron Anthony and Barry Zweig, who will start playing at 5:30pm. Notable musicians will be sitting in. Food and drink provided, and it’s free! Swing by and pick up some fabulous one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Any questions, call Laura at (818) 481-8929.

12700 Sarah St. in Studio City



EATZ offers extremely personal cooking classes in a fun dinner party environment

The small class size enables them to teach in a totally hands-on fashion – which means you get to cook (and eat!) each and every item.