About

Updated again (August 31, 2012)

Guess it’s time to update this page, coz suddenly my blog is getting read.

I’m Vanessa, a 30-something year old Mom of 3 awesome little people who are now being homeschooled by moi .

A year ago (heck, even 6 months ago) I did not think I would be homeschooling my kids. But here we are. You never know where you will end up, do you?

I’m passionate about a whole bunch of stuff, including, but not limited to, safe skincare, affordable Jewish Education and Bon Jovi. Not necessarily in that order either. In fact, Bon Jovi ranks really high, especially because Jon himself is so philanthropic – check out the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation some time. Not to mention he’s hot. Even at 50.

Enough about JBJ, this is about me! I have my own skincare and make up business with Jordan Essentials – if you ever need to have a spa come to your home, I’m your woman, give me a call!

You can find me on Twitter @Vanessa_Brooks

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gal Mark
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 13:41:08

    Hi Vanessa,
    I came upon your blog while trying to find information with regards to Ben Gamla in Boca Raton on google. I would appreciate any information you may have and could share. Today I registered my 5 year old to the Boynton Beach campus after a difficult year in Del Prado. I am a mother of 4 children living on the circle in Boca Patio Village. We are members of the synagogue.

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  2. Elliot Allswang
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 23:50:44

    Hi Vanessa:

    I’m glad you are bringing this issue to the attention of the community as a whole.

    I have suggested having a town hall meeting , involving parents, teachers, school administrators and board members, community and Federation leaders, Ben Gamla representatives, and anyone else who realizes that we have a tremendous crisis developing and is willing to address the issues and present creative approaches towards solving this crisis and saving the children of our community.

    Let’s address the issues before this crisis gets any worse….perhaps, your blog can help get this going…..

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  3. Lynn
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 20:22:34

    I’d love to make comments anonymounsly as I’m a somewhat private person.

    how to make this with little negativity? In an ideal world many people
    can send their kids to day school.In an ideal world many people can do a lot of things.I don’t think any of us live in an ideal world.
    You thank Hashem for what you have. I’ve been told who thank Hashem for what
    you don’t have too.
    It became obvious to me that there are a large number of families that cannot
    send their kids to day school.
    This is a fact. Not a negaitve comment on what is going on. It is a fact that
    should have been dealt with.
    I’m done. Any more would start to get negative.I live in t the real world.
    In the real world you often don’t get what you want.But I think thanks to Hashem
    you often get what you need.

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  4. Anonny Mouse
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 14:22:49

    I became aware of your blog via the Jewish Press article published on 7/13/12.

    I just left close to $3,000 at the Jewish day school my daughter attends in NJ.
    And I cried on the way home.

    People with fancier cars and bigger homes are getting scholarships. I refuse to respond to the demeaning questions on the financial aid application. No, my child does not attend summer camp. My child is over 12 years of age and should be able to stay home while my husband and I work.

    What has she done over summer vacation? Watched endless hours of garbage television. And broken the garage door while taking her bicycle out, broken the glass in the shower door of the bathroom, spilled a half gallon of chocolate milk on the sofa (by accident, but it still can’t get clean), broken the screen of her college-aged sister’s laptop, and many more things that require more money to fix than we have.

    I believe in taking care of my bills. But when both spouses are underemployed (through no fault of our own), and property taxes, the mortgage (assumed when we wer making way more money), and yeshiva tuition is more than we make – what do we do? And we have not even mentioned health or car insurance, car payments, food, utilities…….

    Local Rabbis have said that if you can’t afford day school tuition you should sell your house and cars and rent. Great idea! The local Rabbis are employed by the Jewish Day school. We should sell our limited amount of equity to fund their salaries? The salaries that buy their wives’ designer clothes and pay mortgages on their large homes?

    And what about denying financial aid to those who travel. We go away on Pesach by default – we are baalei tshuvot who have no religious relatives and by default create a new ‘family’ by going away fro Pesach. We’ve cut the Pesach vacation to places within commuting distance, but it is still unacceptable to those gatekeepers who determine financial aid. It would be OK if we were flying to visit family, but since we have no family…….

    As you said, the ones who scam will continue to scam. And the limited resources I have are not good enough. Since I only paid for 2 months of tuition (and not all 10), my child may not be admitted on the first day of school. Gotta pay it all upfront, after all.

    I work a full time job and a part time job for a total of 55-60 hours of work per week. I also care for my widowed father who lives out of state. My husband works 2 full time jobs and a part time job. We never see each other.

    I hope the overpaid school administrators are pleased with themselves as they enjoy their school-funded meals and other perks. I am trying to figure out how to pay for the new medication I have to take for the high blood pressure I developed. The doctor says I have to lose weight to lower the blood pressure and lessen the risk of diabetes (one more bad blood test and its more medicine for me….) I guess I can save gas money by garaging the car and walking the 6+ miles to my first job each day. Combine frugality with exercise. But where will I get the time………

    I wish we had a charter school alternative in this area.

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