Archive for July, 2014

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Written by Just Add Kids, Founder
Paula Herrmann

Got your attention?

We’ve got a couple of announcements here that I am so sure many of you will be super-dee duper dee excited about.

Who loves kid-oriented, family-friendly events? Who has come to our annual Just Add Kids EXPO!?

Not only does JAK have one event to announce. We’ve got two!
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Picture from RESALE 2013It’s been a long time a comin’ and with a lot of inquiries as to when Just Add Kids would have another RESALE! event…it’s baaaaack! Our last RESALE! drew 800 guests in the doors of Festival Hall in Racine in February of last year, with a line that had formed prior to the doors opening.  JAK is excited to produce its first event ever in Kenosha, with the event being held at the Kenosha YMCA. Registration for sellers of new/used baby equipment, children’s clothing, toys/games, juvenile furniture, youth sports gear, etc.

We also want to welcome crafters that create items for babies, kids, families, and are extending an invitation out to moms that are part of direct sales companies that cater to women, kids and families.

Registration opens at noon on Friday, August 1st! Let’s do this thing!

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So, I did say 2 events, right?

Here’s something new! We love, love, love doing our signature annual EXPO! event. It’s in our blood! We’re excited to introduce a bit of a scaled-down version with a new event we’re calling the  Just Add Kids Family. Fun. Fair! that we’ll be bringing to other communities that we serve, starting with Oak Creek! Mark your calendars peeps for Saturday, September 27th. More details to come!

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For more information, stay tuned to our SPECIAL EVENTS page on the Just Add Kids website, hook up with our Facebook Events pages: RESALE: JAK Family Rummage & MarketPlace Event & Just Add Kids FAMILY. FUN. FAIR!


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Time Out for Mom…
Yah, Right.
Written by Just Add Kids, Founder
Paula Herrmann


Prep work. That’s the key phrase for the day.
As I’m preparing to write this week’s entry here, I’m looking for an appropriate image to accompany and hopefully grab your attention. My oldest daughter, looking over my shoulder curious as to what I’m looking at, snarls with disgust, “You’re not going to post THAT on Facebook or anything, are you?!”


Let me be honest with you peeps, I actually have fond memories of a colonoscopy from years gone by. Call me nuts, but (no pun intended) hey, I’m trying to make light of an oh so common procedure, and she, well, she’s a teen, and is just completely grossed out! Like I’m not? as I gulp down another 8oz of this delicious Nu-Lytely solution. Read more…


It was 2002, I had three kids, a 7 year old, a 5 year old and an infant of 6 months old.  If you have more than 2 kids, you can probably relate to the exponential work that 3rd child brings on. O.M.Garsh! I was working full-time out of the home: two kids in school, and one delivered to daycare daily. Just reflecting back on it wipes me out. Truly, no rest, except for when I was at work. Oh yeah, that was my downtime…and I was very busy at work, as well.


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Drink a gallon of this stuff, you’d feel like a nauseas whale, too!


Funny when I look back I remember NOTHING of the prep that I am currently enduring (which btw, is not pleasant). What I remember most is the day of complete and utter relaxation on the couch post-procedure. In a fog….no worries. My mother was here taking care of the kids (and me a bit, too). I guess it’s like when you have a baby… the pain and agony of labor, the contractions and the pushing, all seem to fade into distant memory, and mostly get forgotten.


No worries here really as I anticipate tomorrow’s procedure. I’ve hit a milestone birthday and it’s allhere's to your colonoscopy some ecards about getting a baseline. It’s preventative and not in response to symptoms. So, TGIF tomorrow, I’m looking forward to a day of some R & R on the couch….chillaxin’.




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Rx: Family Fun!

Playing a Variety of Sports is the Best MedicineWFH_All Saints 2Cstk_Co (2)

Sponsored by Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare All Saints

With the superstardom of professional athletes, it’s no wonder our children are obsessed with the sports. For most youth athletes, dedicating their life to one sport in the hope of becoming the next big leaguer is just a dream. It is also has negative consequences on a developing young body.


Studies show youth athletes who train intensely for one sport have a significantly increased risk for severe overuse injuries such as stress fractures and tendonitis. Read more…


“Many overuse injuries come from athletes involved in long competition seasons, starting sports early in life, and from year-round training. In these cases, muscles and joints are not allowed to rest and heal,” says David R. Ross, MD, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. “We are seeing more chronic sports injuries in younger people now than ever before.”


While we don’t want to take the aspiration out of an athlete, there are a few things you can do to help prevent your child from an overuse injury, says Dr. Ross.


• Be sure your child gets a variety of physical activity (sports, gym, general playing), not just playing a single sport.

Wheaton 123086841 Little League Pitcher (2)• Playing sports should not far exceed how much time your child participates in general play each week.

• Children, pre-teens, and teens should not specialize in one sport while their bodies are developing. Allow him or her to try a variety of sports throughout the year.

• Do not allow your child to practice/train for sports every day of the week. At least one day per week of rest is needed. Also, limit the number of hours per day of training.

• Competition is fine as long as it is not year-round. Take an extended recovery break (a month or more) from competition seasons.

• If your child complains of increased joint or muscle pain, talk with his or her coach, the team’s athletic trainer, or physician.


Dr. Ross is fellowship trained in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross, please call (262) 687-5800 or visit Wheaton Ross, R David 8-20-13 (2)


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Scoopin’ Up Some Family Fun!


Let’s Lick to KickSCAN's Cones for Kids
Child Abuse & Neglect
Written by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

Just Add Kids is excited to partner up with and support once again the Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) program of Lutheran Social Services in bringing to the community the coolest event in town SCAN’s Cones for Kids.


Here’s the scoop…come sample mini-cones from Racine’s best ice cream/gelato/custard shops. Guests taste and vote for their favorite to win the SCAN’s Golden Scoop Award. Competing this year are Caesar’s, Culver’s, Divino Gelato, Georgie Porgie’s, Oberweiss, and Sugar Shack.

Sound sweet so far? Read more…


The event is taking place next Wednesday, July 16th from 6-8pm at the Racine Masonic Center, located at 1012 Main Street. Event tickets are on sale now:  $5 for advance tickets, $6 for tickets purchased at the door, and children under 3 are free.

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Entertainment this year will once again be provided by the Big Balloon Tycoon. And joining us for the first time is the Racine Art Museum’s RAM on the Road program who will be working with the kids on making superhero capes! Additionally, there is a seemingly never-ending line up of donated silent auction items to bid on including dinner and movie packages from several area restaurants; golf packages; kids’ birthday party packages; kid-/family-friendly destination packages to Six Flags Great America, Chicago Skydeck, Racine County Fair and even Walt Disney World! Can make it? Peruse the list and vote by proxy. Details are on the website!

                                                                                                                                                           So what exactly is SCAN?
The SCAN program provides child abuse awareness programs to preschool, kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and 6th grade students throughout Racine County in public, private, and parochial schools. All programs aim to teach children to identify abusive situations, to disclose abuse when it occurs, and to identify sources of support. SCAN also discusses stranger safety with younger children and older students get information about cyber-safety including email scams, cyber-bullying, internet predators, and sexting. Above all, we want children to realize that abuse is never the fault of the child. SCAN programs have been in the Racine community for almost 30 years. Chances are your children or grandchildren have participated in SCAN programs at their schools. We need to continue to provide funding for this program. And I can’t think of a “cooler” way to do it than this event.

For a complete list of the auction items and more info, please visit See you @ SCAN’s C4K 2014!



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Be Well ‘n Celebrate!

What is a
Family Wellness
Sponsored by Sozo Chiropractic 

Typically when someone mentions “chiropractic” it brings to mind thoughts of back or neck pain, perhaps the result of an auto accident or a work-related injury; but there is so much more to chiropractic care. Thomas Edison once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease,” and this truly sums up the goal of wellness chiropractic care. Not to be “anti-medicine,” but to assist patients in living a lifestyle that will rarely, if ever, require it.
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What is Chiropractic?

Based on the Greek word “Chiropraktikos”, the word chiropractic can be broken down to the root word chiro, which means “hand”, and the word praktikos, which translates to “practical science”. So, chiropractic, in its most basic form is “to practice scientific work by hand”. As Edison once postulated, the Family Wellness Chiropractor doesn’t give medicine or shots, but, instead, they give advice on how to properly care for your body, treating it with respect, and recognizing that we have within us everything we need to live healthy and thrive.  Many are not aware that chiropractors are the originators of the wellness movement, being the only healthcare professionals who recognize the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

What is Wellness?

While the term “wellness” has been around for years, it has only been in the past 50 or so that it has truly been defined; and Family Wellness Chiropractors have spent at least the last 50 years educating their patients on the benefits of a wellness lifestyle.  Proper nutrition, exercise and routine chiropractic care help the body perform at maximum efficiency, resulting in improved function, a term that has been used by chiropractors to help patients understand the benefits of chiropractic care and its role in true wellness.

What is Subluxation?

The body is made up of muscles, organs and glands that are controlled by the nervous system, and the nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The brain sends signals down the spine and to the nerves, which tell the heart to beat, the lungs to breathe, the stomach to digest, the glands to produce necessary hormones, and so on. If there is even the slightest misalignment in the spine, it will create nerve interference or subluxation and interrupt those signals. It’s when these signals are affected that the body begins to lose proper function and symptoms begin to occur.

What do Family Wellness Chiropractors do?

A Doctor of Chiropractic will perform an analysis of your spine to find where the problem lies.Once a Family Wellness Chiropractor has made a determination, they will present to you the results of their analysis in what is called a “report of findings”. During your report of findings they will go over where your back is subluxated, if at all, and what course of treatment they would suggest to bring you relief.

Who do Family Wellness Chiropractors help?

SOZOCHIRO (2)Your Doctor of Chiropractic can help everyone, from a newborn just hours old to a toddler or teen, adults of all ages and pregnant women.  At every stage of our lives, things happen that can affect your spinal alignment. Even the process of being born may cause a slight misalignment of the spine resulting in colic, digestion and elimination issues, breastfeeding difficulties and more. Toddlers just learning to walk spend a lot of time falling, potentially causing repetitive stress to the spine resulting in subluxation.  Teens playing sports may experience the same, and, of course, adults who’ve never seen a chiropractor are going to have subluxations resulting from these very same childhood spinal traumas on top of strains from lifting or turning wrong, falls, and other typical adult spinal challenges.

In Summary

There is so much more to chiropractic than neck and back pain relief. A Family Wellness Chiropractor is a healthcare professional dedicated to the overall health and wellness of your entire family through wellness lifestyle instruction and education.

Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute Sozo Chiropractic Dr DoniBeth headshotbest in family wellness care. Her office is located at 3720 72nd Avenue Kenosha, WI (on the corner of Hwy142 and County Rd EA, just west of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).  The office number is 262-764-9301.




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