Archive for August, 2014

We Nailed It!

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Mani x 3!
Written by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

Ah! Summer is winding down and back to school is either here, or just days away. As a mom, I always look back and think to myself “where did the summer go?” and it’s that mad rush to prepare for day one of the school year.

With four kids in four different schools, you can imagine the fun we’re experiencing in our household…or not! One packed up, delivered to her dorm room, and ready to embark on year two of college; a high school senior; a middle schooler; and one still in elementary school. Trying to squeeze in a little “we” time, besides in the school supply aisle, before the first school bell rings was a priority for me, so off to the Klip Joynt on Racine’s northside we went, 3 of us, to go prep our digits for back-to-school.

When you walk in the door at Klip Joynt, instantly you feel a sense of style…a calm charming mix I’d say of Restoration Hardware, Pier One and Pottery Barn. It’s such a welcoming, open space that woos you with a calming blend of natural essences.  Almost instantaneously your mind is soothed into “pamper mode” Can you feel it?  Let’s go!

Her name is Renee’ Chamberlain. Besides being my BFF, she is known regionally as the gal who uses mechanical clippers to cut hair, at the same time, stylist Renee’  also has the reputation of giving amazing manicures, specializing in the forearm to phalanges moisturizing and massage. Can I say, A-MAZING, again?

What could’ve been several minutes of choosing our back-to-school choice of polish colors, ended up being a pretty quick decision. Myself…earthy, spicy (staying true to the ambiance of the salon). I call it pumpkin pie! My 17 year old, as traditional goes, went with a red hue. And finally, my 12 year old, glammed it up with dark grey sparkles. Spectacular, I’d say!

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One by one we rotated into Renee’s manicure chair and experienced her mani magic! File; clip; oil; soak; <head tingles, LOL>; nail underside clean; cuticle push; buff; euphoric moisturize and massage; basecoat; polish; top coat; TA DA! Our nails are now reading, writing, and arithmetic ready.

Christi arm rub down from Renee Klip Joynt PMdChristi sparkly nails Klip Joynt PMd
“Oh, yah, 7th grade will be a breeze with these nails!”

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“I’ll ace my senior year. Hands down!”

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“Yah, I’ve got this! 2014-15…bring it!”

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As we were wrapping up, college girl walked in the door. Surprise! One more Herrmann mani, please.

Gabby getting nails done from Renee Klip Joynt PMd

“That’s right, I’m home already. With a basketload of laundry! I’ll have to wait til my nails dry.”

Take note! You too can experience and get your back-to-school manis. Give the Klip Joynt a call at (262)681-5530, and let them know Renee’s BFF and her two three daughters sent you!

Located at 5052 Douglas Avenue, the Klip Joynt is a full service salon with an amazing relaxing atmosphere! The team consists of Renee’, Victoria, and Brittany who offer all hair services, manicures, pedicures, shellac nails, facials and waxing. Appointments or walk ins welcome!

Tue – Wed: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Thu – Fri: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Paws Up!

The Healing Power of a Friend. Woof!
Sponsored by American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
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So often dogs help us through our darkest hours. Whether it is guiding the blind, protecting our family and property, or supporting those who are sick, they are by our side. They don’t judge, they don’t stray.  Instead they comfort us through our lows, and jump and sing with us at our best.  This loyalty is no more evident than a dog’s love and affection during the often grueling battle with cancer.

“Dogs are more than just best friends. Nearly half of pet owners consider their dogs a part of their family,” said Tara Panasewicz, American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life Volunteer Event Leader. “Bark For Life is the canine counterpart to Relay For Life, a very family friendly movement.  Read more… Cancer patients often receive a great source of comfort from their pet during their cancer journey. This event celebrates our canine caregivers, just as we honor other family members who support their loved ones who are fighting cancer during Relay For Life.”

2013 BFL Family and Dog (2)On Saturday, September 13, our beloved canine friends, with owners in tow, will celebrate the special bond between cancer Survivors and their friendly companions.  The American Cancer Society’s 2nd Annual Bark For Life of Racine will be an opportunity treat your dog to an outdoor event dedicated to them, and to bringing the community together to fight back against cancer.

We are calling all dogs and dog owners to join us at the Bark For Life of Racine, to show support for local cancer Survivors, to celebrate life, and to come together to help stop this disease.

The family friendly event will include music from Silver Spoon Entertainment, Opening Ceremony highlighting cancer survivors, therapy dogs, and canine caregivers. The event will feature pictures with Milwaukee Brewers famed Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, local vendors with many doggie and people treats, family photo booth, wonderful raffle items and more!

Join us!

American Cancer Society’s 2nd Annual Bark For Life of Racine

Saturday, September 13

9:30am – 11:30am

Pershing Park – Racine

800 Pershing Park Dr.

Racine, WI 53403

(Lakefront Parking available)

Register your dog today! Registration is only $20/dog (All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society)

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Questions or ideas?

Please contact: Adam Martin @ 262.312.4043 or

Learn more about the American Cancer Society by visiting

Thank you for your time!  We hope to see you and your best friend on September 13!

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Put Family Fun on the Shoppin’ List!

Buyer Beware. Seller Take Care.
Safety tips for buying and selling children’s items a garage sales. 
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Sponsored by Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare All Saints

Tis the season for garage sales, yard sales, rummage sales, estate sales—you name it. There is no doubt about it; there is a financial benefit to these sales for both the seller and buyer.

“Whether you’re buying or selling items for babies or children, we ask buyers and sellers to consider safety first,” says Erin Donaldson, Coalition Coordinator, Safe Kids Kenosha-Racine. All Saints is the Lead Agency for Safe Kids Kenosha–Racine.
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“One of the best things you can do is to educate yourself before you venture out bargain hunting,” says Donaldson.

Things to ask yourself. Is the toy/item age appropriate? Are there identified choking hazards? Many items at yard sales are older in age. Are you up to date about the most current safety recommendations for certain products, like cribs, toys, and sporting equipment? Are you aware of any recalls on specific items or manufacturers? Learn more about toy recalls.

“If you’re not sure about the safety, talk with the seller to see if they will reimburse you if you find out the item is not safe or has been recalled,” she adds.


“If you are de-cluttering your home, remember your responsibility in selling standards,” reminds Donaldson. “Some broken items can be repaired and reused by others. Some are just accidents waiting to happen.”

Be mindful of appliances with frayed electrical cords or loose wires that can cause fires. Even knick-knacks or dinnerware with chipped edges can be dangerous. Be transparent about items that need repair, may have lead paint, or may be unsafe for children.

Here are some basic facts to keep in mind when buying or selling items for children.

  • Cribs, playpens, baby gates, baby walkers, and car/booster seats can be expensive when bought new, but they can be the most dangerous items, if Yard Sale pic 2 Wheaton blogpurchased without knowing its history.
  • Buy a used car/booster seat only if you know its full crash history. That means you must buy it from someone you know, not from a thrift store or over the Internet. Once a seat has been in a crash, it needs to be replaced.
  • Gently used baby toys and clothes can often be cleaned and sanitized before use by your child. However, don’t fall in love with that antique tricycle or high chair. Most items produced in those days used lead paint and even flammable materials. Unless you know someone who can refurbish it with safe materials, you’re better off with something new.
  • Lead paint has been found in a wide range of toys. Painted toys made outside the U.S. can often be contaminated with lead, as can painted toys made before 1976.

Want to learn more? Download a free safety checklist for items that can be unsafe to sell or purchase at a yard sale by visiting

Stay up-to-date on relevant topics for your family by following All Saints and Safe Kids Kenosha-Racine on Facebook!



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Things That Make Me Go “Hmmm”

#3 at age 8

A “Little” Girl Named “Pink Stink”

Written by Just Add Kids, Founder
Paula Herrmann


Daughter #3 brushed past me this morning in the kitchen. Yah, so? We were able to look at each other eye to eye, meaning our eyes were level with each other. Rrrgh…another one growing up.


I don’t like it one bit. Another daughter on the cusp of teenhood. Please stop now!


Am I being selfish, or do you feel like this as you watch your kids grow right in front of your eyes? Read more…

It’s funny, it seemed as though she stayed a little girl for so long and I kinda expected her to stay that way like FOREVER. There is a 5 year gap in between her and her next older sister (#2) and 7 years in between her and #1, my oldest.  As 1 & 2 transitioned into teens and now into young adults, Pink Stink, which is one of the names we dubbed #3 at birth, seemed to get stuck. She’s always been on the petite side. When the older two would cause me distress, there would be my “littles” (#3 and #4, her brother who is 2 years her junior) to remind me that as a mom, I was still loved, adored, and needed.

Even funnier (well, maybe) is the fact that she’s had more boyfriends than #1 & 2 combined. Yup, I said boyfriends, starting with a little boy in her kindergarten class named Kenny, who we caught with our Pink Stink kissing under a table at Culver’s. Yikes! Then there was the long lasting 3 year relationship from third through fifth grade when she moved to a new school. Their relationship consisted of sitting together on the bus daily, small gifts, hanging out at recess and texting (EBR or Eye Ball Roll). Thank goodness middle school split them apart. Last year in 6th grade it was two boys, kinda rapid fire at the end of the school year. All I have to say is, thank goodness for summer break. This momma ain’t ready for it. Stay little, for goodness sakes, P.S.!

Later in the day, today,  I posted a cover picture to the Just Add Kids Facebook Group “JAK Dads” page. I needed to find a picture of a daddy and his kid(s). I scrolled through several of mine to run across this gem…one of my favs. It’s my husband, Hottie Boy (LOL) and his little girl. Yup, it’s Pink Stink. It was just a sweet, tender moment of a dad and his daughter sharing nachos at Six Flags. Dang, that was only two years ago. Why can’t she stay little? Boo! :-/

Eric and Christi cover photo for JAK Dads

As she walks around the house today, whether, that be eye to eye with me, you can’t help but notice she’s also transitioned into Missy Long Legs. They just don’t stop! She is ALL LEGS! I thought with the first decade plus of her life being so petite, she’d stay that way like her momma. The other two have surpassed me in height years ago. I think this one is well on her way, too.

In a matter of a few weeks she’ll be entering the 7th grade. I cannot even believe I am typing that. Oh where, oh where did the time go? Going through this with #1 and #2 was much more of a breeze, I always had the youngies. Now my youngies in that transition. Now what do I have to hold on to? Ever wish that you could just stop time? Perhaps, I’m just being selfish.


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It’s What Matters

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Sponsored by Sozo Chiropractic 

Perhaps you remember your parents telling you to sit up straight and now you’ve found yourself telling your children the same thing. Is this just a right of passage from childhood to adulthood, or is there something more to this thing called posture? Read more… 

Posture and the Young Child

As soon as a child begins to stand upright, you can begin to look for signs of improper posture. Signs of head, shoulder or hip tilt can be seen as soon as a child is weight bearing.  Although this may seem early for a child to have misalignments to their spine, birth injuries and falls taken when learning to walk can already begin to affect their posture.

Posture and the Pre-Adolescent

With a child that is between the ages of seven and ten, misalignments to the spine are more than likely due to minor falls and injuries associated with certain activities. These typically include soccer or other sports, as well as injuries sustained on playground equipment or trampolines.  It is also with this age group that we begin to see a lot of time spent watching TV, and in many instances, the child will be lying on their stomach; another habit that can cause postural issues. Children in this age group are frequently seen playing video games and, with both handheld games and console games with a controller, the child will be sitting in a head down position or with their shoulders hunched which is equally troublesome to a developing spine. In response to these causalities, the body will typically begin to adapt to the improper alignment and cause postural deviations that you can see. These can include a tilting of the head, which may reflect a misalignment in the neck. A shoulder tilt might indicate a mid-back issue, and a tilted hip can mean a misalignment of the hip, sacrum or lower back. If a child’s foot is turned out or in, this can indicate a problem in the pelvic area.  These different deviations are “signals” of an underlying problem but generally there won’t be symptoms such as pain or discomfort related to these issues.

Posture and the Pre-Teen and Teen

Many of the same issues faced by the pre-adolescent are simply compounded by the additional strains of the life of a pre-teen or teenager. The most obvious issue is backpacks, which concerns strain to the spine, especially when loaded or carried improperly. We can’t ignore the ergonomics of texting with the head bent down or too much time spent on the computer with shoulders hunched and the head forward.  You may find that the teen will actually show symptoms related to these postural misalignments. These can include neck and shoulder tension, headaches and, with teenage girls, menstruation problems. Additionally, with teenagers, you may see the shoulders begin to roll forward and, when this happens, the head moves forward as well. Consider that the head is like a 6-10 pound bowling ball, and you’ll see that this can lead to a tremendous amount of strain to the neck and shoulders. A good rule of thumb when gauging your teen’s posture is, that the ear lobes should be directly over the shoulders.  If you ask your teenager to stand up straight and they complain of any discomfort or pain, this could be a sign of a problem that should be checked by a Family Wellness Chiropractor.

Posture and the Adult

Postural deviations that begin in childhood, and are left undetected or uncorrected, will generally lead to bigger problems when those children and teens become adults.  It is in adulthood that the signals of head tilt, shoulder tilt, hip tilt and head moved-forward begin to develop symptoms of discomfort and pain. Typically this is seen in chronic neck and back pain.  Signals of a severe postural problem for the senior adult are the shoulder hump or the hunched- over posture. The underlying concern of this posture is a lack of balance, which leads to falls and can result in more serious injury to the skeleton.

In Summary

Clearly the best defense against future problems is early detection. The earlier you catch the problem, the better chance that the problem can be corrected avoiding future complications. That’s why it’s important to have your children and teens screened by a doctor of chiropractic who is trained in the early detection and correction of spinal misalignments, postural deviations and Vertebral Subluxation Complex..

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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