Archive for October, 2014

Have the BEST Week, Ever!

Make it a Great Month,
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Written by
Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann
If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the multitude of status updates of people posting pictures of flowers and then tagging others to do the same. The purpose of this was to fill the newsfeeds with flowers rather than all of the negativity that you may see in social media, traditional media, or the world in general.

Well, ’tis the season. In the midst of an election, you see the good, the bad, and the really really ugly rear their heads. And I am no stranger to the drama!
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Fall is a challenging time for me. I’m a summer gal. When the cool northeast wind starts to blow, and there seems to be an abundant of cloudy dreary days, my envy and attitude points southerly.
It’s been an exceptional year for reported government scandals, terror, epidemic threats of illness, and of course the upcoming election day. I’m working hard (not always succeeding) to tune the bad out and tap into the good. Instead of listening to talk radio, which was a favorite workday pastime of mine, I’m tapping into Mozart, Abba, and others. It makes a difference.
Instead of staying up late watching TV and perusing Craigslist for office finds, I’m turning the TV off and getting my butt out of bed at 6:15am. We’ve (my family) has struggled with my sporadic morning wakeups….mostly contingent on my night’s before activities.
So as silly as a picture of flowers may seem. I’d rather look at botanicals then see another political direct mail piece cross my path.
Have a GREAT one!

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Ding Dong!

Trick or Treat! Smell My Feet!trick or treat feet
Written by
Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann 

Remember the days when Trick or Treat landed on Halloween, October 31st regardless of what day of the week it landed on? Not so much these days, eh?

If you’re out of the loop on when your community is hosting its Trick or Treat event or just need to confirm…No fear, my peeps! Just Add Kids has got ya covered. Beware though, your town’s may be sooner than you think!  Read more…


Bay View, October 25th 5 8pm

Big Bend, October 31st 6 8pm

Bristol, October 31st 4 7pm

Burlington, (City and Town of), October 31st 6 8pm

Caledonia, October 31st 5 8pm

Cudahy, October 26th 2 4pm

Dover, October 31st 6 – 8pm

Elmwood Park, October 31st 5 8pm

Franklin, October 26th 4 7pm

Greendale, October 26th 4 7pm

Greenfield, October 26th 1 4pm

Hales Corners, October 26th 4 7pm

Kansasville, October 31st 6 – 8pm

Kenosha, October 31st 5 8pm

Lyons, October 31st 4 7pm

Mt. Pleasant, October 31st 5 7pm

Mukwonago, October 26th 4 6pm

Muskego, October 31st 6 8pm

New Berlin, October 26th 4 7pm

North Bay, October 31st 5 7pm

Norway, October 31st 5 7pm

Oak Creek, October 26th 4 6pm

Paddock Lake, October 31st 4 7pm

Pleasant Prairie, October 26th 3 6pm

Racine, October 31st 5 8pm

Randall, October 31st 4 7pm

Raymond, October 31st 6 8pm

Rochester, November 2nd 2 5pm

Salem, October 31st 4 7pm

Silver Lake, October 31st 4 7pm

Somers, October 31st 5 8pm

South Milwaukee, October 31st 5:30 7:30pm

St. Francis, October 26th 4 6pm

Sturtevant, October 31st 5 7pm

Twin Lakes, October 31st 4 7pm

Union Grove, October 31st 5 7pm

Vernon, October 26th 24pm

Waterford (Town of), October 31st 5 7:30pm

Waterford (Village of), October 31st 5:30 7pm

Wheatland, October 26th 2 5pm

Wind Point, October 31st 5 8pm

Yorkville, October 31st 5 7:00pm



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Nothin’ to Sneeze At!

Is Your Child Too Sick for School?
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It’s 7:00 am and your child complains of not feeling well. What do you do? Send him to school or keep him home?


There are three main factors when deciding whether a child can attend school.

  1. Is he well enough to take part in the daily activities?
  2. Will he require extra attention from teachers or staff?
  3. Will he spread his illness to others?

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“Children can attend school with the sniffles as long as they feel all right otherwise. But keep your child at home if he or she is feeling too sick to play or learn,” says Muhammad Ahmad, MD, Family Medicine.

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Also keep him home if his breathing is rapid or labored, has a fever higher than 100˚F, is vomiting repeatedly, or you may feel he has something highly contagious (ex. pink eye, strep throat, and some rashes). In these cases, keep him at home until you are able to get him checked by his doctor.


Another common complaint is an upset stomach, which can be caused by outside stresses or a virus or bacteria. “The pain probably isn’t caused by something too serious if your child is able to play or do other activities. But keep your child home from school if the stomach pain is accompanied by recurrent vomiting or diarrhea,” says Dr. Ahmad. Call your child’s doctor if the pain or vomiting is severe or does not go away after a couple of days.


Ahmad, Muhammad pic for Wheaton Franciscan blog 10.2014“When it comes to temperature, a reading below 100˚F is generally not cause for concern,” adds Dr. Ahmad. “A fever above 100˚F, especially when combined with a sore throat, a rash, or other symptoms, could mean a more serious illness. Keep him at home and make an appointment to visit his doctor.”


Dr. Ahmad is accepting new patients of all ages. To make an appointment, call his 3807 Spring Street office at (262) 687-8173.



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All Signs Point to…

Pumpkins! pumpkin patch
by Just Add Kids founder, Paula Herrmann

Autumn is in full swing with leaves changing color, a crisp breeze blowin’, and our favorite restaurants offering all of those spicy frothy sweet satisfying drinks. So, a lot of fun and a lot of yum on tap!Fall is so delectable!

In the spirit of keeping “Family Fun @ Your Fingertips…” Just Add Kids has put together a listing of area destinations to help you make the most of creating fall memories with the kiddos. So jump in your minivan, your suv, or on your broom, momma. Let’s go! Read more…

Festive Fall Family* Destinations

Apple Holler – 5006 S Sylvania Avenue, Sturtevant WI

Borzynski’s Farm & Floral Market – 11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant WI

Busy Barns Adventure Farm – W7675 US Hwy 12, Fort Atkinson WI

Elegant Farmer – 1545 N. Main Street Hwys ES & J, Mukwonago WI

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America*- 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee IL

Green Meadows Petting Farm – 33603 High Drive, East Troy WI

Godsell Farm –  S105 W15585 Loomis Drive, Muskego WI

Happy Jack’s Pumpkinland & Pumpkinfest – Basse’s Taste of Country Farm Market – 3190 County Road Q, Colgate WI

Haunted Hayrides at Grand Geneva’s Dan Patch Stables* – 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva WI

Haunted Woods at Bear Den Zoo* – 6831 Big Bend Rd, Waterford WI

Hauntfest at Wisconsin State Fair Park* – 1200 S. 84th Street, Milwaukee WI

Jamestown “Spooktacular” Light Show  – 6509 Williamsburg Way, view from Taurus Drive (south), just East of Highway K and 38, Caledonia WI

Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm – 7150 18th Street (Hwy L), Kenosha WI

Kemper Center Haunted House* – 6501 Third Avenue, Kenosha WI

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm – 13236 W. Townline Road, Waukegan IL

Land of the Giant Pumpkins – 11823 Durand Ave (Hwy 11), Sturtevant WI

Mars Haunted House* – 734 W. Historic Mitchell, Milwaukee WI

Old World Wisconsin – S103 W37890 Hwy 67, Eagle WI

Racine Factory of Fear* – 615 S. Marquette Street, Racine WI

Pumpkinfest at Basse’s Country Delight Farm Market – S70 W16050 Janesville Road, Muskego WI

Richardson’s Adventure Farm – 9407 Richardson Road, Spring Grove IL

Schuett Farms – W299 S6370 Hwy 83, Mukwonago WI

Stades Farm & Market – 370 W. Miller Road, McHenry IL

Swan’s Pumpkin Farm – 5930 Highway H, Franksville WI

The Rock presents: The Hill Has Eyes*- 7900 W. Crystal Ridge Drive, Franklin WI

Thompson Strawberry Farm – 14000 75th Street, Bristol WI

Wisconsin Feargrounds at Waukesha County Expo Center* – 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha WI

Now go.
Git outta here!

Have fun!
And don’t forget to let them know that Just Add Kids sent you!


*attraction probably too scary for the littles. You know, use your best judgment.

UPDATED 10.01.14

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Well, Hello FALL!

5 Lifestyle Mistakes that
Keep Your Family from Wellness    
Sponsored by Sozo Chiropractic

From a wholistic point of view, one that understands your mind/body/spirit are interconnected and regulated by innate intelligence, you can pick any place to start changing your life for the better at any moment and that action will impact your whole being.  Read more…

Mistake #5 – Lacking a Positive Attitude

Sozo 5Taking yourself to task for having a crummy attitude can be like trying to find the beginning of a circle or ring. But because you are an interconnected being that “bad” attitude could be originating with other common obstacles to wellness. However, while they may take more time and effort to achieve, changing your mental state through a practice of gratitude can be done with immediate and measurable effects on the rest of your being. The social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude have been well documented and research suggests these benefits are readily available because gratitude:

  • Boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains
  • Encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health.
  • Helps us sleep better: get more hours of sleep each night, spend less time awake before falling asleep, and feel more refreshed upon awakening
  • Has been found to help people recover from traumatic events, including Vietnam War veterans with PTSD
  • Makes us feel closer and more committed to friends and romantic partners

Mistake #4 – Living Bodies Need Living Foods

Seems logical, right? A living seed placed in the soil has all of the nutrients and life force to grow Sozo 4generations of plants for years to come. But take that same seed and slather it in pesticides and herbicides, jam some foreign animal DNA into its gene make-up, irradiate it, ship it an average of 1500 miles to the grocery store where it will sit on a shelf before being shoved in a nutrient killing microwave… well, you get the idea. Most of our food supply, while “edible” and filling to our stomachs, is dead on arrival.

What are living, whole foods? Food that is in its natural state, preferably organic, local, and seasonal. Most of these foods are found around the perimeter of your grocery store. “Many people feel that if they can’t eat their favorite junk foods, they are being deprived. In reality, the sooner you switch your eating habits, the sooner you’ll enjoy increased energy, normalized weight, a better mood and improved health overall. Knowing this, many initially succeed at implementing an improved diet, but then fall back into old habits… and therefore, the ‘old’ body,” says Joseph Mercola, MD. “To avoid this, I recommend you make the changes to your diet gradually, starting with making one meal a day raw, then increasing from there.”

Mistake #3 – Not Getting Enough Sleep

For decades, studies have related a lack of sleep to health problems and cognitive impairment but there Sozo 3is still little attention paid to sleep as a part of health. “One of the failings in the field of sleep research over the past 40 or 50 years is that we went in search of the one single Holy Grail function of sleep. We now realize that sleep is necessary for a whole constellation of different functions for both the brain and the body,” says Matt Walker, an associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and Principal Investigator at the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, in an interview with the Greater Good Science Center. Additionally, a study of mice published in 2013 in the magazine Science, showed an unrealized function of sleep: to wash away trash from the brain. “The trash, including pieces of proteins that cause Alzheimer’s disease, piles up while the rodents are awake. Sleep opens spigots that bathe the brain in fluids and wash away the potentially toxic buildup,” writes Tina Hesman Saey, in Science News. “The discovery may finally reveal why sleep seems mandatory for every animal. It may also shed new light on the causes of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.”

Mistake #2 – Lacking Fitness or Physical Activity

Sozo 2The tagline that describes society’s pandemic of inactivity was introduced in early 2013 when the Harvard Business Review published “Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation,” by Nilofer Merchant. “The common denominator in the modern workday is our tush,” wrote Merchant, a corporate director at a NASDAQ traded firm and a former founder and CEO of Rubicon. “As we work, we sit more than we do anything else.” Add in the time we sit at home, and we’re averaging 9.3 hours of sit time every day.”  American lifestyle – of working at a desk all day – is mostly to blame for Americans finding themselves lethally sedentary.  But so is the American past time of television watching. In 2012, an Australian study found that for each additional hour of television a person sat and watched per day, the risk of dying rose by 11 percent, according to The New York Times.

Mistake #1 – Lacking a Healthy Nervous System

Sozo 1Just as the seed mentioned above carries all of the information it needs to grow into its full potential in the right conditions, every cell in our bodies carries the capacity for full health and wellness – with the right conditions. It is the human nervous system that is responsible for delivering over 100,000 messages per second to each cell, organ, bone, muscle and blood vessel. These messages are delivered at 325 miles per hour across 45 miles of nerves. What happens when the vital life giving and regulating messages of the nervous system are blocked in subtle or overt ways? Chiropractic care addresses these subtle or overt obstacles, called subluxations, to your nervous system’s optimal functioning through adjustments to your spine, which houses and protects the superhighway of messaging to the body, the spinal cord. Subluxations can be caused by stresses that overwhelm the body’s ability to function properly:  physical stresses, like a car accident, a fall, improper posture; or emotional stresses; or chemical stresses from the use of prescription or illicit drugs, inadequate nutrition or environmental toxins.

Freeing your body from subluxations, the interference of the nervous system, allows the full expression of the nervous system and its ability to regulate and move your body toward optimal wellness. As long as these nervous system communications are open and flowing at 325 miles per hour down 45 miles of superhighway, the human body largely has the innate intelligence to maintain health.
Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the Sozo Chiropractic Dr DoniBeth headshotabsolute best 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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