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Longer Days. More Play!

More Summer Time?teletubbie sun
I Wish.
Written by Just Add Kids Founder, Paula Herrmann

Are you ready for some long days? We’ll get well
over 15 hours of daylight today and tomorrow. Summer officially begins at 12:04am tonight/tomorrow, however you look at it!

Wishing that summer meant even more hours (in number) to the day. Lord knows I, Miss Time-Challenged, could certainly use some more time. Okay, I am happy with more daylight.

I thought with the change of season, it might be a great time for those who are new to Just Add Kids (aka JAK), and those that have never “taken the class”, to do a JAK 101 and familiarize all as to everything Just Add Kids has to offer you, the busy parent, grandparent, child care provider…Read More…

Let’s get started! The Just Add Kids business provides resources that are quickly and easily accessible for families looking primarily for kid-oriented, family-friendly activities and events. JAK currently focuses on serving those in Racine, Kenosha and the surrounding communities with children ages preborn through 18.

At this time, JAK’s product offerings consist of:
website: www.JustAddKidsOnline.net
e-newsletters: weekly JAK Happenings, monthly JAK Birthday Bash, timely JAK-tivities! for Kids, and seasonal CAMP JAK.
social network sites: JAK on FacebookJAK on Twitter, JAK on Pinterest.
blog: JAKChat
special events: Annual Just Add Kids EXPO! and other events, such as RESALE! JAK Family Rummage Event.
contests: we just wrapped up our annual “Color Mom Beautiful” and “Color Dad Awesome”  kids coloring contest. We will be announcing a fun summer contest soon.

So you think that the JAK Happenings weekly e-newsletter is pretty awesome? You’ve found out about and participated in some great things that were listed in the Happenings sections.  Well, don’t hold back!  Plus that, you might be missing out if you don’t access the website’s full calendar of events throughout the week, coincidentally called Just Add Kids Happenings Calendar of Events.  (To go there now, click here: http://www.justaddkidsonline.net/Just_Add_Kids_Happenings.html)

Don’t let the info flow stop there!  JAK follows relevant businesses, organizations, events and destinations and will disseminate announcements and updates that you as a parent/grandparent/educator/child care provider should know about.  These things impact your lives and the lives of your children.  So if you’ve ventured into wild world of social media sites, please add Just Add Kids to your friend base, likes, and follows.  Again, JAK only participates in three…Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

So do you fully get it?  JAK doesn’t claim to be a teacher, or a writer!  Just a bundle of resources tied together that puts family fun at your fingertips.

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Improv

Best Laid Plans

Seems like the theme for this past week has been improvisation.  Things just haven’t gone as planned, starting with last Thursday’s freak storm/power outage and following through today, including this week’s JAK Happenings!  Oh well, the show must go on.

Without detailing each day, I’ll enlighten you with today’s challenge.  Read more…

Let’s start with right now.  Sluggish, frozen, unresponsive….that describes this 5 year old well-used laptop I am working on.  It has taken me probably 4 times the amount of time it would normally take for me to complete a work task.  Augh!  But alas, this morning as I started my on again, off again work day, I found that my work laptop somehow got infected with some crazy mean virus.  Off to my IT gal, The Nerd Cave, and onto the good ‘ole standby.

While working from home has it’s benefits, it also comes with challenges.  You cannot totally separate from what’s going on, or what needs to be going on which can only be pushed forward if you step in and move it forward.   So interject a few mom tasks and commutes layered on top of the molasses movin’ computer and wala! it’s evening and we’ve got family dinner plans.  Can’t miss that!  Tomorrow it’s  flying back to Phoenix and West Palm day for some of the left over 4th of July family visitors.

Having most of the components for this week’s JAK Happenings e-newsletter, I wasn’t in too bad of shape to take in the Chancery, then another kid commute.  I returned back to “Mr. Molasses” only to realize an ad sent to me today says “June” instead of “July” and the guest blogger’s text is being held hostage as a docx file as opposed to the word doc (2003 version) I need.  Really, too late to call anyone to help.  I was so looking forward to sharing with you the story of our guest blogger, Lesley Redman, mother and advocate for her daughter, Jalyn, who is currently winning a great fight with cancer.   Plus a great event that she and the Milwaukee Brewers player’s wives are bringing to town.

So here you go.  This poor excuse of a commentary and an incorrect ad.  Enjoy!

I am really fine with this.  There are more things in life to get upset over.

I invite you to please come back during the week and I’ll post Lesley’s blog.

And by the way, Pleasant Prairie Family Days is taking place JULY 23rd and 24th.  Looks like someone else might’ve had a challenging day, too?!  I’ll be calling the graphic artist in the mornin’.

Stay tuned….

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Rule of Thumb

Banned, again!                   

I walked in the door yesterday, and as usual, noticed something new added to the pile of whatever on the kitchen peninsula counter top.  Along comes the next new phase in the silicone rubber jewelry phenomenon, and this time, it has nothing to do with “boobies”.

(For those of you who are newer to JAK Happenings than last summer, you can read “Wrist vs. Risque” here: https://jakchat.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/wrist-vs-risque/)

What sat on my counter was the most clever marketing campaign item I’ve seen come along since the “Livestrong” bracelets: Read more

A little red thumb ring, embossed as pictured…

NO TXTING - TXT L8R

NO TXTING - TXT L8R

According to my now licensed, textaholic, 16 year old daughter, some kid was passing those little gems out at school.  Fashionable?  Well, this mom seems to think so.   I wore it last night.  And it is mighty comfy.

Effective? Well, we’ll see.

It’s obvious that you cannot help but see the bright wrapping (hers is red, though when picture was in color, you could barely see any embossing) around the thumb.  Yet, will it stop the pending perpetrator from tapping out just one little message?

The state of Wisconsin’s anti-texting ban went into effect just this past December,  which outlaws texting  while behind the wheel at the time.  Fines for first-time violators range from $20 to $400, with 4 points against the drivers license.  Most tickets cost violators $188, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.  Texting is considered a primary offense, allowing officers to pull over and cite violators for that reason alone.

I don’t know about you, but geeesh $188 is so not worth it to me.  Sparing a  life on the other hand, is priceless.  I say break out the cheap little thumb rings.  They might not stop someone from breaking the law, but perhaps serve as a fashionable constant reminder of the dangers of text messaging  while driving.

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“You Don’t Know JAK…or Do You?”

Just Add Kids 101

New Year’s greetings to all!  I thought I would start out the first JAK Happenings e-newsletter of 2011 reviewing for some/ introducing to others, the basics of Just Add Kids!

I am always surprised when I learn that someone who knows about and is familiar with Just Add Kids doesn’t realize all of what JAK’s got to offer.  So let’s get this class started!

First of all, Just Add Kids is many times referred to as it’s acronym JAK. The Just Add Kids business provides resources that are quickly and easily accessible for families looking primarily for kid-oriented, family-friendly activities and events. JAK currently focuses on serving those in Racine, Kenosha and the surrounding communities with children ages preborn through 18.

At this time, JAK’s product offerings consist of:
website: www.JustAddKidsOnline.net
e-newsletters: weekly JAK Happenings, monthly JAK Birthday Bash, seasonal CAMP JAK.
social network sites: JAK on Facebook, and JAK on Twitter.
blog: JAKChat
special events: Just Add Kids Expo 2010 and coming in February Read More…

is the activeKIDSEXPO!  More on this coming very soon to the website.

So you think that the JAK Happenings weekly e-newsletter is pretty awesome? You’ve found out about and participated in some great things that were listed in the Happenings sections.  Well, don’t hold back!  Plus that, you might be missing out if you don’t access the website’s full calendar of events throughout the week, coincidentally called Just Add Kids Happenings Calendar of Events.  (To go there now, click here: http://www.justaddkidsonline.net/Just_Add_Kids_Happenings.html)

Don’t let the info flow stop there!  JAK follows relevant businesses, organizations, events and destinations and will disseminate announcements and updates that you as a parent/grandparent/educator/child care provider should know about.  These things impact your lives and the lives of your children.  So if you’ve ventured into wild world of social networking sites, please add Just Add Kids to your friend base, likes, and follows.  Again, JAK only participates in two…Facebook and Twitter.

So do you fully get it?  JAK doesn’t claim to be a teacher, or a writer!  Just a bundle of tied together resources that puts family fun at your fingertips.

Oh my, I think I just gave birth to a slogan!

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Be JAK’s Guest

Take Center Stage

For those of you who have subscribed to JAK Happenings for a while, you know that this space is typically dedicated to sharing my family life experiences and observations as a Racine mom, who is married, with four school-aged children.

I know some of the commentary here has started great conversations, stirred up some emotions, and perhaps initiated a little bit of controversy. We’ve had fun, now we’re movin’ on…
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Just Add Kids‘ focus is to deliver the most complete and up-to-date kid-oriented, family-friendly event and activity resource mostly with the Happenings Calendar of Events and this weekly email. JAK strives to serve all families with children 0-18 in Southeastern Wisconsin, with an emphasis on Racine and Kenosha counties.

With that in mind, Just Add Kids would like to know what happens in the ordinary day of other families living here in the greater Racine and Kenosha area.  Experiencing any life challenges or other situations that you’d like to share?  What are your passions as a parent? Tips? Or perhaps there is someone you know that needs to be put in the spotlight, whose story is relevant to other parents. We’re looking for guest contributors here who have a knack for written communication, and has something suitable and appropriate to share with JAK‘s audience of parents.

Let me know if you are interested, or if you know of a local blogger that I should be contacting whose musings would be of interest to JAK families.  Email JAK at contact@justaddkidsonline.net

http://www.JustAddKidsOnline.net

 

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Little Tikes, Big Bikes

Insurance Hikes

Maybe the holidays, coupled with two of my childrens’ December birthdays is making me a bit more melancholy these days.  Depression really hasn’t set in (I am quite happy, thank you!), just reflecting on the gift of ordinary days in the life of this aging parent.  So yeah, if you read last week’s JAK Happenings, I shared with you my thoughts on my “baby” turning seven.  This weekend we’ll celebrate child #2’s fourteenth birthday. Happy Birthday to my gorgeous, talented, brainiac daughter.

Another milestone we’re experiencing in our household is Read more. our oldest daughter’s new adventure in learning how to drive a car. Yup, she’s got her temps.  It seems like just yesterday I was pushing her around in the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.  Now, she is grabbing at the car keys and every opportunity to hop into the driver’s seat.  Though she lacks in experience, she is quite skilled.  Still, my feet make it up to the dashboard (that’s my nervous reaction) at least once every trip when she’s driving.

So, of course with the exhilaration of car driving comes the question “Will you buy me a car for my 16th birthday?”  “Sure, honey,” I think to myself. “Why not?  I hope you like red and yellow plastic (again).”

I am so not looking forward to finding the extra green to add her onto the State Farm policy.  Maybe a trip to Flo is in order, they say you can name your own price.  Ya think?

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JAK Gives Birth!

It’s A Blog!

If you’ve been a JAK Happenings subscriber for some time, you’re probably used to the format of this weekly email:
big JAK logo at the top, partner banner ad, this commentary section, little index box, more fantastic partner ads, then the meat of the message…JAK Happenings calendar picks, finally some closing comments.

I’ve made excuses for my lack of editorial correctness, as I do not claim to be a writer. Just a mom who has got a lot on my mind, hoping that you don’t mind listening to what’s going on in this 40 something’s head (and house). Apparently, many of you don’t! In fact, this commentary section gets strong response in terms of how many of you click thru to Read more. I’ve had great feedback on some hot topics and much to my surprise, a lot of compliments.

So here goes…Just Add Kids newest family member is JAKChat. It’ll be a way to archive the commentary section of JAK Happenings email every week, so if you care to, you can read it, share it, comment, whatever. In fact, I’ll post the “best of”, so that if some of you new subscribers want to see what I’ve ranted about in the past, including “Let’s Kick Some….” (Is a** a swear word?), and “Wrist vs. Risque Fashion” (I Heart Boobies bracelet), you may. If some relevant current event pops up during the week, I’ll probably add to JAKChat.

Note: to sign up for JAK Happenings weekly e-newsletter, go to the calendar page of the website at http://www.justaddkidsonline.net/Just_Add_Kids_Happenings.html

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