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Chiropractic! Nature’s Answer to Amoxicillin

Sponsored by Sozo Chiropractic
Written by Jessica Nye, Practice Representative 

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I recently observed a mother and her 3-year-old son wait for 2 and half hours at a local walk-in clinic.  The little boy was very rambunctious and was understandably having a difficult time waiting his turn to be seen by the doctors.  The mother was very patient with her son but you could tell she was stressed out.  I overheard her tell another patient that they were there because her son had an ear infection.  I felt so sorry for this poor mom and boy because I know there is a better way.  A better way to treat an ear infection.  A better way to care for a little one’s health.  That better way is chiropractic care.


NYE family for blog Sozo.jpgI am a mother myself.  I have three children ages four, three, and one.  We are expecting our fourth child in August.  I have walked a few miles in this young mom’s shoes.  I used to call our pediatrician’s office so often that they knew me by first name and would ask which of my children I was calling about.   I spent hours at the doctor’s office.  I spent hours fretting about and fighting for my children’s health.

This all changed two years ago when my children began receiving chiropractic care regularly.  My middle child was born with torticollis (a movement disorder involving the neck muscles), struggled with constipation, and was a poor sleeper.  We heard that chiropractic care might help.  We took him to see Dr. Davis at Sozo Chiropractic.   With the help of chiropractic care, he regained full range of motion in his arm, was a more regular pooper, and slept much more soundly.  I used to laugh when he would promptly poop and then nap after his chiropractic adjustment.   Chiropractic care improved his health and wellbeing.


Seeing the great results that my son had, we put all of our children under chiropractic care, and it has been a game-changer for our family. A year and a half later, after beginning chiropractic care, I have yet to take any of our children to the pediatrician for a sick visit.   When one of our children starts to come down with a stomach bug or a respiratory virus, we take them to see Dr. Davis.  Typically, within 24 to 48 hours they are symptom-free.


I now work for Sozo Chiropractic, where Dr. Davis and Dr. Punita help patients improve their patients’ quality of life every day through chiropractic care.  I hear testimonies of patients avoiding herniated disk surgery, children not needing to have tubes placed in their ears, patients overcoming allergies, asthma, and many other conditions through chiropractic care.  How is this possible?


Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to find and correct minor misalignments in your spine.  These misalignments can be caused by major or minor traumas (car accidents, falls), emotional stress, repetitive motion, or even toxins in the environment.  We all have them.   Left untreated they can cause pain and chronic conditions.


Misaligned vertebrae pinch the nerves around them and cause a kink in the nervousSozo pediatric adjustment pic system.  The nervous system controls and regulates every cell, tissue, and organ in your body.  When you get a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor removes the kink and enables your body to heal itself.  It enables your nervous system to function properly, which means everything else in your body will function properly too.  Regular chiropractic adjustments actually enable your body to prevent future injuries and illnesses.  It is a great immunity booster!


With all of this in mind, I couldn’t help but approach the young mom I saw at the walk-in.  I learned that her son had already had tubes put in and continued to suffer from regular ear infections.  Exasperated, she said that she was ready to try anything.   I shared with her my own testimony and encouraged her to try chiropractic care.  I don’t know if she will or not, but at least she now knows (and you now know!) that there is a better way.  A better way to treat an ear infection.  A better way to care for your little one’s health.  And that better way is chiropractic care.

Sozo Chiropractic Dr DoniBeth headshot

Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute 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.   



Dr. Punita Kukreja graduated from Dr Punita and familyPalmer College of Chiropractic in 2007.  She enjoys working
with all types of patients and strives to make treatment fun.  Her focus is on restoring the body’s natural mobility and balance.  Her previous work experience has allowed her to work with workers’ injury as well as personal injury patients.  The treatment protocol focuses immensely on home care such as exercises and stretches as well as regular chiropractic adjustments.  She is fluent in three languages-Hindi, Punjabi, and English.  She was raised in St. John’s, NFLD and loves spending time with her family and friends.




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Preview 4 U!

4 BTS: What She Said!Sozo 4
by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

Where’d ya go, summer?  That’s what’s probably top of mind with the majority of us moms here in SE Wisconsin, prompted in part, by the cloudy skies and cool breezes of the week. Yet, for a large number of us it’s all about BTS (Back to School!). My head spins as in my typical fashion, I’m just starting to prepare and wrap my head around the fact that our family schedule is going to dramatically change, starting Monday evening, August 31st. Hello! That’s only 4 days away.

I know there’s a nice chunk of you that are already in the mode as your kiddos have started their 2015-16 school year. How’s it going?! Surviving the transition? Read more…

Thank goodness for friends and social media to set me (and a plethora of others) straight on the path ahead.  Here are 4 timely pieces of advice, compliments of Mary!

Back to school reminders Mary Pucci“Back to school reminders for me (repeat 10 times), but posted publicly for my RUSD friends…:-)

1) The kids don’t need every school supply the first day! If your child has a notebook/folder for each class and some pens/pencils, it will be sufficient for the first week. Also, all of the extra supplies requested (copy paper, wipes, tissues, paper towels, ziplocs etc) can be brought in when the stash is running low. Send a note to your child’s teacher that you are happy to send that stuff midway through the year (but don’t forget!). She/he most likely has limited storage anyway…

2) The first couple of weeks of school will still be summer weather! Most schools are hot because of no air conditioning. Your kids don’t need brand spankin’ new fall clothes on the first day of school. Have them continue to wear their summer stuff until the weather changes! The fall stuff goes on sale in a couple of weeks. (I get that some kids want a little something new for the first day of school, but does it have to be a full price item? Get them a clearance priced summer item… ).

3) Breathe… the kids sense our stress. Back to school time should be fun and exciting. Focus on things they can look forward to, not everything we *have to do* beforehand.

4) But, DO get back on school sleeping schedule stat. Kids will have a rude awakening if they are dealing with a 3 or more hour swing… 🙂

Sending y’all a Back to School hug xo”

Do I sense a serious sigh?

Any other words of wisdom?

Well, I’m breathing easier and am grateful that our first two weeks of the new school year will allow for an easier transition with back to back 4 day weeks (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) and off on Monday. Ahhhhh.Annabel's first day of school pic tilted

What a treat it is also, seeing the “First Day of School” pics, and in more recent years, the creative approach to memorializing this annual milestone. Say “Cheese”,  kiddos. Look happy!

I’d like to share with you a collection of picture ideas. Check out Just Add Kids “Back-to-School” ‪#‎Pinterest‬ Board for some great “First Day of School” picture ideas!


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Higher Expectations

Find Out What IT Means to Me!Grams and Max May 2015 (2)
by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

“Look your grandfather in the eye when he’s talking to you” is something I find myself reminding my son, time and again.

My kids don’t have a rebellious nature, so thankfully even after reminded direction and correction, they typically oblige (maybe with an eyeball roll or shoulder drop).

Kids are kids and they only learn what they are taught. And I, as their mother, am the most important teacher. Read more…

I am grateful I had a good upbringing. I know that my parents instilled in me to strive to be excellent, have integrity, and be respectful.

What does it mean to “strive to be excellent”? It doesn’t mean pounding the crap out of someone to win the game, or having the standard of perfection. Making an effort use your individual God-given talents, abilities, and skills in the best way possible by giving that little extra. Being “excellent” is a way of thinking/feeling and your approach to situations. Not a one of my kids is like the other, their strive for excellence is as individual as they are, and it’s noticeable.

What do I have to say about integrity? I don’t know who authored this, but the quote “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking” is where I’m coming from. What do you do if you run across a backpack someone forgot in the gym that has an iPhone, some cash, and some awesome jewelry? You fling the car door open and it makes a visible dent? How do you handle that situation? Or in other cases, you are in clear sight of others. Someone walking in front of you drops a box they’re carrying and the contents fall all over the place. Do you acknowledge it and assist in the pick up? Or do you walk by? Living with intentional integrity is powerful. It makes for a better world in a subtle way.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Have respect for others. Respect adults. Respect teachers. Respect differences of opinions. Respect other’s beliefs and traditions. Respect authority. Have respect for yourself.

Actions speak louder than wordsNow, did my parents sit me down and say, “Listen Paula, you have to be excellent, have integrity, and be respectful because blah blah blah”  and expect me to just do it because they said so. Of course not! They lived, acted, behaved, responded, and honestly demonstrated. It was/is their way of life. I believe it is the way their parents taught them to be, again, not necessarily just by words, but by example.

So as I direct my kids to look into the eyes of the person they are communicating with, I had better be doing it, too. Here goes…I’m all eyes, have you got something to add or wanna get in on the conversation?

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Yes, those are the fiber lashes. And no, I don’t sell them. I can hook you up, though!

Comments welcomed.
What virtues, morals, standards are important for you to teach your children?
My eyes are on YOU! And GO! ==>

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Comings & Goings

From Whence We Came
Written by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

Today, instead of working (imageor playing hooky) I sit in the hospital room. I’m not complaining, we’ve got the room with a view, after all.

Over the hospital intercom, the bells start to chime that sweet familiar tune…a baby is born! And that’s kinda where this story started. Read more…

For those of you who subscribe to this blog or newsletter, you may know of the path of battling cancer that my dad (and family) has been thrown into, pretty much the day after the Just Add Kids EXPO! To refresh you, or to get you up to date, you can read JAK Chat’s previous entry:

May 14th “Ham & Cheese, Please. With Miracle Whip: The Sandwich Generation”

I am happy to report that as of his July 20th, MRI’s and PET Scans, my dad’s oncologist concludes:
~lymphoma on his brain…no residual disease
~lymphoma on his back…stable disease at L5
~throughout his body…no active disease

Yay! This is great news!!

Yet, with the track record of this disease and journey back to health, we’ve experienced setbacks, and today is no exception. With a week early bump up of my dad’s oncologist follow up appointment because of fatigue, congestion, and confusion, we find and leave him today admitted back into the hospital and being treated for pneumonia. So, it’s masks on!

As I sit here, present in the room with the on-going visits from CNA’s, nurses, doctors, food service. Watching dad sleep, struggling with a cough, chatting with mom, checking in on what’s happening at home…I am hopeful and amazed at the miracles of modern medicine and of God that have been imparted on my dad.

I hear the bells chime again over the intercom…another baby is born. Another miracle.

While here, fighting to restore a life…that of my dad’s, I am reminded that some 20 years and 18 years ago, my two daughters breathed their first breaths of life right here in this same hospital. We came and went. We’re back, again. Who knows if or when we’ll return. And for what?

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FREE Eats & Fun!

family-at-restaurantKids Eat FREE or On the Cheap!
by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

What’s for dinner, mom?
If you’re anything like me, dinner time and planning dinner is often times a challenge. I’m not too skilled in the kitchen, and quite honestly, as much as I’d love to be…I’m just not interested. There! I said it.
So okay, I have a few winning menus. Key word: few. Admittedly, our family finds itself on the hunt for a restaurant, fast food or sit down, that the 6 of us, depending on who’s home, can agree on.
I do realize the many benefits of preparing and eating a meal at home, if not for anything else…it’s the cost of eating out that makes a home cooked meal appealing. It’s freaking expensive to eat out. A quick trip through Taco Bell (quite possibly the cheapest menu in town, yes?) and I’m easily forking out $40. Minimum!
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So, JAK is compiling a list of area restaurants with yours and mine family budget in mind. This is by all means not a complete list. For now we’re just whetting your appetite and as we learn of other #FREE or cheap eats for kids and families, we’ll continue to build and update this list. So DO SHARE any and all options that you know of by posting a comment, or emailing contact@justaddkidsonline.

Let’s eat!


Applebee’s Kids eat for $0.99 all day (Mon-Wed), limited to two kids per adult entrée of $9.00 or more. 11am – 1am
2521 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, WI 53406 (262) 554-0905
6950 75th Street, Kenosha, WI (262) 942-7190
7135 S.13th Street, Oak Creek WI (414) 570-0519

Georgie Porgie’s TreefortKids 12 and under eat FREE all day on Mondays with the purchase of each adult tree-o meal.
5502 Washington Ave # 100, Racine WI (262) 635-5030
9555 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek WI
(414) 571-9889


Applebee’s Kids eat for $0.99 all day (Mon-Wed), limited to two kids per adult entrée of $9.00 or more. 11am – 1am
2521 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, WI 53406 (262) 554-0905
6950 75th Street, Kenosha, WI (262) 942-7190
7135 S.13th Street, Oak Creek WI (414) 570-0519

Chancery Pub & Restaurant
All kids 10 and under eat for $1.00 11am-10pm.
207 Gas Light Circle, Racine (262) 635-0533
11900 108th Street, Pleasant Prairie, WI (262) 857-3540

Chili’s – Kids 12 and under eat FREE all day from 11am-10pm. 2 free kids meals per 1 adult full-price adult entrée. Dine in only.
6903 75th Street, Pleasant Prairie WI (262) 697-3667 6439
South 27th Street, Franklin WI (414) 761-5889
5300 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee WI (414) 744-2425

Denny’s 4pm – 10pm Kids Eat Free. Ask Server for details. Restrictions may apply.
5501 Washington Avenue Racine, WI (262) 637-9170
9650 South 20th Street, Oak Creek WI (414)761-1403

Fazoli’s $0.99 cent kids meals with adult entrée purchase only. Includes choice of pizza or pasta, breadstick, and drink. Meal is for children 12 and under. Available 5-8pm.
6930 75th Street, Kenosha, WI (262) 942-0122

Jose’s Blue Sombrero – Kids eat free from 6-8pm on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entrée.
6430 Washington Avenue, Mount Pleasant WI (262) 886-5600

Perkins – Kids 12 and under eat free per 1 paid adult entrée on Tuesdays from 4-10pm and Saturdays from 4-11. Dine in only.
11710 74th Place, Kenosha WI
(262) 857-9344 2010 Ryan Road, Oak Creek WI (414) 761-3700
130 W. Layton Avenue, Milwaukee WI (414) 294-0448

Texas Roadhouse  4-8pm $0.99 Kid’s Meal with free dessert* Limit 2 offers per 1 Adult Entree Purchased. Some exclusions. Dine in only. Andy Armadillo, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, Fun Games, Ice Cream Sundae Bar.
6228 Durand Avenue Mount Pleasant, WI (262) 554-8900
3:30-10pm $1.99 special kids meals for every adult entrée. Special theme-based activities weekly.
11841 71st Street, Kenosha WI (262) 857-7700


Applebee’s Kids eat for $0.99 all day (Mon-Wed), limited to two kids per adult entrée of $9.00 or more. 11am – 1am
2521 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, WI 53406 (262) 554-0905
6950 75th Street, Kenosha, WI (262) 942-7190
7135 S.13th Street, Oak Creek WI (414) 570-0519

Charcoal GrillFree kids meal from our special kids’ menu with purchase of adult meal and beverage. Limit 2 free kids’ meals per adult. Available to kids 10 and under.  11am-10pm
580 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington (262) 767-0000
8300 Washington Avenue, Racine WI (262) 884-9400
Douglas Avenue, Racine WI (262) 639-2050 (11am – 8:30pm)
5745 75th Street, (Hwy. 50), Kenosha, WI (262)942-9896

Javier’s Cuisine Kids 12 and under eat free ordering from the kids menu from 4-9pm. 2 kids/adult dinner entrée ordered.
2011 Lathrop Avenue, Racine WI (262) 598-9242


Bull & Bear Eatery & TavernFridays & Saturdays Kids eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée. 4017 80th Street, Kenosha WI (262) 694-9494


Bull & Bear Eatery & TavernFridays & Saturdays Kids eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée. 4017 80th Street, Kenosha WI (262) 694-9494

Perkins – Kids 12 and under eat free per 1 paid adult entrée on Tuesdays from 4-10pm and Saturdays from 4-11. Dine in only.
11710 74th Place, Kenosha WI (262) 857-9344
2010 Ryan Road, Oak Creek WI (414) 761-3700
130 W. Layton Avenue, Milwaukee WI (414) 294-0448


Do you know of a restaurant that offers a weekly kids eat deal? Send it on over JAK’s way via posting a comment below, or emailing us at

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Fun 4 U!

C4K Scans Cones for Kids 2014 kid pic Amanda
Sponsored by Just Add Kids

There is a great (and delicious) way that you can show your support of the Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc.’s Stop Child Abuse and Neglect Program at our fifth annual ice cream tasting FUNdraiser, SCAN’s Cones For Kids. Funds raised at the event will help to spread support and expand SCAN’s audience base so more children can benefit from the important safety messages. This unique, family friendly event will be held on Wednesday, July, 15 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main Street, Racine. Read more…

Bring the whole family to sample mini-cones from Racine’s favorite ice cream, custard, and gelato shops. Caesar’s Frozen Custard, Culver’s Restaurant, Georgie Porgie’s Burger and Custard Tree Fort, Divino Gelato, and Sugar Shack have all donated unique flavors of ice cream or frozen custard that guests can taste and then vote for their favorite to win the SCAN’s Golden Scoop Award.
SCAN (2)You can also experience the twisted creations of The Big Balloon Tycoon and use photo props for snapshots to take home. Kids can decorate fabric book bags with help from the Racine Art Museum and get a free copy of the Rana DiOrio’s children’s book “What Does it Mean to be Safe” while supplies last. Adults can browse through the many offerings in the silent auction including Disney passes, restaurant and movie gift cards, festival and sports tickets, overnight stays, and many things perfect for family fun. Can’t attend but still want to help? Go to for a list of current auction items and contact SCAN to place proxy bids.

Event tickets are on sale now at the cost of $7 for advance sales, $9 for tickets purchased at the door, and children under 3 are free. This price gets you entry into the event, a mini cone from each of our sponsors and all activities. Bring your family! Bring your friends! Bring your APPETITE!

Space is limited and advance tickets are recommended. If you are interested in attending this unique event, please contact Karen at 619-1633, karen.fetherston@lsswis for advance ticket sales.

Get in on the dialog, join the conversation, RSVP and invite your friends on the SCAN’s Cones for Kids Facebook Event page.

SCAN cones for kids 2015 (2)

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“Word to Your Father”

A Letter to Want-To-Be Fathers, Soon-To-Be Fathers and Fathers
by JAK guest blogger, Toby Mueller, of Raymond  

Happy Father’s Day to you:

To you want-to-be fathers: Are you sure you want to be a father? Are you ready for the toughest job you will ever have? Are you ready for more responsibility than you have ever had? I have to be honest with you: Some of you will fail. Just look at the number of kids living without a dad in their life.  There is one word that you will need to live out, if you are to be an effective dad: COMMITMENT. Read More…

Commit to your responsibility as a father, as a husband and as a member of a community (church, school or peers).  Commit to the fact that you can’t be a good father on your own.  You will need help. You will need an example to follow. God, other dads you admire or even your own dad.  Pick a mentor and dive into them.  Ask questions, get feed back and humble yourself if you are serious about wanting to become a father.

Now you soon-to-be-dads: Congratulations!  Are you scared yet?  You should be.  Soon you will responsible for a young, moldable life.  I’m not talking about financial responsibility but being emotionally and spiritually responsible.  Just because they will start walking and talking (and eventually driving and marrying) it does not let you off the hook with what you do with their hearts and spirit.

Right now you are probably not thinking about that as you are putting together a crib or trying to figure out how a Baby Bjorn fits on you.  But children will change your life and also it should change the way you think (see above comments to want-to-be dads). You will feel things, and may have felt those things already, that are foreign to most men.  Be ready to feel like crying, ready to be tender as they lay on your chest at 2 a.m. or having concern for why your child won’t stop crying.  Not trying to scare you but prepare you.

Finally to current fathers: (Don’t tune out you want-to-be and soon-to-be fathers.  This is important to you as well.)  Don’t rest on past fatherhood success and don’t dwell on past fatherhood failures.  Strive to improve on what you have done and change what you have not done.  As you know, fatherhood is more than contributing DNA to a child.  It is about being there, nurturing, guiding, loving, crying and dealing with situations that you never dreamed that you would be trying to solve.

You also know that being a father is not easy. You have been there as a want-to-be and then as a soon-to-be and now as a full fledged father. You have a wealth of information just waiting to be shared.  Be a mentor to those men that I described above. They need someone who has “been there.” Oh, and don’t wait for them to ask you; ask them if they need a hand.  

Happy Father’s Day and remember, Be Different.

Toby Mueller
Stay at Home Dad of two daughters and Blogger at A Different Spirit

“Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.” Colossians 3:21 MSG

In addition to participating in the Just Add Kids community as a guest blogger, Toby is also our JAK Dads group administrator.

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