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Heart of Thanksgiving

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I wish we were more intentional about being thankful like we are during the month of November but that is the reason I love Thanksgiving so much. I love the simplicity of the holiday. It is about family, food, and thanksgiving. I find myself thinking more about what I am thankful for. I am talking with my kids more about what they are thankful for.

So in the heart of thanksgiving, I want to spend some time reflecting on being thankful for chiropractic.

I am blessed to be called to this profession. Being a chiropractor is not a job, it is my life. My health and my family’s health has been greatly impacted through chiropractic care. I have been under care since I was a baby and for that I am thankful. I didn’t realize how unique and special this was until I was an adult, but I am thankful for it now. It was out of that realization of how beneficial lifetime chiropractic care was that I decided to become a chiropractor so I could provide the same thing for my kids. Throughout my pregnancies, I experienced so much relief with getting adjusted. I was also able to have natural and uncomplicated deliveries. I know that is a result of the chiropractic care I received during my pregnancies. My babies all slept through the night early and have not needed to go on antibiotics yet.

november-month-of-thanksA few years ago, I had an experience which made me realize how ingrained my desire to help others truly was. We were involved in a rollover accident and my arm went through the window causing it to be severely injured. My first thoughts were of Zach, my husband, and 4 children who were with me. I held my breath as Zach woke up and then went on to check on the kids. I was so relieved when I knew they were all alive and okay. My next thought was what I would do if I lost my arm. Thankfully, I have been able to make a full recovery even after needing a second surgery this year. Going through that situation confirmed that being a chiropractor is not just my job, it is a deep part of who I am.

I am thankful for having the ability to offer families healing and hope through a safe and natural chiropractic adjustment. When I see patients for follow-up visits and they begin to tell me all the great things they have experienced since their last adjustment, I still stand back in awe. I have so many moments throughout my day where I say “Isn’t chiropractic so cool?!” The possibilities of what the body can do when there is a nervous system free from interference is just incredible.

I am thankful for the blessing and challenge of educating people about chiropractic. There are still so many people who do not know what chiropractic is, what it is helpful for and who should go the chiropractor. It is part of my mission to educate people about all of these things. I love it when someone says “I didn’t know babies could go to the chiropractor” because now they know. I love it when someone says “I didn’t know chiropractic could help with ear infections” because now they know. You see, when people know more, they can do more. The challenging part is that chiropractic is a very different approach to traditional medicine. I love the challenge, though. It is so fun to watch someone have the light bulb moment and understand what chiropractic is.

I am thankful for the families I have had the privilege to work with to help them achieve a healthier lifestyle. It is so much fun and brings so much joy to my life.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.  Live life to the fullest.

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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.



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Thanksgiving Abundance

A Lotta Blessings, A Lotta Food,
A Lotta Saving, A Lotta Needs

by Just Add Kids Founder, Paula Herrmann

What can I say? There are so many things for me to be thankful for: great health (well, mostly, see closing commentary), awesome family, supportive friends, an amazing God, our country’s freedoms,and of course, this business I call Just Add Kids and all of you who have found value in what I pour my heart into. Yupper, I’d say that’s A LOTTA!For many of us, Thanksgiving comes with stuffing a bird as well as stuffing our faces. That’s me, most years. This year? Well, once again I refer you to my closing commentary! READ MORE…

After today’s festivities, my sister, brother, mother and I will engage in our annual perusing through the Black Friday (or whatever you can call it now that it all starts before Black Friday) store fliers, looking for those deals that fulfill our December/January/other birthday and Christmas present lists. It used to be so easy. Now it’s a science to navigate through what’s offered/when it’s offered, and technology is putting a wrench in things with Black Friday sales promotions being revealed early. C’mon retail and technology industry, you’re wrecking our tradition! So we’ll see how we fair this year. Last year was a hoot with my sister and I making our way out into the madness at midnight.  And let me tell you, the mall we went to in Green Bay was absolutely PACKED!  Yet, we did accomplish A LOTTA shopping reaping A LOTTA savings. I’d say it was a success filled with great memories.

So much for A LOTTA indulgence mentioned above.  Time to switch gears to get to the heart of the holiday season, otherwise dubbed, the season of giving.

There are so many opportunities to help make the season brighter to individuals and families in need in our communities.  A few of them that have caught my attention are the following:


My name is Maren. I am 8 years old. I am in 2nd grade in Racine. My class is doing Community action projects. My idea is to give toothbrushes to the homeless people at HALO.

I am asking people to please buy a toothbrush for my project. My goal is to get 150 toothbrushes and then my Mom will take me to HALO and we will give them to the kids and Moms and Dads that live at HALO.
If you will buy a kids or big toothbrush this will help me with my project!
Thank you for helping others! Maren D.
More about HALO here:

I will gladly pick up any donation you are willing to make to Maren’s Community Action Project. We will happily accept cash donations to purchase toothbrushes as well. All toothbrushes will need to be collected by Dec 2. Please post here or call our home if you can contribute. Thank you for helping her make this project a success!*
Amanda (Maren’s mom)
Please feel free to share with me/Just Add Kids other events such as these that will help bless another child, adult or family.  You can always email JAK at!
In closing…
I call it the Freight Train Flu. Wowza, I was never hit so hard in memorable years than the virus that literally blewthrough me on Tuesday. But,’tis the season, eh?Mentioning that I am blessed with great health in the opening comments is not an understatement. My entire family has reaped those healthy gene benefits, as well.  So as the typical family home ends up being a petri dish of germs that lingers once the bug hits, the likelihood of another one of my family members coming down with the same may actually be slim, based on experience. (I say this, and now I probably just plagued my family. Time to “knock on wood”)

Wishing you and your’s A LOTTA good health this holiday season!


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Talkin’ Turkey

It’s not about the STUFFing
by JAK guest blogger, Toby Mueller, of Raymond

Thanksgiving is a time for….well… be thankful. Part of being thankful is reflecting on the blessings that you enjoy in your life. Too often we tend to look at others who have more money or a better job or a faster car or a bigger house. But is that really what we should be thankful for?

Is life about that kind of STUFF? Read More…

This Thanksgiving, think about the non-STUFF stuff. What are you REALLY thankful for? Deep down in your heart, what do you value most? Things like family, friends, that sunrise you saw yesterday, the phone call from someone you haven’t spoken to for months or a hug from a dear friend.

The things you can’t buy should be a treasure in your life. Giving should have the highest priority in your life. That is where your thanks giving should be.

Don’t get me wrong. I know that we all need STUFF.  Like food. So I want to share with you two events that will be happening on Thanksgiving Day in Racine.

The first is the 4th annual Thanksgiving Day 5k (TD5k). It is a 5k (3.1 miles) walk or run for the whole family. Start time is 8:00 am at the North Beach Oasis. The run is a fund and food raising event for Harvest Food bank of Racine. Last year almost 500 lbs of canned food were donated.

I direct this event and I have tell you that Harvest Food bank is so grateful to the runners and walkers who donate food at the TD5k. You can guess that the need for food has increased and your donation does make a difference in Racine.

I would encourage you to come out and enjoy our beautiful lake front on Thanksgiving morning. Burn some calories and donate a can or a bag of canned food to Harvest Food bank. For more information, go to Cost is $13 per person or $45 for a family of four or more and a donation to Harvest Food Bank. Participants will get a fleece hat and a continental breakfast.

The other event is Dan and Ray Rendering Thanks meal at Festival Hal in Racine. The meal will be served from 10 am to 2 pm and is free to anyone. All they ask is that you register by calling 262-221-0466. More information about the meal can be found at The 2011 event fed 1300 people and they are expecting to feed close to 2000 in 2012.

There are two great events happening right here in Racine on Thanksgiving Day and two opportunities to give. So I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and run or walk at the TD5k and then volunteer or eat your Thanksgiving meal with someone you don’t know at Dan and Ray Rendering Thanks meal at Festival Hall.

Be Different everyone.

Toby Mueller is a married, Stay at Home Dad of two daughters and Blogger at A Different Spirit.

Editors note: Please check out the Just Add Kids CALENDAR page for more Thanksgiving/Turkey related family fun events such as these plus, Pleasant Prairie’s Run with the Turkeys 5K Walk-Run and Kenosha’s 34th Annual Mayor’s Turkey Day Run. Okay, run there now….

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Talkin’ Turkey

Fowl Play

Dah, (oooh), Ta Da Da Da, Go Pack Go!
Dah, (oooh), Ta Da Da Da, Go Pack Go!

Whoot Whoot, Touchdown! Packers 6-0.  Extra point kick….good!

Yup, I’m doing the play by play, as my family of six is actually making our way
up to Green Bay for a family Thanksgiving at my brother’s house.  Hubby is
driving.  Only a couple of reminders so far to turn the blinker off.  READ MORE….

Our first stop is in Mequon, only about 45 minutes into our northerly trek:
potty break, top off the gas tank, and gotta get the newspaper.  It’s a big deal.
Not only is the paper stuffed with after-Thanksgiving  sale inserts, but sonny boy,
(my 7 year old) is suppose to be in two ads: Kohl’s and Boston Store.  He’s a print
model and it’s the year of the pajama boy!  Apparently, most of the work boys
his age gets is pj modeling.

Wheew!  Thanks Tramon Williams!  Field goal attempt by the Lions…No Good! 
And that’s good for us, holding at 7-0.

Back on the road and into the groove of the drive.  I slap the weighty paper onto
my lap, excited to see how freaking cute my kiddo is going to look in his Mario
and his CARS jammies.

Punches flying? Keep your poise boys! Patrick Lee ejected from the game…wth?

As I whip through the paper, I quickly find the Kohl’s insert and set it on the
console.  Hmmm…I see the Boston Store flier, but it’s only a single sheet…for
furniture.  There’s K-Mart, Target, Wal-Mart, Office Depot, Office Max, TJMaxx,
Milwaukee Brewer’s, Sam’s Club, even  Where in the heck is my
Boston Store post-Thanksgiving sale catalog?  I mean, it has GOT TO be in there.
There is even a wing-a-ding-ding ad (I used to work in the industry, and I really
don’t know the technical term) on the front page announcing the insert that is
SUPPOSE to be in the newspaper.

I rifle back through the never ending stack of glossy sheets of 50%, Bonus Buys,
Early Birds! No BS!  And that ain’t No BS!

I go back to that wing-a-ding and read it (I just skimmed it before)…”Look for
our insert in most of today’s papers!”  Seriously?  I question “MOST of today’s
papers”?  Are you kidding me?  This is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for
goodness sakes!  Hometown territory for the Boston Store.  Too funny, I just
realized, I worked for both of these companies for quite a few years each.  Is the
joke on me? Or to cut costs, is this regional retail icon stuffing every 3rd paper
or something?  I know things are tough, I left the former and got canned from
the latter (in the midst of the recession and the biggest workforce reduction at
JS in years).

Uh, honey, blink off, please.
I want my Nickelback.

I want my $2.50 back, as I find no Boston Store flier.  I go back to the Kohl’s
insert…I find no pajama boy.  At least not one I have given birth to.  I am
bummed 😦  The photo shoots to place way back in August and sometimes
things happen….vendor can’t ship, planned sale changes, whatever.  Sonny
boy still gets paid if the ad goes to print or not.

Sulking and groaning, I plot my course for mine and my sister’s randomly and
sporatically scheduled 12am Black Friday shop-a-thon. I am deep into thought.
Packer game just background noise at this point.

Wow, gas is at a bargain price back home!  The town of Chase, suburb of Pulaski,
suburb of Green Bay, posted gas price is $3.39 for regular unleaded.   Geesh!

So here we are, at our Thanksgiving celebration destination.  I tell my family the
saga of the missing BS flier and Kohl’s ad pj pic.  Packers defeat the Lions. Waiting for the 5 o’clock hour when we sit down and eat at our seasonally adorned table.  I amtalking to my mom about the wing-a-ding ad and this blog.  Wait, it comes to me as I handle the outer pages of Section A…the ad continues around the backside.
It’s called a “wrap”!  Yes! Yes! A wrap! And there he is…Pajama Boy!  I am filled with joy!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  Count your blessings!  Enjoy your turkey!

Now,” that’s a wrap, folks”!

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