Cincinnati All Star Game 2015 Mustache Locator Map & DCI Video Tour

So I’m not the biggest baseball fan {gasp} but even I think it is cool for Cincinnati to be hosting the MLB All Star Game 2015. The buzz and energy around the city is contagious! Everywhere you turn or look downtown Cincinnati you’ll find “ASG” or “All Star Game” graffiti. My favorite ASG Cincinnati additions are a toss up between the Mustache statues around town and the Scripps Building transformation to resemble Mr. Redlegs with the pillbox hat and mustache.

Cousins visiting from Atlanta enjoying the view of Mr Redlegs

Cousins visiting from Atlanta enjoying the view of Mr Redlegs

If you are in town visiting for the All Star Game or even a native to the ‘Nati you can use this map to help you locate All Star Game Mustache Statues around the downtown Cincinnati region.

Have you thought about using the Red Bike to get around Downtown Cincinnati while searching for the All Star Game Mustache Statues? Here is a fun video that my company, US Digital Partners, produced to give a fun tour of the Downtown Cincinnati attractions for DCI and to promote the new Downtown Cincinnati app. The app was produced as an essential guide to Downtown Cincinnati visitors and locals to find a current list of what’s happening downtown. You can browse restaurants, bars, shops, parking and attractions. Click play below and check out yours truly riding around Downtown Cincinnati showcasing all the great things to do and see while you are visiting for the All Star Game 2015 and don’t forget to download the new app!

What are your favorite Cincinnati attractions? 

What are you most looking forward to during the All Star Game 2015 festivities? 

Win a Year Supply of all free clear #WithMyBlanket Sweepstakes

When thinking about blankets I automatically go to memories of my favorite baby and childhood blanket that I affectionately called “Blankie.” Now that I’m a mommy, it would be crazy to me if my kids didn’t love to be snuggled with their favorite blankets too. I’m just lucky that my two babies get to snuggle with homemade blankets from their great aunt which they both use daily! My daughter uses hers for more imaginative play while my son still uses his to snuggle with for each nap and bedtime of course.

Why am I sharing Herron Nest blanket details with you? Now you can win a 1 year supply of all free clear by simply sharing a photo of how important your child’s blanket is to them. They are going to select 5 lucky winners!

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Does your baby snuggle with the blanket every day and every night?

Do they hide under their blanket from mommy to be silly?

Enter the sweepstakes via social media and share how your child’s blanket has become their best friend.

A year supply of all free clear would be a great way to keep your child’s favorite blanket clean and free of residue all year long!

Here’s how to enter the #WithMyBlanket Sweepstakes

Via Facebook: Upload your photo with the hashtags #withmyblanket and #sweeps on the all free clear facebook page

Via Twitter: Log onto your Twitter account and tweet your photo with the hashtags #withmyblanket and #sweeps.

Deadline:  Share your #withmyblanket creations by July 26, 2015 to be eligible to win.

Here are the Official Sweepstakes Rules.

Share your #WithMyBlanket photos and start snuggling with your clean blanket thanks to all free clear.

Here’s a $1 of all free clear coupon to keep the cleaning going. Nothing beats a fresh and clean blanket to snuggle with!

Today’s post is sponsored by all free clear, but my love for the brand is all my own!

#UltraHug for Butler County Challenger Baseball

My youngest brother, Brian, has loved playing the game of baseball and he has especially loved playing for the Butler County Challenger Baseball Little League. Because of Brian’s love for baseball, my family and I have been connected to the Butler County Challenger Baseball community for 19 years as “Buddies” on my brother’s team to being a coach and even manage our own team within the league. And because of my connection and love for this community, I’m spreading the love by nominating Butler County Challenger Baseball organization for a $2,000 grant from Huggies with my #UltraHug Selfie for the the #UltraHug Selfie Contest! #ultrahug

From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative. For those who know me and my family, wouldn’t it be cool for Butler County Challenger Baseball to win? They could sure use the money to help keep the two wheelchair friendly baseball fields in top shape as well as assist in the construction efforts of the new restroom facilities that are also wheelchair/handicap friendly.

Please join me in the effort to nominate your favorite community by entering the #UltraHug Selfie Contest too!

How to Enter the #UltraHug Selfie Contest

• First, take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug
• In your same post, make sure to include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) including a name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart (mine surely is)!

Nominate your community project by uploading a selfie of you and your baby to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #UltraHug. Be sure to include details in your social posts about the project you are nominating. In your story make sure to share why the local community project you selected is important to you, and how it will impact those in your community. Don’t forget that you can check out your cutie-patootie post of you and your baby on the special #UltraHug collage landing page.

Of course I’m going to share the #UltraHug selfie of my Jack-Jack and I, now go share yours!

all free clear – Free to Be Clean and Snuggle a Sick Baby


Laundry is actually not my normal chore around The Herron Nest, but it became everyone’s job once my little boy started to get sick all over his clothes, my clothes, blankets and every thing else in his path. Lucky for us, we have the all free clear laundry detergent to help us do the multiple loads of laundry. I was worried enough about my baby boy with his fever and getting sick everywhere that it was such a relief to know that I was washing his favorite blankie and snuggly pajamas in pediatrician and allergist recommended detergent. Blankie and snuggly pj’s were back on in no time – well, time and time again!

#freetobe #snuggles #sickbabyI’m FREE to be a mommy that can snuggle my sick baby!

Want to learn more about all free clear products? 

all free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin. It’s tough on stains yet gentle enough for the whole family. Plus, it’s safe for use in standard and HE machines. It rinses clean and has a gentle, hypoallergenic formula. Powerful Clean. Gentle on Skin.

NEW From the #1 Detergent Brand Recommended by Dermatologists Allergists and Pediatricians comes all® free clear liquid fabric softener, dryer sheets, OXI mighty pacs and OXI boosters. Use together to make fabrics cleaner, softer, and more comfortable against your family’s sensitive skin. 100% free of dyes and perfumes. Gentle on skin. Safe for all washing machines. Find it in your fabric conditioner aisle!

The NEW OXI mighty pacs give you extra strength cleaning power for 30% less than Tide Free & Gentle pods. Each little mighty pac is full of the concentrated cleaning power of OXI with the gentleness of free clear, providing a powerful clean that’s safe for the whole family.

The NEW OXI booster whitens and brightens clothes. It’s safe on sensitive skin. It costs 15% less than the leading brand AND you can use it to remove stains around the house (it can be used on carpet, upholstery and patio furniture, just to name a few!)

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Fun Facts about all free clear products: 

all® free clear detergent (liquid and mighty pacs), fabric softener and dryer sheets have received the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance™.
all® free clear is also 100% hypoallergenic.
all® free clear has only 9 ingredients, that’s less than half the ingredients of Tide Free & Gentle

Interested in being free too? Go ahead and try all free clear in your home to feel the difference on your kids clothing! Download this coupon for a $1.00 off your purchase when picking up all free clear laundry detergent and fabric softener. Don’t forget to stop by their Facebook page and check out their safety information and allergen resource center.

Thank you to all free clear for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try all free clear!

Inspirational Love, Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

There have been many times in my life, countless even, where I find myself reflecting in awe over the love my parents have for each other. I’m having one of those moments right now and thought I would share – how fitting on their anniversary?! Perhaps this is inspiration for you and your spouse or you have similar moments while observing your parents? I haven’t interviewed my parents nor do they know that I’m writing this blog post. These inspirational blurbs or moments I’m going to share have been based solely on my observation, which is cooler to have that perspective anyway, right?

IMG_0285When watching home videos of life when I was younger, specifically it was Christmas morning, Matt and I were coming into the living room to see the presents that Santa left for us. You could see the sparkle in my mom’s eyes as she looked back at the camera to my dad and you could hear him say {and if you know my dad you could literally hear this} “heyyyy babe-ahhh.” If I think about my current life and the stressful (yet joyous) moments that creep into the “everyday” with two kids, still having that flirtatious tone and to really see the love is cool.

Other moments captured on camera of the flirtatious Carol and John show include dad zooming in on mom’s butt {gross, but still} and making an “ow-ow” comment. Or zooming in on mom’s face and saying, “there’s my baby” {I’m sure you are even more grossed out, but still}. There were even moments when you could see their solidarity in being stern with my brothers and I {yes, this is caught on camera} then sort of chuckling to the camera together and really enjoying each other regardless of the stressful situation, ahem Halloween of 94. Or when they were holding baby Brian in the NICU the day that they were scheduled to take him home and the love and pride towards each other as they were being interviewed by the local news stations, really is inspiring!

As I think and type out these moments, it is cool to think they have all lead up to the unified team IMG_0282 (1)they are today. We’ve had some interesting life events and family scares recently (Dad’s cancer is an obvious one) and never have I ever seen my mom so worried about dad or my dad so thankful for my mom than the day of my dad’s surgery. It was like all the other moments they had lived through were prepping them for this next speed bump. To see a selfie sent from my dad {yes, he takes selfies} to my mom and then for my mom to respond with “I’m proud of you babe” brings me such joy! The love they share for each other is even more prevalent today {to me} than it was in the “early days” caught on camera.

My parent’s love for each other, respect for each other, support for each other and pride for each other is inspiring! I know that I’m lucky to have such great role models in my life.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad, I love you very much.

 

#GuestPost How I Got My GLOW On! Rodan + Fields #Giveaway

Kat Ottopal is my cousin, my confidant, my sister-like, my best friend and now my go-to-skincare associate for Rodan + Fields. I’ve been using the Reverse skincare line for over a month now and can confidently state that I have had a face lift! Well, not technically, but my skin is glowing and perfect looking. I wanted to share with my readers this awesome skincare line, access to Kat and an opportunity to WIN a free mini-facial.

From Kat regarding her Personal Skincare Experience:

If you had asked me 8 months ago about my skincare routine, I would have laughed at you.  Point PicCollageblank, it was pathetic.  I was 31 years old and still using the same drug store face wash I had used since high school.  I washed my face in the shower only and never took my make up off at the end of the day.  I had success using a department store toner for most of my life, but somehow I didn’t realize my skin was changing as the years went by and I was continuing to use the same products and expected different results. The definition of insanity right?!?

My wash and toner couldn’t tell I was developing sun damage and wrinkles that I needed it to start addressing!  That stuff was barely fighting my occasional breakouts for heaven’s sake! I had a drawer of junk from greasy moisturizers, to overnight zit creams, to sunscreen that claimed it wouldn’t make my face break out.  Everything went to the graveyard of products that MAYBE helped me keep my skin looking the same, not better, definitely not better than before.  Every time I changed the routine I had to compensate by adding another product to fight the mess I was creating on my skin.

IMG_3900Thankfully, my friend Blair started talking to me about a skincare company she had become a consultant for called Rodan + Fields.  I hadn’t heard of the company but she told me Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields are the Stanford trained Dermatologists that created Proactiv.  I was intrigued and willing to give their products a shot based on Proactiv’s success and notoriety alone!  After going through the solution tool on her website we talked about what products would be best for my skin, based on my primary concerns.  She introduced me to a grown up skin care routine that I will forever be thankful for!  I opted to try the Reverse regimen for my sun damage, melasma, and to improve the texture and tone of my skin.  The first time I washed my face with the products I knew it was love at first wash.  I texted Blair immediately that this stuff smelled like sunshine and my skin felt amazing after my FIRST time using it.   I loved that each regimen has 4 steps and is a multi-med SYSTEM that works together.  Each regimen has some combination of a cleanser or mask, toner, treatment, moisturizer and a sunscreen.  I was FINALLY giving my skin what it had been craving for years, consistency and dermatologic grade products!!  My face was GLOWING after a week of daily use.  I was treating my problems, moisturizing and protecting my skin from further damage.  Something I had failed at prior to trying R+F.

After using the Reverse regimen for 6 months and being thrilled over my personal results I started to wonder about the business side of this company.  I mean, I was buying not only my regimen but I had tried the Multifunction eye cream, microdermabrasion paste, the AMP MD roller, and the Soothe regimen for sunburn…you name it and I wanted the amazing results I kept seeing my consultant post on Facebook.  I asked Blair plenty of questions about the Direct Selling aspect of Rodan + Fields, how the company supported the consultants, the pay structure and what my expectations should be as I considered this opportunity.  We talked for weeks then I attended a regional R+F event with Blair and ultimately, I decided to become a consultant myself right there at the event.  I couldn’t resist getting the best price for the products, telling people about my results, showing others how these products could help them and ultimately getting paid to wash my face!!

If you have a good skin care routine that is fantastic!  If your skin care routine isn’t giving you the results you are hoping for or you are at the end of your rope and have tried everything under the sun for your personal skin concerns, I encourage you to try Rodan + Fields.  Every product (including the amazing tools) comes with a 60 day, empty bottle, money back guarantee.  So it is completely risk free.  I can help you save 10% and get free shipping by becoming my Preferred Customer.

So what about this mini-facial Giveaway and how do I win?

I have a mini facial to give away to one lucky person who takes 2-3 minutes to go through the solutionIMG_4124 tool on my website.  Go to http://kathyottopal.myrandf.com  Select the solution tool icon at the bottom right and go through the 6 questions. Make sure to enter your email address at the end so it sends me your personal recommendations. Complete the tool by May 15th and you will be entered into the drawing. It’s just that easy! The mini facial is a little treat you apply at home and includes a packet of Microdermabrasion paste, and an ampule of night renewing serum for your face and another for your lips!

Feel free to contact me at any time about your personal skin concerns, KOTTOPALatGMAILdotCOM Rodan + Fields has something for everyone and I am always happy to share our amazing products or talk about this incredible business opportunity.

As the doctors always say, “Skin is a beautiful thing…Wear it well!”

 

#AmericanAirlinesFail Part 2: The Saga Continues 10 months Later

Last July my family traveled to California via American Airlines from Dayton to LAX with my infant son (3.5 mo) and toddler daughter (2.5). You may have read this post and if not, I urge you to check it out here. If you don’t have time to read that post, the long story short is that American Airlines failed at family-friendly traveling forcing us to check our stroller with luggage on our return trip instead of at the gate as we did during our travel to California. We had to navigate through LAX and Chicago airports with our two little babes. It was scary, traumatic, stressful and flat out exhausting! As if that wasn’t bad enough, once we arrived in Dayton and took our stroller off the luggage belt, we noticed that it was broke in multiple places (I have pictures in our other post). After talking with multiple supervisors and employees, we were told that our stroller was not their responsibility and it was never replaced or fixed but American Airlines gave us two vouchers (we paid for three tickets originally) for our troubles that were mailed to me.

Fast forward to present day and I would like to use said vouchers towards a trip – going on a cruise actually to celebrate 10 years of marriage. I honestly didn’t want to use the vouchers and really just wanted our stroller replaced but after a stressful start to 2015 (found out my dad has cancer) I felt like I should go ahead and take advantage and get away with just the hubby.

After reading the voucher several times, which I thought was confusing, I called to talk to a ticketing agent in March to ask how the voucher works. She assured me it was easy and when I brought up the verbiage on the voucher that reads, “VOID IF TOTAL VALUE EXCEEDS USD 1000.00″ she NEVER mentioned to me that I really need to worry about the OTHER number on the voucher which says “TOTAL USD 300.00″ under where it says the following: “RELATED TO FLIGHT 3702 FROM LAX TO DAY ON 29JUL14″ which I thought was just a value from my previously terrible experience in which they were issuing a voucher to help amend. After the confirmation with the ticket agent I went ahead and booked my cruise and hotel online feeling assured that I would have no problem getting FREE/VOUCHED flights.

On Wednesday, April 22, I called American Airlines back to actually book my flight to New Orleans with a ticketing agent as you cannot do it online. After talking with the first ticketing agent and beginning the process of my reservations, she asked me the value of my voucher, I stated that it says “VOID IF TOTAL VALUE EXCEEDS USD 1000.00″ which she said was not the value. At this point I am feeling totally mislead to believe that I could book any flight so long as the value did not exceed 1,000.00 but NEVER understood that my voucher VALUE was actually only worth $300 and since you have to book through a ticketing agent either in person or over the phone the prices were astronomical with a price tag of $994 PER ticket making the price for our tickets almost $700 a piece after using a voucher!! How is this an acceptable “apology” for breaking our stroller? Sorry we broke your stroller – please pay another $1400 to our company…..I mean, really?

The ticket agent quickly routed me to a supervisor as she didn’t know how to help a sobbing customer (me) and the supervisor, Cody, that I talked with was extremely rude and mean and literally put me into more tears and heartache. He said, that it was not his problem that I misunderstood the voucher – could he be any more rude? Like I read airline vouchers everyday!  I am a customer who is giving American Airlines a second chance, after being a loyal Southwest Airlines customer for many years, and having a TERRIBLE first experience in which they had to give me vouchers for in the first place. Now, he is going to kick me while I’m down? What am I supposed to do about the booked cruise and hotel? What a missed opportunity for American Airlines!!!

At this point, I have tweeted American Airlines, posted on their Facebook page and sent in a request via their website 3 times and just continue to receive canned responses. I just can’t believe this experience with American Airlines is happening again. I just think it was awful how they treated me the first time and yet again! As I do more research I have also found that many more consumers are mis-treated by American Airlines just by searching #americanairlines on Facebook and Twitter. At this point I just want to share my story and let others know that it is NOT RIGHT to treat other human beings with such disrespect, have some compassion!!

Again, I am asking my dedicated readers to please help! Please retweet my posts on www.Twitter.com/JesyHerron and please share my story. I don’t think it’s fair that I was originally forced to check our stroller and then it was broke by American Airlines, I really just want it replaced. Forget the vouchers at this point but focus on the fact that this giant company shouldn’t get away with mistreating a family during what is supposed to be a happy experience, traveling! This is a $500 stroller and it needs to be replaced!!! We would love your help!! Love you all!!