#CincyBloggers are COOL {plus many Giveaways}

Today I met some super blogging rockstars and heard about many of their blog content, success stories and how they conduct business with PR firms on sponsored posts. No joke, these bloggers are so cool! It was like watching some documentary on talented athletes when they give you a “behind the scenes” tour and talk about how they were able to have so many slam dunks, home runs or touchdowns. The other awesome vibe I took away from meeting these superstars was that they all were so transparent and helpful towards each other – there was never any blogger-on-blogger crime but more of “you aren’t charging enough” and “congratulations on that awesome opportunity” which was great to hear. I met a blogger who contributes to Pillsbury and one blogger who’s daughter was just found out she will have a line with J. Crew {p.s. she is FOUR years old}. I’m telling you – CRAZY talent in Cincinnati. So because I was just bumping elbows with the best of blogging in the city, I thought I would share with you some of their Giveaway posts that allows you to not only add great reading material to your daily/weekly intake but also potentially win some cool swag.

Two tickets to the Nutcracker (ends today – HURRY) Adventure Mom & The Little Things

Fazoli’s Frozen Appetizers (love this blog for all things FOOD) The Food Hussy 

Home Depot Gift Card ($100 value) ahhh, yes please! Womanly Woman

Wild Kratts autographed photo and toy prize pack 4 The Love of Family 

Krohn Conservatory’s Magic & Mistletoe (I’ve heard this is amazing) The Little Things

 

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Thankful for My Family

Here are the latest updates in the world of The Herron Nest – lots of sibling snuggles and LOTS of upgrades around the house to prep for Thanksgiving. To say that we are busy is the understatement of the month but we are all healthy and happy and that is the biggest blessing.

IMG_3829Abbey – she is turning THREE in a few days and that makes me want to burst into happy tears! She has been such a light in our lives with her sparkling personality and witty words. {More on this in another post, can’t fit it all here} She is the best big sister and prides herself on knowing that she can get Jack to laugh at her all the time. Dinner takes about two hours but we are lucky to have them act so sweet to each other. The picture where she looks like Hollywood is from her very first dentist appointment. On the way into the building she grabbed my hand and told me she was going to be brave and that she was! It took a few minutes to get her in the chair but with the help of a Doc McStuffins book and the great staff, she was in the chair in no time and really enjoyed checking out her teeth. Our dentist, also our neighbor, gave us the grim news about binky and how it is effecting her teeth. We tried to get rid of the bink cold turkey and MAN did George and I pay for this dearly. We have cut her back to only at night and it feels like I’m weaning my toddler off crack or something. Lucky it is not her thumb!

IMG_3862Jack – my little monster is almost 8 months old, has two teeth and is THIS.CLOSE. to crawling. Little boy can get up on all fours, rock back and forth, has moved ONE knee then he falls to the ground and army crawls instead. He is super fast in his walker keeping both Ab and Housch on their toes. Or keeping Housch hiding from Jack in the living room where he is safe…for now. There are lots of babbles and some “da-da-da” going on these days plus his new favorite game is playing peek-a-boo with big sister. He has constant entertainment with all the toys, Abbey, grandparents, Abbey, cousins, Abbey, the dog, and ABBEY! Jack’s world is 100% his big sister, she makes him laugh, she plays with him, she snuggles him, she squeezes him and basically they adore each other. Not sure if it is the age difference or how what we have done but so far it has been the right formula. Sleep….well, we are working on that. He is doing better in his crib but man we were spoiled with princess sleeps-alot!

IMG_3786George and I are trying to not kill each other with the house updates, I have the HARDEST time focusing on what needs to be done and therefore try to tackle one hundred projects at once. My mom has begun painting the family room and our goal is to have that complete before Thanksgiving. The bedrooms are mostly complete and I seriously am in love with our bedroom, in the words of Abbey, it is “comfy-cozy.” We did get away as just the two of us to two amazing concerts, we saw Paul McCartney and Garth Brooks live in Kentucky this past month. If you ever get the opportunity to see either, DO IT! Loved seeing Paul again and Garth was a fantastic entertainer in the LOUDEST arena ever, Rupp. #BBNation was insane and I can’t wait to go back to Lexington, seriously loved it.

IMG_3828Many more exciting things are happening at The Herron Nest, we couldn’t be more blessed! So many people and opportunities to be thankful for this year. We are surrounded by our family who loves us all so much, George is doing great at work and was just promoted to a new position which gives him the title of B.A. (truth) and the house is slowly coming together which feels like a home more and more every day – even though we are exhausted! As you know, when one project ends the other is just beginning and so we feel like we are chasing our own tail sometimes. P.S. buy stock in Ikea and Home Depot, QUICK!

Being together as a family during the upcoming holidays is such a blessing and I hope that all of our readers are just as lucky!

Beat Up By The Mini Humans

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Oh he’s tough alright, about knocked a momma OUT!

As I was driving into work this morning I began to reflect on another Herron-crazy weekend. This is something I do most Monday’s since we tend to have intense weekends and it is nice to remember all the fun moments and even the stressful ones too. So there I am driving down the highway and I’m remembering the many times I was hurt by mini-humans, not emotionally but PHYSICALLY hurt!

There was the moment that Ab decided to do one of her little games called, “Bonk” where as you can imagine she bonks her head onto my head. We were watching a movie and she bonked a bit too hard and totally missed my head but instead rammed her thick skull onto my cheekbone, ahhh! You know the feeling when you are jarred and then all of a sudden your eye starts to water, yep, that was me. I tried to not lead on too much of the pain as I didn’t want her to feel too bad but there was a mini scolding going on and quite frankly I didn’t like playing that game anyway.

My little boy isn’t so innocent either! Not only did he keep me up just about every 1.5 hours on Saturday night going into Sunday (which in itself is more pain than I like to endure) but then Sunday morning the little stinker whacked my face with one of his hard plastic toys. It took some serious self-preservation to not yell a massively loud cuss word at that moment. Instead I did snag the toy and chucked it across the playroom in hopes that it would bury itself deep into the never ending land of toys and hopefully will not rear its ugly plastic monkey head again. Damn you evil monkey toy!

One of my last physical beat-downs from the kiddos came after a nice little jaunt to Station Road farm late yesterday afternoon. After coming back from picking out a few pumpkins to get our decor going for the outside of the house, Ab and I decided to rake leaves to put into a bag that looks like a pumpkin when all full – you know what I’m talking about. I’m raking leaves and using the doodads that look like massive tongs to pick up said leaves and Ab is holding up the pumpkin bag for me to dump them in. She was okay for this a few times but then decided she had to help me with the raking. Love me some toddler help and gladly handed her the rake. WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?!?!?!? I literally handed her a weapon!! Not only did she try to rake off my foot but the end of the handle was also jabbed into my temple. Stars, under-the-breath curse words and more teary eyes all with a ginormous “mommy-smile” on my face.

I’ll be honest, as I sit here at lunch recapping these events for blog-world, I’m so damn lucky to be alive! Whew, a bit bruised up and sore but alive! I wonder how many physical ailments Mr. Herron endured this weekend from our sweet and innocent kiddos?

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Sweet and Innocent my @$$ but oh-so-cute

Bluegrass for Babies

{Giveaway} Bluegrass for Babies + Mama Mimi’s Pizza

I’m so excited to help promote the 6th annual Bluegrass for Babies event and even more thrilled that The Herron Nest will be attending this year for the first time. Many positives for attending this event being held at Sawyer Point, but one major reason why we will be attending is because it is a benefit that was started by a passionate family who wanted to give back to Cincinnati Children’s which provided a life-saving surgery to their newborn son.
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This year marks the first that Bluegrass for Babies is being produced under the Healthy Roots Foundation name, a change that occurred in August of 2014. The need for Foundation became apparent as Bluegrass for Babies evolved from the one-time a year concert into a year-round organization providing tools, programming and resources as well as to hosting a variety of special events.

{Event Details}

bluegrass babies104The concert lineup features performances by Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers, Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, and Hickory Robot. Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers will kick things off, performing at 3:00pm with the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars taking to the stage at 5:00pm. Rounding out the evening at 6:45 pm will be Hickory Robot. Special guest Jennifer Ellis will perform her popular children’s songs at 4:15pm.
Again this year, kids 12 and under will be able to eat free with the purchase of an adult meal from the Green B.E.A.N. Delivery concession stand until 6:00 pm. One free kids meal will be available, per one purchased adult meal. This year Bluegrass for Babies takes place at Sawyer Point on September 20 with just as many wonderful bluegrass bands as we’ve had in the past, and great food, vendors, activities and family fun.
Tickets for the Bluegrass for Babies benefit concert are $15 for adults in advance and $20 day of, with children admitted for free. Presale period ends Friday, September 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at www.healthyrootsfoundation.org. Parking is $8 in the Sawyer Point parking lot. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10+ adults until Friday, September 19.

Blue­grass for Babies con­cert atten­dees will have the oppor­tu­nity to par­take in five inter­ac­tive expe­ri­ences– Farmer’s Mar­ket, Healthy Home, Fam­ily Well­ness, Music & Art, and Movement. bluegrass babies04

  • Farmer’s Mar­ket: Nutri­tion and food are key com­po­nents of set­ting the foun­da­tion for healthy lives. The Farmer’s Mar­ket fea­tures real, non-processed food options like apples, local sus­tain­ably raised burg­ers, gluten-free grilled cheeses, locally made desserts, and more. And, none of the food or drink options con­tain any high fruc­tose corn syrup.
  • Healthy Home:  The Healthy Home Expe­ri­ence fea­tures activ­i­ties pro­vided by local experts on home build­ing design and resources, waste man­age­ment, baby care prod­ucts, and more.
  • Fam­ily Well­ness:  Visit the Fam­ily Well­ness Expe­ri­ence to learn about relax­ation tech­niques, skin­care, fam­ily finan­cial plans, pedi­atric health tips, and more.
  • Let’s get Mov­ing!: Chil­dren of all ages will enjoy a vari­ety of move­ment activ­i­ties on the lawn includ­ing soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and more.
  • Art & Music: Chil­dren of all ages will enjoy explor­ing new instru­ments, cre­at­ing new mas­ter­pieces, and more.
  • Tod­dler Play Expe­ri­ence: The Tod­dler Play Expe­ri­ence allows par­ents to enjoy some of the area’s best blue­grass music and a refresh­ing bev­er­age in a worry free envi­ron­ment. We have cre­ated a con­tained loca­tion on the lawn with many of your toddler’s favorite play activities.

{Giveaway Details}

Would you like to join The Herron Nest at the benefit Bluegrass for Babies concert? We’re giving away a pair of tickets to one of our lucky readers (kids 12 and under are free).  In addition, we have a gift card for a free Mama Mimi’s pizza for our blog winner.
You will have 4 chances to win this family-friendly giveaway:
1. Leave a com­ment on why you’d like to attend this great event.
2. Like Blue­grass for Babies on Face­book: https://www.facebook.com/blue­grass­forba­bies
3. Tweet about this give­away by includ­ing @4healthyroots and @jesyherron in your tweet.
4. Sign up for The Herron Nest newsletter or let me know that you already subscribe.
Winner will be picked via Random.org and will be notified on 9/16/14. You will have 24 hours to respond to me via email or else I’ll need to pick a new winner. There is only ONE date for this giveaway event, please be sure you an use the tickets. Tickets will be sent via Eventbrite directly to your winner.  The Mama Mimi’s gift card will be mailed separately so I’ll need your address if chosen.
Mama Mimi pizzaMama Mimi’s, besides being a vendor at this year’s event, is also donating 100% of the money received from purchases at the event directly to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital! Thanks Mama Mimi’s!
 Dis­claimer: I’ve been given two tick­ets and a Mama Mimi’s gift card for my family to enjoy as a thank you for help­ing to pro­mote this event. 

Imagination at The Nest with Fruit Shoot

When you are a parent, you know how important it is to keep your children active. I’m also learning how crucial imaginative play is for my child’s development. With various technology and “screen” time it is nice to shut it all down to just get creative with our little ones.  I recently discovered a fun new juice, Fruit Shoot and they are currently celebrating imaginative play with a little competition.  Here’s how The Herron Nest joined in on the fun!

To celebrate the ‘Have a Ball Stunt Hunt’ we are also sharing our favorite imaginative activity ideas for you to try at home!

  • Grocery Shopping – indoor activity – we give our toddler fun responsibilities of picking items like apples, oranges, and even a loaf of bread which is fun for her to find, checkout and pay.
  • Super Hero Missions – indoor/outdoor backyard activity – we give our toddler various super hero missions like, “find mommy a green crayon” to which she runs through the house in search of a green crayon or any other item I have her seek.
  • Pirate Heroes – backyard activity – it is AMAZING what a little paper towel or toilet paper roll can do for your child’s imagination, we choose to use ours to turn us into pirates, “ahoy mate”

WE invite YOU to explore the best of your children’s imagination by participating in the competition.

{Competition Details}  The ‘Have a Ball Stunt Hunt’ competition is a great demonstration of Fruit Shoot’s commitment to imaginative play and has a reward that is priceless. Here’s how it works:

1. Visit the contest homepage to upload a video of your kids showing off their best tricks, stunts, and super-cool abilities with a Fruit Shoot bottle and any ball. To qualify, please make sure your video is under 30 seconds. Check out the stunt video we have already souped-up for inspiration!

2. Share your video with friends and family and encourage them to vote for your video.

3. Every week, we’ll chose a winning video, give it the full-on Hollywood special effects treatment, and release it on our contest homepage for the world to see!

{FREEBIE Details} Entrants will receive a free bottle of Fruit Shoot when entering the contest. Entrants will also receive a Waboba ball anytime they buy 6 bottles of Fruit Shoot in-store.

Ab had a blast using her imagination to create fun games with the Fruit Shoot bottles, but she also enjoys drinking them!  They feature a no-spill cap, and contain no fructose corn syrup…which makes it a better option than other flavored drinks.  They also come in an assortment of tasty flavors, and of course the fun, bright colored bottle!

Thank you to Fruit Shoot for sponsoring today’s post, but my love for their juice and endorsing children’s imaginations is all my own!

Submit Your Fruit Shoot Stunt Hunt Video Here 

{QUICK} Update on the Kiddos

Felt like maybe I should do an update on the kiddos to share with you all. Plus this allows me to keep a record for me to come back to time and time again to just oogle over all these memories. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back to look at all the fun things Ab has done and it is a great reference of what I should be expecting with Jack. 

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Can you believe that little girl is going to preschool this year? This hasn’t sunk in yet, truly I still think of her as a baby sometimes and catch myself doing things for her that she is more-than-capable in doing for herself. It just amazes me that George and I created such a smart, funny, witty, and absolutely cray-cray little girl. If you couldn’t tell from this photo, Ab LOVES her baby brother. She is so great with him and truly has the patience required of a big sister, such an important role. She is imaginative and loves to play! She is super into sidewalk chalk, swinging and playing on her swing set, reading herself books, playing babies, watching movies (Toy Story 1,2,3 are new favorites) and then acting out scenes from said movies. Her eating habits are all still fantastic when we can get her to actually sit down to eat. This girl can seriously chow down on fruits of our labor (tomato and cucumber) directly out of the garden but is still so ready to lick some icing off any cookie or cake in her reach. I know this is my kid but damn, she is COOL.

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This little man is 5 months old (sorry Kat, I can’t find the damn stickers) and chock full of personality. He is sweet and lovey and is so into his momma, such a good boy. He gives hugs, he pulls your hair (Poppa Herron can vouch for this as Jack has pulled his chest hair many times) and he JUMPS! Jack is extremely entertaining in his Johnny Jump-Up and can get that thing going so much that you hear it and feel it in our bedroom upstairs. He is amused by his Abbey-girl and can watch her run, jump and play for long periods of time. At 5 months, Jack is enjoying his oatmeal baby cereal and Beppy (sitter) has discovered that he LOVES his pears and strongly dislikes his prunes. I plan to introduce more vegetables this month. He has rolled over a few times and then decided (I guess…) that he doesn’t want to do it anymore, however, he loves to sit up from his propped up position on the boppy. We are in trouble, I predict he will be crawling in just a few short months! Is it possible to skip rolling over and crawling and going straight to standing and walking? He might do that actually because he loves to use his strong little legs. 

Whew, lots of things going on, could I be a more blessed momma? I think not! 

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Four Months Big

This journey of becoming a mom of two has been pure joy! Yes, my house is an absolute disaster. Yes, I have little time for friends. Yes, my weekends are mostly comprised of laundry and kiddo activities. But, hey! That’s what I always wanted and I’m blessed to have such a chaotic messy home that is filled with laughter and love all the time. And can you believe it? Jack Edward is FOUR months big!

Jack has been to California and back, he has begun this amazing personality filled with baby giggles that are crazy infectious and he has won over his big sisters heart (well, ours too). Jack-Jack is lovable and so “squishy” as Ab used to call him while I was prego. His chunker cheeks and thighs are so kissable and I love his looks that he gives me, there is already a mother-son bond growing.

Needless to say, I know that people have said that every mom deserves a daughter (I think the motive here is payback) but every mother needs a son too. My friend, Kristi Jones, explained her relationship to her son and her daughter to me once and I’m really starting to scratch the surface of understanding what she was talking about that day. So much to look forward to but in the meantime there is still so much to enjoy. Check out the pics below of Jack at four months (wish I could find his stickers that aunt Kat gave me, messy house remember!)

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What else is Jack doing at 4 months? 

We gave him a taste of cereal, he did pretty good! Mostly tried to suck it off the spoon like a nipple but hey, can you blame him? That’s all he knows! Jack also started rolling over from tummy to back and did it two times the Monday we got back from California (7/21) and he is trying to go from back to belly. Jack is also trying to sit up from a propped position with him still lying on his back he will try to use that big belly to pull himself up! Or if he is propped up at angle on the couch he will try to sit up. Most of the time he will topple over to the side or go straight forward and land his head into his lap. 

We we couldn’t be more proud of big sister Abbey, she is so sweet to Jack. Sharing toys, lots of kisses and her general concern is genuine. One of my favorite one-liners from Ab about Jack is when you ask her what he eats, she will say “bottles and boobies!” Thank you to our sitter for that one :-) 

 

#AmericanAirlinesFAIL at Family Friendly Traveling

I’ve used this blog as a platform for sharing my family ups and downs, giveaways, updates on pregnancies, freebies, and now I’m sharing about my recent travel experience. George (@mrpreggers) and I recently hauled the family across the country all the way to CALIFORNIA for some family fun and my Take Shape For Life convention. Our weeklong vacation was awesome! Hands down it was amazing to take our babes to some seriously awesome places and create memories that hopefully Ab will remember and poor Jack will live through via pictures. But I’m going to have to share these experiences with you in a different post, this post is reserved for the epic fail that is American Airlines.

We started our travels at Dayton International Airport via American Airlines and it was GREAT! We brought our checked bags, one each per paid ticket which was Ab, George and myself, and we had our carry-ons, our stroller that holds both babes and both carseats. YES that is a lot but from my research it was all okay to bring with us. I was concerned with our stroller only because I have only traveled Southwest Airlines with Abbey and never been on this airline before so my first question at the ticket counter was, do I need to check the stroller or can it be checked at the gate. The lady at the ticket counter was so nice and assured us that it was okay for the stroller to be checked at the gate, FABULOUS! So our trek across the country via plane started in Dayton with a slight layover in Dallas then our final arrival at LAX.

Fast forward a week and a day and we are checking in at LAX this morning at 8:00am – what a disaster! We still had all the same stuff and started checking it all in at the ticket counter with no help and the ticket agent noticed our stress and requested a younger man to help with our bags, she was our saving grace in the morning but then it all went downhill from there.

Once we left the ticket agent and headed up the elevator (that the ticket agent pointed out for us because of our stroller) and started for TSA, we were stopped by an American Airline employee. Stopped because our stroller was too big to be gate checked. WHAT?!?! No problem, I stayed calm because this was clearly a mistake as we traveled from Dayton to LAX with said stroller with no problems. A supervisor was called over to help us and at this point I’m sweating bullets that we are going to be late for our flight, we hadn’t even gone through TSA yet on a busy Sunday morning at the LAX airport. The supervisor comes over and I’m basically doing a demonstration on how amazing our stroller is and she was not impressed. She had me take off some of the “parts” which were Jack’s Chicco car seat and the adapter for our City Select Stroller then head back downstairs to weigh my stroller. We went downstairs, weighed the stroller and it was over the “24lb” weight limit that was news to me as a weight limit for gate checked strollers.

The supervisor was super helpful despite my fear/panicked/sobbing attitude. All I kept thinking about was, “how are we going to get through some of the busiest airports, LAX and Chicago, without our stroller?” We had our carry-ons and diaper bag and really how do you carry a 3 month old infant and keep track of a very busy toddler while man-handling all the bags with diapers, extra clothes, snacks, games, etc?

The supervisor called over a new ticket agent to check our stroller – ARGH – and I said that if that was the case then the car seat and adapter for the stroller needed to be checked too (how are we going to carry those along with all the other stuff I listed and the two kiddos?) and that’s when the attitude started….the ticket agent was laying in on me about how I shouldn’t have brought such a heavy stroller, WHAT?!?!

As a reminder, we made it through Dayton to Dallas to LAX with this same stroller and stuff with ease, how could we not make it back?

Hands tied, we had to check our stroller…

I took the opportunity to share this experience via Twitter, what else would I do? @AmericanAir was extremely responsive but not too helpful.

Three airplanes later we arrived in Dayton tonight around 7:45pm and headed to baggage claim to pick up all of our stuff. Great news, it was all there! BAD NEWS, our stroller was BROKE! Yes, BROKE!

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Hmmmm….bad attitude ticket agent (second one) at LAX about our stroller and now it is broke….coincidence?

So in Dayton I had to track down an American Airline employee to get help on the broke stroller and to see what could be done. We met Amy and she was so sweet and so helpful but poor Amy couldn’t help us much. She was empathetic and really was upset that LAX made us check our stroller and didn’t understand, Amy was also upset that our stroller was broke and suggested that we surrender to the damage claims which meant losing our stroller for a week while it was either being fixed or replaced via insurance. We were okay with this option and waited for Amy to write up the paperwork.

BUT then Amy came back to us with more bad news, she had to call her supervisor, Alan, to help her with the paperwork and he said that per policy strollers were NOT covered under the damage claims and that he would be out to talk to us. So we waited and waited and waited. In the meantime I had George getting the car so we could load up and go to get the kids home at a somewhat decent time. When Alan came out to talk to me he had the policy paperwork all printed out and highlighted the section that spelled out how strollers were not covered. I explained how LAX forced me, they FORCED ME to check the stroller and then broke it and how was that not covered but Alan was just referring back to the policy. I asked him if he as a person, not an employee, thought it was fair for a family to travel from Dayton to LAX without checking the stroller then being forced to check it from LAX back to Dayton and then it was broke. He thought it was, and that’s when I knew that he wouldn’t be that helpful. I asked for someone else to help me and he suggested his manager Rodney and that’s where this story pauses for now. I have already left Rodney a message and expect to get a phone call from him by tomorrow and I can’t wait to hear his answer when I ask the question:

How will you help me brag about you and your company?

Because right now, it’s not great what I’m posting to Twitter/Facebook/Blog and I ask all of you to help me! Please retweet my posts on www.Twitter.com/JesyHerron and please share my story. I don’t think it’s fair that I was forced to check our stroller and then it was broke by American Airlines and they won’t do a thing for me. They want me to work with baggage services but I was told that their policy is policy. Does that seem fair? This is a $500 stroller and it needs to be replaced!!! We would love your help!! Love you all!!

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Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure {Giveaway}

Do you have a Princess Sofia or Jake and The Neverland Pirates fan in your household? If so, you will WANT to keep reading to see how you can win a family four pack of tickets for your family to see Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday, July 26th either at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm.

A little about Disney Junior:
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network’s biggest yearly audience in the day part in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. The magic continues in 2013, with the block currently home to the Top 3 cable TV series in Kids 2-5 and Top 4 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. Disney Junior channels in Japan, India and Disney Junior Portugal launched in fall 2012, bringing the total number of channels to 33 worldwide.

Here are a few coloring sheets to get your kiddos excited and ready for the SHOW!!!

Jake Coloring Sheet

Sofia Coloring Sheet

What You’ll Expect From the Show: Audiences will then embark on a journey to the magical world of Enchancia, where Sofia, her step-siblings Amber and James, and the entire kingdom are preparing for the annual friendship festival. Sofia has the honor of delivering the perfect gift to her royal subjects at the celebration, and the one-and-only Cinderella visits the castle to help Sofia in her mission to find the right present. The excitement continues when families cast away to Never Land where Jake and his Yo Ho pirate friends, Izzy and Cubby, are in a race against time to locate a mysterious treasure-filled volcano. Danger, thrills and adventure lurk around every turn when our swashbuckling friends battle Captain Hook for the ultimate prize. Peter Pan makes a special appearance, aiding the team in their heroic quest, and with the help of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Jake and his crew fly above the stage in their journey.

Show Details: 

To find out more about Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate &Princess Adventure and to purchase tickets, visit disneyjuniorlive.com, or visit us on Facebook at Disney Live! and follow us on Twitter @DisneyLive! For more information about Disney Live!, members of the media should visit http://www.feldentertainment.com.

CINCINNATI – U.S. Bank Arena: 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Date and Time of Performance: Sat 7/26/2014 (1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm)

Tickets start at: $20.00

To order tickets by phone: (513) 421-4111

Online: http://www.ticketmaster.com

Giveaway Details

The Herron Nest will be at the 4pm show and we’d love for you to join us, Here’s how:

Win­ner will receive a pack of four (4) tickets for a performance on July 26th, for either the 1 PM, 4 PM or 7PM show at US Bank Arena in Cincin­nati.  Manda­tory entry is to answer this ques­tion: What character is Captain Hook most afraid of? Share your answer in the comments section!

For a few extra entries you can do any of the fol­low­ing (please leave a sep­a­rate com­ment for each):
  1. Sign up for my newsletter (or let me know that you are already subscribed)
  2. Check out and “like” Disney Live! on Face­book.
  3. Tweet about this give­away, includ­ing: @JesyHerron and @DisneyLive!

That gives you four ways to enter.  You must be 18 and a res­i­dent of the Greater Cincin­nati area in order to qual­ify to win.  Win­ner will be drawn on WEDNESDAY July 16th (yes, it is QUICK) at 7 PM using Random.org and will be noti­fied via email. The win­ner will have 24 hours to respond or a new win­ner will be drawn. Tick­ets will be made avail­able at Will Call at the US Bank box office by Noon the day of your event.  Photo ID required in order to claim your tickets.

Dis­clo­sure: I am a Feld Fam­ily Ambas­sador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attend­ing shows and report­ing my opin­ion within this blog, as well as keep­ing you advised of the lat­est dis­count offers, Feld Enter­tain­ment has pro­vided me with com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to Feld shows and oppor­tu­ni­ties to attend pri­vate Feld pre-Show events.

potty-training-guide

Super Stars in the Making

The ladies of this Herron household are never shy around the camera and this time there is an informative video to prove it. Abbey and I were stars in the latest video produced by US Digital Partners for Pampers Kandoo to help introduce the Kandoo Potty Training Guide and Tools.

Timing is PERFECT! George and I are ready to introduce potty training to Abbey and we think the Potty Training Toolkit that Kandoo offers is the right tool and system for us and our family. We’d love for Abbey to be walking into preschool this fall wearing her big-girl-underwear versus packing the diapers and wipes. Not too mention that we are already using diapers for Jack so one less would save us a lot of money.

Check out the video to hear my advice on potty training and check out the cuteness of Abbey, as she is really the star!

Don’t forget to checkout the free tools with your very own free potty training guide, bathroom chart, door hanger and certificate provided here: http://www.kandookids.com/kandoo-potty-training-toolkit/