Discovering Our New Backyard

There have only been about 8 years of my life (minus some time away in college) that I have not lived in West Chester. This statement is important because after moving back with my family a little over a year ago, we have discovered one of our new favorite places to have fun. KEEHNER PARK!

Honestly, I have not a clue if the actual playground is good or not, if the grounds of the actual park are kept up or not, nor do I know if the amphitheater is a good place to see local bands or not. What I do know is that the hiking trail and creek are awesome and The Herron Nest gives it 8 thumbs up. Hanging out on these trails and creeking is our new thang and I can’t wait to go back.


Standing up on a concrete/rock platform with ginormous water-hole behind us.


Said ginormous water-hole with a collection of rocks, including ours from that day.


The little Herron’s were all business with their rock-throwing skills.


After we hung out by the giant water-hole, we started to really explore what the woods and creek had to offer. I was so proud of the way Abbey went from, “these woods are creepy” to literally walking in the creek all by herself managing to go from rock to rock without falling or tripping. And if you know my daughter, a.k.a. NOT Grace, than you know that is a big deal.



On our way back out of the creek, through the woods, and heading up a pretty big hill, Abbey started singing and cheering on our family. She must have heard George and I out of breath hiking up the trail.


Enjoy this gem, Abbey trying to catch a frog!

How to have a BOMB POP Party

Kids are back to school and the biggest end of summer party is right around the corner. Make your Labor Day picnic into a Bomb Pop Party with these easy steps:

Step 1 – Invite the cutest all-American kids you can find!



Step 2 – Be sure to pick up a box of the one and only, The Original Bomb Pop, from your local Kroger grocery store. They are hard to miss with their iconic rocket shape and three great flavors packed into one delicious Bomb Pop.



Step 3 – Start passing them out to 12 of your closest friends and family while enjoying your time together! My suggestion is to eat them outside when your party guests are under the age of 30 :)










Helpful tip! Eat all three delicious flavors quickly when it is super hot outside. Oh, and if you make a mess, just lick around your mouth with your newly red-white-blue tongue!


IMG_1516Step 4 – Be kind to your 4-legged guests and share with them too!



Step 5 – Enjoy all the smiling faces (and colorful tongues) of everyone you shared The Original Bomb Pop with at your Labor Day Party.



Hurry… up….. it is dripping!!!

Today’s post is sponsored by The Original Bomb Pop, but my love for the brand + pics are all my own!

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!


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!)


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.