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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Enjoy this gem, Abbey trying to catch a frog!

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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!

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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.

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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 🙂

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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!

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

 

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Hurry…..eat 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!

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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!

#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!!