Circus Review via Guest blogger: Jami White

When you commit to events at 37 weeks pregnant there is sure to be a few that just don’t work out, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Presents Built To Amaze!℠ circus happened to be one. Lucky for me, I have a fantastic family who is always willing to jump in and help a sista out when she needs it the most (oh and the free tix were the bonus). Guest blogger, Jami White, was able to attend for me with my nephew, Bubby or Mason and my brother, Matt. Despite the fact that poor Bubby was puking in the middle of the night, they were one family that was not going to miss the chance to see elephants, tigers and clowns – OH MY!

Check out the wonderful pictures captured by Jami:

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{Giveaway} Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Presents Built To Amaze!℠ – WINNER is Travis!

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Abbey and Papa at the 2013 Circus at U.S. Bank Arena

The weather is heating up in Cincinnati and so are the fun-filled-family-friendly events. What I’m trying to say is that the CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN! Last year we took Ab to her first show and she was literally bright-eyed and full of squeals with all the excitement. I will be 9 months pregnant this time but too excited to see her reaction again to miss the Greatest Show On Earth!

Excited to take your kids to the greatest show on Earth?!?

“Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley ® Presents Built To Amaze!, the 143rd edi­tion of the Great­est Show On Earth. Sur­prise and won­der delights audi­ences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momen­tum builds so does the antic­i­pa­tion, any­thing can hap­pen when Rin­gling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze!

Cir­cus per­form­ers from across the globe cre­ate the per­fect blend of ath­leti­cism and brav­ery, where power meets fear­less­ness and amaze­ment has no bounds.  Magnificent ele­phants, fero­cious tigers, aston­ish­ing acro­bats and awe-inspiring aeri­al­ists are engi­neered into one spec­tac­u­lar performance.

Cel­e­brate the tra­di­tion TODAY and expe­ri­ence it’s mod­ern flare of twists and turns where excite­ment and sus­pense are so intense you’ll be tempted to cover your eyes.

From the blue­prints to the band, the crates to the clowns, the ham­mer to the high wire, wit­ness the spec­ta­cle as we mea­sure out the per­fect mix of mar­vel and majesty in an imag­i­na­tion equa­tion where the impos­si­ble comes to life. Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley®Presents Built To Amaze!

Details on the show: 

Where? US Bank Arena

When? March 12 7:00pm; March 13 7:00 pm; March 14 7:00 pm; March 15 11:00 am, 3:00 pm or 7:00 pm; March 16 11 am, 3:00 pm or 7:00 pm.

Open­ing Night tick­ets are just $12 – No code needed! Fam­ily 4-pack offer $99 includes 4 tick­ets, pop­corn, marsh­mal­low pops and lemon­ades. Get your tick­ets here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/180631/1788389.

Feld Family Entertainment

Win your Family 4-Pack of passes here:

Win­ner will receive a Fam­ily 4-Pack of passes to the Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley Cir­cus open­ing night on March 12, 7 PM at US Bank Arena in Cincin­nati.  Manda­tory entry is to answer this ques­tion? What’s you’re favorite act in the circus? Would it be the lions and tigers? How about the clowns? Tight rope walkers are pretty fun too! Share your favorite 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.
  2. Check out and “like” Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley Circus on Face­book.
  3. Tweet about this give­away, includ­ing: @JesyHerron and @RinglingBors Built to Amaze!

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  Feb­ru­ary 27 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.

Here’s other blogs also host­ing giveaways:

http://www.littleworldafterall.com/2014/02/11/ringling-bros-and-barnum-baileys-built-to-amaze-at-us-bank-arena-giveaway/

http://www.inagalaxy.com/2014/02/10/ringling-bros-and-barnum-bailey-presents-built-to-amaze-at-us-bank-arena-giveaway/

http://imlivingthegoodlifeblog.com/2014/02/11/circus-giveaway/

http://www.familyfriendlycincinnati.com/2014/02/10/ringling-bros-barnum-bailey-circus-presents-built-amaze-giveaway/

http://www.thelittlethingsjournal.com/2014/02/11/ringling-brothers-and-barnum-baileys-built-to-amaze/

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.

{Giveaway} Disney Live! February 15 – And the Winner is “jami”

Let me say, as a mom to a Disney-mega-fan-toddler, I’m absolutely thrilled to share the fun that is about to take stage in Cincinnati at the U.S. Bank Arena on February 15, 2014. But the big question is, are YOU ready?!?! I’m not sure which character my little girl will be more excited to see, talk about a line-up, check it out:

Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new touring show Disney Live!Mickey’s Music Festival.  Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more!  The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family!  You can’t resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters!  Come join them at Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival for a lively concert experience guaranteed to deliver enough rockin’ memories to last a lifetime.

Giveaway Details

Required entry: What is your favorite Disney movie song?

I can pretty much sing and speak the entire Beauty and the Beast movie (much to my families chagrin) but I have to say that “Under The Sea” is a favorite and I hope it is sang at the show. 

For additional entries do one, or all, of the following (and please be sure to leave a a separate comment for EACH entry in the comment section below to be entered):

  1. Sign up for my newsletter or tell me that you are already signed up (I can verify)
  2. Check out and Like Disney Live! on Facebook then let me know you did so
  3. Tweet about this giveaway, including @JesyHerron and @DisneyLive

DisneyLive 1That gives you four ways to enter to win tick­ets. You must be 18 and a res­i­dent of Greater Cincin­nati in order to win. The win­ner is cho­sen by ran­dom using Random.org. Give­away ends on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 7th at 12 pm. The win­ner will be noti­fied via email and will have 24 hours to reply back. Your tick­ets will be for the 4pm show. Please don’t enter if you know you can’t make that per­for­mance. If I don’t hear from you, you auto­mat­i­cally for­feit your win, and another win­ner will be cho­sen.  Tick­ets will be made avail­able at Will Call at the US Bank box office by Noon the day of your event.  Photo ID is required in order to claim your tickets.

Here’s more chances for you to win:

http://www.littleworldafterall.com/2014/01/25/disney-live-mickeys-music-festival-at-us-bank-arena-giveaway/

http://www.familyfriendlycincinnati.com/2014/01/24/disney-live-mickeys-music-festival-us-bank-arena-giveaway/

http://imlivingthegoodlifeblog.com/blog/2014/01/25/disney-live-mickeys-music-festival/

Can’t wait to see if you win because you need tick­ets right now?  Here are the details on the show and a great dis­count code:

Dis­ney Live! Mickey’s Music Fes­ti­val at US Bank Arena (tickets available at Ticketmaster.com, click link below to go straight to Tick­et­mas­ter event page)

Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 15 at 1 PM
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 15 at 4 PM

You can Save $5 off non-VIP tick­ets using promo code KS55 when pur­chas­ing your tick­ets online!!

Do you have kids who like to color? Then print out this super cute coloring page.

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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.

 

 

{Giveaway} The Simple Portrait Project Family Photo Shoot

With the holiday season upon us, it is impossible to not be in a giving mood. And in the spirit of “giving” I’m thrilled to be sharing this special giveaway on The Herron Nest with all of you.

I was recently approached by a very loving family about the idea of giving away a photo shoot to a family who doesn’t have the means to pay for this themselves. With presents to be purchased and large families to host, sometimes these extras aren’t in the budget, right?

Here is how this unique giveaway will work:

Please post a comment with a little description about what “family” means to you and why the donors should pick your family for this fun photo session {Check out the gallery and photo style of photographers, Jonbob and Jeremy, at http://thesimpleportraitproject.com}. Feel free to share this post with a family you feel will really appreciate the offer or “nominate” a family that deserves an opportunity to be photographed together for the holidays.

{Photo Shoot Details}

  • Plan to show up at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time, typically there will be many families there as they do back-to-back 30 minute sessions all day.
  • What you wear is as important—and so is what everyone else is wearing. Consider what the group is wearing as a whole. Look like you belong together; a similar color palette, similar season. Make sure clothes are clean and pressed because details show. And NO MATCHING OUTFITS!!! {per http://thesimpleportraitproject.com}
  • Expect two to four set-ups per 30-minute session. For larger groups, one session will probably only yield one beautiful group shoot
  • This a stress-free photo shoot.  No need for Sunday best – jeans and bare feet turn out great! 

{Giveaway Details} 

The giveaway includes one 1/2 hour photo shoot {date and time has already been chosen, make sure you are available for the time-slot} and 4 Hi Res JPEG “digital” prints via disc. Additional Hi Res JPEG files are $25 each available for your choice to purchase. There are also options of purchasing archival-quality signed prints {see pricing} or you can simply take the disc and choose your print method ie: Snapfish, Shutterfly, etc.

  • Date – December 1st
  • Time – 12:30 pm
  • Location – 308 8th Street, 6th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The family who wins the Simple Portrait Project Family Photo Shoot giveaway will be chosen on November 27th – all entries must be submitted by 1pm on 11/27 for consideration. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments section so that you can be contacted promptly. 

*That’s right, I’m NOT picking the winner, Random.org is NOT picking the winner, but the anonymous family who is giving away the photo session, is going to decide.

Disney On Ice And The Mickey & Minnie Meetup

The Herron family can go ahead and chalk this night up as one for the history books. Well, at least that is the case for our Abbey-girl because she got to meet Mickey and Minnie for the second time. Thanks to Feld Family Entertainment Direction, Adam, for hooking up the bloggers with this exclusive meeting with Abbey’s favorite characters. George was brilliant for capturing the moment Abbey saw Mickey and Minnie, best 30 seconds ever!

As soon as it was Abbey and Mason’s turn to get their picture with Mickey and Minnie, they both ran up to the beloved characters like they had been best friends for years. Neither one of them hesitated or were afraid for one second! So proud of these munchkins. Abbey just kept waving at Minnie, hugging her, hugging Mickey, blowing them kisses and then right before we walked away Abbey had to touch Mickey’s nose. Too cute!

Abbey and Mason Meeting Mickey & MInnie

And if meeting Mickey and Minnie wasn’t enough, Mason and Abbey got the best goody bags to root through before the actual show. Disney-themed goody bags included 1 stuffed animal, Stitch, 1 stuffed animal, Young Simba, 1 Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic Show book and 1 Disney-themed photo frame. All this before we enjoyed the show – such a magical night!

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Seats were phenomenal and the show was just as magical as it promised. Thanks to our photographer for capturing so many characters dancing on the ice. The colors, music, interaction from the characters, lights, costumes and fireworks!

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If you haven’t already, GET.TICKETS.NOW.

Halloween will be a bust anyway – go to the show instead and enjoy a family four pack. More details on how you can get your tickets:

Show times are Wednes­day, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Thurs­day, Oct. 31, 7 p.m., Fri­day, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Sat­ur­day, Nov. 2, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sun­day, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Ticket prices are $17 to $56 and avail­able at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, at all Tick­et­Mas­ter loca­tions, www.ticketmaster.com or by call­ing 1.800.745.3000.

DISNEY ON ICE SUPER FAMILY 4 PACK

OFFER:

Family Four Pack – $99.00 valid on non-VIP seats.  The offer excludes Weekday performances because of the weekday pricing discount of $12 flat non-VIP tickets.

4 – $20.00 tickets (Dayton only) or $22.00 tickets (Cincinnati only)

4 – 16oz Lemonade (in a Disney On Ice logo plastic cup)

4 – REG Popcorn Box

4 – Disney On Ice Coloring Book

RESTRICTIONS:

  • Valid from Now – Oct. 27 (Dayton) and Nov. 3 (Cincinnati) at midnight
  • Good on non-weekday performances as noted above.
  • Not combinable with any other offer
  • $20.00 (Dayton) / $22.00 (Cincinnati) seating only
  • Cannot use with Ticket Fast delivery method
  • Valid online, phones, outlets, and box office

Thank you again to Feld Family Entertainment, what a great night!

 

Abbey Moments

As a parent of a toddler who is constantly in “entertainment” mode, I wish I could capture each and every single moment but that just isn’t possible. This blog along with Facebook and Instagram have certainly helped but I must say, this weekend was chock full of Abbyisms that I need to record now! Don’t want to forget…..Don’t want to forget…..Don’t want to forget! So here goes a few of my favorites even though this doesn’t cover even half of the moments. Pshhh.. if only TLC would recognize the disfunctional talent my family has and start taping us for our own reality show already. C’mon TLC, we are way more entertaining than Kate Gosselin.

{Abbeyism #1}

As Abbey, George and I were playing in our very empty basement she decides that she no longer wants to play and instead she wants to watch “Mickey Mouse Cub House.” And so she hops up on the couch and starts saying over and over “Mickey Mouse Cub House.” As a mom who wants to limit the TV time, I said no and told her she needed to come off the couch to play with mommy and daddy. She didn’t like my answer and decided to tell me again “Mickey Mouse Cub House Mommy.” At this point George had to cover his face so she wouldn’t see him laughing while I was disciplining. Abbey then shouted to George, “Daddy, I see you!” And then we were done, the laughing from the both of us was uncontrollable at that point. Although, we didn’t watch the show but did play. Mommy/Daddy 1 – Abbey 0Abbey and Mommy

{Abbeyism #2}

Goofing around on Sunday morning after Abbey had  woken up and still had her binky in her mouth (we are on a limit of naps and bedtime only as we further attempt to wean her from her binky time) and she had been snuggling with mommy and daddy. She pulled up my shirt and shared her binky with Squishy. Of course she thinks Squishy lives in my belly button and attempts to push the binky in my belly button or she will try to tickle Squishy and basically shoves her finger in my belly button. Awww sibling love!

{Abbeyism #3}Abbey tantrum

After taking Ab to the zoo for some Abbey and Mommy time (which we had a BLAST), we were getting in the car and Ab said to me, “I have fun momma.” Serious heart melter! I need to remember these sweet moments when she is sitting at the dinner table crying for 20 minutes over the last bite of food I want her to eat! That is a whole different story with the bottom line of mommy and daddy winning so I guess the score is now Mommy and Daddy 2 – Abbey 0. OH trust me friends, she wins a LOT! Did you see my Facebook post about the $9.00 pumpkins for her and Bubby? Yea, there was a lot of “Pease Momma” going on that day!

{Abbeyism #4}

Post Loveland Bike Trail PhotoComing home from a fun day Sunday of a couple miles in the Loveland bike trail (11.5 which is damn good for a prego) and dinner at The Works (not good by the way) we were in the car trying to keep Abbey awake. It was only 7:00pm and I wanted to make sure she got a bath when she got home and didn’t want her to fall asleep just to wake her up because she never would have gone down at descent time. So Abbey and I were bantering back and forth and I would yell back to her in a funny voice, “NO SLEEPING!” and she would yell it back to me and giggle. But one time after I yelled the “NO SLEEPING” she muttered under her breath, “Oh god.” Umm what? I had to correct her with, you mean “gosh.” Where does she learn this… ahem, George, I mean, I dunno.

{Giveaway} Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic – Lauren Hambrick is the WINNER!

HRP_DOI20_09_MINNIE20AND20MICKEYThis week has been very exciting and “Disney-themed.”

First, I get The Little Mermaid from the hubby, what?!?!?! I am so excited to watch and re-live childhood memories plus I cannot wait to belt out all the tunes and watch with my Abbey-girl, I hope this is favorite for her as it has been for me since I was a little girl.

Second, I received an email with the news of a giveaway opportunity for a family 4-pack to the Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic show at US Bank Arena. Wahoo! I’ve been wondering when I was going to get the details for this awesome show and I’m now super happy to share them with you.

{Details of the show at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati}

Join the celebration as more than 60 of Disney’s unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!  You’ll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney Princesses.  Be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you’ll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!

Show times are Wednes­day, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Thurs­day, Oct. 31, 7 p.m., Fri­day, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Sat­ur­day, Nov. 2, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sun­day, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Ticket prices are $17 to $56 and avail­able at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, at all Tick­et­Mas­ter loca­tions, www.ticketmaster.com or by call­ing 1.800.745.3000.

DISNEY ON ICE SUPER FAMILY 4 PACK

OFFER:

Family Four Pack – $99.00 valid on non-VIP seats.  The offer excludes Weekday performances because of the weekday pricing discount of $12 flat non-VIP tickets.

4 – $20.00 tickets (Dayton only) or $22.00 tickets (Cincinnati only)

4 – 16oz Lemonade (in a Disney On Ice logo plastic cup)

4 – REG Popcorn Box

4 – Disney On Ice Coloring Book

RESTRICTIONS:

  • Valid from Now – Oct. 27 (Dayton) and Nov. 3 (Cincinnati) at midnight
  • Good on non-weekday performances as noted above.
  • Not combinable with any other offer
  • $20.00 (Dayton) / $22.00 (Cincinnati) seating only
  • Cannot use with Ticket Fast delivery method
  • Valid online, phones, outlets, and box office

{Details of the Giveaway}

If you’d like to enter to win tickets, I’m giving away FOUR tickets to see the show either on October 30 or October 31 at 7:00pm. (your choice on which day you’d like to attend between these two dates). Winner must be 18 years of age. Tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call (must have your ID). Winner will be chosen at 10 am on Tuesday, October 22. Winner will receive an email, and will have 24 hours to reply. Here’s how you can win — three chances — please leave one comment per entry (don’t forget to include your email address):

1. Answer this question: In Beauty and the Beast, according to LeFou, “No beast alive stands a chance against. . .” whom?

2. Who’s your favorite Disney on Ice Character?

3. How many times have you seen a Disney on Ice show?

That’s it! Good luck!

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.