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!

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#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!

#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!”

 

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

#AmericanAirlinesFAIL at Family Friendly Traveling, updated 4.24.15

UPDATE 4.24.15 – #AmericanAirlinesFAIL Part 2: The Saga Continues 10 months Later

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!!

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/