When Daddy Leaves and Mommy is in Charge

A string of text messages that started at 10:15pm:

George – Kids go down ok?

Me – Bahhhhhh! They’ve been down for like 15 minutes

George – Whaaaaaaaaa? Everything ok?

Me – Yea! You know….mom’s home so they get how they can just manipulate me!

George – Lol. That shit don’t fly with me

Me – I know, but more importantly, they know too (sad emoji)

George – Ha

…. and that is pretty much our life, Mom tends to be the softy! But how can you not be with these sweet faces?IMG_3748

Marvel Universe LIVE! at US Bank Arena {Giveaway} (Winner has been notified)

My little boy is OBSESSED with Iron Man to the point where I begged all my family friends to donate toy catalogs just so he could look through them to find his beloved character. Then I found out that Marvel Universe LIVE was coming to US Bank Arena and that was a game changer because now I’m excited along with my little boy.12244492_749384278540666_4070523572738274506_o

Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and the Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza, coming to the Cincinnati. You’ll definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It’s being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it!

This show is coming to the US Bank Arena December 17-20, 2015. There’s quite a few show time choices for all of the super heroes out there.

Show Times Schedule: 

Date  Morning Afternoon Late Afternoon Evening
Thursday, Dec. 17 7:00 PM
Friday, Dec. 18 7:00 PM
Saturday, Dec 19 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 7:00 PM
Sunday, Dec. 20 1:00 PM 5:00 PM

Prices:

These range from $20 for kids tickets up to $120 for VIP Gold Seats. (For the kids tickets, here’s some more information: Not valid on premium seating. No double discounts. Child discount applies to children ages 2-12. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.

Downtown Fun

If you’re planning on heading downtown after Thanksgiving be sure to look for some Marvel super hero fun in and around the square.  I saw first hand in the lobby of the Fountain Square Garage (upper level) some super awesome elevator doors decor, pretty cool.

What’s the show going to be like?

This video should answer any questions you have:

But, if you do still have questions, then visit the Marvel Universe LIVE website.

So are you in? I know I am. Would you like a chance to win tickets to the opening night show? Then here’s how you can enter to win a family four pack of tickets to see the opening night performance on December 17 at 7 pm. You must be 18 years or older to enter; and you must reside in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Tickets will be available at Will Call — a valid ID is required in order to pick up your tickets. Here’s FOUR chances to win (please leave a comment for each entry and I’ll use Random.org to choose the winner):

1. Leave a comment below letting me know which is your favorite Marvel super hero.

2. Like Marvel Universe Live on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.

3. Sign up to receive The Herron Nest Newsletter.

4. Tweet this giveaway and tag @JesyHerron for it to count!

The winner will be chosen at 8 am on Tuesday, December 8. Winners have 24 hours to respond once contacted via email or another winner will be drawn. If you win, I hope you come to the show decked out in your favorite super hero flair!

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.

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? 

#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

 

Full-Time Working Momma or Bust

One series of questions I get on a more than regular basis since having Jack are the following:

One of our many adventures from this past weekend.

One of our many adventures from this past weekend.

– Have you gone back to work?

YES

– Wow, already, how’s that been? 

The answer to the second question is the one I say with a smirky smile and sort of feel guilty when I say it. My answer goes a little like this: I AM back to work and I’m loving it! 

Which is typically followed up with…..

– Do you miss them?

um, DUH! 

So why do I feel guilty for going back to work? I shouldn’t feel guilty for loving what I do, I should feel blessed, grateful, successful, ect. but instead I feel deep-down that my answer should be something like this: Ugh, yeah I’m back to work but I wish I had 4 more weeks with my babies. The truth is really that I DO love my babies and I DO miss them while at work but I feel like my calling is to be a full-time working momma, not a stay at home one. I give mad props to the ladies and gents who stay home with their kiddos and I give mad props to the grandma and grandpa’s and the babysitters who love my kids while I’m out fulfilling my purpose as a human being – working in corporate ‘murica.

But look at how much fun she is having!! #worthit

But look at how much fun she is having!! #worthit

There are some serious downsides to working full-time, I seriously run my family bonkers on the weekends. It’s like I’m trying to make up for the time lost during the week but jam-packing every fun thing I can think of into two days. Especially during the summer, that is when I’m a family event planner extraordinaire, or at least I think I am. We are at the zoo in the morning, pool in the afternoon, swing set outside while grilling out in the evening followed up with a movie kind of family. And that is a LOW-KEY day!

Please tell me I’m not abnormal – please tell me that there are other full-time working momma’s out there that are feeling the same way, pretty please 🙂

Had to add one of Jack too, he's just so damn cute and such a good sport about his momma's crazy antics!

Had to add one of Jack too, he’s just so damn cute and such a good sport about his momma’s crazy antics!

{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} 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.

{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.

Abbey and the Sunflowers at 20 Months

For the second year we have had the opportunity to get pictures taken in the Sunflower field at Cottell Park in Mason, OH. The setting is always breathtaking and for the second year in a row we have completely lucked out on the weather. I was almost giddy when I saw the first sign of bloom at the corner of Snider and Irwin-Simpson Road, had to take a few iPhone pics myself and let Gayle know that we were ready for the pictures in the sunflower field. There are several reasons why these are among my absolute favorite pictures of Abbey; we are in a field of sunflowers, my photography genius cousin (Gayle Rothmeeler) is the one taking the photos, Abbey gets to run around and play at the park after we are done capturing the perfect shots and we always seem to luck out with the weather.

Here are some of my personal favorites from the teaser shots that Gayle sent me through her photography Facebook page:

my pretty little girl family shot in the sunflowers sitting in the flowers field of sunflowers Sunflowers little miss giggle box future modeling Look at those baby blues 100% Abbey

Here are just a few shots that I put side-by-side to show the comparison from 9 months old (last years photo session) and 20 months old. SHOEY that girl was a healthy looking baby! I miss those puffy cheeks.
9mo to 20 mo AbbeyThe sunflowers are still in bloom and probably will be for the next week or so, I encourage you to at least check out the fields as they are gorgeous in person. And if you want your little one’s pictures taken or pictures for the family, you can reach out to Gayle at 513.258.7337.

Madness on the Weekends

I’m sure like many other families with both parents working, the weekends become madness with cramming all family time into just 2 short days. Our family is no different except for the fact that my family includes me! I want to do so much that I’m literally dragging George and Abbey all over the place and come Sunday night we are all extremely exhausted. Luckily we are all having fun and creating great memories together. Here are some highlights of a typical Herron Nest weekend. 

Friday:

  • Dinner out at McAlister’s
  • Ice cream with Grandma and Grandpa Bird to celebrate 39th wedding anniversary
  • Shopping at Carter’s for Abbey (spoiled by above grandparents!)

Saturday:

  • Started the day with a morning run
  • Head downtown to wait in line for Bengals practice tickets
  • Brunch at Taste of Belgium in OTR
  • Meet up with old co-worker and his wife to play at Washington Park
  • Head home for Abbey’s nap while I weed the front garden
  • Cousin and kids pop over for lunch and play with Abbey and George and friend go to Bengals practice
  • Aunt Jami came over to spoil and watch Abbey crawl
  • Met up with friends and their kids out for dinner at El Pueblo’s
  • Came back to the house to give everyone a tour of Kat’s amazing remodeled home (totally HGTV looking)
  • The kiddos played at our house
  • And then everyone went to bed!

Sunday:

  • Clean up around the house
  • Laundry
  • Abbey nap time = George and Jesy get things done or nap a bit (LOVE naps by the way)
  • Laundry again
  • Pool time
  • Dinner
  • More Laundry
  • Abbey gets a bath
  • Put Abbey to bed
  • And more laundry
  • THEN CRASH!

As George and I have said, this is what its all about. Feeling exhausted on Sunday knowing that we had a great weekend filled with lots of Abbey playtime and getting some stuff around the house. I know that we are not the only ones that jam-pack our weekends but I’m also curious as to how the rest of you balance family life. How often and when do you and your significant other do date nights? What is your typical weekend like? Maybe we are the only ones that go 100 miles per hour from 6:00p Friday night to 8:00p Sunday night. Any and all comments welcome!