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

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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.