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.

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My New Title, Half Marathon Runner

I can’t put into words how incredibly happy and proud I am of myself and my friends who ran in the Cincinnati Flying Pig events over the past weekend. I’ve been talking about running the Flying Pig since working at DocuStar and I finally completed this goal on Sunday May 5th. I ran 13.1 miles in 3 hours with my very best friend and cousin, Kat Ottopal. It feels like I’m now part of an elite club but of course that club has thousands upon thousands of members and even some that have run this race every year since inception, 15 years ago. 

If the shoe fits, wear the damn thing :)

If the shoe fits, wear the damn thing

The experience was like none other starting with the infamous Flying Pig Expo on Friday afternoon. Kat, Lisa (my health coach), Ryan (Lisa’s boyfriend) and I (Lisa and Ryan were in from Oregon) were checking out all that the expo had to offer plus we picked up our sponsor swag and bibs. Kat and I both had personal messages on our bibs and I had completely forgot what mine said, oopsy!

{Highlights from the Pig}

  • My husband, mom, dad, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew, aunt, uncle and other friends cheering us on. NOTHING can top the feeling of seeing your family as you run towards them. Especially when you need that little oomph of encouragement which I did when I saw CJ, Sarah and Henry right before the finish.
  • Hilarious signs from spectators including my favorite one that had an image of Ryan Gosling and it read, “Girl, you look hot in your tutu!” Of course I was wearing a tutu and I wore it the ENTIRE time. photo (48)
  • Text messages throughout the run from various friends and family. My mother-in-law actually sent me a text just as I was passing the start line, very good timing on her part!
  • Starting the race was COOL! The energy, the music, the crowds already cheering you on, the sunrise, the rainbow, my friends starting with me, being surrounded by other runners and the general sense of hope that this was going to be a great experience all hit me at once. I had goosebumps! I actually looked at my friend, Andrea, and told her that I had goosebumps and I was so pumped up.
  • Random little fun fact, I saw so many people from my high school at the Pig and four of us were running. Shout outs to Jordan Flay (who did the 3-way challenge), Amber Potter and my girl Andrea Gontkovsky – Good Job fellow Falcons! 
  • The spectators were incredible! It is a hard job to run the race but it is also a hard job to get around the outskirts of the course to cheer on the runners. I was so proud of Cincinnati and those that support the running community.
  • Seeing and running with the Sharonville Mommy Runners. I’m so excited to meet these moms and join them on their weekend runs, they were all so adorable and inspiring.
  • OWNING the hill, enough said!
  • Last but not least, my medal is pretty much bad ass and I wore it around the rest of that day and to dinner at the Moerlein Lager House, why not? I earned the thing!

Pig Ladies

Just like a fellow Pig runner warned me, I’m looking forward to running the half and working on beating my own time. The experience was so incredible that I honestly can’t wait to run the half marathon again next year! I was actually reminding Kat during the race (can’t remember which mile this was) that I really only wanted to run the Flying Pig 10K but she insisted we do the half, “I’m not doing anything less than the 1/2,” is a direct text message quote! I can’t thank Kat enough for pushing me and helping me to run and show that hill who was boss.

{Other Pics from the Expo}

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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!