{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 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.

Baby Herron Has a Nickname

When I was pregnant with Abbey we didn’t have a nickname for her. It was simply “Baby Herron” until the day we found out that “baby” was going to be our sweet Abbey Road.

This time it is oh-so-different because of Abbey. Baby Herron already has a nickname and is called this name affectionately by it’s older sister. Baby Herron is now referred to as “Squishy” or “Baby Squishy.” keep-calm-and-love-squishy

Sunday morning, as most weekend mornings now, started with Abbey kissing my belly and then poking my belly button and saying, “morning Squishy” and then gave my belly a kiss and sweet hug with her sighing, “awww momma.” Of course my heart melted a million times over for that sweet moment.

The name is  already catching on, when we went to Grandma and Papa Herron’s house last night Papa started referring to the baby as “Squish” and telling Abbey that she gets one rocking chair and Squish gets the other when they visit. As you see, Dora in Finding Nemo claimed that a ocean creature would be called Squishy and a really cute line from the movie was created. Perhaps we can find Abbey a big sister t-shirt with this line on it {or I’ll just make one}.

As much as I can’t wait to find out if we are having a girl or boy I’m at least happy to not refer to the baby as “IT” even if it is an odd nickname, it is still cute. I’m guessing no matter what we name the baby, Abbey will ultimately have the final say in what the baby will actually be called!

Did your baby-to-be have a nickname?

The Herron’s Have Fun News

This is one of those really exciting times that we have wanted to share for a while now but wanted to make sure it was the right moment. Well, that moment has come and now it’s time to share our super-duper fun news.

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George, Abbey and I all got to hear Baby Herron’s heartbeat last week. Dr. Caligaris looked at Abbey when we were listening and told her “that right there is your competition” boy does he know her well. How do you tell a 22 month old that she is going to be a big sister? I’m not worried, Abbey loves babies and I’ll just pray that she loves her new baby as much as the ones she gushes over at the store or park.

Baby Herron (who needs a nickname) will be making his or her presence into this world next March. I’m 13 weeks along and popping out already – oh yeah and I’m already rocking some maternity clothes. I forgot how wonderful maternity pants were, so comfy!

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As I’ve always done, I’ll be tracking the pregnancy here and documenting week 13 through the end of March when we get to meet our baby. So follow along, I’m sure it will be fun!!

Lots of praise to my oh-so-talented cousin, Gayle Rothmeeler, for capturing this moment and helping us to tell the world that we will be a family of four – Life Through the Lens

The Most Important Meal of the Day, #Breakfast

My little one has always been a good eater, I’m lucky and I know this lovely fact. Breakfast is no different but there was always this need to literally have the exact same thing every morning – 3 mini pancakes, fruit and yogurt. I really hated the fact that I was feeding my kid yucky microwave pancakes every morning and tried making her french toast with the best organic eggs and wheat bread. The response to the french toast was NO. How about I make blueberry pancakes since I have a connection to the very best blueberries in the tristate? The response to the gluten free blueberry pancakes was okay for the first few days then she went back to the yucky pancakes.

Just recently we have been saying NO to the pancakes, win for mommy! But crap, what do I feed her now?

This morning we tried Fruit-O’s and milk. A real bowl of cereal and milk for my big girl!

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Cereal and Milk #Breakfast

Cereal and Milk #BreakfastI think it is safe to say that Fruit-O’s and Milk was a big HIT for my little bed-head girl this morning. I do think it is funny that she automatically knew to just tip the bowl to finish the delicious milk at the end of a nice bowl of cereal.

What do you feed your growing toddler for breakfast? I’m assuming this won’t last long and I’ll need more ideas fast!

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.

{Recipe} A New Way to Make Pizza

I was able to make a pizza, eat the ENTIRE thing and still feel great about myself and the food choices that I made. I made a pizza with cauliflower crust. Wait, don’t click out of my blog post just yet, it was tasty!

I used an entire head of cauliflower – this actually yielded two individual pizzas (yes that is a frog bib, do you expect anything else from me?). Don’t forget to pre-heat your oven at 450 degrees!ImageAfter washing, break all the cauliflower up into smaller pieces.

348Go ahead and fill a pot with water, and once boiling, dump your cauliflower pieces in for about 6-8 minutes. 
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Once your pieces have boiled long enough, drain (but keep hot) and pat moisture with paper towel. Add to food processor or mash with spoon so that you have a “mashed potato” consistency.

350Measure out 1 cup of the mashed cauliflower, add 1/4 cup egg beaters and 1/4 cup low fat cheese (I used mozzarella but heard that Three Cheese Blend has less moisture and will help with the crust not being as mushy).

351This entire bowl (above) creates ONE individual pizza crust. Once you have mixed your crust you’ll want to spray a crazy amount of Pam on a cookie baking sheet or parchment paper/wax paper would probably work okay too. Go ahead and pour mixture onto the baking sheet in a circular shape. I used my rubber spatula to shape and pat down so it wasn’t too thick. I’ve heard others use a springform pan but I think that just adds to the clean up which is the WORST part of cooking IMO.

352 Bake for at least 15 minutes, I would even recommend 20 to make sure the middle isn’t mushy. Again, one head of cauliflower will yield 2 individual pizza crusts.

353You’ll know your crust is close to done when the edges start to brown and look crispy. Again, I put mine in for 15 minutes and should have gone more like 20 minutes.

354Once your crust is done, wait a few minutes for it too cool then flip it over and add toppings. If you are following a Lean and Green meal, here is a sample ingredient list that is helpful for your plan:

Crust:
1 cup Grated Raw Cauliflower or 100 g (2 Greens)
1/4 cup Egg Beaters (1/8 Lean)
1/2 cup or 2 oz 2% Reduced Fat Three Cheese Mexican Blend (4/8 Lean)
1/8 tsp garlic powder – optional (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 tsp basil – optional (1/4 Condiment)
Toppings:
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp or 1.5 oz 2% reduced fat Mozzarella cheese (3/8 Lean)
1/2 cup Italian diced tomatoes or Rotel tomatoes, canned – less than 5 g of carbs per serving (1 Green)
Go ahead and put the pizza back into the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 or so minutes to let the cheese melt.
355And once the cheese is melted you’ll have a delicious individual pizza to enjoy!
356 1 Complete Lean and Green Meal, 3/4 Condiment (Not even 1 Condiment!), with no Healthy Fat required. I honestly almost couldn’t finish this pizza because it was so filling.

Weight loss Success, FINALLY!

Just like a lot of people in this world, I “yo-yo” with my weight ALL the TIME. I was just reflecting on a few of my older weight loss blog posts and the last one that I wrote was on December 28th. At that time I weighed in at 177 pounds and I was doing pretty good. Not sure what happened after the holidays but I sort of went down hill with my Weight Watchers success and the pounds added up again. All through January and February I was sitting at 180.6 then 180.4 and on 3/8/13 I weighed in at 180.2. The lack of success is extremely deflating!

Enter my friend Amy (cue the clouds parting and bright sun shining through). Amy is the one person in my life that could literally tell me it was a good idea to jump off a bridge and I would probably do it, I’m serious! Amy has become my life coach or something. In the past two years Amy has given me so much great advice and has referred George and I to so many important ideas and/or people in our lives. With my weight loss it was no different, Amy posted on our Mom Facebook page that she had lost weight after baby #2 was born and shared her success. At first I thought it was a bit crazy that she had lost so much weight and inches in such little time. I reached out to her in a state of frustration with my weight loss and asked her to give me the scoop. I can’t help but to skip ahead to the part where I am now having the same kind of weight loss success myself!

I’ll just let the pictures and numbers speak for themselves:

4 Weeks and 14 Pounds LessI’m obviously super excited about losing 14 pounds in 4 weeks but I still have a long way to go on my journey. The program is pretty simple and I’m lucky that it fits my lifestyle as a busy and full-time working mom. I’m also lucky to be supported by so many amazing people in my life. My husband, my friends, my health coach, and my co workers. But I wouldn’t have this kind of success if it wasn’t for my girl, Amy, who introduced me to the idea that I CAN be the healthy person that I want to be for myself and my family.

I’m looking forward to losing more weight and getting to that ultimate goal of optimal health and I’m happy to share my story with anyone interested in wanting to know more. Just shoot me an email JesyHerron AT gmail DOT com so we can chit-chat!

Ready for Cincinnati Reds Baseball Season!

At The Herron Nest, we are ALL ready for some Cincinnati Reds baseball! So much, that the new Cincinnati Reds hat (George recently picked up for his baseball fantasy draft night), is now the new favorite toy for Abbey. Thought I would share the picture and give in to the Cincinnati Reds baseball fever that everyone else in this town is feeling too. Can you believe that people actually sit outside the Great American Ballpark in the cold waiting to purchase tickets for Opening Day, April 1st? Apparently there are only 1,500 tickets available and you can start camping out at 9am on March 22nd. NO THANKS! We’ll just wear daddy’s hat and giggle around here.

Abbey and Daddy playingAnd yes, George is wearing Abbey’s headband. But really, it is only fair because she stole his Cincinnati Reds hat!

The Circus is Coming to Town, Are You Going?

With absolute certainty I can say that I love going to the circus! I instantly turn into a little kid watching with awe as the acrobats go flying through the air and giggle with glee when the animals perform their tricks. Who can go to a circus without buying popcorn and some light up toy? Not this girl, I have to have it all. George actually bought me tickets for Valentine’s Day a few years back and I can’t wait to go again with Abbey. I’m assuming that toddler age might be a bit rough to sit through the entire ordeal but her momma will sure love the show and I can’t wait to go this year to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents DRAGONSSM

Join me and come to the show at Cincinnati’s US Bank Arena March 13-17! Check out a preview of the show here:

I’ll be giving away tickets soon, but if you can’t wait and want a great deal, then this offer is for you:  You can purchase a Select Family Value Pack on the tickmaster.com event page. No code is required. For $99 you get:  4 – $20.00 tickets, 4 – 16oz Lemonade (in a Ringling Bros. logo plastic cup), 4 – SM Popcorn Box, and 4 – Lollipop.

In addition you can get tickets to opening night tickets on Wed., March 13 at 7 pm at U.S. Bank Arena for just $12!

Be sure to check back on my blog for the giveaway coming real soon! 

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.