Look Up

cell phoneOne of my family’s favorite things to do on nice evenings is to go to one of our local parks. We’re really fortunate to live where we do, as our community prides itself on using 30% of the land for parks. In fact, a new park with a walking trail was recently added. It’s our current favorite as in addition to the being able to take nice walks, there’s also a great kids playground. Perfection. Pure perfection.

We let the munchkins hang at the playground while we talk a walk. After a few of our recent trips to this park, I’m feeling amazing fortunate to have the life I have. You see, while my husband and I walk, we talk to each other. Sometimes we hold hands. Sometimes one of us will lean over for a kiss. Or we’ll nudge each other in play. And we’ll laugh. It’s a wonderful time for us to catch up with each other. We can talk about the kids—things we love, things we need to work with them on, things we’d like to do with them, etc. We can talk about our schedules, plans we have. The world for that time in that place is ours for the taking.

What I’ve noticed, though, is that we’re not the norm. There’s normally five or six other couples who, like us, have brought their kids to play while they walk. But these couples aren’t talking to each other.  Instead, they’re walking along with their phones in front of them. What could possibly be more important than connecting with your partner? Not a game. Not a text. Not Facebook.

We conscientiously pay attention to when we use our cell phones in each other’s presence. For me, having the chance to spend real time with my husband is worth more to me than most things in life. I’ve chosen him to be my partner. It’s been 26 years. In order to make sure there’s even a possibility of another 26 years, we have to make conscious choses to make sure that we’re growing, and building our relationship.  I hope you’re doing the same.

If I’ve just described you at the park, it’s not too late. Next time, slip your phone into your back pocket. Reach out, grab the hand of the person you’re choosing to live life with, and talk. If it’s been awhile since you’ve done that, then start out by talking about the dogs running around the park. About the other people all looking at their cell phones. It doesn’t matter what you talk about. Just talk. 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME – Giveaway

a circus xtremeIt’s February which means that we’re getting ready for one of my favorite events in Cincinnati. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to town!!! My family wouldn’t miss the excitement for anything.

“Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME – it’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth® . Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTICanimals! It’s time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family! Ringling Bros.® Presents Circus XTREME it’s time to have XTREME fun with your family! Get your tickets today!”

Keep in mind that this is it. It’s the last time ever the elephants are going to be in Cincinnati before officially retiring to the Center for Elephant Conservation in sunny Florida.

I’m so pleased to be able to help promote this event. It truly is a family friendly event. One I hope every family gets to experience together at least one time. To help make it happen, keep on reading for my ticket giveaway below.

First, though, here’s important information about the show:

When: March 3-6, 2016 (March 3 – 7 pm/ March 4 – 3 pm OR 7 pm/ March 5 – 11 am, 3 pm OR 7 pm/ March 6 – 1 pm OR 5 pm)
Where: US Bank Arena
Best Price: Opening night tickets are just $15! Purchase them here.

Show this video to your kids, and they’ll fall in love with these great, fun, non-scary clowns:

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 March 3 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 as the winner is chosen automatically by the WP Plugin “And The Winner Is”):

1. Leave a comment below answering this trivia question: How long is the “circus train”?

2. Like Ringing Bros… on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.

4. Sign up to receive the LWAA Newsletter.

5. Like LWAA on Facebook.

The winner will be chosen by noon on Wednesday, February 23. 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 wearing a cape. 

 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.

Marvel Universe LIVE! Comes to Cincinnati

Marvel Universe Live CaseThis one. This one. This one is going to be epic! I’m so very excited to be able to be apart of this event. 

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. 

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 as the winner is chosen automatically by the WP Plugin “And The Winner Is”):

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.

4. Sign up to receive the LWAA Newsletter.

5. Like LWAA on Facebook.

The winner will be chosen at 8 am on Friday, December 4. 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 wearing a cape. :)

 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.