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.

Call me lucky

A photo of my two and some friends drawing inspirational messages on the sidewalk at a local park.

A photo of my two and some friends drawing inspirational messages on the sidewalk at a local park.

My kids are 2 years and four months apart. They’re three school grades apart. One is a girl. One is a boy. Because of the three year school difference, they haven’t ridden the same school bus since the youngest was in 1st grade. A lot has changed since then. The biggest change is that my kids consider each other one of their best friends.  Continue reading

Okayest Mom in the World

World's Okayest MomI saw someone post a photo of a coffee mug this week with this on the side. I feel that it fits me, and my role as a mom.  I didn’t actually think I was going to be a mom. I was married for 12 years before we had our first child — it just didn’t seem to be in the cards. But, I always wanted to be a mom, and I’m so thankful that I am. 

Some days, actually, many days, I feel completely clueless about being a mom – what I’m supposed to say or do, be, think, act. I know for a fact, mom, or not, I stink at cleaning and cooking. I don’t have much patience, and I regularly jump to the wrong conclusions. I have high standards and expectations for everyone in my life (husband, kids and dogs included – cats are out. Too free spirit for me to try to control). 

I know that becoming a mom has taught me infinite patience. Compassion. Sorrow. Joy. Forgiveness. I have loved deeper than I would have ever thought possible. I believe that loving my kids has taught me how to love not only them, but how to love my husband more as well.

The main thing that I’ve learned in being a mom over the course of the past 12 years, is that in reality, the quality isn’t so important. It’s the time. My presence, my willingness to just sit, and listen intently (even when I really don’t want to), is what my kids need/want from me. 

The making of special traditions, and therefore memories, is high on my list as well. Things we do regularly–making homemade pizza and then eating it in the living room while having a Friday night movie night in the winter; road trips specifically to just go buy donuts; and spending as many summer evenings as possible at the pool are just a few of things my husband and I consciously try to schedule. We make them appear random to our kids, but I know/hope when they’r adults looking back they see and appreciate the efforts made for them to have a great childhood.

I know I don’t want to , and would fail miserably, being a Martha Stewart pinterest crazy crafty I make everything from scratch and it’s awesome mom. That’s not me. I’m proud to be one of the world’s okayest moms. 

Happiest of Mother’s Day to all Mom’s out there.