Win Tickets to Marvel Universe LIVE in Cincinnati!

Jenny and I both have some serious Marvel fans in our house! Take, for instance, Halloween 2014, when Ultron, Iron Man, and Starlord were all at my house:

Joshua was Falcon from the Captain America movie and Jonah was a reluctant Ironman.

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Needless to say we are SUPER PUMPED about Marvel Universe LIVE coming to Cincinnati!

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!

Stay up to date on the show by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter!

Marvel Universe LIVE will have five shows in Cincinnati between December 17 and December 20. Kids’ tickets start at $20 and can be purchased through TicketMaster.

We are giving away a four-pack of tickets for the show on December 17 at 7:00 PM! To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us your child’s favorite Marvel character. The contest will close on November 1, 2015 and a winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

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Disney on Ice is coming to Dayton

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Disney on Ice is coming back to Dayton, and we want you to join us there!

Jenny and I are excited to be taking our kids to the show once again. This year’s show is called Treasure Trove, and it features Tiana, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Flynn, Jasmine, Ariel, Peter Pan, Simba, Alice and more! To learn more about the show, visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

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Disney on Ice will be in Dayton at the Nutter Center starting Wednesday, October 21 through Sunday, October 25We are giving away a four pack of tickets for the opening night show! To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us your child’s favorite Disney character. We’ll choose a winner randomly on 10/10/15. Good luck!

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Pay Attention.

So here it is, the last day of September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Before everything turns pink tomorrow (and I do mean everything – I saw pink tortillas the other day), I feel the need to make my annual soapbox speech.

YOU GUYS. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR OVARIES.

Did that work?

Okay, let me be a little more specific.

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Here’s more.

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I have an entirely different perspective on this than I did a year ago, when I wasn’t paying attention, conveniently ignoring “persistent pressure or pain in the pelvic region” I had waxed poetic about for years. Little did I know that my annual screening (which I didn’t get around to until it was nearly three months overdue) would show a cyst in my ovary and an elevation in my CA-125 level, results that led to a laparoscopic surgery the following day and, eventually, a complete hysterectomy.

The good news is, as you know, I didn’t have cancer, but it scared the living daylights out of me.

The other good news is that for the 200,000 women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, they are making progress.

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So here are the takeaways.

Know your risk.

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If you are at an increased risk, take precautionary methods and have an ultrasound and a CA-125 screening each year, and do what you can to decrease the risk.

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For more information, check out the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

And for heaven’s sake, pay attention.

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