ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship


The 2014 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be the first under the new-look ACC with six teams (Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia) in the league. All six ACC teams are currently ranked in the top 11 of the national polls, with Duke, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia occupying the top four spots in both the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches Poll. Those six teams also combine for 24 NCAA titles and 166 NCAA Tournament appearances.

For $5 off per tickets, use the promo code “ACCMOM” at www.philadelphiaunion.com/promo

Win 4 free tickets today by entering a comment on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/GunningIt/posts/761411957216615?stream_ref=10

The four-team tournament will commence at PPL Park with semifinal action on Friday, April 25, with games at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The championship game will be played on Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m. The two teams that do not qualify for the championship will play in the ACC Showcase on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m.



Friday, April 25
5:00 PM - Syracuse vs. Duke
7:30 PM - Maryland vs. Notre Dame

Saturday, April 26
7:30 PM - North Carolina vs. Virginia

Sunday, April 27
1:00 PM - TBD

Perrigo Nutritionals Review & Giveaway

As a mom who stays at home with three young children, I am always looking for new ways to save money and become more organized as our activities and schedules evolve.  I have always been a store brand shopper and tend to buy what I need by frequenting several different stores.  So when given the chance to try out a Perrigo Nutritionals gift pack, I was super excited.

First I must admit, I had not heard of Perrigo Nutritionals, but I soon learned that they are the largest supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products in the world...and one of only four companies recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for meeting the strict FDA requirements for safety, nutrition and quality for infant formula-manufacturing in the United States.  Pretty impressive.  Perrigo Nutritionals store brand products are sold under individual retailer brands, such as Walmart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up & Up Store brand products.  

Here is a peek into my box full of samples: food puffs, food pouches, dried yogurt....all the snacks my youngest son loves!  He did not notice a difference in taste but I notice the cost savings!



As you can see, in addition to the samples of food, I also received a copy of Crystal Paine's book, “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your  Passion for Life."  A great book to have on hand and to refer.  For example....

Cyrstal Paine's 5 Money Saving Tips for Families

Create a Budget
A budget gives you parameters and purpose, it gives you boundaries, and it gives you freedom to live creatively within those boundaries.

Shop With Cash
When you shop with a credit card (or even a debit card, for that matter!) you can have your budget in your head and you can do the best to stick with it when you check out, but it’s so much easier to go just a little bit over here and there when you’re swiping!


Plan a Menu
When you have a plan in place for what you’re supposed to be eating each meal and you’ve already purchased the ingredients for those recipes, it’s a lot harder to justify chucking the plan for takeout.

Use Coupons
Coupons are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — so enter a coupon database! You’ll have access to printable and other coupons currently available and it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries.


Buy Store Brands
One way to save a great deal of money on your grocery budget is to learn to like and use a variety of brands. The sooner you can get over being a brand-snob, the more your pocketbook will thank you.
For example, while I breast fed my children, moms who choose to formula feed can save up to 50 percent by switching to store brand formula, which meets the same FDA quality standards as expensive name brands. There are also coupons available at a website - StoreBrandFormula.com (www.storebrandformula.com).  This one simple change can save moms about $600 a year. 




More about Perrigo Nutritionals
·         Many moms are not aware that they can save up to 50 percent on infant formula by choosing a store brand over a national brand.
·         Store Brand Formula is nutritionally comparable to the national brands, yet are typically up to half the price, and can save you about $600 a year.
·         Same standards and expertise used to develop infant formula applied to toddler foods
·         Toddler foods are appropriately developed for variety of stages of growth and motor skills with quality, nutritional ingredients to create foundation of good nutrition.


Now you can also win a gift pack just like the one I received...

The Perrigo Nutritionals product, information and two gift packs have been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals.  But as always, all opinions are my own.

Old Forge, Adirondacks


 If you close your eyes and think of an outdoors vacation, the town of Old Forge in the Adirondacks would appear in many a mind.  For the Gunn clan, the trek to Old Forge each July is a rite of passage.  We fell in love with Old Forge several years back and that affection grows with each visit.  This town (and all of the Adirondacks really) has a zen quality about it that exudes calm and tranquility.  The Main Street is welcoming, the residents are friendly and the temperatures are cool.  The entire town has a hip, rustic and non-commercial vibe.  Unlike some places that try to manufacture that image, what you see is what you get with Old Forge.  It is what it projects.  It is committed to outdoor beauty, locally owned businesses and family.

   


There are so many things that we love about Old Forge and the Adirondacks, here are some of our favorites:

  • Old Forge Hardware store – This place is right out of a Norman Rockwell painting.  It feels like you have traveled back in time to the 1950s while you wander around this gigantic store that seems to sell everything. 
  • Swimming in the channel – there is a dock and swimming area within steps of our cabin.  The kids love swimming there and it’s easy for us to keep an eye on them from the yard or deck

  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari  – this amusement park is a unique blend of fairy tale stories, rides, petting zoo, circus and water park.  The kids love it all!
  


  • Old Forge pondThe town’s public beach starts the Fulton Chain of lakes.  In addition to the beach, there is a platform with a diving board in the deeper water, a wooden ship / playground and one absolutely amazing view!     
                    

  • Pied Piper – The only thing better than the ice cream is the view of Old Forge pond


  • Inlet – Small town north of Old Forge that has an old school playground including a "merry go round"(remember those?) and other play areas that you have disappeared from most parks because of liability concerns!

  • Bald Mountain – Hiking to the ranger's tower on Bald Mountain is a must.  The hike is challenging but not too challenging to do with children.  The views along the way of the Fulton Chain Lakes are breathtaking...




  • Bear watching – It’s not uncommon to stumble upon a black bear.  We’ve seen them in trees, in town, on the road.  One year, one even broke into our car to eat some candy that we had mistakenly left!

  • Slickers – This local restaurant has hands down the best French Dip sandwich you’ll ever taste, in our opinion.  We love going on Friday nights to listen to some live music, have a French Dip and share a pitcher of beer.
  • The Strand – Part movie theatre, part museum.  This theatre is so vintage you feel a little hipper just being there.  They are are now digital so if you would like to make a donation, please visit their link!
                                             

  • Adirondack Pizza and Arcade – The games are old and the prizes aren’t anything to write home about but this arcade has a vintage feel as well.  We get the family special of pizza and wings and then let the kids play games for as long as $5 will take them.

We love Old Forge and the Adirondacks so much.

It’s a tradition passed down to our family, from Margie's family, and will remain a part of our family for years to come.

We are a family focused on experience which often times means finding new places to create new experiences.  For us, Old Forge is so special that it deserves a repeat visit every Summer because each visit blends a combination of new experiences with the comfort of familiar memories. 

Old Forge is what other outdoor vacation towns try to be.

Here are a few more photos to share our "ADK vacation" with you...

View from our table looking out at 4th Lake at Northwoods Inn 
(great breakfast, lunch, and dinner)


Grab this paper as soon as you arrive to town...
We have found this to be the best way get all the info. on what is going on in the area.

Ask a local how to find this spring water spot...fill your own bottles off the side of road 
(just down from Bald Mt. parking lot).  How cool!?

Ever seen "bear proof" trash cans?

To read even more about Old Forge, we have made a blog with some more details here:
http://escapetooldforge.blogspot.com/

Harlem Globetrotters Giveaway


(I received complimentary tickets for the purposes of this giveaway. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. As always, all opinions are our own)!

The Harlem Globetrotters


It is that time of year again!  The Harlem Globetrotters will be coming to Philadelphia March 7, 2014 through March 9, 2014.  This event is a huge hit in the Gunn family since both kids are playing basketball this year. We had a great time attending last year's event in which the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment.  They let the fans vote on new rules to be used in actual games. It was so much fun, they are doing it again with tons of cool new rules to choose from on the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour.

 Venue(s): Liacouras Center (Friday, March 7 at 7pm) Sun National Bank Center (Saturday, March 8 at 2pm & 7pm) Wells Fargo Center (Sunday, March 9 at 12pm & 5pm)

To purchase discounted tickets, enter the promo code: HGMOM to receive $7 off  (Not valid on P1 or P2  -Valid on select price levels -Valid online only).

Ticket Link to where they can enter the promo code HGMOM:
http://ev15.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/EVExecMacro?linkID=global-wachovia&evm=prmo&RSRC=ComHGMomblog&RDAT=70140000000p8k5

Herr’s Factory Tour


   2013 was a hectic year for the Gunn clan..  a new addition to the clan (Liam), a new job and home improvement projects absorbed a lot of our free time.  We had an amazing year filled with great fun and memories but had to cut back on our pace of activities and posts.  2014 is a new year and one that brings more time and opportunity for the kind of family activities and experiences that we love to share with our GunningIt followers.  Our first activity in 2014 was a tour of the Herr’s Potato Chip Factory in Nottingham, PA.  Tours are free and are offered every hour from 9 to 3pm each Monday through Thursday.  Reservations are required so please call ahead to book!

   The tour starts with a short video in a theatre setting that gives a history of the Herr’s family and the business that they built.  From there, the tour goes through the factory and describes where Herr’s buys their potatoes from, how they are prepared, sliced, fried (or baked), salted, seasoned and packaged.  The tour lasts about 45 minutes in total, moves quickly and provides a lot of information that is interesting and educational.  We’ve been on a number of tours in the past and some can be overly detailed and uninteresting to children.  This was definitely not the case with the Herr’s tour!  Nick and Anna were focused and engaged the entire tour.  They especially enjoyed watching the potatoes drop in for initial prep and the fresh chip samples that they received during the tour.  These were hands down the best chips that I’ve ever had..  warm, crunchy, perfectly salted.  It’s a good thing they only gave us a handful otherwise I would have eaten a hundred!! 

  The tour ends with a free bag of regular Herr’s chips and a stroll through the “Oops” section of the gift shop.  The “Oops” section offers a wide selection of different products that are discounted for a variety of reasons including misprint on packaging, incorrect weight and trial products.  Some of the trial products included steak flavored chips, hot dog flavored chips and hot cheese popcorn!  They are offered at a fraction of the price so we took the opportunity to stock up.  $15 netted us so many bags of chips that I think we are set on chips for months.. Since we went during the Christmas season, we also had the benefit of also seeing the wide array of Christmas lights that adorned the Herr’s campus.  The kids especially enjoyed the lighted bushes in the shape of potatoes.  We had talked about doing this tour for some time and are so happy we finally got to experience it.  It’s an inexpensive family activity that is fun, entertaining and educational! 

Some Gunning It Tips:
·        1. Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour starts.  It’s a short drive from the main road to the parking lot and a short walk from the parking lot to where the tour starts.  You also have to pick up tour tickets when you arrive and we found ourselves in a line.

·        2. Bring $20 to stock up on some chips from the “Oops” section of the gift store.   There is a nice little snack bar that has a kid-friendly menu (the kids will probably be thirsty after the chip samples)!

·         3. It’s worth a repeat visit at Christmas time for the lights alone!


The Adirondack Phantoms are coming to Philadelphia...

PHANTOMS 2 GAME PACKAGE vs. ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS VS. HERSHEY BEARS

If you and the family are ice hockey fans like ours, than you do not want to miss the action coming to the Wells Fargo Center this February!  The Adirondack Phantoms will return to Philly for TWO games...Saturday, February 1 against the Hershey Bears at 1  pm and Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 pm.  Our family cannot wait to attend the games and we will be sure to post pictures so you can check out all the fun.

PHANTOMS 2 GAME PACKAGE vs. ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS VS. BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS

To order tickets, visit this link or call 800-298-4200.

Disney on Ice Review "Let's Celebrate!"

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed opening night at Disney on Ice at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.  And if you have not made it down to the performance yet, there is still time to make it to Disney on Ice...they have even added a 7 pm show on Sunday!

This year's theme was all about celebrations!  They covered Birthdays, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Vacations: Hawaii, Brazil, Japan, China, New Orleans, and closed with a fantastic Christmas Celebration and appearance from the Toy Story characters.  The Christmas performance reminded me of the 'It's a Small World' ride in Disney.

The only down side...we were hoping to catch a surprise performance from the Disney Frozen characters, but no such luck.  So without further ado, here are some photos from Disney on Ice "Let's Celebrate!"



















Disney on Ice "Let's Celebrate!"



It is that time of year again! Disney on Ice is back this holiday season and this year the theme is "Let's Celebrate!" It's one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine's Day Ball with Disney Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe.

This year my daughter and I are excited to be attending opening night, December 26th, with friends, thanks to Comcast-Spectakor. A great tradition every year we look forward to after the Christmas festivities wind down. Disney on Ice will be running in Philadelphia from December 26th thru January 5th at the Wells Fargo Center. To purchase discounted tickets, Visit this link and use code: BLOG.


In the meantime, we are giving away the chance to win a four pack of complimentary ticket vouchers valid for weekday performances (excluding Friday evening). The vouchers can be turned in at the box office in exchange for hard tickets.  Enter now & good luck!




(I received a complimentary tickets for the purposes of this giveaway. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.  As always, all opinions are our own)!

Lunch Box Scribbles



Owner, creator, and mom friend of CaitiMac Creations - also founder of the Clingy Cord, sent me these adorable Lunch Box Scribbles to use in the kid's lunch boxes this year.  The scribbles come in five different assortments:  Balls, Circles, Flowers, Hearts, and combo packs.  The lunch box scribbles are made of reusable foam chalkboards.  They are a great way to leave a little love note your child's lunch box each day and so easy to write a message and wipe off ....



Do you write notes in your children's lunch boxes?  These would make a great stocking stuffer or gift for the upcoming Holidays...and they are Made in the USA!

Bathroom Renovation

We bought our Cape Cod style home in Exton 11 years ago when Main Street at Exton was simply piles of dirt. At the time we had no idea what they had in store for Main Street.  We absolutely love our location. We are in the center of everything yet tucked away in a nice quiet neighborhood so it almost feels as though we live in the country.  With that said, our home was built in the 70's so we knew our house would be in need of updates over the years.

My husband and I have made renovations to our house almost every year.  Some big and others small....but we make sure to do something.  We decided to slowly make updates being careful to not "break the bank." Thanks to Pinterest, recent renovations plans have been much easier to plan. I love making a board for each project so I can have a visual as to how the project will come together. One of our make-overs this year was the kid's bathroom.  
Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the bathroom before ripping out the toilet and vanity.  We were just so excited to get rid of the constant leaky toilet and 70's style single sink vanity with plastic striped counter-top (yes striped!?).  So here are a couple before pictures....


We chose to install a double vanity for the 3 kids to share.  The boys share one sink and our daughter gets her own sink because "a girl needs her own sink, right?"  We also had our carpenter install bead board around the entire bathroom and switched the paint color from yellow to a calming light blue.  I love how it turned out.  


We chose to install a double vanity for the 3 kids to share.  The boys share one sink and our daughter gets her own sink because "a girl needs her own sink, right?"  We also had our carpenter install bead board around the entire bathroom and switched the paint color from yellow to a calming light blue.  I love how it turned out.





I am still not quite sure what to do with this shelving space located behind the shower.  As usual I am perusing Pinterest for ideas.  If you have a suggestions, I would love a comment!


So our tips and advice:

1. Always budget for the renovation costs 25% higher than the initial quote.
2. Start a board on Pinterest to keep your ideas in one place.  I love having a visual board of how the room will come together.  Pin other rooms and decorations you love to help your create your own unique space.
3. Do not forget about stores like Marshalls and Home Goods when making renovations.  I have had tons of luck finding fixtures, rugs, towels, whatever it may be, at a much lower cost than your traditional stores. 
4. Look for that one item (in our bathroom it was a Pottery Barn shower curtain found at the outlet) to inspire and plan your update around.