Tips for the Harlem Globetrotters in Philly

Our family had a fabulous time at the Philadelphia Harlem Globetrotters show held at the Wells Fargo Center, as well as our lucky winner.  Here are some pictures we captured during the game...




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Gunn Family Tips:

  1. Make sure to bring cash for parking outside of the Wells Fargo Center (it is pricey so if you can, take public transportation).
  2. Let the kids dress up in their favorite basketball jersey.  If they are wearing a favorite they might not ask for a pricey Harlem Globetrotters jersey at the game.
  3. Don't miss out on the half-time performances.  Local dance troops and schools put together some great acts.  Must be so exciting for them!
  4. The game is constantly keeping the kids and audience engaged so ENJOY!

Do you have a tip you would like to add?





Harlem Globetrotters in Philadelphia





(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 world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring some of the greatest athletes on the planet to display their innovative ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks, trick shots and side-splitting comedy when they visit the Greater Philadelphia region for five games, including stops at The Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m., Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ, on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, March 8 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.


Once again, we are excited to provide one of our lucky readers with a 4-pack of tickets to this event held at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, March 8th at 12 pm.  The winner will pick up their tickets at the Will Call box office.  We cannot wait to attend this year since 2 of our 3 kids play basketball.  A great way to finish the basketball season for the kids....before March Madness begins.

Good Luck & see you there!

And if you would like to purchase your tickets now to ensure the best seating, be sure to use code HGBLOG to receive a discount!
UPDATE: Congrats to winner Liz Grover! Can't wait to hear how you like the show.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME

Show poster 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME will make its Philadelphia area debut next week (Feb. 11- 16th).

Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts that can only be seen at
The Greatest Show On Earth.® Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals. From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, join us as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before. Prepare to be amazed by incredible strongmen, astonished by the freestyle tricks and flips of BMX riders, and fall in love with our performing pachyderms

Buy your tickets now: http://www.philadelphia-theater.com/theaters/wachovia-center/ringling-bros-and-barnum-bailey-circus.php


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Easy Lemon & Pepper Salmon




What you will need:
  • Salmon fillets - frozen or fresh
  • McCormick Lemon & Pepper (to taste)
  • Lemon juice 

After you make this salmon at home, you may never want to order salmon at a restaurant again.  This is a delicious and fast recipe that will be sure to impress your guests.

Preheat our oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray, and place your salmon on top.  This recipe works well with frozen or fresh fillets.  If you are using frozen, I like to let my salmon thaw slightly while the oven is preheating.  

Generously shake the lemon & pepper seasoning over (and under the fillets). Make sure to give them a good coating.  Then squeeze a little lemon juice over the fillets and you're done!  Bake your fish for approximately 20 minutes (give or take depending on whether you are using fresh or frozen salmon). 

TIP: To know if your salmon is ready, use a fork to pull the salmon apart in the center.  If it is ready, the inside will be a pale pink and the "meat" will flake off to the touch of your fork. 


I love to serve my salmon with a side of asparagus or green beans and long grain wild rice.

 Enjoy!



Easy Homemade Applesauce



This recipe has been adapted from Fabulessly Frugal.  It is super easy and only FIVE ingredients.  For my family of five, this is devoured in one sitting, so I'd suggest doubling, so you have some leftovers. 

6 Gala apples - peeled, cored, and sliced 
1  cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon


Peel and core your apples, slice, and toss into cooking pot. Add the water, sugar, and cinnamon. Mix the ingredients and then cover and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes (or until apples are soft).  Let stand about 5 minutes with the lid on.  

Pulse in your cuisinart (or blender) until desired texture. We like ours a little chunky.  Serve warm or chilled and top with a little extra cinnamon. 

Enjoy!



Monster Jam Show Photos and Tips

Last night our clan went to the Philadelphia Jam Show at the Wells Fargo Center.  It was our youngest son’s first time, so we were super excited to see his reaction when the monster trucks entered the arena.  As we were walking along the concourse, L heard a “rumble” and he bolted into the arena.  It was adorable.  

If you haven't been to a show before, there are dirt bikes and quads that typically ride around the pit while the crowds wait for the trucks to begin, as well as in between monster truck show acts.  The kids will never be bored!  Here are some pictures we took last night, followed by our family tips.  We’d love to hear from you if you have an additional tip!










Here are our family tips:


  1. Make sure to bring ear protection. It gets super loud inside with the engines rumbling so you will want ear plugs or the “ear muff” protectors. They do sell them there but can be pricey, so we find it’s better to pick some up at your local hardware store.
  2. Bring coats. It can get chilly inside since they leave the door open for the monster trucks to enter in and out of the arena. Some people even bring a blanket depending on the location of seats. 
  3. The souvenirs can be expensive so if you think your kids will want a new monster truck at the show, buy one at Target before you come and surprise them with a new truck when you get there. I will note however, the soft monster trucks (like stuffed animals) are really cool and I have not seen them sold in any of my local stores…they sell for $20.        
  4. If you are attending the Pit Party, bring your own memorabilia (poster, book, hat, etc..) with you and ask the drivers to sign! It is always fun to meet the drivers, see the faces behind the trucks. My son loved the pit party when he was younger. He was in awe of the massive trucks and tires.


Monster Jam Ticket Giveaway



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

The Monster Jam Show will be here next week and we cannot wait to for this year's performance!  Be sure to check back Saturday morning (10/4) for our pictures from the opening night show. 

 We have the opportunity to give away a family four-pack of tickets to one of our readers, for the FRIDAY night show at 7:30 pm.  Simply enter below and we will pick a random winner by Tuesday, 12 AM, ET (9/30/2014). 

Note: We also have an Exclusive Discount Code “BLOG” for $10 off on purchase of $25 and $35 tickets for October 3rd performance at 7:30 pm.  Click on this link to purchase your tickets.

Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest

It is that time of year again....school has started, nights are cooler, leaves are beginning to fall off the trees, and we patiently await the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer!


After having been to the official Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany and celebrating Oktoberfest in Dusseldorf, Germany, I can honestly say the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest is the most authentic Oktoberfest we have attended in our area.  We initially learned of this Oktoberfest through my husband's co-worker.  He is a member of a German band that participates in the Oktoberfest every year.  We have been attending this fest for the past several years thus making it an an official Gunn Clan tradition.  Not only do we enjoy the German liters of beer and delicious food, but the kids have a blast listening (and dancing) to the German music, and of course, the carnival rides.

Hours: The Oktoberfest opens on Friday (10/19) at 5:00 p.m. and closes at 11 p.m. Hours on Saturday are 12 to 11 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 6 p.m. Admission: $8.00 per person.

Our tips for DE Oktoberfest:

1. For the cost of entry, you can have access to unlimited rides but come prepared with cash for food and beer tickets.  You may bring your own stein for beer and/or  purchase one there (they do bring in novelty gifts and souvenirs straight from Bavaria).

2. Arrive early on Saturday or Sunday if you are coming with the family.  It can start to get a little crazy later in the day as you can imagine.  

3. There is a small playground for the kids if you want to let them play while you try to eat.

4. You will see many people dressed in their Lederhosen or Dirndl dresses, so if you have one hanging in the closet, dust it off and sport your Bavarian attire.


Here are some pictures....Prost!
     
                                                  












NEW Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches

Disclosure: I participated in a Blogger Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for  Stonyfield. I received coupons to facilitate my shopping trip and thank me for participating.

My older kids love yogurt and they eat it just about every day in their lunches and as a snack after school.  My youngest (16 months old) has not quite entered the yogurt craze simply because it can be so messy.  He does not like to be fed and he does not quite have the gross motor skills to feed himself the yogurt with a spoon.  Even though there are yogurt sticks  (and we love to freeze ours as treats), it can still be hard for a baby or toddler to eat.  So when Mom Central Consulting for Stonyfield asked if I wanted to try out their NEW YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKid yogurt pouches, I was super excited.  

I was sent some coupons to purchase the yogurt pouches. I was able to find pouches at Wegmans (my favorite grocery store) making it easy to purchase and try out this new product.  The yogurt pouches can also be find  at the Giant, Target, & BJ's by me.  To find the closest store near you that sells the yogurt pouches, click here.  
Prior to trying out the pouches, we do not typically buy Stonyfield simply because of the cost.   My kids love the taste but they were just a little too expensive to buy every week.   I must admit, now that they offer pouches, the convenience along with wholesome ingredients is worth the extra change.  My 1 year loves the pouch and it has easily become a new staple for breakfast in the morning while we rush around getting the other kids ready for school.  Not to mention it's a great snack for "on-the-go" days with sports...when we're driving around in the car all afternoon.

Learn More about Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches

Stonyfield is the first refrigerated organic yogurt pouch available. All of the Stonyfield organic yogurt pouches contain pure organic ingredients and never any high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors. You can learn more at Stonyfield.com.  To find the closest store near you that sells the yogurt pouches, click here.  Also be sure to follow and connect with Stonyfield through social media, so you can keep up with all of their specials, promotion, and goodies.
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Have you tried the new Stonyfield yogurt pouches? If so, what's your favorite flavor?

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.