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I just got home after a busy day with the kids and friends.  Our main focus was to go to Build A Bear for the Pay Your Age promotion.  I really didn’t think it would be that busy and I thought it would be a fun time for the little ones that had not had the opportunity to Build A Bear yet.  We got done and I opened up my phone to a ton of negativity about the event and that is really just not cool because honestly, it was a fun day.

About the deal:  Any child was able to go to Build A Bear and pay their age in years for any bear of their choice.  So if your child is 1, you pay $1!  If you are older than 29, you were 29 for the day and could pay just $29 for any bear.  

They definitely marketed the sale well.  I heard about the sale from many sources and was intrigued and wanted to bring my kids.  Well apparently other parents also had the same idea.  After hearing from several people that they were going to go, I figured I would arrive early to get in line so we could be the first ones in the store.

Reality:  I arrived at the mall around 8:30.  The mall doors had not even opened up yet so my friend and I hopped in the line to get into the mall.  I chatted with some other moms in line and I arrived about an hour too late if I wanted to truly be one of the first people in the store.  A friend of mine arrived at 7:30 AM and she was in the first group of 10 to get in the store.   That was smart on her part because for my kids it was really the wait to get the bears stuffed that was the killer.  Watching the other kids get their bears and not being able to help is hard for a three year old LOL.

They had a full staff at Build A Bear, they had help from Mall Security, and managed things really well at our store.  First you waited in line to get your bear.  For US it took about 2 hours to get to the bears.  This really did not seem to take very long at all.  Dad walked around the little ones, my friend’s 6 year old daughter is exceptionally behaved and enjoyed snacks and playing while we waited.

The store had a system.  Once you reached a certain point, you received a name tag with your age on it.  Then you continued up to the from of that line.  Once you moved up there your were grouped and moved to another line where you were the next group to pick your bear.  They even had an empty store next to Build A Bear where they encouraged you to leave your stroller so it would be out of the way in the store.

After you picked out your bear, you could either pay for it empty and come back another time to stuff it, or you moved over to the stuffing line.  The only restriction was that if you selected a Pokemon Bear, you HAD to get it stuffed there, you were not allowed to bring those home and then back to stuff later.

The stuffing line was the hardest stretch for us.  THAT line alone was another 2 hours.  NOW… the reason it was another 2 hours was because the wonderful staff was doing such a great job.  Yes… your kids had to wait.  BUT once their turn came, they got the royal treatment and got to stuff their bear and fill it with love.  Again, snacks, walks, pointing out letters on the walls, playing games.. etc… and we made it through!  It was FINALLY our turn!  Caleb helped stuff little brother’s bear and fluffed them, we paid and we left with three happy kids!

Now.  If you did not arrive early, I am sure your experience was not the same as what I am describing because you may not have had the opportunity to make a bear.  My location “closed the line” somewhere around 11:00.  I didn’t think to ask why- but the staff member I chatted with told me that they had enough bears in stock for everyone that is in line to get a bear.  So instead of making children stand in line to not get a bear, if they wanted to get in line, they were given a voucher for $15 off any bear on their next visit.  They had a security person standing at the end of the line signing out the vouchers.  I am pretty sure if I had not arrived early, I would have been happy to accept the coupon and save my kids from waiting in line for 8 hours to pay a few dollars more for the bear.

Since arriving home, Build A Bear posted on their Facebook that due to the crowds and many stores closing, or fire marshals closing lines, etc., they issued a coupon that Bonus Club Members can download for $15 off any bear on their next visit.  So even if you did not brave the crowds, you can still get a deal with this coupon.  You have to print it or screen shot it by July 15th and stop into any Build a Bear store before August 31st, 2018 to redeem your coupon.  The coupon reads one coupon per account, so if you have two kids you will need your spouse to sign up for an account.

Also, if you did not know, Build A Bear has a promotion that during your child’s birthday month they can go and build the Birthday Treat Bear for their age.  They also have coupons all the time to help make the Build A Bear experience more affordable when you sign up for the Build-A-Bear Bonus Club.

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True and The Rainbow Kingdom now has two more stand-alone titles that are being released TODAY:  TRUE: MAGICAL FRIENDS and TRUE: WONDERFUL WISHES each with 5 episodes…for a total of 10 NEW EPISODES!

If you haven’t seen the first season of True and the Rainbow Kingdom, this preschool series follows 8-year-old True and her best friend, a cat, Bartleby, as they help the whimsical citizens of the Rainbow Kingdom, a really cool universe that is colorful, bright, and happy, filled with delightful and fantastical friends.

In the new season, True goes deeper and learns about the people and creatures living in the Rainbow Kingdom. True’s adventures show kids how to deal with the unexpected, be emotionally resilient and to care for others.  This Netflix series has a very positive vibe, True is happy and always looking to the best outcome!


If your kids like True and the Rainbow Kingdom, you may also want to download the True Wishes App so your child can play games with True too!  The True Wishes app is available on Google Play or Apple Apps Store for just $1.99.

True and the Rainbow Kingdom is produced by Guru Studio, in collaboration with Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER, world-renowned artist collective, FriendsWithYou and Home Plate Entertainment.  They are the same animation team that also brought you Paw Patrol, Backyardigan and Ever After!     They are no longer just an animation studio though, but also an entertainment company; they have evolved from animation projects into creating their own stories, which is super awesome!

Follow the hashtag #trueandtherainbowkingdom on social media to see what everyone is saying about the new True episodes!

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There comes a time for many of us when we grow bored with our careers. Maybe we got into this career without really thinking about where our passions lie, or maybe your conditions have changed over the years, making the job less exciting. Or maybe you’re just in the mood for a change, and you want to do something different with your life. Whatever the reason, when the time comes, you’re not entirely sure where to go next. To help you out, here are some of the most exciting career opportunities, to give you something to think about.

Starting Your Own Business

Rather than working for someone else, why not work for yourself? Starting your own business is very exciting, and you get to choose what type of business you want. Maybe you want to sell homemade quilts, or turn your home into a bed and breakfast. Whatever it is, following your passion and starting a business is always exciting. There are of course some risks involved, and you’ll need a lot of planning in order to start off right. But plenty of people have quit their jobs to start their own business, so there’s no reason you can’t be the next.

Learn to Fly

What could be more exciting than flying an airplane? Pilots get to fly all over the world, while being fairly well compensated. By finding a professional pilot program in your area, you’ll learn everything you need to know, and get hands on experience in flying. Once you learn to master the skies, you’ll wonder how you ever settled for road trips!

Become a Travel Blogger

If the idea of traveling suits you, but you don’t want to do the flying yourself, then perhaps you could earn a living as a travel blogger. Travel bloggers visit places all over the world, and write about their experiences. Finding a way to get paid as a travel blogger isn’t always easy, but if you can pull it off, you’re likely to find yourself in a career that you love. You’ll need a talent for writing, along with some knowledge on how to run a blog and market yourself. Also keep in mind that a lot of people are trying to make it as a travel blogger, so you’re going to have some competition.

Learn to Act

Many of us harbor a dream of one day appearing on stage, TV, or film, but we never pursue those dreams. Maybe it’s because of stage fright, or maybe it’s because we think we don’t have any talent. Whatever the reason, we settle for watching people perform, always wishing it was us. If this sounds like you, consider doing something about it. Take some acting classes in your local area, or learn to act on your own. Once you have some of the skills down, muster up the courage, and start looking for acting opportunities in your area. Most places have regional theaters you can audition for, or if you’re near a major city, you could audition for TV commercials or smaller productions. You might not become a celebrity overnight, but if acting is really your dream, then it’s time you went after it.

Fight Fires

Nothing says exciting like running into a burning building. If you want to help your fellow humans, and do something worthwhile with your life, the country always needs more firefighters. Talk to your local fire department about becoming a firefighter, and the training that is necessary to join them. In some cases this is on a volunteer basis, and in other you could turn it into a lifelong career. Fighting fires is a dangerous job, but if you really want excitement, this could be the way to go.

Become a Paramedic

Lastly, if helping out others appeals to you, but you don’t want to have to enter a burning building in order to do it, think about becoming a paramedic. Paramedics work in high-stress environments, rushing to locations to quickly help out people in distress. Becoming a paramedic takes a decent amount of training, and a large time commitment, but it is an excellent way to give back to your community and have an exciting job at the same time.

Try Something New to Find the Right Career

The above careers are only a small sample of the exciting job opportunities that exist out there. Think about what it is you’ve always wanted to do, and then find a way to do. You don’t have to quit your current job in order to try out something else and see if you like it. Just be open to new ideas, and if an exciting career opportunity comes along, be brave enough to consider it.

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If you are wondering what activities would you do with your family and children while on a trip to San Diego. Well, you need not worry as there are plenty of fun things to do and an endless number of attractions or the whole family in this fantastic city. It is no wonder that San Diego is considered one of the world’s best family destinations, thanks to those gorgeous beaches and perfect weather the whole year round. With loads of family-friendly San Diego vacation rentals and resorts, there is truly something for all ages to enjoy. It is time for the whole family to enjoy special experiences together, whether it is at the zoos, the parks, the beaches or other attractions. The Pacific beach city is well known for its beaches, museums, and gardens. Read on to know more about the fun things you can do while on vacation here with your family.

  • Learn to Surf
    One of the coolest things to do in San Diego is surf and get your family on board. Even your five-year-old kid can take surfing lessons! And it is possible for the whole family to get together and take group lessons in private. You could surf in Pacific Beach or at La Jolla Shores. There are plenty of accredited surf schools along the coast.
  • Go Whale Watching
    Blue whales are the largest creatures on earth. Whale Watching is a popular activity here in San Diego and at least for about nine months. More than 20,000 whales migrate from Alaska to the warm waters of Mexico from mid-December to April. So get your family here during those months to enjoy watching those grey whales. There are several local companies that arrange for the whale watching tours.
  • Snorkel or Swim
    Go to the Jolla Shores Beach that is home to the major aggregation of leopard sharks in the world. They come here during the summer, and their numbers can peak around August and September. One can easily see them even in knee-deep water, but the best way to watch them is while snorkeling. Although they are sharks, they do not bite.
  • Visit Children’s Pool seals
    This is one of the most fun things to do in La Jolla, and the best part is that it is free! Children’s Pool seals are really cute but are a bit stinky. The small stretch of beach is guarded by a seawall that was initially meant for a safe place to swim for the children. One can hang around and sunbathe in the area as well as swim here. This is a great locality for photographs and for watching a myriad of sea lions.
  • Enjoy A Falconry Lesson
    Your children will love taking a basic Falconry lesson that is organized at the Alpine ranch by Sky Falconry. This is your chance to learn the history and story of falconry and get lessons from licensed falconers. The classes offer an in-depth look and insight into one of the oldest field sport in human history. You get to learn not just about falconry but also become a falconer. Get acquainted whet specialized falconry equipment and training techniques involved with falconry.
  • Take the Old Town Trolley Tours
    Hop on and off at several stops around San Diego once you get on the orange and green Old Town Trolley. The tour eliminates the need to take a rental car in San Diego. One can simply download the interactive map on to their phone to get info on various attractions, stops, and restaurants.
  • Enjoy Winter Tide Pooling
    Enroll at tide pooling season that starts in November and carry on through about March. This is the time when the tides are low during the day, and it is easy to see sea anemones, sea stars, sea slugs, hermit crabs, octopus, and more in the pools. The Birch Aquarium near Scripps Pier and Shell Beach in La Jolla and the Tourmaline Surfing Park in Pacific Beach are other great locations.
  • Explore the Carlsbad Flower Fields
     It is indeed a joy to walk across the rainbow of colors that fill the 50-acre Carlsbad hillside. It is simply amazing to gaze at the ranunculus flowers that bloom against an ocean backdrop. The family-friendly San Diego attraction remains open to the public for about eight weeks and offers hay rides and other special events.
  • Kayak the Sea Caves
    All you need to do is hire a double kayak from La Jolla Shores Beach and explore the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater. It is easy to spot the friendly sea lions and orange garibaldi fish from above. All the sea caves are visible from the ocean, and the barks of sea lions are almost deafening near the Clam’s Cave. The sea cave tour is highly recommended.
  • Drive to Legoland
    Take the drive from San Diego to Carlsbad, especially if you are a Lego fan. You will love riding on the Royal Joust or getting wet at Pirate Shores. Get your driver’s license at the Volvo Driving School, and if you are wondering where to spend the night, well Legoland California Resort is just nearby!
  • Amazing experience at San Diego Zoo
    Do not miss your trip to the world-famous San Diego Zoo that is home to thousands of endangered animals. Enjoy looking at a beautiful display of exotic plants spread across those hundreds of acres of the zoo. The well maintained and spacious zoo is dedicated to conservation and research. Some of the main attraction of the zoo include Skyfari tram, the pandas and the Polar Bear Plunge.
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As we look to finish off the year it’s quite normal that we look back and reflect on what we’ve accomplished, the hurdles we’ve faced, and the challenges we have before us as we head into 2018. For many families out there, the biggest challenge facing them today is money, more specifically having enough money to pay for all their expenses.

If you found this year to be particularly tough and you’re looking to lessen the load next year, then you aren’t alone. Here are five tips you can use heading into the new year that will help you to cut down on household expense, giving you that extra breathing room you’re after.

Embrace Couponing

If you’re the type that has never really thought much about coupons, nor have you used them, it’s time to think twice. Nowadays, you can find coupons for all kinds of items; it’s no longer just for groceries and toiletries. Coupons range from small price cuts to giving you a free item.

The key to using coupons successfully is knowing where to find them. Typically, the best option nowadays tends to be online, rather than the traditional flyers people used to clip. Coupons can then be stored on your smartphone and scanned at the store.

Sites like eCouponsHub feature all the latest coupons in a large variety of categories. You’ll be able to find significant savings such as the Pizza Hut coupon code 5 off which gives you $5 off your order. Before you know it, these savings start to add up over the month and suddenly you’re freeing up cash.

Look Into Bundling Your Services

Most people spend a fairly significant amount each month on their landline phone, mobile phone, cable provider, and internet provider. Experts recommend looking into bundling your services with one provider, as they will often take a percentage off your bill each month. While you’re speaking with your provider, take a look at your current add-ons and ask yourself if they are really all needed.

Watch Your Energy Usage

Finding ways to cut back on your energy usage can result in significant savings too. Look into things such as energy-efficient light bulbs, energy-star rated appliances, doing things such as laundry and dishes during the off-peak hours, and making sure you turn everything off when it’s not in use.

Cut Back on Outside Entertainment

If you’re the type of family that loves going out to the movies, dining out, and visiting local attractions, now is the time to reign that spending in. Start looking for fun activities you can do at home, or for free. You’d be surprised just how much your town likely offers in terms of “free activities”.

Consider Using Public Transportation

For those families that are a two-car household and looking to make drastic cuts in the budget, then it may be time to consider selling one of those vehicles and using public transportation instead. Obviously, this is a pretty big move, but if your family is able to make do with one car, the savings will be well worth it.

There are Always Ways to Cut

When it comes to cutting your household expenses, the good news is that there are always places you can make changes.

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Exercise science is a very wide term. It encompasses everything from fitness, to body movement, to diet and more. It is the study of the mechanism of human body movement, physical activity, and exercise. It studies how exercise should interact with the human body. It lends a scientific touch to fitness and to enable people to understand the physiological impact of exercise and its impact more objectively. Exercise science is used interchangeably with kinesiology. Both the terms are closely related. While exercise science is the effect of physical activity on the body; kinesiology includes the studies of biomechanics, motor control and physiological effects of exercise.  Exercise science typically covers areas of exercise physiology, kinesiology, sports medicine, human performance and physical education.

How did it all begin?

During the early 20th century the subject of exercise science gained prominence. The resurgence of Olympic Games was a major contributor too. What was being studied at the time was the effect of exercise on the heart rate, lungs, and hemoglobin.  Exercising at higher altitudes, oxygen consumption and other related areas were also researched. This was also the time when insulin was synthesized for treatment of diabetes. Organizations, as well as, individuals woke up to the importance of fitness, physical activity and awareness about the same increased. Aerobics became a buzzword in addition to exercises like walking and jogging.

If you wish to pursue exercise science or are pursuing the same and are wondering about your prospects there are some useful resources like withmydegree.org out there. Sharing here some key terms associated with the discipline. The field of study in the discipline is fairly wide and a degree in the same can open several career paths for you. Though some of the more advanced occupations based on exercise might require further education.

Understanding the discipline of exercise science better

Kinesiology: It can be literally defined as the study of human movement. It can be broadly defined as the study of the biological, social, behavioral and developmental bases for physical activity, sports, etc.

Sports medicine: It deals directly with sports-related injuries also including injuries sustained during physical activity or exercise. It also covers the prevention and treatment of such injuries.

Exercise physiology: Though used interchangeably this is not the same exercise science. While exercise science might embody kinesiology, physical education, human performance and more, exercise physiology only covers a fixed a field of study. This is more or less standardized curriculum focused on physiology.

With increased interest and the need for fitness globally exercise science has become popular. It is an interesting field of study. There are several new discoveries in exercise science that have been path-breaking for the fitness industry; the 7-minute workout being one of them.  There have been studies projecting growth for the job prospects for exercise physiologists and athletic trainers. This is in addition to median salaries for professionals in the field also increasing. It is fast becoming the most versatile field of study.

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