American Girl Pop Up Grand Opening

Last Saturday marked the grand opening of the Philadelphia area American Girl temporary store.  Located in King of Prussia mall, the store is just a short drive away from Center City.  This is the first American Girl store in the area with American Girl Place in New York City previously being the closest.  The King of Prussia American Girl store is slated to close on January 28th of next year, which gives you plenty of time to handle Christmas purchases and exchanges at a retail location.

We arrived at 9:00 am knowing that they were handing out tickets, but not exactly sure how that process would work.  I later found out that the tickets each had a group number on them and there were 50 tickets in each group.  They ran out of tickets after 26 groups, so they handed out 1,300 in total!  We ended up being in group 15, so there were approximately 750 people in front of us in line.  The first two groups were granted immediate access, while the others were encouraged to shop the rest of the mall.  We got our tickets at around 11:00 am, so we decided to walk around and then grab something to eat.  We were excited to see that our number was on the board when we returned.  We lined up in the standby area and anticipated a quick entry.  Here’s where things got a little tricky.  If your number was lower than what was on the board, you were to get into a different section to gain entry before the group that was in standby.  Based on the timing of everything and the size of the other section, it seems like the earlier numbers flew by because many people were at lunch or elsewhere.  We ended up spending an additional two hours in the standby line since they allowed the earlier numbers to go in first.  I feel as though it wouldn’t have been so bad if they had alternated the earlier numbers with the current standby.American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia  Check back in a couple days to see more pictures from inside the store and see what the freebies were at the grand opening.

Review: Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer

braun no touch forehead thermometerI was chosen by Influenster to receive this product complimentary in exchange for a review.  While I did receive the product for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

Have you ever tried to hold a thermometer in a young child’s mouth.  You find yourself constantly insisting that it needs to be tucked under their tongue, then you wait for the thermometer to beep to tell you it is done, and you discover that it wasn’t able to get a reading and you need to do it all over again.  No parent wants to deal with that when they are trying to take care of their sick child.

I found the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer to be extremely easy to use.  It comes in an easy to open packaging with batteries included, and can be used immediately without any setup.  I did have to spend some time taking practice temperatures.  I found out that Micah runs a little warmer than Maeby and Abram do, and that I need to take that into account when I suspect he might be running a fever.  We got a few crazy readings, but it was quickly remedied by pushing his bangs off of his forehead.

braun no touch forehead thermometerAs you can see, it projects a guidance light so you can check where you are taking the temperature.  It takes two seconds, literally.

braun no touch forehead thermometerI found it to have accurate readings and I loved how quickly I had a result.  If you are looking for a new thermometer, I definitely recommend that you check this one out.

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