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Now that summer break is in full swing, families are hitting theme parks in droves but not every theme park is created equally. So, which them park is the best out there?

Well, TripAdvisor has the answer. The travel review site just handed out their annual Traveler’s Choice awards for Amusement and Water Parks, ranking parks on quantity and quality of reviews and ratings over a 12-month period.

For the fourth year in a row, Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando is the number one amusement park in the world, while Siam Park in Spain is the best water park in the world for a fifth year running! When it comes to water parks in the U.S. specifically, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Florida tops the list.

Top Ten Amusement Parks In The World

  1. Universal's Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida
  2. Magic Kingdom – Orlando, Florida
  3. Le Puy du Fou – Les Epesses, France
  4. Universal Studios Hollywood – Los Angeles, California
  5. Universal Studios Florida – Orlando, Florida
  6. Disney's Animal Kingdom – Orlando, Florida
  7. Europa-Park – Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
  8. Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. The Island in Pigeon Forge – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  10. Disneyland Park – Marne-la-Vallee, France

Top 10 Water Parks in the World

  1. Siam Park – Tenerife, Spain
  2. Waterbom Bali – Kuta, Indonesia
  3. Beach Park – Aquiraz, State of Ceara, Brazil
  4. Thermas dos Laranjais – Olimpia, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  5. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Orlando, Florida
  6. Aquapark Istralandia – Novigrad, Croatia
  7. Wild Wadi Waterpark – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  8. Makadi Water World – Hurghada, Egypt
  9. Eco Parque Arraial d'Ajuda – Porto Seguro, Brazil
  10. WetSide Water Park – Hervey Bay, Australia

For a look at the best parks in the U.S. and more click here.

Source: TripAdvisor

Not every company is strictly out to make money, and now “People” magazine is recognizing ones that go out of their way to show they care.  The magazine has just revealed their second annual “Companies That Care” list, singling out 50 companies that  have demonstrated respect, compassion, and concern for their communities, their employees, and the environment.

Topping the list for a second year in a row is the San Francisco-based company Salesforce, which is a leader in pay equality. They also promote philanthropy within the company, giving employees seven days of paid time off to give back to causes that are important to them. 

“People’s” Top Ten “Companies That Care”(click here for the complete list)

  1. Salesforce
  2. Deloitte
  3. Ultimate Software
  4. Comcast NBCUniversal
  5. Edward Jones
  6. Adobe Systems Incorporated
  7. Intuit Inc.
  8. Genentech
  9. SAP America
  10. Cisco

Source: People

The FDA has just approved the first new medication to treat pain caused by endometriosis in more than a decade. The drug, called Orilissa, offers a new treatment to the women who suffer from the condition that affects the uterus. The pill will be available as early as next month, according to the manufacturer AbbVie.

Around 176-million women worldwide have endometriosis and many of them struggle for years before finding a therapy that brings them relief. The condition affects about one in 10 women of reproductive age, and it occurs when tissue that usually lines the uterus grows outside of it, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can cause extreme pain and can even lead to fertility issues.

Right now, women with endometriosis are treated with birth control pills, painkillers, or hormonal therapies. And in some cases, like actress Lena Dunham'spatients have a hysterectomy or other surgeries for relief. While the new drug could be a game-changer, it’s definitely not cheap. The “Chicago Tribune” reports that a four-week supply of Orilissa will cost $845 without insurance.

Source: Time

Summer has been flying by and believe it or not, this weekend will be the last one of July. And to mark the occasion, Sephora has freebies for us. The beauty retailer is giving away face masks with no strings attached.

Sephora’s free face mask giveaway isn’t a BOGO deal and you don’t have to sign up for a loyalty card or make a purchase to get in on it. All you have to do is head into any brick and mortar Sephora store this weekend, tomorrow through Sunday and you can walk out with a Sephora Collection face mask of your choice at no charge.

These masks typically sell for $6 apiece and are made without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, so they’re all about clean beauty. Plus, they come in six varieties, including Green Tea, Pineapple, and Lotus, so you can pick the one that works best for you. And did we mention they’re totally free?

Source: Elite Daily

There are plenty of kids’ books out there, but really good bedtime stories are hard to come by. So when thousands of parents claim they’ve found one that helps their little ones fall asleep fast, we pay attention and that’s the case with “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,” by Sherri Duskey Rinker.

The book was actually released back in 2011, but so many moms and dads think it’s a winner, it’s racked up close to 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. The story is about the end of the day at a big construction site and one by one, the trucks and equipment are getting ready for bed. It’s like “Goodnight Moon,” in that you say goodnight to each one, and it’s supposed to get the kids to nod off in no time.

"Especially if read in a quiet, soothing tone, I can't think of a more perfect bedtime book,” one reviewer writes. “You know how seeing someone yawn usually makes you yawn yourself? I think that's the exact effect the illustrations have.”

As tired parents, we’re willing to try almost anything to get our kiddos to sleep easily. And something must be working, the author has expanded the series to include four more bedtime books involving trucks and construction equipment. Happy reading.

Source: Good Housekeeping

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