FREE Perks for Kids at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Austin & Remember to Purchase Lounge Access


The Omni Austin Hotel Downtown is an exceptional location for your family! Think STAYCATION or 24 hour trip (Saturday/Sunday) for your family! Seriously, you CAN fly in from another state and and fly out within a 24 hour time frame and you can have a GREAT time in downtown Austin! Great food, great activities, and amazing perks for kids. Speaking of kids...

Kid-Friendly Perks - Like a Backpack!
Speaking of value added, let me tell you about the Omni Kids Crew!

When you check in to the hotel with your child(ren), the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown gives a backpack to children! In this backpack, your child will find AMAZING items focused on them and their interests! Here's more information - https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/austin-downtown/property-details/omni-kids

Here's what in the backpack:
Activity book with stickers
Crayons
2-in-1 card games
Binoculars
Small tabletop game

Other Kid-Friendly Perks (for FREE)
Child guests also receive milk and cookies delivered to their guest room on the first night. Also, during the dining times in the restaurant, you do not have to panic, because your child(ren) will receive a special Omni Kids Crew coloring menu is also available in our restaurants, with crayons and an Omni Kids Crew cup!

Think about Purchasing LOUNGE Access for Your Family!
Also, our daughter is always hungry. When we fly, she's hungry. When we are in a car, she's hungry. When we are in a hotel, as soon as we enter the room, she is hungry.

This always presents a problem for us because we usually do not have snacks for her all of the time. So, we typically purchase access to the hotel lounge. Lounge access ranges between $20-$30 a day.

Recently, we had the pleasure of spending time at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. I purchased access to the Private Omni Club Guestroom. This guestroom was on a special floor of the hotel and included the following:

- An amazing guestroom

- Turndown service

- Access to a complimentary continental breakfast
*Available Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 9:00am and on Saturday/Sunday from 7:00am to 10:00am. Breakfast is served in the 14th floor Club Lounge.

- Access to a hors d' oeurvres and beverages
*Available Monday to Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and on Saturday/Sunday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Breakfast is served in the 14th floor Club Lounge.

Overall, this hotel was exceptional and it was located in a great location within walking distance of the Convention Center, the Texas State Capitol, and 6th Street (great restaurants and amazing music). It also has an amazing heated swimming pool!

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


About Weekends Count - Weekends Count is a Millennial Family Travel, Fun, Food and Activities blog based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. We review hotels, travel and household items, and millennial family experiences!

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

Here's a link to our press kit/media kit - http://www.weekendscount.com/p/our-media-kit.html

Contact Information:
1030 East Highway 377 Suite 110
Box #145
Granbury TX 76048
817-382-8475
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10 Ways to Get the Year Started (and Rock the School Year) with Your Child's Teacher


Now, the school year is in FULL swing and YOU (moms and dads) are probably struggling to discover what to do next! It is SEPTEMBER guys! Remember to make the weekends count and to plan for those Monday mornings. :)

Here are 10 Ways to Rock the School Year with Your Child's Teacher

1 - Schedule a Time each Day to Check your Child's Backpack.

For our family, I set this time on my phone and Apple Watch to check my daughter's backpack. I actually have to sign a daily document for my daughter and I struggle to find a pen each night. I actually hide a pen in a secret compartment of my daughter's backpack for signing papers. Do it!

2 - Join Your Child's Teacher's Facebook Group

Most teachers actually have a Facebook group for the parents of the children in their classes. Join it! It can mean so much to the teacher and it can also keep you informed.

3 - Check Out Your Child's Teacher's Hashtag

Some school districts and schools are challenging their teachers to engage with their students' parents and the community on Twitter by using one or more hashtags. Ask your child's teacher if they are using Twitter this year!

4 - Ask a Simple Question - "What Do You Need for Your Classroom?"

Sometimes, the district school supply lists do not include all of the essential (and optional - good to have) items that teachers need for their classrooms. Pick up those items in September as they are placed on sale by Amazon, the big box stores, and even CVS.

Here's a link to my Amazon Store for Additional Teacher Supplies - https://www.amazon.com/shop/weekendscount?listId=1SWKG5Z8FCD9X&ref=idea_share_inf


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5 - Do Not Miss an Important Classroom Date!

Pick up a simple monthly calendar from the Dollar Tree and write these important dates from the classroom on this simple inexpensive calendar.



6 - Be Patient with Your Child's Teacher

Your child's teacher is probably frantic this time of year. Provide an encouraging note or text for them. Enter a reminder in your telephone or Apple Watch to remind you weekly! :)

7 - Join Your Teacher's Remind 101

Most teachers are also corresponding with parents through text message or through Remind 101. Join it!

8 - Complete Your Child's Paperwork

Remember to complete each paper or form that your teacher sends home. Yes, sometimes I am THAT parent, but I strive to do better this year.

9 - Volunteer/Be Present

Yes, I am working parent as well, but I promised my daughter that I would have lunch with her at least three times per month. I also plan to volunteer as well.

10 - Remember the Holidays!

You like receiving cards and your child's teacher likes receiving cards as well! Pick up a card! Pick up something at the Dollar Store as well! Make their day!

Here are some additional ways to start the school year off right! (From BuzzFeed)


Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


About Weekends Count - Weekends Count is a Millennial Family Travel, Fun, Food and Activities blog based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. We review hotels, travel and household items, and millennial family experiences!

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

Here's a link to our press kit/media kit - http://www.weekendscount.com/p/our-media-kit.html

Contact Information:
1030 East Highway 377 Suite 110
Box #145
Granbury TX 76048
817-382-8475
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Weekends Count Magazine - September/October 2018 Edition

Hi everyone! Check out the newest issue of the Weekends Count Magazine! This magazine is focused on Fun Family Travel & Educational Activities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area and Beyond.

From "24 Hour Travel from the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport" and "How to Rock the 2018 School
Year" to "Top Gluten Friendly Weeknight Staples & Snacks" and "7 Fun Things to Do with Kids This
Weekend in Fort Worth, Texas", there something in this magazine for your family. Check out the magazine and remember to engage with Weekends Count by joining the exclusive Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/173493166545063/

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TheWeekends CountMagazine isWritten By:
The @WeekendsCount Blog Team

Interested in Submitting an Article to the Magazine?
Contact weekendscount@gmail.com

About Weekends Count - Weekends Count is a Millennial Family Travel, Fun, Food and Activities blog based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. We review hotels, travel and household items, and millennial family experiences!

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

Here's a link to our press kit/media kit - http://www.weekendscount.com/p/our-media-kit.html

Contact Information:
1030 East Highway 377 Suite 110
Box #145
Granbury TX 76048
817-382-8475
Send us an Email! We are PR friendly! - weekendscount@gmail.com

Our Social Media Channels:
Check Us Out on YouTube! - http://www.youtube.com/weekendscount/
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Seven Things that Moms Can Do to Stay Sane During the School Year


One thing I dread each year is...the beginning of the school year. So, I have to pay my bills ahead of time (because if not.. they will be late) and literally plan everything that we will do during the month. August and September are always the craziest months for our family, even since college. During college, tuition and fees are due at the beginning of the school year and this has always made me dread the months.

So, I have to plan to remain sane. I am an educator (my year begins in August/September) and I have to plan my lessons for the entire year. Then, I my mom life with the first grader kicks in and I am officially in beast mode for our family. I have to cook, clean, plan schedules, check backpacks, communicate with teachers, check the school's social media accounts, and commute to my job each day.

As a result, I had to create a list of ways that I have managed to remain sane during the school year (especially over the past few years that my little one has been enrolled in public school).

Here are Seven Things that Moms Can Do to Stay Sane During the School Year:

1 - Eat Healthy Food - Consider adopting a meatless diet (at least one night per week!

2 - Incorporate Walking in Your Daily Plan!

3 - Make Sleep a Priority! - Eight hours of sleep is ideal, but consider setting a sleep reminder on your phone.

4 - Find a Friend (at work, at home, at the gym... somewhere)! Check in with your friend at least once a week.


5 - Try to Tackle Only ONE Task at a Time - It is easy to multitask, but remember that you can focus when you segment your work.

6 - Create Goals Every Six Months! - This will help you keep yourself on track. :)

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


About Weekends Count - Weekends Count is a Millennial Family Travel, Fun, Food and Activities blog based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. We review hotels, travel and household items, and millennial family experiences!

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

Here's a link to our press kit/media kit - http://www.weekendscount.com/p/our-media-kit.html

Contact Information:
1030 East Highway 377 Suite 110
Box #145
Granbury TX 76048
817-382-8475
Send us an Email! We are PR friendly! - weekendscount@gmail.com

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Add These Texas MUSTS to Your Calendar! - SeaWorld San Antonio - Bier Garden, Spooktacular, & Christmas Celebration



We LOVE SeaWorld and the activities that it offers families visiting the San Antonio area. Fall is always an eventful time at SeaWorld because activities in September, October, and November include a wealth of FOOD and FUN for FAMILIES.

From Bierfest (September 1st-16th) to Spooktacular & Howl-O-Scream (September 28th to October 28th, there are activities for everyone!





Bierfest 

Let's talk about Bier Fest (September 1st-16th) first! Adult attendees can sample various "beverages" (both foreign and domestic), try amazing pub favorites, and enjoy LIVE music during the event! These are ADDED bonuses to your park admission! You do have to purchase tickets for the "beverages" and pub favorites! Here's more information:

Prices:

Single Day Park Admission During Bierfest: $39.00 (ends September 3rd)
Purchase on the site!

Bier Fest 10 Punch Sampler
For only $25, you can sample 10 beverages throughout Bier Fest! Also, you can attend several times during the event and use the same card throughout your visits! Treat yourself to two each visit.

Here's a special deal for first responders! If you visit the park during Bier fest, you will receive one 12oz draft beverage per day! What a deal!

Check out more information about Bier fest: LINK



SeaWorld's Spooktacular

Now, let's talk about the family-friendly, Spooktacular (September 28th - October 28th)! This activity includes treat or treating for the children, Halloween themed activities (including special shows), and special dining options! For this event, the park is sponsoring TWO Spooktacular shows, TWO exclusive dining experiences during Spooktacular, THREE photo opportunities. and a HAY MAZE!

Here's a hint for parents: Make plans to exit the park BEFORE 7pm, that is when the scary stuff begins!

Price for Spooktacular: Included in the price of admission.

Check out more information about Spooktacular: LINK




SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

Now, let's talk about the family-friendly, SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration (November 17th - January 6th)! This activity includes numerous amazing lights, the most AMAZING and LARGEST Christmas light display in Texas, meet and greet opportunities with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends. treat or treating for the children, Halloween themed activities (including special shows), and special dining options! For this event, the park is sponsoring Dinner with Santa, Dinner with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Christmas Shows (ranging from Clyde & Seamore's Countdown to Christmas to Shamu Christmas: Miracles). 

Wait, they have more! From Merry Mariachis to Ho Ho Hoedown to the Nativity Singers, your family will definitely be in the holiday spirit as your prepare for Santa! 

Price for SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration: Includes in the price of admission.

Check out more information about the SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration: LINK



Yes, it IS ALREADY the season for holidays! Embrace it and BOOK your family's experiences at SeaWorld today!

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!

About Weekends Count - Weekends Count is a Millennial Family Travel, Fun, Food and Activities blog based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. We review hotels, travel and household items, and millennial family experiences!

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

Here's a link to our press kit/media kit - http://www.weekendscount.com/p/our-media-kit.html

Mailing Address: 1030 East Highway 377 Suite 110; Box #145; Granbury TX 76048
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4 Ways to Ensure You Eat & Drink Like A Local In Australia - Guest Post

4 Ways to Ensure You Eat & Drink Like A Local In Australia


by The Nut Butter Hub


Are headed to Australia? Or are just curious what that lot down under eat? Well your in luck, you’ll find out the snacks those Aussie can’t live without and what they eat when they step out of bed. You will also find out how to host an Aussie barbie (BBQ) and the classics, they just love (nope it’s not vegemite!).

First Thing in The Morning

Aussie breakfast starts out pretty similar for most people (no we don’t have avocado on toast everyday). Firstly is it is the classic Weet-Bix, throw some in a bowl of milk with either sprinkle of brown sugar, a dollop of honey, or some sliced banana. As a kid this was usual go to, not mention every sporting hero on our tellies (TV’s) was sponsored by Weetbix.

Next you have vegemite egg soldiers. First you want to throw some bread in the toaster, then you want to soft boil a few eggs. When they are cooked find yourself an egg cup, spread some vegemite on your toast and cut it the toast into 8-10 finger sized dippers. Knock the top off your egg and dip those tasty soldiers in!


Some Sweet Treats

Now in Australia when you go for your sweet afternoon treat there are pretty much only threes things you need to know about. The first is the classic Tim Tam. Now this is something that most likely be life changing. Grab your Tim Tam and bite off two opposite corners. Use one corner as a straw to drink your cold milk or hot coffee, you can thank us later.

The next thing you reach for is your good old lamington, this is a brilliant snack make up of sponge cake rolled in chocolate and coconut Lastly you will want to grab yourself vanilla slice from the bakery. The name might seem unassuming, however the Vanilla Slice is a iconic treat.. The slice has some crispy pastry bottom and top, with  a thick, vanilla custard filling.


Host Your First Barbie Right

To start off the barbie (BBQ) right you need to get yourself some snags (sausages). Snags are an essential item to pulling off an Aussie barbie. When your grabbing the  snags make sure you’ve got bread, tomato sauce, and onions ready to go with them. BBQ’ed onions are essential for a Aussie BBQ. All you need to do is thinly slice a few onions, throw them on the barbie with some oil and sugar (only a tablespoon or so) and caramelise.

There are plenty of Australian approved ways to classy up your BBQ (or barbie) if snags aren’t for you. You could try some beetroot burgers or prawn and avo skewers ( yep, we call then prawns not shrimp). Now a beetroot burger might sound strange, but that tangy and sweet veggie will have you wondering why you haven't added it before. We recommend cutting them in half and grilling them.

When your invited to an Aussie BBQ make sure you bring a salad. A favourite at all Aussie barbies,would be the Asian crunchy noodle salad, everyone will have a story of how there mums used to make this classic. As we mentioned most Aussie BBQs involve (a lot of) beer so make sure everyone is aware of your gas smoker safety, you might want to dedicate someone to enforcing this, so you don't have a trip to the hospital ruining your barbie.

But What About The Classic?

Now one thing that can’t be forgotten is your good old Aussie classics and, in that group, there are a few that come to mind. We all know that vegemite is a classic Aussie condiment, so we might just introduce you to something a little different.

A true Aussie favourite is Milo whether you have it hot, cold or on top of your ice cream it is delicious. However, some mums got really creative with it and made some beauties. We remember the  likes of Milo bubble bars, Milo ice blocks and even Milo filled macaroons. The kids who had mums who made these treats, were pretty popular at recess.

A true favourite at every Aussie birthday party under 10 (maybe 20) is fairy bread. You make fairy bread by buttering some white bread and pouring hundreds and thousands on it then cutting into small triangles or squares. Now that may sound odd, but it is truly a delicacy. If you mention fairy bread to any Aussie adult you will see memories of childhood and happiness floating past their eyes.

So there you have it, those are some key foods that you should know in order to eat like a local here in Australia. Now go out and enjoy yourself a fairy bread sandwich (it will make you totally cultured).

Brittnay is an Australian who lived in London for the past two years.  She managed to squeeze in 21 trips to Europe & Africa in that time. She passionate about travel, health and nutrition, you will find her healthy and delicious recipes on The Nut Butter Hub.

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This week,

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


About Weekends Count - Weekends Count is a Millennial Family Travel, Fun, Food and Activities blog based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. We review hotels, travel and household items, and millennial family experiences!

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

Here's a link to our press kit/media kit - http://www.weekendscount.com/p/our-media-kit.html

Mailing Address: 1030 East Highway 377 Suite 110; Box #145; Granbury TX 76048
Phone Number - 817-382-8475

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Welcome to Our New Travel Foods (Gluten Friendly) and Finance Focused Amazon Store!


Everyone - Guess What?

We have an AMAZON Influencer store! I've decided to focus on two categories:

Easy and Healthy Items to Cook on School Nights

 https://www.amazon.com/ideas/amzn1.account.AHUQJCFYTVXZ2SXSKRLMDW2LLBCA/33PIFVN3HAEN5


Financial Fitness for Families

https://www.amazon.com/ideas/amzn1.account.AHUQJCFYTVXZ2SXSKRLMDW2LLBCA/33PIFVN3HAEN5

Here's a preview of the financial fitness items! I'll admit, these lists are also Pinterest worthy! I cannot wait to see how these storefronts evolve!


All of these items are gluten free and travel friendly! Check them out! Is there anything that I am missing?

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!

About Weekends Count - Weekends Count is a Millennial Family Travel, Fun, Food and Activities blog based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. We review hotels, travel and household items, and millennial family experiences!

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

Here's a link to our press kit/media kit - http://www.weekendscount.com/p/our-media-kit.html

Mailing Address: 1030 East Highway 377 Suite 110; Box #145; Granbury TX 76048
Phone Number - 817-382-8475

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