Seven Ways to Make Allergen and Gluten Free Living Easier by Attending the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo

Each fall, we look forward to attending the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Dallas, Texas. This expo is a great way for you and your family new products for the fall (especially if you have gluten or allergen free needs).


Our family has various food allergies and this expo is the BEST thing that has happened to our family. Through this expo, we are able to discover new brands and get our questions answered! Plus, it is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday!


This post contains affiliate links to help you build your shopping list and travel list for your family. We are passionate about the product and the experiences listed in this post, but we also wanted to provide easy links you can click to purchase products for your busy lifestyle.

Here are Seven Ways to Make Allergen and Gluten Free Living Easier
1 - Get Your Gluten and Allergen Free Questions Answered By a Company Representative.

2 - Compare Similar Gluten and Allergen Free Products

3 - Try/Taste the Products Before Purchasing

4 - Connect with Other Individuals at the Booths

5 - Discover New Gluten and Allergen Free Products

6 - Learn MORE about Living a Gluten and Allergen Free Lifestyle

7 - Discover New Gluten & Allergen Free Recipes


Where is the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo? When is it?
This year's expo will take place on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, August 11th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Dallas Market Hall (North Hall). Here's the best thing...parking is free!


How much are the tickets? Is there a special code?
The normal price for adults is $15.00 a day, but use the code ADVANCE (until September 9th) to experience 20% off the list price! Amazing deal for you and your family! Use our special code (ADVANCE) at this link:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dallas-tx-gluten-free-allergen-friendly-expo-sept-10-11-10am-4pm-daily-tickets-19810250994?aff=TXAFFILIATE&afu=127908645563


Interested in FREE TICKETS for the expo? Leave a comment in the space below this post and make a Twitter video telling us WHY you are interested in attending the expo and include @gfafexpo and @weekendscount in your post.
*We will randomly choose THREE individuals to receive FREE tickets for the expo. The MORE you participate, the GREATER your chances!

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Please let us know if you have ANY questions about this event! It is one of our favorite events in Texas and we love the atmosphere! Watch our video from last year to find out why!


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Designing Dallas-Fort Worth 2050! - A Great Rainy Day, Home School, or Classroom Activity for STEM Education Activity for Your Children/Classroom


Our little one loves LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine. She enjoys constructing buildings and designing cars and trucks from the numerous legos available at the discovery center.

Recently, LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine, Texas announced a contest that enables Dallas-Fort Worth's youngest citizens to imagine and design their future city! The selected designs will be featured in a special edition to MiniLand! What a great opportunity for your young engineer-in-training or for your preschool or early childhood to sixth grade classroom!

The Master Model Builder will select several designs and will construct them to scale! What a neat opportunity for your little one(s)!

Integrate this opportunity for your child this week, children's home school curriculum or for an upcoming lesson plan for your classroom!


We've had a great time at LEGOLAND and this opportunity 
will be a special one for our little one!

Here's the entry form: https://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallasfw/downloads/dfw-of-the-future-form.pdf

Submit the entry form by selecting one of the following entry methods:

Entry Method 1 - Email submission to contest.dfw@legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Entry Method 2 - Drop submission form in the LEGO Mailbox inside the attraction

Entry Method 3 - Or mail entry to
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Attn: Master Model Builder
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway Ste. 519
Grapevine, TX 76051.

Remember to send your entry to the contest by August 31st!

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Cici's Pizza - Why Our Family Loves a Healthy, Hearty, Fun, & Affordable Alternative to the Everyday Meal


As a millennial family, we are always searching for neat ways to have fun on a budget! We were very excited to see Cici's Pizza arrive back in Hood County. When my husband and I first moved to Central Texas, we had a Cici's Pizza in our town and we loved going to Cici's Pizza for a quick bite to eat after work.


It seemed that there were other plans in store for the restaurant and the older location closed. We know that there were surprises in store for our growing town and its population. Then, we read a news article in the Hood County news that informed the county that we would receive a Cici's Pizza in the Summer of 2016. 


This was welcome news for our family, because our little one never experienced a Cici's Pizza's before this experience! We were there on one of the first days that the restaurant opened. On these days, the newest customers experiences lines that extended outside of the door.



The food was great! Wonderful salad, great pasta, amazing pizza, and our family's favorite...desserts! Great experience and the staff was wonderful as well!




We paid for our meal and we enjoyed the rest of the day! Thank you Cici's Pizza! Thank you for coming back to Hood County! Our family's summer and fall seasons are now complete, because this millennial mom and dad do not have to struggle with the next day's meal plans. Now, we have Cici's Pizza - a healthy, hearty, fun alternative to the everyday meal!

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10 Must Do Family Travel Experiences in Granbury, Texas

We love Granbury, Texas! It is one of the best towns in Texas, but it is also one of the most interesting places in Texas for our family! It has some of the key items that families who embark on road trips across Texas need for their journey - great shopping, awesome food, and amazing people who are very helpful in making your weekend or week-long adventure a life long memory for your family!

Here are some key items that you MUST DO when visiting Granbury with your family, "10 Must Do Family Travel Experiences in Granbury, Texas".


1 - Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn (Wonderful Weekend Brunch)
The Hilton Garden Inn is the best hotel in Granbury. Our family loves to stay there during Texas staycations or when our family wants to visit the area!

2 - Rent a Kayak, Bicycle at Waterside Sports!
This has been one of the best, newest, family-friendly businesses that we have encountered. You can rent bicycles, kayaks, and other fun items at the Waterside Sports booths at the Granbury City Beach!

3 -  Play in the Granbury City Park
We love the Granbury City Park! The playground is under a very large pavilion to shade children from the hot sun. It is a great place to experience in the morning or in the early evening! Awesome experience, by far! There are also great (covered) picnic areas as well!

4 - Have Breakfast or Lunch at Paradise Bistro on the Granbury Square
Oh my goodness, their breakfast items, coffee, and other morning treats (and sweets) are amazing! Enjoy the atmosphere, the art, and the fact that the Paradise Bistro and Coffee Company provides a great view of the square. This is also a great Pokestop for your family if you play Pokemon Go! Also, there is a great Restaurant.com coupon for the Bistro as well!

5 -  Experience the Granbury City Beach
The Granbury City Beach has a large sandy area, great parking, and an amazing atmosphere. The kids can have fun in the kid-centric splash pad while mom and dad have a relaxing moment!

6 -  Visit the Smallest State Park in Texas!
The smallest state park in Texas according to the Texas Historical Commission is the Grave of Elizabeth Crockett in Acton, Texas. Shall we say more? You should definitely check this historical attraction off of your list!

7 - Have Dinner at Palio's Pizza Cafe!
This is such great restaurant (Palio's Pizza Cafe) that is a newcomer to Granbury! I've never seen the parking lot empty!

8 - Prepare a Picnic by Purchasing Custom Ready to Eat Meals from the Kroger Marketplace Deli!
This is such a neat experience! As a millennial family, we are always on the lookout for neat experiences that our little one can experience without having to make a huge effort! That is why we LOVE selecting our meat (or main dish) and two side dishes as part of the ready-to-eat meals in the Kroger Marketplace Deli! We usually select these on Sunday and make a Sunday meal out of our salmon dish and some wonderful corn casserole. In the fall and early spring, we plan to take our meals to the Granbury City Beach!

9 - Experience Farm-Raised Food, Cottage Foods, and Hand Made Items at the Acton Local Market 
The Acton Local Market is a DO NOT MISS Saturday Event when visit Granbury on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturday of each month Saturdays. We will usually go at the beginning of the day with reusable bags in our hands. The potatoes are delectable and the atmosphere is very family friendly! Our family loves this experience on Saturdays!

10 - Walk Along the Granbury Board Walk (by the Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn)
The Granbury Board Walk is a wonderful experience in early mornings after breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn or during the early evenings after visiting the Granbury City Beach. This is truly a refreshing experience when visiting Granbury!

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Begin Your After School Conversations with Plum Mash-Ups! & A Back to School Giveaway!


We hope you are having a great week!

As we begin our journey to the beginning of the fall semester of school, I worry about key items that I need to have in my car at the end of each day to guide my conversation with my little one as we commute home.

Our commute usually includes pretzels or chips, but I found a new healthier addition to our preschool commute conversations. Our new conversation staple will include apple sauce, fruits, and vegetables! Sounds too good to be true? All of these can be accomplished with Plum Mashups!

We received four Organic Plum Mash-ups to review from BzzAgent! include the following flavors: Beetbox Berry, Berry, Blueberry Blitz, and Carroty Chop!


Beetbox Blitz - This flavor only has 50 calories, 5 mg of sodium, 105 mg of potassium, 13 carbs, and 9 grams of sugar!





Berry - This flavor only has 45 calories, 100 mg of potassium, 12 carbs, and 9 grams of sugar!




Blueberry Blitz - This flavor only has 50 calories, 10 mg of sodium, 105 mg of potassium, 13 carbs, and 9 grams of sugar!



Carroty Chop - This flavor only has 50 calories, 5 mg of sodium, 115 mg of potassium, 13 carbs, and 9 grams of sugar!



We loved Plum foods when my little one transitioned to food as a baby and we've been incorporating new Plum foods for the past few years as snack foods! Now, these are amazing! Our favorite one as the Blue Berry Blitz flavor!


This week, I will mail two of these coupons and a back to school pack to TWO READERS! Write a comment in the box below with the flavor that you are most interested in trying for a back to school conversation. This contest ends on Friday, August 19th at midnight. 


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Five Must Have Back to School Groceries for Busy Families from Amazon!


We hope you are having a great week! The beginning of the school year is always a challenge for our family. We have to shop ahead of time for items for the first week and second week of school because it is a very busy time for mom and dad who commute to work each day and we enjoy receiving our monthly package from the Amazon subscribe and save program.


This post contains affiliate links to help you build your shopping list and travel list for your family. We are passionate about the product and the experiences listed in this post, but we also wanted to provide easy links you can click to purchase products for your busy lifestyle.


Here are the items that we typically enjoy at the beginning of the semester. Typically, these items are cheaper than the grocery store!
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1# - Smart Water (6 Pack - 1L)
We LOVE this water and it is great for the busy mom or dad who carpool, commute, or have a busy soccer practice!

Only $4.73 for six large water bottles on the subscribe and save deal (when you use the $1.46 off coupon)! Delivered!


Items:$7.28
Shipping & handling:$0.00


Subscribe & Save:-$1.09
Your Coupon Savings (Click the 20% Coupon):-$1.46

Total before tax:$4.73
Estimated tax to be collected:$4.73
Order total:$4.73
*Order as soon as possible to be prepare for upcoming school year! These prices are subject to change.
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#2 - Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Variety Pack, 36 Count
These are great for after school snacks and for your child's entire sports team! We also use these when traveling with our children!

Only $8.19 for 36 packs of pretzels on the subscribe and save deal (when you use the $2.00 off coupon)! Delivered!



Items:$11.99
Shipping & handling:$0.00
Your Coupon Savings:-$2.00


Subscribe & Save:-$1.80

Total before tax:$8.19
Estimated tax to be collected:$0.00
Total:$8.19


Order total:$8.19
*Order as soon as possible to be prepare for upcoming school year! These prices are subject to change.
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#3 - Pop-Tarts, Variety Frosted Strawberry and Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon, 32 Count, 57.50 Ounce
When you are in a hurry to get your children dressed and out of the door in time for the school bell, these are great grab and go snacks to have on hand!

Only $6.59 for a pack of 36 Pop Tarts on the subscribe and save deal (when you use the $2.75 off coupon)! Delivered!



Items:$10.99
Shipping & handling:$0.00


Subscribe & Save:-$1.65
Your Coupon Savings:-$2.75

Total before tax:$6.59
Estimated tax to be collected:$0.00
Total:$6.59


Order total:$6.59
*Order as soon as possible to be prepare for upcoming school year! These prices are subject to change.


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#4 - Annie's Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks Variety Pack 0.8 Oz (24 ct)
These are great after school treats for your children! They taste amazing and our family loves them! Great addition to your snack pack for homework treats!



Only $8.95 for 24 organic fruit snacks on the subscribe and save deal (when you use the $3.73 off coupon)! Delivered!

Items:$14.92
Shipping & handling:$0.00
Your Coupon Savings:-$3.73
Subscribe & Save:-$2.24

Total before tax:$8.95
Estimated tax to be collected:$0.00
Total:$8.95


Order total:$8.95
*Order as soon as possible to be prepare for upcoming school year! These prices are subject to change.
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#5 - Annie's Homegrown Penne Pasta with Alfredo Sauce, 7.25-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
If you are strapped for time like we are...every day. This is a great, quick meal for your children! Especially on a day you have swim lessons and karate lessons, this is a wonderful family meal hack!


Only $11.01 for six Penne Pasta with Alfredo Sauce  on the subscribe and save deal (when you use the $4.59 off coupon)! Delivered!

Items:$18.35
Shipping & handling:$0.00
Your Coupon Savings:-$4.59
Subscribe & Save:-$2.75

Total before tax:$11.01
Estimated tax to be collected:$0.00
Total:$11.01


Order total:$11.01
*Order as soon as possible to be prepare for upcoming school year! These prices are subject to change.

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KidFest at Belk Department Stores! Experience Fashion Shows, Refreshments, and Games While Shopping


We hope you are having a great week!

This weekend, we had a great time shopping at the Belk Department Store in Weatherford, Texas. It was such a great experience and I had a chance to shop for my little one! As a mom who works 50+ hours a week, it is such a rare treat to shop by myself (at least for a few moments). My little one and my husband stopped in front of the store to enable me to enter the store in VIP style while they caught a quick breakfast treat at Taco Cabana (three minutes away).


When I entered the store, it was a great experience. When I found the children's department, I immediately checked out the stations before my little one joined our shopping and KidFest adventure! Check out our purchases and video recap from the adventure!


In anticipation of the upcoming moments of fun, I quickly discovered six simply beautiful southern outfits for children (including two smocked dresses) and then received a telephone call from my husband informing me that he was on his way!





I met him and then the fun with my preschooler began! She enjoyed the stations and had a great time meeting the Weatherford High School Cheerleaders who were volunteering during the event. The event was complete with snacks and make and take crafts for the little ones!


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