Enjoy a Cowboy Staycation at the Courtyard Marriott Historic Fort Worth Stockyards!




Planning a weekend getaway to Fort Worth? Then make the most of your time and money by staying at the Courtyard Marriott Historic Fort Worth Stockyards!


The hotel is located just north of the stockyards, a historic section of Fort Worth, which celebrates its history in the cattle industry.  Be aware that all parking at the hotel is valet parking.


The property features amazing art inside and outside the hotel.



The lobby has a familiar layout if you are used to newer Courtyard hotels, but there are many interior design features that provide a rustic look suitable for the stockyards.


The hotel lobby features many areas for working, networking, and dining.





This hotel includes a bistro restaurant serving breakfast and dinner.




You can also print boarding passes in the lobby.


The outside area by the pool can also accommodate parties!


The pool area is great for lounging or swimming!




The Fort Worth Stockyards are within walking distance of the hotel, which is great considering that you probably won't want to move your car once it's been parked at the hotel.


There are several options for dining and entertainment in the stockyards.




You can even check out public art or an event featuring horses or bull riding!

What's your favorite thing to do in the stockyards?

Let us know in the comments!

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Find Out How Trees Are Just Like Us!

Planning a nature homeschool unit? Have a child that loves to learn about nature?

Then order a copy of Trees by Shondra M. Quarles and Kristi Ferguson!

 
Trees helps children understand what trees need to survive and what happens during their life cycles by comparing trees to people.  Interestingly, trees and people have a lot in common.

As a parent, you can ask your kids what they learned in the story and connect the book to trees in your yard, neighborhood, or local park. If you're on a family vacation, be sure to have your kids discuss similarities and differences between the trees they see on the trip and the trees they see at home.

Our daughter loved the book and it helped her better understand how we as people relate to nature in our world.

How might you incorporate Trees into a homeschool lesson or unit?

Let us know in the comments!

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This week,

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

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Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

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Become a Family of Super Flyers with Author Dr. Lori Baudino!

Does the thought of traveling with your children overwhelm you? Would routines to prepare your family for flying help you? Then you'll love hearing from Super Flyers author Dr. Lori Baudino!

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Guest Post - How to Save Money on Luggage – Tips for the Money Savvy Traveler

How to Save Money on Luggage – Tips for the Money Savvy Traveler
Travelers certainly wouldn’t get very far without luggage. Can you imagine having to wave your intimates around at the airport check-in counter or rest a pile of clean clothes on the bathroom floor of the train station when nature calls?
No thank you!
A solid suitcase or a handy carry-on bag will keep your belongings safe and clean, but purchasing new luggage can sometimes leave a huge dent in the wallet.
Wondering how you can get around the retail pricing?
Test Facts offers a solution, and it is one that all budget-conscious shoppers will love.
The Secret Revealed – Always Buy Your Luggage Online
Even the best bargain hunter can have trouble finding a good deal on new luggage, but not anymore.
Through their in-depth study and data analysis, Test Facts dropped a bombshell recently by revealing that you can save an average of $110 by purchasing your luggage online as opposed to visiting regular brick and mortar stores. And since 88 percent of all luggage manufactured is available online, it isn’t too hard to find what you need.
As you can see in the graph below, the average MSRP value of luggage is $285, while the average online price is only $175 – that means you can save an average of 39 percent when shopping online.
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The difference is huge, and the data has many travelers realizing that they have been spending excessive amounts of money on luggage for years.
Balance Savings with Quality
While it is great to save money, you have to remember that spending less can sometimes mean sacrificing quality.
According to the the study, luggage that receives a higher volume of negative reviews also has a greater discount. Sellers do this because it is difficult to sell a product with lower ratings, and when the warehouses fill up with unpurchased bags, it is time for them to liquidate.
However, is it really worth your time and money to purchase an inexpensive bag?
If you travel frequently, then the answer to that question is, “No.”
You would probably end up spending more money in the long run due to the poor quality, which is why it is best to avoid the cheapest options.
The occasional traveler, on the other hand, might not have a problem opting for the lower quality luggage since it will not be used as often.
Always make sure you think long term when purchasing luggage because nobody wants to have to replace a bag a week after purchasing it.
How to Test Luggage Virtually
One of the most important parts of the luggage shopping process is testing. Being able to touch and handle a potential suitcase is important to most consumers, and it is something that they cannot do when shopping online.
The solution?
  • Read Customer Comments. The best way to gain a better understanding of what a bag is really like is by reading the comments of those who have already purchased it. Manufacturers want to sell their product, so of course, they will show you the luggage in showroom condition and rave about all of the wonderful features it offers.

    Consumers, on the other hand, provide you with the good, the bad, and the ugly. Those who offer detailed descriptions and take the time to write useful reviews usually give a fairly accurate account of a product and can make you feel like you have “tried” it, too.

    Take comments with a grain of salt, however, as each person has different expectations from their luggage and some might offer more insight than others.
  • See It In Person – Then Buy Online. If reading about a product just isn’t enough to convince you, then the next best solution is to head to a brick and mortar store to handle it in person.

    You can zip the zippers, snap the snaps, lift the telescoping handle, and see which directions the wheels spin, but that doesn’t mean you have to purchase it on the spot.

    Most brands that you find in-store are available online, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding them.
Brands and Stores to Consider
There are quite a few luggage manufacturers out there, and based on the study, Test Facts was able to make a list of the brands that offer the highest discount by percentage.
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As you can see, Kenneth Cole offers the highest discount percentage (63.22 percent), followed by it luggage at 62.48 percent and then Traveler’s Choice at an average of 58.61 percent discount.
Were you thinking of going with an American Tourister bag? While they may have affordable off-the-shelf pricing, they rarely offer discounts and aren’t known for their high level of quality.
What about the stores? Who offers the best deals?
Surprisingly, Walmart’s online store comes in first, with Century 21, Target and Jet beating out both Amazon and eBags.
The numbers speak for themselves.

While it may be better to shop for groceries in traditional brick and mortar stores, the most cost-efficient place to shop for luggage is online.
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This week,

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

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Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

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

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Phone Number - 817-382-8475

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Save Money on Weekend Travel Costs at DAISO!

Planning a weekend trip? Need to a few travel items, but don't want to spend a lot of money or time shopping? Then head over the nearest DAISO store!





DAISO is like many other dollar stores except that most items are $1.50 instead of $1.00 or 99 cents. That extra fifty cents allows the store to carry some items you wouldn't find at a typical dollar store.  This includes several travel items like passport covers, sewing kits, luggage straps, travel pillows, and air cushions!





If your kids get restless on road trips or plane rides, DAISO also carries a variety of toys!




Have you shopped at DAISO yet?  What did you find?

Let us know in the comments!

- Jennifer and Tony






The Selectivor: An Allergen & Gluten and Communication Tool for Parents, Families, and Individuals



The Selectivor is an amazing app for parents and millennials, especially those with food allergies. This app will help our family communicate with the parents of my little one's friends and others (especially when we are traveling) about her food allergies.



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The user pinpoints these allergies and/or preferences in the app and they select or create upcoming events that will serve as the "food event" for which the users need to be notified of the allergy.

This is a great app for families who have allergies, celiac disease, or are gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and/or food preferences. Our little one began school this year and I would definitely use this app as a communication starter next year when we meet her new teacher.

Definitely, check out this app, especially in situations in which if is difficult to bring up certain subjects.

Learn more about the Selectivor, by clicking here: https://www.selectivor.com

Interact with the Selectivor's hashtags as well. - #selectivor #eattogether

Definitely, check out this app, especially in situations in which if is difficult to bring up certain subjects.

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Fun Things to Do with Kids This Weekend in San Antonio, Texas!

Planning a weekend vacation or staycation in San Antonio?

Here are 21 fun things to do with kids this weekend in San Antonio:



  1. San Antonio Zoo - Stacy, Kids Stuff World
  2. Witte Museum - Amanda, Alamo City Moms Blog
  3. The Doseum - Josh, Texas Dad Blog
  4. SeaWorld San Antonio - Marina, Mommy Snippets
  5. Six Flags Fiesta Texas - Esther Irish, Laugh With Us Blog
  6. San Antonio Museum of Art - San Antonio Tourist
  7. McNay Art Museum - Inga Cotton, Alamo City Moms Blog
  8. Kiddie Park - Aimee Fauci, House of Faucis
  9. The Alamo - Inga Cotton, Alamo City Moms Blog
  10. Ripley's Believe It or Not - Bridget Carlson, Nutty Hiker               Order Our New Book!
  11. San Antonio Riverwalk - Tammi, My Organized Chaos
  12. Tower of the Americas - Shasie, Live Life in Style
  13. San Antonio Missions - Stacy, Kids Stuff World
  14. Natural Bridge Caverns - Michelle, Having Fun in the Texas Sun
  15. Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch - Addie Gross, R We There Yet Mom
  16. Institute of Texan Cultures - Mom of Many
  17. Morgan's Playground - Inga Cotton, Alamo City Moms Blog
  18. SplashTown San Antonio - Lilli, My Tots Travel
  19. Aquatica San Antonio - Nanette, A Mom Blog
  20. San Antonio Botanical Gardens - Colleen Pence, San Antonio Mom Blogs
  21. San Antonio Aquarium - Traveling with Kidz

Getting There:

San Antonio is accessible by Interstate Highways 10 and 35 as well as Highway 281. You can fly into San Antonio via San Antonio International Airport.


What San Antonio kid-friendly activities would you add to the list?

Let us know in the comments!

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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

Send us an Email! We are PR friendly! - weekendscount@gmail.com
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