Participate in Our Evening Homeschool with the Creativity for Kids Plant An Emoji Garden Kit


Each weekday, we always try to do a project (or two) with our preschooler! This week, we had an Earth Day emphasis and we planted chia seeds as part of the Plant Happiness's Creativity for Kids Plant An Emoji Garden Kit! This was SO MUCH fun for her! First, you color the sheet, then you plant the seeds, then you water it and then you watch it grow!



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Craft, plant, water, grow is the entire plan for this kit! These seeds grow in 3-4 days!



Here's a challenge! 

1 - Order the kit from our affiliate link - http://amzn.to/2oz07ml

2 - Craft, plant, water, grow!

3 - Capture a picture of your project and include the #weekendscount hashtag!

We will choose winners throughout the summer!

This kit includes: planting tray, color-in liner, markers, potting mix, chia seeds, scoop and plant mister.

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The Top 10 Melissa and Doug Products that are Ideal for Family Travel and Learning-on-the-Go!


Our family loves Melissa and Doug products and we were delighted to discover the numerous travel-friendly products that the company offers families! Order one (or more) of these items for your summer or fall travel and you will not be disappointed! :)

Here are the Top 10 Melissa and Doug Products that are Ideal for Family Travel and Learning-on-the-Go!

*Some of these products are affiliate links.

Travel Product #1 - Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow! Water-Reveal Activity Pad - Safari




Travel Product #5 - Melissa & Doug ColorBlast! Sea Life and Dinosaurs Color-Reveal Coloring Books, 2-Pack


Travel Product #6 - Melissa & Doug Pet Shop Puffy Sticker Set With 115 Reusable Stickers





Travel Product #8 - Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Travel Memory Game - Wooden Game Board, 7 Double-Sided Cards






Please let us know which product you liked the most! WE LOVE Melissa and Doug products (especially for travel)!

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The Happy Flight Plane Travel Passport PVC Cover Protector is Great for Families


Our family is getting READY for the summer! We are excited about several upcoming trips and adventures for our family! So, when we were offered an opportunity to review a passport cover, we JUMPED at the opportunity!


The Happy Flight Passport cover is one of the best travel essentials for international travelers. This passport cover is available in pink, red, yellow, orange, light blue, green, and black.

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When traveling with our family domestically and abroad, we always like to travel with style! So, we ordered the black Happy Flight Passport cover, because it will match everything!

Oh my goodness! This cover will definitely help me remain organized and stylish at the same time!



Here's the special link to order your own Happy Flight Passport cover.
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10 Millennial Friendly Items Your Hotel, City, or Airport is Missing!


As a millennial traveler for business and personal purposes, I value extra amenities available in airports, hotels, and shopping plazas! If you think about the needs of Millennials, we usually travel with our digital devices which feature money-saving loyalty apps, enable us to engage on social media with those around us and those who were not fortunate to join our journey, and allow us to check-in before we arrive to our destination.

1 - Mobile Check-In for Hotels
This feature enables millennial travelers to chose our own customized, personalized experience when visiting a hotel. Based on the mobile app, we are able to: check-in the day before we actually arrive to the destination, choose the time we would like to have our room ready (which is GREAT for an early morning arrival), and choose when we would like to leave! Some loyalty programs actually enable us to choose a 4pm check out time! I LOVE THIS!

2 - Mobile Ordering and Payment in Airport Terminals
Mobile apps like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts enable travelers to order their meals ahead of time, notify the restaurant when they would like to pick up the meal, pay for the meal via the app, and then the best part - EARN POINTS!

3 - Hotel and Airport Lounges! 
Even though these travel concepts have been around for years, the travel industry should prepare for the influx of traveling Millennials who are looking for the value added experience. These lounges offer an experience for Millennials who are traveling for business to engage in an informal social setting, grab 
"free food", and document this coveted experience on social media.

4 - USB Plugs and Desks
Millennials like access to outlets throughout their hotel rooms and airports when they are on the go! Yes, this seems like a college or university concept (to have outlets everywhere), but as a college professor, I LOVE these as well! I am always on the lookout for USB outlets for my various devices!

5 - Free Wi-Fi
I know that this seems like a given, but Millennial travelers (and everyone else) appreciate free wi-fi and we are willing to give surface-based personal information or walk a block or more to take advantage of this amenity!



6 - Tours that Depart from the Hotel
As Millennials, we are all about the local experience and we do not want to embark on a long journey to have these experiences. We want the experience to come to us! This is definitely true for millennial business travelers and millennial families. If a tour departs from our hotel, we are more likely to take it! 

I am a fan of Grayline Tours, because they are safe, reliable, and they are located in many cities, states, and they also have international tours!

7 - Local Food Fare and Beverages on the Room Service and Restaurant Menu
Yes, millennials are all about the local experiences, but this also includes local food fare! So, if it is too cold, too hot, too rainy, or too stormy to experience the local environment, we will definitely try the local food and brag to our friends about how great the local [insert local food or beverage item here] was and how others who are visiting the area should try it!

8 - Internet Friendly TVs in Hotel Rooms
Yes! This has been one of the most amazing items that I've experienced as a millennial traveler. It is just like watching the Internet at home. I just log-on to my YouTube account, Hulu account, or Netflix and I am able to watch all of my shows from the comfort of my own...hotel room!

9 - Amazon Delivery to Hotels or Highlight the Amazon Lockers within a Block of the Hotel
We use Amazon at home and we would like to have access to all of the snacks that we had to leave at home due to packing our TSA and airline compliant luggage. For example, I have Smartwater nad snack bars delivered to my home each month to prevent an additional trip to the grocery store. Hotels should highlight the Amazon delivery address or nearest Amazon locker on their website!

10 - Learning Experiences in the Airport
Our entire existence has been focused on learning. Why stop learning when we are on the go with our businesses or with our families. The Atlanta Marriott Gateway Hotel highlights TED talks on their website and on the Internet TV in each room. The Atlanta Hartfield airport features various learning opportunities for travelers by having several National Park Service kiosks with actual artifacts in their terminals. This was a great learning opportunity for each member of our family. Also, the kiosks enabled us to engage with the exhibits via QR codes and also through a common hashtag I learned a lot!


Next Time Your Family is in Fort Worth, Visit the Panther Lab Makerspace - It is FREE!


Next you are visiting Fort Worth, check out the opportunities available for your child in the Fort Worth Library! Since we moved to this area, the Fort Worth Library has been a safe haven for our family. It continues to serve as a refuge for our family to learn, network, and relax!

We've checked out books, videos, books on tape/DVDs, and additional materials from the Fort Worth Library! Here's the neat thing - even if you are not a resident of Fort Worth, you and your family can visit and interact with the Fort Worth Library - Panther Lab Makerspace!

Watch this Video to Find Out "What is a Makerspace?"


The Fort Worth Library - Panther Lab Makerspace is located at the Northwest Branch Library on 6228 Crystal Lake Drive in Fort Worth. It is an amazing resource for Fort Worth residents and visitors to the area can experience!

In the lab, you and your family can:
- Design 3D Images
- Use Makey Makey and littleBits to learn about electronic engineering
- Utilize Ozobots to learn introductory robotics.
- Design Video Trailers on iMac computers (with a Sony camera and green screen)!
- Create a digital game through simple coding.


What's in the Fort Worth Library - Panther Lab?
The Fort Worth Library - Panther Lab Makerspace has 3D printers, a 3D Scanner, robotics/electronic kids, Apple computers with Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Virtual Reality and a Simulation Headset, a Sony Camera and Green Screen, and a Vinyl Cutter.


When is the Fort Worth Library - Panther Lab Makerspace open?
The makerspace is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2pm to 7pm and on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm. 


Okay - What's Next???
Next weekend, spend days with your family at the Fort Worth Library - Panther Lab Makerspace! You will definitely not regret it! :) Plus, you can leave with a momento from your creative adventure!



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Save Money for Easter and Halloween By Ordering a Personalized Fabric Easter Basket from Pottery Barn!


Guess what? It is time to plan for the Easter holiday! Easter, you ask? Yes, now you have enough time to order a customized basket for your little one! We've had a customized Easter basket for four years! Yes, the SAME ONE!

When I purchased an Easter basket for $30 a few years ago, I knew that it was going to be an investment! Each Easter and Halloween my little southern princess utilizes that SAME owl basket with her name beautifully embroidered on the side!


This is a money-saving move for your family that is also green and sustainable! Buy one basket and utilize it two times a year! So far, this means that we've spent $3.75 each holiday for our beloved basket. Just think, the number keeps shrinking and shrinking! :)


So, this year - order a "Fabric Easter Bucket" from Pottery Barn. Then, personalize it and utilize it for YEARS to come! Here's link to the buckets on the Pottery Barn website (not sponsored)!

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Tune Into KERA Kids PBS - A 24 Hour Kids Channel for Families


Cartoons? All day? Sign our family up! We love to connect our antenna to the television and watch the over-the-air channels! In the past, we could only receive three to six channels and many of those did not include cartoons during non-morning hours.



So, our little one had to watch Netflix or YouTube during the hours that she could not access her favorite cartoons (i.e. - Wild Kratts, Nature Kat, Daniel Tiger, or Splash and Bubbles. Now, she has a chance to watch all of the shows at any time of the day (even if we have to watch up SUPER early one morning for a 6:00 am flight).



Our local channel, KERA, just released a new 24 hour kids channel (KERA Kids 24/7) that families can access through air or satellite. It is amazing and we will definitely spend many hours during Saturday and Sundays watching her favorite shows!

Here are the KERA Kids Channels within the North Texas Area (KERA, 2017):
Over the Air - 13.2
Spectrum Dallas — Channel 1268
Spectrum Fort Worth — Channel 182
Suddenlink — Available in select areas. Contact your provider’s customer care center.
Northland Corsicana — Channel 114
Northland Stephenville — Channel 114
Northland Mexia — Channel 118

Also, check out the PBS Kids website for amazing resources for homeschool families and parents who teach their children after school! - http://pbskids.org/apps/


The KERA Kids Morning Schedule (as of March 2017)
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - 12:00 AM
Splash and Bubbles - 12:30 AM
Nature Cat - 1:00 AM
Ready Jet Go! - 1:30 AM
Wild Kratts - 2:00 AM
Wild Kratts - 2:30 AM
Odd Squad - 3:00 AM
Odd Squad - 3:30 AM
Arthur - 4:00 AM
Arthur - 4:30 AM
Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman - 5:00 AM
Cyberchase - 5:30 AM


The KERA Kids Afternoon Schedule (as of March 2017)
Bob the Builder - 12:00 PM
Word World - 12:30 PM
Super Why! - 1:00 PM
Sesame Street - 1:30 PM
Sesame Street - 2:00 PM
Dinosaur Train - 2:30 PM
Dinosaur Train - 3:00 PM
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - 3:30 PM
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - 4:00 PM
Splash and Bubbles - 4:30 PM


The KERA Kids Evening Schedule (as of March 2017)
Nature Cat - 5:00 PM
Ready Jet Go! - 5:30 PM
Wild Kratts - 6:00 PM
Wild Kratts - 6:30 PM
Odd Squad - 7:00 PM
Odd Squad - 7:30 PM
Arthur - 8:00 PM
Arthur - 8:30 PM
Super Why! - 9:00 PM
Sesame Street - 9:30 PM
Sesame Street - 10:00 PM
Dinosaur Train - 10:30 PM
Dinosaur Train - 11:00 PM
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - 11:30 PM


Also, if you are located in the central Texas area (Aledo, Benbrook, Fort Worth, Granbury, Stephenville, Waco, Weatherford), here is a list of all of your local channels!

Daystar (KDTN) - Channel 2

Fox (KDFW) - Channel 4

NBC (KXAS) - Channel 5

Cozi TV (KXAS-TX2) - Channel 5-2

CBS (KTVT) - Channel 11

Decades (KTVT2) - Channel 1102

PBS (KERA) - Channel 13

World (KERA-TX2) - Channel 13-2

My Network TV (KDFI) - Channel 27

CW (KDFW) - Channel 33

Telemundo (KXTX) - Channel 39

TBN (KDTX) - Channel 58

Ion Network (KPXD) - Channel 68-1

Qubo Network (KPXD-TV2) - Channel 68-2

Ion Life Network (KPXD-TV3) - Channel 68-3 (One of Our Favorites!)

QVC (KPXD-TV5) - Channel 68-5

HSN (KPXD-TV6) - Channel 68-6

Here's a great resource for finding over-the-air channels in your area! - http://www.tvtv.us/

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References

KERA (2017). Watch, play, learn, donate. Retrieved from http://pbskids.org/apps/filter/episode/

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