Holiday Meal Kits and Holiday Meal Plans - Order Cooking Ingredients Online


As you prepare for the holidays, please EMBRACE the fact that you probably need some new utensils and some special holiday products for the ideal meal for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza. We also take Brandless products on our travel adventures! Write this down in your calendar...

SHOP on the BRANDLESS site to save time, money, and also to find unique products for your holiday meals.

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Whether you are providing a potluck dish for your work family, a unique meal for your children, or if you just want the most amazing dish for yourself, check out their website. I always use their products for office potlucks and themed meals!

Make-Your-Own Pasta Bars - I got you! 

Organic Tomato Sauce

Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce


Silicone Pasta Fork


Make-Your-Own Hot Cocoa Bars - I got you!

Organic Caramel Hot Cocoa Mix

Organic Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix
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Brandless also has you for the holidays as well! From $3 Silicone Measuring Cups and $3 Organic Dried Cranberries to $3 Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and an amazing $3 Chef's Knife, they have it all! Check it out! Use the search box and they can help you find the best items for your office potluck or family meal!

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Here's the video that we made about Brandless a few months ago!


Check out Brandless and see the amazing products they have. These products change each week and these products and my referral link (https://refer.brandless.com/s/fmajx) to your bookmarks. Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


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Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

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The Top Smart Home Devices, Security, and Technology from Amazon: Gift Guide for 2018


When we were in Austin for the Texas Tribune Festival, we had to stop by the Amazon Store. It was amazing, but I admit that I was very attracted to the big silver Airstream outside with "Smart Life Roadshow" on the back of the vehicle. This vehicle featured all of the new Amazon products! It had trendy music playing and even a "you are at home" doormat. I was 100% sold on the experience.



Now, I just had to be sold on the product. Eventually, I was sold and I am a believer in the products. I believe in smart homes and smart devices. Remember, I am the millennial who had a Commodore 64 computer when I was four years old.

Now, the homes are smart and the people are as well. Now, let me tell you HOW smart, this experience made me believe that smart homes make our lives easier and can save us a wealth of time and money.

Here's the Smart Life Roadshow experience.


These Smart Life Roadshow experiences featured the following products:

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Area of the House: Desk Area

D-Link D-Fend AC2600 Wifi Security Router - https://amzn.to/2TpdJBd

TP-Link Archer C2700 - https://amzn.to/2TpdJBd

ASUS Blue Cave - https://amzn.to/2Ke0grZ

HP Envy Curved AIO 34 - https://amzn.to/2Tq3Cw0

HP Deskjet 3720 - https://amzn.to/2DPqC38

Acer Spin 5 - https://amzn.to/2Tiqf5L

iRobot Roomba - https://amzn.to/2ORgZBU

Ecobee4 Thermostat - https://amzn.to/2KekwtF

Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AGK9KOG



Area of the House: Bathroom

Moen Shower Head with Alexa - https://amzn.to/2OQmMrG


Area of the House: Kitchen

DeepLens - https://amzn.to/2Tops39

Belkin Demo Mini Wall Outlet - https://amzn.to/2DvWDfu

Krups Tea Kettle - https://amzn.to/2Tq4m4g

Amazon Echo Show - https://amzn.to/2Dv7CG3

Petcube - https://amzn.to/2Toh7wj


Area of the House: Living Room Area

Sonos Beam Sound Bar - https://amzn.to/2OPg9FT

Sonos One - https://amzn.to/2DuSuZl

Embrace the smart home of the future and check these out! Add them to your Amazon list!

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

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Granbury TX 76048
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Keeping STEAM as a First-Grade Love, But Also Emphasizing Language Arts (as a Friend)


Recently, we moved our daughter to the new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) academy in our city and it has been a wonderful experience for her. She had an introductory experience with science and mathematics through the Tarleton State University's Child Development Center. Through this center, the teachers inspired to her develop critical thinking skills and she continues to use these skills daily at the STEAM academy.

The STEAM academy has positively impacted my daughter in various ways. She continues to question "why" X (this) caused Y (that) and she has fallen in LOVE! Fallen in love with science that is! We could not be more proud of her new found relationship with the field we would have chosen for her in the first place.


As a result of this love for science and math, her love for reading and language arts (her first love) has experienced a small amount of difficulty. You know, those first loves always stick around, but sometimes you need to focus on the relationship from the "just a friend" level. So, she has her primary love (math and science) and her first love (and now friend) (reading and language arts). Both of these relationships are fundamental to her development as a young learner.

So, our goal is to discover ways to integrate the love and the friendship together to form the ultimate learning experience. All of us need friends and the love of our life! We've decided to integrate the two  by participating in the reading bingo program at her academy (she is very competitive) and we will also emphasize guided journaling next month.

These are the books that we introduced to her this month:


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Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13.

My little one stated, "Read this book and you can almost be like her. "She found out how to send a rocket to the moon!" - M. Edwards

Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day)

As a mom who works full-time, I am always seeking books that helps me organize my life and it gave me my second wind!  - @drjtedwards

Go! (Blue): A Kids' Interactive Travel Diary and Journal

Make it a point to travel during the upcoming year! Celebrate these new locations with your child!

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

Meal plan with your kids on Friday or Saturday night and purchase groceries on Sunday! If they plan it, they will eat it!

We have to log these books on our reading sheet from the STEAM academy, but we are making our own reading sheet for the weekends. Look forward to this link soon!

If you have any questions about these books, please let me know! We will be happy to help!

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

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Granbury TX 76048
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Be Prepared for Black Friday - Do These 10 Things to Make Your Shopping Life Easier


Black Friday is RIGHT AROUND the corner and I know that all of the moms, dads, and grandparents are attempting to figure out which toys and other products are on sale during the day (er - week) of Thanksgiving.

Remember, at the beginning when Black Friday was just held on one day and began at 6am? Well, this is not the Black Friday of the early 2000s, but this is indeed the time of Black Friday Week!

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So, instead of dwelling on the Black Fridays of the past, let's focus on the here and now! The Black Friday of this year! The ads are already released (a week earlier than normal), but we are ready to embrace this year's event and I wanted to share a few Black Friday shopping tips and hints with all of you!



BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING TIPS!

1 - Map It Out Before You Drive to the Stores!

2 - Check Out the Deals on BFAds.net

3 - Check Out the Ads on the Store Websites

4 - Follow Your Favorite Stores on Social Media

5 - Use the Store Loyalty Programs and Ibotta App

6 - Make a Budget for Black Friday

7 - Take a Friend to Conquer More in Less

8 - Time (Think Electronics vs. Toys)

9 - Use the Amazon App to Compare Prices!

10 - Pack a Cell Phone Charger

Which tip was your favorite tip? Which one do you think most people would use.
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@WeekendsCount - 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:
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Box #145
Granbury TX 76048
817-382-8475
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Read the Weekends Count Magazine - November and December 2018 Issue


The newest issue of the Weekends Count magazine is published. YES - the November and December 2018 issue are finally released! Check out the Table of Contents!

- 12 Hour Road Trip from DFW to Austin

- Visit the Erin Condren Flagship Store

- Top Ten Things To Do at the Erin Condren Store!

- Avoid the Holiday Panic & Stress

- Dallas with Kids: 3 Days Outdoors Itinerary

- Black Friday Shopping Tips

- Weekend Reading Recommendations

- Holiday Cooking & Baking Essentials

- Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

- 7 Fun Things to do with Kids in East Texas

- 10 Must Have Family Travel Accessories

- Thanksgiving Family Food and Fun



What did you like the best about this month's magazine? Write your comments below!

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Copy of September. by jennifertedwards

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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24 Hour Travel - From DFW Airport to Denver, Colorado on United Airlines


What happens when you want to travel and you only have from 5pm on Friday to 6pm on Sunday? Yeah, you know the typical workweek? You just have to plan around it!

So, this means that we have to book a ticket a couple of weeks to two days ahead of time (yes, I am famous for this as well). Recently, we booked a ticket from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW) to Denver, Colorado Airport (DEN) on United Airlines. We arrived at 8:30 am and then we quickly checked-in at the Westin Denver Airport hotel, which was FABULOUS!

9:00 am - Then, we purchased light rail tickets from the airport to downtown. The ride was around 25 minute and it was a scenic trip for our family to view the terrain of Denver. Then, we realized that the 24 hour rail pass included MANY routes (that we plan to explore soon). We disembarked at the main downtown station and we walked around downtown Denver.


10:00 am Tattered Cover Bookstore - Our first stop was the the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. It featured an amazing mannequin in the bookstore and this is definitely a bookstore picture stop! Also, the children's reading section was excellent!

10:30 am - Centennial Gardens Park - We also visited Centennial Gardens Park to view the gardens. In addition, the gardens, there is a great under the bridge photo opportunity! While we were walking under the bridge we saw several Lime Bike Riders. It seems like a great way to explore the city!

11:00am - Confluence Park - After our visit to the park, we walked to a downtown falls area (Confluence Park) and it was absolutely beautiful! Great for pictures and then for a quick bite to eat (we brought food from Texas and it was still cold)!



12:00 pm (Noon) - We visited 7-11 downtown because my little one wanted ice cream. So, we purchased three pints (with spoons) and walked downtown to eat our treats in the downtown gardens area).

1:00 pm - We walked to view the Big Blue Bear and then we visited the local Convention and Visitor's Bureau for more information about downtown. THEN, they told us about a local (and free) music festival that was by the downtown library and capital building. We walked four to five blocks and the festival was great! Many vendors, many free samples (Haribo, Sahale Snacks, and a milk company).


4:00pm - Then, we walked back downtown to find this mini golf area by the Westin Hotel and my little one LOVED it! It was free and she is such a mini golf fan!

5:00pm - We ordered a gluten free pizza (with napkins and plates) and then boarded the light rail from downtown Denver to the Westin Airport hotel.

6:00pm - We arrived back in the hotel and then we ate the pizza in the hotel room while watching a movie.

7:00pm - We began preparing for bed for a 8:00am flight the next morning.

As you can see, we had a fun-filled, great time that lasted for 24 hours instead of an entire week. This was fabulous for our work schedules and we were able to accomplish MORE in less time!

Travel to Denver, Colorado on United Airlines from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport is a quick and easy flight from Texas. We embrace 24 hour travel during the weekends for our busy Texas family. In Denver, we played free mini golf downtown, enjoyed the downtown parks. We stayed at the Westin Airport hotel and it was a simple train ride to Downtown Denver. We enjoyed seeing the big blue bear outside of the convention center. 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:
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Box #145
Granbury TX 76048
817-382-8475
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24 Hour Travel Adventure in Minneapolis - Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America

When you find the perfect indoor theme park for your family, you HAVE to embrace it! Recently, when we discovered CHEAP tickets from DFW Airport to Minneapolis, Minnesota on United Airlines and I had to research the city.

So, I discovered that Minneapolis was the home of Prince and the Mall of America. I KNEW that Mall of America also contains Nickelodeon Universe. During dinner, our family watches theme park videos and Nickelodeon Universe was one of the recent videos.



In Minneapolis, we traveled via the light rail from the airport to the Mall of America (a 10 minute ride). When we arrived there, we walked through the mall with our luggage and headed to our hotel (the JW Marriott in the Mall). After organizing our items in the room, we headed down to the Nickelodeon Experience. We had a GREAT time! Then, we visited the American Girl store and it was EPIC for our little one! After everything we experienced in the day, we headed to the Flyover America and it was a great way to end the evening, but WAIT there's more!

We grabbed some noodles from Noodles and Company and we were SURPRISED by a light display (with amazing music) in the Nickelodeon Experience. We definitely enjoyed the experience! You should definitely take this cheap trip from DFW Airport or Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Have a great week and plan for the weekend! Remember to give the video a thumbs up!

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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