Four Ways Busy Moms Can Prepare for Kindergarten

Four Ways Busy Moms Can Prepare for Kindergarten
Tomorrow, my kid hits another milestone - kindergarten! I've had such a hard time with this transition after my mother passed away this summer, because SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP ME.

I know that she is with us during this process and we think of her everyday, but it is still a very lonely process. So, I had to organize everything with the help of the internet! We ordered the back pack (that will last us for years to come), the Bento Box, kindergarten friendly fashion products, and parent school supplies (because we need them too).

The North Face Look - After visiting Canada at the beginning of the summer, I purchased a North Face backpack from the new kindergartener! It was incredibly expensive, but we will continue to use it until her second grade year. I hope!



Lunchtime Toddler Style - We also purchased a Boon Bento Box lunch kit. It had everything that I wanted at a fraction of the bento box price. Usually, you have to purchase the bento box, the lunch kit, and the individual containers, but this bento box has everything you need AND it functions as a lunch kit!

We also had to purchase lunch items for our bento box, plastic bags, and several individually packaged items. Now, I plan to incorporate reusable bags as well!



Kindergarten Fashion - I had to plan a funeral and handle various forms of my "new life" (life after my mom passed) and I did not have a chance to shop. So, I decided to browse and purchase items from Amazon and Ebay to build my kindergartener's new wardrobe. More to come about this!


Don't Forget Your Parent Gear Too! - Parents need accessories for signing documents and documenting memories! This is YOUR kit! Get your Weekends Count Parent Supply Kit. No, just kidding, it is Writing Essentials Kit from Sharpie, Papermate, Expo, but it is extremely inexpensive and helpful!



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Have a great school year!

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Just Add Milk on the Weekends for an Easy Science Experiment for Children


Can you believe it? It is almost the beginning of the school year. This means that it is crunch time for our At-Home Summer School. Recently, we received the "Just Add Milk - Science and Art Kit" from Griddly Games. This is a great kit for our family because we absolutely love science (especially chemistry and physical science) and my father-in-law wants us to integrate art for our little one as well. This is why the "Just Add Milk - Science and Art Kit" was a great fit for our family!




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This kit is perfect for your family to have on hand as a rainy day or a "much too hot to go outside" day. We definitely have those days in Texas. With this kit, you have to watch what happens when you JUST add milk to the color solution!



This kit includes the following items:

5 - heavy absorbency paper sheets
4 - 10ml bottles of food coloring
1 - 10ml bottle of liquid soap
1 - science and art activity booklet

This simple science and art kit is a color way to introduce science and surface tension. Each kit also includes multiple exciting at-home experiments for the entire family!


You can find more about company that created the "Just Add Milk - Science and Art Kit" by following @GriddlyGames on Twitter.

Here's a link to their product - https://www.opensky.com/griddlygames/product/just-add-milk-science-art-kit?osky_campaign=pdm


Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

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Millennial Parents Teach Their Children about STEM with the Pinbox 3000

PinBox 3000 - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Arts - @WeekendsCount
Our family usually struggles to finding activities that can engage mom, dad, and the kindergartener. Now, we will struggle NO MORE! We received an invitation to review the Pinbox 3000 and we were slightly reluctant to accept a DIY item. Boy were we wrong! It was amazing!




I was away for a weekend for a conference and my husband and daughter constructed and decorated our family's new Pinbox 3000! I arrived back home and it was incredible! We had a GREAT time creating and reviewing the product!



The Pinbox 3000 enabled our family to focus on ourselves and laugh during a very difficult time for all of us! Thank you Pinbox 3000 for the opportunity to review this product...this amazing product!


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The Pinbox 3000 from is made from cardboard and it is one of the premier toys for parents and grandparents who want to introduce science, engineering, technology, and art to their children after school. This product enabled millennial parents to relive their childhood and relieve stress while having fun after a long day of work! This product is sturdy and will last a family for years!

Check out the Cardboard Teck Instantute's YouTube Channel!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp9P-Dxf6BC8h12LQDxfk_g


Have a great week and plan for the weekend!






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Zipper Bag Activities - Two Reading and Math Activities for Your 3, 4, or 5 Year Old


My preschooler attends a university three days a week! You heard it correctly, she attend the local laboratory school for university students. Through this laboratory experience, my preschooler is able to learn key concepts from her peers, the teachers, and her college peers.

Each week, the preschool sends a large ziplock bag filled with a unique homeschool activity for our little one. These activities usually include several manipulative items and a set of directions. These are easy to incorporate for busy, working families.


This week, we had two activities! Both activities were mathematics-focused and one include some literacy as well! These activities were: Sharing Hot Dogs and Button Bingo.

These were exceptional activities and they definitely caused this working mom to think outside of the box...playdough canister. :)


Through this activity, we received a canister of green playdough and a popsicle stick, and amazing directions! We had to divide the playdough into eight hot dogs.


This activity involved mathematics, reading, music! 
She really enjoyed making the hot dogs as well. We had to make eight.


Since dad was not at home during the time of this activity, we had to make a stick figure with the "knife". So, we made a "Gran Gran". :) 


Here's a close up of Gran Gran. She wanted to eat hot dogs too! Plus, we needed her in our mathematical problem. For example, if Gran Gran had eight hot dogs and gave one to you and six to mommy, how many would she have left? She conquered these mathematical problems with ease!


Then, we had to assess the activity. She is accustomed to rating her books on Amazon and she was eager to rate this activity as well. Five out of five stars!


The Button Bingo activity was also amazing as well! It had nine colored buttons of different shapes. I had to place these on the board and my kindergartener had to remove them while telling me which items were beside the item she removed. This was time consuming, but she really had to think about the items before removing them.


Here are the close ups of the buttons! It is an easy activity to replicate and it would be a great travel activity as well!


Thank you to the Child Development Center at Tarleton State University for these activities!

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

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Did You Forget Something in the Hotel Room? Here's a Simple Checklist to Complete BEFORE Leaving the Room!


We are ALWAYS frantic when leaving a hotel room. I always like to check and double-check everywhere (including ALL of the nooks and crannies) to check if we left something in a hotel room.

Here's why - We were having an amazing time in Orlando and we had EVERYTHING packed in our backpacks. We boarded the shuttle and finally arrived at the airport. Then, we discovered..we LEFT the iPad! We had the driver travel BACK to the airport and then we grabbed our iPad from the front desk (they cleaned the room) and we headed BACK to the airport.

 http://www.weekendscount.com/2015/01/16-ways-to-make-most-of-your-disney.html

If you know anything about the Orlando Airport, you know that it is ALWAYS busy. Super busy! This was our last experience EVER running through an airport. Did I mention that I was pregnant at the time? ;)

So, we made this checklist and we are finally publishing it on the blog. When you are leaving a hotel room, you have to check everywhere for your belongings! Here's a quick checklist focused on leaving a hotel.

 http://tinyurl.com/WeekendsCountHotelChecklist

Here's the checklist in PDF format: http://tinyurl.com/WeekendsCountHotelChecklist

Do you have anything that you would like to add to the checklist?

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

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Living Green and Cleaning Sustainably with Green Gobbler Apple Melon ULTRA PACS!


If you hate cleaning your house as much as I do, you are definitely looking for a product that will work... the FIRST time! The Green Gobbler all-purpose spray cleaner is for almost every surface in your household! From crayons and countertops to outdoor furniture to indoor sinks, this is the perfect product for easy cleaning around your household.

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This product comes with two microfiber towels, eight ultra pacs, and the spray bottle. The Green Gobbler is very sustainable for households that are interested in green living!


This pack will last forever because you have eight multipacks that you will just need to place in the bottle, add water, and shake! Best of all, your house will smell like apple-melon!

You can order your Green Gobbler Apple Melon ULTRA PACS - 8 Refills here - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0149ELZ10



Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

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Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

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Travel with Unlimited Books Through Amazon Kindle Unlimited


We are still on our journey to read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and we reached our halfway point! Yes, I know that we have three more months, but we will MAKE IT! Yes, I am the mom with optimism! Plus, I have to add the books from her bedroom as well! :)

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

To help us on our endeavor and to prevent the weekly run to the city library, the church library, and the local Goodwill, I decided to purchase the Amazon Kindle Unlimited App for our family. I use it for my college courses, my little one uses it for her 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and my husband uses it for church! There are 172,347 books for kids!

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We love this app, because it is easy for summer travel (instead of traveling with 8+ books) and it is great for the family! Check it out and let us know what you think!


Here are 10 Ways that you can read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten as well! Thank you to the Hood County Library!


Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

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Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

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