Read the Weekends Count Magazine - Spring 2019 Issue (Dollar Tree, Granbury, Weekend Reading, and Much More)!



Read the Weekends Count Magazine - Spring 2019 Issue

Check out the Table of Contents!

- 9 Top Teaching Tools from the Dollar Tree

- How Parents Can Survive Tax Season

- 3 Tax Tips from Wealthy Weekends

- A Granbury, Texas Day Trip Itinerary for Families

- Weekend Trips to Experience Texas

- @WEALTHYWEEKENDS TIPS

- Weekend Reading Recommendations

- Prepare for Summer Road Trips!

- Engage with the Weekends Count Community


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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A Granbury Day Trip Itinerary for Families


A Granbury Day Trip Itinerary for Families

Morning
9:00 am - Have breakfast at the Paradise Cafe located on the Granbury square. This cafe offers a delectable breakfast for visitors and has the best coffee or tea in the city. This restaurant offers a restaurant.com certificate.

10:30 am - Walk to the Hilton Garden Inn to enjoy the large walking deck by Lake Granbury. This is a great picture spot and you can also take games to play on the deck (i.e. - matching game).

11:00 am - Board the Granbury City Trolley for a free tour around the town. It visits each of major hotels in the area, but you discover more information about the city.

Noon - Have lunch at the Italian Restaurant. This restaurant is located steps away from the Granbury square and it has a wonderful menu for parents and children. This restaurant also offers a restaurant.com certificate.

Afternoon
1:00pm - Walk to the Hood County Library. This library is located in the city park which is two minutes behind the Italian Restaurant. The library offers computer games for children, a smart board gaming system, and neat books. Also, call the library before you visit because the library also offers Saturday programming which includes guest authors and sometimes animal programs.

2:00 pm - Enjoy a quick snack and a walk through the Granbury City Park. It has a beautiful waterfall, a neat walking trail, and offers great picture opportunities. Also, during the winter, this park has beautiful Christmas lights and Christmas scenes.

3:30pm - Drive to the Granbury Nature Center and take a nature walk. During the nature walk, highlight the different plants and also the different birds in the center. Remember to take some bug spray and a bottle of water.

5:00pm - Consider visit the Local Cafe on your way back to downtown Granbury or on your way back to Fort Worth or Dallas. The local cafe has extraordinary customer service, amazing food, and a conversation starter atmosphere. This restaurant also offers a restaurant.com certificate.

Evening
7:00pm - If you remain in town for the evening, consider watching a movie at the Granbury Drive-In Theater. Usually the theater offers a double feature and charges by the vehicle. Sometimes Groupons are available for families who are seeking a discount.

Granbury offers a wealth of free and low-cost experiences for families. The city is only a short drive from Fort Worth and Dallas, but it offers a rural city experience for day trips and weekend trips.

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

Our Social Media Channels:
Check Us Out on YouTube! - http://www.youtube.com/weekendscount/
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Remember to Purchase or Download Our Family Travel Book on Amazon! - Family Travel Hacks and Tips for Any Budget!

10 Top Teaching Tools from the Dollar Tree


10 Top Teaching Tools from the Dollar Tree

Many communities have a Dollar Tree in their community usually located in close proximity to a Walmart store. These stores usually have everything from arts and craft supplies to books. All of the items available for purchase for $1 or less. Here is a list of items that each household should consider having on hand for teachable moments in their household and also while traveling.

1 - Educational Flash Cards - These cards are more affordable than purchasing 3x5 cards and making your own cards. From cards focused on the alphabet and numbers to addition and multiplication cards, this simple purchase can help busy parents help their children.

2 - Word Strips - Instead of cutting strips of paper and writing sight words on each strip, consider purchasing pre-made word strips from the Dollar Tree. These strips are age level or grade specific and focus on a common theme. Some items are school supply related while others are focused on food themes.

3 - Writing and Learning Worksheet Packs - The Dollar Tree has printed packs of writing and learning worksheets for pre-kindergarten children, kindergarten, and 1st grade to 6th grade. These are potentially great for parents and environmentally friendly because they do not require parents to use a printer and ink for worksheets.

4 - Educational Booklets - In addition to worksheet packs, the Dollar Tree has age and grade appropriate books that focus on mathematics, reading, critical thinking (mazes), and coloring.

5 - Science Items - Most Dollar Tree stores have science items for children. These science items usually include: plastic test tubes, plastic tweezers, lab goggles, and bug viewers.

6 - Science Experiment Kits - Some Dollar Tree stores offer science experiment kits that have almost everything in the pack to make your own snow. Other kits are available as well.

7 - Art Supplies - From finger paint and glue to popsicle sticks and markers, the Dollar Tree has most art supplies that families need.

8 - Tools - Dollar Tree stores have plastic tool boxes, screwdrivers, sandpaper, screws, hammers, and other materials needed to construct a toolkit for your children. Older children usually enjoy having their own tool kit with their name on the box.

9 - School Supplies - From folders and scissors to posters and stickers, the Dollar Tree has most school supplies that families need to have on hand when teachers request them for the classroom. Parents can think ahead and purchase additional school supplies for their school children.

Visitors to Texas and parents who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin area should consider planning a day trip to Granbury, Texas. This city is located 30 minutes south of Fort Worth, Texas and offers families the perfect day trip or weekend adventure.

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

Our Social Media Channels:
Check Us Out on YouTube! - http://www.youtube.com/weekendscount/
Become a Fan of Facebook! - http://www.facebook.com/weekendscount/
Follow Us on Twitter! - http://www.twitter.com/weekendscount/
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Remember to Purchase or Download Our Family Travel Book on Amazon! - Family Travel Hacks and Tips for Any Budget!

Weekend Trips to Rural Central Texas


Weekend Trips to Rural Central Texas

All Texas families living in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Tyler, should venture out of their comfort zone to experience all the Lone Star Country has to offer. From fun outdoor experiences to lively festivals, rural Texas has something to offer everyone. Here are several ways that Texan families can positively impact the entire family while experiencing something new:

1 - Take a Texas trail to find something new. - Texas has a wealth of traditional trails for Texas family travelers. These travelers are always searching for something new that can not be experienced in a rural environment. Here is a glimpse of the Texas State Trail:

2 - Explore your Texas Family History through museums - Usually, most Texas families living in a city environment are not more than one to two generations removed from their rural roots. Take the challenge to explore those roots while seeing the local sights along the way.

3 - Be adventurous by experiencing Texas State Parks - Usually, these state parks are low cost (or you can purchase an annual pass) and they provide unique experiences for park visitors. From dutch oven cooking to guided hikes, your family can learn from professionals who are eager to make sure you learn about the basics of adventure.

4 - Challenge yourself with diverse family travel - Texas is one of the most diverse states and one of the fastest growing states in the United States. The diversity can add variety to family travel. Texas families can introduce their child to a different culture, foods, and opportunities to engage with with people who slightly different from themselves.

5 - Become a Texas top flight family - Take a weekend flight trip with your family. Texas families located within 1-2 hours of an international airport located in Texas, can book plane tickets for $75+ round trip and they can experience another part of Texas. The El Paso or McAllen flights are usually affordable and offer Texas families a quick flight from international airports. These airports offer glimpses of the different Texas terrains and can highlight rural Texas.

6 - Explore a short cruise with your multigenerational family - Short cruises in Texas can range from four to five days. Before the cruise, experience Galveston. Galveston Texas has a wealth of pre-cruise activities to offer families including museums, a family fun pier, a theater, and many other activities to highlight one of the oldest cities in Texas.

These are just unique ways that ways that six types of families can experience Texas, especially rural Texas. Look forward to additional fun rural Texas family activities in the next issue of Weekends Count magazine.

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

Our Social Media Channels:
Check Us Out on YouTube! - http://www.youtube.com/weekendscount/
Become a Fan of Facebook! - http://www.facebook.com/weekendscount/
Follow Us on Twitter! - http://www.twitter.com/weekendscount/
Look for Us on Instagram! - http://www.instagram.com/weekendscount/
Discover the Weekends Count Blog! - http://www.weekendscount.com

Remember to Purchase or Download Our Family Travel Book on Amazon! - Family Travel Hacks and Tips for Any Budget!

How Parents Can Prepare for the Tax Season


How Parents Can Prepare for the Tax Season

Tax season is always a challenging season for parents. They have to determine how  they are going to integrate taxes with everything else they are encountering in their day-to-day life. From the new baseball games and graduation activities to prom and meetings with teachers, parents are busy. Parents should consider keeping the following tips in mind when preparing for their taxes.

1 - Place all of your tax items in a separate zipper folder. Your important tax items can remain there until they are ready for your Tax Date.

2 - Set aside specific dates and times for your Tax Date. This date needs to be added to your schedule on your phone or in your planner. You need to keep your date and avoid being late.

3 - Consider a night date. After the kids are asleep, you can simply turn on your computer and get ready for tax season.

4 - Know about your tax deductions. Each year, many individuals fail to identify relevant tax deductions until it is too late. You do not want to leave any relevant tax deductions on the table.

5 - Have a family member check your work and to highlight any potential deductions that you missed.

6 - Call your childcare provider. Sometimes, they forget to send receipts for your childcare and these are definitely needed for your taxes.

7 - Talk to your accountant early! Do not wait until it is too late.

8 - Save your work from this year to prepare for next year’s tax season. Work smarter and not harder to prepare for taxes.

Keep these in mind when you are preparing for the deadline of the year. Avoid those late fees and plan to have a great tax season.

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

Our Social Media Channels:
Check Us Out on YouTube! - http://www.youtube.com/weekendscount/
Become a Fan of Facebook! - http://www.facebook.com/weekendscount/
Follow Us on Twitter! - http://www.twitter.com/weekendscount/
Look for Us on Instagram! - http://www.instagram.com/weekendscount/
Discover the Weekends Count Blog! - http://www.weekendscount.com

Remember to Purchase or Download Our Family Travel Book on Amazon! - Family Travel Hacks and Tips for Any Budget!

24 Hour Road Trip to Austin - Having Fun at the Capital One Cafe and Exploring Erin Condren!


If you are ever looking for an amazing day trip from the Dallas-Fort Worth or San Antonio area, choose Austin! It is great for staycations and amazing for fly-in trips from the Austin Airport. We checked out several neat family-friendly and millennial-friendly locations in Austin including the Capital One Cafe (actually two of them), then Erin Condren store (which is fabulous), and the downtown Austin area!



The Capital One Cafe is a MUST DO experience if you are near the Austin area. There are only two Capital One Cafes in Texas and both of these are in Austin. I've only been to one other Capital One Cafe and it was in Seattle. After I visited, I was definitely a Capital One fan for life.





When you have a Capital One card, you actually get 50% off Pete's Coffee Barista Beverages! They also have free one hour money coaching and free events! They also have Student Happy Hour, Eco Happy Hour, Hustle Live Events. Plus, these locations have free wifi and power outlets!

The two Capital One Cafes are located:

11801 Domain Blvd. Suite 160
Austin, TX 78758

and

106 E 6th St. Suite 100
Austin, TX 78701

*The Domain Blvd is located in a great location and it also has games for the children!

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Visit the Erin Condren Flagship Store

Another Austin must do included the Erin Condren store which was a short walk from the Capital One Cafe on Domain Blvd. This is the Flagship Gift and Stationary Store. This store was my dream! It has sample planners and a space for my daughter and husband to wait while I shopped and while the Erin Condren team constructed my new planner covers (I purchased three). It has an amazing accent wall and stairs that is definitely Instagram worthy AND they have workshops that are held often! I cannot wait to see what they have for December and January for goal setting.





When you visit the Erin Condren store, you should definitely consider doing the following:

1) Check out the sample planners on the wall! These sample planners are from Erin Condren influencers (bloggers and vloggers)!




2) Design your own planner cover on the back wall.

3) Have a seat in the waiting area! Or at least make sure your family sits there!





4) Use the computers to design your own planner!

5) Check out the designer Erin Condren notebooks and budgeing books!



6) Look at the Erin Condren teacher's guides! These are amazing!

7) Sign Up for the Erin Condren email list!



8) Attend an Erin Condren workshop!

9) Talk to the Erin Condren team about their favorite planners! These ladies are amazing and super positive!





10) Check out the Erin Condren exclusives! These are not available on the website!

The store is located:
11601 Rock Rose Suite 108
Austin, Texas 78758

If you are interested in checking out Erin Condren amazingness before you visit the store, check out their stationary on Amazon!

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

Our Social Media Channels:
Check Us Out on YouTube! - http://www.youtube.com/weekendscount/
Become a Fan of Facebook! - http://www.facebook.com/weekendscount/
Follow Us on Twitter! - http://www.twitter.com/weekendscount/
Look for Us on Instagram! - http://www.instagram.com/weekendscount/
Discover the Weekends Count Blog! - http://www.weekendscount.com

Remember to Purchase or Download Our Family Travel Book on Amazon! - Family Travel Hacks and Tips for Any Budget!

The Best East Texas Locations for Families: 12 Hour Travel


East Texas is truly a hidden gem in East Texas. It is definitely off of the beaten path, but it needs to be on your radar! If you are looking for a great weekend trip away, with a reasonable ($75-$90 hotel room) East Texas is your best destination in Texas.

If you do not have children, take a scenic drive through the Piney Woods to East Texas to the casinos in East Texas on Interstate 20 and stop in Terrell, Tyler, Longview, or Kilgore along the way. These are your Piney Woods destinations. There is great fishing available and even zip lines through the very tall Piney Woods of East Texas.


1 - Longview World of Wonders Museum


2 - East Texas Oil Museum


3 - Longview Public Library


4 - Tyler Public Library



5 - Caldwell Zoo (Tyler, Texas)



6 - Ellen Trout Zoo (Lufkin, Texas)



7 - Discovery Science Place (Tyler, Texas)


If you have children, check out these "Seven TOP Destinations for Families Visiting East Texas". I visited many of these places in East Texas when I was a child and I absolutely love them. Lately, I started spending my time with my daughter at my favorite East Texas locations as well!

Have a great week and plan for the weekend! Please let me know if you have any questions about East Texas!

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

Our Social Media Channels:
Check Us Out on YouTube! - http://www.youtube.com/weekendscount/
Become a Fan of Facebook! - http://www.facebook.com/weekendscount/
Follow Us on Twitter! - http://www.twitter.com/weekendscount/
Look for Us on Instagram! - http://www.instagram.com/weekendscount/
Discover the Weekends Count Blog! - http://www.weekendscount.com

Remember to Purchase or Download Our Family Travel Book on Amazon! - Family Travel Hacks and Tips for Any Budget!