Reviewing the Geekey Multi-Tool: A Must-Have Travel Tool (TSA Compliant)


Last Christmas, we were fortunate to visit the Holiday Inn Resort in Tyler and I was EXCITED to have access to a kitchen. We purchased canned goods, fruits, and vegetables for our family and I was so prepared...or so I thought. Unfortunately, this kitchen did not have a can opener. So, this meant that I had to try to use a pocket knife from the Dollar Tree and that did not work either.


So, no canned goods for us. No black beans, no green beans, and no corn. I promised my family that I would be more prepared next time! That night, I searched on the internet for a travel can opener that is TSA compliant and I found several multi-key tools, but I never purchased one. A few months later, we were contacted by the Geekey company to review their product and I JUMPED at the opportunity.

You can check out the Geekey Multi-Tool here - https://amzn.to/3cbX4M7
*This is our Amazon Affiliate link.


This tool is life changing for our family. It is heavy duty and it can perform the following functions:

Bike Spoke Key
Multi-Fit Driver
Wire (Refiner). ;)
Open Wrench
Ruler
Bit Driver
Scoring Tip (great for opening boxes - instead of using a key)
Bottle Opener
Closed Wrench
Serrated Edge
Can Opener
File
Wire Bender
Multi-Head Fit
and Lanyard Hole

We will definitely keep this around, because we are always opening Amazon boxes, fixing items around the house with a Phillips head screwdriver, opening cans, and using a can opener!

Remember to add this item to your holiday gift and birthday list!

Sincerely,

The Weekends Count Family

Follow Us!
Instagram/Twitter - @WeekendsCount

Here's Our Address: Box 501; Beckville, TX 75631

We cannot wait to hear from you!

Our La Madeleine Express Taste Test - La Madeleine Express at Walmart in Granbury, Texas


Guess What? La Madeleine Express JUST ARRIVED in Granbury, Texas. We were SO excited to see this located in Walmart on Highway 377 and to try several NEW foods. You definitely need to check out this review video.

These dishes were delicious! In our review, we sampled the following:

- Chicken Penne Pasta

 - Chicken Parisien
https://order.lamadeleine.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=item&item-id=1750&restrictByDayPart=false#product_264

- Baguette

- Pasta Salade

- Caesar Salade

You have to watch this video to determine our FAVORITE dishes!




La Madeleine are even planning a holiday menu for Thanksgiving. This is especially exciting for busy moms and dads. Here's their menu:

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes
Sourdough Breadsticks
Wild Mushroom Sauce
Cranberry Apple Stuffing
Green Beans Almondine
Cranberry Chutney

https://lamadeleine.com/holiday-feast

They also deliver via GrubHub, Uber Eats, and Door Dash!


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

Follow Us!
Instagram/Twitter - @WeekendsCount
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/weekendscount/
Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/weekendscount/
Blog - http://www.weekendscount.comSincerely,

The Weekends Count Family

Follow Us!
Instagram/Twitter - @WeekendsCount

Here's Our Address: Box 501; Beckville, TX 75631

We cannot wait to hear from you!

Let's Explore La Madeleine Express at Walmart in Granbury, Texas!


We love traveling and discovering different types of food along the way. However, it is great to walk along a street and to see a sign letting you know that your favorite restaurant is up ahead. This is the RUSH that I feel when I see the La Madeleine sign. Especially, now that the restaurant is in our town - Granbury, Texas!

@WeekendsCount

This is ONE MORE option for visitors who are discovering our town to experience - the food that they know and love. They can grab a cup of coffee and head to our city's walking trail. Or they can grab a soup and have a fun afternoon in the park! I am excited that I can drive a mile to my favorite restaurant to experience the Tomato Basil Soup! This is going to be especially important since it is officially soup weather!




La Madeleine in Granbury, Texas!
We love La Madeleine and we would travel to Fort Worth FREQUENTLY to experience the amazing baguettes and delectable soup. This was UNTIL I discovered La Madeleine expanded to our local Walmart store with their La Madeleine Express locations. I was SO excited to track the days until they opened. 

@WeekendsCount

Just in case you were wondering, here's their menu! It featured breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, soups, and my daughter's favorite pizza and pasta!


Which one would you choose? We are a fan of the soups and the salads! Yes, it sounds simple, but these items are OH SO GOOD!

@WeekendsCount

Recently, we explored their location in Granbury, Texas. Yes, it was an amazing experience! From the baguettes and sandwiches to the classic Chicken Penne Pasta to the amazing coffee selection, this was an experience unlike any other in Granbury. We have the chance to experience food from an amazing restaurant without traveling 40 miles to the DFW area! I was beyond excited!

@WeekendsCount

Holiday Dinner to Go!
They are even planning a holiday menu for Thanksgiving. This is especially exciting for busy moms and dads. Here's their menu:

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes
Sourdough Breadsticks
Wild Mushroom Sauce
Cranberry Apple Stuffing
Green Beans Almondine
Cranberry Chutney


They also deliver via GrubHub, Uber Eats, and Door Dash!

Our family is planning to visit once (if not twice a week). I am a definite fan of their menu and the prices are super affordable! Try them today!


Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


We Found SO MANY New Gluten Free Foods at the Nourished Festival


Over the summer, we began traveling again. We booked airline tickets and jumped on the plane to visit Washington, DC and then Atlanta, GA (which is one of our favorite locations). We LOVE public transportation and we absolutely love the fact that you can jump on the Metro (from the airport) to almost every location in Atlanta.

While traveling during COVID19, we learned that our FAVORITE hotel feature, the lounges, were not typically open during breakfast and dinner. We rely on this for a reliable hot meal (with eggs and other proteins) and we had to pack a few items for our packable pantry. Why do we have a packable pantry you ask? Well, I am gluten free, my husband relies on protein rich meals, and my daughter...well, she likes snacks! 

I began our packable pantry journey when I began traveling for business years ago and I became gluten free. I had to pack everything - from breakfast to lunch to dinner (and snacks). I started to rely on shelf stable (and low sodium meals) and this approach SAVED me so many times.

So, this week, I was invited to attend the Nourished Festival - "The Gluten-Free Expo" in a virtual format and I was EXCITED to do so. Usually, I attended this expo in Dallas and my daughter referred to it as "snack world". She sampled EVERYONE and we had the opportunity to try many different foods from companies we met at expo. 

This year included the following brands and I cannot wait to interact with them (and to try their products). I have a work trip coming up and it would be great to sample these on-to-go. Also, Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up soon and it would be great to try these products before purchasing them for Thanksgiving. Also, many of these companies offer the opportunity to order the items and to have them shipped to your door. This is GREAT for rural, gluten free individuals and families. 


  • COCINA 54 - I cannot WAIT to try these. Gluten free empanadas! VERY exciting!
I cannot wait to check out these companies! Join me in connecting with these amazing Nourished Festival Vendors.

Book Review - Look, See the Farm! - Teach Your Kids about Nature Through Reading!


We were very excited about reviewing the "Look, See the Farm" book written by Bill Wilson and Katie  Fallon. Our daughter LOVES reading books and we encourage her to reflect on the books she read by "telling us about the book" though a video or by drawing something from the book.

This time, mom and dad had a chance to ask the authors some questions. Here we go!



Why is it important to teach kids about nature?
I have two young children, and they love being outside — they turn over rocks, wade in streams, look for birds, and are curious about everything. In addition to allowing kids to investigate and explore their world, being outdoors in nature promotes healthy physical activity. It helps them realize that they’re a part of a big world, where everything fits together and every piece is important.

Where can people get more information from you?
My colleagues Bill Wilson and Leigh Anne Carter and myself have another children’s book called Look, See the Bird! that was published by Hatherleigh Press last year. It’s a book about the kids in North and Central America who are connected by migratory birds. I’ve also written two nonfiction books for adults, Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Birds(2017) and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (2011). My website is www.katiefallon.com.

This post contains affiliate links to help you build your shopping list and travel list for your family. We are passionate about the product and the experiences listed in this post, but we also wanted to provide easy links you can click to purchase products for your busy lifestyle.

This week,

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
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

Did You Watch Our Videos on YouTube, Yet? Remember to Subscribe! - http://www.youtube.com/weekendscount/
Did You Become a Fan of Facebook? - http://www.facebook.com/weekendscount/
Did You Follow Us on Twitter? - http://www.twitter.com/weekendscount/
Did You Look for Us on Instagram? - http://www.instagram.com/weekendscount/
Did You Discover the Weekends Count Blog? - http://www.weekendscount.com
Send us an Email! We are PR friendly! - weekendscount@gmail.com

Remember to Check Out Our Book - Family Travel Hacks and Tips for Any Budget!

Attention Parents - We Need to Take Time for Ourselves (As an Educator and Higher Education Mom)


I'm a higher education mom. In my profession, if there are no guts, there is no glory for individuals in my field. This is especially true for higher education mothers on the tenure track. We teach, we research, we provide service for the community and the profession, we commute, we raise children, we cook, we clean, and we experience life. As our little ones learn how to navigate life on their own (at the wee ages of two or three) we are writing papers, grading papers, and discovering new ways to incorporate our higher education life with our home life.

Some of us teach in-person, while others teach online and hybrid courses (both face-to-face and online), but all of us have the ultimate goal of reaching our students without neglecting our families. I've commonly referred to this balancing act in higher education as the marrying process. We are married to our work and our home lives.

As part of this blissful matrimony, we need to find ways to keep our married lives fresh! Ultimately, this freshness comes with a long-term expiration dates (when our littles ones become mature adults). Think about this - when your child(ren) turn/s eighteen (18), will you regret NOT spending an evening, cherished activity, or helping them study for an upcoming test? Have we (as millennial and higher education mothers) become too busy to focus on our families through the tenure (and post tenure process)? I am guilty of this.

With my right hand up, I made the pledge that I would not miss out on my little one's activities (even if it meant grading an assignment later than intended). However, I do not want to neglect my students as well.

1 - Integrate time with your children in your electronic calendar (including Saturdays and Sundays).

2 - Make time for YOU in your schedule.

I am very guilty of this and I neglect myself often.

3 - Find your higher ed (or educator) mom hacks.

Even if it includes a new pair of shoes or a new way to a meeting location OR find something that makes you feel better about your daily walk around campus.

4 - Discover your mommy friends in education

I've discovered new mother friendships with students and other faculty/staff while enabling other friendships to wither away because of different interests or different life expectations.

5 - Determine your non-negotiables

What are you willing to "take on" and what are you willing to "let go"? If you determine these aspects, you can live life without regret. For example, if you did not apply for a job, 60 days later would you regret not submitting an application?

6 - Eat healthy foods, but incorporate them on your terms.

Even if it includes including a sandwich bag of baby carrots, black grapes, and a Special K bar, I always pack a snack, or two, or three in my bag!

7 - Plan a family trip months ahead of time!

If you plan your family trip months ahead of time, you can usually obtain a good rate, great seat selection, and amazing hotel deals. Always this will give you for which you can look forward.

8 - Keep everything organized. Make Excel spreadsheets your friend (especially Google Sheets).

Here's the link to Google Docs - http://drive.google.com/
I like the fact that you can access everything from your telephone!

9 - Make monthly and annual goals for your tenure, research, and service responsibilities.

10 - Take a snapshot of your successes and document them in your e-portfolio!

By iPhone, YouTube, or simply pen and paper, write down your successes. If no one knows about your successes, did they really happen?



Follow Us! 
Instagram/Twitter - @WeekendsCount 
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

7 Reasons to Take a Cruise aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines from Galveston!



Thinking about taking a cruise?  You should definitely consider departing from Galveston, Texas aboard a Carnival Cruise!  Whether you're planning a family vacation or a weekend getaway, Carnival Cruise Lines offers several affordable and fun options.  If you are planning a spring break vacation or a summer vacation and have more time to travel, definitely consider the Carnival Cruise!

Shore Excursion to Isla Roatan, Honduras 

Whether you want to hang out at Mahogany Bay beach or go on an adventure tour, Isla Roatan, Honduras is a great port of call.  The people are friendly and the water and plants make for great scenery.



Shore Excursion to Cozumel, Mexico

In Cozumel, Mexico, you can tour the island, explore Mayan ruins, take a stroll through Downtown, or hang out at a beach resort.  You might even get to meet an iguana!



Great Food

Whether you like street tacos, burritos, stir fry, burgers, or pizza, the Lido deck has so many options from which to choose.  The hubby loved the burgers from Guy's Burger Joint, inspired by chef Guy Fieri from the Food Network.  If you prefer fine dining, you can eat at your assigned restaurant for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.  The staff at dinner also dance and sing!  You can even attend an afternoon tea.





Fun Onboard Activities

Carnival always has fun activities during your days at sea.  You can test your memory at a variety of trivia games, watch a Broadway-style evening performance, sing a tune during Karaoke, or take dance lessons.  You can even take a picture with the ship's Captain.



Fun Kids' Activities


From Camp Ocean to Story Time with Dr. Seuss, your kids will never be bored on a Carnival Cruise.  Story Time and the Dr. Seuss Parade are free activities while there is a charge for breakfast with the Dr. Seuss characters.  Camp Ocean also features BookVille, an area where you can read Dr. Seuss books to your kids.  Camp Ocean activities are free for day activities.  There are free and paid activities in Camp Ocean for kids during the evening.  Camp Ocean has three areas for kids in different age groups.  Our toddler loved Camp Penguin.



Fun Family Activities


Do you like board games?  Then you'll love Hasbro the Game Show aboard a Carnival Cruise.  Here you'll see some of your favorite games come to life as cruise passengers compete for prizes.



Towel Animals


After dinner each night, we would return to a different towel animal in our room prepared by our cabin steward.  Since our toddler loves animals, she was amazed by the different creations.








Question: What's your favorite part of cruising?  Let us know in the comments.


Sincerely,

The Weekends Count Family

Follow Us!
Instagram/Twitter - @WeekendsCount
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/weekendscount/
Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/weekendscount/
Blog - http://www.weekendscount.com

Here's Our Address: Box 501; Beckville, TX 75631

We cannot wait to hear from you!