The World of Wonders Museum in Longview, Texas is a MUST DO Activity in East Texas!


Recently, we celebrated our daughter's birthday at the World of Wonders in Longview, Texas. This was an incredible experience for our family, because it truly entertained my daughter for hours. As a 5th generation East Texan, I remember when an indoor play center existed in one of the shopping centers and it had a water ride, a ball pit, cars to ride, and a party space. This discovery center definitely exceeded my expectations!

The experience made our daughter's birthday complete, even if it just consisted on mom, dad, and daughter. We did not invite the entire family this time, because we did not know what to expect. However, I definitely wish that we would have invited her cousins to enjoy the discover experience with her!

The World of Wonders is DO NOT MISS experience for anyone living or visiting East Texas. It definitely incorporated elements of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics throughout the center.

Here's a video about her adventure in the World of Wonders in Longview, Texas. Enjoy!


"I liked playing with the items in the store and picking up the coal balls with the equipment. I also enjoyed milking the cows while sitting on a stool and seeing the hens lay the eggs. I really liked the stage and dressing up."

When asked by this discovery place is better than the other discover places that she visited in the past,  she stated, "I liked this one because it was just for kids and it is fun. It had fun stuff in it like toys."

The Weekends Count kid was also amazed about the playhouse in the center of the Longview World of Wonders. "It was fun going down the yellow slide," she stated, "there were two ways to get in the house and there is a hidden chalkboard under the slide."

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3 Ways to Help You Remember to Pack Important Items for Travel



When you travel, you need to pack almost everything that you will need for your trip. This is especially important for camping and off-the-beaten path travel. For example, you will need to have cooking equipment and food if you plan to camp on a road trip or if you plan to fly to a campsite.

However, there are some weird parents like me who like to save money and cook while in a hotel room (for regular, non campsite) travel. So, this means that I will need to pack food, spices, bowls, utensils, etc. in our suitcases for travel to Florida and California to save money while traveling to Disneyworld, Disneyland, and Universal Studios.

Our packing challenge for all of you is to walk through each essential room of your house when you are traveling.

1. This means, go to the kitchen and write down the essential items that you will need to have in your bag, then go to the bedroom for essential clothing (after checking the weather at your destination).

2. After walking to each room and then adding to your list, consider typing this list on your computer or phone and saving it (so you can use it each time you travel).

3. Then, pack your essential items in packing cubes (or in my case make up bags from Goodwill) and make sure these have a permanent home in your bag. Then you can just use your checklist to double check your items the next time you travel.

Just three easy steps!


If you have a copy of our book, you will find a neat Dollar Tree packing list that can help you get started! These are MUST have items for us!

Here’s Our Usual Dollar Tree Travel Run Check List
▢ Books to Read While on the Trip

▢ Travel Games and Toys (small canisters of play dough, stamps and stamp pads, and the Play Paks are great). The Play Paks have four crayons, coloring books, and stickers.

▢ Ponchos and Umbrellas

▢ First Aid Kits

▢ Zip Lock Bags

▢ Travel-Sized Containers

▢ Pocket Fans

▢ Batteries

Also, here are a few additional items that can have our on evergreen (remember - we are in East Texas and Pine Trees are green throughout the year). :) So we use evergreen, a lot! :) 

Potential Packing List

Clothes

Socks/Shoes (flip flops, dressy, tennis shoes)

Deodorant/Shampoo/Conditioner/Smell Good Spray/Febreze

Toothpaste/Dental Floss/Toothbrush/Mouthwash

Comb/Brush

Electronics

Phone/Charger Cord

Walkie Talkies

Medicine/Creams


Passports/Driver’s License/Some Money

Call Credit Card Company

iPads/Tablets

Bug Spray/Umbrella

Hand Sanitizer/Wipes

Mosquito Bands

Journal - Bring a Journal

Bandages/Wraps/Cream

Enjoy! Please let us know if you have any questions or if you need any help with packing tips!

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


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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
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Flying During COVID19 - What to Pack and Important Things to Remember


It has been over a year since we boarded an airplane. I usually LOVE flying, but I have a TON of anxiety about the process right now. We still earn airline miles through other programs (like grocery shopping), but it is very difficult for me to wrap my head around flying right now.

From domestic to international trips, our family enjoys traveling to new and tried-and-true destinations. We traveled safely on other trips and we cannot wait to travel safely again. Here are some items that we plan to keep in mind when we book and travel on our next trip.

Before You Leave Home

Make sure you know where your seat is located. Are you aisle, center, or window?

Consider purchasing a hard-sided suitcase (or at least a suitcase that you can place under your seat.

Remember to pack your self-cleaning kit (alcohol wipes, sanitizing spray, gel sanitizer, gloves).

Pack some individually packaged snacks in a gallon sized plastic bag. This will help you if you become hungry in the airport and/or on the plane.

Remember to pack more than one mask in your suitcase (and your carry-on bag). It is definitely important to be prepared (just in case).

During the TSA Check-In Process

Pack all of your loose items together in a common pouch (think about your keys, headphones, etc.). This will decrease the level of contact these items will have with germs and viruses in the check-in process.

Consider using the TSA pre-check process. This will probably decrease the amount of time you will spend in line around other passengers.

Remember to sanitize your hands and potentially your bags.

Before You Board the Plane

Think about visiting an airport lounge before your flight. These bathrooms and eating areas are usually less crowded than normal airport lounges. This potentially means less germs.

Considering bringing a drink with a straw. This might be easier to drink a beverage on the plane.\




When You Board the Plane

Wipe down your tray table when you find your seat.

Remember to sanitize your hands.

Relax, you can do this!

This is actually the checklist that I plan to use when traveling for business and also with my family during the next few months. We are looking forward to it!

Did we miss something from our list? Please add it! This list can help save your family a lot of time when planning your next trip. :) 

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


About Weekends Count - Weekends Count Magazine is focused on helping people navigate travel, build their family business, and manage their money. We provide tips, printables, and easy-to-understand infographics to help people learn amazing ways to make their lives easier.

We are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas areas. based in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Shreveport Metroplex area.

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:
Weekends Count
Box 501
Beckville, TX 76048


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8 Reasons Why We Love Imperfect Foods - Plus an Unboxing!


We've had Imperfect Foods for a few months and we are very satisfied with the company, their customer service,  and their selection of products. Our meal planning and our diet have been focused on the Imperfect Foods deliveries.

We've have chances to try new products and experience new fruits through our Imperfect Foods deliveries. Some individuals subscribe to international food boxes to experience international fruits and vegetables, but we just add them to our Imperfect Foods Delivery schedule. :) 

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Here are the TOP 8 Reasons WHY WE LOVE Imperfect Foods!

1 - The Selection of Products

Seriously, these Imperfect Foods products change each week and I look forward to their list every week! It is just like a cherry to the top of my week! :) So, if you see a product you like,  order A FEW of them! You never know if they will be on the list during the next week.

2 - The Ease of Ordering

It is very easy to order products! It is almost as easy as Amazon and they send an email to you when the ordering window opens and when it is closes.

3 - The Freshness of Products

We love that the meat and cheese products are on ice when they are delivered. Even in the middle of summer. PERFECT!

4 - The Organic and Conventional Products

If you want organic, they have it! If you would like conventional products (non-organic) they have them as well!

5 - You Can Avoid the Grocery Store

You do not have to walk in the grocery store during COVID! This is super important!


6 - Groceries are Delivered to Your Home!

Seriously, it is like the Jetsons. 

7 - Items are Less Expensive Than the Grocery Store

Yes, some items are less expensive than the grocery store! SO excited about this!

8  - Meal Planning is MADE EASY!

Imperfect Foods enables users to plan their menus in a healthy way!

We love Imperfect Foods. It is a great experience that I look forward to each week. Try it out! 

Did we miss something? Write it down below.

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!

About Weekends Count - Weekends Count Magazine is focused on helping people navigate travel, build their family business, and manage their money. We provide tips, printables, and easy-to-understand infographics to help people learn amazing ways to make their lives easier.

We are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas areas. based in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Shreveport Metroplex area.

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:
Weekends Count
Box 501
Beckville, TX 76048


weekendscount@gmail.com
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Reviewing Imperfect Foods (An Unboxing) - Plus a Coupon Code! Great for Travel!




During the pandemic, we tried to avoid large grocery stores and big box stores. This meant that we had to find innovative ways to shop for groceries. In the past, I ordered groceries through the mail from other companies and some them are not in business any longer, but we decided to try a new company.

We tried Imperfect Foods, which was PERFECT for us because we are located in a rural environment that does not offer grocery deliveries. I wanted to wait until it was at the PERFECT time to review our experience with Imperfect Foods, because I wanted to provide an authentic review for the blog.

We've ordered Imperfect Foods boxes every two weeks. When we began our journey with Imperfect Foods, the shipping was FREE (which was great) and we ordered boxes every week. However, now shipping is $6.99 per week and we have to make the order worth the shipping cost. SO, we tend to order more every two weeks than we were ordering in our weekly orders.


The company has a three day window for users to choose their groceries and a common delivery day is set for each area. We add these days to our iPhone calendars and it makes the process easy.

As a busy mom, I tried companies like Hello Fresh to help with my busy lifestyle. However, I did not have time to create the meals for my family. I like the Crock Pot approach. Typically, I do not have time to visit the grocery store (and now I do not want to visit the grocery store) and Imperfect Foods is an amazing resource.

This is great for meal planning!

Okay, What's the Bad Part?
Well, let me begin with... Imperfect Foods has AMAZING customer service and anytime we experience a problem, they are very responsive to our emails (even through texts). Without question, they have the best customer service..period!

However, with any company they have to rely on shipping companies to transport their products. Sometimes, the products are late or damaged, but keep in mind that you need to read the paragraph above. They have great customer service! (By the way, this is not a sponsored post).

So, What are You Waiting For?
Make your order today. Here's my referral link and you will receive a certain percentage off of your order. :) - http://www.tinyurl.com/imperfectweekend

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Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


About Weekends Count - Weekends Count Magazine is focused on helping people navigate travel, build their family business, and manage their money. We provide tips, printables, and easy-to-understand infographics to help people learn amazing ways to make their lives easier.

We are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas areas. based in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Shreveport Metroplex area.

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:
Weekends Count
Box 501
Beckville, TX 76048


weekendscount@gmail.com
(817) 382-8475
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Traveling During COVID19: Cooking in Your Hotel Room - Shopping List


When we travel, we are extremely focused on having the BEST experience while saving money. One of the most effective ways that I've found to help us save money, save time, and (now) stay safe is to cook inside of our hotel room. 

We've been cooking inside of our hotel rooms since 2008. I used to have a lot of business travel and I discovered that I could stay in bed a bit longer if I could pack oatmeal packets in my travel bag. Now, I've transitioned from simply traveling with oatmeal packs to traveling with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  

Despite our frugalness, we LOVE to eat a good restaurant breakfast (and lunch). In fact, it is one of our most MISSED activities during the pandemic. We love a good full restaurant buffet with french toast, sausage, bacon, pancakes, scrambled eggs, a good English Breakfast tea... oh my - I am just getting hungry just thinking about it!




Let's talk about the real reason for this post. Traveling with food and cooking in your hotel room.

We always have a grocery checklist before we travel. This checklist changes if we choose to travel by air or via car. We have a TSA friendly domestic and international travel grocery shopping list. Now, we have a neat opportunity to customize our shopping list without entering a grocery store through our weekly orders through Imperfect Foods. Check them out!


Despite our love for a good restaurant breakfast, we have not taken the leap to dine in a restaurant since February 2020. Actually, we have just started the carry out process at restaurants.

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Here's our typical grocery checklist:

Fruits and Vegetables:

Breakfast Foods:
Bagels

Lunch Foods:
Bread (for Sandwiches)
Tortillas (for Wraps)

Dinner Foods:
Pasta

Additional Items:
Foil Sheets (Purchase these at Sam's or the Dollar Tree)
Dawn Dish Soap  (Purchase these at Sam's or the Dollar Tree)
Plastic Bags  (Purchase these at Sam's or the Dollar Tree)
Olive Oil

We usually place all of these items in gallon-sized bags and place them in our North Face Backpack! Plus, it is easier to take out during the TSA security screening. 

Definitely pre-plan your meals ahead of time. Plus, if you have any questions or if you want to see a meal guide, please let us know! 

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


About Weekends Count - Weekends Count Magazine is focused on helping people navigate travel, build their family business, and manage their money. We provide tips, printables, and easy-to-understand infographics to help people learn amazing ways to make their lives easier.

We are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas areas. based in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Shreveport Metroplex area.

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:
Weekends Count
Box 501
Beckville, TX 76048


weekendscount@gmail.com
(817) 382-8475
Send us an Email! We are PR friendly! - weekendscount@gmail.com

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Cleaning Your Hotel Room During COVID19 - Checklist for Staying Safe While Traveling


We traveled to a HOTEL for the FIRST time since the COVID19 pandemic began. We decided to step SLOWLY back into the travel world by traveling to a location close to home. Yes, packed our bags and chose one of our favorite local hotels, our local Holiday Inn.

To prepare for this trip, we packed a gallon-sized bag of cleaning materials, our clothes, and lots of courage. :) 

If you would have checked our bags before we left for the adventure, you would have seen gloves for the check-in process, our food and cooking appliances for in-room dining, and pillow slips!


When we checked-in, we experienced contactless check in. It was perfect (especially for anxiety-filled me). They had special cups for sanitized and not-yet-sanitized pens, which was amazing. However, I brought my own! :) 

When we received our keys, we drove to the room and discovered a neat adhesive sticker over the sill of our door. It stated that the door was sanitized. Well done Holiday Inn, well done!

As soon as we checked in, we broke out the Clorox wipes and spray and then we quickly started our sanitizing work! From door handles and faucets to spraying the sheets and placing the remote in the ice bag, we finished the process in under 10 minutes. (It will be MUCH quicker next time, because NOW we have a process).


*This process is a ramped up edition of our classic hotel cleaning process, but this is our COVID19 edition.

Here's a quick checklist for you to sanitize your hotel room.

Remember to put on your gloves!

Step 1 - Clean the Door Handles and Light Switches

Step 2 - Spray the Couch, Tables, and the Dining Chairs

Step 3 - Wipe the Counters and the Faucets

Step 4 - Spray the Beds and Bed Linens

Step 5 - Place the Pillow Slips on the Bed

Step 6 - Wipe the Refrigerator Handles and Shelves

Step 7 - Spray the Thermostat


Oh, but wait, you probably want to know what to pack for sanitizing your hotel room. You can definitely sanitize, Dollar Store style or you can purchase the item son Amazon! 




Item 4 - Gloves

What else would you add to the list?


We felt MUCH better after cleaning everything and the hotel room tends to smell MORE like home. :) Yay! It was perfect! Do you have any questions for us? We will be happy to help!

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Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


About Weekends Count - Weekends Count Magazine is focused on helping people navigate travel, build their family business, and manage their money. We provide tips, printables, and easy-to-understand infographics to help people learn amazing ways to make their lives easier.

We are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas areas. based in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Shreveport Metroplex area.

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:
Weekends Count
Box 501
Beckville, TX 76048


weekendscount@gmail.com
(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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Follow Us on Twitter! - http://www.twitter.com/weekendscount/
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