Here’s The Austin Startup That Wants You To Eat Crickets

Aketta crickets

So eating crickets is a thing now.  We’ve heard of John The Baptist eating locust and wild honey, but we were never under the impression that he did it to be hip. Aketta is the new Austin, Texas startup that wants you to eat crickets too. And they come in many familiar flavors including Texas BBQ, Southwest Chili, Sour Cream … Read More

Trump to NASA: “Get Your *** To Mars!”

Mars Total Recall

OK, so President Trump didn’t actually tell NASA, “Get your *** to Mars.” That was Douglas Quaid talking to Douglas Quaid in the 1990 Total Recall, but I digress. Donald Trump has indeed signed a bill increasing NASA’s budget to $19.5 billion so that they may focus on human exploration of deep space and send astronauts to Mars. In fact, he … Read More

Houston, We Have A Bike Plan!

Bicycle

Houston, we have a Bike Plan! On Wednesday morning, the Houston City Council approved a massive plan to construct a vast network of bike trails and lanes throughout the Houston area. However, councilmen Mike Knox, Michael Kubosh, Steve Le, and Greg Travis voted against the plan. They cited various concerns, including the plan’s price tag of up to $550 million. … Read More

Enter A Great Local Business to Win $1,200 Marketing Package!

Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. http://www.JenniferGrassman.com

Jason Arcemont of BrightBox: What Should Your Marketing Agency be Doing for You?

Jason Arcemont, BrightBox

BrightBox is a brand marketing firm based right here in Northwest Houston, just south of Tomball off FM 249 and Louetta. They’ve represented hundreds of brands, with their current client roster including Donna’s Home Furnishings, The Lash Resort, Mark Dimas realty, and Gulf Coast Emergency Animal Hospital, among others. I (Jennifer Grassman) actually had the honor of serving as BrightBox’s … Read More

3rd Generation Boot Shop Flooded With Custom Boot Orders for the Houston Rodeo

Cowboy riding Horse

Rodeo Fever has flooded Houston like a hurricane. From March 7 through March 26, The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo will showcase all kinds of events, from performances by Willie Nelson to BBQ contests and cattle auctions. To be sure, you’re allowed to attend in your city shoes, but if you really want an authentic rodeo experience, put on your … Read More

Houston’s The Blushing Raven Takes Fitness Training Digital

Megan Arispe, The Blushing Raven Fitness

Houston, Texas — Momtrepreneur and fitness aficionado, Megan Arispe, has launched a very unique fitness training business called The Blushing Raven. She doesn’t train at a gym. She doesn’t even meet clients in their homes. She helps clients manage their exercise routines, nutrition, and lifestyle through a phone app. Recently we had the opportunity to sit down with Megan and … Read More

Mexican Style Ice Cream Parlor, El Kiosko, Comes To Tomball

We love Mexican food. I mean, we REALLY love Mexican food. We also love ice cream. And margaritas. But I digress. A brand new Mexican restaurant has opened in Tomball and it’s not your typical cocina. It’s El Kiosko, and it’s a Mexican ice cream shop serving up Mangonadas (a spiced mango fruit drink), Troles (fruit ice), Elotes (cheesy grilled corn on … Read More

22nd Cy-Fair ISD Livestock Show & Sale, Feb 4-6

Cypress, Texas — This Thursday at 8AM the 22nd Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Livestock Show & Sale kicks off! During its 2016 even, the community gave students a whopping $905,562 in purchases at the events premium sale, freezer sale, and by way of donations. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to … Read More

6 Ways To Beautify Your Home With Glass & Mirrors

At some point every homeowner has wondered how to repair a corroded bathroom mirror, or whether there’s a way to protect your beautiful hardwood table from scratches and water damage. This past week we decided to ask the experts at Northwest Glass & Mirror for their advice on how to improve, protect, and maintain your home. Here’s what they told … Read More

Green Light! Texas Railroading Heritage Museum Master Plan Approved

Tomball, TX — At their Monday, January 16 meeting, Tomball City Council approved the master plan for the Texas Railroading Heritage Museum. This officially gives The Gulf Coast Chapter of The National Railway Historical Society the green light to begin fundraising, more detailed planning, and construction. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to … Read More

WRITER CALL: The Pink Armadillo To Re-Launch, Covering NW Houston’s Good News

I’m very excited to announce that The Pink Armadillo will be re-launching this Spring. After a 5 month hiatus during which my third beautiful daughter, Gwynevere, was born, I am back covering northwest Houston’s happy, inspirational, and wholesome news. So, small businesses, charities, churches, girl scouts, and adoptable doggies … get ready to get featured! If you’re a writer, blogger, … Read More

Home Sales Boom In Cypress, Katy, Tomball, Magnolia Areas

Neighborhoods in Northwest Houston continue to boom despite the dismal energy industry slump. In November, single family home sales were up nearly 23% compared with a year ago. That’s the largest monthly increase in years! Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, … Read More

Amy Poehler Buys Film Rights To Houston School Teacher’s New Book

Bellaire High School teacher, Jennifer Mathieu, is set to release her fourth young adult novel, Moxie, in September. As if that’s not accomplishment enough, Amy Poehler has already bought film rights! Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing … Read More

Chuck Norris Unleashes Never Ending Source Of Power: Bottled Water

Chuck Norris has ventured into the industry of bottled water with his new brand, CFORCE. The water is sourced from a sustainable, natural aquifer deep beneath Chuck Norris’ Lone Wolf Ranch in Navasota. According to the company website, “CFORCE doesn’t flow from the ground; it bursts from an artesian spring with the same unharnessed power and intensity you’d expect from Chuck Norris’ … Read More

2016 Houston Real Estate Defies Energy Slump

by Nicole Brende Despite the slowdown that economists predicted as falling oil prices and resulting energy industry layoffs carried over from 2015, the Houston housing market held steady throughout 2016 and gained momentum in the final months of the year to set a new record for home sales. Homes priced at $500,000 and up, which experienced declining sales from August … Read More

DQ The Woodlands Make A Miracle Treat Day! #MiracleTreatDay

Come join Dairy Queen in The Woodlands on Thursday, July 28, for a day of fun, festivites, giveaways, and miracles! There will be a moonwalk, dunking booth, bouncey house, spinning wheel, auction, and much more. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her … Read More

Tomball’s 1st Choice Commercial Roofing Expands Service To Texas Triangle

1st Choice Commercial Roofing has announced the expansion of their service area to include the Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas / Fort Worth areas. The Tomball based general contractor will now be offering their storm damage and roof repair services to business and property owners throughout The Texas Triangle. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist … Read More

Spring Cypress Church Gets $2M Renovation

Spring Cypress Church recently received a major face-lift. Not only did they contract interior and exterior renovations, but they added a new building and sanctuary build-on to the campus. “The exterior of the church was refinished and the roof replaced to give it a new, hill-country inspired design per the client’s request,” explained Martin Morales, Co-Owner of 1st Choice Roofing. “We opened … Read More

Congratulations Dave Ward, ABC13, On Guinness World Record!

Dave Ward, an iconic Houston anchor for ABC13 Eyewitness News, has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running local TV news anchor in the world at the same station in the same market. “I love this city,” says Ward. “I love the people in it. It’s a big city, but it has a very neighborhood feel … Read More

Fishing Industry Pros Worry About NOAA Expanding Subsea Flower Garden

Gulf Coast Coral Reef, photo by NOAA

In the early 2000s, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began exploring options for expansion of The Flower Garden, a 56-square-mile  national marine sanctuary. It has proposed five alternatives for expansion. Staffers recommend adding 15 reefs, including one basalt sphere — a geological feature. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys … Read More

Café Marrese: Best Coffee House in Northwest Houston!

Café Marrese

If you want to enjoy the best coffee, breakfast, and pastries in Northwest Houston, Café Marrese is a very safe bet. The little family owned cafe is poshly decorated and serves up a delicious assortment of breakfast favorites including steel cut oatmeal, hearty omelets, savory breakfast wraps, and of course combination plates including ever-popular items like bacon, eggs, waffles, and sausage. Jennifer Grassman … Read More

RAW Gym: Low Rates, Serious Inspiration

If you’re looking for a small gym where you can get in a great workout and be inspired by other members, RAW Gym is your place. Many of the members are professional body builders, sports models, and athletes. An equal number are regular folks who are very serious about losing weight, getting strong, and staying in shape. It’s a fabulous … Read More

LegalShield Webinar: How To Protect Yourself From Email Scams

One of the most common types of scams today involves using the real names of company executives to fraudulently access employees’ personal information. Email provides us a convenient and powerful communications tool, but it also provides criminals with the means to defraud and steal. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her … Read More

Tomball Farmer’s Market Announces New Vendors

Nestled right in the heart of downtown, the Tomball Farmer’s Market is a fun and unique outing for the whole family. Open every Saturday, you’ll enjoy strolling through stands of fresh locally grown vegetables and fruit, locally raised organic meats, raw honey, and home made jellies, jams, salsas, and other specialty creations. You’ll even find handcrafted pottery, carpentry, gorgeous floral arrangements, and vivacious … Read More

11 Year Old Texas Girl Takes Her Lemonade Business To Whole Foods

Mikaila Ulmer is a cute little girl from Austin, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a business guru or entrepreneurial genius. In fact, little Mikaila is the founder and creator of Me & The Bees Lemonade (originally Bee Sweet Lemonade). Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, … Read More

Spring Husband & Wife Team Up To Fight Childhood Cancer With St. Baldrick’s

On Sunday, March 13, at 3 PM, something humorously entertaining yet touchingly inspiring is going down at The Goose’s Acre Bistro & Irish Pub in The Woodlands. Uniting with many other good souls from across the Greater North Houston area, two Spring, Texas residents – who also happen to be the proud parents of two beautiful young daughters – Christopher and Candace … Read More

Coco Crepes Announces New Crepe-Of-The-Month: Savory Chicken Spinach Crepe With Creamy Pesto Sauce

Happy National Crepe Day!  Today Coco Crepes, Waffles & Coffee has announced their new Crepe Of The Month! It’s the creamy and savory Chicken and Spinach Crepe. The delicate pastries are stuffed with grilled chicken, spinach, mozzarella cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and topped with wild mushroom pesto sauce. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She … Read More

Drivers Rejoice! Grand Parkway 99 Between Cypress, Tomball, & The Woodlands Opens Feb 8

Rejoice, all ye northwest Houston drivers and loathers of traffic! TxDOT has just announced that the Grand Parkway segment that connects Cypress to The Woodlands will open on Monday, February 8, greatly reducing traffic and chopping some folk’s commutes to work substantially. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her … Read More

Home Improvement: 3 DIY Ways A Little Color Can Maximize Curb Appeal

Our friends over at 1st Choice Roofing are experts in home repair, improvement, and renovation. The following article shares some simple, cost effective, DIY ways you can beautify your home using color: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, … Read More

Bad News For O&G: Schlumberger Lays Off 10,000 People, Reports $1 Billion Net Loss For 2015

The Houston Chronicle reports that Schlumberger has axed another 10,000 jobs and reported a net loss of $1 billion during the final three months of 2015. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. http://www.JenniferGrassman.com

Chick-fil-A Opens On Sunday Serving Free Hot Meals To Tornado Victims & Emergency Responders

Since Truett Cathy opened his first Chick-fil-A in 1946, the famous southern restaurant chain has been closed on Sundays so its employees can attend church and worship God with their families. Recently though, Chick-fil-A broke from this longstanding tradition, and for the most Christian reason you can imagine. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based … Read More

Attorney’s Zany TV Ads Go Viral: Bryan Wilson, “The Texas Law Hawk”

We’ve all chuckled and made fun of those hyper-dramatic lawyer advertisements on TV. Whether they’re awkwardly grim or over-the-top angry, so many of them are just … well … weird! Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing … Read More

WOW! Houston Billionaire Jeffery Hildebrand Just Gave All Hilcorp Employees $100,000 Christmas Bonuses

To say that Houston billionaire Jeffery Hildebrand has a reputation for being generous would be a massive understatement. He’s the CEO of Hilcorp, a Houston based oil and gas exploration and production company, and he just did something that makes most other company’s bonus checks look like pocket change. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist … Read More

Mark-1 Plumbing Sues AutoNation Ford For Selling Branded Truck To ISIS Terrorists

  When Mark Oberholtzer sold his old 2005 Ford F-250, emblazoned with his Mark-1 Plumbing logo and contact info, he never expected a gang of ISIS thugs to wind up driving it across the Syrian desert with an anti-aircraft gun mounted on the back. But that’s what happened. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys … Read More

The Pink Armadillo Returns!

After taking a break for a few weeks to work on some exciting projects (more on that soon!) The Pink Armadillo has returned in its quest to uncover the best, most unique, and most uplifting stories out of Northwest Houston. Among other things, we’ll be posting a restaurant review of Allo French Rotisserie, sharing an inspiring story from Conterstone Presbyterian … Read More

Harris County Sheriff’s Office & Burlington Coat Factory Host FREE Vehicle & Car Seat Safety Check-Up Event

Get your vehicle and carseats all ready for holiday travel! Several community organizations are working together to hold a FREE drive-thru community Car Safety Clinic and Car Seat Check-Up Event. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The … Read More

Cheerios Recalls Gluten Free Cereal Contaminated With Wheat: Here’s What You Need To Know

General Mills has recalled 1.8 million boxes of  Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereals due to the fact that wheat flour may have accidentally been introduced into products labeled as gluten-free. Those with a wheat allergy, celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, are warned not to eat cereal from boxes marked with the following “Better If Used By” dates: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations … Read More

The Book Attic Provides A Haven For North Houston Literature Lovers

In an age of online shopping, tablets and e-readers, book lovers can head to Tomball to grab a paper copy of a classic novel, literary guilty pleasure or an old favorite. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and … Read More

Call The Police! Visage Salon Is Offering FREE Haircuts To Law Enforcement This September

Visage Salon & Day Spa recently announced that in honor of our men and women in blue, they’re giving away FREE haircuts to all law enforcement officers every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this September. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, … Read More

Schlumberger Buys Cameron International For $12.7 Billion, Bringing Confidence Back To O&G Investors

Two of Houston’s biggest oil giants are about to tie the knot. Schlumberger has announced a deal to buy Cameron International, allowing both companies to offer more services, and more products, in more locations all over the world. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from … Read More

Home Decor Inspiration From Gallery Furniture in Houston

My husband and I recently toured Gallery Furniture in hope of getting some decorating and design inspiration for our home. I gotta tell you, that store has changed over the last decade. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still family owned and Texan to the core, but they’ve really stepped up the quality and style of their inventory. It’s gorgeous! Check … Read More

BLUE BELL IS COMING BACK AUGUST 31!!!! Here’s Where To Buy, & Some Of Our Favorite Memes

Y’all we’re about ready to cry we’re so happy! Blue Bell Ice Cream has announced that they’ll be delivering their Texas original, home style ice cream to the following counties in Texas: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, … Read More

WHATAPATRIOTISM! Whataburger Posts “One Nation Under God” in Restaurant Windows

This is not exactly a new story, but it’s been making the rounds on social media again lately, and is super relevant. Whataburger, the Texas original burger joint that’s been a family favorite since 1950, has the following message posted in their restaurant windows: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys … Read More

HEB Says Blue Bell Ice Cream Will Be Back In September!

HEB says that they anticipate welcoming Blue Bell Ice Cream back on their shelves mid-September. On Tuesday, Blue Bell announced that they had resumed ice cream shipments. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. http://www.JenniferGrassman.com

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Opens In Tomball, Donates Over $500 To Tomball High School Project Prom

Potbelly Sandwich Shop is known for their great sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes and live local music. Their original location was founded as an antique store in Chicago in 1977. Now, the popular franchise has branched out, and Ralph Baig, owner, said Tomball was his first choice for the new location. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based … Read More