Texas Torque Wins Big; Moves On To 2017 FIRST Robotics World Championship!

Texas Torque FIRST Robotics Competition

Texas Torque Robotics Team 1477 won big on March 18th. They competed at the FIRST in Texas Lone Star Central Regional event in Houston. Texas Torque, a student-led team of Conroe and Woodlands area high school students, built a robot for this year’s theme challenge of Steamworks, and took flight in their airship race. The kids were supported by their mentors, … 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

10 Great Places to See Bluebonnets & Texas Wildflowers

The 2017 Texas Bluebonnet Season promises to be bursting with blossoms! An unusually warm February inspired the iconic flowers to bloom a bit earlier than usual. However, most parks are encouraging visitors to wait another week, or until April, to enjoy peak blooming. Thanks to our in-the-loop readers, we’ve got the scoop on where bluebonnets are already carpeting the ground. Here’s … Read More

Chris Tritico Asks Trump: Donate Salary to Meals On Wheels

Christ Tritico, FOX 26

During his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump repeated his intention to donate his presidential salary to charity. Which charity he did not stipulate. However, Trump recently proposed deep budget cuts impacting many charities, including the much loved Meals On Wheels organization. This past Monday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer caused quite a stir during a press briefing. “The president’s intention right … Read More

Top 10 Best Irish Pubs in Houston for St. Patrick’s Day Week!

Best Irish Pubs Houston

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re looking for a hole-in-the-wall Irish dive or an elegant Irish bistro and pub, you found the right article. We polled our readers, scoured reviews, drank some beer, and created this fine list of The Best Irish Pubs & Restaurants in Northwest Houston. There are a few honorable mentions closer to downtown too, but most … Read More

Five Amazing Kids Raise Funds For Cypress Girl Beating Bone Cancer

Five Helping Hearts

Galveston, Texas — They’re five young friends; five imaginative children. Together they have formed a very unique organization called Five Helping Hearts. “This is a passion for me because I was given a second chance in life when I survived a blood infection that could have easily taken my life,” Aleya Votaw, age 9, told the Houston Chronicle. “I feel it … Read More

Woodlands Couple Blessed By Pregnancy Miracle After Years Of Infertility

Lauren Walker Infertility Pregnancy The Woodlands

“We prayed for 953 days,” says Lauren Walker of The Woodlands. “452 Needles, thousands of tears, one corrective surgery, four clomid / letrozole attempts, two IVF rounds, three failed transfers, and One Amazing GOD. We are overwhelmed with joy to finally announce that we are expecting boy/girl TWINS!! ???????????????????????? Duke & Diana Walker – August 2017.” The mother and father’s beautiful Facebook post announcing the miraculous pregnancy … Read More

NFL, Texas Children’s, Devon Still & Melissa Wilson Fight Cancer During Super Bowl

Dedicated reporter and mom, Melissa Wilson of FOX 26, shared a really touching story with her fans today. Her son, Caleb, who has bravely battled cancer now for several years, had a very exciting opportunity during the Super Bowl here in Houston. He’s also received some even more exciting news! Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based … 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

Texas Mom & Son Fly Through Tornado In Bathtub

Smithland, Texas — A slew of tornadoes wreaked havoc across much of the south over the past few weeks. One Houston resident caught video of a twister crossing I-45 near The Woodlands as a white car fled the wrong way down the freeway. But none of the stories we’ve heard so far hold a candle to the gal and her son … Read More

Brave Rottweiler Puppy Saves Woman in The Woodlands From Jogger Attacker

The Woodlands, TX — On Saturday, Catalina Humphrey was out walking her 10 month old puppy, Hercules, on a jogging trail near her home. The little Rottweiler pup and his owner were minding their own business, enjoying the weekend, when suddenly a strange man crept up and tried to attack Catalina from behind. That’s when Hercules’ defensive instincts kicked in. … Read More

Congress Cuts Federal Funding For Abortions: No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act H.R. 7 Passes

The Woodlands, TX — Today, the House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7). Representing Texas’ 8th District,  U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady proudly stood for life in speaking on the House floor. He also released the following statement: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, … Read More

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Offers 13 Week Citizen’s Police Class

Houston Police

Houston, TX — The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy is a 13-week program designed to give residents a working knowledge of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, including police procedures and protocol. Through the CPA’s interactive courses, participants learn many aspects of law enforcement, such as the Texas Penal Code, Patrol Procedures, Gang Awareness, Homicide Division and many other topics. Residents … 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

13 Houston Youth Musicians Experience the Performance Opportunity of a Lifetime!

Thirteen young musicians from Houston experienced the performance opportunity of a lifetime this week. As the whole world’s attention was fixed on the inauguration of America’s 45th President, Donald Trump,  The Virtuosi of Houston performed in Washington D.C. for some of the biggest names in Congress, including Senator Marco Rubio, Senator John Cornyn, and U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Jennifer Grassman … 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

UPDATED: Houston Flooding Map, List Of Street Closures

If you’re planning on venturing out on this dreary day, you’d best check out Houston TranStar’s Traffic Map which notes five major roadways that are flooded. Here is a list, which we will update frequently as water continues to rise: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, … 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

Cowboys For Cops Event Unites Texans Of Every Color #CowboysForCops

Hundreds of cowboys on horseback and people in vehicles or walking rode across Waller County earlier this month to rally behind law enforcement agencies. The massive multiracial crowd made it very clear to everyone that Americans – specifically Texans – stand solid behind their brothers and sisters in blue. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. … 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

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

Police Officer & 11 Year Old Boy Killed, Family Hospitalized

Patton Village Sgt. Stacey Baumgartner and 11-year-old Adan Hilario Jr. were killed Sunday evening when a police chase ended tragically. Four more children and two adults in the SUV were hospitalized and are currently in critical condition. The accident happened at 7:34 PM at the intersection of TX 242 FM 1484. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations … Read More

Donald Trump Talks Guns, Terrorism, & Border Security in The Woodlands

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore

Both supporters and protesters waited for hours in the stifling Texas heat outside The Waterway Mariott to see Donald Trump on June 17. Border security, immigration, gun control, and the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre were hot topics which the GOP presumptive nominee addressed. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her … Read More

Enter The Minecraft Water Challenge by Lonestar GCD!

James Ridgway, Jr., Education / Public Awareness Coordinator for Lonestar Groundwater Conservation District, has just announced the first ever Annual Minecraft Water Challenge! Using Minecraft, the video game,  and YouTube videos showing off their constructions, kids will compete for cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500! Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading … 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

Have Some Listeria With Your Latte? Starbucks Recalls Breakfast Sandwiches

Thankfully no illness have been reported so far, but YIKES. Sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches that were sold at 250 Starbucks stores throughout Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, have been recalled due to potentially deadly Listeria bacteria contamination. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing … 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

Mercer Botanic Gardens March Mart Plant Sale: March 18-19

Mercer Gardens Japanese Apricot Flowers

If you live in North Houston and haven’t visited Mercer Gardens yet, you are not letting your inner-gardener truly live. It is an absolutely beautiful oasis of artfully ordered nature. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, Mercer is an ideal spot for family photos (or graduation photos if you haven’t gotten those done yet). Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman … Read More

Massive Election Turnouts: Ted Cruz & Hillary Clinton Win Texas

Texas voters turned out en masse on Tuesday, lifting Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton to victories in the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries. 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

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

North-West Houston Valentine’s Day Event Line Up!

The following is a (growing) listing of Valentine’s Day Events. Some are free, some require reservations, and there’s a great assortment!  Events are organized by date, then by location alphabetically. Got a NW Houston area Valentine’s Day event we missed?  Let us know about it here. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. … Read More

YIKES: Major Baby Brand Britax Recalls B-Safe 35 & B-Safe 35 Elite Infant Car Seats & Travel Systems

As a parent, it’s always worrisome to hear about recalls of baby gear, let alone when it’s a mainstream brand like Britax. The brand is recalling B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seats and travel systems, because of a defective carry handle that’s liable to break. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys … 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

Happy New Year! As Of January 1, Texas Handgun Owners Can Open Carry

As of January 1, 2016, you’ll be legally allowed to carry any handgun openly or concealed as long as you have a license via the State of Texas or other state with reciprocity. What’s that mean? Let’s check out the rules: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her … Read More

Trader Joe’s Recalls Exploding Ginger Brew

Pregnant mommas beware! Trader Joe’s — including The Woodlands, Katy, and Houston area locations — has recalled all their Triple Ginger Brew (SKU 51857) sold between 11/9/15 & 12/14/15 because the $2.99-per-bottle sodas have a tendency to explode, rather like herbal-infused grenades. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing … Read More

Home DIY Tips: Prepare Your House For Winter This Autumn

by Martin Morales, owner of 1st Choice Roofing & Construction As a roofing and construction contractor, we enjoy the opportunity to help a lot of people. Sometimes we help repair or replace an old or storm-damaged roof. Other times we’re building-on an outdoor kitchen or remodeling a home interior. But sometimes we see repair issues that possibly could have been … Read More

Caiden’s Hope: Empowering Parents Of Premature Babies To Be There For Their Newborn

Caiden’s Hope is a wonderful organization, based right here in The Woodlands, that assists the parents of premature babies. In addition to dealing with the daily fears, tears, and stress of loving and caring for a premature newborn, many parents face unexpected travel expenses because their tiny infant requires specialized care that isn’t available close to home. Below is our … Read More

The Woodlands Non-Profit, Caiden’s Hope, Wins Pink Armadillo $500 Summer 2015 PR Package Giveaway!

We’re very excited to announce that Caiden’s Hope, a Woodlands based non-profit that assists parents with babies in the NICU – has won our 2015 Summer PR Package Giveaway! 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

Filtering Houston City Water In Your Home May Help Relieve Itchy Skin & Eczema Symptoms

Trace amounts of chlorine – a chemical used to disinfect Houston City drinking water – may be partly to blame for some Houstonians’ dry irritated skin and allergy symptoms. 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

The #BlueHouston Challenge: Show Your Support For Houston Area Police Officers! Here’s How:

In light of the disturbing rise in violence and anger toward police officers, The Pink Armadillo is issuing a #BlueHouston Challenge. Let’s show our local law enforcement how much we appreciate them! Here’s how you and your family can participate: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, … Read More

Deputy Darren Goforth’s Funeral, As Told In Photos

Yesterday, Friday, September 5, was the funeral of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth’s family. Over 11,000 mourners attended, including Governor Greg Abbott, former Harris County Sheriff and 2015 Mayoral Candidate Adrian Garcia, and Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, … Read More

Funeral For Deputy Darren Goforth Scheduled For Friday; Houston Mourns A Hero

Yesterday, flags across Texas were lowered to half mast to mourn the death of Deputy Darren Goforth, who was brutally murdered this past weekend simply because he was a police officer. Today, there is breaking news out of Chicago that yet another police officer has been gunned down in the line of duty. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer … Read More