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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northwest Library Hosts Book Sale Fundraiser

This Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, The Friends of the Northwest Branch Library will hold a book sale, and everyone is invited! You’ll find gently-used books, CDs, and DVDs. All funds collected go to support the Northwest Branch, so come for the deals and support the library. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in … 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

Tomball Bible Church Delivers Lunch To Tomball Police & Chief Tidwell Reads To Decker Prairie Kids

This is such a great story of a community giving back to local police officers, while a local police chief simultaneously gives back to the community! 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

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

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

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

Blue Santa & The Tomball Police Elves Make Christmas Special For Local Shut-Ins

The Tomball Police Department is marking their 11th year touring Tomball area assisted living, nursing, retirement, and medical facilities with Blue Santa and his crew of Tomball Police Elves. 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. … Read More

Tomball & Magnolia Christmas Events Kick Off This Weekend!

by Wendy Cawthon, Community Impact As the countdown grows shorter, the cities of Tomball and Magnolia are getting in the holiday spirit with several family-friendly events this weekend. 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. … Read More