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

Recipe: Caramel Cake with Hazelnut Praline Topping

Recipes

My parents recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary and I was determined to create a special treat in celebration of it. Between their very differing tastes and dietary restrictions it was a challenging task. I finally ended up combining several different recipes and modifying them to simplify suit my needs. The results were more than satisfactory. This is a heavy … 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

VIDEO: Deaf Baby Hears Mom Say “I Love You” For The First Time

At three months old, Cody Ford is tiny, but his hearing aids are a big deal. Because children’s ears grow so rapidly, it’s not practical to purchase hearing aids for them. Instead, the devices are rented out, but can still run anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 each time a new pair is needed. Unfortunately, Texas is one of about 30 states that doesn’t … Read More

VIDEO: Katy Toddler Smiles For First Time After Coma & Meningitis

Pierce Robinson, meningitis

Katy, Texas — The video is so moving and hopeful that’s it’s being shared all over the world. It all started with a fever, but when 21 month old Pierce Robinson woke up on Saturday, February 4 having seizures, his parents rushed him to a local Urgent Care clinic. Unfortunately, doctors there concluded that little Pierce was suffering from a bad … 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

O, They Got A Home Where A Buffalo Roams

North American Buffalo AKA Bison

If you think your dog smells weird or your cat scratches the carpet too much, this story will give you some perspective on pets. Texas residents, Ronnie and Sherron Bridges, have a 180 stone buffalo named Wild Thing living in their house. In. Their. House. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys … Read More

JJ Watt Donates Over $8K to Arnold Middle School Soccer Team

JJ Watt, Houston Texans

Soccer players at Arnold Middle School received a surprise visit on Feb. 7, when the parents of Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt, Connie and John, dropped by to present brand-new soccer uniforms and soccer goals to the students on behalf of the Justin J. Watt Foundation. The donations, valued at more than $8,000, were the result of a grant … 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

Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Less Stuff

Domestology

by Laura Jane Kilgore — Are you familiar with that feeling of trudging through life with all your worldly possessions strapped to your back? Are you tired of that feeling and ready for a little freedom? Well, there’s no easier way to simplify life than to ditch stuff. I recently complete a major downsize from a three-bedroom house to a … Read More

Virtuosi Houston Youth Musicians Shone At Trump’s Presidential Inauguration!

As we reported earlier, Virtuosi of Houston – a youth chamber orchestra comprised of some of Houston’s best and brightest musicians – had the incredible opportunity to perform at several events leading up to the 45th Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump. We reached out to the organizers of Virtuosi of Houston last week to ask how the performances went. Here … Read More

Leading Up To The Super Bowl, Cy-Fair ISD Collects For Souper Bowl of Caring

Cypress, Texas — Campuses throughout the Cy-Fair ISD school district are serving as drop-off sites for Souper Bowl of Caring, a national effort to encourage community groups to collect items for people in need. 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

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

Good Shepherd Reformed Bible Study Launches in Richmond Near Katy

Mercer Gardens Japanese Apricot Flowers

Richmond, Texas — The Good Shepherd Bible Study joins a limited number of Reformed bible studies and churches in the Greater Houston area. Meeting every Sunday evening in a private home in Richmond, the study anticipates becoming a new church in time, planted by the OPC (Orthodox Presbyterian Church) Bible believing denomination. The study is said to offer “a place for … Read More

1/28: Trees & Stars Winter Celebration, Houston Arboretum & Houston Astronomical Society

This lovely event was originally scheduled for December. Due to inclement weather they had to reschedule. Thankfully, for you reading this, it’s now happening this Saturday! Bring the whole family and take a night hike through the winter woods to view twinkling stars through telescopes. Brought by the Houston Astronomical Society, this event takes place at the Houston Arboretum. Jennifer … 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

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

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

Books Without Borders Adult Book Club at Lone Star College-CyFair Library

Books Without Borders is an adult book club that reads both fiction and non-fiction books, highlighting the literature, culture, environment, and politics of various parts of 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 home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. … Read More

YMCA Announces MLK Day Of Service, Monday, January 16

MLK Day of Service is a federal holiday observed as a national day of service. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to issues we face everyday in our communities. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, … Read More

While Most Galveston Beach Bacteria Tests Low, Matagorda is High

Gulf Coast Coral Reef, photo by NOAA

Update 6/29/2016 4:02PM: Three Matagorda beaches have tested dangerously high and those beaches are now under advisories. See below for details. As poor Brian Parrott returns home from the hospital, Galveston beaches are once again testing Low to Medium for bacteria, which is great news for beach goers! The diabetic grandfather lost his leg at the knee after a horrifying battle … Read More

Beach Bacteria Safety Tips, Symptoms To Watch For, & First Aid Treatment

Girl at the Beach by Ramon Gonzalez

Our recent article advising beach goers of high bacteria counts in the water near Galveston and The McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge drew a lot of interest and concern. In order to help answer your questions and keep you informed, we’ve researched and collected information about precautions you can take to protect your family from bacterial infection, spot symptoms early, and treat injuries that … 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

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

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

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

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

Brave 11 Year Old Montgomery Girl Escapes Kidnapper By Jumping From Car

Just one day after her 11th birthday, Angeloy Oviedo was kidnapped. At around 6:30 on Tuesday evening, Angeloy saw that a chicken had escaped from its coop, and ran outside to catch it. As the little girl neared the road in front of her house, a bearded white man with blond hair and dark eyes offered to give her a … Read More

Toddler Battling Cancer Honored By His Heroes At The Tomball Police Department

An adorable little boy who’s been battling cancer for over six months was honored on Monday by the men and women who are his super heroes. 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

GoGo Squeez Issues Recall On Kid’s Applesauce Pouches Due To Mold Contamination

Popular kid’s snack brand, GoGo SqueeZ, has announced a voluntary recall of their applesauce pouches due to the development of mold in some products. The type of mold found often grows on fruit, and is not considered a health risk. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, … Read More

Beach Bacteria Watch 10/17: Four Galveston & Texas City Beaches To Avoid This Weekend

Retalion Road, Helen Road, Beaumont Avenue, and Texas City Dike have all tested dangerously high for bacteria. 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

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

University of Houston To Host Final Republican Presidential Debate Before Election Day! #‎DebateAtUH‬

The University of Houston has been selected by NBC News and Telemundo to host the final Republican presidential candidates’ debate before the crucial “Super Tuesday” primary elections! 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

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

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

Houston Renames North Houston Park in Honor of Deputy Darren Goforth

Harris County Commissioners recently voted to rename Horsepen Creek Park in honor of Deputy Darren Goforth. 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

Beach Bacteria Bulletin: 5 Galveston Texas Beaches To Avoid This Weekend

Do you think if I hashtagged my “Beach Bacteria Bulletin” #BBB the Better Business Bureau would be upset? Probably better not to risk it … Anyhow, here are five Texas beaches that have tested Dangerously High for Bacteria Levels, and that you’d probably want to avoid this weekend: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in … 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