Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital Opens Off 290 & Grand Parkway

This Friday, the brand new $168 million Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital will be open! Construction on the 81-bed hospital took 24 months. This makes Memorial Hermann’s thirteenth acute care hospital in the Greater Houston area. “Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital brings the expertise of the Memorial Hermann Health System, including the region’s top medical specialists, to families in the Cypress and Northwest Houston … Read More

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

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

Diabetics: Instead of Insulin Injections, You Can Now Inhale it!

FOX 26 News — Big news for diabetes sufferers: instead of injecting insulin, you now have the option of inhaling it. At first glance it may appear Ramone Townes is using an asthma inhaler or taking a breathalyzer test. But that’s not what’s happening. He’s using his insulin inhaler that his doctor introduced him to just three months ago. “Convenience, … Read More

Care Net Announces Houston Walk For Life, Cypress Walk For Life

Baby Greenberg

On Saturday, April 8, 8 AM – 10 AM, walk participants will gather in the circle drive of The MET‘s worship center at Jones and Mills Road. There will be light refreshments — coffee, juice, donuts, and fruit — as walkers fellowship with old and new friends. Registration begins at 8:15 AM and the walk sets off at 9 AM sharp. The group … Read More

Spring Break Beach Weather + Beach Bacteria Levels

Woot!  Spring break is here. While the week is starting out cold and dreary, it promises to end with sunshine and 75º. Here’s the forecast for Galveston according to weather.com. Galveston Spring Break Weather Forecast: DAY DESCRIPTION HIGH / LOW PRECIP WIND HUMIDITY TODAY MAR 13 Partly Cloudy 67°53° 0% N 18 mph 69% TUE MAR 14 Sunny 64°59° 0% … Read More

Cane Island Neighbors Host Platelet Blood Drive for Katy Teen Fighting Cancer

This past Saturday, residents of Cane Island hosted a platelet blood drive benefitting Katy teen, Phoebe Fuschak. At 16, Pheobe, suffers from acute myeloid leukemia. She was first diagnosed at age 12. The drive took place at the Cane Island Amenity Village, where the community often holds parties, BBQs, live music, and movie nights. Phoebe is currently being treated at MD … 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

Galveston Area Beaches Test High For Bacteria Along With 13 Other Texas Beaches

February 24, 2017 — With temperatures reaching the mid 80’s during February, it’s important for “off season” beach-goers to be aware of the risks an unusually warm winter can pose at the beach. Fourteen Texas beaches are currently testing dangerously high for fecal bacteria. These bacteria can pose a serious health risk particularly to pregnant women, children, diabetics, and anyone with … 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

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

Katy Teachers Place 1st & 3rd in Houston Marathon

Katy, TX — According to the amazing Katy Magazine (which you should check out here), “Two teachers at British International School in Katy, Texas did exceptionally well at the Houston Marathon earlier this month.” Tim Barnett, who teaches primary, year six, placed second in his age category and third place overall with a race time of 39:20. Ben Brown, who teaches primary, year … 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

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

Barbara Bush Stays Near To Husband, George H.W. Bush, At Houston Methodist Hospital

Houston Methodist doctors Amy Mynderse and Clinton Doerr say, “He’s not your average 92 year-old!” Thankfully, physicians are enthusiastic about George H.W. Bush‘s improving health. Despite a nasty battle with pneumonia, his vitals are back to normal and they’re hoping to move him out of the ICU this week. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in … Read More

Freeport Beaches Test High For Bacteria During Warm January

It’s pretty darn warm for January, but if you’re thinking of hitting the beach, be sure to avoid the following. Two beaches near Freeport have tested very high for fecal bacteria, with counts greater than 104cfu/100ml. This presents a health hazard, and is particularly dangerous for small children, pregnant women, diabetics, and anyone with an open sore or weak immune system. … 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

8 Healthy & Easy Ways To Cope With Texas Summer Heat

The first day of summer has come and gone. But let’s be honest, it has felt like summer in Houston for MONTHS. And thanks to all the rain, it’s also been incessantly humid. So, here are a few easy and cheap ways to stay cool (and keep the kids cool too) while you’re out and about. If you have additional … 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

Man Loses Leg To Flesh Eating Bacteria As Galveston Beach Waters Test High

Doctors at LBJ Hospital have amputated the lower half of Brian Parrott’s right leg after it became infected with an as yet unidentified flesh eating bacteria. The 50 year old victim contracted the bacteria while swimming with his grandchildren at a beach in Galveston. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading … 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

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

Midland Police Stand Strong With Injured Texas Boy, Zalend Thames

This is a wonderful story from our boys in blue in Midland, Texas! 9 year old Zalend  Thames recently lost a finger in an accident, and the injury has left the poor kid very self-conscious. Enter the Midland Police Department.  Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three … 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

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

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

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

Recall Alert: There Might Be Salmonella In Your Coriander

No illness has as yet been reported, but Texans will want to check their pantries for Coriander Powder that’s tested positive for Salmonella bacteria. It’s not the sort of thing you’d expect to be the culprit behind food poisoning, so please be sure and share this alert with your friends! Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based … 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

URGENT Peanut Allergy Alert: These Caramel Apples Don’t Have Peanuts Listed In The Ingredients

The family owned brand, Tastee Apple, has issued an allergy alert on undeclared peanuts in 3-ounce packages of Plain Caramel Apples. While it doesn’t mention peanuts in the ingredient list on the packaging, there may be peanuts present in the treat. People with peanut allergies run the risk of serious and life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat these apples. Jennifer Grassman … 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

Faith For Sophia: Cypress Community Rallies To Assist 12 Year Old Girl Battling Leukemia

On Sunday, September 20th, Masone’s Saloon & Dancehall will host a BBQ benefit for 12 year old Sophia, a Cypress girl who is battling Leukemia. 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

Texas Recall Alerts For Cucumbers, HEB Bottled Water, & Johnsonville Sausage

Yesterday – on top of the massive cucumber recall on account of salmonella contamination – two very popular products were recalled. Here’s what you need to know to keep your family safe: 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

Cucumber Recall Expanded: Texas Woman Dies From Salmonella, Over 300 Sick Including Many Children

UPDATE: This recall has been expanded to include Fat Boy brand cucumbers, which may also be contaminated with salmonella, and which were also sold locally in the Greater Houston Area and throughout 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, … Read More

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