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

Bandera Texas: The Cowboy Capital of the World

Bandera Texas River

Recently our family attended a wedding in a small town south of Austin.  Rather than rush along the freeways to get there in a few hours, we took an entire day and meandered from west Houston to Kerrville, skirting all the way around San Antonio and giving it a wide berth, so we could see more of rural Texas. When … Read More

Small Town Fulton: An Affordable Coastal Vacation & Fishing Haven

Inn at Fulton Harbor

by Felicia Winfree Cravens — When my husband and I decided to take an overnight trip from Houston to South Padre Island and the Brownsville area, we took the slow and scenic route, puttering down the coast until we got to Corpus Christi. One of the delightful places we discovered was the little town of Fulton, just a few miles … 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

The Alamo Announces FREE 4th Annual Fiddle Fest in Austin

Alamo

Austin, Texas — The Alamo presents its ever-popular Fiddle Fest, a FREE event on the Alamo grounds featuring a full day of western swing, bluegrass, and old time country from world renowned artists Jason Roberts (Asleep at the Wheel, Van Morrison), Rick McRae (George Strait), and Ron Knuth (Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr.). Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer … 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

The Bush Sisters Have Penned A Sweet Letter To The Obama Sisters

In true Texas style, George W. Bush’s daughters, Barbara and Jenna Bush, have penned a heartwarming and gracious letter to Malia and Sasha Obama. Classy and thoughtful, funny and fascinating, the letter gives us a rare glimpse into the “rarified club” of the children of past US Presidents. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Panhandle Buried Under Snow After Historic Blizzard

As tornadoes devastated the Dallas area, a freak blizzard from the same huge storm front dropped an inordinate amount of snow and ice on North Texas, and the City of Lubbock has declared a state of disaster. In the photo below, a Texas Game Warden has pulled over to assist a very cold and lost baby cow. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a … Read More

11+ Dead, Including A Baby, After Multiple Tornadoes Tear Through Dallas Area

At least 11 Texans, including a little baby, lost their lives over the weekend as nearly a dozen violent tornadoes swept through the Dallas area. The National Weather Service has confirmed nine tornadoes, but said that number will likely rise as more areas are surveyed. The tornado that traveled 13 miles through Sunnyvale, Garland, and Rowlett killed 8 people and has been classified as an EF4, with winds up … 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

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

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

‘Bout Time! UN Declares The Alamo & San Antonio Missions World Heritage Sites

Few peoples are so proud of their history and culture as Texans, and Texas history is without doubt the stuff of legends. Sites like The Alamo in San Antonio have been maintained as memorials to honor men who rival myth; William Barret Travis, David Crockett, James Bowie, James Fannin, and Sam Houston, among others. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public … Read More

Alamo Drafthouse Invites You To Watch JAWS While Your Feet Dangle In A Lake

This summer, Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Texas Ski Ranch invite you to celebrate the 40th anniversary of JAWS while floating in an innertube on a lake in New Braunfels as your feet dangle in the water. 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

Houston Plans Spaceport & Captain Kirk Comes to Town. Coincidence?

The Houston Airport System (HAS) announced on Tuesday that Ellington Airport will be the 10th commercial spaceport in the USA. Around that same time, Captain James Tiberius Kirk (AKA William Shatner) was confirmed for Space City Comic Con on July 24-26. Technically, this is just a coincidence, but it’s still – as Spock would say – “Fascinating!” Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer … Read More

Let’s Go Fly A Kite! July 25: Texas City Kite Festival, by Houston Kiteboarding

This looks fun! Houston Kiteboarding – a kite-centric shop offering products and services including kites, kiteboards and equipment, repairs, and kitesurfing lessons – is coordinating the Texas City Kite Festival down near Galveston. There will be something for everyone, from young children, to veteran thrill-seekers, to enthusiast spectators. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. … Read More

Things to Do in Galveston, Besides the Beach!

While most people automatically think “BEACH!” when they think of Galveston, that’s really only one of a myriad of activities available on the historic Texas island. In fact, you could quite easily spend a whole long week there, have a spectacular time, and not dip a toe in the sea. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. … Read More

Boy Loses Favorite Toy Tiger at Tampa Airport, Returns to Tales of Epic Adventure!

A frantic call to the Tampa International Airport’s Lost and Found department came in on a Saturday morning. A 6-year-old boy named Owen, traveling to Houston with his parents, had left his favorite stuffed tiger, Hobbes, at the airport in Florida. He was distraught, his mother said. Could the airport please help? Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and … Read More

1,000 White Rhinos May Call Ranches In South Texas Their New Home

“O, give me a home where the White Rhino roams …?” The Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) and Group Elephant are hoping to transport 1,000 (4% of the species) orphaned and endangered White Rhinos from South Africa to private ranches in South Texas where they’ll be safe from criminal poachers. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in … Read More

$400,000 Heights Home for Sale for 200 Word Essay + $150

It’s pretty simple. You write an essay, pay a $150 entry fee, and this cute home that’s valued at $400,000 in the historic Houston Heights, could be yours. The owners were inspired to sell the home in this creative manner after reading about the Center Lovell Bed & Breakfast in Maine that is being sold in a similar fashion. Jennifer Grassman … Read More

Houston Baptist University Hosts Annual HBU Writers’ Conference, April 10 & 11

Houston Baptist University’s ever-growing HBU Writers’ Conference takes place this year on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, with open for registration to all, including writers, artists, teachers, students, and home-school groups. 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

What’s Your Favorite Houston Astrodome Memory?

After a Texas-sized remodel, the Houston Astrodome could play home to 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

Holy Cow! Teen Girl Sells Steer for $300,000 at Houston Rodeo

It’s with a happy heart we report that Peaches the Steer was auctioned off for $300,000 at The Houston Rodeo this afternoon. The 2015 grand champion steer, drew $300,000 at the Houston Rodeo auction Saturday afternoon. Weighing a whopping 1,379 pounds, Peaches was raised by Caitlen Hope Doskocil of Holland, Texas. Caitlen is 17 years old and heads to Texas A&M this … Read More