UPCOMING EVENTS

Sep
29
Fri
2017
9:00 am Dewberry Farm – Homeschool Field... @ Dewberry Farm
Dewberry Farm – Homeschool Field... @ Dewberry Farm
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dewberry Farm - Homeschool Field Trip Day @ Dewberry Farm | Brookshire | Texas | United States
Field Trip Admission:  $8.00 per person (age 3 and up) What’s Included: Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Sliiide Mountain, Sports Ball Zone, Rat Racers, Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillows, Roller Slide, Sand Mountain, Black Momba, Fort DewHickey, Farmer Flinger, Hay Mountain, Barrel Train, Wagon Rides, Armadillo ChooChoo, SpringTown, Hi-Strikers, Spider Web, Horse Shoo Lake, Windmill Park, Pumkin Hollar, Cackle Palace, Goatel 6, Rubber Duck Races, Barnyard Animals, Puzzle Maze, Corn Box, Tether Ball, Little Farmersville. Homeschool groups will receive 1 complimentary admission for every 15 paid admissions when payment is made in one consolidated payment.  Complimentary admissions will be calculated at check-in when payment is due inRead More →
Oct
2
Mon
2017
9:00 am Oil Ranch Pumpkin Patch & Scarec... @ Oil Ranch
Oil Ranch Pumpkin Patch & Scarec... @ Oil Ranch
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oil Ranch Pumpkin Patch & Scarecrow Festival @  Oil Ranch | Hockley | Texas | United States
For decades, the Oil Ranch Pumpkin Patch & Scarecrow Festival have been a part of Houston families’ Fall traditions. All ages enjoy the fall festivities: piles of pumpkins, hay rides, 85+ scarecrows…all make great photo ops! Regular ranch activities are open during the festival and included at no extra charge. Kids under the age of 2 are free. Free pumpkin for each paid child’s admission. Group rates available with reservations, call 281 859 1616 for rates and availability.Read More →
Oct
5
Thu
2017
1:00 pm Homeschool Day at the Pleasure Pier @ Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Homeschool Day at the Pleasure Pier @ Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Oct 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Homeschool Day at the Pleasure Pier @ Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier  | Galveston | Texas | United States
Homeschooled students are invited to the Pleasure Pier for a day of educational thrills! Participate in educational history, math, and science programs. Programs + ride wristband: $15.99 Programs + Walk On Pass: $10 (tax not included) RSVP required by October 3rd email piergroupsales@ldry.com or call (409) 766-4950. No discounted admission will be available at the door. All wristbands and walk-on passes purchased the day of will be sold at full price through the ticket office.Read More →
  • Perfect Chicken Fried Steak

    Perfect Chicken Fried Steak

    All good things come to those who wait and when you’re feeling nostalgic or need to eat your emotions this little plate of happiness will fit the bill.  I’ve heard some people say they don’t like Chicken Fried Steak. I don’t know who those people are. They’re probably not from Texas. They’re probably the same people who don’t like gravy. I know, but I’ve heard rumors they do exist. Chicken Fried Steak is not some throwaway dish to whip up with whatever cheap cut of meat you have sitting around.  It is a classic because, if executed well, it hits all the culinary bells: crunch andRead More →Read More »
  • Sunday Sale: Patio Clearance Time!

    Sunday Sale: Patio Clearance Time!

    It’s fall (almost)! School has started, PSLs are on all the coffee shop menus, and football is back on TV and lighting up the local fields every Friday night, so it is basically fall.  One of the other awesome things about fall is outdoor furniture and accouterments go on sale and it is still warm enough here in Houston to use them for a few more months! So, we’ve scoured the Internet and found some great, deeply discounted fall picks and here are some bonus promo codes to get you even deeper discounts with some of our picks!  Frontgate MAKEOVER30 30% off sitewide (exp 9/18/17) Pottery Barn EXTRA15 will getRead More →Read More »
  • Book Club: Fall Reading List 2017

    Book Club: Fall Reading List 2017

    “Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.” ― Marilyn Monroe Fall. Ahh, I just sigh. The whole season is just cozy. Even though I still have a million things to do it’s the season of anticipation.  Around the South, we’re just waiting for a chill. And, wonder of wonders, that has already happened, so perhaps I’m a bit more ready for the autumn take over. (lalalalalalala, I can’t hear you telling me it’s going to get warm again!) Maybe, I just like a good excuse to curl up with aRead More →Read More »
  • Houston Landmarks & Destinations After Harvey

    Houston Landmarks & Destinations After Harvey

    How Houston’s Destinations Are Faring After Harvey   48″ that is the size of a small human, a good sport fish, a nice TV – it has never been a reference to the amount of rain that has fallen on a city.  Harvey was a record setting Hurricane that devastated not just Houston but nearly the entire southern coast of Texas.  As the fourth largest city in the country, we have some amazing destinations that millions of people have visited.  Just one day out here is how they are faring:   The Houston Zoo The facility and animals remain safe and secure with little damage.Read More →Read More »
  • I’ve Flooded Now What?!

    I’ve Flooded Now What?!

    First Things First – Get Safe! Obviously, if you are in an emergency situation handle that first. Call 911 and keep calling. If you are in need of rescue hang a white t-shirt, towel, etc. very tightly to your front door [knob] – take it down when you get rescued. Then prepare yourself for the amount of time this will take.  Your safety is an immediate need, the repairs and insurance will be a long process. Tips Insurance: Call your company ASAP.  If your agent is local you may need to call your company’s headquarters. Follow their instructions about when to make repairs. Keep records of allRead More →Read More »
  • Hurricane Harvey: Important Numbers, Links, and How To Help

    Hurricane Harvey: Important Numbers, Links, and How To Help

    Important Numbers, Links, and How To Get & Recieve Help STAY UP TO DATE: Links to important city resources EMERGENCY & NON-EMERGENCY NUMBERS EVACUATION/ RESCUE INFORMATION SHELTER/ LOST-AND-FOUND INFORMATION I’VE FLOODED NOW WHAT?! STATE/ NATIONAL DONATE/ VOLUNTEER STAY UP TO DATE: City of Houston: Houston Fire Department City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department Harris County Flood Warning System/ NOAA Flood Map School Closings Nextdoor – Look out for your neighbors. If your community has a Nextdoor or Facebook page monitor it and pitch in where you safely can. Weather: Space City  Weather  US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas   EMERGENCY & NON-EMERGENCY NUMBERS: 911– OnlyRead More →Read More »
  • Houston and Harvey

    Houston and Harvey

    Who We Are We’re not interested in what Houston should have done.  Harvey was/is an unprecedented storm and storms of this magnitude cannot be prepared for beyond what most of us did (water, gas, batteries, and food). If you were here the last time Houston suggested an evacuation you understand and I feel confident we would have seen much worse by now from people being stranded during the evacuation. Go ahead, and take a look at the map and where Harvey has been hanging out. It is sitting on our evacuation routes. For those of you who are out of town let’s get some perspective.Read More →Read More »
  • Top 10 Back-to-School Tips

    Top 10 Back-to-School Tips

    A.K.A. How to have a great school year If you’re not back in the swing of things, academically, you probably will be within the week.  Many Houston area schools began classes last week and students will return to the rest by the 28th.  Heading back-to-school can be equal parts excitement and stress for everyone involved.  To help ease the load here are our top parent-tested tips to make this transition an easier one for your entire family. We are assuming you have already bought school supplies, started going to bed earlier, and are planning on eating a healthy breakfast. Right?!  1. Prep the Story Many peopleRead More →Read More »
  • How to Labor Day Like a Boss!

    How to Labor Day Like a Boss!

    Party Like You Have the Day Off! As I’ve matured I am really coming to appreciate holidays like Labor Day.  You know, the fun ones?  I like that it’s all-inclusive, involves food, no presents, and you can enjoy some nice sales without family/patriotic/whatever guilt.  So let’s get ready to kick back, relax, and have an awesome day! Fast Facts When is it? Monday, September 4th, 2017 (probably your kids’ first school holiday) – it’s always the first Monday in September Why is it? Since 1894 it has been a nationally recognized holiday to honor American workers and their achievements.  Things to Do: Attend/ Host aRead More →Read More »
  • The Internet: Home of “Perfect Parent” Judgement

    The Internet: Home of “Perfect Parent” Judgement

    I Would Never Leave My Child in a Hot Car… It’s Hot and People are Cranky The Internet is no Place to let your “Perfect Parent” Judgement Fly I read a lot and if you’re here you probably read a lot too. Particularly, those items related to children’s safety. Last year it was all about “dry drowning” – watch your kid after he swims because if he’s lethargic he might die!  Of course, you should watch your children, but dry drowning is not that subtle. However, did any of the click bait articles mention that? No. This year we have a lot of eclipse articles.Read More →Read More »
  • Sunday Sale: Chasing Fireflies Costume Picks

    Sunday Sale: Chasing Fireflies Costume Picks

    I don’t love a lot of junk mail and catalogs.  They just clog up my mailbox and I don’t have a ton of time for any of that. However, the Chasing Fireflies’ Halloween Catalog is my favorite and I always give it a good perusing.  I really appreciate that their choices are already curated and the girls’ look like something you want to put your little girl in without it being too short and slightly vulgar. Now, their costumes don’t come cheap, but there are some as low as $30 and you really could use some of them again. For instance, if you plan on attendingRead More →Read More »
  • Should I Homeschool?

    Should I Homeschool?

    Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda! Deciding to homeschool is a very personal and specific decision.  There are variables that make this not a one-size-fits all question.  And, a lot of the time, it may come down to just because you can, should you? You wouldn’t be here without the thought crossing your mind so I’m going to pose some questions that you should consider before making the leap into Homeschool Land. I guarantee you few of us could just decide to do it and not end up drowning in guilt, insecurity, and an endless parade of options. Are you frustrated with the school your child currently attends?Read More →Read More »
  • Perfectly Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

    Perfectly Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

    Nom, Nom, Nom I shared these with you guys on Instagram the other day and I wanted to make sure I got the recipe to you because this is one for the arsenal.  Go ahead and get out your 4×6 note card and fancy pen because this is the one you’ll want to reference again and again! Plus, they are so easy. The recipe may look long, but that’s because I’m long winded and added tips about bread machine cycles and how to make them ahead of time. They do take a little time – all yeast breads do, but you can make these theRead More →Read More »
  • Homeschooling in Houston: Where to Start?

    Homeschooling in Houston: Where to Start?

    I don’t want to read just show me the Quicklinks! Homeschooling Houston Where Do I Begin and Do I Want To? Families come to homeschooling for many different reasons.  Some come with an academic ferocity to bolster their child to greatness.  Others for more traditional reasons – religious beliefs or grappling with a learning difference that they felt were not being handled well by public schools.  Some want the flexibility to teach their children at their own pace or let the children really delve into and follow interests that may only be brushed in passing in a brick and mortar school. Many turn to homeschoolingRead More →Read More »
  • Juergens Park

    Juergens Park

    Tomball’s First Park The city of Tomball’s first park was handed down from the Juergens Family.  Willie Juergens’ family immigrated to Galveston from Prussia in the 1860s. A decade later the family purchased 900 acres of prairie that today would be a large part of western Tomball.  At the age of 96, and with no children to inherit, Willie Juergens donated 8 acres of land to establish the first park in Tomball.  Less than a mile away is the site of the home he was born in and the 11-acre parcel he lived on until his death in 2007. The park can easily be overlooked becauseRead More →Read More »

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