• 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 3th, 2018 (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/ HostRead More →Read More »
  • Houston Art Lessons for Kids

    Houston Art Lessons for Kids

    All around Houston art lessons for kids are getting ready to start.  We spent most of the day schlepping through the options to create a new directory page. Here you will find some great options for the budding artist in your life!  There are some really great opportunities all over Houston for all ages and all stages.  Some start as young as 10 months old! There are also some really unique opportunities. Art is not just drawing and painting, but sewing, 3D Printing, and more!  The opportunities are vast and the only limits will be creativity and imagination…and, maybe how far you are willing to drive! Read More →Read More »
  • Yes, the Boy Scouts Have Girls and That’s Okay

    Yes, the Boy Scouts Have Girls and That’s Okay

    #ScoutLife Girls are joining Boy Scouts of America and it is okay. Last year when the announcement was made that Boy Scouts was becoming co-ed and changing its name to Scouting BSA there was a small furor.  Not the kind that shakes the world but the kind where grumpy people shake their heads and mutter under their breath, then quietly go on tirades in the privacy of their own homes after a few drinks. Many Boy Scout families were mad. Many Girl Scout families were mad.  Many, many families could see the bigger picture and were a-okay. Let me give you a little background so youRead More →Read More »
  • Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches – it’s Fall, Y’all!

    Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches – it’s Fall, Y’all!

    Houston we have Pumpkins Have you scoped out your pumpkin patch yet?! It’s that time of year! Finding a patch or maze or somewhere to get some adorable orange-inspired photo ops shouldn’t be too hard, but here’s a helping hand just in case!  Expect to pay for your pumpkin based on size, anywhere from $3 and up. Need some help with your costumes? Here are some fun ideas! Fall Pumpkins! Festivals and Events Church Pumpkin Patches & Events Trick or Treating – Oct. 31st Craft Fair/ Holiday Markets Fall Pumpkins! Festivals and Events SEPTEMBER, Weekends & Ongoing Blessington Farms (Simonton) – Weekends September 22 through October 29Read More →Read More »
  • Hidden Houston: Mary Ann Francklow Park

    Hidden Houston: Mary Ann Francklow Park

    Mary Ann Francklow Park Mary Ann Francklow Park is a park located just off Briarforest and Beltway 8 nestled in a little residential nook that is easy to miss.  It is not hidden in a manner that you can’t find it – it is clearly marked and easy to find.  But, it is not the most obvious park and people may pass it over for larger ones in the area.  However, at its heart, there is a little hidden area. The park is a small wooded lot with about a half mile loop.  You can easily take a leisurely stroll and lap the park inRead More →Read More »
  • 3 Tips & Tricks to Help Get Your Kids to Sleep

    3 Tips & Tricks to Help Get Your Kids to Sleep

    Every parent knows getting your kids to sleep is a skill perfected and honed on the whetstone of bedtime routines and one more hug. And, being a parent is the most important and rewarding thing you can do with your life, right? If your first reaction on reading the above sentence was an overwhelming desire to smash your phone, then I will hazard a guess you may be having a little trouble getting your little ones to sleep at the moment. Don’t worry. You are not alone. Getting the nippers to bed down at night is one of the most common parenting problems. I mean,Read More →Read More »
  • Math Facts that Stick

    Math Facts that Stick

    No More Flash Cards, No More Drill-and-Kill! Math Facts that Stick is a set of books that can be used together or independently – whichever your child needs.  You can get a discount when you purchase them as a package and an even deeper discount can be achieved if you purchase the pdf instead of the actual books.  Even if you are a hands-on book lover this may be a really good option and we will get to that below. These books were sent over to us from The Well Trained Mind Press, previously known as Peace Hill Press, the publisher of many popular homeschool curriculums, particularlyRead More →Read More »
  • Book Club Bonus: “Sometimes I Lie,” by Alice Feeney

    Book Club Bonus: “Sometimes I Lie,” by Alice Feeney

    Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney GHM Rating: 5 of 5 stars Overall, I really like this book and could easily recommend it. It’s a solid four stars but could be a five if you were in the right mood – and, I was! It follows Amber as she “wakes” up and realizes she’s in a coma. The narrative changes from her cognizant but fading state trying to remember what happened, to scenes from the previous month to excerpts from childhood diaries. Each point of view slowly adds more to the story. First we come to suspect Amber is probably a bit depressed, certainly dealsRead More →Read More »
  • Sunday Sale: Last Day of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale – Our Picks

    Sunday Sale: Last Day of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale – Our Picks

    So, if you are even minutely aware of a small amount of fashion and shopping you may have heard of this little store called Nordstrom. And you may have heard they are having an Anniversary Sale. And, today is the last day! And, you know what I like to do on Sundays? Online shopping. Quick, here are our last minute picks! Women Beauty and Accessories Men Home Kids   Women Beauty and Accessories Men Home Kids   Happy Shopping!Read More →Read More »
  • Resources for Houston High School Homeschoolers

    Resources for Houston High School Homeschoolers

    We are fleshing out a new page in our Homeschool Directory just for those taking it to the next level (last level?) – high school. Check it out and if you know of any great additions feel free to leave a comment or drop us an email. Thanks! Homeschool High School ResourcesRead More →Read More »
  • Mule Ears Overlook, Lower Burro Mesa Pour-Off, Sam Nail Ranch in Big Bend National Park

    Mule Ears Overlook, Lower Burro Mesa Pour-Off, Sam Nail Ranch in Big Bend National Park

    Mule Ears Overlook There is only so much time in a day or a trip. One of the places we skirted was the Mule Ears, so named for the way the two peaks shoot up into the sky like pert mule ears.  The full trail is about 7 miles round trip. However, as you traverse the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive north from Santa Elena Canyon there is a spot to stop and take them in…and, try to line your kid’s head up and a get a “mule ear” picture. Lower Burro Mesa Pour-Off As you continue north, the turnoff for the Burro Mesa Trails isRead More →Read More »
  • This Weekend in Houston: August 2-5, 2018

    This Weekend in Houston: August 2-5, 2018

    Happy Weekend, Houston! – August 2-5, 2018 It’s the weekend in Houston -August 2-5, 2018! The summer is winding down and we are almost in school mode (oh, my!). Let’s make the most of these last few weekends and go have some fun!  Looking for more awesome adventures? Take a gander at the complete GHM Calendar or check out the plethora of impressive Kids’ Activities & Events that are ongoing throughout the town! (Especially the indoor ones or maybe some of the ongoing events for preschoolers & toddlers?) P.S. We’re so cool we have a Book Club – what’s on your list? Join us! Have a great weekend! It is time for HoustonRead More →Read More »
  • The Dog Days of Summer are Here – Let’s Celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!

    The Dog Days of Summer are Here – Let’s Celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!

    It is hot. No, really, it is really, really hot. It’s cute when people are crying over their 84-degree heat wave. I get it. I sound callous, they probably don’t even have air conditioning. And, thank the good Lord above that we don’t have to shovel snow, but…it’s hot. You know who is not hot. My dog, Bruce. She (yes, she) is smart.  She swims all day.  Particularly, if we are smart enough to give up on our pedantic human to-do lists and join her in the shady, cool pool.  If some of her people are in the pool she will not stop swimming.  IfRead More →Read More »
  • Things College Students NEED (the Real List)… and, 5 to Skip

    Things College Students NEED (the Real List)… and, 5 to Skip

    The list of college essentials student need is long and prolific and, usually, quite repetitive. If they are in a dorm you need XL Twin sheets, a shower caddy, and earplugs (in case you end up with a roommate with an aggressive snoring problem.) Once you get past the basics there are few other items that make up the recipe for college success. The types of things that will help reduce frustrations by anticipating them and will, overall, make off-to-school, an experience of excitement, unknown, and expectation, one of smooth sailing and fun! A “Go Anywhere” Blanket A security blanket of sorts because you needRead More →Read More »
  • Houston August Garden Care

    Houston August Garden Care

    August garden time! This is the time of the year where I tend to let the garden fend for itself. The heat is not a joke and if you can not get your hands in to the dirt before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. it is okay, in my book to let them go until September.  Though, you’ll do yourself a favor if you can at least pull off the flowering parts. Now is the time in Houston to plant fall gardens.  You will likely be able to find tomatoes and peppers in garden centers but anything else you may have to order onlineRead More →Read More »

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Sep
26
Wed
2018
9:00 am T’ai Chi at Jesse H. Jones Park @ Jesse H Jones Park & Nature Center
T’ai Chi at Jesse H. Jones Park @ Jesse H Jones Park & Nature Center
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
T’AI CHI Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Meet in the outdoor classroom near the Nature Center for a one-hour beginner class. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Read More →
4:30 pm Children’s BINGO at Levy Park @ Levy Park
Children’s BINGO at Levy Park @ Levy Park
Sep 26 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Bring the kiddos and join our Levy Park team at the Children’s Pavilion for Bingo. This 30-minute program, ideal for kids age 4 to 12, is a fun way for children to practice their letters and numbers while earning prizes. Levy Park provides the Bingo cards, markers and prizes. B-I-N-G-O! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Read More →
Sep
28
Fri
2018
all-day FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR & RODEO @ FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR & RODEO
FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR & RODEO @ FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR & RODEO
Sep 28 – Oct 7 all-day
Fort Bend County Fair, est. 1933 Benefiting Youth, Promoting Agriculture and Supporting Education The first Fort Bend County Fair was held in October, 1933.  The original Fairgrounds were located between Rosenberg and Richmond on Avenue H.  The only interruption in the county fair was during the years of World War II.  In 1974, the Fairgrounds were moved to the existing location on State Highway 36 just south of U.S. Highway 59. The youth of Fort Bend County have been the driving force of this organization for over 75 years.  Youth education has always been a primary focus of fair activities.  The development of a scholarshipRead More →
10:00 am Children’s Story Hour at the McG... @ The Family Garden in the McGovern Centennial Gardens
Children’s Story Hour at the McG... @ The Family Garden in the McGovern Centennial Gardens
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Children's Story Hour at the McGovern Centennial Gardens @ The Family Garden in the McGovern Centennial Gardens | Houston | Texas | United States
Children’s Story Hour at the McGovern Centennial Gardens Bring your little ones to listen to a story every Friday morning in the McGovern Centennial Garden’s Family Garden. After the reading, children are invited to participate in a fun activity like coloring a picture or planting a seed to take home.   (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Read More →
10:00 am Fall Hawk Watch! at Sheldon Lake @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Fall Hawk Watch! at Sheldon Lake @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Fall Hawk Watch! at Sheldon Lake @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center | Houston | Texas | United States
Join us while we count the migratory raptors from on top of the tower! Due to our location, Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center is a great location to observe migratory birds. We are situated on the central migration flyway where many different species of bird can be spotted while migrating north and south. Fall migration is a spectacle on the gulf coast and you can find thousands of birds of prey returning south for the winter! Join our team as we collect data to learn more about the variety of raptors who use this flyway and the health of their populations. MeetRead More →
2:00 pm Homeschool Days at Sheldon Lake @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Homeschool Days at Sheldon Lake @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Homeschool Days at Sheldon Lake @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center | Houston | Texas | United States
Homeschool Days at Sheldon Lake From fishing to ponding to technology, kids will learn something new each week! Great for all school-aged kids! There is plenty of fun to be had and things to learn at Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center. So be sure to come on out and enjoy some outdoor education! Each week will be a new adventure that is suitable for all school-aged kids! Be sure to bring water, bug spray, and closed-toe shoes. All programs are FREE and meet at the Pond Center. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Read More →
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29
Sat
2018
9:00 am Fall/Winter Nature Programs – La... @ Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Fall/Winter Nature Programs – La... @ Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); AUGUST Amazing Amphibians – Sat, August 25 – 10:00 am – 11:00 am Frogs, toads, and salamanders are all amphibians! Come learn the lives and characteristics of amazing amphibians! Arts and Crafts – Sat, August 25 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Join us as we take a break from hiking and the outdoors to explore our creative side! We’ll provide kids the tools they need to create nature friendly works of art. SEPTEMBER Snakes – Sat, Sept 1 – 10:00 am – 11:00 am We will debunk some common myths surrounding these fascinating creatures and teach you which snakes you are likely to find at Lake Houston Wilderness Park.Read More →
9:00 am Pumpkin Fest @ Cornelius Nursery
Pumpkin Fest @ Cornelius Nursery
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Experience the fun of fall with our annual Pumpkin Fest, Saturday, September 29! You’ll find spectacular fall decorations including Pumpkins, Gourds, Squash, Scarecrows, and Bales of Hay, along with special displays for the season! Enjoy loads of free activities that are fun for the whole family: – Pie Pumpkin Decorating! – Pansy Planting – Performances by family favorite Mad Science – Costume Characters – Superheroes and Princesses! – Pumpkin Patch Photos & Photobooth – Gift Card Giveaways – Fresh Popcorn! Mad Science Performances – Times and Locations to be announced. Houston – Don’t forget to sign up for our Pumpkin Decorating Workshop at 10AM and 2PM. One of our favorite events returns where you can create a customRead More →
9:00 am September Family Programs at Jes... @ Jesse H Jones Park & Nature Center
September Family Programs at Jes... @ Jesse H Jones Park & Nature Center
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
September Family Programs at Jesse H. Jones Park @ Jesse H Jones Park & Nature Center | Humble | Texas | United States
SCAVENGER HUNT Sat., Sept. 1, 10 a.m. Young nature lovers and scout groups are invited to this discovery outing. Ages 5-15. Reservations required beginning Wed., Aug. 22. EMBROIDERY 101 Sat., Sept. 8, 10 a.m. Learn the tools, stiches, patterns and techniques 18th -19th century women used to decorate fabric. Bring an embroidery hoop; materials provided. Reservations required beginning Wed., Aug. 29. Ages 8+. SECOND SATURDAY SETTLERS: CLAYWORKS Sat., Sept. 8, 1–3 p.m. Learn how early Texas settlers built clay ovens during this hands-on demonstration by volunteers and staff in the Redbud Hill Homestead. VOLUNTEER MEET & GREET Sat., Sept. 15, 9–11 a.m.  Volunteers help lead guided tours, assist with special events and projects, andRead More →
10:00 am “Looking Back” History Boat Tours @ Allen’s Landing
“Looking Back” History Boat Tours @ Allen’s Landing
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
“Looking Back” History Boat Tours Time: 10 – 11:30 am Cost: $40 per person (children under 4 are not permitted on boat tours) Weather permitting. Reservations must be made by selecting an available date on the right. Aboard BBP’s pontoon boat, take a look back to the late 1800s when Houston was founded with Louis Aulbach, local historian and author of Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston’s Wilderness Beginning or Andrew Groocock, local historian. Hear stories of the Allen brothers and historical information about the people, places and events along the bayou that helped shape Houston. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Read More →
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