Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Less Stuff

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 two-room suite in order to budget and simplify my life. I’m effectively living the tiny house dream, without actually having a tiny house. As a recovering pack rat, I’ve had to learn some things about purging the hard way. So here are some of the thing I learned about cutting the clutter. Continue reading

Gulf Coast Coral Reef, photo by NOAA

While Most Galveston Beach Bacteria Tests Low, Matagorda is High

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 with “flesh eating” bacteria (called Vibrio) which he contracted during a family vacation.

Melody Long was also hospitalized last week with a bacterial infection contracted on Galveston shores. Even with many beaches now testing Low, doctors recommend swimmers take precautions. Here are a list of beaches now testing Medium for bacteria: Continue reading

Girl at the Beach by Ramon Gonzalez

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

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 happen at the beach. Continue reading

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 plants just waiting to find a home in your garden. Continue reading

Bear Branch Elementary Threatens Parents With Arrest For Walking Their Own Kids Home From School

Want to be charged with trespassing? Thanks to a new school rule, that’s now a simple feat for parents of children who attend Bear Branch Elementary in Magnolia ISD. All moms and dads have to do is walk their kid home from school, and they could wind up getting charged, or worse, arrested.

Yes, you read that right.

No, this isn’t a late April Fools joke. Continue reading

After A Year Of Near Death Experiences Battling Leukemia, Spring Teen Gets Miraculous News – #JacobStrong

On January 24, 2015, Louis and Yvette Munoz took their teenage son Jacob to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to see if anything could be done to relieve what they thought was a bad sinus headache. After running a few tests, the doctor took the parents aside. A normal white blood cell count was 4,000 to 10,000, the doctor explained. Jacob’s was 375,000. It was a number so high that the doctor had never seen it before. Their son was dying of cancer. Continue reading