Local candy shop Cypress Sweets shares festive edible craft for the holiday season
Whether you’re looking for a unique gift, party ideas or just want to satisfy your sweet tooth Cypress Sweets is the one stop shop that can fill all your candy needs. Owner Courtney Okanlomo along with Sweets Specialist Karina Williams shared a festive candy craft that the whole family will love.
Operation Warm: national nonprofit provides new coats to Houston families in need
When people think of Houston weather, cold is not one of the first things that comes to mind. But because winters are typically short and sporadic in Space City, many Houstonians don’t prioritize purchasing winter coats, which can be quite expensive, and find themselves unprepared for sudden temperature drops. Luckily, one national nonprofit is working to help fill the need.
Twitter comment linking Waukesha tragedy and Kyle Rittenhouse verdict costs DuPage County Democratic Party social media director Mary Lemanski her post
Ken Mejia-Beal, the chair of the DuPage Democratic Party, said Mary Lemanski was let go shortly after he became aware of her Twitter comments.chicagotribune.com
With a U-Haul full of medical supplies, San Antonio family comes to Chicago to help others
Dylan Yadriel Cruz-Pantoja had about seven wheelchairs in his life, his mother Itza Pantoja said at a press conference Tuesday, on what would have been her son’s 18th birthday. Government insurance only covered two of them.chicagotribune.com
Child Tax Credits bring relief to Chicago families, but critics worry some are left out. ‘It doesn’t actually reach many of the most vulnerable.’
Newly expanded Child Tax Credits began hitting the bank accounts of Chicago-area families this month, but critics say those most in need may inadvertantly be shut out. Proponents, meanwhile, are pushing to make the benefit permanent.chicagotribune.com
The author, entrepreneur and TEDx speaker from Houston who’s inspiring others at just 12 years old
While many are returning to business as usual following the pandemic, some are still reeling from the after effects, including impressionable young people. TEDx Organizer Adeseye Omole and author/kidpreneur Nia Lewis share how an upcoming event can help youths “emerge” from modern day challenges.
Should my child get the coronavirus vaccine? Is it safe? Here’s what you should know.
With millions of children now eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children get inoculated against covid-19, which has killed an estimated 300 to 600 kids in the United States.washingtonpost.com
Report: 1 In 3 Low-Income Immigrant Families Opted Out Of Benefits In 2020, Citing Immigration Concerns – Houston Public Media
The research underscores how a relatively short-lived Trump-era policy may have an enduring impact on the long-term well-being of children in immigrant families. In the Houston metro area, 43% of children have at least one immigrant parent.houstonpublicmedia.org
The safe island vacation with something for everyone in the family
For true Caribbean flavor and a laidback feel, you want to explore the island of St. Kitts. It’s small enough to see in a day and big enough to explore for a lifetime. Here to share more about this great getaway is Racquel Brown, CEO of St. Kitts Tourism.
Rhythm of the heart: local music therapist keeps mother and child bonded through song
The bond between a mother and child is something truly special, and this next story proves just how extraordinary it can be. KPRC 2′s Sofia Ojeda spoke with Emilia Herrera about how the power of music helped keep her and her newborn baby connected after being separated at birth due to COVID-19.
Durbin, Duckworth ask federal VA to ensure Illinois veterans homes have proper disease planning, protocols after stinging report on LaSalle home, where 36 died from COVID-19
Democratic U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth on Monday asked for federal assistance to ensure Illinois veterans homes have proper infectious disease planning and protocols in place following the release of a stinging report detailing large-scale mismanagement at the LaSalle Veterans Home, where 36 residents died of COVID-19. In a letter to U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, the two Illinois senators noted the federal VA was part of on-site inspections with state public health officials at the LaSalle Home that occurred more than 10 days after the outbreak was discovered on Nov. 1 and detailed a full-time staffer to provide technical assistance to the state.chicagotribune.com
‘Lefty social engineering’: GOP launches cultural attack on Biden’s plan for day care, education and employee leave
Republicans are accusing Biden of engaging in a stealth attempt to reshape American life, reframing their opposition away from dollars and cents to more politically effective terrain.washingtonpost.com
How to celebrate Holi in Houston
HOUSTON – Holi, the Hindu festival of color has gained popularity in Houston where thousands gather every year to mark the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. The celebration will happen differently this year, and Sandhya Thakkar, the owner of Masala Radio 98.7 FM and main organizer for the event, shared details of what you can expect this Sunday. Houston Holi 2021 (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.) All guests will get a chance to win $1000 in raffle prizes. To see all details, check out Thakkar’s interview in the video below.
Meet the Houston family turned reality TV stars on HBO Max’s ‘House of Ho’
HOUSTON – Married couple Washington and Lesley Ho are two members of a wealthy and traditional Vietnamese American family living in Houston. Poster for "House of Ho" (HBO Max)“We’ve gotten really good feedback from the show. HBO Max's "House of Ho" (HBO Max)“We’re proud to be Americans. “House of Ho” is streaming now on HBO Max. To see the trailer for House of Ho, watch the video below.
From hidden gems to historic spots: Discover ‘111 Places in Houston That You Must Not Miss’
"111 Places in Houston That You Must Not Miss" (Emons:)“111 Places That You Must Not Miss” is the name of the popular series launched by Emons Verlag in 2008. The colorful attire and accessories at Roop Sari PalaceRoop Sari Palace (111 places in Houston that you must not miss)2. The gods and goddesses at Teo Chew TempleTeo Chew Temple (111 places in Houston that you must not miss)3. Listening to the Mariachi Mass at St. Joseph Catholic ChurchMariachi Mass (111 places in Houston that you must not miss)For the complete list, get 111 Places in Houston That You Must Not Miss, available now at book retailers. Dana DuTerroil and Joni Fincham (111 places in Houston that you must not miss)To connect with DuTerroil and Fincham, click here.
6 spring break ideas for families in Houston
HOUSTON – If you are wondering what to do to keep the family busy and entertained during spring break, we’ve got you covered. There’s also a VR experience in which you can do 3D and do a day in the life of Van Gogh the artist. Keep in mind you’re going to have to be masked to go there,” said Sorena. You’ll start at George R. Brown and they’ll help guide you along Downtown as you solve the mystery of this art heist. To connect with Mommy Nearest, visit their website or download the free Mommy Nearest app for iPhone and Android.
How growing up in Third Ward inspired a Houston teacher to become a successful author
HOUSTON – A former teacher found inspiration in her Third Ward upbringing to create new a fantasy novel set in Houston. The book is called Wings of Ebony and the author, J. Elle, chatted with Houston Life about her impressive story that landed her a six-figure book deal. Houston author J. Elle (Chris Spicks Photography)“I wanted to get into the profession, but I didn’t have any formal training. Wings of Ebony is out now and it debuted on the New York Times young adult bestseller list. To connect with J. Elle, click here.
Best family dog breeds: Houston dog trainer shares her top picks
HOUSTON – If you’re thinking of adding a new puppy to your family, it’s important to consider what dog breed best fits your lifestyle. Each dog is different, but there are general and somewhat predictable personality traits associated with specific dog breeds,” said Bennett, the puppy expert who trained our beloved Tex. According to Bennett, is important that you ask yourself a series of important questions before bringing a new dog into your family unit. Are you physically able to provide the necessary exercise for a high energy dog? Talk to professional dog trainers who will be able to discuss the challenges of particular breeds,” she recommended.
SUPPORT LOCAL: You can buy healthy family meals for the whole week at this Houston cafe
Luckily, businesses like Eatwell Bakery Café on Westheimer Road are still open and eager to help you take the guesswork out of getting healthy meals for your family. Eatwell Bakery Café located in Houston, TX on Westheimer Rd. (KPRC)Recently, Eatwell Bakery Café, along with other local businesses, has seen a dip in sales. (KPRC)Eatwell Bakery Café has modified its menu to accommodate current social needs. Eatwell Bakery Café is open for take-out between 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily.
The Houston Rockets and Second Servings of Houston hosting “Thanksgiving’s On Us” food distribution | HOUSTON LIFE | KPRC 2
The Houston Rockets and Second Servings of Houston hosting “Thanksgiving’s On Us” food distribution | HOUSTON LIFE | KPRC 2Published: November 18, 2020, 5:11 pmThe Houston Rockets and Second Servings of Houston are hosting a “Thanksgiving’s On Us” food distribution tomorrow, right outside of the Toyota Center. This contactless event is free, and open to the public from 10am – 12pm.
MECA Houston curator shares the significance of Día de los Muertos altars
November 1 is a day to remember children, known as El Dia de los Inocentes, as well as a day to honor the saints or All Saints Day. “There is no wrong way or right way to make an altar, but the Mexican inspired altars usually have three levels,” said Gavito. Additionally, altars usually incorporate the four elements, earth, wind, water and fire. Other significant components include The Bread of the Dead also known as Pan de Muerto and the Mexican Marigold flowers. To connect with Luis Gavito or learn more about Día de los Muertos visit the Meca Houston website.
How to throw a movie night soiree at home on a budget
HOUSTON – If you want to make the most out of staying in, throwing a small at-home movie night soiree can be a fun idea for any occasion. COME UP WITH A THEMEUnder the Sea party theme (Paul Zahn)Create a fun movie theme for kids with an Under the Sea decor using colorful items from the dollar store. SET UP A DIY POPCORN STATIONDIY popcorn station (Paul Zahn)Popcorn makes it a movie night, plus it’s affordable. CREATE A DIY TROPICAL COCKTAILDIY tropical cocktail (Paul Zahn)There’s no party without drinks, and a coffee cocktail can keep you awake all throughout the movie. SERVE A FUN SIDE SALAD THAT’S EASY TO PREPAREWatermelon, Arugula & Queso Fresco Salad with Blueberries (Paul Zahn)A watermelon, arugula & queso fresco salad with blueberries is tasty and takes no time to prepare.
Remote learning and the potential for cyberbullying: What Houston parents should know
Rania Mankarious, Executive Director with Crime Stoppers of Houston, explained how and why cyberbullying is happening during remote school settings. (iStock)Students might hear arguments stemming from other students homes. We dont want kids to feel like they cant log in, theyre so unsure of whats going to erupt behind them that they would rather just not attend remote learning. Solution: Wherever they are doing their remote learning, ask kids to sit up. There is a moral code of conduct in every school and it applies whether youre sitting in school or you are remote learning.
5 children’s books that celebrate diversity and inclusion
Valerie Koehler, owner of Blue Willow Bookshop in West Houston, shared her picks for best books to educate your kids about diversity and kindness, starting at age 3. You may have different color skin, different kind of hair, or have different kinds of food in your lunch box. All Are Welcomeby Alexandra Penfold (Knopf Books for Young Readers)All are welcome ( Knopf Books for Young Readers) (Blue Willow Bookshop)Join all the students at school where all are welcome. Sulweby Lupita Nyong’o (Simon & Schuster Books)Sulwe (Simon & Schuster Books) (Blue Willow Bookshop)Sulwe has very dark skin, darker than anyone in her family. The Undefeatedby Kwame Alexander (Versify Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)(Versify Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) (Blue Willow Bookshop)A powerful ode to the endurance of African Americans throughout our country’s history.
5 easy ways to entertain your toddler without leaving your house
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Celebrate alongside dad this Fathers Day with these 5 Houston area deals
HOUSTON Its Fathers Day! Address: 2808 Caroline StreetSunday hours: Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Did someone else already treat your dad to brunch? Stop by any of the ice cream parlors two Houston area locations to shop its Fathers Day deal that includes two combo pints for $15. Spend the day with dad at Traders Village for its Fourth Annual Fathers Day Out Concert and Car Show. True Anomaly Brewing is running a $40 Fathers Day deal that includes a four-pack of its Crowler beers and two True Anomaly glasses of your choice.
Houston orthopedic surgeon explains how being the best at one sport can be hurting your child
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STAYCATION: Katy family creates 'quarantine style cruise in their backyard
KATY, Texas If all your family summer vacation plans have been canceled, weve got a fun idea for you. Clint and Linsey Stuckey of Katy, Texas came up with a unique staycation that their family could cherish for many years to come. The Stuckey family of Katy, Texas created their own backyard jungle cruise video to uplift and inspire other families in quarantine. The Stuckey family of Katy, Texas created their own backyard jungle cruise video to uplift and inspire other families in quarantine. The Stuckey family of Katy, Texas created their own backyard jungle cruise video to uplift and inspire other families in quarantine.
Need a family day out? The Houston Zoo is now open to the public
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. HOUSTON After two months of being closed, the Houston Zoo welcomed back visitors today. This is the perfect place for a fun family outing and to admire the animals you love. Jackie Wallace, senior director of public relations with the Houston Zoo, explains the new safety protocols in place, including how all guests need to purchase tickets online during this time.
Kick boredom to the curb with these 6 kid-friendly ideas for summer in Houston
HOUSTON School is out, which means families are going to have to get creative to keep kids entertained in this new social distancing environment! This is excellent for social distancing because youre all in your own car which whoever you came with. Both of those places have plenty of ways to spread out with social distancing. Its a big place so theres lots of place to spread out and theyre doing a lot of social distancing things. There will also be some stickers on the ground to promote social distancing.
Quarantine turned an 11-year old soccer player from Humble into a journalist
That’s was the case for Caleb Coronel, a student in Humble, who missed his soccer practices so much, that he took a different approach to his soccer lessons. She went to the World Cup and is on the Canadian National Team. She also played in the Canadian National team,” said Coronel, who would Iove to interview Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi, his favorite player. To see Coronel’s complete interview, watch the video above. And to see some of Coronel’s interviews with the soccer players, watch the videos below.
6 tips to help families navigate childcare and getting back to work
HOUSTON – On Friday, Texas started to loosen up its stay-at-home restrictions, which means more working parents will soon be going back to work. Rania Mankarious, executive director with Crime Stoppers of Houston, shares tips to help working parents and their families adjust. Courtesy: (iStock)Here are some of Mankarious’s tips for working parents. • If there is a pool, make sure kids know how to swim or that they don't swim while you are gone. • Have rules set up on who can come over and what outdoor activities they can do.
Local nonprofit founded by 9-year-old gives back to families hit hard by COVID-19
“I was like, 'What am I supposed to do during this time...I hope that Lily’s Toy Box can still go on. Lily’s Toy Box has sent out 125 toys since April 1 to kids of people on the frontline fighting Covid-19. We don’t touch it,” said JessicaSince the COVID-19 pandemic, Lily’s Toy Box has shipped more than 125 toys. They are opening a box from Lily’s Toy Box❤️. www.lilystoybox.com Posted by Lily's Toy Box on Friday, April 10, 2020For more info on Lily’s Toy Box, click here.
Here’s how you can help the Houston area and celebrate Earth Day from home
As we mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, it’s the perfect time to reflect on how we can help the planet. “As we celebrate the fiftieth Earth Day, we all know we have lots of work to do to make the environment even better, but this is also a big day of celebration. Since then, Earth Day has grown to be the largest global environmental event. Today, it’s celebrated in more than 192 countries worldwide under the moniker International Mother Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day with some virtual programming from Houston!
The Disney Bedtime Hotline is back to help parents get their kids to sleep
Can't get your little one to sleep, especially being stuck inside during the coronavirus pandemic? The Disney Bedtime Hotline is here to help. Making its return from last year, fans -- both the young and the young at heart -- can hear a bedtime message from one of five Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck or Goofy. To hear a message, dial 1-877-7-MICKEY and select the character you want to hear from. Available only in the United States, the hotline runs until the end of the month -- that's April 30 at midnight PT.
How you can attract birds to your backyard in the Houston area
And if you need advice on how to attract birds to your backyard, Anna Vallery, conservation specialist and Mary Anne Weber, education director with the Houston Audubon, shared tips and showed us some beautiful birds you should know aboout. Courtesy: (Houston Audubon)The first thing you need to know when trying to attract birds to yards is that you must plant native plants. “Native plants host native insects which then birds rely on and helps support them right in your own backyard,” said Vallery, who wants people to take advantage of the privileged position of the Houston area. Other ways to attract birds include getting bird feeders and bird baths, limit the use of pesticides and keep cats indoors. To see Vallery’s complete interview and the Houston Audubon animal ambassadors, watch the video above.
How to make sure your family is safe online while social distancing
HOUSTON – With more free time at home, your family is spending more time surfing the internet. Rania Mankarious, executive director with Crime Stoppers of Houston, shares valuable resources we all need to know. But really, they’re fishing calls, emails, etc,” said Mankarious, who also warned small business owners about being target for this type of scam. Some of the virtual presentations include: Parent’s Guide to Cyber Safety, How to Talk to your Teen About Human Trafficking, Social Isolation and Situational Awareness, Animal Safety or Keeping Students Busy During Social Distancing. And to see the complete list of free presentations, click here.
This Texas safari-like zoo lets you feed wildlife in an up-close encounter
No credit cards accepted)(Jill B. Jarvis)Heres what I like about Bayou Wildlife Zoo:Its unexpected. (Jill B. Jarvis)Right along a busy road, back behind the trees, is the Bayou Wildlife Zoo. The main attraction is the tram ride through the 86-acre property where exotic wildlife is allowed to roam. (Jill B. Jarvis)Our tram ride lasted about 30 minutes and we had a minor break down in the middle. Oh, and if you want to buy the Bayou Wildlife Zoo, its yours!
Dragons at the Houston Zoo is the can’t-miss event for your family this spring break
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. HOUSTON – If you’re looking for things to do with your family during spring break, look no further than the Houston Zoo. They have an exciting new exhibit called "Dragons" that will bring you closer than ever to these mythical creatures. Lauren Wappler, public relations manager with the Houston Zoo, shared more details on this amazing experience where you’ll hear these animatronic beasts move and roar.