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post #21 of 49
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Thanks again everyone. We are heading down next weekend to find a house. We are looking in Spring, Katy and Sugar Land for a house. We are moving in 5 weeks so I have a few more questions, I hope you all can help me a bit more

1. Great Cell carriers to be used in the heart of the city and those burbs

2. Great local banks that are not the screw you over like BAC and Chase-haha?

3. CSA recommendations for those areas?

4. Meat people - looking for organic or practicing cow, lamb or goat and possibly bison(trying for the first time this weekend)

5. A great healthy restuarant to try while visiting, Any suggestions?

6. Raw milk farms with A2 peptide cows

Thanks again! We can't wait!

Hey anyone know of great secular homeschool groups??
post #22 of 49
Cell carriers: It depends on what kind of phone you want/need. Do you have a data plan? If so I think that T Mobile is cheap when you get their unlimited plan. They work great all over Houston and the world (mine has been in every continent almost!).

I used to have Sprint and I was happy with their service as well. I would not use AT&T unless you have an iphone.

Local Banks - Unfortunately most local banks have gone by the wayside... but we use Amegy Bank, they are small-ish. I really love how they treat people and they are not the banks you mentioned. I know that we have good credit unions as well someone else might be able to get you some info on those.

CSA - I know that Central City Co-op has locations in many places maybe their website has details as to whether they are close to you or not? I also know Healthy habits coop that is out in the suburbs but I dont know where exactly they would be in relation to the house that you find.

Meat - Paidom, Paidom. PAIDOM. Love their stuff. I've even been to their location and I was impressed.

Restaurants? Well it depends... I love A moveable feast and think that they have good healthy options. I know that many like Ziggys in River Oaks. Houston has MANY MANY restaurants.

Raw Milk - I get ours from Stryk farm. dont know if they have the A2 peptide cows however.

Homeschooling groups, there are a few but most are not secular. There is one that I have experience with but I know that there are others around, it depends on the age of your kids.
post #23 of 49
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Awesome! Thanks for the great info. I started a homeschool group up in Chicago which has turned into a great community, I have no problem setting up down in Houston - good peps are good peps no matter what you are into(except if you are into law breaking -haha).

I have heard a lot of great things about Moveable Feast - we will check it out! Thanks for the recommendations.
post #24 of 49
Hey.... if you start a secular one here I would even join it.

Let me know if you want to meet up there, I love that place and it is close to my house.
post #25 of 49
Thread Starter 
Awesome! Let's do it! Have you ever been in a group on Meetup.com?? It is very visual unlike Yahoo groups. Now a name?? This is going to be great!

Linda
post #26 of 49
Alma answered most Tons of secular homeschooling in town- pick a group in your area- wherever that ends up being. I belong to several. The favorite of mine currently is http://www.haeahomeschooling.com/ eclectic and welcoming.

-Angela
post #27 of 49
no i havent linda but i would be willing to.
post #28 of 49
Honestly, right now the market is flooded with secular homeschooling groups. So much so that I think several are in danger of dying off because new ones have sucked off participation. We really need to build up what we've got and not splinter further (only so many days a week to hold stuff and when they all run into each other it hurts all the groups)

-Angela
post #29 of 49
I think that different groups fit different people so I dont think that having many is bad because that way there are choices for those that want them.
post #30 of 49
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So is there a I attach parent, boob it, organic/natural eating, homebirth, don't care what you religion you are, earth lover, support each other, have small group classes, playdates, etc... kind of groups?? That is something I am looking for. I agree a group is as only as good as its members make it. Back when I started my group up here, we had 5 families join in a week and I invited them to my house for a gathering not having met a single one - it was fantastic! I think like-minded people tend to stick together. I don't have to be a certain religion to be an honest great person. Just my 2 cents on that

So anything like described above??

Will check out the group posted. How about boy stuff - I have a 9 year old wanting boy scouts style stuff, hockey, horseback riding and really any sport. Anything for the older boys?
post #31 of 49
the group you started sounds like a great group.

There are groups here but what you are describing I dont think that there is here in houston. there are version of that.... but not meeting all of those requirements.

That is something that I too am looking for... but I am looking for a small-ish group like that which may be why I say this. I have found some largish groups like this.
post #32 of 49
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I am not into a large group for the long haul, for me they are great for field trips that need minimums and age specific stuff. I was in a large group but really only 20 or so families participated with 60 doing nothing. I want a "community family" feel. Let me get down there - shooting for the day after Thanksgiving to leave Chi town, 3 day trip and we there. Let me know if you are interested in getting together maybe the first week in December! Oh - I need a sling for my 2 year old that isn't going to kill me with a long tail and heavy material. She want the hip and not the back -own a Beco. Any suggestions or something I could try would rock. Thanks!


Do your librarian systems offer passes to the museums, sites, etc??
post #33 of 49
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I am not into a large group for the long haul, for me they are great for field trips that need minimums and age specific stuff. I was in a large group but really only 20 or so families participated with 60 doing nothing. I want a "community family" feel. Let me get down there - shooting for the day after Thanksgiving to leave Chi town, 3 day trip and we there. Let me know if you are interested in getting together maybe the first week in December! Oh - I need a sling for my 2 year old that isn't going to kill me with a long tail and heavy material. She want the hip and not the back -own a Beco. Any suggestions or something I could try would rock. Thanks!


Do your librarian systems offer passes to the museums, sites, etc??
BINGO. what is what i want. i happen to be a babywearing addict so yes i might have some ideas... lol.
post #34 of 49
about the librarian systems im not sure, we are members to most of the museums so i havent checked into anything else.
post #35 of 49
Thread Starter 
What museums are great? We have a great variety in Chicago. My kids love everything but art right now - they love to do it but not stare at it - LOL

Someday I am sure...

Lin
post #36 of 49
The Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) is good. Not fabulous, but good. They have homeschool classes to- we're taking some for the first time this year and dd likes them so far. The children's museum is okay, not fantastic. Museums just depend on what you're looking for- ya know?

HAEA is very crunchy friendly. You will see nursing toddlers there for sure and slings and carriers. Usually only 10-15 families show up at any given thing.

-Angela
post #37 of 49
Posting late, but restaurants I second A Moveable Feast and there are a few veggie restaurants like Pepper Tree which has buffet. There are several on Bellaire around Wilcrest, but would have to dig deeper to get the names/exact locations.

Also, for electric, we use Green Mountain Energy. It seems to cost about 30% more, but is 100% renewable.

We don't have recycling for our complex, but there are several drop-off stations to do it ourselves.

We also cook on electric and cast iron is fine.

Good luck!
post #38 of 49
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What museums are great? We have a great variety in Chicago. My kids love everything but art right now - they love to do it but not stare at it - LOL

Someday I am sure...

Lin
Like alegna said, the museums here are okay, but not fabulous. They really are a far cry from the Chicago museums, IMO.
post #39 of 49
Thread Starter 
You all are a wealth of info, thanks! I am so sick of googling about Houston-just would like to get there What about cell companies? We have US Cellular whis is not in Houston, so what cheap companies area great out in Houston? I am still in the hunt for a great small bank - I think we are moving to Spring. How about Teacher Stores? Toy Stores?

Thanks for all the awesome help!
post #40 of 49
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Originally Posted by oceanbluemomma View Post
You all are a wealth of info, thanks! I am so sick of googling about Houston-just would like to get there What about cell companies? We have US Cellular whis is not in Houston, so what cheap companies area great out in Houston? I am still in the hunt for a great small bank - I think we are moving to Spring. How about Teacher Stores? Toy Stores?

Thanks for all the awesome help!
All the big cell carriers are here. I use T-moblie and have been happy with them. There are small banks here and there- I know Frost is a good sized local one. I use one that's across TX, but not huge. Teacher stores there are an assortment, including a good sized Lakeshore Learning in the Galleria area. Several good local toy stores- my two favorite are Fundamentally Toys on W. Gray and Imagination Toys and Shoes on Bellaire Blvd. and Stella Link.

Spring is a nice area, but can sometimes seem far from the "in the city" stuff.

-Angela
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