Saturday, September 26, 2009

Awesome House Alert!

So, I'm holding this amazing house open and if you don't jump on it, you will miss out on a spectacular opportunity to own a beautiful home in an extremely desirable area of the Houston Heights.

It is so close to all the happening activities on 19th St. (Penzey's, for instance!), close to the new bike trail and it is over 2300 sq ft. It is priced to sell at $454,000. 3 beds + study, 2 baths and 2 car garage. Seriously, the house is gorgeous. Don't pass it up, you will be sorry you missed this opportunity to own such a lovely home.

The address is 1712 Nicholson St., Houston, TX 77008

Call me today! (Or check out my website and buy a house from me)!

Here are some pics (Courtesy of HAR's MLS):

Exterior View:

Entrance, Grand Staircase:

Awesome Kitchen:

One of many beautiful bedrooms:

Thanks for looking!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

I rock cuz I'm Green.

Contact: Danelle Reed, Realtor®
1545 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77008
(713) 277-4773
September 21, 2009
Houston, TXDanelle Reed, Realtor® with Boulevard Realty has been awarded the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR.
Danelle achieved this prestigious designation after completing 18 hours of course work designed specifically for REALTORS®. The courses were created in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of industry experts from across the country; ensuring designees gain comprehensive knowledge of green homes and buildings and issues of sustainability in relation to real estate.
More specifically, Danelle was trained in understanding what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/benefits of green building features and practices, distinguishing between industry rating and classification systems, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, discussing the financial grants and incentives available to homeowners, and helping consumers see a property’s green potential.
“As energy costs rise along with concern for the environment, homeowners are looking for innovative ways to save money and live responsibly,” said Dick Gaylord, NAR’s immediate past president. NAR’s Green Designation was developed in response to growing consumer awareness of the benefits of resource-efficient homes and buildings. The designation helps consumers who care about energy efficiency and sustainable building practices identify REALTORS® who can help them realize their green real estate and lifestyle goals.
As an NAR Green Designee, Danelle has gained the knowledge and the tools necessary to become a trusted green resource for Houston. For more information about Danelle, please visit or e-mail
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Penzey's Spices

Have you ever been sitting there eating your grilled chicken breast with roasted new potatoes and thought to yourself "this tastes disgusting"? Or, put together a steaming pot of chili and it tasted like some sort of weird hamburger hash product? Better yet, my favorite, have you ever been reading a recipe book or magazine for inspiration and have all the ingredients with the exception of some weird spice that you would NEVER in a million years keep in your pantry for any reason other than that specific recipe?

Well, my friends, I have the answer for you. One step into Penzey's Spices and you will be a changed person. The smells that permeate throughout the store are reason enough to go. Located in the Heights, on 19th St., Penzey's Spices has everything a cook, unlike myself, could ever dream of and more. Even if you aren't a cook, like myself, it is a fantastic place to be. They have some of the best gifts there, and remember, spices can be used for satches', making soaps, bath scrubs, and a whole plethora of other neat little things.

So, I heard about Penzey's Spices from my friend Connie at my office. Every day she would talk about how she cooked something different and needed to hit up Penzey's because she was running out of a certain seasoning. For the longest time I thought Penzey was her friend who would just give her spices. Then I realized that others shopped there. Once it became clear to me that this was a store and I could shop at it and buy things, I knew it would be perfect for me. Therefore, I stopped by one day to pick up a gift for a friend.

I swear it was heaven. They have fantastic gift sets that range anywhere from $20-$250, some of which are packed in these awesome crates and have little sage leaves in between the spice bottles. They also have about a billion different shelves with extracts, little twigs, and plastic bags with different colored powders in them that I can only assume must be some type of total awesomeness. They also have a fab cookbook, amazing staff and a little creative corner for the kids to draw, etc. while you shop.

The coolest, is this list of specialty spices they carry. I can't even pronounce half of them, but feel like I need them. I'm certain they will spice up my infamous Hamburger Helper.

Specialty Spices list taken directly from Penzey's Spices website:
  • Ajwain Seed (aka Ajowan) from Pakistan, a traditional addition to many Indian and Pakistani dishes
  • Annato Seed a must for South American, Caribbean, Mexican, and Spanish cooking
  • Charnushka (aka Nigella Sativa) tiny, black, smoky flavored seeds found atop Jewish rye bread in New York
  • French Four Spice a salt-free seasoning, traditionally used for pork, beef and rabbit
  • Galangal close relative of ginger, has a flavor that is similar to ginger, but more flowery and intense
  • Kala Jeera prized by Indian and Pakistani cooks, it is used in small amounts due to its exotic flowery flavor
  • Mahlab the pit of a sour cherry, it is a sweet/sour, nutty addition to breads, cookies and biscuits
  • Sumac it has a flavor that is similar to that of lemon juice or vinegar, but is milder and less acidic
  • Zatar a traditional, popular blend of the Middle East

Here are a few pics of some of the gift sets that are available for purchase. These are taken directly from the Penzey's Spices website:

The "Two Hearts Gift Set"

The "Grill and Broil Set"

It is important to also note that Penzey's also sells cool little sandwich sprinklers, grilling spices, meat rubs, hot chocolate, salad dressing seasoning, just about anything a foodie needs. Go to Penzey's Spices today and you will thank me for it later.

Penzey's Spices
516 W 19th St.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 862-6777

Monday, September 7, 2009

Surgery, Surgeon Recommendation and Fun!!!

Ok, so this past week has been CRAZY, but the good thing is that I got a bunch of great pics of my GORGEOUS niece, so I can update my page with her beauty.

If you read my last post, you will remember that I was nervous about my sister, Dawn, having a cervical fusion. Part of my fears stem from working in the spine industry for 5 years. I used to sell spinal implants (rods, screws, etc.) to Orthopedic and Neurosurgeons. I have seen just about everything that can go wrong in a spine surgery, so needless to say, I was not incredibly enthused. However, experience in the operating room and the ability to witness tons of surgeries by many different doctors allowed me to help my sister in making a decision as to which doctor would be best suited for her needs. Ok, let me rephrase that, it allowed me to TELL my sister which doctor she WOULD be using. I was not about to let her take a chance in the operating room and end up with someone I wasn't comfortable with.

Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to Dr. J. Bob Blacklock, the best Neurosurgeon in town. Heck, probably the best in the country. I have trusted both my mother, and now, my sister in the hands of this man. He is a surgical genius, has the steadiest hands and a great demeanor. Better yet, the man will not do surgery on you if it is not necessary. If you are having spine surgery, especially cervical spine surgery, I IMPLORE you to go with a Neurosurgeon. They spend an entire extra year of med school just studying the spinal cord and all the nerves around it. Isn't that reason enough? Wouldn't you prefer someone working on your spine who has the knowledge and ability to use sharp instruments next to your spinal cord versus a surgeon who has a history of studying mostly bones? I would.

Anyway, Dr. Blacklock did another excellent job. He did a minimally invasive anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation on my sister. Once again, there was minimal blood loss, the herniated disc was COMPLETELY removed and she was done in about 2 hours. The only drawback was that she has a terrible reaction to anesthesia and was quite sick for a few hours. That was so scary, but after much assurance from the lovely staff at Methodist, all was well. She went home the next day and already feels relief in the finger that was numb as well as the shoulder that kept hurting her. Don't get me wrong, she can't do a cartwheel or anything, but she is going to be in much better shape than before.

I was going to post a picture of her post surgical wound on here, but I decided there was really no reason to. You can't see much and it wouldn't really give you a good grasp on what exactly she had done.

So, call Dr. Blacklock if you ever have any back pain, are suggested by your physician to see a back surgeon and/or have already seen another surgeon and want a great second opinion.

This Labor Day weekend, I did get to spend some much needed time with my absolutely stunning niece. While my sis was down and out, I took my niece, Taylor, to Rocket City. We had a fun time playing games, eating at the buffet and winning lots of tickets so that she could claim her big prize. A stuffed white tiger! She was so excited that she actually laid down on the ground in the middle of Rocket City to thank the Lord for blessing her with the ability to hit jackpots on the games so she could win her tiger. It was pretty funny. Then, I spent the night and she decided she needed to sleep with her Aunt Nellie. As we were falling asleep, she grabbed my hand and said "Aunt Nellie, I want to hold your hand while we sleep tonight". I can feel my heart swelling again. Isn't that ridiculously adorable?

Here are some pics of my gorgeous girl:

At home:

Posing in the booth by the buffet at Rocket City. Note the smeared pizza on her lip:

Posing with her prize:

The next day, I took her to visit her cousin (my nephew), Trevor, for some outdoor fun. They were going crazy! But, I'm glad they had a good time and it got Taylor's mind off of her mommy's hurt neck for awhile.

Here are some pics of the crazy cousins:

Please take a moment to notice how enchanted Taylor is with the sprinkler in the background as Trevor is acting a fool:

Here is a pick of Taylor practicing her "jumps". Aunt Nellie is very proud:

Poor Trevor trying to crawl down the "Slip 'N Slide":

Dancing Cousins:

Aren't they adorable? I'm so lucky. I have the greatest family in the world. Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. Looking forward to getting some new reviews to you here very soon!!!