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The best frames ever – Written by my mother!

When it comes to home decorating, I am always trying to find the best, most unique items to help bring originality and style to my home. Just like a lot of other people, I feel that no home decorative theme is complete without the inclusion of some fantastic family portraits hung upon the walls for show. Yet I have always struggled with giving my family portraits the proper showcase that they deserve. If you are anything like me, then you know the struggle very well: you spend hundreds of dollars getting beautiful family pictures done, only to have them end up in a drawer somewhere because you can never find a picture frame that does your stunning photos justice. I have always wanted to keep photos of my kids hanging upon the walls, but I have never been able to find a frame that really draws attention to the focus of the pictures. Most picture frames I come across are just so ornate that they end up pulling all of the attention away from the photo of my kids, an onto themselves. Other frames are just too bulky or tacky and do not match the overall decor and style of my home. I have been struggling to discover the best way to display my beloved family pictures for so long that I had, truly, pretty much given up all hope. So you can imagine just how thrilled and surprised I was when I finally discovered the backlit picture frame.

The backlit picture frame is a truly one of a kind picture displaying experience. There is seriously no other type of product like this out there on the market today. It is completely unique and totally innovative, and I absolutely loved the fact that it was so easy to customize the frame based upon which picture it was showing off. I first came across the backlit picture frame on New Light Portrait’s website. New Light Portrait is an awesome, family oriented business run by an ordinary and easy to relate to guy named Joe Brychell. Brychell first came up for the idea of an LED backlit picture frame when he was struggling to properly display his own family photos. When he realized how incredible the backlit picture frame really was, he just knew he had to share it with the rest of the world- and I am so so glad that he did!!!


The reason that I love my so much is that it really brings my family photograph to life. Brychell’s patented LED edge lit frame highlights the main focus of my beautiful family picture, and makes the picture look so crisp, well defined, and impressively life like! I have seriously never seen anything like the backlit picture frame before: my family photo looks as if it is jumping off of the page!

Finding the backlit picture frame that is just right for you is so simple that you will be shocked you haven’t done it sooner. New Light Portrait offers such a wide variety of different sizes and shapes of frames, that you will definitely be able to find the backlit picture frame that you need in order to make your photographs look their best. Another awesome part about these cool backlit picture frames? Unlike most frames, which wear out within just a few years, New Light Portrait’s backlit picture frames stay beautiful for up over ten years- that is over one hundred thousand hours of continuous, beautiful focus on your most treasured photographs! Talk about getting the most out of your money.

Before I discovered New Light Portrait’s backlit picture frame, I was at such an awful point in my home decoration. I just did not know how to give my family photographs the focus I knew they deserved amidst rooms full of other art work and lots of decorative furniture. Discovering the backlit picture frame has truly changed my life. Whenever I have people over, they always comment on how beautiful and life like my family portrait is. They tend to ask me if I had the photographer do some sort of special editing or something, to make my photos look extra crisp, focused, and bright. I smile and laugh and immediately tell them that no, it’s not photography editing- it is the magic of the backlit picture frame!

How to know if you have acid reflux

fatty-foodsYou may think that since most people will have some sort of acid reflux in their lifetime that it would be pretty easy to uncover if you have it. Wrong! I know you may not think that it’s that big of a deal, but it is! Untreated, acid reflux could lead to Barrett’s esophagus, which is almost if not as bad as cancer. I don’t want you to get it and I know you don’t either. So, you may be wondering “Dana, how do I know if I have acid reflux?”. Glad you asked. Here are the tell-tell signs that you have acid reflux.

Chest pain

You may experience some sort of chest pain that is quite uncomfortable or the worst pain in your life that you think you’re having a heart attack. Both are very possible if you have some sort of heartburn or acid reflux. This is because your stomach acid is splashing up into your esophagus. Doesn’t sound that great, does it? That’s because it’s acid going into your esophagus. Please don’t take this lightly and go see your doctor.

Your pain gets worse when you lay down

You may be having some sort of chest pain as we mentioned before and decided to lay down. You hopes might have been that the pain would lessen, but if it gets worse then you have a very high chance of having acid reflux. The worsening of the pain is due to the fact that your stomach acid will go more towards your esophagus and cause more pain.

Post-meal pain

You just ate a big meal. It was delicious and you feel quite satisfied. Well, that was until you started to experience some severe pain. This could be due to the simple fact that when you eat a big meal and your stomach starts to get filled there’s only one way for the food to go. That one way is up and that means heartburn. The easiest way to prevent this is to eat smaller meals and eat less greasy or fatty foods. Plus, this will just help your overall health

Bitter taste in your mouth

Sometimes when you have acid reflux you’ll receiver a bitter taste in your mouth. This is from your stomach acid and is quite unpleasant. This will especially happen at night due to gravity and your stomach acid going towards your mouth. The bitter taste can get worse then just a taste. There’s a possibility of chocking in severe cases. As before, you should see your doctor if you notice this as well.

Sore throat

A sore throat is a classic when it comes to knowing if you have acid reflux. As you might have guessed, it’s due to the same thing as the others. Your stomach acid is the culprit. This tends to happen after meals and can be unpleasant.


Chronic coughing is quite regular in people who have heartburn. This happens because your stomach acid may be getting into your lungs, causing you to cough. This can also give you some sort of breathing difficulties after eating. If this occurs see your doctor to get a pH test to see what exactly is going on.


If you experience any of these things you could possible have heartburn or acid reflux. If you suspect you do please go see your doctor to see what the problem is and how you can help prevent or treat it. If you do, I hope the best and that you can find the root and get it resolved.


Explanation of Who Exactly I am

So you kind of have a just of who I am, but nothing that substantial. I guess I think it might be a decent idea for you to have somewhat of an idea of who I am. Obviously, my name is Dana Pretzer. What exactly do I do? I blog! Okay, that can’t be farther from the truth. I mean I do, but just here. What I do career-wise is I’m an interior decorator. I know what you might be thinking. An interior decorator that is trying to tell me about illnesses. I get it. But there’s more to the story.


Back when I was in high school I wanted to be a doctor more than anything. It did everything in order to set myself up to succeed at just that. However, the more and more I learned about it the more I thought otherwise. Again you might be a little confused, but again there’s more to the story. I didn’t want to go through with it because of the schooling. Don’t get me wrong I loved learning about it; that’s why I still learn about it today. However, you have to be in school for way too long. Much longer than my liking. I’d feel like my whole life is on hold.


Let me explain how if works incase you don’t know. You first go to a four-year college of your choosing. That’s four years right there. That’s not too bad. Next, you go onto medical school. Medical school is four years of stress and high competition. So, that’s eight years so far, but that’s not it. You then have to do a residency for about two years. Residencies are different state to state, but two years is a pretty common length. Now we’re at ten years. You see why I wouldn’t want to do that now?


So back to me. Basically what I do is freelance interior decorating. I’m basically my own boss and I’m able to work whatever hours I want. Plus, this is a big plus, I absolutely LOVE it! There’s literally nothing else I’d want to do. Again, don’t get me wrong I love health, medicine, ect, but this is a different type of love. This is the work where I don’t ever feel stressed. Yes, at first it was stressful, but having to manage clients, money, and working is a bit stressful at first. Once you get all of that down it’s a piece of cake.


Last thing, that you already know, is I’m a coffee fiend. I literally, and I mean literally, can never get enough of that brown God. It’s my drug of choice (don’t do drugs kids, please), but seriously I can’t live without it. Before anyone says coffee is disgusting, STOP! I did agree with you at one point, but you kind of grow on it. It gets to a point where it’s just like water for you. You drink it all day everyday and don’t even realize you’re drinking it. That’s an addiction right?


Anyways, I’m rambling, that’s basically everything you should know about me now. Later on I may spill a few more things, but as of right now this is all you need to know. Ask me some questions if you want and I’ll try to answer them soon or later on when I decide you guys deserve to know more about me (just kidding). Last thing. Don’t forget to get your daily dose of caffeine, preferably in coffee form. Thanks!

How to know if you have a sinus infection

sinus-infectionWe all know that congested and stuffy feeling; some all too well. Whenever it happens you always wonder if it’s a sinus infection and if you need to see a doctor. I know it all too well, and I’m always hesitating if it’s actually a sinus infection. This is why I always wait way too long to go see my doctor and get it fixed. If you’re like me and you want to know what exactly is happening to you here’s how you’ll know.


If you actually have a sinus infection you’ll experience pain. More specifically, you’ll experience pain below and above your eyes. This is because your sinuses are swollen and filling up the naval cavity. You may also experience pain in your forehead, the sides of your nose, in-between your eyes, and even in the upper parts of your teeth or mouth. This pain could also cause a headache, so if you don’t typically get headaches this could be a good sign you might have a sinus infection.


The next thing you may experience is some type of sinus discharge. This discharge will have you blowing your nose very frequently. It should look something on the greenish-yellow color if you have some sort of sinus infection. Occasionally this discharge may miss your nose and go straight down your throat. This will case you to not be able to taste and smell as you would normally. It also causes your voice to sound kind of stuffy.


If you have a discharge and it starts to go down your throat it may make you cough. This is another sign that you could have one. These coughs typically get worse whenever you lie down and can become quite annoying and loud. To help reduce the frequency and intensity of your cough you can always try laying more up right when you sleep. I know it might be uncomfortable, but at least you’ll get some sleep.


The last thing is if you get some sort of sore throat. The discharge may leave your throat raw and very aching. It will typically start as a small and annoying tickle, but will worse over the days.


Now that you know that you have a sinus infection, or not, do as needed. And by that I mean go see a doctor if you even have the littlest bit of doubt that you have one. You’ll thank me later when you’re feeling better a lot quicker. Hope you all feel better!


*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Take all of my information with a grain of salt

Brice Remaley

When you want to get in shape or you want to achieve a certain goal related to your health and fitness regime, you probably need the help and guidance of a professional personal trainer. After all, a truly professional trainer can help you achieve your goal and improve your health at the same time. However, not all personal trainers are the same. Some trainers are specializing themselves in weight lift and body building while the others are specializing themselves in weight loss and health improvement. Some trainers like dealing with fitness improvement while others are focusing on nutrition. Choosing the reliable trainer can be confusing and overwhelming. But if you live in Houston, Texas, there is no need to have a second thought about hiring Brice Remaley.

Who Is Brice Remaley?

You are probably wondering who Brice Remaley is and what kind of assistance he can provide for you. You see, when it comes to the professional trainer with long years of skills, expertise, and experience (and also dealing with many health problems and fitness issues), Remaley is your guy. He is one of the top names of the personal trainer in Houston and his work has been shown in many different programs with thousands of clients.

Unlike other personal trainers who are focusing themselves on a certain field only, Remaley is able to help you with any programs that you want. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to build muscle mass and increase strength? Do you want to sculpt your body and have a lean body shape in the end? He is able to make it all happen. Not only he is able to provide various exercise programs and fitness schedules, he also manages them all in modern, exciting, and fun tools. Exercising won’t be a nightmare anymore. In fact, you may find yourself enjoying the TRX suspension, body weight exercise, or kettlebells routine once you get to know them!


The Special Program from Brice Remaley

You probably think that all personal trainers are the same but it is obvious that you have never met this Houston personal trainer. Remaley takes his profession very seriously and he dedicates himself to do the job correctly. He is very serious about helping people reaching for a better life and health state so he won’t slack off. He cares so much about his program and he makes sure that his clients enjoy the process as well as getting the results that they want.


What makes him different from the other professional trainer is the fact that he understands that different people need different programs and process. He knows that different people need to have a special program tailored especially for their needs. Unlike other trainers that implement the same uniformed programs for all of their clients, Remaley takes his time to come up with a special program for each client. That’s why most of them are always coming back for more – because they know that his program really works and it is suitable for their own success.


Aside from the fact that Remaley creates a specific program for each client, he also focuses on important elements such as the proper intensity, the right breathing, and the correct form. He will be involved in every stage of the process so you can be sure that he will be by your side – no matter what. He also makes sure that his programs are modern and up-to-date. There is no such thing as dangerous or outdated plans. He makes sure that his plans will work just perfectly on any kinds of body types and professions – from the regular soccer mom to professional athlete.


The Strength of His Program

He believes that there IS always time to do the exercise – no matter how busy or how hectic your schedule is. He also believes that you don’t necessarily need to spend hours or a whole day at the gym. A 45-minutes session will be enough as long as you do it right. And he will be there to show you how. He believes in intense sessions that won’t only challenge your ability but also perfect for busy professional.
He provides flexible schedules and also affordable rates. By spending $150 per week for three sessions, you can manage your own schedule. And unlike other trainers that would ‘bind’ their clients with contracts, Remaley won’t do such thing. His service is free of contracts and he provides a flexible arrangement, service, and planning without compromising the quality. If you are ready to meet him and talk your goal, you can visit his official website or contact him through the provided option.

Boutique Rant

Here’s a little rant about people I kinda dislike. And by kinda dislike I mean I really, really don’t like.

So the other day I went into a boutique. You know just like any other girl does on her off days because clothes are basically our weakness. Anyway, I went into this boutique, by the way I have never been to this one, to be welcomed by no one. Okay, a little strange. I thought that until I realized there was someone who was actually on the floor. They were behind the register and just looked at me. Hello? A little bit of customer service goes a long way, but hey it’s whatever I’m here to shop not conversate. I walk around and I just couldn’t imagine what I saw. They literally had the cutest stuff! I literally found the jackpot of clothing stores.

I proceed to go around the store and just literally fall in love with everything I saw. I ended up grabbing at least 10 items, and I still hadn’t heard a word from the girl working there. Just a little strange in the sense that most people would ask if I wanted a room. I kinda paced around acting like I was still looking, even though I wasn’t, until she might say a word to me. Not so much to my surprise she didn’t. I just assumed that I would just go to the changing room and do this myself. Maybe it was a self serve boutique? Anyways, I go to the changing room try everything on and realized that this was the best place ever. Regardless of their terrible customer service I found heaven. Everything fit perfectly and the pricing was not bad at all.

Everything seemed good until I went to checkout. The girl finally said something to me, but it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. She asked if I was sure that I wanted all of these, and proceeds to question if I can even afford all of this. Really? Can I afford all of this? Of course I can. Why else would I take all of this up to the register. Honestly, that’s the rudest thing you can do to someone.

Just a quick rant about this and a lesson to everyone in retail. Customer service is key. Also never, and I mean never, question whether someone can buy something. It’s just plain rude and I’m like 99.9% sure that anyone who can’t pay for it will take it up to the register.

How to know if you have lice

So you have an assumption that you may have lice. This may be because your scalp is quite itchy. If that is the case then there is a possibility that you could actually have lice. This is due to an allergic reaction that your body has with the bite from lice. Lice bite you in order to feed on your blood, and this bite, along with the saliva, gives your body an allergic reaction.


Now you may be wondering what exactly are lice. Well, lice are tiny, and I mean tiny, obligate parasites. So you may be wondering what is an obligate parasite. Let me tell you. They’re basically the same as a normal parasite, in the sense that they benefit from the host but the host doesn’t, but they need a host to survive. This host being you, your brother, your child, or any human for that matter. I know it sounds gross, but you can’t really see them so not too bad.


Okay back to the symptoms of lice and such. So if your scalp is itchy there is a good possibility that you may have lice. The first thing that I would suggest is to have someone, a friend or family member, look at videos of lice in the hair. Then have them look in your hair and see if anything is identical to the video. Typically you should look for some type of movement in the hair. Obviously, this isn’t something you want to do outside due to the wind.


Another thing you can look for are lice eggs. Lice eggs are yellow in color and tear drop in shape. They are typically located closer to the scalp, so the thicker the hair the more difficult. Also, make sure that what you see isn’t just dandruff. It should have the texture of rice.


Now if you do have lice you probably want to get rid of it. If you don’t? Well, just get rid of them regardless; they’re gross. The best thing to do, in my opinion, is to just get the over the counter lice kit. It’ll come with a lice comb, this will help get all of the eggs out, and a shampoo, this will help kill any lice that are alive. Just follow the instructions on the box and you should be good. However, if you still have them after that please go consult with your family’s physician.


*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Take all of my information with a grain of salt

Why I Drink Starbucks


So if you read the homepage of this site you would know a little bit about me. This includes knowing that I am a bit of a “basic white girl”. I like to use that term loosely because I just don’t see it. Anyways, this girl loves herself some Starbucks on special occasions. And by special occasions I mean basically every day, multiple times a day. This has been almost an epidemic to me because I spend so much of my hard earned money on this stuff. Plus I just can’t seem to function without it. Whether that’s the Starbucks or the coffee I don’t know.

Why exactly do I drink Starbucks and not anything else? Well, short answer is I’m sponsored. Just kidding, I wish. (Starbucks if you see this please sponsor me). I like them because it’s convenient.

They are basically everywhere. I don’t think I’ve been to a place yet that doesn’t have one. Also they’re always consistent. The coffee I get, the mocha, always tastes the exact same whether I’m in Texas or Virginia. This is the biggest thing. I’ve tried other types and it just doesn’t stay consistent from state to state.


Now why don’t I just make my own? Well, short answer is I’m just lazy. Long answer is, is that I don’t think I’m good at it? It’s either I’m not good at it or it’s the thing where what you make doesn’t taste as good as when someone else makes it. If you don’t know what I mean think of it like this; do you like the sandwiches you make? If not, do you like the sandwiches subway makes? Or someone else you know makes? This is the effect I’m talking about, but with coffee instead. Whenever I’ve tried to make my own coffee it just seems to turn out terrible. I also may or may not know how many beans to put in the filter. But that can’t be it because I’ve tried the premade pod things and I get the same result. And by same result I mean literally the worst coffee I’ve tasted. I think I just about threw up once when I made my own coffee.


All in all, this is why I drink so much Starbucks and why I praise them. I know in the long run it would be so much cheaper to make my own coffee, but I just can’t seem to make that happen.


There’s my little rant about coffee and such. Do you like or hate Starbucks? Let me know how you make your coffee!

How to know if you have the flu

We all get it one time or another. You start to feel a little under the weather during flu season and you hope for the best. You hope that your flu shot will help and your immune system will fight off the virus. As much as we want this to be true it may not be, and because of that you should know if you have any flu symptoms. That way you don’t have to waste a trip to your general physician. Unless you’re like me and you enjoy your trip there.


Common symptoms if you have the flu


Influenza A, B, and C are the three different types of the virus you may contract, due to them being the seasonal ones.


If you are feeling feverish or have a fever that is above 100 degrees you could have the flu since this is one of the key symptoms. However, just because you have a high fever does not always mean you have the flu.


  • If you are having headaches or any type of body aches
  • Vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea are not all just uncomfortable they are also key symptoms for the flu; especially in kids
  • If you feel like you have a sore throat or have an uncomfortable cough
  • You feel as though your body has the chills
  • You’re congested or have a runny nose


However, if you’re trying to differentiate if you have a bad cold or the flu remember this. You typically won’t have a very high fever if you just have a bad cold. This is why a fever is one of the key factors.


You realize you have the flu. What now?


It has been noted, and this is by the experts, that if you have the flu you actually do not need to seek any type of medical help. I know it sounds strange because the flu can get so severe, but this is from the experts! That being said here are some symptoms that you may make you need medical attention, immediately.


  • You start to have difficulty breathing or are having some sort of shortness of breath
  • You start to have some pain or soreness in your abdomen
  • You realize you’re not drinking enough fluids
  • You sudden get dizzy
  • You have server vomit or you cannot stop vomiting
  • You feel confused


Now what exactly should you do? First things first, you should make sure you try to stay home and away from others to prevent transmitting it to others. You should also get some over the counter drugs, such as Tylenol, to help reduce your fever. Also, if you have any antiviral drugs, your physician can prescribe these, this would help you feel a lot better. However, you typically only get prescribed these if you’re at higher risk for getting the flu.


How do I prevent myself from getting the flu?


The only proven way, besides being secluded from everyone, is to get a flu vaccine. Even if you hate needles, like I do, it’s much better than getting the flu by a long shot. What the vaccine does is it gives your body a very weak version of the virus to give your body the opportunity to build antibodies. This allows your body to be more prepared incase you are to get infected with the flu.


Also, last thing and something you should always be doing, using hand sanitizer and just washing your hands in general can help decrease your chances by up to 60%. I know it sounds so easy, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this.



*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Take all of my information with a grain of salt

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