Exploring Your New Home

So you’re finally a college student, after months of making decisions you’re finally going to be moving into housing in a new city. Even though you’ve already toured the campus you don’t know where the nearest grocery store is, or how to even get to the grocery store without a car? Oh, and what about gas stations when you run out of gas? Being confused in a newer city can be stressful, but if you prepare beforehand, some stress can be taken off your shoulders and make exploring your new home a breeze.

Learn The Transportation
The most important step is knowing how to get around, if you don’t have a way of transportation then you’re kinda stuck. Either you can ask other students how they get around or you can google it, duh! Learning bus routes, or taxi hours and getting familiar with ride sharing apps like Uber, is the first step to adapting to your new environment.

Find The Closest Convenience or Grocery Stores
Whenever you run out of daily necessities you’re gonna need to find a place that carries those items. Knowing how close a grocery store is can help you manage if you need to go grocery shopping or buy more toilet paper.

Locate Medical Offices
It may seem like much, but knowing where the closest immediate care is can be helpful in case of emergencies or sudden sickness. Rather be safe than sorry. Don’t for get to check and see if your campus offers a clinic. You may find the campus doc is super convenient.

Let’s Get Crazy
Ok, time for the fun part. Now that you’ve got all the grown up locations out of the way, you can find things to do on the weekends whether its a beach, or certain location downtown. Once you’ve found the hot spot on the weekends, make sure to find safe routes of transportation there and back.

College can be nerve-racking and entering a new environment can be even scarier. Make sure you are doing research on your new home before moving in, safe travels!

A Million Different Faces

Are you using the wrong skin care products?

Walking into the skin care section of stores can be so overwhelming, right? You aren’t alone in your journey to find your perfect skincare routine! If you are having issues with your skin, you could be using the wrong types of products for your skin type. Knowing what type of skin you have isn’t always as easy as you think! Here’s an easy DIY way to find out your skin type.

You’ll find it to be quite simple to figure out what your skin type is by taking 30-45 minutes out of one of your days. I know its hard to find time, but your skin will thank you for it.

Wash your face with a simple cleanser, for example a facial soap bar. It’s important you only use a simple cleanser and water. No masks, fresheners, or moisturizers this time. Pat your face dry with a soft face cloth and relax for 30-45 minutes without touching your face. Then, take a tissue and wipe it gently over your face. Check each area individually, your cheeks, forehead, chin, nose, temples and jawline. Look at the tissue after each wipe. If the tissue had oil spots after touching all of the areas, you have oily skin. If the tissue didn’t have any blemishes on it, you have normal skin. If the tissues had small pieces missing or particles stuck to your face, you have dry skin. Lastly, if the tissue only had oil spots in the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), you have combination skin.

Look for products that have your skin type listed on them and try to avoid products with sulfates, this will help your skin look and feel better. Putting your best face forward is always easier when you feel confident about your skin! Keeping your skin healthy by knowing what products to use will keep you feeling your best every day, no matter the situation!

BEAUTY IN THE WAITING | MATERNITY PHOTOS

Pregnancy is that time of waiting that for some lucky women, can be the most magical experience of their life. We know very few women who exude that joy and also, look this good pregnant. Kelly is even more beautiful on the inside than she is on the out. Shot in her 32th week, little Ally was born just a few weeks later but oh how gorgeous she is. We can’t wait to show more from this gorgeous maternity session!

Just think how happy baby will be to look back on these photos of mom and dad looking so excited for her arrival.

Maternity photography is a gift, and we love to photograph beautiful bellies.

 

Clogs On My Feet

Instead of worrying about enjoying your summer with uncomfortable heels start transitioning to clogs. Not only are they comfortable but easily versatile where you’re able to dress them up or down for any occasion. So, the real question is, what can I wear them with?

The answer is literally anything. Dress, skirts or jeans, clogs are perfect for any wardrobe. The thick platform heel gives them a relaxed, natural vibe. If you’re wanting a hipper look you can even pair them with socks. There thick heel also provides support and gives you the comfortability to move around and enjoy your outfit.

Clogs are paired perfectly with flared or bell bottom jeans.

If you’re wanting a more sexier look for your wardrobe, clog heels are the way to go without a doubt. If you’re looking for more comfortable shoe ware with less heel they have normal clogs that are a thicker, shorter heel.

Clogs have became a huge trend and are easy to find on most websites. Nordstrom carries tons of options if you’re interested in purchasing yourself a pair.

SHOW OFF THOSE SHOULDERS

Hack your summer wardrobe!

I don’t know about you but off the shoulder tops are a total summer must have for me! As cute as they are, they can sometimes be a little difficult to wear. If you’ve ever worn an off the shoulder shirt, then you know what I mean… it can be a hassle to keep it off your shoulders. Whenever you move your arms, it always slips up. Well, this hack will keep you on the go, and your top in place.

All you need is a hair band, and safety pins!

  1. Clip the safety pins through the hairband so they hang off.
  2. Then you just pin it on either side inside the shirt.

It makes a little strap that goes under your arm. It may take a few tries to get the location of the pins correct but it’s worth it in the end.

This is no mess and no hassle. Your shirt will stay put no matter what you are doing. You could be relaxing all day or on the run, but your shirt will no longer be an issue.

This is an effortless fix to a simple problem. It takes no longer than five minutes and no one will know!

On a Mission: MOST SOUGHT AFTER SENIOR PORTRAIT EXPERIENCE IN SAN ANTONIO

We believe in senior pictures that make you feel beautiful, bright and beautiful images that make you squeal with delight. We believe in images that set the standard for the entire senior industry. We believe in making the senior portrait experience a memory in and of itself, senior pictures that reflect your true personality. We believe in senior pictures that make your friends totally jealous and senior sessions that make you laugh so hard your cheeks hurt. Mary O. Photography & Design is for the senior who wants something different, a variety of amazing images.

Summer Sipping


Summer is like a fresh glass of lemonade, you want to drink it fast, but you want it to last forever.

When you think about summer, do you think about cold, fruity drinks? Because if so, you’re in the right place. Its super fun to experiment with summer sippers and we have a tone of ideas for you!

Chill Energy Booster: If you love energy drinks, try making your own! You can buy red bulls and snow cone syrup flavors from any grocery store. Add in the energy drink, syrup, and ice to your blender and you have a homemade energy drink! The best thing about this drink is you can customize it to be any flavor you want! You can mix and match, or just keep it simple. The choice is yours!

Refreshing Bubbly: If caffeine isn’t your thing, maybe try substituting Fresca or 7-up. They also come in tons of different flavors and you can even get sugar free! These carbonated drinks are perfect for lounging around inside all day!

Cool Smoothie: If you are more of a juice type of person, then Tropicana Watermelon juice is perfect for you. This juice is light and tasty. It’s perfect for a morning pick me up. It’s the just the right combination of sweet and sour. You can also add fresh or frozen fruit and blend with a touch of yogurt for a creamy refreshing twist.

What is your favorite summer drink? I’m all about the raspberry lemonade with a nice book to read, laying outside and getting some sun!

Celebrate in July

Need something to celebrate?

Here are some fun days to celebrate in July!

 

 

July 4 – Independence Day

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

  • Hometown happenings… Schertz is proud to host the 4th of July Jubilee, one of South Texas’ largest tributes to freedom and the men & women who serve in the armed forces! Complete with live musical entertainment, a downtown parade, ‘Let Freedom Run’ 5K, kid’s carnival, hand-made crafts, and festival food, Jubilee offers something for the whole family. And what would the Fourth of July be without the rockets red glare? Schertz is proud to be the home of the only annual Star Spangled Spectacular…the perfect way to end a celebration. Mary O. Photography & Design has been attending this event since 2006!

July 5 – National Bikini Day

Since July 5, 1946, women have been hitting the beaches and poolsides in bikinis. National Bikini Day marks the anniversary of the invention of the revealing two-piece bathing suit.

Named after the Bikini Atoll where the United States conducted atomic tests, the two piece bathing suit made its debut in Paris. French designer Louis Reard wanted to name revealing bits of fabric “atom”.

Sunbathers were wearing modest two-piece suits by World Wart II in the United States, but they hardly revealed the amount of skin the bikini revealed on July 5, 1946. While Europe enthusiastically donned the bikini after a long and arduous world war, American’s sense of decency kept them from accepting the bikini until the 1960s.

July 15 – National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day is observed each year on the 3rd Sunday in July and is a part of National Ice Cream Month. This day is a fun celebration enjoyed with a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and eat it as a treat. They did this when the weather was hot and used the snow saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as “yakhchal”, or taken from the snowfall that remained at the stop of mountains by the summer capital.

It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them. Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.

Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream.
1813 -First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.
1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Enjoy National Ice Cream Day by sharing some with your family and friends! Post on social media using #NationalIceCreamDay.
  • HISTORY – In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July.

July 17 – World Emoji Day

July 17 recognizes World Emoji Day and many of the world’s symbolic icons for digital calendars. Now before the emoji, there were emoticons. Emoticons (emotion + icon) were actually developed as an expression of emotions in the cold hard texts that were devoid of it.

Emoji, a Japanese expression, roughly means “picture word” and was developed in 1990 by Shigetaka Kurita. While working for NTT Docomo, a Japanese telecom company, Kurita design these picture words as a feature on their pagers to make them more appealing to teens.

When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, an emoji keyboard was embedded to nab the Japanese market. While not intended for U.S. users to find, they did and quickly figured out how to use it.

Every year new emojis (both emoji and emojis are acceptable plural forms of the word) are developed. The emojipedia.org keeps track of all the emoji updates across all platforms and operating systems. There are over 1800 emojis covering much more than just emotions. From transportation, food, an assortment of wild and domesticated animals to social platforms, weather and bodily functions emojis virtually speak for themselves.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Emoji (1)Send them to your friends. Seeif they Heartit! Use #WorldEmojiDay to share on social media.
  • HISTORY – In 2014, Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge created World Emoji Day. The date of July 17 has been intrinsic to the iconic red and black Apple calendar emoji since its launch in 2002.

 

July 20 – National Lollipop Day

July 20th, National Lollipop Day, is an annual observation of this popular and flavorful treat.

Ever delightful and sweet, lollipops have been satisfying the sweet tooth for generations and possibly for centuries. They may have been a way to preserve nuts and berries in honey during prehistoric times. Much later when sugar was plentiful, lollipops appeared 16th century Europe.

In the United States, confectionaries and medicine shops as early as the 1860s sold lollipops in various forms, but it wasn’t until 1908 that George Smith gave lollipops an official 20th-century story. He gets credit for inventing the modern style lollipop and in 1931 trademarked the name which he claims came from his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops.

They range from the small size, which can be purchased by the bag full and are also given away at banks, barber shops and parades, to the very large ones that are made out of candy canes twisted into circles.

  • LOLLIPOPS IN POP CULTURE – 

1934 – In the movie Bright Eyes, Shirley Temple sang the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”.

1939 – The Wizard of Oz brought us a world of characters, including the Lollipop Guild. Armed with a giant spiral sucker, The Lollipop Guild welcomed Dorothy to the Land of Oz.

1969 – How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop. The Tootsie Pop (the trademark name for Tootsie Roll’s lollipop) commercial debuted on U.S. television. The 60-second commercial included a boy, cow, fox, turtle, owl and the narrator.

1973-1978 -The lollipop-loving detective, Kojak, from the TV series of the same name, softened the tough guy while at the same time, toughened up the lollipop.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Enjoy a lollipop today to celebrate. Post on social media using #NationalLollipopDay.
  • HISTORY – National Lollipop Day is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.

 

July 22 – National Parent’s Day

National Parents’ Day honors all parents on the fourth Sunday in July.

In May we celebrated mothers, and in June we celebrated fathers. It follows that in July we can bring all our parents together and show them some appreciation all at once. Parents play a vital role in the lives of children. From the day we are born, parents are our protectors, teachers, providers and role models. As families, they are the core of our communities. On National Parents’ Day, we honor all parents do every day to raise up their children in a world that is constantly changing and challenging.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Spend some time with your parents or visit someone who was like a parent to you. Post on social media using #NationalParentsDay and encourage others to join in.
  • HISTORY – National Parents’ Day was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into Law (36 U.S.C. § 135) for: recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott.

 

July 22 – National Hammock Day

On July 22 relax in the shade and enjoy the summer day as it is National Hammock Day.

A hammock, used for swinging, sleeping or resting, is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting, which is suspended between two points such as posts or trees.

Developed by natives of Central and South America for sleeping.
Were later used aboard ships by sailors for comfort and to maximize space.
Early hammocks were woven out of the bark of trees.
Hammocks are a symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation and simple, easy living.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Use your own or borrow a hammock to celebrate. Post on social media using #NationalHammockDay.
  • HISTORY – Within our research, we were unable to identify the origin of National Hammock Day.

 

July 29 – National Lipstick Day

National Lipstick Day is recognized annually on July 29. For some women, lipstick is the only makeup requirement. Whether sheer and light or dark or bright, July 29 is a day for all kinds of lipstick.

Throughout the ages, controversy has surrounded lipstick. British Parliament banned it in 1770 calling it a devilish attempt to trick men into marriage. They likened it to witchcraft. Lipstick has been known to contain poisonous materials.

It is said Sarah Bernhardt created a scandal by applying “lip rouge” in public. Queen Victoria considered it impolite, yet Winston Churchill thought it was an excellent morale booster during WWII and George Washington supposedly was a lipstick wearer.

Lipstick can change with moods or with the scenery. Need a little boost to your attitude? Punctuate it with your lipstick.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Flaunt your favorite color, pucker up and share the photos on social media using #nationallipstickday.
  • HISTORY – In prior years, National Lipstick Day celebrations have occurred on an annual basis with no declaration. As of 2016, beauty blogger, entrepreneur and International Businesswoman, Huda Kattan was named the modern day founder of National Lipstick Day by a Proclamation from National Day Calendar’s Registrar. Follow Huda on Instagram for expert beauty tips and use #nationalipstickday.

For more National Days… Consult the National Day Calendar!

Summer Bucket List

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about”

-John Mayer

 

Summer should be spent having fun with your family and friends while making unforgettable memories. Trying to find something to do can be difficult, we all feel like that sometimes! Especially when you’ve lived in one place a long time, you may feel like you have done everything there is a hundred times, but what if there was a list that gave you some ideas of things to do with your friends? Wait not longer. Below are 50 things that you and your friends could do on those long summer days that are spent just lounging around. Remember, that summer is limited, and it shouldn’t be spent trying to decide what to do next. Go on an adventure or try something new!

1. Go to a drive-in
2. Go Bowling
3. Go Shopping
4. See a movie
5. Bake a cake
6. Have a bonfire with s’mores
7. Make ice cream
8. Go to a Waterpark
9. Go for a Swim
10. Go on a hike
11. Have a picnic
12. Kayaking or Paddleboarding
13. Watch the sunset/sun rise
14. Play a game of mini golf
15. The Farmer’s Market
16. Go camping
17. Go to the beach
18. Go to the zoo
19. Have a paintball fight
20. Tie Dye shirts
21. Grab some coffee
22. Get henna tattoos
23. Go to the local fair
24. Attend a local concert
25. Go to an amusement park
26. Have a road trip
27. Try out a new type of food
28. Experience karaoke night
29. Feed the ducks
30. Go star gazing from the bed of a truck filled with blankets and pillows
31. Have a movie marathon
32. Host a game night
33. Go hammocking
34. Walk dogs at the local animal shelter
35. Play games at an arcade
36. Eat snow cones
37. Do a photoshoot (Hello!!! Senior Portraits!)
38. Check out an escape room
39. Go boating
40. Have a spa day
41. Make a face mask
42. Do someone’s makeup (optional: blindfolded)
43. Restyle/upcycle old clothes
44. Make a giant slip and slide
45. Start a vlog of your summer
46. Get a tan tattoo
47. Play laser tag
48. Rope swing into water
49. Get bubble tea
50. Go on a bike ride

Be creative and have fun on all your summer adventures! What are some of your favorite things to do during summer? Share your favorite local events, local businesses, activities etc.

Featured Review – Talia, Class of 2018

 

Dear Senior,

When I applied to be a Mary O. Spokesmodel a year ago, I was hesitant. My mom encouraged me and said, “What’s the worst that could happen? Just apply, you fit the criteria.” So, I sent in my application filled with all my involvements in school, hobbies, etc. When I was accepted, I thought “What now?” When we met with Mary and I was still thinking things like ‘this wasn’t for me’ or ‘I’m not model material’, but when we sat down in her house, there was a beautiful bounded book full of pictures of a naturally beautiful girl. She wasn’t a stereotypical “popular” girl type like I had seen on other photographers’ Instagrams. She looked real and unique with her own style. Imagine that! That’s exactly what it’s like being on her team. We do our own hair and makeup how we want, wear the clothes that match our own style, and the only expectation is that we be ourselves.

She wasn’t a stereotypical “popular” girl type… She looked real and unique with her own style. That’s exactly what it’s like being on her team.

As a Mary O. SpokesModel, you will make tons of unique memories, make new friends, and get to break out of your shell. What’s special about her program rather than other local photographer’s programs is that every session is with the whole team. She doesn’t make cuts or schedule special sessions based on photogenicness. Being with the whole team makes the shoots so much more enjoyable and allowed us, girls, to encourage each other which really does help with getting genuine smiles and creating a positive environment. You will also get to feel good about the positive presence in the community with the service project you do. This year we made and delivered holiday cookies to fire and police stations across the city and you could tell they really did appreciate the gift during that crazy time of year.

The great part about shoots with her is that Mary is really not looking for you to be a professional poser or anything other than your beautiful and unique self. She will do all the hard work because she has the eye and experience to pose you, tell you what to do with your face, etc. All you have to do is give her your eyes and smile. She learns how to get you comfortable, or rather comfortable being uncomfortable, and knows what will make you look best. Being a spokesmodel was something I anticipated to be way out of my comfort zone because while I don’t consider myself to be shy, I would say I am pretty reserved or modest. This experience helped me to build confidence. It helped me realize that you can let your beauty and personality shine without dulling others, no one has the right to make you believe you have to dull yourself to fit in or protect other’s feelings. In this environment you get to be silly and do poses you see on the cover of magazines that you never thought you would do and the other girls stand by and hype you up! It’s so fun. Every girl loves to get dressed up and take pictures with her friends and she gives you the opportunity to do that 6 times throughout your senior year.

Then, after plenty of practice, you get your dream session. When you go into planning your session, you can tell that this one is really about you and she knows how to make it special and totally 100% you. You have your hair and makeup professionally done and feel so ready to take on the day, because it accentuates your natural beauty, but it doesn’t make you look cakey or fake on camera. She scouts the locations you choose and makes it very easy for you, just bring all the outfits and things most important to you; a soccer ball, books, instrument, anything you can think of and she makes it work. And the product is really so good it’ll be hard to choose. The reveal of the pictures is so awesome because she makes a whole slideshow of the pictures you’ve taken throughout the year and seeing the transformation is wild. This experience even helped in my scholarship interview because it was something unique and outgoing. Bookworms, there is no reason this experience cannot be for you. I really encourage girls to do things like this. Try things out of your comfort zone because it helps you grow to be more sociable and comfortable talking to people, representing a program and representing yourself; all the things very important to young women about to go into the real world. There really is nothing else that can give you these experiences, memories, and lessons.

-Talia, Class of 2018

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