Escaping the North East *Spring Break 2018*

The North East has had one hell of a winter. Remember our record breaking New Year’s chill. (It’s been a cold one). Easter was nice but now we’re still getting snow storms. It’s going to be nice to escape to Fort Lauderdale, FL where the weather is in the 80’s and no snow is in the forecast. Hallelujah!

I’m looking forward to feeling the sun on my skin and drinking frozen cocktails on the beach. Let’s see what adventures await this Spring Breaker.

Celebrate Your Sexy Boudoir Photo Experience

I won a free photo shoot and one print with Create Your Sexy a boudoir photo company. I knew right off the bat that this wasn’t going to be a totally free experience. (Although, it could have been but I didn’t want to be a total cheapskate).

I was hesitant to book an appointment not only because I’m in my mid 30’s and my body isn’t what it used to be but also because of cost. I knew they were going to charge an arm and a leg for every print (that’s how they get you) and I didn’t want to just use them for one single picture and a photo shoot experience (although that option was totally on the table).

Then, I decided I wasn’t getting any younger and I will never be this age again. We never seem to appreciate who we are now until we look back decades later and admire how great we alway were. So, I booked my appointment to celebrate my sexy. I wasn’t expecting a miracle or to look like any models (although that would have been nice). I just wanted to be me. I want to be able to look back at age 70 and say, “That’s me.”

The photo shoot was done at a swanky hotel in NYC. I met my photographer Heather in the lobby. She was an awesome and professional young lady. She knew her trade very well. I did not know how to pose or what to expect but she made me feel super comfortable and directed me through the entire process. It was a lot of fun and a bit of a workout. Modeling is not as easy as it looks. It’s a lot of contorting and yoga like moves. Hard work I tell ya.

I had to do my own hair and makeup which I suck at. Always, go professional if you can. I also did not upgrade with photoshop. I didn’t think I needed it (and mostly didn’t want to pay for it).

So, here are my six prints which includes my free one that I payed about $250 for. They have packages that include all of your photos probably about 160 images for a cost of about $2000. I wasn’t beat to spend more that $200 but they got me for $250. What can I say, you only live once.

Thanks as always for reading. XOXO

Get Your Sh*t Together (Book Review)

I love self help books, I am always looking to better myself and as the book title implies, get my sh*t together. The book title drew me in and self help books with curse words in the title are trending right now (I’m always on board with a good trend.)

This book was actually better than I expected it to be. There are some good ideas and notions I can get on board with and it was easy and fun to read. I think that I learned a thing a two from the author Sarah Knight and I look forward to more books from her.

Something You Miss

I miss my belated dad. He was the only one who kept in touch with me no matter how far I tried to distance myself. He was a drunk and I always tried to run so far away from him but he was always the only one who cared to find me.

I’m not lighting a candle to his actions because he was the most awful drunk person I’ve ever seen, but we had a connection. When he wasn’t drinking I could see how intelligent he was and I am grateful for those times.

Sara

Sara was my childhood dog. She meant the world to me. I was so blessed to have her In my young life. She was gift from my Grandfather (my fathers, father). We went to a puppy farm and everyone decided on a Dalmatian. As all dogs I had seen were male I asked for a female and they presented us with the only female in the house. She was a miniature collie I immediately fell in love. (So did my dad).

I was sold and my dad named her Sara, after the Starship song Sara that was trending at the time.

She was a beautiful dog. In looks and personality. Unfortunately, due to my parents separation at the time I lost her. We were soul mates and I miss her to this day but I was not old enough to stand my ground and my grandparents forced a separation. It hurt more than words but was out of my control.

Sheba

Almost 10 years later Sheba came into my life. She was dumped on us by someone my then boyfriend used to sell drugs to. She had was a Pitbull Mix that had been through a storm. She had a hard life that we could tell by her scars and was left behind because she had witnessed the suicide of her owner.

When I met Sheba I knew her history and seeing a pit-bull was a little frighting and I was hesitant. I got into the truck she was in and she immediately jumped into my lap and kissed my face. Just like a little lap dog, except she was a huge pit bull.

She was always my sweet angel. I wish I was in better times. When my then boyfriend decided to leave I had nowhere to go with a pitbull. I wish I was as smart as I am now. Because I had to give her away. I left her to a friend. She told me Sheba went on to another family that had a son. He had a hard time with bullying but Sheba would sleep with him every night and things got better.

These are the things I miss

What’s in Your Purse

Today’s purse is a backpack. I have been going into the city (N.Y.C.) to work PostMates so this bag works better than a purse.

I bought this backpack at Century21. I saw it loved it, talked myself out of buying it because I didn’t need another bag, couldn’t stop thinking about it…went back and bought it. I think that’s how I need to do things sometimes. If not I would be a hoarder. The bag had a slight default so I asked for a discount. They gave me an extra 10% off. Yay!!

contents of my backpack

We are still in winter and are actually expecting our 2nd of 3 snow storms in one week tomorrow.

So I have my hat, gloves and a scarf to keep me warm when walking around N.Y.C.

Fossil Wallet with cash, ID and cards

Hair ties, eyeliner and lipstick just in case. Carmex because I’m lost without some type of chapstick or as I call it lip lotion. Lost.

Bandaids just in case, shoe blisters are the worst. Baby wipes are all around great. Good for cleaning up any mess you may encounter including restroom things, spills or hand wiping.

Lotion and spray to soften up and freshen up. The winter makes skin dry.

My ibuprofen prescription pills. For any aches and pains I may encounter

Mophie charger, this things a beast. It works so well. Charges my phone for a full 24 hours like it claims.

I have been working Postmates for 1 week now. I will tell you about it soon in another blog. It’s defiantly a story to tell. I wouldn’t give up my day job for this but I am enjoying the exploration and exercise this walking courier business provides.

That’s what’s in my purse. I hope you enjoyed the blog.

Photograph of the Town You Live in

Welcome to Union City, New Jersey. My home for almost 10 years. I live in a very diverse but mostly Hispanic neighborhood.

I am 2 miles away from N.Y.C. I can see the city sky line from my bedroom window. It has always been my dream to live in N.Y.C but due to high rent prices and very little square footage I’m okay with living in New Jersey. In fact it’s grown on me so much I am proud to call myself a Jersey Girl.On the roof of my apartmentMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks from the roof of my apartment

20 Facts About Me

In no particular order here are the facts

1. I don’t have a talent. I do not know how to sing, dance or prance. I’m not sure what my super skill is. I’m always on the look out for what it could be but it has not presented itself.

2. I went to Juvenile Hall, I was a disturbed kid. Sweet but reckless.

3. I believe in Jesus. I was baptized when I was 19. I took the born again thing really serious for a couple of years. The Holy Spirit was heavy on me in those days.

4. I got my first tattoo when I was 15 years old. My name on my ankle.

5. I suffer from high anxiety. I can remember my first anxiety attack. I was in preschool. I was waiting to be tested on shapes and colors. I got so nervous I almost puked. Public speaking is officially a no go. I have an outer body experience every time and I forget to breathe.

6. I had my first real job at age 13 at a place called Squiggles and Giggles. It was a fun job.

7. I broke my femur in a car accident and have a titanium rod inside of me. When it rains it really does act up.

8. I tripped on a lot of L.S.D. It was my favorite pass time in my youth.

9. I moved out of my parents house at age 16.

10. I failed my driving test 2 times, third times a charm.

11. I have not eaten red meat or pork since I was 11 years old.

12. I like to smoke weed sometimes. I wish they would just legalize it already.

13. I hate politics.

14. I’m terribly shy.

15. I’m horrible at keeping in touch.

16. I am a night owl

17. I can’t wait to retire and move into an old folks home. Bingo and casinos yes, please.

18. I believe in fate and karma.

19. I like animals more than people.

20. When someone is mad at me it eats me up inside until it’s resolved.

The Meaning Behind Your Blogs Name

Everything’s Mary. That’s what I call my blog. My name is Marion. Mary is pretty close to Marion. No one calls me Mary and I’m not looking for that to take off, although, I sometimes give the name Mary at Starbucks because Marion is too difficult for some people to pronounce and spell.

So why did I choose this name for my blog. It’s really based off the fact that gay people call each other Mary. I wanted in on the fun so that’s where I get the Mary.

The everything part comes from the fact that this blog is about everything. It does not follow a genre. It’s lifestyle, it’s travel, it’s reviews…it’s about anything and everything.

I enjoy writing and have dreams of one day writing a book. This blog is my outlet to help me practice my writing; and also let me journal and chronicle my life.

I hope you enjoy the blog!

XOXO

Valentine’s Day and Lent

Happy Valentines Day to you all! I hope it’s not a bitter holiday for you but instead it’s filled with someone you love or crush on. This year (2018) Lent falls on Valentine’s Day. I am not catholic but I do love Jesus and for the last 3 years I have successfully participated in giving up something for 40 days and nights to test and strengthen my will power.

My first year I gave up all meats, last year I gave up ice cream (it’s harder than it sounds especially since I eat it almost every night for dessert) and this year I am giving up gluten.

I am hoping to improve my diet, lose weight and get rid of some brain fog I always seem to be cast under. I have never been diagnosed with celiacs disease but I have always wondered if this slight change could make an impacting difference on the quality of my health.

In addition to giving up gluten, I will also read a daily devotional and go to church at least every other weekend. Well it looks like the big winner of Valentine’sDay 2018 is the big man Himself.

God bless and Happy Valentines Day!!!