United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Houston, Inc. (UCP) is a non-profit corporation providing services to individuals with all types of disabilities and their families. With a staff of over 75 people, they provide services to individuals and their families from a number of outreach locations, offering eight major programs: Infant Development/ECI, Respite Services, Toy/Tech and Play Groups, Over Three Therapy, Assistive Technology Lab, Camps, Counseling and Case Management, High School/High Tech, Housing Initiative and Adult Recreation and Leisure.

Camp Buckaroo, their day camp held in five week-long summer sessions around Greater Houston is an exemplary program allowing children with disabilities and their siblings to reach new limits while giving their caregivers a break, was the focus of my photo project session. In total, Camp Buckaroo hosted 120 campers and 140 volunteers for the summer. With locations in the Woodlands, Katy, Pasadena and two weeks in Houston, campers made their own stuffed animals, were visited by the Houston ZooMobile, enjoyed fun science lessons from Mad Science, magicians, the Singing Cowboy, music therapy, learned new dance moves, created art projects, and made life long friends.

I visited Camp Buckaroo in the Woodlands on the last day of Camp, and witnessed first-hand the great work they are doing. What an amazing opportunity for the kids involved with this program, and the volunteers helping them! You could tell what a bond the campers and the volunteers have after spending the week together playing & learning!

UCP provided important information with me that I wanted to share. When considering a charity to support, please keep UCP/Easter Seals of Greater Houston in mind!

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Teresa J. Waldrop, Attorney

Dealing with divorce and family law matters can be a very stressful time. I think that it is not only important to work with a tough lawyer, but to work with someone who can be sympathetic to your needs and listen to you as well. Finding that perfect blend isn’t always easy though. I worked for years in the legal field, and I knew the minute I met Teresa Waldrop that she was exactly that sort of attorney. Teresa was fighting to help hundred’s of people fight the xarelto lawsuit, if you have been effected by this drug then here is the xarelto lawsuit phone number.

I’m not allowed to tell you just how nice she is though because she might come after me with a libel suit for ruining her reputation of being one of those tough lawyer types. So let’s pretend we never talked about that, ok? (She is nice, and a lot of fun. I’m saying that off the record though.)

Teresa Waldrop’s Houston Family Law Practice works with clients who turn to them for legal advice about divorce, property settlement, alimony, child custody, child support, modifications, enforcements, and pre/post marital agreements.

She also works with clients on adoption – which I would imagine could be some of the most joyous legal work, helping to complete a family in the eyes of the law.

Looking for an attorney to work with? Contact her office and set up a meeting!

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When: TONIGHT! August 7, 2010
What: White Linen Night in the Heights – the SLGT Party!
Where: 1024 Studewood (right across from the shuttle stop at Studewood & 10 1/2) – the studio of Houston wedding photographer, Christine Tremoulet (me!)
Time: Doors open at 6pm and the after party goes until midnight! (Please note: Shuttles only run until 10pm.)
Cost: FREE!
Map: Check it out! We are right at the transfer stop marked by a triangle across the street from Hello Lucky – Studewood just south of 11th.
Music by Kenneth Scott and Andrew Karnavas
Art by JenXer, painting and sculpting
TTV Photography by EMG Images
Boudoir Photography by Boudoir Mon Cheri

A special thanks to the following #SLGT supporters

Danelle Guilbeau – a Realtor® for Boulevard Realty in Houston, TX.
Robert Guilbeau – Houston Home Inspection Services
Victor Halfon – Fleischer Wines
Mike Tremoulet – Coffee Corner (Food Blogger)

So this big party is happening — and I won’t be there! I have a wedding tonight to photograph in The Woodlands. If I can get there before it ends, I’ll be dropping in for the last of the afterparty. Since I won’t be there, be sure to pick up one of my new business cards! A special thank you to my awesome husband Mike for running everything while I’m not able to be there! He is the BEST!

PS – Since someone asked me on Thursday, I just thought I’d point out that the unsold dates on the July calendar *are* still available for sessions! If you want one, sign up and we’ll get you booked!

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When I met up with Heather & Matt Loftiss of Water Design Studio, they immediately made me smile & laugh. I don’t know why, but that always gives me the sense that someone is an excellent person to know when they have that effect on me. I especially loved that Matt had been storyboarding ideas for our session – just the quick sketches that you see above, ideas for their upcoming site redesign.

Water Design Studio is an award winning Houston creative group with specialization in brand development. The studio is niche focused to serve software, professional services, education, non-profit and the healthcare industry. The signature of their work is highly creative and illustrative graphic design.

Usually someone is either left-brained or right-brained. Heather is one of those rare gems who brings a strong mix of both strategy and creative to every project. (This could be why I instantly felt a connection with her, since I am the same way.) Her business sense helps her branding and design work generate tangible, measurable results for clients. And a few awards to boot.

Matt is a designer, an illustrator, a terrible jazz guitarist, and second place winner of Studio Smackdown. His work is showcased monthly by the Houston Advertising Federation and can be found on countless consumer products. An expert brand strategist, Matt consults with clients to make sure they are poised for growth.

I have already worked with Water Design Studio on another project – an upcoming advertising campaign for one of their clients. Matt sent me his mockups for the creative ideas he had and how the photography would tie into the campaign, and he came along for the session and was professional and delightful to work with. Not everyone can pull off both! It was so cool to see the result of the shoot that he sent along to the client afterwards; it was a great collaboration and I can’t wait to share the final pieces with you.

Working with them both on their own session and on a session for a client gave me a unique insight into how they work and what they produce, and it is top notch! They are such professionals while remaining fun at the same time. You couldn’t ask for a better team to work with!

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Set up on a corner in the Heights is a little spot that might be as close to heaven as you can get on a hot summer day here in Houston – MAM’s House of Ice. Located at the corner of 20th St & Rutland St is a trailer where you can get some of the most delicious New Orleans style SnoBalls I’ve EVER had. I’m a huge fan of SnoBalls, so when I say they are the best – well, they have beaten out a lot of other SnoBalls!

Perfectly shaved ice, so fine – and the syrup to ice ratio is just right. They are careful in how they pour it, to make sure you get the best flavor possible.

When you arrive, you’ll see a line forming up – they take orders at the window on left, and serve from the window on the right. People line up at both windows, so make sure you get in the right line! What is incredible is the sense of camaraderie that you feel while you wait. Strangers start to talk with one another. People discuss what the best flavors are. We are all bonding over SnoBalls.

The menu is long and extensive, with the usual flavors of cherry and lemon, cream flavors like chocolate, and then a medley of custom flavors that they make. They even offer up some in sugar-free flavors! There are a few unusual, almost bizarre, ones on there too – pickle comes to mind at first. I like pickles, so I tried it – and it was just too much for me! Bubblegum seemed to be a big hit the day that I was taking these photographs, but my personal favorite is the sugar-free cherry. Yum! I can’t get enough of them – I’m glad my studio is in the Heights so I’m close by!

Ariana and Mary Ann started up MAM’s House of Ice after having SnoBalls that they felt could really be improved upon. Both had fond memories of SnoBalls from their childhood, so they started doing research on the best SnoBall flavors around (including checking out some in New Orleans, home of many great SnoBalls), and in 2009 they opened up MAM’s! An instant hit among people from around Houston and beyond, this is their second summer in operation.

Make a trip over to Mam’s House of Ice – you won’t be disappointed! Their summer hours are 1pm-8pm Tuesday-Sunday unless it is raining too much to open. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to check in and make sure they are open – and then go get yourself a SnoBall! Cash only, smaller bills preferred if possible, but don’t worry – the price is low. Now go get yourself a SnoBall!

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