Great Falls Annual Balloon Festival

Hey Ya’ll! 🙂

FINALLY I have a chance to get on this blog thingy and make a short but very photographically filled post. Over the previous weekend I was able to get as close as I felt comfortable to the Great Falls Annual Balloon Festival that takes place here in Maine in the Lewiston/Auburn area. The place was packed with people of all ages waiting with anticipation for the hot air balloons to dot the late afternoon skies, including me.

Now, I for as long as I can remember the festival would take place every August. In my younger years I knew that when I saw those balloons in the air, the beginning of school was soon to follow. Being 29…ish and the festival being in its’s 23rd year, I now get to share the tradition of watching the hot air balloons with my own family. I think that I’m the only one who get excited for it though. Did I mention that I’m 29…ish? >_<

While we were there I was able to snap some fairly decent pictures of the balloons that were afloat, hear a live band and watch the masses go this way and that to there choice area of balloon watching. There is more than just hot air balloons in the sky though. On the other side of the bridge that I was on there was a small carnival full of rides, games and all the fried dough that your tiny little heart desires.

Anyways, enough lollygagging. Let’s get to the pictures! 😀

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Getting started!

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Love the smiley face.

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From where I as at, it looked like they were colliding with each other but I assure you, they were fine.

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Must be a great view from up there.

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This one is pretty.

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Is that a man person on the bottom?

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Yeah, that’s definitely a dude man hanging from the bottom of the balloon. Brave guy!

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The air up there…

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Very beautiful!

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This one reminds me of candy for whatever reason.

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Gorgeous!

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I think that is supposed to be the American Constitution on the side. Pretty neat.

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Re/Max and more candy. >_<

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This one is cool looking too with the shadows on the other side.

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Took this one as we were leaving.

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The pretty one again.

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And lastly that one guy that is braver than many. Bless his heart.

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Not For Only One Crowd

This is your girl coming back at you with just a really quick, really super duper fast post. I wanted to be clear and make sure that we are on the same page and in a way, we already are.

When I started this blog some four years ago I only had one targeted audience that I wanted to get through to and that was the female population of Muslims. At that time I was homeschooling my son (and still do) and wanted to share my ideas that we did together at home. In a sense I’m still trying to target that same audience but I wanted to make that audience bigger than that. I figured that I’d try to reach out to the female population as a whole. I’am and we are women, are we not?

This time around I didn’t want to cut out a huge chunk of women because they are not Muslim. My blog and my posts are meant to be helpful to all females from all walks of life. I want to share my ideas, likes, dislikes, experiences and whatever else with the ladies of the interweb.

**Now, (black lady finger waving time, haha) if you aren’t a Muslim female and like my content, that’s great! That’s what I’m going for. If you aren’t a Muslim female and don’t like my content, that’s great too! If you don’t like that I wear hijab or pray to Allah, that’s fine. You don’t have to. You don’t have to like everything that I like or dislike. I just ask that you try to remain positive in your comments if you make any.

*If you are a Muslim female and like my content, that’s great as well! If you are a Muslim female and don’t like my content, that’s also great! As I said before, you don’t have to like what I like. But with both of us being Muslim females, we both should practice the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything”. Honestly, I have been looked down more from Muslim women than I have non-Muslim women. Sad, ain’t it? Some people are quick to give “advice” to someone without even knowing the whole situation. And some of those people are even faster to make themselves feel like they are in a higher place than the other because they gave that “critical” advice. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t advise people, not at all. What I’m saying is that if you don’t like that I post about this kind of makeup or that kind of high heels or this kind of fashion then I shouldn’t post about it at all.

***This blog is made out of my own likes and dislikes, experiences, up’s and down’s and is made to cater to all women regardless or race, religion, personal preference, whatever. I’m not trying to stick to one specific type of female but instead all women. If there is something that displeases you because of your personal tastes, know that it was something that was pleasing to me first and you don’t have to like, share or follow me.

🙂

Picture Apps

Don’t worry, this will be short and sweet 😀

I’ve already posted about how I like using different filters to make my pictures more “dramatic” and tonight 10:06 est, I wanted to shed light on what I like to use to make them that way. I usually do all my editing on my tablet or computer. Some apps that I like to use are pics art, mirror image and photo wonder. These ones are usually easier to use because I’m always on my tablet checking out makeup, hair and hijab tutorials. ^_^ When I do get a chance to get on my computer I like to use a site called http://www.picmonkey.com/. This site gives me all the tools that I need when I’m in the mood to create something amazing.

They are very fun to use and easy to navigate which makes making the unique photos truly one in a million.

Here is the original picture (the 1st one) and the rest that I made using the apps:cynthiawarner1cynthiawarner2cynthiawarner3cynthiawarner4cynthiawarner5

Using the mirror image app. This is where is get fun! ^_^

Using the mirror image app. This is where is get fun! ^_^

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I told you this was short and sweet! 😉

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Messin’ With Filters

I wanted to share these last pictures with ya’ll before bed (bed? yeah right! I’m a night owl at heart!). This random thing I came up with while just being bored! It was about 6 months ago and I was feelin’ my creative bone. I was jonesin’ for something that was different and unique but not completely crazy so the brain pain came up with this. The first two are the original pictures. I was using some glitter that we had bought from the Dollar Tree (I don’t suggest anyone do that! If you’re going to use glitter make sure that you use glitter that is meant to be around the eyes!) around my eyes and on the corner of my lips. I also used a very dark, vampy red lipstick with black lip liner (who uses that anymore?) on the outer parts of my lips.  IMG_20141021_024403 IMG_20141021_024414

The second set of pictures are the same pictures but with a filter. Lawd knows I love me some filters! The make the pictures so much more dramatic, imo. I like the way that dark pictures look. I say, the darker, the more mysterious. 😉CynthiaIMG_20141021_032540