Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary

Have you ever wanted to just talk a walk somewhere and kinda forget about stuff? Most of us want to and do. Just a few days ago my I took a trip over to a place Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary here in Lewison.  I only saw a few birds, but I saw a lot of trees, lol. There were also people walking/jogging and doing their own thing. Once you actually get inside the woods onto the trails, it can be quite peaceful and calming. Nature is peaceful although it can feel like your the only one there while walking the trails. Thorncrag is also a great place to get some workout time in too. I managed to take some pictures while getting my does of fresh air, wanna see? 🙂

One of the signs that you see when you head towards the trails.

One of the signs that you see when you head towards the trails.

This is the other side of the fireplace.

This is an old foundation.

A very tall tree and Tim!

A very tall tree and Tim!

Nice bench.

Nice bench.

This is a plaque that is above the fireplace.

This is a plaque that is above the fireplace.

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Anthony's Fireplace.

Anthony’s Fireplace.

Spider web.

Spider web.

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A random frog that we found.

A random frog that we found.

Thorncrag

Thorncrag

White mushroom.

White mushroom.

Gathering of logs I guess.

Gathering of logs I guess.

There are a lot of uphill trails here.

There are a lot of uphill trails here.

Another mushroom.

Another mushroom.

Old dead tree.

Old dead tree.

The trail winds and twists.

The trail winds and twists.

Sunshine through the leaves.

Sunshine through the leaves.

A mushroom. Wonder what kind it is.

A mushroom. Wonder what kind it is.

One of the trails. I think this is the blue trail.

One of the trails. I think this is the blue trail.

Looks like an old amphitheater.

Looks like an old amphitheater.

One of the signs before entering the woods.

One of the signs before entering the woods.

Not too much of a blog but it’s fun to look at! Hope you enjoyed! 😀

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.

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.

🙂

THIS Is Where I Need To Live!

So just recently I made my way down to Portland and stayed for a few days. I had already anticipated the stay since I’ve been there before but in all of my fabulous 29 years of life I’ve never been to the Maine Mall. Like, seriously?! Yeah, seriously. As far as I can remember I’ve never been, maybe when I was a little kid but I have no recollection of it. As I was driving towards South Portland I watch all the cars whizzing by in a hurriedly fashion trying to get to their destinations. They had no idea that I wasn’t familiar with that area and that I trying to read all the signs as I drove, haha.

As we (my husband and myself) drew closer to the shopping area we could see that it was overwhelmed with every kind of person that you might ever want to meet. People from all walks of life, which was nice and refreshing, really. Portland (unlike other places in Maine) is a very diverse city. Full of people from different countries, ethnicity, religions . . . it was great to finally step out from my hometown and experience something new and exciting. But that wasn’t the reason why I was so darn excited . . .

That reason was of course, all the makeup that I was about to be surrounded by! Oh my yes, stores and stores of product that my hands could not stop touching. We’re talking Sephora, Ulta (which isn’t IN the mall but right next to it), Macy’s, just to name a few. I was so tickled to just be there that I had a huge smile on my face the whole time walking around. Now, if you’re like me and live in a much smaller town/city, being in a place like Portland can be quite an adventure. Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay long because of other activities that were being held so I’m hoping to return later and do some major shopping . . . hoping . . . -_-

You can find more information of the stores that are in the Maine Mall by clicking on this link! http://www.mainemall.com/

Tree And Sky

A picture of a random tree in Portland