Sunday, December 22, 2013

Brush the Blemishes Away and Add A Top-Hat By Rachelle

When I asked Hilary whether or not she had ever heard of Aviary and she said “no,” I had to write about it. 

See, Hilary always knows stuff. She’s up on latest trends, she remembers darn near everything, she can answer almost any question. She’s my go-to lady. So I had to write about something even she didn’t know about.

My friend Ginny, who is one of those creative mommies that can bake anything with effortless perfection (I’m sure she’d argue that it’s effortless, but that’s the way it tastes!) and make anything from scratch (like crib sheets, which she just made for her expecting friend), recently introduced me to Aviary, and my life will never be the same. 

I’m one of those people who loves to capture life through writing and also through photos. While my hubby prefers to take mental pictures of his life so he can enjoy the moment he’s in, I am a determined multi-tasker who does both - I absorb the moment so I can relive it in my mind, and I take pictures to fill in the gaps of what my memory loses. 

Aviary is a photo-editing app that allows you to do amazing things that enhance, improve, and creatively alter your photos. I can add a mustache to my dog, remove color so the photo looks like it was taken in the days of black-and-white, whiten teeth, remove flaws, add contrast, frame it, or add any sticker imaginable (some for a small price, but many for free), all on my phone! I don't have to buy a special program or pay a studio fee to get altered pics.  

Who needs Photoshop or a graphic artist or a professional photographer, anyway? Okay, I do, and we all do, too, at times…but for everyday pics that you want to spice up or add a little feeling to, this is the place to go.

Here are some before-and-after pics that literally took two minutes (or less) to change – and that’s about all the time any of us moms really have, right? So check it out! 

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