With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to get in the spirit! There are many ways you can have a costume, decorations, and even host a Halloween party without spending a ton of money. Here are some helpful DIY ways to have a fun and spooky Halloween!
DIY Halloween Costumes
LEGO Construction Worker
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This easy to make “Lego Construction Worker” costume is instantly recognizable and comfortable to wear. The kids will love it!!
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You can be Mary Poppins in the snap of a finger! Well, with the help of some things around the house and your local thrift store. You’ll be “practically perfect in every way!”
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Want to be a mummy for Halloween this year? Here the good news: you don’t even have to leave your kitchen to make this costume!
DIY Halloween Decorations
DIY Halloween Treats
By Rebecca Chandler
We all procrastinate from time to time. We start a project and then get distracted by an email, a social media post, or an off-topic conversation. It happens. You may be doing it now.
Most of the time, we put off things because they seem overwhelming. Solving a complex problem at work. Preparing a home to go on the market. Writing a blog post on procrastination. But these tasks are often a piece of a bigger goal and by putting them off, we delay accomplishing the larger objective. Here are some strategies that may help you tackle procrastination and advance your goals.
- Make an audacious, big, big goal that will inspire you. For example, someone who wants to sell their home may have to paint, clean out closets, make minor repairs, and stage their home for showings. None of these sound particularly enjoyable. However, if the big, audacious goal is to move into a beautiful new home, embrace a simpler lifestyle, or relocate to a new exciting area, keeping that big goal in mind will make painting and cleaning out clutter more tolerable. Each paint stroke or organized closet is a step toward that bigger goal.
- Break the work into smaller, easily completed steps. Write them down. Sometimes the reason we procrastinate is because the tasks ahead of us seem overwhelming. “There is so much to do to prepare my home for sale, I don’t know where to start.” Start by making a list of the tasks to be completed, and then break those tasks down even further.
Cleaning out all closets, drawers and storage areas – (a big task)
- Get boxes for carting donations to charity.
- Get trash bags for garbage.
- Create a staging area where to pile donations.
- Take one room at a time. Complete one before moving on to the next.
- Drop off donations on way to other errands.
- Call waste management vendor and schedule a special pickup for larger items.
By breaking a larger task down into smaller ones, they don’t seem so overwhelming. Picking up boxes and trash bags are steps that can be accomplished in a few minutes, not hours. Clearing some floor space in the garage to pile the donations will not take all day. Start with one room (or one closet or drawer). You can make major progress in a short amount of time.
- Allocate time for work and time for play. Mark Twain said “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day,” suggesting you face the most unpleasant tasks first. Do you really want to eat a live frog for breakfast? I don’t. I’m not a morning person and no amount of coffee is going to make me productive at 6 a.m. But, you probably know the time of day in which you are most productive. Block out time on your calendar, uninterrupted, to devote to your “live frog.” Treat it like an important meeting and don’t reschedule it. Michael McDevitt, Cofounder and CEO of Tandem Legal Group, wrote in his article, “For Entrepreneurial Success, Eat A Live Frog Every Morning”, that he devotes 2 hours per day to tackling his unpleasant to-do list (although not first thing in the morning). During those 2 hours, everything else can wait.
Conversely, block out time in which you are not going to work. Saturday afternoon, watch the football game with friends. Tuesday, have lunch with a friend. Giving yourself a break, without guilt, will give you a boost of motivation during your productive times.
- Set deadlines. Realistic deadlines. If you know that you have nine closets, then cleaning out one per day during the week and four on the weekend will allow you to accomplish your goal in a week. Split the work between two people and the time required is cut in half. Seeing the end in sight makes the work less daunting.
- Check things off the list and reward your accomplishments. Finish cleaning out a closet? Relax in a hot bath with a book or go for a walk in the park. Finish cleaning out all your closets? Go to a movie you’ve wanted to see. Ending an unpleasant task with a pleasant one will keep you motivated.
In conclusion, don’t delay! Try these steps today!
By Rebecca Chandler
In February 2011, I was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer. I had been going for mammograms every 6 months because they saw something “suspicious.” I had postponed my appointment from December to the end of January because I was busy with the holidays and work. Between June and January, the “suspicious” had grown into a 3 cm tumor and had spread to my lymph nodes. The type of cancer I had was hormone fed and fast growing. Had I waited much longer or skipped my mammogram, I might not be here writing this post.
Luckily for me, I received excellent treatment from Duke Medical Center (chemo and surgery) and Radiation Clinics of Georgia (35 treatments), I am happy to report no evidence of cancer for 3 years now. In some ways, 2011 was a really crappy year. Chemo, surgery, and radiation are not fun. (Although I did gain a new appreciation for hats and large earrings.) In other ways, 2011 was a really good year in that I beat cancer that year and not everyone does.
We all have a story. Mine happens to have a positive ending. But, I’m not writing this post because I want to talk about my cancer. I’m writing this post because I want to encourage regular mammograms. The fact of the matter is that early detection saves lives and putting off your mammogram an extra month or two or three could make all the difference in treatment and success rates if cancer were discovered. Don’t skip your mammogram or put it off. Just don’t. If you are reading this and thinking that you need to schedule one, stop what you are doing and schedule your mammogram now. Now.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, (so you can hardly say you didn’t get a reminder) and I’m proud to say that NewPoint Media Group and The Real Estate Book are active supporters. Your local magazine could be sporting a groovy pink cover and our local representatives are very active in raising money and awareness through local efforts. As a company, we’ve made a pledge to donate $1 for every app downloaded in October to the cause. By simply clicking and downloading, you can make a contribution, and while you’ve got your phone in your hand, if you need to make an appointment, you could do that, too.
To learn more about the Think Pink campaign, click here.
Share this story with others you know who to promote early detection and awareness. It could save someone’s life.