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Oct 28

DIY Costume Ideas!!

Posted to Creation Station by Tiffany Barker

Hello Everyone!!!!

Halloween is only a few days away and it’s my favorite time of year. There is nothing I love more than using your imagination and dressing up. Some of my favorite costumes have been the latest tend that is happening. One year I dressed like a horse with a name tag that said Nae Nae and carried around a whip. I was the hit song Whip and Nae Nae!! Then one year I dressed like a giant tooth and carried a big rope and when people asked what I was, I said I was the new dance craze the Floss. As you can see I love dressing in silly costume. 

Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best ways to show your personality. People can be silly or scary. You can gain confidence as a hero or be your favorite villain. There are lots of amazing things you can be and do this Halloween season. My favorite way is to make your own costume. Having fun by going through the closet and seeing what you already have. Taking something old and turning it into something new. Plus it helps reduce, reuse, and recycle and saves our planet a little. Which is always a good thing. Here are a few of my favorite ways to make your own DIY costume. 

Smarty Pants Halloween Costume:

You'll really show your smarts when you arrive at the party in this last-minute costume. Even if you're short on time, you can DIY this look: Simply take a pack of Smarties candies and use glue dots or double-sided tape to attach them to a pair of pants.

Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume:

Venture to Wonderland with this timeless costume. To make the collar, wrap a large piece of paper around your neck so you can trim it down to the right size. Then, staple cards from a deck all around the paper collar, layering them over each other for a fanned-out effect. Pair it with a sleek red dress, gold tiara, and bold red lips.

Carpool Karaoke Halloween Costume:

After all of the Carpool Karaoke episodes you've watched, you two are basically pros. Make James Corden proud with this DIY: Start with a piece of yellow presentation board and use silver and black paint to make it look like a taxi. Then, make straps out of velcro strips, so you can comfortably hang it around your necks. Accessorize with a boom box and microphone.

Bat Halloween Costume:

Repurpose an old black umbrella into a seriously impressive bat costume. Just cut it in half and use black safety pins or hot glue to attach it to the arms of a black hoodie, then fasten the metal hinges with black electrical tape. Finish it off with foam ears and feathers.

Bread Winner Halloween Costume:

Ideal for people who love bread almost as much as they love cheering on their favorite sports team, this punny costume only requires a few household supplies to become a party hit. Just walk around with a loaf of bread or more with a few gold metals around your neck. Have fun seeing if people can guess your costume. 

Bull In a China Shop Halloween Costume:

Make light of your current reality by dressing your toddler in this adorable-but-destructive costume. It also calls for layers of brown clothing, which is perfect for trick-or-treating in colder weather. Clue some fake china on the front of your toddler that is dressed like a bull. You can take brown sweat pants and turn them inside out and and add some horn. 

Cactus Halloween Costume:

If your office and home are starting to fill up with cacti and succulents, then join in the fun and dress like one for Halloween. Now you're a literal "plant lady.” Just pick out something green and clue some yarn pieces on top. Now you are sticky cactus. 

There are lots of fun a creative ways to dress up this year. Just make sure you have fun and do it in a safe way. Try to think of costumes that will tie in with your mask wearing that will also be creative and keep you and others safe. Think of costumes as a family and dress up together. These are the times that your kids will remember and cherish forever. Whatever you dress up as just have fun. This halloween might look different, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great time and be safe. Have a spooky and wonderful Halloween!!


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Feb 10

February Self-Focus: Meditation

Posted to ERC's 2020 Year of Self Care by Shalla Bennett

Meditation is a real buzz word these days.  You hear it everywhere.  There are classes and apps to help you meditate.  But, the great thing about meditation is that it is free.  It is a self-care practice that you can do on your own with no financial investment.  Plus, there is no wrong way to meditate.  It's just a way of relaxing and giving your brain a break from stress.  According to the Mayo Clinic article, "Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress," When you meditate, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance
Let's get started on meditation as a great self-care practice for the month of February.  Try out this 20 minute video on Mindfulness Meditation. Take 20 minutes at work, in the morning, or before bed to listen and to focus on yourself.