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How to Assemble a Last Minute Halloween Costume

How to Assemble a Last Minute Halloween Costume

This article will teach you how to create your own Halloween costume with an easy step-by-step guide. The nice thing about it is — you can do it even under the wire. I know you’ll enjoy the story used as a backdrop too. It’s a personal account of a Halloween tale culled from my own life — the night when I dragged down time to the last minute prior to pulling up a Halloween costume.

Here we go…

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It’s just around the corner. The time when this global community will engage in Halloween festivities.

Usually, decorations containing gory images and costumes designed to scare are the norm, but sometimes oddball costumes can also grab the limelight. Like what happened many years ago when I had to come up with a costume at the eleventh hour. Due to the strain caused by rushing, I couldn’t decide what to do. So after stressing over the problem for a while, I gave up. Ok I admit it. In that particular year, I procrastinated until the last minute to whip up a costume. Yep, I got lazy so I ended up stressed. (I promised myself,  I’ll never do this again).

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You’re nodding.

You are nodding. It means you can relate to what I’m narrating. Moreover, in case you’re like most people who are working all the time, balancing a career with family related responsibilities like attending to children’s needs, maintaining a house, running a side business, and a personal life, (whew! I’m breathing heavily after writing that line) then, you’re in luck. I got you covered.

I hate attending Halloween parties without a costume.

I always hated attending Halloween parties without wearing a costume. So at the last minute, while wallowing in mea culpa, I turned to the Internet for a brief respite. You might think I’m weird, but this style works for me all the time. Surfing the Net relaxes me.

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It was 6pm, I was bewildered, and had no idea what costume to wear.

After about 15 minutes surfing, I stumbled upon a site that pointed to something that was super hot during the time.  A story about the blockbuster movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl”. In the film, Johnny Depp stars as Captain Jack Sparrow. When I looked at Depp’s picture, I had what you call a light bulb moment. At that instant, I made up my mind to attend the party as Johnny Depp.

A Johnny Depp mask saved my Halloween.

A pirate costume would have  done the trick, but I didn’t have time to purchase or make one, so I did the best alternative. I printed out Depp’s headshot that I got online onto a cover stock, stepped into a sexy shirt and tight fitting jeans (like he does when not attending a formal event), and added a pasteboard sign that flashed a catchy line: “I’m not wearing my Captain Jack Sparrow costume tonight.” Voila! I had a costume.

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The dirty work needed to create a mask that will save your Halloween night.

I assure you, you can do this. Let’s roll up our sleeves and don our creative hats. Let’s say, you want to be Leonardo DiCaprio in the party. All you need to do is find a suitable photo of him, print the right size that fits the width of your head, print onto ultra thin cardboard, cut out eye holes, and attach with a rubber band or elastic string; whatever is easy to locate. Find appropriate clothing for Leonardo. I suggest you get a jacket and wear it with white jeans or chinos. Or you slip in the trousers, pair it with a double-breasted navy blazer; the unlined type, and you’re ready to rock with the Gatsby look. Don’t forget — it’s detrimental to your costume’s success — act like The Great Gatsby.

So my Johnny Depp costume was my savior.

I was surprised when my costume became a huge hit. Many of the people who were partying with me couldn’t wait to pose for pictures with Johnny… sorryme. Believe it or not, the mask I created in a big hurry looked convincingly real.

I was ecstatic the whole night.

It became the most memorable Halloween for me. I was astonished by the attention and compliments I got because of my costume. It became extremely fun with the secret thought that my costume was basically thrown together just on the way out of my box.

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10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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