The Journey Continues… Jesse James Float-1

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Hey guys by now I sure hope you have pampered yourself with a float, if not come on it’s about time that you treat yourself to some, “You-Time”. I have been floating at Jesse James Body Wellness center & I want to share with you that Jesse sure knows how to make you feel Welcome, safe & relaxed… Jesse & his team have set up a beautiful cozy little spa. The spa is complete with a Float Tank, a Naturalpathic Doctor, a massage therapists, a smoothie bar & essential oils.The Wellness Center is Centrally located in Phoenix Az on Bethany Home Rd & 16th St, right across the street from Lucy’s. Here is a link to the map.

Upon arriving at The Spa Jesse has a little sign right out front that Welcomes the “Scheduled floater”, seeing this sign sure brightened up my day…Reserved for Rose

As usual before any float I like to find some time to sit, write & reflect on my intentions for the float that day… As a re-cap my float-time is a Special time & I dedicate to myself to unwind, focus, meditate, cleanse & Just Be… Here is a short video on my thoughts & Intentions before the float this day…

For many addicts we find ourselves Quick to React to situations, questions, defending ourselves or engaging in activities that may not be good for us in the long run. This has a lot to do with our Cognitive thought process and processing the entire situation before we “React”. I find that addicts share a similar trait, we want things “Now”, we want things when we want them & there is no holding back. When at times this maybe a good trait to have it can & does get us into trouble plenty of times.

During the float I was not able to find any magic answers to my Intention that was set for the day, but what i did find was that I was able to get more intimate with myself on a Spiritual level (simply by mediating for a longer period of time) than I have in a while. In everyday life we all like to tell ourselves, I will make myself a better or more “enlightened” person by mediating on a daily basis. I will do Yoga & learn a new position today. I will not eat junk foods or sweets today. Whatever we tell ourselves may not be what actually happens even if we have true intentions to see it through. For instance I like to meditate several times a week but I do not make the time on a regular basis or for the amount of time I like to meditate (a minimum of 45 minutes). So my float time allows the time for my meditation. And Never have I regretted floating as with each float I gain something out of the experience. Here are my thoughts from right after the float…

We should never set our expectations too high, for expectations are not healthy. What will happen will happen one way or another no matter how much we may wish for a desired result or affect. The tough part is allowing ourselves to be okay with whatever the out come… For me I find it easier to accept the outcome if I can find something in the situation that is either serving me for the highest good (that way I can acknowledge it) or realizing something is not serving me in one way or another. As for the later that is not always easy to accept but when we can accept it than it is ou duty to correct the issue & do what serves us best even if it kills us emotionally, in the end letting things go that are not lifting your spirits is better than hanging onto those things that bring us down… in the end the choice is ours…

“Lower you expectation of Earth. This is not heaven, so don’t expect it to be.”

=Max Lucada=

Until Next time… Peace be with You

Ghost Costume for the Little One’s…

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Okay so when I was a child I remember my mom dressed me up in the cutest ghost costume decorated in ghosts & pumpkins. I loved this costume. This year when I was brain storming ideas for my sons Halloween costume, I decided to recreate my very own costume from scratch.

These are the tools I needed:

White sheet
White thread
Sewing machine
Tape measure
Pencil
String
Acrylic paints
Paint brushes
Glow in the dark glitter

The costume was fairly easy to create. As all I needed to do was cut out a large circle, a small circle, attach a hood & paint the creatures on. Since I wanted a large circle, the best way to do this was to fold the sheet in half, draw a half circle and cut it out.

Fold the sheet in half

Fold the sheet in half

To ensure the circle was symmetrical I took a piece of string for the length I thought was appropriate for my son & tied it to a pencil(similar to a protractor). I then pinned the string to the center of the sheet & went around making a half circle.

After cutting out the half circle I measured a one inch seam allowance around the edges.

One inch seam allowance

One inch seam allowance

After those were made I cut out an opening for the neck. Again I followed the same instructions with the string & pencil and in the center of the fabric(while it was still folded) I drew a half circle and cut it out(make sure the half circle is one inch smaller than intended to make the alterations for the 1 inch seam allowance).

Small hole for next with 1inch seam allowance.

Small hole for neck with 1inch seam allowance.

Next I ironed the seam allowances to ensure even sewing. Making sure to fold in the raw edges so the seams were fray-free.

To make the hood I simply cut out a rectangle, folded in half & sewed all the edges. I then sewed the top of the hood(or one of the short ends). I then basted the hood & the main piece, synching each piece together for a light ruffly look. Then I sewed the hood to the cape making sure the right side of the main piece was facing up & the wrong side of the hood was facing up(this ensures the seams are are the inside of the costume.

Great now that the costume has been sewn all I needed to do was create the stencils for the characters & paint on them on.

Hand drawn templates to stencil on

Hand drawn templates to stencil on

To stencil these onto the costume make sure the lines of the stencil are drawn on hard with a pencil. Then flip them over & place them onto the selected area of the costume. I wanted the characters to be on the bottom of the costume just like mine was. Then simply rub them on the fabric & the stencil should transfer over.

Once that was completed I painted in the characters.

Creation of ghosts

Creation of ghosts

Creation of painted characters

Creation of painted characters

As the paint dried I sprinkled glow in the dark glitter where I wanted it. Voila the cutest ghost costume for a little one. And the best part is I only spent $3-5 5 dollars on the entire costume.

And the project is finished! So easy, so fun...

And the project is finished! So easy, so fun…

We had so much fun in the costume my heart melted…

How cute is this costume!?!

How cute is this costume!?!

Running ghost

Running ghost