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8 Outfits to Wear With Your Blazer

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Blazers aren’t just for work! It’s easy to view them as all business and no fun when you’re skimming through the closet, but they are by far one of the most versatile items you can have in a wardrobe. In fact, you can throw a blazer over pretty much anything if you’re careful about coordinating it well.  Take a look at our list of suggested outfits, and then go visit your closet to review your blazers. We bet you’ll be able to wear them at least five new ways after reading our tips. Enjoy!

  1. Unbuttoned black blazer with white cuffs folded back, wrist full of bangles, basic black v-neck t-shirt, distressed denim ankle length jeans, black leather bag, white sneakers.
  2. Hip length fuchsia blazer unbuttoned, black high-waisted pencil skirt with white polka dots, black bustier, large gold bangle bracelet and gold hoop earrings, basic black pumps.
  3. Black blazer unbuttoned, over top of un-tucked, long, wispy white t-shirt, narrow black denim jeans, floppy black hat, brown leather bag, a couple of tiered, dainty necklaces, a watch, and brown suede ankle boots.
  4. Thigh length dark navy blue blazer unbuttoned, cream lace tank top, tucked into burgundy maxi skirt, skinny brown belt, dainty gold necklace, chunky gold bangle, simple nude sandals.
  5. Hip length black blazer with cuff flipped back, taupe shell, black dressy shorts, black tights, large silk fringed statement scarf, solid color bag that matches most prevalent color on the scarf, black ankle boots.
  6. Thigh length charcoal grey blazer with sleeves rolled up to elbows, burnt orange high waisted skater skirt, ivory lace and silk blouse tucked in, skinny black belt, charcoal tights, black velvet pumps.
  7. Red hip length boxy blazer, off-white button up rayon blouse with pockets, tucked into black and white herringbone short flared skirt, cinch skirt paper bag style with embellished skinny red belt, opaque black tights, black suede round toe pumps.
  8. White blazer with black polka dots, black and white mini houndstooth button up shirt, distressed boyfriend jeans rolled to show the ankles, brown leather belt, black kitten heels.

Cleaning Spills From the Harvest Panini

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet

Last time we posted about our delicious Harvest Panini. But what happens when your panini’s grease stains your carpet by accident or an unexpected drop of your sandwich gets food residue on your carpet? Anything can happen, especially if you are eating with your children. If you act quickly, there are methods to clean up the stain that will lessen the chances that your carpet is permanently stained. Most importantly, do not delay in treating the stain. Trying to finish your sandwich and telling yourself that you will clean the spot later on only increases the chance that your spot will be permanent.

 

First you will want to blot liquids with a dry, white cloth or paper towels. Remove any solid food that is left with a spoon or similar object. After this, vacuum the area to fully lift any food debris left over. Next you will want to pretest any spot removal solution you are about to use in an inconspicuous area if you haven not already. 

 

Next, apply the solution to the affected area and gently work the solution in from the outside of the stain inwards gently. Don’t rub the spot into the carpet! That will only damage the carpet itself. Let the solution work on the area for a few minutes and then blot. If the spot remains repeat this step as many times as necessary. Be patient, some stains require more than one application to lift the stain.

 

After you have removed the stain, use cold water to rinse the area. If you notice after the rinse that there is still some residue, try applying more spot removal solution and repeating. Rinse again with cold water and blot dry with a clean cloth until you have removed all of the moisture in the area. 

 

Hopefully following these steps will help save your carpet from that accident! Now, head back to that kitchen and make yourself a new Harvest Panini—you’ve certainly earned it!

Crafty Ways to Work From Home

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints, Tips and Advice

If you’re a stay home who would like to make some extra money, a profitable way to do so is to transform your crafting talents into sellable items. Thanks to the internet it’s now quite easy to do so. In the past this typically required building relationships with store owners, or hosting small parties in your home. Now, you just need to collaborate with an online retail opportunity and watch the cash flow in! Here are two great ways to do it!

Knitting Cents

Like to knit? If so try out a website called Ravelry. It’s a community where knitters and chrocheters dish about their passion. A company called Leethalknits hires people to try out projects and provide feedback. They contact you when a new project is up for distribution. They provide the weight and amount of yarn, size of the knitting needles, embellishments, and the pattern. Testers (that’s you) then leave feedback on a Google document. Projects must be completed by a deadline. If feedback, corrections, and pattern instructions are submitted on time, the knitter receives a copy of the finished pattern as well as approximately $20 credit to spend in a virtual knitting store. If projects are big or require you to finish on tight deadline you’ll potentially be paid more. Although the payout isn’t actually money, an avid knitter who spends a lot on supplies can definitely have a positive impact on the household budget by eliminating that cost!

Etsy Betsy

Make the most of Etsy. Etsy is a well know website these days but for those of you who aren’t yet in the know, Etsy is an online ecommerce website where talented crafters sell their wares. The initial basic premise was anything handmade when the site first launched. This has expanded to things like creating collections. For example, some people will create kits by compiling theme based scrapbook layout components and then sell all of the items together for a base price. Let’s say you just returned from a trip to New York and you made the world’s coolest two-page scrapbook layout. Simply buy multiples of the items you used, make them into a kit, package them smartly, and sell them!  Or, if you’re actually crafty with your hands, create an Etsy store and sell neat things such as embellished shoes or snazzy headbands. Sure, you can keep selling these things at farmer’s markets and craft fairs, but your sales will likely spike when you add Etsy to the equation. It’s a big money opportunity!

Making the Perfect Turkey

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holiday

The secret to making the perfect holiday turkey is brine! Find out how to brine your bird just in time for the holidays. Brining meat is flavoring by soaking in a salt water solution. Brining locks in moisture and makes the meat tender. This will ensure your turkey is always moist, savory and flavorful.

Chances are the space in your refrigerator will be taken up with other food, considering the time of year. Real estate in the fridge is very valuable around the holidays. You will need to keep turkey cold for 5-8 hours. Either buy brining bags or use a large cooler that is large enough to hold the bird and brine solution.

When purchasing your bird, check the label to make sure it has not been pre-brined. If the turkey is frozen, make sure to thoroughly thaw it before brining and always do this at a safe rate. Remove all leg ties and discard giblets from neck and body cavity. Trim any extra fat and cut off the tail. Rinse the bird with cold water inside and out. Then pat dry the interior and exterior with paper towels.

The next step is figuring out how much cold water solution is needed to brine turkey. Add the turkey to a large cooler (make sure cooler has been thoroughly cleaned) and pour enough cold water to completely cover the turkey. Remove turkey from the water and measure the water that remains in the cooler.

To make brine solution add the following ingredients per gallon of cold water.

  • ¾ cup coarse kosher salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper.

Add the salt and sugar to the boiling water, mix to combine. Cool the mixture in the fridge overnight. Pour the mixture into the cold water and add pepper. Stir to combine.  Add savory flavor add 5 crushed garlic cloves and a tablespoon of cracked black peppercorns. Stir the mixture once again.

Place the turkey back in the cooler. The bird and brine will need to be cooled for 5-8 hours. Place several re-sealable bags of ice into the cooler. Every couple of hours check cooler to see if the bags of ice need to be refreshed. Also mix contents when checking on bags of ice.

Proceed with cooking the turkey as usual. Keep in mind that a brined turkey will cook faster, therefore use a meat thermometer and check meat frequently! Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. 

Brining your turkey will guarantee that your bird will be moist and flavorful. Enjoy your holiday dinner!

Quick Guide: How to Wear Slip-On Sneakers

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Slip-on sneakers are often over looked because we associate them with childhood. It’s natural to file them away in our minds as shoes we left behind with skateboarding and skipping rope at school. These days, though, they are part of a lot of women’s basic go-to wardrobe. The most obvious reason is that they are about as easy and comfortable as it gets. They’ve also come into popularity because the canvas can be printed in just as many colors and patterns as a high heel. The fact that they’re slip-on makes it possible to make them look chic, whereas a sneaker with laces wouldn’t necessarily translate quite as well. Ready to sport absurdly easy and stylish footwear? Try these ideas for outfits! 

  1. Leopard print slip-on sneakers, jet black distressed skinny jeans, basic black v-neck t-shirt, off-white military style blazer.
  2. Black slip-on sneakers, black/white/grey short sleeved sweater dress, black bag.
  3. Black slip-on sneakers, short black skirt, white basic sweatshirt, multi-colored flannel shirt tied around waist, black leather bag.
  4. Leopard print slip-on sneakers, dressy black shorts, red t-shirt, casual black blazer.
  5. Zebra print slip-on sneakers, black skinny jeans, white button up shirt with shirt tails showing from underneath a basic grey sweatshirt, classic denim jacket, black/red/blue/white knit scarf.
  6. Leopard print slip-on sneakers, black leggings, with dark red, oversized, slouchy, lightweight long sleeved shirt.
  7. Light blue slip on sneakers, extra dark denim leggings, white graphic t-shirt, blue scarf, blue and white striped blazer, brown leather bag.
  8. Red/blue plaid slip on sneakers, long blue chambray denim shirt dress with sleeves rolled just below the elbows, chunky necklace, watch, bracelet, Panama hat.
  9.  Black leather slip on sneakers, jet black a-lie short skirt, cream colored sweatshirt with black graphic print, black watch.
  10. Leopard print slip on sneakers, high waisted skirt with zipper detail, basic scoop neck tank top, embellished black leather bag. 

How To Clean and Sanitize a Dishwasher

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

Whether we like it or not, appliances need to be cleaned just as well as the dishes that go in them. It’s never much fun to clean a refrigerator, stove, oven, or dishwasher, but there are definitely ways to make the job easier. Try this awesome trick to return your dishwasher to its former glory!

It will save you tons of time and elbow grease. It’s also an eco-friendly method, and that’s tough to come by when you’re cleaning major fixtures in a home. It’s also really effective for getting in the micro-areas in the dishwasher that you can’t possibly reach, even with a toothbrush. You can be sure that even the tiny spaces won’t have any residual food, mold, or ick left when you’re done! As with any new cleaning method, make sure you check with your manufacturer’s instructions so you don’t void the warranty!

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda – 3 tablespoons (will ‘scrub’ the inside of the dishwasher)
  • Hydrogen peroxide – 2 cups (will sanitize and whiten the inside of the dishwasher)
  • Essential oil – approximately 15 drops (gives the dishwasher a fresh scent when you’re done)
  • Liquid dish detergent – 1 tablespoon
  • Vinegar – 2 cups

Supplies

  • Parchment paper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Ceramic/glass bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Cookie sheet

How To:

  1. Line the cookie sheet with one sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Perform a quick, basic cleanup of the dishwasher by using a damp sponge. Wipe around the door, along the edges, and wipe any food bits out of the drain.
  3. Combine hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and essential oil in the mixing bowl. It should feel similar to damp sand when you’re done mixing.
  4. Use the spoon to scoop the mixture and create balls. Kind of like you would when making cookies from cookie dough, but bigger. Place the balls on the parchment paper. Allow them to dry for several hours or overnight.
  5. Pour the vinegar into the ceramic/glass bowl and add the dishwashing detergent. Mix together, and place on the top rack of your dishwasher.
  6. Place one baking soda bomb on the bottom rack in the cutlery basket. Then set your dishwasher to its hottest setting and run it.
  7. Open it and boom! The trick worked and your dishwasher looks and smells super fresh and clean!
  8. Put the rest of the balls in a container with a lid and use them as needed.

No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Little Ones

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holiday

Carving pumpkins is a fun activity every Halloween. However it is not the safest for children under the age of ten. Find out many different ways to decorate a pumpkin with your small child, without losing creativity.

Do you have a “Mr. Potato Head”? The face pieces for this toy can be used to decorate pumpkins. You can buy these face pieces in kits for Mr. and Mrs. Potato head. Your child can press the pieces into the pumpkin’s surface and come up with the craziest configuration possible! They can even re-arrange the face as many times as they want. This will ensure they are having fun and making their pumpkin perfect. The pumpkin is transformed into a funny face and it will also stay fresher much longer because you are not hollowing it out.

Use a golf tee and a rubber mallet to create beautiful pumpkin luminaries. Hollow the insides out first (a job only for the parent, although removing the pumpkin innards can be left to those who appreciate messy hands!). Let your child choose a design and print it out to use as a template. Show your child how to hammer the golf tee through the pumpkin and let them go to work! Your child will be occupied for more than ten minutes and the end result is beautiful.

Let your child paint the pumpkin to create a scary jack-o-lantern, scary face or their favorite character. The choices are endless as long as you have an array of paint colors. You can even add a fun hat to the pumpkin. Paint a green witch’s face, equipped with ugly moles and top it off with a witch’s hat!

Gauze is an inexpensive item that can be used to create Mummy heads. Decide what type of eyes your pumpkin will have. You can use Mr. Potato Head parts, paint eyes or find scary eye stickers. Then once your eyes are on the pumpkin, let your child wrap the pumpkin with gauze to create a mummy head. You could even add some fake blood to the gauze, to make the pumpkin even scarier!

No matter how you choose to decorate your pumpkin, make sure everyone has a fun and safe Halloween this year!

Mysterious and Beautiful Halloween Wedding Ideas

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A Halloween themed wedding isn’t for everyone of course, but some couples love the spookiest holiday of the year and they find it very romantic. If this happens to be you, bravo! The opportunities to create a splendid, memorable, and unique event are endless.  The best way to go about planning a wedding with this theme is to strike a balance between elegance and tradition so it doesn’t seem too kitschy. Try some of these ideas!

  • Serve water at dinner with dry ice misting out of the glass.
  • Use a mini coffin box to hold the rings while the ring bearer is carrying them.
  • Write your vows on vintage parchment paper, roll up, and tie with a beautiful black and purple ribbon. Have a member of the wedding party present the vows on an antique tray when it’s time to read them.
  • Wrap pumpkins in black or white lace and secure at the top with a boa
  • Use Dia de los Muertos figurines for the wedding couple cake topper.
  • If you’re having an outdoor wedding in an area surrounded by trees hang dozens of lanterns in the tree branches to light the ceremony from overhead.
  • Design the dinner table using all black chairs and table, white dishes, and black vases filled with white roses. If you’d like the theme to be slightly creepy place plastic spiders throughout the flowers.
  • Decorate faux trees as you would at Christmas. But rather than green trees use black trees and decorate them with silver, black, and white ornaments. When the tree is fully decorated spray everything with silver and black glitter so it sparkles.
  • On a large white pumpkin hand paint the phrase, “Till Death Do Us Part.” If possible, paint the letters in traditional calligraphy.
  • Carry a bouquet of dark yellow sunflowers, and use them for table centerpieces as well.
  • Have the flower girl carry black and red rose petals and yellow sunflower petals in a pumpkin pail. (Use a fancier version of those typically used by trick-or-treaters.)
  • Serve the formal dinner with a Halloween theme by asking the chef to prepare the mashed potatoes to look like ghosts and to make the squash look like mini pumpkins.
  • If the bride is going to walk a long path to the alter frame it with a large trellis made of multi-colored fall foliage. Line the path on both sides with candle lit jack-o-lanterns that have been carved with wedding themes. 

How To Dress the Bridal Party for an Elegant Halloween Wedding

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There are several ways to guide the theme of a Halloween wedding. Certainly you can try a cutesy theme with a cartoon and Disneyesque vibe. However, another option you might want to consider is “dark elegance.” There is something beautiful about an air of mystery and All Hallow’s Eve is the ideal time to capitalize on it.

The level of formality at most weddings is dictated by the attire. It is, of course, the bride who sets the tone for the day so pay plenty of attention to how you will dress and require everyone to follow suit. After all you’re the star of the show on your wedding day. If you want your wedding to be pure class in the midst of a darkly romantic ambience, then start with the decision about color. Halloween is associated with black, orange, and purple for the most part. When planning colors for a wedding it never hurts to work white into the scheme, even if the wedding will be primarily dark tones.  

An excellent color for the bridal gown is purple, and because Halloween is generally an overstated event we recommend a traditional ball gown. In keeping with the sense of mystique we most definitely recommend a veil with a long train. If you prefer to keep the wedding dress a light color, try experimenting with lavender instead of white. A large bustle with tiered layers adds a nice touch as well. Once your decision is made, use the opposite color for you bridesmaids and maid of honor. So, if your dress is purple have them wear lavender and vice versa. Next think about accessories. Lace is commonly associated with darkly romantic themes so include laces gloves for yourself and all of the gals.

In the spirit of the holiday we recommend adorning the ladies’ hairstyles with oversized fascinators made of flowers, feathers, and tulle.  Another elegant and lovely accessory is a mask. Think along the lines of the beautiful and intricately designed masks used during Mardi Gras. If weather will be warm be sure to use masks that breathe and are lightweight. Otherwise your makeup will melt. The final consideration is your bouquet. Choose flowers that are in line with the fall season and exude class and good taste. Skip the orange and try white, black and purple flowers. Once the bouquet is designed ask the florist to spray it liberally with silver glitter so it has an element of magic.  

3 Ways To Make Children Feel Included During a Wedding Reception

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Children love feeling important and special. Rather than just relegate them to a boring room away from the festivities, incorporate them in things throughout the night. They will not only enjoy the experience a great deal, they will also be better behaved which is a huge bonus!

  1. Create a plan with the DJ to play kid friendly songs at intervals throughout the evening. Each time it’s dance time for the kids have the DJ make an announcement. To ensure this is a success, determine which movies are currently a hit with kids. Such as the big hit cartoon that’s currently a smash success at the box office. Or, if you know any young children, ask them what’s popular and what they’d enjoy dancing to at the wedding.
  2. If you want to allow the children a little bit of “crazy time” in order to expend some of their extra energy, include a piñata in the party. Buy one that is wedding themed of course, and go for a large one that is difficult to crack open. Let the kiddos have at it for awhile, and then amuse them by blindfolding the bride and groom and letting them try to hit the piñata. Repeat with everyone taking turns until someone finally cracks it open. Have a cool prize on hand for the winner.
  3. If only a few children are attending the wedding and they are over the age of eight give them an important job that is also fun. Purchase a few Polaroid cameras and plenty of film. Give one to each kiddo and ask them to document the wedding or reception. Prop a large cork board somewhere in the midst of the festivities and ask the children to pin they’re photos to it throughout the night. To ensure they take quality photos have a contest. Give prizes for things like Best Photo of the Bride, Funniest Photo of People Dancing, etc. If you’re feeling extra generous you can even let the kids keep the Polaroid cameras as a wedding favor.