Posts Tagged ‘family’

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Did you ever enjoy apple chips as a child?  The crispy snack is a great healthy treat for both adults and children – and can bring a nostalgia for fall any time of the year.  Rather than purchasing this item (at a very high price!), make them at home.  This is a wonderful fall activity with children.  Apple prices are low and a wonderful bonding experience between generations!  You may find yourself eating these delectable chips almost as fast as you make them, so plan for plenty!


What you need:

Lemon Juice

2 Apples


Basting Brush



Slice apples into thin slices about 1/8 of an inch. Leave the skin and core intact. The skin is healthy and the core makes a pretty design in the center of the apple chip.

Soak apple slices in a bowl of water. Use 2 cups of water and add ¼ cup of lemon juice. Let slices soak for 30 minutes. The lemon juice will prevent the apple from turning brown.

After soaking, pat the apple slices as dry as you can get them. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the apple slices on the baking sheet. Dust the slices with cinnamon and then use a basting brush to rub cinnamon on the entire slice.

Move the oven racks to the 2/3 from the bottom and 2/3 from the top. Place cookie sheets on the racks and bake for an hour. After an hour remove from oven and turn chips over. Return to the oven for another hour.


A great way to enjoy these is cuddled under a cozy blanket or near a warm fire.  Turn on your favorite movie and snack on apple chips rather than popcorn.  These are also wonderful enjoyed with a big mug of hot chocolate!  Don’t forget the marshmallows!

8 Fabulous Ways To Wear a Plaid Shirt

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

As school days approach and the weather starts turning colder, you may be looking through your fall wardrobe.  Bring some new life to your older pieces with these tips! 

Plaid shirts are such wonderful pieces to have in a wardrobe because they are funky yet classic, versatile yet relaxed. If you’ve never owned one it might be because the idea of trying to style one is intimidating. So much color and pattern! Or perhaps you’re convinced that there’s no way possible to make one look stylish or chic because they remind you of camping. Fear not! Peruse these ideas and you’re sure to find a few that will make you want to run to the store right now and buy a plaid shirt.

  1. Hip length plaid shirt, top it with a neutral cardigan with the sleeves scrunched just below the elbows and the cuffs of the plaid shirt flipped back over the cuffs of the sweater, skinny jeans, a chunky, flashy watch, and dressy flats.
  2. Hip length plaid shirt with sleeves neatly folded back to just below the elbow, buttoned up except for top two buttons, statement necklace and chunky bracelets, skinny dark denim, animal patterned pumps.
  3. Thigh length plaid shirt with cuffs loosely rolled back between elbow and wrist, black and white rock band t-shirt, high waisted cutoff shorts, funky black tights, bangles, and ankle boots.
  4. Hip length plaid shirt buttoned up and sleeves loosely rolled to just below the elbow, infinity scarf, skinny distressed blue denim, fancy flats.
  5. Form fitting, brightly colored plaid shirt buttoned up except for top two buttons, tucked into distressed indigo skinny jeans, chunky leather belt, pop colored suit jacket, statement necklace worn on the outside of the shirt collar, chunky ankle boots.
  6. Hip length plaid shirt with sleeves neatly folded back to just below the elbow, top it with a funky, textured vest in a neutral color, straight leg jeans with large cuffs at the bottom so your ankles show, light colored neutral booties.
  7. Oversized, boxy plaid shirt with ¾ length sleeves buttoned, loosely tucked into structured, flared skirt that sits at natural waist and is color coordinated with the shirt, black or dark navy tights, and pointy flats.
  8. Long sleeved, form fitting plaid shirt buttoned up except for top two buttons at top and shirt cuffs buttoned, tucked into dark denim whisker washed skinny jean, pop color skinny belt, statement necklace and ballet flats.

Activities With Children

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Trying to find activities to occupy your children’s time as they are finishing their summer break? It can be difficult to fill the days with activities and you don’t want to just sit them in front of a screen all day but what can you do? Here are a few activities that can help keep your children active and away from screens. Some cost money while others don’t so that anyone on any budget can find something to do with their children.


A great option if you are trying to stay within a  budget is to pack up some balls, mitts, soccer balls—whatever it is that your children enjoy playing—and throw in a lunch and head to the park. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a blanket, plenty of water, and even an umbrella if there isn’t much shade. Take your children to the park and allow them to run around and play for a couple of hours. It is a great way to get them more active and enjoying the beautiful weather and outdoors.


Another way to keep them active and also allow them a chance to be social is to take them to your local pool. They will have the opportunity to swim around and also meet other children who are at the pool. If the pool is outdoors, make sure you bring sunscreen! Depending on how long you’ll be there, you might consider bringing a book if you aren’t planning on getting in.  However, there is something to be said about taking a dip yourself and playing with your kids.


Finally, if your children have never been camping it could be a great idea to pack up your old gear that maybe hasn’t seen the light of day since you had them and set up a camping site in your backyard. Play lawn games with them, grille up some dinner, and when it gets dark start a fire if you have a fire pit and enjoy each other’s company while you look up at the stars. Luckily you are still home so if anyone needs to use the restroom or clean up they are still able to do so.


These are just three ideas to help keeps your kids active and off the couch some while they are finishing their summer break. Use these as inspiration for other ideas! Perhaps you actually take them out camping after all. Or you could bring them to an amusement park for the day, or a museum. Whatever you choose, if you keep them moving and learning and experiencing it will be good for them.

Party for the Fourth!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holidays

Fourth of July is right around the corner and while the invitations may have already gone out for your Fourth of July party, now comes the planning. It may not be the most enjoyable part of throwing your party but if you plan ahead in a few strategic ways you will be able to remove most of the stress that comes with hosting a party.

 The first thing to tackle is the food. Plan on providing a few of the main dishes, such as barbecue or hamburgers and hotdogs. Grab the meat and buns and condiments necessary for this and then let your guests know that it will be potluck style. Ask each guest to bring one thing, such as side salads, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, baked beans, and the like. This will take a significant amount of preparation off of your table and allow you to devote your time to all other aspects of the party.

Next you will want to think about decor. There are great ideas to find online if you want to craft for your party but it never hurts either to raid the dollar store for some red, white, and blue napkins, plates and small decorations. Don’t go too overboard with it though, otherwise it can come across as a bit over the top. Keep it tasteful, and be sure to string up some lights if you haven’t already for ambient lighting. 

Finally, prepare the entertainment for the night. Purchase a couple of rounds of sparklers for everyone to light up in celebration of the holiday. Create several playlists for your guests to enjoy in the background ahead of time so that when the day comes you aren’t having to scramble back to your phone whenever a song comes on that isn’t appropriate for the occasion. You can also grab a few lawn games for your guests to enjoy, such as bocce ball or corn hole. These games are a sure hit.

Now that you’re prepared for your Fourth of July party, let yourself enjoy it. The preparation you’ve done will allow you to sit back and relax with your guests as we celebrate the day of our country’s independence.

Mother’s Day Ideas

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and every year when we were younger we would wake up early, cook our mothers breakfast in bed with dad, and generally spoil her all day doing chores and trying to stay out of trouble. Now that we are all grown up the normal is sending flowers or a card to your mother to remind her of how much you love her and appreciate her.


But there are other creative ways to show your mother your love for her, ways that she won’t be expecting. One great way to show your mother your love is to try sending her a hand written letter on the Sundays leading up to, and including, Mother’s Day. They could be about a warm memory you have of your childhood with her or they could be updates in your life and how she helped you achieve these things. A mother will appreciate the thought and hand written letters can be kept and treasured.


Another fun idea is to sign up for a paint night in your area where you go and an instructor helps the class paint a particular picture. Get two tickets and gift them to your mom for Mother’s Day. Then when it’s time to take the class you and your mother can sit together for a couple of hours enjoying each others company and getting to spend quality time together.


If you have enough childhood pictures you could also try scrapbooking those photos into a small scrapbook. Get creative and add little blurbs about your memories of the photos taken. It will be a nice way for her to see the world from your perspective when you were younger and you will have something to look over and share while you spend the day together.


Finally, if none of those appeal to you, you can always go old school and cook your mom a decadent home cooked meal. Grab the fixings and bring them over to your mother’s house and let her relax while you prepare dinner (you can always enlists Dad’s help here like back in the day).


At the root of it Mother’s Day is a celebration of the sacrifices every mother makes for her children and a day for us to express our gratitude for that. As long as your gift is a labor of love your mother is sure to love it.

Color Pallet: Country Library

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating


If you long for a sense of warmth and peace you might want to consider turning one of the rooms in your house into a country library. This style is also known as primitive because it relies on simple, old fashioned furnishings inspired by the Americana aesthetic of yesteryear. You’ll frequently find rough textures, and saturated color that’s been artistically treated to look muted.

Items such as braided rugs and quilts will be casually lying around, and table-and-chair sets are usually sparse wood pieces geared more toward function than comfort. Practicality was a big influence on country style inspired by early folk art, so something such as a table would have been viewed as a surface for the handiwork that was a prevalent part of life.

Creative pragmatism makes for a room that is comforting because it is humble yet feels entirely stable and reliable. With all that said, let us not forget that country primitive style is also fabulous and pretty in its own way, and you could certainly glam it up a bit if you so desired!

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a rustic library. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Muted Jade, Rose Brown, Chocolate Brown, Muted Pink Lemonade, Matte Black


What makes the room inviting?

  • Shelves full of old books
  • A fireplace that dominates the space
  • The rocking chair
  • Large area rug

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are all muted to the same level of saturation as the neutrals and natural materials in the room
  • Red and green are complimentary, and pink and jade are derivatives of these colors
  • Though readily apparent, the pink and jade play second fiddle to the neutral colors, and this is appropriate in primitive style home decor

What makes the design country/primitive?

  • Rocking chair and spindle leg table
  • Old fashioned books and pictures on the wall
  • A hearth
  • Abundant texture
  • Simplicity


When Preparing for Guests

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining

The holidays can be a joyous time filled with warm and friendly get togethers, love, and laughter. They can also be filled with stress as you attempt to prepare your home for your holiday guests. To help cut down on the amount of stress that seems to come with the territory this time of year, try preparing for your guests using some of these tips and techniques.

Plan Well Ahead

If you’ve been thinking about updating your guest bathroom or having the kitchen floor replaced before the holiday guests arrive this year, be sure to plan this well in advance. The busiest time of year for contractors is in the two or three months heading up to the holidays for just this reason; everyone wants their home to look good for the holidays. Plan and book your home renovation as early as you can to ensure that it gets done in plenty of time.

Anticipate Their Needs

If your guests are staying overnight or for an extended period of time, try to anticipate some of their needs so you can better accommodate their stay. Remember that holidays are stressful times for those that are traveling as well, and your guests may therefore forget things like toiletries or toothbrushes. They may also need a few comforts of home around so that they can relax once they arrive.

Prepare a basket with toiletries for them including things like soap, lotion, extra toothbrushes, tissues, and other items they may need. And stock up on their favorite tea, coffee, and brand of cookies as well. This will ensure that they can relax once they arrive – which means that you can relax as well.

Invest in Good Bedding

A good night’s sleep makes everyone more cheerful. Make sure that your guests are able to sleep well by investing in some good guest bedding. New air mattresses are available that fold away neatly, but blow up high enough to get them off the floor – perfect for extra or unexpected guests.

Have plenty of clean and fresh linens and extra blankets and pillows on hand and easily accessible by your guests as well. Leave them right out on a chair in the room they are staying in, right next to the basket of toiletries so they don’t have to bother you for anything.