Friday, July 31, 2015

DRESS CODE: Favorite Shorts for Women 50+

Old Navy Shorts-003I have a love / hate relationship with shorts. I live in Southern California. Shorts are a wardrobe staple at last six months out of the year. But at a certain age, it gets difficult to find shorts that aren’t ridiculous. There are the teeny tiny shorts designed for an 18-year old with an inseam of 3 inches – total fabric to sew these shorts is about a 1/4 yard. There are age-appropriate shorts that either need ironing or not as fashionable as I like, or elastic-waist granny shorts. But cue the music - I recently found a pair of shorts that I love and had to share them with you.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GOOD TASTE: Roasted Tomato Salsa

Sadly, I didn’t have the best tomato crop this year. The tomatoes looked good but they didn’t have that home grown amazing taste and they were a tad on the mushy side. I was disappointed because I love fresh salsa and fresh thin sliced tomatoes on my sandwiches.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 217 & T-Shirt Covered Binder

Welcome to The Inspiration Board here on homework. I am so happy you are here. Today is my favorite day – the day I get to see what you’ve been up to. Last week the link party was back on track with loads of inspiration. I noticed a surge in home diy projects and I’m so inspired to get off my you-know-what and work on our house. I’ll keep you posted if that happens. In the meantime, I get to enjoy what you’ve been doing.

On to the party - thank you for stopping by homework.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 216 & Delicious Egg Ideas

A huge thank you to everyone who shared projects last week on The Inspiration Board. There were so many fantastic links and I spent hours scrolling through and visiting your blogs. If you stopped by last week to browse, I hope you were inspired to create something. It’s been busy, busy, busy but here’s what I’ve been up to.

Recently on homework

And now for the projects featured this week.

Inspiration Board Spotlight

Friday, July 24, 2015

INKLING: Printable Back-to-School Labels

4Before you know it, it will be back-to-school time. And if you have little ones, you’ll want to label everything! I created this full sheet of small “This Belongs To” labels. They’re the perfect size for pencils, pens, sharpeners and even books.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

ETCETERAS: Sea Glass Succulent Bowl

Sea Glass Succulent Bowl - homework (4)It wouldn’t be summer if I didn’t create some type of beachy coastal décor piece and this one is a quick and easy. The sea glass is from a floral arrangement I received years ago. The vase was filled with these beautiful glass chips and of course I washed and saved them.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 216 & Back to School Pencil Bag

Pencil Case (4)[4]FROM MY ARCHIVES : Back to School Pencil Bag

Oh my goodness, we’re nearing the end of July. For some, it’s only halfway through summer but for others it’s seriously time to start thinking about back-to-school prep. Whether it’s school ideas, crafts, recipes, gardening, décor or a wonderful photo or story, I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. Thank you for choosing homework to share your inspiration. Now let the sharing begin…

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 215 & Vintage Crush

Another weekend has flown by and here we are again at the start of a brand new week. I hope you did something wonderful over the weekend – relaxed, created, enjoyed family – whatever would make your weekend extra special. A big thank you to everyone who visited me here at homework last week and especially those who shared their projects on The Inspiration Board.

In case you haven’t had time to drop in, here’s what I’ve been sharing lately.

And now for the projects featured in The Spotlight this week:

Inspiration Board Spotlight

Friday, July 17, 2015


Weekend Inspiration Summer color burst-001
TGIF everyone! We did again. We crafted, sewed, baked, decorated, diy’d  and inspired each other through another week. We’re right in the middle of summer so I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend. I’m hoping to tackle a bedroom bureau makeover that I’m excited about. We’ll see how much I get done. In the meantime, enjoy this burst of summer color that is totally inspiring me right now. What do you think about these Fiesta, Mediterranean, and bright and bold colors?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 215 & Caprese Crostini Skewers

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Crostini Skewers via homework (5)[3]FROM MY ARCHIVES :  Caprese Crostini Skewers

Hooray! It’s time for The Inspiration Board. I’ve been hosting this weekly link up for over four years and I never get tired of waking up on Tuesday morning and seeing all the links. Thank you for choosing homework to share your creativity. Now let the sharing begin…
Homework Creative Party

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 214 & Leafy Greens

Welcome to another week here on homework. I’m so happy you’re here. Today I get to show off the beautiful features from The Inspiration Board. A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by last week, left me sweet comments and shared links. High fives to shared creativity and bloggy friends. In case you missed anything, here’s what I’ve been sharing.

And now for the features…

Inspiration Board Spotlight

Friday, July 10, 2015

PRETTY PLEASE: Mod Podge Make Up Container

Green Tea Travel Toner by homeworkHappy Friday everyone. Yesterday I shared my homemade Green Tea Toner and today I want to show you how I made this cute travel container for the toner. I started with an empty loose powder container. I save them because they’re so perfect for holding small items and great for travel. Use them for your earrings and rings, medicine, or even a small amount of hair product.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

PRETTY PLEASE: Homemade Green Tea Travel Toner

I’ve always had very oily skin which is a curse and a blessing. The natural oils do seem to help ward off wrinkles but I’m forever blotting my skin. For years I stopped using facial toner but as my skin ages, I find myself using it again. It seems to help combat the oiliness without drying my skin too much.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 214 & Sharpie Starfish Mugs

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FROM MY ARCHIVES :  Starfish Sharpie Mugs

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m so happy you stopped by and I hope you’re here to share a project or browse the amazing projects linked up. Last week’s party had a great turnout and I had so much fun going through the links. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week.

Monday, July 6, 2015

EXTRA CREDIT: Coastal Table Setting

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Faultless/Bon Ami Company    for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s always fun putting together a themed table setting. The icing on the cake is a crisp white linen napkin. When you’re going to all the much trouble to make your table extra special, you want your napkins to look their best.

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 213 & Inspiring Summer Sherbert Colors

Hello friends! If you’re here in the U.S., I hope you had a fantastic Fourth of July weekend. The holiday weekend was also the end of my weeklong staycation so it’s back to work (at my day job) for me. I got a lot done during my week off including having family and friends over on the Fourth. I never did make it to the chaise lounge with a tall cool drink and a magazine during the week. But, oh well, it was still nice.

A huge thank you to all of you that shared projects on The Inspiration Board last week. The party had been dwindling but was back on an upswing last week. Hooray! For those who haven’t had a chance to pop over lately, here’s what I’ve shared recently.

Recently shared on homework
What I Wore – Business Travel  |  Coastal Crafts Book Giveaway  |  DIY Sea Shell Make Up Mirror  |  Groupon Coupons Review  |  Patriotic Brownie Cups |  New Homework Logo

And now for the features!

Friday, July 3, 2015

DRESS CODE: What I Wore {Business Travel Clothes for 50+}

What I Wore Business Travel 50+Today I’m sharing a really different post with you. I love fashion and accessories but I rarely post pictures of myself or share things that I wear. I recently was away for a week-long business trip for my day job as a senior marketing manager and documented my outfits. I work remotely from my home office and was traveling to the corporate office for the first time. I planned (shopped) for this trip for a long time because it was a packed schedule with meetings, dinners and more meetings.

As you can see from my post title, I’m in the 50+ age group (eeeep how did that happen?) so I don’t want to dress too young but I also don’t want to dress matronly. So here are the outfits I wore and a few tips that I learned for my next trip in a few months.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ACCESSORIES: DIY Shell Magnifying Make Up Mirror

DIY Shell Magnifying Make Up Mirror via homework (6)For a long time now, I’ve relied on a magnifying mirror in my bathroom to apply my make up. Funny how the regular mirror seems so far away the older I get. In my bathroom, I have a nice swing arm magnifying mirror but I also have a variety of handheld versions. I found this small 4 inch mirror in one of my make up bags and decided to give it a little facelift.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EXTRA CREDIT: Groupon Coupons–a new way to save

I have to confess, I’m slightly addicted to online shopping. Clothes, shoes, household items… you name it and I love to buy it online. Nothing makes me happier than finding a good sale at one of my favorite stores and it’s an added bonus when I have a coupon code for even more savings