Blogging since 2009, I'm a 1950s housewife to the bone and I love to share what I've learned with others. I'm a lifelong foodie, raised with Sunday dinners at my grandmother's and daily scratch cooking in my childhood kitchen. I'm a nerdy homeschooling mama of 3, and a wife of 17 years.

I drink tea when I knit and coffee when I do everything else.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day!
Day 1 - Skirt Steak w/ Chimichurri
Day 2 - Top Sirloin w/ Homemade Rub
Day 3 -
Rib Eye w/ Herbed Butter
Day 4 - Rosemary Chicken
Day 5 - Top Sirloin Gyros
Day 6 - Kansas City Style Pork Chops
Day 7 - Steak and Mushroom Kebabs
Day 8 - Dad's Hamurgers, 2.0
Day 9 - Top Sirloin w/ Mushrooms
Day 10 - Kid's Lunch
Day 11 - Chicken Souvlaki
Day 12 - S'mores Cones
Day 13 - Short Ribs

Kitchen & Sewing Skills!
Intro - Syllabus
Lesson 1 - Running & Whipstitch
Lesson 2 - Cookies

Last Day – LuLaRoe Giveaway!



Today is our last day for January’s LuLaRoe leggings giveaway! My friend Blayne is giving away a pair of LuLaRoe leggings!

Entering is easy!

*Join Blaybe’s LLR Facebook group here –

*Follow, like, share or comment on any of my social media posts (every action counts as an entry)

Find me on social media here:

I’ll be adding up everyone that joined Blayne’s group and followed, shared, liked or commented on my social media.

Good luck!

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Happy New Year – Let’s Have a Giveaway!


Happy 2017 everyone!

I hope your holiday season was full of love and fun. In the past, I have made and posted resolutions and then gone over them in December to see what I was able to stick to. I usually do pretty well, but I think that has more to do with knowing myself and choosing resolutions I know I will like doing! I haven’t really made or posted resolutions for a couple of years now. This year I wasn’t going to either and I kept saying, the only thing I really want to do this year is to blog more often and keep making videos. Then I had some ideas for blog posts and videos, and then I made notes about my self inflicted challenges for 2017 and before I knew it I had a list of things to do this year. So, goals and reminders to myself. In years past, I have done weekly check ins about my yearly goals. This year, I was planning a Friday recap so maybe I will include that in there.

1. Make a different candy (at least) every week.

2. Cook my way through Salt Lake City Chef’s Table by Becky and Josh Rosenthal.

3. Assist Daphne in cooking her way through Baking With Kids by Linda Collister.

4. Take the handmade pledge and include something handmade with birthday greetings.

5. Sit down for 4 crafternoons a week.

6. Participate in Craftster’s monthly challenges.

7. Assist Helena with her Sewing School.

8. Limit junk food.

9. Be active for at least 30 minutes a day

10. Work on my wardrobe.

I love how my first three resolutions are kitchen related and my next few are crafting related with a little cuteness at the end. Truthfully, I’m pretty good at doing my makeup, gluing on the lashes and getting on with my day. My wardrobe isn’t awful, I even did daily OOTD posts last summer when we spent a month in California buuuuut, it could use some updating and better mixing and matching. I think a lot of us who focus on our families and play around with flavors and foods in the kitchen can forget about putting together a cute outfit. I think of all my goals this year, this one will be the one that requires a change in mindset. I generally focus on my makeup and then literally put anything on!

So, in the spirit of encouraging others to step up their wardrobes as well, I’ve teamed up with my friend Blayne, she is a LuLaRoe consultant and is going to give you a free pair of leggings!

We are doing a little giveaway that is going to run for two weeks starting today (Jan 4) and ending on Jan 18, it is open internationally, so my Canadian/European readers, feel free to enter! All you have to do for a chance to win is to both join Blayne’s LuLaRoe FB group and follow me, like or comment on a post, and each action will get you an entry.

How to enter:

1. First, join Blayne’s LuLaRoe FB group over here. Blayne offers a loyalty card with her LuLaRoe shop, where once you have bought 10 of an item you get anything in stock for free! She also does giveaways often so you have more chances to win even after this giveaway is over!

2. Next if you’re not already following me on social media (or of you missed one), come join me!

Facebook –
Instagram – @soverydomestic
YouTube –
Twitter – @soverydomestic
Pinterest –

For additional entries you can:

-comment on a blog post
-comment on a Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTube
-tag a friend on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTube
-share this blog post

I post a whole lot, so you have no shortage of chances to win!

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Super Cute Caterday…I mean Saturday


I tossed on some kitty ears for the first Super Cute Saturday of 2016!

There are so many fun ideas to get to and products to use this year, I can hardly wait to share them with you!

I recently updated my original Urban Decay shadow box. I started using this palette in 2011 and finally ran out a few months ago. The new palette has all the original colors, but with an updated case.

For this look, I used Sin on the brow bone and Indo on the lid, with a little MAC pigment in Emerald Green. Once I blended it out, I also added some MAC pigment in Pure White.

Not pictured MAC pigment in Emerald Green and all my primers, foundation and powder.

I lined with Tarte precision liner in Lights, Camera, Lashes and before adding the Estee Lauder Super Lashes I applied two coats of Josie Maran argan black oil mascara. Why two coats? Because even though they’re covered by lashes, I always feel the need to use two coats. Then I used Sephora’s Jem and the Holograms lipgloss in Music is Magic. These liquid lipsticks are amazing. Not just this color – which is brilliant – but I had coffee, water, toast with avocado, juice and more coffee and the color didn’t fade. I even smooched my husband a few times and didn’t come off on him either!

I also used target=”_blank”>Davine’s Oil Oil in my hair, as I do pretty much every day.

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Gold Eyes Red Lips


Happy Saturday!

I really love a bold, red lip, but only with certain eyeshadow colors – or no eye shadow at all. I’m not sure why, but I can’t deal with no shadow, if I’m wearing makeup, I’m wearing makeup, you know? Maybe one day. It is hard for me to find a shadow that works for me with red lips, but when I got Urban Decay’s Revolution lipstick in F-Bomb, I knew I had to find a way to wear it. Then I got a sample of Younique’s Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder in Sexy and it was perfect!

I will do a post about the base, but once the concealer / foundation / powder was done, and I had applied an eye shadow primer (Urban Decay‘s is my favorite) and let it dry, this is how I did it…

I applied the Younique pigment in Sexy over the lid, in the crease and up the browbone with a small amount of water on the brush (much like MAC’s pigments). Then with the same damp brush, I mixed a little of the black and nude from the Dash lash / shadow set and applied it in the crease, then I blended it out with a MAC blending brush. I used some of the Dash nude with the Younique pigment as a highlight and then penciled in my brows with the Sephora brow pencil in Nutmeg Brown.

Then I drew on a beautiful, wet line on the upper lashline and went over it to thicken it about three times with Benefit’s Magic Ink liquid liner in Jet Black, put on a coat of Too Faced’s Lashgasm in black and put my Dash lashes on (this set is called Heavy Gaze Ultra Full). I added a smudge of Tarte Airblush Maracuja in Warm Rosy Peach and finally, Urban Decay’s Revolution in F-Bomb.

I wore this to our neighborhood indoor playspace and met up with my bestie for coffee while the kids played (well, she has a two year old, so we also chased him around quite a bit). I didn’t feel like it was too dressy because the eyes are so light, but I did feel put together. I am hoping to find more ways to wear this red and maybe I’ll get brave and add to the collection.

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Super Cute Saturday – Younique Review


Super Cute Saturday is back! Thanks to the encouragement of my friend Libby and Tami, who don’t even know each other but they both supported the return of this fun weekly post.

I have seen Younique 3D fiber mascara in my Facebook feed here and there, and then I started seeing it in my Instagram feed and as anyone who has ever met me in person or even read any of my old Super Cute Saturday series knows, I looooove my false lashes. I love them. I honestly scrolled on past all the Younique posts because I felt that since my falsies were working for me and since I have got my routine down and they never caused me any problems, I had no need for this new mascara. Fast forward several months later, a new Facebook friend, Libby, posted about Younique and we started talking about it. I mentioned that I love my falsies and couldn’t think of a reason to make the switch, and while I can be pretty stubborn, she sent me a sample and just suggested I try it.

The very first time I tried it, I was not sold on it at all. I felt that it took too long to apply, (especially in comparison to how quickly I have gotten at applying my stick ons), and it was messy. I had mascara on my perfect eyeshadow (annoying) and I had all these little fibers in my eyes (super annoying). Then I discovered the ‘hair dryer’ trick, where you use your hair dryer to both dry the mascara (a trick that works with whatever mascara you use) and to blow away any fibers that might fall into your eyes. Once I did my makeup with that little trick, I was sold.

Libby even made a video of this hair dryer trick to show people how to do it. If you’ve tried this mascara and were turned off because you felt it was messy or you got fibers in your eye, this will totally change that. I love my Younique mascara now.

You can buy Younique products here

Truth be told, I love me some dramatic lashes. I love them on the daily so for parties and really special events I will likely still wear falsies, because sometimes you need glittery purple lashes, right?

The first time I wore them out, several people commented on them and some even thought they were falsies. These lashes look just as nice, if not nicer, than falsies that are the same size, and they are still noticeable behind glasses. My favorite thing about them is that while falsies for bottom lashes exist, they are usually way way too intense. With this mascara, you can do up the bottom lashes juuuuuuust enough.

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BH Cosmetics


I’ve been a big fan of BH Cosmetics for about two years. I have big love for pops of color and even bigger love for serious lashes, so those are two qualities BH has in spades, but I also don’t want to drop $300 every time I need to refresh my makeup kit or pay $7-$16 for a pair of lashes (especially considering I wear them often). I’m not against splurging, and in the interest of full disclosure I do love me some Sephora and have a mild obsession with my pink Tarina Tarintino glitter. Having said that, I don’t shop Sephora to stock up and I don’t wear pink glitter everyday (sigh, but in a perfect world…).

So enter BH. Not only will you get way more for your dollar here than anywhere else I’ve looked, the quality is far better than the price implies. The eyeshadow pigments are long wearing and really bright! The 120 Color Palettes are usually between $30-35 but there is always some promotion or another. Right now they are actually 40% off and that’s not all that strange. I’ve never paid full price on this site and never been disappointed.

The 120 Color Palettes come in 5 editions with variations in each. I have the 1st edition and I love it. Bright, lasting colors. The shimmer palette comes in cool and tropical, I have the cool. It is very blendable and also very long lasting. I have the Earth, Blossom and Candy lip liners. I find them all to be very smooth and blendable and they are all very easy to sharpen which is a serious plus!

I will say that the $15/pair Urban Decay lashes are nicer than these $5/pair lashes from BH, but they are not 3 x nicer! I like the Come Hither lashes from Urban Decay for something a little snazzier than everyday, but not crazy fancy. I have found that BH’s China Doll lashes are very similar. I’d also compare Urban Decay’s Instaflare, Darlin’ and Babydoll to BH’s Foxy, Flare and Sassy – in that order. Using BH is a little safer for daily wear in case you get glitter on them that wont come off or you’re not as gentle as you think you are and bend them. Or you know, when you have a late night and fall asleep with your full face on. Whoops!

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This Week (aka Happy Sunday)

California, Crafty, Domestic, Kids, Pretty

So so so much is going on this week and so much fun happened last week! I made a lot of Halloweeny treats in the last couple of weeks and they were all hits with the kids! Wee One #1 is dressing as a warrior skeleton type guy (he’s been picking pretty much the same costume every year in a bigger size for 3 or 4 years now), Wee One #2 is going as Hello Kitty and out littlest is going as ‘The Tooth Fairy’, she is very specific about what kind of fairy she is exactly. Much running around Los Angeles in costumes!

Sparkly gold shoes, ridiculous wedges with an equally ridiculous bow, a really cute necklace and dress combo and some Halloweeny cocktails rounded out my week. We made normal screwdrivers but we used black vodka and then we made Bloodtinis, which were just as delish without any booze in them at all. I really just wanted an excuse to use the shaker. ;)

Oh, and my piggie spatula, which is probably my most prized kitchen possession at the moment. You love it right? Of course you do!

Back in the morning with Menu Monday!!

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Homemade Facial Cleansers

Healthy, Pretty

Last year I started experimenting with making my own mineral makeup, lip glosses and bath fizzies and a few months ago we made soap with new friends! Since all of these experiments went so well and I was not only able to use everything I made, but it all turned out really nice and in some cases even better than I expected, I started experimenting with face masks! There are a zillion recipes online for masks and cleansers and potions, but some of them have either hard to find ingredients or unnecessarily expensive ingredients. So after wading through about 100 recipes, I read up on the most common ingredients and what properties they have that are so good for skin and of course I tried out a bunch of these myself!

Watermelon is one of the ingredients that comes up again and again in facial mask recipes. Mostly because just like when you eat it, applying it to your face really hydrates your skin, regardless of whatever else you add to it, so when you add it to anything else that hydrates on contact (like cucumbers) you can quickly and safely moisturize a dry face. Win! The Watermelon and cucumber combo also has skin lightening and soothing properties, so the next time you’re nursing a sunburn, mash half a cup each of watermelon pulp and cucumber and spread over where ever you are red!

So, why? Well, I mentioned that watermelon pulp hydrates your skin like crazy and it’s also an amazing anti-inflammatory. It’s also full of vitamins C, A, potassium, and magnesium, which I generally only think of in terms of eating it but there’s a lot of research swirling around that since your skin is your biggest organ you’re absorbing (and therefore ingesting) whatever you use topically.

Watermelon Yogurt Mask
1 teaspoon watermelon juice
1 teaspoon plain Greek yogurt

Yogurt & Oatmeal
There are a lot of yogurt based masks out there. After reading about all of yogurt’s superpowers for skin, I get why. It it chock full of lactic acid, which apparently is beyond department store creams in refining pores, scrubbing out the dead skin cells and get this, stimulating collagen production. Any bottle that says that in a spa will instantly be twice as expensive as anything around it, so getting that for next to nothing from yogurt? Sign me up!

Another reason yogurt seems to dominate the recipes for DIY facial masks is it’s consistency is perfect for making a paste out of so many other ingredients that are good for your skin (like oatmeal and honey).

Oatmeal is extremely beneficial to your skin and since we have already covered what yogurt can do, I’d happily rate yogurt/oatmeal combos as serious winners! Apparently, humans have been using oatmeal on their skin since 2000 BC (don’t ask me how ‘they’ know that, but they do)! Oatmeal contains polysaccharides and these little babies get all gooey in the water and leave a (good) film on your skin that protects against flaking! It does a good job of moisturizing as well since oats are full of good fats, and natural cleansers that pull out dirt and oil from pores!

Yogurt & Oatmeal Moisturizing Mask
2 tablespoons plain (full fat) yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1-2 tablespoons cooked & cooled oatmeal
Yogurt & Honey Cleansing Scrub
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon plain yogurt
2 tablespoons finely ground almonds
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Calming Mask
1/2 cup of plain yogurt
2 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel or juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 peeled cucumber
3 drops of chamomile oil
Old School Oat & Honey Mask
2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 tablespoon honey
Smoothing Apricot Mask
2 pitted apricots
2 teaspoons greek yogurt
Olive oil

My Favorites

Baking Soda Scrub
I have been using a 3:1 mixture of baking soda and water for about 5 months, every other day on my face, elbows and knees because I have read in various cheesy magazines *cough*Seventeen*cough that using a baking soda paste safely brightens your skin, or at least takes the dull film off the top! I have noticed an honest improvement in the brightness of my skin and there has not been any irritation. There is a version of this that uses orange juice instead of water (here)and it is supposedly crazy amazing at getting rid of oil and blackheads. I’ll test this out and report back!

Cucumber Slices
Ever since I first started skipping sleep about 12 years ago, I’ve been using cucumber slices on my eyes when I wake up looking like I need another 3 or 4 hours in bed! While I know that everyone already knows this one, I’m crediting my mom because she was the first one to magically make me not look like a zombie at 6:30am after being up with a baby all night. (Thanks Mom!)

Egg White Masks
My aunt got me into egg white face masks even before I needed the cucumbers. She and my mom and I would spend nights putting egg white masks on each other’s faces and hands. Why hands? Both my mom and my aunt always rocked manicures so I guess it’s no surprise they made sure their hands were soft and smooth! These masks were fun for me as a kid because, aside from the gross fun of spreading egg whites with a pastry brush, there is the strange sensation of the eggs drying on your face and your feeling the pull. You can rinse it off in the sink or shower, but peeling it off was always more fun. I had forgotten about these masks until I thought about writing this post so I did one just to see how my skin felt immediately after and woah. Way, way smoother than pre-mask! All it takes is one egg white. I’ve read a lot of people use the yolk in their hair to make it shinier, but I have not tried that one myself yet!

In all the reading I did about DIY face masks I found so many amazing recipes I want to try out! Here are a few more!

Green Tea Face Mask
green tea (just enough to make a paste)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
Banana Face Mask
1 banana
1 teaspoon honey
Blueberry Lemon Mask
4 tablespoons mashed blueberries
3 teaspoons ground oats
1 teaspoon finely ground almonds
2 teaspoons distilled water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 drop lemon essential oil
Papaya Mask
2 tablespoons mashed papaya
1/2 teaspoon pineapple juice
1 teaspoon powdered green algae
Pumpkin Facial
2 teaspoon pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Nutmeg Honey Cinnamon Facial
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
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Make Your Own Bath Fizzies

Crafty, Pretty

Today is a fun link up day! All these link ups are full of beautiful and inspirational projects – check some of them out! A Bowl Full of Lemons, Sugar Bee Crafts, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Today’s Creative Blog, The Blackberry Vine, Adventures of a DIY Mom, Our Delightful Home, Carolyn’s Homework, Vintage Wanna Bee, The Little Giggler, Crafty Confessions and The Kurtz Corner.

Making your own bath bombs seems a little crazy and to me anyway, it sounds like a lot of work. It’s surprisingly easy though! I made a batch a little while ago to give as gifts and I kept a few for myself, they turned out so well. Now that I have done this once, I know I can make them look a lot prettier!

I made two kinds. One is more dense than the other. The dense batch dissolved pretty unnoticeably in the tub and made my skin crazy, amazingly soft. The puffier kind gave more of a show when they dissolved and also made my skin crazy, amazingly soft. I think the puffy version is better though because part of the fun of bath bombs is the fact that they explode, right?

There are heaps of recipes and tutorials online, but so far I think this one from Martha herself is the best one.

bath fizzies

Bath Fizzies via Martha Stewart

1/2 cup citric acid
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup organic cane sugar
food coloring
essential oil(s)
travel-size spray bottle
silicone ice-cube tray
storage jars

bath fizzies
bath fizzies
First, mix the citric acid, baking soda and cornstarch in an oven proof bowl. Sift it to get the clumps out of the cornstarch. Now stir in the sugar.
bath fizzies
bath fizzies
This part is so cool! Fill a spray bottle with water and food coloring. Of course the more food coloring you use, the more vibrant the color will be. I had two batches going here, one was a light blue and one was a light pink.
bath fizzies
bath fizzies
bath fizzies
bath fizzies
Spritz the water into the powder mixture until you can form it with your hands, then press it onto whatever molds you choose! So fun!
bath fizzies
bath fizzies
These trays took overnight to dry on the counter, the denser ones were sprayed less than the puffy ones, and the puffy ones grew overnight! Store them in pretty jars or wrap them up in pretty chello bags to give away!
bath fizzies
bath fizzies

Super Cute Saturday


Super Cute Saturday, Urban Decay, Hard Candy, MAC

This is a fun look that I wore most of the time when we lived in the woods and we had errands at school or in town. Writing this from LA, it’s hard to believe that I had to ‘drive into town’ to run errands. Amazing the difference a few months makes. Anyhoo…this was super simple to do!

Super Cute Saturday, Urban Decay, Hard Candy, MAC

First I swept Hard Candy Baked Meteor Eyeshadow in Black Hole over the entire lid, blending up. Then I added Urban Decay’s Vintage Eyeshadow in Purple Haze over the lid and blending that up as well. I mixed MAC’s Pigment in Frozen White with a little water to make a paste and used that from the crease up to the brow. I also smudged a little over my lids as well. I lined with Hard Candy’s Walk The Line Liquid Eyeliner in Lace and finished with BH Cosmetics’ China Doll Lashes. I think the gloss is just my Giant Watermelon Lip Smackers! Not pictured is whatever random brown brow pencil I used, best guess is Wet n Wild.

Super Cute Saturday, Urban Decay, Hard Candy, MAC
Super Cute Saturday, Urban Decay, Hard Candy, MAC
Super Cute Saturday, Urban Decay, Hard Candy, MAC
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