The First Thing a Vintage Housewife Should Do for Her Husband

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your marriage is to be disrespectful to your husband. Why? Because water seeks its own level: you married a man who matched you. And if you don’t respect him, you don’t respect yourself. When you make the choice to respect your husband, you are also saying, …

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How to Care for your Stockings Like a Vintage Lady

Monday is wash day, but did you know that the housewife (and teenage girls) were taught to wash their stockings, lingerie, and foundation garments by hand, every day? Especially when stockings were made of silk! The Routine For stockings, you were supposed to wash them each evening after you took them off, but at least …

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Mid-Century Menu Monday for April 11 to April 17

Happy Easter! Here are the menus for Holy week. During this week, I finish my spring cleaning (by Wednesday), and then spend Holy Thursday preparing for Easter. On Good Friday, I fast and make a pilgrimage, so those menus also look different than usual. And on Holy Saturday, the children and I finish preparations and …

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The Top 5 ’50s Housewife Books for How To Be An Elegant Lady

It’s time for the latest list in my series “The Top 5 ’50s Housewife Books!” This one is all about vintage books to help you become a more gracious and elegant lady. Mostly, these are the books that will help you with the 4th Pillar of Vintage homemaking — show pride in being a Mrs. …

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How to Spring-Clean Like a 1950s Housewife

Spring is here! Or close enough that many a vintage housewife is starting to consider her spring cleaning plans. So just in case you want to know how to REALLY THOROUGHLY clean a home, vintage-style, here’s the complete, step-by-step list of cleaning tasks that a 1950s housewife would have followed. As one of those vintage …

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