Being a Vintage Kind of Housewife….or Not

Have you noticed that modern homemaking is always associated with a vintage aesthetic? A quick search of Instagram homemakers will show you that people equate all things homemake-y with a vintage lifestyle. It seems as if it’s done primarily by housewives themselves. A short perusal and in no time, you’re knee deep in aprons, braids…

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Vintage Christmas Stories for the Whole Family

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Here we are again in the middle of December, the height of the Christmas season. For me, the time from November 1st to January 1st is jam-packed with Christmas music, lights, movies, food, and hopefully lots of snow to set the mood. Getting my…

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The Best Care-Free Christmas Celebration, 1935

We observe the old custom of having our whole family together for Christmas dinner. Last year there were nearly forty of us. Each family brought a basket lunch with service for its own members. No dirty dishes to mar the women folks’ good time. Planning a big dinner is no longer an excuse for putting…

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Spending Money to Save Money, a Smart Long-Term Strategy

There are two philosophies when it comes to spending money at Christmas time. On one side are the frugal, minimalist, holidays-on-a-dime people, and on the other end, the shop-happy, spend-all spend-merrily types. This is the one time of the year that by all appearances, I join the madness and abandon my simple, frugal ways. I’ve…

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