I can honestly tell you, I LOVE BEING A WIFE AND MOM.
But as the kids became involved in more activities, I felt like was being stretched in different directions I started struggling.
I was struggling with exhaustion and overwhelmed trying to balance three very active kids schedules, my role on the family farm, and my own interests. My house, while it seemed clean on the surface, was unorganized and in some areas cluttered. Trying to figure out what to eat and what to feed my family every day was a last-minute scramble. I was using coffee to get me through the day. I always felt fatigued, unorganized and overwhelmed.
The Vintage Housewife
The Vintage Housewife was created to share my love of all things vintage, and to embrace the routine and ritual of keeping house and nurturing my family with joy, kindness, and generosity.
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You may be wondering how I ended up with a blog called the Vintage Housewife, or who exactly I am. It’s kind of a long story, but I’ll try to keep it short!
I live on a small family farm in Upstate New York with my husband, and three teenagers. I don’t necessarily work outside of our home, but I do work on the farm along with my husband, and I consider blogging a part-time gig. I have another general food blog which earns a reasonable income which helps offset the costs of Christmas and other family expenses. I am an avid reader, I enjoy baking, and I am horrible at gardening, which surprises a lot of people, seeing as I live on a farm!
I was struggling with exhaustion and overwhelmed trying to balance three very active kids schedules, my role on the family farm, and my own interests. My house, while it seemed clean on the surface, was unorganized and in some areas cluttered. Trying to figure out what to eat and what to feed my family every day was a last-minute scramble. I was using coffee to get me through the day. I always felt fatigued, unorganized and overwhelmed. And a lot of days I was cranky.
I knew there had to be a better way.
One day while flipping through the channels on tv and ran across the TLC show Wives with Beehives (originally aired in 2012). The show was met with a huge backlash, the most vocal opponents loved to tear down the showing on the grounds of “outdated gender roles”.
But there was something about the show I just couldn’t shake. I adore collecting vintage items particularly from the 1950’s so, of course, I was smitten with the dresses and house decor, but there was more to it than that.
Eventually, it occurred to me: These women were taking pride in the skills of homemaker, that are so often seen today as menial drudgery.
Sure, there was the novelty of dressing in vintage attire, but these women were finding the joy in raising children, cleaning, baking, sewing, and cooking, and they seemed to be doing it effortlessly.
I realized what I needed was a big old attitude adjustment, and because the Wives with Beehives show spoke to me, and the 1950’s is an era I find intriguing I found the Daily Schedule for the 50’s Housewife online and dove right into the 1950’s Housewife Challenge.
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