Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Under the weather...

I will be back shortly with new posts, but I have been fighting an infection and have been bed ridden!

Meanwhile, I hope you have fun exploring new homemaking ideas and recipes!

The Retro Homemaker

Friday, March 23, 2012

Love each other

When it comes to family, I think that what is important is love.

A nice decor when you receive each other is of course welcomed, but it is better to serve a simple homemade soup with love than a five star meal with contempt.

Life shouldn't be a competition: family especially children should feel welcomed among differences and not be pushed to be the best! They need to learn that they are not to be the center of attention and to show compassion and care for others.

I am going on a rampant here but I just want to say that I strongly dislike the way baby boomers (no, not all of them! :) ) and many parents today became "friends" with their kids and spoiled them with toys and stuff instead of giving them strong values in more modest surroundings. They think that by just focusing on the fact that kids are okay physically that nothing more needs to be done.

The mother at home is irreplaceable. She, while not being perfect (who is?) is giving her children the love and attention they deserve, and giving them strong morals and values. It is a very difficult job and I raise my hat to all of you mothers! It is also difficult to live on one income, but with careful handling and planning, it can be done.

I hope you all have a nice weekend! And tell your loved ones you love them because you never know when they might pass away.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Quest of Perfection

Girls nowadays are being pressured to be perfect: perfect body, grades, popularity, talents and the pressure to make a lot of money.

Although studying and being a hard worker is good, I think there should be a balance between life and career.

When we put all our energy into a career, we just don't have the time to take care of our loved ones! We just are not perfect: no one is.

This attitude is destroying our daughters' confidence and it is not preparing them to be morally strong, good people, which is more important than how much money they should make.

There are women who prefer working at big corporate jobs and I know that this is not for me. This push: this quest of perfection is unhealthy and leads to health issues.

I see this a lot in stage mothers. What is important for me is not competition but it is trying your best every day, learning and being your own individual.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Homemaking prejudices

I wonder, with all these "women's rights", if feminists have actually stopped and thought of our well being as women.

It seems like all they do is tell us how to live our lives and insult us if we don't live how they want us to live.

My husband and I are kind and smart people who try to live by Jesus' standards, which is to love one another, love the disabled, the rejected and the poor.

A lot of radical feminists have become so power hungry that all they want is control and rebellion. They are brainwashing young women in their 20's at colleges into thinking that career is first, that men are the enemy and that children are burdens.

What they don't want to admit is that most girls have been dreaming of their wedding day since they've been little! And that many men do want to settle down and have a family oriented job!

I find it sad that the family unit has changed so much and that marriage is now strongly discouraged for the fear of divorce. I also find it sick to see so many beautiful young girls being stripped of their innocence at such a young age in the name of "sexual freedom".

I think that more should be taught to encourage strong marriages and picking the right spouse. Women should conduct themselves as ladies and be nice to their husbands, and men should be gentlemen and treat their ladies right! When you have that is when you can truly grow together as a couple! And life is so much better when you have a good husband to share your life with! :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Simplify your life

I think that in order to have great peace of mind, it is good to simplify life in a way that is not overwhelming.

I don't like clutters and messes as it just doesn't make the room and the mind flow.

The beauty about taking care of our home is that we are in charge of everything. When you're at a job, you are dependent upon someone else's schedule, but not at home.

And we are not always home either! If anything, we have more fun during evenings and weekends as I take care of the rest at home!

For me, I prefer to have close and meaningful friends rather than go to parties.

Some people will talk about you and say that you are leading a leisurely life. Well let them talk! Marriage is more important to me than a big career and I sure have been a hard worker in my home!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring cleaning!

The weather is finally changing for the better and it feels good to change things around the home such as paint, clothing and even decor!

The time is coming as well to have more people over and enjoy the sun. Produce in season also changes and so it is fun to try new dishes.

It is also the time to reevaluate what things to keep, throw out or sell, as well as change sheets and organize documents.

I hope you have some fun taking care of your family home this spring!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Frugality leads to happiness

Being frugal is a great quality to have. It feels pretty liberating to be in control of our own finances. I believe that debt adds a burden that is difficult to live with.

Don't listen to the people that laugh at your frugal ways for they may be very much so in debt. The "live for now" mentality leads to great unhappiness and unstability in the long run.

Being grateful for what we have is a lost virtue. There is always that desire to want more, to spend more...Thrifty people are viewed as cheap and giving gifts has become a competition.

If something happened to me, I would realize what is truly important in life. I would not want stuff: I would want the people I love surrounding me.

Speaking of stuff: I prefer a comfortable yet sentimental home. I also prefer a smaller home as it is much easier to clean and to take care of.

I realize that this blog isn't popular. It is not about fame, money, looks and material possessions but it is about promoting a way of life that is very different from the norm. As you know, I live in a very feminist location and so it is difficult to live the way I do, but it is what is best for my wonderful husband and I.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Guard your home

The beauty about being a housewife is that we get to set not only our time, but also we decide with whom we interact with.

We guard our homes: we take care of them and we are a strong positive influence in our families' lives.

We organize everything and we set the tone. That is not enslavement: that is positive!

We don't have to interact with people we don't like if we don't have to. We don't have to invite negative people into our lives. We are here to guard our homes and respect them.

We make our own decisions and our presence has a big impact on our husbands' and children's lives.

My self worth doesn't come from a paycheck but from who I am.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

How housewives are as happy as women who go to work

This is a nice article from the Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2107911/Housewives-happy-women-work.html

We really need to affirm ourselves and defend our position of homemaker more. Homemaking is creative, fun, challenging and healthy!

Of course we all have bad days. However, we must persevere and keep our focus!

So, enjoy your days! Be glad you are home.

Happy homemaking!