Winter Essentials

It’s pretty chilly around here so it seemed like a good time to share some of my winter essentials. These are the things that help make winter easier for me. It’s not my favorite season but with these items I can handle it better.

winter essentials

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  1. Maggie’s Organic Scarf- I have several of these and I wear them all of the time.
  2. Snowflake Glass Mugs- These mugs are super cute and made in the USA. I love to make hot cocoa in them, they are just so festive.
  3. Maggie’s Organic Tights- These tights are organic and Fair Trade. They are very soft and warm.
  4. PurePalette Candles- I love candles all year but I burn the most during the winter. I like to use soy or bees wax candles with essential oils. This is one of my favorite brands.
  5. PACT socks- PACT makes very cute, organic socks. My husband and I both own a lot of them. I love the all of the cute patterns.
  6. Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream- I keep this in my purse and use it all of the time. It smells amazing and works very well. As someone that washes their hands a lot during cold and flu season this is a big must for me!
  7. Juice Beauty Lip Moisturizers- This pack comes with one clear, one pink and one red lip moisturizer. They are great lip moisturizers and the tinted ones are very pretty. Sometimes I wear them alone or I wear them under my lipstick. If you don’t want the tinted ones you can just buy the clear one.
  8. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer- My face gets very dry during the winter months and this moisturizer is a life saver! It’s a bit pricy but a little goes a long way and it makes my skin feel amazing! Just one use and I can see a difference.
  9. Closed-toe Heels- I have been wearing more dresses and skirts so closed-toe heels are a must for cold months! This pair is my favorite.
  10. Choice Organic Earl Grey Tea- I drink hot tea all year but my consumption reaches a new high during the winter months. Choice is my favorite brand and their Earl Grey is my favorite flavor. I love it so much I buy it by the case!


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What are your winter essentials? Do you like the cold months or dread them like me?

This post is linked up with Thursday Favorite Things BlogHop and Weekend Wind Down Link Party.

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Vintage Inspired Holiday Gifts from ModCloth

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ModCloth has released their 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. It contains all kinds of vintage inspired goodies for all of the vintage lovers on your list. Everything from clothing to books. They also have a wide range of prices to fit everyone’s budget. And if you spend $50+ you receive free shipping.

I have been looking through the gift guide and these are three of the vintage inspired gifts that are my favorite and all are under $20.

style me vintage book

Style Me Vintage: Hair- $15.99

Hair Tie Set

Sock Hop Sweetie Hair Tie Set- $7.99

Ice Cream Scoop

What’s Your Flavor? Ice Cream Scoop- $14.99

You can find a ton of other group vintage inspired gifts on their 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. I’d love to hear what your favorite items are, post in the comments below.

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Holiday Guide, Plus Giveaway

holiday guide

Confession, my tree is already up! I love the holidays and want to share my love with you.  That means it’s time for the Retro Housewife Goes Green Holiday Guide. The Holiday Guide will include gift guides, organizing tips, cleaning tips, recipes, fashion, crafts and more! Posts have already started and will continue through New Years.

Dates to remember- December 1st will be the green holiday linkup, bloggers are encouraged to linkup their eco-friendly holiday themed posts. December 8th will be the old fashion holiday linkup, bloggers are encouraged to linkup their posts about having a vintage/vintage inspired holiday. And I will be announcing the date for the Holiday Guide Twitter party soon.

You can follow this year’s guide by subscribing to my weekly newsletter, following me on BlogLovin, like me on Facebook, or follow the Holiday Guide Pinterest board.

The Holiday Guide is also a great chance for business owners to promote their products. Businesses with made in the USA, natural, eco-friendly,  and vintage/vintage inspired products are encouraged to participate.

Businesses can participate with ad space, giveaways, Twitter parties, and in the gift guides. Click here for information on ad space, giveaways, and Twitter parties. And click here to submit products to the gift guide.


I’m also giving away 125 x 125 ads for two bloggers! The ads will be placed on the sidebar and displayed from the end of the contest until NYE. This is a great chance to gain new readers. Simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below to enter.


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What is your favorite part of the holiday season? I’d love to hear, you can comment below, tweet me, post on my Facebook or email me.

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Made in the USA Holiday Dresses

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The holidays are almost here and that means holiday parties! A new dress is always fun for these parties and there are some beautiful ones available. And all of these dresses are made in the USA and at least mostly cotton. Buying made in the USA products is better for the environment, helps avoid slave labour, and helps support the USA economy.

To learn more about buying made in the USA check out the Made in the USA Challenge. And now on to some of my favorite dresses for the holidays.

Prancing in the Reindeer DressPrancing in the Reindeer Dress- ModCloth

Knack for Numbers DressKnack for Numbers Dress- ModCloth

Veronique Winter Wonderland Dress

Veronique in Winter Wonderland print- Bernie Dexter

Milan Dress

Milan Dress- Heart of Haute

Graceful Greenery Dress

Graceful Greenery Dress-  ModCloth

That Print! DressThat Print! Dress- ModCloth

What are you planning to wear to holiday parties? Do you try and shop made in the USA products?

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Homemade Cheddar Biscuits

There are a lot of mixes out there for making cheddar biscuits but the ingredients aren’t so great. Making your own from scratch is very easy and delicious. These biscuits are a favorite in my home.

Homemade Cheddar Biscuits

Makes 6 Biscuits


  • 1 cup of homemade baking mix
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (plus a little extra for the top of the biscuits)


  1. Mix baking mix with garlic powder, parsley and cheese.
  2. Add in milk. Mix well.
  3. Top with extra cheese.
  4. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400ºF for 10-12 minutes.

Many recipes call for making garlic butter for the top but I find skipping this step and just putting butter on the finished biscuits is easier. I love to make up a large batch of the homemade baking mix to keep in the fridge, it makes this recipe super simple.



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