Vintage Chat on Twitter

Vintage Chat on Twitter

It’s no secret that I love so many things about the 1940’s-1960’s. I like to fill my home with things from the decades, I listen to music (on vinyl, of course) from the decades, and I even dress in clothing from or modeled after those decades. While I have some friends that share at least some of my love of vintage, most do not.

That’s one reason I love when we have the vintage chat that I co-host on Twitter. It’s been far too long since we had one and they are so much fun. It’s a great place to talk about vintage fashion, entertainment, design, and so much more.

Myself and Emileigh of Flashback Summer will be hosting the chat over on Twitter tomorrow (June 25th). Our last chat was a blast and this one is sure to be as well. Come join us for a fun hour of talking about all things vintage. You are sure to meet some great new people and have a lot of fun!

When: Thursday, June 25th at 8:00 p.m./CST

Where: On Twitter, I recommend you use TweetDeck to keep up with the chat.

Hashtag: #VintageChat (What is a Hashtag?)

Follow Hosts: @retrohousewife5 and @emileighrogers

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! If you have any questions feel free to ask below or send me an email.

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My Summer Favorites

Summer is here! It is time for frozen treats, swimming, and sun dresses. I’m a little sad to see spring go, I enjoy the milder seasons. However, there are some things I always look forward to for summer. And I want to share some of my summer favorites with you. These are the things I find essential for having a great summer.

Summer Favorites

*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

Summer Favorites

  • Sundresses– I wear dresses and skirts most of the time. With Oklahoma’s very hot summers sundresses are a great way to stay cool. ModCloth is one of my favorite sources of sundresses. I also like the brand Sideacca on Amazon for very affordable sundresses.
  • Homemade Popsicles– Making homemade popsicles is a fun way to have a healthier summer treat. I will be sharing some of my favorite popsicle recipes soon. Plastic can leach hormone disruptors into the food so I prefer using a stainless steel popsicle mold. Another benefit to stainless steel is it doesn’t stain or hold odors like the plastic can.
  • Homemade Ice Cream– I love ice cream and homemade ice cream is the best. I use a fun ice cream ball to make ice cream. I like that I get a bit of exercise using it and it doesn’t use any power. A favorite around here is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
  • Diffuser– I love candles but don’t tend to use them as much during the summer. During the summer I really enjoy using a diffuser. My favorite essential oil mix during the summer is lime and bergamot. It’s a lovely citrus, fresh scent.
  • Cute Flats– I love heels but they aren’t the best the best for our ankles and feet. When I’m going to be standing a lot or walking flats are my shoes of choice. I’m currently loving my blue polka dot flats from ModCloth. They are cute and comfortable. ModCloth is my favorite place for cute flats in general.
  • Juice Beauty CC CreamJuice Beauty is my favorite skin care line and one of my favorite products is their cc cream. It is made of safe ingredients, provides light coverage, is good for your skin and has SPF. It’s a great summer makeup option. If I need more coverage I just wear my normal makeup over it.
  • Iced Tea– I live in the south and we love our sweet tea! While I try to not make it as sweet as my great grandma did, or as I want to, I still love a tall glass of iced tea. It’s very refreshing on a hot day. Choice Organic black tea is my favorite tea for making iced tea.
  • Bandelettes– These are a summer lifesaver! If you like dresses and skirts during the summer you must get a few pairs. They go around your thighs and help prevent chafing. They are light weight and very comfortable. They have solid or lace, while they lace are adorable I find they provide less protection.
  • Swimsuits– I love to swim. I try to swim all year at my gym’s pool but of course summer makes me crave it even more! My favorite swimsuits are made by Eco Swim by Aqua Green. They use eco-friendly materials and are made in the USA.

I’d love to hear about your summer favorites. Leave me a comment below.

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest to see more of the things I’m loving this summer! 

 

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Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

*This post was sponsored by FilterBuy. I received compensation in exchange for this post.
All thoughts and views are my own.*

When thinking about air pollution we often think in terms of outdoor air pollution but indoor air quality can be even worse. As we make our homes more airtight for efficiency sake, we are also trapping pollution in our homes.

Indoor Air Pollution Facts

  • On average we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
  • “The prevalence rate of pediatric asthma has increased from 40.1 to 69.1,—a 72.3 percent increase. Asthma is the sixth ranking chronic condition in our nation and the leading serious chronic illness of children in the U.S.” – American Lung Association 
  •  One source of indoor air pollution can be radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can enter homes through cracks in the foundation, walls, drains, and other openings. Radon is a known carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
  • Poorly ventilated homes also can have high humidity levels which can lead to mold and even structural damage. Repairing this damage can be very expensive.

Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

  • Use natural cleaners. Cleaners can contain harmful chemicals that contribute to poor air quality.
  • Buy some air cleaning plants. Several plants have been shown to reduce different air pollutants in our home. My favorite is aloe vera because it’s very hard to kill.
  • Look for furniture that uses fewer chemicals. Flame retardants found in a lot of furniture can give off cancer-causing VOCs. Thankfully many companies are removing some of the worse flame retardants.
  • Air out your home. When the weather is nice and pollen counts are down, opening up your house for an hour or two can help bring fresher air into your home.
  • Use a good quality furnace filter. This will help with indoor air quality in general and also help reduce allergens for those in your home with allergies.

I think of improving air quality in my home as just another one of my homemaking tasks. My husband and I both have allergies and I have asthma, making even more vital that I keep the air quality as good as possible.

If you want even more information and a helpful checklist for improving indoor air quality, click here. I’d also love to hear what you do to improve the air quality in your home.

Original Photo By- mahalie

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How to Clean Your Mattress

How to Clean Your Mattress

*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

We spend a lot of time on our mattresses but not a lot of time keeping them clean. Cleaning a mattress is very simple and can help reduce allergies and keep your mattress in better shape.

How to Clean Your Mattress

  1. Remove and wash bedding.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda all over the bed and leave for about an hour.
  3. Vacuum thoroughly. (If you have a Dyson vacuum I recommend getting the mattress tool, it makes vacuuming your mattress and other furniture much easier.)
  4. Spray with DIY fabric refresher spray and let dry before putting bedding back on.

It’s that easy. I recommend doing this once a month. Using a mattress cover will also help keep your mattress clean. Look for one that is machine washable and made from cotton to avoid the chemicals that can off-gas from plastic covers.

When you clean your mattress is a great time to wash your mattress cover as well. Keeping bedding clean is important for your health and for keeping your mattress in good shape.

Also be sure forget to make your bed in the morning! That’s not a typo, letting your bed air in the morning will help keep it cleaner longer.

Do you clean your mattress? If you do, how often? Let me know in the comments below.

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10 Green Beauty Favorites

Beauty products can contain some pretty scary chemicals. Not only can they be harsh, they can contain chemicals that are known endocrine disruptors and even possible carcinogens.

You’ve likely heard that many lipsticks have been found to even contain lead! What a scary thought, especially if your kids like to play with your products.

Several years ago I set out to clean up my beauty products. I have slowly switched over the items I’m using and through that switch I’ve tried a ton of products. Today I wanted to share ten of my favorites with you.

10 Green Beauty Favorites

10 Green Beauty Favorites*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

Image Above: 1. Everyday Minerals Semi-Matte Foundation $14 | 2. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Moisturizer $29 | 3. Homemade Lip Scrub | 4. Pacifica Lipstick $14 | 5. Coconut Oil (perfect moisturizer, eye makeup remover, and more!) $15 | 6. Scotch Natures Nail Polish $17 | 7.  Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Skin Care $32-$75 | 8. Juice Beauty Age Defy Hand Cream $12 | 9. Alaska Glacial Mud Mask $34 | 10. Theraganics Shea Butter Cream $20 

I’d love to hear what your favorite green beauty items are. Leave a comment below.

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Made in the USA Summer Dresses

Made in the USA Summer Dresses*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

Summer will be here soon so now is the time to pick out some summer dresses. ModCloth is one of my favorite places to look for dresses and I love how many they have that are made in the USA.

Buying made in the USA products helps support our economy, is more ethical, and is also more environmentally friendly. It can be hard these days to find made in the USA clothing but thankfully ModCloth has a great selection.

I’ve picked out a few of my favorite dresses but there are a ton more on the site. They have all kinds of styles from vintage inspired to maxi dresses.

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

Made in the USA Summer DressesIn the Key of Chic, $129.99 (currently on sale for $18.99)

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

The Pennsylvanian Polka, $69.99

Made in the USA Summer Dresses
Carnival in Love, $89.99 (currently on sale for $35.99)

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

Frequent Flier Files, $139.99 (currently on sale for $55.99)

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

High Socie-tea, $129,99 (currently on sale for $25.99)

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

Paradise to Meet You, $69.99 (currently on sale for $20.99)

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

Pull up a Cherry, $64.99

Made in the USA Summer Dresses
Adore Country Dress, $59.99

This is just a small sample of the great made in the USA dresses ModCloth sells. They also have a lot of great made in the USA skirts, tops, pants, and more.

 

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Homemade Coconut Vanilla Lip Scrub

Homemade Coconut Vanilla Lip Scrub

Don’t you hate going to put on your lipstick only to find your lips are dry and flaky? Lip balm is great but sometimes you need even more help. Lip scrubs are a great way to exfoliate your lips and get rid of all of that dead skin.

Since the scrub is going on your lips you want it to be very safe, better yet, edible. This scrub is made using totally natural ingredients that are safe to ingest.

Since it doesn’t contain preservatives it’s best to make a small amount at a time. I like to make about enough for a month. I use it as needed, normally a couple of times a week.

It also makes a wonderful gift! Just package it up in a cute container with a nice label, maybe throw in some lip balm, and you have the perfect gift.

Coconut Vanilla Lip Scrub

Homemade Coconut Vanilla Lip Scrub

Ingredients

  • 2 Teaspoons of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions

Mix the sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Store in air tight container. To use just take a small amount and rub it on your lips. You can lick it off or rinse it off.

You can find cute little containers on Etsy, at the Containers Store, and at most craft supply stores. For my personal use I like to use Wean Cubes.

If you make this lip scrub let me know what you think!

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Mad Men Finale, Saying Goodbye

Mad Men Finale, Saying Goodbye
We all knew this day would come but for most of us we aren’t ready at all! With just a couple of hours left until the finale I thought I would share a little Mad Men article round-up.

I Married a Mad Men– An article by the wife of the real life Don Draper. Matthew Weiner, the producer of the show, has acknowledged that Don Draper is in part based on real life ad man Draper Daniels. This article by Draper Daniels’ wife is very interesting.

What We Learned From the Music of “Mad Men”– A look at the music from the show.

‘Mad Men’ is a Feminist Powerhouse, Even if Some Don’t See it That Way– An interesting look at the feminist themes of the show.

Mad Men Quiz– A fun little quiz to see how much you know about the show.

And my Mad Men posts-
Perfectly 60’s Recipes for the Mad Men Premiere

Mad men Inspired Outfits 

Eco-Friendly Mad Men Inspired Home and Fashion

So will you be watching tonight? Are you sad it’s over?

 

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Tornadoes, Flooding, Earthquake, and Tigers in Oklahoma

 

Severe Weather Hits Oklahoma

This morning, after the storms passed.

Oklahoma weather is known for being pretty extreme at times. We have the best meteorologists in the world and storm spotters love it here but last night Oklahoma reached new extremes.

When I saw there was a tornado warning in western Oklahoma, where most of our severe storms start, I decided to turn on weather. Shortly after starting to watch a tornado started forming southwest of Chickasha. This is the same area that the May 3rd, 1999 tornadoes and the May 20th, 2013 tornadoes formed.

Soon they were saying it looked to be a mile wide and could possibly be an EF-3 to EF-4 tornado. It was headed for the Oklahoma City metro and was bringing back all too familiar feelings. The storm was predicted to hit the metro at 4:30 p.m. Schools that had started busing kids home turned back to the schools and kept the kids there. Schools and churches started to cancel events, and people were told to stay at work. A tornado emergency was issued for the metro.

I was texting a friend that lives in Norman, one of the first areas hit by the storms. I had texted her about an hour before the storms were going to hit to let her know she needed to stay at work. She let her husband know and they took shelter at their places of work. My friend works at OU and stayed in one of their safer buildings for the storms. It got pretty scary for awhile because her pets were home alone and the tornado was just north of their house. Thankfully it was very weak at that point and stayed to the north. It did get stronger just after that and did some damage in Norman.

Her husband had a hard time getting back home and round two was coming and he was stuck in traffic! Thankfully the storm slowed down and he got home just before the hail started.

Another scary moment came because my parents and some friends were in Oklahoma City for a concert. I told my parents to keep going north as the southwestern part of the metro was in the path. They decided to take shelter at a hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. It’s a hotel they go to often and it has covered parking and a basement.

At one point they were briefly evacuated to the basement but were never in any real danger. Our friends were closer to the path of the storm but were visiting a friend in a hospital and took shelter there. They were all going to eat in southwestern Oklahoma City and then go to the concert, my parents decided it wasn’t safe and booked a room at the hotel and stayed put.

This ended up being a very good idea! Our friends went to the concert but not too long after it started a tornado was spotted near the venue, it knocked out power and caused flooding. They canceled the rest of the concert but with the flooding we were concerned about them getting home. An officer helped them come up with a good way home but they did have to stop and take shelter at an IHOP before making home. Thankfully they made it in one piece!

Flooding ended up being a really big problem, with 7.10 inches of rain falling at Will Rogers World Airport in 24 hours. The first ever flash food emergency issued in Oklahoma City was issued last night. Even the Interstate was flooding and roads are still closed today.

There was also a 2.9 magnitude earthquake and the weirdest news of the night came when a tornado hit an exotic animal park. Lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) were reported to be loose! Thankfully they were all safe and had not escaped but it has made for some funny Jumanji jokes, memes and #tigerquakenadoflood.

And today a camel was found in someone’s backyard! Turns out it’s fence was washed away in the flood but it’s now back home.

The storms are continuing today and the rest of the week! Saturday we have a moderate risk weather alert. It’s very rare that we get these alerts so far in advance. Clean-up efforts are going to be tough with all of the flooding and new storms. But Oklahomans always come together after these storms and this will be no exception.

If you’d like to help with clean-up efforts in the state, please donate to the American Red Cross.

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The Truth Behind Detox Diets

Do you need to detox? Here's the truth behind detox diets.

Everywhere you look there is a “detoxing” product or plan. But do they work? Well the truth is our bodies are designed to detox themselves. If your body isn’t removing toxins properly there may be a bigger issue. And some detoxes may be doing more harm than good.

Rick Henriksen, M.D., a family medicine physician at University of Utah Health Care, had this to say about detoxing.

“We have toxins that come from food. Some of those products aren’t healthy for us long term, but they’re not something you’re going to get rid of in a short time by doing a juice diet.

Some plants create toxins as a natural defense mechanism against insects, bacteria and even animals. These can also be damaging to us. Our liver can work to remove these from our blood.” – read more

While doing a detox may cause you to lose a few pounds it’s unlikely you will keep them off, it’s just water weight. Sometimes though it can even be muscle mass, which you don’t want to lose.

Some detoxes use ingredients that help support our organs, like the liver, to help them function better. While this can be a good thing, you need to use caution with herbal supplements. Just like conventional medicine they can have side effects and even interact with medications. It’s important to talk to your doctor before starting these supplements.

Some of the detoxes can even have harmful effects. Juice detoxes, for one, are not likely to have any long-term benefits and can be harmful. Juice detoxes often contain a large amount of sugar and minimal protein. This can cause major blood sugar spikes, which can be harmful in many ways. There is also no evidence that this has any detoxing benefits.

Another issue with detoxing is that it’s normally something you do for a short amount of time so if there is a benefit it’s not lasting.

The best way to actually detox your body is to just eat a clean, real food diet and make sure to meet your nutritional needs each day to keep your toxin fighting organs in good shape. There may also be some supplements needed to help meet your needs. Again before starting the supplements let your doctor know.

The truth is our bodies are pretty amazing and tend to do a good job removing the bad stuff. So just keep supporting your body with healthy food, lots of water, and exercise. Lifestyle changes are what works and lasts.

So have you tried any detoxes or cleanses? The only cleanse I ever did I couldn’t make it a day because of the digestive trouble it gave me. Let’s just say I spent a lot of time in the bathroom and the only thing that was going to do is dehydrate me! I’d love to hear about your experiences. Leave me a comment below.

Photo adapted from photo by corbin_dana 

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