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About Furnishing The House (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

Vintage homemaker's home decor guide

In these days of lavish ornamentation and bric-à-brac, the young housekeeper must be on guard against filling her house with such furnishings as would make it stuffy and cause it to lack individuality. The home should be an index to the character of the family.

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A Word With The Young Housewife (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

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Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper was first published in 1893 and was an essential guide for any young wife learning how to cook, clean, and look after her home. Maria Parloa was a lecturer and expert on domestic science or home economics.

In fact, Parloa could arguably be called America’s first celebrity cook!

The text below, while vintage, is still useful for the modern homemaker. I’ve done as few edits as I could manage, but I still wanted to make the text more readable while preserving the information Parloa left us.

If you, like me, are interested in vintage homemaking and vintage recipes, you will find this information both entertaining and informative.

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My 5 Favorite “Clean With Me” YouTube Videos For Homemakers

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I love “clean with me” style YouTube videos because they pump me up to get cleaning. Sometimes they even help me to remember what I need to clean that I’ve neglected for a while!

These videos also have the benefit of showing us that even the most put together lifestyle vlogger has to clean up a messy home now and then.

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The Ultimate Frugal Food Is… Potatoes?!

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When I was in college, I ate a lot of ramen. It tasted good, it was stupid cheap, and when I had the money I could easily dress it up with veggies and meat for a full, filling meal.

I got a little bit older and started eating rice. I was working out a lot then, and the quintessential “healthy” meal is chicken breasts, rice, beans, and broccoli. Carbs, fat, protein. It was affordable and certainly healthier than the salty, MSG-filled ramen I was relying on before.

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How To Write A Blog Post Even When You Really Don’t Want To

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It’s been a long day, and there’s only one thing left to do on your to-do list: write a blog post. Oh, but you have a migraine. And you’re tired. And you’re unfocused. And your favorite TV show is on! Who could expect you to sit down and get a whole blog post out right now? Well, I expect that from you!

How do you write a blog post when you don’t feel like it? Here’s your recipe for success: You break the blog post down into an outline, you work in chunks of time with the pomodoro technique, and you add tools to your workflow that makes it easier. You can beat laziness easily with these steps!

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5 Blog Posts You Must Read If You Want More Blog Traffic

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I’m a little bit obsessed with blog traffic right now. I’m constantly searching the internet for new hints and tricks to get traffic, ideas that I hadn’t thought of before.

I’ve even written a few posts that address that topic. Well, here are five must-read blog posts that will help you to get more clicks to your website.

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How To Repurpose Old Blog Content

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A blog post, when written on an evergreen topic, can bring in traffic for years and years. But there are many people that might like your content that don’t want to read them in the form of a blog post.

So what is a girl to do when she wants to get those eyes on her content? Obviously, you repurpose those blog posts and turn them into something new.

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8 Motivational Quotes For Strong Moms Having A Bad Day

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We all have a rough day every now and then. I find that motivational quotes can help me to cheer up and re-center my day on being my best self in that moment.

A good motivational quote is no replacement for a plan, life goals, and self care routines, but they do help with momentary lapses in motivation. I hope these quotes will help you on your darker, lazier days too.

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