Life – especially for women in the 1950’s was very different to what we can expect by today’s standards.  In those days, a lot of women married young, they stayed at home to raise children and to keep the house clean.  It was a time when men were considered to be the head of the household, the breadwinner, the one who went out to work.


Even if women did want to go to work, they would be employed in what was known as ‘women’s jobs’.  These would be secretaries, typists or nurses.  With societal pressures there was an economic incentive to keep the woman in a marriage and at home – even if it was an unhappy marriage!  Indeed, it was unusual in the 1950’s for women to go to university – especially those from working class areas.  Moreover, schools often prepared girls for being a wife and a mother by providing lessons in cookery, household management, sewing and darning.


I wanted to see what the differences were in terms of household appliances, food, clothes and being a housewife then and now after reading a beautiful story about a couple who just recently got rid of appliances they purchased in 1950!  Let me know what you think.


Household Appliances

In the 1950’s there was no central heating system.  Coal fires would heat the rooms downstairs while the upstairs would be heated by an electric fire.  There was no double glazing either so in winter it was common place for ice to form on the windows!  Keeping a bed warm was easy with a hot water bottle.


Fridges were starting to become more accessible to households to store food, but there were no freezers and no supermarkets!  People shopped in local stores with most people buying items to use straight away.


Many homes had a vacuum cleaner and a cooker.  Vacuums were often heavy bulky items that often gave you a bad back!  Probably bought on Hire Purchase.  Entertainment wasn’t 100+ channels but a radio (known as a wireless).  Although TVs started to become popular, although these would have been rented rather than owned.  Of course in black and white too!


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Shopping for groceries was often completed each day and required visiting several shops such as the butcher and the greengrocer.  Often items were behind the counter so there was often no browsing either.




Clothes were mostly handmade with a heavy reliance on knitted items.  Recycling and mending was a big thing, reusing clothes or sewing to ensure longevity.  However, I love the silhouettes of the clothes from the 1950s.  There were beautiful swing dresses or pencil dresses.  There wasn’t a size zero in sight!


1950s clothes


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The House Wife

Women and men have more choice today as to whether they stay at home to look after children.  However in the 1950s there was little choice for women.  They were strongly encouraged to stay at home to be a wife and mother.  Doing housework and looking after children were considered as women’s work.  Indeed women were expected to clean the house and have dinner ready for her husband coming home from work!


1950s household

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For me there are several huge differences between the 1950s and today.  One is the options available to women – although there is still a way to go!  The second is the gadgets and appliances.  To be honest I could not live without my Vax Blade 32V Cordless Vacuum Cleaner! It seems that without these housework – no matter who does it – would have taken all day.  Even simple cleaning jobs would take forever.   Like cleaning an oven!  These days I use Oven Pride with no scrubbing involved.  In 1950 I would have needed to scrub for hours!


So while I do love all things vintage, reading some of the differences between then and now, I can honestly say that I would prefer my gadgets and all those helping hands that make life so much easier to keep the house clean and tidy without having to spend hours doing it.


What do you think?  What household item could you not live without?



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Whether you are making your New Year’s resolution or you want to lose a little weight after a Christmas indulgance, losing weight is no small task.  That is why I have enlisted the help of some experts to bring you 7 awesome tips from experts on how to lose weight after Christmas.

While we may all know the basics of weight loss, it can be difficult knowing where to start so having these top tips to lose weight hopefully will start you off on the right foot with the knowledge you need to make it happen and keep going!  Hopefully it will also help you lose weight in a fun and enjoyable way.

Read on to see what the experts have to say about how to lose weight and don’t forget to enter the competition below:


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The following 4 tips are by expert Alex Lawler, Personal Trainer at Pro-Fit Personal Training 

Have a post-Christmas Goal

Having something to aim for in the New Year is a really good way to keep motivated. It could be an event such as a 5k run for which you need to maintain your level of training in order to be able to take part in, or maybe a holiday that is coming up and you want to have that bikini body in time!



Having some kind of schedule or plan in place in advance for any prior arrangements and tasks that you have to fulfil means you can allow yourself to feel more in control of your time; helping you to feel less overwhelmed during a busy period. It also allows you to be able to set yourself realistic targets in terms of when and how you will be able to train.



Staying motivated can be challenging at the best of times, but even more so over the cold winter months when it’s often more appealing to be sat on a nice warm sofa with a brew watching the latest box set. Having someone or something to hold you accountable is the perfect way to stay motivated.  Having a personal trainer, attending some kind of group fitness class or even having a buddy to train with, means that you know you have a commitment/responsibility to others. We always go out of our way to do much more for other people than we would for ourselves.


Have a Why

The initial reason most people start to train or go to the gym is something externally motivating; wanting to look like that billboard model, or wanting to be able to fit back into that favourite little black dress. But if we dig down a little deeper, we can find a real internal reason that grips us emotionally; something intrinsically motivating.  Maybe there’s a history of bad health in the family and you want to ensure that you can stay as healthy and active as you can as you get older, maybe you have children or plan to in the future and you want to be healthy to be able to keep up with them as they are growing up. Whatever your reason, if you find your real ‘Why’, this is perfect motivation – not just in the New Year, but throughout life!


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Make use of a Health & Fitness App

Frida Harju-Westman, is the in-house nutritionist with Lifesum. She is passionate about health, fitness and food, and is already helping many of Lifesum’s app users across Scandinavia and Europe to achieve their goals.  Frida says: “I firmly believe that fitness, diet and sleep facilitate everyday life, with exercise being the ‘cheapest medicine’ to turn a bad mood into a happier one, and a healthy diet speeding up the process for great results”.  Which is why she highly recommends using a health and fitness app to help you lose weight.  Lifesum is a Stockholm-based digital health company with over 20 million users. Using tech and psychology, it creates a tailored plan to help people live happier, more balanced lives. Whether the goal is to lose weight, build muscle, or just live a healthier life, Lifesum shows how changing small, everyday habits can transform your life. The app is free to download and available on iOS and Android.  For further hints, tips, nutritional advice, personalised diet plan and healthy recipes head over to Lifesum App now.  Below you can enter my competition to win a year’s membership of Lifesum.


Give yourself a helping hand

Cotswolds-based GP, Dr David Edwards says: “In addition to the demands of a busy lifestyle, our brown fat (good fat) steadily declines from when we are children. By the time we reach our middle-age, it is replaced by white fat,  the bad stuff, which clings to our waistlines and hips. At the same time as gaining fat tissue, we lose muscle as we get older, causing our energy needs to drop because fat tissue requires less energy (or calories) to maintain its functions compared to muscle. The weight slowly creeps on and can take even longer to remove.”  That’s where the likes of formoline L112 comes in as it can help you lose weight.


Fake It Till You Make It

While you want to lose weight fast, it can be difficult to stay motivated.  Which is where you can fake it till you make it by wearing shapewear.  BodyWrap Shapewear has been designed to offer every woman confidence by providing smoothing, slimming and shaping silhouettes that help accentuate the natural figure. Through seamless  construction, BodyWrap products provide targeted shaping, support and breathability for comfort and wearability.  You can try them out for yourself by entering my competition below.


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I hope these tips will help you start on your journey, whether that’s to shed the pounds or start a fitness goal.  Let me know what you think!



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There are cases where you need art to finish off a room.  Sometimes that can be photography, abstract or an inspirational quote.  So, I thought I would salute what I consider to be the best online shop for posters, art prints and wall pictures…


Posterlounge is a fantastic site.  It offers the biggest range of posters, art prints and canvases I have seen with over 200,000 images to choose from.


This site works on so many levels.  On the one hand, you can choose the size of your art work.  On the other you can also choose the material be that regular poster, canvas, wood, or acrylic glass. Another unique aspect to Posterlounge is the option to see how your art work will look with your specific wall colour.



There are so many options to choose from.  If you need an inspirational poster for your wall while you blog, they have you covered.  I just love this quote “She Believed She Could So She Did”.  Like unicorns?  Again, they have you covered.  Whatever your style you will find it at Posterlounge.



I received a few posters to give away as gifts to my readers.  These are stunners.  The quality is fantastic.  If you want to make a statement on your walls no matter what the statement then Posterlounge is the place to get your art.


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I’m giving you the chance to win a handmade vintage cake stand!  Summer has arrived early.  I can tell you I am over the moon.  It’s a challenge getting up on the dark mornings, so when it’s the sun streaming through the curtains that wakens me, I’m truly delighted!


Summer also means the opportunity to spend time in the garden.  Sitting back and relaxing is great.  While drinking a cocktail isn’t compulsory, it certainly helps!  You can read my blog post on making vintage cocktails here.


I also love to host parties in the garden during the summer, especially vintage themed ones.  You can read my ideas for a vintage themed garden party here.


To celebrate the arrival of summer, I’m giving away a handmade mini vintage cake stand.  All you have to do is enter below.  The draw will close on Friday 30th June and is open to UK entrants only.  There are several ways to enter so make sure you do all of them to be in with a chance to own this delightful vintage cake stand.


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