My Journey to 100 Days to Amazing-94


 Today’s tip for Amazingness:

Retro/Vintage Homemaking

I want to start by saying hello again!  I’m afraid life has just been to busy to find a minute to blog, but we still have a few days of our Amazing Journey left and I want to invite you to finish strong with me!  Today’s tip is a reminder to keep it simple, and don’t forget what our mothers and grandmothers learned.

I love old cookbooks and pamphlets and I love finding old booklets like the ones in the picture above.  Some of my favorites are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the little books put out by companies like Presto, Calumet Baking Powder and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company .  There are two things I enjoy about them and they contradict each other! No. 1. Outdated, ridiculous housekeeping tips. So funny, seriously, I am not going to put on my lipstick and heels and meet my husband at the door with a mixed drink, a fire, and his newspaper thus ensuring a happy home. (Well, unless we are home alone and well hey…they said heels, the didn’t mention anything else! eh-ehm)  and  no.2. There are great tips, recipes, housekeeping tips and encouragement that are really worth following; things that simplify housework, help prepare healthy meals, and yes…even tips on a happy home – outside of number 1.

I’d like to give a shout out to all the hipsters out there who are bringing DIY, homemade meals, and old school housekeeping back in vogue!!! Thank you!  These books combined with the added “vintage thing” will be right up your alley! Enjoy!

Here are some tid-bits from my little booklets. You may decide whether they fall under no. 1 or no. 2.  Some things have not changed that much :

Rumford Baking Powder and the Department of Home Economics (No date is given)

  • Money Spent on kitchen equipment may not show as much as in other parts of the house but it will give a direct return in health and comfort to all the family.
  • If you want to lighten your work find out how much you travel in doing just one kitchen task.  To do this make a map of the route and distance of your travel in making a simple cake…It is now a simple matter to estimate the total amount of travel required to perform this one task.  The result will show you where you can shorten routes and save steps.
  • Do not wrap your ice in the icebox for it is on the melting of the ice that the efficiency of the refrigerator depends

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company 1964

  • There is nothing like a hot bread to dress up a plain meal…it is no trouble at all to serve these welcome treats as often as you like.
  • A pretty or unusual garnish gives a plain bowl of soup a party air.
  • Have you noticed what a change the last few years have seen in men’s liking for salad?  They even like to make salads, especially a mixed green salad, chef’s salad, or Caesar salad!  This is progress, bcause salads add health and not inches!

Family fare, food management and recipes Home and Garden Bulletin No. 1 – U.S. Department of Agriculture -1950 and 1960

  • For the body’s energy in work and play, fuel must come from food…Your needs for food depend mainly on two things: the size of your body and how active you are…If your body weight stays about right for your height and build it’s a sign that fuel intake from food matches your needs.  The calories are taking care of themselves.
  • The golden protein dishes made with eggs and choices when meat, poultry, and fish take a holiday from your table.  Beans too have substantial goodness for main dishes plus special virtue of economy.
  • To get all the nutrients needed, it’s wise to choose a variety of foods – but a well-planned variety.  You will be off to a good start nutritionally if you use a food plan.
  • Serving size 1960
    • Meat with no bone – 1/5 to 1/4 pound per person
    • Poultry – Broiling chicken: 1/4 – 1/2 bird
    • Fish fillets – 1/3 pound
    • Vegetables and Fruit – 1/2 cup
    • Cereals and Cereal products – 1/2 cup
  • Sugar Information Inc. – Canning can be a chore, but if you tackle it sensibly you’ll find it’s lots of fun too.  There’s a nice feeling of security in having a well-filled pantry, and a sens of achievement in doing the work yourself.
  • Southern Living 1976 – Try basting your lamb with coffee it gives the lamb a subtle and delicious flavor
  • General Foods Corporation 1933
    • It is a wise woman who knows her baking rules
    • Even the small house is able to accommodate a number of luncheon guests if the menu is planned so that it may be served on card tables.  And very smart it is to give a bridge luncheon this way.
    • You can gain command of the art of baking through the mastery of a few recipes!

I think the lesson from these old booklets is to put joy into your home, family and guests and do it with pride whether you are a housewife, househusband, or employed outside the home make home a place of comfort and joy to all who enter your doors!



  As you search for safe, green, and effective products I’d like to help you learn about Shaklee and the commitment to your health and the environment.  Contact me at  or 336-638-1681 to learn more or visit my website at

My journey to amazing:

My Shaklee Life: My husband and I love having a Shaklee business. We enjoy the income it brings in, but more than that we really love the fact that every day I get to help someone else be healthier and help them be their best version of themselves. We love what Shaklee means to the environment and community as well!  In our journey to amazing I – Lisa intend to grow my business and help more people and have fun in the process. If you’d like to learn more about Shaklee email us at

“Like” My Shaklee Life Facebook page and learn health and fitness tips as well as more about Shaklee.

My Life of Well Being: It is my determination to be more fit, and develop healthy holistic attitudes towards my health and my body.  I choose to do this through education, exercise, caring for myself, and healthy eating and Shaklee.

Here is my Shaklee 180 fitness plan.  If you you’d like to join me ask me about becoming a member and having access to the 180 fitness plan, meal plans and nutrition guides.

Every morning I drink a Life Shake and take a Life Strip- Strip and Shake!

My 180 Fitness Program:

Monday & Thursday: Upper

Tuesday & Friday: Core

Wednesday & Saturday: Lower

I also add in Yoga and Tai Chi and Dolphin Pushups -oof and walking!

What is 180?  Take a look at this video, but take note that the 180 shake has been upgraded and improved to the new Life Shake.

What motivates you? Reply and share your motivating tricks and tips.

  100 Days to Amazing!  You can do amazing things. I believe you can; you believe you can too!

What the 100 Days is about:

I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried?  I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual!  What could I do in 100 days? This blog is a journey, an exercise in learning ways to be the best me, I can be and to help you be the best you, you can be while I’m at it!

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

All photography is by me. Feel free to share, but I ask that you credit the photo to my Lisa Wright Burbach.  To see more of my photos visit my flickr site and Instagram listed to the right.  I also have some photography on Pinterest.


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