Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summertime memories

There is something about the Summer that instantly brings me back to being a kid. Its a combination of things, the warm nights, swimming, fire flies, camping, camp fires, roasting marshmallows, riding bikes and getting into mischief. I was very fortunate to have close friends as a young girl and teenager that I still talk to and see to this day. I think we all have a few people that when we think of them we are transported to a time where we were carefree. Its funny how a certain smell or song becomes a time machine to your childhood. I am listing some things that remind me of my childhood.

2 Of my favorite movies.

When I was growing up Madonna came on the scene and took over! I wore an iron on Madonna T-Shirt to the Ocean one Summer and it was so hot the print melted onto my bathing suit! Good times!

I remember buying this sunblock in purple and loved it!! I have pictures of me with it all over my face.

I loved this Barbie!! Peaches and Cream.

 My favorite perfume, I still wear it!

I loved OP Shorts, who didn't?


LOVED these bracelets. 

Renting VHS Tapes and having Sleepovers

Catching lightening bugs

I still remember my Dad buying this and putting it in the yard, he would slide with us. 

                               I remember watching this with my BFF.

       We literally made ourselves sick riding this at the local Carnival.

The "hot guy" in our neighborhood had a Camaro. Its my favorite car, everyone has a "older hot brother" of their friend growing up.

                  Heart. We wore this album out! Heck, I still do!

                                            Smells so good!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pineapple Angel Food Cake

I LOVE being able to mix up some recipes and make something that everyone likes. I found this recipe a long time ago through Weight Watchers. I love angel food cake. My whole house loves to eat it with some type of fruit on it and cool whip, this was the best of both worlds so it worked great!!

1 box of angel food cake
1 can of crushed pineapple
Whip cream or cool whip

Mix the pineapple chucks with the juice and the dry cake mix together, pour in a pan or cupcake liners and bake at 350 for about 30 min or until done. I top ours off with cool whip or whipping cream. So good and refreshing.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Duck and Cover

During the 50s & 60s there was a great fear of a Nuclear Attack from Russia on the United States. Children in classrooms all over were made to watch "Bert the Turtle" and the short film of how they should react if there was an attack on the U.S. This short film was part of the Duck and Cover public awareness campaign. First you duck and cover then very tightly cover the back of your head. This was what you were instructed to do should we ever be in the situation of attack. There is a part in the movie where a young boy is told that the Atomic Flash will cause a burn on you far worse than any sunburn you should ever have.

Fallout shelter sales went through the roof during this time, they consisted of a telephone, toilet and the basic things one would need to survive. Some of these shelters were made in the corner of your basement and were a few hundred dollars and others were made by digging a trench about 4 feet under ground in your yard. The fear of this kind of attack was so great during this time that there have been many references in movies from that era, commercials, school books ect...

Fear gripped many people during this time. Imagine living in a time of great fear from Nuclear Attack with NO Facebook, Twitter, or 24 hours a day news on any channel. Your only source of news would be a breakthrough on TV, if you had one, or being at work or school and hearing the sirens. How scary? I have heard a siren once about 10 years ago when we had a tornado warning and I can't begin to tell you how scary and chaotic it got, we NEVER heard anything like that before and it scares people to death! We are blessed to live in a time where we can receive warnings of things to come. I know many people poke fun or giggle at some of the things of the 50s and 60s but we need to remember that they were not as advanced as we are today and it must have been a frightening time for parents, children and people all over.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Question for Retro Wifey followers

Dear Retro Wifey,
 I saw your post last night about the family on TV with the extremely disrespectful kids and wanted to ask for some advice since I am in the same boat. I have 4 children ages 16, 14, 10 and 4. The biggest problem I have is with my 10 year old who thinks that she can tell me no whenever she likes, yell at me and be mean to her siblings whenever things do not go her way. I have tried EVERYTHING, and I mean I have tried it all!! I don't know what else to do. I am told from some people she will outgrow it, she is more emotional than the other kids, its her personality, blah blah. She does well in School, gets great grades and is very smart and thriving except in her relationships with her family. Some days its very hard on me and my husband because of the constant fighting with the kids and her attitude stresses all of us. What else can I do? We love her dearly, she is just very difficult and I feel horrible in saying so, but its the truth....I would LOVE to hear from some other parents who may be going through the same thing or who have that one child who is driven by emotions, its very hard to fix. Thank you so much in advance for anyone who offers advice. I appreciate it greatly and I LOVE your page and blog xoxo
~Mommy needs answers