Welcome to RetroModern Mandee

Hi, I’m Mandee.

I’m a wife, mother, former college professor turned stay at home mom, and kickass entrepreneur.  My husband is in media and my daughter, Brooke (also known as Pooh), is a vivacious, active, beautiful, and intelligent 4 year old.  I love being home with Pooh, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Before Pooh was born, I taught college English face to face.  My husband worked long hours and my teaching schedule started at 9am and my last class ended at 9:30pm.  Often we ate preprepared foods or ate out, the house was not a mess but it certainly wasn’t company ready, and we sometimes only saw each other for an hour or so the whole day.  I didn’t particularly care for it, but that’s what people do, right?

When we started trying to conceive, I told my husband that I wanted to teach online to so I could stay home with our future kids.  It just felt like it was right for me and our family, and Hubster was completely supportive.  I found out I was pregnant in November of 2012 and by February of 2013 I had secured an online position that allowed me to work from home.  My last day teaching in person was May 7, 2013 and I haven’t looked back.

I know that staying at home isn’t for everyone, and I respect everyone’s choice, this is just what’s right for me.  I love spending the day with Pooh and seeing her learn and grow.  I found out in December of 2015

that the college I worked for was closing all of it's North American campuses, including the online campus I taught for.  I knew I didn't want to go back to work face to face, so I started editing freelance, which led me to eventually create The Editing Chambers.  I also picked up the book I started writing back in 2008, finished it, and released in on August 27, 2016.  Ember's Flame is the first of many books from me, and it shot to #1 on its Amazon list the first week it was out.  I self-published my book and decided that I wanted to help other authors retain creative freedom and control of their work, so I founded Divine Legacy Publishing in January of 2017.  I love what I do, and I especially love that I can do it from home while homeschooling Pooh.

I’ve been a SAHM for four years now and slowly I've been finding my way.  It's not easy going from the 9-5 hustle to staying at home.  Both are equally hectic for different reasons. I’ve noticed that my modern ways don’t quite fit me anymore.  I’ve also noticed that some of these modern ways have contributed to some issues that my family has.  My husband is diabetic and takes medicine.  I am pre diabetic and overweight.  In the past we're spent a significant amount of our monthly budget on preprepared foods or eating out.  I’m a bit of a money hoarder and now that I'm home, I've had the time to really look at our budget.  I'll spare you the gory details, but it ain't pretty.

So what’s the solution to fixing these problems?  I was raised by my mother with heavy influences from the women who raised her.  My maternal great grandmothers lived long lives, I had my great grandma Dorothy until I was 15, my great grandma Frances until I was 21, and my grandma Dolores until I was 30.  Well, as I was thinking about the things I consider problems, I realized that my grandparents and great grandparents didn’t really have these issues.  And I started to think, maybe the these modern problems need a retro fix.  I have implemented small changes, and so far they seem to be working.  This blog will chronicle the changes I make, what works, what doesn’t, and everything in between.

Thanks for reading!

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