Victorian “Don’ts”: Advice to Women | Meredith Sweetpea

Miss Meredith Sweetpea came across a charming and poetic list of Victorian “don’ts” listed as “Advice to women in the 1890s.” I wonder how many of these apply today?

Advice to Women in the 1890s

  • Victoria-lady-with-shawlDon’t adopt the latest mode.
  • Don’t trail your dress upon the road.
  • Don’t ever lace your waist too tightly.
  • Don’t wear a glove or boot unsightly.
  • Don’t wear a thing that needs repair.
  • Don’t, please, forget to brush your hair.
  • Don’t ever wear too large a check.
  • Don’t show too much of snowy neck.
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Steve Harvey on Texting and Dating | Meredith Sweetpea

While watching the movie “Her,” Miss Meredith Sweetpea found herself noticing that almost all of the people in the background scenes were interacting with their phones and not with actual people.

Texting isn’t a real relationship. It may be fun to get that “ping” that notifies you that a new message has arrived. It may make you laugh for a moment. But it doesn’t take the place of having a real one-on-one interaction with someone–especially in the dating arena. Let’s see what the experts say…


Relationship Expert
Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey’s Take on Texting and Dating

TV talk show host and comedian Steve Harvey has developed quite a following with men and women as the new “expert” on relationships, and he speaks up about texting and dating. He says that social networking websites and text messages can be a great way to keep in touch with friends, but it’s not the best way to date.
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Rules for Regifting | Manners & Etiquette | Meredith Sweetpea

regiftingThe holidays have come and gone, and hopefully you’ve received many nice gifts and memories.

But maybe some of your gifts were just “not quite right” for you, or you think they’d be more appreciated by someone else?  Why not wrap it up again and give it to that friend or loved one? Why, it’s just good practice to recycle!

This, my dears, is called “regifting,” and as with everything, there are etiquette rules.

First, consider the feelings of the 0person who gave you that gift. Show appreciation even if it wasn’t “your cup of tea.”

Second, if you’re going to regift, make sure it isn’t back to that person (horrors!) or to someone the giftor knows or sees.

Third, re-wrap the item in fresh and beautiful wrappings and be sure to check the top, sides and bottom for an existing gift card. Many a re-gift has been exposed because of a gift tag on the bottom. Another option is to give your gift to another as not a gift, but as a surprise, treat, or a shared item.

Good items to regift:

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The Essential 55 – Rule 5 | Manners & Etiquette

The Essential 55 by Ron Clark

The Essential 55

Meredith Sweetpea was thrilled to come across a little, yet powerful book titled The Essential 55 that showcases author and teacher Ron Clark’s development of 55 classroom rules that transformed his apathetic students and turned them into award-winning scholars.

In this New York Time’s best seller, Ron Clark describes the 55 rules and expectations he had of his students at the Inner Harlem Elementary School and how he used manners and respect to help his classes achieve outstanding test scores.

His story became a movie: The Ron Clark Story

His results were so amazing that his story was made into a movie, The Ron Clark Story: Inspired by the True Story of a Teacher,”starring Matthew Perry in the role of Ron Clark. (2006).


Here is just one of the 55 rules that can easily translate into everyday life…


If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger. Instead, say something like, “I really enjoyed the competition, and I look forward to playing you again,” or “Good game,” or don’t say anything at all. To show anger or sarcasm, such as “I wasn’t playing hard anyway. You really aren’t that good,” shows weakness.




Meredith Sweetpea’s Introduction

I’m Meredith Sweetpea, an old-fashioned girl who likes old-fashioned entertainment, etiquette, and living.  The simpler times in life.  I enjoy entertaining friends with bygone amusements and dress-up tea parties to keep alive the time when folks would gather together in communities to share their lives and talents rather than sit home alone in front of their glowing television screens or video games.

This blog will entertain, amuse, and inform its readers on the joys and etiquette of Victorian and turn-of-the-century 1900s living, and we’ll see how most of these practices are still in existence today.  We’ll harken back to them and restore a sense of civility and simple old-fashioned fun to our world.  We’ll experience how to enjoy gracious living again.

Let’s discuss the modern-day etiquette and everyday challenges of today’s world, at home, with friends, in social situations, in school, and in life in general.  Share with me your questions and challenges and we’ll make this an interactive forum for exploring old ways of doing new things.

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