The Truth of the 1950’s Housewife

As a traditionally feminine woman who strives daily to perfect that stereotypical image of the 1950’s housewife, I have to deal with a lot of different things. Unfortunately, one of those things includes a large number of people regularly degrading my favorite decade at every conceivable turn- especially when it comes to my interest in trying to emulate that. Continue reading “The Truth of the 1950’s Housewife”

Falling Off the Wagon

I have a confession to make: I, the self professed 1950’s Housewife extraordinaire and part time Stepford Wife, have fallen off the bandwagon.

Really, by “fallen off” I mean the wagon hit one hell of a rut at full speed, I took a tumble, bumped my head, and have been down and out of the game for the last 6 months. Of course, though, that’s a bit of a fantastical over-exaggeration… Well, except for that “6 month” bit. That parts true- and so’s  the general idea. Continue reading “Falling Off the Wagon”

You Are Not A Failure as a Homemaker

A sentiment I see a lot often when it comes to being a Housewife comes in two forms. The first is usually something like “I am a Failure” or “I am a bad Housewife”, and the second is often “I would be a failure if I tried” or “It’s impossible to do.

The second sentiment often comes from those who think that being a Traditional Housewife is unrealistic and unobtainable- a sentiment I honestly spit at the feet of (and have, more than once even). The first sentiment, however, often comes from those with their toes- or their whole bodies- in the water, who feel as if they have failed or can’t keep up; I have already expressed my views on the second sentiment often enough… But I have honestly never addressed the first type. Continue reading “You Are Not A Failure as a Homemaker”

What Makes a House a Home?

Houses are defined as a buildings for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people. They provide us with shelter from the elements and a place to store our personal belongings- and a place to eat, sleep, get ready for work, relax after a hard day, and even celebrate all the little events of life. Indeed, we do so much under their roofs… Yet sometimes we tend to forget just how important they actually are; how much they provide us with, and how much their environment impacts us during the day-to-day of our lives. Continue reading “What Makes a House a Home?”

A Quick Tip for Budgeting Your Household

There are a lot of things that, as an Adult, I wish I would have been taught before being thrown out into the large world we live in. Thankfully, Budgeting was not one of these things. Unfortunately, others are not always so lucky and many will find themselves over budgeted and far too heavily strapped for cash within the first few months on their own.

Budgeting, however, is one of the easiest things I have found about running a Household. Programs like Microsoft Excel (and other equivalents) make it even easier by allowing you to input Formulas that do all of the math for you. In addition to using a program like Excel, though, there are several other tips that can help to ensure you stay within a safe budget. Continue reading “A Quick Tip for Budgeting Your Household”

Facing Bigotry Part 2; Deconstructing Arguments Against Housewifery

Absurdly Long Post; 5.5k+ words

Elsie over at Sweet Baby Cadillac offered a beautiful response to an article that almost had me on the verge of seething by the end of it when I read it myself. Once I managed to collect myself, however, I felt like I should give my response as well. The reason for that is that Elsie covered a lot of the basics, but her view is neither the only one nor a complete view of why some of us do what we do- and if you are going to do what basically and ultimately amounts to closedmindedly degrading the lifestyle choices of others, you should certainly take the time to read a multitude of viewpoints before doing so. Continue reading “Facing Bigotry Part 2; Deconstructing Arguments Against Housewifery”

Facing Bigotry Part 1; Why I Do What I Do

Long Post; 3k+ words

Elsie over at Sweet Baby Cadillac offered a beautiful response to an article that almost had me on the verge of seething by the end of it when I read it myself. Once I managed to collect myself, however, I felt like I should give my response as well. The reason for that is that Elsie covered a lot of the basics, but her view is neither the only one nor a complete view of why some of us do what we do- and if you are going to do what basically and ultimately amounts to closedmindedly degrading the lifestyle choices of others, you should certainly take the time to read a multitude of viewpoints before doing so. Continue reading “Facing Bigotry Part 1; Why I Do What I Do”

3 (More) Keys to Success; Doing it all and Looking Good Doing It

When people say that the image of the perfect Housewife is unobtainable, their primary focus is almost always on the expectation that we look good doing it all. Continue reading “3 (More) Keys to Success; Doing it all and Looking Good Doing It”

3 Keys to Success; The “Unobtainable” Image of the Housewife

I hear it time and time again: The image of the traditional housewife is unrealistic and unobtainable for any woman.

The argument is that no woman on the planet is capable of stepping out of the pages of something like The Good Wife’s Guide and being the immaculate traditional Housewife that women are expected to be; that the expectations are unrealistic and are ultimately unobtainable for any single person in existence. Continue reading “3 Keys to Success; The “Unobtainable” Image of the Housewife”