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Katherine Stone is an award-winning, nationally recognized peer advocate for women with postpartum depression and the founder of the blog, Postpartum Progress. She was named among the top ten most influential mom bloggers by Babble in 2011 and 2012. She also was named a WebMD Health Hero in 2008 and won the 2010 Bloganthropy Award, given for using social media to make a difference. At Babble, Katherine writes the column Something Fierce, and also covers maternal health for Babble Cares. Her readers love her for her authenticity, trustworthiness, ferocity, and vulnerability when it comes to covering issues important to moms.

Katherine has appeared on, HLN TV, CNN, FOX,, More, Newsweek, Fit Pregnancy, US News & World Report, The Huffington Post, WebMD, Sirius Doctor Radio and more. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprogr.

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7 Ways To Celebrate National Housewives Day on November 3rd

By Katherine Stone |

National Housewives DayHousewife.

I don’t know why but that word feels very minimizing to me. Like I’m a woman chained to her home and only allowed out when the refrigerator needs refilling. Like all I’m good for is scrubbing the toilet. I’m sure not everyone who uses that word means it in a derogatory manner, but I can’t help but think bad things when I hear it.

Yesterday, I heard from a company called Voli Spirits. I’m sure they’re nice people. At least I’d like to think they are. They sent me tweets and posted on my Facebook wall with lovely words about the work I do at Postpartum Progress, which I really appreciate.

Recognition is nice. I’ve been working my butt off on blogging for 8+ years now, and every now and then when someone throws a bit of acknowledgment my way it makes me feel like I am actually accomplishing something.

But then I clicked the links and saw that this is all part of a Voli Spirits campaign called “Housewife Heroes.” Cringe. Well okay, I thought, they’re still being nice so I’ll just overlook the fact that they’re calling me a housewife. Maybe it’s a foreign company and they just aren’t comfortable enough with the language to know that being labeled a housewife hero doesn’t feel particularly appealing.

Then I read their description of Housewife Heroes: “… about house wives who do more than just sit at home – they take care of kids, have a job, clean the house, and everything in between.”

More than just sit at home? Everything in between? Really?! Wow.

For a minute, I thought I was stuck in the midst of an episode of Mad Men. Dear people of Voli, what are you thinking? Did Don Draper and Roger Sterling develop this idea for you? Did they convince you that tying a marketing campaign to National Housewives Day on November 3rd is a solid idea?

I could rail against this. I could say that Voli Spirits has made a huge mistake. Instead, I think I’ll roll with it. Maybe we should just accept that we are all housewives, and be happy that we get a day each year to be celebrated for our sacrifices. Why not embrace it, friends?

Here are seven ideas to make your National Housewives Day the best ever. You may notice there are lots of exclamation points involved, but that’s because I think we deserve them, ladies!!

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7 Ways To Celebrate National Housewives Day on November 3rd

Sing and Scrub!

While you scrub the toilet, perform karaoke. It's sure to make the day a great one!
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writes here at Babble as well as at her own blog on postpartum depression, called Postpartum Progress. You can also follow her on Twitter as she tweets inane things about her day.

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Katherine Stone is the founder of the most widely-read blog in the world on postpartum depression, Postpartum Progress. She writes about parenting and maternal child health on Babble Voices and Babble Cares, as well as at Huffington Post Parents. Katherine is a mom of two and lives in Atlanta. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprog. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katherine's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “7 Ways To Celebrate National Housewives Day on November 3rd

  1. frank callis says:

    This is as funny as the idea from those Vodka fools was offensive. I loved it. Now get in that black dress before I get home… LOL.

  2. frank callis says:

    I dont know why you didn’t ask for some vodka first.

  3. Loraine says:

    My husband and I have been married for 50 years and have raised 4 beautiful mature children. I became a mother at 20, have been at home and held part time as well as full time jobs outside of the home. Personally, I never liked the term housewife from the beginning – I am the wife of a wonderful man. I am a homemaker. A homemaker need not be married, have children, a career or a job; however I am a wife, mother, grandmother of 15, had several careers, lots of jobs outside of our home, and though not really ‘retired’, except from an 8 – 5 job, I continue to be a homemaker and will be until I die. Even when I become unable to cook, clean, garden, drive, volunteer, etc., I will remain a home maker. A home maker does a multitude of things but at the base level makes her home a place others like to be, a husband feels at ease and peace there, children want to return as often as busy lives allow, grandchildren love to visit for a few hours or days, friends enjoy visiting and guests feel at home while there. It is not about being ‘the perfect hostess’, ‘greatest cook’, ‘wonderful decorator; it is making one and all feel at home in your home no matter how simple it may be.

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