Eating clean: the Paleo lifestyle

As many of you know from being frequent readers of this blog, I’m kind of into CrossFit. And many CrossFitters adapt a Paleo lifestyle. What does this mean? Well, it’s short for Paleolithic and essentially believes we should eat like our cave people ancestors. Now, don’t worry, you won’t have to go kill a woolly mammoth …(more)

3 crowd-pleasing desserts to serve tonight!

I’m not known for my culinary skills, but when asked to bring food to any event, it’s known that I’m the go-to-girl for crowd-pleasing desserts! After all, who doesn’t love the accolades that come with friends and family happily ooh-ing and aah-ing over your sumptuous dessert creation? Better yet, how about those compliments over a delicious dessert that’s easy to …(more)

Happy Presidents’ Day!

Happy Presidents’ Day! This day is more than just a day off of work, but a day to take a few moments to appreciate the great history of our country and the people who have served as commander-in-chief, both past and present. Traditionally celebrated on George Washington’s day of birth, February 22, the holiday became …(more)

Celebrate Mardi Gras no matter where you are!

If there’s one thing we all know about Mardi Gras it’s that across language and cultural boundaries, those two words mean: fun, raucous times. After all, the saying, “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” (translation: “Let the good times roll”) gives pretty clear instructions, right? With this in mind, we figured that we’d gather-up a few ways to …(more)

It’s “National Chocolate Month” – thank you, February!

Recently we discovered that February is “National Chocolate Lovers Month”. Why the shortest month was selected to pay homage to the greatest confection in the world is anyone’s guess, but we’re totally on board with celebrating the brilliance of cacao. So. On. Board. So, like any good host, we decided to invite our office to bring …(more)

Valentine’s Day gifts, date ideas and more!

Valentine’s Day is this Saturday. Are you ready? If not, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered! If you’ve been with us for a while, you know we’ve posted a thing or two about this special day. We gave you great date and gift ideas last year, shared our thoughts on how to celebrate if you’re single …(more)

Groundhog Day: the forecast you’ve been waiting for

February 2. Groundhog Day. The day the entire nation (and Canada) gathers around their TV to watch a rodent predict the forecast. If it wasn’t a real thing, no one would believe it. But alas, from Punxatawney Phil to  Buckeye Chuck to Shubenacadie Sam to a host of other groundhogs, we’re all waiting to see if there will be …(more)

Pack your bags: My solo vacation to Jamaica

Last month I did something pretty impulsive. I booked a trip by myself to Montego Bay, Jamaica. I haven’t traveled alone in almost 15 years but I really felt the need to get away to someplace warm and just recharge my batteries. I’m fortunate enough to have friends to travel with and in the past …(more)

The 4-1-1 with: Joe Monti

In each installment of The 4-1-1, we’ll interview a different member of the House Party community, asking the big questions that are on everyone’s minds. In this one, we’re chatting with Joe Monti, our VP of Finance. Joe joined House Party about a year and a half ago and ever since, we’ve grown fond of the …(more)

5 FUNctional Office Makeover Tips

Late last year we decided it was a good time to give the House Party office a little makeover. Throughout the project we had fun researching, combining our ideas and bringing them to fruition! So, having learned a fair amount in the process about making over an office, we wanted to share our results and tips …(more)

This Day in History: January 19th

Welcome to Monday, folks! Today, we’re taking a look back at this day – January 19th – in history. There were social accomplishments, technological achievements and days of cultural note on this day; however, none as important as the reason we celebrate a national holiday today, as you’ll see later in this post. What happened throughout history on …(more)

Love it or loathe it: Skiing

One of the things that makes the House Party Consumer blog so special is our unique, and often, differing opinions. We’ve tackled Candy Corn and New Year’s Eve and now our contributors go head to head, or toe to toe, on their love or loathe of skiing. Melody - Love My love of skiing began in high school, …(more)

Feng Shui for the New Year

Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging physical objects to attract positive energy. With the New Year upon us, what better time to reexamine our spaces and bring a little more energy to push us through into a great year! Use these helpful tips to rearrange your office space or your …(more)