Fall and winter home decorating tips

Fall and winter are absolutely my favorite seasons.  The leaves start changing colors and there is a chill in the air that puts a smile on my face. As soon as those first leaves fall, I gleefully go into my closet and put out all my favorite holiday decorations.  I try to remain tasteful and …(more)

Gluten-free desserts for the holiday season

The holidays are rapidly approaching and while this means warm times with family and friends, we also know that it typically means one other thing, too…FOOD! This is easier for some folks than others though, especially if you have any dietary restrictions. Thankfully, after some delicious research by us, we can confirm that you can …(more)

Labor Day Vacation: Make it a ‘stay-cation’!

Retail stores have had back-to-school gear for weeks, talk of the football season is madly swirling about and nighttime temperatures are beginning to dip for many of us. Add all these things up and it’s obvious: summer is officially waning. While kids may rue summer’s exit (while parents likely celebrate it!), this time of the …(more)

The 4-1-1 on Steph

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 Stephanie Howard, a Senior Program Manager on the Program Operations team. Steph joined House Party 5 years ago and ever since, we’ve loved the …(more)

Easy weeknight dinner ideas

When you have tired, hungry kids to feed, dinnertime can start to feel like a real drag. Especially since it typically coincides with the “witching hour” — that hour (or two) when your kids whine, you long for wine and the notion of #winning is replaced by a dreaded sense of a massive #fail. Well, …(more)

National Ice Cream Day is Sunday!

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. (A blessed stroke of POTUS’s pen if we may say so ourselves!) He also declared that the third Sunday in July would be the official National Ice Cream Day. So, we think it’s a great time to celebrate this frosty treat and grab …(more)

Visit to Sarasota, FL

With the harsh winter we had this year, I was hankering to get away to somewhere warm. After seeing Siesta Key Beach pop up as the #1 ranked beach in the US by Trip Advisor, combined with the fact that I’d never visited Florida’s west coast, I set my sights on visiting Sarasota, FL. After …(more)

July 4th party prep

On Saturday we celebrate July 4th, our national celebration of our adoption of the Declaration of the Independence, which happened 236 years ago. It’s a day to celebrate our great country and get together with friends and family. We’ve shared many party prep tips in the past on this blog, and found many great resources across …(more)

Can I have an extra second?

Well actually – yes, yes you can! In a few days the universe will grant you one extra second in your day. This extra moment is called a Leap Second. You may know about a leap year, which happens every 4 years when an extra day is added to the month of February to keep …(more)

Cheers to National Ice Cream Soda Day

Ice cream sodas were invented in the 1800’s in Philadelphia when ice cream was added to soda as a way to keep it cold when there was no ice available. Today, we are thankful for whoever this resourceful soul was who put the two together and we’ve since discovered many varieties and ways to enjoy the …(more)

Cheers to National Iced Tea Day!

Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than a tall glass of iced tea. But did you know that there is a day dedicated to this delightful drink? The day is June 10th (tomorrow!) and the time is now to start brewing your favorite crisp, cool tea and sing cheers to National Iced …(more)

A livestream app revolution!

There sure are an awful lot of mentions of meerkats and periscopes in social media of late; but, before you go looking for the nearest safari or submarine you should know a few things… First, Meerkat and Periscope simply mean live-streaming from your mobile device. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, thanks to the advent of a couple …(more)

Graduation Party Planning for Kids

Graduation is an exciting time for graduates, parents and family. However, almost all the attention gets paid to high school and college grads. And while their achievements are outstanding and deserving of celebration, so are the achievements and encouragement of those in the younger age sets such as kindergarten, elementary school and pre-school. After all, encouragement …(more)

Memorial Day party planning – simplified!

Memorial Day honors men and women who died while serving in the US military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. For more history of the holiday, see our post from last year. Perhaps you’re celebrating the holiday this year …(more)

5 tips to prepare for spring and summer!

Spring is here at last. At last! We survived that long, cold, dark winter and sunny days are finally here. Well, they may not all be sunny but they’re most certainly warmer… and before warm turns to hot, here are a few housekeeping/kid-keeping tips to make sure your home is in order before summer arrives.   …(more)

Parental spring fever

My typically very organized brain has been falling apart of late. In talking to some friends, the same thing is happening to them! It’s a phenomenon I’m taking the liberty to call it “parental spring fever.” This isn’t the kind of spring fever though where you’re falling in love, enjoying the warmer temps outdoors and …(more)

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