From foodie to food allergies: Part 2

As you might have already read from my most recent blog, I’m a mom whose kids suffer from food allergies. For the past 11 years, navigating these unchartered waters related to safe and unsafe foods has been quite an experience for my husband and me. While he and I don’t suffer from them, we’ve been …(more)

What an #HPHolidays Twitter Party it was!

On Wednesday at 8:00pm EST, the Twitterverse was infused with a dose of holiday spirit that was more than up to the task of temporarily dethroning the latest hashtag, kitten meme and controversial celebrity statement. This was the time when the House Party community came together for our annual #HPHolidays Twitter Party and set the Twitterverse ablaze with …(more)

Tonight is #HPHolidays Night!

Tonight’s the night! Take a break for an hour and join us for the #HPHolidays Twitter Party at 8:00 pm EST. If you’ve joined one of our Twitter parties before, then you know how it works: we’ll be chatting about holiday recipes, winter activities and ways to keep the holidays fun and stress-free, while giving …(more)

5 twists on an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

The holidays can be stressful, so tying a silly theme — like tacky holiday sweaters — into your holiday party will surely help lighten the mood and fill the room with laughter. It also serves as a good ice breaker. Try a few spins on the classic ugly sweater party this season — you can even combine a few of these …(more)

Time to ring in the #HPHolidays

The holidays can be a little overwhelming at times. So take a break for an hour and join us for the #HPHolidays Twitter Party on December 10, at 8:00 pm EST. If you’ve joined one of our Twitter parties before, then you know how it works: we’ll be chatting about holiday recipes, winter activities and …(more)

Giving Tuesday

This time of year is hard to get through without being sucked into all the hype of Black Friday, which has now turned into really a month-long shopping extravaganza. Black Friday type deals started as early as November 1st and more and more Americans left their Thanksgiving dinner tables to be first in line to …(more)

Happy ThanksGIFing, one and all!

THANKSGIVING!!! It’s finally here, in all it’s family-hugging, belt-busting, tryptophan-releasing, football-cheering splendor. We know that you’re likely running last-minute errands, whipping-up that 3rd pumpkin pie or vacuuming madly before the guests arrive — just like us. So, we’ll keep today’s blog post short, sweet and enjoyable so you can get on with your Thanksgiving and spending it …(more)

5 Easy DIY Craft Gifts for $5 or Less

The holidays are upon us, and the spirit of gift-giving is in the air! Take matters into your own hands this season by trying these DIY crafts, all for $5 or less. They’re easy and fun to make, while allowing you to re-purpose common items you may already have around the house. Soda Tab Bracelets - Total …(more)

November: What better time to bake with pumpkin?

It’s November again, and that means seeing red, orange and yellow, both in the trees and also in our kitchens. You might remember I wrote about visiting the pumpkin patch last month and using the pumpkins to make fresh pumpkin purée, which can be used to make pumpkin pies and treats for Thanksgiving. I wanted to …(more)

House Party Blog Book Club: Orphan Train Discussion

You guys voted and chose Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline as our November book club selection. The story behind the book is based on this: “Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates …(more)

Indoor workout apps: no more excuses

With winter fast approaching, many of us tend to hibernate from exercising and come spring, we’ve got the requisite 10-15 pounds to show for it. But just because it’s harder to get outside to be active doesn’t mean you need to slack on fitness. And you shouldn’t! Remember a faster metabolism keeps you warmer, so …(more)

Like to blog? Guest blog for us!

So, you’ve been reading the House Party Blog diligently, exploring some of your favorite posts and authors and perhaps wondering “how can I write for the House Party Blog?” Here’s how: If you operate an active blog and enjoy the posts we publish, we’d love to have you submit your ideas for a guest post that you’d author …(more)

How to participate in a fitness competition

Before you laugh and say something like, “yeah, I’m not exactly a professional athlete”, the whole point of participating in a fitness competition is to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to do something you don’t think you’re capable of doing. Take it from me, a former overweight/obese girl-turned woman, who’s only …(more)

This day in history: November 7

Happy Friday, everyone! In case you don’t have a calendar nearby, today is November 7th meaning there are 54 days left of 2014 and exactly 3 weeks until Black Friday. Today, AT&T is launching the HTC Desire Eye and RE Camera. Also, musicians Lorde (18) and David Guetta (47) will celebrate birthdays. If you feel …(more)

Get out your vote

Tomorrow is Election Day and while this isn’t a Presidential election year, most states have other important races going on. From Senate and the House of Representatives to Governor, chances are your state has several candidates vying for office or re-election. Here are some key races to watch in several states and also a breakdown of which …(more)

Love it or loathe it: Candy Corn

Liz and I went head to head last year over our love or hate for New Year’s Eve. So we decided to continue to do battle, albeit, politely, over another polarizing and seasonally-apropos item, candy corn. Danielle What’s not to love about candy corn? It’s seasonal so you don’t get sick of it. It comes in …(more)

House Party’s 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off Recap

Thank you for all of the great submissions for our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off. For our community entrants, we selected Brian C.’s Sweet Potato Chorizo Chili, Dian R.’s Harvest Pumpkin Chili and Tabitha S.’s Beef Chili (with chocolate!) to be entered into our cook-off among Stephanie’s No-Bean Chili, Robin’s White Chicken Chili and Mel C’s …(more)