Sarah
 

Sarah

Sarah is a friend of House Party. Sarah held a few roles during her three years with the company, most recently as our Community Manager. This is a fancy way of saying that she made sure that you were heard, helped and having fun. She also tweeted as one half of the contributors to our @HousePartyFun Twitter handle with Jared. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, but has since moved to the northern corner of New York City, where she lives with her boyfriend and their sassy chinchilla, Rufus. Audiophiles at heart, they’ve crammed-in five guitars and way more speakers and gigabytes of music than a little apartment should hold.

Her party tip: no matter the size or type of party, put on music just loud enough to cover up the sound of chewing (ew!), but not chatting.

Recent posts

19 December
2012
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Fitness with your gaming system
 

Fitness with your gaming system

I’ll admit it — my boyfriend and I are the very proud owners of an Xbox with Kinect and a Wii. No, we don’t have children, and yes, we’re young, active, hard-working (and mature?) adults with full-time jobs and a full social calendar. We just really love video games! While Brian’s tempted to play Madden ’13 online with our friends (who live in the same city) for days and I’ll happily play Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the millionth time after a hard day’s work, we’re also huge fans of the latest developments in the motion sensing technology of the Kinect and Wii – me especially. As I try to find motivation and time for fitness and exercise during my busy schedule, my gaming consoles have become my new best friends. Forget the stigma of video games promoting laziness; some of these new games get you moving.

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4 December
2012
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Recipe apps and gifts for the home cook
 

Recipe apps and gifts for the home cook

Published recipes and menus are no longer controlled by celebrity chefs. Now, home cooks, foodies and local restaurants can share their kitchen creativity with the click of a mouse. Luckily, organizing and finding recipes has become just as easy with the vast collections on the internet.

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27 November
2012
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Mug brownie
 

Mug brownie

You can thank Pinterest for this post.

Ever crave a brownie or a cookie? Of course you do. Do you ever want to make a full batch or go out and find a bakery to satisfy it? Probably not! Well, I’ve got your solution: a mug and a microwave.

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25 October
2012
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We’re playing a prank on Brian today
 

We’re playing a prank on Brian today

Today is our House Party HQ Halloween Party! To celebrate, Sarah, Liz, Danielle, Jared and Shana are playing a prank on our good friend Brian, who you’ve come to know so well through his blog posts. He’s probably reading this right now and wishing he never came in today.

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24 October
2012
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House Party “Love is Louder than Bullying” Pinterest Sweepstakes
 

House Party “Love is Louder than Bullying” Pinterest Sweepstakes

Congratulations to Yasmine, Barbara and Juli! Thanks for participating, everyone!

We’re a little more than halfway through National Bullying Prevention Month and we hope that you’ve found our partnership with The JED Foundation’s Love is Louder campaign both educational and practical! In our first blog post, we provided you with a clearer understanding of just how broad the epidemic of bullying can be, as well as some eye-opening statistics. In the second, we showcased an exclusive message from actress Brittany Snow to parents. We hope that this message spurred your involvement and inspired you to join other parents in frank and familiar House Party-style discussion to address bullying in your community and with your children.

This week, we’re kicking things up a notch and need your help! We’re inviting you to enter the House Party “Love is Louder than Bullying” Pinterest Sweepstakes to help spread the word about bullying prevention, the Love is Louder campaign and inspire other parents to host a Love is Louder Party. It’s also an opportunity for you to win one of three $25 gift cards! So, you’re not only raising awareness for a good cause, you’re pinning (which we know you love!) and you’re in the running to win a free gift card. Helping out a cause never felt so good!

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Foods IconFood
1 October
2012
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Yummy pumpkin recipes
 

Yummy pumpkin recipes

Fall means lots of things but one of our favorites is pumpkin — in everything! From coffee and cake to bread and biscuits, pumpkin makes everything better. Here are two of our favorite recipes that are sure to whet your pumpkin whistle.

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27 September
2012
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Halloween 2012 – what will you be dressing-up as?
 

Halloween 2012 – what will you be dressing-up as?

Halloween’s about a month away (!), and likely it’s safe to say you’ll fall into one of two camps: you’re either the person who knows EXACTLY what they’re going to dress-up as (you may even have the entire costume!) because there’s at least 3 Halloween-related events you’re going to; or, you’re like me, and will “figure it out next week” since you “might not be doing anything anyway.”

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17 September
2012
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The Emancipation Proclamation gets current with live streaming
 

The Emancipation Proclamation gets current with live streaming

This Saturday, September 22nd marks an incredible milestone in American and world history: the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. On this day in 1862, after the Battle of Antietam, the preliminary proclamation was issued and would go into effect three months later on January 1, 1863. It paved the way for the 13th amendment abolishing slavery in the United States, and eventually, the Civil Rights Movement beginning in the 1950s (read more at civilwar.org).

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Music and Movies IconMusic & Movies
7 September
2012
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Fall playlist
 

Fall playlist

Like many, autumn is my favorite season. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I really can’t deal with summer heat, so as soon as the temperature cools down and the leaves start changing color, my year finally starts. Some people counter that with, “Ugh, but everything’s just dying and that means stupid lonely, dead winter is coming. Why not celebrate spring?” But…come on. Summer’s transition to winter is a beautiful change and conjures up some of my favorite memories associated with school, moving, and old friends. It inspires me to rediscover songs and artists from my past. So, here are some of my all-time favorite songs celebrating nostalgia, fall, and change one way or another (yes, I totally threw some awesomely-bitter-but-upbeat break-up songs in there for good measure). It’s my favorite soundtrack for pumpkin adventures in the kitchen.

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4 September
2012
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Football season returns!
 

Football season returns!

 

Make sure you play alongside the House Party team in our annual Pigskin Pick ‘em league! There are no weekly prizes this year, we’ll all be having a football-related fun regardless!

 

It’s that time of year again…football season is officially here! For many of us, it’s a time to rejoice, pull out the jerseys, cook some buffalo wings and stir up classic rivalries. That also means, for many of us (including me…sigh), we become football widows.

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