Family & kids
It’s that time of year — the holiday scramble and hunting for the perfect gifts! One tip to help ease the stress when it comes to shopping is to take note of gift ideas throughout the year as you come across them. If you haven’t been doing that this year, below is a list to get you started. And here are even more ideas you might find useful, including gift wrapping ideas! I also like to keep a secret gift ideas board on Pinterest and note specifically who each gift will go to.
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What is it about the holidays that makes us want to eat cookies (more than usual)? Well we’ve created a sort of tradition here at the House Party blog, taking to the oven to bring you some of our favorite cookie recipes. It all began last year where we had a cookie-off and created some extremely diverse confections. And this year is no different. So whether you need to create cookies for the office party, want to gift a neighbor, caretaker, postal carrier, or just want to whip up some treats for the family, hopefully one of these will fit the bill.Read full post
Thanksgiving equals turkey.
Just so we’re all clear: the main culinary event that folks are looking forward to on Thanksgiving is turkey (except for the cases of our vegetarian/vegan friends). That’s a given. So, with that relatively obvious element taken care of, we’re actually going to the holiday’s side show, which offers a bit more nuanced, colorful and possibly even more delicious world of Thanksgiving possibilities: the side dishes.Read full post
I’m sure many of you are looking at the title of this post and thinking “What you talkin’ about, Willis?” But since we always try to provide you with fun facts, as well as useful content here at the House Party Blog, you can impress your friends with this nugget: for what is likely the only time in history, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will fall on the same day.Read full post
As the holiday season approaches, our hearts and minds are drawn ever closer back to the fundamental importance of our families, our friends and the good fortune each of our lives has been afforded. While the stresses of a job, the hustle and bustle of everyday life and challenges of parenting can all present their difficulties and mini-conundrums, this season is a time for us to be thankful for our opportunities and those close to us, as well as to help out when life’s little rainclouds visit. Many folks ensure that this focus doesn’t simply reflect inward on one’s own life, but rather also on the lives of others — through volunteerism and charitable giving.Read full post
There’s so much to love about Halloween. The costumes. The trick or treating. The haunted houses. But most of all, the candy! Let’s be honest, though — even the biggest candy lover in the world can’t eat all that sugary goodness (and shouldn’t!). So, whether you need to do this in the middle of the night and not tell the kids (otherwise this could happen), or you want to include them and send a message of giving around this generous holiday (which is ALL about giving if you think about it), we’ve got some wonderful organizations that would be happy to take your excess candy off your hands and give it to some people who could use some cheer. Here’s where to donate Halloween candy:Read full post