Her Times
By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: July 12th, 2014

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What a great neighborhood — and I never would have discovered it if Mike and Nancy Kalista weren’t selling their home. You’ll want to discover the hoVideomes in the Jane Lane area too — private, big lots, country scenery and it was maybe 15 minutes from downtown.


Check out my article here
 in House to Home. You can attend an open house Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.Watch the video here. I even managed to keep my feet out of this one and edited about six pieces of video together.

Great ideas to love in home and gardens this week.  Check out this week’s stories:

Garden Tour Erie grows with music – Sue Scholz shares all the info on tours this weekend. The third city garden tour is Sunday. Don’t miss this one!

Have a great weekend — check out the open houses today and Sunday. Hit the Greek Fest and all the other summer fun in Erie.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.
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Posted: July 11th, 2014

I bougCoachht a Coach purse – my first ever. It was on clearance for under $200 at the Grove City Coach outlet with an additional 70 percent off, and I was so deliriously happy to see the price that I almost bought two.

orange stripeI also hit the Banana Republic outlet and bought an orange striped shirt and a yellow glittery top — combined purchase under $20. I love the Banana Republic outlet. If you have never been there, you must go. I have bought a dress there every year — and they are so well made.

A quick walk through the Grove City outlets — and I mean one-hour quick — revealed a lot of great deals. Sidewalk sales with dresses, dresses, dresses. I have enough dresses for now, and I stayed away from shoe stores. But if you are looking for deals on summer stuff, it’s worth the trip.

I haven’t been to Grove City in a long time, and it was a terrific one-hour detour away from Interstate 79.

Here at home, it’s Greek Fest weekend, Roar on the Shore folks will be roaring into town, Frozen Safari is at the Erie Zoo and activities abound in our beautiful corner of the world. Have a great weekend. For me, it’s an anniversary weekend. Happy 11th anniversary to my wonderful husband, Kim Parker.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and a stepgrandmother to two of the cutest little girls ever.

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Posted: July 10th, 2014

ChevronThe threat of rain usually sends me to stores, and it did again on Monday. So I admit I went a little nuts with the Chevron pattern. Clearly. I blame it on Erie Times-News reporter Sarah Stemen because she wears such cute little Chevron tops that look so fresh.

Well off I went to Peebles and here’s my haul: a sundress, a shirt and a spaghetti strap shirt. All Chevron. I bought a patterned dress too, but I didn’t want to make your eyes go buggy mixing it all together. I’ll save that one and some other goodies from Grove City outlet mall for Fashion Friday.

After the shopping extravaganza, I took a nap, made a real dinner for my hubby — he rarely gets that but never complains. We went for a walk at McDowell where a coach was teaching kids some cross-country skills.  It reminded me of the days when I shuttled my little girl (she was 14) to and from Brown’s Farm for cross country practice. It seems like yesterday, but it was a decade ago. Kids who run cross country are tough — mentally and physically.

My day-off evening ended like many others. We came home and sat on the front porch — something we try to do every evening — and I do it every morning. It’s so quiet here sometimes. In other moments, our bustling neighborhood of kids and parents and dogs is truly alive. But I savor these quiet moments. Summer is so short and so sweet. Don’t you want to drink in every minute of the greenery, the birds, the wildlife and the warm summer breezes?

Enjoy the summer — it seems to fly by.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

 

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Posted: July 5th, 2014
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The entrance to 3828 Cobblestone Drive shows off some elegant doors and incredible design.

I visited Cobblestone Village earlier this year, but two more homes for sale brought be back.

The two luxury homes are gorgeous.  At 3828 Cobblestone Drive, the interior is spectacular and a backyard parklike setting with landscaped paths adds to the package..
The home includes six bedrooms, five full baths and 3,860 square feet of living space.  Paul Kubeja of Robert C. Kubeja Real Estate lists it at $674,900. For more information, call him at 450-7368.
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The sunroom at 320 Erica Drive looks out on the swimming pool and sport court.

Around the corner at 320 Erica Drive, Sean and Andrea Scully’s home sits on .93 acre of property, and it is a dream home with 6,078-square feet inside and outdoor living space that just keeps on going.  An in-ground pool borders the patio while an additional sport court offers plenty of space for a basketball court and tennis court. It includes  five bedrooms, five full baths, and two half baths.  Lisa Rubino, of Sue Sutto Realtors, lists this home at $599,900. For more information, call her at 572-2020. Check out our Open House locator right here. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!
Check out this week’s stories:
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.
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Posted: July 4th, 2014

red wb lipsGlitterAppliques, temporary tattoos and red, white and blue yous. I would love the be this bold. But I’m not. If you are, you can get appliques like this from Glitterrati’s Violent Lips collection. You get three sets of lips for $9.99. Here’s a review of the lips

And don’t forget the Violent Eyes Collection. For $9.99, you get four sets of rub-off appliques for the eyes. Here’s one of the eyes.

The reviews are from Glamourpage, and they are real reviews from a woman who did it and gives you step-by-step instructions and her funny take on how this feels.

Looks like fun to me.

Even if you don’t go wild with the makeup, have a great Fourth of July!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

 

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Posted: July 1st, 2014

ICE CREAM HEELSmore ice cream heelsHappy July 1st — it’s ice cream month, and what better way to show you love the cold and creamy confection than decorating a pair of shoes with  ice cream cone heels? And ice cream of course.

And don’t forget the sprinkles and cherry on top. Marissa Rachel shows you how to do it all on YouTube. She does flats, too.  The 5-minute video gives you a how-to on a few different designs.

No, it’s not real ice cream — it’s paint, and this fashionista  is really clever in her designs. I know a little girl who would love this idea, and I know some big girls who will be getting out the paint, as well.  Don’t they look good enough to eat?

If you want some real ice cream — you can make that yourself too. Jennie Geisler will show you how in one of her upcoming  columns on GoErie.com.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

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Posted: June 28th, 2014

Summer yards and gardens are in full swing and what’s not to love? At 637 Garden Court, you’ll find the charm of an older home updated with some great features. And click on the photo with the arrow to see the video I shot with homeowner Meghan Bool — thanks for helping me out, Meghan. Anne Stonesifer is the selling agent. Priced at $174.900, it’s a great home. Read about it here.

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637 West Sixth Street — open house Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. $174,900.

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Gannon Gardens

Check out all the articles in our 32-page edition of House to Home this week:

Gannon’s Goodwill Gardens
Metallics make rooms shine
Contemporary style is all about you
Cross pollination can be a family project

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Have a great weekend — check out the open houses, and get out and garden.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.
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Posted: June 27th, 2014

MustachifierOK, this is not exactly what you would expect for Fashion Friday, but I just had to post this picture when the folks from Mustachifier sent me an e-mail.

Visit the site to purchase, and it also offers sunglasses, bibs and more.

Hidden Money

Well I am late to this party, but I have to give a shout out to the 40-ish woman behind the Erie Hidden Money idea. She said she was a young single mother living in poverty who eventually went to college and became a successful professional. She has caught a lot of attention. Read the Erie Times-News story here.

Her Facebook page is amazing. The Erie Hidden Money lady posts quotes like this: “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.” ~ Malcom Bane

“Regret nothing. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”

HiddenmoneyShe includes a note in each envelope, suggesting a random act of kindness as a usage for the money.

Great stuff to start the weekend. Go baby, go!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

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Posted: June 24th, 2014

iphoneYou know you’ve wanted to dare your kids (or other loved ones) to take a break from the digital world — go an hour, a day, a week — without checking those infernal text messages, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine feeds. Well, one dad went one better, according to an NPR report.

Software company exec Paul Baier pretty much bet his daughter — a high-school freshman at the time — that she couldn’t stay off Facebook. She vowed to take the dare. If he paid her $200.  She did it.  For six months. He paid up, and he’s not the only one.  Read the NPR story here. And if you dare to do it yourself, All Things Considered wants to hear your story on Twitter or Facebook, or fill out this form.

Digital detox can be a good thing. Not sure I could do it.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

 

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Posted: June 23rd, 2014

dog2Thanks to Ginny Grimsley, National Print Campaign Manager for News and Experts in Florida for the latest on how to figure out what to do to get your dog to like your date. Or how to not read too much into what your dog is telling you.

Grimsley sent a message that Kris Rotonda, founder and CEO of www.YouMustLoveDogsDating.com barks out some fun stuff about dogs and dates.

With four dogs, Rotonda confessed that his pets interfered in his dating life for years, but he found true love. Here are a few of his tips:
If your dog dislikes your date

Your dog could pick up on nervousness, perfume or something else. It doesn’t mean you should dump your date because your dog says no.

Hide-out

Your dog may be afraid of your new friend. Or it could be completely unrelated. “If a plane was flying overhead or thunder rumbling outside, that may have been the source of anxiety. Don’t try to pet or sweet talk your pet while he’s in hiding as that will encourage the behavior. Instead, reward him when he emerges,” Rotonda advises.

Reintroductions

Rotonda suggests you introduce your new friend to your pet by getting an unwashed article of his or her clothing. Rub the clothing on your arm to mingle in your own scent and then place it someplace you dog likes to hang out. This will acquaint your dog with a new person’s scent.

Rotonda created www.YouMustLoveDogsDating.com, a website devoted to singles who found their true canine love but have to find a human to love.

Even if you don’t have a pet, the info is interesting. Enjoy!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

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