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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: February 5th, 2014

caramel - CopyNatural, gluten- and GMO-free candy? With a name like The Lovely Candy Company, you gotta love it. The company makes delicious, caramels, chocolate chews, licorice drops, super fruit chews and fruit chews.

In 2013, Chicago’s Mike and Jackie Nakamura wanted an all-natural candy line, so they made their own. Mike is also the CEO of Bem Wireless in Chicago.

The all-natural line is soy-free and contains no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives — a perfect choice for people with food sensitivities and celiac disease. Flavors include:

  • Lovely Candy Original Chewy Caramels — these were the biggest hit at our office. Everyone loved them.
  • Lovely Candy Chocolate Swirl Caramels
  • Lovely Candy Super Fruit Chews (in Cranberry, Raspberry and Blueberry)
  • Lovely Candy Fruit Chews (in Apple, Cherry and Blackberry)
  • Lovely Candy Organic Cherry Licorice Drops

You can buy the candy at national retailers including Giant Eagle Market District, Target, Hallmark, Home Goods, Fresh Market, Lassen’s, Bristol Farms, Eli Zabar and Metropolitan City Market. Or you can online — click here — buy three bags and get free shipping  for $13.48, a discount on the regular $17.97 price.

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, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: October 11th, 2013


Time to reboot? Me too! I am in search of boots, and I have spent a lifetime trying to squeeze my small feet and larger-than-average calves into designer boots. I’ve used pliers to pull those zippers up on occasion. I’ve worked up a sweat getting them on and never take them off until day is done. Or I buy pull-ons.

Recently, I had success at Payless. Women’s Nadia Tall Boots from Payless — under $40 got great reviews. I tried them and liked them. I also found some of their other boots, that were not extended-calf boots, fit me perfectly. I am sold!

If you search for wide-calf or extended-calf boots online, make sure to measure your calf and read the reviews. Although some boots may claim to extend beyond a 14-16-inch circumference, reviewers are blunt and say the boots are not big enough.

calf stretcherIf you still want regular designer boots, and who doesn’t, one option is this handy, dandy calf stretcher from FootFitter on Amazon.com. It goes inside the boot, claims to work miracles, gets a 5-star review from 18 out of 19 reviewers – the 19th gave it 4 stars. It is on sale now for $169 — I say we all chip in, buy one and pass it around! Note that you only get one for $169 and most reviewers said to pay really close attention to the directions. I’m guessing you could break something if you don’t.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted: April 12th, 2013

froggie bootsThis week I found must-have rain boots and sandals — for the April showers and May flowers.

I really liked these boots at left, but then I discovered they were for kids. So I searched for them for women, and I found them. They are on sale at Bootshop for $49.95 on Amazon. There’s also a ladybug version — see below. They are a little childish looking, but I would wear them to shovel snow and garden, and they make me laugh just looking at them.

The kids’ versions are at Kohls for $32.99 — if I can get my feet into them I am buying them. And I have a granddaughter who must have these, but she might prefer the Minnie Mouse rain boots ($24.99) at Toys R Us.

ladybugminnieI am now being stalked by frogs, ladybugs and mice on every website I visit. In spite of that, I discovered some blingy sandals for $16.99 at Zulily – the sale ends in two days, and my size is gone. Never fear — Zulily has a lot more sandals in stock. Anyway, they all appear to have plenty of lily padding — haha! Happy Fashion Friday!

ZulilyPam 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, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

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Posted: March 26th, 2012

If you can’t find a doll that hits the mark for your daughter, try Go! Go! Sports Girls Dolls.

Right now, 13 multi-racial dolls swim, dance, run, participate in gymnastics, play basketball, softball, golf and tennis — (see Gracie the tennis player at left). They retail for about $20.

Jodi Norgaard, president of Dream Big Toy Company, a Chicago-based business, sent an e-mail to Erie Times-News reporter Dana Massing that described how difficult it was to find an appropriate doll for her 9-year-old daughter. Jodi Norgaard decided to create her own– the Go! Go! Sports Girl doll collection.

The Go! Go! Sports Girls are plush, sports-themed dolls that look like girls, not women. Jodi Norgaard spent two years launching the product that started with the 2008 debut of the Tennis Girl doll at the U.S. Open in New York. Get this: 500 dolls sold out in six days.  These are real dolls all right — built to the real measurements of Jodi Norgaard‘s daughter and friends.

The dolls have won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, and been featured almost everywhere including the Today Show. Parents.com calls Go! Go! Sports Girls one of “The Coolest Toys From Toy Fair 2012.”

You can read dozens of national articles about them right here.

The dolls are currently available at retailers nationwide through a variety of online vendors. That includes  Toys R UsAmazon.com,  SportsUnlimited.com, Kohls and Sears.

Perfect timing to get all dolled up for spring holidays. I want one for my granddaughter, of course.

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