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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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Posts tagged ‘bling’
Posted: April 25th, 2014


Wanna keep those pearly whites from discoloring as a result of too much coffee, tea or other beverages? The folks at strawenvy.com did too. They  sent me an email touting sparkling straws with crystal bling. The straws assure you will sip in style and minimize discolored teeth.

These straws work in hot and cold beverages, and they are made with BPA-free plastic in a reusable straw. They come in a handy, cotton carrying case — two to a pack for $29.99 – one flat and one round straw. The handy cleaning brush is an additional $1.49 — and you get free shipping on all this stuff. These sipping straws come in purple, pink, silver and green. Sales are always on, so discounts of 15 to 20 percent are common. The website suggests these are great gifts for showers, bridal parties, birthdays and much more.

Check out Straw Envy on twitter #strawenvy and @strawenvy, Facebook, Etsy, Pinterest and Instagram.

Looks like a fun idea!

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 two step-granddaughters.

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Posted: December 2nd, 2013

Santa Holding Stack of GiftsStruggling with what to get your hubby, boyfriend, brother or son? Me too. But I have persevered.

My husband has been impossible to buy for. In fact I reached the point where I knew he was going to return whatever I bought — no matter how thoughtful or expensive the gift. I’m not alone. He did that with things the kids got him too. But I stumbled on a new wave of gifts once we introduced him to the digital world. A laptop, iPhone and digital photo frame are among the hits.

Clothes often work — my daughter has been the most successful on that count. She bought him nearly everything they ever sold at the University of Pittsburgh, and he still has the first windbreaker she bought. That was eight years ago.

Onto this year. With five boys and my daughter’s boyfriend in the family, I have some ideas, and here’s an article from www.creditdonkey.com — a survey of what guys want and don’t want. I don’t agree with some of it. You can read the entire piece here.   I picked out a few tidbits to share:

Jewelry — a no-no — I disagree. Every man in this family has bought a watch in the past few years — some out of necessity and some for the bling power. After my daughter bought her boyfriend a watch last year, my hubby coveted one like it. (And I told my daughter not to get one for Kim because I was afraid he wouldn’t like it!) The survey says only 15 percent of men want this. Bling rules around here.

Music and movies — more no-no. I strongly disagree here, too. I wouldn’t want these as gifts, but I can guarantee the Parker boys always have music and movies on their Christmas lists. The survey says fewer than 50 percent of men want this stuff, but bah humbug to that.

Electronics — a big yes: About 81% of men said they want electronics. So we are always on the right track with this one. The youngest Eckert son already got a new phone for Christmas. I don’t know what he will open on Christmas. It won’t be bling.

Gift cards — and who doesn’t like this? Not exactly the thing you would predict, but then again, it works. The survey says 79 percent of respondents love it. My hubby once got so many gift cards to Longhorn Steakhouse, that we ate there once a month. We wore that one out.

Clothing — once again — success.  About 64 percent of men welcome new clothing. My youngest is a Ralph Lauren Polo fanatic. I think he even wears the underwear. And we have a few more Polo fans among the menfolk, so even the cologne is a welcome gift — that would be my hubby.

What to buy


Here’s a chart of what men say they want. Never say never. If your man has been hinting around to what he wants for Christmas, go for it. Today’s CyberMonday and it should be a big day for gifting.

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 step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: July 19th, 2013

gojaneI’m sure you have seen the latest thing in rings is the midi ring.  The one at left is from Bloggojane.com. 

But there’s more to finger blinger than the midi. Bling comes in all sizes and the extra large statement ring is a hit. Add the big ones that stretch across fingers or try on a vintage beauty.

Look at this one from Jillian’s Closet on Poshmark.comJillian

Happy blinging everyone!

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 and stepmom to three.

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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 22nd, 2013

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Guest blogger Christine Eddy never lets a fashion opportunity get away. She shared her latest fashion find:

“Who says you can’t look fashionable while working out?  As a fitness fashionista, I was on the prowl to find some “fun” workout gloves that weren’t masculine looking.  I came across these divaish animal print gloves, which will take your workout to another level and unleash your inner beast.

Femmefitalefitness.com offers the gloves for $24.99 a pair.  They come in leopard or zebra print.  They are fierce and are perfect for lifting weights or kickboxing. Show up to class wearing these gloves to be spotted immediately. Go after your prey to keeping them running for miles.

If animal print isn’t your thing, there is some good news…they are also available in an array of bright colors with Swarovski crystals embellished on them.  One thing is certain…they will put some sparkle in your fitness routine. Femme Fitale Fitness gloves will have you training like an animal and earning your stripes while adding “bling to your swing.” – Christine Eddy

Christine got me looking for gloves, and I found that Femme Fitale also has golf gloves, and to take the Swarovski crystal bling up a notch, I found helmets for motorcycling, cycling, horseback riding, and skiing at Extravaganzi.com. Want more? Sparkle on with a $375 helmet at bling4divas.com (far left below) or check out the discoball helmet on sale for $999 at bikersblingonline.com.

helmet helmet 2Pam Parker is the mom of three, stepmom of three, GramPam to one and editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: March 13th, 2013

Irish gemsYes, I am Irish.

I love the idea of shamrocks, claddagh and trinity. These are just a few of the Irish treasures that make their way into rings, pendants and other baubles and bling.

This photo is from a link on the TipperaryWest website in Erie. It links to Solvar, a jewelry website. I am guessing you can ask your favorite jeweler for some Irish gems, and you’ll find them. Some are very inexpensive.

At My Irish Jeweler, I learned that the 3-leafed shamrock is a symbol for the Holy Trinity. Everything about the shamrock is fascinating. If you are looking for a wee bit of a $5 and under gift for a friend for Saint Paddy’s day, try a shamrock plant. I’ve had a few of them. They get beautiful white flowers that bloom all year long, and they thrive outdoors. I found mine at Wegman’s. They are as little as $4, and if I would remember to water them, mine would still be healthy. My first one grew as big as a shrub outside. In Saturday’s  House to Home, Sue Scholz will tell you all about shamrocks.

220px-CladdaghringFrom Wikipedia, I learned that the claddagh – a blend of hands, heart and crown  – represents love, loyalty and friendship. It originated in Claddagh near Galway in the 17th century.

No matter how you choose to celebrate this weekend, Happy Saint Paddy’s Day.

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 step-grandmom to one. Her paternal grandmother’s family came to America from Ireland. 



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Posted: July 29th, 2012

I clearly missed this rock-star style trend on Fashion Friday. It is too good to pass up today, though. Ryan Lochte has an Olympic gold medal for swimming and a grill to match. Well, the grill sports diamonds rather than gold, and it is kind of American flag inspired. But it caused quite a stir. Read about it here. And here.

Here are some more pictures of Lochte with a few grills. And learn more about tooth bling and grills here.

Pam Parker raised three kids who wore braces but no bling for teeth. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa

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