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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 ‘DIY’
Posted: November 15th, 2013

Wedding Ring or Engagement Ring on whiteI never thought about the gunk I get on my rings. Or bracelets. Or necklaces. Until I opened an e-mail that told me all about my jewelry germs. Ick!

In a press release, David Bellman, inventor of the Aquasonic Wave jewelry cleaning system, and Dr. Holly Neefe, a pediatrician with 17 years of experience, warned that bacteria gets on our jewelry, and it makes us  carriers for some nasty germs.

Bellman invented the AquaSonic Wave, an at-home professional-quality jewelry cleaning system, but this isn’t a commercial for that. However, it is notable that Bellman’s co-inventor is Dean Kamen,  inventor of the portable kidney dialysis machine, and the Segway — those cool transport systems we ride in big cities, at the peninsula and at Peek ‘n Peak. For more information visit www.aquasonicwave.com.

Here’s an article from Woman’s Day on DIY — how to clean your jewelry at home. It includes quick tips on how to clean pearls, diamonds, sterling silver, gold and turquoise. Here’s an ehow link on how to clean opals.

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

Posted: June 6th, 2013

mustache cupcakeI ask my husband, father of three and stepdad to my three, what he wants for Father’s Day every year. In our early years together, answers ranged from a power washer to a more powerful power washer to other lawn and garden noise makers. Surgeries have eliminated his lawn activities, so this year, he wants a cordless drill.

I am opting for something sweeter. Like that adorable cupcake at left from Crumbs Bakery – it started in Manhattan in 2003 and moved into 13 states. I made friends with the PR folks, and Elena Alikhanian from Michele Marie PR in Beverly Hills, Calif., sends me pictures of cute and taste-tempting confections pretty regularly. If you dare to visit the website that shows all the cupcake flavors, your mouth will water like mine did. Click here – remember, I warned you.

A 6-pack of signature cupcakes is $27. The company sends the cupcakes frozen and recommends overnight delivery. If you don’t want to order from Crumbs, I’m sure you can concoct your own version of this cupcake or visit a local cupcakery and order up a batch. I’m also sure DIY versions are making the rounds on Pinterest, but I am not a DIY kind of gal.

My husband is also a fan of the Oakmont Bakery and the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company — both in the ‘Burgh, so our big city girl and her boyfriend always know what to bring home.

Back to the lawn and garden noise makers — I have to share that the first year we were married, my husband and our neighbor, a state cop, washed several driveways with their Father’s Day power washers. They were covered in mud and smiling from ear to ear.

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 and stepmom to three. 



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Posted: December 23rd, 2012

Women are building up muscle and home improvement savvy, says an article in The Huffington Post.

It quotes the

National Association of Realtors

and other data that tells us women are homeowners and heads of households who are not afraid of a little DIY. The National Council for Research on Women agrees and points out the poverty levels among women, and that leads to more facts: Doityourself.com says the main reason women take up home improvement on their own is to save money.

How do you start? Look up tasks on the Internet. You can also ask you local big box store or hardware store, watch a home improvement program, ask a friend or buy or borrow a book.

Painting, hanging pictures and simple repairs are easy ways to start. Remember safety first. Get/borrow the proper tools, equipment — safety glasses (a must no matter what), etc. When I was a mom alone, I did a few DIY things, but I never tackled electricity, plumbing, or anything that required a tall ladder. I installed carpet in my basement and wound up at the ER after slicing into my thumb. Lesson learned. Use better tools and make sure the neighbors are home to watch the kids while you’re at the ER.

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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