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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: April 23rd, 2014

Macy ParkerFrom Grandparents.com, here comes a new trend among baby boomers: baby showers for grandmas. They’re a hit, according to Grandparents.com writer Rebecca Webber, who interviewed grandmas and party planners. Read the trendy article here. It’s not for me, but some people love the idea, and some people hate it.

We recently celebrated the birth of granddaughter No. 2, and we learned about the showers … and diaper parties. The kids held a diaper party — it’s really just a fun gathering of family and friends with beer and food where everyone brings diapers. And diaper wipes. And other things because DIL Mo turned it into a surprise 30th B-day party for stepson Matt.

New babies offer plenty of reasons to party.  Congrats to the new parents of Macy, at left. She is soooo cute!

The grandparenting trend among baby boomers has spawned parties and businesses. If you have out-of-town grandkids visiting for an extended stay and don’t want to buy or borrow everything the babies need, you can rent it all at Grannysrental.com – but you have to live in New York for this one.  In Florida, it’s Babies ‘n town.com. Sounds like some boomer ideas being born along with babies.

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!

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014

HoughEven if you don’t “Dancing with the Stars,” this season is inspiring for one reason: Amy Purdy. The 34-year-old is dancing better than most of us could, and she has two prosthetic legs.

At 19, she survived a form of bacterial meningitis that resulted in organ failure, loss of both kidneys, her spleen and her legs below the knees. Her father donated his kidney to her.

According to Wikipedia, Purdy later became an award-winning snowboarder. She won a bronze medal in snowboard cross for the U.S. in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

Watching her dance with professional Derek Hough is just incredible. Here’s a link to what happened last night. Funny man Drew Carey was eliminated, but Hough and Purdy are going strong. They earned 38 points from the judges and are second only to Olympic gold ice dancer Meryl Davis and her DWTS partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy — who received four 10s for their tango.

Davis’ ice dancing Olympic gold partner Charlie White and his professional DWTS partner Sharna Burgess are tied for third with “The Wonder Years” star Danica McKellar and pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy – he is Maks’ brother.

It’s halfway through the season, and competition heats up from here. With all this talent, the grand finale should be fascinating.

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. 

 

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Posted: April 20th, 2014

Easter Basket with Easter Eggs

Every Easter, my husband gets into the eggs — eggstra special egg banter, that is. Here are some of his faves used in sentences for your enjoyment.

We are eggcited to see family today.

My stepdaughter-in-law is eggspecting.

Cadbury creme eggs are not eggstravagant treats.

There is no such thing as eggstraneous chocolate.

I will need eggstreme eggcerise to burn off the eggcelent chocolate eggs I consume.

Some things eggsacerbate the pain in my knee.

A coconut egg is eggsactly what I want.

It’s eggsasperating when we don’t hear from some family members.

I need to eggsamine the peanut butter pies.

Eggstract those jelly beans from the bottom of the Easter baskets.

I was afraid we’d have to eggscavate to find the daffodils when it snowed last week.

If the sun shines, it will eggceed  eggspectations today.

Dinner will be eggsceptional. My sister makes lamb.

My brother eggsagerates how much work it is makes German Potato Salad, but since I made it this year, I can verify that it requires an eggstraordinary amount of  time.

We eggsemplify a modern family. We have six kids between us, two of my stepsons are married, and we have one grandchild. And one on the way.

When my husband reads this eggcerpt, he is going to eggsclaim that I eggscluded a lot of words, but I have to stop. I have eggshausted my list.

Happy Easter 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, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

 

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Posted: April 19th, 2014
Cadbury

Part of what was in the Easter care package I sent my son in Virginia. Can you tell what he likes for Easter? Kind of looks like a house, doesn’t it?

Cadbury egg cookies

Cadbury mini-egg cookies

I know you’re thinking what do Cadbury eggs and houses have in common? Well at our house, they go together quite well, and apparently in Canada also. Here’s a link to a Huffington Post story that discusses Cadbury eggs are among the top 15 things we want to eat on Easter Sunday. If you don’t  want the candy — you can make cookies — with mini Cadbury Eggs – here’s the recipe. 

Last year,  I introduced a lot of folks to Cadbury eggs and the fact that my kids have loved these gooey morsels ever since they were tots. Click here for last year’s blog.

Happy Saturday, and Saturdays in this blogger’s world mean houses. I have been to countless open houses in past weeks, and I discovered a lot of condos for sale in one block of homes. Read my column in today’s House to Home. It’s Georgian Court condos abound.

Also in this week’s House to Home:

»  Easter cactus blooms – Easter cactus delivers vibrant color
» Control weeds naturally – How to use natural substances on your lawn
» Add edibles to your garden – fruit and veggies not that hard to grow
» Container gardens grow color - Popular container gardens are easy to grow anywhere
» Spring clean with easy-to-use websites – How to sell your junk with apps and websites
» Rock around the basement – a basement redo to love
» What homes will look like and include in the future.
It is Easter weekend, and we don’t have open houses, but we do have a lot of new listings and new prices. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet while you’re cooking — I am boiling eggs right now. Or if you are eating Cadbury eggs.
Have a wonderful Easter!

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She 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: April 18th, 2014

Sock insurance

Here’s a quote from a company that made me look for more info: “Lose a sock, and we’ll replace it for free! That’s right, our socks are insured against loss — and dog-based dismemberment, sock-puppet experimentation gone awry, and other assorted misfortune.”

You gotta love that … and this company’s cool socks are about $11 per pair. With a name like Sock Insurance – you have to see some potential for a great business. It is one of a host of companies under the umbrella of Betabrand – a company that promises tops, bottoms and “everything else” for men and women. The black dress yoga pants are intriguing. Click here to see them.

Betabrand is a crowd funded company with a thinktank of great ideas that made it to market. Pretty impressive stuff and worth a look. The site offers plenty of opportunity to get involved with your own designs and vote for others. Take a look at this San Francisco-based company — click here.

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.  

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Posted: April 17th, 2014

audreyIn the category of “Is that creepy or cool,” Dove Chocolate has us all asking, “How did they do that?”

Audrey Hepburn, the iconic film star who died in 1993, is in a commercial for Dove Chocolate. It’s not really her, of course. It’s a lot of special effects, and it has that weird feeling of animation and reel life. From Youtube, here’s the commercial — see for yourself. Click on the video above and see the Los Angeles Fox News analysis of the commercial.

The commercial kicked off  in Europe last year, brainchild of an advertising firm. Think “Mad Men.” It  is set to the music of Hepburn singing “Moon River,” which was written in 1961 for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “Moon River” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. I remember Andy Williams singing it. Here’s a video from Breakfast at Tiffany’s where Hepburn starred with George Peppard.

The commercial is getting accolades and criticism — read one critique hereSo how did this happen? News reports indicate that Hepburn’s family approved the use of her image. Her sons Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti said their mom was a chocolate fan. Ferrer’s father was actor Mel Ferrer, and Dotti’s dad was Andrew Dotti, a psychiatrist. The family also approved the Gap commercial a few years ago that used a clip (to promote black pants) from Hepburn’s scene in “Funny Face.” 

If you have “Moon River” stuck in your head today, so do I, and I guess we can all thank Dove Chocolate. I think that’s eggsactly what they had in mind these few days before Easter.

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.  

 

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Posted: April 16th, 2014

graduation capI think we have just completed our last FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) — after six kids and 10 years. Pop the champagne cork!

I know families who are just beginning this process. Bless you, and before you start evaluating where your student will attend school or start a career, remember — not everyone should go to college. Not everyone is cut out for college. And kids can get great training for careers at career schools in a much shorter term. Here’s my take on teens and careers:

1.You know your child. Encourage, but don’t take over in decision making. Your teen has to figure it all out. Help, but remind yourself that next year the regimented school days will be over. Your teen has to figure out what and where they will be all day, every day for the next year and the year after that and then some. No one can predict the future, but you and your teen have to have a plan.

2It’s difficult to determine a career path at age 18. Kids don’t all learn to tie their shoes at a magic age. Career decisions are no different. Some kids just know what they want before they earn a high school diploma, but others change their minds. More than once — possibly for years.  You have to let them do it and support them.  When they change their minds — on schools, careers, jobs, classes — make them do the legwork. Don’t. Do. It. For. Them. Just don’t. Been there, done that with six kids. All but one kid changed career plans at least once. Let them do the research and move forward. Examples: Three changed majors, and one wanted to change schools. We told them all to go see advisers and find out what they would lose and what they would gain. And what it would cost. Success in all cases.

3. If you have an athlete looking at sports scholarships — be careful. Your teen needs to spend the next four years or more training for a career — not just advancing his or her high school sports career — unless they can turn it into a career. Most parents and kids make good choices — a school that matches career needs — not just athletic ability. But some folks lose sight of the career when the carrot of  reduced debt for four years is dangled as a huge benefit. And sometimes it’s not as huge as you might think. Make sure your teen is ready for the pressure of college and athletics — they’re not in high school anymore. Not all kids can handle it. There are wonderful success stories out there, but if your student signs up for an intense 5- or 6-year degree that will require year-round schooling, remember what the college goal is: a career.

4. College tuition, fees and room and board cost thousands of dollars per year. The lowest tuition might be under $10,000 per year, and if your teen lives at home, he or she might get out with $40,000 in debt in four years, but that’s not the norm. It’s usually more. And that’s just the tuition. College is serious business and serious debt. Many kids benefit from waiting a year to attend school or finding other careers that require career schools  – a much cheaper option than a 2-year or 4-year degree. Don’t think that college is a rite of passage and just let your teen sign up and see what happens. Be smart — have goals.

If you are stressing about your teen’s future, stop. Kids are amazing at figuring out things on their own with a little help from parents, teachers and others. Everyone needs guidance, but don’t go crazy with control. Enjoy watching your son or daughter become an adult. None of it is easy, but it’s so rewarding — especially when they’re working in careers they love. Sigh. We are almost there with all six. Your kids will do it, too. Just be patient.

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.  All six kids attended post-secondary education. 

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Posted: April 11th, 2014

470xauto-825367232-TR9IIuatd470xauto-824437305-TNfNTsvmrHere’s a contest to love — it features 25 real women of all shapes and sizes showing off their personal fashion statements. JCPenney sponsored it in Redbook Magazine. Check it out here.

The magazine invites us all to vote through May 12 for a favorite.

The winner gets a $500 shopping spree and a feature in the September issue of Redbook.

Here are just a few of my favorites. Seems I’m liking pink and black — but the 25 finalists wear it all. And many of them live in snow country based on the pictures. I just couldn’t bring myself to post anything with snow in it! Check it out on Twitter at @RedBookMag  and #RBKBestDressed.

Happy Friday!

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: April 10th, 2014

Walt at GracelandPatti GeorgeHappy National Siblings Day, according to Holiday Insights!

Here are mine — big brother Walt Strosser, and big sister, Patti George. Thanks to my SIL, Kate Strosser, for that pic of Walt — “All Shook Up” — ahuhuhuh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Walt is not really an Elvis fan, but when at Graceland … I bet he loves that I posted this. I do like Elvis!

My siblings have gotten me through some really tough times in life. I am the youngest, and they gave me some great life lessons early — like don’t make Mom mad — bad things happen. And we all passed that on to the next generation of kids. Ha!

We don’t agree on politics and religion, but we all agree on one thing: Family is important, and we are Strossers with a lot of Walt and Arlene (my parents) in us — the good and the bad.

Claudia A. Evart started National Siblings Day to honor her brother and sister, who had died when she was young. So far, 45 state governors and former President Bill Clinton supported it. Here’s the info on Wikipedia. There is a Siblings Day Foundation, started in 1997 — it achieved nonprofit status in 1999.

Take some time to salute your sibs today. If you miss this one, Brothers and Sisters Day is May 2. Love to Walt and Pat!

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: April 9th, 2014

Tina FeyI’m looking for new glasses, and let’s face it — eyewear makes a statement. So when we add eye makeup, we have to be careful what we do.  Tina Fey always looks marvelous — and here she is at left in a photo from Wikipedia.

One mistake we all make is thinking we don’t need any makeup if we wear glasses. That might work for some of us — not me — but we also have to be careful not to overdo it. Check out some makeup tips on how do it right at Huffington Post.

Here are more tips from Sheknows. com

Avoid too dark makeup.
Your eyebrows must be groomed. Glasses draw more attention to them.
The color of your frames should influence your choice of eye shadow/liner colors. Too much drama can be — well too much drama.

Another great tip on new solutions to eye bags was on Good Morning America this morning. Check it out here.

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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