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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: August 19th, 2014

Smithfield_Infographic_v6We can all ham it up and fry, bake, broil or sizzle on Saturday, Aug. 30. International Bacon Day is celebrated the Saturday before Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 1 this year.

Wikipedia attributes Bacon Day to folks in the city of Bedford, Massachusetts.

I never would have known bacon had its own day if Sarah Park from Hunter Public Relations in NYC hadn’t sent me an e-mail. Thanks, Sarah! She works for the 2014 CONSUMER AGENCY OF THE YEAR. As a former ad and PR woman, I admire her.

You can Google recipes — I mean a gazillion recipes for everything from breakfast bacon ideas to cocktails. Bacon infused vodka? Bacon Bloody Marys? I’m not that big of a fan of bacon, but creativity rocks.

Thanks again to Sarah Park — she shared that awesome Smithfield bacon graphic that tells us how we love bacon.

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, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: August 18th, 2014

corrywsmileyThursday I spoke to a group of 100 professional women at the Corry Area Chamber of Commerce. It was great fun. I sat with a group of retired teachers, met a mom in a blended family with 19 grandchildren and much more.  Discussion at our table ranged from great quilting ideas to travel arrangements. One thing I learned — these retirees travel a lot, and they shared plenty of news on how to get almost anywhere. Including Hawaii.

Ritz Chocolate & Candy Co. had candy in the gift baskets at every seat. The company started as a restaurant in 1912, and three generations of the family have manufactured chocolate and candy in Corry. Current owners are Bill and Margaret Zaphiris.

Gigi’s Route 6 Diner catered the event, and I chatted with owners of the Whistlestop Antique Mall.

Thanks to Chris Hornick, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. for the invitation to share what’s happening at Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home.

I also met Peggy Paul, the interesting owner of Three Gables Inn in Corry. Built in 1895, there’s a great story here that I will be sharing soon.

Riding to Corry was a pleasant trip I haven’t taken in a long time. I have been there many times for sporting events — football and basketball games, mostly.  It was great to network with a lot of fun women business owners. 

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The cute little basket that sat at every table included local chocolates, a picture and assorted other goodies.

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, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: August 16th, 2014

GirardA quaint home in Girard offers a home and a carriage house all for $169,900. Read the full story here, and check out the video at left.

Sue Scholz shares some great gardens. Read her story Gardens that wow spark ideas. Here are a few more stories you’ll want to read:

Style at Home:Gardens that wow spark ideas

5 tips for downsized home decorating

Gold shines on in home décor

Perennials enhance curb appeal

 

Architect redecorates home interiorArchitect redecorates home interior

Neo-brutalist is how Jim Hentschell describes his home. Although this term is not one that is thrown around over coffee breaks in the office, it is a familiar one for the architect. He admits that a more well-known name for the style of his home would be early modern.

Couple builds $3.3 million green homeCouple builds $3.3 million green home

Wayne and Shannon Inouye saw their green dream home slowly rise from a Corona del Mar, Calif., lot nearly two years ago. So why would the couple go through the trials of constructing another green house so soon?

And look what you can do with a cereal box.
Hobbies: Make recycled cereal box book holdersHobbies: Make recycled cereal box book holders

This great kid’s book holder will give you the opportunity to recycle cereal boxes and care for books. The materials required should be around the house. You can cover the cereal boxes with wallpaper, as I have done, or gift wrap would work. Brown paper grocery bags, shopping bags, even newspaper or magazines and old posters could be interesting, too.

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet.

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 GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: August 11th, 2014

makeupOur visiting Girl Scout in the newsroom last week shared some interesting tidbits with us. We are writers. She is a scientist. She told us about the SkinDeep app and discussed that you can find out about ingredients you should avoid in cosmetics. She added that Dial soap is one of the purest brands out there, and she added that we should avoid microbeads.

Yesterday, I also read a blog post from Dying Dad. In this touching story, a dad with cancer has written hundreds of lunchbag napkin notes to his daughter — for the future. The napkin-note-writing was a tradition he started when she was in kindergarten, and he wants it to continue until she graduates from high school. The messages, like those in the picture below, are thoughtful, uplifting and simple. Read the full story here.

In case you haven’t guessed, I am a Lego nut. A recent e-mail told me about a book about how to build villages — that look like real houses and stores and stuff. Well I don’t have any kids to do this with, but if I did … Just look at that photo.

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Lego store house

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 GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: August 9th, 2014
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Avonia Road home and barn for sale.

It’s Saturday, and it’s a good day to tackle some decorating and gardening. Ideas abou in House to Home today. I visited a home and barn that are a sweet deal for someone. Read about it in Avonnia Road home, barn offer opportunity. The video is at left.

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Check out the cool fish on the gutter of this home.

Sue Scholz visits awesome homes/gardens from the Buffalo Garden Walk. Here’s one example of a cool fish she saw. Here’s her story.

Here are some great design features:

Home features Scandinavian design –Ben Horn explored the culture and language of several Scandinavian countries in high school. Many years later, that 12-month stint abroad continues to influence his life.
How much does it cost to replace a roof?  Not a cheap date, but this article gives you the rundown.
How to pick the right table and chairs for fine dining – find some great ideas for dining table and chairs.
More articles include:

August gardening tips for fruits, flowers, veggies

Stunning blue sage lures birds, bees

You’ll also find out about a condo designed with a space saving floor plan
A Royal Doulton vase could be worth more than $3,500
Sages and other plants attract butterflies and other pollinators.
Turn an old day planner into a scrapbook
New metal furniture blends with all decors.
Hire a professional to fix your garage

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet.

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 GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: August 8th, 2014
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My son Howie in preschool. My daughter added the cap and diploma.

It’s my oldest son’s birthday today, and this preschool picture is more than 20 years old. It is one of my favorites. For a lot of reasons.

When he was three, he had eye surgery at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was so nervous. He had to wear glasses, and he chose these red ones. He was forever dubbed “the little boy with red glasses,” and to this day people remember me as the “mom of the little boy with red glasses.”

I was reminded of all of this when a young woman in Sontheimer’s Country Bakery stopped me last week. “How do I know you?” she asked. “I write for the newspaper,” I answered.

“No, that’s not it it,” she said. Minutes later, she said, “Your son wore red glasses when he was in preschool,” she said.

OK, I was shocked because he turns 28 today. She remembered that her mom was a helper in Howie’s preschool class, and she often accompanied her mom. I guess my little boy made quite an impression. Here he is today — a doctor of physical therapy in Virginia.  

Here’s a current picture with his sister. Howkel

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Ninja Turtle and Batgirl or Howie and Kelly as tots.

And here’s an old favorite of mine –  Howie and Kelly as babies.  Those were the days.

I’m glad the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back. It brings back fun memories.

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 GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: August 4th, 2014

Fitbit smile Look — it’s smiling!

In Her Times  yesterday, Karen Beardsley-Petit shared a story about Gannon University’s staff  using Fitbits and treadmill desks. I blogged about the benefits of treadmill desks last year. I would love one. And the Fitbits? I bought one for $59.95. It’s tiny. I wear it 24/7 and I like the simplicity of it. Now, critics will say it’s nothing more than a glorified pedometer, and in a way it is, but it syncs with everything — your phone and your computer  – with ease. It tracks steps taken, calories burned, distant traveled and it brings up a smiley face when I’m active.

I’ve only had it for a week, and I like knowing that I’ve accomplished something. I also like knowing how many calories I burned playing tennis — not that guesstimate that other computer trackers provide. I discovered I was at least 200 calories off on my tennis estimate calorie burn. That’s a lot of calories I thought I was burning. I also like that it smiles when I have accomplished something.

After Karen finished her story for Her Times , she sent me this article on a mini-elliptical that you can hide under your desk – Cubii – a 25-pound device that gives you a workout at your desk. Info and more are available in its KicksCubiitarter campaign. It will retail at $349, but Kickstarter contributors can get one for $279 in January 2015. Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/stay-fit-cubicle-cubii-mini-elliptical-machine-can-hide-desk-work/#ixzz39Q8agZxI And you can follow Cubii at @digitaltrends on Twitter | digitaltrendsftw on Facebook

I’m not selling Fitbits, and I’m certainly not getting paid for it. I’m just happy to find something that inspires me to be more active.

GUHere’s the video I shot of Keith Taylor, Linda Wagner and Connie Kercher inside Gannon’s Old Main where teams of folks are using Fitbits and treadmills to improve wellness.

The goal — with a Fitbit — is to hit 10,000 steps pretty regularly. I am hitting 11,000 three out of seven days. Now I need to bump up my efforts on those four lazy days. And I am working toward 15,000 steps on my busy days.

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 GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

 

 

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Posted: August 2nd, 2014

43336WhitneyCheck out the video at left of a really nice Lawrence Park home with a luxurious landscape featured in House to Home.

Read my story on this great Lawrence Park home here.

It’s National Curb Appeal Month, and  we have filled in the gardens at Chez Parker just in time for the first ever National Curb Appeal Month, so it’s time to take a look at how to spruce up our homes in August. Check out my video. curb appeal

Check out all the stories this week in House to Home:

Curb appeal lifts price, value It’s national curb appeal month- what you can do to improve your curb appeal

Erie median sales price up Al Ames, prez of GEBOR shares a few stats on the Erie market.

How does your city garden grow? Sue Scholz shares some Erie Garden Tour favorites

Everyday Solutions: Bring down the walls – 1950s kitchen gets a new look with a “Mad Men” kind of reno that keeps the cabinets.

Interiors: Paint for company– most of us paint before company comes – here’s how to find what needs it most.

And meet a tour guide who shares her 40 years of expertise at the Frank Lloyd Wright mansions.

Find what to plant in that awkward strip between the sidewalk and the street.

Plant a landscape that repels intruders – thorny vegetation can keep pets and people away from the house.

How to plant/care for bare root shrubs/trees

How to avoid in home fires started by dryers

Watch out for poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac – where they grow and how to avoid

You can make a living wreath of succulents

Pesticide – be careful what, where and when you spray

Choose colors, designs to keep your bedrooms peaceful yet pretty

For paint, choose a color you love first – then add accents

Get tips for composting from an expert

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

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 GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: August 1st, 2014

Steeler shoes bagYou gotta love Facebook. I saw the awesome shoes below  on a friend’s post, and then I searched and found the bag at left– yes it is a bag but looks like heels and a bag —  available on the the Bradford Exchange. It apparently includes a real stiletto. Officially licensed, it measures 11″ wide by 9″ high. See it here, or click on the photo.  It costs $99.95. I’m not trying to cause any trouble among football fans,so I searched for really stylish shoes on other websites, and the best stuff is on Etsy and Pinterest.
shoesIt’s a lot of DIY, so if you have some skills, look what you can do. I only choose these becauGBheelsse I have a diehard Green bay Packer fan and a San Francisco 49er fan. And here are some Denver Broncos heels. If you want to get ready for some some football, ideas are out there to glam up the shoes.

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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 GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 30th, 2014

Pickle_Page_1My mom loved to grow cucumbers and can pickles, and I thought of that when I saw this book, at left.  And I have to remind everyone that Friday is National Girlfriends Day,  according to National Day Calendar. It credits www.sisterwoman.com with creating the day. Other sites claim no one knows the origin. 

It’s  a great day for gal pals to celebrate, or it’s a great day to spoil your girlfriend — I’m sure florists will like this idea! If you don’t want to celebrate any of those, get a cheesecake because today is National Cheesecake Day. And who cares who came up with that?   

Back to the pickles — an e-mail arrived in my inbox that said “from the author who brought you 101 Things to Do with Bacon in the best-selling 101 Series, comes the most dill-lightful thing since bread and butter with 101 Things to Do with a Pickle ($9.99 Spiral-Bound Paperback, 5 ¼ x 7 ¼, 128 Pages, 978-1-4236-3691-5). This fun and zesty cookbook is full of recipes for making pickles as well as using them in a dill-icious collection of pickle appetizers, sandwiches, salads, dinners, and even desserts.”

You can peek inside the book by clicking on it on Amazon’s website. Some of the recipes look pretty good, and what a clever pitch they had. A couple recipes feature Pickle and German Potato Salad, Bacon-Wrapped Pickle Poppers, Dill Pickle Soup, Roast Pickle Potatoes, and Sweet Pickle Pie. The author is Eliza Cross, an award-winning author of seven books.  She lives with her family in Centennial, Colorado.

The 101 series includes a variety of authors who share 101 things to do with zucchini, ramen noodles, popcorn, casseroles, apples, mac and cheese and cheese. Where have I been? Enjoy pickles, cheesecake and time with girlfriends. My daughter hates pickles, but she’ll be celebrating Girlfriends Day, I bet.

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 GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

 

 

 

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