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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 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 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 it. 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 13th, 2014

Yep, I am sitting on my porch writing this today. It is 66 degrees, and the birds are singing. Speaking of 3559a31d-cd93-4cdb-a3f2-8d7799b00435porches, get a load of these from Architect Magazine. This house was an award winner for the Hufft Project — a Kansas City and New York collaboration where designers showcased their stuff and sent me an e-mail about it.

This Springfield, Mo., house is appropriately called the the Porch House — it started out as a farmhouse that ended up with 10-foot cantilevered canopies. Click here to see more of the story.
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Closer to home, you can admire the porches on the the historic home I visited for my column in House to Home on Saturday.

It has an incredible backyard with an enclosed sunporch and multiple screened in porches overlooking a pond. The historic home at 5333 Lake Pleasant Road includes 3,535-square feet. Built in 1867, it’s been in the Shattuk family for seven generations. It is listed at $395,000. Read my article here. For more info, call Mary Smrekar of Coldwell Banker Select at 453-4578. HTH

If you missed House to Home yesterday, you can catch up with all the articles below:

» Add a touch of magic to your garden by Sue Scholz

» Eggsactly what you need for Easter

» Shooting birds with the BirdCam Pro

» How to grow strawberries
» Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back

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, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. 

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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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Posted: April 8th, 2014

Stack of One Dollar BillsToday is Equal Pay Day — it’s the day that women catch up with men on earnings from 2013. In other words, a 23 percent gender wage gap is why we are so far behind, according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The AAUW has been around since 1881. Fair pay champion Lilly Ledbetter, age 75, sued Goodyear in 1979, according to Wikipedia, for paying her thousands less than her male counterparts. The lawsuit landed in the Supreme Court — which denied her claim because she didn’t file suit in 180 days from her first paycheck. She retired in 1998, and Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, but Ledbetter noted that the inequality of pay impacted more than her annual salary. It affected her retirement, 401(k) and Social security.

From Huffington Post: Some states are better off than others when it comes to the wage gap. Washington, D.C., is the best place for pay equity — women are paid 90 percent of what men are paid (as of 2012). Wyoming is the worst state — women earn 64 percent of what men earn.  Here’s a link to an informative story on Forbes.

The local AAUW group will host an event April 9 at Erie Insurance Group Auditorium,  E. Sixth and French St. at 7 p.m. The program will discuss the gender pay gap and Lilly Ledbetter’s fight for fair pay.

Also from AAUW:
How to Negotiate Your Salary
How Does Race Affect the Gender Wage Gap?
AAUW Targets Members of Congress for Equal Pay Day Action
7 Women Shortchanged: Personal Stories of the Gender Pay Gap
3 Reasons Why You Should Negotiate Your Salary
AAUW Research Reveals New Dimensions to the Gender Pay Gap in Advance of Equal Pay Day
The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (2014)

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. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

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Posted: April 7th, 2014
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Customers eat outside at Sara’s on April 1. The restaurant was open for the first day of the season. Sara’s, near the entrance to Presque Isle State Park, is a popular stop for park-goers. JACK HANRAHAN/

My husband and I went to Sara’s on Presque Isle for dinner Sunday, and the place was packed. The wardrobes covered all seasons on the 50-degree day. Some wore parkas, down coats, boots and scarves. Others were in T-shirts, shorts, sneakers and sweatshirts. The heat lamps made it toasty, and people sat inside and out. Ice cream and milkshakes were plentiful, and life at this Erie landmark proved we are going to make it spring no matter what the thermometer says. Jack Hanrahan took this photo at Sara’s on April 1 — opening day. Awesome photo!

Before we had dinner at Sara’s, we attended open houses all day — I am an open house follower. I have been doing this for more than 20 years, and I still love it.

One tip for you if your house is for sale and you are hosting an open house:

Empty the garbage in your kitchen, and hide your trash can. We went through a home where the trash can — a smelly one — blocked the cabinets in the middle of the kitchen. When your house is for sale, you have to remember that visitors need no distractions — at all. Right now at my house, my trash can is in full view in an obscure part of the kitchen, but if this hacienda were for sale, it would be stuffed in a cabinet or under the sink. And just a heads up — there are no cute trash cans. Same goes for pet dishes and litter boxes.

When my last house was for sale, I think I took the trash can with me a few times before people came to see our house. Remember  – the details are often the big things.

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. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

 

 

 

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Posted: April 5th, 2014
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The spacious living room in the home at 3717 Beech Ave. includes plenty of room for a table and chairs. See the house during an open house April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

This week, House to Home  delivers this cute and clever charmer at 3717 Beech Ave., and it has some fun finds. Just look at this front door.
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Read the entire article here.

Sue Scholz delivers a terrific story on a contest that encourages all of us to find 18 trees in a local scavenger hunt. Read her article here. Additional articles in House to Home include:

» Gardeners invite everyone to find trees
»How to tackle your spring cleaning

You’ll also read about Deadbolt protection, how fireplaces can help sell your home, who is raising chickens in the backyard and the behind the scenes of home inspections.

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, 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, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

 

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