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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: July 23rd, 2014

white flowering dogwoodI don’t know about you, but we are planning in planting some trees.

If you join the Arbor Day Foundation in August with a $10 donation, you will  receive 10 free white flowering trees — or other trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed, according to a news release from the foundation, and dogwood trees are popular choices. “Dogwood trees will add color and beauty to your yard throughout the year, with their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries that attract songbirds in the winter,” said Matt Harris chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

To receive the free white flowering dogwood trees, send a $10 membership contribution to: Ten Free Dogwoods, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by August 31, 2014, or join online at arborday.org/august.

Happy planting!

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 20th, 2014

videoHappy National Ice Cream Day, announced by Ronald Reagan in 1984. I know what we are having today. I just don’t know where. And now onto houses!

If you want a peek at a clever home design, visit 5402 Pebble Creek Court today from 1 to 3 p.m. Here’s my video  — or just click on the picture at left. I am getting better at these, but I’m still learning.

Pebble Creek is a private subdivision off Heidler Road, which branches west off Sterrettania — right at Walnut Creek School. Frank’s Farm Market is on the corner, and I stopped there after I visited this home.

You need to know that Pebble Creek allows no For Sale signs. If you like the area, ask your Realtor what’s for sale up there because some of the ranches are also for sale, but a computer search is required to find them.

Privacy is part of the design in this home. On the first floor, an office and living room offer spaces away from the main living space — but not too far away. And outside, you’ll be amazed that the deck has a view of woods, but it still provides plenty of lawn, and it’s all in the middle of a neighborhood that’s close to everything.

If you missed House to Home yesterday, click here to read all the articles:
Welcome back monarch butterfliesWelcomeback monarch butterflies On the morning of July 11, I walked outside to get the paper, and I saw a monarch butterfly on my weeping cherry tree. I was positively amazed and I froze, so as not to frighten the butterfly away. As I stood there, it started to fly and then it fluttered around my milkweed plants. I got choked up, because it had been a really long time since a monarch butterfly has been in my yard. Emotion welled up in me as I thought, “Welcome back, welcome back, old friend.” It’s not every day you see a creature whose migratory pattern is endangered visit your garden.

'Star Wars' droid builders bring galaxy to Earth‘Star Wars’ droid builders bring galaxy to Earth Most people just have cars, bikes and lawn mowers in their garage. George Westwater has a droid.
Church garden cultivates communityChurch garden cultivates community Patrick Powers held up three or four carrots he’d just pulled out of the soil. Before he started gardening, numerous people or things might have touched those carrots before they reached his mouth: farmers, farmworkers, pesticides, food handlers, grocers – all part of a system of efficient food-processing that he had some familiarity with working in the restaurant industry for 35 years.For Your Home: Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful

For Your Home: Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful Morocco — simply saying the name inspires images of an exotic and exciting location. I don’t know of a single other place in the world that has that same effect for me. And I am not alone. Walking through the airport this week, I saw posters promoting the allure of Morocco. Casablanca, Marrakech — can you get any more romantic? Many of us will never have the opportunity to travel to this intoxicating land, but we can bring Morocco to us.

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 and a stepgrandmother.
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Posted: July 18th, 2014

Erie ApparelI’ve got a few great T-shirts to give away, thanks to some great Erie kids who make them. They’re not really kids — they’re men, but they are the same age as my kids.

Erie natives Peter Demichele and Greg Straub own Erie Apparel. Here’s the phone number: 814-602-3930, and the website is http://www.Erie-Apparel.com

From left — that’s an Erie sunset T-shirt — see the Bicentennial tower in the I? Clever!

The T-shirt in front features four nautical flags, spelling E-R-I-E in large print.

The third one has snowflake dot over the I.

All shirts retail for $20 each on the Erie Apparel website, and it has a lot more other Erie clothing. And Pittsburgh. And Ohio.

You can win one of these shirts. Send me an email pam.parker@timesnews.com with which one of these three you want — by end of day today — Fashion Friday. And visit the Erie Apparel website to see the clever T-shirt they have that welcomes LeBron James back to Cleveland.

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 a GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 15th, 2014

frozen drinkNational Daiquiri Day is Saturday — thanks to www.punchbowl.com for reminding me.

In case you’re wondering, Today is national gummi worm day — that reminds me of that dirt cake recipe. I love that!
July
Cal_15 National Gummi Worm Day
Cal_16 National Corn Fritters Day
Cal_17 Yellow Pig Day
Cal_18 National Caviar Day
Cal_19 National Daiquiri Day
Cal_20 National Ice Cream Day
Cal_21 National Junk Food Day
Cal_22 Hammock Day
Cal_23 National Hot Dog Day
Cal_24 Cousins 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, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

 

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Posted: July 4th, 2014

red wb lipsGlitterAppliques, temporary tattoos and red, white and blue yous. I would love the be this bold. But I’m not. If you are, you can get appliques like this from Glitterrati’s Violent Lips collection. You get three sets of lips for $9.99. Here’s a review of the lips

And don’t forget the Violent Eyes Collection. For $9.99, you get four sets of rub-off appliques for the eyes. Here’s one of the eyes.

The reviews are from Glamourpage, and they are real reviews from a woman who did it and gives you step-by-step instructions and her funny take on how this feels.

Looks like fun to me.

Even if you don’t go wild with the makeup, have a great Fourth of July!

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 and a stepgrandmother.

 

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Posted: June 27th, 2014

MustachifierOK, this is not exactly what you would expect for Fashion Friday, but I just had to post this picture when the folks from Mustachifier sent me an e-mail.

Visit the site to purchase, and it also offers sunglasses, bibs and more.

Hidden Money

Well I am late to this party, but I have to give a shout out to the 40-ish woman behind the Erie Hidden Money idea. She said she was a young single mother living in poverty who eventually went to college and became a successful professional. She has caught a lot of attention. Read the Erie Times-News story here.

Her Facebook page is amazing. The Erie Hidden Money lady posts quotes like this: “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.” ~ Malcom Bane

“Regret nothing. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”

HiddenmoneyShe includes a note in each envelope, suggesting a random act of kindness as a usage for the money.

Great stuff to start the weekend. Go baby, go!

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 and a stepgrandmother.

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Posted: June 23rd, 2014

dog2Thanks to Ginny Grimsley, National Print Campaign Manager for News and Experts in Florida for the latest on how to figure out what to do to get your dog to like your date. Or how to not read too much into what your dog is telling you.

Grimsley sent a message that Kris Rotonda, founder and CEO of www.YouMustLoveDogsDating.com barks out some fun stuff about dogs and dates.

With four dogs, Rotonda confessed that his pets interfered in his dating life for years, but he found true love. Here are a few of his tips:
If your dog dislikes your date

Your dog could pick up on nervousness, perfume or something else. It doesn’t mean you should dump your date because your dog says no.

Hide-out

Your dog may be afraid of your new friend. Or it could be completely unrelated. “If a plane was flying overhead or thunder rumbling outside, that may have been the source of anxiety. Don’t try to pet or sweet talk your pet while he’s in hiding as that will encourage the behavior. Instead, reward him when he emerges,” Rotonda advises.

Reintroductions

Rotonda suggests you introduce your new friend to your pet by getting an unwashed article of his or her clothing. Rub the clothing on your arm to mingle in your own scent and then place it someplace you dog likes to hang out. This will acquaint your dog with a new person’s scent.

Rotonda created www.YouMustLoveDogsDating.com, a website devoted to singles who found their true canine love but have to find a human to love.

Even if you don’t have a pet, the info is interesting. Enjoy!

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 and a stepgrandmother.

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Posted: June 19th, 2014
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Terry Savage, Michele Lowrance and Gemma Allen co-wrote “The New Love Deal,” a book about modern relationships. (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune)

I remember when it was really rogue to be unmarried and living together. Now, 51 million U.S. households are headed by unmarried couples, according to stats provided by three Chicago women who are experts on the topic, and they wrote a book about it.

The authors add that 40.6 percent of all U.S. children are born to unmarried mothers, of whom half are living with the child’s father.

THE NEW LOVE DEAL: Everything you MUST know before Marrying, Moving In, or Moving On” (June 2014, $16.95) has it all. Who writes it? ​Gemma Allen, a family law attorney; ​Judge Michele Lowrance, a domestic relations  judge and mediator; and Terry Savage, a financial writer and money adviser.

The trio offers some serious advice on the financial and emotional consequences of living together as opposed to getting married. But they also offer some entertaining and easy ways to plan for your financial future whether you are living together or getting married. They address everything from prenups to stay-at-home spouses/partners.

The trio remind cohabitants to discuss daily living expenses, bank accounts, bill payments, housing arrangements — mortgage and rental agreements can be sticky, and what happens if a couple splits? All of this can affect credit history. And, it gets more complicated for long-term living arrangements and if children are involved.  

Here’s an article about the authors from the Chicago Tribune. Great stuff from three women who have the expertise to share. Thanks to Tess Woods from Tess Woods PR for sharing the news.

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: June 18th, 2014

Houzz islandhouzzisland2I have had several kitchens and never had an island. Someday. Maybe.

Here are some of clever and cool islands for any style kitchen from Becky Harris of Houzz.

I love her selections. So will you.

If you click on the picture, it will show you the rest of the house.

Same with this next one — a dresser with a quartz top — what a great idea!

Shopping for kitchen ideas — here are some great ones. Thanks to Houzz.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times andHouse 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: June 17th, 2014
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Paul Lukach, C. Wolf and Chuck Scalise

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Sgt. Slaughter gets Mary in a headlock.


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Summer fun is here! First, thanks to Chuck Scalise and all the folks at HANDS and to Rick Sherbondy at PNC. My son, Ryan Eckert, is an intern at HANDS, and Chuck invited us to join in the fun in the PNC box at Jerry Uht Baseball Park for a game that featured not just baseball but Sgt. Slaughter.

Best seats in the house — not that there’s a bad one at Uht. We met great people, and we learned how to open bottles without a bottle opener — a skill I never learned but certainly find valuable. And Chuck pointed out that the skill is a resume builder for a finance/accounting major like Ryan. It was star-studded fun with Sgt. Slaughter and the wolfie as my kids always called him. Greg Coleman, president at the Erie SeaWolves also stopped by to greet us. Thanks again to everyone.

White partyFriday night, my hubby and I donned all white for the Young People’s Chorus fundraiser at the Bayfront Convention Center where we watched the sunset and enjoyed the company of an entire concourse of folks dressed in white. It was an incredible evening, thanks to Alyson Amendola, director at YPC. The party idea is a winner, and Alyson knows how to throw a party. Alyson is pictured with her husband, Matthew Cummings.

We sat with Steve and Marissa Orbanek — two of our great writers for Lake Erie LifeStyle and Her Times. Steve is in marketing at Behrend and Marissa is the PR point person at General McLane and the McDowell girls lacrosse coach.

The best part of all of this is gorgeous weather and a chance to enjoy great friendships. Thanks to everyone for the invitations.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times andHouse 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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