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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 20th, 2014

beardsWell I was going to save this for Fashion Friday, but I just can’t wait that long. If you always wanted a beard — here’s one to warm you up — they are called Beardskis. What a great gift idea. Or Halloween costume idea.

It’s about four months to Christmas. Yikes, but what better way to celebrate than with some crazy unique gift like a Beardski?

Here’s what the website says:

“Beardski!  It’s Not Weirdski!!!
Looking for a cool gift for your son, boyfriend, husband or dad?  There is no WAY this will ever get old-the Beardski!  The best thing to come out of the GenEX’s’ edgy style, and it’s not just for post-baby boomers, as the mature crowd loves these masks too! These warm mask have two functions; one to keep you warm while doing anything when it’s cold outside; two to make you look like the coolest person ever for having the confidence to wear it. So cool the Beardski is cold! Wear it like the company’s mascot Zeke Beardski who swims with great whites and snowboards on the edge all the time! There is a look for you and for any occasion. If you are buying a gift for someone on your list consider the Beardski! Great for costumes, gifts, the holidays (Santa Beardski) and making a fashion statement while snowboarding or walking from class to class! Beardski is not Weirdski!  Buy one for someone you love now! Retail from: $34.95 to $39.95 (Church Ski Mask is $6.95).” Visit the  Beardski Website.

Those photos above are just a sampling of what you’ll find on the website. I’m partial to the Santa beard myself. Happy beard hunting.

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
avonia

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 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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Posted: July 26th, 2014
lighthouse

Check out this great video and story by Erie Times-News staffers Dana Massing, Andy Colwell and Matt Mead.

If you have not read Loretta Brandon’s memories of growing up at the Presque Isle lighthouse, do it now. She is a delight. Here’s part 1 and here’s part 2.

When I visited the lighthouse yesterday and talked to her, she shared that her pets had been buried in some of the flower gardens, and  she told Jeff Kidder about the garage and former outhouse that had been on the property. I also climbed the 78 steps to to the top and got the view. You can visit it today during Discover Presque Isle.

Here’s my video interview with Jeff Kidder. He shares that a lot of work will take place at the lighthouse to return it to its original appearance.  The building is fascinating and a must-see, but only a few people at a time can be climbing those steps in that narrow stairwell.
Jeff Kidder

The reward is a view from the top. I got video up there.  lighhouse view

Back to school -- 4 schools are for sale

4 schools for sale in Erie area.

This week in House to Home, I shared the news that four local schools are for sale — kind of a rarity around here. Click on the photos below to read the stories.

Intersection garden a showstopper

Sue Scholz shares an award-winning garden.

Balm for bees

Find out how to keep the bees pollinating.

Decorating the dorm

It’s time to think about decorating the dorm room.

How to grow a terrarium

Learn how to grow a terrarium

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: 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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