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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: June 10th, 2014

Teenagers Smiling in Group HugAt a recent job fair, my daughter was among the people looking for college interns for her employer. It seems like yesterday that she was the one attending those job fairs looking for an internship and then a job. But now, her observations are enlightening.

She noted that few of the college kids had an “elevator pitch” or elevator speech. Wikipedia defines this buzzword as a 30-second to 2-minute explanation of your business, or in this case, why someone should hire you.

How do you prepare an elevator pitch? Ask two moms of course – The Talented Ladies Club – two working moms in Britain offer some of the best tips I’ve seen on how to introduce yourself or your business in 60 seconds:

Confidently explain why you are a catch for any business. In essence you want to leave a great first impression whether you’re in an elevator, a chance meeting with a bigwig at a baseball game or at a job interview. The Talented Ladies Club pulled a bunch of resources and crafted a quick outline for an elevator pitch — by answering just a few questions that an interviewer might ask:

  1. What do you do?
  2. What problem do you solve?
  3. How is your product or service unique?
  4. How can you help me?

So who are the The Talented Ladies Club?  Two moms are behind this network and online community of “working mums.” Hannah Martin, an international copywriter teamed with Kary Fisher, a graphic designer and illustrator to create a great online community and more.

Read more at www.hannahmartincopywriter.co.uk and www.karyfisher.com

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Posted: June 9th, 2014
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Harvest moon from Wikipedia 

Uh-oh.  Friday the 13th – there’s only one this year — and it falls on the same day as the full moon. There are countless articles about the dangers of 13, and how rare this phenomenon is, but here are some good things about 13:

It’s time to buy a baker’s dozen donuts.

There were 13 original colonies.

“Full House,” Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were born on Friday the 13th according to TheEpochTimes.com. They will turn 28 on Friday. And their net worth is $150 to $300 million.

On a lighter note, today is Donald Duck’s birthday. He first appeared in “The Wise Hen” on June 9, 1934.  His middle name is Fauntleroy– all according to Disney. Here are some craft ideas to help you celebrate from About.com.

Quack like a duck in honor of Donald today, and keep your eye out for full moon madness on Friday the 13th.

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 6th, 2014

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Fly ties, sensational socks and dresses that match your favorite cocktail make the stylish list this Fashion Friday.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah – here’s the answer to unruly zippers that won’t stay up. The Kevel Fly Tie is a gizmo that makes sure the z ipper in any pants or skirt won’t unzip — unless you want it to. Perfect for men and women and mommies-to-be, these were created by a woman and retail for $9.99 to $16.99.

The fly tie attaches the zipper pull to the button above it. The website says it prevents  “Zipper-gate.” Simple and beats the rubberband ideas we all used in maternity mode.

For the guys, especially since Father’s Day is just around the corner, we have socks that rocks. When you visit the website, blacksocks.com, you might think it would be a boring blend of blah- black socks.

Not. A. Chance.

This link will take you to socks that match themselves — I’m not sure who would care this much, but the site professes “The interaction between the socks with a communication button, the Sock Sorter and an iPhone app, makes sorting socks child’s play.” In the never-ending drone of “There’s and app for that,” here’s proof.

The best part of this site is the Funky socks button. These wildly colorful babies are $19.33 per pair. Of course there are deals like three pairs for $58, six pairs of socks for $100 — and you get free shipping.

I think I like it better than matching my drink to my dress.I never would have thought of coordinating my dress (or shoes) with my drink, but then again, what the heck? Dress mixology from Sexy dresses.com pairs drinks and dresses.

I realize that I like merlot and I do have merlot colored dresses. But no merlot-colored shoes. The shame of it all.  I must go shopping.

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 5th, 2014
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The Pittsburgh skyline from Mount Washington on my daughter’s deck.

WalletHub shared the Best & Worst Cities to Staycation in 2014 with a survey of the 100 largest cities in the U.S.

Key components to making the top 20 included public parks, golf courses, swimming pools, zoos, spas, museums, tennis courts and much more. It also included food, entertainment, rest, relaxation and weather. Erie didn’t make the list - -we’re not one of the largest 100 cities – but we know it’s great here — and situated between Pittsburgh and Buffalo — we rock on all levels.

2014’s Best Cities for Staycations:
1. Buffalo, New York
2. Minneapolis, Minnesota
3. Cincinnati, Ohio
4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5. Portland, Oregon
6. Omaha, Nebraska
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
8. Tampa, Florida
9. Orlando, Florida
10. Seattle, Washington
11. St. Petersburg, Florida
12. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
13. St. Louis, Missouri
14. Cleveland, Ohio
15. Atlanta, Georgia
16. Boise City, Idaho
17. St. Paul, Minnesota
18. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
19. Honolulu, Hawaii
20. Raleigh, North Carolina

See the top 100 — 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 two step-granddaughters.

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Posted: June 3rd, 2014

42-15530364I am one of the many — sneezing, wheezing, sniffling, congestion and coughing. It started off innocently enough as me thinking it was just allergies.

Weeks ago.

It moved quickly into a sinus infection that made my ears and teeth ache. It rolled down into my chest and required antibiotics and a round of Prednisone. It still lingers, so the doc prescribed some nasal spray.

I hate nasal sprays, but I would try anything to get rid of this. Right now, I am using Azelastine — prescription required.  This is my second day. A couple warnings on this stuff: It may cause drowsiness and I should exercise caution while operating heavy machinery — like a car.

If you are having trouble breathing, get to the doctor. Tree pollens have been high for weeks, and weeds and molds will be boosting to high levels soon, but it’s not always just allergies.

Stay healthy!

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: May 29th, 2014

Julia collinsJulia Collins — her Twitter handle is @JeopardyJulia — is the winningest woman in #Jeopardy history. And she will tie the record for second most wins if she wins tonight.

She has a long way to go to catch Ken Jennings – he has 74 consecutive wins.

The Illinois native and MIT grad has earned $391,600 so far. She is also looking for a job. According to Associated Press reports, she wrote in her eighth-grade yearbook that she would one day be a Jeopardy champion. Perhaps she can have a career as a fortune teller — and she certainly has the fortune!

Go Julia! Follow the fun on Twitter and Facebook. She posts live tweets during the shows — which were taped months ago. Humorous insight and 20/20 vision on her answers.

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: May 27th, 2014
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Venus Williams and Belinda Bencic showing off colorful French Open fashions.

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Venus Williams wearing her own creation. Stylish dress!

It’s French Open tennis time, and in addition to seeing great tennis — it’s the place to see what’s in style for the summer workout season.

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My new kicks — aqua shoes, peach accents and green laces — Asics brand from Achilles on west 12th Street,

Venus Williams looked cute in her own artsy tennis dress design, but so far I’m more a fan of Belinda Bencic’s color combo. She and other tennis stars are rocking the orange and blue — a blue that borders on purple.I also loved Agnes Radwanska’s yellow sneakers — but not her floral dress.

On the men’s side, the guys are also rocking the orange, red, bright blue and some aqua. Bright tennis ball green never goes out of style either, and it’s always been one of my favorites. I am right in style with them. Just look at my new kicks. And I have orange tops and bottoms to round out the look. I need a visor.

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Serena Williams in Nike gray and yellow.

Nike seems to dress Serena Williams in the same outfit every year — only different colors. This year it’s gray and yellow. Not a fan.

You can see all the fashion and the action for yourself every morning on ESPN.

Of note, the Williams sisters, Li Na and many other champs on the men and women’s side are all over 30.

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 step grandmom to two.

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Posted: May 22nd, 2014
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Ryan Eckert — the illustrated variety by older sister Kelly Eckert

There was a time when my daughter, Kelly, drew pictures of everyone. She was really accurate. This one is Ryan.

At that time, he spiked his whitish blond hair, and our stylist, Ingrid, often swiped color into his hair — green or blue — she did it with what appeared to be a mascara wand.
Those were the days. None of the kids drove – that was when the expensive years started. I shake just thinking about it.

I’m not sure Ryan ever wore a tie with a plaid shirt. And he went through a phase where he refused to smile for pictures — Kelly captured that. We don’t have that problem now.
tumblr_inline_n3q4y2hS4g1rvaw1cRyan is 22, and Kelly is 26. Howie is 27. I gotta find more of this artistry.

Have a great #TBT — Throwback Thursday.

 

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, stepmom to three and GramPam to two.

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Posted: May 21st, 2014
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Bree Gorczycki, 36, tells her story and thanks the Mercy Center for Women and Dress for Success Erie.

The Seventh Annual Dress for Success Purse and Pearls luncheon yesterday gathered 613 women and five men together, and we stood up for women just as Tamara L. McMillan asked us to. McMillan gave an uplifting speech after Erie native Bree Gorczycki, 36, told her story.

Gorczycki shared that she and her three sons battled through poverty and gunshot injuries with the help of her family, Dress for Success Erie, the Mercy Center for Women, Mary Graziano, Hagan Business Machines and many others. Read Bree’s story by Abby Badach in the April issue of Her Times here.

Marnie Mead and I sat at the table with Bree’s family during a very emotional lunch.

McMillan has her own story of incredible success. She created McMillan Empowerment Enterprise in 2000. She was a single parent who had been raised in poverty by her mother — also a single parent — in Buffalo.

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Tamara L. McMillan

McMillan rallied the room to stand up to empower and help all women. Her rules for STAND include:

  1. “Share … after leaning in at executive boards meetings, conferences, and professional development opportunities, share the information with other women who would benefit.

  2. Train … commit to training women that are interested in learning.

  3. Advocate … serve as an advocate for the many issues that affect women on all levels.

  4. Narrate … tell your own story.

  5. Decide … make the decision to help women, all women from all walks of life.”

Congratulations to  and all the women who have turned their lives around with the help of Erie organizations.

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, stepmom to three and GramPam to two.

 

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Posted: May 19th, 2014

shower-shockI have to have blood work today, so I can’t have coffee until after that’s done. But coffee, I discovered from my e-email files, is an old-fashioned method of getting your wake-up call these days. We have caffeine in soap, water,  jerky, seeds, jelly beans and more. What can’t we add caffeine to?

First — how much is how much? The Mayo Clinic says an 8-ounce cup of coffee can include anywhere from 75 to 200 mg of caffeine, so that gives you some perspective on these products.

Shower Shock beats soap on a rope. It has 200 milligrams of caffeine per serving, and there are 12 servings in a bar. No you don’t eat it — you absorb it through the skin. The comments on ThinkGeek are worth a read.

Perky Jerky is the latest caffeinated jerky that uses Guarana, a natural substance that professes to boost energy.  It includes 150 mg of caffeine per 1-ounce bag, according to CaffeineInformer.

The folks at  HYDRIVE Energy Water’s flavors have introduced a 30-calorie energy drink with caffeine. It includes 145 to 160 mg of caffeine per bottle and tastes like a sports drink. It also includes B vitamins, electrolytes and amino acids.  Here’s a review on YouTube.

Sum Seeds offers four flavors of seeds and 120 mg of caffeine in a 3.5 ounce bag, according to CaffeineInformer.

Energems are chocolate bites with a dose of 75 mg of caffeine per serving of three Energems along with a healthy dose of B vitamins.

Jelly Belly’s Extreme Sport Beans – not for the kids — offer another energy boost. Each serving includes 50 mg of caffeine.

Thanks to the folks at HYDRIVE Energy Water — who sent me info on new caffeinators.

I’ll stick with coffee.

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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