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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 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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Posted: April 4th, 2014

PEPLUM22April showers us with fun flowers — and lots of them! InStyle has some cute ideas for floral fashions. This is my peplum top, under $20, from Dots.

Urban outfitters shoesThese Vans kicks are $55 from Urban Outfitters.

SarahOn Sunday, check out Her Times. Christine Eddy shares stylish rain gear ideas modeled by Erie Times-News online reporter Sarah Stemen and photographed by a award-winning photojournalist Andy Colwell. Here’s a peek at the cover.

The dress below is from Polyamide-elastane, and it’s $380 at millyny.com. Check out more styles at InStyle.

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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, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. 

 

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Posted: March 29th, 2014
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The daffodils are fighting their way up through the ground. I visited mine yesterday. It’s a sweet sign that spring will sprout. And there’s plenty to love about homes, gardens and homes for sale this weekend in House to Home.

Marsh Madness ends this weekend — the Marsh team is giving away a lot of prizes at open houses. Don’t miss the home at 5214 Larae Drive. It’s adorable. Read all about it in my article Marsh Madness ends this weekend.

Last year, I wrote about some grandparents in Oklahoma City who created kids’ kitchens out of old entertainment centers — thanks to Erie Times-News photographer Andy Colwell. Well we have our own folks in Erie making kitchens and selling them at Connecting Hands. Liz Allen told me about it, and these folks are doing it all for charity.

Connecting Hands, a local nonprofit group, hosts a sale today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Connecto Electric warehouse, 3716 McClelland Ave. That cute kitchen at left is about $125. Pam Will and her husband, Jeff, own Connecto. They started the garage sales along with  Lil Laskowski  and about 30 volunteers. Today’s sale benefits Edinboro Women’s Services. To donate, call Pam at 898-2546 or 323-3396. To volunteer, call Paula at 450-4827.

Other features in House to Home include:

Author’s home blends architectural styles
How to give your home a contemporary design
Make a hanging garden
When to replace a furnace
Create unique crafts using yesterday’s newspapers
How to make household concoctions
Treasures: Pewter plaque’s origins remain a mystery without further examination
This houseplant offers color, personality
Dust off your organizing skills with these tips
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 LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to on

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Posted: March 28th, 2014

white dress.No, we’re not talking wedding dresses.

Nearly every store and website has some summery white dresses on hand. One of my faves that I wore decades ago was a creamy lacy number I had — think tablecloth lace. It worked for career and event dressing. Just a classic.

This one at left is a Style&Co. number, and it is from Macy’s — on sale for $34.99. You can find white dresses in eyelet, lace and every fabric imaginable. Afraid it won’t look good on you? Don’t be. White is a refreshing and stylish that it takes the white blouse  to a new length.

Now , if you take photos — beware. White will make you look bigger —  I know this from experience. But a look in the mirror will show you how stunning you look. People like me need a tan — at least a little color so I don’t look like a ghost. White is in. Go for it. Here’s a link to Macy’s white dresses for women

JCPHere’s a link to JCPenney  – this one is Black Label from Evan Picone. It’s on sale for $41.99.  InStyle Magazine had an ad for white lacy jeans and a matching jacket — all lined of  course. And some white meshy dresses — also lined.  I’ve seen white cotton sweaters with pearl appliques, and cocktail dresses are everywhere.  It’s 54 out — break out the sandals and summer clothes, but hang onto the warm stuff. Tomorrow will be well wintry. Happy Friday!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: March 26th, 2014

saving for collegeMillcreek Township School District needs to find $4.4 million dollars to balance its budget, and it looks like Superintendent William Hall wants to eliminate the Montessori classrooms at Grandview and Belle Valley and continue free tuition for the Otters.

The full story is here – thanks to Erica Erwin. But hold on a minute. Jennifer DeLude Lachapelle, a parent of two Montessori students, shares the Montessori side of the story on a Facebook page — Montessori in Millcreek.

Cutting the classrooms leaves the students and their parents looking for another educational option for next year. Good luck to all the Montessori parents who meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Grandview Elementary School with William Hall to discuss options.

On the flip side, Hall recommended that MTSD continue its program to allow Otters players to “attend McDowell Senior High School without paying tuition in exchange for tickets, advertising and other services provided by the team,” according to an article on GoErie.com by Erica Erwin.

“I think we’re showing that it’s worth it, and that we do benefit from it as a district both in terms of (public relations) and in terms of having those kids do things throughout the district,” Hall said in the story. The full story is here.

I love the Otters, but if you’re $4.4 million in debt, giving away tuition in exchange for public relations, tickets and advertising seems a wee bit odd from my perspective. I bet the Montessori parents agree on that one. I get that it’s a nice thing to do, but justifying tuition in exchange for advertising? Hmmm.

In October, 2013, Victor Fernandes of the Erie Times-News reported the costs for the program and the low redemption rate of tickets to Otters games. Read it here. And in July of 2013, Erica Erwin wrote about state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s analysis of the program. Read it here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

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Posted: March 24th, 2014

TanAs the snow flies, a little artificial color might be good for mind, body and soul. Right now. I’m going to lighten my hair, get a pedicure, whiten my teeth and spray on a tan.

I continue to hang out with people who went (or are going South — someplace where they aren’t wearing winter coats). I’m jealous. And I remember my family doc went tanning during a long winter — years ago — I saw him there.

He said it would be a good prescription — Vitamin D and all. I have to admit it’s hard not to feel good when you smell coconut, listen to tropical island music and feel warm.

I haven’t been in a tanning bed in years (because it is not good for you), but I’ve used spray tans before with success. The best are the tans you pay for at tanning salons. They take only a few minutes. A spray tan at Total Tan is $23, and you can get coupons and multi-spray tan discounts.  Call your favorite tanning salon to get rates. Learn how to prepare for a spray tan right here from Women’s Health Magazine.

In the DIY category, I have a linen closet full of tubes, sprays and creams. I’m not a huge fan of any of them, but here’s an article from about.com by Julyne Derrick about her faves. On the flip side, here are the 7 worst self tanners from Total beauty.com – some brands are on both lists.  This is one of those things where nothing works for everyone.

Quell the smell

The worst thing about all tanners is they smell. The Women’s Health Magazine article also offers advice on how to get rid of the smell from tanners – it’s vanilla perfume or citrus. Here’s the full article.  Happy Monday!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

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Posted: March 22nd, 2014
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The kitchen looks into a beautiful, newer family room that spans across the back of the house. It includes plenty of windows and doors that bring in the professional landscape outside.

We all know I m an open house fanatic. Last week, we saw one of the cutest homes ever in the Frontier area — one of many regions I would love to live.

And you get a Madison Avenue address! It’s not NYC, it’s better. This is another great example of how you can’t judge a book by its cover. The front of the house is cute, but inside — it’s wow — with an extraordinary family room addition and backyard retreat — all hidden from that front view. Surprise houses are always my faves. Read my story here:  Darling and done right on Madison. Oh and don’t miss the custom cabinetry, family room and fireplace in the lower-level gameroom.

Spring fever 

Spring is technically here, but we are still fighting some snow, so snow matter — it’s time to decorate like the sun is shining and the windows are open. We have some great ideas you can do right now to snazz up your home for when we do open those windows. Here they are:
Check out Sabrina Fischer’s article on  Count on 7 kitchen choices for remodel
The power of paint – get creative
Looking into glass vanity sink top – this is clearly amazing
Unorthodox picket fences enhance your yard  — you’ll love these nature-made ideas
Spring pillows refresh home’s look – colorful pillows can make a huge difference in any room
How-to’s for a heavenly hallway – I love this story — we did little to decorate hallways over the years because kids often knocked pictures off the walls while racing through hallways.
Add majesty to any room with a wood cabinet  — if you have Grandma’s chest hidden in a basement, get it out and polish it up — it will look terrific in any room — open the doors and display your dishes and fun collectibles.

Outside, get ready for spring with Sue Scholz — she shares the Perennial of the Year
Casabubble – this is like living in a glass house. Fascinating — like a see-through tent $7,000 and up.

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 LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: March 21st, 2014

Polka dot heels

Shoes, dresses, skirts, tops — you name it, dots are on it. I’ve probably had polka-dot something every year since I’ve been a kid. The dots are on point this spring too. Many shoes — colorful shoes have dots. And the dresses are everywhere. The retro-style heels at left are from Rakuten – about $48. I found some yellow dotted dahlings but lost the link.

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Dresses with dots are all over InStyle magazine and local stores. Here’s link to dots on everything from shoes to coats in InStyle

Here’s one — at left –from Dress Barn– about $46 but you can get coupons that drop the price. Those dots are a little large for me, but Eva Mendes has a new collection at Kohls, and it boasts a lot of dots. See it here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: March 19th, 2014

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For 40 years, The American Cancer Society hosted Daffodil Days — it gave us all the hope of spring in March, and boy, did we ever need it.

So what happened to it? On The American Cancer Society website, the nonprofit saluted the program with a fond farewell. The 2013 event was the final year for the Daffodil Days program.

The organization suggests it can raise more funds through different methods. But I still miss Daffodil Days. There are a few organizations throughout the country — and the world — that kept the tradition going.

In Telluride, Colorado, the Telluride Historical Museum did their own event from March 12-15. Not a bad idea for a fundraiser — the organization donated some proceeds to its local American Cancer Society affiliate.

In Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society will host the event on March 28. In Australia, the Cancer Council still sponsors Daffodil Days on August 22.

I think we could all use some daffodils this year. I miss the color, the scent and the sentiment. So here’s a poem from William Wordsworth all about daffodils from Poemhunter.com

 

Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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