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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 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 24th, 2014

iphoneYou know you’ve wanted to dare your kids (or other loved ones) to take a break from the digital world — go an hour, a day, a week — without checking those infernal text messages, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine feeds. Well, one dad went one better, according to an NPR report.

Software company exec Paul Baier pretty much bet his daughter — a high-school freshman at the time — that she couldn’t stay off Facebook. She vowed to take the dare. If he paid her $200.  She did it.  For six months. He paid up, and he’s not the only one.  Read the NPR story here. And if you dare to do it yourself, All Things Considered wants to hear your story on Twitter or Facebook, or fill out this form.

Digital detox can be a good thing. Not sure I could do it.

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 13th, 2014

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I DO think you’ll agree these wedding dresses are impressive — made out of toilet paper. The 10th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest held in New York City announced its winners yesterday and they include:  

First place:  Romance on a Roll by 28-year-old Susan Brennan of Orchard Lake, Mich. The designer and professional cheerleader for the Detroit Pistons is a yoga enthusiast who also won the grand prize  in 2011 and 2012. Her 2014 design was a full-length gown that included a flapper dress underneath. It took her more than a month to complete the dress.
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Second place: Katrina Chalifoux, of Knoxville, Tenn.,  won $5,ooo for her flowing design. Third place: Amber Mills, of Hurst, Texas, won $2,500 for her dress — made of vintage blue Charmin.

The amazing dresses included beading, pleats and lace all made of toilet paper. amberTo see all the 10 finalists, visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

The contest is the brainchild of Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, who operate Cheap-Chic-weddings.com. It is sponsored by Charmin.

Entrants are permitted to use hot glue, tape, needle and thread and more to complete dresses. They were judged on creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.
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 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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Posted: May 1st, 2014

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Move over Arthur Chu and Ken Jennings. Women have arrived in the champion’s circle at the iconic game show #Jeopardy.

Julia Collins — her Twitter handle is @JeopardyJulia — won her eighth straight game on “Jeopardy” last night. The Illinois native has earned more than $170,000 so far. She is in good company, according to The Wire. A few weeks ago,  Sandie Baker had a six-game streak. And Stephanie Jass, an Adrian College Ph.D., won seven games in a row in 2012.

Another female who set a record on “Jeopardy” is Larissa Kelly, according to Wikipedia. She won more than $222,000 during six games in 2008. She won the most money as a female contestant and placed fifth among all winners for most money won.
Kelly broke Ken Jennings‘ record for most money won in a contestant’s first five days when she hit $179,797. She also boasts a single game day winning of $45,200 which Maria Wenglinsky topped at $46,600 on November 1, 2005.

Go Julia! Follow the fun on Twitter and Facebook.

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: March 31st, 2014

2nd placeIt’s time for the 10th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin. Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, who operate the www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, annually ask  readers to create wedding gowns using toilet paper, tape, needle, thread and  glue. You can win $2,000!

Feeling inspired? You have until May 13 to submit your design — just the photos. The contest judges creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.

Judges choose 10 finalists and open the contest to online voting. And the top 10 get a trip to NYC to show off their dresses.

The photo above is 2013 second place winner Susan Brennan, of Orchard Lake, Mich., a Detroit Pistons cheerleader. I chose her because she was the grand prize winner in 2011 and 2012.  She used 11 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, packing tape, scotch tape, hot glue and needle and thread.

3rd placeThe 2013 third place winner was Carol Touchstone, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pictured at left. She used 30 rolls of Charmin, Mod Podge glue, Scotch tape, clear packing tape, double-sided tape, white glue and needle and thread. She received a $500 prize.

Visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

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 6th, 2014

womens_day_2013-1055007-hpThis is the Google doodle from 2013 that celebrated International Women’s Day. We celebrate this year on Saturday, March 8. It has been a national holiday since 1918 in some countries. Here’s a link to the official site.

Moira Forbes wrote a great piece in Forbes magazine about how women are making progress in business. For example, women now lead some huge, high-profile companies including HPYahooLockheed Martin, General DynamicsBAE and General Motors. Read her article on 10 reasons to be excited about women’s progress here.

Forbes also pointed out that Janet Yellen is the first woman Federal Reserve Chairman and a lot of women are hitting the Forbes billionaire’s list which includes Christy Walton, of Wal-Mart; Lillian Bettencourt, of L’Oreal; and Alice Walton, of Wal-Mart — all in the top 20.

Want to learn more about International Women’s Day? Follow #womensday and @womensday on Twitter or follow on Facebook at  facebook/internationalwomensday.  And discussions abound on LinkedIn/internationalwomensday.

Happy International Women’s 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, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: March 2nd, 2014

Big Sale sign in red over white backgroundLooks like we are in a deep freeze for at least three more days, but we can all shop. It’s never too cold to shop. Here’s what’s happening now.

DotsDots will close

The 25-year-old retailer, with stores in the Liberty Plaza and on Buffalo Road in Erie, will close its doors permanently. According to store personnel, the company had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. About 360 stores will close across the U.S.

In Erie, discounts of 20 to 35 percent are already underway. I was there Saturday — clothing is 20 percent off and jewelry and perfumes — up to 35 percent.

Store employees said the Liberty Plaza store had always done well. Hopefully, that means new retailers will open in that location. Everything will be sold — even the lighting fixtures.

Every month offers deals and steals, and CreditDonkey suggests some tips worth remembering. Click here for the full article, but I picked a few of my faves from CreditDonkey.

Dig into seeds and plants
AnitaHome and garden shows are in full swing, and who doesn’t want to bring some spring home right now as 12-degree weather embraced our area this morning? And it felt like 0 degrees. CreditDonkey says free shipping and discounts of up to 50 percent are out there on garden goods. I like it. I’m in the mood to smell some dirt, and thanks to my Facebook friend Anita Lemmon for this gem of a photo at left from Gypsy General Store on Facebook.

Dish on silverware and china
CreditDonkey points out that Christmas is behind us and wedding season is months away. It could be a good time to dish and buy dishes!

What the Donkey says to avoid purchasing in March:Share "What Not to Buy in March: What to Buy (and Not to Buy) in March" on Facebook Tweet " on TwitterWhat Not to Buy in March: What to Buy (and Not to Buy) in March"

Spring clothes were on the Donkey’s list — But. I. Don’t. Care. It’s all I’ve bought. I visited Dots and bought a springy flowered peplum, and I bought a nautical Old Navy dress, thanks to Christine Eddy’s article in Her Times. Read it here. I’ve bought spring shoes, and I am buying a raincoat. Therapy — I consider buying spring clothes therapy on these frosty days and a relief from cabin fever.

Gym memberships – The Donkey advises to wait for warmer weather when gym memberships might lag — another tip from Credit Donkey — the best deals are at the end of month.

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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