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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: February 12th, 2014

Valentines day isMen say it’s too commercial, and they spend big on their women. Mostly on dinner, flowers and jewelry.

Beso.com, part of Shopzilla Inc., polled 2,178 Gen X and Gen Y shoppers  and found that 37 percent of respondents call the day romantic, and 32 percent call it fun, but the majority called it cheesy, annoying and commercial. In fact, 4 percent called it an (unflattering word deleted) Hallmark holiday.

Men outspend women –16 percent spend more than $150 while 49 percent spend more than $75! Only 7 percent of women spend more than $150. It gets worse — 25 percent of women spend$1 – $24.  The majority – 72 percent of women — spend less than $50.  The graphic below indicates what men and women spend.

what we are spending

 What do men and women really want?

what men wantMen claim to want trips and accessories, and 19 percent of women and 10 percent of men want trips. We need to buy more trips for one another! 

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: August 3rd, 2013

HTH0803House to Home visits a lakefront beauty this week, and what a great Millcreek property. Read my story here about 5075 Saybrook Place, listed by Marsha Marsh. It is Barrett C. Walker’s home, and the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst University is named for him.

At left is a photo of the incredible family room. The bottom photo is the front.  Check out more of our articles here:

» Fly over to ‘Butterflies in the Park’ Sue Scholz shares news from the Carrie T. Watson Garden Club and much more.
» Find your seat, make it neat with style Sabrina Fischer shares some upholstering secrets.
» Water causes cracks in concrete patio Prevent cracks, and fix the ones you have.
» Use navy to anchor your home décor Navy makes a statement. 
» Sink choices, sizes overflow Check out all the sinks before you choose.
» Fruitful gardening Will you get fruit or not, and can you start a tree from seed?
» Flowers, nectar, ants attract hummingbirds Bugs, yes they love bugs.


Pam Parker is the editor of House to HomeLake Erie LifeStyle and Her Times 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 19th, 2013


My mother watched it. I watched it. My college roommates watched it. In retirement, my father watched it — peeking around the newspaper so we didn’t think he was watching.

The Young and the Restless is celebrating 40 years on CBS, and if you need any evidence of its popularity, just go to the Emergency Room. I was there a few years ago, and a bunch of strangers made me realize the popularity of this program that started out as a 30-minute show in 1973.

“Is that Mrs. Chancellor (Katherine Chancellor/Jeanne Cooper)? She’s been on there forever,” one patient said.

From another patient: “Oh look, it’s Nikki …. and Victor. Are they married?”

Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and  Nikki Reed (Melody Thomas Scottare the supercouple on this show.  In today’s episode, the couple wraps up a fourth wedding — to each other. Not that they’ve been un-restless in between those nuptials. Victor has been married 14 times and Nikki has headed to the altar 11 times. Lots of partners over 40 years and a lot of cake, flowers, engagement rings, tuxes and wedding dresses. Clearly this pair has kept everyone in Genoa City, Wisc., the fictitious city that is the supposed home to all the Y&R faithful, working — well at least for 25 weddings!

For a few moments in the ER, it was like watching old friends you grew up with return to life. I have no idea who some of these people are, but I do recognize many of the characters. To catch up, check out Soapcentral.com. And (Katherine Chancellor/Jeanne Cooper) – by the way — looks great. Wanna watch? Here’s a link to the CBS website – you can watch online anytime.

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: February 8th, 2013

NPR fashionThey’re back — prints, Bohemian style and more. Those of use who lived through the hippie days think some of the prints look a little familiar (and bizarre). Graphic, colorful and reminiscent of “Laugh In,” they all look like fun. 

In an NPR report, BCBG’s Max and Lubov Azria appeared at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with “a nomadic, bohemian vibe.”

Read the full NPR story here. It indicates the clothes have a lot to do with gypsy inspirations. “It sounds a little crazy, but it’s also a little bit hippie …” Max Azria said in the story by Samantha Critchell.

Looks like beanies and hoods are hot too.

Here’s a story in Glamour on Richard Nicoll’s new orange and pink print dress with a tablecloth hem. I swear I had a very similar style — always loved the pink and orange blend.

At bottom is Anja Rubik fresh from a page of Vogue. Yes, she is wearing a diamond pattern mixed with stripes and flowers. Read the full story here. It’s all groovy.

anja_rubik_en_balmain_2148_north_627xPam 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: October 23rd, 2012

I’ve suggested a few things for my two sons to give to girlfriends recently, but only one of them listens to me.

My husband gives me flowers and jewelry, and I love it.

What do other women want? A Larry James website and the Latin American love connection suggest 10 gifts women love more than diamonds. I’m not sure anyone I know loves these suggestions more than diamonds, but here are a few of the gifts other bloggers recommend. Click on the links above to get the total lists.

  1. A Love Letter — heartfelt and sincere — it beats a card anytime.
  2. Something Specifically Tailored to Her — I do like this idea — it shows the man is paying attention.
  3. A Weekend Getaway – when a man plans it — it’s heaven.
  4. Your Undivided Attention – I think we all love this one!

Gift time will be rolling around soon, so check out the gift ideas above, and don’t ever forget flowers and jewelry.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.


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