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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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Posts tagged ‘Forbes’
Posted: May 30th, 2014
MadisonFishFlops — cute name for some really cute sandals — a dream business for a Galveston, Texas teen named Madison Robinson. She has been so successful, she caught the attention of Forbes last year. Read it here. She designs flip flops and T-shirts for kids, women and men.
Fish abound on these cute clothing items. Most of her designs retail for under $30, and you can buy them at Macy’s and Nordstorm’s
Best of all, this teen has donated 20,000 pairs of shoes to various charities. Great ideas from a teenage girl.
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: April 24th, 2014

AnyStack of One Dollar Bills day is a good day to teach your kids to save, and it’s not something they learn in school. So start early. We can teach kids to save with simple tools — not making a huge deal out of it. Here’s an article from Forbes that it is the very best on teaching kids of every age how to save.

When my kids were little, they learned how to clip coupons and it always came in handy … especially for toys. And they don’t need to know how to read to look through a Toys R Us flyer and understand prices. The boys collected sports cards, and that was a huge lesson in financial transactions. And believe it or not, so is buying and selling video and computer games.

Kids can earn money doing chores, collecting an allowance or countless other ways. Once my kids all all had jobs — my oldest was a paperboy at age 12 — they had ATM cards, and they learned to use them and balance accounts. Today, they all have 401 K accounts through their employers — even my youngest who is still in college and works part-time.

Money lessons are among the most important things we can teach our kids. Today is a great day to start.

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 granddaughters.

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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: July 15th, 2013


We have four college graduates — all with advanced degrees and all working in their chosen fields. But that’s not the case for every family. I heard John Tesh talking this up over the weekend, and he pointed to research that college degrees aren’t a neccessity.

According to an article in Forbes magazine – click here for the article – jobs of the future may not require a college degree.  Forbes quoted the projected fastest-growing careers from 2010 to 2020 from the article, “Occupational Employment Projections to 2020,” published in the January 2012 Monthly Labor Review.

Certificate programs that result in jobs like diagnostic medical sonographer ($64,380 per year), do not require a 4-year degree.

Before we push kids into college, we need to evaluate their skills and  help them look for careers that fit their skills and the job market of the future.

The college experience has been wonderful for our kids, but it’s not for everyone. Neither is the debt. Help your kids explore career opportunities. There’s so much more out there for kids other than college. It’s great to see the salaries.

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 and stepmom to three. Four kids are college graduates, one is a senior in college and one is an EMT. 

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Posted: April 15th, 2013

traveling EckertsThursday, April 25 marks the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. In 1993, Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women started the idea as Take Our Daughters to Work Day. It included boys in 2003, according to Wikipedia.  I included boys long before that. I never felt it was fair that I would get my daughter out of school for a day but not my boys.

I also took other people’s kids to work. At the time, I worked at an ad agency and taught classes at Mercyhurst College — now Mercyhurst University. My kids weren’t playing — they learned how to fill in information on Excel, help with research at the ad agency and then go out for a “Mad Men” lunch — well as “Mad Men” as you can get with kids under the age of 14.

At Mercyhurst, they got a peek at college life. They loved it, and so did my students.

Here’s a link to the official site. Here’s a 2012 article from Forbe’s with dos and don’ts for the day. Here’s a link to the foundation page.

Not everyone can do this, but if you can get your kids into your workplace even for a few hours, plan now. Give them something to do so they aren’t just watching you work. They can participate. Plus, you’ll share some memories — a nice thing when your kids are as old as my three in the picture, from left — my son, the doctor; my daughter, the CPA: and my baby, a college junior.

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 and stepmom to three. 

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Posted: November 30th, 2012

Move over Victoria’s Secret. Spanx has been in the news big time this year. Sara Blakely, 41, the youngest woman to hit the Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires is squeezing big money out of the girdle that does it all. Sold on QVC, endorsed by Oprah, and hitting $250 million in sales in 2011, Spanx opened its first retail stores in November. Blakeley is married, and she is a mom to a 3-year-old son. Catch the ABC-News story here.

The first Spanx store opened at Tysons Corner Center shopping mall in McLean, Va. Read the USA Today article here. Blakely said the mall was also the the site of the first Apple store. Another store is in Philadelphia, and one will be opening soon in New Jersey.

The Spanx idea got legs 13 years ago when Blakely cut the feet out of her control-top pantyhose to smooth out her lower body. She ran the business out of her apartment. Now, the Spanx empire includes back-fat-eliminating wear, clasp-free bras called “Bra-lellujahs,” shapers and tummy tamers — more than 200 products sold in 13 countries. She even has a line of Manx T-shirts for men and more. This is a success story we love — no butts about it. Quick info on Blakely:

  1. The Clearwater, Fla., native has an interesting and inspiring story. Read it here.
  2. She is the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire.
  3. She credits motivational tapes for success.
  4. Failed the LSAT entrance exam for law school. (Credits this for success too!)
  5. Founded the “Leg Up” program that supports female entrepreneurs.

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 step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: March 9th, 2012

Move over, Oprah.

At 41, the gal who made a comfortable girdle into a new-age garment and called it Spanx is on the Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires. Sara Blakely, the youngest woman to hit the list, did it on her own. No help from family. On “CBS This Morning” she discussed her original idea came from personal dissatisfaction with the way her butt looked in light-colored pants because of  those dreaded VPL — visible panty lines.

She invented Spanx, got them into stores, onto QVC, Oprah, and the rest is history. Sales in 2011 were about $250 million. Read her story here.

Her new products include swimwear for women, Manx T-shirts for men and more. A success story we love — no butts about it.

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