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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 20th, 2014

Easter Basket with Easter Eggs

Every Easter, my husband gets into the eggs — eggstra special egg banter, that is. Here are some of his faves used in sentences for your enjoyment.

We are eggcited to see family today.

My stepdaughter-in-law is eggspecting.

Cadbury creme eggs are not eggstravagant treats.

There is no such thing as eggstraneous chocolate.

I will need eggstreme eggcerise to burn off the eggcelent chocolate eggs I consume.

Some things eggsacerbate the pain in my knee.

A coconut egg is eggsactly what I want.

It’s eggsasperating when we don’t hear from some family members.

I need to eggsamine the peanut butter pies.

Eggstract those jelly beans from the bottom of the Easter baskets.

I was afraid we’d have to eggscavate to find the daffodils when it snowed last week.

If the sun shines, it will eggceed  eggspectations today.

Dinner will be eggsceptional. My sister makes lamb.

My brother eggsagerates how much work it is makes German Potato Salad, but since I made it this year, I can verify that it requires an eggstraordinary amount of  time.

We eggsemplify a modern family. We have six kids between us, two of my stepsons are married, and we have one grandchild. And one on the way.

When my husband reads this eggcerpt, he is going to eggsclaim that I eggscluded a lot of words, but I have to stop. I have eggshausted my list.

Happy Easter everyone!

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: April 18th, 2014

Sock insurance

Here’s a quote from a company that made me look for more info: “Lose a sock, and we’ll replace it for free! That’s right, our socks are insured against loss — and dog-based dismemberment, sock-puppet experimentation gone awry, and other assorted misfortune.”

You gotta love that … and this company’s cool socks are about $11 per pair. With a name like Sock Insurance – you have to see some potential for a great business. It is one of a host of companies under the umbrella of Betabrand – a company that promises tops, bottoms and “everything else” for men and women. The black dress yoga pants are intriguing. Click here to see them.

Betabrand is a crowd funded company with a thinktank of great ideas that made it to market. Pretty impressive stuff and worth a look. The site offers plenty of opportunity to get involved with your own designs and vote for others. Take a look at this San Francisco-based company — click 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 step-grandmom to one.  

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Posted: April 16th, 2014

graduation capI think we have just completed our last FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) — after six kids and 10 years. Pop the champagne cork!

I know families who are just beginning this process. Bless you, and before you start evaluating where your student will attend school or start a career, remember — not everyone should go to college. Not everyone is cut out for college. And kids can get great training for careers at career schools in a much shorter term. Here’s my take on teens and careers:

1.You know your child. Encourage, but don’t take over in decision making. Your teen has to figure it all out. Help, but remind yourself that next year the regimented school days will be over. Your teen has to figure out what and where they will be all day, every day for the next year and the year after that and then some. No one can predict the future, but you and your teen have to have a plan.

2It’s difficult to determine a career path at age 18. Kids don’t all learn to tie their shoes at a magic age. Career decisions are no different. Some kids just know what they want before they earn a high school diploma, but others change their minds. More than once — possibly for years.  You have to let them do it and support them.  When they change their minds — on schools, careers, jobs, classes — make them do the legwork. Don’t. Do. It. For. Them. Just don’t. Been there, done that with six kids. All but one kid changed career plans at least once. Let them do the research and move forward. Examples: Three changed majors, and one wanted to change schools. We told them all to go see advisers and find out what they would lose and what they would gain. And what it would cost. Success in all cases.

3. If you have an athlete looking at sports scholarships — be careful. Your teen needs to spend the next four years or more training for a career — not just advancing his or her high school sports career — unless they can turn it into a career. Most parents and kids make good choices — a school that matches career needs — not just athletic ability. But some folks lose sight of the career when the carrot of  reduced debt for four years is dangled as a huge benefit. And sometimes it’s not as huge as you might think. Make sure your teen is ready for the pressure of college and athletics — they’re not in high school anymore. Not all kids can handle it. There are wonderful success stories out there, but if your student signs up for an intense 5- or 6-year degree that will require year-round schooling, remember what the college goal is: a career.

4. College tuition, fees and room and board cost thousands of dollars per year. The lowest tuition might be under $10,000 per year, and if your teen lives at home, he or she might get out with $40,000 in debt in four years, but that’s not the norm. It’s usually more. And that’s just the tuition. College is serious business and serious debt. Many kids benefit from waiting a year to attend school or finding other careers that require career schools  – a much cheaper option than a 2-year or 4-year degree. Don’t think that college is a rite of passage and just let your teen sign up and see what happens. Be smart — have goals.

If you are stressing about your teen’s future, stop. Kids are amazing at figuring out things on their own with a little help from parents, teachers and others. Everyone needs guidance, but don’t go crazy with control. Enjoy watching your son or daughter become an adult. None of it is easy, but it’s so rewarding — especially when they’re working in careers they love. Sigh. We are almost there with all six. Your kids will do it, too. Just be patient.

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.  All six kids attended post-secondary education. 

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Posted: April 13th, 2014

Yep, I am sitting on my porch writing this today. It is 66 degrees, and the birds are singing. Speaking of 3559a31d-cd93-4cdb-a3f2-8d7799b00435porches, get a load of these from Architect Magazine. This house was an award winner for the Hufft Project — a Kansas City and New York collaboration where designers showcased their stuff and sent me an e-mail about it.

This Springfield, Mo., house is appropriately called the the Porch House — it started out as a farmhouse that ended up with 10-foot cantilevered canopies. Click here to see more of the story.
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Closer to home, you can admire the porches on the the historic home I visited for my column in House to Home on Saturday.

It has an incredible backyard with an enclosed sunporch and multiple screened in porches overlooking a pond. The historic home at 5333 Lake Pleasant Road includes 3,535-square feet. Built in 1867, it’s been in the Shattuk family for seven generations. It is listed at $395,000. Read my article here. For more info, call Mary Smrekar of Coldwell Banker Select at 453-4578. HTH

If you missed House to Home yesterday, you can catch up with all the articles below:

» Add a touch of magic to your garden by Sue Scholz

» Eggsactly what you need for Easter

» Shooting birds with the BirdCam Pro

» How to grow strawberries
» Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back

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 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: April 9th, 2014

Tina FeyI’m looking for new glasses, and let’s face it — eyewear makes a statement. So when we add eye makeup, we have to be careful what we do.  Tina Fey always looks marvelous — and here she is at left in a photo from Wikipedia.

One mistake we all make is thinking we don’t need any makeup if we wear glasses. That might work for some of us — not me — but we also have to be careful not to overdo it. Check out some makeup tips on how do it right at Huffington Post.

Here are more tips from Sheknows. com

Avoid too dark makeup.
Your eyebrows must be groomed. Glasses draw more attention to them.
The color of your frames should influence your choice of eye shadow/liner colors. Too much drama can be — well too much drama.

Another great tip on new solutions to eye bags was on Good Morning America this morning. Check it out 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 one. 

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Posted: April 8th, 2014

Stack of One Dollar BillsToday is Equal Pay Day — it’s the day that women catch up with men on earnings from 2013. In other words, a 23 percent gender wage gap is why we are so far behind, according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The AAUW has been around since 1881. Fair pay champion Lilly Ledbetter, age 75, sued Goodyear in 1979, according to Wikipedia, for paying her thousands less than her male counterparts. The lawsuit landed in the Supreme Court — which denied her claim because she didn’t file suit in 180 days from her first paycheck. She retired in 1998, and Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, but Ledbetter noted that the inequality of pay impacted more than her annual salary. It affected her retirement, 401(k) and Social security.

From Huffington Post: Some states are better off than others when it comes to the wage gap. Washington, D.C., is the best place for pay equity — women are paid 90 percent of what men are paid (as of 2012). Wyoming is the worst state — women earn 64 percent of what men earn.  Here’s a link to an informative story on Forbes.

The local AAUW group will host an event April 9 at Erie Insurance Group Auditorium,  E. Sixth and French St. at 7 p.m. The program will discuss the gender pay gap and Lilly Ledbetter’s fight for fair pay.

Also from AAUW:
How to Negotiate Your Salary
How Does Race Affect the Gender Wage Gap?
AAUW Targets Members of Congress for Equal Pay Day Action
7 Women Shortchanged: Personal Stories of the Gender Pay Gap
3 Reasons Why You Should Negotiate Your Salary
AAUW Research Reveals New Dimensions to the Gender Pay Gap in Advance of Equal Pay Day
The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (2014)

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 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: April 2nd, 2014

Dynamic“Someone to inspire.”

That was the moving message last night as the Mercy Center honored a Dynamic Dozen women for community service at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. In one hour, an audience of 400 met 12 women who lift up other women … and inspire.

The photo at left is taken from Paul Lorei’s salute to the women. Paul took all the portraits of the women, and they have been on display at the Milcreek Mall. The Dynamic Dozen from left, top row include:

Elisa Guida, a jewelry designer and founder/executive director of StringsforaCure and La Petite jewelers; Sister Carolyn Gorney-Kopkowski, of the Order of St. Benedict; Grace Kennedy, executive director, Community of Caring; Daria Devlin, independent grant writer. Second row: Maureen Dunn, executive director, Erie D.A.W.N.; Barbara Roseborough, retired nurse, Saint Vincent Hospital;  Colleen Moore Mezler, owner ofMoore Research Services; Barbara Chaffee, president and CEO, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership. Bottom row: Alice Edwards,Mercyhurst University associate professor of arts and humanities; Mary Daly, Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees president/liaison; Sally Range, a volunteer who is active in the community; and Yvonne Horn, senior auditor, Eriez Manufacturing.

I know a lot of these women, but there were so many things I never knew about them that I discovered last night. We also met two women who graduated from the Mercy Center Women’s program: Cynthia Bruce and Mary Lessig. Inspiring women who completely turned their lives around.

Congratulations to all!

Read more about the Mercy Center here, and the Mercy Center’s 5K is Sunday at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle.

On Sunday, in Her Times, you’ll also learn about the upcoming Purse and Pearls luncheon where you will meet another extraordinary woman who credits the Mercy Center for her success during the Dress for Success annual benefit luncheon scheduled for May 20.

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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