Her Times
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: July 20th, 2014

videoHappy National Ice Cream Day, announced by Ronald Reagan in 1984. I know what we are having today. I just don’t know where. And now onto houses!

If you want a peek at a clever home design, visit 5402 Pebble Creek Court today from 1 to 3 p.m. Here’s my video  — or just click on the picture at left. I am getting better at these, but I’m still learning.

Pebble Creek is a private subdivision off Heidler Road, which branches west off Sterrettania — right at Walnut Creek School. Frank’s Farm Market is on the corner, and I stopped there after I visited this home.

You need to know that Pebble Creek allows no For Sale signs. If you like the area, ask your Realtor what’s for sale up there because some of the ranches are also for sale, but a computer search is required to find them.

Privacy is part of the design in this home. On the first floor, an office and living room offer spaces away from the main living space — but not too far away. And outside, you’ll be amazed that the deck has a view of woods, but it still provides plenty of lawn, and it’s all in the middle of a neighborhood that’s close to everything.

If you missed House to Home yesterday, click here to read all the articles:
Welcome back monarch butterfliesWelcomeback monarch butterflies On the morning of July 11, I walked outside to get the paper, and I saw a monarch butterfly on my weeping cherry tree. I was positively amazed and I froze, so as not to frighten the butterfly away. As I stood there, it started to fly and then it fluttered around my milkweed plants. I got choked up, because it had been a really long time since a monarch butterfly has been in my yard. Emotion welled up in me as I thought, “Welcome back, welcome back, old friend.” It’s not every day you see a creature whose migratory pattern is endangered visit your garden.

'Star Wars' droid builders bring galaxy to Earth‘Star Wars’ droid builders bring galaxy to Earth Most people just have cars, bikes and lawn mowers in their garage. George Westwater has a droid.
Church garden cultivates communityChurch garden cultivates community Patrick Powers held up three or four carrots he’d just pulled out of the soil. Before he started gardening, numerous people or things might have touched those carrots before they reached his mouth: farmers, farmworkers, pesticides, food handlers, grocers – all part of a system of efficient food-processing that he had some familiarity with working in the restaurant industry for 35 years.For Your Home: Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful

For Your Home: Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful Morocco — simply saying the name inspires images of an exotic and exciting location. I don’t know of a single other place in the world that has that same effect for me. And I am not alone. Walking through the airport this week, I saw posters promoting the allure of Morocco. Casablanca, Marrakech — can you get any more romantic? Many of us will never have the opportunity to travel to this intoxicating land, but we can bring Morocco to us.

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: July 18th, 2014

Erie ApparelI’ve got a few great T-shirts to give away, thanks to some great Erie kids who make them. They’re not really kids — they’re men, but they are the same age as my kids.

Erie natives Peter Demichele and Greg Straub own Erie Apparel. Here’s the phone number: 814-602-3930, and the website is http://www.Erie-Apparel.com

From left — that’s an Erie sunset T-shirt — see the Bicentennial tower in the I? Clever!

The T-shirt in front features four nautical flags, spelling E-R-I-E in large print.

The third one has snowflake dot over the I.

All shirts retail for $20 each on the Erie Apparel website, and it has a lot more other Erie clothing. And Pittsburgh. And Ohio.

You can win one of these shirts. Send me an email pam.parker@timesnews.com with which one of these three you want — by end of day today — Fashion Friday. And visit the Erie Apparel website to see the clever T-shirt they have that welcomes LeBron James back to Cleveland.

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 to three and a GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 12th, 2014

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What a great neighborhood — and I never would have discovered it if Mike and Nancy Kalista weren’t selling their home. You’ll want to discover the hoVideomes in the Jane Lane area too — private, big lots, country scenery and it was maybe 15 minutes from downtown.


Check out my article here
 in House to Home. You can attend an open house Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.Watch the video here. I even managed to keep my feet out of this one and edited about six pieces of video together.

Great ideas to love in home and gardens this week.  Check out this week’s stories:

Garden Tour Erie grows with music – Sue Scholz shares all the info on tours this weekend. The third city garden tour is Sunday. Don’t miss this one!

Have a great weekend — check out the open houses today and Sunday. Hit the Greek Fest and all the other summer fun in Erie.
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: July 10th, 2014

ChevronThe threat of rain usually sends me to stores, and it did again on Monday. So I admit I went a little nuts with the Chevron pattern. Clearly. I blame it on Erie Times-News reporter Sarah Stemen because she wears such cute little Chevron tops that look so fresh.

Well off I went to Peebles and here’s my haul: a sundress, a shirt and a spaghetti strap shirt. All Chevron. I bought a patterned dress too, but I didn’t want to make your eyes go buggy mixing it all together. I’ll save that one and some other goodies from Grove City outlet mall for Fashion Friday.

After the shopping extravaganza, I took a nap, made a real dinner for my hubby — he rarely gets that but never complains. We went for a walk at McDowell where a coach was teaching kids some cross-country skills.  It reminded me of the days when I shuttled my little girl (she was 14) to and from Brown’s Farm for cross country practice. It seems like yesterday, but it was a decade ago. Kids who run cross country are tough — mentally and physically.

My day-off evening ended like many others. We came home and sat on the front porch — something we try to do every evening — and I do it every morning. It’s so quiet here sometimes. In other moments, our bustling neighborhood of kids and parents and dogs is truly alive. But I savor these quiet moments. Summer is so short and so sweet. Don’t you want to drink in every minute of the greenery, the birds, the wildlife and the warm summer breezes?

Enjoy the summer — it seems to fly by.

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: July 5th, 2014
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The entrance to 3828 Cobblestone Drive shows off some elegant doors and incredible design.

I visited Cobblestone Village earlier this year, but two more homes for sale brought be back.

The two luxury homes are gorgeous.  At 3828 Cobblestone Drive, the interior is spectacular and a backyard parklike setting with landscaped paths adds to the package..
The home includes six bedrooms, five full baths and 3,860 square feet of living space.  Paul Kubeja of Robert C. Kubeja Real Estate lists it at $674,900. For more information, call him at 450-7368.
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The sunroom at 320 Erica Drive looks out on the swimming pool and sport court.

Around the corner at 320 Erica Drive, Sean and Andrea Scully’s home sits on .93 acre of property, and it is a dream home with 6,078-square feet inside and outdoor living space that just keeps on going.  An in-ground pool borders the patio while an additional sport court offers plenty of space for a basketball court and tennis court. It includes  five bedrooms, five full baths, and two half baths.  Lisa Rubino, of Sue Sutto Realtors, lists this home at $599,900. For more information, call her at 572-2020. Check out our Open House locator right here. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!
Check out this week’s stories:
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: July 4th, 2014

red wb lipsGlitterAppliques, temporary tattoos and red, white and blue yous. I would love the be this bold. But I’m not. If you are, you can get appliques like this from Glitterrati’s Violent Lips collection. You get three sets of lips for $9.99. Here’s a review of the lips

And don’t forget the Violent Eyes Collection. For $9.99, you get four sets of rub-off appliques for the eyes. Here’s one of the eyes.

The reviews are from Glamourpage, and they are real reviews from a woman who did it and gives you step-by-step instructions and her funny take on how this feels.

Looks like fun to me.

Even if you don’t go wild with the makeup, have a great Fourth of July!

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 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 20th, 2014
indiegogo1An industrial French start-up company of perfumers, designers and engineers sent me an e-mail to tell me they developed “pearls of perfume worn as part of a jewel offering to women — another way to wear fragrances.” It’s the latest in Fragrance Wear and the company is Obo Pearl.
There it is as a bracelet, at left. Here’s the mechanics of it: obo and here’s a link to the stuff. This is all on the Indiegogo funding site. Pendants are about $55 and bracelets are $81 and up. Big trend on the way.

Speaking of jewelry, teethingblingSmartmomsjewelry makes a teething ring/necklace. This is jewelry you can sink your teeth into. I’m glad my kids didn’t chew on my jewelry. I can see some people would like it, but not me.

The folks at Mary Kay suggest Chérie and Firecracker lip colors for the Fourth of July and more. For eyes, the suggests green, blue and gold mineral eye makeup are good eye-shadow choices along with Hazelnut or Driftwood to rim around the eye (in the crease and under the lower lash line) to add depth and dimension. Sweet Cream or Sparkling White in the center of the lid and inner eye corner brightens up the eyes.

Eyeliners in blue, teal, violet and gold are hot, and one big reminder is to  clean makeup brushes. Brushes pick up  more oil and sweat from our skin this time of year. And on mascara — toss it at least four times per year. Thanks, Mary Kay for the tips.

Have a happy Fashion Friday!

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: June 19th, 2014
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Terry Savage, Michele Lowrance and Gemma Allen co-wrote “The New Love Deal,” a book about modern relationships. (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune)

I remember when it was really rogue to be unmarried and living together. Now, 51 million U.S. households are headed by unmarried couples, according to stats provided by three Chicago women who are experts on the topic, and they wrote a book about it.

The authors add that 40.6 percent of all U.S. children are born to unmarried mothers, of whom half are living with the child’s father.

THE NEW LOVE DEAL: Everything you MUST know before Marrying, Moving In, or Moving On” (June 2014, $16.95) has it all. Who writes it? ​Gemma Allen, a family law attorney; ​Judge Michele Lowrance, a domestic relations  judge and mediator; and Terry Savage, a financial writer and money adviser.

The trio offers some serious advice on the financial and emotional consequences of living together as opposed to getting married. But they also offer some entertaining and easy ways to plan for your financial future whether you are living together or getting married. They address everything from prenups to stay-at-home spouses/partners.

The trio remind cohabitants to discuss daily living expenses, bank accounts, bill payments, housing arrangements — mortgage and rental agreements can be sticky, and what happens if a couple splits? All of this can affect credit history. And, it gets more complicated for long-term living arrangements and if children are involved.  

Here’s an article about the authors from the Chicago Tribune. Great stuff from three women who have the expertise to share. Thanks to Tess Woods from Tess Woods PR for sharing the news.

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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