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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: May 16th, 2014

Barbara2Today is Barbara Walters‘ retirement day, and I have to say the iconic legend always looked good. And stylish. She was trendy but not outrageous. The 84-year-old has always been classy.  She started on the Today Show at NBC and moved to ABC. I remember the hubbub when she earned the co-anchor position at ABC News with Harry Reasoner. News reports often heralded her paycheck: $1 million — the same as Reasoner’s paycheck, but Walters was doing the Barbara Walters specials — which made big money for ABC.Here’s a terrific story on Huffington Post. The big farewell party will take place on The View, the news and 20/20. She’s had plenty of critics and criticism, but she thrived.Barbara

After a 50-year career, she’s paved the way for women journalists everywhere.

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: 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: March 20th, 2014

Wedding ringThe first day of spring sets up a few Vernal Equinox holidays including National Proposal Day. Most romantic local proposals I’ve heard of:

Moonlit sleigh rides (or horse and buggy) — we had a story on it a few years ago in Lake Erie LifeStyle. We also heard of some special dinner proposals and proposals that take couples back to the first place they met — even on grade school play grounds. Here are a dozen romantic proposals from Your Tango.com

According to Huffington Post, the day originated with John Michael O’Laughlin of Irving, Texas.
Huffington Post also shared reader engagement stories in 2013. Read them here.

Here are “10 proposal videos that will make you cry” from Bridalguide.com.

ProposalDay.com suggests that the Most Eligible Bachelor in the world is Prince Harry followed by Leonardo DiCaprio.On the ladies side it’s Taylor Swift followed by Emma Watson. Read the entire article here.

Spring has sprung — it’s a great day to pop the question. And if you are thinking about it, act fast. The American Gem Society launched the Perfect Proposal Toolkit and a great contest. Today is the final day to enter to win a $2,500 gift certificate from the 1,700 participating AGS certified jewelers in the United States. Thank to Jasen Woehrle for the news!

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: February 4th, 2014

lipsSo what’s the best lip color for you?

Seems that any color goes right now with lipstick. In fact, matching your lips to your dress was the latest craze at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, according to InStyle Magazine. Read it here.

Ombre lips are also trendy, according to Huffington Post. I don’t understand ombre anything, but here’s a link to the Huffington Post article. The idea is to make your lips look fuller, and it’s an art that started with stage makeup.

The article did have a funny addition — one historical perspective on lipstick that included everything from George Washington’s use of lipstick to Queen Elizabeth II — who matched her lip color to her royal sash in the 1950s. She was way ahead of the curve on the current trend to match lips and dresses. There’s more fun — lipstick wasn’t rationed during World War II like other cosmetics. Read it all here — scroll down the page to see  the 9 things you didn’t know about lipstick. We’ve come a long way, baby — lipstick was also illegal and frowned upon over the ages.

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-gramPam to one.

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Posted: August 26th, 2013

WillowAt back-to-school time, we need to remember just how clever and independent kids can be. Meet Willow Tufano, a Florida teenager who bought two foreclosed homes with money she earned selling stuff on Craig’s list. She had help from her mom, but she’s still doing a lot of the work. Read the full story here.

The homes were $12,000 and $17,500. She’s pretty famous and will have her own reality show soon, but I see real estate investing as a successful, short-term career goal.

Read the Huffington Post feature on Willow Tufano here.

Last week, NPR also had several stories about the housing recovery. It quoted that a Wednesday report had existing-home sales at their highest level in four years.

Good news all around.

Pam Parker is the mom of three, stepmom of three and GramPam to one. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: July 17th, 2013

eyehole3 eyehole2If you have a lot of reading glasses hiding around the house (yes,  hiding — aren’t they always hiding), designing women are taking care of you. Let me introduce you  to Eyehole and Lookie Lous.

Always losing those readers? Meet the eyehole — an adjustable eyeglass necklace that’s a pretty snazzy fashion accessory. The $25 necklace looks great alone, but it holds reading glasses and sunglasses and comes in a lot of great designs.

The brand was designed by Ann Lightfoot and Kate Berger, a mother-daughter design team — Kate came up with the idea after her mom lost her readers a gazilion times kind of like me! We’ll be giving away a pair in the Aug. 4 issue of Her Times.

Here’s the one we are giving away: eyehole4

Another pair of designing women came up with their own version of readers that double as a headband. I always knew lookie loos as a term for someone who looks at something with no intention of buying it — an old real estate word for people like me (but I do write about houses). Right now, Lookie Lous are a new brand of reading glasses with some clever looking designs that ellven make great headbands when you’re not looking through them.

Veterans of fashion and design, company founders Kelly Coty and Kristie Chiron met 25 years ago while working in the Los Angeles garment district. After relocating to Nashville and turning 40, Coty, a single mom, discovered that small print and misplaced reading glasses were a common problem. She also discovered her teenage daughter’s headbands were constantly around the house, and in impromptu cleaning, she put the headbands on her head and often mistook them for her reading glasses. In an aha moment, Coty made the prototype for Lookie Lous literally at her kitchen table with the idea that the glasses could double as a headband. Read the great story on Marlo Thomas’ blog on Huffington Post right here. Lookie Lous are in 120 stores throughout the United States and Canada. They come in a lot of colors and clear and list for $39.99. We’ll be giving away a pair in the Aug. 4 issue of Her Times.

Here’s to designing women with 20/20 vision.

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: May 10th, 2013

shoesI’m not a flats kind of girl, but an e-mail spoke to me about “Earthing.”

The makers of Pluggz teased me about how good it feels to walk barefoot on grass or sand — they explained that it’s because we are in direct touch with nature  – Mother Earth.

We absorb energy, electrons that “ground” us — called Earthing. Well that caught my attention, so I visited the website and found  leather and linen ballet flats that have “pluggzproprietary” grounding technology, padded arches and heels with memory foam, moisture wicking, anti-microbial lining and trampoline heels for extra comfort and support. They retail for $129 per pair. I am hoping to get a free pair to try them out for everyone. They have a men’s version — flip flops.

White nails — they’re everywhereHuffington Post, Harper’s Bazaar and more. This photo is from InStyle. The white nails look pretty good and some folks add little decals, stickers and other adornments. Check it out in the latest edition of InStyle magazine. white nails

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 of three and step grandmom of one.

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Posted: May 3rd, 2013

Downton Abbey style

The clothing is coming!

The clothing is coming! And a whole lot more.

“Downton Abbey” styles goes retail this year — according to Gareth Neame in an interview with CNBC.

“We’ll be working across an entire range of products coming out this year. From fashion, apparel and homeware and furniture to wallpapers, beauty products and stationery,” Neame, who is also the show’s executive producer, told CNBC.

“Some of these things have been available since 2012 and we publish books and have made a music album, but the more complex products take time,” he said, adding that there would be even more scope for merchandising in the future.

Click on the picture — it takes you to the story from Huffington Post in the UK. Here’s the story from Huffington Post in the United Kingdom. Here’s the story from E!OnlineHere’s the story from Vogue.

Will 1920s styles sell nearly 100 years later? That will be the real story.

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 of three and step grandmom of one.

 

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Posted: March 6th, 2013

Little critter at the dentistIt’s National Dentist Day! Here’s one of my favorite kid’s books by Mercer Mayer. If you haven’t met Little Critter, you are missing some fun books.

As a mom of three kids who had braces, lots of bonded front teeth and some nasty cavities, I have advice — get to the dentist every six months no matter what. And start early.

The good news — some moms have great advice for how to get your kids in the habit of brushing. This mom has it all together starting babies young so it’s second nature to them, and make sure they see you brush. Kids love to imitate. Here’s a link to the best guide on care for newborns to tots.

The bad news  – Last year, the Today ShowHuffington Post and the New York Times reported that cavities among kids ages 2 to 5 were the highest in 40 years.The crisis  hit all income levels, and kids that young have to be sedated for dental care.

Sometimes kids, like my son, have trouble with cavities even if they do everything right. And that makes dental hygiene all the more important. A battery operated toothbrush and flossing were our tools of success.  Here’s a link to a lot of videos that teach parents and kids how to clean teeth.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times andHouse 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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