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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 ‘kids’
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: 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.
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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 two step-granddaughters.
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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 19th, 2014
Cadbury

Part of what was in the Easter care package I sent my son in Virginia. Can you tell what he likes for Easter? Kind of looks like a house, doesn’t it?

Cadbury egg cookies

Cadbury mini-egg cookies

I know you’re thinking what do Cadbury eggs and houses have in common? Well at our house, they go together quite well, and apparently in Canada also. Here’s a link to a Huffington Post story that discusses Cadbury eggs are among the top 15 things we want to eat on Easter Sunday. If you don’t  want the candy — you can make cookies — with mini Cadbury Eggs – here’s the recipe. 

Last year,  I introduced a lot of folks to Cadbury eggs and the fact that my kids have loved these gooey morsels ever since they were tots. Click here for last year’s blog.

Happy Saturday, and Saturdays in this blogger’s world mean houses. I have been to countless open houses in past weeks, and I discovered a lot of condos for sale in one block of homes. Read my column in today’s House to Home. It’s Georgian Court condos abound.

Also in this week’s House to Home:

»  Easter cactus blooms – Easter cactus delivers vibrant color
» Control weeds naturally – How to use natural substances on your lawn
» Add edibles to your garden – fruit and veggies not that hard to grow
» Container gardens grow color - Popular container gardens are easy to grow anywhere
» Spring clean with easy-to-use websites – How to sell your junk with apps and websites
» Rock around the basement – a basement redo to love
» What homes will look like and include in the future.
It is Easter weekend, and we don’t have open houses, but we do have a lot of new listings and new prices. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet while you’re cooking — I am boiling eggs right now. Or if you are eating Cadbury eggs.
Have a wonderful Easter!

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She 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 15th, 2014

SharktankIf you need an idea on how to make a presentation, you can learn it all in an episode of Shark Tank.  Big tip: Know your numbers and your competition. And know the questions — it’s always the same. In essence, be prepared — tell the kids.

In a Forbes interview, one of the best deals Barbara Corcoran says she made  on Shark Tank was Daisy Cakes out of Pauline, S.C. Here’s a link to the Forbes article.

I watched that episode, and what was impressive was that Kim Adams Nelson, now 51, and owner of Daisy Cakes since 2009, truly had a homemade family operation. It’s now a very successful business. Even more impressive is that the company tried to use a commercial kitchen to prepare its cakes after her appearance on Shark Tank. The quality suffered, and the entire operation moved right back home to Pauline, S.C.  Read a 2013 interview with Nelson on Huffington Post here.

Another of Cororoan’s huge successes that I loved was Ava the elephant, a talking medicine dispenser. Inventor Tiffany Krumins, a cancer survivor, went on to develop thermometer stickers. Krumins was voted among the top 50 Mompreneurs of 2011 by Babble.com. She has been featured on Entreprenuer.com along with Bank of America and many other sites. The product is now in thousands of stores throughout the country.

Even the entrepreneurs who failed often end up as successes because of the exposure they receive on Shark Tank. Great ideas abound out there, and you’ll see some of them on Shark Tank.  To read the most recent article on Shark Tank, visit Parade.com.

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She 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: March 4th, 2014

chineseChristopher Parker: you can turn your box of Chinese rice into a plate. See the video at left from Food Beast. I never knew.

Howie Eckert: Bluetooth keyboards are fast. Here’s an article on five top keyboards. He sent me this message at 6 a.m. one day.

Kelly Eckert: Google has instant messaging functions in its Google chat — with voice recognition. Here’s an article from Slate about the new updates — 16 hours ago New!

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: November 30th, 2013

computer hangerJust in case you’re wondering — yes that is a hanger and dishrag attached to the left side of my Dell computer screen. I am a genius to find this novel response to technology’s foils.

A few weeks ago, my screen started acting up — horizontal lines and freezing. The nice young man at Staples told me it was the LED screen, but if you touched it on the left side, the screen returned to normal. And, no, this is not a touchscreen model.

Well touching the screen worked for a while, then I had to hold my thumb there. Then I had to press really hard and got a cramp in my hand. And typing with one hand is never a good idea. I devised the hanger method, but my husband suggested a chip clip — so I now have an alternative. But I’m not moving that hanger until I have to.

I was trying to put off buying a new computer before Christmas. And I don’t know what I want.

Sherry Rieder of the Erie Times-News let me test drive her iPad a few weeks ago when I worried the screen problem would become — well permanent. The iPad was pretty nice — thanks, Sherry.

With it being Black Friday yesterday, deals appeared to be all over the place on computers and iPads, so we went to look at them at Best Buy last night. Sticker shock and technology shock set in.  My current Dell is only a few years old and cost maybe $400. Newer computers have a base price, then add in the apps or software and we’re talking big money.

They also have real touch screens. I felt like a dinosaur. The salesperson spoke a language I kind of understood, but I had no idea what I wanted after 15 minutes. I felt like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” sitting on Santa’s lap. “My mind had gone blank. I was blowing it, blowing it.”

My husband gently asked what I wanted, and I responded that a nice lemon drop martini was in order. The computer would have to wait. So off we went to TGIFridays where I had two lemon drop martinis and dinner. I’m still using this hanger, but I don’t have buyer’s remorse. I’d prefer to wait until after Christmas, so attaching an old monitor to the keyboard might be the best short-term solution — if the hanger and the chip clip give out. So I will be researching and trying to figure out what I want. Suggestions are welcome.

And I am not complaining — it could be worse. My pal Jennie Geisler’s car died the other day. Now that’s an expensive pre-holiday necessity.

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 28th, 2013

colored pencilsI hated buying school supplies. I can admit it now. It’s been a long time. And if you hate it too, I feel your pain. Don’t let your kids hear you say it, but know that I am listening. It’s not the purchase or necessity that bothered me — it was trying to find the stuff. My pet peeves about all those years of schools supplies:

We bought colored pencils every year for every kid right into college — I swear we did. I never thought anyone would outgrow markers, crayons and colored pencils. Or glue sticks.

But at least those were readily available. We also bought cases of loose-leaf notebook paper. I almost thought that was extinct one year. My husband and I and two of the kids, who could drive, scoured every store in the Erie area for loose-leaf paper. Nada. Every store was out.  I’m not kidding. I bought notebooks and ripped paper out of them. And then I bought loose-leaf by the ton like a hoarder.

Last month, I gave all the remaining colored pencils, crayon, loose-leaf paper, construction paper, poster board and markers I had stashed in a closet to my daughter-in-law — a teacher.

We also had an investment in index cards. And every teacher wanted a different index cards.Teachers were very specific about how many lines were to be on each card and how big the cards were. And I made the mistake of buying cards without lines once. But only once.

On the website Circle of Moms, one mom noted that her school district bought the supplies for the year for each kid and charged $45. That’s a steal. When my kids were young, one of the Millcreek schools did the same thing. The gas we used and time we spent searching for loose-leaf paper, dividers, sheet protectors, highlighters and planners was worth more than that.

There’s an opportunity here for school districts to turn it into a fundraiser. Enjoy the school year, and I wish you an easy shopping trip as you hunt for school supplies.

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 24th, 2013

PoinsettiaIt’s July 24, and my 2012 poinsettia is still hanging on with a few red leaves. The red ones look pretty sad, but the green ones are quite healthy.

Ordinarily, I don’t pay a lot of attention to Christmas in July — which celebrates that Christmas is six months away. This year,though, I have had numerous people and things calling it to my attention:

We are having a Christmas in July food day in the newsroom. What could be better than Christmas cookies in July?

A Texas company is sending out samples of pecan pie — a holiday item they are promoting in advance. I love pecan pie.

I’m wearing red nail polish and a lot of red to match, so I will just add some green this week.

All this Christmas stuff is even making me think about Christmas gifts. I usually don’t do that until November. My kids will be glad. My husband won’t be happy.

This mid-year celebration has a lot of history associated with it. It dates back to an 1892 opera, a 1932 summer camp presentation in North Carolina and a host of movies, starting in 1940 — all according to Wikipedia. Read about it here.

So Merry Christmas, everyone. We have no snow, but it is a cool 64 degrees this morning.  Enjoy!

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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