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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: August 16th, 2014

GirardA quaint home in Girard offers a home and a carriage house all for $169,900. Read the full story here, and check out the video at left.

Sue Scholz shares some great gardens. Read her story Gardens that wow spark ideas. Here are a few more stories you’ll want to read:

Style at Home:Gardens that wow spark ideas

5 tips for downsized home decorating

Gold shines on in home décor

Perennials enhance curb appeal

 

Architect redecorates home interiorArchitect redecorates home interior

Neo-brutalist is how Jim Hentschell describes his home. Although this term is not one that is thrown around over coffee breaks in the office, it is a familiar one for the architect. He admits that a more well-known name for the style of his home would be early modern.

Couple builds $3.3 million green homeCouple builds $3.3 million green home

Wayne and Shannon Inouye saw their green dream home slowly rise from a Corona del Mar, Calif., lot nearly two years ago. So why would the couple go through the trials of constructing another green house so soon?

And look what you can do with a cereal box.
Hobbies: Make recycled cereal box book holdersHobbies: Make recycled cereal box book holders

This great kid’s book holder will give you the opportunity to recycle cereal boxes and care for books. The materials required should be around the house. You can cover the cereal boxes with wallpaper, as I have done, or gift wrap would work. Brown paper grocery bags, shopping bags, even newspaper or magazines and old posters could be interesting, too.

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

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Posted: August 11th, 2014

makeupOur visiting Girl Scout in the newsroom last week shared some interesting tidbits with us. We are writers. She is a scientist. She told us about the SkinDeep app and discussed that you can find out about ingredients you should avoid in cosmetics. She added that Dial soap is one of the purest brands out there, and she added that we should avoid microbeads.

Yesterday, I also read a blog post from Dying Dad. In this touching story, a dad with cancer has written hundreds of lunchbag napkin notes to his daughter — for the future. The napkin-note-writing was a tradition he started when she was in kindergarten, and he wants it to continue until she graduates from high school. The messages, like those in the picture below, are thoughtful, uplifting and simple. Read the full story here.

In case you haven’t guessed, I am a Lego nut. A recent e-mail told me about a book about how to build villages — that look like real houses and stores and stuff. Well I don’t have any kids to do this with, but if I did … Just look at that photo.

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Lego store house

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 GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: August 9th, 2014
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Avonia Road home and barn for sale.

It’s Saturday, and it’s a good day to tackle some decorating and gardening. Ideas abou in House to Home today. I visited a home and barn that are a sweet deal for someone. Read about it in Avonnia Road home, barn offer opportunity. The video is at left.

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Check out the cool fish on the gutter of this home.

Sue Scholz visits awesome homes/gardens from the Buffalo Garden Walk. Here’s one example of a cool fish she saw. Here’s her story.

Here are some great design features:

Home features Scandinavian design –Ben Horn explored the culture and language of several Scandinavian countries in high school. Many years later, that 12-month stint abroad continues to influence his life.
How much does it cost to replace a roof?  Not a cheap date, but this article gives you the rundown.
How to pick the right table and chairs for fine dining – find some great ideas for dining table and chairs.
More articles include:

August gardening tips for fruits, flowers, veggies

Stunning blue sage lures birds, bees

You’ll also find out about a condo designed with a space saving floor plan
A Royal Doulton vase could be worth more than $3,500
Sages and other plants attract butterflies and other pollinators.
Turn an old day planner into a scrapbook
New metal furniture blends with all decors.
Hire a professional to fix your garage

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

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Posted: August 2nd, 2014

43336WhitneyCheck out the video at left of a really nice Lawrence Park home with a luxurious landscape featured in House to Home.

Read my story on this great Lawrence Park home here.

It’s National Curb Appeal Month, and  we have filled in the gardens at Chez Parker just in time for the first ever National Curb Appeal Month, so it’s time to take a look at how to spruce up our homes in August. Check out my video. curb appeal

Check out all the stories this week in House to Home:

Curb appeal lifts price, value It’s national curb appeal month- what you can do to improve your curb appeal

Erie median sales price up Al Ames, prez of GEBOR shares a few stats on the Erie market.

How does your city garden grow? Sue Scholz shares some Erie Garden Tour favorites

Everyday Solutions: Bring down the walls – 1950s kitchen gets a new look with a “Mad Men” kind of reno that keeps the cabinets.

Interiors: Paint for company– most of us paint before company comes – here’s how to find what needs it most.

And meet a tour guide who shares her 40 years of expertise at the Frank Lloyd Wright mansions.

Find what to plant in that awkward strip between the sidewalk and the street.

Plant a landscape that repels intruders – thorny vegetation can keep pets and people away from the house.

How to plant/care for bare root shrubs/trees

How to avoid in home fires started by dryers

Watch out for poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac – where they grow and how to avoid

You can make a living wreath of succulents

Pesticide – be careful what, where and when you spray

Choose colors, designs to keep your bedrooms peaceful yet pretty

For paint, choose a color you love first – then add accents

Get tips for composting from an expert

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

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Posted: July 21st, 2014
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From left: my sister, Patti George: my cousin Jim Greenfield; my hubby, Kim Parker; my SIL, Kate Strosser; my brother, Walt Strosser; and my cousin Jim’s wife, Connie Greenfield.

My cousins live in Greenville, Pa., where my parents grew up. We used to get together every year for a pig roast, but schedules got in the way. Then we found ourselves getting together for funerals. And that sucks.

So on Saturday, we had an impromptu “let’s meet and eat” at Timber Creek Tap and Table in Meadville. If you have never been there, go — it is great fun, and the food is terrific — even deep fried pickles!

Beef kabobs were my choice — fabulous.  So are the martinis — oh and so is the beer, but I really wanted a martini.

Howie and AMber

Howie and Amber

We’ve had a lot of visitors this month. For the Fourth of July, we had a Howie Eckert sighting. He came to town for the first time in two years (other than a 24-hour stint for a funeral). It was nice to see my firstborn with his girlfriend, Amber.

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Kelly and Nick

Kelly Eckert returns home frequently with her boyfriend, Nick. I think they have attended (and she has been) in more weddings than I can count in the past year.

Andrew Parker and his wife, Devin, will be moving home.  So he has been here for interviews, and they will be moving home soon.

We still have Matthew and Mo Parker and their girls, Mia and Macie, in town.  And Christopher Parker lives in Erie. And Ryan Eckert, who will be our fourth Gannon graduate in December, lives in Erie. Both Mo and Devin are also Gannon grads. So that makes six!

If you’re an empty nester, be prepared for the Bed and Breakfast owner role. It’s great to get them home — even if we can’t get them all here at the same time.   Summer is going to slip away, but I am planning some trips for September and October to catch up with our out-of-towners.

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 GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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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 15th, 2014

frozen drinkNational Daiquiri Day is Saturday — thanks to www.punchbowl.com for reminding me.

In case you’re wondering, Today is national gummi worm day — that reminds me of that dirt cake recipe. I love that!
July
Cal_15 National Gummi Worm Day
Cal_16 National Corn Fritters Day
Cal_17 Yellow Pig Day
Cal_18 National Caviar Day
Cal_19 National Daiquiri Day
Cal_20 National Ice Cream Day
Cal_21 National Junk Food Day
Cal_22 Hammock Day
Cal_23 National Hot Dog Day
Cal_24 Cousins 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, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

 

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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 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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