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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 ‘Mom’
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.

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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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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 23rd, 2014

dog2Thanks to Ginny Grimsley, National Print Campaign Manager for News and Experts in Florida for the latest on how to figure out what to do to get your dog to like your date. Or how to not read too much into what your dog is telling you.

Grimsley sent a message that Kris Rotonda, founder and CEO of www.YouMustLoveDogsDating.com barks out some fun stuff about dogs and dates.

With four dogs, Rotonda confessed that his pets interfered in his dating life for years, but he found true love. Here are a few of his tips:
If your dog dislikes your date

Your dog could pick up on nervousness, perfume or something else. It doesn’t mean you should dump your date because your dog says no.

Hide-out

Your dog may be afraid of your new friend. Or it could be completely unrelated. “If a plane was flying overhead or thunder rumbling outside, that may have been the source of anxiety. Don’t try to pet or sweet talk your pet while he’s in hiding as that will encourage the behavior. Instead, reward him when he emerges,” Rotonda advises.

Reintroductions

Rotonda suggests you introduce your new friend to your pet by getting an unwashed article of his or her clothing. Rub the clothing on your arm to mingle in your own scent and then place it someplace you dog likes to hang out. This will acquaint your dog with a new person’s scent.

Rotonda created www.YouMustLoveDogsDating.com, a website devoted to singles who found their true canine love but have to find a human to love.

Even if you don’t have a pet, the info is interesting. 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, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

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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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Posted: June 11th, 2014

lelwinterscenesSchool’s out!

Summer vacation is here, and if you are looking for some ideas of things to do and places to go, here they are:

Sunsets are free — don’t miss the Erie sunsets with your kids.

PBS has something for every age from babies on up. Examples: water play, pudding paint, flashlight tag and much more.

AARP suggests you visit kidsbowlfree.com,  takemefishing.org in Pennsylvania for deals.

Also, check out all of the area’s museums. Visit the websites for daily deals. And the library — make sure you visit the public library near you. We went every week when my kids were little — free story time, puzzles, videos and more.

Ready to shop? AARP says you can find some of the best in-store and online deals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays — the days that clothing markdowns take place at some stores.

Check out Shopsmart.org too.

Summer vacation is here. Enjoy the kids, and get some deals!

 

 

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