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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: February 22nd, 2013

201302-orig-stomach-dresses-jcp-284x426Styling for the waistline? Love this one at left — it’s $40 from JC Penney, and it’s Liz Claiborne — gotta love this one. It’s one of eight styles Oprah features in her picks for waist whittling styles — see the rest of them here.

Cosmo UK has the top 12 fashion must-have items right here – beanies  are still rocking runways. Other cool trends include round sunglasses and neon sneaks — I am way ahead of the fashion curve on this one. I’ve had bright neon kicks for years — pink, green – right now — mine are purple. Take a look at these cool shoes on Zappos.


And the jeans that supposedly eliminate cellulite from our friends at Wrangler were chatted up and blogged in January by nearly everyone. Here’s a link to purchase them on asos.com. But this is the European version of asos — it’s the only place I could find the jeans. They are not available on the US version. Nor are they mentioned on the US Wrangler site.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: November 30th, 2012

Move over Victoria’s Secret. Spanx has been in the news big time this year. Sara Blakely, 41, the youngest woman to hit the Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires is squeezing big money out of the girdle that does it all. Sold on QVC, endorsed by Oprah, and hitting $250 million in sales in 2011, Spanx opened its first retail stores in November. Blakeley is married, and she is a mom to a 3-year-old son. Catch the ABC-News story here.

The first Spanx store opened at Tysons Corner Center shopping mall in McLean, Va. Read the USA Today article here. Blakely said the mall was also the the site of the first Apple store. Another store is in Philadelphia, and one will be opening soon in New Jersey.

The Spanx idea got legs 13 years ago when Blakely cut the feet out of her control-top pantyhose to smooth out her lower body. She ran the business out of her apartment. Now, the Spanx empire includes back-fat-eliminating wear, clasp-free bras called “Bra-lellujahs,” shapers and tummy tamers — more than 200 products sold in 13 countries. She even has a line of Manx T-shirts for men and more. This is a success story we love — no butts about it. Quick info on Blakely:

  1. The Clearwater, Fla., native has an interesting and inspiring story. Read it here.
  2. She is the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire.
  3. She credits motivational tapes for success.
  4. Failed the LSAT entrance exam for law school. (Credits this for success too!)
  5. Founded the “Leg Up” program that supports female entrepreneurs.

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 to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: May 7th, 2012

In my case, I just want healthy, happy kids and a relaxing day — not one fraught with hurrying to get dressed up, and sit at brunch or dinner with hundreds of other moms.

I’m not alone. An article in the Chicago Tribune posed the question to moms of all ages. Women with babies wanted to sleep. Other moms wanted shoes — now there’s one of my favorite requests! And some women loved the gifts kids made in school. I remember a paper teacup decorated lovingly by my kids, and it held a real tea bag — it was wonderful. So were little plants that I could watch grow.

In a poll on Lifetimemoms.com, it was an even split between no mom responsibilities for the day and a nice relaxing day with family. For another take on what to do, here’s a first-time dad’s efforts on a very thoughtful Mothers Day.

For stepmoms …

If you’re a stepmom, God bless you, sister! Some of the Internet articles are just downright depressing, so read them at your own risk. Stepmoms wrote about being insulted, unappreciated, disrespected and more. As a stepmom for nine years, my advice is to let it go. Over the years, stepkids have repeatedly told me that I’m not family. On the other hand, I’ve also been thanked for advice and shown appreciation.

Here’s a great stepmom article by Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine. She noted that Sunday, May 20 is Stepmothers Day — something one thoughtful little 9-year-old girl invented 12 years ago for her stepmom. The Stepmothers Day website includes hugs you can send to other stepmoms. Even Oprah recognized it. If you really find yourself stressing over this and other holidays, visit Stepfamilycenter.com

Pam Parker 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: March 9th, 2012

Move over, Oprah.

At 41, the gal who made a comfortable girdle into a new-age garment and called it Spanx is on the Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires. Sara Blakely, the youngest woman to hit the list, did it on her own. No help from family. On “CBS This Morning” she discussed her original idea came from personal dissatisfaction with the way her butt looked in light-colored pants because of  those dreaded VPL — visible panty lines.

She invented Spanx, got them into stores, onto QVC, Oprah, and the rest is history. Sales in 2011 were about $250 million. Read her story here.

Her new products include swimwear for women, Manx T-shirts for men and more. A success story we love — no butts about it.

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Posted: February 27th, 2012

You want to be a good parent and read to your kids, and/or have your kids read to you, but what’s good to read? Find their interests. You don’t have to buy new books — go to the library, hit garage sales, and have fun. Here are some of my favorites:

We found some fairy tales that were pretty funny. ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,’ by A. Wolf was laugh-out-loud funny. A. Wolf debunks the story that he killed the pigs. It helps, of course, if your kids have heard the real tale.

Another series of fractured fairy tales my sister bought to torture me. Every page of each fairy tale of

fered choices of what you wanted to happen next, and it could take hours to read one of those books. Bedtime delayed. I can’t find these books. Anywhere. I must have been very good at hiding them.

A series of Chatterbox books by Roger Hargreaves held my daughter’s attention for years. Here’s a youtube reading you’ll love.

These simple books include a series of 49 Mr Men (dates back to 1971) and another 40 or so Little Miss (got its start in 1981) books that will steal your heart.

Hargreaves was an advertising guy who dabbled in publishing — so you’ve got to love the creativity in them. I did, and so did the kids.

My boys loved sports and science. We had subscriptions to kids’ sports and nature magazines and that makes it easy. ESPN Kids (twice a month) and Sports Illustrated Kids (monthly) offered publications that they often fought over. My daughter liked adventure.

As they got older, they read all the Goosebumps books — scary and trendy.  The Newbery Award winners were always great. We all read Harry Potter, too. Oprah has a list for every age group. The bottom line is no matter what your kids like, you can find something to read, and it can be fun for all of you.

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Posted: September 24th, 2009

Three things I’m loving this week:


1. CBS. Among all the reality, death-and-crime and talent shows on the major networks, there are a few hilarious 1/2-hour comedy gems and most of them are on CBS. Fall programming brings new episodes and new laughs. Check out:

“The New Adventures of the Old Christine” (proof that Julia Louis Dryfus…and Wanda Sykes…are comedic geniuses) — Wednesdays on CBS at 8 p.m.

“Gary Unmarried” — Wednesdays on CBS at 8:30 p.m.

“Rules of Engagement” (David Spade AND “Puddy” from Seinfeld) — Mondays on CBS at 8:30 p.m.

“Two-and-a-half Men” (plenty of “adult” humor…make sure the kids are in bed or plan to explain some hard-to-explain concepts) — Mondays on CBS at 9 p.m.

“The Big Bang Theory” (not one of my all-time favorites, but..the nerds grew on me) — Mondays on CBS at 9:30 p.m.

“How I Met Your Mother” (again…not my favorite show, but…good for a few laughs, especially Neil Patrick Harris) — Mondays on CBS at 8 a.m.


Patricia Fronzaglia (photo by Christopher Millette)

2. The Maleno Family. Gotta give it to the Maleno family — builders who were so inspired by their experience doing an “Extreme Makeover” for Clara Ward that they started the Maleno Family Fund to help other worthy Erie-area residents renovate their homes. They announced the latest recipient — Patricia Fronzaglia — and got to work on her home this week. Watch the inspiring video here.


3. Concerts to look forward to. It’s been a slow concert year here in Erie (could have something to do with all that entertainment tax they keep stuffing down our throats…read more about that in the “things I’m not loving” below), but Nov. 6 & 7th, the Warner is hosting back-to-back concerts — first, country superstar Darius Rucker (yes, the old Hootie and the Blowfish frontman has gone country..and he’s fantastic) on Friday and Train (with Erie native Pat Monahan) on Saturday night. Tickets went on sale for Train last week. Tickets for Darius go on sale Saturday morning (bet I can beat you to Ticketmaster!).

Things I’m not loving this week:

1. Mackenzie Phillips. TMI. TMI. TMI.  Oh, Oprah..how could you even get involved in this? It’s creepy on so many levels…true or untrue.

2. 6% ADDITIONAL entertainment tax. This proposal in the long-awaited state budget will kill the arts and entertainment industry in Erie. This 6% tax is on TOP of the 3% entertainment tax the city already slapped Erie arts and entertainment venues with. Write your state legislators now!