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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: 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: April 7th, 2014
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Customers eat outside at Sara’s on April 1. The restaurant was open for the first day of the season. Sara’s, near the entrance to Presque Isle State Park, is a popular stop for park-goers. JACK HANRAHAN/

My husband and I went to Sara’s on Presque Isle for dinner Sunday, and the place was packed. The wardrobes covered all seasons on the 50-degree day. Some wore parkas, down coats, boots and scarves. Others were in T-shirts, shorts, sneakers and sweatshirts. The heat lamps made it toasty, and people sat inside and out. Ice cream and milkshakes were plentiful, and life at this Erie landmark proved we are going to make it spring no matter what the thermometer says. Jack Hanrahan took this photo at Sara’s on April 1 — opening day. Awesome photo!

Before we had dinner at Sara’s, we attended open houses all day — I am an open house follower. I have been doing this for more than 20 years, and I still love it.

One tip for you if your house is for sale and you are hosting an open house:

Empty the garbage in your kitchen, and hide your trash can. We went through a home where the trash can — a smelly one — blocked the cabinets in the middle of the kitchen. When your house is for sale, you have to remember that visitors need no distractions — at all. Right now at my house, my trash can is in full view in an obscure part of the kitchen, but if this hacienda were for sale, it would be stuffed in a cabinet or under the sink. And just a heads up — there are no cute trash cans. Same goes for pet dishes and litter boxes.

When my last house was for sale, I think I took the trash can with me a few times before people came to see our house. Remember  – the details are often the big things.

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: April 5th, 2014
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The spacious living room in the home at 3717 Beech Ave. includes plenty of room for a table and chairs. See the house during an open house April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

This week, House to Home  delivers this cute and clever charmer at 3717 Beech Ave., and it has some fun finds. Just look at this front door.
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Read the entire article here.

Sue Scholz delivers a terrific story on a contest that encourages all of us to find 18 trees in a local scavenger hunt. Read her article here. Additional articles in House to Home include:

» Gardeners invite everyone to find trees
»How to tackle your spring cleaning

You’ll also read about Deadbolt protection, how fireplaces can help sell your home, who is raising chickens in the backyard and the behind the scenes of home inspections.

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, 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, 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: April 4th, 2014

PEPLUM22April showers us with fun flowers — and lots of them! InStyle has some cute ideas for floral fashions. This is my peplum top, under $20, from Dots.

Urban outfitters shoesThese Vans kicks are $55 from Urban Outfitters.

SarahOn Sunday, check out Her Times. Christine Eddy shares stylish rain gear ideas modeled by Erie Times-News online reporter Sarah Stemen and photographed by a award-winning photojournalist Andy Colwell. Here’s a peek at the cover.

The dress below is from Polyamide-elastane, and it’s $380 at millyny.com. Check out more styles at InStyle.

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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 one. 

 

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Posted: April 3rd, 2014

beerIt’s a great weekend for sap and tap lovers.

The Asbury Woods Maple festival is this weekend — read about it here. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, you can enjoy pancakes and real maple syrup at a Millcreek treasure — Asbury Woods. On Monday, it’s time to celebrate the anniversary of Prohibition’s end on April 7, 1933 — #NationalBeerDay.

The hoppy holiday makes the night before New Beer’s Eve — lots of fun on Twitter and Facebook.

Where did National Beer Day come from? Prohibition.  On April 7th, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act. It ended the 13 years of alcohol prohibition in the United States. Clever folks made beer the night before to celebrate. Even if you don’t like beer, you can celebrate with a shandy, or shandygaff – beer mixed with soda, lemonade, ginger ale or even cider. Wikipedia says a shandy with beer and cider is called a snakebite.

Cheers!

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 2nd, 2014

Dynamic“Someone to inspire.”

That was the moving message last night as the Mercy Center honored a Dynamic Dozen women for community service at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. In one hour, an audience of 400 met 12 women who lift up other women … and inspire.

The photo at left is taken from Paul Lorei’s salute to the women. Paul took all the portraits of the women, and they have been on display at the Milcreek Mall. The Dynamic Dozen from left, top row include:

Elisa Guida, a jewelry designer and founder/executive director of StringsforaCure and La Petite jewelers; Sister Carolyn Gorney-Kopkowski, of the Order of St. Benedict; Grace Kennedy, executive director, Community of Caring; Daria Devlin, independent grant writer. Second row: Maureen Dunn, executive director, Erie D.A.W.N.; Barbara Roseborough, retired nurse, Saint Vincent Hospital;  Colleen Moore Mezler, owner ofMoore Research Services; Barbara Chaffee, president and CEO, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership. Bottom row: Alice Edwards,Mercyhurst University associate professor of arts and humanities; Mary Daly, Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees president/liaison; Sally Range, a volunteer who is active in the community; and Yvonne Horn, senior auditor, Eriez Manufacturing.

I know a lot of these women, but there were so many things I never knew about them that I discovered last night. We also met two women who graduated from the Mercy Center Women’s program: Cynthia Bruce and Mary Lessig. Inspiring women who completely turned their lives around.

Congratulations to all!

Read more about the Mercy Center here, and the Mercy Center’s 5K is Sunday at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle.

On Sunday, in Her Times, you’ll also learn about the upcoming Purse and Pearls luncheon where you will meet another extraordinary woman who credits the Mercy Center for her success during the Dress for Success annual benefit luncheon scheduled for May 20.

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: April 1st, 2014

clementineI think I have retained water my entire life. I even watch the cycles of the moon because my sister told me it’s a sure bet that we will retain water. Are we crazy? Not so much.

So what should we eat and not eat? Some things are obvious, but here are a few things I didn’t know: Debora Henos suggests Clementines and Satsuma oranges help keep our water balance in check.

Also, calcium and Vitamin D are a big benefit for women. They offer dozens of benefits. I have seen some success with these.

There are obvious foods to avoid: lunchmeat, cheese, snacks, canned soup and cereals that are loaded with salt. Here’s an article that discusses how cottage cheese, ketchup, mustard and frozen shrimp are brimming with salt. Crab is another big offender.

Purported diuretics include asparagus, artichokes, watermelon, cranberries, cucumbers, celery and tomatoes. I have not had tremendous success with any of them. Juniper berries are said to help with water retention. Never tried those. Here’s a link to a story by Cristina Cadena, of Yahoo on how they work.

Other suggestions: lemon water, green tea, coffee. I’ve had varying success with these.

One thing I did try: Swedish bitters — never worked for me. Here’s a link to an e-how story about bitters aids in digestion. Also, organic apple cider vinegar is a natural diuretic. Tried it and didn’t see a big difference.

Have a suggestion? I’d love to hear it.

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: March 31st, 2014

2nd placeIt’s time for the 10th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin. Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, who operate the www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, annually ask  readers to create wedding gowns using toilet paper, tape, needle, thread and  glue. You can win $2,000!

Feeling inspired? You have until May 13 to submit your design — just the photos. The contest judges creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.

Judges choose 10 finalists and open the contest to online voting. And the top 10 get a trip to NYC to show off their dresses.

The photo above is 2013 second place winner Susan Brennan, of Orchard Lake, Mich., a Detroit Pistons cheerleader. I chose her because she was the grand prize winner in 2011 and 2012.  She used 11 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, packing tape, scotch tape, hot glue and needle and thread.

3rd placeThe 2013 third place winner was Carol Touchstone, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pictured at left. She used 30 rolls of Charmin, Mod Podge glue, Scotch tape, clear packing tape, double-sided tape, white glue and needle and thread. She received a $500 prize.

Visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

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: March 29th, 2014
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The daffodils are fighting their way up through the ground. I visited mine yesterday. It’s a sweet sign that spring will sprout. And there’s plenty to love about homes, gardens and homes for sale this weekend in House to Home.

Marsh Madness ends this weekend — the Marsh team is giving away a lot of prizes at open houses. Don’t miss the home at 5214 Larae Drive. It’s adorable. Read all about it in my article Marsh Madness ends this weekend.

Last year, I wrote about some grandparents in Oklahoma City who created kids’ kitchens out of old entertainment centers — thanks to Erie Times-News photographer Andy Colwell. Well we have our own folks in Erie making kitchens and selling them at Connecting Hands. Liz Allen told me about it, and these folks are doing it all for charity.

Connecting Hands, a local nonprofit group, hosts a sale today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Connecto Electric warehouse, 3716 McClelland Ave. That cute kitchen at left is about $125. Pam Will and her husband, Jeff, own Connecto. They started the garage sales along with  Lil Laskowski  and about 30 volunteers. Today’s sale benefits Edinboro Women’s Services. To donate, call Pam at 898-2546 or 323-3396. To volunteer, call Paula at 450-4827.

Other features in House to Home include:

Author’s home blends architectural styles
How to give your home a contemporary design
Make a hanging garden
When to replace a furnace
Create unique crafts using yesterday’s newspapers
How to make household concoctions
Treasures: Pewter plaque’s origins remain a mystery without further examination
This houseplant offers color, personality
Dust off your organizing skills with these tips
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 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 on

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Posted: March 28th, 2014

white dress.No, we’re not talking wedding dresses.

Nearly every store and website has some summery white dresses on hand. One of my faves that I wore decades ago was a creamy lacy number I had — think tablecloth lace. It worked for career and event dressing. Just a classic.

This one at left is a Style&Co. number, and it is from Macy’s — on sale for $34.99. You can find white dresses in eyelet, lace and every fabric imaginable. Afraid it won’t look good on you? Don’t be. White is a refreshing and stylish that it takes the white blouse  to a new length.

Now , if you take photos — beware. White will make you look bigger —  I know this from experience. But a look in the mirror will show you how stunning you look. People like me need a tan — at least a little color so I don’t look like a ghost. White is in. Go for it. Here’s a link to Macy’s white dresses for women

JCPHere’s a link to JCPenney  – this one is Black Label from Evan Picone. It’s on sale for $41.99.  InStyle Magazine had an ad for white lacy jeans and a matching jacket — all lined of  course. And some white meshy dresses — also lined.  I’ve seen white cotton sweaters with pearl appliques, and cocktail dresses are everywhere.  It’s 54 out — break out the sandals and summer clothes, but hang onto the warm stuff. Tomorrow will be well wintry. Happy Friday!

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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