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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: July 1st, 2014

ICE CREAM HEELSmore ice cream heelsHappy July 1st — it’s ice cream month, and what better way to show you love the cold and creamy confection than decorating a pair of shoes with  ice cream cone heels? And ice cream of course.

And don’t forget the sprinkles and cherry on top. Marissa Rachel shows you how to do it all on YouTube. She does flats, too.  The 5-minute video gives you a how-to on a few different designs.

No, it’s not real ice cream — it’s paint, and this fashionista  is really clever in her designs. I know a little girl who would love this idea, and I know some big girls who will be getting out the paint, as well.  Don’t they look good enough to eat?

If you want some real ice cream — you can make that yourself too. Jennie Geisler will show you how in one of her upcoming  columns on GoErie.com.

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 28th, 2014

Summer yards and gardens are in full swing and what’s not to love? At 637 Garden Court, you’ll find the charm of an older home updated with some great features. And click on the photo with the arrow to see the video I shot with homeowner Meghan Bool — thanks for helping me out, Meghan. Anne Stonesifer is the selling agent. Priced at $174.900, it’s a great home. Read about it here.

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637 West Sixth Street — open house Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. $174,900.

Garden Court

Gannon Gardens

Check out all the articles in our 32-page edition of House to Home this week:

Gannon’s Goodwill Gardens
Metallics make rooms shine
Contemporary style is all about you
Cross pollination can be a family project

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Have a great weekend — check out the open houses, and get out and garden.

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 27th, 2014

MustachifierOK, this is not exactly what you would expect for Fashion Friday, but I just had to post this picture when the folks from Mustachifier sent me an e-mail.

Visit the site to purchase, and it also offers sunglasses, bibs and more.

Hidden Money

Well I am late to this party, but I have to give a shout out to the 40-ish woman behind the Erie Hidden Money idea. She said she was a young single mother living in poverty who eventually went to college and became a successful professional. She has caught a lot of attention. Read the Erie Times-News story here.

Her Facebook page is amazing. The Erie Hidden Money lady posts quotes like this: “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.” ~ Malcom Bane

“Regret nothing. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”

HiddenmoneyShe includes a note in each envelope, suggesting a random act of kindness as a usage for the money.

Great stuff to start the weekend. Go baby, go!

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 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: 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 17th, 2014
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Paul Lukach, C. Wolf and Chuck Scalise

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Sgt. Slaughter gets Mary in a headlock.


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Summer fun is here! First, thanks to Chuck Scalise and all the folks at HANDS and to Rick Sherbondy at PNC. My son, Ryan Eckert, is an intern at HANDS, and Chuck invited us to join in the fun in the PNC box at Jerry Uht Baseball Park for a game that featured not just baseball but Sgt. Slaughter.

Best seats in the house — not that there’s a bad one at Uht. We met great people, and we learned how to open bottles without a bottle opener — a skill I never learned but certainly find valuable. And Chuck pointed out that the skill is a resume builder for a finance/accounting major like Ryan. It was star-studded fun with Sgt. Slaughter and the wolfie as my kids always called him. Greg Coleman, president at the Erie SeaWolves also stopped by to greet us. Thanks again to everyone.

White partyFriday night, my hubby and I donned all white for the Young People’s Chorus fundraiser at the Bayfront Convention Center where we watched the sunset and enjoyed the company of an entire concourse of folks dressed in white. It was an incredible evening, thanks to Alyson Amendola, director at YPC. The party idea is a winner, and Alyson knows how to throw a party. Alyson is pictured with her husband, Matthew Cummings.

We sat with Steve and Marissa Orbanek — two of our great writers for Lake Erie LifeStyle and Her Times. Steve is in marketing at Behrend and Marissa is the PR point person at General McLane and the McDowell girls lacrosse coach.

The best part of all of this is gorgeous weather and a chance to enjoy great friendships. Thanks to everyone for the invitations.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times andHouse 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 13th, 2014

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I DO think you’ll agree these wedding dresses are impressive — made out of toilet paper. The 10th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest held in New York City announced its winners yesterday and they include:  

First place:  Romance on a Roll by 28-year-old Susan Brennan of Orchard Lake, Mich. The designer and professional cheerleader for the Detroit Pistons is a yoga enthusiast who also won the grand prize  in 2011 and 2012. Her 2014 design was a full-length gown that included a flapper dress underneath. It took her more than a month to complete the dress.
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Second place: Katrina Chalifoux, of Knoxville, Tenn.,  won $5,ooo for her flowing design. Third place: Amber Mills, of Hurst, Texas, won $2,500 for her dress — made of vintage blue Charmin.

The amazing dresses included beading, pleats and lace all made of toilet paper. amberTo see all the 10 finalists, visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

The contest is the brainchild of Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, who operate Cheap-Chic-weddings.com. It is sponsored by Charmin.

Entrants are permitted to use hot glue, tape, needle and thread and more to complete dresses. They were judged on creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.
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 12th, 2014

HKR“The Future’s So Bright, I gotta Wear Shades” hit the pop charts in 1986, the year my oldest son was born.

I always think of that when I see this photo taken in 1992 — Ryan was just months old.  It was one of those impromptu moments when his brother and sister decided the sun streaming into the living room was too bright.   Hence the shades.  And look at that TV.

Well times have changed, but I see those baby faces every time I see my kids – all grown up.

During those summers, we lived a simple life. Lots of tee-ball and other organized sports along with walks — long walks often with a stroller, wagon or bike in tow — along West 10th Street in Millcreek. In one direction, the goal was the cemetery. In the other direction, it was the yellow house.

The park across the street was part of every day’s routine. Kids of all ages played on the swings and sliding board. Games included baseball, softball and volleyball on the fields. It was the best place I could ever imagine to raise kids.

I miss those days., but those little tots turned into amazing adults.

Here’s to #TBT and memories.

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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