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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 19th, 2014

Part of what was in the Easter care package I sent my son in Virginia. Can you tell what he likes for Easter? Kind of looks like a house, doesn’t it?

Cadbury egg cookies

Cadbury mini-egg cookies

I know you’re thinking what do Cadbury eggs and houses have in common? Well at our house, they go together quite well, and apparently in Canada also. Here’s a link to a Huffington Post story that discusses Cadbury eggs are among the top 15 things we want to eat on Easter Sunday. If you don’t  want the candy — you can make cookies — with mini Cadbury Eggs – here’s the recipe. 

Last year,  I introduced a lot of folks to Cadbury eggs and the fact that my kids have loved these gooey morsels ever since they were tots. Click here for last year’s blog.

Happy Saturday, and Saturdays in this blogger’s world mean houses. I have been to countless open houses in past weeks, and I discovered a lot of condos for sale in one block of homes. Read my column in today’s House to Home. It’s Georgian Court condos abound.

Also in this week’s House to Home:

»  Easter cactus blooms – Easter cactus delivers vibrant color
» Control weeds naturally – How to use natural substances on your lawn
» Add edibles to your garden – fruit and veggies not that hard to grow
» Container gardens grow color - Popular container gardens are easy to grow anywhere
» Spring clean with easy-to-use websites – How to sell your junk with apps and websites
» Rock around the basement – a basement redo to love
» What homes will look like and include in the future.
It is Easter weekend, and we don’t have open houses, but we do have a lot of new listings and new prices. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet while you’re cooking — I am boiling eggs right now. Or if you are eating Cadbury eggs.
Have a wonderful Easter!

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She 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 step-grandmom to one.  

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Posted: July 4th, 2013

hannahcampbag Who can give kids great camp advice? A kid, of course, and here’s advice from 10-year-old Hannah Alper, of Canada.

The seasoned blogger — visit her blog here — started her blog after a 3-hour WordPress workshop in Philadelphia in June 2012.

Here she is– thousands of page views later, winning awards for her blogs. She’s been interviewed many times by national media outlets.

Here’s her blog Top 10 pieces of advice on kids going to summer camp for the first time. She also addresses parents.

“Last year I went to overnight camp for the first time. At first I was really nervous about being away from home for 10 days. I won’t lie and tell you that it was all easy. But I will tell you that after the first two nights I started to get comfortable at camp. I was supposed to be there for 10 days and then my parents were coming for Alumni Weekend (my mom went to the same camp) and the plan was that I would go home with them. But you know what happened? I loved camp so much that when my parents arrived, I asked if I could stay for another 12 days.
Here is some advice for people who are going to overnight camp for the first time:

Make friends with the people in your cabin. You will make new friends starting from the bus ride up there and have lots of people to hang out with. Also, introduce yourself to everyone. I always had not just my friends in my cabin but other people in my camp were my friends too. It is always good to have a lot of friends to get you through the lonely or homesick times.

  • If it’s your first time at overnight camp, it’s probably also the first time for most of the kids in your cabin. You are not the only one. It will make you feel better to know that.
  • I was mostly nervous about the nighttime. My Mom’s advice to me was “all you have to do is make it through the night and then you will have so much fun in the day.” The days are so much fun at camp. Remember this at night.
  • Try talking to your counselors if you’re feeling homesick. It feels good and they can make you feel better. They were also first-time campers – a really, really long time ago, though!
  • When you’re packing for camp, collect some pictures of your family and bring some tape so that you can have them on the wall at your bunk.
  • You know the list of things they tell you to pack? When it comes to clothing, bring extra t-shirts BUT…
  • Don’t take your favourite t-shirt. You will probably lose it.
  • My Mom and I had a special deal that we would both go outside at 9:30 every night and look up at the stars and say goodnight. When I looked up, I knew that she was looking up too.
  • Take a notebook so that you can write down the phone numbers and email addresses of your new friends to stay in touch until next year.
  • Make the most of every day. It goes so fast you’ll be home before you know it and instead of wishing you were home you’ll be wishing you are back at camp.”

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 and stepmom to three.


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Posted: March 18th, 2013

1303508245-cadbury-eggsWe baby boomers grew up on homegrown chocolate eggs, jelly beans and bunnies from local chocolatiers in our Easter baskets. Then came the Reese’s eggs.

None of that impressed my kids. They know eggsactly what they want. They love Cadbury Creme Eggs – those chocolate eggs that appear to have a real yolk inside (which has always made me a little sick).

The commercials have had the Cadbury bunny clucking as the advertising icon for decades. According to Wikipedia, the Hershey Company markets the creme eggs in the U.S. market, but the eggs hail from Cadbury UK and Cadbury Adams in Canada. The Cadbury brothers started their candy company in 1923. The delightful creme egg came along as kind of a hybrid of Fry’s creme eggs, a recipe Cadbury used when it merged the companies together.


I have to hunt these eggs down every year, and they do disappear. At Walmart, you can find a five-pack for under $3.50. They also have the miniature eggs. Here’s a link to make your own. Cluck cluck.
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor for more than 20 years. She 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 step-grandmom to one.



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Posted: March 16th, 2013

Woodbriar LaneIn 20 years of writing for House to Home, I don’t think I’ve seen so many nice condos and patio homes on the market at one time until now.

The picture is of one of my favorites behind Erie Day School, but there are some for every price range and plenty are open tomorrow for viewing. Read my full story here. One thing to keep in mind about condos is some developments do not permit For Sale signs, so if you, like me, ride through neighborhoods and figure nothing is for sale — check with a Realtor because right now nearly every condo development in the region has a few for sale.

A shout out to all the folks who sent me their favorites. We couldn’t accommodate everyone, but I will be doing this again. You can create your open house tour here. If the condos you want aren’t on the tour, call a listing agent, get an appointment and check out some great places to live — in all price ranges.

Check out all of this week’s House to Home right here:

Shamrocks bring Irish home – Sue Scholz gives us the dirt on shamrock plants and the schedule for this weekend’s Home & Garden Expo.
Fun and feasts abound on urban farm – a toddler and her family truly live off the land … and love it.
The Whole Gang’s Here – multiple generations are living under one roof — a growing trend that affects home design.
Fabrics for the Future – jute and other natural fibers aren’t just for rope anymore — they are in rugs and more — and they look great
Patterns refresh furnishings – a little print brightens any room in a hurry.
Implement 5 must-have decorating tools – five quick and easy tools to update your home decor.
Liven up laundry rooms – not just cellar dwellers anymore, laundry rooms become part of the main living space — and look good.
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor for more than 20 years. She 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 step-grandmom to one.
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Posted: March 9th, 2013

HTH_030913parker (23)It’s always nice to find a surprise in a house for sale. This week in House to Home, we visit  Pebble Creek, where the  home at 5471 Granite Lane has two full floors of living and separate entry points — perfect for a multi-generational Millcreek family. Read the full story here. The house is open next Sunday, and it lists for $249,900.

Check out all of House to Home right here:

Expo offers garden fun for kids and parents – Sue Scholz gives us the schedule for next weekend’s Home & Garden Expo.
Tips for attic storage ideas – I’ve ruined things in the attic. Protect your stuff.
Red is hot color that complements stainless – go bold — stainless can take it
Choose right pillow for better night’s rest – pillows do make a difference
Hidden kitchen conceals clutter – a small kitchen can provide everything you’d want
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor for more than 20 years. She 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 step-grandmom to one.


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Posted: February 9th, 2013

Luxury vinylI remember when flooring was very obviously a laminate, wood, stone, tile or something else. Not anymore.

I’ve seen incredible concrete and other materials that look like natural wonders. To catch up on what’s out there, read the cover story this week in House to Home right here. If that vinyl flooring story doesn’t surprise you — here’s another on leather — it’s on floors, doors and much more.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be taking you inside some breathtaking homes and showing you the ingenuity of a grandmother who made clever play kitchens for her granddaughters.

Check out all the stories this week in House to Home – click on the links below. And there are a lot of new listings out there to see.

Tree seedling sale begins in March
Digital prints become wall coverings
Room for Romance
Parents create housing for disabled
What you should know before buying antiques
Rustic reno makes one suite bath

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She 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 step-grandmom to one.  

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Posted: May 13th, 2012

We all have moms, but some of us lost our moms a long time ago. I lost my mother Arlene Menold Strosser 25 years ago. I lost my dad the same year my kids lost their dad when they were age 7 to 12, so I needed a lot of momming myself over the years. I have many people to thank for momming me in ways they may not remember.

Thanks to friends and family. There were times I felt lost, but family members, friends and even friends of my parents often sent notes of praise to me. I saved those notes, and I still read them on a bad day. Thanks for handwritten and heartfelt messages.

My tennis buddies, some older, some younger but always my friends and advisors. One told me there would be times my kids needed me to be a friend — not a mom. Another shared a story she had never shared with anyone when she knew how down in the dumps I was about one of my kids’ blunders. Thanks, ladies.

To all the men and women I’ve ever worked with who know how hard it is to juggle careers and kids. Thanks for saving me.

To my husband, Kim Parker, who made me a better person and a better mom. And to my kids, who without knowing it, often mommed me. Here are some funny words of advice I’ll never forget:

Howie Eckert: “You might want to lose some weight before you wear that.” (It was a peach colored suit, and I rounded it out like a peach. I did lose weight, and I did wear it.)

Kelly Eckert: “Mom, get your own friends.” (I wanted my kids to go to a high school football game with me. They had reached that tween age where hanging out with Mom was not cool. It stung, but I branched out and met a lot of new people.)

Ryan Eckert: “I wouldn’t wear that raincoat. You kinda look like a mushroom.” (He was right — it was long and beige and so was my hair. I returned the coat to the store.)

Today, the three little Eckerts (pictured above with my husband and me) always offer some tender advice, hugs and kisses when I really need them. The memories of their quotes make me laugh. Happy Mother’s Day, everyone. I’m eating Ghirardelli brownies for breakfast.  I won’t be wearing a peach suit or a beige raincoat today.

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 20th, 2012

I just couldn’t pass this up. It’s National Proposal Day, March 20th, called to my attention by Tailored. Here are some of the fun facts:

First thing that crossed brides’ minds after a marriage proposal?
26 percent said, “WOW!. This ring is stunning”
23 percent said, “I can’t wait to tell everyone!”
14 percent said, “I am in shock … he took me by complete surprise!”
13 percent of women said, “It’s about time he asked me to marry him!”
9 percent said, “Shoot I wish I were wearing a different outfit or at least had thrown on some makeup!”
9 percent said, “I wish I had gotten a manicure! I can’t take a pic of a ring with these nails!”

Additional fun facts:

- 27 percent of brides-to-be were dating their significant other 3-5 years before getting engaged. 22 percent were dating 1-2 years before getting engaged.
-78 percent of women said their man proposed on bended knee while 22 percent said no knee.
- 45 percent said the fiance asked permission from both parents but 34 percent said he did NOT ask their dad or their mom, 13 percent said he asked their dad and did not tell their mom. About 8 percent asked only their mom and not their dad.
- 65 percent of women said that they didn’t see the proposal coming but they did know it was in the future plans.

- 65 percent of women polled said they are absolutely positive they are marrying their soulmate.

Find out more at Tailored.co a web site launched in January 2012. Tailored.co offers brides an online bridal resource.

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Posted: September 26th, 2011

One of the most important things I learned as a mom was to be a mom when the kids were involved in sports. Kids have coaches — lots of them — to tell them how to improve and remind them when they make mistakes.
I found I had to remember that kids are just kids learning how to play a sport they love. They have school, social issues, tests and life to get in the way of athletic performance.
And they have bad days. Just like you and me. Really bad days when their timing is off, the hands work like feet, and the feet seem to be traveling in slow-mo. Those are the days that they really need Mom and Dad to encourage them.
My daughter was the Metro Runner of the year her freshman year, and I reminded her to enjoy it and be humble because runners, especially girls, experience body changes that may or may not work in their favor as they age. While she went on to become a state champ two years in a row, there were days that she was pretty down, and that’s when this mom had to be a cheerleader and congratulate her for all the good runs.
It’s especially tough to watch a kid go from stardom to anonymity. My youngest son, a standout athlete through eighth grade was plagued by injuries in high school that eventually ended his athletic career in just about every sport.
Throughout the seasons of broken bones and shoulder surgery, there were some dark times and some really bad grades. I dug deep to find motivation for him, and I’m glad I did because losing his athletic ability was like losing a part of himself.
It brought us closer and he found some new strengths he never knew he had. So did I. And I’m still cheering.