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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 ‘Shopping’
Posted: February 27th, 2014

grocery shoppingRemember when Mom was the queen of shopping at the grocery store? Advertisers catered their messages to women as the primary decision makers in the grocery store — and other stores. Not any more.

My husband has always been a shopper in our family — and he knows his brands — and those of the kids. In fact, he and his sons often did the shopping around here. They are ahead of their time.

According to an article in Mediapost, the
Defy Media’s second annual Acumen Report suggests what a lot of us already knew. Men are into shopping and into brand loyalty. Read the entire article here.

The study, by Hunter Qualitative Research, said that more than 65 percent of respondents — men age 18 – 49 — make choices on a variety of household items and brands.

To the younger shoppers, social media rules as an influence. Respondents base decisions what they find on mobile devices, online reviews, recommendations from friends and more.

In our family, the men are all shoppers and have brand loyalties of their own. In clothing, don’t mess with any of them. Polo is the main staple for my youngest and my daughter’s boyfriend. On the other hand, the women around here will give a new brand a try — often before the guys. And a coupon for $1.50 on Hershey’s new spreads was a big influence on my husband last week. Note to advertisers: discounts work for men and women, any age — when it comes to trying new products. And my hubby and I shop together almost every week — a trend I see in the grocery store. I need to check out the trends on that.

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: May 28th, 2013
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From left, Howie Eckert, Laura Alexis, Kelly Eckert, Nick Carmosino, Ryan Eckert, Pam Parker and Kim Parker at Waterman’s Surfside Grille in Virginia Beach.

What a difference a year makes.

Last year my oldest graduated as a doctor of physical therapy after seven long years of studying. This year, we spent a long weekend in his new hometown of Virginia Beach.

We shared love, laughter and libations on this trip and made memories.  Some of the memorable moments:

My youngest, who recently turned 21, told us frequently, “I’m a grown man.” He also selected the fave meal of the week —  the Waterman burger – a burger topped with a lump crabcake and  cheese. It was incredible.

Our view above Rudee’s Inlet near the beach included a marina. Captain Jack and the Lost Pearl, a pirate ship, regularly cruised by larger boats with loudspeaker blaring, “Give me all your treasure.” The boat tours the inlet and includes a bar.

We had an air show on Friday courtesy of the Naval Air Station in nearby Oceana. It is home to the F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets.

Everyone in Virginia Beach must be working for the Chamber of Commerce. The police officer directing traffic near a construction site outside our rented condo talked to us on a break and shared all the pertinent stats of the area. He also offered tips on shopping, eating and traveling. He moved there in the 1980s from New Jersey.

It’s a great place to visit, and we will be back. It’s also not far from the Outer Banks.

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: May 1st, 2013

I gclock2et a lot of e-mails about gifts for Moms, Dads and grads. Last year, I blogged that what grads want is plain old cash. Don’t get clever, just hand over the Benjamins.

Mom and Dad want greeting cards, gift cards and a few hours of your time — simple.

Finally a web site agrees. Here are the results of ShopAtHome.com’s latest survey results:

      23 percent of moms and 30 percent of dads prefer gift cards over traditional gifts like perfume or clothes

Both moms and dads (52 and 48 percent, respectively) want their loved ones to spend $30 or below on a gift
22 percent of moms and 17 percent of dads prefer a simple greeting card
59 percent of graduates would like money as a graduation gift
In a press release, Lesley Kennedy, ShopAtHome.com senior managing editor suggests, “If you can save money finding a discounted gift card online and pair that with a heartfelt homemade card, a home-cooked meal or a simple phone call to say  ‘thanks, Mom and Dad.’”

Kennedy added that you can buy and trade gift cards on sites where you can save up to 30 percent on the cost.

ShopAtHome.com was founded in 1986 by husband-and-wife team Marc and Claudia Braunstein. It provides online coupons on the web. The survey took place on ShopAtHome.com’s Facebook page with more than 4.4 million Facebook fans. It had 1,825 respondents from April 18 to 24, 2013.

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 of three and step grandmom of one.

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Posted: January 15th, 2013

sally fieldI didn’t watch the Golden Globes because I was watching “Downton Abbey,” but I did catch up on the styles this morning. It appears that plunging necklines stole the show for everyone from 66-year-old Oscar nominee Sally Field (for her role as Mary Todd Lincoln) to the kids – Selena Gomez, 20, and ”Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland, 22.

Some people wore it very well. Click right here for a link to all the styles on Huffington Post. Sally Field, the former “Flying Nun,” was one of the women who got kudos from fashion reviewers.flyingnun

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 step-grandmom to one. 

 

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Posted: January 5th, 2013
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Good news abounds in real estate this week in House to Home. If you have a house in the $200,000 to $300,000 range, now might be the time to list — the market is begging for more inventory in that range.
The Millcreek home at left listed at $369,900 and sold in a hurry after a feature in my real estate column. Jim McGoey of Pro Realtors listed it, and Karen Euliano of Sue Sutto Realtors sold it. More good news on the homefront in House to Home:
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: December 29th, 2012

This week’s House to Home focuses on making small spaces seem bigger. As apartments get smaller, we have some great ideas on how to make them more livable right here. Using windowsills as seating and finding a good hideaway bed can make your small space a wonderful home.

In a “before and after” article, one designer shows how removing a wall in an older home converted two smaller spaces into one more workable room that makes entertaining a lot more fun. Check out “Reclaim unused space for living area.”

Our lead article tells you how to easily give your Christmas tree new life as a winter home for the birds. Read more in this great story by Sue Scholz in today’s House to Home. Check out all the home design stories by clicking on the links below:

Scarves splash color onto pillows

Ladder safety tips

Give bedroom an uncluttered look
Reclaim unused space for living area
Restore order in bedrooms
Realtors share good news at luncheon

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: December 28th, 2012

Did you get shoes for Christmas? Did you want them? Well, I did. Shoes, according to fashionistas and researchers, hit some record level of sales in the three months leading up to November. A West Indies article in the Trinidad Express — read it here — said women’s fashion footwear grew 3.2 per cent and cross training shoes rose 16 per cent.

The article also included that men are buying shoes for women. ”Shoes have turned the corner in the gift category,” said Robert Burke, a New York-based fashion consultant. “They’ve become the new handbag.”

While I was Christmas shopping, I saw plenty of men buying shoes, purses and much more for their ladies.

I got new sneaks for Christmas, but I also need some new black pumps and other shoes. I found deals at Target.com. I also found some funky comments on gifting shoes. It’s apparently an old wives’ tale that giving shoes as a gift is  a bad omen — the person will walk away from you. Giftypedia and some web forums had some surprising  comments from folks who stand by the superstition. And boots — ohhhh boots — now there’s a gift!

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: December 20th, 2012

There’s good news for crazy shoppers like me. Close to 25 percent of the holiday sales take place the last week before Christmas. So says Dee Lee of CBS in Boston. She is a famous financial planner quoted on all the top news shows and in magazines.

A study on Shopadvisor.com suggested that bargain hunters in the last two weeks before Christmas find steep discounts — even steeper than Black Friday. The selection will be slimmer, but it depends on what you’re looking for.

More advice from Shopadvisor.com — avoid day-after-Christmas shopping. Dec. 29 is the date that prices really fall. I can vouch for that. Last year, I bought my hubby a coat before Christmas. We returned it after Christmas and bought a nicer coat, a scarf, a belt and a turtleneck — all for the price of the original coat — which had been on sale. Ho ho ho.

I’m out shopping today and probably tomorrow. I just discovered that some online retailers still offer delivery by Christmas. Well, that’s good news! When my kids were young, I made an annual Christmas Eve visit to Old Navy to scoop up the deals. Everything was marked down. That stop is on my list, and I am checking it twice.

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: November 27th, 2012

Want to personalize a book for one of your kids or grandkids? You can do it at www.cosmicessentials.com. And you still have time to do it for Christmas. A local woman runs the business.

The book tells a story complete with your child’s name, age, description and can include family members by name.

It’s not just holidays or just books. You can find books on sports and other topics, personalized music and more.

Take a look at the books, and submit your name to me  by Wednesday, Nov. 28 at noon. I will draw a name and send the winner an e-mail. E-mail me at pam.parker@timesnews.com. Happy holidays!

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: November 19th, 2012

There won’t be many pilgrims around our Thanksgiving table this year. My oldest is in Virginia and has no time off. Sniff. My daughter is going to her boyfriend’s house in central Pa. Sniff. The stepkids always have their own plans.

So my youngest Ryan is volunteering to cook dinner when he comes home from Gannon University. This should be good.

In years past, we’ve enjoyed the George clan gathering in New Castle where my sister’s husband’s family — with four generations — celebrate a Lebanese feast at a hall that holds 100 in the middle of beautiful Pearson Park in New Castle. But this year, I’m not ready to see so many families together when mine isn’t.

Being empty nesters is all about adapting. Nearly every holiday will change, but it’s OK. It’s changed before. I hosted up to 24 people when my kids were young because I couldn’t stand spending time at one set of parents while the others ate Cornish game hens. Then, about 15 years ago, as a single mom, I worked two jobs to take my kids to Disney. We toured the Tower of Terror, sat by the hotel pool and ate Thanksgiving dinner at Perkins. It tasted just fine in 70-degree sunshine. Nine years ago, my hubby, my kids and I ate on a cruise ship.

Adventures are good. So if this “Cooking with Ryan” gig doesn’t work out, I know that some Tim Horton’s locations are open. So is Under the Clock Bar & Grill, Victor’s, Country Pride, Crowley’s, Colony Pub and Grille and some Bob Evans restaurants. I’m just kidding, Ryan. We’ll be fine.  Then it will be time for football and shopping. Some stores will be open at night, and it’s the perfect way to burn off dinner — no matter what dinner is. Yes there’s always room for new traditions at Chez Parker.

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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