Her Times
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 ‘snow’
Posted: January 4th, 2013

pink poptopI love gloves, and I usually lose gloves — well at least one. Some styling glove lovers like me invented colorful, clever gloves that are pop-tops — to free up your fingers.

The gloves at left combine the best of both worlds — pop-top mittens over gloves that pop off when you need to use your fingers. These are $28 at Zappos.

You ccashmere glovesan find the cashmere gloves at right from clickmom.com that have an index finger that pops off, and these softies come in seven colors.

fingerless glovesHere’s another shot of fingerless gloves at left. These are $25 at clickmom.com, but a lot of places sell fingerless gloves and flip-top mittens. Zappos, Amazon and other boutiques have quite a selection and you can get pretty much anything you want for $8 and up — including wild patterns and more.

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: September 21st, 2012

I wasn’t sure if these were weird or awesome, so I asked parents of younger kids. Holly Waychoff says awesome — anything that gets kids to wear a bike or ski helmet is all right with her. Me too. Here’s a link to these funky colored Mohawks callled Fohawx!

They are sold at Toys “R” Us for $19.99 each. The funky styles attach easily to helmets.  Here’s a link to the instructions for how to attach.

Two clever moms founded the company. Jocelyn Fine, an art teacher in New York City, and Kelly Dineen, a manager at Toys “R” Us took the idea from paper to retail.  Meet them here.

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: February 5th, 2012

Check out Her Times in today’s Sunday Times-News. The theme is sparkle, and the great team of cheerleaders from CheerVibe showed us what fun it is to catch the spirit of competitive cheerleading. Read their story here.

There’s much more sparkling this month. Jeans, food, drinks, makeup, hair, sparkling snow on cross country skisCrossFit and much more! Catch up on all of it at Her Times.

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Posted: January 20th, 2012

I read recently that snakeskin shoes were out, and naturally I just bought a few pair of fake snakeskin last year. But snakes were in the news yesterday in regard to beauty treatments. If you missed the wacky report, I caught it on GMA, and you can see it right here.

The newscast discussed a snake venom facial — a technique that Sonya Dakar uses to take the muscle paralysis idea of Botox to a whole new level to make women feel and look younger. It is not really snake venom, but it duplicates the effects of a snake bite and women swear by it. The GMA report also discussed using human placenta in facials and body creams, but I’d heard of that a long time ago, and I’ve tried some of those creams. In fact, I’ve tried a lot of things in the name of beauty for Her Times at the Erie Times News.

And there is good news for us gals who live in the frosty temperatures like right here in northwestern Pa. Celebs are paying big money to stand inside an ice chamber — at a subzero temp for about three minutes. Hmm it’s 15 degrees outside right now. Who needs a chamber? I’m going outside to shovel for a few minutes. I feel younger already!

This week’s freebie:

I have three pairs of tickets to the Erie Bayhawks game Jan. 28. Email me at pam.parker@timesnews.com to enter a drawing.

Have a great weekend!

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Posted: January 14th, 2012

Welcome to real estate blanketed in snow. It’s kind of pretty, isn’t it? And you know if a house looks good in the snow, it looks great with green grass.

Since we can’t do much to home exterior right now, this week’s House to Home offers some cool interior decorating ideas that add a splash of metallic to any room. It really dresses up the space, and it doesn’t take much. An accent here or there does it, and all of our local shops have something that will spruce up your home.

We also have some great ideas on makeovers. The before and after shots of the master suite makeover are really impressive. You can read it here. There are times that I’m not a fan of those, but this one really takes an ordinary room from blah to ahh!

I’m an antique lover, and the antique rolling pin story and cookie jar story mesmerized me. I almost got into buying cookie jars years ago, but I have some of my mom’s and regardless of what they are worth, they are treasures to me.

Thanks to Toby Froehlich and Joe Herbert for updates on the local real estate market. Good news out there in sale prices. Erie homes have held their value and increased unlike some markets. One thing is for sure, as Toby pointed out, we need more inventory. If you’re holding off putting your house on the market because the weather is iffy, no one can blame you. But if you want to get some house hunters like me out to see it, put it up now because there aren’t many houses out there that I haven’t seen already.

Enjoy the weekend and see you at the open houses.

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Posted: December 29th, 2011

My son will be moving to Florida this weekend, and I am a basket case. I am happy for him and so proud, but I am deep into worry that only a mom or dad can experience.

I worry about him driving there — the roads, the weather. I worry about palmetto bugs. I worry about  hurricanes. I worry about being worried.

In all my worry, I  wonder what happened to that little boy I cuddled and how 25 years has passed since his birth. Now, this accomplished young man is on his way to a new experience in a great climate. He is so excited.

I’m excited for him. Now, if I can just stop being teary-eyed every time I think about it.

I should be getting used to these kids packing up and heading out on their own. One stepson moved to Pittsburgh during the summer, and my daughter has lived in Pittsburgh for nearly six years. When she was home for Christmas, she reminded me how emotional it was to leave each and every time when she first moved there. Now it’s not quite so bad. I do still have bursts of waterworks, though, when I walk upstairs and see empty bedrooms that used to be filled with kids.

It’s about 21 degrees as I write this. It will hit the high 70s and be sunny when my son unpacks in Florida this weekend. Well, I won’t have to worry about him being cold.

I can talk myself out of this worry, can’t I? I think hurricane season is over. He has GPS on his phone. I don’t know anything about palmetto bugs. Oh my gosh, I forgot about alligators! Something new to worry about!

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Posted: February 10th, 2010

A friend just e-mailed me this & it was entirely appropriate (though admittedly disturbing and twisted) for a day like today when our fair city is, once again, buried.

You know you’ve had a hard winter when you see this…

Don’t we all kinda feel like building one of these right now? (yeah, yeah…I know not EVERYONE does. There are people who actually love this stuff, but…I don’t know many).

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Posted: February 10th, 2010

A friend just e-mailed me this & it was entirely appropriate (though possibly disturbing and twisted) for a day like today when we are, once again, buried.

You know you’ve had a hard winter when you see this…

Don’t we all kinda feel like building one of these right now? (yeah, yeah…I know not EVERYONE does there are people who actually love this stuff, but…I don’t know many).

Posted in: Funny stuff
Posted: January 5th, 2010

…who screwed up the “white Christmas” request?

As I recall, Christmas ’09 gave us gale force rainstorms.

Of course, that white Christmas has arrived in Erie now….a day (or 10) late and a dollar short.

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Well, forget it now. Christmas is over. They’ve been stocking sunscreen and bathing suits at the mall for a week already. We’re moving on.

And, yet, we’re stuck in this lake-effect snow globe.

It’s been snowing for days on end, piling up and piling on … adding insult to injury.

It is beautiful though, no?

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That’s our picnic table (above).
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Piling up on the roof of the back porch.

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And, let’s face it…we Erieities love this stuff. Not the snow (well, some do), but the macho bravado and bragging rights that are afforded to hearty folks like us who live, work, play and go about life as normal despite 4-foot snow drifts, hourly Interstate pile-ups and zero-degree wind chill.

We scoff at those wimpy Pittsburgh residents …and don’t even get us started on D.C. dwellers.

Feel free to swagger this week (you’ve earned it)

…if you can swagger in three layers of clothes, two pairs of socks, snow boots, gloves, mittens and a parka.

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