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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 ‘stepmom’
Posted: July 12th, 2014

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What a great neighborhood — and I never would have discovered it if Mike and Nancy Kalista weren’t selling their home. You’ll want to discover the hoVideomes in the Jane Lane area too — private, big lots, country scenery and it was maybe 15 minutes from downtown.


Check out my article here
 in House to Home. You can attend an open house Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.Watch the video here. I even managed to keep my feet out of this one and edited about six pieces of video together.

Great ideas to love in home and gardens this week.  Check out this week’s stories:

Garden Tour Erie grows with music – Sue Scholz shares all the info on tours this weekend. The third city garden tour is Sunday. Don’t miss this one!

Have a great weekend — check out the open houses today and Sunday. Hit the Greek Fest and all the other summer fun in Erie.
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: July 5th, 2014
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The entrance to 3828 Cobblestone Drive shows off some elegant doors and incredible design.

I visited Cobblestone Village earlier this year, but two more homes for sale brought be back.

The two luxury homes are gorgeous.  At 3828 Cobblestone Drive, the interior is spectacular and a backyard parklike setting with landscaped paths adds to the package..
The home includes six bedrooms, five full baths and 3,860 square feet of living space.  Paul Kubeja of Robert C. Kubeja Real Estate lists it at $674,900. For more information, call him at 450-7368.
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The sunroom at 320 Erica Drive looks out on the swimming pool and sport court.

Around the corner at 320 Erica Drive, Sean and Andrea Scully’s home sits on .93 acre of property, and it is a dream home with 6,078-square feet inside and outdoor living space that just keeps on going.  An in-ground pool borders the patio while an additional sport court offers plenty of space for a basketball court and tennis court. It includes  five bedrooms, five full baths, and two half baths.  Lisa Rubino, of Sue Sutto Realtors, lists this home at $599,900. For more information, call her at 572-2020. Check out our Open House locator right here. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!
Check out this week’s stories:
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: July 4th, 2014

red wb lipsGlitterAppliques, temporary tattoos and red, white and blue yous. I would love the be this bold. But I’m not. If you are, you can get appliques like this from Glitterrati’s Violent Lips collection. You get three sets of lips for $9.99. Here’s a review of the lips

And don’t forget the Violent Eyes Collection. For $9.99, you get four sets of rub-off appliques for the eyes. Here’s one of the eyes.

The reviews are from Glamourpage, and they are real reviews from a woman who did it and gives you step-by-step instructions and her funny take on how this feels.

Looks like fun to me.

Even if you don’t go wild with the makeup, have a great Fourth of July!

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: May 21st, 2014
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Bree Gorczycki, 36, tells her story and thanks the Mercy Center for Women and Dress for Success Erie.

The Seventh Annual Dress for Success Purse and Pearls luncheon yesterday gathered 613 women and five men together, and we stood up for women just as Tamara L. McMillan asked us to. McMillan gave an uplifting speech after Erie native Bree Gorczycki, 36, told her story.

Gorczycki shared that she and her three sons battled through poverty and gunshot injuries with the help of her family, Dress for Success Erie, the Mercy Center for Women, Mary Graziano, Hagan Business Machines and many others. Read Bree’s story by Abby Badach in the April issue of Her Times here.

Marnie Mead and I sat at the table with Bree’s family during a very emotional lunch.

McMillan has her own story of incredible success. She created McMillan Empowerment Enterprise in 2000. She was a single parent who had been raised in poverty by her mother — also a single parent — in Buffalo.

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Tamara L. McMillan

McMillan rallied the room to stand up to empower and help all women. Her rules for STAND include:

  1. “Share … after leaning in at executive boards meetings, conferences, and professional development opportunities, share the information with other women who would benefit.

  2. Train … commit to training women that are interested in learning.

  3. Advocate … serve as an advocate for the many issues that affect women on all levels.

  4. Narrate … tell your own story.

  5. Decide … make the decision to help women, all women from all walks of life.”

Congratulations to  and all the women who have turned their lives around with the help of Erie organizations.

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 GramPam to two.

 

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Posted: May 14th, 2014

zon-moonbwFull moon madness — is it real? A lot of scientists debunk the association of “luna” meaning moon and the word crazy as in lunacy, but I personally see weird behavior in the days preceding a full moon. Case in point: The full moon started overnight at 3:16 am. Yesterday, in Baltimore, a man — allegedly carrying a golf club and claiming to be God — drove a stolen dump truck right into a TV station lobby. Read the story here. Here are a few things I found about full moon research: Some studies associate an increase in positive ions in the air that occur around the full moon. Positive ion increases can result in physical and mental ailments. That’s why people buy negative ionizers for homes and offices. Several studies reported that during a full moon, sleep cycles are affected — even if folks didn’t know it was a full moon. Researchers could not attribute the results to added light. Some of those studies report that test subjects had lower levels of melatonin during a full moon — it’s the hormone that regulates sleep. So researchers can agree that our sleep cycles are affected.

And if you ask paramedics, doctors or nurses if they see cases of weirditis during or near a full moon, many will respond with at least one example of odd behavior.

The full moon does control ocean tides. Oceans — miles of water – that’s some pretty powerful gravitational pull. No matter what the studies say, I have to believe that Mother Nature’s pull on the universe can easily have some type of power over mere humans who are made of 70 percent water.

Other than today, from the Farmer’s Almanac, here’s the listing for remaining full moons for 2014: June 13, July 12, Aug. 10, Sept. 8, Oct. 8, Nov. 6 and Dec. 6.

 

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. 

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Posted: April 23rd, 2014

Macy ParkerFrom Grandparents.com, here comes a new trend among baby boomers: baby showers for grandmas. They’re a hit, according to Grandparents.com writer Rebecca Webber, who interviewed grandmas and party planners. Read the trendy article here. It’s not for me, but some people love the idea, and some people hate it.

We recently celebrated the birth of granddaughter No. 2, and we learned about the showers … and diaper parties. The kids held a diaper party — it’s really just a fun gathering of family and friends with beer and food where everyone brings diapers. And diaper wipes. And other things because DIL Mo turned it into a surprise 30th B-day party for stepson Matt.

New babies offer plenty of reasons to party.  Congrats to the new parents of Macy, at left. She is soooo cute!

The grandparenting trend among baby boomers has spawned parties and businesses. If you have out-of-town grandkids visiting for an extended stay and don’t want to buy or borrow everything the babies need, you can rent it all at Grannysrental.com – but you have to live in New York for this one.  In Florida, it’s Babies ‘n town.com. Sounds like some boomer ideas being born along with babies.

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!

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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: March 20th, 2014

Wedding ringThe first day of spring sets up a few Vernal Equinox holidays including National Proposal Day. Most romantic local proposals I’ve heard of:

Moonlit sleigh rides (or horse and buggy) — we had a story on it a few years ago in Lake Erie LifeStyle. We also heard of some special dinner proposals and proposals that take couples back to the first place they met — even on grade school play grounds. Here are a dozen romantic proposals from Your Tango.com

According to Huffington Post, the day originated with John Michael O’Laughlin of Irving, Texas.
Huffington Post also shared reader engagement stories in 2013. Read them here.

Here are “10 proposal videos that will make you cry” from Bridalguide.com.

ProposalDay.com suggests that the Most Eligible Bachelor in the world is Prince Harry followed by Leonardo DiCaprio.On the ladies side it’s Taylor Swift followed by Emma Watson. Read the entire article here.

Spring has sprung — it’s a great day to pop the question. And if you are thinking about it, act fast. The American Gem Society launched the Perfect Proposal Toolkit and a great contest. Today is the final day to enter to win a $2,500 gift certificate from the 1,700 participating AGS certified jewelers in the United States. Thank to Jasen Woehrle for the news!

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 18th, 2014

chocolate chipsFinally, a study I won’t make fun of.

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that pills with all those good nutrients in dark chocolate might have the ability to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The four-year study has 18,000 participants — why oh why didn’t they call me?

This is no joke. The study quoted Dr. JoAnn Manson, of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Who are the sponsors – you guessed it – chocolate manufacturers — Mars Inc., famous for M&M’s and Snickers — and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Why Mars? It patented extraction of cocoa flavanols and converts them into capsules.

The study will also analyze multivitamins — no chocolate in there. To read the full Associated Press report on NPR, click here.

More healthy stories from NPR — a fascinating story on how doctors in Ann Arbor used a 3-D printer to replicate a baby’s windpipe and save his life. Read it here. More health stories: Do iPads help or harm your toddlers? and look out for the Mumps Outbreak at Ohio State University. Theres a big drop in colon cancer — 30 percent in people 50 and older — read about it here.

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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