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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 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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Posted: March 7th, 2014

Relish shamrockCheck out this cool beach-glass shamrock pendant from Relish in Erie. You can see it and more here.
If you want to buy something green for Saint Patrick’s Day, you can buy more than green beer. And something that lasts longer!

Jewelry is available in shamrocks, claddagh and trinity pendants, rings and earrings. It’s a great idea for kids and adults.

Or, get a shamrock plant

Last year, I learned that the 3-leafed shamrock is a symbol for the Holy Trinity. I’ve had a few of shamrock plants. The varieties that I had bloomed with beautiful white flowers all year long, and they thrive outdoors. I found mine at Wegman’s for as little as $4, and if I would remember to water them, mine would still be healthy. My first one grew as big as a shrub outside. Here’s a link to a story that Sue Scholz wrote in 2013 about the various shamrock plants available and how to care for them.

If you’re looking for Irish jewelry, contact your favorite local jeweler or one of the following to see if they have the gems you are looking for.

Relish Inc.
3835 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505
814-836-1827

Tipperary West
3026 Cherry St., Erie, PA 16508
814-459-5797

Belvedere Celtic Imports
1656 W 8th St., Erie, PA 16505
814-454-3362

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day shopping!

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. Her paternal grandmother’s family came to America from Ireland. 

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Posted: February 10th, 2014

heart[1]Thanks to everyone who e-mailed, called and messaged us after the last Her Times issue. What we learned:

A reader from Corry told us she never had any symptoms of heart disease but attended a free screening for cholesterol and blood pressure. The cholesterol test led to more tests, and months later she had a stent inserted in one of her arteries. “I’m one of those people you wrote about,” she said. “I might never have known anything was wrong if I hadn’t had that free screening. I encourage everyone to get a checkup. It could save your life.”

Decaf days In my efforts to decaffeinate my life — well reduce caffeine — I discovered this article on Kids and caffeine. I am still succeeding with one cup of mudlike (strong — very strong — Peet’s works for me) caffeinated coffee per day and additional mudlike decaf coffees. I rarely drink tea anymore — just water — tea didn’t help me at all.

To read about more local women who battled heart disease and won, click here.  We also had plenty of comments from women who loved hearing about spot reduction and blasting fat cells at Integrative MedSpa in Erie. Thanks for sharing!

Here are a couple of heart-healthy events coming up in the next few weeks:
“Exercise Your Heart Out”
Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m.
McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Wellness Coordinator Jennifer Territo will provide information on a variety of different exercises to incorporate into your daily routine to keep your heart healthy including Zumba, strength training and R.I.P.P.E.D.
Free
Reservations required: 452-5708.

“Your Legs Can Tell A Lot About Your Heart”
Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.

McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Peripheral Vascular Surgeon Jay Kiessling, M.D., and Cardiologist Nishant Koradia, M.D., will talk about peripheral vascular disease symptoms, screening and treatment, as well as the connection between PVD and heart disease. Free varicose vein screenings available.
Free
Reservations required: 452-7273.

“Mr. and Mrs. Heart Disease”
Feb. 20, 6 p.m.

UPMC Hamot for Women Lecture Series with Audrey Swonger, C.R.N.P., cardiac nurse practitioner with Medicor Associates Inc. Swonger will discuss heart disease risk factors and symptoms unique to both men and women.
Lincoln Education Center at the UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital
Free
Registration is required at least one week prior: https://classes.upmc.com/Consumer/Default.aspxFeb. 20, 6 p.m.
Lincoln Education Center at the UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital
Free
Registration is required at least one week prior: https://classes.upmc.com/Consumer/Default.aspx

“Eat Your Heart Out!”
McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Feb. 28, Noon
Saint Vincent Wellness Dietitian Leslie Lawton, R.D., will present a seminar on a variety of foods to keep your heart healthy. Also includes a cooking demonstration.
Free
Reservations required: 452-5708.

Here’s a link to an article on Kids and caffeine.

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: February 3rd, 2014

WearRed250.113155 (1)If you checked out Her Times yesterday, you know that February is the month women need to check out matters of the heart — and that means more than romance. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in Erie County. Here are some events to check out — just a few hours of your time:

Friday is the 8th Annual Wear Red Heart Awareness Expo
Put on your red dress and head down to the Sheraton Bayfront Hotel on Friday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day’s activities include five, half-hour mini lectures, free health screenings, healthy food sampling, shopping, and a raffle.

View the Wear Red Day flier to learn more about the lectures, health screenings, and other details. You can get free screenings — blood pressure, body mass index, cardiovascular risk assessment, varicose vein, diabetes  and stroke risk – and $10 cholesterol and blood sugar testing. For more information, see the schedule of events here.

More events this month include:

“Exercise Your Heart Out”
Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m.
McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Wellness Coordinator Jennifer Territo will provide information on a variety of different exercises to incorporate into your daily routine to keep your heart healthy including Zumba, strength training and R.I.P.P.E.D.
Free
Reservations required: 452-5708.

“Your Legs Can Tell A Lot About Your Heart”
Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.
McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Peripheral Vascular Surgeon Jay Kiessling, M.D., and Cardiologist Nishant Koradia, M.D., will talk about peripheral vascular disease symptoms, screening and treatment, as well as the connection between PVD and heart disease. Free varicose vein screenings available.
Free
Reservations required: 452-7273.

“Mr. and Mrs. Heart Disease”
Feb. 20, 6 p.m.
UPMC Hamot for Women Lecture Series with Audrey Swonger, C.R.N.P., cardiac nurse practitioner with Medicor Associates Inc. Swonger will discuss heart disease risk factors and symptoms unique to both men and women.
Lincoln Education Center at the UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital
Free
Registration is required at least one week prior: https://classes.upmc.com/Consumer/Default.aspx

“Eat Your Heart Out!”
McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Feb. 28, Noon
Saint Vincent Wellness Dietitian Leslie Lawton, R.D., will present a seminar on a variety of foods to keep your heart healthy. Also includes a cooking demonstration.
Free
Reservations required: 452-5708.

Signs of a heart attack in women are often different than men, according to the American Heart Association. Sweating, pressure, nausea and jaw pain could be signs — in addition to pressure in the chest, pain or discomfort in one or both arms, shortness of breath and lightheadedness. Don’t ignore pain in the back, neck or stomach.

Signs of a stroke from American Heart Association include: numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, blurred vision in one or both eyes. dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or sudden severe headache.

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-grandPam to one.

 

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Posted: November 15th, 2013

Wedding Ring or Engagement Ring on whiteI never thought about the gunk I get on my rings. Or bracelets. Or necklaces. Until I opened an e-mail that told me all about my jewelry germs. Ick!

In a press release, David Bellman, inventor of the Aquasonic Wave jewelry cleaning system, and Dr. Holly Neefe, a pediatrician with 17 years of experience, warned that bacteria gets on our jewelry, and it makes us  carriers for some nasty germs.

Bellman invented the AquaSonic Wave, an at-home professional-quality jewelry cleaning system, but this isn’t a commercial for that. However, it is notable that Bellman’s co-inventor is Dean Kamen,  inventor of the portable kidney dialysis machine, and the Segway — those cool transport systems we ride in big cities, at the peninsula and at Peek ‘n Peak. For more information visit www.aquasonicwave.com.

Here’s an article from Woman’s Day on DIY — how to clean your jewelry at home. It includes quick tips on how to clean pearls, diamonds, sterling silver, gold and turquoise. Here’s an ehow link on how to clean opals.

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.

Posted: September 12th, 2013
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I swear I had this outfit back in the 70s — not a Diane von Furstenberg, but something like it.

It’s the time of year I start to get rid of spring and summer stuff or stow it away for next year. What to keep and what to lose is a top priority, and fortunately the New York fashion scene has already put out the word on what’s up for Spring/Summer 2014.

You gotta love Diane von Furstenberg. She brings back the 70s disco era in fashions I recognize. I know I wore some of these, and many of them have Cher written all over them. Channeling the best of Cher, her models had straight hair, parted down the middle  – my yearbook is full of those pictures. Of course her signature wrap dresses are always in style.

Other stylists took the currently popular side-part hairstyles to extreme — sweeping hair across the forehead in a matted, wet look. Not something this girl will be sporting because I see that look in the mirror every time I play tennis, and it is not flattering for me.

azaria

Max Azaria’s stylish dresses on the runway — done and undone.

The spring season gets summed up in the best quote from designer Max Azaria about makeup, hair and clothing. “Think done, but undone,” he said. Bronzers and sun-kissed makeup that’s barely there are all in along with hair that boasts a lot of French braids that are just a little messy — hence the undone.

I also saw a lot of those dresses that combine a mini with a sheer long skirt. Some of it is kind of cute.

For nails, the French manicure with a twist continues its popularity with neutral nail body and colorful tips. Metallics also continue their popularity with silver, granite, lapis, pewter and mosaics finishing nails.

Back to the closets for me. Some of this stuff has to go — done and undone.

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 GramPam to one.

 

 

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Posted: July 25th, 2013

HKR2Summer is far from over, but I won’t get my kids together again for a long time, and it’s gratifying that they teach me something every year. Here’s what I have learned so far this summer:

1. All three adult kids used this photo on their Facebook pages at the same time after a recent vacation. It is still the profile photo for the boys.

This is so sweet for a mom because they live in three different cities, and it’s getting harder to get together. I cherish this one.

2. That video games incorporate some old songs that kids love. When my youngest asked about some old 1970s songs, I was surprised, and he told me he’d heard the music on a video game. It made me realize that they do appreciate some of the old tunes.

3. That I have raised “two grown men.” I know this because they remind me of it all the time. “I am a grown man, Mom,” has been the mantra this year.

4. That my daughter will keep us all in pictures forever. She sent this one to all of us and many more.

I have more to learn, and hopefully they will share. A lot of what I’ve learned is how to let go, and I will share some of that in an upcoming article in Her Times on Aug. 4.

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 GramPam to one.

 

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Posted: July 17th, 2013

eyehole3 eyehole2If you have a lot of reading glasses hiding around the house (yes,  hiding — aren’t they always hiding), designing women are taking care of you. Let me introduce you  to Eyehole and Lookie Lous.

Always losing those readers? Meet the eyehole — an adjustable eyeglass necklace that’s a pretty snazzy fashion accessory. The $25 necklace looks great alone, but it holds reading glasses and sunglasses and comes in a lot of great designs.

The brand was designed by Ann Lightfoot and Kate Berger, a mother-daughter design team — Kate came up with the idea after her mom lost her readers a gazilion times kind of like me! We’ll be giving away a pair in the Aug. 4 issue of Her Times.

Here’s the one we are giving away: eyehole4

Another pair of designing women came up with their own version of readers that double as a headband. I always knew lookie loos as a term for someone who looks at something with no intention of buying it — an old real estate word for people like me (but I do write about houses). Right now, Lookie Lous are a new brand of reading glasses with some clever looking designs that ellven make great headbands when you’re not looking through them.

Veterans of fashion and design, company founders Kelly Coty and Kristie Chiron met 25 years ago while working in the Los Angeles garment district. After relocating to Nashville and turning 40, Coty, a single mom, discovered that small print and misplaced reading glasses were a common problem. She also discovered her teenage daughter’s headbands were constantly around the house, and in impromptu cleaning, she put the headbands on her head and often mistook them for her reading glasses. In an aha moment, Coty made the prototype for Lookie Lous literally at her kitchen table with the idea that the glasses could double as a headband. Read the great story on Marlo Thomas’ blog on Huffington Post right here. Lookie Lous are in 120 stores throughout the United States and Canada. They come in a lot of colors and clear and list for $39.99. We’ll be giving away a pair in the Aug. 4 issue of Her Times.

Here’s to designing women with 20/20 vision.

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 and stepmom to three.

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