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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: February 12th, 2014

Valentines day isMen say it’s too commercial, and they spend big on their women. Mostly on dinner, flowers and jewelry.

Beso.com, part of Shopzilla Inc., polled 2,178 Gen X and Gen Y shoppers  and found that 37 percent of respondents call the day romantic, and 32 percent call it fun, but the majority called it cheesy, annoying and commercial. In fact, 4 percent called it an (unflattering word deleted) Hallmark holiday.

Men outspend women –16 percent spend more than $150 while 49 percent spend more than $75! Only 7 percent of women spend more than $150. It gets worse — 25 percent of women spend$1 – $24.  The majority – 72 percent of women — spend less than $50.  The graphic below indicates what men and women spend.

what we are spending

 What do men and women really want?

what men wantMen claim to want trips and accessories, and 19 percent of women and 10 percent of men want trips. We need to buy more trips for one another! 

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 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: January 31st, 2014

PamkimTwo weeks from today is that all-important day of romance, so get something Valentine’s Day red — dress, shirt, shoes, jacket, pants, purse, jewelry or underthings. I have all of the above. In fact the jacket I am wearing in this photo is from a $5 bag sale at Sassy Peacock last week. I got three jackets, a pair of shoes, three purses, a dress and two pairs of pants for $5. Found a quarter in one jacket, and my husband said, “Wow — it was really a $4.75 bag sale for you!”

I love red — here are some links to some of the latest folks who send me stuff.

Bon-Ton – one day sale — preview today and sale tomorrow. Here’s a link to their Valentines Day gift guide for men and women — fun stuff!

Rue la la – dresses — lot of dresses — red and other colors.

Need a wine cooler? Here’s a great gift from Packit.comchill

And don’t leave the kids out. Zulily is loaded with fun red stuff for boys and girls. At Zulily — here’s a link to Sofia the First — all little girls love this one, especially little Miss Mia Parker the first zon-redheart2 And here’s a link to build a bear fun.

I’ll keep the Valentine’s Day ideas coming. Happy Friday!

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: December 3rd, 2013
World Record Skydive

This image provided, by Niklas Daniel, shows 63 women skydivers setting a new world record for the largest all-female formation while jumping head down Saturday Nov. 30, 2013 in Eloy, Aria. The record was certified by the Federation of Aeronautics International. A spokesman said participants over the last couple of days included nearly 40 Americans and 50 women from Australia, Russia, France, England, Canada and Mexico. They competed for slots on Saturday’s record attempt. (AP Photo/Niklas Daniel)

In Arizona, 63 women skydivers made history over the weekend in a dangerous head-first free fall that set a record. Here’s a link to the full New York News story.

 

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: October 16th, 2013
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Athena Young Professional Award winner Amber Penna of Mercyhurst University and Laurie Root, 2013 Athena Award winner and Vice President, Investor Relations, United Way of Erie County — Photo courtesy of Colleen Moore Mezler

Some were young. Some not so young. Some retired. Some were still in school. But the 200 women at the Erie Ambassador on Tuesday had one thing in common: They were on a mission to support one another in business and in life. Erie area women were honored and empowered — I’ll get to the honors, but first the empowerment.

Founded by retired Erie banker Linda Stevenson, the local Athena Powerlink group — in its 15th year –welcomed Erie area women and shared a powerful message from Christy Uffelman, a Pittsburgh businesswoman and Athena award winner. “Share your light,” she said. Uffelman shared her light and founded a number of peer mentoring groups for women that have been successful in Pittsburgh. Her message of top 5 things to do:

  1. You will say and do things you regret. Let it go.
  2. Get on a board and help other women join boards, and raise money. A national organization called the 2020 Women on Boards has a goal of increasing women on boards by 20 percent throughout the United States.
  3. It’s OK to not be liked.
  4. Saying no is a skill; practice it.
  5. Be strategic about building your network. Make contact with similar people, share problems, solutions. Those people will be there when you need them. But you must ask.

The awards

Congratulations, Laurie Root, ATHENA Leadership Award recipient. Root returned to Erie a few years ago with a mission of helping women. She is described as a quiet leader, and she has been very effective in her career and in helping local women and children. Root had been instrumental in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’s success in Erie — the Imagination Ball is Saturday. Click here for details.

Thousands of  children are signed up for the program that gives free books to children who cannot afford them. Click here for more information. That’s just one of Root’s many accomplishments. Get to know Laurie Root, who along with Colleen Moore Mezler and Linda Stevenson, will take Athena to the next level locally.

The 2013 Athena Young Professional Award went to Amber Penna of Mercyhurst University. Amber is a sports medicine major, and she serves as president of Mercyhurst Student Government.

You’ll be seeing much more about women empowering one another right here in this blog. Plus, Athena will launch its first local boot camp in May 2014.

I have had the privilege of serving on several  Athena advisory panels that help women business owners take their businesses to the next level. I’ve seen the Athena influence in action, and it’s not just women. My former grade school teacher, CPA Dick Wachter, received the Athena Award in 2005 for empowering women in business.

If you want to share your light with Athena, contact Linda Stevenson at L.StevensonATHENA@hotmail.com or visit www.athenaerie.com.

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: October 14th, 2013
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From Halloween Cottage on Facebook or visit http://www.holidaycottagepage.com/

Friday, Oct. 18, is World Menopause Day, and I’ll get to that, but first the fun facts about this week — mostly taken from holidayinsights.com.

How about a candy corn cocktail? 

Candy Corn Cordial, an adult beverage, is made with vodka and floating candy corn. Lots of other martini/candy corn recipes exist. Check these links out at DrinksMixer.com, about Cocktails and Pillsbury, to name a few.

Oh and if you missed it, Oct. 1,”The Twilight Zone” premiered in 1959, and Walt Disney World opened in Orlando — in 1971.

Menopause Day is Friday

On this 30th anniversary of World Menopause Day, the International Menopause Society marks the day by encouraging education, but the site has a welcome from the president — a man. The board has a lot of men listed too. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, and I’m sure they’re all very intelligent men.

But when one of those men experiences menopause instead of studies it, let’s make it a full-blown holiday, shall we? I’m just sayin’.

Instead of the medical jargon at the IMS, you can visit the Poise site and get real answers about real problems that women have. For example, it’s got lots of stuff about why our feet hurt. A picture of a woman greets you.

Last year at Her TimesDebbie DeAngelo wrote a great feature on how to deal with menopause symptoms – check it out 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 20th, 2013

Bride and groom kissing.It’s the first day of spring, and what better day to spring a proposal? David’s Bridal sent me an update on wedding etiquette — social-media style. Here’s the unveiling (get it un-veiling):

  • Skype a seat  49 percent of all respondents would consider “skype-ing” their wedding.
  • Hold the phone! 56 percent of newlywed women think it’s important to have social media rules at the wedding.
  • 61 percent forbid their bridesmaids from uploading pics of the bride donning her dress before the ceremony
  • 52 percent say the bride and groom must be the first to post a picture of their wedding to a social media site.
  • 3-year-old Pinterest is the ultimate tool for brides-to-be. 46 percent wouldn’t use an idea they found on a friend’s Pinterest board!
  • Phone it in – 68 percent of brides text fitting pictures to family and post videos on a social media site.
  • Cover it live – Last month, TheKnot.com held a live-streamed, crowd sourced wedding, and Brides magazine plans a live-streamed Facebook wedding. Companies like I Do Stream and Marry Me Live even offer webcasting services.

Thanks to Stacey Tropeano, senior account executive at Coyne Public Relations in New Jersey for the latest news on social media.

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: February 14th, 2013

gabby-douglasFashion statements are red this month — and today’s Valentine’s Day mantra might be “buy something red.” Take a look at the red dresses rocking the runway during The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion Show 2013 right here. The New York Daily News covers it in style with 27 fabulous fashion ideas modeled by everyone from Gold-medal Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas – pictured above — to Kelly Osbourne.

Today is the perfect day to buy a little red dress. Here’s a link to the terrific selection at Macy’s – for teens to women in styles for career, casual and glamorous evening wear.

Here’s a link to JCPenney’s red dresses – one adorable peplum number from Bisou Bisou is only $35 — how can we choose just one?

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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: February 1st, 2013

boot2viewsRemember, today is Wear Red Day — the American Heart Association reminds women to get checked for heart disease. UPMC Hamot has a full slate of events — click here. At Goredforwomen.org, learn more. images

And, here’s a thought to protect that pedicure! According to the website, Bootie Pies are cozy boots with a collapsible front flap that exposes the toes while getting a pedicure. Bootie Pies look like fashionable UGGs and are made from high quality suede and leather s like coconut crème, chocolate and blackberry. www.bootiepies.com. The shorter boots (more like shoes) are $68, and the taller boots (at left) are about $88. Wear them with your gloves that flip down for a manicure and make a statement!

Back to our hearts — heart disease kills more women 25 and older than all cancers combined. 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.Take care, and get a checkup!

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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