National Mutts Day: Our Dog Models

Dogs-1July 31st is National Mutts Day. At Lakeside we think all dogs are cute, but we can only put so many in our catalog. In honor of Mutts Day, we’d like to introduce you to some of our dog models.

This is Ginger. She's a rescue dog. Her owner and trainer nursed her back to health after having serious hip problems. As you can see, she recovered well as she models a snug faux fur coat in faux snow.

Ginger patiently poses in her fur coat.

 

This is Ginger. She’s a rescue dog. She had a broken hip when she went to live with her foster family. While her foster family nursed her back to health, she  won them over and now has a permanent home.  As you can see, she cleans up well — she dazzles and charms with or without a snug faux fur coat in faux snow but she’d wear just about anything and pose anywhere for a nibble of a tasty snack.

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Olive holds her toy while the photographer gets just the right shot.

This is Olive. This darling dog is as sweet as she is cute. She’s an expert at holding a squeaky toy at just the right tilt for the camera to showcase the toy as well as her beauty. But she hasn’t always led the charmed life. Before she got into modeling, she was a leftover pup from a puppy mill; she was on the block to be auctioned off. Her owner and trainer took her in where she’s one of many loved pups. Her owner/trainer knew she had a lot of potential as a model, but with a personality to match her beauty, she’s also a therapy dog. She frequently goes to hospitals to visit patients to let them pet her.

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Cajun lounges with her stuffed friends as the camera snaps and flashes.

Cajun is sweet and mild-mannered — a disposition that puts people at ease. She is well-trained — she has 17 titles — but it’s her personality that makes her such a great dog. Not only can she sit still for the cameras while keeping toys in place atop her paws, but she’s also a great listener which she applies in her work as a therapy dog. Her main gig is going to libraries where she sits and listens as people read to her.

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Rex listens intently as the set stylist and the trainer gives her directions.

 

Rex is a bubbly dog who will run across fields and scamper through ponds to fetch your camouflage bone and return it to you. Though he loves to run around and be a dog, he also likes to be fussed over and he’ll generally sit still to watch his brothers and sisters work. But, of course, he’ll do it for a price: doggy treats. Rex was not a rescue, but he’s done his share of therapy. He helped nurse his sister back to health when he was just a pup.

Whether your dog is a model or just vacuum cleaner with paws, celebrate your pup for National Mutts Day by showing him he’s special.

 

 

 

 

4 Must-Have Gadgets

Designers are always coming up with new ideas to make life easier and more fun — and we’re keeping up with all the best, new gadgets. From ways to remove corn from a cob to drawing with sidewalk chalk, the Lakeside Collection is on the lookout for interesting products we think you’ll like. Here 4 must-have gadgets… in action.

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The Corn Kerneler takes all of the work and mess out of eating fresh sweet corn in the summer! The Corn Kerneler quickly removes kernels from the cob and collects them in a bowl with a pour spout for easy transfer to a plate. If you prefer to eat your corn on the cob, it also comes with a butter spreader to for the perfect amount of butter on every kernel.

Drink-Stake

Never worry about where to set your drink while you’re enjoying a sunny afternoon in the backyard  with drink stakes. The can or glass holders cradle your drink while the raised stake makes it clearly visible to prevent kicking, tripping and spilling. Perfect for picnics, outdoor parties and afternoons at the beach; these sturdy steel holders stake easily into the ground.

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Kids can have fun chalking where they do their walking with a Sidewalk Designer kit. On the backyard patio or the driveway out front, the chalk designer helps your child create art by drawing in simple circles using the design wheels. Hours of outdoor playtime will be devoted to their sidewalk creations.

Neatly transfer dry or liquid ingredients into narrow-necked jars or bottles with this Set of 3 Mini Funnels. Each stainless steel funnel also has a long handle so you can hold it steady without spilling. The set includes 3 different sizes, so you have the right funnel to fit most containers. They nest together for storage. Handles, 3-1/2" long, each.

Filling small jars are no problem with these mini funnels. Each stainless steel funnel  allows you to neatly transfer dry or liquid ingredients into narrow-necked jars using a long handle so you can hold it steady without spilling. The set includes 3 different sizes, so you have the right funnel to fit most containers. They nest together for storage.

 

 

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

In the whirlwind of family summer fun, it can be difficult to find a little time for yourself. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by schedules for children’s summer activities, and before you know it, autumn and school will be here. Take some time out to indulge yourself, or find something to make your life easier in the Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

With the ability to handle documents up to 9-1/2" wide, this Laminator will prove to be a valuable resource for the home or office.

With the ability to handle documents up to 9-1/2″ wide, this Laminator will prove to be a valuable resource for the home or office.

Curl up and drift away to dreams on our Fleece Sheet Sets.

Curl up and drift away to dreams on our Fleece Sheet Sets.

 

With the Wireless Key Finder, you will always know where your keys are hiding.

With the Wireless Key Finder, you will always know where your keys are hiding.

Women's Embroidered V-Neck Sweatshirt adds folksy flair to everyday wear.

Women’s Embroidered V-Neck Sweatshirt adds folksy flair to everyday wear.

Collegiate Tapestry Throw lets you cuddle up with your favorite team.

Collegiate Tapestry Throw lets you cuddle up with your favorite team.

 

 

Best Places to Camp

camping-2We only get so much time to get to spend outside, making the best of it by camping is the logical way to take in nature at its best and warmest. The great outdoors are vast and beautiful — so where do you go? Here are some of the best places to camp around the country.

Illinois In the southernmost tip of Illinois, nestled between Missouri and Indiana is Giant City State Park. The park has everything you might want for an active camping trip – rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking and fishing. The campsites vary in accommodations – sites with water, electricity and showers are available for reservation, but you can also use the walk-in sites without all the amenities.

camping-3New York Just north of Lake Ontario and south of Canada, Canoe-Picnic Point State Park is open for island tent camping. What makes this campground more interesting than others is it is only accessible by boat, so you have to pack accordingly and budget for boat rental. The site is great for fishing and you can cook what you catch at the picnic ground where there are communal cooking facilities.

California Three hours west of San Francisco and four hours north of Los Angeles, is some of California’s most impressive landscape at Yosemite National Park. Cascading waterfalls, towering sequoias and tranquil trails attract more than four million visitors every year. There are thirteen campsites where you can pitch a tent, but motels and cabins are available for those who like a bed and bath.

Florida Not far from Cape Coral, on the Gulf Coast of Florida, cushy camping surrounded by water is best at Cayo Costa State Park where secluded beaches are lined by pine forests and swamps. The island is only accessible by ferry or private boat which means the nine mile island has hiking trails to lead you from the campgrounds to the water to snorkel and fish or watch for manatees and dolphins.

Camping-1Pennsylvania In eastern Pennsylvania, camping, fishing and hiking is best at Locust State Park. Hiking and biking allows you to take in the lush forest and wetlands on your own, but the park provides guided tours to examine the lake and Pennsylvania wildlife. There are lakeside campsites for those who want to swim or boat and sites to accommodate RVs and campers.

Wherever you are, you’re never too far from a great camping trip. You don’t have to drive to enjoy the great outdoors; sometimes your backyard makes the perfect campground.

4 Tips for Throwing a Midsummer Ice Cream Social

Ice-cream-2We don’t get weather hot enough to eat ice cream all the time, so we should make the most of it while we can. But how can you make something as exciting as ice cream more exciting? By making a party of it! Here are 4 tips for throwing a Midsummer Ice Cream Social for adults and kids alike.

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For the ice cream itself, keep it simple and keep it classic. Everyone likes either chocolate or vanilla, so include those and a sorbet or Italian ice as a non-dairy option. Make sure to keep the serving scoops separate to prevent any cross contamination — if your guests want to mix up the flavors, let them do it with their own spoons. With three ice cream flavors, you can leave the excitement for the toppings – that’s where you and your guests can go nuts.

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Make the toppings as elaborate and simple as you want. There’s nothing wrong with serving the basics – fudge, caramel, sprinkles, whipped cream and nuts; your guests can design their sundaes with mixed and matched toppings. If you really want to go the extra mile, crush up cookies, add some candy bar pieces, slice berries, spoon out marshmallow fluff – go wherever your imagination takes you.

Keep it Cold
It’s ice cream; by definition it’s cold and you want it to stay cold. For serving, fill a deep serving tray or large bowl with ice to hold your ice cream in the room but well below room temperature. For ice cream packaged in cardboard containers, place them in a plastic tub to go on top of the ice so the containers don’t get soggy. Until serving time, keep your ice cream dishes and spoons in the freezers so the ice cream doesn’t melt as your guests top their sweet treats.

Keep it Neat
Ice cream is full of sugar and when it melts, it’s sticky. To prevent too much mess, put a vinyl or oil cloth table cloth down for the serving area with a small bucket of warm water and a towel for immediate cleanup.

With the Fourth of July behind us, we only have a few weeks left to enjoy hot weather and cold treats — let’s make every day count!

 

 

 

 

 

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

Sometimes, the sun and heat of summer becomes a little too much. As the temperature soars, we often relax inside in order to enjoy modern conveniences like ice makers and air conditioning. Prepare to chill out in your home with the Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week.

Reduce energy costs while adding the luxurious look of suede to your favorite room with a Set of 2 Insulated Sueded Curtains.

Reduce energy costs while adding the luxurious look of suede to your favorite room with a Set of 2 Insulated Sueded Curtains.

Add a 52" Bright Body Pillow to your space for a pop of color and amazing comfort.

Add a 52″ Bright Body Pillow to your space for a pop of color and amazing comfort.

Wrap-Around Microfiber Bedskirt is easy to put on and take off without having to lift the mattress.

Wrap-Around Microfiber Bedskirt is easy to put on and take off without having to lift the mattress.

Rocking Chair Cushion Set is a cozy touch for your favorite seat.

Rocking Chair Cushion Set is a cozy touch for your favorite seat.

Laundry Room Wall Hanging is a novel way to give that room some character.

Laundry Room Wall Hanging is a novel way to give that room some character.

 

Lollipop Day: The History of the Lollipop

LollipopJuly 20th is National Lollipop Day. The lollipop has a long history — some evidence the idea of candy on a stick has been around for centuries, but surprisingly, the modern lollipop in the United States has only been around for a little over 100 years. Here’s a little bit of the history of the lollipop.

The word originated in Northern England in the 18th century, but their lollipops were a bit different from what we now know as lollipops. At the time, soft candy was referred as Lolly Pops – in that dialect it literally translates as “tongue” (lolly) “slap” (pop), but the term didn’t surface in the United States until the turn of the century.

Lollipop1908 was a big year for candy on a stick. In Racine, Wisconsin, at McAviney Candy Company, hard candy was the focus. Workers used wooden sticks to stir the candy and there was always a bit leftover on the stick – which employees gave to their kids. Seeing the potential for the product, the company started mass-producing candy on a stick.

According to connecticuthistory.org, the Bradley Smith Company started producing candy on a stick in 1908 as well, but the owner of the company, George Smith, gets the credit for the name “lollipop.” He claimed the name for a trademark after being inspired by a race horse called Lolly Pop, but because of the original use of the term by the English, the trademark office refused his request. It wasn’t until the 1930s Smith finally got Lolly Pop” trademarked, however, the term is now part of public domain.

LollipopThe word and the candy live on in different forms and under different names around the world. On June 20th, we can all enjoy a tasty piece of history. Happy Lollipop Day!

 

Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Need

We try to make our lives simpler; we pare down what we keep in the kitchen, de-clutter the bathroom and streamline our living room needs to make things uncomplicated. But every once in a while a gadget comes along to make our lives a little bit easier. Here are 6 gadgets you didn’t know you need.   

heating-padYou don’t have to be tethered to a wall to ease aches and pains with the Cordless Heating Pad. With thousands of gel beads heated in the microwave, the warmth radiates through the outer soft fabric to soothe and relieve sore muscles and tense tissues without having to sit three feet from the electrical socket. The Cordless Heating Pad cures conveniently.

VanityTalk about simple – any mirror is an instant vanity with the Vanity-To-Go-Shelf.  It holds styling tools, makeup and more. Whether it’s in the bathroom, bedroom or laundry room, you’ll have a spot to primp, dab and twirl.

magnetic-jewlry-claspsYou don’t have to strain your arms and back to wear your favorite necklaces with Magnetic Jewelry Clasps. Just attach them to the necklace closures, drape the necklace around your neck and bring the ends near each other and they’ll cling to each other until you’re ready to take them apart.

spirooliA pile of noodles never tastes so good as it does when it’s made of vegetables. The Spirooli Spiral Slicer makes the gluten-free and vegetarian diets fun and easy, but it’s not limited to healthy foods. In addition to making zucchini linguini and squash spaghetti – you can also make hash browns curly fries! If you’re looking for a way to introduce more playful vegetables to your meals, the Spirooli is the gadget you’ve been waiting for.

neck-massagerForget the taking a trip to the spa – have a day of relaxing at home every day with the Heated Neck and Shoulders Massager. It hooks around your shoulders like a scarf – only you control the temperature. The fleece and foam padding and speed up or slow down at the touch of a button. It’s compact for easy travel and –it might not be the best part of having your very own massager– but no tip is expected when you’re done with your massage!

Selfie-ShutterThis one’s for the kids – it’s a Selfie Shutter with Wireless Remote. By “Selfie” we mean pictures taken of yourself to post on Facebook or Twitter. Trust us, all the kids with a smart phone are doing it. With the Selfie Shutter your kids can take as many selfies and group selfies flawlessly without their arms getting in the way of their faces.

 

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

When it is time to get organized, it is easy to feel intimidated. Not only does the thought of sorting through your rooms seem overwhelming, so does the potential cost of the project. Try some smaller, less expensive changes to make your home run better and give you more time to enjoy a pitcher of lemonade or iced tea. Get started with the Lakeside Selection: our choice of favorite items for the week.

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Keep things tidy with a Set of 2 Silicone Counter Gap Covers.

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Trash-Ease 13-Gallon Bag Holder is a simple way to clean up at campsites, picnics and at home.

 

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This huge bag lets you tote multiple loads at once. The Oversized Laundry Tote features a trendy print on a very large and spacious bag.

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Fast and affordable, Brick and Siding Clips help you decorate without causing damage to your home.

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Your family will love to help themselves to a refreshing beverage with the ergonomic Shatter-Resistant Pitcher.

 

Who We’re Following

Our social networks are buzzing and we want to share with you some of our favorite blogs, pinners and tweeters that share our love for home improvement and family life. Here’s who we are following we this week we think are worth checking out.

Better-in-bulkBetter in Bulk is a family-friendly, crafty and wholesome place to get ideas for what to have for dinner to where to take a weekend trip. Better in Bulk is also quite handy with the camera; check out her Fourth of July photos – they’re worth the visit to the website.

Shabby-Creek-CottageThe Shabby Creek Cottage is all about creating the perfect home from the ground up. The DIY tricks are unbelievably thorough – try aging galvanized metal! – and the recipes are so mouthwatering even if you didn’t think you’d want to try them, you will after you see the pictures.

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V. Ruth Baranowski is a well-rounded pinner. Farm animals and children’s costumes get equal amounts of pin-time with tookytooky15, but she pays special attention to The Art of Being Awesome and we pay special attention to her; so should you.

From cute kids to crafty creations, Dixie Henderson gives us Pinspiration. Not only does she pin things to encourage us to make and do things, but some of her boards are downright entertaining. A favorite of her boards is “I Remember These!” which is filled with all sorts of nostalgia. Check her out.

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Holly Becker (@decor8) Tweets sweetly with a new mom’s voice and a stylist’s eye. She mixes up her messages with décor suggestions and inspirational quotes. She’s a fountain of information as well as a pleasure to follow.

Alli Smith (@allismith77) Alli Smith is a writer and storyteller and offers tweets short and to the point. Her topics vary from “Mother-In-Law vs Daughter-In-Law” to “Porches, Patios, and Paths.” Whatever she tweets, we’ll follow.

At The Lakeside Collection we’re always scouring the Internet for ideas and inspiration. Whether it’s on Twitter, Pinterest or a blog – when we see something fantastic, we want to share them with you and we hope you’ll do the same for us. Leave us a comment if there’s a site, pinner or tweeter you think is inspiring.