Christmas Eve Gifts: Comfy, Cuddly & Cozy Gift Ideas

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For many of us, Christmas Eve is the best part of the holiday season. It’s the best night of the year to cozy up on the couch, warm up by the fire, enjoy a mug of eggnog or hot chocolate, and of course, unwrap a few Christmas gifts. In addition to the many holiday gift ideas we have available at Lakeside for Christmas morning, we have a wide variety of Christmas Eve gifts, cozy gift ideas and stocking stuffers for Christmas Eve. Explore our favorite categories, shop our Gift Center and check out our infographic below!

Christmas Eve Gifts & Cozy Gift Ideas

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Lakeside Gift Center – Shop All Christmas Gifts!

Finding unique Christmas gifts for the family has never been easier with Lakeside’s Gift Center. Discover Christmas gift ideas for her, great stocking stuffers for kids and more!

Lakeside Gift Center - Unique Christmas Gifts

Christmas Infographic – Santa’s Stocking Stuffers Formula

Stocking Stuffers are many of our all-time favorite Christmas traditions. Get the step-by-step secret formula on stockings with these stocking stuffers ideas from Santa himself!

Christmas Infographic - Santa's Secret Stocking Stuffers Formula

Holiday Infographic – Christmas Facts from Around the World

Ever wondered how many countries celebrate Christmas, or how trees are decorated in other countries? Get excited for Christmas with Christmas facts from around the world!

Christmas Infographic - Christmas Facts from Around the World

25 Unique Pumpkin Decorations for the Fall Season

If you’ve thumbed through our Fall Favorites Catalog, you’ve probably discovered more than a handful of fall pumpkin decorations. From fall outdoor decor to pumpkin decor for Halloween and Thanksgiving, you’ll find a variety of unique pumpkins to decorate your home. Here’s a fun list of our favorite unique pumpkin decorations for the fall season.

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Outdoor Fall Pumpkin Decorations

Bless this Home Harvest Collection

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Welcome guests and deck out your porch for the fall season with the “Bless this Home” Harvest Collection. A trendy chevron pattern on the pumpkins ties each piece together.

Harvest Gatherings Porch Decor

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Create a fun look for fall with Harvest Gatherings Porch Collection. Choose from the Burlap Pumpkin Wreath, Pumpkin Yard Stake, Sitting Scarecrow or just add all three!

Harvest Porch Wood Pumpkins

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Pull off a festive look on your front porch this harvest season these Harvest Porch Wood Pumpkins. Each pumpkin has a distinct pattern that will look great on your porch steps.

Harvest Pumpkin Seasonal Swag

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Put your holiday spirit on display by hanging this Seasonal Swag on your front door this fall. It’s the perfect substitute for a wreath, and can be used all the way to Thanksgiving.

LED Pumpkin Man

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The LED Pumpkin Man looks cute sitting on a porch bench or hay bale. The country style is great for the fall season, while the witch hat adds a fun accent for Halloween.

Welcome Fall Garden Decor

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Get your yard ready for the season with this Welcome Fall Garden Decor. Choose from the Scarecrow Welcome Stake, the Rustic Pumpkin Wagon, Squirrel or collect them all!

Indoor Fall Pumpkin Decorations

3-Pc. Harvest Quilt Set

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Welcome fall with the festive pattern of this 3-Pc. Harvest Quilt Set. The design includes festive pumpkins and fall leaves. It also features vermicelli stitching and plaid borders.

Pumpkin & Stars Bathroom Collection

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The Pumpkin & Stars Bathroom Collection brings a seasonal touch to any fall bathroom. The collection features autumn pumpkins and leaves, as well as primitive country stars.

Set of 3 Harvest Pumpkins

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Set of 3 Harvest Pumpkins is the perfect decor for the fall season. Each pumpkin in the set is inscribed with a different phrase that’s perfect for fall or a Thanksgiving tabletop.

Lighted Fall Grapevine Collection

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Decorate your home for the harvest season with this Lighted Fall Grapevine Collection. Choose from the String Lights Set, Small or Large Rattan Pumpkins, or feature all three!

Harvest Wall Art

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Harvest Wall Art is the perfect decorative accent piece for the changing seasons. The chalkboard-style design combines a variety of harvest imagery, including pumpkins.

4-Pc. Ceramic Pumpkin Centerpiece

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Each pumpkin in this 4-Pc. Ceramic Pumpkin Centerpiece Set has a removable lid and a spacious interior that’s perfect for holding candy or as a catch-all for random goodies.

Lighted Scarecrow Figures

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Decorate your home for fall with a Lighted Scarecrow Figurine. The friendly scarecrows are dressed in traditional country attire with harvest items, including light-up pumpkins.

Harvest Decor Medley

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Put this Harvest Decor Medley on display to celebrate the incoming season. It features a Pumpkin Welcome Sign, as well as Crow Figurines perched on a fall-inspired stand.

Harvest Tabletop Collection

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The Harvest Tabletop Collection enables you to set the table in style. Take your pick of the Small Platter, Large Platter, Set of 4 Plates, Dip Server, Chip ‘n’ Dip or get them all.

Decorative Country Accents

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Give your kitchen a touch of country charm with this decorative accent. It’s farm-to-table decor with a vintage look. Pumpkin Bottle Cap Art looks great as an accent on any wall.

Halloween Pumpkin Decorations

Disney LED Pumpkins

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This Disney LED Pumpkin makes it possible to celebrate the season with your favorite character. Each awesome pumpkin lights up from the inside for a glowing appearance.

Set of 2 Metal Pumpkin Lanterns

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This Set of 2 Metal Pumpkin Lanterns is a safer and more decorative alternative to real pumpkins. Add a few tea light candles and the light will shine through their cutout faces.

Banner Set or Rattan Pumpkins

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Add a few pumpkins to your porch for Halloween with Triple Stacked Lighted Pumpkins from the Banner Set or Rattan Pumpkins collection. The classic look for trick-or-treating.

8′ Inflatable Pumpkin Patch

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“Grow” an instant pumpkin patch in your yard with this 8′ inflatable Pumpkin Patch. It is super easy to set up, and features seven jack-o’-lantern pumpkins in different sizes.

Pumpkin 2-Pc. Halloween Kitchen Set

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This 2-Pc. Halloween Kitchen Set adds a vibrant, seasonal look to your cooking area. It features a pot holder and kitchen towel held together with a button and easily detach.

Twinkling Mason Jar Halloween Lanterns

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Trick-or-treaters will be relieved to come across the less-than-frightening face of this Twinkling Mason Jar Halloween Lantern. Interior features 10 white LED string light.

Twilight Halloween Decor Collection

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The Twilight Halloween Decor Collection is the perfect Halloween decor for a Halloween party. Display the Wreath, LED Tree, Pumpkin Set and Lighted Mantel Scarf together.

Halloween Figures

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Lighten up the mood with this not-so-scary Halloween Figurine. Piece together the full display with the Happy Witch Block, Halloween Figure and the Pumpkins with Spider.

60″ Swinging Dead Creatures

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This 60″ Swinging Dead Creature is just what you need to finish off your spooky setup for trick-or-treaters. This eerie creature watches over your home from its swing perch.


There are plenty more Halloween decorations in our Fall Favorites Catalog. Request a free fall catalog today, or check out our entire selection of Halloween decorations online.

Welcome Home! Friendly Garden Decor Critters for Your Yard

Our backyards are already full of life, but sometimes they need an extra pop of personality to feel complete. In addition to Lakeside’s wide selection of outdoor lighting, feeders, tools and planters, we also have numerous statues, sculptures and stake sets to complete your garden. Here are 10 friendly garden decor critters waiting for you to welcome them home!


Dress-Up Garden Animals

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This cute little critter will be happy to look after your garden while you’re not around. It’s dressed up in an oversized piece of clothing and could also be displayed on the porch, near the mailbox, or wherever you want to add a new outdoor accent with personality.

Wood-Look Garden Statues

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This friendly Wood-Look Garden Statue is a standout hit that can also blend into any type of garden scene. The wood-look design is enforced by its cleverly carved lines that mimic the natural look of wood-grain. Feature the cute animal just about anywhere in your yard.

Sets of 3 Garden Sculptures

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Add some fun to your outdoor space with this Set of 3 Garden Sculptures. The adorable Bunnies are intricately detailed to look like real bunnies, and are designed with different poses. The set of Flower Friends are vibrantly colored accent pieces inspired by nature.

Stone Garden Critters

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Make your garden a little more fun with the different personalities of these Stone Garden Critters. They’re designed to look like they’re made of stone, but also feature bright colors and whimsical patterns that will draw the eye and help you highlight your garden space.

Barnyard Family Welcome Stake Sets

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Your guests will love the friendly reception they get from this Barnyard Family Welcome Stake Set. Just stake the mother, her two babies and the welcome sign into any patch of flowers, shrubs or on your lawn to give guests a warm greeting as they walk to your door.

Woodland Friend in Solar Car

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Drive fellow gardeners crazy jealous with this Woodland Friend in Solar Car. Each statue is shaped to look like a vehicle, complete with headlights that brighten up with LED light at dusk. It charges on its own using the solar panel. The friendly critter sits behind the wheel.

Silly Stacked Critter Downspouts

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This happy critter family operates as a downspout to direct rainwater safely away from the house. The Silly Stacked Critter Downspout has an opening in the back that allows you to attach it to any ordinary downspout. It also adds a playful feel to the exterior of your home.

Stacked Animal Planters

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Add a cute accent piece to your outdoor space with the Stacked Animal Planter. Fun and full of personality, the planter features a trio of animals stacked on top of one another, with a small opening on each of them that’s perfect for planting flowers or setting out birdseed.

Animal Tree Huggers

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Add a humorous touch to any tree in your yard with the Animal Tree Hugger. Its arms and legs wrap around the tree to make it look like the animal is actually hanging onto the tree. It’s super simple to hang up, and also helps keep an eye on the yard while you’re indoors.

Dragon Garden Statues

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Turn your garden into a fantasy world with the Dragon Garden Statue. Each statue boasts a detailed design with a realistic stone finish. The neutral stone adds satisfying contrast to any colorful garden. Snuggle it into a flower bed or let it guard your treasured perennials.


Our garden decor doesn’t stop here. Check out the entire selection of garden decorations!

How To Take Your Own Body Measurements Like A Pro

It is really important to have your most recent body measurements on hand when looking for the perfect fit online. The Lakeside Collection is always trying to improve the customer experience, recently adding even more specific sizing details for select women’s apparel. It definitely helps to have a few of those important measurements at the ready so you can use them as a reference during your online shopping experience. Learn a few tips on how to take your own body measurements just like a professional tailor in this how-to guide.

How To Take Your Own Body Measurements Like A Pro

 What Measuring Tools Do I Need?

It’s no secret that the most important tool tailors use to take basic clothing measurements is the flexible measuring tape. This special type of measuring tape is made of cloth, which gives you the flexibility to measure the natural curves of your body. If you don’t have the flexible type of measuring tape, you might be interested to know that it’s a tool that can be used for craft projects and everyday household measurements. In addition to the flexible measuring tape, another household tool that will be useful is a full-length bathroom mirror.

Body Measurement Tips & Tricks

Most body measurements are best done after removing clothes to get the most accurate number. However, you also have to take into account the undergarments that you will be wearing. For example, if you’re shopping for a specific top and are planning on wearing a specific type of bra under that top, you should take your body measurements with a bra.

In addition, it’s important to know how to use the cloth measuring tape. When taking your own measurements, you’ll soon find that you’ll get more accurate readings if you pull the measuring tape so that it overlaps by a few inches rather than trying to measure with the tip of the tape measure. Allow yourself some slack and subtract the overlapping inches.

Body Measurements – How to Measure Waist And Hips

Waist measurements and hip measurements are commonly confused, but as their name indicates, they measure different parts of the body. The waist is usually described as the area between the top of the hips and the bottom of the rib cage. The easiest indicator for this area is the bellybutton. Hips are measured at the widest part of the hips. Having the hip measurement is very helpful for clothing like pants, while knowing measurements for the waist is useful when shopping for women’s apparel like spring dresses and skirts.

How To Take Your Own Body Measurements Like A Pro

Body Measurements – How to Measure Bust

To measure the bust, pull the tape measure under your arms and around the back. Don’t pull too tight–just apply enough pressure to keep the tape measure in place. Make sure it is completely straight in the back. Make sure that it isn’t tangled either. This will distort the overall measurement. Then measure in front at the fullest point of the bust. Also, it’s better to measure with a mirror so you can check the back to ensure you’re measuring properly.


Lakeside’s Apparel Measurements – Common Terms

While exploring The Lakeside Collections selection of women’s apparel online, you’ll have access to detailed size charts that will make it easy to find the perfect size. Once you get your body measurements recorded, you’ll have a quick reference to compare against our products to help you choose the best size. Below are a few of the common terms you will find in our size charts. In addition to body measurements like bust, waist and hips, certain apparel items will also include clothing measurements like sweep, length and inseam that will help you get a sense of how the garment is tailored and how it will drape on your body.

Bust is measured at the fullest point of the bust.

Waist refers to the natural waist, which is the narrowest part of the torso, located between the bottom of the rib cage and the navel.

Hip is measured around the fullest part of the hip area.

Sweep refers to the circumference of the bottom hem of the garment. Measure by laying the garment flat and measuring the hem from end to end. Then, double the measurement to get the circumference.

Length is measured from the highest point of the shoulder to the hem of the garment.

Rise is the distance from the middle of the crotch seam to the top of the waistband.

Inseam is the length from the crotch seam to the hem.


After you get your measurements recorded, it’s time to start shopping the new selection of women’s apparel available right now for spring and summer. Find a new maxi dress for the summer months, search our selection of affordable fashion accessories and much more!

5 Famous Irish Writers to Read this St. Patrick’s Day

Ireland is home to some of the greatest writers in history. From novelists to playwrights, there’s an argument for Ireland having one of the greatest literary traditions in the world. Celebrate Irish history before the St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin by learning a couple facts about five of the most iconic Irish writers and their timeless literary achievements.

5 Famous Writers to Read on St. Patrick's Day

Dublin, Ireland – Where James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, G.B. Shaw and Bram Stoker were born.

Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker is most famously known for his masterpiece, Draculabut few people know that he was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland in 1847. Stoker attended the famous Trinity College in Dublin with a degree in Mathematics, and spent the majority of his working life as a civil servant, small-time theatre reviewer and theatre manager. In his spare time, he wrote and published several horror tales, first as short stories and then as novels. It took him decades to finally write what is known today as one of the most iconic horror novels, which was finally published in 1897. Unlike many great writers who are only appreciated after their death, Stoker found instant success with Dracula. He died in London in 1912.

5 Famous Irish Writers to Read this St. Patrick's Day

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James Joyce

An obvious contender for the title of “Best Writer of the Twentieth Century”, James Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1882. Coming from humble origins, Joyce managed to work his way into University College Dublin, where he focused on studying modern languages. Publishing his first short story at the age of 22, Joyce left Ireland to travel and experience the world, earning his way by teaching English in foreign countries, which wasn’t difficult given the fact that he would learn over 17 languages in his lifetime. All this time, he wrote, and in 1914 he published his first collection of short stories, Dubliners, following the well-received book with a novel, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It wasn’t until 1922 that he published his masterpiece, Ulysses, which completely redefined the modern novel.

George Bernard Shaw

Initially aspiring to be a novelist, George Bernard Shaw eventually found his calling as a playwright. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1856, Shaw suffered through several failed attempts at writing novels before he fell in love with the theatre. Starting, like Stoker, as a critic, he began writing his own plays and found major success. Man and Superman (1903), Major Barbara (1907) and Pygmalion (1913) are just a few of his most famous works. In 1925, Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, one of four Irish writers to ever receive the award and the second after W.B. Yeats (1923). Years later, Shaw would also receive the Academy Award for best screenplay, adapting his play, Pygmalion, for the 1938 film.

5 Famous Irish Writers to Read this St. Patrick's Day

Statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square — Dublin, Ireland

Oscar Wilde

Born in Dublin in 1854, Oscar Wilde was essentially destined for success. The proud son of a knighted father and a linguist mother, Wilde excelled in his studies, eventually earning a prestigious scholarship to Trinity College in 1871. He received some of the college’s top honors during his studies, earning himself yet another distinguished scholarship, this time to the University of Oxford, where he would go on to collect even more awards. Drawn to poetry, Wilde started publishing poetry collections while delivering lectures on topics such as classics, literature, and most notably, aesthetics. During this highly productive time, he also wrote some of his most famous literary works, including The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), his best novel, and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), his most iconic play.

C.S. Lewis

Those who aren’t familiar with the name C.S. Lewis have likely heard of his most famous fantasy epic, The Chronicles of Narnia. Born in Belfast, Ireland in 1898 (as Clive Staples Lewis), he fought and was wounded in WWI, and eventually went on to receive a degree from Oxford University. He spent most of his life teaching at the university level, became an esteemed writer and lecturer of Christianity, conversed on a regular basis with J.R.R. Tolkien, and finally wrote the series that would drive his legacy, beginning with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950. As great a theologian as he was a fantasy writer, Lewis finished his career teaching at Cambridge University until his early death in 1963.


Find all kinds of great books for the entire family at Lakeside. And don’t forget to enter Lakeside’s Shamrock Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $50 Lakeside Gift Certificate!

Vacation Ideas: 5 Amazing National Parks to Visit This Spring

When most of us think about vacation, we dream about overseas destinations, envision exotic adventures or picture ourselves relaxing on a sun-drenched Caribbean beach. It’s so easy to forget that we have access to some of the most amazing destinations in the world right here in America. They’re all just a road trip away!  We’ve all heard of Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. They’re incredible destinations that most of us have on our travel to-do lists if we haven’t seen them already. But they aren’t the only National Parks in America worth visiting. Searching for a spring destination? Check out these 5 lesser-known National Parks.

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Zion National Park (Utah)

National Parks are some of the best places in the country to go camping. With three different campgrounds, Zion National Park has plenty of space to pull up your camper or set up your tent in the heart of nature. The 229 square miles offer countless trails that guide you into beautiful canyons and atop the highest plateaus.

Must See: Zion National Park is a hiker’s paradise. It’s most popular hiking trail is called The Narrows. This trail (pictured above) winds you through a gorge with walls over a thousand feet tall, and can even take you into the shallow Virgin River, which is no more than a stream in some parts and safe for supervised children.

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Sequoia National Park (California)

Yellowstone may have been the first National Park in America, but as the second National Park in America, the Sequoia National Park in California was the first created specifically to protect living things. Today there are thousands of great Sequoia trees thriving in the park, many of them hundreds or thousands of years old.

Must See: The prize of the Sequoia National Park is the General Sherman Tree. It’s the largest living single stem tree on the entire planet. The massive tree is 275 feet tall and over 36 feet in diameter. A close second to General Sherman is the General Grant Tree, a sequoia located in nearby Kings Canyon National Park.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee & North Carolina)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to the highest diversity of animals and plants in America. It boasts thousands of unique plant species and well over a hundred different species of trees. Astonishingly, most of this land remains untouched by humans. It also has some of the most beautiful views in the country.

Must See: One of the easiest ways to experience Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in your vehicle. The Newfound Gap Road allows you to drive through over 30 miles of forest. Because the road’s elevation is so high, passengers get great views of the park, with plenty of scenic overlooks to stop and take it all in.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)

Most of this National Park might be desert and grassland, but Carlsbad Cavern is known for its caves. With nearly 120 unique caves in the park, there’s enough territory to keep any cave fanatic busy and continually surprised. More so, these caves, like the main attraction at Carlsbad Caverns, are immaculately preserved.

Must See: The biggest attraction at Carlsbad Caverns is known as “The Big Room“. It’s the fifth largest cave chamber in North America, and one of the largest of these chambers in the world. This limestone chamber features excellent views of overhanging stalactite formations (pictured above) and huge, ancient columns.

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado - National Parks to Visit in Spring

Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)

Great Sand Dunes National Park proves that Colorado isn’t just known for its snowy slopes. Over 30 square miles of mountainous sand rests within view of numerous Colorado peaks. A popular hiking destination, the dunes feature the refreshing Medano Creek, where you can splash around and enjoy the occasional wave.

Must See: Some of the dunes are over 700 feet tall. Hiking to the top is adventure in itself, but it’s even better if you can reward yourself by taking the easy way down. The dunes are known for sand-sledding and sand-boarding. You can even rent sleds and boards from the park that are specifically designed to surf the dunes.


Get ready for your spring vacation or summer getaway with a variety of helpful products from The Lakeside Collection. Discover useful camping gear, athletic apparel, as well as travel essentials to help you pack up.

Women’s Apparel: Finding the Perfect Fit Just Got Easier

At Lakeside, our Women’s Apparel team works hard to make it easier to find the perfect fit. In addition to our current apparel size charts that are provided on online product pages, selected garments in the new Spring Catalog, as well as select apparel products in the future, will feature more details to guide you to a better fit. Learn more about these exciting new details, or start shopping right now to see the measurements yourself!

New Garment Measuring Details

Current Size Chart for Women’s Apparel

Here is the current women’s apparel size chart that can be found on many women’s apparel product pages. As you likely know, each size is represented from Small (6/8) to 3X (26/28) with measurements for the Bust, Waist and Hips. The new size chart will include measurements such as Sweep & Length. In addition, each new size chart will provide measurement instructions to help you find your personal measurements at home.

Size Chart for Women's Apparel


Where Can You Find the New Size Charts?

Apparel items that include a new size chart will feature a thumbnail image on the product page. If there is no thumbnail image on the product page, please use the original size chart located by the “Add to Cart” button.

New Women's Apparel Size Charts for Lakeside


What Details Are Included In the New Size Charts?

The new details will be specific to the garment you’ve selected. For example, new measurements provided for the Women’s Light and Airy Sleep Sets include Sweep and Length for the top, as well as detailed waist, rise, hip and inseam measurements for the pants. The terms are defined under the garment measurements, and include some basic instructions to help you figure out your personal garment measurements at home.

New Size Chart for Women's Apparel (Example)


What Are Some Products With New Size Charts?

Check out the new size charts right now in our 2017 Spring Catalog by clicking on any of the apparel items below, and look forward to finding these new size charts on select women’s apparel from this point forward.

Women's Swing Tank DressesWomen's Graphic Printed Knit TopsWomen's Vintage Wash Smocked Waist Dresses

Healthy Work Habits: Start with Easy Desk Exercises

If you’ve ever wondered why your back is sore, your legs feel weak or your mind is stressed after a long day of work, it might have less to do with your workload and more to do with the damaging effects of a sedentary office life. Too much sitting takes its toll on the body and the mind, but with a busy schedule, it might be hard to make time for a 30-minute walk at lunch or a trip to the gym. But what if it was possible to limit the harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle right at your desk? Turn your work life around with these easy desk exercises.

Healthy Work Habits: Start with Easy Desk Exercises

Stretching & Short Meditation

Stretching is one of the best things we can do for our muscles and our posture. It’s also widely neglected as a legitimate form of exercise or daily health. Some people feel that if they’re not getting their heart rate up or working up a sweat they’re not doing anything for their bodies. This is far from the truth, particularly if you’re trying to combat a sedentary work life. The best thing about static stretching exercises is that you don’t have to have a lot of space. These exercises are also very quiet. Another quiet activity that is often accompanied by stretching is meditation. Like stretching, meditation won’t take up an entire break and has many benefits.

Squats, Lunges & Calf Raises

Squats and lunges are two of the most important leg exercises you can do–and they’re both very easy to do at your desk. Squats require less space, and when done properly, work more muscles in your legs and your core. They’re also considered one of the best bodyweight exercises because they engage so many different muscle groups, building lean muscle and toning over time. Lunges also work many of the same areas, while other leg exercises like calf raises can help mix up your routine and allow you to add weight when needed.

Office Props for Exercising

Adding more resistance to your desk exercises can be easily accomplished with small weights, kettle bells or even that ream of paper sitting by the printer. Adding a little weight to each exercise can make it feel like you’re doing more of a workout. If you don’t have access to weights, a ream of paper or even that briefcase you use to carry all your gear are quick resistance fixes with limited resources or on short notice. But there isn’t any reason to add weight when bodyweight exercises are more than enough to get the blood flowing. Other common exercise equipment that’s great for the desk include stretching bands, bosu or fitness balls.

Change Your Daily Routine

Some offices offer more desk privacy than others, meaning many workers could be easily discouraged from trying even the simplest desk exercises. If you feel uncomfortable stretching, meditating and doing exercises like squats or lunges at your desk, don’t give up on your chance at a more active office life. Try taking a walk at lunch or on your break instead. There are many health benefits to walking at work, not to mention the fact that you’ll be able to get up from your desk and experience a well-deserved change of scenery. Sometimes it takes time to build momentum, adjust to your a routine and turn daily exercising into a healthy work habit.

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Daily desk exercises can help you prevent many harmful effects associated with a sedentary work lifestyle. Whether you’re getting up out of your chair to stretch, adding a few lunch walks to your weekly schedule or storing a kettle bell between your office supplies, improve your work life with great products from Lakeside.

National Opposite Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate with Kids

Many people aren’t aware, but today (January 25th) is the official National Opposite Day in America. It’s the perfect opportunity to break free of our monotonous winter routines by trying something completely different. And for parents, it’s a unique opportunity to turn an ordinary winter day into a fun tradition the kids will love!

National Opposite Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate with Kids

1. Breakfast for Dinner

One of the easiest ways for parents to celebrate National Opposite Day with their  kids is to make some of their favorite breakfast dishes for dinner. With more time to prepare and no morning rush, you’ll be able to upgrade their morning bowl of cereal for a breakfast menu with pancakes or waffles, and scrambled eggs.

2. Summer in Winter

The middle of winter is when your kids are missing their favorite summer activities the most. Make it feel like summer in your home on National Opposite Day by having a picnic inside for dinner. You and the kids could also set up a tent in the basement, bedroom or family room to have an impromptu camping trip in the house.

National Opposite Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate with Kids

3. Take Things Apart

Instead of putting something together, try taking something apart. Better than a puzzle or a traditional board game, this kind of activity will help satisfy their curiosity about how things work. Get an antique analog clock you can take apart with them, or an old radio or typewriter. Supervise and to keep track of all the little pieces.

4. Simple Switches

Another easy way to celebrate National Opposite Day is to incorporate simple switches throughout the day. Give your kid the grownup mug for their morning orange juice. They’ll get a kick out of their parents having to use kiddie cups at your breakfast-for-dinner. They’ll also have fun trying to walk around in your big shoes.

National Opposite Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate with Kids

5. Bedtime Stories

Wind down National Opposite Day by giving your kids the opportunity to read their favorite bedtime story to you. It’s a good idea to move this up in the schedule so they still have a little energy to get through the story. Or, if you’re up for it, you could do a full bed swap and let your kids have the grownup bed all to themselves.


The great thing about National Opposite Day is that you don’t have to celebrate on January 25th. Turn any day on the calendar into an opposite day for you and your kids this winter. Mix things up, make some great memories and keep them entertained until summer rolls around with toys, games and more from Lakeside.

Spring Decor: Fall In Love with Your Home All Over Again

Officially, we’re only a month or so into the winter season, but most of us have had enough. It’s time to start looking ahead to spring. And while we can’t control what things look like outside, we have complete control over the scenes we set inside our homes. Luckily, for all of us anxious to refresh our interiors with a colorful spring vibe, Lakeside is ahead of the game. Start decorating earlier with these new spring decor products.

Spring Catalog 2017

Add A Splash Of Color

Many of us decorate for the holidays, adding items old and new around the house. But once we take down the decorations, what’s left can look ordinary. In the depths of winter, it can even look plain. This is the right time to add a splash of color. All it takes is one exciting piece to transform a room. Here are a few beautiful items that add plenty of color, are ease to incorporate into the room you choose and truly scream, “Spring!”

Spring Themed Quilts or ShamsBirdcage Bench or Bird Themed PillowsSpring Metal Wall Decor

Efficient Home Upgrades

Winter complicates many things and adds an entire new set of chores to our everyday lives. Most of us just put up with complications and discomfort. This is especially true in the winter. But there are many affordable products out there that won’t just help us get through winter, but improve our everyday lives overall. If you’re ready to solve household problems or improve the functionality of your home, check out these new helpers.

Wireless LED Light SwitchHair Dryer Styling StandGlowing Tape

Always Be Organized

Just as important as decorating for spring is the ability to organize everyday things to keep them out of sight. It’s much more difficult to let your spring decor shine through all the clutter. Some of that clutter just needs to be straightened out once and for all, like files and documents in the home office or kitchen. Other areas are in need of storage for daily cleanup. And some out-of-sight areas like closets need a makeover of their own.

LEGO Storage BricksCollapsible File Organizers4 Slot Wall Organizer

Bring the Garden Indoors

For many of us the ground is still frozen and unfit for early gardening. That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the beauty of nature inside your home. It won’t be long until you’re able to get out and start planting, but you might be anxious to get started. More importantly, you might need a colorful vase of flowers or lively planter to get you through the dreary winter months. Bring the garden indoors with these spring planters or holders.

Set of 3 Metal PlantersCountry Bottle Vases with Wire Baskets4-Pc. Planter Sets

An Early Spring

Everyone knows the feeling when winter finally breaks and spring takes root. That first day or first week fills us with joy, finally allowing us to put winter in the past for awhile and look forward to warmer days. Bringing some of our favorite spring characters and colors to our home is one of the best ways to fight off the winter. Give your home a lively accent with wall art, or start defeating winter outside with lively spring decorations.

5 Piece Wall Art Canvas SetsMetallic Garden Wind ChimesJumbo Garden Flags