Oscar Countdown: A Brief History of the Red Carpet

The “Red Carpet” has become a staple of pop culture. It makes an appearance at just about every special event, most notably The Academy Awards. At the Oscars, the Red Carpet has become an event unto itself, following some of the most famous celebrities and film nominees as they emerge from their limos and step into the Dolby Theatre. Though the history of the Red Carpet can be traced back to Ancient Greece, it took some time for the Red Carpet to become a pop culture staple. Learn more about its unique history below.

Oscar Countdown: A Brief History of the Red Carpet

A Reference in Ancient Greece

One of the most famous references to the Red Carpet is found in one of the most famous Greek tragedies. It occurs in the final act of the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus. It dramatizes the return of the Mycenaean King from the Trojan War. In the climactic scene, Agamemnon’s wife, who is plotting to murder him, greets him at his chariot having lined his path to the palace with fine robes. He is hesitant to walk on such luxury, stating:

“Strew not this [purple] that shall make each step an arrogance; such pomp beseems the gods.”

Fearful of offending the gods with such a luxurious statement, Agamemnon is eventually convinced by his wife, Clytemnestra. In his bare feet, he walks the elegant path and enters the palace, to his tragic demise.

Royalty on the “Red Carpet”

Agamemnon’s fateful Red Carpet Moment was written by Aeschylus around 458 B.C. It’s an early example of what was already or eventually became a royal trend. Stepping on the ground was for the common man of ancient and medieval times. Lavish carpets or elegant walkways were a symbol of wealth, not to mention a practical way to protect expensive fabrics and pricey outerwear such as shoes from mud and filth typically thrown out on the streets in centuries past. Most famously, Sir Walter Raleigh, the English explorer credited with paving the way for some major British colonies, is rumored to have thrown his cloak on the earth over a puddle for Queen Elizabeth I–and most paintings of this legend depicted Raleigh’s cloak as a luxurious red.

20th Century Limited Pulled By Commodore Vanderbilt 1935

20th Century Limited in 1935 (Photo: CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The “Red Carpet Treatment”

The Red Carpet didn’t start to take shape as we know it until the 20th century. Rail travel was a competitive industry in America before WWII. The competition, specifically between New York Central’s “20th Century Limited” steam engine and Pennsylvania Railroad’s “Broadway Limited” on the New York-to-Chicago route eventually made its way out of the luxurious amenities inside the rail cars and onto the path that welcomed passengers. A plush red carpet was spread from the engine to the observation car. It became a symbol for the many luxuries that were common on these overnight trips, which essentially ran as a bed and breakfast for wealthy passengers the night before they embarked on their scenic trip from New York City to Chicago.

The Academy Awards

Purple may be the color of royalty, but it is red, not purple, that paves the walkway to the Academy Awards. The first time the Red Carpet was actually set down to welcome celebrities to the event was in 1961. Part of the reason why the carpet color was chosen to be red was the simple idea that the striking color would help define the path into the theatre. It also might have been as an imitation or a tribute to the famous Hollywood promoter and owner of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (which used to host the Oscars). At what’s accepted as Hollywood’s first premier in 1922, Sid Grauman paved a path for the stars of Robin Hood with a red carpet.

The Academy Awards Red Carpet 1988

The Oscars, Red Carpet, 1988 (Photo: Alan Light, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Rise of Red Carpet Fashion

Today, the Red Carpet is a big event in the world of fashion. In some cases it overshadows the show itself. Ever since Barbra Streisand changed the game with her pantsuit at the 1969 Academy Awards, celebrities have been trying to steal the show with what they wear. This attention to fashion basically split the show in two, making the Red Carpet an equally important event featuring hours of live footage, interviews with the nominees and plenty of commentary. Get ready for the show with these greatest moments in Oscar history.


The Red Carpet changed Hollywood’s biggest awards show forever. Don’t forget to make your own fashion statement with affordable apparel, jewelry and accessories, available every day at The Lakeside Collection.

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.

Set of 2 Fitness Bands Empower 3-In-1 Adjustable KettlebellLarge Digit Pedometer Watch

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

5 Romantic Comedies with Unique Love Stories

There are plenty of great romantic comedies out there to watch between now and Valentine’s Day, but some of the most memorable romantic movies are the ones with the most complex, dysfunctional, unexpected love stories. From classic comedies to family films, here are five funny and completely unique romantic comedies to check out or watch all over again before February 14th.

10 Best Romantic Comedies to Watch on Valentine's Day

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

What It’s All About — This classic romantic comedy follows the complex relationship between Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) as their renewed friendship gradually transforms into romance.

Classic Quote: “You take someone to the airport, it’s clearly the beginning of the relationship. That’s why I have never taken anyone to the airport at the beginning of a relationship.”

Groundhog Day (1993)

What It’s All About — A self-centered local weatherman (Bill Murray) is sent to cover a famous Groundhog Day ceremony, only to discover that he’s cursed to relive February 2nd over and over again with no escape.

Classic Quote: “This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.”

Amelié (2001)

What It’s All About — This whimsical French film follows the lonely Amelie (Audrey Tautou) as she begins a quest to bring pieces of joy and love to the people around her, and finally dares to pursue a love of her own.

Classic Quote: “Life’s funny. To a kid, time always drags. Suddenly you’re fifty. All that’s left of your childhood fits in a rusty little box.”

WALL-E (2008)

What It’s All About — A lonely robot living on an abandoned Earth becomes fascinated with a robot sent to scan for signs of life, and follows her to a space station housing the last humans in order to call them home.

Classic Quote: “Earth is amazing! These are called ‘farms’. Humans would put seeds in the ground, pour water on them and they grow food, like pizza!”

The Princess Bride (1987)

What It’s All About — Screenwriter William Goldman and Director Rob Reiner delivered a fresh take on the fairy tale genre as prince charming (Cary Elwes) attempts to rescue the beautiful princess (Robin Wright).

Classic Quote: “You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is:  “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.” But only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!”


Star Wars Character Comfy ThrowsMicrowave Popcorn Maker208 DVD or CD Case

Whether you’re staying in for a movie night on Valentine’s Day or just want to enjoy an everyday date night, Lakeside can make your night even better with comfy throws for the couch, popcorn makers and more!

Super NFL Party Gear from Snack Time to the Perfect Sofa

Whether you’re one of the fans lucky enough to still be cheering on your team this January or just need an assortment of NFL supplies for your Super Bowl party, we’ve assembled some of the NFL gear we have in stock to make your party stand out from the rest. From snack essentials to lounging on the sofa or adding a few decorative items to your family room, there’s still time to get these fun items in time for your NFL party!


NFL Snack Supplies for Your Super Party

Make some memorable snacks for the party this year while cheering on your favorite team or showing your allegiance with these snack supplies. From fun chip clips, serving platters and food containers to NFL totes and oven mitts, you’ll be ready to set the snack table or carry your signature dish to wherever the party is at.

NFL Chip ClipsOversized NFL Cooler TotesNFL Spirit Glass CansNFL Apron and Chef Hat SetsNFL Oven Mitt and Potholder SetsNFL Ceramic Gameday Platters12 Piece NFL Food Storage Sets


Kick Back and Cheer On Your Team in Style

Everyone has a favorite seat to watch their team play every weekend. The stakes are higher in the playoffs, so make sure you’re as comfortable as possible with awesome sofa covers, comfy slipper socks, decorative team pillows or new pieces of wall art. Update the living room for the playoffs with Lakeside sofa essentials.

NFL Chair or Recliner CoversNFL Slipper Socks with GrippersPersonalized NFL Quarterback PrintsNFL Distressed Sweatshirt ThrowsNFL Bottle Cap Wall HangingsNFL Team Helmet PillowsNFL Sofa Covers


It’s hard to believe the NFL season is almost over, but whether your team made the playoffs or not, everyone looks forward to watching the drama unfold in the last couple weeks. There’s always another season ’round the corner. Show some love for your favorite team and keep this decor on display throughout the offseason.

Can’t-Miss Recipe Ideas for NFL Playoff Parties

The NFL playoffs are already underway. Every weekend until the big showdown on February 5th will be set aside in many households for football. Chances are that you’ll either be throwing your own NFL playoff party this month or attending a neighbor’s football party. If you’re throwing your own party, you’re going to need a wide variety of recipe ideas. And if you’re showing up to the party, you can surprise your host with delicious homemade snacks. Take a look at a few of our favorite recipe ideas we’ve assembled from around the web.


 Can't-Miss Recipe Ideas for Your NFL Playoff Party

The Best Buffalo Wings

Fried chicken wings usually can’t be beat, but this recipe for baked buffalo wings is up to the challenge. Not only are you getting the classic taste traditional football fans will love, you’re also crafting a healthier version by baking the wings in the oven and prepping ingredients at home rather than frying ’em or getting take-out.

The Greatest Guacamole

Guacamole is the ultimate party dip for a reason. Many people don’t really care for avocados, but they can’t pass up a delicious bowl of guacamole with a bowl of their favorite chips. Courtesy of allrecipes.com, this is an easy guacamole recipe with some unique twists and easy-to-multiply numbers to make bigger servings.

Delicious Dip Recipes

Chips are the first thing many people buy for their NFL parties because they’re simple crowd-pleasers, but you can take any chip to the next level with delicious dip recipes. Skim through this great list for ideas about spinach dips, salsa creations, hummus, as well as a few brand new dip ideas in this interesting recipe list.

Homemade Pizza Recipes

If you’re up to the challenge of trying to make a homemade pizza that competes with the many pizza places vying for your business this time of year, you’re in luck. This Pinterest board has a variety of options you can try, from healthier flatbread options to taco pizzas to delicious ideas you won’t find at your local pizza place.


Get everything you need to cook and serve great party snacks with supplies from The Lakeside Collection. Here are a few of our kitchen and dining favorites with a fun NFL theme that will be perfect for your party…

NFL Magnetic Chip Clips12 Piece NFL Food Storage SetsNFL Ceramic Gameday Platters

10 Common Household Items We Always Forget to Clean

You may have noticed while putting your Christmas decorations away or preparing for your New Year’s Eve party that your house isn’t as clean as you’d like it to be. That’s why many of us don’t wait for spring cleaning to do a thorough sweep of the house. But no matter how detailed our checklist is, we always seem to miss a few household items that gather dust, dirt and debris. If we forgot them once, chances are we will miss them again…and again. Check out this quick list to make sure you’re not missing any of those easy-to-miss spots.

10 Household Items We Always Forget to Clean


Vents & Radiators

Heating vents, air conditioning vents and radiators are magnets for dust and other debris. Aside from taking some power out of your air flow or just appearing unsightly, the dust and dirt on your heating vents can be a safety hazard, potentially causing fires. If you want to give your vents a thorough cleaning this season, make sure you unscrew the vents and wipe them clean, inside and out, and take a look inside the air duct as well.

Ceiling Fans

Not many people realize that ceiling fans can cut down on heating costs in the winter and make your home feel a little bit cozier. All you have to do is reverse the flow of your fan to clockwise. This simple switch pulls cold air up (use a low speed setting) while pushing warm air to the edge of the room so it flows down to the floor. If you’re interested in saving on heating costs, turn on your ceiling fan, but wipe down the blades first.

Door Handles & Buttons

Some household items just don’t pop up on our radar when we’re cleaning. Door knobs, handles, even the buttons on electronics like the TV, video game console or DVD player are things we touch every day. If we touch it with our hands and fingers, it needs to be cleaned, so take a quick moment and walk through every surface and appliance you turn, hold, press, and twist. Light switches are also a common culprit we forget.


10 Household Items We Always Forget to Clean

Refrigerator Drawers & Shelves

It’s easy to think of the refrigerator as that nice, cold place where bacteria can’t survive, but that’s pretty far from the truth. Because it’s not something we clean very regularly (aside from spills and ordinary upkeep), it’s always possible that some unseen germs are lurking in the drawers and on the shelves. A quick clean will also get rid of any underlying odors. Make sure you clean underneath shelves, and get the walls, too.

Refrigerator Coils

To keep our refrigerator working properly, it’s important to clean the coils at least once a year. It’s such an easy process, but few of us remember to do it. This isn’t just about brushing off or vacuuming the coils. It’s also about vacuuming or cleaning the fan. Yes, this means pulling out the fridge, unplugging it for a brief period of time and shutting off the water supply (if it’s connected for water or ice), but it’s only once a year.

Coffee Maker

It doesn’t matter if you’re a coffee connoisseur or just need that morning brew to wake up for work, chances are your coffee maker is filled with bacteria, even mold. Maintaining a clean coffee maker requires more work than scrubbing the coffee pot. Bacteria and mold build up in the machine’s reservoir and carafe more than anywhere else. Separate all the removable parts, scrub them clean and put everything back together.


10 Household Items We Always Forget to Clean

Toothbrush Holders

We use our toothbrush holders every single day, exposing them to new germs or leaving them susceptible to residue over time. A lot of nasty gunk can build up on the edges, bottom and deep inside your toothbrush holder, so once in awhile we need to give it a deep clean. All you need is some hot water and soap. Better not to take any chances on something that houses our precious toothbrush almost twenty-four hours a day.

Bath Mats & Runners

Mold is constantly trying to invade the bathroom, and that goes for common items like bath mats. We might think that if the top of the mat looks clean then we’re in good shape, but bacteria can be hiding deep inside and is particularly fond of the underside of the mat. If your mat is machine washable, it’s as easy as tossing the mat in on its own. But if your bath mat is a little more fragile, you’re going to want to hand wash and dry.

Shower Curtain Liners

Shower curtains and shower curtain liners are built to thrive in their environment, but they’re not built to last forever. Instead of throwing yours out or changing the liner after a certain period of time, you can save some money by washing it yourself. Use this washing technique to clean your shower curtain and shower curtain liners in the washing machine with some assistance from baking soda and vinegar to keep it looking fresh.


Credit Cards & Keys

It’s probably weird to think about adding items like credit or debit cards to your regular cleaning list, but they are some of the things we own that are handled by strangers the most. Whenever you hand your credit card over to pay for something, it’s picking up bacteria. This goes for anything in wallets or purses, from licenses to car keys. Try to keep purses, handbags or anything else you take out of the house on a daily basis clean.

New Year’s Resolutions: Start Planning for 2017

New Year’s Eve is this weekend and 2017 isn’t too far away. It’s that majestic time of the year when we get excited about making some major changes and allow ourselves to feel optimistic about the future. It’s when we get big ideas, make big plans and think about how we can improve upon the year we’ve just finished. It isn’t 2017 quite yet, but it’s close enough to start thinking about what we want to accomplish this year. Start with a few of these fun ideas for home projects, kitchen renovations and more with these Lakeside articles.


6 Things to Eat to Start the New Year Off Right

6 Things to Eat to Start Your New Year Off Right
As the year comes to an end, we focus on having a great party for New Year’s Eve, but New Year’s Day is reserved for starting over and making resolutions. There are traditional foods people eat for the holiday to bring them and their families luck and prosperity. Here are six things to eat to start your New Year off right.

New Year, New Home: Maintenance to Start Your New Year Safely
The yard is spotless and ready for snow, the pipes are insulated for the cold months ahead, and all the patio furniture has been packed up in the garage. But once you’ve crossed out everything on the pre-winter to-do list, it’s not over. Your home needs regular maintenance. Here are 5 ideas to help you start the year safely.

New Year's Eve: 5 Crafts to Get Kids Excited for a Fresh Start

New Year: 5 Crafts to Get Kids Excited for a Fresh Start
Just when you think the craziness of the holidays is over, here comes New Year’s Eve. In the middle of your post-holiday fatigue, it’s difficult to feel inspired with active minds and little hands to keep busy. Don’t stress–try out these five crafts to get the kids excited for a fresh start and keep them busy during their winter break.

Sprucing Up Your Kitchen for the New Year
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s and all the celebrations in between, your kitchen probably took a beating. It’s time to make some upgrades, so you can enjoy your time in there! Remove decorations, toss out holiday mail and start showing your kitchen some love! Here are a few ways to spruce up your kitchen this year.

New Year, New You: Resolutions to Get a Good Night's Sleep

New Year, New You: Resolutions to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Every year, after we put away the holiday wreaths and Christmas tree toppers, we vow to change our ways to create a better life for ourselves. One thing we forget about or underestimate is the sleep that powers us to conquer each day. Big changes require energy. Here are four resolutions to get a better night’s sleep.