Wine and Dine: Tips on Wine Tasting, Pairing and Stains

The world of wine is huge and constantly growing. Whether you enjoy a glass of your favorite vintage on the weekend or throw together wine-tastings as often as football parties, there’s always room to grow. Check out tips on pairing wine with cheese or grilled foods, and tips on stains in this wine and dine article showcase.

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Holiday Wine & Cheese Guide: Tips on Choosing the Right Vintage
Wine and cheese provide the perfect one-two punch for any and every type of social gathering. Many adults know what kind of wine they prefer, but deciding what kind of cheese to pair with their favorite vintage might be a bigger mystery. Learn about some of the best combinations with our holiday wine and cheese guide.

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Tips on Getting Red Wine and Other Tough Stains Out of Clothes
Few stains are more demoralizing than red wine stains. But with a packed holiday social calendar, spills are inevitable, which means your favorite outfit might be in danger. Red wine stains aren’t the end of the world, and shouldn’t mean the end of the party. Rest easy with tips on getting wine and other stains out of clothes.

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Gourmet Grill: Advice on Pairing Grilled Food with Wine
With summer winding down, there aren’t going to be many more months to get outside and cook on the grill; and traditionally, grilled foods are associated with beer or mixed drinks, not wine. Try out something new on the grill before summer ends and keep the grill going in fall by learning what grilled foods go best with wine.

Fall Home Decor You Can Keep Up Through Christmas

The difference between traditional harvest and Christmas decorations can be pretty drastic, but it  doesn’t have to be. Although there are some things that just don’t make sense to put up yet, like Christmas trees or holiday lights, there are a number of ways to decorate for the fall season around your house without having to take everything down for Christmas. Check out our fall home decor you can display through the holidays.

Light the Way from Fall to Christmas
Get that warm, cozy feeling you need as the weather changes from chilly to challenging.sweet-n-spicy-mason-jar-candleswoodland-tea-light-candleholderswinter-warmth-mason-jar-candles

Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Mason Jar Candles
The 12-oz. Mason jars are packed with a wonderful scent and have a metal top to keep the candle fresh.
Woodland Tea Light Candleholders
Create a serene, cozy scene with candleholders designed to look like tree stumps or a stack of firewood.
Winter Warmth Mason Jar Candles
These Mason jars are filled with 12-oz. of fragrant wax that adds a warm, welcoming touch to your home.

Fall Greetings that Fit the Holidays
Welcome guests from when the leaves start falling to when the snow starts piling up.double-sided-seasonal-door-hangers17-inch-berry-starslighted-country-spray-or-wreath

Double-Sided Seasonal Door Hangers
This double-sided door hanger has your personal monogram and a festive design for fall or the holidays.
17″ Berry Stars
Natural vines, faux pine sprigs, berries and a bronze star make this hanger great from autumn until winter.
Lighted Country Wreath or Spray
Metal stars and hearts, berries, plaid bows and lights give this wreath or spray versatility for any season.

October-to-December Decorations
Get that fall feeling you want in October that continues to satisfy through December.lighted-monogram-plaquesinspirational-angelsfabric-covered-sentiment-plaques

Lighted Monogram Plaques
Reminiscent of a vintage marquee sign, this plaque brightens up a desk or shelf with beautiful LED lights.
Inspirational Angels
This inspirational angel features a sentiment that makes it perfect as a home accent for fall or a holiday gift.
Fabric-Covered Sentiment Plaques
Add country charm and a sweet family phrase to your home to inspire everyone from October to December.

Halloween Tricks for Parents & Ideas for Fall Decorating

Fall is here and Halloween is on the horizon. It’s time to start shopping for Halloween decor. And for parents with kids and trick-or-treaters, it’s time to figure out your Halloween game plan. Learn some Halloween tricks to help get you through the holiday and a few ideas for fall decorating with this Lakeside article showcase.

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Tips on Explaining Halloween Traditions to Toddlers
Frightening images are everywhere leading up to the end of October. It’s impossible to completely shield kids from the haunting imagery associated with the spooky holiday. As we get closer to Halloween, kids, especially younger kids, will inevitably begin to ask question about the holiday and all the scary stuff they see. Here’s a few tips on explaining monsters, ghosts and all those creepy creatures to your little toddlers.

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Electronics and Other Ideas to Keep Tabs on Trick-or-Treaters
Halloween can be a stressful time for parents who aren’t used to the idea of their child going house to house without a chaperone for the first time. However, with some organization, a few rules and modern technology, it’s perfectly possible to keep tabs on your little trick-or-treaters to guarantee they’re perfectly safe till curfew. Read on to review a few important trick-or-treat guidelines to make sure your kids are safer on Halloween.

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Clever Ways to Feature Autumn Leaves in Your Home
Nothing says fall like beautiful autumn leaves. They arrive just as quickly as they depart. Soon, we will look up and be surprised by bare branches. Some of us enjoy the fall season so much we try to feature it in our homes, and there’s no better way to give our homes seasonal style than by bringing in a bit of the outdoors. Learn how to preserve beautiful leaves and how to display them with these clever tips on autumn leaves.

Treat Yourself to an Early Christmas in Fall

The busy Christmas shopping season is getting closer and closer. And with Lakeside’s Christmas Catalog for 2016 now online, it’s easy to get a jumpstart on all your holiday shopping. But you don’t have to wrap up everything and save it for the holidays. Here are some sweet treats for Christmas, family activities for some fun this fall, as well as some gift ideas to treat yourself right now so you don’t have to wait until the holidays.

Sweet Treats You Have to Try
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Assorted Gourmet Pretzel Tub
An irresistible combination of salty and sweet, gourmet pretzel rods are a tasty treat. Each tub contains 20 pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and chocolate swirls, dusted in cocoa or sprinkled with chocolate candy.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Tins
This milk tin is filled with bite-sized versions of chocolate chip cookies. A lovely seasonal image adorns the milk tin, which can be reused for storage or decor when the cookies are gone. Contains 12 oz. of cookies.
Marshmallow Madness Tub
The marshmallow tub is filled with rich and delicious chocolate-covered marshmallows. It has approximately 30 oversized pieces coated in chocolate, topped with candy-coated pieces and drizzled in white chocolate.

Something Special Just for You
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Cozy Sock and Lotion Gift-Boxed Sets
With this super cozy sock and lotion gift-boxed set, your feet will stay comfortably soft and moisturized. The feminine set features a revitalizing scented foot moisturizer and a pair of ultra-soft socks tied with a bow.
Birthstone Floating Charm Locket Necklaces
This silvertone, heart-shaped locket is outlined in crystals, with a see-through window and floating charms. Locket has a magnetic closure to add or remove charms. Hangs on a ball chain with a lobster claw clasp.
Personalized Stainless Steel Mug
This mug is a cute and customized way to sip your morning coffee. The trendy pattern wraps around the 16-oz. insulated design. The mouth opening slides open and closed, and the top is airtight yet easily removed.

Family Gifts for a Fun-Filled Fall
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Licensed Trivia Boxes
Get together with your family and test your knowledge of the facts with this Licensed Trivia Box. It contains hundreds of trivia questions, as well as character cards or game cards, perfect for a fall family game night.
1,000-Pc. Seasonal Leaf-Shaped Puzzles
Unlike traditional puzzles, this 1,000-Pc. Seasonal Leaf-Shaped Puzzle has a unique silhouette in the spirit of the season. It’s also filled with detailed artwork from one of the four seasons. Perfect for fall and winter.
Farkel Game Set with Dice Rolling Tray
This classic, high-scoring dice game is great for a family game night. The set includes a dice rolling tray with scoring combinations printed in the center of the felt cloth and a dice collection alley along the outside edge.

Fall Activities to Make You Forget About Summer

Every season of the year offers something unique. Whether its the activities that depend on a certain kind of weather or the seasonal recipes that just wouldn’t taste right during a different month, there’s almost always something to look forward to no matter what season is on the horizon. It’s easy to get excited about summer, but for those of us who would rather throw on a light jacket instead of a swimsuit, who might prefer the smell of burning leaves to bonfires, or kicking back with a warm mug on a cool day rather than an ice cold glass in the hot sun, fall is the best season of the year. And these fall activities will make you forget all about summer.

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Crazy for Crisp Weather
Sometimes the sweltering summer heat and humidity can be unbearable or start to get on our nerves. Fall provides a nice change of pace in most regions of the United States. While temperatures steadily decrease as winter eventually approaches, the majority of the fall months are nice and crisp. It’s the perfect weather to take a walk outdoors, particularly when the leaves start to change colors, or take a drive through nature. The season also offers many family activities and community events, especially when the harvest season gets in full swing. Apple picking at a local orchard can be a great way to spend an afternoon and gather supplies to make homemade cider or apple pie. Strolling through a pumpkin patch with the kids can result in finding the perfect pumpkins for Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and Thanksgiving pumpkin carving. And local harvest fests can offer some of our favorite summer rides with additions that only pop up in autumn, such as corn mazes.

Keeping Cozy Indoors
Just like there’s nothing better in summer than escaping inside to fans and air conditioning, there’s nothing better in autumn than warming up inside after a long day in the crisp fall air. The summer months keep us outdoors for longer periods of time, while winter forces many of us to hibernate through the coldest part of the season. Fall gives us the best of both worlds. With the leaves changing and a whisper of cold in the air, it can be very satisfying to stay indoors and cuddle up watching a movie, or kick back with a good book. It’s also, more so than any other time of year, the cooking season. The cooler climate makes it possible to use the oven again without warming up the house, and the beginning of the holiday season allows you to cook your favorite homemade meals and try out some new recipes. The harvest season is also the best time for canning, and a bountiful harvest for gardeners makes it easy to keep things fresh with home-grown flavor.

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For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Nothing makes a cozy afternoon inside sweeter than a productive morning in the outdoors. Fall is arguably the best time of the year to get outside and enjoy the fresh air without having to worry about bringing things like sunscreen or coating your skin with bug spray every half hour. Hiking and mountain biking, as well as fall sports like football and soccer are perfect for the cool weather of the fall season. Athletic endeavors like jogging and cycling, recreational sports like fishing or rock climbing can be more enjoyable in autumn. Fall is also the biggest hunting season of the year, with specific start dates in appropriate areas for big game as well as waterfowl, pheasants, quail, turkeys and more. There’s a big difference between keeping warm with the right fall apparel and skimping on layers during the summer, and the temperamental weather of spring can be hard to enjoy with rainfall and humidity. Get out and enjoy the crisp fall weather before winter starts.

From awesome mugs to pour your favorite warm beverage, good books to keep you entertained and throws to keep you cozy to great wardrobe solutions for cold weather and fall home maintenance tools, Lakeside is packed with items to make the upcoming autumn season your most enjoyable and memorable season yet.

Autumn Arrival: Getting You Ready for the Season Change

It’s sad that the warm summer months are finally coming to an end, but the harsh winter season is still pretty far away. Autumn is here to save the day and keep the winter weather at bay for a few more months. But the fall season has some challenges of its own, from yardwork to refreshing the interior of your home. Get ready for the summer-to-fall season change and learn a few facts along the way with these autumn arrival tips.

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Techniques to Help You Deal with Pesky Autumn Leaves
When winter begins to take its first full breaths of life, it starts pulling beautiful leaves down to your lawn, into your gutters and between the crevices of your car. The same leaves we gazed at a month earlier become a chore. Study these techniques to help you deal with pesky autumn leaves after your trees start shedding.

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Clever Home Decor Ideas for Featuring Throws & Quilts
Many of us are looking forward to curling up on the couch with a throw or quilt to keep cozy. While throws are great functional pieces, they can also be artfully coordinated into your decor when not in use. Read on for some clever home decor tips to help you feature some gorgeous throws and quilts around your home.

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Common Bathroom Injuries and How to Avoid Them
Depending on your age, bathrooms can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. Many bathroom accidents and injuries can be prevented by taking proper precautions and, most importantly, knowing where the danger zones are. Learn about common bathroom injuries and how to avoid them with this fall review.

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5 Hair Care Tips for the Summer-to-Fall Transition
You did your best to protect your hair all through the summer; that season of scorching sun, hot winds and chlorinated swimming pools. Now with the fall season approaching and Halloween props popping up, it’s time to undo some summer damage. Check out these five hair care tips for the summer-to-fall transition.

Wilderness Necessities for Hunting, Fishing & Survival

Fall is the perfect season for hunters, fishing enthusiasts, hikers, campers and basically anyone who loves the freedom and fresh air of the outdoors. Unlike most other recreational activities or sports, hunting, fishing and trekking the trails takes you into the wilderness. It becomes even more important to bring the right gear when you’re far from home. Here are a few of our favorite wilderness necessities to make sure you’re ready.


Gear for the Hunting Grounds
Get a ghillie suit for camouflage, deer hunting equipment and supportive gear to save your back.

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5-Pc. Woodland Ghillie Suits
Deer Dragger®
Mossy Oak® Hunter’s Back Support


Supplies for the Fishing Spot
Make hauling your fishing equipment, prepping the day’s catch and serving your meal easier.

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Fishing Rod Case
4-Pc. Fisherman’s Fillet Station
Sets of 2 Divided Stainless Steel Plates


Survival Kit for Emergency Situations
Always be prepared for getting caught in the wilderness or breaking down on the side of the road.

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Weather Radio Flashlight
Survivalist Folding Knives
Set of 2 LED Cap Visor Lights

Explore the Outdoors: Survival Tips, Trail Advice & More

Outdoor adventures don’t stop as soon as summer starts winding down. On the contrary, for many campers, hikers and hunters, the fall season provides some of the best weather to explore the outdoors. Whether you want to pack up for a day on the trails or jump in a ghillie suit, check out these survival tips and trail advice.

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Wilderness Survival Tips: How to Find Fresh Drinking Water
Getting lost in the woods can happen to anybody, and even though it  probably isn’t as terrifying as it would be to get lost in the desert, it can still be fairly difficult to find fresh drinking water if you don’t know where to look. Check out these basic survival tips to help you track down fresh drinking water in the outdoors.

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The Almost Hidden History of Camouflage
The pursuit of invisibility has led to to incredible advancements in practical disguises such as camouflage. In a few short decades, camo has infiltrated everything from fishing and hunting to the world of high fashion. Discover the hidden history of how camouflage got started and where it might go in this brief camo exposé.

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Mountain Biking Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make
Mountain biking is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. It requires skill and coordination to handle a mountain bike on narrow paths and uneven terrain, and much practice to make sure the bike is performing well. Learn more about mountain biking mistakes you can avoid before peddling into the great outdoors.

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Great On-the-Go Snacks to Pack for Your Hiking Trip
Whether it’s a short afternoon jaunt or a 500-mile adventure, planning is the key to making any hiking trip a success, especially when it comes to the food you bring along. Don’t risk leaving for your next big outdoor adventure unprepared. Take a look at some of these perfect on-the-go snacks to pack for your hiking trip.

Go Route: NFL Decor for the Long Season Ahead

The NFL season isn’t nearly as long as the MLB season or even the NBA season. There are less games to watch and longer stretches in between each matchup. However, different from the NBA or MLB season, the NFL season schedule makes it so every game is crucial. And when every game could make the difference between a playoff berth and a longer off-season, every game is a giant event for fans who love to cheer on their team. Make sure you’re prepared for the entire season ahead with this NFL decor and so much more.

Home Field Advantage
Style your game-watching room to cheer on your squad.
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Personalized NFL Stitched Jersey Prints
NFL Bottle Cap Wall Hangings
Personalized NFL Stadium Prints

Snack Time Support
Serve, transport and store your favorite football snacks.
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Sets of 3 NFL Magnetic Chip Clips
NFL Ceramic Gameday Platters
12-Pc. NFL Food Storage Sets

Kick Back with a Beverage
Enjoy an icy cold beverage while making a statement.
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Sets of 2 NFL Pilsners
NFL 25-Oz. Mega Elite Tankards
16-Oz. NFL Glass Mason Jars

Understanding the Basics of Fantasy Football

While there is a pretty large percentage of Americans who participate in fantasy football, there are just as many casual football fans who have no interest in the popular pastime. However, if you’re curious how the game works, it can be difficult to find an explanation that isn’t bogged down with finer details and strategic suggestions. Get to know the basics of fantasy football, how the game works, and why it’s really popular.

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Owners & Managers
If you have a family member or friend who plays fantasy football on a regular basis, you’ve probably heard them refer to themselves as an owner or a manager. As an owner or manager, an individual chooses real players from real NFL teams to play for their teams. They are free to pick players from any NFL team. The players chosen are offensive players, also known as skill positions, such as quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers. The owner also chooses a kicker and a defense to round out their roster.

The Draft
Aside from managing a roster and making trades throughout the season, a fantasy football draft is the most important part of the fantasy process. Now, there are a variety of different leagues that dictate what types of players are drafted, how scoring is broken down and what the overall schedule looks like. We don’t need to get into the details. Just know that the draft is where owners pick their key players. But why are they picking players to begin with? How do players from all over the league play on one owner’s fantasy team?

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Scoring Points
When you have a player on your team, that player earns fantasy points based on how they perform in real NFL games. For example, say the quarterback on your team is Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers play the Jaguars in Week 1 of the season. Rodgers’ stats against the Jaguars will determine how many fantasy points you get for Week 1. Points are given for passing yards, rushing yards, touchdowns, and subtracted for interceptions or lost fumbles. Other players on your team, such as running backs and wide receivers, will also accumulate points based on their games in Week 1. When you add up all the points from all your players, you get your Week 1 total. But who do fantasy owners play against?

Schedule & Playoffs
Fantasy owners play against each other every week. The owner with the most points wins the game. The more wins you get the more likely you are to make the fantasy football playoffs for your league. Again, this depends on how your league is set up, but the basic model involves owners competing against each other for the first 13 weeks of the season. The standings determine who goes on to the postseason, and playoffs are played in accordance with the remaining weeks of the NFL schedule to ensure all players have games.

Fantasy football is pretty simple when you get down to the basics. Build a team with productive players and do your best to manage the team on a weekly basis. Keep track of whether or not players are on bye weeks or injured, bench players in favor of those with favorable match-ups and make trades when necessary. The rules vary from league to league, but at least now you’ll know why a family member or friend is smiling after a player on the team he or she is rooting against scores a touchdown against the team they’re cheering for.