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.

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

Christmas Brunch Recipe Ideas We Can’t Wait to Try

There’s more to look forward to on Christmas morning than opening presents. Today (like most mornings) we’re thinking about breakfast food, contemplating late-morning meal possibilities that combine the holiday feel we love with our favorite breakfast treats. Here are the Christmas brunch ideas we’re currently craving.


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Christmas Pancakes

Pancakes are the perfect breakfast food and will definitely hit the spot on Christmas morning. And there are so many creative ways to make your pancakes festive with simple shapes and easy food accents. Make the kids smile when you serve them up some snowman pancakes with a bacon scarf, stack them high to create a Christmas tree or use toppings to create festive holiday characters with this inspiring list of pancake ideas.

Gingerbread Waffles

If you have a waffle maker handy, let it do most of the work. All you have to do is get the batter ready and get your toppings lined up. It’ll save you time whipping up the batter the night before. Just heat up the waffle iron and start pumping out delicious portions for the entire family. Just like pancakes, waffles will make everyone happy on Christmas morning, especially if you mix up your classic recipe–try out these gingerbread waffles.

Christmas Brunch Ideas - Glazed Holiday Ham

Breakfast Ideas for Leftover Ham

Many of us enjoy a glazed holiday ham on Christmas Eve. Meaning leftovers. Meaning ham at-the-ready for a variety of uses on Christmas morning. With recipes like this ham and cheese breakfast casserole, it’s easy to use those leftovers to prep a hearty meal for the next morning. You’ll be glad you prepped your Christmas morning meal the night before when all you have to do is get up, pop the casserole in the oven and sit back.

Baked Croissant Casserole

If you’re feeling a little more ambitious about your breakfast casserole, mix it up with this croissant breakfast bake. It’s also a great alternative in case your plans for plenty of leftover holiday ham didn’t pan out like you thought they might. The buttery mini croissants, melty cheese and eggs will entice any late-riser out of bed.

Christmas Brunch Recipes - Cinnamon Rolls

Specialty Cinnamon Rolls

Slow-cookers are perfect for Christmas morning because they simplify the cooking process and allow you to enjoy your holiday with the family while your meal cooks. But slow-cookers are not just for hearty casseroles or quinoa. They can also be used for classic breakfast treats like gooey, sugary cinnamon rolls. Check out a simple recipe from Creme de la Crumb to make slow-cooker cinnamon rolls a reality on Christmas morning.

Green Monday: Great Deals Behind Every Door

In honor of Green Monday, Lakeside is offering up to 50% off on select products, as well as Free Shipping on orders of $75 or more! Stock up on a few stocking stuffers, get last-minute gifts or a few bargains to treat yourself for a successful holiday shopping season. Open a few of our Green Monday doors to find some of our favorite deals, or go straight to our Green Monday Sale to shop now. But hurry, deals end at midnight!

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Stocking Stuffers for Kids: The 5 Essential Layers

For kids, the only thing better than getting to open the presents that have been toying with their imagination in plain sight under the tree is getting to dig into the stockings that have been hanging from the mantel. The Christmas stocking is one of the most enjoyable holiday traditions, and gives parents an extra opportunity to surprise their kids with great gifts. Stocking stuffers can make an already great Christmas even more special or save the day if the presents under the tree didn’t go over as well as you imagined. Stuffing stockings isn’t just about what you put inside. It’s also about how you layer gifts. Here’s our take on the 5 essential layers.


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Layer 1: Best for Last

Your very first layer fits nice and snug right at the toe of the stocking. It’s the very last thing your child will pull out, and if you open stockings last, the final gift they’ll probably be getting during the holidays. It’s the perfect spot for that special toy they’ve been talking about for the past few months, as long as it’s small enough to fit.

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Layer 2: The Cover Up

After you’ve stowed away the star of the stocking deep at the bottom, you need a gift that can also double as a clever disguise. This is the perfect spot for an apparel item like pajamas or a superhero cape, a blanket or a stuffed animal. Make sure to use it to wrap the gift in the toe to cover up the surprise until the last moment.

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Layer 3: Licensed to Thrill

The third layer nests right on top of the soft or cozy cover-up, right in the middle of the stocking. At this point, it’s time to set the scene for the special prize at the bottom of the stocking with an equally special, but maybe less expensive gift. It’s a great place to feature one of their favorite licensed characters from movies or TV.

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Layer 4: Lesson Learned

Kids are going to assume that the best of the best is at the bottom of the stocking, so it’s better to take a risk at the top of the stocking. Reserve this second-to-last spot for something borderline educational like a book, game, art supplies or puzzle. It’s not going to be the gift that makes them drop everything and run off to play, but it could easily be the present that’s still entertaining them when the sun finally sets on Christmas Day.

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Layer 5: Top Surface Sweets

Reserving the top layer for sweets is a good idea for several reasons. One, it’s an exciting sight for kids who are definitely in the mood for something sugary on Christmas. Two, it’s not a gift you have to wrap up in any particular way or worry about being identified. Three, putting treats at the top keeps weight and warmth off.

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