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.

Turkey Day Countdown: Food, Family & Football

There’s only ten days until Thanksgiving. It might seem like a lot, but if you have a feast to finalize, guests to prepare for and a holiday checklist that seems to keep getting longer as the festivities draw closer, it’s better to get anything and everything you can done so you won’t be too stressed out when the holiday arrives. Get the facts about Thanksgiving, from menu ideas to some Turkey Day history with these Thanksgiving articles.

The Thanksgiving Menu

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Ideas for Thanksgiving Sides
Who you share Thanksgiving with probably won’t change, but you can change the food to spice things up a bit. Turkey is the main dish that everybody wants, but playing with the sides to change up your Thanksgiving spread is a great way to make your dinner unique! Here are some ideas for Thanksgiving sides you can try.

What Was Really on the Menu at the First Thanksgiving
Roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. It may surprise you to learn that such traditional foods, with the possible exception of the turkey, were not served at the very first Thanksgiving in 1621. If you are wondering what was served at the First Thanksgiving in America, read on to dig into a helping of history.

Get Cooking on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters and How to Avoid Them
When you’re cooking a holiday meal for family and guests, there are many hats you have to wear and many mistakes that can be made. But if you know what to do and what to watch out for, you can pull off the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few tips to avoid some of the most common Thanksgiving dinner disasters.

4 Tips to Pull Off A Perfect Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving dinner is a huge production that requires strength, stamina and coordination. But even if you possess all of those characteristics, something is bound to go off the rails. It’s possible to reduce your risk of dinner disasters if you know what to look out for. Pull off the perfect Thanksgiving with these four useful tips.

The Facts About Thanksgiving Football

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Thanksgiving Football: An American Tradition
American football has been a Thanksgiving tradition since the 1800s. Even though football is a tradition, it looks a lot different now than it did long ago. If you’re wondering why the Lions and Cowboys always get to play on Turkey Day or where the tradition started, take a look at this brief history of Thanksgiving football.

How to Work Football Into Thanksgiving Without Ruining Family Time
Thanksgiving is a day for family. For many families, it’s also a day for football. While most NFL and college teams have the day off, there’s always a shortlist of squads who have to suit up, storm the field and keep the long-standing American tradition alive. Here are a few tips to balance football with family on Thanksgiving.

Ideas to Help Everyone Give Back on Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day! There are many ways to give back on November 11th, but there are just as many ways to support veterans every day of the year by finding the right volunteer opportunities, donating to an esteemed veterans organization from around the country and more. Read on to learn more about how to celebrate Veterans Day, and find out about some great veterans organizations if you want to get involved.

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Veterans Day: Thoughtful Ways to Celebrate
November 11 is the anniversary of Armistice Day; the date World War I ended. It’s the day we celebrate the veterans in our country. This day of celebration was established in 1938. We know the when in celebrating, but do we know the how? Whether you have family, friends, neighbors or just want to celebrate the service of all American veterans and service members, check out these ideas to honor veterans in your community.


How to Show Support

National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association prides itself on being the go-to source for information regarding all issues related to military families in America. Starting in 1969, NMFA has established a sturdy foundation of programs, including scholarships for military spouses, services for children in military families, opportunities for families to reconnect and more. It’s also a great resource for information and support on subjects such as how to handle deployment, what to know about military leave and benefits, life after the military and more.

Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude focuses on sending care packages to military members deployed overseas as well as their families at home, to veterans, care givers and more. The care packages are typically packed with food, entertainment, hygiene, handmade items as well as personal letters of appreciation from Americans all over the country. It has lifted the spirits of countless veterans, service members and families since 2003, sending more than 1.64 million care packages. Send a letter of your own to say “Thank You” on Veterans Day here.

Disabled American Veterans
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) helps improve the lives of veterans by providing free rides for veterans to get to medical appointments, and also assists with thousands of benefits claims. In addition to providing over 700,000 rides, DAV is also dedicated to helping veterans find employment by making vital resources available and hosting job fairs. It also works to create a community of volunteers across the nation, from all the disabled veterans who inspire each other to the local chapters in each state for people to get involved.

The Perfect Present: Gifts for Kids & Home Decorators

By the time the holiday shopping season starts to settle down, when most of our gifts are perfectly wrapped and placed under the tree, we look down at our Christmas lists and see there’s still a bit more to get done. In fact, it always feels like the same names are left staring at us on our lists every year. There are always some people on our lists who are harder to shop for than others, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Find out how to narrow down the perfect present for those difficult names on your list with these seasonal Lakeside articles.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home Decorator in Your Life
Home decor enthusiasts have a unique eye for detail and a passion for pulling rooms together. Whether they are collaborators who thrive on outside input or prefer flying solo when it comes to home-decorating puzzles, it’s that unique eye for detail that makes them a chore to shop for during the holidays. Sometimes it’s easier to shy away from trying to find a home decor gift for the home decorator in your life. Never fear… Check out a few of these tips on how to find the perfect holiday gift for your home-decorating perfectionist.

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Awesome Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Animals
To be fair, it’s hard to find a kid who doesn’t adore animals, but some kids like them more than others. Some kids can’t get enough and wouldn’t mind finding out that all the gifts under the tree have an animal theme. If your kid adores animals, chances are it’s not an entirely new thing, so finding an original animal gift they will be excited about might be a bit tougher than you’d expect. Figure out how to find some great gifts for animal crazy kids in your life this Christmas with a few of these simple guidelines and ideas to help you brainstorm.

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Gift-Giving Ideas To Get You Ready For Christmas

Everyone loves finding the perfect Christmas gift, seeing their family or friends’ eyes light up when they tear open the festive wrapping paper. Gift-giving ideas only get more difficult as the years go on. Whether you’re trying to keep pace with your flawless gift-giving record or hoping to find a gift for someone new in your life, Lakeside is ready to help. Check out our new Christmas articles on finding gifts for parents, teens and more.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Parents & In-Laws
As the years go by, it gets more and more difficult to find gifts for our parents, and it is equally as difficult to figure out Christmas gifts for our in-laws. We decided to dig a little deeper to figure out some of the reasons why some gift ideas for parents and in-laws succeed more than others. Here are a handful of ideas to spark that moment of gift-giving clarity and make your parents’ or in-laws’ Christmas a little more special this year.

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Tech-Savvy Holiday Guide for Teens & Young Adults
Teens and young adults can be some of the most difficult people to shop for during the holiday season. With each generation being a little more tech-savvy and in tune with the latest gadgets, it’s easy for parents to fall behind on the newest electronic trends targeting younger audiences. Learn about a couple timely trends or get gift ideas for thrifty alternatives with this tech-savvy holiday shopping guide for teens and young adults.

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Tips on Buying Holiday Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Christmas takes place in the winter, but for outdoor enthusiasts, icy wind and deep snow are merely minor nuisances or nature’s way of inviting us to play outside. From the avid hunter to the fearless fisher, the bold backpacker to the height-defying hiker, outdoor enthusiasts can be hard some of the hardest people to shop for. Find some ideas for the outdoor enthusiast in your life with these useful tips on outdoorsy holiday gifts.

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‘Tis the Season: Tree-Trimming & Home Decorating Ideas

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. Why wait? Get started by brainstorming holiday decorating and tree-trimming ideas with these useful articles and product suggestions from The Lakeside Collection.

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Christmas Tree Decorating Tips & Tricks
The holiday season is quickly approaching. Before you know it, it will be time to trim the tree while sipping cocoa from holiday mugs and listening to classic Christmas songs. The Christmas tree can be a daunting task if you aren’t sure how to approach decorating. We’ve detailed some tips and tricks for decorating your tree using the 5 F’s (Fluff, Fill, Festive, Foundation & Finish) to help you with the tree-trimming experience.

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Holiday Decorating Ideas Inspired by Classic Christmas Stories
Home decorating doesn’t get any better than Christmas. Getting together with the family to personalize the tree, stringing up lights or wrapping the stairway in garlands and tinsel. The Christmas story is a big part of many holiday memories. Whether you’re on the lookout for a holiday theme or wondering if there’s a way to bring your favorite story to life, take a look at these decorating ideas inspired by classic Christmas stories.

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Fall Flavors: Apple Picking and Oktoberfest Menu Ideas

A few weeks into Autumn. The air is crisp, but not too cold. The leaves are changing and starting to fall. But the weather isn’t the only thing that is changing. Our taste in food changes a little bit as well. Fall flavors like apple, pumpkin and cinnamon are what we crave. Fall festivals like Oktoberfest offer mouthwatering menus we look forward to every year. Learn about the flavors of fall with these articles on apples and Oktoberfest.

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American As Apple Pie: The Apple’s Journey to America
For a country that’s second in the world in apple production, a nation with a proud idiom like “American as apple pie,” it’s odd to learn that all these apples weren’t around when colonists first settled on American soil. The apple’s journey to America is a curious one, intertwined with colonial tastes, the founding fathers and even a popular legend or two. Read on to learn more about the apple’s deep roots in our American history.

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What to Put On Your Oktoberfest Menu
With summer barbecues in our past and holiday parties ahead of us, we’re in that wonderful fall transitional period. Oktoberfest is to us what trick-or-treating is for the little ones. But you don’t have to pack your travel pillow and get on a 10-hour flight to take part in the festival. You can have your own fest at home. You know that beer is a must, but you need some snacks to go with it. Here’s what to put on your Oktoberfest menu.

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Apple Picking Guide
It’s that time of year when apples taste the sweetest and farms open to the public for apple picking. It is one of those fall activities for which everyone should set aside a crisp day and leave behind the cheap toys and chores to celebrate the beautiful autumn season. Here’s a quick guide to picking the best apples this fall.

National Book Month: Reading Tips and Challenges

Most of us understand how difficult it can be to make time to read. Getting the kids back to school, long days at the office and all the easy entertainment option at our fingertips that make picking up a book seem like an unnecessary chore. But October is National Book Month! That time of the year when most of us who haven’t been turning pages can rediscover the joy of reading. Get inspired to read with these tips and challenges.

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5 Fall Reading Challenges
The weather is getting cooler and the new chill in the air encourages staying inside and cuddling by the fire with a good book. It’s the perfect opportunity for a fall reading challenge. There are many fun and interesting ways to create a challenge for yourself and your family, to expand literary horizons. Here are five fall reading challenges that will give you a reason to stay in your footed pajamas all day and enjoy your favorite pastime.

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Back to School: Tips for Getting the Most Out of Reading
For the several months, your kids have been reading young-adult novels and flipping through picture books between running around from one summer activity to the next, but school is back in session and reading has changed. Kids look at the books they read for their school assignments much differently than the books they read for pleasure. Here are some tips to make sure they are getting the most out of their reading for school.

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Holiday Shopping: Tips for Buying Books as Gifts
Thinking up a unique and personal gift for each person on your list can be a challenge. For some people, a good toy or a purse is the appropriate solution; for others, something to support a hobby, like yarn or knitting needles, is just the ticket. But for those who seem to have everything, a book may be your solution — you just need to figure out what type of book to get. Check out a few of these useful tips for buying books as gifts.

Halloween Crunch Time: Final Ideas for the Big Day

It’s Halloween crunch time! No need to freak out if you haven’t yet transformed your house into that haunted dream mansion. There’s still a little time to stock up on spooky decorations, costume accessories and more. Plan, brainstorm and get excited about the holiday with these informative Halloween articles from Lakeside.

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Tips for Carving Your Halloween Pumpkin
Halloween is on its way! While you’re coming up with clever costume ideas for a big night of trick-or-treating, you can also begin decorating. Pumpkin carving is at the top of the list for most of our holiday checklists, so make sure you do it right. Here are a few pumpkin-carving tips for an easy and long-lasting jack-o-lantern.

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Alternative Halloween Activities for Non-Trick-or-Treaters
Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays, but not every family celebrates the same way. Some kids aren’t the right age, neighborhood safety could be a concern, trick-or-treating might not be popular in your area. It’s smart to have alternatives up your sleeve. Consider these different ways to celebrate Halloween.

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How to Create a Spooky Bedroom for Your Kids
Kids love spooky haunted houses on Halloween, but creating that eerie feeling in your home can be a lot of work with your busy schedule. If you want to give kids the horrifying Halloween experience they’ve been begging for, consider confining it to their room. Here are four ideas to create a spooky bedroom for kids.

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Opportunity Knocks: Treat Yourself to a Tricked-Out Door
Transforming your porch into a Halloween haven can take a lot of time. But you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to create awesome, kid-friendly Halloween decor. With easy-to-find supplies, free printables, and creativity, you can take advantage of the most visited aspect of your Halloween home: your front door!

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Halloween is a frightful night! While the kids love to get spooked when they patrol for candy, there can be safety concerns, and they’re not limited to children. Even if the treats are safe for kids, they may not be for our pets. Here are six important things to watch out for to keep our pets safe during Halloween festivities.

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.