Seasonal Harvest Decor that Also Works for Halloween

The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year. But it can also be difficult if you’re trying to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving back to back. As long as you’re not dedicated to transforming your home into a haunted nightmare, it’s easy to find seasonal harvest decor that also works for Halloween. Check out some of our best harvest ensembles for the front porch, bathroom, living room and dining room.

Front Porch Favorites

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Harvest Porch Decor can be displayed during the entire autumn season. Get a Pumpkin Door Hanger and Wooden Pumpkins to liven up your porch for fall, and flip around the Set of 3 Pillows for a Halloween theme.

Add beautiful accent light to your porch with the Hanging Star Candleholder. The glass panels feature an etched design and the perfect color for fall. It opens in the center to reveal a holder for your tea light candle.

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The Seasonal Porch Sitter Planter will look great on your front steps all season long. The cute character is holding a planter box. Add your favorite flowers or fall plant to the box for a display your guests won’t forget.

Easily stay festive no matter what the season with the 9-Pc. Interchangeable Seasonal Yard Stake. With a variety of seasonal greetings to keep you covered all year, it has what you need to get through the holidays.

Autumn Interior Decorating Ideas

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The Pumpkin & Stars Bathroom Collection brings a warm, seasonal autumn touch to your bathroom space. Get a wide range of useful items to cover your entire bathroom with pumpkins, country stars and fall leaves.

Decorate your living room with family-friendly Halloween decor using a Primitive Country Halloween Pillow. The harvest colors and symbols are ideal for autumn, and the Halloween elements are simple and innocent.

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The Primitive Country Stuffed Pumpkins add a simple, stylish touch to your harvest display nearly anywhere in your home, even as a dining room centerpiece. Each features a patchwork design with traditional colors.

Create an autumn display for your kitchen or dining room table with a 4-Pc. Ceramic Pumpkin Centerpiece. Each pumpkin has a removable lid and a spacious interior for holding Halloween candy or random goodies.

Trick-or-Treat: Halloween Sneak Peek

Halloween kicks off over two full months of holiday fun. The holidays are only stressful if you don’t start preparing early. Take a look at Lakeside’s Halloween sneak peek to get ideas and learn some fun facts.

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Transforming Your Front Porch to Frighten Trick-or-Treaters
Halloween can be just as fun for adults. You might not get to trick-or-treat like you used to, but you can still fill an important role in the Halloween world by turning your front porch into a haunting spot to frighten trick-or-treaters. Get into the holiday spirit by transforming your front porch to frighten the neighborhood.

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Halloween Costumes that Never Go Out of Style
Costume parties always feature fresh, funny takes on current events, never-before-seen group ensembles and new approaches to classic favorites. It’s fun to think up new ideas, but hard to beat classic characters. Check out this list of spooky costumes that never go out of style and get inspired to update an old favorite.

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5 Foods from Around the Globe that Freak Out Most Americans
Every country in the world has local foods that just don’t make sense to tourists. The truth is, more than a few of these taboo foods are nightmares for most Americans who aren’t accustomed to local tastes and customs. Take a trip to every corner of the globe and learn about these five foods that are likely to freak you out.

Holiday Must-Haves: Christmas Trees and All the Trimmings

Getting a real Christmas tree is a tradition for many families. However, you can save a lot of cash in the long run by buying a nice artificial tree that can stand the test of time. Not only will your family have a tree that will last, you won’t have to deal with messy Christmas tree maintenance. Plus, you won’t have to haul it home or throw it out when the season is over. Check out our Christmas trees and trimmings that’re currently trending.

Trees that Stand the Test of Time

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Quick and convenient is the phrase that describes the 6-Ft. Pre-Lit Pop-Up Christmas Tree. Just attach the legs to the base and align the ring of branches. In seconds, your tree is ready to display and decorate as is. It features 558 branch tips that give you plenty of space to hang ornaments and 100 fairy lights that turn on automatically when the tree is plugged in. Tall and elegant, the 7-Ft. Slim Pre-Lit Tree fits into tight spaces with ease. It features a detailed, natural look and comes pre-lit with 200 lights for hassle-free decorating. It also has 10 decorative pine cones and 440 tips for ornaments. Includes a plastic stand. Families that can’t go without their real tree can pair their true pine with the 65″ Lighted Christmas Tree. It’s loaded with sequin accents, warm LED lights and metallic tinsel. It has a wireless design and a timer to control when it turns on.

Ornaments, Decor and More

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Hang a personal touch on your holiday tree with the Lighted Marquee Monogram Ornament. Each battery-powered ornament lights up like a movie theater marquee. Comes in a gift box that makes it the perfect gift for a holiday host. Give your home and tree a true outdoorsy theme with the Antler Holiday Decor. The Set of 3 Ornaments can be put to use on your new tree, wreaths and even presents. Dress up a table, shelf or mantel with the Merry Christmas Sculpture. Its rustic design features a similar antler design. Pair it with the ornaments to bring the entire room together. Make turning your Christmas tree on and off so much simpler with the Footswitch Extension Cord. It allows you to turn your tree on and off with a tap of your foot. Simply press the center button to turn on and again to turn off. The extension cord has 3 outlets for multiple items.

4 Popular Christmas Tree Types & How to Decorate Them

It’s never too early to start thinking about your Christmas decorating plans, especially with all the great early Christmas deals already out on the market. The Lakeside Collection is already stocked with Christmas gear to get your home ready for the holidays. In the spirit of the upcoming season, let’s take a look at some of the most popular Christmas tree types and the best ways to dress them up to help you find the right decorations.

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Douglas Fir
Perhaps the most well-known Christmas tree by name, but there are many reasons why the iconic tree has been a popular staple in American homes around Christmas time. For one, the needles are pretty soft, safer for kids or pets. Second, the firm needles branch out in many directions, making it easy to hang ornaments. Lastly, unlike most trees bred for the holidays, they can be found in giant sizes for families that like to go big.

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Fraser Fir
If you’re in need of a tree that will stand tough while being transported and dragged around, the Fraser Fir might be the tree for you. Fairly similar to the Balsam Fir, this durable tree is usually found in the 6 to 7 foot range that makes it easy for most people to throw the star on top, has a bluish tint to its dark green needles and sturdy branches that will be able to hold up most of the heavier ornaments you need to put on the tree.

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Scotch Pine
While it might not have the sweet Christmas scent that the Douglas, Fraser or Balsam Firs might, the Scotch Pine was literally made for Christmas. It’s the most commercial Christmas tree, with brighter coat of needles than the typically bluish firs. The Scotch Pine is also known for its durability, easily surviving throughout the holidays, capable of withstanding dry spells and rarely shedding its needles to save time on maintenance.

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Artificial Options
Christmas traditionalists scoff at the rising popularity of artificial trees, but the truth is that they’re much more practical than real firs and pines. Families across the country delight in how much money can be saved by using the same artificial tree year after year, sigh in relief at avoiding another holiday shopping session and rave about not having to deal with all the watering and needle cleanup that can occur on a daily basis.

What kind of Christmas tree does your family prefer? Comment below to share your own tips and tricks…

Halfway to the Holidays: Get a Head Start on Christmas Planning

Chilly weather isn’t far off. That means the holiday season is right around the corner. Get some advice to help your summer Christmas planning go smoother with these articles from The Lakeside Collection.

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Time-Consuming Holiday Projects to Start this Summer
By the time summer rolls around, we’ve forgotten about all the stress and planning that went into making the holidays so enjoyable for ourselves and our families. If the holidays typically take up a large chunk of your time and energy, get organized early by starting these time-consuming holiday projects in the summer.

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Holiday Scents for Your Summer Bathroom Sanctuary
There are a number of sights, smells and traditions Christmas has adopted over the years that weren’t always associated with the holiday season. There are many fragrances adopted by the holidays that work great throughout the summer. Accent your bathroom sanctuary with a few of these holiday scents.

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Why Summer is the Real Season of Giving for Pet Owners
Spring gives your pet their first taste of the outdoors, but it isn’t until the rainy days taper off and the summer months get into gear that they really have the opportunity to see what the outdoors have to offer. With all the events and activities that take place in the warm months, it feels like the real season of giving for pet owners.

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Celebrating Christmas Early in the Southern Hemisphere
Even if it’s snowing in many regions of the northern hemisphere in December, it’s the opposite on the southern side of the globe. In order to make Christmas feel more like the traditional holiday, many countries celebrate in July. Here’s a few facts about countries that start a little early and how they do it.

4 Must-See Botanical Gardens in America

Summer is the season to get out in your garden and work your hands in the soil. While most of the dirty work is done in the spring, there’s plenty of maintenance to do throughout the summer to keep plants and veggies perfect, and flowers in bloom. Whether gardening is a pastime or your passion, it’s important to take a break from all your hard work and step into an expert oasis for leisure and inspiration. No matter what region of the country you call home, you’re never too far away from the fresh experience of world class botanical gardens.

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United States Botanic Garden, Washington D.C.
George Washington is cited as the inspiration for the botanical garden in our nation’s capital. Established by Congress in 1820, it is officially recognized as a museum. With a focus on educating the public about plants and fostering botanical knowledge, it’s a must-see for gardening enthusiasts and environmentalists.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas
If you’re looking to surround yourself with the beauty of nature while enjoying an entertaining event, Dallas might be the garden destination for you. One of the top arboretums in the world, it’s dedicated to getting the community involved with events and family activities. It’s newer than most top gardens, but always growing.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago
Though it’s only been around since the 1970s, the Chicago Botanical Garden is already one of the world’s leading horticultural museums and conservation centers. The garden is born of the city’s rich horticultural history, dating back to the 1893 World’s Fair, and has one of the largest memberships of any U.S. garden.

New York Botanic Garden, New York City
This diverse landscape in bustling New York city is spread over 250 acres and boasts over a million plants. Located right next to the Bronx Zoo, it’s one of the most popular botanical gardens in the country, hosting a healthy 300,000 people every year. It’s also home to one of the world’s largest plant conservation programs.

Stylish Summer Ensembles for Soaking Up Sunshine

For many of us, the best time to get out and enjoy the summer sun is limited to a few short months. Summer is the season to take a dive in the pool, put the windows down driving on the open road and take advantage of nice weather for your favorite outdoor activities. Summer is the season for fashionable beachwear, stylish accessories and getting a perfect tan. Soak up sunshine while you can with our stylish summer ensembles.

For the Beach or the Boardwalk

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Go from the beach to the boardwalk in style with the Women’s Crossover Cover-Up Dress. An easy-to-wear dress that features fun tie-dye detailing on the sides, it has a high/low hemline that crosses over in the front. Save your bare feet from the summer heat with Women’s Memory Foam Comfort Sandals. Their thong-style design features memory foam insoles that offer amazing comfort no matter where your summer adventures take you. Rubber soles provide resistance on slippery surfaces, so they’re perfect for wearing poolside. The large Cell Phone Organizer Wallet helps you stay organized in the summer without a streamlined design. It has a fun print and convenient pockets to hold your smartphone, cash, credit cards and more. It keeps your valuables safely secured in the zippered main compartment. Removable strap lets you wear it as a wristlet.

For Tanning or Taking It Easy

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Dry off after a refreshing swim with the Summertime Beach Towel. the high-quality cotton towel features a vibrant image with a summer theme. Its fiber-reactive print won’t fade from exposure to the sun or washing. Once you’re out of the water, make sure your poolside chair or beach lounger is extra comfortable with the Brightly Colored Chair Cover. Made of durable cotton terry cloth and polyester, it fits on all kinds of lounge and deck chairs. Hanging from one side is a 3-section pocket for your sunglasses, lotion, smartphone and more. It converts to a handled tote for carrying beach necessities. Always have the ideal cup holder during your beach tanning session with the Set of 2 Beach Buddy Drink Holders. Each sassy holder has a vibrant design with a humorous phrase. The sturdy design makes them easy to stick in the ground or carry around.

Sun Safety Tips for Babies, Kids and Teens

It is estimated that up to eighty percent of a person’s lifetime exposure to the sun occurs in the first 18 years, so when it comes to sun safety it’s important to start developing some good habits with your kids as early as possible. Learn how to properly protect babies, kids and teens from sun damage with these sun safety tips.

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Babies — The Less Sun the Better
Babies under the age of six months shouldn’t be in the sun at all. The damage that sunburn can cause with babies has the ability to effect them throughout their life, compromising their immune system and increasing the risk of skin cancer years down the road. If you are outside, keep them properly covered or in the shade.

It isn’t recommended to use sunscreens on babies under six months old, so covering up their skin is very important. Pants and long sleeve shirts cover the most skin, while bucket hats protect their head and offer a little shade. If they do get exposed to the sun, apply wet towels to their skin frequently to reduce swelling.

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Kids — Sunscreen On the Go
Kids are the hardest to monitor when it comes to making sure they’re using sunscreen. Once they get out of the house with their friends they could be gone for hours. Even if you send them out the door with sunscreen there’s a good chance it will wear off before they return. Send kids off right with some travel-size sunscreen.

If they’re playing close to home or within sight, don’t be afraid to interrupt their activity to reapply some sun protection. If they do come back with a little sunburn or some bad blisters, hydrate their skin with a wet towel, apply a topical moisturizer and ibuprofen if needed and keep them out of the sun until they heal completely.

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Teens — Tanning Can Be Trouble
Many kids start tanning in their teens. If your teen wants to get a nice tan, try to keep them out of the sun between the fiercest hours of the day. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm is when UVA and UVB rays can do the most damage to skin. It’s also the best time to tan. Being closer to 10:00 am or 2:00 pm is better than midday.

While it is tempting for teenagers to hit the tanning salon when the sun isn’t shining, radiation in tanning beds can be worse than the sun. Any type of tanning is technically harmful to your skin. One method isn’t any healthier than the other, but tanning beds have been known to have higher levels of UVR radiation.

Fantastic Ways to Showcase Vacation Photos at Home

Whether you’re jetting off on a dream vacation, gearing up for a cross-country road trip or mapping out a fun summer activity schedule at home, chances are you’ll wind up with plenty of photos. All you have to do now is find a way to feature those great memories in your home. Don’t leave awesome snapshots sitting on your camera. Find out how to display your best shots with these fantastic products to showcase vacation photos.

Compose Your Creative Collage

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Tell your entire vacation story with the 21-Photo Collage Frame. It allows you to arrange photos in a stylish way by alternating between vertical and horizontal display slots. The frames hold a 4″ x 6″ photo, each. Plastic pane protects the photos. The entire collage mounts vertical or horizontal to fit your space. The Set of Two 20-Photo Wall Collage makes it easy to protect and display vacation memories. The wall collage holds 10 horizontal and 10 vertical 4″ x 6″ photos in plastic sleeves. The reinforced eyelets allow you to hang it up a variety of ways. Showcase the most memorable photos from your vacation with the 8-Pc. Sentiment Wall Photo Gallery. It includes frames that protect photos behind glass, as well as shelves and words. The main frame holds two 4″ x 6″ photos. Accent frames each hold 4″ x 6″ photo.

Preserve Those Precious Pictures

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If you’re looking for a storage option that also protects your photos, the 510-Photo Album fits the bill. The jumbo album allows you to show off 510 of your best 4″ x 6″ photos. Each page holds 5 photos on each side. The 3-ring binder design makes it easy to add and remove pages. You can also feature a cover photo. With the Laminator or Set of 100 Sheets, you can add a protective layer to photos. It has an ability to handle documents up to 9-1/2″ wide, using heat to laminate. It’s UL-Listed. The sheet set includes 30 name card sheets, 40 photo sheets and 30 letter sheets. Once you have your photos laminated, use the 1,600-Photo Organizer Case to sort and store. The 16 acid-free photo cases feature rounded corners that keep photos looking their best for years. Each inner case holds one-hundred 4″ x 6″ photos. An outer handle allows for easy transport, and the hinged design has snap closures to keep everything secure.

Theme Park Checklist for a Carefree Vacation

Spending summer vacation at a theme park is great for thrill-seekers and family-friendly adventurers. From roller coasters to state-of-the-art water parks, there’s guaranteed to be incredible activities to keep everyone entertained. Before you strap into your seat and get ready for a terrifying drop or splash into the pool to cool off in the sun, make sure you’ve got the right gear to keep your essentials safe and the right clothes to keep you comfortable day after day. Make your adventure a bit easier and carefree with our theme park checklist.

Packed Up and Theme Park Ready

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Keep drinks and snacks chilled for your theme park picnic with this Collapsible Insulated Tote Basket. The handles fold down for easy storage. Store essentials in the Cell Phone Organizer Wallet. It features a large pocket with a button closure for a smartphone, as well as slots and pockets for cards and IDs. Works as a wallet inside a larger bag or a clutch. Protect all your credit and bank cards from being scanned and your identity from being stolen with Set of 4 RFID Credit Card Sleeves. These special tear resistant sleeves are designed to prevent thieves from being able to remotely scan the digital information stored on your cards. Slim and lightweight, each card fits easily in a handbag or wallet.

Worry-Free Gear for the Waterpark

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Keep your essential devices safe and dry inside the waterpark with Durable Waterproof Cases for Smartphones or Tablets. The Smartphone Case fits most smartphones, including iPhone® 4/4S/5, as well as certain Droid®, Blackberry®, and other MP3 and media players. For both the Smartphone and Tablet Cases, the devices are fully functional while in the protective case. The iPad® & Tablet Case fits the most popular tablets (up to 10″) on the market. Waterproof up to 18 feet. Your kid will love drying off after a long day at the waterpark with a Kids’ Hooded Beach Towel. It’s also perfect for the beach or the bath. Protect their eyes with Kids’ Favorite Character Swim Goggles. Anti-fog lenses feature an airtight seal to prevent water from leaking in and an adjustable silicone strap for a secure fit.

Comfortable Clothes and Cool Accessories

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Stay comfortable walking around the theme park all day in these Women’s Active-Length Knit Jeans. The cotton pants have the look of denim jeans with the softness of lounge pants and spandex for stretch. They have a drawstring waistband, as well as back pockets and side vents at the hem. The Girls’ Tie-Dye Maxi Dress is the perfect outfit for a day at the park. Your daughter or granddaughter will love wearing this bright, sleeveless dress. Keep their eyes protected from the sun with Kids’ Favorite Character Sunglasses & Case. They’ll love showing off the shades while shielding their eyes from harmful UV rays. The glasses are shatter-resistant, and the included case keeps them safely stored.