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.

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.