The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Labor Day

We have just a few weeks left before Labor Day arrives. We’re doing everything we can to make the most of the waning days of summer! But, of course, we want to end it on a high note so we need to start planning Labor Day weekend now. Whether you’re spending it on the beach or in the back yard, we have hundreds of products to help you live it up on your last weekend of summer. Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Labor Day.camo-luggage

Trendy Traveler 3-Pc. Luggage Set comes with different bags to suit your traveling needs. Fun, vibrant prints make sure that your luggage is easily recognizable. The rolling bag features a handle that extends up to 15″, the duffel has sturdy double handles and the carry-on tote has a 14″ strap. trunk-organizer

Travel Companion This collapsible organizer helps you sort everything in your trunk and also comes with a removable cooler. Use all 3 compartments to store maps, emergency supplies, shopping bags and more. Or, use one of the compartments to hold the removable cooler. Fully insulated, the cooler has room for snacks and drinks, a full-zip closure and a handle. The organizer has pockets on both ends. Both the organizer and cooler fold for compact storage.gourmet-gift-set

Summer Spice Unleash your inner chef with the Gourmet Kitchen Gift Sets. The 5-Pc. Bread Dipping Set includes 4 decorated saucers and a 4-compartment plastic jar packed with seasonings. All you add is a loaf of crusty bread and a bottle of olive oil for a delicious treat everyone will love. Each saucer (4″ dia.) features an olive branch design and raised edges to keep your oil from spilling. The seasoning jar includes Sicilian, Parmesan, Tuscany and Rosa Maria blends (0.6 oz., each). Plates, melamine. Dishwasher safe. Use a 4-Pc. Gourmet Set to spice up your favorite meal, as a marinade, or to add a creative twist to your cooking. Just mix the flavors in! novelty-spatula

Cookout Contraptions Have more fun at your next backyard barbecue using a cleverly-shaped Stainless Steel Novelty BBQ Spatula. With a serrated edge along one side, each spatula is strong and sturdy to allow you to place your food on the grill. Bonus bottle opener at the top of the handle, so you can stay refreshed as you cook. disney-sleeping-bag

Sleep Tight Favorite Character Sleeping Bag keeps your child warm during a sleepover, camp out or while relaxing at home. Fully lined, this sleeping bag will help your child stay comfortable all through the night. Triloft II Performance insulation provides extra coziness and durability. Its zip-around closure with full-length, self-repairing zipper is easy to use. The sleeping bag rolls up for storage in the matching round zippered bag.

5 Good Plants for Droughts

russian-sageFor anyone with a yard, a drought can be a bummer. For anyone with a garden, a drought can be devastating. There is no way around a water shortage, but for gardeners, keeping up with the hobby is manageable. With the right plants, you can have your thriving garden without the worry of drought-shaming from neighbors. Here are 5 good plants for droughts.

Russian Sage Russian sage is a beautiful wispy plant with tiny purple flowers to give your drought-tolerant garden a little color from spring all the way through fall. It prefers well-drained soil with full sun. Initially, they’ll need water to get growing, but once the roots have claimed their soil they do very well in hot, dry conditions.

Blackeyed-susanBlack-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susans are yellow wildflowers that are native to North America. Not only do they practically care for themselves, but as a decorative plant, they’re ideal as they bloom from June to October. Even though they are drought tolerant, black-eyed Susans do need fertile soil and prefer full sun, but partial sun is OK, too.

YarrowYarrow Yarrow is a very low-maintenance plant with blooms that come in yellow, red, white, and pink. They can grow to be quite tall — up to four feet — but its delicate flowers make it approachable. In addition to its drought tolerance, easy care and subtle beauty, it also has medicinal value. It can be used in tea to soothe allergies and congestion as well as used externally to reduce skin irritation and rashes.

lambs-earLamb’s Ear Lamb’s ear is a native plant to Iran and Turkey, which means lamb’s ear not only tolerates a hot dry climate, it thrives in it. It’s named for its fuzzy leaves but it flowers in late spring and early summer in shades of pink or white. It needs very well-drained soil — too much moisture may create a problem as they can be invasive like mint. But it’s easy to grow and transplants well.

voodoo-stonecropVoodoo Stonecrop Voodoo Stonecrop makes an elegant red ground cover. It’s a succulent and blooms mid-summer so it needs full sun. It doesn’t like cold weather, so it needs to be protected from frost, but it is generally a low-maintenance plant. It’s good for both a garden accent or as an element in a container garden.

We take gardening seriously at The Lakeside Collection! From ideas for what to plant during a drought to yard decorations to keep your lawn pretty year-round, look to Lakeside for all your gardening needs.

July Pinteresting Picks

It seems like winter just ended, but our Pinterest followers are already starting to make the transition from summer to fall. From easy ideas to spruce up the kitchen to cute winter accessories, you can tell by what they pin that they’re excited about every season. Here are our July Pinteresting Picks.country-check-tablecloth

Country Chic This check tablecloth adds quaint country style to your dining room or breakfast nook while offering durability for everyday use. The top has a large checkered pattern with a small checkered border.emergency-candle

Emergency Essentials The Emergency Candle Set is an invaluable tool to have on hand in a power outage. The metal base has a storage drawer with nine 4″ wax candles inside and a handle for easy carrying. The glass chimney keeps the flame contained. Serves as a decorative accent when not in use.

window-tieLet There Be Light A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains. The design features a circle with a coordinating stick. Gather the curtain in one hand, lay the circle over the front, then push the stick in on one side, behind the curtain and out the other side. Works with any type of fabric without damaging it. bootie-cutiesEasily let the sunlight in when you want it, and let it loose when you need a little extra insulation at night.

Cozy & Cute This pair of bootie cuties gives your favorite boots a playful look with adorable animal cuffs. Featuring knit construction with embroidered details, these critters play peek-a-boo when you fold the cuff over the top of your boots. slim-can-storageThey add a little bit of cheer to every snowy step you take!

Compact Convenience Slim Can and Spice Rack gives you much more storage while taking up very little room. Almost 3 feet tall, it’s also extremely slim (3-1/2″ wide), so you can place it in between appliances, cabinets and other narrow spaces. It’s on wheels, so you can use the silver pull handle on the side to access it whenever you need it. Open shelves are made to securely hold soda cans, spice jars and other small items.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week to Cure End of Summer Boredom

We are entering the twilight of summer. By now, kids are starting to repeat the dreaded phrase “I’m bored.” Right now, they don’t remember much work goes into not being bored in a classroom for six hours a day, five days a week. That’s OK. They’ll be back in school in just a few weeks. Until then, it’s up to you to fill their days. But Lakeside can help! We put together a list of products to keep the kids busy. Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week to Cure End of Summer Boredom.Guitar

Melody Maker Inspire a young musician with this 30″ Wood Guitar With Case. Perfectly sized for a child to hold and play, it features real steel strings for a beautiful, clear sound. Comes with its own vinyl carrying case with carrying strap, handle and side zipper. Includes a spare steel string.

frozen-coloring-book-with-stickersHours of Art Have hours of fun coloring and placing stickers in this Frozen Big Book with Stickers. With 20 pages to color and over 100 stickers, this book will help bring your favorite characters to life. Its built-in handle lets you carry it wherever you go.

construction-toysColorful Construction Your hands-on child will love the light-up effects of the 6-In-1 Laser Pegs Construction Toys. All 3 sets can make 6 different models. Drag Racer set makes Baja Buggy, Hill Climber, Junior Kart, Mighty Mite, Turbo Trike and Drag Racer. Monster Wheel Truck set makes All Terrain Rover, Mud Bog Racer, Pro Stock Puller, Rock Climber, Trophy Truck and Monster Wheel Truck. Farm Tractor set makes Compact Tractor, High Crop Tractor, Utility Tractor, Lawn Tractor, Wheatland Standard Tractor and Farm Tractor. You can download instructions for additional vehicles online. crystal-growing-kit

Crystal Creations Create your own crystal collection with this Sparkling Crystal Growing Kit. Following the instructions, dissolve the pre-mixed chemicals in water, and within hours crystals form right before your eyes. The fluorite grows as one spectacular crystal and the others grow in clusters up to 4″ in diameter. Kit makes a total of 4 crystals. bracelet-kit

Shareable Art If you love making your own jewelry, you’ll love the BFF Chunky Cord Bracelet Kit. These brightly-colored cords look awesome when you weave them together! Use the included foam wheel for hassle-free weaving. 24 Satin cords (36″, each) come in 6 colors. Kit makes 6 bracelets to wear yourself or to share with friends.

Boredom is not a word we use very often at The Lakeside Collection! Whether we’re deep in the dog days of summer or we’re snowed in after a blizzard, we have products and ideas to keep everyone occupied and entertained.

National Sisters Day: Ideas for Spending Time with Your Sister

sistersAugust 2 is National Sisters Day and if you have a sister, you know it’s a day to celebrate. It lands on the down-slide of summer — making it a great time to spend a weekend with your sister and reclaim your bonding time. In honor of National Sisters Day and summer, here are a few ideas for spending time with your sister.

Shopping Partner Just about the only person worth shopping with is your sister. Who better to tell you what looks good on you and what doesn’t than your sister? When you’re shopping with your sister, she keeps you on the straight and narrow (you do the same for her, of course). You can rely on your sister to steer you away from the orange puffy blouse that is just the right shade of ugly-on-you and turn you toward the subtle green cover-up that magically complements your skin tone, appears to take ten pounds off your body and twenty years off your face.

Workout Partner Your sister is the great motivator. A yoga class, run around the lake or a climbing wall, getting moving with your sister isn’t like having a regular workout partner. There’s no self-consciousness, only self-improvement. You can push your limits and be fearless without judgment. Those weaknesses you don’t like other people to know about don’t hold you back with your sister. So what if you can’t run an 8-minute mile? Your sister doesn’t care how fast you run, she only cares about you. You’ll get more out of your workout and your relationship with your sister.sisters

Aria Ally A good night out is only complete with a song session at a karaoke bar. With your sister, you can get silly, be weird and totally ridiculous in the most cathartic of ways. Belting out a few ballads with the one you truly love unconditionally is relaxing, liberating and necessary.

Road Trip What better way to spend time with your sister than experiencing a new place together and getting there on wheels? Car games, pit stops, roadside attractions — it doesn’t matter where you go, you have each other and that’s all you need for any journey.

sistersBackyard Camping Trip Take a trip back to your childhood in the backyard! Pitch a tent, roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories. Sleeping under the stars and spending time with your sister are things you cannot do too much of. You won’t be too far from civilization, it takes little-to-no planning and you can take advantage of summer weather — all with the comfort of your sister.

Family is what built The Lakeside Collection and we celebrate every member! Whether you’re honoring your sister with a weekend road trip or you want to do something special for a furry member of the family, look to Lakeside for great ideas and great products.

Tricks & Tips to Make Your Picnic Perfect

PicnicSummer is not quite over until we’ve had a proper picnic. We all know that we need to pack food, drinks and a blanket to make a picnic work, but there are a few things you can do to make it headache-free. Here are a few tricks & tips to make your picnic perfect.

Bugs Be Gone While the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “picnic” is food on a blanket, the last thing you think about is bugs. They love food as much as you do. Before you leave the house to go on your picnic, spray the underside of your picnic blanket with insect repellent so bugs don’t sneak up on you while you’re enjoying your meal al fresco. When you get to your destination, use bug repellent wipes on your skin rather than spray so it doesn’t get into your food.

Embrace Your Individuality Pack individual meals rather than bringing one big dish of everything. It’s more convenient to have everything already served for many reasons — fewer utensils, fewer dishes, less mess at your destination. This doesn’t mean you have to pack your sandwich and sides into one container; sides can go in smaller containers for individuals. If they’re stackable and sealable, cleanup is a snap.picnic-basket

Keep It Safe Food and travel don’t mix very well, so you have to make sure to make food that doesn’t spoil easily. Steer clear of items made with eggs and dairy — without proper refrigeration, they spoil quickly. That means if you’re going to make salad or pasta salad, make sure the dressing is vinegar-based. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo all cheese — hard cheeses can be left at room temperature for extended periods. If you are set on bringing a summer staple like deviled eggs, make sure you have insulated totes to keep them cold. For extra protection, freeze a few water bottles for the bottom of your basket or tote. They’ll keep things cool without making a wet mess and you’ll have a few extra cold beverages.

Brisk Beverages While eating room temperature food on a hot summer day is expected, room temperature drinks is not. Unlike water, you can’t freeze soda, beer or wine, but you can use your frozen water bottles to keep your other beverages cold. Make sure to bring along double-wall tumblers — they come with lids and straws to protect your drink from bugs and the double walls protect your drink from the heat of your hand!tumbler

Don’t Forget Your Cutting Board Even if you don’t have anything to cut on your picnic, bring a cutting board. Big or small, there will be a point when you need a hard, even surface and a blanket on the grass won’t cut it. It gives you a spot to put your drink or even a plate of food without worrying about everything ending up on the ground or on your blanket. It also takes a lot of the awkward out of eating without a table and chairs.

The Lakeside Collection knows a little something about entertaining. Whether it’s a picnic in the park for two or a barbecue for 30 people, look to Lakeside for entertaining ideas, inspiration and products.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Christmas in July

It’s true — the countdown to Christmas has started — just five months from now we’ll be frazzled with family dinners, parties and gift wrapping! There are many ways to combat holiday stress and one of those ways is by starting your shopping early! We’ve put together a list to help get you started.  Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Christmas in July.canvas-slip-ons

Pretty Peds Comfortable and easy-to-wear, the Women’s Canvas Slip-Ons add simple flair to your favorite shorts, capris and jeans. The casual shoe has a rubberized plastic outsole for extra traction and durability. With its espadrille-trimmed bottom and boat-shoe styling, you’ll find endless ways to incorporate this casually chic shoe into your wardrobe.   grow-tower

Towering Tomatoes It’s easy for apartment dwellers and people with limited space to start a container garden or expand on an existing one with a Grow Tower. It’s easy to use with a small plant, then add the included additional rings for support as the plant grows. The 3-Tier Tomato Tower is self watering. Just pour water through the hole in the base, and the soil will soak it up. The Grow Cage is great for any climbing vegetable or flowering plant. When covered in flowers, it makes a lovely display. Can be used for indoor plants as well. sale-maxi-dress

Dress to Impress Plus-Size Smocked Waist Maxi Dress takes you from the beach by day to a white tablecloth restaurant at night. The surplice V-neckline and smocked empire waist will make you feel feminine and stylish. Lightweight dress features a bold medallion print and drapes beautifully over your body. country-check-tablecloth

Country Charm This check tablecloth adds quaint country style to your dining room or breakfast nook while offering durability for everyday use. The top has a large checkered pattern with a small checkered border.grill-topper

Grilling Goodies Keep small or delicate pieces of food from falling into the flames with a Grill Topper. Perforated lines on the bottom create a pattern that allows heat to circulate around the food. Handles let you carry it from the grill with ease.

Whether you’re shopping for a summer party or you’re buying holiday gifts, The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of items to make any celebration or season memorable.

Celebrating Summer: Date Night Movies in the Park

One of the best ways to pass a summer evening is by watching a movie outside. It’s even better if you have a date to enjoy it with you! But not every movie is date-worthy. It has to have a certain balance of romance and adventure to make it on the big screen outdoors. We put together a list of movies with all the right elements to make them perfect for a date night outside.

Casablanca Casablanca is part romance, part history, part comedy, part suspense — the formula is that of the perfect date movie because even if you’re not curious about how Rick and Ilsa met or how their affair ends, there are other sub-plots and ideas to keep you interested in the story. For those of us who didn’t live through World War II, it offers a unique narrative on what war was like (it was actually released while the war was still going on) and the fear and anxiety that civilians suffered with subtle comedic elegance. In short, Casablanca has something for everyone.

Meet the Parents For the ladies, Meet the Parents hands you love, marriage and romance. For the fellas, Meet the Parents gives you Robert De Niro. De Niro (Jack Byrnes) is at his tough guy, gruff best as he makes his future son-in-law sweat on their first meeting and no one rolls with his punches better than Ben Stiller (Greg Focker). While the pair duke it out metaphorically, the happy ending prevails to give you the perfect closure for a perfect summer night.

Footloose Teenage rebellion for the guys, a school dance for the girls and watching it all unfold under the stars is a win for everyone! Kevin Bacon as Ren MacCormack rocks out with his fancy footwork that can make even the most awkward and tough guys want to jump up and dance. The storyline is just interesting enough to keep you busy between dance scenes and the end is worth the wait — but bittersweet as that means it’s time to pack up your picnic and head home.

Grease There’s no getting around it — Grease was made for girls. Bobby socks and poodle skirts are something every girl wishes was the style when she was in high school and when dances were for actual couples dancing. Of course there are some elements the guys might find interesting and entertaining — being a greaser, working on cars interrupted occasionally by  a song and dance number and fighting over a girl. It doesn’t require a tolerant date, but perhaps a date with an open mind — because once he survives “Summer Nights” he’ll stay for the whole movie.

Fever Pitch For a Farrelly Brothers movie, Fever Pitch is tame. For a romantic comedy, Fever Pitch is easy on the romance. For a baseball movie, Fever Pitch is gentle. All together, it’s a pretty well-balanced movie which makes it perfect for watching with a date outdoors on a warm summer evening.

There are so many ways to celebrate summer and we do it all at The Lakeside Collection! Whether you’re packing for a weekend road trip, planning a family reunion or watching a movie under the stars, shop Lakeside to make all your summer celebrations memorable.

Back to School: Tips to Simplify the First Week of School

Back-to-schoolIt’s time to start thinking about the coming school year! There’s a lot to get done and it’s going to be hectic, but there are ways to get off to a smooth start. Here are 6 tips to simplify the first week of school.

Start Early It sounds so obvious and we tell ourselves to do it, but sometimes we need reminders to start early. If we get just a few things out of the way now — doctor’s appointments, back to school shopping, going through registration forms — we won’t have to scramble when we start counting down the days rather than the weeks until school starts.

Create a Calendar Make a list of all the activities and chores you’ll be facing when the school year starts. Put them in a calendar where everyone can see it so they know what to expect for each day, week and month. If you’re ambitious, create a chalkboard wall and make a calendar to change up every week so every can keep up with their activities.Back-to-school

Set Up Study Nooks Now You want your kids to be the best students they can be and having a good place to study at home supports that. However, no one is going to have the time or patience to throw something together once school starts. If you do it now, there won’t be a risk of the idea falling through the cracks and having to put it off until next fall.

Start Thinking About Menus If you start planning what you’re going to eat ahead of time, you won’t have to rush to put together dinners and lunches as you go. It makes grocery shopping easier, and you’ll have less to worry about when you’re driving from work to soccer practice and back home. You don’t have to fill out detailed plans, but write out good ideas for what you’ll need and how it can get done well-in advance so you feel less frazzled.

tooth-fairy-pillowBedtime Routines Start thinking about when to ease your kids into their school bedtime routines. After a summer with no schedules, getting up and getting to school on time is hard on them and hard on you. Don’t start too early — you want them to enjoy the last days of summer — but if you wait too long, getting back into the groove of school may be harder than it should be.

Your Kids’ Well Being Don’t forget to talk to your kids about what they expect going into the school year. There may be some excitement and some fear — address the issues now so you have less to deal with later.

Problems almost always arise, but when you’re prepared for everything else it’ll make the unexpected easier to handle. The Lakeside Collection has all sorts of ideas and products to help you prepare for the school year. Keep checking back for tips and items you need to survive!

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Back to School

We wish it weren’t so, but the new school is right around the corner. That means the coming weeks are going to be hectic while we try to cram in a few extra trips and hours at the pool we have to get all of our back to school obligations in order. We’re going to make it a little easier on you — we’ve put together a list of items we think your family might need this fall. Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Back to School.batman-shirt

First Impressions Dress your little one up like his favorite comic book hero with this Boys’ Licensed Superhero Cape T-Shirt. It has his hero’s emblem screenprinted on the front and a removable cape with the emblem on the back. Cape attaches with fabric-magic strips. lunch-tote

Convenient Carryall The Oversized Insulated Cooler Backpack is an essential addition to your next picnic, camping trip or tailgating party. Its fully insulated interior can hold up to 24 beverage cans, snacks or whatever else you need to stay cool. Two cinched side pockets and a zip pocket on the front add space for other items. Adjustable straps provide a comfortable fit, or carry it by the handles.to-do-notebook

Organization Aids The Stuff I Need To Do Notepad Case easily organizes your daily life in style. Make organizing your thoughts easy with the 600 sticky sheets in the Stuff I Need To Do Notepad Case. 12 Sticky styles come together in a classic red hardcover jacket. Lap-desk

Dorm Room-Ready Computer Lap Desk with 2 Fans keeps you and your computer cooler to work more comfortably and efficiently almost anywhere. Its fans prevent your computer from overheating and the foldable table is adjustable so you can work flat or tilt the tray to any comfortable angle. Adjust the legs to the height you desire. Sets up in seconds and opens at the press of a button. Features a built-in mouse pad, cup and pen holder on the right side, as well as a 29″ USB cable to power the fans. portable-hamper

Lighten the Load This Portable Rolling Hamper makes laundry less of a chore with its easy-to-use, all-in-one design. Its adjustable handle and 2 wheels make taking clothing to the laundromat or even to the next room much easier. The lid of the hamper secures with a zipper. A zippered pocket on the front and two mesh pockets on the side let you bring along supplies such as detergent, softener or dryer sheets.

We want you to be ready for every event in any season! Shop The Lakeside Collection for all your back to school and fall essentials.