Mother’s Day: Our Favorite TV Moms

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It still doesn’t quite feel like spring — and we’re spending a little more time in front of the television than we’d like to admit. But Mother’s Day is headed our way and while we’re looking for gift ideas we thought, since we’re watching TV anyway, we’d use it for a little Mother’s Day inspiration and pick our favorite TV moms.

June Cleaver (Leave It To Beaver) Who better to deal with the shenanigans of Wally and the Beav than June Cleaver? She embodies the quintessential 1950s stay-at-home-mom (back then, they were known as housewives). She was calm, cool and always reasonable and supportive — all things moms strive to be.

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Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch) Carol Brady made blended family life seem so simple! But simple doesn’t mean easy. Convincing six kids to love an entirely new family was a big challenge, and the even bigger challenge was dealing with them as teenagers. But whatever hair drama, girl trouble or miscommunication came up, Carol always had an answer.

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Marion Cunningham (Happy Days) Sweet Mrs. C kept the house clean, got meals on the table and was always full of cheer despite her gruff husband, the greaser who lived above the garage and the two teenagers she was raising. Always delightful with her subtle quips and the balance she brought to the Cunningham family, her assumed naivete thwarted by her profound brilliance was what made Mrs. C a mom worth watching every week.

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Elyse Keaton (Family Ties) Elyse was the hippy-dippy mom who was blessed with children that were her polar opposite. With boy-crazy Mallory, conservative Alex and spunky Jennifer, she had to stretch her parental skills to match three very different children. She did it all and managed to be a successful architect, to boot. She was a model working moms of the 80s appreciated.

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Peggy Bundy (Married With Children) This list isn’t about the best TV moms, just our favorite TV moms and Peggy Bundy, with all the hair, heels and humor is definitely one of our favorites. While she was no June Cleaver and parenting wasn’t her top priority, we could suspend our disbelief once a week to watch how not to be a mother.

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Roseanne Conner (Rosanne) Roseanne Conner was a refreshing change from the common upper-middle-class mom we typically get from Hollywood. She gave America a small glimpse at blue collar life that we rarely see on TV. Her no-nonsense parenting and unvarnished humor made her an unconventional and respected TV mom.

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Marie Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond) Just about everyone has a Marie Barone in their lives — she may not be your mother-in-law, but you know one just like her. She smothers her grown son and gets under her daughter-in-law’s skin, but her intentions are good.

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Carmela Soprano (The Sopranos) On the surface, Carmela Soprano has a pretty nice life — nice home, good kids, a husband who provides well for the family — but being married to a mob boss is a tough gig with no way out. But she was a tough cookie — not taking any guff from Tony Soprano and still raising respectable children is no small feat.

The Lakeside Collection is always looking for ideas and products to inspire our customers every day of the year. From Mother’s Day gifts to ideas to make your Memorial Day cookout spectacular, shop Lakeside for fabulous products at unbeatable prices.

5 Ways to Show Mom You Care Every Day

mothers-dayMother’s Day is just a few weeks away. Though we set aside the day to celebrate our moms, they deserve recognition for the lunches, driving us to and from soccer practice, musical rehearsals and loving support they give us year-round. Here are 5 ways to show mom you care every day.

Say Thank You We grow up with our mothers dressing us, feeding us and cleaning up after us so it’s easy to take these tasks for granted when she deserves a big thank you. While you’re probably thinking of gifts to give your mother on Mother’s Day to show your appreciation, taking a moment to actually say thank you to your mother will blow her away.

mothers-dayDutiful Children There’s so much that goes into running a household that we don’t realize until we have to run things ourselves. Why not share some of your mom’s load? Take over one of your mom’s chores or take on a cleaning project she hasn’t been able to get to. Shred the junk mail that’s been piling up, do the grocery shopping for the week or wash her car. Any little thing you can do will ease some of the burden your mom takes on every day.

Tell Her How She Inspires You Moms inspire children every day whether they’re aware of it or not. Your mom does amazing things — things you want to be able to do, too. Whether it’s being kind and generous or smart and accomplished, let your mother know how she inspires you.

Tell Her Your Favorite Memories of Her When you grow up with someone, it’s hard to see the impact they have on you day-to-day. It’s only when you look back at all of the experiences you had with someone that you can appreciate your relationship. Though your mom may have the same memories you have of different events, letting her know how special they are to you is a priceless gift.

mothers-daySpend Time With Her Time is about the most valuable thing you can give a person. Take your mom out for a meal for one-on-one time to catch up on things that have nothing to do with school, work or chores. Spend the afternoon nurturing your relationship with your mother and showing her you appreciate her.

There are dozens of ways to show your mom you love her. Whether you want to give her the perfect gift, surprise her with a spectacular brunch or you want to spend quality time with your mom, The Lakeside Collection has ideas and products to help your day with mom memorable.

 

National Stress Awareness Day: 4 Ways Gardening Relieves Stress

GardeningApril 16 is National Stress Awareness Day — we’re all victims of stress and there are many ways to manage but, since we’re in the middle of spring, we’re looking toward the garden for stress relief. Here are 4 ways gardening relieves stress.

Exercise Gardening isn’t quite like running a marathon, but it’s an activity that gets you moving. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercise reduces tension, stabilizes mood, reduces fatigue, as well as improves alertness and concentration. Pruning and weeding makes your garden look nice, but the up and down motions and repetitive actions require your muscles to have a range of movement that gets your blood pumping through your body and brain. If you look at gardening as something you get to do rather than something you have to do, you’ll be on your way to a stress-free summer.

Garden-ScooterQuiet When we think of gardens we think of a quiet place where nature rules. Leaving behind your smartphone to tend to your plants and flowers gives your brain space and peace. It makes sense, but researchers in The Netherlands have facts to back up the claim. They found that spending just 30 minutes a day in the garden doing chores actually reduces the amount of stress hormones your body creates. If you’re feeling stressed, maybe it’s time to take a break from daily stimulus and get in the garden for a few hours a week to relax.

Sunshine Plants need sunshine to survive and working outdoors alongside your precious plants exposes you to the same sunny goodness. While we know that sunshine gives us vitamin D to help strengthen our bones, it also boosts serotonin — the neurotransmitter that helps us feel good. We need bright light that we get from summer sunshine (brighter than anything we can get indoors) to get adequate amounts of vitamin D to improve serotonin levels (which is why we see so many cases of seasonal affective disorder during dark winter months). Working in the garden to spruce it up for as little as ten minutes a day can give you a good amount of sunshine to help with your vitamin D and serotonin production to make you feel relaxed.

gardeningThe Right Plants While some budding shrubs and flowering plants are easy on the eye, some are also easy on the brain. Plants like lavender are known to relieve stress through their scents. Lavender can relieve stress just by being next to it and inhaling its fragrance, but lavender, along with other herbs like chamomile and lemon balm can be used as tea to relieve stress. Whether you’re pruning your lavender or harvesting chamomile for tea, your garden can have the calming effect your brain and body craves.


Daily stress can get in the way of good moods, so if you’re playing with the idea of starting a garden, let stress relief tip the scale in favor of getting it growing! The Lakeside Collection can help you get started — we have ideas and products for a lush garden this spring that will thrive all summer long.

National Pecan Day: Pralines Recipe

 

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April 14 is National Pecan Day — we love pecans at The Lakeside Collection and we have a few favorite recipes for these magical nuts. If it were November, we’d be making pecan pie or tartlets, but since it’s spring, we thought a recipe we can whip up quickly would be in order so we can head outside and enjoy the weather we’ve been waiting for. With that in mind, we thought we’d share our American pralines recipe — it’s quick and it originated in New Orleans, so it’s not something that will heat up the kitchen when it’s hot outside!

If you only know pralines (pronounced praw-leans) through the ice cream flavor pralines and cream, you haven’t experienced real pralines. They’re sort of like a very rich cookie (some people describe as fudge-like, but it’s a little more delicate than fudge). Technically, it’s candy, but it’s more of an adult candy than a lollipop or licorice. The original recipe was made with almonds, but because of the abundance of pecans in Louisiana, they were the obvious substitute for almonds. And it was a perfect substitute — the pecan praline has been an iconic confection in the Big Easy for hundreds of years.  Pralines are surprisingly delicious and, just like fudge, they make a nice gift or party favor — which is why you can buy them on just about any corner in the French Quarter. But you can’t get to New Orleans every day, so here’s our recipe for pralines.

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  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat until it’s hot to the touch. Add pecans in one layer on the bottom of the pan. Stir frequently (or toss, if you’re good at that) until the pecans are hot and fragrant — about 2 minutes. Set aside. Over medium-high heat, add the brown sugar, butter, cream, and milk to a sauce pan.

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Stir the mixture frequently as the mixture bubbles up. Keep this up until your candy thermometer reads 238℉ — this is the softball stage of heating sugar. Add the pecans and stir vigorously for 30 seconds before turning off the heat. Continue stirring and add the vanilla extract. Continue stirring for four minutes until the mixture just starts getting a little stiff — this part is crucial. It should still be a thick liquid when you spoon the pralines onto your cookie sheet. Set aside to cool.

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The result should be a lump of delicious nuts and sugar with a consistency of a very delicate cookie. The timing is difficult to get right and if you don’t, there is nothing you can do to correct it. You may end up with a crumbly mess or caramel clusters — either way, you can use your mistakes to top vanilla ice cream (delicious!). But this recipe is a small batch — it makes about five pralines, so if you don’t get it right the first time, you won’t have mounds and mounds of  caramel to repurpose.

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Gadgets To Keep Pests Out of Your Garden

Spring is here and our garden prep is well underway! Making our gardens bloom is one of the more satisfying summer activities, but it does require work. Some of that work includes keeping pests out of our flower beds and yards to help our plants thrive. But there are a few gadgets to make pest control a little bit easier. Here are 5 gadgets to keep pests out of your garden.solar-animal-repeller

Buzz Off Pests don’t have to be bugs to bug you — they sometimes have four legs and fur! The Solar Animal Repeller keeps critters like rabbits and woodchucks from wrecking your grass and plants without having to resort to cruel traps and poisons, plus it’s easy to install. Just stake it in the ground and it charges in sunlight to activate a built-in infrared motion detector. When pests come within its 20-foot detection range, it triggers powerful, ultrasonic waves that turn animals away. It only activates when motion is detected, so it can run around the clock when it’s charged.pest-diffuser

Good Scents The Patio Egg Pest Diffuser slows down the menacing whir of mosquitoes with good scents! The egg uses a DEET-free formula of essential oils that mosquitoes and other pests steer clear of. Fragrance diffuses through the porous egg and into the surrounding area, darkening the egg as it absorbs oil. The pleasant floral scent will “hatch” within 24 hours and be effective continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Protects up to 200 sq. ft. for up to 4 months. Hang it with the included plant-fiber net or set it on a flat surface.citronella-streamers

Double-Duty Decor Don’t let bug spray ruin your next cookout! Repel bugs with style with this Set of 8 Citronella Streamers! The streamers add whimsy to your outdoor decor as well as fight off bugs —  each colorful streamer is coated with lemongrass oils and natural citronella that mosquitoes and pests don’t like. The scent lasts up to 48 hours so you’ll have protection from the start of the party all the way through cleanup!wasp-traps

Nature’s Bug Bait Don’t let wasps ruin your day in the garden with this Set of 2 Wasp Traps. They use all natural ingredients you mix up at home — just sugar and water! It lures wasps to three spots where they can get in, but they can’t get out. You can hang them from a tree branch or put them on the porch where there’s a flat surface. They’re long-lasting and durable so you can use them day after day.fly-pistol

For the Kids Lock and load a Fly Pistol and get rid of pesky bugs with a pull of the trigger. Just take aim and pull! The hands clap together, squashing the flying pest. The  target on the inside of the hands turns bug swatting into a game. Check your accuracy and aim as you go.

5 Kitchen Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed

We’re always looking for new, fun ways to make household chores a little bit easier — especially in the kitchen! With all of the spring parties and barbecues coming up, we need all the help we can get to shave time off prep so we can entertain! The Lakeside Collection has a few products that can do just that — here are 5 kitchen gadgets you didn’t know you needed.

Corn-StripperPain-Free Prep Get ready for your summer bounty with this Set of 3 Specialty Kitchen Gadgets. Summer sweet corn just got sweeter with the corn stripper — remove all the kernels with just a few strokes! With the pepper tool, the stem and seeds are gone with a twist of the wrist and the mango pit is no longer an obstacle to your breakfast smoothie! With one or all of them, making fresh food is simple and painless.

Lemon-SqueezerSimple Squeeze Add a bright splash of color to your kitchen with these Colorful Kitchen Gadgets! Have a fresh squeeze of lemon ready to go at all of your cookouts this summer with the Lemon Squeezer! A couple of lemon wedges turn to juice in the silicone container, leaving the peel and seeds behind! You can use as little or as much as you need, and the leftover juice stays fresh in the refrigerator once you close the screw-on top. The Set of 3 Knives is perfect for the precise work of trimming, peeling and slicing all of your summer vegetables and fruits.

Kitchen-gadget3Basket of Bags If you’re like the rest of us, you have a stash of plastic bags somewhere waiting to be reduced, reused or recycled! With this decorative woven basket, your plastic bag dispenser is more convenient and easier to look at than stuffing the bags in a drawer or under the sink.  Load the bags at the top, then pull them out through the hole in the bottom one at a time.

Memory-Foam-RunnerPleasant Posture You don’t know how comfortable prepping food at the counter can be until you’ve done it with the Memory Foam Kitchen Runner underfoot. It gives you extra support when you stand for a long time, and brings a punch of color to your kitchen. The memory foam conforms to your feet as you move and stand.

 

Wine-ChillerKeep Your Cool White wine lovers just got a little more excited to show up at your barbecue! The Wine Bar Bottle Chiller keeps your wine cool and refreshing while you socialize on the patio. Just place it in the freezer for a couple of hours and use it in place of a cork once your wine bottle is open.


The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of products to make your next entertaining adventure easier and fun! Keep checking back for more ideas and inspiration for every season and every holiday.

March Pinteresting Picks

April is just about to break which means our homes need a spring refresh. Our Pinterest followers are feeling the season change! New decor with a splash of sentiment is what our pinners seem to be looking for this month. Here are our March Pinteresting picks.

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   Set a trendy table with pieces from the Owl Tabletop Collection. Each piece is decorated with the same owl design in various colors. The 3-Section Server lets you bring 3 different foods to the table in a single dish. The Set of 3 Serving Bowls is graduated in size and nests together for easy storage. Serve coffee or tea in the Set of 4 Mugs, and use the Set of 4 Dinner Plates for the main course. Earthenware. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

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For the die-hard sports fan, Faith, Family…Sports Wall Art puts your favorite game in proper perspective! Created by artist Marla Rae, it shares your values as well as your athletic enthusiasm. Box-style print requires no additional framing.

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Our wooden Ladder Shelf Storage suits your contemporary style. Its clean and simple lines make it ideal for display or storage. The 5-Tier Ladder Shelf has five spacious shelves for holding books, board games, DVDs and more. The Ladder Shelf With Wine Rack combines shelves with storage for up to 12 bottles of wine. This versatile shelf also has a rack for wine glasses and a pullout drawer for corkscrews, coasters and more.

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Give your home a modern makeover with a 140? Lose the Louvers Patio Curtain. Contemporary textured woven panel and valance adds style and sophistication to any large window. Use them to replace a standard 78″ vertical blind. The panel includes 25 evenly spaced, reinforced buttonholes that easily clip in the existing track. Use the 11 fabric-magic squares on the valance to position over the existing hardware.

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A Sentiment Plaque spreads a positive message through stylish typography. The wooden plaque has a distressed background with cream-colored text that will complement any decor. Stand it on a table or dresser to remind yourself of the important things in life.

National Spinach Day: Cheesy Spinach Roll-Ups

spinachMarch 26th is National Spinach Day and we’re celebrating it because there are so many reasons to celebrate spinach. It’s one of the world’s healthiest foods — it keeps our eyes young, our bones strong and our blood pressure low. It’s also pretty tasty — though, for a period, it did have a reputation of being one of the most disliked vegetables. These days, it’s a little less feared and more liked and we want to share our easiest spinach recipe for National Spinach Day: Cheesy Spinach Roll-Ups.

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Cream Sauce:

  • 1 TB butter
  • 2 TB all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • ½ cube chicken bouillon
  • 3 TB Parmesan cheese, grated

Roll-ups:

  • 8 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 9 oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 15 oz container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder

For the sauce, make a roux by melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour. When you have a really thick paste (almost dough), lower the heat and whisk in the milk and bouillon cube. Keep stirring until the bouillon is dissolved and you have a creamy sauce. Whisk in Parmesan cheese and set aside.

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Preheat oven to 350℉.

For the roll-ups, stir together the spinach, ricotta cheese, egg, onion and garlic powders. Lay out your cooked noodles on a flat surface.

Spoon out even portions of the spinach mixture onto each of the noodles. Spread the mixture so there’s an even layer of spinach on top of the noodles. Sprinkle about half of the mozzarella cheese onto the noodles.

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Gently roll up each of the noodles so that the spinach is on the inside of the rolls. Place the rolled noodles in a casserole dish prepared with cooking spray.

Pour all of the cream sauce over the noodles. Top the noodles with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until the top is slightly browned and the sauce is bubbly.

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This is a kid-friendly recipe — not only will they love to eat it, but they might just be able to make it themselves! Of course, it’s tasty enough for an adult as well and it’s great for leftovers if you can’t eat it all in one sitting.

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The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Garden Items

Spring has sprung! We’re celebrating the first day of spring by planning our gardens and we are looking for fun ideas to make our outdoor space lively. We came up with a few things we want to put in our own gardens and thing we think you’d like, too. Here’s this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Garden Items.

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Put a smile on the faces of passersby with a Solar Gnome Tree House in your yard. This whimsical garden accent features windows that light up using the power of the sun.

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Hummingbird Feeders will encourage these delightful birds to hang around so you can enjoy watching and listening to them. Completely functional and decidedly decorative, these feeders come ready for use–just fill them with sugar water and hang. Put them near a window or porch to attract hummingbirds for an up close and personal look!

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Dress up your deck or add color to your front porch or balcony with this Coco-Lined Rail Mount Planter. The metal hanger slips right over the railing and adjusts by hand without tools to fit rail widths up to 2-1/4″. Won’t blow away or fall off!

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Add colorful decor to your landscape with a Set of 4 Beaded Garden Bells. The dainty bells provide a touch of melodious embellishment to your shrubbery. Each piece features bronze toned bells and colored beads and tassels.

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Enhance your meals using fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables you’ve grown yourself with this Cook’s Vertical Garden. You can add zest to pasta, make homemade salsa or eat fresh strawberries right from the vine.

5 Clever Ways to Upcycle Mason Jars

Mason-jar-soap-dispenserReuse, recycle, upcycle — we want to make the most of everything we have! At Lakeside right now, we’re thinking about all of the amazing things we can do with mason jars. Mason jars are so simple and, even as drinking glasses, they add rustic appeal to decor. But there are so many other ways you can use mason jar other than as a beverage container. Here are 5 clever ways to upcycle mason jars.

Soap Dispenser This is a fabulous way to dress up a kitchen sink! Blissfully Content Life swapped out her squeeze bottle of dishwashing liquid for this awesome mason jar. All she did was punch a hole in the top and put in a pump. It gives the kitchen a fun country flair without spending a lot of money.

mason-jar-craft-storageCraft Storage It All Started with Paint came up with a practical way to sort all the supplies she needs to create fun crafts. Mason jars keep all of her buttons, rubber bands, glitter, and bows neat and in place. It’s such a simple idea we can’t believe we didn’t think of it! It’s an easy way to add a vintage style to your craft corner.

mason-jar-lightsLuminaries Mom Spark put some sparkle in her mason jars by turning them into luminaries! These are super-cool — all she did was add glass craft beads to the outside using hot glue. So easy and so brilliant! You can use tea lights to illuminate them to make any room shimmer. If you want something a little more homemade looking, you could decoupage colored tissue paper to light up your room with shades of your favorite colors.

mason-jar-terariumIndoor Garden Mason jars are great for indoor gardens. You can go about them in two ways: 1) a simple herb garden or 2) a terrarium.

Herb gardens are great in mason jars because it’s basically one herb per jar so you can grow only the ones you want — and the jar adds a little bit more character to your kitchen than a terracotta pot would.

Terrariums take a little bit more coordination, but the same amount of time. Scissors and Steam takes you through the process of making a terrarium with a mason jar. With a little soil and some accouterment, you can get your terrarium together in an hour.

mason-jar-bathroom-cannistersBathroom Canisters Liz Marie knows how to give a bathroom a makeover with style. Not only does she use her mason jars to hold her cotton balls and swabs, she takes upcycling a little further and add knobs to the lids to make them easy to handle. It’s decor with functionality.


The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of items and ideas to help you change up your decor. Keep checking back for fun finds at unbeatable prices.