Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Pink-Ribbon-Breast-CancerOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Millions of people are touched by the devastating disease, but there’s always more we can do to create awareness and support research to find a cure. Here are 5 ways to support breast cancer awareness.

Walk The most popular way to get involved is to participate in a walk or run. Hundreds of walks are held every year across the country. These events raise money to help cancer patients in addition to raising awareness of the disease. The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides originated in Boston in 1984 with 200 walkers. Since then, more than eight million people have walked to raise more than $460 million dollars to fight breast cancer.

Pink-Ribbon-Breast-CancerVolunteer All those walks have to have volunteer support to put the events together. They need people to set up, train walkers, put up posters, and do administrative work. Making time and putting in effort is appreciated and needed to make these events happen. There are several organizations to be of service to. Avon, The American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation all have volunteer opportunities.

Donate If you don’t have time to give, donations are welcome at every organization. Money goes to education, outreach, awareness, and treatment. In 2012, the National Cancer Institute spent $602 million for breast cancer research. Finding a cure costs money and every cent counts.

Host a Fundraiser Breast cancer foundations make it easy to create fundraising events. Whether you want to do something small like a bake sale, or you have bigger aspirations like hosting a dinner or an art show, you can manage these events through foundations.breast-cancer-awareness-tote

Buy Pink Everyone loves pink! Pink products come in all forms — scarves, tote bags, t-shirts, pink tulip bulbs — and a portion of the proceeds go toward breast cancer research. Not only is money you’re spending supporting the cause, but you’re also raising awareness of breast cancer and showing your support for the cause when you wear your pink products.pink-tulips

However you decide to support the cause, every little bit has a benefit — whether it’s for education for prevention, helping families as cancer patients go through treatment or research to find the cure, your support is appreciated and needed.

Fun Facts About Candy Corn

Candy CornLove it or hate it, Halloween would not be quite the same without candy corn. It’s been around as long as we can remember — but the confection we’re so used to seeing this time of year just becomes part of the Halloween decorations. But it has a few interesting details you may not be familiar with. Here are some fun facts about candy corn — the fall candy Americans fell in love with more than a century ago.

Chicken Feed Little has changed about candy corn since it was first manufactured in the 1880s except for the name. Candy corn was originally called “Chicken Feed” and the packaging featured a rooster as part of the logo. It originally had a very strong following among farmers.

Wedding Cake One of the ingredients that gives candy corn it’s unusual hard-yet-soft texture is fondant. Fondant is sugar and water heated together just long enough for it to be moldable. Fondant is used as icing on elaborate wedding cakes because you can sculpt it and make beautiful, ornamental cakes you can’t make with regular icing.

Candy CornSpecial Recipe Though Brach’s wasn’t the company to introduce candy corn to America, they’ve been making it for a long time with their own recipe – and that recipe includes honey. Most other candy corn is made with plain corn syrup.

Not for Vegans Even if you opt for the makers who don’t use honey (honey is not a vegan product), it still wouldn’t be a vegan treat because one of the ingredients in candy corn is marshmallow which contains gelatin. Gelatin is made from animal protein. More specifically, gelatin is made from collagen which comes from bones and joints of animals. It’s an ingredient in many of the things we eat but it’s a no-no for a vegan diet.

Shellac Shine Candy corn allegedly contains shellac – it’s what makes fingernail polish shiny. Shellac is a resin secreted from a lac bug found in India and Thailand. It’s used in all sorts of products and candies to give them a sheen – but it’s another reason candy corn isn’t considered vegan.

candy pumpkinPurple Corn You’re probably familiar with the slight variations in shapes and colors — pumpkins for Halloween or bunnies for Easter — but in eastern Canada, they produce a purple candy corn. The flavor is blackberry cobbler.

Of course, if you really love candy corn, you don’t have to wait until October every year to have it – you can eat it year-round if you make it. The Food Network’s Alton Brown has his own recipe for the fall favorite. Otherwise, there is plenty of candy corn coming at you in the next few weeks!

 

Frugal Fun Day: 10 Fun Frugal Finds

Saturday is Frugal Fun Day! To celebrate such a practical idea, we put a fun spin on it. We’ve selected items all under $5 we think are fun. Here are 10 fun frugal finds we think you’ll enjoy.

jumbo-lollipopJumbo Lollipop Sets If you have kids in your life, this is a no-brainer.  These Jumbo Lollipop Sets are treats that last for as long as you can resist taking a bite! They’re great as stocking stuffers, gift bag treats or an afternoon sugar fix.

Licensed Art Sets Even if you don’t have any birthdays to buy for coming up, you can always squirrel this one away until the holidays. Whatever your child’s creative outlet is, these 60-piece Licensed Art Sets will satisfy it. It comes with markers, oil pastels, colored pencils and all the tools they need to use their supplies. Choose from a princess, Minnie Mouse or Spider-Man theme. And in case you forgot, it costs less than $5.

gnomesNovelty Gnome Statues Rainy days and Mondays can always be cured with the right gnome! These Novelty Gnome Statues come as different characters – biker, fireman or police officer. You might not need a gnome, but it’s a frugal and fun way to add a little more sunshine to your life.

Heartwarming Letters Humor Books Our pets and our children love to create chaos, they also love us. Heartwarming Letters Humor Books are mock letters from our most precious family members saying sorry for all their antics and amusing misdeeds. They’re perfect pick-me-up gifts for pet lovers and parents.  What makes these gifts even better is they’re priced with fun in mind.

inspirational-keychainMulti-Charm Key Chains These adorable Multi-Charm Key Chains do more than just keep your keys in place; they have the power to inspire you. They are a multi-purpose frugal, fun find — with these, just $5 buys you positive thinking every time you pick up your keys.

Lifetime Holiday Movie DVDs Winter is coming — you’ll be spending a lot of time indoors and that means you’ll need a few good movies to watch. Cuddle up with a few Lifetime Holiday Movie DVDs to pass cold December nights or, stick one or two in a stocking — it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas shopping. Who can pass up movies for less than $4?

best-grandparents-ornamentsBest Grandparent Ornaments Your kids might not be able to buy their favorite grandparents presents yet, but they can give them! Grandparents can show off their grandchildren’s love on the Christmas tree with these delightful Best Grandparents Ornaments. The nice price and shimmering glass ornaments aren’t the only things that make these easy gift ideas, they also come in a gift box with a ribbon.

Purse Organizer Insert Organizing is fun with decorative Purse Organizer Inserts! In polka dots or zebra print, keep all your daily needs compartmentalized and stylish for under $5! Credit cards, cell phone, makeup – there’s a place for everything you need to take with you – and when it’s time to change purses, just pull the organizer out and slip it into the other purse. Makes it easy to match your purse to your outfit every day!

fanpullDecorative Fan Pulls For less than $5, your ceiling fan becomes functional and fun year-round with these Decorative Fan Pulls! They dress up a fan cord with a dragonfly, butterfly or owl in a pewter finish. It adds frugal style and delight to any room of the house, any season of the year.

Santa’s Magical Key Here’s the answer to question every kid who lives in a home without a fireplace: How does Santa get in to put the presents under the tree? Santa’s Magical Key explains it all. It’s a fun, frugal find that delights parents and children throughout the holidays.

snowflake-earringsBirthstone Snowflake Earrings It’s the perfect birthday gift at the perfect price! These Birthstone Snowflake Earrings dangle and dazzle to fit the upcoming holiday season. Whether you’re buying for yourself or a loved one, these earrings dress up any outfit all winter long.

Fun and frugal is what we’re all about at The Lakeside Collection. Whether you want to honor October with frugal finds or you’re looking for holiday gifts, shop The Lakeside Collection for the best products at discount prices.

7 Game Day Traditions

football-fans On college campuses across the country, students, alumni and fans are putting on their game day gear and heading to the stadium for weekend football games charged with spirit and enthusiasm passed down from generation to generation. One thing that fuels the enthusiasm is tradition. Every team has some sort of tradition – some are more extreme than others. Here are 7 of the more interesting game day traditions.

Florida State: Away games in which Florida State is the underdog are called a “Sod Game” and the practice field has a “Sod Cemetery” which is a symbol of victory for the Seminoles. In 1962, a professor challenged the team to “bring back some sod from between the hedges”. That was a reference to the University of Georgia who was expected to beat Florida State. FSU won the game and the team captain brought back a piece of sod which was buried and memorialized at their practice field. Team captains continue the tradition and bring back sod from fields where they were victorious.

fans3Alabama: Alabama football fans chant “Roll Tide” during games for the Crimson Tide – which is a phrase fans tacked on to the Alabama Fight Song. Along with the fight song, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” is played at every game and fans insert “Roll Tide” half-way through the song.

Notre Dame: At Notre Dame home games, both the fans and the football players follow tradition. At the end of the third quarter, fans salute the coach as the marching band plays Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. At the end of the game, win or lose, the football team shows their appreciation for the fans by throwing their gloves to the fans on their way out of the stadium.

Ole Miss: At Ole Miss, fans dress in their Sunday best to tailgate at The Grove.  Tailgaters are so serious about their spots, a rule had to be made and enforced by campus police that no one is allowed to claim a spot before 9pm the night before game day.  Players enjoy The Grove as well — two hours before each home game, the football players “walk The Grove” to greet fans. It’s been a tradition for the last 30 years.

Ohio-State-footballOhio State: The rivalry between Ohio State and University of Michigan has a long and deep history. Since 1934, after every win over Michigan, players and coaches receive and a gold charm replica of football pants. It started with Coach Francis Schmidt. When reporters asked him what his team’s chances of defeating Michigan was, he replied, “Those fellows put their pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else.”

Clemson:  Clemson’s football stadium is nicknamed “Death Valley” just like the national park. The name of the stadium is actually Frank Howard Field at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Frank Howard was once Clemson’s head coach. During his tenure, another coach referred to the stadium as Death Valley because his team rarely won games there. Howard started calling it Death Valley after that and the name stuck. Howard was then presented with an actual rock from Death Valley and for years, players would rub the rock before each game.  The rock is now under a protective case at the stadium.

football fansGeorgia: At the University of Georgia, every football game starts with the Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation (the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic) — fans stand and take off their hats while a lone trumpeter plays the first seven notes, the rest of the band joins in to finish the song alongside a narrated video that highlights the team’s history.

6 Facts You Might Not Know About Fall

fall leaves5On September 22nd at 7:29, we celebrate the first day of fall or the fall equinox. Popular assumption is that we get 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness — that actually happens on September 25th this year. But that’s not the only interesting fact surrounding fall, here are 6 facts you might not know about fall.

Squirrels and Nuts Squirrels are known to collect nuts in the fall and store them to eat in the winter (where we get the term “squirreling away”). Red squirrels store them in piles where they dry out but gray squirrels bury their nuts. Gray squirrels tend to forget where they bury most of the nuts. Those nuts don’t dry out but take root and develop to be big trees. If it weren’t for forgetful gray squirrels, we might not have as many oak and walnut forests which depend on gray squirrels to thrive and grow.

pumpkin-dishesPumpkins We carve them for Halloween and put them in pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas because 80% of the pumpkin supply in the United States is only available in October. And, while we enjoy our spiced pie fillings, pumpkins were originally used for the pie crust and not the filling.

Cider Hot spiced apple cider keeps us warm on chilly fall nights and we don’t stop drinking it until the holidays are over. In New Hampshire, though, they celebrate cider all year (even if it’s not available all year). New Hampshire’s appreciation for the hot fall beverage is so deep that in 2010, cider beat out milk as the official state beverage.

Gourds Starting in September, we start seeing gourds everywhere — in a centerpiece for big fall dinners, on decorative door wreaths and to dress up the mantel to welcome fall. While we use them for decor now, Native Americans had a more practical use for them. In the 1700s, gourds were used by Choctaw and Chickasaw native American tribes as bird feeders to attract purple martins to keep bugs out of their villages.

fallleaves6Apples The apples you know and love — the ones that fill an apple pie, are boiled down for a spiced cider and give a juicy crunch to caramel as a caramel apple — aren’t native to North America. When the English settled in the northeast, the only apples they found were crabapples — those tiny bits of fruit that can really only be used for making jelly. Unsatisfied with the crabapple, the English  brought over seeds to plant apple trees in the New World. Now apple trees grow in all 50 states.

scarecrowScarecrows While scarecrows are a favorite fall symbol, they are not native to North America. One of the earliest scarecrows was used by Greeks to scare birds away from grape vineyards. They were made to look like Priapus, the son of Greek god Dionysus and goddess Aphrodite. Priapus was said to be very ugly and legend has it, while playing in the vineyards, he scared all the birds away and the farmers had a bountiful harvest.

With or without the little known facts, the colors of the changing leaves, the chill in the air and anticipation of the holidays is interesting enough to make it one of our favorite seasons.

National Women’s Friendship Day: 5 of TV’s Best Women Friends

women Some of the most incredible things in any woman’s life are the friendships she has with other women. Research confirms what you already know: women have the ability to build friendships that not only last, but also survive distance, fights, and major life changes. National Women’s Friendship Day is September 21, and it’s a perfect time to celebrate your girlfriends who are as close as sisters. Invite them over, open some wine and watch some of television’s greatest girlfriend sets. Here are 5 of TV’s best women friends.

1. Lucy and Ethel The original TV female duo, Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) and Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance), set the standard that on-screen girlfriends are measured against during six seasons of I Love Lucy. Where Lucy was excitable and ambitious, Ethel was practical and unsentimental. The two balance each other out, and their unflappable loyalty sees them through many of Lucy’s wacky schemes.

2. Laverne and Shirley The title characters of Laverne & Shirley, Laverne De Fazio (Penny Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams) are roommates and brewery co-workers trying to make their dreams come true in Milwaukee. Upbeat Shirley smooths cynical Laverne’s rough edges, while Laverne keeps her friend firmly rooted in reality. They stay best friends through horrible dates, the death of Laverne’s fireman boyfriend and a move to California.
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3. Patsy and Eddy  There is a fine line between “friend” and “enabling co-dependent”. Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Eddy (Jennifer Saunders) cross that line with hilarious results in Absolutely Fabulous. The leading duo of the 1990s British comedy known to fans as Ab Fab are inebriated, lazy, and slaves to fashion. Patsy and Eddy are an over-the-top and frequently funny satire of excess and reluctant aging. Through the haze, Patsy and Eddy are devoted to each other is a way that inspired British fans and gained them a cult following in the United States. While an American version never got off the ground, Patsy and Eddy are poised to return in a big-screen adaptation of Absolutely Fabulous in 2015.

4. Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia Best friends do not only come in pairs, they can come in threes and fours, like The Golden Girls. With their husbands gone, and their children living their own lives, Blanche (Rue McClanahan), Rose (Betty White), Dorothy (Bea Arthur), and Sophia (Estelle Getty) emotionally support each other, forming a kind of family all their own. The girls swap dating horror stories, help each other through financial woes, and remind viewers that it is never too late in life to make new friends—or too late at night to enjoy cheesecake.

women5. Daria and Jane from MTV’s Daria While her animated adventures are set in the world of 1990s teen culture, cynical Daria Morgendorffer (voiced by Tracy Grandstaff) wrestles with issues that feel familiar no matter what era you grew up in—hope vs. reality, staying true to oneself, and dealing with an annoying younger sibling. Daria would have accepted being a loner, but luckily, she meets up with a fellow teen outcast, the artsy Jane Lane (Wendy Hoopes). Each one accepts the other just as she is while trading barbs with the popular kids. Daria and Jane keep each other from becoming too jaded or lonely as they grow up in the suburbs.

Apple Dumpling Day: Recipe for Apple Dumplings

Apple-DumplingIt is National Apple Dumpling Day! If your only encounter with apple dumplings was The Apple Dumpling Gang, your idea of an apple dumpling might be misguided. An apple dumpling has nothing to do with orphans, golden nuggets or Don Knotts; it’s an Amish baked treat that can easily be substituted for an apple pie. It’s perfect for the cool fall weather and make a great holiday dessert.

Here’s how you make them.

For the Dough:

  • 1 ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 6 TB cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 TB cold milk

(As an alternative, you can use a 9” store-bought pie crust)

IMG_4666Directions:

With a fork, mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add the butter and, with your hands, squeeze the butter and flour mixture together to distribute the butter. Keep working the mixture until you have what looks like lumpy cornmeal. Make a well in the flour. Pour the cold milk into the well. Using a fork, gently bring the wet and dry ingredients together until it’s just combined. Bring it all together to form a loose ball. Cover it in plastic and refrigerate it for one hour.

For the filling:

  • 3 or 4 baking apples (Granny Smith, Jona Gold, Cortland, Gala), peeled and cored (the smaller, the better)
  • ¼ tsp lemon juice mixed with enough water to cover the apples (it keeps the peeled apples from browning)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TB butter, cut into cubes
  • Cinnamon and sugar for garnish (optional)

IMG_4668Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

With your hands, work together the butter, sugars and cinnamon until you have what looks like wet sand.

Roll out the dough until it’s about 1/8” thick.Put one apple in the center of the dough and cut a t-shape out of the dough — each arm of the “t” should be as wide as the apple.

Apple-DumplingFor three apples, stuff ⅓ of the sugar mixture inside the apple and along the arms of the “t.” Bring one arm at a time to the top of the apple and cut off any excess dough. Squeeze together the dough to seal it. Garnish it with dough cutouts and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon and sugar on top if you want.

Using the dough scraps, repeat the process for the remaining apples. Place the apples in an oven-safe dish. Bake the apples at 375°F for ten minutes and then reduce the temperature to 350°F and bake for another 25 minutes or until the dough is nicely browned.

IMG_4673Serve immediately. Apple dumplings go well with vanilla ice cream and coffee.

 

Homemade Craft Dough Recipe

play-dohToys are very different today than when we were kids — even in the last ten years, technology has made toys evermore complicated. But there’s one toy that will always stay the same: Play-doh. Tomorrow is National Play-Doh day so in honor of timeless toy, here’s a recipe for homemade craft dough: IMG_4650

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups water
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 c. salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Food Coloring

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  • In a large pot (a 4 or 5-quart stock pot), mix everything together except for the food coloring. Stir with a wooden spoon until it’s well-combined. It’s OK if it’s lumpy – it will work itself out during the kneading process.
  • Over low heat, cook the dough. Stir frequently. As it cooks, it will start to pull away from the sides of the pot and form dough – it takes about ten minutes, but the time may vary.
  • Remove the pot from the heat.

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  • Turn the dough out on a clean surface and knead it until it’s smooth.
  • Divide the dough into as many pieces for different colors as you want. This recipe yields about 44 oz. (almost 3lbs); for four colors, you can have about 1.5lbs for each color.
  • To color, drop the color on each ball and then knead it until the color is even. You may have to play around a bit with the amount of color you add. For vibrant blue, green and yellow, ten drops was enough, but to get a vivid red, more food coloring was required.

 

Store the dough in airtight containers or sealable plastic bags. They should last for several months. This is an excellent winter activity for when your kids are stuck inside.

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Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

As the weather gracefully transforms the world to autumn, it is time to start making the indoors cozy for the coming winter. Pile your bed high with new, soft bedding, and don’t forget to decorate for Halloween and the harvest season. Add a sparkling layer to your favorite outfit for extra style. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Dress your dining room for your Halloween celebration with this spooky 5-Pc. Spiderweb Lace Table Set.

Dress your dining room for your Halloween celebration with this spooky 5-Pc. Spiderweb Lace Table Set.

Camo Fleece Sheet Sets make it a lot easier to hide in bed all day.

Camo Fleece Sheet Sets make it a lot easier to hide in bed all day.

Add a little bling to your wardrobe with a Plus-Size Sparkle Cardigan.

Add a little bling to your wardrobe with a Plus-Size Sparkle Cardigan.

You'll want to stay in bed forever, once you experience the astonishing softness of this Plush Microfleece Sheet Set!

You’ll want to stay in bed forever, once you experience the astonishing softness of this Plush Microfleece Sheet Set!

The High Back Sherpa Comfort Pillow lets you relax in softness and comfort while reading a book, watching TV and more.

The High Back Sherpa Comfort Pillow lets you relax in softness and comfort while reading a book, watching TV and more.

 

Positive Thinking Day: 16 Positive Quotes to Give Your Spirit a Boost

positive-thinkingSome days are better than others and on the bad days, it’s hard to stay positive. September 13th is Positive Thinking Day and to honor the day, here are 16 positive quotes to give your spirit a boost – no matter what kind of day you’re having.

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” — Maori Proverb

“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.”–Bill Meyer

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life’s about creating yourself.”– George Bernard Shaw

“I have for many years endeavored to make this vital truth clear; and still people marvel when I tell them that I am happy. They imagine that my limitations weigh heavily upon my spirit, and chain me to the rock of despair. Yet, it seems to me, happiness has very little to do with the senses. If we make up our minds that this is a drab and purposeless universe, it will be that, and nothing else. On the other hand, if we believe that the earth is ours, and that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields because the Artist in our souls glorifies creation. Surely, it gives dignity to life to believe that we are born into this world for noble ends, and that we have a higher destiny than can be accomplished within the narrow limits of this physical life.” — Helen Keller

positive-thinking“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” –Zig Ziglar

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Haruki Murakami

“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”–Roald Dahl 

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” –Oprah Winfrey

“If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.”–Oscar Wilde

“Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.”– Hubert Humphrey

positive-thinking“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”–Groucho Marx

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”–Mary Engelbreit

“To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.” –Ken S. Keyes, Jr.

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Albert Einstein

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” — Willie Nelson