Monday Madness: 5 Items that were Popular Over the Weekend

Is it really Monday?  Here we go again the beginning of the week where Friday seems so far away.  Either back at work or school or getting those kids ready for another busy week.  But wait have no fear, maybe it really is a start of an amazing week.  Seize this first day of the week and find the joy of tackling a new week and a new exhaustion!  How you ask?  Let me begin with the, drumroll please…5 Items that were Popular Over the Weekend!  Then stay tuned the rest of the week for all our exciting tips and future blog stories!  At Lakeside we are here for you and let’s get through this week together!

fashion-tote

Fashion Tote with Matching Flip-Flops keeps your coordinated when the temperatures start to soar. The snap closure on the tote keeps your items secure. The bold bag is accented with a large ribbon bow and double straps.

solar-postcap

Solar Post Cap Lights
brings the exquisite look of stained glass to your home’s exterior. A solar panel soaks up the sun’s rays to activate the light in darkness. It’s designed to fit standard 4″ or 3-1/2″ wood or vinyl posts on outdoor decks, porches, patios and fences.

kids-beach chair

Don’t let a day at the beach turn into painful sunburns! This lightweight Kids’ Beach Chair with Adjustable Umbrellakeeps those harmful rays off exposed skin. The chair folds flat for easy transport.

lace-trim-cardigan

The delicate look of lace makes a big impression whenever you wear this Plus-Size Lace Trim Cardigan. It instantly brings new style and character to anything you wear with it. The sheer lace shoulders and shirred, elbow-length sleeves give this beautiful top a look that stands apart from the crowd.

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Portable Picnic & Party Servers
keeps salads, crudités, appetizers, chips,hamburger fixings and dips separate. The 2 removable 12-oz. bowls have twist-on lids.

 

Our Step-by-Step Guide to Wallpapering

wallpapper
Freshening up your rooms with a vibrant, statement wall is one of the best ways to update your home. More exciting and personal than a lick of paint, wallpapering a room can completely transform it from drab to fab in a matter of hours.

Ask any DIYer though, and they’ll tell you that wallpapering is their least favorite task. But luckily for you you’ve got our easy-to-follow step-by-step guide to wallpapering your room like a pro:

You will need:

Wallpaper – make sure you have enough to cover your wall or room, and enough to cover any mistakes you make early on
Wallpaper paste
Scissors
Pencil
Plumb line
Batten or long ruler
Paint brush
Smoothing brush or roller
Sponge

How to wallpaper professionally:

1. Start by cutting enough lengths of wallpaper to cover your first wall. Make sure you add an additional 4 inches on to each strip (or more if you have a large pattern) for trimming.

2. Push a length of the paper into the top corner of the wall, and mark the wall approx an inch from the free edge. Hold the plumb line at ceiling height so that it passes through your pencil mark; make several more marks along this line and join together with the ruler.

3. Spread a little wallpaper paste onto the centre of your first sheet. Spread the paste to the edges of the sheet to ensure a strong bond.

4. Fold the pasted sides inwards so that no paste is touching the face side, and hand over a broom for a few moments. This will allow the paper to absorb the paste and become more pliable; making it much easier to hang.

5. Lightly press the top of your piece of paper against the wall. Use the smoothing brush to get rid of any air bubbles and continue to spread the paste evenly over the sheet. Trim the excess paper off.

6. Follow steps 1-5 for your next sheet of wallpaper, making sure the edge neatly matches the previous sheet. Match up the patterns if you use a decorative paper. Sponge off any excess paste with a clean, wet sponge.

7. At the corners, measure from the last full width roll to the corner and add about half an inch. Paste on the wall in the method outlined above, and press the small overlap around the corner. Using a plumb line for accuracy, overlap with the next piece.

And there you have it! A simple step-by-step to wallpapering your room, and not a professional in sight.

Walton Homes is a builder of new homes in Birmingham; mainly in the Staffordshire and Tamworth areas. To find out more about their developments and the locations of their homes, visit their website today.

5 Tips For A More Luxurious Bathroom

Luxurious-bathroomIf there is one room in the house which you will want to make especially relaxing and if possible luxurious then it is probably the bathroom.

Get a Shower Cabin
If you are a fan of long, luxurious showers than a shower cabin will be just right for you. Even on a cold day the hot, steamy atmosphere will let you get lathered up and sing to your heart’s content for as long as you want . They are very practical but they also look stylish and add a nice bit of class to any bathroom. There are designs for most types of bathroom, so you don’t need to worry if yours is small or awkwardly shaped.

Give It a New Color
An even simpler idea is to make the place look nicer by giving it a fresh coat of paint. It is amazing how much difference this can make to a tired looking bathroom if you choose the right color. There are lots of luxurious paint tones around so you might want to buy some sample pots and try a few of them out before you make your final decision.

Add a Sauna
The growing popularity of home saunas is down to the fact that they give you a tremendous way of relaxing and making the place look better too. If you have always longed to try a session in a sauna then now is a fine time to do so without leaving your house.

Listen to Mood Music
We all love music in the bathroom. Whether it is for singing along to in the shower or relaxing with in the bath there is nothing like a classic song to help us enjoy this room. If you want the luxurious feel then something classy and inspiring in the background will make you feel as though you are in an expensive spa.

Add a Special Touch
The finishing touches to your bathroom can come in a variety of ways. For example, some big candles and a heated towel rail are excellent ideas. Another modern feature which you might like to consider is the new style of mirror. Illuminated bathroom mirrors perform the basic function of letting you see yourself as you wash or shave but look wonderful too. You will find that there are lots of different bathroom mirror designs to look at on the Pebble Grey one. You will soon wonder how you ever lived with a conventional mirror.

Steve Harrison is a lifestyle blogger who sometimes writes for Pebble Grey

5 Common Budgeting Mistakes

Family-BudgetBudgeting. For some that word only instigates a headache. Crunching numbers and tracking each and every last penny spent is a daunting task. However, it is a necessary evil. It’s hard to think of every last expense you may or may not make. By the end of the month you could have spent a lot more than you accounted for at the beginning. Check out these common things people tend to forget when budgeting, so you don’t have to make that mistake again.

Annual/ Quarterly Payments
Whether it is your car insurance, gas bill or something else, these types of expenses can creep up on you. I mean, you have a whole year to pay them, so why think about it today? Instead of getting stuck a week or two out, panicking on how you’ll pay all your other expenses, set aside some of the expense each month. You’ll be glad you did once the payment rolls around.

ATM Fees
We’ve all been there. You’re out and about with the family and the breakfast place you’ve wanted to go to for months only accepts cash. No problem—you’ll just grab some cash from the ATM. What you don’t think about is the $3+ fee the machine charges plus your bank fee. That $60 you took out really costs $65. These little fees add up fast. Try and think ahead, and budget $20 for emergency type situations.

Car Maintenance
You probably account for your monthly gas bill, but what about that oil change you had last month? Or car wash? These types of car maintenance issues arise every few months so make sure you add them into your budget. Oil changes are usually $30-$40 so putting aside a few dollars in between tune ups guarantees you’ll be ready once the day comes.

Personal Care
Haircuts are something we all need. You don’t have to go every six weeks if you need to stretch your budget, but make sure you account for the expense. The cost for a family of four to get their hair cut adds up quickly. Don’t let it sneak up on you.

Eating Out
Some days are so hectic the only way to get dinner on the table is to make a run to McDonalds or your fast-food place of choice. It’s quick, easy and better yet – cheap. Make sure you account for this expense. Each month, plan on spending X amount on eating out. This includes sit down places as well as fast-food.

Budgeting might not be your favorite thing to do, but like anything the more you do it the easier it becomes. The best we can do is to track what we spend and try to project next month’s spending better.

Have you run into expenses you didn’t think to budget for? Let us know in the comments below.

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5 Ideas to Do Once The Weather Breaks

snowmanToday is the day many of us have been thinking about since the cold weather hit—it’s spring! However, some of us are still feeling the icy chill of winter. It may not seem like it now, but soon we will be enjoying the sun, barbequing with our loved ones and heading to the pool. Below is a quick list of cost-friendly things to do once the weather finally does break.

Picnic
Enjoying the warm sun, watching your kids play at the park and snacking on a sandwich can be a perfect weekend outing. All you have to do is grab a blanket, pack a lunch and you are ready to go! If you have problems keeping your soda can sturdy, check out our outdoor beverage holders. They make a great addition to any picnic or outdoor event.

Start a Kick Ball Team
Sports are a great way to have fun and socialize. Why not gather a group of friends and start your own kick ball team? Parents and kids alike can enjoy the fun. Get everyone in the spirit by getting matching T-shirts. Nothing says team like matching outfits.

Spring Cleaning
After months of a closed up house it’s time to open the windows, let in the fresh air and clean up the clutter. To get kids motivated make a game out of the day. See who can organize their room the best. If you chose to do this, make sure there is a prize for the best room. It can be something as simple as a soda or more fun like a croquet animal game set.

Throw a Beach Party
You don’t have to live at the beach to party like you do. Go all out and buy beach theme decorations for the occasion. Find some great beach towels and hang them around the house. Cook some hot dogs and hamburgers and you are on your way to a great beach party—who needs the beach anyway?

Scavenger Hunt
This takes some planning, but who doesn’t like a good scavenger hunt. You can set one up in your backyard, enlist the help of your neighbors for a larger scale event or host it at your local park. Get your creative juices flowing and plan for a day of fun and excitement.

Although it might not seem like it now, warm weather will be here before you know it. It’s the first day of spring after all. Do you have any traditions you and your family like to do once the warm weather breaks? Let us know in the comments below.

Lakeside Selection: Favorite Items for the Week

It’s Friday! That means the next two days are all about you and your family. Whether you have an extravagant St. Patrick’s Day planned or rest is on the agenda, this weekend should be filled with everything you want. We’ve collected our favorite items of the week for you to enjoy this weekend.

Croquet-Animal-Game-Set

Delightful Croquet Animal Game Sets encourage children to play and develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Every colorful wicket is shaped like a lively animal. Play croquet with this animal game set in your own backyard, or easily take it to a picnic for hours of fun.

womens-knit-capri-pajamas

Raised waist top and capri pants combine for an irresistibly cute and comfy set of knit pajamas. Any woman would love the delicate floral print and bow details, while the elastic waist and bust give these PJs the perfect fit.

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Brighten your outdoor space with this Solar Color-Changing Wind Chime. It has a crackle glass ball with a light inside that changes from shades of red to green to blue. The chimes themselves are made of stainless steel and create melodious sound as the wind blows.

Expandable-hot-cold-food-carriers

Expandable Hot/Cold Food Carrier has upper and lower sections that are insulated to keep cool dishes at just the right temperature. The bottom compartment also features a mylar lining to hold hot dishes right out of the oven and keep them warm.

Ladybug-garden

Turn an ordinary houseplant into a decorative home accent with a Ceramic and Metal Animal Planter. With a planting pot of glazed ceramic, it features metal legs and floral accents. A friendly animal face gives it extra charm and personality.

Lakeside Selection: Favorite Items for the Week

Lakeside-SelectionIt’s Friday and that means comfy pants, family time and catching up on errands are in the near future. While you are checking off errands on your to-do list this weekend go check out our favorite items for the week. Whether you are looking for that perfect garden decoration, summer clothes for your little girl or a new living room table we have got you covered.

Walnut-Finish-Table-Collection

Contemporary yet classic, these versatile tables boast a dark walnut finish and durable wooden construction. This collection includes different tables to suit your needs, each with an ample top surface as well as a bottom shelf for storage or display.

Girls-Palm-Print-Dress-and-Headband-Sets

The splashy palm-leaf print of this girls’ dress and headband set is sure to make her smile. The matching headband completes the look, or she can wear either item separately to vary her seasonal wardrobe.

butterfly-stakes

The Set of 24 Butterfly Stakes gives you a wide array of colors and designs to decorate your outdoors. Each figure is on a thin metal stake that’s easy to conceal giving the illusion of real butterflies. A small spring attaches each butterfly to its stake, so it will sway slightly in a breeze.

Loft-Mattress-Pad

Get the good night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming about with a Comfort Loft Mattress Pad. It will make your well-worn mattress feel like you just brought it home from the showroom.

Light-up-bubbelizer

The fun never ends with The Light-Up Bubbleizer! It blows bubbles nonstop since it never runs out of breath. Pull the trigger and watch the bubbles flow. Its transparent body lets you see the bubbles forming. Streaks of colored light illuminate each shiny bubble as it floats in the air.

What’s your favorite Lakeside item? Let us know in the comments below.

St. Patrick’s Day: A Brief History

St-Patricks-DayToday St. Patrick’s Day is filled with a lot of green, parties and everyone claiming to be Irish for the day. However, it wasn’t always this way. St. Patrick’s Day dates back to the early seventeenth century and was originally a day celebrating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

St. Patrick
Unlike St. Valentine, we know who St. Patrick was. He was born in the fourth century and was kidnapped by Irish raiders from his Roman Britain home at the young age of 16. While captive, he was “told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest,” reports Wikipedia.

In 432 a.d. and now a bishop of the church, St. Patrick was called back to Ireland to help teach the Irish people Christianity. It is believed he used a shamrock to explain the doctrine of the Trinity. On March 17, 461 a.d. St. Patrick died and was buried at Downpatrick.

Snakes
One story associated with St. Patrick is that he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland with his flute.  Unfortunately, this story is only a myth. Many believe this story was created as a metaphor. St. Patrick is known as the person who converted Irish pagans to Christianity—hence he drove the “evil” from the land.

Irish Feasts and U.S Influence
In Ireland this national holiday was celebrated in the ninth and tenth centuries with a feast, but wasn’t an official national holiday until 1903. By the 1970’s Ireland started celebrating the holiday on a much larger scale. Philip Freeman of Luther College in Iowa, tells National Geographic, “St. Patrick’s Day was basically invented in America by Irish-Americans. Today, the U.S. tradition of St. Patrick’s Day parades, packed pubs, and green silliness has invaded Ireland with full force.”

Irish-American history expert Timothy Meagher also told National Geographic the reason for such a strong American-Irish impact on the holiday, “It becomes a way to honor the saint but also to confirm ethnic identity and to create bonds of solidarity.”

Blue not Green?
In the early years of celebration, St. Patrick’s Day was associated with the color blue—not green. Sky blue was associated with St. Patrick’s Order established in 1783. According to ABC News sky blue was assigned to differentiate from the Order of the Garter (dark blue) and the Order of the Thistle (green). Green came into the picture slowly because of his use of the shamrock to teach the Holy Trinity. By 1798, during the Irish rebellion, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on March 17th in hopes of catching public attention. After this statement, green became the dominate color associated with the holiday.

Lots of Guinness
If you think it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a pint of Guinness you aren’t alone. According to the brand, 13 million pints are consumed around the world on March 17th. This is double the average daily consumption which is around 5.5 million. Beth Davies Ryan, the global corporate-relations director for Guinness says, “Historically speaking, a lot of Irish immigrants came to the United States and brought with them lots of customs and traditions, one of them being Guinness.”

Do you have your own St. Patrick’s Day tradition? Let us know in the comments below.

7 Insider Makeup Tips to Get the Perfect Look

make-up-tipsJust like any fine artist working on a masterpiece, the technique that you apply to your canvas speaks more to the overall outcome. This concept holds true even if your brush is a makeup brush and your canvas is your face; learning the proper techniques and tricks to get your makeup to work for you (instead of the other way around) is easier than most women think.

Get the Proper Tools
Like any artist, if you aren’t working with the proper tools, no matter how good you are, you won’t get good results.  Unfortunately, not every woman has the right makeup brushes and applicators in their bag, so be sure you’re working with these and only these brushes (you don’t need more):

Foundation
Concealer
Fluffy powder
Blush
Small blending
Flat eyeshadow
Precision angle
Lip

Now that you have your tools, the next step is learning how to hold them correctly, something that affects your control.  Keep your fingers close to the silver barrel on the brush and apply finger pressure for tight corners and lines, keep them further back towards the end of the brush with a light grip for airy application.  For even applications, keep your fingers towards the center of the brush.

Mixing Your Primer with Your Foundation
I know, it sounds odd.  But you can wear cream foundation just the way it is for full coverage, or you can break it down to be more translucent by mixing it with some primer.  This keeps the foundation’s coverage without looking like it’s caked on while retaining the added benefit of longevity that creams have over liquids.

Eliminating Unwanted Colors
We all deal with redness around the nose, a blemish  or a flaw we want to cover. A great way to do it is this–learn your color wheel.  Remember learning about that in art class back in elementary school?  Well, it will finally come in handy.  Opposite colors on the color wheel cover each other up, in essence canceling each other out.  So, green covers up red pimples and blue covers up orange tint, etc.  But the red also cancels out the green so you won’t have green on your face!  Perfect.

Making Wanted Colors Pop
While we’re here on the color wheel, it makes sense that while placing opposite colors on top of each other cancels them out, placing them right next to each other makes them pop.  This is perfect for choosing the right eye shadow for your eye color:

Blue: Anything with orange makes blue eyes stand out more. Think  gold, apricot or peach.
Green: Green eyes pop when you use colors that have red undertones, like deep plums and wine.
Brown: Brown is a neutral so any color will work well, but blue and purple are perfect at making them pop.

You’re Putting Eyeliner on Incorrectly
Well, maybe not you, but most of you.  You aren’t supposed to go in one motion as most of us were taught.  This is because the pencil catches on the little bumps on your skin.  Instead, start from the inner corner of your eye and go to the center of your eyelid, then start from the outside corner until you meet the first liner in the middle.

Layer Your Lips
Single lipstick application is far too lazy; you’ve got to prime your lips to build them up.  Apply foundation to your lips first, then outline your lips with a white eyeliner pencil, then a colored lip pencil of your choice.  Then, apply lipstick in a downward motion from the corners to the middle (just like with the eyeliner), finally finishing it all off with a light base foundation, blending it into the lip line.  Apply a dab of gloss to the top of your lip and to the bottom, but only in the centers.

The Hollywood V
Getting rid of bags under the eyes is a fight against Mother Nature that you’ll eventually lose, but why make it easy for her?  Using a concealer brush, swipe the proper concealer for your skin tone under your eye in a downward “V” shape, starting at the outer corner and working to the inner corner. Then, buff the concealer into your skin until you reach the center of your lower lid.  At the lower lid, start to feather the concealer for a lighter application.

Ash Moore, the author of this article works for Trend N Stylez, one of the best fashion portals bringing you the latest in fashion, celebrity gossip, fashion shows etc. For some latest tips on makeup, do check out TrendnStylez favourite make up tips or if you’re on the lookout for popular eye shadow shades in 2013, check out trendnstylez.com today.

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What Color Should I Paint My Home?

color-palletsChoosing a color for your home is really a personal preference, so I’m not going to tell you to paint the rooms in your home green if you hate green! However, in this article, I will talk you through how colors set the mood of a room, what colors really work well together and just generally how to choose a color that works well with what you already have.

What mood are you trying to set?
Depending on the kind of mood you are aiming for, you will have to choose the paint color accordingly.

If you want to create a fresh and relaxing mood, then choose a light color, like cream or a very light blue. Not only do these neutral colors create a relaxing mood, they also make a room look bigger. With the help of light colors and mirrors, you can make a room look more spacious.

However, if you are looking for something more vibrant and exciting, then a red or an orange would be fantastic; these colors can create a very warm feeling and are often associated with energy.

To create a romantic mood in a room, a light red or a pink are good choices. Pink and red are often associated with love and romance.

Here are some other color meanings:

Green – has connotations of nature, freshness and peace.

Blue – suggests wisdom and confidence  and often suggest seriousness and power.

Purple – often associated with royalty, so it suggests luxury and power. A light purple can be linked to romance and a darker purple is more mysterious

Yellow – usually linked to sunshine and happiness because it is quite bright. Like reds and oranges, it has a sense of energy and excitement.

What colors work well together?
There are a few ways you can find colors that  really work well together. There are four main types of color matching. Refer to the color scheme circle here to follow the types of color matching below.

Monochromatic Color – choose one color you want to use and then choose various shades of that same color. For example, if you want your room to be purple, then light and dark purple would work very well together. The same principle applies for any color you want to use.

Triadic Color – If you draw an evenly spaced triangle within the circle, then the three colors being pointed to, by the corners of the triangle, would work very well together, for example purple, green and orange would be great.

Analogous Color – You can choose three colors that are next to each other in the color scheme circle and they will look great together, for example, you could have light green, dark green and light blue or you could have a dark yellow color with a light green and a regular yellow.

Complementary Color – The colors that are directly opposite each other would go well, for example a purple and a yellow or a light green and a light purple.

How do I match colors to what I already have in my home?
Well now you know what colors match, you can know begin matching the paint to the colors already involved in a room. If you have a red sofa, then you can use a green paint for the walls. Or if you have a green sofa, then you might want to paint your walls purple. If you do not have any furniture yet, then you can think about what color you want the room to be first and then you can think about matching the furniture.

Now all you need to do is think about what color you like and then you can work out, from there, what colors will work well together. Matching colors is not as difficult as you thought it would be, is it?

About the Author: Jeff Smith loves everything DIY related and enjoys sharing the knowledge he has with others. He recommends taking a look at Smart Property Investment Magazine for more information on the best ways to renovate a home.

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