The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for Mother’s Day Gifts

The countdown to Mother’s Day has begun! You have plenty of time to come up with thoughtful ideas to spend the day and pick out the perfect present to please your mom — if you start now! We have a few ideas of our own to get you inspired. Here’s this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for Mother’s Day Gifts.sunflower-bird-house

Gardenista For the mom who loves her garden and all the critters that come with it, she’ll be able to welcome feathered friends with this Sunflower Birdhouse. The metal flower has glorious yellow petals that draw the eye and adorable birds to add a little more life and beauty to her yard. The opening to the birdhouse is in the center, complete with a perch for all her feathered friends.sport-mom-tote

Soccer Mom A soccer mom (or basketball mom or football mom) can never have too much room in her bag for the next big game! She can pack up everything she needs for every sporting event with the Sports Mom Organizing Utility Tote. The spacious, open interior lets you prepare for sporting events, the pool, grandma’s house and more. There are 2 patch pockets on the front for drinks and water bottles, and each of the sides has an elasticized mesh pocket for extra storage. The front has an embroidered design with your sport of choice. Double shoulder straps for easy toting.wooden-baskets

Entertaining Mom Give mom the gift of a little country with a Set of 2 Lined Wood Baskets. The stylish baskets have cutout stars along the front and back, revealing more of the red-checkered fabric lining. Each basket has 2 leather handles for easy carrying from the kitchen to the table. Get these for Mother’s Day and she’ll be all set for her Memorial Day cookout! handprint-wall-art

Sentimental Mom Delight mom with a sentimental gift she’ll cherish through the years! All you need to do is add handprints to this Framed Handprint Wall Art with your own paint. Personalize the potted plant in Mom’s Garden of Love with her kids’ handprints to create a wall hanging that will be admired well after the kids go off to college. The finished art is protected under plastic in its wooden frame. Comes ready to hang.prayer-box-charm-necklaces

Faithful Mom Prayer Box Charm Necklace makes a wonderful gift for a mom of faith. It features a prayer inside the pendant and comes with a prayer card inscribed with the same words that can be carried in a wallet. You can choose from a prayer for a mother or daughter, the Lord’s Prayer, or the Serenity Prayer.

The Lakeside Collection has gifts and ideas for every holiday and season. From trinkets for mom on Mother’s Day to kitchen gadgets to put together a fall party, shop The Lakeside Collection for great products at the best deals.

Learn About Butterflies Day: Fun Facts About Butterflies

ButterflyThe days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising and birds are singing the sweet songs of spring! Pretty soon we’ll start seeing butterflies fluttering around the trees and flowers and,  since, March 14 is also dedicated as Learn About Butterflies Day, we dug up few fun facts about butterflies to get you excited about the season.

Eating and Drinking According to the San Diego Zoo, there are a few ways butterflies get their nutrients. Before they transform from from caterpillar to butterfly, they eat leaves to survive. After they go through metamorphosis and change from a squirmy insect to a beautiful flying bug, they only sip on liquids — juice from fruit, nectar from flowers and sap from trees. Those things give butterflies most of what they need, but they don’t provide minerals, so male butterflies sip water from mud puddles — it’s called “puddling.” They share those nutrients they get from puddles with females during the mating process.

ButterflyAfter mating, when butterflies are ready to lay their eggs, they scope out leaves and plants by tasting them with their feet! If they find leaves tasty enough for their offspring, they’ll lay eggs on the leaves. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars will eat the leaves on which they are born and the life cycle begins again.

Flying While we usually just see butterflies fluttering from flower to flower without urgency, they can fly quite fast. Most butterflies fly about 5 to 12 miles an hour, but some skipper butterflies can reach speeds of up to 35 miles an hour! Skippers are a little bit different from other butterflies — you can tell them by their antennae; they look like little crochet hooks.

But butterflies can’t fly all the time — they are ruled by the weather — which isn’t a surprise since we usually only see them during the spring and summer. Temperature is very important in their travels. They don’t take off if the air temperature is less than 55℉ and if their body temperature is less than 85℉.

ButterflyLifespan Butterfly life span varies. The brimstone butterfly lives the longest with an average of 9 to 10 months, but some species live only a week or two. But that is over-simplifying the complicated lives of butterflies. There are many things to consider when calculating the lifespan of a butterfly: how long they’re in the larval (egg) and pupal (cocoon) stages, hibernation, and weather conditions. Butterflies and Moths of North America goes into detail about how long butterflies live.

Defense There are many ways butterflies protect themselves from predators. As caterpillars, they either roll themselves up in leaves or burrow into fruit or wood to hide — some even make themselves look like twigs. As winged adults, they can hide the brightly colored side of their wings and show only the dull side to make them less visible. Some butterflies can even disguise themselves as dead leaves. The more beautiful butterflies — like the Monarch — don’t taste very good to predators — of course one has to die for a predator to learn its lesson, but the death of one beautiful butterfly means many more will survive.

We’re excited about all the life spring brings to our gardens! Butterflies, flowers and birds — we’re working on making homes for them in our yards and The Lakeside Collection has dozens of products and ideas to make your garden attractive for all your favorite critters.

Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom

Moms come in all shapes and sizes, likes and dislikes. But we have Mother’s Day gift ideas for just about any type of mom will appreciate.

freezable-h2o-bottleSporty Mom

Bar method, hot yoga, spinning, crossfit – if it’s exercise, this mom is doing it. If there’s one thing every workout needs, it’s cold water. You can make sure your Sporty Mom has cold water whenever and however she breaks a sweat so she can stay hydrated with the Freezable Water Bottle.  Store it in the freezer so that the gel inside the wall starts out frozen. You’ll be amazed at how long your water stays cold. A built-in silicone straw on the screw-on lid folds down when not in use.

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Martha Stewart Mom

Crafts, gifts and cooking is what this mom is into. She makes everything from scratch and there is no project she can’t do perfectly. Little Jars, Big Flavors can get her started on preserving all the fruits her delicately curated garden will produce this summer. Little Jars, Big Flavors Cookbook guides you into creating splendid Southern inspired recipes. Traditional and modern methods are mixed in this collection of delicious ideas for homemade preserves. It includes suggestions for getting the best produce, jar selection and labeling, party planning, pickling and canning tips that address today’s food safety concerns, and much more.

New MomTowel-Apron

Diapers, bottles and blankies, New Mom will do everything it takes to make her baby comfortable. So why not make things a little easier for New Mom with Baby’s Bathe ‘n Wrap Apron Towel? It offers peace of mind to anyone bathing a baby or a toddler. The apron portion allows a mother to wear the towel while keeping her hands free. She then can quickly and safely wrap her child up in one smooth motion. The hood portion of the towel is perfectly placed to fit on the baby’s head.

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Sentimental Mom

Sentimental Mom has every stage of your life documented and exhibited on every wall of her home. Her family makes her proud and she wants everyone to know it. Help her organize and display your family photos Family Tree Frame Set. A variety of frame sizes come with the set to help create a scheme featuring her cherished family photos. Each frame comes ready to hang on a wall and also has an easel back for tabletop display.

Pet Momthermal-dog-bed

She loves her dogs and cats almost as much as she loves you, so if a gift pleases them, it will surely please Pet Mom and the Thermal Pet Bed is the gift to deliver. The thermal feature allows pets to stay warm as they sleep and by working with the pet’s body heat to maintain a comfortable temperature and prevent cold spots that could cause aching joints. It’s also easy on the eye – the Thermal Pet Bed is double-sided with a solid color on one side and print on the other.