Daily Deal: Give Thanks for Birthdays with a Family Plaque

For Thanksgiving, we’re offering a special Black Friday discount on an item that celebrates family. With this Family Plaque, you’ll be able to keep track of those special days throughout the year. It has a stylish country look, a durable wooden construction, and includes 24 tags that you can personalize with a family member’s name and birthday. Hang tags on the loop under each month so you’ll never lose track of whose birthday is coming up. Keep reading for holiday birthday facts and ideas to preserve Thanksgiving during Black Friday.


Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 24th)

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DAY FOUR Holiday Fun Fact:

The traditional Christmas celebration might revolve around the birth of Jesus, but fewer babies are born on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day compared to the rest of the calendar. Christmas Day is the least common birthday in America, second only to Leap Day. Christmas Eve isn’t very far behind, ranking fourth on the list. With Thanksgiving falling on different dates, it’s likely that it takes the top spot regarding holiday birthdays.


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How to Avoid Losing Your Thanksgiving to Black Friday
Thanksgiving is a day for counting our blessings. Those fortunate enough to fund a feast will fill their chairs with family and their table with delicious food. It seems only natural that Black Friday is trying to devour it. In recent years, the start of the holiday shopping season has been nibbling at Thanksgiving’s crust. This year, retailers are demanding a full slice. Before you ditch family time for a half-priced flat screen or trade in your savory dinner for a halfhearted brunch, check out some of these easy tips for preserving your Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Deals Today! Black Friday Deals Tomorrow!

Black Friday Survival Guide: Start with Lakeside

Are you ready? The biggest shopping week of the year is almost here. You might be trying to put everything together for Thanksgiving, but you also don’t want to miss out on some of the great Black Friday deals we’re offering at The Lakeside Collection. Next week, you’ll be able to find great gifts for everyone on your list at bargain prices. With so many different kinds of gifts for everyone in the family, you’ll be able to start stacking presents under your tree and fill up your stockings without breaking the bank. Before the savings start, learn more about the biggest shopping week of the year and how to balance it with your busy Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday Facts & Thanksgiving Advice

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Black Friday: Discover How It All Got Started
The history of Black Friday might be exactly what you suspected, or very different from what you imagined. Learn the real facts behind the biggest shopping day of the year with this brief history on how it got started.

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How to Prevent Losing Your Thanksgiving to Black Friday
Before you ditch family time for a half-priced flat screen or trade your savory dinner for a halfhearted brunch, check out some of these easy tips for preserving your Thanksgiving during all the Black Friday commotion.


Our Black Friday deals kick off next Monday, November 21st. Find discounts on toys for the kids, clothes for winter, festive holiday decorations and all kinds of Christmas gifts to please everyone on your shopping list. We’ll keep you updated right here on the Lakeside Blog regarding daily deals. We’ll also be providing some fun holiday facts to keep you entertained all through the week, as well as gift ideas to help you shop smart.

Come back next week to learn about our daily Black Friday deals!

Turkey Day Countdown: Food, Family & Football

There’s only ten days until Thanksgiving. It might seem like a lot, but if you have a feast to finalize, guests to prepare for and a holiday checklist that seems to keep getting longer as the festivities draw closer, it’s better to get anything and everything you can done so you won’t be too stressed out when the holiday arrives. Get the facts about Thanksgiving, from menu ideas to some Turkey Day history with these Thanksgiving articles.

The Thanksgiving Menu

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Ideas for Thanksgiving Sides
Who you share Thanksgiving with probably won’t change, but you can change the food to spice things up a bit. Turkey is the main dish that everybody wants, but playing with the sides to change up your Thanksgiving spread is a great way to make your dinner unique! Here are some ideas for Thanksgiving sides you can try.

What Was Really on the Menu at the First Thanksgiving
Roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. It may surprise you to learn that such traditional foods, with the possible exception of the turkey, were not served at the very first Thanksgiving in 1621. If you are wondering what was served at the First Thanksgiving in America, read on to dig into a helping of history.

Get Cooking on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters and How to Avoid Them
When you’re cooking a holiday meal for family and guests, there are many hats you have to wear and many mistakes that can be made. But if you know what to do and what to watch out for, you can pull off the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few tips to avoid some of the most common Thanksgiving dinner disasters.

4 Tips to Pull Off A Perfect Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving dinner is a huge production that requires strength, stamina and coordination. But even if you possess all of those characteristics, something is bound to go off the rails. It’s possible to reduce your risk of dinner disasters if you know what to look out for. Pull off the perfect Thanksgiving with these four useful tips.

The Facts About Thanksgiving Football

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Thanksgiving Football: An American Tradition
American football has been a Thanksgiving tradition since the 1800s. Even though football is a tradition, it looks a lot different now than it did long ago. If you’re wondering why the Lions and Cowboys always get to play on Turkey Day or where the tradition started, take a look at this brief history of Thanksgiving football.

How to Work Football Into Thanksgiving Without Ruining Family Time
Thanksgiving is a day for family. For many families, it’s also a day for football. While most NFL and college teams have the day off, there’s always a shortlist of squads who have to suit up, storm the field and keep the long-standing American tradition alive. Here are a few tips to balance football with family on Thanksgiving.

National Pumpkin Day: Top 5 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin pie might be a Thanksgiving staple, but National Pumpkin Day is today–October 26th! Get in the mood for holiday desserts with some of our favorite pumpkin pie recipes. We’ll start you off with the classic pumpkin pie recipe, and then serve up a few pumpkin twists on traditional dessert ideas to get you baking.

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1. Classic Pumpkin Pie
There’s nothing more satisfying around the holiday season than a delicious pumpkin pie. There’s no need to get fancy with special ingredients and toppings. Stick to the original with this recipe from Taste of Home®. If classic recipes are exactly what you’re looking for, check out these Taste of Home cookbooks at Lakeside.

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2. Bite-Sized Pumpkin Pies
Mix up your classic pumpkin pie recipe with an entire plate of bite-sized or mini pumpkin pies. Not only are these delicious little snacks perfect for your holiday dessert trays, they can also be a fun cooking activity to do with the kids leading up to Thanksgiving. Give everyone their own personal pie with this unique recipe.


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3. Creamy Pumpkin Pudding
If that warm pumpkin flavor isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, cool things down with this pumpkin pudding recipe. The great thing about this recipe is it allows you to mix and match the ingredients you want. If you’re not a walnut fan, leave ’em out. If you like the idea of adding a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg, go right ahead.


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4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone has their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, some of them passed down from generations. The best part about the chocolate chip cookie is you can easily tweak it with a special flavor. Pumpkin is the best ingredient. Check out this simple recipe, and refresh your cookie cooking gear with products from Lakeside.

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5. Pumpkin Brownies
As if we weren’t already prepared to add pies, puddings and cookies to our Thanksgiving dessert menu. It’s hard to pass up this pumpkin brownies recipe. It’s the perfect solution for your sweet tooth, and also satisfies your pumpkin craving. If you’re in the mood for chocolate, check out these chocolaty gifts ideas at Lakeside.

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Holiday Hustle: Black Friday Shopping Tips

lak-black-fridayAs we’re picking out our recipes for our Thanksgiving Day meals and and dreaming about stuffing our faces, we’re also thinking about how to stuff our shopping carts with Black Friday deals. It’s always part of the Thanksgiving weekend activities, but Black Friday has become a force of its own — what person doesn’t want to take advantage of a good deal? Of course we want you to get the best deals, so we came up with a list to give you a competitive edge. Here are 5 Black Friday shopping tips.

Shift Away from Friday While some people are excited to get up at 3am to get a good deal on a cute dress or toys to wrap to stuff a few stockings, not everyone has that kind of drive. For those who don’t plan to bust down any doors, you too can get a few deals — and you don’t have to wait until Friday. A lot of retailers have early bird deals you can take advantage of long before the turkey hits the table. Start looking for promotions the Monday before Thanksgiving — they may not say “Black Friday,” but a deal by any other name would smell as sweet. And what’s sweeter than sleeping in on Black Friday knowing you already have your shopping done?

lak-black-fridayTweet! Pin! Post! Stay connected to social media! Retailers post deals and sales constantly all Thanksgiving weekend. One tweet could lead you to a gift you didn’t know you needed at the price you didn’t think could go so low. Whether it’s on your phone, tablet or desktop, keep a lookout for the right deal for you from the Monday before Thanksgiving all the way through Cyber Monday.

Focus If you haven’t already put together your holiday shopping list, now’s the time to do it. Have it handy so you know what you’re looking for when you’re being showered with deals. There are so many items coming at you at once, but you can only buy so much — a list helps you stay on the straight and narrow path to a happy holiday.

The Aftermath Get familiar with return policies! If you impulsively buy something just because it’s a good deal, it doesn’t mean you need it or have a use for it, and you may not be able to return it. If you know what you’re getting into, you’re reducing the risk of getting stuck with a pile of products you don’t want.

Don’t Stop Believing Even if you think you’ve gotten everything you wanted from your Black Friday experience, there may be more deals ahead. Just because you didn’t get to the store or click on the right product fast enough doesn’t mean you’ve lost out. Keep checking back for new deals being rolled out later in the day or week.gift-app

The Lakeside Collection has deals every day of the year and Black Friday and Cyber Monday are no exception! Check thousands of products for your holiday shopping and beyond. If you’re gift shopping, be sure to look into our Perfect Present Gift App to find the right gift for everyone on your list.

Tips for Making Holiday Road Trips Easy

winter-roadThe holiday planning just got interesting: it’s your turn to do the traveling! It’s the best time of year to see family, but it’s the worst time of year for driving. It doesn’t have to be all bad — you just need to bend a little to make it safe and simple. Here are 5 tips for making holiday road trips easy.

Auto Adjustments Have your car serviced before you set out on your road trip. Even if you just had your 3,000 mile oil change, taking your car in for a tune up is one measure of insurance to take to get you to your destination safely and with as few headaches as possible. On your end, make sure your car is equipped with a first aid kit and emergency supplies in case you get stranded in a snowstorm.

Ready & Rested Conventional wisdom suggests we hit the road early to beat traffic to get to our far off holiday destinations on time. When your car is packed, you think you’re ready to go, but are you rested? That’s a more important question to ask yourself than “Are all the presents packed?” lak-road-trip3According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy drivers caused about 72,000 accidents in 2013, resulting in 800 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries. When you’re planning your trip, don’t try to convince your body to get up when you’re normally asleep; get up at your regular time to reduce the risk of drowsy driving. When you’re on the road, make sure to take advantage of rest stops to recharge for 15 minutes before you start driving again. Beating traffic is great, but arriving at your destination without injury is better.

Smartphone System Your smartphone is very smart. There are myriad apps to make driving from one destination to another easy, aside from GPS. GasBuddy leads you to the cheapest gas on your route, iExit lets you know what services are available as you approach exits and AAA has a mobile app to connect members to roadside assistance as well as trip planning. Just remember that, although smartphones make driving cross country easier, you should keep paper maps and emergency phone numbers written down in case something happens and you can’t access your phone.lak-road-trip

Forget Forgetting A great way to relax about traveling during the holidays is not to get worked up about forgetting things. Just remember that it’s not the end of the world if you forget your toothpaste or pajamas — you can borrow them or buy them when you get to your destination.

Relax There are a lot of bad drivers out there and they’re even worse during the holidays. Encountering a bad driver or an angry driver is almost inevitable. Do your best to focus on where you’re going and not other drivers’ bad behavior. Reacting can only make stressful situations more stressful.

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The Lakeside Collection wants you to have a happy and safe holiday season! Whether you need road trip supplies or you’re looking for perfect gifts for the whole family, shop Lakeside for dazzling deals and perfect presents.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving

You have just a few weeks to get everything together for Thanksgiving! Right now you have plenty of time before your family digs into a plateful of turkey, stuffing and pie, but you have to start planning. Gadgets and serveware can help you make it a perfect holiday meal so,  to make it easy for you, we put together a list of items you might need for dinner. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving. stoneware-bakeware

Keep It Covered This Glazed Stoneware Bakeware will have you cooking like a pro. The stoneware absorbs excess moisture while evenly heating food.The exterior features a deep red glaze, while the interior is unglazed, natural stone. The Covered Roaster (3.75 qt.) includes a lid to seal in flavor during cooking. The Baking Sheet (13-3/4″ x 9-3/8″ x 1-1/2″) is perfect for baking cookies, dinner rolls and more. The Pizza Pan (14-3/8″ dia. x 1″) gives every pizza a golden crust. Freezer, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.1-second-slicer

Keep It Quick The 1 Second Slicer will quickly become your go-to appliance for every meal. From fruits and vegetables to meats and fish, now you can cut everything with one handy gadget. Get professional results in a flash and then serve, seal, stack and store all in one compact container. The chop function even features 1-button cleaning. Plastic and stainless steel. Dishwasher safe.

woven-kitchen towelsKeep It Colorful Add a character to your kitchen with this 14-Pc. Woven Kitchen Towel Set. Perfect for drying dishes, cleaning and more. Each towel is ultra absorbent with either a waffle weave or flat texture. The fun, bold colors add to your kitchen decor and show off your style. Cotton. Machine care. Imported.

buffet-organizersKeep It Compact Serving buffet-style becomes a snap when you use the Ultimate Buffet Organizer. It holds plates, napkins and utensils ready for your guests. It features a 3-tier construction with the bottom for 10-1/2″ dinner plates, the middle for 8-1/4″ salad or dessert plates and the top for napkins. It also has 4 utensil holders that hang off the sides. Can be used stacked, or taken apart and spread around the table. 19-3/4″W x 16″D x 15-1/2″H. Steel. Assembly required.ramekin-sets

Keep It Cute Make sure you always have the perfect bowl for serving and storing with this value-priced 12-Pc. Ramekin Set. Each bowl is equipped with a clear, snap-tight lid. They’re perfect for condiments, snacks, leftovers and more. You can even use them to bake single-serve muffins, cornbread and cakes. Bowls, 3-1/4″ dia. x 1-1/2″H. Hold 3 oz. Stoneware with plastic lids. Dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. Bowls, oven safe.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner

mini-loaf-pansThe countdown to Thanksgiving isn’t quite as dramatic as the countdown to Christmas, but the holiday requires quite a bit of preparation. If you’re hosting this year, now is the time to start planning! A lot of tools go into making the meal perfect and we want you to be prepared so we came up with a list of items we think can help you with that. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Make It Personal Whip up some smaller portions of baked goods for yourself or to share as gifts with this Set of 3 Mini Loaf Pans. These affordable, pastel colored dishes feature an inspirational phrase on the side. Make a variety of small-portioned treats for holidays, birthdays or office parties. They can also be used as serving dishes. 6-1/8″W x 3-1/8″D x 2-1/4″H (14 oz.), each. Stoneware. Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.pumpkin-side-dishes

Make It Cute Fill your dining room with the color of this decorative and functional Set of 4 Pumpkin Side Dishes. Great for individual servings of stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and more, these pumpkin-shaped dishes also have decorative handled lids. Leave more room on your plate when you add these adorable dishes to your table ensemble. 5″ x 4-1/2″ dia., each. Dolomite.buffet-caddy

Make It Simple Buffet Caddy keeps all your serveware in one compact space. The top section arranges your flatware in 4 circular baskets, the center section accommodates napkins and the bottom section keeps dinner plates within reach. Metal frame has a scrolled design and durable balled feet to keep the caddy in place on any surface. 18-1/8″ x 12-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.quilted-casserole-carrier

Make It Warm Carry your dish to the next potluck or family get-together in the stylish and convenient Quilted Casserole Carrier. It’s insulated and lined with foil to keep your food warm while on the way to its destination. The carrier has two inner flaps with a fabric-magic closure to secure the dish inside. Two wood handles make it easy to tote. 14-3/4″W x 10-1/2″D x 5-1/2″H. Polyester and foam. Imported.harvest-leaves

Make It Fall Add seasonal flair to your nightly dinners with the Harvest Leaves Table Decor. Each features colorful accents in shades of orange, red and green. The Set of 4 Tapestry Placemats (19″W x 13″L, each) and Table Runner (13″W x 72″L) feature a tree design. Organize your cutlery with the 4-Pc. Utensil Holder Set (approx. 3-7/8″W x 5″L, each). Polyester. Placemats and runner, cotton and polyester. Imported.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving Decor

tea-light-crocksHalloween is almost here and not too far behind is Thanksgiving! We want you to be ready for the first of our big holidays — we’ve been looking over the catalog for our favorite Thanksgiving items to pass along to you. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving Decor.

Soft Glow Add the soft glow of candlelight to your holiday decor with a Set of 6 Holiday Tea Light Crocks. Each crock has a different seasonal icon on the front and a traditional “splatterware” pattern on the rim and handles. It holds your real tea light or LED candle. 2-3/4″W x 2-1/2″D x 2-1/4″H, each. Dolomite.harvest-wind-chime

Harvest Enhancements Add a colorful personality to your yard with this Harvest Wind Chime Garden Stake. Each stake has a bright, cheery animal on top, designed with a warm harvest theme and 2 wind chimes. Approx. 8-7/8″W x 1-1/2″D x 34-7/8″H, including the 3-3/4″ ground stake. Metal and glass.country-hearts-wreath

Warm Welcome Country Hearts Wreath or Garland is the perfect finishing touch for your country home. Both pieces are made of grapevine branches accented with gingham bows, red and cream polyfoam berries and wooden cutouts bearing words of love. Garland, approx. 60″. Wreath, 15″ x 14-1/2″.tapestry-pillows

Cozy Components Add rustic charm to any room in your home with this decorative Harvest Tapestry Pillow. Its detailed design, as well as a variety of rich fall colors, reflect the changing season and complement surrounding decor. Looks great on your couch or bed. The front has a tapestry pattern, and the back is a solid color. 18″ sq. Polyester and cotton. Imported.harvest-forest-friends

Whimsical Trim Add a whimsical touch to your home with this Harvest Forest Friends Plush Decor. It features mixed media construction, including detailed stitching that looks like wicker. Cute 3-D accents make it seem like a craft show find. The body is weighted with sand to hold it upright. Approx. 6-1/4″W x 7-1/2″H. Polyester.

5 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy on Thanksgiving

girl-helping-thanksgivingYou will soon be welcoming friends and family to your home to share your Thanksgiving feast. Putting together a turkey dinner with all the trimmings is ten times as much work as your regular weeknight dinners and loads more people walking in and out of the kitchen eating, drinking and chatting. With all the kitchen chaos, keeping an eye on the kids and making sure they’re happy is tough as you juggle all the elements for the perfect holiday dinner. Here are 5 ideas to keep kids busy on Thanksgiving.

Reindeer Games Have a few games and puzzles pulled out for the kids to play. Don’t give them too many options — three or four games you know they like (not one you have to teach) is plenty to keep them distracted from their rumbling tummies as you put the finishing touches on the meal. If there are kids coming that your kids don’t know well, games are a good ice breaker and will get everyone interacting with each other. If you’re lucky, they’ll enjoy the games enough that they’ll return to them after dinner.

Thanksgiving-Table-topDuty Calls Give each child a job to do. For the younger children, assign them simple tasks like folding napkins or making sure the spoons are shiny. For older kids, give them the big duties that require critical thinking — put them in charge of the checklist of all the things that need to be done and have them make sure everyone is staying on task. For children of ages in between, have them set the table, greet friends and family at the door and take their coats. Giving kids a hand in the event makes them feel part of the production while giving them something to focus on rather than watching TV while you work.

Letters to Santa Thanksgiving is the perfect time for the kids to write their letters to Santa. Set aside plenty of paper and pens and catalogs (for inspiration) so they can put together their wish lists. For young guests, it will get them excited and distract them from the idea of being in an unfamiliar home. For the kids who no longer write letters to Santa, have them help the younger kids craft the perfect letter to old St. Nick.

Clever Crafts If there are a lot of kids coming over to share your holiday, set up a craft table with Thanksgiving themed projects to work on while the adults socialize and get the turkey on the dinner table. Have the older kids help the younger kids to make it a family activity. A craft table might seem like too much to take on, but giving kids something to pay attention to and work on will save you the headache of coming to the rescue when they get bored.

kids-craftingLast Resort The TV can be tricky when there are a lot of kids with different personalities — you don’t want any clashing over what to watch. Let them turn on the TV, but only give them a few, non-negotiable options for watching TV. Limit the programming to holiday movies or specials. If you have to turn it on, it should be something for everyone to enjoy.

Planning activities or crafts for kids during Thanksgiving is a big task to add to your Thanksgiving plate, but reducing the risk of boredom and tears makes the overtime worth it.  If it’s not doable, pass the job off to one of your guests a few days in advance. Anyone who’s hosted a big Thanksgiving will jump at the chance to help out.

Happy Thanksgiving planning!