Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for the Time Change

It’s time to spring forward! This weekend we set our clocks ahead one hour, so we thought we’d honor Daylight Saving Time by highlighting some of our favorite time pieces. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for the Time Change.

other-disney-watchHelp your little girl learn how to tell time with a Girls’ Disney Time Teacher Watch. Her favorite Disney character will make wearing this watch so much fun. The watch has labeled “Hour” and “Minute” hands and a sweep second hand. The frame of the watch face is marked in 5-minute increments to help her learn how to tell time all on her own. Includes button-cell battery. Quartz movement. Watch face, 1-1/4″ dia. Plastic strap, 8-1/4″L with 7 holes for adjusting the fit. Metal case.

vintage-clockAdd a bit of country flair to any room with this attractive display. Each Vintage Metal Wall Clock is designed to resemble a pocket watch with a distressed painted finish and a delicately detailed face. Requires 1 “AA” battery. Small Pink Clock, 6-1/2″W x 1-1/2″D x 6-1/4″H. Small Teal Clock, 5″W x 1-5/8″D x 5-1/2″H. Small Black Clock, 3-3/4″W x 1-3/4″D x 6″H. Large Green Clock, 8-1/4″W x 2-1/2″D x 11-1/2″H. Ready to hang.

thre-in-one-clockSleek and stylish in a silver frame, this 3-In-1 Clock is actually an indoor weather station for your wall. The thermometer monitors the room’s temperature from -4 to 124°F; the quartz clock, with a step second hand and numerals from 5 to 60, displays the precise time; and the hygrometer records the relative humidity. Requires 1 “AA” battery. 8-1/4″W x 1-3/4″D x 11-1/4″H. Plastic and glass. Ready to hang.

other-college-clockWake up to your school’s fight song with a Collegiate Fight Song Alarm Clock! Instead of waking you with an annoying buzzing sound, this clock plays the familiar rousing song and flashes lights to the rhythm of the music. The face of the clock features your school’s logo. Has glow-in-the-dark hands and a 4-minute snooze button on top. On/off switch. Requires 2 “AA” batteries. 5-1/4″W x 3″D x 4-1/2″H. Plastic.

jelly-watchGet a blast of fashion every time you check the time with a Jelly Stretch Chain Watch. The stretch-to-fit silicone strap and watch face share the same bright color. The face also has a distinctive, single-digit design that adds to the sleek, modern look of the watch. Durable construction makes it great for everyday wear, while the budget-friendly price means you can buy several in different colors to vary your look. Silicone and metal. 2-3/8″ dia.

Love Your Pet Day: 20 Quotes to Inspire You

love-your-petIf this winter hasn’t given you enough cuddle time with your pet, February 20 is a good reminder to give him a hug — it’s National Love Your Pet Day! In honor of the day and in honor of pets everywhere, here are 20 quotes to inspire you to spend a little extra time with your pet.

  1. “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.”—Mark Twain
  2. “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.”—Gilda Radner
  3. “Happiness is a warm puppy.”—Charles Schultz
  4. “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”—Jean Cocteau
  5. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”—Anatole France
  6. “Time spent with cats is never wasted.”—Sigmund Freudlove-your-pet
  7. “If you don’t have a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you. But there may be something wrong with your life.”—Vincent Van Gogh
  8. “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”—Groucho Marx
  9. “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”—Winston Churchill
  10. “Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”—George Eliot
  11. “I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.”—Neil Gaiman
  12. “A dog is one of the few things in life that is as it seems.”—Mark J. Asher
  13. “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”—Colette
  14. “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”—Mark Twain
  15. “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”—James Herriot
  16. “Perhaps the greatest gift an animal has to offer is a permanent reminder of who we really are.”—Nick Trout
  17. “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”—Leonardo da Vinci
  18. love-your-pet“The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic.”—Henry Ward Beecher
  19. “I can’t imagine God not allowing my dog into heaven.”—Rick Warren
  20. “I’ve met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”—Hippolyte Taine

The Spirit of Christmas: Our Favorite Santa Movies

There is a shocking number of movies that star our favorite Christmas character: Santa Claus. There are more than 200 movies in which he graces the silver screen with his rosy cheeks, snow-white beard and, of course, his holiday cheer. We can’t watch every one before Christmas, so we whittled down the list to six of our favorite Santa Movies.

The Santa Clause If your kids ever wondered how Santa has been around for hundreds of years, The Santa Clause can answer that for them! Tim Allen plays a divorced dad who accidentally kills Santa and, by default, becomes The Big Guy himself. It takes a while for him to figure out that this is all part of the magic of Christmas, but it’s a cute film, silly enough for the kids and witty enough for adults.

Bad Santa This is not a movie for kids, but it is a feel good movie for adults who need some heartwarming to get into the spirit of the holidays. Billy Bob Thornton plays a curmudgeonly shopping mall Santa who learns how to be good from a little boy who’s experienced nothing but bad.

Santa Claus: The Movie Here’s a movie that restores the spirit of Christmas. Dudley Moore plays one of Santa’s elves who takes a break from the North Pole and heads to New York City. That’s where he meets an evil toy tycoon (John Lithgow) who tries to capitalize on his new friend’s elfin skills to take over Christmas, and only Santa (David Huddleston) can save it. It’s a simple story about bringing back the meaning of Christmas. Moore and Lithgow give it a little bit of edge for the adults, but it’s more enjoyable for kids.

Elf There’s only one part more perfect for Ed Asner than Mr. Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and that’s Santa. Though he’s not the star of the film, he gives Santa life and we all know that Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) wouldn’t be the elf he is without him. It’s goofy, charming and hilarious in a way both children and adults can enjoy it.

Fred Claus There’s nothing like a little sibling rivalry to get your holidays off on a weird foot — but disaster takes on a new meaning when that rivalry is between our beloved Santa Claus and his brother. Fred (Vince Vaughn) is Santa’s (Paul Giamatti) ne’er-do-well brother who has no one to turn to but Santa after his life starts to crumble. The nice guy that Santa is, he brings Fred to the North Pole to help out with the Christmas rush. As expected, Fred does more harm than good for the North Pole operations and nearly ruins Christmas. But there’s plenty of room for redemption at the North Pole where Christmas spirit fills every nook and cranny. The story is for kids, but there are plenty of punny jokes for the adults to enjoy.

Miracle on 34th Street If ever there was a movie that proves Christmas spirit can’t be crushed, it’s Miracle on 34th Street. With a court system building a case against the man who claims to be Santa (Richard Attenborough), the promise of Christmas looks grim. But once he convinces a doubtful little girl and an entire city that he really is Kris Kringle — and it only took a few thousand letters from kids around the world to do it — Christmas is saved! It’s a tear-jerker, but it’s a movie the whole family can enjoy together.

Look to The Lakeside Collection to brighten any season! Whether you’re looking for fun holiday movies to get you excited about Christmas or your kitchen needs some perking up for the new year, shop Lakeside for awesome ideas and even better products.


Pinteresting Picks for September

The fall chill is starting to sweep in, but Lakeside customers know everything is going to be owl-right! At least that’s what we gather from our Pinterest followers! For our top pins in September, three out of five products were all about owls! Who can blame them? Owls are adorable. They’re so adorable, we have to share them with you. Here are Lakeside’s Pinteresting picks for September.

harvest-owl-tabletop-setsTop This Bring the colors of fall into your kitchen with these Harvest Owl Tabletop Sets. The Set of 3 Bowls is perfect for mixing, storing and serving. They nest together for compact storage. Microwave and dishwasher safe. The 3-Pc. Tabletop Set features owl-shaped salt and pepper shakers with plastic stoppers and a spoon rest in the shape of an owl.

owl-counter-top-collectionTop That The Owl Countertop Collection is a multifunctional addition to your kitchen. Store staple ingredients in the 4-Pc. Canisters and Tray Set. Each owl has a lid, and the metal tray has decorative trim. Small, 4″ dia. x 6-1/2″H, each. Large, 4-3/4″ dia. x 7-5/8″H. Use the 4-Pc. Measuring Cup Set as the familiar kitchen tool, or display them to brighten up the room. Each has a pour spout. Ceramic. Ceramic pieces, dishwasher and microwave safe. Tray, hand wash.

owl-table-top-collectionTop Those 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 (13-1/2″ x 5″) 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 (16 oz., each), and use the Set of 4 Dinner Plates (10-3/4″ dia., each) for the main course. Earthenware. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

brick-sliding-clipsClip It On Fast and affordable, Brick and Siding Clips help you decorate without causing damage to your home. Hang decorations, pictures, flags, holiday lights, stockings and wreaths without holes, nails and adhesives. The Set of 4 Brick Clip Hooks (approx. 2-3/4″ x 1-1/2″ x 3/8″, each) can be used on brick walls and chimneys indoors and out. They install in seconds by clipping directly to the brick. Supports up to 25 lbs. per clip. No holes to drill and no damage to bricks or mortar. Tempered spring steel. For use on standard bricks 2-1/8″ to 2-1/2″ high. The Set of 4 Siding Clips (approx. 4-1/8″ x 1-1/2″ x 1-1/4″, each) is designed exclusively for use with vinyl siding. Installs quickly and holds up to 12 lbs. per hook. They will not damage your vinyl siding panels. They can be easily repositioned or removed.

laundry-room-wall-hangingsHang It Up Laundry Room Wall Hanging is a novel way to give that room some character. Each wooden sign features a visual accent that can also come in handy as you work. The Laundry sign (15-3/4″ x 7-7/8″ x 1-1/2″) has 3 knobs to hang small articles of clothing as you fold or sort. Keep the Change (10″ x 8″ x 3-3/4″) has a glass mason jar attached with a raffia tie that you can use to hold coins found in pockets, buttons that have come loose and other small objects left in the hamper. Lost Socks (15-7/8″ x 9″ x 1″) has 3 clothespins to hold separated socks while you look for their mates. Each comes ready to hang.


The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Tailgating

The season is about to change and will fall comes a lot of fun — especially football! We’re excited for the games and planning all the parties. To make it easy for you to plan your own football party, we picked out a few items we think you’ll like. Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for

Cold Drinks NFL Freezable Can Cooler is the ultimate way to keep your drink chilled throughout the game. Water is encased in the double-walled, single can cooler, emblazoned with the logo of your favorite team front and baWack. Put it in the freezer to chill it, then put your drink can into the cooler. Rubberized plastic around the bottom edge makes sure the cooler won’t slip or scratch your table. nfl-knit-gloves

Cozy Accessories Support your team on game day or any day with the NFL Knit Gloves. Warm, stretchy gloves have your team’s logo or name embroidered on the hand, and the fingers alternate your team’s colors. Ribbed cuffs give you a snug

Environmental Protection You’ll be prepared for anything when you head to the stadium with an NFL Game Day Skin Care set. It’s a handy collection of items that feature your favorite team’s logo on each bottle or tube. The products are gender neutral so they can be used by both men and women. Bottles have a convenient hanging loop for easy attachment to backpacks, belt loops, and

Spirited Service NFL Gameday Sculpted Bowl is the only way to serve up chili, soup or dip at your party! Durable 23-oz. bowl has raised details on the exterior with your team’s logo on each side and a glazed finish. Double handles make it easy to carry. lak-football-scarf

Sparkling Support Add sparkle to your stadium outfit with a Football Bling Pashmina Scarf. Featuring an image of a plastic rhinestone-embellished football, this silky scarf will keep you warm while tailgating or watching the game. It’s available in team pride colors for teams at any level–PeeWee, high school, college or pro.

From items to make tailgating parties more fun to Halloween decor to add some fright to your front door, shop The Lakeside Collection to make every season a reason to celebrate.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Fall

lighted-arrangementsWe’re less than a month away from fall — we’re not ready for the season change yet, but we have some ideas for when that day comes that we have to be prepared. Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Fall.

Autumn Accents A 22″ Lighted Floral Arrangement will carry you from spring to fall. Each features leaves, grasses, and flowers in orange and yellow hues. Spread throughout are long-lasting LED lights. It’s all tied together in a burlap base with a raffia bow. lanterns

Autumn Glow Create a glowing ambiance with this Set of 2 Metal Lanterns. Their sturdy construction allows you to leave them out all season long. At dusk, place your favorite tea lights in each lantern and watch the light shine through the cutout designs. Place on your front steps, porch or even hang by the attached handle and light up the way for your visitors.quilted-throw

Cozy Quilt Snuggle up with the Simplify Quilted Throw or Pillow. The primitive print adds the perfect touch to country decor. The Throw (50″W x 60″L) features vermicelli stitching. The coordinating Pillow (16″ sq.) looks great tossed on a couch or chair. Polyester and cotton. Throw, machine care. Imported.fur-lined-fleece-jacket

Fall Fleece With this Men’s Fur-Lined Fleece Jacket, he won’t have to sacrifice style for warmth. It features an easy-to-wear plaid design and faux fur lining with quilted sleeves to keep him comfortable all season long. The jacket has a drawstring hood and a full-zip front for added warmth. It has 2 front pockets and rib-knit cuffs and hem. Polyester. Machine wash. Imported.fleece-lined-leggings

Autumn Accessories Spend your day in comfort wearing these Women’s Printed Fleece-Lined Leggings. Soft, fur-like fleece helps keep you warm and cozy. The abstract snowflake print adds a seasonal touch to your favorite tunic or long sweater. Elastic waistband provides the perfect fit. Polyester and spandex. Machine wash. Imported.

Celebrate every season with The Lakeside Collection! From accessories for a cozy fall outfit to decor to give your home a holiday glow, shop Lakeside to make each season inspiring.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for the First Day of School

The first day of school is upon us! Just a few more weeks and the kids will be getting up with you to get their breakfast and catch the bus. We’re never as prepared as we’d like to be, but the first day of school doesn’t have to be a disaster. We put together a list of must-have products to make it a little easier on you. Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for the First Day of School.camo-hoodie-kid

Signature Style He’ll be nice and warm wearing this Boys’ Camouflage Fleece Hooded Jacket. The full-zip jacket features the Highland Timber(TM) camo print. The fabric is designed for maximum breathability, with an anti-pill finish that makes the jacket durable and long lasting. Has two front slit pockets. college-fight-song-alarm-clock

Wake-up Call Wake up to your school’s fight song with a Collegiate Fight Song Alarm Clock! Instead of waking you with an annoying buzzing sound, this clock plays the familiar rousing song and flashes lights to the rhythm of the music. The face of the clock features your school’s logo. Has glow-in-the-dark hands and a 4-minute snooze button on top. girls-quilted-backpack

Travel Flair Girls’ Quilted Patch Backpack is great for travel, school or trips to grandma’s house. It features an embroidered apliqué design, made from a variety of solid and patterned fabrics, and embellished with buttons. It’s fully lined and has a roomy interior for all her things. The top closes with a drawstring, and a fold-over flap with a magnetic snap keeps it secure. She can carry it with the top handle, or with the adjustable 9″-18″ shoulder straps. girls-cotton-skirt

Inaugural Outfit She’ll enjoy twirling around in a Girls’ Embroidered Cotton Skirt. The pretty skirt features lace and embroidered sequin trim with a crocheted hem. It has a smocked and elastic drawstring waistband for a secure, comfortable fit. Imported.frozen-socks

Stylish Socks Keep your toes cozy in chilly weather with the 3-Pair Frozen Knee-High Socks. Each pair features colorful images of your favorite characters. Wear these socks while lounging at home or layer with leggings or tights.

For the first day of school, the last day of school and every day in between, shop The Lakeside Collection for a variety of products at practical prices for everyday needs.


Tricks & Tips to Make Your Picnic Perfect

PicnicSummer is not quite over until we’ve had a proper picnic. We all know that we need to pack food, drinks and a blanket to make a picnic work, but there are a few things you can do to make it headache-free. Here are a few tricks & tips to make your picnic perfect.

Bugs Be Gone While the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “picnic” is food on a blanket, the last thing you think about is bugs. They love food as much as you do. Before you leave the house to go on your picnic, spray the underside of your picnic blanket with insect repellent so bugs don’t sneak up on you while you’re enjoying your meal al fresco. When you get to your destination, use bug repellent wipes on your skin rather than spray so it doesn’t get into your food.

Embrace Your Individuality Pack individual meals rather than bringing one big dish of everything. It’s more convenient to have everything already served for many reasons — fewer utensils, fewer dishes, less mess at your destination. This doesn’t mean you have to pack your sandwich and sides into one container; sides can go in smaller containers for individuals. If they’re stackable and sealable, cleanup is a snap.picnic-basket

Keep It Safe Food and travel don’t mix very well, so you have to make sure to make food that doesn’t spoil easily. Steer clear of items made with eggs and dairy — without proper refrigeration, they spoil quickly. That means if you’re going to make salad or pasta salad, make sure the dressing is vinegar-based. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo all cheese — hard cheeses can be left at room temperature for extended periods. If you are set on bringing a summer staple like deviled eggs, make sure you have insulated totes to keep them cold. For extra protection, freeze a few water bottles for the bottom of your basket or tote. They’ll keep things cool without making a wet mess and you’ll have a few extra cold beverages.

Brisk Beverages While eating room temperature food on a hot summer day is expected, room temperature drinks is not. Unlike water, you can’t freeze soda, beer or wine, but you can use your frozen water bottles to keep your other beverages cold. Make sure to bring along double-wall tumblers — they come with lids and straws to protect your drink from bugs and the double walls protect your drink from the heat of your hand!tumbler

Don’t Forget Your Cutting Board Even if you don’t have anything to cut on your picnic, bring a cutting board. Big or small, there will be a point when you need a hard, even surface and a blanket on the grass won’t cut it. It gives you a spot to put your drink or even a plate of food without worrying about everything ending up on the ground or on your blanket. It also takes a lot of the awkward out of eating without a table and chairs.

The Lakeside Collection knows a little something about entertaining. Whether it’s a picnic in the park for two or a barbecue for 30 people, look to Lakeside for entertaining ideas, inspiration and products.

Last Minute Tips for Planning a Family Reunion

family-reunionHosting a family reunion is a festive way of getting everyone together without the stress of the holidays. But, just like the holidays, everything needs to be planned thoroughly. Here’s a last minute checklist to make sure you don’t leave anything out.

Back-up Plans For every activity and meal, think about anything that could go wrong and have a back-up plan. For instance, if it’s pouring on a day you have your big picnic, have a place to go with your food and drinks where you can enjoy your family’s company indoors. Make sure you have plenty of easy games for everyone to play for any lulls in the events to pass time.

Confirmation Confirm the number of guests who will be attending each event. Make sure you have a correct headcount for everything that requires food, favors and supplies. For the events at different venues, catering or any equipment rental, be sure to line up your numbers and head count with the vendors to make sure everyone is taken care of.casserole-carrier

Compartmentalize Supplies Break up all the supplies (decorations, plates, cups, name tags, party favors, craft supplies) for each event into separate containers. Designate someone responsible for each day’s festivities to take charge of the goods for that day.

Transportation Go over everything and everyone who needs to be picked up and driven to each event. This means food, ice, karaoke machines, chairs that are not provided at each venue, and the like. This is probably the most difficult and time-consuming part of party set up– having it well-organized can take a lot of stress out of putting each party together.

Go Over Duties For each person assigned to manage each event, go over the plan, times, locations, and duties to make sure it goes smoothly. Make sure they understand the schedule and supplies needed. This helps close any gaps in organization for

Photo Finish Though most people carry a smartphone to take pictures, be sure to have either a professional photographer to document your reunion or buy disposable cameras for people to pick up and snap a shot at any given moment. At the end of the event you’ll have something to upload to your family website before people add their own pictures from the event.

Family and fun are what makes up The Lakeside Collection! From outdoor decor to party ideas, make the most of your summer with our fine products at great prices.

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

Mother Nature is following through on her warm weather promises. There’s no better time to experience her splendor and there’s no better way to do that than a night in the great outdoors. At The Lakeside Collection, we’re picking out what we’re taking on our next camping trip. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Camping.lounger

Get Comfortable Portable Folding Lounger provides comfort on all your outdoor adventures. Perfect for relaxing by the pool, at the beach, on a camping trip and more. Setup takes seconds: just unfold, and stretch out on the durable lounger with breathable mesh inserts. Includes a carrying bag with shoulder strap for easy portability.sleeping-bag

Sleep Tight Favorite Character Sleeping Bag keeps your child warm during a sleepover, camp out or while relaxing at home. Fully lined, this sleeping bag will help your child stay comfortable all through the night. Triloft II Performance insulation provides extra coziness and durability. Its zip-around closure with full-length, self-repairing zipper is easy to use. The sleeping bag rolls up for storage in the matching round zippered bag.

camp-cookbookCook Right Create delicious home-cooked meals with help from a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook. Simple Shortcut Recipes has over 225 recipes and time-saving tips to help you cook meals using shortcut ingredients. The perfect cookbook for any busy cook. 221 pages. Make meals that you can enjoy year ’round with the Grilling and Campfire Cooking book. This collection brings you over 250 recipes and tips for making meals indoors or out.

hot-dog-reelOutdoor Treats Turn the crank of the Marshmallow & Hot Dog Reel Roaster, and the skewer rotates to cook all sides evenly. Kids and adults will love to make meals and snacks over an open flame with the Reel Roaster. The stainless steel skewer is easier to use than traditional skewers and cleaner than cooking on a stick. The skewer is telescopic and the roaster extends from 16-3/4″ to 34″L, so you can control the distance you stand from the fire. Cleanup is fast and easy–simply remove the skewer from the reel to wash. Get several for your next camping trip, cookout or BBQ. The easy way to evenly roast a hot dog or create perfect s’mores.

waterproof-pouchExtra Protection Protect your gadget from water, snow, sand and dirt with a Spektrum Waterproof Electronic Device Case. The specially designed waterproof pouch has a built-in external 3.5mm audio input jack so you can listen to music while the device is secured inside. Includes an adjustable strap to wear it around your neck. Secures with a fabric-magic closure and two zip lock closures.

The Lakeside Collection makes the most of every season! From products to get you going on your summer road trip to decorating for your fall festival, shop Lakeside for fun products at practical prices.