Lakeside Selection: Our Favorite Items This Week

New year, new you, right? Since one of the most common resolutions each year is to eat better and get healthy, this week’s focus is on our favorite kitchen items for your home. It’s a lot easier to have a healthy diet when you’ve got high-quality and convenient kitchen items, so check these out today and get yourself on the right track for 2014!

Divided Food Storage Containers

Divided Containers

There’s no better way to pack carrots and hummus or grapes and crackers than with these easy divided food containers. They’ll keep your crunchy foods from getting soggy, no matter what you put in the other side. We especially love these containers for Greek yogurt and homemade granola.

They’re the perfect size for a healthy breakfast or light snack at work, and they’re really great for road trips with the kids. You can also divide afternoon snacks for the kids, so they’re all prepared when they get home from school.

Dip Bowl Hangers

Dip Bowl Hangers

Do you like dips and appetizers? Planning a party for the Super Bowl this year? We love these dip bowl hangers for serving sauces and dips alongside the chips and vegetables. For healthy options, try baked pita chips with homemade spinach artichoke dip, roasted garlic hummus with carrots, or organic corn chips with salsa and guacamole.

This is a great way to save space on a crowded appetizer table, or a way to serve ketchup with your kids’ burgers and fries without making a mess everywhere. Try serving toppings to oatmeal, like nuts and dried fruits in this bowl as well. You really can’t go wrong, and clean up is so easy!

Plastic Travel Tumblers

Plastic Straw Travel Tumblers

Summer is right around the corner, so it’s okay to start thinking about smoothies and iced coffee, which is why we’re in love with these plastic travel tumblers with straws. If you’re looking to get your 2014 off to a bright and healthy start, try your hand at easy green smoothies and drink them on your way to work with these great travel tumblers.

The straw makes it super easy to drink on the go, and even if you just drink water from the tumbler, think about how much money (& plastic) you’re saving. It’s a win-win for your wallet and the environment.

Silicone Instant Spouts

Instant Spouts

It seems like every time we make pancakes and waffles, or try to fill a muffin tin, we end up with a hundred dirty spoons and drops of batter across the countertop. These silicone instant spouts make it very easy to pour batter exactly where it belongs. You can wipe the drips away with a small spoon or spatula, and you won’t have to worry about a mess all over your kitchen counter.

It’s a clever tool that works for just about any bowl or container. You can use it for muffins and pancakes, as well as for pouring soups and hot chocolate. And you know what the best part is? You can rest your spoon or whisk on the spout instead of on a utensil holder on the stove.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

This week, we’d like to celebrate all the artists who add a little more beauty to the world in so many ways. Some artists work with pencils and paper while others prefer canvas and paint, but they aren’t the only artists who deserve the spotlight. Sculptors, writers, carvers, musicians, woodworkers and chefs also merit praise for their creativity. If you do anything that’s just a little more beautiful, decorative or delicious than it absolutely has to be, then you’re expressing yourself artistically. Take a look at some of these tools you can use to develop your art and find new ways to be creative.

Everyone from aspiring artists to professionals will find something to love in this huge Deluxe Sketching and Drawing Set in its own sleek carrying case. Colored pencils, graphite pencils, charcoal sticks, chalk pastels and blending stumps inspire creativity and exploration. Learn how to use new artistic media, hone your skills with familiar tools or discover mixed-media art with this comprehensive kit. With an artist’s wooden mannequin for help with figure drawing, a guidebook for novices and enough compartments for any artist to work “en plein air”, this set is an outstanding value.


While some artists use pens and pencils to create, others use tools to shape wood and metal. With this Hand Tool Set, artists and artisans will have all the basics for creating art as well as doing more mundane tasks such as hanging a painting or repairing a wall. Plenty of art forms start with hard work and the right tools to make that effort easier. An assortment of pliers are perfect for everything from creating wire armatures to attaching jewelry findings, and the set’s utility knife works beautifully for carving or collage. Wrenches, screwdrivers and a compact hammer make the kit a great choice for practical tasks too. Even an artist needs to perform the occasional plumbing repair or hang a shelf, and this kit has just the right tool for the job.


If you’re not sure a chef counts as an artist, one bite of a truly amazing dish will change your mind. A chef’s art is one you can appreciate with every sense, and a great cook can create art every night at dinner. Home cooks and professional chefs alike need an array of tools to craft their culinary creations; this Hors D’Oeuvres Baking Set is a great place to start. This kit contains a big baking tray that holds up to 24 miniature pies, quiches, tartlets or cakes and a wooden press that forms perfect pastry shells every time. The non-stick pan is sturdy enough for professional use and easy enough for a home kitchen. Let your imagination go and use this great set to make everything from savory hors d’oueuvres to sweet desserts. Serve bite-sized delights at your next cocktail party or dinner and show your guests a delicious sample of your artistry.You don’t have to be Rembrandt to be an artist; you just need a little ingenuity, a desire to make something lovely and a good set of tools to unleash your creativity. Get in touch with your inner artist and see where your imagination leads you!


5 Ways to Update Your Bedroom on a Budget

Decorate-bedroomOne of the quickest ways to change the look of your room completely is to paint it. You can spend hundreds of dollars to get a professional painter to do the work, but with careful draping and taping before you start, you can do it yourself for a fraction of the price. Unlike your living room or den, your bedroom isn’t a place that’s on public display, so choose shades you like even if they’re bright or unusual. Serene blues and greens suit some people while others go for brilliant red or royal purple. It’s your room, so go as wild or as mild as you like with paint colors.

Send a Message with Wall Text

One of the most exciting decorating trends for the last few years has been the use of text as a design element. Getting an artist to hand-paint or stencil text on your bedroom walls is one option, but it’s a costly one. If you have steady hands, you can do the work yourself. Another option is a wall quote decal that effortlessly adds a decorator touch to a wall. Another advantage of peel-and-stick text: When you’re ready to change your message, you don’t have to repaint.

Pick a Motif

When you have a theme to your decor, the finished product looks more cohesive. Choose something you love, such as a favorite era or place, and let it inspire your bedroom’s design. Do the brilliant hues of a Moroccan market inspire you, or is an airy Parisian atelier more your style? Do you dream of taking long walks in a lush forest, or is your perfect vacation spot on the beach? Your bedroom should reflect something about who you are.

Upgrade Your Linens

Luxurious linens instantly elevate your bedroom’s style and make it look more inviting. There’s a reason top hotels offer turn-down service to showcase their fine bed linens; nothing looks more inviting than a freshly made bed with elegant sheets. Follow fine hoteliers’ decor example with embroidered discount bedding collections it’s a good way to tie the main bedroom and master bath together.You don’t need to spend much to create the bedroom of your dreams. Whether you turn your room into a calm oasis or a colorful fantasy, you’ll never want to leave when it reflects your personal sense of style so perfectly.

Add a Sumptuous Rug

Bedrooms are about function as well as form. Stepping onto a soft rug instead of a cold floor on winter mornings is a delight, and bringing in area rugs lets you change the look of your room while making it cozy. Area rugs are also a wonderful fix for neutral carpets that don’t have much of a style impact on their own or that have become discolored in high-traffic areas. Choose pale hues to open up a dark room or vibrant colors to anchor light neutral tones. To link your bedroom decor to the rest of your home’s style, try themed rug collections it’s a good way to tie the main bedroom and master bath together.

You don’t need to spend much to create the bedroom of your dreams. Whether you turn your room into a calm oasis or a colorful fantasy, you’ll never want to leave when it reflects your personal sense of style so perfectly.

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Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

Is there anything better than sitting at your computer with a purring cat on your lap or watching television with your dog curled at your feet? If you’re an animal lover, you know that pets make a house feel like a home. In honor of the dog days of summer, this week’s focus is on favorite items for your furred and feathered friends. They’re cherished family members too, so show them your love with fun toys, comfortable beds, feeders and pet furniture to make them feel at home.

Make a hammock for your hound or a cradle for your cat with this cozy pet bed. Pets love having their own beds, and this one fits any small- or medium-sized pet. The sturdy folding frame keeps your dog or cat off the floor for cooler naps in summer and warmth in winter. Because the easy-to-clean polyester lining molds to fit your pet, it’s perfect for a puppy who might outgrow a smaller bed or for multiple pets who like to share space. Rabbits and ferrets also like this comfortable bed.

Whether they’re kittens or senior citizens, cats need to climb and play. Without their own furniture, the curious creatures will sometimes make your sofa or counters their playground, whether you want them there or not. Give your kitty a plush loft cat bed with its own scratching post, and reclaim your furniture. The sweet pattern on the acrylic pile fabric goes with any decor and looks neat even with heavy traffic in multiple-cat households. Bring a ball toy to fascinate your feline family member, and this pet furniture cover can be an entertainment center as well as a bed.

Your pets give you unconditional love, but they don’t always give you their undivided attention when you try to correct their behavior. Get a collection of pet behavior modification sprays to do the talking for you. Made for dog or cat owners, these sprays act as a reminder and gentle correction for pets. Spray the products where you don’t want your animals to scratch, dig, mark or go, and they’ll instinctively avoid those areas. Animals’ noses are more sensitive than ours. What you smell as a faint and pleasant herbal aroma, they smell as a vivid warning. Keep your dog from digging up your garden or your cat from sharpening his claws on the furniture without raising your blood pressure by spraying.

Not every creature that enriches your life is a pet, and with a bird feeder, you can catch a glimpse of nature’s wild beauty. Welcome hummingbirds into your yard with a handblown glass bird feeder and enjoy watching your grateful feathered guests eat. Hummingbirds migrate, so you can see different species throughout the year. Because they’re handcrafted, each blown glass bird feeder has a unique kaleidoscope of colors and fits in a metal frame for easy hanging. The drip-free base keeps the sweet nectar in the feeder and prevents it from drawing ants or other pests.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

Our favorite items for this week involve a Garden theme.  Our Garden selection includes bulbs, seeds and growing kits for that garden you’ve always wanted to start. We have a wide variety of outdoor decor and outdoor furniture to entertain your guests for cookouts and parties.  Your outdoor decor will take a dramatic new turn with the items listed below.  Enjoy your weekend and the outdoors! 


The Corner Planter Fences prevent foot traffic through a flower bed or mark the borders of your property in a decorative way. It holds up to three 4″ dia. potted plants


Solar-powered post cap light 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. The light begins to glow automatically at dusk.


Set of 3 Harmony Bells gives your home’s exterior an ambiance of natural appeal. Hang them separately or together as a set to enjoy the gentle sound created by wooden clappers in the iron bells. The rustic brass finish shimmers like burnished gold in the sun.


Whimsical Boot Planter looks just like a pair of children’s rain boots. This amusing planter is a charming way to add a plant to your patio or foyer. Put in some ivy or flowers and put it on display. Glazed cold cast ceramic


Amazing Grace Wind Chime will add a calming touch to your outdoor space. Two of the chimes feature words from the hymn and the others are accented with different crosses. Together, they make peaceful sounds in the slightest breeze.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

I know it was a short work week with the Holiday, but why does it feel like it was a long week?  This week’s favorite items have an organization feel to them.  That’s it, maybe if I was more organized then the week would have been easier!  Enjoy your weekend everyone!


Kitchen Cabinet Organizers solve storage problems common to all kitchens. The Pot Lid Holder easily stores almost any size lids on their sides instead of stacked on top of each other or on their pots. Holds up to 4 lids depending on their size.


The Wall-Mount Wooden Plastic Bag Dispenser will help you stop wasting plastic bags! Use them over and over again with the convenient and attractive Wall-Mount Wooden Plastic Bag Dispenser. Just mount it to a wall for fast and simple use. Lift the top to put bags in. Pull them out, one at a time, through the opening in the bottom. Colorful artwork decorates the front of the dispenser.


Zebra Print Hanging Organizers have see-through pockets to help you find what you want quickly. A metal hanger on each one slips over a closet rod, hook, or doorknob to keep it handy. The double-sided Jewelry Organizer features 25 small pockets and 3 larger pockets on each side to hold all your earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces


Zebra Storage Bin Sets are great for storing a variety of items in a bedroom, bathroom or dorm room. They offer a wild touch to a girl’s room with bold black and white zebra stripes trimmed with hot pink. The Set of 2 Covered Bins offers concealed storage that makes a room look tidy. Each has an easy flip-open top and 9″ long handles on the sides.


The Casserole Queens Cookbook revamps the ultimate quick-fix meal to suit the taste of your modern family! Make a tasty meal fit for royalty with fresh ingredients any night of the week. From Tuna Noodle with homemade cream sauce and a kick of cayenne pepper to home-style desserts, like gooey apple butter cake. Includes 16 pages of color photographs, plenty of expert tips and lots of style.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

Happy Friday everyone!  We have an exciting long weekend ahead of us but even more exciting is our top 5 favorite items for the week.  Enjoy your weekend and Happy Memorial Day!


Girls’ Light-Up Flip-Flops make summer fun! They have vibrant colored straps that light up with each step and girly patterns to enhance all kinds of spring and summer outfits. Awesome during the day, these cool flip-flops are an absolute blast when they light up at night


Food Picnic Tent keeps bugs away from your food while allowing you easy access. Roll-up doors with fabric-magic closures let you reach in and help yourself. The sheer polyester fabric allows you to see the goodies inside, but doesn’t allow pests to get in. The tent poles are collapsible so when you’re done eating, you can pack up the tent in the included compact carrying case.



Deluxe Sand Castle Playset lets you create a mini kingdom on the beach. Challenging enough for adults, yet easy enough for kids, families will have fun building this elaborate sand castle. The 25-pc. set includes everything from construction tools to inhabitants. The big bucket it comes in is also the castle mold


Set of 3 Tabletop Tiki Torches is a perfect accessory for your next summer gathering. Polynesian-inspired table accents have real bamboo construction which means they’re as durable as they are eye-catching. Whether you’re hosting a luau pool party or just a relaxed dinner on the backyard patio, this novel accent lighting will help you set the mood.



This catapult is the ultimate weapon to have in a water balloon fight. Launch the water-filled missile and watch it soar up to 150 feet. It’s easy to use–simply stretch the side cords, load a balloon, then fire! Comes with 50 balloons.

Lakeside Collection: Favorite Items for the Week

Just a few more hours ’til the weekend! Why not take a break now? Sit back, relax, and check out our favorite items for the week. We have everything you need to add fun to your home and decorate your garden.


NFL Country Stone Marker shows that your team loyalty rises from the ground up. Place it near your garden, a walkway, or anywhere you want to make your support known. It features the team logo and realistic rock-like texture and weathering.


Cheerful images in colors girls love highlight the patterns of these Peace or Love Sheet Sets. They bring a whole new, vibrant personality to her bedroom decor. Pastel colors make them pretty, and microfiber material makes them easy care and wrinkle resistant.


Vibrantly colored flower garden stake is sure to bring attention to any outdoor area. Use it as a unique planter decoration, a clever trellis for vining plants, or an eye-catching accent almost anywhere.


Show how much you love your pup with a porcelain dog lover mug. Double-wall insulation keeps your drink hot and the outside comfy to hold. It features a tight-fitting silicone lid that seals tight to prevent drips and messes.


The details of the Solar Color-Changing Heavenly Wings are so realistic, your visitors will have to look twice! Nestled in the intricately sculpted wings, there is a crackled glass sphere that lights up at dusk. It glows in changing shades of red, green, blue, yellow and purple.

Lakeside Selection: Favorite Items for the Week

It’s almost the weekend, which means for the next two days you can do things on your own schedule. Whether that is catching up around the house, relaxing or taking the family to a museum you’re the one making the rules. While you’re at it, check out our favorite items of the week. We have something for just about everyone this week.


Scrolled Metal Wall Medallion is eye-catching wall decor that will beautify any open wall space in your living room or den. Whether you hang it vertically or horizontally, it is sure to grab attention. Swirls and swoops come together then move gracefully apart to add dramatic appeal to your decor.


On the Go Fun and Snack Tray keeps everything from snacks and drinks to books, games and art supplies within a child’s easy reach. Soft, kid-safe foam tray is perfect for in the car or at home. Versatile play tray attaches easily to car seats and folds flat for space-saving storage.


The gauzy fabric of this Women’s Ruffle Front Smocked Cover-Up flows around you to create a decidedly feminine look. It’s perfect for warming up after a swim or strolling on the boardwalk. The smocked bodice lets you also wear it as a maxi skirt.


Give a fresh, new style to your picnic table and benches with this vividly colored 3-pc. set of covers. The durable vinyl covers prevent spills and dirt from reaching the surfaces and wipes clean easily.


Affordable and attractive, wooden Beadboard Storage Cabinets make exceptional storage additions for your household. The timeless design fits in any room while adding multiple options for use. The archway design on the 2 hinged beadboard doors adds a classic touch. Open the doors to reveal 2 roomy shelves. Perfect in any room…kitchen, bathroom, entryway, anywhere!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.