Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

This week, Lakeside is getting into the holiday spirit a little early with our favorite items. Kids love to give gifts for the holidays as much as anyone, but they can’t just hop in the car and pick out the perfect gift at the local mall. Helping children make gifts teaches them about the joys of giving as well as receiving. This year, give them the tools they need to make their own thoughtful gifts for friends and family. By starting now, kids can make something for everyone on their gift lists by Christmas.

Fabric-by-number

Even young children can make beautiful presents with these plush craft fabric by numbers kit. With no sharp needles or scissors involved, a child can create a colorful design in pre-cut fabric on a stuffed plush pillow. Each kit contains everything needed to make a beautiful butterfly or a whimsical frog prince. It’s also a great craft project for parents because it involves no messy glues, paints or glitter to clean up after the craft is complete. The kits are designed for children ages 4 and up, so even pre-schoolers can enjoy the fun of making gifts for others. Your child’s friends will appreciate these colorful cushions as decorative accessories and as thoughtful presents.
Cord-bracelet-kit

For older kids who love to create, the BFF Chunky Cord Bracelet Kit lets them weave colorful accessories for everyone on the gift list. Each kit comes with enough thread for 6 bracelets and the weaving frames work equally well with threads you’ll find in any craft store. Easy-to-follow instructions and foam weaving forms let your child design and make bracelets, necklaces and hair ornaments. The kit contains a foam pattern wheel and colorful thread.

Garden-kit

Kids who like to help in the yard will be charmed with these Fairy or Gnome Garden Kits that let them create an enchanted garden for someone special. You supply the container and a few low-growing plants; the kit provides accessories such as a tiny watering can, birdbath and garden arch to create a whimsical tableau. Designed for older kids who have the patience to get the garden started, the kits are designed for indoor or outdoor display. The sets are perfect for a kitchen windowsill garden filled with herbs or for a miniature flower bed.

Handprint-ornament-set

Even the youngest children can participate in holiday giving when you offer a little help. Let toddlers lend a hand with these sweet Handprint Ornament Sets that turn your child’s unique print into a cherished holiday heirloom. Apply the non-toxic white paint, let the child grasp the base of the ornament and finish the design with hand-painted details you add yourself. Each kit contains a red or green ornament, white ribbon for hanging, white paint, a wedge-shaped sponge, a black permanent marker for details and orange wax for adding carrot noses to your snowmen. Young kids love helping, and with this kit, they get a chance to leave a lasting impression without making a mess. Older kids can get in on the fun too by drawing in the details or adding hand-painted stars with the leftover white paint.

Give your children an early holiday present with these or any of Lakeside’s other creative art and craft kits, and you give them the fun of making something special for friends and family. It’s never too early to teach kids about the joy of giving!

Lakeside Collection: Our Weekly Favorites

Winter may not have put in an appearance yet, but with autumn comes a certain crispness to the air that means colder weather isn’t far behind for most of us. This week, we’re looking at ways to stay toasty on cool fall afternoons. Autumn’s brisk weather feels wonderful after summer’s sultry heat, but as days shorten and nights grow nippy, it’s even better to come inside and enjoy the warmth of home. Create your own cozy atmosphere with a few of our favorite things this week from Lakeside. Whether it’s a blustery October day or deep into November’s chill, you’ll love wrapping yourself in warmth.

Cozy-Throw-Socks
Don’t wait until the holidays to enjoy feeling enveloped in comfort. Treat yourself or someone special to one of these cozy throw and socks tote sets and take the chill off after a day outside. Available in four stylish colors, the sets include a pair of non-slip socks in festive stripes, a wonderfully soft coordinating throw and a reusable canvas tote bag to keep everything together. Spandex and polyester blend fibers make the socks wonderfully soft and stretchy enough to fit most sizes. The rich hues of the plush poly throw complement any decor, and the matching tote looks as crisp as fall apples. Choose a set in warm chocolate, cozy burgundy, fresh blue or toasty beige. If you’re buying as a gift, pick out a set for yourself; you’ll want to bundle up too!

Insulated-Curtains
Piling on blankets is one way to stay warm, but you can keep your whole house more comfortable while lowering energy bills with the right window treatments. These insulated suede curtains have the luxurious look of suede and put another layer between autumn’s chill and your cozy bedroom or den. Open them during the day to let the sunlight pour in, then close them at night to eliminate drafts from loose window frames. The thermal backing on each set of curtains can also help your home stay cooler on those unseasonably hot days. Because they’re lined, these stylish tab-topped window treatments act as blackout curtains too. Your bedroom will be more restful when you block out unwanted light and sounds from outside.

Fragrance-Chips-Warmer

Warmth is more than a physical attribute; it’s also an emotion. When you think of a warm greeting or a warm smile, you aren’t talking about the temperature. Create a warm, welcoming environment in your home by appealing to different senses. Cuddling up under a fleece throw feels good, but when your home holds the scent of spiced apples, oatmeal cookies or other cozy fragrances, you’ll feel warm in every way. We love this ceramic warmer and simmering fragrance chips to evoke a warm, cheerful mood in any room of the home. The set has no open flame and plugs into any outlet to warm fragrance chips, wax tarts or jar candles without producing smoke or soot. We also like the warmer’s flat plate for its versatility; it works with the attractive clear glass jar that comes with it or with your own favorite scented candles.

Get cozy with Lakeside this week, and you’ll enjoy fall’s cloudless skies and brisk nights even more.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

You can’t turn on your television without seeing ads, but that isn’t a bad thing. If it weren’t for advertising, you might not know about some phenomenal new products. This week, we’re saluting those handy household helpers, clever beauty tricks and bits of kitchen wizardry you see on TV. You don’t have to order from the manufacturer and wait weeks for delivery; you can choose Lakeside favorite items and get the same quick, responsive and courteous service you’ve come to expect from us. Here are our as-seen-on-TV favorites for the week.

Hot-Buns Nothing looks as sophisticated as a dramatic up-do for your hair, and with holiday party season almost here, it’s a great time to learn a few new styling tricks. One of our favorites is Hot Buns, a set of cushion-soft bun forms that let you create flawless swept styles with ease. If you can make a ponytail, you can create dazzling new styles with Hot Buns. Each set comes with a pair of bun forms, one large and one small, for bold formal designs and casual everyday looks. Available for dark or light hair, the Hot Buns forms are invisible under your natural hair and need no pins to secure them in place. Experiment with adding braids and ribbons to your bun for interesting new twists on a classic style.

Cafe-Cup The hottest trend in coffee has been the pre-measured, pre-loaded modular K-cup for brewing single cups. While the machines that use single-serving pods are convenient, they’re limited in selection and create additional household waste. With Cafe Cup, you choose your favorite coffee and place it in the reusable container, then make your coffee as usual. Broaden your coffee horizons and enjoy freshly ground Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee one morning and New Orleans-style cafe au lait with chicory the next when you pick your own coffees for your Cafe Cup. Each set includes four Cafe Cup units to let you take them to the office or on vacation. Although they work great for coffee, they’re also ideal for brewing great tea. Skip the costly disposable packs and reach for a Cafe Cup instead. You’ll save money while enjoying a fuller range of coffee options.

Orgreenic-Ceramic-Fry-Pan

While you’re in the kitchen making coffee, why not assemble a quick, healthful breakfast? With OrGREENiC green ceramic cookware, you don’t need to load your omelet pan with oil to keep cheese, eggs, vegetables or anything else you cook from sticking. The low-friction ceramic coating on OrGREENiC cookware releases food easily and prevents sticking and burning. Because you only add oils or butter for flavor, you use less per serving and cook lighter meals that fit with a healthy lifestyle. These pans are eco-friendly and have a durable ceramic lining that won’t peel or scrape off the way some non-stick coatings can. We also love the look of the attractive bright green; they’re pretty enough to keep on display. You’ve seen the ads, and now you can discover for yourself why these as-seen-on-TV products get so much buzz. Like everything at Lakeside, these tried and tested are just a few of our favorite items.

Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

Although October’s usual colors are black and orange for Halloween, we’re thinking pink for this week’s Lakeside Selection. There’s a perfect pink for every skin tone, and it looks equally good on a little girl’s ribbons or on Helen Mirren’s hair. Sweet, approachable pink is the color of romance, blushes and strawberry cupcakes. Someone who feels wonderful is said to be in the pink of health. The rosy color brings a sense of well-being to everyone who sees it. If you have a passion for this lovely color too, take a look at our favorites of the week and see which ones tickle you pink!

Pink-Sheet-Set

Because it’s a universally flattering hue, pink linens for your bed are great for anyone who wants to wake up feeling beautiful. A pale ballet-slipper pink is sophisticated; a bright pink is cheery. These Pretty in Pink bedsheet sets have touches of pink in printed motifs that have lots of personality. Choose from mellow peace signs, elegantly stylized acanthus leaves or sunny ’60s-style flowers. These pretty sheet sets go well with a pink comforter, but they’re versatile enough to work with other hues or neutrals too. Each Lakeside Selection set includes a fitted sheet and a flat sheet in twin, full and queen sizes.

Scarf-with-Pendant

The Pink Ladies from “Grease” knew it, and so do we; pink and black is a winning combination. Sweet pink takes on a little bit of an edge when you pair it with black, and that contrast always looks sensational. If you’re as enamored of this perfect partnership as we are, you’ll love matching a pendant fashion scarf in pink with your favorite black sweater — or try it in black with your favorite pink top. Either way, it’s a supremely flattering color match-up that looks right for any occasion. With these pendant scarves, you won’t need any other jewelry; the dramatic pendant makes enough of a statement by itself. When you want a more casual look, take off the removable pendant and wear your scarf with jeans.

Tapestry-Throw

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink ribbon loop has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness and support, and you’ll find it gracing many items in the Lakeside Collection. One we especially love is this soft, warm tapestry throw that features words of strength and inspiration. The washable cotton-polyester blend feels cozy on chilly October nights while warming hearts with its message of support for breast cancer survivors and their families. This throw is more than just a beautiful household accent; a portion of the manufacturer’s sales of each throw will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and assist in searching for a cure. Buy it for yourself to show your passion for the cause or give it to someone special to show your support.

Be in the pink this October and enjoy its sweet romance in your wardrobe and home decor. Whether you wear it to proclaim your support for breast cancer research or just happen to love this cheerful hue, pink is perfect for fall.