Pinteresting Picks for December

The holidays and family time are over, for our Pinterest followers, it looks like they wouldn’t mind extending the time into the new year! Here are our Pinteresting Picks for December.

lak-beer-holsterWith a Monogram Beer Holster, you’ll never have to set your beer down and forget where you left it or mix it up with somebody else’s drink. The holster keeps a 12-oz. bottle or can of beer right where it belongs…at your fingertips. Perfect for backyard BBQs and tailgating! Two snaps at the top allow you to loop it over your belt for quick and easy attachment. 12″ x 3-1/2″ sq. Polyester. Imported.

lak-peace-nightstandThis groovy Peace Sign Night Stand will add style to any girl’s or boy’s room. Each night stand has a roomy pullout drawer and a large peace sign cutout on two sides. The shelf on the bottom offers open storage for books, small toys, gaming controllers and more. 15-1/2″ sq. x 22″H. Shelf opening to the bottom of drawer, 11″. Wooden. Assembly required; assembly hardware included.

lak-hold-my-hand-foreverSentiment Art by Marla Rae expresses love in a beautiful way. It features a romantic saying accompanied by a related silhouette. Textured gel coating and a recessed frame complete the look. Coordinating sentiments look great as a pair but also make a standout display on their own. 12″ sq. Wooden print with plastic frame. Ready to hang.

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Metal Monogram Wine Cork Holder looks distinctive empty or when filled with tokens from your favorite wines. When you finish a bottle, save the cork and add it to this letter-shaped frame. Start from the bottom and build your way up. Use a dot of glue on each cork for extra security. Ready to hang. 12″ long, each. Widths range from 7-3/4″ to 15-3/8″.

mothers-birthstone-necklaceA wonderful gift for mothers and grandmothers, a Mother’s Birthstone Necklace or Charms helps celebrate her family with a birthstone charm for the month in which each child was born. The silvertone necklace features a 3/4″ heart-shaped pendant on a 16″ long chain with 2″ extender. An opening on the heart allows you to slip on the 1/2″ rhinestone charms. The necklace and the charms are sold separately. Metal.

Pinteresting Picks for August

Summer has come to an end, and it is time get our homes ready for relaxing indoors. The thoughts of our followers on Pinterest definitely turned inward, with a lot of attention paid to making homes more convenient and comfortable as the weather cools. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for August.

Deluxe Smartphone Charging Station keeps your phone protected and off the floor. Designed for versatility, it has 3 standard outlets, so you can keep other appliances plugged in along with your charger, or charge up to 3 additional devices at once.

Deluxe Smartphone Charging Station keeps your phone protected and off the floor. Designed for versatility, it has 3 standard outlets, so you can keep other appliances plugged in along with your charger, or charge up to 3 additional devices at once.

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease. It holds up to 36 shot glasses for all to see.

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease. It holds up to 36 shot glasses for all to see.

Trade your real candles for this Set of 6 LED Candles for the safety of your children or pets.

Trade your real candles for this Set of 6 LED Candles for the safety of your children or pets.

The Wine Bottle Glass is perfect for the wine lover. It hold a full-sized 750ml bottle.

The Wine Bottle Glass is perfect for the wine lover. It hold a full-sized 750ml bottle.

Weekly Lakeside Favorites: Light Fixtures

As fall days are growing shorter, we thought this would be the perfect week to shine the spotlight on lighting. From candle accents that add a warm glow to your home to task lighting that lets you see every detail clearly, the right lighting choices illuminate your life. We’re showcasing some of our year-round favorites this week, but don’t forget the special place holiday lighting plays in your seasonal decor. You’ll find a wealth of ways to light it up with Lakeside!

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Be the star at your next backyard gathering or dinner party with these twinkling Hanging Star Candle Holders. Available in red, green and gold, these antiqued metal and glass holders hang suspended from decorative chains for a celestial effect in any indoor or outdoor space. They’re unlike conventional light fixtures yet they are enchanting when hung from tree branches for an evening garden party or in windows for a festive touch. The holders open in the back and can fit standard tea lights or LED everlasting candles with ease. Each star is 10 inches wide, so they’re large enough to make a dramatic statement by themselves or in groupings of two or three. Choose a single favorite shade or create a beautiful play of hues with stars in all three vibrant colors.

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Lighting takes a practical turn when you use our illuminated floor stand magnifier lamp for everything from detailed hand sewing to reading small print with ease. The stand adjusts for easy positioning while its flexible gooseneck design lets you bend and tilt the generous magnifying lens anywhere you need it. A dozen bright white LEDs on the back of the magnifier’s frame cast clear, shadow-free light on your craft project or art, letting you see every detail. Perfect for miniature painters, embroiderers, fine artists and avid readers, this stand-alone frame lets you keep both hands free while sharpening your vision. The screen is lightweight acrylic, so it’s easy to move and reposition. Once you see how much of a difference glare-free lighting and magnification makes to your next project, you will wonder how you did without this craft essential.

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In your master bedroom, guest room or den, light fixtures can be both pretty and practical when you choose our exclusive adjustable wall lamp. Clean-lined, contemporary styling goes with any decor, and the lamp height adjusts to fit over your bed, sofa or favorite easy chair. The graceful curve of the lamp’s metal body ends in a classic white shade for maximum light with no glare or eye strain. Because they mount to the wall, these lamps free valuable real estate on end tables and nightstands, giving you more room for decorative objects, books or a glass of water. Each individual light fixture accepts up to a 40-watt bulb and casts plenty of light for reading, crafting or sewing.

With the right lighting, shorter days feel warm and bright even as the weather turns cooler. Let Lakeside light up your life with essential task lighting, light fixtures, practical reading lamps and decorative candles to create special effects throughout your home!

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

Few luxuries are more soothing than slipping into a warm bath or shower, and some of our favorite things this week make bath time even more of a pleasure. If you want to relax tired muscles after a tough workout or a long day at the office, this selection of favorites is for you. During a hectic day, your bath may be the only solitude you can find. Treat yourself to a long soak or an invigorating shower. Then, wrap yourself in comfort and settle in for an evening at home or a restful night’s sleep.

Detachable shower heads are wonderful, but the Safe-er-Grip Shower Arm makes them even better. This suction-cup holder attaches firmly to your shower wall or door and lets you direct the stream where you need it most – on aching muscles, tired feet, freshly shampooed hair or anywhere else. When you want to reposition the shower arm, flip the latch and place it wherever you like. It’s also incredibly handy for giving kids and pets a bath because it leaves your hands free for scrubbing.

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Make stepping out of the bath or shower a little taste of luxury when you choose a new bath mat in cushioned memory foam wrapped with soft microfiber. Our bright plush foam bath rug comes in an assortment of colors to make this bath accessory a delight for your eyes as well as your toes. The inner foam core is soft enough to mold to your feet but springs back into shape as soon as you step away from the mat. Made with a plush microfiber exterior, this bath mat dries more quickly than shaggy mats that trap water. A non-skid backing means the mat is as practical as it is comfortable.

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When you reach for a towel, make it something special. Our jumbo bath sheets are almost 6 feet long to envelop you in cozy warmth and softness from head to toe. Thirsty looped cotton terry fabric gently and quickly dries you. These bath sheets are such a hit that we offer them in seasonal colors to suit every style. Choose from rich, vibrant tones such as plum and spice, or go with soft pastels that evoke memories of mild spring days.

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After your bath is the perfect time to moisturize, and with these gel heel socks, you won’t even need lotion. A gel pad within the sock contains intensely moisturizing vitamin E, olive oil and jojoba to soften skin, leaving your heels smooth and comfortable. A drop of soothing lavender oil adds a pleasant scent that helps you relax as you moisturize. Slip into your socks, put your feet up and have an evening of blissful relaxation. If you have cracked or dry heels from standing all day, these cozy socks are a wonderfully soothing solution.

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When you’ve spent all day making others comfortable, take a few minutes for yourself and enjoy the tranquility of the tub. Go ahead; you deserve it!

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

You don’t have to be a wizard to appreciate the charm of owls, and this week, we’re paying homage to our feathered friends. The big-eyed birds have long been considered symbols of wisdom, and the Greek goddess Athena had one as her companion. To many Native American tribes, they symbolized the spirit and represented protection. In the 1970s, owls were a hugely popular design motif; their earthy tones, mystical connotations and striking eyes made them irresistible to artists. Today, the resurgence of retro style and the phenomenal sales of the Harry Potter books have made owls a new style staple.

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If you love all things owl-related as much as we do, you’ll find a tremendous selection at Lakeside. From jewelry to coffee cups, owls adorn everything, but we decided to focus on home design because we think you’ll want to surround yourself with these adorable owls every day.One of our favorites, this colorful licensed Milo owl throw adds eclectic style to any room in your house. In shades of turquoise, mint green, cream, brown and brick, it goes with practically any decor. Vintage hues and modern softness make it the perfect fusion of style and substance. Made in North Carolina, the cotton and poly throw will keep you warm for many falls and winters to come. If you’ve already fallen in love with the throw, get the matching poly-filled pillow and add a touch of whimsy to your den or bedroom. Curl up under this warm throw and settle your head on the pillow at the end of a long day. You’ll see why we love these owls so much.

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You’ll find more owl art for the bath with this owl friend bath ensemble that features feathered friends on every album from the shower curtain to the toothbrush holder. Rich, warm browns, sunny yellows and turquoise tones dominate, but you’ll also find accents in green, orange, pink and white to go with everything. We’re especially taken with the ceramic owl-eyed shower hooks that have tiny red jewel-like accents, but every piece of the set looks great together or separately. Give your bathroom an instant makeover with the complete set, or pick just a few accents to freshen a guest or master bath. These owls also make sensational housewarming or hostess gifts, so consider picking up extra items for the holiday season.

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Colorful and cuddly, these Owl rugs and pillows are an adorable accent in a child’s room or a whimsical addition to your own bedroom. Choose from earthy browns and tans, bright blues and purples, or cheerful yellows and aqua. Each pillow comes with a zip-out liner form under the soft, plush cotton pile pillow cover. The rugs can also go in the wash and come out as bright and soft as new, making this set ideal for nurseries. Choose matching sets or mix and match them to create a personalized look.Whimsical, wild and wise, owls make adorable accents in your home, and you’ll find a fantastic selection of them here at Lakeside!

Incorporating Emerald into Your Fall Décor

Emerald-green-decorAs we wrote earlier this year, emerald is Pantone’s color for 2013. Autumn is the perfect season to celebrate this richer, more intense green hue. All shades of green impart a tranquil atmosphere, but emerald’s rich depth also gives it elegance. As a beautiful counterpoint to fall’s brilliant palette or as a stand-alone color, emerald adds sparkle to your decor. Give your home some gorgeous fall finery when you follow these suggestions for infusing your home with emerald’s serene beauty.

Combine emerald green with natural motifs. Green’s soothing nature becomes even more relaxing when mixed with natural textures and patterns. Fabrics printed or embroidered with ivy leaves are a beautiful way to bring green into a room. Wooden furniture with a natural grain looks especially lovely with emerald accents. Bundles of dried grasses in a vivid green vase are a stunning change from fresh floral arrangements and will last all season.

Emerald is a gem as well as a color, and jewel-like glass accents lend themselves wonderfully well to the regal hue. Deep green glass vases bring the color of the year into your home stylishly. Combining cool green glass with light makes it even more dramatic, so make room for accents such as this glass pendant light and illuminate an area. Flameless LED lights and artfully sculpted metal add visual interest, but the real focus here is color. One lamp makes a quietly elegant statement, but a grouping of them can become a focal point for the whole room.

Shades of green combine a cool color and a warm one, so they’re naturally versatile. Surrounded by warm tones, they act as a calm counterpoint; with cooler blues and purples, emerald greens glow with warmth. That flexibility means you can add emerald accents to any room in your home. Darker green hues make pastels feel more grounded, especially when you use the color in rugs and floor runners. Throws and pillows in muted emerald tones play well with neutrals in living rooms and dens. Choose fabrics that feel as luxurious as the rich color looks for seasonal style.

For a major commitment to emerald green, try painting your walls with it. It’s a potent color, but blonde wood or crisp white trim keeps it from overwhelming a space. In a small room, try painting a single wall in emerald and the others in lighter shades of green to create an instant focal point. With rich, vibrant colors, precision in painting is a must; any stray drops or minor mistakes will be instantly noticeable. One way to get a perfect paint job is with the Shur-Line pump and paint system . You won’t need tape when you have the right equipment to paint up to edges and corners flawlessly.

Green can work in any room. In a den or living room, deep greens feel cozy and welcoming; in a bedroom, they become serene. Even a bath gets a lift from emerald accents, so try swapping your usual accessories for green glass or ceramic. As fall becomes winter, green looks just as fashionable throughout your home, especially when paired with red for seasonal cheer.

Versatile and inviting, emerald green is Pantone’s color of the year for good reason. With a few decorator touches, you can also make it your best color for fall.

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5 Entertaining Tips Everyone Should Know

Party season is right around the corner, and we have some great party tips to make your next get-together memorably festive. Whether it’s your turn to host an office party, a birthday celebration or just a good excuse to have fun with friends, these tips will provide you with what you need for success.

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Pick a Theme

Holiday parties have a built-in theme, but even if you’re hosting a mid-week gathering for no particular reason, coming up with a concept for decorations, drinks and food can help you create a festive atmosphere. Luau and tiki themes are always hits for backyard barbecues, but don’t feel constrained to popular party ideas; you can go as wild as you like with your concept. Guests will be charmed with a Mardi Gras masquerade or a retro party with dishes and drinks from vintage cookbooks.

 

 

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Cook Ahead

When you get most of the cooking done ahead of time, you give yourself more freedom to enjoy entertaining. Instead of spending your party in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on some complicated dish, plan a simple, straightforward menu of foods you know your guests will love. You and they will remember the fun more than the food, so prepare something elegant and easy. Lasagna, roasted chicken and macaroni and cheese are a few possibilities.

Cookware that looks and performs beautifully, such as this set of three handled baking dishes, lets you assemble and store entrees or side dishes the night before and pop them in the oven shortly before guests arrive. They go straight from the oven to the dinner table, saving you another step and giving you more time to spend with your guests.

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Make It Inviting with Light

What makes a chic nightclub or formal restaurant special? In many cases, it’s the lighting, not the decor, that makes the difference. Try some special effects with lighting to make your next get-together magical. Outside, try stringing colorful paper lanterns or white fairy lights above your deck or patio. Interior spaces take on a beautifully warm and welcoming glow with candles. Kids and pets don’t always get along with candles, though, so choose child-friendly alternatives such as this electric pillar candle light string for part of your table design.

 

 

Create a Play List

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Music makes a party, and you have more options than ever for music that complements your theme. Internet radio stations have hundreds of stations with dozens of exciting musical genres from which to choose. You can even find music from favorite television shows or movies to play as background music for a season finale party or Oscar night. For holiday parties, look for unique takes on classics; an album of vintage Christmas music, for example, makes your party memorable and will get people talking.

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Appeal to All the Senses

You’ve already decorated, cooked and chosen the music, but don’t forget to make an impression on your guests’ noses. Bouquets of fresh flowers, incense or candle warmers have the staying power to perfume the air for hours without coming on too strong. For a dinner party, choose scents that go well with food and won’t overpower the meal, such as vanilla or spice fragrances. A summer cocktail party might call for something exotic and tropical.

Entertaining can be as much fun for you, the host, as it is for your guests when you plan. Start thinking about creative, fun party ideas today, and you’ll be set from now until the new year!

Six Tips to Easier Online Shopping

Shop-OnlineOnline shopping has revolutionized the way we buy things today. You don’t have to get dressed up, brave nasty weather and drive around a parking lot for the better part of an hour to find a good spot. When you shop from your computer or smartphone, you save wear and tear on your car and your nerves. You can even wear your slippers if it makes you happy. As easy as it is to find what you want online, you can make it even easier and more secure with these six tips for a better shopping experience:

 

Shop from trusted online stores.
While the online marketplace has opened up an incredible array of stores worldwide for you to browse, not all of them offer the courteous service and customer protection of established name-brand shops. Look for companies that have handled online, catalog and mail-order sales for at least a few years; they should have a proven track record of pleasing shoppers throughout the country.

Password-protect your mobile devices if you’re shopping on the go.
While it’s convenient to store your billing and shipping information with online shops you frequently visit, using your smartphone or laptop without password protection could leave you vulnerable if you lose the device. By adding password protection to your phone or tablet, you might spend an extra few seconds typing in a password when you unlock the device, but you’ll gain peace of mind knowing your data is secure. Keeping everything together in a cell phone organizer can help you keep track of your phone too.

Read product descriptions carefully.
While online stores are happy to handle returns, it’s better if you get precisely what you expected in the first place. Note sizes, shapes and colors of everything you buy, especially if you’re buying clothing. Different manufacturers have different size charts, so unless you’re buying a scarf or wrap that fits every size, double-check the chart. Measure windows and walls before ordering items such as curtain rods, shelving units and window boxes.

Send information securely.
Secure sites’ web addresses or URLs will start with the letters “https” instead of “http” when you get to the payment information section. You might also see an icon on your browser bar that looks like a closed lock when you’re on a secure page. When you send information on a secure site, it’s encrypted, preventing hackers from getting sensitive information such as your credit card number or mailing address. For most sites, only the payment section is located on a secure site, so don’t worry if most of the site has a standard URL.

Comparison shop if you want to find great bargains.
It’s always a good idea to compare prices, but if you’re going to brick and mortar stores, you might spend more than you save. Shopping online makes comparisons easy, so take the time to check other online shops for a product you like.

Don’t forget shipping charges.
Check the costs for shipping and handling before you make a final decision on your shopping list. You may find yourself spending more than you’d intended if you reach your budget limit before calculating shipping expenses. Heavier items may have increased shipping charges too, so pay attention when ordering bulky or heavy items such as furniture or tool sets. In many cases, the bargain prices you pay online will more than offset shipping charges, but it’s still a good idea to factor shipping costs into your calculations when buying online.

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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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Interesting Picks for July

As July comes to a close and we move toward back-to-school season, we thought it would be fun to look at your pins and find out what you loved most about July. If Pinterest is any indication, you spent your July relaxing outdoors, beautifying your home and indulging your senses with wonderful scents. That sounds like a terrific idea to us, so in celebration of your favorites from July, let’s take a look at the month’s most interesting picks and pins. If you’re not yet ready to let go of summer, let these picks inspire you to make August special!

 

Candle-warmerAnything that delights the senses is perfect for summertime’s laid-back feel. Settling into a hammock while drinking something frosty and enjoying the warm breezes is a great way to spend a summer weekend, and one way to bring that lazy summer afternoon feeling indoors is with fragrance. Home fragrance has become a booming business, so it’s no surprise that items such as our Candle Warmers sets are big Pinterest hits. Candle Warmers’ two-piece stoneware melters use light to heat scented wax tablets and send summer-fresh fragrances throughout your home. They’re also great for making the most of scented candles. Unlike candles, these warmers are flameless, so they work well in homes with kids or curious pets. The most popular scents for summer are ocean-fresh aromas, delectable gourmand, or citrus scents and clean linen fragrances.

 

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With the heat wave that struck the eastern seaboard in July, the usual ponds and creeks where birds stopped for a drink dried up, leaving them reliant on neighborhood bird baths for a cooling drink. You responded by pinning decorative and creative bird baths to encourage others to take care of their feathered friends. One that got a lot of notice was this  that added a decorative touch to the yard while allowing birds to seek relief from the heat. Flamingos are a classic kitsch lawn ornament, but this version is downright elegant in clear pink glass and metal accents. From hummingbird feeders filled with nectar to squirrel-proof seed feeders, bird feeding stations were popular too. Whether you like to watch native songbirds and hummingbirds from the window or on your deck or patio, supplying them with feeders and baths will encourage them to make your backyard a stopover during migrations.

 

Crayola-Garden-Grow-KitAnything related to gardening was another huge draw on Pinterest. The finest restaurants put a premium on freshness, and so do home cooks today. Cans and boxes are fine for quick meals, but few things satisfy the way a fresh garden-to-table salad will. For veteran gardeners, trellises, watering systems and gardening tools were popular pins, but novice gardeners also got into the spirit by pinning  garden grow kits and container gardens. With a kit, gardening is easy enough for children to help. There’s no better way to persuade a child to eat his or her vegetables than to have them help grow them. Kits aren’t just for kids, though; they also give new gardeners a head start on their first gardens.

 

 

We look forward to seeing what you’re going to pin for August!