Fall Activities to Make You Forget About Summer

Every season of the year offers something unique. Whether its the activities that depend on a certain kind of weather or the seasonal recipes that just wouldn’t taste right during a different month, there’s almost always something to look forward to no matter what season is on the horizon. It’s easy to get excited about summer, but for those of us who would rather throw on a light jacket instead of a swimsuit, who might prefer the smell of burning leaves to bonfires, or kicking back with a warm mug on a cool day rather than an ice cold glass in the hot sun, fall is the best season of the year. And these fall activities will make you forget all about summer.

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Crazy for Crisp Weather
Sometimes the sweltering summer heat and humidity can be unbearable or start to get on our nerves. Fall provides a nice change of pace in most regions of the United States. While temperatures steadily decrease as winter eventually approaches, the majority of the fall months are nice and crisp. It’s the perfect weather to take a walk outdoors, particularly when the leaves start to change colors, or take a drive through nature. The season also offers many family activities and community events, especially when the harvest season gets in full swing. Apple picking at a local orchard can be a great way to spend an afternoon and gather supplies to make homemade cider or apple pie. Strolling through a pumpkin patch with the kids can result in finding the perfect pumpkins for Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and Thanksgiving pumpkin carving. And local harvest fests can offer some of our favorite summer rides with additions that only pop up in autumn, such as corn mazes.

Keeping Cozy Indoors
Just like there’s nothing better in summer than escaping inside to fans and air conditioning, there’s nothing better in autumn than warming up inside after a long day in the crisp fall air. The summer months keep us outdoors for longer periods of time, while winter forces many of us to hibernate through the coldest part of the season. Fall gives us the best of both worlds. With the leaves changing and a whisper of cold in the air, it can be very satisfying to stay indoors and cuddle up watching a movie, or kick back with a good book. It’s also, more so than any other time of year, the cooking season. The cooler climate makes it possible to use the oven again without warming up the house, and the beginning of the holiday season allows you to cook your favorite homemade meals and try out some new recipes. The harvest season is also the best time for canning, and a bountiful harvest for gardeners makes it easy to keep things fresh with home-grown flavor.

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For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Nothing makes a cozy afternoon inside sweeter than a productive morning in the outdoors. Fall is arguably the best time of the year to get outside and enjoy the fresh air without having to worry about bringing things like sunscreen or coating your skin with bug spray every half hour. Hiking and mountain biking, as well as fall sports like football and soccer are perfect for the cool weather of the fall season. Athletic endeavors like jogging and cycling, recreational sports like fishing or rock climbing can be more enjoyable in autumn. Fall is also the biggest hunting season of the year, with specific start dates in appropriate areas for big game as well as waterfowl, pheasants, quail, turkeys and more. There’s a big difference between keeping warm with the right fall apparel and skimping on layers during the summer, and the temperamental weather of spring can be hard to enjoy with rainfall and humidity. Get out and enjoy the crisp fall weather before winter starts.

From awesome mugs to pour your favorite warm beverage, good books to keep you entertained and throws to keep you cozy to great wardrobe solutions for cold weather and fall home maintenance tools, Lakeside is packed with items to make the upcoming autumn season your most enjoyable and memorable season yet.

July Pinteresting Picks

It seems like winter just ended, but our Pinterest followers are already starting to make the transition from summer to fall. From easy ideas to spruce up the kitchen to cute winter accessories, you can tell by what they pin that they’re excited about every season. Here are our July Pinteresting Picks.country-check-tablecloth

Country Chic This check tablecloth adds quaint country style to your dining room or breakfast nook while offering durability for everyday use. The top has a large checkered pattern with a small checkered border.emergency-candle

Emergency Essentials The Emergency Candle Set is an invaluable tool to have on hand in a power outage. The metal base has a storage drawer with nine 4″ wax candles inside and a handle for easy carrying. The glass chimney keeps the flame contained. Serves as a decorative accent when not in use.

window-tieLet There Be Light A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains. The design features a circle with a coordinating stick. Gather the curtain in one hand, lay the circle over the front, then push the stick in on one side, behind the curtain and out the other side. Works with any type of fabric without damaging it. bootie-cutiesEasily let the sunlight in when you want it, and let it loose when you need a little extra insulation at night.

Cozy & Cute This pair of bootie cuties gives your favorite boots a playful look with adorable animal cuffs. Featuring knit construction with embroidered details, these critters play peek-a-boo when you fold the cuff over the top of your boots. slim-can-storageThey add a little bit of cheer to every snowy step you take!

Compact Convenience Slim Can and Spice Rack gives you much more storage while taking up very little room. Almost 3 feet tall, it’s also extremely slim (3-1/2″ wide), so you can place it in between appliances, cabinets and other narrow spaces. It’s on wheels, so you can use the silver pull handle on the side to access it whenever you need it. Open shelves are made to securely hold soda cans, spice jars and other small items.

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.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Christmas in July

It’s true — the countdown to Christmas has started — just five months from now we’ll be frazzled with family dinners, parties and gift wrapping! There are many ways to combat holiday stress and one of those ways is by starting your shopping early! We’ve put together a list to help get you started.  Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Christmas in July.canvas-slip-ons

Pretty Peds Comfortable and easy-to-wear, the Women’s Canvas Slip-Ons add simple flair to your favorite shorts, capris and jeans. The casual shoe has a rubberized plastic outsole for extra traction and durability. With its espadrille-trimmed bottom and boat-shoe styling, you’ll find endless ways to incorporate this casually chic shoe into your wardrobe.   grow-tower

Towering Tomatoes It’s easy for apartment dwellers and people with limited space to start a container garden or expand on an existing one with a Grow Tower. It’s easy to use with a small plant, then add the included additional rings for support as the plant grows. The 3-Tier Tomato Tower is self watering. Just pour water through the hole in the base, and the soil will soak it up. The Grow Cage is great for any climbing vegetable or flowering plant. When covered in flowers, it makes a lovely display. Can be used for indoor plants as well. sale-maxi-dress

Dress to Impress Plus-Size Smocked Waist Maxi Dress takes you from the beach by day to a white tablecloth restaurant at night. The surplice V-neckline and smocked empire waist will make you feel feminine and stylish. Lightweight dress features a bold medallion print and drapes beautifully over your body. country-check-tablecloth

Country Charm This check tablecloth adds quaint country style to your dining room or breakfast nook while offering durability for everyday use. The top has a large checkered pattern with a small checkered border.grill-topper

Grilling Goodies Keep small or delicate pieces of food from falling into the flames with a Grill Topper. Perforated lines on the bottom create a pattern that allows heat to circulate around the food. Handles let you carry it from the grill with ease.

Whether you’re shopping for a summer party or you’re buying holiday gifts, The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of items to make any celebration or season memorable.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Back to School

We wish it weren’t so, but the new school is right around the corner. That means the coming weeks are going to be hectic while we try to cram in a few extra trips and hours at the pool we have to get all of our back to school obligations in order. We’re going to make it a little easier on you — we’ve put together a list of items we think your family might need this fall. Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Back to School.batman-shirt

First Impressions Dress your little one up like his favorite comic book hero with this Boys’ Licensed Superhero Cape T-Shirt. It has his hero’s emblem screenprinted on the front and a removable cape with the emblem on the back. Cape attaches with fabric-magic strips. lunch-tote

Convenient Carryall The Oversized Insulated Cooler Backpack is an essential addition to your next picnic, camping trip or tailgating party. Its fully insulated interior can hold up to 24 beverage cans, snacks or whatever else you need to stay cool. Two cinched side pockets and a zip pocket on the front add space for other items. Adjustable straps provide a comfortable fit, or carry it by the handles.to-do-notebook

Organization Aids The Stuff I Need To Do Notepad Case easily organizes your daily life in style. Make organizing your thoughts easy with the 600 sticky sheets in the Stuff I Need To Do Notepad Case. 12 Sticky styles come together in a classic red hardcover jacket. Lap-desk

Dorm Room-Ready Computer Lap Desk with 2 Fans keeps you and your computer cooler to work more comfortably and efficiently almost anywhere. Its fans prevent your computer from overheating and the foldable table is adjustable so you can work flat or tilt the tray to any comfortable angle. Adjust the legs to the height you desire. Sets up in seconds and opens at the press of a button. Features a built-in mouse pad, cup and pen holder on the right side, as well as a 29″ USB cable to power the fans. portable-hamper

Lighten the Load This Portable Rolling Hamper makes laundry less of a chore with its easy-to-use, all-in-one design. Its adjustable handle and 2 wheels make taking clothing to the laundromat or even to the next room much easier. The lid of the hamper secures with a zipper. A zippered pocket on the front and two mesh pockets on the side let you bring along supplies such as detergent, softener or dryer sheets.

We want you to be ready for every event in any season! Shop The Lakeside Collection for all your back to school and fall essentials.

National Blueberry Month: Blueberry Recipes

BlueberriesJuly is National Blueberry Month — though you can buy blueberries at supermarkets year-round, they’re plentiful and taste best during summer months. These little fruits are tasty in just about any form — even if they’ve been frozen. But we want to eat them fresh while we can, so we’ve selected some of the most interesting blueberry recipes we’ve come across. Here are 5 recipes to celebrate National Blueberry Month.

 blueberry-cheesecake-ice-creamBlueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Not only is July National Blueberry Month, but it’s also National Ice Cream Month, so we thought it fitting to include a recipe that combines the two: Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream! La Famille Noire made this for a family gathering and, as ice cream lovers, they know a little bit about making a frozen treat that wins! If you wait to make this until July 30 you can have a trifecta treat as that is National Cheesecake Day!

blueberry-lemon-soft-fudgeBlueberry Lemon Soft Fudge Here’s something special out of Trinity’s Kitchen — it’s Blueberry Lemon Soft Fudge. It’s such a wild idea, we had to include it for those bakers and cooks who want to try something unusual that’s also simple. It only has four ingredients and it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan so most people with dietary restrictions can indulge in a sweet treat!

blueberry-fruit-rollupsBlueberry Fruit Rollups It’s almost back to school time, so with that in mind we had to include this recipe for Blueberry Fruit Rollups from Sugar Free Mom. This recipe only requires three ingredients! It takes a bit of time to bake it, but it’s a naturally tasty fruit snack you can make ahead for school lunches. These snacks are only 32 calories each and contain no fat, so mom can sneak a few guilt-free bites while she’s packing the lunch totes.

blueberry-velvet-cakeBlueberry Velvet Cake For experienced bakers who want to try something out of the ordinary, The Cooking Bug has a recipe for you! We’ve all been spoiled by the richness of a red velvet cake, but this one is even more decadent — Blueberry Velvet Cake. What makes this recipe better than your run-of-the-mill red velvet cake is that red velvet gets all of its coloring from food coloring, and the color for the Blueberry Velvet cake comes from blueberry juice and cocoa powder.

blueberry-gallettesMini Blueberry Galettes Of course, we couldn’t leave out a recipe for blueberry pie! But this recipe is unique in that, not only is it for galettes, but they’re mini-galettes! In case you don’t know what a galette is, it’s a free-form pie. Free-form pies are fantastic because you don’t have to worry about a pie plate and making perfect crimps — you basically place your dough on a cookie sheet, spread out the filling on top of the dough and sort of fold in the edges. But this recipe is for single-serving-sized pies — perfect for dinner parties or small barbecues. Check out how Completely Delicious puts it all together

The Lakeside Collection is celebrating all things summer! From products to put together an unforgettable backyard party to blueberry recipes for National Blueberry Month, look to Lakeside to make your summer more fun.

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

Crochet-convertible-coverupIt’s hot outside, but while it might be sweltering, let’s not forget this is the season for fun! We’ve scanned the catalog this week for products to help you make the most of your summer outside — whether you’re on a staycation or you’re headed to the beach! Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Summer Fun.

Comfy Conversions Get 2 everyday looks in 1 with the Women’s Crochet Convertible Cover-Up. This flowing piece has a smocked bodice with an elastic band at the top and a lined crochet skirt. The bodice can also be comfortably worn around your waist for a bohemian look.led-beach-ball

Beach Blast The Banzai Set of 2 Flashing LED Beach Balls provides hours of fun, even after the sun goes down. The bright, blinking LED light inside the ball flashes red, blue and green as the ball is hit or bounced, and turns off automatically. hot-dog-reel

Cookin’ Up Fun 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.dog-playpen

Dog Days Give your dog shade and security wherever you go with a Soft-Sided Pet Playpen. Easy to set up–just position it upright and unfold. Your best friend will romp and doze in safety. Lightweight 8-sided pen has mesh panels for maximum comfort and ventilation. The roof zips off to give you access to your pet. 2 Double-zippered doors can be left open or closed with fabric-magic tabs. Removable floor panel is secured with fabric-magic and lifts out for cleaning. Playpen also features 2 side pockets to keep toys and snacks handy, an additional mesh side pocket, water dispenser hole and holder, water-resistant outer cover and interior floor, and stake straps to secure the playpen to the ground. Folds flat for storage. Includes convenient carrying bag. Bubble-storm

Bubble Magic Delight kids with this Light-Up Motorized Bubble Storm. It comes with 2 different attachments, one for giant bubbles and one for tons of little bubbles. Easy to use–just dip the blaster into the tray of solution. A button on the handle controls fan movement and light-up designs. Comes with a jar of bubble solution to get you started.

However you’re spending your summer, let The Lakeside Collection help you make it more fun! From classy beach wear to toys for all your kids, shop Lakeside for great products at great prices.

Best Stops for Summer Road Trips

road-tripWith pleasant temperatures, clear roads and no snow storms ahead of us, right now is good time to take off on four wheels for a weekend getaway. The journey and what you see along the way is what makes weekend road trips so much fun. Some places are more fun than others so we’ve put together a list of places from around the country that are worth a stop.

Northeast If you’re traveling in the northeast and you catch yourself somewhere between Buffalo, NY and Manchester, NH, make sure to stop in Oneida, NY to see the world’s smallest church. The Cross Island Church is about 28 square feet and it sits in the middle of a pond. You can only get to it by boat and it only seats two so it’s about the coziest place of worship you may ever come across.

West If you’re driving up the California coast, a stop in Carlsbad can keep you entertained anywhere from an hour to a few days — there’s quite a bit to see and do. Carlsbad Caverns is a dazzling geological display for adults while Lego Land can keep the kids entertained. Older travelers may be interested tasting the magical spring water that people once believed had healing powers. People still flock to the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa to fill empty jugs to bring home. road-trip

Midwest If you’re traveling in the midwest you have a lot of corn fields to pass on the way to your destination, but you can break up the stalks with a stop at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a big collection of all types of signs that tells the story of our country in a unique way. The signs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials to illustrate our history and culture. If the museum isn’t quite stimulating enough, on your way out of town stop off at Skyline for chili on a Coney, 3-Way, 4-Way or 5-Way.

Southwest Texas is a big state to drive through with only a few stops to relieve you from the heat and dust along the way. But what stops there are would be worth it even in greener states. There are two things to draw you to Amarillo which is about halfway between Oklahoma City, OK and Albuquerque, NM. Cadillac Ranch sits along Route 66. It’s open-air art made up of colorful Cadillacs buried up to their noses. These pieces have been there for the last 40 years and welcome graffiti to add to the art. On your way out of Amarillo, make sure to stop the other ranch the town is famous for: Big Texan Steak Ranch. If you can eat a 4 ½ lb steak in an hour or less, you don’t have to pay for it.road-trip

Northwest Just about halfway between Olympia, WA and Portland, OR, you’ll find a place where squirrels are put on a pedestal or, in this case, a bridge. In Longview, WA, just outside the public library is Nutty Narrows — it’s a bridge made for squirrels to cross what was once a dangerous street for these delightful rodents. It’s a suspension bridge that’s about 60 feet long with two sister bridges nearby. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Washington Heritage Register. If you want to stop for a bite to eat as you continue on your journey, Stuffy’s II serves cinnamon rolls the size of dinner plates.
Now you know where to go, all you need to do is pack your bag! The Lakeside Collection has everything you need for your journey.

National Ice Cream Month: Best Ice Cream Shops

Ice-creamWith the typical hot temperatures for July, it’s not surprising that it’s National Ice Cream Month! While we would never turn down a scoop of chilly delight, there are some ice creams that are better than others. If you’re an ice cream lover, here are some of the best old fashioned ice cream shops around the country that you might want to try.

New York You don’t get more wholesome than Brooklyn’s Blue Marble ice cream. The shop has only been around for a few years, but it’s making quite an impact on taste buds and the community. Their ingredients are certified organic and they make a point of sourcing responsibly while delivering the tastiest ice cream possible. Flavors to try: Pistachio Almondine, Honey Peanut

Texas In Austin, they’re all about fascinating flavors! Lick is a top spot for cold, creamy delights with flavors that are far from ordinary. They use the purest ingredients and use cream and milk from a family-owned dairy farm in Texas. All of their ice cream is handmade with local ingredients and hand-packed to make every spoonful a triumph for the community. Flavors to try: Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint and Goat Cheese, Thyme & Honey

Florida Since 1956, South Florida residents have been flocking to Jaxson’s Ice Cream to get their sugar fix. But this is no ordinary ice cream parlor — it doubles as a tourist’s museum. The owner has been decorating his shop with gifts from patrons who have traveled far and wide but always make a stop for their favorite summer treat on the beach. Jaxson’s claims to have one of the biggest collections of rural American memorabilia in the nation in addition to its extensive license plate collection. In other words, come for the ice cream, stay for the rustic relics. Flavors to try: Chewy Fudge, Fresh PeachIce-cream

Illinois In Chicago, Margie’s Candies is just a few years shy of achieving century status, so it is everything you would imagine an old fashioned ice cream parlor to look like — cases of candy, individual metal dishes to pour on your own hot fudge and vinyl banquettes where you can spread out and enjoy your frozen treats. It’s a Chicago institution worthy of visits from music legends (The Beatles) and notorious criminals (Al Capone). Flavors to try: Anything stacked in a clamshell dish drowning in fudge

 

Ohio Bexley is home to one of Ohio’s oldest and best ice cream shops: Johnson’s Real Ice Cream. Since 1950, Johnson’s has been using family recipes to churn out flavors to please the Buckeye State. They have dozens of flavors of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, and sorbet, so there’s something to satisfy just about everyone. Flavors to try: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Amaretto Cherry

Ice-creamWashington In the northwest, one of the favorite creameries is Molly Moon Ice Cream in Seattle. It’s quite an impressive operation with six shops around the city using local ingredients whenever possible. Not only does Molly Moon do their best to provide ice cream dreams to Seattleites, but it also provides a better life for families in need. Along with their farmers, they help provide milk for families through the Anna Banana Milk Fund. Flavors to try: Salted Caramel, Honey Lavender

Eating ice cream every day is just one way to make the most of summer. Let The Lakeside Collection help you with the rest! Shop Lakeside for everything you need to make this summer magical.

June Pinteresting Picks

We can’t believe July is here! It’s been a fabulous summer so-far and our Pinterest followers are taking advantage of the nice weather! They’re staying organized, having plenty of parties and soaking up the sun — and you can tell by what they were pinning in June. Here are our June Pinteresting Picks.shot-glass-display

Party’s Past Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease. It holds up to 36 shot glasses for all to see. Some simple assembly required; assembly hardware included. window-tie

Let the Sun Shine In A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains. The design features a circle with a coordinating stick. Gather the curtain in one hand, lay the circle over the front, then push the stick in on one side, behind the curtain and out the other side. Works with any type of fabric without damaging it.

raised-garden-bedGreener Pastures An attractive Raised Garden Bed is an easy way to grow vegetables or flowers. It’s lightweight and weather resistant. The Solar choice features 4 solar-powered lanterns that fasten into the corners. It glows with white light for up to 8 hours on a full charge. On/off switch. Solar, 49-1/4″ sq. x 5-7/8″H. Solar lanterns, 2″ dia. x 3-5/8″H, including 5/8″H stem, each. The Frog choice has decorative corner accents. The Brick choice features a red painted brick look.decorative-metal-coffee-collection

Pick-Me-Up Caffeinate your home with the mocha tones of the Decorative Metal Coffee Collection. The Set of 3 Coffee Cups  are labeled Mocha, Latte and Java.  All pieces come ready to hang.

address-stakeLight Up the Night Make sure that your house number is visible from the street with this 24″ Solar Address Stake. Powered by the sun, the bright LED light shines from the inside, drawing attention to your address. Use the included 5 sets of numerals from 0-9 to put your house number of up to 5 spaces in the stake.

Shop The Lakeside Collection for all your home decor needs. Indoors and outdoors, Lakeside has what you need to make your house beautiful!