A Little Romance: Our Favorite Valentine’s Day Movies

Valentine’s Day has been a day for romance for hundreds of years. But in the middle of February, when the snow is piling up and it’s too cold to go outside, it’s hard to get in the mood for love. If you need a little inspiration for the big day, Hollywood has something to motivate you to make this a fabulous Valentine’s Day. Here are some of our favorite Valentine’s Day movies.

The Notebook Based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook tells the story of a young couple in 1940 torn apart by family disapproval and war. But even with everything working against them, their love doesn’t die.

Dirty Dancing Set in 1963, Dirty Dancing is coming-of-age drama follows a privileged teenage girl’s relationship with a dance instructor she meets during her family’s summer vacation. With different backgrounds, they find common ground and love through dancing.

Somewhere in Time Somewhere in Time is just short of being a sci-fi romance. Christopher Reeve plays a young playwright who, plagued with writer’s block, travels back in time through self-hypnosis to meet an actress he crossed paths with as an elderly woman at his first play. What he didn’t expect is that he would fall in love with the elderly woman sixty years earlier.

An Affair to Remember Fate is a complicated thing in this 1957 film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. A playboy and a singer meet on a cruise ship and fall in love—despite the fact they both are engaged to other people. They agree to meet in six months at the top of the Empire State Building to see if their feelings for each other have changed.  An Affair to Remember is a reminder that while true love’s road is never smooth, it is worth the effort to travel it.

Sleepless in Seattle With only good intentions, a boy calls into a radio talk show to help his recently widowed father find a new love. Reluctantly, the father tells his story — touching the hearts of everyone listening. One of the listeners is so moved by it, she writes a letter in an attempt to meet him. With An Affair to Remember as inspiration, they meet, through dubious circumstances, at the top of the Empire State Building.

The Princess Bride The Princess Bride is a combination of romance, comedy, fantasy, and adventure. It’s the story of a young woman and poor a farm boy who fall in love. After he sets sail to seek his fortune, the young woman is informed he was killed by a pirate. Numb from her loss, she accepts a marriage proposal from an evil prince. But, with the twists and turns of a classic fairy tale, the farm boy returns having assumed the identity of the man the young woman thought killed him… but he must win back her hand from the Prince — which is where the adventure begins.

Better Off Dead If pure romance movies sound a little mushy to you, try Better Off Dead from 1985. It stars a young John Cusack as Lane Meyer, a teenager whose girlfriend just dumped him for an arrogant bully. While he deals with his feelings and tries to get her back, Lane must manage his weird family, wacky friends, and an obsessed paperboy. Through a mix of imaginative dark comedy, attitude and a hint of romance, the movie reminds us we are better off moving on rather than dwelling on a love gone wrong.

Casablanca A classic from 1942,Casablanca is, perhaps, the ultimate romance movie. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid set up a crackling love triangle in a desert outpost on the edge of a world at war. As the forces of Nazi Germany close in, difficult choices and sacrifices must be made in order to keep love and hope alive.


Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks and all the cupids and hearts are starting to pop up everywhere! At The Lakeside Collection, we want love to fill your lives so we came up with a list of products to inspire you. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Valentine’s Day.heart-candle-box

The distressed finish of this bright Wooden Tea Light Candle Box adds a touch of rustic country to a table setting or shelf. Each of the 4 glass tea light cups has its own compartment in the box. Light from the flame shines through the themed cutout. Decorative rope handles and a distressed finish add an extra rustic touch. Box, 13-7/8″ x 4″ x 3-1/2″. Candle cups, 3-1/8″ x 2-3/4″ dia., each.heart-luggage

Vibrant 2-Pc. Girls’ Overnight Bag and Crossbody Set is excellent for sleepovers and other trips. The duffel has a full-zip closure, a zippered pocket on the front and a removable and adjustable shoulder strap. It comes with a matching crossbody bag that has a full-zip closure and an adjustable strap. Pack them full of clothes, sports gear, books and more. Polyester. Imported.love-letter-art

Personalized Love Letters Wall Art makes an elegant gift to honor a wedding, anniversary or engagement. It has photographed letters that spell out the word “Love,” and it’s personalized with names and a date of your choice below. This romantic print by artist Scott Kennedy makes a lovely gift for anyone. The wooden block mount is a contemporary way to display art without using a frame. Arrives ready to hang. Each line can be personalized with up to 25 characters.heart-pendant-scarf

Update your look with a fashionable Fringed Pendant Scarf. Wear it over a T-shirt, sweater, or even a dress to add a finishing touch. Just tie it on and you’re ready to walk out the door. Scarf, 13″ x 69″. Pendant, approx. 4-1/4″ x 2-3/8″. Polyester and polypropylene. Imported.heart-charms

Carry thoughts of your little ones on a Birthstone Heart Handprint Charm. Heart-shaped charm (3/4″) has an embossed handprint and a sparkling crystal in their month’s birthstone color. It comes with a touching message printed on a card that accompanies the charm. Charm attaches to your own bracelet with a strong, lobster-claw closure. Add a few charms to the Silver Link Bracelet (8″) to start a collection of your loved one’s birthstones and your own. The more charms you add, the more meaningful your bracelet becomes. Bracelet has a spring ring closure that adjusts to fit comfortably around your wrist. Metal.

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

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that means it is time to express your love for the special people in your life. The Lakeside Collection has plenty of gift ideas if you are not sure of just what to get. Personalize a photo frame just for them, or a piece of jewelry they can wear every day. A whimsical mug might make them laugh, or read up on new ideas on how to be romantic. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Display a cherished moment in a special way with this Personalized Holiday Photo Frame.

Display a cherished moment in a special way with this Personalized Holiday Photo Frame.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

The colorful and fun design of the Whimsical Mason Jar Mug adds a festive touch to any day spent with the girls.

The colorful and fun design of the Whimsical Mason Jar Mug adds a festive touch to any day spent with the girls.

Transform your relationship into a vibrant, exciting love affair with 1001 Ways To Be Romantic.

Transform your relationship into a vibrant, exciting love affair with 1001 Ways To Be Romantic.

5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

valentine-coupleOn Valentine’s Day, chocolate and flowers are what we expect, but not everyone needs more sweets or flowers in a vase. Every valentine wants or needs something different — even if it’s a practical gift, it can be a thoughtful gift. Here are 5 Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

Treats If you don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, try making a treat from scratch. You’ll have to spend time putting something together and baking it — that you went outside of your comfort zone to make something with your own hands is a gift that will melt your valentine’s heart.

maskSpa Day A gift of relaxation is appreciated by just about anyone, but doing the treatment yourself is priceless. Wrap up spa-wear, body scrubs and facial kits to package your gift and let your sweetheart choose a day to cash in on cupid’s coupon.

Flowers… That Take Root Anyone and everyone loves to get a bouquet of flowers — but they never last as long as we want them to. For a gardener, give the gift of flowers your sweetheart can plant that will sprout, grow and bloom beyond February. It’ll be a gift to remind your sweetheart of your love for months rather than days.

A Day Off Between running the kids to and from school and getting to work on time, life is tough to keep up with. Give your beloved the gift of a day off  to show your appreciation. For one day, take over all the errands, chores and cooking your honey does in a day. Sometimes the best gift if the gift of “nothing.”

Clean-houseA Clean House Having a clean house is not only lifting the burden of doing housework, but it can also be quite relaxing. Removing clutter from your field of vision and not having chores hang over your head can ease some of the daily anxiety adults get bogged down with. Whether you take on the responsibility yourself by organizing each room and scrubbing everything from top to bottom or you hire someone to do it for you, your partner will be grateful for such a thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift.

Valentine’s Day is a day to show your appreciation to the person you love. You don’t have to give chocolates or cards to let your dear know he or she is special — sometimes thoughtful Valentine’s Day treats are nothing more than making your sweetheart’s life a little easier.

Fascinating Facts About Valentine’s Day

valentines-dayValentine’s Day is coming up — we hope you’re prepared to treat your sweetheart! Though it’s never a surprise — it’s on the same day every year — some of the history behind the holiday is surprising. Here are 8 fascinating facts about Valentine’s Day.

  1. In the third century, under Claudius the Cruel, soldiers were forbidden to marry because they were thought to fight better unattached. He did, however, encourage temporary relationships. According to the Smithsonian, during a yearly festival, each man would draw the name of a woman who would become his companion for the year. He would then wear her name on his sleeve for a week. This is one of the theories of how we get the term “wear your heart on your sleeve.”
  2. During that period under Claudius the Cruel, a Roman priest we now know as St. Valentine allegedly performed marriages of soldiers in secret. He was jailed for this.valentines-day
  3. As the legend goes, St. Valentine wrote a love letter to his jailer’s daughter signed “Your Valentine.” That’s when the valentine as we know it was born.
  4. During the mid-to-late 1800’s in England, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  5. Today, about 1 BILLION Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
  6. In the United States, Richard Cadbury is popular for his Easter chocolate cream eggs, but he is the man who is credited (though the company lays no claim to Valentine’s Day boxes) for the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates. That was in the mid-1800s — today, about 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day every year.
  7. Venus, the Roman goddess of love preferred the red rose. Today it’s the most popular flower given on Valentine’s Day — more than 50 million roses are bought for the holiday every year.valentines-day
  8. On Valentine’s Day 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone. His invention has evolved considerably and today it’s keeping sweethearts connected across states, countries, continents and oceans.

Though Valentine’s Day has a grim history, it’s a holiday that brings out the love in most of us even if we don’t have sweethearts. Whether you’re sharing your heart with your one-and-only, your family or your favorite furry friend, anyone can appreciate the sentiments of Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day: Show Your Dogs You Love Them

Puppy-loveWith Valentine’s Day coming up, you want to show your love to everyone important to you — not just your sweetheart. Of course, your cute canines are on the short list for affection — and we have a few ideas to make their Valentine’s Day special. Here are 5 ways to show your dogs you love them.

Grooming Dogs spend a lot of time licking themselves. They do this mostly to keep themselves clean, get rid of parasites and to remove chemical irritants from their coats that they picked up from our environment. It’s a lot of work to keep that coat shiny, so why not give your dog a break? Show your pups some love by doing a good grooming for them. You can do it yourself or make an appointment to see a professional. The American Society to the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals recommends having them groomed every three months.

DogGet a Checkup As humans, we go to the doctor regularly — even when we’re feeling OK — just to make sure everything is in working order. Dogs need the same kind of routine. They can’t tell you they have aches or pains or even if they’re feeling anything unusual. Veterinarians are trained to see and feel things on our pets that we can’t. It’s worth taking them to the vet to make sure nothing is wrong and for peace of mind. The Humane Society recommends taking your dog to the vet at least once a year.

Keep Your Dog Fit Every dog owner wants their pups to stay active and healthy for as long as possible. Just like humans, they need to keep their weight down for longer, healthier lives. Talk to your vet about how much food your dog should be getting every day. Keeping an eye on how much they eat and taking them out for walks and giving them toys to keep them active can help keep them maintain a healthy weight to prevent health problems like arthritis, heart disease and diabetes.

Play Dates and Dog Parks Dogs are pack animals — instinctively, they are drawn to other dogs for socializing and playtime. Not only is it fun for them, but getting used to people and animals outside your family helps train them to be calm and cooperative outside of the home. While your love and affection is important to keep them happy, show them a little bit more love by taking them out to play with other dogs.

Dog-bedCreature Comforts Just like humans, dogs love a good soft toy or blanket to cuddle up with at night. Not all dogs do this, but it’s not unusual for some to get attached to items to bring them comfort. Give them a little bit of love by getting them a new comfy pet bed or a new cushion to make their house a little more cozy.
However you decide to honor your dog on Valentine’s Day, The Lakeside Collection has ideas and products keep your pup feeling loved and happy. If you haven’t done it already, check out our Paws and Kisses Pet Photo Contest and show us just how lovable your pet is!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Products to Show Your Sweetheart You Love Him

Valentine-coupleValentine’s Day is coming up! But, after the holidays, we might be a little drained from figuring out what to give everyone — coming up with a gift for your sweetheart might not come to you very easily. We have a few ideas for your Valentine to take a little pressure off you. Whether he is a sports fan, a history buff, or just needs to relax, we have something he will go wild over! Here are a few Valentine’s Day gift ideas to show your sweetheart you love him.

sports-cardsSports Fan A die-hard fan can never have too many pieces of home decor and accessories with his team’s name and colors on them. Complete his collection of sports cards with ones decorated with 23-Karat gold. If he has other interests in addition to sports, you may be able to find a way to combine them in one gift, like a grill cover with his team’s logo on it or golf balls.

history-booksHistory Lover If your “honey-sop” relaxes by exploring the past, you can give him a gift that takes him back in time. Look for a book or DVDs on a favorite topic or era, or fascinate him with shocking crime stories. For something more personal, check out a coin set from a significant year.

beer-holsterPersonalized Decor Personalized decor for his home or office lets you give him something made just for him. A sign with his name on it announces to all who visit just who the king of the man cave is. Personalized pint glasses or beer steins are a distinctive touch for any home bar. Photo frames with your names on them are a wonderful way to display holiday snapshots. Even just a monogram brings sophistication to drinkware, a beer growler or even a beer holster.

Whatever your guy is into, The Lakeside Collection has a wide variety of gifts to help you show him how much you love him. Our values and shipping deals make romance more affordable than ever. This Valentine’s day, celebrate your love with gifts and decor from Lakeside!

Our Favorite Valentine’s Day Treat: The Blondie

BlondiesJanuary 22 is National Blonde Brownie Day! The blonde brownie is also known as a blondie. They’re similar to brownies in how they’re made, only the recipe doesn’t call for chocolate. According to foodtimeline.org, blondies don’t derive from brownies at all — it evolved from gingerbread bars. However, they are as versatile as brownies — you can find them with all sorts of sweet embellishments: butterscotch, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, caramel, walnuts, coconut — just about anything you think would be delicious in a dessert. Some people take it to the extreme with Oreo blondies or birthday cake blondies — there’s even a recipe out there for Roasted Strawberry and Goat Cheese Blondies — but anyway you make it, it’s moist, dense and rich just like the brownie — and it’s way better than a cookie!

At The Lakeside Collection, our favorite blondie recipe includes white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. It’s very simple — only seven ingredients (five if you make it without the nuts and white chocolate) Although we’re making blondies to celebrate National Blonde Brownie Day, it’s our favorite Valentine’s Day treat. Blondies


  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts
  • ⅔ cup white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375℉.

In a bowl fitted to a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to cream together the sugar and butter on medium speed until it’s well-combined. Add vanilla extract and eggs one at a time and mix until it’s creamy and smooth. Slowly add the flour and mix well.Blondies

Turn the mixer down to low speed and add white chocolate chips and nuts. Spread mixture in a 9”x9” baking dish. Bake the blondies for 40 minutes or until the edges are dark brown and the top is golden brown. For extra measure, stick a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Let cool completely before cutting.


Of course, you can make blondies any day of the year — not just National Blonde Brownie Day or Valentine’s Day — they’re a perfect dessert for just about any occasion.



Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

minnie mickey kissHere at The Lakeside Collection we’ve been busy with office Olympics, but we still make time for the holiday of love! We hope that you’ve already stocked up on jewelry, wine, chocolates, flowers, beer, and anything else you need to make today or tonight a huge success for you and yours. We’re highlighting our favorite fun Valentine’s Day gift items in honor of the holiday. Here are some of the items we’re gifting to our loved ones today.

Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers

This is such an adorable gift; everyone will love these cute Disney salt and pepper shakers. Although they’re meant for the kitchen or dining room table, you can also gift them to kids to play with or fill with glitter. We love having these happy little Disney characters on the table, and since they’re not your standard salt and pepper shakers, you never get confused about which is salt and which is pepper. We will definitely be dining with these adorable little shakers this evening. They’re a perfect pair for sweet and sentimental cards, or fun and goofy notes for your Valentine.

Shoe Wine Bottle Holders

What better way to present a bottle of wine to the shoe-lover in your life than in a wine bottle holder shaped like a shoe? Grab your lady’s absolute favorite bottle of wine and present it in this cute wine holder. We think it’s a fun way to display wine for date night, but also a great gift to the single lady in your life who still has plenty of girls’ nights.

LED Light String With Timer

Need another centerpiece for your table? This LED light is the perfect partner for a Valentine’s Day bouquet. We’ve got another month or so until daylight savings, so it’s still pretty dark in the morning and early evenings. With the warm white LED light, we can light up our flower arrangements, centerpieces, houseplants and more, without resorting to open flames. They will look great on the front table paired with roses, wine, and two glasses tonight. No other lights necessary!

Men’s NFL Watches

The NFL season might have come to an end, but a true fan’s loyalty never leaves. These NFL watches are going fast, but we’ve found them to be the perfect piece of memorabilia for a true football fan. They’re an excellent Valentine’s gift for budding relationships because they’re not too expensive, but not meaningless or cliché. Watches are a great gift because they’re stylish and practical – you always need to know the time! These NFL watches are actually perfect for daily use and high movement activities like running and biking because they’re water resistant and contain an adjustable nylon band for comfort.

Enjoy your day of love with treats, sweets, drinks, and enjoyment. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Five Fun DIY Valentines

We all know it’s really the thought that counts. So whether you’re 3 or 33, you should put a little extra thought into your Valentine’s Day gifts this year with DIY Valentines! We’ve got great ideas for adults and kids. Make cute and clever Valentines with your kids, or create the perfect DIY card to pair with the perfect gift for your Valentine.

I’m Bananas For You

you make me bananas

This is a great party favor for kids to take to their class. Instead of the traditional Valentines with candy, send your kids off with a clever little pun and a healthy treat. Using a small banana (or a snack bag with banana chips), attach a red heart with the saying, “I’m bananas for you,” to the front. With a real banana, you can also help them etch little hearts in the peel the night before. They’ll darken overnight and show up the next day at school!

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I Mustache You: Will You Be Mine?


Playing off the popularity of mustaches these days, you can use a picture of your kid with a fake mustache, mustache stickers, or mustache-shaped lollipops to make this fun Valentine! Just attach your awesome mustache prop to a card that says something like: “I mustache you a question: Will you be my Valentine?”

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Hole-Punch Confetti Cards


This is a good card for any age, and it’s easy enough for anyone! Head over to the craft store and get a few different colors of paper, regular glue (not a stick) and a heart-shaped hole-puncher (look in the kids or crafts sections). Simply punch out a bunch of different colored heart-shaped holes and mix them together. Then draw a design on a blank card or sheet of paper with the glue, and sprinkle the heart-shaped confetti over the card! Shake off the excess and let the glue dry. You can also follow this beautiful how-to for more tips!

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Light Of My Life

This is a cutesy idea that’s best for adults, since candles aren’t always allowed in schools. Grab a candle with your significant other’s favorite scent, and decorate it with a little washi tape or ribbon and affix the message, “You light up my life,” or even, “You’re the flame of my heart.”

Main Squeeze

main squeeze

Finally, we LOVE this adorable idea for another healthy school treat for the kids to take instead of candy. Using squeezable applesauce pouches, simply tie a note with each student’s name and the message, “You’re my main SQUEEZE.”  You can also use refillable smoothie pouches or an individual pouch of peanut, almond, or sun butter with an apple or banana.

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