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

As the build up to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays begin, it is easy to get caught up in the coming wave. Remember to take some time for yourself before the stress gets to you by wrapping up in a sweater, enjoying a good book, massaging away your aches, or grabbing a cup of tea. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Fall in love with the soft chunky knit construction of the Women's Long Open Front Sweater.

Fall in love with the soft chunky knit construction of the Women’s Long Open Front Sweater.

Use this set of 3 Plantar Fasciitis Massage Balls to help relieve pain and soothe aching feet.

Use this set of 3 Plantar Fasciitis Massage Balls to help relieve pain and soothe aching feet.

 

You'll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

You’ll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

Honor the professional who works hard for you with the gift of this Occupational Double-Walled Tumbler.

Honor the professional who works hard for you with the gift of this Occupational Double-Walled Tumbler.

 

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

The crisp days of October are meant for bundling up for long walks and preparing for the winter ahead. The Lakeside Collection has what you need to look wonderful, stay warm, and get your home ready for guests. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

 

6-Pair Kids’ Glove Set lets them choose the pair they want to wear.

6-Pair Kids’ Glove Set lets them choose the pair they want to wear.

 

Add this Beaded Scarf Necklace to your closet for a fashion-forward accessory that looks great paired with any outfit.

Add this Beaded Scarf Necklace to your closet for a fashion-forward accessory that looks great paired with any outfit.

Seasonal Angel Figurine graces your decor with a lovely look for any time of year.

Seasonal Angel Figurine graces your decor with a lovely look for any time of year.

 

Decorative Lighted Snowman Shovel is a whimsical addition to your holiday setting.

Decorative Lighted Snowman Shovel is a whimsical addition to your holiday setting.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

As the weather gracefully transforms the world to autumn, it is time to start making the indoors cozy for the coming winter. Pile your bed high with new, soft bedding, and don’t forget to decorate for Halloween and the harvest season. Add a sparkling layer to your favorite outfit for extra style. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Dress your dining room for your Halloween celebration with this spooky 5-Pc. Spiderweb Lace Table Set.

Dress your dining room for your Halloween celebration with this spooky 5-Pc. Spiderweb Lace Table Set.

Camo Fleece Sheet Sets make it a lot easier to hide in bed all day.

Camo Fleece Sheet Sets make it a lot easier to hide in bed all day.

Add a little bling to your wardrobe with a Plus-Size Sparkle Cardigan.

Add a little bling to your wardrobe with a Plus-Size Sparkle Cardigan.

You'll want to stay in bed forever, once you experience the astonishing softness of this Plush Microfleece Sheet Set!

You’ll want to stay in bed forever, once you experience the astonishing softness of this Plush Microfleece Sheet Set!

The High Back Sherpa Comfort Pillow lets you relax in softness and comfort while reading a book, watching TV and more.

The High Back Sherpa Comfort Pillow lets you relax in softness and comfort while reading a book, watching TV and more.

 

The Essential Guide to Underfloor Heating

BIG-warm-houseIn the midst of one of the coldest winters in recent memory, it’s understandable that the general public are looking to alternative methods to keep themselves warm. Running the radiators at mark 5 all winter is far from cost-effective and while it’s true that there are few things in life more pleasant than sitting around a roaring fireplace, many modern homes are simply not equipped to handle them. Underfloor heating on the other hand is an ingenious solution that actually heats the floor beneath your feet, which takes advantage of the scientific principal of ‘heat rising’ and keeps your feet toasty warm, wherever you happen to be in the house.

How It Works

Underfloor heating works either through water pipes or electric coils, which are installed beneath your homes floorboards. In the case of the water pipes, hot water is pumped through them, warming the floors. The heat will then rise upwards slowly until the room is at a perfectly comfortable temperature. The concept of underfloor heating is actually older than conventional central heating. The Romans experimented with devices known as ‘hypocausts’, that were placed underneath buildings and baths and underfloor heating has been common in certain parts of Northern Europe for decades.

Pros

  • There will be no cold spots or droughts as the large surface area of the floor means that the heat is spread more evenly around your home. It also means that the rise in temperature will never be ‘too much’.
  • No ugly radiators spoiling your home. Also besides saving yourself the eye-sores, no radiators means more space.
  • Underfloor heating has been known to supply a more ‘pleasant’ heat than radiators as the heat is far more gentle and less constrictive.
  • Very little heat is wasted as the heat is concentrated towards the lower sections of the room.
  • Well insulated homes using underfloor heating will save a significant amount of energy and money over radiators, especially if the homes have a heat pump installed.
  • Underfloor heating is far safer than radiator, which could pose a risk of serious burns or asphyxiation, especially in homes with small children and animals.
  • Underfloor heating is also more hygienic than conventional central heating as it is odorless and doesn’t create any fumes. It’s especially beneficial for those that suffer with asthma.

Cons

  • The effects of underfloor heating are far from instantaneous. In fact, it can take as much as a few hours for the effects to really be felt. Most systems can of course be programmed to remain on 24/7, but this is hardly cost-effective.
  • Underfloor heating is more expensive than a radiator system and in most cases, a radiator system will already be installed anyway. Radiators cool down faster too though.
  • Considerations will need to be taken with your flooring as while most types of flooring can be used with underfloor heating, there are exceptions. It also won’t work at its optimum level (though it will work) through wooden flooring, which is unfortunate as wooden flooring is incredibly common.

Different Types

Your choice in underfloor heating system effectively comes down to either ‘wet’ or ‘wire’. As the name suggests, a wet system using hot water from your central heating system to pump into plastic pipes that are laid beneath the floorboards. Wire systems on the other hand are electrical mesh-mats that are wired up to your thermostat and mains. Wire systems are easier to install and control but wet systems are generally more effective and cost less to run. Whichever you choose will depend very much on your situation as installing a wet system can be a costly and laborious task.

Installing

Electrical underfloor heating systems are relatively simple to install as the mats are quite flat, meaning the floor doesn’t need to be altered in any way to accommodate it. There are even some cheaper systems than can be placed underneath rugs and carpets on top of your hardwood floors. Installing a wet system on the other hand will require having the floorboards taken up, meaning that it’s not really recommended as a DIY job unless you have a fair amount of experience and are confident with quite complicated plumbing work.

This article was written by Amy from Juice Electrical Supplies. Amy has a passion for green living and works with Juice because of their energy efficient approach to heating and powering the home.

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Tasteful All-winter Decor for Home Gardens

winter-2014It’s all very well and good to be the Clark Griswold of your neighborhood this Christmas—up until January 2. After that day, the electric St. Nicks and reindeer need to go back into storage; Christmas is over, let it go. You’ve had plenty of time to recover from all that partying, time to put the 200 feet of red and green rope lighting away.

However, if you are the type who likes to keep your home and garden decorated (if only to distract from the dismal winter chill) take heart. There are plenty of tasteful, non-Christmas-y ways to decorate your home this winter.

Celebrate Something Else
There are plenty of other holidays in winter besides “the holidays” (Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus, Kwanza, etc.).

Say what you will about Valentine’s Day being a massive commercial scam perpetrated by the candy companies, the idea of a holiday that celebrates love (platonic as well as romantic) is a nice one. You don’t have to go full Gilderoy Lockhart and deck the yard in cupids, hearts, and roses—a simple Valentine’s wreath suited to your taste (even if that means it’s covered in snarky conversation hearts) hung over the door will more than suffice.

Is your team headed to the NBA playoffs, the Super Bowl, or the World Series? Get some light ropes in their colors and show your support (there’s a family on my block who does this by supporting their alma mater with blue light ropes and a giant white “Y” light on the house every Christmas, not just afterward).

No matter what in winter you choose to celebrate, finding something to celebrate and showing it will make your spirits brighter (even if it’s not socially acceptable for you to be singing “Jingle Bells” anymore).

Winter Wonderland: Not Just a Christmas Song
Remember what I said about putting those rope lights away? Hold on a minute. Do you have a few, tasteful ropes of white lights along the basic lines of your home? Some light-up snowflakes? Icicle light strands? Keep those up until the snow won’t be coming again; snow is not exclusive to Christmas. Though if your white lights cover the house in Griswold fashion, you need to consider toning them down. Maybe just put most of them away.

Get the kids to make paper snowflakes and tape those up in the windows for décor that works indoors and out. And what’s more wintery and kid-friendly than littering a yard with snowmen? (Now just hope your child doesn’t favor Calvin and Hobbes’ snowman designs)

Plants that work (it) in Winter
This one takes some advance planning on your part. When planning your garden for the entire year, take a good look at how your plants will look year-round (rather than just at their prime). Not every plant needs to last and stay the same in each season (boring!), but you should have at least two to three plants that will stick with you and look good year-round.

Of course, what looks good to you year-round is purely a matter of taste, but here are a few suggestions that should work for every style:

  • Any well-pruned, shapely fruit, nut, or forest tree can look delicate in frozen, wintery, leafless beauty
  • Evergreen trees (if your climate can support them) are a favorite standby
  • Not an arboreal gardener? Not a problem! Fragrant, constant evergreens also come in bush form (especially the prized scent of a cedar bush)
  • Hedges
  •  Any plant that requires a trellis (mostly so you can have an icicle-covered, snow-dusted trellis, but even so)

If you like the way it looks in hibernation and covered in snow, go ahead and plant it early on in the year for a garden that keeps on giving when it’s no longer alive or in hibernation.

It can be tempting to procrastinate putting away all your hard work after Christmas—it’s sad to see that “the holidays” are over. But, as anyone who sells real estate in Florida or apartments for rent in Mississauga will tell you, your house value goes down in the eyes of potential buyers (and your neighbors become resentful) when Christmas decorations overstay their welcome. Any or all of these options will make for a tastefully decorated home and yard even after the Candy Cane forest you so painstakingly set up has to be put away—and you can keep feeling (appropriately) festive until spring comes back!

Lucy Markham is an avid blogger and researches with companies like Metcap. Lucy, as a recent homeowner, considers herself a bit of an expert on all things home improvement, gardening, and home decoration.

Top Ten Tricks for Traveling with Kids

Road-Trip-Planning-With-KidsMany people plan to travel during winter vacation to some fascinating destinations. Kids are thrilled to spend their vacations with other family members. However, they soon get irritated and bored during long drives. It’s not just makes them angry, but can also spoil your mood and travelling pleasure. You need to make some small efforts to keep them busy, happy, and cheerful. Therefore, you can take a sigh of relief and can enjoy the whole ride in good spirits.

1. Printed paper

Get some paper with different characters, pictures, and games such as pictures of family members to draw funny faces on them, kid’s favorite comic figures to fill with colors, tic-tac-toe, or hangman to have continuous fun.

2. Use home utensils

Bring a cookie sheet and felt magnets to help your make drawing easy by placing cookie sheet in their lap and magnets will help to keep things attached to the cookie tray.

3. Small treasures

Tiny treasure boxes with lots of tiny stones, gems and sticking letters, and shapes to let children decorate a sheet with.

4.Stick on

Grab some colorful stickers of various kinds and scotch tape along with vivid paper cards and paper scissors to keep kids busy in making scrap art on car windows.

5. Readable

Pick some comic books, kid’s storybooks, magazines, or else take Sudoku and word search activity stuff for kids with reading habits.

6. Cheap gifts

Before going on your journey, visit nearby toy stores and buy some cheap but colorful items that can be handy for travelling. Wrap them with trendy gift papers or tote bags to let your kids open them on the way.

7. Healthy and hydrated

While packing stuff like foods and drinks for travelling, select healthy food items that should also be delicious for your kids. You can take fresh fruits, dry fruits, homemade cookies, juices, and water to take care of your kids.

8. Sing with your heart

Kids and teenagers love to sing songs while going on vacation. You can also entertain them to sing funny songs or make your own song to make your kids laugh. Cracking jokes can also do the job.

9. Tiny snacks

For toddlers, its best to pack tiny snacks with in printed paper bags. In this way, you can handle their time-to-time popping hunger without getting irritated.

10. Get Photos

Another best option that can maintain the happy mood of your kids during the long journey is to take photos on every interesting spot along the way. All these pictures can make an interesting story of your journey, if you make holiday Christmas printed canvas to hold the memories on your wall a nostalgic source for your whole family after the event.

AtiqUr Rehman, devoted expert for Just4Canvas, is proficient web designer and a passionate writer. He gives his skilled view on home decor, travelling, shopping, and photography.

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Moccasin Slippers: Hot Winter Trends

One of the cutest and coziest fashion trends this winter are moccasin slippers.  Kids, teens and adults are all donning this perfect footwear for lounging around the house.  These warm and comfy slippers look great with jeans, leggings or PJ pants.  Check out these 3 great patterns; Fuchsia, Black Nordic and Gray.

Brrr its cold here down by the lake

frozen-lake

While I’m writing this it’s a balmy 21F degrees outside. Interestingly, it is warmer then it was  in December of 2008 in which temperatures dropped to around 8F degrees. Our lake is now officially frozen over.  I went down to take some shots of the lake to show you all how frozen it was. I tossed a small rock and the ice didn’t budge. I then tossed in a much larger rock that weighed roughly 20 pounds and again, it didn’t budge. Yikes! Anyway, here at the office some  stay warm with our Ladies Fleece jackets and our sherpa lined fleece jackets which both come in a variety of sizes to keep you cozy and warm all winter. For the kids the kid’s coats available in Cars, Tinkerbell, and princess.  In fact some of those products are so popular that they have already sold out because of the cold freeze that hit most of the country. Is your pond or lake frozen?

Welcome to the new Lakeside Blog

lakeside

We’re glad you’re here and reading this. Welcome to the lakeside blog, Down by the lake.  Where did that name come from? Customers have asked why in the world did we name it “Down by the lake”. Besides being “The Lakeside Collection” one of the most popular catalogs of all time (at least in my opinion), we are actually located on a pond or very small lake. No, I’m not kidding. Pretty neat huh? Currently it’s frozen, it is winter after all. I’ll get a shot of the “lake” a little later this month to make sure it’s really frozen. As soon as the ice is thick enough, some of us that work here want to sneak out on the ice for a quick skate at lunch. Anyone here like to ice skate? I sure do.