Find the Perfect Pumpkin for Your Home this Fall

Pumpkins are the perfect fall decoration because they can be used for the entire harvest season, from early weeks leading up to Halloween to the scary holiday itself and all the way to Thanksgiving. LTD has a pretty big assortment of pumpkins for all your autumn needs. Discover the perfect pumpkin for your home this fall.

Warm Fall Welcome
Greet your guests with these fashionable front porch pumpkins for fall.
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Country Lighted Welcome Pumpkin
The perfect way to greet guests throughout fall, this stylish pumpkin has stars, a warm welcome and a rustic look. The LED light inside simulates real candlelight without the danger of an open flame.
Metal Polka Dot Pumpkins
Add a unique addition to your outdoor harvest decor. Metal tabs attach the leaves to the pumpkin, and the scroll-work stem doubles as a hanger so you can display each pumpkin from a hook.
Harvest Porch Decor Pumpkins
These cool wooden pumpkins bring a fresh design to your front porch. They’re connected and feature three different designs and sizes for decorating porch steps and more.

Interior Accents
Celebrate the autumn season throughout your home with fresh interior accents.
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Set of 3 Harvest Pumpkins
Each pumpkin in this set is inscribed with a different phrase that’s perfect for fall. Its rustic, wood-carved look is accented with colorful leaves decorating the front and top of each.
Pumpkin Spice Mason Jar Candle
Fill any room with a delightful aroma using this pumpkin spice candle. The 12-oz. Mason jar is packed with a wonderful scent. Its metal top keeps the candle fresh when not in use.
Festive Burlap Pumpkin Set
Place this festive set of pumpkins among your fall decorations for an enchanting look. To bring them to life, simply fill them with dry leaves or newspaper and tie them up with the jute cords.

Happy Halloween
Don’t forget about pumpkins for one of the best holidays of the year!
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Lighted Halloween Scenes
Welcome trick-or-treaters and party guests with a fun lighted scene for Halloween. It’s the perfect decorative prop for your covered porch or front entryway. The pumpkin eyes light up in purple.
Set of 3 LED Trick or Treat Pumpkins
Dress up your home with a traditional accent this Halloween using these trick-or-treat pumpkins. They have a classic phrase, cutout star shapes and amber light that shines through the cutout stars.
Halloween Decor
Celebrate the season with spooky Halloween decor like the Set of 3 Pumpkins. The tabletop style pumpkins spell out “BOO’ and feature an overall black design that’s perfect for Halloween.

Halloween Home Decorating, Fictional Facts & Football Fun

Halloween is almost here! There’s so much to get done on our to-do lists, but there’s also a lot of fun to look forward to. Check out some of these Halloween home decorating tips to help you spruce up your home with the entire holiday season in mind, learn about the origins of a couple of the most famous fictional Halloween characters and prepare for a fun, frightening night of NFL football with these interesting articles from LTD.

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How to Transition Your Home from Halloween to Harvest to Holiday
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together. Anyone can get exhausted trying to plan out new decorations month after month. However, there are ways to make the transition easier so you can focus on other important holiday preparations. Switching from Halloween to Harvest to Christmas doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out these time-saving transition tips before your start shopping for seasonal decorations.

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Villa Diodati: The Origins of Frankenstein, Vampires & Gothic Horror
It’s been exactly 200 years since Lord Byron, John William Polidori, Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley spent a fateful summer near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, crafting ghost and horror stories as a way to get through a stretch of rainy days. Two centuries have passed since a simple writing challenge between friends changed the world of horror fiction forever. Learn about the origins of Frankenstein, the modern Vampire and more.

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Haunting Losses: The History of NFL Games on Halloween
This year Halloween falls on a Monday, meaning many Halloween parties will be featuring the game of the week. Halloween is a treat for those who don’t mind enduring a few tricks from kids they’re ignoring on 4th quarter third-and-tens. There’s been more than a handful of NFL games played on Halloween night. We’ve assembled the most haunting losses from Halloween match-ups in this historical fright night-NFL recap.

Fall Home Improvement Solutions for the Yard, Garage & Indoors

Whether you spend a lot of time working on your yard or taking care of your house, you will need the right tools for the fall and winter season to keep everything in tip-top shape. Pack, cover, fix, optimize and work in a variety of different capacities with these fall home improvement solutions for your yard, garage and home.

Get Your Yard Ready for Fall
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Rolling Outdoor Cushion Storage
Store and protect your outdoor cushions with this rolling storage solution. The strong bag is made of heavy-duty polyester, has a zip closure, two rolling wheels and large handles to help you move it around easily.
Air Conditioner Covers
Air conditioners are expensive…don’t let fall and winter conditions destroy them! These covers, designed to fit most window or central air units, prevent snow, ice and dirt from causing rust. Covers have elastic edges.
No-Slip Ice Carpets
Minimize the risk of dangerous falls on icy or snowy surfaces with No-Slip Ice Carpets. Simply roll out this mat and you can walk safely on snow-laden pathways or steps, providing traction where you need it most.

Useful Gear for the Garage
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Rolling Work Seat with Built-In Toolbox
This rolling work seat has a reinforced, vinyl-padded cushion and a three-drawer toolbox with roller bearing slides. It has two folding tool trays with magnetic pads and a rear tray that supports screwdrivers and pliers.
204-Pc. Super Drill Bit Set
This drill bit set has a bit for every purpose, all packed into a convenient hard plastic storage case. The case folds out to reveal four panels full of bits and accessories, each labeled with its size for easy organization.
40″ Cool Weave Folding Car Creeper
The car creeper makes working on your vehicle easy. It’s made with heavy-duty cool weave fabric on a steel frame. The breathable nylon fabric minimizes sweat and the soft foam pillow provides even more comfort.

Tools to Touch Up Your Home
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Wireless Inspection Scope
Gain access behind walls, inside pipes and other hard-to-reach areas with this wireless scope. It features an adjustable LED light and 3′ flexible camera extender with three attachments: magnetic, hook and mirror.
Stanley Tripod Flashlight
The tripod flashlight is great for emergencies, camping and DIY projects in awkward spaces. The flashlight’s articulated head directs the light right where you need it. Has a weather-resistant anodized aluminum case.
High Pressure Drain Cleaner
Use this drain cleaner to unclog sinks, tubs or showers. It uses compressed air to unclog most drains without the use of harmful chemicals. Pump the unit to compress the air, then pull the trigger to blast away the clog.

Fall Gardening: Veggies You Can Still Plant Right Now

Gardeners have been working hard all summer, sweating in the sun, toiling in the dirt. Depending on what you’ve been planting, it’s about time to start reaping what you sowed all those months ago. But many of us don’t want to give up on our gardens just yet. There’s still plenty of fall gardening maintenance to complete before the first fall frost, but there are also a few types of vegetables that gardeners can still plant while the ground is warm. The first fall frost is only a couple weeks away for most of us in the northern states, but it’s still just far enough away in most southern regions (and some parts of the north–check out this easy guide for estimated dates for 2016) to give quick-yielding veggies a fighting chance to beat the fall frost deadline.

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Nurturing in the North
Lettuce is one of the few veggies that grows particularly well when the soil drops to a cooler temperature. The resilient leafy green can also continue to thrive when the daylight hours decrease and the air gets a little more crisp. It’s a great solution for anyone in northern regions with fall frost dates earlier in the year, including the Midwest, Pacific Northwest as well as the Northeast, growing just in time for Thanksgiving.

Avid gardeners may have already switched to planting spinach in the fall rather than the spring in order to yield better results through the winter season, but planting spinach early enough before fall starts has also been known to produce results before the first frost starts to wreak havoc. Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce, as well as mustard or collard greens, do well in the cool season when the temps are lower.

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As long as you’re taking a chance on growing leafy greens in the cooler months, you can also throw in a steady supply of radishes to fill out your fall gardening. They’ll grow well along with the leafy greens, and because they’re some of the quickest-growing vegetables, you can get away with planting a couple rows now–at the end of summer–and expect them to reach full maturity in most regions in around four weeks.

Savoring in the South
Most regions in the south don’t experience their first fall frost until November, and in some places, early December. This gives you a little more time to plant some of your favorite veggies. In addition to greens such as lettuce and spinach, kale can stand up to the cooler temperatures as well. However, it requires more sunlight and nutrient-rich soil. It’s suggested to enrich with fertilizer or composting before planting.

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Like many types of veggies you plant in the fall, peas are susceptible to irreparable damage when frost starts to blanket your garden and freeze the soil. However, peas are also an example of a fall crop that’s capable of thriving in cooler conditions, producing sweeter and more satisfying results as the days start getting shorter. Mild winters make it easy to plant varieties like snow peas later into the autumn season.

The first thing you want to do before you think about planting seeds in your garden this fall is to make sure you have enough time before the first frost as well as the right soil conditions to produce a quick yield.

The Fall Transition: Wearing White After Labor Day & More

The summer-to-fall transition usually happens slowly. Cold weather starts to sneak up on us, but we ignore it for as long as we can, along with the strange fashion advice that sticks in our minds after Labor Day. The good news is that winter is still a few months away. Start thinking about the fall transition for your wardrobe and your home with advice on wearing white after Labor Day and tips on bringing your garden indoors.

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White After Labor Day and Other Fashion Rules You Can Break
Wearing white after Labor Day has been a no-no in the fashion world for decades, but if asked why, many people wouldn’t know the reason behind the strange end-of-summer rule. Get the skinny on the Labor Day debate origins and tips on other fashion rules you can break as you start assembling your fall wardrobe.

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Acceptable Ways to Dress Your Home In White After Labor Day
We’ve all heard the famous warning: don’t wear white after Labor Day. But interior design standards are a little different than strict fashion tips. Learn about the most acceptable ways to dress your home with white after Labor Day, from shades to textures to interesting autumn accents with this home decorating advice.

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Indoor Potted Plant Caretaking Tips
One day your houseplants are in bloom, and the next they’re wilting and dropping leaves. The trick to keeping indoor plants happy and healthy is to pay attention to their basic needs. Get to know these five indoor potted plant caretaking tips to help indoor flowers and greenery thrive in your home this season.

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Dangerous Indoor Plants to Keep Pets Away From
Many owners pay close attention to what they feed their pets to make sure they aren’t eating anything dangerous, but the food you put in their bowl isn’t always the only thing they’re consuming. There are several common plants pets shouldn’t eat. Before bringing your garden inside, review these plants.

Campsite Essentials for Family Fun in the Forest

Whether you tried out camping with your family this summer and can’t wait to get back in the woods or have been waiting for summer to cool down and fall to arrive before making the trip to your favorite campsite, the time to get your gear ready is right now. From basic campsite essentials to campfire must-haves to help the family fuel up for your morning hike, LTD Commodities has a wide selection of products for family forest fun.


Create Your Campsite
Turn any spot in the forest into a cozy, comfortable, convenient retreat for the whole family.

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Portable Camping Kitchen Table
50-Ft. Glow-in-the-Dark Rope
Licensed Inflatable Sleeping Bag


Cook Up Some Grub
Master the campfire, cook over open flames and serve up your delicious outdoor dishes.

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Easy-Up Collapsible Tripod Grill
Set of 4 Slide and Serve Skewers
Sets of 2 Divided Stainless Steel Plates


Relax By The Fire
Kick back after a long day of hiking or fishing by relaxing around a colorful fire.

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Portable Folding Lounger
Set of 5 Colorful Fire Packets
Take It Anywhere Outdoor Tables

Have An Adventure: Camping Ideas, Fishing Advice & More

While some of us are worried about summer coming to an end, there are many people looking forward to the cooler months of fall. Autumn is one of the best times of the year to enjoy the outdoors. Pack up for an adventure this weekend or later this fall with these camping ideas, fishing advice for first timers and more.

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How to Make Your Kid’s First Fishing Trip a Success
Parents fond of fishing might fear that their kid won’t share their appreciation for the sport. While it’s possible that children won’t share your enthusiasm for fishing, it’s certainly within your ability to make the way they experience their first fishing trip positive. Read on to learn how to make your kid’s first trip fun for everyone.

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Target Practice: 4 Classic Games to Test Your Accuracy
Games that involve shooting at targets are about as old as human civilizations. It’s a unique thrill to aim and shoot at targets. Learn about the history of archery and darts, discover how target games test different types of accuracy, and challenge opponents to a competition inspired by thousands of years of target practice.

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Glamping: An Adventure in Comfort
Glamping is more than a new kind of camping; it’s a new type of experimental travel. It takes wandering off the beaten path to a new level. Glamping can be everything from a deluxe tent and chilled champagne to a vintage trailer by the sea. Forget roughing it. Glamping lets you explore with a degree of sophistication.

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6 Ideas for What and How to Cook When You’re Camping
Everything is pared down and compact when you’re camping: there are no accent pillows or hot showers, and even the food isn’t exactly like home. Cooking is probably the most challenging part of camping, especially if you have picky eaters. Here are six ideas for what and how to cook when you’re camping.

NFL Gear: Team Pride from the House to the Home Field

After an eventful off-season, the NFL is finally back. The preseason is nearing an end. The regular season is about to begin. There’s still time to get some cozy essentials for the couch, everyday fashion accessories for when you’re out on the town and warm apparel or jewelry to help you dress up for stadium weather and tailgating. Whether you’re getting your house ready for home-watching or riding up to the home stadium for a game during the regular season, find NFL gear you need to show team pride for your favorite franchise.

Get Cozy on the Couch
Support the home squad without leaving your home.
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NFL Distressed Sweatshirt Throws
NFL Slipper Socks with Grippers
NFL Team Helmet Pillows

Show Off on the Street
Take your team spirit wherever life takes you.
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NFL Cell Phone Wallet Wristlets
NFL Steering Wheel Covers
NFL Handbags

Dress Up for Game Day
True fans make fashion statements on the go.
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NFL Scarves
NFL Euro Bead and Charm Necklaces
NFL Plaid Endless Loop Scarves

Beginner’s Guide to Football Basics & NFL Rules

For anyone new to the game of football, understanding all the rules can seem like a burden. If the NFL has taught us anything in the last few seasons it’s that the rules of the game can be difficult for even the referees to fully comprehend, let alone an eager new fan. Whether you’re a little confused and scared to interrupt the game to ask your questions, in need of a quick refresher before the season gets underway or have a young fan in the house who’s ready to learn, this beginner’s guide to the basic NFL rules is a great place to start.

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Offense, Defense & Special Teams

Offense
The offense and defense are each allowed 11 players on the field. The offense consists of the quarterback, five offensive linemen, and a five man combination of offensive players like running backs, wide receivers, tight ends or fullbacks. The five linemen consist of a center who snaps the ball to the quarterback, 2 guards who line up on both sides of the center to protect the quarterback, and 2 tackles, one on each end, who are also in charge of protecting the quarterback. In addition, the linemen are in charge of blocking the defense to create paths for the running back or fullback, and holding the defense at bay to allow the quarterback the time he needs to throw the ball. The wide receivers, tight ends and even the backs are eligible to catch the ball from the quarterback, while the tight ends are also used for additional blocking during certain plays.

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Defense
The responsibility of the defense may seem straight forward, but the complexity of the offense makes it just as difficult, if not more so. The players on the defensive side of the ball depend on the defensive package, which is essentially split into man-to-man defenses or zone defenses. But let’s review the players first. The players on defense consist of the defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs. The defensive line sets up opposite the offensive line, and consists of the defensive tackles who challenge the offensive guards or center, and the defensive ends, who among other things are the ones tasked with putting pressure on the quarterback. The linebackers line up behind the defensive line. As the second line of defense, they have to read the offense to stop the run, rush the quarterback or pick up free receivers, tight ends or running backs. The defensive backs cover receivers and tight ends, protect against the pass and try to intercept the ball.

Special Teams
Special teams refer to the players who take the field for plays that involve kicking the football. This includes field goals, punts and kickoffs. This team consists of  a placekicker who specializes in field goals and kickoff plays, and a punter. A holder holds the ball during field goals. A long snapper specializes in getting the ball from the offensive line to the holder, which requires a different skill than the center who snaps the ball to the quarterback. The rest of the team is responsible for holding the defense at bay during field goals and punts, racing down the field after kickoffs to tackle the kickoff returner, or blocking players for the kickoff returner.

The Field, The Clock & The Scoreboard

The Playing Field
The actual playing field for football is 100 yards from endzone to endzone. The endzone is 10 yards long and contains the field goal, which is situated directly outside the back of the endzone. Horizontal lines are painted across the field every 5 yards, with individual hash marks each yard to help players navigate. The field goal is 10 feet high and a little more than 18 feet wide, significantly narrower than the college goals.

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The Clock
How long is the game? When is it over? Though understandable to those who aren’t football fans, it’s more forgiving to learn the basics of the clock to avoid upsetting irritable die-hard fans. An NFL game is split into four 15-minute quarters, so 60 minutes total. The average NFL game in 2015 was a little over 3 hours long. How does 60 minutes stretch into nearly 200 minutes? Halftime is around 12 minutes, there’s a two-minute warning at the end of the first and second half, and several commercial breaks during timeouts (each team is allowed 3 timeouts per half). But that doesn’t account for even half of the 3-plus hours. The reason why a game lasts so long is because the clock stops so often. When the clock stops depends on what type of play is run, the outcome of the play and even the time of the game. However, all you need to know to start is that the clock stops when there’s an incomplete pass, when a player with the ball goes out of bounds, and after penalties or timeouts. Overtime is a single 15-minute period where the first team to score wins the game.

The Scoring System
There are several ways to score in a football game, but the majority of points come from touchdowns or field goals. Touchdowns occur when a player with possession of the ball puts the ball over the barrier (goal line) catches the ball in the endzone, or establishes possession of the ball in the endzone, such as on a fumble. A touchdown can also occur after the defense intercepts the ball and returns it, or on kickoff or punt returns. Touchdowns are worth 6 points. After a touchdown, the offense has the choice of kicking an extra point for an additional 1 point, or “going for two” by trying to get the ball in the endzone on a single possession that’s worth 2 points. A field goal, when the ball is kicked between the upright posts, is always worth 3 points.

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Football is easy enough to understand once you’ve watched a few games. It can also get a bit complicated. Knowing a little information on the players, their responsibilities and the basics of the scoring system should be enough for anyone to enjoy the game. Reading the rules is a good place to start for beginners. However, nothing beats watching the action yourself. Enjoy the NFL season with all the NFL products from LTD!

Fantasy Drafts to Tailgating: Get Ready for Football Season

For NFL fans and their family members, the season is bigger than a 16-game schedule. There are parties to plan and tailgating menus to prepare, traditions to follow and fantasy football rosters to manage. Fans who have been around awhile know there’s nothing like the beginning of the season. Hopes are high. Anything can happen. Get in on the excitement with these articles on fantasy drafts, fashion tips and tailgating advice.

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Tips for Hosting a Successful Fantasy Football Draft Party
Almost a quarter of the entire American population participates in fantasy football at some point during the NFL season. Needless to say, fantasy sports are extremely popular, and with the regular season about to start, there are going to be plenty of fantasy football draft parties happening in the weeks leading up to the season. Get some tips on how to put together a draft party for your league and make it a monster success.

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Game Day Fashion Tips: Simple Touches to Support the Team
True fans don’t always feel the need to sport their team’s colors, but loyalties might be questioned if there isn’t at least a couple pieces of apparel hanging in a true fan’s closet or resting on the dresser. Fans have different fashion preferences, but with all the NFL gear out there, every fan can find an option that fits their taste. Get your outfit ready for football season with these game day fashion tips that focus on accessories.

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Unique Fall Football Traditions
As we leave behind summer fun and start heading back to school, we have an entire new set of fun activities to enjoy. In America, the fall season is football season. All across the country, people have many different ways of showing their school spirit or celebrating their favorite franchise. Here are some of the most unique fall football traditions that take place all around the United States throughout the fall and into the winter.

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Tailgating Essentials
Whether you’re a football fan or a friend along for the ride, the tailgating party is one of the most important elements of the fall football experience. Every region and team has different techniques for making the pre-party lively, but there are a few essential items everyone needs for their tailgating party. Here are a few tailgating essentials to create a spirited experience no matter what region you’re in or team you support.