Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Backyard Camping

The countdown to the end of summer is on and we have a lot of summer activities to fit into our last days of freedom. At the top of the list is having a backyard camp out so we put together a list of items we think you should pack for your overnight trip in the yard. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Backyard Camping.Inflatable-Sleeping-Bags

Sleepy Time Make sleeping away from home more comfortable with a Licensed Inflatable Sleeping Bag. The sleeping bag has an inflatable mattress that adds extra cushioning for resting on the floor or ground. Its headrest has a slight pillow shape. The comfy cover fits perfectly over the mattress. Included manual pump makes it easy to inflate and deflate.


Light Up the Night The only device you’ll need in an emergency! The Weather Radio Flashlight will warn you of impending severe weather, keep you up to date on the storm’s progress and provide you with light during a power outage. Features AM/FM and NOAA weather band radio. Gives an alert signal for all National Weather Service hazard broadcasts 24/7. The flashlight offers both area illumination and emergency flashers. Includes a built-in, retractable 110V AC home charger and a hand-cranking feature that ensures you’ll never be without power. Has a phone charger socket for recharging your cell phone. Colorful-Fire-Packets

Colorful Campfire Transform your fire into a dazzling display of colors with the Set of 5 Colorful Fire Packets. Simply toss an unopened pack into your indoor/outdoor wood-burning fire and watch as the flames transform to shades of blue, green, purple and more. Size and intensity of fire determines how many packets are needed. An average fire requires 1 packet for approx. 45 minutes of color.

Camo-HoodieCover Up He’ll be nice and warm wearing this Boys’ Camouflage Fleece Hooded Jacket. The full-zip jacket features the Highland Timber(TM) camo print. The fabric is designed for maximum breathability, with an anti-pill finish that makes the jacket durable and long lasting. Has 2 front slit pockets.

hot-dog-reelGood Eats 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.

These last few weeks of summer are going by fast! Make the most of them with LTD Commodities. From ideas for spending time outdoors to products to help keep you entertained, shop LTD for everything to close out the summer right.

Watermelon Day: 5 Unique Watermelon Recipes

watermelonAugust 3 is National Watermelon Day — it makes sense because it’s in season and taking a bite is taking a break from the heat (but we’re not complaining — we haven’t forgotten last winter!). In honor of the day we’ve picked a few watermelon recipes that are so unusual you probably haven’t tried them. Here are 5 unique watermelon recipes to celebrate National Watermelon Day.

watermelon-steakSteak The Ravenous Couple brought us this one: Watermelon Steak. It’s sweet, savory and surprisingly pretty easy to put together. The hardest part might be cutting it thick enough to stay together while it roasts. For those who aren’t into fresh, raw watermelon but want to take advantage of summer’s bounty, this might be the watermelon recipe for you.

watermelon-leatherLeather If you have kids, this one may be a good afternoon project to get ready for the school year: Watermelon Leather. It comes from Baked By Rachel — a bit of a throwback to her childhood when fruit roll-ups were a lunchtime staple. Many of us had the same experience and were probably equally curious about how it was possible to turn fruit into leather. Check out her blog, and you’ll have your answer!

watermelon-picklePickle This one might be for more adventurous eaters, but if you eat a lot of watermelon, you’ll have a lot of rinds to experiment with to make Pickled Watermelon Rind from Foodista. There isn’t a lot of work involved — mostly boiling — but it takes a day or two to get it together for the finished product. If you’re into making the most of your scraps, this is definitely worth a try.

watermelon-jerkyJerky This one is not unlike fruit leather, but it’s not like it, either. Dash of Butter brings us Watermelon Jerky. This recipe is awesome because there’s one ingredient: watermelon. What’s even more awesome are the directions: slice it and stick it in the dehydrator. If you have a dehydrator, perhaps you’d like to get an abundance of watermelon while you can so you can make fruit snacks for the kids that will last them through Halloween!

watermelon-jamJam For those afraid to stretch beyond their comfort zone, a good jam can be whipped up from your citrullus lanatus. This recipe is from Global Table Adventure. She was inspired to make this by Melon Day in Turkmenistan where they eat watermelon jam with toast and tea. If “boil and go” is all it takes, this recipe is definitely worth trying in the waning days of summer!

We make the most of every season at LTD Commodities! From kitchen tools to make your favorite watermelon recipes to decor to make your Thanksgiving celebration special, shop LTD for great products at reasonable prices.

National Mutt Day: Our Favorite Dogs of the Internet

July 31 is National Mutt Day. At LTD, we love all dogs — every size, shape and breed, but we especially love our mutts. To honor mutts for National Mutt Day, we picked out our favorite dogs of the internet to brighten your Monday.

We all think we have the best dog in the world. But this dog knows he’s the best dog in the world.

If you’ve ever had a dog, you know how much dogs love balls! Some dogs won’t stop chasing a ball until they’ve got their jaws locked on it — even when the ball is too big for its mouth. So when this pup saw a ball pit, he got a little… excited.

This dog loves to play fetch so much, he’s ditched his owner for something a little more playful. Watch that tail wag.

This dog doesn’t need a ball to have fun — just a mattress and two little girls to show him how to jump.

If you’ve ever known the pain of leaving your dog for more than a few days, you’ll know the joy this dog dad felt when he returned to his pup after being away for six months. It’ll break your heart — in the best way, of course.

Disciplining a dog is no treat for dogs or dog owners — and this pup knows what he’s gotten himself into after knocking over the garbage. But it’s hard to disappear when all eyes are on you.

Because it’s Monday, we saved the best for last. This puppy at doggy day care spots his owner and his reaction is priceless. He makes you want to get up and dance!

There aren’t many things more comforting than the love of a dog, so at LTD we try to return that love as best we can. Whether we’re shining a light on the mutts of the world for National Mutt Day or we’re providing pet beds for dog owners to keep their pups happy, look to LTD for products and inspiration to make your dog’s tail wag.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Christmas in July

We’re just five months away from Christmas! It seems early, but it’s never too early to get a jump on your Christmas shopping!! There are so many people to shop for (including ourselves!), it makes sense to take advantage of summer sales for our holiday gifts. We have a few products to get you started! Here are this week’s Product Picks for the Week for Christmas in July.manicure-lapdesk

Nail It Get professional nail care at home with the Manicure Lapdesk. It includes everything you need for a do-it-yourself manicure or to give one to a girlfriend. The airflow nail dryer dries wet nails quickly and has nonslip silicone-padded feet. The ergonomic sculpting tool comes with 5 interchangeable attachments for filing, buffing and shaping nails, plus a plastic storage case. The lapdesk itself gives you a hard surface to work on, with polyfoam bead padding underneath for comfort wherever you use it. It has a built-in zippered storage area to hold accessories and a cutout handle for easy carrying.Tipsy-Tower

Garden Variety Gifts Create a vertical garden with a hint of illusion with Tipsy Tower Plant Stands. Simply slide your own planter pots down the bar at an angle. Each pot will rest slightly on the one below it, creating a fun, gravity-defying look. 4-Ft. tower can be used in 4 different configurations as the upright tower rod is actually 2 pieces. It’s designed to accommodate 4 or more pots. 2-Ft. tower can be used in 2 different configurations and is designed to accommodate 3 to 5 pots.tart-warmer

Good Scents Fill your home with wonderful aromas with a 2-In-1 Ceramic Tart Warmer. It works with scented tarts or jar candles. Just plug it into any standard outlet and use the in-line toggle switch to activate it. The pretty porcelain design adds to its appeal. Butterfly’s original artwork by Lemme Studio. Willow Tree’s artwork by Teresa

Mural Memories Customize your decor with a Photo Frame Wall Mural. Easy to apply, this imaginative mural includes several cardboard frames for adding your own photos to the piece. The adorable Owl Family includes 8 heart-shaped cardboard frames that hold photos. Show off your branch of the Family Tree with the 7 cardboard frames in this classic design. Oversized decal can be removed and repositioned without damaging walls.disney-socks

Fancy Feet Let her feet do the talking with the adorable 7-Pair Girls’ Disney Sock Set. A great stocking stuffer, this value set brings her favorite character to her feet for comfy, everyday wear.

Get ready for every holiday with LTD Commodities! From ideas to get your Christmas shopping started to products to make your Thanksgiving dinner memorable, shop LTD for great products priced for fun.

National Hot Dog Month: Best Cities for Hot Dogs

Hot-dogJuly is National Hot Dog Month — it’s no surprise because with all of the cookouts, the hot dog is at the top of the list for easiest (and tastiest) food to grill. But everyone has a different way to eat a hot dog — and some of those can’t be described as anything but interesting. Topping the dog is usually where opinions differ (opinions are quite strong if you’re talking about ketchup), but everyone is entitled to their opinions — including cities who have very strong opinions. Here are a few of the best cities for hot dogs with the strongest opinions on how they’re prepared.

Cape Neddick In Maine, they go to Cape Neddick to get their hot dog fix. The hot dogs are steamed and 90% of them are topped with mayonnaise and onion sauce. Compared to a Chicago dog, Maine hot dog toppings may be pared down, but outsiders think they’re just as weird.

Chicago In the City of Big Shoulders you get a hot dog with Big Toppings. To an outsider, having an all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, diced onions, neon green sweet pickle relish (has to be neon), a whole dill pickle spear, tomato slices, whole sport peppers and a dash of celery salt, is totally weird and totally too much. But to a Chicagoan, it tastes like home.Hot-dog

Detroit Detroiters eat Coney Island Hot Dogs or “Coneys” but they are a far cry from the brown mustard and sauerkraut people in Coney Island actually eat. A Coney is an all-beef hot dog topped with all-meat chili, raw onion and yellow mustard. The name comes from the Coney Island style restaurant, but the hot dog originated in Michigan.

Honolulu If you’re traveling to Honolulu or other parts of Hawaii, you’ll find the brilliant Hawaiian style hot dog. It’s a Hawaiian sweet bun pierced in the center – so it doesn’t have to be sliced – and a grilled Polish sausage is placed inside so the whole dog is wrapped in bread. It’s garnished with mango or pineapple relish and Hawaiian mustard or garlic lemon sauce. A Hawaiian dog with shave ice for dessert – that’s island style.

Los Angeles Dodger Dogs are what the ballpark is serving in Los Angeles. It’s a skinless, foot-long pork dog, grilled or steamed and topped however you like it. That means you can put mustard AND ketchup on it without getting any ribbing from other hot dog eaters.

New York City New Yorkers keep it simple: an all-beef hot dog, spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut or raw onions. From the carts on Central Park all the way to Coney Island, this is how you get a hot dog in New York.Hot-dog

Seattle Just when you didn’t think hot dogs could get any weirder, we arrive at Seattle. In Seattle, a Polish sausage is split down the middle, cloaked in a toasted bialy and shmeared with cream cheese. It originated in the late ‘80s, early ‘90s; much like the grunge music of the same period, it is an acquired taste.

Tucson In Tucson and in other parts of Arizona, you will find the Sonoran hot dog. Being it was created in the Southwest, this makes sense. Kind of. It’s like a taco-hot dog fusion. It has hot and cold toppings; hot: pinto beans, bacon and grilled onions; cold: diced onions, diced tomatoes, jalapeno sauce, mustard and mayonnaise. It’s a lot for a wiener to take on, but it’s a winner.

At LTD Commodities, we celebrate hot dogs in any way they’re dressed up! Whether it’s topped with cream cheese or ketchup, as long as the barbecue is bumpin’, we won’t turn down a dog.

Best Places to Camp Around the Country

campingThere is only so much time Mother Nature allows us to enjoy warm weather — so have to take advantage of summer in every way we can. Of course camping allows us to be one with the outdoors both day and night. And while we know what to do, figuring out where to go might be a challenge. Here are some of the best places to camp around the country.

Florida Not far from Cape Coral, on the Gulf Coast of Florida, cushy camping surrounded by water is best at Cayo Costa State Park where secluded beaches are lined by pine forests and swamps. The island is only accessible by ferry or private boat which means the nine mile island has hiking trails to lead you from the campgrounds to the water to snorkel and fish or watch for manatees and dolphins.

campingIllinois In the southernmost tip of Illinois, nestled between Missouri and Indiana is Giant City State Park. The park has everything you might want for an active camping trip – rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking and fishing. The campsites vary in accommodations – sites with water, electricity and showers are available for reservation, but you can also use the walk-in sites without all the amenities.

California Three hours west of San Francisco and four hours north of Los Angeles, is some of California’s most impressive landscape at Yosemite National Park. Cascading waterfalls, towering sequoias and tranquil trails attract more than four million visitors every year. There are thirteen campsites where you can pitch a tent, but motels and cabins are available for those who like a bed and bath.

New York Just north of Lake Ontario and south of Canada, Canoe-Picnic Point State Park is open for island tent camping. What makes this campground more interesting than others is it is only accessible by boat, so you have to pack accordingly and budget for boat rental. The site is great for fishing and you can cook what you catch at the picnic ground where there are communal cooking facilities.camping

Pennsylvania In eastern Pennsylvania, camping, fishing and hiking is best at Locust State Park. Hiking and biking allows you to take in the lush forest and wetlands on your own, but the park provides guided tours to examine the lake and Pennsylvania wildlife. There are lakeside campsites for those who want to swim or boat and sites to accommodate RVs and campers.

Wherever you are, you’re never too far from a great camping trip. You don’t have to drive to enjoy the great outdoors; sometimes your backyard makes the perfect campground. Near or far, shop LTD Commodities for great products to make your camping trip spectacular.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Back to School

It seems like summer just arrived, but it’s already time to start thinking about the new school year! There are so many things we have to get prepared for, but if we get the shopping out of the way, we’ll have plenty of time for all the activity the waning days of summer have in store for us. We have a few products to get you started! Here are this week’s Product Picks for the Week for Back to School.Galaxy-print-leggings

First Impressions Eye-catching and trendy, this 2-Pc. Girls’ Galaxy Print Legging Set is a fashionable addition to her wardrobe. The cap-sleeved top features a galaxy-printed shape embellished with sparkling blue and silver rhinestones. The top’s uneven hem and contrast trim give it a futuristic look. The vibrant leggings feature a coordinating all-over print. An elastic waistband provides the perfect fit. Cotton and polyester, with a touch of spandex in the leggings for stretch.


College Bound Show off your team spirit with a Collegiate Duffel Bag. It comes in your school’s colors with its logo on the front and its name on the top. Durable and spacious, it has a comfortably padded shoulder strap (27″L) that is adjustable and removable. It also has double carry handles with a 9″ drop that can be joined together with fabric magic. Plenty of pockets help with organization. Full zippered closure. Scented-Markers

Aroma Art Tools Make your pictures look and smell great with 12-Ct. Scentos Scented Markers. The chisel-tip markers are perfect for creating fun drawings with their own sweet scents. Each marker is decorated with a silly face on the front.


Study Tools This Educational Learning Pad is a multimedia device that’s full of buttons, color and sound. It talks and features letter, word and number buttons that teach children how to spell and count. Includes functions such as word learning, letter learning, spelling, quizzes, songs and repeat. The repeat function with the talking feature makes it easy for children to interact and learn. Lightweight and portable, it has a volume control, making it perfect for use at home, on the road, or in a waiting room. portable-hamper

Hassle-Free Housework Make laundry day less of a hassle with this Portable Rolling Hamper. 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.

At LTD, we’re excited about each season! As we say goodbye to summer with a blowout, we welcome fall with equally spectacular products and celebrations. Look to LTD for products and inspiration for every season.


Tips on Shopping for Christmas in July

christmas-in-julyWe’re about five months away from Christmas, but, if you’ve ever hosted a family holiday, it’s never too early to start planning. Though you can’t (or shouldn’t) start putting up your Christmas decorations, you can do your Christmas shopping now — it saves you time, money and stress! Here are 5 tips for shopping for Christmas in July.

sweaterThink Winter We know, it seems like winter just ended and we want to enjoy the summer sun for as long as possible, but now is a good time to buy cozy items at low prices. Think about fleece bedding, cardigans, footed pajamas — even novelty socks! Right now, retailers are trying to move these items to make room for new winter items at regular prices. Strike while the iron is hot!

beachThink Vacation It is midsummer and retailers are already abandoning summer items for fall merchandise. That means you can find items someone might want for a sunny vacation or camping trips — things you don’t normally see around Christmas because it’s not typically the time of year people need tents or beach towels. But if your loved ones are into those types of activities or have a mid-winter getaway planned to a warmer climate, they can pleasantly surprised by gifts to help prepare for a trip.

gnome-policeThink Garden Gardening is an activity you have to plan for well before it’s time to start watering your flowers and mowing the lawn. People start working on their gardens as early as February! If you have someone on your Christmas list who is into gardening, now is a great time to get outdoor decor and gardening supplies as the gardening season starts to wane. The really nice thing about giving a gardening gift at Christmas (besides saving money now!) is when your loved one starts garden planning, it’s like opening the gift all over again! And if you’re giving a garden gnome, the gift is all the more precious!

big-bang-penStocking Stuffers Back to school items are everywhere now, but they can be put in stockings later! Little notebooks, markers and crafting supplies are discounted between July and September but by December they’ll be back to regular prices. Save now, share later!

slippersThink Themes Start scanning the summer sales for items that fit a theme. In a discount bin full of mismatched items, sale items might not seem appealing as gifts, but if you curate a collection, you can put it in a gift basket to wow your loved ones! For instance, you might find headbands, fingernail polish and slippers separately, but together it makes a fun spa gift basket.

You can find all your gifts right here at LTD Commodities! Whether you’re shopping for a birthday or you want to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping, shop LTD for great gifts at discount prices.

Summer Fun: Tiki Party Ideas

tiki-drinksWe can’t fit enough parties into our summer schedules — we have to take advantage of the weather while it’s sunny and warm! But we don’t want our parties to be that run-of-the-mill backyard barbecue — we want it to be memorable! For that, make it a tiki party — here are a few ideas to get you started.

Food Tiki has Polynesian roots, so Polynesian food and tropical fruit — pineapple, papaya, mango — are what you want to put on the menu. Though there are New Zealand influences in Polynesian food (the Polynesian Islands are roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii), tiki party menus are mainly made up of Hawaiian food. You can make a version of slow-roasted pig known as Kalua pig. If you need fish on the menu, try the raw fish called “poke.” It is similar to sushi only cut into bigger chunks. If you want to keep it simple or your guests aren’t adventurous eaters, you can make teriyaki chicken or beef, baked mahi-mahi (fish). Rice, potato salad or baked sweet potatoes are good accompaniment to anything you serve. For dessert, shave ice is a must.

tiki-torchDrinks The drinks might be the highlight of your party — with or without alcohol — because it’s all about the presentation. You can serve your cocktails in high ball or tulip glasses, in a tiki mug, a pineapple, or a coconut — the only thing you *have* to add is an drink umbrella. For the drink that goes into your chosen glass, it should be rum-based with tropical fruit juice and spice to add to the flavor. Mai tai, hurricane and Bahama mamas are favorites.

Decor Tiki decor is pretty easy to put together. You’ll need lots of bamboo in most forms, candles and tropical fruit. Use tiki torches to line walkways and to surround your backyard. A good fire pit might be in order, but if you really want to give your party a tiki flare, put up a temporary tiki bar. Check out Follow the Highline Home’s post on how to build one using wooden pallets.

Activities If you have a fun-loving crowd, you can’t go wrong with a game of limbo. To give it tiki style, make your limbo set up out of bamboo. If you’re feeling particularly active, you can hold a hula hooping contest to see who can spin their hoop on their hips for the longest. If you need a team game, play pineapple bowling — use a coconut in place of a bowling ball and use pineapples as pins.

tiki-hutAttire There is a fine line between the idea of tiki and Hawaiian — and for a party, it’s safe to have your guests dress in grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts. Though we’re months away from Halloween, it’s always fun to play dress up — especially if there’s a party involved!

LTD has products and ideas to make every party unforgettable! Whether you’re putting together a tiki party to celebrate summer or a cocktail party for the holidays, shop LTD for products priced for fun.


Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for a Staycation

loungerIt is time to enjoy summer! It’s a busy travel time, but you don’t have to leave town to enjoy the sunshine and relax. Sometimes staying at home is vacation enough so we’ve selected a few items we think you’d like to enjoy the weather in town. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for a Staycation.

Kick Back Portable Folding Lounger provides comfort on all your outdoor adventures. Perfect for relaxing by the pool, at the beach, on a camping trip and more. Setup takes seconds: just unfold, and stretch out on the durable lounger with breathable mesh inserts. Includes a carrying bag with shoulder strap for easy portability. animal-print-cover-up

Go with the Flow Make a statement at the pool or beach with a Women’s Animal Print Cover-Up. Stylish beach accessory has a curved hem for a flattering, loose fit, 2 front pockets and a racerback. Lightweight construction makes it easy to slip over your suit. cozy-car-water-canopy

Splish Splash Designed to look like a car, the Cozy Car Float Seat with Canopy has a pocket-type seat with leg holes and a built-in canopy that protects your child from the sun. With this rider, your toddler can splash and have fun in the pool with the others. take-it-anywhere-tables

Food at Your Fingertips From the backyard to the beach, the Take It Anywhere Outdoor Table lets you kick back in style. Steel table keeps cocktails, sodas, snacks, BBQ servings and more nearby as you relax on a lawn chair, beach lounger or other outdoor furniture. Just stake it firmly in the ground or sand and you’re ready to enjoy your food or beverage. You can also use it as a spot for sunglasses, tanning lotion, books and more. Top handle makes it easy to transport and to pull out when you leave. butterfly-blanket

Outdoor Delights Take a 50″ x 60″ Outdoor Blanket in a Bag along on all your summer adventures. This 2-in-1 blanket and bag is just what you need for picnics, the beach, sporting events and more. Quilted print microfiber face has a solid-color, water-resistant back to keep the damp away.

Take advantage of every minute of summer with LTD Commodities! From outdoor toys to keep the kids entertained to recipe ideas for your next cookout, shop LTD to make the most of your favorite season.