Pinteresting Picks for September

Whether it’s the season change or the holidays, we are getting sentimental for the few months ahead — and so are our Pinterest followers! From how we dress our feet to how we dress our walls, our pinners are starting to feel warm and fuzzy. Here are LTD’s Pinteresting Picks for September.rustic-star-home-decor

Pastoral Elegance Light your home with the country charm of the Rustic Star Home Decor. Accessories incorporate light into the design for a piece that is both beautiful and functional. Add your own tea light candles to the ready-to-hang metal Wall Sconce (21-3/4″ x 20-1/4″ x 2-3/4″). Features 5 glass cups hanging among the stars. Lighted Stars & Berries (14″ x 4-3/8″ dia.) accent piece features faux red berries, rustic stars and lights that you arrange yourself. Burlap covered vase with an attached rustic star adds to the country charm. On/off switch. Requires 2 “AA” batteries.holiday-handprint-wall-art

Permanent Sentiments Create a family keepsake with Holiday Handprint Wall Art. This piece makes a fun gift, or keep it as a one-of-a-kind decoration to enjoy for years to come. The wooden plaque has a template that becomes a wonderful holiday picture when you add your handprints. Simply use your own paint and your family’s hands to finish the image. Plastic cover protects the art. 12-5/8″ x 15-5/8″. Ready to hang.

metal-monogram-wine-corkCute Keepsakes Metal Monogram Wine Cork Holder looks distinctive empty or when filled with tokens from your favorite wines. When you finish a bottle, save the cork and add it to this letter-shaped frame. Start from the bottom and build your way up. Use a dot of glue on each cork for extra security. Ready to hang. 12″ long, each. Widths range from 7-3/4″ to 15-3/8″.

leg-warmersCute & Cozy Beat the cold weather with 2-Pair Leg Warmers. Not only do they keep your legs cozy, they also spruce up any outfit. Easy-to-wear accessories are perfect for layering and pulling over your heels or boots. They’re long enough to wear over your knees or they can be scrunched down to show off your legs. One size fits most. Acrylic. Imported.

ready-to-go-vanity-shelvesBeauty, Classified This wooden Ready-to-Go Vanity Shelf adds attractive storage and organization. Perfect for makeup, styling tools, accessories and more. The large, open middle compartment has a faux drawer side. Underneath it is a functional drawer perfect for smaller supplies. Three surface holes are sized for curling irons, a hair dryer or other appliances. 23-1/4″ x 9″ x 5-7/8″. Assembly required; assembly and mounting hardware included.

Halloween: Scary Movies that Are Not So Scary

Darkness is falling on us a little earlier these days with a familiar chill that gives you goosebumps — but the creepy-crawly feeling it gives you has nothing to do with the change in seasons. It means that Halloween is here! It’s the time of year people want to get scared and there are few frightening things to do that keep you within the safety of your own home — just in case you get too scared — but watching a scary movie is pretty safe as far as terrifying Halloween activities go. But just so you get the best of both worlds, we put together a list of scary movies to get you excited for Halloween that aren’t too scary.


The Addams Family The Addams Family has a way of being creepy and weird without being too frightening. Though having a disembodied hand as a servant may make your skin crawl, The Addams Family has a strong affection for all things terrifying, making their creepy quirks hilarious rather than grim and ghastly.


Hocus Pocus The Divine Miss M, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy play witches who rise from the dead — so how scary can it possibly be? Not very, but black cats and the dark arts keep it in line with Halloween and humor keeps the plot moving. There are a few gruesome ideas tossed around, but it’s all so over-the-top that it’s not going to give you nightmares.


Tower of Terror Steve Guttenberg and a young Kirsten Dunst try to unlock the mystery of a haunted Hollywood hotel. Five ghosts are trapped between two worlds — with a few tricks and well-timed treats, the spirits can be freed, but not without the help of the Guttenberg-Dunst team. It’s a little scary with a lot of supernatural themes, but it’s up to you how much a movie based on a theme park ride can terrify you.


Sleepy Hollow The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is scary enough, but with Johnny Depp as the star and Tim Burton as the director, prepare for something sinister. It won’t keep you up at night, but as Depp playing Ichabod Crane, it keeps you on the edge of your seat with gruesome tales as Crane unravels the mystery of the Headless Horseman.


Beetlejuice Trapped in their farmhouse as ghosts, a dead New England couple, too sweet to scare a fly, try terrorizing the family moving into their bucolic home so they don’t become permanent residents. When their efforts are dismissed, they call on Beetlejuice to get the job done. Like Hocus Pocus, it’s gross and shocking, but humor keeps it from getting out-of-control ghoulish.


Young Frankenstein Young Frankenstein isn’t really scary at all. With Mel Brooks as the director with help writing it from the star, Gene Wilder, it’s a comedy packaged in a scary box. It’s a twist on Mary Shelley’s creature that has survived more than two centuries in books and films. Young Frankenstein is mostly weird, sometimes perplexing but always hilarious. Particularly with Peter Boyle as The Monster.

Frightening or fun, LTD Commodities has ideas and products to help you make the most of your Halloween! From sinister snack ideas to dark decor to make your house haunting, shop LTD for inspiration to make your Halloween horrifying!

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

novelty-pillowsIn just a few days we say farewell to summer. We’re sad to see it go, but we have so many things to look forward to in the coming season! Cooking, cuddling up on the couch, and enjoying company indoors. So this week we came up with a list of things to keep us comfortable and entertained for the next few seasons. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

Cuddly Cuisine Snuggle up with a Novelty Shaped Pillow that’s made for a larger-than-life appetite. It takes the shape of a favorite food or dessert. It’s filled with soft polyfill, making it the perfect place to rest your head. Throw it on the bed or on a chair in the family room.talking-head-knockers

Talking Heads A collector’s item, a Jeff Dunham Talking Head Knocker is a fun accent for a desk or tabletop. Speaking some of his best-known phrases, each talking head is a character from this ventriloquist comedian’s show and speaks some of his best-known phrases. “Walter,” the old man who says what we’re afraid to say, utters 10 phrases. “Peanut,” the endearing and lovable screwball, says 11 phrases. “Achmed,” the dead terrorist, speaks 10 different phrases. Makes a great novelty gift for any Jeff Dunham fan.kids-convertible-stool-chairs

Step Up The Kids’ Convertible Step Stool Chair will give your child an extra boost. Sized to fit their frame, this cute chair easily transforms into a handy step stool. Its charming design coordinates with a variety of playful decor.womens-knit-dresses

Cute & Cozy The stretchy fabric of this lightweight Women’s Knit Dress ensures you a perfect fit. The comfortable shift dress features a large medallion print accented with rhinestones for a sparkling effect. It has a wide scoop neckline and 3/4-length sleeves. Wear it all year ’round for casual or dressy occasions. Due to the characteristics of the printed fabric, placement of the pattern on the sleeves may vary.colorful-knives

Cute Cutlery Enjoy professional quality at a value price with these Colorful Nonstick Cutlery Sets. Each utensil features a stainless steel blade with a colorful nonstick ceramic coating. The polypropylene handle has a nonslip comfort grip for ease of use. Knives each include a matching sheath. Serrated Spreaders, 4″ blade, each. Paring Knives, 3-5/8″ blade, each. Chef Knives, 4-1/2″ blade, each. Each set includes blue, purple, green and orange.

 

 

9 Things to Do Before the First Day of Fall

Though we are beyond Labor Day, we still have a few days left of summer — and at LTD, we’re not quite ready to let go of it yet! We need one last hurrah for our favorite season so we came up with a last-minute bucket list to enjoy it. Here are 9 things to do before the first day of fall.hammock

Take a Nap in a Backyard Hammock There are only a few days in the year that you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine — why not take it in while you nap? Everyone deserves a break, you may as well take it in a hammock while it’s nice outside.

Eat Ice Cream Soon it’s going to be way too cold to even think about putting ice in your soda, let alone eat a bowl of frozen goodness. Make sure you get your fill of your favorite ice cream before the temperature starts to drop! If you’re really ambitious, make ice cream. Check out Smart Savvy Living’s recipe to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.

cubsRelax at a Beer Garden Though beer gardens are where they celebrate Oktoberfest, it’s not always realistic to sit outside and drink beer in the fall. For the brave, it’s fine, but for others, sipping on a cold beer outside can only happen when it’s warm outside.

Go To a Baseball Game The baseball season is so long we take for granted that there are so many games and forget to go. There are few experiences that make summer special more than hearing the crack of the bat and enjoying a hot dog at a ballpark. Do it while you still can!

Canoe/Kayak/Tubing Did you forget to have your lake/river adventure over the summer? If you did, it’s not too late! But it will be very soon… pack up the car or sign up for a tour and get in the water before it’s too cold to dip your toes in it!NFL-apron

Have a Cookout If you didn’t grill quite as much as you’d like to this year, now’s the time to light that fire! It just so happens that September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, so if you want to knock out two birds with one stone, this is your chance.

Watch the Sunrise Though it’s not as difficult to watch the sun rise in the winter because it rises later, it’s rarely as spectacular or meaningful as being able to do it when the air is still warm and it’s comfortable to be outside in the early morning. If you haven’t done it yet, find the best spot in your city to watch the world wake up.

flowersPick Flowers The last of the summer blossoms are fading quickly! Pick them while they’re still full and colorful (from your own garden, of course). Dry them or press them and save them for fun winter craft projects to pass and brighten the cold days ahead.

Get a Game of Kickball Going Kickball is a game that just about anyone can play — it doesn’t require a lot of athletic agility or skill — so it shouldn’t take too much coaxing to get your family and friends together to spend one of your last sunny weekends outside!

While we’re going to miss summer, everyone at LTD Commodities is excited to welcome fall and celebrate all the holidays ahead! Shop with us for fun products to make the season a little bit brighter!  

Fall Weddings: Tips for Surviving the First Year of Marriage

fall-weddingFall is inching its way toward us with the cool breezes and changing leaves. With change all around, it makes it a beautiful time for a wedding and the transitions that come with it. But those transitions in the first year of marriage can be tough to manage, so we came up with a few ideas to get through the tougher times to make your life-long commitment a happy one. Here are 9 tips for surviving the first year of marriage.  

“We” Think in terms of “we” rather than “me.” Remember this is a partnership and you’re no longer doing what’s best for you, you’re doing what’s best for you and your partner. When you work together as a team, you’re streamlining what needs to get done and making the structure of your marriage stronger.  

Common Goals Know what your priorities are and that they are aligned with your spouse’s priorities — kids, money, ambitions. If you don’t have common goals, you may end up growing in different directions. When you’re not staring down at the same destination, you may just end up in two different places.

Bend When you are in a relationship, you continue to grow as a couple and that requires flexibility. If you’re flexible, you are open to change and are able to adapt to the good things as well as the not-so-good things.

fall-weddingNo Tallies As with any relationship, expect disagreements. Every couple fights, but a fight is not the end of the world or your relationship as long as you don’t keep score. If you keep score (tallying what your partner does wrong and what you do right), it’s like planning a fight; you want to keep your thoughts and actions to be positive to keep your marriage thriving.

The Faults in Our Spouses Resist pointing out what your spouse is doing wrong. No one likes to be criticized — any negative ideas and thoughts between you and your partner only get worse when one person nags the other person. Try to be constructive about how you communicate your needs and wants and remember to forgive.

The Faults in Ourselves Take responsibility for your actions. No matter how bad your partner may hurt you, the only thing you can control about the relationship is your actions. If you do something to upset your partner, apologize for your misdeeds and move on. If you recognize your own faults, it’s hard for others to stay mad for too long. And remember to ask for forgiveness.  

Pause When something gets you worked up, pause before you react and remember to pick your battles. Though something might set you off, it may not be something worth fighting over. If you take a moment to think about what the problem is and what’s at stake, you may be less likely to turn a little bump in the road into a catastrophe.

fall-weddingYou’re #1! Be selfless, but remember to put yourself first. You have to be happy with you and all that you do before you can be happy with anyone else.

Marriage Is a Full-Time Job Work on your marriage every single day. We exercise, eat well and take showers every day to take care of ourselves; our relationships need daily maintenance to thrive, too.

A happy home is our top priority at LTD Commodities. Whether you need holiday decor to make it more welcoming or you’re looking for games to play on date night, we have hundreds of products to build a place you want to live and grow as a family.

 

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for the Changing Seasons

Labor Day has passed and the next big holiday is Halloween — a lot happens between those two days and most of the change revolves around the seasons. We welcome the cool weather, but not without being completely prepared. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Changing Seasons.

plush-micro-velvet-bed-blanketsCuddle Up The silky soft Plush Micro-Velvet Bed Blanket is a cozy solution to chilly nights. The luxurious blanket is perfect for cuddling up or for adding extra warmth to your bed. Its luxe sheen gives your bed an elegant look. The twin size can also double as an oversized throw.

foam-bath-runnerSoft Touch Step onto luxurious softness after your shower or bath when you place this Plush Foam Bath Runner in front of your tub. It absorbs water quickly, keeping your feet and floor dry. The soft foam insert cushions your feet while you get ready for the day. The nonskid backing prevents the runner from slipping.

scented-flameless-candlesA Warm Glow This Set of 3 Scented Flameless Candles gives you holiday style at an unbeatable price. The graduated-size candles add a warm white glow to a room’s ambiance as well as a seasonal fragrance. Made of real wax, these candles will make your whole year merry and bright. Great for homes with kids or pets.


mens-flannel-pjComfy Pants
Relax in the soft warmth of a Men’s Set of 3 Plaid Flannel Pants. For lounging around the house or to make bedtime a little warmer, this value-priced set includes 3 different plaid patterns, all with the cozy style you’ll wear all winter. Each pair features a drawstring elastic waistband and 2 side pockets.

licensed-throwsSnug as a Bug Add personality to a child’s room with a Licensed Character Plush Fleece Throw. With a colorful image of a favorite character, it’s sure to delight your little one. Super-soft and vibrant throw is just the right size for snuggling or sleeping.

September: Favorite Fall Apple Recipes

The days are getting shorter and the air is a bit cooler as we bid farewell to summer. But the changing season isn’t all bad. Fall brings Halloween, pumpkins, spice, and, of course, apples. Right now is when the apple harvest really starts to pick up and the fruit tastes its best. At LTD we love to take advantage of each season’s bounty — and this season, we’re focusing on what we can make with apples. Here are a few of our favorite fall apple recipes that are making our tummies grumble right now.picky-palate

Biscuit Bites What’s better than a caramel apple? A caramel apple wrapped in dough and drizzled with icing. That’s what you can expect from Picky Palate’s Salted Caramel Apple Pie Biscuit Bites. It’s somewhere between monkey bread and bread pudding with little bits of apple to break up the richness of this full-flavor, full-calorie dessert.yammies-noshery

Apples & Coffee What’s the best way to warm up your kitchen on a fall morning? Bake a Cream Cheese Apple Coffee Cake. This decadent dish comes from Yammie’s Noshery. It’s a beautifully swirled combination of all things bad for you — butter, sugar, cream cheese — with a few good things folded in — apples and cinnamon. Of course, there is no coffee in the recipe, but it does pair nicely with a big cup of joe for an autumn morning.amy-bakes-healthy

Apple Snacks Send your kids off to school with sweet treat was never as easy as sticking an Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookie in their lunch tote. Amy’s Healthy Baking put this recipe together to extract all the fun and flavor from the apples and ingredients without all the extra fat and calories we don’t need for our daily desserts — which makes it a perfect dessert for kids’ lunches.jo-cooks

Pie or cake? Cake or pie? Jo Cooks has the answer to your dilemma: Apple Pie Cake. It’s a pretty straightforward recipe using a box of cake mix, stirring in apple pie filling and topping with with streusel. It’s something akin to coffee cake with a dash of seasonal deliciousness and a sprinkle of fall spice.cranberry-apple-fritters

Sweet & Tart Of course we had to include our own recipe — it’s a fall and holiday favorite at LTD: Cranberry Apple Fritters. They’re tart and sweet and fairly easy to make if you don’t mind boiling a pot of oil! This is a small-batch recipe (makes six fritters to eat with both hands) but it easily doubles or triples depending on how many people you want to bless with your baking.

We love to celebrate every season in the kitchen at LTD Commodities! Whether you need ideas for baking bushels of apples from your day at the orchard or you need new gadgets to make your Thanksgiving feast unforgettable, look to LTD for inspiring ideas and practical products.

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

demonessThe kids are back in school and, even though the leaves haven’t started falling, it’s time to start planning for Halloween! Our witches’ brew for the perfect costumes and decor is bubbling so we thought we’d share our potion for Halloween inspiration. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Halloween.

Boo! Startle trick-or-treaters and party guests when this 55″ Animated Demoness springs to life. Hanging by her wrists from shackles, the sound-activated demoness’ eyes light up with a red glow, and she shakes as she talks.spider-lace-runner

Enchanting Entanglements Set the scene for Halloween with this 5-Pc. Spiderweb Lace Table Set. You get 4 placemats and a table runner that’s great for parties or just family dining around Halloween! The runner can also be used on a mantel or shelf to lay the foundation for a seasonal display. Each piece has an intricate web lace design.

seasonal-swag

Fall Frills Celebrate a holiday with a Seasonal Swag. Hang it on a door or wall for an easy decoration. Colorful foliage cascades down from an emblem of the holiday. Additional accents scattered within the foliage add to the seasonal theme. halloween-decor

Creepy Candy Celebrate the season with spooky Halloween Decor. Detailed artwork on the ceramic Poison Bottle serves as a final warning about its contents. The Set of 3 Pumpkins  spells out “BOO.” Cold cast ceramic. The metal 2-Tier Basket features bowls that look like spider webs that harbor spiders. Each letter on the burlap Halloween Banner has a different design.

 

halloween-silhouettesDevilish Decor Transform your yard into a ghostly gathering spot with the Halloween Silhouettes. Their clean shapes make them delightful during the day, and their solar lanterns create spooky shadows at night. The 3-Pc. Stake Set creates a scene of witches working over a steaming cauldron. One of the witches holds a lantern over the cauldron. The Ghost–whose pant cuffs and shoes suggest he’s a trick-or-treater in disguise–holds his lantern aloft to help him find his way. A crow perched on the Tombstone holds a lantern in its beak.

 

7 Things to Do Before Fall

summer-poolAs much as we resist, summer is on its way out to make way for fall and winter. We have to take advantage of these last few warm days outside before it’s time to get out the shovels and down coats. At LTD, we’ve come up with a few activities to soak up the warmth while we can. Here are 7 things to do before fall.

Sundae Social Invite all your kids’ besties over to build ice cream sundaes! All you need are bowls, ice cream and lots of toppings to turn a late summer day into a sweet summer day.

Mocktail Party Whip up some non-alcoholic Piña Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris, garnish them with tropical fruit and little umbrellas so your kids get a proper end-of-summer sendoff. They’ll feel so sophisticated drinking fruity mocktails in tall glasses with swirly straws while fanning themselves to keep cool. And don’t forget to take pictures so you can remember just how awesome summer is when you’re snowed-in during the next polar vortex.family-photo

Family Photo Shoot That warm summer glow your family has now is set to disappear as soon as that first school bell rings — capture the moment with a family photo as a farewell to summer.

Backyard Campout Whether you want to set up camp day or night, it doesn’t matter — as long as it’s outside! It doesn’t take much effort to build a pillow and blanket fort in the backyard for an afternoon nap, or to pitch a tent for a night of sleeping under the stars. It’s your last chance to make s’mores outdoors and bond with the kids over scary stories in the dark. However you decide to do it, it won’t be  disappointing.

Tie Dye Shirts Tie-dying is a messy craft making it the perfect outdoor, end-of-summer craft. There’s something about the rubber bands, washed-out designs that kids love to make and wear. Perhaps it’s because it’s impossible for it not to turn out awesome.  

Renaissance Faire Summer is prime time for renaissance faires and as the sun sets on the season so it does for renaissance faires. The faires recreate gatherings of the late 16th and early 17th centuries where people dress up as court jesters, centaurs and knights. They joust, play harps and sell you knicknacks. If you’ve never been to one, here’s your reminder to try it!splash-pad

Wet & Wild Hoses, sprinklers, water balloons — make one last wet and wild weekend for the kids before you have to rake the lawn rather than water it! Get them good and soaked and let them air dry while the sun is still blazing and they don’t have to huddle under a towel to stay warm.

Every season is a good season to shop at LTD! From outdoor water toys to holiday decor to make your Thanksgiving sparkle, shop LTD for products priced for fun.