LTD Essentials: Summer Snack Showcase

The summer season has always been home to some of the best snack foods. Whether we’re trying to beat the heat at the pool, watching a ball game or attending a Memorial Day barbecue, great food seems pretty easy to find. But just like any other season, a few of the best treats are only made available for a short span of months. Check out our summer snack showcase to make sure you get your fill before the season ends.

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Unmatched Movie Snack
There will be plenty of blockbuster movies this summer, but if you want to kick back with a film in your own home, check out this Microwave Popcorn Maker. Pop and serve the scrumptious snack in the silicone box and enjoy healthier popcorn without excessive oil. Pour ¼ cup of kernels into the popper, secure the lid and microwave for 3-4 minutes. Great for flavored popcorn as well. Makes approx. 4-6 cups. Dishwasher safe.

Retro-Hot-Dog-Steamer

Stadium Experience at Home
As long as you’re recreating the cinema experience at home, why not do the same with your favorite ball park snack? The Retro Hot Dog Steamer cooks perfect hot dogs in just 5-7 minutes. Equipped with a hot dog drawer and built-in bun steaming tray, all you need to do is add water to the base and watch it steam up to 8 hot dogs and 4 buns all at once. Instructions and recipe booklet included. On/off switch. ETL-listed.

Expandable-Hot-Cold-Food-Carriers

Packing for Parties
Summertime is party season. Barbecues, picnics and more get us gathering outside with our best kitchen creations. Keep your dishes ready to serve with the Expandable Hot/Cold Food Carrier. The base level has an insulated lining that holds in heat and can also shield cold dishes from the sun. Unzip the top to expand the carrier and create a second compartment for a room temperature dish. Has built-in handles for carrying.

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Special Treats for a Special Day
Summer might be filled with holiday gatherings and neighborhood block parties, but just like any other season there are birthdays to celebrate. Add a personal touch to a loved one’s special day with Birthday Baking Fun. The 12-Pc. Silicone Baking Cup Set eliminates the need for paper liners. The brightly-colored cups come in a variety of different sizes to fit your needs. Dishwasher, freezer, microwave and oven safe.

Dump-and-Bake-Desserts-Cookbook

Cherry on Top
Sometimes all the summer events can be a little exhausting, especially if you’re planning to cook for every event on your social calendar. The recipes in this Dump & Bake Desserts Cookbook only require one pan! There’s no need to use extra bowls or an electric mixer. All you have to do is dump in all the ingredients, stir and bake. Make delicious tarts, pies, cookies, bars and cakes for your summer events. Softcover, 64 pages.

Summer Design Tips: How to Inspire Tech-Free Creativity

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We’re on the brink of summer break. Very soon kids will be spending mornings in the family room instead of study hall, claiming territory at the kitchen table instead of the cafeteria. Being at home means being tempted by technology. A few lazy days can morph into a month, two months…before they know it, all the projects they were hoping to get done before the next school year must be crammed into a tight schedule. It can be pretty difficult to separate kids from the technology they use every day, but there are times when they would benefit from putting down their phones or stepping away from the TV to get serious about their creative ideas and summer projects. Learn how to inspire tech-free creativity with these easy design tips.

Natural light is a natural ally.
Even with advances in screen technology, natural light is still one of the biggest enemies when it comes to a user-friendly experience. Everything from smartphones to laptops can be negatively affected by too much sunlight, so giving light the freedom to filter into the living or family room is a simple way to mark any major area as a tech-free zone. In addition to deterring the use of screens, natural light is fantastic for a variety of creative activities. Let your kids set up an easel by the window, fill a room with activity books and games, or clear out sun-drenched areas for physical activities like yoga or for bigger craft projects.

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Bookcases, bookshelves and…well, books.
There’s no better way to define a space than by packing it with the contents you’d like the space to be used for. Despite the steady interest in e-readers, print books remain more than relevant. Young generations still prefer the feeling of flipping through physical pages. Students in high school or college continue to buy print books with good reason. Designating a room for quiet activities like reading is as easy as providing comfy seating and stocking shelves with the titles that will get your kids excited about spending quality time inside.

All eyes on…wait, where’s the TV?
Ever since the TV burst onto the household scene, the layout for family space has shifted to accommodate the magical box. With furniture gravitating toward the big screen, it’s almost impossible to use the TV room for anything but prime time programming and binge-watching. But people looking to make a change rightly wonder how to arrange their room if they take out the TV. Previously used focal points include the fireplace, piano and wall art. Another option is to arrange seating around a coffee table to help cultivate conversation.

No matter what kind of space you want to encourage for your kids’ summer break, The Lakeside Collection is ready to decorate. Accent natural light in your living room with our selection of window treatments, stock up that bookshelf with titles for all ages, and get a few statement pieces to change your room’s focal point.

LTD Essentials: Productive Rainy Day Activities

Right now most of us are experiencing our fair share of rainy days. As our gardens bask under overcast skies and soak up everything from sprinkling showers to torrential downpours, we’re busy shaking off our umbrellas and preparing for a day indoors. But there are benefits to being stuck inside on a rainy day. Here are a few productive rainy day activities to transform those gloomy hours into time well spent.

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Focus on Fitness
If you’re stuck inside, use your morning to fit in a refreshing workout. The Zumba Gold Live It Up 2-DVD Set is a fun dance-fitness program that makes working out feel like a party. It features upbeat Latin and world rhythms, with easy-to-follow dance steps that let you exercise at your own pace. The first DVD gets you moving to salsa, flamenco, and includes interviews with nutrition experts. The second DVD features different cardio endurance and balance exercises with warm-up and cool-down routines.

19-Inch-Angle-Level-Tool

Plan a DIY Project
A rainy day is an opportunity to get work done around the house, especially some of the projects you’ve been putting off. The 19” Angle Level Tool is perfect for completing a variety of DIY projects. Each arm features a 19” ruler, one with storage for two metal prongs that serve as a compass and the other for a contractor pencil. It precisely determines angles between 0 and 270 degrees, with two bubble levels for horizontal and vertical alignment. Great for home repairs, installations, hanging pictures and more!

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Tidy Up the Garage
Being cooped up in your garage on a rainy afternoon is great if you’ve been meaning to get organized. With Magnetic Accessories for Tool Chests, you can make your tools and accessories easier to find. The vinyl Magnetix Toolbox ID Labels won’t damage your tool chest like ordinary sticker labels. The Set of 2 Shelves are equipped with powerful magnets on the back, strong enough to support heavy contents and easy to move when you need the extra storage space.

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Creative Collage
If spring showers got you trapped inside, use the time to create a piece of home décor your family will love. Set of Two 20-Photo Wall Collages make it easy to display and protect your most precious photos. Each collage holds 10 horizontal and 10 vertical 4” x 6” photos in plastic sleeves, giving you the freedom to switch out photos as many times as you want. It’s made of sturdy PVC and has an attractive header with a sentimental word or phrase. Reinforced eyelets make them easy to hang almost anywhere in your house.

Taste-of-Home-Easy-Weeknight-Dinners

Good Family Food
One of the best places to spend your rainy day is in the kitchen, especially if you’re in the mood to try out a brand new family recipe. Taste of Home Easy Weeknight Dinners offers you a simple and delicious recipe for every weeknight of the year, from Crumb-Coated Ranch Chicken to BBQ Meat Loaf Minis. Make meals using the oven, grill, slow cooker or stovetop. Sections include: 30 Minutes to Dinner, 5 Simple Ingredients, No-Fuss Slow Cooker, Leave it in the Oven and more! Photos with each recipe. 352 pages.