5 Summer Cocktail Ideas for Lounging on Hammock Day

hammock-1July 22nd is Hammock Day — which is perfect for the middle of July because all we want to do is lounge in a hammock and sip a cold cocktail. So we came up with a list of fun and easy cocktails to drink on Hammock Day.

CocktailsTea with a Kick

Peachy Hard Iced Tea 

  • 1/3 cup peach liqueur
  • ¼ cup TB spiced rum
  • 1/4 cup peach schnapps
  • 1/8 cup vodka
  • 1 cup sweet tea
  • Lemon wedges

Combine the first four ingredients and pour over two glasses of ice. Stir in tea. Squeeze in lemon to taste. Makes about 4 servings.

Citrus with Spice

Moscow Mule

  • ¾ cup vodka
  • Fresh lime juice from 1 lime
  • 3 cups ginger beer

Combine vodka and lime juice in a shaker with ice and shake it up. Pour over four glasses of ice and top with ginger beer and gently stir. Garnish with lime slices. Makes about 4 servings.

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Berry with a Bang

Berry Shandy

  • 3/4 cup blackberries or raspberries, muddled
  • 4 bottles light beer (a lager like a pilsner is best)
  • 1 (12-oz.) container frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 TB blackberry or raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup vodka

Stir together ingredients. Pour over ice. Garnish with lemon slices. Makes about 6 servings.

Melon with Marvel

Watermelon Sangria

  • 1 small watermelon, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 750ml bottle white wine (dry is best – a sauvignon blanc or a white Burgundy would be ideal)
  • ¾ cup vodka
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • ½ cup simple syrup

In a blender, puree watermelon into a juice and strain through a sieve or a cheese cloth to remove chunks. Combine the strained juice with remaining ingredients and refrigerate for two hours, stirring occasionally. Serve over ice. Makes about 7 servings.

You don’t have to have a cocktail to enjoy the day in a hammock, but if you have a hammock, this is a reminder to get out there and enjoy it while the weather is lovely.

Happy Hammock Day!

Who We Are Following

The Internet is exploding with new slants and twists to simplify and enhance our lives. We’re on Pinterest, Twitter and the blogosphere, watching for what’s trending, what’s useful and what we think you might like. Here’s our list of who we are following:

theidearoomAt  theidearoom.com, Amy, as a science teacher turned-DIYer-blogger-crafter, shares fun projects to inspire even the craftiest of people. She has tips on everything from dealing with a child’s temper tantrum to creating a DIY vertical flower bed. For June, our favorite was her 30 day photo challenge post. Inspiring indeed.

Every-MileEverymilesamemory.com chronicles Pat and Cindy Bonish’s travels in their RV. They’ve been on the road for the last two or so years, living, loving and taking pictures of all the places they’ve seen around this beautiful country of ours. Their story is inspiring and their pictures are enviable. Their latest adventure was to Cedar Key, Florida; check it out and you won’t be able to trade in your house keys for RV keys fast enough.

Pinterest

PinterestJen Simpson  pins and pinspires. Her boards vary – she throws a “pet-shaming” board in between her breakfast recipe and home improvement boards and you might even find a board dedicated solely to Valentine’s Day wallpaper. However unpredictable her pinning ideas are, the inspiration is always consistent.

Mandy Naranjo is full of tricks and tips to share and we’re so glad she shares them with us on Pinterest. She’s not short on ideas for what to do with a box full of buttons or what teens can do with their extra energy. DIY and crafts are what on Mandy’s mind and, you know, great minds think alike.

TwitterTwitter

@craftaholicanon If you have a DIY or craft question, @craftaholicanon will answer it. Really. Just tweet her – she’s standing by with a response or she’ll find someone who can give you the answer. In addition to answers, she also offers craft tutorials, creative ideas for the family and holidays.

@allthingsthrift tweets from every angle to keep things affordable whether you’re making holiday decorations yourself or you need a new blueberry recipe. Hair tutorials, DIY day bed pallet projects and a July 4th wreath are all on @allthingsthrift’s Twitter feed this month.

Pinners, tweeters and bloggers – there are a lot out there with great ideas; these are just a few we think are worth following.

Cure for the Mondays: Sophia Petrillo

 

Sophia

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It’s Monday. It’s hard to get back into the swing of the work week, so let’s not yet. Here’s our cure for the Mondays: Sophia Petrillo. Let’s warm up our brains with the musings of our favorite Golden Girl.

On Being Old

-“When I turn my hearing-aid up to ten, I can hear a canary break wind in Lauderdale!”

-“I sleep like a log! I never have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I go in the morning. Every morning, like clockwork, at 7am – I p**. Unfortunately I don’t wake up ’till 8.”

-“I’m an old white woman. I’m not supposed to have color.”

-“I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know.”

-[On retirement homes] “Do you know what they do? They set off the fire alarm in a retirement home. Who can rush? Half the people have walkers. The other half can’t get out of their chairs. They got bells going off like crazy. Do you know what that does to hearts that only beat a few times a week? It’s not pretty.”

Image Source: Alan Light via Flickr

Image Source: Alan Light via Flickr

On Being Cranky

-“There’s just something I don’t like about him. I can’t put my finger on it, but if I did, I’d have to wash it.”

-[On her late husband Sal] “May he rest in peace till I get there.”

-“You didn’t ask me for my opinion, but I’m old, so I’m giving it anyway.”

-“Why do blessings wear disguises? If I were a blessing, I’d run around naked.”

-“There’s nothing to fear but fear itself… And of course the bogeyman.”

Sophia was sometimes wise, mostly witty and always hilarious. Even when you have the Mondays, Sophia is good for a chuckle.

Different Colored Eyes Day: Celebrities with Different Colored Eyes

July 12th is Different Colored Eyes Day – different colored eyes is a condition called heterochromia iridum and, according to the National Institutes of Health, it affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Among those 200,000 people are some you may know – from a distance, anyway. Here are 7 celebrities with different colored eyes:

Dan-Aykroyd


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Dan Aykroyd You may know him as Elwood Blues, and even though Dan Aykroyd is known as a Blues Brother, there’s nothing blue about either of his eyes. The difference is so subtle you might not notice, but Aykroyd has one brown eye and one green eye.

Elizabeth Berkley As studious Jessie Spano on Saved By The Bell, Elizabeth Berkley’s head may have been buried in the books too much to notice the color of her eyes. She has two different colors in one of her eyes – one half is brown, the other half is green and the other eye is green.

Kate-bosworth

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Kate Bostworth With all the action thrown at Superman’s girlfriend in Superman Returns, you may have been too distracted to notice Lois Lane’s eyes. The actress who played Lane, Kate Bosworth, has one brown eye and one blue eye. Perhaps that was the Man of Steel’s Kryptonite.

Jane Seymour From Bond Girl to Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman to Cougar in Wedding Crashers, it wasn’t Jane Seymour’s eyes that landed her some of her best roles on screen. In addition to the actress and model’s long, flowing hair and sultry voice she has one green eye and one blue eye.

Christopher Walken Another Bond and Wedding Crashers alum also has two different colored eyes. Christopher Walken has one blue and one hazel eye. The difference is about as extreme as his ability to stretch from drama to slapstick comedy.

Kiefer-Sutherland

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Kiefer Sutherland A little known fact about the 24 star is he has one green eye and one blue eye. Another little known fact about Kiefer Sutherland, according to IMDB, is he was active in the rodeo circuit in his early 30s. Sutherland is chock full of interesting dichotomies.

Mila-Kunis

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Mila Kunis It’s hard not to notice Mila Kunis these days with all of the attention she’s getting for her upcoming wedding to Ashton Kutcher, the birth of their child and quitting acting to start a home. But what with all the buzz, the one thing you might not notice is her different colored eyes – one green and one brown.

 

 

Video Game Day: How We Played Video Games Before Internet Consoles

July 8th is Video Game Day. For parents, this day is met with an eye-roll even though most parents went through a video game phase when they were kids. Perhaps the disdain for the day is out of envy — after all, video games 20 years ago weren’t quite as fancy and high-tech as they are today. Here’s a look back at video games LTD Commodities was peddling before internet consoles.

Push-Button Basketball “Indoor hoops without the drywall repairs” and… fun! Make lay-ups and three-pointers with the touch of a knob, but even with all the “surprising upsets” everything stays intact with the protective plastic dome. The colorful score keeper tracks all of the exciting one-on-one action of “thrilling comebacks” all without a battery, cord or internet connection.

Push-Button-BasketballHappy Driver with Bump and Go Action Get behind the wheel without a driver’s license with this driving simulator! It has a key you can actually turn to start the “car” and a gear shifter so you can change gears as you speed up and slow down — depending on your simulated traffic. You can even avoid jams by shifting into reverse and head in another direction to reach your destination without getting into an “accident.” If you prefer action in the air, water or narrow road ways, simulators come in choice of airplane, motorcycle and boat.

Happy-Driver

Cassette Game Player Who needs an MP3 player or a portable CD player when you can listen to your Wham! Make It Big cassette tape and play video game tennis or grand prix at the same time from the same machine!  This Cassette Game Player takes FULL-SCALE cassettes (no Pocket Rockers here!), it features adjustable headset and built-in belt clip. The video games function on a simple watch battery; the cassette player — which features play, stop and fast forward (Sorry! No rewind) — operates on two AA batteries.

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Electronic Action Games Tic tic tic! Beep beep beep! Aliens are blown to bits with the intergalactic Space Blaster! Battle hostile aliens from wherever you are in the Universe and you’ll “feel the power of an arcade in the palm of your hands.”  ”Arcade?” you might ask. Well, it just means you don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy decimating aliens with the touch of a button. Oh, and don’t worry, your hands won’t actually turn green if you play Space Blaster. If sports are more your thing, “Basketball,” “Motorcycle” and “Car Racing” are also Electronic Action Game options. There are two skill levels to choose from on each game and, just in case you need help getting to class on time, the EAG includes a “handy clock and alarm.”

Video-Game-Player

Electronic Tabletop Games What’s your video game pleasure? Football? Fighting aliens? Car racing? Baseball? Well, you can play them all on separate machines from the comfort of your kitchen table or desk top (by “desk top” we don’t mean a computer that is not a laptop or tablet, we mean the top of a desk!). You have the option of playing as a beginner or an expert (no in-betweeners, please!) as you take on the electronic opponent of your choice. These games will keep you mesmerized for hours, but just so you don’t get too wrapped up in Electronic Tabletop Games, the clock chimes hourly to remind you you’re wasting a perfectly nice summer day.

Electronic-Tabletop-Game

Technology has improved exponentially in the last twenty years so LTD Commodities no longer carry these video games. It’s a good thing, too — now video games just take up Cloud Space rather than storage space (but we will always sell storage space solutions!). Unfortunately, video games still waste your time now the same way they did in 1994.

 

Fried Chicken Day: Best Places for Fried Chicken

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Image Source: Flickr

July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day… Everyone has a different idea of how it should be done, but there isn’t a wrong way to do fried chicken. Here are some of the best places for fried chicken around the country.

Texas In Texas, Houston’s Barbecue Inn takes the top spot for fried chicken. It’s been in business for almost 70 years and everything is old-school – it’s the type of place where kale is used as a garnish, not in a salad and the only other green you might find on your plate is a side of creamy cole slaw. But you’re not going for the vegetables, you’re going for the fried-to-order chicken that is worth the wait.

Florida Jumbo’s Restaurant in Miami serves up crispy fried chicken every minute of every day. The food is consistent and it should be – just about everyone who works there has been there for decades with an extensive menu to match; you don’t have to stop with the fried food (conch and shrimp are also favorites), you can get everything from a chicken liver omelette to sweet and tasty fried plantains.

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Pennsylvania Good ‘n’ Plenty in Smoketown not only gives you home-style fried chicken, they also serve it to you home-style – which means you might be seated next to a stranger, sharing a pitcher of iced tea, eating all you want for one price. But if you want to try the fried chicken, you have to keep up with their menu – it’s on a weekly rotation.

Ohio At Mya’s Fried Chicken in Columbus they keep it simple; they have to because they’re working out of a truck – and only on the weekend. Chicken, biscuits and a few sides are what’s on the menu, but do you really need more? Not in Ohio.

Fried-Chicken

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California In Los Angeles, Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles is a classic spot to get breakfast any time. They serve just about every part of the chicken next to waffles, biscuits or potatoes smothered in gravy. But if you’re craving chicken and waffles while you’re in LA, be prepared to wait; the lines there are legendary.

Wherever you are on July 6th, there’s bound to be a great fried chicken place near you. Do yourself a favor and order a few drumsticks for the occasion; you won’t regret it.

UFO Day: Best Places to Spot UFOs

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July 2nd is UFO Day. According to the Syracuse New Times, there are about 25 UFO sightings reported around the world every day. In the United States there are a few places where reports are heavier than others. Here are 5 of the Best Places to spot UFOs.

Texas Apparently, the entire state of Texas is a great place to spot UFOs. From Lubbock to Huffman, there have been compelling accounts of UFOs hovering over the Lone Star State. Going back to the 19th century, an aircraft crashed in the town of Aurora, destroying a windmill. The remains of a small being were found and it was buried in the town cemetery. More recently, in 2008, dozens of Stephenville residents claimed to see aircrafts the size of football fields flying over the town. It made national news, but about two weeks later, the US Air Force dismissed the claims saying training flights were being conducted at the time of the “sightings.”

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Pine Bush, New York As the UFO Sighting Capital of New York, residents of Pine Bush have been seeing and hearing strange things regularly since the 1900s. One aircraft known as the “Westchester Boomerang,” has been spotted more than 2,000 times in Pine Bush and surrounding areas, but there are numerous claims of alien encounters – two books have been published about the activity. Today, there’s a yearly festival in the spring to celebrate UFOs and aliens in Pine Bush.

Cleveland, Ohio UFO activity is hot in Cleveland and its surrounding area. Many people have reported strange lights over Lake Erie – like big red or orange balls unlike anything associated with an airplane or helicopter. There are government and military bases nearby, but witnesses claim the lights are from out of this world.

San Luis Valley, Colorado The UFO sightings are so frequent a woman built a UFO watchtower where more than 20,000 in the last 15 years have gone to witness alien air forces in action. There have been more than 60 reported sightings – including flying discs — in the area along with strange occurrences involving cattle. There is a nearby air force base, but whether it’s there for testing aircraft or fighting alien invaders, is a matter of debate in some circles.

UFO

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Los Angeles, California The Battle of Los Angeles in 1942 has UFO chasers still linking the city with extra-terrestrial activity. The Battle was what seemed like an enemy attack and even set of air raid sirens, but the US military had no explanation for it except it was likely a lost weather balloon. Now there is thought to be an underwater UFO base off the coast of Los Angeles UFO chasers think is connected to the Battle of Los Angeles. There was some speculation about a base in 2006, but earlier this year, some structures were discovered off the coast. Whether or not those structures are alien has yet to be determined.

Whether you have spotted unidentified flying objects in the sky or not, UFO Day reminds us the Universe is much bigger than the world we live in and we are not alone. 

Pinteresting Picks for June

It’s the last day of June and summer is in full-swing — we can tell just by looking at our Pinterest boards. We looked at our most pinned products — they’re all very different, but there’s definitely a summer theme to the selections. Here is our list of Pinteresting Picks for June.

Splish-Splash

Your kids will jump at the chance to make waves in this Banzai Splish Splash Pool. Overflowing with nearly 8 feet of fun, this inflatable water playground gives toddlers a cool retreat from the heat. Six activity stations include a rainbow canopy, whale slide, water-spraying starfish stacker, baby dolphin rider, clamshell sprinkler and water-spraying pool rim. Simply attach to your garden hose and let the fun begin.

 

Gnome-Tree

Solar Gnome Tree House will put a smile on the face of everyone who sees it. This whimsical garden accent features windows that light up using the power of the sun. Turns on automatically at dusk.

 

Smores-Grill-Rack

Prepare everyone’s favorite campfire treat on the grill with this S’mores Grill Rack. The stainless steel platform holds graham crackers and chocolate on top, while the sides can hold marshmallows on two of the four included skewers.

 

Body-Pillows

A 52″ Bright Body Pillow is a fun and comfortable addition to your bedroom. Cradle it for extra support while sleeping on your side. Lean back onto it when reading or watching TV. Works as a decorative pillow for your bed as well.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Simple Ideas to Give Your Room a New Look

living-roomRedecorating can be a lot of work and a lot of money but every room could use a refresher once in a while. Here are 5 simple ideas to give your room a new look without all the expense and effort of renovating.

Contrast

Treat trim and baseboards as you would treat wall art or a photograph. Curate it. Give it color in contrast to the walls. Making the trim stand out mixes up the mundane and gives the room an unexpected visual pop.

Angle

Pick up your furniture and move it. It doesn’t have to be completely re-arranged, a simple slide counterclockwise to change the angle of the room refreshes a tired arrangement without tearing down a wall or even dragging out your tool box.

living-room2Rotate

Change up your accessories. Rotate different colored throw pillows and blankets into the room to create a different mood. Do this seasonally to brighten the room, to tone it down or when you get bored the room’s landscape.

Redistribute

Go through your room and collect all your knick knacks, curios and baubles. When all of your surfaces are free of mementos, redistribute them. Just mixing up the little things brings a welcome shine to a dull room.

living-room3Nature

Add a houseplant or two to the room. Plants add color and life to a room as well as filter the air we breathe. The room doesn’t even have to have much light; some plants prefer indirect sunlight and thrive in dim spots. Even if you don’t think you can care for a plant, there are many plants that require minimal maintenance.

Reviving a room doesn’t have to be a lot of work or cost a lot. Sometimes it only takes a few adjustments to bring cheer back to a room.

Duck Dynasty 4th of July

Duck-Dynasty-flicker-USOThe Robertsons are known for their country values, patriotic flare, and being a little offbeat. Expect nothing less for a Duck Dynasty 4th of July celebration. Here’s a Duck Dynasty guide to celebrating the most patriotic of American holidays:

Taking the Day Off:

“Work Work Work. Nobody takes to to stop and smell the roses. Hey, so Jack we’re smelling the roses.” – Si

“It’s Saturday, I fish on Saturdays.” – Jase

Cooking Out:

“Food is the language. I know how to speak it.”- Miss Kay

“Buy those wieners with cheese already in them.” – Willie

Spending Time with Family:

“West Monroe born and raised in the duck blind is where I spent most of my days.” – Jep

“I want to learn how to make that little heart & a smiley face.” – Miss Kay

“I know this sounds like a crazy question, but what are you doing handcuffed to your uncle?” – Phil

Causin’ Trouble: 

“This thing is off the hook and the chain.” – Si

“We’re gonna run if we get in trouble.” – Jep

Relaxing and Disconnecting:

“They’re already suffering from digital dementia.” – Phil

“Peace of mind is like a piece of pie.” – Si

To create a Robertson Fourth of July is a tall order; you don’t have to do it their way to do it right, but their way is the fun way.