August Pinteresting Picks

Finflatable-kiddie-bedsall is in the air and judging by what our Pinterest followers are pinning, they’re ready for the season to change!  Here are the August Pinteresting Picks.

Light as Air Give them a comfortable place to sleep while away from home with an Inflatable Kiddie Bed. It has a 2-piece recessed center design that provides a secure sleeping area. Simple to inflate using your own pump, making it ideal for sleepovers, camping and more. Includes a heavy-duty repair patch. family-birthday-plaque

Birthday Alerts Wooden Family Birthday Plaque keeps track of those special days with country style. Take one of the 24 included tags and personalize it with a person’s name and the date of their birthday. Then, hang the tag from the loop under the correct month. You can tell at a glance if you have any birthdays to celebrate in the coming month. ruffle-pajamas

Sleep Tight Cute and comfy Girls’ 2-Pc. Ruffle Pajamas feature playful, all-over patterns and ruffle accents. The sleeveless tank top features a ruffle band around the waist, while the bottoms have coordinating ruffles. burlap-pumpkins

Harvest Enhancements Celebrate the harvest season with this attractive decor! The Set of 3 Burlap Pumpkins adds contrasting textures to any room with rough burlap rinds and polyester leaves and vines. Imported. The Set of 2 Owl Tea Light Holders looks beautiful with soft candlelight from your own tea lights glowing through the scrollwork body. Their gem eyes add a glittering accent.nfl-mason-jar

Gridiron Glasses This 16-Oz. NFL Glass Mason Jar is both functional and decorative. The handled glass jar includes your favorite team’s name and logo. Use it as a drinking glass at a tailgate or as a vase for a bouquet of handpicked flowers. You could even gift it to your favorite fan with some homemade goodies inside.

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

Are you ready for some football?! LTD is! With football season ahead, we have a lot of party-planning to do. If you have a few tailgating parties on the calendar, it might be time to get started on your planning as well. To make it easy, we put together a list of items we think you’d like to have at your football party. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Tailgate Parties.Football-steeler-flag

Mark Your Territory Make a bold statement about your favorite NFL team any time of day or night with this spirited garden flag. Bright fiber-optic lights embedded into the nylon fabric illuminate your team’s logo on one of the sides. Double-sided graphics make sure it reads correctly no matter how you hang it. Included timer automatically turns it on for 8 hours and off for 16 hours. Hidden in a waterproof, fabric-magic pocket, the timer easily sets and resets with the touch of a button. Fits your own standard garden pole. Can be displayed indoors, too.game-day-skincare

Weather Protection You’ll be prepared for anything when you head to the stadium with an NFL Game Day Skin Care set. It’s a handy collection of items that feature your favorite team’s logo on each bottle or tube. The products are gender neutral so they can be used by both men and women. Bottles have a convenient hanging loop for easy attachment to backpacks, belt loops, and more.collegiate-can-cooler

Brisk Beverages Keep your drink cold while you enjoy it with a Collegiate Freezable Can Cooler. It features your favorite NCAA team’s colors and has the logo prominently displayed on the front. Each lightweight cooler has water inside it that, when frozen, helps your beverage stay ice cold. Fits snugly around the can and has a rubberized plastic bottom so it won’t slip or scratch surfaces.ltd-football-scarf

Spirited Scarves Show your team spirit with an officially licensed NFL Reversible Infinity Scarf. This reversible scarf features both team colors, one on each side. Prominently adorning each side is a bold square patch of the team name and logo.nfl-serving

Bowl Backing NFL Gameday Sculpted Bowl is the only way to serve up chili, soup or dip at your party! Durable 23-oz. bowl has raised details on the exterior with your team’s logo on each side and a glazed finish. Double handles make it easy to carry. Ceramic. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Football is another excuse to throw a party and we love parties at LTD! From holiday cocktail parties to celebrating in stadium parking lots, look to LTD to make your fall parties fabulous.

5 Movies to Get You Excited for Fall

Even though fall is the gateway to a harsh winter (that sometimes lasts way too long), it’s a season that gives us an exciting tingle of anticipation. School starts, fall football gets underway and Halloween is that holiday stepping stone to Thanksgiving and Christmas. And because of all the colors and clothes that takes us through the transition, it makes the perfect backdrop for films — so we put together a list of films we love and remind us of how fabulous fall is. Here are 5 movies to get you excited for fall.

Dead Poets Society

Changing seasons and changing lives is what Dead Poets Society is all about. Set at a fancy prep school covered in ivy, Robin Williams is a teacher makes you want to go back to high school and re-learn poetry with an enthusiasm to become something extraordinary. It’s that same feeling you get every fall when leaves start to transform from greenery to ornamental foliage.

Goodwill Hunting

Dead Poets Society isn’t the last school movie set in fall nor is it the last Robin Williams movie. This time, Williams plays the part of a psychologist who tries to get a genius janitor on the straight and narrow as college students return to class in the fall. The story is brilliantly executed, but with Boston as the setting as fall descends on the city, it’s a movie to take you away to an unexpected New England we don’t often see in the movies.

You’ve Got Mail

“You’ve Got Mail” is a phrase you probably haven’t heard since the early 2000s, but the movie itself is worth re-watching if for no other reason than seeing New York City in the fall. It’s a romantic comedy framed by the reds and oranges we love about the season and sprinkled with ideas of love found online when online dating meant finding common threads with people in chat rooms. Even if it’s saccharine sweet, it’s a fun fall movie to take you outside of your head when nights are a little too chilly for a stroll to get ice cream.

Stepmom

OK — this is a tear-jerker wrapped in family dramedy and rolled up in fall leaves. If you miss barn jackets or you’re eager to rake up a pile of leaves to jump in, Stepmom is worth a watch or a re-watch. Set in the north east, the background is what you think of when you imagine autumn. The subject is heavy — divorce, remarriage and two moms trying to get along (sort of) — and the end is sad, but it’s very sweet at the same time. Just like fall.

The Sixth Sense

There are few movies that showcase Philadelphia as beautifully as The Sixth Sense. As the story twists itself around your mind, the leaves change and the characters untangle its mystery. It’s a movie about ghosts caught between two worlds and the dank setting of fall lends you that same futile feeling. The moving is as chilling as fall but it leaves you satisfied as well as mystified that’s as good for a re-watch as it is the first time you see it.

Every season and every holiday are cause for celebration at LTD Commodities! Whether you need ideas for a Halloween party or you need extra bedding to welcome family home for Thanksgiving, shop LTD for great products at practical prices.

5 Recipes for Your Football Party

jalapeno-popper-dipFootball season is here! While we leave behind our summer barbecues and pool parties, we welcome fall football as a reason to have a get together, enjoy a game and, of course, eat really fun food! But when you’re hosting a football game viewing party or a tailgate party, you can’t spend the whole party in the kitchen keeping up with your guests appetites. What you serve has to be a delicate balance of delicious and easy-to-make. Here a 5 recipes for your football party that are effortless and enticing.

Jalapeño Popper Dip It’s one of those favorite appetizers for Friday nights after work with your pals, but you don’t have to leave the jalapeño poppers to the restaurant to make — you can whip up your own version to add a little spice to your tailgate party! This recipe comes from Raining Hot Coupons — it includes lots of cheese and Ritz Crackers, so if you’re counting calories, you may want to skip this one. But who are you kidding? No one counts calories when football is involved!crock-pot-kielbasa

Crockpot Kielbasa Here’s one for meat lovers — Crockpot Spicy Barbecue Kielbasa from Tammilee Tips. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also ridiculously easy to make. If you can flip a switch on, slice chunks of sausage and pour sauce, you can make kielbasa that keeps crowds coming back for more.  loaded-baked-potato-dip

Loaded Baked Potato Dip Serving baked potatoes at a tailgate party is a great idea in theory, but in practice, it may be a little too much of a hassle. But no worries —  Loaded Baked Potato Dip is a more than fabulous consolation dip. Let’s Dish Recipes whipped this one up — and all it takes it a lot of sour cream, a lot of bacon and a lot of cheddar — but it brings a lot of smiles! And what a way to make your potato chips a little more dazzling for game day grub!baked-brie-dip

Baked Brie Dip Of course you want to appeal to sophisticated palates as well as the hardy appetites. In this situation, we are steering you to White on Rice Couple’s baked brie dip. Though the sun dried tomatoes and delicately creamy brie has complicated flavors, it’s very easy to make. If you can cut up sun dried tomatoes and measure thyme, you can serve this at your tailgate party without breaking a sweat.buffalo-chicken-cheese-ball

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball No party is quite complete without two things: 1) Buffalo Chicken 2) A Cheese Ball. The great thing is, you can get both of them in one recipe thanks to Buns in My Oven. The Buffalo Chicken Cheese ball is super easy to make with a stand mixer — a little bit of cream cheese, some cheddar, a few dashes of hot sauce all mashed up and you’re done. Make a little or a lot, your guests won’t go hungry with this one and you can enjoy the game rather than cooking.  

LTD Commodities celebrates any occasion, big or small! Whether you need recipe ideas for your holiday or you need
NFL gear to make your football guests feel at home, shop LTD for products priced for fun.

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

camo-fleeceWe are not ready for fall, but it’s coming whether or not we need a few extra days of summer. With just a month left of the season, we have some time to prepare for autumn. To get you started, here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Fall.

Fall Fleece This comfortable fleece jacket will keep you warm on all your outdoor adventures. His and Hers Highland Timber Jackets feature woodsy camouflage detailing around the shoulder and collar that adds a fashionable touch to a basic fleece zip-up jacket. The Men’s black jacket has camo elbow patches and 2 front non-zippered pockets. The Women’s pink jacket has 2 front zippered pockets. Both styles have an adjustable cord around the waist, similar to a drawstring, to adjust the tightness.crochet-knee-high-socks

Snug Socks Draw admiring attention to your legs with 2-Pair Crochet Knee-High Socks with Bows. Perfect for wearing with boots, these classic socks are super-soft and lightweight. The bow detailing adds a fun, feminine touch.
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Autumn Accents Oversized Country Heart and Star Crock can hold faux flowers in the living room, or use it in the kitchen as a catch-all for utensils. Decorative design features raised hearts and stars, as well as a sentiment, “Faith Family Friends”, around the rim. plush-sherpa-throw

Cozy & Comfortable The Woods 50″ x 70″ Plush Sherpa Throw is perfect to snuggle up in. Ultra soft plush and sherpa fabric keeps you warm and cozy, while the print shows off your love of the outdoors. It’s oversized to wrap around your entire body.

harvest-stakesHarvest Enhacements Decorate your yard for the season with this Set of 2 Harvest Stakes. Each set includes 2 differently sized seasonal figures. They feature a variety of prints and solids in autumn hues of gold, orange and brown.

LTD Commodities has products and ideas to celebrate every season! From outdoor decor for the holidays to bedding for cold winter nights, shop LTD to make each season bright.

5 DIY Teacher Gift Ideas

teacher-giftsIt’s time to go back to school and while you’re busy trying to make it as easy as possible for your kids, so are their teachers! But those teachers need a little boost before the year gets rolling — why not give them a little gift of encouragement? Have your kids help out to make something special and keep them busy on these last few days of summer. Here are 5 DIY teacher gift ideas to get the year started right.

Daily Durability The school year survival kit is a super-easy idea to put together as well as inexpensive. Have your kids think about what their teachers need every day to get through classes — coffee to give them a morning boost, candy to treat themselves after lunch, school supplies to present lessons — anything your kids think their teachers might need or want to make the school day a little brighter.  

fairy-garden-kitNew Life Your kids’ teachers help them learn and grow — take that idea and turn it into the shape of a plant. To make it personal, have your kids paint a terra cotta planter with a cute back-to-school quote and tie a ribbon around it. For the plant, choose something easy to care for like a succulent or an air plant — with a low-maintenance plant, your teacher can focus on making your kids sharp while having a little extra life in the room.

Treasure Over Trash If you want to get crafty with a few things you already have but need to get rid of, turn them into something decorative for your kids’ teachers. Use the nubs of colored pencils to create beads for a necklace or use old crayons to create paperweights with rocks from the garden. For that one, you’ll have to heat them in your oven (be careful!) until they’re too hot to touch with your bare hands. Take the crayon crumbs and set them on top of the hot rocks and let them melt away to make a colorful gift for teacher.

lunch-totePractical Packing If you and your kids are super crafty, try something a little more elaborate like a DIY reusable lunch tote. It doesn’t require a lot of materials or time, just a bit of patience. Check out the tutorial on Camille Styles. If you want to simplify the idea, you can always make a no-sew tote from a t-shirt or pillowcase your child’s teacher can use to carry her belongings to and from school or even just to the grocery store. Or, if you don’t have the time to craft, you can always buy a lunch tote

Whatever you need to make your child’s teacher daily duties a little bit easier, LTD Commodities has a solution! Whether it’s an idea for classroom-friendly snacks or a gift for the first day of school, look to LTD for practical products and inspiring ideas.

Tooth Fairy Day: A Brief History of the Tooth Fairy

tooth-fairy-pillowWith the kids going back to school, taking on new responsibilities and learning new traditions, it’s fitting that August 22 is Tooth Fairy Day. The fictional sprite symbolizes a rite of passage for kids as they grow, learn and evolve, much the way the Tooth Fairy has done over the last century or so. Here’s a little bit about the Tooth Fairy and how she became the unofficial patron saint of lost teeth.  

Cultural Conventions Like many symbols Americans use for holidays and rituals (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, trick-or-treating), the Tooth Fairy is a blend of ideas and symbols we borrowed from Europeans and other cultures. For most cultures, losing a baby tooth is a stepping stone toward adulthood and so giving children money in exchange for teeth is thought to be the first introduction to responsibility. In Scandinavian countries parents give children money when they lose their first tooth, but no fairies are involved in the exchange. In some places, children throw their teeth at the sun or on a rooftop as a way to request a new, strong tooth, but money and supernatural creatures aren’t part of this ceremony.missing-teeth

Rodents In Spain and other hispanic cultures, children put their newly lost teeth under their pillows for Ratoncito Perez — a mouse who takes the tooth and replaces it with a small gift. In French-speaking countries, a mouse is also given the responsibility of a tooth exchange. Some people believe this idea is traced to Marie-Catherine Baronne d’Aulnoy who wrote The Good Little Mouse in the 17th century. It’s about a fairy who morphs into a mouse to help a queen held captive by an evil king. However, contrary to what people say (a popular summary of the story is the mouse hid under the evil king’s pillow so she could knock out his teeth, which is false) there isn’t a lot in the way of baby teeth and pillows to link it to the Tooth Fairy. There are also theories that children surrender their teeth to the “tooth mouse” so their teeth grow in as strong as a rodent’s or teeth that keep growing because rodents grow until they die.

missing-teeth2American as… The Tooth Fairy The Tooth Fairy as Americans know her today, came to life as early as the 1900s with a combination of characteristics from European folklore. The Tooth Fairy was first mentioned in the Chicago Daily Tribune in 1908, but she didn’t find a firm place in literature until 1927. Esther Watkins Arnold wrote a play called The Tooth Fairy (though it’s likely not an origin story) and in 1949, Lee Rogo wrote a short story published in Collier’s about new parents and the mythical creature their daughter believed in — but there’s no explanation on where this fairy came from.

The origins of the Tooth Fairy are murky at best and they aren’t as interesting or fun as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, but it’s a tradition parents love to hold up, year after year and generation after generation — and kids are almost always willing to take cash for a missing tooth.

Keep your traditions alive with LTD Commodities! From birthday celebrations to Thanksgiving dinners, make your custom special with products priced for fun from LTD.

 

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for the First Day of School

It seems like we just got over the student liberation on the last day of school, and we’re already facing the first day of school! There’s so much to do and to buy, we thought we’d make it a little easier for you. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for the First Day of School.Sharkbite-hem-dress

Inaugural Outfit Girls’ Shark Bite Hem Chiffon Dress is perfect for just about any occasion! She’ll love its uneven hemline and flowing design. Made of breezy chiffon, it has crisscrossing straps and an elastic waist for a comfortable fit. minecraft

Signature Style Let everyone know you play one of the world’s most popular online games with Minecraft Accessories. You’ve dedicated hours to building your cube empire and dodging hostile mobs. Celebrate your successes with these pieces that feature the notorious Creeper. Available in Men’s and Youth sizes, the T-Shirt has a screen print of a Creeper peeking through a hole. Cotton. The Beanie Hat will make your head look like the face of a Creeper.

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Your Feet Are Covered This Favorite Movie Characters 5-Pair Sock Set is a delightful addition to any fan’s wardrobe. Your favorite characters are featured front and center on the top of these low, no-show socks.cooler-messenger

Refreshments Central Keep your refreshments cold in this NFL Coleman 12-Can Messenger Cooler. The soft-sided insulated cooler displays your favorite team’s logo and has additional storage space for holding your keys, bottle opener, sunscreen and more. The adjustable shoulder strap with a 24″ drop and shoulder padding allows you to carry it around comfortably. quilted-back-pack

Cute Carriers Girls’ Quilted Patch Backpack is great for travel, school or trips to grandma’s house. It features an embroidered appliqué design, made from a variety of solid and patterned fabrics, and embellished with buttons. It’s fully lined and has a roomy interior for all her things. The top closes with a drawstring, and a fold-over flap with a magnetic snap keeps it secure. She can carry it with the top handle, or with the adjustable 9″-18″ shoulder straps.

LTD Commodities has products to prepare you for the first day of school or the last. Shop for all your everyday inspiration at LTD.

 

5 Ideas to Make Your Labor Day Staycation Fun

Labor Day is just a few weeks away — if you haven’t started planning a weekend trip, maybe you should sit this holiday out. But you can still make it a vacation without going anywhere. Here are 5 ideas to make your Labor Day staycation fun.gazebo

Breakfast Picnic There won’t be many more days you can enjoy the weather in the park, so a picnic may be in order. To make it special, make it a breakfast picnic! Bake a few muffins the night before to have as you sip coffee from a thermos as the sun rises. If you’re not a morning person, a midday or evening picnic is just as fun, but it won’t be as much of an adventure.

Drive-in Movie Drive-in movies used to be the thing to do on Friday nights in the summer, but the number of drive-ins that still operate is dwindling. But that makes the experience all the more exciting! Not only do you get to watch a movie from the comfort of your car, but you get all the convenience of the movie theater concessions stand outside! You may have to do a little research and a lot of driving to get there, but it’s worth the adventure.campfire-cookout

Campfire Cookout A campfire cookout isn’t a barbecue. Rather than pulling out the grill, make a fire pit and make dinner like you’re in the deep woods of Maine for the weekend. Make hobo dinners, hot dogs on skewers and roast marshmallows for s’mores. It provides all the entertainment of camping without having to actually camp.

Backyard Carnival If your kids have a lot of friends in town, host a backyard carnival! Rent a bouncy house, get other parents involved to set up different stations for crafts, face painting and cookie decorating. Keep it simple so you don’t have to do too much planning, setup or cleanup. Just make it a day of fun before the kids have to buckle down for the year to study.Stargazing

Stargazing You can stargaze just about any time of the year, but there are only so many nights that it’s warm enough to be comfortable outside at night. Labor Day weekend is an ideal time to take an evening to look at the stars. Saturday, September 6 happens to be International Observe the Moon Night, but Mars and Saturn should be visible as well.

LTD Commodities has everything you need for every holiday and every vacation. Whether you need blankets to snuggle in while you’re stargazing or you’re looking for kitchen gadgets to perfect your Christmas dinner side dishes, shop LTD for great products at practical prices.

Crafts to Ease Summer Fatigue

With just a few weeks left of summer, the kids are showing signs of summer fatigue — and you feel it every time they utter the words “I’m bored.” They’re out of ideas on how to take advantage of these last days of summer and that means you probably are, too. But don’t get too stressed out — you need to save your energy for back to school shopping. Here are a few ideas to keep the kids busy until school starts.bead-suncatchers

Naptime Crafts The Artful Parent uses her little one’s naptime as an opportunity to do simple crafts with her older child. During one such naptime, she created suncatchers out of melted craft beads. It’s a very easy project to do with the kids, but it does require using a hot oven so they need supervision. All you need are colorful craft beads and a muffin tin and you have mock-stained glass ornaments. They’ll catch the summer sun now and bring a little sparkle to your home during the darkest days of winter (but we’re trying not to think about that quite yet).freezer-banana-pops

Mini-Treats What kid doesn’t want to make her own chocolate covered treat? These freezer banana pops from Kids Activities Blog is a scaled-down version of chocolate covered bananas you get at the county fair. The idea is so simple — cut a banana into bite-sized pieces, dip them in chocolate and sprinkles, let them chill and you have a grand, kid-sized sweet treat that isn’t so bad for the little ones.bird-feeder

Bird Treats Another simple treat keeps the kids busy for hours and keeps the neighborhood birds fed comes from Growing a Jeweled Rose. It’s a DIY bird feeder that requires next to no planning, very few supplies and minimal supervision. All it is is a toilet paper tube, smeared with peanut butter and rolled in bird seed. It takes just a few minutes to put together, but watching the birds flock to their creation, it holds kids’ attention until it’s time to go to the pool.gumdrop-bridges

Double-Duty Craft Test your kids’ engineering energy by putting them to work on a gumdrop bridge. Galileo Camps offers this idea to set your kids loose with a box of gumdrops and toothpicks and see if they can come up with a structure before they eat all the gumdrops. It tests their critical thinking skills and the gumdrops are their incentive to come up with something awesome. As a bonus, it gets their brains working again to warm up for the first day of school.bubble-paint

Bubbling with Talent If your kids have a long day of doing nothing ahead of them, perhaps some bubbles are in order. Meet the Dubiens put together a tutorial on bubble painting. Mix a little paint with dish soap, use straws to blow out a few bubbles onto paper and you have art! It’s pretty hard to mess up and the results are almost always gallery-quality art.

LTD Commodities has ideas and products to keep every member of the family busy any day of the year. From summertime crafts for the kids to Christmas gifts for your parents, shop LTD for great products and practical prices.