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

covered-casserole-dishesYou have just over a month before your family digs into a plateful of turkey, stuffing and pie! Right now you have plenty of time to plan your Thanksgiving dinner — but don’t let that time get away from you! Thanksgiving requires a lot of work and a lot of tools to make the meal perfect. To make it easy for you, we put together a list of items you might need. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Keep It Covered Make a meal for a party, a few friends or just the two of you with this Set of 3 Covered Casseroles. The set comes in graduated sizes to fit the number of portions you wish to cook. Each stoneware piece has handles for easy carrying and comes with a matching lid. Stoneware. Dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe.

non-stick-linerKeep It Clean Eliminate hours of scrubbing when you position a reusable , nonstick liner inside your oven. It catches all those messy drips, and because it’s made of specially coated nonstick fiberglass, it easily wipes clean with a cloth or non-abrasive sponge. Unlike aluminum foil, it won’t affect cooking time or browning. Works on gas, electric and toaster ovens and can be cut to size if needed. Lasts for years. 23″ x 16-1/4″.monogram-food-carrier


Keep It Warm Always be ready to share your favorite dishes with the Monogram Food Carrier and the Extra-Large Gel Pack. The Monogram Food Carrier (18-1/2″ x 11″ x 8″, fully expanded) has two insulated, expandable sections that let you pack a hot dish on the mylar-lined bottom (18-1/4″ x 10-3/4″ x 3-1/2″) and a cold dish on top. The wipe-clean polyester exterior sports a stylish monogram that identifies you as the chef responsible for the tasty treats. The 6-1/2″ double handles make it easy to carry, while the double-zipper closure makes it simple to take the food in and out. The dual-use Extra-Large Gel Pack can be used to keep food at the proper serving temperature. Put it in the food carrier to keep dishes hot or cold when you travel. Large, slim design doesn’t take up too much space. Easy-to-follow instructions are printed on the vinyl cover. Microwave and freezer safe. 10-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.

gourmet-kitchen-setKeep It Tasty Unleash your inner chef with the Gourmet Kitchen Gift Sets. The 5-Pc. Bread Dipping Set includes 4 decorated saucers and a 4-compartment plastic jar packed with seasonings. All you add is a loaf of crusty bread and a bottle of olive oil for a delicious treat everyone will love. Each saucer (4″ dia.) features an olive branch design and raised edges to keep your oil from spilling. The seasoning jar includes Sicilian, Parmesan, Tuscany and Rosa Maria blends (0.6 oz., each). Plates, melamine. Dishwasher safe. Use a 4-Pc. Gourmet Set to spice up your favorite meal, as a marinade, or to add a creative twist to your cooking. Just mix the flavors in! Sea Salts, approx. 1.8 oz, each. Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oils, approx. 1.7 oz., each.

1-second-slicerKeep It Easy The 1 Second Slicer(TM) is an all-in-one food prep station. From fruits and vegetables to meats and fish, now you can cut everything with one handy gadget. Get professional results in a flash and then serve, seal, stack and store all in one compact container. The chop function even features 1-button cleaning. Plastic and stainless steel. Dishwasher safe.


Autumn Elegance: Crafts to Do with Leaves


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It took a while, but it looks like the leaves are starting to fall! It is one of the most beautiful times of the year, but it never sticks around long enough. The most enjoyable way to preserve its elegance … Continue reading

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.

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.


Items We Adore: Product Picks for Father’s Day

We’re heating up the grill for Memorial Day — that means summer is on its way with all of its holidays to keep us celebrating right through Labor Day. Next up is Father’s Day and we want you to be ready to honor dad with the right gifts. Here are Items We Adore: Product Picks for Father’s Day.fork-thermometer

Barbecue Aid Great for barbecuing and oven broiling! This Fork Thermometer makes it fast and easy to read the temperature of your food. Indicator lights let you know if the meat is rare, medium or well done. It takes the guesswork out of oven roasting a turkey or grilling steaks and burgers. Stainless steel tips provide accurate results. drill-lighter

Novelty Flares Fire up your grill safely with a Fun Refillable Lighter. Featuring impressive miniature details, it’s a fully functional lighter with a control wheel to adjust the flame. Use it to light a gas or charcoal grill, candles or the fireplace. The Camo Gun has a flame that ignites from the tip of the gun. The Dog lighter has a tip that extends 3-3/8″ from the front collar. The Drill ignites a flame from its 2-1/2″ tip when it’s extended. As a safety feature, these lighters will not ignite until their tips are fully extended. lounge-pants

Laugh & Lounge Relax and laugh in a pair of Men’s Novelty Lounge Pants. These pants are a comfortable choice for a lazy day or an instant hit as a gift. They have 2 pockets and an elastic and drawstring waistband for an easy fit. The fly has a button closure. DIY-book

DIY Guidance Keep your household in working order both inside and out with the handy hints and savvy shortcuts in this 1001 DIY Home Improvement Ideas Book. With 800 full-color photos and hundreds of clear, instructional illustrations, this must-have guide will get you through everything from little projects like cleaning dried spatters in your microwave to the big projects like resurfacing your concrete patio. Includes a recycling directory and index. Car-Phone-Holder

The Right Direction Keep your phone or GPS in sight with this clever visor clip. The device holder has soft gripper arms that expand with a push of a button to secure most devices from 2″ to 4″ wide. You can rotate it 360° to suit your desired viewing angle. Installs in seconds by simply clipping it to most standard visors.

LTD Commodities has gifts and ideas for every holiday and every season. Keep checking back for unique products priced for fun!

Cinco de Mayo: Our Favorite DIY Piñatas

We’re ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo here at LTD! It’s a holiday that’s only celebrated in certain parts of Mexico, but Americans have made it into a big day to celebrate everything Mexican and all that we have adopted from Mexican culture. One of the things we adopted is the piñata — the papier-mâiché animals that we bat with a club until it bursts with candy. They’re fun for parties, but they can also be a fun craft — and there are some pretty crafty people out there. We’ve picked out some of our favorite DIY piñatas.

pinata-ice-cream-coneEasy Ice Cream Check out this ice cream cone piñata from Six Sisters Stuff! They always have something cute to contribute to the craft world — and they make it look so easy! This one actually might be. They did the regular papier-mâiché method using balloons and made a paper cone to shape it into our favorite summer treat. The secret to making it look edible (and adorable!) is all in the positioning of the crepe paper.

pinata-strawberrySimple Strawberry Oceans of Notions gets a big high five for this strawberry! It’s amazing how many types of food piñatas you can make with a balloon! Pink and green tissue paper and black construction paper and that ice cream cone becomes a berry! You don’t have to be a super-crafter to make an adorable piñata, you just have to have the right idea.

pinata-angry-birdBasic Bird The right idea for Cindy Derosier was an Angry Bird piñata! What joy her boys must have had at their party with that! The process is so simple and the end product is so clever! We’ll probably be seeing Candy Crush candy hanging from her trees next year!

pinata-captain-americaStraightforward Shield Maureen Wilkinson strayed from using a balloon for her Captain America shield piñata and instead fashioned the shell of the shield from craft board. A couple of circles and a good strip to connect the two is what she used as the base. To make the signature shield she used feathered crepe paper, a little imagination and a lot of patience!

pinata-minionPapier-Mâiché Minion Le Coin de Mel used two balloons to pull together a minion piñata. What she did with them is pretty clever — she tied the two balloon knots together and bridged the gap between them by wrapping it in paper to make one long torso just like they’re drawn! Instead of using crepe paper, she painted her piñata, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make yours with the traditional tissue paper. Either way, it makes a fun party activity for Cinco de Mayo or a birthday party.

LTD Commodities has hundreds of products and ideas to make every holiday this summer a backyard celebration. Check back with us every season for new inspiration for any kind of party.

Last Minute Easter Decor Ideas

Easter is just a few days away. That means if you haven’t started your Easter decor, you’re going to have to scramble! But don’t worry — there are plenty of cute ideas you can put together yourself in no time — you can even enlist the kids to help! Here are a few last minute Easter Decor ideas.

egg-buntingEgg Garland The easiest Easter egg garland to make is using pastel paint chips — if you happen to have paint chips leftover from your last home makeover. Modern Parents Messy Kids makes it look so easy! Just create a template of an egg so all of your eggs are the same, trace them onto your paint chip, cut them out, poke holes in the tops and string them together with fancy baker’s twine and you have Easter egg garland. Of course, you don’t have to do egg shapes — you can do the garland in the shape of bunnies and you don’t even have to use paint chips — just use construction paper and you can have your kids decorate whatever Easter shape you choose.

pussy-willow-treeEaster Trees Pussy willow branches in vases are used as accent pieces year-round, but you can tailor them to suit your Easter celebration. You can use the paint chip egg garland idea to make eggs or bunnies but instead of stringing them together, you can tie little loops of twine or ribbon through the holes so you hang them on your pussy willow branches. If you don’t have pussy willow branches, a few bare sticks from the yard will do the job just as well.

Eggshell-planterEggshell Planters This one isn’t new, but it’s a favorite! Eggshell planters are super easy to make and small succulents are relatively inexpensive. Just cut the top off  of however many eggs you want to use, poke a hole in the bottom for drainage, fill it with soil and a succulent and you’re done! They’re so cute and you’ll be able to enjoy them long after Easter.

peep-vaseVases and Jars There are so many pretty, little things you can do with vases and upcycled jars to enhance your Easter decor. An Affair from the Heart has, by far, the most clever curation of Easter vases. With a small jar inside of a bigger vase, she filled the bottom with a layer of Easter candy followed by a layer of Peeps — reserving the inner jar for water and Easter flowers. It makes an impossibly adorable center or accent piece. If you want to simplify the idea, you can layer different colors of jelly beans and instead of flowers, use the center for a candle. If you don’t want to use candy, you can fill large jars with Easter basket grass and top it with colored eggs. There is no end to what you can do with a jar!

We’ve got ideas and products for every season at LTD! From Easter to the Fourth of July, shop LTD for products priced for fun.

Clever Easter Treats

We have less than two weeks to plan for Easter — the first big holiday of spring! We know we’ll be eating ham, potatoes and plenty of hard boiled eggs (which we will certainly make into deviled eggs!), but we’re looking for treats for the kids that we can make with them and share on Easter morning while they hunt for their baskets. But Easter treats have to be cute so we’re sharing some of our favorite, clever Easter treats.Bunny-bait

Bunny Bait Simply Kierste put together Bunny Bait — it’s a simple mix reminiscent of Chex Mix only made for bunnies and kids. It’s super easy and fun to hand out — and don’t worry, it’s not packed with sugar! Pretzels and peanuts balance out the candy and marshmallows.

birds-nestBirds’ Nests The Curvy Carrot has another no-bake treat that is about the cutest Easter confection we’ve found — birds’ nests! Melt some chocolate to toss with pretzels and these little guys practically form nests themselves! It’s a memorable treat to please adults and children alike.

pretzel-chicksEaster Pretzel Chick Treats Pretzels seem to be the snack prop of choice when it comes to Easter treats! Cincy Shopper turned her pretzels into little chicks! Putting these together doesn’t require turning on the oven and they’re a great little craft to keep the kids busy on a Saturday afternoon.

Nutter-Butter-ChicksNutter Butter Chicks Sweet Simple Stuff somehow made Nutter Butters even tastier! Making these chicks is a little bit more involved, but these don’t require baking either, so the kids can help make these fun snacks.

baby-bel-bunniesBabybel Bunny Snacks There aren’t too many tasty savory snacks for Easter, but Blessed Beyond Crazy came up with something to take the edge off that sugar high on Easter morning! Babybel bunnies are the perfect break from all the sweets the kids plow through on Easter. They don’t require much prep work and it’s a fun snack for kids to try to assemble themselves.

Whether you’re planning Easter dinner or a Memorial Day barbecue, we love  any and all holidays at LTD! We have ideas, decor and products to make every holiday delightful! Keep checking back for a little inspiration for every season.


Items We Adore: Garden Product Picks

The first day of spring is here! We can already see some of the buds poking up from the ground and we can”t wait to get our hands dirty in the garden! This week we”re looking at all the things we need to make our gardens perfect — and we”ve made a list of a few of our faves! Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Garden Product Picks.


This futuristic Solar Orb Mobile is an interesting element for your outdoor decor. The shimmering orbs automatically light up at dusk. They”re surrounded by spinning rings. A solar panel at the top provides the power for the lights.



Gardeners and non-gardeners alike will love this Polanter Vertical Planter. It”s casino online easy to use, can be hung anywhere and needs less watering than hanging baskets and flower pouches. Use for flowers, tomatoes, strawberries, herbs and more. 


The Set of 2 Wrought Iron Garden Trellises displays your climbing plants in an especially attractive way. The freestanding trellises, topped with a decorative finial, add a dramatic accent to your yard. Encourage climbing roses, ivy or other flowers and shrubs to cover the heavy-gauge, rustic-finished bars. 


Maintain your plants indoors and out with a Set of 3 Glass Watering Stakes. Fill these clear, decorative figurines with water, then stake them in any potted plant. The watering stake drips water into the dirt, so your plant is always perfectly watered. 


Twisted Garden Bell Tree enhances your garden with unique style and sound. It has 6 spiral wires adorned with multicolored acrylic beads and bells at the tips. When the wind blows, the bells create beautiful, harmonic sounds.

7 Container Garden Ideas We Think You’ll Like

Container-GardenGardens aren’t just for those who have big backyards or giant lots in suburban spaces. Perfect gardens can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes that don’t have to fit in the confines of a garden plot. At LTD, we’ve been looking at all the fun ways to give our gardens character. This week, we’re all about container gardens. Here are 7 container garden ideas we think you’ll like.

Old Tea Cups Before you send your old dishes off to the thrift store, think about how they might hold some herbs or flowers. If you have a teapot (these are very popular for container gardens) to match your cups, create a flower tea party!

coffee-can-gardenTin Cans Whether you have coffee cans or soup cans, clean them out, poke a few holes in the bottom for drainage, fill them with soil and seeds and you have a garden. They can be arranged and rearranged to suit your mood, painted to give your patio a pop of color or mounted to create a vertical garden. The Newly Woodwards hung their coffee can planters along the fence to create a welcoming yard — tin cans are about as versatile of a planting vessel as you can find!

Tool & Tackle For those who have a handyman and angler in their lives, old tool boxes and tackle boxes make spectacular container gardens. You really only need casino online to punch a few holes in the bottom of the box for drainage and you have a themed planter. The same idea can be used for those old themed lunch boxes you can’t bare to throw away but don’t have any use for.

soda-bottle-gardenPlastic Soda Bottles Plastic soda bottles can be hacked up into planters of all shapes. Cut off the top and you have a steady container to put anywhere. RiteMail cut out the middle of many bottles and strung them together to create a vertical garden that covers an outdoor wall. The same idea can be used for something on a smaller — but still impressive — scale.

Kitchen Garbage An old lemon peel or an empty egg shell make sweet planters if you plan well. Cut (or crack) the top off your lemon (or whatever piece of fruit or egg shell), scoop out the middle and prepare it for drainage and add the appropriate seeds (small plants and flowers) for your natural planters.

Furniture Not all furniture is in the right condition to become a container garden. They have to have some sort of base or foundation remaining to stand up straight — for instance, you may not be ready to get rid of that antique chair with a missing leg, but that doesn’t mean it should be made into a planter. But that chest of drawers that’s taking up space in the garage may be able to hold all of your favorite plants with plenty of drainage to keep them healthy.

croc-container-gardenShoes They may not be fit to run another marathon, or support you at your next formal dinner, but you can get more mileage out of any shoe in the garden! One family took rubber shoes, made them into planters and hung them on a fence to create an outdoor vertical garden. It’s one more reason to buy new shoes.

From ski boots to a dresser drawer, just about anything can be turned into a garden! As gardening season picks up, LTD has more ideas and products to give you the garden you want to take care of.