Fourth of July Fashion Statements

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get started on your Fourth of July plans. Not only do you have to figure out what you’re going to do, you have to figure out what you’re going to wear. LTD has a selection of apparel in red, white and blue, as well as some truly festive fashion statements. Whether you’re going to a barbecue or watching fireworks with friends and family, turn some heads with these Fourth of July fashion statements.

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RED WHITE & BLUE
Enjoy your summer in style with this Women’s Plus Embroidered Sleeveless Dress. The lightweight dress keeps you cool on hot, humid days. Bleached designs and embroidery embellish the V-neck and high/low hemline. Its flowing fit skims the body for a flattering look. Lengths, 46″, 47″ and 49″. Rayon. Imported.

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RED WHITE & BLUE
Wear this Women’s Crochet Convertible Cover-Up as a dress at the beach watching fireworks or as a skirt at a barbecue. This flowing piece has a smocked bodice with an elastic band at the top and a lined crochet skirt. Wear bodice around your waist for a bohemian look. Lengths, 28″, 29″, 30″ and 31″. Cotton. Imported

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RED WHITE & BLUE
Add a bold pop of blue to your Fourth of July outfit with this Nautical Endless Loop Scarf. The infinity loop design is easy to drape for perfect style every time, and the nautical anchor accents add a summery touch that’s perfect for pairing with a variety of outfits after the Fourth is over. 33-1/2” x 36”. Polyester. Imported.

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Stars & Stripes
The Oversized Patriotic Fashion Scarf adds a fun touch to your Fourth of July outfit. It features a stylish pattern you can coordinate with numerous outfits. It’s larger than typical scarves, so you can wear it in a variety of ways. Makes a versatile accessory to add to your collection. 40″W x 80″L. Polyester. Imported.

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Our Country Crossbody
The front of this Fringe Crossbody Bag is decorated with eye-catching overlapping layers of fringe with an American design. It has a full zipper closure and an adjustable strap. The interior is fully lined with an open and zipper pocket. 9″W x 1″D x 10-1/4″H, with an adjustable 12-1/2″ to 24-1/2″ strap drop. PVC. Imported.

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

The 4th of July is next week and we’re getting ready for fireworks, fun and a backyard party! As we tick off items on our party checklist, we thought we’d share our favorite products to help you plan your backyard party as well. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Product Picks for a Backyard Party.string-lights

Add a Twinkle Perfect for use all year ’round, 80-Light Solar String Lights charge during the day to light up at night. They automatically turn on at dusk and stay lit for up to 8 hours on a full charge. Select steady-on or blinking mode. Illuminate shrubs, gazebos, archways and more outdoors. Comes with a separate solar panel and hardware to mount it on a wall or stake it in the ground.

hello-kittyAdd Some Comfort Your child will love sitting in this Licensed Kids’ Chair featuring an image of their favorite character. It’s just their size and ideal for everything from picnics to playrooms. It has a durable steel frame and a convenient cup holder on the armrest. Portable polyester chair opens and folds easily and can be taken anywhere in its coordinating storage bag.

 

shadesailAdd Some Shade Block out 90% of the sun’s light with the heavy-duty, weather-resistant fabric of this 10-Ft. Shade Sail. Featuring a unique triangular shape, this sail offers protection from harmful UV rays. It provides shade for conversation spots, swimming pools or kids’ play areas, with take-along convenience. Made of high-density polyethylene with reinforced webbing, it protects from the sun while allowing cooling air circulation.

grill-topperMake it Flavorful Keep small or delicate pieces of food from falling into the flames with a Grill Topper. Perforated lines on the bottom create a pattern that allows heat to circulate around the food. Handles let you carry it from the grill with ease.

 

fire-starterAdd a Scent Fire & Spice Fragranced Firestarters are the fast, safe and easy way to start a fire while giving off a wonderful scent. Simply break off a pod and place it in your fireplace or fire pit, place wood around the pod and light one corner of the pod. It eliminates the need for kindling or paper when starting a fire indoors or out.

We have ideas and products to make the most of every season here at LTD! From inspiration for backyard summer parties to planning Thanksgiving dinner, look to LTD for awesome products at even better prices.

Fascinating Facts About the 4th of July

old-gloryThe 4th of July comes and goes every year with as much pomp and circumstance as any American can muster. We’ve been celebrating our independence for more than 200 years and the holiday is more than just cookouts and fireworks. Here are 7 fascinating facts about the 4th of July.

Old Glory According to the Census Bureau, in 2013, we exported $781,000 worth of American flags — most of that money came from the Dominican Republic.

Property in Exchange for Happiness According to Jim Cullen in his book The American Dream: A short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation, Thomas Jefferson borrowed some, if not all, of the ideas he wrote in the Constitution. Most notably, the phrase “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” was altered from John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government which called for “life, liberty and the pursuit of property.”

Expansion The United States has grown considerably in the last 239 years. In July of 1776, the United States was home to about 2.5 million people. Today, the US and World Population Clock estimates that more than 321 million people live in the United States.

liberty-bellTap into America According to USHistory.org. the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia was rung on July 8, 1776 for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Less than 100 years later, it chimed for the last time to commemorate George Washington’s birthday — the cracks were getting too big for it to be a functional bell. Now, every July 4, it’s gently tapped 13 times (for the 13 original colonies) to set off bell ringing across the country to honor our independence.

Life and Death Calvin Coolidge is the only President of the United States to share his birthday with the country. However, three Presidents — John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe — died on July 4. The first two were Founding Fathers and signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Unofficial Holiday For nearly 100 years, Independence Day was an unofficial holiday. In 1870, Congress made it a holiday for federal employees — but they were not paid to observe our nation’s birth. Almost 70 years later, it became a paid federal holiday.

4th-hot-dogFestive Food July is National Hot Dog Month for a very good reason. According to  the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, July 4 revelers will consume about 150 million hot dogs — last year, 61 of those frankfurters went to Joey Chestnut, the winner of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY.

The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays here at LTD Commodities, but we celebrate every holiday and every season with tips, ideas and products to make them memorable.

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

It’s hot, hot, hot! And so are the savings here at LTD! This week we’re thinking about grilling and going to the beach and e’ve selected a few things we think are useful for our favorite summer activities. Here are our Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Sizzling Summer Savings.beer-holster

Keep It Close Carry your beer around in personalized style with the Monogram Beer Holster. It keeps a 12-oz. bottle or can of beer right where it belongs…at your fingertips. Perfect for backyard BBQs and tailgating! Two snaps at the top allow you to loop it over your belt for quick and easy attachment. Any guy who loves to drink beer will love this — whether or not he likes to grill! terry-cover-up

Keep it Covered A Women’s All-American Terry Cover-Up is perfect for the beach or pool. The terry fabric is absorbent and comfortable. Slip into it after a dip in the water. You can even wear it as a casual outfit. The Terry Tank Dress has a shift dress silhouette with a relaxed fit and 2 side pockets. The Zip-Front Hooded Terry Cover-Up has a full-size hood, 4″ side slits and 2 front pockets. Day or night, it’s the dress summer calls for!

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Keep It Sweet Heat up butter, sauces, chocolate and more in a Silicone Microwave Melting Jug. Crafted of heat-resistant material, it’s easy to use and clean. Soft jug is grippable so it won’t slip. Easy-pour spout prevents messes, and the lid allows you to refrigerate unused portions. Summertime treats have never been so sweet!

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Keep It Cool Get noticed at your next party with a Novelty Kooler. This insulated foam kooler has a humorous design that keeps your drink refreshingly cold and your hand warm and dry. It holds 12-oz. cans and bottles. It’s the practical party favor — it’s reusable for hours of entertainment.

cowl-neck-topKeep It Cute Instantly update your wardrobe with a Women’s Cowl-Neck Duet Top. This lightweight, short-sleeved shirt comes with an attached camisole to provide full coverage and a flattering fit. Bright stripes make it perfect for summer evenings.

LTD Commodities has ideas and products to make every season more fun! From Christmas cocktail parties to summer road trips, shop LTD for great products and unbeatable prices.

American As Apple Pie: Types of Apple Pies to Serve for 4th of July

apple-pieThe 4th of July is just a few weeks away and we’re getting pumped the way only Americans can get excited! We’re draping our houses in patriotic decor and headed to baseball games to be as American as we can be. And of course there aren’t many things as American as apple pie — and it’s at the top of our 4th of July menus. But there are a few ways you can go about making apple pie. Here’s what you have to choose from:

Double-Crust A double-crust apple pie is what we think of when we talk about the All-American Apple Pie. It is, perhaps, the most difficult type of apple pie to make. What’s complicated about it is the top crust. It tends to puff up in the oven. While the crust expands from the steam, the apples shrink as they cook and the water evaporates. One trick to solve this problem is to cook the filling in a saucepan (and let it cool) before pouring it into the bottom crust in your pie pan. The top crust should settle nicely on the cooked apples so there isn’t a big air bubble when you serve your pie.

Lattice Top A lattice top apple pie is the most elegant-looking variety of our favorite confection. Basically, you form the dough into a lattice like you’d find around the foundation of your porch. It takes a bit of time and concentration to do it well, but all it is is dough cut into strips that are woven across the top of the pie and baked. The trick to make it pretty is to make your strips of dough the same size by cutting a strip of dough and tracing the rest of your strips using the first strip as your guide. You can make a lattice with as many or as few strips as you prefer. Wide or narrow, they both make beautiful pies.apple-pie

Dutch A Dutch apple pie is apple crisp inside a pie crust. It’s very difficult to mess up — place your apples (cooked or raw) along with the sugar and cornstarch into the bottom crust and top it with an oat, butter and sugar crumble topping. If you make only double-crust or lattice top pies, a Dutch apple pie might feel like cheating, but it’s just as worthy of your 4th of July table as the other pies.

Galette Apple galettes are both easy and elegant if you’re a master of making the slightly disheveled look purposely stylish. Galettes are free-form pies. The crust is laid out flat on a sheet pan — it doesn’t have to be a perfect circle — the filling is spooned into the middle (don’t pile it too high) and the edges are neatly folded in to look sort of like a fruit pizza. The result is rustic looking with the all-American flavor you expect from an apple pie.

Apple Brown Betty An apple brown betty is a cross between bread pudding and apple pie and just as tasty as both! Rather than a pie crust, you stir together cubed bread, diced apples, brown sugar, and butter. It’s a delicious dish and it doesn’t take 3 hours to make the way a double-crust pie does.apple-pie

LTD Commodities has recipes, ideas and products to celebrate any holiday and any season. From deviled eggs to accompany your grilled goodies to outdoor decor to make your barbecue memorable, shop LTD for products priced for fun.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for 4th of July

 

flagWe’re less than a month away from Independence Day — it’s our big mid-summer celebration and we want to do it right! We have a few ideas to make us feel a bit more patriotic. Here are Items We Adore: Product Picks for 4th of July.

Red, White & Blue Radiance Add a festive radiance as the stars and stripes wave in the wind with a Fiber-Optic Flag. 242 Fiber optics create solid or blinking lights on this large flag, making it the perfect accent for Memorial Day, July 4th, or any day you want to show off your American pride. Slides easily onto your own flagpole for hanging. bowls

Patriotic Prep Set of 4 Multicolor Mixing Bowls turns cooking and serving into an event. Each of the bowls has a different design and colors. Contrasting interiors give them extra interest and personality. Use them for kitchen prep or for serving sides, chips and snacks. Stoneware. Dishwasher, oven, microwave and freezer safe.patriotic-bells

Bells & Whistles Celebrate your patriotism with this Metal Americana Garden Decor. The navy blue, cream and rustic red colors give these pieces a classic, nostalgic look. Printed with the stars and stripes of the flag, the Triple Americana Bells progressively get bigger from bottom to top. A ring on the top makes it easy to hang anywhere the wind blows. Each of the “blades” on the Embossed Metal Pinwheel has 3-dimensional swirls that spin in the wind. Stakes easily into your yard.patriotic-gnome

Star Spangled Gnomes Show your love for your country with a Patriotic Garden Gnome Statue. Painted with the American flag, this gnome is proud to be an American. Fun accent piece for your flowers and garden decor. patriotic-basket

Patriotic Frills Patriotic Wall Decor has an appealing vintage look. Their eye-catching red, white and blue designs are a festive way to decorate for summer’s patriotic holidays, or use them all year. The Set of 5 Painted Stars has a 3-D style that adds texture and visual interest to any wall. Group them together or scatter them for a larger display. They arrive ready to hang. Metal. Highly detailed Patriotic Basket is a fresh alternative to a door wreath. You also can hang it on an interior wall or remove the handle and set it on a table as an accent or centerpiece.

5 Patriotic Games for 4th of July

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From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we’re packing in patriotic holidays. And with that much national pride, our patriotic parties are draped in red, white and blue with food and drinks to match. The only thing left to spread our faithful spirit through is a good game to show our founding fathers a little loyalty. Here are 5 patriotic games for the kids to play at your 4th of July barbecue.

Red, White, and Blue, Out Goes You This one is basically Duck, Duck, Goose with an American twist. Everyone sits in a circle and one person is declared “it.” The “it” person walks around the back of the circle tapping players on the head while repeating “red, white, blue” until, without warning, he says “red, white, blue, out goes you!” The person who is tapped on “you” then has to get up and chase the “it” person and the last one to make it back to the link the circle is “it.”

4th-july-gamesWho Am I? Each person writes down the name of a Revolutionary War hero and put it in a hat. One at a time, each player then has to pull a name from the hat and describe this war hero for the other players to guess. The person to guess it right is the next to go under the spotlight.

Red, White and Blue Tag Have an equal number of red, white and blue poker chips and hand them out randomly to the players. One player is chosen to be “it.” That person runs around tagging people, only when the person gets tagged, they have to give up their chip to the “it” person. When the “it” person has obtained one of each color of chip, the last person to hand over their chip is then “it.”

4th-july-gamesFlag Tag You’ll need a lot of outdoor space for this — there will be a lot of running around! Set up a large play area and make sure everyone knows what the boundaries are. Each person gets two bandannas (“flags” — preferably red, white and blue) to tuck into the sides of their shorts, belt or back pockets. One person is selected to be “it.” That person chases the other players to try to get their flags. When a person loses both flags, they become part of the “it” team and chases after the other people with flags. The last one to be stripped of their flags wins.

Flag Hunt This one is similar to an Easter egg hunt — only players are looking for flags rather than eggs. Buy as many of the tiny American flags as you can (keep count, though) and hide them throughout your yard — be creative! The kids will have a blast trying to find them — the one with the most flags wins.

Look to LTD Commodities to help you make the most of any season! From summer cookouts to your Christmas bash, we have dozens of products get your party started.