How to Make NFL Bingo Cards for the Big Game

The NFL playoffs are still in the early rounds, but the biggest game takes place on February 5th. If you plan on throwing a party for the NFL finale, you’re probably wondering how to keep everyone engaged. After all, not everyone who shows up will actually be interested in what’s happening on the field. And only two teams can play, so the chances your home team will be competing is slim. The game isn’t the only reason people tune in. Some people look forward to the halftime show. Plus, it’s the only televised event in the whole year where people look forward to the commercials. You can make watching those countless commercials even more entertaining by creating NFL bingo cards for everyone at the party. Get to know the basics right here.


How to Make NFL Bingo Cards for the Big Game

Find the Advertisers

The first step for creating NFL bingo cards is to find as many advertisers as possible that are guaranteed to air advertisements during the game. Some of the biggest advertisers are always going to be there, but there are also some wild cards, and there are always a few new companies who have the money and creativity to live up to the game’s high commercial expectations. Here’s the current list of advertisers airing ads so far.

Keep Things Simple

You don’t have to put down a specific company to create great NFL bingo cards. You can also create cards with certain slots based on educated guesses, or keep things simple, such as: “Luxury Car Commercial” or “Beer Commercial“. You could also add fun guesses like big celebrities you think will make an appearance.

Random Assortment

Once you have all your categories figured out, the final step is to make each card unique. You don’t want a few of the same people winning for the exact same list. One good solution is to cut out all your squares that you’ll use on every board (usually 25 squares with a free square in the middle), then mix them up in a bowl and pick them out at random. This will essentially guarantee that every card will have an original design.

Add Your Own Twists

You can also get creative when creating each card, adding squares for a variety of different things to keep everyone entertained throughout the night. If you’re playing additional games, you can reserve squares for the winners of these games, or reserve some free squares for people who guess the right score at halftime.

Don’t forget to stock up on prizes for the winner of your commercial bingo contest. Here are a few ideas:

NFL Distressed Sweatshirt ThrowsNFL Team Helmet PillowsNFL Wallet Wristlets


Not everyone will be excited to watch the actual game, but many people will be looking forward to the funny commercials. Get ready for the big game with NFL gear and entertaining essentials at LTD Commodities.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Week

We are all spending a lot of time indoors and that means we need ways to stay cozy and busy between our brief trips into the cold and two feet of snow for necessities. We put together a list of items we think you’ll find useful for long winter days spent inside. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Week.

cuddle-bedThe Soft Plush Cat Cuddle Bed provides luxurious comfort for your pet. This deep bed with raised sides keeps your beloved feline warm and cozy. Cushioned on the bottom and sides for extra softness, it invites your cat to curl up and rest. 18″ dia. x 11″H. Polyester and polyfill. Machine care. Imported.

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Incredibly soft and comfortable, this 50″ x 60″ Plush Micro-Velvet Throw is a great gift everyone will enjoy. The luxurious throw adds an extra layer of warmth to wherever you’re lounging. Its silky feel makes it even cozier. Polyester. Machine care. Imported.

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The plain, complex outlines give you the freedom to creatively add color and bring the images in this Intricate Designs Coloring Book to life. It features 31 intricate designs on acid-free, art-grade paper. Each page is micro-perforated for easy tearing and sharing. 9-3/8″W x 9″L. Softcover, 64 pages.

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Dress your baby fashionably at a value price! Infant’s 3-Pc. Vest and Jeans Outfit offers a similar look for boys and girls. The Boys’ outfit has a screen-printed T-shirt and a puffy vest and jeans, both with embroidered accents. The Girls’ outfit has appliques, embroidery on the back pocket and rhinestone embellishments on the T-shirt and jeans, along with a puffy vest. All the jeans have an elastic back, button fly and 2 back pockets. T-shirts and jeans, cotton and polyester. Vests, polyester. Machine care. Imported.

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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. 6″W x 35-1/2″L. Acrylic. Imported.

Cocktails for Your Big Game Party

footballWe still don’t know quite yet which teams are headed to the Big Game,  but we do know that It’s the NFC vs. the AFC and we have some entertaining to do. In 2015, it was the Seattle Seahawks vs the New England Patriots, so we thought we’d use those teams to give you a little party inspiration for the Big Game no matter who ends up on the gridiron.

In addition to rich dips and crunchy chips, cocktails are a must for any Big Game party. Coming up with cocktails to match each team, is more simple than you might think.  Here are a few ideas for cocktails for your Big Game party.

patriots-flagBoston has a number of cocktails that bear its name. While the  Boston Cocktail (3/4 oz gin, 3/4 oz apricot brandy, 1 1/2 tsp grenadine syrup, juice of 1/4 lemon) is the obvious choice because of the name,  Ward 8 has deep roots in the city’s history. It was created in 1898 to honor Boston Politician, Martin Lomasney, and the ward he represented — Ward 8. Here’s how to make it:

  • 2 ounces rye whisky
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

It’s the cocktail for someone with a sweet tooth. If beer is your preference for snack accompaniment, Sam Adams is still one of the most preferred beers in the nation, but there are several Boston craft beers you can pick from to serve your guests.

seahawks-pictureIn Seattle, super fans of the Seahawks want The Last Word. By “The Last Word,” we mean the cocktail. It was originally created in Detroit in the prohibition era, but during a cocktail renaissance in Seattle, it found a new home.

Here’s how to make it:

  • ¾ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. green Chartreuse
  • ¾ oz. maraschino liqueur, like Luxardo
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Just like Boston, Seahawks love their beer. There are plenty of Seattle beers to choose from but for football fans, the taste of the northwest your guests might be looking for is Rainier Beer.

No matter what teams make it to the Big Game, there are fun ways to mix up cocktails to honor each time and each city as you cheer them on.

You don’t have to have a favorite team to cheer on during the Big Game — football’s most important game can be fun for everyone with the right food, drinks and entertainment. Check out LTD for more products and ideas for your Big Game party!

National Pie Day: Tips for Making a Perfect Pie

 

PieJanuary 23 is National Pie Day — and there really isn’t a better way to warm up the house while we’re stuck in the pits of winter than making a pie. If you’re new to pie-making, pies can be intimidating, but we put together a list of some of the most useful tips for making a perfect pie.

Make It From Scratch The grocery store has loads of pie crusts ready to fill and bake, but none of them compare with what you can make at home. Pie crust only requires four ingredients: flour, salt, fat (butter, shortening or lard); and you don’t have to do a lot of work to turn it into dough for your sweet treats.

PiePea Size Chunks For a flaky crust, when you’re working the flour and butter together — either with your hands or in a food processor — make sure the fat doesn’t break down too much. Making sure your fat is very cold helps with that. For a top crust, the fat chunks should be about the size of peas. The bottom crust should be a mealy dough and the size of the chunks don’t matter.

Wash Though it doesn’t make much impact on how the pie tastes, a wash is very important. It can be an egg wash (beaten with a splash of water), buttermilk or cream to brush on the crust just before baking. Egg wash makes the crust shiny and golden, and cream or milk washes give the pie crust more color and texture to make your pie look more appetizing than it would with no wash.  

Edging Your pie dough should be cold to hold its shape. When you’re rolling out the bottom crust, keep the top crust in the refrigerator until you’re ready to roll. Once the two crusts are sealed and fluted, put your pie in the freezer for at least 30 minutes (if you want to bake it later, you can leave it in the freezer until you’re ready to bake). When you’re ready to bake, cover the edges with foil. Leave it on there for the first 20 minutes of baking. The edge bakes first and without the foil, it will burn before the rest of the pie is ready.

PieCrispy Bottom Taking a bite of cherry pie with a soggy bottom is a bummer, but there are a few methods to make sure your fruit pie doesn’t have a soggy bottom.

  • Cold Filling Let your filling cool before pouring it into your crust.
  • Bread Crumbs Before you pour in your filling, sprinkle bread crumbs in the bottom to create an unintrusive barrier between the moisture in the filling and the pie dough.
  • Pizza Stone Bake your pie on top of a pizza stone. With the weight of the filling, the pizza stone helps the bottom bake at the same rate as the top of the crust.

At LTD Commodities, we want to help you make Pie Day and every day a little bit better! From baking accessories for your culinary ambitions to whimsical decor to make your home brighter for spring, shop LTD for products priced for fun.

Penguin Awareness Day: Fun Facts About Penguins

PenguinsWhile we’re suffering through winter, birds are making their way south, and some are headed to the deep south — Antarctica! Yes, this time of year was designed for penguins. That’s probably why January 20 is designated Penguin Awareness Day — a day that matches their native environment. They’re funny little aquatic birds, so in honor penguins and their special day, here are 11 fun facts about penguins.  

  1. Penguins are not “arctic birds.” The Arctic Circle is at the North Pole, whereas most penguins live south of the equator.
  2. All penguin predators are water-based animals.
  3. Some penguins can stay under water without going up for air for 22 minutes! But those are the exceptions. Most penguins can go 4-5 minutes underwater without taking a breath.
  4. Penguins have a special gland to separate salt from seawater so they can drink it. The salt is expelled through their beaks.Penguins
  5. Penguins are not vegetarians. They make meals out of squid, krill and fish.
  6. Penguins mate in the spring and summer and, even though they have a rough migration, about 80% of the time, penguins return to the same mates year after year.
  7. Most birds have hollow bones to help them fly. Penguins do not have hollow bones; helps them swim fast.
  8. Those cute tuxedo-colored feathers penguins are known for are actually camouflage. When they’re in the water, the black on their backs make them difficult to see from above because they blend in with the dark water. Under water, they’re hard for predators to see because their white bellies match the bright light from the sun.  
  9. Typically, birds shed their feathers throughout the year to get rid of the old feather and grow new ones. But penguins are not typical birds. They have one “catastrophic molt.” That means they lose all of their feathers in one shot. While they regrow their feathers, they gain weight for insulation to stay warm.
  10. Penguin coats are dense with feathers. Emperor penguins have up to 100 feathers per square inch. with four layers to keep them warm.
  11. Baby penguins (chicks) can take three days to break through their shells. To put it in perspective, it takes chickens about a day.Penguins

Just like penguins, LTD Commodities can adapt to every season! Whether you need new blankets to keep you warm on a cold winter night or you’re looking for a breezy dress to fill out your spring wardrobe, shop LTD for unique products at discount prices.

Refresh for the New Year: Tips for Staying Organized

Color reminder note with pin on cork board big idea 2016.

Now that the holidays are over and we’re not focused on entertaining and buying gifts, we can turn our attention to starting off the year organized. It’s never easy to do, but with winter weather keeping us inside, we can tick off a few tasks before spring arrives. Here are 6 tips for staying organized for the new year.

Act Now Beating out the habit of procrastination can put you on the fast track to organizing every facet of your life. This means completing tasks as they arise like doing dishes as you dirty them, putting away laundry as you fold it and putting the cap back on the toothpaste when you’re done with it. These are small tasks that are easy to tackle on their own, but when we let them pile up, it takes a lot more time and energy to get them all completed. We have the power of efficiency at our fingertips, we just have to use it.

ltd-storageCompartmentalize Everything in your home and office needs a spot of its own. Whether it’s gloves in a basket or files in a cabinet, find a place for everything you see scattered about your living and working spaces. When you have a place for things, it takes them out of site to declutter your space and mind. Though these things may not make sound disruptive, they can create mental noise that leads to stress. By putting them in their place, not only will you be more organized, you’ll also be more calm.

Use Your Computer It seems like a no-brainer, but using your computer can probably save you more time and energy than you’re letting it. Accept the electric company’s offer for paperless billing so your house doesn’t get cluttered with useless paper (and you have one less thing to shred!), use a password manager to save you time creating new ones and trying to remember old ones (and they increase your security!) and use calendar alerts for all the tasks you’ve been keeping track of in your head.    

 Create Procedures Most, if not all, of us have bedtime routines like washing our faces or brushing our teeth — these types of good habits can be applied to other parts of our lives to make us more organized and productive, we just have to isolate the activity and come up with a policy that makes sense to complete it. It can be anything from putting your shoes in the basket at the door to washing dishes as you dirty them. Starting good habits is tough, but once they become habits, you’ll discover the work is worth it.  multi-tasking

Once You Start, Don’t Stop When you set out to complete a task, finish it before you start a new one. There are a couple reasons for this one: 1) having several unfinished tasks creates mental and physical clutter — when you complete one task you can put away everything it requires to complete 2) not only does multitasking make us less efficient, but it also damages our brains. When you have a lot on your plate, break up your tasks into digestible pieces and work out one piece at a time. 

Timing is Everything Audit your time both at work and at home. Figure out what periods you’re most productive and then do your most difficult and time-consuming tasks at those times. It saves you a lot of time and frustration in the long run and you’ll ultimately be more relaxed and organized.

LTD Commodities has products and ideas to make this year productive! From storage solutions to gadgets to get your home in order, shop LTD for great products at unbeatable prices.

Pinteresting Picks for December

It’s the first week back to work in the new year and it looks like our Pinterest followers are taking their resolutions seriously. They’re all about organization and saving time! Here are our Pinteresting Picks for December.

ltd-beer-lovers-decorDecorate your home bar or rec room with our Beer Lover Decor. Hang the Bottle Cap String Lights (8’L) for a festive salute to booze. Includes a 24″ lead wire and an end-to-end connector plug. Each of the 10 oversized, plastic caps is 3″ dia. UL-Listed. Pop off caps using the metal Wall Bottle Opener (4-3/8″W x 2-3/8″D x 13-1/2″H), shaped like a beer bottle. The included cap catcher swivels for easy emptying. Ready to hang. Showcase your brewed conquests with the metal Bottle Cap Holder (6-1/4″ dia. x 6″H), shaped like a beer mug.

ltd-vent-extenderSimply place a Vent Extender onto a blocked vent, and it will redirect the air to a more open area of the room. Use the included pieces of double-sided tape to hold the extender in place. Household vents frequently are blocked by furniture, which prevents the air from properly circulating. By moving the air more efficiently, the Vent Extender can help lower your energy bills, and you’ll spend less time adjusting the thermostat. Made of clear plastic, it extends from 20″ to 35-1/4″ long. Measures 11″ wide and is 1-1/2″ high.

ltd-dump-mealsLife is too busy to spend time slaving over the stove! Serve a home cooked meal without a lot of effort using the Crock-Pot® 5-Ingredient Dump Meals Cookbook.With over 100 recipes from trusted chef and bestselling author, Cathy Mitchell, this book will have you feeling good about the delicious, made-from-scratch meals you put on the table for your family. Includes full-color photos. 6″W x 9″H. Concealed spiral-bound hardcover, 144 pages.

ltd-laundryLighten the load on laundry day with a funny yet functional Laundry Room Wall Hanging. Each wooden sign features a visual accent that can also come in handy as you work. The Laundry sign (15-3/4″H x 7-7/8″W x 1-1/2″D) has 3 knobs to hang small articles of clothing as you fold or sort. Keep the Change (10″H x 8″W x 3-3/4″D) has a glass mason jar attached with a raffia tie that you can use to hold coins found in pockets, buttons that have come loose and other small objects left in the hamper. Lost Socks (15-7/8″H x 9″W x 1″D) has 3 clothespins to hold separated socks while you look for their mates. Each comes ready to hang.

ltd-inflatable-kiddie-bedsGive 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. Weight capacity of 110 lbs. 30″W x 52″D x 8″H. PVC. For ages 3 and up.

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

We’re just a few days away from the official start to winter. It’s the season that lets us stay inside, curl up with a good book, play with our pets, and work on projects. With that in mind, we put together a list of products we think will help you enjoy winter. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.ltd-food-warming-cover

Fresh Feasts Keep fresh-from-the-oven food nice and warm with this Warming Food Cover. Great for potlucks, its quilted silver top with nonstick silicone backing keeps your dish warm and eliminates the need for reheating. Folds back for easy access to food. Not for use in the oven while cooking. 17-1/2″W x 10-3/4″L. Polyester and cotton. Silicone wipes clean with a damp cloth. Imported.frog-robe

Cute & Coordinated Your little one will look adorable wearing this Baby Embroidered Robe and Slipper Set. Great for keeping your baby warm after a bath, it has an appliquéd and embroidered design on the robe and matching slippers. The hooded robe features color-coordinated trim and an attached belt. The slippers have soft fabric-covered elastic at the back to keep them securely on baby’s feet. Fits babies up to 9 months old. Cotton. Machine care. Importedltd-sports-shelf

Showcase Your Talent Spotlight your achievements on a wooden Sports Shelf. Great for athletes in any sport, the Award Shelf (28″W x 7-7/8″D x 7-3/8″H) shows off trophies on the top, hangs medals from the 21 knobs at the bottom and displays pictures in between. Has spaces for two 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and two 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ photos. The Baseball Shelf (18″W x 7″D x 12″H) holds trophies on top and 5 bats on the built-in metal rack. Hooks on both sides can hold baseball caps or medals. Assembly required; assembly hardware included. Hanging hardware on back.ltd-cat-tower

Feline Frolic Give your cat an impressive place to scratch, perch, nap and play. 4-Ft. tall multilevel tower is ideal for households with more than one feline. Its 7 sisal-wrapped surfaces will satisfy kitty’s scratching instinct while cleaning his or her claws. Several plush perches provide spots to lounge. The hide-n-seek tunnel has a decorative cat face on its peek-a-boo door. Vacuum to clean. 48″ x 26″ x 20″. Wooden construction. Assembly required; assembly hardware included.3d-car-puzzle

Engineer Envy Build your favorite car with a 1:32 Licensed 3-D Car Puzzle, then play with it! Detailed model is fun to assemble, and it also encourages kids to develop problem-solving skills. Approx. 5-1/8″W x 2-1/2″D x 1-5/8″H. BMW, 60 pieces. Lamborghini and Mini Cooper, 64 pieces. Plastic. For ages 8 and up.ltd-rosette-sherpa-throw

Cuddle in Style Take a room from simple to sophisticated by adding this 3-D Rosette Sherpa Throw. This beautiful item is an easy and affordable way to enhance the look of your living room or bedroom. The front is covered in appliquéd roses, and the back is sherpa fleece. 50″ x 60″. Polyester. Machine care. Imported.

 

 

 

Holiday Spirit: LTD’s Product Picks for Him

mega-elite-tankardsIt’s time for your holiday shopping to pick up steam! If you’re lost on how to start shopping for the men in your life, perhaps all you need is a little inspiration. We’ve curated a short list of items designed with men in mind to give you a shopping boost. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for Him.

If He’s Thirsty Show off your team’s logo on both the front and back of this NFL 25-Oz. Mega Elite Tankard. It also features the team’s name on the side opposite the handle. A thumb rest on the handle enables you to lift the tankard with ease. The finishing touch is a spray of the team color at the bottom.

star-warsIf He’s Nerdy The Ultimate Star Wars Book is a visually stunning encyclopedic guide for avid fans of this hugely successful franchise. This must-have, beautifully illustrated book is structured chronologically and features key information about important characters and storylines that span from Episode I to Episode VI. Also highlighted are key events and insights into the making of the saga.

 

 

magnetic-swivel-lightIf He’s Handy Direct ultra-bright light where you need it with this Dual Swivel Magnetic Light. The built-in folding hook and magnetic base both swivel and rotate 180 degrees to adjust the 36-LED light panel to the perfect position. There’s also a convenient 1-Watt flashlight on the end. The body has a rubberized grip for comfort and a nonslip hold. Can stand on its own, use the magnetic base, or hang from the hook. On/off button. Requires 3 “AA” batteries. 2-1/8″W x 1-3/4″D x 8-3/8″H, not including the 2″ hook. Plastic.

 

superhero-union-suitIf He’s Super Keep your personal hero cozy with a Men’s Caped Superhero Union Suit. Even crime fighters need to relax, and this fleece union suit is comfortable for lounging and sleeping. The removable cape is attached with fabric magic. It has an embroidered logo that matches the one on the front of the suit. Long front zipper makes it easy to put on and take off. The suit also features ribbed cuffs, hems and collar, a decorative belt, and 2 inseam pockets. Polyester. Machine care. Imported.

 

nfl-leather-walletsIf He’s Sporty Officially licensed NFL Leather Wallets or Checkbook Covers make great gifts for gridiron fans. Handsome accessories feature your team’s name and logo imprinted on high-quality leather. Checkbook Cover (6-1/2″W x 3-1/2″L) has a slot for a checkbook and a clear inset for 6 cards or photos. Tri-fold Wallet (4-1/4″W x 3″L) has a full-length opening for bills and receipts and features an ID window, 4 credit card slots and a photo sleeve that holds up to 8 photos. Leather and polyurethane. Imported.

 

 

Holiday Spirit: Tips for Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree

ltd-christmas-treeWith Thanksgiving just weeks away, holiday festivities are ramping up and we have to start thinking about a Christmas tree. There are so many routes you can take to putting up the perfect tree — going to a tree lot, selecting an artificial tree or coming up with a fun alternative to a tree like creating a mural. But one way to get your tree to make a truly memorable holiday is by cutting one down yourself. Here are 5 tips for cutting down your own Christmas tree.

Dress for the Occasion If you’ve never been to a Christmas Tree farm, they’re as far out in the country as regular farms. That means there aren’t many places to warm up when the winds of December start blowing. You also have to remember that it takes to time to find a tree and cut it down so you could be in the cold for hours. Make sure you have warm and durable coats, gloves and shoes for your outdoor adventure.  

Arm Yourself  When you think about cutting down your own holiday tree, the mind immediately goes to the ax. Chopping down a tree makes sense, but it’s not as practical or efficient as a chainsaw. It’s much easier and less exhausting than an ax, but make sure you’re comfortable using it before you set out on your trip. In the event the Christmas tree farm you select doesn’t allow chainsaws, make sure you have access to a handsaw.

ltd-christmas-tree2Special Equipment Most Christmas trees won’t fit in your car; hauling it home means you have to strap it to the top of the car. Rope, twine or bungee cords will do the trick, just make sure you have a lot — it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and your tree ends up in the middle of a highway. You also want to protect your car from the scratchy pine needles; add a tarp or blanket to lay between the tree and your car before you head home.

Know Your Measurements You want the first cutting to be the last cutting so make sure you know the measurements of the room where you plan to display your tree. The big blue sky can dwarf even the tallest of trees — a guesstimate may result in a giant tree in a medium-size living room. You don’t want to have to readjust the size when you figure out it’s too big.   

ltd-christmas-treeTimber Tremble Some Christmas tree farms have machines to shake your trees before you pack up to go home. Shaking gets rid of loose needles that would otherwise end up on the floor. In addition to needles, it gets forest critters out before they can stow away in your new tree and set up camp in your living room.

Cutting down your own Christmas tree is a project the entire family can participate in to make holiday memories! At LTD, we’re all about memories — from Thanksgiving dinner to the annual New Year’s Eve party, let LTD help you make new moments to cherish.