March is coming to an end, which means spring is in full swing — and you can tell by what our Pinterest followers are pinning! With snow still on the ground, we’re getting plenty of extra time to finish up our spring cleaning and get our gardens in order — both themes dominated our pins this month! Here are March’s Pinteresting Picks.
The first day of school is just around the corner. It’s a stressful time of year, but, luckily, August 15th is Relaxation Day and we’re using it as a reminder to loosen up before everything turns topsy-turvy with the new school year. Here are 5 ways to relax before school starts.
Take Time for Your Pet Having a dog or cat around to bond with has shown to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. In fact, at some university campuses, they’ve employed therapy dogs for students to visit when school becomes too stressful. At Harvard Medical School, you can even “check out” a dog just like you check out a book. If it works at Harvard, it may just work for you.
Exercise A good workout may not sound appealing, but aerobic exercise can actually help you relax. It lowers stress hormone levels and releases endorphins – the feel-good chemical. In addition to releasing endorphins, according to a study from Princeton University, exercise re-organizes the brain to shield it from stress. Take 30 minutes to jog down the street and you’re on your way to relaxation.
Touch There aren’t many people out there who would turn down a massage. In addition to feeling good physically, it can reduce anxiety, stress and aggression. Australian researchers examined the effects of daily massage on participants over seven weeks and tracked their anxiety and aggression levels. They found massage reduced stress and anxiety almost instantly. A daily massage may not be a reasonable activity, but the effects may warrant having a massage ball or neck massager handy at all times.
Play with Your Kids You only have a few weeks left to spend time with your kids, so playing with them is a no-brainer. What you might not know is studies show playing reduces stress. Researchers at Kansas State University found the more time mothers spent engaging with their children, the less overwhelmed they felt. You love being around them anyway, that they make you feel relaxed is an excellent bonus.
Eat There are all sorts of soothing foods you can eat to relax. At the top of that list is dark chocolate. It contains Tryptophan which is an essential amino acid that aids in the production of serotonin which can help your sleep and improve your mood. Tryptophan is found in a variety of foods – honey, spinach, cheese, eggs, duck, to name a few. When you’re planning your next meal, make it a relaxing one and be sure dark chocolate is for dessert.
Anytime is a good time to relax, but sometimes we have to make a point of working it into our schedules. Make Relaxation Day your notice to slow down before things hit hyper-speed on the first day of school.
Summer is a wonderful time to give your home a new look. Whether you fill your weekends with DIY projects or just want to add a little color to a room, improving your space has never been simpler. Start out with LTD’s Product Picks for the Week, and you will be done in no time!
Millions of people across the country are getting ready to lace up their sneakers to walk in support of breast cancer research and awareness. If you’re one of the millions gearing up for the Breast Cancer Walk, here are some ideas on how to prepare before you set out on your journey.
Before the Walk
Walking isn’t the most strenuous of exercises, but it’s still exercise and when you’re walking for miles, it takes training. The amount of time you spend on training depends on the distance your charity walk is. Generally, you’ll want to walk 30 minutes five days a week, increasing the walk time by five minutes each week. Use a 13-mile training schedule as a guide for your training. Walk rain or shine during your training because you never know what the weather will be on the day of the big walk.
Make sure you have shoes dedicated to walking. When you walk for exercise, you walk differently than you would doing errands or going to work and your shoes adapt to how you walk. This can reduce your risk of injury and blisters.
Walk with a training group for some of your walks. This can give you a chance to meet other people walking for your cause. Another way to stay motivated is by keeping a walking log or journal where you can track your progress.
As walk day approaches, start gathering information about what you’ll need on the day of the race. Generally, organizers send you a walk day packet or send you information on where to pick up your packet. The packet can include:
- Information on how to get to the start and when you should arrive
- Your number
- Safety pins for your number
Carry as little as possible. It takes a lot of energy to carry even small items. The longer you carry something, the heavier it feels and it uses energy you need to get across the finish line. Items you should carry:
- Water bottle
- Poncho or light rain jacket
- Protein bars
- First aid kit (small)
Wear moisture wicking clothes. Moisture wicking clothes draws moisture away from your body so your body can regulate its temperature based on the elements rather than moisture gathered on your body.
Drink before you get thirsty and eat before you get hungry. Eat about 100 calories each hour you’re walking. Staying hydrated and energized can keep you going and you’ll feel less exhausted toward the end.
Start slow. When the walk begins, the crowd can be big and hard to navigate. When the crowd thins out, start walking at a comfortable pace for you. Be aware and respectful of other walkers and volunteers. Walk only in designated areas.
After the Walk
Now that you’ve completed the big Breast Cancer Walk, you’ve got a great base for an exercise regimen. Keep it up and start thinking about your next charity walk. Do good things for a good cause and do good things for yourself.
We’re flipping through the catalog to pass the time between now and when the weekend starts. We’ve picked out some items we can’t wait to use now that the weather is finally warm! Here are LTD’s product picks for the week.
Don’t know what you want to do this St. Patrick’s Day yet? Don’t worry, we’ve started a March into Green board on Pinterest to help you in your journey. Here are some of our favorite finds.
It doesn’t quite feel like spring yet, but you can keep warm with the luck of the Irish in these green footed pajamas for adults. They’re exactly like the fleece jammies you had when you were a kid, complete with elasticized ankles and rubber grips on the bottom. From neck to toe in green, you won’t have to be the size of a leprechaun to feel like a leprechaun!
In the grand tradition of St. Patrick?s Day, adult beverages are on the menu of most celebrations. While some revelers might be celebrating with green beer, Irish stout or Irish whiskey, a welcome break from the typical drinks might lead you to something greener. The Shamrock Shooter and the Irish Frog are a sweeter treat than the typical drinks using green Midori as a base. If you?re ambitious, you can try to make the Irish Flag Shooter by layering cr?me de menthe, Baileys Irish Cream and Grand Marnier. However you decide to mix it, it?s sure to be a good time.
Your coffee doesn?t have to be Irish coffee to celebrate St. Patty?s Day. A green M&M mug will keep your Irish spirit awake as you take your coffee to go. The double wall will keep your beverage warm, and if you don?t have the luck of the Irish, the travel lid will work with you to keep you from spilling your drink.
If you’re celebrating with the underage Irish, a Shamrock Shake might be in order. This is a copycat recipe so you can make it at home. It’s not magic, but with a little green food coloring and peppermint extract, it might taste like a pot of gold.
If you have an out-of-town destination for St. Patrick?s Day, you can be bold and be green with quilted luggage. There’s no way this will get lost on the sea of black suitcases at the baggage claim. The lightweight design allows you to move freely as you travel while the interior pockets and full-zip closure makes room for everything you need and keeps them intact.
It ain?t easy being green, but snuggling up with this frog pillow might just make being green softer.? Not only is this green guy adorable, but he?s filled with thousands of micro-beads to make him soft and squishy. For kids, he’s a stuffed frog. For adults, he’s a travel pillow.
And, finally, it just wouldn’t be a holiday if we didn?t throw in a Keep Calm poster, so have a happy St. Patrick’s Day and shamrock on!
Do you ever go online and just ask any random question and see how many results you get?? You could sit there for endless hours or days and learn so many things you wanted to know and maybe some that you didn’t want to know.? That is what is so fun and exciting about going online. Stay in your jammies, grab your coffee and get comfy and open that vast world of everything.
You love to shop here, but didn?t you ever have a question about LTD that you didn?t know the answer to?? Well we have an answer for that too with some LTD facts you might not have known.
Company Mission Statement
Most if not all companies have one and I have to say, ours is pretty exceptional.? To the right of that, we have our Better Business Bureau (BBB) accreditation logo, then our Norton Security, our 115% lowest price guarantee, our wonderful BBB Torch award stamp and PayPal.
Just click on any of these images on our website and you will learn more.? For example: if you did not know that we won the 2013 BBB Torch award or would like more information on the Torch award.
Offers and Previews
Next we have our Sign- up for Exclusive offers and Previews.? Now who doesn?t want that? We all love to find a way to save and this is it! Sign up now and you will get all of the latest at LTD Commodities.
FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions
Our frequently asked question (FAQ) section located at the bottom of our page holds a variety of questions and their answers just for your learning.? All? you need to do is click on the FAQ link under Need Assistance to view the categories listed.
As you click on each category, we have anticipated question/ answers that were frequently asked by other customers.? Take ordering for instance.? Say you want to send an item as a gift, but don?t know how to do that.? Just click on ?Ordering? and then ?Can I send the order as a gift? and your answer will pop up. ?Now you are ready to learn how to send a gift to one of your favorite people.
Have more questions?? Just click ?Back To Questions? and you are right back to our main FAQ category list and select your next category to view. Now if that was your only question, just click the ?Close X? on the top right and you are right back to our site.
With that said, we want to know what questions you have for us.? While we have an FAQ section to answer select questions, there may be that one question on your mind; that does not have a one click posted answer.? Post your ?Need to know? question and we will be happy to assist!
The holidays are a busy time between family, parties and preparing for them all. With all the hustle and bustle, it can be hard to sit down and find time for yourself. Even though the holidays are a time for giving and celebrating with others, it is important to remember to treat yourself. Give yourself a little down time you should feel recharged and ready to tackle the day’s tasks. This week we are sharing great products to treat yourself with and give you a reason to take a time out.
It’s really easy to buy fabulous items for everyone on your list and forget about yourself. While you are out shopping for your loved ones, don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself. A fun but functional item that we adore is this 6-Bin Storage Unit. This is a great piece to treat yourself. These six bins help you store your favorite items while keeping you organized. The storage unit is slender so it will fit into small spaces without any trouble. The feet are plastic protected so your floor will stay scratch free. Choose from a zebra print with a black frame, natural with a bronze frame or purple with a white frame. Speaking of treating yourself, we suggest a few items to relax all the holiday stress away.
You spend a lot of time preparing meals and putting up decorations which can wreck your nails. Give your nails some TLC with Pink Armor Nail Gel. This quick fix not only helps to repair your nails but also strengthens and protects them. The protein-rich karatin gel restores your nails to their original beauty and makes them the envy of the holiday party. Take out the time for a manicure and coat your nails with Pink Armor for a high gloss finish to make your manicure look professional and your nails feeling great.
When you are thinking about relaxing at home, what is the one thing you want first? Jammies of course! Before you turn on the big game grab a NFL Nightshirt. This comfy shirt can be worn alone when the weather is warm or with leggings to help keep you warm when the weather turns cold. The nightshirt comes in a NFL themed can which then converts into a bank for the loose change you find in the couch while curled up rooting for your team.
The perfect end to a day is a full night’s sleep. With errands to run and families to keep up with it can be hard. Pamper yourself with an All- Natural Featherbed and you will be sleeping in no time. This featherbed will make you feel as if you are sleeping on a cloud. You will wake up refreshed and ready for the day’s challenges!
It can be easy to get burnt out when the busiest time of the year arrives. Take some time out for yourself and enjoy the holiday season with ease.
Have you bought something from us lately? What is your favorite LTD product of the moment? Let us know in the comments below.
Upon shopping our LTD Commodities website, you already have a list of fabulous items and can’t wait to order. Just open an account and you will be on your way to great savings. We put together the different ways you can open an account with us so you can start saving asap.
Visit our website
Just click on “My Account” at the top of the screen. When the on the next screen comes up you can click on “Continue under Create a New Account” to set one up. Be sure to fill in all the required fields to order.
You can also give us a call and speak to one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives at 847-295-5532 Monday-Friday, 7:00 -8:00 P.M CST. They would be happy to set up an account for you and request a catalog or place an order for you.
Mail your order
If you have perhaps borrowed a catalog or visited the web, but prefer to mail or fax in your information to:
2800 Lakeside Dr.
Bannockburn, IL. 60015
Fax : 847-604-7600
Once we receive your information or order we will set an account up for you.
If you have a business and would like to provide your business information to maximize your shopping opportunities, you can do so by selecting the “I’d like to provide my business information”; check box during while you are creating your account.
Change of Address
A change of address is easy, whether you already have an account or need to make changes to your new account.
If you need to update your address you can do this by going to our website. Sign into your account and then click on the My Account page. Once there, select “Change the Account Information.” You can make your changes on that page.
You are also able to update your information including your address on your account when you place your next order online. Please note that these changes must be made prior to submitting your order. Unfortunately, we cannot change “ship to” addresses on orders already placed or in process.
For other changes, you can log into “My Account”, where you have the option to update and change your sign-in and subscriptions, address book, payment methods and business account information. After entering the new information, be sure to click the “Update” button for your changes to take effect.
If you would rather speak to someone, feel free to contact one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives at 847-295-5532 Monday-Friday, 7:00 -8:00 P.M CST. They would be happy to update your information on your account.