Relaxation Day: 5 Ways to Relax Before School Starts

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.

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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.

neck-massagerTouch 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.

chocolate-cupcakeEat 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.

Items We Adore: LTD Product Picks for the Week

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!

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Hang this Metal Wall Decor with Mirrors vertically or horizontally to make a bold statement in any room.

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Self-Adhesive Window Privacy Film gives you seclusion and still allows light to shine through.

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The slim characters of these 3-Pc. Figurine Sets create a charming grouping on a shelf or table.

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A Set of 2 Electric or Gas Burner Covers provides additional counter space in a busy kitchen.

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Create a rustic feel fit for a log cabin in the woods with this Moose Lodge Comforter Set.

 

 

 

 

Gearing up for the Breast Cancer Walk: How to Prepare

walking-crowdMillions 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.

Stay Motivated

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.

Information

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

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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
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • 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.

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

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.

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This Solar Scrolled Hanging Lantern enhances your outdoor space with elegant accent lighting featuring beautiful scrollwork. A ring on the handle makes it easy to hang from any hook. It has a solar panel on top that uses the sun’s energy to automatically power the light at night. 

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Now kids can practice their favorite sports right in their own backyard! Whether your kids are into soccer or basketball, we have the set for them! Each set comes with an oversized inflatable plastic ball and accessories that are safe and fun to use. Kick the soccer ball through the goal cones or shoot the basketball through the hoop. 

 

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Transform your most cherished photos into framed canvas artwork in your own home in a matter of minutes. With the Flipo You Frame It system, you can take any image from a camera or cell phone, print it on specially formulated canvas paper, then frame it. Printing is done on your inkjet printer without the need for special ink or computer software.

 

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MLB Coleman 24-Can Cooler is easy to carry wherever the action takes you. Its adjustable strap has a shoulder pad embroidered with the Coleman logo. Full-color MLB team logo is embroidered on the cooler’s front panel. Made of 600D polyester, the soft-sided cooler is lined with PEVA. Includes a carabiner clip and mesh carry pouches on the sides. 

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The Tick N’ Tater Water Balloon Game takes the traditional game of hot potato and cools it down. Fill up a water balloon, then place it inside the Tick N’ Tater. Set the attached timer and start passing it around. When the timer runs out, the balloon will burst, soaking the person holding it. This easy game is a refreshing and fast-paced way to spend a hot afternoon outdoors.

 

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

It’s officially spring! We’re excited about our new products and though it’s not warm in every part of the country, we have warm thoughts looking at the catalog. Here are the items we adore this week.

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Enjoy a break from your hectic life and relax in our Swinging Chair Hammock. Hang it from a tree or on a stand (not included). Made of cotton canvas, it’s held up by ropes on a wood frame. Features a foam-cushioned seat and back for extra comfort.

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From the backyard to the beach, the Take It Anywhere Outdoor Table lets you kick back in style. Steel table keeps cocktails, sodas, snacks, BBQ servings and more nearby as you relax on a lawn chair, beach lounger or other outdoor furniture. Just stake it firmly in the ground or sand and you’re ready to enjoy your food or beverage. You can also use it as a spot for sunglasses, tanning lotion, books and more. Top handle makes it easy to transport and to pull out when you leave.

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You’ll be glad you have these 12-Pc. Mini Taster Glass Server Sets when it comes time for your next party. Each set includes 6 pieces of glass serveware, 6 pieces of 18/0 stainless steel silverware and a recipe card. Bowl & Spoon Set is perfect for desserts, fruit cups, quiches and more. Recipe included for Eggplant and Garlic Baba Ghanoush. Bowls, Plate & Fork Set can be used for snacks, hors d’oeuvres and more. Recipe included for Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties. Plates, Shot & Spoon Set and Tini & Spoon Set are both great for desserts, drinks and more.

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Babble Ball Pet Toy is an interactive ball that talks or makes realistic animal sounds when your pup plays with it. Motion-activated toy is so sensitive, it can be triggered by your dog breathing on it or just by the vibration of your dog walking past it. When play is finished, it turns off automatically and waits to be touched again. Animal Babble Ball sounds include pig, cow, cat and more. Talking Babble Ball includes funny wisecracks like, “Hey, what are you doing?”,”Hot diggity dog!”, “I’m gonna get you!” and more.

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Solar Animal Repeller is the humane way to stop pests from damaging your yard, garden or property. It eliminates the need for cruel traps and poisons, plus it’s easy to install. Just stake it in the ground and it charges in sunlight to activate a built-in infrared motion detector. When pests come within its 20-foot detection range, it triggers powerful, ultrasonic waves that turn animals away. It only activates when motion is detected, so it can run around the clock when charged. Stake it in your lawn, near your garbage cans or near any spot where animals cause destruction.

Green Inspiration this St. Patrick’s Day

Fleece-Footed-pajamasDon’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!Keep-Calm

LTD Website Facts You Might Not Have Known

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Additional Questions

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!

 

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

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.

6-bin-storageIt’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.

pink-armorYou 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.

Womens-nightshirtWhen 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.

Feather-bedThe 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.

 

Romeo, Romeo Where for Art Thou Promo?

50-logoLTD Customers are savvy shoppers and want to get the best value for their money, it’s no surprise that they would look for additional money off their orders by looking for promo codes. If you’re a savvy shopper, we’ve got some great ways to keep up to date on fabulous deals.

In order to find or receive our promo codes you can do the following:

•    Make sure we have your current email address and are signed up to receive our emails. We regularly send emails to our customers that include a can’t miss deal.

You can sign up right on our website where it says, “Sign Up Now For Email Discounts & Offers!” or you can sign up when speaking with a Customer Service Representative as they will be happy to help you.

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•    Another way to find promos is to “Like” us on our Facebook Page. Keep an eye out for promotions and coupons given exclusively to our Facebook Friends.
•    Bird is the word! Follow us on Twitter. We tweet about great deals and fab items. You’ll be kept up to date with any new promotions.
•    Stay social and don’t forget to connect with us on Google+ and Pinterest.

Lastly, LTD offers so many quality products at great values, you can check out our Online Only Specials on our website. They don’t require you to a promo code because the prices are already marked down and are great deals.

With all of these ways to stay connected, you’ll be sure to find your treasures as a great value.