Pinteresting Picks for September

Autumn is finally here in full force, and our Pinterest followers already are in the Halloween spirit. They are sharing pins of some of LTD Commodities most popular harvest decor, as well as some fun ideas to make the indoors cozy and fun. Here are the Pinteresting Picks for September.

Bring your seasonal decor to the bathroom with this Halloween Witch Bath Ensemble.

Bring your seasonal decor to the bathroom with this Halloween Witch Bath Ensemble.

 

Admit your weakness for your four-legged friend with a Quilted Pet Throw or Shaped Pillow.

Admit your weakness for your four-legged friend with a Quilted Pet Throw or Shaped Pillow.

Make your bedroom or living space look crisp and delicious with a Bacon & Eggs Novelty Throw and Pillow.

Make your bedroom or living space look crisp and delicious with a Bacon & Eggs Novelty Throw and Pillow.

 

Make food preparation fun with these kitchen gadgets.

Make food preparation entertaining with these Fun Kitchen Gadgets.

Snapshot: Selfie Contest!

Selfie You read it while drinking your morning cup of coffee, while taxiing on the runway or while you’re nibbling your sandwich on your lunch break at work – you read the LTD Commodities catalog everywhere and we want to see you in action! This week you have a chance to win a $50 coupon by taking an #LTDSelfie for our catalog selfie contest!

SelfieIf you’re not familiar with the term “selfie,” it’s a self-portrait. People have been doing it since the first pictures were taken in the 1800s. As cameras evolved, so did selfies – first they were taken with tripods for a steady shot with a heavy camera and then slowly, as photo technology improved and cameras got smaller, people started to pick up cameras and point the lenses back at themselves to take selfies. The term “selfie” was first used in 2002, but it didn’t start to blow up until a few years ago with the boom in social media. Now it’s so big Kim Kardashian is releasing a coffee table book composed solely of her selfies and there’s a TV show called Selfie on ABC starring John Cho (of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle) which is scheduled to debut in the fall TV lineup.

SelfieBut we don’t want to see Kim Kardashian — we want to see you!

SelfieStarting September 16, 2014, we want you to send us your #LTDSelfie — an #LTDSelfie is a picture you take of yourself with the LTD catalog and you can submit it through facebook until September 23, 2014. Make it interesting. Make it creative. Make it about you and the catalog. Anyone who submits an #LTDSelfie gets a coupon for $10* off their next order. We’ll be poring over all the photos to select the best one – we’ll pick our favorite on September 25. The winner will receive a coupon for $50 off their next order.

You don’t have to use facebook to submit a photo with you and your LTD Commodities catalog – use the hashtag #LTDSelfie to submit your pic through Twitter or Instagram. Start snapping!

*$10 off orders of $75 or more. Coupons will be sent on 9/26/14.  

Behind the Scenes: LTD’s Food Stylist

JasonAs LTD Commodities customers, you know we have a wide variety of products – from garden tools to Superman Socks – but you wouldn’t know what we have without great pictures. To make those pictures great, we have different stylists for different products and we have one stylist – Jason — who devotes his days to food. We stopped in behind the scenes at the photo studio to ask Jason a few questions about his work while he put together some Halloween-themed dishes.

LTD: How did you get into food styling?

Jason: I was a visual merchandiser for a retailer for many years where I was responsible for setting up scenes in my store to make shoppers want to buy items. I like to cook, so I used my visual background to take pictures of the food I make and it turned into a career.

LTD: What do you use to inspire you?

Jason: I use my favorite magazines to inspire me. There’s an Australian food magazine that I look at where the food photos are absolutely amazing. I strive to be as precise and creative as their stylists.

LTD: What is the most difficult part of food styling?

Jason:  Working with food that’s not camera-friendly is difficult. I have to make ingredients do what they’re not supposed to do. For example, I have to make whipped cream stay perfectly fluffy for the entire shoot when normally it would melt into the mug of hot chocolate it is sitting on top of.

JasonLTD: What are the three most important things to remember when styling?

Jason: 1. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again.

2. What I’m looking at is not what the camera sees. I have to style from the camera’s point of view, not mine.

3. Be open to other people’s suggestions; sometimes great ideas come from others’ input.

LTD:  Do you have a favorite product you styled for?

Jason:  I love styling for cookbooks because I can make the dishes in the book and that’s what I love doing at home.

JasonLTD: What is the most satisfying part of food styling?

Jason:   Those shots where after I see the finished product, I can say “wow, that makes me hungry.” That and seeing the smiles on coworkers faces when I get to serve them the food I just worked on.

We’re excited to be on Jason’s team — he makes great food look even better. Keep your eye out for his work — with the holidays coming up, he’s staying busy to show you our favorite holiday gifts.

Pinteresting Picks for August

While the weather still is warm, there is no doubt that autumn is creeping into the air. Fall is a time of change, and our fans on Pinterest definitely have the transition from warm days outside to cool evenings indoors on their minds. They are thinking of cozy lounge wear, treasured artwork and more. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for August.

Stylish Women's Camo Cargo Sweatpants are cute and fun! They're great for everyday wear or a casual night out.

Stylish Women’s Camo Cargo Sweatpants are cute and fun! They’re great for everyday wear or a casual night out.

Forget magnets on the refrigerator and use Easy Change Artwork Frames to give your child's artwork the attention it deserves.

Forget magnets on the refrigerator and use Easy Change Artwork Frames to give your child’s artwork the attention it deserves.

Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals.

Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals.

Enjoy pleasant accent lighting with the timeless look of an Enduring Candle Jar.

Enjoy pleasant accent lighting with the timeless look of an Enduring Candle Jar.

Back to School Checklist

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Image Source: Krissy Venosdale via Flickr

The school year crept up on all of us. Even if we’re not quite ready, we can be prepared to send the little ones off to school if we’re organized. Here’s a back to school checklist to help you get ready for the big day.

Finish Official Business

  • Confirm class schedules and calendar
  • Update your child’s immunization records
  • Update contact information with the school and any other outstanding documents to avoid hold-ups on the first day of school
  • Inform the school of any health issues or medications
  • Obtain dress code requirements
  • Obtain a class supplies list
  • Look at the lunch menu provided by the school and decide if it makes sense to participate in the lunch program or to send a sack lunch with your child

    School-Lunch

    Image source: Melissa via Flickr

Arrange Transportation

  • Walking and bicycling – make sure your child is familiar with a safe route
  • Carpooling – confirm schedule with other parents
  • Bus – confirm pick up and drop off times and locations

After School Activities

  • Make sure your child knows where to go as soon as school lets out
  • Have play dates, after school sports or clubs confirmed
  • If your child goes straight home, make sure your child knows how to get into your house (i.e., where keys are kept how to use the key)
  • Make sure your child knows where to go in case of an emergency and have safety contacts established
  • Go over your phone numbers, address and how to get ahold of you during the day
school-buses

Image Source: Larry Darling via Flickr

Establish School Night Rules

  • Set rules on time spent in front of the TV or playing video games
  • Determine a chore and homework plan
  • Create a homework space
  • Confirm bed times and wake-up times
  • Go over school morning routines

Prepare for Learning

  • Have your child review last year’s basic skills
  • Select a book to read to warm up their brains for the school year or do a few word and number puzzles to ease their minds into doing work

The first day of school is going to be stressful no matter what, but you can reduce the stress with a little bit of preparation and organization.

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

Summer is almost done, but there still is time left to plan one last trip before the leaves fall.  Close up the house and grab the family for a weekend road trip, or head to the woods to bond over flickering electric candles and a crackling fire. Pack up and head out with our Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

Aunty Acid is that grumpy old lady inside us all! This humorous travel mug says what you're thinking so you don't have to.

Aunty Acid is that grumpy old lady inside us all! This humorous travel mug says what you’re thinking so you don’t have to.

This Set of 6 LED Candles creates a realistic glow that's safe around kids and pets.

This Set of 6 LED Candles creates a realistic glow that’s safe around kids and pets

Air conditioners are expensive...do not let fall and winter conditions destroy them! These covers, designed to fit most window or central air units, prevent snow, ice and dirt from collecting and causing the compressor housing to rust.

Air conditioners are expensive…do not let fall and winter conditions destroy them! These covers, designed to fit most window or central air units, prevent snow, ice and dirt from collecting and causing the compressor housing to rust.

 

This comfortable fleece jacket will keep you warm on all your outdoor adventures. His and Hers Highland Timber Jackets feature woodsy camouflage detailing around the shoulder and collar that adds a fashionable touch to a basic fleece zip-up jacket.

This comfortable fleece jacket will keep you warm on all your outdoor adventures. His and Hers Highland Timber Jackets feature woodsy camouflage detailing around the shoulder and collar that adds a fashionable touch to a basic fleece zip-up jacket.

Set of 4 Wrap It Heavy-Duty Storage Straps is great for holding pipes, tubes, extension cords and more.

Set of 4 Wrap It Heavy-Duty Storage Straps is great for holding pipes, tubes, extension cords and more.

 

Vintage LTD: Office Essentials Replaced by the Smartphone

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Executive Organizer

 

At LTD Commodities, we try to bring you products to make your life easier for the best prices. But every gadget has to make way for something better and faster. Going through vintage LTD catalogs, we found some office essentials that have been replaced by the smartphone.

Brief-case

Expandable Attaché Case

Executive Organizer Remember when the “practical and stylish assistant” could only hold a notebook and addresses with color-coded tabs rather than a library of books, a music collection and access to newspapers around the world? I don’t want to remember that either. A smartphone can’t hold a pen, but it can hold dozens of apps promising to simplify your life.

Portfolio

Tapestry Attaché Case and Portfolio

Expandable Attaché Case Before passwords unlocked the start screens to secure the information on our laptops, we used combination locks (you had to spin them with your fingers!) to secure the contents of our briefcases. For the important executive, the handsome and indispensable Expandable Attaché Case adjusted its size according to how much work you carried to and from the office. If you had top secret documents, the dual locks kept your work extra safe. For the ladies, the tapestry attaché and portfolio allowed you to combine business with pleasure!

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Magic Photo Cube

Magic Photo Cube In 1989, the Magic Photo Cube was the modern way to display family photos in the office. Six of your most cherished snapshots floated in the cube, gently rotating by the force of hidden magnets. But we’ve traded in the photo cube for the more modern personalized screensavers and wallpaper for your computer or smartphone.

Photo-library

Photo Bookcase

Photo Bookcase If you were someone who liked to keep your photos cataloged and filed, there was the photo bookcase. The four volume photo album and bookcase allowed you to keep 224 photos neatly tucked away in leather-like bound books on your office shelf rather than the 2,000,000 photos you have floating in your cloud storage.

Solar-calculator

Desk Top Calculator

Desk-Top Calculator The dual-powered Desk-Top Calculator has all the functions you needed in 1989 – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division – PLUS two desk stand pen holders with the option to use battery or solar power to run it!  For those with eye-sight challenges, the pop-up display and over-sized buttons made accounting easy on the eyes! It was a practical gift for the home, office or dorm. But now the calculator is a standard feature we take for granted on our smartphones.

Dictionary

Reference Library

Deluxe Desk Reference Library Before the modern convenience of dictionary.com, we had actual, tangible books to tell us the meaning of words, how to use them and what words have similar meanings. The New Webster’s Deluxe Desk Reference Library takes us back to a time when “at your fingertips” meant thumbing through pages rather than having all the information in the world returned to you with a simple query on a touch-screen.

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Spellmaster

Spellmaster However, the Reference Library, paired with the Spellmaster could turn you into wordsmith. After all, the Spellmaster had all the power of a 128K computer. In that 6 ¼” machine (batteries included), you could learn how to spell words and play number and word games. Take that, iPhone 5s with your fancy camera, fingerprint identity sensor and access to the world all inside your 4 ¾”!

All of our products occupy a perfect corner in our history and we love to see how far we’ve come in the last 50 years. We continue our dedication to bring you great products at the best prices in the present and future.

 

Pinteresting Picks for July

July was a busy month here at LTD and, judging from our Pinterest boards, our pinners were busy, too! Here are our most Pinteresting Picks for July.

Protect your phone as it charges with this Deluxe Smartphone Charging Station. Designed for versatility, it has 3 standard outlets, so you can keep other appliances plugged in along with your charger, or charge up to 3 additional devices at once. Plus, there are 2 USB ports built into the station for phones and devices that require a USB adapter. The sides of the station pull out to cradle 2 phones or devices charging at the same time. Surge-protected charger means your phones and devices won't be damaged by sudden power surges or outages.

Protect your phone as it charges with this Deluxe Smartphone Charging Station. Designed for versatility, it has 3 standard outlets, so you can keep other appliances plugged in along with your charger, or charge up to 3 additional devices at once. Plus, there are 2 USB ports built into the station for phones and devices that require a USB adapter. The sides of the station pull out to cradle 2 phones or devices charging at the same time. Surge-protected charger means your phones and devices won’t be damaged by sudden power surges or outages.

easy-change-artwork-frames

Forget magnets on the refrigerator and use Easy Change Artwork Frames to give your child’s artwork the attention it deserves. These frames are specially sized to hold the standard sizes of artwork created at school or home. Each polystyrene-covered wooden frame also includes a 3/4″ deep compartment behind the picture to store approx. 50 more pictures.

USB-Chargers

Power up 2 devices at once with an XTREME® Dual Port USB Charger! It will charge any device that uses a USB cable (just provide your own cable). Recharge cell phones, smartphones, music players, e-readers and tablets–two at a time. The lightweight Car Charger creates 2 USB ports in any vehicle, and it connects to any standard car plug. Also, it’s safe to use your devices while they charge, making this ideal for a GPS. Has LED indicator light. The Home Charger plugs into any standard wall outlet. Its versatile connector rotates up to 180 degrees for easy use. Plastic and metal.

 

Redneck-Plunger

Turn an unpleasant task into comedy with The Redneck Plunger. Not only does it actually do the job, but it also makes realistic shotgun sounds when you pull the trigger. It stands on end like any other plunger. As they say, “if it’s brown, it’s down.” Makes a great gag gift!

Items We Adore: LTD Product Picks of the Week

As the week finally comes to an end, we are looking forward to spending some time with friends and family—including the furry kind! Having pets in your home is a delight, but it does require some extra organization for toys, not to mention ways to keep them relaxed and happy. It’s likely those fuzzy little guys will insist on climbing up on the sofa and bed with you, so don’t forget to grab a throw the two of you can snuggle up in together. Enjoy hanging out with your pets with our Items We Adore: LTD Product Picks of the Week.

Sherpa-Covered Pet Steps are designed for small and aging cats and dogs. They ensure that your best friend can still join you on the sofa or bed if he has hip dysplasia, arthritis, other joint problems, or if he simply has short legs.

Sherpa-Covered Pet Steps are designed for small and aging cats and dogs. They ensure that your best friend can still join you on the sofa or bed if he has hip dysplasia, arthritis, other joint problems, or if he simply has short legs.

 

Wrap yourself up in comfort as you sit down for your favorite show with a Popular TV Show Fleece Throw.

Wrap yourself up in comfort as you sit down for your favorite show with a Popular TV Show Fleece Throw.

Pet Food Cabinet with Bowls is a handsome way to store your best friend's favorite food.

Pet Food Cabinet with Bowls is a handsome way to store your best friend’s favorite food.

AKC Calmcoat is the easy-to-wear anti-anxiety and calming coat for your dog.

AKC Calmcoat(TM) is the easy-to-wear anti-anxiety and calming coat for your dog.

 

This Oversized Utility Tote will be your go-to bag for carrying nearly everything!

This Oversized Utility Tote will be your go-to bag for carrying nearly everything!

8 Movies for Backyard Movie Night

Movies-In-The-Park

Image source: Bryan Fountain via Flickr

There are only a few weeks left in which we can enjoy our backyards at night. Make the most of it by hosting a backyard movie night before school starts again. Here are some of the best family-friendly movies for backyard movie night.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Sardines are the only source of food for the town of Swallow Falls when it falls victim to an economic crisis. A failed inventor, Flint Lockwood, is determined to turn the town around by building a machine that changes water into food. When the machine malfunctions and sends it into the atmosphere, it causes cloudbursts of culinary delights, saving the town from a lifetime of sardines. But the town’s leaders go from grateful to greedy, causing a food super-storm that, without Flint’s intervention, would destroy the world. With cheeseburgers falling from the sky, Flint’s mission is to disable his greatest invention and save the planet.

The Wiz Young Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow and a girlish Diana Ross as Dorothy ease on down the yellow brick road in this 1970s classic take on the Wizard of Oz. Lost in the Land of Oz, a thankless Dorothy goes on a mission to find the Wiz who, she is told, has the power to send her back to Harlem. Through a fanciful trip to the Emerald City, Dorothy learns to be grateful with the help of the characters she meets on her way.

E.T. E.T. is the heartwarming story of a friendship between a boy and an alien accidentally left on earth by his family. The boy, Elliott takes in the alien, E.T. while they secretly try to figure out how to get E.T. back to his home planet. But their mission is derailed when government agents discover E.T. and take him in for testing. The real adventure begins when they try to escape the grips of the government to get E.T. home before the agents figure out they’re gone. E.T. promises to bring tears to your eyes and vows to turn on your heartlight.

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Image source: Tommy Low via Flickr

Toy Story Toy Story is the story you imagine when you’re a kid – toys come to life when you’re not in the room. In this story, Woody is by far Andy’s favorite toy, but when Andy gets a new action figure, Buzz Lightyear, jealousy and resentment sends both Woody and Buzz out the window and into the real world. Buzz and Woody, fighting the dangers of the outside, struggle to get along as they try to get back to the safety of Andy’s home.

Back to the Future Marty McFly, is sent back to the 1950s in a time machine his friend (and crazy scientist), Doc, builds. Arriving in the same place he left, but in a different decade, Marty gets mixed up in his teenage parents’ lives and accidentally throws history — as he knows it – off course. Marty must go back to the future, but not without fixing the past and getting his parents together.

The Sandlot The new kid in town, Scotty Smalls, makes friends and learns how to play baseball with the kids from the Sandlot. But when they play with the wrong ball – a ball signed by baseball legend Babe Ruth – they knock it out of the sandlot and into the yard of a vicious dog known as The Beast. Facing his fears, Scotty is determined to get the ball back.

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Image source: Aaron Molina via Flickr

Ghostbusters When New York City seems to be taken over by spirits of the dead, a group of outcast scientists take it upon themselves to capture and cage these spirits as Ghostbusters. With doubt cast over the Ghostbusters, city officials unlock the ghost holding cell and unleash a firestorm of otherworldly chaos. To get the ghosts back under control, they must face an ancient evil god and, as this evil god would have it, their own demons.

There’s only one month left before Labor Day weekend; as you’re savoring the days, throw in a backyard movie night to make the most of your warm summer nights.