LTD Essentials: Productive Rainy Day Activities

Right now most of us are experiencing our fair share of rainy days. As our gardens bask under overcast skies and soak up everything from sprinkling showers to torrential downpours, we’re busy shaking off our umbrellas and preparing for a day indoors. But there are benefits to being stuck inside on a rainy day. Here are a few productive rainy day activities to transform those gloomy hours into time well spent.

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Focus on Fitness
If you’re stuck inside, use your morning to fit in a refreshing workout. The Zumba Gold Live It Up 2-DVD Set is a fun dance-fitness program that makes working out feel like a party. It features upbeat Latin and world rhythms, with easy-to-follow dance steps that let you exercise at your own pace. The first DVD gets you moving to salsa, flamenco, and includes interviews with nutrition experts. The second DVD features different cardio endurance and balance exercises with warm-up and cool-down routines.

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Plan a DIY Project
A rainy day is an opportunity to get work done around the house, especially some of the projects you’ve been putting off. The 19” Angle Level Tool is perfect for completing a variety of DIY projects. Each arm features a 19” ruler, one with storage for two metal prongs that serve as a compass and the other for a contractor pencil. It precisely determines angles between 0 and 270 degrees, with two bubble levels for horizontal and vertical alignment. Great for home repairs, installations, hanging pictures and more!

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Tidy Up the Garage
Being cooped up in your garage on a rainy afternoon is great if you’ve been meaning to get organized. With Magnetic Accessories for Tool Chests, you can make your tools and accessories easier to find. The vinyl Magnetix Toolbox ID Labels won’t damage your tool chest like ordinary sticker labels. The Set of 2 Shelves are equipped with powerful magnets on the back, strong enough to support heavy contents and easy to move when you need the extra storage space.

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Creative Collage
If spring showers got you trapped inside, use the time to create a piece of home décor your family will love. Set of Two 20-Photo Wall Collages make it easy to display and protect your most precious photos. Each collage holds 10 horizontal and 10 vertical 4” x 6” photos in plastic sleeves, giving you the freedom to switch out photos as many times as you want. It’s made of sturdy PVC and has an attractive header with a sentimental word or phrase. Reinforced eyelets make them easy to hang almost anywhere in your house.

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Good Family Food
One of the best places to spend your rainy day is in the kitchen, especially if you’re in the mood to try out a brand new family recipe. Taste of Home Easy Weeknight Dinners offers you a simple and delicious recipe for every weeknight of the year, from Crumb-Coated Ranch Chicken to BBQ Meat Loaf Minis. Make meals using the oven, grill, slow cooker or stovetop. Sections include: 30 Minutes to Dinner, 5 Simple Ingredients, No-Fuss Slow Cooker, Leave it in the Oven and more! Photos with each recipe. 352 pages.

Gadgets to Keep Your Backyard Pest Free

Spring is making itself known with all the blooming trees, chirping birds and sunshine. But, like with most things, you have to take the good with the bad. In the case of spring, pests are the bad — especially in the garden. With that in mind, we put together a list of gadgets to keep your yard pest free.

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Deter mosquitoes and other biting insects the easy and safe way with the ceramic Patio Egg Pest Diffuser. The egg uses a DEET-free formula of essential oils to keep bugs away. The fragrance diffuses through the porous egg into the surrounding area, darkening the egg as it absorbs oil. The pleasant floral scent will “hatch” within 24 hours and be effective continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Protects up to 200 sq. ft. for up to 4 months. Hang it with the included plant-fiber net or set it on a flat surface.

solar-repellentThe cordless Mosquito Repellent Solar Light creates a mosquito-free zone. While most lights attract bugs, this weather-resistant Mosquito Repellant Solar Light repels them! Emitting sonic waves designed to repel bugs, this solar light also creates a warm, inviting glow on a porch, deck or patio. On/off switch. 4-1/2″ sq. x 3-1/4″H. Plastic and metal.

bug-zapperThe lantern-look Solar Bug Zapper attracts and kills mosquitoes and other insects. Held within the metal frame, the zapper is harmless to humans and pets. An integrated solar panel charges during the day to automatically activate the zapper at night. Hang it by the hook or simply stand it on your porch, patio or a table. Butterfly, 10″ x 4-1/2″ sq. Star, 10″ x 5-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. Both measurements include the 3-1/4″ handle.

wasp trapsEnjoy the outdoors without fear of wasps with this Set of 2 Wasp Traps. All you need is water and sugar, no dangerous chemicals involved. Each trap has 3 entry funnels that attract wasps from all directions. It lures the wasps in, but they can’t find the way out. Hang them up or set them on the table. The durable trap can be used again and again. 3-3/8″ dia. x 5-1/8″H, each. Polypropylene.

repellentKeep away bothersome mosquitoes without annoying smells with Mosquito-Ex Natural Repellent. This all-natural product is nontoxic and can safely be used around people and pets. The active ingredient is 100% lavender in a gel base. It’s so natural that you can use the residue cake as a lavender bar soap. The 8.8-oz. tub lasts for 4 to 6 weeks and protects up to 200 sq. ft.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for Spring

Next week we welcome spring and we’re working hard to contain our excitement! While we’re gearing up for all the fun activities that come with the season change, we picked out a few items we think you might like. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for Spring.

cardiThe Women’s Set of 2 Cardigan Wraps is a stylish addition to your wardrobe. Layer these comfortable cardigans over any tank top or dress for a flattering outfit. Each sweater features 3/4-length sleeves and an open front with extra long fabric for a draped effect. The front extensions can also be tied for a classic shawl look. Cotton. Machine care. Imported.

seedballzNo digging or tilling required! Just place each Drop & Grow SeedBallz in the soil. Loaded with seeds, each ball grows clusters of flowers. Do not bury deep; keep moist. Store SeedBallz in a dry, cool place. Each set comes with 8 SeedBallz. They are hand-rolled by individuals with developmental disabilities in the USA. Grow flowers easily in the garden or containers with these “truffle-like” clay balls.

butterfly-basketsAdd rustic decoration and storage to your home with Fabric-Lined Storage Baskets. Each wire basket has a removable polyester liner. Set of 2 Butterfly Baskets features beautiful butterfly accents and looks great on a countertop or table. The 3-Tier Storage Basket (11-5/8″ dia. x 32-1/2″H) is perfect for setting out fresh fruits, vegetables and more. Steel. Liners are machine wash.

paisely-lunch-toteThe zippered compartment of a Collapsible Insulated Tote Basket keeps drinks and snacks cool for picnics and sporting events. The handles fold down for easy storage. 18-3/8″W x 11-1/4″D x 16″H with handles up. Polyester, metal and polypropylene. Imported.sumo-bop

More fun than bumper cars or a pillow fight, this Sumo Bumper Bopper has a fun, kid-friendly design. Kids will love to bop, sock and bump in this inflatable bopper. Handles on the side give kids extra stability. Repair patch included. Made of heavy-duty vinyl for rugged durability. Inflated, 31-1/2″ dia. x 16-1/2″. Colors vary, so please let us choose for you. For ages 4 and up.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Time Change

The seasons are changing and so is the time! This weekend we adjust our clocks for Daylight Saving Time. To honor the yearly ritual, we put together a list of our favorite time pieces. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Time Change.

charm-watchLeather Charm Bracelet Watch is a fashionable piece that works with all your casual outfits. A Victorian-style border accents the watch face. The multi-layered, adjustable leather bracelet has a single wing-shaped pendant and wooden beads. 1″W x 9″L. Metal and waxed cord.

motorcycle-lightA great addition to any space, this Vintage Table Clock features a retro design. Requires 1 “AA” battery. Motorcycle Light, 6″W x 5-3/4″D x 11″H. Square with Handle, 8″W x 2-3/4″D x 9-3/4″H. Propellers, 12-3/4″W x 10-1/4″D x 10″H. Metal.

thre-in-one-clockSleek and stylish in a silver frame, this 3-In-1 Clock is actually an indoor weather station for your wall. The thermometer monitors the room’s temperature from -4 to 124°F; the quartz clock, with a step second hand and numerals from 5 to 60, displays the precise time; and the hygrometer records the relative humidity. Requires 1 “AA” battery. 8-1/4″W x 1-3/4″D x 11-1/4″H. Plastic and glass. Ready to hang.

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Wake up to your school’s fight song with a Collegiate Fight Song Alarm Clock! Instead of waking you with an annoying buzzing sound, this clock plays the familiar rousing song and flashes lights to the rhythm of the music. The face of the clock features your school’s logo. Has glow-in-the-dark hands and a 4-minute snooze button on top. On/off switch. Requires 2 “AA” batteries. 5-1/4″W x 3″D x 4-1/2″H. Plastic.

disney-watchHelp your little girl learn how to tell time with a Girls’ Disney Time Teacher Watch. Her favorite Disney character will make wearing this watch so much fun. The watch has labeled “Hour” and “Minute” hands and a sweep second hand. The frame of the watch face is marked in 5-minute increments to help her learn how to tell time all on her own. Includes button-cell battery. Quartz movement. Watch face, 1-1/4″ dia. Plastic strap, 8-1/4″L with 7 holes for adjusting the fit. Metal case.

Easter: Our Favorite Ways to Make Easter Eggs Unique

Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on it’s way! It’s time to put up your Easter decor, plan Easter dinner and think about how you can make your Easter eggs memorable. No one will scoff at traditionally dyed eggs, but there are dozens of ways to make them a little more original. Here are a few of our favorite ways to make Easter eggs unique.

minion-eggsDecorating for Beginners You don’t have to decorate real eggs to have a belly-tickling result! These minions were created by Tidbits & Twine for a Despicable Me-themed birthday party, but we thought they were too fun not to include them in our Easter baskets! All they are, are hollow plastic eggs with the tops and bottoms mixed up in yellow and blue with googly eyes glued on and embellished with a black marker. They’re adorable and perfect for holding Easter candies.bunny-silhouettes

Cottontail Contours Speaking of markers and “easy,” Cutesy Crafts boils down egg decorating to a sticker and a few dots. It’s such a simple idea — even tiny hands can create works of art with this method. Just stick the bunny sticker on an egg and start dabbing around the edges of the sticker until you have dense constellations of dots. When the ink is dry, just peel off the sticker and you have delightful bunny silhouettes with almost no mess!  blue-marble

Little Blue Marbles Here’s a project for more mature Easter egg dyers: marbled indigo eggs. Alice and Lois did a fabulous step-by-step on how to turn plain old white eggs into marbled eggs of glory using only water and fingernail polish! As a warning, rubber gloves are suggested as this method can get quite messy.  water-color-easter-eggs

O’Keefe Ovum Here are eggs worthy of a spot on the mantle! Dream a Little Bigger made these eggs. They may take a little more time and concentration, but the result is something even Georgia O’Keefe might envy. These require a few drops of food coloring, paintbrushes and a thin black marker if you want to add the fancy outlines (but they still look cute without the outlines). This is your chance (or your kids’!) to get really creative with your eggs!  frozen-eggs

Elsa Eggs We saved the most complicated for last. A Pumpkin and a Princess came up with these eggs fit for a princess — they aredefinitely not for the crafting-faint-of-heart! Pearl paint, glitter, rhinestones and a lot of patience is what you need to create your own Frozen egg masterpiece. Though it’s a big undertaking, everyone can agree the effort put forth is worth it for all the oooooohs and awwwws.   

LTD Commodities has ideas and products to make every holiday magical! Whether you need ideas for dying awesome eggs for Easter or you’re looking for unique 4th of July decor, look to LTD to make all your holidays sparkle.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Season Change

As the temperatures rise, the snow melts — they’re all signs of a welcome change coming our way! We’re getting ready for spring and we want you to be prepared, too. With that in mind, we put together a list of products to usher in the new season. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Season Change.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for Spring Decor

We’re just a few short weeks and many degrees from spring, but we are ready for a green welcome! And when that change hits, we want to be armed with the right decor. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for Spring Decor.

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Add visual interest to any room with this beautiful Jeweled Flower Wall Art. This large, 3-D wall sculpture is constructed of shaped metal petals and acrylic gems. The open design lets the background wall color show through. You can also hang it outdoors on a covered porch or patio. Sunflower, 16-5/8″ dia. Chrysanthemum, 17-1/4″ dia. Magnolia, 19″ dia. Assembly required; assembly hardware included. Hook on back for hanging.

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Freshen up your home decor with this Inspirational Word Sculpture. The word is spelled out in block letters detailed with stitch lines, vines and 3-D birds. A coordinating sentiment is inscribed on one of the letters to bring an uplifting element to your decor. Looks great on a table, shelf or mantel. Approx. 9-3/4″W x 5″H. Cold cast ceramic.

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Create a colorful focal point or centerpiece with a Tea Light Candle Garden Set. It comes with 3 spring-inspired candleholders, a coordinating tray and accent stones. Add your own tea lights to the graduated pillars to complete the look. Wooden, glass and metal.burlap-flowers2

Fill your home with bright flowers year ’round with this Set of 3 Burlap Wildflower Stems. This faux floral set decorates any room with classic country style. Each wire stem is bendable, letting you create a natural looking arrangement. You get 3 stems, which are 4-1/2″ dia. x 34″H, each. Metal.

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The 3-Pc. Quilt & Sham Set adds a fresh layer of comfort to your bedroom. Each piece features elegant scalloped edges, a patchwork or floral print on one side and a coordinating pattern on the reverse side. King set includes king-sized shams. Full/Queen quilt, 86″ sq. King quilt, 102″W x 86″L. Polyester shell and fill. Machine care. Imported.

Upcycled Garden: Ideas to Get You Excited to Dig

container-gardenSpring is almost here and that means it’s almost time to start digging in your garden! Gardening is an uber-hobby. That means it can combine elements of other hobbies: art, DIY, decor, cooking, and upcycling. While we know lots of ways to make our lives easier and less expensive by upcycling and repurposing unwanted items, upcycling in the garden makes your yard one-of-a-kind. Here are 5 garden upcycling ideas to get you excited to dig.

Dangling Delight Bring your garden up to eye-level with hanging container gardens! An old birdcage or a hat that’s too pretty to pitch in the garbage can be hung with a simple hook to suspend draping flowers like geraniums or fuchsia. On your porch or deck it gives your outdoor decor a little color and a lot of character. While hanging plants look great, you may want to keep your watering can at the ready — they tend to dry out a bit quicker than plants in regular containers because they’re more exposed to air.

terrariumTerrarium Training Curating a terrarium is a good starter container garden. Glass containers are easy to come by to create cute terrariums if you’re not quite ready to build a full container garden. Indoors or outdoors, old vases, pickle jars or pitchers can hold the layers of charcoal, sand and soil as a base for tiny trees, ferns and grass. Terrariums require minimal maintenance, it’s just a matter or trimming and watering to keep them green.

Tried & True Tomatoes The container garden-friendly tomato makes a practical plant for the decorative garden. They work best in larger containers — hanging from an old bucket or watering can, they can draw eyes up rather than to the ground to keep your outdoor decor lively and interesting. Just remember tomato plants require soil with a lot of nutrients to make your tomatoes flavorful and juicy. They also need full sun for a majority of the day, so a hanging container that you can move with the sun is an excellent way to add fresh ingredients to your summer salads.

Flower Flow Flowers can dress up just about any kind of container — even an ugly old shoe! Take inventory of the containers that are still useful but might be too worn to be used for their aesthetic value. An old suitcase that might be too heavy to travel with, an old desk drawer (or an old desk!), or a child’s wagon can be quite beautiful with the right flowers flowing from their openings. Look for colorful flowers that tend to sprawl like calibrachoa to bring your old but cherished items back to life with elegant overgrowth.

herb-gardenSimple Seasonings Herb gardens are probably the easiest gardens to build using repurposed items around the house. They can be big displays using wooden pallets or they can be small enough to fit inside your kitchen. They’re good for small containers because their roots don’t spread the way the roots for tomato plants or carrots do. Use mason jars, tea tins, mismatched coffee cups, or coffee cans. With a good combination of potting soil, compost, and sand (or perlite) and your herbs should thrive indoors. For an outdoor herb garden, think a little bigger. You can use wooden wine boxes carefully stacked at different angles to create a small vertical herb garden or you can use an over-the-door organizers to cover a blank wall and give it a little color and a lot of life!

LTD Commodities has hundreds of items to get your home ready for spring — indoors and outdoors! Whether you’re curating and indoor container garden for your kitchen window or you’re dressing up your walkway, look to LTD for a happy garden!

Spring Refresh: Kitchen Hacks to Make Cooking and Cleaning a Little Easier

Cleaning-KitchenIt’s time to start thinking about giving your house a spring refresh. It’s a lot to take on, so we thought we’d start with the most complicated room in the house: the kitchen. Here are some kitchen hacks to make cooking and cleaning a little easier.

Dairy Dilemmas Dairy seems go bad a little too quickly, but there are a couple tricks to extend the lives of some items.

  • Dry Cheese: spread a little butter on the cut end to keep it from drying out (only works for hard cheeses).
  • Cottage Cheese & Sour Cream: to keep these items from getting moldy, once the seal’s been broken, turn the closed container upside when you return it to the refrigerator to block air from moving in — air is one of the things that contributes to spoilage.
  • Milk: Don’t store your milk in the refrigerator door. With all of the opening and closing of the door, the temperature fluctuates too much for something as delicate as dairy (and eggs); the door is best for long-lasting items like condiments.

Dishwasher Difficulties Dishwashers work really hard to clean up food and stains from your dinnerware — and some of that gunk tends to build up in the appliance: Here are a couple ways to clean it:Dishwasher

  • Vinegar: Toss a cup of vinegar in the bottom of your empty dishwasher. Run it.
  • Powdered Lemonade (unsweetened): Add the powder to your soap dispenser. Run the empty dishwasher.

The vinegar and lemonade work the same way to clean out extra food particles. If your dishwasher still isn’t cleaning your dishes, you may have to seek out a dishwasher repairman for help.

Messy Microwave Cleaning the microwave isn’t hard, but it’s annoying. To simplify it, try these methods:

  • Lemon & Water: Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and a cut up lemon. Place it in the microwave and run it on high for about four minutes. Keep the door closed to let it steam up for two minutes and then wipe it clean.
  • Sponge Sense: Wet a sponge (well-soaked, but squeeze off a little extra water). Place it in the microwave and cook on high for two minutes. Let it steam up for a minute. Make sure the sponge is cool enough to touch and then wipe the microwave out.

Lemon Freshness Lemons and their peels do so much more than flavor our food! Here are a couple of their best uses:

  • Salt & Lemon: Use lemon half sprinkled with salt as a scrubber for your cutting board or marble to clean and disinfect them (it’s also the formula for a rust remover). Toss the used rinds in the garbage disposal and run it to refresh the appliance.
  • Repurpose Rinds: When you use a lemon for a recipe, rather than tossing it in the trash, toss it in your slow cooker with water and let it simmer to scent the air (you can toss in old tea bags and apple cores, too).


Vexing Vegetables 
Vegetables are susceptible to food waste because thekitchen-caddyy go bad faster than other foods. Here are a few ways to extend their lives.

  • Dark Leafy Greens & Herbs: If the leaves on your kale or cilantro (and similar produce) start to wilt, don’t throw them out, cut off the ends of their stalks and stick them in a glass of water to perk them up.
  • Paper Towels: If you’re storing fruit in your crisper drawer, stick a layer of paper towels in the bottom. The towels absorb the excess moisture that causes fruit to rot.

When you start your spring organizing, let LTD help you get things sorted! Whether you’re looking for tips for cleaning faster or you need new storage containers to get your bedroom organized, look to LTD for clever ideas and practical products.

Wishful Thinking: Product Picks for An Early Spring

It’s the middle of January and we can’t help but dream about spring! Though the first day of spring isn’t until March 20, we’re holding out hope that our favorite prognosticator will grant us warm weather before then. So, with wishful thinking, we put together a hopeful list of products. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for An Early Spring.

wood-terrariumWood Terrarium Planter makes a beautiful, protective home for herbs and flowers. Resembling a mini greenhouse, its charming weathered look will complement different decor styles. The plastic front and back panels protect the herbs and flowers from direct rain and other weather elements, while the sides are open to let them breathe. The latch hook in the front and the hinged back allow you to open and close it with ease. Herbs, 8-5/8″W x 4-3/8″D x 11-1/4″H. Hope, 10-1/4″W x 5-1/2″D x 13-3/4″H.ltd-ruffle-maxi-skirt

Women’s Knit Ruffle Maxi Skirt instantly dresses up your look. Tiers of ruffles cascade down the entire skirt. Exuding a boho vibe, it’s perfect for a walk on the beach or a day of shopping. Fold-over waist for an easy fit.  Length of the waistband is 5-3/4″ and 35″ from the bottom of the waistband to the bottom of the skirt. Polyester. Machine wash. Made in the USA.

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Add charming critters, fun patterns and vibrant colors to your home with the Welcome Spring Collection. Display appetizers, snacks and more on the Bunny Cake Plate (10-1/2″ dia. x 3-1/4″H). The Treat Jar (6-1/2″W x 10-1/4″D x 12-1/2″H) gives you quick access to a cookie or piece of candy. The Salt & Pepper Shakers (approx. 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ x 3-7/8″, each) are a practical addition to your dining area. Serveware and kitchenware, dolomite. All serveware and kitchenware, dishwasher safe. A Pastel Tablecloth adds beautiful colors for cheery table settings. Cotton. Machine care. Our exclusive 3-Pc. Easter Garland Set features 6 ft. of garland held on either side by 2 sand-weighted polyester bunnies (approx. 11-3/8″H, each). Add a pop of color to your walls the Bunny Ribbon Wreath (13-1/2″W x 24″L) with its wire frame that easily folds for storage. Polyester and metal. Ready to hang. All fabric items, imported.spring-quilt

The 3-Pc. Quilt & Sham Set adds a fresh layer of comfort to your bedroom. Each piece features elegant scalloped edges, a patchwork or floral print on one side and a coordinating pattern on the reverse side. King set includes king-sized shams. Full/Queen quilt, 86″ sq. King quilt, 102″W x 86″L. Polyester shell and fill. Machine care. Imported.frog-bird-feeder

Add some fun to your garden while also feeding your feathered friends with an Animal-Shaped Bird Feeder. It features a metallic finish that glistens in the sunlight and mesh sides that the birds can grip to get at the food. When a bird jiggles the feeder, it rings the bell that dangles beneath. Fill it with your own bird seed and hang it from a tree branch or shepherd’s hook using the attached hanger. Frog, 13″ x 10″ x 3″. Ladybug, 14″ x 7″ x 3″. Fish, 16″ x 13″ x 3″. Bird, 11-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. Steel.