Holiday Spirit: Product Picks for Games and Puzzles Week

games-chessIt’s time to get your game face on! Not only is it time to ramp up your holiday shopping, but it’s also Games and Puzzles Week! Games and puzzles make great stocking stuffers and family games, so we put together a list of our favorite games and puzzles to give you a little gift-giving inspiration.

Go Classic The 10-in-1 Classic Wood Game Center is a great way to enjoy quality time with your family and friends. A variety of traditional games inspire friendly competition. This attractive set has a chess and checker board on top, 2 reversible slide-out boards and a storage drawer at the bottom for game pieces. The storage drawer also doubles as another game board. 13″W x 12-3/4″D x 6-1/8″H. For ages 8 and

Go 3-D 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

Go Complex
 The whole family will have a blast playing with the Find It Brain Teaser Game. This activity will keep everyone happily preoccupied on a rainy day or long car trip. A list of 48 items on Kid’s World and 40 items on the other choices’ lids gives players specific objects to find in a mass of colored pellets. Participants can shake, twist and tap the cylinder to complete their task. Additional obstacles presented on cards, such as a time limit, are added to the game to complicate your mission. The first person to find all the necessary treasures wins the game. Plastic. For ages 6 and up.giftcard-mazes

Go Double-Duty Add a new twist to the way you give gift cards or cash! A Set of 3 Gift Card Mazes challenges the recipient to guide the ball through the 3-dimensional, 2-level maze to the proper position to open the door and be rewarded with the gift card. Can also be used to hold cash, checks and more. 3″W x 4-1/4″D x 5/8″H. Plastic.licensed-pop-up-games

Go Home Family game night will be full of character with a Licensed Pop-Up Game. The race is on as you try to be the first player to get your four movers from start to home. Includes 16 movers and a game board (10-1/8″ sq.) with dice popper built in. Plastic. For 2 to 4 players. For ages 4 and up.

Holiday Spirit: Black Friday Shopping Tips

christmas-treeWhile turkey takes precedence this week, there’s no way to resist the temptation for a good deal on holiday gifts! Black Friday and Cyber Monday promise deals we can’t find any other days of the year. But there are tricks to making your Black Friday shopping experience simple. Here are 5 Black Friday Shopping tips you can’t ignore.

Avoid the Crowds Millions of shoppers are pumped to line up for good deals at 3am to get that must-have toy truck or that adorable doll, but not everyone is that committed to navigating the crowds so early in the morning. Lucky for those shoppers, retailers offer hot deals starting before Thanksgiving and expanding sales to cover days after Cyber Monday. So if you want to save time, energy and money, start looking on the off days of the sales to get discounts just as deep as the ones on Black Friday.

Get Social Start scanning your Twitter feeds, Facebook posts and Pinterest boards for sales and discounts from your favorite retailers. If you’re looking at just the right time, you may score on a gift you never would have thought of or stumbled on a coupon that pushes your savings to the max to keep you within your holiday budget. Tablet, phone or desktop, the deals come at you faster if you’re looking for them!

holiday-pajamasStraight & Narrow You have to put your shopping blinders on for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Make sure to stick to your holiday list. It’s easy to get off track when you have deals coming at you from all angles. When you see a good price on something you don’t need, it’s easy to justify buying it, but if you’re there for holiday presents, focus on those first and bend to your impulses when every item on your list is checked off.

Black Friday Fallout Before you start your shopping, know the return policies for your favorite shopping spots. It’s easy to put something in the cart when it’s marked 75% off, but no money is saved if you don’t actually need the item. Buyer’s remorse is part of the Black Friday phenomenon — knowing the return policy could be the difference between regret and relief this season.

presentsA Shopper’s Work Is Never Done The deals don’t end when the clock strikes midnight on Black Friday — there may be more discounts and deals waiting for you on the other side of the weekend. So if you didn’t get the right gift at the right price, you may be able to find it later in the week when shoppers aren’t so fierce about finding good deals.

You can find a good deal any day of the year at LTD Commodities. Whether you’re looking on Black Friday or on January 28, we always have a good discount on items you didn’t know you needed at LTD.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for Kids

my-girl-wheelchair-dollThough we haven’t even carved the turkey, the kids are already counting down the days until they can dump their stockings on the floor and tear through gifts under the Christmas tree. Even if you’ve already bought the big gifts, there are still all sorts of little items to surprise your kids with, so we picked out a few of our favorite items to give you ideas. Here are today’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for Kids.

Playing Doctor My Girl Wheelchair & Crutch Set has everything an 18″ girl doll needs to make a speedy recovery from a broken leg, ankle or arm. Each piece is designed to look like the real thing. The collapsible wheelchair has wheels that really turn and working brakes. The crutches are sized to fit an 18″ doll. Plastic. For ages 8 and

Playing Architect  Kids can build their very own fort with this complete Build a Fort Kit. Use the fabric panels (equipped with loops for stringing), rope, clips and suction cups to make a private playland. Once it’s built, kids can use the light wands to illuminate the area inside the fort for hours of imaginative fun! Kit also includes a handy storage bag. Adult supervision suggested during assembly. For ages 3 and up.workman-tool-playset

Playing Handy Man The tools of this Workman Tool Play Set are perfect for your future contractor. The Tool Belt with Helmet has all the needed tools and proper protection, and everything fits neatly on the belt. The Realistic Sound Power Chainsaw (14-1/2″W x 4-5/8″D x 7″H) has a realistic rotating chain action. Requires 3 “AA” batteries. Plastic. For ages 3 and up.

ball-petsPlaying Ball Roly-poly Ball Pets are plush balls with a surprise–they pop open to become a huggable furry friend. Roll it closed and it’s a ball ready to toss and catch. Open it up for a plush pet you’ll love to cuddle. Each character features a heart design on its stomach. Take it anywhere to play with open or closed. 5″ dia., closed. 5″W x 2-1/2″D x 8-1/2″H, open. Polyester. Imported.


bubble-stormPlaying Whimsically Delight kids with this Light-Up Motorized Bubble Storm. It comes with 2 different attachments, one for giant bubbles and one for tons of little bubbles. Easy to use–just dip the blaster into the tray of solution. A button on the handle controls fan movement and light-up designs. Comes with a jar of bubble solution to get you started. Includes 3 “AAA” batteries. Plastic. For ages 3 and up.

Fall Warm-Up: Fall Casseroles to Try This Week

Now that it’s fall, we’re trading in our summer salads for meals to warm us up! One of our favorite things to make when it’s cold is a good casserole. Not only do they warm us up, but they also carry the convenience of a one-dish meal! That translates to easy to make and easy to clean up! Here are 5 fall casseroles to try this week.john-wayne-casserole

What Would John Wayne Eat? According to Cook’, actor John Wayne submitted (at least part) of a recipe for a casserole to Cooking with Love from Cara and Her Friends in the late 1970s. The recipe has since been passed on and modified by cooks across the country, but we liked the one Amanda’s Cookin put together. It’s ground beef mixed up with all the right ingredients for a delicious meal. With jalapeños and taco seasoning, it’s got a kick, but the cheese and sour cream cool it down enough to savor it.

chicken-dressingComfort Chicken Chicken is probably the best base for a good casserole — add dressing to it and you have your one-dish meal! This chicken and dressing casserole comes from South Your Mouth. It’s pretty easy to make — boil the chicken, saute the onions, toss in some cornbread dressing and bake! It’s more complicated than that and there are a few more ingredients, but the process is pretty simple. It’s the perfect weeknight meal the whole family can look forward to and you won’t wear yourself out putting it together.    reuben-casserole

Sandwich Casserole 
Bet you’ve never thought to make a casserole out of your favorite sandwich! Well, Winner Dinners did the thinking for you with this recipe for baked reuben casserole. It’s all of the ingredients of the classic sandwich chopped up, layered and baked for a very heavy one-dish meal. Winner, indeed.

meatball-sub-casseroleSince We Already Crossed That Line… Here’s a meatball sub in the form of a casserole! Bake at Midnite came up with this one. It’s pretty easy to put together if you like making meatballs. You just put them in a baking dish, line the edges with garlic bread and top with sauce and cheese. It’s all the magic of a meatball sub without getting too sloppy to eat in front of other people.  That means you can lose all the extra napkins and eat your sandwich with a fork and knife like a civilized human being.

Something Borrowed, Something chicken-cordon-bleu-casseroleBleu Chicken cordon bleu is Swiss in origin, but it’s been a favorite in the United States for at least a half-century. It’s ham and cheese wrapped in chicken to create a delightful surprise with each bite. Gonna Want Seconds took this idea and ran with it — she chopped the ham, cheese and chicken into bits and tossed in noodles to round it out as a one-dish meal. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making the Swiss classic, the Americanized version is just as good and easier to make.

As much as we hate to say goodbye to warm weather, LTD is excited to get to all the things that make fall and winter fun! From casseroles to warm up our meals on cold nights to holiday gifts to make the snowy days brighter, look to LTD to make any season your favorite season.

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

covered-casserole-dishesYou have just over a month before your family digs into a plateful of turkey, stuffing and pie! Right now you have plenty of time to plan your Thanksgiving dinner — but don’t let that time get away from you! Thanksgiving requires a lot of work and a lot of tools to make the meal perfect. To make it easy for you, we put together a list of items you might need. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Keep It Covered Make a meal for a party, a few friends or just the two of you with this Set of 3 Covered Casseroles. The set comes in graduated sizes to fit the number of portions you wish to cook. Each stoneware piece has handles for easy carrying and comes with a matching lid. Stoneware. Dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe.

non-stick-linerKeep It Clean Eliminate hours of scrubbing when you position a reusable , nonstick liner inside your oven. It catches all those messy drips, and because it’s made of specially coated nonstick fiberglass, it easily wipes clean with a cloth or non-abrasive sponge. Unlike aluminum foil, it won’t affect cooking time or browning. Works on gas, electric and toaster ovens and can be cut to size if needed. Lasts for years. 23″ x 16-1/4″.monogram-food-carrier


Keep It Warm Always be ready to share your favorite dishes with the Monogram Food Carrier and the Extra-Large Gel Pack. The Monogram Food Carrier (18-1/2″ x 11″ x 8″, fully expanded) has two insulated, expandable sections that let you pack a hot dish on the mylar-lined bottom (18-1/4″ x 10-3/4″ x 3-1/2″) and a cold dish on top. The wipe-clean polyester exterior sports a stylish monogram that identifies you as the chef responsible for the tasty treats. The 6-1/2″ double handles make it easy to carry, while the double-zipper closure makes it simple to take the food in and out. The dual-use Extra-Large Gel Pack can be used to keep food at the proper serving temperature. Put it in the food carrier to keep dishes hot or cold when you travel. Large, slim design doesn’t take up too much space. Easy-to-follow instructions are printed on the vinyl cover. Microwave and freezer safe. 10-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.

gourmet-kitchen-setKeep It Tasty Unleash your inner chef with the Gourmet Kitchen Gift Sets. The 5-Pc. Bread Dipping Set includes 4 decorated saucers and a 4-compartment plastic jar packed with seasonings. All you add is a loaf of crusty bread and a bottle of olive oil for a delicious treat everyone will love. Each saucer (4″ dia.) features an olive branch design and raised edges to keep your oil from spilling. The seasoning jar includes Sicilian, Parmesan, Tuscany and Rosa Maria blends (0.6 oz., each). Plates, melamine. Dishwasher safe. Use a 4-Pc. Gourmet Set to spice up your favorite meal, as a marinade, or to add a creative twist to your cooking. Just mix the flavors in! Sea Salts, approx. 1.8 oz, each. Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oils, approx. 1.7 oz., each.

1-second-slicerKeep It Easy The 1 Second Slicer(TM) is an all-in-one food prep station. From fruits and vegetables to meats and fish, now you can cut everything with one handy gadget. Get professional results in a flash and then serve, seal, stack and store all in one compact container. The chop function even features 1-button cleaning. Plastic and stainless steel. Dishwasher safe.


7 Things You Can Do Today to Plan for Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingHalloween is next week and that means you can start your holiday planning right now! If you don’t want to run around frazzled, trying to get things done at the last minute, that is, but some of us do work better under pressure. For those of us who like to take it easy, here are 7 things you can do today to plan for Thanksgiving dinner.

Decor You don’t have to put your Thanksgiving decor up as soon as the Halloween decor comes down, but at least have it planned. Make sure you have your gourds, candles, leaves, and wreaths together so you can make your home warm and festive long before the guests arrive.

Guest List Send out any invites to people you want at your dinner. They may bring companions or family members — try to get a rough estimate of how many people you will be entertaining so you can accommodate everyone and then some.Thanksgiving

Seating Arrangements Think about how many guests you are expecting and how many places at the table you can accommodate. If there are more people than seats, you can start planning on the extra seating now rather than Tuesday before the big dinner.

Sleeping Arrangements 
If you have guests coming from out of town, now is the time to plan where they will sleep. Think about whether you have enough bed linens for the adults and sleeping bags for the children. If there’s not enough space, now is a good time to book hotel rooms to make sure your guests are comfortable.

Menu Make your list of items to serve for the big dinner along with all the ingredients. Keep this list so you can buy items little by little and tick them off as you go. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, you won’t have to make a big trip for food when everyone else is doing it.

Special Requests Now is the time to get any special requests for your dinner. Whether guests have dietary restrictions or they can’t live without one particular dish, knowing what you need to do to adjust your menu now makes planning much easier than if you get the request a week or a day before the holiday.thanksgiving-decor

Kitchen Tools Not everyone has a fully equipped kitchen for big holidays. There’s always something a dish needs that you may not have. Go through all your recipes and make sure you have all the gadgets and platters you need to pull of the perfect Thanksgiving; the stores will be packed with procrastinators looking for the same things you need the week of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays here at LTD Commodities! We have ideas and products to make this Thanksgiving your best Thanksgiving.  

Autumn Elegance: Crafts to Do with Leaves


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

harvest-owlIt seems early to be thinking about turkey and stuffing, but the holidays are going to be here before you know it! We want you to be prepared to be festive, so we pored over the catalog for all-things-Thanksgiving to make your home festive for the first big holiday. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Thanksgiving decor.

Owl Always Love Thanksgiving Plush Harvest Owl or Squirrel Decor features an irresistible animal figure dressed in fall colors and seasonal accents. The fabric elements include a stitched greeting of “Happy Fall” or “Happy Autumn.” Place the figure on a mantel, holiday table or wherever visitors are sure to see it.fall-wreath

Autumn Delights Celebrate the changing colors of the season with autumn wreaths and garlands. Hang a Wreath (approx. 21″ dia.) on the front door or any wall inside your home. The flexible Garland (approx. 60″) can be wrapped around a banister or draped on a mantel or shelf. Bursting with blooms, the Floral design also features faux greenery. Faux acorns and berries give a natural touch to the fiery leaf design.flameless-candle-gift-sets


A Warm Glow Enjoy your favorite scents without the danger of an open flame with the Flameless Candle 5-Pc. Gift Set. The beautiful set includes a scented LED pillar candle as well as 2 LED tea light candles with coordinating holders. Comes packaged in a gift box, ready for giving.

live-laugh-love-table-runnerLoving Thoughts An uplifting message accompanies your table settings with a Live-Laugh-Love Table Runner. The traditional checkered pattern goes with almost any kitchen or dining room decor. Its cheerful look also is perfect for everyday use. 13″ x 72″. Cotton. Imported.

harvest-led-lighted-decorAutumn Accents Harvest LED Candle Lighted Decor makes a beautiful seasonal centerpiece for fall’s holidays. Scrollwork cutouts cover the surface of a familiar autumn symbol. The LED flame shines through the pattern for a festive look, and can also be set to flicker. The top is decorated with leaves and stems. Each one has cushion pads on the bottom to protect tabletops and shelves from scratches. Requires 3 “AA” batteries. Includes an on/off switch on the bottom.

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

It seems like summer just arrived, but it’s already time to start thinking about the new school year! There are so many things we have to get prepared for, but if we get the shopping out of the way, we’ll have plenty of time for all the activity the waning days of summer have in store for us. We have a few products to get you started! Here are this week’s Product Picks for the Week for Back to School.Galaxy-print-leggings

First Impressions Eye-catching and trendy, this 2-Pc. Girls’ Galaxy Print Legging Set is a fashionable addition to her wardrobe. The cap-sleeved top features a galaxy-printed shape embellished with sparkling blue and silver rhinestones. The top’s uneven hem and contrast trim give it a futuristic look. The vibrant leggings feature a coordinating all-over print. An elastic waistband provides the perfect fit. Cotton and polyester, with a touch of spandex in the leggings for stretch.


College Bound Show off your team spirit with a Collegiate Duffel Bag. It comes in your school’s colors with its logo on the front and its name on the top. Durable and spacious, it has a comfortably padded shoulder strap (27″L) that is adjustable and removable. It also has double carry handles with a 9″ drop that can be joined together with fabric magic. Plenty of pockets help with organization. Full zippered closure. Scented-Markers

Aroma Art Tools Make your pictures look and smell great with 12-Ct. Scentos Scented Markers. The chisel-tip markers are perfect for creating fun drawings with their own sweet scents. Each marker is decorated with a silly face on the front.


Study Tools This Educational Learning Pad is a multimedia device that’s full of buttons, color and sound. It talks and features letter, word and number buttons that teach children how to spell and count. Includes functions such as word learning, letter learning, spelling, quizzes, songs and repeat. The repeat function with the talking feature makes it easy for children to interact and learn. Lightweight and portable, it has a volume control, making it perfect for use at home, on the road, or in a waiting room. portable-hamper

Hassle-Free Housework Make laundry day less of a hassle with this Portable Rolling Hamper. Its adjustable handle and 2 wheels make taking clothing to the laundromat or even to the next room much easier. The lid of the hamper secures with a zipper. A zippered pocket on the front and two mesh pockets on the side let you bring along supplies such as detergent, softener or dryer sheets.

At LTD, we’re excited about each season! As we say goodbye to summer with a blowout, we welcome fall with equally spectacular products and celebrations. Look to LTD for products and inspiration for every season.


Summer Fun: Tiki Party Ideas

tiki-drinksWe can’t fit enough parties into our summer schedules — we have to take advantage of the weather while it’s sunny and warm! But we don’t want our parties to be that run-of-the-mill backyard barbecue — we want it to be memorable! For that, make it a tiki party — here are a few ideas to get you started.

Food Tiki has Polynesian roots, so Polynesian food and tropical fruit — pineapple, papaya, mango — are what you want to put on the menu. Though there are New Zealand influences in Polynesian food (the Polynesian Islands are roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii), tiki party menus are mainly made up of Hawaiian food. You can make a version of slow-roasted pig known as Kalua pig. If you need fish on the menu, try the raw fish called “poke.” It is similar to sushi only cut into bigger chunks. If you want to keep it simple or your guests aren’t adventurous eaters, you can make teriyaki chicken or beef, baked mahi-mahi (fish). Rice, potato salad or baked sweet potatoes are good accompaniment to anything you serve. For dessert, shave ice is a must.

tiki-torchDrinks The drinks might be the highlight of your party — with or without alcohol — because it’s all about the presentation. You can serve your cocktails in high ball or tulip glasses, in a tiki mug, a pineapple, or a coconut — the only thing you *have* to add is an drink umbrella. For the drink that goes into your chosen glass, it should be rum-based with tropical fruit juice and spice to add to the flavor. Mai tai, hurricane and Bahama mamas are favorites.

Decor Tiki decor is pretty easy to put together. You’ll need lots of bamboo in most forms, candles and tropical fruit. Use tiki torches to line walkways and to surround your backyard. A good fire pit might be in order, but if you really want to give your party a tiki flare, put up a temporary tiki bar. Check out Follow the Highline Home’s post on how to build one using wooden pallets.

Activities If you have a fun-loving crowd, you can’t go wrong with a game of limbo. To give it tiki style, make your limbo set up out of bamboo. If you’re feeling particularly active, you can hold a hula hooping contest to see who can spin their hoop on their hips for the longest. If you need a team game, play pineapple bowling — use a coconut in place of a bowling ball and use pineapples as pins.

tiki-hutAttire There is a fine line between the idea of tiki and Hawaiian — and for a party, it’s safe to have your guests dress in grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts. Though we’re months away from Halloween, it’s always fun to play dress up — especially if there’s a party involved!

LTD has products and ideas to make every party unforgettable! Whether you’re putting together a tiki party to celebrate summer or a cocktail party for the holidays, shop LTD for products priced for fun.