Best Weekend Getaways

Weekend-GetawaySummers are for vacations, but even during the summer it’s hard to take time off from work; when you want to go away it has to be a weekend retreat. Here are some of the best places around the country for weekend getaways when you don’t have time for a vacation.

California About five hours north of Los Angeles and two hours south of San Francisco, is the easy-going town of Carmel. It’s good for shopping, a stroll and enjoying time away from home. For outdoor serenity, Point Lobos is just to the south where you can take in California’s cliffs and beaches with a hike or whale watching.

Texas Not far from the Texas State Capital of Austin is the tiny town of Bastrop. It sits between the Colorado River — where you can kayak, canoe or paddle board – and the Bastrop State Park – where you can camp and hike. But Bastrop’s charm doesn’t end in the outdoors. The Deep in the Heart Art Foundry hosts tours (by appointment) where you can see how massive metal monuments are made. For entertainment, the Bastrop Opera House holds weekly musical performances and plays.

Weekend-GetawayFlorida For architecture enthusiasts, Lakeland is at the top of the bucket list of places to visit. Just east of Tampa, it’s the home to the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world – he designed the Florida Southern College campus. In addition to architecture, golf is also an attraction; it’s home to courses to accommodate players at all skill levels. There is also a festival for almost every month of the year.

Ohio Northwest of Cincinnati is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Hocking Hills State Park is a recreational area where you can camp or stay in a cabin to enjoy Ohio’s nature at its finest. Discovery hikes are held periodically but there are plenty of biking and hiking trails to explore on your own and find mystical waterfalls, deep, dark caves and cliffs of insanity.

Pennsylvania West of Philadelphia and north of Baltimore, the Pennsylvania Amish settled for a “plain” lifestyle. You can experience the plain lifestyle by touring the countryside in a horse and buggy and explore what life was like before cars and manufacturing. If you’re looking for something more bustling, “America’s Coolest Small Town” – Littitz, Pennsylvania – is in the heart of Lancaster County. There are bakeries, parks and museums to enjoy without having to put in too much effort.

Weekend-GetawayYou don’t have to go far to get away, but sometimes a weekend trip is just the refresher we need when we can’t fit in a vacation.

 

Items We Adore: LTD Product Picks for the Week

While everyone loves the sun and outdoor activities that summer has to offer, there are some days that are just too hot to handle. Climbing temperatures help us appreciate the modern comforts of the indoors, like air conditioning and ice makers.  Get your home ready for some chilling out with our Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

With a Set of 2 Insulated Sueded Curtains, you'll enjoy the luxurious look of suede, plus money-saving insulation in 4 decorator colors.

With a Set of 2 Insulated Sueded Curtains, you’ll enjoy the luxurious look of suede, plus money-saving insulation in 4 decorator colors.

Put an end to your search for those hard-to-find Extra-Long Nonslip Floor Runners.

Put an end to your search for those hard-to-find Extra-Long Nonslip Floor Runners.

Go casual with the comfort and style of this Women's Soft Knit Weekend Tunic.

Go casual with the comfort and style of this Women’s Soft Knit Weekend Tunic.

Stay cooler and sleep better with the Cool Pillow Pad.

Stay cooler and sleep better with the Cool Pillow Pad.

Lighten the load on laundry day with a funny yet functional Laundry Room Wall Hanging.

Lighten the load on laundry day with a funny yet functional Laundry Room Wall Hanging.

Items We Adore: LTD Product Picks for the Week

Getting organized often seems like a daunting, as well as expensive, task. However, just a few quick changes can make your life more efficient, freeing up more time to relax with a pitcher of lemonade or iced tea. LTD’s Product Picks of the Week get you started without breaking your budget.

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Get maximum kitchen storage in a minimum amount of space with the wooden Slim Can and Spice Rack.

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Use these Brick or Siding Clips as an easy and simple way to decorate vinyl sided or brick walled homes.

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Keep everything a driver needs at hand with a 2-Pc. Quilted Auto Organizer Set.

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Prevent spills and dust collection in hard-to-reach places with a Set of 2 Silicone Counter Gap Covers.

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The ergonomic design of the Shatter-Resistant Pitcher makes it easy for anyone to pour themselves a drink.

Different Colored Eyes Day: Celebrities with Different Colored Eyes

July 12th is Different Colored Eyes Day – different colored eyes is a condition called heterochromia iridum and, according to the National Institutes of Health, it affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Among those 200,000 people are some you may know – from a distance, anyway. Here are 7 celebrities with different colored eyes:

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Dan Aykroyd You may know him as Elwood Blues, and even though Dan Aykroyd is known as a Blues Brother, there’s nothing blue about either of his eyes. The difference is so subtle you might not notice, but Aykroyd has one brown eye and one green eye.

Elizabeth Berkley As studious Jessie Spano on Saved By The Bell, Elizabeth Berkley’s head may have been buried in the books too much to notice the color of her eyes. She has two different colors in one of her eyes – one half is brown, the other half is green and the other eye is green.

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Kate Bostworth With all the action thrown at Superman’s girlfriend in Superman Returns, you may have been too distracted to notice Lois Lane’s eyes. The actress who played Lane, Kate Bosworth, has one brown eye and one blue eye. Perhaps that was the Man of Steel’s Kryptonite.

Jane Seymour From Bond Girl to Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman to Cougar in Wedding Crashers, it wasn’t Jane Seymour’s eyes that landed her some of her best roles on screen. In addition to the actress and model’s long, flowing hair and sultry voice she has one green eye and one blue eye.

Christopher Walken Another Bond and Wedding Crashers alum also has two different colored eyes. Christopher Walken has one blue and one hazel eye. The difference is about as extreme as his ability to stretch from drama to slapstick comedy.

Kiefer-Sutherland

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Kiefer Sutherland A little known fact about the 24 star is he has one green eye and one blue eye. Another little known fact about Kiefer Sutherland, according to IMDB, is he was active in the rodeo circuit in his early 30s. Sutherland is chock full of interesting dichotomies.

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Mila Kunis It’s hard not to notice Mila Kunis these days with all of the attention she’s getting for her upcoming wedding to Ashton Kutcher, the birth of their child and quitting acting to start a home. But what with all the buzz, the one thing you might not notice is her different colored eyes – one green and one brown.

 

 

UFO Day: Best Places to Spot UFOs

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July 2nd is UFO Day. According to the Syracuse New Times, there are about 25 UFO sightings reported around the world every day. In the United States there are a few places where reports are heavier than others. Here are 5 of the Best Places to spot UFOs.

Texas Apparently, the entire state of Texas is a great place to spot UFOs. From Lubbock to Huffman, there have been compelling accounts of UFOs hovering over the Lone Star State. Going back to the 19th century, an aircraft crashed in the town of Aurora, destroying a windmill. The remains of a small being were found and it was buried in the town cemetery. More recently, in 2008, dozens of Stephenville residents claimed to see aircrafts the size of football fields flying over the town. It made national news, but about two weeks later, the US Air Force dismissed the claims saying training flights were being conducted at the time of the “sightings.”

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Pine Bush, New York As the UFO Sighting Capital of New York, residents of Pine Bush have been seeing and hearing strange things regularly since the 1900s. One aircraft known as the “Westchester Boomerang,” has been spotted more than 2,000 times in Pine Bush and surrounding areas, but there are numerous claims of alien encounters – two books have been published about the activity. Today, there’s a yearly festival in the spring to celebrate UFOs and aliens in Pine Bush.

Cleveland, Ohio UFO activity is hot in Cleveland and its surrounding area. Many people have reported strange lights over Lake Erie – like big red or orange balls unlike anything associated with an airplane or helicopter. There are government and military bases nearby, but witnesses claim the lights are from out of this world.

San Luis Valley, Colorado The UFO sightings are so frequent a woman built a UFO watchtower where more than 20,000 in the last 15 years have gone to witness alien air forces in action. There have been more than 60 reported sightings – including flying discs — in the area along with strange occurrences involving cattle. There is a nearby air force base, but whether it’s there for testing aircraft or fighting alien invaders, is a matter of debate in some circles.

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Los Angeles, California The Battle of Los Angeles in 1942 has UFO chasers still linking the city with extra-terrestrial activity. The Battle was what seemed like an enemy attack and even set of air raid sirens, but the US military had no explanation for it except it was likely a lost weather balloon. Now there is thought to be an underwater UFO base off the coast of Los Angeles UFO chasers think is connected to the Battle of Los Angeles. There was some speculation about a base in 2006, but earlier this year, some structures were discovered off the coast. Whether or not those structures are alien has yet to be determined.

Whether you have spotted unidentified flying objects in the sky or not, UFO Day reminds us the Universe is much bigger than the world we live in and we are not alone. 

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.

 

 

 

 

Duck Dynasty 4th of July

Duck-Dynasty-flicker-USOThe Robertsons are known for their country values, patriotic flare, and being a little offbeat. Expect nothing less for a Duck Dynasty 4th of July celebration. Here’s a Duck Dynasty guide to celebrating the most patriotic of American holidays:

Taking the Day Off:

“Work Work Work. Nobody takes to to stop and smell the roses. Hey, so Jack we’re smelling the roses.” – Si

“It’s Saturday, I fish on Saturdays.” – Jase

Cooking Out:

“Food is the language. I know how to speak it.”- Miss Kay

“Buy those wieners with cheese already in them.” – Willie

Spending Time with Family:

“West Monroe born and raised in the duck blind is where I spent most of my days.” – Jep

“I want to learn how to make that little heart & a smiley face.” – Miss Kay

“I know this sounds like a crazy question, but what are you doing handcuffed to your uncle?” – Phil

Causin’ Trouble: 

“This thing is off the hook and the chain.” – Si

“We’re gonna run if we get in trouble.” – Jep

Relaxing and Disconnecting:

“They’re already suffering from digital dementia.” – Phil

“Peace of mind is like a piece of pie.” – Si

To create a Robertson Fourth of July is a tall order; you don’t have to do it their way to do it right, but their way is the fun way.

 

Who We Are Following…

Pinning, tweeting and blogging – there’s a lot to read on the Internet, and we have a few favorites. There are pinners, tweeters and bloggers we like that we think you’ll like, too.This is who we are following this week:

Blogs:

Inspired-By-Charminspiredbycharm.com Inspired by charm and so charming! This blog is full of awesome ideas to transform your home, recipes to die for and crafts to delight everyone on your gift list. In short: adorable.

getcreativejuice.com Creative juices are definitely flowing from this blog. Tips and tutorials are plentiful to make your life more beautiful with recipes so beautiful you have to try but won’t get upset if you don’t quite nail them. To sum it up: amazing.Creative-Juice

musthavemom.com This blog is a must see – it’s the blog for “the every mom.”  DIY beauty tips, inspirational thoughts and ideas to make fun for kids. In all: a mom’s mom.

TwitterTwitter:

@theNewClassy is frugal with ideas to match.  From DIY furniture ideas to patriotic recipes, @theNewClassy inspires us.

@orgjunkie If you need something – anything — organized, @orgjunkie knows just how to do it. It’ll make your head spin.

@simplyathomemom A good quote or a good recipe, @simplyathomemom tweets ideas we can use any and every day.

PinterestPinterest:

Hildur Johnson likes what we like! Her boards are full of DIY crafts, recipes and entertaining ideas – all cute and totally clever.

Dionne Hayek has inspiring and snazzy ideas. We look to her pins and boards for style, décor and DIY we can use.

Kelly Asfour has decorating ideas for the outdoors, indoors and just about anything DIY. She has a lot to pin and we’re watching.

We’re always looking for ideas; Pinterest, Twitter and the blogosphere are only a few of the places we look, but we’re looking at them all the time. When we see amazing sites, we’ll let you know if you should check them out, too.

Ways to Use Chalkboard Paint

CAhalkboard-paint-lemonThe chalkboard has given way to the dry erase board in the classroom and now the dry erase board is being replaced by the chalkboard in the home. While the chalkboard is a learning tool quickly fading in schools now, our kids don’t have to miss out on what was a staple in the classroom for more than two centuries.  The chalkboard is a piece of childhood nostalgia we can easily bring into our homes to add character and practicality. Here are some ways to use chalkboard paint in your home for panache and purpose.

Eating & Organizing

In the kitchen, chalkboard paint doesn’t have to be more than delightful for a backsplash. It’s difficult to use the backsplash for writing notes or drawing and erasing, but chalkboard paint is a clever addition to an otherwise unnoticeable part of the kitchen.

But on the kitchen wall or even the refrigerator, it turns fun into functional with grocery lists.
Notes are well received on the kitchen wall – they can’t be missed when an entire wall is the message board.

And the refrigerator no longer has to be a vehicle for magnets; with chalkboard paint, kitchen art changes with the mood of the cook or whoever might have the chalk in hand.

Cabinet organization is chic for labeling jars of flour, rice and even spices. With the changeable nature of chalkboard paint, no container is a permanent home for whatever grain or sugar you need to store.

At the table, it adds personalized charm that’s recyclable.  Whether you want to do a kids’ birthday party or you’re having an elegant dinner party, chalkboard paint for reusable place cards or temporary placemats is a whole category of inspiration.

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Living & Creating

In the living room, it can take the headache out of having a creative toddler – artwork is no longer unwanted on the wall. Let the creativity flow – chalkboard paint on a living room wall is a never-ending canvas for budding young artists.

And why stop at the wall when the coffee table is begging for a daily makeover?

Chalkboard paint adds character in places you didn’t know could be interesting.

Up the staircase is a new place for inspirational messages or notes that change with the seasons.

Under the staircase is a whole new corner to create style and complexity to a lifeless wall.

chalkboard-table

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Best of all, chalkboard paint turns an ugly piece of furniture into an object of whimsy… with a sprinkle of utility. Upcycle a dresser from a flea market, covering it with paint makes it into an organizational learning tool for your kids or you can use chalk to remind yourself where everything goes.

Chalkboard paint won’t solve all your decorating doubts, but it’s a DIY solution to many problem plans. Practically any surface or piece of furniture can inspire a new way to use chalkboard paint.

Earth Day: 7 Ways to Reduce and Reuse You Didn’t Know About

earth-dayApril 22nd is Earth Day. We love where we live and we could all do a little bit more to honor Mother Earth. Here are 7 ways to reduce and reuse things around your home you didn’t know about and make your Mother Earth proud.

Gardening

1. Milk jugs are the gardener’s little helper. They have many uses, but for the tomato gardener, it is heaven sent as a DIY trench watering system. Poke a few holes in the bottom and sides, dig a small trench near the plants and bury the jug about half-way. Fill the jug with water and it will slowly release water into the soil to keep it moist.

Pallet-walkway

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2. How many times have you seen a discarded wooden pallet and thought “I know I could do something with that”? Well, a garden walkway is about the easiest thing you can do with a wooden pallet. It requires little more than pulling it apart and arranging them along a dirt path. It’s so easy you’ll be kicking yourself for not having thought of it yourself.

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3. Cereal or cracker box lining can be used anywhere you might use wax paper or parchment paper. Cutting the ends and along one side you have good sized sheet. In baking, you can use it to roll out ice box cookie dough or to line cake pans. It saves money, time and waste.

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4. For the mismatched dishes you just can’t seem to get rid of, a clever way to make use of them is by making them into a tiered server. The project does require some tools and materials, but it will be worth it to see your plates in play again.

Crafting

5. Save your cans. They’re the crafter’s dream material. Soup cans, coffee cans, paints cans: save ALL your cans. From lamp shades to biscuit cutters, there isn’t much you can’t do with a can.

6. Got something to stuff? That leftover pill bottle cotton can fill a sock doll. All of that dryer lint you toss in the garbage? You can stuff a pillow with it. No need to fill a landfill when you need to fill a toy.

Every Day

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7. Just because an old water bottle can’t hold water anymore doesn’t mean it can’t hold something. With clever cutouts it turns into a gadget you didn’t know you need – a wall mount for your cell phone while it charges. It’s a brilliant way to repurpose the used, but not used up bottle.

 

We use stuff every day, but that doesn’t mean we have to throw it away every day. Being a responsible human being is easy, it just takes a little bit of thought on how to be responsible. Happy Earth Day!

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