The summer season is coming to an end. Soon it will be time to put away swim gear, shorts and sunglasses and start digging out sweaters, slouchy hats and scarves. Most of us haven’t put away our spring wardrobes and plan to use many of the same pieces of apparel for the colder fall months. However, fall fashion is much different from spring fashion in terms of materials, colors, cuts and accessories. Check out some of our new women’s fall fashion favorites for the upcoming season to save big while assembling some autumn outfits.
Unfortunately, summer is coming to a close. Once the dog days of summer start to dwindle, autumn will fall into place. It’s already starting to feel like the end of summer for most. Many kids are already back in school and holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving are close enough for parents to start making holiday plans. With all the schedule changes signaling the end of summer it’s easy to forget that the season isn’t over yet. There’s plenty of time left to enjoy the warm weather and take advantage of summer activities like concerts and picnics. Take back the last few weeks of summer with these end of summer activities and fashion tips.
Hot Summer Fashion for Summer’s Hottest Days
Temperatures in the dog days of summer might be higher than any other time of year, but you still need to dress for work, social occasions and casual parties. However, you don’t want to burn up on your commute, find yourself unprepared for office A/C or feel uncomfortable during your night out. Read on to learn about summer fashion tips to keep you cool, stay out of the sun and be ready for temperamental temperatures.
5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Spend Your Staycation
Scheduling time off work can be tough. Figuring out the entire family’s schedule to plan a vacation can be even more difficult. That’s why staycations are getting more and more popular. If you can get out of the office for a few days, there are plenty of activities to do near your home that won’t drain your wallet. Take a look at these five budget-friendly ways to spend your staycation and take advantage of summer before it all ends.
The dog days of summer are in full swing around the States. For most of us, it’s the final hot stretch of the season. Summer is on its way out and fall is getting closer. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. They’re going to be here sooner than we expect. While you start preparing for the dates further down the calendar, don’t lose sight of the important dates coming up this month. National Dog Day takes place on August 26th, giving pet owners a special chance to celebrate with their furry friend. Before you begin stringing together your Christmas list, check out some of our top dog toys, treats and training supplies to surprise your pooch.
Terrific Toys (and Where to Hide Them)
The Set of 3 Gigglers Dog Toys keeps your pup happily entertained for hours. Each critter makes a unique giggling sound when shaken. The battery-free toy also has rope legs for playing a fun game of tug-of-war.
Easily organize and hide your pet’s favorite playthings with the Dog Toy Storage Bucket. It has a soft-sided design and handles on the sides for easy carrying. It’s also collapsible for simple storage when not in use.
Tasty Treats (and How to Keep Them Fresh)
Give your good dog an early Christmas present with the 75-Pc. Gourmet Dog Treat Gift Box. These quality treats are made with 100% human-grade ingredients that are all natural and perfectly safe for your pooch.
The dog Treat Jar is the perfect place to store some of their favorite snacks. The 48-oz. jar adds a modern look and a cute dog-themed design to your countertop, complete with a bone-shaped lid and paw prints.
Training Gear to Make Your Life Easier
The Big Jaw Pooper Scooper takes the pain out of bending down to pick up after your dog. It’s lightweight, two feet long and has a convenient spring handle for one-handed operation. Handle has hole for hanging.
Make training your new pup a bit less messy with the No Skid Pet Bowl Tray. The tray has 4 nonskid floor grippers on the bottom, placeholders to keep bowls from sliding and room to collect spilled food and water.
It’s time to start getting ready for Halloween! Time for creepy costumes, ghoulish party gear and frightening kids from around the neighborhood. The decorations keep getting better year after year, making the friendly competition for most haunting house on the block even more difficult to win. Get the right stuff to make trick-or-treaters tremble and the Halloween decorations to create an unforgettable haunted house for your party.
Life-Size Climbing Zombies will make trick-or-treaters think twice about tiptoeing to your doorbell. Its freaky frame has metal hooks on the hand and foot for hanging. It can bend into different positions to fit your needs.
With sound and touch-activated sayings, creepy noises and flashing red eyes, a 71″ Hanging Talking Witch is the surprise factor your front porch needs to make it the spookiest on the block. Arms pose in any position.
The Interactive Skeleton in Hammock stretches your Halloween decor onto the lawn. The sound-activated design comes to life when trick-or-treaters pass with bone-chilling snoring and lifelike breathing movement.
Make your house the creepiest on the block when you hang the 7-Ft. Hanging Creature on your porch. The larger-than-life decoration is easy to install on the eaves of your house or in the branches of a large tree.
Haunted House Must-Haves
The Creepy Hand Wall Hanger is guaranteed to send shivers down the spines of your party guests. Its life-sized hands feature dark fingernails and veins that make it look like it’s coming straight from the graveyard.
Terrify party guests or the trick-or-treaters daring to venture onto your porch with the Barking Skeleton Dog. Sound and touch-activated, it unleashes a terrifying bark and its eyes light up when people get too close.
Haunting Halloween Decor is perfect for creating a spooky atmosphere. The Pumpkin Figure has posable legs. Lighted Haunted House adds a scary accent and the Halloween Wreath provides the finishing touch.
Finally, celebrate the funnier side of Halloween with the Sound & Motion Crashing Witch. Sound-activated, she screams and her legs start kicking as she says a number of phrases to liven and lighten up the party.
LTD is proud to welcome two new creative artists to the LTD Designer Showcase. Get to know more about their backgrounds, learn tips and tricks in their first articles and shop their products, available now at LTD!
Kyra Brown grew up on the west side of Indianapolis. She’s always been intrigued by color and how artists can communicate entirely unique feelings just by selecting the right shade. Growing up in a city surrounded by cornfields, Kyra pored over fashion magazines researching color trends and seasonal style. Surrounded now by her supportive husband, eighteen-month-old daughter and lovable dog, Kyra works from her home office in Grand Rapids, where she focuses on creating original decor pieces to brighten American homes.
Tips on Balancing a Creative Career with Family Life
“Even when you’re working nonstop, you have to find time to make family a priority.”
Breck Rice is the Marketing Manager for Brewster Home Fashions, a wallpaper company based outside of Boston that also produces the WallPops line of peel and stick wall decals. When she is not busy writing fun content, traveling to trade shows and engaging with followers on social media, Breck can be found digging in her garden, spending time with her husband and two children, and tackling her own home DIY projects.
DIY Decor with Wallpaper
“Wallpaper technology has advanced…it is now super easy to install and even easier to remove.”
Some of the best Halloween deals are starting to pop up early, making it easier and cheaper to stock up on all your spooky decorations. Get inspired with LTD’s Halloween history, horror stories and holiday tips.
Haunting Halloween History to Inspire Home Decorating
Halloween has deep roots in many Western cultures. During this period in history, there was an emphasis on festivals to commemorate the end of the harvest. These pagan rituals were where Halloween was born. As you decorate your home, consider the history behind common Halloween symbols with these fun facts.
DIY Bathroom Horror Stories and How to Avoid Them
Anyone who’s undertaken a home remodeling project knows how messy, costly and frustrating the process can be. Sometimes you don’t know what costly surprises you’ll find. Before you fix up your bathroom, heed these possible horror stories so you know what to look for and how to avoid issues down the line.
Decorating Tips to Bridge the Gap Between Halloween & Thanksgiving
The holidays are the best time of year to decorate your home, but Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together that even the most experienced home decorators can get burned out. However, it can be easy to bridge the gap between holidays. Keep these decorating tips in mind as you brainstorm ideas.
The Olympics are already underway and the opening ceremony takes place tonight. In the Olympic spirit of athletic competition, we’ve assembled some of our favorite kids’ athletic toys and adult athletic training gear.
Toys to Start Their Training
Boxing is one of the oldest and most honorable sports in the Olympics. Get your kid into fighting shape with this Standing Punching Bag Set. It features a built-in rebound and an adjustable height. For ages 4 and up.
Basketball and Soccer both have a unique history in the Olympics. Now your kid can stay up practicing their skills with a Franklin GLOMAX Ball. All are made of PVC, except for the basketball, which is made of rubber.
Get In Shape — Stay In Shape
It’s never too late to start getting your body in shape. Start your active lifestyle in a fashionable way with the Women’s Set of 2 Sporty Leggings. Each pair has a comfortable, spandex design and an elastic waistband.
Take care of your body after a long workout with the Hot/Cold Back Therapy Wrap. Its quilted design on the back keeps the beads evenly distributed. Just microwave or freeze the wrap and secure with fabric-magic.
Even for longtime fans of the Olympic Games, the origins and symbolism of the Olympic Torch Relay isn’t always entirely clear. One of the iconic symbols of the modern Games, the Olympic flame has some deep roots in the ancient Olympics and Greek mythology, as well as a newer history that dates back to the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. Although the Olympic torch has been in motion for over three months, it’s not too late to catch the final stretch on August 5th. Read on to learn some facts about the Olympic Torch Relay.
The flame has always been an important symbol of the Olympic Games. It symbolizes the titan Prometheus stealing fire from Mount Olympus and giving it to mankind. Fire was a divine symbol in Ancient Greece, and the Olympic flame was known to burn continuously throughout the ancient Games just as it does today.
The rebirth of the Olympic flame occurred at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. As continues to be tradition, the flame was lit in a cauldron in the main stadium, but the introduction of the relay was still years away. It wasn’t until the 1936 Olympics in Berlin that the relay began to take shape, even if it wasn’t totally refined.
The First Relay
Both the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles lit the Olympic flame at their home stadium where the events were held. The 1936 Olympics in Berlin took the lighting of the flame to the next level, a process that’s been repeated ever since, with the flame lit in Olympia and taken to the host city.
Starting in Olympia
The lighting of the Olympic flame always starts in Olympia, and is still lit in one of the known places where it was lit in the ancient Games, at the site of the Temple of Hera. The ancient Greeks utilized a mirror-like tool called a skaphia to light the flame using the sun, a process now mimicked with a parabolic mirror and torch.
Land, Sea or Air
Once the flame is lit in Athens, it has to be transported to the host nation. As was the case in 2016, the torch had to be transported across the ocean from Athens to Brazil. Because the Olympics take the torch to many different places around the globe, it must travel by air and sea. Once in the host nation it begins its journey.
The Olympic flame is never supposed to go out. It’s placed in a special container when traveling to secure it during air travel. But special precautions don’t always work. The flame has gone out during the relay several times. However, it is always re-lit with a backup flame that’s also from the first lighting ceremony in Olympia.
The longest relay in the history of the Olympics was in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It took place over 8,000 miles and went to some pretty crazy places. This year in Rio the torch will travel over 12,000 miles on land alone. It seems like a chore, but with over 12,000 torch bearers participating, the effort is evenly shared.
The final stretch of the relay brings the Olympic flame into the main stadium where the opening ceremony is held, depositing the flame into a cauldron which burns during the entire length of the Olympics. The closing ceremony of each Olympic Games finally extinguishes the flame, waiting until the Winter Games to be re-lit.
Olympic athletes train their entire lives for one race, one game, one moment. But you don’t have to put in a lifetime of work to catch up on your Olympic facts. Read on to train your brain for the opening ceremony.
Before You Watch: Key Facts About the 2016 Rio Olympics
The 2016 Olympic Games have been knee-deep in controversy since the beginning. With the Zika Virus, athletes dropping out, teams being banned and unhygienic water, it can be difficult to figure out what you need to know as a humble viewer. Get caught up before the opening ceremony with these lighter key facts.
Olympic Fashion from Over a Century of Competition
The modern Olympics began in 1896, more than 1,500 years after the previous Olympics. Clothes worn by the competitors were obviously different, but the changes were small compared to the changes between 1896 and 2016. Learn about the changes in sports apparel over the last 120 years with these fashion facts.
How to Organize Backyard Olympics for Kids
Let the Rio Olympics serve as the inspiration for your own Olympic celebration with fun activities that are almost guaranteed to spark some friendly competition. Get water bottles ready, choose your teams and lace up the gym shoes. Here are five tips on how to plan backyard Olympics for kids who can’t wait to compete.
Eat Like an Olympian: How Athletes Fuel Up for Competition
Being an Olympic athlete requires a high level of discipline when it comes to dieting. Training diets are much different from the diets Olympians use once they reach the Games. Take a break from your healthy cookbook and learn more about race day diets, or learn a few tricks that can help improve your workouts.
Getting your house decorated for the holidays gets tougher and tougher as the months fly by. Soon summer will be over, fall will kick in, Halloween will transform into Thanksgiving and you’ll be left staring at the to-do list wondering how Christmas could really be a few weeks away. It’s easier to start shopping when the deals start popping up in summer. Explore LTD’s early Christmas bargains and save yourself some holiday stress.
Christmas Curb Appeal
The Light Flurries Outdoor Light Show accents the entire exterior of your home with a magical snowfall. Its self-contained design can be easily moved and set up in minutes. The rotating mirrored ball inside the unit reflects thousands of cascading snowflakes on solid surfaces. It covers up to 60 feet wide and 4 stories tall, has variable speed control and can be used inside as well. Put the true meaning of Christmas on display in your front yard with the 3-Pc. Solar Nativity Silhouette Stake Set. Mary prays over baby Jesus and Joseph is holding a solar-powered lantern that lights up the scene with an enchanting white glow. Decorated with red berries, natural pine cones and faux pine needles, the Holiday Monogram Wreath is exactly what you need to freshen up your front door for Christmas. The center monogram and burlap bow give it a personal touch.
Holiday Home Decor Favorites
Accent a staircase, entryway or almost any other flat surface using the Lighted Holiday Lamppost. Its lighted design adds holiday warmth to your Christmas decor and can easily serve as a focal point in any room. Get ready for a ton of compliments from guests during the holiday season when you set out the adorable Set of 6 Reindeer Tea Light Holders. Each metal reindeer has a spot on its back to hold the tea light or LED tea light candle of your choice. Keep your little herd together or split them up around the house. Nobody will be able to miss the bold and trendy Holiday Marquee Sign. The cheery sign illuminates with white light for a classic movie theater appeal. Incorporate it into your Christmas decor on any flat surface and spread holiday cheer.