Items We Adore: Product Picks for 4th of July

 

flagWe’re less than a month away from Independence Day — it’s our big mid-summer celebration and we want to do it right! We have a few ideas to make us feel a bit more patriotic. Here are Items We Adore: Product Picks for 4th of July.

Red, White & Blue Radiance Add a festive radiance as the stars and stripes wave in the wind with a Fiber-Optic Flag. 242 Fiber optics create solid or blinking lights on this large flag, making it the perfect accent for Memorial Day, July 4th, or any day you want to show off your American pride. Slides easily onto your own flagpole for hanging. bowls

Patriotic Prep Set of 4 Multicolor Mixing Bowls turns cooking and serving into an event. Each of the bowls has a different design and colors. Contrasting interiors give them extra interest and personality. Use them for kitchen prep or for serving sides, chips and snacks. Stoneware. Dishwasher, oven, microwave and freezer safe.patriotic-bells

Bells & Whistles Celebrate your patriotism with this Metal Americana Garden Decor. The navy blue, cream and rustic red colors give these pieces a classic, nostalgic look. Printed with the stars and stripes of the flag, the Triple Americana Bells progressively get bigger from bottom to top. A ring on the top makes it easy to hang anywhere the wind blows. Each of the “blades” on the Embossed Metal Pinwheel has 3-dimensional swirls that spin in the wind. Stakes easily into your yard.patriotic-gnome

Star Spangled Gnomes Show your love for your country with a Patriotic Garden Gnome Statue. Painted with the American flag, this gnome is proud to be an American. Fun accent piece for your flowers and garden decor. patriotic-basket

Patriotic Frills Patriotic Wall Decor has an appealing vintage look. Their eye-catching red, white and blue designs are a festive way to decorate for summer’s patriotic holidays, or use them all year. The Set of 5 Painted Stars has a 3-D style that adds texture and visual interest to any wall. Group them together or scatter them for a larger display. They arrive ready to hang. Metal. Highly detailed Patriotic Basket is a fresh alternative to a door wreath. You also can hang it on an interior wall or remove the handle and set it on a table as an accent or centerpiece.

5 Patriotic Games for 4th of July

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From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we’re packing in patriotic holidays. And with that much national pride, our patriotic parties are draped in red, white and blue with food and drinks to match. The only thing left to spread our faithful spirit through is a good game to show our founding fathers a little loyalty. Here are 5 patriotic games for the kids to play at your 4th of July barbecue.

Red, White, and Blue, Out Goes You This one is basically Duck, Duck, Goose with an American twist. Everyone sits in a circle and one person is declared “it.” The “it” person walks around the back of the circle tapping players on the head while repeating “red, white, blue” until, without warning, he says “red, white, blue, out goes you!” The person who is tapped on “you” then has to get up and chase the “it” person and the last one to make it back to the link the circle is “it.”

4th-july-gamesWho Am I? Each person writes down the name of a Revolutionary War hero and put it in a hat. One at a time, each player then has to pull a name from the hat and describe this war hero for the other players to guess. The person to guess it right is the next to go under the spotlight.

Red, White and Blue Tag Have an equal number of red, white and blue poker chips and hand them out randomly to the players. One player is chosen to be “it.” That person runs around tagging people, only when the person gets tagged, they have to give up their chip to the “it” person. When the “it” person has obtained one of each color of chip, the last person to hand over their chip is then “it.”

4th-july-gamesFlag Tag You’ll need a lot of outdoor space for this — there will be a lot of running around! Set up a large play area and make sure everyone knows what the boundaries are. Each person gets two bandannas (“flags” — preferably red, white and blue) to tuck into the sides of their shorts, belt or back pockets. One person is selected to be “it.” That person chases the other players to try to get their flags. When a person loses both flags, they become part of the “it” team and chases after the other people with flags. The last one to be stripped of their flags wins.

Flag Hunt This one is similar to an Easter egg hunt — only players are looking for flags rather than eggs. Buy as many of the tiny American flags as you can (keep count, though) and hide them throughout your yard — be creative! The kids will have a blast trying to find them — the one with the most flags wins.

Look to LTD Commodities to help you make the most of any season! From summer cookouts to your Christmas bash, we have dozens of products get your party started.

7 Movies to Watch for Father’s Day

It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day — to get you inspired for a fun-filled day to honor dad, we’ve put together a list of movies you can watch with dad or watch to remind you how awesome your dad is. Here are 7 movies to watch for Father’s Day.

About Time On the surface, it looks like a romantic comedy, but About Time is really a father-son story. Tim does everything in his power — in this case, time travel — to keep his dad around for as long as possible. It’s sometimes silly and fun, but what Tim does to save a little extra time with his father is painfully beautiful.

Mrs. Doubtfire Few of us get second chances at being spouses or good parents, but Daniel manages to be the dad he wants to be — as spinster housekeeper. With the wit and charm only Robin Williams can deliver, Daniel transforms his life and relationship with his kids through costumes and hijinks we only see in the movies.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade A father and son adventure involving two of Hollywood’s most exceptional movie explorers: Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. With the same quest for danger, they set out together to stop the Nazis from finding the Holy Grail and succeeding in world domination. It’s a job that only this father and son duo can carry out.

Pursuit of Happyness Life is full of ups and downs, and when you have children, you have to take them on the ride with you. Such is the case for Chris Gardner who’s dealt some hefty life blows that leave him jobless and homeless with a little boy to take care of. But his love for his son is only strengthened by the obstacles they face in the Pursuit of Happyness.

Mr. Mom Once upon a time, it was unheard of for a husband to stay at home with the kids to let his wife be the breadwinner. But in 1983, Michael Keaton took on the role as Mr. Mom with hilarity as he navigates his home and fatherhood with just enough knowledge to keep him from burning down the house.

Taken For children and fathers who like less laughter and more action, Liam Neeson delivers as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills in Taken. Mills stops at nothing to find his kidnapped daughter in Paris. It’s an action movie with the strength of a father’s love and family as an underlying theme.

Vacation/European Vacation/Christmas Vacation/Vegas Vacation Whatever kind of vacation you’re taking, Clark Griswold is the dad who goes the extra mile to make sure everyone is happy — even when the trip is wildly derailed by weird extended family members, a blond in a red Ferrari and a closed amusement park. With all the goofs and mixups, in the end, Vacation is about how a father’s love knows no bounds.

LTD Commodities has ideas and products to celebrate every holiday in every season. From a summer Father’s Day cookout to Christmas cocktail parties, shop LTD for products priced for fun!

Pinteresting Picks for May

We’re just days away from June and we’re ready for summer to roll in — and so are our Pinterest followers! From spring cleaning to life-changing events, Pinners are preparing for the season. Here are our top Pinteresting Picks for May.wizard-of-oz

Follow the Yellow Brick Road There’s something in The Wizard of Oz Gift Collection to delight every fan of the classic movie. The Apron proclaims that “There’s no place like home™!” It has adjustable waist ties. Cotton. Machine care. Imported. The double-wall Insulated Cup (16 oz.) includes a straw and has a picture of Dorothy and her companions on the side. Acrylic. Dishwasher safe. Protect your prescription eyeglasses or fashion sunglasses with the Eyeglass Case. It comes with a matching polishing cloth. Metal, polyester and polystyrene. The Salt & Pepper Shaker Set looks like Dorothy’s house with the feet of the Wicked Witch of the East sticking out from under it. Magnets hold them together to create a scene on your dining table.laundry

Lighthearted Loads Lighten the load on laundry day with a funny yet functional Laundry Room Wall Hanging. Each wooden sign features a visual accent that can also come in handy as you work. The Laundry sign has 3 knobs to hang small articles of clothing as you fold or sort. Keep the Change has a glass mason jar attached with a raffia tie that you can use to hold coins found in pockets, buttons that have come loose and other small objects left in the hamper. Lost Socks has 3 clothespins to hold separated socks while you look for their mates. Each comes ready to hang.graduation-keepsakes

Honorable Mentions Honor the graduate with a Graduation Keepsake Frame. The Then and Now Frame holds two 4″ x 6″ photos: for example, a baby picture and a graduation photo. An inscription reads, “Our Graduate Then & Now…Wherever you go…go with all your heart.” The Tassel Frame holds a 5″ x 7″ photo and the graduate’s tassel. Through the Years Framehas a 2″ sq. opening for each year’s school picture from K through 11th grade and a 4″ sq. opening for 12th grade.rustic-star

Country Charm Light your home with the country charm of the Rustic Star Home Decor. Accessories incorporate light into the design for a piece that is both beautiful and functional. Add your own tea light candles to the ready-to-hang metal Wall Sconce . Features 5 glass cups hanging among the stars. Lighted Stars & Berries accent piece features faux red berries, rustic stars and lights that you arrange yourself. Burlap covered vase with an attached rustic star adds to the country charm.wedding-Totes

Big Day Essentials Wedding Tote and Flip-Flop Set is the perfect gift for members of the wedding party. Use the handy black-and-white tote to carry essential items for the big day. It has ample room for hair styling tools, accessories and more. Includes a magnetic closure. Change into the coordinating pair of flip-flops after a night of dancing.

National Sunscreen Day: 5 Tips for Using Sunscreen

sunscreenWe have officially entered the season of sunshine! While we bask in the sun’s rays, it can be harmful — even deadly — so we have to take extra precautions when we head outside. May 27th happens to be National Sunscreen Day — in honor of the day, here are 5 tips for using sunscreen.

Check the Expiration Date Sunscreen expires, so check the dates on all of the sunscreen in your cabinets and chuck anything that’s past its prime. Anything that’s old has lost its effectiveness in protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays. Anything open from last season that hasn’t yet expired should also be tossed — it starts to lose its power as soon as it’s opened.

Full Protection For everyday use, an SPF of 15 is recommended, but a higher SPF is recommended for days you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun. For extra protection, check the ingredients — ingredients like zinc sit on top of your skin rather to block all rays to give you full protection (it’s the stuff you used to see life guards and skiers wear on their noses). Also look for sunscreens with “broad protection” — they protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

sunscreenBe Vigilant Apply your sunscreen twenty minutes before you go out to the pool, beach or backyard — or anytime you’re in the sun — and re-apply every two hours even if it’s waterproof. Sun damage happens very quickly and with subtle warnings. If your skin appears to be pink, the damage has already started. That’s when you stop reapplying your sunscreen and start treating your burn. Cool compresses (wet towel or wash cloth) and aloe cool the skin and ease the pain. Black tea bags can also help reduce discomfort.

Slather It On Don’t skimp on the sunscreen. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using about one teaspoon of sunscreen for every square inch of skin. That’s a lot of sunscreen, but it’s a small price to pay to prevent sun damage and skin cancer.shadesail

Double Sun Protection The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to stay out of it. In the summer when it’s warm and all of our activities are outside, it’s hard to avoid the sun, but you can reduce your sun exposure by staying in the shade. If you don’t have a lot of shade in your backyard, consider putting up a temporary shade sail or portable cabana to give you a break from the sun and still allows you to enjoy being outside. Also consider wearing hats and light, breathable clothing to block out the rays.

We’re so excited that summer is here, but, like with anything, you have to take in the sun with moderation and protect yourself from sun damage as best as you can. Whether you’re heading to the beach for a week or you have a sunny staycation planned, remember to use your sunscreen.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for Father’s Day

We’re heating up the grill for Memorial Day — that means summer is on its way with all of its holidays to keep us celebrating right through Labor Day. Next up is Father’s Day and we want you to be ready to honor dad with the right gifts. Here are Items We Adore: Product Picks for Father’s Day.fork-thermometer

Barbecue Aid Great for barbecuing and oven broiling! This Fork Thermometer makes it fast and easy to read the temperature of your food. Indicator lights let you know if the meat is rare, medium or well done. It takes the guesswork out of oven roasting a turkey or grilling steaks and burgers. Stainless steel tips provide accurate results. drill-lighter

Novelty Flares Fire up your grill safely with a Fun Refillable Lighter. Featuring impressive miniature details, it’s a fully functional lighter with a control wheel to adjust the flame. Use it to light a gas or charcoal grill, candles or the fireplace. The Camo Gun has a flame that ignites from the tip of the gun. The Dog lighter has a tip that extends 3-3/8″ from the front collar. The Drill ignites a flame from its 2-1/2″ tip when it’s extended. As a safety feature, these lighters will not ignite until their tips are fully extended. lounge-pants

Laugh & Lounge Relax and laugh in a pair of Men’s Novelty Lounge Pants. These pants are a comfortable choice for a lazy day or an instant hit as a gift. They have 2 pockets and an elastic and drawstring waistband for an easy fit. The fly has a button closure. DIY-book

DIY Guidance Keep your household in working order both inside and out with the handy hints and savvy shortcuts in this 1001 DIY Home Improvement Ideas Book. With 800 full-color photos and hundreds of clear, instructional illustrations, this must-have guide will get you through everything from little projects like cleaning dried spatters in your microwave to the big projects like resurfacing your concrete patio. Includes a recycling directory and index. Car-Phone-Holder

The Right Direction Keep your phone or GPS in sight with this clever visor clip. The device holder has soft gripper arms that expand with a push of a button to secure most devices from 2″ to 4″ wide. You can rotate it 360° to suit your desired viewing angle. Installs in seconds by simply clipping it to most standard visors.

LTD Commodities has gifts and ideas for every holiday and every season. Keep checking back for unique products priced for fun!

Tips for Making the Perfect Burger

hamburgerThis weekend just about everyone across the United States will be pulling out their grills and setting up picnic tables for the Great American Cookout. No Memorial Day cookout is complete without a few burgers on the grill — and we know how to make your burgers stand out for the crowd. Here are 5 tips for making the perfect burger.

Save the Salt When you’re seasoning your meat, leave off the salt. Salt draws water out of meat and when it hits the grill it shrinks up, dries out and crumbles. However, salt is important for flavor — salt your meat when you put it on the grill to add flavor without drying it out.

Add Some Fat Everyone likes a moist, juicy burger and we don’t like to think about it, but it’s the fat that makes it so tasty. But as long as you’re eating burgers, you’re probably not thinking about fat content! To make your burgers as juicy as possible, mix in some olive oil (2TB/pound) or bacon fat. You will not regret this and your guests will be awestruck.

hamburgerWarm Buns When you’re plating your burgers, don’t forget to give those buns a little love — throw them on the grill to warm them up a little bit before you add your patty. It doesn’t seem like much, but a warm bun is the difference between a good burger and a fantastic burger.

Better with Butter Never underestimate the flavor power of butter. Add a pat to your bun just before you place the patty on it. You know how everyone loves bread and butter? Just imagine what everyone will love once they’ve had bread, butter and burger! Once you start, you will never go back to a butterless burger again.

Warm Bath If you’re cooking for a crowd, don’t be shy about cooking your burgers ahead of time — not hours ahead of time, but enough time that you’ll be able to socialize and eat when your guests arrive. To keep your burgers hot, moist and delicious, keep a shallow pan of water on the grill — season it a little bit with beef base and stick your burgers in there when they’re done cooking. When guests are ready to eat, throw a patty on the grill for just a second and serve. The only issue with this is the burgers will all be cooked thoroughly (but not in a well-done, overcooked way), so guests who want a medium-rare burger might be out of luck, but the warm bath will make the burgers tasty enough that no guest will be disappointed.hamburger


Remember that you can’t please everyone all the time, so you may not be able to follow through on every request that comes your way at the grill. But burgers are the crown jewels of every Memorial Day barbecue — you can do them your way and still make it a memorable holiday for everyone!

Last-Minute Memorial Day Camping Ideas

campingYou have a three-day weekend coming up and the weather is just warm enough to sleep outside under the stars! It’s time to go camping and we have 4 last-minute Memorial Day camping ideas.

Backyard Camping If you have kids to entertain this weekend, you may want to take baby steps to get into the camping mood. Start small with a backyard camping trip. Have the kids pack a sleeping bag and backpack with the things they need to survive a night in the backyard and make believe you’re really in the woods. Heat up the grill and make all the things you might eat on a camping trip in the wild — hot dogs, hamburgers, hobo dinners, s’mores — to get them ready for a night of ghost stories.LTD-sleeping-bags

RV Camping If you want to get away from home but need all of the comforts while you’re becoming one with nature, check out RV rentals around town. Once you have one locked down for the weekend, all you have to do is throw your clothes and gear in the camper and off you go on a mildly wild ride for Memorial Day. It’s a great way for families with small children on an outdoor adventure because you have all your amenities with you — beds, kitchen, bathroom. You’ll have all the fun of being in the countryside without all of the inconveniences.

ltd-camping-grillCar Camping For families with kids that are a little bit older, pack up the car and drive off into nature and rough it for a few days. It doesn’t take too much planning if you have the right gear. Sleeping bags, a campfire grill and clothes that can handle a little wear and tear. Use the daylight hours to go hiking or fishing and use the evening for bonding with the family over a campfire dinner.

Overnight Alternatives If you don’t want to commit to an overnight stay in the great outdoors, there are plenty of ways to enjoy nature for your long weekend. Consider packing water and lunches for a day hike. Everyone will get a little bit of exercise while spending time with the family and you’ll still get a breath of fresh air. If hiking is too rigorous an activity, try spending the day on a dock fishing if you’re properly licensed. camping

There are so many ways to spend your holiday weekend — there’s no reason you have to be inside. Any of these ideas will give you the weekend break you need after a long winter at home. Anyway you decide to do it, you’ll have the option of staying close to home in case the weather doesn’t cooperate or you want to join friends and family for a good, old fashioned Memorial Day barbecue.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for Wedding Season

ltd-weddingWedding season is starting to pick up — whether you’re going to a wedding or you’re in the wedding, you have a lot of planning and shopping to do! But we have a few ideas to get you started. here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for Wedding Season.

wedding-certificate-holderDocument Defense Wedding Certificate Holder These Wedding Keepsakes make memorable gifts for a newly engaged couple. Each piece has a distinct pewter-like finish with elegant script, making it easy to buy all 3 for a matching gift basket. The Album says “Wedding Day” on the bottom and has 2 wedding bands on the top. Holds 72 of your 4″ x 6″ photos inside, and also showcases your favorite 3-1/2″ x 5″ photo on the cover. The Certificate Holder ensures the marriage certificate is always safe and secure. Metal. Use the metal-stemmed Set of 2 Champagne Flutes to toast on your wedding day and anniversary. Each has “Bride” or “Groom” on the glass.wedding-mugs

Ceremonial Sipping This Mr. and Mrs. Mug Set makes a cute wedding gift. Onthe front, the mugs read “Mr.” and “Mrs.”, and the back has an inspirational message. Contrasting scrolls complete the design.

led-balloonsBridal Balloons Add a fantastic glow to your next party with the Set of 12 LED Balloons. This fun set is perfect for any birthday, holiday, office event and more. Glowing LED lights illuminate five different colored balloons for up to 24 hours. Easily fill with helium or air.

wedding-totesCrew Courtesies Wedding Tote and Flip-Flop Set is the perfect gift for members of the wedding party. Use the handy black-and-white tote to carry essential items for the big day. It has ample room for hair styling tools, accessories and more. Includes a magnetic closure. Change into the coordinating pair of flip-flops after a night of dancing.

Sentimental Style  Wooden Personalized Sentiment Wall Plaqueswedding-name add a warm touch to your home. Add a name in bold lettering to the Home sign, then add your marriage date to the bottom line. Main lettering, 12 characters maximum. Bottom line, 4 digits maximum. Add your family’s name on the top line of the Welcome sign and the date of your marriage on the bottom line. Top line has a maximum of 15 characters and the bottom line has a maximum of 4 digits. Proud to be American sign has room for a name up to 15 characters seen over “Family.”

 

5 Salads to Try for National Salad Month

May is National Salad Month — with all of our gardens starting to supply our fruits and vegetables and Memorial Day barbecues to plan, it couldn’t come at a better time! We have a few favorites to serve at home to the family or put together for a spectacular cookout. Here are 5 salads to try for National Salad Month.corn salad

Summer Corn Salad Everyone loves corn in the summer, so we had to include a favorite corn salad. Aside from the corn, avocados and tomatoes, this one includes ingredients you probably already have in your pantry: dried basil, dried parsley and Dijon vinaigrette (which you can whip up yourself or buy ready-made). Check out Everyday Mom’s Meals for the instructions.

quinoa-saladSouthwestern Quinoa Salad Quinoa is all the rage these days — it makes sense because it’s a supergrain. It’s not quite like rice, but it’s a good substitute considering all of the health benefits: high in protein, iron, potassium and fiber. Not only is it healthy, it’s also tasty making it a great addition to your summer salads. Our favorite is the Southwestern Quinoa Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen. Black beans, bell peppers and a light citrus dressing makes a satisfying salad you can serve as a side to your grilled kabab or as a cool meal to take with you to work.

orzo-saladMediterranean Orzo Salad Orzo is a fun addition to salad — particularly if you have young, picky eaters in your family! This salad from Iowa Girl Eats is a simple one, but it’s simply delicious! Cherry tomatoes and parsley brightens the flavors while capers and olives give it a bit of saltiness — to balance it all out, the dressing has a little bit of honey for sweetness. If you want to add a little more freshness, seed and dice a cucumber or green pepper to throw in. Anyway you mix it up, you’re going to love it.

bbq-chicken-saladBBQ Ranch Chopped Chicken Salad Of course we have to include a salad that’s not just a side, but a whole meal! This one comes from Chew Out Loud — and this lady should be proud because this salad is amazing! Barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, cheese? In a salad? Yes, please! As long as you have your grill ready, good romaine lettuce and the right beans and corn, you can add something sensational to your summer menu.

Ramen-SaladCrunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad We’re always on a culinary adventure here at LTD, so we have to include a salad outside our comfort food zone. Under that category you’ll find the Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad from Gimme Some Oven. This isn’t quite like how you ate ramen in college — but it’s as easy to make! All you need is a coleslaw mix, toasted sesame seeds, almonds and ramen, a few extra vegetables to make it green, toss it with dressing and you have a potluck salad everyone will envy.

Now that it’s salad season we can start getting excited about all the fun summer activities we’ve been waiting for since the first snowfall. Check back with LTD for more ideas to make this summer memorable.