Fourth of July Fashion Statements

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get started on your Fourth of July plans. Not only do you have to figure out what you’re going to do, you have to figure out what you’re going to wear. LTD has a selection of apparel in red, white and blue, as well as some truly festive fashion statements. Whether you’re going to a barbecue or watching fireworks with friends and family, turn some heads with these Fourth of July fashion statements.

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RED WHITE & BLUE
Enjoy your summer in style with this Women’s Plus Embroidered Sleeveless Dress. The lightweight dress keeps you cool on hot, humid days. Bleached designs and embroidery embellish the V-neck and high/low hemline. Its flowing fit skims the body for a flattering look. Lengths, 46″, 47″ and 49″. Rayon. Imported.

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RED WHITE & BLUE
Wear this Women’s Crochet Convertible Cover-Up as a dress at the beach watching fireworks or as a skirt at a barbecue. This flowing piece has a smocked bodice with an elastic band at the top and a lined crochet skirt. Wear bodice around your waist for a bohemian look. Lengths, 28″, 29″, 30″ and 31″. Cotton. Imported

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RED WHITE & BLUE
Add a bold pop of blue to your Fourth of July outfit with this Nautical Endless Loop Scarf. The infinity loop design is easy to drape for perfect style every time, and the nautical anchor accents add a summery touch that’s perfect for pairing with a variety of outfits after the Fourth is over. 33-1/2” x 36”. Polyester. Imported.

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Stars & Stripes
The Oversized Patriotic Fashion Scarf adds a fun touch to your Fourth of July outfit. It features a stylish pattern you can coordinate with numerous outfits. It’s larger than typical scarves, so you can wear it in a variety of ways. Makes a versatile accessory to add to your collection. 40″W x 80″L. Polyester. Imported.

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Our Country Crossbody
The front of this Fringe Crossbody Bag is decorated with eye-catching overlapping layers of fringe with an American design. It has a full zipper closure and an adjustable strap. The interior is fully lined with an open and zipper pocket. 9″W x 1″D x 10-1/4″H, with an adjustable 12-1/2″ to 24-1/2″ strap drop. PVC. Imported.

Tips on Grilling Salmon and Swordfish

Fish is packed with lean protein, nutrients and all those coveted, brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, but a recent study by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) discovered that up to 90 percent of Americans aren’t eating nearly enough seafood to meet the recommended two servings per week. It’s not that we don’t enjoy the taste of fish or shrimp, and dishes like crab cakes are almost always included in favorite food debates. Cooking fish only seems difficult. Get fired up about grilling salmon, swordfish and snapper with these tips.

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Things to Look For in the Store
For ultimate freshness, it’s important to cook fish the same day you bring it home from the store. Don’t mess around with anything but the prepared cuts of salmon steaks or swordfish fillets if you’re new to buying, and if possible, aim to get some cuts with skin on. You might be expecting fish to have a strong fishy smell, but a quality cut will not emit a strong scent or foul odor. It will also pass the eye test in terms of cleanliness. Try to make sure each piece you buy is firm, not flimsy, and be on the lookout for unusual discoloration or spots.

Problematic Pin Bones
It’s easier to ask the fishmonger or supermarket to remove things like pin bones from your fillets, but you can also do it at home. You’ll be able to see and feel the bones in the fillet, but getting them out with your hands can be tricky. Needle nose pliers and larger tweezers work great for removing pin bones. Always clean tools before putting them to use in the kitchen. Simply feel around the fish to locate the bones, knead into the flesh to reveal a pin bone head, grab it gently with the pliers to avoid snapping it into pieces and pull carefully.

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Seasoning, Salty or Spicy
While some prefer the fresh taste of fish without seasoning, many of us would agree that a little seasoning is better than none. You don’t want spices overpowering the flavor of fish, so when applying, be sure to keep it light and even. A combination of salt and pepper mixed with lemon juice or melted butter are a few common favorites among expert grillers, and many have been known to enjoy fish with the flavor of dill, garlic, chives or even pineapple juice. Remember that the flavor of fish is delicate, so take it easy when you’re prepping.

On the Grill
Grill masters know the importance of preheating the grill. For fish, if you’re placing it directly on the grates, make sure you clean thoroughly and oil generously while preheating. Oil once more before throwing your fish on. If you’ve left the skin on your fillets, you can put them on the grill skin-first for a crispy flavor. Many make the mistake when placing fish directly on grill grates to try and flip before the fish is ready. This often leads to mangling the fish with your spatula. When the fillet is more than halfway done, the fish will almost detach from the grates naturally. You only need to flip once. It’s a short cooking time. Total: 5-10 minutes.

Father’s Day Gifts for Football Fans

If your Dad is a football fanatic, finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day is a simple formula. Just combine his favorite team with one of his favorite activities and you’re bound to discover a wide selection of gifts he will enjoy. Kick off your search with our Father’s Day gifts for football fans, and get yourself ready to go for two.

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The Guy On the Go
In the summer sun, Dad’s going to need a way to keep cool. There’s no better way to beat the heat than with an on-the-go container for his thirst-quenching beverage. The 22-Oz. NFL Insulated Tumbler with Lid helps him stay hydrated while showing some team spirit. His team’s iconic logo is displayed on the front. The clear tumbler is double-walled to maintain the temperature of hot or cold drinks for longer periods of time. It has a spill-resistant, snap-seal lid and a unique design that’s great for taking in the car. Plastic. Dishwasher safe.

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If He Can Stand the Heat
The NFL Apron and Chef Hat Set is a thoughtful gift for the football fan who loves to cook. Great for tailgate parties, backyard barbecues or just a laid-back day hanging out by the grill. The apron protects clothes from spills and stains and features his favorite team’s logo on the front. The long tie straps make it easy to adjust. One size fits most. The matching chef’s hat completes the look. It features the team name on the headband. Has a fabric-magic closure. One size fits most. Polyester and cotton. Machine care. Imported.

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Facts to Feed His Curiosity
Each team in the NFL has a rich history with tons of interesting information any fanatic will enjoy. Packed with fun NFL facts and figures, 100 Things Football Fans Should Know is bound to impress even the most die-hard football fan. It distills their team’s history into an essential list of required knowledge. Lively and entertaining, the book covers the most important players, career achievements, signature plays and more. Softcover. Bears, 238 pages. Broncos, 321 pages. Colts, 330 pages. 49ers, 276 pages. Giants, 384 pages.

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Guarding the Grill
Every Dad who prides himself on being a grill master knows how important it is to keep their grill in pristine condition between sessions, especially if it’s going to be exposed to the elements. This NFL Grill Cover puts a protective barrier between his grill and the rain or damaging UV rays. The durable vinyl construction offers superior protection against all kinds of wear and tear. It withstands temperatures between -20°F and 140°F. Straps and tie downs help keep the cover secure. Includes a snap-close bag for storage when not in use.

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All-Weather Warmth
For some Dads it’s not all about the NFL. If he watches just as much college football or prefers the college game to the professional level, the Jumbo 60” x 80” Collegiate Fleece Throw is exactly what he needs for Father’s Day. He can cheer on his favorite team while staying warm at home, or bring it to the stadium for those really frigid bowl games. Whether he’s an alumni, a lifetime fan or both, he’ll appreciate this big, full-color throw that features the school’s name, mascot and football helmet. Polyester. Machine care. Imported.

Kids’ Crafts: Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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For fathers, a homemade gift from their kid can mean a lot more than any item bought from the store. And for kids, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing Dad light up when he opens a gift made just for him. Kids get a kick out of seeing Dad using the gift they worked hard to make, especially if it is weeks, months or years in the future. Help your kid make a craft Dad can use right away with these homemade Father’s Day gift ideas.

Mr. Morning
The coffee mug is an obvious classic, and for good reason. Coffee-drinking Dads can always use a nice mug to enjoy their morning wake-up medicine. They can take it to the office to show it off on their desk or keep it at home. Get inspirational coffee mugs with a message that’s perfect for Dad, a novelty mug for his sense of humor or a personalized mug that allows you to add artwork and messages to a sturdy design.

A Thousand Words
On Father’s Day you’ll definitely be making some new memories with Dad, which makes it a perfect time to give him a gift that represents a memory you cherish. Not only will your kids get to pick out a favorite picture of themselves with Dad, they can even design the frame or add personal touches to a plain frame. Dad will love featuring his new photo on his desk. You can even sneak a note behind the photo for him to find later.

Gadget Guard
Tech savvy Dads are bound to enjoy any accessory they can use with their favorite gadgets. Upgrade his laptop or tablet sleeve with a personalized creation from the kids. Get the sleeve ready and let them get creative. It will keep his important gear safe and clean, and will be put to use every day all over the house.

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Page Turner
Bookworms like to stay organized. Dad is no different. If he enjoys relaxing with a good book, a bookmark could be the perfect gift. Because it’s easy to make with simple supplies, it’s a great craft idea for younger kids. Knowing Dad likes books enough to need a bookmark also sends a positive message about reading.

Gear for Game Day
The game just isn’t the same without his favorite beverage. Keep it nice and cool with a custom koozie. It’s easy to add a personal touch to a plain koozie. Create a loving message using his favorite team’s colors or make an entirely original design. He’ll be able to put it to use every time he cheers on his favorite team.

Car Guy Key Chain
Make sure he can see and enjoy their heartwarming gift every single day by designing an accessory for his key chain. Weave beads onto his key ring or laminate a family photo and attach it to his key chain before he gets in the car. It’s a fun way to show a car enthusiast some love while getting into the spirit of the holiday.

LTD Essentials: Summer Snack Showcase

The summer season has always been home to some of the best snack foods. Whether we’re trying to beat the heat at the pool, watching a ball game or attending a Memorial Day barbecue, great food seems pretty easy to find. But just like any other season, a few of the best treats are only made available for a short span of months. Check out our summer snack showcase to make sure you get your fill before the season ends.

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Unmatched Movie Snack
There will be plenty of blockbuster movies this summer, but if you want to kick back with a film in your own home, check out this Microwave Popcorn Maker. Pop and serve the scrumptious snack in the silicone box and enjoy healthier popcorn without excessive oil. Pour ¼ cup of kernels into the popper, secure the lid and microwave for 3-4 minutes. Great for flavored popcorn as well. Makes approx. 4-6 cups. Dishwasher safe.

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Stadium Experience at Home
As long as you’re recreating the cinema experience at home, why not do the same with your favorite ball park snack? The Retro Hot Dog Steamer cooks perfect hot dogs in just 5-7 minutes. Equipped with a hot dog drawer and built-in bun steaming tray, all you need to do is add water to the base and watch it steam up to 8 hot dogs and 4 buns all at once. Instructions and recipe booklet included. On/off switch. ETL-listed.

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Packing for Parties
Summertime is party season. Barbecues, picnics and more get us gathering outside with our best kitchen creations. Keep your dishes ready to serve with the Expandable Hot/Cold Food Carrier. The base level has an insulated lining that holds in heat and can also shield cold dishes from the sun. Unzip the top to expand the carrier and create a second compartment for a room temperature dish. Has built-in handles for carrying.

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Special Treats for a Special Day
Summer might be filled with holiday gatherings and neighborhood block parties, but just like any other season there are birthdays to celebrate. Add a personal touch to a loved one’s special day with Birthday Baking Fun. The 12-Pc. Silicone Baking Cup Set eliminates the need for paper liners. The brightly-colored cups come in a variety of different sizes to fit your needs. Dishwasher, freezer, microwave and oven safe.

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Cherry on Top
Sometimes all the summer events can be a little exhausting, especially if you’re planning to cook for every event on your social calendar. The recipes in this Dump & Bake Desserts Cookbook only require one pan! There’s no need to use extra bowls or an electric mixer. All you have to do is dump in all the ingredients, stir and bake. Make delicious tarts, pies, cookies, bars and cakes for your summer events. Softcover, 64 pages.

Summer Design Tips: How to Inspire Tech-Free Creativity

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We’re on the brink of summer break. Very soon kids will be spending mornings in the family room instead of study hall, claiming territory at the kitchen table instead of the cafeteria. Being at home means being tempted by technology. A few lazy days can morph into a month, two months…before they know it, all the projects they were hoping to get done before the next school year must be crammed into a tight schedule. It can be pretty difficult to separate kids from the technology they use every day, but there are times when they would benefit from putting down their phones or stepping away from the TV to get serious about their creative ideas and summer projects. Learn how to inspire tech-free creativity with these easy design tips.

Natural light is a natural ally.
Even with advances in screen technology, natural light is still one of the biggest enemies when it comes to a user-friendly experience. Everything from smartphones to laptops can be negatively affected by too much sunlight, so giving light the freedom to filter into the living or family room is a simple way to mark any major area as a tech-free zone. In addition to deterring the use of screens, natural light is fantastic for a variety of creative activities. Let your kids set up an easel by the window, fill a room with activity books and games, or clear out sun-drenched areas for physical activities like yoga or for bigger craft projects.

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Bookcases, bookshelves and…well, books.
There’s no better way to define a space than by packing it with the contents you’d like the space to be used for. Despite the steady interest in e-readers, print books remain more than relevant. Young generations still prefer the feeling of flipping through physical pages. Students in high school or college continue to buy print books with good reason. Designating a room for quiet activities like reading is as easy as providing comfy seating and stocking shelves with the titles that will get your kids excited about spending quality time inside.

All eyes on…wait, where’s the TV?
Ever since the TV burst onto the household scene, the layout for family space has shifted to accommodate the magical box. With furniture gravitating toward the big screen, it’s almost impossible to use the TV room for anything but prime time programming and binge-watching. But people looking to make a change rightly wonder how to arrange their room if they take out the TV. Previously used focal points include the fireplace, piano and wall art. Another option is to arrange seating around a coffee table to help cultivate conversation.

No matter what kind of space you want to encourage for your kids’ summer break, The Lakeside Collection is ready to decorate. Accent natural light in your living room with our selection of window treatments, stock up that bookshelf with titles for all ages, and get a few statement pieces to change your room’s focal point.

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.

Kidding Around: The History of April Fool’s Day

April Fool's DayEvery April 1, we’re all on guard, expecting someone to try to make a fool of us somehow. The tradition goes back centuries and it’s carried out all over the world, but few of us know how it all started. So we did a little digging and here’s what we found out about the history of April Fool’s Day.

Citizen Con In 13th century England, a road was declared public property when a king stepped on it. When word spread to a small town that the king was coming, the town refused to let him in in order to maintain control of the main road. The king’s minions were sent to the town to sort the visit, and when they arrived, the townspeople pretended to be insane so the king would not drop by. The king fell for it, but was alerted to the trick and declared the town too foolish to punish, hence April Fool’s Day.

Open pages of a calendar with date numbers visibleCalendar Confusion Some believe April Fool’s Day started when it Pope Gregory XIII’s calendar – now referred to as  Gregorian Calendar — went into effect. In 1582, Pope Gregory decided to reform the Julian Calendar moving April 1 back to January 1. Most people followed the new calendar, but the news of the calendar change moved slowly so some people continued to celebrate New Year’s Day in April. Considered fools for missing the holiday celebrated four months before that, they became targets of pranks and tricks.

Chaucer Chicanery Or not.Another theory goes back to the 14th century and links it to a book — Chaucer’s Cantebury Tales. In Nun’s Priest Tale is set on the date March 32 – March having only 31 days, the text would translate to April 1. The main character is tricked by a fox and so April Fool’s Day was born.

Weather Wiles Another believable theory is related to spring. Because it’s so close to the vernal equinox, the thought is people are fooled by Mother Nature’s unpredictable weather. And she has certainly made fools of us this year.

April foolGullible Guppies In France, fish hatched in early April – a bait and hook were an easy lure for the young fish who were easily caught. To mark this time of year, people play pranks on other people – the ones who are tricked are referred to as poisson d’avril (April Fish) – a fish that’s easily caught or a gullible human being. So if you ever see someone in France on April first with a fish taped to their back, they have been marked for the whole world to see that someone fooled them.

Fool or be fooled on April 1st, while we don’t know exactly why we do it, it makes for a fun way to welcome spring – even if Mother Nature keeps tricking us with the occasional spring snowfall.

Hop to It: DIY Easter decor ideas

Easter’s on its way! If you haven’t put up your decor yet, you still have a little bit of time to craft some Easter charm! We have a few ideas to get you started. Here are 5 DIY Easter decor ideas.

Bunny-BuntingBunny Bunting Clean and Scentsible has a few ideas for making bunny bunting, but this one with the pom-pom tails is our favorite! The tails are easy to make with a skein of yarn. Wrap the yarn around your fingers, tie a piece around the middle of your yarn circle to create two loops, and then cut the ends of the loops to fray and you have a bunny tail! Glue that to bunny cutouts and they’re ready to hang!

Jelly-bean-treeJelly Bean Tree This might be the most delicious looking tree your kids have ever seen! Unfortunately, this Crafty Sisters project isn’t quite edible, but it is very easy to make! Basically, collect a few nice looking twigs and branches from the back yard and prune them. Then, select your favorite jelly beans and hot glue them to the branches. When they’re all cooled and dried, it’ll look like your branches are budding with jelly beans!

Tiny-pinatasPiñata Eggs It’s not quite Cinco de Mayo, but that’s not stopping Oh Happy Day from making Easter a fiesta with these tiny piñatas! She use tiny balloons to act as her Easter eggs and applied the same method for making big piñatas to these little egg-shaped ones using papier mache and crepe paper. It’s a fun little craft to keep the kids busy on a Saturday afternoon and the house decorated for Easter Sunday dinner.


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Easter Egg Terrariums If you’ve got little ones, this may be the Easter decor idea that can distract them from their Easter candy! This one comes from The House That Lars Built — and what a fun spring project to get the kids excited about the new season. She used real dirt and real moss, but for flowers that would last, she crafted cute little paper cutouts. They’re so cute and so easy, your kids can make some for themselves and a few extras to give away as gifts for the holiday or use them as favors/place settings for your Easter dinner!

carrot-centerpiecesCarrot Centerpieces Bunnies and flowers are what spring is all about! For an Easter centerpiece, carrots mask the spring flower stems to add a little indirect Easter Bunny flair. Love Grows Wild came up with this simple idea for your holiday dinner table. All you need are flowers, carrots and a good vase. Easter decor doesn’t get much easier than that!

LTD Commodities can help you make every holiday happy! From inspiration for your DIY Easter decor to cooking gadgets for your Memorial Day cookout, look to LTD to make every day more delightful.