Halloween Home Decorating, Fictional Facts & Football Fun

Halloween is almost here! There’s so much to get done on our to-do lists, but there’s also a lot of fun to look forward to. Check out some of these Halloween home decorating tips to help you spruce up your home with the entire holiday season in mind, learn about the origins of a couple of the most famous fictional Halloween characters and prepare for a fun, frightening night of NFL football with these interesting articles from LTD.


How to Transition Your Home from Halloween to Harvest to Holiday
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together. Anyone can get exhausted trying to plan out new decorations month after month. However, there are ways to make the transition easier so you can focus on other important holiday preparations. Switching from Halloween to Harvest to Christmas doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out these time-saving transition tips before your start shopping for seasonal decorations.


Villa Diodati: The Origins of Frankenstein, Vampires & Gothic Horror
It’s been exactly 200 years since Lord Byron, John William Polidori, Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley spent a fateful summer near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, crafting ghost and horror stories as a way to get through a stretch of rainy days. Two centuries have passed since a simple writing challenge between friends changed the world of horror fiction forever. Learn about the origins of Frankenstein, the modern Vampire and more.


Haunting Losses: The History of NFL Games on Halloween
This year Halloween falls on a Monday, meaning many Halloween parties will be featuring the game of the week. Halloween is a treat for those who don’t mind enduring a few tricks from kids they’re ignoring on 4th quarter third-and-tens. There’s been more than a handful of NFL games played on Halloween night. We’ve assembled the most haunting losses from Halloween match-ups in this historical fright night-NFL recap.

NFL Gear: Team Pride from the House to the Home Field

After an eventful off-season, the NFL is finally back. The preseason is nearing an end. The regular season is about to begin. There’s still time to get some cozy essentials for the couch, everyday fashion accessories for when you’re out on the town and warm apparel or jewelry to help you dress up for stadium weather and tailgating. Whether you’re getting your house ready for home-watching or riding up to the home stadium for a game during the regular season, find NFL gear you need to show team pride for your favorite franchise.

Get Cozy on the Couch
Support the home squad without leaving your home.

NFL Distressed Sweatshirt Throws
NFL Slipper Socks with Grippers
NFL Team Helmet Pillows

Show Off on the Street
Take your team spirit wherever life takes you.

NFL Cell Phone Wallet Wristlets
NFL Steering Wheel Covers
NFL Handbags

Dress Up for Game Day
True fans make fashion statements on the go.

NFL Scarves
NFL Euro Bead and Charm Necklaces
NFL Plaid Endless Loop Scarves

Beginner’s Guide to Football Basics & NFL Rules

For anyone new to the game of football, understanding all the rules can seem like a burden. If the NFL has taught us anything in the last few seasons it’s that the rules of the game can be difficult for even the referees to fully comprehend, let alone an eager new fan. Whether you’re a little confused and scared to interrupt the game to ask your questions, in need of a quick refresher before the season gets underway or have a young fan in the house who’s ready to learn, this beginner’s guide to the basic NFL rules is a great place to start.


Offense, Defense & Special Teams

The offense and defense are each allowed 11 players on the field. The offense consists of the quarterback, five offensive linemen, and a five man combination of offensive players like running backs, wide receivers, tight ends or fullbacks. The five linemen consist of a center who snaps the ball to the quarterback, 2 guards who line up on both sides of the center to protect the quarterback, and 2 tackles, one on each end, who are also in charge of protecting the quarterback. In addition, the linemen are in charge of blocking the defense to create paths for the running back or fullback, and holding the defense at bay to allow the quarterback the time he needs to throw the ball. The wide receivers, tight ends and even the backs are eligible to catch the ball from the quarterback, while the tight ends are also used for additional blocking during certain plays.


The responsibility of the defense may seem straight forward, but the complexity of the offense makes it just as difficult, if not more so. The players on the defensive side of the ball depend on the defensive package, which is essentially split into man-to-man defenses or zone defenses. But let’s review the players first. The players on defense consist of the defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs. The defensive line sets up opposite the offensive line, and consists of the defensive tackles who challenge the offensive guards or center, and the defensive ends, who among other things are the ones tasked with putting pressure on the quarterback. The linebackers line up behind the defensive line. As the second line of defense, they have to read the offense to stop the run, rush the quarterback or pick up free receivers, tight ends or running backs. The defensive backs cover receivers and tight ends, protect against the pass and try to intercept the ball.

Special Teams
Special teams refer to the players who take the field for plays that involve kicking the football. This includes field goals, punts and kickoffs. This team consists of  a placekicker who specializes in field goals and kickoff plays, and a punter. A holder holds the ball during field goals. A long snapper specializes in getting the ball from the offensive line to the holder, which requires a different skill than the center who snaps the ball to the quarterback. The rest of the team is responsible for holding the defense at bay during field goals and punts, racing down the field after kickoffs to tackle the kickoff returner, or blocking players for the kickoff returner.

The Field, The Clock & The Scoreboard

The Playing Field
The actual playing field for football is 100 yards from endzone to endzone. The endzone is 10 yards long and contains the field goal, which is situated directly outside the back of the endzone. Horizontal lines are painted across the field every 5 yards, with individual hash marks each yard to help players navigate. The field goal is 10 feet high and a little more than 18 feet wide, significantly narrower than the college goals.


The Clock
How long is the game? When is it over? Though understandable to those who aren’t football fans, it’s more forgiving to learn the basics of the clock to avoid upsetting irritable die-hard fans. An NFL game is split into four 15-minute quarters, so 60 minutes total. The average NFL game in 2015 was a little over 3 hours long. How does 60 minutes stretch into nearly 200 minutes? Halftime is around 12 minutes, there’s a two-minute warning at the end of the first and second half, and several commercial breaks during timeouts (each team is allowed 3 timeouts per half). But that doesn’t account for even half of the 3-plus hours. The reason why a game lasts so long is because the clock stops so often. When the clock stops depends on what type of play is run, the outcome of the play and even the time of the game. However, all you need to know to start is that the clock stops when there’s an incomplete pass, when a player with the ball goes out of bounds, and after penalties or timeouts. Overtime is a single 15-minute period where the first team to score wins the game.

The Scoring System
There are several ways to score in a football game, but the majority of points come from touchdowns or field goals. Touchdowns occur when a player with possession of the ball puts the ball over the barrier (goal line) catches the ball in the endzone, or establishes possession of the ball in the endzone, such as on a fumble. A touchdown can also occur after the defense intercepts the ball and returns it, or on kickoff or punt returns. Touchdowns are worth 6 points. After a touchdown, the offense has the choice of kicking an extra point for an additional 1 point, or “going for two” by trying to get the ball in the endzone on a single possession that’s worth 2 points. A field goal, when the ball is kicked between the upright posts, is always worth 3 points.


Football is easy enough to understand once you’ve watched a few games. It can also get a bit complicated. Knowing a little information on the players, their responsibilities and the basics of the scoring system should be enough for anyone to enjoy the game. Reading the rules is a good place to start for beginners. However, nothing beats watching the action yourself. Enjoy the NFL season with all the NFL products from LTD!

Fantasy Drafts to Tailgating: Get Ready for Football Season

For NFL fans and their family members, the season is bigger than a 16-game schedule. There are parties to plan and tailgating menus to prepare, traditions to follow and fantasy football rosters to manage. Fans who have been around awhile know there’s nothing like the beginning of the season. Hopes are high. Anything can happen. Get in on the excitement with these articles on fantasy drafts, fashion tips and tailgating advice.


Tips for Hosting a Successful Fantasy Football Draft Party
Almost a quarter of the entire American population participates in fantasy football at some point during the NFL season. Needless to say, fantasy sports are extremely popular, and with the regular season about to start, there are going to be plenty of fantasy football draft parties happening in the weeks leading up to the season. Get some tips on how to put together a draft party for your league and make it a monster success.


Game Day Fashion Tips: Simple Touches to Support the Team
True fans don’t always feel the need to sport their team’s colors, but loyalties might be questioned if there isn’t at least a couple pieces of apparel hanging in a true fan’s closet or resting on the dresser. Fans have different fashion preferences, but with all the NFL gear out there, every fan can find an option that fits their taste. Get your outfit ready for football season with these game day fashion tips that focus on accessories.


Unique Fall Football Traditions
As we leave behind summer fun and start heading back to school, we have an entire new set of fun activities to enjoy. In America, the fall season is football season. All across the country, people have many different ways of showing their school spirit or celebrating their favorite franchise. Here are some of the most unique fall football traditions that take place all around the United States throughout the fall and into the winter.


Tailgating Essentials
Whether you’re a football fan or a friend along for the ride, the tailgating party is one of the most important elements of the fall football experience. Every region and team has different techniques for making the pre-party lively, but there are a few essential items everyone needs for their tailgating party. Here are a few tailgating essentials to create a spirited experience no matter what region you’re in or team you support.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Holiday Spirit: LTD’s Product Picks for Him

mega-elite-tankardsIt’s time for your holiday shopping to pick up steam! If you’re lost on how to start shopping for the men in your life, perhaps all you need is a little inspiration. We’ve curated a short list of items designed with men in mind to give you a shopping boost. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for Him.

If He’s Thirsty Show off your team’s logo on both the front and back of this NFL 25-Oz. Mega Elite Tankard. It also features the team’s name on the side opposite the handle. A thumb rest on the handle enables you to lift the tankard with ease. The finishing touch is a spray of the team color at the bottom.

star-warsIf He’s Nerdy The Ultimate Star Wars Book is a visually stunning encyclopedic guide for avid fans of this hugely successful franchise. This must-have, beautifully illustrated book is structured chronologically and features key information about important characters and storylines that span from Episode I to Episode VI. Also highlighted are key events and insights into the making of the saga.



magnetic-swivel-lightIf He’s Handy Direct ultra-bright light where you need it with this Dual Swivel Magnetic Light. The built-in folding hook and magnetic base both swivel and rotate 180 degrees to adjust the 36-LED light panel to the perfect position. There’s also a convenient 1-Watt flashlight on the end. The body has a rubberized grip for comfort and a nonslip hold. Can stand on its own, use the magnetic base, or hang from the hook. On/off button. Requires 3 “AA” batteries. 2-1/8″W x 1-3/4″D x 8-3/8″H, not including the 2″ hook. Plastic.


superhero-union-suitIf He’s Super Keep your personal hero cozy with a Men’s Caped Superhero Union Suit. Even crime fighters need to relax, and this fleece union suit is comfortable for lounging and sleeping. The removable cape is attached with fabric magic. It has an embroidered logo that matches the one on the front of the suit. Long front zipper makes it easy to put on and take off. The suit also features ribbed cuffs, hems and collar, a decorative belt, and 2 inseam pockets. Polyester. Machine care. Imported.


nfl-leather-walletsIf He’s Sporty Officially licensed NFL Leather Wallets or Checkbook Covers make great gifts for gridiron fans. Handsome accessories feature your team’s name and logo imprinted on high-quality leather. Checkbook Cover (6-1/2″W x 3-1/2″L) has a slot for a checkbook and a clear inset for 6 cards or photos. Tri-fold Wallet (4-1/4″W x 3″L) has a full-length opening for bills and receipts and features an ID window, 4 credit card slots and a photo sleeve that holds up to 8 photos. Leather and polyurethane. Imported.



Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Tailgate Parties

Are you ready for some football?! LTD is! With football season ahead, we have a lot of party-planning to do. If you have a few tailgating parties on the calendar, it might be time to get started on your planning as well. To make it easy, we put together a list of items we think you’d like to have at your football party. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Tailgate Parties.Football-steeler-flag

Mark Your Territory Make a bold statement about your favorite NFL team any time of day or night with this spirited garden flag. Bright fiber-optic lights embedded into the nylon fabric illuminate your team’s logo on one of the sides. Double-sided graphics make sure it reads correctly no matter how you hang it. Included timer automatically turns it on for 8 hours and off for 16 hours. Hidden in a waterproof, fabric-magic pocket, the timer easily sets and resets with the touch of a button. Fits your own standard garden pole. Can be displayed indoors, too.game-day-skincare

Weather Protection You’ll be prepared for anything when you head to the stadium with an NFL Game Day Skin Care set. It’s a handy collection of items that feature your favorite team’s logo on each bottle or tube. The products are gender neutral so they can be used by both men and women. Bottles have a convenient hanging loop for easy attachment to backpacks, belt loops, and more.collegiate-can-cooler

Brisk Beverages Keep your drink cold while you enjoy it with a Collegiate Freezable Can Cooler. It features your favorite NCAA team’s colors and has the logo prominently displayed on the front. Each lightweight cooler has water inside it that, when frozen, helps your beverage stay ice cold. Fits snugly around the can and has a rubberized plastic bottom so it won’t slip or scratch surfaces.ltd-football-scarf

Spirited Scarves Show your team spirit with an officially licensed NFL Reversible Infinity Scarf. This reversible scarf features both team colors, one on each side. Prominently adorning each side is a bold square patch of the team name and logo.nfl-serving

Bowl Backing NFL Gameday Sculpted Bowl is the only way to serve up chili, soup or dip at your party! Durable 23-oz. bowl has raised details on the exterior with your team’s logo on each side and a glazed finish. Double handles make it easy to carry. Ceramic. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Football is another excuse to throw a party and we love parties at LTD! From holiday cocktail parties to celebrating in stadium parking lots, look to LTD to make your fall parties fabulous.

April’s Pinteresting Picks

May is here and there is a lot happening in the weeks to come! Memorial day, weddings and summer! Our Pinterest followers are getting ready for quality outdoor time and spectacular life events. Here are April’s Pinteresting Picks. wedding-photo-frames

Wedding Wishes Cherish a memory of your special day with an elegant Wedding Photo Frame. The silver-gilded and beveled frame comes with a decorative mat. The Now and Then frames create a 2-photo collage with a childhood photo and either a current photo or one from your wedding. Holds two 4″ x 6″ pictures. Happily Ever After features a heartwarming sentiment and a place for a 5″ x 7″ photo of the happy couple. Each frame has a clear acetate panel to protect the pictures.

nfl-garden-mosaicGardening Goals Let everyone know which NFL team you root for with this Mosaic Garden Stone. Use this garden stone as part of a pathway, or as an accent in your landscaping to demonstrate your team pride. Makes a great gift for a true fan!

rail-planterDecor Desire Add some color to your yard and porch with a Rail Planter. The weatherproof plastic planter fits over round or square railings and wood or chain-link fences, up to 2-1/4″ wide. It’s built with a reservoir to hold water for less frequent tending. Two plastic spacers fit into the bottom opening to stabilize and secure the planter onto the railing or fence.

solar-garden-postsElegant Enhancements Put an elegant finishing touch on your home with a Solar Garden Post. This classic accent features a teardrop shape enhanced with scrollwork. The lantern at the top is solar-powered, so it needs no time-consuming installation. Glows with constant white light for up to 8 hours on a full charge. On/off switch. A metal ring near the bottom of the Solar Post with Planter holds a 6″ pot.

extension-cord-sealPractical Gadgets Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals. The case snaps around the point where the cords come together, and a rubber seal keeps out rain, snow and mud. An internal locking safety mechanism holds cords securely together. These cases are a simple solution that will prevent shorting out and eliminate the chore of reconnecting cords that have been accidentally pulled apart.

Artichoke Dip for the Big Game

artichoke-dipThe Big Game is almost here! While we all might be football fans, most of us won’t be in Phoenix to watch it in person — we’ll be at home or at a friend’s house for a party to watch every touchdown, field goal and commercial. It promises to be a great time — but you have to have the right food!

According to the National Restaurant Association, the most popular food for watching the Big Game is dips (spreads and salsa fall into that category). We’ve gone through all our recipes and came up with a favorite that’s both delicious and easy to make (nearly fool-proof!) with minimal ingredients. Our hot Artichoke Dip got the most votes and today we’re sharing it with you. Here’s how to make artichoke dip for the Big Game.

Artichoke Dip

  • 3 14-oz cans artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 ½ cup grated parmesan three-cheese-blend (pecorino and asiago are the other two cheeses, but you can probably get away with just parmesan)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced (you can add garlic if you really like garlic)


Preheat oven to 350℉.

Place the artichoke hearts in a large mixing bowl. Break the hearts up with your hands so they’re in scoop-size pieces. Add mayonnaise, garlic and cheese. Mix everything together really well.


Place the mixture into an oven-safe casserole dish and spread it out evenly. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until it’s bubbly and golden brown on top. Serve warm with tortilla chips or sliced bread. Makes 4 cups.

This dip is easy to make at the last minute so you can spend more time on games, entertainment and making sure all your guests are taken care of. Not only is it easy to make — it’s delicious! You won’t want to wait until the Big Game to serve it!

We have loads more ideas to make your Big Game party perfect — check out our Pinterest board for tricks and tips to put your party together.


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

Fall is a perfect time to gather friends for the big game or get back in touch with neighbors. Make your favorite casserole, desserts, and hot dips and toast to the beauty of the season. Here are the Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

Celebrate your team with this NFL Framed Super Bowl Collectible.

Celebrate your team with this NFL Framed Super Bowl Collectible.

Go from oven to tabletop with this Set of 3 Handled Bakers. This 3-pc. set features half-loop handles on each side for easy lifting and nests for storage.

Go from oven to tabletop with this Set of 3 Handled Bakers. This 3-pc. set features half-loop handles on each side for easy lifting and nests for storage.

Share your favorite drink with a little countrified flair with this Set of 4 Mason Jar Shot Glasses.

Share your favorite drink with a little countrified flair with this Set of 4 Mason Jar Shot Glasses.

48-Pc. Boxed Greeting Card Set is an upscale card collection for a fraction of the price you'd expect to pay.

48-Pc. Boxed Greeting Card Set is an upscale card collection for a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay.