Christmas Checklist (Day 3): Make Your Pet’s Holiday Special

Day 3 of LTD’s Black Friday Deals is focused on finding that perfect present for the pet in your family. Don’t leave your dog or cat out of the Christmas festivities. Find a pet bed or toy to keep them cozy or entertained during the holidays, learn some facts about the most famous Christmas pets and find more gift ideas below to make your pet’s holiday special.


Black Friday Bargains for Pets

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Give your small dog or cat a soft spot to rest during the holidays with this Fashion Stripe Pet Cuddler. The cuddler’s cave shape and plush fabric gives your pet the feeling of being swaddled for warmth and security.

Your pooch won’t be able to get enough of the Dog Breed Squeakie Pup Pad. It has 11 squeakers, and no stuffing so your pet can’t make a mess. Cute design and plush textures make it look like your favorite breed.

Treat your furry friend to a tasty game of fetch with an 8-Pc. Yummy Ball Pack. The tennis balls are infused with tasty flavors dogs love. Your pup will salivate with joy when they see this flavored toy flying their way.

Find Big Discounts on Pet Toys, Christmas Gifts & More


Christmas Fun Fact #3

DID YOU KNOW: Reindeer were first domesticated by humans as early as 3,000 years ago. Today, almost half of the reindeer world population is domesticated. Anthropologists theorize that the reason why reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh isn’t just because reindeer are associated with the cold climate where Santa lives. In fact, some ancient cultures depicted the reindeer as leaping through the air. Though it might be a coincidence, a few ancient stone carvings show these leaping reindeer in an image that brings to mind the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. Find the perfect present for your domesticated dog or cat this season with gift ideas below.


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Tips on Buying Christmas Presents for Pets
Pets are an important part of the family. Just because they can’t open presents or help hang the ornaments doesn’t mean you have to leave them out of the holidays entirely. Just because they don’t understand what Christmas is doesn’t mean they won’t appreciate a thoughtful Christmas gift. If you’re looking for the perfect gift to make your pet’s Christmas extra special this year, check out this article to find a few great gift ideas.

Come back tomorrow (Day 4) for even more Black Friday Deals!

The Fall Transition: Wearing White After Labor Day & More

The summer-to-fall transition usually happens slowly. Cold weather starts to sneak up on us, but we ignore it for as long as we can, along with the strange fashion advice that sticks in our minds after Labor Day. The good news is that winter is still a few months away. Start thinking about the fall transition for your wardrobe and your home with advice on wearing white after Labor Day and tips on bringing your garden indoors.

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White After Labor Day and Other Fashion Rules You Can Break
Wearing white after Labor Day has been a no-no in the fashion world for decades, but if asked why, many people wouldn’t know the reason behind the strange end-of-summer rule. Get the skinny on the Labor Day debate origins and tips on other fashion rules you can break as you start assembling your fall wardrobe.

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Acceptable Ways to Dress Your Home In White After Labor Day
We’ve all heard the famous warning: don’t wear white after Labor Day. But interior design standards are a little different than strict fashion tips. Learn about the most acceptable ways to dress your home with white after Labor Day, from shades to textures to interesting autumn accents with this home decorating advice.

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Indoor Potted Plant Caretaking Tips
One day your houseplants are in bloom, and the next they’re wilting and dropping leaves. The trick to keeping indoor plants happy and healthy is to pay attention to their basic needs. Get to know these five indoor potted plant caretaking tips to help indoor flowers and greenery thrive in your home this season.

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Dangerous Indoor Plants to Keep Pets Away From
Many owners pay close attention to what they feed their pets to make sure they aren’t eating anything dangerous, but the food you put in their bowl isn’t always the only thing they’re consuming. There are several common plants pets shouldn’t eat. Before bringing your garden inside, review these plants.

Dress Up Your Pet Day

Pet-collarDress Up Your Pet Day is January 14! It couldn’t come at a more perfect time — the gray winter days make taking your dog out for a walk uninspiring. A little bit of color on a mid-January day may put a spring back in your dog’s step — and yours! Here are a few easy ideas for wrapping up your dog for Dress Up Your Pet Day!

How adorable are these pet collars? If your dog doesn’t like to wear clothes, you can make him cute by just adding fancy flare to his collar. They come in three styles — orange and black, red and green or red, white and blue!

For a DIY collar, turn an old, favorite t-shirt into a bandana! Strategically cut a triangle out of the t-shirt you want to salvage and pass on to your pup and you’re done! And you don’t even have to break out the sewing machine. This is a great way to upcycle your favorite team shirt so even your dog can show team support for the Big Game!Pet-bandana

There are so many items we don’t want to wear, but they’re not in a shape that’s bad enough to throw it out. For instance, the winter hat. We don’t wear it out as quickly as styles change, which makes it a perfect candidate for an adorable sweater for a small dog or cat. Check out Pretty Little Things’ pattern for a hat-turned dog sweater. If you want to make it a no-sew project, try embellishing the edges using hot glue and embroidered edging.

Here’s a solution for all those socks who lost their match in the laundry — the sock sweater for tiny dogs (and cats)! Howcast does a step-by-step tutorial on how to turn a sock into a sweater without digging up your thread and sewing needles! Your pup will be ready to go out all dressed up for a walk in less than ten minutes. So easy and sew cute!

pet-coatIf your socks aren’t big enough for your pup, try using sweat pants or yoga pants to make something you can dress your dog in. Sweet, Cute and Cuddly Pups has a no-sew pattern to make pants into a dog sweater. She also has a few other more intricate patterns to try out for Dress Up Your Pet Day!

There are lots of ways to dress up your pet — whether they just need a new collar or they need a nose-to-tail coat, your dog will be exponentially cuter (maybe even warmer!) when you dress him  up.

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

It’s the first weekend in May and we are so excited to enjoy the weather and two days away from the office. Here are our product picks for the week we think will inspire fun and productive weekend activities.

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Make a breakfast favorite quickly, easily and healthier with an egg muffin cooker. Use this set of 2 microwave cookers to cook a perfectly round egg to fit an English muffin. Just beat 1 or 2 eggs right inside the cooker, then add all the extra ingredients you love. The eggs cook in 1 minute! Plus, you avoid the grease and fatty butter or margarine that comes with pan frying.

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Handpainted bottle lantern changes colors as it lends ambiance to your yard. Solar-powered lantern requires no cords or wires, so you can hang it anywhere. The light continuously cycles through colors from shades of red to green to blue. Automatically turns on at dusk. On/off button.

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A Textured Custom-Fit Table Cover brings a fresh new look to a worn or damaged surface. Use it every day or put it on for those special occasions. The textured design and secure fit make it a more stylish option than tablecloths. It’s an environmentally sound choice too, as no inks, dyes or chemical finishes were used in its making. Fade-resistant cover is great for indoor or outdoor use, and it easily wipes clean.

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Add a touch of playfulness to your yard with this Set of 5 Decorative Garden Friends. Place these statues together or scatter them around. You can even put them in outdoor planters. Each is decorated with colorful flowers and leaves.

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Soft-Sided Pet Playpen gives dogs ample room to play or nap as they stay safely contained. Portable and lightweight, this 8-sided pen has mesh panels for maximum comfort and ventilation. Easy to set up–just set it upright and unfold. The roof provides shade and security and zips off to give you access to your pet. 2 Double-zippered doors can be left open or closed with fabric-magic tabs. Removable floor panel is secured with fabric-magic and lifts out for cleaning. Playpen also features 2 side pockets to keep toys and snacks handy, an additional mesh side pocket, water dispenser hole and holder, water-resistant outer cover and interior floor, and stake straps to secure the playpen to the ground.

April Fool’s Day: 5 of Recent History’s Great Pranks

People all over the world go all out to trick people on April Fool?s Day every year. One of the best and most elaborate pranks of all time was a British news segment about the Spaghetti Harvest in Switzerland that was broadcast in 1957. It takes a lot to fool anyone, but to really trick someone on April Fool’s Day like that takes some intelligence. Here are 5 of recent history’s great pranks:

1986?Moving the Eiffel Tower

Parisians were up in arms over an announcement that the Eiffel Tower would be moved to Euro Disney. French newspaper Le Parisien said it was part of the 1992 Summer Olympic bid plan ? the site of the Eiffel Tower would become part of the world stage. To the relief of Parisians, moving the Eiffel Tower was a joke, but, to their disappointment, the erection of Euro Disney was not a joke and the Olympic bid went to Barcelona.

1997?The Great Comics Switcheroonie

The funny papers got even funnier when readers opened the newspapers to find the comics jumbled ? the characters had out-comic-strip experiences. Garfield and Jon were staying at the Bumsteads?s house (Blondie), Luann was babysitting Trixie from Hi and Lois, and Elizabeth and Michael in For Better or For Worse were speaking suspiciously like Mother Goose and Grimm. It was all part of a very elaborate hoax from the comic strip authors ? they all got together and traded comics to write. It?s now referred to as the Great Comics Switcheroonie.

2000 Snoozing Fish

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) threatened to subvert a fishing tournament in Texas by putting the fish to sleep. PETA announced they would fill the lake with tranquilizers before the tournament so the fish would nap rather than bite. Tournament organizers took the threat seriously and assigned officers to the lake to keep PETA members from carrying out the plan. Shockingly, PETA organizers admitted the idea was a hoax.

2010 Pet Sounds

The geeks at Google appealed to the furry side of British search engine users. Google.co.uk unveiled an application that would allow pet owners to understand meowing, barking, squeaks and what have you. The Google Translate for Animals claimed to convert animal noises to English. Brits figured out the application was too good to be true and now settle on guessing what Snowball is meowing about and what?s behind Rover?s woof.

2013 Virgin’s Glass Bottom Plane

Richard Branson has been dazzling people with his innovative ideas through his Virgin brand for more than 40 years. From record stores to orbital launch vehicles, nothing seems to be too outrageous for Virgin to try ? except for, maybe, the glass-bottomed plane. The fake announcement was made on April Fool?s Day 2013. They called it ?Little Red? offering flights over Britain and hopes for flights abroad. Flights through Virgin Air are still possible, but expect to look down and see neutral colored carpet rather than vibrant greens of the British Isles when you fly.