Fantastic Ways to Showcase Vacation Photos at Home

Whether you’re jetting off on a dream vacation, gearing up for a cross-country road trip or mapping out a fun summer activity schedule at home, chances are you’ll wind up with plenty of photos. All you have to do now is find a way to feature those great memories in your home. Don’t leave awesome snapshots sitting on your camera. Find out how to display your best shots with these fantastic products to showcase vacation photos.

Compose Your Creative Collage

vacation-photo-1

Tell your entire vacation story with the 21-Photo Collage Frame. It allows you to arrange photos in a stylish way by alternating between vertical and horizontal display slots. The frames hold a 4″ x 6″ photo, each. Plastic pane protects the photos. The entire collage mounts vertical or horizontal to fit your space. The Set of Two 20-Photo Wall Collage makes it easy to protect and display vacation memories. The wall collage holds 10 horizontal and 10 vertical 4″ x 6″ photos in plastic sleeves. The reinforced eyelets allow you to hang it up a variety of ways. Showcase the most memorable photos from your vacation with the 8-Pc. Sentiment Wall Photo Gallery. It includes frames that protect photos behind glass, as well as shelves and words. The main frame holds two 4″ x 6″ photos. Accent frames each hold 4″ x 6″ photo.

Preserve Those Precious Pictures

vacation-photo-2

If you’re looking for a storage option that also protects your photos, the 510-Photo Album fits the bill. The jumbo album allows you to show off 510 of your best 4″ x 6″ photos. Each page holds 5 photos on each side. The 3-ring binder design makes it easy to add and remove pages. You can also feature a cover photo. With the Laminator or Set of 100 Sheets, you can add a protective layer to photos. It has an ability to handle documents up to 9-1/2″ wide, using heat to laminate. It’s UL-Listed. The sheet set includes 30 name card sheets, 40 photo sheets and 30 letter sheets. Once you have your photos laminated, use the 1,600-Photo Organizer Case to sort and store. The 16 acid-free photo cases feature rounded corners that keep photos looking their best for years. Each inner case holds one-hundred 4″ x 6″ photos. An outer handle allows for easy transport, and the hinged design has snap closures to keep everything secure.

Theme Park Checklist for a Carefree Vacation

Spending summer vacation at a theme park is great for thrill-seekers and family-friendly adventurers. From roller coasters to state-of-the-art water parks, there’s guaranteed to be incredible activities to keep everyone entertained. Before you strap into your seat and get ready for a terrifying drop or splash into the pool to cool off in the sun, make sure you’ve got the right gear to keep your essentials safe and the right clothes to keep you comfortable day after day. Make your adventure a bit easier and carefree with our theme park checklist.

Packed Up and Theme Park Ready

theme-park-6-17

Keep drinks and snacks chilled for your theme park picnic with this Collapsible Insulated Tote Basket. The handles fold down for easy storage. Store essentials in the Cell Phone Organizer Wallet. It features a large pocket with a button closure for a smartphone, as well as slots and pockets for cards and IDs. Works as a wallet inside a larger bag or a clutch. Protect all your credit and bank cards from being scanned and your identity from being stolen with Set of 4 RFID Credit Card Sleeves. These special tear resistant sleeves are designed to prevent thieves from being able to remotely scan the digital information stored on your cards. Slim and lightweight, each card fits easily in a handbag or wallet.

Worry-Free Gear for the Waterpark

theme-park-6-17

Keep your essential devices safe and dry inside the waterpark with Durable Waterproof Cases for Smartphones or Tablets. The Smartphone Case fits most smartphones, including iPhone® 4/4S/5, as well as certain Droid®, Blackberry®, and other MP3 and media players. For both the Smartphone and Tablet Cases, the devices are fully functional while in the protective case. The iPad® & Tablet Case fits the most popular tablets (up to 10″) on the market. Waterproof up to 18 feet. Your kid will love drying off after a long day at the waterpark with a Kids’ Hooded Beach Towel. It’s also perfect for the beach or the bath. Protect their eyes with Kids’ Favorite Character Swim Goggles. Anti-fog lenses feature an airtight seal to prevent water from leaking in and an adjustable silicone strap for a secure fit.

Comfortable Clothes and Cool Accessories

theme-park-3-6-17

Stay comfortable walking around the theme park all day in these Women’s Active-Length Knit Jeans. The cotton pants have the look of denim jeans with the softness of lounge pants and spandex for stretch. They have a drawstring waistband, as well as back pockets and side vents at the hem. The Girls’ Tie-Dye Maxi Dress is the perfect outfit for a day at the park. Your daughter or granddaughter will love wearing this bright, sleeveless dress. Keep their eyes protected from the sun with Kids’ Favorite Character Sunglasses & Case. They’ll love showing off the shades while shielding their eyes from harmful UV rays. The glasses are shatter-resistant, and the included case keeps them safely stored.

12 Fast Facts: Ups & Downs from Roller Coaster History

Ever since their first appearance in the earlier decades of the 19th century, roller coasters have been raising the bar at a rapid pace. The humble mini-train poking along on wooden tracks has been transformed into an insane collection of massive, fast-flying thrill rides that make even the most daring take a deep breath before locking in. Roller coaster production isn’t slowing down soon. Get to know the fascinating ups and downs of roller coaster history before taking your family to the theme park this summer with these 12 super-fast facts.

roller-coaster-at-sunset

  • Roller coasters were inspired in part by “gravity railroads” mining companies used to deliver coal downhill to locations many miles away. The earliest thrill-seekers paid to ride with the goods.
  • The most direct inspiration for the modern roller coaster comes from France, where rides consisting of small trains on wooden tracks were built for amusement, and daring loops intrigued daredevils.
  • In Paris, in the middle of the 19th century, “centrifugal coasters” appeared. These consisted of a long drop to gather speed, with a full loop in the center that guided the car around using centrifugal force.
  • The earliest “looping coasters” were known for being especially dangerous. Many caused whiplash.
  • The first official “scenic” roller coaster opened in 1884 on the now famous peninsula of Coney Island in Brooklyn. Slower, safe and popular, it guided riders through passageways and painted scenes.
  • Coney Island outdid itself with The Cyclone in 1927, a wooden roller coaster that still operates today.

cyclone-roller-coaster

  • After the Great Depression, amusement parks declined for decades. Roller coasters nearly fell off the map until an upswing in the economy paved the way for Americans to enjoy theme parks again.
  • Disneyland set up shop in the mid-fifties in California. Its main attraction: the Matterhorn Bobsleds.
  • There are nearly 900 roller coasters currently operating in North America. That’s less than half of the roller coasters operating in Asia, and still less than the total number currently operating in Europe.
  • The tallest roller coaster in the world is Kingda Ka at Six Flags in New Jersey. At 456 ft. tall, the giant roller coaster also boasts the longest free-falling drop in the world, kicking off with a 418-ft. drop.
  • While Kingda Ka is also the fastest roller coaster in the United States, it comes in second in the world rankings to Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in the United Arab Emirates. Rossa tops out at 149 mph.
  • The fan-voted best theme park for roller coasters in America backs up Cedar Point’s claim that it’s the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” However, many thrill-seekers say Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey has a higher concentration of the best roller coasters in the world, including Kingda Ka.

Before you think about setting off on your theme park adventure, make sure you’ve got all the gear you need to enjoy a flawless vacation. Shop luggage, totes, apparel, electronics and so much more for your family trip.

Fourth of July Front Yard Decor

The biggest holiday of the summer is right around the corner. It’s a special day where we celebrate our nation’s independence and our personal freedom. As the holiday draws near, you may notice bits of red, white and blue popping up all over your neighborhood. If you haven’t already, it’s time to join in and start decorating your lawn or porch. Get into the spirit of the holiday with this Fourth of July front yard décor.

american-flag-outdoor-bench

American Flag Bench
The American Flag Outdoor Bench gives your home a patriotic look. The decorative accent adds some seating to the front porch. Made of colored metal, the back of the bench features an American flag design. Weight capacity, 500 lbs. 40″W x 16-1/2″D x 38-1/4″H. Assembly required; assembly hardware included.

jumbo-seasonal-flag

Patriotic Seasonal Flag
Large, colorful and easy to see from a great distance, this Jumbo Seasonal Flag is a fun way to decorate your yard for the Fourth of July. A sleeve at the top makes hanging easy. It fits on your standard flag pole. Purchase one or get the entire set of 5 for seasonal decorating. 27-3/8″W x 35-1/2″L. Polyester. Imported.

printed-grill-covers

Patriotic Grill Cover
This eye-catching Printed Grill Cover makes your grill a conversation piece on the Fourth while protecting it from rain, UV rays and preventing frost. Just insert the four included ties through the grommets at the corners to secure it in place. The holiday statement piece fits most large grills. 68″W x 21″D x 35″H. PEVA. Imported.

24-inch-americana-star-decor

American Flag Star
Put this 24″ Americana Star Decor on display in your garden for weeks leading up to the Fourth of July. The large barn star is decorated with a stylish stars-and-stripes design. Use the 7″ stakes to install in the ground, or use the jute rope to hang. 24″W x 2-1/4″D x 24-1/2″H, without stake. Metal. No-tool assembly required.

patriotic-pride-garden-decor

Patriotic Pride Garden Décor
Coordinate your outdoor display with the lively colors of the Patriotic Pride Garden Decor. Plant the USA Yard Stake (29-1/2”W x 26”H, including the 8” stake) in the center of your lawn. Metal. Use the Rope Light (3/8”W x 235”L) to highlight a landscape or architectural feature. It has 108 LED lights in red, white and blue.

Quick Tips on Buying and Grilling Shrimp

Shrimp is known as the easiest and least intimidating seafood to cook. But when you’re buying fresh shrimp from the supermarket or local fishmonger instead of the freezer aisle, there are some key things you need to know to make sure you’re getting the very best quality seafood. Even after you get your shrimp home, there are storage and prepping procedures you should consider before finally throwing your shrimp onto the grill. Shrimp can cook pretty quick, so we’re giving you some even quicker facts and useful tips on grilling shrimp.

jumbo-shrimp-grill

  • Though there are more than 300 different species of shrimp around the world, you’ll probably only be able to find a few kinds at your local store. The good news: some of the best shrimp in the world comes off our own shores on the Gulf of Mexico, meaning you can eat fresh in any state.
  • The shelf life is pretty short, so shrimp behind the supermarket glass isn’t your best bet when looking to buy fresh. Some of the best shrimp is sold in frozen blocks. You’ll have to peel and take out the veins. Another great option is individual quick frozen shrimp. It’s easier to thaw and prep.
  • It’s sold by the pound, so if you’ve got less than 30 shrimp per pound, they should be big to jumbo or even colossal size. Tinier shrimp should score you more than 50. Colossal shrimp or larger sizes have a “U” before the number, which stands for “Under.” Ex: U8 is Under 8 shrimp per pound.
  • Black spotting that is sometimes seen on shrimp that aren’t fresh is called melanosis. It doesn’t mean the shrimp isn’t edible, but it’s a good idea to try to avoid the shrimp with spots to make sure you’re getting the freshest flavor. Shrimp should also be firm. Don’t buy shrimp if it’s falling apart.

cooked-shrimp-skewer

  • Defrost before grilling. Do this in the fridge or with a bucket of cold water. Cold, not warm. Warm water might thaw shrimp faster but it will also force it to lose good moisture and density that will mess with the flavor. Looking for extra flavor? Try brining. Boil water with a mix of salt and sugar. Add it to the cold contents already in the fridge for a couple hours before grilling. Remember to rinse it off.
  • Peel or not. It’s your preference. Peeling is better for throwing your shrimp on kabobs, but leaving the shell can help protect delicious shrimp meat from the grill. The exterior of the shrimp is best when it’s a little pink, and you know the inside is done when it’s white. Don’t walk away from the grill. Shrimp usually cooks quickly depending on how hot your grill is running. Cook time: 4-7 minutes.

Father’s Day Gifts for Outdoorsy Dads

You know your Dad better than anyone. Still, it can be difficult to find the perfect gift for Father’s Day. If he spends more time out in the garage than in the house, prefers surrounding himself with forests instead of walls or would rather sit in a fishing boat than in front of the TV, try one of these gifts for outdoorsy Dads.

3-Pc-Survival-Knife-Set

Stainless Steel Survival
Whether he’s hunting, fishing or camping, he will feel better with this 3-Pc. Survival Knife Set by his side. It gives him 2 different types of stainless steel knives and an LED flashlight. All the items in the set come in a matching nylon sheath with a convenient belt loop. The spots for both knives have a snap closure for safety. The aluminum flashlight is held in place by an elastic band on the side. Requires 3 “AAA” batteries.

Realtree-Anti-Gravity-Chair

Recline and Relax
The Realtree Anti-Gravity Chair is exactly what Dad needs to enjoy a relaxing day outdoors. He can put it to use at the campground, on a hunting trip or lounging on the deck. The headrest pillow, water-resistant fabric and adjustable reclining position offer premier comfort. The sturdy, rust-resistant frame is made to withstand  wear and tear for many seasons. Folds up for easy storage. Weight capacity, 250 lbs. Steel and polyester.

Universal-Gun-Cleaning-Set

Gun Cleaning Gear
The Universal Gun Cleaning Set gives Dad everything he needs to keep firearms primed and functioning at their finest. The compact kit includes a range of full-service tools for cleaning .17 to .45 caliber guns and 12 or 20 gauge shotguns without full disassembly. Includes flexible cleaning rod, T-handle, slotted connectors and aluminum brushes with nylon tips. The entire set is packed in a compact, waterproof, zip-around case.

Dad-or-Grandpa-Collectible-Knives

Noteworthy Knives
For the outdoorsy Dad, you can’t go wrong giving him this Dad or Grandpa Collectible Knife. Stylish and multifunctional, it has a muted gold finish with beautiful raised lettering. The clip on the end allows him to hang it up for display or attach it to a key ring. It has a fold-out bottle opener that will come in handy when he’s enjoying one of his favorite cold beverages. Blade folds into the handle. 1”W x 3-3/4”L. Metal.

18-Pc-Screwdriver-Set-with-Stand

Top-Notch Tools
The garage is the best spot in the house for Dads who like to get some work done. The 18-Pc. Screwdriver Set with Stand keeps every size he needs in one place. Each steel screwdriver has a magnetized tip to hold screws in place while he works. Have comfort-grip handles and a 4-side thumb imprint that improves control and torque. The large screwdrivers have holes for hanging near a workstation. Stand comes ready to hang.

5 Must-See Movies with Funny Fathers

Father’s Day is all about letting Dad know how much he is appreciated. It’s also about having a good time. Thankfully, there are a stockpile of great movies featuring hilarious Dads. Start his Father’s Day off with a few laughs, kick back with the whole family and enjoy one of these five favorite movies with funny fathers.

Rick Moranis, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Inventor Wayne Szalinski has some explaining to do after he accidentally shrinks his kids down to an almost microscopic size with his experimental ray gun. After realizing his huge mistake, he sets out to search for his kids in the deadly backyard, inadvertently making their crazy journey back to safety even more dangerous.

Robin Williams, “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993)
When Daniel Hillard loses his job, his marriage and the custody of his kids, he concocts a seemingly absurd scheme to get back in their lives, taking on the identity of a Scottish nanny named Euphegenia. Comical and heartwarming, the movie showcases a father’s love for his family and the lengths he will go to be near them.

Albert Brooks, “Finding Nemo” (2003)
Marlin the clownfish isn’t exactly the funniest figure in this beloved Disney/Pixar® hit, but the dangerous situations and hilarious cast of characters he encounters during the search for his son, Nemo, provides the perfect dose of comedy for Father’s Day. As a bonus, it’s the perfect movie to watch for Dads with little kids.

Crispin Glover, “Back to the Future” (1985)
You can’t help but feel bad for George McFly at the start of this classic movie. However, as the plot thickens, and with a lot of help from his time-traveling son, George finds the strength to stand up to Biff, the frightening school bully, and change his life entirely. The iconic film is a can’t-miss for fathers who love science fiction.

Chevy Chase, “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983)
All Clark Griswold wants to do is spend time time with his family. In his mind, the best way to accomplish this is to pile everyone into a station wagon and drive. Getting from Chicago to Los Angeles isn’t a smooth ride, but Clark’s relentless effort to create the ideal vacation for his family steers the plot onto hilarious avenues.

Lakeside Selections: Summer Grilling Supplies

The warmer it gets, the more we start moving our cooking activities onto the patio and into the backyard. Summer is grilling season. With Memorial Day this weekend, Fourth of July not too far away, and all the warm summer days on the horizon, it’s time to roll out the grill, clean it up and get ready for the barbecue season. Brainstorm recipes, scour grill grates and get cooking with these great summer grilling supplies.

Set-of-2-Magic-Stone-Grill-Cleaners

Easy Grill Upkeep
Before you can get cooking you need to make sure your grill is in tip-top shape. Set of 2 Magic-Stone Grill Cleaners removes food residue and encrusted grease with ease. Made of a long-lasting, odorless, nontoxic material, Magic-Stone is easy on the hands and doesn’t have brush bristles or spikes that can break off and get into your food. They can also be used to clean hard stones, iron, porcelain and enameled surfaces.

Foil-Packs-for-the-Grill-&-Campfire-Cookbook

Medium Rare Recipes
Once you’ve got the grill clean you’re ready to start planning your recipes. The Foil Packs for the Grill & Campfire Cookbook gives you plenty of ideas for mouthwatering meals with minimal mess. Each recipe offers directions for using foil packs on the grill or over the campfire. Grill mouth-watering entrees for the entire family. When the meal is finished, eat right out of the aluminum. Spiral-bound softcover, 64 pages.

4-Pc.-BBQ-Grilling-Station

Gear for the Grill Master
You’ve got your menu planned out. It’s time to execute. The 4-Pc. BBQ Grilling Station keeps you organized throughout your cookout. It has two plastic containers—one for raw meat and one for cooked meat—to avoid cross-contamination. Each container has a ridged bottom that lets marinades flow freely. The condiment tray attaches to either container to keep sauces and spices handy. Top rack dishwasher and freezer safe.

Better-Tongs

Flip with a Fine Touch
If you like to grill a variety of different foods during the summer, you need a grilling tool that allows you to easily handle whatever you got cooking. No matter what’s on the menu, Better Tongs will turn you into a barbecue guru. This innovative kitchen tool flips food like a spatula and lifts like a pair of tongs. Nonstick nylon spatula has a beveled edge and a stainless steel wire head for effortless turning. Dishwasher safe.

NFL-Grill-Covers

Covered and Clean
It’s important to keep your grill in pristine condition between your grilling sessions, especially if it’s exposed to the elements. NFL Grill Cover puts a protective barrier between your grill and the unpredictable summer weather. Its durable vinyl design offers protection against wear and tear. Withstands temperatures between -20°F and 140°F. Straps and tie downs keep the cover secure. Includes a snap-close bag for storage.

No Sunroom, No Problem: How to Create a Sun Space

Sun-Room-Chair

During the warm summer months, most of us want to get out in the sunshine as much as possible. One of the best ways to enjoy the seemingly endless string of sunny days is relaxing on your favorite chair in the sunroom. Yet, for most homes, having a room specifically designed for soaking up sun, heating purposes or to grow plants in the proper light is a bonus, a luxury, something that could be added on to the house, but with a lofty price tag. Fortunately, if your windows face the right way, you can turn any ordinary room into a relaxing sun sanctuary. Here are a few easy do-it-yourself tips on how to create a sun space in your home.

East and West-Facing Windows
Windows facing east or west are usually the best for seeing the sun. If you prefer to enjoy your sun space in the morning, try to find a room with windows facing east. If you’ll be doing your relaxing in the afternoon, try to locate a room with windows facing west. It’s also worth noting that windows facing north are least likely to get the most sun, while windows facing south often receive a strong portion of sunlight throughout the day.

Clear-blue-sky

Optimizing the Windows You Have
Once you have your orientation figured out, it’s time to start crafting your sun space. Because you won’t be adding any windows, you’ll need to optimize the windows you already have to draw in the most rays. Glass can easily be obstructed by dirt and dust, which can take a major toll on the amount of sunlight and warmth you can usher into your room, so the very first step is to thoroughly clean all your windows inside and out.

Carving Out Your Mini Room
In order to make a sun space, you’ll have to sacrifice some square footage. The best way to make your sun space feel like its own room is to create a partition between the larger room and the space near the window. This can easily be done with a freestanding bookshelf or partition. If you really want to make your room feel like a sunroom, you could decorate the walls with repurposed windows or add a vintage door as a divider.

green-plant-in-a-modern-home

Filling It with Furniture
At last your room is divided and starting to feel like an entirely new space. Now it needs some furniture. In the spirit of the sunroom, adding some comfortable seating to relax and bask in the sunlight is a must. With comfortable seating, you could spend time in your sun space doing a variety of activities. Add a small table and a couple chairs to create a sunny café-style lounge, and don’t forget to add some plants and flowers to soak up all the super bright, nutritious sunlight funneling through your clean, clear window panes.

Whether you’re looking for some new furniture to create your partition, in need of some cleaning supplies to scrub your windows or anxious to add some colorful plants to your home, LTD Commodities is the place for you. Check out our selection of gardening essentials, cleaning accessories and outdoor summer furniture.

Lakeside Selections: Rainy Day Activities for Kids

For kids fresh out of school and excited for summer vacation, waking up to a gray, rainy day can be pretty disappointing. Games are cancelled. The grass is a muddy mess. Lightning branches across the sky and puts puddle-splashing plans on hold. Thankfully, for most kids, the disappointment is temporary. It’s summer vacation, and there’s still plenty of fun, creative activities to do indoors. Here are a few rainy day activities for kids that will help pass the time and transform a drizzly afternoon into an exciting indoor adventure.

Build-a-Fort-Kits

Creative Campsite
When the rain is falling, the living room can be just as appealing as the backyard. With a Build-a-Fort Kit, kids can construct their very own fortress. Use the fabric panels, rope, clips and suction cups to design the fort. Once it’s built, kids can bring their toys inside and use the included glow wands as an exciting way to illuminate a favorite activity. Kit also includes a storage bag. Adult supervision suggested during assembly.

MLB-1,000-Pc.-Panoramic-Puzzle

Rain Delay Ready
Just because the ballgame is delayed doesn’t mean your kids can’t spend an afternoon on the diamond. They can easily celebrate their favorite home field with the MLB 1,000-Pc. Panoramic Puzzle. The large puzzle is perfect for the entire family, satisfying puzzle enthusiasts as well as die-hard baseball fans. Each puzzle offers a sweeping view of their favorite field from inside the stadium, and the humongous piece count provides a challenge that rivals hitting a grand slam or striking out the side with runners in scoring position.

Discovery-Kids-Spaceship-Laser-Tag

Sci-Fi Solution
A rainy day is the perfect occasion for a little friendly competition. With the dual player Discovery Kids Spaceship Laser Tag game, kids can score hits by firing invisible infrared beams. With each direct hit, the spaceship-shaped shooter makes intergalactic sound effects and vibrations. The shooters have a dome on top that lights up and an easy-to-grip handle with a ‘fire’ button. Effective shooting range up to 33 feet. For indoor and outdoor play. Reset and reload button. On/off switch. Requires 6 “AAA” batteries.

Wood-Shut-the-Box-Game

Great Mind Game
Whenever your kids need a break from running around, they can still enjoy a friendly, competitive activity at the table or on the family room floor. With the Wood Shut the Box Game, kids have the opportunity to hone their math skills while trying to defeat their opponents. A traditional game of counting and probability dating back to the 18th century, the strategy game involves rolling dice and using combinations to shut down your numbers 1 through 10 before the other players. For 1 to 4 players. For ages 8 and up.

Stuffing-Free-Farm-Animal-Dog-Toys

Play with the Pup
Dogs are stuck inside on rainy days just like everyone else, and are almost always excited to get involved in your kids’ fun games. With the Stuffing-Free Animal Dog Toys, your kids can pass the time playing fetch, tug-of-war and much more. Sold as a set of four, the durable toys will bring out your dog’s natural instincts, and the stuffing-free design means they won’t make a mess if they get too wild and accidentally tear open a hole. The soft, easy-to-grab toys have two squeakers inside for double the fun!