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It’s Fall Ya’ll

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I hope you enjoyed the weeks of Vendor Profiles and stories we shared on the blog over the last few weeks. I learned a lot and I hope you did too. We have some very special Dream Teams members and it was my privileged to feature them. If you missed any, please scroll back through the blog to catch up.

While we were busy learning about our Vendor Team, the season changed. It’s Fall, Y’all! It may not feel like it when you look at the thermometer outside and we may not be “ready” for summer to pass us by again, but the calendar doesn’t lie and we are headed right into pumpkins and spice and everything nice.

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LTD 7.1 and 7.2, along with Grandma’s Bait are in full Fall mode!

Our stores are decorated in colorful fall colors and we have wonderful new items and outfits for the children, and adults, alike.

We hope you will begin thinking also about what you might need for your fallscape-be it the front door, front porch, table or entry way and foyer. Candles, pumpkins, Halloween decorations, place settings, and the like.

We have a You tube video that you might enjoy, featuring LTD 7.1. It’s a little long at 8 plus minutes, but a wonderful way to do some shopping at home. You can find it here. If you don’t have time today to watch it, maybe bookmark it to watch at a later time.

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Our Facebook Sales are still in full swing, Alexis is live online each Thursday evening. It’s a great way to see NEW merchandise and shop from the comfort of home. Plan to shop with us! Facebook Sale

Grandma’s Bait “Sales” are in full swing online as well. Have you seen the sales we have been having on summer merchandise? Tons of “steals and deals!”  LTD 7 kids Sales

One of the other B.I.G. events on tap is LTD 7’s Annual Fall Market. It is scheduled for October 29th, 2016. Please mark your calendars and look for more information in the weeks to come. Event page

The bi-annual Outdoor Market at LTD 7! Tons of old fashion Fun, Quality Vendors, Food, & Music for the entire family! No direct sellers-we only accept vendors who run a small business with high quality handmade, vintage, antiques, repurposed, or upcycled goods. One Non-Profit, Ride with Pride, will be awarded 10% of Net Proceeds from our market! An event you don’t want to miss!

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Have you seen our new App? Don’t miss it! It’s available on Android and Apple and it will keep you abreast of all of our happenings in one place! We can all appreciate an App that does that, right? Download the new LTD7 App, today!           Android

That’s about all I can think of right now. Whew! That is a lot of news! As always, if you have any questions, or need any assistance with your shopping needs, Clarisse, Alyssa and Ann, along with our other very capable staff members are always willing to help!

Happy Fall Y’all!

Living the Dream,

 

Lynne

 

 

 

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Cloudy With A Chance of Pumpkins

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Hello September!

Here’s your forecast for Fall: cooler with a 100% chance of pumpkins!

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How many of you can’t wait for your yearly allotment of Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? It returns this week and sales will likely top the 200 million cups already sold. New this year: real pumpkin and no more caramel coloring.

CNN reports that one of the newest pumpkin products to hit the market is cereal.

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We already know that Kellogg’s pumpkin spice Pop-Tarts will be back; but did you know that Keebler is now showcasing pumpkin Fudge Stripes cookies?

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Dunkin’ Donuts got into the pumpkin game about eight years ago and hasn’t stopped. In September, Dunkin’ announced new pumpkin-flavored K-Cups, for brewing coffee, alongside pumpkin muffins, donuts and cream cheese.

Annually, the company uses about 100 million pounds of pumpkin puree — with good reason.

“[Customers are] saying ‘more pumpkin, more pumpkin, more pumpkin,'” Frankenthaler said.

More pumpkin is one of the most frequent customer requests, through sites like Facebook, he said. “And we’re saying to ourselves, ‘Wow, they love pumpkin that much. What else can we do?'”

It helps that pumpkin has its roots in fall festivities. Both Sredl and Frankenthaler said celebration is a major hook for ritual-making, whether it’s celebrating the last day of Christmas or the first day of spring. One reinforces the other.

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And how about M&M’s pumpkin spice latte candies? Pumpkin spice Pringles, anyone? There are donuts, bagels, spreads and ice cream? There are pumpkin spice beers, at least one pumpkin spice rum and even a pumpkin spice vodka.

I have read that there are pumpkin spice protein powders, pumpkin spice yogurt and dog shampoo. I am not joking. And in restaurants, “pumpkiny” offerings on the regular menu — everything from drinks to appetizers to pizzas to dessert — are up 36% since 2011, with limited time offerings up by 188%, according to Datassential Menu Trends.

Why do we crave pumpkin flavors in the fall?

The answer is simple.

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“We need rituals,” said Katherine Sredl, assistant professor in the Department of Marketing at the University of Notre Dame.

Sredl, who studies consumer consumption and seasonality, said that it’s no surprise when big-name items, like a spiced latte in October or brand of shoe during back-to-school shopping season, become inextricably linked with the season in which they appear.

Buying becomes its own ritual, which can be a powerful marketing tool.

“Rituals, when they go well, give you a good emotional feeling, that’s what people want,” Sredl said. “They want to feel like there’s something they can rely on.”

But breaking a ritual brings a similar impact, and that’s what happened with Starbucks. People come to rely on these products, Sredl said, and enjoy the feeling of reliance they provide.

This pattern of behavior isn’t unusual. During the back-to-school shopping season, which Sredl has studied specifically, shoe-buying often dominates and parents have been known to panic if the shoe or size or price they’re hunting is suddenly unavailable.

Consider Christmas. “Usually in marketing when we think about seasonality, we think about Christmas because it’s such a huge retail season. But it’s not the retail really — in this case, the pumpkin spice — that created the phenomena,” Sredl said. “It’s the change of seasons.”

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What are you planning for Fall? I know that it is hard to pack away those bathing suits and summer shorts, but soon enough you will likely jump on the bandwagon. Can’t you just smell the pumpkin spice candle now?

Have a spicy week everyone!

Living the Dream,

Lynne

 

Fall In Love…

Fall In Love…

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Have I got a cornucopia of ideas for you today! It took me a week or two to make the transition to Fall, because, as you know, I have “summer and beach and waves and sand” coursing through my veins, but now that we are seeing the leaves turn and feeling the nip in the air and pulling out our sweaters and scarves, I am starting to get into the spirit of things and approaching the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays with thankfulness and anticipation.

Just Six More Days until Fall Market!

Speaking of thankful…can I just say I am delighted to see and hear from so many of you have who have said you are looking forward to LTD7’s Fall Market and making plans to come. The Fall Market is next weekend, folks, and preparations are really underway!

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 We have a TON of surprises in store for you at the Market…literally! How’s that for whetting your curiosity? We also have ALL of our vendors planning to be there for a meet and greet and lots of great outside visiting vendors for your shopping, too. It promises to be a grand day! Please plan to join us at LTD 7 anytime between the hours of 10:00 and 4:00 on Saturday October 25th. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Pumpkin Hacks, 101

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Have you purchased your pumpkin(s) for Halloween? If not we have plenty to choose from at the store. As I was rearranging our supply of them this week, I got to thinking about what to do with the ones we don’t plan to carve. You know me; I can’t throw anything away if there is another way to use it!

 I got to thinking: How could I repurpose my Halloween decor pumpkins to make them last through Thanksgiving? What “hacks” could I come up with by doing a search for reusing pumpkins or in other ways changing them up to move right into Thanksgiving?

Check out the amazing ideas I found. And remember, as you look at these ideas, you can get the pumpkins, the ribbons and the bows, along with assorted tea towels to match your festive décor, from LTD 7. Let’s “Fall in love…” with pumpkins this week!
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The first set of ideas make great gifts for teachers and those inside offices as they await the holidays. I have made many of these flower pot pumpkins and candle holders over the years and they are a huge hit! The best part of all, so easy to make!

For the Table

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What about serving pieces? Have you ever thought about using your pumpkins for a soup tureen? Or a dip bowl? Or what about with a platter of veggies? Shoot, why not just make the soup in the pumpkin?

Just think of the delicious aroma in the house. I can smell it now. You can also use a pumpkin as an ice decanter. Make sure to put plastic inside the pumpkin as they are porous.

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Paint, Anyone?

Another favorite idea for me is to paint my pumpkins. They last and last! We have to showcase a Chevron one, now don’t we? And porches can easily be transformed from early Fall or Halloween by using some of the ideas below.

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Maybe a scripture speaks to you. How about painting it or chiseling it or using a wood burning tool to showcase it on a pumpkin for Thanksgiving?

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No Carve Ideas

There are lots of ideas for a no carve pumpkin that take us into Thanksgiving. Look at the adorable buttons placed likely with a hot glue gun on the pumpkin above. Can’t you just see a beautiful buffet table with colorful tea towels and napkins and pumpkin serving bowls alongside it? What a gorgeous theme. Or how about a beautiful painted pumpkin with chandelier baubles sparking on your dinner table? I love this idea! We delight our family and guests and get to keep the glass once the season turns. What could be better?

Freshen Up the Porch

How about outside? Longing for a change on the porch or back deck for Thanksgiving? How about cement pumpkins? Or painted three tiered pumpkins with a family initial or a verse? Stack them high to really make a statement!

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Never mind thinking that all your pumpkins will have to be tossed after Halloween. There are countless ways to expand your use of them right into the end of November!

 See You Saturday, October 25!

I’ll see everyone next Saturday at the Market! I’m so excited!

Make sure to find me and say hello!

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Living the Dream,
Lynne

The “TRIPLE AAA” CLUB,  ACRONYMS, ACTIVITIES AND ALERTS

The “TRIPLE AAA” CLUB, ACRONYMS, ACTIVITIES AND ALERTS

 

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Before I get to the subject of this blog post and my thoughts for this week, let me take a few lines of text to update you on some of the great happenings at LTD 7.

On the Radar: Fall Porch Contest

There is only ONE DAY left to get your submissions and votes in for the Fall Porch contest. I have seen so many gorgeous walkways and decorations all over town and I would encourage you to enter and vote. Hurry! Here is my front porch:

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Have you signed up for a miniature landscapes class? These classes are so popular! Picture that dream locale and create a vision of it that you can take home right after class. We have a blast and our next one is Tuesday, Nov 11th. See our website for more information and to sign up.

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Have You Got Something to Paint?

Paint Couture classes meet every Thursday night with advance reservations. No previous experience required. Many different classes to choose from at affordable rates; Paint Couture 101, Paint Your Own Piece & Advanced.

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Don’t Miss our Fall Market!

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And last, but certainly not least, our huge Fall market is right around the corner on October 25th! That is the weekend after next and you will not want to miss it! Our vendors are clamoring for your business and we have so many surprises in store for you. Remember, the earlier you get started on purchasing gifts for teachers, friends, and family, the less stress you will have once the holidays roll around…not to mention the selection will be the best the earlier you shop. Please, please please, mark your calendars and join us.

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Remember these three letters…WIF. It’s an easy acronym for Web, Instagram and Facebook.

W-I-F which is one “e” shy of WIFE. It’s an easy way to remind you of our constant presence on the W-eb, I-nstagram and F-acebook. These online sites really are—short of coming into the store—the best way to keep abreast of all the events and news and equally new merchandise, not to mention sales that we are bringing to you.

Online, you will find advance notices, flash sales (they are wildly popular) and customer and vendor photos. You can also instantly interact with me and ask any questions about something you may want or have seen in the store or online.

Remember, we are selling in an online store in addition to our Facebook sales twice weekly. We also post our store news and items that have just come in and that you may not know are at the Antique Market or downtown.

Did You Miss a Facebook Sale?

Remember, if you miss a Facebook sale on Monday or Thursday night, check back in online as we keep items up for twenty-four hours and you can still order even though the sale is over.

Our aim is to make LTD 7 as accessible as you need it to be with your busy lives.

Are You a WAHM?

And speaking of busy lives…here’s another term I thought a lot about this week: WAHM…Work At Home Mom. Are you one? Do you work at home? Of course you do! Of course you are! We all are, in one way or another, V-E-R-Y busy and torn in about a hundred trillion directions each day. Whether we work in the home, outside the home, do our blogging or take care of loved ones, we are all WAHMs of one type or another.

The Trick is to Find BALANCE

I think most everyone of us gets up of a morning and has an idea of the things we want to do, or get accomplished in the brand new day ahead of us. Here’s where it gets tricky for me now that I am doing more of my work for LTD 7 at home: I am constantly thrown in ten different directions. I feel like a clown at Ringling Brothers Circus juggling balls in the air…and I drop A LOT of them! I’m just glad they aren’t glass plates twirling on a stick!

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I (let myself) get interrupted. Do you know what I mean? I plan to take a walk with Mo, but then the phone rings and I answer it and thirty minutes later I realize I have to get ready for a dentist appointment. There goes my exercise and the dog’s walk as well…completely by the wayside.

Or, I plan to place orders for LTD 7 during the morning and attend an online webinar at noon on a subject I am interested in for the store. I have signed up and it starts in an hour. But then I decide that I really need to get the laundry started and clean up last night’s crafting session and that leads to mopping the floor of dog water drippings and the next thing I know I have to pick Erika up and take her to a friend’s house and the webinar starts in sixteen minutes and the postman stops to chat a bit and I haven’t eaten since last night and my hair needs curling and I’m not sure where the black shirt is I wanted to wear and Mo just piddled on the floor (because we didn’t walk) and I am going to be LATE for everything I set up for the afternoon if I don’t get going. Ugh! WHEW! Another morning gone! Now I add today’s jobs to tomorrow’s list!

Do you ever have one of these days…or many of these days? Does this sound like you? Does this picture look a bit like you (minus the suit)?

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How long is your WAHM list? What is a woman to do?

It’s not as easy as it looks to work at home and from my vantage point it’s certainly not glamorous. Did I mention that walk I planned with Mo was in my workout gear and that I needed a shower? That takes time! I don’t want to put makeup on a used canvas, if you get my drift, but I have “things to do and places to go and people to see….”

What can one person, one WAHM do? What are the experts recommending for those of us who work inside and outside the home 24-7 and don’t know how to do much more than “put out fires?” I am checking my work emails at bedtime! We all know that kind of behavior isn’t conducive to relaxing sleep.

Ideas for Finding Balance

 But how do we turn all these “to do’s” off? How do we set up our lives in such a way that we achieve balance in our very busy lives? Some of the experts recommend making appointments with ourselves. They advise that the work we want to do should be scheduled and “mom” is not available during that time to answer the phone, walk the dog, run to the park or stop for a coffee. When we are at work, wherever we may be, we are at work.

Others in the blogosphere recommend we set up an office, even if it is in a closet. We go there to work. Still others remind us to turn off the constant emails and designate a time each evening for rest and relaxation, devoid of interruption. Perhaps a late evening stroll. Perhaps a cup of warm (decaf) coffee or a steamy cup of hot chocolate and ten minutes of motivational reading or light stretching or mediation.

Here is one manifesto I found online. See if you agree.

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 What works for you? What are some of the things you do to quiet the madness of a busy Fall day? I would love to hear your ideas!

Because…after all…Living the Dream isn’t about working 24-7 or putting out fires. Living the Dream isn’t about being exhausted or pulled in fifty million directions. Living the Dream is about sharing what is in our hearts and souls; it’s about focusing on what is alive in our hearts. It’s about making our dreams a reality and still being balanced enough to enjoy them!photo

Have a wonderful week, everyone. Strive for balance and nourish your dreams. I will try to do the same.

Living the Dream,

Lynne

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