Tailgating Essentials For the Love of Football

Thanksgiving is upon us and with that, comes my favorite “f’” words: food, family, friends, and football! We have some big rivalry games coming up this Thanksgiving weekend, including:

  • Michigan @ Ohio State
  • Okhlahoma State @ Oklahoma
  • Auburn @ Alabama
  • Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys

If you plan on going to any of these games, or even watching from the comfort of your couch, we’ve got everything you need (short of body paint) to grab a big W for your team without even entering the stadium. A sport in its own right, tailgating is not for the faint of heart. There is no limit to what can be grilled, chilled, or painted with your team’s colors.

 

Step it up from the keg in the trashcan routine and drink your beer the way the brewer intended with the EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator with Stainless Steel Door.

 

Stainless Steel Kegerator

KC2000SS- EdgeStar Stainless Steel Kegerator

 

Break out the Keg-a-Que Portable Stainless Steel Propane Grill at a moment’s notice to challenge any opponent to an impromptu grill-off.

Stainless Steel Portable Propane Grill

Keg-a-Que Grill

 

NEVER run out of ice for your mixed drinks with the EdgeStar Titanium Portable Ice Maker.

Titanium Portable Ice Maker

IP210TI EdgeStar Portable Ice Maker

 

And make sure that everything from your Kegerator to your Ipod dock has all the power it needs with the Peak 400 Watt Tailgate Inverter.

Tailgate Mobile Power Strip

Tailgate Power Strip

 

These products can help you throw an awesome tailgate party or a thanksgiving get-together that people will be talking about for years to come. I hope you enjoy the holidays with your friends and family and may the best team win!

Introducing SMEG Retro Refrigerators

blue smeg retro refrigerator red smeg retro refrigerator pink smeg retro refrigerator

A recent addition to our line of kitchen appliances is SMEG, an Italian manufacturer that has been in the household appliance business since 1948. The brand is best known for their line of retro style refrigerators which we currently have available in ten eye popping colors (pictured are:  pastel blue, red, and pink).  Here at Living Direct, we are always looking for products that offer the maximum functionality for smaller spaces. SMEG retro refrigerators fit the ticket offering adjustable shelving, a wire bottle rack, a smaller energy footprint than regular sized refrigerators, and a clean minimalist design that works great in smaller apartments or homes.  Truly a statement piece, SMEG refrigerators are sure to liven up your kitchen by adding some retro pizazz with a burst of color.

Great Products for Outdoor Summer Fun

This time of year here in Austin, and I’m sure across the country, most people want to be outside – in the evening anyways. The heat can get pretty unbearable during the day in many places, but it’s the perfect time to throw an evening cook out. Families and friends can gather outside for barbeques and other outdoor fun. That’s why I’ve put together a list of products to help your outdoor get-together go off without a hitch!

1. Patio Sets

Royal Teak 5 Piece Patio Set

Everyone will enjoy hanging out and chatting with each other in your beautiful patio set. The Royal Teak Collection 5 piece patio set encourages your guests to take a seat and stay for a while.

2. Grills

Bayou Classic Grill

Your hungry friends and family will love you for cooking them up a tasty meal in this Bayou Classic smoker grill.

3. Frozen Drink Maker

Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker

Long, hot summer days will have you looking for relief. Cool off with a fun and delicious frozen drink! With this Margaritaville frozen concoction maker you can make an assortment of refreshing, cold drinks.

 4. Outdoor Lighting

Real Flame Fire Column

Your party can go late into the night with the right lighting.  Lighting can create such a welcoming and beautiful environment.  This Real Flame Modesto fire column is sure to give your backyard a touch of flare!

5. Outdoor Electronics

Sunbrite Outdoor TV

What better way to entertain your guests than with an outdoor television!  You can enjoy being outdoors while still watching your favorite sports or TV shows.  This SunBrite 32″ all-weather outdoor LCD TV is a durable high definition television with aluminum casing designed for outside use.

 

Whether you’re hanging out with your family or entertaining friends, these items are sure to be winners.  Make your outdoor space into the welcoming oasis you’ve always wanted it to be.  And be sure to invite me over once you do!

Father’s Day Sale & Gift Ideas

Father's Day Banner

Just say NO to ties! Whether your dad uses the backyard to house his grill or his garden, keeps wine or beer in stock, we have the perfect gift to make his Father’s Day extra special – and none of them can be worn around his neck (at least not comfortably). Plus, we are currently offering an extra 5% off most products that are already discounted 20% off! Break the tie tradition and get on Dad’s good side with any of these choices:

For the Beer Enthusiast:

Krups Beertender Mini Kegerator   Nostalgia Electrics Kegerator   EdgeStar Dual Tap Kegerator   28 Quart Jockey Box

from left to right: Krups Beertender Mini Kegerator ($141.55*), Nostalgia Electrics Kegerator ($399.99), EdgeStar Stainless Steel Double Tap Kegerator ($616.55), 28 Quart 2 Faucet Red Jockey Box ($398.05)

For the Wine Lover:

Summit Countertop Wine Chiller   EdgeStar 26 bottle Wine Cooler   Koldfront 4 Bottle Wine Cooler   EdgeStar 155 Bottle Wine Cooler

from left to right: Summit 8 Bottle Countertop Wine Chiller ($341.24), EdgeStar 26 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler ($699), Koldfront 4 Bottle Wine Cooler ($94.99), EdgeStar 155 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler ($1499.99)

For the Grill Master:

 Outdoor Greatroom Company Portable Gas Grill   Minden Master Gas Grill   Napoleon Mirage Grill   Grill Dome Infinity Series Kamado Grill

from left to right: Outdoor Greatroom Company 20″ Portable Gas Grill ($219), Minden Master Gas Grill ($479), Napoleon Mirage Grill w/Infrared Rear & Side Burner ($1899), Grill Dome Infinity Series Kamado Grill ($799.95)

For the Gardener:

Exaco ECO Square Rain Barrel   Brill Razorcut Push Reel Lawn Mower   Good Ideas Compost Wizard Standing Bin   Exaco 39 sq ft Green House

from left to right: Exaco ECO 70 Gallon Rain Barrel ($208.99), Brill Razor Push Reel Mower ($239.99), Good Ideas Compost Wizard Standing Bin ($128.25), Exaco 39 sq ft Green House ($427.49)

*NOTE: All prices are valid as of 6/14/12, but are subject to change.

What are you getting Dad this Father’s Day?

Top Commercial Products: EdgeStar Mini Fridge Freezer

EdgeStar Compact Fridge Freezer

We have exciting news about our compact refrigerator / freezer! The restaurant corporation, OSI, that owns Outback, Carrabbas, Bone Fish Grill and Flemmings is currently testing our compact refrigerator in the Houston, TX, market. So far, the results are overwhelmingly positive!

OSI has developed a new frozen cocktail that is being introduced in their Carrabbas stores. They have chosen the sleek, compact look of our CRF150SS as the storage unit for this new drink. Over the next month, we will be rolling out our unit to the national chain of Carrabbas. This is sure to be followed by Outback, Bone Fish Grill and Flemmings. So if you are at one of these fine, popular restaurants, be sure to order one of their new cocktails and take a look behind the bar – chances are you’ll see the EdgeStar CRF150SS keeping the libations frozen!

Is it Better to Make Baby Food from Scratch?

Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker

With celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian, Tori Spelling and others touting the benefits of making their own baby food, baby food makers are creating a huge buzz in the press lately. Most fads surrounding the Hollywood scene don’t have staying power, but this time they are definitely onto something.

Making your own baby food is great for your baby, because it allows you to know exactly what your little one is eating. You can maximize the nutrition count while avoiding the preservatives, additives and other potentially detrimental ingredients. In fact, the benefits of making your own baby food span beyond just health. In doing so, you are eliminating the use of all of the packaging, which ultimately reduces your family’s environmental footprint. And, possibly the best benefit of making your own baby food, you will end up with extra cash in your pocket! Recent studies show that you can save 50% or more on your baby food costs if you make it yourself at home.

The Baby Brezza baby food maker is an all-in-one solution, perfect for busy moms. Simply add your ingredients in the bowl, set your steam time and let the baby food make take care of the rest! The simple automated process steams and blends the food for you. Worried about creating a mess? Don’t be. Both the bowl and blade are dishwasher safe. Furthermore, the BPA and phthalate-free construction ensures that this product is safe for your kids.

Here is a great recipe from Baby Brezza for children 6 months & up:

Homemade Baby Food Recipe: Sweet Potato & Banana Puree

Ingredients

1 Medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice (2 cups, 10 ounces)
1/2 Small banana, peeled and sliced (1/3 cup, 1-1/2 ounces)
Optional: cinnamon or nutmeg to taste

Directions

1. Steam sweet potato for 20 minutes
2. Add banana and puree to smooth
3. Remove from bowl and add water, breast milk or formula to desired consistency
4. Optional: Stir in cinnamon or nutmeg to taste

Yields: 13 oz.

Top Commercial Products: EdgeStar Portable Fridge Freezer

EdgeStar 63 Qt Fridge Freezer

Our 63 Qt. portable fridge freezer by EdgeStar is going to be featured in Berks County Living Magazine in the upcoming months. This magazine targets the outdoor life of residents in the camping and sportsman community of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Portable fridge freezers are one of the most popular and highly-liked appliances available in the market. Lots of the users, especially people who are into road traveling and sports, prefer to have one portable fridge freezer with them. If you are into any kind of business or work that requires you to spend a lot time traveling and moving from place to place, especially during hot weather where there is a great need of cold drink, then without any doubt this portable fridge freezer is an ideal choice for you.

Secondly, while traveling in some areas it is quite impossible to get fresh and hygienic food. Having a portable fridge freezer with you allows you to keep fresh and healthy foods with you during your trips, so you don’t have to survive on fast food or waste money at restaurants.

Top Commercial Products: EdgeStar Medical Freezer Update

EdgeStar Medical Freezer Open

I’ve already talked about many of the reasons the EdgeStar CMF151L medical freezer is great for commercial use in my first post on the unit, and now I have an exciting update.

Florida has recently passed a bill aimed at allowing Floridians to receive vaccinations for Shingles and pneumonia.  This bill is being called the “Access to Vaccines” bill and has ramped up demand for vaccines to be stored in Florida pharmacies.  Read more about this breaking news in the pharmaceutical world here.

To house these vaccines for periods of time, a medical/vaccine freezer is needed.  That is where Living Direct, with the help from EdgeStar comes in to play.  Leading pharmacies are gearing up to administer these vaccines and have called upon Living Direct to provide them with these specialized freezers, which get down to the critical temperature of -20°C.

If you work for a pharmacy that offers or will be offering these vaccines, we would love to work with you on providing the proper storage.

Ryan is the head of Business Sales for Living Direct. If you are interested in learning more about any of our commercial products or wish to make a bulk purchase from our site, you can reach Ryan at 1-800-297-6076 or contact him through this form.

Top 5 Mother’s Day Gifts

Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is around the corner, but let’s skip the Hallmark card this year and give a gift that Mom deserves. Well, on second though, don’t skip the card — we know how sentimental they can be. But card or not, we have picked out five of our best-selling items, all perfect for Mother’s Day gifting.

Koldfront TWR4BL Wine Cooler1. Koldfront 4 Bottle Wine Cooler

Once considered to be a luxury item, the wine cooler is quickly becoming a staple in the home kitchen. For those with limited kitchen space, or those that just don’t want to take up a lot of space, the Koldfront 4 bottle wine fridge is the perfect wine cooler with its sleek, compact design. This wine fridge utilizes thermoelectric cooling technology so there’s no need for a compressor, allowing for super quiet operation.

 

Margaritaville Margarita Maker2. Margaritaville Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker

Get ready for BBQ season with the Margaritaville margarita machine. The ultimate drink maker, this machine can help you conjure up the tastiest of concoctions, including margaritas and daiquiris for the adults or healthy fruit smoothies for the kids. Perfect for a party or tailgating, this frozen drink maker holds enough ice to make 2.5 pitchers worth of your favorite drink with each use. It is the perfect gift for a mom that loves to entertain!

 

Cuisinart Espresso Maker3. Cuisinart Espresso Maker

Try out a double espresso, luscious cappuccino or spiced latte cafe style in the comfort and convenience of your own home. The Cuisinart espresso maker features a classic stainless steel design, cup-warming plate on top and a removable drip tray and cover for easy cleanup. This is one luxury that will make any mom feel special on Mother’s Day and everyday after that they get to wake up and enjoy this great gift.

 

Hugs for Mom Gift Basket4. Hugs for Mom Gift Basket

Made with moms in mind, this adorable, white picket fence planter is filled with wildflower honey, Ernest Hemingway Highland Select tea, lemon cookies, a bath sachet with salts, a votive candle, body glistening spray, a ceramic picture frame and more! This gourmet gift basket will bring a smile to any mother’s face by letting her know that she is being thought of, and the included picture frame will let her show off her gift (and who gave it to her) to others.

 

KitchenAid Stand Mixer5. KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer

The iconic KitchenAir stand mixer is something a mom’s kitchen should never be without. Renowned the world over for its quality and versatility, KitchenAid stand mixers have been and continue to remain a favorite of bakers, cooks, chefs and most important culinary artists of all — moms! The beautiful red colors of this specific stand mixer will serve as a great reminder of the love shared between her and gift giver.

 

What will you be getting your mom for Mother’s Day?

 

Bright Ideas for Camping: Part 2

Here is the second installment of our camping gear series. You can check out part 1 right here. If you’re getting the itch to go camping, then keep reading as we offer even more items that will make your camping trip go smoothly and a lot more fun.

Be sure to share your best camping tips in the comments.

Peak Car Battery Tester5. Peak 12V Car Battery Tester

The must-have diagnostic tool for checking your car’s battery charge is the Peak 12V car battery tester. This battery tester can help prevent you from being stranded with a dead battery, which is never a good thing, camping or otherwise. The Peak 12V car battery tester comes with these great features:

- Checks battery, engine and alternator charge
- Fits in any 12V cigarette lighter socket
- Takes up very little space

Fagor Cast Aluminum Griddle6. Fagor Cast Aluminum Griddle

If you are a fan of taking a cast skillet camping, you will love the Fagor cast aluminum griddle. Like a cast skillet, the Fagor griddle is easy to clean and can withstand high temperatures. The extended cooking surface area is great for cooking bacon, sausages and burgers. Here are some other reasons why the Fagor cast aluminum griddle is great for camping:

- Cook over the campfire or over a stove, can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees F
- Cook-and-serve convenience
- Easy to clean and use

Yakima Bike Hitch7. Yakima BigHorn 4-Bike Hitch

A bike hitch is a great way to free up more storage space in your car and trunk. It also means that you won’t have to drive your car anywhere once at the campgrounds, you can bike if you need to go anywhere. This Yakima bike hitch is a great value with a lifetime warranty. Some of its features include:

- Patented anti-sway bike cradles prevent bike-to-bike contact
- Lifetime warranty
- Has wheel straps for added security

Peak Jump Starter8. Peak Jump Starter / Inflator & 12V Power Source

This Peak jump starter is a great buy with all of the additional features allowing you to simultaneously use other electronics, including cellphones, MP3 players and radios. It’s suitable for use in cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles. This jump starter features:

- A USB outlet & AC outlet
- Three LED worklights
- Two 12 Volt power outlets

EdgeStar Portable Fridge Freezer9. EdgeStar 43 Quart Portable Fridge / Freezer

This EdgeStar portable fridge freezer will save you the cost of buying bags of ice for each camping trip. The Fast Freeze button is an amazing feature that allows you to cool the contents down super quickly. The freezer can also be used to store your day’s catch if you want to go fishing while camping. This unit also has:

- Digital thermostat that is adjustable from -8-50 degrees F
- Cool warm beverages down quickly with the Fast Freeze button
- Uses either AC or DC power

 

What other appliances do you like to have while camping?