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If you haven't visited the Lifetime Store Online recently, you've missed out on a brand new, streamlined checkout process! We compiled all the feedback we'd been getting over the years when the Lifetime Store Online fills your "direct from the manufacturer" orders, and applied as many changes as we could to eliminate whatever steps we could and simplify the remaining ones. This new checkout could cut your checkout time in half! So, head over to the Lifetime Store Online at BuyLifetime.com and buy that Lifetime product you've been eyeing! More

What is Pinterest? According to their website, Pinterest is a "virtual pinboard" where you can pin your interests. "Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes..." Some time ago we started to see Lifetime products showing up on people's pinboards. How cool is that? Based on how fast Pinterest is growing, and all the cool things people are doing with our products, we thought we'd make it easier for you to "Pin" our stuff on your pinboards! Head on over to our Lifetime Store online, find your favorite product, then click the Pin It button to add it to your pinboard!  Happy pinning! More

Back when I was a kid, my Dad asked me to look at some computer specs and "pick the one we wanted". He was a very frugal man and told me to make sure it would "last me though college". That was probably a bit naive, but neither of us knew any better. Today I have a "computer" with a much faster processor, more RAM, more storage space, and a significantly faster Internet connection -- it fits in my pocket and I call it a "smartphone". It really is amazing, the technology that we take for granted. Here at Lifetime Products, we've always used technology to solve problems -- not just because it's "cool" -- though a lot of it is really, really cool! Such is the case with smartphones and tablets! If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Windows Phone 7 we have an app for you! Our apps put our information about all our pro... More

  Search engines not only display content, they spider web pages, gathering information from your pages, then re-work all that information into a listing that searchers see when they're looking for stuff -- and the cycle is complete. When a person goes to a search engine they have a good idea of what they’re looking for (otherwise they'll be on StumbleUpon, right?). With millions of search results being found and displayed, sometimes it's hard for people to find what they're looking for among all those results. To help combat that, Google is trying to show searchers more information about their search results. Information about information? That sounds a lot like meta-data! Yes, yes it does! Here at Lifetime, we're starting to roll out web pages that will take advantage of Google's "Rich Snippits" to get mor... More

Contrary to popular opinion, Lifetime doesn't have a magic machine that takes raw-materials in one side, and spits out award winning products on the other side. Instead, we have a talented team of people working in various locations across not only the United States of America, but across the globe, as well. Most of you probably know that Lifetime is the industry leader in residential basketball hoops and polyethylene folding tables and chairs. But, they are also a recognized industry leader in our corporate IT capabilities. In fact, because of our cutting-edge standardization practices, HP recently showcased Lifetime in an international case study to help teach other companies about the benefits of standardization and centralization. Pretty cool. Traditionally, multinational companies have large and unnecessarily redu... More

We are excited to announce that the official Lifetime Products app for Windows Phone is now available from the Marketplace, and it's free for anyone who'd like it! What's more, it's designed to stay up-to-date with our product lines, so as long as you have a data connection, you'll never be taken by surprise. Why should you get the Lifetime Windows Phone app? At Lifetime Products, we're constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve. In today's environment, that means being able to answer your questions about our products no matter where you are -- even on your smartphone. With our new Windows Phone app, you can browse through all of our products and specific models. You can quickly see their specs and photos. You can easily compare models, email product information and pictures, and even buy the product right from... More

Bar codes help make life easier from manufacturing all the way through the supply chain, and up to the check-out register. While you're shopping for products, you can look for better deals and more information by scanning traditional UPCs with your phone, an app, and an internet connection. Pretty cool, right? Something new that you may have seen cropping up on billboards, articles, advertisements, and even product displays and packaging is a new kind of bar code, a 2D barcode.  These new 2D barcodes are also called a QR code which is short for quick response. UPCs are a 1D (one-dimensional) type of bar code. Traditionally, a laser is used to illuminate a thin stripe across the barcode. A 2D barcode contains multiple lines of information and require multiple lasers to read. Since not many of us carry lasers around in o... More

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that we’ve added some new Facebook share and Twitter tweet buttons to each blog post.  You'll see them at the top of the post by the headline (like in this photo) if you are reading the full version of the post, and you'll see them on the bottom of the post if you are reading and scrolling through the post on the www.lifetime365.com homepage.  These buttons are a quick and easy way for you to share our blog posts with your friends without ever having to leave the blog and without having to manually copy and paste a link to post.  Simply click the button you want to use and it automatically opens up your Twitter or Facebook account and posts the link and blog title in the status box for you.  (If you are... More

Drum roll please... We are excited to announce that the official Lifetime Products iPhone app is now available from the App Store, and it's free for anyone who'd like it! What's more, it's designed to stay up-to-date with our product lines, so as long as you have a data connection, you'll never be taken by surprise. Why should you get the Lifetime iPhone app? At Lifetime Products we're constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve. In today's environment that means being able to answer your questions about our products no matter where you are -- even on your phone.  With our new iPhone app, you can browse through all of our products and specific models.  You can quickly see their specs and photos.  You can easily compare models, email product information and pictures, and even buy the product right f... More

At Lifetime, we're always looking for ways to improve our website to make it easier for you to use.  Most recently, we overhauled how customers access our assembly instructions in the Customer Care section of Lifetime.com.  Why is this a big deal?  Well, Lifetime makes a lot of products, and we're continually finding ways to improve upon them to make them easier to assemble, less expensive, and for various other reasons. When these improvements are made, we have to publish a new version of the assembly instructions for that product. On the surface, that's not a big deal because the instructions get printed and packaged inside the box with the rest of the parts. But what happens when a customer loses the instructions? In the past, we've only shown one version of the assembly instructions on our website -- which... More

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Scrapping old Memories; Making New
Scrapbooking for 3 days straight maysound like a weird form of torture... but even after the paper cuts, late nights, and reeeeally early mornings,I look forward toittwice a year. My familys crazy little tradition is called "Scrapbook Weekend". If youre anything like me; you have a busy schedule, a suffering photo album, talkative friends and family, and an endlessappetite for good cooking. Scrapbook Weekend givesme the chance to learn new layouts, trade materials, or just catch-up on all my photos. Twice a year, all my aunts and cousins (about 18-20 people total) drive to my moms house with cars full photos, paper supplies, and the fixin's for some great food. We load all the food in the fridge, spread out our cutters, paper, pictures and embellishments on about 6 or 7 Lifetime tables, and camp out for 3 days stacking page...
The Pre-School Experiment
If you run a pre-school, a day care, or just have children at home, you probably know all too well what creative littleones can do to furniture. I neither have children, nor have I taught children. But Ive seen Daddy Day Care and that was enough to know that things break when children are invited to do their worst. If children were to work with our Research and Design lab, I think theyd come up with some interesting new tests. I remember using Lifetime Banquet Tables as slides in our game room. Then my sisters and I would put foam mats on top of them and use them as tall beds for sleepovers. I have a vague memory of reenacting the princess and the pea once lucky for me, no injuries were incurred. Anyway,the other day a co-worker gavegave mean ingenious idea-- The Pre-School Experiment. She suggested that we donate a Lifetim...
Five S's for Gardening Success
The beautiful thing about gardening is, in one way or another, everyone is a beginner. Even if youve been gardening your whole life, theres something new to learn about growing different kinds of plants, growing in different climates, or dealing with new pests. If youre just starting out and contemplating planting a tomato, rose, or petunia, dont be intimidated. Trial and error are the best ways to learn. For example, I tried multiple ways to rid my yard of moles. I tried baits, traps, and even vibrating mole repellants to no avail. It wasnt until I tried castor oil, that I was able to convince the moles to move away. Here are some tips on getting started in the vegetable or flower garden. Follow these 5 Ss and youll be well on your way to a productive, beautiful garden. SunMost fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, beans, squash)...