A few days ago we helped my son Nathan make his first homemade Halloween costume.  I’m embarrassed to admit, but this is the first year we have fully embraced the fun and festivities and attempted a homemade costume.  I’ve always wanted to, but normally Nathan has always eyed something in the store that he really wanted to be like Elmo, a spider etc. (except last year when he wanted to wear his own flight suit to be a fighter pilot like Daddy!).  And, it just made things a lot easier anyway.  This year Nathan is really into Disney’s Wall-E, and robots in general. So, we made our own robot.  First, we spray painted two rectangular boxes with silver metallic paint.  Next, we cut the bottom out of the “body” box, and we also cut a head hole and arm holes.  In the ... More

For a fun family activity last night we thought it would be fun to do some pumpkin carving.  It was an amusing evening that our two boys thoroughly enjoyed.As soon as I left work, I picked up the boys and we drove down to a local outdoor produce stand that always seems to have a great selection of pumpkins, all in different shapes and sizes, each one seemed to have their own personality.  I think Josh and Jake changed their minds on which pumpkin they each wanted about eight times.  Originally Josh was really set on a small pumpkin just a little bit larger than my fist, (I don’t think I have the patience to carve a pumpkin that small), so I had to use my best diplomatic efforts to convince him to choose a different pumpkin.  He eventually chose another one-- the largest one out there.  Jake also... More

Jan's post about her favorite fall recipes got me thinking about Halloween. I'm a big fan of making spooky treats for Halloween parties, and October is the perfect time to cook with your children. Simply pull out a Lifetime table, some sugary ingredients, and let your kids go to town. No matter what they invent you know it will still be scary ;). Here's a fun idea posted on a personal blog by my good friend Jennifer, from Lifetime's own IT department. Spider Cupcakes 1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix 1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling 1/3 cup KOOL-AID Orange Flavor Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix 2 Tbsp. hot water 1 can (16 oz.) ready-to-spread white frosting 24 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies 12 pieces black string... More

We headed up to Dallas this past weekend to visit my in-laws.  My sister-in-law is a Director and Consultant for Creative Memories, a scrapbooking company.  Personally, I’ve always been anti-scrapbooking because I detest never-ending projects!  I’m a person that likes to see the fruits of my labor and I want to be able to relish in the feeling of accomplishment and productivity when I see a project completed.  Plus, I’m way too anal retentive…I hate cutting and gluing my pictures, I feel like I’m ruining them.  I also loathe messes so I’d spend way more time cleaning up and organizing my supplies than working on my scrapbook! But, there is a new scrapbooking fad that is a little more up my ally…digital scrapbooks!  No fancy-schmancy paper, no glue or &... More

Saturday was a winterizing day for me. We got about eight inches of snow last weekend, so I figured I better take advantage of the beautiful fall day and get the shed cleaned out and then packed up with all of our patio playthings. As you can see from the photos, my shed is absolutely packed. I guess that's what a shed is supposed to look like, isn't it? I had a unique opportunity of being a part of the team that developed the shed - from start to finish. I remember when it came up as an idea for a new product, I remember reading through the miles and miles of research about it and I remember seeing the prototypes as they came and went. I know more about these sheds than any other Lifetime product, and I am exceedingly proud of them. I also bought one of the first sheds we produced. According to the serial numbers... More

Tuesday night was my turn to host our Air Force squadron’s monthly wives’ meeting.  The evenings in Texas are just starting to cool down so I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to serve my favorite Fall foods  - soup and pumpkin desserts!  I didn’t want to spend too much time and effort on decorating since the meetings are supposed to be simple.  So, I planned to eat outside in the cool autumn air and allow Mother Nature to provide my décor.  Well, unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t exactly cooperate with her end of the deal…apparently she thinks low 80s is ideal for Fall!? But, after the sun set, it did feel slightly “brisk”. I borrowed three of bales of straw from a friend to set around in the yard as easy Fall decorations and extra seati... More

If you run a pre-school, a day care, or just have children at home, you probably know all too well what creative little ones can do to furniture. I neither have children, nor have I taught children. But I’ve 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 they’d 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 gave gave me an ingenious idea-- The Pre-School Expe... More

Michael’s last posting talked about all of the basketball hoops he passed on his drive home.  So, I started looking around during my drives as well.  Normally, this Lifetime365 blog has been featuring upbeat, inspirational stories.  But, the overall purpose of a corporate blog is to be open and honest.  So, sometimes, it needs to serve as a reality check. Unfortunately, instead of counting how many basketball hoops I passed on my drive, I noticed how many people set up their basketball hoops improperly.  I pass this particular basketball hoop in the photo on my way to take my son to preschool everyday and it just makes me cringe.  It reminds me of one of those children’s coloring book games where you are supposed to find and circle all of the things wrong in the picture.  This photo has so ... More

Interesting little story here. I recently received this email from Joanne Nelson of Exeter, Rhode Island: “I purchased a Lifetime Personal Table several years ago and I love it. I am a quilter and this little table goes with me when I go to classes because I can set my sewing machine on it and adjust the height to exactly what I need so it is ergonomically correct for my sitting position…” “However... I recently brought my table to a quilting retreat to let a 84 yr old lady, who is tiny, borrow my table so she could sew comfortably for the 5 day retreat.  She was so happy about the table that I wanted to buy one for her. I found one and brought it home only to be very disappointed in the redesign of it.” “My table has metal legs and they are secured into a metal frame wor... More

Over the years, my father has developed into the quintessential pack rat. To the horror of my mother and us kids, he has been able to build two large sheds and fill them both to the brim with all sorts of stuff. My mother and I are the exact opposite of my father.  We are all about maintaining a nice, uncluttered home. That being said, we would love to break my father of his habit, and bring in a large dumpster to clear everything out. However, we haven’t been able to bring ourselves to accomplish this goal due to the fact that he seems to have developed a deep connection to everything he has collected. Ever since my father has been unable to set foot into his large shed, he has dreamed of building a lean-to to the shed that would enable him to move stuff out of it and create a path into the shed. With my father&r... More

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It’s National Play-doh Day!
Bet you didn’t know it’s National Play-doh Day today, did you? Not exactly sure why I know, I guess I just stumbled across it online somehow. I’m also not sure what you’re supposed to do on National Play-doh Day and who even recognizes or sponsors it. But, in honor of National Play-doh Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post of picture of my son playing with…yep, you guessed it…Play-doh!:) Kids love Play-doh. Parents love the idea of fun, quiet, creative play…but, deep down, most of us hate the mess it makes and detest the fact that the stuff dries out after just a few months no matter how tightly you put on the lid! A lot of my friends only let their kids use Play-doh outside so they don’t have to worry about cleaning up those gazallion little rice-sized pieces that get dropped on the floor. I’m not that hard-core, ...
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