Okey-dokey. So, our Lifetime shed arrived and we read through the assembling directions.  Now that we had the general idea of what we were about to undertake,  we were ready to start building our shed!   Well, sort of.  Before we could actually start assembling our Lifetime shed, we had to prepare the shed site. As you may recall, we plan to put our 8’x5’ Lifetime shed right up against our back fence.  But, our yard has a pretty significant slope and we can only dig about 6” before we hit solid rock…practically boulders in some spots!  And, lucky us, we also had a tree stump and roots we had to take into consideration.  Fun times.  So, our first step was to level the ground to be flush with the tree stump by removing weeds, rocks, mulch, adding dirt, ... More

It’s been several months since I first wrote about wanting/needing to build a shed in our backyard.  Great news -  you no longer have to read any more about my shed planning or problems.  Why?  Because last week we finally built our Lifetime shed!  Whoo-hoo!  Applause please. So, let’s start at the beginning.  We had our shed delivered to us.  Before the delivery truck arrived, we assumed we would have to move our car out of the garage to keep the shed package until we were ready to build.  We are building an 8’x5’ shed so naturally the packing is going to be huge and in several boxes.  WRONG!  When the driver opened his truck, he only had two…yes, 2… small boxes.  Trust me, I double-checked the packing slip to make sure he brou... More

The new Lifetime Kiddie Table Sweepstakes has reminded me of some fond memories. My mother came from a family of 8 children, so when her side of the family gets together for holidays many of us cousins were told to sit at the kiddie table... usually a Lifetime adjustable height table. When I was finally big enough to sit at a table where I could swing my legs I was ecstatic to say the least. But as the years passed, I started to look at the kid's table again with a little more fondness. Being one of the only female cousins my age, I had a serious shortage of friends at these occasions. So I decided to start sitting at the kiddie table again. When you are in your teens and you start paying attention to children you get an instant fan base. After this move I became a family celebrity. You may laugh, but it's true. When I w... More

    We all like free stuff, right?  Well, here’s something pretty cool…Lifetime is sponsoring a Kiddie Table Sweepstakes for the holidays. Five lucky people are going to win two Lifetime 4-foot adjustable-height folding tables, eight Lifetime folding chairs, holiday table decorations, tableware, art supplies, games, puzzles and a $300 gift card to purchase the holiday food! It’s super simple.  Nothing to buy or even asked to buy, no surveys to answer, no ads to view, no essays to write.  You simply type your name, address, phone number, e-mail and birthdate in the online registration form, click “submit”, and you’re entered in the contest.  Quick and easy.  Seriously, it takes about 30 seconds.  Here’s the best part…you can even en... More

So, my hubby Mike did something pretty cool last weekend.  I think I’ve mentioned before that he is an F-16 pilot in the Air Force.  Right now he is stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas as an Instructor Pilot for the T-38 jet.  Anyway…last weekend he (and some other guys from the squadron) did the flyby for the Nationwide NASCAR Series Race up in Dallas.  Thanks to the wonders of technology, I was able to pause live TV and snap this photo of his flyby as shown on ESPN. :) After doing the flyby, Mike and the other pilots were escorted into pit row to watch the race.  Mike said it was a pretty cool experience being right down by the action.  They met Jack Roush, owner of several NASCAR teams and fellow aviation fan, and they stood within arms reach of Kyle B... More

Happy Veteran’s Day!  As a kid, to me, this was just another day to get out of school.   But, now that I’m an adult and my husband is in the Air Force, the holiday obviously has a much greater meaning to me and I appreciate the significance behind this annual day of recognition.  With Veteran’s Day today, as well as election day last week, it’s seems only appropriate to show our American pride.  Did you know that ALL of Lifetime’s sheds are made right here in America and are backed by a 10-year warranty?  My Lifetime shed was delivered last week and one of the first things that caught my eye on the packaging was the American flag with “Made in the USA” printed under it.  (Stay tuned to future posts for my shed building progress a... More

The basement, after almost two years of work, is finally finished. We are very happy with the way it turned out. This past Saturday I decided to move my tools out of the basement and into the garage, which meant that I needed to organize the garage to fit everything. I have been parking my car out in the driveway for the past year and-a-half because my side of the garage has been used to store stuff from the basement.I strive to be a  minimalist but with a wife and two kids you are bound to accumulate stuff. Fortunately, I recently purchased a Lifetime Fold-in-half trailer. Well actually... my dad bought the trailer for himself but I claim it as mine whenever I need it. He also stores it at his house which isn’t that big a deal since folds up to only 29” wide. With the wife and kids gone I wanted to get star... More

The Mercedes-Benz dealership in Salt Lake City celebrated its fifty year anniversary earlier this month.  My wife, Jenny was asked to assist with this event.      The celebration was an important event for not only the local dealership, but to Mercedes-Benz as well.In the automobile business it is uncommon for one dealership with the original franchise owner to stay in business with the same car franchise for over fifty years. The award presentation featured a beautifully designed trophy, sculpted with metal in the form of a classic Mercedes-Benz automobile.  After the presentation, a lunch was served for those in attendance. Jenny couldn’t help but notice that the tables and chairs that were set up for the event were of course made by Lifetime. They used Lifetime 6 foot banquet tabl... More

Earlier this year, we bought a GMC Acadia.  I LOVE it!  It was the first crossover SUV of its kind and now several other automakers have followed suit.  The Acadia is an SUV on the outside with the seating configuration of a mini-van on the inside.  Perfect for those of us who like the idea of a mini-van, but not all the psychological baggage that comes along with them! Over the past few months, as friends see our vehicle they will often say comments like, “This reminds me a lot of a Saturn Outlook.”  Or, “Is this like a Saturn Outlook?”  Well, you know why?  They are the same car!  GM owns both the GMC and Saturn brand and, consequently, the Acadia and Outlook bascially come off the same production line.  (And, the Buick Enclave too!).  For ... More

It's been a long campaign, and today is the day it all comes down to you. It's November 4th - Election Day! Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independant, this is your day. Excercise your right as an American and let your voice be heard. And if you don't know exactly WHERE to vote, this link will help you find exactly where to go. God Bless America! More

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Let Your Orange Pumpkin Go Green After Halloween
My husband helped the kiddos carve our jack-o-lantern last night. Honestly, I don't know why we go to the effort every year because they kids never help. They both think it's gross and stinky. They do like the finished product, just not the actual scooping and carving process. Oh well. I guess we just keep hoping that one year they'll actually find it fun. So, after your jack-o-lantern glows for three or four nights, now what do you do with the pumpkin? Well, you could do what some of my neighbors do and let it simply rot on the porch. (Personally, I'd vote against that smelly option!) Most people probably just throw the pumpkin in the trash and think nothing of it. Instead, this year, why not let your orange pumpkin go green! Composting pumpkins is a great way to dispose of your pumpkin. Be sure to remove the candle and ...
Ambassador Huntsman Tours Lifetime China Facility and EcoHouse
Last week, I had the honor of traveling to Xiamen, China, to show our factory and new EcoHousing Initiative to Jon Huntsman Jr., previous governor of Utah and current Ambassador to China. The tour of our Xiamen facility was well organized and I could not be more pleased with the way things turned out. A bit of history. In 2008, we opened a wholly-owned and operated facility in Xiamen, China. This means we have tight control over product quality. This is a huge distinction and big advantage over imitation "Lifetime" products made in China by other companies. By having our own manufacturing facility overseas, we can be more globally competitive and more effectively and profitably manage our international sales and distribution to the more than 52 countries we sell products to worldwide. Being wholly-owned also means the facili...
Rich Snippets: Coming Soon to a Search Engine Near You!
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 theyre 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 more information...