If there’s one thing I love, it’s college football season.  Having attended a large public university where football is its own institution, Saturdays are always spent in front of the TV watching the NCAA action.  I hadn’t had the pleasure of actually going to a game – and better yet, enjoying the tailgating festivities – in more than five years until recently.I might as well spill it now.  I’m a Gator fan – I bleed orange and blue.   And now is as good a time as any to be a Gator fan.  In case you don’t follow college football, the Gators ranked second this year and claimed a spot to play the number one ranked Oklahoma Sooners in this year’s Bowl Championship Series game in Miami, FL.  Essentially, this is the Super Bowl of college f... More

6405 shed shed is Lifetime’s stylish 8-foot by 10-foot outdoor storage shed, boasting headroom of 6’8” and 491.3 total cubic feet of available storage. The 6405 shed shed comes with one door (56” wide by 76” high), one window (17” square), four skylights, two screened vents, two 30” by 10” shelves, one 90” by 9” shelf, two 9.5” radius corner shelves, two 16” peg hook strips (all hardware included), and a battery-operated light (other shed accessories are available from BuyLifetime.com). Like all Lifetime sheds, the 6405 shed shed not only serves as a solution to your storage problems, it also looks great and is an attractive backyard addition. The 6405 shed shed is UV protected from fading and cracking and comes with a high-impact polyethylene floor t... More

Sigh. So, I think I finally have my house and garage rearranged and organized to make room for all of the Christmas presents Santa brought. It was just a few things but, boy, they seemed to all be really big in size. As you know, I LOVE hosting garage sales. So, consequently, that means I insisted on storing everything we cleaned out until we have our garage sale in the spring. Luckily, we have two big attics in our house to stash all of our junk. But, I know lots of you don't have the luxury of an attic or basement so you have to haul your stuff to a storage building, or eliminate the hoarding all together and simply haul it to Goodwill or the dump. Oh, and I know how those multiple trips to storage buildings or the dump can get tiresome. Even a pickup truck can fill up fast. If this sounds all too familiar to you, maybe i... More

If you’re considering buying a card table, you owe it to yourself to check out this folding round table. Round tables typically don’t take up any more room than those old-fashioned square card tables, but they roll and store so much easier it’s almost criminal to consider the “square” alternative. A folding round table generally has a greater surface area and can seat more people than square tables, they look nicer in a banquet setting, and are still ideal for game night, scrapbook parties, church activities, holiday events, and even garage sales. This folding round table is available with free shipping from BuyLifetime.com! Bulk discount pricing available. More

My oh my.  What a weekend!  My husband and I hosted a party at our house for his squadron on Saturday night.  We always like to make things interesting and entertaining so we decided to host a Murder Mystery party for our 39 guests.  Never been to a Murder Mystery party?  More details on how it works in a minute... The theme of our Murder Mystery party was a Class of '85 High School Reunion.  Everyone had to dress like their character would have in the 80s.  Wow, talk about some, like, totally awesome costumes!  The women pulled out all the classics including jelly bracelets, leggings, shoulder pads, and cans of Aquanet hairspray to tease their hair.  (Ah, the good 'ol days.)  Not to be outdone, the men donned layered shirts, Miami Vice suits, acid washed jeans, and rat tails... More

The 98874 Mammoth basketball system, you’ve seen them in High Schools, Colleges, and used by professional sports teams, now you can put the same, professional basketball equipment in your backyard. The 98874 Mammoth’s backboard is a regulation-sized 72” by 42” made of 8mm thick tempered glass. The rim is powder-coated orange and has a heavy-duty Spring-Flex with a steel wraparound bracing. With Rapid Cam™ Height Adjustment, the 98874 Mammoth has easy, one-hand adjustment from 7.5-feet to regulation 10-feet. The 98874 Mammoth is available with free shipping from BuyLifetime.com. More

Ever run out of ideas for fun activities to do with your kids?  Does your child enjoy craft projects but you never seem to have the right supplies to make something really cool?  Well, take a trip to your local home improvement store and you're in for a treat!  Our local Lowe's offers Build and Grow clinics for kids.   Lowe's supplies all the materials and directions to assemble a simple woodworking project with your kids.  They even give you a kid-sized Lowe's apron and real safety goggles...all  for free!  What a great deal!  My 5-year-old son is really starting to get into "projects" and enjoys using his Daddy's tools to build things.  So, a few weeks ago, we decided to try a Lowe's Build and Grow clinic.  Lesson #1... we now know that these classes fill up FAST!&nbs... More

Lifetime tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes, round, square, rectangular; folding, fold-in-half, specialty; 48”, 60”, 6’; work stations, meeting tables, banquet tables, picnic tables; BuyLifetime.com even has TV-trays and carts to move and store all your Lifetime tables, and all of them come with free shipping, right to your door (or loading dock, whichever you prefer). More

 
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Holiday Entertaining—Hosting an Open House
The holidays always stimulate the desire to connect with people in my life that I have been meaning to spend time with all year long. A holiday open house is a drop-in event and is the perfect solution to have family, friends, co-workers and neighbors over for an afternoon of good food and warm hospitality. An open house gives your guests the option of choosing a time in the afternoon that fits into their busy holiday schedule and gives you the opportunity to catch up with many near and dear in one casual event. Follow these guidelines for the easiest and most delicious open house yet! Happy Holidays! Send your paper invitations 3-4 weeks in advance as social calendars around the holidays can fill up fast. Or send an e-vite via the internet. Guests can get all the information to your open house including a map to your hom...
Pick Your Favorite Lifetime Table…and WIN It!
Ever wish you could pick your own prize to win for a contest? Well, this month, were doing just that! Simply tell us which Lifetime table you want to win and why you want/need the table, and one lucky random winner will win the table of his/her choice! Thats itjust pick it to win it! How to enter:Visit www.lifetime.com and check out all of our tables in the Lifetime Online Store. Find your favorite oneLifetime table that you want to win! (ALL Lifetime tables are included in this contestbanquet, picnic, camping, specialty, etc. Please note: If a table is sold in bulk, the winner will receive just 1 of thetables, not the bulk package.) Send an e-mail to PR@lifetime.com with the subject line May contest. In the email:1. Tell us the specific Lifetime table you want to win. 2. Tell us why you want/need this particular Lifetime...
Paddling Vacations
These days, taking a family on a vacation is no easy feat. Not financially and not logistically. It requires money, planning, and time! But it is totally worth it! Times are changing and so are vacation options. You dont need to go to Disney Land to have a great family experience. Why not plan a vacation around kayaking? Almost anywhere there is water, there is someone who rents kayaks. But, if you have your own, that is great! There are so many great paddling destinations in the United States it would take forever to list them all. The best part about a kayaking vacation is that you often get to experience a new place or situation that so many others dont get to! Kayaking out to a secret cove, or down a calm moving river in a desolate canyon are all great ways to bond with your friends and family, get exercise and have a fa...