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... More

I’ve been to a lot of yard sales. At a recent one, I bought a 1921 replica Coca-Cola serving tray and made arrangements with a seller to pick up a refinished oak tool chest that I plan to use as a coffee table. After years of experience buying and selling, I’ve also brought home what I call my three Ps for a successful yard sale: Planning, Presentation, and Pricing. • Planning is crucial. If you sell it, they will come, right? Wrong. Run a classified ad in your local newspaper. Be sure to include popular and big-ticket items as well as the date, time, and location of your sale. Post a free listing at Craigslist.org also. Then make signs to put up at the nearest major intersections and other strategic spots to direct people to your sale. (Check with your local municipality or homeowners association firs... More

My husband and I made the big leap a about a month ago.  We bought iPhones.  I have to say, as reserved as I was about making a jump to such a trendy gadget of which I thought I wouldn’t really need, I LOVE it!  It is soooo user friendly and the voice control feature is astonishing.  It is so cool to do a Google search just by talking to your phone, then simply tap the phone number Google pulls up to call the place you were trying to find... or tap the Google map to get GPS directions!  Amazing. But, of course, we couldn’t just simply purchase iPhones and be done.  Oh, no.  Naturally, we had to find snazzy cases, too.  After running around to more than five different stores, I narrowed my choice down to the Speck Candy Shell and the iFrogz Luxe.  I loved the fun two-to... More

This past weekend we headed to a local pumpkin patch for our squadron's annual Fall Festival. It was an easy and fun way to celebrate autumn and Halloween without having to attend yet another costume party!  It's tough to say what my kids' favorite activity was because there were so many cute things to do.  As soon as we got there, my daughter was immediately drawn to the Corn Box...a metal bin filled with corn instead of sand and loaded with buckets, shovels, and trucks.  However, the Corn Box soon took a back seat as soon as she heard the sputtering sound of tractors and noticed there were hayrides and little cart rides. My son enjoyed winding through the hay maze and pumping the old-fashioned water pumps for the plastic duck races.  And, naturally, they both took advantage of the free face... More

Home and garden help is here! Whether it’s time to restore last year’s vegetable garden, prepare your home for holiday entertaining, or perform a garage overhaul, our panel of experts is here to help. Periodically, each of our experts will share his or her knowledge in the areas of organization, gardening, entertaining, and family-life balance. Here, you will find advice, video demonstrations and firsthand accounts – sure to spark new project ideas, motivate you to complete those in progress, and uncover creative solutions to everyday home and garden challenges – all with you in mind. Be sure to check back frequently to get to know our experts and stay up-to-date with the latest tips – all for the way you live.  Check out each of our Home and Garden Guru's Profiles to learn more about ... More

In case you've been living under a rock and haven't noticed, it's officially football season again!  Know how I know?  My husband is glued to the TV every weekend and Monday night!  And, he's constantly checking his fantasy football league scores online.  Sigh.  Personally, I just don't understand the fantasy football fascniation/obsession! Anyway, the start of football season also means the start of tailgating season!  It may still be called a “tailgate” party, but nowadays, most people use more than just a tailgate when it comes to pre-game or pre-race festivities!  In fact, quite often, RVs and buffet tables with canopies have replaced simple tailgates.  Likewise, a rack of ribs or skewer of shrimp has replaced the traditional game day hotdog or burger.  And, s... More

 
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Building Our Lifetime Shed - Step 3
It's official! Our Lifetime shed building project is finished! A few weeks ago we added a wood "skirt" to the front of the wood platform to hide the gap underneath, to prevent critters from getting under our shed, and to make it more attractive. Since we have a wood fence around our yard, we bought two more fence boards and cut them into short pieces. We nailed them onto the platform and basically made a miniature fence along the bottom front of the shed. We then stained it to match the rest of our fencing. It turned out great! We used some of the rock that was left from building our house (and rock that we dug up in our yard when we built our shed) to build some landscaping beds around the shed. We planted a few pansies, and a bush, and - voila- we were done! We originally built our Lifetime shed to get rid of some of the c...
Pumpkin Basketball and Gourd Bowling
This past weekend we headed to a local pumpkin patch for our squadrons annual Fall Festival. It was an easy and fun way to celebrate autumn and Halloween without having to attend yet another costume party! Its tough to say what my kids favorite activity was because there were so many cute things to do. As soon as we got there, my daughter was immediately drawn to the Corn Box...a metal bin filled with corn instead of sand and loaded with buckets, shovels, and trucks. However, the Corn Box soon took a back seat as soon as she heard the sputtering sound of tractors and noticed there were hayrides and little cart rides. My son enjoyed winding through the hay maze and pumping the old-fashioned water pumps for the plastic duck races. And, naturally, they both took advantage of the free face painting. (Personally, I passed on the...
5 Ways to Entertain Kids with A Folding Table
Christmas is over, the presents have been opened, and you still have one more week to entertain the kids before they head back to school! Dreading the boredom thats sure to hit soon? Being cooped up inside during the cold winter months can make kids (and parents) go stir crazy. If youve run out of new play ideas to try, pull out your Lifetime folding table and read on. Ive put together a list of easy ideas that kids can do with each other, or the entire family can do together. And, no batteries or expensive toys and gadgets are requiredits just good old fashioned fun! Youll soon discover that with a little imagination a folding table can be much more than just a simple table! 1.Build a fort. Kids love to have their own secret place to hide. Set up a Lifetime card table and throw a large blanket or comforter over the top to ...