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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Judging the Weber School District Science Fair
About a week ago, six of our Lifetime employees (mostly Engineers and Information Technicians) volunteered to help judge the Weber School District Science Fair. The two-day fair took place at Weber State University with more than 700 students ranging from sixth to twelfth grade. Judges reviewed the exhibits and interviewed students on their use of scientific thought, methods, visual appearance and creativity.Categories included: Behavioral Studies, Botany, Chemistry, Earth Space, Energy Transportation, Engineering Computer Science, Environmental, Medicine Health, Microbiology, Physics Math and Zoology. The fair brought in an average of 200 to 300 people which included parents, college students and the general public. Each of the judges had fun learning about the different subjects from how safe your drinking water is t...
Angled or Straight Basketball Poles?
On occasion, I have been asked whether I prefer a straight or an angled pole when selecting a portable basketball system. At first glance, an angled pole may appear to have performance or safety advantages, but when looked at from an engineers perspective, some deeper insights can be gained. I sat down with one of Lifetimes head engineers to discuss why Lifetime chooses to use straight basketball poles on our systems. Ed has been an engineer at Lifetime Products since 1993 and has played a large role in developing our basketball systems over the years. Here are some of his insights on angled vs. straight basketball systems. Are basketball systems with an angled pole less likely to tip over than ones with a vertical pole? The stability of a portable system has to do with the weight of the backboard and the weight of the ba...
New Lifetime Folding Tailgate Table - Perfect for Tailgating, Picnicking, and Camping
If you are going camping this summer or planning a July 4th picnic on-the-go, then our newest product is perfect for you - the Lifetime Folding Tailgate Table! Although we designed this new table with a tailgater in mind, don't let the name mislead you - this recreational table is ideal for picnics, camping, or any outdoor get-together. Simply put, this table is basically like a Lifetime banquet table with a metal grilling table attached to it - it saves you from lugging around two tables all the time. It has a 5'6" x 28" high-density polyethylene (HDPE) tabletop for prepping or serving food. (You can even easily sit four people around the table to use it as a dining table.) At the end of the table, there is an attached 28" x 15" heavy-duty grill rack with utensil holder. But, the best part is how compact this table folds. ...