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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R2D2 and Minnie Mouse Costumes
Hope you had a fun and safe Halloween this year. We sure did! My kiddos were the perfect age this year to really enjoy it. Of course, I wouldnt being doing my doting mommy duty if I didnt brag about how cute my kiddos looked. Personally, I think they were the cutest costumes I saw...maybe just slightly prejudice, I know. :) My two-year-old daughter went as Minnie Mouse and my 6-year-old son was R2DT from Star Wars. At first I figured R2D2 would be easy to find since Star Wars is so popular right now. What I didnt realize is that R2D2 is not in the new movies and cartoons. Tons of Stormtroopers and Darth Vadar costumes were readily available, but leave it to us to pick the one character for which a costume doesnt exist. Luckily, my son LOVES to do craft projects so we decided to fully embrace his R2D2 passion and tackle ye...
Congrats February Contest Winner!
Happy Valentines Day! This past week we held a special Valentines Day contest to win a PINK kids picnic table. And, Im happy to say congratulations to JaNiel P. (JPark), Logan, UT JaNiel was choosen randomly from the qualifying entries and plans to have her kids use their new picnic table at their local farmers market to sell homegrown fruits and vegetables. Thanks to everyone who entered! If youre looking for Valentines Day traditions to do with your kids, be sure to read the comments people shared. There are some really cute and unique ideas. Oh, can you guess the #1 Valentines tradition our contest entrants like to do with their children? Make heart-shaped sugar cookies, followed closely by making handmade Valentine cards! Dont forget, even if you didnt win, you can still use the coupon code PINK until Feb. 18 for 10%...
Win a Fold-In-Half Table and Chairs to Seat Your Thanksgiving Guests!
This giveaway has ended. Halloween isn't even here yet, but if you have walked through any stores lately, you know that retailers are already in full swing with Thanksgiving and even Christmas displays. Personally, I like to think about one holiday at a time! But, at Lifetime we're already starting to think about the holidays, too with products, sales, and more. In fact, the holiday entertaining season is one of the most popular times for people to purchase Lifetime folding tables and chairs because they need extra dining space for Thanksgiving dinners, extra buffet table space, and more. So even though it's still October, this month our giveaway is geared for your November and December needs. We're giving away a Lifetime 34" Fold-In-Half Square Table and four Lifetime Light Commercial Folding chairs! Square tables - or card...