Last week Lifetime's Home & Garden Guru Charlie Nardozzi's Tip of the Week provided quick pointers of how to properly clean and store your garden tools for the winter.  His tip reminded me of a handy idea I picked up while visiting BackYards Inc. a few weeks ago.   (BackYards Inc. is the official outlet store for Lifetime Products with five locations in Utah.) Lifetime's plastic sheds come with two peg strips, which I installed on the shed walls.  (If I recall, I think that's where the instruction photos show to install them, as well.)   However, to maximize storage space, did you know you can also install the peg strips on the shed doors! Handy, huh? Are your peg strips already full?  No problem!  You can buy additional peg strips, as well as other Lifetime s... More

We were fortunate to enjoy an early Thanksgiving dinner last weekend with our Air Force squadron family.  A sampling of ingredients for our massive family feast:2 turkey fryers7 turkeys8 folding tables20+ desserts60+ peopleA heaping cup of friendship No matter how big or small your celebration may be, I hope you enjoy a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! More

Do you have guests with little ones coming to stay with you for the holidays?  Fill ill-equipped to meet all the baby needs?  Sometimes the little comforts of home can make a big difference when traveling with children who are used to routines.  One easy way to accommodate your diaper-wearing visitors (and their parents) is to have a changing table set up in their room.  Hold on, no need to run to the local baby store.  Simply pull out your Lifetime folding table!  Trust me, it works perfect! This summer when we were home visiting my parents, my mom set up her Lifetime 4' adjustable height fold-in-half table in my daughter's room.  We used it as a diaper changing table for my 2-year-old and the 4' table was the perfect size...we even had room to keep the wipes on the table, too... More

My son is in kindergarten this year and I love hearing what fun things he does in school each day since it's all so new to him.  Last week he came home and couldn't wait to tell me about gym class - they had played tetherball!  Wow, does that bring back some memories.  Apparently, I'm not the only one that remembers standing in line during school recess waiting for my turn to take the big swing.  A few weeks ago, one of the popular Twitter topics was #whenwewereyoung.  (BTW, you can follow us on Twitter @Lifetime 365!) I was surprised to read how many people tweeted about tetherball memories!  Some fond, some not so fond...guess it depends on if they were hit by the ball!?! Well, good news!  Tetherball is no longer limited to school playgrounds!  Lifetime has made a new ... More

Gathering extended family together on Thanksgiving Day adds quality to life. There is excitement in the air as guests start to arrive and greet each other and catch up. Children especially love to visit their cousins at the holidays. When entertaining, always keep in mind that invited children are guests too. Having an activity table for the kids that can double as a dining table can be invaluable at holiday gatherings. My six grandchildren love to have their own kids' table with activities. On a busy day like Thanksgiving, offer crafts that are simple and fun. Try these easy ideas to keep your young guests entertained. As always for safety, adult supervision is required. Set up a Lifetime Children’s Folding Picnic Table and cover with a sheet of white butcher paper and fasten with tape. Have washable markers and sh... More

I took a trip to San Diego this past weekend for the International PRSA conference. Awesome information and great speakers. But, four days of workshops, exhibitions, and keynote speakers-- needless to say, it's healthy to take a break! What better place to do just that than the San Diego Zoo! For me, the highlight of the zoo is watching the polar bears. I was so excited to get to the exhibit, only to find him spread out on his belly, fast asleep. After a few minutes of debating wether or not I should move on, suddenly, he opened his eyes and lumbered over to the pool. Kids and adults alike ran toward the glass, watching with excitement. This polar bear knew exactly what he wanted to do. He swam to one side of the water, grabbed his ball with one humongous paw, a... More

Lifetime just launched something really cool that I couldn't wait to tell you about....The Lifetime Space Planner!  It's a FREE online tool that helps you, well, simply put....plan your space.  You can use it to plan any room or space - plot the perfect spot for your new Lifetime shed in the backyard, or plan a folding table arrangement in your living room for the upcoming Thanksgiving feast for your entire family.  This tool is great because you can plan layouts for practically any space - banquet halls,  offices, backyards, inside a shed,  dining rooms, you name it.  Simply enter your dimensions and you're good to go!  Almost all of Lifetime's products are entered, just click the picture to add it to your plan.  Plus,  it has everything you can imagine to make your layout realis... More

Gardening in Vermont, I know about cold weather. The growing season is short and intense. I don’t dare go away in May or early June, because if I don’t get everything planted, I may miss the opportunity to get annual plants in the ground soon enough so they produce before a fall frost. Then there’s September and October when frost can come at any time. Yes, it’s a crazy place to garden, but I’ve learned some great tips over the years to make the gardening easier and more productive. Here are some of my best tips: Build the Soil- With the short growing season and cool temperatures, the soil needs to be in tiptop shape to produce the best annual flowers and vegetables. I like to add a 1- to 2-inch thick deep layer of compost on my beds every spring and work it in. It’s cheapest to buy the co... More

Do you love Lifetime products?  Do you love getting good deals?  Then follow us on Twitter and become a Lifetime Products fan on Facebook! Our first Twitter exclusive promotion will be held this Wednesday, November 11, 2009 on Veterans Day.  Follow us on Twitter and in honor of Veterans Day and the 50 great states that our veterans give so much for, I'll announce a discount code good for $50 off any purchase of $150 or more at Buylifetime.com!  And, as always, shipping is FREE at www.Buylifetime.com! Lifetime is proud of our military and is proud to offer this discount to everyone - whether in the military or not - in honor of the service and sacrifice these men and women give for our country.  But hurry, the Veterans Day discount I mentioned above will be valid for one day only.&... More

I'm sure you remember that I'm the "technical guy" that blogs about geeky stuff, right? Here's another one of those geeky posts, so if you're looking for Thanksgiving Tips or something along those lines, this isn't the article for you. If, however, you'd like to see some of the nuts and bolts that make Lifetime Products the company that it is, you might just enjoy the read. Lifetime Products recently made the switch to Microsoft Exchange 2010. For those of you who don’t know, Exchange is Microsoft’s “Swiss Army Knife” server application. It’s an email host with LDAP & contact capabilities, it handles schedules and calendars, tasks and to-do lists, voice messaging, fax, unified messaging, syncing to Windows Phones (formerly known as Windows Mobile, formerly known as Pocket PC) and iPhones, an... More

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3 People On Your Christmas List Who Need a Lifetime Table
1.The HostessKnow a woman who has a knack for hosting dashing parties? Lend her an extra hand and give her the Lifetime 4-Foot Adjustable Height Table. This table is a hostess dream. Its lightweight so she can easily set it up in advance by herself. Use it at the table height for extra adult dining space, set it at its lowest height for the kiddie table at family gatherings or birthday parties, or use it at the tall buffet height for a convenient and portable serving table. 2. The Craft QueenShe can sew, she can scrapbook, she can arrange flowers, she can paintyou name it and she can make it. Give her a Lifetime 5-Foot Fold-in-Half Table and shell call it Craft Central Station. This table has just the right amount of room to spread out all of her supplies and still have room to work, yet its still short enough to fit in smal...
Pin Your Favorite Lifetime Products on Pinterest
What is Pinterest? According to their website,Pinterest is a "virtual pinboard" where you can pin your interests. "Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes..." Some time ago we started to see Lifetime products showing up on people's pinboards. How cool is that? Based on how fast Pinterest is growing, and all the cool things people are doing with our products, we thought we'd make it easier for you to "Pin" our stuff on your pinboards! Head on over to our Lifetime Store online, find your favorite product, then click the Pin It button to add it to your pinboard! Happy pinning!
Life Jackets: An Essential Part of Paddlesports
Here in the water sports department we often get asked, Do I need to wear a life jacket when I kayak... even in flat water? It is a good question, and it has a really important answer - YES. Almost all of the US states require you to have a life jacket with you when on the water, no matter the water conditions. The details will, of course, vary state to state. The key is you should always have a life jacket when heading out for a paddle whether in your kayak or on your paddleboard. More importantly, you should always be wearing your life jacket when you are paddling. It is easy to brush the PFD (personal flotation device -aka lifejacket) off as a non-essential but it is just as important as your paddle and kayak. You never know what could happen out there and it is always best to be prepared. Even good swimmers should wear ...