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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Creating a Home Workspace
Where do you pay bills? In a recent survey of my newsletter readers, 43% said they pay bills in their home office/study/den and 45% said they pay bills in the kitchen, living room, dining room or bedroom (the remaining 12% pay bills outside the home). Having a designated home office space makes it simpler and easier to handle incoming mail and paperwork, organize bill paying, and manage your household. But what if you dont have an entire room that you can dedicate for your workspace? In many homes, the kitchen or dining room table does double duty as a home office. The biggest hitch with this solution is that papers tend to accumulate on the table, leaving nowhere for the family to eat! Its not just you who needs to pay bills and manage mail; your children also need a place to do their homework. What if you could quickly se...
Lifetime's EcoHousing Initiative - Mass-Produced Shelters for Disaster Relief
Two weeks ago, Lifetime unveiled its latest product - the EcoHouse. Just so you know, this isnt our normal type of product that is available for consumers to purchase in retail stores. Nope, the Lifetime EcoHouse will be manufactured and distributed to provide housing for impoverished or disaster-stricken areas. Pretty cool, huh? So, what makes this shelter so revolutionary? Well, first off, its a 377 sq ft building that ships on four pallets and can be assembled in only 72 man hours. And, it can be built with sustainable electric, plumbing, and waste management - which means households have no need to pay for utilities! Perfect for disaster-stricken and impoverished areas. The shelter can be configured in multiple ways for use as a four-room home, a school, clinic, dining area, or meeting area. Why are we calling it the E...
Get $30 Off Lifetime Deck Boxes And Solve Your Storage Problems
Did you make a New Years resolution to get more organized? If so, Lifetime has lots of products that can help! Our sheds can help youorganize yourtools and lawn careequipment and our modular cabinets are perfect for organizing your home, office, or garage spaces. One of our most versatile organization products is the Lifetime 130 gallonOutdoor Storage Box, so this month we are giving you a$30 off coupon code on our Lifetime online store! Lifetime Outdoor Storage Boxes are ideal for holiday decorations, outdoor toys, patio furniturecushions, and more. Keepthisstorage box on the deck or patio foreasy-to-get-tostorage of all of the items you like to use in your yard. It's also ideal for garage storage itemsandmakes a great storage solutionfor condo balconies or apartments with little or no outdoor storage structures available. ...