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 that's sure to hit soon? Being cooped up inside during the cold winter months can make kids (and parents) go stir crazy.  If you’ve run out of new play ideas to try, pull out your Lifetime folding table and read on.   I've 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 required…it’s just good old fashioned fun!  You’ll 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&rdquo... More

From all of us at Lifetime Products, may you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season! More

Are you planning on staying up late on Christmas Eve to help Santa assemble the gift he bought from Lifetime Products?  Hopefully, Lifetime's instruction manual will answer any questions you may have.  However, if you do get stuck in a rut, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on www.lifetime.com before you send Santa stomping back to his workshop!  Whether you're assembling a basketball hoop, wheelbarrrow,  or shed, we've got a list of customers' most popular questions including where to find your model number, what to use to fill a basketball base, or how to remove the label from your table!  We even have all of our assembly instructions online, just in case you accidentally threw your copy away with the boxes and wrapping paper.  If you can't find your answer o... More

Well, winter is officially upon us.   Now that you finally (or hopefully) have all of your summer backyard accessories stored, did you once again find yourself running out of places to stuff all of your patio cushions and pool supplies?  Yes?  Thought so.  Well, then  it's time to stop buying yet another tiny storage container to add to your collection already cluttering your deck.  Treat yourself to a super-sized deck box instead!  Lifetime's new 130-gallon deck box is huge!  (So, quite frankly, if you've only got a tiny place you want to put a deck box, this isn't for you.)  But, don't just take our word for it.  Consumers Digest awarded the Lifetime Deck Box a Best Buy award in September 2009, stating "This unit delivers the most storage capacity of any deck box and i... More

If you’re family is like mine, you’ve got some real basketball fans in the house.  Instead of just watching games on TV during basketball season, I try to get my kids and neighbors in on the action with neighborhood basketball tournaments. Whether you’re playing “H-O-R-S-E” or a simple game of one-on-one, there’s just something about a basketball goal that demands for friends to get together and have some fun. You could play family vs family, girls vs boys, or even adults vs kids (just be careful—if the kids win, they will never let you live it down!). Get your game started on an adjustable-height basketball system from Lifetime Products—that way, you can lower the hoop, so even younger kids can be all-stars. To celebrate the championship game, you could even give away h... More

1.  The KidsSure, kids love to get new toys for their Christmas.  But more than that, most toddlers like things that are “just like Mom and Dad’s”!  Give them a Lifetime Children’s Picnic Table so they can sit and eat at a table just their size and they’ll soon be begging for dinnertime!  And, just like the adult version, the plastic top and metal frame fold flat to hang on the wall for easy storage during the winter months.  Oh, did we mention it’s stain resistant? Even permanent marker, spaghetti sauce, or grape juice won’t stain this table!   2. The TeacherLooking for a unique gift for your child’s teacher that she can use both in her classroom and at home?  Give her a Lifetime Personal Table.  It’s inexpensive and with the thre... More

The holidays always stimulate the desire to connect with people in my life that I have been meaning to spend time with all year long. A holiday open house is a drop-in event and is the perfect solution to have family, friends, co-workers and neighbors over for an afternoon of good food and warm hospitality. An open house gives your guests the option of choosing a time in the afternoon that fits into their busy holiday schedule and gives you the opportunity to catch up with many near and dear in one casual event. Follow these guidelines for the easiest and most delicious open house yet! Happy Holidays! Send your paper invitations 3-4 weeks in advance as social calendars around the holidays can fill up fast. Or send an e-vite via the internet. Guests can get all the information to your open house including a map to your hom... More

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.  It’s 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 paint…you name it and she can make it.  Give her a Lifetime 5-Foot Fold-in-Half Table and she’ll call it Craft Central Station.  This table has just the right amount of room to spread out all of ... More

 
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An all new www.Lifetime.com
Over here at Lifetime Products Mission Control, we try to keep our flagship website up-to-date not only with the latest content, but also with the latest in techology and design. When we visit websites we tend to like the ones that frequently update their content; have a clean, easy to use navigation scheme; and are fun to interact with. We think these kinds of sites encourage people to come back (that's called "repeat viewership" in web lingo) and to explore the site (that's called "multiple page views"). So, we added some flash, we added some interesting articles, and much more before wrapping it all up in a fancy new design that we hope you'll love! Why don't you head on over to www.Lifetime.com, surf around a little bit, then come back here and let us know what you think!
Lifetime Products: A “Lean” Manufacturing Leader - Learns from Toyota
Three of our executives--President, COO, and VP of Research Development--recently had the opportunity to visit Toyotas assembly plant in Japan. Their visit was not to see how cars and trucks are built, but rather to learn more about Toyotas Lean manufacturing ways. Lean is a term used frequently here at Lifetime. Basically, Lean is centered on preserving value with less work. Lifetime has been implementing Lean methods for more than ten years however; there has been renewed emphasis the past two years. Some of which include flow of material and plant layout. The concept of Lean manufacturing is growing in popularity around the world but it originally derived from the Toyota Production System (TPS) in Japan. Our executives said Japan, in general, is an unbelievably clean and neat country which is directly reflected in their ...
The Dos and Don’ts of After-Christmas Composting
Whew, the crazy holiday season is almost over. All the gifts are opened, all the relatives are gone, and now all the cleanup begins. Lots of presents, lots of food, and lots of decorations add up to well, lots of trash. But, before you start chunking everything in the garbage can, a majority of your holiday trash can actually be saved to make one last great gift to give to... your Lifetime Compost Tumbler!Holidays provide lots of great compost material that often gets overlooked. Take a look at all of these items you probably have laying around your house now that Santa has come and gone that you can easily add to your Lifetime Composter.Do put in your composter: Wrapping paper - Use only non-foil, non-glossy papers. Be sure to remove any ribbons and tape. Tear or shred paper then add it to your composter gradually to main...