When I was visiting my parents at their condo in Port Aransas last week, I happened to snap a picture of the condo building's social room.  It's not that it was super attractive or decorated beautifully (or even decorated at all!) but, it was filled with nothing but Lifetime tables and chairs!  Yep, that was it.  Four plain walls, seven Lifetime 6' banquet tables, and numerous Lifetime chairs.  The tables and chairs are used every Monday morning when the residents gather to eat breakfast, and at various other times for potlucks, game nights, etc.  Many residents also borrow the Lifetime chairs to use in their own condos.  My Mom borrowed two so she could have extra seating at the dining table since it only came with four chairs.  And, she also used the Lifetime chairs at her sewing table. ... More

Plastic storage sheds are a must-have for anyone that has a yard. Storage sheds in general help you to keep your tools and other “yard stuff” organized, out of the weather, and out of the yard. Bags of compost or fertilizer store well in a weather-proof shed, and if you lock your outdoor storage shed these potentially harmful bags can be stored out of reach of children, pets, or vandals. Lifetime plastic garden sheds have some distinct benefits over traditional stick-framed sheds, and don’t even get me started about flimsy metal sheds. Wood sheds need to be maintained to keep them safe from the elements. Walls and doors need to be scraped and painted somewhat frequently to keep the exterior weather-tight, shingles need to be replaced every so often. Insects and rodents love wood, it’s a natural elem... More

Deep breath.  Looong slow exhale. Ok, I think I’m mentally ready to unwind from my spring break vacation and start writing.  As much as my parents deny it, they’re becoming Ohio snowbirds.  For the past two years they’ve packed their mini van full and moved to Texas for the month of March.  They rent a condo right on the beach in Port Aransas on Mustang Island.  I am very blessed that they choose to come to Texas rather than Florida so they can spend quality time with me.  Ok, who am I kidding, we all know it’s for the quality time with my kids, not me!  :) So, last week we headed to Port Aransas for spring break week to visit my parents.   Spring break at Port Aransas is… well, different.  I did the whole spring break trip to South Padre Islan... More

When I was a little girl, my Grandpa made me a very special keepsake gift...a handmade wooden dollhouse, complete with shingles cut from sandpaper.  Well, just like a real house roof has to be replaced about every 20 years, evidently so does a dollhouse roof!  After our four moves, (ok, and 30 years of sun damage, dust, and wear-and-tear!) the dollhouse roof was about 10 years past its prime.  The sandpaper shingles were curling up and literally falling off.  My Dad and I have been wanting to replace them for several years now, but we've just never got around to it whenever he came to visit from out-of-state.  This weekend my parents were here and it was a cold, rainy weekend with not much to do.  So, my Dad and I FINALLY started the dollhouse roof replacement project.  My Dad's fathe... More

I’ve written about the Lifetime Wheelbarrow in a couple of my posts (here and here), it really is a wonderful thing. Some readers have asked me if Lifetime has anything suited for larger projects or larger properties where a wheelbarrow (though effective) is inefficient. The answer is a wholehearted YES! Lifetime makes a small utility trailer and yard cart that works both as a cart and a trailer that you can pull behind an ATV or riding mower. The Yard Cart’s heavy-duty, extra-large tub can hold 10-cubic feet, is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic materials, and can haul up to 650 pounds. Let’s see your old wheelbarrow do that!         Now available with FREE SHIPPING from BuyLifetime.com. More

My son started taking swimming lessons a few weeks ago at a new swim school that just opened by our house.  I must say, for a 5-year-old he does really well!  He's known how to kind of swim for several years, but we're hoping this new class will help perfect his stroke so he is proficient and completely independent for this summer's swim season.  The place where he takes swimming lessons has a pretty thorough system of checks and balances to ensure each child completes the necessary skills in each level. They have an instructor that monitors the swim teacher and student during the lesson and evaluates if the skill is mastered.  After the skill is mastered, it is recorded in a logbook and marked off on the child's wristband. I was happy to see when I walked in the first day that they use a Lifetime 4-foot... More

Look out the window, spring is here… time to get digging, planting, transplanting, and hauling… wait, hauling? Yup, you’re going to have to move all that compost, all those pavers and blocks, potted shrubs, soil, bags of fertilizer, mountains of mulch… the list goes on and on, but it all needs to be done, and let’s face it, packing it my hand just isn’t a viable option! That’s where wheelbarrows come in to play. Sometimes called a “garden cart” or “garden wagon”, a wheelbarrow fills a much needed role in any backyard or landscaping project. Wheelbarrows help carry more per load, and help carry even very heavy items. But that’s where traditional wheelbarrows fall short. Traditional wheelbarrows typically have one wheel at the front of the basket, leav... More

I may not be quite as sharp as the CSI team, but my keen eyes did spot several Lifetime tables and chairs on last week's CSI:NY "Turbulence" episode!  (A rerun BTW.)  Some companies pay BIG bucks to get ideal product placement (meaning actually using or showing the product) in movies and TV shows.  You know, like how all the American Idol judges have a giant Coca-Cola cup sitting in front of them every show!?  But, sometimes, a company is fortunate enough to have its product used just because it is the ideal product for a scene. I'm always watching the background shots of various shows, especially home improvement shows, to see if they use Lifetime tables.  Every once in a while, I catch a glimpse of one.  But, the folding tables and chairs in this CSI: NY episode were pretty har... More

The 6415 shed Shed is an 11-foot by 13.5-foot outdoor storage shed unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that looks like wood siding and traditional shingles, but HDPE never rots, never has insect problems, never needs painting, and you’ll never need to re-shingle. But the 6415 shed shed isn’t a “plastic shed” by any stretch of the imagination. The 6415 shed shed has a powder-coated, rust resistant steel frame and rafters. It has lockable front-doors, windows, gable vents, and “attic storage,” and modular accessory system, the 6415 shed shed is a revolution in backyard storage. The 6415 shed sheds is available with free shipping from BuyLifetime.com. More

BuyLifetime.com has generally sold only products manufactured by Lifetime Products, but Lifetime has always been about more than just tables, chairs, sheds and organization, and basketball hoops, Lifetime was founded on the principles of family fun and togetherness. So, in the tradition of family fun, BuyLifetime.com now offers Wiggle Cars (some call them Wiggle Scooters or Coaster Cars). These little cars are entirely kid-powered, no batteries required. Simply hold onto the steering wheel and start twisting side-to-side. Buy a few and challenge the kids to a race. Available in blue and yellow. Unlike most scooters, these wiggle cars will work for small children (we recommend ages 3 and up), but older kids and even parents up to 230 pounds can jump on and enjoy. Oh, and like all products on BuyLifetime.com, shipping is ... More

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Who Dunnit?
My oh my. What a weekend! My husband and I hosted a party at our house for his squadron on Saturday night. We always like to make things interesting and entertaining so we decided to host a Murder Mystery party for our 39 guests. Never been to a Murder Mystery party? More details on how it works in a minute... The theme of our Murder Mystery party was a Class of '85 High School Reunion. Everyone had to dress like their character would have in the 80s. Wow, talk about some, like, totally awesome costumes! The women pulled out all the classics including jelly bracelets, leggings, shoulder pads, and cans of Aquanet hairspray to tease their hair. (Ah, the good 'ol days.) Not to be outdone, the men donned layered shirts, Miami Vice suits, acid washed jeans, and rat tails. Hillarious! And, if the costume reminiscing wasn't enough,...
Hobo Pies
One of my Dads traditions at the lake house is to build a campfire outside almost every night. My dad likes to eat popcorn around the fire, but when the grandkids visit, its time to break out the good ol traditional smores! After all, what kid can resist melted chocolate and gooey marshmallows smooshed between graham crackers? For a change of pace forthe kids campfiresweet treats, one night my sister-in-law introduced us all to Hobo Pies. If youve never had a Hobo Pie, youre in for, well, something different from smores. :) First of all, to make a Hobo Pie over a campfire, you need an iron pie maker, available in camping departments. Then, youll need bread and some fillings. In the tradition of pie, my sister-in-law brought apple pie filling and cherry pie filling. First, we lined up all of our ingredients on our Lifetime p...
Black Friday Deals Black Friday Deals - Up to $200 Off Lifetime Products at Backyards Inc.!
If you're headed out to start your holiday shopping this Friday(Black Friday), be sure to make your first stop at Backyards Inc., the Official Outlet Store for Lifetime Products. All six Backyards Inc. stores in Utah will be open 9am-3pm the day after Thanksgiving and will offer some of the biggest deals of the year, including up to $200 off select Lifetime products and some products for less than $15! Seriously, a table for just $14.99! (Surely one - or even two - people on your list could use a handy Personal Table that adjusts to four different heights...perfect for a child's desk, a microwave stand in a dorm room,aTV tray for d...