Who doesn’t love a good game of MONOPOLY? At the 2009 MONOPOLY U.S. National Championship, held on April 14 and 15 in Washington, DC, the focus was on the game — and the pressure was on for the 28 finalists. Up for grabs was $20,580, which is equivalent to the “bank” in a standard game of Monopoly. To ensure that no wobbly tables stood in the way of their peak performance, Lifetime provided the tournament with twelve 37-inch square fold-in-half card tables. (Check out the picture to see them all set up and ready for competitive play). These tables turned out to be perfect for the intense game. Their fold-in-half frames lock automatically, so they could stand up to the players’ table slaps of excitement and fist pounds of frustration. They also come with a convenient carrying handle, making tourna... More

The TaskSpread six yards of compost on our lawn.  Since this was going to be some serious yard work, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to test the new Lifetime Wheelbarrow and Lifetime Yard Cart to see how they stack up against a traditional wheelbarrow. The Traditional WheelbarrowI started off by hauling one load of dirt with a traditional wheelbarrow with one wheel.  I filled it full with 35 shovels of dirt.  Right away, when I went to pick it up, it started to tip sideways on me and I really had to work to keep it from falling completely over.  Once I got it balanced, I could push it pretty easily, but it was a constant struggle to maintain stability.  Then came the tipping test.   I pushed the wheelbarrow over, but had no control how far over it tipped.  So, needless to... More

Yes, the title of this post should be sung to the tune of the chorus of The Mickey Mouse Club theme song...you can thank me later for getting that song stuck in your head all day.  :) I can't believe it!  My little baby girl is 2.  Seriously, where did the time go?  The days go by soooo slowly (with all the whining, screaming, monotonous routines, etc.), but  yet the years go by sooooo quickly. We celebrated with a Minnie Mouse birthday party on Saturday with a few family members and friends.  I decorated while Alyssa was napping so she was completely surprised when she woke up.  It was so heartwarming to see her huge smile when she saw all of the Minnie Mouse decorations!  "MINNIE!  Party!  Ready to party!," she shouted while bouncing up and down.  So cut... More

I first learned about victory gardens at a young age, thanks to the stories I read about Molly McIntire, a fictional character who grew up during World War II. Molly and her family grew their own vegetables since crops grown by farmers were needed for the American troops. Well, once the war ended, victory gardens took a back seat to the fluorescent lights of the grocery superstore. With our nation’s current financial situation though, I’m not surprised to see victory gardens—or “recession gardens,” as they’re known these days—making a comeback.I recently read that an estimated 43 million American households will be planting their own “recession gardens” this year. Forty-three million! It just goes to show that lots of people across the nation are catching on to this trend&... More

We moved to a new house two years ago and I love it!  Out of the entire house, guess which room my favorite?  Ok, trick question…it’s not even really a room. It’s the closet in our office!  It’s a large walk-in closet with two doors and a window.  I use one side for storage of big things like suitcases, our baby pack-n-play, etc.  The other side is my own little niche….my craft closet.  Most of the crafts I do are just small paper type crafts (handmade cards, invitations, etc.) so I don’t need a lot of room or fancy supplies.  Most people laugh at me and ask why I don’t just use the entire office as my craft room.  Well, as I’ve mentioned before, I love to be organized so it’s crucial to my sanity that I don’t leave projects-in-process just laying around where I can see all of the clu... More

So, I have to fess up. Lifetime makes a kids' picnic table, but I don't own one. To make matters worse, I own a Step 2 picnic table instead.  And, I actually bought my kids' picnic table AFTER I worked for Lifetime Products and knew firsthand the great quality in all products from Lifetime.  Oh, stop it!  I can already hear my former co-workers shouting "why, why, why?"  as they read this.  I purchased the table for my son's 2nd birthday. (Great present idea, BTW!)  At the time, we lived in Phoenix  where we had a tiny backyard with an in-ground pool and a piece of grass that was smaller than our master bathroom...no joke.  Everyone's backyard in Phoenix is surrounded by a 6' cement block fence...how cozy, huh?!?  Anyway, with such a small lot an... More

There’s a lot to cover when you talk about compost. First let me talk about Lifetime’s new Composter, available at BuyLifetime.com with free shipping! If you’re not familiar with compost, don’t worry, I’ll cover that further down in this article, too. I saw initial designs and a prototype at a recent company meeting, and being the “back to nature” kind of guy that I am I wanted one right away, but I had to wait until the product made it to market. Yesterday I was able to buy my very own Lifetime Composter. First off, this thing is HUGE, but it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It fits easily in a 4-foot square (the footprint of my old compost pile), and wow, does it hold a lot! 75 gallons or 10 cubic feet to be exact. The theory behind most tumbler-style composters is that... More

I know, I know.  You're probably getting tired of hearing about my Lifetime Spring Break stories.  But, I can't help it!  There were just too many to share.  But, I promise, this is my last one...at least for Spring Break 2009.  :) The weather during Spring Break was absolutely gorgeous.  We spent practically every waking minute outside.  So, it was no surprise that my kids wanted to eat lunch outside on the little tiny condo balcony one day.  (And, I do mean tiny!)  At home, my kids eat outside quite often on their own little kids' picnic table.  But, the only patio furniture at the condo were tall, bar-height chairs designed so you could see over the railing to view the ocean...not exactly conducive for short, fidgety kids.  So, we had to improvise.  Sure, we cou... More

With springtime upon us, everyone with a yard now has their mind set on spring clean-up, fresh planting, gardening, fertilizing, composting… the list seems almost endless.   BuyLifetime.com was excited to offer this as soon as the wheelbarrows came off the line, but the product beat the packaging! BuyLifetime.com offered the wheelbarrows in the bulk packaging (what I affectionately called the “neighborhood discount pack”), but most customers only need one or two of these wheelbarrows, not seven or eight. So, if you seen the Lifetime Wheelbarrow on BuyLifetime.com in the past, but didn’t want to get half-a-dozen or more of them, today you can buy just one! And, just like everything on BuyLifetime.com, the Lifetime Wheelbarrow is available with FREE SHIPPING, right to your door! More

In my Spring Break post, I mentioned how my parents crammed their van full and drove from Ohio to Texas to stay in a condo on the beach in Port Aransas for the month of March.  Let me tell you, they packed practically everything but the kitchen sink.  Literally.  Clothes, tool boxes, fishing poles, a laptop, a printer, bicycles, a sewing machine... and even a Lifetime table!  Seriously!  My mom packed her 4' fold-in-half adjustable height table so she could use it as her sewing table.  (Thank goodness its compact for easy transportation because they needed every inch of cargo space they could get.)  Mom set the table up right in front of the windows so she could enjoy the ocean view while she sewed.  She loves to make quilts as a hobby, but I also took advantage of her skills and had h... More

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And the Winner of the Lifetime Paddleboard Is…
Stacey S.of Aurora, Colorado! Stacey was the lucky winner pickedvia random.org for this month's giveaway. Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter to win one of our newest products - the stand-up Lifetime Freestyle Paddleboard. The majority of you who entered have never tried stand-up paddleboards before we sure hope that starts to change! Paddleboarding is an exciting new sport that allows you to enjoy the water in a whole new way. As one person who entered our giveaway said, it can be both meditating and an adrenaline rush all at the same time! Lifetime's Paddleboard isbuilt specifically with beginners in mind, both with the design and the price. So, if you didn't win but you still want to givea Lifetime Paddleboarda try, head to your nearest Sports Authority store to pick one up, or visit the Lifetime Store online to...
Lifetime's 45th Semi-Annual Company Meeting
When coordinating Lifetime's semi-annual company meeting, I can get caught up in the details rather than appreciating the meeting for what it is. This past Saturday, as I peered from behind my laptop into a sea of more than 800 blue 25 Years Lifetime T-shirts, it hit me. Our semi-annual meeting is a unique program one of the few times each year when people from all shifts and departments gather together and hear company updates, see new and upcoming products, and take part in Lifetimes Profit Sharing program.But Ibelieve there is more to this meetingthan what meets the eye... In the 45 times Lifetime has held this meeting, and the years that I have had the pleasure in taking part, I have come to realize what it means. Its our commitment to producing high-quality products. Its our drive to continue to grow profitably maintaini...
For A Limited Time Only Get 50% Off Our New Line of Bathroom Grabcessories
Grabcessories are manufactured by Lifetime Products and add even more variety to the many products we have to offer for the way you live. We are reallyexcited about this new line of products in the Lifetime Online Store, so we're going toentice you to try them out by offeringyoua special50% discount that will only be availablefrom 6/27/2012 to 7/6/2012.Just usethe special coupon code "grabcessories" when you make a purchase. (Please note this discount will not be available after this time). Grabcessories are designed especially for your bathroom with towel holders, a paper holder, a wall shelf, and a shower ring. At first glance, you may think these bathroom fixtures are pretty typical, but look again. Grabcessories are dual purpose in that they also function as grab bars to prevent slip and falls in the bathroom. Each fixtu...