Whoo-hoo!  School is almost over!  For most kids here in Texas, this is either the last week or next-to-last week of school.   If you haven't already, it's time to really start thinking about how to thank your child's teacher.  Wow. A teacher plays such an instrumental role in your child's life. A mere gift seems almost too simple and meaningless.  Nonetheless, it is the thought that counts and even the smallest gesture of appreciation is treasured by teachers.  For starters, a sincere handwritten thank you note can mean more to a teacher than any tangible gift.  You can even go a step further and pass along your words of praise for the teacher to a principal or administrator so they know how much their staff is valued.  It's a gift that costs nothing... More

It is speculated that the wheelbarrow had it’s beginnings as early as 100 B.C., it’s original design being a simple platform or basket with a large wheel underneath and a pair of handles which the operator used to push it along. It was obviously designed as a “carrier”, and the loads it has carried have varied widely throughout the years. Spanning many cultures all over the world, it has been a vital piece of equipment in a variety of occupations. Wheelbarrows have a long and honorable history. They have been used in early military operations to transport supplies and injured soldiers. Various forms and designs have been found throughout history to transport produce and carry building materials for construction. Wheelbarrows were crucial to world-wide mining operations as well. While the wheelbarrow is still vital to such ... More

  I FINALLY did it!  I finally got around to editing and uploading my video clips from when we built our Lifetime 8'x5' Shed back in the Fall.  But, hopefully, it's just in time to help those of you workaholics who are planning on building a Lifetime shed this Memorial Day weekend! The video is a little long (about 10 minutes), but it's a condensed, yet thorough, documentary of our 4 hour and 45 minute project.  (Honest, that's all the time it took us to build an entire shed!) It's a great insight as to what you're really in for if you're thinking about building a Lifetime shed.  And, it's filled with tips for steps where we, as normal homeowners, had problems.  So, in addition to reading the instructions and my other three shed building posts,... More

Ok, so maybe this title has a slight arrogant flare.  But, just hear me out.  I honestly have your best interest in mind and I'm only trying to help you get the most bang for your buck.   The idea for this post popped into my head after talking to my neighbor who just bought a Lifetime table.  She'd been wanting to buy a Lifetime table for a while, but just never got around to it.  (Sound familiar?) Her friend was having a 40th birthday party and asked if our neighbor had a folding table she could borrow for the party.  Since my neighbor had been wanting to get one for her monthly Girl Scouts' meetings and her upcoming garage sale, she went out that day and bought a 6' fold-in-half Lifetime table and then immediately loaned it to her friend for the birthday party.  Bei... More

After spreading six yards of compost on our lawn, you'd think we would be done with yard work, right?  Nope, not us.  We have a back corner of our yard that is heavily shaded by trees so the original Bermuda grass never grew.  To make matters worse,  our yard is sloped so what little grass we did have in that corner simply washed downhill.  We really want to try and get grass to grow back there.  Not just so it will be green and look nice, but because we have a tire swing back there and we have a ladder in that corner to climb the fence over to our neighbor's house.  Read between the lines...I'm tired of having to wash muddy feet every time we come into the house! We did some research and we think we've found a grass that is pretty shade tolerant.  So, last week, we put... More

I think I can finally move again without feeling pain in every inch of my back and arms.  Remember in my Great Wheelbarrow Showdown post how I mentioned that my husband and I spread six yards of compost on our front and backyard?   Did I mention that I was the one who shoveled absolutely every bit of compost into the Wheelbarrow and Yard Cart?  Yep, me and my big buff muscles.  Ouch!  Anyway, in my Great Wheelbarrow Showdown post, my "test" results for the best actual wheelbarrow had the Lifetime Wheelbarrow beating out the Lifetime Yard Cart and a traditional wheelbarrow.  The Lifetime Yard Cart could hold twice as much dirt as the Lifetime Wheelbarrow and it pushed fairly easy considering the amount of weight in it.  However, it failed the wheelbarrow tipping test because ... More

 
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My backstage experience..
As Katie mentioned in the last post, our semi-annual company meeting was a success! By the way, I want to put this disclaimer out there: I was asked to write a blog post on my experience at the Semi-Annual meeting, so I did not volunteer to write this post. So here it goes: Im sitting backstage feeling a little anxious for the big event. Its Profit Sharing! It happens twice a year and Katie and I have worked hard getting presentations, videos, and everything else organized for the meeting. As I watch Katie finalize a few things on the final presentation, my adrenaline starts going. The backstage men in black, as I call them, give us the queue. Time to begin! The opening video rolls, then Richard (our President) runs out and begins his presentation. He then announces the founders wife, Kathy, will present the Humanitarian of...
Win a Lifetime Round Picnic Table for Your Labor Day BBQ!
This giveaway has ended.Sadly, summer is almost over and Labor Day is just around the corner. Labor Day is officially a federal holiday and a day of rest created to recognize our country's workers. But, it seems it is more often recognized as a day to signify the last day of summer with one last hooroh. So, since most Labor Day celebrations traditionally include a picnic or BBQ, this month we're going to give away a Lifetime 44-Inch Round Picnic Table! The Lifetime 44-Inch Round Picnic Table offers a unique twist to the standard picnic table. And, yes, I mean that literally because the benches on this table twist, or rather swing, outward for easy seating access for up to six adults! This open frame design provides a stylish look and increases legroom. It also allows for wheelchair accessibility. Like all Lifetime tables, th...
The All New Lifetime Power Flex - New Rim, New Adjustment Mechanism
The coolest thing about working at Lifetime Products is our dedication to innovate and make stuff that just doesn't exist yet. Our newest basketball system - the Power Flex System - is my favorite system that we make because of just that. In an industry that is saturated with competition, we were able to come up with an in-groundbasketball system that is unique in many ways. First, we started with the height adjustment mechanism. Our engineers were able to patent new technology with a gas-assist, triggerless handle adjustment called the Power Lift XL Height Adjust. This new Power Lift XL is similar to our existing Power Lift mechanism that Lifetime invented in 1996 - which was the first pneumatic height adjustment mechanism for basketball hoops. However, our new Power Lift XL has larger handle to help make raising and loweri...