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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Labor Day Fun
I always look forward to Labor Day with such mixed emotions. Naturally, I love having the three-day weekend and having my hubby home for an extra day of fun or to-do projects. But, it also means summer is officially over.:( My son, Nathan, started preschool today so we wanted to spend our Labor Day weekend enjoying the last remaining hours of summer freedom. We took the kids swimming one day and we also took them to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. So much fun! Nathan was tall enough to ride a few of the adult roller coasters this year so that made it even more exciting for all of us. (Wow, there is nothing more heartwarming than watching your child grin literally ear-to-ear all day long from having such genuine fun and thrills!) But, just like my last post, our adventure started off with Lifetime! Its everywhere! To enter Six Fla...
The Winner of Our Biggest Giveaway of the Year is….
Wow! When we announced we were hosting our biggest giveaway of the year,your entries started rolling in fast! Not only did we give away our BIGGEST type of product we make, we also had the biggestnumber of entries to date. We asked you to simply tell us how you would use a Lifetime shed and, boy, did we get an earful. Lawn and gardenequipmenttopped the list as the most popular items people planned to keep in a Lifetime shed. However,storing outdoor toys and bikes, garage stuff and tools, extrakids' clothes, and holiday decorations were also frequently mentioned. We even had some creative plans including to use the shed for a workshop, a "man cave", a playhouse, storing boat equipment, storing pool equipment,hiding a water tank, and keeping firewood dry. Clearly, the uses for a Lifetime shed are limited only to your imaginatio...
How Many Calories Can You Burn Playing Tetherball?
The other day my family took advantage of the perfect outdoor Fall weather and we spent the morning riding bikes to the local library and school playground. While our kids were busy exploring the teeter-totters, swings, and playscapes, my husband and I happened to notice a few lonely, but well-used, tetherball poles. With just one silent look at each other, we both knew it was "game on". Now, don't ask me what I was thinkingI'm 5'6" and my husband is 6'4". Obviously, I didn't really stand a chance. But, the competitive side in me had to try. I guess maybe I remember too vividly my elementary school days when I was always the unlucky kid to patiently wait my turn in line, only to have to play against the biggest kid in the class who could wind the ball around the pole in just one punch. No lines here and maybe somehow over th...