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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Pro Basketball in your Backyard
Okay, so the big boys from the pros wont actually be in your backyard, but you can deck your yard out to look every bit as professional. First off youre going to want to pick up a 98874 Mammoth In-Ground Basketball System from BuyLifetime.com. This setup is huge (72-inches) and professional quality just like youve likely seen in High Schools, Colleges, and even some professional sports teams. Once youve got your 98874 Mammoth you need to decide whether or not you you want a half-court or full- court game. The obvious answer if you want a full-court experience is to buy two 98874 Mammoth systems. That may not be an option for you, so why not consider a portable basketball system? With a portable basketball system you can wheel it to where the action is at game time, then wheel it away for storage after the final w...
Ambassador Huntsman Tours Lifetime China Facility and EcoHouse
Last week, I had the honor of traveling to Xiamen, China, to show our factory and new EcoHousing Initiative to Jon Huntsman Jr., previous governor of Utah and current Ambassador to China. The tour of our Xiamen facility was well organized and I could not be more pleased with the way things turned out. A bit of history. In 2008, we opened a wholly-owned and operated facility in Xiamen, China. This means we have tight control over product quality. This is a huge distinction and big advantage over imitation "Lifetime" products made in China by other companies. By having our own manufacturing facility overseas, we can be more globally competitive and more effectively and profitably manage our international sales and distribution to the more than 52 countries we sell products to worldwide. Being wholly-owned also means the facili...
Website Launched for New Lifetime Grabcessories Safety Products
A while ago, we shared on this blog that Lifetime was adding a new Health and Wellness category. Health and Wellness is a category of products designed to, well, keep you healthy and well. This Health and Wellness category now offers a complete line of products called Grabcessories. Grabcessories are safety grab bars mixed with beautifully designed bathroom fixtures. Theyredesigned to be attractive so your bathroom wont look like a hospital, and they come in two finishes: Chrome and Brushed Nickel. These grab bars help with limited mobility while in the bathroom. There is a bar for each area where extra safety might be needed. For example, we have a bar that wraps around the tub or shower faucet, providing stability when showering or a place to grab hold when entering or exiting the tub. These grab bars are strong. When moun...