Kids have a way of doing things that just make you smile.  It's always surprising and amusing how even the tiniest of tots can be pretty resourceful.  Take, for instance, my daughter's witty idea a few weeks ago when we visited my family in Ohio.  While we were up at their lake house, we ate almost every meal outside to enjoy the lake view and the beautiful weather.  Plus, with six adults and five kids, we simply had more table space outside than inside.  Typically, the adults would always sit at my parents' patio table and chairs while the kids would eat at the 6' Lifetime picnic table.  Even though it wasn't a children's Lifetime picnic table, all of the kiddos could reach just fine, except for my two-year-old daughter, Alyssa.  She loves being like the ... More

Out of the blue, two people have mentioned table clips to me in the past few weeks.  It's not exactly a popular conversation topic or product, so I'm taking that as a sign that I should blog about them!  Wanna hear something else weird...both people were named Nancy.  Good thing I'm not superstitious.  :) My aunt Nancy was telling me how her friend was looking for table clips to fit her Lifetime table to hold her material in place for quilting.  Hmmm...clever idea for you quilter's out there, huh?!  And, one of our blog readers, said she was looking for table clips to fit her Lifetime tables that she uses in her restaurant with skirting on them. Just so you know, the edges of most Lifetime banquet tables are thicker than traditional wooden folding banquet tables, which makes it a little harder ... More

I can't believe it's been one year already since I wrote my first blog for Lifetime365.com.  I have to admit, back when the folks at Lifetime first asked me if I was interested in blogging, I was a bit hesitant.  Don't get me wrong, I was super excited they asked me since I am a former Lifetime employee and I LOVE writing.  It was a perfect fit.  But, I wasn't quite sure how I would ever come up with enough topics about Lifetime products from my daily life to blog one to two times a week.  Well, it turns out that when you really like something, it's pretty easy to talk (er, blog) about it non-stop!  Kind of like how people can go on and on and on about their kids.  :)  Until I started this little project, I honestly never realized how many times and ways I use Lifet... More

Summer is quickly winding down.  But, thankfully, August is one of the hottest months so there are still plenty of days left to squeeze in some last minute authentic summer fun.  Here in Texas, it's been crazy hot.  Ok, insanely hot – something unbelievable like 35 days over 100 degrees before August even started!  I was tired of simply heading to the pool or waterpark to stay cool, so the other day I surprised my kids with some good ol' fashioned water balloons.  Sure, it took twice as long to fill them up as it did to throw them, but it was worth it to see the smiles on their faces and hear their giggles.  My son had fun trying to throw them at me, while my daughter just liked dropping them on the grass and watching them pop. I grew up playing with water balloons by having a si... More

Okay, so the big boys from the pro's won't actually be in your backyard, but you can deck your yard out to look every bit as professional. First off you're 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 you've likely seen in High Schools, Colleges, and even some professional sports teams. Once you've 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 ... More

I picked up my son's registration packet for kindergarten yesterday. (Still can't believe my baby is going to kindergarten. Sniff, sniff. But, that's a story for another day!) Geez, how many forms can they make us fill out? So overwhelming and seemingly redundant in many ways. Amongst the huge stack of papers, guidelines, and forms was the obligatory school supply list. Wow, so much for just needing to buy a backpack, pencils, and notebook anymore, huh? The kindergarten supply list has nearly 20 items on it! Crazy! Personally, I was one of those nerdy kids that always got fired up about "back to school" time because, being the organizer that I am, I couldn't wait to pick out all of my new school supplies, especially my new Trapper Keeper! Ironically though, my husband came home from the store just t... More

 
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Have a Unique Fundraising Idea? Win Free Tables and Chairs!
Wanna earn some money and Lifetime folding tables for your religious organization? Check out the new Spirited Fundraiser Grants program that Lifetime is sponsoring! Not-for-profit religious organizations are invited to submit their best and/or most unique fundraising tactics for a chance to win a $1000 check. Oh, and some Lifetime products, of course! Hmmm, how about four 6 Lifetime folding tables and 16 Lifetime folding chairs in addition to the cashola? Yep, those could sure come in handy! I know what youre probably thinking, I never win anything. Well, guess what? A total of seven grants will be awarded! Hows that for some uplifting news? Entries must be submitted before October 30, 2009! So, hurry and check out all the details at www.lifetime.com.
Garage Clean Out
Have you ever seen a garage that is so jam-packed with boxes and other stuff that theres no room to park a car in there? Wait. . .did I just describe your garage? In Arizona, where Ive lived for the last seven years, basements and attics are a rarity, which leaves the garage as the sole storage place. Not surprisingly, we see a lot of cars parked in the driveway! But it doesnt have to be that way. Assuming that you would LIKE to be able to park your car in your garage, let me ask you a few questions: Whats in your garage? A lot of things that end up in our garage are there because we just didnt have the courage to keep walking them to the curb. Look around. What do you see? To get a really good idea of what you have, group like items; for example, lawn and garden, camping equipment, holiday decorations, etc. Would you rath...
Backboard Materials
There are many different types of backboard materials to choose from. Sometimes all of the options can be a bit overwhelming. Here is a quick run-down of the different backboards available when you purchase a basketball system from Lifetime Products. Keep in mind, all graphics on Lifetimes backboards are screen-printed with UV-protected inks for superior color and protection against fading, peeling, or scratching. Impact Backboard The Impact Backboard is molded of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), making it virtually unbreakable. Many of Lifetimes beginner portable systems will have an Impact Backboard.Impact backboards are perfect for someone just starting out and needing a beginners basketball system. Acrylic Fusion The Acrylic Fusion Backboard integrates an acrylic playing surface with an unbreakable polyethylene frame...