As a real estate agent, I often hear from people who want a new home because they’ve outgrown the current one.  In some cases, people really do need larger homes, but other times, homeowners just need to use their property—inside and out—differently.  In a tough economy, like the one we’re in, it’s especially important to understand that difference.  Do you think you’ve outgrown your house, but can’t afford to build an expensive home addition or move to something larger?  Thankfully, there are alternatives.  One significantly more budget-friendly option I recommend for people who decide to stay put (at least temporarily) is an outdoor storage building.  “A shed instead of a larger house?” you may ask.  Absolutely!  A great shed, ... More

One of my Dad's traditions at the lake house is to build a campfire outside almost every night.  My dad likes to eat popcorn around the fire, but when the grandkids visit, it's time to break out the good ol' traditional smores!  After all, what kid can resist melted chocolate and gooey marshmallows smooshed between graham crackers?  For a change of pace for the kids' campfire sweet treats, one night my sister-in-law introduced us all to Hobo Pies.  If you've never had a Hobo Pie, you're in for, well, something different from smores.  :)  First of all, to make a Hobo Pie over a campfire, you need an iron pie maker, available in camping departments.  Then, you'll need bread and some fillings.  In the tradition of "pie", my sister-in-law br... More

 
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Fall Yard Sale Tips
Ive been to a lot of yard sales. At a recent one, I bought a 1921 replica Coca-Cola serving tray and made arrangements with a seller to pick up a refinished oak tool chest that I plan to use as a coffee table. After years of experience buying and selling, Ive also brought home what I call my three Ps for a successful yard sale: Planning, Presentation, and Pricing. Planning is crucial. If you sell it, they will come, right? Wrong. Run a classified ad in your local newspaper. Be sure to include popular and big-ticket items as well as the date, time, and location of your sale. Post a free listing at Craigslist.org also. Then make signs to put up at the nearest major intersections and other strategic spots to direct people to your sale. (Check with your local municipality or homeowners association first to make sure its okay to...
Monthly Giveaway Ends with $50 Discount on Round Picnic Table
Congratulations to Susan S. of Phoenix, Arizona! Susan was randomly selected as this month's giveaway winner and will receive a Lifetime 44" Round Picnic Table just in time to use for her Labor Day BBQ! Since this was one of our most popular giveaways so far this year, we decided to offer this picnic table for a limited time only at a special price for those of you who weren't the lucky winner but still want to own one of these unique tables. So, now through the end of August, you can save $50 on Lifetime 44" Round Picnic Table in the Lifetime Store online. Simply enter discount code 44picnic when you check out. And, as always, keep reading our blogs because we'll start another great product giveaway sometime in September. Until then, happy picnicking
Win 2 Lifetime Adirondack Chairs to Relax with Your Valentine
This giveaway has ended. Yikes! Valentine's Day is less than one month away. Still stumped about what to get your Sweetheart? (Or, if you're like me, you haven't even started to think about it!) Well, don't worry because we have a great idea for you. Why not WIN your Valentine two Lifetime Adirondack chairs? These Lifetime Adirondack Chairs will be hitting the Costco shelves again this Spring. But, we're starting our 2012 monthly product giveaways by giving you a chance to win two of them now -- just in time for Valentine's Day! After all, what says romance better than spending relaxing afternoons or evenings next to the one you love? Lifetime Adirondack Chairs offer the convenience of outdoor, maintenance-free plastic furniture, but the beauty and durability of real wood furniture. These chairs are constructed of weather-r...