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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The Amazing All-In-One Sports Table
If you're looking for a durable but lightweight table to take to outdoor events, check out the handyall-in-one Sports Table. Thiscompact table is 42 x 26 inches and comes with twodetached bencheswhichaccommodate up to four people.The Sports Tableisnot only perfect to takealong totailgating parties at sports events, but topicnics in the park,to the beach,andcamping getaways as well. You'll especially appreciateits functional design and quality construction. The high-density plastic tabletop is stain resistant, scratch resistant, and easy to clean.For easy transportation and convenient storage, justsnap the benchesinto built-in clipsunderneath the table. If you like to get out and go, this durable, low-maintenance table will provide you with seating or dining accommodations at any event that takes you into the great outdoors. ...
How I Used the Lifetime Space Planner to Plan Bear's Backyard
As you can see in my last post, Lifetime recently partnered with the Utah Jazz to sponsorBear's Backyard--aplay area for families.It has becomea popularhangout for fans! I had the opportunity to go toa gamethe other nightagainst the Atlanta Hawks. It was one of the first timescoming back sinceIcollaborated with theLifetime Store to plan the area in October. It turns out, seeing kids having fun onthe Lifetimeplaygrounds and Double Shotswere one of the few happy sights that night...our beloved Jazz were 3-pointed to deathby those pesky Hawks, resulting in a score of110-87.As you can see in this photo, the faces of the people behind us are a little nervous. Fans leftstill hopeful though. I think we know that the Jazzwill get back on their winning streak soon! When putting together the plan for Bear's Backyard, we were faced wi...
2011 Highlights: Lifetime Named Greatest Contributor
What a great way to end 2011! A few weeks ago, Lifetime received the Greatest Contributor Award during the third annual "Entrepreneur Excellence" awards banquet hosted by the Northfront Entrepreneur Alliance. Obviously, we are thrilled with this honor! This prestigious award is given to a company that has contributed heavily to expanding and growing entrepreneurial activity in Northern Utah. According to the Northfront Entrepreneur Alliance, Lifetime was chosen for its large economic impact on Utah. Lifetime has demonstrated it is family-oriented and cares about its employees," said Northfront Entrepreneur Alliance Advisory Board Member and presenter of the award, Kent Sulser. Lifetime has been adaptable and able to survive in many economic climates. Lifetime has shown innovation in its products and business practices, as we...