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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Plastic Sheds
Plastic storage sheds are a must-have for anyone that has a yard. Storage sheds in general help you to keep your tools and other yard stuff organized, out of the weather, and out of the yard. Bags of compost or fertilizer store well in a weather-proof shed, and if you lock your outdoor storage shed these potentially harmful bags can be stored out of reach of children, pets, or vandals. Lifetime plastic garden sheds have some distinct benefits over traditional stick-framed sheds, and dont even get me started about flimsy metal sheds. Wood sheds need to be maintained to keep them safe from the elements. Walls and doors need to be scraped and painted somewhat frequently to keep the exterior weather-tight, shingles need to be replaced every so often. Insects and rodents love wood, its a natural element, they can eat, gnaw thro...
Continuous Kayak Innovation with the New Lifetime Monterey
Our water sports team is constantly trying to improve our current lineup, as well as design new innovative and stylish kayaks. We looked at our popular Daylite and Lotus models carefully, put our heads together, and out popped the LifetimeMonterey! The Lifetime Monterey Kayak is the newest addition to our kayak family, but it still has many of the great qualities of its cousins, the Daylite and the Lotus. The new Monterey is 8 in length and 29.5 wide. We have added enhanced tracking channels to the bottom of the kayak which will help keep the kayak from turning side-to-side with each paddle stroke. It will also allow the paddler to go a greater distance with less effort - who doesnt want that?!As with all Lifetime kayaks, the Monterey is extremely stable and great for everyone from kids to adults. This new kayak also has ou...
Lifetime Sponsors First Paddleboarder, and He is Only 10!
It is quite common in the wild world of outdoor sports, for companies to sponsor up-and-coming paddlers.Lifetime has just taken on the sponsorship challenge. As you may have read in my earlier blog about our Lifetime HooliganYouth Stand-up Paddleboard, we found a Utah local who is sure to make a splash in the paddleboard world. We would like to introduce you to our super kid, Mac!! He is only 10 years old but is quickly becoming a master of Stand-up Paddleboarding! Macs dad, Gary, is a long-time surfer and has bestowed his wisdom and skill upon his son. Mac has been entering paddleboard contests around Utah, and has been blowing away his competition! He recently placed 1st in the Weber River Paddleboard Race and the Jordenelle Reseviour Paddleboard Race.Congratulations, Mac! His Dad says that everywhere he goes, people te...