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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Three Dreaded Words... Back To School
I picked up my sons registration packet for kindergarten yesterday. (Still cant believe my baby is going to kindergarten. Sniff, sniff. But, thats 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 couldnt 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 the other day and said he saw the...
New Kayaks Are Making a Big Splash
We are pleased to announce the latest addition to the Lifetime Online Store--(drum roll. Splash!) Kayaks! Lifetime Products isnow offering the Calypsokayak at an amazing affordable price to fityour active lifestyle and yourbudget. This 8 ft kayakcan accommodateone adultwitha spotforone child in thefront as well. This is the perfect beginner's kayak because it is designed for stability, not speed. Perfectfor paddling around on lakes and ponds. The Lifetime Calypsokayak isa one-piece construction of high-density polyethylene plastic--smooth contours with no protruding hardware.This isa durable, lightweight water craft that you can just toss into the back of your vehicle and head for the water. You'll especially appreciate all the handy built-infeatures like multiple footrest positions, ditty trays, a fishing pole holder,mast ...
Tetherball or Soccer Goal? Tell Us What to Giveaway!
Summer is winding done and with the cooler temps on their way, it's the perfect time for kids to head outside for some fun activities. So, for this month's giveaway, we want to offer a product that's sure to be an outdoor hit and one the whole family can get a kick out of. Hee, hee. (Sorry about the pun.) The problem is, I'm tossing around two great ideas for product giveaways and I just can't decide which one to serve to you. (Yep, more puns). So, YOU get to help me decide! Would you rather we give away a Lifetime Portable Tetherball System OR a Lifetime Adjustable Height Portable Soccer Goal? The Lifetime Portable Tetherball System brings the childhood schoolyard game home to your backyard. The system is designed with a convenient portable base, similar to our portable basketball systems. Just fill the base with sand or w...