Living in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t entertain family and friends comfortably. With a bit of thought and preparation, you can host enjoyable gatherings no matter the size of your house or apartment. In a small space a simple approach is best, so take note of these 8 tips to get you up and running in no time. Un-clutter: Move furniture and large plants to the sides of your rooms to create more floor space. Keep it simple by removing any clutter, knick-knacks, etc. to give a more open feel. Use as much natural light as possible. Open up: If you have outdoor space like a terrace, patio, deck or small backyard, use it. Leave your patio door open and set-up a seating group or table and chairs to increase space. Fill it up: If your place will hold 10 people, invite 16-18. It is unusual for every invited gue... More

On Feb 6, 2010 Lifetime Products held its 42nd bi-annual Profit Sharing Meeting. If you’re like me, and don’t know what profit sharing is when you first hear of it, let me explain. Profit Sharing is a program where a company shares a portion of the year’s profit with its employees. At Lifetime, everyone is involved with Profit Sharing and we all get the exact same amount (with the exception of people that have been with the company for less than a year or have not met performance requirements). Lifetime's Profit Sharing meeting is also a report on the company. Both the Lifetime Products President Richard Hendrickson and Owner/CEO take the opportunity to update us on company initiatives, company goals and values, and new products. In this meeting we learned that Lifetime is still completely de... More

Arcade basketball games can be found everywhere from bowling alleys and shopping malls, to family rooms, and Lifetime Products is joining in the fun by offering the all-new Lifetime Double Shot basketball arcade game. Arcade games became popular back in the roaring ‘20s when they first appeared in the midways of bustling amusement parks where visitors were invited to test their agility and coordination to win the grand prize. Today’s home arcade players may not win a giant stuffed panda, but they still find that these games are a great way to relax and enjoy some friendly competition. While there are several basketball arcade games on the market to choose from, the engineers at Lifetime have designed innovative features for the Lifetime Double Shot to ensure friendlier usability, safety, and convenience. All thes... More

Happy Valentine's Day!  This past week we held a special Valentine's Day contest to win a PINK kids' picnic table.  And, I'm happy to say congratulations to JaNiel P. (JPark), Logan, UT JaNiel was choosen randomly from the qualifying entries and plans to have her kids use their new picnic table at their local farmers' market to sell homegrown fruits and vegetables. Thanks to everyone who entered!  If you're looking for Valentine's Day traditions to do with your kids, be sure to read the comments people shared.  There are some really cute and unique ideas.  Oh, can you guess the #1 Valentine's tradition our contest entrants like to do with their children?  Make heart-shaped sugar cookies, followed closely by making handmade Valentine cards! Don't forget, ev... More

Have you ever seen a garage that is so jam-packed with boxes and other stuff that there’s no room to park a car in there? Wait. . .did I just describe your garage? In Arizona, where I’ve 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 doesn’t 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: What’s in your garage?  A lot of things that end up in our garage are there because we just didn’t 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 equip... More

About a week ago, six of our Lifetime employees (mostly Engineers and Information Technicians) volunteered to help judge the Weber School District Science Fair. The two-day fair took place at Weber State University with more than 700 students ranging from sixth to twelfth grade. Judges reviewed the exhibits and interviewed students on their use of scientific thought, methods, visual appearance and creativity.Categories included: Behavioral Studies, Botany, Chemistry, Earth & Space, Energy & Transportation, Engineering & Computer Science, Environmental, Medicine & Health, Microbiology, Physics & Math and Zoology. The fair brought in an average of 200 to 300 people which included parents, college students and the general public. Each of the judges had fun learning about the different subjects from how safe... More

I'm so excited!  Last month I shared that Lifetime is going to be offering monthly contests and giveaways in 2010.  I'm thrilled to announce that it's finally time for our first contest to begin! How would you like to win this hot pink Lifetime kids' picnic table for your child on Valentine's Day?  This picnic table can be used indoors or outdoors and is just the right size for children to eat snacks or make crafts. Don't worry about messes because the plastic tabletop is stain resistant and easy-to-clean. And, one of my favorite features is that it folds flat for easy storage and transport. So, how do you enter to win this exclusive picnic table that's not available in stores and valued at $80?  Well, we've made it pretty easy to enter our first contest. How to... More

We are so excited to announce the winners of our first Spirited Fundraiser Grants Program! From bake sales to potluck dinners, folding tables and chairs are an integral part of fundraising for many religious organizations. To recognize the hard work that goes into these events, Lifetime Products is proud to award five Spirited Fundraiser Grants to the organizations we think have some of the most creative and successful fundraisers, based on essays submitted to us in 2009. The winners each receive a prize pack useful for future fundraisers - a $1,000 check, plus four Lifetime 6' folding banquet tables and 16 Lifetime folding chairs. Below are the winning organizations, along with a few suggestions for planning your organization’s next successful fundraiser. Community Christian School - Westfield, Mass.Wiffle Bal... More

Two weeks ago,  Lifetime unveiled its latest product - the EcoHouse.  Just so you know, this isn't our normal type of product that is available for consumers to purchase in retail stores.   Nope, the Lifetime EcoHouse will be manufactured and distributed to provide housing for impoverished or disaster-stricken areas.  Pretty cool, huh? So, what makes this shelter so revolutionary?  Well, first off, it's a 377 sq ft building that ships on four pallets and can be assembled in only 72 man hours.  And, it can be built with sustainable electric, plumbing, and waste management -  which means households have no need to pay for utilities!   Perfect for disaster-stricken and impoverished areas.  The shelter can be configured in multiple ways for use as a four-room home, a... 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...
YOU Picked Tetherball and WE Picked….
This month, we asked YOU onour blog and Facebook page to tell us what to giveaway either a Portable Adjustable Height Soccer Goal or a Portable Tetherball System. After a close vote, YOU picked Tetherball and WE randomly pickedKristen M. of Glendive,MTas the lucky winner using random.org! We hope, Kristen and her family will enjoy taking some swings on the Lifetime Portable Tetherball System as summer unwinds and we head into cooler temperatures. Thanks to everyone who entered and made this one of our most popular giveaways so far. Since it's back-to-school season and tetherball seems to bring back fun childhood school memories for so many of you, we are offering a $20 discount off the Lifetime Portable Tetherball System in the Lifetime Online Store now through August 31! Simply use code 20Tether when you checkout. Don't f...
Win a Composter Win a Lifetime Composter!
This contest has ended. Autumn is finally here a great time for composting all of those falling leaves that are piling up in your yard. What? You don't have a composter? Well, you just happen to be in luck because this month we're giving away a Lifetime Composter to one lucky random winner! The Lifetime Composter is an 80-gallon tumbler-style composter constructed of black, double-walled, high-density polyethylene panels to absorb and retain the heat that decomposes the mixture inside. An internal mixing bar allows the flow of oxygen that is necessary to break down the mixture into rich, organic...