Peering around the curtains, I began scanning the auditorium. It was quickly filling with around 800-900 Lifetime employees (judging by the seat capacity of 1000). Just a few more minutes until starting time... I told myself. Before I knew it, I felt the stage crew manager tapping my shoulder. “Time to start” he said. I looked at my laptop and queued up our opening video... here we go… Welcome backstage to a behind the scenes look at Lifetime’s Profit Sharing meeting 2011. If you read this blog 6 months ago, you know that our Profit Sharing meeting is a semi-annual tradition at Lifetime. This January marks the 44th time we’ve gotten together to share company updates, new products, and more often than not, a lovely bonus check for every employee in proportion to our profitability over the p... More

When purchasing a folding table, you may think that all you need is a basic structure with a flat surface, four legs, and the ability to fold flat. In some cases, you may be right, right? I think about tables and chairs a lot. Every day I  talk with our Lifetime Tables and Chairs team about corner impact, leg locking mechanisms, channeling, leg deployment, and lots of other details that will make you stop reading this. All this knowledge has made me a firm believer that a very durable table with safety and convenience features will pay off in the long run. Do you remember the "old" folding tables? Let me jog your memory-- they were wooden, heavy, and clumsy. I remember carrying heavy tables made of wood or metal, with sharp metal edges below the table top that cut my fingers. If you were alive in the 1990's and ea... More

This year for Christmas, my family decided to take a vacation to Maui, Hawaii. My mom is the only one who had ever been to Hawaii before and that was years ago, so we were all pretty excited. It turned out to be one of my family’s favorite vacations. We absolutely loved it and were able to get the most out of our time. From seeing amazing ocean life while snorkeling, to driving down a tiny, windy road through the tropical Hawaiian jungle, we were able to take full advantage of the beautiful island. As everyone knows, one of the main Hawaiian traditions is the luau. If you go to Hawaii, attending a luau is a must! The dancing is wonderful, and there is no better way to experience Hawaiian culture and tradition. Our hotel hosted a nightly luau, and much to my surprise, guess what tables and chairs were used.....that&rsqu... More

January is national Get Organized month.  And, based on the comments we received in this month's giveaway entries, a lot of you have some big organization projects you plan to tackle! Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter our January giveaway, and a big congratulations to our lucky random winner Brook Y. from Willard, Utah!  Brook will receive two Lifetime Modular Cabinets to help with her storage problems in her garage. The majority of you who entered this month's giveaway were hoping to win the Lifetime Modular Cabinets to help organize your garages and basements.  But, some of you had other clever plans for the modular cabinets including laundry rooms, craft rooms, play rooms, outside on your decks,  and inside your storage sheds.  All perfect spots for these weather-resist... More

Last week, 49 of 50 states in America had snow on the ground in at least some part of the state. Florida was the only state to escape the big snow storms hitting the rest of the country.  With cold temperatures upon us, there are many questions that come up about winterizing basketball systems and what steps should be taken to ensure your system is ready for next spring. Here are some FAQs that will hopefully shed some light on questions you may have concerning your basketball hoop. Q:  Should I use antifreeze in a Lifetime portable base during the winter months? A:  No, antifreeze is not necessary. Lifetime bases are made out of high-density polyethylene plastic that is flexible enough to expand with the water when it freezes. Q:  What other maintenance is required to weatherize my basketball sy... More

This giveaway has ended.  The holidays may be gone, but more than likely, they left behind a lot of new "stuff" for you to store or stash.  Whether it's new toys, outgrown toys, Christmas decorations, craft supplies, or tools, reorganizing after the holidays is sometimes an overwhelming task.  (No wonder the National Association of Professional Organizers has declared January as "Get Organized" Month!)  That's why we thought this month was the perfect time to give away two Lifetime Modular Cabinets to one lucky winner to help solve those storage problems!  As you saw last week in Charyls' blog post, the Lifetime Modular Cabinets are attractive for use in your home or office, yet strong and durable for use in your garage.  The cabinets can be used freestanding on the floor, or hung on the wall.&... More

Looking for some durable, lockable  storage cabinets for your garage, utility room, lab, or office? Lifetime offers a heavy-duty,commercial cabinet with a modular design so you can connect multiple cabinets together. Connect them vertically or horizontally. Use them as freestanding cabinets on the floor, or mount over a desk, countertop, or your washer and dryer. The Lifetime modular storage cabinet is constructed from high-density, double-walled, polyethylene plastic with steel reinforcements, so it's strong, stain resistant, and scratch resistant. Two adjustable, steel-reinforced shelves can hold up to 125 lbs. as a floor cabinet, or 75 lbs. as a wall cabinet. You'll also appreciate the locking feature on the doors which allows you to keep the contents safe, secure, and out of reach of children. While it is built... More

My husband, kids, and I traveled from Texas to my parents' house in Ohio for Christmas.  In addition to spending quality time with the cousins and grandparents, the trip was extra special for my kids since it was the first time my daughter was able to see snow (and the first time my son really remembers seeing it)!  The trip provided all the magic for our kids that you envision with first-time snow fun including snow angels, sledding, tubing, ice skating, snowball fights, and snowmen. One night, we surprised them with a unique winter treat of roasting hotdogs and s'mores over a campfire… on the ice!  My parents have a large wetlands area on their farm land perfect for ice skating.  So, we invited the cousins and some neighbor kids over for our fun winter evening.   We took bales of hay an... More

As you can see in my last post, Lifetime recently partnered with the Utah Jazz to sponsor Bear's Backyard--a play area for families. It has become a popular hangout for fans! I had the opportunity to go to a game the other night against the Atlanta Hawks. It was one of the first times coming back since I collaborated with the Lifetime Store to plan the area in October. It turns out, seeing kids having fun on the Lifetime playgrounds and Double Shots were one of the few happy sights that night... our beloved Jazz were 3-pointed to death  by those pesky Hawks, resulting in a score of 110-87. As you can see in this photo, the faces of the people behind us are a little nervous. Fans left still hopeful though. I think we know t... More

Now Utahns can try out Lifetime products before they buy them. Lifetime has partnered with the Utah Jazz to sponsor an area in the Energy Solutions Arena called Bear’s Backyard. Featuring Lifetime playsets, Double Shots, picnic tables, teeter-totters and more-- Bear’s Backyard is the perfect place for the smallest to the tallest Jazz fans to get their wiggles out. For the past few months, the place has been VERY busy! The first few nights it was open, the Double Shot hoops were so popular that the facilities crew had to set up ropes to form lines.  If you visit, be sure to check out the fun interactive display that teaches children how Lifetime products are made. With an I-spy wheel full of plastic pellets, a powder-coated xylop... More

 
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Welcome to my first blog post. This week I wanted to blog about my experience at the NATDA (North American Trailer Dealers Association) show in Dallas Texas. Sounds like a thrilling event I know but it was actually quite interesting. I was recently named Product Marketing Manager over Utility Trailer category as well as my other responsibilities of Lawn Garden Product Marketing Manger here at Lifetime. Since the trailer category is new category for me I decided that this show would give me an excellent opportunity to see first hand, under one roof, what is being offered in the trailer market. The show could have been for Lifetime tables too since many of the exhibitors were using them to display their brochures. Backfire I was so impressed and hyped up about our trailers after the show that I purchased a 5x8 Fold-Up trail...
Holiday Hoop Decor
This past weekend, my husband and I tookour kids to the Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld San Antonio. The kids love seeing all of the extra holiday decorations and special festivities. And, of course, getting pictures with Santa Shamu is always a thrill! We've actually been to the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration the past four years. It's somehow unintentionally turned into an annual holiday tradition for us. While some things like Santa Shamu and the giant Christmas tree at the front gate are always the same, most of the other displays have changed each year. This year, one of the new Christmas attractions was Snowman Village, an area featuring snowman characters resembling famous people. Guess who was the first snowman that I saw? San Antonio Spurs Basketball Player Manu "Snownobili" shooting hoops on a Lifetime Portable Ba...
Life Jackets: An Essential Part of Paddlesports
Here in the water sports department we often get asked, Do I need to wear a life jacket when I kayak... even in flat water? It is a good question, and it has a really important answer - YES. Almost all of the US states require you to have a life jacket with you when on the water, no matter the water conditions. The details will, of course, vary state to state. The key is you should always have a life jacket when heading out for a paddle whether in your kayak or on your paddleboard. More importantly, you should always be wearing your life jacket when you are paddling. It is easy to brush the PFD (personal flotation device -aka lifejacket) off as a non-essential but it is just as important as your paddle and kayak. You never know what could happen out there and it is always best to be prepared. Even good swimmers should wear ...