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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How to Use The Lifetime Composter
First of all, you may be wondering what the benefits are tocomposting. Well consider the following: You'll reduce landfill waste by recyling your organic materials into a nutritious product for your garden. You'll save money that you may otherwise have to spend on expensive commercial fertilizers in order to maintain a healthy soil. You'll improve your garden's ability to retain moisture by incorporating your homemade fertilizer into the soil. You get to enjoy beautiful healthy plants! There are obvious advantages to owningthe enclosed LifetimeComposter rather than simply heaping your table scraps and lawn clippings onto an open pile in the garden. Open piles give off offensive odors, attract bugs and other pests, and just aren't very attractive. Obviously, an enclosed composter will eliminate these annoyances; but...
Backyards Inc. Changes Name to Lifetime Store
Things are starting to look a little different along the Wasatch Front in Utah, and I'm not just talking about the fresh layers of snow on the mountains. We are excited to tell you that Backyards Inc., the Lifetime factory retail store, is changing its name to "Lifetime Store". Start watching for the name change to take place over the course of the next four months with updates to all outdoor signage to be completed by February 2011. For those of you who don't live in Utah, you'll see a change, too. Our online store will soon share the Lifetime Store name to give customers a simpler shopping experience. So why did we make this change? Most importantly, for you - our customers! Even though Backyards Inc. has always been owned by Lifetime, there was no easy way for our customers to instantly recognize Backyards Inc. as Lifeti...
Win A Lifetime Basketball Hoop!
This giveaway has ended. The NCAA basketball tournament frenzy has started. Let's go over your checklist. Fill tournament brackets - check. Set DVR - check. Plan party and purchase food - check. Don appropriate team attire - check. Win a Lifetime Basketball Hoop.whoops, better check that now! What better way to get in the spirit of the college basketball phenomenon than to show off your tournament-worthy skills in your own driveway on your new 48" Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop? Yep, that's right. We're giving away an awesome portable basketball system to one random winner this month. This Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop features a 48" shatter-proof backboard with a Slam-It rim and a 31-gallon base. With the Strong Arm height adjustment feature, you can easily adjust this hoop from 8'-10' in 6" increments with just one...