Here it is - my official blogging debut.  As the newest member of the Lifetime365 blog team, I'm looking forward to sharing some of my personal experiences and basketball product expertise with you. 'Tis the Giving Season!  And, if you're a regular reader of this blog, you already know that giving back is one of the things that is extremely important to Lifetime.  So, needless to say, I was excited to recently have the opportunity to participate in giving back on behalf of Lifetime at the South Jeffco Sports Association (SJSA)  Holiday Tournament in Lakewood, Colorado. SJSA is a nonprofit youth sports organization offering playing opportunities in various sports  to kids age 4-17. The Holiday Tournament event was held at the Gold Crown Field House in Lakewood. The three-day tournament included boys ... More

We hope lots of you have Lifetime products on your Christmas lists this year!  If you do, hopefully, the instruction manual included with your product will answer any questions you may have, especially regarding assembly instructions.  And, just in case you accidentally throw your instructions away with the giant heap of wrapping paper, we even have most of our assembly instructions online.  Whew!  If you need still need extra help after reading the instruction manual, be to also check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on www.lifetime.com.  If you can't find your answer online or you simply want to talk to someone in person, Lifetime's Customer Service department is always happy to help.  However, just like you, it is important to us for our employees to celebrat... More

I'm guessing a lot of our readers will pull out their Lifetime folding tables and chairs to use as extra seating for holiday dinners and parties this month.  Well, no need for me to pull out ours - we are already using them every day! That's right.  We have a new kitchen table and chairs in our house.  For the past few weeks - and for the next month or so - we are using our Lifetime 37-Inch Square Folding Table and Lifetime Contemporary Folding Chairs for our kitchen table and chairs.  No, I'm not doing consumer research for Lifetime.  We are getting ready to move in a few weeks and our old kitchen table and chairs were too big for our new kitchen eating space, so we sold them at our garage sale a few weeks ago.  And, we don’t want to buy a new one until we get to our new house and re... More

This Spring, we started a "25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway" to celebrate our 25th corporate anniversary and our invention of the first quickly adjustable basketball hoop.  So far, we've given away 20 hoops!  That means we still have 5 more to give away before December 31! This is a great opportunity to win a high-end Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop.  We're giving away model 71522 which retails in the Lifetime Store online for $499!  It's a 54" steel-framed acrylic backboard with a pneumatic Power Lift® Height Adjustment mechanism that raises and lowers the hoop from 7.5 to 10 feet with just one hand.  So, if you haven't already entered to win, now is the time!  Once you enter, your name stays in for all remaining drawings.  We draw random winners at random times, s... More

Wow, what a week we just had. Lifetime is headquartered in Clearfield Utah. Clearfield is in North Davis County. Davis County, as you may have heard on the national news, was the sight of some historically strong winds on Thursday, December 1. The mountains we have here typically shield us from things like tornadoes, but when the jet stream is just right, wind is forced up the Wasatch mountains and slams down on us. This only happens every 10 to 15 years. Early Thursday morning we woke up at my house to the fence missing, the trampoline missing, and flying debris. The winds were so strong that to go outside was dangerous as debris of all shapes and sizes was flying around. The National Weather Service said the winds reached up to 100 MPH. These are the same wind speeds you find in a category 2 hurricane. By the time it ... More

I think I now know how Santa must feel on Christmas morning.  Wow! It was such a great feeling when I shared the news yesterday with three lucky people that they were the random winners in our Lifetime Store gift certificate giveaway.  Being able to help make someone's holiday a little merrier is such a wonderful, heartwarming experience. Congratulations to our winners who will get to enjoy shopping in the Lifetime Store with their gift certificates: $400 - Kristi F. of Herriman, Utah $200 - Mary W. of DeLand, FL $100  - Michael T. of Ogden, Utah Thank you to everyone who entered our final monthly giveaway of 2011.  It was so interesting to see all of the variety of products you were planning to buy with your gift certificates.  Basketball hoops, sheds, swing sets, compos... More

Still searching for that perfect Christmas gift to give your parents, grandparents, or your spouse?  Here's an idea - how about a cozy Lifetime Glider Bench? Last year, I gave my Dad the Lifetime Glider Bench for Christmas. I purchased the original Lifetime Glider Bench because it matched the Lifetime Picnic Table they have in their back yard.  (The Lifetime Glider Bench is also available in a Wood Alternative version that looks like real wood slats.) My Dad put his new Lifetime Glider Bench under a huge tree in the backyard at his lake house so he can sit under the shade and watch the lake. This summer when my family went home to visit, we all took turns at some point relaxing and gliding on the bench to watch the soothing waves on the lake, the crackling fire pit, or a friendly game of Cornhole.  But, ... More

 This giveaway has ended. This week, we asked fans on our Facebook page what product they would like us to giveaway for our final monthly giveaway of 2011. It turns out, when you make so many great products, you get many great answers!  The majority of you wanted us to giveaway a shed.  But, picnic tables, swingsets, raised garden beds, and tables and chairs were also voted as favorites. Oh, decisions, decisions.  Sigh.  Know what?  Since it's the Christmas season and many of you have products from Lifetime on your list that you want to give (either to someone else or just yourself),  I think it would be much more fun to give away gift certificates to the Lifetime Store so YOU can pick whatever product (or maybe even more than one) you want! So, we'll be giving away not one, not two, but ... More

 
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Hobo Pies
One of my Dads 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, its 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 forthe kids campfiresweet treats, one night my sister-in-law introduced us all to Hobo Pies. If youve never had a Hobo Pie, youre 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, youll need bread and some fillings. In the tradition of pie, my sister-in-law brought apple pie filling and cherry pie filling. First, we lined up all of our ingredients on our Lifetime p...
Need a Dinghy? Use a Lifetime Manta Kayak!
What's a dinghy? Most likely, if you had to ask, you probably don't need one.:) A dinghy is a small boat, often carried by a larger boat. And, as I recently found out, the Lifetime Manta Kayak makes a great dinghy! Over the past few weeks, I've shared with you my family's experiences with the tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak (aka the Yellow Banana). And, I keep telling you there is one "unknown" feature that turned out to be our favorite. Sohere it is. Ready? Wait for it, wait for it You can TOW a Lifetime Manta Kayak in the water behind another boat! Hmm, not as exciting as you had hoped for, huh? Well, read on, then see what you think. We wanted to kayak around this scenic little island in the middle of Lake Erie. The only problem is that getting to the island from my parents' house required going several miles across Lake Er...
Outdoor Retailer Wrap-up
Another year of Outdoor Retailer (OR) has come and gone. For those of you who dont know what OR is, it is the largest outdoor industry trade show in the whole world! It is held in our backyard in downtown Salt Lake City. This year, we also had the industry Demo Day in our backyard as well because it was moved from Jordenelle Reservoir to Pineview Reservoir in Ogden Valley! We spent all day on the beautiful banks of Pineview paddling and talking to folks from all over the world. We were super busy and had tons of people stop by to give our boats a test run! What a day! After Demo Day, the indoor show begins. We spend months preparing and designing both our booth and new kayaks to unveil at the show. This year we went all out, even more than we have in the past. We showcased all of the kayaks in our lineup at the Outdoor Retai...