A few months ago I attended a wedding reception for an old friend of mine. He and his bride chose a beautiful nursery garden for the location; a small waterfall, a pond, and the abundance of lush foliage set the perfect scene. T he entire setup also used Lifetimetables and chairs in a great way that was simple and elegant, to be specefic, they used Lifetime round tables and folding chairs. Having planned my own wedding just 1 year ago last week, the whole process is still fresh on my mind. He and his bride emailed me 6 months before the wedding asking for some tips and contacts. So naturally, I was very curious to see how the reception turned out. After being a picky bride, you tend to notice all those things that tend to take SO MUCH time to choose. You appreciate the little details that took hours of debating, sever... More

This week I wanted to post some feedback and actual photos we've received from one of our shed customers. Nancy of Jackson Michigan wrote in to tell us about her new Lifetime shed. She writes: "After shopping around for the size and quality we wanted, we decided on an 8' wide x 12.5' long Lifetime shed. The deciding factor was the Lifetime name, since their quality and reputation exceeded the others, by far. "We were amazed by the step-by-step complete instructions for assembly. Since we are both not handy people, this really helped us. Our lawn tractor fits into the shed with plenty of extra room for garden tools. It is now very organized and efficient. We have another smaller shed we plan on replacing next year. There will be no shopping around since we already know it definitely will be ... More

My parents recently bought a vacation house at Lake Erie and I saw it for the first time when I went home to Ohio last month.  (Boy, good thing I made the trip to Ohio because it’s given me tons to blog about!) I was happy to see they had furnished several areas of the house with Lifetime products.  (I taught them well!)  My parents actually became Sam’s Club members for the first time just so they could buy some Lifetime products for their new house since Sam’s Club has such a large selection. Remember my last post and how I was talking about my parents still having a heavy picnic table at home that they actually move with a lawn mower?  Well, apparently, it IS possible to teach an old dog new tricks! My parents purchased a Lifetime 8-foot picnic table for their patio at their lake hous... More

The first time that I played basketball, or at least tried to, it was on a piece of plywood bolted above a neighbor's garage back in the mid 80's. I say "tried", because the ball never came remotely close to the rim - although it did hit the family station wagon multiple times. That's what makes my first encounter with Lifetime so memorable. It was in my best friend's driveway in the spring of 1990 - I was 12. I helped him unpack the shiny white poles for his new basketball hoop, while he picked an ideal spot for it in the corner of his driveway. With shovel and tools in hand, we began to install what would turn out to be the hub of recreation for us and several friends over the next half decade. While I didn't know then who Lifetime was as a company, I quickly became familiar with the advantage of their product. After the ... More

Small gatherings of family and friends are not uncommon at our home.  My wife really likes to entertain guests.  However, inviting about 100 of our closest relatives during the heat of the day was a little bit of a stretch for our home, so I came up with a solution . . . overflow seating in the garage! Here’s what happened:  A few weeks ago, we decided to celebrate the birth of our 2 month old baby girl.  We agreed to hold a casual party to celebrate this occasion with a few of our closest relatives.  After the invite list ballooned to around 100 people, I realized my wife’s definition of “a few” was much different than mine.  It wasn’t long before I realized the seating capacity of our home would not accommodate her expanding invite list. Due to time constrain... More

This picture just made me laugh and it begged to be blogged about for an explanation.  When you live in the country, fun often comes in strange and crazy forms.  This summer, my city-raised son experienced yet another new adventure at Mammy and Papa’s house in the country…picnic table rides!  (Yes, you read that right…not pony rides, but picnic table rides.)  Ok, probably not the most exciting thing in the world or his most memorable experience, but it was different to say the least. Remember last post I was talking about how easy it is to move my parents’ Lifetime 4-person picnic table compared to the wooden A-frame picnic table we had when I was a kid?  My parents did in fact get rid of the small wooden A-frame table and now use their Lifetime 4-person picnic table for dai... More

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... More

  Well, like I mentioned a few posts ago, I just got back from visiting my parents in Ohio.  I love visiting Ohio in the summer…it’s soooo pretty with all the green grass and trees everywhere.  Never been to Ohio?  Just check out the picture I took of my parents’ backyard…seeing is believing! Anyway, the real reason I snapped this photo is because it shows my parents’ Lifetime 4-person picnic table in such a picturesque setting.  I gave the table to my Dad about five years ago… for Father’s Day, I think. My parents love it!  (Ahhh, for once I found the perfect gift!)  It’s the ideal size to provide a little eating area/seating by their pond and it requires no maintenance.  In the winter, Dad can easily just fold it up and hang it... More

It's funny to see where our tables pop up. This table sighting isn't all that big of a surprise, but I certainly think it's noteworthy. We have a long-standing partnership with Hunter Public Relations out of New York City. Hunter PR handles all of our media realtions, large-scale media programs and helps us get the word out about our brand and our products. They are in the midst of remodeling their corporate offices in Manhattan, and their current workspace is -- to say it mildly -- a bit fragmented. They have had to make do with our fine products as their conference room tables. It seems to be working out just fine. We'll be heading out there in a few weeks to plan for our 2009 strategy, and although I hope their offices are finished, it would be fun to sit in a big, prestigious PR office on Madison Avenue talking about ou... More

I always look forward to Labor Day with such mixed emotions. Naturally, I love having the three-day weekend and having my hubby home for an extra day of fun or to-do projects.  But, it also means summer is officially over.  :(  My son, Nathan, started preschool today so we wanted to spend our Labor Day weekend enjoying the last remaining hours of summer freedom.  We took the kids swimming one day and we also took them to Six Flags Fiesta Texas.  So much fun!  Nathan was tall enough to ride a few of the adult roller coasters this year so that made it even more exciting for all of us.  (Wow, there is nothing more heartwarming than watching your child grin literally ear-to-ear all day long from having such genuine fun and thrills!)  But, just like my last post, our adventure start... More

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Waterproof Tables at Swim School
My son started taking swimming lessons a few weeks ago at a new swim school that just opened by our house. I must say, for a 5-year-old he does really well! He's known how to kind of swim for several years, but we're hoping this new class will help perfect his stroke so he is proficient and completely independent for this summer's swim season. The place where he takes swimming lessons has a pretty thorough system of checks and balances to ensure each child completes the necessary skills in each level. They have an instructor that monitors the swim teacher and student during the lesson and evaluates if the skill is mastered. After the skill is mastered, it is recorded in a logbook and marked off on the child's wristband. I was happy to see when I walked in the first day that they use a Lifetime 4-foot adjustable height table...
Bouncy Good Time!
Last year was a great year for me. I got married in September, and am loving this new adventure! Our wedding day turned out just the way we wanted. It was perfect. Although my wedding day was the best day of my life, we ended up having a pretty great time the night before as well. My husband and I are both pretty laid-back, casual people. So the night before, instead of having a formal dinner or a fancy rehearsal party or reception, we ended up just having a big bash with family and friends at my parents house. I dont think many people can say that they had a huge bouncy slide, snow cone machine, and childrens bouncy castle at their wedding party! But we did, and it was a blast! Although people ended up with sore muscles, plastic burns, and scuffed knees, everyone sure had a great time and I wouldn't have changed it for anyth...
Kokanee Tandem: You've never seen a kayak like this before!
At Lifetime, Commitment, Innovation, and Quality, is more than just a slogan, it is a way of doing business! We are constantly working to take our kayaks to the next level, above and beyond what is already out there. We take suggestions and advice from you, the people who use our kayaks, and incorporate that into our designs. After a lot of hard work weve come up with a kayak that is like nothing youve ever seen!I would like to introduce our brand new tandem kayak, the Kokanee! It is 10'6" in length and can hold a combined weight of 425 lbs! Sure, there are other tandem kayaks out there, but nothing as innovative and paddler friendly as our Kokanee. We racked our brains to come up with new improvements. We wanted to do something that wasnt out there already. Something that made kayaking that much more convenient and that much...