Lifetime365http://blog.lifetime.comThe Lifetime blog by LIFETIME PRODUCTS. Written by experts in backyard and home products: folding tables and chairs, basketball hoops, outdoor sheds, playsets, and many other products that you likely use every day. We'll share with you breaking company ne24021 Oct 2018 3:06:38 AMLifetime365en-usLifetime’s Community Service Gardening Project Yields Over 14,000 Pounds of Donated Produce http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356305/lifetimes-community-service-gardening-project-yields-over-14000-pounds-of-donated-producehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356305/lifetimes-community-service-gardening-project-yields-over-14000-pounds-of-donated-produce<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Lifetime%20garden%20at%20Utah%20Botanical%20Center.jpg" alt="Lifetime garden at Utah Botanical Center.jpg" width="225" height="300" />Man, how time flies! It&rsquo;s been almost six months since our annual service project with the Utah Botanical Center. If you aren&rsquo;t aware, every year around one thousand Lifetime employees give back to the local community by participating in our <a title="blog about Lifetime Community Service Project" href="/Blog/CreatePost/Lifetime&rsquo;s%20Community%20Service%20Gardening%20Project%20Yields%20Over%2014,000%20Pounds%20of%20Donated%20Produce%20" target="_blank">community service project</a>. It&rsquo;s something I look forward to each year and this year was no different; we helped clean and beautify the <a title="about Utah State University Botanical Center" href="http://usubotanicalcenter.org/" target="_blank">Utah State University Botanical Center</a> in Kaysville, Utah. I&rsquo;ve had the chance to stop by a couple times since the service project in May and was amazed at how much we accomplished. I also spoke to Dave Anderson from the USU Botanical Center to get a quick update on our main project at the service project, the Food Bank Garden we planted. The garden is used to teach individuals about gardening and the harvested items are donated to the local Food Bank.</p> <p>Anderson said, &ldquo;This year we had a wonderful variety of produce to donate to the local food banks. The Lifetime Products Service Project was responsible for seeding the majority of the crops, and other community groups and volunteers stepped in to maintain the garden and harvest the produce.&rdquo; Anderson continued, &ldquo;Volunteering in the garden continues to be a great experience for youth and those interested in gardening to see how our food grows, and also to see the difference between our hybrid and heirloom gardens. The bulk of the produce was distributed through the Bountiful and Layton Food Pantries which provide food for individuals and families in need throughout Davis and Morgan counties. The pantries also distribute produce to other distribution sites and local churches. We are one of the largest produce providers to these pantries. They continually express their appreciation for our donations, and they were especially happy about the tomatoes, corn, carrots, and potatoes this year. The number of community volunteers was down this year compared to years past, so having the Lifetime group was a huge help to get the garden established!&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;<br />So, how do the numbers all stack up? Take a look:</p> <p>Lifetime Volunteer Hours: 3,273 hours (600 Lifetime hours &ndash; 200 people/3 hours)</p> <p>Crops Planted:&nbsp; 1 acre of corn, plus 26,285 plants (Tomatoes, Peppers, Winter <br />and Summer Squash, Carrots, Cucumbers, Melons, Broccoli, Beets, Beans, Potatoes, Cabbage)</p> <p>Pounds of Produce Donated: 14,188 pounds</p> <p>It always feels good to work as a team and complete such a massive undertaking in our community. And, it feels just as great to see the fruits of our labor and know that our volunteer work is continuing to benefit the local community. Great job, Lifetime employees!</p>Tonnie 02 Nov 2012 5:00:00 PMLifetime Harvest Exchange Shares Fresh Produce with Employees and Local Food Bankhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356281/lifetime-harvest-exchange-shares-fresh-produce-with-employees-and-local-food-bankhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356281/lifetime-harvest-exchange-shares-fresh-produce-with-employees-and-local-food-bank<p><img style="float: left;" src="/imagecache/blog/Untitled.jpg" alt="Untitled.jpg" width="327" height="256" />If there&rsquo;s one thing we love at Lifetime, it&rsquo;s food.&nbsp; Let&rsquo;s be honest here &hellip; who doesn&rsquo;t?! So earlier this summer, employees started <a title="blog post about employee gardens at Lifetime" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356274/green-thumbs-are-budding-at-lifetime" target="_blank">growing their own gardens</a> for fresh produce, including some right here at Lifetime! But the hard work put into growing veggies isn&rsquo;t where all the fun is. It&rsquo;s in the eating. So for two months, we've been hosting our very own Farmers Market.</p> <p><br />Every Tuesday from August till September 25, Lifetime employees have been exchanging produce with each other during our Harvest Exchange. We&rsquo;ve seen gorgeous peppers, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, kale, and just about anything else you can imagine.&nbsp; The best part about this, is all the food that hasn&rsquo;t been picked up by employees has been donated to the local Food Bank to benefit members of our community. Often, having fresh vegetables in the home is a difficult thing, and that little extra help goes a long way.</p> <p><br />And since we&rsquo;re fans of competition, what goes better with a Farmers Market than a good ol&rsquo; fashioned Cook-Off?&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve hosted a variety of contests featuring the produce from our <a title="about Lifetime Raised Garden Beds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/raised-garden-bed" target="_blank">gardens</a>. As each dish was judged, every Lifetime employee who visited the Market got a taste of the cook-off that day.&nbsp; Amazing chili dishes, peach desserts, cookies, and brownies have been making my Tuesdays end with a little joy in my stomach!</p> <p>The Lifetime Farmers Market has been a great place for our employees and their families to help each other. I, for one, got to meet new faces, and try a lot of new recipes that just about made me swoon.&nbsp; I can&rsquo;t tell you how great the peach cobbler or the caramel apples were.&nbsp;</p> <p><br />This Harvest Exchange helped us share ideas for becoming self-reliant and promote healthier eating habits.&nbsp; We have two more weeks of this great event! With two more cook-offs to go! I am SO excited for the Salsa cook-off next week, and the week after, on the 25th, we&rsquo;ll have the pumpkin and gourd cook-off. Although this Farmers Market is only for Lifetime Employees, we hope it&rsquo;ll encourage you to get involved in your own communities and seek out the foods of the season! Healthy Eating!</p>Jernae14 Sep 2012 11:10:00 AMCorporate Semi-Annual Meeting Reveals Growth and Changeshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356278/corporate-semi-annual-meeting-reveals-growth-and-changeshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356278/corporate-semi-annual-meeting-reveals-growth-and-changes<p><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_1478.jpg" alt="IMG_1478.jpg" width="294" height="196" />This summer&rsquo;s semi-annual company meeting was a brand new experience for me.&nbsp; Over past years here at <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/">Lifetime</a>, all employees have had the opportunity to hear about the progress and state of the company.&nbsp; And since Lifetime is a privately-owned company, it&rsquo;s important that the employees are directly involved!&nbsp;</p> <p>What was amazing was the opening part of the meeting where we saw how the company has been featured and showcased in public relations this year. From a spotlight on <a title="Lifetime on Price is Right" href="http://bit.ly/JM3coP" target="_blank">The Price is Right</a> where our kayaks were a showcase prize, to the&nbsp;<a title="blog post about Lifetime in the news" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356192/tv-news-story-highlights-lifetime-products" target="_self">local&nbsp;news</a> where the work done in our metals and plastics factories took the front stage, to our service <a title="about Lifetime 2012 Community Service Project" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356262/making-a-difference-in-our-community" target="_self">project</a> at the <a title="about Utah Botanical Center" href="http://usubotanicalcenter.org/" target="_blank">Utah State University Botanical Center</a>, and so much more.&nbsp; I could see that we definitely made waves this year!&nbsp; And these features on Lifetime are only the beginning.<br /><br />After hearing about<img style="float: right;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_1435.jpg" alt="IMG_1435.jpg" width="314" height="210" /> the valuable role of safety in the workplace and the importance of making our jobs here at Lifetime accident-free, we got into the meat and potatoes.&nbsp; We discussed the expansion and opening of a new Lifetime Store coming to St. George, UT. And each category at Lifetime was featured; we saw the growth of our <a title="about Lifetime Tables and Chairs" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs" target="_blank">Tables &amp; Chairs</a>, <a title="about Lifetime Lawn &amp; Garden products" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage" target="_blank">Lawn &amp; Garden</a>, <a title="about Lifetime Sporting Goods products" href="http://www.lifetime.com/sporting-goods" target="_blank">Sporting Goods</a>, and <a title="about Lifetime Water Sports products" href="http://www.lifetime.com/water-sports" target="_blank">Water Sports</a>.&nbsp; And we heard of the positive headway in our move towards new changes, and even&hellip;new products that we&rsquo;re partnering with, and others hitting shelves this next year! Hearing about the growth plans just reinforced who we are, for me: innovative.</p> <p><br />Lifetime is growing. We&rsquo;re moving forward.&nbsp; We always have, and always will. As many of our new products and changes come forward, you can be sure they&rsquo;ll reflect who we are, and what we plan to keep doing for you, our customers.&nbsp; We can&rsquo;t thank you enough!</p>Jernae01 Aug 2012 4:55:00 PMGreen Thumbs are “Budding” at Lifetime!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356274/green-thumbs-are-budding-at-lifetimehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356274/green-thumbs-are-budding-at-lifetime<p><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Small-G.jpg" alt="Small-G.jpg" width="172" height="228" /></p> <p>Once a year, Lifetime employees volunteer time to serve our communities around us. With the <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356262/making-a-difference-in-our-community">work we did</a> at the <a href="http://usubotanicalcenter.org/">Utah State University Botanical Center</a> this year, it got some of our employees thinking. And not just thinking&hellip;.oh no!&nbsp; It was a surge of excitement!</p> <p><br />The excitement became contagious and a small group of employees pooled their teamwork to start their own vegetable garden in a small concrete garden box in front of their building. After buying the necessary plants and soil, everything was planted. And as of today, the tomatoes vines are climbing high, and even the crisp jalape&ntilde;o peppers are already on the stems! I'm pretty sure my mouth was actually watering when I saw it.</p> <p><br />But even that&rsquo;s not the end of it. Because of their group work to grow fresh <img style="float: right;" src="/imagecache/blog/Clinic_1.jpg" alt="Clinic_1.jpg" width="262" height="170" />vegetables right at work, that passion for a garden floated across the Freeport Center and expanded in front of our new <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356247/we-opened-a-health-clinic-for-our-employees">Health Clinic</a>.</p> <p><br />Seeing the potential in the idea, more employees, with the use of Lifetime <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/raised-garden-bed">Raised Garden Beds</a>, some long planting areas, and more drive, planted a little farm. Now, it&rsquo;s booming right here! Everything from corn to pumpkins, peppers to squash, and pretty much anything you&rsquo;d need for some of my favorite foods: fresh corn on the cob, and homemade pico de gallo! Besides being amazing, this garden is also <em>incredibly </em>"cute."</p> <p>Every employee, including myself,&nbsp;also was handed plant starters to anyone who wanted them! Peppers and tomatoes all went home with those who came to get them. <img style="float: left;" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_5981.JPG" alt="IMG_5981.JPG" width="252" height="172" />It was so successful...they nearly ran out of the veggies they planned to grow in the Lifetime Garden!</p> <p><br />Besides the fun in growing our own veggies, or even the praise these employees are getting, the best part will be what comes next.&nbsp; Using the produce, <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/">Lifetime</a> will be sponsoring our own Farmer&rsquo;s Market later this summer to exchange&nbsp;&nbsp;everything that's become such a passion for us this year. Who doesn&rsquo;t love fresh vegetables?&nbsp;</p> <p>We can't seem to stop talking about what's going on here at Lifetime. We love the inspiration we&rsquo;ve seen from our employees, and we're jumping in our seats, anticipating the rewards! Unfortunately, we won't be able to share any of our produce with you, but we'll be sure to share some photos and stories from our Farmer's Market in future blog posts!</p>Jernae18 Jul 2012 8:30:00 AMFresh Efforts To Go Green!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356269/fresh-efforts-to-go-greenhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356269/fresh-efforts-to-go-green<p>Just when you think things couldn&rsquo;t possibly get better&hellip;they do!&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/">Lifetime</a> is now one of <a href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/53520033-79/energy-companies-salt-utah.html.csp">seven busine<img style="float: right;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Untitled.jpg" alt="Untitled.jpg" width="167" height="220" />sses</a> actively participating in the Utah Industrial Energy Efficiency Program (<a href="http://utahindustryleaders.com/">UIEEP</a>). The program, which was initiated to help industrial customers increase their efforts in energy efficiency, has already seen massive energy savings.&nbsp; And that&rsquo;s not only great news for Lifetime, but for the members of our community.</p> <p><br />UIEEP&nbsp;is already taking leaps and bounds to encourage businesses to reduce their energy intensity and emissions, provide training and technical assistance as companies like <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/">Lifetime</a> apply energy-saving efforts, and give credit for energy efficiency successes that maximize performance.</p> <p><br />As those who know us well can testify, <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/">Lifetime</a> has been dedicated to the environment and our ability to reduce, reuse, and recycle&mdash;from recycling and reusing our own plastic and metals, to efforts in making our packaging streamlined and fully recyclable.&nbsp; This is just one more amazing step towards making the earth a better place to live!&nbsp; And, come on&hellip;who doesn&rsquo;t want that?</p> <p><br />To learn more about other companies involved in UIEEP, check out the program&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://utahindustryleaders.com/">utahindustryleaders.com</a>. And of course, to check out the amazing things we do at Lifetime to go green, check out <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/environment.aspx">lifetime.com</a>.</p>Jernae05 Jul 2012 9:56:00 AMMaking a Difference in Our Communityhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356262/making-a-difference-in-our-communityhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356262/making-a-difference-in-our-community<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/2012%20community%20service%20collage.jpg" alt="2012 community service collage.jpg" width="300" height="261" />May 5, 2012 was not only Cinco de Mayo but also a big day here at Lifetime Products.&nbsp;More than&nbsp;900 of my fellow Lifetime co-workers and I had the opportunity to give back to our community by participating in Lifetime&rsquo;s 7th Annual Community Service Project. This year, we helped clean and beautify the <a title="about USU Botanical Center" href="http://utahbotanicalcenter.org/" target="_blank">Utah State University Botanical Center</a> in Kaysville, Utah.</p> <p>After initial groundwork preparation by over 75 employees on Friday evening, 880 employees arrived in florescent yellow shirts (looking like tennis balls from afar) armed with gardening tools on Saturday morning and got to work by removing debris, rocks, and weeds; planting flowers, grass and trees; cleaning ponds; painting fences, bridges and gates and spreading bark to help beautify and improve the center's 1,000 acre grounds, gardens, and facilities for local residents. In addition, the group planted potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash and corn that will be donated to the local community through the USU Botanical Center's Food Pantry Garden program.</p> <p>It was a great experience working together outside of our normal everyday jobs to do something to give back and help improve our local community. It was also a true team effort. Everyone pitched in to help in some way or another... even Lifetime President Richard Hendrickson was busy planting potatoes and corn for the Food Bank garden. The USU Botanical Center coordinated much of the work, and employee team leaders guided 10 large teams working simultaneously on the projects, resulting in a complete makeover of the center in approximately three hours.</p> <p>Lifetime utilized much of its own manufactured products for the project, including Lifetime folding tables, wheelbarrows, yard carts, and kayaks.</p> <p>Thanks again to all of our wonderful employees who made this event a success. All Lifetime employees worked off the clock, earning a credit toward Lifetime&rsquo;s employee benefit program that gives a percentage of the company&rsquo;s revenue to each employee. With everyone pitching in to help, this year's community service project employed approximately 2,800 man-hours!</p> <p>Operated by Utah State University, the USU Botanical Center is a 1,000-acre facility dedicated to education, research, recreation, and demonstration projects. USU Botanical Center&rsquo;s Director David Anderson said, "It was a spectacular effort and we appreciate all the work done by Lifetime Products&rsquo; employees. We operate the center with a very small staff and the amount of work the volunteers accomplished in a few hours, giving up part of their day off, would be impossible for us to complete even over several weeks. Some even returned later in the week to finish some painting that couldn&rsquo;t be done because of cold temperatures on their service day. We cannot thank all the volunteers enough.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lifetime President, Richard Hendrickson said, &ldquo;Lifetime is more than just products. We&rsquo;re people who make a difference in everything we do &ndash; both inside and outside of our factory walls. We&rsquo;re proud to be a worldwide company, but it&rsquo;s important to us to always give back to the community here at home where we operate and are headquartered. Our annual community service project is a monumental way for us to make a difference in our local area. It&rsquo;s truly inspiring and heart-warming to watch nearly one thousand people working together to improve where they live and work.&rdquo;</p> <p>If you live in Utah, stop by the Botanical Center to take advantage of its many programs and beautiful scenery.&nbsp; Personally, I'm looking forward to going back soon to see how our vegetables are growing!</p>Tonnie 07 Jun 2012 2:45:00 PMOver 500 Lifetime Employees Beautify Two Parks and a Cemetery in West Pointhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356179/over-500-lifetime-employees-beautify-two-parks-and-a-cemetery-in-west-pointhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356179/over-500-lifetime-employees-beautify-two-parks-and-a-cemetery-in-west-point<p><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime Products 6th Annual Community Service Project" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/westpoint_service_blog.jpg" alt="westpoint_service_blog.jpg" width="350" height="396" />What another great service experience last weekend! On Saturday, September 17, the remaining 500 Lifetime employees (who did not attend Ogden&rsquo;s Service Project on September 10) helped clean up Loy Blake Park, East Park and <a title="about West Point City" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/anniversary-giveaway" target="_blank">West Point City </a>cemetery in West Point, Utah to participate in Lifetime&rsquo;s 6th Annual Employee Community Service Project. Between both projects, we dedicated approximately 2,700 man-hours, saving both cities thousands of dollars in labor to accomplish complete park makeovers.</p> <p>These projects included everything from installing a drainage system in the playground area that was collecting water, cutting tree rings, leveling headstones, replenishing bark, rebuilding a fire pit to painting playground equipment and picnic tables. It was quite a site to see so many people working together to make the parks and cemetery a little nicer than when we arrived.</p> <p>Typically, Lifetime employees annually participate in a large group project off the clock to join forces and give back to neighboring communities, earning a credit toward Lifetime&rsquo;s employee benefit program that gives a percentage of the company&rsquo;s revenue to each employee. This year, with the celebration of our <a title="Lifetime 25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/anniversary-giveaway" target="_blank">25th anniversary</a>, we increased our efforts to undertake beautification projects in four separate areas on two separate dates. Lifetime strongly believes being a good corporate citizen is vital to the local community.<br />&nbsp;<br />West Point City Mayor Erik Craythorne said, &ldquo;West Point City greatly appreciates the service of the volunteers from Lifetime Products. The vast improvements they are doing will be recognized and treasured for years to come. We appreciate having Lifetime Products and its remarkable employees as members of our community. On behalf of the all the residents of the city, especially the children, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Lifetime Products and all the employees for their service.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;<br />The service project concluded with sack lunches (with 150 remaining donated to the Ogden Rescue Mission and St. Anne&rsquo;s Shelter in Ogden) and I can only imagine everyone who left that day, felt a little better inside. If you live in Davis County area, we hope you take time to check out and enjoy the newly transformed parks and cemetery!</p>Tonnie 26 Sep 2011 6:11:02 PMLifetime Employees Build New Hiking Trail http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356176/lifetime-employees-build-new-hiking-trailhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356176/lifetime-employees-build-new-hiking-trail<p><img style="float: right;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Ogden Service Project.jpg" alt="Ogden Service Project.jpg" width="350" height="404" /></p> <p>Last Saturday, September 10, 430 of my fellow co-workers and I spent three hours constructing a brand new walking and biking trail in Ogden City, Utah for Lifetime&rsquo;s 6th Annual Local Community Service Project. Each year, Lifetime employees work off the clock and donate their time with our group community service project, earning credit toward Lifetime&rsquo;s bi-annual employee benefit program that gives a percentage of the company&rsquo;s profits to each employee. Since Lifetime is celebrating its <a title="25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/anniversary-giveaway" target="_blank">25th corporate anniversary,</a> this year we are increasing our efforts and actually undertaking four separate beautification projects on two separate days. This past Saturday&rsquo;s trail building was our first project and the second project will be held this Saturday, September 17, and will include clean-up of two parks and cemetery beautification in West Point City, Utah.<br />&nbsp;<br />Even though it was our first project this year, Ogden&rsquo;s project was, nonetheless, an intense assignment. When I say we built a trail, I literally mean we started from scratch and made a trail. We cleared brush, pulled roots, shoveled dirt, and smoothed a path. Just look at the before, during, and after pictures of the amazing transformation that took place. To describe this task, I heard one co-worker say, &ldquo;We slid all the way in and walked all the way out.&rdquo; This project included digging a one mile 4-foot wide trail in a steep hillside in Ogden north of the Ogden Cemetery between Monroe and Washington Blvd.<br />&nbsp;<br />It was a great experience, as always, to work together with my fellow co-workers to do something to give back and help improve our local community. It was also a true team effort and quite a site to see! It&rsquo;s always amazing to see how quickly lots of hands working together can accomplish such a big project in just a few hours.<br />&nbsp;<br />Our President, Richard Hendrickson, said this, &ldquo;This was a difficult job from many aspects, including physical. As I worked alongside my teammates, I was once again astounded and impressed with the attitudes and willingness to dig in and work hard on behalf of others. The spirit of service is impressive and rewarding. There is now a passable trail where last week there was none. Many people will enjoy the path for years to come.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Ogden City Mayor Matthew Godfrey&rsquo;s statement in regards to the Ogden City trail project:<br /></strong>This trail connects downtown to the mountains on a dirt trail. It also connects the central city to the parkway trail at Madison Avenue through the Cemetery. This connection has been planned for several years but has never been constructed until Lifetime Products demonstrated the willingness to take the project on. Links like these are imperative to making our trail system inviting and accessible to all our residents.<br />&nbsp;<br />I can&rsquo;t wait to see our team tackle yet another great service project this Saturday and share the story with you next week in my next blog post. In the meantime, if you live in the Ogden area, we hope you take time to check out and enjoy this new trail!</p>Tonnie 14 Sep 2011 9:17:31 AMSecond Annual "Salute Our Troops" Event Planned This Memorial Day at Lifetime Storehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356140/second-annual-salute-our-troops-event-planned-this-memorial-day-at-lifetime-storehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356140/second-annual-salute-our-troops-event-planned-this-memorial-day-at-lifetime-store<p>At Lifetime, we&nbsp; strongly believe that part of our corporate responsibility as a successful business is to support our local community.&nbsp; So, I am excited to tell you that this Memorial Day we will, once again, be hosting our "Salute Our Troops" event!<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/waving-flag.jpg" alt="waving-flag.jpg" width="200" /></p> <p>This event will be held <em>only</em> at our <a title="Lifetime Store" href="http://www.backyardsinc.com/locations" target="_blank">Lifetime Store </a>location in Riverdale, Utah.&nbsp; On <a title="about Memorial Day" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day" target="_blank">Memorial Day</a>, 5 percent of our proceeds will be donated to the Utah Military Families Foundation (UMFF), a privately-funded non-profit organization headquartered at <a title="about Hill Air Force Base" href="http://www.hill.af.mil/" target="_blank">Hill Air Force Base </a>that supports over 80,000 military families throughout Utah.</p> <p>Lifetime Products is honored to be neighbors with Hill Air Force Base. So, this event is a way for Lifetime to thank our local military men and women - and their families - that sacrifice so much for our community and country.&nbsp; And, it's a way for us to thank our entire local community for supporting us during the past 25 years!</p> <p>Last year was the first year we held this "Salute Our Troops" event and it was an overwhelming success with over $1600 raised for UMFF!&nbsp; We had so much fun at <a title="blog post about last year's event" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/354988/memorial-day-salute-our-troops-event-recap" target="_blank">last year's event </a>and this year's event promises to be even more fun-filled!&nbsp; If you live in Utah, be sure and stop by for this one-day, free family event.&nbsp;</p> <p>You know us - we LOVE giveaways!&nbsp; So, you can be sure there will be lots of opportunities to win FREE Lifetime products!&nbsp; You'll be able to take a shot in free throw contests to win a <a title="about Lifetime basketball hoops" href="http://www.lifetime.com/sporting-goods/basketball/portable--goals" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop</a>, make a guess to win a <a title="about Lifetime wheelbarrows" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/wheelbarrow" target="_blank">Lifetime wheelbarrow</a>, and test your skills on the <a title="about Lifetime Double Shot" href="http://www.lifetime.com/sporting-goods/basketball/double-shot" target="_blank">Lifetime Double Shot </a>to win prizes and gift certificates.&nbsp; Plus, they'll be lots to do for little tikes, too. Not only will kids will love playing on our <a title="about Lifetime playsets" href="http://www.lifetime.com/playground" target="_blank">playsets</a> and <a title="about Lifetime teeter-totters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/playground/teeter-totters/ace-flyer-teeter-totter" target="_blank">teeter-totters</a>, but we'll have treasure digging for prizes, face painting, coloring, and FREE ice cream!</p> <p>Still not enough excitment for you?&nbsp;Ok, how about this...&nbsp;<a title="about 97.1 FM" href="http://www.5buckpizza.com/" target="_blank">97.1 FM </a>will be doing a live broadcast from the store!&nbsp; We'll be giving away American stick flags with every purchase, and of course we'll have lots of special 25 Year Anniversary and Memorial Day discounts.&nbsp; And, don't forget, on Memorial Day and <em>every day,</em> the Lifetime Store offers a 10% military discount with valid ID.</p> <p>If you live in Utah, we sure hope you can join us for this celebration!&nbsp; And, we hope everyone takes time to remember the sacrifices made to celebrate this special holiday and has a safe and happy Memorial Day!</p>Katie27 May 2011 2:05:00 PMLt. Gov. Bell Congratulates Lifetime on 25 Years!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356135/lt-gov-bell-congratulates-lifetime-on-25-yearshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356135/lt-gov-bell-congratulates-lifetime-on-25-years<p><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime's 25 Year Birthday Cake" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/cake.jpg" alt="cake.jpg" width="250" height="167" />We blew out the candles so it must be official&hellip; Lifetime is 25 years old!&nbsp; As you know, we're celebrating all year long with sales, <a title="25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/anniversary-giveaway" target="_blank">giveaways</a>, and more. And, last Monday, we held a special 25 Year Anniversary Event at our factory headquarters in the Clearfield Freeport Center.&nbsp;Personally, I'm still amazed at how quickly we transformed a factory assembly line warehouse that was running on Friday into a trendy industrial meeting facility for the event on Monday. The place was decked out with product displays and live jazz music!&nbsp;Check out the pictures, pretty cool, huh?&nbsp; And, yes, it was back to an assembly line by Tuesday!</p> <p>Nearly 400 people attended our celebration, including Lifetime's partners, suppliers, and local community leaders. Our guests of honor included Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and Clearfield City Mayor Don Wood. We were&nbsp;so excited&nbsp;to have them&nbsp;both speak alongside our President Richard Hendrickson&nbsp;at this milestone event.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" title="Lt. Governor Greg Bell" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/lt-gov-bell.jpg" alt="lt-gov-bell.jpg" width="251" height="376" />Utah&nbsp;Lt. Gov. Greg&nbsp;Bell kicked things off by congratulating Lifetime on 25 years of success. He said: &ldquo;Lifetime is a great Utah company that has spent a quarter of a decade working hard to create high-quality innovative products, while providing valuable jobs for thousands of Utahans over the years. Utah is fortunate to have such a company maintaining their manufacturing base in Utah."</p> <p>Mayor Wood officially declared&nbsp;May 2 as Lifetime Products Appreciation Day for the city of Clearfield, our headquarters' home town.&nbsp; The award recognizes Lifetime Products as a valued corporate citizen and community partner that is constantly promoting the value of positively impacting the communities where its employees live and work and has provided countless hours of volunteerism to Clearfield that have resulted in beautification and support of the Clearfield Community.</p> <p>As part of the celebration, Lifetime presented its "Supplier of the Year Awards" to <a title="about PCA" href="http://www.packagingcorp.com/" target="_blank">Packaging Corporation of America </a>&nbsp;(PCA) of Salt Lake City and <a title="about Neutek Print" href="http://www.neutekprint.com/" target="_blank">Neutekprint </a>of Ogden.</p> <p>If you're a regular reader of our blog, then you already know that Lifetime Products was <a title="blog about Lifetime history" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356121/were-celebrating-25-years" target="_blank">founded in 1986</a> with the introduction of its Quick Adjust&reg; basketball pole &mdash; the first complete basketball system you could raise up and down in just seconds with a broomstick.&nbsp;&nbsp; Today, with products sold in 58 countries, Lifetime is the world&rsquo;s leading manufacturer of residential basketball hoops.&nbsp; In addition to basketball hoops, Lifetime also manufacturers polyethylene folding tables, chairs, outdoor storage sheds, wheelbarrows, kayaks, and more.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" title="President Richard Hendrickson" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Richard-Hendrickson.jpg" alt="Richard-Hendrickson.jpg" width="250" height="167" />So, what's been the secret of our success that turned a neighborhood business into a global corporation?&nbsp; Lifetime President Richard Hendrickson summarized that Lifetime's success centers around our commitment to five guiding principles and values: Innovation, Quality, Low Debt Structure, Respect for the Individual and Humble Leadership.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hendrickson continued saying, "As part of our commitment to US manufacturing, especially out of Utah, we found it necessary to bring most processes in house. Our finished products may not appear extremely high tech in-and-of themselves, but here at Lifetime, after we design a great new product, we also design and manufacture most of the tooling, machines and equipment required to manufacture these products in high volume, high quality, cost-effective ways. Because of this, along with our global presence, we are now a multi-lingual, multi-currency, multi-national and&nbsp;vertically integrated company. People often recognize us as a mid-sized company with all the complexity of a Fortune 500 company."</p> <p>The event was a great way to thank our community for a great 25 years. In reality,&nbsp;Lifetime could not have reached this milestone were it not for our dedicated and hardworking employees, our dependable suppliers, our committed accounts, and especially&nbsp;YOU - loyal customers who love our products!&nbsp; Thank you for supporting us for the past 25 years. We look forward to making products For The Way You Live for another 25&nbsp;years!</p> <p><strong>Check out more coverage below! <br /></strong><em>Standard Examiner</em> <a title="Clearfield celebrates good corporate citizen" href="http://www.standard.net/topics/economy/2011/05/02/clearfield-celebrates-good-corporate-citizen" target="_blank">Article</a> - May 2, 2011<br /><em>Standard Examiner</em> <a title="Lifetime celebrates 25 years" href="http://www.standard.net/topics/economy/2011/04/28/clearfields-lifetime-products-celebrates-25-years" target="_blank">Article</a> - April 28, 2011<br /><em>Davis County Clipper</em> <a title="news article" href="http://www.clippertoday.com/view/full_story/13185264/article-Lifetime%E2%80%99s-25--from-garage-to-1-400-employees?instance=lead_story_left_column" target="_blank">Article</a> - May 9, 2011<br /><a title="Lifetime Flickr account" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27121986@N03/" target="_blank">Photos</a> on Flickr</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Katie09 May 2011 11:00:00 AMBoy Earns Eagle Scout Building Lifetime Shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356104/boy-earns-eagle-scout-building-lifetime-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356104/boy-earns-eagle-scout-building-lifetime-shed<p>Happy Birthday BSA! The <a href="http://www.scouting.org/" target="_blank">Boy Scouts of America </a>was incorporated and chartered by the United States Congress on February 8, 1910. That means this week, they are 101 years old! Last year, they reached a large milestone as they <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOMt8KGnP80" target="_blank">turned 100</a>!</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/assembly pic 4.jpg" alt="assembly pic 4.jpg" width="200" height="150" />In the summer of 2010, Lifetime received a phone call from a 14-year-old Scout named Mason. He was calling on behalf of the Spectrum program at the local Burton Elementary School in Layton, Utah (very close to Lifetime&rsquo;s headquarters). Spectrum is a program designed to provide activities for children who are academically gifted. Among their activities, they put on a play once a year, which we hear is a great performance. But he wasn't calling to talk just about the program; he was calling because the local Spectrum program had a problem that was putting their annual play in jeopardy.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/donation pic.jpg" alt="donation pic.jpg" width="191" height="144" />He had heard through the Spectrum program that there was a problem with storage space. The program was storing their supplies in an old school, including many items for the annual play, and they needed to find a new storage location.&nbsp; They had said that the annual play may need to be canceled if storage space was not found. Mason was familiar with <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=left" target="_blank">Lifetime sheds</a>, and he was also looking for a project to help him earn his Eagle Scout rank, the highest distinction awarded in the BSA which requires fulfillment of leadership, service and outdoor skills. He bravely took on this challenge, and contacted Lifetime to secure a shed.</p> <p>In the meantime, Mason organized a fundraiser to help cover other costs of the project including pouring the cement pad, shelves and containers. He raised $690! He made a few more calls, and received more good news from the Davis County School District. They generously offered to pour the cement pad.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/teacher pic.jpg" alt="teacher pic.jpg" width="300" height="225" />So the stage was set, and ready for the main event&mdash;putting together the 11&rsquo; x 13.5' Lifetime shed! Mason gathered his friends to assemble the shed. As expected, the work proved to be a great learning experience in patience and teamwork, as he worked alongside his peers to read and follow the step-by-step directions. They also gained great experience using tools, and identifying hardware and shed parts.</p> <p>Today, Mason has earned his Eagle Scout rank and the Spectrum program has a spacious shed to store their materials. We look forward to more spectacular things from Mason and the Spectrum program, starting with their next annual play!</p>Katie10 Feb 2011 9:30:37 AMA Lifetime Christmas Shed Downtownhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356083/a-lifetime-christmas-shed-downtownhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356083/a-lifetime-christmas-shed-downtown<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/christmas_village_streetview_640.jpg" alt="christmas_village_streetview_640.jpg" width="550" height="258" />Since its beginning in 1962, <a title="about Christmas Village" href="http://www.ogdencity.com/en/about_ogden/special_events/christmas_village.aspx" target="_blank">Christmas Village in Ogden</a>, Utah has grown to an extraordinary seasonal attraction. Each year thousands of tourists and citizens come to view the Christmas lights and cottages, drawing visitors from great distances as well as local families who have made it part of their holiday tradition. Spectators find themselves in a dazzling winter wonderland set aglow with Christmas lights and a unique setting of cottages modeled after Santa&rsquo;s village at the North Pole.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/christmas-cottage-1.jpg" alt="christmas-cottage-1.jpg" width="250" height="188" />This year,&nbsp;Lifetime&nbsp;joined&nbsp;in&nbsp;the local community Christmas tradition by transforming a <a title="about Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime shed </a>into a cottage. Complete with windows, flooring and steel trusses, the shed naturally made for a great cottage in this winter wonderland setting! The steel-reinforcements on its plastic walls and roof gave Santa, the elves, and their woodland friends a sound shelter. When we assembled the shed, our cottage-building experts (prototype shop professionals by day) also cut through the front doors and inserted polycarbonate panels-- the same material used in some of our basketball backboards and shed windows, so smaller visitors could easily see inside.</p> <p>The Lifetime cottage is themed &ldquo;Santa&rsquo;s Backyard&rdquo;, and one of our engineers and his wife did a fantastic job decking out the space with elves, lights, candy, and a <a title="about Lifetime Basketball Hoops" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Basketball/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Hoop </a>and <a title="about Lifetime Helicopter Teeter-Totter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-90045.aspx" target="_blank">Helicopter Teeter-Totter </a>that animates with the push of a button from outside! It was pushed so much the first few nights, they actually had to go and check on it. :)<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/christmas-cottage-2.jpg" alt="christmas-cottage-2.jpg" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re in downtown Ogden this season, be sure to check out the Christmas Village and Lifetime's cottage!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>SANTA'S BACKYARD<br /></strong>&nbsp;<br />Tis the day after Christmas and as we all know,<br />Santa is having a party at the North Pole.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Elves are all there to have lots of fun,<br />Even a couple of Reindeer decided to come.<br />&nbsp;<br />In Santa's Backyard there is plenty to do,<br />Tetherball, teeter-totter, shooting hoops too.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Candy Maker is sharing his favorite treat,<br />His canes are delicious and oh, so sweet.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Birds all think the trapeze a great swing,<br />But Santa just wants to dance and sing.<br />&nbsp;<br />Being together is a wonderful sign,<br />That making memories will last a Lifetime.</p>Katie07 Dec 2010 1:30:00 PMScarecrows in Our Hallshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356075/scarecrows-in-our-hallshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356075/scarecrows-in-our-halls<p><img title="Scarecrows by Karly and Weston" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/scarecrows-south-clearfield.jpg" alt="Scarecrows by Karly and Weston" width="250" height="164" />If you were walking down the halls of Lifetime's world-headquarters in Clearfield, you would notice something a little out of the ordinary-- Scarecrows lining the walls in many of our buildings.&nbsp;Not your average scarecrows... some have one eye, and others are missing important scarecrow features (other than being more cute than scary). There's a story behind them, and what they represent to those who walk down these halls frequently.</p> <p>After nearly 25 years in Northern Utah, Lifetime Products enjoys longstanding relationships with&nbsp;the local community, and participates in a variety of local events and causes. Just down the street from&nbsp;Lifetime's Clearfield facility and&nbsp;our world-wide headquarters, is the South Clearfield Elementary School. Lifetime&nbsp;has partnered with the&nbsp;school on various programs, and they even proudly display a banner in front of their school&nbsp;that reads "Lifetime Products&nbsp;Partners in Education".&nbsp;</p> <p>A few weeks ago,&nbsp;supervisors&nbsp;and Human Resources people at Lifetime gathered pencil boxes and backpacks to deliver to the school. The supervisors were being trained in <a title="Lean manufacturing blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/?postID=356073" target="_blank">Lean manufacturing</a>, learning techniques and applying them to a hands-on demonstration where they assembled pencil boxes with various school supplies inside.&nbsp;A total of about 300 pencil boxes were assembled&nbsp;between three training sessions.&nbsp;At the same time, Human Resources&nbsp;ordered some backpacks for&nbsp;emergency and crisis planning, and had a surplus. The result&nbsp;was a donation of&nbsp;pencil boxes and backpacks for&nbsp;the school, and much needed help for under-privileged students.&nbsp;Their principal&nbsp;and front desk staff has been using the items for students whose families could not afford school supplies.&nbsp;Since my last visit they reported that&nbsp;the supplies&nbsp;were&nbsp;given out&nbsp;very fast, and were nearly gone. They said that the students and parents really appreciated the supplies, and that&nbsp;they were excited&nbsp;to be able to hand them to these students.<img title="Scarecrows by Orion and Aubriel" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/scarecrows-south-clearfield-2.jpg" alt="Scarecrows by Orion and Aubriel" width="250" height="164" /></p> <p>In return for this donation,&nbsp;students from a&nbsp;young class gave&nbsp;Lifetime some artwork to display-- little scarecrows that now line our halls. Many&nbsp;people at Lifetime live close to the facility and have&nbsp;children who attend the school.&nbsp;So to us, when these little scarecrows&nbsp;look at us with crooked eyes and scribbles on their overalls, it means we can work another day knowing we've made a small difference, even as small as&nbsp;a set of pencils to draw a smile.</p>Katie15 Nov 2010 6:08:12 PMHealth Fair - Be Ready Lifetimehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356062/health-fair---be-ready-lifetimehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356062/health-fair---be-ready-lifetime<p><img title="Health Fair article" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/HealthFair60164-1.gif" alt="" width="140" height="159" />On&nbsp;Oct. 7th and 8th,&nbsp;Lifetime Products hosted their 6th annual&nbsp;employee Health Fair. Bringing a wide variety of companies and vendors to the Freeport Center,&nbsp;this event&nbsp;gives Lifetime employees the opportunity to explore various health related topics and ask questions about company benefits.</p> <p>This year, Lifetime's Health Fair focused on being prepared at home, work, and in the community for disasters and other life situations. Featuring food storage and first aid stations to nutritional information and health screenings, the Health Fair had various booths and vendors available to educate employees on preparedness.</p> <p>This event also allows employees to get basic health tests and screenings done each year. Preventative screenings such as checking blood pressure, glucose levels, body fat, and others, provides a great benefit to personal health and goals. Another focus of the Health Fair is to provide open enrollment and information on company benefits.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br /><img title="Health Fair2 article" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/DSC_4309.gif" alt="" width="201" height="122" />The goal of the Health Fair is to make it interesting, educational, and to get a wide variety of people and companies involved. Providing helpful information on preparedness and other related topics, the Health Fair is a great opportunity for us at Lifetime to have a fun, educational experience each year.</p>Shalane15 Oct 2010 9:00:00 AMLifetime's Annual Service Project 2010- Park Beautificationhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356060/lifetimes-annual-service-project-2010--park-beautificationhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356060/lifetimes-annual-service-project-2010--park-beautification<p><img title="Steed-park-2010" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/service-project-collage-blog.jpg" alt="" />This past&nbsp;Saturday, October 9,&nbsp;Lifetime Products employees&nbsp;met at Clearfield City&rsquo;s Steed Park for Lifetime&rsquo;s 5th Annual Local Community Service Project.&nbsp;What a sight! More than&nbsp;800 employees were busy laying sod, trimming trees, leveling baseball diamonds, picking up trash, and much more, to beautify and improve the 23-acre Steed Park for local residents.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It was a great experience working together&nbsp;outside of our normal everyday jobs to do something to give back and help improve our local community.&nbsp; It was also a true team effort.&nbsp; Everyone pitched in to help in some way or another... even Lifetime President Richard Hendrickson was busy&nbsp;trimming trees by the pond.&nbsp; Me?&nbsp; I rolled up my sleeves to help stain the pavilion which&nbsp;was a little messy, but fun nonetheless. Clearfield Parks and Recreation coordinated much of the work, and employee team leaders guided 18 large teams working simultaneously on the projects, resulting in a complete park makeover in approximately three hours.</p> <p>At the conclusion of this beautification project, remarks were given by Lifetime President Richard Hendrickson and Clearfield City Mayor Don Wood.</p> <p>&ldquo;There aren&rsquo;t even words adequate to express my appreciation for what you have done today,&rdquo; said Mayor Wood. &ldquo;There are people who drove by here last night, who will drive by tomorrow and think- what happened?&rdquo; After his remarks, the Mayor presented Hendrickson with a plaque in recognition of Lifetime&rsquo;s efforts.</p> <p>Lifetime utilized much of its own manufactured products for the project, including Lifetime <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/Default.aspx?from=left" target="_blank">folding tables</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/Wheelbarrows/Default.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows, yard carts</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search.aspx?term=kayak" target="_blank">kayaks</a> and <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/UtilityTrailers/Default.aspx" target="_blank">trailers</a>.</p> <p>Thanks again to all of our wonderful employees who made this event a success.&nbsp; All Lifetime employees worked off the clock, earning a credit toward January <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/?postID=355668" target="_blank">Profit Sharing</a>, Lifetime&rsquo;s bi-annual employee benefit program that gives back a percentage of the company&rsquo;s revenue to each employee.&nbsp;&nbsp; With everyone pitching in to help, this year's community service project employed approximately 2,400 man-hours, which Mayor Wood estimated to&nbsp;save Clearfield City an estimated $31,200!&nbsp;</p> <p>To see video coverage of this&nbsp;event and to watch our employees in action as they beautify Steed Park, <a title="Lifetime 2010 Service Project Video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjvxJo8j8Uc" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Service Project Video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjvxJo8j8Uc" target="_blank"><img title="2010 Service Project video" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/2010 service project video.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Katie11 Oct 2010 12:00:00 PMTips for the World's Longest Yard Sale and National Garage Sale Dayhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355553/tips-for-the-worlds-longest-yard-sale-and-national-garage-sale-dayhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355553/tips-for-the-worlds-longest-yard-sale-and-national-garage-sale-day<p><a title="garage sale video" href="http://www.youtube.com/lifetimeproducts#p/a/f/2/OmqweoE6p1E" target="_blank"><img title="garage sale video" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Garage sale video.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p>If you're a yard sale/garage sale/flea market enthusiast, this is probably your favorite month of the year.&nbsp; After all, the <a title="about the World's Longest Yard Sale" href="http://www.127sale.com/" target="_blank">World's Longest Yard Sale</a> is August 5-8 and just a few days later on August 14 you can celebrate National Garage Sale Day!&nbsp; (Yes, you read that right.&nbsp; There is actually an official World's Longest Yard Sale!&nbsp; Over 675 miles of sales stretching from Michigan to&nbsp;Alabama along US Highway 127.)&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're thinking about participating in one of these events, or just hosting your own sale sometime soon, here's a quick video for you to watch with some on how to turn your clutter into cash.&nbsp; Also, be sure to check out the articles from Lifetime's Tips &amp; Solutions page on our website for some helpful garage sale/yard sale pointers.&nbsp; You'll find information about how to best display your items, organization, printable price tags, signage, and more.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="World's Longest Yard Sale Tips" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tipssolutions/organization/article.aspx?postid=5696" target="_blank">World's Longest Yard Sale Tips</a></p> <p><a title="Garage Sale secrets" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tipssolutions/organization/article.aspx?postid=170" target="_blank">Secrets to Success When Selling Your Old Treasures</a></p> <p>And, I've also published two blog posts previously about my own garage sale experiences&nbsp;that might come in handy, too:<br /><a title="Tables are a Garage Sale Must blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/08/22/tables-are-garage-sale-must.aspx" target="_blank">Tables Are A Garage Sale Must</a></p> <p><a title="Make a Garage Sale Banner blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2009/06/02/how-to-make-a-waterproof-banner-in-minutes.aspx" target="_blank">How to Make a Waterproof Banner in Minutes</a></p> <p>Finally, in honor of the World's Longest Yard Sale and National Garage Day and to help you organize your own sale, we are once again offering $<strong>10 off a purchase</strong> of a <a title="buy a Lifetime 6' adjustable height table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22920.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6' Adjustable Height Table</a> or <a title="buy a Lifetime 6' fold-in-half table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-24571.aspx" target="_blank">6' Fold-in-Half Table</a> in the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="http://www.buylifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.&nbsp; Simply enter code <strong>WLYS09</strong> when you checkout.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Happy selling!</p>Jan02 Aug 2010 12:23:00 PMGood Things Utah features Lifetime Productshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355293/good-things-utah-features-lifetime-productshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355293/good-things-utah-features-lifetime-products<img src='http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Generic Lifetime Banner Blog.png' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />Good Things Utah<p><a title="Watch video part 1" href="http://www.abc4.com/content/about_4/gtu/story/Backyard-Makeover-Preview/TdxlMUNNp0qPes88pf46_Q.cspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Makeover-My-Backyard-part_2D00_1.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a>Backyards Inc., <a title="Backyards Inc" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/187" target="_blank">The Official Outlet Store for Lifetime Products</a>,&nbsp;recently supported a very deserving family on <em>Good Things Utah</em>, by&nbsp;donating some Utah-made products from Lifetime Products!&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Good Things Utah's</em> viewers nominated the "Makeover My Backyard"&nbsp;winner, The DeYoung family from West Valley City, in Utah.&nbsp;They&nbsp;have endured some rough life challenges, including the mother Emily being&nbsp;diagnosed with Lupas and a glass-littered lawn from the previous owners.&nbsp;Backyards Inc. was a part of a team of Utah companies that came together to re-vamp their backyard in a matter of weeks.The&nbsp;donations included a new lawn, sprinklers, curbing, and a handful of cool products&nbsp;sold at Backyards Inc. including a&nbsp;<a title="buy a Lifetime playset" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PlaySystems/Playsets/Default.aspx?from=subcategoryMenu" target="_blank">Lifetime Playset</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime shet" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Lifeitme Shed</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80123.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 8' Picnic Table</a>,&nbsp;and a <a title="buy a Lifetime basketball hoop" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Basketball/PortableSystems/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Hoop</a>. The Lifetime Playset was definitely a hit with the kids...and reporters!&nbsp; Check out the videos on <em>Good Things Utah's</em> website and congrats again&nbsp;to the DeYoung family!&nbsp;<a title="Watch the Backyard Reveal" href="http://www.abc4.com/content/about_4/gtu/story/Backyard-Makeover-Reveal/pOxRzAEYtEKzVrK4grskoA.cspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Good_2D00_things_2D00_utah_2D00_reveal.png" alt="" border="0" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>admin13 Jul 2010 10:00:00 AMMemorial Day “Salute our Troops” Event Recap!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/354988/memorial-day-salute-our-troops-event-recaphttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/354988/memorial-day-salute-our-troops-event-recap<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/DSC_5F00_0056.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/DSC_5F00_0056.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="257" height="160" /></a>The &ldquo;Salute our Troops&rdquo; Memorial Day Event held at the <a title="Backyards Inc" href="http://www.backyardsinc.com/" target="_blank">Backyards Inc</a>, Riverdale location, was a great success and a whole lot of fun! Backyards Inc. donated 5% of their proceeds from that day to the Utah Military Families Foundation (UMFF). The grand total came to $1,640.60 for the UMFF, so thanks for all those who came out to support our local military! Backyards Inc. also kicked off a 10% military ID discount to continue at ALL six <a title="BYI store locations" href="http://www.backyardsinc.com/Locations.aspx" target="_blank">store locations</a>!</p> <p>&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/DSC_5F00_0032.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/DSC_5F00_0032.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="261" height="160" /></a>People of all ages came out to enjoy the event. There were free products, contests, prizes and even face painting and treasure digging for the kids! Frankie from <a title="97.1 ZHT" href="http://www.971zht.com" target="_blank">97.1</a> did a live remote broadcast in the afternoon, and we would like to thank <a title="5 Buck Pizza" href="http://www.5buckpizza.com/" target="_blank">5 Buck Pizza</a> for providing free pizza for the event.</p> <p>Congratulations to Roger G. for winning the drawing for a <a title="LIfetime Basketball" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Basketball/PortableSystems/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime portable basketball hoop</a>, and to Fred M. for winning the <a title="Wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a> weight guessing contest!!</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/IMG_5F00_0268.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/IMG_5F00_0268.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="256" height="184" /></a>Thanks to those of you who were able to make it out to the event! We hope it gave you the opportunity to get out and have some fun on Memorial Day and to show your support and appreciation for our local military!</p>Shalane03 Jun 2010 12:04:00 PMHappy Memorial Day from all of us at Lifetime!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/354942/happy-memorial-day-from-all-of-us-at-lifetimehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/354942/happy-memorial-day-from-all-of-us-at-lifetime<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/flag.jpg"><img border="0" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/flag.jpg" alt="" /></a>Happy Memorial Day from all of us at Lifetime! </p> <p>On this day, we want to thank all of the military men and women who sacrifice so much for our country&#39;s freedom.&nbsp; And, specifically, we would like to extend a huge thank you to our own Lifetime employees who serve in the military.&nbsp;Lifetime is honored to have&nbsp;many employees who work for us full-time and also serve our country in the military either in the guard or reserves.&nbsp;Several of these employees have deployed recently and we proudly welcome them back to our Lifetime family when they return.&nbsp;</p> <p>We would also like to&nbsp;congratulate&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Products info" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> employee Erik Davies, who&nbsp;recently received the <strong>&quot;Patriotic Employer Award&quot;</strong> from the U.S. Department of Defense.&nbsp; Davies, a Plastics Materials Supervisor at Lifetime, was nominated by his employee, Gary, who is currently on active duty with the United States Army.&nbsp;&nbsp;The award is given to employers and managers who provide exceptional support to their employees in the military and can only be given if nominated by an employee who is also serving in the military. </p> <p>We are proud to be a <a title="about Lifetime" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/history.aspx" target="_blank">company headquartered</a> and manufacturing in the USA and we wish you all a fun, safe, and Happy Memorial Day!</p>Tonnie 31 May 2010 2:00:00 PMHeat Up Your Fundraising with a Workplace Chili Cook-Off http://blog.lifetime.com/article/345016/heat-up-your-fundraising-with-a-workplace-chili-cook-offhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/345016/heat-up-your-fundraising-with-a-workplace-chili-cook-off<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/blue-ribbon.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/blue-ribbon.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>A few weeks ago, my husband&#39;s squadron hosted their annual Chili Cook-Off. Our chili cook-off is simply an excuse for a fun get-together.&nbsp; But, a lunchtime chili cook-off contest is also a popular way to brew up some extra fundraising money for your organization. Follow these simple tips and your fundraiser will be easy as banging a pot.</p> <p><strong>Find Your Cooks</strong><br />Make a sign-up sheet for people to participate in the cook-off.&nbsp; If you are going to invite the public or other organizations to attend, consider recruiting local politicians and business leaders to make a pot of their favorite chili. </p> <p><strong>Find Your Judges</strong><br />If you are keeping your contest within your workplace, simply draw names out of a hat to pick impartial judges.&nbsp; If you are hosting a more public event, ask well-known community leaders to lend a hand, or actually tongue, to your event.&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>What to Judge<br /></strong>Determine the award categories such as hottest, best tasting, best consistency, and best aroma.&nbsp; You can also try spicing things up a bit by adding some creative categories like&nbsp; most bizarre tasting, best cook&rsquo;s costume, best named chili, etc.&nbsp;&nbsp; (To help save the judges&rsquo; taste buds, consider limiting the categories to five!)&nbsp; Have the judges arrive prior to the luncheon starting so they can do the taste testing before guests arrive then post signs in front of each chili pot so guests know who the judges deemed as the winners.</p> <p><strong>What to Award</strong><br />You can award small cash prizes, certificates, company products etc.&nbsp; Or, if it is a public contest, consider asking businesses to donate more substantial prizes and trophies.&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>How to Set Up</strong><br />Set up a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22950.aspx" title="buy a Lifetime 4&#39; table">Lifetime 4-Foot Folding Table</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-42802.aspx" title="buy Lifetime folding chairs">chair </a>at the door of your event to use as your cashier stand.&nbsp; Next, line up <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22920.aspx" title="Buy a Lifeitme 6&#39; adjustable table">Lifetime 6-Foot Adjustable Height Tables</a> end-to-end set at the tallest countertop height to use as your chili buffet line. </p> <p>Depending on the size of your room and number of you guests you are expecting, set up Lifetime tables and chairs throughout the room for guests to eat. For easy workplace contests, line up your <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22119.aspx" title="buy Lifetime picnic tables">Lifetime picnic tables</a> or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22900.aspx" title="buy a Lifetime 6&#39; table">Lifetime 6-Foot banquet tables</a> from your break room to make a cafeteria style dining area.&nbsp; To give a classier feel to your cook-off, use <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22970.aspx" title="Buy a Lifetime 5&#39; round table">Lifetime 5-Foot Round tables</a> with colorful tablecloths.</p> <p><strong>What to Serve</strong><br />In addition to the award-winning batches of chili, consider offering a drink and desert to make a complete meal.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t forget to have popular chili toppings available such as beans, rice, corn bread, tortillas, saltine crackers, cheddar cheese, onion, garlic, hot sauce, and sour cream.</p> <p><strong>What to Charge</strong><br />If it is a workplace fundraiser, establish a set price for people to attend the cook-off luncheon such as $5.00.&nbsp; However, if you are opening the event to the public, you may find that you will raise a lot more money if you simply ask for donations.</p> <p>Chili cook-offs should be fun and easy. And, if all goes well, it may just turn into an annual lunchtime competition.&nbsp;&nbsp; This year&rsquo;s winner can be next year&rsquo;s head judge.&nbsp; No matter whether you make your cook-off fundraiser a big or small event, it&rsquo;s bound to be one hot time! </p>Jan02 Mar 2010 9:18:00 AMJudging the Weber School District Science Fairhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/331404/judging-the-weber-school-district-science-fairhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/331404/judging-the-weber-school-district-science-fair<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/WSD-SF.JPG"></a><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/WSD-SF.JPG"></a></p> <p><img style="border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/200x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/WSD-SF2.JPG" alt="" width="429" height="286" />About a week ago, six of our Lifetime employees (mostly Engineers and Information Technicians) volunteered to help judge the <a href="http://curriculum.weber.k12.ut.us/scifair/index.htm" target="_blank">Weber School District Science Fair</a>. The two-day fair took place at <a title="Weber State University" href="http://www.weber.edu" target="_blank">Weber State University</a> 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 &amp; Space, Energy &amp; Transportation, Engineering &amp; Computer Science, Environmental, Medicine &amp; Health, Microbiology, Physics &amp; 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 your drinking water is to testing food in space.</p> <p>Lifetime Products is always finding ways to give back to the community; whether it&rsquo;s giving time to clean-up a cemetery or donating canned food for a food drive. What a great experience for not only the students but the judges as well!</p>Katie10 Feb 2010 1:39:00 PMCongratulations to Our Spirited Fundraiser Grant Winners! http://blog.lifetime.com/article/327266/congratulations-to-our-spirited-fundraiser-grant-winnershttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/327266/congratulations-to-our-spirited-fundraiser-grant-winners<p>We are so excited to announce the winners of our first Spirited Fundraiser Grants Program!</p> <p>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, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/history.aspx" title="about Lifetime Products">Lifetime Products</a> 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22901.aspx" title="buy a Lifetime 6&#39; table">Lifetime 6&#39; folding banquet tables</a> and 16 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-42802.aspx" title="buy Lifetime folding chairs">Lifetime folding chairs</a>. </p> <p>Below are the winning organizations, along with a few suggestions for planning your organization&rsquo;s next successful fundraiser. </p> <p><strong><em>Community Christian School</em></strong> - Westfield, Mass.<br /><strong>Wiffle Ball Tournament</strong><br />The school hosts numerous fundraisers at a working replica of Fenway Park in the school chairman&#39;s backyard&mdash;including the Jeremiah Hurley Wiffle Ball Tournament, which raised nearly $8000.&nbsp; Headmaster Robert Cree&rsquo;s number one tip is: cover all your bases from planning through execution.</p> <p><strong><em>Fonde Christian Academy</em></strong> - Fonde, Ky. <br /><strong>Fall Festival</strong><br />This school&#39;s Annual Fall Festival, complete with a dunking booth, food, and an auction, surpassed its goal of $7000 this year. School administrator Susan Adkins says reaching out to the community for help with staffing, food preparation, and prize donations can help achieve goals and save money.</p> <p><strong><em>Harrah Church of the Nazarene</em></strong> - Harrah, Okla.<br /><strong>Funnel Cake Booth</strong><br />Each year since 1976, the church sets up a booth and sells funnel cakes at the city&rsquo;s one-day festival called Harrah Day.&nbsp; Reverend Larry Stone suggests collaborating with other organizations or becoming part of an existing event&ndash;you&rsquo;ll grow your funds by expanding your reach outside of your own organization.</p> <p><strong><em>Our Lady of Grace &amp; St. Joseph Parish</em></strong> - Hoboken, N.J. <br /><strong>FunFest</strong><br />The annual OLG FunFest, which includes games, rides, arts and crafts, and other kid-centric fun, doubled its earnings from 2008 to 2009. OLG Chairman Mike Nolan says the key to a successful fundraiser is knowing your audience&mdash;if your organization has lots of families, a FunFest is a great idea, but if your members are mostly adults, something else may work better.</p> <p><strong><em>St. Paul Lutheran Church and School</em></strong> - Brookfield, Ill. <br /><strong>Rummage Sale</strong><br />St. Paul&rsquo;s Lutheran Church and School has been holding an Annual Rummage Sale for more than 40 years and raised $3500 this year.&nbsp; The success of this longstanding event boils down to the old saying that one man&rsquo;s junk is another man&rsquo;s treasure.&nbsp; Pastor Joel Brondos says if you&rsquo;re hosting your own sale, be sure to price fairly and people will buy (and donate) more.</p> <p>We hope these success stories and tips provide you a little inspiration for your next fundraising event!&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan05 Feb 2010 9:28:00 AMFall Yard Sale Tipshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/270317/fall-yard-sale-tipshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/270317/fall-yard-sale-tips<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/GetAttachment.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/GetAttachment.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>I&rsquo;ve 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.</p> <p>After years of experience buying and selling, I&rsquo;ve also brought home what I call my three Ps for a successful yard sale: Planning, Presentation, and Pricing.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;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 <a title="Craigslist" href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites" target="_blank">Craigslist.org</a> 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 it&rsquo;s okay to have a yard sale and that signage is permitted.)</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Presentation is everything. Don&rsquo;t just throw stuff out on the lawn and call it good. Organize your sale like a retail store &ndash; by department &ndash; so buyers can more easily find what they&rsquo;re looking for. Hang clothing on racks (you can make a rack by inserting a broom through the rungs of two step ladders). Display all other items attractively on sturdy folding tables, like those from Lifetime Products.&nbsp; I like the <a title="Lifetime Fold-In-Half Tables" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/BLT/FoldinHalfTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Fold-in-Half Tables</a> because they store easily when I&rsquo;m done using them.&nbsp;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Price to sell. Forget what you paid for an item. Price at 20-30% of the original price and be willing to negotiate. Remember, you&rsquo;re trying to turn clutter into cash, so accept all reasonable offers. Put a price tag on everything so buyers don&rsquo;t have to ask &ndash; some will, some won&rsquo;t and those who don&rsquo;t will just walk away. I use a Sharpie marker on blue painter&rsquo;s tape because it peels off easily. Another strategy is to group like items such as books in a bin and create one sign with one price for all.&nbsp;</p> <p><br />Happy yard sale-ing!</p>admin28 Oct 2009 4:01:00 PMHave a Unique Fundraising Idea? Win Free Tables and Chairs!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/5561/have-a-unique-fundraising-idea--win-free-tables-and-chairshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/5561/have-a-unique-fundraising-idea--win-free-tables-and-chairs<p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/page/tipssolutions/spirited-fundraiser" title="spirited grant details"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/grants_5B00_1_5D00_.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Wanna earn some money and Lifetime folding tables for your religious organization? Check out the new <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/page/tipssolutions/spirited-fundraiser" title="spirited fundraiser grant details">Spirited Fundraiser Grants program</a> that Lifetime is sponsoring! Not-for-profit religious organizations are invited to submit their best and/or most unique fundraising tactics for a chance to win a $1000 check. Oh, and some Lifetime products, of course! Hmmm, how about four <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22901.aspx" title="buy a Lifetime folding table">6&rsquo; Lifetime folding tables</a> and 16 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-4409.aspx" title="buy Lifetime folding chairs">Lifetime folding chairs</a> in addition to the cashola? Yep, those could sure come in handy! </p> <p>I know what you&#39;re probably thinking, &quot;I never win anything.&quot; Well, guess what? A total of seven grants will be awarded! How&#39;s that for some uplifting news?</p> <p>Entries must be submitted before October 30, 2009! So, hurry and check out all the details at <a href="http://www.lifetime.com">www.lifetime.com</a>.</p>Jan23 Jul 2009 1:00:00 PMDo you use Lifetime Table Carts?http://blog.lifetime.com/article/5278/do-you-use-lifetime-table-cartshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/5278/do-you-use-lifetime-table-carts<p>So, we&#39;re curious... Do you, your company, your church, your civic organization, your city, your Mom, yadda yadda use <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/AdjustableHeightTables/Default.aspx">Lifetime Tables</a>?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>If so, how many?</li> <li>What kinds?</li> <li>Where are they stored when not in use?</li> <li>Are they stored/transported using <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6520.aspx">Lifetime Table Carts</a>?</li> <li>If so, do you have any feature requests for us?</li> <li>If not, why not?</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please reply with your answers here! Your feedback is GREATLY appreciated!</p>Joe13 Jun 2009 2:58:00 PMTen Cool Summer Indoor Outings for Kidshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/4187/ten-cool-summer-indoor-outings-for-kidshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/4187/ten-cool-summer-indoor-outings-for-kids<p>School is out!&nbsp; Wait for it, wait for it.&nbsp; Yep, there is it, I knew I’d hear it soon.&nbsp; “Mom, I’m bored.&nbsp; What can we do today?”&nbsp; </p> <p>Sigh. Of course, there are the traditional summer activities of swimming pools, parks, and amusement parks.&nbsp; But, sometimes hanging outside in the heat and dripping in sweat just isn’t appealing.&nbsp; Personally, I try to so some sort of outing at least twice each week to help break the monotony.&nbsp; One day is usually focused outside around water either at a swimming pool, splash park, lake, or water park.&nbsp; The other day I try to find something to do that’s inside.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img border="0" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4188/original.aspx" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<img border="0" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4190/original.aspx" alt="" />Earlier this week, we tried out a new indoor play place here in San Antonio called <a href="http://funtasticplayland.com/Gallery.html" target="_blank">Funtastic Playland</a>.&nbsp; Wow, where were these places when I was a kid?&nbsp; It had a huge pirate ship, castle, monster truck, bouncy castle, and playground for the kids to climb on and slide down.&nbsp; My kids&#39; favorite part was the kid-powered train…it wore them out!&nbsp; We only spent a few hours there, but we easily could have stayed longer since they even had a snack bar.&nbsp; Oh, and guess what they used for chairs in their eating area?&nbsp; <a title="buy a Lifetime stacking chair" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Chairs/StackableChairs/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime stacking chairs</a>!&nbsp; They probably had about 10 <a title="buy a Lifetime cafe table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80065.aspx" target="_blank">café tables</a> with four Lifetime chairs at each table.&nbsp; At first, I was surprised to see the <a title="About Lifetime stacking chairs" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime stacking chair</a>, but then I realized it made much more sense than the <a title="Buy Lifetime folding chairs" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-42802.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime folding chair</a>.&nbsp; First, the black color shows less dirt.&nbsp; Secondly, and more importantly, when you have little ones climbing on and off the chairs, you don’t have to worry about them pushing on the back of the seat and accidentally folding the chair while they are climbing, or pinching fingers.<img border="0" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4189/original.aspx" alt="" />&nbsp;<img border="0" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4191/original.aspx" alt="" /></p> <p>Anyway, if you&#39;re trying to come up with new places to go with your kids this summer, here’s a list of some of my favorite indoor kid-friendly outings to stay cool in the summer.</p> <p>1.&nbsp;<strong>Children’s museums</strong> – Don’t let the word museum scare you away!&nbsp; If you’ve never been to a children’s museum, you’re in for a treat.&nbsp; They are like a&nbsp;miniature city of sorts&nbsp;with kid-sized grocery stores, hospitals, painting stations, water stations, and more.&nbsp; And, you can touch everything!&nbsp; </p> <p>2.&nbsp;<strong>Inflatable jumping zones -&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;Places such as <a href="http://www.pumpitupparty.com/" target="_blank">Pump It Up</a> or <a href="http://www.inflatablewonderland.com/" target="_blank">Inflatable Wonderland</a> are rooms dedicated to nothing but bouncy castles!&nbsp; They usually have an &quot;open jump&quot; time each day which is sure to wear your kids out!</p> <p>3.&nbsp;<strong>Indoor playlands</strong> – Sometimes shopping malls have great indoor playlands which are free. (And, you can combine them with a quick shopping treat for you, too!) Or, you can also find larger stand-alone playlands (like Funtastic Playland) with a small entrance fee. Just Google &quot;indoor playland&quot; or &quot;indoor playground&quot; for your city.</p> <p>4.&nbsp;<strong>Pottery&nbsp;studios</strong>&nbsp; - Let your kids get creative and paint a piece of pottery as a gift for someone or just themselves.&nbsp; Trust me, pottery painting is much more than a plate nowadays!&nbsp; Money banks, flower pots, picture frames, and chip and salsa dishes are just a few of the options you&#39;ll find.</p> <p>5.&nbsp;<strong>Libraries</strong> - In addition to just checking out new books and movies, don&#39;t forget to take advantage of your library&#39;s many free activities like reading clubs and storytimes.&nbsp; If your kids won&#39;t sit still to listen to a story, don&#39;t worry!&nbsp; Storytimes usually include songs, crafts, and sometimes even games and snacks!</p> <p>6.&nbsp;<strong>Bowling&nbsp;allies</strong>&nbsp;- What kid doesn&#39;t like to throw a ball and make a mess?!&nbsp; Plus, it&#39;s an activity that even Mom and Dad can legitimately enjoy. Most lanes now feature gutter guards that automatically pop up for kids and go back down for the adults.&nbsp; And, even the little tikes can enjoy rolling the ball all by themselves with the help of a handicap ball ramp.</p> <p>7.&nbsp;<strong>Painting studios</strong> – If you are raising a little Monet, another option is to look for an art studio that has open paint time for kids. Some cities even have art studios just for kids, such as Artworks here in San Antonio.&nbsp; You pay a small fee to paint as much as you want with many different types of mediums ...and the best part is you don&#39;t have to clean up the mess!</p> <p>8.&nbsp;<strong>Children&#39;s theaters</strong> - Lots of cities&nbsp;have theaters that host performances geared solely for kids. The shows are professional, fun, and SHORT!&nbsp; In addition to live theater, don&#39;t forget to check out your local movie theaters for summer specials.&nbsp; Many theaters (including Regal Cinemas)&nbsp;show FREE kid movies in the mornings!&nbsp; Honest!</p> <p>9.&nbsp;<strong>Pizza play places</strong> – Combine your food and fun in one place!&nbsp; Grab a bite to eat then spend the day playing arcade games at places like <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/controlpanel/blogs/Incredible%20Pizza" target="_blank">Incredible Pizza</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chuckecheese.com/" target="_blank">Chuck E. Cheese</a>, <a href="http://www.peterpiperpizza.com/" target="_blank">Peter Piper Pizza</a>, or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gattispizza.com/intro" target="_blank">Gatti&#39;s Pizza</a>. (Check your local paper, coupon books, and online before you go for free token coupons!)&nbsp; If you have teenagers, check out the more &quot;grown up&quot; versions like <a href="http://www.daveandbusters.com/" target="_blank">Dave &amp; Buster&#39;s</a> and <a href="http://www.jillians.com/" target="_blank">Jillian&#39;s</a> that also have billards, shuffleboard, bowling, and a nice sit-down restaurant.</p> <p>10.&nbsp;<strong>Playdates at a friends house</strong> - We all know someone else&#39;s toys are much more fun than your own!&nbsp; Invite a friend over to your house to play then swap locations next week. Backyards are more fun when you have your own playground too! Check out Lifetime&#39;s <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/playground/default.aspx" target="_blank">variety of playgrounds</a> that bring the fun and adventures right to your backyard.</p> <p>I hope this gives you a few ideas of things to check out in your city this summer.&nbsp; (If you try at least one each week, that should get you through almost the entire summer!)&nbsp; Stay cool and have fun!</p>Jan12 Jun 2009 12:00:00 PMHow to Make A Waterproof Banner in Minuteshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/4102/how-to-make-a-waterproof-banner-in-minuteshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/4102/how-to-make-a-waterproof-banner-in-minutes<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4099/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />Sometimes I just amaze myself with how stinkin&#39; creative I am!&nbsp; Just kidding.&nbsp; But, I must say though, I am pretty tickled with the clever idea I came up with last week.&nbsp; Our neighborhood was having a community garage sale, and two days before the sale, the HOA president agreed with my suggestion to hang a banner on the fence at the entrance of the subdivision to help advertise the sale.&nbsp; We are located right behind a school so lots of parents turn around in our subdivision to drop-off/pick-up their children.&nbsp; So, we wanted the banner to be out on Thursday and Friday to catch the school traffic.</p> <p>Since I was the one to suggest a banner, I felt obligated to volunteer to check on banner pricing.&nbsp; Unfortunately, a one-day turnaround was not going to work in our favor, unless we wanted to pay through the nose. ...which we didn&#39;t want to do since we didn&#39;t even know for sure if the city would allow our banner to stay hanging.&nbsp; (Our city ordinances only allow you to post signs on the day of the sale in specific, designated places.&nbsp; However, the fence is private property so we were hoping it would be ok.)</p> <p>I called the local fabric store and asked if they had vinyl to make a banner...they did and it was only $2.99 a yard. Great!&nbsp; But, after I went to the store, I realized they neglected to tell me it was clear vinyl!&nbsp; Oops.&nbsp; So, I went to the local party store and thought about buying one of those &quot;make your own&quot; banners, but all they had were birthday ones with balloons.&nbsp; Feeling defeated, I came home and searched through my craft closet.&nbsp; That&#39;s when I found the perfect item to make a waterproof banner!&nbsp; Shelf liner paper!&nbsp; You know, the kind that&#39;s a little bit rubbery?&nbsp;&nbsp; See, told you it was clever! It&#39;s the perfect width to unroll and make a banner!&nbsp; I simply bought a roll of white shelf liner and some black vinyl letter stickers (available in the poster section at a craft store) and ta-da!&nbsp; (You probably also could use a permanent marker if you wanted to forego the stickers.) It didn&#39;t look as nice as a professionally printed one, but it was quick, inexpensive (only about $7 ), and waterproof.&nbsp; </p> <p>Well, the banner must have worked to draw in the traffic because I had people swamping my driveway at 7:30!&nbsp; (The sale didn&#39;t even start until 8am!).&nbsp; We opened up our garage at 7:30 and people started walking in our garage trying to buy things (even things that weren&#39;t for sale - crazy) while my husband and I were trying to carry out all of the tables onto the driveway.&nbsp; We borrowed two <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime 8&#39; folding table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22980.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 8&#39; folding tables</a> and two <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime 6&#39; table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22901.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6&#39; folding tables</a> from my husband&#39;s squadron. Thank goodness I had set everything up on the tables the night before in our garage because it made it&nbsp;so quick and easy&nbsp;for us to simply carry the loaded tables out in the morning.&nbsp; I also used my <a class="" title="buy Lifetime Personal Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-28241.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a> and <a class="" title="about Lifetime chairs" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Chair</a> as my &quot;checkout&quot; table where people paid for their items.&nbsp; <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4100/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>We were rained on twice during the day.&nbsp; So, we quickly carried the Lifetime tables back into the garage...and then back out...and then in...and then out.&nbsp; Ugh. Thank goodness the <a class="" title="about Lifetime tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime tables</a> were lightweight and so sturdy because it made that inconvenient chore a lot easier.&nbsp; <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4101/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Anyway, despite the rain, the sale was still a success...thanks in part to my creative waterproof banner!&nbsp; So, that&#39;s my garage sale tip for this year.&nbsp; If you want some more ideas on how to make your garage sale a success, read my <a class="" title="Garage Sales are a must" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/08/22/tables-are-garage-sale-must.aspx">post from last year&#39;s garage sale</a>, or check out <a class="" title="garage sale tips" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tipssolutions/organization/article.aspx?postid=170" target="_blank">Lifetime&#39;s website</a> for more garage sale tips!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan02 Jun 2009 12:00:00 PMTen Upcoming Reasons to Buy A Lifetime Table Now http://blog.lifetime.com/article/3631/ten-upcoming-reasons-to-buy-a-lifetime-table-nowhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/3631/ten-upcoming-reasons-to-buy-a-lifetime-table-now<p>Ok, so maybe this title has a slight arrogant flare.&nbsp; But, just hear me out.&nbsp; I honestly have your best interest in mind and I&#39;m only trying to help you get the most bang for your buck.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>The idea for this post popped into my head after talking to my neighbor who just bought a <a class="" title="About Lifetime tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime table</a>.&nbsp; She&#39;d been wanting to buy a Lifetime table for a while, but just never got around to it.&nbsp; (Sound familiar?) Her friend was having a 40th birthday party and asked if our neighbor had a folding table she could borrow for the party.&nbsp; Since my neighbor had been wanting to get one for her monthly <a class="" title="about Girl Scouts" href="http://www.girlscouts.org/" target="_blank">Girl Scouts</a>&#39; meetings and her upcoming garage sale, she went out that day and bought a <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime 6&#39; Fold-in-half table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-25011.aspx" target="_blank">6&#39; fold-in-half Lifetime table</a> and then immediately loaned it to her friend for the birthday party.&nbsp; Being able to clearly see how should would use the table for multiple future occasions, as well as having an instant need, gave her the kick-in-the-rear and justification she needed to finally make the purchase.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/3640/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />Let&#39;s think for a minute.&nbsp; How many times in the past year have you hosted a party or event of some sort and as you were setting up, you realized you really could use an extra folding table?&nbsp; But, the thought of running out and spontaneously buying a table for one occasion just didn&#39;t seem justifiable.&nbsp; Right?&nbsp; So you either scrambled to call friends, neighbors, and your church to see if you could borrow one of theirs, or you simply did without. </p> <p>Well, now is the time to put an end to this unnecessary stress.&nbsp; This weekend is <a class="" title="what is Memorial Day" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_day" target="_blank">Memorial Day</a> and, more than likely, several stores will have Lifetime tables on sale as part of their holiday specials.&nbsp; A reduction in price is always a nice motivation.&nbsp; But, if you&#39;re worried about whether you&#39;re really going to get your money&#39;s worth out of buying a folding table, I thought I&#39;d help you out and put together a quick list of popular summer festivities.&nbsp; Check it out and count how many of these upcoming activities you&#39;ll be hosting or attending... at which a folding table would come in handy!</p> <p>1.&nbsp;Memorial Day picnic<br />2.&nbsp;Graduation party<br />3.&nbsp;1st Communion celebration<br />4.&nbsp;County fair booth<br />5.&nbsp;4th of July picnic<br />6.&nbsp;Birthday party<br />7.&nbsp;Garage sale<br />8.&nbsp;Neighborhood pool party/BBQ<br />9.&nbsp;Family Reunion<br />10.&nbsp;Labor Day party</p> <p>And, this is just your summer list!&nbsp; Don&#39;t even get me started on the fall/winter list with holiday dinners, school bakes sales, etc.&nbsp; Lifetime banquet tables are available in <a class="" title="about Lifetime tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/default.aspx" target="_blank">4&#39;, 5&#39;, 6&#39; and 8&#39; lengths</a>, as well as <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime adjustable height table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/AdjustableHeightTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">adjustable heights</a>, if preferred.&nbsp; And, no more using storage space as an excuse either because the <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime fold-in-half table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/FoldInHalfTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">fold-in-half versions</a> take up minimal storage space and are easy to transport in your vehicle to all your activities. One last shameless plug... if you&#39;re not in the mood to run to the store, save yourself a trip and simply order it online. The shipping&#39;s always free at <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/">www.buylifetime.com</a>.&nbsp; So, go buy your Lifetime table now while you are thinking about it and happy celebrating! </p>Jan20 May 2009 12:00:00 PMThe Community Food Co-Op of Utahhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1406/the-community-food-co-op-of-utahhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1406/the-community-food-co-op-of-utah<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1414/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" />&nbsp;"If you eat, you qualify!" This is the motto of the Community Food Co-Op of Utah of which I've been a member since last Spring. The way it works is very simple. The program allows consumers to buy fresh, local food at wholesale prices, without paying for the services of "a middle man," namely the big supermarkets. Members of the co-op submit their monthly orders via telephone or email. Volunteers pick up the food from local wholesalers, package it at the co-op warehouse in Salt Lake, and deliver it to various Pick Up locations in the Salt Lake valley. Obviously, buying in bulk saves us money, so the more members, the less each of us pays for our groceries!</p> <p>&nbsp;So where does Lifetime come in? At our "Store!" As you can see, the Store is actually a garage, generously made available to the co-op members by one of our volunteers. Clearfield City was gracious enough to loan her several <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime tables</a> and a couple of <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Chairs/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime chairs</a> for our monthly food Pick Up day. On Pick Up day, my husband and I arrive early to help unload the goods and get them organized and ready for the eager customers who take advantage of this money-saving program.</p> <p>These tables are loaded down with all kinds of good, healthy food from local producers: mostly meat and produce, with special monthly extras like nuts, jams, coffees, and teas. Good thing Lifetime tables are designed with commercial strength! After the last happy customer has departed, the tables and chairs are quickly folded up and stored away 'til next month. Their durability, portability, and easy-to-clean low maintenance, makes Lifetime tables and chairs the perfect solution for our Community Food Co-op.</p> <p>Check out The Community Food Co-Op. The food is high quality and delicious. The volunteers are enthusiastic and generous. And the money goes right back to our own local food producers. Everyone wins and it's a great way to support our community! You can contact the Community Food Co-Op of Utah for more information at (801) 746-7878, or by e-mail at <a href="mailto:community@crossroads-u-c.org">community@crossroads-u-c.org</a>.&nbsp;Their website is <a href="http://www.foodco-op.org/" target="_blank">http://www.foodco-op.org</a>.</p>Charlys09 Dec 2008 5:00:00 AMLifetime Chairs at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Paradehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1371/lifetime-chairs-at-the-macys-thanksgiving-day-paradehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1371/lifetime-chairs-at-the-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1383/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" width="225" />Did you know that an estimated 2.5 million people go to the <a href="http://www.macys.com/campaign/parade/parade.jsp" target="_blank">Macy&rsquo;s Thanksgiving Day Parade</a>&nbsp;in New York City each year? That&rsquo;s roughly twice the population of Hawaii, and all these people are standing on the same street in New York City at the same time to watch the parade. That&rsquo;s a lot of people all hoping to get front row spots for the festivities!</p> <p>Because there&rsquo;s such limited front-row space, people show up 3 or 4 hours before the parade starts to get the best views, which means a lot of time standing and waiting. This year, to make the morning more relaxing, we decided to bring <a title="Shop for Lifetime Chairs" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Chairs/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Chairs</a> to some of these people who were anticipating the start of the parade. <img style="border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1382/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" height="225" />That way, they could have a comfortable place to sit and rest their feet while getting a great view of all the floats, dancers and balloons. All the people who sat in our Lifetime Chairs during the parade got great views of Miley Cyrus, Hello Kitty, Dora the Explorer and others.</p> <p>When I was a kid, I got up really early to get a good view of the parade, and I definitely wanted a place to sit then, so it was exciting to put such a smile on people&rsquo;s faces with chairs this year! <img style="border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1384/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" height="225" />I couldn&rsquo;t believe how many people told us that they had already set up <a title="Shop for Lifetime Tables" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/banquetTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Tables</a> and Chairs for their Thanksgiving dinners that evening.</p> <p>Once the parade was over, we took the chairs and went home to our friends and family. Since Lifetime Chairs are lightweight and they fold up, it was easy for us to get through the crowds. In fact, a few people even noticed how well we maneuvered and said they would definitely bring their own Lifetime Chairs from home next year!</p>admin03 Dec 2008 5:00:00 AMSyracuse City uses Lifetime Productshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/845/syracuse-city-uses-lifetime-productshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/845/syracuse-city-uses-lifetime-products<p>In Syracuse, Utah, We&rsquo;re lucky to have a community center that houses workout equipment, a running track, double-gymnasium, and has various classrooms and meeting rooms.</p> <p>Recently my fellow web developers attended the Davis County .Net User&rsquo;s Group which was held in one of the Community Center&rsquo;s classrooms. These user group meetings are generally held lecture-style, with the speaker presenting at the front of the room with their laptop computer hooked up to a projector displaying the material on the far wall.</p> <p>In this setup both the speaker and the attendees had plenty of sitting room and <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/Default.aspx">table</a> space available. In the room were half-a-dozen <a href="http://www.lifetime.com">Lifetime</a> folding <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/Default.aspx">tables</a>, <a href="http://www.lifetime.com">Lifetime</a> folding <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Chairs/Default.aspx">chairs</a>, and a <a href="http://www.lifetime.com">Lifetime</a> chair cart loaded with even more folding <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Chairs/Default.aspx">chairs</a>.</p> <p>It was nice to see that my city had taken the time to research the best product and make the investment in products that will last a very, very long time&hellip; and were comfortable to sit in for hours or learning geeky stuff at the meeting.</p> <p>What brand of tables and chairs does your city use?</p>Joe03 Nov 2008 8:00:00 AMNational Night Outhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/805/national-night-outhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/805/national-night-out<p><a title="National Night Out website" href="http://www.nationalnightout.org/nno/about.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/802/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last night was a fun night in our neighborhood.&nbsp; We celebrated <a title="National Night Out details" href="http://www.nationalnightout.org/nno/about.html" target="_blank">National Night Out.</a>&nbsp; Apparently, most of the country celebrates this event in August.&nbsp; But, because of the summer heat, Texas officially moved its National Night Out to October 7.&nbsp; Plus, we all know, Texas just has to be different!&nbsp; :)</p> <p>The night is a national crime/drug prevention event designed to heighten community awareness and strengthen community spirit.&nbsp; San Antonio and outlying towns hosted various festivals and events last night.&nbsp; And, some individual subdivisions also hosted activities.</p> <p>Our subdivision celebrated by hosting a block party fully sponsored by our Homeowners Association.&nbsp; It was great&hellip; we just RSVPd and showed up for a yummy dinner and chance to mingle with our neighbors!&nbsp; A free night out of the kitchen&hellip;whoo-hoo!&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />Our subdivision is made up of only 64 houses on two streets.&nbsp; 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