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 ne24023 Mar 2018 1:32:40 AMLifetime365en-usKeeping Kids’ Safety in Mind<p><img src="" alt="Untitled.png" width="250" height="210" />Spring is in the air―at least here in Utah. The neighborhood is slowly coming back to life as kids and their parents are reemerging from their indoor hibernation. Time to find the bicycle pump and rollerblade knee pads because, at last, the kids can go outside and play!</p> <p>With the comeback of Spring also comes a greater need for drivers to be aware of the little ones out and about. To this end, <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> is introducing a new product this season, the <a href="" target="_blank">Child Alert</a> sign.</p> <p>This unique sign is shaped like a small child chasing after a soccer ball. &ldquo;Chucky,&rdquo; as we affectionately refer to him, is bright construction orange and carries a sign that says &ldquo;slow.&rdquo; His base is made similar to the portable bases that Lifetime made famous with our basketball systems, and can be filled with water or sand for even more stability.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re like me, seeing unaware drivers race down your street makes you want to shout something you wouldn&rsquo;t want your kids to hear! I think most drivers aren&rsquo;t aware they are going too fast. Putting a &ldquo;Chucky&rdquo; out on the curb seems to help, and is much more polite than what you would have said!</p> <p>I for one am glad to see the leaves emerging and the kids outside once again.</p> <p>Head on over to your local <a href="" target="_blank">Costco</a> and pick one up and get out and enjoy the spring,&nbsp;and be safe!</p>Darrin07 Apr 2014 10:05:42 AMPaddling Vacations<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="Smaller.jpg" width="250" height="167" />These days, taking a family on a vacation is no easy feat.&nbsp; Not financially and not logistically.&nbsp; It requires money, planning, and time!&nbsp; But it is totally worth it!&nbsp; Times are changing and so are vacation options.&nbsp; You don&rsquo;t need to go to Disney Land to have a great family experience.&nbsp; Why not plan a vacation around kayaking?</p> <p>Almost anywhere there is water, there is someone who rents kayaks.&nbsp; But, if you have your own, that is great!&nbsp; There are so many great paddling destinations in the United States it would take forever to list them all.&nbsp; The best part about a kayaking vacation is that you often get to experience a new place or situation that so many others don&rsquo;t get to!&nbsp; Kayaking out to a secret cove, or down a calm moving river in a desolate canyon are all great ways to bond with your friends and family, get exercise and have a fantastic and unique vacation experience!&nbsp; Kayak rentals are often inexpensive and allow for hours of fun.&nbsp; If you already have your own boats, you don&rsquo;t even need to worry!&nbsp; Occasionally, there will be basic park or paddling fees, but for the most part, after you have the kayaks, paddling is a free experience!</p> <p>While I advocate planning an entire trip around paddling, it isn&rsquo;t necessary. A lot of major vacation destinations have kayaking available.&nbsp; Almost all coastal areas have kayak rentals as do most major lakes.&nbsp; One of the coolest experiences can be floating down a non-rapid river through the forest.&nbsp; All these paddling excursions are great ways to view the area wildlife and see great views of the river banks, ocean beaches and lake shorelines.&nbsp; You can swim, get a suntan and relax, all at the same time!</p> <p>There are thousands of places to plan a paddling vacation, but here are just a few that I love personally!&nbsp; A good old Google Search will do the trick if you want to look into other destinations.</p> <p>Lake Powell, UT<br />Teton National Park<br />Pocono Mountains, PA<br />Islamorada, Florida (But really, anywhere along the coast of FLA is fantastic!)<br />Ocean City, MD<br />Ocean City, NJ<br />Bear Lake, UT<br />Columbia River Gorge, WA and OR&nbsp; (This whole area is filled with amazing alpine lakes and rivers)<br />Great Lakes Region &ndash; Midwest (MI, MN, WI, IL)<br />Finger Lakes, NY</p> <p>Always know your personal limits and be sure to check on the types of water conditions before you paddle.&nbsp; Also check with local parks to see what the regulations are.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t forget your lifejacket and sunscreen!</p>Candace17 Jul 2013 11:39:26 AMIt’s Time to Dust off the Kayaks, It’s Summertime!<p>Memorial Day has past and summer&rsquo;s had its unofficial start!&nbsp; As the weather heats up and the kids finish up the<img style="float: right;" src="" alt="IMG_6915_2.jpg" width="250" height="186" /> school year, we are all in need of a vacation.&nbsp; These days, taking that one big trip to Orlando or hopping on a&nbsp; cruise to the islands can put a big hurting on the old wallet.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many people are choosing smaller and more frequent vacations.&nbsp; And lets be honest, who doesn&rsquo;t want more vacations?&nbsp; I know I do.&nbsp; Here at Lifetime, we wonder, why can&rsquo;t every weekend be a vacation?&nbsp; Oh, but it can!!</p> <p>Having a few <a href="" target="_blank">kayaks</a> laying around for the family can make it easy, affordable and fun to stay closer to home this summer.&nbsp; You can head to your local lake one weekend and the next weekend do a river float.&nbsp; The options are endless!&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t be paying expensive entrance fee&rsquo;s, spending hundreds of dollars on gas, or paying an arm and a leg for accommodations.&nbsp; All you need are some kayaks, paddles, family and friends.&nbsp; In fact, you can get a&nbsp;some kayaks for the price you would pay&nbsp;for a&nbsp;few tanks of gas&nbsp;on a&nbsp;long drive in an SUV or just one plane ticket.&nbsp; Unlike a week vacation that comes to a sad and often surreal end, you just get to look forward to the next weekend&rsquo;s adventures!&nbsp; Where will we go, what wildlife will we see, or what friends will want to join us!?</p> <p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="DSC_0002_small.jpg" width="250" height="167" />Remember the neighbor that had the pool?&nbsp; Everyone wanted to come play, swim and cool off.&nbsp; Well, kayaks are the new pool!&nbsp; Everyone will want to try your kayaks!&nbsp; It is the new way to beat the heat, get outdoors and enjoy great company.&nbsp; Instead of spending all that money for 1 week of fun, why not pick up some kayaks and have years of fun for the whole family? You won&rsquo;t regret it!&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayaks</a> wants you to make every weekend a vacation!</p>Candace04 Jun 2013 12:35:48 PMSummer is Here!<p><img src="" alt="Primary-Dome-Climber.jpg" width="175" height="117" />As a kid, my summers were always lazy and unstructured. My sisters and I were always sent outside in the morning, and the day was spent trying to find activities to do.&nbsp; My point is, summer is here and it's the perfect time to purchase some <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime playground equipment</a>.</p> <p>One of my kids&rsquo; favorite games to play on our playset at home is &ldquo;Fish Out of Water.&rdquo; I sit with my eyes closed, and if I think one of my kids are off the playset I yell, &ldquo;Fish out of water!&rdquo; If they get caught, we switch and they have to try and catch me.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="swingset-blog-pic.jpg" width="175" height="146" />Kids love to get a break from school during the summer, and we love our Lifetime playset. The best place for imaginative play and exercise is the safety of your own backyard. The great thing about Lifetime is our playsets are made to last. The equipment stands up to the wear and tear of your children. Also, Lifetime has put some great features into the <a href="" target="_blank">Swingsets</a> so your kids won't be bored, and will want to play outside for hours. They are incredibly fun for the whole family. From our playsets and swing sets, to our teeter-totters and dome climbers, your children will have fun that lasts a lifetime.</p>Vince20 May 2013 4:11:53 PMThe perfect Mother's Day gift: Kayak Adventures!<p><img src="" alt="IMG_7013_edited_color_smaller.jpg" width="250" height="161" />Last year I wanted to come up with something original for a Mother&rsquo;s Day gift.&nbsp;&nbsp; I didn&rsquo;t want to go with the traditional flowers, birdhouses, or candy.&nbsp; Showing her how much she means to me and how much I appreciate everything she does is really important.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I racked my brain for days trying to come up with something creative, something different and something that could be enjoyed for more than just one day a year.&nbsp; What would surprise her? What could I do that she wouldn&rsquo;t expect?&nbsp; Then it hit me!&nbsp; A kayak!!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>When Mother&rsquo;s Day arrived she was never more excited!&nbsp; Instantly she began listing off all the places she could go and how jealous all her friends would be.&nbsp; I think the thing she liked the most was that now we could go out kayaking together.&nbsp; Not only did this give her a new activity, but it gave her a fun way to hang out with her daughter.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="" alt="IMG_7131_smaller.jpg" width="250" height="167" />This is a&nbsp;common story around the Lifetime Offices.&nbsp; Our kayaks have given families (both our employees and the world)&nbsp;a brand new way to enjoy each others company.&nbsp; It is fun, exciting, and can break the routine of movie nights, game nights and dinners.&nbsp;&nbsp; Kayaking is more than just fun, it gets you outside and active.&nbsp;&nbsp; So grab Mom and take her out for a Mother&rsquo;s Day she won&rsquo;t soon forget.&nbsp; Take her on a paddle!!</p> <p>Need to find the perfect kayak for Mom?&nbsp; Check out our wide range of <a title="Kayaks" href="">kayaks from solo to tandem</a>.&nbsp; We have all the equipment Mom and the entire family need to get started at an affordable price.&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t regret it!</p>Candace10 May 2013 12:44:18 PMOvernight Kayak Adventures<p><img src="" alt="IMG_8510_small.jpg" width="280" height="187" />For most people,&nbsp;when they think about kayaking, they think of a&nbsp;day trip to the local lake.&nbsp; Maybe a vacation day spent floating on the ocean, watching the birds and listening to the calm ocean ripples.&nbsp; While these trips are great, with just a bit more effort, you can really turn a kayaking trip into a fun filled outdoor adventure.</p> <p>What better way to bond with your family or a group of friends then to be outside, away from all the electronic distractions, kayaking and camping in the wilderness.&nbsp; There are several ways to enjoy a camping and kayak trip.&nbsp;&nbsp;Some rivers&nbsp;flow through campgrounds, parks or national forest land allow camping right along the banks of the rivers.&nbsp;&nbsp; This type of trip can be great for a weekend get-a-way.&nbsp; Day one is spent paddling a few miles to your secluded campsite and getting yourself all setup.&nbsp; You get to spend one fantastic night by the fire, listening to the river and enjoying good company.&nbsp; The next day, you pack up, and get going for another paddle.&nbsp; A few miles and your back on dry land!&nbsp; This style trip will require some additional planning and equipment.&nbsp; It is good to have some <a title="Storage bags" href="" target="_blank">dry bags</a> and storage so you can bring your tent, sleeping attire and of course food!&nbsp;&nbsp; Paddlers will need kayaks with storage, such as hatches, larger tank wells, or a lot of bungee to tie things down.&nbsp; Also, be sure you find a calm section of river that does not have rapids or hazards.&nbsp; Always check with the Park Service, Forest Service, Army Core of Engineers or whoever manages the river to make sure this style trip is permitted.&nbsp; Local libraries always have great resources for finding overnight rivers, launch points and campgrounds.&nbsp; Look for a guide to kayaking or river running in your destination state.&nbsp; Be sure not to camp on private land.</p> <p><img src="" alt="TCTB_80305_0313_141.jpg" width="250" height="171" />The second, and easier route for camping and kayaking, is to just find a campsite a long a river, lake or pond where you can paddle during your free time.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many lakes and reservoirs permit camping along the banks.&nbsp; Here you can setup and not have to worry about hauling your camping equipment down the river.&nbsp; This lowers the need for storage, dry bags and creative packing.&nbsp; While maybe not as secluded, you still get to enjoy the wildlife, campfire and fresh air of the great outdoors.&nbsp; And really, nothing beats good campfire food and s&rsquo;mores!</p> <p>If you need a kayak for these adventures head on over to our <a title="Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">kayak page</a> to see our versatile line up of kayaks and paddleboards.&nbsp; If you are looking to do some overnight trips and want a beefy-storage friendly kayak, head on over and check out our friends at <a title="Emotion Kayaks" href="/Blog/CreatePost/" target="_blank">Emotion Kayaks</a>.<img style="float: left;" src="" alt="IMG_8480_small.jpg" width="300" height="133" /></p> <p>We also offer a wide variety of camping friendly products in addition to our kayaks.&nbsp; Get yourself ready for a summer of camping with these great products; <a title="Camping Table" href="" target="_blank">Camping Table</a>,&nbsp;<a title="Camping Bench" href="" target="_blank">Camping Bench</a>, <a title="Kids Picnic Table" href="" target="_blank">Kids Picnic Table</a>, and our&nbsp;<a title="Tent Trailer" href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Tent and Utility Trailer. </a></p> <p>*Remember, always wear proper safety equipment, training&nbsp;and research the waterway you plan to visit before you go.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Check with local authorities on water levels and hazards.&nbsp;</p>Candace29 Apr 2013 12:38:14 PMNew Limited Edition Purple Freestyle XL!<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="Purple Freestyle.jpg" width="175" height="263" />This spring, our watersports department has done something we never have before!&nbsp; We are coming out with a limited edition paddleboard. Sure, this will be the <a href="" target="_blank">Freestyle XL board</a> we all know and love but there is something that makes it special; its Purple!&nbsp; Not only is this our first limited edition kayak or paddleboard, it is also our first purple one!</p> <p>In total, there will be 325 Purple Freestyle XL&rsquo;s out there for the lucky few who can get there hands on one.&nbsp; I am personally a huge fan of purple, and I think this board looks great.&nbsp; It has all the great characteristics of our other color boards; stability, buoyancy, padding, bungee straps and two fins.</p> <p>The dark purple color really blends well with the black bungees and confetti white and black foam.&nbsp; It really pops and looks incredibly stylish.&nbsp;&nbsp; If your wife, daughter, best friend or maybe even you, love purple, you just can&rsquo;t pass up the opportunity to get one of these awesome limited edition boards.</p> <p>These purple Freestyle XL&rsquo;s can only be found at <a href=";cp=&amp;kw=lifetime+products&amp;origkw=lifetime+products&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Sports Authority</a>!&nbsp; Check with <a href="" target="_blank">your local store</a> to see if they will be getting some purple SUP&rsquo;s (stand-up-paddle) boards!&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t miss out, be one of the lucky 325!</p>Candace10 Apr 2013 10:08:29 AM5 Foot Fold-In-Half For All Your Easter Events<p><img src="" alt="TCTB-4534-0212-0103.jpg" width="250" />For over 25 years now, we at <a title="Lifetime Products" href="">Lifetime</a> have been working to bring you and your families closer together by offering quality products that bring ease and comfort to all of your most important get-togethers. Which is why, as we prepare for spring we would like to present you with another of our innovative tables; the <a title="See our product at" href="">5-Foot Fold-In-Half</a>.</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s decorating Easter eggs with the kids or a place to put the refreshments, our fold-in-half tables provide the space and stability your family looks for when it&rsquo;s time to get active. And with our safe, easy-to-use locking system, your table takes half the storage you once required! Now your trunk has more room for all of the accessories that make your outing exactly what you&rsquo;re looking for.</p> <p>So when you and yours are ready to get out and enjoy the fresh weather, keep in mind that you can pick one up at a <a title="Sam's Club" href="">Sam&rsquo;s Club</a> or <a title="Lifetime Products Store" href="">Lifetime Store</a> near you.</p>Shalane29 Mar 2013 3:15:05 PMKokanee Tandem: You've never seen a kayak like this before!<p>&nbsp;<img src="" alt="Kokanee_on lake.jpg" width="327" height="286" />At Lifetime, Commitment, Innovation, and Quality, is more than just a slogan, it is a way of doing business!&nbsp;&nbsp; We are constantly working to take our kayaks to the next level, above and beyond what is already out there.&nbsp; We take suggestions and advice from you, the people who use our kayaks, and incorporate that into our designs.&nbsp; After a lot of hard work we&rsquo;ve come up with a kayak that is like nothing you&rsquo;ve ever seen!<br /><br />I would like to introduce our brand new tandem kayak, the Kokanee!&nbsp; It is 10'6" in length and can hold a combined weight of 425 lbs!&nbsp; Sure, there are other tandem kayaks out there, but nothing as innovative and paddler friendly as our Kokanee.&nbsp; We racked our brains to come up with new improvements.&nbsp; We wanted to do something that wasn&rsquo;t out there already.&nbsp; Something that made kayaking that much more convenient and that much more fun!<br /><br />There are several design factors and features that make this kayak a step above the rest.&nbsp; The Kokanee has a unique fish-form bottom that is extremely stable &ndash; and we mean extremely!&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t have to trade stability for tracking with the Kokanee! It tracks incredibly well due to the stylish and effective tracking channels and front keel line.&nbsp; This keeps you going in a straight line without having to worry about tipping over, falling out, or doing kayak donuts.&nbsp; This kayak has a spectacular design, but the most exciting part about it is found in its features.<br /><br />Here are a few of our engineers taking our proto-type for a test run.&nbsp;They sat on the edge with all their weight and the Kokanee didn't even think about turning over! <img src="" alt="Tandem.jpg" width="278" height="142" /></p> <p><br />The Kokanee has several features you can&rsquo;t get anywhere else.&nbsp; This is the first kayak to have a Quick Release Removable Seat System.&nbsp; Our new seat backs can be removed or switched to different seat positions quickly and easily.&nbsp; Want to paddle tandem?&nbsp; Put the two seat backs in the first and third position.&nbsp; If you want to have a relaxing solo paddle, release the seat back and snap it into the center position.&nbsp; You can even completely remove all the seat backs making it more convenient for storage or transportation.&nbsp; In addition to this amazing, on-of-a-kind seat system, there are also two hatches, a storage area with shock cord straps, water bottle holders, paddle ledges, a front toggle handle and a rear molded in grip handle.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Kokanee overview.jpg" width="288" height="279" /><br />The Kokanee has all the features of a standard tandem with so much more. This kayak really is a step above the other tandems.&nbsp; It is convenient, feature filled and affordable.&nbsp; There has never been a better way to get the family and the kids outside for an adventure!&nbsp; The best part is that you get all this for only $399.00, WHOA!&nbsp; Head over to your local Sports Authority to pick up the next big thing in the kayak world, the Kokanee!!</p>Candace25 Mar 2013 12:59:44 PMGrab a Racquet and Make Some Racket - We Have a Winner!<p><img src="" alt="driveway 3 sport set.JPG" width="225" height="223" />Our newest product is quickly on its way to becoming a new family favorite.&nbsp; And, it's easy to see why since the Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set is perfect&nbsp;outdoor fun for the whole family. <strong>Amber P. of Catlettsburg, KY,</strong>&nbsp;and her family will get to try one really soon since she was the random winner of our August giveaway!&nbsp;</p> <p>Several of you who entered this month's giveaway commented that you had fond memories of playing Badminton as a kid.&nbsp; Well, now you can play again with your own kids with a totally new, upgraded, portable version!&nbsp; Plus, don't forget, the adjustable height net also makes the <a title="about Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set</a> great for Pickleball, QuickStart Tennis, and more.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered this month's giveawy.&nbsp; If you weren't the winner, you can purchase a Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set&nbsp; exclusively in the <a title="buy a Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a> or in a Lifetime Store in Utah.</p> <p>September is only a few weeks away, so keep watching for our next monthly giveaway to begin soon.&nbsp; In the meantime, enjoy your last few weeks of Summer!</p>Jan27 Aug 2012 12:05:00 PMLifetime Sponsors First Paddleboarder, and He is Only 10!<p><img src="" alt="photo2.JPG" width="184" height="258" />&nbsp;</p> <p>It is quite common in the wild world of outdoor sports, for companies to sponsor up-and-coming paddlers.&nbsp;&nbsp;Lifetime has just taken on the sponsorship challenge.&nbsp; As you may have read in my <a title="Youth Paddleboard blog post" href="" target="_blank">earlier blog</a> about our <a title="about Lifetime Youth Paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Hooligan&nbsp;Youth Stand-up Paddleboard</a>, we found a Utah local who is sure to make a splash in the paddleboard world.</p> <p>We would like to introduce you to our super kid, Mac!!&nbsp; He is only 10 years old but is quickly becoming a master of Stand-up Paddleboarding!&nbsp; Mac&rsquo;s dad, Gary, is a long-time surfer and has bestowed his wisdom and skill upon his son.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mac has been entering paddleboard contests around&nbsp; Utah, and has been blowing away his competition!&nbsp; He recently placed 1st in the Weber River Paddleboard Race and the Jordenelle Reseviour Paddleboard Race.&nbsp;Congratulations, Mac!&nbsp; His Dad says that everywhere he goes, people tell him that Mac is the next big thing in paddleboards. The best part, he wins these competitions on either the <a title="about Lifetime Hooligan paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Hooligan</a> or the <a title="about Lifetime Freestyle Paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Freestyle XL</a>!!&nbsp; Many of the other athletes have $3,000&nbsp;paddleboards!! Yikes!&nbsp; Who needs an overpriced board when the Lifetime Paddleboard is so affordable, efficient, and fun! (The Lifetime Hooligan is only $249 at Sports Authority.)</p> <p><img title="Winner!" src="" alt="photo6.JPG" width="322" height="404" /><br />Check out these pictures of Mac at his competitions and stay tuned for more updates and pictures of our paddleboard prodigy!</p> <p><img src="" alt="photo3.JPG" width="140" height="255" /></p>Candace22 Aug 2012 12:10:00 PMWin a Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set!<p><a title="Winner announcement post" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="August 2012 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>This giveaway has ended.</strong></span> Summer may be coming to an end, but it doesn't mean the end of fun outdoor activities.&nbsp; With cooler temps just around the corner, we think it's the perfect time of year to use our <a title="blog about Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set" href="" target="_blank">newest product</a> - the Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set.&nbsp;&nbsp;In fact, we are so excited for you to try this product with your family that we've decided to give one away this month!&nbsp; Personally, I love this product because it's so versatile.&nbsp; Shhh.&nbsp; Don't tell my kids, but they'll be seeing this product under our Christmas tree this year!&nbsp;</p> <p>So what exactly is a <a title="about Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set</a>?&nbsp; It's an all-weather net that's secured to 1.75-gallon portable bases that you fill with sand or water. So, that means no cement, no ground stakes, and no support strings to get tangled in when playing!&nbsp; But, the coolest part is that because the net is supported by bases, it means you can use it almost anywhere - a driveway, yard, beach, park, or pool.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's called a 3 Sport Set because the poles actually adjust in height so the net can be set at 61" for Badminton, and easily lowered to 36" for Pickleball and QuickStart Tennis.&nbsp; These are great outdoor games that are fun for the whole family!&nbsp; But, you can even use the net for lots of other games too like volleyball&hellip; so you could really call it 3, 4, 5, or More Sport Set.&nbsp; :)&nbsp;</p> <p>The set includes an all-weather net with poles, two portable bases, four wooden paddles, two Pickleballs, two Quick Start Tennis Balls, and two Paddle Birdies. The set also includes two convenient carry bags:&nbsp; one for the pole, net, and bases; and one for the equipment.</p> <p>Ready to get your tennis shoes on and take a swing?&nbsp; Then, hurry and enter today. Good luck!</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>How to Enter:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "August contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Bonus Entries:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Products on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on <a title="Lifetime on Twitter" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "This portable Driveway Sport Set that @Lifetime365 is giving away looks like fun! <a href=""></a>&nbsp;" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Friday, August 17, 2012 and will end Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, August 27, 2012. (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="official rules" href="" target="_blank">Click here for complete contest rules</a>.)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan17 Aug 2012 8:30:00 AMStand-Up-Paddleboards for the whole family with the addition of the Hooligan Youth SUP!<p><img src="" alt="IMG_5614_SMall.jpg" width="206" height="302" />Stand-Up-Paddleboarding (SUP)&nbsp;is one of the hottest new trends in the water sports world.&nbsp;Over the past few years, it&rsquo;s gone from a small time activity to a huge, world-wide phenomenon.&nbsp;Last season we unveiled our adult paddleboard, the <a title="Lifetime Freestyle XL SUP" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Freestyle XL&nbsp;SUP</a>.&nbsp;This season, we wanted to make sure the whole family could enjoy this new and rapidly growing sport. We&nbsp;scaled down our adult paddleboard, added some new features, and made the <a title="Lifetime Hooligan SUP" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Hooligan SUP</a>&nbsp; - a fantastic youth paddleboard that fits a wide range of younger paddlers.</p> <p>The Lifetime Hooligan was designed to be extremely stable and easy to use.&nbsp;We wanted to be sure those first-time jitters could melt away once the paddler realized how stable and safe this board really is!&nbsp;This board also incorporates a cutting-edge and exciting design element -&nbsp;a retractable fin! The Hooligan has a removable surf fin that helps the board go faster and go in a straight line. Unlike our adult paddleboard, the Hooligan&rsquo;s fin can retract if it hits a rock or a sand bar.&nbsp;This helps the paddler stay standing and cuts down on surprising bumps and obstacles you might find submerged along the way. The Hooligan is also extremely comfortable for your feet.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve lined the foot recesses with EVA Deck Foam covering.&nbsp;This foam pads your feet so you can stay out there enjoying the water all day without having to worry about sore feet.&nbsp;The board&rsquo;s lightweight design makes it easier for kids to move the board around on land and in the water!</p> <p><img src="" alt="IMG_4555_with jacket.jpg" width="395" height="326" /></p> <p>We were so excited about this new SUP board that we took it to the streets&hellip;..well, to the water to be exact! We found a local Utahan to do some testing for us.&nbsp;Meet our friend Mac, he is only 10 years old and is already blowing away the competition in paddleboard races and events - on our Hooligan SUP!&nbsp; He has been surfing since he was able to stand up on the board, and now that his family is here in Utah, he has taken up SUPing!&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve also made it a family affair.&nbsp;Mac&rsquo;s Dad, Gary, who is originally a surfer from Hawaii, has been tearing up the competition on his Lifetime Freestyle XL as well!! Stay tuned to the water sports blog for the rest of the summer to see some more great photos and updates on Mac and Gary as they take SUPing by storm.&nbsp;</p> <p>Note:&nbsp;The <a title="Lifetime Hooligan SUP" href="" target="_blank">Hooligan SUP</a> and <a title="Lifetime Freestyle XL SUP" href="" target="_blank">Freestyle XL SUP</a> are intended for flat water use.&nbsp;Use in rapids and moving water is not recommended.&nbsp;Mac and Gary are professionals and have years of experience and training. Always wear proper safety gear and obtain proper training before going paddle boarding or kayaking.</p>Candace20 Jul 2012 4:12:12 PM"Salute Our Troops" This Memorial Day!<p><br /><img style="float: right; margin: 5px;" title="Old Glory" src="" alt="flag.jpg" width="320" height="180" />Come support our local military this Memorial Day at the 3rd annual <a title="Salute Our Troops Memorial Day Event" href="" target="_blank">"Salute Our Troops</a>" event at the Lifetime Store! The event will be held at our <a title="Lifetime Store Locations" href="" target="_blank">Riverdale, Utah</a> store location ONLY!</p> <p>Special Memorial Day activities and promotions will be held all day, so bring the whole family! There will be product giveaways, contests, prizes, and more! Frankie from <a title="97.1 ZHT Radio Station Website" href="" target="_blank">97.1 ZHT</a> will be broadcasting live from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the store, along with fun activities and contests throughout the whole day.</p> <p>The great thing about this event is that 5% of proceeds from the Memorial Day sales at the Riverdale location will be donated to the <a title="Utah Military Families Foundation Website" href="" target="_blank">Utah Military Families Foundation (UMFF).</a> UMFF is a privately-funded non-profit organization headquartered at Hill Air Force Base that supports over 80,000 military families throughout Utah.</p> <p>In addition to donating a portion of the proceeds to the UMFF, the Lifetime Store also offers a 10% military discount every day for all active duty, retired, dependent, guard, and reserve military with valid military ID.</p> <p>So come &ldquo;Salute Our Troops&rdquo; at this family-friendly event. It's a great opportunity for people to get out, have some fun, enjoy discounts and prizes, and most importantly, support our local troops this Memorial Day!</p> <p><br /><a title="Store Locations" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store</a><br />5296 South Freeway Park Drive<br />Riverdale, UT 84405</p> <p><img src="" alt="memorial-day2.jpg" width="495" height="208" /></p>Shalane25 May 2012 11:30:17 AMWe're Welcoming Spring With $400 Off The New Lifetime Double Slide Playset<p><img src="" alt="swingready.jpg" width="300" height="200" />This Spring, turn the kids loose on the new Lifetime&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Double Slide&nbsp;playset</a>. Order now from our <a href="" target="_blank">online store</a> and we'll give you&nbsp;$400 off the regular price! For our new playset model this season, we have combined two of our systems into one super-sized deluxe system. This playset has enough activities to keep a whole yard full of kids happily entertained in the spring sunshine for hours.</p> <p>Like all Lifetime playsets,&nbsp;our new&nbsp;system is constructed with a heavy-duty steel frame. No warping, splitting, or splintering like wooden playsets. The entire system is made of weather-protected materials to resist rusting and discoloration so it will look as good as new throughout many years of backyard fun.</p> <p>For this awesome deluxe playset, our engineers have made improvements on all of the old favorite activities, making them even more fun and more safe. We've taken the standard slide and added waves to create a bumpy, bouncy descent that kids just love. And not just one slide, but TWO. No waiting in line! The clubhouse is designed with a hardtop roof and non-slip marine decking. It features a fun captain's wheel, chalkboard, and oversized binoculars. Also attached to the clubhouse is a climbing wall and a climbing net, and suspended beneath it is a propeller swing. Add the monkey bars, three swings, and a trapeze bar and you've got a yard full of fun for everyone.</p> <p>For a limited only, we would like to show our appreciation to&nbsp;you faithful blog readers by giving you the chance to purchase the new <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Double Slide Deluxe Playset</a> at&nbsp;$400 off the regular price. Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>, enter model #90240 in the search bar and be sure to enter the code word "<strong>doubletrouble</strong>"&nbsp;when you check out. If you would like assistance with this online purchase, please call an online sales representative at 1-800-424-3865.</p>Charlys06 Apr 2012 10:00:00 AMWhat to Get a Tween for Christmas? A Lifetime Youth Kayak!<p><img src=" kayak 4.jpg" alt="youth kayak 4.jpg" width="225" height="149" />Are you still trying to figure what to get a Tween or a "kid who has everything"&nbsp; on your Christmas list?&nbsp;Trust me, I know how you feel.&nbsp; As a mom of an 8-year-old, I completely understand how tough it is to come up with gift ideas for those ages when they aren't really into characters or toys anymore.&nbsp; But, if you have a child who loves being active in the water, I have a perfect idea for you - a Lifetime Youth Kayak!</p> <p>My family tested the <a title="buy a pink Lifetime Wave Kayak" href="" target="_blank">pink Lifetime Wave Kayak </a>this summer and we absolutely loved it!&nbsp; Between my kids and my nieces, we had ages 4, 8, 9, and 11 using it.&nbsp; And, I even tried it, too!&nbsp; I must say, we were amazed at how quickly all of the kids got the hang of paddling and maneuvering when they had a kayak and paddle their own size.&nbsp; We have sit-inside adult kayaks that they have tried in the past, but sitting down in the kayak and using a long paddle is really awkward for them to paddle and go anywhere.&nbsp; But, each child figured out how to paddle the Lifetime Youth Kayak within about six strokes.&nbsp; Honest.&nbsp; Even my 4-year-old.&nbsp;<img src=" kayak 3.jpg" alt="Youth kayak 3.jpg" width="225" height="169" /></p> <p>The kayak is a great size.&nbsp; It's small enough for kids to handle on their own&nbsp; when paddling and when dragging it in and out of the water.&nbsp; Yet, it's actually big enough for two smaller kids to ride at the same time.&nbsp; There aren't actual seats for two, but my kids loved sitting criss-cross-applesauce on it and paddling around together.&nbsp; Having a companion is always more fun!&nbsp; Don't worry, the Lifetime Youth Kayak is so stable (which is also what makes it perfect for beginners) that it didn't even tip with two of them wiggling around.&nbsp;</p> <p>We tested the <a title="about Lifetime Youth Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Youth Kayak </a>on Lake Erie with waves, on a calm pond, and on a wetland with trees.&nbsp; The older kids really enjoyed paddling around the trees at the wetland like an obstacle course.&nbsp; As a mom, I was hesitant when Papa first suggested this outing, but I couldn't believe how easily the kids maneuvered the Lifetime Youth Kayak in-and-out of the trees without any problem. The kayak is so-well sized for kids that it was like watching them weave around on their bike since they made it look so easy.&nbsp; And, as you can see by the photo, the older kids also enjoyed using the Lifetime Youth Kayak like a paddleboard.&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src=" kayak 2.jpg" alt="youth kayak 2.jpg" width="225" height="139" /><img src=" kayak 1.jpg" alt="Youth kayak 1.jpg" width="225" height="169" /></p> <p>My 11-year-old niece who is&nbsp;4'11" and 90 pounds (pictured in the top photo)&nbsp;seemed to be the&nbsp;ideal size for the Lifetime Youth Kayak.&nbsp; Smaller children can certainly use it and enjoy it with room to grow,&nbsp;but for a child&nbsp;much bigger than my neice, the Lifetime Youth Kayak is almost too small. (Consider a <a title="about a Lifetime Calypso Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Calypso</a> or <a title="about a Lifetime Daylite kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Daylite kayak </a>for bigger tweens, teens, and adults.)&nbsp; Personally, even though the Lifetime Youth&nbsp;kayak is rated up to 130 pounds, I think 110 pounds is probably a more realistic weight limit to&nbsp;enjoy the kayak.&nbsp;I am 5'6" and barely under the weight limit.&nbsp; I was able to fit in the kayak (with my legs bent about 45 degrees) and paddle the kayak; however, it definitely started to take on water and "sink" if I tried to go fast because of my size.&nbsp;</p> <p>The only thing that we found not to work so well on the Lifetime Youth Kayak was the "swim-up" platform which is designed to allow kids to easily board the kayak from the back.&nbsp;Personally, boarding from the rear seemed to require a lot more "repositioning" once they were on board and sometimes the kayak would scoot out from under them as they tried to get on.&nbsp; So, my kids found it much easier just to board the kayak from the side by jumping up on their belly, pushing up with their arms, then pulling their legs up under them. (Similar to how kids climb out of a swimming pool.)&nbsp; Even the 4-year-old could get on that way.&nbsp; I did some asking around afterwards and a co-worker at Lifetime said his kids always board from the back using the swim- up platform; however, they have a backrest on their Youth Kayak and the kids use the <a title="about a Youth Backrest" href="" target="_blank">backrest</a> (which can be purchased separately) as a handle to help pull themselves up so the kayak doesn't scoot out from under them.</p> <p>Overall, I can't say enough good things&nbsp;about this kayak.&nbsp; It's the perfect size, perfect weight, a great price, maneuvers easily, is super stable, and is even available in three color options.&nbsp; It really is a perfect Christmas present for active kids ages 4-12 who love the water and love outdoor fun.<img src=" kayak 5.jpg" alt="youth kayak 5.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p>Jan30 Nov 2011 12:45:00 PMHow to Fit a Lifetime Playset Under Your Christmas Tree<p><img src="" alt="elf.JPG" width="225" height="126" />It's that time of year again when kids start making their wish lists for Santa&hellip; and parents everywhere start stressing over how Santa is going to manage to fit those gifts through the chimney and under the tree without being caught!</p> <p>Don't worry, at Lifetime we completely understand!&nbsp; Since we make huge playsets that are on the top of a lot of kids' lists, we've had a few chats with Santa to figure out how we can help him and his elves get these playsets to the all kids on his "nice" list.</p> <p>After talking with Santa, we came up with a plan. This year, if your kids ask for a <a title="about a Lifetime playset" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Monkey Adventure Playset</a>,&nbsp; there is a way to easily fit it under your tree!&nbsp; We have already worked with Santa's elves to make a video that your kids can unwrap and watch on Christmas morning to see their present.</p> <p>Here's how it works. If you live in Utah, Santa can actually pick a DVD up in a specially wrapped box at any <a title="Lifetime Store locations" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store location </a>to put under the tree for your kids to open.&nbsp; Pop the DVD in your DVD player on Christmas morning and your kids will see the elves playing on the Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure set that will be delivered and installed at your house in a few weeks!&nbsp;</p> <p>If you don't live in Utah, have Santa visit the <a title="Lifetime Store online" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; Then, ask Santa to leave your kids a note telling your kids to watch this video below to see what their Christmas gift is! On Christmas morning, simply show your kids this video link below on your computer.&nbsp; (Please note, unfortunately, Santa's helpers will NOT be able to install the playset for you if he visited the Lifetime Store online.)</p> <p>Whew, thank goodness Santa thinks of everything!&nbsp; Yes, as you can see, even Santa has embraced technology! In fact, if you haven&rsquo;t already done so, be sure to have your kids send Santa their wish list - via email, of course!. Simply visit <a href=""></a> and they can send Santa a letter and he'll reply with a personalized email in just a few days.&nbsp; Plus, there are lots of other fun activities on the site like games, recipes, and countdowns. And, thanks to the wonders of GPS, you can even track Santa's journey around the world starting in December by visiting <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s hoping your kiddos have a Christmas filled with swings and slides. And if they do, here's the video Santa's elves made to share with your kids on Christmas morning:</p> <p><br /> <object width="425" height="350" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="" /> </object> </p>Charlys28 Nov 2011 9:00:00 AMHosting A Backyard Campout Birthday Party<p><img src=" campfire cake.jpg" alt="nathan campfire cake.jpg" width="169" height="225" />It's been almost three weeks.&nbsp; Whew.&nbsp; I think my husband and I have finally recovered.&nbsp; I don't know what we were thinking but we somehow let our son talk us into a Backyard Campout Party for his 8th birthday.&nbsp; (Sniff, sniff.&nbsp; I still can't believe my little man is 8 years old already!)&nbsp; It seemed harmless enough, but this was his first group sleepover and "no guests' parents" birthday party so it was a pretty big milestone for him -- and us.&nbsp; After he made his list of neighborhood kids and classmates he wanted to invite, the list totaled 12 kids which sounded manageable.&nbsp; After all, teachers do this all the time with lots more kids, right?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The kids were all talking about&nbsp;the party for days beforehand. In addition to the sleepover, the other "big deal" of the party was that they all walked home with my son from school.&nbsp; (Come on&hellip; think back&hellip; remember how exciting and cool it was when you went to someone's house for a sleepover right from school with sleeping bag in tow? Yes, it's the little things that make life an adventure.) I knew&nbsp;the night&nbsp;was going to be a hit the moment we saw the herd of kids literally sprinting down the sidewalk to our Camp and screaming the entire way. So precious.</p> <p>We set the scene with "camp" signs made out of wood pointing the way to our backyard.&nbsp; On our fence gate, we had a "Welcome to Camp" sign. Once they entered&nbsp;the gate, the oohs and ahhs began.&nbsp; My son had painted a giant Camp Claborn banner on an old sheet that we hung between the trees. We had the tent set up with a fire pit, camping chairs, and a watering hole with drinks.</p> <p>After reading the Camp Rules we posted on the fence, we split into teams by blindly picking colored marbles and headed out for our first adventure - a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood.&nbsp; Next, we played a <a title="where to buy a marshmallow launching game" href="" target="_blank">marshmallow launching relay game</a>, and a marshmallow spoon race game.&nbsp; By now, the kids were starting to lose interest in coordinated activities and the wild running and rough-housing was beginning.&nbsp; Thank goodness it was time to roast hot dogs over the fire pit!&nbsp; With that many wound-up kids and only two adults, we had strict rules about the fire and only allowed three kids to cook their hot dog at a time so we could help and monitor.&nbsp;</p> <p>After dinner, it was time for birthday cake!&nbsp; As you'll recall from some of my <a title="M-I-C-K-E-Y-T-A-B-L-E blog post" href="" target="_self">other blog posts</a>, it's always my tradition to make my kids' birthday cakes.&nbsp; This year's was definitely the easiest of all.&nbsp; I looked at several ideas online and made a <a title="directions for a campfire cake" href="" target="_blank">campfire cake </a>simply by stacking two pre-made ice cream cake logs and frosting them&nbsp;hastily with brown icing - the sloppy lines looked like wood grain texture. This seriously took only five minutes.&nbsp; Then, I added chocolate cake donut holes around the bottom to look like charcoal or rocks and used pieces of Fruit Roll-Ups (wildfire cherry flavored) for flames.&nbsp; Since the kids were just eating dinner in their camping chairs, I had to figure out someplace to put the cake for the obligatory birthday song and candle blowing.&nbsp; So, I quickly pulled out my <a title="about Lifetime Personal Tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a>.&nbsp; It was the perfect height and size to fit inside the camping chair ring and to hold the cake.&nbsp; Plus, after we were done with cake,&nbsp;the <a title="buy a Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Personal Table&nbsp;</a>was a great place to set the ingredients for the s'mores so I could have them close to the fire to quickly smoosh the graham crackers and chocolate on the roasted marshmallows. Its compact size really does make it a great table to pack for real camping trips. <img src=" smores.jpg" alt="campfire smores.jpg" width="169" height="225" /></p> <p>We ended the evening by hiding 144 <a title="where to buy glow-in-the-dark bugs" href="" target="_blank">glow-in-the-dark plastic bugs </a>in our backyard.&nbsp; I armed each child with a glow bracelet, mini flashlight, and a bug box and they spent&nbsp;almost 45 minutes&nbsp;looking for centipedes, scorpions, spiders, and more.&nbsp; After the girls went home, the boys retired to the tent and finished their night playing a <a title="where to buy the Smores card game" href=";ean=890183001044&amp;r=1" target="_blank">S'Mores card game </a>and doing&hellip; well, whatever it is 8-year-old boys do at sleepovers that makes them giggle all night!</p> <p>My husband and I were absolutely exhausted after trying to ensure safety at all times around the fire pit and refereeing all the incidents that take place with so many different personalities. But, after hearing our son profusely thank us over-and-over and hearing some of the kids say "that was the best campout EVER," we know it was all worth it.&nbsp; Do we want to have another backyard campout next month?&nbsp; No!&nbsp; Next year?&nbsp; Maybe.&nbsp; Ever? Definitely!</p>Jan27 Oct 2011 8:00:00 AMPlayground Safety in Your Own Backyard<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/DataVault.jpg" alt="DataVault.jpg" width="269" height="206" />With the start of a new school year, parents tend to have a lot on their mind. One topic that seems to come up a lot is playground safety. Although Lifetime doesn&rsquo;t influence school ground safety, Lifetime does make a variety of home playground equipment built specifically with your child&rsquo;s safety in mind. We have rubberized chain grips on our swing sets and playsets to prevent little fingers from being caught or pinched, and all hard edges have been rounded or covered. Our UV-protected, powder-coated steel and high-density polyethylene are heat resistant and will not burn kids on a sunny day like many metal or plastic outdoor toys. Our playground equipment passes all playground safety standards to ensure your child&rsquo;s safety.</p> <p>Our <a title="Lifetime's line of playground products" href="" target="_blank">playground equipment</a> is built durable and safe; however, it is also important to create a safe environment that has plenty of room and is free from safety hazards. We have a few suggestions and safety zone dimensions for our products to help you get started in making your home playground as safe and fun for your kids as possible. For a full list of specifications, dimensions, and safety zone tips for each product visit the <a title="Lifetime Online Store," href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.</p> <p><strong><a title="Lifetime's Deluxe Playset " href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Deluxe Playset and Clubouse<br /></a>Playset Dimensions</strong>: 22 ft. (6.7 m) x 13 ft. (3.9 m), 11 ft. (3.35 m) height<br /><strong>Safety Zone Dimensions</strong>: 30 ft. (9.14 m) x 35 ft. (10.6 m)</p> <p>This is a tall playset, so always beware of overhanging branches and electrical wires.</p> <p><strong><a title="A-Frame heavy-duty playset from Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Heavy-Duty Metal Playset with Clubhouse<br /></a>Playset Dimensions:</strong> 14 ft (4.3 m) x 13 ft. (3.96 m), 11 ft. (3.35 m) height<br /><strong>&nbsp;Safety Zone Dimensions:</strong> 29 ft 8 in. (9 m) x 27 ft (8.2 m)</p> <p>This is a tall playset, so always beware of overhanging branches and electrical wires</p> <p><strong><a title="Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set<br /></a>Swing Set Dimensions:</strong> 13.8 ft width x 18.6 ft depth x 7.75 ft height<br /><strong>Safety Zone Information:</strong> Equipment should be placed no less than 6 ft (1.8 m) from any structure or obstruction, such as a fence, building, electrical wires, or overhanging branches. A 14 ft 10 in. (4.5 m) clearance should be allowed in front and behind the swings.</p> <p><strong><a title="Ace Flyer" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter<br /></a>Unit Dimensions:</strong>&nbsp;92 in. L (2.3 m) x 95 in. W (2.4 m) , 30 in. - 33 in. (76 cm - 83.8 cm) adjustable heights<br /><strong>Safety Zone Dimensions:</strong> 21 ft (6.4 m) x 21 ft. (6.4 m)</p>Jason26 Aug 2011 4:22:02 PMLifetime Online Store Celebrates July with $50 Off Red, White, and Blue Dome Climber<p><img src="" alt="Primary-Dome-Climber.jpg" width="300" height="200" />Due to the popularity of the Lifetime Kids Dome Climber with&nbsp;<a title="Like the Lifetime Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Facebook </a>fans and the fact that it's sporting our patriotic colors,&nbsp;we're going to offer&nbsp;$50 off the regular&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime online store&nbsp;</a>price&nbsp;during the month of July. If you're looking for something unique that you won't find in all of the other backyards in your neighborhood, you'll&nbsp;appreciate the&nbsp;Lifetime&nbsp;Dome Climber. Kids&nbsp;can't resist&nbsp;the fun geometric design.</p> <p>(Personally, I wouldn't be able to resist covering it with tarps to create a "yurt" when the kids want to sleep out on summer nights, or an "igloo" for wintertime fun.)</p> <p>A versatile backyard toy for day&nbsp;or night, summer or winter! The climbing&nbsp;dome is 5 ft tall, 10 ft wide, and constructed from powder-coated steel to resist rusting and heat retention. Assembly takes from 2 to 4 hours depending on how many helping hands are involved.</p> <p>To take advantage of this red, white, and blue special on the <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Dome Climber</a>, just visit our <a href="" target="_blank">online Lifetime Store</a> and enter model number&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">101310</a> in the Search Bar. Then enter the discount code&nbsp;"<strong>Climb50</strong>" when you check out to receive $50 off the regular price.&nbsp; Now that's something to celebrate! <object width="425" height="350" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="src" value="" /></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Charlys06 Jul 2011 8:00:00 AMHappy Memorial Day: Winner and Picnic Table Giveaway Announced!<p><img src="[1].jpg" alt="151200-lgOverlayLeftMiddleWatermarkLeftTop[1].jpg" width="225" height="188" />Happy Memorial Day!&nbsp; Well, <strong>Tressa W. from South Jordan, Utah</strong> is now flying on cloud nine this Memorial Day&hellip; with her new Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter that she won for her kids in our monthly giveaway this month!&nbsp;</p> <p>Wow, is this a popular product!&nbsp; We let our <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> fans pick which product we should giveaway between either an <a title="buy an Ace Flyer" href="" target="_blank">Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter</a> or a <a title="buy a Dome Climber" href="" target="_blank">Dome Climber</a>.&nbsp; I guess our fans weren't kidding when they told us they wanted us to give away the Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter. .. this was&nbsp;our biggest number of giveaway entries ever! Thanks to everyone who entered.</p> <p>If you weren't the lucky winner, you can still purchase your own Ace Flyer in the <a title="buy an Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>. And, if you live in Utah, you can even save&nbsp;10% on an&nbsp;Ace Flyer today if you stop by our <a title="about Salute Our Troops event" href="" target="_blank">"Salute Our Troops"</a> event at the Lifetime Store in Riverdale, Utah!</p> <p>And, since Memorial Day kicks off the start of summer picnic season, be sure to head on over to <a title="win a Lifetime 6' picnic table" href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp; to enter to win a <a title="about Lifetime 6' picnic tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 6' Picnic Table</a>!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan30 May 2011 9:10:00 AMWin a Lifetime Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter!<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><a title="winner blog post" href="" target="_blank"><img src=" contest ended.jpg" alt="May contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>This giveaway has ended.</strong>&nbsp;</span><em> Ladies and gentleman, welcome aboard the Lifetime Ace Flyer with non-stop service to FUN. Please prepare for departure and let your imagination take flight.</em></p> <p><em></em></p> <p>With outdoor summer&nbsp;just around the corner, we have lots of great <a title="about Lifetime playground products" href="" target="_blank">playground products </a>that will keep the kiddos busy playing all day long.&nbsp; But, we have so many fun products that sometimes it's hard for us to decide which one we should giveaway.&nbsp; So, this past week, we asked our <a title="Like Lifetime on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> fans to tell us if they wanted us to giveaway a <a title="buy a Lifetime Ace Flyer" href=";fromflash=true" target="_blank">Lifetime Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter </a>or a <a title="buy a Lifetime Dome Climber" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Dome Climber</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The results are in and this month you've decided one lucky winner will receive a Lifetime Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter!&nbsp; With seating for up to seven children and interactive features&nbsp;like a spinning propeller and wheel, your aspiring young pilots can start in their own backyard.</p> <p>Still not sure if you want to enter to win?&nbsp; Watch this quick video (maybe even with your kiddos) and let us know what you/they think!</p> <p> <object width="425" height="349" data=";hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="src" value=";hl=en_US" /> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> </object> </p> <p>&nbsp;So&hellip; ready to enter now? As usual, to enter the giveaway, we're keeping it pretty simple.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">How to enter:</span></strong></p> <p>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "May contest" and your full name in the email message.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Bonus Entries:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>&nbsp;"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="like Lifetime on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on <a title="follow Lifetime on Twitter" href="!/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter </a>@Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "This Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter&nbsp;looks so fun and seats 7 kids -&nbsp; and @Lifetime365 is giving one away! <a href=""></a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Wednesday, May 18, 2011 and will end Sunday, May 29 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, May 30, 2011.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; Click here for <a title="official rules" href="" target="_blank">complete contest rules</a>.)</p>Jan18 May 2011 11:45:38 AMHow Do You Move A 500lb Bouncy Castle?<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/Tinkerbell Cake.jpg" alt="Tinkerbell Cake.jpg" width="150" height="225" />A few weeks ago my little girl turned 4 years old. We celebrated with a Tinkerbell themed party at our house. The birthday girl loved the Tinkerbell cake I made, and the other party girls were thrilled with the handmade Tinkerbell fairy skirts I hid in the trees for them and the sparkle pixie dust I sprayed on each of them.&nbsp; But, despite my best fairy efforts, the true hit of the party was the bouncy castle&nbsp;that my husband decided we "absolutely needed" to rent at very the last minute.&nbsp;Sigh.&nbsp;He was right,&nbsp;the kids (and some adults) jumped non-stop.<img src=" castel.jpg" alt="bouncy castel.jpg" width="225" height="169" /></p> <p>If you've never rented a bouncy castle, these things are huge&hellip; and heavy!&nbsp; When they loaded it into our truck at the rental facility, they actually used a forklift.&nbsp; Unfortunately, we don't have the luxury of a forklift at our house.&nbsp; So, how in the world did we manage to get the 500lb deflated and folded bouncy castle to our backyard?&nbsp; With our Lifetime Wheelbarrow!&nbsp;</p> <p>A&nbsp;<a title="about Lifetime Wheelbarrows" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrow </a>can handle up to 550 pounds.&nbsp; And, even with it completely full, I was able to hold the load myself! That's because, unlike traditional wheelbarrows,&nbsp; the extra-wide wheel base and low center of gravity on the Lifetime Wheelbarrow provide better load stability.&nbsp; In fact, the unique design distributes 85% of the load weight to the wheels and only 15% to the operator&hellip; and I now believe it, because there is absolutely no way I could hold up a traditional wheelbarrow filled with 500 pounds.&nbsp;But, the Lifetime Wheelbarrow was no problem.&nbsp;We simply tipped the wheelbarrow down, rolled the bouncy castle in, tipped the wheelbarrow&nbsp;back up, and I was ready to go.&nbsp; Now, I'll be honest, because we were pushing the wheelbarrow in the grass, I couldn't really get the thing moving forward without my husband's help.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But, he was able to push it&nbsp;without a&nbsp;problem.<img src=" castle wheelbarrow.jpg" alt="bouncy castle wheelbarrow.jpg" width="225" height="150" /></p> <p>Ideally, our <a title="about Lifetime Yard Carts" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart </a>would have worked even better for this haul since it can hold up to 650 pounds and has a much wider tub so the bouncy castle would have fit inside it better. But, our friends borrowed it from us several months ago and have liked it so much to use in the towing mode behind their 4-wheeler and lawn mower that we still don't have it back yet!</p> <p>So,&nbsp;long story short is that wheelbarrows can be handy to have around for much more than just moving dirt!&nbsp; And, by the way, if you're interested in a wheelbarrow that can haul big loads, now is the time to buy!&nbsp; <a title="buy a Lifetime Wheelbarrow" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrows </a>and <a title="buy a Lifetime Yard Cart" href="" target="_blank">Yard Carts </a>are 10% off in the <a title="Lifetime Store online" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; Simply enter code <strong>whlcrt10</strong> when you check out.</p>Jan28 Apr 2011 2:06:26 PMBoy Earns Eagle Scout Building Lifetime Shed<p>Happy Birthday BSA! The <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">turned 100</a>!</p> <p><img src=" 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=" 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="" 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=" 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 AMWinter Picnic Fun Playing Fox and Geese<p><img style="float: left;" src=" picnic 3.jpg" alt="winter picnic 3.jpg" width="225" height="150" />My husband, kids, and I traveled from Texas to my parents' house in Ohio for Christmas.&nbsp; In addition to spending quality time with the cousins and grandparents, the trip was extra special for my kids since it was the first time my daughter was able to see snow (and the first time my son really remembers seeing it)!&nbsp; The trip provided all the magic for our kids that you envision with first-time snow fun including snow angels, sledding, tubing, ice skating, snowball fights, and snowmen.</p> <p>One night, we surprised them with a unique winter treat of roasting hotdogs and s'mores over a campfire&hellip; on the ice!&nbsp; My parents have a large <a title="about wetlands" href="" target="_blank">wetlands</a> area on their farm land perfect for ice skating.&nbsp; So, we invited the cousins and some neighbor kids over for our fun winter evening.&nbsp;&nbsp; We took bales of hay and some folding camping chairs for seating around the fire, but we needed a place to serve and eat the food.&nbsp; So, we simply folded up my parents' <a title="about Lifetime picnic tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime picnic table</a>, loaded it in the back of the pick-up truck, and we were off to picnic in the snow.&nbsp; You don't often think of having a picnic in the snow or ice, but the Lifetime picnic table worked perfectly for this impromptu occasion.<img src="/imagecache/blog/winter picnic 2.jpg" alt="winter picnic 2.jpg" width="150" height="225" /></p> <p>After we roasted our hot dogs, we played a game of Fox and Geese tag.&nbsp; If you live in a snow area, this is a great game to play on ice skates or in the snow that really gets everyone moving!&nbsp; To play, shovel a large circle path in the snow or on the ice.&nbsp; Then, shovel paths across the circle to&nbsp;section the circle into&nbsp;eight pieces, like you would cut a pie.&nbsp; It's basically like playing regular tag:&nbsp; one player is the fox who tries to chase and tag the geese, but the only catch is everyone has to stay on the shoveled paths!&nbsp; The intersection of the paths are safe zones.&nbsp; The more people you have playing, the more fun and crazy it gets trying to maneuver around the paths.&nbsp; For more complete directions and other variations of how to play <a title="how to play Fox and Geese tag" href="" target="_blank">Fox and Geese, click here</a>.</p> <p>Do you have other great outdoor snow games you enjoy playing at winter picnics?&nbsp; If so, leave a comment and share them with our other readers!</p>Jan10 Jan 2011 4:45:00 PMHow My Blog Posts Unfold<p><img src="" alt="sidewalk1.jpg" width="225" height="169" />When Lifetime started this blog&nbsp;nearly three&nbsp;years ago, it was with the intention of showing you how we all incorporate Lifetime products into our everyday lives.&nbsp; Today, this blog has grown into so much more.&nbsp; But, every once in a while, I still like to share just the normal, everyday stories about using Lifetime products.&nbsp;&nbsp;Sometimes I really have to think, ponder, and put on my creative hat to come up with my lifestyle blog post ideas.&nbsp; Other times, they just unfold right before my eyes - literally.</p> <p>Look at these photos.&nbsp; You probably think I purposely set up my Lifetime Card Table and Chairs just for a photo op.&nbsp; Nope.&nbsp; The other day I went to the grocery store while my husband stayed home with the kiddos.&nbsp; When I pulled in the driveway, I was welcomed by this absolute cutest scene adorning my sidewalk.&nbsp; It was a beautiful, sunny Fall day and the kids wanted to play outside. So, they asked Daddy if he would set up our Lifetime Card Table (ok, to be fair, I'm sure they just called it "the table in the closet") on the front sidewalk so they could play games outside.</p> <p>So, smack dab in the middle of our sidewalk with their radio blaring children's songs behind them, my kids played everything from <a title="about Operation" href="" target="_blank">Operation</a> to&nbsp;coloring for nearly two hours using our Lifetime table and chairs.&nbsp; They were having so much fun they even ate their lunch outside and built&nbsp;a train track to go around their plates on the table.</p> <p>That's it.&nbsp; Pure childhood innocence.&nbsp; (Sure, I could&nbsp;remind&nbsp;you&nbsp;how great <a title="about Lifetime tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime tables </a>and <a title="about Lifetime chairs" href="" target="_blank">chairs</a> are for outside use since they're made out of high-impact polyethylene and powder-coated steel etc.&nbsp; But, I won't&hellip;although I guess I just did.)&nbsp; This is just a simple, adorable&nbsp;testimonial of how Lifetime products really, truly are designed <em>For The Way You Live.&trade;<img src="" alt="sidewalk2.jpg" width="225" height="169" /></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan30 Dec 2010 6:00:00 AMHow Many Calories Can You Burn Playing Tetherball?<p><img src=" 2.jpg" alt="tetherball 2.jpg" width="150" height="225" />The other day my family took advantage of the perfect outdoor Fall weather and we spent the morning riding bikes to the local library and school playground. While our kids were busy exploring the <a title="about Lifetime Teetter Totters" href="" target="_blank">teeter-totters</a>, swings, and <a title="about Lifetime playscapes" href="" target="_blank">playscapes</a>, my husband and I happened to notice a few lonely, but well-used, tetherball poles. With just one silent look at each other, we both knew it was "game on".</p> <p>Now, don't ask me what I was thinking&hellip;I'm 5'6" and my husband is 6'4".&nbsp; Obviously, I didn't really stand a chance.&nbsp; But, the competitive side in me had to try.&nbsp; I guess maybe I remember too vividly my elementary school days when I was always the unlucky kid to patiently wait my turn in line, only to have to play against the biggest kid in the class who could wind the ball around the pole in just one punch.&nbsp; No lines here&hellip;&nbsp; and maybe somehow over the years&nbsp; I had magically gained some newfound tetherball skills that would allow me to effortlessly defeat my husband.</p> <p>So, with one swift serve, the battle began.&nbsp; Oh my goodness!&nbsp; We haven't laughed that hard in months!&nbsp; It was hysterical!&nbsp; We were both making these weird, awkward groans and growls while trying to hit the ball as hard as we could that it sounded like a tennis match with <a title="about Maria's grunting" href="" target="_blank">Maria Sharapova</a>.&nbsp; And, we were each laughing so hard at the other person's sounds and techniques that we'd end up missing the ball and laughing even more.&nbsp;&nbsp; By the end of just three games, my husband and I were both huffing and puffing like we'd just&nbsp;sprinted a 5K.&nbsp;</p> <p>I was so amazed at how much of a cardio workout it actually was that I&nbsp;went home and immediately found an <a title="" href=";gr=15&amp;ti=Sports&amp;wt=150&amp;un=lb&amp;kg=68" target="_blank">online exercise calculator</a> to figure out how many calories a person can burn playing tetherball.&nbsp; It turns out that a 150lb person can supposedly burn 136 calories playing 30 minutes of tetherball.&nbsp; (However, I have to wonder if it's not more if you're playing as competitively as we did since the calculator lumped tetherball into a "children's activity" group along with hopscotch and jacks?! )</p> <p>Regardless of calories burned, tetherball is truly a fun way to get outside and enjoy some great family exercise&hellip;and probably even a few good laughs, too!&nbsp; (Seriously, when was the last time <em>you</em> tried to take a swing at a tetherball?&nbsp; It's an entirely new game as an adult!)&nbsp; If you're like me and kind of forget the real rules of tetherball, no worries.&nbsp; Just <a title="Tetherball rules" href="" target="_blank">click here</a>, we've got them all written down for you.&nbsp; And, if you want to make it even easier to relive your elementary school days, Lifetime now makes a <a title="details about a Lifetime tetherball" href="" target="_blank">Portable Tetherball System </a>for your own backyard!&nbsp; It uses a plastic portable base (much like our basketball hoop bases) that fills with sand or water and you simply roll it to your desired location.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Have your own funny tetherball experience you'd like to share from today or elementary school&nbsp; days? Leave a comment below, I'd love to hear!&nbsp;&nbsp; (By the way, I'm happy to say I did hold my own much better than I anticipated, but in the end he beat me three games in a row. So much for magically honing my tetherball skills.&nbsp; Next time&hellip; )</p>Jan01 Nov 2010 9:00:00 AMNew Updates to www.lifetime.com<p>Have you checked out the Lifetime website lately?&nbsp; At Lifetime, we're constantly looking for ways to improve our&nbsp;online experiences&nbsp;for you!&nbsp; Just this week, we updated and added several new pages to <a href=""></a> to help you learn more about Lifetime and its products.&nbsp; So, what's new? Well...</p> <p><a title="Lifetime Tips and Solutions" href="" target="_blank"><strong><img src="" alt="" border="0" />Tips and Solutions</strong><br /></a>Yes, we've always had this page of useful articles, tips, and other&nbsp;ideas that involve our many products, but&nbsp; we recently changed the layout to make it easier to find these great ideas.&nbsp; You'll now find all of the articles on easy-to-view tabs categorized by celebration, inspiration, organization, and recreation.&nbsp; Inside each tab, we added handy thumbnail&nbsp;photos to help you quickly see what the article is about.&nbsp; Plus, all of the timely articles for each current season or holiday are visually highlighted for you with a "featured" label.</p> <p><strong><a title="Lifetime promotions" href="" target="_blank">Promotions</a></strong><br />We know our readers love a good deal.&nbsp; That's why we've added a new promotions page!&nbsp; This page will be updated with links to all of our monthly giveaways, free tools, and more so that our&nbsp;great offers are always just one click away.</p> <p><strong><a title="Lifetime video library" href="" target="_blank">Video Library</a><br /></strong>We actually added this new page a few months ago, but we're filling it daily with new informational product videos.&nbsp; If you're interested in learning more about a specific Lifetime product and want to see more than just a photo or need some how-to advice with the product, be sure to check out our Video Library. Don't see&nbsp;the product video you're looking for?&nbsp; Drop us a&nbsp;line and we'll see what we can do... we're easy to reach on our blog, <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter </a>or via email at <a href=""></a></p> <p>These changes are just the tip-of-the-iceberg of the plans we have in store for <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; Keep checking back because we have more big changes taking place soon.&nbsp; In the meantime, take a peek at our new Tips &amp; Solutions page and let us know what you think!</p>Jan03 Sep 2010 1:16:00 PMFamily Fun with the Kayaks!<p><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>I had a family reunion a couple weeks ago. This is not your typical family reunion with cousins you&rsquo;ve never met, let alone seen, before. My extended family is very close-knit and (I hope it&rsquo;s safe to say) we all look forward to the DFR (aka Dixon Family Reunion) every year, truly. My dad and his two siblings take turns planning it each year. This year was my Uncle Brent&rsquo;s turn, so we went to Pineview Dam near Huntsville, Utah. I have about 20 cousins in the age range of 28-35. They all have spouses and, on average, 4 kids each; so our family is pushing close to 60 people. The kids range from brand new babies to 16 years old.</p> <p>As you know, Lifetime acquired the kayak company, Dragonfly Innovation, back in February. I bought two of the blue&nbsp;Calypso kayaks and decided I&rsquo;d take them up to the lake and see what kind of reaction they got. Let&rsquo;s just say, there wasn&rsquo;t a moment where someone wasn&rsquo;t on them. I had to reserve a turn with one so I could try it out myself! Needless to say, they were a hit. The best part about them is they don&rsquo;t tip very easily, unless you use them like my 16-year old brother and cousin who kept rocking and tipping each other over for the thrill of doing it. These kayaks were invented not only with beginners in mind, but <em>for</em> beginners. Kayaks are a great water sport because they don&rsquo;t require a boat to pull it, like a tube but you can maneuver yourself, unlike a regular floatation device that just floats on the water.</p> <p>If you are looking for a fun family sport that&rsquo;s inexpensive and brings everyone together&mdash;kayaking is the way to go!</p>Tonnie 18 Aug 2010 12:34:00 PMYOU Picked Tetherball and WE Picked….<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>This month, we asked YOU on&nbsp;our blog and <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> to tell us what to giveaway&hellip; either a <a title="Buy a Lifetime Soccer Goal" href="" target="_blank">Portable Adjustable Height Soccer Goal</a> or a <a title="Buy a Lifetime Tetherball System" href="" target="_blank">Portable Tetherball System</a>.&nbsp; After a close vote, YOU picked Tetherball and WE randomly picked&nbsp;<strong>Kristen M. of Glendive,&nbsp;MT</strong>&nbsp;as the lucky winner using <a href="" target="_blank"></a>!</p> <p>We hope, Kristen and her family will enjoy taking some swings on the Lifetime Portable Tetherball System as summer unwinds and we head into cooler temperatures.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered and made this one of our most popular giveaways so far.&nbsp; Since it's back-to-school season and tetherball seems to bring back fun childhood school memories for so many of you, we are offering a $20 discount off the Lifetime Portable Tetherball System in the <a title="Tetherball in the Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a> now through August 31!&nbsp; Simply use code <strong>20Tether</strong> when you checkout.</p> <p>Don't forget to keep reading our blog and following us on <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a title="Lifetime Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, because we'll offer another giveaway next month.&nbsp; We're already working on the details and it looks like this one is going to be BIG!</p>admin16 Aug 2010 4:45:00 PMWin a Lifetime Portable Tetherball System!<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>The verdict is in!&nbsp; The past few days our blog readers and Facebook fans have been sharing their preferences for which product we should give away in August to usher in the last official month of summer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We limited your choice to either the<a title="buy a Lifetime Tetherball System" href="" target="_blank"> Lifetime Portable Tetherball System</a> or the <a title="buy a Lifetime Soccer Goal" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Adjustable Height Soccer Goal</a>. The comments have been tallied and the vote was really close!&nbsp; But, this month, you've decided one lucky winner will receive&hellip;. a <a title="buy a Lifetime Tetherball System" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Tetherball System</a>!&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> <p>Thanks to everyone who shared their comment.&nbsp; Now, it's time for all of you to enter to win!&nbsp; As usual, to enter the giveaway, we're keeping it pretty simple.</p> <h3>How to enter:</h3> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "August contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> </ol> <h3>Bonus Entries:</h3> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="" target="_blank"></a> and retweet to your friends "I hope I win this Portable Tetherball System from @Lifetime365!&nbsp; <a href=""></a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Monday, August 9 and will end Saturday, August 14 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, August 16.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="official contest rules" href="" target="_blank">Click here for complete contest rules</a>.)</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan09 Aug 2010 8:00:00 AMTetherball or Soccer Goal? Tell Us What to Giveaway!<p>Summer is winding done and with the cooler temps on their way, it's the perfect time for kids to head outside for some fun activities.&nbsp; So, for this month's giveaway, we want to offer a product that's sure to be an outdoor hit and one the whole family can get a kick out of.&nbsp; Hee, hee.&nbsp; (Sorry about the pun.)</p> <p>The problem is, I'm tossing around two great ideas for product giveaways and I just can't decide which one to serve to you.&nbsp; (Yep, more puns).&nbsp; So, YOU get to help me decide!&nbsp; Would you rather we give away a <a title="buy a Lifetime Tetherball System" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Tetherball System</a> OR a Lifetime <a title="Buy a Lifetime Soccer Goal" href="" target="_blank">Adjustable Height Portable Soccer Goal</a>?<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>The <a title="about Lifetime tetherball" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Tetherball System</a> brings the childhood schoolyard game home to your backyard.&nbsp; The system is designed with a convenient portable base, similar to our portable basketball systems.&nbsp; Just fill the base with sand or water and you're ready to start taking a swing!</p> <p>The new <a title="About Lifetime soccer goals" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Adjustable Height Portable Soccer Goal</a> has an innovative telescoping&nbsp; feature which allows you to adjust the height of the goal from 4ft to 5 ft to 6ft and adjust the width accordingly. Hinged steel poles use locking pins to set in place and provide stability for the goal during play. After the game simply fold the poles in half for easy transportation. And, it only takes one adult and a couple of minutes to erect this adjustable height portable soccer goal. No assembly or tools required.&nbsp; <a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>Visit our <a title="" href="" target="_blank">website</a> or <a title="" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a> to learn more details about these two products.&nbsp; Then, tell us which one YOU want us to giveaway!&nbsp; Simply leave a comment on the bottom of this blog or leave a message on <a title="" href="" target="_blank">our Facebook page</a> letting us know your pick. (Only one comment per person, please)&nbsp;&nbsp; Whichever product has the most&nbsp;comments by Sunday, August 8 at midnight is the one we'll give away!</p> <p>Can't wait to hear which one YOU want...</p>Jan06 Aug 2010 12:00:00 PMWant a Recipe for Summertime Fun? Just Add Water.<p><img style="float: right; border: 0;" src="" alt="" width="300" height="200" align="right" border="0" />&nbsp;At Lifetime Products we've&nbsp;added a refreshing spin on the game of&nbsp;Basketball with the <a title="poolside hoop" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Poolside Hoop</a>.&nbsp;Round up friends and family for&nbsp;some friendly&nbsp;competition in a cool pool on a hot day. This Lifetime Portable Poolside Hoop is designed with a&nbsp; telescoping 44 in. acrylic fusion backboard with fade-resistant graphics and superior rebounding performance. Full-sized basketball included!&nbsp;</p> <p>You'll appreciate the portable roller base&nbsp;design which&nbsp;allows you the option of relocating the system.&nbsp;Simply tip &amp; roll to the desired location by your pool, then fill the base with sand or water to provide the needed stability. You can easily change the location of the game from one end of the pool to the other&mdash;the shallow end&nbsp;for the kids or the deep end&nbsp;for the adults. Customize your game with the unique&nbsp;telescoping height feature which&nbsp;raises or lowers the backboard. Choose from six different height&nbsp;settings between 4 &ndash; 6.5 accommodate all ages and sizes. <img style="float: right; border: 0;" src="" alt="" width="300" height="200" align="left" border="0" /></p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my articles. Order the 1306 <a title="poolside hoop" href="" target="_blank">Poolside Hoop</a> from and enter the following code reference to receive a&nbsp;$20 discount! The code is Pool20Off, and will be valid on from&nbsp;07/05/2010 to 07/19/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and&nbsp;innovative products from Lifetime Products.</p>Charlys05 Jul 2010 10:00:00 AMMemorial Day “Salute our Troops” Event Recap!<p><a href=""><img src="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">store locations</a>!</p> <p>&nbsp;<a href=""><img src="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime portable basketball hoop</a>, and to Fred M. for winning the <a title="Wheelbarrow" href="" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a> weight guessing contest!!</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" 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 PMClimb On and Hold Tight - Kids are in for a Bumpy Ride with the Ace Flyer Teeter Totter<p><img src="" align="right" alt="Ace Flyer" border="0" />Now you can bring home the fun with an outdoor toy just like the awesome ones you see in public parks and playgrounds. Your kids will be delighted with this <a target="_blank" href="">Lifetime Ace Flyer Teeter Totter</a>. Painted in bright primary colors with a spinning wheel, a whirling propeller, and an interactive dashboard. This deluxe teeter totter is designed with up and down, side-to-side, rocking action. A great way for kids to get all of their wiggles out!</p> <p>This <a target="_blank" href="">heavy-duty teeter totter</a> is 8 ft long, 8 ft wide, and accommodates up to 7 kids on board at once. Adjustable height feature allows you to adjust it to just the right height for your little ones. It is constructed of powder-coated steel and UV-protected polyethylene plastic to reduce heat retention, resist rusting, and prevent discoloration. Kids can play comfortably and safely. No worries about the splinters or rough edges of a wooden playset.</p> <p>If you want to get your kids something unique for their backyard playground, the Lifetime Ace Flyer teeter totter may be just what you&#39;re looking for. THE TEETER TOTTER HAS NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD!</p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my articles. Order the&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="">Lifetime&nbsp;Ace Flyer Teeter Totter</a>&nbsp;from and enter the following code reference to receive a $30 discount! The code is 30Flyer, and will be valid on from 05/19/2010 to 06/02/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and exciting products from Lifetime!</p>Charlys19 May 2010 12:00:00 PMEnjoy the Game at YOUR Level!<p>In 1986, Lifetime Products introduced and patented the first complete <a title="Adjustable Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a> that could be adjusted in just seconds. Over the years, Lifetime has revolutionized the <a title="LIfetime Basketball" href="" target="_blank">basketball </a>industry and has literally changed the game to fit everyone&rsquo;s level.</p> <p>As I&rsquo;m sure many of you are aware, there is a wide variety of height adjustment mechanisms available, and sometimes it can be overwhelming knowing the differences between them all! Here is a list of some of Lifetime&rsquo;s main height adjustments to help you choose what might work best for you.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="211" height="153" /></a>Telescoping Height Adjustment</strong></p> <p>The telescoping height adjustment allows you to raise and lower the basketball hoop without the use of any tools. You can easily adjust the rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet, in 6-inch increments.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="132" height="159" /></a>Quick Adjust&reg;</strong></p> <p>The Quick Adjust&reg; is the original broomstick height adjustment mechanism. It allows you to raise or lower the rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet using a broomstick.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="162" height="118" /></a>Speed Shift&reg;</strong><br />The Speed Shift&reg; height adjustment easily adjusts from 8 to 10 feet with just one hand. It adjusts in 6-inch increments, and has counter-balance springs that do most of the work for you!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="171" height="120" /></a>Action Grip&reg;</strong><br />The&nbsp; Action Grip&reg;&nbsp; adjustment also adjusts with just one hand. You can easily adjust the rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet in 6-inch increments, bringing the game to your level.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="181" height="138" /></a>Power Lift&reg;</strong><br />The Power Lift&reg; offers instant and effortless height adjustment from 7.5 to 10 feet in <strong>infinite increments</strong>! The precision height adjustment adjusts in seconds with just one hand, allowing players of any age or skill level to enjoy the game.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All of Lifetime&rsquo;s basketball systems adjust in height and all of the adjustment mechanisms pictured above can be found on both <a title="Lifetime Portable Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">portable&nbsp;basketball hoops</a>&nbsp;and <a title="Lifetime In-Ground Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">in-ground&nbsp;basketball hoops</a>. Typically, the telescoping and quick adjust mechanisms are found on systems geared more toward beginner, Speed Shift and Action Grip are for intermediate, and the Power Lift systems give you the feel and look of a pro game.</p>Shalane12 May 2010 3:57:00 PMTable Washing Can Be &quot; Eggstremely&quot; Fun<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Happy Easter!&nbsp; I hope you are enjoying this beautiful, special day.&nbsp; Yesterday we finally managed to find time to let the kids dye Easter eggs&hellip; just in time for the Easter bunny to hide them this morning.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; My kids had been begging me to do this for days so I knew they were going to be wound up and over-anxious for the activity.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t too keen on the thought of dye possibly getting spilled on my kitchen rug.&nbsp; So, since the weather was absolutely gorgeous, I grabbed my <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime Personal Table">Lifetime Personal Table</a> and egg dyeing supplies and we headed outside where messes are always welcome.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>I placed the little cups of dye on the <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table">kids&#39; picnic table</a> and I set my <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Personal Table">Lifetime Personal Table</a> at the lowest height right next to the picnic table to hold the rest of the supplies so the kids would have plenty of room to move around.&nbsp; They had fun coloring their names on the eggs, adding stickers and rubber bands, and experimenting with color combinations.&nbsp; But, I think the real fun came AFTER we were done dyeing eggs.&nbsp; We had more than a few spills, so the tables needed a good washing.&nbsp; And, since it was sunny and almost&nbsp; 80 degrees, it was a perfect day to don the swimming suits!&nbsp; Armed with a sponge, a bucket of soapy water and a hose, my&nbsp; kids eagerly went right to work.&nbsp; That&#39;s what I love about <a target="_blank" href="" title="about Lifetime tables">Lifetime tables</a>&hellip;simply use a little soap and elbow grease and the mess washes right off, even Easter egg dye!&nbsp; And, yes, you guessed it, the cleaning quickly turned into an entire afternoon of good old fashioned water fight fun!<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Obviously, coloring Easter eggs wasn&#39;t anything original.&nbsp; But, if YOU were more creative and helped your kids make a cute and original Easter or Spring craft, don&#39;t forget to enter it in our <strong><a target="_blank" href="" title="Favorite Spring Craft Contest details">Favorite Spring Craft contest</a></strong> for your chance to win a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Favorite Spring Craft contest details">Lifetime Craft Table package</a> worth $200!&nbsp; Entries must be submitted by Thursday, April 8.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan04 Apr 2010 12:00:00 PMLifetime Unveils New Adjustable Soccer Goal!<p><a href=""><img border="0" width="251" src="" height="184" alt="" /></a>With summer fast approaching, the Lifetime Soccer Goal is the perfect product to get kids outside and enjoying the sun. This product breaks Lifetime into a new area of the sporting goods industry, and has been placed in <a target="_blank" href="" title="Sports Authority">Sports Authority</a>,&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="" title="Dicks Sporting Goods">DSG</a>, <a target="_blank" href="" title="Costco Canada">Costco Canada</a>, and other sporting goods&nbsp;retail stores.&nbsp;It will also be available onine&nbsp;at <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Online Store"></a>&nbsp;coming soon!&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lifetime Soccer Goal easily adjusts to three different sizes, giving your little soccer&nbsp;star the variety and adaptability necessary&nbsp;to&nbsp;really enjoy the game. The large setting (7ft x 5ft) is perfect for games with the neighborhood kids, friends, and family, and the smaller settings (6ft x 4ft, and 4ft x 3ft) work great for individual practice to perfect those goal-kicking skills.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><img border="0" width="238" src="" height="153" alt="" />The portable, folding design makes it simple to transport and store. It comes fully assembled and can be ready to play in just a few minutes. With the same heavy-duty construction Lifetime is known for, the Soccer Goal is strong, durable, and will last for generations of fun. We are excited to introduce&nbsp;the Lifetime Soccer Goal and&nbsp;to break into this new sporting goods area. Thanks to all of the Lifetime employees for all of the hard work that went into making this such a great product!&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><img border="0" width="238" src="" height="148" alt="" /></p> <ul> <li>Portable Design Folds for Transport and Storage</li> <li>Heavy-Duty Nylon Net</li> <li>Powder-Coated Steel Construction</li> <li>Fully Assembled and Ready to Play</li> <li>Adjustable to Three Sizes <ul> <li>Large.&hellip;...7ft x 5ft x 4ft</li> <li>Medium....6ft x 4ft x 4ft</li> <li>Small........4ft x 3ft x 4ft</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p>Shalane23 Mar 2010 1:49:00 PMMore Giveaways!<p>Do your kids have basketball fever now that the NCAA Basketball Tournament has started?&nbsp; Good news!&nbsp; We have two chances for you to WIN your very own Lifetime Portable Basketball Goal so your kids can start practicing all the shots like their favorite star player.</p> <p><strong>Giveaway #1</strong><br /><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Our <a target="_blank" href="" title="March contest blog post">monthly contest</a> ends tomorrow (Tuesday, March 23) at midnight.&nbsp; One lucky winner will win a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball Hoop details">50&quot; Portable Basketball goal</a>!&nbsp; To enter,&nbsp; simply find the 5 hidden shamrocks hidden on various pages of <a href=""></a> that look like this &clubs;.&nbsp; Each shamrock has a letter or number beside it.&nbsp; Unscramble the letters and numbers from all of the shamrocks to spell a secret message. Then, send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with your full name and tell us what the secret message says.&nbsp; </p> <p>And, don&#39;t forget that after you unscramble the message, you can use it as a discount code at <a href=""></a> good for a savings worth the amount revealed in the secret message on any purchase over $20!&nbsp; (Discount valid March 17-March 28.)</p> <p><strong>Giveaway #2</strong><br />If you have little ones in your house, be sure to head on over to <a target="_blank" href="" title="MomCentral Giveaway Details"></a> for a chance to win a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Youth Basketball hoop details">Lifetime Youth Basketball Hoop</a>!&nbsp; This smaller version is perfect for younger kids just learning to play since the hoop adjusts from 5.5 to 7.5 feet.&nbsp; Simply leave a comment on the <a target="_blank" href="" title="MomCentral Giveaway details">MomCentral </a>blog by Sunday, March 28 to be entered to win!&nbsp; Doesn&#39;t get much easier than that.<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>Good luck!</p>Jan22 Mar 2010 11:14:00 AMLadies and Gentlemen, Step Right Up to the Lifetime Double Shot!<p><a href=""><img src="" alt="" border="0" /></a>Arcade basketball games can be found everywhere from bowling alleys and shopping malls, to family rooms, and Lifetime Products is joining in the fun by offering the all-new <a title="Lifetime Double Shot" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Double Shot</a> basketball arcade game. Arcade games became popular back in the roaring &lsquo;20s when they first appeared in the midways of bustling amusement parks where visitors were invited to test their agility and coordination to win the grand prize. Today&rsquo;s home arcade players may not win a giant stuffed panda, but they still find that these games are a great way to relax and enjoy some friendly competition.</p> <p>While there are several basketball arcade games on the market to choose from, the engineers at Lifetime have designed innovative features for the Lifetime Double Shot to ensure friendlier usability, safety, and convenience. All these improvements add up to a lot more fun for you! The following are some improvements we&rsquo;re sure you&rsquo;ll appreciate:</p> <ul> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Dual Height Adjustment</span> - While other basketball arcade systems are designed with one height, the backboard on this system can be adjusted to two different heights to accommodate high or low ceilings, as well as provide players with options for a customized game.</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Optical Scoring Sensor -</span> Optical scoring sensor&nbsp;is more accurate than&nbsp;the latch scoring arm found on most other arcades on the market&nbsp;and it&nbsp;eliminates problems with the ball getting stuck between the net and the latch arm. Latch arms can also break very easily.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Rims </span>&ndash; Thicker gauged steel rims with strong support braces prevent rims from bending.</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">No Sagging</span> - You may have noticed that some models out there have sagging ramps. Lifetime has solved that problem by replacing elastic straps with buckled nylon webbing straps that can be used to tighten the ramp. A front brace bar has also been added to alleviate sagging and to keep the balls within easy reach.</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Convenient Storage</span> - During the rare times when the Double Shot is not being used, it is designed to fold up against the wall using push buttons, rather than pins, so it will safely lock into place as you lift it up.</li> </ul> <p>If you&rsquo;re an arcade enthusiast and would like to add an arcade&nbsp;game to your family home entertainment, consider the advantages of the <a title="Lifetime Double Shot" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Double Shot</a> basketball game. The durable construction of this system means you&rsquo;ll be getting your money&rsquo;s worth for a product that will last, and the innovative features mean a whole lot of fun for family and friends of all ages at parties and get-togethers. You don&rsquo;t have to&nbsp;go out&nbsp;to have fun--create your own exciting arcade atmosphere right in your own home!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Charlys16 Feb 2010 11:46:00 AMCongrats February Contest Winner!<p><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>Happy Valentine&#39;s Day!&nbsp; This past week we held a special <a href="" title="about February contest">Valentine&#39;s Day contest</a> to win a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a pink kids&#39; picnic table">PINK kids&#39; picnic table</a>.&nbsp; And, I&#39;m happy to say congratulations to </p> <h3>JaNiel P. (JPark), Logan, UT</h3> <p>JaNiel was choosen randomly from the qualifying entries and plans to have her kids use their new picnic table at their local farmers&#39; market to sell homegrown fruits and vegetables.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered!&nbsp; If you&#39;re looking for Valentine&#39;s Day traditions to do with your kids, be sure to <a href="" title="Valentine traditions">read the comments</a> people shared.&nbsp; There are some really cute and unique ideas.&nbsp; Oh, can you guess the #1 Valentine&#39;s tradition our contest entrants like to do with their children?&nbsp; Make heart-shaped sugar cookies, followed closely by making handmade Valentine cards!</p> <p>Don&#39;t forget, even if you didn&rsquo;t win, you can still use the coupon code PINK until Feb. 18 for 10% off any purchase at <a href=""></a>, including purchasing your own <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a pink kids&#39; picnic table">pink kids&#39; picnic table</a>! (BTW, it&#39;s also available in <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a kids&#39; picnic table">almond color</a>, too.)</p> <p>And, keep checking back and following us on <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime365 Twitter">Twitter</a> and <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime on Facebook">Facebook</a> because we&#39;ll be hosting another contest in March.&nbsp; (Pssst, the next product giveaway will be related to a big event that takes place during almost the entire month of March!)</p>Jan14 Feb 2010 6:00:00 PMJudging the Weber School District Science Fair<p><a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <p><img style="border: 0px;" src="" 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="" target="_blank">Weber School District Science Fair</a>. The two-day fair took place at <a title="Weber State University" href="" 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 PMValentine's Day Contest: Win a PINK Lifetime Kids' Picnic Table<p><a target="_blank" href="" title="Congrats winner details"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>I&#39;m so excited!&nbsp; Last month I shared that Lifetime is going to be offering <a target="_blank" href="" title="monthly contest post">monthly contests and giveaways</a> in 2010.&nbsp; I&#39;m thrilled to announce that it&#39;s finally time for our first contest to begin!</p> <p>How would you like to win this hot <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table">pink Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table</a>&nbsp;for your child on Valentine&#39;s Day?&nbsp; This picnic table can be used indoors or outdoors and is just the right size for children to eat snacks or make crafts. Don&#39;t worry about messes because&nbsp;the plastic tabletop is stain resistant and easy-to-clean. And, one of my favorite features is that it folds flat for easy storage and transport.</p> <p>So, how do you enter to win this exclusive picnic table that&#39;s not available in stores and valued at $80?&nbsp; Well, we&#39;ve made it pretty easy to enter our first contest.</p> <p><strong>How to enter:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><em>Step 1</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />Leave a comment below on this blog post answering the following two questions:</p> <ul> <li>What is your favorite Valentine&#39;s Day tradition to do with your child?</li> <li>Where would you put a Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table at your house?</li> </ul> <p><em>Step 2 <br /></em>Send an email to <a href=""></a> listing your full name with the subject line &quot;February Contest Entry&quot;.</p> <div></div> <p>That&#39;s it!&nbsp; You&#39;re entered to win!<br />&nbsp;<br />&bull;&nbsp;For an extra entry after you&#39;ve left your comments on our blog and emailed us, follow us on Twitter @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends&nbsp;&quot;I just entered the #LifetimeFebContest to win a PINK Lifetime Kids&#39; Picnic Table! <a href=""></a>&quot;.</p> <p>The contest begins February 8 at 12:00 PM MST and will end February 12 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We&#39;ll announce one random winner on Valentine&#39;s Day, February 14, 2010.&nbsp; (Entries are limited to one blog entry per e-mail address and one Twitter entry per Twitter account.&nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="" title="contest rules">Click here for complete contest rules</a>.)</p> <p>Good luck!</p> <p>Oh wait, there&#39;s more good news&hellip; even if you don&#39;t win, everybody gets a discount!&nbsp; Use code PINK for 10% off any purchase at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; Discount valid February 8-18, 2010.</p>Jan08 Feb 2010 12:00:00 PMJanuary is National Puzzle Month<p>I was just reading the latest issue of <a target="_blank" href="" title="January BHG"><em>Better Homes &amp; Gardens</em></a> magazine and noticed that January is National Puzzle Month.&nbsp; Who knew?&nbsp; For the life of me, I can&#39;t find any information regarding who actually declared this celebration or started it, but I&#39;ll go along with it.&nbsp; (If you know the background, leave us a comment and please share!)</p> <p><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Personally, I LOVE jigsaw puzzles.&nbsp; In fact, my husband and I put one together every year as part of our Christmas traditions.&nbsp; This year was no different.&nbsp; I set up my <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime card table">Lifetime card table</a> and <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy Lifetime folding chairs">Lifetime folding chairs</a> in our living room and we started our masterpiece.&nbsp; This was my first year using our new Lifetime card table for our annual puzzle tradition and it worked great.&nbsp; The <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime card table">Lifetime card table</a> is extra big (37&quot; compared to most card tables that are 33&quot; or 34&quot;) which means there was ample assembly space, even with all of the 1000 pieces scattered around.&nbsp; I also liked how easily the puzzle pieces slid around on the Lifetime plastic tabletop compared to our old vinyl tabletop where the pieces sometimes seemed to stick a bit.&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Even though I only put a puzzle together once a year, for some reason I still buy a new puzzle every year.&nbsp; (Not sure why, it&#39;s not like I&#39;ll remember how all the pieces go together!) Sometimes I pick a puzzle based on its difficulty - I think the hardest one I&#39;ve ever done was a two-sided puzzle.&nbsp; Other times, I pick a puzzle based on the picture itself - my favorite puzzle was of a pilot in his flight suit showing his young son his airplane.&nbsp; Since my husband is an Air Force fighter pilot, we actually framed that puzzle for my son&#39;s room. (You can buy puzzle glue at your local craft store.&nbsp; It&#39;s an easy process, just follow the directions on the bottle.)&nbsp; </p> <p>The past two years, however, I purchased an <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy an I Spy puzzle">&quot;I Spy&quot; puzzle</a> so my son could participate in the fun.&nbsp; After we assembled the puzzle, the box had clues for hidden pictures to find in the puzzle.&nbsp; After about three days, we finished our puzzle this year and found all of the hidden pictures after some hard searching.&nbsp; However, there was one thing we never did find&hellip;the missing piece of our puzzle!&nbsp; It was a brand new puzzle and somehow we were missing an edge piece!&nbsp; Weird. Good thing we didn&#39;t plan on framing this one.<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>So anyway, if you&#39;re looking for something to do these cold winter days, pull out your folding table and chairs and celebrate National Puzzle Month with your family.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan05 Jan 2010 7:30:00 PM5 Ways to Entertain Kids with A Folding Table<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Christmas is over, the presents have been opened, and you still have one more week to entertain the kids before they head back to school!&nbsp; Dreading the boredom that&#39;s sure to hit soon? Being cooped up inside during the cold winter months can make kids (and parents) go stir crazy.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;ve run out of new play ideas to try, pull out your Lifetime folding table and read on.&nbsp;&nbsp; I&#39;ve put together a list of easy ideas that kids can do with each other, or the entire family can do together. And, no batteries or expensive toys and gadgets are required&hellip;it&rsquo;s just good old fashioned fun!&nbsp; You&rsquo;ll soon discover that with a little imagination a folding table can be much more than just a simple table!&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;Build a fort.</strong>&nbsp; Kids love to have their own &ldquo;secret&rdquo; place to hide.&nbsp; Set up a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Buy a Lifetime Card Table">Lifetime card table</a> and throw a large blanket or comforter over the top to create an instant clubhouse.&nbsp; Use couch cushions to make a tunnel entrance or a barricade around the fort.&nbsp; Give kids a flashlight, snacks, a radio, books ,etc. and they can have hours of fun in their new kid-sized hangout.</p> <p><strong>2.&nbsp;Make a puppet show.</strong>&nbsp; Unfold the legs of a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Buy a Lifetime table">Lifetime table</a> and lay the table on its side.&nbsp; Ta-da&hellip;a puppet stage playhouse.&nbsp; Kids can sit behind the table to hide from the audience while presenting their show.&nbsp; If you don&rsquo;t have actual puppets to use, be creative.&nbsp; Give them old socks, markers, paper and glue to make sock puppets. Or, simply use favorite stuffed animals and dolls.&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;Play table tennis</strong>.&nbsp; If your&nbsp;kiddos need an energy outlet, set up a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Buy a 6&#39; Lifetime folding table">Lifetime 6-Foot folding table </a>and draw a line down the middle (across the short side) using a dry erase marker.&nbsp; (Don&rsquo;t worry, it will wipe right off!).&nbsp; Buy some inexpensive ping-pong paddles and a ball and let your kids hit the ball back and forth using the line as an imaginary net.&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp;Build an obstacle course.</strong>&nbsp; Set up your <a target="_blank" href="" title="about Lifetime tables">Lifetime tables</a> and <a target="_blank" href="" title="Buy Lifetime chairs">chairs</a> in various places around the room.&nbsp; Put your couch cushions and pillows on the floor, grab some balls and other items from around the house, and make your own indoor obstacle course.&nbsp; The possibilities are endless for how you design it and what rules you make&hellip;jump on one foot from cushion to cushion, crawl under the table, roll a ball under the chair and into a plastic water pitcher, etc.</p> <p><strong>5.&nbsp;Build a ramp or slide.</strong>&nbsp; Take your cushions off your couch.&nbsp; With the legs of your <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a 4&#39; Lifetime table">Lifetime 4-Foot Table</a> folded, lean the table on the couch to make a small ramp.&nbsp; Kids will love seeing how fast and far their cars will go down their ramp. Or, use it as a slide for stuffed bears and dolls.</p> <p>Have fun and leave us a comment if you an idea of your own you&#39;d like to share with other bored kids in need!&nbsp; :)</p>Jan28 Dec 2009 5:00:00 AMNeighborhood Basketball Tournament<p><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re family is like mine, you&rsquo;ve got some real <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball">basketball </a>fans in the house.&nbsp; Instead of just watching games on TV during basketball season, I try to get my kids and neighbors in on the action with neighborhood basketball tournaments. Whether you&rsquo;re playing &ldquo;H-O-R-S-E&rdquo; or a simple game of one-on-one, there&rsquo;s just something about a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball">basketball goal</a> that demands for friends to get together and have some fun.</p> <p>You could play family vs family, girls vs boys, or even adults vs kids (just be careful&mdash;if the kids win, they will never let you live it down!). Get your game started on an adjustable-height basketball system from Lifetime Products&mdash;that way, you can lower the hoop, so even younger kids can be all-stars. </p> <p>To celebrate the championship game, you could even give away hot chocolate and snacks to everyone who turned out to watch the event. Or maybe you could turn the entire tournament into an official neighborhood event and hold a potluck dinner after the final game. This is an awesome way to bring people together and get to know your neighbors better. So, get out there, give that <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball">basketball</a> a workout and get the whole neighborhood in on the fun!</p>mcarroll15 Dec 2009 1:34:00 PM2 More People On Your Christmas List Who Need a Lifetime Table<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="229" height="170" /></a><strong>1.&nbsp; The Kids</strong><br />Sure, kids love to get new toys for their Christmas.&nbsp; But more than that, most toddlers like things that are &ldquo;just like Mom and Dad&rsquo;s&rdquo;!&nbsp; Give them a <a title="buy a Lifetime kids' picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Children&rsquo;s Picnic Table</a> so they can sit and eat at a table just their size and they&rsquo;ll soon be begging for dinnertime!&nbsp; And, just like the adult version, the plastic top and metal frame fold flat to hang on the wall for easy storage during the winter months.&nbsp; Oh, did we mention it&rsquo;s stain resistant? Even permanent marker, spaghetti sauce, or grape juice won&rsquo;t stain this table!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><strong>2. The Teacher<br /></strong>Looking for a unique gift for your child&rsquo;s teacher that she can use both in her classroom and at home?&nbsp; Give her a <a title="Buy a Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a>.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s inexpensive and with the three adjustable heights it can be used for an extra desk, as a podium, to hold graded papers, or to hold the class pet hamster cage!</p> <p>Looking for gift ideas for other people?&nbsp; Be sure to check out my previous blog post "<a title="3 people blog post" href="" target="_blank">3 People on Your Christmas List Who Need a Lifetime Table."</a>&nbsp; Happy shopping...only 15 days left!</p>Jan11 Dec 2009 11:37:00 AMTemporary Diaper Changing Table<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Do you have guests with little ones coming to stay with you for the holidays?&nbsp; Fill ill-equipped to meet all the baby needs?&nbsp; Sometimes the little comforts of home can make a big difference when traveling with children who are used to routines.&nbsp; One easy way to accommodate your diaper-wearing visitors (and their parents) is to have a changing table set up in their room.&nbsp; Hold on, no need to run to the local baby store.&nbsp; Simply pull out your <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime table">Lifetime folding table</a>!&nbsp; Trust me, it works perfect! </p> <p>This summer when we were home visiting my parents, my mom set up her <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime 4&#39; table">Lifetime 4&#39; adjustable height fold-in-half table</a> in my daughter&#39;s room.&nbsp; We used it as a diaper changing table for my 2-year-old and the <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a 4&#39; fold-in-half table">4&#39; table</a> was the perfect size...we even had room to keep the wipes on the table, too.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And, since Lifetime tables are plastic, if there happened to be a little &quot;oopsie&quot; while changing, it was no big deal!&nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime folding table">Lifetime folding tables</a> are built strong and sturdy; however, they don&#39;t have any side barriers like a formal changing table so remember to always closely watch the baby so he/she won&#39;t roll off.</p>Jan21 Nov 2009 11:49:00 AMTetherball Comes Around Again - In a New Portable Version<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>My son is in kindergarten this year and I love hearing what fun things he does in school each day since it&#39;s all so new to him.&nbsp; Last week he came home and couldn&#39;t wait to tell me about gym class - they had played <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime tetherball">tetherball</a>!&nbsp; </p> <p>Wow, does that bring back some memories.&nbsp; Apparently, I&#39;m not the only one that remembers standing in line during school recess waiting for my turn to take the big swing.&nbsp; A few weeks ago, one of the popular <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime&#39;s Twitter page">Twitter</a> topics was #whenwewereyoung.&nbsp; (BTW, you can follow us on Twitter <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime&#39;s Twitter page">@Lifetime 365</a>!) I was surprised to read how many people tweeted about <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime tetherball set">tetherball</a> memories!&nbsp; Some fond, some not so fond...guess it depends on if they were hit by the ball!?! </p> <p>Well, good news!&nbsp; Tetherball is no longer limited to school playgrounds!&nbsp; Lifetime has made a new <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a portable tetherball">portable tetherball</a> you can have in your own backyard or driveway.&nbsp; It has a plastic base (very similar to a portable basketball hoop base) that you fill with sand or water to make it sturdy and you can roll it to your desired location of play.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>Remember, it&#39;s never too early to start thinking about Christmas presents!&nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime tetherball">Lifetime&#39;s portable tetherball</a> is a gift that&#39;s sure to be fun for the whole family!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;And, be sure to visit <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime&#39;s Tips &amp; Solutions">Lifetime&#39;s Tips &amp; Solutions</a> page for more fun tetherball tidbits and <a target="_blank" href="" title="tetherball rules">official game rules</a>...just in case you forget from your elementary days!</p>Jan17 Nov 2009 5:00:00 AMR2D2 and Minnie Mouse Costumes<p><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Hope you had a fun and safe Halloween this year.&nbsp; We sure did!&nbsp; My kiddos were the perfect age this year to really enjoy it.&nbsp; Of course, I wouldn&#39;t being doing my doting mommy duty if I didn&#39;t brag about how cute my kiddos looked.&nbsp; Personally, I think they were the cutest costumes I saw...maybe just slightly prejudice, I know.&nbsp; :)&nbsp; </p> <p>My two-year-old daughter went as Minnie Mouse and my 6-year-old son was <a target="_blank" href="" title="about R2D2">R2DT</a> from <a target="_blank" href="" title="about Star Wars">Star Wars</a>.&nbsp; At first I figured R2D2 would be easy to find since Star Wars is so popular right now.&nbsp; What I didn&#39;t realize is that R2D2 is not in the new movies and cartoons.&nbsp; Tons of Stormtroopers and Darth Vadar costumes were readily available, but leave it to us to pick the one character for which a costume doesn&#39;t exist.&nbsp; </p> <p>Luckily, my son LOVES to do craft projects so we decided to fully embrace his R2D2 passion and tackle yet another homemade costume. I must say, despite all the trips&nbsp;it took to find the supplies, it turned out AWESOME!&nbsp; He was the hit at his school costume parade and in the neighborhood.&nbsp; Believe it or not, we ended up making the R2D2 costume out of a trash can!&nbsp; Wait just a minute. Before you start giving me any creativity points, I have to admit, I completely borrowed the idea from <a target="_blank" href="" title=""></a>.&nbsp; Another wonderful (and much more creative) mom graciously posted her pictures and step-by-step directions of how to make the entire costume.&nbsp; Thank you, thank you!</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>It was pretty cute watching R2D2 (complete with working lights) walking up and down the street.&nbsp; Our neighborhood is only one square block - perfect! You make the loop, buckets are full, and you&#39;re done!&nbsp; Instead of having kids walk up and ring the doorbell, many neighbors simply set up <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime table">Lifetime folding tables</a> and <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime chair">chairs </a>at the end of their driveways so they could see all the costumes, and kids quickly knew which houses were handing out candy.&nbsp; One group&nbsp; even made it a neighborhood socializing event.&nbsp; Costumed adults set up a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime table">8&#39; Lifetime folding table</a> and about five different neighbors had&nbsp; their treats on the table for kids to fill their buckets.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>After the trick-or-treating, my husband and I&nbsp;donned our own homemade Halloween costumes - Titanic Survivors - and headed to a costume party.&nbsp; (This time the costume idea was completely our own!)&nbsp; Another successful Halloween.&nbsp; Now, I just have to figure out how to get rid of all this candy before the Easter Bunny comes!</p>Jan02 Nov 2009 12:00:00 PMPumpkin Basketball and Gourd Bowling<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>This past weekend we headed to a local pumpkin patch for our squadron&#39;s annual Fall Festival. It was an easy and fun way to celebrate autumn and Halloween without having to attend yet another costume party!&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>It&#39;s tough to say what my kids&#39; favorite activity was because there were so many cute things to do.&nbsp; As soon as we got there, my daughter was immediately drawn to the Corn Box...a metal bin filled with corn instead of sand and loaded with buckets, shovels, and trucks.&nbsp; However, the Corn Box soon took a back seat as soon as she heard the sputtering sound of tractors and noticed there were hayrides and little cart rides. My son enjoyed winding through the hay maze and pumping the old-fashioned water pumps for the plastic duck races.&nbsp; And, naturally, they both took advantage of the free face painting.&nbsp; (Personally, I passed on the face painting, but was thrilled to see they were using a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime adjustable height table">Lifetime 4&#39; adjustable height table</a> as their painting station!)&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>The farm also had stuff your own scarecrow stations, petting zoos, obstacle courses, and pumpkin basketball.&nbsp; Yes, you read that right...pumpkin basketball.&nbsp; They had a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime portable basketball hoop">portable Lifetime basketball hoop</a>, but in the spirit of the festivities, you played with a pumpkin instead of a basketball.&nbsp; Hey, it&#39;s round and orange, right?&nbsp; Obviously, I was a bit concerned since pumpkins are heavy, hard, and tend explode when dropped!&nbsp; Thankfully, it was a fake pumpkin!&nbsp; They also had Gourd Bowling... roll a pumpkin at gourds set up like bowling pins.&nbsp; Yes, once again, these were all fake, too.&nbsp; Whew!&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>If you&#39;ve never been to a pumpkin patch, they are worth the trip for the fun and to support your local farmers.&nbsp; And, don&#39;t forget to check your local apple farm and corn mazes for Fall festivities, as well.&nbsp;&nbsp; You&#39;d better hurry though, because most are only open with special festivities through the end of October.</p> <p>Save yourself some work and check out <a target="_blank" href="" title="Pumpkin Patches and More">this great website</a> I found that makes it easy to search for pumpkin patches near you!&nbsp; Have fun and Happy Halloween!</p>Jan22 Oct 2009 8:00:00 AMHobo Pies<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>One of my Dad&#39;s traditions at the lake house is to build a campfire outside almost every night.&nbsp; My dad likes to eat popcorn around the fire, but when the grandkids visit, it&#39;s time to break out the good ol&#39; traditional smores!&nbsp; After all, what kid can resist melted chocolate and gooey marshmallows smooshed between graham crackers?&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>For a change of pace for&nbsp;the kids&#39; campfire&nbsp;sweet treats, one night my sister-in-law introduced us all to Hobo Pies.&nbsp; If you&#39;ve never had a Hobo Pie, you&#39;re in for, well, something different from smores.&nbsp; :)&nbsp; First of all, to make a Hobo Pie over a campfire, you need an <a target="_blank" href=";keywords=pie+iron&amp;tag=googhydr-20&amp;index=aps&amp;hvadid=2983225435&amp;ref=pd_sl_47zz64t9xa_b" title="iron pie makers">iron pie maker</a>, available in camping departments.&nbsp; Then, you&#39;ll need bread and some fillings.&nbsp; In the tradition of &quot;pie&quot;, my sister-in-law brought apple pie filling and cherry pie filling.&nbsp; First, we lined up all of our ingredients on our <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime picnic table">Lifetime picnic table</a> so everyone could easily see the flavor choices available for Hobo Pies.&nbsp; Next, you simply butter two pieces of bread on the outside and put your filling on the inside, making a sandwich.&nbsp; Place the sandwich in your pie maker and place in the campfire for about 5 minutes.&nbsp; Be sure to flip your pie maker to get both pieces of bread toasted!&nbsp;<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Now let me warn you, Hobo Pies do NOT taste like Granny&#39;s apple pie or even a McDonald&#39;s hot apple pie.&nbsp; When you look at them, they look a bit like a grilled cheese sandwich, and they kind of taste like one too...with the exception of a fruit taste instead of a cheese taste, of course!&nbsp; I don&#39;t really like regular apple pie or even apple cobbler, so a Hobo Apple Pie didn&#39;t sound much better to me.&nbsp; But, on the inside of the pie maker box label there were other recipe ideas.&nbsp; It turns out you can use the pie maker to make just about any meal over a campfire...sandwiches, eggs, you name it.&nbsp; Anyway, there were several dessert suggestions, too, including some with chocolate! So, I improvised and whipped up my own favorite Hobo Pie creation: </p> <p><strong>Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Hobo Pie<br /></strong>1.&nbsp; Spread peanut butter on each slice of bread<br />2.&nbsp; Place thin slices of banana on one slice of bread<br />3.&nbsp; Place 3 rows of Hershey Bar chocolate on top of banana<br />4.&nbsp; Put other slice of bread on top<br />5.&nbsp; Butter outsides of both pieces of bread <br />6.&nbsp; Place in pie maker and cook over fire about 5 minutes</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Mmmmmmm.&nbsp; Now that was yummy!&nbsp; If you like marshmallows,&nbsp; I think a marshmallow in the middle of my creation would also be pretty good.&nbsp; If you&#39;re having a campfire cookout sometime this Fall, why not try something new and give Hobo Pies a try.&nbsp; Get creative and let me know your favorite concoction!</p>Jan15 Sep 2009 11:00:00 AMJust My Size!<p><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>Kids have a way of doing things that just make you smile.&nbsp; It&#39;s always surprising and amusing how even the tiniest of tots can be pretty resourceful.&nbsp; Take, for instance,&nbsp;my daughter&#39;s witty idea a few weeks ago when we visited my family in Ohio.&nbsp; While we were up at their lake house, we ate almost every meal outside to enjoy the lake view and the beautiful weather.&nbsp; Plus, with six adults and five kids, we simply had more table space outside than inside.&nbsp; </p> <p>Typically, the adults would always sit at my parents&#39; patio table and chairs&nbsp;while the kids would eat at the <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime picnic table">6&#39; Lifetime picnic table</a>.&nbsp; Even though it wasn&#39;t a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime kids&#39; picnit table">children&#39;s Lifetime picnic table</a>, all of the kiddos could reach just fine, except for my two-year-old daughter, Alyssa.&nbsp; She loves being like the big kids though so don&#39;t think for a second that size would stop her!&nbsp; </p> <p>Nope, usually Alyssa just sat on her knees and could reach the tabletop without much problem.&nbsp; One meal, though, she got pretty wiggly and silly and actually fell off.&nbsp; (Thank goodness she wasn&#39;t hurt.) So, the next meal, instead of trying to sit still like we asked, she came up with her own plan!&nbsp; She simply pulled her little toddler outdoor chair up to the bench of the <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime picnic table">picnic table</a> and used the bench as her tabletop.&nbsp; It was the perfect height for her!&nbsp; And, who knew a plate was the perfect size&nbsp;to sit&nbsp;on a&nbsp;picnic table bench?&nbsp;&nbsp;Alyssa was finally able to sit on her bottom and was still able to eat at the picnic table with the big kids!&nbsp; Now, why didn&#39;t I think of that?!</p>Jan28 Aug 2009 6:00:00 PMWater Balloon Fun...1...2...3...Throw!<p><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Summer is quickly winding down.&nbsp; But, thankfully, August is one of the hottest months so there are still plenty of days left to squeeze in some last minute authentic summer fun.&nbsp; Here in Texas, it&#39;s been crazy hot.&nbsp; Ok, insanely hot &ndash; something unbelievable like 35 days over 100 degrees before August even started!&nbsp; </p> <p>I was tired of simply heading to the pool or waterpark to stay cool, so the other day I surprised my kids with some good ol&#39; fashioned water balloons.&nbsp; Sure, it took twice as long to fill them up as it did to throw them, but it was worth it to see the smiles on their faces and hear their giggles.&nbsp; My son had fun trying to throw them at me, while my daughter just liked dropping them on the grass and watching them pop.</p> <p>I grew up playing with water balloons by having a simple water balloon toss contest. However, my neighbor&nbsp;shared a fun idea for water balloons that I had never heard of before.&nbsp; Every summer she lets her daughter have a water balloon party with her friends and they have a water balloon war similar to paintball.&nbsp; Her daughter spends all morning filling an entire laundry basket with water balloons.&nbsp; They set an unfolded <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime table">Lifetime banquet table</a> on its side in the yard and use it as a base and protective barrier to take cover behind as they launch the balloons at each other. Super simple, yet super fun and the kids look forward to it every year.</p> <p>Once I started looking around online, I quickly realized a simple water balloon toss is only&nbsp;a mere&nbsp;beginning.&nbsp; If you&#39;re looking for other clever games to play with water balloons before summer is over, check out these sites I found that describe dozens of games to play with water balloons - everything from musical chairs to water balloon shaving!&nbsp; Have fun!</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p>Jan12 Aug 2009 11:30:00 AMThree Dreaded Words... Back To School<p>I picked up my son&#39;s registration packet for kindergarten yesterday. (Still can&#39;t believe my baby is going to kindergarten. Sniff, sniff. But, that&#39;s a story for another day!) Geez, how many forms can they make us fill out? So overwhelming and seemingly redundant in many ways. Amongst the huge stack of papers, guidelines, and forms was the obligatory school supply list. Wow, so much for just needing to buy a backpack, pencils, and notebook anymore, huh? The kindergarten supply list has nearly 20 items on it! Crazy!<img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Personally, I was one of those nerdy kids that always got fired up about &quot;back to school&quot; time because, being the organizer that I am, I couldn&#39;t wait to pick out all of my new school supplies, especially my new <a target="_blank" href="" title="what is a Trapper Keeper">Trapper Keeper</a>! Ironically though, my husband came home from the store just the other day and said he saw the three most dreaded words for kids. For the life of me, I couldn&#39;t figure out what he was talking about. Then it dawned on me... &quot;Back to School&quot;. Yep, when you&#39;re a kid, those three words on store signs and ads mean summer and endless days of fun are almost over. </p> <p>Anyways, so as I&#39;m looking over this long list of school supplies that I need to buy for my son, I couldn&#39;t help but think that they forgot a very important supply... a Lifetime Personal Table! Ok, so I know you don&#39;t really need one at school, but for older kids it is important to have a designated place to do homework at home... and a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime Personal Table">Lifetime Personal Table</a> is the perfect size for a desk. (Not to mention the perfect price!) And, you can fold it up and stash in under a bed or behind a door if space is really limited. </p> <p>So, while you&#39;re buying your list of school supplies, don&#39;t forget to throw a <a target="_blank" href="" title="about Lifetime Personal Tables">Lifetime Personal Table</a> in your cart, too. And, I&#39;ll let you in on a little secret.... now is the perfect time to buy one! In case you missed <a target="_self" href="" title="Christmas in July Sale">Joe&#39;s last post</a>, is having a special &quot;Christmas in July&quot; sale! Just enter the coupon code <b>JMA010</b> when you checkout on <a target="_blank" href=""></a> for $10 off your purchase... that&#39;s in addition to the always FREE shipping they offer! </p> <p>Oh, and if you&#39;re looking for more ways to get kids ready for homework time, check out these <a target="_blank" href="" title="study zone 101 tips">Study Zone 101</a> tips and solutions at <a target="_blank" href=""></a>. Off to go shopping... </p>Jan05 Aug 2009 10:30:00 AMSlam Dunk in Your Pool<p><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>I sure hope you had a fun fourth of July!&nbsp; We had a great weekend, but we didn&#39;t do anything special or festive other than watch fireworks.&nbsp; Kind of sad... especially since our tradition, when we lived in Arizona, was to host a pool party and BBQ at our house every Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.&nbsp; We&#39;d invite our four closet friends and spend the day playing 3-on-3 volleyball and then the guys would throw down a serious game of hoops with our Lifetime Poolside basketball/volleyball system.&nbsp; </p> <p>Let&#39;s get something straight.&nbsp; I&#39;m not talking about a leisurely game where you splash around in the pool and daintily tap the ball over the net or into the hoop for fear of knocking down the flimsy goal.&nbsp; I&#39;m talking about a game of volleyball where you actually have to jump up to spike the ball over the net, instead of simply lifting your arm because the net is chest level.&nbsp;&nbsp; And, playing a full-up, hardcore game of 1-on-1, complete with slam dunking.&nbsp; <a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <p>We didn&#39;t have a puny toy basketball hoop like some of the other pool basketball hoops and volleyball systems you find.&nbsp; Our <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime Poolside Basketball Hoop">Lifetime Poolside basketball hoop</a> was a full-sized backboard with a full-sized base.&nbsp; It was the exact same backboard and base you&#39;d buy to put in <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime Portable bball hoop">your driveway</a> (with the exception of different graphics), only with a shorter pole.&nbsp; Depending on the model you buy, some of the Lifetime Poolside Basketball Hoops actually adjust to six different heights&nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="" title="Buy a telescoping Poolside Basketball hoop">(telescoping model)</a>&nbsp; so kids or adults can play.&nbsp; What&#39;s really cool is our model came with two full-sized backboards to play full-court basketball with a hoop at each end or side of your pool.&nbsp; Then, we simply turned the backboards around and attached a regulation-sized and quality volleyball net (which came with the system)! </p> <p><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>When we sold our house, we included all of the pool toys, equipment, and furniture .&nbsp; EXCEPT,&nbsp; the Lifetime Poolside&nbsp;Basketball hoops were way too valuable to just throw in with the house to someone we didn&#39;t know.&nbsp; So, we made sure to give those to a friend!&nbsp; Aaah, how I miss those fun summer pool days.</p>Jan09 Jul 2009 4:00:00 PMTen 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="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<img border="0" src="" alt="" />Earlier this week, we tried out a new indoor play place here in San Antonio called <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime stacking chairs</a>!&nbsp; They probably had about 10 <a title="buy a Lifetime cafe table" href="" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime stacking chair</a>, but then I realized it made much more sense than the <a title="Buy Lifetime folding chairs" href="" 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="" alt="" />&nbsp;<img border="0" src="" 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="" target="_blank">Pump It Up</a> or <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">Incredible Pizza</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Chuck E. Cheese</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Piper Pizza</a>, or&nbsp;<a href="" 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="" target="_blank">Dave &amp; Buster&#39;s</a> and <a href="" 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="" 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 PMTeacher Thank You Gift Ideas<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Whoo-hoo!&nbsp; School is almost over!&nbsp; For most kids here in Texas, this is either the last week or next-to-last week of school.&nbsp;&nbsp; If you haven&#39;t already, it&#39;s time to really start thinking about&nbsp;how to thank your child&#39;s teacher.&nbsp;</p> <p>Wow. A teacher plays such an instrumental role in&nbsp;your child&#39;s life. A mere gift seems almost too simple and meaningless.&nbsp; Nonetheless, it is the thought that counts and even the smallest gesture of appreciation is treasured by teachers.&nbsp; For starters, a sincere handwritten thank you note can mean more to a teacher than any tangible gift.&nbsp; You can even go a step further and pass along your words of praise for the teacher to a principal or administrator so they know how much their staff is valued.&nbsp; It&#39;s a gift that costs nothing but the impact is priceless.</p> <p>If you do want to give a tangible gift in addition to a thank you note, there are two basic directions you can take when it comes to teacher thank you gifts.&nbsp; You can give a gift that can be used by the teacher in the classroom, or you can give a personal gift that the teacher can use to pamper her/himself after a year of hard work.</p> <p>Giving a gift for the teacher&#39;s classroom is a great way to thank the teacher and help give back for the wonderful year your child spent in that classroom.&nbsp; If you&#39;re down to the wire, here are some easy last minute ideas that are sure to be a hit:</p> <p>~&nbsp; <a class="" title="about a Lifetime Personal Table" href="">A Lifetime Personal Table</a> - The folding table is adjustable in height and small in size so it&#39;s perfect to store yet easy to pull out as an extra desk, art table, fish tank holder, podium, etc.&nbsp;&nbsp; If parents go together as a class for a larger gift, an adjustable height <a class="" title="about Lifetime tables" href="">Lifetime banquet table</a> is a great option, too!&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;~ Make a&nbsp;Teacher Mini Album. &nbsp;Ask your child to&nbsp;collect a&nbsp;few photos, notes, and memorabilia from the year, and make a small album. This honors the teacher for a great year, and shows off the highlights in a way that he/she can show off again and again. And, it&#39;s a great way for the teacher to show parents and students in next year&#39;s class some of the activities&nbsp;they can&nbsp;look forward to. Try these&nbsp;instructions on Lifetime&#39;s website&nbsp;for&nbsp;an <a class="" href="" target="_blank">easy envelope album</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>~&nbsp; Donate your child&#39;s favorite book to the classroom.&nbsp; Be sure to write an inscription in the front cover from your child, and maybe even include a photo of your child.</p> <p>~&nbsp; A gift card to a teacher supply store - Often times, teachers spend their own money to buy supplies and equipment for their classrooms which can really add up quickly.&nbsp; </p> <p>Me?&nbsp; I went the more personal route this year for my kids&#39; preschool teachers and centered everything around a &quot;hand&quot;&nbsp; and &quot;growing&quot; theme.&nbsp; I made a card that said &quot;Hands Down My Teacher Is The BEST&quot; and added my kids&#39; painted handprints.&nbsp; Inside I attached a picture of my child from preschool and wrote a heartfelt message from my son that included the line, &quot;Your caring hands and big heart have helped me grow in so many ways this year.&quot;&nbsp; I bought a cute pair of gardening gloves and then my son picked out his favorite scents of hand lotion, hand soap, and hand sanitizer to fill the gloves.&nbsp;&nbsp; Nothing over the top, but hopefully, it&#39;s appreciated and the meaning is taken to heart.</p> <p>If you&#39;re looking for more clever and crafty inspirations for teacher thank you gifts, check out these websites I found with more fun ideas!<br /><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p>Jan27 May 2009 11:00:00 AMM-I-C-K-E-Y T-A-B-L-E<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Yes, the title of this post should be sung to the tune of the chorus of <a class="" title="hear the song" href="" target="_blank">The Mickey Mouse Club theme song</a> can thank me later for getting that song stuck in your head all day.&nbsp; :)</p> <p>I can&#39;t believe it!&nbsp; My little baby girl is 2.&nbsp; Seriously, where did the time go?&nbsp; The days go by soooo slowly (with all the whining, screaming, monotonous routines, etc.), but&nbsp; yet the years go by sooooo quickly.</p> <p>We celebrated with a <a class="" title="about Minnie Mouse" href="" target="_blank">Minnie Mouse</a> birthday party on Saturday with a few family members and friends.&nbsp; I decorated while Alyssa was napping so she was completely surprised when she woke up.&nbsp; It was so heartwarming to see her huge smile when she saw all of the Minnie Mouse decorations!&nbsp; &quot;MINNIE!&nbsp; Party!&nbsp; Ready to party!,&quot; she shouted while bouncing up and down.&nbsp; So cute!<img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />It rained for two days straight (unusual for Texas), but thankfully it stopped Saturday morning so we were still able to have the evening party outside.&nbsp; Shew!&nbsp; It&#39;s a lot easier to have 10 kids running wild and eating black frosting in my backyard than in my house!&nbsp; I usually have the kids sit at <a class="" title="kids&#39; picnic table post" href="">our kids&#39; picnic table</a>, which seats six.&nbsp; Obviously, this year, I needed a little extra seating. So, I set up our <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a> and set it at the lowest height.&nbsp; It was the perfect picnic table extension!&nbsp; It ended up being like one long table which was so nice because all of the kids could sit together.&nbsp; We have two little plastic Adirondack chairs that I tried using as seats at the <a class="" title="About Lifetime Personal Tables" href="" target="_blank">Personal Table</a>, but they were too short for the kids to reach the table.&nbsp; So, I ended up pulling out some more folding chairs which worked just fine.&nbsp; Yes, you will notice they were some of those small, cheap folding chairs rather than Lifetime chairs.&nbsp; Wait!&nbsp; Before you jump to conclusions, I have a legitimate reason for not using my <a class="" title="About Lifetime chairs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime chairs</a> with the Personal Table.&nbsp; It&#39;s because I was using all of my Lifetime chairs at my <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime 4&#39; table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4&#39; folding table</a> since I needed extra seating for the adults , as well!&nbsp; See?!?&nbsp; <img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>All of the kids had a great time at the party, especially the birthday girl.&nbsp; We were exhausted after all the chaos, but seeing the smile on her face made it all worth it.</p> <p>And, yes, in case you are wondering, I made her Minnie Mouse cake, with some artistic help from my husband.&nbsp; It&#39;s always one of my traditions to attempt to make a homemade birthday cake for my kids.&nbsp; My frosting techniques aren&#39;t exactly professional, but if I do say so myself, this year&#39;s cake turned out pretty darn cute!&nbsp; Minnie&#39;s face only had a few &quot;wrinkles&quot;...but, hey, she&#39;s like over 80 years old anyway, right?! <img src="" alt="Party!!!" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan21 Apr 2009 12:03:00 PMKids' Picnic Table Gets New Color(less)!<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />So, I have to fess up. Lifetime makes a <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table" href="" target="_blank">kids&#39; picnic table</a>, but I don&#39;t own one. To make matters worse, I own a Step 2 picnic table instead.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, I actually bought my kids&#39; picnic table AFTER I worked for <a class="" title="About Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> and knew firsthand the great quality in all products from Lifetime.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Oh, stop it!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>I can already hear my former co-workers shouting &quot;why, why, why?&quot; <span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>as they read this.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="mso-spacerun:yes;"></span>I purchased the table for my son&#39;s 2nd birthday. (Great present idea, BTW!)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>At the time, we lived in Phoenix <span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>where we had a tiny backyard with an in-ground pool and a piece of grass that was smaller than our master joke.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Everyone&#39;s backyard in Phoenix is surrounded by a 6&#39; cement block cozy, huh?!?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Anyway, with such a small lot and a pool taking up half of it, I didn&#39;t want the rest of the &quot;yard&quot; to be mistaken for a daycare with brightly-colored, giant, plastic toys cluttering the space.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>It actually all started with the sandbox for Nathan&#39;s 1st birthday.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>I was adamant about not having a massive, green turtle staring at me when we opened our back door.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Don&#39;t get me wrong, those animal-shaped sandboxes are cute, but it was too much for me in our minuscule &quot;yard&quot;.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>So, I was thrilled when I found a sandbox that was beige and actually looked like it was made out of rocks to &quot;blend in&quot; with our oh-so-beautiful cement block walls. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 10pt;">Then came birthday number 2.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>A kids&#39; picnic table seemed liked the perfect gift idea.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, I must say, it was!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>We have used our kids&#39; picnic table a TON.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>I wanted to get a table that would sit at least six kids and would be big enough and strong enough for older kids to sit on so Nathan wouldn&#39;t outgrow it too quickly.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>The <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table</a> met all of that criteria perfectly.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, it even folded flat for storage. (Although, we didn&#39;t need that feature since we lived in Phoenix and could use a picnic table year-round.)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>So, what was my problem with the Lifetime table?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Yep, you guessed it, the bright colors.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Lifetime kid&#39;s picnic table had a blueberry blue tabletop with raspberry red benches.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Very fun for kids, but much too busy for our tiny backyard.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Sorry Lifetime.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Even though I helped name the colors, I just couldn&#39;t bring myself to buy such vivid furniture.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Call me a traitor.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 10pt;">But, guess what? <span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>Last week when I was looking online at <a href=""></a> , I noticed Lifetime now has a new ALMOND-colored kids&#39; picnic table!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>I guess I must not be the only crazy mom out there who wants to escape the never-ending rainbow world.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>So, now you can buy your little munchkins a picnic table that looks exactly like Mom and Dad&#39;s!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, we all know how much kids&#39; love miniature versions of our stuff.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>This thing is identical to the <a class="" title="about Lifetime picnic tables" href="" target="_blank">grown-up version</a>.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, it&#39;s built just as tough as the <a class="" title="buy Lifetime picnic tables" href="" target="_blank">adult&nbsp;picnic tables</a> aren&#39;t going to outgrow this one for a loooong time. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Check out the <a class="" title="kids&#39; table dimensions" href="" target="_blank">dimensions</a>, you&#39;ll be impressed how it stacks up to other kids&#39; tables out there. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>Sure wish this would have been around three years ago because I would have bought it in a jiffy!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 10pt;">Moral of this long story...if you&#39;re looking to buy a kids&#39; picnic table for this summer, check out the new one from Lifetime.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Trust me, you won&#39;t be disappointed with the quality...and now that it is available in almond, you won&#39;t be disappointed with the color, either!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>:)</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 10pt;">Oh, need a little extra incentive to choose the Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Don&#39;t forget when you purchase from&nbsp;<a href=""></a> shipping is <a class="" title="FREE shipping details" href="" target="_blank">FREE</a>!!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Yep.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Zip, zero, nada.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></p>Jan09 Apr 2009 12:30:00 PMImpromptu Kids' Picnic Table<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />I know, I know.&nbsp; You're probably getting tired of hearing about my <a title="spring break post" href="">Lifetime Spring Break stories</a>.&nbsp; But, I can't help it!&nbsp; There were just too many to share.&nbsp; But, I promise, this is my last least for Spring Break 2009.&nbsp; :)</p> <p>The weather during Spring Break was absolutely gorgeous.&nbsp; We spent practically every waking minute outside.&nbsp; So, it was no surprise that my kids wanted to eat lunch outside on the little tiny condo balcony one day.&nbsp; (And, I do mean tiny!)&nbsp;</p> <p>At home, my kids eat outside quite often on their own little <a title="buy a Lifetime kids' picnic table" href="" target="_blank">kids' picnic table</a>.&nbsp; But, the only patio furniture at the condo were tall, bar-height chairs designed so you could see over the railing to view the ocean...not exactly conducive for short, fidgety kids.&nbsp; So, we had to improvise.&nbsp; Sure, we could have just let them eat on a blanket on the ground, but they wanted a table.&nbsp; Never fear, Grandma (or Mammy, as my kids call her) to the rescue! My Mom pulled out her <a title="buy a Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a> and set it at the lowest height.&nbsp; (Oh, I forgot to mention, she <a title="packing tables for spring break post" href="">packed that table, TOO</a>!) Voila!&nbsp; We didn't have any kid-size chairs, so my daughter simply stood to eat and my son&nbsp;ate on his knees. It certainly wasn't ideal for every meal, but it did make for a fun lunch treat one day.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aaah, basking in the sun and watching the waves roll in while sipping a Capri Sun...doesn't get much better for a kid!</p>Jan08 Apr 2009 5:00:00 AM30 Years Later<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />When I was a little girl, my Grandpa made me a very special keepsake gift...a handmade wooden dollhouse, complete with shingles cut from sandpaper.&nbsp; Well, just like a real house roof has to be replaced about every 20 years, evidently so does a dollhouse roof!&nbsp;</p> <p>After&nbsp;our four moves, (ok, and 30 years of sun damage, dust, and wear-and-tear!) the dollhouse roof was about 10 years past its prime.&nbsp; The sandpaper shingles were curling up and literally falling off.&nbsp; My Dad and I have been wanting to replace them for several years now, but we've just never got around to it whenever he came to visit from out-of-state.&nbsp;</p> <p>This weekend my parents were here and it was a cold, rainy weekend with not much to do.&nbsp; So, my Dad and I FINALLY started the dollhouse roof replacement project.&nbsp; My Dad's father was the one who originally built the dollhouse so it was a sentimental project for my Dad.&nbsp; My Dad is now a grandfather so it was touching for me to see him working on a project his father built at about the same age my Dad is now.&nbsp; It's like catching a glimpse of the past when you see someone fill the shoes of previous generations.&nbsp; Watching my Dad work on the dollhouse, I could easily envision my Grandpa building the same dollhouse wearing his flannel shirt and glasses... and I could almost smell the sweet aroma from the cherry pipe he always smoked.</p> <p>Ok, enough nostalgia for one blog.&nbsp; So....after cutting the rows of sandpaper, my Dad stapled the rows of shingles while the dollhouse was on our workbench.&nbsp; But, he had to nail the top roof caps instead of stapling them, which required the dollhouse to be at a lower level so Dad could see to align the caps properly.&nbsp; At first, he just sat the dollhouse on the floor to&nbsp;do the nailing. But, his back quickly grew tired from bending over.&nbsp; So, my Mom suggested I bring out my <a title="Lifetime Personal Table details" href="" target="_blank">adjustable height Lifetime Personal Table</a>.&nbsp; Initially, I was hesitant because we had tried to use our <a title="Workbench Like Daddy's blog post" href="">Lifetime Personal Table as a workbench</a> for my son a few months ago and discovered it didn't provide the most stable support for hammering.&nbsp; But, it did seem like the perfect height solution, so I figured we should give it a try.&nbsp; BINGO!&nbsp; We put the table at its lowest level (21") and it was the perfect height so Dad could easily nail on the top of the dollhouse without bending over.&nbsp; And, since he was only gently tapping tiny tacks into sandpaper rather than pounding long nails into hard wood, instability wasn't an issue at all.</p> <p>So, the <a title="Buy A Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a> saved the day and my Dad saved my dollhouse roof... at least for the next 30 years!&nbsp; Thanks, Dad. :)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan17 Mar 2009 4:00:00 AMWaterproof Tables at Swim School<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />My son started taking swimming lessons a few weeks ago at a new swim school that just opened by our house.&nbsp; I must say, for a 5-year-old he does really well!&nbsp; He's known how to kind of swim for several years, but we're hoping this new class will help perfect his stroke so he is proficient and completely independent for this summer's swim season.&nbsp;</p> <p>The place where he takes swimming lessons has a pretty thorough system of checks and balances to ensure each child completes the necessary skills in each level. They have an instructor that monitors the swim teacher and student during the lesson and evaluates if the skill is mastered.&nbsp; After the skill is mastered, it is recorded in a logbook and marked off on the child's wristband.</p> <p>I was happy to see when I walked in the first day that they use a <a title="buy an adjustable height table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4-foot adjustable height table</a> as the "desk" inside the pool area!&nbsp; It's the perfect solution since Lifetime's plastic tabletops are waterproof so they won't&nbsp;warp or peel in the humid pool area.&nbsp; And, the <a title="about powder-coating" href="" target="_blank">powder-coated steel legs</a> help prevent rusting.&nbsp; The adjustable height table set at the <a title="adjustable height table details" href="" target="_blank">tallest countertop height</a> is ideal for the swim instructors.&nbsp; They can quickly walk over to the table to look at the student roster and skill checklist without having to bend down and drip all over the paperwork.</p> <p>Oh, and here's a funny story.&nbsp; So, I had my camera out taking pictures through the glass window during swim class.&nbsp; One of the other parents said, "I think you can actually go inside the pool area if you want to take pictures of your child."&nbsp; Take pictures of my child?&nbsp; HA!&nbsp; I had to fess up and admit that I wasn't taking pictures of my son, but of the Lifetime table!&nbsp; I told him how I used to work for the company that made the tables and now I blog about how I use&nbsp;Lifetime Products&nbsp;in my every day life.&nbsp; "Those tables?" he said, pointing to the Lifetime table.&nbsp; "Those tables are awesome!&nbsp; Our family has about six of them,"&nbsp;he said.&nbsp; "We love them!"&nbsp; Aaah, another encounter with yet another satisfied Lifetime customer.</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />The swim school also uses another <a title="Lifetime 4-foot table details" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4-foot table</a> for something very special.&nbsp; They use it to display newsletters and announcements and, most importantly (to the kids), a bucket of suckers for a good job swimming!&nbsp; Yes, it really is the little things in life that make us all happy.&nbsp; :)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan12 Mar 2009 5:00:00 AMWiggle Cars are fun!<p><a title="Wiggle Cars" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="Wiggle Cars" src="" border="0" alt="Wiggle Cars" width="240" height="149" align="right" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> has generally sold only products manufactured by <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>, but Lifetime has always been about more than just <a href="" target="_blank">tables</a>, <a title="lifetime folding chairs" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">chairs</a>, <a title="Lawn and Garden Products" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">sheds and organization</a>, and <a title="lifetime basketball hoops" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">basketball hoops</a>, Lifetime was <a title="The Lifetime Products Story" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">founded</a> on the principles of family fun and togetherness.</p> <p>So, in the tradition of family fun, <a href="" target="_blank"></a> now offers <a title="Wiggle Cars" href="" target="_blank">Wiggle Cars</a> (some call them Wiggle Scooters or Coaster Cars).</p> <p>These little cars are entirely kid-powered, no batteries required. Simply hold onto the steering wheel and start twisting side-to-side.</p> <p>Buy a few and challenge the kids to a race. Available in <a title="Blue Wiggle Cars" href="" target="_blank">blue</a> and <a title="Yellow Wiggle Cars" href="" target="_blank">yellow</a>.</p> <p>Unlike most scooters, these wiggle cars will work for small children (we recommend ages 3 and up), but older kids and even parents up to 230 pounds can jump on and enjoy.</p> <p>Oh, and like all products on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>,<strong> shipping is free!</strong></p>Joe05 Mar 2009 10:49:42 AMOur Chinese New Year Celebration<p>Occasionally our family likes to take a time out from our usual dinner routine and enjoy something unique from a culture different than ours.&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last week, since Chinese New Year was in full swing, we thought it would be a great opportunity to enjoy a part of the rich Chinese culture.&nbsp; Oftentimes we celebrate with extended family or a couple of families in our neighborhood but this year we decided to try something a little more trouble-free and just celebrated with our little family.&nbsp; <br />We started by bringing one of our <a title="Lifetime Banquet Tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 6 foot folding banquet tables</a> up from the basement and placing it (with the legs unfolded) on a couple of short storage bins.&nbsp; This allowed the table to sit about 18 inches from the ground.&nbsp; Although sitting on the floor isn&rsquo;t necessarily a dining practice in the Chinese culture,&nbsp;some close friends started doing this a number of years ago and our two boys now look forward to it so we continue to &ldquo;celebrate&rdquo; Chinese New Year in this fashion.&nbsp; (Chinese tables are most often round, with a rotating server set in the center).&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>After decorating the table with a table cloth and assorted Chinese New Year d&eacute;cor, we were ready for the important part . . . the food.&nbsp; We ordered take out from one of our favorite Chinese restaurants.&nbsp; This time we ordered a couple of my favorites, Walnut Shrimp and Tangerine Beef.&nbsp; <br />I was impressed how well my five year old son was able to manipulate his chopsticks after just one quick lesson.&nbsp; Our two-year-old preferred to use one of his chopsticks as a &ldquo;sword,&rdquo; fortunately no injuries were reported during the meal.&nbsp; It was a memorable family meal and a fun way to usher in the Chinese New Year.</p>Jason13 Feb 2009 5:00:00 AMTetherball poles, new at BuyLifetime<p><a title="tetherball" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="tetherball" src="" border="0" alt="tetherball" width="128" height="240" align="right" /></a> Since the very <a title="Lifetime Products Founder's Story" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">beginning</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> has been in the <a title="Lifetime Basketball Standards" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">basketball</a> business. They&rsquo;ve made strong, durable poles, backboards, and rims, and innovated the adjustable height mechanism which brought basketball younger kids.</p> <p>Following in this tradition, <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> introduces the Lifetime <a title="tetherball" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">Tetherball</a> system!</p> <p>Many of you &ldquo;grown-ups&rdquo; out there probably remember the deluxe tetherball pole from your school-yard, and the heated competitive tetherball contests that would ensue during recess. With the Lifetime <a title="tetherball" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">Tetherball</a> system, now you can bring those childhood memories into your backyard so a whole new generation of tetherballers to enjoy!</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s <em>Tether Ball</em>, <em>Tetherball</em> Sets, or <em>Tetherball</em> Pole, <em>Tetherball</em> is a great traditional outdoor game, and fun for all ages.</p> <p><a title="tetherball" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;border-left:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="tetherball" src="" border="0" alt="tetherball" width="143" height="166" /></a></p>Joe02 Feb 2009 5:00:00 PMA Workbench Like Daddy's<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Ever run out of ideas for fun activities to do with your kids?&nbsp; Does your child enjoy craft projects but you never seem to have the right supplies to make something really cool?&nbsp; Well, take a trip to your local home improvement store and you're in for a treat!&nbsp;</p> <p>Our local Lowe's offers <a title="build and grow info" href="" target="_blank">Build and Grow clinics</a> for kids.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank">Lowe's</a> supplies all the materials and directions to assemble a simple woodworking project with your kids.&nbsp; They even give you a kid-sized Lowe's apron and real safety goggles...all&nbsp; for free!&nbsp; What a great deal!&nbsp;</p> <p>My 5-year-old son is really starting to get into "projects" and enjoys using his Daddy's tools to build things.&nbsp; So, a few weeks ago, we decided to try a Lowe's Build and Grow clinic.&nbsp; Lesson #1... we now know that these classes fill up FAST!&nbsp; We assumed we could just show up that day and we'd be able to participate - WRONG!&nbsp; You need to sign-up in advance, and most people actually <a href="" target="_blank">register online</a>.&nbsp; My son was so disappointed because he was looking forward to his "man-time" with Daddy.</p> <p>Luckily, a few hours later, Lowe's called and said they actually had an extra kit available because someone didn't show up for the clinic.&nbsp; So, we were welcome to pick up the kit and assemble it at home.&nbsp; My son was so excited!</p> <p>Nathan wanted to build his woodworking project in the garage, just like Daddy does.&nbsp; But, Daddy's workbench was slightly too high for him to use.&nbsp; Since the project was small, I simply pulled out our <a title="Lifetime Personal Table info" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a> for Nathan to use as his workbench.&nbsp; Perfect size!&nbsp; I was able to lower it so Nathan could easily stand in front of it to assemble his project on a real "workbench".&nbsp; The <a title="Buy a Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Personal Tables</a> are perfect for kid-sized projects, especially since you can adjust the height.&nbsp; But, I must admit, as much as I love Lifetime tables, the Personal Table is not really meant to be a heavy-duty "workbench".&nbsp;&nbsp; While it did get the job done for this lightweight project, it wasn't very stable when it came time for hammering.&nbsp; (Good thing we only had three tiny tacks to hammer!) It would have been better if I would have gone to the extra effort and pulled out our <a title="Lifetim4 4'x2' table info" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4'x2' table</a> since it is much stronger and actually sold as a <a title="Buy a Lifetime 4'x2' table" href="" target="_blank">garage utility&nbsp;worktable</a> in some stores.<img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Thanks to Lowe's and Daddy, Nathan is now the proud owner/builder of a football goalpost for finger football, complete with a scoreboard.&nbsp; And, Nathan's already reminding us to register now for the next clinic!&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're looking for something new to do with your kids, check your local Lowe's (online or at the customer service desk) for upcoming Build and Grow clinics in your area.&nbsp; (By the way, I think <a href=";catalogId=10053&amp;langId=-1" target="_blank">Home Depot</a> offers a similar program if you don't have a Lowe's nearby. )&nbsp; Most importantly, enjoy the quality time with your kids and have fun!</p>Jan07 Jan 2009 5:00:00 AMHot Chocolate Delight!<p>Is there anything more fun in the wintertime than coming in after an afternoon of fun in the snow and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa?&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank"></a>It is definitely something we look forward to . . . especially if we are hosting family or close friends.&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>We have a delicious hot chocolate recipe we use that I would like to share.&nbsp; Offering an assortment of fun additives to your cocoa makes it even more memorable!&nbsp; You may also want to consider serving the hot chocolate outside.&nbsp; A <a title="Lifetime Adjustable-Height Tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime adjustable-height folding table</a> makes set-up quick and easy whether you are setting it up inside or out.&nbsp; Most of us don&rsquo;t have a thermal Airpot dispenser kicking around the house, so a large thermos or a crock-pot set to low will make sure that your cocoa will still stay warm so you won&rsquo;t have to miss out on that last sled run down the hill.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Creamy Hot Chocolate</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>1 1/3 cup packed brown sugar<br />4 teaspoons cinnamon<br />1 gallon chocolate milk<br />&frac12; pint whipping cream</p> <p>Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a large stockpot.&nbsp; Add milk.&nbsp; Use an electric hand mixer to make it frothy.&nbsp; Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to serving temperature.&nbsp; Do not boil.&nbsp; (The whipping cream is to bring the milk to whole milk.&nbsp; If it happens to be whole milk, omit cream.)&nbsp; Also, if you choose to offer an assortment of mix-ins with your hot chocolate, I would consider cutting back or eliminating the cinnamon.</p> <p>Mix in ideas: whipped cream, crushed peppermint candy, chocolate shavings, crushed toffee bar, flavored creamers, marshmallows, chocolate-dipped marshmallows, candy canes, red hot candies, etc.</p>Jason31 Dec 2008 3:21:00 PMSanta's Secret Shed<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Shhhhhh.&nbsp; Don't tell my kids.&nbsp; The other day I talked with Santa at the mall and he informed me he is bringing my little girl a play kitchen.&nbsp; I'm so excited, she's going to love it!&nbsp;</p> <p>However, Santa was a bit concerned because the box is so big.&nbsp; He was worried that with such a big box he may not be able to fit everything in his sleigh on Christmas Eve.&nbsp; So, he asked if there was any possible way he could deliver the present early and hide it at our house until Christmas Eve when he'll put it under the tree.&nbsp;</p> <p>Yikes! At first I thought there was no possible way I'd be able to hide a present that large at our house.&nbsp; WAIT!&nbsp; Ding, ding!&nbsp; I just remembered the new <a title="Lifetime shed info" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> that we built in our backyard.&nbsp; It's&nbsp;an&nbsp;<a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">8'x5' shed</a>&nbsp;so it has plenty of room to hide a play kitchen box.&nbsp; However, my son does likes to play in there sometimes and pretend it is his own little clubhouse.&nbsp; Hmmm, that could pose a possible risk.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fortunately, Lifetime sheds feature holes in the door latch to accommodate a padlock!&nbsp; So, when the kids were at school one day, Santa made his early delivery and I showed him where to store the big box in our Lifetime shed.&nbsp; Now, the Christmas present is locked up tight so no curious little eyes can get an early peek.&nbsp; (Plus, it helps protect the other valuables in the shed like our lawn mower etc. - which is a good answer if my son happens to ask why a lock suddenly appeared!)</p> <p>We built the shed to store my husband's lawn equipment and it's his space to use as he pleases.&nbsp; But, this month he'll have to share a little space with Santa.&nbsp;So glad we could help the jolly old man!&nbsp;<img src="" alt="Wink" /></p>Jan23 Dec 2008 5:00:00 AMA Game You Can “Settle” On<p>&nbsp;With The Holidays fast approaching, I want to share another reason to pull out that <a title="Shop for Lifetime Square Tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Card Table</a> and <a title="Shop for Lifetime Folding Chairs" href="" target="_blank">Folding Chairs</a> and gather family and friends together near the fireplace.&nbsp; I would like to recommend another board game called &ldquo;The Settlers of Catan&rdquo;.<br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>&ldquo;<a title="Settlers of Catan Wikipedia " href="" target="_blank">The Settlers of Catan</a>&rdquo;, which originated in Germany, is surprisingly light and enjoyable in its first play.&nbsp;Players take on the role of immigrants on&nbsp;the newly discovered island of Catan. The game &ldquo;board&rdquo; is obviously different. It is comprised of several hexagonal tiles randomly arranged into the shape of a large hexagon.&nbsp; Since the tiles will almost certainly be arranged differently for every game, each game will be different.&nbsp; Each tile represents a particular resource such as wood, brick, sheep, ore, or wheat. <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Each turn, a roll of the two dice determines which hexes produce resources.&nbsp; By trading ore, timber, wheat, wool, and bricks, players attempt to extend and upgrade their settlements to earn enough victory points needed to win. Players establish settlements at the junction of land tiles in order to draw on the surrounding resources, which they can spend on new settlements, roads, soldiers, and more. Controlling a seaport tile gives a player the ability to convert plentiful resources into scarce ones without having to trade with other players.<br />The object is simple to understand and doesn&rsquo;t take forever to achieve. The object is to be the first to earn 10 victory points, and everyone starts with 2. You score victory points for each settlement, city, longest road, largest army, and whatever you get from drawing development cards.<br />Writing this out makes it seem far more complicated than it actually is-- Settlers of Catan is user friendly for new players and because it is not designed for play with less than three, it is a good social game. Trading with others makes friendly competition more interesting and engaging.&nbsp; An added bonus to the game is that no one is eliminated until the game ends so you will not have a guest or family member idly watching the others compete for first place.<br />For those with young children, there is also a spin-off of Settlers of Catan called &ldquo;Kids of Catan&rdquo; where the children help build their new village on the island of Catan by gathering different resources in their wagon.&nbsp; The game is easy to understand and the wood pieces are easy for small hands to handle.&nbsp; Our only criticism is that the wood game pieces are a little top heavy and one bump of the board can easily knock pieces over, but it doesn&rsquo;t affect the overall play of the game, it is more of an annoyance.<br />Besides &ldquo;Kids of Catan&rdquo;. Settlers of Catan has several other spin-offs such as Seafarers of Catan, additional player expansions sets, and Cities and Knights of Catan.&nbsp; Settlers of Catan requires 3 to 4 players, although you can purchase an additional expansion pack that will allow you to play with up to 6 players.&nbsp; I believe the age recommendation is 10 and up but I think an 8 year-old wouldn't have a problem keeping up with the game play.&nbsp; A typical game usually lasts about an hour and a half to two hours.&nbsp; So, if you are looking for that last minute Christmas gift or are just looking for some entertainment during the holiday break, you will not be disappointed by settling with Catan.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jason22 Dec 2008 6:00:00 AMGiving thanks at the Kiddie Table<p><a title="Shop for a Lifetime kids table" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>The new Lifetime&nbsp;<a title="Read about and enter the sweepstakes" href="">Kiddie Table Sweepstakes</a> has reminded me of some fond memories. My mother came from a family of 8 children, so when her side of the family gets together for holidays many of us cousins were told to sit at the kiddie table... usually a <a title="Shop for Adjustable height tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime adjustable height table</a>. When I was finally big enough to sit at a table where I could swing my legs I was ecstatic to say the least. But as the years passed, I started to look at the kid's table again with a little more fondness. Being one of the only female cousins my age, I had a serious shortage of friends at these occasions. So I decided to start sitting at the kiddie table again. When you are in your teens and you start paying attention to children you get an instant fan base. After this move I became a family celebrity. You may laugh, but it's true. When I was elected student body VP at <a href="" target="_blank">Weber State University</a> they all asked for autographed campaign posters. Though I doubt they still have them now, the friendships created at the kiddie table will stay with me forever. In fact, I'll see all those cousins in a few weeks for <a title="Thanksgiving tips and recipes" href="">Thanksgiving</a>. They have graduated from the kiddie table now. Most of them have their own cell phones and boyfriends and are dressing much cooler than me. But every now and then I see a few of them return to the kiddie table for a visit... and that makes me smile. Do you have memories of the kiddie table? Please share!&nbsp;</p>Katie19 Nov 2008 5:00:00 AMFree Lifetime Products! Hurry To Enter the Lifetime Kiddie Table Sweepstakes<p><span style="FONT-SIZE:10pt;FONT-FAMILY:Arial;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;"><img style="border: 0px;" src="" alt="" width="225" height="176" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We all like free stuff, right?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Well, here&rsquo;s something pretty cool&hellip;Lifetime is sponsoring a <a href="" target="_blank">Kiddie Table Sweepstakes</a> for the holidays. Five lucky people are going to win </span><span style="FONT-SIZE:10pt;FONT-FAMILY:Arial;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;">two <a title="buy a Lifetime adjustable height table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4-foot adjustable-height folding tables</a>, eight <a title="Buy a Lifetime folding chair" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime folding chairs</a>, holiday table decorations, tableware, art supplies, games, puzzles and a $300 gift card to purchase the holiday food!</span></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE:10pt;FONT-FAMILY:Arial;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;">It&rsquo;s super simple.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Nothing to buy or even asked to buy, no surveys to answer, no ads to view, no essays to write.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>You simply type your name, address, phone number, e-mail and birthdate in the online registration form, click &ldquo;submit&rdquo;, and you&rsquo;re entered in the contest.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Quick and easy.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Seriously, it takes about 30 seconds.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Here&rsquo;s the best part&hellip;you can even enter more than once!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Each person can submit up to one entry per day!</span><span style="FONT-SIZE:10pt;FONT-FAMILY:Arial;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;">&nbsp;</span><span style="FONT-SIZE:10pt;FONT-FAMILY:Arial;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;">There&rsquo;s no catch, I promise.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Your name and information is NOT going to be sold to a third party.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>You are NOT going to receive spam e-mails and solicitations from Lifetime.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>(Although, there is a box you can check if you would like to receive future e-mails from Lifetime&hellip;but even then I can assure you Lifetime does not regularly send out advertisements or promotions.)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;">So, what&rsquo;s the deal?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Well, it&rsquo;s pretty straight forward.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>According to a <a href="" target="_blank">survey</a>, </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY:Helvetica;mso-ansi-language:EN;">61 percent of American adults and 72 percent of American children have sat at a holiday &ldquo;kiddie table&rdquo;.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></span>This year, instead of making the kiddie table an excluded place where kids sit dreaming of the day when they will graduate to the big table, <a title="about Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> wants to make sure the kiddie table is a place that kids will rush to and that will leave adults wishing they could be a kid again!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, what better way to do that than with a table just the right size for kids, complete with special decorations, art supplies, games, and more!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;">If you&rsquo;re not familiar with the Lifetime <span style="mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;">4-foot adjustable-height folding tables, you&rsquo;ll quickly become a fan and wonder why you ever owned a table that didn&rsquo;t have adjustable heights!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Use them at the lowest height for a children&rsquo;s table, use them at the middle height for a regular table, or set them at the top countertop height for buffets and standing work stations.</span></span></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE:10pt;FONT-FAMILY:Helvetica;mso-ansi-language:EN;">That&rsquo;s the scoop. I&rsquo;m so excited to tell you about this chance to win FREE stuff!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>But, you need to hurry&hellip;the deadline to enter is December 1, 2008 at 4pm.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>(Winners will be selected December 5 so you won&rsquo;t have to wait long at all to find out if you won!)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE:10pt;FONT-FAMILY:Helvetica;mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;"><a title="Kiddie Table Sweepstakes entry form" href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> and submit your first entry today!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Good luck!</span></p>Jan14 Nov 2008 12:43:00 PMLast Minute Homemade Lifetime Halloween Costumes<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />A few days ago we helped my son Nathan make his first homemade Halloween costume.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m embarrassed to admit, but this is the first year we have fully embraced the fun and festivities and attempted a homemade costume.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve always wanted to, but normally Nathan has always eyed something in the store that he really wanted to be like Elmo, a spider etc. (except last year when he wanted to wear his own flight suit to be a fighter pilot like Daddy!).&nbsp; And, it just made things a lot easier anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year Nathan is really into <a href="" target="_blank">Disney&rsquo;s Wall-E</a>, and robots in general. So, we made our own robot.&nbsp; First, we spray painted two rectangular boxes with silver metallic paint.&nbsp; Next, we cut the bottom out of the &ldquo;body&rdquo; box, and we also cut a head hole and arm holes.&nbsp; In the smaller &ldquo;head&rdquo; box, we cut out a big rectangle for his face to poke through. Then it was time for the creativity and imagination of a 5-year-old to take over.&nbsp; Naturally, every robot must have lights.&nbsp; So, I covered some of those&nbsp;<a href="">Stick 'N&nbsp;Click</a>&nbsp;lights with colored plastic wrap to make red and blue lights. (Best use I've found for those things yet!)&nbsp; Nathan added some pipe cleaners for antennas; old caps for eyes; and stickers, nuts and washers for control panels etc.&nbsp; I must admit, it turned out really cute and I can honestly say I think it&rsquo;s one of my favorite costumes so far!</p> <p>But, the whole homemade costume idea got me thinking.&nbsp; I wonder if anyone has every tried to be a Lifetime product for Halloween.&nbsp; Sure enough, after just a few quick <a href="" target="_blank">Google</a> searches, I came up with some creative ways to be a <a title="Lifetime table details" href="" target="_blank">table </a>or <a title="Lifetime basketball hoop details" href="" target="_blank">basketball hoop</a> for Halloween!&nbsp;</p> <p>So here are the links I found to a few ideas for you if you&rsquo;re crazy about <a title="About Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>, <a title="Lifetime table details" href="" target="_blank">tables</a>, or <a title="Lifetime basketball details" href="" target="_blank">basketball</a>.&nbsp; Some are cute (like the one in the photo above), some are scary... but, all of them are pretty funny and creative.&nbsp; Of course, I&rsquo;d add one other small detail to your costume that these people skipped&hellip;the Lifetime logo!&nbsp;&nbsp;:)&nbsp; Seriously, if you do dress up as a Lifetime product, send us a picture, we&rsquo;d love to see it and post it on our blog!</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Basketball Hoop Costume</span></strong></p> <blockquote> <p><a href="">&gt;</a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> </blockquote> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Dinner Table Costumes</span></strong></p> <blockquote> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> </blockquote> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Scary Head on A Platter Table Costume</span></strong></p> <blockquote> <p></p> </blockquote> <p>Happy Halloween!</p>admin29 Oct 2008 5:34:00 PMPumpkin Carving Fun<p>For a fun family activity last night we thought it would be fun to do some pumpkin carving.&nbsp; It was an amusing evening that our two boys thoroughly enjoyed.<img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br />As soon as I left work, I picked up the boys and we drove down to a local outdoor produce stand that always seems to have a great selection of pumpkins, all in different shapes and sizes, each one seemed to have their own personality.&nbsp; I think Josh and Jake changed their minds on which pumpkin they each wanted about eight times.&nbsp; Originally Josh was really set on a small pumpkin just a little bit larger than my fist, (I don&rsquo;t think I have the patience to carve a pumpkin that small), so I had to use my best diplomatic efforts to convince him to choose a different pumpkin.&nbsp; He eventually chose another one-- the largest one out there.&nbsp; Jake also chose one that I am sure outweighed him.&nbsp; I thought I would have to look up my car&rsquo;s towing capacity in my owner&rsquo;s manual to make sure I could get the pumpkins home.&nbsp; <br />After we arrived home and ate dinner, the boys were ready to get started.&nbsp; Before dinner, I picked out a great jack-o-lantern design from the&nbsp;<a title="Pumpkin Carving Tips" href="" target="_blank">tips and solutions</a> pages on <a title="Lifetime Products" href=""></a>, and printed it off.&nbsp; I chose the &ldquo;<a title="Goofy Template" href="">happy template design</a>&rdquo;.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Since Mom was still cleaning up dinner and working on a treat for the family in the kitchen, we decided to take our pumpkin carving adventure out to the garage.&nbsp; I set up a <a title="Lifetime Folding Tables" href="">4-foot Lifetime folding table</a> and placed a disposable plastic table cloth over it so that clean up will be really easy when we are finished.&nbsp; We set the pumpkins on the table and went to work.&nbsp; The boys were hovering over me like hawks, asking me what I was doing at every move.&nbsp; The best part was when I finished carving out the &ldquo;lid&rdquo; of the pumpkin and got to hear their squeals as we pulled on the stem and revealed the &ldquo;guts&rdquo; of the pumpkin.</p> <p>The boys were having a great time.&nbsp; Cleaning out the pumpkin was a messy job that I thought Jake, our youngest, would love to do.&nbsp;&nbsp; But he was pretty tentative about sticking his hands in the pumpkin, so he was satisfied with just using the metal tongs provided by his mother.<br />After marking the template, I started carving the pumpkin.&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>The boys were really interested while we were carving the first eye of the jack-o-lantern but by the time we started on the second eye, their attention span was gone and they were ready to wash their hands and ride their bikes around the garage.&nbsp; Before long, our &ldquo;family activity&rdquo; turned into dad, a lone man, carving a pumpkin in the garage.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I finished the first pumpkin, we gathered everyone back together to place a light inside the pumpkin and set it out on our front porch.&nbsp; The boys were really proud how well their pumpkin turned out.&nbsp; The second pumpkin will have to wait until this evening, it was a school night and the boys had definitely had plenty of Halloween fun for one evening.</p>Jason28 Oct 2008 10:41:00 AMFun Halloween Recipes<p>Jan's post about her <a title="go to Jan's article" href="">favorite&nbsp;fall recipes</a>&nbsp;got me thinking about Halloween. I'm a big fan of making spooky treats for Halloween parties, and October is the perfect time to cook with your&nbsp;children. Simply&nbsp;pull out a&nbsp;<a title="See Lifetime tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;table</a>, some sugary ingredients,&nbsp;and let your kids go to town.&nbsp;No matter what they&nbsp;invent you know it will still be scary ;).&nbsp;Here's a fun idea posted on a personal blog by my good friend Jennifer,&nbsp;from Lifetime's own IT department.</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="175" height="133" /></p> <p><strong>Spider Cupcakes</strong></p> <p>1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix <br />1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding &amp; Pie Filling <br />1/3 cup KOOL-AID Orange Flavor Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix <br />2 Tbsp. hot water <br />1 can (16 oz.) ready-to-spread white frosting <br />24 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies <br />12 pieces black string licorice (32 inch each) <br />48 miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces</p> <p>PREPARE cake batter as directed on package; blend in dry pudding mix. Spoon evenly into 24 paper-lined medium muffin cups. Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool completely. <br />DISSOLVE drink mix in hot water. Stir into frosting until blended. Frost cupcakes, reserving some frosting for attaching candies. <br />CUT each licorice piece into sixteen 2-inch pieces; set aside. Place 1 cookie on top of each cupcake. Insert 4 licorice pieces into each side of each cookie for the "spider's legs." (Eight licorice pieces for each cookie.) Add 2 candy-coated chocolate pieces to top of each cookie using some of the reserved frosting for the "spider's eyes."&nbsp;</p> <p>I'm also a big fan of easy recipes,&nbsp;especially&nbsp;during the busy holiday season. The recipe below&nbsp;is certainly going into my cookbook.&nbsp;If your&nbsp;life is anything like mine--&nbsp;anything that takes&nbsp;longer than 20 minutes to&nbsp;prepare usually just remains a collection of ingredients that&nbsp;sit in the fridge (along with all my good intentions) until they go bad.&nbsp;</p> <p>For all you busy people out there, here's a great recipe from Jennifer for quick Pumpkin Cookies.</p> <p><strong>Pumpkin Cookies:</strong><br />1-Spice Cake Mix<br />1-15oz. can pumpkin<br />1C of chocolate chips or desired amount</p> <p>Mix, bake in the oven at 375 degrees&nbsp;for 15-20 minutes.<br />Makes 2 dozen.</p> <p>Have a sweet Halloween!!</p>Katie27 Oct 2008 11:00:00 AMThe Pre-School Experiment<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />If you run a pre-school, a day care, or just have children at home, you probably know all too well what creative little&nbsp;ones can do to furniture. I neither have children, nor have I taught children. But I&rsquo;ve seen <a title="Internet Movie Database profile" href="" target="_blank">Daddy Day Care</a> and that was enough to know that things break when children are invited to do their worst.</p> <p>If children were to work with our Research and Design lab, I think they&rsquo;d come up with some interesting new tests. I remember using <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Banquet Tables</a> as slides in our game room. Then my sisters and I would put foam mats on top of them and use them as tall beds for sleepovers. I have a vague memory of reenacting the princess and the pea once&hellip; lucky for me, no injuries were incurred.</p> <p>Anyway,&nbsp;the other day a co-worker gave&nbsp;gave me&nbsp;an ingenious idea-- The Pre-School Experiment. She suggested that we donate a Lifetime Table to a pre-school, give them a few months to color on it, stand on it, spill icky things on it, do all sorts of things that children tend to do (and that we at Lifetime don&rsquo;t advise)-- then check back to see how it survives.</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />I took her idea and called Ms. Laura. With about 9 children attending her pre-school and a relatively small area, she and I picked out the small and sturdy <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4-foot Adjustable Height table</a>. Laura was happy to accept a new table and kindly allowed me to visit her class. As I sat with the kids making <a title="Hasbro's Play Doh site" href="" target="_blank">play-doh</a> shapes on the table, I pointed out the pink crumbs that were sprinkled everywhere. &ldquo;You&rsquo;ve got a lot of little crumbs around here,&rdquo; I said. Without hesitation, one child piped up &ldquo;Oh, that&rsquo;s ok.&rdquo;</p> <p>Then I asked &ldquo;But couldn&rsquo;t they get stuck to the table?&rdquo;</p> <p>Claire, a small girl with a cookie cutter in her hand responded to my question matter-of-factly: &ldquo;No.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Why?&rdquo; I asked</p> <p>Claire looked around searching for an answer, and then she said &ldquo;Because the carpet gets stuck with play-doh.&rdquo;</p> <p>She then quickly returned to her work of lining up play-doh x&rsquo;s and o&rsquo;s, meticulously making sure that they were all the same size.</p> <p>Before I left the little school, Ms. Laura stopped me and asked where she could get another 4-foot Lifetime table.&nbsp;This table is&nbsp;available at <a href="" target="_blank">Sam&rsquo;s Club</a>, <a href=""></a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Back Yards Inc</a> store locations. Of course, I felt all warm and fuzzy as I walked out the door. It&rsquo;s a great start, but we still need to see how the table holds up in the long run. After-all, it&rsquo;s only been a couple weeks. Check back in January for a follow-up to this post, and see if our table survived the Pre School Experiment!</p>Katie16 Oct 2008 5:39:00 PMWhat's Wrong With This Picture?<p><a class="" title="On The Drive Home post" href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Michael’s last posting</a> talked about all of the basketball hoops he passed on his drive home.&nbsp; So, I started looking around during my drives as well.&nbsp; Normally, this Lifetime365 blog has been featuring upbeat, inspirational stories.&nbsp; But, the overall purpose of a corporate blog is to be open and honest.&nbsp; So, sometimes, it needs to serve as a reality check.</p> <p>Unfortunately, instead of counting how many basketball hoops I passed on my drive, I noticed how many people set up their basketball hoops improperly.&nbsp; I pass this particular basketball hoop in the photo on my way to take my son to preschool everyday and it just makes me cringe.&nbsp; It reminds me of one of those children’s coloring book games where you are supposed to find and circle all of the things wrong in the picture.&nbsp; This photo has so many things wrong, it’s too scary to count!</p> <p>First of all, it’s not a Lifetime basketball hoop… and that’s just wrong in itself.&nbsp;&nbsp;:)&nbsp; Ok, all kidding aside, whether it is a <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime basketball hoop" href="http://www.lifehttp//" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoop</a> or not, this basketball hoop is completely unsafe for multiple reasons. I know even Lifetime’s competitors do not advocate or support setting up a basketball hoop in this manner.&nbsp; </p> <p><a class="" title="lifetime portable basektball hoop details" href="">Portable basketball hoops</a> are a great invention.&nbsp; You can take them with you if you move, they are easy to “install”, and you can relocate them if necessary.&nbsp; The bases are made to be filled with sand or water to weigh down the base and keep the system from tipping.&nbsp; But, let me be completely honest with you…even though they are labeled as “portable”, they are actually really heavy and don’t move very easily when they are full!&nbsp;&nbsp; Reality check - your 10-year-old is definitely not going to be able to simply tip the basketball hoop over when it is filled and conveniently push it around the driveway and out of the way like it’s a vacuum cleaner.&nbsp; More honesty…yes, it’s difficult even for adults.&nbsp; The portability actually only becomes a true feature when the base is empty.&nbsp;&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; We want to keep you safe!&nbsp; We’ve done our homework.&nbsp; The systems are put through dozens of rigorous safety tests to determine how heavy the bases need to be to keep them from tipping.&nbsp; Unfortunately, too often, people simply lay bags of sand, cement blocks, or large rocks (like in the photo) on top of the base to weigh it down.&nbsp; (Ironically, lifting that huge rock is probably harder than moving the basketball hoop!)&nbsp; What if those “fixes” don’t weigh enough?&nbsp; What if they slide off?&nbsp; What if your kid tries to rebound the ball and falls on the cement block?&nbsp; At risk of sounding like your mother…the directions are there for a reason!&nbsp; Please follow the assembly&nbsp;instructions your manufacturer provided and fill the base with the appropriate amount of sand or water to prevent your hoop from tipping over.&nbsp; (If you have a <a class="" title="Lifetime basketball system details" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball system</a>, I&#39;ve made it easy to access your assembly instructions, just <a class="" title="Lifetime basketball assembly instructions" href="" target="_blank">click this link</a> and find your model.)&nbsp; And, furthermore, the hoop should be on a flat surface.&nbsp; As you can see in this photo, these people have even shimmied another rock under the front of the basketball hoop in an attempt to make it level.&nbsp; Better idea - take the extra time and necessary steps to level your ground by adding more dirt, pouring concrete, etc.</p> <p>Another sight that disheartens Lifetime employees is when we see basketball hoops set up for the city street to be the court area.&nbsp; Even if you think your street doesn’t have much traffic, you never know when a kid (or adult) may run to chase the ball and not notice an oncoming car. (This particular basketball hoop in the photo is in double danger since it’s actually on the corner of two streets!)&nbsp;&nbsp; Playing in the street puts both the basketball players and drivers in danger.&nbsp; And, if the hoops are actually placed directly on the street (rather than on a sidewalk or curb) they can be a driving hazard.&nbsp; Did you know for this very reason that some cities and subdivision Homeowner Associations actually have ordinances making it illegal to place your basketball hoop on the edge of the street?&nbsp; Save yourself some hassle and do some checking before you decide where to set up your hoop.</p> <p>Obviously, Lifetime encourages people to get out and play basketball.&nbsp; It’s a fun activity that promotes healthy lifestyles and brings families and neighborhoods together.&nbsp; But, we also encourage you to be smart and safe.&nbsp; When you set up your basketball hoop, be sure to find a secure place for your hoop and then follow the assembly instructions completely and properly.&nbsp; <br /></p>Jan15 Oct 2008 7:37:00 AMOur Lifetime Playset<p>What is better than a trip to the neighborhood park, where you listen to the children shrill with delight while they swing, hang from monkey bars, and slide down the slides?&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Having your very own outdoor play system with all this and more in your own backyard.<br />Last fall, we invested in a <a title="Lifetime Play Systems" href="" target="_blank">BigStuff Adventure Hard Roof Play System</a>, made by <a title="" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>, for my in-laws backyard.&nbsp; Our children get to spend a few afternoons each week at their grandma&rsquo;s house, fortunately for them, their grandma and grandpa have a large yard and there was a perfect spot in one corner of the property for a play set.&nbsp; The system is free standing so I didn&rsquo;t have to worry about anchoring the system to the ground.&nbsp; However, for safety reasons, I did excavate out about 6 inches of topsoil out of the play area and filled it in with bark so the children would have a soft play surface.&nbsp; Our kids and their cousins just love it!&nbsp; <img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br />Having your own backyard play set is really convenient. It&nbsp;lets your&nbsp;children&nbsp;to play outside at home instead of going to the park alone or waiting until you can take them. It also allows you to step outside after dinner and spend an hour of quality time with your children, swinging and sliding with them in your own backyard.<img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br />Sometimes children get bored around the house.&nbsp; Outdoor play sets, especially large ones with lots of exciting features like ours, entertain my children for hours on end with wholesome fun, and helps keep the house clean.&nbsp; Believe it or not, even in Utah, where we can have our fair share of snow, the play set is used routinely at least nine or ten months out of the year.&nbsp; The <a title="Learn about powder coating" href="" target="_blank">powder-coated metal</a> and <a title="Learn about HDPE" href="" target="_blank">polyethylene plastic</a> (HDPE)&nbsp;play set has been very durable and maintenance free.&nbsp; We are really glad that we got it for the kids.</p>Jason09 Oct 2008 12:42:00 PMOn the Drive Home<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="" alt="" width="285" height="286" />After writing <a title="Memory of a Lifetime" href="">my last post</a> about my first encounter with a&nbsp; <a title="Lifetime Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball System</a>, I started thinking about how many other people probably had a similar experience as mine. In fact, on my drive home from work last week, I decided to count how many basketball systems there were, and how many of them were from Lifetime. In my short 10 miles from work to home, I counted 60 basketball hoops along my path, and out of those, close to 80% of them were made by Lifetime! So I&rsquo;m guessing that many have had an experience similar to mine.</p> <p>If you do, I&rsquo;d love to hear about it! In fact, while looking for the <a title="Jordan VS. Bird McDonalds Commercial" href="" target="_blank">Jordan vs. Bird commercial</a> a couple of weeks ago, I ran across video of some guys creating some pretty cool memories of their own on a Lifetime System. Check them out here:&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank">Backyard Basketball</a></p>admin29 Sep 2008 7:30:00 AMWeigh Anchor and Hoist the Mizzen!<p>Ahoy There, Me Hearties!&nbsp; If you like to navigate shrewdly, fight recklessly and pillage mercilessly.&nbsp; I have the perfect board game for you.&nbsp;<img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>One of the many uses we get out of our <a class="" title="BuyLifetime Square Tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Card Table</a> and our <a class="" title="Lifetime Folding Chairs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Folding Chairs</a> is using them for a convenient gaming table.&nbsp; The card table is handy for board games where access to the board is necessary.&nbsp; It’s small enough that you do not have to stretch across the table to draw a card or move a token.&nbsp; This also allows us to use the dining table for the dining portion of the evening and the game can be already set-up ready to go instead of waiting to clear and clean the dining table.&nbsp; The dining table can also be reserved to host a large array of desserts and treats.&nbsp; One of our favorite board games is called “<a class="" title="Pirates Cove" href="" target="_blank">Pirates Cove</a>”.&nbsp; </p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Your objective in Pirates Cove is to battle for the rights to plunder and become the most famed and feared pirate in the world by collecting “fame” points.&nbsp; You will gain fame points by winning battles; burying gold and treasure; and bragging about your exploits at the Tavern. The game has 12 turns and at the start of every turn, each pirate must decide (secretly) which of the 6 islands they will visit. Each island offers various amounts of treasure and game resources; each island also offers an opportunity to upgrade a specific section of your ship, which is vital when fighting the other pirates for the booty.&nbsp; If any two or more players end up at the same island, a combat with the dice ensues.&nbsp; The battles are straight forward and a player can choose to flee to Pirate&#39;s Cove rather than fight when it is their turn to fire.&nbsp; The last remaining pirate wins the booty for that island. <br />Pirates Cove is a great family game for both adults and children over the age of eight.&nbsp; You need between 3 to 5 players to play.&nbsp; The playing time is 60-90 minutes.&nbsp; If you are feeling extra adventurous, consider making a theme night out of it.&nbsp; Invite everyone to dress as pirates, enjoy dinner and snacks, play Pirates Cove and possible end with your favorite swashbuckling blockbuster.&nbsp; Best of luck to ye!<br /></p>Jason17 Sep 2008 4:48:00 PMIt’s National Play-doh Day!<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Bet you didn’t know it’s <a class="" title="National Play-doh Day details" href="" target="_blank">National Play-doh Day</a> today, did you?&nbsp; Not exactly sure why I know, I guess I just stumbled across it online somehow.&nbsp; I’m also not sure what you’re supposed to do on National Play-doh Day and who even recognizes or sponsors it.&nbsp; But, in honor of National Play-doh Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post of picture of my son playing with…yep, you guessed it…<a class="" title="Where to buy Play-doh" href="" target="_blank">Play-doh</a>!&nbsp;&nbsp;:)&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>Kids love Play-doh. Parents love the idea of fun, quiet, creative play…but, deep down, most of us hate the mess it makes and detest the fact that the stuff dries out after just a few months no matter how tightly you put on the lid!&nbsp; A lot of my friends only let their kids use Play-doh outside so they don’t have to worry about cleaning up those gazallion little rice-sized pieces that get dropped on the floor.&nbsp; I’m not that hard-core, but I do insist that it is an in-the-kitchen toy so I only have to worry about vacuuming the tile and not the carpet. (Although Play-doh smooshed in grout isn’t too fun to clean either!)&nbsp; </p> <p>Usually, I let Nathan use Play-doh at the kitchen table, especially now that he’s tall enough to sit on the grown-up chairs.&nbsp; But, back when he was smaller, I’d just pull out our Lifetime Personal Table and let him go to town.&nbsp; And even nowadays, if I’m trying to get dinner ready and don’t want to have to clean up Play-doh to set the dinner table, I’ll still pull out the <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a>.&nbsp; It actually works quite well since it adjusts in height so I can make it low enough for him to sit or stand.&nbsp; So many of those Play-doh press toys require lots of “leverage” that you can only get if you are pressing down from a standing height so a short table is better than our kitchen table anyway.&nbsp; (I usually set the Personal Table at the <a class="" title="Lifetime Personal Table details" href="" target="_blank">24” height</a>.)&nbsp; </p> <p>The other day, Nathan was using Play-doh on the Lifetime table and dinner was ready.&nbsp; He was excited because he didn’t have to put away his creations to eat dinner!&nbsp; After dinner, he immediately went back to making snakes, rolling out make-believe pizzas, and designing fabulous jewelry for me to wear.&nbsp; </p> <p>Clean up is a cinch on the Lifetime table (although I still dread doing it!).&nbsp; The Play-doh wipes right off the plastic and doesn’t get smeared in the wood grain or in the table-leaf cracks like it does on our kitchen table.&nbsp; </p> <p>One more thing.&nbsp; If you’re like me, your Play-doh creative juices are about as dried up as your Play-doh and you can’t bear to roll out yet another snake!&nbsp; So, try some of these fun, new design ideas I found on <a class="" href="" target="_blank">Hasbro’s Fresh Idea Gallery</a>.</p> <p>Happy National Play-Doh Day!</p>Jan16 Sep 2008 6:18:00 AMFree Picnic Table Rides?!<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="/imagecache/blog/Picnic table rides.jpg" alt="" />This picture just made me laugh and it begged to be blogged about for an explanation.&nbsp; When you live in the country, fun often comes in strange and crazy forms.&nbsp; This summer, my city-raised son experienced yet another new adventure at Mammy and Papa&rsquo;s house in the country&hellip;picnic table rides!&nbsp; (Yes, you read that right&hellip;not pony rides, but picnic table rides.)&nbsp; Ok, probably not the most exciting thing in the world or his most memorable experience, but it was different to say the least.</p> <p>Remember <a title="Back When I Was A Kid..." href="">last post</a> I was talking about how easy it is to move my parents&rsquo; <a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4-person picnic table</a> compared to the wooden A-frame picnic table we had when I was a kid?&nbsp; My parents did in fact get rid of the small wooden A-frame table and now use their <a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4-person picnic table</a> for daily use by the pond.&nbsp; But, what I didn&rsquo;t mention is that they are still hoarding two more picnic tables that aren&rsquo;t Lifetime!&nbsp; I know, I know.&nbsp; I wish I could say it&rsquo;s not true, but it is.&nbsp; Sigh.</p> <p>If my parents have big family or neighborhood picnics and need more eating space, Dad will pull (and yes, I literally mean PULL) out their old, heavy, long picnic tables.&nbsp; The things are HUGE&hellip;.8' long, made out of 2&rdquo; thick wood planks bolted to steel legs.&nbsp; Simple translation&hellip;HEAVY!&nbsp;&nbsp; So heavy that he literally ties a rope around them (look closely, you can see the red ropes in the photo) and pulls them with a lawn mower to get them from the barn (where he stores them) to the yard&hellip;which is when my son decided to hop on for a free ride.&nbsp; The old tables are in somewhat good condition and since&nbsp;my parents&nbsp;live in the country with a large barn, storage isn&rsquo;t a huge problem.&nbsp; So, needless to say, my parents have been reluctant to get rid of the heavy tables even though Dad has to repaint them every few years despite keeping them stored inside the barn during the winter.</p> <p>Well, at least the heavy tables made for a fun ride for my son!&nbsp; But, my point (yes, I really do have one) is that if my parents would simply buy the <a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 8-person picnic table</a> and get rid of those other contraptions, they definitely wouldn&rsquo;t have to use a mower to move them anymore!&nbsp; Since my parents already have a Lifetime picnic table, they are well aware of how lightweight and maintenance-free Lifetime picnic&nbsp;tables are&hellip;and that they even <a title="Lifetime picnic table details" href="" target="_blank">fold flat</a> for easy storage and transportation.&nbsp; (Hint, hint.)&nbsp; But, well, hmmmm.&nbsp; There are just too many clich&eacute;s that can be applied to this saga&hellip;"old habits die hard"&hellip;."if it ain&rsquo;t broke, don&rsquo;t fix it"&hellip;."a penny saved is a penny earned".&nbsp; Etc.&nbsp; So, until those old tables really fall to pieces, I suppose the picnic table rides will continue.&nbsp; But, for those of you who don&rsquo;t have the luxury (er, desire) to move your picnic table with your lawn mower, lesson learned &ndash; just buy a Lifetime table the first time and save yourself a lot of trouble!&nbsp;:)</p> <p>&nbsp;Have your own story about the crazy ways you struggle to move heavy tables?&nbsp; Do share, I&rsquo;d love to hear!</p>Jan09 Sep 2008 9:33:00 AMLifetime folding chairs<p><a title="Lifetime folding chairs" href="" target="_blank"><img title="Lifetime folding chairs" style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;border-left:0px;border-bottom:0px;" height="132" alt="Lifetime folding chairs" src="" width="377" border="0" /></a> </p> <p><a title="Lifetime folding chairs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime folding chairs</a> are comfortable, portable, and durable. The curved surface of <a title="Lifetime folding chairs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime folding chairs</a> are ergonomically contoured to fit the human body, making sitting much more comfortable than in those hard metal folding chairs. The lightweight folding design of <a title="Lifetime folding chairs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime folding chairs</a> makes these <a href="" target="_blank">folding chairs</a> much more portable and easy to set up. </p> <p><a title="Lifetime folding chairs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime folding chairs</a> are available individually or in bulk-discount packages, all with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Joe03 Mar 2008 9:08:00 AM