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 Feb 2018 5:07:10 PMLifetime365en-usGarbage Stinks. Compost Doesn’t.http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356380/garbage-stinks-compost-doesnthttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356380/garbage-stinks-compost-doesnt<img src='http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Composter Banner.jpg' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />Compost your clippings!<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Composter.jpg" alt="Composter.jpg" width="250" height="250" />I had the very unpleasant experience recently of dumping excess lawn clippings directly into my garbage can. The can set out in the sun for a few days before I brought it into the garage. A few days later, WHOA! The can smelled like a skunk had stepped in dog doo-doo, rolled around in raw sewage, and then died in there. I was reminded once again, that lawn clippings should not go directly into the garbage can!</p> <p>I have a composter and do a fair amount of composting. To which, I add lawn clippings when I have brown material to balance it out. The ratio is 1 part green: 20 parts brown.&nbsp; I am often asked by people who don&rsquo;t compost if the compost stinks. The answer is no. That sounds strange because of the waste product that goes into making good compost, but it&rsquo;s true. If the proportions of green and brown material are right the compost won&rsquo;t stink. When done &ldquo;cooking,&rdquo; the compost just smells like earthy dirt.</p> <p>Nothing like putting clippings in the garbage can! My advice, compost your clippings so they don&rsquo;t stink up your garbage!</p>Darrin04 Sep 2014 1:14:07 PMThe Official Kick-Off of Summerhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356375/the-official-kick-off-of-summerhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356375/the-official-kick-off-of-summer<img src='http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Picnic Table Banner.jpg' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />Pull out the grill, cook up some food, and watch some fireworks!<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/LGPT_60030_0813_041.JPG" alt="LGPT_60030_0813_041.JPG" width="250" height="167" />The Fourth of July holiday will shortly be upon us; the holiday that seems to be the official launch of summer, sunburns, and water fights.</p> <p>With all the fun comes parades, BBQs, family reunions&mdash;the things we look forward to all year long. Whatever the event, you&rsquo;re going to need seating and Lifetime has what you need.</p> <p>One of my favorites is the <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/6-foot-picnic-tables">Lifetime 6-Foot Picnic Table</a>. This sturdy table has been on my patio for years. Although it&rsquo;s foldable for storage, I rarely put it away during the winter and it still looks great. The kids use it for projects, birthday parties, and general mess making (as you know how kids are). But with a quick wipe-down or spray from the hose it looks good enough to use at the family or neighborhood BBQ celebration.</p> <p>Now&rsquo;s the time to pull out the grill, cook up some great food, watch some fireworks, and enjoy the holiday!</p>Darrin24 Jun 2014 3:40:37 PMDear Family – a Letter from Dadhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356371/dear-family--a-letter-from-dadhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356371/dear-family--a-letter-from-dad<p>Bill Cosby had it right. Yes, many of us dads are the &ldquo;fun ones,&rdquo; the &ldquo;jokesters,&rdquo; and the &ldquo;dress up dolls.&rdquo; There are fathers all over the world &ldquo;who get things they can&rsquo;t use and . . . don&rsquo;t want.&rdquo; With Father&rsquo;s Day coming up I wanted to offer some suggestions for things that Dad actually wants:</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/storage/other-storage/storage-box">Deck Box</a>. Give dad a Lifetime Deck Box so he has somewhere to quickly put away all of the kid&rsquo;s toys left on the lawn. Keep them safe so he doesn't hit them with the lawn mower anymore. So, really . . . it&rsquo;s a gift that keeps giving.&nbsp; <br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Another light-up, pink, paisley, or superhero tie. It&rsquo;s just another burp rag for the baby to spit up on.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; New <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings">shed</a> to store all the yard tools in.&nbsp;You know you all keep telling us to put the tools away.<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; &ldquo;Cute&rdquo; stuffed animal driver cover to hang on his golf bag. In case you haven&rsquo;t forgotten, we&rsquo;re not perpetual 6-year-olds. We&rsquo;re men! *grunt*</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings/horizontal">Horizontal shed</a> to store the kid&rsquo;s bikes in &ndash; and get them out of the garage. The more organization, the better, right?<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; One of those visors with fake hair attached to it. Bald is beautiful.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/water-sports">Kayak</a> or <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/water-sports/paddleboards">paddleboard</a> for taking to the lake. Everybody wins!<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Nose hair trimmer. Well, not unless we ask for it. We&rsquo;re not complete animals. Besides, it&rsquo;s not nose hair, it&rsquo;s part of my mustache and mustaches are manly.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/lawn-garden/picnic-tables">Picnic table</a> for serving his masterfully cooked BBQ. We&rsquo;ll gladly give all you moms a night off from cooking. <br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Car Wax. Believe me, we have plenty.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/sporting-goods/basketball">Basketball hoop</a>. Again . . . it&rsquo;s for the kids . . . really.<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Coffee mug. We appreciate the &ldquo;World&rsquo;s Greatest Dad&rdquo; compliment, but we're still bying for the World's Greatest NBA player title.</p> <p>Take a look at the clock. It's 4:00 and the clubs are still open! Head over to pick up one of our great Lifetime products for Dad this year, and let him know just how much you love him.<br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Lnr3r5ZTpbI" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>Darrin10 Jun 2014 3:24:06 PMI Love My New Garden Caddyhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356341/i-love-my-new-garden-caddyhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356341/i-love-my-new-garden-caddy<p>Gone are the days of having to load up my wheelbarrow or other container with tools from the shed, only to arrive at the spot in my yard I am working on and not have what I need. You know how it is&mdash;you end up spending half of your time in the yard going back and forth to the shed to get what you forgot the first time. That is, providing you can find it in the shed. Because if you&rsquo;re like me, you haven&rsquo;t organized your tools very well, either.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Garden%20Caddy.jpg" alt="Garden Caddy.jpg" width="250" height="250" />I used to go back and forth, getting the stuff I needed before I was able to get to work. And when I was working I would inevitably set down one tool somewhere to use another, and then forget where I put the first tool. On one occasion, not exaggerating here, I was working with a rake. Two different times after I had laid the rake down, I stepped on it and had it swing up to hit me in the face. Yep, happened twice during the same project.</p> <p>With the Lifetime Garden Caddy, you face is safe, and you can save your energy for actually accomplishing something in your garden rather than going back and forth to your shed. The Lifetime Garden Caddy holds your tools in a neat and convenient way. The caddy has wheels that allow you to take all the tools you are going to need for a project with you at the same time. Once you have used the tool, you put it back into its spot on the caddy, so you don&rsquo;t lose it in the grass or dirt, or leave it out by mistake for the sprinklers to rust. The caddy goes with you and so do your tools. When you are done, and tired from all of the productivity in your garden, you don&rsquo;t have to worry about reorganizing your tools, or just throwing them, in the shed. Just wheel the caddy into the shed and they are ready to go for the next project.</p> <p>The Lifetime Garden Caddy also has a place to hold your five-gallon bucket so everything you need is kept neatly in one spot.</p> <p>Check out the Lifetime Garden Caddy. You can find it at Sam&rsquo;s Club.</p> <p>Your tools, and your face, will thank you for it!</p>Darrin16 May 2013 9:20:22 AMBe One of the First 10 Customers and Get 25% Off the Lifetime Garden Caddy!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356340/be-one-of-the-first-10-customers-and-get-25-off-the-lifetime-garden-caddyhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356340/be-one-of-the-first-10-customers-and-get-25-off-the-lifetime-garden-caddy<p><br />We're welcoming spring with an amazing deal on our new <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60094.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Garden Caddy</a>. Be one of the first 10 customers to order this handy Garden Caddy from <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">buylifetime.com</a> and get 25% off the regular price. This is the only tool organizer you will need for all your lawn &amp; garden tools. It not only keeps your tools organized and easy to find in storage, but it's designed with wheels so you can roll it with you to different projects around your yard, even over bumpy, uneven terrain. No more struggling to lug various tools from flowerbed to vegetable garden to potted plants on the patio!</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60094.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Garden Caddy</a> is constructed from heavy-duty polyethylene (HDPE) with a strong steel frame. It's lightweight, easy to maneuver, and designed to hold 7 long-handled garden tools. There's also a convenient tray for holding smaller items. A bungee cord for securing a bucket to the base is included as well. This handy caddy can hold up to 100 lbs. Just load it up and roll it out!</p> <p>If you're one of the first 10 customers to enter the special code, &ldquo;gardencaddy&rdquo;, at the Check Out point of your online purchase, you will receive a generous 25% off the regular price. If you would like assistance in making your online purchase, please contact our sales representatives at 1 800 424 3865 or email <a href="mailto:buy@lifetime.com">buy@lifetime.com</a> and they will be happy to help you.</p> <p><br />&nbsp;</p>admin13 May 2013 10:45:00 AMKeep Your Tools Organized With a Lifetime Shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356337/keep-your-tools-organized-with-a-lifetime-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356337/keep-your-tools-organized-with-a-lifetime-shed<p>At dinner with some friends this weekend we got talking about my job at Lifetime. <img src="/imagecache/blog/10x8_Shed.jpg" alt="10x8_Shed.jpg" width="225" height="225" />One of my friends said, &ldquo;Lifetime makes a lot of cool stuff.&rdquo;</p> <p>There is a reason I have started my seventh year here at the company&hellip; because I agree.&nbsp; We do make a lot of cool stuff. Working in the Lawn &amp; Garden category these past six years, I have seen a lot of new products. But the core of the category has always been our sheds. In fact, it was an idea to create a shed that launched the category, and thus, my job!</p> <p>One of the neatest innovations in our family of sheds, in my opinion, has been our 10x8 and 15x8 line. These sheds have proven to be very popular. One of the great things about them is the way they allow you to organize your stuff. With the entry on the long side, you can compartmentalize between right and left halves of the shed. This means that when you need something at the back you don&rsquo;t have to unload everything to get to it. You can leave a walkway down the middle and put say, lawn stuff on the right side and storage on the left.</p> <p>These sheds are not only practical but look good too. You can check out our latest version of our 10x8-foot sheds at your local Sam&rsquo;s Club.</p> <p>It has been a great six years and I am looking forward to many more, with great new Lawn &amp; Garden products.</p>Darrin02 May 2013 4:22:14 PMOvernight Kayak Adventureshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356336/overnight-kayak-adventureshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356336/overnight-kayak-adventures<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_8510_small.jpg" 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="http://store.lifetime.com/products/blt/kayaks/emotion-kayak-accessories/default.aspx" 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="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/TCTB_80305_0313_141.jpg" 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="http://www.lifetime.com/water-sports/Kayaks" 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/www.emotionkayaks.com" target="_blank">Emotion Kayaks</a>.<img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_8480_small.jpg" 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="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/recreation-tables" target="_blank">Camping Table</a>,&nbsp;<a title="Camping Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-80309.aspx" target="_blank">Camping Bench</a>, <a title="Kids Picnic Table" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/kids-picnic-tables" target="_blank">Kids Picnic Table</a>, and our&nbsp;<a title="Tent Trailer" href="http://www.lifetime.com/trailers/lifetime-tent-trailer" 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 PMRelax This Summer!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356335/relax-this-summerhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356335/relax-this-summer<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/Adirondack%20Chair.JPG" alt="Adirondack Chair.JPG" width="250" height="167" />So the first few weeks of Spring are fun to work in the yard&hellip;then, reality hits, and I remember how yard work can be a lot of hard work! One of my favorite products we sell is our Adirondack chair.</p> <p>This chair is perfect for chillin&rsquo; after pulling weeds and planting flowers. Made from Polystyrene &ndash; a big word for a type of plastic that is made to look and feel like wood &ndash; this chair is great looking! It is low to the ground and has a slight recline so it&rsquo;s nice and comfortable. The wood-like material is stain resistant, and holds up well in the sun. It looks like wooden furniture, but you won&rsquo;t have to stain it every year.</p> <p>You can find our Adirondack chairs at your local Costco.</p> <p>A word of caution&hellip;when you tell your spouse you&rsquo;ll be out weeding, don&rsquo;t let her find you sleeping in your Adirondack chair&hellip;been there, done that, and the outcome wasn&rsquo;t so good.</p> <p>Happy gardening!</p>Darrin26 Apr 2013 11:24:50 AMDare We Hope?http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356330/dare-we-hopehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356330/dare-we-hope<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Bistro.jpg" alt="Bistro.jpg" width="250" height="250" />Today, here in Utah, it&rsquo;s warm and sunny. Buds on my flowers and trees are starting to emerge. Snow is harder and harder to find. Dare we hope that Spring has arrived?</p> <p>I love being outside, and look forward to preparing the yard for summertime. Part of that preparation for me this year is getting a new table for the deck. Our previous table was given to us and we learned the hard way that it isn&rsquo;t snow and water friendly.&nbsp; Basically the table top is sitting in a heap of rubble on the deck.&nbsp;</p> <p>My wife and I like to hide from the kids and have breakfast outside. So I think this year I am going to get the <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/outdoor-furniture/patio-furniture/60074">Lifetime Bistro Set</a>. If you haven&rsquo;t seen this yet, it&rsquo;s pretty nice. Made from Polystyrene, which is a type of plastic that looks like wood, this table is definitely snow and water friendly. It comes with a table and two chairs.</p> <p>Since it&rsquo;s a Bistro-style table I&rsquo;ll also need something bigger for the Summer barbeques, so I&rsquo;m thinking about a <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/6-foot-picnic-tables/60030">Lifetime Picnic Table</a>. The table I have in mind looks similar to a traditional wooden picnic table, with wide flat legs and attached benches, but is made from HDPE, also a type of plastic, and powder-coated steel, which make it weather resistant. This table has an umbrella hole built in too.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/w-frame.jpg" alt="w-frame.jpg" width="250" height="193" />Both these tables fold up for storage, but I will probably just leave them out, since we often get sunny days here in Utah in the winter, and we have been known to be outside eating breakfast bundled up in our winter coats. Also, because of how they are made, the Utah winter won&rsquo;t do to them what it did to my current table.</p> <p>Good luck with your Spring gardening preparations. If in your preparations you find you need some new tables, check these two out at Costco or online at<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60074.aspx"> buylifetime.com</a>.</p>Darrin01 Apr 2013 12:16:43 PMCongratulations to Our Three Winners!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356328/congratulations-to-our-three-winnershttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356328/congratulations-to-our-three-winners<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/This%20Contest%20Has%20Ended.jpg" alt="This Contest Has Ended.jpg" width="250" height="200" />Spring is in full swing and three lucky winners will get the help of a brand new Garden Caddy in their yard!</p> <p>We'll be giving each of the three winners of this month's giveaway their own Lifetime <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/garden-caddy/60094" target="_blank">Garden Caddy</a>. This versatile caddy is perfect for hauling tools around the yard. As most of you stressed, the ability to keep your tools organized, and easily accessible is a huge benefit of the Garden Caddy.</p> <p>Congratulations to our winners:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>&bull;&nbsp;Amanda V. &ndash; Miami, FL</strong></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>&bull;&nbsp;Camille K. - Layton, UT</strong></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>&bull;&nbsp;Kelly S. &ndash; Penn Laird, VA</strong></span></p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. If you weren't a winner but would still like to own a Lifetime Garden Caddy, you can find them at your local Sam&rsquo;s Club or at <a title="Lifetime Store" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60094.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime&rsquo;s online store</a>.</p>Zach29 Mar 2013 1:17:36 PMWin a Lifetime Garden Caddyhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356326/win-a-lifetime-garden-caddyhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356326/win-a-lifetime-garden-caddy<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Garden_Caddy.jpg" alt="Garden_Caddy.jpg" width="250" height="250" />This giveaway had ended.</strong>&nbsp;</span>Spring is finally starting to show up and give us hope for a warmer world! It's funny how by late Fall I am tired of yard work, but by Spring, I am itching to get out there and pull some weeds. Like for many of you, it seems to me that the yard projects never end. This season, we at Lifetime are excited to announce another innovative product to help you get those yard chores done. The Lifetime Garden Caddy.</p> <p>Here is how my typical time working in the yard is spent: I go to my Lifetime Shed and pull out my Lifetime Wheel Barrow. Then I climb, fall, and otherwise search for the tools I am going to need for my project throughout my shed. To carry them all to the worksite I put them in my wheel barrow usually losing the shovel or other tool along the way. Finally ready to work, I empty out the tools from the wheel barrow to find I have forgotten something back at the shed and have to go back and get it. While working, I step on the rake a few times which is lying on the ground and get smacked in the face (think cartoon reality). Once my job is finished, I have to load up all my tools again and haul them back to the shed to find random places to put them. This, after I am hot and tired from the work just accomplished. Oh, and by the way, I find out a few days later after the sprinklers have been on, I left a pair of clippers lying in the grass which are now starting to rust. Sound familiar?!?</p> <p>Well, no more! Lifetime has come up with yet another innovation to help you get more done quickly and effectively so you can enjoy your yard, not just work in it. The Lifetime Garden Caddy is designed to hold up to&nbsp;7 long handled tools as well as smaller tools and gloves all in one convientent easy-to-take-with-you place. The Lifetime Garden Caddy organizes your tools so they are always ready to use. The caddy is sturdy enough to pull through the grass to your worksite so you&rsquo;ll know you have all the tools you need together in one place. It even has a 5-gallon bucket holder so you have a place to put all those weeds you are pulling.</p> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve finished with a tool, just put it back in its slot on the caddy and you won't have to move it again - or leave it lying in the grass. The Lifetime Garden caddy then easily wheels back to your shed to keep your tools organized for the next use. Done and done.</p> <p>This month Lifetime is giving away Three Garden Caddies. To enter to win, send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> (with the subject &ldquo;Garden Caddy Giveaway&rdquo;) and let us know about your gardening tool frustrations. And if you could make it easier on yourself, what time savers would you like to see (wands don&rsquo;t count)? And let us know what Lifetime Products you currently own that already take the pressure off!</p> <p>For&nbsp;additional entries, "Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on Facebook.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry. Also, Follow us on Twitter @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "I need this Lifetime Garden Caddy that @Lifetime365 is giving away for Spring! <a class="bitmark-shortlink" href="http://bit.ly/ZUIPQK"><span class="protocol">http://</span>bit.ly/ZUIPQK</a>" to receive one bonus entry.</p> <p>The contest begins Friday, March 15, 2013 and will end Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:00 Midnight MDT.&nbsp; We'll announce three random winners on Friday, March 29, 2013. (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; Click <a title="Rules" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank">here</a> for complete contest rules.) So good luck, and happy gardening!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Darrin15 Mar 2013 8:01:00 AMThe Newest Lifetime Shed Family Memberhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356325/the-newest-lifetime-shed-family-memberhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356325/the-newest-lifetime-shed-family-member<p>I&rsquo;m excited to talk about our new shed that we have been busy working on over the past few months. We have designed a new size with some fresh new features.</p> <p>Through customer research, we learned that you, our awesome consumers, like the width of our 8-foot wide family of sheds, but some of you just don't have the space for a deep shed like our 8x10 or 8x12.5.</p> <p>This new shed is 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep!</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/LGOS_60091_0912_027.JPG" alt="8' x 6' Shed" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>The shed also has a new look with vertical siding and windows in the doors. It has corner trim to make the colors pop and look good in your yard. We&rsquo;ve also added a skylight that runs the full depth of the shed to allow natural light in so you can more easily see your stuff. Also, this new shed comes with shelving to help you organize your bug spray, weed killer, and whatever else you want to store.</p> <p>With our new design this shed is even easier for you and friend or neighbor to build. We have a unique steel channel system that makes construction a snap, but will keep the shed strong and durable.</p> <p>Check out this innovative new shed. You can find it at Costco Warehouses.</p>Darrin20 Feb 2013 1:34:11 PMWinter Composting Tipshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356320/winter-composting-tipshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356320/winter-composting-tips<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Winter%20composting.jpg" alt="Winter composting.jpg" width="225" height="150" />With winter in full-swing, that does not mean you need to quit composting. Composting in the winter and cold temperatures is still possible with these helpful tips:</p> <ul> <li>Keep your composter in the sun as much as possible. This is probably the same place you have had it all summer, but with the angle of the sun changing as it does during the winter, you may need to take another look and adjust the placement of your <a title="about Lifetime composters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter</a>.</li> <li>For winter composting, keeping your compost a little on the dry side may also help. This can be achieved by modifying your typical brown versus green ratios to a little more heavy on brown.</li> <li>Moisture in the compost mix is necessary but too much will freeze and slow down the helpful composting bacteria, or put these bacteria into hibernation. So, a touch dryer during the winter is better.</li> <li>Mass: Winter composting happens more effectively when you have more compost material in your Lifetime Composter. The bigger the mass the more heat that is generated and retained to keep those bacteria going. Since you probably won&rsquo;t be using your compost until spring, building up the compost material mass should be fairly easy.</li> </ul> <p>What types of things can you compost during the winter? The same stuff you do during the summer!&nbsp; However, since we typically generate a lot of trash during the winter because of the holidays, remember a majority of your holiday trash can actually be saved to make great compost. Here is a list of items you&rsquo;ll probably have laying around this time of year that provide lots of great compost material that you can easily add to your Lifetime Composter.</p> <p><br /><strong><span style="color: #339966;">DO</span></strong> put in your composter:</p> <ul> <li>Wrapping paper - Use only non-foil, non-glossy papers.&nbsp; Be sure to remove any ribbons and tape.&nbsp;&nbsp; Tear or shred paper then add it to your composter gradually to maintain a good green/brown balance.&nbsp; (Paper is considered a brown material.)</li> <li>Empty wrapping paper tubes</li> <li>Tissue paper</li> <li>Cardboard boxes</li> <li>Hanging price tags - remove the plastic tabs first</li> <li>Christmas dinner table scraps &ndash; do not add animal fats, gravy, meats, cheeses, or bones to your composter</li> <li>Napkins</li> <li>Paper plates</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">Don't</span></strong> put in your composter:</p> <ul> <li>Foil, glossy, or metallic wrapping papers</li> <li>Ribbons and bows</li> <li>Evergreen garland and wreaths</li> <li>Christmas trees</li> </ul> <p>Evergreen garlands, wreaths, and Christmas trees all contain chemicals in the needles which kill the bacteria necessary for the composting process in a compost tumbler.</p> <p>Be patient with your winter composting. The composting process happens more slowly with less heat. Also, don&rsquo;t forget to rotate your <a title="buy a Lifetime composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/outdoorproducts/composters/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter</a> at least twice a week to keep it aerated. This might not be something you look forward to when it is cold outside, but just think about the beautiful <a title="about Lifetime Raised Garden Beds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/raised-garden-bed" target="_blank">garden</a> your effort will create in the springtime.</p>Darrin14 Dec 2012 9:00:00 AMTwo Compost Bins, One Lucky Winner!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356315/two-compost-bins-one-lucky-winnerhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356315/two-compost-bins-one-lucky-winner<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/dual%20composter.jpg" alt="dual composter.jpg" width="225" height="225" />Squirrels, and mice, and bears - oh my!&nbsp; Several of you who entered our giveaway this month mentioned that you would like your next composter to be pest-proof.&nbsp; Well, good news!&nbsp; All <a title="about Lifetime composters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters" target="_blank">Lifetime Composters</a> are already pest-proof!&nbsp; That's right.&nbsp; We've made it difficult for little pests to climb onto Lifetime Compost Tumblers by raising them off the ground.&nbsp; Our lids securely latch tight to keep the pests out and compost in. &nbsp;And, the double-walled, high-density polyethylene shell prevents rodents - and even bears - from making holes in Lifetime Composters. Yes, I said BEARS!&nbsp; Check out one of our <a title="A pest-proof composter blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/355974/a-pest-proof-and-bear-proof-composter" target="_blank">previous blog posts</a> that shows pictures from actual customers who have had their <a title="Lifetime Composter Survives Bear Attack blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356239/another-lifetime-composter-survives-a-bear-attack" target="_blank">Lifetime Composters survive bear attacks</a>!</p> <p>So, we can happily check "pest-proof" of our list for our next composter design.&nbsp; But, we'll certainly be looking at ways to integrate a lot of the other ideas and feedback you suggested. Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas and entered this month's giveaway for a <a title="about Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters/60072" target="_blank">Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler</a>. Congratulations to <strong>Thomas C. from Pittsburgh, PA</strong> who was the lucky random winner.&nbsp; If you weren't the winner, you can still purchase your own Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler in the <a title="buy Lifetime Composters" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/outdoorproducts/composters/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a>.&nbsp; And, don't forget to check out our <a title="buy Lifetime 50-gallon composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60076.aspx" target="_blank">50-gallon</a>, <a title="buy Lifetime 65-gallon composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60028.aspx" target="_blank">65-gallon</a>, and <a title="buy 80-gallon Lifetime composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60021.aspx" target="_blank">80-gallon</a> single bin models, too.</p> <p>'Tis the giving season.&nbsp; And, since next week is December already that means we'll be starting our final giveaway of 2012 VERY soon!&nbsp;</p>Jan29 Nov 2012 3:00:00 PMWin a Lifetime Dual Compost Tumblerhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356313/win-a-lifetime-dual-compost-tumblerhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356313/win-a-lifetime-dual-compost-tumbler<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><a title="winner announcement blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356315/two-compost-bins-one-lucky-winner" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/November%202012%20contest%20ended.jpg" alt="November 2012 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>This giveaway has ended.</strong></span> It's composting season.&nbsp;Yes, technically, every day is composting season. But fall, in particular, is a great time to really <a title="How to Compost video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suROpfP5hXQ&amp;list=PL0B61052A34D84034&amp;index=3&amp;feature=plpp_video" target="_blank">build up your compost</a>.&nbsp;You can add the leaves you rake up in your yard, the dead plants from your garden and landscaping, the wood ashes from your fireplace, the rotten Halloween jack-o-lanterns,&nbsp;and your kitchen scraps - including most of those unwanted leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner!</p> <p>So, today we are starting a giveaway for a <a title="about the Lifetime Dual Composter" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters/60072" target="_blank">Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler</a> to help get one random winner off to a great start with fall composting.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler is one of our <a title="blog post about new Lifetime Dual Composter" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356223/new-lifetime-dual-compost-tumbler-now-available" target="_self">newest</a> members of the <a title="see all Lifetime composters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters" target="_blank">Lifetime composter family</a>.&nbsp; It&nbsp;features two 50-gallon bins to efficiently and continuously batch compost.&nbsp;Simply&nbsp;fill one bin with compost while the other bin is "cooking".&nbsp;It even includes a visual processing indicator to attach on the outside to show which tumbler contents are maturing so you don't mistakenly put raw compost in your almost cooked batch.</p> <p>To make composting even more convenient for you,&nbsp;we've added extra large removable lids&nbsp;so it is&nbsp;easier to load and unload material. And, just like our single barrel composters, the <a title="buy a Lifetime Dual Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60072.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler</a> features an internal aerator bar in each barrel which mixes the compost and allows air to flow through the composter to help quicken the batching process time.</p> <p>To learn more about the Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler, watch this quick video. Then, take a few minutes to send us an email to enter to win one of your very own!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3fnT_CnIuEA" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>How to Enter:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "November Giveaway" and your full name in the email message.</li> <li>In the email, let us know what other features you'd like to see in a new composter design.</li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Bonus Entries:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp;Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Products on Facebook" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</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 Facebook" href="http://www.twitter.com/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "Have you entered to win this Dual Compost Tumbler with 2 bins from @Lifetime365? <a href="http://bit.ly/QH6YZg">http://bit.ly/QH6YZg</a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow <a title="Lifetime on Pinterest" href="http://pinterest.com/lifetime365/" target="_blank">Lifetime365 on Pinterest</a> and "pin" the Lifetime Dual Composter to your own Pinterest board to receive one bonus entry. (Be sure to let us know your Pinterest name in your email entry.)</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Wednesday, November 14, 2012 and will end Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; Click here for <a title="official rules" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank">complete contest rules</a>.)</p>Jan14 Nov 2012 1:50:00 PMFrom Factory to Floor to Youhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356301/from-factory-to-floor-to-youhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356301/from-factory-to-floor-to-you<p><img style="float: left;" title="Blow-Molding Machine" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_3435.JPG" alt="IMG_3435.JPG" width="225" height="225" />Over the years, we&rsquo;ve told you about how our <a title="What Is Blow-Molding?" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356213/what-is-blow-molding" target="_blank">blow-molded products are made</a>, and <a title="Why Use Powder Coating?" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356066/why-use-powder-coating" target="_blank">how our metals are powder-coated to protect them</a>, but how does the whole process work, anyway?&nbsp; I certainly didn't know before I started working for Lifetime.&nbsp; But, here at the Freeport Center, all your products begin from scratch.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I was first hired, I had the chance to tour the entire facility. And it was probably one of the most amazing things I&rsquo;ve ever seen.&nbsp; No kidding.&nbsp; Did you know that in our blow-molding facility, our High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)&nbsp;plastic starts out as beads that are pumped from the trains to the building silos?&nbsp; The beads are melted and poured into the blow-molding forms. When the formed part comes out, Lifetime employees remove excess plastic a<img style="float: right;" title="Steel Coil" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3342.JPG" alt="IMG_3342.JPG" width="225" height="150" />nd prepare them for assembly.</p> <p>In metals, our roll-former slowly rolls and forms the steel into the shapes we need for individual products, be it poles for your <a title="Lifetime.com Basketball" href="http://www.lifetime.com/sporting-goods/basketball" target="_blank">basketball system</a>, legs for your <a title="Lifetime.com Tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs" target="_blank">table</a>, or even the reinforcement for your backyard <a title="Lifetime.com Shed" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings" target="_blank">shed</a>.&nbsp; The steel starts in loose coils, which looks similar to an 8-track tape.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before a new model even comes to shelves, our Research and Development team tests each product in every condition possible; from UV-testing and transportation damage, to weight and strength tests on all products. In fact, it would take probably a book to explain all the testing and processes our products go through! We do this because it&rsquo;s important to us that the Lifetime products you own, can live up to their name.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" title="Basketball Packaging" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3472.JPG" alt="IMG_3472.JPG" width="225" height="225" />After each part is made, they&rsquo;re <a title="Powder-Coating" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356066/why-use-powder-coating" target="_blank">powder-coated</a>, sent to the assembly line, and then packaged. With the use of amazing robotics, boxes are stacked on a pallet and shrink-wrapped to protect them during the shipping process.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s amazing about our basketball packaging is we were the first to ever package an entire basketball system in one single box. Pretty impressive, huh? Our engineers designed the best possible solution to get everything to you as simply as possible.</p> <p>Each pallet is then placed on trucks by one of the many, many forklifts being operated in Lifetime&rsquo;s warehouses.&nbsp; Want to know something fun? Our Lifetime delivery trucks average about 43,378 miles per year &hellip; just driving around the Freeport Center where our factories are located. Eleven hundred miles of that is spent just driving backwards into delivery doors! Not only are our products shipped on trucks, but the train system runs right through the Freeport Center, giving us more economical ways to ship to distribution centers and even ports when shipping internationally!</p> <p>Before you know it, you&rsquo;re walking through stores, or browsing our website and bringing a <a title="Tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs" target="_blank">table</a>, <a title="Chairs" href="http://www.lifetime.com/chairs" target="_blank">chair</a>,&nbsp; <a title="Sheds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage" target="_blank">shed</a>, <a title="BasketBall" href="http://www.lifetime.com/sporting-goods/basketball" target="_blank">basketball system</a>, <a title="Kayaks" href="http://www.lifetime.com/water-sports/Kayaks" target="_blank">kayak</a>, or any of the other hundreds of products that we make home with you! And we&rsquo;re glad to be there!<img style="float: right;" title="Table Assembly" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3619.JPG" alt="IMG_3619.JPG" width="225" height="241" /></p> <p><br />For more information, be sure to check out <a title="lifetime.com" href="http://www.lifetime.com/">lifetime.com</a>!</p>Jernae22 Oct 2012 11:15:00 AMLabor Day Bike Trail Bribeshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356287/labor-day-bike-trail-bribeshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356287/labor-day-bike-trail-bribes<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/bike%201.jpg" alt="bike 1.jpg" width="225" height="169" />I hope all of you had a wonderful <a title="about Labor Day" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day" target="_blank">Labor Day</a> weekend.&nbsp; From neighborhood barbeques to lazy days on the lake and everything in between, it seems most people find some way to celebrate the holiday by squeezing in one last hoorah of outdoor fun before summer and warm temperatures come to an end.&nbsp;</p> <p>Me?&nbsp; Well, we are still enjoying exploring all the wonders and activities of our new home state of Colorado.&nbsp; So, we started our Labor Day by attending our little community parade which honored our local firefighters for all of their heroic efforts and endless hours of protecting the Colorado Springs area during this summer's historic and tragic <a title="about Waldo Canyon fire" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldo_Canyon_fire" target="_blank">Waldo Canyon</a> fire.&nbsp;&nbsp; THANK YOU, firefighters!</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/bike%205.jpg" alt="bike 5.jpg" width="225" height="150" />Then, since it was such a gorgeous day, we took advantage of living in one of Mother Nature's most beautiful adventure lands and took our kids on their first Colorado bike trail ride.&nbsp; We pedaled on the scenic Santa Fe Trail right near our house for nearly 10 miles.&nbsp; Of course, getting our kiddos (particularly my 5-year-old) to ride that far required a little&hellip; um&hellip; what I'll call&hellip; "encouragement".&nbsp; (Ok,&nbsp; so some may technically call it a bribe.&nbsp; But why squabble over lingo?&nbsp; :))&nbsp; So, we strategically rode in a direction where our halfway point was a quaint little town&hellip;&nbsp; with an ice cream shop!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/ice%20cream%201.jpg" alt="ice cream 1.jpg" width="225" height="169" />This was our first time visiting the yummy <a title="about Rock House Ice Cream" href="http://rockhouseicecream.com/" target="_blank">Rock House Ice Cream</a> shop that we've heard so much about.&nbsp; Not only did I enjoy the ice cream, but I also enjoyed seeing the three <a title="about Lifetime picnic tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables" target="_blank">Lifetime picnic tables</a> on their patio!&nbsp; Yep, they had two <a title="about Lifetime 6' picnic tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/6-foot-picnic-tables" target="_blank">Lifetime 6' Picnic Tables</a>, as well as&nbsp; a Lifetime 4' Picnic Table.&nbsp; (FYI, the 4' picnic table is my favorite size, but Lifetime no longer makes it.)&nbsp; The two 6' picnic tables were both utilizing the umbrella hole feature to give customers eating their ice cream al fresco a little bit of reprieve from the intense Colorado sun.</p> <p>Needless to say, the ice cream hit the spot and provided all the necessary recharge for the ride back home.&nbsp;&nbsp; And, I (along with the Rock House Ice Cream Shop) have successfully "encouraged" my kiddos to want to ride the trail again so they can visit the ice cream shop again soon!&nbsp;&nbsp; Shhh, please don't tell them you can actually get there by car, too! ;)</p> <p>So, did you use your Lifetime picnic tables, <a title="about Lifetime folding tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs" target="_blank">folding tables</a>, or other Lifetime product for your Labor Day celebration?&nbsp; If so, leave us a comment and let us know, we'd love to hear how we were a part of your festivities!</p>Jan07 Sep 2012 9:00:00 AMGet $25 Off Lifetime 3-Piece Camping Table Sethttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356275/get-25-off-lifetime-3-piece-camping-table-sethttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356275/get-25-off-lifetime-3-piece-camping-table-set<p><img style="float: right;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/80188marshmallows.jpg" alt="80188marshmallows.jpg" width="225" height="188" />For a limited time only, we're offering&nbsp;our blog readers&nbsp;a great deal on this camp table set&nbsp;in our <a title="Lifetime Store Online" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-80188.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online.</a> This <a title="about Lifetime Sport Table" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/outdoor-furniture/recreation-tables/80188" target="_blank">Lifetime Sport Table</a> is a&nbsp;3-piece&nbsp;set consisting of one table and two benches.&nbsp;This&nbsp;is the perfect grab-n-go table to take camping or tailgating at&nbsp;outdoor sports events. The two benches are designed to clip underneath the table for super&nbsp;easy one-piece transportation and storage. With the portable design and compact dimensions, the entire 3-piece set&nbsp;could even&nbsp;fit in any midsize car. Along with&nbsp;the&nbsp;convenience, you'll also appreciate the smooth rounded edges which allow for comfortable handling.</p> <p>The table is 42"L x 26"W x 28"H and the bench seats are 34"L x 9"W x 16"H (and will hold up to 250 lbs each). When the benches are clipped to the bottom of the table, the whole&nbsp;set is only 3.5" thick. The tabletop and bench seats are constructed of high-density polyethylene plastic so they're waterproof, scratch resistant, and easy to clean. The strong steel frame provides excellent durability, which is especially appreciated if you're roughing it in the wild. All of the materials used in the construction are weather protected from fading, cracking, and rusting. <img style="float: right;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/80188folded.jpg" alt="80188folded.jpg" width="225" height="188" /></p> <p>If you like to get out-and-about when the weather permits, this little <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80188.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Sport Table</a>&nbsp;is designed with you in mind. This is an awesome product for summer camping or autumn tailgating. For a limited time only we are offering you, our beloved&nbsp;blog readers, a special price of $25 off the regular price on this camping set. Just visit our <a title="buy a Lifetime Sport Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-80188.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a>&nbsp;and enter the special discount code "monkey" to get the sale price. If you would like assistance placing this order online, please call one of our friendly sales reps at 1 800 424 3865 or email them at buy@lifetime.com. Offer good from 7/23/2012 to 8/13/2012. Just our way of saying THANKS for following us on the Lifetime 365 blog.</p>Charlys23 Jul 2012 9:30:00 AMGreen Thumbs are “Budding” at Lifetime!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356274/green-thumbs-are-budding-at-lifetimehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356274/green-thumbs-are-budding-at-lifetime<p><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Small-G.jpg" alt="Small-G.jpg" width="172" height="228" /></p> <p>Once a year, Lifetime employees volunteer time to serve our communities around us. With the <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356262/making-a-difference-in-our-community">work we did</a> at the <a href="http://usubotanicalcenter.org/">Utah State University Botanical Center</a> this year, it got some of our employees thinking. And not just thinking&hellip;.oh no!&nbsp; It was a surge of excitement!</p> <p><br />The excitement became contagious and a small group of employees pooled their teamwork to start their own vegetable garden in a small concrete garden box in front of their building. After buying the necessary plants and soil, everything was planted. And as of today, the tomatoes vines are climbing high, and even the crisp jalape&ntilde;o peppers are already on the stems! I'm pretty sure my mouth was actually watering when I saw it.</p> <p><br />But even that&rsquo;s not the end of it. Because of their group work to grow fresh <img style="float: right;" src="/imagecache/blog/Clinic_1.jpg" alt="Clinic_1.jpg" width="262" height="170" />vegetables right at work, that passion for a garden floated across the Freeport Center and expanded in front of our new <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356247/we-opened-a-health-clinic-for-our-employees">Health Clinic</a>.</p> <p><br />Seeing the potential in the idea, more employees, with the use of Lifetime <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/raised-garden-bed">Raised Garden Beds</a>, some long planting areas, and more drive, planted a little farm. Now, it&rsquo;s booming right here! Everything from corn to pumpkins, peppers to squash, and pretty much anything you&rsquo;d need for some of my favorite foods: fresh corn on the cob, and homemade pico de gallo! Besides being amazing, this garden is also <em>incredibly </em>"cute."</p> <p>Every employee, including myself,&nbsp;also was handed plant starters to anyone who wanted them! Peppers and tomatoes all went home with those who came to get them. <img style="float: left;" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_5981.JPG" alt="IMG_5981.JPG" width="252" height="172" />It was so successful...they nearly ran out of the veggies they planned to grow in the Lifetime Garden!</p> <p><br />Besides the fun in growing our own veggies, or even the praise these employees are getting, the best part will be what comes next.&nbsp; Using the produce, <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/">Lifetime</a> will be sponsoring our own Farmer&rsquo;s Market later this summer to exchange&nbsp;&nbsp;everything that's become such a passion for us this year. Who doesn&rsquo;t love fresh vegetables?&nbsp;</p> <p>We can't seem to stop talking about what's going on here at Lifetime. We love the inspiration we&rsquo;ve seen from our employees, and we're jumping in our seats, anticipating the rewards! Unfortunately, we won't be able to share any of our produce with you, but we'll be sure to share some photos and stories from our Farmer's Market in future blog posts!</p>Jernae18 Jul 2012 8:30:00 AMHappy Picnicking - Inside or Out!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356264/happy-picnicking---inside-or-outhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356264/happy-picnicking---inside-or-out<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/picnic-table.jpg" alt="picnic table.jpg" width="225" height="188" />When we decided to give away a Lifetime 6' Picnic Table this month, we thought it was the perfect time of year since it's summertime and the popular July 4th picnic season is just a few weeks away.&nbsp; But, guess what?&nbsp; We learned from your entries that a lot of you would use a Lifetime Picnic Table year-round! Of course, those of you who live in warm climates will use the table outside all year.&nbsp; But, a lot of you who live in colder climates said you would still use your picnic table by folding it and carrying it into the sunroom, the basement for a sewing table or laundry table, or even store it but unfold it for extra dining space during the holidays.&nbsp; The convenient folding feature of the <a title="about a Lifetime Picnic Table" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/6-foot-picnic-tables" target="_blank">Lifetime Picnic Table</a> definitely makes it a very versatile product.</p> <p>Congratulations to <strong>David C. of Riverton, UT</strong>. &nbsp;He was the lucky random winner who is the winner of our Lifetime 6' Picnic Table giveaway!&nbsp; Hopefully, David will enjoy using his new table for his July 4th BBQ and many other times throughout the entire year!</p> <p>And, don't forget, you still have another week left to enter to win a <a title="about Lifetime Kids Picnic Table" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/kids-picnic-tables" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;Children's Picnic Table</a> (which looks and folds just like our adult picnic table) by visiting the <a title="Enter to Win A Lifetime Kids Picnic Table" href="http://lifeisasandcastle.blogspot.com/2012/06/lifetime-kids-picnic-table-giveaway.html" target="_blank">LifeIsASandcastle blog</a> and other blogs participating in the Hotter Than Summer blog giveaway event.</p> <p>Happy Picnicking!</p>Jan18 Jun 2012 10:30:00 AMWin TWO Picnic Tables for Your Summer BBQs!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356261/win-two-picnic-tables-for-your-summer-bbqshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356261/win-two-picnic-tables-for-your-summer-bbqs<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><a title="winner blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356264/happy-picnicking---inside-or-out" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/June%202012%20contest%20ended.jpg" alt="June 2012 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>This giveaway had ended.&nbsp;</strong></span>With backyard <a title="about Independence Day" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)" target="_blank">July 4th</a> barbeques only a few weeks away, it's never too early to start planning the festivities.&nbsp; We want to join in the celebration fun too, so we are giving one lucky random winner the chance to seat their guests in style at a <a title="about Lifetime picnic tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/6-foot-picnic-tables/22119" target="_blank">Lifetime Picnic Table</a> this fourth of July!&nbsp;</p> <p>This isn't just any picnic table.&nbsp; This is the picnic table Lifetime invented in 1995 that swept the market and has been flying off shelves ever since.&nbsp; Why is it so popular?&nbsp; First, it has a blow-molded polyethylene tabletop that is maintenance free and easy to clean with a solid, one-piece surface so food and utensils can't fall through the cracks.&nbsp;But, what really makes it unique is that it quickly folds flat to store in the winter or to throw in the back of your truck to haul to the family reunion.</p> <p>If it's hard to envision a picnic table folding flat, check out this quick video to see it in action.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QX9EGnnA4UI" frameborder="0" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/kids%20putty%20picnic.JPG" alt="kids putty picnic.JPG" width="225" height="180" />Pretty neat, huh?&nbsp; And, guess what?&nbsp; We even make an identical picnic table that's sized just for kids!&nbsp; That's right, the Lifetime&nbsp;Children's Picnic table looks just like our adult picnic table and also folds flat for easy storage. But, here's the best part.&nbsp; Since kids need to have a place for their July 4th barbeque too, if you visit <a title="giveaway blog" href="http://lifeisasandcastle.blogspot.com/2012/06/lifetime-kids-picnic-table-giveaway.html" target="_blank">LifeIsASandCastle</a> or any of the other blog sites participating in the&nbsp;Hotter Than Summer blog giveaway event, you can enter to win a <a title="about Lifetime Kids' Picnic Table" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/kids-picnic-tables/80231" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;Children's Picnic Table</a> this week, too!&nbsp;&nbsp; It may not be fireworks, but that's still a pretty spectacular bang!</p> <p>Cross your fingers, wave your sparklers&hellip; and good luck!</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;">How to Enter to Win the Lifetime 6' Adult Picnic Table:</span></strong></span></p> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "June contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> <li>Let us know if you plan to fold and&nbsp;store the picnic table during the winter if you win.</li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Bonus Entries:</span></strong></span></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; <a title="Lifetime on Facebook" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Lifetime Products on Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</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 Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/#!/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "I really, really want to win this Lifetime folding picnic table that @Lifetime365 is giving away! http://bit.ly/KTqHAd" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Friday, June 8, 2012 and will end Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday,&nbsp;June 18&nbsp;2012. (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; Click here for <a title="official rules" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank">complete contest rules</a>.)</p> <p><br />&nbsp;</p>Jan08 Jun 2012 8:05:00 AMA Size for Everyone -- Go Green with New 50-Gallon Composterhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356250/a-size-for-everyone----go-green-with-new-50-gallon-composterhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356250/a-size-for-everyone----go-green-with-new-50-gallon-composter<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/50-gallon%20composter.jpg" alt="50-gallon composter.jpg" width="225" height="225" />For this post, I want to write about our new Lifetime 50-Gallon Composter. Loyal blog readers (if there are any of them out there) know that Lifetime offers a variety of composters. These composters make being green easy, help provide beautiful gardens, and potentially save the planet. Yep, composters are pretty much modern day superheroes. Well, maybe that is a little extreme, but they are pretty cool.</p> <p>Lifetime has been in the composter manufacturing business for about five years now. I remember when my boss came to me and said he wanted to develop a composter for mass market retail. I have to admit, I thought his brain might have started to compost. I didn't think mass market retail was ready for compost bins. After all, they were only for people who lived completely off the land in rural USA, right?&nbsp; Boy was I wrong... and my boss hasn't let me forget it. Lifetime has brought composting to the masses in every area with our easy to use, inexpensive to own, <a title="about Lifetime Composters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters" target="_blank">composters</a>.</p> <p>After listening to our customers, we brought two new composters to the market this season. The first one, the Lifetime Dual Composter, I <a title="New Lifetime Dual Composter blog" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356223/new-lifetime-dual-compost-tumbler-now-available" target="_self">blogged about</a> a few weeks ago. The <a title="about Lifetime Dual Composter" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters/60072" target="_blank">Dual Composter</a>&nbsp;is for customers who requested a larger composter where they could do two batches of compost at once. The second composter also comes from customer requests - the <a title="buy a Lifetime 50-Gallon Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60076.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 50-Gallon Composter</a>&nbsp; which is designed for customers who don't need as much compost. The 50-gallon model takes up less room in the yard than our 65, 80, and dual bin versions, but can produce an impressive 50 gallons of compost in just four to six weeks.</p> <p>With the new Lifetime 50-Gallon Composter, Lifetime has a size of composter for everyone to go green.&nbsp; If this new size sounds like what you need, you can find it in store at your nearest Sam's Club for $89.99 or online in the <a title="buy a Lifetim 50-Gallon Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60076.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store.</a></p>Darrin06 Jun 2012 10:00:00 AMWhat Happened in Vegas Did Not Stay in Vegashttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356251/what-happened-in-vegas-did-not-stay-in-vegashttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356251/what-happened-in-vegas-did-not-stay-in-vegas<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Money%20PIt.jpg" alt="Money PIt.jpg" width="225" height="144" />A few&nbsp;weeks ago, I traveled down to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the <a title="about National Hardware Show" href="http://www.nationalhardwareshow.com/" target="_blank">National Hardware Show.</a> This show is a annual exhibit of manufacturers of Lawn and Garden products, as well as other miscellaneous products. Of course, I was most interested in the array of Lawn and Garden products. I felt a little guilty being there, as I was technically there for work but secretly looking around for myself. There are so many new and innovative products coming out for the yard. Fortunately, I flew down there so I didn't have room in my suitcase to buy anything and bring it back. I don't typically use this word, but "giddy" is a good description about how seeing all of these products made me feel about Spring starting and all the gardening I am soon going to be able to do!</p> <p>Lifetime had a large booth at the show, displaying our awesome Lawn and Garden products. We displayed our new <a title="about new Lifetime 8'x10' shed" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings/8-foot-wide-sheds/60056" target="_blank">8'x10' shed</a>, <a title="about Lifetime Dual Composter" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters/60072" target="_blank">Dual Composter</a>, <a title="about Kids Oval Picnic Table" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356231/lifetime-kids-picnic-table-gets-new-shape" target="_blank">Kids Oval Picnic Table,</a> as well as other products. Can I just say, I love being in this category of products? I am able to combine my love of gardening with representing and helping to influence bringing great products to market.</p> <p>Another reason for attending the show was to do another radio interview. (I keep telling our PR person that I am willing to do television, but she insists that radio is a better venue for me. Should I take offense?)&nbsp; This radio interview was with <em><a title="about The Money Pit" href="http://www.moneypit.com/" target="_blank">The Money Pit</a>,</em> a nationally syndicated home improvement show. Leslie Segrete and&nbsp; Tom Kraeutler are the hosts of the show. Funny story about the last time I interviewed with these two. I was headed down to a work conference on a bus of about 80 people. The only time the interview could be done was during the drive. So, in the middle of nowhere Utah, I had to have the bus pull over so I could do the interview from a truck stop pay phone. Needless to say, the interview in Vegas was a lot more comfortable.</p> <p>Based on this year's Hardware Show, we have an exciting couple of seasons of new Lawn and Garden products coming to market. Fortunately, this time what happened in Vegas is not staying there but will be hitting store shelves nationwide soon.</p>Darrin16 May 2012 11:10:00 AMHelp! We're Overstocked! Get a Lifetime Kids Picnic Table for 40% Offhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356244/help-were-overstocked-get-a-lifetime-kids-picnic-table-for-40-offhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356244/help-were-overstocked-get-a-lifetime-kids-picnic-table-for-40-off<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/kidspicnictableputty.jpg" alt="kidspicnictableputty.jpg" width="300" height="200" />We need to do some spring cleaning and you can help. We are offering our blog readers a 40% discount off the regular price of our <a title="kids picnic table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80232.aspx" target="_blank">kids picnic tables</a>. If you think your kids would enjoy one of these awesome little picnic tables, now is the time to buy.</p> <p>Just like&nbsp;the regular-sized Lifetime picnic tables, the Lifetime kids picnic table is constructed with a double-walled polyethylene plastic tabletop and benches and a steel frame. This design provides strength and durability with very low maintenance.&nbsp;Ideal&nbsp;for kids because they're stain resistant, scratch resistant, and water proof. UV-protected tabletop resists warping and powder-coated steel frame resists rusting. Unlike wooden picnic tables, the Lifetime kids picnic table won't splinter, split, or warp. No painting, staining, or varnishing necessary to keep this little picnic table looking as good as new year after year.</p> <p>Kids will enjoy the comfort (and safety) of dining at a table designed especially for their little bodies. Their little feet can touch the ground and their short arms can reach all the way across the table. How convenient! Seat up to four children, indoors or outside, for snacks, craft projects, or puzzles. The portable design even allows you to collapse the table flat so it can be taken along to parks or camp sites.</p> <p>If you've been admiring this&nbsp;<a title="kids putty table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80232.aspx" target="_blank">kids portable picnic table</a> in stores or yards around your&nbsp;neighborhood, don't miss this chance to get one of your very own at an amazing price. To purchase, just visit&nbsp;the Lifetime&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Online Store</a> and enter model number 80232 in the search box. Use the special discount code "picnic" when you check out to get 40% off the regular price. Offer expires 6/01/2012. If you would like assistance in making this online purchase, please call our helpful sales representatives at 1 800 424 3865.</p>admin14 May 2012 10:30:00 AMIn Honor of Earth Day, We’re Offering $20 Off Lifetime Compostershttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356237/in-honor-of-earth-day-were-offering-20-off-lifetime-compostershttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356237/in-honor-of-earth-day-were-offering-20-off-lifetime-composters<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/dualcomposter.jpg" alt="dual composter" width="300" height="200" />Earth Day is the time to reflect on that popular mantra: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.&nbsp;Lifetime composters are&nbsp;an ideal way to put this popular mantra into practice. So just in time for your Earth Day celebration, we are offering&nbsp;<strong>$20 off the regular price </strong>of any <a title="about Lifetime Composters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter</a> in&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>. With&nbsp;a Lifetime Composter, you can <em>reduce</em> your yard clippings and vegetable waste from kitchen scraps by <em>recycling</em> those ingredients into a rich, nutritious fertilizer that you can <em>reuse</em> in your gardens. Making your own compost is the perfect way to cut back on landfill waste while directly giving back to the environment.</p> <p>Responsible stewardship of our environment is what <a title="about Earth Day" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day" target="_blank">Earth Day</a> is all about.&nbsp;This international holiday was started&nbsp;back on April 22, 1970, and concerned citizens around the globe have been&nbsp;celebrating the purpose of this holiday by&nbsp;bringing environmental issues to our attention ever since. While the issues may be large, there are lots of little&nbsp;things you can do&nbsp;as an individual&nbsp;that will make a big difference. Your example may inspire others to follow suit.&nbsp;</p> <p>Looking for some fun ways for you and your family to celebrate Earth Day? Check out these fun ideas in our <a title="10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day" href="http://www.lifetime.com/article/173?tag=" target="_blank">10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day</a>&nbsp;article on lifetime.com.&nbsp; Or,&nbsp;check your local events calendar to find out what Earth Day activities are taking place in your local community. May I also suggest grabbing a companion and&nbsp;getting back&nbsp;to nature? A leisurely hike through the hills or along the beach&nbsp;will renew your appreciation for the natural beauty of our planet and remind you of just why it&rsquo;s so important that we&nbsp;increase our efforts to&nbsp;take good care of it.</p> <p>To take advantage of the special&nbsp;discount we are offering to our faithful readers on these composters, just visit our <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">online store</a>&nbsp;and find our composters under the Lawn and Garden tab.&nbsp; Be sure to enter the special discount code&nbsp;"<strong>compostnow</strong>"&nbsp;when you&nbsp;check out to receive $20 off the regular price. If you would like assistance with this online purchase, please contact one of helpful sales representative at 1-800-424-3865.</p>admin18 Apr 2012 10:00:00 AM2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Maphttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356241/2012-plant-hardiness-zone-maphttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356241/2012-plant-hardiness-zone-map<p><a title="interactive map" href="http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/plant%20map.jpg" alt="plant map.jpg" width="400" height="248" /></a></p> <p>It's about that time. Time to start planning your garden and planting in your <a title="about Lifetime Raised Garden Beds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/raised-garden-bed" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Beds</a>. Here in Utah the weather has been unseasonably warm. I am still being careful, however, and not planting too early... a surprise snow storm in June is not that unheard of here.</p> <p>Have you heard about the new Plant Hardiness map from the FDA? <a title="Interactive map" href="http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/" target="_blank">The 2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Map</a> has a few surprises for our nation&rsquo;s gardeners. Due to the warming trend in our climate lately, northerners may be able to successfully grow plants they weren't able to grow before.</p> <p>So exactly what is the Plant Hardiness Zone Map?&nbsp; If you&rsquo;ve ever bought a packet of seeds, you&rsquo;ve seen it. It's the little multi-colored map on the back of your vegetable or flower packet. Different colored zones on that map inform you of what number of zone you live in, and the seed packet will tell you in what zone those seeds will grow successfully.</p> <p>Any garden and seed catalog will also have that map for your reference in choosing plants or seeds to order. Now that some of those planting zones have changed, you more adventurous gardeners may want to take advantage of this opportunity to experiment with some of those plants you've always admired but didn&rsquo;t dare try before. But remember, Mother Nature can be tricky, and surprise you with snow on your tulips.</p>Darrin16 Apr 2012 3:05:00 PMAnother Lifetime Composter Survives a Bear Attack!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356239/another-lifetime-composter-survives-a-bear-attackhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356239/another-lifetime-composter-survives-a-bear-attack<p>Here's the deal.&nbsp; We're always telling you how tough our products are.&nbsp; Sometimes we use fancy industry lingo like "double-wall high density polyethylene panels"&nbsp; or&nbsp; "exceeds BIFMA standards".&nbsp; I'll be the first to admit, that can get more than a little boring -- even for me.&nbsp; It's much more interesting and believable to hear real customer experiences.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Know what?&nbsp; We get tired of doing all the talking so we love hearing your stories about our products.&nbsp; In fact, even we've been amazed with some of the recent "tough" stories our customers have shared with us.<br />Just this week, Michelle and Wayne T. of Granby, MA shared some fantastic photos of their <a title="about Lifetime 65-gallon composters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters/60028" target="_blank">Lifetime 65-Gallon Composter</a> that survived a bear attack!&nbsp; Yes, I said BEAR.&nbsp; Yikes!&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>"My wife and I recently purchased one of your compost tumblers. After about 2 weeks we woke up to find the tumbler on its side and about 6 feet from its original location. Apparently a bear had visited during the night and tried to get in. Your product held up very well and the bear's teeth only went through the outer wall. Our neighbor had an inferior tumbler which was destroyed. Thank you for your bear-proof product!"</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/bear%20composter%201.jpg" alt="bear composter 1.jpg" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp; <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/bear%20composter%202.jpg" alt="bear composter 2.jpg" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp; <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/bear%20composter%203.jpg" alt="bear composter 3.jpg" width="225" height="169" /></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After looking at these pictures of their Lifetime composter compared to their neighbor's composter that didn't fare so well, now you can easily see why we say our double-wall high density polyethylene panels are strong and durable!</p> <p>(Surprisingly, this is not the first time our composters have gone head-to-head with a bear and won.&nbsp; A few years ago, William S. from New Mexico let us know that his <a title="about Lifetime 80-Gallon composters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters/60058" target="_blank">Lifetime 80-Gallon Composter</a> survived a bear attack, too.&nbsp; See his story and pictures <a title="A Pest-proof (and Bear-proof) composter blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/355974/a-pest-proof-and-bear-proof-composter" target="_self">here</a>.)</p> <p>And, remember Hurricane Irene last Fall?&nbsp; Alison H. sure does!&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>"I just wanted to share the resilience of your product. During Hurricane Irene a large 3ft diameter oak fell on our Lifetime Shed. It was smashed. I jokingly said to my husband do you think you can put it back together? Well he did. And here is the before and after photo.&nbsp; We have shared this with our friends and family and they were amazed that it could be put back together.</em>"</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/hurrican%20shed.jpg" alt="hurrican shed.jpg" width="525" height="177" /></p> <p>Can you believe that? A <a title="about Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> smashed by a tree and they could still put it back together!&nbsp; Our engineers are definitely doing a happy dance now. :)</p> <p>So, if you have an amazing story to share about your Lifetime product, let us know&hellip; and let other customers and potential customers know, too!&nbsp; Simply send your story and email to <a href="mailto:pr@lifetime.com">pr@lifetime.com</a> and we'll keep sharing more true Lifetime tough stories.&nbsp; After all, a picture's worth a thousand words, right?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan11 Apr 2012 9:00:00 AMRaised Garden Bed Winner and $30 Discount Announcedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356234/raised-garden-bed-winner-and-30-discount-announcedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356234/raised-garden-bed-winner-and-30-discount-announced<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/raised%20garden%20bed%20kit.jpg" alt="raised garden bed kit.jpg" width="225" height="193" />It seems like most of the country is enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures&nbsp;lately. And, it's giving a lot of people a serious case of Spring fever.&nbsp; People are out mowing yards, watering lawns, cleaning beds, and even planting gardens.&nbsp; Now, Lorri S. from Roseburg, Oregon will soon be gardening too -- using her new <a title="about Lifetime Raised Garden Beds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/raised-garden-bed" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit</a> that she won as the lucky random winner of our <a title="about March giveaway" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356232/will-luck-o-the-irish-help-you-win-a-lifetime-raised-garden-bed" target="_blank">March giveaway</a>!&nbsp; Congratulations!</p> <p>The majority of you who entered our giveaway said you do not currently&nbsp;use a raised garden bed but you are interested in trying one to see how they work.&nbsp; After all, saving time, money, effort and space makes gardening sound much easier! (And, with the Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit, you can have it assembled and ready to grow in less than one hour!)&nbsp; So, for those of you who didn't win, you'll be happy to hear that the <a title="Lifetime Store online" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60053.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a> is offering <strong>$30 off</strong> the <a title="buy a Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60053.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit</a> now through April 16.&nbsp; Simply enter code "<strong>gardenbed</strong>" when you check out to receive the discount.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered. We are thrilled to see how many of our fans are interested in square-foot gardening. Keep us posted on how your garden is growing.&nbsp; In the meantime, keep following our blog because our April giveaway is only a few weeks away!&nbsp;</p>Jan26 Mar 2012 9:30:00 AMLifetime Garden Beds Are BPA Freehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356224/lifetime-garden-beds-are-bpa-freehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356224/lifetime-garden-beds-are-bpa-free<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/raisedbeds.jpg" alt="raisedbeds.jpg" width="300" height="200" />Some of you have asked if the plastic panels on the <a title="about Lifetime Raised Garden Beds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/raised-garden-bed" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Bed</a> contain BPA (Bishphenol_A). Good question! BPA is a plasticizer that is used in the manufacturing of PVC (Polyvinyl chloride, recycling type 3 &amp; 7) and other polycarbonate plastics to make them flexible. It is used mostly in flexible PVC piping, toys, plastic bottles, and the lining of some canned goods. In 2008, BPA became controversial as research indicated that it may be dangerous to our health&mdash;especially to babies. The US Food and Drug Administration has now taken steps to reduce human exposure to BPA in our food supply and food containers.</p> <p>The good news is that&nbsp;Lifetime's plastic garden bed panels and the frost cover&nbsp;DO NOT contain BPA. They are a &ldquo;Green Product&rdquo;. We use high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE, recycling code type 2), and non toxic, non heavy metal pigments and ultraviolet light stabilizers in&nbsp;these panels. HDPE plastic is the safest and most environmentally friendly plastic available today. There is no danger of toxic leeching from the plastic into the ground water.</p> <p>Furthermore, when you&rsquo;ve finally worn out those HDPE garden bed panels, they can be safely recycled without releasing toxins during the process. The plastic we use contains a significant portion of clean post consumer content derived from washed and cleaned containers made of FDA grade HDPE (such as milk and detergent bottles). The processing temperatures commonly exceed 300 degrees Fahrenheit and easily eliminate the risk of bacteria or virus spread..</p> <p>To thank our customers for asking such a great question, we&rsquo;re offering a special discount on our environmentally friendly raised garden beds.&nbsp;From now until April 16th&nbsp;we will be offering our blog readers <strong>$30 off</strong> the regular price of model #60053 <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60053.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Bed&nbsp;Kit</a> when you purchase from our <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">online store</a>. Be sure to enter the special code "<strong>gardenbed</strong>"&nbsp;when you check out to receive&nbsp;your discount.&nbsp;&nbsp;Also, if you haven't done so already, don't forget&nbsp;to enter the drawing for&nbsp;our <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356232/will-luck-o-the-irish-help-you-win-a-lifetime-raised-garden-bed" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;garden bed giveaway</a> which&nbsp;ends Sunday, March 25th.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you&nbsp;for following our blog and be sure to check back with us regularly to receive special discounts on more awesome products from Lifetime.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Charlys23 Mar 2012 10:00:00 AMWill Luck O' the Irish Help You Win A Lifetime Raised Garden Bed?http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356232/will-luck-o-the-irish-help-you-win-a-lifetime-raised-garden-bedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356232/will-luck-o-the-irish-help-you-win-a-lifetime-raised-garden-bed<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><a title="see winner announcement post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356234/raised-garden-bed-winner-and-30-discount-announced" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/march%202012%20contest%20ended.jpg" alt="march 2012 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>This giveaway has ended.&nbsp;</strong></span> Tomorrow is <a title="about St. Patrick's Day" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick's_Day" target="_blank">St. Patrick's Day</a>.&nbsp; And, as you know, tradition is to wear green.&nbsp; But, rather than <em>wear</em> green, we thought it would be more fun to <em>give</em> something green instead.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook fans</a> had some really great green guesses yesterday&nbsp;including some we didn't even think of!&nbsp; Money, green kayaks, and Earthtone playsets were all great guesses.&nbsp; However, we were thinking something along the less traditional green lines&hellip; like a Lifetime Raised Garden Bed!&nbsp;</p> <p>Ok, so maybe it's not actually green in color. (Although there is a little green on the cover. Does that count?)&nbsp;But, you can fill a Lifetime Raised Garden Bed with lots of beautiful green vegetables and it can help you live a more "green" lifestyle.&nbsp;&nbsp; Ok, ok, kind of a stretch, we admit. But are you complaining?&nbsp; It's still a free giveaway!&nbsp; And, after all, this was one of the top products our entrants put on their wish list during our <a title="about December giveaway" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356199/were-giving-away-700-in-lifetime-store-gift-certificates" target="_self">December gift certificate giveaway</a>.</p> <p>So, this month, one lucky random winner will receive a <a title="about Lifetime Raised Garden Beds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/raised-garden-bed/60053" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit</a> that includes two 4'x4' boxes (that can be used separately or stacked together for deep root plants) and an early start enclosure.&nbsp; If you've never tried square-foot gardening, you're going to love it!&nbsp; Raised beds save time and save space.&nbsp; Better soil and less weeds means easier maintenance.&nbsp; Plus, plant placement is done differently in a raised garden box, and this allows you to grow five times as many crops as traditional gardening because it uses 20% of the space of single-row gardens. The best part? You can have this <a title="buy a Lifetime Raised Garden Bed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60053.aspx#Reviews" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Kit</a> up and ready to go in less than one hour!&nbsp;</p> <p>Ready to try to win your pot o' (garden) gold?</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>How to Enter:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "March contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> <li>Tell us if you already own a raised garden bed.&nbsp; If you do, what material is it made of and what do you like or not like about it?</li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Bonus Entries:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</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 Twitter page" href="http://twitter.com/#!/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "Like gardening? @Lifetime365 is giving away a raised garden bed! <a href="http://bit.ly/FOa3fw">http://bit.ly/FOa3fw</a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Friday, March 16, 2012 and will end Sunday, Sunday, March 25 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, March 26, 2012.&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="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank">complete contest</a> rules.)</p>Jan16 Mar 2012 9:00:00 AMLifetime Kids Picnic Table Gets New Shapehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356231/lifetime-kids-picnic-table-gets-new-shapehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356231/lifetime-kids-picnic-table-gets-new-shape<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/kids%20oval%20picnic%20outside.JPG" alt="kids oval picnic outside.JPG" width="225" height="150" />Remember being young and banned to the &ldquo;kiddie&rdquo; table at family gatherings?&nbsp;Now with our new table, you are going to wish you were still a kid. The new&nbsp; Lifetime Kids Oval Picnic Table takes all the creative features of our adult-sized tables &ndash; easy to clean, lightweight, folding for storage &ndash;&nbsp; and miniaturizes it.&nbsp; After all, what kid doesn't&nbsp;want to have stuff&nbsp;just like Mom and Dad's?</p> <p>The Kids Oval Picnic Table folds completely flat for storage. And, don't worry, moms - it looks nice so it will won&rsquo;t distract from the hours spent on making the perfect table setting.</p> <p>We have been using our kids picnic table a lot at our house. It goes easily from the indoors to outdoors. Because it&rsquo;s made of the same material as our <a title="about Lifetime picnic tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables" target="_blank">adult picnic tables</a>, we let the kids color on it or do their finger paint projects. It&rsquo;s easy to clean once their attention span has been maxed out and they have moved on to making a mess somewhere else.&nbsp;&nbsp; We have used another type of kids table at our house with separate chairs. Inevitably, the chairs tip over and someone ends up getting hurt. The nice thing about the picnic table is the benches are attached so no tipping-over.</p> <p>The new Lifetime Kids Oval Picnic Tables will be for sale at Costco Warehouses beginning in mid-April, just in time for outdoor summertime eating. Or, if you just can't wait that long, you can find our <a title="about Lifetime kids picnic tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/kids-picnic-tables" target="_blank">original rectangular</a> Kids Picnic Table (available in three colors) in the <a title="buy a Lifetime kids picnic table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80156.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a> now.</p>Darrin14 Mar 2012 4:15:00 PMAdd Charm to Outdoor Living Space with New Lifetime 3-Piece Bistro Sethttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356230/add-charm-to-outdoor-living-space-with-new-lifetime-3-piece-bistro-sethttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356230/add-charm-to-outdoor-living-space-with-new-lifetime-3-piece-bistro-set<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/bistro%20set%20folding.jpg" alt="bistro set folding.jpg" width="225" height="225" />With the warm weather starting to appear, it's the perfect time to start thinking about sprucing up your outdoor living space.&nbsp; Adding an outdoor eating/entertaining area is always an inviting idea.&nbsp; If you don't have a lot of space, but still want to add some cozy charm to your patio, deck, or porch, our newest product is a great solution.</p> <p>The new <a title="about Lifetime Bistro Set" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/outdoor-furniture/patio-furniture/60074" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;3-Piece Bistro Set</a> is, I think, one of our best looking tables yet. It is made from a type of polystyrene material that is strong, water- and fade-proof, looks like wood, but is not high maintenance like real wood furniture can be.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a nice round table with two chairs that is great for eating outdoors on the patio. The frame is powder-coated aluminum, so it&rsquo;s lightweight and won&rsquo;t rust in the elements. Once winter comes back, the table and chairs fold-up with an easy single-motion design so you can easily store them away for the winter.<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/bistro%20set%20lifestyle.jpg" alt="bistro set lifestyle.jpg" width="225" height="225" /></p> <p>Ladies, if you are anything like my wife, she loves eating outdoors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unfortunately,&nbsp;here&nbsp;in Utah we have a small weather window for eating outdoors.&nbsp;&nbsp;She takes advantage of it every chance she gets so&nbsp;I am sure I will be adding this 3-Piece Bistro Set to our ever growing collection of Lifetime outdoor furniture.</p> <p>If you want to learn more about the new Lifetime 3-Piece Bistro Set, watch this quick video below.&nbsp; Or, you can&nbsp;see this great looking table in person&nbsp;on store shelves in a Costco&nbsp;near you.&nbsp;</p> <p><object width="400" height="225" name="null" hspace="null" vspace="null" bgcolor="null" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/TMuy6bkUKOw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TMuy6bkUKOw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p>Darrin12 Mar 2012 10:00:00 AMNew Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler Now Availablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356223/new-lifetime-dual-compost-tumbler-now-availablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356223/new-lifetime-dual-compost-tumbler-now-available<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/dual%20composter.jpg" alt="dual composter.jpg" width="225" height="225" />With Spring just around the corner, it&rsquo;s time to start thinking about your garden. Here in Utah, it has felt like Spring all winter long. We have had a very mild winter. I fear, however, there is more snow to come which means the tulips and daffodils are in for a rude awaking.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a good time to start building up your compost reserves to feed those plants that will feed you this summer. Lifetime is still very much in the composter business and we have had tremendous success with our composters. I feel we have helped to make another step in "greening up" our planet with the vast amounts of Lifetime composters that are composting away in yards all over the world.</p> <p>I'm excited to share with you that because of the success of our composters, we have developed a new version based on feedback from our&nbsp;customers! As you may know, a key element to getting good compost is time. To get good compost, there comes a point when you need to stop adding raw materials to the mix and allow for it to &ldquo;cook&rdquo; for a while. Adding raw compost continuously prolongs the time until your compost is complete.</p> <p>Customers told us that they didn&rsquo;t know what to do with their raw compost while the batch in the composter was cooking.&nbsp; Problem solved! With the new <a title="about the Lifetime Dual Composter" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters/60072" target="_blank">Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler</a>, we provide two fifty gallon tumblers on the same frame. This way, once one tumbler is full and ready to start cooking, there is another tumbler ready to take in the raw compost. Both tumblers rotate on the same frame so you can turn them easily. We have also included an indicator so that you can visually see which tumbler is cooking and should be left alone.&nbsp;</p> <p>Similar to Lifetime's <a title="about Lifetime Composters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters" target="_blank">single barrel composters</a>, the Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler also features an internal aerated bar in each barrel which mixes the compost and allows air to flow through the composter to help quicken the batching process time. To also speed up composting time, the Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler is constructed of black, double-wall high-density polyethylene (HDPE) panels specifically designed to absorb and retain heat.</p> <p>If you want to learn more about our new dual composter, watch our quick video below.&nbsp; Or, if you are interested in purchasing the Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler, you can find it on shelves now in Costco Wholesale Clubs nationwide for only $140.</p> <p>We hope you enjoy this new product, and you&nbsp;find composting useful and productive. We would love to hear your success stories this Spring. Send us your stories and pictures of the great produce your compost is helping to grow or share them on our <a title="Lifetime Products Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3fnT_CnIuEA" frameborder="0" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Darrin24 Feb 2012 9:00:00 AMValentine's Day Giveaway Winner Announced, New Giveaway Next Week!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356217/valentines-day-giveaway-winner-announced-new-giveaway-next-weekhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356217/valentines-day-giveaway-winner-announced-new-giveaway-next-week<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/adirondack%20chair.jpg" alt="adirondack chair.jpg" width="225" height="210" />Wow!&nbsp; Romance is in the air.&nbsp; When we announced that we were giving away two Lifetime Adirondack Chairs for Valentine's Day to relax with&nbsp;your sweetheart, we received more entries than any monthly giveaway we've ever had!&nbsp; So, congratulations to all you who entered for wanting to think outside of the&nbsp;box of chocolates this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;:)&nbsp; And, congratulations to&nbsp;Julie M. of Uniontown, PA who was our lucky random winner!</p> <p>If you didn't win, you still have time to order Lifetime Adirondack Chairs from the <a title="buy Lifetime Adirondack chairs" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60064.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a> and have them shipped in time for Valentine's Day.&nbsp; Or, if you're not in a hurry, watch for them soon&nbsp;in a Costco store near you.</p> <p>And, as always, stayed tuned to this blog and our Facebook page.&nbsp; Our next monthly giveaway will start next week.&nbsp; Whoa!&nbsp; Tell your friends to starting following us on <a title="Lifetime Products Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a> now, this is one giveaway you won't want to miss!</p>Jan31 Jan 2012 5:05:00 PM Be My Valentine and Get $15 Off the Lifetime Kids Pink Picnic Tablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356212/be-my-valentine-and-get-15-off-the-lifetime-kids-pink-picnic-tablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356212/be-my-valentine-and-get-15-off-the-lifetime-kids-pink-picnic-table<p>In honor of Valentine's Day, the <a title="visit the Lifetime Store online" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;Store</a> online&nbsp;is&nbsp;offering $15 off the kids pink picnic table throughout the month of February. Be sure to check out our other pink and red products, too, like the pink youth kayak, and our red and white tablecloths.</p> <p>The Lifetime <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80156.aspx" target="_blank">kids pink picnic table</a> is popular because it is portable, durable, and cheerful! This is the perfect little snack and craft table for a child's bedroom, a daycare center, or a backyard patio.&nbsp;Polyethylene plastic&nbsp;tabletop and benches are water proof, stain resistant,&nbsp;and UV-protected from fading or warping. Powder-coated steel frame is sturdy and resists rusting. This&nbsp;bright little&nbsp;picnic table is fun for kids to use and easy for parents to maintain.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/pinktable.jpg" alt="pinktable.jpg" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-90098.aspx" target="_blank">pink youth kayak</a> is a fun model that has just recently been added to our line of outdoor recreational products. At only 6 ft long, it's designed for kids ages 5 yrs and up, with 130 lbs weight capacity. Constructed from blow-molded plastic so it's light weight and there are no sharp edges or protruding parts to scrape or scratch your child. Lots of handy built-in features like footrests, paddle craddle, towing handle, and molded-in hand grips make it very convenient to use. Kids will especially appreciate the sloped rear deck for easy mounting.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/pinkkayak.jpg" alt="pinkkayak.jpg" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>Lifetime has also recently added a new line of <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/TableAccessories/Default.aspx" target="_blank">coordinating tablecloths and toppers</a> to accessorize our banquet tables. You're going to be impressed! These tablecloths and toppers turn Lifetime folding tables into elegant dining accommodations for special holiday occasions--like those romantic Valentine's dinners.&nbsp;Premium quality, tightly woven polyester fabric is stain resistant, machine washable, and dryer safe. Detailed tailoring with pleats and grommets provide a snug fit and an elegant look that we're sure you're going to love. Order now to receive it in time for Valentine's Day!</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/redtabletopper.jpg" alt="redtabletopper.jpg" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>If you&nbsp;would like to take advantage of&nbsp;the $15 discount on the pink picnic table, or check out these other fun products,&nbsp;visit our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime online store</a>.&nbsp;For the kids pink&nbsp;picnic table, be sure&nbsp;to enter the discount code&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Pink15</strong></span> when you're ready to "check out". Just our way of saying thank you for following us on the Lifetime365.com. blog. We'd love to hear from you!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Charlys27 Jan 2012 10:00:00 AMWin 2 Lifetime Adirondack Chairs to Relax with Your Valentinehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356214/win-2-lifetime-adirondack-chairs-to-relax-with-your-valentinehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356214/win-2-lifetime-adirondack-chairs-to-relax-with-your-valentine<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/January%202012%20contest%20ended.jpg" alt="January 2012 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" />&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>This giveaway has ended.</strong></span>&nbsp; Yikes!&nbsp; Valentine's Day is less than one month away.&nbsp; Still stumped about what to get your Sweetheart?&nbsp; (Or, if you're like me, you haven't even started to think about it!)&nbsp; Well, don't worry because we have a great idea for you.&nbsp; Why not WIN your Valentine two Lifetime Adirondack chairs?&nbsp;</p> <p>These <a title="about Lifetime Adirondack Chairs" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/outdoor-furniture/adirondack-chair" target="_blank">Lifetime Adirondack Chairs</a> will be hitting the Costco shelves again this Spring.&nbsp; But, we're starting our 2012 monthly product giveaways by giving you a chance to win two of them now -- just in time for Valentine's Day! After all, what says romance better than spending relaxing afternoons or evenings next to the one you love?&nbsp;</p> <p>Lifetime Adirondack Chairs offer the convenience of outdoor, maintenance-free plastic furniture, but the beauty and durability of real wood furniture.&nbsp; These chairs are constructed of weather-resistant polystyrene. It's a durable, UV-protected type of plastic&nbsp;that simulates the grain and texture of real wood and truly makes it difficult to tell it's not real wood at first glance.&nbsp; But, unlike wooden furniture, this simulated-wood will not splinter, warp, or rot -- and your Sweetheart will never have to worry about painting or varnishing these chairs!</p> <p>So, skip the flowers and box of chocolates this year and enter to win two <a title="buy Lifetime Adirondack Chairs" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60064.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Adirondack Chairs</a> for your Valentine instead!&nbsp; One random winner will be announced on January 30.</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>How to Enter:</strong></span></p> <ul> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "January contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Bonus Entries:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Products Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.&nbsp;</li> <li>Follow us on Twitter <a title="Lifetime Products Twitter page" href="https://twitter.com/#!/lifetime365" target="_blank">@Lifetime365</a> and retweet to your friends "Need a gift idea for your Valentine?&nbsp;Win these 2 Lifetime Adirondack Chairs from @Lifetime365: <a href="http://bit.ly/yPGEsK">http://bit.ly/yPGEsK</a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Friday, January 20, 2012 and will end Sunday, January 29 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, January 30, 2012.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; Click here for complete <a title="official rules" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank">contest rules</a>.)</p>Jan20 Jan 2012 2:30:00 PMGliding with Grandpahttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356196/gliding-with-grandpahttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356196/gliding-with-grandpa<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Glider bench with Papa.jpg" alt="Glider bench with Papa.jpg" width="300" height="225" />Still searching for that perfect Christmas gift to give your parents, grandparents,&nbsp;or your spouse?&nbsp; Here's an idea - how about a cozy Lifetime Glider Bench?</p> <p>Last year, I gave my Dad the Lifetime Glider Bench for Christmas. I purchased the original <a title="about a Lifetime Glider Bench" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/outdoor-furniture/benches/2871" target="_blank">Lifetime Glider Bench </a>because it matched the <a title="about Lifetime picnic tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/" target="_blank">Lifetime Picnic Table </a>they have in their back yard.&nbsp; (The Lifetime Glider Bench is also available in a <a title="about a Lifetime Wood Alternative Glider Bench" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/outdoor-furniture/benches/60055" target="_blank">Wood Alternative version </a>that looks like real wood slats.)</p> <p>My Dad put his new Lifetime Glider Bench under a huge tree in the backyard at his lake house so he can sit under the shade and watch the lake. This summer when my family went home to visit, we all took turns at some point relaxing and gliding on the bench to watch the soothing waves on the lake, the crackling fire pit, or a friendly game of <a title="about Cornhole" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornhole" target="_blank">Cornhole</a>.&nbsp; But, my favorite use was when my daughter snuggled up and shared stories and giggles with Papa on the Lifetime Glider Bench.</p> <p>Yes, that's what Lifetime products do.&nbsp; We bring people together.&nbsp; Whether it's a picnic table for a birthday party, a playset for new friendships, or a glider bench for quality time with grandchildren, we make products to help you enjoy your life.</p> <p>Does this sound like a gift someone you know could enjoy?&nbsp; Then hurry and visit our <a title="buy a Lifetime Gilder Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search/glider+bench" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online </a>where shipping is ALWAYS free!</p>Jan05 Dec 2011 9:00:00 AMPrepare for Autumn! Get a Lifetime Garden Frost Cover For $10 Off The Regular Pricehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356173/prepare-for-autumn-get-a-lifetime-garden-frost-cover-for-10-off-the-regular-pricehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356173/prepare-for-autumn-get-a-lifetime-garden-frost-cover-for-10-off-the-regular-price<p>You asked for it, you got it. Now you can buy our handy <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60078.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Garden Frost Cover </a>separately on our <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">online store</a>. &nbsp;Use&nbsp;this early start enclosure cover&nbsp;alone or in combination with the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60065.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Bed</a>. We&nbsp;sell a few different models for our raised garden bed kits and some of them don't have a cover for every bed in the kit (for gardeners who prefer to double stack the beds). Selling the&nbsp;garden&nbsp;cover separately&nbsp;provides&nbsp;you with more versatility and options in arranging your garden beds. This handy vinyl enclosure keeps your plants protected from wind, pests, and the&nbsp;dangerous frost&nbsp;during early autumn and late spring. Zippable opening allows you to open the enclosure on sunny days and&nbsp;let the&nbsp;bees and butterflies&nbsp;inside for&nbsp;necessary pollination. <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/frostcover.jpg" alt="frostcover.jpg" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>The early start enclosure cover is 14.5" x 14.5" so it can cover several plants at a time, which is a convenient alternative to placing empty plastic milk jugs over each individual plant in your garden! The protection provided by this frost cover can extend the growing season of your garden by several weeks. So, if you just can't get enough of that homegrown goodness, try this innovative garden enclosure. Purchase it from&nbsp;the <a title="buy a Lifetime Frost Cover" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60078.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>&nbsp;by entering model#60078 in the search bar and entering the special discount code "Frost10" when you Check Out to receive $10 off the regular price. Viva la vegetables!<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/frostcover-unzipped.jpg" alt="frostcover-unzipped.jpg" width="286" height="190" /></p>Charlys05 Oct 2011 10:00:00 AMCongratulations to This Month's Winner!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356181/congratulations-to-this-months-winnerhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356181/congratulations-to-this-months-winner<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/wood glider.jpg" alt="wood glider.jpg" width="225" height="150" />Congratulations to Erin M. of&nbsp;Mazomanie, WI.&nbsp; She&nbsp;will be relaxing this Fall on her brand new Lifetime Wood Alternative Glider Bench.&nbsp; That's right,&nbsp;Erin was this month's lucky random winner in our monthly giveaway!</p> <p>If you weren't the lucky winner but would still love to have one of these benches, you can find them in the <a title="buy a Lifetime Glider Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search.aspx?term=glider" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; And, if the Lifetime Wood Alternative&nbsp;Glider Bench isn't quite the style that matches your decor, you might also want to check out the original <a title="buy a Lifetime Glider Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-2871.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Glider Bench </a>made of high-density polyethylene with a solid seat and back in a putty color.&nbsp; (Which, I might add, matches perfectly&nbsp;next to a&nbsp;<a title="buy a Lifetime Picnic Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22119.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Picnic Table</a>!)&nbsp; Same size, same great quality, just a different look.</p> <p>The holidays are right around the corner, and&nbsp;Lifetime Glider Benches are a great product&nbsp;to keep in mind&nbsp;as a perfect present for Mom and Dad or Grandparents.&nbsp; Speaking of around the corner, it's almost hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of October. But, the good news is that means another monthly giveaway will start soon!&nbsp; Stay tuned!</p>Jan29 Sep 2011 8:40:00 AMWin a Lifetime Glider Benchhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356178/win-a-lifetime-glider-benchhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356178/win-a-lifetime-glider-bench<p><a title="winner announcement" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356181/congratulations-to-this-months-winner" target="_blank"><img src="/imagecache/blog/September contest ended.jpg" alt="September contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>This giveaway has ended.</strong> </span>Aahhhh.&nbsp; Deep breath of fresh, crisp, autumn air. With the cooler temperatures and beautiful Fall colors arriving, it's as if nature is tugging at your coat sleeves to get you outside to enjoy the scenery.&nbsp; Sometimes it's nice&nbsp; - and necessary - to take a break from our daily chaotic schedules to simply relax and admire all of nature's wonders.&nbsp;</p> <p>With that in mind, this month, we are going to give one lucky person an ideal excuse to cut loose from routine and simply sit outside and unwind.&nbsp; After all, if you win a brand new <a title="about Lifetime Glider Benches" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/outdoor-furniture/benches/60055" target="_blank">Lifetime Glider Bench</a>, it's pretty much a requirement you take time each day to actually use it, right?&nbsp; We think so.</p> <p>So, this month we're giving away a <a title="buy a Lifetime Wood Glider Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/pid-60055.aspx?bounce=false&amp;fromflash=true" target="_blank">Lifetime Wood Alternative Glider Bench</a>.&nbsp; It's the perfect size to easily fit on a porch, patio, or nestled in a quiet spot in your backyard.&nbsp; These benches are made of durable, weather-resistant, simulated wood.&nbsp; What does that mean?&nbsp; It means you get the beauty of wood without the maintenance and hassle of staining, painting, splintering, or rotting of wood. And, like all Lifetime products, the steel frame has a powder-coated, rust-resistant finish.&nbsp; Maintenance-free?&nbsp; Now that's relaxing!</p> <p>Ready to glide your way to relaxation?&nbsp; Then, hurry to enter. Good luck!</p> <p><strong>How to Enter:</strong></p> <p>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "September contest" and your full name in the email message.</p> <p><br /><strong>Bonus Entries:</strong></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Products Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</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 Products on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/#!/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "I love this Lifetime Glider Bench that @Lifetime365 is giving away this week! <a href="http://bit.ly/pF1nYa">http://bit.ly/pF1nYa</a>" to receive one bonus entry. </li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Friday, September 23, 2011 and will end Thursday, September 29 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Friday, September 30, 2011.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="Official terms and conditions" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank">Click here </a>for complete contest rules.)</p>Jan23 Sep 2011 9:00:00 AMMonthly Giveaway Ends with $50 Discount on Round Picnic Tablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356167/monthly-giveaway-ends-with-50-discount-on-round-picnic-tablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356167/monthly-giveaway-ends-with-50-discount-on-round-picnic-table<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Lifetime round picnic studio shot.jpg" alt="Lifetime round picnic studio shot.jpg" width="225" height="180" />Congratulations to <strong>Susan S. of Phoenix, Arizona</strong>!&nbsp; Susan was randomly selected as this month's giveaway winner and will receive a <a title="about Lifetime Round Picnic Tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/44-inch-round-picnic-tables" target="_blank">Lifetime 44" Round Picnic Table</a> just in time to use for her Labor Day BBQ!&nbsp;</p> <p>Since this was one of our most popular giveaways so far this year, we decided to offer this picnic table for a limited time only at a special price for those of you who weren't the lucky winner but still want to own one of these unique tables.&nbsp; So, now through the end of August, you can save $50 on <a title="buy a Lifetime Round Pincic Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22127.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 44" Round Picnic Table </a>in the <a title="Lifetime Store online" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>. Simply enter discount code <strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">44picnic</span></strong> when you check out.&nbsp;</p> <p>And, as always, keep reading our blogs because we'll start another great product giveaway sometime in September.&nbsp; Until then, happy picnicking &hellip;</p>Jan22 Aug 2011 12:45:00 PMWin a Lifetime Round Picnic Table for Your Labor Day BBQ!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356162/win-a-lifetime-round-picnic-table-for-your-labor-day-bbqhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356162/win-a-lifetime-round-picnic-table-for-your-labor-day-bbq<p><a title="Winner announcement post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356167/monthly-giveaway-ends-with-50-discount-on-round-picnic-table" target="_self"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/August contest ended.jpg" alt="August contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>This giveaway has ended.</strong></span>&nbsp;Sadly, summer is almost over and Labor Day is just around the corner.&nbsp; Labor Day is officially a federal holiday and a day of rest created to recognize our country's workers.&nbsp; But,&nbsp; it seems it is more often recognized as a day to signify the last day of summer with one last hooroh.&nbsp; So, since most Labor Day celebrations traditionally include a picnic or BBQ, this month we're going to give away a <a title="buy a Lifetime 44&quot; Picnic table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22127.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 44-Inch Round Picnic Table</a>!&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lifetime 44-Inch Round Picnic Table offers a unique twist to the standard picnic table.&nbsp; And, yes, I mean that literally because the benches on this table twist, or rather swing, outward for easy seating access for up to six adults!&nbsp; This open frame design provides a stylish look and increases legroom.&nbsp; It also allows for wheelchair accessibility.&nbsp; Like all Lifetime tables, the <a title="about Lifetime round picnic tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/picnic-tables/44-inch-round-picnic-tables" target="_blank">Lifetime 44-Inch Round Picnic Table </a>is constructed with high-density polyethylene tabletop and benches that are UV-protected so they will not crack, chip, rust, or peel.&nbsp; It is also has a powder-coated, weather-resistant steel frame.</p> <p>It's perfect on the patio, by the pool, or in the backyard.&nbsp; Looks like a nice change from the traditional picnic table or patio furniture options, huh?&nbsp; One lucky random winner will be celebrating the end of summer in style with this cool new picnic table at their Labor Day BBQ!&nbsp; It could be you&hellip; if you enter!</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">How to Enter:<br /></span></strong>1.&nbsp;Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "August contest" and your full name in the email message.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Bonus Entries:<br /></span></strong></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</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="http://twitter.com/#!/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "I want this Lifetime Round Picnic Table for my Labor Day picnic that @Lifetime365 is giving away this week! <a href="http://bit.ly/rmwngt">http://bit.ly/rmwngt</a>" to receive one bonus entry. </li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Monday, August 15, 2011 and will end Sunday, August 21 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, August 22 2011.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; Click here for <a title="official terms and conditions" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank">complete contest rules</a>.)</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Lifetime round picnic table family.jpg" alt="Lifetime round picnic table family.jpg" width="281" height="225" /></p>Jan15 Aug 2011 11:30:00 AMMy Composter is Dripping!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356146/my-composter-is-drippinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356146/my-composter-is-dripping<p>A lot of our customers often start asking us the same questions about composting around this time of year. One of the most common concerns we hear is that their <a title="buy a Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search.aspx?term=composter" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter </a>is leaking.&nbsp; Long story short, this is normal.&nbsp; But, to really give you insight into why this is normal, AND what you can do with the leaking liquid, I've asked our Geekstyle blogger <a title="about Joe" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/?author=jlevi" target="_self">Joe</a> to give you the scoop.&nbsp; (For those of you who don't know, Joe the Web Guy is also known as <a href="http://joethegreenguy.com" target="_blank">Joe the Green Guy</a> when he's not on the Lifetime clock - with his own website called <a title="Joe's website" href="http://pathtogreenerliving.com/" target="_blank">PathToGreenerLiving.com</a> where he gives&nbsp;tips for going green&nbsp;including how to use some of Lifetime's Lawn &amp; Garden products.)</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>From Joe:</strong></span></p> <p>A lot of people have jumped on the home gardening band-wagon and are interested in starting to make their own compost. And why not? If you have a garden you have garden waste. That "waste" can be easily turned into nutrient rich compost. All you need is a square yard to heap up your trimmings, cut lawn, and debris left over from last year's harvest. Turn the pile a few times a month, and by next year you'll have some nice compost to use as fertilizer in your yard and garden.</p> <p>Before we jump into our topic, I'd like to take a personal moment to give you a little history about why I'm writing this -- after all, I'm Lifetime's "web guy", not their "gardening expert".</p> <p>I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to my Dad, who <a href="http://joethegreenguy.com/2011/06/rest-in-peace-dad/" target="_blank">passed away</a> earlier this summer. My Dad (pictured here)&nbsp;was born during the low-point of the Great Depression. Although only a small child, he remembered everything his parents had to do just to&nbsp; put food on the table.<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/162.JPG" alt="Lawrence L. Damewood, Sr." width="225" height="169" /></p> <p>He learned to be frugal and make use of everything he could -- wasting little, reusing a lot.</p> <p>Back then a garden wasn't a hobby, it was a vital part of life and contributed <em>significantly</em> to feeding the family. Fertilizer back then didn't come in a bag or sprayer bottle, it was manure from chickens, horses, and cows that was piled in a corner of the garden to age and break down before being used to side-dress the precious crops. It wasn't called "compost", nor were there composters as we know them today.</p> <p>He taught me how to plant a garden (including his very <a href="http://joethegreenguy.com/2011/06/stuff-my-dad-taught-me-how-to-plant-a-tomato/" target="_blank">non-traditional tomato planting method</a>), and how to save all the pulled weeds, trimmings, and end-of-year "waste" for composting. So, it's with that context in mind that I'd like to share some thoughts on composting, and answer some common questions.</p> <p>Many either don't like the idea of having a head of "trash" in their yard, or would like their compost sooner than later. For those people there are commercially available tumbling composters that get your pile off the ground, contain it, make the "turning" easier, and generally make your compost faster than you can from an old-fashioned pile.</p> <p>We recently received a few questions from customers about water dripping out of&nbsp;their <a title="buy a Lifetime composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search.aspx?term=composter" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;composter</a> and thought now, the beginning of the composting season, would be a great time to answer a few questions about moisture, drips, and introduce you to "<a title="Compost Tea Making: For Organic Healthier Vegetables, Flowers, Orchards, Vineyards, Lawns [Paperback]" href="http://t.co/VudZdhR" target="_blank">compost tea</a>".</p> <p>Most tumbling composters, including those that&nbsp;Lifetime makes, are not water-tight, nor are they designed to be. Too much moisture in your mix will increase the likelihood of anaerobic decomposition and rot. Although the mix will break down in those conditions it&rsquo;s usually much slower &ndash; and much more smelly. By not making the composter water-tight, any excess moisture can drip out of the bottom, reducing the chance of a stinky, slowly decomposing mix. The &ldquo;drippings&rdquo; are sometimes called &ldquo;compost tea&rdquo;, are VERY rich in nutrients, and can be used as a liquid fertilizer. It&rsquo;s so rich that if you collect this &ldquo;tea&rdquo; you must dilute is 19:1 with water before you apply it as fertilizer or it may &ldquo;burn&rdquo; your plants.</p> <p>A down-side of this compost tea is that it is dark brown and can stain whatever surface the composter is sitting on (which could be a problem if it&rsquo;s a deck or patio). I use a flat, plastic container (weighted down with a brick) to catch these drippings. This saves my patio from staining and gives me the opportunity to make compost tea&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;reusing even the "waste" from the composting process. Dad would be proud.</p> <p>- <a href="http://www.JoeTheGreenGuy.com" target="_blank">Joe the Green Guy</a></p>Darrin12 Aug 2011 9:00:00 AMNew Lifetime Folding Tailgate Table - Perfect for Tailgating, Picnicking, and Campinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356152/new-lifetime-folding-tailgate-table----perfect-for-tailgating-picnicking-and-campinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356152/new-lifetime-folding-tailgate-table----perfect-for-tailgating-picnicking-and-camping<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/tailgate table 2.jpg" alt="tailgate table 2.jpg" width="225" height="150" />If you are going camping this summer or planning a July 4th picnic on-the-go, then our newest product is perfect for you - the <a title="more about Lifetime Tailgate Tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/outdoor-furniture/recreation-tables/80240" target="_blank">Lifetime Folding Tailgate Table</a>!&nbsp; Although we designed this new table with a tailgater in mind, don't let the name mislead you - this recreational table is ideal for picnics, camping, or any outdoor get-together.</p> <p>Simply put, this table is basically like a Lifetime <a title="about Lifetime banquet tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/rectangular" target="_blank">banquet table </a>with a metal grilling table attached to it - it saves you from lugging around two tables all the time.&nbsp; It has a 5'6" x 28" high-density polyethylene (HDPE) tabletop for prepping or serving food.&nbsp; (You can even easily sit four people around the table to use it as a dining table.)&nbsp; At the end of the table,&nbsp; there is an attached 28" x 15" heavy-duty grill rack with utensil holder.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>But, the best part is how compact this table folds.&nbsp; The metal rack conveniently folds inside the polyethylene table, and the entire table then folds in half to a mere 33" x 28".&nbsp; We've also added a built-in carry handle so it's easy to transport and store.<br />&nbsp;<br />Like all Lifetime folding tables, the HDPE tabletop is UV-protected and is stain resistant, easy to clean, and will not crack, chip, or peel.&nbsp; In addition, the sturdy steel frame has a powder-coated finish that protects against weather, rust, and corrosion.</p> <p>You may be wondering what makes this table different from the <a title="more about Lifetime Camp Table" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/outdoor-furniture/recreation-tables/8190" target="_blank">Lifetime Camp Table</a>?&nbsp; Good question.&nbsp; The concept is very similar, but the size is very different.&nbsp; The new Lifetime Folding Tailgate Table has a much larger polyethylene table and a slightly bigger grilling rack.&nbsp; (The Camp Table has a 42"x24" tabletop and a 14" x 24" stove rack.)&nbsp; But, with the fold-in-half feature, this new larger Folding Tailgate Table is actually more compact to carry and store than the Lifetime Camp Table.&nbsp; We've also made the Lifetime Folding Tailgate Table a neutral&nbsp; almond color so it aesthetically fits better with tailgating parties, family reunions, picnics, and more.<br />&nbsp;<br />My wife and I will be doing a lot of barbeques this season and we will be using this table. Since I have to do the grilling, it&rsquo;s a nice place to layout the tools I use to create&nbsp;my masterpieces&nbsp; - my hamburgers!&nbsp; If you want one of these tables too, they are available for $59.99 - <em>only</em> at Sam's Club.&nbsp; If you want to get a better look at the Lifetime Folding Tailgate Table before heading to the store, check out this <a title="watch video" href="http://www.youtube.com/lifetimeproducts#p/c/B56067AEA74E1526/26/AqZ5yDKXzV8" target="_blank">quick video</a> below.</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/AqZ5yDKXzV8" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/AqZ5yDKXzV8" /> </object> </p>Darrin27 Jun 2011 8:00:00 AMHappy (Early) Father's Day to Our Shed Giveaway Winner!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356151/happy-early-fathers-day-to-our-shed-giveaway-winnerhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356151/happy-early-fathers-day-to-our-shed-giveaway-winner<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/7x7shed.jpg" alt="7x7shed.jpg" width="225" height="188" />Thanks to everyone who entered this month's giveaway to try and win the Lifetime 7'x7'&nbsp;Shed for their Dad for Father's Day.&nbsp; We received some very touching stories about how much your Dads mean to you and why you wanted to win this shed for Dad.&nbsp;&nbsp; But, in the end, the winner picked by random.org was <strong>Sonya R. of Knoxville, TX</strong>.&nbsp; Congrats, Sonya.&nbsp; We hope your husband enjoys this year's Father's Day present for years to come!</p> <p>We also heard some great feedback about which features you liked best about this relatively-new <a title="Buy a Lifetime 7'x7' shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60042.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 7'x7' Shed</a>.&nbsp; By far (and not surprisingly), the feature most of you liked the best was the full-length roof skylight.&nbsp; That's a pretty awesome addition to a shed!&nbsp; Other popular answers were the shatterproof windows that open and the customizable shelving.</p> <p>If you fell in love with this shed but weren't the lucky winner, don't worry - you can purchase this shed in our <a title="buy the Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60042.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; And, they actually have a <a title="shed sale details" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">shed sale </a>going on now until June 30 -&nbsp; receive a free solar&nbsp;shed light (a $50 value) with any shed purchase!&nbsp; Simply enter <strong>freelight</strong> when you check out.&nbsp; And, if the 7'x7' shed isn't the right size for you, be sure to check out our full line of <a title="see all Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">storage buildings</a>&hellip;we have some that are smaller and lots that are bigger - even big enough to fit a car inside!</p> <p>If you still want to try and win Dad a Father's Day present, we have two more giveaways going on right now!&nbsp; To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we're giving away <a title="model 71522" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-71522.aspx" target="_blank">25 Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoops </a>until the end of 2011.&nbsp; Visit <a title="Enter the 25 Hoops for 25 Years giveaway" href="http://go.lifetime.com/25-hoops" target="_blank">go.lifetime.com/25-hoops to enter</a>.&nbsp; And, if you visit <a title="enter to win a Lifetime picnic table" href="http://lifeisasandcastle.blogspot.com/2011/05/lifetime-6ft-folding-picnic-table.html?spref=tw" target="_blank">lifeisasandcastle.blogspot.com</a> before June 19,&nbsp; you can enter to win a <a title="about a Lifetime 6' Folding Picnic Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22119.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6' Folding Picnic Table</a> - perfect for summer picnics, July 4th BBQs, and family reunions.&nbsp; Good luck!</p>Jan17 Jun 2011 10:00:00 AMSit Back and Relax in a New Lifetime Adirondack Chair http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356150/sit-back-and-relax-in-a-new-lifetime-adirondack-chairhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356150/sit-back-and-relax-in-a-new-lifetime-adirondack-chair<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/adirondack chair.jpg" alt="adirondack chair.jpg" width="225" height="210" />Last month, Katie <a title="Annual Sales Meeting Reveals LOTS of New Products on Horizon" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356136/annual-sales-meeting-reveals-lots-of-new-products-on-horizon" target="_blank">shared with you</a> that we have lots of new products on the horizon.&nbsp; I'm happy to tell you that one of these new products is a Lawn &amp; Garden product that is now available&hellip; a Lifetime Adirondack Chair!<br />&nbsp;<br />If you're still wondering what to get Dad for Father's Day, this is a perfect gift to give your Dad or husband to help him relax this summer in his backyard, on the front porch, or on the beach with his feet in the sand.&nbsp; (It's also good for moms too, so don't feel guilty about purchasing a matching chair for her!)<br />&nbsp;<br />What will Dad love about the new <a title="about the Lifetime Adirondack Chair" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/outdoor-furniture/adirondack-chair" target="_blank">Lifetime Adirondack Chair</a>?&nbsp; Lots of things, starting with the way it looks.&nbsp; It's manly - no fluffy cushions or dainty wicker.&nbsp; This is a sip-your-beverage and admire-your-lawn-work kind of chair.&nbsp;&nbsp; (But, as you can see, it still has&nbsp;a stylish look women like, too.) At first glance, it's difficult to tell the Lifetime Adirondack Chair is not made of real wood. The color variations and texturing are an amazingly close replication to the characteristics of natural wood grain. The Lifetime Adirondack Chair is constructed of weather-resistant polystyrene - a type of plastic. (If you are familiar with some of our other outdoor furniture products, this is the same material the <a title="buy a Lifetime Convertible Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60054.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Convertible Bench </a>and <a title="buy a Lifetime Glider Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60055.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Simulated-Wood Glider Bench</a> are made of.)&nbsp; It's a durable, UV-protected material that allows us to simulate the grain and texture of real wood.&nbsp; But, unlike wooden furniture, this simulated-wood will not splinter, warp, or rot and never needs to be painted or varnished&hellip; which means Dad will also like that it's maintenance free!&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Finally, Dad will like its comfort.&nbsp; The Lifetime Adirondack Chair features a traditional design with a low-to-the-ground and deep seat.&nbsp; It classically combines comfort and style with a 31.25"w x 38.6"l x 14"h seat and 36.9" tall seat back<br />&nbsp;<br />If you're a loyal fan of Lifetime, you're probably used to us inventing and introducing never-before-seen products.&nbsp; We realize an adirondack is certainly nothing new.&nbsp; What makes the Lifetime Adirondack Chair unique is that it is an affordable option for customers wanting the convenience of outdoor, maintenance-free plastic furniture, but the beauty and durability of real wood furniture.&nbsp; (An affordable price for a quality product - yet another feature Dad will love.)&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br /><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/adirondack chair 2.jpg" alt="adirondack chair 2.jpg" width="225" height="150" />This is a perfect addition to your outdoor living space to enjoy an afternoon relaxing with family and friends. If you want to get the Lifetime Adirondack Chair in time for Father's Day, head to your nearest Costco Wholesale Club.&nbsp; Or, you can also reserve yours today in the <a title="buy a Lifetime Adirondack Chair" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60064.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.</p>Darrin16 Jun 2011 5:15:00 PMLifetime Attends National Hardware Show in Las Vegashttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356139/lifetime-attends-national-hardware-show-in-las-vegashttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356139/lifetime-attends-national-hardware-show-in-las-vegas<p><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime booth at the National Hardware Show" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_0500.JPG" alt="Lifetime booth at the National Hardware Show" width="250" />Each year Las Vegas hosts the Annual <a title="National Hardware Show" href="http://nationalhardwareshow.com/" target="_blank">National Hardware Show </a>where thousands of manufacturers and retailer buyers gather to show off the latest and greatest &ldquo;home after market&rdquo; products, which means all the products sold for the home, after the home is built. I was able to attend the (66th Annual) show this year and it was amazing to see the variety of new and exciting products. It was an opportunity for Lifetime to flaunt our own innovations.</p> <p>We met with all of our major retailer accounts, to show and demonstrate our newest innovations. Focusing mainly on our Lawn &amp; Garden products, we displayed our <a title="Lifetime Sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=left" target="_blank">sheds</a>, <a title="Lifetime Picnic Tables" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/PicnicTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">picnic tables</a>, <a title="Lifetime Raised Garden Bed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60053.aspx" target="_blank">raised garden beds</a>, <a title="Lifetime Composters" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search.aspx?term=composter" target="_blank">composters</a>,<a title="Lifetime Adirondack Chair" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60064.aspx" target="_blank"> Adirondack chairs</a>, <a title="Lifetime Glider Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60055.aspx" target="_blank">glider bench</a>, <a title="Lifetime Convertible Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60054.aspx" target="_blank">convertible bench</a>, <a title="Lifetime 130-Gallon Storage Box" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">130-gallon storage box</a> and <a title="Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356112/lifetimes-new-80-gallon-storage-box" target="_blank">80-gallon storage box</a>. The response on these products has been phenomenal!</p> <p><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime booth at the National Hardware Show" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_0502.JPG" alt="Lifetime booth at the National Hardware Show" width="250" />Lifetime was well represented, being one of the largest booths at the show. There were many other booths introducing new products which I am excited to see come out in the market. One that I have my eye on is a solar powered robotic lawn mower. This mower lets you set up the boundaries of your lawn and then it will automatically mow your lawn on the schedule you choose. Talk about being lazy!</p> <p>The show was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and concluded May 12. It is the leading time &amp; place based face-to-face, sourcing, trading and learning event for the highly fragmented $343 Billion dollar US &ldquo;home after market&rdquo; products, attracting a worldwide audience of more than 27,000 industry professionals.</p>Darrin26 May 2011 3:15:06 PMHow Do You Move A 500lb Bouncy Castle?http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356131/how-do-you-move-a-500lb-bouncy-castlehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356131/how-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="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/bouncy 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="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/wheelbarrow" 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="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/bouncy castle wheelbarrow.jpg" alt="bouncy castle wheelbarrow.jpg" width="225" height="150" /></p> <p>Ideally, our <a title="about Lifetime Yard Carts" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/yard-cart" 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="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrows </a>and <a title="buy a Lifetime Yard Cart" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">Yard Carts </a>are 10% off in the <a title="Lifetime Store online" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; Simply enter code <strong>whlcrt10</strong> when you check out.</p>Jan28 Apr 2011 2:06:26 PM10% Off Lifetime Wheelbarrows - Celebrate Earth Day By Sprucing Up Your Spacehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356127/10-off-lifetime-wheelbarrows---celebrate-earth-day-by-sprucing-up-your-spacehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356127/10-off-lifetime-wheelbarrows---celebrate-earth-day-by-sprucing-up-your-space<p>What better way to&nbsp;spend Earth Day than purchasing&nbsp;a wheelbarrow&nbsp;to&nbsp;tidy up your own personal environment?&nbsp;If you're&nbsp;ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, you'll be happy to hear that we're offering&nbsp;10% off the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Heavy-Duty Lifetime Wheelbarrow </a>and the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart</a>&nbsp;at our <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">online&nbsp;Lifetime Store</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Two wheels are better than one! Lifetime engineers have improved on the traditional wheelbarrow design by using two wheels in place of one. This addition, as well as the extra-wide wheel base and low center of gravity, provide ultimate load stability; distributing 85% of the load weight to the wheels and only 15% to you, the operator! Customers say they appreciate the easy manuverability, awesome balance, and tapered front. Read the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">reviews</a> to see what else customers are saying about their heavy-duty <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrow </a>. <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/cyber monday Wheelbarrow.jpg" alt="cyber monday Wheelbarrow.jpg" width="200" height="133" /></p> <p>We also have the amazing <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart </a>which gives you the option of pulling as well as pushing your load. The handles on the cart convert into a handy hitch so you can attach the cart behind a small tractor or riding lawnmower. Doesn't get any easier than that! Customers say they especially appreciate the handy dumping latch that enables you to dump the tub without disconnecting it from the riding mower.&nbsp; See&nbsp;what&nbsp;other features are&nbsp;winning customers over with this <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Yard Cart</a> by checking out&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">reviews</a>&nbsp;at our <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/?from=top" target="_blank">online store</a>. <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/L_5F00_8x7.5_5F00_shed_5F00_219.jpg" alt="L_8x7.5_shed_219.jpg" width="200" height="300" /></p> <p>If you're ready to get the job done, go to the online <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime Store </a>and take advantage of the 10%&nbsp;savings on the&nbsp;65011 <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrow&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;and the 65009<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank"> Lifetime Yard Cart</a>.&nbsp; Simply enter the special discount code <strong>whlcrt10</strong> when you're ready to check out.&nbsp; Effective for a limited time only.&nbsp;Happy Earth Day!&nbsp;</p>Charlys22 Apr 2011 10:00:00 AMWin A Raised Garden Bed Kit!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356128/win-a-raised-garden-bed-kithttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356128/win-a-raised-garden-bed-kit<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><a title="Winner announcement post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356133/two-winners--and-still-more-free-products" target="_self"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/April contest ended.jpg" alt="April contest ended.jpg" width="225" /></a>This giveaway has ended.</strong>&nbsp;</span> Spring is here and Earth Day is this Friday, April 22!&nbsp;&nbsp;What a&nbsp;great time to get outside and start planting your garden.&nbsp; If you follow us regularly, you know we've been sharing a lot about our new <a title="What are Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kits" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/raised-garden-bed" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kits </a>on this <a title="Blog post about Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kits" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356105/lifetimes-new-raised-garden-bed" target="_blank">blog</a> lately.&nbsp; We've even shared a few video reviews of the product from people who have <a title="YouTube video by John from GrowingYourGreens.com" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45bZTFxh0K8" target="_blank">seen them </a>in the stores and others who have <a title="YouTube vidoe by Joe Levi from PathtoGreenerLiving.com" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJtIIjkctkU" target="_blank">tried them </a>already.&nbsp;</p> <p>These cool new Raised Garden Bed Kits are getting talked about quite a bit on our <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="http://facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page.&nbsp; Why all the talk?&nbsp; Because this 4'x4' bed allows you to set up an entire garden in less than one hour! And, it includes an early start enclosure kit to turn the bed into a greenhouse.&nbsp; Needless to say, they are quickly becoming a very popular product.&nbsp;&nbsp; In some areas, they are selling so quickly it's hard to actually get your hands on one.&nbsp; In fact, they aren't even available in the <a title="Lifetime Store online" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search.aspx?term=garden+bed" target="_blank">Lifetime Store </a>online yet!&nbsp; But, luckily we managed to snag one before it left the factory.&nbsp; So, guess what?&nbsp; We're going to make it easy for one lucky person to get a <a title="buy a Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60053.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit </a>by giving one away this month in honor or Earth Day!&nbsp;</p> <p>Guess that means you better start figuring out what you want to plant... because you may just be&nbsp;this month's&nbsp;winner!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">How to enter:</span></strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "April contest".&nbsp;&nbsp; In the email:<br />&bull;&nbsp;Include your full name.<br />&bull;&nbsp;Tell us why you are interested in raised garden beds and square foot gardening.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Bonus Entries:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on Facebook.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on Twitter @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "If you like to garden, check out this Raised Garden Kit @Lifetime365 is giving away!&nbsp;If you like to garden, check out this Raised Garden Kit @Lifetime365 is giving away! <a href="http://bit.ly/e61wXj">http://bit.ly/e61wXj</a>&nbsp;#garden #giveaway" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Tuesday, April, 19 2011 and will end Thursday,&nbsp;April 28, 2011 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Friday,&nbsp;April 29&nbsp;2011.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="Official Terms and Conditions" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank">Click here </a>for complete contest rules.)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan19 Apr 2011 11:05:00 AMVideo Review of Lifetime Raised Garden Kit http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356125/video-review-of-lifetime-raised-garden-kithttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356125/video-review-of-lifetime-raised-garden-kit<p> <object width="400" height="329" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/HJtIIjkctkU" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HJtIIjkctkU" /> <param name="align" value="top" /> </object> </p> <p>A few months ago we told you about our newest lawn and garden product - the <a title="about Lifetime Raised Garden Kits" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/raised-garden-bed" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Kits</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; We are thrilled to tell you they are quickly becoming a very popular product!&nbsp; These 4'x4' kits provide a full garden setup in less than one hour of easy do-it-yourself assembly with no tools required.&nbsp;</p> <p>But, a lot of you may still be wondering if they are really that easy to assemble and if they really work.&nbsp; Well, wonder no more!&nbsp; If you're a loyal reader of this blog, you may be familiar with our fellow <a title="about Joe" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/?author=jlevi" target="_blank">Geekstyle blogger, Joe</a>.&nbsp; It turns out that not only does Joe get geeky with techy things, but he also gets geeky about going green, too!&nbsp;</p> <p>A few weeks ago, we gave Joe a Lifetime Raised Garden Kit to review and use on his personal green/gardening website called <a title="pathtogreenerliving.com" href="http://pathtogreenerliving.com" target="_blank">PathToGreenerLiving.com</a>.&nbsp; He created a detailed and in-depth video about the product, how to assemble it, and how to use it.&nbsp; (He also gives you some handy tips and ideas for how to use the product, like using the cardboard from the Raised Garden Kit package as a ground barrier and composting the other packaging items.)</p> <p>Even though Joe works for Lifetime, he's still going to share an honest review about what he likes and doesn't like about the product, and what works and doesn't work.&nbsp; In fact, he's also going to do something really cool and grow potatoes in a <a title="buy a Lifetime Raised Garden Kit" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60053.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Raised Garden Kit </a>with the early enclosure.&nbsp; At the same time, he's also going to plant&nbsp;more potatoes in his wooden raised garden bed to see which garden grows faster and better.&nbsp; So, we'll keep checking back with Joe over the next few months and share his future videos to let you know how his experiment is coming along.&nbsp; We're anxious to see, as well!&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have any questions for Joe about his experience or you want to share your own experiences about the Lifetime Raised Garden Kit, please leave us a comment below.</p>Darrin08 Apr 2011 2:30:00 PMLifetime and Engineers Honored at Utah Genius Awardshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356123/lifetime-and-engineers-honored-at-utah-genius-awardshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356123/lifetime-and-engineers-honored-at-utah-genius-awards<p><img style="float: right;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/group shot.jpg" alt="group shot.jpg" width="250" height="167" />Yesterday was a good day... I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed, and set out to assemble a shed with Lifetime&rsquo;s Prototype Shop Specialists (who I call Product Assembly Wizards) in the Little America Hotel grand ballroom. After a few hours of drilling, tightening bolts, and hauling through the kitchen&mdash;oddly enough, the best path to the loading dock &mdash; we had our own little corner with a Lifetime <a title="about Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings/" target="_blank">shed</a>, <a title="about Lifetime Composters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters" target="_blank">composter</a>, <a title="about Lifetime wheelbarrows" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/wheelbarrow" target="_blank">wheelbarrow,</a> and <a title="about Lifetime Personal Tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/personal-tables/" target="_blank">Personal Table </a>for a drawing to win the products. You may wonder why a person would be so excited to do all this work. Well, besides the fact that I&rsquo;m generally overly excited about most things I get to do, I was thrilled to see six of our engineers and Lifetime Products as a company honored at the&nbsp;2011&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ksl.com/?sid=14865708" target="_blank">Utah Genius awards program</a>!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Including its engineers, Lifetime took home eight awards total. Our own engineer&nbsp;&ldquo;Lifetime geniuses&rdquo; won largely in part for their work with products including the shed, composter, and wheelbarrow. The winners included: Kent Ashby, Dave Winter, Rob Astle, Brent Steed, Barry Mower, Jay Calkin, and Curtis Strong. (Curtis is actually a former Lifetime engineer we still keep in touch with, so we&rsquo;re mailing his award to him :). Congratulations, employees!&nbsp; See the full list of honorees <a href="http://www.sys-con.com/node/1767325" target="_blank">here</a>.<a href="http://www.utahgenius.com/" target="_blank"><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/dave award.jpg" alt="dave award.jpg" width="200" height="133" /></a></p> <p>Lifetime Products won 5th in the state for number of patents, and 18th for number of trademarks.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.utahgenius.com/" target="_blank">The Utah Genius awards </a>serve to honor and recognize the people, companies and cities that contribute to the state's growth with patents and trademarks. The program is sponsored by<a href="http://www.ksl.com/index.php" target="_blank"> KSL </a>and the <a href="http://www.batemanip.com/index.php" target="_blank">Bateman IP Law Group</a>, and this year's program was conducted by KSL's <a href="http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=101137&amp;nid=166" target="_blank">Nadine Wimmer</a>&nbsp;(of whom I'm a huge fan!), <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CBoQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ksl.com%2F%3Fsid%3D101147%26nid%3D166&amp;ei=teiLTYydC8jngQfA1qmkDQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNFsyK1LQqGRD62IXrBCzjjUCcafiA" target="_blank">Bruce Lindsay</a>, Bateman, and the keynote address was given by Utah <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CCEQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.utah.gov%2Fgovernor%2F&amp;ei=1OiLTaSLDYrEgQeD8NDCDQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNG_BsRxZO0dE6smGFVVX6uH_kOIlg" target="_blank">Governor Gary R. Herbert</a>.</p> <p>Thanks to great speakers and honorees, the program was FANTASTIC! It really opened my eyes. I had no idea the scope of the amazing innovation taking place in Utah-- medical, software, engineering, you name it, and it was there somehow. I truly felt I was surrounded by geniuses of all kinds. I met a few small geniuses too&hellip; KSL did a promotion to send some scientifically-minded children to this event, and they looked just as wide-eyed as me. I got the chance to meet Seth, as he and his mom entered our drawing. I told him a little about how Lifetime Sheds are made. Good thing everything at the program was patented... I could see his wheels turning :o!&nbsp;<img style="float: right;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_7586.JPG" alt="IMG_7586.JPG" width="200" height="133" /></p> <p>The event also included the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to James Lee Sorenson of <a href="http://www.sorenson.com/" target="_blank">Sorensen Communications</a>, for spearheading the development of video compression technologies and telecommunications for the deaf that have helped millions of people. Details about his impressive story can be found on <a href="http://www.ksl.com/?sid=14865708" target="_blank">KSL's coverage of this event</a>.</p> <p>After the event the drawing winners took home their prizes, and we set out to haul the shed back to our Lifetime Store for pickup by a lucky winner. The funniest part of the night for me, was reuniting with our Prototype Shop Specialists, and watching them work with the Little America kitchen staff to figure out a way to move the fully-assembled shed through the kitchen&hellip; it helped to have rolling pallets, but was a tight squeeze nonetheless.</p> <p>In the end, very deserving engineers and inventors were recognized, companies were applauded for their contributions to Utah&rsquo;s economic development, and I think the Little America kitchen staff got a good laugh after a busy day!&nbsp;<img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/crazy wheelbarrow.jpg" alt="crazy wheelbarrow.jpg" width="200" height="175" /><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/shed kitchen.jpg" alt="shed kitchen.jpg" width="150" height="175" /></p>Katie25 Mar 2011 8:00:00 AMLifetime's New 80-Gallon Storage Boxhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356112/lifetimes-new-80-gallon-storage-boxhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356112/lifetimes-new-80-gallon-storage-box<p><img style="float: right;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/80-Gallon Storage Box.jpg" alt="80-Gallon Storage Box.jpg" width="200" height="139" />Do you need to expand your patio storage, but have limited space available? Store your extra things outside in a new <a title="Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box" href="http://www.lowes.com/pd_54276-75128-60059_4294816522_4294937087_?productId=3317534&amp;Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1&amp;pl=1&amp;currentURL=%2Fpl_Small%2BOutdoor%2BStorage_4294816522_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1" target="_blank">Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box</a>! We introduced the <a title="Lifetime 130-Gallon Storage Box" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 130-Gallon Storage Box</a> <a title="130-Gallon Storage Box Blog Post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/354561/dont-let-summer-fun-turn-into-backyard-blues" target="_blank">last June</a> and with the great response, we&rsquo;ve created a smaller version of this handy product for those not-so-big backyards or those individuals who have less space.<br />&nbsp;<br />Created to store anything from backyard toys to garden tools and hoses, its UV-protected construction, and weather and water resistant seal helps keeps the interior dry. It will not fade, crack or peel. Its rigid, double-wall, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) construction makes the box strong and durable, sturdy enough to also be used as a patio bench and allow for more seating at your summer backyard barbeques! The spring-hinge lid opens greater than 90 degrees, won&rsquo;t slam shut, and is lockable. With its interior capacity of 80 gallons, this storage box is 39 inches long and 24 inches wide.<br />&nbsp;<br /><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/80-Gallon Storage Box 3.jpg" alt="80-Gallon Storage Box 3.jpg" width="200" height="133" />The storage box comes in one box with easy straight-forward assembly. It includes a 10-year limited warranty. The <a title="Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box" href="http://www.lowes.com/pd_54276-75128-60059_4294816522_4294937087_?productId=3317534&amp;Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1&amp;pl=1&amp;currentURL=%2Fpl_Small%2BOutdoor%2BStorage_4294816522_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1" target="_blank">Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box</a> is available nationwide exclusively at Lowe&rsquo;s.</p>Darrin11 Mar 2011 12:28:41 AMLifetime's New Convertible Benchhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356113/lifetimes-new-convertible-benchhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356113/lifetimes-new-convertible-bench<p><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime Convertible Bench" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Convertible Bench 2.jpg" alt="Convertible Bench 2.jpg" width="125" height="188" />We are excited to announce our newest lawn and garden product&hellip;the revolutionary Lifetime Convertible Bench! The <a title="about the Lifetime Convertible Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60054.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Convertible Bench </a>is a simulated wood garden bench that allows one person to easily convert single-handedly into a table in just seconds simply by squeezing a built-in handle and tipping the bench back. Additionally, when two Lifetime Convertible Benches are placed together in the table position, they create an instant, full-sized <a title="about Lifetime Picnic tables" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/PicnicTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">picnic table </a>with attached benches.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" title="Lifetime Convertible Bench - Table Setting" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Convertible Bench 3.jpg" alt="Convertible Bench 3.jpg" width="175" height="133" />The great thing is&mdash;it&rsquo;s very versatile and allows you to maximize your outdoor living space. It is aesthetically appealing and can be used as a cozy park bench for day-to-day use and decor, or has the added convenience of being able to quickly convert it to a table with an attached bench seat for spontaneous extra dining or work areas when needed.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime Convertible Bench - Picnic Table" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Convertible Bench 4.jpg" alt="Convertible Bench 4.jpg" width="150" height="90" />Constructed with a powder-coated steel frame and weather-resistant simulated wood polystyrene seat and back slats, the Lifetime Convertible Bench is UV-protected to prevent fading, cracking, chipping, warping or peeling even in the harshest conditions. The Lifetime Convertible Bench is stain resistant and requires no painting or maintenance. In addition, the individual wood textured slats are aligned to allow for quick water drainage.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" title="Transforming Lifetime Convertible Bench" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Convertible Bench.jpg" alt="Convertible Bench.jpg" width="175" height="117" /><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime Convertible Bench" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Convertible Bench 5.jpg" alt="Convertible Bench 5.jpg" width="100" height="74" />The Lifetime Convertible Bench is designed to comfortably fit three adults, with a 57-inch seat. It also features easy in and out access of the seating area when in the table position. It is backed by a two-year warranty and retails for approximately $99. Currently, the Lifetime Convertible Bench is available at Costco Wholesale stores.</p>Darrin01 Mar 2011 10:54:11 AMLifetime's New 65-Gallon Composterhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356111/lifetimes-new-65-gallon-composterhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356111/lifetimes-new-65-gallon-composter<p><img style="float: right;" title="65-Gallon Composter" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/65-composter2.jpg" alt="65-composter2.jpg" width="200" height="200" />Who loves composting? We do! Remember how we introduced the Lifetime 80-Gallon Composter last spring? Well, with its success we have designed a smaller version and are excited to announce&mdash;the Lifetime 65-Gallon Composter! We have kept all the same great features but just made it a little smaller.</p> <p>The <a title="about a Lifetime 65-gallon composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60028.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 65-Gallon Composter </a>is constructed of UV-protected high-density polyethylene (HDPE) panels and is black with a galvanized steel base. Its extra large, removable lid makes it easy to load lawn and garden trimmings and organic waste. The lid latches shut to help keep rodents out and compost in. The ingenious tumbler design turns on an axis to allow for easy and balanced rotation. The aerated internal bar mixes compost and allows for air flow.</p> <p>Even if you&rsquo;ve never composted before, what better time than now to start?! Plus, when you buy the Lifetime composter, it comes with an easy how-to booklet explaining all the details of <a title="about composting" href="http://www.lifetime.com/article/2420" target="_blank">successfully composting</a>.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" title="65-Gallon Composter" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/65-composter.jpg" alt="65-composter.jpg" width="125" height="125" /><img style="float: left;" title="65-Gallon Composter" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/65-composter3.jpg" alt="65-composter3.jpg" width="125" height="125" />Here are some of the benefits of composting:<br />1.&nbsp;Improves Soil's Ability to Retain Moisture - Reduces Watering Costs<br />2.&nbsp;Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Kitchen and Garden Waste -Saves Landfill Space<br />3.&nbsp;Conditions Soil for Healthy Plants and Gardens - Provides Valuable Nutrients<br />4.&nbsp;Stop Buying Expensive Fertilizers and Mulch - Create Your Own with Composting</p> <p>The composter comes in&nbsp;one box and includes a 5-year limited warranty. The Lifetime 65-Gallon Composter is now available nationwide in all Sam&rsquo;s Club stores.</p>Darrin24 Feb 2011 11:02:06 AMLifetime's New Raised Garden Bedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356105/lifetimes-new-raised-garden-bedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356105/lifetimes-new-raised-garden-bed<p><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime Raised Garden Bed" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/garden3.jpg" alt="garden3.jpg" width="150" height="150" />Spring is on its way! Well, maybe, depending where you live, right? Nonetheless, we are excited to announce our new &ldquo;Spring&rdquo; product&hellip; the Lifetime&nbsp;Raised Garden Bed! This 4 x 4 foot garden kit makes it easy to have a successful garden in less space.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been consulting with fellow Utahan, <a title="about Mel Bartholomew" href="http://www.squarefootgardening.com/" target="_blank">Mel Bartholomew</a>, who invented the square foot garden. The purpose of this smaller garden is to grow a larger, more plentiful harvest with less cost, in less space, using less water and seeds, and less work than traditional gardens.</p> <p>With its simple, do-it-yourself assembly and low-maintenance features, gardening has never been so easy. Not requiring any tools, your garden can be assembled in less than an hour. Growing your own garden can be a very inexpensive and healthier way to consume your vegetables. And nothing tastes as good as homegrown tomatoes or squash!</p> <p><img title="Lifetime Raised Garden Bed with Enclosure" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/garden2.jpg" alt="garden2.jpg" width="150" height="100" />Constructed of UV-protected high-density polyethylene, it is low-maintenance, weather resistant, and won&rsquo;t rot, crack or peel. It does not emit toxicity and makes for an aesthetically appealing design that would look nice on any porch or backyard. There is also the option for the early start enclosure, which keeps the heat and moisture needed when plants and vegetables are planted in the colder months. A step-by-step gardening guide is also included.</p> <p>Now you can grow more vegetables or plants in a smaller amount of space with the Lifetime Raised Garden Bed! The Lifetime Raised Garden Kit is available nationwide and in Canada at all Costco&nbsp;Wholesale Stores.</p>Darrin11 Feb 2011 8:38:00 AMWinter Picnic Fun Playing Fox and Geese http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356094/winter-picnic-fun-playing-fox-and-geesehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356094/winter-picnic-fun-playing-fox-and-geese<p><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/winter 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="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetlands" 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="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/PicnicTables/Default.aspx" 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="http://www.escapadedirect.com/foxgeouwiga.html" 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 PMThe Dos and Don’ts of After-Christmas Compostinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356090/the-dos-and-donts-of-after-christmas-compostinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356090/the-dos-and-donts-of-after-christmas-composting<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/wrapping paper.jpg" alt="wrapping paper.jpg" width="169" height="225" />Whew, the crazy holiday season is almost over.&nbsp; All the gifts are opened, all the relatives are gone,&nbsp; and now all the cleanup begins.&nbsp; Lots of presents, lots of food, and lots of decorations add up to &hellip;well, lots of trash.&nbsp; But, before you start chunking everything in the garbage can, a majority of your holiday trash can actually be saved to make one last great gift to give to... your Lifetime Compost Tumbler!<br />&nbsp;<br />Holidays provide lots of great compost material that often gets overlooked. Take a look at all of these items you probably have laying around your house now that Santa has come and gone that you can easily add to your <a title="about a Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search.aspx?term=composter" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter</a>.<br />&nbsp;<br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="color: #339966;">Do</span> put in your composter:</span></strong></span></p> <ul> <li>Wrapping paper - Use only non-foil, non-glossy papers.&nbsp; Be sure to remove any ribbons and tape.&nbsp;&nbsp; Tear or shred paper then add it to your composter gradually to maintain a good green/brown balance.&nbsp; (Paper is considered a brown material.)</li> <li>Empty wrapping paper tubes </li> <li>Tissue paper</li> <li>Cardboard boxes</li> <li>Hanging price tags - Remove the plastic tabs first.</li> <li>Christmas dinner table scraps &ndash; Do not add animal fats, gravy, meats, cheeses,&nbsp;or bones to your composter.</li> <li>Napkins&nbsp;</li> <li>Paper plates</li> <li>Fruitcake - Yep, I'm serious.&nbsp; We don&rsquo;t know why Aunt Edna always gives it since no one ever eats it, but your composter will love it!</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="color: #339966;">Don't</span> put in your composter:</span></span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Foil , glossy, or metallic wrapping papers </li> <li>Ribbons and bows</li> <li>Evergreen garland and wreaths</li> <li>Christmas trees</li> </ul> <p>Evergreen garlands, wreaths, and Christmas trees all contain chemicals in the needles which kill the bacteria necessary for the composting process in a compost tumbler.&nbsp; However, pine needles do make excellent mulch.&nbsp; Instead of putting them in your <a title="buy a Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search.aspx?term=composter" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter</a>, simply&nbsp; trim the branches, pile them neatly where ever you want the mulch, and leave them there until the needles fall off.&nbsp; Then chip or dispose of the branches.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you don't want to use your Christmas tree as mulch, many cities offer special curbside Christmas tree collection days.&nbsp; Or, you can visit <a href="http://earth911.com/" target="_blank">Earth911.com </a>and simply type in "Christmas Trees" and your zip code to find your nearest Christmas Tree recycling center.<br />&nbsp;</p>Darrin27 Dec 2010 6:00:00 AMUnique Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your Listhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356084/unique-holiday-gift-ideas-for-everyone-on-your-listhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356084/unique-holiday-gift-ideas-for-everyone-on-your-list<p>If you're like me, the lights are up and the tree is decorated&hellip;but now I need to figure out what to put <em>under</em> the tree for everyone.&nbsp; Sure, Dad can always use a new shirt and Mom can ooh-and-aah over the latest kitchen gadget, but sometimes it's a nice surprise to get them something totally unexpected.</p> <p>So, in case you are still struggling to come up with an out-of-the-ordinary gift idea, I've pulled together a few unique items from Lifetime Products that are sure to make Santa's elves&nbsp; - and your family - smile.</p> <p><span style="color: #339966;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Kids&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /></span></span></strong><strong></strong></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/tetherball-product.jpg" alt="tetherball product.jpg" width="115" height="92" />Portable Tetherball&nbsp; Set<br /></span></strong>You know Lifetime makes <a title="about Lifetime basketball hoops" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Basketball/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">basketball hoops</a>, but did you know we also make a fun portable Tetherball Set, too?&nbsp; The <a title="buy a Lifetime Portable Tetherball set" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-90029.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Tetherball system </a>brings another childhood playground game to the convenience and safety of your own backyard with a portable base which makes it easy to move and simple to store.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/151200-lgOverlayLeftMiddleWatermarkLeftTop[1].jpg" alt="151200-lgOverlayLeftMiddleWatermarkLeftTop[1].jpg" width="115" height="96" />Ace Flyer<br /></span></strong>If you have younger ones, then this is a backyard must!&nbsp; The <a title="buy an Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-151200.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Ace Flyer&nbsp;Teeter-Totter </a>can seat up to seven kids to provide up-and-down and side-to-side seesaw action. With the interactive dashboard, propeller, and spinning wheel, the Ace Flyer will set their imaginations soaring!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="color: #339966;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mom&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/personal-table-image.jpg" alt="personal table image.jpg" width="115" height="92" />Personal Table<br /></span></strong>All of us can use a little extra personal space, especially Mom.&nbsp; A <a title="buy a Lifetime Personal Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-28241.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table </a>has dozens of uses with four adjustable height settings and a folding design.&nbsp; Whether she uses it as a TV tray, a beading table, a coffee table, or a child&rsquo;s craft table, this is one gift she's sure to use for years to come.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/60021[1].jpg" alt="composter" width="115" height="92" /></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">C</span></strong><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">omposter<br /></span></strong>If Mom's been vowing to be more green this year, a <a title="buy a Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search.aspx?term=composter" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter Tumbler </a>is the way to go.&nbsp; Not only is composting a good green idea for the environment by reducing waste, but it also makes great organic fertilizer for greener grass and gardens.&nbsp; And, Mom will love how easily the Lifetime Composter&nbsp; Tumbler turns on its axis&mdash;saving her the time and effort of turning a compost heap with a pitchfork!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="color: #008000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #339966;">Dad&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <br /></span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/kayak.jpg" alt="kayak.jpg" width="115" height="89" />Kayak <br /></span></strong>Even dads need to have a little fun every now and then and this sit-on-top <a title="buy a Lifetime kayak" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PlaySystems/kayaks/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayak </a>is nothing but fun!&nbsp; It's great for a beginner since it is almost impossible to tip over, but even seasoned kayakers will be impressed with all of the awesome built-in features like the paddle cradle, a mast receiver receptacle for a sail, and foot wells for leverage when paddling. And, it's perfect for Dad to enjoy with the kids too since it has a molded-in child seat positioned directly in front of the adult seat.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/deck-box-1.jpg" alt="deck box 1.jpg" width="115" height="92" />Storage Box<br /></span></strong>If Dad is always looking for a way to expand his storage but has limited space available, then a <a title="buy a Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box </a>is just the gift.&nbsp; The weather- and water-resistant seal keeps the interior dry, perfect for on a patio to store pool equipment, outdoor toys, or outdoor furniture cushions.&nbsp; And, it's extra large size and durable construction make it strong enough to double as extra seating, too.</p> <p><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><span style="color: #339966;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Grandparents&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/4_2D00_foot-adjustable.jpg" alt="4-foot adjustable.jpg" width="115" height="103" />Adjustable Height Table<br /></span></strong>Give a <a title="buy a Lifetime adjustable height table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/AdjustableHeightTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Adjustable Height Table </a>and you're sure to see it used at Grandma and Grandpa's house many times.&nbsp; Of course, it's always handy to have around for extra dining space, but they'll love being able to raise it up to the countertop height to use as a buffet table, as extra counter space, as a potting table, or as a quilting table without having to bend over causing unwanted back pain!&nbsp; And, since spoiling grandkids is what grandparents do best, they'll definitely love using it at the lowest children's height for a special kiddie table at family get-togethers.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"> <object width="193" height="220" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/8GjGUbAIVGY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8GjGUbAIVGY" /> <param name="align" value="left" /> </object> Cane<br /></span></strong>If someone you know needs the security and stability of a walking cane, then you have to check out the Lifetime Tru-Motion Cane. I must say, just looking at a picture of this cane doesn't do it justice.&nbsp; Take a few minutes to watch this video to see how this adjustable height cane truly provides consistent contact on any surface and encourages correct posture for an upright, confident gait with less energy expenditure.&nbsp; It's definitely different than any other cane you've seen before!</p> <p>You can find these great gift ideas at various <a title="where to buy Lifetime products" href="http://www.lifetime.com/customer-care/retail.aspx" target="_blank">retailers nationwide</a>.&nbsp; And, all of these gifts and more are available in the <a title="ww.buylifetime.com" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.&nbsp; Hurry and order soon to ensure your gift arrives by December 25!</p>Jan08 Dec 2010 2:30:00 PM$25 Off Cyber Monday Sales and Always FREE Shipping! http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356077/25-off-cyber-monday-sales-and-always-free-shippinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356077/25-off-cyber-monday-sales-and-always-free-shipping<p>Summer may be behind us, but the cold weather months arrive with great sales, savings, and discounts. At Lifetime Products we're jump starting the holiday savings with a ONE DAY ONLY CYBER MONDAY SALE on our most popular lawn &amp; garden products. Order any of the following items from our <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime Store </a>on Monday, Nov. 29th, and get $25 off the regular purchase price!&nbsp; Plus, don't forget, we ALWAYS have FREE shipping on every item, every day!</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/cyber monday composter.jpg" alt="cyber monday composter.jpg" />&nbsp; <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Composter 60021</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60060.aspx" target="_blank">Composter 60060 </a>with Garden Tools--You don't have to wait until the weather warms up to start making your own garden fertilizer. Start tossing your vegetable scraps into this 80 gal. composter now so&nbsp; you will have plenty of rich, nutritious compost to use in your vegetable and flower gardens come Spring. Get some helpful tips from Joe's informative article on&nbsp;controlling moisture during winter&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356074/Controlling-Moisture-While-Composting" target="_blank">composting</a>. The composter is constructed from black high-density polyethylene plastic with a galvanized steel base. It features an extra large removable lid for easy access and an aerated internal bar to create airflow. The tub is designed to rotate on its axis for easy rotation of contents. Recycle your kitchen scraps, condition your garden soil, and save money. What's not to like?</p> <p><br /><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/cyber monday Wheelbarrow.jpg" alt="cyber monday Wheelbarrow.jpg" />&nbsp; <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrow 65011</a>--Designed to save your back, the extra-wide wheel base and low center of gravity provides superior stability, distributing 85% of the load weight to the wheelbarrow. Tub is constructed from high-density polyethylene plastic with a powder-coated steel frame. No dents, no rust. This wheelbarrow is built to handle everything from gardening to construction projects.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/cyber monday glider.jpg" alt="cyber monday glider.jpg" />&nbsp; <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-2871.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Glider Bench 2871</a>--Constructed from high-density polyethylene plastic, our glider bench won't splinter like wooden benches, or rust like metal ones. Weather-protected so it requires little to no maintenance to continue looking as good as new. You'll also appreciate that this bench is light weight for easy relocation around your yard. Designed for comfort with a tall back and contoured seat, while ball bearings provide a smooth, quiet gliding motion. Turn your backyard into an inviting refuge with this relaxing glider bench.</p> <p>To receive $25 off the purchase price on any of these popular lawn &amp; garden products,&nbsp; just enter this special code when you place your order on our <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime Store</a>. The code is <strong>Cyber25</strong>.</p>Charlys26 Nov 2010 5:00:00 AMControlling Moisture While Compostinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356074/controlling-moisture-while-compostinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356074/controlling-moisture-while-composting<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_6087.jpg" alt="IMG_6087.jpg" width="300" height="200" />In most of the United States composting season is almost over -- or is it?&nbsp;Believe&nbsp;it or not, composting season just started! Just started you say? Yes!</p> <p>Okay, what do I mean by that? Well, think about it... the gardening season is winding down in my neck of the woods. All I've got left are cold-weather crops, and some unharvested potatoes, carrots, and red beets. We'll come back to those in a little bit. &nbsp;All the other plants -- the tomatoes, the potatoes, the herbs -- have wilted with the frost. There's a lot of dead material to compost as you clean out your garden and prepare it for winter. That's why I say it's just the beginning of the composting season -- but there's a catch and a few things to look out for.</p> <p><a title="tips for composting" href="http://www.lifetime.com/article/2420" target="_blank">Composting</a>, as you well know, takes a certain amount of heat. Winter, as you also know, is relatively cold -- thereby introducing some problems to traditional composting. That's one of the reasons&nbsp;the <a title="about a Lifetime composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter </a>is black, to absorb the winter sun and use that to heat the composting materials. The Lifetime Composter also features a hollow, double-wall, which adds some insulating value that other, single-walled composters don't have.</p> <p>But even with the black color and double-walls, temperatures inside the composter can still drop below freezing which, in addition to stopping any composting activity, will turn a soggy mix into a block of ice. Which brings us back to that "catch" and things to look out for that I mentioned earlier. A <a title="The Lifetime Online Store" href="http://www.buylifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com </a>customer wrote in with the following question:</p> <blockquote> <p><em>We have had the tumbler about a mo. and a half. We are excited. Our problem is controlling the</em> <em>moisture over the last few days we have noticed magots growing like crazy. We use primarily kitchen/vegetableand fruit scraps. Are we doing something wrong? I'm afraid we need to destroy what we have started and start over - we just need to understand the why behind the growing of these magots! Thanks a bunch.</em>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>Moisture and maggots. Yuck! Maggots aren't necessarily a bad thing, they are, after all, decomposers. You don't want them to turn into flies and make your pleasant composter into an eyesore, so getting to the bottom of why you have maggots is probably a good idea.</p> <p>First of all, you won't generally find maggots in a good mix of ingredients. If you're throwing away table scraps, particularly dairy (cheese) and meats, there's your problem. Stop putting those in your composter and you'll probably have solved the problem. (As long as the meat isn't chicken or turkey you can feed it, along with the dairy, to your chickens, then compost their droppings.)</p> <p>Next, moisture. Your compost materials should be damp, not wet, and definitely not soggy. If you find your mix in this state -- wet and sloppy -- add some dry materials. That can be hard to do around this time of year, when just about everything you add to the mix is wet. To remedy this, add some very dry "stuff" (that's the technical term). Sawdust works great, dry straw or dry lawn clippings (the yellow kind that crumble in your fist) also work pretty well. Dry coffee grounds, and even hair can help dry out your mix). Having a "dry" mix in the winter will allow you to keep turning your compost -- something you can't do if it's a block of ice.</p> <p>Lastly, heat. Yes, it might be below freezing out there, but making sure your composter is in the sun for as many hours of the day will help keep composting -- albeit at a slower pace. Don't forget to turn it every few days, and add all those non-meat, non-dairy table scraps all through the winter. Hopefully you'll have a fresh batch of compost all ready to go as soon as the ground is ready to work in the spring!</p>Joe19 Nov 2010 6:00:00 PMLifetime Commercials Air in Utahhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356068/lifetime-commercials-air-in-utahhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356068/lifetime-commercials-air-in-utah<p>As part of our regional <a title="Lifetime Launches Awareness Campaign Press Release" href="http://www.lifetime.com/library/pdf/misc/Lifetime-Launches-Local-Awareness-Campaign.pdf" target="_blank">advertising and public relations campaign in Utah</a>, Lifetime has recently launched videos showcasing actual employees in&nbsp;different areas, talking about the products&nbsp;they make, and why they&nbsp;work hard to make them.&nbsp;</p> <p>I talked about this campaign a few months ago in&nbsp;the <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/?postID=355308" target="_blank">blog post announcing the&nbsp;launch of this campaign</a>, we are proud of our company, our people, our products, and our community.&nbsp;We are featuring&nbsp;the history of our greatest inventions and innovations. Who better to tell our story than the people who come to work here every day!</p> <p>Eleven out of our 1,200 people were selected to represent the company for this campaign. Some are being&nbsp;featured at <a title="Backyards Inc Website" href="http://www.Backyards Inc.com" target="_blank">Backyards Inc.</a>, the Official Outlet Store for Lifetime Products, and various places throughout the company. The others are currently featured on Utah billboards, bus ads, and some in these all new videos, being shown on local Utah&nbsp;TV, in theatres,&nbsp;online, and at Lifetime.com.&nbsp;&nbsp;And, you can also take a look at all of them&nbsp;right here...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/HEgefvkgG9w" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HEgefvkgG9w" /> </object> </p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/qY2zeZzIY6Y" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qY2zeZzIY6Y" /> </object> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/o--WTmdzB0g" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/o--WTmdzB0g" /> </object> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/E-nveRIbsME" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/E-nveRIbsME" /> </object> </p>Katie03 Nov 2010 2:50:21 PMWin a Lifetime Composter!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356063/win-a-lifetime-composterhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356063/win-a-lifetime-composter<img src='http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Generic Lifetime Banner Blog.png' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />Win a Composter<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><img title="October contest ended" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/October contest has ended.jpg" alt="" />This contest has ended</strong></span>.&nbsp; Autumn is finally here&hellip; a great time for composting all of those falling leaves that are piling up in your yard.&nbsp;&nbsp; What?&nbsp; You don't have a composter? Well, you just happen to be in luck because this month we're giving away a Lifetime&nbsp; Composter to one lucky random winner!&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a title="about a Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter </a>is an 80-gallon tumbler-style composter constructed of black, double-walled, high-density polyethylene panels to absorb and retain the heat that decomposes the mixture inside.&nbsp; An internal mixing bar allows the flow of oxygen that is necessary to break down the mixture into rich, organic fertilizer. The Lifetime Composter easily turns on its axis for balanced rotation&mdash;saving you the effort of turning a compost heap with a pitchfork. You'll also appreciate the extra large lid and the powder-coated steel frame that makes the Lifetime Composter sit tall enough to park most wheelbarrows underneath for easy unloading of your compost.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>So, how can you win a Lifetime Composter?&nbsp; Easy&hellip;</p> <p><strong>How to enter:</strong></p> <ol style="margin-left: 40px; margin-bottom: 20px;"> <li><strong></strong>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "October contest".</li> <li>In the email, tell us if you've owned a composter before.&nbsp;If you have, what did you like or dislike about it?</li> <li>Include your full name.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Bonus Entries:</strong></p> <ol style="margin-left: 40px; margin-bottom: 20px;"> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</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="http://twitter.com/lifetime" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime and retweet to your friends "Did you know @Lifetime is giving away a Lifetime Composter?&nbsp; <a href="http://bit.ly/aKvjDE">http://bit.ly/aKvjDE</a>&nbsp;" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Monday, October 18 and will end Saturday, October 23 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, October 25.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="Official Rules" href="http://www.lifetime.com/page/tipssolutions/contest" target="_blank">Click here for complete contest rules</a>.)</p>Jan18 Oct 2010 12:45:43 PMIt's Fall Storage Season - Lifetime Has You Coveredhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356061/its-fall-storage-season---lifetime-has-you-coveredhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356061/its-fall-storage-season---lifetime-has-you-covered<p>As we welcome in the Fall season, we have to farewell the&nbsp;outdoor entertaining season&hellip; at least in most parts of the country.&nbsp; For those of you gearing up for cold and snowy winters, it's time to start packing up your outdoor areas including your pool, patio, deck, and yard.&nbsp; In the next few weeks, plan to cover the pool, clean the grill, and put away everything you won&rsquo;t need again until next summer.</p> <p>Unfortunately, all the things that live in your yard and on your patio during the summer suddenly now need a winter home.&nbsp; What to do with so much stuff?&nbsp; Well, first of all, sort through everything and determine if you really need to keep it.&nbsp; Often times outdoor items quickly get tattered, faded, and broken by the end of the summer and it's better to simply trash it.&nbsp; Or, if it's something you don't use anymore or have outgrown, consider donating it or selling it.</p> <p><img title="deck-box-pool.jpg" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/deck_2D00_box_2D00_pool.jpg" alt="" />Once you know what you want to keep, items such as pool floats, beach balls, and patio furniture cushions can be stored in a <a title="About Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box </a>on the patio or by the pool, where they will be readily accessible when summer returns. The extra large 130-gallon capacity Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box features a spring-hinged lockable lid with a water-resistant seal so all of your items will stay safe and dry.&nbsp; And, it's strong enough to double as extra seating for you next summer, too.</p> <p><img title="cabinet1.jpg" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/cabinet1.jpg" alt="" />If you'd rather move smaller items like yard games, citronella candles, and lawn sprinklers inside to your garage, the new <a title="About Lifetime Modular Cabinets" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80172.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Modular Cabinets </a>are a perfect indoor storage solution.&nbsp; The cabinets can be arranged in both top-to-bottom and side-to-side configurations to create customized storage areas to fit your space.&nbsp; And, they can be used either freestanding or wall-mounted.</p> <p><img title="shed finished 2.jpg" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/shed finished 2.jpg" alt="" />But, if you're like me, you've somehow managed to accumulate way too many new outdoor items to fit in a Lifetime Storage Box or Lifetime Modular Cabinet.&nbsp; So, maybe it's time to consider building these bulky things their own new home.&nbsp; A <a title="About Lifetime Sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime Shed </a>is a great option to store your bigger outdoor items like grills, lawn mowers, tiki torches, garden tools, pool skimmers, riding toys, and more.&nbsp; Sizes range from <a title="about 8'x2.5' Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6413.aspx" target="_blank">8'x2.5' </a>and go all the way up to <a title="about garage size Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/11ft-shed/Default.aspx" target="_blank">garage sizes</a>, with the most popular storage size being the <a title="more about a 8'x10' Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">8'x10" size</a>.&nbsp; All Lifetime sheds are constructed of high-density polyethylene so they are virtually maintenance-free.&nbsp; Want some more good news?&nbsp; They are quick and easy to assemble!&nbsp; My husband and I <a title="Building Our Lifetime Shed - Step 2 blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/?postID=1377" target="_blank">assembled ours </a>in just 4 hours and 45 minutes!&nbsp; That's a quick way to gain A LOT of extra storage space!</p> <p>Enjoy the cooler weather and happy storing!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan13 Oct 2010 1:40:37 PMLifetime Shed Weather Kitshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355911/lifetime-shed-weather-kitshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355911/lifetime-shed-weather-kits<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Extreme_2D00_Weather_2D00_Kit.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Extreme_2D00_Weather_2D00_Kit.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a>All Lifetime <a title="sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=left" target="_blank">Sheds</a> are very durable and built to last, but if you happen to live in an area that receives an excessive amount of snowfall and/or high winds, the engineers at Lifetime Products have designed a special <a title="shed accessories" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/ShedAccessories/Default.aspx" target="_blank">shed accessory</a> especially with you in mind--our shed weather kits!&nbsp; We are now offering a Snow Load Kit for the Lifetime 8 ft and 11 ft storage sheds, as well as an Extreme Weather Kit for the 8 ft storage sheds. (Please note that these kits are not compatible with the Lifetime garden style&nbsp;sheds in which the doors are located in the longer side.)</p> <p>The Snow Load Kit consists of steel brackets to reinforce the roof truss and increase the snow load weight capacity of your 8 ft or 11 ft storage shed roof to 30 lbs per square foot.&nbsp; The Extreme Weather Kit for the 8 ft storage shed includes bracket reinforcements for three roof trusses as well as several steel reinforcement channels for the walls and door which are designed to anchor the roof, walls, and door of the shed directly to the ground.&nbsp;So for&nbsp;an 8 x 10&nbsp;ft Lifetime storage shed, the Extreme Weather Kit&nbsp;will enable the shed to&nbsp;hold up under a total of 2400 lbs of snow&nbsp;on the roof&nbsp;and endure winds up to 94 mph!</p> <p>Rest assured, these shed weather kits are not necessary under normal seasonal conditions. Without a Snow Load Kit, the 8 ft Lifetime Storage Shed still has an amazing snow load weight capacity of 23 psf, and the 11 ft Lifetime Storage Shed has a snow load weight capacity of 16 psf with a high&nbsp;wind rating of 65 mph. This is more than sufficient for most areas. But for those of our customers who find themselves at the mercy of extreme weather conditions, our shed weather kits provide that extra peace of mind that your Lifetime shed and all of its contents are well protected.</p> <p>To receive a special discount on these weather kits from <a title="www.buylifetime.com" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/?from=top" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Lifetime Online Store</a>, enter the code "Weather10" to receive 10% off the <a title="60011 extreme weather kit for 8 ft shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60011.aspx" target="_blank">60011 Extreme Weather Kit</a> for an 8 ft Lifetime storage shed, the <a title="60045 snow load kit for 8 ft shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60045.aspx" target="_blank">60045 snow load kit</a> for an 8 ft Lifetime storage shed, or the <a title="1034594 snow load kit for 11 ft shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-1034594.aspx" target="_blank">1034594 Snow load kit</a> for an 11 ft Lifetime storage shed.</p>Charlys22 Sep 2010 12:30:00 PMThe Winner of Our Biggest Giveaway of the Year is….http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356043/the-winner-of-our-biggest-giveaway-of-the-year-ishttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356043/the-winner-of-our-biggest-giveaway-of-the-year-is<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/September-contest-ended.jpg" alt="September-contest-ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" />Wow! When we announced we were hosting our biggest giveaway of the year,&nbsp;your entries started rolling in fast!&nbsp; Not only did we give away our BIGGEST type of product we make, we also had the biggest&nbsp;number of entries to date.&nbsp; We asked you to simply tell us how you would use a Lifetime shed and, boy, did we get an earful.&nbsp;&nbsp; Lawn and garden&nbsp;equipment&nbsp;topped the list as the most popular items people planned to keep in a Lifetime shed. However,&nbsp;storing outdoor toys and bikes, garage stuff and tools, extra&nbsp;kids' clothes, and holiday decorations were also frequently mentioned.&nbsp;&nbsp; We even had some creative plans including to use the shed for a workshop, a "man cave", a playhouse, storing boat equipment, storing pool equipment,&nbsp;hiding a water tank, and keeping firewood dry. Clearly, the uses for a <a title="Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> are limited only to your imagination and personal needs.</p> <p>So&hellip;are you ready to hear who won? <strong>Jason W. of Fishers, IN!</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Congratulations! Like the majority of entrants, Jason plans to use his new <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 8'x5' shed</a> to reclaim his overflowing garage and to store his lawn and garden supplies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Don't forget to keep reading our blog and following us on <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="http://twitter.com/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, because we'll offer another giveaway next month.&nbsp; If you just don't think you can wait until next month for another chance to win a Lifetime product, head over to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.5minutesformom.com">www.5minutesformom.com</a> for a chance to win a <a title="Buy a Lifetime Sport Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-2401.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Sport Table and Benches</a>&hellip; just in time for tailgating, camping, and soccer season!&nbsp; The <a title="giveaway post" href="http://www.5minutesformom.com/27523/lifetime-sport-table-and-benches-giveaway/" target="_blank">5minutesformom.com</a> giveaway starts today and will end Friday, October 1. Good luck!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan20 Sep 2010 9:54:00 AMA Pest-proof (and Bear-proof) Composterhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355974/a-pest-proof-and-bear-proof-composterhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355974/a-pest-proof-and-bear-proof-composter<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/bear-composter-1.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/bear-composter-1.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a>&nbsp;<a title="About composting" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2009/04/08/lifetime-composter-now-available.aspx" target="_blank">Using a composter</a> is a great way to reduce, reuse, and recycle yard and kitchen waste.&nbsp; Unfortunately, humans aren't the only ones who have figured out the benefits of composting&hellip;pests and rodents have, too!&nbsp; I frequently hear on <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="http://twitter.com/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and online forums from people who have squirrels, rats, and other pesky critters taking advantage of the free dining facility in their backyard composter.&nbsp;&nbsp; Eeeew!</p> <p>As unpleasant as that may be, I do have good news...&nbsp; we've designed the Lifetime Compost Tumbler to be pest-proof!&nbsp; How?&nbsp; First, we made it a little trickier for pests to climb onto a <a title="Buy a Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter</a> bin by raising it off the ground on a weather-resistant steel frame.&nbsp; But, even if critters do manage to make it onto the bin of a Lifetime Composter,&nbsp; the double-walled, high-density polyethylene shell prevents rodents from eating a hole into the composter.&nbsp; Finally, for one more level of added protection against pests, the Lifetime Composter lid latches tight to keep pests out and compost in.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/bear-composter-2.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/bear-composter-2.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a>Don't believe us?&nbsp; Take a look at these pictures.&nbsp; We strived to build a pest-proof composter, but even we were impressed to hear how well the <a title="Buy a Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter</a> faired against&hellip;a bear attack!&nbsp; Yes, it's true.&nbsp; William S. from New Mexico shared the following amazing pictures and his personal experience with us:</p> <p><em>"The other night a hungry bear passed by. He fought the compost tumbler for 20 yards, leaving it upside down. There were some claw marks, and there is a bite where teeth went through in a corner. While I realize they are not specifically bear proof latches, they were good enough to keep our visitor out. The tumbler is back in service now."</em></p> <p>Wow!&nbsp; Thanks for sharing, William.&nbsp; If you have your own great story to share about a Lifetime product, leave us a comment on this blog post, drop us a line at <a href="mailto:pr@lifetime.com">pr@lifetime.com</a>, or share it on our <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.&nbsp; We'd love to hear from you!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan13 Sep 2010 5:00:00 AMWin a Lifetime Shed in Honor of Labor Day!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/355891/win-a-lifetime-shed-in-honor-of-labor-dayhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355891/win-a-lifetime-shed-in-honor-of-labor-day<p><a title="shed winner details" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2010/09/20/the-winner-of-our-biggest-giveaway-of-the-year-is.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/September-contest-ended.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">This contest is now closed.&nbsp; </span></strong></span></p> <p>Happy Labor Day!&nbsp; Our country set aside this day back in 1882 to honor the achievements of American workers.&nbsp; At Lifetime, we are proud to have more 1,200 workers at our Clearfield, Utah <a title="about Lifetime" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/history.aspx" target="_blank">headquarters</a> who are a part of the Lifetime team.&nbsp; Thank you, Lifetime employees!</p> <p>In the spirit of <a title="about Labor Day" href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm" target="_blank">Labor Day</a> and to recognize the quality work of our employees, for this month's giveaway&nbsp;we're offering one of the biggest products we make that proudly boasts the "Made in the USA" label - a Lifetime shed! Yes, that's right, one lucky random winner will receive a <a title="about Lifetime 8'x5' sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 8'x5' shed</a>!&nbsp; (Whoa, this our biggest giveaway of the year!)</p> <p>With Fall just a few weeks away, it's time to start storing summer toys, lawn equipment, and patio furniture for winter, and the Lifetime 8'x5' shed is the perfect storage solution. Believe me, I know from<a title="Building Our Lifetime Shed blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/12/08/building-our-lifetime-shed-step-3.aspx" target="_self"> personal experience</a>.&nbsp; I have a Lifetime 8'x5' shed in my own backyard and it's fantastic.&nbsp; We use it to keep our lawn mower, weed-eater, <a title="buy a Lifetime wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime wheelbarrow</a>, and other gardening equipment. This maintenance-free shed you could win features a window that opens, roof vents, double doors, shelves, peg strips, and more.&nbsp; Plus, a 10-year warranty.&nbsp; For full product details, <a title="about Lifetime 8'x5' sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p>So, who's ready to join in our Labor Day salute and enter to win a Lifetime shed?</p> <h3>How to enter:</h3> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "September contest".</li> <li>Tell us what you plan to keep in your Lifetime shed if you win.</li> <li>Include your full name. </li> </ol> <h3>Bonus Entries:</h3> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</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="http://twitter.com/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "In honor of Labor Day, @Lifetime365 is giving away a Lifetime 8'x5' shed that's Made in the USA!&nbsp; <a href="http://bit.ly/cRRxKu">http://bit.ly/cRRxKu</a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p><br />Since this is our biggest contest of the year, we're giving you two&nbsp;weeks to enter!&nbsp; The contest begins Monday, September 6 at 12:00 PM MST and will end Saturday, September 18 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, September 20.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp;<a title="contest rules" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank"> Click here for complete contest rules</a>.)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan06 Sep 2010 12:00:00 PMNew Updates to www.lifetime.comhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355885/new-updates-to-wwwlifetimecomhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355885/new-updates-to-wwwlifetimecom<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="http://www.lifetime.com">www.lifetime.com</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="http://www.lifetime.com/Celebration" target="_blank"><strong><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/tips-and-solutions.jpg" 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="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/" 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="http://www.lifetime.com/VideoLibrary/" 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="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="http://twitter.com/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter </a>or via email at <a href="mailto:pr@lifetime.com">pr@lifetime.com</a></p> <p>These changes are just the tip-of-the-iceberg of the plans we have in store for <a href="http://www.lifetime.com">www.lifetime.com</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 PMLifetime's New Modular Storage Cabinethttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355858/lifetimes-new-modular-storage-cabinethttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355858/lifetimes-new-modular-storage-cabinet<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/cabinet1.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/cabinet1.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="205" height="154" /></a>We are always excited to bring new products to the market and I am happy to announce Lifetime&rsquo;s newest addition &ndash; <a title="Get more information on the Modular Storage Cabinet on buylifetime.com" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80172.aspx" target="_blank">Modular Storage Cabinets</a>! Built with durable, steel-reinforced construction and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Lifetime&rsquo;s new Modular Storage Cabinet is tough enough for your garage, but looks great for your home or office. With a convenient modular design, multiple cabinets can be hung and used as wall cabinets (mounting hardware not included) or can connect together and be used as base or stacking cabinets (attachment hardware included). The cabinets can be arranged in both top-to-bottom and side-to-side configurations allowing you to customize your storage area to fit your needs.</p> <p>Lifetime&rsquo;s Modular Storage Cabinet includes two steel-reinforced, adjustable shelves that can hold up to 75 lbs when mounted on the wall and 125 lbs freestanding. It has a spacious 9.4 cubic-ft interior capacity with heavy-duty doors that lock into the upper and lower panels of the cabinet. The doors have a convenient 180 degree opening for easy storage access and the cabinets have a 10-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/cabinet.jpg"></a>One of the best features about these cabinets is how strong and durable they are. Like many of our other products, the Modular Cabinets exceed BIFMA commercial furniture standards, which makes them perfect for commercial or heavy-duty residential organization and storage needs. They are UV-protected, stain resistant, easy to clean, and will not crack, chip, or peel.</p> <p>Want a closer look at this great new versatile product? Watch our <a title="modular cabinet video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7B-MsdKe7s" target="_blank">informational video</a> for&nbsp;a quick product overview.&nbsp; The Modular Storage Cabinets are now available at many Costco locations and in the <a title="Lifetime's online store" href="http://www.buylifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7B-MsdKe7s">[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7B-MsdKe7s:550:0]</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>William30 Aug 2010 5:48:00 PMNew Product Videos Onlinehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355393/new-product-videos-onlinehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355393/new-product-videos-online<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/video-library.jpg"></a><a title="Lifetime Video Library" href="http://www.lifetime.com/VideoLibrary/" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/video-library-small.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>We at Lifetime Products&nbsp;are proud to announce our&nbsp;all-new <a title="Lifetime video library" href="http://www.lifetime.com/VideoLibrary/" target="_blank">video library</a>!&nbsp;</p> <p>We have been busy working&nbsp;to produce Lifetime product videos for nearly all of our products.&nbsp; These videos are a great way to&nbsp;help&nbsp;you better understand the products and check them&nbsp;out before you buy, especially if you are ordering online and have not seen a product in person.&nbsp;The videos allow you to&nbsp;view the product from all angles and&nbsp;see the various features in action.&nbsp;Our video library is growing every day and with&nbsp;about 200 product offerings, more are certainly on the way!&nbsp; You will soon start&nbsp;seeing these new product videos pop up on a lot of the websites that sell our products, including in the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>, <a title="Costco.com" href="http://www.costco.com/Common/Search.aspx?whse=BC&amp;topnav=&amp;search=lifetime&amp;N=0&amp;Ntt=lifetime&amp;cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&amp;lang=en-US" target="_blank">costco.com</a>, <a title="Sam's Club" href="http://www.samsclub.com/sams/search/searchResults.jsp?searchTerm=lifetime&amp;searchCategoryId=all">samsclub.com</a>, <a title="competitiveedgeproducts" href="http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/" target="_blank">competitiveedgeproducts.com</a>, <a title="Meijer.com" href="http://www.meijer.com/home.jsp" target="_blank">meijer.com</a>, <a title="overstock.com" href="http://www.overstock.com/search?keywords=lifetime&amp;SearchType=Header" target="_blank">overstock.com</a>, <a title="amazon" href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=lifetime+products&amp;ih=4_3_1_0_0_0_0_0_1_1.117_99&amp;fsc=2" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can also&nbsp;see <em>all </em>of our&nbsp;product videos by visiting the <a title="Lifetime video library" href="http://www.lifetime.com/VideoLibrary/" target="_blank">Video Library</a> on <a href="http://www.lifetime.com">www.lifetime.com</a>, or by visiting our YouTube Channel at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/lifetimeproducts">www.youtube.com/lifetimeproducts</a>.&nbsp; (You can even subscribe to the Lifetime Products YouTube channel to easily get notified when new videos have been posted.)&nbsp;&nbsp;The videos are&nbsp;organized by&nbsp;category:&nbsp;&nbsp;tables and chairs, lawn and garden, basketball, playground, trailers, and corporate videos. Additionally&nbsp;on our YouTube channel, you can also watch some videos we have "favorited" from other users' videos&nbsp;that feature our products.</p> <p>Keep checking for more videos on new and existing products. If you are looking for a certain Lifetime product video and have not&nbsp;found it, please send us an email at <a href="mailto:pr@lifetime.com">pr@lifetime.com</a> and we will either let you know where it is, or get it on the list to be produced.</p>Katie30 Jul 2010 4:00:00 PMHere A Table, There A Table, Everywhere A Lifetime Table!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/355322/here-a-table-there-a-table-everywhere-a-lifetime-tablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355322/here-a-table-there-a-table-everywhere-a-lifetime-table<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/photo3.JPG"></a><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/photo3.JPG"></a><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/photo7.JPG"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/photo7.JPG" border="0" alt="" /></a>Even after being part of the Lifetime team for nearly 10 years now, I still get a little giddy every time I see a Lifetime table when I&rsquo;m out and about.&nbsp; This past weekend, I was practically jumping up and down when my husband and I went to an outdoor concert at <a title="about Whitewater Amphitheatre" href="http://www.whitewaterrocks.com" target="_blank">Whitewater Amphitheatre</a> in New Braunfels, Texas.&nbsp; Whitewater is appropriately named because it is nestled amongst the trees in the Texas hill country on the banks of the bubbly Guadalupe River.&nbsp; It is an absolute picturesque setting for enjoying concerts in the summer evenings under the stars.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/photo10.JPG"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/photo10.JPG" border="0" alt="" /></a>As soon as we walked into the facilities, I was greeted by <a title="buy a Lifetime banquet table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/banquetTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime banquet tables</a> at the ticket entrance and in the merchandise area where they were selling concert t-shirts and souvenirs.&nbsp; However, my real excitement came as I walked a few steps further and saw nearly 50 <a title="Lifetime picnic table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22119.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6&rsquo; picnic tables</a> set up for guests to mingle at away from the concert crowd.&nbsp; What a great setting for picnic tables - next to the horseshoe pit, kids&rsquo; playset, and huge shade trees - with the rocky Texas hills as a backdrop.</p> <p>But my giddiness didn&rsquo;t stop there.&nbsp; Nope, as we continued into the actual concert viewing area, there was a VIP Table area for guests to order food and drinks while watching the concert.&nbsp; Guess what were used as the VIP Tables?&nbsp; Yes, more <a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/PicnicTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime picnic tables</a>!&nbsp; Probably another 50 or so tables!&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;m still not sure who was more excited&hellip;my husband to see his favorite Texas bands <em><a title="about Mickey and the Motorcars" href="http://www.mickyandthemotorcars.com/" target="_blank">Mickey and the Motorcars</a></em>, <em><a title="about Charlie Robinson" href="http://www.charlierobison.com/" target="_blank">Charlie Robinson</a></em>, and, <em><a title="about Reckless Kelly" href="http://www.recklesskelly.com/" target="_blank">Reckless Kelly</a></em>&hellip;or me to see more than 100 Lifetime picnic tables!&nbsp; If you&rsquo;ve been to some place with lots of Lifetime products being used, feel free to share them on <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">our Facebook page</a>, we&rsquo;d love to see them!<a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/photo8.JPG"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/photo8.JPG" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/photo3small.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/photo3small.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a></p>Jan16 Jul 2010 9:29:00 AMLifetime Products Launches Local Awareness Campaignhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355308/lifetime-products-launches-local-awareness-campaignhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355308/lifetime-products-launches-local-awareness-campaign<p>Lifetime Products&nbsp;has recently launched a <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/page/tipssolutions/find%20out%20how" target="_blank">regional advertising and public relations campaign</a> in Utah. This unique&nbsp;campaign&nbsp;features acutal employees and the history of our greatest inventions and innovations.&nbsp;Pride&nbsp;is at&nbsp;the heart of what we are&nbsp;trying to communicate. We are proud of our company, our people, our products, and our community. And we want our community to be proud of us. But to do that, they need to know who we are. And who better to tell our story than the people who come to work here every day!</p> <p>Eleven out of our&nbsp;1,200&nbsp;people were selected to represent the company for this campaign. Six employees will be featured in ads at Backyards Inc., the Official Outlet Store for Lifetime Products, and various places throughout the company.&nbsp;The other&nbsp;five employees are currently featured on Utah billboards, bus ads, and commercials--- <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/StandAloneVideo/Lifetime/33" target="_blank">watch the first&nbsp;commercial here</a>!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Ed.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Ed.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;Ed VanNimwegen of North Ogden</strong> &ndash; Ed has been with Lifetime for 17 years and is currently the Sporting Goods Engineer.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Wes.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Wes.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;Wes Guy of Hooper</strong> &ndash; Wes has worked with the Lifetime production dept. for 13 years and is currently the Production Support Manager.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Shanda.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Shanda.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;Shanda Miller of Roy</strong> &ndash; Shanda works in the metals department as a metals supervisor and has been with Lifetime for 7 years.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Neil.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Neil.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;Neil Watson of Layton</strong> &ndash; Neil has worked with Lifetime for 12 years, and is now the R&amp;D Manager for the lawn and garden category.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Maly.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Maly.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;Maly Phongsavath of Layton</strong> &ndash; Maly has been with Lifetime for 23 years and currently works in packaging.&nbsp;</p> <p>Commercials will be aired on local television, in Megaplex theatres, and on&nbsp;our website: <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/controlpanel/blogs/posteditor.aspx/go.lifetime.com/recentads" target="_blank">go.lifetime.com/recentads</a>.&nbsp;Here you can get an inside&nbsp;look at Lifetime and &ldquo;find out how&rdquo;&nbsp;over the past 24 years we&nbsp;have invented and&nbsp;continue to make innovative products in Utah.</p>Katie14 Jul 2010 1:00:00 PMAnd the Winner of the Picnic Table Is….http://blog.lifetime.com/article/355190/and-the-winner-of-the-picnic-table-ishttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355190/and-the-winner-of-the-picnic-table-is<p><a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60030.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/wframe.bmp" border="0" alt="" /></a>... Brett R. of Logan, Utah!&nbsp; Brett is the lucky random winner of our June contest. Thanks to all of you who entered this month.&nbsp; As the winner, Brett will receive one of our new <a title="Buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60030.aspx" target="_blank">A-frame 6' picnic tables</a> which is maintenance free - it can endure weathering without chipping, cracking, peeling, or rusting.&nbsp; The table also features&nbsp;an umbrella hole and folds completely flat for storage. And, since the polyethylene tabletop is stain resistant, spilled ketchup or baked beans will be easy for Brett to clean at his July 4th BBQ this year!</p> <p>Another great feature of this <a title="Buy a Lifetime Picnic table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/PicnicTables/Default.aspx">Lifetime picnic table</a> is that it is lightweight and easy to move, which&nbsp;Brett&nbsp;will be&nbsp;happy to hear since he actually said in his entry that he was looking for a picnic table that is easy to move around to use on his patio and for camping.&nbsp; He also wanted a table that was easy to move so&nbsp;it won't&nbsp;have to stay in one place and kill his grass.&nbsp; Great point, Brett!</p> <p>Wish you would have won? Well, you can still purchase your own picnic table&nbsp;at our <a title="buy a Lifetime picnic tabe" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/PicnicTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.&nbsp; And, don't forget to keep checking back because our July&nbsp;contest&nbsp;will start soon!</p>Jan28 Jun 2010 10:27:00 AMWin a Picnic Table for Your July 4th BBQ!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/355034/win-a-picnic-table-for-your-july-4th-bbqhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355034/win-a-picnic-table-for-your-july-4th-bbq<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/wframe.bmp"></a></p> <p><span style="font-family:'Arial', 'sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/60030.jpg"></a></strong></span></p> <p><a title="Contest Winner Announcement" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2010/06/28/and-the-winner-of-the-picnic-table-is.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/June-contest-ended.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last month for our monthly giveaway, we let you tell us which table you wanted to win most.&nbsp; Since the majority of entrants wanted to win a <a title="Picnic Tables" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/PicnicTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime picnic table</a>, we figured we'd give you yet another chance to win our most popular requested table.&nbsp; In our <a title="Shalane's blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2010/06/18/its-summer-time-to-eat-outside.aspx" target="_blank">last blog post</a>, Shalane told you about our new <a title="Lifetime Folding Picnic Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60030.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;6' Folding&nbsp;Picnic Table with Umbrella Hole</a>.&nbsp; Guess what? Light the grill and set the fireworks because this month one lucky person will win one of those new Lifetime Heavy-Duty 6' Picnic Tables just in time to use for a big July 4th BBQ!</p> <p><strong>How to enter:<br /></strong>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "June contest".&nbsp; In the email:<br />1.&nbsp;Tell us if you currently have a picnic table or patio table.<br />2.&nbsp;If you do currently have a picnic table or patio table, please briefly tell us what you like or don't like about it.<br />3.&nbsp;Include your full name.</p> <p><strong>Bonus Entries:</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</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 Twitter page" href="http://twitter.com/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "I hope I win this picnic table from @Lifetime365!&nbsp; <a href="http://bit.ly/aPwSDI">http://bit.ly/aPwSDI</a> " to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Monday, June 21 at 12:00 PM MST and will end Saturday, June 26 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, June 28.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="official rules" href="http://www.lifetime.com/page/tipssolutions/contest" target="_blank">Click here for complete contest rules</a>.)</p>Jan21 Jun 2010 12:00:00 PMIts Summer - Time to Eat Outside!!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/355111/its-summer---time-to-eat-outsidehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355111/its-summer---time-to-eat-outside<p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/untitled123.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/untitled123.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="213" height="203" /></a>Tired of picnic tables that warp, rot, and splinter? Lifetime's new <a title="6-ft. Picnic Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60030.aspx" target="_blank">6-ft Picnic Table</a> has the attractive design of a traditional A-frame picnic table without the high-maintenance.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Combining a classic look with solid stability, the 6-ft picnic table is completely waterproof and can endure weathering and rain without chipping, cracking, peeling, or rusting. Constructed of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the tabletop is stain resistant, easy to clean, and you will never have to varnish or paint your picnic table again. Best of all, <a title="Lifetime Picnic Tables" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60030.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime picnic tables</a> have a unique folding design that folds completely flat, making them simple to store and easy to set up and take down. With summer here, this picnic table is the perfect addition to your backyard and neighborhood barbeques!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Keep checking our blog posts for our upcoming monthly contest and your chance to <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>WIN</strong> a picnic table from <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>!! </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/60030.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/60030.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="219" height="166" /></a></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Features:</strong></p> <ul> <li> <div class="MsoNormal">Seats 6-8 Comfortably</div> </li> <li> <div class="MsoNormal">Superior Strength and Durability</div> </li> <li> <div class="MsoNormal">Attractive, Traditional Picnic Table Design</div> </li> <li> <div class="MsoNormal">Folds Flat for Easy Storage</div> </li> <li> <div class="MsoNormal">72&rdquo; x 30&rdquo; Polyethylene Tabletop</div> </li> <li> <div class="MsoNormal">Rust Resistant Powder Coated Steel Frame</div> </li> <li> <div class="MsoNormal">Umbrella Hole Ready (cap included)</div> </li> <li> <div class="MsoNormal">10-Year Limited Warranty</div> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>Shalane18 Jun 2010 9:00:00 AMDon't Let Summer Fun Turn Into Backyard Blueshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/354561/dont-let-summer-fun-turn-into-backyard-blueshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/354561/dont-let-summer-fun-turn-into-backyard-blues<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/deck_2D00_box_2D00_boy.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/deck_2D00_box_2D00_boy.jpg" alt="" align="right" border="0" /></a>Summer has finally arrived and along with it comes backyard barbecues, pool parties, and gardening projects. Good times! Before you know it, &nbsp;there will be toys and tools scattered all over your yard and patio. Lifetime has a storage solution for just such a scenario: The <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Storage&nbsp;Box</a>, also refered to as a horizontal shed.</p> <p>This <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">horizontal shed</a> isn't designed to accommodate your lawnmower, but it is plenty big enough for lots of other backyard "accessories". In fact, it received the Consumer's Digest Award for having the most storage space of any horizontal shed on the market. With a 130 gallon capacity, it provides about 16 cubic feet of storage for all of that summertime paraphernalia.</p> <p>Unlike a standard outdoor shed, the&nbsp;Lifetime Storage&nbsp;Box is just the right size for the patio or pool deck; a convenient location for storing gardening tools, sports equipment, or pool toys. It's even strong enough to be used as a bench for extra adult&nbsp;seating accommodations if necessary. The lid is extra rigid as a result of the honeycomb tack-off pattern used on the bottom side of the lid.</p> <p>Like all Lifetime products, the Storage Deck Box is built with your lifestyle in mind. It is constructed of rigid, double-walled, high-density polyethylene plastic for durability, light weight, and low maintenance. No splintering like wooden deck boxes, or rusting like metal storage boxes. For the ultra-organizer, the interior of the deck box is even designed with ridges that will accept vertical or horizontal dividers. Water-resistant seal keeps contents nice and dry. You'll also appreciate the gas assist piston no-slam spring-hinge lid which opens wider than 90 degrees for easy access. <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/deck_2D00_box_2D00_pool.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/deck_2D00_box_2D00_pool.jpg" alt="" align="right" border="0" /></a></p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Storage Box</a> is yet another innovative storage solution Lifetime&nbsp;offers for people who insist on durability and low maintenance in their active lifestyles. As we all know, organization is the key to stress-free living. So get a&nbsp;storage box, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly.</p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:&nbsp; For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my blogs. Order the 60012 storage box from buylifetime.com and enter the following code reference to receive a $5 discount! The code is SB5off, and will be valid on buylifetime.com from&nbsp;06/11/2010 to 06/25/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and exciting products from Lifetime!</p>Charlys11 Jun 2010 10:07:00 AMGreat Gifts for Dadhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355029/great-gifts-for-dadhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355029/great-gifts-for-dad<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;">Father's Day is just around the corner - Sunday, June 20.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Still pondering what to get dear old Dad? Lucky&nbsp;for you, I've pulled together a list of Lifetime products in various price ranges to help you come up with a great gift idea that's a little out of the ordinary and sure to please any man on your list!&nbsp; And,&nbsp;as a special Father's Day's shopping treat,&nbsp;you can use coupon code <strong>Dadgift5 </strong>for $5 off any purchase over $15 in the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a> now through Saturday, June 19.&nbsp; Happy shopping!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;"><em>Under $20</em></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;"><strong><a title="Lifetime peg strips" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-0113.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/peg-strips.jpg" border="0" alt="" />Lifetime Shed Peg Strips - 2 strip pack - $19.99</a></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;">Does the man on your list have a <a title="Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=left" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a>?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>If so, here's a simple gift that will add lots of space.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>These molded peg strips attach directly to the Lifetime shed walls (screws included) and include 10 assorted peg hooks for hanging tools.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;"><em>Under $40</em></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><a title="Lifetime Personal Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-280056.aspx" target="_blank"></a><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/black-personal-table.jpg"><strong><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/black-personal-table.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></strong></a><br /><strong><a title="Black Personal Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80056.aspx" target="_blank">Black Lifetime Personal Table - $39</a><br /></strong>If the man in your life spends most of his time tinkering around in the garage and fixing this and that, then he&rsquo;ll love the Black Lifetime Personal Table. It&rsquo;s the perfect size to help with small projects and hobbies since it adjusts to&nbsp;four different heights.&nbsp; It also comes in handy on game day as a&nbsp; TV dinner tray while he snacks in his recliner at home, or he can fold it up and take it along to the tailgate party! <br /></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyTextIndent">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><em>$100-$125</em></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><a title="Lifetime sport table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-2401.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/sport-table.jpg" border="0" alt="" />Lifetime Sport Table with Benches - $110</a></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">Here's a versatile table that's great for an outdoor enthusiast or</span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;"> a sports fanatic.</span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>You&rsquo;ll hit a home run when you give him the Lifetime Sports Table.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>The separate benches store flat under the table so he can easily take a table and seating for four of his buddies to tailgate parties, little league games, </span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;">camping, </span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;">or even just to his favorite quiet fishing hole.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><em>$150-$200</em></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/poolside.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/poolside.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a><a title="Lifetime Poolside hoop" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-1301.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Poolside Portable Basketball Hoop -$169</a></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">Help Dad stay cool this summer with a Lifetime Poolside Basketball Hoop.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;" lang="EN">This hoop adjusts to six different heights without the use of tools, so it&rsquo;s great for Dad to play with the kids or with his friends. And, the portable design allows him to roll it to any location around the pool to get the best shot.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><a title="Lifetime wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/wheelbarrow-small.jpg" border="0" alt="" />Lifetime Wheelbarrow - $180</a></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">If your guy loves to work outside, the Lifetime Wheelbarrow is a must-have gift.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Dad's back will appreciate the extra-wide two-wheel wheelbase and low center of gravity that provide better load stability and distributes 85% of the load weight to the wheels and only 15% to the operator!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Plus, the front of the tub is also tapered which makes dumping the 500 pounds he can haul in it<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>lots easier! </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><a title="Lifetime glider bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60031.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/glider-bench-2.jpg" border="0" alt="" />Lifetime Wood Glider Bench - $180</a></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">Sometimes it's just nice to let Dad sit and relax.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;" lang="EN">The Lifetime Garden Glider Bench provides the all the charm of a wooden bench with the convenient low maintenance of high-density plastic. With a weather-resistant simulated wood and powder-coated steel construction, Dad will love that he doesn't need to stain or sand it or worry about uncomfortable splinters, unsightly warping, or rusting.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;" lang="EN">Want a chance to WIN a free Lifetime Yard Cart for your hubby or Dad? Visit&nbsp;<a title="Consumer Queen" href="http://theroyalfamily.consumerqueen.com/2010/06/lifetime-fathers-day-giveaway-275-value/" target="_blank">consumerqueen.com</a> for details of how to enter!</span></p>Jan09 Jun 2010 12:00:00 PMSummer Relaxing Has Never Been This Easy! http://blog.lifetime.com/article/355040/summer-relaxing-has-never-been-this-easyhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355040/summer-relaxing-has-never-been-this-easy<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/untitled.jpg"></a>Gone are the days of preserving high-maintenance wood patio furniture year after year. With the success of&nbsp;our first&nbsp;<a title="Glider Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22871.aspx" target="_blank">glider bench</a>&nbsp;that was&nbsp;introduced in 2002, Lifetime decided to produce a <a title="Wood Glider Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60031.aspx" target="_blank">wood-alternative glider bench</a>. Constructed of powder-coated steel and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the&nbsp;wood-simulated slats give the appearance of wood without the maintenance.</p> <p>The Lifetime Wood Alternative Glider Bench will not crack, chip, or peel, and is stain resistant and requires no painting, staining, or other maintenance. In addition, the individual wood-textured slats&nbsp;allow&nbsp;for quick water drainage.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp; <br />Enjoy summer with the new <a title="Wood Glider Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60031.aspx" target="_blank">wood-alternative glider bench</a> from <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>!!</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/untitled2.jpg"></a><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/untitled.jpg"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/untitled2_2D002D002D00_good.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/untitled2_2D002D002D00_good.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="222" height="181" /></a></p> <ul> <li>Durable, Weather-Resistant Simulated Wood</li> <li>The Beauty of Wood Without the Maintenance</li> <li>Ball Bearings for a Smooth and Quiet Glide</li> <li>48&rdquo; Steel Frame with All-Weather Finish</li> <li>Slats Allow for Quick Water Drainage </li> <li>Will Not Warp, Crack, Chip or Peel</li> </ul>Shalane07 Jun 2010 10:32:00 AMMaintaining a Healthy Lawnhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/273557/maintaining-a-healthy-lawnhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/273557/maintaining-a-healthy-lawn<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/garden.jpg"><img style="border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/garden.jpg" alt="" width="454" height="286" /></a>Many homeowners are concerned about the environment and are looking for ways to maintain their yard without having to use harmful chemicals. One area that gets a lot of attention is the lawn. With an organic lawn care approach, gardeners are finding they can have a thick, lush, and green lawn that&rsquo;s safe for wildlife, pets, and people too. The keys to success include: growing the right grass variety for your area, aerating, dethatching, feeding your lawn properly, and mowing your lawn at the right height. Here&rsquo;s what to do to transition into growing a healthier lawn:</p> <p><strong>Use the Right Grass</strong>&mdash;Grow grass varieties adapted to your climate. In the North, choose cool season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass. In the South, use warm season grasses such as, Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass, and zoysia grass. Choose the right variety for full or part sun locations in your yard. For example, Kentucky bluegrass grows best in full sun, while tall fescue can tolerate some shade.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/yard_5F00_cart.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/yard_5F00_cart.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Treat the Soil Right</strong>&mdash;If your soil is rich in organic matter and nutrients, then your lawn grass will grow stronger. A lawn growing on healthy soil will have fewer insects and diseases and be able to withstand drought better.&nbsp; Take good care of your soil by building it up with yearly applications of compost. A &frac14;-inch thick layer raked into the lawn grass each fall will help feed the grass roots.&nbsp; By using a heavy-duty wheelbarrow or a towable trailer like the Lifetime Products<a title="Yard Cart" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank"> Yard Cart</a>, you can easily move <a title="Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> around the lawn.</p> <p>Aerate the lawn annually.&nbsp; Aeration creates holes in the sod where air, water and nutrients can more easily reach the roots. Compacted lawn grass soils can be opened up by aeration to become more productive and less weedy. Dethatch your lawn in spring removing any dead layers of grass clippings. While a thin layer of dead grass is fine for the lawn, if the layer gets too thick it prevents water and nutrients from getting into the soil.</p> <p>Finally, feed your lawn with a 3-1-2 organic fertilizer. This ratio is ideal for lawns. It balances feeding grass shoots and the roots. An organic fertilizer is best because it releases nutrients slowly over time. Summer is a good time to fertilize warm season grasses, while fall is best for cool season grasses.</p> <p><strong>Mow High</strong>&mdash;Mow your lawn higher than normal to encourage a thick carpet of grass. Mowing high keeps the grass lush and prevents weed seeds from germinating. Use a mulching mower to cut the grass. Mulching mowers chop up the grass clippings into tiny segments that decompose quickly. Grass clippings feed the lawn and can help decrease the amount of extra fertilizer you need to apply.</p> <p>By following these guidelines for proper mowing and care of your lawn, over time you&rsquo;ll find that your lawn looks healthier without the need to resort to regular applications of chemicals.</p>admin28 Apr 2010 9:00:00 AMCelebrating Earth Dayhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/354670/celebrating-earth-dayhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/354670/celebrating-earth-day<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/IMAG0185.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/300x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/IMAG0185.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Earth Day is one of those things I&nbsp;learned about in elementary school. I remember running home to tell my mom that each drop of water we waste actually becomes a gallon of wasted water for the earth!&nbsp;Like my mom reacted at the time, I now don't think that's true. My&nbsp;first grade brain&nbsp;must have exaggerated the concept.&nbsp;For this year's&nbsp;Earth Day, I decided to volunteer at the <a href="http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org/" target="_blank">local nature center's</a> event, helping with a craft table for children making <a title="Learn how to make them!" href="http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2006/06/recycled_paper_beads.html" target="_blank">magazine&nbsp;bead necklaces</a>. Lots of fun!&nbsp;Volunteers before me had made thousands of beads and even sorted them by color. Looking around, I spotted a couple Lifetime tables. I asked one of the vendors a little about her booth then let her know I work for the company who made her table. She immediatley beamed "I love this table!"&nbsp;and went on to say that she bought it for a&nbsp;certain purpouse but uses it for everything. Needless to say, my heart swelled a little with pride.</p> <p>At Lifetime, I like to say that we're a little greener than you think.&nbsp;I know&nbsp;almost&nbsp;all of our&nbsp;engineers personally, and&nbsp;know that they work&nbsp;hard to create products that are built to last and won't end up in landfills.&nbsp;Lifetime's High Density Plastic (HDPE)&nbsp;products are also 100% recycleable.&nbsp;At Lifetime, we also re-grind the excess plastic and defunct plastic parts, and use the regrind in other plastic products. Many of our black plastic products, including the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime wheelbarrow</a> tub are made from 100% recycled material. Most recently, Lifetime always recycles the steel we use, and we have&nbsp;recently been trying various ways to recycle cardboard used in our factory too. Lifetime&nbsp;also has a strict policy to never let liquid&nbsp;from machines out of the facility, where they&nbsp;seep into&nbsp;the drainage system.&nbsp;</p> <p>Earth Day is all about appreciating the natural resources we have and finding ways to&nbsp;protect them. It's a good remider for us all, companies and families, to try a <a title="Read about 10 ways to celebrate Earth Day" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tipssolutions/celebration/article.aspx?postid=173" target="_blank">few small things</a> every day that might make a big difference. &nbsp;</p>Katie22 Apr 2010 4:53:00 PMI Mulch, You Mulch, We All Mulchhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/354535/i-mulch-you-mulch-we-all-mulchhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/354535/i-mulch-you-mulch-we-all-mulch<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/mulch-2.jpg"><img border="0" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/mulch-2.jpg" alt="" /></a>This past Saturday was yard day at our house.&nbsp; Nine solid hours of pruning trees, trimming bushes, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and spreading mulch.&nbsp; (Why didn&#39;t someone remind me that my hamstrings will be extremely sore from bending over all day.&nbsp; It&#39;s been two days and I still can&#39;t sit down without using my arms to lower myself!)</p> <p>It&#39;s the project we tackle every spring.&nbsp; I actually look forward to it. I love being outdoors and feeling productive.&nbsp; (Of course, that enthusiasm quickly fades after the first few hours which is why we plow through it all in one day.)&nbsp; Our backyard has several &quot;forests&quot; as my kids call them, which are really just large clusters of trees with mulch around them.&nbsp; Very pretty, but it&nbsp;requires a lot of mulch - over three yards (or pick-up trucks full) to be exact.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/mulch-1.jpg"><img border="0" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/mulch-1.jpg" alt="" /></a>This year, we turned the mulching into a family affair.&nbsp; My kids were ecstatic to see the huge mound of cedar mulch in the back of our truck&hellip;yippee!&nbsp; They instantly climbed on top and started playing.&nbsp; So, my husband and I pulled out our <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" title="Buy a Lifetime Yard Cart">Lifetime Yard Cart</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" title="Buy a Lifetime Wheelbarrow">Lifetime Wheelbarrow</a> and told the kids to get to work&nbsp; The cedar mulch was packed in the back of our pickup so tight that it was too solid to shovel out.&nbsp; But, with the kids climbing on top, they simply slid and kicked the pile down and we were then able to easily push it on into our Yard Cart and Wheelbarrow.&nbsp; I must say, having two loads of mulch going at the same time certainly helped speed things up.&nbsp; My husband and kids would load one while I dumped and spread the other one.&nbsp;&nbsp; And, as you can see, the kids occasionally bummed a free Yard Cart ride, too.</p> <p>We also used the Yard Cart and Wheelbarrow to pick up all of the leaves, weeds, and branches that we trimmed.&nbsp;&nbsp; Oops, that reminds me, we still need to go empty those out!&nbsp; Hmm, guess we didn&#39;t finish the entire project in one day after all!</p> <p>Oh, and by the way, we learned a handy tip this year.&nbsp; If you have large tree branches and limbs you need to dispose of, check with your local nursery.&nbsp; Most nurseries will take them free of charge because they grind them and use in their own composting and mulching piles.</p>Jan12 Apr 2010 3:43:00 PMReclaim Your Yard with a Lifetime 7 ft Shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/354418/reclaim-your-yard-with-a-lifetime-7-ft-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/354418/reclaim-your-yard-with-a-lifetime-7-ft-shed<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/7ft-shed.JPG" alt="" align="right" />Are&nbsp;there&nbsp;homeless storage items&nbsp;piling up&nbsp;in your driveway? Lawn and garden equipment taking over your patio? If your yard is giving you claustrophobia, it&rsquo;s time to consider investing in an outdoor storage shed. With <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60014.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime&rsquo;s 7 ft. shed</a>, you get the quality of a Lifetime shed for a low, affordable price&mdash;42 sq.ft for under $1000!</p> <p>The wonderful thing about a Lifetime shed is that you get a durable, attractive shed&nbsp;that requires very low maintenance&mdash;no painting, no staining. Unlike wooden or metal sheds, a Lifetime shed will not splinter, fade, crack, or rust. For regular cleanings, just grab your garden hose and spray it down!</p> <p>We offer the new Lifetime 7 ft shed in two different models. The <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60014.aspx" target="_blank">60014</a> comes with one window and no shelving, while the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60042.aspx" target="_blank">60042</a> comes with two windows, one 30 x 10 in. shelf, and two corner shelves for just $50 more. Both models are constructed from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with steel reinforced, double-walled panels, and include:</p> <ul> <li>One end-to-end ridge skylight running the length of the roof to provide plenty of natural lighting</li> <li>One set of double doors with an internal spring latch and an exterior pad lock loop to keep your belongings safe and secure</li> <li>A shatter proof panel in the window which slides open for ventilation</li> <li>A stain-resistant, no-slip polyethylene plastic floor so spills are easily wiped clean</li> <li>Two screened roof vents to let air in and keep pests out</li> </ul> <p>Now peace of mind comes with an affordable price tag. Eliminate that obstacle course in your driveway and set up a hammock on the patio. Reclaim your space with&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60014.aspx" target="_blank">7 ft Lifetime shed</a>.</p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:&nbsp; For our faithful blog readers, we&nbsp;will be&nbsp;offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my blogs. Order the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60014.aspx" target="_blank">60014</a> or the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60042.aspx" target="_blank">60042</a> 7ft shed from buylifetime.com&nbsp;and enter&nbsp;the following code reference to receive a $50 discount! The code is 7ftshed50, and will be&nbsp;valid on <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">buylifetime.com</a>&nbsp;from 04/05/2010 to 04/19/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and exciting products from Lifetime!</p>Charlys05 Apr 2010 2:18:00 PMHave you started composting?http://blog.lifetime.com/article/347733/have-you-started-compostinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/347733/have-you-started-composting<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Composter.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Composter.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>For most of us in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" title="Lifetime Products">Lifetime</a> family, winter is on its way out.</p> <p>What does that mean? Time to start cooking <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" title="Lifetime Composter">compost</a>! </p> <p>For those who don&rsquo;t know, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" title="Lifetime Products">Lifetime Products</a> makes a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" title="Lifetime Composter">Composter</a>! (You can read all about it in my <a target="_blank" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2009/04/08/lifetime-composter-now-available.aspx" title="Lifetime Composter post available">previous post</a>.) </p> <p>The question was asked &ldquo;How do I separate my compost from my non-composted organic matter?&rdquo; </p> <p>Good question! </p> <p>First would be getting another composter. One <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" title="Lifetime Composter">composter</a> would be&nbsp; for actually making compost in while the other would be for filling up. </p> <p>When you&rsquo;re done making compost in one, you can empty it and start using it as your &ldquo;filler&rdquo; and the other as your &ldquo;composter&rdquo;. Of course, this means buying two of our composters, which we wouldn&#39;t mind at all. ;) </p> <p>The second idea is what I do with my single Lifetime Composter at my house. I can&rsquo;t fill the thing - as soon as it gets &ldquo;full&rdquo;, the composting process cooks it down&nbsp;to about half the volume. Ideally I&#39;d stop adding new materials at this point and let the mass finish cooking, but I don&#39;t. So, I end up with half-composted materials in there along with the fully composted stuff. To remedy this, I have a piece of wire mesh that I&rsquo;ve stapled 2x4s on each end. This, plus another person on the other side, makes a pretty good &ldquo;sifter&rdquo;. Empty some of the mix onto the &ldquo;sifter&rdquo; and agitate the material into a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" title="wheelbarrow">wheelbarrow</a> or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" title="yard cart">Yard Cart</a>. Place the unsifted material to the side for later, and repeat until your <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" title="Lifetime Composter">composter</a> is empty. Then, sort through the unsifted material, pick out anything that shouldn&rsquo;t be there (sticks, rocks, non-organics, etc.) and put it back in your <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" title="Lifetime Composter">composter</a> to keep cooking.</p> <p>Please note, this isn&rsquo;t the &ldquo;right&rdquo; way to make <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" title="Lifetime Composter">compost</a>, but it&rsquo;ll get you some usable <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" title="Lifetime Composter">compost</a> and let the rest keep cooking.</p> <p></p>Joe29 Mar 2010 5:00:00 PMFive S's for Gardening Successhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/273546/five-ss-for-gardening-successhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/273546/five-ss-for-gardening-success<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/yard_5F00_cart.jpg"></a><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/gardening.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/gardening.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>The beautiful thing about gardening is, in one way or another, everyone is a beginner. Even if you&rsquo;ve been gardening your whole life, there&rsquo;s something new to learn about growing different kinds of plants, growing in different climates, or dealing with new pests. If you&rsquo;re just starting out and contemplating planting a tomato, rose, or petunia, don&rsquo;t be intimidated.&nbsp; Trial and error are the best ways to learn. For example, I tried multiple ways to rid my yard of moles. I tried baits, traps, and even vibrating mole repellants to no avail. It wasn&rsquo;t until I tried castor oil, that I was able to convince the moles to move away.</p> <p>Here are some tips on getting started in the vegetable or flower garden. Follow these 5 S&rsquo;s and you&rsquo;ll be well on your way to a productive, beautiful garden.</p> <p><strong>Sun</strong>&mdash;Most fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, beans, squash) and many annual flowers (zinnia, marigold, and geranium) grow best with at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. If you have only 2 to 4 hours, try vegetables such as carrots, lettuce, and potatoes or shade-loving flowers, such as begonias, impatiens, and coleus.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Wheelbarrow.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Wheelbarrow.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Soil</strong>&mdash;Choose a location with healthy, well-drained soil and you&rsquo;ll have less fertility, insect, and disease problems. Amend the soil with a 2- to 3-inch thick layer of compost before planting.&nbsp; Make it easy on yourself by using a heavy-duty wheelbarrow to move the compost into the bed.&nbsp; I like the <a title="Lifetime Wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Wheelbarrow</a> from Lifetime Products, since it&rsquo;s designed to send more weight to the wheels and less to my shoulders!</p> <p><strong>Site</strong>&mdash;The old adage &ldquo;out of sight, out of mind&rdquo; pertains to your new garden. Place it near a walkway, driveway, deck, or patio so you visit it daily. Once it&rsquo;s planted, you&rsquo;ll only need 5 to 10 minutes a day to weed, water, and pick your veggies and flowers.</p> <p><strong>Size</strong>&mdash;Start small. A small raised bed near the house can be very productive. Keep it to less than 4 feet wide so you can reach the center of the bed from any side without stepping on and compacting the soil. Make the bed as long as appropriate for your site and eight to ten inches high.</p> <p><strong>Selection</strong>&mdash;This may seem obvious, but grow foods you like to eat, and flowers you love to see.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t worry about the right flower color combinations; if you follow the 5 S&rsquo;s and plant what you love, your garden will be a success.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>admin08 Mar 2010 5:00:00 AMGardeners, When it Comes to Hauling, We’ve Got Your Back!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/347365/gardeners-when-it-comes-to-hauling-weve-got-your-backhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/347365/gardeners-when-it-comes-to-hauling-weve-got-your-back<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/9F2T8484.JPG"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/9F2T8484.JPG" alt="" width="122" height="188" border="0" /></a>Got big plans for a colorful new flowerbed this spring? Getting anxious to till some rich, dark soil into your vegetable garden? Whatever your landscaping and gardening plans are for this spring, we&rsquo;ve got your back with the <a title="Lifetime wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;Wheelbarrow</a> and the <a title="Lifetime Yard Cart" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart</a>. With innovatively designed gardening equipment like this, you can get the job done easily, quickly, and efficiently&mdash;with a lot less strain on your back. Landscape your yard in the morning; relax in your new beautiful surroundings that afternoon.</p> <p><strong>The Lifetime Wheelbarrow:</strong> Our engineers took the traditional wheelbarrow design and came up with a new and improved heavy-duty wheelbarrow that greatly reduces the strain on your back and allows easier maneuverability. Two wheels mounted on an extra wide wheel base with a low center of gravity provide extra stability. No side-to-side tipping like traditional wheelbarrows. The <a title="buy a Lifetime wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrow</a> holds up to 550 lbs., distributing 85% of the weight load to the wheelbarrow! The high-density polyethylene plastic tub is UV-protected and set into a powder-coated steel frame so you get a completely weather resistant, heavy-duty wheelbarrow. No cracking, no denting, and no ugly rusting!</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/L_5F00_8x7.5_5F00_shed_5F00_219.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/L_5F00_8x7.5_5F00_shed_5F00_219.jpg" alt="" width="129" height="196" border="0" /></a><strong>The Lifetime Yard Cart:</strong> This is a heavy-duty wheelbarrow and hauling cart in one! The Yard Cart is designed with an innovative tongue assembly that can be used as a push handle in wheelbarrow mode, or a towing hitch in cart mode. Simply hitch up the Yard Cart to your riding lawn mower or tractor and away you go! Hauling sod, topsoil, and other landscaping materials has never been easier. The <a title="buy a Lifetime yard cart" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart</a> can hold up to 650 lbs! Designed with a UV-protected high-density polyethylene plastic tub and a powder-coated steel frame, it is completely weather resistant.</p> <p>We know that, as a gardener, there&rsquo;s no place you&rsquo;d rather be than puttering around in your yard. And your most valuable possessions? Your lawn and gardening tools, of course. So keep your beloved wheelbarrow and all your precious gardening equipment safely tucked away in a <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Shed</a>. Happy Spring! May your flowers bloom profusely and your vegetables multiply in abundance!</p>Charlys05 Mar 2010 10:06:00 AMLifetime Products Profit Sharinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/336296/lifetime-products-profit-sharinghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/336296/lifetime-products-profit-sharing<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/profit_2D00_sharing1.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/profit_2D00_sharing1.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>On Feb 6, 2010&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com" title="Lifetime&#39;s website">Lifetime Products</a> held its 42nd bi-annual Profit Sharing Meeting. If you&rsquo;re like me, and don&rsquo;t know what profit sharing is when you first hear of it, let me explain.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profit_sharing" title="Definition">Profit Sharing</a> is a program where a company shares a portion of the year&rsquo;s profit with its employees. At Lifetime, everyone is involved with Profit Sharing and we all get the exact same amount (with the exception of people that have been with the company for less than a year or have not met performance requirements). </p> <p>Lifetime&#39;s Profit Sharing meeting is also a report on the company. Both the Lifetime Products President Richard Hendrickson and Owner/CEO take the opportunity to update us on company initiatives, company goals and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/products.aspx">values</a>, and new products. In this meeting we learned that Lifetime is still completely debt-free, and doing great after recent hard economic times. We also have a LOT of exciting new products to look forward to! Check our blog for the release of these new products.<a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/profit_2D00_sharing2.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/profit_2D00_sharing2.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>Every other Profit Sharing meeting, it&rsquo;s tradition to award our annual &ldquo;Humanitarian Of the Year&rdquo; award. This year&rsquo;s award went to a very deserving group rather than an individual. Jared, Mike, Ken, Mary, Cliff, Adam, Ron, Sandy, Jayson, Jeremy, Tim, Kevin, John, and Wes all chose to use their budget for a manager&rsquo;s team-building activity to coordinate a local service project. In the summer of 2009, they coordinated a large-scale overhaul of&nbsp;a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.thechristmasboxhouse.org/site/" title="Christmas Box House International Website">Christmas Box House</a> location. In response to the service, Lisa McDonald, a representative from the Christmas Box House said: </p> <p>&ldquo;Because of the generosity of community supporters like the wonderful individuals at Lifetime Products, The Christmas Box Houses are able to provide a variety of resources to children who have been abused and/or neglected. It means a lot to the kids to know that people care about them. They love the new playground equipment.&rdquo;</p> <p>The entire project took months to coordinate, about a week of dedicated labor, and a variety of product donations, including:<a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/profit_2D00_sharing3.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/profit_2D00_sharing3.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Cleaning, mowing and weeding a backyard play area<br />&bull;&nbsp;Painting a key on a basketball court<br />&bull;&nbsp;Painting a 4-square game on the sidewalk<br />&bull;&nbsp;Installing a sandbox<br />&bull;&nbsp;Installing playground equipment made by Lifetime Products, including a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Basketball/Default.aspx?from=left">basketball system</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-101310.aspx">Geodome</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-101310.aspx">Shed</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-90045.aspx">Helicopters</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx">Deck Box</a>, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-280094.aspx">Kids&rsquo; Picnic Tables</a>.<br />&bull;&nbsp;Moving an old shed and replacing it with a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-101310.aspx">Lifetime shed</a>, where they organized the charity&rsquo;s bikes, helmets, skates and scooters.&nbsp; </p> <p>Congrats to the winners of this prestigious award! And thanks to all those who came to Lifetime&rsquo;s Profit Sharing!</p>Katie19 Feb 2010 12:09:00 PMGarage Clean Outhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/273529/garage-clean-outhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/273529/garage-clean-out<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/IMG_5F00_5511.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/IMG_5F00_5511.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Have you ever seen a garage that is so jam-packed with boxes and other stuff that there&rsquo;s no room to park a car in there? Wait. . .did I just describe your garage?</p> <p>In Arizona, where I&rsquo;ve lived for the last seven years, basements and attics are a rarity, which leaves the garage as the sole storage place. Not surprisingly, we see a lot of cars parked in the driveway! But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be that way.&nbsp; Assuming that you would LIKE to be able to park your car in your garage, let me ask you a few questions:</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s in <span style="text-decoration: underline;">your</span> garage?</strong>&nbsp; A lot of things that end up in our garage are there because we just didn&rsquo;t have the courage to keep walking them to the curb. Look around. What do you see? To get a really good idea of what you have, group like items; for example, lawn and garden, camping equipment, holiday decorations, etc.</p> <p><strong>Would you rather have the stuff or the space?</strong>&nbsp; Make a decision NOT to store anything that&rsquo;s just taking up valuable space. If you&rsquo;re holding onto things for grown children, tell them it&rsquo;s time to come and get them.&nbsp;&nbsp; Do you still have unopened boxes from three moves ago? Yes? Then you already know that you could live quite happily without that stuff.&nbsp;&nbsp; Are you holding on to things because you paid &ldquo;good money&rdquo; for them? Why not sell them and get some of that cash back?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/L_5F00_8x7.5_5F00_shed_5F00_050.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/L_5F00_8x7.5_5F00_shed_5F00_050.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/6401_5F00_5x7_5F00_PegBoard_5F00_Strip.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/6401_5F00_5x7_5F00_PegBoard_5F00_Strip.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Are you maximizing your storage space?</strong>&nbsp; Think vertical. Floor-to-ceiling shelving lets you get those boxes off the floor and out of the way. Hint: Use same-size storage boxes for easier stacking and a neater look.&nbsp; Also look for ceiling-mounted storage platforms and hoists for bicycles, kayaks and canoes, and other items.</p> <p><strong>Is paying for off-site storage an option?</strong>&nbsp; Let me answer that for you: NO! You&rsquo;ve heard the saying: Out of sight, out of mind. Invariably, what happens when you rent storage space is that you end up paying month after month, year after year for stuff you&rsquo;ve all but forgotten about.&nbsp; If you need additional storage space for things you really do need and use, an <a title="Lifetime Sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">outdoor shed</a> may be a more affordable, convenient solution. Look at the variety of <a title="Lifetime Sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">outdoor storage sheds</a> offered by Lifetime to find a shed that suits your storage needs.</p>admin11 Feb 2010 8:30:00 AMLifetime's EcoHousing Initiative - Mass-Produced Shelters for Disaster Reliefhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/324025/lifetimes-ecohousing-initiative-------mass-produced-shelters-for-disaster-reliefhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/324025/lifetimes-ecohousing-initiative-------mass-produced-shelters-for-disaster-relief<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/EcoHouse-small.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/EcoHouse-small.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Two weeks ago,&nbsp; Lifetime unveiled its latest product - the EcoHouse.&nbsp; Just so you know, this isn&#39;t our normal type of product that is available for consumers to purchase in retail stores.&nbsp;&nbsp; Nope, the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/ecohousing.aspx" title="About the Lifetime EcoHouse">Lifetime EcoHouse</a> will be manufactured and distributed to provide housing for impoverished or disaster-stricken areas.&nbsp; Pretty cool, huh?</p> <p>So, what makes this shelter so revolutionary?&nbsp; Well, first off, it&#39;s a 377 sq ft building that ships on four pallets and can be assembled in only 72 man hours.&nbsp; And, it can be built with sustainable electric, plumbing, and waste management -&nbsp; which means households have no need to pay for utilities!&nbsp;&nbsp; Perfect for disaster-stricken and impoverished areas.&nbsp; The shelter can be configured in multiple ways for use as a four-room home, a school, clinic, dining area, or meeting area.&nbsp; </p> <p>Why are we calling it the EcoHouse?&nbsp; Well, it&#39;s an housing solution that&#39;s both economical (low-cost, maximized packaging for shipping, easy to assemble) and ecological (made from 100% recyclable materials, uses minimal resources to construct, no grid utilities required).&nbsp;&nbsp; The EcoHouse is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/history.aspx" title="About Lifetme">manufactured&nbsp; 100% in the USA</a> and is made of steel-reinforced, double-wall High-Density Polyethylene.&nbsp; Simple translation -&nbsp; the shelter never needs painting;&nbsp; is UV protected; won&#39;t crack, chip or peel; and is flame resistant.&nbsp; And, the powder-coated steel is weather and rust resistant.&nbsp; </p> <p>So far, the EcoHouse is being used for housing in impoverished areas of Mexico, through distribution with Lifetime&#39;s partner company EcoReaccion.&nbsp;&nbsp; However, Lifetime is launching a formal <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/ecohousing.aspx" title="Lifetime&#39;s EcoHouse Initiative">EcoHousing Initiative</a> to research even more partnerships to help distribute the shelter to other areas&nbsp;around the world&nbsp;with housing crises, including possibly <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquake" title="Haiti earthquake">Haiti</a>.&nbsp; Lifetime has always prided itself on innovation &hellip;and now they taking that innovation and expertise to a new level by using it to make a positive humanitarian difference, too.</p> <p>If you want&nbsp;full details about the EcoHouse, visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/ecohousing.aspx" title="Lifetime EcoHouse Initiative">go.lifetime.com/ecohouse</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan01 Feb 2010 1:24:00 PMAmbassador Huntsman Tours Lifetime China Facility and EcoHouse http://blog.lifetime.com/article/319689/ambassador-huntsman-tours-lifetime-china-facility-and-ecohousehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/319689/ambassador-huntsman-tours-lifetime-china-facility-and-ecohouse<p><a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ambassador-huntsman-to-visit-lifetime-products-xiamen-factory-82438782.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Hendrickson-and-Huntsman-small.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last week, I had the honor of traveling to Xiamen, China, to show our factory and new EcoHousing Initiative to Jon Huntsman Jr., previous governor of Utah and current Ambassador to China. The tour of our Xiamen facility was well organized and I could not be more pleased with the way things turned out.</p> <p>A bit of history. In 2008, we opened a wholly-owned and operated facility in Xiamen, China. This means we have tight control over product quality. This is a huge distinction and big advantage over imitation "Lifetime" products made in China by other companies. By having our own manufacturing facility overseas, we can be more globally competitive and more effectively and profitably manage our international sales and distribution to the more than 52 countries we sell products to worldwide. Being wholly-owned also means the facility, the equipment, the products, and the employees are all Lifetime's &mdash; making Lifetime more profitable overall. That profit comes back to benefit everyone in the company, in our Utah community, and all of our customers. Staying competitive with companies manufacturing overseas makes us more profitable, which is essential to maintaining our Clearfield, Utah factory, which is our largest manufacturing facility and our corporate headquarters.</p> <p>It was a pleasure to show Ambassador Huntsman our Xiamen facility and tell him about our manufacturing operations, goals, and our great employees on both sides of the ocean. It was also very exciting to show him the Lifetime EcoHouse that we are manufacturing 100% in our Utah factory and hear his thoughts on our entire EcoHousing Initiative. The Ambassador sent this message after his visit:</p> <blockquote>"The management and employees at Lifetime have created what could be a revolutionary approach to dealing with humanitarian needs across the globe. I compliment them on running a quality business and maintaining a sense of innovation that could benefit others globally."</blockquote> <p>We hope this amazing high-level international exposure for the EcoHouse can help us get this new product global attention. This is a great innovation that will be manufactured in Utah and shipped around the world to improve people's lives. It will take time to get started, but the potential is endless and can help us keep jobs in Utah while helping others.</p> <p>You can read more about our EcoHousing Initiative at <a title="Lifetime EcoHouse" href="http://go.lifetime.com/ecohouse" target="_blank">go.lifetime.com/ecohouse</a>. As Lifetime continues to grow into an international company, we always strive to do right by our employees, our community, and our customers. I'm proud to be part of this new initiative and all the continuous improvements at Lifetime Products. I look forward to the many good things that lie on the horizon.</p>Richard Hendrickson26 Jan 2010 8:00:00 AMLifetime's Deck Box Wins &quot;Biggest&quot; Awardhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/297306/lifetimes-deck-box-wins-quotbiggestquot-awardhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/297306/lifetimes-deck-box-wins-quotbiggestquot-award<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/deck-box-1.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/deck-box-1.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Well, winter is officially upon us.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now that you finally (or hopefully) have all of your summer backyard accessories stored, did you once again find yourself running out of places to stuff all of your <a title="Lifetime patio furniture" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/Default.aspx?from=left" target="_blank">patio</a> cushions and pool supplies?&nbsp; Yes?&nbsp; Thought so.&nbsp; Well, then&nbsp; it's time to stop buying yet another tiny storage container to add to your collection already cluttering your deck.&nbsp; Treat yourself to a super-sized deck box instead!&nbsp;</p> <p>Lifetime's new <a title="buy a Lifetime deck box" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">130-gallon deck box</a> is huge!&nbsp; (So, quite frankly, if you've only got a tiny place you want to put a deck box, this isn't for you.)&nbsp; But, don't just take our word for it.&nbsp; <em><a title="about Consumer's Digest" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumers_Digest" target="_blank">Consumers Digest</a></em> awarded the <a title="About Lifetime Deck Box" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Deck Box</a> a Best Buy award in September 2009, stating "This unit delivers the most storage capacity of any deck box and includes the best warranty of any horizontal shed that we found.&nbsp; A spring hinge keeps the lid from slamming shut - a great feature that's unique at this price."</p> <p>So, there you have it.&nbsp; Plus, it's strong enough to double as a bench, and it has a water-resistant seal to make sure all your stuff stays nice and dry.&nbsp;&nbsp; Oh, did I mention it's huge and has a ton of storage space?!&nbsp;&nbsp; (Hmmm, no wonder <em>Consumers Digest</em> referred to it as a horizontal shed.)</p> <p>I know it may seem like an odd time of year to think about <a title="buy a Lifetime deck box" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">deck boxes</a>, but it's never too early to start planning for where you're going to store all those new pool toys, floats, and noodles you're going to accumulate this summer. Plus, it could make a really cool Christmas gift if you're still searching for that perfect present for that man who has everything!</p>Jan18 Dec 2009 5:00:00 AMUse Shed Doors for Storage Spacehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/286716/use-shed-doors-for-storage-spacehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/286716/use-shed-doors-for-storage-space<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/shed-door-1.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/shed-door-1.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last week Lifetime&#39;s Home &amp; Garden Guru <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tipssolutions/recreation/article.aspx?postid=2291" title="How to Store Garden Tools">Charlie Nardozzi&#39;s Tip of the Week</a> provided quick pointers of how to properly clean and store your garden tools for the winter.&nbsp; His tip reminded me of a handy idea I picked up while visiting <a target="_blank" href="http://www.backyardsinc.com/" title="BackYards Inc.">BackYards Inc</a>. a few weeks ago.&nbsp;&nbsp; (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.backyardsinc.com/" title="Backyards Inc.">BackYards Inc.</a> is the official outlet store for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/products.aspx" title="About Lifetime">Lifetime Products</a> with five locations in Utah.)</p> <p>Lifetime&#39;s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=left" title="buy a shed">plastic sheds</a> come with two peg strips, which I installed on the shed walls.&nbsp; (If I recall, I think that&#39;s where the instruction photos show to install them, as well.)&nbsp;&nbsp; However, to maximize storage space, did you know you can also install the peg strips on the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/#outdoor-storage-sheds" title="about Lifetime sheds">shed </a>doors! Handy, huh?</p> <p>Are your peg strips already full?&nbsp; No problem!&nbsp; You can buy additional <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-0113.aspx" title="buy peg strips">peg strips</a>, as well as other&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/ShedAccessories/Default.aspx" title="buy Lifetime shed accessories">Lifetime shed accessories</a> like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-0130.aspx" title="buy shed shelves">shelves</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-0112.aspx" title="buy shed lights">lights,</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-0111.aspx" title="buy shed shutters">shutters</a>, and more at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/">Buylifetime.com</a>.&nbsp; And, don&#39;t forget, shipping is FREE at Buylifetime.com!&nbsp;</p>Jan30 Nov 2009 9:20:00 AMLifetime Vinyl Sheds: The Mythhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/273437/lifetime-vinyl-sheds-the-mythhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/273437/lifetime-vinyl-sheds-the-myth<p><br /><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/11x13Shed_5F00_5x7_5F00_WheelbarrowGirl2.jpg"><img border="0" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/11x13Shed_5F00_5x7_5F00_WheelbarrowGirl2.jpg" alt="" /></a><br />Buying the right shed can be a difficult task. There are many options available ranging in size, material, design, etc. Choosing the right material can often be the most difficult part of purchasing a shed. Many people refer to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" title="Lifetime Sheds">Lifetime sheds</a> as &ldquo;vinyl&rdquo; sheds; however this is not the case. Lifetime &ldquo;vinyl&rdquo; sheds are actually made out of high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE), which differs greatly from vinyl (PVC). Some of the main differences are:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;HDPE is much stronger and durable than vinyl<br />&bull;&nbsp;HDPE will not crack, chip, or shatter<br />&bull;&nbsp;Vinyl turns weak and brittle, especially in temperature changes<br />&bull;&nbsp;HDPE is UV-protected and will not warp or change in extreme sunlight<br />&bull;&nbsp;Over time vinyl can put off toxic gases into the air, ground, and water<br />&bull;&nbsp;HDPE is completely recyclable and &ldquo;eco-friendly&rdquo;</p> <p>So, when looking into purchasing a shed, whether a Lifetime one or not, make sure to do some research on the material it is made of. Go for a polyethylene (HDPE) shed, over a wood, steel, or light plastic one.&nbsp; HDPE will last much longer, won&rsquo;t fade or crack, is stain resistant and easy to clean.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s definitely the best shed material option!&nbsp; <br />Other factors come into play when purchasing a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" title="Lifetime Sheds">Lifetime shed</a> as well. Make sure your shed has certain attributes to meet your needs.&nbsp; Things to consider include: the size, how many windows it has for ventilation, if it has large enough doors (single vs. double doors), and making sure it is low-maintenance. Good luck!</p>Shalane04 Nov 2009 9:10:00 AMProduct Launch: Lifetime Wheelbarrowshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/4715/product-launch-lifetime-wheelbarrowshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/4715/product-launch-lifetime-wheelbarrows<p><img style="border-bottom:0px;border-left:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-top:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right:0px;" title="Lifetime Wheelbarrow, available from BuyLifetime.com" border="0" alt="Lifetime Wheelbarrow, available from BuyLifetime.com" align="right" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/image_5F00_068EA7EC.png" width="302" height="352" /> Every home owner with a yard or garden to take care of can attest to the necessity of a quality <a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a>. Event the ancient Greeks and Chinese, and medieval Europeans knew the value of having a solid, reliable <a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a>.<sup><a title="Wikipedia: Wheelbarrow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheelbarrow" target="_blank">1</a></sup></p> <p></p> <p>Wheelbarrows haven’t changed much over the years. <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank"><a href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a></a> thought it was about time someone challenged that.</p> <p>Lifetime took the design of the traditional contractor’s <a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a>, studied it to find out what its shortcomings were, then reinvented it. The result? The <a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrow (65011)</a>, which gives you superior stability, added maneuverability, and thanks to a re-engineered center-of-gravity and pivot point it lightens your workload by an amazing 85%.</p> <p>Lifetime <a title="wheelbarrows" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" rel="vote-for" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a>: yard work made easy.</p>Joe23 Jun 2009 1:23:39 PMRocks, Dirt and Wheelbarrowshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/4148/rocks-dirt-and-wheelbarrowshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/4148/rocks-dirt-and-wheelbarrows<p>Two&nbsp;Lifetime employees&nbsp;submitted some photos after leveling&nbsp;the yard&nbsp;of their new home&nbsp;using one of Lifetime&#39;s <a class="" title="Shop for Lifetime Wheelbarrows" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/Wheelbarrows/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Wheelbarrows</a> they recently purchased. Jenn and Wes found themselves&nbsp;all caught up over the weekend and then&nbsp;every day after work for a week&nbsp;hauling dirt, raking out rocks, and landscaping the yard with rocks.&nbsp;Luckily they had a handful of willing helpers to get&nbsp;the job done. &quot;We love that&nbsp;Lifetime Wheelbarrows have two wheels,&nbsp;are stable,&nbsp;and so easy to use,&quot; said Jen, &quot;Ours&nbsp;has really come in handy.&quot;&nbsp; </p> <p>The first few days started with three truck loads of lava rock that was wheel barrowed and shoveled in to fill the curbing around the stairs and the island (This took 3 days of on and off work).&nbsp;And in the next&nbsp;few days they started filling in rocks under the back deck and along the side of the RV pad. They sprayed for weeds and grass, laid down the fabric to stop weeds and filled it in with rock for a maintenance free finish. And I hope it was helpful... from these pictures it looks like one of those&nbsp;projects where I&#39;d want to sneak&nbsp;back inside the house with the excuse of bringing out lemonade... <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4144/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Lotsa&#39; dirt and rocks</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4145/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>We found The Littlest Landscaper!</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4146/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Wes working overtime, filling in rocks under the back deck and along the side of the RV pad.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4147/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Ahhhh the teamwork</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/4178/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>The beautiful finished product!&nbsp;(A few weeks later as&nbsp;you can tell from the grass coming in). &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Katie03 Jun 2009 11:00:00 AMRe-inventing the Wheel(barrow)http://blog.lifetime.com/article/3713/re-inventing-the-wheelbarrowhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/3713/re-inventing-the-wheelbarrow<p><b><img style="WIDTH:316px;HEIGHT:221px;" height="378" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/3714/original.aspx" width="532" border="0" alt="" /></b><br /> <p>It is speculated that the wheelbarrow had it’s beginnings as early as 100 B.C., it’s original design being a simple platform or basket with a large wheel underneath and a pair of handles which the operator used to push it along. It was obviously designed as a “carrier”, and the loads it has carried have varied widely throughout the years. Spanning many cultures all over the world, it has been a vital piece of equipment in a variety of occupations.</p> <p>Wheelbarrows have a long and honorable history. They have been used in early military operations to transport supplies and injured soldiers. Various forms and designs have been found throughout history to transport produce and carry building materials for construction. Wheelbarrows were crucial to world-wide mining operations as well. While the wheelbarrow is still vital to such large-scale operations today, it has also become highly valued by individual homeowners, like you and me, for gardening and landscaping. So just how has this simple apparatus managed to endure the test of time? </p> <p>The wheelbarrow’s simple, unmotorized design has ensured its popularity and survival. First of all, it’s a one-man/woman operation. No assistance is required—although an occasional glass of cold lemonade during an outdoor yard project would be appreciated. The small design of a wheelbarrow allows you to maneuver it into small spaces and tight corners in your yard and garden. Though the original design from 100 B.C has been effective, mankind has a natural disposition to improve his condition, especially if such improvements would make his burdens easier to bear. Such has been the case with the wheelbarrow.</p> <p><b><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/2421/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></b><br /> <p>The engineers at Lifetime products are all about improving our existence by turning everyday products we need to use, into the products we love to use. First, they designed the Lifetime wheelbarrow so that it distributes more weight to the wheels and less to the operator, decreasing your workload by 85%! They’ve designed a wider wheel base and lower center of gravity to provide greater load stability—no more wobbling or pulled back muscles! The front of the tub has been tapered so you have more control when dumping your load. And speaking of the load, go ahead and fill ‘er up! The sides of the Lifetime wheelbarrow are designed with slots so the sides can be built up with wooden slats to accommodate high, bulky loads (up to 550 lbs!). <p>While the most significant improvements have been for practical purposes, you’ll also appreciate the fact that a Lifetime wheelbarrow is made out of 100% post-consumer recycled material with a heavy-duty plastic tub and rust-resistant, powder-coated steel frame. This is one piece of equipment that won’t be joining the ranks of rusted farm machinery out in the pasture. <p>So let’s hear it for the humble wheelbarrow. You’ve come a long way baby! As long as innovative human nature continues to drive us to create tools that can accomplish more with less effort, the wheelbarrow will be an indispensable figure in the ongoing history of manual labor.</p>Charlys26 May 2009 12:06:00 PMVideo Tips for Building a Lifetime Shed http://blog.lifetime.com/article/3712/video-tips-for-building-a-lifetime-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/3712/video-tips-for-building-a-lifetime-shed<p><a class="" title="watch video clip" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Ik88LSA5s" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/3755/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>I FINALLY did it!&nbsp; I finally got around to editing and uploading my video clips from when we built our <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 8&#39;x5&#39; Shed</a> back in the Fall.&nbsp; But, hopefully, it&#39;s just in time to help those of you workaholics who are planning on building a <a class="" title="about Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> this Memorial Day weekend!</p> <p>The video is a little long (about 10 minutes), but it&#39;s a condensed, yet thorough, documentary of our 4 hour and 45 minute project.&nbsp; (Honest, that&#39;s all the time it took us to build an entire shed!) It&#39;s a great insight as to what you&#39;re really in for if you&#39;re&nbsp;thinking about&nbsp;building a&nbsp;Lifetime shed.&nbsp; And, it&#39;s filled with tips for steps where we, as normal homeowners, had problems.&nbsp; So, in addition to reading the instructions and my other <a class="" title="shed building post - step 1" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/11/24/building-our-lifetime-shed-step-1.aspx">three shed building posts</a>, be sure to <a class="" title="play video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Ik88LSA5s" target="_blank">watch this video</a> for some pointers and heads-up of steps that were a little tricky for us.&nbsp; Hopefully, our video will save you some time and make an already easy shed assembly project even easier!</p>Jan22 May 2009 12:47:00 PM Haul Out the Sodhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/3202/haul-out-the-sodhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/3202/haul-out-the-sod<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/3201/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />After spreading six yards of compost on our lawn, you&#39;d think we would be done with yard work, right?&nbsp; Nope, not us.&nbsp; We have a back corner of our yard that is heavily shaded by trees so the original <a class="" title="about Bermuda grass" href="http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/turf/publications/bermuda.html" target="_blank">Bermuda</a> grass never grew.&nbsp; To make matters worse,&nbsp; our yard is sloped so what little grass we did have in that corner simply washed downhill.&nbsp; We really want to try and get grass to grow back there.&nbsp; Not just so it will be green and look nice, but because we have a tire swing back there and we have a ladder in that corner to climb the fence over to our neighbor&#39;s house.&nbsp; Read between the lines...I&#39;m tired of having to wash muddy feet every time we come into the house!</p> <p>We did some research and we think we&#39;ve found a grass that is pretty shade tolerant.&nbsp; So, last week, we put down some <a class="" title="about Palidsades Zoysia grass" href="http://dallas.tamu.edu/turf/palisades.html" target="_blank">Palidsades Zoysia</a> sod in that corner.&nbsp; It&#39;s a Texas grass developed by <a class="" title="About Texas A&amp;M" href="http://www.tamu.edu/" target="_blank">Texas A&amp;M University</a> - Gig &#39;Em Aggies!&nbsp; We only needed half a pallet of sod, but if you&#39;ve ever lifted sod, you know how heavy it is.&nbsp;&nbsp; Even half a pallet was going to be a lot of physical work.&nbsp; Thank goodness we had a <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime Yard Cart" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart</a> so we didn&#39;t have to carry it piece-by-piece.&nbsp; If you&#39;re going to <a class="" title="how to lay sod" href="http://www.the-lawn-advisor.com/How-to-Lay-Sod.html" target="_blank">lay sod</a>, here&#39;s a tip:&nbsp; fold the pieces into thirds before you try to move them to prevent them from tearing/breaking.&nbsp;&nbsp; The <a class="" title="Lifetime Yard Cart details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart</a> was big enough for the sod to easily lay flat (after it was folded) so the sod didn&#39;t break while we transported it from our truck to the yard.</p> <p>Even though the Yard Cart can hold up to 750 pounds, being able to push a full load up a hill in the grass is another story.&nbsp; (A lawn mower to <a class="" title="Lifetime Yard Cart details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/default.aspx" target="_blank">hitch the Yard Cart to in its trailer mode</a> would have been pretty nice at this point!!)&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/3209/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /> So, we were limited to putting a maximum of five pieces of sod in the Yard Cart.&nbsp; But, it was still faster than carrying it all and it was more than we could have put in the <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime Wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrow</a>, especially since we wanted to make sure the sod laid flat.</p> <p>Anyway, yard project #2 complete.&nbsp; It&#39;s been over&nbsp;2 week and so far the sod looks like it&#39;s growing great.&nbsp; Hopefully, in a few more weeks, we&#39;ll have some beautiful green grass in that back corner...which means we&#39;ll finally be able to run the sprinklers and let my kids can use their swing on the same day!&nbsp; Yipee!</p>Jan14 May 2009 12:00:00 PMOur Fastest Way to Spread Composthttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2905/our-fastest-way-to-spread-composthttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2905/our-fastest-way-to-spread-compost<p><a class="" title="Watch video clip" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pwRChu07UU"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/2907/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></a>I think I can finally move again without feeling pain in every inch of my back and arms.&nbsp; Remember in my <a class="" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2009/04/27/the-great-wheelbarrow-showdown.aspx">Great Wheelbarrow Showdown</a> post how I mentioned that my husband and I spread six yards of compost on our front and backyard?&nbsp;&nbsp; Did I mention that I was the one who shoveled absolutely every bit of compost into the Wheelbarrow and Yard Cart?&nbsp; Yep, me and my big buff muscles.&nbsp; Ouch!&nbsp; </p> <p>Anyway, in my <a class="" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2009/04/27/the-great-wheelbarrow-showdown.aspx">Great Wheelbarrow Showdown</a> post, my &quot;test&quot; results for the best actual wheelbarrow had the <a class="" title="Watch the wheelbarrow video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB7MlUWygkQ">Lifetime Wheelbarrow</a> beating out the <a class="" title="Watch the Yard Cart video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKVTr43RkkY">Lifetime Yard Cart</a> and a traditional wheelbarrow.&nbsp; The <a class="" title="Yard Cart specs" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart</a> could hold twice as much dirt as the Lifetime Wheelbarrow and it pushed fairly easy considering the amount of weight in it.&nbsp; However, it failed the wheelbarrow tipping test because once you dump the load, you can&#39;t control how much you dump.&nbsp; More importantly, you really can&#39;t set the Yard Cart back down once it&#39;s tipped.</p> <p>But, if you&#39;re spreading compost, mulch etc. where you want an evenly distributed and steady line of dirt, we quickly discovered this Yard Cart tipping negative can actually turn into a huge positive if you have two people.&nbsp;&nbsp; My husband and I ended up figuring out a technique that cut our compost task down to three hours, compared to the almost eight hours it took us last year!&nbsp; Honest!&nbsp; (BTW, did you know Lifetime now makes a <a class="" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2009/04/08/lifetime-composter-now-available.aspx">composter</a>?!)&nbsp;</p> <p>Here was our trick.&nbsp; First, we used both the <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime Wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrow</a> and the <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime Yard Cart" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart</a>.&nbsp; Having two pieces of hauling equipment definitely sped things up since we made fewer trips.&nbsp; I would fill both the Lifetime Wheelbarrow and Lifetime Yard Cart with compost, then push them to my husband to dump them.&nbsp; He would spread the compost piles out with a rake while I refilled the Wheelbarrow and Yard Cart.&nbsp; Our timing was impeccable.&nbsp; As soon as I started wheeling back a load, he was raking his last pile.&nbsp; Getting a good assembling line rhythm was essential.&nbsp; </p> <p>But, the real key was the Lifetime Yard Cart.&nbsp; Even though we couldn&#39;t use it as a wheelbarrow to dump several small loads, we ended up getting the most even and continuous lines of dirt with it.&nbsp; How is that possible when I said it failed the tipping test?&nbsp; Well, Mike would tip it up (and leave it tipped) and then simply drag it backwards while I used the rake to pull out a steady stream of compost.&nbsp; The front of the Lifetime Yard Cart is angled kind of like a big scoop so the compost almost naturally fell out as Mike drug the cart along.&nbsp; The even lines of compost made Mike&#39;s raking job much quicker .</p> <p>This obviously is not the intended use for the <a class="" title="Yard Cart specs" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart</a>, but it sure worked for us!&nbsp; So, I thought I&#39;d share in case our technique can help ease the workload for some of you.&nbsp;&nbsp; Sure, it&#39;s not as easy as having the luxury of a bucket loader to help haul and spread the compost.&nbsp; (Or better yet, hiring someone to do it for you!)&nbsp; But, given the equipment we had, the Lifetime Yard Cart was a huge time saver!</p> <p>To give you a better idea of what I&#39;m talking about, <a class="" title="Yard Cart compost video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pwRChu07UU" target="_blank">watch this video</a> to actually see how it worked.&nbsp; Good luck!<br /></p>Jan04 May 2009 12:00:00 PMThe Great Wheelbarrow Showdownhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2841/the-great-wheelbarrow-showdownhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2841/the-great-wheelbarrow-showdown<p><b><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/2908/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />The Task</b><br />Spread six yards of compost on our lawn.&nbsp; Since this was going to be some serious yard work, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to test the new Lifetime Wheelbarrow and Lifetime Yard Cart to see how they stack up against a traditional wheelbarrow.</p> <p><a class="" title="Watch the traditional wheelbarrow clip" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rh1EByVYwI" target="_blank"><b>The Traditional Wheelbarrow</b><br /></a><a class="" title="watch traditional wheelbarrow video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rh1EByVYwI"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/2910/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></a>I started off by hauling one load of dirt with a traditional wheelbarrow with one wheel.&nbsp; I filled it full with 35 shovels of dirt.&nbsp; Right away, when I went to pick it up, it started to tip sideways on me and I really had to work to keep it from falling completely over.&nbsp; Once I got it balanced, I could push it pretty easily, but it was a constant struggle to maintain stability.&nbsp; Then came the tipping test.&nbsp;&nbsp; I pushed the wheelbarrow over, but had no control how far over it tipped.&nbsp; So, needless to say, I ended up with a large pile of dirt when I would have rather have had smaller piles. </p> <p><a class="" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rh1EByVYwI" target="_blank">Watch the Traditional Wheelbarrow clip...</a></p> <p><b><a class="" title="Watch the Lifetime Wheelbarrow clip" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB7MlUWygkQ" target="_blank">The Lifetime Wheelbarrow</a></b><br /><a class="" title="watch the Lifetime Wheelbarrow video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB7MlUWygkQ"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/2911/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></a>I filled the <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime Wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrow</a> with 45 shovels of dirt and I still had room to spare.&nbsp; I was instantly impressed as soon as I picked up the handles.&nbsp; Because the Lifetime Wheelbarrow has two wheels, it&#39;s completely stable and I didn&#39;t have to battle sideways tipping at all.&nbsp; In fact, I couldn&#39;t make it fall even when I purposely tried.&nbsp; Pushing&nbsp;this <a class="" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">great&nbsp;Wheelbarrow</a> was a cinch.&nbsp; Lifetime advertises that it&#39;s wheelbarrow has a wide wheel-base and lower center of gravity to help with stability and lighten the load for the user.&nbsp; Yep, I&#39;d have to agree with that.&nbsp; Even though my load was bigger than the one with the traditional wheelbarrow, it didn&#39;t feel nearly as heavy.&nbsp; And, as an added bonus, if it is hard to get started (like in grass), the stand actually makes a great place to push with your foot for a little extra leverage if needed for the <a class="" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow wheel</a>.&nbsp; Now for the tipping test.&nbsp; Because the center of gravity was lower, I could easily control how much I tipped the wheelbarrow and how much dirt I dumped out!&nbsp; I was able to make multiple mini-piles to evenly spread my dirt.&nbsp;Two thumbs up for Lifetime&#39;s ingenious design!</p> <p><a class="" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB7MlUWygkQ">Watch the Wheelbarrow clip...</a></p> <p><b><a class="" title="Watch the Yard Cart Clip" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKVTr43RkkY" target="_blank">The Lifetime Yard Cart</a></b><br /><a class="" title="watch the Lifetime Yard Cart Video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKVTr43RkkY"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/2912/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></a>First off, the pictures on Lifetime&#39;s website are deceiving...this thing is HUGE!&nbsp; Before I actually got the <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime Yard Cart" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart</a>, I kind of thought it was just an ordinary wheelbarrow with a clever design that could allow you to use it as a trailer, too.&nbsp; Ummm, no.&nbsp; This isn&#39;t really a wheelbarrow at all.&nbsp; But, let&#39;s start back at the beginning.&nbsp; I filled the yard cart with 80 shovels of dirt, and it wasn&#39;t even level full....that&#39;s how big this thing is!&nbsp; It holds over twice the amount of a regular wheelbarrow.&nbsp; Since I don&#39;t exactly have a bodybuilder physique, I thought there was no way I would be able to push this big daddy.&nbsp; Wrong!&nbsp; Amazingly, I lifted it up, turned, and pushed it as if it was a grocery cart.&nbsp; In fact, it was actually easier to move than one of those loaded grocery carts with a car on the front of them for kids to sit in. (You moms out there know what I&#39;m talking about.)&nbsp; Now for the tipping test.&nbsp; Ooops, this is where it becomes crystal clear that the Yard Cart is not meant to be a dumping wheelbarrow.&nbsp; I tipped the Yard Cart over with a little effort, but I had absolutely no way to control how much it dumped.&nbsp; It left a huge pile.&nbsp; And, it was impossible to tip it back down.&nbsp; I finally managed by stepping/jumping on the stand, but it took all of my 120 pounds to make that happen.&nbsp; And, then when I did, all of the dirt had shifted to the front of the Yard Cart so it could no longer be set down without tipping back over.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Yard Cart is a unique design in that it allows you to flip the handles and convert it to a trailer that can be pulled by a lawn mower.&nbsp; It is advertised to have a dumping mechanism, but I didn&#39;t realize the dumping feature is ONLY available when the Yard Cart is being used as a trailer.&nbsp;&nbsp; The dumping lever CANNOT be used in the &quot;wheelbarrow&quot; mode.&nbsp; So, the Lifetime Yard Cart gets two thumbs down for my wheelbarrow-style tipping test.</p> <p><a class="" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKVTr43RkkY" target="_blank">Watch the Yard Cart clip...</a></p> <p><b>The Final Results</b><br />Ladies and gentlemen, drum roll please.&nbsp; In the Great Wheelbarrow Showdown, the winner (by a landslide) is the Lifetime Wheelbarrow!&nbsp; Hip, hip hooray!&nbsp; </p> <p>Now, don&#39;t get me wrong. The <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime Yard Cart" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Yard Cart</a> is a great product for the right project; in fact, in my next post I&#39;ll tell you more about how we ended up devising our own technique to use the Yard Cart to spread our compost.&nbsp; But, it is exactly what its name says it is...a CART, not a wheelbarrow.&nbsp; So, if you are looking for a product that you can easily push and control dumping, hands down, the winner is the <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime Wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Wheelbarrow.</a></p> <p>Oh, and in case you&#39;re wondering, our traditional wheelbarrow will be front-and-center at our garage sale next month!<br /></p>Jan27 Apr 2009 8:42:00 AM Like Legwarmers and Mariah Carey, Recession Gardens Are Making A Comebackhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2694/like-legwarmers-and-mariah-carey-recession-gardens-are-making-a-comebackhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2694/like-legwarmers-and-mariah-carey-recession-gardens-are-making-a-comeback<p>I first learned about victory gardens at a young age, thanks to the stories I read about Molly McIntire, a fictional character who grew up during World War II. Molly and her family grew their own vegetables since crops grown by farmers were needed for the American troops. Well, once the war ended, victory gardens took a back seat to the fluorescent lights of the grocery superstore. With our nation&rsquo;s current financial situation though, I&rsquo;m not surprised to see victory gardens&mdash;or &ldquo;recession gardens,&rdquo; as they&rsquo;re known these days&mdash;making a comeback.<br /><br />I recently read that an <a title="estimated 43 million" href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/04/01/recession.garden/" target="_blank">estimated 43 million</a> American households will be planting their own &ldquo;recession gardens&rdquo; this year. Forty-three million! It just goes to show that lots of people across the nation are catching on to this trend&mdash;and with savings of up to $5,000 on groceries a year, no wonder we&rsquo;re all so keen on the idea. C&rsquo;mon, even <a title="Michelle Obama" href="http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE53870S20090409" target="_blank">Michelle Obama</a> is doing it!<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/32/147x220.aspx" border="0" alt="" /><br /><br />Now that the weather is getting warmer I&rsquo;m looking forward to starting my own recession garden. It&rsquo;s an empowering thought to be a part of the food selection process from start to finish. But all that digging, lifting, hauling&hellip;it&rsquo;s enough to give me a headache (and my tiny five-foot-two frame premature aches and pains). Thankfully for pint-sized gardeners like myself, <a title="Lifetime's Wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime&rsquo;s Wheelbarrow</a> helps lighten the load. It&rsquo;s designed to distribute more weight to the wheels and less to the user, so at-home landscapers can work hard without worrying about needing any ice packs later in the day.&nbsp; And, since the Wheelbarrow has a tub made from 100 percent recycled material, I know it&rsquo;s not only great for my landscape, but also better for the environment.<br /><br />So, when the springtime air hits New Jersey head on, look for me out back in the garden. I&rsquo;ll be the girl with the big smile &mdash; happy to be picking up where Molly left off, and even happier to be doing so without breaking my back in the process.<a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture32.aspx" target="_blank"></a></p>admin15 Apr 2009 12:15:00 PMLifetime Composter, now availablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2461/lifetime-composter-now-availablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2461/lifetime-composter-now-available<p><a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border:0px none;display:inline;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;" title="Lifetime Composter" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_584F5DAE.png" border="0" alt="Lifetime Composter" width="189" height="219" align="right" /></a>There&rsquo;s a lot to cover when you talk about <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a>. First let me talk about <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&rsquo;s new <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Composter</a>, available at <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a> with free shipping! If you&rsquo;re not familiar with <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a>, don&rsquo;t worry, I&rsquo;ll cover that further down in this article, too.</p> <p>I saw initial designs and a prototype at a recent company meeting, and being the &ldquo;back to nature&rdquo; kind of guy that I am I wanted one right away, but I had to wait until the product made it to market. Yesterday I was able to buy my very own <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Composter</a>.</p> <p>First off, this thing is HUGE, but it doesn&rsquo;t take up a lot of space. It fits easily in a 4-foot square (the footprint of my old <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> pile), and wow, does it hold a lot! 75 gallons or 10 cubic feet to be exact.</p> <p>The theory behind most tumbler-style <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">composter</a>s is that by rolling or &ldquo;tumbling&rdquo; the <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">composter</a> every day or so you aerate, mix, and turn the <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> regularly, and it&rsquo;s much easier than doing it by hand. This, combined with the enclosed nature of the tumbler helps <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_1C2622B7.png"><img style="border:0px none;display:inline;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;" title="Lifetime Composter" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_thumb_2EBD6185.png" border="0" alt="Lifetime Composter" width="209" height="243" align="right" /></a>keep the heat inside, which speeds up the process. I&rsquo;m sold on the tumbling variety, but have never purchased one for myself due to the terribly high prices &ndash; until now.</p> <p>One of the name-brands that I looked at has a list-price of $534.00 &ndash; and MORE! Go to Google and search for &ldquo;<a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> tumbler&rdquo; and take a look at the prices (and the sizes), don&rsquo;t forget to add shipping costs if you&rsquo;re going to order online.</p> <p>So, why choose the <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Composter</a>?</p> <ul> <li>The <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Composter</a> is available from <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a> for an awesome price,with <strong>free shipping</strong>,</li> <li>The <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Composter</a> is made with double-walled HDPE, yes, that means it&rsquo;s durable, but it also means that you have an insulating air pocket between the outside air and the inside pre-<a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a>, which helps cook the <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> faster</li> <li>The <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Composter</a> lid is enormous (but still light-weight), you won&rsquo;t have to worry about getting the raw materials into the <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">composter</a> or getting the cooked <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> out of it</li> <li>The <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Composter</a> is tall enough to park most <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a> underneath it for easy unloading of the <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">composter</a>, but not so tall to complicate loading</li> <li>The <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Composter</a> is easy to assemble with basic tools</li> </ul> <p>So far I love this thing! I&rsquo;ll write later with some pictures of my first batch of cooked <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a>.</p> <p>Now, for those of you who don&rsquo;t know about composting, you really need to start making your own <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> today!</p> <p>Anyone who has a yard needs to do something with their yard waste. If you have a kitchen you have to do something with your kitchen scraps. If you don&rsquo;t have a <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> pile, <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> heap, or some other kind of <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">composter</a> you&rsquo;re missing out on one of the best things you can do for your yard!</p> <p><a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Compost</a>, when you buy it from the nursery or lawn and garden store, is very, very expensive.</p> <p>Someone has a turkey farm, they pile the manure, turn it a bit, and in 6-8 months they bag it and sell it to you as <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a>.</p> <p>Someone has a saw mill, they pile the saw dust, mix in some soil, turn it a bit, and in 6-8 months they bag it and sell it to you as <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a>.</p> <p>Someone grows vegetables, they pile the trimmings and damaged food, turn it a bit, and in 6-8 months they bag is and sell it to you as <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a>.</p> <p>See a pattern here? Instead of those people paying someone to haul off their waste, they turn it into <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> and get you to buy it! You&rsquo;re just spending money on someone else&rsquo;s waste! What a racket!</p> <p>You have yard waste (lawn clippings, trimmings, weeds, etc.) and table scraps (egg shells, greens, fruit peels and cores, unused vegetables), all you need is a place keep it all, turn is a bit, and in a month or so you&rsquo;ve made your very own <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a>! (Depending on how often you turn it and how much mass you have, of course.) That&rsquo;s where tumbler-style composters like the <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">Composter</a> makes easy work (no pitch-forks required).</p> <p>Cooked <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> is a necessary component for Square-Foot Gardens, for anyone who has house plants, and anyone with trees, shrubs, or a lawn.</p> <p>For lawns, if you have a dry or &ldquo;hard packed&rdquo; spot, top-dress that area with a layer of <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> just thick enough to cover the area so the tops of the grass is barely showing. Repeat the top-dressing every few weeks until the problem is solved. Adding the <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a> adds organic material and fertilizes the area, helps balance soil pH, and helps prevent drying out.</p> <p>For trees, top-dress around the base of the tree, staying a few inches away from the trunk and covering the entire drip-area beneath the tree.</p> <p>For shrubs and bushes, top-dress 6- to 8-inches away from the outer-most leaves. For flowers, top-dress lightly.</p> <p>For Square-Foot gardens, add a trowel or two every time you harvest or plant a square.</p> <p>Give it a shot and let me know how your <a title="Lifetime Composter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60021.aspx" target="_blank">compost</a>ing goes!</p>Joe08 Apr 2009 12:00:00 PMLifetime Wheelbarrow, now available in single-pack!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/2458/lifetime-wheelbarrow-now-available-in-single-packhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2458/lifetime-wheelbarrow-now-available-in-single-pack<p><a title="Lifetime Wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border-bottom:0px;border-left:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-top:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right:0px;" title="Lifetime Wheelbarrow" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_1EB0A64F.png" border="0" alt="Lifetime Wheelbarrow" width="302" height="352" align="right" /></a>With springtime upon us, everyone with a yard now has their mind set on spring clean-up, fresh planting, gardening, fertilizing, composting&hellip; the list seems almost endless.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a> was excited to offer this as soon as the <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a> came off the line, but the product beat the packaging! <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a> offered the <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a> in the bulk packaging (what I affectionately called the &ldquo;neighborhood discount pack&rdquo;), but most customers only need one or two of these <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a>, not seven or eight.</p> <p>So, if you seen the <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Wheelbarrow</a> on <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a> in the past, but didn&rsquo;t want to get half-a-dozen or more of them, today you can buy just one!</p> <p>And, just like everything on <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a>, the <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Wheelbarrow</a> is available with <strong>FREE SHIPPING</strong>, right to your door!</p>Joe07 Apr 2009 12:54:28 PMPlastic Shedshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2425/plastic-shedshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2425/plastic-sheds<p><a title="plastic sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border-right-width:0px;display:inline;border-top-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;" title="plastic sheds" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_427DB832.png" border="0" alt="plastic sheds" width="590" height="165" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">Plastic storage sheds</a> are a must-have for anyone that has a yard. Storage sheds in general help you to keep your tools and other &ldquo;yard stuff&rdquo; organized, out of the weather, and out of the yard. Bags of compost or fertilizer store well in a weather-proof shed, and if you lock your outdoor <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">storage shed</a> these potentially harmful bags can be stored out of reach of children, pets, or vandals.</p> <p>Lifetime <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic garden sheds</a> have some distinct benefits over traditional stick-framed sheds, and don&rsquo;t even get me started about flimsy metal sheds. Wood sheds need to be maintained to keep them safe from the elements. Walls and doors need to be scraped and painted somewhat frequently to keep the exterior weather-tight, shingles need to be replaced every so often. Insects and rodents love wood, it&rsquo;s a natural element, they can eat, gnaw through, nest in&hellip; and since you don&rsquo;t live in your shed you&rsquo;re less likely to see early problem signs &ndash; until the damage has been done.</p> <p>Lifetime <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic sheds</a> don&rsquo;t need to be painted, they don&rsquo;t have singles, generally speaking they don&rsquo;t get eaten by bugs and rodents, and if your city&rsquo;s building code is like mine you might not need a building permit or inspections to put up a <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic shed</a> like you do with a wood shed. (Your land-use and building codes may differ, so make sure you check for yourself!)</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic shed</a> also makes a great gardening shed. Toss in a couple <a title="Lifetime tables" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Tables</a>, e voil&agrave;! Instant planting benches and seed starting <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">tables</a>.</p> <p><a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic sheds</a> are available shipped right to your door from www.<a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a>.</p> <p>What are you going to do with your <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic shed</a>?</p>Joe25 Mar 2009 10:01:00 AMHaul out the yard cart, spring has sprunghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2265/haul-out-the-yard-cart-spring-has-sprunghttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2265/haul-out-the-yard-cart-spring-has-sprung<p><a title="yard cart utility trailer" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border-bottom:0px;border-left:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-top:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right:0px;" title="yard cart utility trailer" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_1696FD2A.png" border="0" alt="yard cart utility trailer" width="303" height="352" align="right" /></a>I&rsquo;ve written about the <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Wheelbarrow</a> in a couple of my posts (here and here), it really is a wonderful thing. Some readers have asked me if <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> has anything suited for larger projects or larger properties where a <a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a> (though effective) is inefficient.</p> <p>The answer is a wholehearted YES!</p> <p><a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> makes a small <a title="Utility Trailers" target="_blank">utility trailer</a> and <a title="yard cart" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65009.aspx" target="_blank">yard cart</a> that works both as a cart and a trailer that you can pull behind an ATV or riding mower.</p> <p>The Yard Cart&rsquo;s heavy-duty, extra-large tub can hold 10-cubic feet, is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic materials, and can haul up to 650 pounds. Let&rsquo;s see your old <a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a> do that! <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_7B1C3DEA.png"><img style="border-bottom:0px;border-left:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-top:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right:0px;" title="Lifetime Yard Cart" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_53A3EE32.png" border="0" alt="Lifetime Yard Cart" width="298" height="348" align="left" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Now available with FREE SHIPPING from <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a>.</p>Joe12 Mar 2009 5:01:00 AMLifetime Wheelbarrows makes light work of big projectshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2253/lifetime-wheelbarrows-makes-light-work-of-big-projectshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2253/lifetime-wheelbarrows-makes-light-work-of-big-projects<p><a title="wheelbarrows" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border-right-width:0px;display:inline;border-top-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;margin-left:0px;border-left-width:0px;margin-right:0px;" title="wheelbarrows" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_68C6984B.png" border="0" alt="wheelbarrows" width="307" height="357" align="right" /></a>Look out the window, spring is here&hellip; time to get digging, planting, transplanting, and hauling&hellip; wait, <em>hauling</em>? Yup, you&rsquo;re going to have to move all that compost, all those pavers and blocks, potted shrubs, soil, bags of fertilizer, mountains of mulch&hellip; the list goes on and on, but it all needs to be done, and let&rsquo;s face it, packing it my hand just isn&rsquo;t a viable option!</p> <p>That&rsquo;s where <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a> come in to play. Sometimes called a &ldquo;garden cart&rdquo; or &ldquo;garden wagon&rdquo;, a <a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a> fills a much needed role in any backyard or landscaping project.</p> <p><a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Wheelbarrows</a> help carry more per load, and help carry even very heavy items. But that&rsquo;s where traditional <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a> fall short. Traditional <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a> typically have one wheel at the front of the basket, leaving you to&nbsp; life the weight of the load on the pivot point of the wheel. Sure, it&rsquo;s easier than hefting the load on your back, but there&rsquo;s got to be a better way!</p> <p>That&rsquo;s what the smart folks at <a href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> thought, too. So they tasked their engineers with designing a better <a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a>. The <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Wheelbarrow</a> is what they came up with, much to the relief of weekend warriors and backyard landscapers everywhere!</p> <p>The <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Wheelbarrow</a> features two heavy-duty wheels to share the load &ndash; and reduce tipping (finally!). It also places the wheels right in the middle of your load. This balances the load and makes it easier to lift and MUCH easier to push. <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> also redesigned how you dump the load out of the <a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a>, give it a try, you&rsquo;ll be impressed.</p> <p>Of, and if you want to impress your friends even more, here&rsquo;s a little information about how the word &ldquo;<a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a>&rdquo; came around. The word <a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a> is a compound word. It&rsquo;s made by combining the words &ldquo;wheel&rdquo; (because it has a wheel - or two) and &ldquo;barrow&rdquo; from Old English <em>bearwe</em> (basket) or <em>beran</em> (to bear, to carry). Now you can impress your friends with your new <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a title="wheelbarrow" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">Wheelbarrow</a> AND with the etymology of the word!</p> <p>Now get back to work! ;)</p>Joe10 Mar 2009 5:01:00 AM6415 shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2082/6415-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2082/6415-shed<p><a title="6415 shed" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_0FBB40F3.png" target="_blank"><img style="border-top-width:0px;display:inline;border-left-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right-width:0px;" title="6415 shed" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_1C096C9C.png" border="0" alt="6415 shed" width="230" height="240" align="right" /></a> The <a title="6415 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> Shed is an 11-foot by 13.5-foot outdoor <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">storage shed</a> unlike anything you&rsquo;ve seen before. It&rsquo;s made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that looks like wood siding and traditional shingles, but HDPE never rots, never has insect problems, never needs painting, and you&rsquo;ll never need to re-shingle.</p> <p>But the <a title="6415 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> shed isn&rsquo;t a &ldquo;plastic shed&rdquo; by any stretch of the imagination. The <a title="6415 shed" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> shed has a powder-coated, rust resistant steel frame and rafters. It has lockable front-doors, windows, gable vents, and &ldquo;attic storage,&rdquo; and modular accessory system, the <a title="6415 shed" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> shed is a revolution in backyard storage.</p> <p>The <a title="6415 shed" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> sheds is available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a>.</p>Joe09 Mar 2009 10:14:00 AMWheelbarrows make any yard and garden project easierhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2062/wheelbarrows-make-any-yard-and-garden-project-easierhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2062/wheelbarrows-make-any-yard-and-garden-project-easier<p><a title="wheelbarrow" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" 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="wheelbarrow" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_7051E181.png" border="0" alt="wheelbarrow" width="240" height="156" align="right" /></a> Anyone who&rsquo;s done their share of yard work or gardening knows that short of a good, sharp shovel, nothing beats a good, strong <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheel barrow</a>.</p> <p>According to Wikipedia, <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a> are &ldquo;a small hand-propelled vehicle, usually with just one wheel, designed to be pushed and guided by a single person using two handles to the rear &hellip; . It is designed to distribute the weight of its load between the wheel and the operator so enabling the convenient carriage of heavier and bulkier loads than would be possible were the weight carried entirely by the operator.&rdquo;</p> <p>The old design had one wheel up-front and an awkward &ldquo;dump pivot&rdquo; &ndash; both of which made the old models prone to tipping.</p> <p><a href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> thought you&rsquo;d suffered with the old kind of <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a> long enough and set about revolutionizing the way you do yard work.</p> <p>Lifetime&rsquo;s <a title="wheelbarrows" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-65011.aspx" target="_blank">wheelbarrows</a> feature a heavy-duty 6.5 cubic-foot tub made from 100% post-consumer recycled material, a load capacity of 550 pounds, and a rust-resistant powder-coated metal frame. Add to that a two-wheel frame that&rsquo;s less likely to tip, and a &ldquo;dump pivot&rdquo; that is closer to where you want to dump your load, and it&rsquo;s a good start. But Lifetime didn&rsquo;t stop there, they widened the wheel-base and lowered the center of gravity, making pushing easier and all but eliminates tipping.</p>Joe10 Feb 2009 2:54:00 PM6405 Shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2113/6405-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2113/6405-shed<p><a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" 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="6405 shed" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_4D43874C.png" border="0" alt="6405 shed" width="229" height="240" align="right" /></a> <a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed is Lifetime&rsquo;s stylish 8-foot by 10-foot outdoor <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx">storage shed</a>, boasting headroom of 6&rsquo;8&rdquo; and 491.3 total cubic feet of available storage.</p> <p>The <a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed comes with one door (56&rdquo; wide by 76&rdquo; high), one window (17&rdquo; square), four skylights, two screened vents, two 30&rdquo; by 10&rdquo; shelves, one 90&rdquo; by 9&rdquo; shelf, two 9.5&rdquo; radius corner shelves, two 16&rdquo; peg hook strips (all hardware included), and a battery-operated light (other <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/ShedAccessories/Default.aspx">shed accessories</a> are available from <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com">BuyLifetime.com</a>).</p> <p>Like all Lifetime sheds, the <a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed not only serves as a solution to your storage problems, it also looks great and is an attractive backyard addition.</p> <p>The <a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed is UV protected from fading and cracking and comes with a high-impact polyethylene floor that is resistant to stains and solvents. Its wall- and roof-panels are constructed from high-density polyethylene plastic with steel reinforcements, and is built to weather the elements for many years. Lifetime is so confident in the quality of the <a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed that they give it a 10 year Limited Warranty.</p> <p>Available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com">BuyLifetime.com</a>.</p>Joe24 Jan 2009 9:01:00 AMLifetime 6446http://blog.lifetime.com/article/2144/lifetime-6446http://blog.lifetime.com/article/2144/lifetime-6446<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_103089B1.png"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="Lifetime 6446" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_thumb_45CB667A.png" border="0" alt="Lifetime 6446" width="240" height="228" align="right" /></a> The <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed is a 15&rsquo; x 8&rsquo; multi-use garden shed by <a href="http://www.Lifetime.com"></a><a href="http://www.Lifetime.com">Lifetime Products</a>.</p> <p>A <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed isn&rsquo;t like any <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx">storage shed</a> you&rsquo;ve ever seen before. The <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed has faux slate shingles and faux wood siding, gable vents, windows (with shutters), locking side-entry door, sky-lights, and corner-shelving.</p> <p>Add some window boxes and flowers and the <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed might look better than your neighbor&rsquo;s house! :)</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re tired of running back and forth to the garage for your tools you need the <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed!</p> <p>The <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed is available from many garden home and garden store, as well as online with <strong>FREE SHIPPING</strong> from <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com">BuyLifetime.com</a>.</p>Joe31 Dec 2008 6:20:00 PMMissing instructions? http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1539/missing-instructionshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1539/missing-instructions<p>We've all been there&nbsp;for after-Christmas clean up... carting piles of garbage bags filled&nbsp;with wrapping paper and carboard boxes off to the recycling bin or garbage.<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1540/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /> In all the excitement, it's easy to&nbsp;throw out something you'll&nbsp;need later. Be it a&nbsp;certain box,&nbsp;bag, or set of instructions.&nbsp;If you&nbsp;received a Lifetime Basketball system, storage shed, trailer, or any other product this year and&nbsp;cannot find&nbsp;the instructions, you're in luck! All of our instructions are online at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lifetime.com/">www.lifetime.com</a>. Just <strong><a href="http://www.lifetime.com/customercare/instructions.aspx">click here</a></strong> to see a full list of assembly instructions, then search for your model&nbsp;number. Happy Holidays from Lifetime! &nbsp;</p>Katie30 Dec 2008 8:23:00 AMSanta's Secret Shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1494/santas-secret-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1494/santas-secret-shed<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1493/original.aspx" 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="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> that we built in our backyard.&nbsp; It's&nbsp;an&nbsp;<a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" 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="http://blog.lifetime.com/emoticons/emotion-5.gif" alt="Wink" /></p>Jan23 Dec 2008 5:00:00 AMBuilding Our Lifetime Shed - Step 3http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1403/building-our-lifetime-shed---step-3http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1403/building-our-lifetime-shed---step-3<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1400/original.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1400/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></a>It's official!&nbsp; Our <a title="Lifetime shed details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> building <a title="Building Our Lifetime Shed - Step 1" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/11/24/building-our-lifetime-shed-step-1.aspx">project</a> is finished!&nbsp; A few weeks ago we added a wood "skirt" to the front of the wood platform to hide the gap underneath, to prevent critters from getting under our shed, and to make it more attractive.&nbsp; Since we have a wood fence around our yard, we bought two more fence boards and cut them into short pieces.&nbsp; We nailed them onto the platform and basically made a miniature fence along the bottom front of the shed.&nbsp; We then stained it to match the rest of our fencing.&nbsp; It turned out great! We used some of the rock that was left from building our house (and rock that we dug up in our yard when we built our shed) to build some landscaping beds around the shed.&nbsp; We planted a few pansies, and a bush, and - voila- we were done!</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1401/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />We originally built our Lifetime shed to get rid of some of the clutter on our patio and in our garage.&nbsp; So far, we've filled the <a title="buy a lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8'x5' shed</a> with all of our lawn tools that were in the garage...lawn mower, weed eater, wheelbarrow, fertilizers etc.&nbsp; My husband loves having a place all his own to store his yard stuff.&nbsp; We knew beforehand that building a shed wouldn't entirely clean out our garage since we have so many bikes, strollers, and kids' toys that need to stay in the garage for easy access.&nbsp; However, before we built the shed, we were constantly climbing over bikes to get to shelves and <a title="Lifetime yard cart details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">yard tools</a> and we had to move the strollers and toys out of the garage to get the lawn mower in and out.&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1402/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /> Now, thanks to our new shed, we finally have space in front of our workbench to work, and a clear path to easily walking to our shelves, sprinkler system control box, and trash cans!&nbsp;</p> <p>One last side note... good intentions don't always work out so well.&nbsp; In addition to the <a title="Yum! BBQ Rat! blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/08/18/yum-bbq-rat.aspx">rats</a> we've had in our backyard, we've also found three possums living under our kids' sandbox!&nbsp; (Ugh.&nbsp; Remember, I don't do rodents!!!)&nbsp; We thought we had the shed platform completely closed in with the wood skirt in front and bricks and rocks on the sides so nothing could get under the shed.&nbsp; Wrong!&nbsp; Just this week, we noticed a hole under the front of the fence skirt where something has been digging to get under the shed.<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1399/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" />&nbsp; Sigh. Great, the possums found a new hiding place.&nbsp; But, yesterday we happened to go out to the shed and heard a "meow".&nbsp; Turns out a neighborhood house cat that had been lost for over a week somehow made its new home under our shed!&nbsp; So, the neighbor was happy to get her cat back and we were happy not to have possums under our shed.&nbsp; (At least for now.)&nbsp;&nbsp; I hope you have better luck critter-proofing under your shed than we did!&nbsp; :)</p>Jan08 Dec 2008 10:00:00 AMBuilding Our Lifetime Shed – Step 2http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1377/building-our-lifetime-shed--step-2http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1377/building-our-lifetime-shed--step-2<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1372/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />Since it&rsquo;s been over a week since I last blogged, you&rsquo;re probably hoping that building our shed really didn&rsquo;t really take this long!&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t worry, it didn&rsquo;t.&nbsp; I just haven&rsquo;t had a chance to sit down and write about it amidst all of our Thanksgiving festivities, preparations for family visiting, and Christmas decorating.</p> <p>As you&rsquo;ll recall, after almost a full day&rsquo;s work, we finally had our ground leveled and our wood platform built for our shed.&nbsp; We strategically planned to build our <a title="Shop for the 8x5 Lifetime Shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">8&rsquo;x5&rsquo; Lifetime shed</a> on Veteran&rsquo;s Day since Mike would have the day off, but the kids would both be in preschool.&nbsp; We were under a ticking time clock&ndash; five hours of uninterrupted, kid-free work time.&nbsp; Hopefully, we could build the shed before it rained or before we had to leave pick up the kids!</p> <p>We started at 9:30am.&nbsp; The first few steps required simply snapping together large plastic side panels &ndash; kind of like giant Legos for grown ups!&nbsp; Super simple &ndash; but be sure you actually hear the &ldquo;snap&rdquo; sound, otherwise it didn&rsquo;t completely lock into place.&nbsp; We learned that right off the bat with the first corner wall&hellip;but after we got into a rhythm, it was a cinch.<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1376/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p><a title="Visit Lifetime.com" href="http://www.lifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> went above and beyond to ensure building their shed is easy.&nbsp; They included a wood block to place under the shed floor while you are snapping the panels together. They even included a drill bit to ensure you have the right size to fit their screws.&nbsp; All of their plastic pieces have labels (like &ldquo;left door&rdquo;) molded right into the plastic.&nbsp;&nbsp; And, the hardware pieces all come in labeled bags with a master parts list referencing what each bag contains.&nbsp; BIG HINT &ndash; be sure to keep all of the parts in the plastic bags!&nbsp; Unlike some manufacturers where they put all of the screws in one bag and you have to sort through them before you begin to figure out which one is which, Lifetime packaged the parts according to what they are used for&hellip;such as &ldquo;door hardware&rdquo;.&nbsp; So, when you open the bags, cut the top&hellip;do not simply tear open the bag from the middle because you may tear the bag description and then finding the correct piece will be much more difficult.&nbsp; Another hint &ndash; the bag labeled &ldquo;sub kit&rdquo; is part of the "Door Handle Hardware Bag"&hellip;.kind of like bag #2 of "Door Handle Hardware".&nbsp;That one threw us for a loop for a while since &ldquo;sub kit&rdquo; is not on the part reference list. (That was really my only complaint with any of Lifetime&rsquo;s packaging, labeling, or directions!)</p> <p>Only 45 minutes into our time and we already had three walls constructed.&nbsp; It was then time to assemble the doors, handles and latches.&nbsp;Mike and I aren&rsquo;t the most mechanically inclined so this part took a while to really read the directions and figure out what each mechanism was supposed to be doing.&nbsp; We figured it out, but it was definitely the slowest part of the entire process for us!<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1374/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Lifetime recommends having two or more people to build the shed.&nbsp; Mike and I easily did it by ourselves, although a third person certainly would have made the process a little easier when we were installing the doors.&nbsp;&nbsp; Trying to align the doors in the top and bottom holes at the same time really requires two people and a third person can then really come in handy to hold the first door while you try to align the second door.&nbsp; We managed with two people, but we definitely had some awkward moments when we looked a little bit like contortionists!</p> <p>Another slightly tricky step for us was installing the roof.&nbsp; Make sure you have the pieces completely flush and nestled in place before you begin to screw them in. The directions (including the special "Construction Tips" brochure with full-color photos!) forewarned us of this and we still messed up and had to redo a few pieces!&nbsp; But, what fun is a construction project if you get it entirely right the first time?&nbsp; :) As they say, practice makes perfect.&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1375/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Good news&hellip;we finished the shed in 4 hours 45 minutes!&nbsp; Just in time to go get the kiddos and before it rained.&nbsp; Overall, we were thrilled with the simplicity of the assembly process.&nbsp; Definitely so much quicker and easier than the wood shed we built at our old house.&nbsp; So far, the quality of our Lifetime shed seems great.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll be sure to let you know of any pros or cons we have once we fully start to utilize the shed and all of its features.<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1373/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /><br />&nbsp;</p> <p>Our next step will be to put some sort of skirting around the bottom of the shed and do some landscaping around it.&nbsp; Oh, and of course, to fill the shed!! I did take some video of our shed building process so I will try to post those clips soon to give you a realistic view&nbsp;of&nbsp;the Lifetime shed&nbsp;building process.&nbsp; More to come soon&hellip;.</p>Jan02 Dec 2008 8:37:00 AMBuilding Our Lifetime Shed - Step 1http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1328/building-our-lifetime-shed---step-1http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1328/building-our-lifetime-shed---step-1<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1329/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" border="0" />Okey-dokey. So, our Lifetime&nbsp;<a title="Our Shed Arrives! post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/11/20/our-shed-arrives.aspx">shed arrived</a> and we read through the assembling directions.&nbsp; Now that we had the general idea of what we were about to undertake,&nbsp; we were ready to start building our shed!&nbsp;&nbsp; Well, sort of.&nbsp; Before we could actually start assembling our Lifetime shed, we had to prepare the shed site.</p> <p>As you may recall, we plan to put our <a title="Buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8&rsquo;x5&rsquo; Lifetime shed</a> right up against our back fence.&nbsp; But, our yard has a pretty significant slope and we can only dig about 6&rdquo; before we hit solid rock&hellip;practically boulders in some spots!&nbsp; And, lucky us, we also had a tree stump and roots we had to take into consideration.&nbsp; Fun times.&nbsp; So, our first step was to level the ground to be flush with the tree stump by removing weeds, rocks, mulch, adding dirt, etc.&nbsp; Ground ready?&nbsp; Check. <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1333/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" border="0" /></p> <p>The <a title="Lifetime shed directions" href="http://www.lifetime.com/CustomerCare/instructions/sheds/6406.pdf" target="_blank">Lifetime shed directions</a> recommend building the shed on a concrete slab.&nbsp; However, if that is not an option, they recommend building the shed on a wood platform covered with plywood or on a wood frame filled with pea gravel.&nbsp; Great, more work.&nbsp; Arrgh.&nbsp; However, in reality, that would be the case for any type of shed (whether it&nbsp;was metal, wood, or plastic), especially with our sloped yard.&nbsp; BUT, here&rsquo;s the best part&hellip;Lifetime actually provides step-by-step directions on how to build the wood platform or wood frame!&nbsp; They show awesome pictures, list the exact materials you will need, and provide the precise dimensions including where to place all of the support beams.&nbsp; They&rsquo;ve seriously done all of the work for you except the manual labor!&nbsp; Even someone who isn&rsquo;t very good at woodworking can figure out how to build the shed platform with the directions Lifetime provides.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1330/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" border="0" />One piece of advice the instructions didn&rsquo;t mention that might be handy&hellip;if you&rsquo;re building the wood platform or frame, if possible, build it on a flat surface (like a driveway or in your garage) first and then carry it to your final destination to make it easier to ensure you have it level and squared.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s exactly what we did.&nbsp; My husband and I constructed the wood frame on our concrete driveway&hellip;it only took about 30 minutes.&nbsp; Super simple.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1331/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" border="0" />Then, thanks to my massive muscles (ha!), we carried the wood frame back to the future shed site. We placed it on the ground to see how much more leveling of the ground we would need to do.&nbsp; We had to ensure the platform would be above the tree stump and roots that we couldn&rsquo;t remove.&nbsp; (Plus, Lifetime also reminds you that any platform or similar structure should be built above ground in order to avoid water pooling inside the shed. ) So, we placed our platform on cinder blocks - three under each of the four shed sides.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m going to be honest with you&hellip;this part took forever!!&nbsp; If you&rsquo;ve ever tried to lay pavers, flagstone, etc., you know what I mean.&nbsp; Leveling a cinder block foundation is tiring and tedious work.&nbsp; Add a little dirt, add a little sand, too much sand, need to pack it down more, oops packed too much etc.&nbsp; Ugh.&nbsp; Finally (about 4 hours later) it was level and we were able to place the wood frame on top of the cinder blocks and quickly nail the plywood on top.&nbsp; Ta-da!<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1332/original.aspx" alt="" border="0" /></p> <p>Building the wood platform was a piece of cake.&nbsp; Unfortunately, preparing our yard was not.&nbsp; But, we knew it was going to be challenging before we even started thanks to our rocks, tree stumps, and slope.&nbsp; If you already have a concrete slab ready to go (or at least a flat yard), lucky you!&nbsp; We spent almost an entire day preparing our site.&nbsp; Geez, I bet you hope building the actual shed was a lot easier, huh?&nbsp; Stay tuned to find out!</p> <p>Oh...one other great piece of preparation advice that Lifetime reminds you of several times in the directions...be sure to check all of your city and county building codes to learn if you need a building permit.&nbsp; Fortunately, for us, we did not need one.&nbsp; Since a <a title="Lifetime shed details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> does not have real shingles, our city does not consider it a permanent structure and, therefore,&nbsp;a permit&nbsp;is not required.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Darrin24 Nov 2008 10:11:00 AMOur Shed Arrives!!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1286/our-shed-arriveshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1286/our-shed-arrives<p><img style="width: 341px; height: 220px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1287/640x480.aspx" border="0" alt="" width="412" height="274" />It&rsquo;s been several months since I first wrote about wanting/needing to <a title="Shed Project Update post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/09/18/shed-project-update.aspx">build a shed</a> in our backyard.&nbsp; Great news -&nbsp; you no longer have to read any more about my shed planning or <a title="Bad News, Good News post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/09/25/bad-news-good-news.aspx">problems</a>.&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Because last week we finally built our <a title="Lifetime shed details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a>!&nbsp; Whoo-hoo!&nbsp; Applause please.</p> <p>So, let&rsquo;s start at the beginning.&nbsp; We had our shed delivered to us.&nbsp; Before the delivery truck arrived, we assumed we would have to move our car out of the garage to keep the shed package until we were ready to build.&nbsp; We are building an <a title="Buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8&rsquo;x5&rsquo; shed</a> so naturally the packing is going to be huge and in several boxes.&nbsp; WRONG!&nbsp; When the driver opened his truck, he only had two&hellip;yes, 2&hellip; small boxes.&nbsp; Trust me, I double-checked the packing slip to make sure he brought everything.&nbsp; After that, I then noticed Lifetime actually prints right on the box in big print &ldquo;box 1 of 2&rdquo; and &ldquo;box 2 of 2&rdquo;.&nbsp; We were so surprised and completely impressed at how well Lifetime has figured out how to minimize packaging for such a large product.&nbsp; Wow!&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t get me wrong, the boxes were long (slightly over 8&rsquo;), but they were very compact. We were able to stack up our kids' gazillion riding toys and bikes and easily make enough room for the boxes without having to move the car out of the garage.</p> <p>I thought we simply ordered a shed in a box.&nbsp; Silly me.&nbsp; To my kids, it was an instant new toy!&nbsp; The kids climbed on the boxes in the garage for almost an hour that night and several times the next few days.&nbsp; First they were stairs, then it was a pretend bed.&nbsp; Crazy how kids can have so much fun with a box&hellip;why do we spend money on real toys?!? So&hellip;when buying your shed, allow for extra box playtime before assembling your shed.&nbsp; :)</p> <p>Anyway, I digress.&nbsp; We opened Box 1 in hopes of easily finding the directions&hellip;bingo, right on top.&nbsp; We wanted to read through the directions entirely before we started anything to get a good feel for what we were up against.&nbsp; Wow, again.&nbsp; HUGE kudos to the Lifetime tech writers for the shed directions!&nbsp; I&rsquo;m telling you, these are like &ldquo;Shed for Dummies" directions.&nbsp; Not at all like most assembly directions I&rsquo;ve seen lately.&nbsp; We assembled a simple nightstand a few months ago and it was like playing a big game of Pictionary drawn by preschoolers who only knew a few capital letters.&nbsp; Not Lifetime shed directions.&nbsp; They use easy-to-understand language with complete sentences!&nbsp; They even incorporate a bit of humor every now-and-then with things like &ldquo;don&rsquo;t do it this way, trust us, we&rsquo;ve tried it and it doesn&rsquo;t work!&rdquo;&nbsp; I felt like a good friend wrote the directions just for me and knew exactly how I might try to skirt around the steps.&nbsp; Busted!&nbsp;</p> <p>Know what else makes the Lifetime shed directions so awesome?&nbsp; The pictures.&nbsp; The drawings are not your standard tech drawings that pretty much look like stick figures.&nbsp; These pictures really look like the actual parts, and are even shown actual size in some cases. And, for the more difficult steps, they even included a separate &ldquo;Construction Tips&rdquo; brochure with large, full-color photos detailing the process!&nbsp; How neat is that!?!&nbsp;&nbsp; If you want to see for yourself what I&rsquo;m talking about, you can actually check out the directions online at <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/">www.lifetime.com</a> in the Customer Care section.</p> <p>Now that we had read through the shed directions, we simply needed to find a day to build our shed.&nbsp;&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll let you know in my next post if things were really as easy as the directions made it sound!</p>Jan20 Nov 2008 5:00:00 AMHappy Veteran's Day!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1205/happy-veterans-dayhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1205/happy-veterans-day<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1226/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />Happy Veteran&rsquo;s Day!&nbsp; As a kid, to me, this was just another day to get out of school.&nbsp;&nbsp; But, now that I&rsquo;m an adult and my husband is in the Air Force, the holiday obviously has a much greater meaning to me and I appreciate the significance behind this annual day of recognition.&nbsp; With <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veteran%27s_day" target="_blank">Veteran&rsquo;s Day</a> today, as well as election day last week, it&rsquo;s seems only appropriate to&nbsp;show our&nbsp;American pride.&nbsp;</p> <p>Did you know that ALL of Lifetime&rsquo;s sheds are made right here in America and are backed by a <a title="warranty information" href="http://www.lifetime.com/customercare/warranty.aspx" target="_blank">10-year warranty</a>?&nbsp;&nbsp;My <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> was delivered last week and one of the first things that caught my eye on the&nbsp;packaging was the American flag with &ldquo;Made in the USA&rdquo; printed under it.&nbsp; (Stay tuned to future posts for my shed building progress and videos!)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yep, made in the good &lsquo;ole USA&hellip;. in the state of Utah to be exact.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That&rsquo;s pretty cool, huh?</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> is proudly headquartered in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearfield,_Utah" target="_blank">Clearfield, Utah</a>. That&rsquo;s where the owner <a title="history of Lifetime" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/history.aspx" target="_blank">started the company</a> almost 25 years ago.&nbsp; So, on this patriotic holiday, I thought I would enlighten you with a few more &ldquo;proud to be an American&rdquo; facts that should make you feel good about your purchase and proud to own a Lifetime Product:</p> <ul> <li>ALL Lifetime <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">sheds</a> are made in the USA.</li> <li>ALL Lifetime <a title="Lifetime chair info" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/" target="_blank">folding chairs</a> are made in the USA.</li> <li>ALL Lifetime <a title="Lifetime trailer info" href="http://www.lifetime.com/trailers/" target="_blank">trailers</a> are&nbsp;ASSEMBLED in the USA.</li> <li>ALL Lifetime <a title="Lifetime yard cart info" href="http://www.lifetime.com/trailers/" target="_blank">yard carts</a> are ASSEMBLED in the USA.</li> <li>ALL Big Stuff (made by Lifetime) <a title="Big Stuff playset info" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PlaySystems/Default.aspx" target="_blank">playsets</a> are made in the USA.</li> <li>98% of Lifetime <a title="Lifetime bball info" href="http://www.lifetime.com/basketball/" target="_blank">basketball</a> products are made in the USA.</li> </ul> <p>And, of course, manufacturing all of these products translates into jobs, jobs, jobs! Lifetime employs 1,550 people in Utah, and 2,200 worldwide!</p> <p>Now that&rsquo;s just good news!&nbsp; I hope you enjoy and appreciate this important American holiday today.&nbsp; And, to all of our soldiers who are protecting our country and our freedom (and those who have done so in the past), THANK YOU!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan11 Nov 2008 12:00:00 PMLifetime Brandshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1001/lifetime-brandshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1001/lifetime-brands<p>Earlier this year, we bought a <a href="http://www.gmc.com/acadia/acadia/index.jsp" target="_blank">GMC Acadia</a>.&nbsp; I LOVE it!&nbsp; It was the first crossover SUV of its kind and now several other automakers have followed suit.&nbsp; The Acadia is an SUV on the outside with the seating configuration of a mini-van on the inside.&nbsp; Perfect for those of us who like the idea of a mini-van, but not all the psychological baggage that comes along with them!</p> <p>Over the past few months, as friends see our vehicle they will often say comments like, &ldquo;This reminds me a lot of a <a href="http://www.saturn.com/saturn/vehicles/outlook/overview.jsp" target="_blank">Saturn Outlook</a>.&rdquo;&nbsp; Or, &ldquo;Is this like a Saturn Outlook?&rdquo;&nbsp; Well, you know why?&nbsp; They are the same car!&nbsp; <a href="http://www.gm.com/" target="_blank">GM</a>&nbsp;owns both the GMC and&nbsp;Saturn brand and, consequently, the Acadia and Outlook bascially come off the same production line.&nbsp; (And, the <a href="http://www.buick.com/enclave/" target="_blank">Buick Enclave</a> too!).&nbsp; For various marketing and sales strategies, companies often make the same product with slight variations and sell them under a different brand.&nbsp; We probably notice it most often in the automobile industry, but clothing manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturers, etc. all employ these brand tactics.&nbsp; And, yes, so does Lifetime.&nbsp;</p> <p>As Katie pointed out in her <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/10/14/what-s-in-a-name.aspx">&ldquo;What&rsquo;s In A Name&rdquo;</a> posting, customers know and trust the quality and reputation associated with the Lifetime name.&nbsp; The majority of our products are sold under the <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime brand</a>.&nbsp; However, I thought I would point out that we do have a few other brands that are still products made by <a title="Lifetime company history" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/history.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>So here&rsquo;s our list&hellip;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a title="Lifetime basketball" href="http://www.lifetime.com/basketball/" target="_blank">Basketball</a></span></strong> system brands made by Lifetime<br /><em>Lifetime<br /><a title="Mammoth Bball details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/basketball/#mammoth" target="_blank">Mammoth</a><br />Atlas <br />Reebok</em></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a title="Lifetime tables and chairs" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/" target="_blank">Table and chair</a></span></strong> brands made by Lifetime<br /><em>Lifetime<br />Executive Choice</em></p> <p><strong><a title="Buy playground equipment" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PlaySystems/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Playground equipment</a> </strong>brands made by Lifetime<br /><em><a title="Big Stuff playset details" href="http://www.bigstuffplay.com/" target="_blank">Big stuff</a></em></p> <p><br />So, keep your eyes open for these brands when you are shopping.&nbsp; Despite sporting a different logo, you can be assured our other brands are of the same high-quality as those with the Lifetime logo.&nbsp; One important thing to note is that all of our <a title="Lifetime shed details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">sheds</a>, <a title="Lifetime utility trailer details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/trailers/" target="_blank">trailers</a>, and <a title="Lifetime yard cart details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">yard carts</a> bear ONLY the Lifetime name&hellip;so don&rsquo;t sacrifice quality and be fooled by imitations!</p> <p>Oh, and here&rsquo;s a little tip if you&rsquo;re in doubt whether a product is made by Lifetime&hellip; all products made by Lifetime, regardless of brand, will have printed (in words, not a logo) &ldquo;Manufactured by Lifetime Products, Inc.&rdquo; on the box or label where the manufacturers&rsquo; name and address is listed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan05 Nov 2008 1:11:00 PMAnatomy of a Shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/886/anatomy-of-a-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/886/anatomy-of-a-shed<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture883.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/883/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" width="225" /></a>Saturday was a winterizing day for me. We got about eight inches of snow last weekend, so I figured I better take advantage of the beautiful fall day and get the <a title="8 x 10 Outdoor Storage Shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">shed</a> cleaned out and then packed up with all of our patio playthings.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture883.aspx" target="_blank"></a><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture883.aspx" target="_blank"></a>As you can see from the photos, my shed is absolutely packed. I guess that's what a shed is supposed to look like, isn't it? I had a unique opportunity of being a part of the team that&nbsp;developed the shed&nbsp;- from start to finish. I remember when it came up as an idea for a new product, I remember reading through the miles and miles of research about it and I remember seeing the prototypes as they came and went. I know more about these sheds than any other <a title="Products" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/#outdoor-storage-sheds">Lifetime product</a>, and I am exceedingly proud of them.</p> <p>I also bought one of the first sheds we produced. According to the <a title="instructions" href="http://www.lifetime.com/customercare/instructions.aspx" target="_blank">serial numbers</a> and <a title="julian" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_date" target="_blank">julian</a> dates on my shed, it was manufactured on the second day of production - ever! So, it could be said that my shed is one of the founding fathers. It has served me well.</p> <p>Now, going through my shed is like walking through my own personal <a title="Presidential Library" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_library" target="_blank">Presidential Library</a>. It's full of stuff dating back to my childhood, and&nbsp;my career out in the workforce.&nbsp;Let's walk through it and you'll see what I am talking about.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture884.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="width: 333px; height: 434px; border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/884/384x480.aspx" alt="" width="180" height="225" /></a>Hockey Sticks - About a dozen or so, all of them used by guys I was close to when I worked for the <a title="Go Grizzlies!" href="http://www.utahgrizzlies.com/" target="_blank">Utah Grizzlies</a>.</p> <p>Boxes and boxes of Olympic Documents. I spent 18 months working for the <a title="Salt Lake 2002!" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Winter_Olympics" target="_blank">Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games</a>, so I've got results books, news stories, training materials and things I wrote for the Olympic News Service. The best being object being the oversized head of "<a title="Powder" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_mascot" target="_blank">Powder</a>," one of the Olympic mascots. That is a very long story, perhaps another day.</p> <p>The big gold tubs on the left are full of <a title="Star Wars Collecting" href="http://www.rebelscum.com/" target="_blank">Star Wars Action Figures</a>. The remnants of an obsession that has gripped me since I was five years old.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture885.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/885/600x480.aspx" alt="" width="281" height="225" /></a>Up on the shelf, their are posters of football players, super villains, blockbuster movies and even a snow-globe or two. I also have a statue of a rooster - I honestly don't know why, but I can't bring myself to throw it out.</p> <p>You will also find a quilt frame, many used baby seats and toys, all of my childhood memories, boxes of mostly-read books, an antique sled and several other products by Lifetime. Including my beloved <a title="Sport Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-2401.aspx" target="_blank">Sport Table</a>...one of my favorite tables we make.</p> <p>The point is, a shed is what you want it to be. Some use it for garden tools and lawn mowers, some use it to store motorcycles, and for me, I use it to store my treasures and trinkets. If it were a <a title="Outdoor Storage Building" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx">little bigger</a>, and heated, it would be my <a title="Man Cave!" href="http://www.boston.com/realestate/news/articles/2007/02/04/to_the_man_cave/" target="_blank">man cave</a>.</p> <p>But that's another blog post altogether.</p>admin20 Oct 2008 3:56:00 PMDon't Try This at Homehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/834/dont-try-this-at-homehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/834/dont-try-this-at-home<p><a title="Three generations of sheds"></a><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/shed.jpg" alt="shed.jpg" width="169" height="225" />Over the years, my father has developed into the quintessential pack rat. To the horror of my mother and us kids, he has been able to build two large sheds and fill them both to the brim with all sorts of stuff. My mother and I are the exact opposite of my father.&nbsp; We are all about maintaining a nice, uncluttered home. That being said, we would love to break my father of his habit, and bring in a large dumpster to clear everything out. However, we haven&rsquo;t been able to bring ourselves to accomplish this goal due to the fact that he seems to have developed a deep connection to everything he has collected.</p> <p>Ever since my father has been unable to set foot into his large shed, he has dreamed of building a lean-to to the shed that would enable him to move stuff out of it and create a path into the shed. With my father&rsquo;s birthday quickly approaching, I told my mom that I had found the best birthday present for him. A friend of mine was selling his <a title="8ft x 2.5ft Shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6413.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 8ft x 2.5ft Garden &amp; Tool Storage Shed</a> because he was unable to take it with him when he moved out of state.</p> <p>My mother thought it was a great idea, and so I began making arrangements to transport the already assembled shed the 14 miles from my friend&rsquo;s backyard to the side of my dad&rsquo;s shed. I didn&rsquo;t know of anyone who would <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture833.aspx" target="_blank"></a>be able to lend me their trailer, so I asked my father-in-law if I could barrow his long bed truck in the hope that the shed would be able to lay down in the bed of the truck. Unfortunately the width of the shed was larger than the width of the truck&rsquo;s bed, and we decided that the only way to get the shed to my parent&rsquo;s home would be to stand it up vertically and strap it down tight.</p> <p>As I followed behind my father-in-law&rsquo;s truck, I was not sure if the shed was going to make it. With my white knuckles clenching the steering wheel, and my eyes straining to see whether or not the shed was going to fly back at me, we made it, and in record time too. Normally the 14 mile drive would have taken approximately 20 minutes. But we were able to make it in just under an hour.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>My dad did not waste much time filling up his Lifetime shed with a lawnmower, snow plow, rakes, shovels, etc. And at least for the moment he has been able to make a path into his large shed.</p>admin13 Oct 2008 10:39:00 AMFORE!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/789/forehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/789/fore<p><img style="width: 310px; height: 429px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/788/360x480.aspx" border="0" alt="" width="326" height="446" />We had a great time at the <a title="Lifetime.com" href="http://www.lifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> company golf tournament this past Saturday. Instead of working in the yard like I usually do, it was nice to take the day off and dig in someone else&rsquo;s yard &ndash; that&rsquo;s a jab at my divot taking when I golf. During the tournament I had to take a break &ndash; much to the relief of my team mates &ndash; to do an interview on the <a title="www.homefront.com" href="http://www.homefront.com/" target="_blank">Homefront with Don Zeman radio show</a>. I don&rsquo;t think my teammates missed me since I wasn&rsquo;t contributing all that much.<br />It was a lot of fun to participate in the show. <a title="About Don Zeman" href="http://www.expertclick.com/ProfilePage/default.cfm?GroupID=7485&amp;SearchCriteria=Expert&amp;Serial=19-2401" target="_blank">Don</a>, the host, recently purchased an <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">8x10 Lifetime shed</a> to replace his existing shed. I guess I shouldn&rsquo;t name the brand of shed he was replacing, but let&rsquo;s just say it was maid out of rubber and he didn&rsquo;t like it. He had a lot of complements about our shed and fortunately did most of the talking. (Don&rsquo;t you hate the way your own voice sounds!?) <br />During the show we discussed the different size of shed options that Lifetime offers. Basically we currently have four different footprints to choose from:</p> <ol> <li><strong>8ft. wide</strong> : This footprint is our most commonly sold size. It comes in or can be made into the following depth dimensions : <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6413.aspx" target="_blank">8x2.5</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8x5</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6411.aspx" target="_blank">8x7.5</a>,<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank"> 8x10</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6402.aspx" target="_blank">8x12.5</a>, 8x15. </li> <br /> <li><strong><a title="10x8 ft Garden Shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60005.aspx" target="_blank">10ft. wide</a></strong> : This footprint is essentially our 8ft. wide shed but we have taken the doors from the end of the shed and put them in the middle. This allows for a division of your stuff into to halves. Sort of like his and her. Guys you can store all your great stuff like Golf Clubs, Motorcycles, those scrap pieces of wood you may someday need, etc, on the left and your wife can store all their useless junk like Christmas Decorations, Halloween Decorations, Arbor Day Decorations, etc, on the right. This shed can also be expanded up to 15ft. wide with expansion kits. </li> <br /> <li><strong>11ft. wide</strong> : Is available in <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6414.aspx" target="_blank">11x3.5</a>, 11x8, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6433.aspx" target="_blank">11x11</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">11x13.5</a> and I have seen it expanded up to 11x26 which is the biggest we recommend. </li> <br /> <li><strong><a title="15x8 ft Garden Shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">15ft. wide</a></strong> : This model is also like #2 above but already expanded to the limit and with a different window configuration. Again, it can be used to divide his and her stuff like Easter Decorations, Spring Equinox Decorations, etc, from the really useful stuff like that wire mesh I am determined to fine a use for.</li> <br /></ol> <p>Anyway, I hope this clarifies things a bit, as&nbsp;I have recently been receiving some questions about the shed sizes we offer. It&rsquo;s a good thing I&rsquo;m pretty good at gardening because my golf game stinks!</p>Darrin06 Oct 2008 1:27:00 PMBad News, Good Newshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/726/bad-news-good-newshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/726/bad-news-good-news<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/724/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />Well, just when we think we have something figured out, plans always change.&nbsp; When we bought our house, we paid a little extra for our lot because of the abundance of trees.&nbsp; We were thrilled to find such a beautiful lot because the trees give us complete privacy from our neighbors, provide a gorgeous view from our family room and kitchen windows, and make for a unique play area for the kids.&nbsp; Unfortunately, over this past weekend, one of the tallest trees in our yard just up and died.&nbsp; No clue why.&nbsp; We happened to be playing with the kids in the back yard and noticed all the leaves on the <a class="" title="Mountain Laurel tree info" href="http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/newsletters/hortupdate/apr02/art3apr.html" target="_blank">Mountain Laurel tree</a>&nbsp;are completely brown…which they aren’t supposed to be even though it’s autumn.&nbsp; Obviously, we&nbsp;are sad to loose such a big tree and we are hoping it’s not a disease that may spread to our other trees.</p> <p>But, on the bright side… we now have a new option of where to build our <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> since we have to cut down the dead tree!&nbsp; We can center the shed along the back fence near the kids’ clubhouse (right where the park bench is sitting in the photos).&nbsp; This will work out perfectly because it actually gives us a much wider space than the corner where we originally thought we would put&nbsp;the shed&nbsp;and the ground is a slightly more level.&nbsp; Thanks to the dead tree, our <a class="" title="Shed Project update blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/09/18/shed-project-update.aspx">shed size dilemma</a> has been solved for us and we&#39;ll be able to build the <a class="" title="8&#39;x5&#39; shed details" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8&#39;x5&#39; shed</a> which is wanted to build all along!&nbsp; Thank goodness since <a class="" title="Darrin&#39;s comment" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/09/18/shed-project-update.aspx">Darrin&nbsp;commented on my blog</a> that&nbsp;there currently isn&#39;t a&nbsp;Lifetime shed smaller than 8&#39; wide like we had hoped.&nbsp; But, I&nbsp;can&#39;t wait&nbsp;to hear what he says is in the works for Lifetime sheds in his future posts!&nbsp; No fair just teasing us! :)</p> <p>More good news...there is a huge cluster of trees in front of this new shed space&nbsp;that will completely hide the shed from our view when looking out our windows or from on our patio.&nbsp; Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of the Lifetime sheds, they are very attractive. If I have to see a shed in my backyard, I’d want it to be a Lifetime shed.&nbsp; But, I think most people would agree, if you can get a shed out of sight completely, even better! <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/725/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture725.aspx" target="_blank"></a> <p>So, our next project will be to cut down the tree, level the ground, and put down a foundation of some sort.&nbsp;Then it&#39;s time to buy, build, and fill the shed! &nbsp;I’ll keep you posted on our progress over the next few weeks!<br /></p>Jan25 Sep 2008 9:18:00 AMGot an RV? You need a Lifetime Fold-in-Half Tablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/700/got-an-rv-you-need-a-lifetime-fold-in-half-tablehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/700/got-an-rv-you-need-a-lifetime-fold-in-half-table<p>Do you like to go camping or RVing? Don’t we all? There’s one thing I’ve noticed, there never seems to be enough room to put pots and pans, board games, work areas, or just places to sit down and have a nice meal. The problem is space. RV’s don’t have a lot of room for “extra stuff” and regular folding <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/Default.aspx">tables</a> can take up quite a bit of room.</p> <p><a href="http://www.myrvtalk.com/members/jebar.html" target="_blank">JEBar</a>, a senior member over at <a href="http://www.myrvtalk.com/cooking/2792-new-table.html" target="_blank">MyRVtalk.com</a>,&nbsp; recommends Lifetime’s fold-in-half tables to solve this problem. They open up to a good working size but fold to a nice, compact size.</p> <p>JEBar says: </p> <blockquote> <p>features we like .... adjustable height .... easy to clean .... folds to a really nice size so as to fit into the basement of our camper (open size 2&#39; X 4&#39; -- folded size 2&#39; square about 4&quot; thick) ..... seems to be very stable .... one concern, will I have to put some sort of heat shield between our grill and the table top?</p></blockquote> <p>To answer your question, yes, putting some sort of heat shield between the heat-source and the table top would be a very good idea with any sort of table, not just a Lifetime table. Doing so not only protects the table surface from heat but also from anything that might fall onto the table’s surface.</p> <p>Thanks for the write-up, JEBar! We’re glad our tables are working out for you!</p>Joe22 Sep 2008 9:34:00 AMShed Project Updatehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/672/shed-project-updatehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/672/shed-project-update<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/670/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />Ok, for those of you following my blogs, we haven’t forgot about our <a class="" title="First shed blog" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/08/18/yum-bbq-rat.aspx">shed project</a>.&nbsp; It just kind of got put on the back burner with summer vacations, back-to-school etc.&nbsp; But, we’re ready to start tackling it again.&nbsp; Like I mentioned before, unfortunately, we really only have one ideal place for a&nbsp;<a class="" title="Lifetime shed details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">shed</a> in our backyard since we have a sloped yard and lots of trees.&nbsp; It will be in the back corner with fence on two sides and trees on the other.&nbsp; If you take a look at the pictures, you can see where we plan to put it and why it’s going to be slightly challenging.</p> <p>We did some measuring the other day.&nbsp; The space we have to work with is really only about 6’ wide before we’d have to start removing trees, which we don’t want to do.&nbsp; A 5’x8’ shed would fit perfectly!&nbsp; Of course, things are never as simple as they seem with our projects.&nbsp; We have another dilemma.&nbsp; Lifetime doesn’t make a 5’x8’ shed!&nbsp; Sigh. Their shed is <a class="" title="Buy a 8&#39;x5&#39; shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8’x5’ </a>which won’t work for us.&nbsp; I was hoping maybe <a class="" title="Meet Darrin!" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/03/03/darrin-s-profile.aspx" target="_blank">Darrin</a> at Lifetime can give me some insight whether there are any plans in the works for a 5’x8’ shed.&nbsp; And, if not, why is 8’ wide the smallest width Lifetime makes?&nbsp; Surely, I’m not the only one that has come across this need. If you have been looking for a shed narrower than 8’, please comment and let us know!<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/671/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>So, I’m waiting to hear what Darrin says about future shed sizes.&nbsp; If a 5’x’8 is not possible, then I think we have decided to get a <a class="" title="Buy a 11&#39;x3.5&#39; shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6414.aspx">Lifetime 11’x3.5’ shed</a> and place it along our side fence.&nbsp; It’s not ideal and won’t give us quite the storage space we were hoping for, but it will definitely help eliminate a lot of our patio and garage clutter.&nbsp; As always, I’ll keep you posted on our progress.</p> <p>Oh…and for those of you wondering about our <a class="" title="Yum! BBQ Rat! blog" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/08/18/yum-bbq-rat.aspx">rat status</a>.&nbsp; Thank goodness, we haven’t seen any more in our BBQ grill!&nbsp; But, our bait boxes in the back still have “lots of activity”.&nbsp; And, yes, I’m still putting cotton balls soaked with peppermint oil in our grill and on the patio.&nbsp; Go away rats!!<br /></p>Jan18 Sep 2008 6:33:00 AMHow to Contact Lifetime Productshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/639/how-to-contact-lifetime-productshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/639/how-to-contact-lifetime-products<p>We’ve been seeing a few comments posted here from customers trying to reach our <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/customercare/contactus.aspx">Customer Care</a> team.</p> <p>While we’re glad to try and address your questions here, most of the time we pass your questions directly on to our Customer Care team who is happy to help you get the information or help you need regarding your product.</p> <p>We always invite your&nbsp;comments and don’t want to discourage anyone from writing in (after all, that’s what this blog is all about), we do want to make sure that when you have questions they get answered as quickly as possible.</p> <p>That said, when you want to talk to a product or lifestyle expert, this is the place to post those questions, comments, suggestions, examples, etc. </p> <p>When you have questions regarding assembly, warranty, replacement parts, etc.&nbsp; you’ll want to contact Customer Care. First, check the Customer Care section of our web site at <a href="http://www.Lifetime.com/customercare/" title="http://www.lifetime.com/customercare/">www.Lifetime.com/customercare/</a>, we may have already answered your question, or you can always contact&nbsp;a representative&nbsp;using one of the email links on our Contact Us page: <a href="http://www.Lifetime.com/customercare/contactus.aspx" title="http://www.lifetime.com/customercare/contactus.aspx">www.Lifetime.com/customercare/contactus.aspx</a>.</p>Joe15 Sep 2008 11:29:00 AMCustomer Appreciation http://blog.lifetime.com/article/602/customer-appreciationhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/602/customer-appreciation<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/600/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" />This week I wanted to post some feedback and actual photos we&#39;ve&nbsp;received from one of our shed customers. </p> <p>Nancy of Jackson Michigan wrote in to tell us about her new Lifetime shed. She writes:</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;After shopping around for the size and quality we wanted, we decided on an <a class="" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6402.aspx" target="_blank">8&#39; wide x 12.5&#39; long</a> Lifetime shed. The deciding factor was the Lifetime name, since their quality and reputation exceeded the others, by far. </p> <p>&quot;We were amazed by the step-by-step complete instructions for assembly. Since we are both not handy people, this really helped us. Our lawn tractor fits into the shed with plenty of extra room for garden tools. It is now very organized and efficient. </p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/601/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" />We have another smaller shed we plan on replacing next year. There will be no shopping around since we already know it definitely will be another Lifetime shed. THANKS Lifetime, for a great product!!!!&quot; </p></blockquote> <p>Thanks for sharing your story Nancy. I love getting feedback from customers, and I realize that a large part of my job here at Lifetime is to be the voice of the customer with our product developers and other departments in the company. Paying attention to our customers is what has made <a class="" href="http://www.lifetime.com/company/" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> successful. </p> <p>That’s all for this week. Now get out there and enjoy the nice fall weather. </p>Darrin11 Sep 2008 4:31:00 PMYum! BBQ Rat!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/446/yum--bbq-rathttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/446/yum--bbq-rat<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/bbq rats.JPG" alt="bbq rats.JPG" width="281" height="374" />Like most people, I enjoy firing up the BBQ grill to cook dinner outside. I&rsquo;m usually a big fan of steaks, marinated pork loins, and the occasional chicken breasts. Last week, however, I almost tried a new cut of meat&hellip; RAT!! Ugh. My husband opened the lid to light the grill and, much to his surprise, a rat was scurrying around under the rack!</p> <p>Unfortunately, this isn&rsquo;t our first rat encounter. About a month ago, I was in our backyard and saw two rats run across our wooden fence. I FREAKED! We just had friends in a subdivision a few miles down the road who had one rat do $8,000 damage to their new house when a rat in their attic chewed through AC lines! And now, the nasty little vermin are daring to venture into my <a title="lifetime yard products" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/Default.aspx" target="_blank">yard</a>. Let me make it clear &ndash; I don&rsquo;t do RODENTS!! I immediately called our exterminator who set some bait boxes by the fence and some glue boards in our attic just as a precaution. The exterminator checks the boxes every week and &ndash; lucky us &ndash; we have &ldquo;lots of activity&rdquo;! Do I win a prize? Is this supposed to make me feel good? Apparently, according to the exterminator, it&rsquo;s a neighborhood problem. Lovely.</p> <p>So, after seeing the rat in our grill last week, I frantically hopped online in hopes of finding more ways to deter the rats. It seems many people have had success with placing cotton balls saturated with peppermint oil around the house. Yep, you can bet I immediately ran out to buy lots of peppermint oil&hellip; I&rsquo;ll try anything. I&rsquo;m not sure yet if it works since it&rsquo;s only been one day. I&rsquo;ll keep you posted. If anyone has any surefire ways to deter rats, please comment, I&rsquo;d love the help!</p> <p>In the meantime, my next project is to clear the <a title="Lifetime patio furniture" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/Default.aspx" target="_blank">patio</a> and only keep the bare essentials so the rats have fewer places to lurk. Right now, we have&nbsp;<a title="lifetime patio table furniture" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/Default.aspx" target="_blank">patio table</a> umbrellas and too many toddler toys stacked in the corner of the patio. So, my hubby Mike and I decided it&rsquo;s time to put a shed in our backyard to help eliminate clutter from both our patio and over-flowing garage. At first, Mike wanted to make it a &ldquo;manly&rdquo; project and build a wood shed. However, we have a sloped yard with lots of trees that really only allows one ideal flat spot for a <a title="Buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">shed</a>&hellip; in the far back corner wedged up against the fence on two sides and trees on the third side. Unfortunately, we quickly learned that a shed with real shingles requires a city permit. The city permit requires a shed to be three feet from the fence&hellip; which we can&rsquo;t do. So, to make a long story short, now we&rsquo;ve been looking at Lifetime&rsquo;s <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">sheds</a>. With the realistic-looking plastic molded siding and shingles, it still looks classy (unlike comparable-sized metal sheds). It will be quicker and easier to install than actually building a wood shed and we can even take it with us when we move. And, best of all, since it&rsquo;s not a permanent structure, it does not require a city permit&hellip; so it doesn&rsquo;t have to be placed away from the fence! Overall, it seems like a pretty good route to go. Now, we just have to do some measuring to see which Lifetime shed is best for us. I&rsquo;ll let you know what we decide and how it turns out in my future posts. Rest assured though, whatever we choose, there will be lots of peppermint cotton balls inside!</p> <p>Oh&hellip; so what ever happened to the rat in our grill? Well, it jumped out and ran under a storage bench we had beside the patio. I quickly grabbed some rat glue boards. My husband placed the boards on each side of the bench and then pounded on the bench to scare the rat. Bam, it ran right onto the glue board! I am now too freaked out to even think about opening the grill and my husband obviously is still slightly skittish. However, my 4-year-old son thinks it&rsquo;s pretty cool that "Ratatouille" and his friends live in our backyard! Ugh.</p>Jan18 Aug 2008 6:30:00 PMNew Patio Furniture on BuyLifetime!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/393/new-patio-furniture-on-buylifetimehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/393/new-patio-furniture-on-buylifetime<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/article_photos/picture121.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="/imagecache/blog/tailgate_party_01.jpg" alt="" width="186" height="124" /></a>My best friend recently replaced all her wicker patio furniture with Lifetime <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Patio-Furniture/Default.aspx">patio furniture</a>&mdash;her wicker chairs and table had rotted from sun exposure in less than two years! As she said, &ldquo;I like the wicker look, but I&rsquo;m not made out of money. These tables and chairs will last forever.&rdquo;</p> <p>Maybe they won&rsquo;t last <em>forever</em>, but they should last a good deal longer, and I agree with her that they look a lot better. Her wicker furniture was faded and ratty in the first summer, even before it fell apart. The clean, smooth finish on her new Lifetime patio furniture will last much longer.</p> <p>I know, because I&rsquo;ve been using Lifetime <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/Default.aspx">tables</a> and <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Chairs/Default.aspx">chairs</a> as patio furniture for ages. Long before I came to work for Lifetime, we had a Lifetime <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/PicnicTables/Default.aspx">picnic</a> table on our deck and Lifetime folding <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Chairs/Default.aspx">chairs</a> sitting in the shade under our walnut tree. Apparently, I&rsquo;m not the only one. Since coming to Lifetime and learning to recognize the products, I&rsquo;ve seen them everywhere. People use our tables and chairs on their decks, their patios, their lawns, their gardens.</p> <p>So, we figured if everyone is already recognizing how great our products look on their patios, it&rsquo;s about time we did too! We have a created a whole new category just for <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Patio-Furniture/Default.aspx">patio furniture</a> on BuyLifetime. It groups our most popular patio furniture into a single location on the site, making it easier to compare the different products and choose which table or chair or bench would best suit your outdoor living areas.</p> <p>Personally, my current favorite and next intended purchase is the <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-2871.aspx">glider bench</a>. What&rsquo;s yours?</p>Katie07 Aug 2008 12:15:00 PMCostco Blog Weighs Inhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/379/costco-blog-weighs-inhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/379/costco-blog-weighs-in<p><a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22127.aspx" target="_blank"></a>Our friends over at the <a href="http://www.costcob.com/44-inch-round-picnic-table-by-Lifetime-Products" target="_blank">Costco Blog</a> have a very nice write-up on our <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22127.aspx" target="_blank">44" Round Picnic Table.</a> They also mention our durable <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/banquetTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">banquet tables </a>and <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Chairs/Default.aspx">chairs</a>, and even praise our revolutionary <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Trailers/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">folding trailer</a>.</p> <p>Thanks for the kudos guys!</p> <p>*Costco Blog is not affiliated with Costco Warehouses or Costco.com</p>Joe05 Aug 2008 3:37:00 PMHey...We were on Danny Lipford!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/269/heywe-were-on-danny-lipfordhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/269/heywe-were-on-danny-lipford<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="/imagecache/blog/Lipford.gif" alt="" width="300" height="268" />Last weekend, we had a chance to finally see our sheds on national TV. Our shed was a featured product on "<a href="http://www.dannylipford.com/" target="_blank">Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford</a>." We have had our products featured on literally hundreds of news stories and remote features, but this is the first time we have been built into the content of a show.</p> <blockquote> <p><em>About Danny: Danny Lipford, a veteran remodeling contractor, is an expert on homes and home improvement. As Host and Executive Producer of the nationally syndicated television show, Today&rsquo;s Homeowner with Danny Lipford&reg;, Danny helps viewers keep up with the latest home trends and understand the steps and products involved with both small and large home projects.</em></p> <p><em>In addition, Danny is in his eighth season as home improvement contributor on The Weather Channel and CBS&rsquo; The Early Show where he provides home tips and advice. He also has appeared on other national television shows including LIVE with Regis &amp; Kelly and Inside Edition and has been a resource for the national magazines Real Simple, SmartMoney and others.</em></p> <p><em>As a contractor for nearly 30 years, Danny speaks from experience. His friendly, reassuring manner and expert advice take some of the mystery&mdash;and fear&mdash;out of the home improvement process. </em></p> </blockquote> <p>I've been a big fan of Danny Lipford for years, being the big DIYer that I am. So this was a real treat to see a guy like Danny actually use our stuff. Check out the feature and check out our <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">sheds</a>.</p>admin15 Jul 2008 11:06:00 AMHappy Earth Day!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/30/happy-earth-dayhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/30/happy-earth-day<p>It's time once again to celebrate our&nbsp;wonderous&nbsp;Earth. Though Earth Day began as a grass-roots movement 38 years ago to educate people about pollution, conservation and to draw the government's attention, it has changed over the years. Today, we all have concerns like climate change and diminishing resources fresh on our minds.It seems like everyone's making&nbsp;some small changes, or just being a little more aware.&nbsp;I've made a consious effort to buy more&nbsp;organic food, switching my light bulbs to compact florescents (CFLs), and turning off unused electronics. But I'd like to do more this Earth Day, so I've been searching for ideas. Here are some of the best one's I've found...&nbsp;a&nbsp;few of them utilize our&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime.com" href="http://www.lifetime.com/">Lifetime Products</a>:</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Yard-Cart-web.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p>1- Plant a tree in your back yard: Besides being a fun activity for your family, planting trees help to lower <a title="Greenhouse Gas Wiki" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenhouse_gas">greenhouse gas emissions</a>, and they provide a habitat for a variety of other plants and animals. Go to your local nursery, and pick out the perfect tree for your yard. <span>Lifetime [trailers</span>] make it easy to haul the tree home. More trees in your yard can actually lower your cooling bill by providing shade over your house.</p> <p>2- Make pine cone birdfeeders- Bring birds right to your yard and watch them as they enjoy a healthy snack. Making pine cone bird feeders is a fun and easy activity for children. Simply roll pinecones in a mixture of lard and peanut butter, and then coat with seeds.</p> <p>3- Visit a nearby recycling facility- Recycling processes are fascinating and fun to watch. If you save up recyclable materials to drop off during the visit, you&rsquo;ll earn some extra change you can use to pick up ice cream cones afterward.</p> <p>4- Sit with the family and set specific goals to recycle and save energy- It&rsquo;s often as easy as changing your <a title="Flourescent Light Bulbs" href="http://home.howstuffworks.com/question236.htm">light bulbs</a>, adjusting the setting on your fridge, or making a routine trip to a nearby recycling bin.</p> <p>5- Plant or renew your vegetable garden- April is the perfect time to plan your garden. Section off an area of your yard, and decide what you&rsquo;d like to grow this year. If you don&rsquo;t have a yard, window boxes and large pots work just as well. Home grown vegetables are <a title="Pesticides" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesticide">pesticide</a>-free and help you save money. Let the children choose new types of fruits or vegetables to try out each year, and give them responsibilities in the garden.<br /><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/Girls-gardening-web.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="147" height="220" /></p> <p>6- Plant flowers or greenery at a local non-profit organization or church- Contact the organization prior to planting. Most are thrilled when someone offers to beautify their grounds.</p> <p>7- Go on a nature hike- Nature hikes and <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorProducts/CampTables/Default.aspx">camp</a>outs are a great way to appreciate the details of our beautiful earth. Pick a park or nearby trail, or visit a new place every year on Earth Day.</p> <p>8- Clean up litter at a local park- Parks provide places for everyone in the community to enjoy nature. Unfortunately, litter often&nbsp;detracts from their beauty and can be dangerous to people and animals. Bring some large bags or a Lifetime Yard <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/outdoorproducts/Default.aspx">cart</a> and gather up trash to revive your park. Use sticks to pick up the litter you don&rsquo;t want to touch.</p> <p>9- Attend an Earth Day event- Earth Day events are held across the nation, and are full of fun activities for both you and the kids. Pick a place close to you, events can be seen at <a title="Earth Day.net" href="http://www.earthday.net/">www.earthday.net</a>.</p> <p>10- Cook a special Earth Day meal using all non-processed foods- Invite the friends and family over to share a healthy, home-cooked meal. Tell your friends about some of the ways you're "going green" at home. Get creative and decorate in an &lsquo;earth day&rsquo; theme using leaves or potted plants, and let each guest take a plant home to add to their garden. 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