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 ne24025 Nov 2015 8:09:00 PMLifetime365en-usBlack Friday!!!<img src=' Friday Banner.jpg' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />After dinner, head out and go shopping!<p><br /><img src="" alt="Black Friday Thumbnail.jpg" width="200" height="200" />What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving? My wife&rsquo;s favorite part is going shopping! I find more satisfaction in staying home, eating too much, and watching football, but, to each their own. I went one year with my wife and after I got beat by a bunch of spry and motivated ladies while trying to get some sheets, I decided to retire from Black Fridaying (is that even a word?).</p> <p>My goal is to help you know where you can find our products. With so many different retailers carrying our products, I wanted to help you wade through the mess.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a new basketball hoop, <a href=";camp=ppc:iqid:34721488-VQ16-c&amp;gclid=CImcrY6klMICFQuIaQod8C0ASQ" target="_blank">Sports Authority</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Big 5</a>, and <a href=";adid=22222222220215125393&amp;flyer_run_id=39203&amp;flyer_type_name=ad&amp;wl2=c&amp;wmlspartner=wmtlabs&amp;wl1=g&amp;wl4=&amp;wl3=46604722969&amp;wl0=e" target="_blank">Walmart</a> have hoops on sale. You can get a 50" Portable Basketball Hoop at Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods. At Sports Authority, you can get a hoop ranging from one of our youth hoops all the way up to a 72" Mammoth. Big 5 also has two hoops, a 44" and 50" hoop on sale. And while you&rsquo;re at Walmart, grab the 46" Portable Basketball hoop!</p> <p>Has someone on your list asked about a new kayak or paddleboard? While you&rsquo;re at Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods picking up your basketball hoop, head over and add on a new paddleboard.&nbsp; You can grab the Groove Paddleboard in either Lime Green or Glacier Blue. If you need a new kayak, which I think you might, head over to Sports Authority. We have five, yes, FIVE boats on sale.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Zues 96 in Lime Green or Blue</li> <li>Kokanee in Orange or Lime Green</li> <li>Tamarack 120 in Red</li> <li>Tamarack 120 Angler in Olive</li> <li>Eddy 132 in Red</li> </ul> <p>Check your local ads for prices from these different retailers.</p> <p>Also, if you don&rsquo;t want to leave home and you prefer to shop online head over to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>! Black Friday through Cyber Monday the entire site is 10% off! We also have a number of other great offers!</p> <ul> <li>Double Slide Deluxe Play set - $2999.99 to $1,999.99</li> <li>Freestyle XL Paddleboard: $649.99 to $499.99</li> <li>10' x 8' Shed $1299.99 to $1099.99&nbsp;</li> <li>Light Headed Bed $599.99 to $299.99</li> <li>Games-on-the-Go $169.99 to $119.99&nbsp;</li> <li>Garden Caddy $99.99 to $59.99</li> <li>6' Residential Table $129.99 to $99.99</li> <li>54" Portable Basketball Hoop $549.99 to $449.99</li> <li>Purchase a Mammoth basketball hoop and we&rsquo;ll include free assembly ($399.99 value)!</li> </ul> <p>Hope this helps! Be safe while you&rsquo;re out and about. Remember the people you love most and the true reason for the season! It&rsquo;s a great time of year!</p>Zach24 Nov 2014 2:37:04 PMNew Tailgate Table Available Now!<img src=' Banner.jpg' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />Our new Tailgate Table!<p><img src="" alt="DataVault2.jpg" width="300" height="300" />We are so excited to introduce the new <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Tailgate Table</a>! Hitting your local <a href="" target="_blank">Sam&rsquo;s Club</a> this week, this table is the perfect addition to your summer activities. As one of our most innovative items yet, this table features a metal rack for grills or other hot items and folds under the table when not in use. It also includes molded-in cup holders, a molded-in carry handle, and paper towel &amp; utensil holders. So for your next outdoor BBQ, tailgate party, or camping trip, pick up this table at Sam&rsquo;s Club!</p>Shalane14 Jul 2014 2:37:14 PMKeeping Kids’ Safety in Mind<p><img src="" alt="Untitled.png" width="250" height="210" />Spring is in the air―at least here in Utah. The neighborhood is slowly coming back to life as kids and their parents are reemerging from their indoor hibernation. Time to find the bicycle pump and rollerblade knee pads because, at last, the kids can go outside and play!</p> <p>With the comeback of Spring also comes a greater need for drivers to be aware of the little ones out and about. To this end, <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> is introducing a new product this season, the <a href="" target="_blank">Child Alert</a> sign.</p> <p>This unique sign is shaped like a small child chasing after a soccer ball. &ldquo;Chucky,&rdquo; as we affectionately refer to him, is bright construction orange and carries a sign that says &ldquo;slow.&rdquo; His base is made similar to the portable bases that Lifetime made famous with our basketball systems, and can be filled with water or sand for even more stability.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re like me, seeing unaware drivers race down your street makes you want to shout something you wouldn&rsquo;t want your kids to hear! I think most drivers aren&rsquo;t aware they are going too fast. Putting a &ldquo;Chucky&rdquo; out on the curb seems to help, and is much more polite than what you would have said!</p> <p>I for one am glad to see the leaves emerging and the kids outside once again.</p> <p>Head on over to your local <a href="" target="_blank">Costco</a> and pick one up and get out and enjoy the spring,&nbsp;and be safe!</p>Darrin07 Apr 2014 10:05:42 AMHow do you game?<p><img src="" alt="FootBall_Infographic_small.jpg" width="540" height="1332" /></p>Shalane10 Jan 2014 8:43:27 AMRecreational Kayaking is Fun and Safe For the Family<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="Kayak 2.JPG" width="250" height="166" />Recreational kayaking is a fun and safe way for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors.&nbsp; Many people are a little apprehensive when they hear the word "kayaking."&nbsp; They imagine people dropping off of 20 foot waterfalls and paddling through big wavy rapids.&nbsp; But that isn&rsquo;t the only way to kayak.&nbsp; In fact, the largest segment of kayaking is within the recreational sector.&nbsp; What is recreational kayaking?&nbsp; Recreational kayaking refers to paddling on flat water lakes, bays, slow-moving calm river ways, and calm oceans.&nbsp; No rapids involved!&nbsp; Flat-water paddling is a safe way to enjoy the water.</p> <p>Another misconception about kayaking is the Eskimo roll, which is another aspect of kayaking that only applies to whitewater or sea kayaking.&nbsp; Recreational kayaks are not meant to roll and they are not designed to keep you inside if you should flip your kayak over.&nbsp; A recreational kayak will allow the paddler to easily float out of the kayak and up to the surface if you should fall out.&nbsp; The best part is that most recreational kayaks are designed to be extremely stable, so falling out is not a common occurrence.&nbsp; If you happen to find yourself in the water, just laugh it off and swim the kayak back to shore.&nbsp; <img style="float: right;" src="" alt="Kayak 1.jpg" width="250" height="166" />These make great kayak stories, and if you are wearing your lifejacket (as you always should be) you will float&nbsp;anyway.</p> <p>There are many design elements that go into making recreational kayaks safe while allowing for good performance.&nbsp; So let your fears roll away, grab a paddle and give recreational kayaking a try!</p> <p>*As with all sports, there is risk involved, but just getting in your car everyday is risky!&nbsp; If you wear the proper attire and a lifejacket, kayaking is a great way to get outside comfortably and safely.</p>Candace04 Dec 2013 4:00:00 PMHappy Tailgating Season!<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="LGTT-80240-0211-0145.jpg" width="250" height="216" />With football season just around the corner, it&rsquo;s time to break out those game day shirts, hats, and foam fingers. However, as much as I love the games, an even better part of Football season is the food and good times to be had while tailgating!</p> <p>At Lifetime, we know how important this time of year is for so many people. And we&rsquo;ve seen many times how having the right table can really make or break your event. So, before you run off to the game, be sure to check out <a title="Lifetime Tailgate Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime&rsquo;s Tailgate Tables</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="" alt="80240.jpg" width="200" height="122" />The great thing about our <a title="Lifetime Tailgate Table" href="" target="_blank">Tailgate Tables</a> is that they are built specifically to enhance your tailgating experience. Our <a title="View more of the Lifetime Tailgate Table" href="" target="_blank">5&rsquo;6&rdquo; Fold-In-Half Tailgate Table</a> includes additional features such as: a heavy-duty grill rack with utensil hooks, paper towel and garbage bag holders, and a convenient carry handle. The table is designed to fold in half for easy transport and storage, and the metal rack folds under the table when not in use.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="" alt="TCTB-80261-1111-0022.jpg" width="200" height="141" />We also offer another smaller version &ndash; our <a title=" - Lifetime Cooking Table" href="" target="_blank">4-Foot Fold-In-Half Cooking Table</a>. This table is unique because half of the table is a heavy-duty metal rack &ndash; perfect for cooking or other hot items, and the other half of the table is a regular polyethylene tabletop. This compact table still includes a carry handle, paper towel holder, and utensil hooks for added convenience.</p> <p>So no matter your tailgating needs, Lifetime Tailgate Tables are here to give you a reason to cheer hard this season &ndash; no matter if your favorite team wins or looses!</p>Shalane20 Aug 2013 3:40:27 PMOutdoor Retailer Wrap-up<p>Another year of Outdoor Retailer (OR) has come and gone.&nbsp; For those of you who don&rsquo;t know what OR is, it is the largest outdoor industry trade show in the whole world!&nbsp;<img style="float: left;" src="" alt="IMG_3770.JPG" width="283" height="134" /> It is held in our backyard in downtown Salt Lake City.&nbsp;&nbsp; This year, we also had the industry Demo Day in our backyard as well because it was moved from Jordenelle Reservoir to Pineview Reservoir in Ogden Valley!&nbsp; We spent all day on the beautiful banks of Pineview paddling and talking to folks from all over the world.&nbsp; We were super busy and had tons of people stop by to give our boats a test run!&nbsp; What a day!<img style="float: right;" src="" alt="IMG_3768.JPG" width="226" height="151" /></p> <p>After Demo Day, the indoor show begins.&nbsp; We spend months preparing and designing both our booth and new kayaks to unveil at the show.&nbsp; This year we went all out, even more than we have in the past.&nbsp; We showcased all of the kayaks in our lineup at the Outdoor Retailer show this year and had such a great reaction!&nbsp; Our booth was bright, exciting and extremely colorful with all of our different kayaks laid out neatly around the booth.&nbsp; Here are a few pictures so you can see our design.&nbsp; Our <span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">theme this year was a beautiful mountain vacation scene, complete with our own dock and cabin!&nbsp; Look closely at the photos, you might see a new kayak!&nbsp; We unveiled quite a few new boats and features this year, but they won&rsquo;t be available until 2014.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t worry, we&rsquo;ll have information available soon!<span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="IMG_3796.JPG" width="313" height="168" /></span></span>&nbsp; </span></span></p>Candace07 Aug 2013 9:39:16 AMPaddling Vacations<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="Smaller.jpg" width="250" height="167" />These days, taking a family on a vacation is no easy feat.&nbsp; Not financially and not logistically.&nbsp; It requires money, planning, and time!&nbsp; But it is totally worth it!&nbsp; Times are changing and so are vacation options.&nbsp; You don&rsquo;t need to go to Disney Land to have a great family experience.&nbsp; Why not plan a vacation around kayaking?</p> <p>Almost anywhere there is water, there is someone who rents kayaks.&nbsp; But, if you have your own, that is great!&nbsp; There are so many great paddling destinations in the United States it would take forever to list them all.&nbsp; The best part about a kayaking vacation is that you often get to experience a new place or situation that so many others don&rsquo;t get to!&nbsp; Kayaking out to a secret cove, or down a calm moving river in a desolate canyon are all great ways to bond with your friends and family, get exercise and have a fantastic and unique vacation experience!&nbsp; Kayak rentals are often inexpensive and allow for hours of fun.&nbsp; If you already have your own boats, you don&rsquo;t even need to worry!&nbsp; Occasionally, there will be basic park or paddling fees, but for the most part, after you have the kayaks, paddling is a free experience!</p> <p>While I advocate planning an entire trip around paddling, it isn&rsquo;t necessary. A lot of major vacation destinations have kayaking available.&nbsp; Almost all coastal areas have kayak rentals as do most major lakes.&nbsp; One of the coolest experiences can be floating down a non-rapid river through the forest.&nbsp; All these paddling excursions are great ways to view the area wildlife and see great views of the river banks, ocean beaches and lake shorelines.&nbsp; You can swim, get a suntan and relax, all at the same time!</p> <p>There are thousands of places to plan a paddling vacation, but here are just a few that I love personally!&nbsp; A good old Google Search will do the trick if you want to look into other destinations.</p> <p>Lake Powell, UT<br />Teton National Park<br />Pocono Mountains, PA<br />Islamorada, Florida (But really, anywhere along the coast of FLA is fantastic!)<br />Ocean City, MD<br />Ocean City, NJ<br />Bear Lake, UT<br />Columbia River Gorge, WA and OR&nbsp; (This whole area is filled with amazing alpine lakes and rivers)<br />Great Lakes Region &ndash; Midwest (MI, MN, WI, IL)<br />Finger Lakes, NY</p> <p>Always know your personal limits and be sure to check on the types of water conditions before you paddle.&nbsp; Also check with local parks to see what the regulations are.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t forget your lifejacket and sunscreen!</p>Candace17 Jul 2013 11:39:26 AMFishing Kayaks for Father's Day<p>Father's Day is almost here.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re like me, you are always rushing around trying to figure out what to do for Dad at the last minute.&nbsp; For years I always based my Father&rsquo;s Day gifts on two things, fish and sports.&nbsp; My dad either gets the latest &ldquo;Jets&rdquo; (don&rsquo;t hold it against him) football team sweatshirt or a nice wooden fish decoration to hang on the wall.&nbsp; Since these were always my dad&rsquo;s favorite activities, this always seemed like the best route, until he ran out of wall space for all those wooden fish decorations.<img src="" alt="044B7110.JPG" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p>I&rsquo;m sure I&rsquo;m not the only one at there who has a dad that loves fishing.&nbsp; I mean loves it.&nbsp; You know, the dad who gets up at 4am so he can get out on the water .&nbsp; The dad who has more fishing rods than pairs of pants.&nbsp; Instead of adding to the shiny collections of rods, or in my case, fish that hang on the wall, why not get dad something he can use for fishing that he doesn&rsquo;t already have?&nbsp; A boat! No, not a motor boat.&nbsp; Those are entirely too expensive!&nbsp; The best way to get out fishing without all the expensive boating equipment and repairs is to get dad into <a href="">kayak fishing</a>.&nbsp; He&rsquo;ll be able to paddle into small coves and navigate smaller waterways that wouldn&rsquo;t be possible by foot or by motorboat.&nbsp; He can sneak into places other fisherman won&rsquo;t be able to get to!&nbsp; You&rsquo;re not only giving him a way to fish, you give him a way to adventure, explore, and relax!&nbsp;&nbsp; If you want to accompany dad while he trolls for fish, we even offer a tandem fishing model.&nbsp; So if you were looking for that father and son or father and daughter get away, here it is!&nbsp; Dad gets double the fun, a kayak and a day spent with his most cherished thing in the world, his children!<br /><img src="" alt="P6170070.JPG" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>We offer several fishing kayaks to fit the needs of many different fisherman, and many different families.&nbsp; Our fishing kayaks come equipped with flush rod holders, spinning rod holders, and tons of storage for tackle boxes, extras, and buckets.&nbsp;</p> <p>Head over to our <a href="">kayak</a> area to see more information about the perfect Father&rsquo;s Day Gift!</p>Candace13 Jun 2013 11:17:33 AMIt’s Time to Dust off the Kayaks, It’s Summertime!<p>Memorial Day has past and summer&rsquo;s had its unofficial start!&nbsp; As the weather heats up and the kids finish up the<img style="float: right;" src="" alt="IMG_6915_2.jpg" width="250" height="186" /> school year, we are all in need of a vacation.&nbsp; These days, taking that one big trip to Orlando or hopping on a&nbsp; cruise to the islands can put a big hurting on the old wallet.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many people are choosing smaller and more frequent vacations.&nbsp; And lets be honest, who doesn&rsquo;t want more vacations?&nbsp; I know I do.&nbsp; Here at Lifetime, we wonder, why can&rsquo;t every weekend be a vacation?&nbsp; Oh, but it can!!</p> <p>Having a few <a href="" target="_blank">kayaks</a> laying around for the family can make it easy, affordable and fun to stay closer to home this summer.&nbsp; You can head to your local lake one weekend and the next weekend do a river float.&nbsp; The options are endless!&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t be paying expensive entrance fee&rsquo;s, spending hundreds of dollars on gas, or paying an arm and a leg for accommodations.&nbsp; All you need are some kayaks, paddles, family and friends.&nbsp; In fact, you can get a&nbsp;some kayaks for the price you would pay&nbsp;for a&nbsp;few tanks of gas&nbsp;on a&nbsp;long drive in an SUV or just one plane ticket.&nbsp; Unlike a week vacation that comes to a sad and often surreal end, you just get to look forward to the next weekend&rsquo;s adventures!&nbsp; Where will we go, what wildlife will we see, or what friends will want to join us!?</p> <p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="DSC_0002_small.jpg" width="250" height="167" />Remember the neighbor that had the pool?&nbsp; Everyone wanted to come play, swim and cool off.&nbsp; Well, kayaks are the new pool!&nbsp; Everyone will want to try your kayaks!&nbsp; It is the new way to beat the heat, get outdoors and enjoy great company.&nbsp; Instead of spending all that money for 1 week of fun, why not pick up some kayaks and have years of fun for the whole family? You won&rsquo;t regret it!&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayaks</a> wants you to make every weekend a vacation!</p>Candace04 Jun 2013 12:35:48 PMPerfect Camping & Tailgating Tables!<p><img src="" alt="80261.jpg" width="233" height="210" />To most of us, summer is a time to get out, have fun and make memories. Something about the warm air, bright colors and cool water makes it hard to hold on to any stress. And for you campers out there, we know all too well the buzzing allure nature holds this time of year.</p> <p>Here are Lifetime, we share your passions and want to make sure you get the most out of this season. Many people know about our kayaks, basketball systems, playsets and other outdoor items &ndash; however, we also have a great selection of <a title="View Lifetime's variety of outdoor, camping, recreation tables." href="" target="_blank">outdoor recreation tables</a> to help make your next camping trip more convenient.</p> <p>The <a title="Watch a video on the 4-Foot Camping / Cooking Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime / Ozark Trails 4-Foot Camping Table</a> comes with a two-foot metal grill rack as half of your table. This rack provides a convenient cooking surface that is perfect for a grill or other hot items. We also offer the Lifetime Tailgate Table which is a <a title="Shop the 5.5-Foot Folding Tailgate Table" href="" target="_blank">5 &frac12; Foot Fold-In-Half Table</a> with a rack extension that folds out the side. This table is perfect for tailgating, camping, or other <img src="" alt="80286.jpg" width="256" height="249" />outdoor activities. It provides plenty of table space and also includes other features such as holders for paper towels, trash bags, and utensils. These two multi-purpose outdoor tables are designed specifically to enhance a camping or tailgating experience with cooking surfaces and other cool features.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp; <br />Whether it&rsquo;s a family camping trip or tailgating with the neighbors, you are sure to have the proper table to enhance your experience. So before you set out on that family trip, be sure to pick yours up in-stores or on the <a title="Shop the Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a>.</p>Shalane23 May 2013 1:53:00 PMSummer is Here!<p><img src="" alt="Primary-Dome-Climber.jpg" width="175" height="117" />As a kid, my summers were always lazy and unstructured. My sisters and I were always sent outside in the morning, and the day was spent trying to find activities to do.&nbsp; My point is, summer is here and it's the perfect time to purchase some <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime playground equipment</a>.</p> <p>One of my kids&rsquo; favorite games to play on our playset at home is &ldquo;Fish Out of Water.&rdquo; I sit with my eyes closed, and if I think one of my kids are off the playset I yell, &ldquo;Fish out of water!&rdquo; If they get caught, we switch and they have to try and catch me.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="swingset-blog-pic.jpg" width="175" height="146" />Kids love to get a break from school during the summer, and we love our Lifetime playset. The best place for imaginative play and exercise is the safety of your own backyard. The great thing about Lifetime is our playsets are made to last. The equipment stands up to the wear and tear of your children. Also, Lifetime has put some great features into the <a href="" target="_blank">Swingsets</a> so your kids won't be bored, and will want to play outside for hours. They are incredibly fun for the whole family. From our playsets and swing sets, to our teeter-totters and dome climbers, your children will have fun that lasts a lifetime.</p>Vince20 May 2013 4:11:53 PMThe perfect Mother's Day gift: Kayak Adventures!<p><img src="" alt="IMG_7013_edited_color_smaller.jpg" width="250" height="161" />Last year I wanted to come up with something original for a Mother&rsquo;s Day gift.&nbsp;&nbsp; I didn&rsquo;t want to go with the traditional flowers, birdhouses, or candy.&nbsp; Showing her how much she means to me and how much I appreciate everything she does is really important.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I racked my brain for days trying to come up with something creative, something different and something that could be enjoyed for more than just one day a year.&nbsp; What would surprise her? What could I do that she wouldn&rsquo;t expect?&nbsp; Then it hit me!&nbsp; A kayak!!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>When Mother&rsquo;s Day arrived she was never more excited!&nbsp; Instantly she began listing off all the places she could go and how jealous all her friends would be.&nbsp; I think the thing she liked the most was that now we could go out kayaking together.&nbsp; Not only did this give her a new activity, but it gave her a fun way to hang out with her daughter.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="" alt="IMG_7131_smaller.jpg" width="250" height="167" />This is a&nbsp;common story around the Lifetime Offices.&nbsp; Our kayaks have given families (both our employees and the world)&nbsp;a brand new way to enjoy each others company.&nbsp; It is fun, exciting, and can break the routine of movie nights, game nights and dinners.&nbsp;&nbsp; Kayaking is more than just fun, it gets you outside and active.&nbsp;&nbsp; So grab Mom and take her out for a Mother&rsquo;s Day she won&rsquo;t soon forget.&nbsp; Take her on a paddle!!</p> <p>Need to find the perfect kayak for Mom?&nbsp; Check out our wide range of <a title="Kayaks" href="">kayaks from solo to tandem</a>.&nbsp; We have all the equipment Mom and the entire family need to get started at an affordable price.&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t regret it!</p>Candace10 May 2013 12:44:18 PMOvernight Kayak Adventures<p><img src="" alt="IMG_8510_small.jpg" width="280" height="187" />For most people,&nbsp;when they think about kayaking, they think of a&nbsp;day trip to the local lake.&nbsp; Maybe a vacation day spent floating on the ocean, watching the birds and listening to the calm ocean ripples.&nbsp; While these trips are great, with just a bit more effort, you can really turn a kayaking trip into a fun filled outdoor adventure.</p> <p>What better way to bond with your family or a group of friends then to be outside, away from all the electronic distractions, kayaking and camping in the wilderness.&nbsp; There are several ways to enjoy a camping and kayak trip.&nbsp;&nbsp;Some rivers&nbsp;flow through campgrounds, parks or national forest land allow camping right along the banks of the rivers.&nbsp;&nbsp; This type of trip can be great for a weekend get-a-way.&nbsp; Day one is spent paddling a few miles to your secluded campsite and getting yourself all setup.&nbsp; You get to spend one fantastic night by the fire, listening to the river and enjoying good company.&nbsp; The next day, you pack up, and get going for another paddle.&nbsp; A few miles and your back on dry land!&nbsp; This style trip will require some additional planning and equipment.&nbsp; It is good to have some <a title="Storage bags" href="" target="_blank">dry bags</a> and storage so you can bring your tent, sleeping attire and of course food!&nbsp;&nbsp; Paddlers will need kayaks with storage, such as hatches, larger tank wells, or a lot of bungee to tie things down.&nbsp; Also, be sure you find a calm section of river that does not have rapids or hazards.&nbsp; Always check with the Park Service, Forest Service, Army Core of Engineers or whoever manages the river to make sure this style trip is permitted.&nbsp; Local libraries always have great resources for finding overnight rivers, launch points and campgrounds.&nbsp; Look for a guide to kayaking or river running in your destination state.&nbsp; Be sure not to camp on private land.</p> <p><img src="" alt="TCTB_80305_0313_141.jpg" width="250" height="171" />The second, and easier route for camping and kayaking, is to just find a campsite a long a river, lake or pond where you can paddle during your free time.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many lakes and reservoirs permit camping along the banks.&nbsp; Here you can setup and not have to worry about hauling your camping equipment down the river.&nbsp; This lowers the need for storage, dry bags and creative packing.&nbsp; While maybe not as secluded, you still get to enjoy the wildlife, campfire and fresh air of the great outdoors.&nbsp; And really, nothing beats good campfire food and s&rsquo;mores!</p> <p>If you need a kayak for these adventures head on over to our <a title="Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">kayak page</a> to see our versatile line up of kayaks and paddleboards.&nbsp; If you are looking to do some overnight trips and want a beefy-storage friendly kayak, head on over and check out our friends at <a title="Emotion Kayaks" href="/Blog/CreatePost/" target="_blank">Emotion Kayaks</a>.<img style="float: left;" src="" alt="IMG_8480_small.jpg" width="300" height="133" /></p> <p>We also offer a wide variety of camping friendly products in addition to our kayaks.&nbsp; Get yourself ready for a summer of camping with these great products; <a title="Camping Table" href="" target="_blank">Camping Table</a>,&nbsp;<a title="Camping Bench" href="" target="_blank">Camping Bench</a>, <a title="Kids Picnic Table" href="" target="_blank">Kids Picnic Table</a>, and our&nbsp;<a title="Tent Trailer" href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Tent and Utility Trailer. </a></p> <p>*Remember, always wear proper safety equipment, training&nbsp;and research the waterway you plan to visit before you go.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Check with local authorities on water levels and hazards.&nbsp;</p>Candace29 Apr 2013 12:38:14 PMNew Limited Edition Purple Freestyle XL!<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="Purple Freestyle.jpg" width="175" height="263" />This spring, our watersports department has done something we never have before!&nbsp; We are coming out with a limited edition paddleboard. Sure, this will be the <a href="" target="_blank">Freestyle XL board</a> we all know and love but there is something that makes it special; its Purple!&nbsp; Not only is this our first limited edition kayak or paddleboard, it is also our first purple one!</p> <p>In total, there will be 325 Purple Freestyle XL&rsquo;s out there for the lucky few who can get there hands on one.&nbsp; I am personally a huge fan of purple, and I think this board looks great.&nbsp; It has all the great characteristics of our other color boards; stability, buoyancy, padding, bungee straps and two fins.</p> <p>The dark purple color really blends well with the black bungees and confetti white and black foam.&nbsp; It really pops and looks incredibly stylish.&nbsp;&nbsp; If your wife, daughter, best friend or maybe even you, love purple, you just can&rsquo;t pass up the opportunity to get one of these awesome limited edition boards.</p> <p>These purple Freestyle XL&rsquo;s can only be found at <a href=";cp=&amp;kw=lifetime+products&amp;origkw=lifetime+products&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Sports Authority</a>!&nbsp; Check with <a href="" target="_blank">your local store</a> to see if they will be getting some purple SUP&rsquo;s (stand-up-paddle) boards!&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t miss out, be one of the lucky 325!</p>Candace10 Apr 2013 10:08:29 AM5 Foot Fold-In-Half For All Your Easter Events<p><img src="" alt="TCTB-4534-0212-0103.jpg" width="250" />For over 25 years now, we at <a title="Lifetime Products" href="">Lifetime</a> have been working to bring you and your families closer together by offering quality products that bring ease and comfort to all of your most important get-togethers. Which is why, as we prepare for spring we would like to present you with another of our innovative tables; the <a title="See our product at" href="">5-Foot Fold-In-Half</a>.</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s decorating Easter eggs with the kids or a place to put the refreshments, our fold-in-half tables provide the space and stability your family looks for when it&rsquo;s time to get active. And with our safe, easy-to-use locking system, your table takes half the storage you once required! Now your trunk has more room for all of the accessories that make your outing exactly what you&rsquo;re looking for.</p> <p>So when you and yours are ready to get out and enjoy the fresh weather, keep in mind that you can pick one up at a <a title="Sam's Club" href="">Sam&rsquo;s Club</a> or <a title="Lifetime Products Store" href="">Lifetime Store</a> near you.</p>Shalane29 Mar 2013 3:15:05 PMKokanee Tandem: You've never seen a kayak like this before!<p>&nbsp;<img src="" alt="Kokanee_on lake.jpg" width="327" height="286" />At Lifetime, Commitment, Innovation, and Quality, is more than just a slogan, it is a way of doing business!&nbsp;&nbsp; We are constantly working to take our kayaks to the next level, above and beyond what is already out there.&nbsp; We take suggestions and advice from you, the people who use our kayaks, and incorporate that into our designs.&nbsp; After a lot of hard work we&rsquo;ve come up with a kayak that is like nothing you&rsquo;ve ever seen!<br /><br />I would like to introduce our brand new tandem kayak, the Kokanee!&nbsp; It is 10'6" in length and can hold a combined weight of 425 lbs!&nbsp; Sure, there are other tandem kayaks out there, but nothing as innovative and paddler friendly as our Kokanee.&nbsp; We racked our brains to come up with new improvements.&nbsp; We wanted to do something that wasn&rsquo;t out there already.&nbsp; Something that made kayaking that much more convenient and that much more fun!<br /><br />There are several design factors and features that make this kayak a step above the rest.&nbsp; The Kokanee has a unique fish-form bottom that is extremely stable &ndash; and we mean extremely!&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t have to trade stability for tracking with the Kokanee! It tracks incredibly well due to the stylish and effective tracking channels and front keel line.&nbsp; This keeps you going in a straight line without having to worry about tipping over, falling out, or doing kayak donuts.&nbsp; This kayak has a spectacular design, but the most exciting part about it is found in its features.<br /><br />Here are a few of our engineers taking our proto-type for a test run.&nbsp;They sat on the edge with all their weight and the Kokanee didn't even think about turning over! <img src="" alt="Tandem.jpg" width="278" height="142" /></p> <p><br />The Kokanee has several features you can&rsquo;t get anywhere else.&nbsp; This is the first kayak to have a Quick Release Removable Seat System.&nbsp; Our new seat backs can be removed or switched to different seat positions quickly and easily.&nbsp; Want to paddle tandem?&nbsp; Put the two seat backs in the first and third position.&nbsp; If you want to have a relaxing solo paddle, release the seat back and snap it into the center position.&nbsp; You can even completely remove all the seat backs making it more convenient for storage or transportation.&nbsp; In addition to this amazing, on-of-a-kind seat system, there are also two hatches, a storage area with shock cord straps, water bottle holders, paddle ledges, a front toggle handle and a rear molded in grip handle.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Kokanee overview.jpg" width="288" height="279" /><br />The Kokanee has all the features of a standard tandem with so much more. This kayak really is a step above the other tandems.&nbsp; It is convenient, feature filled and affordable.&nbsp; There has never been a better way to get the family and the kids outside for an adventure!&nbsp; The best part is that you get all this for only $399.00, WHOA!&nbsp; Head over to your local Sports Authority to pick up the next big thing in the kayak world, the Kokanee!!</p>Candace25 Mar 2013 12:59:44 PMWinter Kayak Storage Tips<p><img src="" alt="kayak rack.jpg" width="225" height="169" />It&rsquo;s that time of year again for a lot of us.&nbsp; Time to store that kayak away for the cold cold winter.&nbsp; We are often asked about how to store a kayak while it is not being used, especially during the chilly winter months.&nbsp; So today, I am here to offer up some winter <a title="about Lifetime kayaks" href="" target="_blank">kayak</a> advice!</p> <p>First piece of advice, kayaks are not for sledding!&nbsp; They go fast but they don&rsquo;t like the cold, so keep them off of the snow!&nbsp; Ok, now for the real tips.&nbsp; As always, make sure you wash your kayak after use.&nbsp; This is especially important when you will be putting it into storage for several months.&nbsp; Mild dish soap and water works just fine, no need for fancy cleaners.&nbsp; Make sure you remove sand and dirt, even from those little crevices. And, just think about how nice it will be to pull this baby out in the spring for its maiden run when it is so squeaky clean!&nbsp;</p> <p>If you can, it is best to keep your kayak in a garage, shed, or covered by an awning.&nbsp; If you live somewhere that gets a lot snow and ice, you definitely do not want your kayak sitting outside either in direct sun or where it can completely freeze over.&nbsp; <a title="about Lifetime kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayaks</a> can handle it - they are extremely durable -&nbsp;but it is always best to keep them out of the elements if at all possible.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the most important kayak storage tips is that your kayak will fair much better in hibernation if you keep pressure off the bottom part of the kayak hull.&nbsp; If a kayak sits on a hard surface on its bottom for long periods of time it can begin to warp or dent.&nbsp; To avoid this, store your kayak upside down with the cockpit resting on the ground or on its side.&nbsp; Cockpit rims are made to be extremely strong and rigid and can take the constant pressure like a champion.&nbsp; Once you have your kayak in the correct position make sure you don&rsquo;t store anything on top of it.</p> <p>If you think storing kayaks upside down in your garage or shed sounds like a huge space consumer, consider&nbsp;wall racks or hanging mechanisms.&nbsp; There are a ton of these racks out there on the market and it is possible to make your own.&nbsp; Always remember, no matter the rack,&nbsp;to always try to have the pressure points from the straps or bars touching the cockpit or side of the kayak, not the bottom.&nbsp; Those same rules apply for racks that apply for storing the kayak on the ground.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check back with us soon because&nbsp;we have a Lifetime kayak rack hitting the shelves early this spring.&nbsp; If you can&rsquo;t wait until spring, visit our friends at <a title="kayak racks at Sports Authority" href=";sr=1&amp;origkw=kayak%20rack" target="_blank">Sports Authority</a> or a similar sporting goods or specialty store for other kayak rack options.&nbsp; And, if you need a shed for your kayaks, check out our <a title="about Lifetime Sheds" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Shed</a> selection in the <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a>.&nbsp; Finally, don&rsquo;t worry - spring will be here soon!</p>Candace05 Dec 2012 10:20:00 AMLabor Day Bike Trail Bribes<p><img src="" alt="bike 1.jpg" width="225" height="169" />I hope all of you had a wonderful <a title="about Labor Day" href="" 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="" target="_blank">Waldo Canyon</a> fire.&nbsp;&nbsp; THANK YOU, firefighters!</p> <p><img src="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime picnic tables</a> on their patio!&nbsp; Yep, they had two <a title="about Lifetime 6' picnic tables" href="" 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="" 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 AMGrab a Racquet and Make Some Racket - We Have a Winner!<p><img src="" alt="driveway 3 sport set.JPG" width="225" height="223" />Our newest product is quickly on its way to becoming a new family favorite.&nbsp; And, it's easy to see why since the Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set is perfect&nbsp;outdoor fun for the whole family. <strong>Amber P. of Catlettsburg, KY,</strong>&nbsp;and her family will get to try one really soon since she was the random winner of our August giveaway!&nbsp;</p> <p>Several of you who entered this month's giveaway commented that you had fond memories of playing Badminton as a kid.&nbsp; Well, now you can play again with your own kids with a totally new, upgraded, portable version!&nbsp; Plus, don't forget, the adjustable height net also makes the <a title="about Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set</a> great for Pickleball, QuickStart Tennis, and more.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered this month's giveawy.&nbsp; If you weren't the winner, you can purchase a Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set&nbsp; exclusively in the <a title="buy a Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a> or in a Lifetime Store in Utah.</p> <p>September is only a few weeks away, so keep watching for our next monthly giveaway to begin soon.&nbsp; In the meantime, enjoy your last few weeks of Summer!</p>Jan27 Aug 2012 12:05:00 PMLifetime Sponsors First Paddleboarder, and He is Only 10!<p><img src="" alt="photo2.JPG" width="184" height="258" />&nbsp;</p> <p>It is quite common in the wild world of outdoor sports, for companies to sponsor up-and-coming paddlers.&nbsp;&nbsp;Lifetime has just taken on the sponsorship challenge.&nbsp; As you may have read in my <a title="Youth Paddleboard blog post" href="" target="_blank">earlier blog</a> about our <a title="about Lifetime Youth Paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Hooligan&nbsp;Youth Stand-up Paddleboard</a>, we found a Utah local who is sure to make a splash in the paddleboard world.</p> <p>We would like to introduce you to our super kid, Mac!!&nbsp; He is only 10 years old but is quickly becoming a master of Stand-up Paddleboarding!&nbsp; Mac&rsquo;s dad, Gary, is a long-time surfer and has bestowed his wisdom and skill upon his son.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mac has been entering paddleboard contests around&nbsp; Utah, and has been blowing away his competition!&nbsp; He recently placed 1st in the Weber River Paddleboard Race and the Jordenelle Reseviour Paddleboard Race.&nbsp;Congratulations, Mac!&nbsp; His Dad says that everywhere he goes, people tell him that Mac is the next big thing in paddleboards. The best part, he wins these competitions on either the <a title="about Lifetime Hooligan paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Hooligan</a> or the <a title="about Lifetime Freestyle Paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Freestyle XL</a>!!&nbsp; Many of the other athletes have $3,000&nbsp;paddleboards!! Yikes!&nbsp; Who needs an overpriced board when the Lifetime Paddleboard is so affordable, efficient, and fun! (The Lifetime Hooligan is only $249 at Sports Authority.)</p> <p><img title="Winner!" src="" alt="photo6.JPG" width="322" height="404" /><br />Check out these pictures of Mac at his competitions and stay tuned for more updates and pictures of our paddleboard prodigy!</p> <p><img src="" alt="photo3.JPG" width="140" height="255" /></p>Candace22 Aug 2012 12:10:00 PMWin a Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set!<p><a title="Winner announcement post" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="August 2012 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>This giveaway has ended.</strong></span> Summer may be coming to an end, but it doesn't mean the end of fun outdoor activities.&nbsp; With cooler temps just around the corner, we think it's the perfect time of year to use our <a title="blog about Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set" href="" target="_blank">newest product</a> - the Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set.&nbsp;&nbsp;In fact, we are so excited for you to try this product with your family that we've decided to give one away this month!&nbsp; Personally, I love this product because it's so versatile.&nbsp; Shhh.&nbsp; Don't tell my kids, but they'll be seeing this product under our Christmas tree this year!&nbsp;</p> <p>So what exactly is a <a title="about Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Driveway 3 Sport Set</a>?&nbsp; It's an all-weather net that's secured to 1.75-gallon portable bases that you fill with sand or water. So, that means no cement, no ground stakes, and no support strings to get tangled in when playing!&nbsp; But, the coolest part is that because the net is supported by bases, it means you can use it almost anywhere - a driveway, yard, beach, park, or pool.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's called a 3 Sport Set because the poles actually adjust in height so the net can be set at 61" for Badminton, and easily lowered to 36" for Pickleball and QuickStart Tennis.&nbsp; These are great outdoor games that are fun for the whole family!&nbsp; But, you can even use the net for lots of other games too like volleyball&hellip; so you could really call it 3, 4, 5, or More Sport Set.&nbsp; :)&nbsp;</p> <p>The set includes an all-weather net with poles, two portable bases, four wooden paddles, two Pickleballs, two Quick Start Tennis Balls, and two Paddle Birdies. The set also includes two convenient carry bags:&nbsp; one for the pole, net, and bases; and one for the equipment.</p> <p>Ready to get your tennis shoes on and take a swing?&nbsp; Then, hurry and enter today. Good luck!</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>How to Enter:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "August contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Bonus Entries:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Products on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on <a title="Lifetime on Twitter" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "This portable Driveway Sport Set that @Lifetime365 is giving away looks like fun! <a href=""></a>&nbsp;" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Friday, August 17, 2012 and will end Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, August 27, 2012. (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="official rules" href="" target="_blank">Click here for complete contest rules</a>.)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan17 Aug 2012 8:30:00 AMStand-Up-Paddleboards for the whole family with the addition of the Hooligan Youth SUP!<p><img src="" alt="IMG_5614_SMall.jpg" width="206" height="302" />Stand-Up-Paddleboarding (SUP)&nbsp;is one of the hottest new trends in the water sports world.&nbsp;Over the past few years, it&rsquo;s gone from a small time activity to a huge, world-wide phenomenon.&nbsp;Last season we unveiled our adult paddleboard, the <a title="Lifetime Freestyle XL SUP" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Freestyle XL&nbsp;SUP</a>.&nbsp;This season, we wanted to make sure the whole family could enjoy this new and rapidly growing sport. We&nbsp;scaled down our adult paddleboard, added some new features, and made the <a title="Lifetime Hooligan SUP" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Hooligan SUP</a>&nbsp; - a fantastic youth paddleboard that fits a wide range of younger paddlers.</p> <p>The Lifetime Hooligan was designed to be extremely stable and easy to use.&nbsp;We wanted to be sure those first-time jitters could melt away once the paddler realized how stable and safe this board really is!&nbsp;This board also incorporates a cutting-edge and exciting design element -&nbsp;a retractable fin! The Hooligan has a removable surf fin that helps the board go faster and go in a straight line. Unlike our adult paddleboard, the Hooligan&rsquo;s fin can retract if it hits a rock or a sand bar.&nbsp;This helps the paddler stay standing and cuts down on surprising bumps and obstacles you might find submerged along the way. The Hooligan is also extremely comfortable for your feet.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve lined the foot recesses with EVA Deck Foam covering.&nbsp;This foam pads your feet so you can stay out there enjoying the water all day without having to worry about sore feet.&nbsp;The board&rsquo;s lightweight design makes it easier for kids to move the board around on land and in the water!</p> <p><img src="" alt="IMG_4555_with jacket.jpg" width="395" height="326" /></p> <p>We were so excited about this new SUP board that we took it to the streets&hellip;..well, to the water to be exact! We found a local Utahan to do some testing for us.&nbsp;Meet our friend Mac, he is only 10 years old and is already blowing away the competition in paddleboard races and events - on our Hooligan SUP!&nbsp; He has been surfing since he was able to stand up on the board, and now that his family is here in Utah, he has taken up SUPing!&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve also made it a family affair.&nbsp;Mac&rsquo;s Dad, Gary, who is originally a surfer from Hawaii, has been tearing up the competition on his Lifetime Freestyle XL as well!! Stay tuned to the water sports blog for the rest of the summer to see some more great photos and updates on Mac and Gary as they take SUPing by storm.&nbsp;</p> <p>Note:&nbsp;The <a title="Lifetime Hooligan SUP" href="" target="_blank">Hooligan SUP</a> and <a title="Lifetime Freestyle XL SUP" href="" target="_blank">Freestyle XL SUP</a> are intended for flat water use.&nbsp;Use in rapids and moving water is not recommended.&nbsp;Mac and Gary are professionals and have years of experience and training. Always wear proper safety gear and obtain proper training before going paddle boarding or kayaking.</p>Candace20 Jul 2012 4:12:12 PMContinuous Kayak Innovation with the New Lifetime Monterey<p><img src="" alt="the new monterey.JPG" width="225" height="123" />Our water sports team is constantly trying to improve our current lineup, as well as design new innovative and stylish kayaks.&nbsp; We looked at our popular <a title="about Lifetime Daylite Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Daylite</a> and <a title="about Lifetime Lotus Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lotus</a> models carefully, put our heads together, and out popped the Lifetime&nbsp;Monterey!&nbsp; The <a title="about the Lifetime Monterery Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Monterey Kayak</a> is the newest addition to our kayak family, but it still has many of the great qualities of its cousins, the Daylite and the Lotus.</p> <p>The new Monterey is 8&rsquo; in length and 29.5&rdquo; wide.&nbsp;&nbsp; We have added enhanced tracking channels to the bottom of the kayak which will help keep the kayak from turning side-to-side with each paddle stroke.&nbsp; It will also allow the paddler to go a greater distance with less effort - who doesn&rsquo;t want that?!&nbsp;&nbsp;As with all Lifetime kayaks, the Monterey is extremely stable and great for everyone from kids to adults.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="" alt="IMG_3901.JPG" width="174" height="267" />&nbsp;This new kayak also has our new blow-molded, adjustable seat back.&nbsp; The new seat is low profile and lightweight, so while you will be more comfortable, your kayak won&rsquo;t weigh any more!&nbsp;&nbsp; It has a curved design that supports the small of your back while you paddle, which really helps with getting full power out of each and every paddle stroke you take.&nbsp; This seat back easily folds down and conveniently tucks into the storage area making it easy to transport and stash away for the winter.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Monterey will also stand vertical on its back end, just like the Daylite and Lotus kayaks.&nbsp; The new design is also compatible with the sail kit accessory if you are looking for some hands-free kayaking.</p> <p>The Monterey is currently available at Sam&rsquo;s Club and will be available in the coming months in the <a title="Lifetime Store Online" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online.</a>&nbsp; And, if you head over to <a title="WovenbyWords Monterey kayak giveaway" href="" target="_blank"></a>, you can actually enter to&nbsp;WIN a Lifetime Monterey Kayak!&nbsp; Our new kayak is the grand prize in the Made in America blog giveaway which ends July 18. (The Monterey is made in our Clearfield, Utah factory.)&nbsp; While you are at, be sure to check out her <a title="WovenbyWords Monterey Kayak review" href="" target="_blank">personal review</a> and photos of the Lifetime Monterey to see what one customer has to say about our newest Lifetime kayak.</p>Candace06 Jul 2012 8:00:00 AMNew Lifetime Tent Trailer - Perfect for Work and Play<p><img src="" alt="Tent Trailer 1.jpg" width="225" height="161" />I am very excited about Lifetime&rsquo;s new Tent Trailer. Not so much because it is a tent trailer (although that part is very cool especially for the camping family) but I am excited because of its diversity.</p> <p>After years of looking and deciding, my wife and I purchased our first home this year. We purchased the home brand new and, let me tell you, there is a lot of yard work to be done. We have tons to do to get the yard looking its best. We have decided to add decorative rock, as well as sprinklers and sod. This new <a title="about Lifetime Tent Trailer" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Tent Trailer</a> will be perfect to haul them all. Trees and shrubbery are a must. We haven&rsquo;t figured out what kind of trees we want to get, but its nice to know I have away to pick them up from the nursery when we decide.</p> <p><img src="" alt="tent trailer 2.jpg" width="225" height="143" />Wait a minute. Hauling rock, sod, and trees in our tent trailer? Yes! See, the new Lifetime Tent Trailer is actually designed first, and foremost, as a utility trailer. It's perfect for everyday yard work, moving furniture etc. since it has 120 cubic feet of cargo space with 40" sides for tall loads. And, what's cool is the sides of the trailer even unfold to double as a work table.&nbsp; It has a 7'x5' solid wood floor and a heavy-duty steel frame with a durable, rust-resistant powder-coated finish.</p> <p>After we get the yard in maybe we will even have time to go on that camping trip with the kids to <a title="about Bear Lake" href="" target="_blank">Bear Lake</a>. And, with the Lifetime Tent Trailer, we'll be ready to go in no time because the trailer converts in less than 10 minutes to a spacious 84 square-foot camping tent that sleeps up to six people.&nbsp; The best part is the tent folds into a small bag that fits in our vehicle so we can still use the entire trailer to haul an ATV, <a title="about Lifetime Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayaks</a>, or other camping equipment. This is a huge difference (literally) from most other tent trailers on the market which&nbsp;have a&nbsp;tent bag that takes up the entire trailer leaving no room to haul your fun gear.</p> <p>Want to see the new Lifetime Tent Trailer in action?&nbsp; Check out this video. If you like what you see, you can find them online at and the <a title="buy a Lifetime Tent Trailer" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a> for under $3,000.&nbsp; And, later this summer they will also be available on, and in select Cabela's stores.</p> <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p>Vince13 Jun 2012 2:50:00 PMTaking Sit-On-Top Kayaks to the Next Level with New Lifetime Tamarack<p><img src="" alt="tamarack.jpg" width="225" height="197" />As I promised in previous posts, it&rsquo;s time to unleash a brand-spanking-new sit-on-top kayak!&nbsp; This season we&rsquo;ve introduced our <a title="about Lifetime Tamarack kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;Tamarack 120</a> and the <a title="about Lifetime Tamarack angler" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Tamarack 120 Angler</a> and I don&rsquo;t think you&rsquo;ll be disappointed!</p> <p>The Lifetime Tamarack 120 comes in a beautiful vibrant red with tons of added features like shock cords, carry handles, storage deck and a sealed hatch!&nbsp; This kayak also features our new folding seat back!&nbsp; It folds up when you&rsquo;re using it to give your back the support it needs and then, at the end of the day, it completely folds down for transport.&nbsp;&nbsp;What more could you ask for? But wait, there&rsquo;s more! We&rsquo;ve specially designed this kayak to be fast, track well and be extremely stable, so no matter where your paddle adventure leads, our Tamarack 120 is equipped to take you there!</p> <p><img src="" alt="tamarack angler.jpg" width="225" height="130" />So maybe you are an avid fisherman or fisherwoman?&nbsp; Great!&nbsp; We have the Tamarack 120 for you.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve taken the fantastic basic Tamarack 120 and outfitted it for a relaxing and efficient day of fishing.&nbsp; It has all the great extras and gadgets as the standard model plus we threw in two flush mounted fishing pole holders, one top mount rod holder and an additional storage hatch!&nbsp; What? Did you hear that, two storage hatches!&nbsp; Our stable design allows for easy casting and makes reeling in your big catch a breeze.&nbsp; This version also comes in a more neutral tan color to help you blend in with your surrounding so you can sneak up on those unsuspecting fish.&nbsp; So whether you have been fishing for years or just want to dabble in the sport of kayak fishing, the Tamarack 120 Angler is for you!</p> <p>Measuring at 10&rsquo;, the Tamarack 120 and the Tamarack 120 Angler&nbsp; are great all around kayaks.&nbsp; These kayaks really do make for a fun and safe day out on the water, trust me, I&rsquo;ve tested them!&nbsp; :)</p> <p>To pick up one of these new&nbsp;Lifetime Tamarack kayaks for your own,&nbsp;head into The Sports Authority.&nbsp; They will also soon be available in the&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Store online" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a>.</p>Candace13 Apr 2012 2:30:00 PMThe Famous Calypso Kayak Gets a Name Makeover<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/Lotus%20beach.jpg" alt="Lotus beach.jpg" width="263" height="174" />My first Lifetime365 blog, how exciting!&nbsp; As some of you may know, Lifetime Products recently acquired Emotion Kayaks&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;and me!&nbsp;&nbsp; After a 2,089 mile journey, I&rsquo;m here to join the Lifetime Team and bring you the scoop on all the new kayaks, features and everything else water sports!&nbsp; I look forward to sharing my kayak knowledge and experience with all of you in hopes that you get as excited about kayaking as I do!</p> <p>Let's start it off with a bang, shall we?&nbsp; This season will be huge for Lifetime&rsquo;s water sports division.&nbsp; With the acquisition of Emotion Kayaks, our kayak production will have more than tripled!!!&nbsp; That is a lot of kayaks folks!&nbsp; Emotion Kayaks alone brings 22 new models that include a kid specific sit-on-top kayak, eight sit-inside models, eight sit-on-top models, one paddleboard and four angler kayaks!&nbsp; Clean out those garages and make some space for some sweet new kayaks this season!</p> <p>In addition, Lifetime will be unveiling some killer new kayak models for the 2012 season.&nbsp; You&rsquo;ll see some new paddleboard designs, updated sit-on-tops and a brand new sit-inside model for the cold water paddlers out there!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>One of our old friends, the Lifetime Calypso Kayak, has been renamed!&nbsp; Sometimes it is just time for a change right?&nbsp; The Lifetime Calypso will now be called the <a title="about Lifetime Lotus Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Lotus</a>, but don&rsquo;t worry, it is still the same great kayak!&nbsp;&nbsp; The <a title="buy a Lifetime Lotus kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lotus</a> is one of our most popular models and even with the new name, we expect it to stay that way.&nbsp;&nbsp; It will continue to be a great all around adult length kayak that provides convenient transportation and storage options.&nbsp; So, if the Calypso had been on your list of things to buy, keep it there, just revise the name to Lotus and go find one!</p> <p>If you want to get acquainted with the Emotion Kayaks line you can visit our site, <a href=""></a>&nbsp;or find us on facebook.&nbsp;&nbsp; As always, the Lifetime Kayaks can be found at <a href=""></a> and can be purchased in the <a title="Lifetime Store online" href="" target="_blank">LIfetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; Keep your eyes peeled for my next blog to find out all the hot new details on our new 2012 kayak models!</p>Candace07 Mar 2012 8:57:12 AMGliding with Grandpa<p><img src=" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime Glider Bench </a>because it matched the <a title="about Lifetime picnic tables" href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online </a>where shipping is ALWAYS free!</p>Jan05 Dec 2011 9:00:00 AMNeed a Dinghy? Use a Lifetime Manta Kayak!<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/boarding manta from boat.jpg" alt="boarding manta from boat.jpg" width="225" height="169" />What's a dinghy?&nbsp; Most likely, if you had to ask, you probably don't need one.&nbsp;:)&nbsp; A <a title="more about a dinghy" href="" target="_blank">dinghy</a> is a small boat, often carried by a larger boat.&nbsp; And, as I recently found out, the <a title="about the Lifetime Manta Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak </a>makes a great dinghy!</p> <p>Over the past few weeks, I've shared with you <a title="Will It Tip? blog post" href="" target="_self">my family's experiences </a>with the tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak (aka the Yellow Banana).&nbsp; And, I keep telling you there is one "unknown" feature that turned out to be our favorite.&nbsp; So&hellip;here it is.&nbsp; Ready?&nbsp; Wait for it, wait for it&hellip;</p> <p>You can TOW a Lifetime Manta Kayak in the water behind another boat!&nbsp;</p> <p>Hmm, not as exciting as you had hoped for, huh?&nbsp; Well, read on, then see what you think.&nbsp; We wanted to kayak around this scenic little island in the middle of <a title="about Lake Erie" href="" target="_blank">Lake Erie</a>. The only problem is that getting to the island from my parents' house required going several miles across Lake Erie.&nbsp; We are avid water skiers and are used to towing skiers, tubes, wakeboards, etc. behind our boat.&nbsp; So, we figured&nbsp;why not try towing the Yellow Banana, too?&nbsp; The Lifetime Manta Kayak has a molded handle in the front of the kayak that is intended to be used as a carrying handle.&nbsp; However, since it is molded in, it is durable just like the kayak and can easily double as a place to tie a rope to tow the kayak.&nbsp;</p> <p>At first we were a little apprehensive about how the kayak would tow in the water.&nbsp; Would it bounce all over and flip upside-down?&nbsp; Would it take on water and sink?&nbsp; NO!&nbsp; We were surprised at how great the Lifetime Manta towed behind a boat, even at faster speeds.&nbsp; It stayed on top of the water and upright the entire time.&nbsp; Can't do that with&nbsp;most kayaks, that's for sure - and definitely not with a sit-inside kayak!&nbsp; However, I would advise you to remove the scupper plugs before towing; both of ours came out during the tow. (If you do loose them, extras are available for purchase&nbsp;in the <a title="buy Lifetime scupper plugs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.)</p> <p>After we arrived at the island, our next hurdle was to get from the boat and&nbsp;to the kayak.&nbsp; We were wearing our swimsuits and were prepared to possibly get wet as we stepped from the back swim platform of our boat and onto the Lifetime Manta Kayak.&nbsp; Whoa!&nbsp; Not even a slight tipping motion.&nbsp; Nice!&nbsp; The Lifetime Manta Kayak truly is ultra stable.&nbsp; Don't believe me?&nbsp; I took a video of my husband trying it again later just to show you.&nbsp;&nbsp;(As you'll see, even when my husband&nbsp;showed off&nbsp;his lack of grace, it still didn't tip!) I've also included a video of us towing the Lifetime Manta Kayak behind the jet boat so you can see how it sits on top of the water.</p> <p>Towing the Lifetime Manta Kayak behind another boat is a great way to get it from point A to point B if you are headed somewhere that is too far to paddle.&nbsp; Or, if you have a large sailboat or yacht and need to keep a small dinghy on board to easily get to shore when you anchor, you might want to consider a <a title="buy a Lifetime Manta Kayak" href=";term=kayak&amp;sort=...&amp;price=" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak</a>.&nbsp; It's only 10' long, weighs 60lbs, holds three adults, and you can board it from a boat without ever getting in the water.</p> <p>So, now you know that using the molded carrying handle as a towing device was my family's favorite feature of the Yellow Banana.&nbsp; What's your favorite feature?&nbsp; Leave us a comment below and share.</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="" /> </object> </p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="" /> </object> </p>Jan10 Oct 2011 10:12:00 AMWill It Tip? Testing the Stability of a Lifetime Manta Kayak<p><img src=" manta.jpg" alt="sunset manta.jpg" width="400" height="267" />&nbsp;In my <a title="Sizing up a Lifetime Manta Kayak blog post" href="" target="_self">last blog post</a>, I showed you how a tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak compares in size to other kayaks.&nbsp; Today, I want to show you a little about the stability of this kayak.&nbsp; Last month my family tested the Manta Kayak for several days on <a title="about Lake Erie" href="" target="_blank">Lake Erie</a>.&nbsp; When I say family, I mean everyone&hellip;me, my husband, my kids, my nieces, my brother, my uncles, and my mom and dad.&nbsp; As you can see in the photos, we paddled the Manta in pretty much every weight combination and seating combination possible.&nbsp; The Lifetime Manta Kayak has a 500lb weight capacity and we tested it to its limits.&nbsp; We paddled it with one person, two people, three people&hellip; and even four people!&nbsp;&nbsp; And, guess what?&nbsp; It didn't tip!&nbsp;The <a title="about Lifetime Manta kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak</a>,&nbsp;or&nbsp;Yellow Banana&nbsp;as we now call it,&nbsp;is unbelievably stable.&nbsp; Even when one person would get on or off the kayak with others still sitting on the kayak, it didn't tip.&nbsp; Granted, it rocked a bit when an adult would hop on or off, but it never actually tipped even when we really tried just for the fun of it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="P8070441.JPG" width="225" height="169" /><img src="" alt="P1070304.jpg" width="225" height="169" />Paddling the tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak with just one person is easy.&nbsp; However, don't expect it to&nbsp;track and maneuver as easily as a single person kayak.&nbsp; Even though there are three seats, there is actually even enough space for two adults and two small children.&nbsp; But keep in mind, even though our son sat in the front, there isn't actually a seat at the very front and the child can't weigh much over 50 pounds or the front of the kayak will start taking on water, especially if there are waves.&nbsp; So, while it's not advertised as a four-person kayak, it is possible for a family of two adults and two little ones to enjoy riding together.&nbsp; I've included a home video of all four of us riding so you can see how stable it is and how it maneuvers with a full load.&nbsp; (I'll warn you and apologize in advance that it's a bit out of focus a few times, but hopefully it will still give you a realistic perspective.)&nbsp; Oh, and just so you know, the Lifetime Manta Kayak only comes with two paddles.&nbsp; The shorter black paddle my son&nbsp;is&nbsp;using (or rather&nbsp;twirling) is&nbsp;from our <a title="about Lifetime Youth Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Youth Kayak</a>.</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="" /> </object> </p> <p><img src="" alt="P8050352.JPG" width="300" height="225" /><img src="" alt="P8070415.JPG" width="225" height="169" />So, what did we think of the <a title="buy a Lifetime Manta Kayak" href=";fromflash=true" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak&nbsp;</a>overall?&nbsp; Well, it&nbsp;manuevers&nbsp;a bit&nbsp;harder than an individual kayak, especially&nbsp;with&nbsp;the more weight you add.&nbsp; But,&nbsp;the concept of a tandem kayak is a nice change of pace, especially just for leisurely sight-seeing&nbsp;excursions. Paddling together with someone is fun and makes conversation much more enjoyable.&nbsp; It's nice to be able to talk in a normal voice rather than having to shout over to the person in a kayak beside you.&nbsp; It was also great to be able to enjoy the activity as a family.&nbsp; But, it does take some getting used to.&nbsp; You have to learn to paddle in sync to get anywhere.&nbsp; And, if you have a rider in the middle, you have to really watch your paddles. A couple of times when the kids were paddling, the kiddo in the middle got clunked in the head by accident.&nbsp;</p> <p>Also, even though three people can ride the Yellow Banana, be prepared for&nbsp;boarding to be a bit awkward!&nbsp; Ideally, load the kayak from the back to the front so no one is climbing in between or on top of someone else.&nbsp; Speaking of climbing on and off&hellip; one other safety tip I want to mention is to be sure and watch the backrest clips when you get off the kayak.&nbsp; Several times we accidentally slid across the metal clip that attaches the backrest to the kayak... it hurts and if you are wearing shorts, they can actually get hooked.&nbsp; So, please always make sure to look for the clip before sliding off.</p> <p>One of the best parts of paddling a tandem kayak?&nbsp; You can take a break and let someone else do the work!&nbsp;&nbsp;:)&nbsp; Yep, as you can see in the picture, my mom and I were just along for the ride&hellip;and my brother had no idea he was doing all of the work!</p> <p><img src=" people.jpg" alt="three people.jpg" width="300" height="200" /><br />I still have one more review of the Manta I'm going to write next week because as I promised last time, I still need to tell you about our favorite "unknown" feature of the Yellow Banana! Stay tuned&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan16 Sep 2011 8:00:00 AMSizing Up a Lifetime Manta Kayak<p><img src="" alt="mantasize1.jpg" width="300" height="225" />A few weeks ago, I shared with you some <a title="things I learned blog post" href="" target="_self">things I learned when registering my new Lifetime Manta Kayak</a>, and promised I would share a review with you soon of my experience using the tandem kayak.&nbsp; So, today is the day.&nbsp;</p> <p>First, a little info about my kayaking background.&nbsp; Not much to tell really.&nbsp; I'll be honest;&nbsp; I've only done it a few times.&nbsp; I've paddled around a lake and played <a title="how to play kayak football" href="" target="_blank">kayak&nbsp;football</a> on the sit-on-top <a title="about Lifetime Daylite Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Daylite </a>and <a title="about Lifetime Calypso Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Calypso</a> kayaks, and I have paddled on a lake and several miles on a river in a Swifty Islander sit-inside kayak.&nbsp;</p> <p>So, in my mind, I was expecting the tandem <a title="about Lifetime Manta kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak </a>to be similar in size to some of the previous individual kayaks I have paddled.&nbsp; But, my first impression of the Lifetime Manta Kayak?&nbsp; "Whoa, this thing is big." Even though I have seen tons of pictures of Lifetime's tandem kayak, I still wasn't prepared for how big this kayak really is.&nbsp; It's 10' long, 3' wide, and 18" high in the back.&nbsp; Yes, I've read those dimensions plenty of times, but it still didn't really dawn on me what that would look like.&nbsp; I wanted to give you a realistic idea of the size of a Lifetime Manta Kayak&nbsp;so&nbsp;I took some pictures of it laying side-by-side my parents' sit-inside Swifty kayaks and our itty-bitty <a title="about Lifetime Youth kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Youth Kayak</a>.</p> <p><img src="" alt="mantasize2.jpg" width="300" height="225" />In Lifetime's <a title="about Lifetime Manta kayaks" href="" target="_blank">marketing materials</a>, we say the Lifetime Manta Kayak has a "compact length for easy transport and storage".&nbsp; It surely didn't look very compact, but since I'm not an avid kayaker, I hopped online to look at the length of other tandem kayaks.&nbsp; A-ha!&nbsp; Other tandem kayaks on the market are anywhere from 13-14 feet long!&nbsp; That's a big difference.&nbsp; So, what about the width and height of the Lifetime Manta Kayak?&nbsp; Yes, it is definitely bigger than&nbsp;our Swifty Islander.&nbsp; But, that's not an apples to apples comparison.&nbsp; After all, the Swifty Islander holds one person, and the Lifetime Manta holds three adults. (In future posts, I'll actually even show you that we used it with two adults and two kids!)&nbsp; So, naturally, if you want to fit more people, it probably needs to be a bit bigger.&nbsp; And, there's a reason for the bigger 18" height, too. I'm not making this up&hellip; because of its unusual looking hull design (which led us to affectionately name it the "Yellow Banana"), the Lifetime Manta is ultra stable.&nbsp; Super stable.&nbsp; Seriously, we couldn't tip it even when we purposely tried to with three adults on it!&nbsp; It didn't tip when we were getting on or off, or even with someone standing up on it!&nbsp; This makes the tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak ideal for paddling with beginners still trying to figure out balance, and for families taking fidgety kids that would easily tip other tandem kayaks.&nbsp;</p> <p>Wondering about the weight of the Yellow Banana?&nbsp; Well, the Lifetime Manta Kayak weighs 60 pounds.&nbsp; Technically, that's still considered "light".&nbsp; Yes, it is <em>possible</em> for one person to carry it for a few feet to get it from the car to the water. But, I'll fess up right now and say there was no way I could even begin to carry it by myself.&nbsp; Even for my husband or brother using the carrying handle on the side, the shape made it awkward for them to carry it any distance by themselves.&nbsp; We always resorted to using the molded in carrying handles in the front and rear and two of us would carry it together.&nbsp; (To be totally honest, since we have a one block walk to the lake, we usually just loaded it on a <a title="about Lifetime wheelbarrows" href="" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a> and rolled it down to the lake to make it even easier!)&nbsp;</p> <p>So, what does all this mean? Well, yes, the <a title="buy a Lifetime Manta Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak </a>is bigger overall and bulkier than a single kayak. (No surprise.)&nbsp; But, if you are wanting a tandem kayak, this is the shortest tandem kayak on the market. And, when it comes to stability, because of its deeper/higher hull, the Lifetime Manta is unmatched.&nbsp; In my next post, I'll share more photos and stories with you of my family really testing the Manta's stability to its limits, as well as a little unknown feature that turned out to be our favorite part of the kayak!<img src="" alt="mantasize4.jpg" width="225" height="300" /><img src="" alt="mantasize3.jpg" width="300" height="225" /></p>Jan09 Sep 2011 9:00:00 AMNew 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">quick video</a> below.</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="" /> </object> </p>Darrin27 Jun 2011 8:00:00 AM The Lifetime Freestyle™ Paddleboard Makes a Splash!<p><img src="" alt="paddleboard.jpg" width="244" height="172" />The fast-growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding is an easy, exciting way to play and explore on water. It offers a great full-body workout and is quickly becoming a favorite for people of all ages. With minimal equipment required, paddleboarding is perfect for ocean surf, lakes, ponds and other flat-water paddling.</p> <p>The new <a title="buy a Lifetime paddleboard" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Freestyle&trade; Paddleboard </a>is surfing to shelves nationwide and making waves in the competitive water sports market with its low price point and beginner-friendly design. Engineered to provide great stability and tracking, the wide hull design offers safe and stable performance in both surf and flat water. Our paddleboard features two adjustable fins that allow the board to easily slice through various water conditions. In addition, the extra-large Ethylene Vinyl Acetone (EVA) foam pads provide increased traction and comfort while standing on the paddleboard.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/imagecache/blog/DataVault.jpg" alt="DataVault.jpg" width="141" height="207" />Built of blow-molded high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the Lifetime Paddleboard is 9&rsquo;8&rdquo; long and has a 250 lb. weight capacity. The durable material is impact resistant, to prevent denting and scratching, and the UV-inhibitors protect against fading or turning brittle in the sunlight.&nbsp;With a lightweight, 40&nbsp;lb. design, the Lifetime Paddleboard is&nbsp;specifically made for convenient transportation and storage. The compact design easily fits on roof racks, truck beds, or in a large closet or garage without taking up much room.</p> <p>Unlike many paddleboards currently on the market, an adjustable stand-up paddle is included with the Lifetime Freestyle&trade; Paddleboard. With a fiberglass shaft and a nylon blade, the paddle is extremely lightweight and offers maximum control and response. Our paddle provides a comfortable, smooth stroke with a powerful blade to direct the board. The paddle has 5 adjustable height settings from 74 to 84 inches long for riders of all sizes.</p> <p><img src="/imagecache/blog/DataVaultCA4LWWI5.jpg" alt="DataVaultCA4LWWI5.jpg" width="231" height="141" />Paddleboarding offers a variety of outdoor adventures from wave riding to leisure flat water paddling. So enjoy your next water excursion with the Lifetime Freestyle&trade; Paddleboard. They are available in two colors - orange and lime green - and you can find them in stores nationwide at Sports Authority and online in the <a title="buy a Lifetime paddleboard" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store</a>.&nbsp; No matter your level of experience, riders all over the world are exploring their favorite waters and enjoying the sport of paddleboarding.</p>Jason24 Jun 2011 11:47:21 AMAnnual Sales Meeting Reveals LOTS of New Products on Horizon<p><img src="" alt="Rich-and-Vince.jpg" width="169" height="225" />It's been almost a week now, but my head is still spinning from all of our excitement last week! We started the week with a <a href="" target="_self">fantastic 25th Anniversary Event at our factory</a>. Then, immediately after the event, the Lifetime Sales and Marketing Team, lead product engineers,&nbsp;and some&nbsp;leaders from other departments&nbsp;held their annual sales meeting.</p> <p>This conference is a chance for&nbsp;a group of us at Lifetime to communicate, review our progress from the past year, and preview what's planned for our products and business in the coming years.&nbsp;We&nbsp;present and discuss&nbsp;new products, new accounts, manufacturing innovations, international growth, marketing, and more.</p> <p>If I had to sum&nbsp;up this years meeting in&nbsp;one word, it would be: WOW! You won't believe the list of new products we&nbsp;are rolling out&nbsp;soon!&nbsp;While many of the products are still under wraps for a little while longer, I can tell you that some new Lifetime products already hitting or soon to hit store shelves include&nbsp;a Lifetime Paddleboard, a Lifetime Tailgate Table, a Lifetime Adirondack Chair, and a Sit-Inside Kayak!</p> <p>During our two-day meeting, we also participated in a few team-building activities. One of the activities this year was some water-fun in our own&nbsp;kayaks, new paddleboards, and new sit-inside kayak.&nbsp;Any person who hadn't&nbsp;had a chance to test&nbsp;the new products, got the opportunity. Those who tried out the new&nbsp;sit-inside kayak&nbsp;were&nbsp;very impressed with the ease of which&nbsp;the kayak can move in the water. The sleek design really lends itself to speed and ease!&nbsp;</p> <p>The paddleboards also received two thumbs up. Most people were a little apprehensive to try them at first thinking they would tip easily or be hard to balance and paddle. But, everyone agreed that once we were on them for a few minutes and found our "sea legs", it was easy to get the hang of them and they really are quite stable.</p> <p>To truly test and compare our different kayak models, we played a game of kayak rugby/football....&nbsp;Ok, maybe a little bit of everyone's&nbsp;competitive nature that played into that decision too.&nbsp;Jan has explained the basic directions of how to play this game in one of her <a title="How to Play Kayal Football" href="" target="_blank">previous blog posts</a>.&nbsp;As she mentions, it really is a great way to improve your paddling and agility skills.</p> <p>This kayak rugby&nbsp;challenge was yellow <a title="buy a Lifetime Daylite kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Daylite </a>vs. blue&nbsp;<a title="buy a Lifetime Calypso kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Calypso</a>, and check it out, it was caught on film by&nbsp;Lifetime President Richard Hendrickson!&nbsp;To put us all on spotlight&nbsp;he&nbsp;used his&nbsp;head camera to capture video from his perspective (as you will see,&nbsp;even though he's president, we don't go too easy on him).&nbsp;I've included just a brief video clip in this post for you to see a glimpse of the fun.&nbsp; We are planning to edit all of video clips together and create an instructional video on our <a title="Lifetime YouTube channel" href="" target="_blank">YouTube channel </a>for how to play Kayak Rugby so we can get even more people excited about this fun activity to do with our products!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Long story short&hellip;stay tuned because we are going to be rolling out lots of new Lifetime products in the next few months and throughout 2012!</p> <p> <object width="425" height="349" data=";hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value=";hl=en_US" /> </object> </p>Katie13 May 2011 12:48:00 PMWin A Tandem Lifetime Kayak for Your Valentine!<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><a title="Winner announcement post" href="" target="_self"><img src="/imagecache/blog/February contest ended.jpg" alt="February contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>This giveaway has ended.&nbsp;</strong></span> Valentine's Day is next Monday and lovebirds everywhere are scrambling to find just the right gift.&nbsp; I'll be the first to admit that most people probably don't think about buying Lifetime products for <a title="about Valentine's Day" href="'s_Day" target="_blank">Valentine's Day</a>.&nbsp; After all, we don't make traditional Valentine gifts like sparkly diamond jewelry, yummy&nbsp;melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, or beautiful long-stemmed roses.&nbsp; And, we only have two or three products that are even red or <a title="Lifetime PINK kids picnic table" href="" target="_blank">pink in color</a>.&nbsp; But, if you think outside the heart-shaped box just a bit, we do have an ideal Valentine gift that's perfect for romantic outdoor enthusiasts&hellip; a kayak built for two (actually three)!&nbsp;</p> <p>Think about it. What better way to bond with your Valentine than to give a gift that the two of you can enjoy together.&nbsp; Sure, depending on where you live, you may have to wait a few months to enjoy it because of the weather.&nbsp; But, once it warms up, you'll love getting to paddle around together enjoying all of the romantic scenery Mother Nature has to offer.</p> <p><img src="/imagecache/blog/manta2.jpg" alt="manta2.jpg" width="225" height="149" />So, this month we are giving away to one lucky random winner a <a title="about Lifetime Manta Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta&trade; Kayak</a>!&nbsp; Designed to seat up to three people, the 10 ft. Lifetime Manta&trade; Kayak is the perfect multi-purpose recreational kayak. It provides comfortable, balanced seating for solo, tandem, or family fun with a 500 lb. capacity. This kayak pretty much has it all with multiple footrest positions for different sized riders, scupper holes to drain the cockpit area, molded front and rear carry handles, ditty trays and shock cord straps to secure loose items, fishing pole holders, and forward cargo areas.&nbsp; And like all Lifetime products, it is UV-protected so it will not fade, crack or peel.&nbsp;</p> <p>We'll be announcing the winner next Monday on Valentine's Day.&nbsp; So, hurry to enter now for your chance to win this unique gift to enjoy with your Valentine!</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">How to enter:<br /></span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "February contest".&nbsp; </li> <li>In the email, tell us if you've ever kayaked before and include your full name.</li> </ul> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">Bonus Entries:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on <a title="Lifetime Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "I just entered to win a tandem kayak for my Valentine from @Lifetime365! <a href=""></a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Monday, February 7, 2011 and will end Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, February 14, 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="" target="_blank">Click here for complete contest rules.)</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan07 Feb 2011 6:00:00 PMBasketball Hoop FAQs During Winter Months<p><img src="" alt="basketball.jpg" width="274" height="198" />Last week, <a title="News article on snow coverage" href="" target="_blank">49 of 50 states in America </a>had snow on the ground in at least some part of the state. Florida was the only state to escape the big snow storms hitting the rest of the country.&nbsp;</p> <p>With cold temperatures upon us, there are many questions that come up about winterizing <a title="Lifetime basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball systems </a>and what steps should be taken to ensure your system is ready for next spring. Here are some FAQs that will hopefully shed some light on questions you may have concerning your basketball hoop.</p> <p><span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Q:</strong>&nbsp; Should I use antifreeze in a Lifetime portable base during the winter months?</span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>A:</strong>&nbsp; No, antifreeze is not necessary. Lifetime bases are made out of high-density polyethylene plastic that is flexible enough to expand with the water when it freezes. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Q:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;What other maintenance is required to weatherize my basketball system? </span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>A:</strong>&nbsp; Lifetime&rsquo;s basketball systems are built specifically to withstand all types of weather. All of our parts are designed to handle both cold and hot temperatures, so there really isn&rsquo;t much maintenance needed to prepare your system for weather changes. However, it is usually a good idea to take down the nylon net when the system is not being used so it does not deteriorate over time. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Q:</strong>&nbsp; What routine maintenance is suggested to get my basketball hoop ready for play again in the spring? </span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>A:</strong>&nbsp; Even though our systems are built to withstand harsh weather conditions, there are a few things we suggest doing in the spring to ensure optimal performance.</span></p> <ol> <li><span style="color: #333399;">Make sure to check the water level in your portable base and fill it to capacity.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;">Check and replace the nylon net if worn or damaged.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;">Though not required, it is usually a good idea to spray lubricant on pivot points </span><span style="color: #333399;">or moving parts for optimal performance.&nbsp; </span></li> </ol> <p><span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Q:</strong>&nbsp; Is it better to use sand or water in my portable base?</span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>A:</strong> Lifetime uses water in our bases to test the performance of the basketball systems. We ensure the systems can handle up to 40 mph winds without tipping over. However, sand is also a good option, and each one has pros and cons. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Sand:</strong> Is about 45% denser than water, making it more difficult to tip the system over. This is good if you slam-dunk a lot, but bad if you regularly move the portable system around. Sand is more expensive and difficult to put in the base, but sand does not evaporate like water.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Water:</strong> Is cheaper and usually takes less effort to obtain. However, water can also evaporate over time, making it necessary to check the water level in a base regularly. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><br /></span></p>Jason19 Jan 2011 9:12:54 AMWinter Picnic Fun Playing Fox and Geese<p><img style="float: left;" src=" picnic 3.jpg" alt="winter picnic 3.jpg" width="225" height="150" />My husband, kids, and I traveled from Texas to my parents' house in Ohio for Christmas.&nbsp; In addition to spending quality time with the cousins and grandparents, the trip was extra special for my kids since it was the first time my daughter was able to see snow (and the first time my son really remembers seeing it)!&nbsp; The trip provided all the magic for our kids that you envision with first-time snow fun including snow angels, sledding, tubing, ice skating, snowball fights, and snowmen.</p> <p>One night, we surprised them with a unique winter treat of roasting hotdogs and s'mores over a campfire&hellip; on the ice!&nbsp; My parents have a large <a title="about wetlands" href="" target="_blank">wetlands</a> area on their farm land perfect for ice skating.&nbsp; So, we invited the cousins and some neighbor kids over for our fun winter evening.&nbsp;&nbsp; We took bales of hay and some folding camping chairs for seating around the fire, but we needed a place to serve and eat the food.&nbsp; So, we simply folded up my parents' <a title="about Lifetime picnic tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime picnic table</a>, loaded it in the back of the pick-up truck, and we were off to picnic in the snow.&nbsp; You don't often think of having a picnic in the snow or ice, but the Lifetime picnic table worked perfectly for this impromptu occasion.<img src="/imagecache/blog/winter picnic 2.jpg" alt="winter picnic 2.jpg" width="150" height="225" /></p> <p>After we roasted our hot dogs, we played a game of Fox and Geese tag.&nbsp; If you live in a snow area, this is a great game to play on ice skates or in the snow that really gets everyone moving!&nbsp; To play, shovel a large circle path in the snow or on the ice.&nbsp; Then, shovel paths across the circle to&nbsp;section the circle into&nbsp;eight pieces, like you would cut a pie.&nbsp; It's basically like playing regular tag:&nbsp; one player is the fox who tries to chase and tag the geese, but the only catch is everyone has to stay on the shoveled paths!&nbsp; The intersection of the paths are safe zones.&nbsp; The more people you have playing, the more fun and crazy it gets trying to maneuver around the paths.&nbsp; For more complete directions and other variations of how to play <a title="how to play Fox and Geese tag" href="" target="_blank">Fox and Geese, click here</a>.</p> <p>Do you have other great outdoor snow games you enjoy playing at winter picnics?&nbsp; If so, leave a comment and share them with our other readers!</p>Jan10 Jan 2011 4:45:00 PMCome and Play at Bear's Backyard!<p>Now Utahns can try out Lifetime&nbsp;products before they buy them.&nbsp;Lifetime has partnered with the Utah Jazz to sponsor an area in&nbsp;the Energy Solutions Arena called Bear&rsquo;s Backyard. Featuring Lifetime <a title="buy a Lifetime playset" href="" target="_blank">playsets</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime Double Shot" href="" target="_blank">Double Shots</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank">picnic tables</a>, <a title="about Lifetime teeter-totters" href="" target="_blank">teeter-totters </a>and more-- Bear&rsquo;s Backyard is&nbsp;the perfect place&nbsp;for the smallest&nbsp;to the tallest Jazz fans to&nbsp;get their wiggles out.</p> <p><img src="" alt="blog-post-bears-backyard-1.gif" width="300" height="200" />For the past few months,&nbsp;the place&nbsp;has been&nbsp;VERY busy! The first few nights it was open, the&nbsp;Double Shot hoops were so popular that the facilities&nbsp;crew&nbsp;had to set up&nbsp;ropes to form lines.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you visit, be sure to check out the&nbsp;fun interactive display that teaches children how Lifetime products are made. With an I-spy wheel full of plastic pellets,&nbsp;a powder-coated xylophone, and&nbsp;a Shatter Proof backboard&nbsp;and hammer to test the strength.&nbsp;Though it took a lot of time for our team to build, I must admit, this was very fun to put together!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="blog-post-bears-backyard.gif" width="300" height="200" />Bear's Backyard is open during other events, too. Weekend games are especially fun because the Jazz Bear makes a special appearance. So next time you get the chance to attend a Utah Jazz game, make sure to check out Bear&rsquo;s Backyard, located on the upper bowl level.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Katie03 Jan 2011 3:27:59 PMBlack Friday Deals - Up to $200 Off Lifetime Products at Backyards Inc.!<img src=' Lifetime Banner Blog.png' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />Black Friday Deals<p>If you're headed out to start your holiday shopping this Friday&nbsp;(Black Friday), be sure to make your first stop at Backyards Inc., the Official Outlet Store for Lifetime Products.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>All six <a title="" href="" target="_blank">Backyards Inc. stores </a>in Utah will be open <strong>9am-3pm the day after Thanksgiving</strong> and will offer some of the biggest deals of the year, including <strong>up to $200 off</strong> select Lifetime products and some <strong>products for less than $15</strong>!&nbsp; Seriously, a table for just $14.99!&nbsp; (Surely one&nbsp; - or even two - people on your list could use a handy Personal Table that adjusts to four different heights...perfect for a child's desk, a microwave stand in a dorm room,&nbsp;a&nbsp;TV tray for dad, a hobby table for grandma, and much more!)</p> <p>Here's a quick list&nbsp;of just a few of the amazing IN-STORE deals you can get during this ONE-DAY&nbsp;SALE with the complete ad below. (In-store prices may vary from online prices.)</p> <p>$200 off - Lifetime <a title="about the Lifetime swingset" href="" target="_blank">10' Swingset&nbsp; </a>(Reg. $599&nbsp; On Sale $399)<br />$150 off&nbsp; -&nbsp; Lifetime <a title="about Portable Basketball Hoops" href="" target="_blank">Portable Basketball Hoop&nbsp; </a>(Reg. $249&nbsp; On Sale&nbsp; $99!)<br />$100 off&nbsp; - Lifetime <a title="about Lifetime Double Shot" href="" target="_blank">Double Shot Basketball Arcade Game </a>(Reg. $299&nbsp; On Sale $199)<br />$74 off - Lifetime <a title="about the Helicopter" href="" target="_blank">Helicopter</a> or <a title="about the Ace Flyer" href="" target="_blank">Ace Flyer </a>Teeter Totter (Reg. $249&nbsp; On Sale $174.99)<br />$30 off - Lifetime <a title="about the kids' kayak" href="" target="_blank">Kid's Kayak with Paddle </a>(Reg. $129&nbsp; On Sale $99.99)<br />$10 off - Lifetime <a title="about the kid's picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Kid's Picnic Table</a> (Reg. $59.99&nbsp; On Sale $49.99)<br />$9 off - Lifetime <a title="about the Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Personal Table </a>(Reg. $23.99&nbsp; On Sale $14.99)</p> <p>In addition, each store location will have varying in-store specials on overstocked products.&nbsp; With deals this good, one stop and you can check everyone off your list!&nbsp; But remember, these deals will only be offered on Friday, November 26, IN-STORE at Backyards Inc.&nbsp; Happy shopping!<img src=" 500.jpg" alt="thanksgiving 500.jpg" width="500" height="455" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan24 Nov 2010 5:00:00 AMHow Many Calories Can You Burn Playing Tetherball?<p><img src=" 2.jpg" alt="tetherball 2.jpg" width="150" height="225" />The other day my family took advantage of the perfect outdoor Fall weather and we spent the morning riding bikes to the local library and school playground. While our kids were busy exploring the <a title="about Lifetime Teetter Totters" href="" target="_blank">teeter-totters</a>, swings, and <a title="about Lifetime playscapes" href="" target="_blank">playscapes</a>, my husband and I happened to notice a few lonely, but well-used, tetherball poles. With just one silent look at each other, we both knew it was "game on".</p> <p>Now, don't ask me what I was thinking&hellip;I'm 5'6" and my husband is 6'4".&nbsp; Obviously, I didn't really stand a chance.&nbsp; But, the competitive side in me had to try.&nbsp; I guess maybe I remember too vividly my elementary school days when I was always the unlucky kid to patiently wait my turn in line, only to have to play against the biggest kid in the class who could wind the ball around the pole in just one punch.&nbsp; No lines here&hellip;&nbsp; and maybe somehow over the years&nbsp; I had magically gained some newfound tetherball skills that would allow me to effortlessly defeat my husband.</p> <p>So, with one swift serve, the battle began.&nbsp; Oh my goodness!&nbsp; We haven't laughed that hard in months!&nbsp; It was hysterical!&nbsp; We were both making these weird, awkward groans and growls while trying to hit the ball as hard as we could that it sounded like a tennis match with <a title="about Maria's grunting" href="" target="_blank">Maria Sharapova</a>.&nbsp; And, we were each laughing so hard at the other person's sounds and techniques that we'd end up missing the ball and laughing even more.&nbsp;&nbsp; By the end of just three games, my husband and I were both huffing and puffing like we'd just&nbsp;sprinted a 5K.&nbsp;</p> <p>I was so amazed at how much of a cardio workout it actually was that I&nbsp;went home and immediately found an <a title="" href=";gr=15&amp;ti=Sports&amp;wt=150&amp;un=lb&amp;kg=68" target="_blank">online exercise calculator</a> to figure out how many calories a person can burn playing tetherball.&nbsp; It turns out that a 150lb person can supposedly burn 136 calories playing 30 minutes of tetherball.&nbsp; (However, I have to wonder if it's not more if you're playing as competitively as we did since the calculator lumped tetherball into a "children's activity" group along with hopscotch and jacks?! )</p> <p>Regardless of calories burned, tetherball is truly a fun way to get outside and enjoy some great family exercise&hellip;and probably even a few good laughs, too!&nbsp; (Seriously, when was the last time <em>you</em> tried to take a swing at a tetherball?&nbsp; It's an entirely new game as an adult!)&nbsp; If you're like me and kind of forget the real rules of tetherball, no worries.&nbsp; Just <a title="Tetherball rules" href="" target="_blank">click here</a>, we've got them all written down for you.&nbsp; And, if you want to make it even easier to relive your elementary school days, Lifetime now makes a <a title="details about a Lifetime tetherball" href="" target="_blank">Portable Tetherball System </a>for your own backyard!&nbsp; It uses a plastic portable base (much like our basketball hoop bases) that fills with sand or water and you simply roll it to your desired location.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Have your own funny tetherball experience you'd like to share from today or elementary school&nbsp; days? Leave a comment below, I'd love to hear!&nbsp;&nbsp; (By the way, I'm happy to say I did hold my own much better than I anticipated, but in the end he beat me three games in a row. So much for magically honing my tetherball skills.&nbsp; Next time&hellip; )</p>Jan01 Nov 2010 9:00:00 AMNew Updates to www.lifetime.com<p>Have you checked out the Lifetime website lately?&nbsp; At Lifetime, we're constantly looking for ways to improve our&nbsp;online experiences&nbsp;for you!&nbsp; Just this week, we updated and added several new pages to <a href=""></a> to help you learn more about Lifetime and its products.&nbsp; So, what's new? Well...</p> <p><a title="Lifetime Tips and Solutions" href="" target="_blank"><strong><img src="" alt="" border="0" />Tips and Solutions</strong><br /></a>Yes, we've always had this page of useful articles, tips, and other&nbsp;ideas that involve our many products, but&nbsp; we recently changed the layout to make it easier to find these great ideas.&nbsp; You'll now find all of the articles on easy-to-view tabs categorized by celebration, inspiration, organization, and recreation.&nbsp; Inside each tab, we added handy thumbnail&nbsp;photos to help you quickly see what the article is about.&nbsp; Plus, all of the timely articles for each current season or holiday are visually highlighted for you with a "featured" label.</p> <p><strong><a title="Lifetime promotions" href="" target="_blank">Promotions</a></strong><br />We know our readers love a good deal.&nbsp; That's why we've added a new promotions page!&nbsp; This page will be updated with links to all of our monthly giveaways, free tools, and more so that our&nbsp;great offers are always just one click away.</p> <p><strong><a title="Lifetime video library" href="" target="_blank">Video Library</a><br /></strong>We actually added this new page a few months ago, but we're filling it daily with new informational product videos.&nbsp; If you're interested in learning more about a specific Lifetime product and want to see more than just a photo or need some how-to advice with the product, be sure to check out our Video Library. Don't see&nbsp;the product video you're looking for?&nbsp; Drop us a&nbsp;line and we'll see what we can do... we're easy to reach on our blog, <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter </a>or via email at <a href=""></a></p> <p>These changes are just the tip-of-the-iceberg of the plans we have in store for <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; Keep checking back because we have more big changes taking place soon.&nbsp; In the meantime, take a peek at our new Tips &amp; Solutions page and let us know what you think!</p>Jan03 Sep 2010 1:16:00 PMHow to Play Kayak Football<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last week, I had the fun opportunity to tag along with the Lifetime marketing and graphic design teams to test the new <a title="buy a Lifetime kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime kayaks</a>&nbsp;on Willard Bay, a lake just north of the <a title="about Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime headquarters</a> in Utah.&nbsp; I've kayaked before, but this was my first time trying out the Lifetime kayaks.&nbsp; We were using the <a title="abou the Calypso" href="" target="_blank">Calypso</a> and <a title="about the Daylite" href="" target="_blank">Daylite</a> models, which are identical 8' molds with the exception of the type of backrest and color.&nbsp; Personally, I preferred the Daylite model because the backrest felt more comfortable to me since it came up a bit higher.&nbsp; And, the feature of being able to store valuables inside the backrest is pretty handy, too.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>As we've mentioned <a title="Family Fun with Kayaks blog post" href="" target="_blank">before</a>, Lifetime kayaks are designed specifically for beginners and are, consequently,&nbsp;extremely stable.&nbsp; In fact, they are so stable that even when the photographer's dog would jump on a kayak, it didn't even begin to tip.&nbsp; Likewise, most of us could easily stand up on the kayaks for an impromptu balance contest without a problem. And, as you can see by the photo, our designer Clint even managed to do a flawless handstand on the kayak!&nbsp; (I can't even do a handstand on the flat, unmoving ground so I didn&rsquo;t even attempt that trick!)&nbsp; Since it was an almost 100 degree day, we&nbsp;soon turned our outing into an all-out tipping war&hellip;and it definitely took a lot of effort and every ounce of strength we could muster to actually tip someone over in the Lifetime kayaks.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>After we had everyone sufficiently wet from tipping each other, we tested our paddling agility skills and played a game of "kayak football".&nbsp; If you and your friends own several kayaks, this is a super fun game that gives you a great workout and also helps improve your paddling skills.&nbsp; Here are the basic rules&hellip; at least the ones we used.</p> <p><strong>Equipment needed:<br /></strong>Kayaks and paddles<br />Lifejackets<br />1 Floating ball (we used a toy plastic kick-ball)<br />2 "goals" (we used buoys that were marking the beach zone)</p> <p><strong>How to play:<br /></strong>Divide into even teams.<br />Teams line-up against each other like in football and try to get the ball to their own end-zone to score.<br />If you have the ball <em>IN</em> your kayak, you&nbsp;are <em>NOT&nbsp;</em>allowed to&nbsp;paddle.&nbsp; <br />You must move the ball down the "field" by throwing it to another teammate OR skimming it along the water with your paddle.<br />10 second rule - you cannot sit with the ball in your kayak for more than 10 seconds or the other team gains possession of the ball.<br />To score, the ball must touch the goal. <br />Set a point limit and first team to reach it, wins.&nbsp; (We were going to play to 10 but only made it to 5 before we were all exhausted!)</p> <p>Pretty easy rules, but if there is an interception - watch out - it turns into a mad frenzy of waves and paddles! So, the next time you're looking for a new adventure with kayaks, try playing some kayak football... and see let us know how it goes.<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan25 Aug 2010 2:20:00 PMNew Basketball Height Adjustment Mechanisms<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="120" height="207" /></a>Since our beginning in 1986,<a title="Learn more about Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank"> Lifetime</a> has revolutionized the sporting goods industry by inventing the first basketball system that could be adjusted in seconds. Today, Lifetime is the world leading manufacturer of residential basketball systems and continues to bring new, innovative products to the market.</p> <p>We are excited to tell you about two new height adjustment mechanisms for our <a title="Lifetime Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball systems.</a> The first is the <a title="Front Ajust Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">Front Adjust&reg;.</a> As its name suggests, this adjustment mechanism allows you to adjust the height of your basketball pole from the front of the basketball system, instead of from behind. With this convenient new location, there is no need to walk around to the back of the system, and it is easier for people of all ages and heights to adjust their basketball hoop. It has a two-handed grip that easily allows you to adjust your rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="107" height="188" /></a>The other adjustment mechanism is the <a title="Pump Ajust Basketball Systme" href="" target="_blank">Pump Adjust</a>&reg;. This height adjustment was specifically engineered to give you the easiest, most precise, adjustment on the market. It has no trigger to pull or handle to squeeze, and easily adjusts in seconds with just one hand. Simply grab the handle and move it up or down to the desired height and it automatically holds in place. It also has infinite height increments from 7.5 to 10 feet. This instant and effortless adjustment action allows players of any age or skill to enjoy the game.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>These new Lifetime basketball systems are&nbsp;available through&nbsp;The Sports Authority,&nbsp;and&nbsp;are coming soon in the&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Jason23 Aug 2010 5:11:00 PMFamily Fun with the Kayaks!<p><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>I had a family reunion a couple weeks ago. This is not your typical family reunion with cousins you&rsquo;ve never met, let alone seen, before. My extended family is very close-knit and (I hope it&rsquo;s safe to say) we all look forward to the DFR (aka Dixon Family Reunion) every year, truly. My dad and his two siblings take turns planning it each year. This year was my Uncle Brent&rsquo;s turn, so we went to Pineview Dam near Huntsville, Utah. I have about 20 cousins in the age range of 28-35. They all have spouses and, on average, 4 kids each; so our family is pushing close to 60 people. The kids range from brand new babies to 16 years old.</p> <p>As you know, Lifetime acquired the kayak company, Dragonfly Innovation, back in February. I bought two of the blue&nbsp;Calypso kayaks and decided I&rsquo;d take them up to the lake and see what kind of reaction they got. Let&rsquo;s just say, there wasn&rsquo;t a moment where someone wasn&rsquo;t on them. I had to reserve a turn with one so I could try it out myself! Needless to say, they were a hit. The best part about them is they don&rsquo;t tip very easily, unless you use them like my 16-year old brother and cousin who kept rocking and tipping each other over for the thrill of doing it. These kayaks were invented not only with beginners in mind, but <em>for</em> beginners. Kayaks are a great water sport because they don&rsquo;t require a boat to pull it, like a tube but you can maneuver yourself, unlike a regular floatation device that just floats on the water.</p> <p>If you are looking for a fun family sport that&rsquo;s inexpensive and brings everyone together&mdash;kayaking is the way to go!</p>Tonnie 18 Aug 2010 12:34:00 PMYOU Picked Tetherball and WE Picked….<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>This month, we asked YOU on&nbsp;our blog and <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> to tell us what to giveaway&hellip; either a <a title="Buy a Lifetime Soccer Goal" href="" target="_blank">Portable Adjustable Height Soccer Goal</a> or a <a title="Buy a Lifetime Tetherball System" href="" target="_blank">Portable Tetherball System</a>.&nbsp; After a close vote, YOU picked Tetherball and WE randomly picked&nbsp;<strong>Kristen M. of Glendive,&nbsp;MT</strong>&nbsp;as the lucky winner using <a href="" target="_blank"></a>!</p> <p>We hope, Kristen and her family will enjoy taking some swings on the Lifetime Portable Tetherball System as summer unwinds and we head into cooler temperatures.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered and made this one of our most popular giveaways so far.&nbsp; Since it's back-to-school season and tetherball seems to bring back fun childhood school memories for so many of you, we are offering a $20 discount off the Lifetime Portable Tetherball System in the <a title="Tetherball in the Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a> now through August 31!&nbsp; Simply use code <strong>20Tether</strong> when you checkout.</p> <p>Don't forget to keep reading our blog and following us on <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a title="Lifetime Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, because we'll offer another giveaway next month.&nbsp; We're already working on the details and it looks like this one is going to be BIG!</p>admin16 Aug 2010 4:45:00 PMNew Kayaks Are Making a Big Splash<p><img style="border: 0;" src="" alt="" width="300" height="200" align="right" border="0" /> We are pleased to announce the latest addition to the <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>--(drum roll. Splash!) Kayaks! Lifetime Products is&nbsp;now offering the <a href="" target="_blank">Calypso&nbsp;kayak</a> at an amazing affordable price to fit&nbsp;your active lifestyle and your&nbsp;budget. This 8 ft kayak&nbsp;can accommodate&nbsp;one adult&nbsp;with&nbsp;a spot&nbsp;for&nbsp;one child in the&nbsp;front as well. This is the perfect beginner's kayak because it is designed for stability, not speed. Perfect&nbsp;for paddling around on lakes and ponds.</p> <p>The Lifetime <a href="" target="_blank">Calypso</a>&nbsp;kayak is&nbsp;a one-piece construction of high-density polyethylene plastic--smooth contours with no protruding hardware.&nbsp;This is&nbsp;a durable, lightweight water craft that you can just toss into the back of your vehicle and head for the water. You'll especially appreciate all the handy built-in&nbsp;features like multiple footrest positions, ditty trays, a fishing pole holder,&nbsp;mast receiver, paddle cradle, and cut-out side-carry handle&nbsp;as well as a&nbsp;towing handle that can be attached to front or rear of the kayak. Great for fishing, surfing,&nbsp;or sailing. Personally, I can't think of a more enjoyable way to wile away the hours. Give&nbsp;this kayak&nbsp;a try and&nbsp;I think you'll&nbsp;agree. <img src="" alt="" align="right" border="0" /></p> <p>Like all Lifetime&nbsp;products,&nbsp;this Lifetime Calypso <a href="" target="_blank">kayak</a> is designed for the way you live;&nbsp;handy innovative features that make it durable, easy to use, and lots of fun.&nbsp;Check out&nbsp;our online catalog at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more exciting kayak models including&nbsp;youth kayaks and the Sport Fisher kayak.&nbsp; We're sure you're going to be just as excited about&nbsp;our&nbsp;new kayaks as we are!</p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my articles. Order the 90109 Lifetime Calypso Kayak from&nbsp;the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>&nbsp;and enter the following code reference to receive a $30 discount. The code is Calypso30 and will be valid on in the Lifetime Online Store from 08/13/2010 to 08/20/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and innovative products from Lifetime.</p>Charlys13 Aug 2010 10:00:00 AMWin a Lifetime Portable Tetherball System!<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>The verdict is in!&nbsp; The past few days our blog readers and Facebook fans have been sharing their preferences for which product we should give away in August to usher in the last official month of summer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We limited your choice to either the<a title="buy a Lifetime Tetherball System" href="" target="_blank"> Lifetime Portable Tetherball System</a> or the <a title="buy a Lifetime Soccer Goal" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Adjustable Height Soccer Goal</a>. The comments have been tallied and the vote was really close!&nbsp; But, this month, you've decided one lucky winner will receive&hellip;. a <a title="buy a Lifetime Tetherball System" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Tetherball System</a>!&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> <p>Thanks to everyone who shared their comment.&nbsp; Now, it's time for all of you to enter to win!&nbsp; As usual, to enter the giveaway, we're keeping it pretty simple.</p> <h3>How to enter:</h3> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "August contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> </ol> <h3>Bonus Entries:</h3> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="" target="_blank"></a> and retweet to your friends "I hope I win this Portable Tetherball System from @Lifetime365!&nbsp; <a href=""></a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Monday, August 9 and will end Saturday, August 14 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, August 16.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="official contest rules" href="" target="_blank">Click here for complete contest rules</a>.)</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan09 Aug 2010 8:00:00 AMTetherball or Soccer Goal? Tell Us What to Giveaway!<p>Summer is winding done and with the cooler temps on their way, it's the perfect time for kids to head outside for some fun activities.&nbsp; So, for this month's giveaway, we want to offer a product that's sure to be an outdoor hit and one the whole family can get a kick out of.&nbsp; Hee, hee.&nbsp; (Sorry about the pun.)</p> <p>The problem is, I'm tossing around two great ideas for product giveaways and I just can't decide which one to serve to you.&nbsp; (Yep, more puns).&nbsp; So, YOU get to help me decide!&nbsp; Would you rather we give away a <a title="buy a Lifetime Tetherball System" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Tetherball System</a> OR a Lifetime <a title="Buy a Lifetime Soccer Goal" href="" target="_blank">Adjustable Height Portable Soccer Goal</a>?<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>The <a title="about Lifetime tetherball" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Tetherball System</a> brings the childhood schoolyard game home to your backyard.&nbsp; The system is designed with a convenient portable base, similar to our portable basketball systems.&nbsp; Just fill the base with sand or water and you're ready to start taking a swing!</p> <p>The new <a title="About Lifetime soccer goals" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Adjustable Height Portable Soccer Goal</a> has an innovative telescoping&nbsp; feature which allows you to adjust the height of the goal from 4ft to 5 ft to 6ft and adjust the width accordingly. Hinged steel poles use locking pins to set in place and provide stability for the goal during play. After the game simply fold the poles in half for easy transportation. And, it only takes one adult and a couple of minutes to erect this adjustable height portable soccer goal. No assembly or tools required.&nbsp; <a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>Visit our <a title="" href="" target="_blank">website</a> or <a title="" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a> to learn more details about these two products.&nbsp; Then, tell us which one YOU want us to giveaway!&nbsp; Simply leave a comment on the bottom of this blog or leave a message on <a title="" href="" target="_blank">our Facebook page</a> letting us know your pick. (Only one comment per person, please)&nbsp;&nbsp; Whichever product has the most&nbsp;comments by Sunday, August 8 at midnight is the one we'll give away!</p> <p>Can't wait to hear which one YOU want...</p>Jan06 Aug 2010 12:00:00 PMTips for the World's Longest Yard Sale and National Garage Sale Day<p><a title="garage sale video" href="" target="_blank"><img title="garage sale video" src=" sale video.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p>If you're a yard sale/garage sale/flea market enthusiast, this is probably your favorite month of the year.&nbsp; After all, the <a title="about the World's Longest Yard Sale" href="" target="_blank">World's Longest Yard Sale</a> is August 5-8 and just a few days later on August 14 you can celebrate National Garage Sale Day!&nbsp; (Yes, you read that right.&nbsp; There is actually an official World's Longest Yard Sale!&nbsp; Over 675 miles of sales stretching from Michigan to&nbsp;Alabama along US Highway 127.)&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're thinking about participating in one of these events, or just hosting your own sale sometime soon, here's a quick video for you to watch with some on how to turn your clutter into cash.&nbsp; Also, be sure to check out the articles from Lifetime's Tips &amp; Solutions page on our website for some helpful garage sale/yard sale pointers.&nbsp; You'll find information about how to best display your items, organization, printable price tags, signage, and more.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="World's Longest Yard Sale Tips" href="" target="_blank">World's Longest Yard Sale Tips</a></p> <p><a title="Garage Sale secrets" href="" target="_blank">Secrets to Success When Selling Your Old Treasures</a></p> <p>And, I've also published two blog posts previously about my own garage sale experiences&nbsp;that might come in handy, too:<br /><a title="Tables are a Garage Sale Must blog post" href="" target="_blank">Tables Are A Garage Sale Must</a></p> <p><a title="Make a Garage Sale Banner blog post" href="" target="_blank">How to Make a Waterproof Banner in Minutes</a></p> <p>Finally, in honor of the World's Longest Yard Sale and National Garage Day and to help you organize your own sale, we are once again offering $<strong>10 off a purchase</strong> of a <a title="buy a Lifetime 6' adjustable height table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 6' Adjustable Height Table</a> or <a title="buy a Lifetime 6' fold-in-half table" href="" target="_blank">6' Fold-in-Half Table</a> in the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.&nbsp; Simply enter code <strong>WLYS09</strong> when you checkout.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Happy selling!</p>Jan02 Aug 2010 12:23:00 PMHere A Table, There A Table, Everywhere A Lifetime Table!<p><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" 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="" 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=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>As soon as we walked into the facilities, I was greeted by <a title="buy a Lifetime banquet table" href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Mickey and the Motorcars</a></em>, <em><a title="about Charlie Robinson" href="" target="_blank">Charlie Robinson</a></em>, and, <em><a title="about Reckless Kelly" href="" 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="" target="_blank">our Facebook page</a>, we&rsquo;d love to see them!<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p>Jan16 Jul 2010 9:29:00 AMGood Things Utah features Lifetime Products<img src=' Lifetime Banner Blog.png' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />Good Things Utah<p><a title="Watch video part 1" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" border="0" /></a>Backyards Inc., <a title="Backyards Inc" href="" target="_blank">The Official Outlet Store for Lifetime Products</a>,&nbsp;recently supported a very deserving family on <em>Good Things Utah</em>, by&nbsp;donating some Utah-made products from Lifetime Products!&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Good Things Utah's</em> viewers nominated the "Makeover My Backyard"&nbsp;winner, The DeYoung family from West Valley City, in Utah.&nbsp;They&nbsp;have endured some rough life challenges, including the mother Emily being&nbsp;diagnosed with Lupas and a glass-littered lawn from the previous owners.&nbsp;Backyards Inc. was a part of a team of Utah companies that came together to re-vamp their backyard in a matter of weeks.The&nbsp;donations included a new lawn, sprinklers, curbing, and a handful of cool products&nbsp;sold at Backyards Inc. including a&nbsp;<a title="buy a Lifetime playset" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Playset</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime shet" href="" target="_blank">Lifeitme Shed</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 8' Picnic Table</a>,&nbsp;and a <a title="buy a Lifetime basketball hoop" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Hoop</a>. The Lifetime Playset was definitely a hit with the kids...and reporters!&nbsp; Check out the videos on <em>Good Things Utah's</em> website and congrats again&nbsp;to the DeYoung family!&nbsp;<a title="Watch the Backyard Reveal" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" border="0" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>admin13 Jul 2010 10:00:00 AMHow to Host A Road Rally Scavenger Hunt<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Looking for a fun summer party idea for adults?&nbsp; Try hosting a Road Rally Scavenger Hunt!&nbsp; I've participated in three different Road Rallies and they are a blast.&nbsp; So much fun! It's a great way to explore some new sights in your hometown and feel like a kid again.&nbsp;So, what is a Road Rally Scavenger Hunt?&nbsp; Well, it's a little bit like the reality TV show "<em><a title="amazing race" href="" target="_blank">Amazing Race".</a></em>&nbsp; Teams drive around in cars following clues, complete tasks and challenges, and try to be the first to team to the finish line.&nbsp; Depending on how creative the race coordinator is and how competitive your team is, the more fun you will have.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Be sure to always go over the race rules with all participants before you begin&hellip;of which the most important one should be to drive safe and obey all traffic laws!&nbsp; Each team is given an envelope with a clue to start the race.&nbsp; You have to figure out where that clue is sending you to find your next clue.&nbsp; Sometimes the clue is direct and tells you to go to a specific place, other times the clue is vague or filled with riddles you must decipher.&nbsp; When you finally find the clue spot, there is either another envelope with your next clue, or a person waiting for you that assigns you a task to complete and then hands you your next clue.&nbsp;</p> <p>A sampling of some of the tasks we've had to complete in our Road Rallies over the years include:<br />&bull;&nbsp;bowl a strike at a bowling alley<br />&bull;&nbsp;find a specific page in a specific book at a library (and go to the actual place being described on that page for your next clue)<br />&bull;&nbsp;hike a trail in a Japanese Tea Garden and find a missing person with a clue<br />&bull;&nbsp;drive a golf cart blindfolded through an obstacle course with your partner giving directions<br />&bull;&nbsp;make a hole-in-one at a miniature golf course<br />&bull;&nbsp;shoot a bulls-eye with a paintball gun<br />&bull; push a teammate in a <a title="buy a Lifetime wheelbarrow" href="">wheelbarrow</a> around an obstacle course<br />&bull;&nbsp;ride a child's tricycle around a track without spilling a drink<br />&bull;&nbsp;look at a wall of wood blocks with various symbols then run back to another spot and turn over those same symbols on a similar board of wood blocks<br />&bull;&nbsp;go to a restaurant, order fries, and sing a karaoke song<br />&bull;&nbsp;take a picture of your team in front of specific local landmarks like a statues, a store, with a policeman, etc.<br />&bull;&nbsp;answer a sheet of trivia questions<br />&bull;&nbsp;buy a certain item in a store (like a dessert for the dinner after the Road Rally)<br />&bull;&nbsp;find a headstone with a specific name in a graveyard and write down the birth date<br />&bull;&nbsp;take a picture in front a specific road sign</p> <p>Usually, you can also earn bonus time by completing non-mandatory tasks.&nbsp; The dilemma for the team is to decide if the task will take more time to complete than the bonus time it will earn.&nbsp; To make it even more entertaining, you can also require teams to wear costumes and award a best costume prize.&nbsp; (Plus, it can be a little helpful to wear costumes so people know why grown adults are running wildly through public places!)</p> <p>Typically, the Road Rallies end at a restaurant or group picnic. The last Road Rally I participated in was with my husband's squadron. After a fun day of racing all over the San Antonio area, we ended up at the host's house where she had several <a title="Buy a Lifetime table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime banquet tables</a> set up in her backyard for a traditional Texas BBQ.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Depending on the tasks and distance you have to drive, Road Rallies can vary widely in length.&nbsp; We've participated in one that was only two hours, and one that was eight hours of non-stop fun!&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're interested in a hosting a Road Rally, here's a helpful site I found that gives you some more ideas.<br /><a href=""></a></p> <p>And, if you think a Road Rally sounds like fun but way too much work (which I will warn you, they do involve a LOT of planning), there are actually companies&nbsp;who will do the planning for you! Simply search "host a road rally scavenger hunt" online.&nbsp; Have fun, drive safe, and may the best team win!&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan10 Jul 2010 10:00:00 AMWant a Recipe for Summertime Fun? Just Add Water.<p><img style="float: right; border: 0;" src="" alt="" width="300" height="200" align="right" border="0" />&nbsp;At Lifetime Products we've&nbsp;added a refreshing spin on the game of&nbsp;Basketball with the <a title="poolside hoop" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Poolside Hoop</a>.&nbsp;Round up friends and family for&nbsp;some friendly&nbsp;competition in a cool pool on a hot day. This Lifetime Portable Poolside Hoop is designed with a&nbsp; telescoping 44 in. acrylic fusion backboard with fade-resistant graphics and superior rebounding performance. Full-sized basketball included!&nbsp;</p> <p>You'll appreciate the portable roller base&nbsp;design which&nbsp;allows you the option of relocating the system.&nbsp;Simply tip &amp; roll to the desired location by your pool, then fill the base with sand or water to provide the needed stability. You can easily change the location of the game from one end of the pool to the other&mdash;the shallow end&nbsp;for the kids or the deep end&nbsp;for the adults. Customize your game with the unique&nbsp;telescoping height feature which&nbsp;raises or lowers the backboard. Choose from six different height&nbsp;settings between 4 &ndash; 6.5 accommodate all ages and sizes. <img style="float: right; border: 0;" src="" alt="" width="300" height="200" align="left" border="0" /></p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my articles. Order the 1306 <a title="poolside hoop" href="" target="_blank">Poolside Hoop</a> from and enter the following code reference to receive a&nbsp;$20 discount! The code is Pool20Off, and will be valid on from&nbsp;07/05/2010 to 07/19/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and&nbsp;innovative products from Lifetime Products.</p>Charlys05 Jul 2010 10:00:00 AMWork, Play, and Rest with the Lifetime Tent Trailer<p><img src="" alt="" align="right" border="0" />Whether you need a utility trailer for hauling, a transportation trailer for your ATV, kayaks, and bicycles, or a&nbsp;comfortable, <a title="Lifetime tent trailer" href="" target="_blank">heavy-duty&nbsp;tent</a>&nbsp;to take to your favorite&nbsp;camping destination,&nbsp;the Lifetime Tent Trailer will meet your needs. Where else can you get all this in just one&nbsp;package that is small enough to be towed by a compact SUV?</p> <p><a title="Lifetime tent trailer" href="" target="_blank">The Lifetime Tent Trailer</a> is designed with a&nbsp;fold-out tent insert which is constructed around a steel frame and fits into a convenient storage bag. The&nbsp;entire tent&nbsp;insert easily slides in and out of the trailer bed.&nbsp; For utility mode, just slide out&nbsp;and raise two&nbsp;side gates to utilize 105 cubic feet of cargo space for hauling jobs. If you want to take some recreational toys along on your next camping adventure, replace tent&nbsp;insert and fold side gates&nbsp;down on top of it to create a loading platform for your gear, providing all-in-one convenient transportation&nbsp;for everything you need&nbsp;to enjoy&nbsp;your getaway. <img src="" alt="" align="right" border="0" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="" align="right" border="0" />The <a title="Lifetime tent trailer" href="" target="_blank">fold-out tent</a> takes&nbsp;about 8 minutes&nbsp;to set up and is designed with&nbsp;steel leg braces under each wing to ensure stability. Spacious interior with lots of&nbsp;windows and a&nbsp; full-length skylight&nbsp;provides ultimate ventilation and a 360 degree view. Two&nbsp;extra long full-size&nbsp;beds with&nbsp;built-in&nbsp;privacy curtains provide comfortable sleeping accommodations.&nbsp;&nbsp;You'll also&nbsp;appreciate all of&nbsp;the integrated wall pockets which provide handy storage for flashlights, bug spray, and suntan lotion. Just another great innovative&nbsp;product from Lifetime that has been designed for the way you live!</p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my articles. Order the&nbsp;65043 <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Tent Trailer</a>&nbsp;from and enter the following code reference to receive a&nbsp;$500 discount! The code is 500LTT, and will be valid on from&nbsp;06/30/2010 to 07/14/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and innovative products from Lifetime.</p>Charlys30 Jun 2010 1:37:00 PMAnd the Winner of the Picnic Table Is….<p><a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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="" 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="">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="" 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 AMThe Amazing All-In-One Sports Table<p><img src="" alt="" align="right" border="0" />If you're looking for a durable but lightweight table to take to outdoor events, check out the handy&nbsp;all-in-one Sports Table. This&nbsp;compact table is 42 x 26 inches and comes with two&nbsp;detached benches&nbsp;which&nbsp;accommodate up to four people.&nbsp;The Sports Table&nbsp;is&nbsp;not only perfect to take&nbsp;along to&nbsp;tailgating parties at sports events, but to&nbsp;picnics in the park,&nbsp;to the beach,&nbsp;and&nbsp;camping getaways as well.</p> <p>You'll especially appreciate&nbsp;its functional design and quality construction. The high-density plastic tabletop is stain resistant, scratch resistant, and easy to clean.&nbsp;&nbsp;For easy transportation and convenient storage, just&nbsp;snap the benches&nbsp;into built-in clips&nbsp;underneath the table. If you like to get out and go, this durable, low-maintenance table will provide you with seating or dining accommodations at any event that takes you into the great outdoors.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" alt="" align="left" border="0" /></a>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my blogs. Order the&nbsp;2401 Sports Table&nbsp;from and enter the following code reference to receive a $10 discount! The code is 10offspt, and will be valid on from&nbsp;06/23/2010 to 07/07/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and exciting products from Lifetime!</p> <p>And don't forget about our <a title="June Contest" href="" target="_blank">June contest</a> going on now where we are giving away a picnic table!</p>Charlys23 Jun 2010 10:00:00 AMIts Summer - Time to Eat Outside!!<p class="MsoNormal"><a href=""><img src="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>!! </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><a href=""><img src="" 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 AMBackboard Materials<p>There are many different types of backboard materials to choose from. Sometimes all of the options can be a bit overwhelming. Here is a quick run-down of the different backboards available when you purchase a <a title="Lifetime Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a> from <a title="Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>. Keep in mind, all graphics on Lifetime&rsquo;s backboards are screen-printed with UV-protected inks for superior color and protection against fading, peeling, or scratching.</p> <p><strong><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="150" height="108" /></a>Impact Backboard</strong></p> <p>The Impact Backboard is molded of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), making it virtually unbreakable. Many of Lifetime&rsquo;s beginner <a title="Portable Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">portable systems</a> will have an Impact Backboard.&nbsp;Impact backboards are perfect for someone just starting out and needing a beginners basketball system.</p> <p><br /><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="133" height="92" /></a>Acrylic Fusion</strong></p> <p>The Acrylic Fusion Backboard integrates an acrylic playing surface with an unbreakable polyethylene frame for a durable, pro-glass look. The Acrylic Fusion board is a usually on beginner/intermediate basketball systems.</p> <p><br /><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="155" height="111" /></a>Shatter-Proof Fusion</strong></p> <p>Shatter-Proof backboards are made with Makrolon polycarbonate, making them virtually unbreakable and many times stronger than acrylic. The superior impact strength of Makrolon polycarbonate provides enough protection to withstand tough abuse and gives the backboard a durable, pro-glass look. Most intermediate/Advanced portable and in-ground basketball systems will have a Shatter-Proof Fusion Backboard.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="156" height="103" /></a>Steel-Framed Tempered Glass</strong></p> <p>The steel-framed Tempered Glass backboard is the ultimate professional-play backboard material. Tempered glass is the premium playing surface and gives you the look and play of the professional game. The sturdy steel Y-extension arms provide superior rebound and play, and the heavy-duty steel frame gives added rigidity to the backboard. Most high-end, advanced <a title="In-Ground Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">in-ground basketball systems</a> will have a Tempered Glass Backboard.</p> <p>&nbsp;<br />Although these are the basic materials used for the backboards on Lifetime basketball systems, there are still many options to choose from. Some backboards come with a weather-resistant steel frame or a frame pad that adds rigidity to the backboard and improves rebound. Click <a title="How to Select a Basketball System" href="" target="_blank">here</a> for extra tips on how to pick out the right residential basketball system for you. Good Luck!!</p>Shalane15 Jun 2010 9:29:00 AMGreat 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="" 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="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank"></a><a href=""><strong><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></strong></a><br /><strong><a title="Black Personal Table" href="" 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="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a><a title="Lifetime Poolside hoop" href="" 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="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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="" target="_blank"></a> for details of how to enter!</span></p>Jan09 Jun 2010 12:00:00 PMClimb On and Hold Tight - Kids are in for a Bumpy Ride with the Ace Flyer Teeter Totter<p><img src="" align="right" alt="Ace Flyer" border="0" />Now you can bring home the fun with an outdoor toy just like the awesome ones you see in public parks and playgrounds. Your kids will be delighted with this <a target="_blank" href="">Lifetime Ace Flyer Teeter Totter</a>. Painted in bright primary colors with a spinning wheel, a whirling propeller, and an interactive dashboard. This deluxe teeter totter is designed with up and down, side-to-side, rocking action. A great way for kids to get all of their wiggles out!</p> <p>This <a target="_blank" href="">heavy-duty teeter totter</a> is 8 ft long, 8 ft wide, and accommodates up to 7 kids on board at once. Adjustable height feature allows you to adjust it to just the right height for your little ones. It is constructed of powder-coated steel and UV-protected polyethylene plastic to reduce heat retention, resist rusting, and prevent discoloration. Kids can play comfortably and safely. No worries about the splinters or rough edges of a wooden playset.</p> <p>If you want to get your kids something unique for their backyard playground, the Lifetime Ace Flyer teeter totter may be just what you&#39;re looking for. THE TEETER TOTTER HAS NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD!</p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my articles. Order the&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="">Lifetime&nbsp;Ace Flyer Teeter Totter</a>&nbsp;from and enter the following code reference to receive a $30 discount! The code is 30Flyer, and will be valid on from 05/19/2010 to 06/02/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and exciting products from Lifetime!</p>Charlys19 May 2010 12:00:00 PMEnjoy the Game at YOUR Level!<p>In 1986, Lifetime Products introduced and patented the first complete <a title="Adjustable Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a> that could be adjusted in just seconds. Over the years, Lifetime has revolutionized the <a title="LIfetime Basketball" href="" target="_blank">basketball </a>industry and has literally changed the game to fit everyone&rsquo;s level.</p> <p>As I&rsquo;m sure many of you are aware, there is a wide variety of height adjustment mechanisms available, and sometimes it can be overwhelming knowing the differences between them all! Here is a list of some of Lifetime&rsquo;s main height adjustments to help you choose what might work best for you.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="211" height="153" /></a>Telescoping Height Adjustment</strong></p> <p>The telescoping height adjustment allows you to raise and lower the basketball hoop without the use of any tools. You can easily adjust the rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet, in 6-inch increments.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="132" height="159" /></a>Quick Adjust&reg;</strong></p> <p>The Quick Adjust&reg; is the original broomstick height adjustment mechanism. It allows you to raise or lower the rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet using a broomstick.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="162" height="118" /></a>Speed Shift&reg;</strong><br />The Speed Shift&reg; height adjustment easily adjusts from 8 to 10 feet with just one hand. It adjusts in 6-inch increments, and has counter-balance springs that do most of the work for you!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="171" height="120" /></a>Action Grip&reg;</strong><br />The&nbsp; Action Grip&reg;&nbsp; adjustment also adjusts with just one hand. You can easily adjust the rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet in 6-inch increments, bringing the game to your level.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="181" height="138" /></a>Power Lift&reg;</strong><br />The Power Lift&reg; offers instant and effortless height adjustment from 7.5 to 10 feet in <strong>infinite increments</strong>! The precision height adjustment adjusts in seconds with just one hand, allowing players of any age or skill level to enjoy the game.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All of Lifetime&rsquo;s basketball systems adjust in height and all of the adjustment mechanisms pictured above can be found on both <a title="Lifetime Portable Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">portable&nbsp;basketball hoops</a>&nbsp;and <a title="Lifetime In-Ground Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">in-ground&nbsp;basketball hoops</a>. Typically, the telescoping and quick adjust mechanisms are found on systems geared more toward beginner, Speed Shift and Action Grip are for intermediate, and the Power Lift systems give you the feel and look of a pro game.</p>Shalane12 May 2010 3:57:00 PMLifetime Acquires Kayak Company<p><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>We've been pretty busy at Lifetime this week and can finally tell you what all the commotion is about.&nbsp; Lifetime is expanding into another new sporting goods industry&hellip;water sports!&nbsp; Fun, huh?&nbsp; Just this week, Lifetime acquired the assets of San Bernardino, CA-based Dragonfly Innovation, Corp. and its kayak products.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It's a move that just makes good sense for Lifetime.&nbsp; Kayaks you say?&nbsp; Yep, that's right. It's a great way to complement our other sporting goods lineup, which already includes <a title="Lifetime basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball systems</a>, <a title="Lifetime soccer goals blog post" href="" target="_blank">soccer goals</a>, and a <a title="Lifetime tetherball" href="" target="_blank">tetherball set</a>.&nbsp; And, the kayaks work well with our <a title="Lifetime plastics" href="" target="_blank">plastics manufacturing expertise</a>, since they are a blow-molded product.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Lifetime will manufacture the blow-molded kayaks in its <a title="about Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">Utah facility</a>, which means the creation of more manufacturing jobs!&nbsp;&nbsp; Plus, with Lifetime manufacturing kayaks, it's good news for consumers, too.&nbsp; Just as Lifetime transformed the basketball industry with the first complete basketball system packaged in one box, we plan to bring innovation to the packaging of bulky kayaks to make them more widely available for easy mass distribution and retail.&nbsp; Right now you can find Dragonfly kayaks nationally at, Dicks Sporting Goods, Sports Authority and Fred Meyer. But, we'll soon have them available in <a title="" href=";fromflash=true" target="_blank">Lifetime's Online Store</a> and other retailers. <a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>As with all products manufactured by Lifetime, the kayaks feature innovative and quality construction at some of the most affordable price points in the industry.&nbsp; Dragonfly kayaks cater to beginners in kayaking and are uniquely designed to prevent tipping. They are available in a variety of sizes and designs, including both youth&nbsp; and adult sizes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>We'll keep you updated on this exciting new product venture as more news splashes our way!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>admin05 May 2010 1:06:00 PMLifetime Unveils New Adjustable Soccer Goal!<p><a href=""><img border="0" width="251" src="" height="184" alt="" /></a>With summer fast approaching, the Lifetime Soccer Goal is the perfect product to get kids outside and enjoying the sun. This product breaks Lifetime into a new area of the sporting goods industry, and has been placed in <a target="_blank" href="" title="Sports Authority">Sports Authority</a>,&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="" title="Dicks Sporting Goods">DSG</a>, <a target="_blank" href="" title="Costco Canada">Costco Canada</a>, and other sporting goods&nbsp;retail stores.&nbsp;It will also be available onine&nbsp;at <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Online Store"></a>&nbsp;coming soon!&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lifetime Soccer Goal easily adjusts to three different sizes, giving your little soccer&nbsp;star the variety and adaptability necessary&nbsp;to&nbsp;really enjoy the game. The large setting (7ft x 5ft) is perfect for games with the neighborhood kids, friends, and family, and the smaller settings (6ft x 4ft, and 4ft x 3ft) work great for individual practice to perfect those goal-kicking skills.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><img border="0" width="238" src="" height="153" alt="" />The portable, folding design makes it simple to transport and store. It comes fully assembled and can be ready to play in just a few minutes. With the same heavy-duty construction Lifetime is known for, the Soccer Goal is strong, durable, and will last for generations of fun. We are excited to introduce&nbsp;the Lifetime Soccer Goal and&nbsp;to break into this new sporting goods area. Thanks to all of the Lifetime employees for all of the hard work that went into making this such a great product!&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><img border="0" width="238" src="" height="148" alt="" /></p> <ul> <li>Portable Design Folds for Transport and Storage</li> <li>Heavy-Duty Nylon Net</li> <li>Powder-Coated Steel Construction</li> <li>Fully Assembled and Ready to Play</li> <li>Adjustable to Three Sizes <ul> <li>Large.&hellip;...7ft x 5ft x 4ft</li> <li>Medium....6ft x 4ft x 4ft</li> <li>Small........4ft x 3ft x 4ft</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p>Shalane23 Mar 2010 1:49:00 PMCongrats February Contest Winner!<p><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>Happy Valentine&#39;s Day!&nbsp; This past week we held a special <a href="" title="about February contest">Valentine&#39;s Day contest</a> to win a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a pink kids&#39; picnic table">PINK kids&#39; picnic table</a>.&nbsp; And, I&#39;m happy to say congratulations to </p> <h3>JaNiel P. (JPark), Logan, UT</h3> <p>JaNiel was choosen randomly from the qualifying entries and plans to have her kids use their new picnic table at their local farmers&#39; market to sell homegrown fruits and vegetables.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered!&nbsp; If you&#39;re looking for Valentine&#39;s Day traditions to do with your kids, be sure to <a href="" title="Valentine traditions">read the comments</a> people shared.&nbsp; There are some really cute and unique ideas.&nbsp; Oh, can you guess the #1 Valentine&#39;s tradition our contest entrants like to do with their children?&nbsp; Make heart-shaped sugar cookies, followed closely by making handmade Valentine cards!</p> <p>Don&#39;t forget, even if you didn&rsquo;t win, you can still use the coupon code PINK until Feb. 18 for 10% off any purchase at <a href=""></a>, including purchasing your own <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a pink kids&#39; picnic table">pink kids&#39; picnic table</a>! (BTW, it&#39;s also available in <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a kids&#39; picnic table">almond color</a>, too.)</p> <p>And, keep checking back and following us on <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime365 Twitter">Twitter</a> and <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime on Facebook">Facebook</a> because we&#39;ll be hosting another contest in March.&nbsp; (Pssst, the next product giveaway will be related to a big event that takes place during almost the entire month of March!)</p>Jan14 Feb 2010 6:00:00 PMAmbassador Huntsman Tours Lifetime China Facility and EcoHouse<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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="" target="_blank"></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 AMNeighborhood Basketball Tournament<p><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re family is like mine, you&rsquo;ve got some real <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball">basketball </a>fans in the house.&nbsp; Instead of just watching games on TV during basketball season, I try to get my kids and neighbors in on the action with neighborhood basketball tournaments. Whether you&rsquo;re playing &ldquo;H-O-R-S-E&rdquo; or a simple game of one-on-one, there&rsquo;s just something about a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball">basketball goal</a> that demands for friends to get together and have some fun.</p> <p>You could play family vs family, girls vs boys, or even adults vs kids (just be careful&mdash;if the kids win, they will never let you live it down!). Get your game started on an adjustable-height basketball system from Lifetime Products&mdash;that way, you can lower the hoop, so even younger kids can be all-stars. </p> <p>To celebrate the championship game, you could even give away hot chocolate and snacks to everyone who turned out to watch the event. Or maybe you could turn the entire tournament into an official neighborhood event and hold a potluck dinner after the final game. This is an awesome way to bring people together and get to know your neighbors better. So, get out there, give that <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball">basketball</a> a workout and get the whole neighborhood in on the fun!</p>mcarroll15 Dec 2009 1:34:00 PMTetherball Comes Around Again - In a New Portable Version<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>My son is in kindergarten this year and I love hearing what fun things he does in school each day since it&#39;s all so new to him.&nbsp; Last week he came home and couldn&#39;t wait to tell me about gym class - they had played <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime tetherball">tetherball</a>!&nbsp; </p> <p>Wow, does that bring back some memories.&nbsp; Apparently, I&#39;m not the only one that remembers standing in line during school recess waiting for my turn to take the big swing.&nbsp; A few weeks ago, one of the popular <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime&#39;s Twitter page">Twitter</a> topics was #whenwewereyoung.&nbsp; (BTW, you can follow us on Twitter <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime&#39;s Twitter page">@Lifetime 365</a>!) I was surprised to read how many people tweeted about <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime tetherball set">tetherball</a> memories!&nbsp; Some fond, some not so fond...guess it depends on if they were hit by the ball!?! </p> <p>Well, good news!&nbsp; Tetherball is no longer limited to school playgrounds!&nbsp; Lifetime has made a new <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a portable tetherball">portable tetherball</a> you can have in your own backyard or driveway.&nbsp; It has a plastic base (very similar to a portable basketball hoop base) that you fill with sand or water to make it sturdy and you can roll it to your desired location of play.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>Remember, it&#39;s never too early to start thinking about Christmas presents!&nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime tetherball">Lifetime&#39;s portable tetherball</a> is a gift that&#39;s sure to be fun for the whole family!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;And, be sure to visit <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime&#39;s Tips &amp; Solutions">Lifetime&#39;s Tips &amp; Solutions</a> page for more fun tetherball tidbits and <a target="_blank" href="" title="tetherball rules">official game rules</a>...just in case you forget from your elementary days!</p>Jan17 Nov 2009 5:00:00 AMBasketball Polar Bear<p><a title="polar bear video" href="" target="_blank"><img title="polar bear video" src=" bear video.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p>I took a trip to San Diego this past weekend for the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">International PRSA conference</a>.&nbsp;Awesome information and great speakers. But, four days&nbsp;of&nbsp;workshops, exhibitions, and keynote speakers-- needless to say, it's healthy to take a break! What better place to do&nbsp;just that&nbsp;than the <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego Zoo</a>!&nbsp;For me, the highlight of the zoo is watching the polar bears. I was so excited to get to the exhibit, only to find him spread out on his belly, fast asleep. After a few minutes of debating&nbsp;wether or not&nbsp;I should move on,&nbsp;suddenly, he&nbsp;opened his eyes and lumbered over to the pool.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Kids and adults alike ran toward the glass, watching with excitement. This polar bear knew exactly what he wanted to do. He swam to one side of the water, grabbed his ball with&nbsp;one humongous paw, and swam&nbsp;to the other side right in front of a&nbsp;group of children. What happened next was hillarious. A game of '1 on 7 basketball' between the kids and the bear! Or was it a game of&nbsp;break the glass?&nbsp; You decide.&nbsp; Although, I do wish he had a <a title="buy a Lifetime basketball hoop" href="" target="_blank">basketball hoop</a> so&nbsp;I could have&nbsp;seen his shooting form, that could be one big slam dunk!</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>Katie15 Nov 2009 11:00:00 AMTailgating Party Video Tips<p>In case you've been living under a rock and haven't noticed, it's officially&nbsp;football season again!&nbsp; Know how I know?&nbsp; My husband is glued to the TV every weekend and Monday night!&nbsp; And, he's constantly checking his fantasy football league scores online.&nbsp; Sigh.&nbsp; Personally, I just don't understand the fantasy football fascniation/obsession!</p> <p>Anyway, the start of football season also means the start of tailgating season!&nbsp; <span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;">It may still be called a &ldquo;tailgate&rdquo; party, but nowadays, most people use more than just a tailgate when it comes to pre-game or pre-race festivities!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>In fact, quite often, RVs and buffet tables with canopies have replaced simple tailgates.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Likewise, a rack of ribs or skewer of shrimp has replaced the traditional game day hotdog or burger.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, surprisingly, a lot of people never even plan on going to the actual game!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>They simply attend the tailgate party for the camaraderie and fun.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Yes, people actually tote their generators, televisions, and portable heaters to set up camp for one day in an over-crowded, paved parking lot!&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;"><a title="tailgating party tips video" href="" target="_blank"><img title="tailgating party tips video" src=" video.jpg" alt="" /></a>So, I wanted to pass along a quick video to get you psyched and prepped&nbsp;for your own tailgate party.&nbsp; Check out these <a title="tailgate of a lifetime video" href="" target="_blank">tailgating video tips</a> from <a title="about Jay DiEugenio" href="" target="_blank">Jay "The Tailgate Guy" DiEugenio</a>, author of <em>I Got Your Tailgate Party Right Here!</em>&nbsp; He gives you some cool set up ideas and shows you some ideal tailgating products (including, of course, <a title="buy a Lifetime table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime tables</a> and <a title="Buy a Lifetime folding chair" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime folding chairs</a>!).&nbsp; The video gives you a great view of how easy it is to adjust and fold <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime's adjustable height fold-in-half tables</a>, too!&nbsp; </span></p> <p>After you watch the video, click on over to&nbsp;<a title="It's Tailgating Time tips" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime's Tip and Solutions</a> page for even more tailgating ideas no matter how simple or extravagent your spread may be, including some fan-pleasing recipes that are sure to score big!</p>Jan15 Oct 2009 2:00:00 PMHobo Pies<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>One of my Dad&#39;s traditions at the lake house is to build a campfire outside almost every night.&nbsp; My dad likes to eat popcorn around the fire, but when the grandkids visit, it&#39;s time to break out the good ol&#39; traditional smores!&nbsp; After all, what kid can resist melted chocolate and gooey marshmallows smooshed between graham crackers?&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>For a change of pace for&nbsp;the kids&#39; campfire&nbsp;sweet treats, one night my sister-in-law introduced us all to Hobo Pies.&nbsp; If you&#39;ve never had a Hobo Pie, you&#39;re in for, well, something different from smores.&nbsp; :)&nbsp; First of all, to make a Hobo Pie over a campfire, you need an <a target="_blank" href=";keywords=pie+iron&amp;tag=googhydr-20&amp;index=aps&amp;hvadid=2983225435&amp;ref=pd_sl_47zz64t9xa_b" title="iron pie makers">iron pie maker</a>, available in camping departments.&nbsp; Then, you&#39;ll need bread and some fillings.&nbsp; In the tradition of &quot;pie&quot;, my sister-in-law brought apple pie filling and cherry pie filling.&nbsp; First, we lined up all of our ingredients on our <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime picnic table">Lifetime picnic table</a> so everyone could easily see the flavor choices available for Hobo Pies.&nbsp; Next, you simply butter two pieces of bread on the outside and put your filling on the inside, making a sandwich.&nbsp; Place the sandwich in your pie maker and place in the campfire for about 5 minutes.&nbsp; Be sure to flip your pie maker to get both pieces of bread toasted!&nbsp;<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Now let me warn you, Hobo Pies do NOT taste like Granny&#39;s apple pie or even a McDonald&#39;s hot apple pie.&nbsp; When you look at them, they look a bit like a grilled cheese sandwich, and they kind of taste like one too...with the exception of a fruit taste instead of a cheese taste, of course!&nbsp; I don&#39;t really like regular apple pie or even apple cobbler, so a Hobo Apple Pie didn&#39;t sound much better to me.&nbsp; But, on the inside of the pie maker box label there were other recipe ideas.&nbsp; It turns out you can use the pie maker to make just about any meal over a campfire...sandwiches, eggs, you name it.&nbsp; Anyway, there were several dessert suggestions, too, including some with chocolate! So, I improvised and whipped up my own favorite Hobo Pie creation: </p> <p><strong>Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Hobo Pie<br /></strong>1.&nbsp; Spread peanut butter on each slice of bread<br />2.&nbsp; Place thin slices of banana on one slice of bread<br />3.&nbsp; Place 3 rows of Hershey Bar chocolate on top of banana<br />4.&nbsp; Put other slice of bread on top<br />5.&nbsp; Butter outsides of both pieces of bread <br />6.&nbsp; Place in pie maker and cook over fire about 5 minutes</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Mmmmmmm.&nbsp; Now that was yummy!&nbsp; If you like marshmallows,&nbsp; I think a marshmallow in the middle of my creation would also be pretty good.&nbsp; If you&#39;re having a campfire cookout sometime this Fall, why not try something new and give Hobo Pies a try.&nbsp; Get creative and let me know your favorite concoction!</p>Jan15 Sep 2009 11:00:00 AMJust My Size!<p><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>Kids have a way of doing things that just make you smile.&nbsp; It&#39;s always surprising and amusing how even the tiniest of tots can be pretty resourceful.&nbsp; Take, for instance,&nbsp;my daughter&#39;s witty idea a few weeks ago when we visited my family in Ohio.&nbsp; While we were up at their lake house, we ate almost every meal outside to enjoy the lake view and the beautiful weather.&nbsp; Plus, with six adults and five kids, we simply had more table space outside than inside.&nbsp; </p> <p>Typically, the adults would always sit at my parents&#39; patio table and chairs&nbsp;while the kids would eat at the <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime picnic table">6&#39; Lifetime picnic table</a>.&nbsp; Even though it wasn&#39;t a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime kids&#39; picnit table">children&#39;s Lifetime picnic table</a>, all of the kiddos could reach just fine, except for my two-year-old daughter, Alyssa.&nbsp; She loves being like the big kids though so don&#39;t think for a second that size would stop her!&nbsp; </p> <p>Nope, usually Alyssa just sat on her knees and could reach the tabletop without much problem.&nbsp; One meal, though, she got pretty wiggly and silly and actually fell off.&nbsp; (Thank goodness she wasn&#39;t hurt.) So, the next meal, instead of trying to sit still like we asked, she came up with her own plan!&nbsp; She simply pulled her little toddler outdoor chair up to the bench of the <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime picnic table">picnic table</a> and used the bench as her tabletop.&nbsp; It was the perfect height for her!&nbsp; And, who knew a plate was the perfect size&nbsp;to sit&nbsp;on a&nbsp;picnic table bench?&nbsp;&nbsp;Alyssa was finally able to sit on her bottom and was still able to eat at the picnic table with the big kids!&nbsp; Now, why didn&#39;t I think of that?!</p>Jan28 Aug 2009 6:00:00 PMWater Balloon Fun...1...2...3...Throw!<p><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Summer is quickly winding down.&nbsp; But, thankfully, August is one of the hottest months so there are still plenty of days left to squeeze in some last minute authentic summer fun.&nbsp; Here in Texas, it&#39;s been crazy hot.&nbsp; Ok, insanely hot &ndash; something unbelievable like 35 days over 100 degrees before August even started!&nbsp; </p> <p>I was tired of simply heading to the pool or waterpark to stay cool, so the other day I surprised my kids with some good ol&#39; fashioned water balloons.&nbsp; Sure, it took twice as long to fill them up as it did to throw them, but it was worth it to see the smiles on their faces and hear their giggles.&nbsp; My son had fun trying to throw them at me, while my daughter just liked dropping them on the grass and watching them pop.</p> <p>I grew up playing with water balloons by having a simple water balloon toss contest. However, my neighbor&nbsp;shared a fun idea for water balloons that I had never heard of before.&nbsp; Every summer she lets her daughter have a water balloon party with her friends and they have a water balloon war similar to paintball.&nbsp; Her daughter spends all morning filling an entire laundry basket with water balloons.&nbsp; They set an unfolded <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime table">Lifetime banquet table</a> on its side in the yard and use it as a base and protective barrier to take cover behind as they launch the balloons at each other. Super simple, yet super fun and the kids look forward to it every year.</p> <p>Once I started looking around online, I quickly realized a simple water balloon toss is only&nbsp;a mere&nbsp;beginning.&nbsp; If you&#39;re looking for other clever games to play with water balloons before summer is over, check out these sites I found that describe dozens of games to play with water balloons - everything from musical chairs to water balloon shaving!&nbsp; Have fun!</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p>Jan12 Aug 2009 11:30:00 AMPro Basketball in your Backyard<div style="float:left;padding-right:8px;"> </div> <p><a title="98874 Mammoth In-Ground Basketball System" href="" 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="image" alt="image" src="" align="left" border="0" height="127" width="119" /></a>Okay, so the big boys from the pro&#39;s won&#39;t <i>actually</i> be in your backyard, but you can deck your yard out to look every bit as professional. </p> <p> First off you&#39;re going to want to pick up a <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">In-Ground Basketball System</a> from <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank"></a>. This setup is huge (72-inches) and professional quality just like you&#39;ve likely seen in High Schools, Colleges, and even some professional sports teams. </p> <p>Once you&#39;ve got your <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> you need to decide whether or not you you want a half-court or full- court game. The obvious answer if you want a full-court experience is to buy two <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> systems. That may not be an option for you, so why not consider a <a title="portable basketball systems" target="_blank">portable basketball system</a>? With a <a title="portable basketball systems" target="_blank">portable basketball system</a> you can wheel it to where the action is at game time, then wheel it away for storage after the final whistle. </p> <p><a title="Court Marking Kit" href="" 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="image" alt="image" src="" align="right" border="0" height="83" width="100" /></a> So now you&#39;ve got your hoop (or two, if you&#39;re going full-court), but you still don&#39;t have a &quot;court&quot;, it&#39;s just a patio with a hoop next to it. Time to pick up a <a href="" target="_blank">Court Marking Kit</a>. This thing&#39;s got everything you need to turn your tired old patio into a real basketball court: snap-line chalk, a court-line roller, and complete instructions for layout; just add paint! </p> <p> You probably already have a <a title="Heavy-Duty Official Size Rubber Basketball" href="" target="_blank">ball</a>, but you can always use one more (or several for making practice more efficient). Once you&#39;ve got more than one ball, you&#39;ll need something to keep them in, like a <a href="" target="_blank">Ball Bag</a>. </p> <p><a href=""><img style="border-bottom:0px;border-left:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-top:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right:0px;" title="image" alt="image" src="" align="left" border="0" height="95" width="95" /></a>Preparation is key. When the big backyard competition goes down, you don&#39;t want to be caught with a broken net, or flat ball. Grab a <a href="" target="_blank">Pump, Needles, Net, and Whistle kit</a> and you&#39;re set for most of the major problems that might crop up. It even includes a whistle so your referee can keep order. </p> <p><a title="Mammoth Light Kit" href="" 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="image" alt="image" src="" align="right" border="0" height="109" width="87" /></a> Back in the good ol&#39; days, when darkness fell, the game was over and it was time to go home. Lucky for you the <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> comes ready for the <a href="" target="_blank">Mammoth Light Kit</a> to keep the game rolling, even after the sun has set. </p> <p>So what are you waiting for? Get your game in your own back yard &mdash; like a pro. Once you&#39;re done setting it all up, share some pics with us!</p>Joe11 Aug 2009 2:10:00 PMSlam Dunk in Your Pool<p><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>I sure hope you had a fun fourth of July!&nbsp; We had a great weekend, but we didn&#39;t do anything special or festive other than watch fireworks.&nbsp; Kind of sad... especially since our tradition, when we lived in Arizona, was to host a pool party and BBQ at our house every Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.&nbsp; We&#39;d invite our four closet friends and spend the day playing 3-on-3 volleyball and then the guys would throw down a serious game of hoops with our Lifetime Poolside basketball/volleyball system.&nbsp; </p> <p>Let&#39;s get something straight.&nbsp; I&#39;m not talking about a leisurely game where you splash around in the pool and daintily tap the ball over the net or into the hoop for fear of knocking down the flimsy goal.&nbsp; I&#39;m talking about a game of volleyball where you actually have to jump up to spike the ball over the net, instead of simply lifting your arm because the net is chest level.&nbsp;&nbsp; And, playing a full-up, hardcore game of 1-on-1, complete with slam dunking.&nbsp; <a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <p>We didn&#39;t have a puny toy basketball hoop like some of the other pool basketball hoops and volleyball systems you find.&nbsp; Our <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime Poolside Basketball Hoop">Lifetime Poolside basketball hoop</a> was a full-sized backboard with a full-sized base.&nbsp; It was the exact same backboard and base you&#39;d buy to put in <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime Portable bball hoop">your driveway</a> (with the exception of different graphics), only with a shorter pole.&nbsp; Depending on the model you buy, some of the Lifetime Poolside Basketball Hoops actually adjust to six different heights&nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="" title="Buy a telescoping Poolside Basketball hoop">(telescoping model)</a>&nbsp; so kids or adults can play.&nbsp; What&#39;s really cool is our model came with two full-sized backboards to play full-court basketball with a hoop at each end or side of your pool.&nbsp; Then, we simply turned the backboards around and attached a regulation-sized and quality volleyball net (which came with the system)! </p> <p><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>When we sold our house, we included all of the pool toys, equipment, and furniture .&nbsp; EXCEPT,&nbsp; the Lifetime Poolside&nbsp;Basketball hoops were way too valuable to just throw in with the house to someone we didn&#39;t know.&nbsp; So, we made sure to give those to a friend!&nbsp; Aaah, how I miss those fun summer pool days.</p>Jan09 Jul 2009 4:00:00 PMTen Cool Summer Indoor Outings for Kids<p>School is out!&nbsp; Wait for it, wait for it.&nbsp; Yep, there is it, I knew I’d hear it soon.&nbsp; “Mom, I’m bored.&nbsp; What can we do today?”&nbsp; </p> <p>Sigh. Of course, there are the traditional summer activities of swimming pools, parks, and amusement parks.&nbsp; But, sometimes hanging outside in the heat and dripping in sweat just isn’t appealing.&nbsp; Personally, I try to so some sort of outing at least twice each week to help break the monotony.&nbsp; One day is usually focused outside around water either at a swimming pool, splash park, lake, or water park.&nbsp; The other day I try to find something to do that’s inside.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img border="0" src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<img border="0" src="" alt="" />Earlier this week, we tried out a new indoor play place here in San Antonio called <a href="" target="_blank">Funtastic Playland</a>.&nbsp; Wow, where were these places when I was a kid?&nbsp; It had a huge pirate ship, castle, monster truck, bouncy castle, and playground for the kids to climb on and slide down.&nbsp; My kids&#39; favorite part was the kid-powered train…it wore them out!&nbsp; We only spent a few hours there, but we easily could have stayed longer since they even had a snack bar.&nbsp; Oh, and guess what they used for chairs in their eating area?&nbsp; <a title="buy a Lifetime stacking chair" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime stacking chairs</a>!&nbsp; They probably had about 10 <a title="buy a Lifetime cafe table" href="" target="_blank">café tables</a> with four Lifetime chairs at each table.&nbsp; At first, I was surprised to see the <a title="About Lifetime stacking chairs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime stacking chair</a>, but then I realized it made much more sense than the <a title="Buy Lifetime folding chairs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime folding chair</a>.&nbsp; First, the black color shows less dirt.&nbsp; Secondly, and more importantly, when you have little ones climbing on and off the chairs, you don’t have to worry about them pushing on the back of the seat and accidentally folding the chair while they are climbing, or pinching fingers.<img border="0" src="" alt="" />&nbsp;<img border="0" src="" alt="" /></p> <p>Anyway, if you&#39;re trying to come up with new places to go with your kids this summer, here’s a list of some of my favorite indoor kid-friendly outings to stay cool in the summer.</p> <p>1.&nbsp;<strong>Children’s museums</strong> – Don’t let the word museum scare you away!&nbsp; If you’ve never been to a children’s museum, you’re in for a treat.&nbsp; They are like a&nbsp;miniature city of sorts&nbsp;with kid-sized grocery stores, hospitals, painting stations, water stations, and more.&nbsp; And, you can touch everything!&nbsp; </p> <p>2.&nbsp;<strong>Inflatable jumping zones -&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;Places such as <a href="" target="_blank">Pump It Up</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Inflatable Wonderland</a> are rooms dedicated to nothing but bouncy castles!&nbsp; They usually have an &quot;open jump&quot; time each day which is sure to wear your kids out!</p> <p>3.&nbsp;<strong>Indoor playlands</strong> – Sometimes shopping malls have great indoor playlands which are free. (And, you can combine them with a quick shopping treat for you, too!) Or, you can also find larger stand-alone playlands (like Funtastic Playland) with a small entrance fee. Just Google &quot;indoor playland&quot; or &quot;indoor playground&quot; for your city.</p> <p>4.&nbsp;<strong>Pottery&nbsp;studios</strong>&nbsp; - Let your kids get creative and paint a piece of pottery as a gift for someone or just themselves.&nbsp; Trust me, pottery painting is much more than a plate nowadays!&nbsp; Money banks, flower pots, picture frames, and chip and salsa dishes are just a few of the options you&#39;ll find.</p> <p>5.&nbsp;<strong>Libraries</strong> - In addition to just checking out new books and movies, don&#39;t forget to take advantage of your library&#39;s many free activities like reading clubs and storytimes.&nbsp; If your kids won&#39;t sit still to listen to a story, don&#39;t worry!&nbsp; Storytimes usually include songs, crafts, and sometimes even games and snacks!</p> <p>6.&nbsp;<strong>Bowling&nbsp;allies</strong>&nbsp;- What kid doesn&#39;t like to throw a ball and make a mess?!&nbsp; Plus, it&#39;s an activity that even Mom and Dad can legitimately enjoy. Most lanes now feature gutter guards that automatically pop up for kids and go back down for the adults.&nbsp; And, even the little tikes can enjoy rolling the ball all by themselves with the help of a handicap ball ramp.</p> <p>7.&nbsp;<strong>Painting studios</strong> – If you are raising a little Monet, another option is to look for an art studio that has open paint time for kids. Some cities even have art studios just for kids, such as Artworks here in San Antonio.&nbsp; You pay a small fee to paint as much as you want with many different types of mediums ...and the best part is you don&#39;t have to clean up the mess!</p> <p>8.&nbsp;<strong>Children&#39;s theaters</strong> - Lots of cities&nbsp;have theaters that host performances geared solely for kids. The shows are professional, fun, and SHORT!&nbsp; In addition to live theater, don&#39;t forget to check out your local movie theaters for summer specials.&nbsp; Many theaters (including Regal Cinemas)&nbsp;show FREE kid movies in the mornings!&nbsp; Honest!</p> <p>9.&nbsp;<strong>Pizza play places</strong> – Combine your food and fun in one place!&nbsp; Grab a bite to eat then spend the day playing arcade games at places like <a href="" target="_blank">Incredible Pizza</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Chuck E. Cheese</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Piper Pizza</a>, or&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Gatti&#39;s Pizza</a>. (Check your local paper, coupon books, and online before you go for free token coupons!)&nbsp; If you have teenagers, check out the more &quot;grown up&quot; versions like <a href="" target="_blank">Dave &amp; Buster&#39;s</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Jillian&#39;s</a> that also have billards, shuffleboard, bowling, and a nice sit-down restaurant.</p> <p>10.&nbsp;<strong>Playdates at a friends house</strong> - We all know someone else&#39;s toys are much more fun than your own!&nbsp; Invite a friend over to your house to play then swap locations next week. Backyards are more fun when you have your own playground too! Check out Lifetime&#39;s <a href="" target="_blank">variety of playgrounds</a> that bring the fun and adventures right to your backyard.</p> <p>I hope this gives you a few ideas of things to check out in your city this summer.&nbsp; (If you try at least one each week, that should get you through almost the entire summer!)&nbsp; Stay cool and have fun!</p>Jan12 Jun 2009 12:00:00 PMRocks, 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="" 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="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Lotsa&#39; dirt and rocks</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>We found The Littlest Landscaper!</p> <p><img src="" 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="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Ahhhh the teamwork</p> <p><img src="" 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)<p><b><img style="WIDTH:316px;HEIGHT:221px;" height="378" src="" 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="" 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 PM 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama</a> is doing it!<img src="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank"></a></p>admin15 Apr 2009 12:15:00 PMKids' Picnic Table Gets New Color(less)!<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />So, I have to fess up. Lifetime makes a <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table" href="" target="_blank">kids&#39; picnic table</a>, but I don&#39;t own one. To make matters worse, I own a Step 2 picnic table instead.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, I actually bought my kids&#39; picnic table AFTER I worked for <a class="" title="About Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> and knew firsthand the great quality in all products from Lifetime.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Oh, stop it!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>I can already hear my former co-workers shouting &quot;why, why, why?&quot; <span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>as they read this.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="mso-spacerun:yes;"></span>I purchased the table for my son&#39;s 2nd birthday. (Great present idea, BTW!)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>At the time, we lived in Phoenix <span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>where we had a tiny backyard with an in-ground pool and a piece of grass that was smaller than our master joke.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Everyone&#39;s backyard in Phoenix is surrounded by a 6&#39; cement block cozy, huh?!?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Anyway, with such a small lot and a pool taking up half of it, I didn&#39;t want the rest of the &quot;yard&quot; to be mistaken for a daycare with brightly-colored, giant, plastic toys cluttering the space.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>It actually all started with the sandbox for Nathan&#39;s 1st birthday.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>I was adamant about not having a massive, green turtle staring at me when we opened our back door.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Don&#39;t get me wrong, those animal-shaped sandboxes are cute, but it was too much for me in our minuscule &quot;yard&quot;.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>So, I was thrilled when I found a sandbox that was beige and actually looked like it was made out of rocks to &quot;blend in&quot; with our oh-so-beautiful cement block walls. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 10pt;">Then came birthday number 2.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>A kids&#39; picnic table seemed liked the perfect gift idea.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, I must say, it was!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>We have used our kids&#39; picnic table a TON.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>I wanted to get a table that would sit at least six kids and would be big enough and strong enough for older kids to sit on so Nathan wouldn&#39;t outgrow it too quickly.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>The <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table</a> met all of that criteria perfectly.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, it even folded flat for storage. (Although, we didn&#39;t need that feature since we lived in Phoenix and could use a picnic table year-round.)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>So, what was my problem with the Lifetime table?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Yep, you guessed it, the bright colors.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Lifetime kid&#39;s picnic table had a blueberry blue tabletop with raspberry red benches.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Very fun for kids, but much too busy for our tiny backyard.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Sorry Lifetime.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Even though I helped name the colors, I just couldn&#39;t bring myself to buy such vivid furniture.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Call me a traitor.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 10pt;">But, guess what? <span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>Last week when I was looking online at <a href=""></a> , I noticed Lifetime now has a new ALMOND-colored kids&#39; picnic table!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>I guess I must not be the only crazy mom out there who wants to escape the never-ending rainbow world.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>So, now you can buy your little munchkins a picnic table that looks exactly like Mom and Dad&#39;s!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, we all know how much kids&#39; love miniature versions of our stuff.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>This thing is identical to the <a class="" title="about Lifetime picnic tables" href="" target="_blank">grown-up version</a>.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, it&#39;s built just as tough as the <a class="" title="buy Lifetime picnic tables" href="" target="_blank">adult&nbsp;picnic tables</a> aren&#39;t going to outgrow this one for a loooong time. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Check out the <a class="" title="kids&#39; table dimensions" href="" target="_blank">dimensions</a>, you&#39;ll be impressed how it stacks up to other kids&#39; tables out there. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>Sure wish this would have been around three years ago because I would have bought it in a jiffy!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 10pt;">Moral of this long story...if you&#39;re looking to buy a kids&#39; picnic table for this summer, check out the new one from Lifetime.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Trust me, you won&#39;t be disappointed with the quality...and now that it is available in almond, you won&#39;t be disappointed with the color, either!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>:)</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 10pt;">Oh, need a little extra incentive to choose the Lifetime kids&#39; picnic table?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Don&#39;t forget when you purchase from&nbsp;<a href=""></a> shipping is <a class="" title="FREE shipping details" href="" target="_blank">FREE</a>!!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Yep.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Zip, zero, nada.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></p>Jan09 Apr 2009 12:30:00 PMImpromptu Kids' Picnic Table<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />I know, I know.&nbsp; You're probably getting tired of hearing about my <a title="spring break post" href="">Lifetime Spring Break stories</a>.&nbsp; But, I can't help it!&nbsp; There were just too many to share.&nbsp; But, I promise, this is my last least for Spring Break 2009.&nbsp; :)</p> <p>The weather during Spring Break was absolutely gorgeous.&nbsp; We spent practically every waking minute outside.&nbsp; So, it was no surprise that my kids wanted to eat lunch outside on the little tiny condo balcony one day.&nbsp; (And, I do mean tiny!)&nbsp;</p> <p>At home, my kids eat outside quite often on their own little <a title="buy a Lifetime kids' picnic table" href="" target="_blank">kids' picnic table</a>.&nbsp; But, the only patio furniture at the condo were tall, bar-height chairs designed so you could see over the railing to view the ocean...not exactly conducive for short, fidgety kids.&nbsp; So, we had to improvise.&nbsp; Sure, we could have just let them eat on a blanket on the ground, but they wanted a table.&nbsp; Never fear, Grandma (or Mammy, as my kids call her) to the rescue! My Mom pulled out her <a title="buy a Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a> and set it at the lowest height.&nbsp; (Oh, I forgot to mention, she <a title="packing tables for spring break post" href="">packed that table, TOO</a>!) Voila!&nbsp; We didn't have any kid-size chairs, so my daughter simply stood to eat and my son&nbsp;ate on his knees. It certainly wasn't ideal for every meal, but it did make for a fun lunch treat one day.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aaah, basking in the sun and watching the waves roll in while sipping a Capri Sun...doesn't get much better for a kid!</p>Jan08 Apr 2009 5:00:00 AMLife Is Short...So Are Adjustable Height Tables!<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />In my <a title="spring break post" href="">Spring Break post</a>, I mentioned how my parents crammed their van full and drove from Ohio to Texas to stay in a condo on the beach in Port Aransas for the month of March.&nbsp; Let me tell you, they packed practically everything but the kitchen sink.&nbsp; Literally.&nbsp; Clothes, tool boxes, fishing poles, a laptop, a printer, bicycles, a sewing machine... and even a Lifetime table!&nbsp; Seriously!&nbsp; My mom packed her <a title="Buy a Lifetime 4' Adjustable Height table" href="" target="_blank">4' fold-in-half adjustable height table</a> so she could use it as her sewing table.&nbsp; (Thank goodness its compact for easy transportation because they needed every inch of cargo space they could get.)&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Mom set the table up right in front of the windows so she could enjoy the ocean view while she sewed.&nbsp; She loves to make quilts as a hobby, but I also took advantage of her skills and had her take tucks in some of my skinny-mini son's shorts and a fix shirt for me.</p> <p>Luckily, she didn't need to pack her Lifetime chairs.&nbsp; She just borrowed chairs from the <a title="condo social room" href="">condo's social room</a> which was completely filled with Lifetime tables and <a title="about Lifetime chairs" href="" target="_blank">chairs</a>!</p> <p>The portability of Mom's Lifetime table also&nbsp;proved handy on St. Patrick's Day when several of the condo neighbors got together for a festive potluck.&nbsp; Mom carried her Lifetime table up to the neighbors so they would have more eating space that night.&nbsp; Here's a funny story though.&nbsp; She took the table up earlier in the day and just left it with the neighbor without explaining anything about it.&nbsp; When they went back up that night to eat, the neighbor said, "Thanks for bringing the table, but I think we'll just use it to set food on since it's much too low to eat on."&nbsp; Really?&nbsp; Well, turns out the neighbor didn't realize the table was adjustable in height so she when she unfolded the legs it automatically set up at the lowest kid height!&nbsp; Ooops!&nbsp; I guess the adjustable legs aren't always intuitive.&nbsp; So, lessoned learned, if you loan out your <a title="about Lifetime adjustable height tables" href="" target="_blank">adjustable height table</a>, you might want to be sure and mention how to raise and lower the legs.&nbsp; :)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan02 Apr 2009 5:00:00 AMA Lifetime Social Room<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />When I was visiting my parents at their condo in <a title="Spring Break blog" href="">Port Aransas</a> last week, I happened to snap a picture of the condo building's social room.&nbsp; It's not that it was super attractive or decorated beautifully (or even decorated at all!) but, it was filled with nothing but Lifetime tables and chairs!&nbsp; Yep, that was it.&nbsp; Four plain walls, seven <a title="About Lifetime tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 6' banquet tables</a>, and numerous <a title="About Lifetmie chairs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime chairs</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The tables and chairs are used every Monday morning when the residents gather to eat breakfast, and at various other times for potlucks, game nights, etc.&nbsp; Many residents also borrow the <a title="buy a Lifetime chair" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime chairs</a> to use in their own condos.&nbsp; My Mom borrowed two so she could have extra seating at the dining table since it only came with four chairs.&nbsp; And, she also used the Lifetime chairs at her sewing table.</p> <p>The <a title="Buy a Lifetime table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime tables</a> and chairs were an inexpensive solution for the condo to furnish its social room.&nbsp; Plus, maintenance-free products that are built to handle the wear-and-tear of beach vacation renters were a must.</p> <p>If you're looking for some&nbsp;pointers of how to arrange and furnish&nbsp;your own&nbsp;social room or small business break room, check out Lifetime's <a title="Tips &amp; Solutions" href="">"Give Me A Break"</a> Tips &amp; Solutions at <a href=""></a>.</p>Jan30 Mar 2009 10:00:00 AMSpring Break in Port Aransas<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Deep breath.&nbsp; Looong slow exhale. Ok, I think I&rsquo;m mentally ready to unwind from my spring break vacation and start writing.&nbsp;</p> <p>As much as my parents deny it, they&rsquo;re becoming Ohio snowbirds.&nbsp; For the past two years they&rsquo;ve packed their mini van full and moved to Texas for the month of March.&nbsp; They rent a condo right on the beach in <a title="About Port A" href="" target="_blank">Port Aransas on Mustang Island</a>.&nbsp; I am very blessed that they choose to come to Texas rather than Florida so they can spend quality time with me.&nbsp; Ok, who am I kidding, we all know it&rsquo;s for the quality time with my kids, not me!&nbsp; :)</p> <p>So, last week we headed to Port Aransas for spring break week to visit my parents.&nbsp;&nbsp; Spring break at Port Aransas is&hellip; well, different.&nbsp; I did the whole spring break trip to South Padre Island back in my college days.&nbsp; It was pretty much what you see when watching <a href="" target="_blank">MTV&rsquo;s Spring Break</a> show&hellip;hotels and condos lining the beach, bikini clad college kids packed as far as the eye can see, loud music blaring, various contests, etc.&nbsp; Ummm,&nbsp;I&rsquo;ll keep this censored and let you use your imagination from there.&nbsp; Port Aransas&hellip;well, not so much.&nbsp; First off, we were actually there the week after most college spring breaks when it was a little tamer with families rather than college students.&nbsp; But, still, the scene is just different.</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />For starters, you can actually drive and camp right on the beach in Port Aransas.&nbsp; So, instead of seeing wall-to-wall people partying, you see wall-to-wall RVs, tents, and vehicles.&nbsp; It is nice that you don&rsquo;t have to figure out how to lug all of your beach toys, umbrellas, food etc. all the way down the beach.&nbsp; Simply drive your vehicle to your perfect spot, pop your trunk, and you&rsquo;re ready to enjoy the day or week.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Spring breakers planning to make a week of it have a pretty elaborate set up with canopies, BBQ grills, tents, etc.&nbsp; Almost every canopy I saw was shading a food table.&nbsp; And, guess what the table of choice seemed to be?&nbsp; Yes!&nbsp; <a title="About Lifetime tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime tables</a>!&nbsp; They were everywhere!&nbsp; I guess it makes sense&hellip;waterproof, lightweight, and they easily fold for transportation.&nbsp; (Not to mention they are relatively inexpensive and conveniently available at home improvement stores, club stores, discount stores, sporting good stores and more.)&nbsp; People were using them to hold food, BBQ grills, water tanks, etc.&nbsp; My personal favorite was this <a title="Buy a Lifetime table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4' table</a> set up by a proudly displayed American flag.</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Instead of standing around partying, what do Port Aransas spring breakers do?&nbsp; Well, after staking their ground, people start cruising up and down the beach scoping out the crowd.&nbsp; To cruise in true Texas style, a big diesel truck is the preferred beach vehicle.&nbsp; But, anything goes.&nbsp; In fact, the crazier the better, and the more attention you&rsquo;ll get&hellip;golf carts, limousines, and even a huge homemade beach buggy made out of old army equipment.&nbsp; Whatever floats your boat, I guess!</p> <p>The weather was fantastic and my kids have wonderful memories of building sand castles, flying kites, chasing the waves, riding bikes on the beach, feeding seagulls, watching dolphins, swimming in the pool, fishing, picking up seashells, and spending quality time with Mammy and Papa at the condo in Port Aransas.&nbsp;&nbsp; We had a blast!&nbsp; Sadly, Spring Break 2009 is over and now it is back to the daily grind.&nbsp; Sniff, sniff.&nbsp;</p> <p><br />&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan24 Mar 2009 10:00:00 AM30 Years Later<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />When I was a little girl, my Grandpa made me a very special keepsake gift...a handmade wooden dollhouse, complete with shingles cut from sandpaper.&nbsp; Well, just like a real house roof has to be replaced about every 20 years, evidently so does a dollhouse roof!&nbsp;</p> <p>After&nbsp;our four moves, (ok, and 30 years of sun damage, dust, and wear-and-tear!) the dollhouse roof was about 10 years past its prime.&nbsp; The sandpaper shingles were curling up and literally falling off.&nbsp; My Dad and I have been wanting to replace them for several years now, but we've just never got around to it whenever he came to visit from out-of-state.&nbsp;</p> <p>This weekend my parents were here and it was a cold, rainy weekend with not much to do.&nbsp; So, my Dad and I FINALLY started the dollhouse roof replacement project.&nbsp; My Dad's father was the one who originally built the dollhouse so it was a sentimental project for my Dad.&nbsp; My Dad is now a grandfather so it was touching for me to see him working on a project his father built at about the same age my Dad is now.&nbsp; It's like catching a glimpse of the past when you see someone fill the shoes of previous generations.&nbsp; Watching my Dad work on the dollhouse, I could easily envision my Grandpa building the same dollhouse wearing his flannel shirt and glasses... and I could almost smell the sweet aroma from the cherry pipe he always smoked.</p> <p>Ok, enough nostalgia for one blog.&nbsp; So....after cutting the rows of sandpaper, my Dad stapled the rows of shingles while the dollhouse was on our workbench.&nbsp; But, he had to nail the top roof caps instead of stapling them, which required the dollhouse to be at a lower level so Dad could see to align the caps properly.&nbsp; At first, he just sat the dollhouse on the floor to&nbsp;do the nailing. But, his back quickly grew tired from bending over.&nbsp; So, my Mom suggested I bring out my <a title="Lifetime Personal Table details" href="" target="_blank">adjustable height Lifetime Personal Table</a>.&nbsp; Initially, I was hesitant because we had tried to use our <a title="Workbench Like Daddy's blog post" href="">Lifetime Personal Table as a workbench</a> for my son a few months ago and discovered it didn't provide the most stable support for hammering.&nbsp; But, it did seem like the perfect height solution, so I figured we should give it a try.&nbsp; BINGO!&nbsp; We put the table at its lowest level (21") and it was the perfect height so Dad could easily nail on the top of the dollhouse without bending over.&nbsp; And, since he was only gently tapping tiny tacks into sandpaper rather than pounding long nails into hard wood, instability wasn't an issue at all.</p> <p>So, the <a title="Buy A Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a> saved the day and my Dad saved my dollhouse roof... at least for the next 30 years!&nbsp; Thanks, Dad. :)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan17 Mar 2009 4:00:00 AMWaterproof Tables at Swim School<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />My son started taking swimming lessons a few weeks ago at a new swim school that just opened by our house.&nbsp; I must say, for a 5-year-old he does really well!&nbsp; He's known how to kind of swim for several years, but we're hoping this new class will help perfect his stroke so he is proficient and completely independent for this summer's swim season.&nbsp;</p> <p>The place where he takes swimming lessons has a pretty thorough system of checks and balances to ensure each child completes the necessary skills in each level. They have an instructor that monitors the swim teacher and student during the lesson and evaluates if the skill is mastered.&nbsp; After the skill is mastered, it is recorded in a logbook and marked off on the child's wristband.</p> <p>I was happy to see when I walked in the first day that they use a <a title="buy an adjustable height table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4-foot adjustable height table</a> as the "desk" inside the pool area!&nbsp; It's the perfect solution since Lifetime's plastic tabletops are waterproof so they won't&nbsp;warp or peel in the humid pool area.&nbsp; And, the <a title="about powder-coating" href="" target="_blank">powder-coated steel legs</a> help prevent rusting.&nbsp; The adjustable height table set at the <a title="adjustable height table details" href="" target="_blank">tallest countertop height</a> is ideal for the swim instructors.&nbsp; They can quickly walk over to the table to look at the student roster and skill checklist without having to bend down and drip all over the paperwork.</p> <p>Oh, and here's a funny story.&nbsp; So, I had my camera out taking pictures through the glass window during swim class.&nbsp; One of the other parents said, "I think you can actually go inside the pool area if you want to take pictures of your child."&nbsp; Take pictures of my child?&nbsp; HA!&nbsp; I had to fess up and admit that I wasn't taking pictures of my son, but of the Lifetime table!&nbsp; I told him how I used to work for the company that made the tables and now I blog about how I use&nbsp;Lifetime Products&nbsp;in my every day life.&nbsp; "Those tables?" he said, pointing to the Lifetime table.&nbsp; "Those tables are awesome!&nbsp; Our family has about six of them,"&nbsp;he said.&nbsp; "We love them!"&nbsp; Aaah, another encounter with yet another satisfied Lifetime customer.</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />The swim school also uses another <a title="Lifetime 4-foot table details" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4-foot table</a> for something very special.&nbsp; They use it to display newsletters and announcements and, most importantly (to the kids), a bucket of suckers for a good job swimming!&nbsp; Yes, it really is the little things in life that make us all happy.&nbsp; :)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan12 Mar 2009 5:00:00 AMWiggle Cars are fun!<p><a title="Wiggle Cars" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="Wiggle Cars" src="" border="0" alt="Wiggle Cars" width="240" height="149" align="right" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> has generally sold only products manufactured by <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>, but Lifetime has always been about more than just <a href="" target="_blank">tables</a>, <a title="lifetime folding chairs" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">chairs</a>, <a title="Lawn and Garden Products" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">sheds and organization</a>, and <a title="lifetime basketball hoops" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">basketball hoops</a>, Lifetime was <a title="The Lifetime Products Story" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">founded</a> on the principles of family fun and togetherness.</p> <p>So, in the tradition of family fun, <a href="" target="_blank"></a> now offers <a title="Wiggle Cars" href="" target="_blank">Wiggle Cars</a> (some call them Wiggle Scooters or Coaster Cars).</p> <p>These little cars are entirely kid-powered, no batteries required. Simply hold onto the steering wheel and start twisting side-to-side.</p> <p>Buy a few and challenge the kids to a race. Available in <a title="Blue Wiggle Cars" href="" target="_blank">blue</a> and <a title="Yellow Wiggle Cars" href="" target="_blank">yellow</a>.</p> <p>Unlike most scooters, these wiggle cars will work for small children (we recommend ages 3 and up), but older kids and even parents up to 230 pounds can jump on and enjoy.</p> <p>Oh, and like all products on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>,<strong> shipping is free!</strong></p>Joe05 Mar 2009 10:49:42 AMNew Basketball Products at www.BuyLifetime.com<p><a href=""><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="106" height="85" align="right" /></a> Basketball poles are a necessary evil. You've got to get the rim up there some how, but running into a pole doesn't feel very good. It should go without saying that you should avoid running in to the pole if at all possible. Professional teams put pads on their poles, now you can, too, with the Lifetime <a title="Lifetime Basketball Pole Pad" href="" target="_blank">Basketball Pole Pad</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Reebok 4 X 4 Pole Pad</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Mammoth Pole Pad</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><a href=""><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="84" height="105" align="right" /></a> The game doesn't end just because the sun goes down. The <a href="" target="_blank">Mammoth Light Kit</a> provides illumination so your game can continue long after dark. These court lights are constructed from weather-resistant, powder-coated steel with bright halogen bulbs that are encased by protective covers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><a href=""><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="141" height="124" align="right" /></a>These aren&rsquo;t your neighbor&rsquo;s wimpy basketball setup, these are Lifetime&rsquo;s high-quality Basketball Systems.</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">LIFETIME 50" Shatter Guard Black Fusion Action Grip System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 54" Competition Clear Temper Glass Complete Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">RBK 54" x 36" x 1.5" Square Clear Tempered Glass Competition In-Ground Powerlift System</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><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="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="149" height="134" align="right" /> You&rsquo;re not ready to cement in a professional style basketball system? No problem, try out one of Lifetime&rsquo;s portable systems.With these portable basketball system, you can change the location whenever you change your mind.</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Streamline Portable Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Pro Court 42" Portable Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Portable 48" Shatter Guard Fusion Quick Adjust System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 50" Shatter Guard Fusion Portable Courtside Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable 48" Shatterguard Fusion Quick Adjust w/Slam it Rim</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Courtside Portable, 44" Acrylic Fusion Backboard, Quick Adjust II Pole, Black Slam-it Rim</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 50" Perforated Action Grip Portable System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Reebok Pro Court 44" Bevel Impact Portable Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Reebok 54" x 33" x 1.5" Square Shatter Guard XL Portable Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">REEBOK XL 52" x 33" x 1.0" Square Shatter Guard Backboard, Powerlift System w/Slam-it Pro Rim</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Reebok XL 52" x 33" x 1.0" Square Shatter Guard Backboard w/Orange Slam-it Rim</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">REEBOK Courtside BL. 44" Acrylic Fusion Backboard, Quick Adjust w/ Black Slam-it Rim</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">RBK, BLACK 48" Shatter Guard Fusion Action Grip Inground System w/Slam-it Rim and POLE PAD</a></li> </ul> <p>What if you already have a pole or a mount and only need backboard and rim? Lifetime&rsquo;s got you covered there, too!</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">RBK 48" Shatterguard Fusion Backboard and Slam-it Rim Combo kit</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 42" New Edge Impact Backboard w/ Black Classic Rim</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Blk 44" Rectangular Impact Backboard w/Blk Slam-it Rim Combo</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Black 48" Shatter Guard Fusion Backboard w/Black Slam-it-Rim</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Blk 44" Rectangular Impact Backboard, w/blk Classic rim</a> </li> </ul> <p> <hr /> </p> <p><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="134" height="194" align="right" /> Basket ball nets fade, fray, and break over time. The <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Net</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Red, White and Blue Net</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Heavy Duty Lifetime Basketball Net</a> are made of weather-resistant nylon and work great with indoor or outdoor basketball systems.</p> <p>Can a game of basketball really be complete without some sort of official with a whistle? We didn&rsquo;t think so either.</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">12-Pack Plastic Lanyards</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Economic 12-pack of Plastic Whistles</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Brass whistle w/ lanyard</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 3 - Pack Basketball needles</a></li> </ul>Joe06 Feb 2009 3:00:45 PMTetherball poles, new at BuyLifetime<p><a title="tetherball" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="tetherball" src="" border="0" alt="tetherball" width="128" height="240" align="right" /></a> Since the very <a title="Lifetime Products Founder's Story" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">beginning</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> has been in the <a title="Lifetime Basketball Standards" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">basketball</a> business. They&rsquo;ve made strong, durable poles, backboards, and rims, and innovated the adjustable height mechanism which brought basketball younger kids.</p> <p>Following in this tradition, <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> introduces the Lifetime <a title="tetherball" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">Tetherball</a> system!</p> <p>Many of you &ldquo;grown-ups&rdquo; out there probably remember the deluxe tetherball pole from your school-yard, and the heated competitive tetherball contests that would ensue during recess. With the Lifetime <a title="tetherball" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">Tetherball</a> system, now you can bring those childhood memories into your backyard so a whole new generation of tetherballers to enjoy!</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s <em>Tether Ball</em>, <em>Tetherball</em> Sets, or <em>Tetherball</em> Pole, <em>Tetherball</em> is a great traditional outdoor game, and fun for all ages.</p> <p><a title="tetherball" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;border-left:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="tetherball" src="" border="0" alt="tetherball" width="143" height="166" /></a></p>Joe02 Feb 2009 5:00:00 PMTailgating at the BCS Championship Game<p><img border="0" alt="" width="1" height="1" align="top" /><img border="0" alt="" width="1" height="1" align="top" /></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="" alt="" width="225" /></a></p> <p>If there&rsquo;s one thing I love, it&rsquo;s college football season.&nbsp; Having attended a large public university where football is its own institution, Saturdays are always spent in front of the TV watching the <a title="NCAA official site" href="" target="_blank">NCAA</a> action.&nbsp; I hadn&rsquo;t had the pleasure of actually going to a game &ndash; and better yet, enjoying the tailgating festivities &ndash; in more than five years until recently.<br /><br />I might as well spill it now.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m a Gator fan &ndash; I bleed orange and blue.&nbsp;&nbsp; And now is as good a time as any to be a Gator fan.&nbsp; In case you don&rsquo;t follow college football, the Gators ranked second this year and claimed a spot to play the number one ranked <a title="Oklahoma Sooners Official site" href="" target="_blank">Oklahoma Sooners</a> in this year&rsquo;s <a title="Bown Championship Series official web site" href="" target="_blank">Bowl Championship Series</a> game in Miami, FL.&nbsp; Essentially, this is the Super Bowl of college football.&nbsp; <br /><br />As a Florida native, I knew I had to make it to this game.&nbsp; A couple friends and I were able to get tickets and spent the day tailgating at <a href="" target="_blank">Dolphin Stadium</a>.&nbsp; We had all the usual fixings &ndash; wings, burgers, hot dogs, drinks and of course, the perfect Gator fanfare everywhere.&nbsp; We broke out our Lifetime tables and chairs for easy set up and break down.&nbsp; The best part was the people who were tailgating next to us.&nbsp; They had a Gator cake that rested alone on its very own <a title="Shop for adjustable height tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime height-adjustable table</a>.&nbsp; I can&rsquo;t think of a better thing to put on a Lifetime table.&nbsp; After tailgating all day, I was fortunate to have scored lower level, 16th row seats where I watched the <a href="" target="_blank">Florida Gators</a> beat the Oklahoma Sooners with a final score of 24-14.&nbsp; National Champions!!<br /><br />I guess this is where I should apologize to all the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Utah fans</a>.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m sorry the Utes were &ldquo;robbed&rdquo; this season.&nbsp; I support a playoff system.&nbsp; I honestly do.&nbsp; I also support my Gators and still think the outcome would have been the same.<br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="1" height="1" align="top" /></a></p>admin29 Jan 2009 12:00:00 AMHot Chocolate Delight!<p>Is there anything more fun in the wintertime than coming in after an afternoon of fun in the snow and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa?&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank"></a>It is definitely something we look forward to . . . especially if we are hosting family or close friends.&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>We have a delicious hot chocolate recipe we use that I would like to share.&nbsp; Offering an assortment of fun additives to your cocoa makes it even more memorable!&nbsp; You may also want to consider serving the hot chocolate outside.&nbsp; A <a title="Lifetime Adjustable-Height Tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime adjustable-height folding table</a> makes set-up quick and easy whether you are setting it up inside or out.&nbsp; Most of us don&rsquo;t have a thermal Airpot dispenser kicking around the house, so a large thermos or a crock-pot set to low will make sure that your cocoa will still stay warm so you won&rsquo;t have to miss out on that last sled run down the hill.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Creamy Hot Chocolate</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>1 1/3 cup packed brown sugar<br />4 teaspoons cinnamon<br />1 gallon chocolate milk<br />&frac12; pint whipping cream</p> <p>Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a large stockpot.&nbsp; Add milk.&nbsp; Use an electric hand mixer to make it frothy.&nbsp; Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to serving temperature.&nbsp; Do not boil.&nbsp; (The whipping cream is to bring the milk to whole milk.&nbsp; If it happens to be whole milk, omit cream.)&nbsp; Also, if you choose to offer an assortment of mix-ins with your hot chocolate, I would consider cutting back or eliminating the cinnamon.</p> <p>Mix in ideas: whipped cream, crushed peppermint candy, chocolate shavings, crushed toffee bar, flavored creamers, marshmallows, chocolate-dipped marshmallows, candy canes, red hot candies, etc.</p>Jason31 Dec 2008 3:21:00 PMPilots, NASCAR, and Tailgating?<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />So, my hubby Mike did something pretty cool last weekend.&nbsp; I think I&rsquo;ve mentioned before that he is an <a title="f-16 info" href="" target="_blank">F-16</a> pilot in the Air Force.&nbsp; Right now he is stationed at <a href="" target="_blank">Randolph Air Force Base</a> in San Antonio, Texas as an Instructor Pilot for the <a title="T-38 info" href="" target="_blank">T-38</a> jet.&nbsp; Anyway&hellip;last weekend he (and some other guys from the squadron) did the flyby for the Nationwide <a href="" target="_blank">NASCAR </a>Series Race up in Dallas.&nbsp; Thanks to the wonders of technology, I was able to pause live TV and snap this photo of his flyby as shown on ESPN.&nbsp;:)</p> <p>After doing the flyby, Mike and the other pilots were escorted into pit row to watch the race.&nbsp; Mike said it was a pretty cool experience being right down by the action.&nbsp; They met <a title="info about Jack Roush" href="" target="_blank">Jack Roush</a>, owner of several NASCAR teams and fellow aviation fan, and they stood within arms reach of <a title="info about Kyle Busch" href="" target="_blank">Kyle Busch</a> during his celebration in victory lane.&nbsp; However, what surprised Mike the most was how much the pilots were treated like the celebrities by the fans and even the racecar drivers.&nbsp; He was the one looking forward to meeting the race personalities, but it turns out they were just as excited to meet the fighter pilots.&nbsp; I guess we sometimes take for granted what he gets to do for a job since flying is what he does every day.<img src="" border="0" alt="" />&nbsp; But, to most people, being a fighter pilot is still a pretty unusual and &ldquo;cool&rdquo; job that most people only get to dream about as a kid.</p> <p>Mike was so amazed at how welcoming all of the NASCAR fans were to the pilots.&nbsp; When they walked through the rows and rows of tailgaters, they were bombarded with offers of food, photo requests, and sincere appreciation for what they do for our country.&nbsp; One thing Mike noticed while he was talking with fans was how many people had Lifetime tables set up for their tailgate parties.&nbsp; Unfortunately, he decided pictures of Kyle Busch and T-38s were more exciting than tables so he didn&rsquo;t take any pictures to back up his story!&nbsp; But, I&rsquo;m sure he&rsquo;s telling the truth.<img src="" border="0" alt="" /> In fact, since Lifetime tables are such a staple tailgate item, in 2005 and 2006, Lifetime actually hosted a giant <a title="Tailgate of a Lifetime details" href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Tailgate of a Lifetime&rdquo;</a> party with over 40,000 NASCAR fans attending at the Michigan International Speedway!&nbsp; Whether it&rsquo;s a <a title="buy a camp table" href="" target="_blank">camp table with wire rack</a> to set the grill on, a <a title="buy a Lifetime banquet table" href="" target="_blank">banquet table</a> to set the food on, or <a title="buy a Lifetime chair" href="" target="_blank">chairs </a>to put your rear on, Lifetime products are pretty much ideal for tailgates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So, regardless if you&rsquo;re a football fan or NASCAR fan, &lsquo;tis the season to tailgate!&nbsp;&nbsp; And, if you&rsquo;re tired of serving the traditional burgers and hotdogs, be sure to check out the yummy recipe for <a href="" target="_blank">Grilled Flank Steak Sandwiches</a>, as well as other tailgate tips and solutions at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Oh&hellip;and hope you enjoy this &ldquo;bird&rsquo;s eye&rdquo; view of NASCAR as seen from a T-38!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan12 Nov 2008 5:08:00 AMStinky<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="" alt="" width="225" height="150" />The basement, after almost two years of work, is finally finished. We are very happy with the way it turned out. This past Saturday I decided to move my tools out of the basement and into the garage, which meant that I needed to organize the garage to fit everything. I have been parking my car out in the driveway for the past year and-a-half because my side of the garage has been used to store stuff from the basement.<br />I strive to be a&nbsp; minimalist but with a wife and two kids you are bound to accumulate stuff. Fortunately, I recently purchased a <a title="Lifetime Trailers" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Fold-in-half trailer</a>. Well actually... my dad bought the trailer for himself but I claim it as mine whenever I need it. He also stores it at his house which isn&rsquo;t that big a deal since folds up to only 29&rdquo; wide.</p> <p>With the wife and kids gone I wanted to get started on the cleaning out the garage. Its easier to throw stuff away when the wife isn&rsquo;t watching over your shoulder. I went over to my parents to pick up &ldquo;my&rdquo; trailer to find out they were out of town. Rats! no help from my dad today to get my junk loaded up.</p> <p>I was amazed at how easy the trailer was to work with and get set up to take over to my house. This was the first time I have used it. I was able to pull it out of their garage, unfold it, and hook it up to the SUV all on my own without any trouble.</p> <p>Once I had the trailer, cleaning&nbsp;the rest of the garage was a snap. Pretty much everything in sight that I didn&rsquo;t absolutely need to keep got thrown into the trailer. Once the trailer was loaded I just threw a tarp over the top and tied it down. Pulling the trailer was a breeze the only problem I had was arriving at the dump trying to back it into where the workers wanted me to be. Backing is tough for an inexperienced trailer-puller like me. I did manage to jackknife it on both sides of my car and I am sure I gave the workers a good laugh. Here is a hint&hellip; Trailers respond a lot quicker then you would think to minor adjustments in your steering so go slow&hellip; <a title="Photo courtesy of Wikipedia" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="" alt="" width="225" /></a><br />Once I finally got it to about where I was supposed to be I was able to pull out the back panel and quickly empty it of all of my junk. Don&rsquo;t worry, I separated my recyclables out.</p> <p>Taking the trailer back, folding it up, and wiping off any noticeable dirt so I wouldn&rsquo;t get busted for using it, was easy. Another thing I learned for you Lifetime trailer owners out there was although one person can move the trailer around by hand (I have the 5x8 model) it is a lot easier if you move it without the front and rear panels inserted. You need to remove these anyway to fold it up or unfold it so just sit them off to the side to move it around and them put them in after.</p> <p>It is nice to have a finished basement, and a clean garage so my car can park inside this winter.</p>Darrin10 Nov 2008 9:05:00 AMWhat's Wrong With This Picture?<p><a class="" title="On The Drive Home post" href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Michael’s last posting</a> talked about all of the basketball hoops he passed on his drive home.&nbsp; So, I started looking around during my drives as well.&nbsp; Normally, this Lifetime365 blog has been featuring upbeat, inspirational stories.&nbsp; But, the overall purpose of a corporate blog is to be open and honest.&nbsp; So, sometimes, it needs to serve as a reality check.</p> <p>Unfortunately, instead of counting how many basketball hoops I passed on my drive, I noticed how many people set up their basketball hoops improperly.&nbsp; I pass this particular basketball hoop in the photo on my way to take my son to preschool everyday and it just makes me cringe.&nbsp; It reminds me of one of those children’s coloring book games where you are supposed to find and circle all of the things wrong in the picture.&nbsp; This photo has so many things wrong, it’s too scary to count!</p> <p>First of all, it’s not a Lifetime basketball hoop… and that’s just wrong in itself.&nbsp;&nbsp;:)&nbsp; Ok, all kidding aside, whether it is a <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime basketball hoop" href="http://www.lifehttp//" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoop</a> or not, this basketball hoop is completely unsafe for multiple reasons. I know even Lifetime’s competitors do not advocate or support setting up a basketball hoop in this manner.&nbsp; </p> <p><a class="" title="lifetime portable basektball hoop details" href="">Portable basketball hoops</a> are a great invention.&nbsp; You can take them with you if you move, they are easy to “install”, and you can relocate them if necessary.&nbsp; The bases are made to be filled with sand or water to weigh down the base and keep the system from tipping.&nbsp; But, let me be completely honest with you…even though they are labeled as “portable”, they are actually really heavy and don’t move very easily when they are full!&nbsp;&nbsp; Reality check - your 10-year-old is definitely not going to be able to simply tip the basketball hoop over when it is filled and conveniently push it around the driveway and out of the way like it’s a vacuum cleaner.&nbsp; More honesty…yes, it’s difficult even for adults.&nbsp; The portability actually only becomes a true feature when the base is empty.&nbsp;&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; We want to keep you safe!&nbsp; We’ve done our homework.&nbsp; The systems are put through dozens of rigorous safety tests to determine how heavy the bases need to be to keep them from tipping.&nbsp; Unfortunately, too often, people simply lay bags of sand, cement blocks, or large rocks (like in the photo) on top of the base to weigh it down.&nbsp; (Ironically, lifting that huge rock is probably harder than moving the basketball hoop!)&nbsp; What if those “fixes” don’t weigh enough?&nbsp; What if they slide off?&nbsp; What if your kid tries to rebound the ball and falls on the cement block?&nbsp; At risk of sounding like your mother…the directions are there for a reason!&nbsp; Please follow the assembly&nbsp;instructions your manufacturer provided and fill the base with the appropriate amount of sand or water to prevent your hoop from tipping over.&nbsp; (If you have a <a class="" title="Lifetime basketball system details" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball system</a>, I&#39;ve made it easy to access your assembly instructions, just <a class="" title="Lifetime basketball assembly instructions" href="" target="_blank">click this link</a> and find your model.)&nbsp; And, furthermore, the hoop should be on a flat surface.&nbsp; As you can see in this photo, these people have even shimmied another rock under the front of the basketball hoop in an attempt to make it level.&nbsp; Better idea - take the extra time and necessary steps to level your ground by adding more dirt, pouring concrete, etc.</p> <p>Another sight that disheartens Lifetime employees is when we see basketball hoops set up for the city street to be the court area.&nbsp; Even if you think your street doesn’t have much traffic, you never know when a kid (or adult) may run to chase the ball and not notice an oncoming car. (This particular basketball hoop in the photo is in double danger since it’s actually on the corner of two streets!)&nbsp;&nbsp; Playing in the street puts both the basketball players and drivers in danger.&nbsp; And, if the hoops are actually placed directly on the street (rather than on a sidewalk or curb) they can be a driving hazard.&nbsp; Did you know for this very reason that some cities and subdivision Homeowner Associations actually have ordinances making it illegal to place your basketball hoop on the edge of the street?&nbsp; Save yourself some hassle and do some checking before you decide where to set up your hoop.</p> <p>Obviously, Lifetime encourages people to get out and play basketball.&nbsp; It’s a fun activity that promotes healthy lifestyles and brings families and neighborhoods together.&nbsp; But, we also encourage you to be smart and safe.&nbsp; When you set up your basketball hoop, be sure to find a secure place for your hoop and then follow the assembly instructions completely and properly.&nbsp; <br /></p>Jan15 Oct 2008 7:37:00 AMOur Lifetime Playset<p>What is better than a trip to the neighborhood park, where you listen to the children shrill with delight while they swing, hang from monkey bars, and slide down the slides?&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Having your very own outdoor play system with all this and more in your own backyard.<br />Last fall, we invested in a <a title="Lifetime Play Systems" href="" target="_blank">BigStuff Adventure Hard Roof Play System</a>, made by <a title="" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>, for my in-laws backyard.&nbsp; Our children get to spend a few afternoons each week at their grandma&rsquo;s house, fortunately for them, their grandma and grandpa have a large yard and there was a perfect spot in one corner of the property for a play set.&nbsp; The system is free standing so I didn&rsquo;t have to worry about anchoring the system to the ground.&nbsp; However, for safety reasons, I did excavate out about 6 inches of topsoil out of the play area and filled it in with bark so the children would have a soft play surface.&nbsp; Our kids and their cousins just love it!&nbsp; <img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br />Having your own backyard play set is really convenient. It&nbsp;lets your&nbsp;children&nbsp;to play outside at home instead of going to the park alone or waiting until you can take them. It also allows you to step outside after dinner and spend an hour of quality time with your children, swinging and sliding with them in your own backyard.<img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br />Sometimes children get bored around the house.&nbsp; Outdoor play sets, especially large ones with lots of exciting features like ours, entertain my children for hours on end with wholesome fun, and helps keep the house clean.&nbsp; Believe it or not, even in Utah, where we can have our fair share of snow, the play set is used routinely at least nine or ten months out of the year.&nbsp; The <a title="Learn about powder coating" href="" target="_blank">powder-coated metal</a> and <a title="Learn about HDPE" href="" target="_blank">polyethylene plastic</a> (HDPE)&nbsp;play set has been very durable and maintenance free.&nbsp; We are really glad that we got it for the kids.</p>Jason09 Oct 2008 12:42:00 PMNational Night Out<p><a title="National Night Out website" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last night was a fun night in our neighborhood.&nbsp; We celebrated <a title="National Night Out details" href="" target="_blank">National Night Out.</a>&nbsp; Apparently, most of the country celebrates this event in August.&nbsp; But, because of the summer heat, Texas officially moved its National Night Out to October 7.&nbsp; Plus, we all know, Texas just has to be different!&nbsp; :)</p> <p>The night is a national crime/drug prevention event designed to heighten community awareness and strengthen community spirit.&nbsp; San Antonio and outlying towns hosted various festivals and events last night.&nbsp; And, some individual subdivisions also hosted activities.</p> <p>Our subdivision celebrated by hosting a block party fully sponsored by our Homeowners Association.&nbsp; It was great&hellip; we just RSVPd and showed up for a yummy dinner and chance to mingle with our neighbors!&nbsp; A free night out of the kitchen&hellip;whoo-hoo!&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />Our subdivision is made up of only 64 houses on two streets.&nbsp; So, we simply blocked off the middle of the street for the &ldquo;party&rdquo; area.&nbsp; The event featured catered BBQ for dinner (what else would you expect in Texas?!).&nbsp; There were several <a title="Lifetime folding table details" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime banquet tables</a> set up in the street for people to eat on and the caterer also used <a title="Buy a Lifetime table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime folding tables</a> under the Texas awning to serve the chow.&nbsp; Neighbors simply brought their own lawn chairs for seating arrangements to keep it simple.<img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>One neighbor rolled out his <a title="Buy a Lifetime portable bball hoop" href="" target="_blank">portable Lifetime basketball hoop</a> for some friendly competition and the kids were all worn out from jumping in the rented bouncy castle.&nbsp; And, since the event is a crime/drug prevention awareness night, members of our local police department and fire department visited as well.&nbsp; The kids (and adults) loved being able to climb on the fire truck!&nbsp; Our block party was super simple, but for its inaugural year, it was certainly a success!<img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>We&rsquo;ve lived in four states so far during our military assignment and Texas is the first place we have lived where our neighborhood participated in this fun event.&nbsp; Hopefully, the event is growing nationwide.&nbsp; If you want to host National Night Out event in your neighborhood next year, now is the time to get the wheels in motion to get everyone on board!&nbsp; Check out the tips and organizational kit available at the <a title="National Night Out details" href="" target="_blank">National Night Out website</a> to help get you started.&nbsp;</p>Jan08 Oct 2008 9:25:00 AMFORE!<p><img style="width: 310px; height: 429px;" src="" border="0" alt="" width="326" height="446" />We had a great time at the <a title="" href="" 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="" href="" 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=";SearchCriteria=Expert&amp;Serial=19-2401" target="_blank">Don</a>, the host, recently purchased an <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">8x2.5</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">8x5</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">8x7.5</a>,<a href="" target="_blank"> 8x10</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">8x12.5</a>, 8x15. </li> <br /> <li><strong><a title="10x8 ft Garden Shed" href="" 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="" target="_blank">11x3.5</a>, 11x8, <a href="" target="_blank">11x11</a>, <a href="" 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="" 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 PMOn the Drive Home<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="" alt="" width="285" height="286" />After writing <a title="Memory of a Lifetime" href="">my last post</a> about my first encounter with a&nbsp; <a title="Lifetime Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball System</a>, I started thinking about how many other people probably had a similar experience as mine. In fact, on my drive home from work last week, I decided to count how many basketball systems there were, and how many of them were from Lifetime. In my short 10 miles from work to home, I counted 60 basketball hoops along my path, and out of those, close to 80% of them were made by Lifetime! So I&rsquo;m guessing that many have had an experience similar to mine.</p> <p>If you do, I&rsquo;d love to hear about it! In fact, while looking for the <a title="Jordan VS. Bird McDonalds Commercial" href="" target="_blank">Jordan vs. Bird commercial</a> a couple of weeks ago, I ran across video of some guys creating some pretty cool memories of their own on a Lifetime System. Check them out here:&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank">Backyard Basketball</a></p>admin29 Sep 2008 7:30:00 AMGot 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="">tables</a> can take up quite a bit of room.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">JEBar</a>, a senior member over at <a href="" target="_blank"></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 AMHow to Contact Lifetime Products<p>We’ve been seeing a few comments posted here from customers trying to reach our <a href="">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="" title=""></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="" title=""></a>.</p>Joe15 Sep 2008 11:29:00 AMMemory of a Lifetime<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/imagecache/blog/Slam-It System.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="301" height="467" /></a>The first time that I played basketball, or at least tried to, it was on a piece of plywood bolted above a neighbor's garage back in the mid 80's. I say "tried", because the ball never came remotely close to the rim - although it did hit the family station wagon multiple times.</p> <p>That's what makes my first encounter with <a title="Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> so memorable. It was in my best friend's driveway in the spring of 1990 - I was 12. I helped him unpack the shiny white poles for his new basketball hoop, while he picked an ideal spot for it in the corner of his driveway. With shovel and tools in hand, we began to install what would turn out to be the hub of recreation for us and several friends over the next half decade.</p> <p>While I didn't know then who <a title="The Lifetime Story" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> was as a company, I quickly became familiar with the advantage of their product. After the push of a broom handle, and a 'click', 'click', 'click' the rim was now on my level, thanks to the innovative <a title="In-Ground Goals" href="" target="_blank">Quick Adjust</a> height adjustment feature. Suddenly I could dunk like <a title="Michael Jordan" href="" target="_blank">Jordan</a>, or drop a 3 like <a title="Larry Bird" href="" target="_blank">Bird</a>. My most memorable shot came from the street as I closed my eyes, hefted the ball, and watched it the the garage...<a title="Bird Vs. Jordan" href="" target="_blank">nothing but net</a>.</p> <p>I drove by my friend's old house a few weeks back, and the hoop is still there, along with all the memories. Last month marked 5 years for me here at Lifetime, but thinking back on that first hoop, I realize that Lifetime has been a part of the way I live since the seventh grade.</p>admin10 Sep 2008 10:27:00 AMCamping, Camping and a Salute to BSA<p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="/imagecache/blog/campkeisel1.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="400" /></a>Anyone who works with a youth group knows that summer camp is one event that&rsquo;s looked forward to all year, and slightly feared by most adult leaders. Whether it&rsquo;s a group of giggling girls or rambunctious boys, the ideal summer camp has enough to do to keep everyone busy. Joe attended the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) owned <a href="" target="_blank">Camp Kiesel</a>, and told me a little about his trip. Nestled in Utah&rsquo;s mountains above Causey Reservoir, The camp offers excellent programs geared towards Cub Scouts and Webelos. The camp teaches archery, wrist-rockets (aka "slingshots"), outdoorsmanship, physical fitness, boating/canoeing, and even a BB rifle range. Although individuals are required to pack their own lunches, the camp offers a large area of <a title="Buy a Lifetime Picnic Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Picnic Tables</a>&hellip;The perfect place to relax, share stories, and for camp leaders, taking a much needed rest from the day's activities!</p> <p>Lifetime Tables contain powder-coated metal and plastic components that are easy to clean, and very long lasting -- making them a perfect choice for the tough conditions of a mountain camp and for your back yard.</p> <p>My own girls camp experience at BSA&rsquo;s Camp Hunt, on the wooded shore of Utah&rsquo;s Bear Lake, was more humorous than anything. After 2 days of bug bites, sunburns, 5 a.m. nature hikes, and chasing girls from activity to activity, we got a welcome break gathering at the fire pit to watch skits put on by the Boy Scouts and camp staff. In one of their funniest skits, a thief was showing his apprentice how to steal a wallet from a sleeping man&hellip; sleeping on a Lifetime 4&rsquo; adjustable fold-in-half table. I&rsquo;ll admit&hellip; I was a little nervous as he theatrically tossed and turned repeatedly on the lightweight table, scaring the thief. He shook the table back and forth, but it never started to fold, lean, or tip over. I later saw the same table being used at the waterfront, and other than a layer of dirt, it looked great.&nbsp;</p>Katie24 Jul 2008 2:28:00 PM6446 shed<p><a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank"><img title="6446 shed" style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" height="228" alt="6446 shed" src="" width="240" align="right" border="0" /></a> The <a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a> is a 15’ x 8’ multi-use garden shed by <a title="Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank"><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>.</a> </p> <p>A <a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a> isn’t like any <a href="" target="_blank">storage shed</a> you’ve ever seen before. The <a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a> 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="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a>&nbsp; might look better than your neighbor’s house! :)</p> <p>If you’re tired of running back and forth to the garage for your tools you need the <a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a>!</p> <p>The <a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a> is available from many garden home and garden store, as well as online with <strong>FREE SHIPPING</strong> from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </p>Joe27 Mar 2008 3:27:00 PMLifetime basketball hoops<p><a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" 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="Lifetime basketball hoops" src="" border="0" alt="Lifetime basketball hoops" width="240" height="84" align="right" /></a></p> <p><a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoops</a> are the industry standard in residential <a href="" target="_blank">basketball equipment</a>.</p> <p><a title="Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> has been selling <a title="Competitive Games and Recreation" href="" target="_blank">competitive products</a> for decades, <a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoops</a>, full basketball systems, goals, standards, in-ground and portable hoops, and <a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">basketball accessories</a> bring professional quality basketball to your backyard or driveway.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for basketball hoops, you&rsquo;re looking for <a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoops</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> offers a wide variety of <a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoops</a> with FREE SHIPPING straight to your doorstep!</p>Joe27 Mar 2008 1:18:00 PMPortable basketball systems<p><a title="Portable basketball systems" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="Portable basketball systems" src="" border="0" alt="Portable basketball systems" width="203" height="240" align="right" /></a> <a title="Portable basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">Portable basketball systems</a> like the BlackFusion by <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> takes the forms and cement out of your backyard basketball game.</p> <p>Instead of digging a hole, setting forms, mixing, reinforcing pouring cement, temporarily bracing the pole, and waiting for it to cure certainly makes for a stable (and permanent) addition to your backyard or driveway. We realize that sometimes people might not want to do that, and we&rsquo;ve got a solution with our <a title="Portable basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">portable Basketball systems</a>.</p> <p>Many of Lifetime&rsquo;s <a title="Portable basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">portable basketball systems</a> include height-adjustment mechanisms, this one has a telescoping height adjuster that is as simple as twisting a knob, bringing basketball down to the junior players, too (with heights from 7.5 feet to 10 feet)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> offers <strong>free shipping</strong> on this portable basketball system, delivered right to your door.</p>Joe26 Mar 2008 9:55:00 AMInground basketball<p><a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;border-left:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="Inground basketball" src="" border="0" alt="Inground basketball" width="494" height="173" /></a></p> <p><a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank">Inground basketball</a> hoops are cemented into the ground, rather than set on a portable base. <a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank">Inground basketball</a> systems provide rigidity and firmness, and generally take up less space than portable basketball systems.</p> <p>Cement is required for the installation of an <a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank">inground basketball</a> system (allow that to set fully for 72 hours after installation before play), but once set up, a cemented <a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank">inground basketball</a> goal can provide years upon years of entertainment and enjoyment for almost all ages.</p> <p><a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank">Inground basketball</a> systems are available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Joe25 Mar 2008 11:26:00 AM98874 Lifetime<p><a title="98874 Lifetime" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="221" height="240" align="right" /></a> The <a title="98874 Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">98874 Lifetime</a> basketball system, you&rsquo;ve seen them in High Schools, Colleges, and used by professional sports teams, now you can put the same, professional <a href="">basketball equipment</a> in your backyard.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">98874 Lifetime</a>&rsquo;s backboard is a regulation-sized 72&rdquo; by 42&rdquo; made of 8mm thick tempered glass. The rim is powder-coated orange and has a heavy-duty Spring-Flex with a steel wraparound bracing.</p> <p>With Rapid Cam&trade; Height Adjustment, the <a title="98874 Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">98874 Lifetime</a> has easy, one-hand adjustment from 7.5-feet to regulation 10-feet.</p> <p>The <a title="98874 Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">98874 Lifetime</a> is available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href=""></a>.</p>Joe03 Mar 2008 8:55:00 AM