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Choosing the Right Recreational Kayak For You!

Choosing a kayak is no easy feat. It's a big purchase, and picking the wrong kayak for your needs can put a damper on what should be a great experience. So, how do you know which kayak is right for you? That will depend on a variety of factors and personal choices. Luckily we are here to help! We'll explain a few things to think about when browsing the saturated kayak market that will help you find the perfect kayak and help you fall in love with the sport! Click to read more.

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Advantages of Blow-Molded Tables

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At Lifetime Products, we continually work to make and innovate the best products for our customers. With various forms of plastic molding available on the market, and different products to make with them, weve found that Blow Molding is one of the best processes to make your tables. But, what is Blow Molding? To put it simply, a blow-molded product is made with air. During the process the melted High-Density Polyethylene, or HDPE, drops into molds where air is blown in, expanding the HDPE into the cavities. All right, now you may ask, what is HDPE? High Density Polyethylene is essentially a type of plastic that makes our products stronger, lighter, and more durable than others. Polyethylene will not crack, chip, or peel and is formulated to withstand extended wear and tear in the harshest elements. Lifeti...

How Many Chairs Will Fit Around My Lifetime Tables?

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Planning a big TO DO? Reception? Convention? Whatever the event, indoors or out, Lifetime has the table size you need. Youll see Lifetimes folding tables at all kinds of events because they are constructed with polyethylene plastic tabletops and steel frames. That means excellent durability, very low maintenance, and portability. Not only do the legs fold up into the tabletop, some Lifetime tables even fold right in half for super compact convenience! These tables are available in different grades to suit the environment in which theyll be used. To help you figure out how many tables and chairs you will need to accommodate your guests, here are the number of chairs each of our Lifetime banquet tables will accommodate: 8 rectangle--4 chairs on each side and one at either end for a total of 106 rectangle--3 ch...

How To Clean A Lifetime Table

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Lifetime tables and chairs are made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, which is non-porous and resistant to most organic stains. For regular cleaning, mild dish soap and a damp cloth is all you need to keep your Lifetime table looking as good as new. For greasy food residues, a mild abrasive, such as Soft Scrub and a non-scratching pad will do the trick. Still, there are some stubborn residues that just soap and water cant handle, so weve done some informal testing to see what works the best on what. We gathered five different substances that are known for causing stubborn stains and applied them to a Lifetime tabletop: spaghetti sauce, mustard, coffee, ink, and an industrial marking crayon. We let them set undisturbed on the tabletop for 24 hours. After 24 hours the coffee and the mustard wiped ...

Picking the Perfect Folding Table

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When it comes to buying a folding table, theres a lot more to look for than just a basic structure with a flat surface, four legs, and the ability to fold flat. With so many table styles and options on the market, sometimes confusion unfolds faster than the tables! So, weve narrowed down some of the top features to consider to help you pick the perfect folding table for your needs. Look for Weather Resistance - The first thing to consider is how often you plan to use your table? Are you planning to use it inside, outside, or both? Folding tables are most often used for occasions when extra seating or a temporary work surface is necessary. Using one is not usually planned, so its important to look at a tables protection against weathering and water damage. Galvanized or powder-coated metal (like what is used ...

Lifetime Table Grades

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Lifetime is the number one manufacturer of folding tables in the world. Our tables are made from double-walled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with a powder-coated steel frame. This combination provides a lightweight design with superior strength, long-lasting durability, and low maintenance. We offer four grades of tables: professional, commercial, light commercial, and residential. Our professional grade, commercial grade, and light commercial grade tables meet or exceed BIFMA commercial and institutional standards of safety, durability, and structural adequacy according to standardized testing. This process includes various weight load tests, stress tests, and drop tests. With our extensive testing, quality materials, and engineering proficiency, our tables are the ultimate in performance and durability....

Why Buy a Fold-In-Half or Adjustable Height Table?

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To put it simply, well put the answer in one sentence: to make your life easier. You have so many things going on in your life that theres no way you can store or buy a different table for every need in your life, and every person. If that were the case, youd need a whole room just for tables. Andas nice as that would be, who has the money or space for that? There are so many advantages to owning a Lifetime Fold-In-Half or Adjustable Height table that youll even start finding ways to use them to fit needs we havent even thought of! With family dinners, holidays, weddings, birthday parties, and other get-togethers, the Lifetime Fold-In-Half table, whether in an 8, 6, 5, or 4-foot length, or 37 square, youll have the added seating area you need for extra family members or guests, or maybe that one last table t...

Maximize Your Storage Shed

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Its spring! And time to give the house a good cleaning and the yard a nice make over.Spring plantings, vegetable gardens, and new flowerbeds means youll be spending alot of time inyour outdoor storage shed. An outdoor shed is a big investment so be sure youre getting the most for your money by giving it a make over, too.Maximize its storage capacity by organizing your shed with shelving units and peg strips to keep your smaller items within easy reachon the wall and free up floor space for your larger equipment. Checklist The following accessories will have you well on your way to your storage shed makeover: Peg Strips - Use peg strips to hang tools and equipment of all shapes and sizes from hammers to hoes. Shelving Units - Use shelving units to keep smaller items from getting lost and chemical product...

Basic Gardening Tools and How to Care For Them

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If youre new to gardening, weve compiled a list of basic tools for your beginners gardening kit. As with any project, using the right tools makes all the difference between an enjoyable, successful experience and total frustration. I have also included some helpful tips on how to extend the life of your gardening tools by caring for them properly. Your beginners gardening kit should include the following items: A gardening trowel, which is a small hand tool with a shovel shaped blade for digging small holes for planting in or digging up weeds. Sometimes these come with depth indication on them which can be helpful when planting bulbs, etc. A trowel is the perfect size and tool to use in a Lifetime Raised Garden Bed.A dandelion digger, which is available with a long or short handle and can range from a very ...

5 Things to Know Before Buying a Shed

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You know you want a shed. But, before you start shopping for shed materials, make sure youve done your homework. If you know the answers to these quick tips youll be able to pick a shed that best meets your needs and adheres to proper codes in your area. 1. Shed Covenants and PermitsCheck the restrictions or covenants your neighborhood has for building sheds. For instance, many cities and neighborhoods will dictate the specific distance from a property line or fence line that a shed must be built. This may determine what type and size of shed you can build. Also, do you need to submit any architectural forms to your neighborhood HOA or acquire a building permit from your city? 2. Shed PurposeThink about how you are going to use your shed to help determine what size of shed and features will work best. Are y...

Lifetime Shed Foundation Options

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First and foremost, before preparing a foundation for your Lifetime shed, check with your city office to see if you will need a building permit. Also, some HOA have very strict requirements regarding the size, color, and material of any outdoor buildings you may want to build, so youll want to make sure youre good to go before investing your time and money. For your convenience, all Lifetime shed instructions are available in an online Owners Manual for you to preview. The Owners Manual will include how-to instructions on building a proper foundation for your Lifetime shed. There are three foundations we recommend and the one that will work best for you depends on how you plan to use your shed. Do you plan to use it just to store garden tools and fertilizer? Or will you be storing your riding lawnmower or AT...

Which Shed Material is Best for You

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Building an outdoor storage shed can be an easy way to add much needed storage space. However, determining what type of shed to build can be a difficult and confusing decision. Weve listed the pros and cons of each type of material to help you find which shed is best for you. Wooden ShedsA wooden shed is the most traditional type of shed and can be completely customized to create a very specific size or shape. They can be painted any color to match your house or surroundings, and they can easily be dressed up with unique features like cupolas or window flower boxes. They can also easily be customized inside, as well. Multiple shelves and cabinets can be hung from the walls and the overhead loft areas to provide extra storage area. However, unless you finish the inside of a wooden shed with actual walls and a...

Basketball Hoop Maintenance Checklist

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Lifetime basketball systems are built to withstand all types of weather. All of our parts are designed to handle both cold and hot temperatures, so there really isnt much maintenance needed. But, by taking a few extra minutes to follow this quick maintenance checklist, you can keep your system looking new year after year. 1.Check the water level in your portable base regularly and fill it to capacity. (Lifetime bases are made out of high-density polyethylene plastic that is flexible enough to expand with the water when it freezes. So, adding antifreeze is not necessary.) 2.Check and replace the nylon net if worn or damaged. If you know you will not be using the system for a long period of time (during the winter etc.), it is usually a good idea to take down the nylon net so it does not deteriorate over time...

How to Fill a Portable Basketball Base

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How to add water to your basketball base

We know youre excited to start playing on your new Lifetime Basketball Hoop. But before you start shooting like an all-star, make sure you fill your portable base to ensure it is safe so your system will not tip over and get damaged, or possibly cause injuries. These quick tips will help you fill your base properly so your hoop will be ready for you to unleash your Michael Jordan skills. Filler OptionsLifetime portable basketball bases are designed to be filled with either sand or water, and each one has pros and cons.SandSand is about 45% denser than water, which increases the systems stability making it more difficult to tip the system. Sand makes it more difficult to move the system on a regular basis if needed.Sand is more expensive and more difficult to put in the base, but it will not evaporate like wa...

How to Select a Lifetime Basketball Hoop

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All basketball hoops are not the same. Lifetime makes over 125 different models of basketball systems - each one with a different combination of features. We know the choices can seem overwhelming at first. So, weve put together this list to help you understand the different types of features that are available for beginner, intermediate, and competitive players. Portable, In-Ground, or Wall/Roof MountBefore you purchase a basketball system, first decide where you are going to place it to determine which style of system to buy. Portable By far, the most popular place for a basketball system is a driveway, and a portable system is ideal for this location. Portable systems have a base that rolls on wheels and is filled with sand or water for stability. Simple assemble, fill the base, and play today. In-Groun...

How to Measure for Safe Playset Space in Your Backyard

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It is always important to make sure you have ample space for a proper safety zone around playground equipment before purchasing. These general guidelines will help you get started figuring out where to put your equipment and help keep your kids safe while they have fun. Swings - Allow clearance in front of and behind the swings of at least double the height of where the swing attached. Slides - Allow at least 6 of landing zone in front of a slide. Monkey Bars - Place no less than 6 from any structure or obstruction, such as a fence, building, electrical wires, or branches. This includes 6 above the structure in case kids sit on top of the monkey bars. Clubhouses - These are generally tall structures, so always be aware of any overhead branches or wire. Rock walls - Allow at least 6 of clear space behind ...

How to Maintain Your Playset

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Ready to invest in a swing set for your family? Swing sets come in all shapes and sizes, but when it comes to the material of the frame, there are only two options on the market today: metal or wood. Each of these materials involves a certain amount of maintenance to continue to look good for many years. Metal playsets like those from Lifetime Products are constructed from steel for long-lasting strength and durability and come in a choice of bright primary colors or subtle earth tones. Like wooden playsets, the seats and slides are made from plastic but the main structure is made of steel. Powder coating is applied to this steel structure to prevent rusting and heat retention. Maintaining the metal on a metal playset involves:Checking for scrapes and scratches on the metal surfaces that will damage the pow...

What Is Badminton?

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Historical evidence shows the game of badminton probably originated in ancient before spreading to England via British India in the 1860s. At first the English referred to it by its Indian name, Poona, before changing it to Battledores Shuttlecocks--battledores being the racquets and shuttlecocks being, of course, the shuttlecocks (or birdies as they are sometimes referred to). The original racquets were made of dried animal gut stretched across a wooden frame, and the shuttlecocks were made of a piece of cork trimmed with feathers fastened around the top. It finally acquired its current name after the wealthy Duke of Beaufort hosted the games at a party at his country house of Badminton in Gloucestershire. Thereafter, they were called the the badminton games. By 1893, an official set of rules was published...

What is Pickleball?

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Despite the name, Pickleball does not involve pickles, or anything shaped like a pickle, or even anything green. The game was invented in 1965 in the back yard of US congressman, Joel Pritchard. He and his buddy, Bill Bell, had to make improvisations to their childrens badminton game because they couldnt find the shuttlecock. In its place, they substituted a wiffle ball, which is a plastic ball with holes all over it. Then they found it necessary to cut out some plywood paddles because the badminton rackets were too lightweight for the wiffle ball, and they also lowered the net. Because the game was comprised of spare parts, Mrs. Pritchard said that it reminded her of the crew on a pickle boat which is selected from leftover men, so they referred to it as Pickle Ball. However, despite her official statement,...

What Is Quick Start Tennis?

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QuickStart Tennis is designed to give kids a good foundation and jump start into the game of tennis. The United States Tennis Association stated: In a decision that will fundamentally change the future landscape of tennis in the United States, the USTA has passed new rules governing competition for 10-and-under tennis tournaments. Studies have found that competition, when conducted in a welcoming environment that allows for multiple play opportunities, enhances kids enjoyment of the game. And for aspiring collegiate and professional players, the QuickStart Tennis play format fosters proper technique and enhances strategy, key components to success in competitive play. Great idea! Of course, modifications have been made to accommodate the smaller stature of these young tennis players. These include: The size ...

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Playset

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If youve decided that a playset would be a great option for backyard entertainment, we have some helpful points to consider before making your investment. To be sure youre choosing the right playset for your family, you should consider the following:1.space 2.material 3.activities and options 4.safety features 5.installation process SPACE The most crucial factor when selecting your playset is the space you will be putting it in. Not only does it need to be big enough to accommodate the set, but also the children while they play. There will need to be enough room in the front and back of the playset to accommodate a child that is not only swinging, but jumping out of the swing. When shopping for playsets, you may come across what is referred to as The Recommended Safety Zone. This is the area the Playground S...

Tetherball

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Tetherball brings schoolyard and summer camp fun right into your own backyard. It is fun for children and novices, but provides a competitive challenge for older players as well. A portable tetherball system easily rolls to any space on the lawn or driveway, and because it does not require a cement base, it is quick and easy to setup. With your own tetherball system, you can hold a tournament, form a league or just get a fun workout right in your own backyard. Facts Tetherball has long been enjoyed on playgrounds and in summer camps across the country, evoking fond memories for the many who have played it. There are various facts about the game and its history, but because of tetherballs recreational nature, few are formally documented. Here are some historical tidbits: Tetherball was likely developed af...

Advantages of Sit-Inside vs. Sit-on-Top Kayaks

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One of the most common questions youll hear in the kayak industry is should I get a sit-on-top or a sit-inside kayak? This is one of the first decisions you need to make when buying a kayak. The truth is, the decision to get a sit-on-top or a sit-inside kayak will be based mostly on personal preference though there are some other factors to consider, as well. But to get started, lets talk about the differences between these two models. Sit-Inside KayaksSit-insides, or SIS for short, are the more traditional looking kayak like the Lifetime Payette Kayak . These have an open cockpit where the paddler climbs in and actually sits inside the hull of the kayak with his legs under the deck. Depending on the kayaks design, this style allows you to brace your knees off the inside walls of the hull to help with strong...

The advantages of blow-molded plastic chairs

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The advantages of blow-molded plastic chairs over padded chairs include cost, comfort, and easy cleaning. COST--The price tag on a padded folding chair usually higher than a plastic folding chair because manufacturers assume that consumers are willing to pay more for the fluff and foam, and some of them are. But all it takes is a little research on the customers part to discover that you get more for your money with a Lifetime blow-molded plastic chair. More comfort and more product life. Lifetime chairs are designed for outdoor as well as indoor use, so you get twice as much use out of them as you would padded chairs--which arent designed for outdoor use. COMFORT--In market simulations, Lifetime contoured folding chairs are preferred 2 to 1 over padded chairs. Surprised? Chair padding doesnt do any body mu...

How to Choose the Right Recreational Kayak For You!

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Choosing a kayak is no easy feat. Its a big purchase, and picking the wrong kayak for your needs can put a damper on what should be a great experience. So, how do you know which kayak is right for you? That will depend on a variety of factors and personal choices. Luckily we are here to help! Below well explain a few things to think about when browsing the saturated kayak market that will help you find the perfect kayak and help you fall in love with the sport! StyleFirst, you will need to decide what style of kayak you want. Do you want a sit-inside or a sit-on-top? To make this decision, youll want to take a few things into consideration. 1. What type of weather or climate will you be paddling in? 2. Are you comfortable having your legs enclosed or not? 3. How wet do you want to get? Generally, those w...

What is Paddleboarding?

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Paddleboardingis the latest sport to hit the water. No loud motor, expensive fuel, or cumbersome equipment required. In paddleboarding, the rider remains standing while paddling to maneuver the board. A paddleboard is wider than a surfboard so it provides more stability, which makes it easy to learn. For beginners, its recommended that you get used to balancing yourself on the paddleboard in flat water before you head for the ocean waves. To mount your paddleboard, take a position next to the board in the water and pull yourself onto the board by holding onto the edge. Assume a kneeling position just behind the center point of the board, keeping your hands on either side of the board to stabilize it. Once the paddleboard feels steady beneath you, carefully stand up one foot at a time. Place your feet where y...

Kayak Terms

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If you are new to kayaking and you have recently been surrounded by some veteran kayaking friends, there is a chance it sounded like they were speaking a foreign language. Fear not, beginner kayaker! Well have you up to speed faster than you can say kayak. Here are some common technical terms used to describe kayaks that are often not heard anywhere else: Stability: This term refers to how stable the kayak is and how stable it feels. Can you move around and lean without the kayak tipping over, or does the paddler feel wobbly? The width of the kayak is an important factor effecting stability. Generally, the wider the kayak, the more stable it is. Hull design will also come into play. Maneuverable: Kayak maneuverability refers to how quickly and efficiently the kayak turns and responds to turning paddle stro...

Six Basic Kayak Paddling Strokes

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You may think all you have to do to get around in your kayak is jump in and go, but theres actually a little more to aquatic navigation than that. Unlike driving a car, steering a kayak also involves the element of water, which has a personality all its own. Learning the following paddle strokes will enable you to get where you want to go quickly and efficiently. There is a different stroke for every maneuver in the watergoing forward, going backward, turning aside, turning around, and coming in sideways. The first thing to do is make sure youre seated correctly in the kayak: upright but leaning forward slightly. Make sure your feet are comfortably positioned against the built-in foot wells so you can brace yourself while pulling the paddle through the water. The FORWARD STROKE is the first one you will nee...

Advantages of Raised Bed Gardening

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Whether you are an established gardener, a wanna-be gardener who just cant seem to find your green thumb, or a complete gardening newbie, Raised Bed Gardens make gardening easy. They can significantly increase your yield while drastically reducing the work required to tend to a garden. Established gardeners can expand their growth, and growing season, by placing Raised Bed Garden Boxes in places where traditional rows may not be practical due to space, irrigation, poor soil, or other concerns.People who have failed at gardening in the past may have been overwhelmed with the enormity of setting up a traditional row-style garden, and having to tend a large space. Raised Bed Gardens are a very attractive solution to get a significant amount of crop, without devoting a significant amount of space -- or time. An...

5 Family-Fun Basketball Games

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Basketball Games

Everyone loves to shoot hoops out in the driveway or backyard. Its the perfect way to get your exercise, practice your jump shot at home or just blow off some steam. But as much fun as it can be playing alone, it is much more fun with family and friends. Since Lifetime revolutionized the game of basketball by bringing the game home to you, it would make sense that we are experts when it comes to playing the game it was meant to be played with family and friends, and at home for fun! Here are our top picks; the most popular Family basketball games you can play right in your own driveway, backyard, or patio. Checklist A Lifetime basketball hoop portable or in-ground A beautiful day or even an okay day A basketball (any ball that bounces will do, actually) An assortment of family and friends, the numb...

Slam-Dunk Basketball Party Ideas

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March is quickly approaching and, for many of us, thoughts of leprechauns and lucky clovers have been replaced with the excitement of NCAA March Madness! Its a time to gather friends, family and co-workers to watch the up-and-coming stars of the basketball world and cheer on our favorite college team. Whether its two classic rivals fighting it out on the court or a no-name college as the underdog, one thing is certainenergetic sports fans will watch with delight as the Final Four is determined. Some fans may choose to watch at sports bars and restaurants, while many will enjoy the comfort and intimate setting of their family room. Here are a few easy tips that will spice up the competition for an in-home party while providing some well-coached style and flair for snacks and drink presentation. Host a Snack ...

April Fool's Dinner

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Top off a fun-filled day of practical jokes with an April Fools Dinner that will baffle your dinner guests. Their eyes are sure to deceive them when you present this yummy frosted mash potato layer cake and chocolate ice cream taco salad with an irresistible gelatin fruit punch that will prove a little difficult to sip through a straw! This is a great idea for family fun or to make a memorable impression on a first date. Checklist Lifetime table Lifetime folding chairs: enough for each guest Meatloaf Layer Cake Since its April Fools Day, serve up this dessert first! Yields 8 to 10 servings. Meatloaf Cake Ingredients 2 eggs, beaten 1 can (5.5 oz.) spicy tomato juice 1/2 c. seasoned bread crumbs 1/2 c. quick-cooking oats 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cups grated carrots 1 tsp. chili powder 1/2 t...

Teacher Mini Album

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Rather than giving your childs teacher flowers or candles at the end of the school year, why not make a mini album so the teacher can remember the highlights of the year? Try out this envelope album. It provides plenty of room for photos, and the pockets are great for storing messages from each of the children. Id recommend asking your child to be in charge of collecting photos, notes and memorabilia from all of the students in the class.When he or she helps out with the project, it really becomes a gift from them. In fact, other students may be interested inhelping out as well. Designate age-appropriate tasks to them sothe album will truly represent everyone! Checklist Lifetime Table Lifetime Chair Stationery envelopes measuring 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 Two pieces of chipboard cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Double-sided ...

Study Zone 101

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Getting back into the study zone at home can be a tough process after a long, fun summer. Some simple organization can help you approach the coming year with the perfect homework setting; tailored to your childs school situation. So, grab a highlighter and take note of these easy ideas for finding and creating the perfect homework place! Steps Designated space. Designate a set place in your room or home for your child to study. If it is a younger child, make the space someplace (such as the family room or kitchen) where you can easily supervise the work and be readily available to answer questions. If it is an older child, his own bedroom is an ideal location. Table it. Theres a reason classrooms have desks and chairs instead of couches and bedsit keeps the students alert! The same should hold true at ho...

Garage Sale!

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With the winter thaw complete and the warm sun shining down on the yard, its time to engage in the timeless act of spring cleaning. Spring is the perfect time to climb up in the attic, creep down into the basement and de-clutter your entire household. Pull out all of the hidden treasures that have worn out their welcome and hold the first great garage sale of the year. Checklist Full assortment of Lifetime Folding Tables A beautiful day! Wide selection of junk from the basement, attic, closets and garage Signage for posting around the neighborhood Ad in the local paper or community newsletter Price tags Change (small bills, coins and receipts) and a cash box Refreshments (or a Lemonade Stand so the kids can participate) Steps Before you begin, be sure to have plenty of Lifetime Folding table...

Give me a Break!

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Happy employees are productive employees. And when it comes to your employees, little things can make a big difference. Creating an employee break room is a small perk that can help refresh minds, build friendships, and boost your bottom line. Whether you own a hair salon, a video store, or a real estate office, we can help you create a functional and affordable employee break room. Checklist Lifetime Tables Lifetime chairs Sink Refrigerator/freezer Ice maker or ice cube trays Microwave Toaster Coffee pot Water cooler Dinnerware supplies- plates, bowls, spoons, etc. Plastic wrap Coffee mugs for guests Glass beverage glasses for guests Paper towels 409 or other all-purpose cleaner Dish soap and sponge Broom Vending Machines Water cooler Coffee Coffee filters Sugar Cream Coffee stirre...

7 Games to Boost a Baby Shower

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Its time to take the traditional baby shower to the next level! If youve sat through the traditional baby shower, you know exactly what Im talking about. Eleven varieties of cake, the ceremonious passing around of ultrasound photos, small games, and small prizes. After about the twenty-sixth time youve sat with your ankles crossed, laughing politely and looking at your watch, arent you ready to try something else? If youre fed up with the traditional cake fest, check out the tips below, and use the ideas to throw a baby shower thats both memorable and original! Lifetime Banquet Table Lifetime Folding Chairs Baby shower invitations Print one invitation per guest. Fold this printable .pdf into fourths, and write all your baby shower information on it. Oh baby! Fashion Show: variety of baby clothes and ac...

Ultimate Kiddie Table Setting

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Do your holiday dinners have a kiddie table for little ones? Does your family have all the tools you need to make the kiddie table the life of the party? With the Holidays just around the corner, its the perfect time to plan the ultimate kiddie tablefor your next great holiday gathering. The kids will thank you for it! Planning the Ultimate Kiddie Table According to a survey*, 61 percent of American adults and 72 percent of American children have sat at a holiday kiddie table, a place usually known for being full of fun and laughter. This year, add to the festive spirit by employing a few simple tips to give the children at your holiday celebrations a table specially designed for the occasion. Dish it out. Make the kiddie table inviting for children by giving them their own set of dishware (unbreakable or...

Perfect Scrapbook Layouts

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Before you dive into scrapbooking, its important to outline the purpose of your book and stick to an overall theme or feel. Deciding this will help you buy materials, organize photos, and ultimately create awesome layouts. Checklist A Lifetime folding table A Lifetime folding chair Your album and photos Cardstock and patterned papers Some time to think creatively Steps Plan first- Before you start your scrapbook, ask yourself: Who am I making this album for? What do I want to record or document? What time-period does this cover? How many pictures do I want to scrapbook? These answers will help you determine the type of project and the type of album you need to achieve your goal. Determine your page elements- Each page should generally have: Photo/photos of the event or person, A title that desc...

Kid's Crafts

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Tired of hearing, Im bored, from your kids during summer vacation? Summer is the perfect time to make scrapbook and memory craft projects that the whole family can enjoy. Its also a good time to go through the scrapbook products you dont often use and find new ways for your kids to enjoy them. Use these ideas below for some kid-friendly craft projects.Keep in mind that these projects require parental supervision, depending on the age and ability of your child. Room Mobiles Mobiles are a great way to decorate a childs room. Use your favorite colors and shapes to make your own unique mobile. Consider these themes: sports, beach, vacation, school, friends and holidays. Paperkuts designer Janna Wilson made this holiday mobile with her two children. Checklist Lifetime table Lifetime folding chair Stickers ...

Basic Scrapbooking Setup

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The first step to scrapbooking or any other kind of craft,is deciding on a space. One of the beauties of scrapbooking is that it can be whatever you want to make it - and that goes for your work space, too. You can make it as large as an entire room or as small as a folding table. Design your scrapbook space for flow. Once you know where to put your scrapbook workstation, put your hands out in front of you in the spot you choose as your immediate workspace. Anywhere you can reach without stretching is your critical workspace. In that space, put your most important tools, such as your scissors, trimmer, adhesive, etc. Beyond arms length, you can start to sort less-frequently-used materials. Remember to use your wall space and under-the-table space for organizing all your supplies and photos. Now its time to g...

Photo Pointers

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Once you have planned your workspace, its time to tackle your most important element in scrapbooking: your photographs. Depending on the period of time youre attempting to scrap, youll have anything from a small stack to boxes full of photos. It may seem intimidating at the beginning, but these simple steps will have you organized in no time. Checklist 2 Lifetime tables A Lifetime folding chair Your photographs Photo-safe or acid free photo boxes Folder tabs that fit your photo box A few hours and some patience Steps First, decide how you want to create your albums. If you want them to be chronological, then sort and organize your photos in that manner. If you plan to do albums about each family member, sort that way. Or, if it is by theme, keep this in mind too when you sort photos. Spread ou...

Pumpkin Carving Tricks and Templates

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If youve ever looked at masterfully carved pumpkins and thought: how in the world did they do that? Now is the time to learn! Most pumpkin carving tricks are easy to learn and simple to do. The steps and ideas in this article will help make pumpkin carving this Halloween less of a trick and more a treat! Whether you like spooky, simple, or complicated designs, or even if you just carve pumpkins for comic relief, youll find a template for you in our free downloads at the bottom of this article. Checklist Lifetime Table Lifetime folding chairs The perfect pumpkin Masking tape Pencil or grease pencil Sharp knife Large, sturdy spoon Hole poker Tea light or small candle Garbage can Steps Find the right pumpkin. Select a pumpkin with the right shape for the carving youd like to do. Some carvings l...

Chinese New Year

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Its time to table your traditional New Years Party and try something from the Far East. Whether you celebrate Chinese New Year, or you just want to put a twist on your New Years celebration, youll love this party plan. Send out these interesting invitations to pique interest, then impress your guests with rich and elegant Chinese dcorall with minimal effort. In a quick trip to the Chinatown in your area, you can get most of the materials you need to get started. Chinese New Years Eve is translated Change Eve. Embrace change with this fun and unique party! Checklist Two 8ft. Lifetime Tables. Put them end to end to form one long banquet table. Lifetime folding chairs: enough for each guest Red Doupioni silk fabric, large enough to cover your table and go to the floor. Inexpensive black or red Chinese sil...

Eye-Catching Craft Show Displays

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Tis the season to pull out your craft materials and start hauling your goods to local craft shows and bazaars. If youre displaying at your local indoor church bazaar for just a few hours, set up might be a little less elaborate than an all-weekend, outdoor city craft show. However, either way, weve pulled together some tips and hints to help your booth sizzle with success! Checklist Lifetime display tables Lifetime folding chairs Craft Show Caddy Cash box Change Receipt book Calculator Several pens Order forms Clipboard Lined paper pads for writing orders, names, phone numbers Tax certificate (if applicable) Tax tables Business cards Catalogs Large sign with name and/or logo, with hanging wire or easel Safety pins (for anything) Large white sheet/material for sun protection pinned to tent...

It's Tailgating Time!

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Whether youre planning the Ultimate Tailgate or a serious-fans-only party at home, kickoff the football season with a party that proudly flaunts the success of your team Proudly decked out in your favorite team colors, this settings a winner for any stadium parking lot or living room. Use the steps below to give your table just the right touches to score big with friends and family. Checklist LifetimeFolding Tailgate Table with wire rack(perfect for grilling and serving) or Sport Table Lifetime folding chairs Try to get all the items listed below in your favorite teams colors Your favorite game day snacks Several large toy football helmets Key chains with your teams emblem (one per person) Folders Construction paper in your teams colors 3-hole punch Team stickers Steps Spread the word! Tel...

Hooray for the Red White and Blue!

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Its July, and the sweet smell of grilled burgers and fireworks seem to linger in the air. The sounds of crackling sparklers and childrens laughter make up some of our warmest memories. But no Fourth of July is complete without an invitation to a back yard barbeque! Plan an unforgettable Independence Day party for friends, family, or your church group with the following tips and steps. Checklist Round Lifetime Tables Plenty of Lifetime Folding Chairs Shiny red, white and blue vinyl fabric. Cut into 48 squares (one per table) Either solid red, white and blue napkins. Or make flag napkins with star napkin rings: for this youll need paper towel rolls, glue gun, 2 red grosgrain ribbon, and large silver or gold stars Red and white gerbera daisies and blue iris or delphiniums Galvanized 2 quart metal bucket...

What to Look for When Choosing a Tablecloth

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Tablecloth buying doesnt need to be difficult, although we have all stood at the local linen store staring at the large selection hoping the perfect one will just fall off the shelf at us! If youre in the market for some new linens or just want to know how to start, weve got some helpful tips and ideas to get you going. Color If just starting out, select a classic white or neutral color. It will go with everything and every occasion, and will be easy to accommodate different accessories. Lighter colors can appear either classic or casual while darker colors will have a more dramatic effect. Lighter colors are well suited for any holiday look, and can also add that wow factor to your table. Fabric Linen has always been at the top of the list for tablecloths, with cotton and cotton blends following ...

Eight Decorating Tips to Spice Up Your Fall Harvest Festival

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Celebrate the autumn harvest with a festival! The cool, crisp air of fall has arrived. This is the time of year to gather with family and friends, and give thanks for natures extraordinary bounty. Fall foliage offers a beautiful backdrop, creating the perfect setting for Thanksgiving and other fall harvest festival traditions. Here are some simple, thoughtful, and delightfully affordable suggestions to serve as inspiration for your next autumn gathering. Set an inviting tone for your celebration with a pile of pumpkins in a rainbow of fall colors. Pick the largest, most attractive pumpkin to greet guests and paint a welcome message on its side using craft paint and a small artists brush. Take decorating cues from the fall landscape. Use leaves, branches, and fall vegetation and blooms to stage a foliage-...

Get Your Ice Cold Lemonade!

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Nothing gets your young entrepreneurs going like a good ole fashioned Lemonade Stand. Its a spring and summer tradition that everyone has participated in, and with sturdy and lightweight Lifetime Tables and Chairs, the Lemonade stand is certain to make a comeback in your neighborhood. Your little ones can be the first on the block to bring out the refreshments with these simple tips and solutions to making a quick and successful stand. Checklist A Lifetime Personal Table or 4-Foot Fold-in-Half Table A beautiful Spring or Summer day Fresh Water Ice Fresh Lemons (or a suitable powdered lemonade) Sugar Plastic Lemonade Pitcher Plastic or Paper cups Large Mixing Spoon Tongs for the Ice An Apron Lemonade Signs Cash Box Change (lots of quarters, nickels and dimes to make change!) A safe and highl...

Grab Your Remote: Season Premiere Couch Potato Party!

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The end of summer means the end of reruns! Time to grab your remote control and snuggle into the couch by yourself to watch the premieres of your favorite TV shows, right? Wrong! We all know its much more fun to share in the highly anticipated season premieres with a group of close friends. So, rather than being embarrassed to admit that youre a couch potato TV junky, flaunt it boldly and throw a Couch Potato Party! What exactly is a Couch Potato Party? Well, in its most sincere form, a Couch Potato Party involves watching TV and eatingpotatoes, of course! Its a simple party to host and the food is inexpensive and easy to prepare. Just buy a bag of spuds and follow these simple tips to sprout some tasty tater fun at your next TV premiere party. Heres hoping you have a spudtacular Couch Potato Premiere Party!...

World's Longest Yard Sale Tips

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This famous sale winds its way 650+ miles through several states. In 2009, Lifetimes organizational expert Donna Smallinstopped by the heart of the saleJamestown, Tenn.to offer a few yard sale ideas to participants and collect tips from the best sellers to share with us on Lifetime.com. If you cant make it to the sale, dont fret; below are a few of Donnas tips for your own garage sale. Looking for the perfect sale date? August 14 is National Garage Sale Day! Donnas Yard Sale/Garage Sale Tips Collect Your InventoryYard sales are a great way to get rid of clutter and make a few bucks, but it can be difficult to decide what to part with. As a general rule, if you dont love it or use it, lose it. With this mantra in mind, walk through your home with packing boxes in hand and decide what goes. Get kids involv...

Gathering of Goddesses

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At any girls night or girls-only party youve heard the phrase fit for a queen, well what about fit for a goddess? Plan a girls night to top all others using rich, warm colors and fresh flowers. You and your girlfriends deserve a night of indulgence and pampering. This party plan gives your girls night a glittering Indian theme in rich, warm colors, topped with a delicious desert. Why be treated like a queen when you can be treated like a goddess? Checklist Lifetime banquet table Lifetime folding chairs An open-sided tent or canopy decorated with hot pink Indian-inspired fabric and brightly colored ceiling panels made out of silk or satin lengths of fabric. Bright fabric or table cloth (Indian inspired fabric also looks great) Gold chargers decorated with Bindis or self-stick Indian jewels along the ri...

Fun ways to Dye Easter Eggs

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Making your own Easter eggs is a fun way to celebrate Easter and its a traditional activity for most families. Who doesnt remember decorating eggs as a kid? This year, try a new twist on your egg decoratinggo natural! Get creative with fruit and vegetable juices and materials you already have around the house. Follow these egg recipes to make your eggs as simple or fancy as you want. There are many traditional and non-traditional methods for decorating Easter eggs, but the most important thing to remember is to do what suits you and your creative crew. Checklist Lifetime banquet or round table Lifetime folding chairs Large Eggs Teacups and spoons Paper towels Egg holders (old egg carton or lined Easter basket) For Naturally Dyed Eggs, you can choose from: coffee, saffron, cranberries, beets, spinach...

Outdoor Western Birthday Party

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When it comes to planning an outdoor party for kids, the skys the limit. Hosting an outdoor party opens up a whole new world of options. More space, more fun! And theres no need to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun. If youre planning a party during the summer months, check out some of these fun and easy games and a few menu suggestions to go along with a western party theme. Test their squirt gun skills with Sharp Shooters, allow them to sneak up on the Sheriff in Giddy Up, Whoa!, and let your lil buckaroos search for hidden cowboy toys in a Haystack Hunt. Checklist Lifetime Picnic Tableor afolding tablewith chairs Lifetime wheelbarrow Squirt guns Empty cans A bag of plastic cowboys, indians, or horses Hay Sheriffs badge or cowboy hat Bandanas for decorations and costumes Sharp Shooters ...

Easter Traditions

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Your friends and family will be delighted at the sight of this charming Easter Egg Tree. You can decorate a small, living tree in your own yard or just use a small dead branch, about 2 ft. tall, for a table centerpiece. Checklist Lifetime Table Lifetime folding chairs Youll need an appropriately sized container that can be filled with pebbles (plain or decorative) if youre using the dead branch Several colored plastic eggs, preferably with the small hole in the top, but thats not absolutely necessary. If youre going to use the plastic eggs without holes, youll also need clear tape to attach the ribbons. Decorative ribbon to tie each egg to the tree branches String For Potted Branch Only--White acrylic paint and small sponge to apply paint to the tree branches (Do not apply paint to a living tree) ...

Earth Day Tank Top Shopping bags

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Youre seeing them at stores and supermarkets everywhere today as environmentally consciencious folks are trying to do their share to save the planet one bag at a time. Take that idea one step further and recycle tank tops into reusableshopping bags! These recycled, reusable shopping bags are a simple, easy way for everyone to do their part towards reducing the waste in our landfills. With these tank topshopping bags, 99% of the sewing has already been done for you! Of course,if youre using commercially made tank tops, you can choose from a variety of designs sporting your favorite brand name, vacation spot, etc. The selection is endless!When you use these recycled, reusable, tank top shopping bags, you are making a public statement that you care about our planet and are willing to do your part to clean up th...

Mardi Gras Celebration

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Fat Tuesday! Pancake Day! Mardi Gras! No Matter how you say it, it means party all over the world. So how will you celebrate? By flying out to New Orleans of course! Alright fine thats not always an option. If Mardi Gras isnt coming to your hometown, try bringing it yourself by throwing your own Mardi Party. Use the party format below, or spice it up with a few ideas of your own! Checklist -Invitations -Decorations: Yellow, purple, and green strings of beads for decorations and necklaces, yellow, purple, and green party streamers and butcher paper, multicolored holiday lights, Mardi Gras wall hangings (from a local store), clear packaging tape.-Mask Making: Feathers (in a variety of colors), scraps of cardboard (about 1x1 each), felt (in a variety of colors), markers, paint. -Float Making: More yellow, purp...

Here Comes the Easter Bunny!

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In spring, the Easter bunny is busy hopping from house to house, delivering baskets filled with candy and colorful Easter eggs. We throw open our winter-weathered doors to welcome back the cherry blossoms, tulips, and daffodils, breathing in the sweet scent of a new season. Bunnies, baskets, and fresh flower bouquets, spring brings it all to your door! Now its time to let it all inside and celebrate Easter with a party like never before. Whether you plan to invite friends, family, or fellow church members to your Easter celebration; make it as colorful and exciting as the season of renewal with these dinner party tips. Checklist Banquet or round Lifetime tables Lifetime folding chairs Yellow and baby blue square silk table toppers over white to-the-floor cloths. Blue hydrangeas, yellow daffodils, and w...

Spooky Halloween Table Decor

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The only thing scarier than Halloween, is not being prepared for it! If you host an annual Halloween party, or are looking to throw a party this year, try these table topper ideas to entertain your guests with frightfully delightful dcor! From a black fuzzy tablecloth, to a variety of pumpkins and candles,a miniature trick or treat bag for a name plate, these peices are easy to make and set the perfect scene. Checklist Lifetime tables Lifetime folding chairs Black, furry fabric, enough to cover your table or just the center Pumpkin placemats: Orange and black shiny vinyl fabric or felt (1 yard per 4 guests),glue gun, scissors, Guest party bags: Free downloadable cut out templates or kid friendly cut out templates, Halloween patterned paper bags, glitter, dark stamp ink pad, paintbrush, colorful tissue...

Dog Wash Stand

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Sick and tired of the summer blues? Make a splash in your neighborhood with a dog washing stand! Nothing beats summer boredom like getting outside, getting wet,and earning a few bucks while youre at it. Invite your neighbors to bring their pooches to get a good cleaning for just a few dollars. Use this as a fund-raiser for your school, community, or a local charity, or simply as away for your kids to earn a little extra money over the summer. Checklist Lifetime utility table. Lifetime personal table Plenty of young entrepreneurs or volunteers Flyers Sign: Poster paper, markers Cash box Change: coins and dollar bills Large basin(s) Hose Dog Shampoo Old towels Dog brush Doggie treats Some ribbons and bows (optional) Blow dryer(optional) STEPS Set a date and spread the word:Distribute fli...

Spring Yard Cleaning

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After the cold gray months of winter, youre probably anxious to get out and do some yard work when the warm spring weather finally rolls around! With the sun on your face and the bright green grass under your feet, the spring temperatures are perfect for getting a jump start on your yard work. At Lifetime we have the equipment you need to get the job done: wheelbarrows, yard carts, composters, and utility trailers. Its time to rake up all the dead leaves out of the flowerbeds and collect the debris the winter winds have blown into every nook and cranny. Gusty gales may have also scattered limbs and twigs around your yardbut no problem! Spring Fever has your adrenaline pumping and youre ready to tackle it all! Checklist of Equipment and Supplies A Lifetime wheelbarrow or YardCart A Lifetime composter...

10 Steps to a Total Yard Makeover

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The most important element of your yard is the feeling it creates. Whether you go outside to relax, work, entertain, play, or pursue your hobbies, you want a yard that sets the right mood and is easy to care for. Sound at all like your current patch of land? Dont worry, theres no better time to start than now, and most can be done in ten easy steps! So cuff your sleeves, break out gardening tools, and prepare to create the ultimate lawn. Checklist Lifetime Trailer Lifetime Shed Lifetime Yard Cart Rake Shovel Garden spade Soil Grass Seed Lawn mower Broom or Hose String trimmer Long pruning shears Black spray paint Compost or fertilizer Steps Clear the Clutter: Your kids sun-bleached plastic wagon, the forgotten patio furniture, rakes from last autumnyouve got to either move it or lose it...

Garden Composting

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Composting

Dont throw away your kitchen and garden waste! Composting these organic materials creates a rich, black fertilizer full of nutrients and conditioners for your garden. Why spend money on expensive fertilizers when you already have all the ingredients you need to make a wonderful soil conditioner--ingredients that would otherwise end up in an already overflowing landfill? Checklist Lifetime composter organic vegetable matter from your kitchen, including coffee grounds and egg shells untreated grass clippings dead leaves sticks and twigs wood ashes Starting Your Compost Keep a plastic bag or container in the kitchen to store your vegetable peelings, fruit rinds, and egg shellsfor later disposal into your compost heap. If possible, use a bag on your lawnmower so that grass clippings** can be easil...

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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Its time once again to celebrate Earth Day by participating in activities that show our appreciation for the natural beauty of our planet and our committment to combating environmental pollution. The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970 as a nationwide demonstration, petitioning the government to put environmental issues on the political agenda. Thousands of schools and about 20 million demonstrators participated in the original Earth Day. Earth Day was such a success that it is now celebrated annually. People everywhere get involved in community events and family traditions that help to sustain our natural environment. What? Your family doesnt have an Earth Day tradition? Well its never too late to start! Below are 10 examples of Earth Day family traditions to get you thinking. Ideas Plant a tree in ...

Spring Potting and Planting

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Add dimension and color to any area with potted plants! Potted plants will liven up your home whether they sit in your living room, on the porch or patio, or out in the garden. All gardening enthusiasts know that potting expands your growing area and is a great way to make your favorite plants into portable bouquets. Take advantage of Mother Natures color palate, and create beautiful, vibrant displays you can enjoy anywhere. Checklist 6-foot Lifetime table or the Lifetime Workcentre 1 bag of potting soil Pebbles Pieces of a broken pot Desired pots A garden spade Variety of plants and flowers Steps Pick your plants- Pick plants that have just started to grow; they have roots that can adapt to transplanting. Think about the colors, textures, and themes youd like to incorporate in your house or y...

Gardening Tips from Charlie Nardozzi

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Charlie Nardozzi has worked for over 20 years to bring expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, and the printed page. Charlie serves as senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association (NGA). He also writes national gardening news for the Regional Reports Newsletter and worked as an editor for National Gardening magazine for 12 years. Planting a Tree - Fall is the perfect time of year to plant a tree. Select a tree with the ultimate height and spread to fit in the area you plant. Dig a hole as deep as the root ball of the tree and three times as wide. Remove the container or burlap and place the tree in the hole. Back fill with the original soil. Only amend the soil with compost if its of very poor quality. Water the tree well and mulch with a 2-...

Winter Curb Appeal - by Loren Keim

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Whether youre trying to sell your home or impress your family and friends during the holidays, their first impression of your home is the exterior. Although showcasing the front of your home is difficult in colder weather with brown lawns, leafless trees and a backdrop of cold and blistery skies, there are ways to improve the appearance and make your curb appeal pop. Tips The Lawn Although you wont be able to change the color of your lawn, or correct bare spots during the winter, you can create a manicured look by cleaning up the yard. Rake up any remaining leaves and remove any garbage thats blown into your yard. The Landscaping Clean out all the dead plants that wont be coming back. Cut back bushes and trees that overgrew during the spring and summer. You might even consider planting a few winter flo...

How to Use A Lifetime Raised Garden Bed

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Raised Gardening

A Lifetime Raised Garden Bed consists of four interlocking panels to create the 4 x 4 ft bed. A weed barrier fabric is placed in the bottom of the bed to prevent weeds from sprouting through from the ground. (This is not included with the kit, but can be purchased at your local nursery or home improvement store.) Then, the bed is filled with a special soil mix and its time to plant! Many gardeners prefer raised bed gardening because: Growing plants in raised beds is a logical choice for gardens with poor soil. Higher yields are produced. This is because of the rich, customized soil you create in the raised garden bed instead of relying on the natural soil conditions. It is also because more plants can be grown in a raised garden bed than conventional row planting because no space is wasted between rows.Less...

2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Map

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The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map indicates some zone changes due to northward warming trends. So what is the Plant Hardiness Zone Map? This is a map that gardeners refer to in order to see which plants can be grown successfully in their area. It is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature and divided into 10 degree zones (Fahrenheit). Youll find it in all seed catalogs and on the back of commercial seed packets, as well as the tags on live plants and trees being sold in garden shops. Now northern regions may be able to successfully grow some plants that would have had a hard time surviving in those areas before. The 2012 USDA zoning map is more sophisticated than the 1990 map because they have taken 30 years of climate data from 1976 to 2005 and incorporated such influential variables as ...

Christmas Holiday Card

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Nothing beats the sweet sentiments you find in a homemade Christmas card. With just a few sheets of cardstock, some embellishments and a special message, you can add warmth to anyones Christmas this year. Checklist Lifetime table Lifetime folding chair Cardstock (various colors) Patterned paper Printed holiday greetings (see Free Download) Printed Calendar Red pen Glue stick Ribbon or string Cut card out of cardstock, to whatever shape you want, and fold in half. Cut out patterned paper and mount on card for background. Print out downloadable card title (below) on cardstock, or type and print your own, cut out and add to card. Use colorful patterned paper to create a background, or frame your greeting. Mount calendar on patterned paper and add to card. Create accent using metal-rimmed tag, r...

Scrapbooking parties

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The best part of scrapbooking is sharing the process with family and friends. Use these steps as ideas to help you gather loved ones. Collaborate and get creative with your albums. Start a tradition of making new memories as you preserve old ones! Checklist Large Lifetime folding tables Lifetime folding chairs Basic scrapbooking supplies (see Scrapbooking Tip 1) Friends and family Ideas Make your hobby fun for the whole family. Sometimes the best activities are ones you can do together. My children love to pull out the die cuts, stickers, and supplies and work with me. We make family vacation albums together so we can all enjoy them. Give your children the OK to be crafty and creative while you get some of your own layouts done too. A banquet table is perfect for you to sit side-by-side on projec...

Giving Thanks

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Its almost Thanksgiving. Youve spent weeks thinking about what to serve for that special Thanksgiving dinner, shopping for those family recipe ingredients (along with one more frozen turkey), and worrying about the weather. Take off that last bit of stress and use this elegant and easy party outline to plan your dinner dcor. Follow the steps below to set a beautiful and classic Thanksgiving scene using pumpkins and earthy colors. Nothing tells your family you care like a well planned holiday gathering. except maybe a warm bowl of turkey soup Checklist Lifetime Banquet tables Lifetime chairs A selection of Heirloom Tomatoes and tomatoes of all shapes and sizes Chocolate or maroon velvet tablecloth Fairytale pumpkins (the gray-ish white ones that have a wonderful shape) Baby white pumpkins (one for eac...

Planning the Ultimate Family Reunion

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Editor-in-chief ofReunions Magazine, Edith Wagnerbrings you tried and true tipsfor planning your next reunion. Although some family reunions can involve hundreds of people and take years to coordinate, its never too late to plan a gathering of loved ones and relatives. Such occasions are great times to bond with the family, and below are some tips and techniques to help minimize the work and help you enjoy the event as much as everyone else. Getting Started! Two 8ft. Lifetime Tables Putthem end to end to form one long banquet table. Lifetime folding chairs enough for each guest Setting parametersThis is your job as host. The first thing you should do is decide: How many family members will likely attend? What type of space is necessary to accommodate that number of people? How much money am I pers...

Too Many Tomatoes

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Tomatoes come in a variety of interesting shapes, sizes, and colors. So rather than simply eat them, why not make a fun and edible centerpiece? This dinner plan is the perfect splash of color for warm summer months when tomatoes are season, and great for outdoor dining. Invite your friends and family, and add to your party with this lavish but surprisingly simple dcor! Checklist Lifetime folding banquet table(s) Lifetime Folding Chairs A selection of Heirloom Tomatoes and tomatoes of all shapes and sizes White or Hunter Green tablecloth Low, narrow, flat baskets Clear glass votive candles Large, Tuscan-style candlesticks Wood chargers Golden yellow plates or white dinnerware Celadon green napkins Amber glassware Rustic paper placemats: Several sheets of handmade red fiber paper Steps Lay ...

Make A Father's Day Card

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Does the day before Fathers Day usually drive you to a frantic phone call to your mom? Try making something special this year right at home. Why fight the crowds of last-minute shoppers and go for the usual store bought gift, when you could make something memorable and special, right at home? Thank your dad for all his love, service and sacrifice with a unique, homemade card. And if youve already bought something, you can turn any ordinary gift into something extraordinary by acompanying it with a home-made card. All you need is some cardstock, patterned paper, embellishments, and a photo! Checklist Lifetime table Liftime chairs Greeting card or folded cardstock Patterned paper Small photo Rub-on letters or letter stickers Paint Your childrens (helping?) hands Washable paint Embellishments like s...

Make Your Own Kite

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After the long, cold winter, the warm weather welcomes us outdoors with sunshine and gentle breezesperfect weather for kite flying! Kite flying is a relaxing way to fill a couple of quiet hours in the park, at the beach, or in an open meadow. Learning the technique of kite flying is a satisfying experience. But if youre a do-it-yourselfer, you will find a special satisfaction in actually making your own kite! Kites come in all shapes and sizessome of them truly magnificent feats of engineering! But if youre a first time do-it-yourself kite maker, youll probably want to start witha simple design.This is an enlarged model of the 20 minute kite for kids from the Big Wind Kite Factory in Hawaii. http://www.molokai.com/kites/20kidskites.html Checklist Craft Table Lifetime folding chairs 1 sheet of brightly ...

Summertime Impromptu

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Welcome the warm weather with a party as whimsical as the spirit of summer! Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, new pool, or just have a light-hearted neighborhood get together. This party works best outdoors and at night, when you display strings of glowing white Christmas lights and create a magical atmosphere. Debs recipe for Grilled Nectarines completes the scene with a delicious, sweet aroma. So gather your friends and relax in true que sara sara summer style whatever will be will be! Checklist Two 6-8 Lifetime Banquet Tables Lifetime folding chairs Two double bed sheets Fabric paint Hurricane glasses Various sea shells, and some sea moss Candles Crayons White china Fish netting Sand dollars Natural looking twine or raffia Sand colored napkins Pearled Nautilus shells Placemats- adhesive ...

Deb Fabricant's Top 12 Party Tips

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Think you know everything about party etiquette? Think again. Manners and party etiquette are Deb Fabricants expertise. Check out twelve of her best tips that will make you a wonderful guest, and an even better host. Debs Tips RSVP-ing for a Party: At any dinner or party, your host or hostess has gone to a great deal of time, expense and planning, be it large or intimate. It is your duty to RSVP. There are no excuses for not telling them if you will attend or notNO excuses, puleeze! Just pick up the phone or send a quick email. (And, dont wait until the last minute, it is rude.) What to Bring to a Party- If you bring flowers to the host or hostess, please, please, please bring them in a suitable container or vase. There are few things more perplexing than trying to serve hors doeuvres, introduce guests, ...

Elegant Holiday Buffet

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Now that youve decorated the tree, its time to decorate the table! Whether youre planning a Christmas feast for two or twenty, this party plan is a sure ticket to dining in elegance. Invite your guests to a holiday dinner that welcomes the spirit of Christmas with class, style, and grace. Most of the materials can be purchased at a building supply or home improvement store and your local department store. The glass architectural blocks form the shape of a Christmas tree and have a wonderful effectyour guests will think youve gone to the work of sculpting a tree out of ice! Along with the tall candles, the ice blocks give the table dramatic height, and a sophisticated look. Checklist Lifetime banquet table Lifetime folding chairs A red silk tablecloth and white linen napkins 21 glass architectural block...

Make A Tiny Tribute book

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Get caught up on your scrapbooking by simplifying the process. Rather than trying to create full-size scrapbook pages, try making a mini album. I was able to give all the details of my youngest sons first three months of life in the mini album featured here, and it only took about two hours to make. To make your own 4 x 6 mini album, follow the simple steps below. Checklist Lifetime table Lifetime chair Small photo album for 4 x 6 photos 4x 6 photos 4x 6 cardstock Journaling pen Desired embellishments: Ribbons, stickers, brads, etc. Small metal frame Steps Choose a project: Mini albums are a great way to store several photos that have a common theme. Consider focusing on a specific holiday, vacation or person. Select your photos: Decide how many pictures you will include in your mini album. ...

Who Loves Ya Baby?

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Valentines Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! If youve risked frostbite decorating a loved ones car, burnt your fingers baking heart-shaped cookies, and spent hours stringing up paper hearts with cute littlesayings, try something new this year. Celebrate it with a party for all of your special valentines! Follow these steps for the perfect Valentines celebration for family, friends, church group, or community organization. Checklist Lifetime round tables Lifetime folding chairs red and pink felt cut into hearts (see downloads for templates) pink or white plates miniature red, pink, and white roses little silver cups napkins long stems of ivy small, handwritten love notes thin satin ribbon (red, pink, or white) Steps Decorate the top of a round table with BIG red and pink f...

Eco-Friendly Dinner Party

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If youve been inspired to make some life-changes, its time to let your friends know youre going green! Spread the word by inviting friends and neighbors to an earth-appreciating dinner party. Share organic recipes, your favorite eco-friendly products, and show your friends simple changes youre making to save some green and save our environment. Not sure what to do to go green? See our Earth Day article for some ideas. Nothings more refreshing than enjoying nature, and showing your friends that preserving it is easy! Follow the steps below to create green, vibrant dinner party, with reusable dinner dcor. Use plants as centerpieces; either from your home or as gifts for your guests. Checklist Lifetime folding banquet table(s) Lifetime folding chairs Various plants- lucky bamboo, orchids or other potted pl...

Unbe-LEAF-able!

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Take advantage of natures free craft supply and spark your childs creativity with some simple leafy projects! Fall is here and colorful autumn leaves are abundant. But falling leaves create more than just a chore, take advantage of natures free craft supply and spark your childs creativity with some simple leafy projects! After youve finished raking the leaves in your yard, give your child a bucket or box to collect moist leaves of different shapes, colors, and sizes. If you dont have many trees in your own backyard, take a stroll through the neighborhood or your local park. While enjoying quality time with your child outdoors, take the opportunity to make your walk educational. Collecting fall leaves with younger children is a wonderful occasion to teach colors and counting. With older children, try teachi...

Eye-Catching Craft Show Displays

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Tis the season to pull out your craft materials and start hauling your goods to local craft shows and bazaars. If youre displaying at your local indoor church bazaar for just a few hours, set up might be a little less elaborate than an all-weekend, outdoor city craft show. However, either way, weve pulled together some tips and hints to help your booth sizzle with success! Checklist Lifetime display tables Lifetime folding chairs Craft Show Caddy Cash box Change Receipt book Calculator Several pens Order forms Clipboard Lined paper pads for writing orders, names, phone numbers Tax certificate (if applicable) Tax tables Business cards Catalogs Large sign with name and/or logo, with hanging wire or easel Safety pins (for anything) Large white sheet/material for sun protection pinned to tent...

Mother's Day Tray

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This Mothers Day give your mom a special breakfast tray that she can display or use again and again. For the woman who has served you breakfast for years, this is a great way to return the favor while giving her something shell always cherish! All you need are a few simple supplies, a wooden tray, little helping hands, and Lifetime Table to assemble everything with minimal cleanup. Checklist Lifetime table Lifetime chairs Wooden tray Patterned paper (in her favorite colors or colors that match the home decor) Solid colored cardstock Journaling pen (acid-free) Thick thread and ribbon Asharp pencil A photo of your children Scrapbook letter stickers 5-6 Buttons Hot glue gun Decoupage or regular white glue Paint matching the patterned paper (optional) Steps If desired, paint the wooden tray...

Organizing for Summer Family Fun

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Fun, laughter, and good times are often born spontaneously, but if you want to get the most fun out of a family outing, its a good idea to do a little organizing beforehand. Some pre-planning can avoid the inconveniences that can put a damper on those good times. If you launch into elaborate preparations that cause delays when everyone elsewants to just jump into the car and go, the whole excursion can get off to a frustrating start. Here are some suggestions that will help cut down on preparations and frustrations when it comes to spontaneous fun. Once youve packed a grab-n-go backpack, and packed a few essentials in the trunk of your car, all youll have to worry about the next time you hear Lets go! is making sure everyone has visited the bathroom before heading out the door. Things to Keep in the Trunk o...