Navigating These Challenging Times Together

First, we want to thank you for your support during this difficult time. Like everyone else we are just trying to take things one day at a time and get through this the best we can. We'd like to share some information with you to help you stay updated with what's going on at Life and Home in the coming days.

Steps We're Taking:
Our offices are all currently set up to work from home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. At our warehouse, we are increasing efforts to disinfect high-touch and high-trafficked areas throughout the day and increasing daily cleaning routines. We are also making sure all employees have up-to-date information on how to stay healthy and what preventative measures should be taken and the ability to stay home if they are feeling unwell.

Updated Return Policy:
We have temporarily updated our return policy from 30 days to 45 days. Our goal is that you're completely satisfied with your purchase. If for any reason, you are not satisfied, simply return your purchase in its original packaging, with your original receipt/email confirmation within 45 days from the purchase date.

Shipping:
You may experience delays in shipping as we are taking the necessary precautions to protect you and our team. We are still working hard to get in-stock items shipped within 24 hours. Few items may temporarily have longer fulfillment times.

Customer Service:
Our customer service team is working hard to help all customers as quickly as possible. Due to technical difficulties, you may experience interrupted calls. In the event this occurs, please email us at sales@lifeandhome.com or message our chat here on the site. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Thank you again for your support.
- The Life and Home team
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June 23, 2021

Tips to Set Up the Perfect Grilling Station this Summer

As we enter into the Summer season, all we can think about is spending evenings outside enjoying time with our loved ones. This is the time when catching up with your family and friends over a barbeque dinner gives an unmatched sense of joy, especially when it’s in your backyard! 
If you are looking to build a grill station in your backyard, this is the right time to start. However, if you’re wondering where to start, we are here to help you streamline your project. In addition, we have compiled a list of the essential components and accessories you will need for a perfect grilling setup. 
The Grill 
What type of grill should you have? Well, the answer depends on various factors. You can narrow down your choice based on your cooking style, heating source, size of your family, space, and budget. There are different grill options available, such as charcoal grills, charcoal kettle grills, pellet grills, gas & propane grills, and much more you can view here. Check out our current favorite: MARSH ALLAN 30002 STEEL HIBACHI CHARCOAL GRILL
Add Counter Space 
Having a functional counter space is going to really come in handy; that’s where you will prep and place your food. Adding a rolling cart or a built-in countertop could be great options. You may also consider setting a stainless steel restaurant prep table next to your grill if a pavilion covers your grill set up; otherwise, it will attract sunlight and become hot to touch. In that case, a granite countertop can be your safe bet. Granite is highly durable and can withstand any weather condition. We suggest selecting a light-colored granite as it will not absorb heat from the sunlight, unlike the dark-colored ones that tend to turn hot with rising temperatures. 

 
Lighting 
Let the sunset and the party keep going. Good lighting near your grill is vital for smooth food preparation during late night events. The perfect lighting will also help set the mood. You can choose from the plethora of lighting and light fixture options available according to your space and requirement. Some of these include pathway lights, LED candles, string lights, task lights, tiki torches, and so on. Along with choosing the proper lighting, positioning it is equally important. Ensure you set your lights in a way that they illuminate your task areas and do not cast shadows over them. We have durable flashlights that provide maximum illumination. Check out some options here.  
 
Essential Grilling Tools 
To complete your grilling setup, you will need a few accessories that will make your job efficient. We’ve gathered a list of the essentials! 
  • Tongs 
  • Turner/spatula 
  • Cups, plates, utensils 
  • Knives 
  • Serving spoons 
  • Outdoor icebox 
  • Griddle 
  • Skewers 
  • Baskets for grilling vegetables 
  • Heatproof bashing brush 
Check out our favorite barbeque utensils here
Seating Arrangements 
A comfortable and relaxing seating arrangement is a must-have. One can never go wrong with a traditional table and chair arrangement. For a casual and relaxed vibe, combine it with lounge seating. This makes it simpler for older kids to snack and play. Adding high chairs can come in handy if you have kids joining the party.    
Other Tips to Keep in Mind: 
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy 
  • Place 1-2 trash cans to avoid littering around 
  • Prep your food in advance before your guests arrive 
  • Arrange some fun games to keep the kids entertained - here are some of our favorites!

 

Once you have your outdoor grilling station up and running, you are probably going to ask yourself how you ever managed without it! So what are you waiting for? Set up your personalized grilling space under the grace of the open sky and unwind with your close ones.