Keep Bugs and Pests at bay with these tips!

Does it feel like your house has been invaded by creepy crawlies and flying pests? There seem to be more flies, bugs and spiders in our home than ever this year and so we have been looking for ways to reduce these visitors as none of us here are very keen on their presence! Here are some of the tips we have found and are going to be trying ourselves!

Conkers Conkers. Yes, that’s right, conkers. Apparently, if you collect conkers and place at least 4 in every room (one in each corner), this will significantly reduce the presence of spiders in your house. We don’t know the science behind why this should work but we tried it last year (the kids love collecting conkers anyway and we are lucky to have a tree with plenty just up the road), and sure enough, we did notice a lot less spiders. So in our mind, it works!

Peppermint This is a tip we recently heard and are yet to try. Pop some peppermint oil into a spray bottle with some water and spray around your house. People swear by this cheap and effective tip! Off to the shops to get some peppermint oil now!

Spider Stop Spider Stop One of our best sellers at Betterware, is the Spider Stop Spray. With over 4.5 star rating from our customers, this seems to be the business. With ingredients that spiders find offensive, it’s sure to keep your eight-legged friends away. Use every 2-3 weeks for maximum effectiveness.
Malt Vinegar Bring malt vinegar to boil in a saucepan and watch the flies leave. Just don’t let the vinegar burn or it smells awful!Flytrap Sunflower Window Stickers

Flytrap sunflower windows

These attractive window stickers are infused with a scent that flies find irresistible. Simply apply to your windows to attract insects and stop them from entering your home. Easy to remove and leaves no sticky residue. Great for conservatories, greenhouses and kitchens.

Mint Plant Try placing a large mint plant by your door. Flies do not like this and it can help to deter them from entering your house. Lavender and tomato plants are also rumoured to work. This sounds good to us, we can grow the herbs and plants we love and keep those flying friends away too.

Ant Trap We have been inundated with ants this summer trying to enter our kitchen around the patio door. Next time we will be trying this Ant Trap. Designed to allow the ants to enter but not exit again, seems to be the perfect solution.

Ant trap

Citronella Coasters What a great idea! Keep those insects away from your drinks with these citronella infused Coasters.

Citronella Coasters

What tips can you share with us? What have you tried and has it worked? Please share with us all on our Facebook Page.

 
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Life Made Easier By Betterware

Alternative uses for products that you might just not have thought of.

Have you ever read any of those articles which suggest alternative uses for everyday products that you may already have around the house?

Well here at Betterware we have been searching for uses for products in our range which you might not have considered.

Here are some of our favourites. We’ve not yet tested any of them but send us your photos if you have! We’ve pinned some of these ideas on our Pinterest board ‘Alternative uses for Everyday Betterware Products?’

What could you use a Set of 3 Laundry Bags for?

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How about travel bags for toys? What a good idea to keep pieces of Lego tidy and ready in your car for those long journeys with the kids. Or maybe pens and paper to keep the budding young artist/writer entertained on the move?

Washing toys in the washing machine? This isn’t something we would recommend trying but many people seem to have tried and think this is a brilliant idea.You could even try washing your clothes in them to keep clothes tangle free and separated. Now who would have thought of that?

Canvas Print We’ve seen a clever idea where people hide their jewellery and valuables behind canvas prints on the wall. Just add hinges and magnets to keep closed. Who would think to look there?

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Magnetic Coloured Memo Strip.  Ok so there’s the obvious use of a funky way to display all of your special photos and important messages. But what else could you use a magnetic strip for?

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Place on the wall of your child’s bedroom to easily store and sort their toy cars? Encourage them to ‘park’ their cars at the end of the day?

In the bedroom/bathroom – attach your hair clips, nail scissors, nail files for a handy way to keep all of those important little items to hand? Use in the garage for nails and screws. Or maybe in the hobby room for keeping sewing machine reels of cotton organised.

Peel and Stick Chalkboard set. Use in the kitchen/stick on the fridge for those handy reminders and shopping lists.

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Or maybe as an alternative memo board in the office. Use Liquid Chalk Pens for a no mess alternative to chalks. Great for kids bedrooms too.

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Place by the front door, for those ‘don’t forget’ notes or just a nice welcome home message for loved ones.

Check out these ideas here.

Have you had any useful ideas for any of the products that we stock? Or maybe you’ve seen some hilarious suggestions that would never work and you would never try? Share them with us all over on our Facebook Page.

 
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Hayley’s Skydive for the Rainbow Trust

Rainbow Trust Logo

Ben Morris

To continue our partnership with Rainbow Trust, Hayley, a lovely member of our merchandising team will be taking part in a tandem parachute jump over Langer Airfield in Nottingham. Here’s a little bit from Hayley:

“One of the main reasons I chose to do this was because I’ve always felt like I should face my fears head on, and what better challenge than to jump out of a plane. Ever since I was a little girl, heights have been something I’ve dreaded, so a skydive is not something I’m looking forward to doing. The thought, however of raising awareness for the fantastic work Rainbow Trust do with Children and their families is a great incentive to help me conquer my fear.

About me

Away from the rigors of a busy day at the Betterware office, I enjoy cycling at Rutland Water Park, in Oakham with my husband and my two small children. Once back at home, and the kids are asleep, I’ll be snuggled up on the sofa with my hubby, watching the latest sci-fi fantasy movie, with my favourite glass of wine. I’m hoping this will help with the preparation for the parachute jump :-)”

Please sponsor me to make jumping out a plane even more bearable.

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Top 4 Ideas To Do When You Are Bored Or Stressed!

Gin O'Clock SignBored? Stressed? Need to relax? We all have those days when we are feeling a little bored or maybe more than a little stressed with daily life. We have come up with some ideas to help you beat boredom, take a step back, relax and put some sparkle back in to your heart.

Bake! Many people say that getting into the kitchen and getting their hands dirty makes them relax. The products of this activity (especially if you are making treats) often goes a long way to helping  you feel better too if you are anything like us! Why not shut yourself away in the kitchen and whip up some yummy treats?

Cake PopWire Cookbook Stand

Take a bath! Take some time out and pamper yourself. Place a Bathroom door sign to make it clear you need some uninterrupted ‘me’ time! Sprinkle some bath salts from the Handmade Rose Bath Gift Set to make you feel extra special. Lie back and enjoy. Check out our Aloe vera bath and shower gel or Coconut bath and shower gel to moisturise and sooth. Exclusive to Betterware. More in our Beauty Range here.

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Exercise! Take a walk and clear that head. Blow the cobwebs away and feel great. If you would rather stay indoors, try the Fit at Fifty DVD and book set. Armchair exercise more your thing? Wrap up warm and comfy after your relaxing bath with a super soft cuddly blanket and destress with the Set of Three Hand Exercise Balls.

Set of 3 Hand Exercise Balls

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Make Something! Take some time to yourself and try your hand at some craft. Great for taking your mind off every day stress and strain. Fancy making a bookmark, keyring or magnet? Scottie Dog Keyring We have lots of kits to choose from in our Gift section.  Ease your boredom and create a gift or two for that special Birthday or Christmas present? Learn to Sketch or Engrave and Learn, there’s plenty to choose from. Looking for something different? Make Your Own Tapestry Wall Clock.

Tapestry Wall Clock Engrave and Learn

How do you like to unwind at the end of a busy day? What hobbies do you fill your quiet moments with? We would love to hear your ideas. Share with us over on our Facebook Page.

 
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Make your Garden Party go off with a bang!

The BBQ season is upon us and here at Betterware we have the finishing touches to set you up for success.

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Can there be anything better than a homemade burger? Use the Perfect Burger Maker to create your own burgers. Check out our Party and BBQ inspiration board on Pinterest, where you will find burger recipes and more. We especially like the sound of the Ultimate stuffed burger, try making this in the burger maker instead. Our mouths are watering just looking at the pictures, let alone imagining them sizzling away next to the sausages on our bbq. Bliss. Just be sure to make plenty in advance as they are bound to be a winner. Maybe you have your own favourite burger recipe? Share with us over on our Facebook Page.

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No party is complete without a cocktail or two! We’ve Found some great Recipes, also pinned to our Pinterest board. Why not involve the kids too, who can create the best mocktail? Set out some ingredients and let them be inspired. Display the finished products in our Flashing Juice Cups, with some Ceramic Ice Cubes. Kids and adults alike will love this activity. Pop an Umbrella Drink Cover on the top and finish your cocktails in style – while handily keeping out those annoying bugs from your drinks. 063523

For the perfect end to your BBQ, whiz up some exotic ice creams in the Ice Cream Pro machine. Ultra, stylish, ultra quiet and super easy, just choose your ingredients, add to the machine and sit back and relax whilst your ice cream is created. Not only great for your BBQs but kids parties too. Kinder Bueno Ice Cream looks like the ultimate treat, or for the more sophisticated adult dinner party, we like this Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream. We love the idea of combining this with crushed oreo biscuits sprinkled over the top. Could you resist? 063747

There’s an abundance of great products over at the Betterware Shop. Have fun and be inspired.

 
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School’s Out For Summer! Need some inspiration for the holidays?

School’s Out – What can we do in the Summer Holidays?  The children are on holiday, so what can you do to keep them entertained? Expensive days out are great but for those days when you need to stay at home or find a cheaper alternative,  we have some creative ideas to help you through.

Baking is often a firm favourite with children. Try our cupcake cookie cutters, made with love cookie stamp or celebration cookie cutter and stamps for some new ideas in the kitchen. Children will enjoy making gifts or making a stash of goodies for their next picnic.

For those picnics, take a look at our range of Kids Konserve products, an ideal storage solution for snacks for those concerned about toxic plastic alternatives. This set of are great for keeping small items fresh, ideal for travelling or lunches once they return to school. Full range can be found here.

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Have some garden fun and use the kids garden friends seeds or 6in1 seeds pack – mixed salad. Why not let the children have their own area of the garden or herb planter or tray and see who can grow the best crop.

For those rainy days you will need some inside activities ready at hand. The Funky finger nail pensnail art set and nail gems gift set are ideal for those aspiring nail artists. A competition to see who can create the best design? For those dinosaur mad kids, we have 3D puzzles or insect puzzles. Have some fun creating a Family tree on your wall with this decal. Let the kids choose their own photos to create a lasting memory.

For more inspiration and products click here. How are you planning on keeping your special little people busy and happy? We are always keen to hear from you, please share your photos and comments with us all on our Facebook page.

 
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Ideas to light up your garden this Summer!

Looking for inspiration to transform your garden now the weather has improved? (in between those downpours?!) It’s easy with just a few additions from our current range.
Whether you have a small or large space we have some great ideas to brighten up your garden this summer.

Why not place our White Owl Solar Light by your door to welcome guests to your garden for that summer BBQ or perhaps our Scarecrow Solar Light would suit your garden better?

Introduce style and a relaxed atmosphere with our Garden Lantern bags. Perfect for those late summer evenings chilling in the garden with friends. Whether you use them to light paths or decorate your garden table, they are sure to be a welcome addition and they are biodegradable too.

Add a little romance and place our Hanging Heart Tealight holder. Just insert a tealight, hang and spread the love. Or can you resist the Glazed tealight holder. Light with a tealight or use as a feeding station to tempt those bird visitors to your garden.

And for that unpredictable weather! Why not invest in the Double Umbrella, perfect for sharing so you can still enjoy your garden.

We have many more ideas for your garden, head here and check out all we have on offer. Have you found any creative uses for any of our garden products? We would love to hear from you! Please share your photos and ideas with other customers by heading across to our Facebook page.

 
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Help us Raise £20,000 for Rainbow Trust

Betterware and Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity are working together to raise £20,000 to support families caring for a child who has a life threatening or terminal illness.

There are over 60,000 families in the UK today enduring the heartbreak of caring for a seriously ill child.  Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity was created to help.  They provide emotional  and practical support in periods of extreme uncertainty, this support comes from Family Support Workers, who perform a role most people couldn’t imagine.  They maintain a sense of normality for the family by helping with things like hospital trips, taking brothers and sisters to school and in many cases providing care during the final days of a child’s life, as well as helping with funeral arrangements and bereavement support.  They aim to be with every family, at every step for as long as they are needed.

Betterware are now selling the Rainbow Trust Trolley Token, 30p from every sale goes to Rainbow Trust.

Rainbow Trust Trolley Token

The limited edition Rainbow Trust Trolley Token is great to keep handy for trip to the shops to unlock a supermarket trolley or even to open the lockers at the gym.

To learn more about Rainbow Trust visit rainbowtrust.org.uk

 
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New Baby and Child Range from Betterware

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We are very proud and incredibly excited to announce the arrival of our new Baby and Child range.  We have developed this category to include all the necessities your little one might need. Plus this is just the beginning, we will be growing our product range to include even more new and innovative ideas.

We have a whole sub-category dedicated to safety, which includes some great ways to keep your baby safe at home.

Transparent Corner Protectors

Our Transparent Corner Protectors come in a set of 4 and are designed to protect little heads from sharp table corners.  The protective corners keep them from having a nasty bump, and as they are transparent they also won’t clash with your furnitures style.

Door Snails (2) - Finger Pinch Guards

These Door Snails not only look fun but they also have a very practical purpose as well.  Attach them with the sticky pad provided to prevent any little fingers being caught in the door.  Should you want to shut the door then simply rotate the snail to deactivate.

We also have a few products to help out at feeding time, include these Dining Chair Seat Protectors.

Dining Chair Seat Protectors - Set of 4

We know only too well that dinner time can be a messy time, so if your toddler likes to throw and spill more than they eat, protect your chair seats with this set of 4 covers, and don’t forget the floor!  Save the hoovering and mopping up after every meal with this handy Splash Mat

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We also have a whole host of new items that can help out in the bathroom or when you’re travelling.  To view the entire range please visit our Baby and Child page

 
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The Perfect Tools For The Perfect Sunday Roast

It’s hard to beat a traditional Sunday Roast, especially when it’s done right.  The old saying goes that a bad workman always blames his tools, but we say if you haven’t got the right equipment to help you do the best job in the first place then there’s always going to be trouble.  That’s why we’ve created this list of kitchen essentials we think go a long way to helping you create the perfect Sunday Roast.

Non-Stick Roasting Tin With LidA Good Roasting Tin.

To cook your meat perfectly you need a good roasting tin.

The key to cooking your meat properly in a  roasting tin is to leave at least 2 inches of space around the meat that you are roasting.  Our Non-Stick Roasting Tin is an ideal size and is perfect for cooking your Sunday Roast.

Our Oval Enamel Roaster is also another great option for cooking poultry and meat and comes highly recommended by our customers. “Brilliant. This is one of the best things I ever bought.”

Another alternative is to use Roasting Bags.  They are a really good idea if you are only cooking for a small number.  They are great for adding extra flavour to chicken breasts, and small joints of meat.  Just place the meat inside the bag along with herbs or spices and the food will baste itself in it’s own juices.

The Right Tools.

Stainless Steel Potato MasherAs well as the meat you can’t forget the trimmings.  In fact the right accompaniments can make the meal.

Making the perfect mash can sometimes be difficult with so many opinions on how best to serve mash.  Whether your dinner guests like smooth whipped potatoes or mash with lumps this sturdy Stainless Steel Potato Masher makes mashing potatoes easy.

Don’t forget the Yorkshire’s!  If you like to bake your Yorkshire Puddings the traditional way then you need this Great British Bakeware Yorkshire Pudding Tin.  It will help you make the perfect Yorkshire Puddlings meal after meal and guess what? It’s non-stick properties makes it easy to wash up too!

Our Microwave Lidded Jug is great for gravy. If you like to use the juices of your cooked meat to make the gravy then the strainer lid will help keep out any unwanted bits from your smooth gravy.

Take a look at our recipe to help you cook a wonderful roast chicken this weekend.

 
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