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

Baby and Child By Betterware

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

Splash Mat

 

 

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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Homemade Burgers with Salsa and Hassleback Potatoes

With the cold weather well and truly setting in, we often turn to warming comfort foods to make ourselves feel better when it’s dreary outside.  After a long and hectic day, comfort meals can warm you from the inside out, helping you unwind and forget about the gloomy and chilly weather outside.

We have put together a few easy and healthy winter warmer recipes for you to try at home.  First up Homemade Burgers with Salsa and Hassleback Potatoes.  This meal is so simple to make and is so incredibly tasty.  But don’t just take our word for it, why not give it a go?

Hassleback PotatoesStart by preparing your Hassleback potatoes.  You will need

(serves 4)

  • 4 medium roasting potatoes
  • 3 table spoons of melted butter
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 220C/430F/Gas 7 and wash the potatoes.

Using the Slicing Helper cut 3/4 of the way down then place on a baking tray.

Brush the surface with the melted butter, drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle the salt and pepper to taste.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.  (For a different flavour at this stage add some grated parmesan cheese and dried breadcrumbs)

Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes or until tender and the crust is brown.

Whilst your Hassleback potatoes are baking you can start work on your home made burgers

Home made burgersYou will need

  • 10g butter
  • 75g onions, finely chopped
  • 450g minced beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley chopped
  • 1 egg
  • pinch fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a saucepan melt the butter then add the onion.  Fry over a medium heat until the onion is soft and slightly golden.  Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

To mince your meat use our Supreme Mincer.  Then add the mince, herbs, beaten egg and onions to a bowl.  Season with salt and pepper and mix well.

Using the Perfect Burger Maker shape into burgers. Then cook on a griddle, turning half way through ensuring the burger is cooked.

Place each burger inside ciabatta bread with a little salad and salsa.  Serve with your Hassleback Potatoes and enjoy!

 
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Stained Glass Window Cookies

These Stained Glass Window Cookies are fun to make and will look wonderful hanging from your Christmas tree.  Children will love to help you make them and will be even more excited to hang them from your tree and of course eat them!

We’ve found some great examples on Pinterest, take a look at our festive feast board for more inspiration

Stained Glass Window Cookiessource: 1, 2, 3, 4

These cookies are so simple to make but the end result will have people questioning you how you made them.  You’ll need to start with this cookie dough recipe

  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 100g butter
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup

You will also need a pack of colourful fruit flavoured boiled sweets

Preheat the oven to 180C

Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and salt together in a bowl, then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in the sugar.

In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and golden syrup.

Pour this egg and syrup mixture into the flour mixture and mix to make a smooth dough.

Knead together gently with your hands

Crush the sweets, whilst still in their wrappers using a rolling pin.

Dust a surface lightly with flour and roll out the dough to roughly half a centimetre thick.  Using your Christmas Cookie Cutters cut out a selection of shapes then cut out small shapes inside

Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and completely fill each hole with the crushed boiled sweets.

If you want to be able to hang your Stained Glass Window Cookies then pierce the top of each using a drinking straw.

Bake the biscuits in the oven for around 10-12 minutes or until golden brown

Remove from the oven, if the holes need to be redefined then use the straw to pierce the holes again

Do not move the biscuits from the tray until the boiled sweets have hardened.  Once the biscuits have cooled and the sweets have hardened you can transfer them to a wire cooling rack.

Thread ribbon through the holes and hand on the tree.  Enjoy.

 

 
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Eternal Love Charm Bracelet for only £3.99 with any order!

This beautiful Eternal Love Charm Bracelet worth £14.99 would make the perfect gift for someone special this Christmas and the best thing is when you place any order, either online, over the phone or via our catalogue you can receive this stunning bracelet for only £3.99

Eternal Love Charm Bracelet

To order this charm bracelet, simply add it to your basket and use the discount code CHARMED at checkout.

Looking for more gift ideas?  Look no further
Gift Ideas for Children
We have a great selection of 3D Puzzles including a wooden pirate ship, 3D Dinosaurs and Insects

3D Wooden Puzzle - Pirates

 

We also have a lovely range of craft ideas for creative children such as our Paint Your Own Mug, Plate & Bowl set, and Children’s Pottery Wheel

Children's Pottery Wheel

As well as catering for the younger generation we can also help you find the perfect gift for a friend or family member

Take as look through our gift ideas where you will find a range of jewellery, crafts, clothing, games and more!

Snowflake Necklace & Earring Set

 
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Bank Holiday Special – Free Mini Loaf Pans

This Bank Holiday weekend we are celebrating the return of our favourite TV program “The Great British Bake Off” by giving away a set of 3 mini silicone loaf pans, absolutely free when you spend £20 or more online.  Just use the code BAKEOFF when you check out.

 

Mini Loaf Pans

 

We thought it would be fun to share some different recipes we’ve found from across the web to help you decide on what treats to bake in your new mini loaf pans.

Toffee and Banana Mini Loaf Cakes

Mini Madeira loaf cakes with lemon drizzle - don’t these look delicious!

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Apricot, Orange, and Almond Mini Cakes

Banana Chocolate Chunk Mini Loaves

 

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake

Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

 

Do you have any fun bakes planned this Bank Holiday?  We’re loving the sound of the chocolate orange loaf cakes, we may just treat ourselves!

Please share any treats you make with us over on Facebook, we’d love to hear what flavours you choose.

 
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The Perfect Cappuccino using a Milk Frother

CappuccinoFinding the perfect cappuccino can be hard unless you’re willing to pay over £3 for your favourite drink. However if you have a milk frother at home you could be enjoying delicious foamy hot drinks when ever you want.

Follow these steps to achieve the perfect cappuccino at home

Pour 1 cup of cold, fresh milk to a saucepan.

Heat the milk on a low heat stirring all the time so it doesn’t burn.  If you have a thermometer warm the milk to 150 ºF (but do not exceed 160 ºF)

Put the milk frother in to the saucepan and turn it on. Keep the end of the milk frother about 1cm below the surface of the milk.

Move the milk frother slowly on the surface of the milk to create tiny bubbles.

When the milk in lukewarm, move the milk frother deep into the milk and slowly move around in small circles.

Pour the milk into your cup over your espresso.  If your foam is perfect, it will come out when you pour. And if you move it slightly you will notice that it makes patterns with the espresso in your cup.

You can also use these stencils to add chocolate in pretty shapes to the top of your cappuccino

 
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New and Improved Betterware Products

Here at Betterware we take all reviews, whether positive or negative very seriously, as customer satisfaction is very important to us.  This is why we sometimes have to re-visit the design of a particular product to ensure it is of the highest quality possible.

After listening to the comments of our customers we have introduced new and improved versions of two of our most popular products.  The Grippit and the Adjustable Oven Shelf

The Grippit

Grippit (4)

Grippits are great for securing bed sheets and ironing board covers.  A lot of our customers find them useful to stop their fitted bed sheets from coming undone in the middle of the night and a few people have said they are perfect for caravans where the beds are slightly smaller than average.

We have improved the design of the clasp making it sturdier and longer lasting.  We’ve already received glowing reviews of the new and improved design.

 Adjustable Oven Shelf

Adjustable Oven Shelf

The adjustable oven shelf is perfect for replacing or adding an extra shelf in your oven without the expense of getting one tailor made for your oven dimensions.  The adjustable oven shelf will fit just about any oven!  We have improved the design by making it stronger wider and have strengthened the fitting.

 

 

 
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