Putting together the perfect BBQ can be difficult but with Bar-be-quick and Home bargains it is easy to plan one!

Apart from the food to cook and drinks, all you really need is:

From bar-be-quick:

The Kikkoman marinade is great to use with chicken, you only have to marinade it for 30 minutes before cooking! I think skewers are ideal so you don’t burn yourself and also the foil trays are super handy.

From home bargains:

  • Reusable plastic cups
  • Reusable plastic plates
  • Ice cube trays
  • Summer napkins
  • Plastic sip straw cups

I like using colourful things at the BBQ like napkins, cups, plates etc and Home bargains are a great place to get these at a great price.

You can get all of the above for under £15 🙂

Have you had a BBQ yet this year?

Sarah x

Let me introduce you to Cheesies, the crunchy popped cheese snack.  They contain no carbs, are high in protein and only 120 calorie per portion. You can eat them straight out the bag as a snack or incorporate them into a meal like soup or salad.

They come in three varieties: Emmental, Chedder and Gouda. I like to just eat them straight out the bag if I am honest. My favourite are the Gouda ones and they kind of remind me of cheese straws. They are really tasty and something different.

They are gluten free, vegetarian and ideal if you are on the keto diet. Each bag contains three servings. Thy are made by cutting up cubes of cheese, then specially dire and baked.  The contain milk as they are pure cheese but are free from all other allergens.

They are so convenient to have as a snack in your bag or your desk drawer if you are cheese lover!

If you like the sound of these then you can enter too win some:

Win A Selection Of Cheesies #13

Sarah x

I always struggle with buying gifts for men, I am not sure why. I thought this year I would share with you some ideas I came up with for Father’s Day. I buy for my dad, my father in law, my step dad, my grandad and sometimes my husband from our pets so have quite a few presents to buy! These are also ideas for any upcoming birthdays or anything and also for females 🙂

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If you are looking for something for someone tech savvy then this is ideal. You can purchase from Amazon/Argos and various other shops and it comes in a variety of colours.

GioTeck TX-40 headset

£34.99

This headset is ideal for gaming or music. It is compatible with Xbox, Xbox one, PS4 and mobile.

Speaker diameter: 40mm

· Mic diameter: 4mm

· Impedance: 32

· Sensitivity: 97.71dB, R 100.26dB

· Frequency rang:20HZ~20KHZ

· Rated Input Power: 20mW

· Maximum Input Power: 30mW

· Plug Type: 3.5mm

· Cable length:1.2m

· Works with Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4, mobile & more – multi-format 3.5mm jack

· Slick styling – ice white with chili red finish

· Ultra-clear chat with minimal feedback – talk is pin sharp and crystal clear

· Powerful audio, via high impact 40mm drivers – incredible immersive sound

· Robust, lightweight – solid, uncompromising build quality

· Ultra-soft Alacantra® cushioning – because comfort is everything

· Inline mic, mute and volume – for instant fingertip control

The sound is great quality and the headset is very comfortable to wear and can adapt to different head sizes. I find this type of headphone more comfortable than in ear ones. The headset feels very durable and I am impressed with the price!

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Norma & Dorothy personalised beer glass

£21

This company has a great range of gifts you can personalize. With this glass you can pick the location by using a postcode and also pick the text underneath. This is such a unique gift and is really something special.

I think the map idea is genius as I have never seen anything like this before. The beer glass will hold a full pint 🙂

It is great how you can pick the location, it could be where you live, a special place within your family or somewhere your dad loves, maybe the local pub?!

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Amphora Aromatics have such a fab range of toiletries suitable for men and women of any age. I picked a few bits I thought would be suitable. They are all from the same range so if you wanted to get a few different bits, they all go together 🙂

Amphora Aromatics

Cedarwood & Peppermint range

£5.95 each

Shower and bath gel

Deep cleansing shampoo

Deep cleansing conditioner

I love this scent as I love cedarwood and anything minty. It is always nice to receive luxurious toiletries you wouldn’t usually buy yourself. The bottles are a good size and I love the style of the bottles and how they all go together.

The shower gel is great to refresh your body and we all know a lot of men use shower gel to wash their hair if they have short hair and can’t be bothered with specific hair products so if you know someone like that then this hair range is ideal.

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Love Laya greetings cards

£3.75 each

This company has a wide range of quirky, alternative cards and I think they are brilliant! Having a look through their website really did make me giggle. These are great if your family has a good sense of humor!

The card come wrapped in a cello bag and they have a bright blue envelope with them. They also have a funny message on the back too!

If you fancy a different card to the usual ones in the card shops then check these out. Their birthday card range is brilliant too.

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I recently tried out a hair treatment from Live in the light and wanted to share a couple of gift ideas too.

Green car cleaner

£14.50

Some men love their cars, if he is car mad then why not treat him to this green car cleaner. It is a safe, non-toxic, non-stinky, baby safe, car interior cleaner. Green car cleaner is so natural it’s certified to USDA organic food standards by VOF.

It is an easy to use spray and wipe formula and can be used to clean all auto interior surfaces.

Solid cologne

£16.50

Three scent options:

RIO DE JANEIRO – a exotic blend containing Brazilian oils that boast of sweet almond and warm spicy earth notes, along with a hint of mango.

SALZBURG – a real smooth and balanced blend of frankincense and bergamot with fresh earthiness and a faint top note of peach.

DEAD HORSE CREEK – The Dead Horse Creek runs through the small city of Morden, in Manitoba, Canada. This is where VONBROS originates, and as an homage to our hometown, a new scent was birthed – one that has well-balanced notes of leather, sawdust, and hints of a spruce forest.

These solid colognes are a great alternative to spray aftershaves and are easy to use, you just take a small amount and rub it onto your skin (wrists, neck etc) and it isn’t over powering.

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ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019 Book

£14.99

If he is a cricket fan then this is the ideal gift. It contains everything fans need to follow and enjoy the summer 2019 tournament, comprising descriptions of the cities and grounds which will host games, full guides to the 10 teams in England, their star players, the qualification competition, a history of the 11 previous tournaments, full facts and stats and a fill-in guide for every match to create a personal memento.

Available to purchase at www.carltonbooks.co.uk and most bookstores.

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Wireless colour changing speaker

£19.99

The smart looking speaker has a touch control so it can show six different colours. It is the BT version 2.1 + EDR and it supports Bluetooth, a TF card and audio output. There is also a built in 1200mAh lithium battery.

It comes with a micro-USB cable that can be used with a USB plug to charge and to operate
Battery is re-chargeable and the expected playback time on a full charge of 3-4 hours.

I love how you can change the colours of it and it looks so cool at night when lit up in a dark room!

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Personalized sweet jar

£16.99

This is such a great idea if he has a sweet tooth as the jar is filled to the brim with retro sweets like love hearts, foam shrimp, cola cubes and refresher chews. You get so many different sweets and you can pick any name on the front. Prezzybox always have a great range of sweets/chocolates for any occasion.

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Baileys pouches

Chocolate mini delights: Original Irish cream

Chocolate mini delights: Salted caramel

£2 each

Available in selected Asda, Morrisons and Co-op stores.

These are ideal for any Baileys/chocolate fans and the salted caramel ones are so good! They come in resealable pouches and are ideal to give as a gift. Hopefully if you get these for someone they will share them with you 🙂

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Kettlebell

4KG

£12.95

If he is into fitness then why not treat him to some gym equipment or a kettlebell.

Available in a range of weights from 4kg to 32kg
Powder coated matt black finish with orange styling
Comfortable easy grip handle – feels great in the hand
Flat non wobble base prevents rolling
Mirafit logo and kg indicator on front
Additional kg and lb markings on rear for easy identification

They are easy to hold and use and really help to strengthen your arms and upper body. Makes a change from using standard hand held weights and I like the simple design.

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I hope you found this useful and got some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

To celebrate the recent National Vegetarian Week (13th-19th May) I wanted to share with you the recent changes Haribo have made.

Giant Strawbs has been given its own mini edition. Funny Mix has been relaunched to include fruit juice and Jelly Beans has been revamped with new colours and flavours.

HARIBO Giant Strawbs Gone Mini – These are just like the classic giant straws but tiny little ones and you can get them in treat size bags which is perfect if you just fancy a little bag and don’t want to share!

HARIBO Funny Mix – They have added real fruit juice from pineapple and blackcurrant to create a new ice-cream sweet. The cola bottles also now has a hint of lemon taste and the strawberry sweets now have real fruit juice added.

HARIBO Jelly Beans – These have had a revamp of colours and have lots of new jelly flavours including candy floss, marshmallow, popcorn, peach & passionfruit, raspberry and blackcurrant.

Lets not forget the fizzy range of Spaghetti Z!NG and Rainbow Spaghetti Z!NG which are both vegetarian too. I love fizzy sweets 🙂

I think it is great that more and more brands are expanding the vegetarian options and Haribo are such an iconic sweet brand it is great to hear this.

Will you be trying any of these?

Sarah x

Crate British is a subscription box service that provides you with British sweets and snacks. Not only do they ship within the UK but they also offer worldwide shipping so anyone can enjoy these British treats!

You can choose to order a one off box if you wanted to try one box to see how you got on or if you wanted to buy a box as a gift.

You can then also subscribe for 3,6 or 12 months. Price will vary depending if you are in the UK or outside of the UK. It is between £9.99 and £9.08 a month depending on your subscription type for UK customers.

The box I received contained:

Maynards Bassetts soft jellies – wild safari

Hannah’s Jazzles

Candy factory – zoo pop

Pombear potato snacks – cheese and onion

Dairy milk freddo

Nestle lion – white chocolate

Terry’s chocolate orange

Bounty

Pick n mix –  sugar coated glow worms

As you can see it was a mix of sweets, crisps and chocolate and a good variety of things to try. I am excited as a few of these things I have never had before! It is a great way to try new treats.

You can also view previous boxes to get an idea of what is included!

I think it such a great idea and I will be taking my box to work with me to keep in my drawer and work my way through!

Sarah x