Tuesday, July 11, 2017

5 Things you need for the perfect bonfire night!

Summer is in full bloom here at Hummingbird Floral and Gift, so we wanted to highlight some of our favorite summer products to make the most of the season, starting with hosting a great bonfire!

First up is the One Log Fire.

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This little log has an interesting history.  During the Thirty Years war, soldiers who were constantly on the move needed to be efficient with their fires.  So, they developed a design that would burn from the inside out, keeping them warm and cooking meals all night long.  It was small enough to be toted by horses from one campsite to the next, and required no tending to as it burned.

Today, this compact, easy to transport log is all you need to have a bonfire during those cool summer nights.  Simply place the log on a fire-proof surface and remove the label.  Then, light the starter and you're good to go!  This log is perfect for last minute bonfires and is a great way to roast marshmallows or simply relax and enjoy the outdoors.  It's simple and practical, just like the ones used by soldiers.

Unfortunately, with outdoor activities come outdoor pests.  That's why we carry a selection of products to prevent and treat annoying bug bites.

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Murphy's Naturals is an eco-friendly company devoted to making sure bugs are kept away without harmful chemicals.  One of their most popular products that we offer is long-lasting candle (up to 30 hours!) that uses citron, lemongrass, and rosemary oil to keep bugs away without using Deet.

If you have a larger area to protect, Mosquito Sticks may be just what you're looking for.  These incense sticks, once lit, last up to two and a half hours.  In addition to the oils used in the candle, the sticks use cedar and peppermint that make a fragrant addition to fresh summer air.

Finally, if you do find yourself with some bites, Murphy's has a soothing balm to take the pain and itching away.  It uses the same plant based oils as the candles and sticks to keep you from scratching yourself silly all night, with the assurance that what you put on your skin is going to be natural and gentle on the body, unlike some other chemical-based bug bite treatments.

Lastly, one thing that can easily turn a bonfire night from fun to frustrating is drinks that just don't stay refreshingly cold, no matter how much ice you add.

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Well, True North Coolers is here to fix that.  Their collection of high quality stainless steel cups, bowls and water bottles are made of double-walled, vacuum sealed, bpa-free stainless steel that keeps cold drinks seriously cold for hours.  The specially shaped beer, margarita and wine glasses let you enjoy a cool drink outdoors without needing to water them down with ice.  They even have lids that prevent spills (or curious ants).

So there you have it; everything you need to have the best bonfire on the block!  But we want to hear what you think: what can't you live without on a campfire night?  Do you have any tips for getting rid of bugs? What food is best cooked over a fire?  Let us know in a comment below.

-Your flower-loving friends at Hummingbird

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