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Tips for the Perfect Bonfire + a Giveaway

The best part of summer for me is bonfires. You get to enjoy the outdoors while sitting around with friends and roasting (vegetarian!) marshmallows. My tips for the perfect bonfire are pretty simple, but it’s always those extra touches that make the night perfect.

Tips for the perfect bonfire from @hiddenfruitnvegFirst, make sure that you have supplies for s’mores that everyone can eat. If you have friends with dietary restrictions, grab some vegetarian marshmallows, GF graham crackers, dairy free chocolate — whatever you need so that no one is left out. You can buy these in addition to the traditional ingredients if you can’t give up your favorite milky chocolate. Most of the ingredients can be sealed up in a plastic bag and thrown in the freezer (or just stored in the pantry) until the next time you have guests if you know you won’t eat them. Then you’ll have everything on hand the next time someone stops by. Also make sure that you have separate marshmallow sticks if you have multiple kinds of marshmallows. Having some salty snacks (like chips or pretzels) is a great idea, too, to balance out all the sweets and to pair with your adult beverage of choice.

Tips for the perfect bonfire from @hiddenfruitnvegBut those are the obvious ones, right? I think most people forget about having music. You can singalong, share your new favorite songs, or replay old favorites — I just like it loud! Some people try to turn their phone volume all the way, but it just sounds so bad! I get that no one wants to lug out a huge speaker or run some cords out to their bonfire pit (hello, camping? Not even possible) so I love the Lenovo™ 500 Bluetooth® Speaker.

Tips for the perfect bonfire from @hiddenfruitnveg

It’s pretty tiny (less than 2 pounds), enough that I just threw it in the bowl of s’mores supplies to carry it out. Plus, we cranked the volume all the way up and it was perfectly clear! I’m sure my neighbors loved me, ha. Because of the shape, the sound fans out 270 degrees, so if you set it off to the side in the corner of your group, everyone will hear it perfectly. Set up was super easy, too.  Josh synced his phone up, went to his favorite streaming app, and selected a summer party mix. Easy as that. I was pretty impressed with the range because Josh regularly wandered back up to the house and the music didn’t cut out until he was practically inside. We also got about 4 hours out of the rechargeable battery, which was perfect for us.

Tips for the perfect bonfire from @hiddenfruitnvegReady to perfect your bonfire? Lenovo is teaming up with me to give away a speaker to one lucky reader! Enter in the Rafflecopter, below (may take a minute or two to load). Open to readers 18 years or older and residing in the US. I’ll notify the winner on Monday Aug 17th and you’ll have 24 hours to respond and claim your prize

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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64 Comments
    Tina Kelly Aug 17, 2015

    out side while I just enjoy being out side.

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    Darlene Cruz Aug 17, 2015

    Give it to one of my children.

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    LANAE Aug 16, 2015

    I would take it with us next time we go on a camping trip!!

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    Kristie Aug 16, 2015

    I would take it to my mom and dad’s house. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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    Laura Aug 16, 2015

    In the backyard for parties!

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    Jenny N Aug 16, 2015

    I would take this speaker on our family road trips.

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    ellen beck Aug 16, 2015

    I would take this speaker out by the bonfire so we could listen to music while enjoying a quiet evening watching the fire.

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    Marija Aug 16, 2015

    I would take the speaker camping with me.

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    Cheryl Larimer Aug 16, 2015

    I would take the speaker into my backyard to keep me company while gardening. Flowers and music are a perfect match.

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    Theresa Hover Aug 16, 2015

    I would actually take this room to room with my as I clean our house. Music makes every job a little more fun!

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    Cheryl B. Aug 16, 2015

    I would take it along with me as we camped.

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    Jamie Williams Aug 16, 2015

    In the bath room while cleaning and while bathing my child, up high and no where near the water!!!!

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    Kevin E Aug 16, 2015

    I would use it on our deck by the pool, and when we go camping

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    Kennedy King Aug 16, 2015

    I would take my speaker to college with me, so my roommates and I could dance all night long.

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    Mya Murphy Aug 16, 2015

    I would bring on a date night camping trip

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    Traci A Aug 16, 2015

    To the pool!

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    Kennedy King Aug 15, 2015

    I would take it with me to college to jam with all of my roommates.

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    Chad Aug 15, 2015

    The beach.

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    Fiona N Aug 15, 2015

    If I won this awesome Lenovo 500 Bluetooth Speaker, I would take it to the parties on the beach, camping or in the backyard!
    Thank You for the great giveaway

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    liz l Aug 15, 2015

    Long runs by the levee

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    michelle cooke Aug 15, 2015

    I’d use the speaker in the yard or around the house. love music

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    deanna Aug 15, 2015

    I would take it to the cabin.

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    latanya Aug 15, 2015

    in our backyard

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    Birdiebee Aug 15, 2015

    I would take the Lenovo speaker around the house while cleaning, to the patio while relaxing and down to the beach at the river to listen to some great tunes.

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    Wendy Pesce Aug 14, 2015

    I would tie it to my daughter to take to college

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    stacey grantham Aug 14, 2015

    I would put it on my back porch for when we are bbqing.

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    Vera K Aug 14, 2015

    I would love to have this speaker in my studio so I could listen to great music when I work.

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    Jeanna Aug 14, 2015

    I would take it to the beach!

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    Tamra H Aug 14, 2015

    I would take it on vacation! Need good jams in your hotel room.

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    brittany harper Aug 14, 2015

    I would take it out to the front porch where I sit and watch the kids play so i could listen to my audiobooks

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    Cheryl Aug 14, 2015

    I would take it outside. We are always outside and love having bonfires.

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    Melissa Johnson Aug 13, 2015

    I would take a Bluetooth speaker to my laundry room, into the bathroom when I bathe & up to my garden!

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    Dorrie Turner Aug 13, 2015

    This would be great for our backyard, kitchen or living room when we are having sleepovers!

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    Susan Aug 13, 2015

    To the lake!

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    breanna pollard Aug 13, 2015

    I would take it on a cruise.

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    jennifer finn Aug 12, 2015

    I would take it camping

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    Jenna Aug 12, 2015

    I would take it to pool parties!

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    Alpa D Aug 12, 2015

    I would take them for camping with family and friends.

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    Katie Aug 12, 2015

    I would take the speaker out on the deck when I go in the pool or when I sit in my hammock and read

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    Elizabeth Newsome Aug 12, 2015

    I’d take it to the local pool to listen to music while we swim!

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    Taryn T. Aug 12, 2015

    I would take it everywhere, especially our back porch. My husband and I have a weekly date night on the back porch. Music would be nice.

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    Lea Anna Aug 12, 2015

    Backyard bonfires sounds perfect to me!

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    Kassie Aug 12, 2015

    I would take it everywhere! We are always outside so this would be awesome for us!

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    GinaH Aug 12, 2015

    This would be perfect for the backyard patio–for music or the game. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    Alyssa F Aug 12, 2015

    i would take it everywhere! to work in my car to the mountains!

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    DeAnna Keller Aug 12, 2015

    If I was the lucky winner, I would take this speaker to the pool, lake, camping, around the house with me when I clean… pretty much anywhere I want!

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    Marnie G (Derrick Todd) Aug 12, 2015

    I would love to use it outside on our deck by our pool. It would be great to listen to music.

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    odessa frey Aug 12, 2015

    out back to the pool!

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    Alison Gibb Aug 12, 2015

    If I was the lucky winner, I would take this speaker to my Moms pool!!

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    jenny s Aug 12, 2015

    I would take to the beach then we will always have music when we are on outside.

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    Anne Perry Aug 12, 2015

    I would take it into our bamboo forest and our chicken yard.

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    Austin Baroudi Aug 11, 2015

    I would take it to the skate park!

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      Kelly Aug 12, 2015

      I hadn’t thought of that one! Definitely need music there :)

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    john hutchens Aug 11, 2015

    I would take it in the rv when we go camping

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    Heidi Ingalls Aug 11, 2015

    I would use this in my backyard, on the beach, on vacation, etc.

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    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West Aug 11, 2015

    Hi Kelly! I’m all about bonfires and music and all the treats we can enjoy around the campfire. (Sadly, no bonfires happening in drought-ridden California right now where I reside.) That being said, my hubs is always in charge of the music and we’d love to upgrade our portable speaker set-up. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Boudreau Aug 11, 2015

    I would take it on my friends boat.

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    DJ Aug 10, 2015

    I would take it camping with my family.

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    wen budro Aug 10, 2015

    I would take it with me on camping trips. It looks like an awesome product.

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    Angie Jerde Aug 10, 2015

    I would take it when we go out on the boat : )
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Barbara Aug 10, 2015

    I LOVE camping, and s’mores! I don’t have a portable speaker, so would definitely use it anytime I’m outside!

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    Alison H. Aug 10, 2015

    I would take the speaker to friends houses and to the lake!

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    Gina Guthrie Aug 10, 2015

    I would take it over to my friends houses for bbq’s. I would also use it at home, the beach, the park, and camping.

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    Ashleigh @Being Cheap is Easy Aug 10, 2015

    We would take our speaker everywhere! I would love it for the girls to listen to audiobooks without headphones in the car, too! They always fight over who gets to listen to it, but it’s never loud enough–speakers would be perfect. Plus, we have frequent dance parties…this is a must have!

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