It’s that time of the year; the temperature has surpassed 10C, we haven’t seen rain for at least two days and the evenings are definitely getting lighter.
And that means one thing and one thing only – it’s officially ‘drinks in the garden’ season.
Yep, us Brits only need one glimmer of sunlight for us to haul the garden furniture out of its hibernation and invite all our mates over for a barbecue and some drinks.
But this year, The Range is set to make those summer garden parties even better with the relaunch of its bar gazebo.
Originally launched in 2020, the bar gazebo was priced at £399.999 but, this year, The Range has slashed the price by a massive £150, making it just £249.99.
The gazebo features a high canopy that will provide shelter from both sun and light rain (because we’re still in Manchester after all), a built in bar top with storage and two chairs with cream tarps and canopies.
The website description reads: “Turn your back garden into a high-class, private resort with the Bar Gazebo & Two Chairs, using cream tarps and canopies to give the impression that it’s bathed in warm sunlight no matter the weather.
“Guests can sit in the two included chairs, while you chat away and ensure everyone is fully fed and watered, topping up drinks from the bottles you have stashed behind the bar.”
The website also notes that the gazebo has been designed for seasonal use only, and should be stored away in bad weather.
You can now get bacon-scented bubbles for your dog
That’s one way to keep them quiet…
Out of all the weird and wonderful inventions for dogs these days, bacon-scented bubbles could be the one that reigns supreme.
It’s no secret that bacon is the way to the hearts of all pooches far and wide, so this new toy could be a real winner when it comes to being the favourite dog-parent.
The new scented bubbles come courtesy of Yorkshire-based pet product manufacturers Pets Pad, who have perfected a non-toxic, tasty and deliciously-scented bubble mixture perfect for both dogs and children.
Each bottle – which can come in 150ml and 500ml sizes – contain thousands of bubbles, equating for hours of back garden fun.
The bubble mixture can be used with the accompanying hand-held wand or, alternatively, can be poured inside bubble machines to keep your dogs entertained all day.
And the reviews for the bubbles have been glowing, with a now-viral Facebook post having been inundated with thousands of comments from happy pet owners and parents.
Commenting on the post, which was shared into the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK page, one social media user wrote: “Can confirm, my dog adores these.
“The bubbles are edible too, so it’s safe if your dog snaps at them and catches a few!”
Another commented: “Been using this for months on my dog Marley [sic] he’s obsessed with them it gives him so much exercise chasing the bubbles up and down the garden”.
Though a third pet owner warned: “Just don’t use them in the house… Bacon scented carpet for days”.
Pots of the Bacon Scented & Flavoured Dog Bubbles are available to buy online from Pets Pad now, and cost from just £2.25. Order yours here.
Aldi is selling a frozen cocktail maker for less than £25
A frozen margarita from home, anyone?
Aldi has answered everyone’s summer prayers with the launch of its bargain frozen drinks machine.
The supermarket, famed for its wonderfully random middle-aisle products, has truly outdone itself this week with the nifty Ambiano Frozen Drinks Maker, perfect for both children and adults alike.
The machine, remarkably priced under £25, can make both delicious frozen drinks or shaved snow cone ice, and comes complete with two ice shave settings: fine and coarse.
The machine also comes complete with a safety locking lid, easy pour jug and slip resistant feet – making it perfect for those late night – and somewhat messy – summer get-togethers.
Or ideal for those boozy Jubilee concoctions next week, perhaps?
Aldi’s description of the device reads: “Cool down when the sun comes out with this Ambiano Frozen Drinks Maker.
“You’ll be able to create perfectly shaved snow cone ice or fantastic frozen drinks with this machine.
“Craft your own cool concoctions such as slushies, iced lattes, punches or cocktails with this must-have machine.
“This is ideal for a garden party or general summer time refreshment.”
And that isn’t all Aldi has on its shelves for the impending summer months; there is also a children-friendly version of the drinks maker in the form of the Ambiano Ice Cream Maker, perfect for enjoying quality soft serve ice cream from the comfort of your home.
The Ambiano Frozen Drinks Maker costs just £24.99 and comes available in either black or grey. Buy yours online here.
Quality Street set to launch huge sharing chocolate bars
Christmas is coming very early this year…
In what might be the best news of the century, Quality Street sharing chocolate bars could soon be arriving in UK supermarkets.
Over the years, Quality Street chocolates have become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon here in the UK, with millions of families cracking out the iconic purple tin every Christmas.
But now, the time to enjoy the tasty variety of chocolates as big sharing bars could soon be a reality.
Food news page UK Snack Attack was the one to break the very exciting news, sharing two images of The Purple One and Orange Crunch sharing chocolate bars.
They wrote on their Instagram page: “The sun is shining, birds and chirping, and its only 232 days until Christmas! You know what that means? Its time to start leaking the Christmas Chocolate!
“No word yet on price / location as it is so far away!”
Very little is known on the chocolate bars at the moment, though it is believed that The Purple One and the Orange Crunch will be the only varieties turned into sharing bars.
The news of the new chocolate bars have been met with great excitement online, with many already keen to see the launch of their favourite flavours.
One social media user wrote: “Yesssssss we need the strawberry one too!”
Another commented simply: “I could cry.”
It is not yet known when the Quality Street sharing bars will be landing in UK supermarkets, though it has been estimated to be later in the year.