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You can now get a paddling pool with sprinklers to keep your dog cool for 50% off

The summer accessory your dog didn’t know it needed is finally here

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PSA: Paddling pools with inbuilt sprinklers designed especially for dogs are now a thing.

It’s no secret that the UK is currently in the grips of a much-needed heatwave – the bank holiday weekend saw temperatures soar to highs of 24.5 degrees celsius, and it isn’t set to cool down anytime soon.

Yet while most of us Brits revelled in this rare spell of sunshine – beer gardens and local parks were busier than ever over the weekend – our poor dogs weren’t as appreciative. 

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Admittedly, most dogs enjoy an hour or so of basking in the sun, but it’s no secret that they take a lot longer to cool down then their owners do. 

So a helping hand is often required, mainly in the form of a refreshing bowl of cold water or a tactical spray of the gardening hose. 

And now, there’s a product that will do just that.

Introducing the Dog Fountain Splash Mat – an inflatable paddling pool with sprinklers attached so your fur baby can stay cool while having hours of summer fun.

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The fountain has been made a reality by dog retailer, Big Ralph, which offers a whole range of dog-friendly products such as dog safety car seats, dog cooling vests and even memory foam dog sofas.

And as for their latest product, the fountain mat is perfect for every dog breed out there – measuring in at 150cm in diameter, pets of any size can enjoy it.

Another bonus is that each fountain mat is environmentally friendly and completely safe for your pup, big or small.

And while it usually costs £50.99 to get your hands on, you can now bag it for half that price at just £25.99. Bargain! 

Visit the Big Ralph website to buy one for your own pet.

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Burger King is now selling a frozen strawberry Fanta slushy for the summer

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BIG News: Burger King has made our summer dreams come true with the launch of a frozen slushy.

And, to make this news even more exciting, their slushy is made from Fanta.

Now, frozen beverages are usually reserved for American customers only, with us Brits having being cruelly deprived of the delicious frozen goodness to accompany our Whoppers. But now, our time has come.

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The Frozen Fanta Strawberry is now joining Frozen Coca Cola as another refreshing choice for iced-drink fanatics.

The latest addition is available to order both in-restaurant and through the drive-thru, and will cost £2.29 for a regular and just twenty pence more, £2.49, for a large.

The new drink joins three new cheese and bacon burgers on BK’s menu, which you can view for yourself here.

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Aldi is selling a massive 28oz ‘Godfather’ steak in time for Father’s Day

Do you think your dad is up to the challenge?

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Aldi is launching a giant 28oz steak just in time for Father’s Day.

The bargain supermarket, famous usually for it’s random middle aisle offerings, has put all our Father’s Day woes to bed with their ‘Godfather’ rump steak, a chunkier cousin of their ‘Big Daddy’ steak.

The mammoth cut of meat weighs in at a whopping 28oz and is perfect for the whole family to feast upon – though, if he thinks he’s up for the challenge, it will make for the ideal Father’s Day treat for one.

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And if, like me, you’re a little worried about your steak cooking skills, Aldi has teamed up with the Culinary Director of Gaucho Restaurants, Mike Reid to share tips on how to cook the perfect steak.

Mike, who is also a regular on BBC1’s Ready Steady Cook, said: “I would always recommend cooking a steak such as Aldi’s Godfather Rump over fire – the combination of wood and coal gives a unique, smoky flavour to meat.

“Anyone in need of some pointers should follow my simple hints and tips; a fail proof guide to getting restaurant standard steak at home – every dad’s dream!”

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He has also offered some expert advice on how to cook normal-sized steaks from home – did you know that steak needs to be cooked at room temperature to ensure it cooks evenly? For this, you simply need to remove the meat from the fridge around an hour before cooking.

He also pointed out that different cuts (rump, sirloin, fillet, etc) require different cooking methods – according to Mike, the higher the fat content, the higher the initial heat you need to cook it on. If you have a leaner cut like fillet or rump, you want a gentler heat to cook over as you don’t have as much fat to be rendering.

The supermarket’s rare offering is priced at a very reasonable £7.99 and is available in stores from June 17th – just in time for the big day.

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Aldi’s ice cube maker is perfect for keeping cool this summer

Tepid tap water be gone!

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Aldi is now selling a budget ice cube maker perfect for the warm summer months.

There’s nothing quite as depressing as tepid tap water on a hot day and, in this ongoing heatwave, I can bet that one too many of you will have had to make do with a luke warm glass of water in a bid to cool down.

Well, Aldi, the king of all random and budget buys, is here to save the day (and potentially the whole summer).

Introducing: The Ambiano Ice Cube Maker.

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Promising to keep your drinks ‘chilled, cool and refreshing’, this ice maker is the newest way to stay cool this summer.

Complete with a detachable basket and ice scoop, this machine makes ice in a matter of minutes – around seven to eight minutes, to be precise. It also comes with a self-cleaning function, so that you’ve always got fresh, delicious-tasting ice on tap without having to worry about hygiene issues. 

And, to make this offer even more irresistible, you can choose between two ice sizes – small for your cocktails or large for your pitchers.

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The website’s description reads:Enjoy chilled drinks whenever you need them with the Ambiano Ice Cube Machine. Choose from small or large ice cubes to pair with your drink of choice.

“This digital ice cube machine will help you focus on enjoying the summer sun while your drink remains chilled, cool and refreshing on the side.”

If this isn’t the most necessary summer investment of the year, I honestly don’t know what is.

Aldi’s Ambiano Ice Cube Maker is available exclusively online now for just £79.99. 

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