Review: Little Life Frog Swimpak and Ultralight Dinosaur poncho towel

I wrote a few weeks ago about LittleLife’s Tiny Test team, asking for parents to join them as reviewers of some of the new products. And as an honorary member of the panel, I also got sent a couple of products to try out ourselves.

And arriving just in time for our holiday on the Isles of Scilly and many planned trips to the beach, the Frog SwimPak and the Ultralight Poncho Towel turned up on cue.

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With Butterfly, Ladybird, Dinosaur, Clownfish and Bee options available, we went for the dinosaur as that’s a current mini obsession. Unpacking the brown towel, Minnie delighted exclaimed it was a Gruffalo – although after pointing out its prickles were red rather than purple, we settled on a stegosaurus. Either way, into the suitcase it went.
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Why I don’t travel without my credit card

Passport. Tickets. Money. The top three things on my packing list, although I sometimes think that just passport and money means the world is your metaphorical oyster.

And more and more these days, it’s not money but plastic that I pack. While I wouldn’t recommend putting thousands on your credit card, even to see the world, mine are still travel essentials.

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TSB asked me to share my top benefits of using a credit card sensibly when travelling – here’s why.
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Amsterdam guide books for kids

Minnie might not be able to read just yet, but that doesn’t mean she’s not fascinated with guide books already – I still love the old-fashioned paperbacks where possible, and we’re getting a collection of sticker and lift-the-flap books about different countries of the world.

So when we were preparing for Amsterdam, along with my own Lonely Planet guide, I was sent two other books to review, both aimed at children.

Amsterdam guide books for kidsFirst, Kids’ Compass Amstedam: the ultimate family travel guide and secondly Hotel Kids Only: Amsterdam.
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Travel to the Isles of Scilly

In those travel Q&As, I’ve never understood the question about whether the journey or the destination is better. After all, who really goes, ah, those six hours stuck on the motorway were fabulous compared to the week at the beach at the end of it.

But occasionally I do get to do a journey which is such a part of the travel experience that the holiday really does begin when I board.

scilly-beach-aerial-viewAnd that’s exactly what happened with our recent trip with Isles of Scilly Travel, clambering into a tiny prop plane to speed over the Cornish coast and to St Mary’s.

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Review: E-outdoor outdoor clothing

It seems odd to be shopping for cold weather clothes when the sun is blazing down – although if you’re more organised than I normally am, you can get some great discounts on wintery thermals and rainwear online in the summer.

When I was invited to review an item from e-outdoor.co.uk and was browsing the raincoats and fleeces in June, I fondly assumed I wouldn’t actually be able to test them out before September.

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I had counted without a British summer… Sadly I’ve had more than one occasion where a waterproof has been very essential indeed.
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