As we went away in August to Sorrento, we had the perfect opportunity to test out our Hammamas towel. Our hotel provided beach towels for the pool, but if you venture away from the hotel to swim then you need something else. This is where the Hammamas towel came in so useful because it is very lightweight and not at all bulky, it’s easy to fit into your case. Another advantage is that it dries really quickly which is useful if you are fitting in a last swim before your transfer bus arrives. If your hotel provides beach towels, you can use it as a sarong or a cover up. I’d certainly take ours away with us again because it is much more versatile than the average towel and there are so many lovely colours to choose from.
There’s something very appealing about bath toys and I hope H continues to enjoy them as long as possible. There’s lots to be learnt from playing with water and they keep him happy in the bath. We have been trying out the Bath Foam Cone Factory toy. It’s very easy to set up and get going: just out of the box and onto the wall (attached by suction cups). You put the bubble bath and water in the top and then pull the lever to create foam. It took a pulls of the lever to get it going, but then we got foam. It wasn’t quite like the foam in the pictures. This might have been down to our bubble bath or the fact that the proportions of water and bubble bath weren’t being very strictly measured out. It is fun and there’s even a sprinkler so you can pretend to decorate your ‘ice cream’. I think I’d be wanting to get this one in the sale, as I think the full price is quite a lot, but it’s a robust toy and it looks capable of giving hours of fun.
I can remember my mum getting a box of Cadbury’s Milk Tray for a birthday treat when I was growing up. We all (there were five of us kids) used to clamber for a chocolate or two. Luckily for my mum there were a number which we didn’t want to eat (all the nutty ones), so she was still able to get a few to enjoy to herself. So I was quite nostalgic when I was sent a box of Cadbury’s Milk Tray in time for their 100th birthday celebrations. The old favourites are still there like the Strawberry Temptation which was my personal favourite as a child. This year though there are three new flavours to try. There’s Apple Crunch which combines the favours of apple pie with chocolate. I quite liked this despite it involving white chocolate, which I’m not usually keen on. Chocolate Truffle was a hit too. I liked the Salted Caramel flavour best, but would guard against eating it straight out of the fridge (a bit hard). This lady still loves Milk Tray.
Every month Parragon Books send us a children’s book to review. This is a nice chapter book that we were sent and the timing was good for us. I’m trying to encourage H to read a wider range of chapter books: he loves graphic novels/comics and things like Beast Quest, but I’d keen to encourage him to read a little wider.
The Isle of the Lost is written by Melissa de la Cruz and is the prequel to Disney Descendants, which is a Disney Channel Original Movie that is coming to the UK this autumn. Twenty years before Isle of the Lost begins, all Disney villains were banished from the Kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. This island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. The 4 main characters in the story are Jay, Mal, Evie, and Carlos who try to prove themselves by living up to their wicked parents’ expectations (their parents being Maleficent, Jafar, The Evil queen and Cruella). This is a great book to read if you are familiar with some of the Disney films, but I think it stands up as a book in its own right. More books are planned as part of the series and we are looking forward to reading these too.