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SM reviews… The Dock & Bay beach towel

You might have seen Dock & Bay’s innovative towel design on Dragon’s Den, where they got investment from Deborah Meaden.

SM tester writes:In our house towels are two things: wet, and on the floor. We have a plethora of them, ranging from hoodie-style ones that resemble animals to those from bales we bought before we had kids (taupe) and those chosen by the kids (orange). On days when the kids all go swimming, in addition to having morning showers, as a family, we will have used at least ten towels in one day! 

Dock & Bay’s towels were designed for backpackers, heading off to remote Thai beaches or Ibiza yoga retreats. The USPs include it folding down very small and flat (for ease of packing), doubling up as a yoga mat that doesn’t curl at the edges and being made from microfibre which dries skin (and itself) quickly. Oh, and sand doesn’t stick to it. The Cabana design was inspired by vintage deckchairs.

Obviously (sadly) we’re not jetting off to do downward dogs at sunset in San Lorenzo – but packing a Dock & Bay towel into a swimming bag takes much less space and the generous size means that unless your child is super precocious, you can share one towel between you.

The towel also works well as a play mat; either to keep bits of LEGO contained on the living room floor or outside for a grass-picnic. Kids will love the stripes and bright colours (the stripes make handy race track lanes for matchbox cars too.)

As Dock & Bay currently have their whole Cabana towel set on offer for £74.99 I am quite tempted to ditch all our other towel fails and invest in these (not least because whilst they would look delightful on the washing line, they would also look just fine on the floor).”

What I want for Mothers’ Day…

We asked a few Slick Mummies out there what they’ll be hoping for this weekend…

”For Mother’s Day I’d like to not have to cook a single meal, wash any school uniform, nag anyone about doing maths homework, wipe a single surface or break up a single argument between my three children!  Oh, and can I have a flat stomach please.  Not asking for much am I?” Melanie Lawson, Founder of Bare Biology. 
(Bare Biology launches a fab campaign today to support PANDAs UK – follow #IHadPND)
“If I could have a dream Mother’s Day pressie it would be new stemless (excuse the flower pun) red wine glasses – stubborn are the perfect solution for tired mums as they are less likely to topple over (at bath time) and I do like to do my creative work with a glass of red in hand. Perhaps not the most traditional Mother’s Day pressie but certainly all the mum’s I know love wine!” Beth Kendall, Wilder and Wren

‘There’s nothing wrong with chocolates and flowers on Mother’s Day, but after a long day of work and the when the kids are in bed, there’s no better treat than a long gin and and tonic with plenty of ice! Craft Gin Club send you a different bottle of unusual gin to try every month, so it’s a gift I can enjoy all year round!’ Dragon’s Den star Sarah Willingham.

“ My ideal gift? For Mother’s Day to be 48 hours long! I’d want to enjoy as much time with my daughter as possible.” Suzie Walker, founder of Primal Pantry.


“A handmade Mother’s Day card from my girls is always a winner (and will go into my treasure box) but also a coupon to book for a massage or a lovely bath with wine and bubbles. I’d also appreciate a meal that’s not made in my kitchen!” Jacqueline Waggett, CEO Pacapod.

#MothersDayWeek – Helen Wooldridge of Cuddledry

Helen and Polly’s amazing Cuddledry concept – the apron towel that makes bathtime less stressful – won over five dragons and is now a hugely successful multi-award winning brand.

Helen and Jasper 2

We were delighted that Helen took time to answer our Mother’s Day questions:

How will you be spending Mother’s Day this year?

Helen: firstly watching my nine year old son in a rugby match, and then being surprised by my kids – or so they tell me!

Do you have any beauty tips passed on by your mother or grandmother that you can share with us?

Helen: my mother says always make sure you don’t just cleanse, but use a good toner before you moisturise. She has lovely soft, young skin in her seventies, so I am trying to remember to do as she says!


#MothersDayWeek – Rachel Lowe MBE

Rachel Lowe is a succesful Mumpreneur and the founder of  Destination Board Games and She Who Dares
Despite the fact that Dragon’s Den didn’t opt for her board game, Rachel’s tenacity resulted in the Destination game being launched in Hamley’s in 2004. Rachel was awarded an MBE in 2009 and had a heroic story detailed on Panorama – read more here.
We are honoured that she took the time to answer our SM Mother’s Day questions…
How will you be spending Mother’s Day this year?
Rachel:  I will be spending Mothers Day with my beautiful girls and we will also be spending time with my mum. 
We love a traditional roast dinner so that’s what will be on the menu! 
Do you have any beauty tips passed on by your mother or grandmother that you can share with us?
Rachel: I do have some beauty tips from my mother AND my grandmother. My mum always said to me when moisturising your face, remember to also do your neck, chest and hands. As when you get older these are the give-away regions. My mum also used to say when shaping your eyebrows never take from the top, as that’s your natural shape, always create the arch from below. I think there is a lot to be said for this! And the more natural you can keep your look, the less work you actually have to do to maintain it. My Nan always had defined eye brows. Her tip was to always own a good eyebrow pencil. My nan also always had good hair. Always tidy. No point in spending time on your make-up if your hair is scruffy, so giving yourself those extra few minutes to make an effort will make you feel so much better in yourself.