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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful ( and very entertaining) daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or my gorgeous sister in law as part of our baby blog and occasionally we accept guest posts. There is frequently talk of shoes (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) and baby swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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  1. We talked recently about having a family pet.

    To be honest, there is generally a lot of talk about animals in our house as we live next door to a farm so we regularly see chickens roaming or get woken up by a rather noisy cow mooing first thing in the morning, but aside from all the farmyard animals we also have a cat.

    The cat provides much amusement to everyone that visits us, mainly due to the fact that she has no tail. She was unfortunately ran over as a kitten and lost her tail (and some of her sense of humour, which is hardly surprising) and now runs a little bit like a rabbit. She also has a thing about running after the farmers dog but that is a whole other story.

    We are very definitely a cat family, we are always up to something and cats are so much more independent than dogs, which works for our busy family. 

    She is absolutely part of the family, she maybe bonkers but then again that is probably why we love her. We keep trying to convince my Nan to get a cat, she is almost 90 years old and cannot walk very well, so a dog is out of the question as the poor thing would never get walked but a cat would be perfect for her from both a companion and affection point of view.

    Sunrise Senior Living have put together an infographic to show just how beneficial it can be to elderly people to have a pet, from improving physical health, mental health and overall sense of wellbeing.

    Pet infographic 

    I know a few children that are scared of cats and dogs and I think having a pet at home promotes a good understanding and tolerance of animals from a young age but the happiness they bring is ageless. You can be 9, like my daughter or 90, like my Nan and somehow having a pet can bring rewards no matter what your age.

    This infographic was provided by Sunrise but all pets and grandparents are our own!

  2. This weeks Wot So Funee is back at its natural home with Actually Mummy :  here is the link if you need it;

    Wot So Funee?

    The little one provides us with endless one liners but today she has been a little grouchy and we were travelling back from the shops yesterday, where she was moaning and crying in the back of the car about nothing in particular. To be fair she had had to ensure school shoe shopping with her big sister but I told her not to be silly and through her tears, she looked at me and said

    "Mommy, shall I stop being so dramatic?"

    She is two years old!

    Sometimes, there are no words. (aside from her possibly repeating mine).

  3. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

    I have always been a fan of school dinners, not necessarily the meals themselves per se, more the variety they give the children and the lack of panic they give me every morning. So when my eldest daughter decided she didnt actually want hot dinners at school any longer, a slight fear began to rise inside, the pressue of the daily packed lunch was upon me! 

    I have seen lots of of amazing Bento boxes on Pinterest and whilst they leave me in awe of the time, care and attention that has gone into those daily lunch boxes, my first question is "where on earth do they find the time" and secondly, "do the children actually eat them?". Does everyone not wake up in the morning and question what on earth they are going to fill the lunchbox with each day? Or is that just me?

    So I thought we would have a trial run before school starts back next week and when I popped into our local Tescos, I picked up a box of each Capri Sun flavour on the shelf as part of my #collectiveBias #CapriSunSchool shop, as I knew this would be a good healthy start, as they have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

     Capri Sun 1

    Tesco must have known how much I love a good deal too, as the Capri Sun was on offer, saving 95p per pack! 

     Capri Sun 2

    I then started looking round for health lunchbox inspiration. Thankfully both girls love salad like cucumber and sweet peppers, so that is never a worry but neither have ever been huge fans of a sandwich or bread in general (unless they are feeding the ducks) so ensuring that they get the right balance of carbohydrates is essential too.

    I had a look on the Capri Sun website and loved some of their suggestions for calming lunchboxes, here is one of their ideas for   

    healthy lunchboxes


    • Snack
    • The main event
      Lean ham and tomato sandwiches, made with wholegrain bread Sticks of vegetables such as carrot, cucumber, celery and red pepper
    • Fruit
    • Drink
    • Extras
      Sunflower and pumpkin seeds and raisins

    I am not so sure mine would eat the pumpkin seeds as they are both getting older, they both have their own specific preferences and I think that while I may have to throw in some alternative options from time to time, the best thing to do is give them things they like (and they will eat), although if my tween is reading this, this doesn't mean chocolate and sweets!!

    Capri Sun 3

    The littlest member of the family was more impressed than the tween, even saying that her cucumber piece looked like a sun. (A Capri Sun maybe??).

     Capri Sun 4


    And on a final note, if like me, you are not blessed with the creativity to make amazing, ingenius and down right cute lunchboxes every day, I will leave you with these Pinterest boards to inspire you .....


  4. Yesterday was a PJ day. A whole day in the house, not getting dressed, just doing nothing and enjoying every minute of it. I cannot remember the last time we literally did nothing. It was bliss.

    However, that meant we needed some fresh air today, so we threw together a picnic and went to our local water park. It is so easy forget the fabulous things that are on our doorstep and it was good to prise the girls away from the technology and back to nature.

    Country Kids 240814

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    I think I lost a whole loaf of bread to the ducks, geese and swans today. Although the tween also lost a little bit of her bravery when she was surrounded by geese!!

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    We went exploring .......

    Country Kids 240814 3

    The tween tested the water to see how cold it was and needless to say, we didn't go on the pedal boats today.

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     And then of course, we were in the woods so we "had" to go on a bear hunt!

    What a beautiful day!

    Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall