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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. This weeks Wot So Funee is being hosted by the lovely Stressy Mummy, you can find the linky here:

    Wot So Funee?

    This week our little in-house comedian has taken a back seat and the tween has taken centre stage, with a little help from her Great Auntie.

    My Auntie Jen is brilliant, she has a great sense of humour and used to spend a lot of time with my eldest daughter when she was little, so I think they have a strong bond remincent of my relationship with her as a child. She was visiting recently and I watched them as they happily played cards together, chuckling and laughing.

    Moments later they were talking about going back to school and the tween started telling her about her new Despicable Me lunch bag. Auntie Jen looked and said "Your what?, A Big Bummy lunch bag?"

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    The tween fell about laughing and it took for me to "translate" what it actually was.

    Only moments later I shouted through asking my youngest if she wanted fish for her dinner, Auntie Jen looked up and said "no thanks, I don't eat fish". We all looked at each other and burst out laughing. Auntie Jen looked perplexed, she said "What? I am a vegetarian". 

    The tween fell about laughing again and had to explain to her Great Aunt that I was talking to her sister.

    Thankfully she laughed too.

    She maybe a Great Aunt on lots of levels but maybe her hearing is not so great these days. She really did utter the words "What's so funny?" So she absolutely had to be our Wot So Funee post this week.

  2. This week we have been ravaged by a sickness bug. 

    We went into hibernation for a while. Every single one of us caught it.

    I began to feel a little like I had cabin fever.

    I wanted to go outside.

    The girls wanted to go outside.

    We missed my nephews first birthday party, I was gutted. The girls were gutted.

    But we didn't want to pass the bug onto anyone that hadn't already had it. So we sat inside and waited for it to pass.

    Then today, we braved it outside and went to Nanny & Grandad's house.

    A place that is always home.

    A place you can go when you are happy, sad, excited, scared ..... or in this case, poorly.

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    It is also a place that the little one can go outside and feed the fish, when she needs a little fresh air too (with a little help from Grandad).

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    Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

  3. 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!

  4. 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).