The Little Lilypad Blog is 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), 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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Posted on 10:00pm Friday 18th Oct 2013
Listed under: Views & Ramblings
I see lots of lists such as 50 things to do before you are fifty or 50 free things to do with your children but what about creating a list about 50 things to love about life ..... that are free?
If you asked my two year old what are the things she loves, it would be a different list to my eight year old and a completely different list to mine. So I asked a group of amazing ladies what they would add to the list, so here is our collective list of the best things to love about life .... that are free!
What would you add to the list?
Posted on 9:17pm Wednesday 16th Oct 2013
Listed under: Views & Ramblings
There are 70 sleeps till Christmas. Ooops I did it again, I mentioned the C word before November! There has been a rule in my family that we don't mention Christmas until after my brothers birthday in November. He used to get really upset with any of us that started talking about Christmas before his birthday and when I say he used to, I am still only referring to last year!
So we have to do stealth Christmas preparation prior to November and I have been having a clear out of the bedrooms in readiness for the arrival of Father Christmas. Unfortunately for my other half, this also meant I was clearing out anything that gathered dust on a regular basis .... it is a good job that he doesn't sit in the same place for very long.
So I went through all the children's old clothes, toys and our somewhat amazing dvd collection and on the recommendation of a friend, decided to do a car boot sale. I did not relish getting up at 5am in the morning but we did laugh at us bartering over 50 pence. Whilst I was determined that we were not coming home with a car full of stuff, I didn't want to give everything away for pennies as the profits of our little Sunday morning venture was going towards our family festivities. Unfortunately with music and movies so easily downloadable these days, the dvd collection remained one of the only things remaining on our little pasting table, so the minute I got home I got the app on my phone for Music Magpie. Doing a car boot sale and selling all our dvd's was never going to make us rich but it was a definitely a unique way to declutter and in the end we had a giggle doing it.
The only person who wasn't laughing was my eldest daughter, who was not amused at me clearing out her room .... especially when I told her that if we didn't declutter her room Father Christmas wouldn't be coming to her because he would think she had too much stuff! Well, it was the only way ......
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Disclaimer : Whilst we received recompence for this post, it is based on personal experience only and is not in any way affiliated.
Posted on 8:55pm Wednesday 16th Oct 2013
Family is at the heart of the Little Lilypad Co and I remember as a child being told that "charity begins at home" but what about all those children whose home is not like mine or yours?
There are countless charities across the globe and each and every one of them deserves support and recognition but we were approached this month by UNICEF to share their work. UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and child rights. They work in more than 190 countries with families, local communities, business partners and governments, to help every child reach their full potential.
With everything that's going on in the world today, it's important we support international charities like UNICEF. Over two million refugees have fled the crisis in Syria, half of them children. They urgently need our help.
If you would like to make a donation, you can go direct to their donate page.
Disclaimer : We received no financial compensation for this post only the warm fuzzy feeling of doing something good today!
Posted on 10:59am Wednesday 16th Oct 2013
I am looking outside my window and it is raining. My hands are wrapped around a hot cup of tea as I am cold and it feels like it has been raining for weeks.
I read a news report this week that said by November, the winter will have taken a grip and we should expect the coldest winter in 100 years! Now if that is not an excuse to hibernate, I don't know what is? It is also an excuse to buy a whole new winter wardrobe but shhhh, we won't say too much about that out loud.
So I suspect we should take advantage of the autumn leaves (that are no so crunchy after all this rain) and get outside before the cold snap really takes hold .... although I suspect the children will have me outside making snowmen when it finally does snow. It doesn't really matter what the weather is like outside as ultimately there are always things we can do as a family.
I am a secret control freak and love to plan everything, even those things that may "look" spontaneous are usually executed with precision planning, so I am already thinking about what family new year breaks to consider. Christmas is always magical in our house, so going somewhere like Butlins for New Year would be fabulous as it caters for everyone. (there is also up to 40% off at the moment, which appeals to my family budgeting heart). It sounds exciting to have a huge confetti blast at midnight in the Skyline Pavilion, which is then followed by a fantastic fireworks display on New Year’s Day (our British weather permitting of course .... let's hope the rain has stopped by then).
So today might be dull and cold outside but looking at exciting family choices for New Year has added a little sparkle to my day!