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

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  1. When your little ones are tiny, they seem to go through clothes quicker than you can wash them but what do you do with your favourite outfits that capture memories of a moment in time? Well the clever and talented folk from LoveKeepCreate decided to create sentimental keepsakes from your childs beloved baby grows.

    Win a Love Keep CreateKeepsake Teddy

    LoveKeepCreate can take those old baby clothes and babygrows and turn them into gorgeous keepsake teddy bears and when we say keepsake bears, this can be anything from a bear, dragons, monkeys or a duck…they have a whole keepsake animal family!  


    So as parents ourselves, we know how precious those keepsakes can be and we want to give you the chance to win you very own from LoveKeepCreate. All you need to do is enter below! Good luck x


     a Rafflecopter giveaway


    Terms & Conditions

    The Prize: LoveKeepCreate Keepsake Animal worth up to £49.50
    LoveKeepCreate will require the winner to send the equivalent of four baby grows.The outcome of the final product will depend very much on the items that you send in, so please bear in mind that if they are particularly well worn/stretchy pieces of clothing the item may not look quite the same as the product pictures.  
    By entering this competition, you understand that your details may be retained for future mailings. You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time.
    There is no monetary equivalent.
    Little Lilypad Co take no /responsibility for loss or damage in the despatch of prizes
    If the prize is unclaimed within 7 days we reserve the right to redraw the winner.
    End Date 05/11/2016 at 12am

  2. The Christmas adverts started some time ago, trying to entice children with this years plastic offering or digital "must have" gift but we have always favoured more traditional gifts, the timeless and beautifully crafted presents, which is why we adore the Minjal 4WD Ride On. 

    4WD from Minjal

    Your little one can start to use the 4WD as soon as they has started to walk and balance independently. If both feet can touch the ground when sitting on the product, we are told that your child will get the optimal benefits. The Minjal 4wd has a unique ergonomic design which not only enables your child to have lots of fun but also aids their essential development. The product is designed to encourage maximum activity in children aged one to two and half without tiring them.

    Ergonomically designed handlebars

    Optimal Height

    Comfort Seat

    360 Multi-Directional Travel

    Safety Stoppers

    4 Different Colours

    Ideal for Small Spaces:

    4WD side lifestyle

    So if you covet one of these for your child this Christmas, why not enter our giveaway to win one worth £29.99?

     a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Terms & Conditions

    The Prize: 4WD Minjal Ride On worth £29.99
    The winners will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Rafflecopter and notified within 7 working days by email
    Minjal will make every effort to provide a choice of colour but this cannot be guaranteed
    By entering this competition, you understand that your details may be retained for future mailings. You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time.
    There is no monetary equivalent.
    Little Lilypad Co take no /responsibility for loss or damage in the despatch of prizes
    If the prize is unclaimed within 7 days we reserve the right to redraw the winner.
    End Date 29/10/2016 at 12am

  3. Both of my girls have settled into school now and both finding their way in their new surroundings. It is interesting to see new friendships being made and how once upon a time my eldest daughter wanted to be known for being the best in her class but now is just as interested in being cool.

    We all have some friends that are confident, sassy, composed as well as friendly. Such people come under the “cool” category but it seems that every pre-teen wants to follow the trends that can make them look like the coolest person on earth. Let's be honest though, you are a cool person if you are happy with the things you have and are confident as well as optimistic. You don’t have to go through detailed books to learn the characteristics of a cool person. It’s the small things that can make you look cool.

     Cool v Clever

    Being yourself

    Being yourself is enough to make you the centre of attraction. A cool person never hesitates while expressing his or her views. It seems that you are considered a cool person if you pay no heed to people’s opinion about you.


    Being social is a quality not everyone is born with. However, most people develop their social skills with time. A cool person tends to make new friends and are more forgiving. People love being with them most of the time.


    Humour and a cool person go side by side. A cool person knows how to break the ice or ease the tensed situation. They can even look cool when they joke about the bad things that happened to them.

    So ...... Cool v Clever?

    Being clever is a quality that enables you to turn the things around and it isn't always about getting top marks in a maths test. One of the main characteristics of being clever is the ability to think creatively. Cleverness makes you capable of analysing the situations and acting accordingly. It is a driving force that helps you solve problems more quickly.

    Speak last

    A clever person usually speaks after listening to others. They are clever because they evaluate others opinions before giving their own. They have the capability to analyse the aspects of discussion.

    Problem solvers

    A person that knows the tactics to solve a problem is no doubt a clever person. He or she usually follow the simple and clever solutions to sort out an issue.


    You usually find that that clever people are generally positive, and that’s what stimulates the confidence in them.

    Can you be both cool and clever?

    Most people think that being cool and clever require two different versions of a personality that cannot be merged. Each possess their own characteristics and personally I am a firm believer in that you can be cool AND clever at the same time.

    In the end, I will be teaching my girls that you can create the same uber cool and expensive MAC mascara look with the more cost effective Maybelline version but the cool and clever girl will have enough money left over to buy herself a book too!

  4. And breathe.,

    The kids are "almost" all back to school and the summer holidays are officially over. I have to admit that I fall into the category of mums that gets really sad when the start of term is looming, I adore having the girls at home over the summer and whilst there is no doubt it puts more pressure on my purse strings, I love not having the madness of the school run and the daily regime.

    Back to School : School Reviewer

    That said, this year has brought new adventures with new schools for both girls. My eldest had her SATS at the end of Year 6 and (without entering the proud parent realms too much) did exceptionally well so starts her senior school at a high level, which I obviously want her the maintain. I am forever telling her that knowledge is power and learning will give her options in the future. From a parents perspective, I am always trying to make the best decisions for my girls, which is why I was delighted to find which is the one site that empowers parents with the knowledge that they are doing all they can to ensure their child’s educational journey is as happy, fulfilling and as rewarding as they can possibly make it.

    I am a big stat geek so I love that School Reviewer is the only site in the UK that not only gives parents the invaluable stats and knowledge about every UK school at every level. There are presently 41,826 establishments on record within the School Reviewer database and they have detailed profiles, academic data and OFSTED reports for most of these. All that information in one place! But that is not all, it also ....

    • Identifies which homes fall into which catchment areas.
    • Allows parents to talk with other parents on school forums, both individually as single schools and nationally.
    • Is the only site with walk through question by question downloadable videos for GCSE math’s, SATS and 11+ papers.
    • Is recruiting tutors for free to create the biggest and most trusted tutor site for parents in the UK.
    • Is the only one to show how a 100% A+ grade can be scored on all papers. (Wow!!)

    Getting the right education is important for our children but as parents new schools, new uniform and new areas can be just as daunting, so having a forum is a great place to buy and sell school uniform and find like minded parents in your area. The School Reviewer "Parents Forum" opens up an avenue for parents to interact and discuss a whole range of topics and this isn't restricted to your local area, you can chat to parents regionally or nationally, which is a really interesting feature.

    Education is a journey for both the children and us as parents (this is without mentioning the fear that descends when we are asked to help with some of the homework) so having a resource to help you and your child is a winner in my book. But don't take my word for it, go and take a look for yourself .....

      School Reviewer