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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 are delighted to be continuing our baby blog series and even more so with the opportunity to share gorgeous maternity wear. Our Baby blogger tells all ....

    The Pudding Club is the brainchild of Alexandra Macleod who was fantastically underwhelmed with the maternity clothes that were on offer on the high street. Alex believes that pregnant women should be celebrating their changing body shape, should enjoy shopping for clothes to dress their bump and feel pampered in the process. (we love this ethos)   The Pudding Club was created to do just that. So when we were invited to review a gorgeous outfit from The Pudding Club, here is what happened  ........

    Today I received something that made me smile and feel like 'me'. 

    The Pudding Club

    I am a mum carrying another little pudding in her tum, which makes me smile very very much, but it means I don't always have time to think about just 'me'. So when a gorgeous, and I mean totally utterly gorgeous, dress turned up at the door and i knew before I'd even tried it on that it was going to be perfect, I got very excited! 

    When I was pregnant with my first baby, I attended two weddings at 9 months pregnant and to be honest it was a bit of a nightmare trying to find something to wear that was both flattering and glamorous; if only I had known about The Pudding Club back then! The good news is that I do now, as not only do I have another wedding to attend towards the end of this pregnancy, it's also a very special family one, so I want to feel extra lovely this time.

    The dress is a beautiful sheer black lace cocktail dress. The stunning material overlays a soft lining, which of course has lots of stretch so it lays nice and smooth over all of my curves, and there are a few more this time around! I am just over 4 months pregnant at the moment, so the bump is fairly petite, but I can see that there is plenty of room to grow in that area, however I feel great in it now so I think that's pretty clever designing as I can see it will suit all stages of pregnancy. 


    The Pudding Club 1

    The sleeves are long but delicate, the length is perfect and there is a detachable satin sash which I love and will definitely wear, although if I wear this to something less formal it could be left off. The sizing seems about right, if not a little on the large side as I am normally a size 10 and this dress is an 8-10 and fits perfectly.

    It's not a surprise that it has been worn on the red carpet as it hits the spot that I think some maternity ranges don't; women still want to look glamorous and stylish when pregnant (even if we do feel a little frumpy sometimes). 

    There were many stunning dresses on The Pudding Club's online store that I could have chosen, I'm very pleased with my choice as it will be perfect for an autumn wedding, but I do rather fancy some of the other gorgeous designs too; anyone fancy inviting me to their wedding this year, just so I can justify it to my husband!

    Lastly I look forward to seeing me 'flourish' in this dress as my bump and body grow, so watch this space for some updated pictures and thoughts....

    In the meantime, if you want to be in with a chance to win a £50 voucher to spend at The Pudding Club, you can simply enter our competition below:

    The Pudding Club

  2. Every once in a while you come across a company that do things differently.

    We love quirky.

    So when we were approached to work with Ohh Deer, we *may* have got a little excited.

    We are even more excited to be able to share an AMAZING giveaway with you to win ALL of the products below, totalling £125.00

    Ohh Deer Bob Cushion

    1. A Bob cushion worth £34.95 

    Ohh Deer Artemis Cushion 

    2. Artemis Cushion worth £34.95

    Ohh Deer Hutan Print

    3. A4 Hutan Print worth £19.95 

    Ohh Deer Rufus Card

    4. Rufus Greeting Card Worth £2.50 

    Ohh Deer Phone Case

    5. Your choice between a Zhu II and Howard Phone Case worth £19.95 

    Ohh Deer Grumpy Cat

    6. Grumpy Cat Mug worth £12


    So what are you waiting for?

    Enter with our new giveaway widget below!

    Ohh Deer Giveaway

  3. We recently ran a competition with Spoilt Rotten and they kindly gave us the opportunity to review one of their gorgeous babygrows, so as part of our Baby Blog, we bring you our baby bloggers thoughts ......

    The first thing I loved about receiving the Spoilt Rotten Future Firefighter Babygrow, was the adorable packaging; a cute milk carton that clips together at the top which made it feel like you were indeed going to be spoilt with something special!


    The babygrow was neatly folded inside and you couldn't help but love the super soft material, and how it felt better quality than your standard high street vests. 

    The design was exactly as I expected from what I'd seen online and it was exciting to have something that felt 'personalised' for our baby boy (his dad is a fireman after all). This is what I love about Spoilt Rotten, there are so many unique designs to choose from that you are bound to find something that is relevant to the child you are buying for, and this makes it a perfect choice if you are buying a gift.

    The sizing felt about right (6-12 months), however it would probably be a little on the large side for an average 6 month year old, but they can always grow into it. The important techy bits of the babygrow are:

    • 100% thick Organic Cotton at 200gsm
    • Certified high standards of Global Organic Textiles Standard, Soil Association and Fair Wear Foundation.
    • No chemicals used to ensure no cotton fibres are damaged to ensure a super soft feel (it really does)
    • Envelope Style neck for easy change (who doesn't want an easy life)


    The great thing about the Spoilt Rotten products is that they are not your regular baby outfits but I think that's what makes it so special and worth splashing out for, nothing wrong with being spoilt rotten once in a while!


  4. I love the theatre.

    I love the emotions a live show can evoke.

    I love revelling in the story telling.

    I love watching the dancers and remembering how I dreamt of dancing at the royal variety performance as a child.


    I want my girls to love it too but what age is suitable to take children to the theatre?

    It is safe to say that babies are not really the ideal audience for any show and you won't be thanked by the rest of the audience either if the baby starts screaming during the performance.

    Toddlers love to explore, so unless the show is something that really captures their attention (or you have a very compliant toddler), it wouldn't be my recommendation to take really small children either.

    When they reach school age, they are used to sitting down for longer periods of time but like a toddler, it needs to be something that captures their imaginations. Think more like Scooby Doo mysteries than Les Miserables.

    I used to love Scooby Doo when I was younger and my godson has this strange obsession with a very stretchy Scooby Doo toy, so I was delighted to find out that they are actually doing a stage show called:

    Mystery of Scooby Doo Live Show

    The show surrounds Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Velma and Daphne as they arrive in Egypt to solve the mystery of Pharoh Hatchespouts Pyramid. The show looks awesome but is quite a way for us to travel but having looked at the hotels close by, there are some great deals to be had with Holiday Inn hotels:

    Holiday Inn Basingstoke

    Holiday Inn Farnborough

    Holiday Inn Guildford

    Scooby Doo

    We could make a weekend of our first theatre trip and to help keep the children quiet ...... we need to remember our Scooby snacks!

    Disclaimer : This post is in collaboration with Holiday Inn but all aspirations of dancing at the Royal Variety are my own!