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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky ( 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 and clothing (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. I have to be honest, DIY has never been my strong point but a friend of mine had recently bought a new oak front-door from Todd Doors and fancied painting it herself. So me, and a few others, descended on her house last weekend armed with paint samples, brushes and a few bottle of wine. All the essentials, you understand. It was a hilarious day spent debating over bold colour choices and what actually does your front-door stay about you. Not only was it a great get-together with friends but at the end my friend was left with a beautiful, customised door that perfectly represented her vibrant personality. So, I thought to help those of you who are thinking of embarking on such a venture, I would summarise our friendly paint committees weekend activities. 

    The previous week, another friend had kindly zoomed around her local B&Q and collected a staggering amount of paint samples. She came, bags bulging with small test-cans, and proceeded to line them up along the wall of the front-garden. Here is where the first debate began. My friend, who had purchased the door, wanted a vibrant popping colour that would really stand out against the white exterior of her home. However, a section of those presents were convinced that these kind of statement doors often turned out more garish then grand. Moreover, there were voiced concerns about how quickly these bright colours faded and did our friend really want to spend repeated days topping up her postbox red or royal purple door after every batch of stereotypically wet British weather. The decision-making process was also slightly delayed by my friend becoming unsure if she wanted to have her shiny new door splattered with test strokes for days before she made her decision.


    image by  CJ Isherwood 

    This new debate raged on until someone had the bright idea of getting a spare bit of plywood from the shed and using it as a test canvas. Once this test canvas had been presented to us, we got to work. One team, the splashier decorators, got to work exhibiting some of the more bright and brash paint colours. The other, the more reserved painters, got on with creating a serene template of muted, subtle shades. Certain colours, namely a hideous burnt orange and a mind-numbingly dull beige, were quickly and universally discounted. Once these obvious disasters were avoided, we then began a prolonged discussion that slowly and steadily ruled-out various choices. The previously mentioned royal purple was sidelined when someone, rightly, pointed out that it hardly complimented the soft yellow of the hallway. The light grey option suffered a similar fate when we decided that, when combined with the white outer walls, it made everything a bit to monochrome.

    Eventually, after an hour or two, we finally settled upon a beautiful midnight blue that was reserved enough to keep with the house’s Victorian aesthetic but still had a certain unique pop to it. Moreover, it perfectly complimented the lovely silver handle and number plate that my friend had also bought. We got to work and soon we were standing back as the late-afternoon sun made the paint glisten. My friend was thrilled, not least because of a few appreciative comments thrown her way by passing neighbours, and we were already deciding who will be the next person to transform their front-door. 

    Now just to decide on this weekend's project .......

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  2. Would you remember what I bought you for your Birthday or Christmas last year?

    Would you remember the type of paper it was wrapped in?

    Would you know if the card this year was bigger or less expensive?

    I bet you probably wouldn't.

    So I am not entirely sure why I have my little book to remind me of the presents I have bought in the past and the notes about the paper and cards because there are some things that don't stick in your memory (or even need to) but my memory isn't always the best, so my notebook helps me make decisions for the following years presents.

    So even if my gift buying prowess doesn't stick in your mind, it is worth remembering that a gift doesn't always need to be wrapped in paper. It can be just a simple phrase, an off the hand comment but sometimes, just sometimes, a few words can give comfort that a blanket never could, change a path better than any map or help make a decision that needs making.

    As I said, my memory isn't always the best but I never forget seeing a tarot reader and after turning over the first card she said "you are with someone you shouldn't be". If I am honest, I don't really remember much else from the reading but I knew she was right. It was something I had known for a while. That sentence made me change my life and who I was spending it with.

    It was a long, long, loooooong time ago and the venue was in a very cool part of town and there was almost an air of mystery and thrill in going to see a psychic, whereas now you can simply click onto The Circle and have immediate access from the comfort of your own home. I have seen a couple of psychics since that day and it never ceases to amaze me how accurate the readings are. One told me my daughter's best friends name, which astounded me at the time but then she followed up with how I was going to have another little girl called Amy. In an act of defiance, I called my daughter something else.

    But it's those things you remember. The moments that make you question your decisions (and it is not always about the Christmas wrapping paper). Thankfully my only decision at the moment is what to buy for Christmas this year ......

    Christmas presents


    In collaboration with The Circle, featured post.

  3. I *may* have mentioned a wedding that has happened recently.

    If this managed to pass you by (obviously why, if you didn't send us a card) but the Man on the Pad finally decided to make an honest woman of me and we got married a week or so ago.

    The girls really seemed to embrace us getting married, from getting excited about their bridesmaid dresses, to talking about walking down the aisle. There was a little debate over how they would actually walk down the aisle, mainly due to who was going first (me or them) but they came round to my way of thinking eventually. (I promise I wasn't a complete bridezilla).

    The little one talked about the wedding alot. Everything seemed to be gauged whether it was happening before or after the wedding and she constantly referred to it as "our wedding".

    Wedding 1

    The tween wanted to be a little more grown up, with styled hair and heeled shoes, while the little one wanted glittery shoes and sparkles in her hair!  

    The wedding was full of emotion and then laughter, when a little voice pipes up with "so who am I marrying?"

     Wedding 2

     Has your little one said anything funny this week? We would love you to share your posts and link up below.


  4. There are a few things that you suddenly find yourself talking about when you become a parent and toilet habits are one of them! So when Tommee Tippee offered our baby blogger the chance to try their new nappy disposal unit, we thought we would give it a try .... here's what she thought.

    Nappies; not the most glamorous of topics, but the subject of changing our little ones bum's is one that often comes up in our household and I expect others too! I'd never thought about a way of disposing nappies other than chucking them straight into the bin outside. However, when I was given the opportunity to review the Tommee Tippee Sangenic Nappy Disposal system, it was quite timely as nipping outside to the bin a few times a day in the winter months isn't quite so appealing, and with another baby due in December, it's only going to be a more frequent activity! 

    The new coloured design of the Sangenic tub comes in blue and pink so I chose the blue one in order to match my son's bedroom, and I'm very pleased to say it actually goes really well, for a nappy bin it probably couldn't be more stylish. This pleases me for starters!

    Tommee Tippee Nappy Bin


    key features

    • Twists & wraps each nappy to lock in odour
    • Antibacterial film kills 99% of germs on contact and offers unbeatable odour protection
    • 100 times more effective at odour protection than nappy sacks+
    • Comes with one pre-loaded film cassette
    • Holds up to 28 nappies at one time*
    • All Sangenic Disposal systems now work with a one-size-fits-all type of cassette.

    It's simple to use, you just pop your nappies or nappy sacks into the top, spin it and the nappy disappears into the main tub. Can I smell anything after? Pleased to report no smell  ....... yippee! However when it comes to emptying the bin there is nothing to completely protect the senses so unfortunately this bin doesn't actually work miracles, but its good enough to mean that only one trip to the outside bin is needed per day or so. 

    I think this bin is useful but will really come in handy when I've got two little bums to change. Tommee Tippee advise that on average, each cassette will last approximately 3-4 weeks (tested using size 3 nappies (5-9kg) using 3 nappies per day). So anything that makes life a little easier on a day to day basis is always a winner, and it gets an extra star for being surprisingly very good looking! Well done Tommee Tippee!

    The new pink & blue nappy disposal system from Sangenic are part of an exclusive promotion at Mothercare and are usually £31.00 but currently on offer at £15.50! Go grab one while you can!