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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. Mighty Moments! We have lots of them, whether it is learning to walk or talk, to the smaller things of mastering a word or drawing a smily face so when I saw the competition with Tots100 to celebrate Plum Baby's Mighty Moments Challenge, I knew that the toddler and I wanted to get involved.

    The Challenge : To create a superhero with healthy powers.

    So, I decided to try and explain what a superhero "might" look like (admitedly I never took art at school). Unfortunately the 2 year old was not so keen on my drawing :

    Superhero 1

    So I asked her what she would like to draw and she talked of strong teeth and sleep.

    Superhero 2

    So her healthy superhero family sleep in the day time (to get their energy of course)

    They come out at night time to look after everyone while they sleep. (hence the moon and owl stickers)

    They have super strong teeth! She really tried to draw teeth here and we all know that strong teeth and bones come from a healthy diet!

    They all have magic wands (what 2 year old girl doesn't think everything can be fixed with a magic wand).

     

    The Snappy Happy Superhero Family have been born ..... they never bite off a challenge that they can't chew!

     

    This picture is our entry into the Tots100/Plum Baby Mighty Moments challenge but we have had a magic moment creating the Snappy Happy Superhero Family.

  2. I was 9 years old.

    I was sat on the floor with the rest of my class having an eye test at school.

    It was my turn.

    The optician or nurse or whoever it was (I was 9, I wasn't really paying attention) asked me to read the bottom line.

    I couldn't.

    She asked me to read the next line up.

    I couldn't.

    She asked me to start from the top and work my way down (cue sniggers from the rest of my class).

    My parents were called and told to make an immediate appointment at the opticians where I was told that I shouldn't be left to cross the road alone as my eyesight was so bad.

    20 something (ahem) years ago, the glasses choices were as bad as my eyesight.

    I spent many years resembling a younger version of Deirdre Barlow. Here is a snapshot of my teenage years. (My other half can't quite believe I am sharing this publicly).

     Sightsavers 1

    Thankfully when I was old enough to pay for my own glasses, my choices were much more on trend!

    That didn't mean I wasn't subject to years of taunts of "four eyes" "penfold" and "speccy". It certainly meant I saw certain people differently. 

    So when my 9 year old asked for glasses, my heart sank a little bit. Was she struggling? Was she getting headaches? She insisted that she needed them so I took her to the opticians for a check up.

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    As it happens, her eyesight was perfectly fine. She just thought it was cool to wear glasses. How times have changed?

    I have lived with my glasses for 25 years and whilst I may joke that I am "blind as a bat", I am lucky enough to be able to go to the optician and get glasses that suit me (well in recent years anyway). My glasses mean that I can see the expressions on my girls faces, I can see to type this blog post and I can see to cross the road. That is not the case for lots of people across the world. 

    80 per cent of all blindness could be prevented or cured. That’s over 31 million people, most of whom live in the poorest countries in the world who go blind unnecessarily. And with poverty being both a cause and effect of blindness, a cycle is created that can be hard for communities to break out of.

    SightSavers can break this cycle with straightforward operations costing £8-£28 or annual doses of antibiotics costing 7p-35p per person. 

    If you’re moved to give someone their sight please visit www.sightsavers.org.uk/donate.

    Thank you for reading (and hopefully not laughing too much at my photo!!)

  3. I *may* have mentioned that we are getting married this year, so honeymoon destinations are currently on my radar.

    When I say radar, I *may* actually mean that I am becoming a honeymoon obsessed crazy person .... but shhhh that is strictly between us. 

    I have always dreamt of Italy, for me it is the perfect honeymoon destination. There is no disputing that Italy is considered as one of the most romantic places in the world. It has picturesque landscapes, it is seeped history and art, and I am reliably informed that the food and wine is divine, which makes me just want to get lost in the warmth and passion of Italy’s culture. 

    Am I rambling? Yes I am rambling ...... I just got lost in the daydream again.

    I may have also got a little lost in Pinterest too after seeing this fabulous competition on Love Chic Living with Cunard 

     

    I hope this Pinterest board epitomises the romance and honest beauty of Tuscany in Italy and if we do or don't decide on this as our destination ...... maybe I will just decorate our new marital bedroom with Tuscany inspiration.

  4. We're forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles everywhere ..... well almost.

    The weather this week has meant that we have been outside and enjoying the sunshine. So while big sister was at school, we have been out in the woods chasing bubbles.

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    The little one frequently asks for the "bobble" mixture and has taken to trying to catch them back on the stick after she has blown them.

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    The only problem with today's country kids link up is that she told me to stop taking her picture! So aside from chasing bubbles, I actually ended up chasing her!

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     Can you spot her???

    Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall