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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. When the fabulous Sonya who blogs at The Ramblings of a Former Rock n Roll Mum tagged me to answer 5 questions about blogging, it made me think back to when I started blogging, which was for a whole different reason to why I blog now. So here are my answers to the questions ......

    Who or what encouraged you to start blogging?

    It was actually an SEO guru who told me that I should start blogging. It was when we first started the Lilypad boutique and he said that I needed to blog to get regular content on the Lilypad for the purposes of our friends at Google. But it reignited a love of writing that had long been forgotten. I remember writing books in junior school, convinced I would be a writer when I was older. I wrote pages and pages of letters to pen friends over the years but then somehow life got in the way and I stopped writing. The Lilypad blog got me writing again.

    How did you choose what to blog about?

    Initially it was all about the right keywords for the blog but these days it is all about my girls, from my pregnancy, birth, through to their daily antics. Unfortunately the right keywords and SEO kind of went out of the window and I now find myself rambling frequently about baby swimming or shoes, rather than "handmade baby gifts".

    What is something most people don't know about you?

    I am actually really shy. I know when I am strutting around in my sky high heels, I might look confident but I make myself be brave. Almost on a daily basis. Oh and I am sooooo funny (when I have had the opportunity to think about the punchline and deliver it 10 minutes after the moment has passed).

    What three words describe your style?

    Sleek, classic, stylish ..... oh you mean my blogging style?

    Rambling, honest, frugal.

    What do you love to do when you are not blogging?

    Its a well known (and blogged) fact that I like love to shop. Not just for me, for the girls, for my man, for my friends, the house. It doesn't actually matter what it is, big, small, cheap, expensive .... I think I am addicted to the thrill of shopping. More importantly though, I am addicted to the thrill of laughter, we have some amazing friends and I love spending time with them, as a family, so laughing and creating memories is what I love to do most when I am not blogging! (passes sick bucket).

    Love Like

    That is all the questions answered, so now it is my turn to nominate more bloggers to answer the same, so I tag:

    Mummy Alarm

    Seasider In The City

    Fives A Fellowship

    Trouble Doubled

     

    Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

  2. I love to sleep. As a mum to two girls, I never seem to get enough sleep, I never want to get out of my bed in the morning from the room that is my haven but a child’s room is so much more than a place to sleep. Far more than for most grown-ups, it’s a place they spend a lot of their waking hours, telling stories, creating adventures, building dens and having fun.

    So what do you do when you decide it needs redecorting? You have to think about the times they’re going to play, read, draw and colour in there and as they get older, it’s bound to be where they’ll do a lot of their homework too. (I am clearly living in hope that the challenge of physically getting them to do their homework is not too much of a mission)

    The secret interior designer (or just the sleepy mum) that is trapped inside me thinks that the key piece of furniture in a child’s bedroom is the bed, and that’s the best place to start when you’re planning out how to furnish and decorate your child’s room. Children’s beds today come in a massive range of styles and sizes and the one you’ll choose will depend on the size of the room and how old your child is. Great companies like GLTC have a fabulous range of children's beds and mattresses from GLTC and this is a good first stop resource for families like us. 

    I love the idea of a cabin bed, as it can be a great space-saver choice and the underneath can either be used as a desk, or as storage space for clothes. Some cabin beds have tent style play areas below them too, although I am not sure there would be much sleeping going on with my daughters in this kind of bed. 

    Children’s bedroom furniture can be expensive, so it may be worth considering choosing a timeless classic style for the furniture, and then giving the room a fresh look with new accessories every couple of years – when your child’s tastes change. It’s far easier and more economical to change curtains, bed linen and rugs than replacing all the furniture with a new set. It might not be the most exciting but I have always gone for neutral colours like cream or white and accessorised around them.

    GLTC

    Space and storage is always an issue for parents, for us, the litte one needs lots of floor space to play, and we have storage chests for her toys, whereas the older one prefer less floor space (to hopefully create less clutter) and has a wall unit with all her essentials in.

    i made the mistake of letting the eldest daughter choose her bedroom colour and she went for "sexy pink" (I kid you not) so guiding them towards a theme will help to give their bedroom a coordinated look and it could be inspired by any of their interests. There are some perennially popular themes, such as pirates, fairies or woodland creatures for younger kids, and bright, bold colours for older children. It really depends what your kids like – and what you like too, of course. Don’t feel that you have to achieve a new-look room all in one go – in fact, in a way, it’s nice for them to build on their room’s theme by asking for accessories for Christmas or birthday presents.

    So their bedroom maybe a design project for me but for the girls, it is so much more than that, it is a place that memories are created, tears will be shed, laughter will seep through the walls and friends will be made and lost. I always want everything to be perfect for them and you just live in hope that they’ll love the fact that it’s been done especially for them, and maybe they’ll keep it tidy as a way of saying thank you!

    Oh, well, we can all have dreams can't we?! 

     

  3. We have lots of adventures on the Lilypad and today our adventures took us to the Red House Barn and the Little Fun Fest.

    Little fun Fest Big Top

    It was our first ever festival (yes mine included) and I totally embraced the whole thing by ensuring we ALL had wellies. The weather forecast wasn't brilliant but a few rain showers weren't going to dampen our spirits and once as we saw the Big Red Top as we came closer to Red House Barn, we couldn't contain the girls excitement. They grabbed their wellington boots and off they went through the mud.

     Little Fun Fest - Wellies

    With varying ages, there is usually a debate over what activites we were going to do and amazingly the girls were generally happy to take turns in choosing an activity, with the little one only getting a bit upset over there being water on the bouncy castle. It was a little "bounce, splash" .... which added to the fun in the end!

    The venue wasn't huge, which was perfect for us (and the little legs) as we could happily choose activities from either side and get there quickly. There was an amazing array of things to do and see from Baby Ballet, Dr Ranj's travelling surgery, Mr Yipadee to cBeebies very own Alex Winters, without all the extra's like the fair ground rides, stalls and play area. Mr Yipadee was a particular favourite, with the little one getting right in front of the stage and dancing and singing along. 

    We had to take cover from the rain showers but the craft corner came to the rescue .....

    Little Fun Fest Crafting

    And don't forget the parachute .....

    Little Fun Fest Parachute

    As soon as the rain stopped, we were outside again and this time learning circus tricks from tight rope walking to stilts!

    Little Fun Fest 1 Mud

    Little Fun Fest is all about providing top class family fun! It is marketed as the under 10′s first family festival and I was worried that it maybe a little too young for the "almost" 9 year old but she loved it and wants to come back next year already!

    Little Fun Fest Heart

    We didn't get a chance to meet and greet the stars of Little Fun Fest as the little one was beyond exhausted from all the excitement and she was asleep within 2 minutes of us leaving the car park but it wasn't about the characters for us, as it was just a fabulous event although we were able to watch the princesses from Frozen sing "Let it Go" before we left .....

     

    The girls just didn't want to "let it go" and want to come back again tomorrow!!

     

    We received a family pass for our entrance to Little Fun Fest but all opinions and adventures are our own.

  4. I cannot believe it is April. How did that happen?

    March is always so busy for us, there are countless birthdays, anniversaries and of course Mothers Day. 

    Mothers Day flowers

    March was the time to say goodbye to this term of our swimming lessons and wonder what we are going to do for the next two weeks without our weekly splash sessions.

    March was a time to start preparing for Easter with our Easter bonnets. (enter competitive mom).

    Easter Bonnet

    Easter Bonnet 2

    The end of March saw the "smog" cloud descend ond make everything more than a little foggy.

    Foggy road

     

    So bye bye March, its been fun but April has Easter in store, half term holidays with the children, more birthdays to celebrate ..... oh and with six months to go to our wedding, I think I can start an official wedding countdown now, can't I?