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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. My Aunt was talking the other day about how lucky we are to live where we live but I suppose I take it for granted.

    The sun was shining today and we told the girls that there was going to be no screen time today and we were getting outside. It was only as we were walking through the long grass in the fields opposite that it dawned on me what my Aunt was talking about.

    We are fortunate to live where we can walk through fields and feed the horses.

    We are fortunate that we can go and get fresh egss from the farm next door.

    The great outdoors is the best playground and classroom for my girls.

    For me, it's an excuse to buy fabulous wellington boots!!

    Country Kids 050314

    Its been a beautiful day!

    Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

  2. I have worn glasses since i was 9 years old.

    I remember the day vividly when the school nurse did an eye test on every child in our class, we all sat on the floor while each child was tested. 

    She asked me to read the bottom line. I couldn't.

    She asked me to read the line above that, I couldn't.

    She asked me to start from the top and see how far down I could read. It wasn't very far.

    So when Select Specs got in touch to advise that they were running a competition to WIN Free glasses for life, I knew that I needed to shout about it. Wearing glasses now is much cooler than it was when I was 9 years old, in fact my "almost" 9 year old actually wants glasses despite having perfect vision(oh the irony).

    So what do you need to do? Just click on this link below:

    Free Glasses for Life

    The competition is hosted directly by Select Specs and don't forget that the competition ends on Saturday 31 May at 11pm. They will be announcing the winner on Friday 6th June 2014, so make sure you keep an eye on your email inbox to see if you're the lucky winner!

    In addition, Select Specs are also giving five runners-up a free pair of prescription glasses (also including standard lenses, coatings and delivery) from their exclusive economy collection, so there are more chances to win.

    Select Specs

    I have worn some questionable frames over the years and as a child waited a long time to get fashionable frames but you don't have to wait. Go enter. Now!

    What are you waiting for?


    Select Specs offered us a pair of glasses in return for sharing this competition but regardless of this, we think it is an amazing competition and are happy to share!

  3. Last week I wrote a post about what a Mum wants. so this week it is the turn of the girls.

    I have blogged before about the differences between my two girls and this is never so prevalent as to what they want. In the space of 24 hours, I hear the words "I want" fairly frequently ..... despite my constant reminders to say "may I have" but the difference between the two never fails to make me chuckle.

    At the dinner table

    Tween : Mom, I want a drink please.

    Toddler : Mommy, I want her drink.

    Tween : Can I have what you are eating Mom?

    Toddler : I want what is on everyone else's plate, except my own.

    At bedtime.

    Tween :  I want to watch a dvd, not read a book.

    Toddler : I want you to read every single book on my book shelf, twice.

    At the painting table

    Tween : I want to create something reallly cool.

    Toddler : I want to paint over everything, including my own legs, hands and occasionally some paper.

    Children painting

    In the playroom

    Tween :  I really want to finish this jigsaw.

    Toddler : I want to pinch all of the pieces of the jigsaw and hide them behind the curtains.

    In the bath.

    Tween : I want to lie in the bath and chill out listening to music on my iPod.

    Toddler : I do not want to lie down, instead splash water everywhere while I show you my swimming skills.

    In the car:

    Tween : I want to watch my dvd.

    Toddler : I don't want to watch her dvd. (Thank goodness for dual control)

    Tween : I want to sit in the front.

    Toddler : I want to get out.

    When they are poorly

    Tween : I want my Mom.

    Toddler : I want MY Mom.

    They might want different things at different times but they always want Mom in the end! 

  4. We have been enjoying a lot of time outside this Easter, blowing away the cobwebs and getting outside. I have even been known to wear wellies and flat shoes on more than one occasion. I kid you not! So when we were invited to Hatton Country World for the day to enjoy their Easter Eggstravaganza, I knew we were up for the Challenge ..... and a challenge is what we got!

    We were greeted by this gorgeous Peacock, who took no convincing to show us his feathers! It was a unique way to be welcomed to a park!!


    For my big girl, there was The Adventurers’ Challenge, which has been created for families to compete in a number of daring tasks across the park, including braving the Big Red Drop Slide in Superslide Mania and holding an exotic reptile in the new Scales and Tails attraction. For the little one, was an Easter Bunny Hunt and we did try very hard to track down the "big bunny" who was wandering around Hatton all day. The Easter challenges were in addition to all the usual exciting activities like the farmyard favourites, fairground rides, family theatre and guinea pig village.

    The little one LOVED feeding the animals and was much braver than only 7 months ago when we came for her birthday.

    Hatton 2

    Hatton 1

    Newborn piglets made me broody (for a baby not a piglet) .... stinky but adorable!

    Hatton 5

    The 8yo loved taking part in the Adventure Challenges and was determined to find gold and get her medal ....... she did aswell!

    Hatton 3

    The Easter Egg Hunt was on at set times throughout the day .... and is still on until 27th April, if you are quick!! This is not counting all the rides, trampolines, councy castles, slides and outdoor play activities that the girls ping ponged around all day.

    Hatton 6

    When little legs were tired after all the fun, big sister was there to help carry her along. (a rare moment of sibling kindness). There is so much to do at Hatton Country World that it would be difficult to find just one single thing that was my favourite, so I asked all the family:

    The Man on the Pad : Feeding the animals on the farm.

    The 8 year old : Mining for Gold or the Red Drop Slide

    The 2 year old : The bouncy slide

    Hatton bouncy slide

    Me : Well for me the best part was having a great day out with the family, somewhere that caters for all ages. (which is a bonus for our family)

    Hatton Leaving

    We were sad to leave (albeit, the shops on the way out did ease this for me somewhat) but I did happen to notice that they had schedules up for Whitsun week ...... so I think we will be returning very soon.

     Hatton 4

    Disclosure : We were given a family ticket to Hatton for the day but all views and opinons are our own.