Blog : Little Lilypad Co
The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad, when he is not relaxing in one of our best recliners, or our baby bloggers 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) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.
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Trying to find your perfect target market or the "ideal" shopper for the exact products you retail is a little like "Knitting Fog" (one of my Nan's sayings). I am sure that market research, intensive statistic analysis and alot of man hours would give some clearer indication but as a working mom, I think having the time to do that may happen on the 5th of never!So I have asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to tell us a little about themselves. some were shy, some were modest and some were unrepeatable!!KiddieBase are starting their business in the company of 5 children that are 5yo and under (and a bump!) They have a fantastic concept and are great to tweet with and you can follow them on http://www.twitter.com/kiddebase We look forward to working with them lots in the future.Climbing Tikes - They have a brilliant website and interesting fact from their owner is that she has just signed up to run 5k for charity in sept, so please show your support! http://www.climbingtikes.co.uk/Babysigningmummy - "I teach babies and parents to communicate using simple signs and I love it" Louise has also just been nominated for an award! http://babysigningmummy.comIce Jewellery - Loves our products and is a regular customer! We support this fellow http://www.mumclub.co.uk member, they have a great website and gorgeous products! Take a look www.icejewellery.comIt is clear, from this tiny selection ,that customers come in lots of varieties (a bit like ice cream) and everyone has different likes and dislikes. So my mission is purely to find something for everyone .... how hard can that be? I am off shopping ..........
I am guilty, I hold my hands up and confess because I am guilty of alot of things. This does sound a little like confessional but I promise that there will be nothing here that I wouldnt say to my mother, so it is safe to continue reading (although in saying that, you dont know my mother).I am guilty of being a working mom and part of the job description is guilt. Its not a great emotion and over compensation does kick in most weekends, where you will find me trying to fit everything into the two days we should actually all be relaxing and enjoying each others company! A reality check every once in a while means that some weekends a complete PJ day takes over! My daughter loves this and this has become very apparent over the summer holidays. She has lots of beautiful toys but never seems to have the time to play with them because we are dashing here or going there, so we are also now guilty of a little self indulgence.I am guilty of being a perfectionist, of wanting everything right, right now! I am guilty right this minute, trying to make this blog entertaining and interesting to read! (How am I doing so far?)Mothering Magazine asked last week how to make life simpler and my honest answer to this was to stop trying to be everything for everyone. Be yourself and enjoy doing it, but again I am the main culprit for trying to be mother, wifey, daughter, grandaughter, friend, sister, colleague, cook, cleaner and entertainements manager ..... simple would be nice but who wants it any other way??But the thing I am most guilty of today is being a year older!! It is my birthday, so please feel free to hop onto the Little Lilypad and wish me a happy birthday or share a funny birthday story.And for the record, I am actually not older ......merely wiser!!
To blog or not to blog? That is the question..well I thought it was time to say hello. My name's Andy and i'm the other half of the LittleLilypad! Now despite being the silent half of the partnership it is actually a fact that I am the brains and the creative driving force behind the whole business...ah who am I kidding? Id like to say that was true but it is infact my lovely lady that is responsible for the delightful website so many people are now visiting to find the gifts they need.This is infact a whole new world to me. With the introduction of the 'mumpreneur' phenom to my life, a woman posessed and a house full of lovely baby and children's gifts I find myself now mainly needed to carry the numerous (heavy) boxes of stock around and cast my eye over the stock and the site (im sure purely to make me feel included!) before things go live on there.Well apparently these things are meant to be short so I had better go and inspect some fantastic, quirky and handmade little treats and then watch some sport to address the balance!
When I heard the words "mummy, why do you have lines on your forehead", I could have quite easily buried my head under the Lilypad! Instead, I smiled sweetly and told my darling daughter that they were laughter lines from the happy and fun life I lead.I suspect however that those lines on my head are more to do with being a busy working mom, frowning .... and maybe more than a little laughter.I do frown, I frown when I am confused, cross, perplexed and even when I am happy - I think it maybe a habit passed down from my mother but it is one I cant shift!I did momentarily wonder whether we should therefore be stocking anti wrinkle creams or collagen fillers in our "gifts for grown up's" and began scouring the country for suppliers but this is not what our customers really want (although the smooth, line free skin is appealing).Our website has been designed by a parent for parents and we all know that children do lovingly place a few additional lines and grey hairs to our collection but beauty products are not our forte!I think that despite my initial horror of my daughter comments, they were sugar coated a little, when she followed it up with "mummy, how do I get those lines because I want to be just like you"Maybe those lines aren't all that bad after all!