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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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  1. LOL Dolls Series 2 : What is inside?

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    A little while back, we had great fun with the L.O.L Surprise Doll, Series 1 so a small person in our house was extremely excited when it was announced that Series 2 was being launched. Thinking that she is now a YouTube sensation (don't ask), she wanted to do an unboxing video ..... complete with her own American accent and requests for subscribers!

      

    There are over 45 dolls to collect in Series 2, and each one has seven layers of new surprises inside: a secret message sticker; a sticker sheet; a water bottle charm; a pair of shoes; an outfit; an accessory and the doll herself. The L.O.L. doll is obviously  the best layer of surprise! Dress her in all of the accessories you've revealed. Each character is completely different. If you're lucky, you unboxed one of the rare dolls .... our little Youtuber thought she had a rare one and you can hear the anticipation in her voice! 

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    There are so many layers to get through, here is a snapshot of another one that we have opened, (if you don't want to sit through 13 mins of the video) 

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    Each layer has a new surprise for you ....

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    There are cute little blind bags to thrill and build the excitement.

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    And eventually you get inside .....

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    And you find the cutest little L.O.L doll inside! 

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    L.O.L Surprise! are the biggest collectable craze in the UK right now, they are the ultimate unboxing toy is combined with the anticipation of surprise. Perfect as a treat or a Christmas stocking filler.

    Have you tried them yet?

  2. Penclic | Helping to prevent RSI | Review & Giveaway

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    I spend ALOT of time on a computer and use a laptop most of the time as I can work on the go (or while the girls are doing after school acitvities) but that flexibility comes with its downfalls.

    The "mouse" on a laptop isn't the best design for regular use which is why I was interested to find out more about the Penclic B2 Mouse. Apart from the strong ergonomic advantages found in Penclic products, they strive to include nifty technological functions and smart, clean Scandinavian design ... it also helps to prevent RSI.

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    The Penclic Mouse B2 has the appearance of a classic inkwell with a stylish white pen.The pen and base together are one complete unit, joined at a ball joint. The base resembles a traditional mouse but you move the base itself across the surface of your desk for cursor movement, while you then use the pen portion, to action the standard mouse button controls.

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    I have enough wires with different devices charging all the time so having a bluetooth connection makes sense and the USB port at the front of the base is definitely handy. This port is for charging up the AAA battery that comes with the Mouse B2. (having the rechargeable batteries come with the device is also a big plus point too).

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    In all honesty, it took a little time to get used to using a physical mouse again and the B2 Mouse is VERY responsive so it pays not to get too click happy. After using it for a while, I became very conscious that my hands weren't aching in the same way they usually do. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. It's also known to be caused by repeatedly using your muscles and joints in the wrong way, so the Penclic B2 Mouse corrects that positioning to make for a more comfortable working experience.

    Overall, the design is easy to set up, extremely responsive to use and comes with a handy pouch to keep it stored in, which is useful on the go. At £79.99 it might not be the cheapest accessory on the market but can you really put a price on the health of your muscles and joints?

    Win a Penclic B2 Mouse

    We are therefore thrilled to have the opportunity to give you the chance to win a Penclic B2 Mouse for yourself, all you need to do is enter below! Good luck!  

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    Terms & conditions

    • The Prize: Penclic B2 Mouse
    • The winners will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Rafflecopter and notified within 7 working days by email
    • By entering this competition, you understand that your details may be retained for future mailings. You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time.
    • There is no monetary equivalent.
    • Little Lilypad Co take no /responsibility for loss or damage in the despatch of prizes
    • If the prize is unclaimed within 7 days we reserve the right to redraw the winner.
    • End Date 08/10/2017 at 12am

  3. Philips ADR 810 Dash Cam Review and Giveaway

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    We might consider ourselves to be a tech savvy family but reviewing gadgets doesn't usually fall in our remit however with so much focus on dash cam's in the news lately, we jumped at the chance to flex our review skills and take a look at the Philips ADR 810 Dash Cam. 

    We were told the usual sales spiel in that the Philips ADR 810 Dash Cam offers peace of mind when you need it most and with automatic recording means there’s no need to spend ages setting it up each time, simply switch it on and drive. In case of a collision, the Dash Cam automatically saves the recording to secure your evidence and prevent it being overridden.

    So what did we think?

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    Setting it up

    There isn't much in the box so thought it would be nice and easy to set up but we hit an intiial hurdle when we realised that you need an SD card to do the recording on and the dash cam doesn't come with one. It is worth noting that it is a micro SD card that you need, so worth making sure you have one before trying to set up.

    Once we got past this little blip, the setup was actually very quick, although you don't get a full set of instructions just a handy little guide but even I could work it out. To be honest, the set up takes less than a minute but worth noting that the Philips ADR810 Dash Cam doesn’t have its own internal battery which means it needs to be plugged into the cigarette lighter socket on the car to give it some power.

    It comes with super sticky pads so that you can attach it securely and as the Dash Cam is super lightweight at only 83 grams, with dimensions of 106.7 x 50.0 x 32.5mm, you don't worry about it falling off as can happen with some of the plastic sucker attachments. 

    Functions

    The Philips ADR 810 dash cam features smart automatic functions, excellent video performance with perfect night view and a 156° wide angle lens.

    • In the case of a collision, an emergency (and handy) recording is automatically saved to secure the evidence and prevent overwriting
    • A clever fatigue index will produce a visual and audible warning message when the driver should take a rest (unless you don't like being told what to do by a machine)
    • Instant replay function can help to clarify responsibility on the spot with date/time stamped proof
    • The ADR 810 captures details day and night with optimised night view
    • A 156° wide angle lens captures more of the road with this wide angle lens 

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    The power cable is REALLY long which is a good thing if your cigarette lighter socket isn't at the front of your car but the wire does need keeping under control (a bit like my kids!!)

    The children have been fascinated by the Dash Cam, although my eldest said that I will have to watch my own speed now as it is being recorded (I am not entirely sure what she is implying) but the youngest has become convinced that we are going to catch "bad guys" doing "bad stuff" on our Dash Cam and become heros! So everyone is a clearly a fan, even if they don't understand the tech side of it. 

    The Pro's

    • Lightweight small & compact
    • Not easy for thieves and other motorists to see, unlike some other cameras
    • Driver fatigue warning that alerts the driver if their tiredness is affecting the quality of their driving.
    • Easy to navigate menus

    The Con's

    • The sticky pads are extremely sticky which is great for keeping its position in the car but not ideal if you want to change it into a different vehicle. A suction mount would be a good option in addition to the sticky pads.
    • You need to purchase a seperate micro SD card before you can start recording. 

    So if the only real downsides relate to sticky pads, we think this is a pretty impressive piece of kit for £139.99 and are very excited to be able to offer you the chance to win one!

    Win a Philips A810 Dash Cam worth £139.99 (1)

    All you need to do is enter below. 

     a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Terms & conditions

    The Prize: Philips ADR 810 Dash Cam
    The winners will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Rafflecopter and notified within 7 working days by email
    By entering this competition, you understand that your details may be retained for future mailings. You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time.
    There is no monetary equivalent.
    Little Lilypad Co take no /responsibility for loss or damage in the despatch of prizes
    If the prize is unclaimed within 7 days we reserve the right to redraw the winner.
    End Date 03/09/2017 at 12am

  4. LOL SURPRISE Dolls "unboxing" & #giveaway

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    If, like me, you live in a world where baby dolls are treated the same as real babies and your children watch endless videos on Youtube of toys being unwrapped then we have something for you! 

    LOL Surprise Dolls are the ultimate unboxing toys with 7 layers to get through. There is a cute little printed zip design on each layer, which, once you have pulled it open reveals stickers and blind bags inside. The "let me out of here" blind bags contain everything you need for your LOL Surprise Doll such as dresses, shoes, accessories and a drinks bottle for each character. 

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    We have had great fun trying to find out which of the dolls cry, spit, tinkle or change colour. There are 45 in Series 1, so there are lots to collect but you just have to keep your fingers crossed that you don't get a duplicate as each ball really is a surprise!

    So if you want to join the LOL excitement with the ultimate unboxing experience that offers a different surprise with each layer, we are thrilled to have one of the LOL Surprise! Dolls to giveaway. Just enter below and good luck!

     a Rafflecopter giveaway

     Terms & Conditions

    The Prize: LOL Surprise - Series 1
    The winners will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Rafflecopter and notified within 7 working days by email
    By entering this competition, you understand that your details may be retained for future mailings. You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time.
    There is no monetary equivalent.
    Little Lilypad Co take no /responsibility for loss or damage in the despatch of prizes
    If the prize is unclaimed within 7 days we reserve the right to redraw the winner.
    End Date 08/07/2017 at 12am