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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. Things that go bump in the night!

    It is a phrase more commonly associated with frightening but imagined supernatural events and  at one time it was even incorporated into a prayer ....

    From goulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties
    And things that go bump in the night
    Good Lord, deliver us!

    Fortunately I am not actually talking about paranormal activity or supernatural events, I am talking about the creatures that suddenly seem to have taken up residence in our bedroom (and I am not talking about my other half this time).

    The warm weather has brought dodgy tan lines, questionable fashion sense, regular BBQ's and much needed outdoor fun but it has also brought an influx of creatures too. Until quite recently I had never heard of a bug called a "Bob Howler"  but the urban dictionary tells me that it is actually a slang term from the Midlands for a very large moth. Given that I am a Midlands lass at heart, I clearly should hang my head in shame at not knowing such things, but anyway I digress.

    Bob Howler

    Only last week, said Bob Howler made an appearance in our bedroom. They never seem to arrive in the day time, oh no, always just as you are about to go to bed, are a little sleepy (and clearly don't want your shrieking to wake the children). This Bob Howler was MASSIVE. No exaggeration. It was HUGE (or in the words of my tween, it was MAHOOSIVE) and after much shrieking and flapping around (me, not the Bob Howler), it decided to fly behind our headboard.

    It flapped and banged and bumped and fluttered against the headboard and the wall so much that I was worried it was going to wake the neighbours, let alone the children. Obviously the bed gets pulled out and we start chasing it around the bedroom. The scene was a little reminicent of a strange black and white comedy sketch

    Unfortunately there was not a happy ending for the Bob Howler (I won't share that particularly gruesome part of the story) and we were finally settling down for the night, when out of the corner of my eye I saw something move .........

    I may never actually sleep again!

    Disclaimer : This post is in association with Carpetright but all Bob Howler fiasco's are our own!

  2. Sun protection suit with UPF 50+. It is a super cool name and we loved it from the second we heard it but what we loved more was the gorgeous range of children's swim and beach wear that they have on their site. Sun protection suit with UPF 50+ was founded in 2012 by Jessica Dahlberg, a mother of three who decided to start her own business when she found just how difficult it was to find stylish UV protection beachwear for her children.

    The sun has definitely had its hat on of late but finding a sun hat that the children can wear in the water has been a bit of a challenge for me, so when we were given the chance to review some of the gorgeous Sun protection suit with UPF 50+ swimwear, we jumped at the chance.

     Beach Dragons Pink

    With two water babies in the family, they were both quick to jump into their new swimsuits (unfortunately the pool is not so happy for us to take photos, so stock images will have to do for now) and it was immediately apparent the difference in quality to many of the previous swimming costumes they have had.

    The Butterfly Swimsuit (shown centre above)

    UPF 50+ BLOCKS OUT 98% OF THE SUN'S UVA AND UVB RADIATION. 
    FABRIC: 91% POLYAMIDE AND 9% ELASTANE 
    INNER LINING: 100% POLYAMIDE

    The design is both adorable and practical and always gets comments in the pool. At £38 it is certainly not the cheapest swimsuit on the market but you how can you put a price on the protection of your childs skin?

    Blossom Bikini

    UPF 50+ BLOCKS OUT 98% OF THE SUN'S UVA AND UVB RADIATION.
    FABRIC: 91% POLYAMIDE AND 9% ELASTANE

    This bikini is perfect for a savvy tween. It is fashionable enough to be cool but sensible enough to satisfy mum too. The adjustable halterneck means that it can grow with your little one and my daughter loves the striking blue colour .... because according to her, not everything needs to be pink! We chose the size 9-10 and she is an average 9 year old and it fits perfectly, so if your little one is a little taller than average, it may well do to order a larger size.

    Sun Hat

    One of my biggest grumbles over sun hats is that you have to pick a neutral colour, so that it matches everything! Not with a Sun protection suit with UPF 50+ hat though, they are reversible giving you twice the wear out of them, which ticks all the boxes for me.  The hat is lightweight without being flimsy and again has an UPF50+. These two-tone hats keep heads protected from the sun's harsh rays and we love that the baby size (6-24 months) even comes with tie strings to help it stay put.

    All the Sun protection suit with UPF 50+ fabrics can be washed at 30 degrees and they have been in the wash a few times already in the past couple of weeks and there are no signs of the infamous "bobbling" on the swimsuits, as happens with many other brands. Sun protection suit with UPF 50+ recommend that you rinse it out after swimming but never ring or squeeze it as they may ruin its shape.

    The Sun protection suit with UPF 50+ collection of products are all their own design, so they are not mass produced and available at every shop corner, which coupled with the exceptional quality demonstrates what you are getting for your money.

    This together with the fact that all of the fabrics are tested and come with a UPF50+, which means that 98& of the sun's harmful UVA & UVB radiation is blocked out, means that you can have confidence every time they jump in the water.

    We genuinely fell in love with the Sun protection suit with UPF 50+ brand , so we not only wanted to share it with you BUT give you the opportunity to win one Anchor sun protection suit in baby pink or blue (available sizes are 6-12 mths/1-2 yrs/2-3 yrs/3-4 yrs) and one sun hat too (available sizes 6-24 mths/2-5 yrs/5-9 yrs).

    Beachdragons - Anchor blue

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    So what do you need to do? Enter below ......

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  3. Back To School?? Yes I know it seems like we have only just broken up from school but I was reading a report this week following some test results carried out by The School Association on school uniform, so it is clearly still on everyone's minds. 

    "The tests, carried out by High Street Testing for The Schoolwear Association, compared generic uniform from well-known chain stores with generic uniform from independent retailers and suppliers. Researchers put pullovers, polo shirts, trousers and skirts through a series of rigorous tests and found the independent garments washed well with minimal shrinkage, compared with their supermarket equivalents. The independent retailer garments were generally made from heavier and thicker material, meaning they would tend to last longer and be less prone to rips and tears, as well as being warmer in winter.

    Garments from the independents washed better than their supermarket equivalents with a pullover from one of the supermarkets shrinking over seven times more than one from an independent"

    I got a little bit cross at this point.

    I have bought from an independent retailer and I have bought from well known chain stores and to be perfectly honest, there have been good and bad choices with both. I have had expensive "heavier and thicker" material bobble after a few washes, whereas its supermarket equivalent has washed and washed and washed. I have also had polo shirts that have shrunk in the wash (although this may have something to do with my washing machine, not me obviously).

    I understand The Schoolwear Association wanting to promote independent retailers but ultimately cost is a huge issue for parents, especially if like my daughter, she manages to lose a couple of cardigans each term! So when we were given the opportunity to review the Asda back to school uniform, we jumped at the chance to test this seasons range.

    Back To School 2014

    Value for money is undeniable.

    The quality is apparent.

    The flexibility of the adjustable waist bands on the skirts is fantastic.

    Asda do an extensive range of colours that are not available at all independent retailers. 

    Shopping at independent retailers is supporting local business and I am all for that.

    Shopping in your supermarket is savvy.

    So being a savvy shopper doesn't mean you are cheap, it means you are sensible ...... especially when you have a daughter who manages to "misplace" uniform on a regular basis!

     

    Disclosure: We were sent some uniform from Asda to review but all opinions and views are our own.

  4. We went visiting my Nan today to give the man on the Lilypad some well deserved "blue" time as it all gets a little bit too pink and girly in our house sometimes. My girls love to see their Great Grandmother and sit playing with toys that I am quite sure have been in that toybox since I was a child but today with the weather being so lovely, they ventured out into her garden to go exploring.

    Soon I heard squeals of "we found a blackberry bush" and they were determined they were going to pick some!

    Country Kids 030814

    My Nan couldn't walk as far as the blackberry bush but she was giving them strict instructions to only pick the ripe ones and there little fingers were sneaking their way through the leaves to find them.

    Country Kids 030814 1

    Unfortunately for me, the only time I tried to get involved I managed to get caught in the thorns so I left them and their little hands to it. (note to self: Blackberry bushes can be dangerous if not careful or have tiny hands)

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    They absolutely loved it and I am not sure if they were more excited about finding them in their Great Grandmothers own garden or wanting to have them for dessert!

    Sometimes it is just the little things that make your day!

    Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall