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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. A big event happened a couple of weeks ago. The little one turned 3.

    3 balloon

    This was a big event in her life. She was a big girl. 

    Being 3 meant she wasn't a baby anymore.

    Being 3 meant she would be 4 next  (who knew).

    Being 3 means that she is growing up.

    Growing up has featured quite heavily in conversations with her since her birthday but I am not entirely sure she has quite grasped the concept.

    Her favourite saying is "Mummy, when I grow up to be my sister, will I .......... " *insert go to her school / swimming lessons / sleep in her bed*

    Alternatively we have had "Mummy, when I grow up to be Nanny, where will Grandad be?".

    But then just to throw me a curve ball, she will suddenly say "Mummy, when I grow back into a baby, will I have a pushchair?"

    I think being 3 is going to provide us some great #funee moments but as far as I am concerned, I don't want her to grow up into anything! Can I freeze time right now?

    Have your family created any #funee moments this week? We would love you to share, just add them to the linky below .....

    Don't forget that Wot So Funee will be back with Actually Mummy next week as normal! Have a great week x


  2. When I was pregnant with the little one, I didn't 'want to find out whether it was a boy or girl, so plumped for a very classic cream look for her bedroom. Now 3 years later, the sides are off the cot and her favourite colour is pink. Cream is just not cutting it any longer.

    So with a little help from Vertbaudet, we added a little bit of pink magic and sparkle to this neutral space ......

    Vertabaudet Makeover

    First we added a pink heart rug. As the youngest member of the family, she has the smallest room so at 100 x 133cm it fills a large proportion of the floor (which saves me getting a new pink carpet) and it is so soft, the little one keeps flexing her toes over it! 

    Vertabaudet Rug

    We then chose a gorgeous butterfly hanging lampshade which casts a beautiful soft pink glow across her bedroom. A couple of people have aked me if there should be a frosted base on the bottom of the lampshade but there isn't and I prefer it that way (and it would be just somewhere that dust can gather). At 25 cm with a base diameter of 50 cm, it is almost oversized but with the cut-out butterfly motifs let the light through, it lights the bedroom softly and warmly. (It is also available in white, if you really don't fancy pink).

    Vertabaudet Lightshade

    So with the addition of some new bedding, the room definitely begins to feel a like more like a girls room, rather than a nursery. I know it seems sterotypical to choose pink but this was her colour of choice and it just goes to show that with a few key items, you really can change the look of a room.

    Vertabaudet Room Finished 1

    As a huge fan of Vertbaudet, I had purchased some butterflies from their website a little while ago and so we added these to the walls to create a bedroom that she can now "flutterbye" the hours in.

    Vertabaudet Room Finished

    So what do you think? Would you add anuthing more? I just have my eye on this beautiful butterfly mirror!

    Disclaimer : We were given the rug and lampshade as part of this review but as a regular customer of Vertbaudet, I would highly recommend their clothes and homewares for children.

  3. This week I went through my eldest daughter’s wardrobe and found a Beavers outfit that had barely been worn. She has chosen lots of different clubs and extra-curricular activities over the years and we have bought lots of different uniforms and outfits for each of them.
    Ballet Lesson
    Dance classes
    I danced as a child (well until I was 16) and I squeezed my feet into pointe ballet shoes and despite my feet never really recovering from that kind of abuse, I really wanted my daughter to enjoy dancing as much as I did.
    So I attempted to convince her that she loved ballet.
    I bought all the outfits. The leotards, the leggings and let’s not mention the sequins.
    I had her feet measured to make sure those feet were looked after.
    Pointe Ballet Shoes
    Unfortunately for me …… she didn’t love ballet as much as I did.
    Brownies / Beavers
    Again, I loved being a Brownie as a child but once again, she wasn’t a fan of being a Brownie, opting for the “more adventurous” option of Beavers.
    So I bought her the outfit. The modern Beaver doesn’t wear a neckerchief and woggle, opting more for cargo trousers and a polo t-shirt.
    Thankfully I didn’t actually need specific shoes this time.
    She went on camp but after doing it once, she decided she wasn’t a big fan and the Beavers uniform was relegated to the back of the wardrobe.
    One of the things she did love about dancing was the acrobatics, so I relented when she asked to do gymnastics, especially when she could start WITHOUT me having to buy another outfit.
    But guess what …… I bought the outfit.
    But gymnastics don’t need shoes! (another win for me!)
    But the very best activity is ……
    ….. playing with her little sister. Running through the fields by our house, feeding the horses and generally having fun. I do worry about their little feet though and this is definitely not the place for ballet shoes or bare feet. They frequently wear wellies as they run through the long grass but I recently saw that Tesco Direct do kids walking boots, which would protect their feet more so it maybe another shoe purchase on the cards.
    Snow play
    Last time we had all the snow, I bought the girls salopettes and snow boots to wear but I think they have been used more at our local Snowdome than outside but at least they looked good and were safe whilst playing in the snow!
    I wasn't sure how to finish this post but having just read it back to myself, I have realised that whilst I always ensure that my girls are wearing the right footwear for the activity they are doing, it seems to me that my favourite activity is shopping for the girls!
    Contributed by Tesco
  4. Anyone who has read "We're going on a bear hunt" will know that finding the "big one" isn't always the best option but when you have a vast selection of bears to choose from, the bear hunt gets a little more exciting.

    The Build-a-Bear concept is a very basic one, you don't simply just pick a bear off a shelf and pay for it, you lovingly create it, from choosing the bear, to the stuffing and even giving it a heart (and let's not mention the outfits just yet). The little one had never had the pleasure of "building a bear", so when we were told about the new range, we were excited to be given the opportunity to go and check it out. 

    Build A Bear Shop

    The array of bears to choose from was a little overwhelming for her to start with but she soon overcame this and went for the brightest bear she could find. No amount of persuasion was going to change her mind! (she is a determined one, that little girl).

    Build A Bear 2

    The new range features, Toothy Shark and Sea Splash Dolphin to Octo-Fun Octopus, the Build-A-Bear Workshop Beach Buddies are the perfect collection to remember the summer with. Despite trying to convince her to have one of the new range, the "Rainbow" bear was still the favourite for our little one. 

    Build A Bear 1

    The price is really reasonable, considering the whole experience (but you have to remember that this is for the bear only) and then on top, you have all the cute, amusing and frankly adorable additions that have the possibility to increase the cost of your bear.

    Build A Bear Voice

     We chose a voice that had 6 different sayings ... including "you are my best friend" (see I told you it was adorable)

    Build A Bear 3

    You get to decide just how cuddly your bear needs to be ..... we chose extra cuddly of course. 

    Build A Bear 5

    And once our bear had her beating heart and a special wish inside her, she then needed a wash ....... obviously.

    Build A Bear 6

     And then came the difficult job of choosing an outfit .....

    Build A Bear 7

    And shoes ...... so your bear can be the best dressed bear in town!

    Build A Bear 8

    She wanted a car but we drew the line at that! The bear has only just been born, I am quite sure it is too young for a provisional licence!

    Build A Bear 11 computer

    And so we create Rainbow bears birth certificate. The keyboard is very child friendly and allows them to get involved (with some parental supervision of course).

    Build A Bear 10 cuddle

    And the best part? The final cuddle of course!!

    Would I recommend the Build-A-Bear experience? Absolutely! You are not just buying a bear, you are creating an experience, you are building a special friend for your child and a memory they will treasure.

    They also do birthday parties at Build-A-Bear, I might look at one for next year ....... that is perfectly acceptable for a 30-somethings birthday party right?

    Disclaimer: We were given the opportunity to review the Build-A-Bear experience but all views, opinions and cuddles are our own!