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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful ( 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 (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. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

    I have always been a fan of school dinners, not necessarily the meals themselves per se, more the variety they give the children and the lack of panic they give me every morning. So when my eldest daughter decided she didnt actually want hot dinners at school any longer, a slight fear began to rise inside, the pressue of the daily packed lunch was upon me! 

    I have seen lots of of amazing Bento boxes on Pinterest and whilst they leave me in awe of the time, care and attention that has gone into those daily lunch boxes, my first question is "where on earth do they find the time" and secondly, "do the children actually eat them?". Does everyone not wake up in the morning and question what on earth they are going to fill the lunchbox with each day? Or is that just me?

    So I thought we would have a trial run before school starts back next week and when I popped into our local Tescos, I picked up a box of each Capri Sun flavour on the shelf as part of my #collectiveBias #CapriSunSchool shop, as I knew this would be a good healthy start, as they have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

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    Tesco must have known how much I love a good deal too, as the Capri Sun was on offer, saving 95p per pack! 

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    I then started looking round for health lunchbox inspiration. Thankfully both girls love salad like cucumber and sweet peppers, so that is never a worry but neither have ever been huge fans of a sandwich or bread in general (unless they are feeding the ducks) so ensuring that they get the right balance of carbohydrates is essential too.

    I had a look on the Capri Sun website and loved some of their suggestions for calming lunchboxes, here is one of their ideas for   

    healthy lunchboxes

     

    • Snack
      Yoghurt
    • The main event
      Lean ham and tomato sandwiches, made with wholegrain bread Sticks of vegetables such as carrot, cucumber, celery and red pepper
    • Fruit
      Banana
    • Drink
      Capri-Sun
    • Extras
      Sunflower and pumpkin seeds and raisins

    I am not so sure mine would eat the pumpkin seeds as they are both getting older, they both have their own specific preferences and I think that while I may have to throw in some alternative options from time to time, the best thing to do is give them things they like (and they will eat), although if my tween is reading this, this doesn't mean chocolate and sweets!!

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    The littlest member of the family was more impressed than the tween, even saying that her cucumber piece looked like a sun. (A Capri Sun maybe??).

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    And on a final note, if like me, you are not blessed with the creativity to make amazing, ingenius and down right cute lunchboxes every day, I will leave you with these Pinterest boards to inspire you .....

     

  2. Yesterday was a PJ day. A whole day in the house, not getting dressed, just doing nothing and enjoying every minute of it. I cannot remember the last time we literally did nothing. It was bliss.

    However, that meant we needed some fresh air today, so we threw together a picnic and went to our local water park. It is so easy forget the fabulous things that are on our doorstep and it was good to prise the girls away from the technology and back to nature.

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    I think I lost a whole loaf of bread to the ducks, geese and swans today. Although the tween also lost a little bit of her bravery when she was surrounded by geese!!

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    We went exploring .......

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    The tween tested the water to see how cold it was and needless to say, we didn't go on the pedal boats today.

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     And then of course, we were in the woods so we "had" to go on a bear hunt!

    What a beautiful day!

    Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

  3. Where is the oddest place that you have fallen asleep?

    I was asked this very question earlier this week and I had to chuckle to myself as I can literally fall asleep anywhere, from the sofa to a nightclub, if I need to sleep, I can simply close my eyes and drift off. Last New Years Eve we were hosting a party and admitedly I may have had a little too much champagne but my bed called to me before the clock struck twelve and I was gone! (I am not always an awful hostess I promise).

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    However, the weirdest place I have fallen asleep has to be the toilet at work. (I suppose I should insert an apology to my former employer right here) I was young, working long hours and partying long hours too and I remember sitting down on the toilet, resting my head on my hand and dozing right off. My hand slipped some 10-15 minutes later and I was jolted back to reality. I also had a bracelet mark on my face from where I was leaning on it, which took some explaining back in the office ......

    So do you have a story to tell?

    Carpetright are running a competition at the moment (#WeirdestPlaceToSleep) that’s all about weirdest places people have been found falling asleep - see full terms here : http://www.carpetright.co.uk/we-want-to-see-your-weirdest-sleeping-place

    The oddest sleeping place that is revealed will win £700 to spend on a more comfortable sleeping place. There is also an amazing runner up prize up for grabs. One lucky person will enjoy a family midweek break in the beautiful British countryside with Mill Farm luxury holidays worth up to £380! 

    So could your strange snoozing habits be worthy of winning you a prize?

    All you have to do is to share your story via social media:

    Tweeting @carpetright on Twitter

    Tagging @carpetright in a Facebook status

    Or including @carpetrightuk on Instagram

    Don't forget to use the hashtag #weirdestplacetosleep BUT be quick as it ends on 3rd September at 11.59pm.

    Disclosure : This post is in association with Carpetright but the competition is being hosted entirely by Carpetright and they remain responsible for notification of winners and supply of prizes.

     

  4. We were talking yesterday about saving for our children's future but sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in how much you need to spend on your children today, let alone in 10 years time.

    I doubt anyone blindly goes into parenting thinking it is cheap raising children, however I doubt people really knew the full extent of the cost of raising them. It is reported that just one will set you back £222,458 on average by the time they are 21 (gulp) … I don’t have to tell you that that is rather a lot. Luckily the infographic where I go that statistic from offers you budding parents some help. It’s got hints and tips on how to save those precious pennies. You could potentially be saving over £800 on those baby essentials and lets be honest, in the long run, that’s a mega saving or certainly some help towards Christmas presents!

    Providing budgeting tips isn’t all this infographic does, however, it also provides useful advice on baby names, so not only will you have enough money to raise your kids, they’ll also have cool names. That’s a double win in my book.

    How much does it cost to raise a kid?
    How much does it cost to raise a kid? is an infographic that was produced by Gumtree

    This is a collaborative post with Gumtree but all expensive children are our own!