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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. It's November now so I am officially allowed to mention Christmas and with Christmas come all the festive fragrances but in the words of NV Candles, a candle’s not just for winter, it’s for life! They have created a collection of candles to cater for all seasons and all tastes. So whether you choose Spiced Fruitcake, Sloe Berry, or Brandy Butter, NV Candles have got a candle for all occasions.

    NV Candles Festive Trio

    All the candles in the NV Candles collections are individually hand made in the UK and contain only two ingredients: eco-soy wax sourced from sustainable supplies which is environmentally friendly with no additives, and the finest quality essential or fragrance oils from the UK’s leading perfumers, nothing else.

    So we teamed up with NV Candles earlier this year and are delighted to be able to offer you the chance to win this festive trio just in time for Christmas. All you have to do is enter below.

     a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Good luck! 

    Terms and Conditions;

    The Prize: Trio of Festive Candles from NV Candles

    UK Entrants Only
    The winner will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Rafflecopter and notified within 7 working days by email
    NV Candles will make every effort to provide the candles detailed here but this cannot be guaranteed
    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 30/11/2015 at 12am

  2. Do you and your children embrace Halloween? It has become a big celebration in the past few years but many of us are fairly clueless about what Halloween is all about. In fact most people don't know that famous magician Harry Houdini died on the 31st October and 71 per cent were unaware that the original Jack O’Lanterns were made from turnips rather than pumpkins like today.

    There are many people around the world who have a phobia of Halloween, but only 24 per cent of Brits were able to identify this condition as “Samhainophobia”. Only one in seven adults have been either ghost hunting or on a ghost walk during their lives and one in five believe you’re more likely to experience something paranormal in the country instead of the city.

    So do your children think Halloween is scary or just an excuse to get dressed up, go trick or treating and carve pumpkins?

    How do you carve your pumpkin

    Pumpkin carving is simple to do and retail sales of Halloween products in the UK are expected to reach £240m this year, a 4% growth from last year’s £230m. Whether you’re demonstrating your own artist flare or nurturing your children’s, pumpkins are one of the easiest ways to partake in the Halloween spirit. So here are our top tips for carving the perfect pumpkin!


    • Make an adventure of going to "pick" your pumpkin. Let the children select their own and they will become invested in its creation.
    • Pick a good fresh pumpkin with no bruises (and one that has a flat bottom so it won't roll off anywhere).
    • Cut out the lid on an angle, not straight up and down. This way the lid won't drop inside the pumpkin when you replace it on top.
    • Scoop out all the pulp ..... and then some. You can roast the pumpkin seeds if you are so inclined but usually I can't wait to get rid of them and the mess the pulp makes!
    • Hug the pumpkin in your lap when it's time to carve the features. It's easier to carve when the face is gazing up at you and it is even easier if you have a pumpkin stencil. It is *not* cheating, it is being resourceful!!
    • A carved pumpkin can go soggy very quickly so don't make your creation too far in advance! To try and keep your pumpkin fresh spread something like Vaseline on the cut edges to seal in moisture. 
    • While a real candle is lovely, an LED candle is a much safer, cost effective and longer lasting way of keeping the light flickering!

    Happy Halloween (1)



  3. When was the last time you made a wish? What did you wish for? Oooh in fact, don't tell me as it might not come true (that is what my Mum always used to say anyway).

    But what about making a wish that really can help make dreams come true?  For 10 years the Pampers® and UNICEF partnership has had only one wish: to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus everywhere! On the 10th birthday of the Pampers Unicef campaign, they are asking you to watch their "Wishes" video of babies making wishes around the world to help protect babies at risk from newborn tetanus.

    For every view of this video, Pampers will donate 1 life-saving vaccine.

    And every time you share the video on social media, Pampers will donate another life-saving vaccine.

    That's 1 view = 1 vaccine and 1 share = 1 vaccine.

    Since the Pampers-UNICEF “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign began in 2006, they have helped to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus in 17 countries. This means that an estimated 500,000 newborn babies have been saved and a vaccine has reached a mother and her baby every second. However, there are still 21 countries where the disease remains a threat.

    It seems incredulous that in parts of the modern world, a mother and her baby are unable to get the medication they need to survive and whilst it is a different circumstance with my own daughter suffering from asthma, I know how desperate you can feel as a mother when you need medical intervention, so I cannot imagine not having the resources at hand to help my child survive. 

    So how can we help?

    • For every heart-warming picture you share of your LO’s birthday wish on social media using the #PampersUNICEF Pampers will donate the cost of one vaccination
    • For every time you share the Wish Film, Pampers will donate the cost of a vaccination.

    So if you have never shared one of our posts, I ask you to share this one. Wouldn't you wish someone would do that for you and your child?

    Make A WishPampers Unicef Partnership


     Just one small gesture really can make a huge difference to mothers and babies around the world.

  4. How much do you love your morning routine?

    How often are you left repeating yourself over and over again? What do you want for breakfast? Have you eaten your breakfast? This is our morning routine, does yours look similar?

    Morning Routine (2)

    I don't want to plead with my children but I can't force feed them either, so what are your choices when you have limited time and limited appetite to contend with? I frequently make smoothies or milkshakes for myself so when I was introduced to Up & Go, I was more than a little intrigued. Up&Go, is Australia’s No. 1 breakfast and is a breakfast you can drink on the go – with six yummy flavours to choose from; Banana & Honey, Chocolate, Mixed Berry, Strawberry, Iced Coffee, and Vanilla.

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but 60% of Brits skip breakfast at least once a week, so with Up&Go you can grab a nutritious breakfast while on the move. Children need energy after a night's sleep so skipping breakfast is not something I advocate but giving me an nutritionally balanced alternative containing as much fibre, protein and calcium as a bowl of cereal it can be a healthy and smart choice.

    So if we can be tempted by the delicious flavours (the sweet Vanilla was my particular favourite), does it make a difference and save time on our morning routine? Take a look for yourselves ....

    Morning Routine 2

     It won't be for everyone but it works for us and at £4.99 for a pack of four, I know that it will be going on next weeks shopping list.  


    Disclosure:  This post is in association with Up and Go.