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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 or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. 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. Most of the population except for the emergency service and key workers are currently staying at home. The COVID-19 outbreak is growing continuously in the entire world. Even though a large number of companies are closed, the need for money is still growing. If you are also someone who is looking for side hustle ideas, this is the most ideal post for you. 

    After researching and keeping in mind a lot of different aspects, we have gathered a list of some of the best side hustle ideas. This post will help you understand these ideas and choose the one most suitable for you. Without further ado, here is a list of some fantastic side hustling ideas while stuck in quarantine. 

    Create an online business

    Many people prefer buying most things online now. From selling written content to selling hand-made goods, there are tons of businesses to do. 

    You can choose an idea of the things you love to do or your hobbies. As long as you are ready to put in efforts, you can earn a decent amount through these businesses. 

    Blogging laptop

    Give lectures online

    If you are interested in teaching others some of your skills, you can definitely try a hand at this. There are tons of companies that pay their employees to give lectures online. 

    You have the freedom to decide what topics you want to teach. The pay depends on the number of hours you invest every day. If you think you are really good at something and want people to learn about it as well, this is an ideal path for you. 

    Take surveys online for some extra cash

    If you have ever googled about online cash earning sites, you might be already aware of this. Many businesses today use surveys to study their customers and improve their product quality.

    These surveys are super easy to take and revolve around general questions. They can take up to 10 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Again, the amount you earn depends on the number of surveys you take each day. Payout is generally after you reach a specific amount. 

    Start a blog with a topic you love

    Blogging is one of the most popular ways to make money these days. You can set up a blog about almost anything as long as the content is interesting and fun to read. 

    You can create a blog on websites like Wordpress or Blogger. It does take some time to build up the audience and start earning. Patience is very important for blogging. Once you get the hang of it, blogging can be a great way to earn.

    Become a freelance writer

    If you are not patient enough to wait a few months for your blog to get famous, this is another way to earn through writing. Content writers are always in high demand because new information is needed every day. 

    Companies are ready to pay a lot for excellent content which is 100% unique and fresh. Websites like,, etc can be a good place to start. You can also sell your writings on social media.

    Sell Graphic Design Services

    If you are looking for something fun and creative to do, this might be a better option for you. It is important that you have basic knowledge of design tools like Canva or Adobe Photoshop. 

    You can assist people by creating their company logos, banners, social media profile photos and many other things. Creating custom designs can enable you to earn from the comfort of your own house. 

    Start your own Youtube Channel

    Youtube is a big saviour for all of us these days. Youtube is another great way to use your skills to get paid. You can make a video about anything you are passionate about and get started. (Just ask my 8 year old who wants her own channel!!)


    Having a good understanding of how to edit a video is definitely needed to be successful in this. You can make videos about cooking, reacting to your favourite music, talking about your life and many other things. You can do a little bit of research about what is more popular on Youtube and do those kinds of videos. There is no limit stopping you except your own creativity. 


    These are all the ideas that are possible to implement while staying at home. Most of them don’t need much investment and some are even free to start. Take a look through this and decide what you like. You can think about how you want to start and plan it out before actually starting. 

    Hope this article helps you find something you love and start earning as soon as possible. Wish you the best of luck and stay safe!

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  2. Silly Questions to ask Kids_#6_Blog

    With everyone staying at home at the moment, there seems less to talk about at the end of the day. There are less funny stories to regal from our days at school or work so when there is nothing to discuss over dinner, why not try asking some of our silly questions?

    Like, if your pet could talk, what would its voice sound like?


    What is the weirdest food combination? You might be surprised ..... or have an alternative dinner option this week!

    Feel free to right click the image below and print out to play with your children.

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    We would love you to share some of your answers!


  3. With easy access to the internet and a mobile phone that can provide tons of digital content easily, the question isn’t really if you can keep the kids entertained at home, but how you should do so.

    Keeping that in mind, here’s 5 cool ways you can make that happen!

    Cook their favorite food with them

    Burgers, fries, pizza, whatever your little ones prefer can always be made in a healthier way by substituting ingredients with healthier ones. For instance, fries can be made with sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes to get a good amount of vitamin A. Furthermore, you can also have them help in cooking by doing some tasks that aren’t dangerous such as washing veggies or spreading sauce.

    We have been doing lots of baking at the moment (like most of the nation) and it is a brilliant way to get the kids engaged. (especially those that like to lick the spoon after we are finished)


    One thing to keep in mind, is that a mess is to be expected, which can be avoided by keeping a tablecloth underneath their ‘cooking station’.

    Staying active

    The National Health Service recommends keeping your children active for at least 60 minutes a day. Lighter exercises or playing games that make you active (such as twister) should do the trick, and keep them busy for a good hour or two. If you prefer some other method of keeping them busy, try doing the chores together. Most common chores should be more than enough, and teach them a little responsibility too!

    Science experiment

    “An adult scientist is a kid, who never grew up”, this quote by Neil Degrasse Tyson couldn’t be more true. The innate curious nature of kids are an excellent way to keep them entertained by trying out a science experiment. Tornado in a bottle, instant ice, pasta rocket, no matter what you pick, it’s almost guaranteed to pique the interest of your little one and keep them busy for quite some time, while also teaching them about the important scientific concepts that they learn in school.

    We tried a mix of milk, food colouring and washing up liquid in a cotton ball and this was the result .....



    Another activity that demands the creative potential of your little one is making art. Whether they’re painting the pots of your garden plants or unleashing strokes of crayons on the paper, it’s a great way to get them to tap into their artistic side. Scientific studies have also proven that practicing art improves mental faculties in the brain associated with reasoning and higher thinking, especially in kids of the developing age!

    Educational games

    There’s no reason gaming can’t be beneficial for your little one. While even regular video games have been associated with better reflex actions, you’d be better off with installing games that challenge their problem solving skills as well! Puzzles such as sudoku will improve memory, while crosswords increase their general knowledge. You could even have art-making apps installed if you don’t have the crayons or paints at home for the kids to draw and sketch.

    And let's not forget our favourite family card games!

  4. There is no escaping that corona virus (or Covid-19) is the main topic in everyone's news feed at the moment and for all the negativity that surrounds it, there are definitely some positives to be found.

    It has meant that there has been more family time as no one has to be anywhere but present at home. We were talking recently about family rituals and one of ours has been playing card games after our evening meal.

    Card Games

    There are so many games out there, here are our top picks!

    Pontoon ( or sometimes called Black Jack or 21)

    The Aim - To hit a total of 21 (or as close as possible beneath it)

    This is a game that all ages can play with a regular deck of cards and is quite a quick game. Each player is dealt 2 cards and the winner is the player that gets a total of 21 or the closest to it. If you hit 22 - you are out! 


    The Aim : To be the first player to score 500 points, achieved (usually over several rounds of play) by being the first to play all of one's own cards and scoring points for the cards still held by the other players.

    To be honest, we don't ever play for points but to be the first person to get rid of all their cards. It is designed for children aged 7+ and can get quite competitive. It can also go on for a while!

    Crazy Eights

    Aim : The first player to get rid of all their cards and to reach 500 points.

    This game is VERY similiar to UNO but can be played with a regular deck of cards. Each player is dealt 5 cards and they need to put down a playable card (same number or suit) until they have none left. The 8 card can be used as anything.

    Monopoly Deal

    Aim : The first player to collect 3 complete Property Card sets in different colours to win.

    The Monopoly Brand Deal Card Game is all the fun of the Monopoly game in a quick-playing card game and is a great game to play if you are short on time as you can play in just 15 minutes. Ideal for age 8+

    Monopoly Deal

    Image credit :Emma and 3 blog

    Old Maid

    Aim : The objective of the game is to continue to take cards, discarding pairs, until no more pairs can be made.

    The player with the card that has no match is "stuck with the old maid" and loses. When playing with more than two players, the game is somewhat unusual in that it has one distinct loser rather than one distinct winner.

    Go Fish

    Aim - To be the person with the most sets of four at the end of the game.

    Go Fish is a classic children’s card game that can be played with any deck of cards. While there are sets of cards that are specifically designed to play Go Fish – often with fewer cards and numbers than a standard deck of cards – in reality specialised card decks are not necessary to play this game. 


    Aim - To match the other players card and be the first to shout snap!

    This game is the perfect introduction to cards for little children and even as an adult, there is nothing more satisfying than shouting SNAP! 


    Do you have any favourites that we haven't mentioned?