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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. Everyone we know loves LOL Surprise Pets, they are the collectables that all our friends have, so how do LOL keep the excitement growing with their newest launch ..... they simply get better and BIGGER! 

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    The new LOL Surprise Biggie Pets have 15 surprises and in true LOL style, you have to unwrap to find your surprise – will it be 2 babies, or 3? Or, are they food babies? L.O.L. Surprise! Biggie Pets have tons of surprises inside and include wear and share accessories too – all for you.
     
    So who are the Biggie Pets?
     
    • Dollmatian (this is who we were lucky enough to get)
    • Hop Hop
    • MC Hammy
    • Neon Kitty
     
    The ball was a little tricky to open but not entirely sure if this was user error or just well made packaging but we got there in the end with a little help from mom!
     

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    You will note that we perfectly matched our little reviewers outfit to our Biggie Pet as you can actually see the pet through the coloured ball but this is great as it gives you more of a chance to collect them all!

    We were looking through the glasses on the box but you can use the Eye Spy Series spy glasses to find codes and unlock even more surprises!

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    Once the Biggie Pet is out of the packaging, you realise that it has an attachment and at first we thought this was a lead for your pet but realised that amongst all the other fun, the pet can be used as a backpack. If you don't want to use it as a backpack (our little reviewer didn't) it also (and rather brilliantly) doubles as a piggy bank! 

    Another element to the L.O.L. Surprise!  Biggie Pets is the kinetic sand that the L.O.L. Surprise Babies (or food babies) arrive in. Just like the Series 3 pet balls, biggie pet baskets include kinetic sand that needs to be scooped out to find pet babies.

    We will be uploading our YouTube video really soon but in case you can't wait, here are all the things you get with your Biggie Pet:

    1. Biggie pet
    2. Pet baby 1
    3. Pet baby 2
    4. Food baby charm or pet baby charm
    5. Spy glasses
    6. Pet necklace
    7. Wish bone
    8. Funny bone
    9. Fortune teller heart
    10. Baby reveal (use with the spy glasses)
    11. Pet scoop for pet baby 1
    12. 1st accessory for pet baby 1
    13. 2nd accessory for pet baby 1
    14. Pet basket for pet baby 1 (magnetic sand inside)
    15. Pet scoop for pet baby 2 (magnetic sand inside)
    16. 1st accessory for pet baby 2
    17. 2nd accessory for pet baby 2
    18. Pet basket for pet baby 2
    19. Giant carrying case

    Instead of being in the ball, the surprises in the blind bags come out of the biggie pet’s BOTTOM. Our little reviewer couldn't believe it when she opened the bottom of the pet and the surprises kept coming!

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    The LOL Surprise : Biggie Pets retail at £36.99 and can be purchased from Amazon and various toy shops.

  2. Summer is finally here and the schools have now broken up for the holidays. You would think that this would be enough to put smiles on the childrens faces wouldn't you but in an effort to stave off the inevitable "I'm bored" chant, we have been fortunate enough to review the Interplay Fab Lab Festival Tattoo and Tie Dye Sets.

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    I thought that the teenager would love the festival tattoos as we have done a lot of festival glitter over the past few months but it was the 6 year old that was the biggest fan. They are so easy to apply that I found her cutting out the tattoos herself with the safety scissors provided and simply putting them on her skin, wetting with the sponge and voila, she has a tattoo!

    It really is that easy! 

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    Applying the tattoos to her face obviously need a little more help and assistance but there is no tricky application or fiddly process, you very simply remove the plastic film from the image you select and then put onto your face (or other part of your body). Then wet the sponge provided and apply over the tattoo. It takes less than a minute for the tattoo to transfer onto the skin.

    We have found the tattoos to be quite water resistent and some of them have lasted 4-5 days, whereas others were less so but you do need the removal oil to clear them off completely. I just hope that the bottle lasts for all the tattoos that are included!  

    The FabLab Festival Face Tattoos retail at £12.99, so is well priced and would make an ideal birthday gift too.

    * Easy to apply and easy to remove with the tattoo removal oil provided.

    * Also includes glitter tattoos to add sparkle and to customise your look!

    * Great fun to do and perfect for festivals, parties and sleepovers!

    * Contains no harmful chemicals. Fully tested and 100% non-toxic

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    The tie dye look has made a triumphant return, (I didn't know it had ever left to be honest) with vibrantly tie-dyed clothes featuring all over the NYFW, Milan and recent fashion show runways.  The FabLab Designer Tie Dye set has ingredients for 5 t-shirts with 4 bright colours. 

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    This set is suitable for over 8 years of age so I set the teenager and her friend the task of trying it out. I purposefully left them to it and didn't intervene as I wanted to see just how easy it was (and to assess their ability to read instructions). They were delighted at the opportunity to tie dye their old school shirts following the end of term and set to work on creating a master piece.

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    I have to admit to being a little nervous but they protected the surfaces and themselves as ultimately it does contain chemicals so you need to be safe too. It is important not to let the chemicals to come into contact with any part of the body, particularly the mouth and eyes and to keep small children and animals away from the work area at all times.

    The kit kept them busy for well over half an hour and it was great to see them creating and away from their phone screens for a while. (I will update this post with their final creations once they are dry)

    The FabLab Designer Tie Dye Set is priced at a really affordable £9.99 and as it will make approx 5 shirts, it is great value for money.

    * It is fun and easy to do and the 8 page instruction booklet explains the techniques to get the latest trendy looks.

    * The Kit contains 4 dyes in applicator bottles, rubber bands and PVC lab gloves.

    The abillity to create doesn't just stop at shirts and tshirts, you could do hats or anything you put your mind to (within reason I guess). 

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    If you think your children might enjoy these activities over the summer holidays, why not enter our giveaway?

    Good luck!

     FabLab Festival Tattoo & Designer Tie Dye Giveaway

     

    Terms & Conditions

    The Prize: FabLab Festival Face Tattoo & Designer Tie Dye Set

    The winners will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Gleam and notified within 7 working days by email
    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 17/08/2018

     

  3. I love to read but what with all the girls activitives, school, work and general life being bonkers busy most of the time, reading seems to take little priority. So along with my 40 things in my 40th year list, I have challenged myself to read more this year and I love that it is also saving me money!

    Why is reading saving me money you may ask (or may not) but I am going to share it anyway.

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    I have never been a big fan of reading on a tablet, I love the smell and feel of a paper book but trying to squeeze in a couple of chapters before I go to sleep isnt practical when you have a husband who likes to sleep in the pitch black. Reading on a tablet gives me a solution to this. 

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    I can download books instantly.

    I can download free books. 

    I can download the latest releases without going to the shops and spending money unecessarily on other things I don't need.

    I can read on the sofa and not spend my time browsing online websites and spending money.

    I can read in the dark (saving on the electricity .... okay I admit that this is a very loosely hinged money saving point).

    My most favourite thing though? It might keep my pennies in my purse but it keeps my mind rich too! I am looking forward to reading on holiday this summer ..... I just hope the iPad doesn't overheat! 

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  4. It feels like our wedding and honeymoon is so long ago now and planning your honeymoon is often as stressful as planning your wedding day, but it’s just been made a lot easier. The online travel agency Opodo.co.uk have just released their findings after a lengthy survey about how to enjoy the perfect honeymoon, and some of the results are quite a surprise. While most people look no further than the nearest beach when they’re dreaming of the ultimate honeymoon, it’s actually more about finding the best blend of activities that suit you as a couple. The trick is to work out exactly what kind of honeymoon you want, but to allow some room for flexibility so that you can take advantage of any unexpected experiences.

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    Your Family over the Royal Family

    How do people find their honeymoon ideas? That’s one of the main questions that’s been answered by the Opodo survey, and the results are quite unexpected. While perusing through wedding magazines accounts for 20% of the inspiration search, more people find the best advice from their circles of friends and family members, with just under half (48%) of honeymooning couples saying their best recommendations came from that source. Many use social media for inspiration, with 26% saying use ideas to plan their own wedding, which is why you should consider online travel agent Opodo.co.uk when choosing the perfect honeymoon, and take their advice when it comes to planning the ultimate in honeymoon experiences. Looking at famous couples was the least popular source of honeymoon inspiration, with just 6% of those surveyed saying that they found honeymoon inspiration from the Royal Family.

    Plan together

    If you take one piece of advice from the survey results released by Opodo, it’s that you should always plan your honeymoon and honeymoon activities together. While 42% of people said that the honeymoon should be all about focusing on your partner, more said that it was essential to plan your activities together (57%). What was more revealing is that three-quarters of couples surveyed said that the key to the perfect honeymoon was striking the right balance between relaxation and adventure, so follow the advice of that 75%, and you won’t go far wrong.

    Balance the romance with adventure

    The common mental image of the traditional honeymoon is simply lounging on the beach sipping cocktails, and while spending time on the beach remains a popular activity (69% stressed the importance of beach trips), it’s also important to consider other activities. Sightseeing and city-hopping are also some of the more popular activity options, with 64% of honeymooning couples naming it as a priority. However, don’t forget the adventure aspect as well, and if you’re an adrenaline couple you won’t go far wrong with a little watersports (35%) or adventure touring (31%) to really get the blood pumping. While your honeymoon should always include the romance and relaxation, it’s clear that most people also want a splash of adventure thrown in, so make your honeymoon wishlist perfect before you even pack your bags.

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    Thanks to this survey conducted by travel experts, and the timely release of the results, it’s never been easier to learn the secrets of the perfect honeymoon. Take your time to find the perfect location and the best activities to enjoy, and you’ll be looking back on your honeymoon and wondering when you can jet off to do it all over again.