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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. As most of our regular blog readers know, Chief Frog here is pregnant, a working mum, lover of beautiful things and high heeled shoes! (trust me you can get froggy feet into them). Unfortunately you cannot get piggy toes into high heels and that is what my feet currently resemble.
     
    How can two pregnancies be so different? 6 years ago, I was still rocking my high heels at 38 weeks but on the advice of the midwife, physio and osteopath, I had to abandon them weeks ago due to the ever so lovely SPD (symphysis pubis disorder).
     
    I keep being told that no two pregnancies are the same and despite arguing that baby is being "cooked" in the same body, I "may" have to concede this point. So whilst trying not to waddle like a duck, (although I prefer to think more penguin-like), I got asked today if I would like to use the disabled parking space closer to the door. I felt a mixture of outrage and delight, the outrage that my pregnancy could be considered a disability and delight from aforementioned piggy toes and naughty pelvis!  

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    I am a firm believer in mind over matter and my conscience nor my morals would allow me to park there, as tempting as it maybe. I am still working, I am not poorly but I do admit that I am 6 years older, have a daughter to run round after (I use this term loosely), a business to run and a life to live.
     
    Would I change places with the me from 6 years ago? Of course not, piggy toes lend themselves to foot rubs and pedicures, naughty pelvis means I can take regular guilt free massages and as for those high heels ...... just you wait!!
     
        If you like our blog, we would love you to vote for us in the Working Mummy Blog category of the  Gurgle Awards http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MS7M82K
  2. We were absolutely thrilled to receive an email this morning that opened with:
     
    "Congratulations! Your blog was nominated for the Best Working Mummy Blog award in this year's Gurgle Blog Awards, and our judging panel have chosen you as one of our five finalists! "
     
    Blogging has become part of our business, from news, reviews and general views (some may call them ramblings but we will ignore this for now).
     
    As a working mum, its hard to juggle work, family and everything that goes with it, so even being chosen as a finalist is super exciting!
      
    1. Voting is now open and will close at 12pm on Wednesday 7th September. You can find the voting form here and we would LOVE your votes. September is going to be an exciting month, with real baby gurgles and Gurgle Awards!!
     
    More information about gurgle, and the gurgle blog awards can be found here: http://www.gurgle.com/gurgles-2011 
     

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  3. Sometimes you read an email, digest and discard. Sometimes it needs action and sometimes it is simply a gift of vintage comedy that you have to share. I had this in an email this week and it made me smile ..... I hope you do too??
     
    • It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.   
    • One human hair can support 6.6 pounds. 
    • The average man's penis is two times the length of his thumb. 
    • Human thighbones are stronger than concrete. 
    • A woman's heart beats faster than a man's. 
    • There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet. 
    • Women blink twice as often as men. 
    • The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain. 
    • Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still
    • If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.
     
    Women will be finished reading this by now. 

    Men are still busy checking their thumbs. 
     
    Are you smiling yet???
  4. When I was initially asked to review the Silk Perfect pillow case, I was a little dubious if the truth be known.  Lets be honest, who doesnt want the luxury of sleeping on a silk pillowcase but the sales "blurb" seemed a little too good to be true. Here is a little extract for you ...
     
    "The skin tends to become more sensitive during pregnancy, not only due to higher hormone levels, but because it has become more stretched and delicate.This feeling of sensitivity can leave mums to be feeling uncomfortable making sleep difficult. 

    Like a glass of water for your skin, you will wake feeling cooled, revived and regenerated ready to take on the challenges of pregnancy!  

    SilkPerfect Luxury Silk Pillowcases are expertly designed to improve your quality of sleep. By dramatically cooling the face throughout the night SilkPerfect helps to regulate your temperature allowing you to relax and fall asleep more easily"
     

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    I love my sleep (who doesnt) and with claims of being able to wake up without a "bed head", I needed to try this product. So after the sample arrived, I couldnt wait to put it on my pillow and go to bed (I dont need much of an excuse to go to sleep these days). My other half was a little perturbed that he didnt have one to trial but this did not stop me from kissing him goodnight and snuggling into the cool pillowcase.
     
    The moment I awoke, I jumped out of bed to look in the mirror (well as fast as my pregnant body would allow) and I have to admit that I looked a little less like Maculey Culkin from Home Alone and more like me! Its a running joke in our house that I wake up with my hair sticking out in all directions but after sleeping on the pillow, I was surprisingly "normal" looking!!
     
    The next evening was particularly warm and I had thrown the covers off (and onto my long suffering other half) but despite the heat, my head was genuinely cooler. In addition to this, due to my(alledged and unproven) incessant snoring I am usually propped up on a number of pillows but the cotton back of the Silk Pillow prevented it from slipping down.
     
    I feel like I want to update you on the new benefits I find with the pillow each day but I suspect that the best way for you to find out, is to try it. Like me, you maybe more than pleasantly surprised!!
      
    SilkPerfect Pur Pillowcases cost two for £22 from www.silkperfect.com