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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. Blogging is a very personal choice, some choose to use it as a forum to promote their business or services, some use it to vent their anger and others simply like to talk (which is the category I think we fall into).
     
    Prompted by the topic on #mumpreneurhour and after being chastised by both Frog In the Field and AceInspire for not blogging enough, we have hopped into action.
     
    It was clear from the discussions that blogging comes more easily for some than others. I suppose this is like a child learning a new craft or skill, some children take to it like a baby to water, whereas others struggle to grasp the concept or indeed the point.
     
    There was a general consensous that blogging is a necessity and once you have committed to doing a blog you need to remain so. It gives your website regular content updates and could be valuable promotion for your business.
     
    As a mere little frog in a very large pond, we are certainly not the oracle of knowledge on this topic but there are some great e-courses available and lots of knowledgeable mumpreneurs to offer support.
     
    Having the ability for readers to subscribe to your blog, keeps them returning to your site and hopefully browsing around your products at the same time. Social media such as Twitter and Facebook increase interaction with clients and like minded business folk but sometimes a status update or 140 characters is not quite enough!
     
    To be honest, 140 characters is never enough for this Frog but thats mainly due to my love for chatting, so we solemly promise, a special froggy promise, to blog more often ..... as long as you promise to come back and croak  ... I mean chat too??
  2. We dont usually review products that are not stocked on the Little Lily Pad but when Toyjeanius asked us to review the Haba Wooden Tea Bags we agreed for three main reasons:
     
    1. 5 yo daughter LOVES to play tea parties
    2. Toyjeanius have a great range of products
    3. Jean is a genuinely lovely lady!
     
    So when the perfectly packaged parcel arrived, we were a little excited and then hugely dissapointed when 5 yo looked at the tin and said "what is THAT?" However it only took a few moments for her to open the little tin and say "mommy, these are like the tea bags in hotels"  I was concerned that she made this correlation but would just like to suggest that she is maybe just well travelled??
     
                                    Tea Bags
    5 yo has daily "tea parties" in the bath with "little einstein" figures, "baby born", princess and anyone else she can find that wont go soggy in the water! I was initially worried that the wooden tea bags wouldnt stand up to the test of the relentless "dunking" in to the tea cups (and the bath) but she brings out the little tin each day for her tea party and they are still perfect!!
     
    She loves the dinky container and they have added a new "grown up" element to her tea parties. They are a lovely little gift and would go great with some of the other wooden items available on Toyjeanius, such as the wooden cartons of milk.
     
    So all in all, its a thumbs up from our tea party loving 5 year old and would suggest anyone who has a penchant for good quality toys, to go and check out www.toyjeanius.co.uk You wont be dissapointed!!
     
     
  3. I dont think I appreciated my parents until I became one myself. Did you?
     
    I grew up thinking that my childhood was strict and my freedom limited. As a parent now, I think that my own parents probably gave me more rope than I actually deserved.
     
    Dont get me wrong, I wasnt naughty, on the contrary, I was a good girl, said please and always but always wrote thank you notes for Christmas presents or birthday gifts. I used to think my family was unusual compared to many as we spent weekends away in a touring caravan together, rather than all doing something different.
     
    By 14 I was tiring of this and "according to my mum" turned into a horror by this age and I cringe at the memory of my behaviour (let alone my hairstyle choices).
     
    Dont get me wrong, I love my parents, always have and always will but you dont REALLY appreciate what they do, they sacrifies they made and the love they have shown until you have your own children.
     
    When my daughter was born, my mum was devastated that she wasnt there to see the arrival of her newborn baby grand daughter but this hasnt stopped the bond between them.
     
    The relationship between a grandparent and grandchild is unique because it is one of patience, love, tolerance and somewhere to go to do painting!!!
     
    I havent felt too great this weekend and my parents have been a godsend, from entertaining the little lady, to cooking Sunday lunch.
     
    So rather than the usual blog of wit, sales or general ramblings, this is purely a thank you to my parents. For being great mentors, parents, friends and the best grandparents a little 5 year old can ask for!
  4. Over a week ago, the lovely ladies at Kiddiebase tagged me in their 7 things you didnt know about me and set me the challenge to reveal 7 things that you didnt know about me! Given my usual love for talking, you may wonder why it has taken so long to compose this blog, well I have swayed from not knowing what to say, to wondering if anyone is really interested. So am taking the plunge and just going for it!
     
    1. I am not a natural blonde or more recently red head. I am not entirely sure what colour I am these days. Someone *suggested* to me that I may possibly now be a little grey but <<<shudder >>> that cant *possibly* be true!
     
    2. I was born in the Summer and I love the sunshine. When I was a child, I was always upset that birthdays fell after the school term ended as everyone was on holiday for my birthday but as an adult, I love the light nights and sunshine on my birthday - every year (almost guaranteed, although you watch, I will have cursed it now).
     
    3. So by powers of deduction, you have probably worked out that I am a Leo star sign. Firecely loyal and very particular about my "mane" - see point number 1. Enough said.
     
    4. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was PETRIFIED of going into labour. Everyone thought it was highly amusing as I am the biggest wimp going but the day I gave birth I actually realised I am a much stronger person physically and emotionally, than I ever gave myself credit for! Watch out world.
     
    5. I dont like nuts. Any kind! Even the crumbly ones on top of Ferrero Rocher chocolates. (waits for onslaught of abuse about this comment)
     
    6. Until I was 30, I never suffered a hangover. Unfortunately I think my friends made a deal with the devil to punish me for this for the rest of my days.
     
    7. This month I have been featured in the Orange Business Magazine. Fame at last! ;-)
     
    Now the challenge is to tag 15 other people who have great blogs and may probably not thank me for tagging them but am going to do it anyway, mainly because they are great but also because I am slightly sadistic!
     
    @toyjeanius @rosiescribble @missjanehopkins @growingspirit @jax200 @2businessmum @bumptobundle @kbmobilebeauty @emmacollinspr @mammywoo @gorgeousskin @burtonrealnappy @lauraarigney @welshmumwales @sueatkins