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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. But why mommy? Why?
     
    How many times have I heard it today? I am not sure, I think I lost count at 20. When my daughter was a toddler and curious about everything, the word "why" became sononomous with her development and I felt that I was increasing her knowledge and understanding.
     
    Now at the grand old age of 5 and a half (the half is very important at that age) the word "why" is back with avengence! I am currently undecided whether she is once again curious about things around her or whether she has a secret plan to send me bonkers.
     
    In answering her sometimes amusing or reasonable questions, the response I get again is "why", so I am beginning to think she has a master plan.
     
    Never underestimate the power of a 5 year old!
     
    I am quite sure that advertisers became aware of this power a long long time ago, when deciding to put adverts for toys, gimmicks, sweets and such like, during the breaks in childrens programmes. The "sponge like" children soak up these fabulous advertisements and want to know "why" they cant have all the amazing things they have seen.
     
    As grown ups, we all know that the sand will never make those creatures or those pretty little dolls never actually keep that hairstyle once it has been cuddled and played with a few times. So maybe the 5 year old is right in her constant quest for answers, as grown ups maybe we should be questioning a little more and asking advertisers and manufactuers - why??
     
    What do you think?
  2. Its official, the Christmas season has started!
     
    I received a notification from Santa today (he is on Twitter dont you know?) that it is 100 days till Christmas. I mean technically we are only just over two thirds of the way through the year but with the summer holidays over and done with, Christmas is the next thing to look forward to - isnt it?
     
    Some people get excited about Christmas (I fall into this category) while some shudder at the mention of it. We were at a baby show this weekend and took some of the Phoenix Trading Christmas card range with us. We had a definate mixed review from people openly criticising us for even suggesting they may want Christmas cards, to lovely people excited to see new products.
     
    I have to admit to shopping for Christmas all year round but I love the buzz about Christmas shopping, when the dark nights draw in, there are twinkling lights and Christmas music in the shops. I am quite sure that the shop assistants could quite easily scream if they hear "Its Chriiiiiiiiiistmas" one more time on a Saturday afternoon but you get the idea. You can really feel the excitment and anticipation as you walk around the Christmas shop in places like Bents.
     
    In the past few years, I have done more and more shopping online, I can do it from the comfort of my own home, at my own pace, (maybe with a cheeky glass of wine) without a queue of people and the pain of dragging a load of bags home with me. Plus, with parcels being delivered from my frequent online orders, its like Christmas every day on the Lilypad!!
     
     
     
     
  3. What will I be when I grow up? Its my question this time, not one of my 5 year olds. When do we become a "grown up"? Is it when we get a job and pick up our first pay packet? It is when we buy a house or our own car? Or is it when we have children?
     
    I did all these things long before I was 30, so why do I still not feel like a "grown up"?
     
    I was never one of those children who aspired to be a doctor or a lawyer when I grew up and I didnt have pushy parents who insisted I had a "career", instead they encoraged me to stand on my own two feet but to be happy in what I did.
     
    I have done my fair share of long hours, hard work, sweat and tears (and there have been a few over the years). I have done every job from Purchasing, Sales and Human Resources but this has stood me in good stead with building the Little Lilypad Co. The Lilypad satisfies my love of shopping and fills me with pride and satisfaction every time we get feedback from our lovely customers.
     
    So what will I be when I grow up? Whatever my age or status, being a grown up doesnt mean I have to lose the girl inside my head (or the shopaholic either).
     
    All I aspire to be ...... is me.
  4. So today the little froglet went back to school and peace reigns on the Lilypad. There is no glitter or sticky stuff on every available surface and the peace is possibly a little disconcerting!
     
    She merrily skipped off today, more grown up and self assured than she was this time last year but still happy to hold my hand on the walk to school and this made me reflect on what a difference a year makes.
     
    Twelve months ago my little girl was still my baby and everything she had learnt had been nutured by me and suddenly she was coming home asking me if I knew about eskimos or mini beasts (for those without small children, this term is affectionately given to beetles, bugs and butterflies). She began to grow into her personality (and seemingly a new pair of shoes each term).
     
    Our relationship has grown too, she is more opinionated, engaging, amusing and certainly a little more defiant. She also loves being involved in the Little Lilypad Co.  She is more adept at working the computer than I was at 15 let alone 5 (although I promise I am not using child labour) and she loves beautiful things .... I wonder where she gets that passion from??
     
    In the last twelve months, my baby has grown into a confident little lady, so we intend to spend the next twelve nuturing our new baby "The Little Lilypad Co" . What a difference a year makes , so roll on September 2011.