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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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Category: The Toddler Years

  1. We want to go to Peppa Pig World

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    I have a lasting memory from my childhood, when the Simpsons was new on the televsion and Bart and Lisa kept chanting "can you take us to Mount Splashmore, can you take us to Mount Splashmore, can you take us to Mount Splashmore" to Homer until he eventually caved in and agreed to take them! Fast forward 20 years (or so) and whilst the Simpsons are as funny as ever, the character that rules in our house is Peppa Pig, so where do my girls want to go ......


    Peppa Pig World


    Now Peppa Pig appears to have become an icon to the toddlers of the world, coming out with jems such as:

    Peppa: We're trying to run away from our shadows.

    Suzy Sheep: You can't run away from your shadow. You need a scooter.

    And this is without the pure genius that is Daddy Pig;

    Daddy Pig: [when reading something he doesn't understand] Hmmm... It's no good. It's nonsense.

    What isn't nonesense however is the girls desire to go to Paultons Park and experience Peppa Pig World for themselves, unfortunately for me it isn't a 5 minute drive away, so we would need to stay overnight. Thankfully after scouring the internet, there are some great deals to be had, the best one I found was at:

    Holiday Inn Southampton

    As a family of four, we always go in search of the best deal and this one includes:

    • One day entry to Peppa Pig World in Paulton's Park
    • Overnight Stay in one of their Family Rooms
    • Award Winning English Breakfast

    You can also upgrade this package to add some more extras like Peppa Pig bedding for the children, a hot chocolate before bedtime and a DVD player in your room.

    The only problem now is when my girls start to chant "are we nearly there yet?"


    This is a collaborative post with Peppa Pig World and Holiday Inn but the excited two year old is all our own!

  2. Country Kids : Chasing fairies

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    A few weeks ago I joined in with the Country Kids linky for the very first time but since then, I have realised how much we are outside and how I have so many opportunities to capture those moments. The glorious sunshine today was one of those moments.

    Today we gazed through the farmers field and once again asked why the chickens had been put in the cage. Unfortunately Mr Fox has the answers to that one!

    Country Kids 170514

    So we went in search of other adventures, like blowing fairies into the wind.

    Country Kids 170514 1

    And then chasing them through the bluebells.

    Country Kids 170514 2

    Do you remember chasing fairies as a child?

    Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall  

    I am also linking up with Actually Mummy's Expressions Linky because I love the expression on my youngest daughters face in the second image.


  3. When is a woggle a noodle? Or a door jam?

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    When the word "woggle" was mentioned after a Water Babies lesson, my mind immediately flew straight back to 1988 and my brother wearing a Beaver Scout neckerchief with the woggle holding it together but thankfully that it wasn't that kind that was used at swimming.

    The woggle or the noodle as it is also affectionately known is a swimming aid, it is less restrictive than arm bands, more flexible than a static float and more versatile than it is given credit for.

    I give it credit for allowing my daughter to swim confidently across the water on her own.

    I give it credit for creating a fun tunnel to swim through in our lessons.

    I give it credit for keeping her safe, in and out of the water, so I am adding it to our life cheats!

    So aside from the obvious, how else does it keep a toddler safe?

    Simply by ......


    Woggle 2

    This is just one of the parenting life hacks we love but there are loads on YouTube

    It scores me brownie points with my Mum for recycling and for me for a thrifty idea. Its a win win!!

    Do you have any alternative uses for a woggle / noodle??

  4. Siblings - May 14

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    Six years is a long time.

    Six years is a long time to wait for a sibling.

    Six years is a long time to wait for a sibling and gives you the chance to get used to having everything your own way.


    So two and a bit years on, we are now beginning to remember the reasons why we wanted a little sister.


    Siblings May 14


    Two and a bit years on, we know that little sisters give the best hugs.

    Two and a bit years on, we have a play mate that always stays over.

    Two and a bit years on, we find that our little sister can teach us to be brave.

    Two and a bit years on, we understand that six is really just a number.


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