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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. 3 Expert Tips For Decorating Your New Home

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    We have been talking about new houses recently but moving to a new home isn't necessarily the most fun activity for many. There are several stages involved in the process and it is quite understandable why many would rather just skip to the final stage, which would be walking into a home that has already been set up. But unfortunately, we all have to do the job from start to finish. It can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling from the moment you install the last piece. For many mums, decorating their new home is an ongoing process, but it is advised that you get most of it done, if not all, as soon as you get all your stuff to the new house.

    The part that many dread is the process of packing up stuff in the old house, arguing over what to take or leave behind, or sell. And then unpacking all that stuff and trying to fit them into the new space. For sellers, setting up the old house to look presentable and attractive to potential buyers can be challenging. It takes a lot of work, but it is worth it in the end.

    Decorating the new home in itself is a task that can both be fun and stressful, especially for mums, but it all boils down to how you approach the task ahead and how much information you have. There are so many factors to consider from colours to furniture and fittings. Mums resort to “home designer mode” to think of creative ways to decorate their daughters room

    You might need to think like a designer in order to decorate like one. You need to find a balance between what the house needs and what you want. Here are the top 3 expert tips that you might need to decorate your new home.

    1. Take Proper Measurements

    You need to apply some math when decorating your new home. Take Proper measurement of the new space, you take it to the next level by sketching on a notebook (to scale). This might seem a little too technical for some, but it does help give you an idea of how space you have to work with and dimensions of new furniture if you are shopping for new stuff.

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    2. Choosing The Right Colours

    For most mums, decorating the new home starts from picking out colours. This can set the tone for everything else that will go into decorating the space. The colour of the walls will determine what kind of furniture will fit perfectly. When choosing colours, make sure that you also consider the natural lighting of the space. Your favourite colour may not be best for that room, so you need to have several options that you can try if one will not work.

    3. Pick The Right Furniture

    When it comes to furniture, maximizing space is very important. You need to take into account the amount of space you have the size of the furniture you are shopping. There are several options that you can find at furniture123.co.uk that will meet all your requirements.

    Space management in your child’s room is important, you do not want the space to be cluttered with unnecessary things. Opting for cabin beds and mid sleeper can help you make the most of your child’s room. Furniture123.co.uk offers furniture that is designed with space management in mind. This is how we maximised the space in our youngest daughters room and it works really well. She sleeps up high and plays underneath. So contrary to what some people suggest ..... size isn't always everything! 

  2. The 4 essential elements of making a house a home

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    We have been talking about moving house for as long as I can remember but our home is where our youngest daughter was born, we have amazing neighbours and above all it is safe. So what makes the perfect house?

    The perfect house for you and your children isn’t something that functions like a dream and satisfies your every possible need. The perfect house is actually made up of common things but gives you comfort and joy no matter where you live or how big or small the house actually is. 

    If you’re missing on a few things in your home that you wish you had, don’t worry -  only a very few houses are perfect. However, if you ever get the opportunity to buy a new home, or remodel an existing home, expert real estate businesses like Gloria Nilson & Co Real Estate have listed these 4 essential elements of a house that makes them perfect for living.

    Single level living 

    Single level homes have many advantages over double-story homes. To begin with, temperatures inside a single level house are very easy to regulate because you do not have to worry about two levels.

    This actually saves you money when it comes to your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning costs. Another great benefit of a single story home is that you do not have to worry about stairs, especially if you are living with senior citizens.

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    Southern Exposure

    A house that has southern exposure has numerous benefits. Gloria Nilson open houses often recommend southern exposure homes because of their direct exposure to sunlight. Since sunlight is a mood-enhancer, it takes away the low-mood of winters.

    A southern exposure home is also warmer in winters compared to other houses that face the north. In summers, you can keep pot plants near your windows where the sunlight hits to keep things cooler. 

    Outdoor Space

    Having children usually means that you need to have a house that has open spaces outside. With open space, you and your children can enjoy a good time playing various sports and other games in the summer. 

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    As a family, a spacious open space also allows you to have a family BBQ with friends. Plus many real estate agents swear that if you add a patio or deck to your home, the value of your house skyrockets because open spaces with these things are very much in demand, even in 2019.

    So if you ever want to sell your house in the future, apparently you should try and find a house with open living spaces.

    Dedicated Master Bedroom

    You should ideally find a house that has a dedicated master bed, a room that is separate from your children’s room. This room should also be spacious so that you can have plenty of space available in the bedroom.

    Conclusion

    At the end of the day, the perfect house is something that resonates with your personality. If you love blue kitchen walls, by all means, go for it. If you love modern interior features, try and find a house that has those. If you are able to find a home that truly expresses your character, that is what makes it the perfect house.

  3. Getting the financial support you deserve to help raise your children

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    For all the parents out there, there’s plenty of financial support to help you give you and your children a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle.

    Child Tax Credits are a benefit that is awarded to families raising children age 16 and under. It was designed to help support young families and provide help with modern family life. It’s been designed to help with the costs of raising children. It gives parents the opportunity to be able to afford school uniforms, clothes and nutritious foods to name but a few.

    Dependent on your household income, you will receive a fixed amount. It also depends on the number of children you have and their date of births. You can visit the Government website to find out more about your eligibility and your claim.

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    Who can actually claim?

    Any parent can make a claim, but the amount you receive is dependent on a number of different factors. If you have a child under the age of 16 then you may well be eligible to make your claim! You are also eligible to claim for a child or children under the age of 20 who are in approved education, or a training/registered with a careers service. If you are struggling to understand any of this, you can get in touch with the Child Tax Credits customer service team, and they will happily help you.

    How can they help you and your family?

    Having a family doesn’t come cheap, and we all know how important it is to ensure our kids live their best lives. Applying for Child Tax Credits just gives you that little bit of extra security if you are in a position where you think you might struggle. You can put it towards the food shop, or use it to buy your kids new clothes for the summer and winter.

    Ultimately, it’s been introduced to help you. There’s no shame in applying for it, every parent does. If it helps you get by, and stops you struggling, there’s no reason to not at least apply!

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    So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with them now and see how they can help you and your family remove one of the biggest stresses in life. It might only be a small amount, but when you are raising your kids every little helps!

     

  4. 5 Fantastic tips for decluttering kids’ stuff

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    Kids have a strong connection with their stuff, especially toys. Therefore sometimes it gets challenging to declutter kids’ stuff. Also, as kids love to buy new stuff frequently, it can increase the amount of clutter in your house. 

    You can't have escaped the whole Marie Kondo phenomenon that is sweeping the nation, so here are 5 top tips for decluttering kids’ stuff and that too without any fuss, fights, scolding involved.

    Declutter kids’ stuff using big baskets/bins:

    Big baskets and containers are quite useful in the whole decluttering process. Buy 4-5 big baskets and assign each basket for one commodity (For example - One basket for kid's books, another one for his toys, maybe a small one for his stationery etc.).

    In this way, it would be easier for you to declutter the various stuff. Also, teach the kid to store all the items in their respective baskets only. This would help you with cleaning and decluttering.

    Assign one day in 2-3 months to declutter kid’s toys: 

    Kids toys are probably the most difficult to declutter. This is because kids are very attached to their toys. They don't like parting away from their toys.

    Therefore decluttering kid’s toys can be a bit difficult. To begin with, try to involve your kid in the decluttering process. Initially, it can be a tough process to teach them to let go of their favorite toys, but gradually they will learn the process.

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    Now ask them to categorize the toys into three categories -

    • Toys that have no life left & should be thrown away.
    • Toys that can be donated.
    • Toys they still want to keep.

    Divide all the toys into these three categories. Guide your kids and explain to them the purpose of each group. 

    This process would not only save your time but would also teach your kid a little bit about decluttering.

    Buy less:

    How can you make your decluttering process easier?

    The simple answer is by buying less stuff.

    Buy only that's needed. Once in a while buying the not so needed stuff (especially in case of toys) is fine but don't do it regularly.

    Less stuff means less declutter! Remember this.

    Involve your kids in the decluttering process:

    This would have two benefits - One that the kid would learn to declutter from a young age. And second that this would save your time. As the kid would grow older, he/she can be asked to declutter all by himself/herself with no or very less guidance.

    Teach them how to clean up their cupboards, study table, toy baskets etc.

    Try to make decluttering a fun task for your kids.

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    Have a daily cleaning time for your kids:

    Have a regular cleaning time for your kids. Dedicate a particular time of the day (In the morning, or before going to bed, or in the afternoon) as cleaning time. Kids should clean whatever mess they have created. If your kids are too small, then you can clean up their room, organize the toys, clean up the floor etc. during this dedicated time.

    When you will do little cleanup work daily, you won't end up in a huge mess by the end of a week. 

    These tips can be applied to kids of any age. Try to make the whole clean up activity a fun one for the kids, and they would enjoy cleaning their stuff.