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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: Love Is ....

  1. Love Is ... The moments that matter

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    Love Is ..... so many different things to so many different people and today's post is a very personal one.

    I "may" have mentioned that there was an engagement in the autumn of last year. An engagement that according to everyone else was not unexpected as we have been together for years and have always talked about getting married. But THAT proposal was a moment, one of those defining moments that changes everything.

    He planned it over and over but in the end, knowing I am such a control freak, he unplanned it and let me plan a "regular" date night out, so I had no inclination of what was to come. Apparently the restaurant did as champagne arrived swiftly after he proposed!

    That moment mattered.

    The fact that he wanted to surprise me.

    That he undertook the difficult task of selecting a ring, without me being there.

    The fact that he asked my Dad beforehand.

    This all matters.

    But more than that, this single moment had a butterfly effect.

    His niece has never been a bridesmaid before, our wedding has filled her with so much excitement. 

    He asked his brother to be Best Man and I have never seen them so close.

    Our wedding plans have shown the true strength of some amazing friendships.

    My godson is thrilled at the thought of being an usher ...... and going out for the day to try on suits.

    Oh .... and I get to see my other half in a kilt! (that will be a moment to behold)

     

    I have to admit that as I get older, life and love isn't about the big gestures but the collection of the little things. This single moment (and let's be honest it was a pretty big moment) but it set in motion a series of little things, other moments that mattered to me and to those closest.

    That is what Love did.

     Proposal

    This is my entry in to the Lloyds bank Moments that Mattered over at Emmaand3

    Image courtesy of Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

  2. Love Is .... Unconditional

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    Today's post is from the lovely Chantelle who blogs at www.mamamummymum.co.uk 

     

    Love is this invisible feeling.

    A feeling that somehow manages to bind us to others. 

    I always thought I knew what love really felt like.

    From my first crush.

    To my first boyfriend.

    Especially when I met my now husband.

    I was wrong every time.

    I never knew what it truly felt like.

    Just how strong this invisible feeling could be.

    Not until I had children.

    One moment.

    One Look.

    That's all it took.

    Looking into each of my children's eyes for the first time.

    I felt it. 

    I mean really felt it.

    Unconditional love.

  3. Love Is ....... about falling in love over and over again

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    Last year I started a Love Is ..... series of posts with contributions from some amazing bloggers. Love means something different to everyone and to start us this year, is the beautiful Kelly Innes.

    Things have been difficult for me in the past few weeks. I have been low, frustrated by my relationship with DH, which felt like it was at an impasse. I have cried and cried and wondered and hypothesised and felt very alone. I read a post at Mummy From the Heart with suggestions and thoughts on what makes a good marriage. It made me feel like everyone else was getting it right and I was not.

    So I did what you should always do in these situations and I called one of my best buddies. And she did what friends should always do in these situations: she listened. She didn’t judge, or come rushing to my defence. She heard me. Which gave me an opportunity to listen to me too.

    And I realised, when I listened to my thoughts articulated, that I was being rather selfish. Yes, DH sometimes gets trapped in his own world, has conversations in his head with me so often that he forgets to actually have them out loud, but that is the way he has always been. He is still the man that I fell in love with. 

    And so I watched him. And I saw him working so hard, saw him juggling the manifold responsibilities of supporting a family and a hefty workload and adoring his daughters. His heart, his love, is in all the little things he does that makes our family function. I have always admired that in him.

    Then I listened to him: to the intricacies of the work that is keeping him up until midnight and waking him at 5am. I listened to the problems, the car issues, the falling trees, the decisions he is currently weighing up. 

    And I saw the man I fell in love with doing all these things for me. And not complaining at all.

    And I fell in love with him once more. 

     

    Kelly Innes Kelly is the face behind the vintage silhouette at Domestic Goddesque, is part of The Motherhood, and is a Contributing Editor at BritMums. She has recently moved beyond the fringes of Greater London to the Kent countryside (though still within eyeline of the M25) and has added a few chickens to the family menagerie. Her day is spent chauffeuring children, learning how to cook with an Aga and encouraging the hens to lay eggs and trying not confuse the three. She is mother to two absurdly photogenic girls, wife to her beloved DH and master to the Wonder Hound. She drinks a lot of coffee and spends time on social media to make up for the fact that she doesn’t get out much. You can find Domestic Goddesque on Twitter,Facebook, Google +, Pinterest and Instagram. Do stop by and say hello!

     

  4. Love Is .... seeing the smile on your child's face

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    As parents, we always strive to provide our children with the essentials in life but also luxuries and treats that bring a smile to their faces. My eldest daughter is currently a huge fan of the "onesie", now love it or hate it, you cannot escape how popular the onesie has become, so when we were asked to review one from the www.kigs.co.uk website, I happily agreed.

    The Kigs website says that they sell kigurumi (animal onesies) for both children and adults and I have to admit that they have a fantastic range. I chose the kids giraffe costume (as I knew my daughter would love it), which comes in a spotted yellow giraffe hide pattern in an adorable warm fleece material.

    Now the kigurimi are essentially costumes which makes it a great website if you are going to a fancy dress party but in our house, they have been a favourite of the sleepovers! My daughter is currently enjoying the new craze in the world of a 7 year old for going (and having sleepovers) and the Giraffe Onesie has been the envy of her friends (and their mums).

    kidsgiraffe

    I have to be honest and say that at first, my daughter was a little unsure because of the baggy design and the fact it had "no feet" but once she put it on and felt how comfortable it was (not to mention how much her friends loved it too), I have struggled to get it off her to wash it! (thankfully it washes at 30 degrees!)

    So that's why this review is part of our Love Is .... series of posts, because what's not to love when a great product puts a big smile on your child's face?