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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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Are you thinking about summer yet?

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As I am sitting here listening to the rain, I am also chatting to a friend about the possibility of going on holiday together. Going away with friends is great fun but going away with new friends means that we will be on our best behaviour, being more courteous, considerate of our guests, hoping the children are on their best behaviour and trying to look good in a swimsuit.

It may feel like we are still in the height of winter, but before you know it, spring will be in the air (she hopes) and we will see the first snowdrops springing to life from the frosty earth. While it’s probably going to still be a little cold for me to expose my legs to the elements, it won’t be long before we are hopefully ditching the knitted dresses and tights and opting for summer skirts instead.

Winter is a season when many of us forget, choose to ignore, or simply don't have time to consider the importance of pampering, unless it involves a gorgeous soak in the bath among a handful of scented candles, a good book and a fizzy bath bomb. Looking after your skin may have been pushed to the back of the to-do list; after all, it’s winter!

With spring just a couple of months away, now’s the time to think about a suitable routine so that you can be looking and feeling fabulous in a spring dress in no time. With plenty of George dress options making their way onto the rails, prepping your legs so that you can look as fab as possible in them is a must! I have lived in their knitted dresses for work this winter, so can't wait to see the new collections.


Exfoliation may seem like a fairly obvious step, but rough patches and dead skin (shudder) can accumulate which, considering it’s the winter, we probably won’t care too much about. However, if you’re ready to get into a gorgeous sundress, exfoliation will help to get them back to ship-shape condition!


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This is essential to keep your skin moisturised, especially if you’ve just exfoliated or shaved. It’ll help to keep your skin hydrated and feeling supple. Choose a cream that doesn’t leave behind any sticky residue and make it a ritual after your shower.


We all love a summer holiday, not just for the break but for the bronzed look you come home with. If, like me, you don't want to expose your skin, take the cheat option and tan at home instead with some self-tanning products, just make sure you don't end up streaky. Here speaks the voice of experience!

Summer Holiday


The New Year is a great time to begin an exercise programme and you don’t even have to join a gym either; there are plenty of home exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Some friends and I are trying to motivate and encourage (or shame each other) every day into doing exercise. It is day 14 and I have done something every day so far. Let's see how we are on day 114!

So I have my plan on getting my body into shape for our holidays this year, I just need to work on keeping the children (and other half) in line ...... and deciding where we are going to go!

Disclaimer: This post was brought to you in collaboration with George at Asda but as a regular customer, this is also a natural recommendation. All summer body concerns and tan experiences are our own.



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  1. oh yes i am thinking a lot about summer! and i already started to prepare for it! your tips are great!

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  2. Thinking more about me is on my 'to-do' list but I never get around to it! Summer always comes around quickly though so I should start giving it some thought now x

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  3. Great tips although I think I'm too cold at the minute to think about Summer ;-)

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  4. Thanks for the tips! I'm definitely thinking about summer, I need some warmth! I'm afraid that I don't pay my legs much attention in winter even though I do swim regularly!

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  5. I'm too cold to think about summer at the moment, although the prospect of a holiday would be lovely

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  6. Definitely NOT yet think about Summer...... may have started thinking about Easter though.

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  7. ooh - can't be doing with the shaving, a monthly eplilate does me! tmi?

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  8. I was just getting used to hiding my legs from the world and soon I will have to get them out again - may invest in some fake tan as not to shock everyone!x

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  9. Eeep- we are in the middle of summer here in NZ and I haven't done any of this! Good reminder to pay a bit more attention to myself- well, and luxuriate a little bit hehe :)

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