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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. 5 Cool Things You Can Do With Pumpkins This Autumn

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    We have been pumpkin picking this week as Halloween is just around the corner, and if you always end up with more pumpkin than you can put to use, we have you covered with a few tricks and ideas. Read on to discover some cool fun and creative ways to make use of this versatile Autumn fruit. 

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    Pumpkin Face Masks

    Pumpkin face masks are exactly what you need for a baby soft and silky skin. You can also try teaming up pumpkin puree with honey, milk, or eggs depending on your skin type. Not only is pumpkin loaded with antioxidants, but it also contains fruit enzymes that help in naturally exfoliating dead skin cells. As pumpkins are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and E, they also help combat skin damage, prevent wrinkles, and improve skin texture.

    Pumpkin Crafts

    Pumpkin candle holders are an easy DIY craft that you can make with the leftover pumpkin as a beautiful thanksgiving centerpiece. Simply carve out the stem portion of the pumpkin in the shape you want and add some melted was with a wick; alternatively, instead of adding melted wax to your pumpkin, you could carve out pumpkins and use a tea light candle.

    Pumpkin Pickle

    Pumpkin pickle is a delicious addition to all your meals and is a great source of beta- carotene which is responsible for a healthy immune system, skin and mucous membranes. As pumpkins are loaded with fiber, they help eliminate toxins from your body; therefore, making it a good addition to a detox diet. Most carving pumpkins are edible but using the sugar pumpkins that are small and round have better flavor and consistency. Interestingly; pumpkin pickles, if stored correctly, can stay good for up to 6 months.

    Pumpkin Planters

    Love the Halloween look on your house? Enhance the Halloween look by using pumpkins to plant your favorite plants and flowers. Pumpkin planters set up in an outdoor arrangement will remain good for up to a month, just dab some petroleum jelly on the outside to keep the pumpkin looking fresh for longer. Additionally, you can make good use of pumpkins as bird feeders. All you need to do is clean the inside, add two sticks to act as bird perches, and finally, add some bird feed. When you are ready to discard these pumpkins, you can proudly compost them.

    Pumpkin Soup Bowls

    Why spend on ceramic soup bowls when you can make your very own pumpkin soup bowl using real pumpkin? Making pumpkin soup bowls is quick and hassle- free. Slice off the top of the small pumpkins, scoop out the pumpkin flesh and bake these miniature pumpkins to use them as serving bowls. You can use larger pumpkins for serving juices, appetizers, salads, or desserts.

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  2. How can your business win at Halloween marketing?

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    Halloween is literally in only a few weeks and most people are excited about it. Just like people who celebrate it, it is also an exciting time for businesses. Festive season means getting creative with your marketing and attracting new clients using it. 

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    You cannot just use your regular marketing strategy in the time of halloween and expect to gain attention from new people. You have to do something extra special, extra spooky to impress them. In this short article, we will show you ways in which you can win over clients during this Halloween season.

    Promote using content that shows your Halloween excitement

    Let's be honest for a second - the content on your website is the first image of you in front of potential clients. That is why it's the first thing where you need to show your Halloween spirit.

    Add some Halloween inspired pictures of your products on the website. Some spookiness is all you need to make your clients get into the Halloween mood. Be in the festive mood but don't forget your main motto which is to market yourself to customers. 

    Optimize your business to support halloween celebration 

    Interesting content is what you need to make your customers interested in scrolling through your product catalogue. But how can you get them to click the purchase button after that? How can you convert those blog post viewers to leads that will boost your sales?

    For that what you need is amazing and irresistible deals on your products and services. Give some discounts or coupons so people feel like buying your stuff. If you have an online store, try to optimize it first as that's where a lot of people like to shop normally. 

    Know exactly how to promote your business 

    If you have been in the marketing industry for a long time, you know there are unlimited ways to promote yourself. But when it comes to Halloween, there are some specific ones you definitely need to use. 

    Social media promotion is one of the best first ones that you need to tackle. You can even use email marketing as one of the ways to gain a new audience. Get in contact with influencers in order to promote your business better. These are some of the ways in which you can increase your customer base this Halloween season.

    Improvise your business website to show your Halloween readiness

    Along with adding themed content on your website, the visual aspect also needs to be enhanced. Because when a new user clicks on your website, you have to amaze them with stunning visuals. 

    Your company's homepage can be the first thing you decorate. Add some gorgeous banners to the top of your webpage. Bring your creativity mind to the table and think about various ways in which you can showcase your Halloween spirit. Be it banners, landing pages, logos - you have to figure out how to wow the customers at the very first visit. 

    Conclusion:-

    Any festive kind of season is the perfect time to re-design your business and think about unique ways to promote it. Halloween is also one of the most important holidays to look forward to when it comes to boosting business revenue. 

    In this article, we have talked about some creative ways to get ready for Halloween. We hope that these tips and suggestions help you in preparing your business as well. So without wasting any more time, start adding spookiness to your business to take your business through the roof this Halloween!

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  3. Habits of Organised people

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    I am a planner, an organiser, I like to co-ordinate everything with military precision and I have one particular friend who is convinced that there is two of me. But this isn't a humble brag, I just like to be uber organised.

    When you are looking at someone who is organised, you might be wondering what’s the secret. The secret is that there are some traits that most organised people have. The best part is that you can also cultivate them. There is no magic in being an organized person. All you need to do is formulate some habits.

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    Some habits of organised people are:

    • Write things down- Organised people are sure that they can remember something when they just pen it down. You can’t depend on your memory alone as there are chances you might forget what you had to do actually. Take time and write down important things like dates and tasks to do. Though you can easily add your essential tasks to Google Planner and calendar, nothing beats jotting down ideas as it keeps you creative. Hence you should start writing things and reap mental benefits.

    • Have a fixed routine- Ideally, highly organised people have a set routine for tasks that happen every day. It is essential to have a way as it defines how you spend your life. You will create an overall life pattern if you stay organised in your day to day life.

    • Know how to ask for help- Organised people don't portray that they are healthy all the time, and they don't do everything on their own. Organised people are aware of both their strengths and weaknesses, and they know how to ask for help. You should always remember that your time is valuable, so if you don't take help and invest a lot of time in putting efforts, you might end up wasting time.

    • Stay current on their to-do lists- When it comes to being organised and efficient, it takes time to plan on things. Thus it is essential to keep a to-do list to stay current. You need to maintain a notebook and keep it with you all the time. If you don't prefer writing, you can keep the list on your phone. Lastly, you need to keep your list updated as you complete the tasks.

    • On a semi-daily basis, purge clutter- Highly organised people don't live in squalor. If you want to become an organised person, then you need to stop living in squalor. Often highly organised people wish to declutter their spaces on a daily basis. It would be best if you didn't wait for a special day to donate things or throw things. It is essential to declutter it daily. Furthermore, it is an OK -known fact that you can easily stay organized when you have less stuff.

    • They are optimistic and goal-oriented- It is a common fact that none of us are cheerful all the time, but organised people tend to be joyful always under all circumstances. In the quest to be organized, you should always have a can-do attitude. Furthermore, it would be best if you ever stayed goal-oriented. Highly organised people don't do everything for fun as they still have some reason behind it. The key to being managed successfully is by remaining optimistic as much as possible.

    • Don't put things off until later- If you are trying to stay organised, you need to stop putting things off. Be it hanging clothes or finishing work; an organised person ensures he or she always does it ASAP.

    • Be prepared- Organised people tend to be prepared for the majority of the things that come their way. Of course, successful time management skills cannot be neglected. It would be best to plan your days evaluating how much time you would need to complete a task.

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  4. 7 habits of self-disciplined women

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    We always wish to live the life of our dreams, happy and peaceful. However, as we grow up, we realise that life isn’t as easy as it always seemed to be. Whether you’re working full-time or having your own business, it’s difficult to always stay motivated and lively.

    What I have noticed most while reading the biographies of highly successful women is that they are always so self-disciplined. These women faced struggles and every difficulty like we do but what kept them moving was their self-discipline and strong determination.

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    Self-discipline is quoted as the ability to make yourself do something you know you should do even when you don’t feel like doing.

    I have also learned that self-discipline is a skill and not something that we are born with. Thus, it’s always possible to develop this skill with certain habits. The self-disciplined women tasted success because they had certain rituals that they daily followed.

    Here are the 7 habits of the women who practice self-discipline:

    1. They take baby steps

    The highly successful women aren’t scared of big goals because they know what to do next. We all set some or other goals in the beginning of the year but fail when we reach halfway. This is not because our goals are too big, it’s because we never churned them into smaller steps.

    Self-disciplined women know their daily, weekly, and monthly goals and aren’t scared of taking one step at a time.

    2. They prioritize their work

    With the long To-Do list, it’s normal to get overwhelmed and leave the work halfway. So instead of having any to-do list, prepare a priority list that will help you deal with the most important goals first.

    Write three most urgent tasks to do instead of filling up the whole page of the to-do list and overwhelm yourself.

    3. They know when to say ‘No’

    Doing everything by yourself and considering it as the traits of superwomen will just make things worse for you. Learn to say ‘no’ when things get too much for you to consume. It’s okay to take a step back and prioritize yourself.

    Disciplined women are always goal-oriented and they don’t take crap from anyone.

    4. They love deadlines

    These disciplined women already know when they need to accomplish certain goals and they’re always moving forward having a deadline in their mind.

    When you have the end date to do certain work, it becomes easier to plan out the roadmap around it and crush that task.

    5. They practice self-care

    I always had this idea that self-disciplined women make themselves do things against their wishes, even when they don’t feel like doing it.

    However, this is so not true. Self-disciplined women love practicing self-care and they indeed prioritize themselves above every task.

    6. They love routines

    This is again something that will help you to develop a proper plan and structure for the day. Disciplined women don’t wake up randomly wondering what to do next. Their routine is always planned and structured to avoid any fuss.

    7. They always finish

    We all take up new projects and work super excitingly but just as we reach half-way, our excitement is busted into the air.

    Self-disciplined women take their work seriously and they know how to finish the task they started.

    I really hope that these tips will also help you develop a disciplined mindset and achieve your goals.

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