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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 sustainable living, saving money, lifestyle and travel. It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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Category: Sustainable Living

  1. Money Makers From The Comfort Of Your Own Home? It's Possible.

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    With the cost of living rising, sometimes dealing with our finances can be a hard pill to swallow, especially if you find your outgoings increasing. At this time of year especially, many people make pledges to improve their situation, and often this has much to do with finances. This is why I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the ways you can make extra money online. It’s a great way to boost your income, and still, get that balance of work and home life just right. Interested? Read on to find out how. 

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    Become a freelancer

    Freelancing is a great way to earn money from home. In fact, some people even do this exclusively now which can offer great home and work-life balance, especially if you have a young family. Freelancing could be anything. It might be ghostwriting for blogs, or creating content for different brand websites. It might mean offering administrator skills such as letter writing and data input. Some people even type from audio, creating documents for different companies. There are many different options available to you. 

    Make clever investments

    If you have a bit of money spare, but you want to make more use of it, then you could consider investing it. One way of doing that is in the stocks and shares market, which can prove quite lucrative when the right decisions and investments are made. Although it can seem quite a daunting prospect at first, especially if you have never done it before, so worth doing your research.

    Start a blog  (like this one)

    We have been blogging for over 10 years but blogging and vlogging has become increasingly popular in the last few years. With blogs specializing in all kinds of genres. But it has also become an opportunity to earn extra money through advertising content and things like affiliate links. Blogging is flexible and can fit around the time you have. You could even use your evenings so it doesn’t impact your day job. There are plenty of websites online offering lots of advice on how to get started. 

    Perform mystery shops online

    A lot of companies and brands want the opinion of the consumer about things like their websites and customer service. So they enlist the help of mystery shoppers to process this feedback. You could sign up to perform these mystery shops in your spare time. Often they take no time at all, and it could mean a few clicks on a website or a quick conversation over the phone. 

    Sell unwanted items on websites like eBay or Vinted

    Finally, use websites like eBay or Vinted to sell your unwanted items online. It’s a great way to boost your income quickly as an auction can last on average seven days. Post your items once payment is received and that’s the job done. It’s a great way to clear out some of the clutter in your home and means that clothing doesn't end up in landfill either!

     

  2. Easy ways to reduce your plastic consumption in your home

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    There is so much focus on plastic consumption at the moment that many people are looking at ways to reduce their plastic consumption in their homes. Recycling is a hot topic of conversation right now but not everyone recycles responsibly or does it all. Reducing your plastic consumption is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some of the ways you can reduce your plastic consumption in your home. 

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    Make the switch to shampoo and soap bars

    Plastic bottles filled with shampoo and soaps can be one of the biggest uses of plastic in a home. However, making a switch to shampoo or soap bars that often come in cardboard packaging is a great way to cut this plastic usage in your home. It can also be very economical as well. 

    Rethink your deodorant 

    Deodorant bottles and containers are also common household items that we use that aren't recycled as well as they should be. However, you can buy a reusable deodorant container and just invest in the refills as and when you need to. 

    Try bamboo products as a plastic alternative 

    There are some great bamboo alternatives to plastic items and one of the common ones you could try is a bamboo toothbrush. You can also use bamboo cutlery instead of plastic cutlery in picnics or takeout foods. 

    Change up your toothpaste

    Toothpaste containers are not recyclable. This is because it is impossible to ensure they are completely emptied and clean on the inside. So changing your toothpaste to toothpaste tablets or powder can be a great way to be more economical with your usage and also reduce your plastic consumption. Although if you find one that tastes great, please let me know.

    Make changes to your laundry routine

    No matter what your laundry routine is, you likely use some form of plastic within it. First of all, it might be the bottles in which your detergent or liquids come in. Even if you use the liquid tablets they still arrive in plastic packaging. So it could be time to make some changes to the products that you use. First of all, you could look at powder detergent instead of liquid. This usually comes in a cardboard container. You can also buy eco-friendly products such as the ecoegg. They are a reusable washing tool that you fill with detergent tablets that you can buy refills for. 

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    Avoid wet wipes 

    Wet wipes are another common household item that is not recyclable. Not only do they come in plastic packaging that isn’t recyclable but they also contain elements of plastic within them. Instead, try using reusable cloths. 

    Invest in a reusable water bottle and coffee cup

    Many people drink water from plastic bottles that they then throw away or head out for take-out coffee only to discard the cup in a general rubbish bin once used. So if you are conscious of your plastic usage then why not invest in a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. This way you can use and refill as many times as you need. 

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    Seek out plastic-free items when shopping 

    Finally, when shopping try and buy the loose items in the fruit and vegetable aisles rather than the pre-packaged items. Seek out plastic-free items so that you can avoid bringing the extra plastic into your home. 

    We are all looking for ways to reduce our plastic consumption (not to mention our energy use and carbon footprint) and small steps all add up to a big impact.

    You just have to start somewhere.

    Disclaimer : This post includes some links, however all products included I have purchased myself and am not being paid to advertise.

     

  3. 5 Tips to a Vegan lifestyle after Veganuary has finished

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    Veganuary is a new concept that encourages people to try a vegan diet throughout the month of January but what happens as January ends?

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    With there being a lot more focus on sustainability one way you can do that is reducing or even stopping any meat and meat product consumption within your household. However, going completely vegan may seem like a bit of a challenge. So if you have enjoyed vegan choices during Veganuary or you are hoping to making more of a switch to vegan here are some of the tips to help you stick with it. 

    Be organised

    One of the best things you can do is to be organised with your food and drinks shopping lists. Make a note of products you use regularly and then do online shops so that you won’t be caught out buying something in a store that isn’t vegan. Some of the hardest things to spot are the items that are not obviously vegan, such as alcohol, for example. Shopping online gives you the chance to check the finer print to ensure the products you are buying are vegan. 

    Meal plan and batch cook

    Another temptation you might find is those days and evenings when you are unsure what to cook or you have prepared something in advance. Those are the times people are more likely to call for a takeout option or be more tempted to not make a vegan meal. Instead meal plan and batch cook where possible. Don’t give yourself an opportunity to fail. 

    Cookbooks can be useful 

    Often people find it difficult to stick with a vegan diet because they are unsure of what to cook or don’t feel as inspired in the kitchen. This is where cookbooks can be useful. One option would be to invest in a decent vegan cookbook but if you are wanting to just try things out then a great option is to check out your local library. You might be surprised what cookbooks are there and it will give you the incentive to try some out before the book needs to be returned. Plus if you like the book you could always buy it. 

    Let people know what you are doing 

    It is important to let your friends and family know that you are embarking on a vegan diet and lifestyle. If you can, try and get the whole family on board as this can make it easier when cooking meals and provides you less temptation. Your friends can also encourage you and help you to stay on track. 

    Is this just about the food or the lifestyle?

    Something to think about is whether Veganuary is just about the food and drink you consume or is it about the lifestyle? This means making further changes such as the things you wear or have in your home. Many people start with food and drink and progress on to other areas of their lives. You need to ensure that you think about whether the things you have are made from animals or animal products. 

    Making more sustainable and vegan food choices doesn't have to be overwhelming, making small changes can make a huge difference to you and the planet.

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  4. 6 ways to have an eco approach to your parenting

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    Parenting is one of those things that can be a tough period of our lives. While we want to do what we can for our children, we also want to do what we can for our planet. This is where having an eco approach to our parenting practices can make a big difference. But what can you do?

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    Here are some of the ways to have an eco approach to your parenting. 

    Accept donations

    One of the first things you can do is accept help and donations when they are offered. When you are pregnant you may have friends and family members that want to donate maternity clothes and baby items. Accepting the help and donations can help you to give a second life to some of these things. Not only are you reusing these things but you are also avoiding waste and doing more for the environment. It can also be a big saver on the financials. 

    Re-use what you can 

    Another thing you can do is re-use what you can. Find things that can be reused rather than disposed of. One obvious thing is to use washable nappies and disposable nappies. You can do this for other things as well, such as reusable wipes. Instead of the disposable ones, you can use cloths and wash them as and when they need to be. Re-using things and finding more ecological things to use daily rather than having to waste or throw things in the bin is much better for the environment. 

    Buy second-hand where possible 

    Sometimes you need to buy things for your new baby or children, however, a great tip is to buy second-hand rather than brand new. You are giving a chance or new life to certain things that may not have been used that often. Let’s face it, baby clothes, children’s clothing, as well as other bigger items like cots and chairs are often not used that much as children grow so quickly, so you can not only pick up some bargains but you can also save money in the process. 

    Eat less meat and processed foods

    We all know that eating less meat and avoiding processed foods can make a big difference to the environment, and so as a parent why not try and take this approach when cooking for the family? Batch cooking can help you to create meals and have homemade food ready when you need it the most. The less meat you eat can also impact the environment in a positive way. 

    Eat together 

    On the subject of food, it is also a great idea to try and eat together more often. Making one meal at the same time will help you to lose less energy in the home and also encourage children to try new foods. Batch cooking can also help you to use less energy in your home. 

    Avoid plastic toys or throwaway items 

    Finally, avoiding plastic toys and throwaway items can help you to be more sustainable. Choosing wooden toys and making more informed choices for the things that your children use can help you to be more sustainable with your parenting. 

    Do you have any tips you would add?