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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. Top tips to live a more sustainable life in 2021

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    2020 was quite a year, especially since most of us were stuck at home for a large part of it. But, being stuck at home opens your eyes- we don’t know about you, but it’s made us want to work on ways to live a more sustainable life. Living and maintaining an eco-friendly lifestyles takes effort, but not that much. The more you learn about the issues that affect our beautiful planet, the more determined you will be to make sustainable choices on a daily. That doesn’t mean you have to change your lifestyle completely, but every little change counts.

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    Here are 3 ways to live a more sustainable life in 2021. 

    Use a different mode of transportation

    You create about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide when you drive to and from work, which ends up releasing into the atmosphere each year- leading to the greenhouse effect, causing global warming. Do your part by making use of public transport, scheduling a carpool with your friends or co-workers, you can even walk or ride a bike if you’re in close distance to your work place. This isn’t just healthy for the environment, it’s healthy for you as well.

    Shop locally and eat seasonally for your groceries

    Shop from your local farmers' market to get fresh food items that were grown naturally without adding waste or carbon emissions to the environment. You’ll be eating healthier and supporting the community. Eat fruits and vegetables that are seasonal, as you’ll be eating the farm-to-table lifestyle which means you’ll be buying foods that were harvested recently by the local farmers. Not only will the foods be tastier, but you’ll be helping the environment as well.

    Make use of eco-friendly products around your home

    Most of the products that we use at home to clean the house, wash our clothes, or do the dishes contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Especially chemicals like detergents, foaming agents, and preservatives. Instead, switch to products that make use of sustainably grown ingredients rather than ingredients that are synthetic so that they don’t harm the planets eco-system. These eco-friendly products are also beneficial to people that have weak immune systems and health conditions as they pose less health risks. After starting to work alongside SaveMoneyCutCarbon last year, we have been making small steps in our sustainable swaps journey and being a member of their Home Club means we get regular updates on the positive impact we can all make. 

    Right then, I am off to use my EcoCoconut Scourer and Ocean Saver cleaning products to get this house clean! 

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  2. Top Tips On How To Boost Your Immunity

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    There is obvioulsy a lot of concern and talk about viruses right now and boosting your immune system is one of the best ways to protect yourself from illnesses, especially common colds and the flu. The immune system is our defense system against all external attacks: viruses, bacteria, etc. It is made up of complex interactions between the organs and cells of our body. A well-functioning defense system allows our body to effectively fight against colds, flu, and all winter ailments. Below we have mentioned some important tips to boost our immunity.

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    1.  Zinc

    It is recommended to take 75 mg of zinc for 7 days. This will cut the duration of a cold by half, provided you start treatment immediately after the first symptoms appear. Zinc is found in foods rich in protein such as shellfish, liver, egg yolk, whole grains; in 100gr of meat, there is 3mg of zinc. Zinc is not stored in our body, which is why it may be beneficial to take it as a food supplement.

    1. Immunostimulating plants: Echinacea

    It is the first plant recommended by herbal medicine doctors in the prevention of infections and recurrences. Native to North America, Echinacea is one of the most important medicinal plants. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties and stimulates the immune system. It can prevent and treat infections. It boosts our immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells. Taking Echinacea reduces the risk of winter infections by 58%. Echinacea reduces cold symptoms from 1 to 4 days. Echinacea associated with vitamin C reduces cold symptoms by 86%. It is advisable not to extend the cures for more than 10 days. If the immune system is stimulated for a long time, it could either become exhausted or become tolerant to this stimulation. Echinacea exists in different forms suitable for each person. 

    1. Reduce the stress level

    Scientific studies have confirmed that chronic stress can actually interfere with the proper functioning of the immune system. The secretions of cortisol (the stress hormone) in excess and over time thus weaken the immune system.

    1. Practice regular physical activity

    Regular physical activity reduces stress hormones but also boosts immune defenses during and after exercise. The result: less risk of contracting a virus, but also less severe symptoms and faster healing in case of infection. Be careful, however: practiced to excess, sport is likely to exhaust the immune system.

    1. Sleep well

    The tiredness and lack of sleep weaken the body. Thus, people with poor quality sleep would be more vulnerable to infections with a weaker immune response than good-quality sleep.

    1. Eating & drinking

    Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and drink about 2 liters of water or tea a day. For a strong immune system, vitamin C is of central importance.

    1. Avoid defense killers

    Avoid alcoholic beverages, large amounts of caffeine, and stop smoking.

    1. Gut health

    An intact intestinal flora ensures a safe defense. A large part of the immune system is formed here.

    1. Soak up the sun

    Soak up the sun and boost vitamin D3 production in the skin. If there is no sun, Vitamin D supplements are a good alternative.

    1. Movement

    Endurance training increases stress resistance and strengthens the immune system. Walking or walking for 30 minutes every day, boosts your immune system.

    We know that not all viruses can be avoided but taking a healthy approach to your general lifestyle can certainly help and keep your body in a better position to fight anything that comes your way.

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  3. 4 Reasons to pay attention to social media marketing

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    Most small businesses have big ideas but usually not the budget to go with it. Generally, when you have a tight marketing budget, you don’t want to waste it on something that won’t even help you. That is where social media is the perfection solution.

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    Out of the unlimited marketing strategies available, there is a reason why using social media for marketing is the most preferred choice. In this article, let’s talk about some important reasons that make social media marketing the best strategy for a small business:-

    1. It allows you to be present where most of your audience is.

    Let’s be honest social media has become an addiction for many people in recent years, so one of the ways to ensure success for your brand is to improve your visibility where most of your target niche is.

    Social media marketing is all about promoting your services on various social platforms, so your clients can find you. These platforms make it easier for you to connect to your potential customers and interact with them in a better way. Since new people are always creating new social accounts, you get the opportunity to meet new clients. 

    1. It costs a lot less than other marketing strategies. 

    As we said before, saving money is a big thing when it comes to owning a small business. Though some parts of it do cost money, using social media for marketing is still very cheap. 

    You can easily create a budget and accordingly, use social media tactics to help your business grow. Things like posting regular updates, responding to comments, etc can also get you a lot of attention online. You can start by targeting local consumers and expand your business with time. 

    1. Social media marketing can boost your brand in multiple ways. 

    As a small business, a social media marketing campaign enables you to create a professional image in front of clients. You get to be more visible and promote your new products and services right away. 

    Not to mention that people who follow you on social media are most likely to visit your website and be interested in buying your products. Social media marketing allows you to get more website traffic, boosting your rank up in the search results. Using social media for marketing can make it easier for you to make it big in the market as a brand. 

    1. It enables you to get more revenue than traditional marketing.

    Whether it is a small or a large business, generating more and more revenue each month is essential for any company. You want to get profits, so you can feel better about all the investments you made to start the business. 

    Social media marketing makes your company more personalised and allows you to understand consumer needs properly. You get to interact with them more, answer queries, and make sure they are fully engaged in your business. Such interactions show a huge impact on business success, and you get good revenue constantly. Social media makes your brand more reachable to your target niche, making them more interested in checking out what you have to offer. 

    Conclusion:-

    Social media marketing is one of the most popular marketing strategies currently, which is why you cannot ignore it. As a small business, it can be a great way to improve brand reputation among clients without spending a ridiculous amount of money. 

    If you know you need it but don't have the time, why not drop us a message and see if we can help plan your social media takeover in 2021.

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  4. The Rise of Social Media Communities

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    Nowadays, most businesses regardless of size, depends in some way upon social media to promote their business online. As a result, the rise of social media communities are growing rapidly. From the year 2017, to the year 2019, a massive number of people are joining online communities that remain ultimately beneficial for your business.

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    Here are some facts regarding the social media communities that is worth knowing if you plan to operate online.

    The rate of increment of social media

    In recent trends, the growth of social media is increasing day by day. Most of the business houses are creating their own groups or joining social media groups in order to promote their business online or reaching to their customers. As a result, the growth of the communities are being observed. In the year of 2017, the growth rate was 72%, in the year 2018, it increased by 74% and in the year 2019, it becomes 76% which is an identifiable growth of communities in social media.

    How social media communities can help your business?

    While joining a social media community, a brand can become beneficial in several ways. Here is the list of benefits that you can get from the social media communities.

    Helps to build Brand

    First of all, it helps to create the brand value of a product. While using social media communities, you can promote your product in the online communities. As a result, the product will be reached by most of the people at a time and people will discuss your product and brand there. As a result, the growth of your product will be increased. People who will buy these products from you, will give their feedback to the group, which will ultimately increase the brand value of the product organically. So, in one word, it can be said that building brands organically, is the most effective advantage that you can get from the business.

    Increases trustworthiness

    If you serve a genuine product or quality products to your customer, you can be able to get positive feedback from your customers. In the group, they will give you positive feedback regarding the product and the trustworthiness of the product can be increased. People will learn about the products and will become eager to use it. In one way, it will increase the sales, on the other hand, it will increase the trustworthiness of the product.

    Helps to connect more people

    In social media groups, there is a scope to connect more people online. Keep options in your group, so that the people of the group can add more participants. By doing this, you will be able to increase the participants of your group. So, whenever you are launching any product in that community, you will be able to reach the product to a large number of communities. These social media groups work as a connection builder among the people, so if you also want to increase the brand value of your business, or want to connect more people, you can join the online community also. 

    Finally and maybe most importantly the whole thing is being done organically, you don't have to pay much to get this advantage from the business. Social media thrives on being sociable, so don't "dump" content and run, engage, chat and create a conversation!

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