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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. Sustainable Lifestyle: 4 Green Habits To Adopt In The New Year

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    No doubt, the majority of us aspire to live a sustainable lifestyle, but how many of us actually manage to lead a sustainable life. Since working with SaveMoneyCutCarbon, I have become more conscious about how we live and how this contributes to CO2 emissions. Before you learn how to adopt green habits to adopt to make yourself healthy, you know what sustainable living is all about. You can lead a sustainable life by protecting your natural environment and ecological health, and you can lead a sustainable life by making conscious choices to preserve the planet's future. In doing so, you don't need to compromise your lifestyle. All you need to know that when you lead a sustainable life, it will make your life easier, and it will surely make you happy. It was found that there is a link between the sustainability of your life ahead and quality of life. Are you planning to adopt a sustainable lifestyle for the New Year, then you don't need to worry as we have got your back by offering some tips which will help you in achieving your goal?

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    1. Produce minimum waste - Surely, it is one of the everyday things that you must have heard frequently, but you need to know that it is easy to say but challenging to practice. Above all, minimizing waste is not something impossible; you can indeed reduce your waste. All you need to do is start here and ensure you think about everything you are doing. Of course, the things that waste varies from situation to situation. When it comes to producing minimum waste, then you can be as passionate as you want to be. Additionally, you can keep a tab on your goals and processes. For example, when you choose to buy multipurpose furniture, it will not only minimize the wastage of money and space, but it will also help you in creating your garden. 

    1. Choose where you live carefully - The sad reality today is that cities not only have the most extraordinary developments but at the same time, they are dirty, polluted, and have no forest. While some cities are the complete opposite as they feature both unique architecture and green space. The only secret is that they have efficient public transport systems and choose where you live consciously.

    1. Don’t travel; instead, meet online - Thanks to brilliant technological developments, we can have everything today at our fingertips, so why not take advantage of this. We all know that taking time away is essential but now we can all take time off closer to your home and explore new places. The technological advances are helpful when it comes to working. You can organize virtual meetings instead of traveling to work meetings or conferences. Even if you avoid only half of the physical meetings, you can still contribute to living a sustainable lifestyle. 

    1. Save water- There are no second thoughts to this saying as we have heard these phrases a number of times. It is because water conservation is one of the most critical components of a sustainable lifestyle. It is something which you can do regularly, and it is going to have a significant impact if all of us start doing it. Simply taking less baths and shorter showers are just one small way to make a bigger impact.

    If you lead a sustainable life, this will hopefully also become habit and second nature for our children too, which ultimately will encourage them to lead a similar life for generations to come.

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  2. Easy Steps To Help Get You Motivated For The New Year!

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    Almost all of us get excited every December as the new year is around the corner. It is because we feel the new year is a blank slate for us to write some new goals and resolutions. Even if we think of a plethora of things that we would like to achieve, but it often happens, we are not able to stay committed to those goals. It is mainly because usually, we set such purposes that are too complex to achieve or might be out of our comfort zones. Hence when you lack clarity, you are most likely to move forward without a vision, which makes your motivation wane quickly.

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    If you feel you aren't motivated for the New Year, then you don't need to worry as we have got your back by offering some easy steps which will help you stay motivated throughout the year.

    • It would be best if you started small- The main reason you are not able to stay motivated to your goals is that you often set goals that are complicated, and you end up feeling overwhelmed. The secret here is to break down a huge goal into small goals so you can achieve them quickly as per your deadline. Thus, you are most likely to stay on track to achieve the goals when you see some progress.

    • Think about your intentions- You should know the reasons why you plan to set a particular goal. When you know about the reason, it is quite possible you will stay motivated to the goal as the why will give you some motivation to stay focused and motivated and clear during the gloomy days.

    • Consider rewarding yourself- You should start celebrating even the smallest of your wins as every completed task is a small win for the overall goal. It is essential to recognize your success irrespective of how big or small your reward is. Thus you can set up tips for something you like or care about, including some fancy meals, or a vacation at your favorite resort, etc.

    • Keep an eye on your progress- You need to have a visual of your progress and tasks. You can also consider using some apps which help you stay motivated by tracking your progress daily as they help you see how much of the overall goal you have completed. Thus set milestones and remain committed to those.

    • Avoid multi-tasking- The multi-tasking thought comes in as we feel that it is the start of the year, and we can accomplish as many tasks as we want as it is a blank slate yet. But we often forget that we have to remain realistic towards our goals and think practically how much we can achieve in 12 months. No doubt the year might feel quite long, but in reality, it isn't so. All you need to do is keep your goals short and stay focused on completing one task at a time. It is because when you choose to multi-task, you end up losing your productivity at least by 40 percent.

    • Learn to stay optimistic- You need to start being confident by saying I can do this and surround yourself with a positive aura so you can stay motivated towards your goals. You can consider looking for leaders around who can give you some inspiration to keep you hooked on your goals. Additionally, you can also choose to subscribe to some relevant blogs, podcasts, or newsletters, which will help you boost your mood.

    Thus, these are some fantastic ways that will help you stay motivated throughout the year.

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  3. Ideas for Socially Distanced Christmas Parties

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    Thanks to the current pandemic, 2020 is nothing but just a year full of social distancing, and it is not surprising to know that the Christmas parties might look different as compared to previous years.  Almost all workplaces start planning about the Christmas party around summer. Particularly in some countries, the hospitality business seems to be under lockdown working under takeaway or any other alternative option. Keeping in mind the current situation, it might be vital to plan for socially distanced Christmas parties. The world looked way different when we entered the year as compared to now. All we hope is that we can relive those carefree days again once the outbreak of coronavirus ends.

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    Though it is challenging to predict what will be so for now, we recommend that you plan your Christmas party, keeping in mind all the social distancing norms.

    Some fantastic ideas for socially distanced parties are:

    • Create a game room to play together- What's a better way to celebrate Christmas then playing together, yes we understand all of us are going to miss being together but every experience in life counts right? So don’t wait for the right moment just create a game room, add your loved ones and play your favorite games. Above all, make the Merry Christmas more merry.  
    • Long-distance Santa- So what if it's pandemic? You can still organize a group secret Santa exchange. You can use online generators, including party organizers, to send out secret Santa gifts. You can also purchase some gifts as per the decided budget and post it directly to their homes. Also, you can plan for a video call where everyone meets virtually and opens the gift.
    • Fancy dress video call- You can offer prizes for best dressed or creative headwear with a virtual fancy dress competition.
    • Hold a virtual exhibition and showcase your talent- Everyone of us has some unique talent that is hidden deep down inside and in the hustle bustle of life we just ignore it. Furthermore, life has given us a unique chance this Christmas. Why not grab this precious opportunity? And hold a virtual exhibition and showcase some stunning talents and your artistic skills.
    • Tour the world from the comfort of your house- It is very disheartening to say that you won’t be able to meet your loved ones during Christmas due to the ongoing pandemic under which social distancing is mandatory. But you don’t need to worry at all as there are several zoos, museums etc. offering free virtual tours. So you can join in any tour virtually and also get your friends and family along through the video call. Doesn’t it sound a great idea? Something new indeed.  
    •  Christmas dinner in a virtual way- You can use this idea and create a virtual dinner even with your loved ones by sending out a mini hamper of edible goodies. Additionally, you can also chat over the tasty festive delicacies. For something different, you can again go for a classy afternoon tea. Irrespective of what happens this Christmas, a virtual Christmas party claims to offer a different experience to everyone.  

    Thus you can implement these ideas to get a different experience altogether and celebrate during social distancing. You can get as creative as you want thanks to the stunning technological advancements due to which people can stay connected even during the tough times.

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  4. How to have an eco friendly Christmas?

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    The world around us is now becoming more and more cautious about the environment. The usage of eco friendly products is something that everyone is trying to do in order to save the environment. Though Christmas is all about giving presents and being happy, we can all make small changes for a more sustainable Christmas this year.

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    The amount of waste generated during Christmas is ridiculous. While we celebrate Christmas with friends and family, we also have to be careful about not damaging the environment. The best way to do that is by having an Eco friendly Christmas celebration. Here are some ways in which you can have a better Christmas by going green this season. 

    1. Decorate your house with more sustainable options

    Decorating the house is definitely a huge part of getting ready for Christmas. Often while decorating we forget to look at the amount of waste we are creating.

    One way of avoiding this is to go for Christmas decorations that will last for a long time. This way you won't have to throw them out each year and be away from creating a big amount of waste.

    Going for Christmas ornaments made from glass or metal instead of the ones made from plastic can also be a good idea. Not using non recyclable materials to decorate is a good step to take towards an eco friendly Christmas. 

    1. Pay special attention to the way you wrap presents 

    This is another part where a lot of waste gets generated unknowingly. How you decide to wrap your gifts can be another important thing in being environment friendly. 

    You can always use reusable paper bags instead of the traditional wrapping paper or plastic bags. If you want to be with it, you can use fabric to wrap your Christmas gifts as well. 

    Even if you do end up deciding on wrapping paper, use something that can be recycled easily. Top tip: Remember if it stays crumpled when you scrunch it, then it can be recycled, if it doesn't then it can't!

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    1. Select eco friendly or long lasting gifts for your loved ones

    Going Christmas shopping is another occasion when you have to think about being eco friendly and choosing the correct presents. Anything that can potentially harm the environment should be avoided as much as possible. 

    Just like decorations, think of Christmas gifts that will last a long time.Avoid things made from any kind of non recyclable and disposable material if you can.

    We have recently been working with SaveMoneyCutCarbon and they have a *Sustainable Swap Box and Home Club membership as a great gift idea, so the recipient will be saving money and helping the planet from the moment they open the box!

    1. Using reusable utensils if you plan to host a party

    Christmas dinners are also a very common part of celebrating this holiday. If you plan to host a party at your house, you have to make sure it is as eco friendly as possible. 

    Make sure you use reusable silverware to serve the food. Plastic utensils often end up in the trash and thus increase the waste you produce.  

    Search online on how you can be as sustainable as possible during these social events. Set a good example so you inspire others to have an eco friendly Christmas as well. 

    1. Last but definitely not the least - your Christmas tree!

    Yes a lot of people don't buy a tree but if you do, make sure you buy the best one for the environment. Find some eco friendly alternatives if you want. 

    Using a natural tree is always a better choice as the trees made from plastic can cause a huge damage to the environment. It is also easy to recycle the live trees without affecting the environment much. 

    Choose a tree which has a reduced carbon footprint as an extra measure to be eco friendly this festive season.

    Conclusion:-

    Collectively, if we all make small changes then we can make a big impact at Christmastime and beyond.

     

    * Note: We have been gifted a SaveMoneyCutCarbon Sustainable Swap Box but had no obligation to write or advertise their products. The inclusion within this post is purely on its merits.

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