Win The War And Organize Your Kids’ Clothes

It’s hard enough organizing our own clothes sometimes. If you’re stuck with just a chest of drawers, finding space for everything can be a nightmare. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in closet, there can still be times when you wish you’d got more space. Add kids to the mix, and things really start to get interesting. Not only are kids inherently messy in their approach to life, but the amount of clothes they accumulate seems to be never ending.

Despite my kids having spent most of their time in just a pair of pants or their cloth nappies, I swear they still have more clothes than me!

We need a solution to all this clutter. Fortunately, there are things that you can do. Take a look at some of these kids’ clothes organization tips and transform your house from bomb site to serene Zen garden.

Win the war and organise your kids' clothes

Divide Up The Closet

 

There’s nothing worse than standing in front of a closet which clothes overflowing and all piled on top of one another. You can’t find anything. That’s why it’s such a good idea to install closet dividers. They are little pieces of plastic that hang onto the rail and allow you to separate out different types of clothes. What’s more, kids can use these dividers when they’re putting their clothes away, allowing them to separate out their t-shirts, pajamas, pants, hoodies and sweaters.

Put Extra Bins In Your Drawers

When drawers were invented, I’m certain the inventor didn’t have your kids’ drawers in mind. They probably thought that the average drawer would contain two items of perfectly folded clothing at most! Of course, this is nothing like what actually happens in the real world where pieces of clothing are just stuffed into drawers, and they are perpetually overflowing.

Although it’s not ideal, there is a quasi-solution to this problem: put bins inside your drawers. Bins are especially useful for drawers that contain odds and ends, like underwear, socks, hats and winter clothing.

 

Invest In A Shoe Organiser

Finding Belk promo code coupons and saving money on kids’ shoes is the easy part. Actually organizing those shoes is a heck of a lot more difficult. But fear not – there are things you can do. One idea is to invest in a closet shoe shelf. The idea is to line up shoes that your kids use most often on the shoe shelf and then pack the rest into boxes underneath. You’ll find that your children will often go months without using various shoes, like their winter wellies. So, these are best stored away where they can’t cause a mess in the summer. Another box could be for summer footwear, like flip flops.

 

Put All Your Kids’ Costumes On Display

Not all clothes need to be out of sight, out of mind. Some clothing actually helps to complement and even decorate the kids’ bedroom. We’re talking, of course, about superhero costumes, pirate flags, Spiderman hats and so on. Try hanging their costumes either on the back of the bedroom door or beside the bed on a rail. That way they can access them easily without messing up the rest of their clothes!

 

Help Kids Organise With Colours

What’s the first thing that kids learn to do? See, of course. And that’s why it’s so important to use colors to help organize kids’ bedrooms. Because they’re visual creatures, they’ll respond better to organizational cues that they can actually see with their own eyes.

 

So why not try a color scheme for where various items of clothing should go. Socks in the blue drawer, t-shirts in the green drawer, pants in the red drawer and so on. The great thing about using visual cues is that kids are able to tell colors before they’re able to read.  This means that you can get preschool children into good organizational habits from an early age.

 

Keep Some Clothes Within Reach, Others Out Of The Way

Because kids have an uncanny ability to create mess, it’s a good idea to look for ways to limit their capacity to do so. One of the ways you can do this is to create a two-tiered system in their bedroom: some clothes are within reach, and others are out of reach.

In practice, this means segmenting their closet into sections. Seasonal clothing should be near the bottom of the closet and be accessible in baskets, on rails or inside drawers. Then clothes which aren’t needed right now should be tucked away on top shelves, keeping them from being strewn all over the bedroom floor. Keeping all the out-of-season stuff out of the way means that kids can get directly at the clothes they need without making a mess.

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The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles

A while back I wrote a post with the top tips for taking babies and toddlers to the Seychelles.  I am often asked by people the best ways to entertain their kids while they are visiting the Seychelles.  So, Ive decided that I’ll write a series of posts with ‘the best of’ different activities for kids!

I’ll start off with beaches, a free way to keep the kids entertained while you are here!

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles

There are countless numbers of beautiful beaches and secluded bay’s to visit here in Seychelles.  When I compiled this list I focused on beaches that are:

  • Easy to access – including not needing to go through hotels or resorts to get there.
  • Safe to Swim *
  • Facilities near by

*I must stress that despite there not being a huge temperature change from season to season, you will notice a big change in the water.  Many beaches are crystal clear and calm most of the year but the seasons can bring about strong winds, tides and currents.  The website that I have found explains it best is Expert Africa take a read!  Plan your beach swims around this, and of course knowing your own and your kids abilities and limits in the water.

I have included a google map link to each of the beaches to help you find them!

As I mentioned none of these beaches require you to go through any hotels or resorts to get there.  There are lots of beautiful beaches where the main access is through hotels or resorts, they may not allow you access though.  However, many hotels do allow you to use their facilities, including access to beaches if you are going for lunch.  Call ahead to check and book in!

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles

Beau Vallon, Mahe

A large and sheltered beach with areas of shade provided by the trees lining the beach.  The best thing about this beach is that there are shops and restaurants a stones through away, which is not all that common here.  There is often street food stalls set up in the car park.   If its on when you go, check it out.  There will be a good atmosphere and you’ll get a good taste of real Seychellois food for cheap!  The water is nearly always calm and often really shallow, perfect for splashing around with the kids.  One downside of the beach is that it is probably the busiest beach around.  Still nothing compared to beaches around Europe in Summer, but for here it is pretty busy!

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles

Map of Beau Vallon Beach

Anse Á La Mouche, Mahe

A quiet beach on the South West coast of Mahe with extremely flat and calm water.  The surrounding area is pretty quiet with not a whole lot going on, but the beach is nice for a day trip.  You will probably want to hire a car if you’re not staying near by.

Map of Anse Á La Mouche

Port Launay Beach, Mahe

This beach is part of the Port Launay Marine National Park.  It backs on to the beautiful 5* Constance Ephelia Hotel.  The beach is very sheltered and secluded, with shallow and calm waters.  It’s not a huge beach, but there is plenty of shade to be found.

Map of Port Launay Beach

Anse Volbert, Praslin

My favourite place to take the boys for a swim on the beach.  You’ll see plenty of pictures of this beach on my instagram feed! There is not a whole lot of shade to be found in the heat of the day. However, early in the morning, or early evening this beach is beautiful!  You will find calm and shallow water, with very few rocks for a long way out, giving rise to the most beautiful of blues.  There are lots of boats to see (past where you would want to swim, especially with kids) always popular with kids!

The view is beautiful out over to St Pierre and Curieuse islands.  The beach is really long so, kids will have lots of room to run around.  At the far end of the beach you will find Paradise Sun Hotel, a great hotel for kids, and my favourite place to go for lunch (more on that in another post)

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In Seychelles

Map Of Anse Volbert

 

Anse Lazio, Praslin

Anse Lazio can always be found in ‘best beaches in the world’ lists, with good reason too.  It really is beautiful!  For a day on the beach, this is our go to!  Trees line the whole of the beach, so you can grab a shady spot and make camp for the day.  Big granitic boulders dotted around the beach provide great climbing frames.  The water is often very safe but there are times where the waves can get up and would be too rough for kids.  My kids still always have fun splashing around in the shallows.  You can find two restaurants, Bon Bon Plume serves particularly good Creole food.

 

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles

Map of Anse Lazio

Anse Severe, La Digue

While Anse Source D’Argent is without doubt the most famous beach on La Digue (probably the most famous in the Seychelles). It is actually not so great to spend a whole lot of time there aside from getting a great picture!  It’s crowded and the water is not ideal to swim in.

Instead, head to Anse Severe.  Trees provide plenty of natural shade throughout the day.   There is a small snack bar which is always useful too.  If you can stick around until sunset, you will be rewarded with an unbelievable view of the sun setting over Praslin!  The water is shallow and sheltered so great for swimming and paddling most of the year round.

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In Seychelles

Anse Severe Map

 

 

Have you visited any of these beaches with your family?  Are there any you would add to this list?

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Stylish Summer Dresses via the Post

Stylish Summer Dresses via the Post

As you know we rarely travel back to the UK, but when we do, one of the things we enjoy is shopping. After being away for so long the thing that strikes you the most when you visit a British High Street or shopping centre is the scale of everything. There is so much choice. If you are not used to it actually feels a little overwhelming.

Here, on the islands, life is a lot simpler. Most of the stores are small, so choice is limited, but you can usually find what you want. We dress casually most of the time, but every now and again it is nice to wear something a bit different.

This is especially true if you have a special party to attend, so I have been online looking at the dresses, on this site. Having friends and family still in the UK gives me the option to buy something and have it sent over. It takes a while, and postage is expensive, but if I see something I really like it is worth doing.

stylish summer dresses via the post

Lightweight maxi dresses

There are some lovely dresses there, so I must admit to being sorely tempted. It is nice to see that t-shirt style maxi dresses are still in fashion in the UK. Most of the time you would be too hot wearing a long dress here, but some evenings it gets cooler. In that situation one of the nice lace style maxi dresses would be ideal for a special occasion. Soft, simply cut, and figure hugging they look really elegant, without being too formal.

For an evening meal, in a restaurant near the beach, a nice sleeveless cotton dress would be a practical option. There are some really lovely floral patterns available, which are simple enough to fit in with our beautiful islands unique style of dress.

Skater dresses

It is also good to see skater dresses coming back into vogue. For this climate, they are a more practical option. Most are cut just above the knee, so your legs are left bear, which really helps you to stay cool. The way the skirt flares slightly from low on the hip, which creates a particularly pleasing silhouette.

Flattering swing dresses

If you are looking for something that doesn’t sit so tight around your tummy, you can get a similar look by opting for a swing dress. This cut hangs a little looser, and has no defined waistline. Usually the folds start just below the breast bone, which means that the dress material skims over the stomach area. Unfortunately, most of the swing dresses I have seen online, this year, have long sleeves, so I doubt I will be ordering one.

Choosing the right style

If you are interested in shopping for dresses online, you will find this page particularly helpful. The article you will find there will help you to determine which cuts are best for your body type, and sense of style.

What’s your go to summer dress style?

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Crime In The Seychelles – A reflection on being the victim of theft.

Crime in the Seychelles

It’s been about a year and a half since I wrote the post The Darker Side of Expat Life In The Seychelles and it’s still the most viewed page on my blog.  I read it again the other day. It made me reflect on how I felt about being broken in to, and about crime in the Seychelles in general.

I thought I’d start writing those feelings down. I know that many of the people reading that post are researching if it’s safe to live in Seychelles and about crime in the Seychelles in general. Hopefully this post will give a bit more of a rational insight into how safe it feels to live here.

The original post was written a couple weeks after our house was broken in to while we were all asleep. Despite waiting those couple of weeks, I was still feeling very raw and vulnerable about it all.

At the time of writing I was wrestling with wanting to move from the house we were in. We have now moved. I must stress that the main reason was that Mark was promoted and we needed to be nearer to school. I was happy to move though, despite the house being made a lot more secure. When something like that happens it’s difficult to forget it. I was not sleeping properly and was paranoid about any person around. That would be the case wherever in the world it happened, of course!

crime in the seychelles

 

Is it safe to live on Praslin?

I feel safe here. If I didn’t feel safe we would have moved on by now, without a doubt. No matter how much we love it here, or how well Mark’s career is going, our family safety will always come first.

We are all living safer though, which is important. By that, I mean we are all more aware of keeping ourselves and our valuables safe. That seems a bit ridiculous to read. I don’t mean that we ever felt like we weren’t looking after ourselves properly, but we have certainly been guilty of living naively of the fact that crime existed.

At night I still wake up thinking I can hear someone in the house, I hate that. I don’t know if that will ever go away. Maybe it’s best if it doesn’t though. Perhaps living with that fear will help to keep us safe. I hope so.

Do I think expats are targeted for crime? In short, yes.  Someone did comment on the post saying that I was arrogant to think that (I chose not to publish that one!!!) I don’t think that all expats are targeted, it is a generalisation, and of course Seychellois are also victims of robberies too.

Crime in the Seychelles

Is there a safer side of the island?

We have been in our new house for over a year now and I do feel pretty safe here. There was a feeling at the time that the side we are living now is safer. Honestly, I don’t think that is the case. I know of break ins all over the island.
Sadly a house very near to ours was recently broken into. It was a reality check and a reminder that it can happen anywhere.

crime in the seychelles

What type of crime happens here?

I’m pleased to say that on Praslin (I don’t want to say for Mahe as I really don’t know!) I have not heard of any violent crime towards expats. There is very little violent crime at all. This definitely helps in feeling safer.

The main type of crime undoubtedly is theft. Mostly it will be for small easy to sell items such as hard drives, tablets, smart phones and jewellery.  Perhaps the saddest thing is that things stolen are mostly sold for drug money.

Drugs are undoubtedly, a growing problem here.  I’m told its worse on Mahe than Praslin.  I will say that it is, by no means, at the point where you can feel or sense that when you’re out and about.  I don’t ever feel unsafe when I’m out.  Of course, you wouldn’t want to leave valuables lying around anywhere, but that is no different to anywhere else in the world.

Will it happen again?

I spoke to Mark about this and if he felt it would ever happen again. Sadly, we agreed, the answer to that is almost certainly, yes.  The house we are living in is a lot more secure, and as I mentioned we live a lot more aware of the possibility of theft and act accordingly.  But, no house is perfect and we are not perfect.

We don’t live in fear of it happening again, we lead normal daily lives.  Now we just live with our eyes more open to the fact that theft happens.  We keep our valuables secure and have a bit of a routine to ensure that no doors or windows are left unlocked while we are out, or at night.  Nothing major, just normal sensible security.  We should have done it from the start, but I don’t mind admitting that I did love that little safe bubble we felt like we lived in for the first couple of years here!

 

 

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