Cost of Living in Seychelles – Food

A while ago I decided that I was going to start doing some posts about the cost of living in Seychelles.  It is a topic I get asked about a lot!  Recently, I covered the cost of utilities; electric, water and gas.  This time I’m covering food!

Cost of living is, I think, a very personal thing.  This is perhaps most true when it comes to food!

Because of that, I asked a couple of friends to give me their budgets for food too.  I hope that will help to give a little more well rounded idea of the cost of living in Seychelles.

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How to Get Rid of Pet Smells from Your Home

You might love your pet more than anything else in the world, but are you as fond of their odor? Having a pet is the best, but the smells they leave behind can be very trying.

Traditionally pets were always kept outside.  Nowadays, however, they are allowed to cuddle up on the sofa when you’re watching TV, snuggle up in bed with you, and take trips in the car. Such constant companionship comes at a heavy price: all your furnishings and even your clothes are going to have that pet smell (eau de wet dog anyone?!) . Try some of these ideas to get rid of pet smells from your home.

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Five Fun Ways to Stay in Shape

 

Do you find yourself doing the same thing when you’re working out?  Always going for a run, or always heading to the gym? Trying out a new activity that will help you stay in shape is a great way to get out of that rut! There are plenty of great activities for you to check out that won’t feel like exercise.   Today I’m giving you five fun ideas that will help you stay in shape.  No running required!!

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You Can Make Your Dreams Come True

It’s something a lot of people dream about, moving to paradise islands like the Seychelles.  But how many of them are prepared to do the work? To put in the effort to make that dream a reality? If you truly long for a change in lifestyle, you need to work towards your goal, not just hope you’ll win the lottery one day! It’s a big move, but if it’s what you want for your life, then the effort you put in to make your dreams come true will be well worth it.

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Tools for Stay At Home Mums Running a Business

Juggling family life while running a business from home can often feel like you need to be in ten places at once. However, running a home based business gives parents the opportunity to develop a career and earn money that fits in with life with children. Although it is not always easy, ‘mumpreneurs’ can gain the work/life balance they want. If you are struggling to keep up with the demands of running a business while looking after children or want to know more about time-saving ways to get tasks done, this is the advice you need.

Tools for Stay At Home Mums Running a Business

tools for stay at home mums running a business

Scheduling Tools

Giving a structure to your day will help you be more in control of all the tasks you need to do, rather than feeling overwhelmed by them. Have a set time where you make calls or answer emails, use the two-hour window you have in the afternoons to work on your projects, and know the times where you have activities with your children. If your children are at school, plan when to do the tasks for your business in advance, as that will help you stick to a schedule and meet goals.

Time Saving Tools

Time-saving tools to help you run a business are something that all work at home mums benefit from. Use scheduling software or interactive calendars to organise your appointments as well as noting children’s activities. It is impossible to remember everything so be sure to use what is available to you.

Save time by using fun, easy to use tools to market your business. Let’s say you want to make a promotional coupon for your business, design a flyer or work out an email template. Choose platforms that are user-friendly to save you time and the headache of working out how it all works.

Marketing a business takes time and effort, but if you use social media, then there are countless tools where you can schedule posts across a variety of platforms in advance. This saves you time logging in and writing posts, as it can all be managed from one place.

People Power

When you are a parent working from home, you have to put on many different hats during your day. Breakfast maker, email writer, school runner, house cleaner, accountant and more. If you find the business side of things is getting busy, don’t be afraid to ask for help now and then. Ask you, partner, to take over some of the household duties, or get a friend to watch your kids while you meet a client. It is also a good idea to read advice from other successful mothers who run a business from home, and see what you can apply to your own.

There its also the option of virtual assistants.  You can hire people online to do all sorts of tasks from your business that you don’t have time to do!

 

Running a business from home while being a stay at home parent is one of the most rewarding and difficult of challenges. Put the right tools in place to help you get it right, and you can enjoy the work/life balance that brings the most benefits to you and your family.

Setting Kids Up For Adult Life

Despite perhaps never wanting your kids to grow up and to leave you, at some point, they probably will!  If they can go out into the world independently you know you’ve done a good job!

We are consciously and unconsciously setting kids up for adult life every day.  Here are a few thoughts on how we can consciously prepare kids for ‘the big world out there!’

Setting kids up for adult life

Social Skills

Perhaps the most important skills our kids develop are those connected to socialising. From the moment a baby learns to attract our attention, or share a toy in a nursery, they’re fine-tuning skills in getting what they want, or in relinquishing what they want, as dictated by civilised human society.  It’s a complex task, and quite amazing that it takes place over so short a time. However, to get our kids ahead of the curve, you’ll need to be proactive.

The best way to get children ready for the social pressures of adult life is to introduce them to social situations frequently. Allow them to hold the floor in family conversations. You can start introducing them into ‘grown up’ social interactions too, like paying the bill at a restaurant, or buying the food at the store. As with everything they do, children learn through exposure and get great ego and confidence boosts from performing new tasks well.

Handling Money

As a kid money means nothing, but unfortunately as we get older it means more than perhaps we would like it too!  So having a handle on it is one of the most important stages of being fully trusted as a young adult. Exposing kids to the workings of the financial world, the value of certain everyday items and the banking and budgeting systems will stand them in good stead to manage their money later in life.

A good example of this early learning help would be to give your child a small allowance.  Then they may choose to spend or save for something bigger. Allowing them to mismanage the cash they have in order for them to form their own ideas as to the value of money is certainly no bad thing either. Setting up junior bank accounts can be a big help too.  I remember doing this with my Mum and Dad and loved how grown up it made me feel!

Style

A sense of style may seem unimportant but I think it can really help with a kids identity.  It’s amazing how some kids are so stubborn about things they will or won’t wear from such a young age.  As much as we might want to fight it, it’s their way of showing the world who they are!

There are so many amazing options for kids fashion these days.  So whether your little one wants to dress just like you, loves what you choose for them, or will only step out in an outfit they’ve fully chosen themselves, it’s all developing their sense of style.

There are certain things that are definite staples in any kids wardrobe from investing in a cool Woolrich jacket, awesome summer sandals, super funky leggings and I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love a good old pair of welly boots!

 

Technology

This is definitely a touchy subject!  I certainly don’t want to try and make any judgements on the way any parents utilise technology with their kids.  There are those who flat out refuse kids the use of TV, smartphones or tablets.  There are some that allow their kids to play on them all day.  It’s probably safe to say most parents sit somewhere in the middle of that.  It’s all good!!

If you worry about how much screen time your kids are having, setting time limits may be a good idea.  Whether that’s through setting an alarm, or showing them the clock (maybe a good way to start teaching time!?)

 

Hygiene

Personal hygiene definitely does not come natural to kids!  It’s something that we’ve definitely got to teach them.

It starts relatively simply when they are little, it’s easy to make bath time fun!  But then teeth come in and that can definitely be trickier to persuade kids to do!

Things definitely step up when you need to start introducing deodorant to your less than sweet smelling pre-teen.  Vital conversations about periods and all the other body changes are SO important for both boys and girls.  Normalising all of these things early on will hopefully help take embarrassment out of it later on.

All of these things are all about establishing healthy patterns of behaviour. While it may be a little awkward for us, normalising all of these things early on will hopefully help take embarrassment out of it later on for them.

Hygiene knowledge prevents infections, promotes self-care as a psychological good, and means that your grown-up child will never miss out on a job for looking or smelly scruffy. It’ll be written into their DNA to be smart and well-washed when it’s important to be such.