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I'm Laura This channel is what myself and my little family tribe get up too. I'm a South African expat living in Wales We love to travel, explore, get awesome, festivals, travel, parenting and everything in between. Nature is where it's at

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Another journey around the sun 🎉 I still have no idea what I’m doing but I’m here for the bumpy ride ✌🏼 . . . . . #birthdaze #journeyaroundthesun #virgolife #mumswhoskate #gnarlymums #skateboardingmom #skatermom #shorthairnevercared #surfskatelifestyle #radgirls #lifeinwales #cardiffbloggers #welshbloggers #birthdaytimes #tiedyelife

Slowly ticking off Neolithic sites of interest, mainly ancient burial chambers, as you do, but on a serious note this stuff is really interesting. In a world where we have the answer to pretty much everything at our finger tips, they still cannot say for sure why & how these burial chambers where built in the spiritually specific locations they are found across the UK & Europe. This one, Pentre Ifan burial chamber is around 5500yrs old and is the largest and best preserved neolithic dolmen in Wales, sitting in the Preseli Hills in West Wales. This was likely used as a communal burial site & it makes me think a lot about humanity & community, I can’t help but think what life was like then & maybe that it was more purposeful than now 🤷🏻‍♀️ won’t get too philosophical cos who really needs that right now but who else likes ticking these off ✌🏼✌🏼 . . . . . . #neolithicperiod #neolithicbritain #pentreifan #pentreifanburialchamber #preselihills #preselibluestone #welshadventure #explorewales #kidswhoexplore #historytraveller #familytraveltribe #yourwales #pembrokeshire #ancientarchitecture #adventuretogether #ilovewales #outdoorbloggers #outdoorfamily #outdoorsyfamilies #discovercymru #screenfreekids #welshlife #walescollective #igerswales #cadwcymruwales

Disconnecting to reconnect. We spent 4 lovely days taking it slow, away from phone reception, screens & not a snippet of 3 or 4g in sight and just enjoying each other’s company. Lots of campfires, lots of time spent in the woods & visiting ancient (free) ruins. It was just what we needed and if anything it’s something we need more off in our lives as there simply wasn’t an option to google something or check my emails. We stayed in a super cosy dome @topofthewoods out in the sticks in West Wales but it had everything we needed & is a great family and dog friendly site. I came across this site by luck while looking for a last minute break & I’m so glad I did as it gave the space for us to just enjoy each other’s company. . . . . . #topofthewoods #topofthewoodscampsite #westwales #kidswhoexplore #anywherethatiswild #freespiritedchildhood #slowyourselfdown #familytraveltribe #welshadventure #welshadventures #campingfam #geodesicdome #thesimplepleasures #outdoorblogger #loveforoutdoors #outsideeveryday #outdoorsandfree #lovelywanderings #lifeinwales #wildlingexplorers #raiseawildchild #gocampinglove #igerswales #ilovewales

(AD) Back in the game! As Wales continues to emerge from lockdown & life is really opening up, it means that there are more opportunities to enjoy the activities we loved before the pandemic or have a go at something new. My boys and I are very active, I've enjoyed sport my whole life and has huge benefits for my mental health and general wellbeing. We are also all about fun, being active for us should always be fun & not a chore and luckily Wales offers a perfect base for that, with so many incredible hikes and adventures on our doorstep. Moving your body in any way that works for you also doesn't have to cost loads of money, a few ways we stay activities is exploring the many public foot paths, forests, cycle paths and mountain trails we have in Wales, along with trig bagging (ticking off Trig points) and geocaching (a fun free treasuring hunting app). There are also many free outdoor skateparks & basketball courts, or a dose of fresh sea air along the coastline can do you wonders. My eldest has been joining me surfing and also recently did a 6-week community tennis course which he loved. It really doesn't matter about ability, just go out and try something new and you can start small with a daily walk or if you were inspired by a sport from the Olympics why not give that a go (bouldering for me). Fresh air and moving your body can have such positive benefits on your body and mind. Sport Wales is encouraging people or all ages to get back in the game and I’d love to hear if you have taken up any new activities or are keen to try something new? #BackintheGame? @sport_wales . . . . #lifeinwales #activefamilies #outdoorfamilies #ithastobefun #canoewales #trigpointinguk #trigbagging #mumswhoskate #skatermum #welshadventure #welshbloggers #getbackoutdoors #mentalwellnessmatters #surferfamily #getonthewateruk #sportswales #hikingfamily #adventuretogether #moveyourworld #familytraveltribe #walesoutdoors

Rolling into a new week and all of a sudden autumn really feels like it’s right on the doorstep. I’m definitely one of those people who holds onto every last ounce of summer ☀️. I’m taking the boys on a cheeky last minute glamping trip with the plan to chill, explore, go skate, take in lots of fresh air and laugh a lot as much as possible. Also happy Pride Cyrmu (Welsh pride) peeps & remember diversity is beautiful 🌈 . . . . . #mumswhoskate #pridecymru #gnarlymums #skateboardingmum #ridingintotheweek #wonderfulwildwomen #moveyourworld #cardifflife #adventurequeensuk #skate_feminino_ #radgirlscollective #ladieswhoshred #skatemum #skatemom #womendoskate #mumskater

#ad I’m all about those summertime vibes eating alfresco and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible so bringing summer to the table with these delicious GRO burgers (honestly the best vegan burgers I’ve ever tried) and cocktail sausages from @coopuk. You can now also recycle the soft plastic from food packaging in 1,500 Co-op stores! What’s your favourite summer dish? #ItsWhatWeDo #CleanItScrunchItCoopIt . . . . . #veganburgers #groburger #eatingalfresco #welshbloggers #cdfblogs #instafoodies #recyclablepackaging #summertimevibes #eatfreshfood #bestveganburger #cardiffblog #sustainablefoodpackaging #picnictime #ukparentblogger

Gotta love ticking off another trig point ✌🏼 We spent the afternoon wandering around Brecon Town, watching the canal boats & getting a treat from a local bakery before heading up Pen Y Crug to find the trig point placed on a Iron Age hill fort. While it’s only 331m it still offers fantastic views and is a great family friendly summit within the Brecon Beacons National Park. . . . . #BreconBeacons #PenYCrug #breconbeaconsnationalpark #trigpointinguk #trigbagging #welshadventure #walestravel #welshmountains #lifeinwales #kidswhoexplore #anywherethatiswild #visitwales #outdoorsyfamilies #yourwales #ukhikers #ilovewales #welshwalks #wewalkaround #moveyourworld #loveforoutdoors #familiesthathike #outdoorbloggersuk #hikingwithkids

At home in the outdoors 🌿 just like me, this one always prefers to be outside no matter the weather and we learn so much that way. Building, problem solving, connecting with the earth, one should never underestimate time spent outside. Last week he made a sign post for our garden by nailing some planks of wood together, it’s sturdy & he is really proud of it and instead of saying no (because obviously carpentry comes with risks), he was supervised & created something purposeful that he loves 😍. Most of our summer has been just this, hanging outdoors & soaking up the warmer weather as I can already start to see autumn knocking at the door, can you? . . . . . #outdoorsyfamily #slowyourselfdown #kidswhoexplore #forestschoollife #welshnature #walesoutdoors #wildswimmingwales #rockstacking #wildlingexplorers #raiseawildchild #screenfreekids #unschoolinglife #welshlife #southwalesblogger #anywherethatiswild #freespiritedchildhood #loveforoutdoors #exploretheoutdoorswithus #littleadventuredays #runwildmychild #outdoorfamily #forestsforthefuture

Jumping for joy at the chance to tentatively be able to travel again and for being in London once again after what has felt like the longest time. We packed a lot into our 30hrs in the capital with a focus on quieter museums, outdoor spaces and plenty of walking. Highlights were the Barbican Conservatory, The National Army Museum, The Roman Amphitheatre & spotting Roman ruins along the London Wall trail and The Museum of London, all of which are free but you have to pre-book. We also took the Thames Clipper, the water taxi from Battersea to Bankside which is a great way to see the sights (Westminster, London Eye, The Shard etc) for the price of an underground ticket. Before a Covid I would travel to London every 1-2 months but this was probably one of the best trips we have done to the capital as the pandemic has made us more grateful than ever to be able to travel near or far. . . . . #familytraveltribe #kidswhoexplore #londonstaycation #barbicanconservatory #nationalarmymuseum #littlevenicelondon #batterseapowerstation #stpaulscathedral #uktravel #parentswhowander #travelmadfam #paddingtonstation #budgetfriendlytravel #wanderlustkids #trainadventures #beatouristinyourowncountry #myfamilywanderlust

[AD] My eldest and I recently visited @teamsportkarting Cardiff to have a go at their multi-level 500m track, the biggest track I’ve ever been on and we had an absolute blast! Did you know TeamSport, the UK’s no.1 Indoor Karting provider, has just launched the @bikcofficial, aka the British Indoor Karting Championships (BIKC), powered by TeamSport, supported by Motorsport UK, and is open to anyone over 8yrs old and over! Meaning both you and your kids can have a go. In fact, it would be fantastic to see more women get involved, as historically it’s been a male-dominated sport. . TeamSport has 35 tracks across the UK and to enter the local track qualifiers, which are open until September 30th, you need to become a TeamSport #Grid Elite member, which includes an array of benefits and discounts. If you don’t fancy competing but just want to have a go, it’s an excellent rainy day activity for the whole family & my eldest hasn’t stopped talking about how much fun he had. . For more info on the British Indoor Karting Championships & to sign up, check out www.BIKC.co.uk . . . #Britishindoorkartingchampionships #teamsport #teamsportcardiff #teamsportgokarting #indoorgokarting #speedqueens #gnarlymums #adventurequeensuk #radgirlslife #adrenalinejunkies #radmums #cardifflife #needforspeednolimits #welshparentbloggers #womeninsports #mumsinsport #cardiffsummer #mumswhorace #womenwhorace

AD | What can I say I’m just a 90’s kid reliving the vibe ✌🏼 I’m currently obsessed with my tie-dyed crocs (complimentary from crocs) which I’ve not taken off for the past week & yes you can cruise in crocs on a skateboard 🛹. My style won’t be everyone’s jam but I always just come as I am 🌈 , take it or leave it, that’s ok, I can’t & won’t wear anything that makes me feel uncomfortable in anyway. Did you know crocs are a low carbon shoe & they have made a commitment to be zero emissions by 2030 & I already have two wide eyed boys waiting to wear these crocs as I always make sure to reuse & had down. I loved being a teen in the 90’s, so im here for this new take on it, bring on the dungarees & bucket hats. As always age doesn’t matter just do you ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼 . . . . #crocs #crocsgiftedme @crocseurope #octolyfamily #comeasyouare #expressyourself #tiedye #tiedyecrocs #jibbitzcrocs #surfskater #mumswhoskate #skatermum #90skidsmemories #dresslikeamom #momskater #shorthairdontcare #minimullet #skateboardingmom #radgirlscollective #cardiffmums #welshbloggers #tiedyelifestyle #crocsgirls #alwaysoutdoors

Not sure about you but I’m loving day trips right now and ticking off places I’ve been meaning to check out for a while. I recently look the boys to Llanthony Priory ruins (free entry), which are in the black mountains of the Brecon Beacons, there are some amazing walks that run just behind the priory & the views are 👌🏼. We then ventured to Skenfrith castle for a swim in the River Monnow before heading into the town of Monmouth for a quick bite to eat. I know we live in weird times but in one way it adventures like this even sweeter. . . . . . . #llanthonypriory #blackmountainswales #breconbeacons #welshtraveller #explorewales #findyourepic #wildswimmingwales #rivermonnow #familytravelblogger #wewalkaround #littleadventuredays #igerswales #walescollective #ilovewales #yourwales #yourexplorer #nobetterplacetobe #cardiffwalessnappers #discovercymru #uktravels #familytraveltribe #skenfrithcastle #wildswimminguk

Child-free time, we all need it every now and then, it’s never a selfish thing to do, in fact it’s essential and can help us reset, gather our thoughts & also remind parents that their needs need to be met too, even if it’s just an hour or two, it can do wonders. Yesterday I had 5hrs to roam around Bristol, one of my favourite cities, taking in the street art, a museum and sit down for some delicious Mexican food…and a cocktail 🍸. Finding that balance of being a hands on parent while also making sure to take time out, is really important & for me anyway makes me a more patient & calmer parent, especially as my boys have been home educated for the last 18months although saying that it’s essential for all parents, wether you work full time, running your own business, stay at home parent etc if you can put aside some time each month for yourself, even if it’s just a walk around the block to clear your head.✌🏼 . . . . . #explorebristol #visitbristol #bristolstreetart #bristolharbour #cocktailtimes #cargocantina #cargobristol #parentswhowander #childfreetime #explorelocally #bristolfloatingharbour #familytraveltribe #travelmums #bristolbloggers #cardiffbloggers #maketimeforyourself #lovebristol

The past few days have pretty much been spent in water, just like summer should be. I actively encourage my boys to wild swim, in rivers, lakes, the ocean but as with anything to do with open water there are risks. I think it’s important to educate ourselves and our children on cultivating memories safely, about respecting nature and our surroundings and to stay aware & knowing our own limits. When I take the kids wild swimming there are a few things I always do beforehand 1. I research the place we are planning to swim at and make myself aware of any risks, currents and how suitable it is for families 2. If possible I check water pollution levels (Cardiff Harbour offer daily updates on water quality for main rivers in South Wales) 3. We never swim the day or two after heavy rainfall & if the river looks high or flowing too fast we don’t go in. 4. I do a visual assessment on arrival & before we go into the water, if it doesn’t look safe we go somewhere else. 5. Even in hot weather take your time to acclimatise to the water, cold water shock can come on rapidly and be very dangerous 6. Of course always supervise your children, even if they are strong swimmers. 7. Lastly if your heading somewhere more off the beaten track then tell somewhere where your going The main thing as always is to have fun and the connection with water and nature can have such a positive impact on our wellbeing . . . #wildswimminguk #wildswimmingwales #adventurespirit #kidswhoexplore #yourwales #loveforoutdoors #nobetterplacetobe #radyrweir #outdoorsyfamilies #safeswimming #riverswimming #outdoorswimmingsociety #welshbloggers #wildlingexplorers #raiseawildchild #freespiritedchildhood #screenfreekids #welshadventure #igerswales #ilovewales #familytraveltribe #southernwales #welshbloggers #walesoutdoors #outdoorblogger #visitwales #balancingrocks #wildhoodadventures

Summer is on and the micro adventures have already started ✌🏼 Firstly being from South Africa (now living in Wales), I’m loving the sunshine but yes it’s been hot so whatever you do this week stay hydrated & wear that sunscreen. I’ve been home educating the boys since last February (18 months I think) so they didn’t technically “break up” from school but the next few weeks will have less focus on educational (although isn’t everything educational 🤷🏻‍♀️) and more on just enjoying the long warm evenings and soaking in as much of it as possible. The one thing the pandemic has taught us is no one knows what the future holds and that today is very much a privilege. While travel is still literally up in the air there really is lots of micro adventures to discover across the UK & I hope you managed to seek them out. . . . . . #microadventures #summerison #summerinwales #welshadventures #hayinwye #kayakingadventures #cosmestonlakes #moretoexploreoutdoors #adventuremums #outdoormums #aveburystones #wewalkaround #kidswhoexplore #outdoorsyfamilies @your_outdooradventures #loveforoutdoors #british_adventure #southernwales #welshbloggers #goproadventures #adventurequeensuk #kayakgirls #yourwales #homeeducationuk

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