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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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📍Picton Castle in the Winter time, although signs of spring are all around . It’s been a double birthday week, with my mums birthday and my youngest. We spent 3 days in West Wales with my mum and decided to treat ourselves to a day out at Picton Castle gardens, which has half price admission until the 29th Feb. . It’s such a beautiful place and you can easily spend a couple of hours here wandering around the 60 acres of stunning grounds with a wall garden, ferneries, ponds and woodlands as well as great features for kids such as a maze, jungle garden, boardwalk and resident owls. . If it’s this beautiful in winter I can only imagine what a lovely place it is to spend the day with a picnic on the grass in summer, while kids run around exploring. . Located in the heart of Pembrokeshire near Haverfordwest and half an hour from Tenby. . . . . . #pictoncastlegardens #pictoncastle #pembrokeshire #visitpembrokeshire #westwales #unlimitedwales #yourwales #thewalescollective #gardens_and_architecture #welshadventure #welshcastles #lifeinwales #discovercymru #familieslovetravel #theparentpassport #cardiffbloggers

I’m not one that’s big on Valentine’s Day but I am big on travel and love coming across different love lock bridges! While backpacking across Europe with the kids and I stumbled across this one in Salzburg, Austria, with a stunning castle backdrop - the perfect location to spend time with loved ones. . . . . . #visitsalzburg #lovelockbridge #salzburgaustria #makartstegbridge #visitaustria #interrailadventure #exploreeurope #familytraveltribe #travelinspo #seetheworld #myfamilywanderlust #cardiffmum #familytravel #backpackingwithkids #exploreaustria #welshbloggers #familytravelbloggers

That first proper walk outdoors after being in bed for a week with a chest infection gives a higher level of serotonin bliss. Not 100% but so happy to be outdoors as are the kids and dog. . If your looking for a cheap and fun afternoon outdoors in Cardiff then a walk through Bute Park along the River Taff to Blackweir is always a winner. Plenty of space for kids to run wild, climb trees, enjoy the woodland walk, stand under red woods and cross the wobbly bridge at Blackweir. . Plenty of parking around (charges apply unless you find something near Cathedral Rd and walk over) and The Secret Garden Cafe in Bute Park has excellent coffee and homemade bites. . . . #butepark #cardifflife #cardiffmums #woodlandwalk #dogfriendlycardiff #welshwalks #onthemend #tafftrail #CardiffWales #southwales #yourwales #dogsoftheday #bettertobeoutside #adventuremum #walkingwales

Visit Carew Castle and Tidal Mill in West Wales and create come memories. . Castle Carew’s rich history spans over 2000yrs and the tidal mill and pond is a gorgeous place to walk around and take in this special location. . There is an entry fee to the castle but it’s well worth it at £6 for adults, £4 for children and 3yrs and under go free. The mile long walk around the Mill pond is free and there is plenty of free parking and is dog-friendly (on a lead). . . #carewcastle #carewcastleandtidalmill #aroundtenby #visitpembrokeshire #unlimitedwales #yourwales #welshcastles #welshwalks #westwales #unlimitedbritain #thewalescollective #cardiffbloggers #visitmagicaleurope #welshhistory #lifeinwales

St Fagans National Museum of History, South Wales . Where time stands still . I love a quiet stroll around this open air living museum, where you can completely immerse yourself in history long passed. Set in the countryside, these beautiful buildings have been moved brick by brick to St Fagans. . A unique and special place . Entry is free although parking costs £6 per car. Dogs on leads are allowed but not inside the buildings. Great place for a picnic, wander or just a beautiful place to hang out and read a book . . . . #stfagans #stfagansnationalhistorymuseum #stfagansmuseum #welshlife #welshhistory #welshheritage #timecapsule #cardiffbloggers #unlimitedwales #unlimitedbritain #southwales #welshwalks #thewalescollective #gardens_and_architecture #explorecardiff

Postcards from West Wales . Despite it being a pretty chaotic start to the year with weeks of house repairs and my mother moving, we have been throughly enjoying exploring more of West Wales. . Now that my mum and brother are based that way we really look forward to our weekends West and getting more familiar with some of the smaller villages. . On our most recent this month we got to tick off another Welsh castle, this time Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, which has over 2000yrs of history to explore and is well worth the admission (adults £6 & children £4). We also really enjoyed the relaxing walk around the Tidal Mill which is free to explore and just over 1 mile long & is dog friendly with free parking. . We have also been exploring the endless vintage stores in Natberth - if vintage stores and antiques are your thing then you need to come to Narberth, there are so many shops packed like treasure troves here and it’s got plenty of foodie spots as well & we finally managed to pop into the Hwb Narberth which had an array of street food. . We also spent a couple of hours wandering around the town of Carmarthen, which has some castle ruins - while small they are free and worth checking out and again some amazing vintage stores to check out. . I really can’t wait to see what adventures spring brings in West Wales this year . . . #WestWales #carmarthen #narberth #carewcastle #carewcastleandtidalmill #visitpembrokeshire #postcardsfromwales #welshcastles #welshtravel #lifeinwales #thisiswales #welshadventures #myfamilywanderlust #welshbloggers #discovercarms

Save this one for spring 🌼 . The South Wales Valleys are filled with hidden gems and in general far more quieter than the Brecon Beacons. . We discovered the Cwmparc Pathway of Hope last summer and it’s such a lovely spot to get outdoors and enjoy nature with some stunning views of Blwch mountain. . For the full circular, which is just over 3 miles long, you want to start at Ystradfechan Park in Treorchy following the stream up along a walk path to Cwmparc where you will find lovely pebbles painted by the community. Here you can continue the path through open countryside in a loop before heading back or simply find a picnic spot next to the stream, slow down and dip you feet into the cool mountain water. We spent many lazy summer days here. . The circular walk is suitable for children although can get muddy in parts. It also goes without saying that if you do take a dip in the stream to fully supervise children at all times and not to do anything beyond your ability. . You can find the route map for free on the @ordnancesurvey app . . . . #rhonddacynontaff #visitrct #visitrhondda #cwmparc #pathwayofhope #welshwalks #welshadventures #southwales #southwalesvalleys #hiddengemsuk #yourwales #youroutdooradventures #lifeinwales #bestofsouthernwales #familytraveltribe #myfamilywanderlust #welshmountains #cardiffbloggers #thisiswales

After nearly a whole month of chaos the builders have finally gone, it was a lot more disruptive & dusty than I could have imagined, balancing so many plates & having WiFi disconnected for weeks when working from home isn’t ideal but now starts the process of trying to make this house feel more homely. . Like most people, life is about compromise & in the past couple of years the compromise has been putting travel & memories with the boys before the house. I love interiors but often there just isn’t enough money to cover all bases & while the house for the most part has been functional it came to the point of needing both essential maintenance that couldn’t wait & a much needed update. . Walls have been knocked down, as have ceilings, floors finally levelled, the flow of the house has been improved & a much needed office created. I have months of painting, sanding, filling, tiling attempting and sorting ahead as we had to move the entirety of our downstairs floor upstairs for a month & everything is in boxes. . Im also excited about not having watery eyes and sneezing daily from dust allergies 👍🏼👍🏼 . . . . #lifeinwales #welshvalleys #homeimprovementprojects #cardiffmums #welshlife #mywelshhome #budgetrenovation #diydecoration #welshbloggers

7 things to do in Pontypridd, South Wales . Because this little town has a lot going on and it’s easily accessible from Cardiff by train (25mins) and bus as well as having plenty of reasonably priced parking in and around town. . 1. Pontypridd Museum - it’s free & while it’s small the building itself (a former tabernacle) is impressive, with an amazing ceiling & huge pipe organ. It also tells the story of the town & local history. 2. Next door is the new Pontypridd Museum which has a great kids section & some fantastic books. There is also plenty of space to relax & fast free wifi. 3. Pontypridd has a couple of great foodie spots such as Cafe Royale, Little pickers & The Tipsy Owl, as well as family friendly spots like Gatto lounge which do a great brunch. 4. There are also plenty of places to get a bite to each in the Market, which is packed with independent stores including book & record stores and of course Welsh Cakes! 5. Ynysangharad War Memorial Park is one of the highlights of the town, with tons of green space to run around, quiet spots to enjoy the river or let the kids go wild at the adventure play park. 6. Pontypridd Lido or National Lido of Wales is a one of its kind in Wales and a great place to enjoy a swim outdoors. They are open throughout summer but also on select dates during the colder months. 7. Finish with a sunset walk on Pontypridd common with its famous Rocking Stone which is a glacial rock. . . . . #pontypridd #pontypriddtown #visitrct #southwalesvalleys #welshvalleys #welshwalks #pontylido #southwales #welshbloggers #cardiffbloggers #lifeinwales #welshlife #bestofsouthernwales #rhonddacynontaff

January photo dump 🌟 . Only a fortnight in to the New Year but with all this dry & sunny (but bitterly cold) weather has meant some fun outdoor adventures. . We did a spot of Urban exploring along the Wales Coast Path to the Lavernock Battery which was used during WW2. . We’ve enjoyed some long walks in Coed y Bedw woodland (near Pentyrch) spotting lots of cool fungi 🍄 . We have really enjoyed time by the coast and walking around Dunraven Castle gardens and Southerndown. . Managed my first skate of the year at Rampworld, it was so cold I didn’t take my hiking jacket off 🤦🏻‍♀️ . I’ve also been working in the garden, tidying things up, admiring the morning frost and coming across a bounty of carrots I sowed in the summer and had forgot about. . With all the building repairs going on at home & still getting over Covid that we caught in Dec, everything has been a bit up and down but grateful for the sunshine ☀️ . . #welshwalks #lifeinwales #lavernockbattery #welshadventure #welshwoods #woodlandwalks #rampworldcardiff #dunravencastle #walescoastpath #cardiffmums #valeofglamorgan #explorewales #southwalesvalleys #myfamilywanderlust #explorelocally #cardiffbloggers #urbanexploringuk #winterinwales #southwales #mumswhoskate #outdoormumsuk

First *unintentional* night away of 2024 . Just before Christmas we had to have a ceiling taken down due & flooring put in due to water damage & more repairs & building works in various parts of the house started again on the 2nd Jan. I probably underestimated the disruption that would be caused taking down various walls & pulling up floors would cause especially in a tiny space. Despite going out as much as we could, the dust, allergies & asthma got the best of us so we decided to be tourists in Cardiff for the night. . Usually when travelling I try to find quirky budget friendly places, backpackers, glamping etc but I came across the Novotel in Cardiff which had a fantastic pool & midday checkout for around £70 for a family room using the Hopper app & thought why not. . It was such a fun little break away and @novotelcardiff is a great spot for families visiting the city. The rooms are spacious, the pool is amazing & there is a small games area for kids, plus the staff were very welcoming. . Also January is definitely a good time to visit Cardiff as many hotels are a lot more reasonably priced around this time of the year. . . . . #familytravels #novotelcardiff #welshadventure #welshtravel #cardifflife #cardiffbloggers #cardiffmums #sheisnotlost #familytraveltribe #myfamilywanderlust #welshstaycation

I went back and forth if I was going to post a round up reel 🤷🏻‍♀️ it’s not something I regularly do and I think many of us can say we are glad to see the back of 2023, I certainly am, it left me exhausted & it was a year without a doubt drenched in stress from all sides. . Which is is why I think so many of us are doing little round ups - yes it’s the best bits which isn’t always reality but it’s also a reminder that there were still lots of laughter, adventures and good times ❤️ . I’m forever grateful to live in Wales, such a fantastic base for so many adventures, most of which are free, also the UK, so many things to tick off the bucketlist. . I don’t do resolutions anymore, haven’t for years but I do hope that 2024 is easier for everyone. I hope that the children in Gaza no longer have to go to sleep wondering if they will wake up, I hope families in the UK don’t have to work multiple jobs & every waking hour to just survive during the cost of living. I hope people can love who they love without prejudice, I hope those who seek refuge are met with love & safety & above all I hope people are just less shit to each other (and the Tories get voted out). . Anyway be chill 2024, we don’t need any more once in a lifetime events for a while . . . . . #explorewales #welshtravel #welshadventure #welshwalks #lifeinwales #familytraveltribe #myfamilywanderlust #cardiffmums #cardiffbloggers #southwales #rhonddacynontaff #uktraveller #cardifflife #nonewyearsresolution #thisiswales #yourwales #sheisnotlost #adventuremums

Just wanted pop on to say, however you celebrate (or not) Christmas, that I hope it’s a good one. . There’s no right or wrong way, it can feel really pressured and stressful but throw the rule book out the window, literally do what works for you & personally I’m also a fan of opting out of anything that is emotionally draining & saying no even if people are disappointed. . Personally I’m looking forward to some good food, movies and quiet walks in the woods 👍🏼 . We went to the bauble trail in the woods on the side of The Garth mountain in Gwaelod Yr Garth near Cardiff, which is put up by volunteers to help raise fund for @ty_hafan. It’s a fun little trail & will be up until just after New Years. . . . #welshwalks #gwaelodygarth #garthmountain #christmasinwales #walkinthewoods #baubletrail #cardiffmums #cardiffbloggers #lifeinwales #southwales #welshwoodland

Simple ways to De-stress in 2021

With social distancing, working from home of which many parents are also balancing that with homeschooling and even simple things becoming rather stressful, like doing the weekly food shop, now is the time to make sure we are taking time for ourselves and keeping on top of things like stress. Allocate a time to check your social media and keep to that time and switch off when it's over 2. make your mornings a screen free time, starting the day without a bombardment of news can be really beneficial 3. avoid negative places and look for more uplifighting sites that share positive news stories rather than negative ones such as Positive News There is a reason why so many people swear by things like Yoga and Meditation for helping to reducing stress and best of all these can be done in the comfort of your own home with little outlay or cost - with so many free Yoga classes and meditation guides on YouTube there really isn't any excuse not to try. Sleep plays such an important role in both our physical and mental wellbeing and poor sleep can actually contribute towards things like depression and heart disease while a good night sleep improves your immune system, productivity and can help stop the production of stress hormones.

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