I’ve seen a few people do these end of the month summaries and had to join in with it. I think it’s a wonderful idea to look back at the month and remember all that was good about it.
August has been quite a busy month for us; obviously the summer holidays were in full swing, but we also had Amelia’s birthday this month so it has been a busy one and a pricey one!
So here is a summary of the things that have made me happy this month!
So I think the biggest thing for me this month has been getting my YouTube account up and running. This is something that I have wanted to do for years but my anxiety always got in the way. I am focusing really hard on not letting my anxiety get the best of me so I decided to just go for it and I am loving it so far. I mean, I don’t have a clue what I’m doing but I’m really enjoying the learning process.
Speaking on camera is something I find difficult as coming up with conversation isn’t something that comes naturally to me, but I’m hoping that doing this will help me with that.
My channel focuses mainly on family friendly days out as that is something that truly makes me happy.
So pop on over to my YouTube account That’s What Stacey Said and check it out. I would absolutely love it if you could subscribe (it’s free!!) and take a look at my videos. I really appreciate all support and if you have a YouTube channel also, let me know because I would love to support you too!
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales
At the beginning of August we spent 2 days at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales. We absolutely loved it there. Such a beautiful, tranquil place.
It cost £36 for the 5 of us to visit and to our surprise our ticket allowed us to return for free in the next 7 days.
The place is massive. We were there 2 days and we still haven’t managed to explore it all.
There’s so many different areas there including a bird of prey center, waterfall walks, bog gardens. There’s also playgrounds for the kiddies and at the time of visiting they had some cool games on the field such as tin can alley.
Check out my YouTube video above to see our day at The National Botanic Gardens.
For more information on the gardens, check out their website.
As well as the Botanic Gardens we visited Scolton Manor which is in Pembrokeshire.
I’d never heard of it before but after seeing a couple of posts on Instagram from there we decided to give it a try.
Scolton Manor is quite a pretty place with a walled garden, an old steam train, a quest to find the holy grail (which we found instantly because we entered the trail the wrong way!) and a load of lovely playgrounds.
There was also a tea room with the most beautiful food.
We spent the entire day there with Craig’s parents and had such a great time.
My only complaint was that for the entire place there was only 2 toilets, and by that I don’t mean 2 toilet blocks or 2 male and 2 female toilets, I mean 2 toilets which were stinking and had massive queues all day.
On our way home we stopped off at Saundersfoot seafront for some ice cream. We really had a beautiful day. Days like that just fill my heart with so much joy.
I’m no chess player. I don’t have a clue how to play if I’m honest. Luckily for me, I had Florrie (my 4 year old) on hand to teach me how to play. So in case like me, you didn’t have a clue how to play, here are the basics:
1) There are quite a few different characters. You have the King and Queen (I was aware of these), the Emperors, the Crowns and a load of babies. I thought they were called Knights and Pawns but thanks to Florrie I now know the correct names for the pieces.
2) The aim of the game is to use one square of the board and take it in turns to push each other off the square.
It’s pretty simple really. Don’t know why I never understood it.
If you know me, you will know that I have a thing about butterflies. I’m a little obsessed with them.
They are just so beautiful and I don’t know why but they a like a symbol of peace and luck for me.
This month, my garden has been full of them and it’s just been wonderful to see them.
Another place we visited was Gnoll Park in Neath. There is plenty to do here.
The park is situated around a gorgeous lake and has lots of lovely walks, some ruins and some playgrounds, one of which is an accessible park.
This is somewhere the kids absolutely love. The play areas are so well designed and have musical instruments and a wheelchair friendly trampoline.
We also stumbled across a mini funfair at the park. We had no idea that it was going to be there so that was a bonus. Although it did mean that we didn’t get to explore much of the park before as we spent most of our time at the fair.
We visited Folly Farm for Amelia’s birthday. We wanted somewhere that was good for all weather as it was forecast to be a tad rainy on the day and as Folly Farm has plenty of indoor attractions we decided to go there.
It is our favourite place in Wales to visit as it has farm animals, zoo animals, funfair rides and a load of playgrounds. See my review on Folly Farm to see what the park has to offer.
This day was particularly great as we had some interaction with the animals and got right up close with the lions which was just amazing!
Check out the video below to see our day out at Folly Farm.
For more info on Folly Farm, check out their website.
Swansea’s Vintage Car Show and Funfair
This was just so much fun, incredibly expensive but fun! The girls weren’t interested in the cars at all, they only cared about the funfair…and there were 2 of them.
It cost us £20 to get into the car show and then had to pay per person for each ride, plus £1 each to get into the second fair! I nearly keeled over when a black coffee cost us £3.
Extortionate prices but it was good fun none the less.
Florrie experienced her first go on a sizzler ride and a proper waltzer ride and they were not tame!
To see the day, check out my video below. This one was so much fun!
This month, after much nagging from the director I returned to a local theatre company, Curtain Up.
I originally joined when I was 13 years old and left when I was pregnant with Amelia. It’s a brilliant little company. Money from the shows’ ticket sales goes to charity.
I have wanted to return to singing for years but my nerves have been too bad. I also have an issue with my jaw. When I sing it slightly pops out of place and when it does that I can’t actually hear anything, so it does make singing slightly difficult but I enjoy it and as long as I don’t sing any solos I should be fine!
The best thing about this is that I have been joined by Natalia and Amelia so it’s also a nice activity for the three of us to do together.
Child Free At Mumbles
Craig and I were jammy enough to bag a child free night on one of the most stunning days of the month so we decided to make the most of it and headed to Mumbles, a local beauty spot.
It was so peaceful and just beautiful. We went for food and had a stroll along the pier. We then had a mad dash to Penclwadd to get some ice cream from GG’s Gelato and watched the sun setting whilst eating our ice cream. I had peanut butter flavoured ice cream and it was just divine!
Check out my video below to see just how beautiful Mumbles is.
Llyn Llech Owain
I am truly blessed to live in an area that is just surrounded by natural beauty.
We went on a wildlife hunt in Llyn Llech Owain and we were not disappointed. We found crickets, dragonflies, butterflies and even saw a red kite circling above us. It was just amazing to see.
The country park has a huge, picturesque lake in the center of it and has lots of boardwalks and woodland walks.
There is a beautiful cafe that sells delicious cakes. I had a carrot and passion fruit cake and OMG it was heavenly. The kids got to run around in the playground before we headed off home. It was a lovely couple of hours.
YouTube video of this day will be coming soon.
So there we have it. As you can see, it’s been a very busy month but one that has made such wonderful memories.
September should be a bit quieter, definitely cheaper, although we do have Natalia’s birthday to sort so who knows!
We’ve really had such a great time this month and I don’t think we will be able to beat it but there are a couple of things that I’m looking forward to next month such as:
1) Natalia’s birthday. I’m hoping that we will be able to get to Alton Towers for that one.
2) Sunset walks. We absolutely love going on sunset walks and the days getting shorter means that we can get out to see the sunsets again.
3) New car. September we should be getting our new car and I’m hoping that I will finally have the confidence to get back behind the wheel to get some independence back.
What were your favourite moments from August and what are you excited for in September? Let me know in the comments below.
Don’t count the days.
Make the days count!