Last weekend Mum and I jumped out of our comfort zones, quite literally. As part of the LighterLife Fast #ICanDoThat challenge (which you can read all about here) Mum and I made our way to Go Ape. Go Ape is a tree-top adventure/high ropes course where you complete an obstacle course harnessed 30ft in the air. I did something like this when I was younger and thought nothing of it, but my gosh did I find it ten times scarier as an ‘adult’.

LighterLife Fast gave me the challenge of getting my Mum to do something she’d always wanted to, but not had the confidence to do so. I asked her a few questions in conversation, trying not to give anything away too much. And from the impressions Mum gave, it was an adventure she wanted. She mentioned things like kayaking, or climbing, or going in a hot air balloon. Then I thought why not climb, 30ft in the air, that combines a few of the things she mentioned. I didn’t realise just how much she’d wanted to visit Go Ape until we actually arrived.

I picked her up at around 9am. And getting her to get in the car with me was a challenge in itself. Mum is a nervous passenger and not knowing where we were going probably didn’t help. We made our way to Go Ape (unknowingly to Mum) which was around 50 minutes from us in Gloucestershire. She was guessing the entire way there, and missed three signs that literally said Go Ape. She guessed with with about 2 miles of the journey left.

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

We arrived a little late so had to wait for the next session. Whilst we waited we got a cup of tea/coffee and had a wonder around the beautiful lake. It wasn’t bad weather at all, considering it was forecast 20 mph winds and rain. We didn’t see any of that. After our walk it was back to the cabin to get harnessed up. I think being in our harnesses made what we were about to do a little more real as Mum and I both went a little quiet. We listened intently to the safely briefing (don’t want to miss any of that) and then were let loose in the forest.

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

There was a little tester ladder and zip wire to begin with, just to make sure we knew how to do everything and ‘stay attached’ – the Go Ape motto. Then it was on to the bigger stuff. Almost immediately we were greeted with a Tarzan Swing, where we had to jump from a platform and swing into a net on the other side, then climb the net. I just jumped, I didn’t want to think about it too much. Which was the mistake Mum made as she needed a little encouragement.  But absolutely loved it when she did it. We then did a few more rope crossings and it was on to our first zip wire, it was massive, and the thought was terrifying. You really do have to put a lot of trust into your harnesses and ropes. Mum didn’t think she’d be able to do this, but now says it was one of her favourite parts of the course.

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape has 5 sections, each one ending in a zip wire, and they get higher and higher. I think they have 5 different sections so you can stand on the floor for a little bit, and gather the courage for the next bit. Some of the crossings were quite tricky and others relatively simple, but the entire course was so thrilling. Mum decided to follow me along an ‘extreme’ crossing – ‘because I did it so she could too’. She couldn’t, she got stuck. She was low key terrified but found it hilarious at the same time. Mum forgot how to walk, so she couldn’t get her foot out of the hoop and forward to another one, she couldn’t go backwards either. I think she must have been dangling from these hoops for about 5 minutes, with us all screaming at her to let go of everything and pull herself along. But despite depending on the wires for the Tarzan Swing, Zip Wires and some of the crossings, she just couldn’t let go. She ended up being helped backwards and took the easier route, at least she can say she laughed during and afterwards, although most of that was to disguise sheer terror.

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Before we knew it, it was onto the final course, which included a huge Tarzan swing. Just like before, I launched myself off of the platform. But it wasn’t like before, this one dropped you quite a bit before you swung. I don’t think I’ve been more scared, my heart was racing and my whole body was shaking. Sam tried to capture the terror on my face but I don’t think it can be quite seen. At this point I couldn’t wait for my feet to touch the floor again. I’ve never appreciated the floor so much in my life. Mum coped a lot better with that Tarzan swing than I did, taking it completely in her stride. Then it was on to the final, and biggest, zip wire to end the course.

We did it, we both did the entire course, and tried everything. We jumped off platforms 30ft in the air into absolute nothingness, I didn’t think I was scared of heights until now. But I’d most definitely do it again. We had such a lovely day and have to thank LighterLife Fast for helping us step out of our comfort zone. And for helping us both feel much less bloated prior to the course with the help of their products. I can image it being quite uncomfortable otherwise. Mum, I know you’re reading this. I hope you had a wonderful day and Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for everything.

Have you visited Go Ape before? How did you get on?

Until next time,

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Tucked away in the South Wales Countryside is The Vale Resort, Cardiff. A 650 acre resort consisting of a 143 bedroom hotel, two championship golf courses, Wales’ largest spa, an award winning restaurant and a huge array of sport facilities, from a fully equipped gym and a 20m swimming pool, to full size tennis, rugby, football and squash courts. And the beautiful Hensol Castle is also within The Vale Resort. The Hotel is also a quick 20 minute drive from Cardiff Centre and a tiny bit further from the wonderful Cardiff Bay. I can safely say we weren’t stuck for things to do during our stay.

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

Sam and I have been working flat out for the last 6 weeks, spending 8am-6pm at our ‘day job’ then going straight to our house to work on that until about 10pm. As guilty as we felt having a couple of days off, my gosh did we need it. We made out way to The Vale Resort after finishing work on a Saturday. It was a quick 50 minute drive from Gloucestershire so we arrived in no time. I honestly didn’t realise Cardiff was so close to us.

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

We made our way to our room right away, after checking in of course. We were in one of the ground floor rooms (506) with a gorgeous terrace looking out onto the golf course. I felt relaxed the second I stepped into the bedroom, it was so tranquil. The bedroom was very spacious, with a large king-size bed, a plasma TV, a wardrobe, desk and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom consisted of a separate bath and shower (although I don’t think that’s the case in all the bedrooms). And the bath was something else, I’m sure Sam and I could have led alongside each other in it. A bath is a luxury for me at the moment so I made a point of bringing Bath Soak and a Lush Bath Bomb and took the opportunity to have a well deserved soak.

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

Soon after arriving I made my way to the Spa as I had a Temple Spa Drift Away Massage booked for 5pm. This was what I was looking forward to the most. I was amazed by the size of the Spa, well I suppose that’s a silly thing to say considering it’s Wales’ largest spa. Equipped with 19 treatment rooms and three relaxation zones, including a chill zone, float zone and slumber zone. I’m writing another post dedicated to the spa so I won’t go into too much detail here. This could be a very long post otherwise. The Drift Away Massage is a ‘top to toe massage, formulated with a dreamy blend of essential oils, guaranteed to have you drifting away. A full body and scalp massage – we’ll wind you down and take your mind off your thoughts for a while’. Definitely what I needed.

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

Butternut Squash Soup at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

8oz Sirloin Steak at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

Blackcurrant Cheesecake at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

After my massage I made my way back to the room to start getting ready for dinner in the award winning Vale Grill. Again, you’re getting a whooooole other post on the Vale Grill as I have too much to say and too many photos to share with you to include in this post. Although if you want a sneak peak into the gorgeous 3 course meal we had, there’s lots of photos on my Twitter. I went for Butternut Squash Soup to start, Cod Loin with Vegetables for my main course and Raspberry and Strawberry Mille Feuille for dessert. Oh and a side of the chunkyist chunky chips I’ve ever seen in my life. Sam went for Pork and Apple Roulade, 8oz Sirloin Steak and Blackcurrant Cheesecake. We couldn’t resist each other’s desserts though so we had half of each. Best of both worlds.

With our bellies full we made our way back to the room, surprisingly it was 10:30pm by the time we’d finished eating. This is when I took the opportunity to have my relaxing bath, before falling asleep just before midnight (which is very early for me). All the pampering, relaxing and eating must have tired me out!

 The next day we woke quite early, eager for breakfast, which was just as divine as our meal the previous evening. It was a buffet style breakfast so you could help yourself to as much (or as little) as you wanted. Sam took it upon himself to pile his plate with a full Welsh Breakfast. I skipped the cooked part and headed straight for the Croissants. As anyone that’s been reading Ami Rose for a period of time will know, they’re my guilty pleasure. And yes I did have three. Accompanied with a Cinnamon Whirl, or two. How could I resist? I also had some fresh melon and pineapple with yogurt, you know, to balance it out a little… I’m sure I was still stuffed from dinner anyway.

Before we left The Vale Resort we wanted to make use of the Leisure Facilities. We didn’t have a chance on Saturday as we arrived later than planned but were pleased to know we could use the facilities all day on Sunday despite checking out at 11am. We had a dip in the pool first, but made our way to the Sauna/Steam Room/Jacuzzi quickly afterwards. Spending 15 minutes in each the Sauna and Steam Room as then sat in the Jacuzzi until our bodies resembled that of a raisin. We both felt totally and utterly relaxed and ready for a day exploring Cardiff.

There’s still posts coming on The Vale Grill and the Temple Spa Drift Away Massage so look out for those. I may even write one on our day in Cardiff/Cardiff Bay too. Thank you for having us The Vale Resort, we both had such a wonderful, relaxing time. Spa, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Breaks at The Vale Resort start at just £99pp.

Have you visited The Vale Resort before?

Until next time,

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Written in collaboration with The Vale Resort. All opinions are 100% my own.

LighterLife Fast works on a motto of #ICanDoThat, helping you to achieve your goals. Whether it be having the confidence to wear a bikini on holiday, or partaking in an activity you’ve always wanted to do. LighterLife Fast isn’t all about weight loss. It’s about confidence, balance and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Their products can help you get out of a mid afternoon slump, beat bloat, and give you healthy ‘on the go’ snack/lunch options.

This month, as part of a Mother’s Day campaign, LighterLife Fast have challenged me. They’ve challenged me to get my Mum out of her comfort zone, to do something she’s always wanted to do, but maybe not had the confidence to do so. With the help of LighterLife Fast. Now that was a tricky one, I had to ask Mum questions but without giving too much away. I was adamant the final task was going to be a surprise. And there will be a post on Sunday, all about what we got up to.

LighterLife Fast #ICanDoThat Challenge

LighterLife Fast #ICanDoThat Challenge

As part of the #ICanDoThat challenge, Mum and I have also been carrying out the LighterLife Fast together. Now Mum doesn’t need to lose weight whatsoever but she did want to combat bloat and try and stop the urge to snack at her desk during the day. I want to lose a little weight before summer and also suffer from bloating. I think in my case it may be because I don’t drink enough water. I’ve been trying to drink at least 5-6 glasses a day this month so I can see if that makes a difference too.

Mum was looking forward to starting the challenge, but was a little unsure about the products I’ve harped on and on about. The Strawberry Shakes are my favourite, I’ve said this again and again, but Mum hates milk, and Strawberry flavoured things… I told her my little trick of mixing it up early and popping it in the fridge for an hour, she took it one step further and put it in the freezer. And guess what? She loved it. Much to my dismay however as I was hoping she’d give them to me (hehe). Mum has already done a few Fast Days using the LighterLife Fast Packs and already feels much less bloated and hasn’t been hungry throughout the day either.

I’m sure the Light Bites Snack Range have been helping combat hunger cravings as these can be used alongside the LighterLife Fast Packs as an extra. I’ve been enjoying these as snacks on non-fast days too. Especially the ‘popped chips’. A new favourite of mine (not part of the Light Bites range) is the Cranberry and Raspberry Bar, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying these as an afternoon snack this month. They’re so filling and nutritious too.

LighterLife Fast have helped Mum and I in many ways ahead of our challenge. It’s so nice not to feel bloated 24/7, which would have made our challenge quite difficult/uncomfortable. It’s been nice doing the LighterLife Fast with my Mum as we can motivate each other to stick to the Fast. And give each other tips about getting the best out of the products. I’m looking forward to seeing how we feel after the next couple of weeks. Especially as I’ve really been careful about what I eat on the non-fast days too.

Have you tried the LighterLife Fast? What do you think we did as our #ICanDoThat challenge?

Until next time,

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One of the most difficult things with renovating our house has been trying to figure out which Wallpaper to use on feature walls throughout the house. It’s so difficult to visualise what something is going to look like before it’s finished. But Inspired Wallpaper have made it so much easier for us. They’re an online company, selling hundreds of different types, styles and colours of Wallpaper. Their website is so user friendly, making it possible to shop by colour, room and style. With prices starting at just £9.99 per roll. Don’t let the idea of an online company put you off either as you can request A4 samples if you’re finding it hard to make a decision.

Our first decision was the Hallway Wallpaper. Well, we weren’t planning on putting Wallpaper on the Hallway until we stripped the old Wallpaper to uncover this [not so] gorgeous Purple wall. Someone had also painted the Purple on the wall without mist coating the fresh plaster too. If we wanted to paint this wall we would have had to endure the task of sanding each and every bit of paint off the wall first. So we’re taking the lazy option, and covering it up instead…

We’ve decided on a Grey colour scheme throughout the house. We’ve gone with Dulux White Mist on all of the walls and are currently trying to decide on a carpet. We’re going for Light Grey but who knew there were so many different shades, designs, styles, thicknesses to chose from? Knowing we wanted to go for a Grey Wallpaper, we shopped by colour on the Inspired Wallpaper website and selected Grey. I narrowed it down to a few and ended up going with the Inspired Wallpaper Calico Leaf Soft Grey Floral. How gorgeous? We were so impressed with the quality when the Wallpaper arrived as we didn’t know what to expect for £13.99 a roll. It’s top quality textured Wallpaper and it looks even better in ‘person’ that it does in the photos.

This was meant to be a post showing you how lovely our Hallway looks with this gorgeous Wallpaper but anyone that’s ever renovated a house will know that nothing ever goes to plan. We’re having to move/update the Gas and Electric Meters that are on the Hallway wall so can’t do anything until that’s done. So instead I wanted to post the Hallway ‘before photos’ and write a little Inspiration post on the Wallpaper we’ve chosen. Then I’ll post the ‘after photos’ in due course. Crossing our fingers that we’ll be able to Wallpaper in the next few weeks because I’m getting fed up of the Purple wall. And I liked the colour Purple before…

Sticking with the Grey theme, we’ve also decided on the Quattro Stripe Dove Grey Striped Glitter Wallpaper for the Lounge. Again to cover an uneven wall where a fireplace was. Are we lazy? We were originally going to Wallpaper the little back wall as I had a Black Wallpaper but we thought that may be a little too dark. I fell in love with the Quattro Stripe Wallpaper almost immediately and cannot wait to put this one on the feature wall. Or should I say cannot wait for my Mother to put this on the feature wall as she’s the Wallpaper expert!

Inspired Wallpaper Wishlist and Inspiration

I’ll be updating this post soon [hopefully] with the ‘after photos’. I can’t wait to see how the Calico Leaf Wallpaper will change the entire look of the Hallway. We’ve got to decide on the Bedroom Wallpaper next, we’re going for a Navy theme so I’d love to hear your ideas. I really like the Ash Branch Dark Blue Floral and the Chevron Navy Blue Geometric but I’m thinking these may be a little to busy for a Bedroom?

Have you shopped with Inspired Wallpaper before? What are your favourite designs?

Until next time,

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As you would have known if you subscribe to Ami Rose (or follow me on Twitter), I have been trying the LighterLife Fast 5:2 Diet over the last month or so. All of the information on LighterLife Fast can be found in my previous post here so I won’t be going into detail on that. But in short, it’s a diet where you eat normally for five days a week and ‘fast’ using the LighterLife Fast packs for the other two. I wanted to write this post as a little update on how I’ve been getting on, let you know which products I love and a few tips on getting the best out of the diet. But don’t you worry, there’s lots more to come as I’m starting month two as I’m writing this. I’m going to increase my exercise this month too so I’ll hopefully see some even bigger changes.

LighterLife Fast Diet

LighterLife Fast Diet

I’m going to be completely honest and say that I haven’t taken this month’s LighterLife Fast as seriously as I possibly could. I’ve really tried on the Fast Days, and I know you’re meant to eat ‘normal’ on the other days but I’ve gone a little crazy on my non fast days. And when I say a little, you know what I mean… Over the last four weeks, so a total of eight fast days, I have lost 4lbs. Which to be quite honest is surprising considering how naughty I’ve been on the other days. I’m certain that it if wasn’t for LighterLife Fast I would have definitely gained 4lbs instead.

My favourite product is still by far the Strawberry Shakes, and LighterLife Fast kindly sent me lots of these so I’ve been having them on non fast days too. It’s so nice that something that I consider a ‘treat’ is actually something I can have on a fast day, as you can see from my photo. I’ve been having it alongside my breakfast some days as the shakes are amazing for keeping you full. Ideal for busy days when I can’t stop for lunch until a little later. The Vanilla Shakes are lovely too but they taste a little like melted ice cream for me to love them. I love ice cream but can’t eat it when it’s melted, anyone else the same? (Yes I know it melts in your mouth but that’s different).

Other favourite products have been the Nut Fudge Bars, Macaroni Cheese and the entire Light Bites Snack Range. The Light Bites Snack Range is new to LighterLife Fast and you can have up to two of these on the fast day, as well as your four products. The Freeze Dried Apple and Strawberries are my favourite, and satisfy my cravings for something sweet. The Roasted Shallot and Cider Vinegar Chickpea Chips are amazing too. And the Quinoa Bars sound lovely but I haven’t had a chance to try these yet. I’ll report back when I do.

I feel that one of the main contributors towards success on the LighterLife Fast 5:2 Diet is eating at regular intervals. I was having Breakfast at 9am, lunch at 1pm, a snack at 4pm and dinner at 7pm. Then maybe a snack from the Light Bites range at around 9pm if I was still feeling peckish. I know it’s never a good idea to eat later in the evening but I don’t go to sleep until after midnight and the evenings are when I’m more likely to snack. Another factor is keeping well hydrated, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day. And lots of Green Tea in my case too.

So yes all in all I’ve had a successful month as far as LighterLife Fast is concerned, but maybe not so successful on my non fast days. I’m determined that this month is going to be different, maybe because Mum’s joining me too, but more on that soon. I’m going to make an effort to exercise more, and make healthy choice on my non fast days too.

Have you tried the LighterLife Fast before? How did you get on?

Until next time,

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LighterLife have kindly gifted me their product range to try. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.