Another month, another Degustabox. This month’s is the Easter Box. I expected it to be filled with sweet treats and chocolate, but that’s just my mind being naughty. Although I am excited for the chocolate festivities to commence, I am going to fill my fridge with chocolate, and not feel guilty about it whatsoever. I should probably be glad that this month’s Degustabox was filled with some healthier treats to balance that out a little, like the Super Cacao Raw bar and the Weetabix On The Go Protein Drinks. I was looking forward to trying the Mylk too.

Easter Degustabox feat. Mylk, Dairy Milk Oreo and Pipers Crisps

Easter Degustabox feat. Mylk, Dairy Milk Oreo and Pipers Crisps

The Mylk is a Dairy Free version of Milk. I’m not sure on the reason it’s spelt Mylk, hopefully someone can fill me in on that. Maybe one of the ingredients? The one in this month’s Degustabox is from Rebel Kitchen and is a Coconut Milk with Cacao Drink. Lots of Cacao in this month’s box. I’m not too keen on chocolate flavoured things but I’ll give it a go. That sounds like such a lie when I’ve just said I’m going to fill my fridge with chocolate. I love solid chocolate, but can’t stand anything like chocolate ice cream, milkshake, hot chocolate etc etc.

There were quite a few drinks in this month’s box. It also included two Weetabix On The Go drinks, the Vanilla flavour that I’ve tried before. And a NEW Blueberry and Blackberry flavour that I can’t wait to try. Also included were two Weston’s Ciders that Sam quite happily enjoyed. He wasn’t that keen on the Pure Hopped Cider though. A Gusto Organic Lemon Energy Drink that I’m yet to try and a Naturelly Jelly Juice. This is aimed at children but of course I’m going to enjoy it just as much. This is Gelatine Free too.

I think I was looking forward to trying the Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Oreo the most. Well the Mint one definitely, and it didn’t disappoint, yum. Writing this is making me realise that I have the rest in my fridge and I’m trying to stop myself eating the rest. Also included was the Peanut Butter version which I’m yet to open, I think this one will be Sam’s though as I don’t like peanut butter, but I’ll give it a try.

Another sweet treat in the box is The Jelly Bean Factory Gourmet Jelly Beans. Which I have been quite happily eating daily at my desk. Oh and let’s not forget the Chocolate Eclairs. One of Sam’s favourites. Writing this is making me realise just how fussy I am… I don’t like Eclairs because I don’t like chocolate covered in toffee, I like toffee covered in chocolate though. What a weirdo… Anyone else with me?

I mentioned the Super Cacao Raw Bar above, this is filled with almonds, coconut, chia seeds, flax seeds, quinoa and acai.  I really didn’t think I’d like this but it was probably one of the nicest things I’ve tried in a while. This is suitable for vegetarians but I’m not sure if it’s vegan.

The last few items in this month’s Degustabox were the Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes. I haven’t bought salt and pepper grinders yet but these will be going straight in when I do. I’ve been keeping so many things out of the Degustabox ready for when we move into our house. Lastly is the Heinz Seriously Good Creamy Pepper Sauce. This will be another a keep until we move into our house. This is ready to eat which is good considering we’re not going to have a kitchen when we move in.

Oh and I’m forgetting the family size pack of Pipers Salt and Vinegar Crisps that I ate, all by myself, the day this month’s box arrived. How bad is that? They were SO good and once I started eating them, I just couldn’t stop. Tut tut Ami.

Have you tried Mylk, Oreo Dairy Milk or any of the other items from this Degustabox? Don’t forget my code (UFDHB) for £7 off your Degustabox.

Until next time,

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As you would have read in my Countryside Spa Retreat at The Vale Resort post, I couldn’t keep everything in one feature. I’m awful at babbling (see I’m doing it again now) but I’d written 1000 words on my Spa Weekend and hadn’t even gone into depth about the gorgeous food. I just had to write another post on The Vale Grill. The Vale Grill is an award-winning a la carte restaurant within The Vale Resort, Cardiff. They serve simple and classic recipes with fresh and quality ingredients. Included in our Dinner, Bed and Breakfast stay was a 3 course meal at The Vale Grill. We couldn’t wait to dig in.

There was quite a lot to chose from on the menu, four Starters, five Main Courses and five Dessert options. The only thing I would have changed about the menu was the fact that the Vegetarian options for the Starter and Main Course were both based around Butternut Squash. And I didn’t think I liked Butternut Squash. I still eat fish though which gave me a few more options. I went for the Butternut Squash Soup to start and Sam had Five Spiced Pork and Apple Roulade.

Butternut Squash Soup at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

Pork and Apple Roulade at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

Oh my the Butternut Squash was absolutely gorgeous. Coming from someone that wouldn’t touch the stuff prior to my visit. I bet I won’t be able to make it taste anywhere near the same though. Much to my dismay. The Toasted Pumpkin Seeds really added to the flavour and it was nice to have some bread to dip in it too. Sam thoroughly enjoyed his started to, and love the Black Cherries that accompanied it. I forgot we still had two courses after eating this, it was such a generous portion for a starter.

Lightly Spiced Cod Loin at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

8oz Sirloin Steak at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

I chose the Lightly Spiced and Roasted Cod Loin for my Main. The was served with Lemon Spring Onion and Herb Crushed Potatoes, Buttered Asparagus and Pan Fried Chorizo. I obviously asked for it to be served without the Chorizo to make it Pescatarian friendly. I started tucking into it the second it reached the table, then realised I hadn’t taken photos so had to put it back together again. Oops. I ordered a side of chips with it but I really didn’t need them and only managed a few. I loved the Herb Crushed Potatoes, the flavours worked so well together.

Sam went for the 8oz Sirloin Steak. He wouldn’t usually order Steak but he felt like ordering something a little different than he’d usually go for. He finished off every last bit so he must have enjoyed it. This was served with Twice Cooked Chips, Roasted Plum Tomato and Peppercorn Sauce. I dipped one of my chips in his Peppercorn Sauce and it was absolutely divine.

Raspberry and Blueberry Mille Feuille at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

Blackcurrant Cheesecake at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

We both fancied the Raspberry and Blueberry Mille Feuille for dessert but thought we should probably order two different desserts to try. We decided on the Blackcurrant Cheesecake and had half of each dessert. If I had to pick a favourite it would probably be the Cheesecake. But only because Cheesecake is my all time favourite guilty pleasure. Although I could have eaten the Mini Meringues served with the Mille Feuille all day, another guilty pleasure of mine.

We had such a lovely meal and didn’t leave a single crumb on any of the three courses. That has to say something. And The Vale Grill has introduced me to a love of Butternut Squash, or the way The Vale Grill cook Butternut Squash anyway. I’d say my favourite of the three courses was the Lightly Spiced Cod Loin. Sam’s was the Blackcurrant Cheesecake which is surprising considering he’s not really one for sweet things.

Have you eaten at The Vale Grill before? What would you chose out of this selection?

Until next time,

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been using the new releases from the Garnier Skin Active range. And I’ve been loving them so much I just had to tell you all about them. I’ve always got to try skincare for quite a while before I can even give you my first impressions as I have strange [read as: awful] skin. But from the moment I received this selection, something told me I was going to love it. Maybe because I’m already an avid user of the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Waters, which have been transformed into a Gel Wash as part of the new collection.

Garnier Skin Active #SkinActivist Micellar Gel Wash

So I’ll go straight in with the Gel Washes I’ve just mentioned. Garnier have introduced the Micellar Gel, available in Sensitive Skin and Combination/Sensitive Skin. My skin is definitely combination, but not the usual oily t-zone and dry patches; it’s more ‘oily for a month, then really dry, then oily again’. So frustrating. Both of these have seemed perfect for my skin type so far. One thing I do find with these however is they sting my eyes a little, which I don’t find with the Micellar Waters. To overcome this I’ve been sticking with my trusty Nivea Cleanser and Toner for my eye area and then going in with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash as a second cleanse.

The next product that has been introduced into the Garnier Skin Active range is the Moisture Bomb Hydrating Mist. I’ve finally given in and gone make-up free in the office as my skin has reached a new low. I cannot keep clogging my pores with make-up each and every day as it really won’t improve. Fingers crossed for better skin this summer. My morning skincare routine currently consists of washing with the Micellar Gel Wash, then massaging in Bio Oil to hopefully help with acne scarring and finally a spritz of the Hydrating Mist. I’ve also been taking this into work with me so I can apply it to my skin throughout the day (when I remember).

I finally got around to trying the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask last night. You can find a slightly questionable photo of me using it on my Twitter if you’d like. I always giggle at how I look when trying new face masks. I loved this one right away. It’s relativity easy to apply then it needs to be left on for 15 minutes, although I think I left it on for slightly longer than this. Then you simply remove it and massage in any excess serum. I found I had quite a lot of excess serum so removed a little with a cotton pad before massaging the rest in. I noticed an immediate different in the tone and feel of my skin. I’ll definitely be picking up some more of these when I’m next in Boots.

Garnier has also released the Pure Active Sensitive range. Aiming at sensitive, blemish prone skin, highlighting that it’s not just a teenage problem, thank you Garnier. The Sensitive Collection includes an Anti-Blemish Soap Free Gel, an Anti-Blemish Care-In Toner and an Anti-Blemish Soothing Moisturiser. All of these I haven’t had the chance to try yet, as I’m using up my similar items first. I’m sure I mention all the time that I hate opening new products before finishing old ones. I’m so funny about leaving products open and going back to them. I always try and finish a products within 3-6 months of opening it then usually throw it away if it’s left open longer than that. Especially with facial skincare products as I have such sensitive, acne-prone skin. I may start to use the Anti-Blemish Soap Free Gel Wash in the mornings instead of my Micellar Gel Wash.

I’ll be sure to let you know what I think about these products once I’ve been trying them for a little longer. You may even spot them in a monthly favourite post as I’m starting them again as of next month.

Have you tried any of these Garnier Skin Active products? What do you think?

Until next time,

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I was kindly gifted the new Garnier Skin Active range to try. As always, opinions are 100% honest.

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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