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.

Whether it’s a luxury biscuit selection, chocolates, cupcakes or personalised biscuit cards, Biscuiteers have your answer when it comes to alternative Mother’s Day gifts. Each and every product handmade, and hand-iced at the Biscuiteers London Boutique. So why send flowers this Mother’s Day, when you can send biscuits?

I’m all for finding alternative gifts for every occasion. Each occasion is centred around a certain gift, roses for Valentine’s Day, chocolate for Easter, flowers for Mother’s Day – I know it’s tradition but it’s nice to step out of the boundaries every now and again. And Biscuiteers have the perfect solution – biscuits of course.

Biscuiteers Mother's Day Collection - Alternative Mother's Day Gifts

Pictured is their Mother’s Day Bouquet Biscuit Tin, one of my favourites from their Mother’s Day selection. This Family Tin contains 16 vanilla biscuits inspired by flowers including Anemones and Daisies and arrive in a hand illustrated tin to match. I’m definitely going to keep refilling my tin, it’s too beautiful not to keep on display. Some of my other favourite products are the Flower Cupcakes and the Little Box Flower Chocs. If you’d like to make your gift a little more personal, Biscuiteers are excellent at that too. From chocolates spelling out your Mum’s name to your own personal message beautifully iced into a flower from the Mother’s Day Flowers Biscuit Tin.

But what gets more personal than a trip to the Biscuteers Boutique itself? Biscuiteers also offer a London Afternoon Tea Gift Certificate which includes a selection of Iconic Biscuiteers Biscuits, traditional British sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, cakes such as Victoria sponge, salted caramel brownies and macarons and of course a good ol’ pot of English Breakfast Tea. So when you’re trying to think of something different to buy Mum for Mother’s Day, or any occasion for that matter, don’t forget to head over to Biscuiteers and swoon over their collections.

Do you have any ideas for Alternative Mother’s Day Gifts? Which Biscuiteers collection is your favourite?

Until next time,

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The Bouquet Biscuit Tin was kindly gifted to me to promote the Biscuiteers Mother's Day Collection. As always, opinions are 100% my own.

The February Degustabox doesn’t have a particular theme, looking at it, there’s a bit of everything in this month’s box. From healthy Coldpress Juices and Willy Chase’s ‘FITCORN’  to bags of Cheese Cake and Candy Crush Gummies. There’s even a full size bottle of Blossom Hill wine in this month’s box.

February Degustabox featuring Coldpress Juices

February Degustabox featuring Coldpress Juices

February Degustabox featuring Coldpress Juices

I always feel like I’m repeating myself but I forget that most of you are new readers. The Degustabox is a Monthly Food Subscription Box. It’s filled with 10-15 food/drink items and costs just £12.99 per month. Or you can get a massive £7.00 off your box by using my discount code UFDHB. Meaning your box will be just £5.99. If you want to look at the content in some of the other boxes before you consider subscribing, search ‘Degustabox’ in my search bar. I have month’s and month’s of reviews on here.

This month’s wasn’t one of my favourite boxes but it was still filled with many items I can’t wait to try. Like the Kabuto Rice Noodles that I’m going to have for my lunch today. These are made using a combination of Asian flavours with no additives and preservatives. I’ve also been ‘snacking’ on the Peppersmith Dental Mints throughout the day, these are Sugar Free but made with Xylitol instead of the dreaded Aspartame. These along with the Peppersmith Dental Gum also included are ideal to keep at your desk.

Some of the products that jumped out at me most were the Maui and Sons Dark Chocolate Coated Banana Chips and the Coldpress Juices. Although I’m not sure what I’m going to think of the Berry Beets flavour I received as I’m not too keen on beetroot… I also can’t wait to try the Willy Chase’s FITCORN mentioned above, I received the Apple Cider Vinegar flavour.

I’m certain I’m going to hate the Dark Chocolate Coated Americanos but my Mother has expressed her love for these – I’ll report back to you when she’s tried them. I still can’t stand coffee, despite being told my taste-buds will change as I get older. We’ll see.

The little tins of Heinz No Added Sugar Beans will come in handy for work lunches. I’ll have to remember to bring a slice of bread of toast or a potato to bake to accompany them. They’re the perfect size for a single portion but I never buy them as the little cans are usually more expensive than the big ones. Work that one out?

The last few things included are the Bebeto Gummies in Cheese Cake and Candy Crush, I cannot wait to try these, but I may have to wait until Easter as I’m ‘making healthy decisions’ for lent. And sitting at my desk eating gummy sweets probably isn’t a healthy decision. Lastly is a bar from Diablo (previously mentioned here) and a Koko Dairy Free ‘milk’. Degustabox have included a ‘Pink Panther Smoothie’ recipe using this so I’m going to make of point of trying that. And one product that I completely forgot to mention is the JUST BEE Honey Water. This one wasn’t included on the ‘recipe card’ so I’m not sure if it was an extra but I’m looking forward to trying this.

Do you get the Degustabox? What are your favourite products in this month’s box? What did you think of the Coldpress Juices?

Until next time,

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As many of you know, I love to bake. Although you probably wouldn’t know that if you’re a recent Subscriber to Ami Rose as it’s been lacking in recipe development/baking posts recently. Sorry guys. My kitchen is non-existent at the moment, we’re in the process of moving house and the house we’re moving in to is a complete renovation project (more on that very soon). But yes, I’m sure I’ll make it up to you with lots of baking posts very very soon. Anyway, when Voucherbox gave me the opportunity to feature my Millionaire’s Shortbread Recipe in their FREE Recipe Book I couldn’t say no.

My Millionaire’s Shortbread Recipe is one of my most popular, to my readers and to family. And Sam who’s always asking me to make it again and again. I make my recipes short and sweet, they have as little steps as possible; my Millionaire’s Shortbread recipe has just FOUR steps. Yes really. It’s honestly not as hard as it looks, but it tastes absolutely delicious (if I do say so myself).

Millionaire's Shortbread, Voucherbox FREE Recipe Book

Millionaire's Shortbread, Voucherbox FREE Recipe Book

The Voucherbox Cookbook is filled with FREE Low Cost Recipes (my Millionaire’s Shortbread costs around 30p per slice). And each and every recipe has been created by Food and Lifestyle Bloggers like myself. Some of my favourite recipes in the Cookbook are the Spinach, Sweet Potato and Bean Soup by Petra and the Maple Cinnamon Apple Crumble by Stuart. Fiona has also created a gorgeous Garlic and Herb Marinade that I’d love to try at some point.

You can read or download the FREE recipe book right here.

I would love to hear your favourites? Or if you have a go at making my Millionaire’s Shortbread yourself.

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It’s been THREE YEARS since I last wrote a ‘What’s In My Bag’ post. Three whole years. Where does time go? Yet my bag is still full of similar/the same products. I’m still using the same Ted Baker Purse, but then I suppose that shows just how durable they are as it still looks new. This is an uncut version, I haven’t gone through my bag and removed things first, I have literally tipped my bag upside down and I’m going to tell you about everything in it. That’s what you want really isn’t it? The bag I’m using at the moment, and have been using since January 2016 is the Michael Kors Sutton, in the medium size and in Black. My fiance bought this for my Birthday last year and I’ve been using it ever since.

Michael Kors Sutton Black Leather - What's In My Bag Tag

Michael Kors Sutton Black Leather - What's In My Bag Tag

The first thing I’m going to quickly mention is my Ted Baker purse. This sadly is no longer available as I’ve had it over 4/5 years. It’s got a French Bulldog lining and I just love it. I may replace it this year. But then again, you’ll probably be reading my next What’s In My Bag post in another three years time with the same purse featured… Next is my portable phone/iPad/camera charger. My brother bought me this for my Birthday this year and I haven’t been without it since. It is the EasyAcc Power Bank and it will charge an iPhone up to 5 times! It’s actually on sale for £12.99 reduced from £59.99 so grab it while you can. It will charge three things at the same time too.

Then I’ve got two MAC Lipsticks, both in Mocha. This is the colour I wear daily but one of them in pretty much empty. No idea why I’m carrying them both around with me. The only other lip product I have with me is a little tin of Vaseline, doesn’t everyone? I don’t apply this as much as I should but it’s always there when I need it. I’ve also got a Carex Hand Gel in Bubble Gum (smells amazing) and a Cranberry Joy Hand Cream that should have been thrown away a while ago…

Poo Bags don’t need an explanation do they? I’ve got a dog so I’ve got Poo Bags coming out of my ears; I find them in every handbag, every coat and every jean back pocket yet I’ve never got one when I need one. How does that work? I’ve also got multiple receipts in the bottom of my bag. I’m usually good at filing/throwing them so these are only from the last couple of days. £37.50 at Asda on Curtains, Candles, Ice Lollies and a Jumper, £21 at B&M for Pillows, Paint and Chocolate and £18.70 at Redwood Farm, the place I get the giant cheesecakes.

Hiding in the back zip pocket is a pack of Pur Mojito Lime Mints, Paracetamol, a Sanitary Pad and a Leather Care Card that came with the bag and a Models Own Mirror. Just those things you need in case of emergencies (apart from the Leather Care Card obviously, no idea why that is still in there). I then have my Lulu Guinness Tangle Teezer that comes in handy almost every single day. I have very thick hair which tangles easily so I always turn to this. It’s the Compact version with a cover which is ideal for a handbag.

I still have so many things to write about, how have I possibly fit all of this into my handbag. And do I really need to be carrying it all around with me every. single. day? Probably not. But then again, I think I do use everything. I have a Charlie Body Spray in Touch, I replace my Body Sprays once a month or so, then my Inhaler which I haven’t used since 2014, a pack of Peppa Pig Tissues, a fold up shopping bag that I always forget I have, a notepad and pen and my car/house keys. Oh and a spare USB Charger.

I always carry a torch with me, but never remember I’ve got it in times of need. Funny story – we once got a Jeep stuck on a beach in a restricted zone (that we didn’t realise we’d gone in to) in Turkey, and the tide was coming in. It was pitch black and four of us were digging it out for about an hour, it wasn’t until we got back to the hotel that I realised I had a torch all along. No-one would talk to me for a couple of hours after that… Another thing I always carry are teabags as I drink Green Tea which people don’t usually have.

Last but not least are some magnets which I had made a while ago and 2 envelopes with my wages from the 4 hours a week I do at my local Post Office. I’ve been working there 10 years in April and can’t bring myself to leave, even though I’ve had a full time job for nearly 4 years now. It’s nice to go back and catch up with the staff and everyone in the village I grew up in.

That’s it, that’s everything in my handbag and pretty much all of it I carry around each and every day. Maybe I should  have a think about the things I actually need, because it’s not normal to be able to write almost 1000 words on the contents of a handbag…

What handbag are you using on a day to day basis? I love my Michael Kors Sutton.

Until next time,

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