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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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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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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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.