Saying Thank You with a Stroopsmile

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2013

The lovely people at Daelmans Stroopwafels kindly sent me a little Hamper of their traditional Dutch caramel waffles. Even though I had seen these in the shops I had never had the pleasure of trying them.

Daelmans Stroopwafels

Daelmans were looking for how you would create the perfect Stroopsmile coffee morning and I knew straight away how to make this happen, my Stepmum and her friends have kindly been looking after my little terror Deacon from time to time as we had so many hospital appointments, they love nothing better to sit and have a natter with coffee/tea and yummy treats so these were perfect.

As it is nearly Christmas we decided on a very treat orientated spread, well why not, yummy biscuits, cakes and pastries all accompanied the delicious waffles.

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Some enjoyed them with Tea, some coffee, they loved watching the caramel go all gooey as it sat on their cups, Deacon the terror even loved munching on the Mini Stroopwafels whilst the ladies chatted, perfect toddler hand sized.

All of them commented on how delicious they are, I sent them all home with a couple to keep them going for their afternoon treat, I have to agree they are perfect for the after school run cuppa, I have eaten a few too many this week maybe.

Not only did I love creating a Stroopsmile as a thank you, my little family has been putting the rest to good use this week and they really are a Waffle for the whole family, the kids get to have a mini one after dinner, they have them like a little biscuit, but Addy also likes to dip them in my tea.

The hubby and I have also had them in our treat Hot Chocolates this past week, they somehow taste even better when they melt against the hot cocoa, I honestly think the ways you could use them are endless.

daelmans stroopwafels

I have bought some more for the kiddos to have as treats over the Christmas holidays, Addison has said we must leave one out for Santa as he will like as much as a cookie and to be honest I happen to agree.

Daelmans StroopWafels are available at Tesc, Co-op and online, as the market leader I do think they are definitely the ones to buy, maybe pop a few in the stocking of someone you love, or make into a Xmas Coffee lovers giftset.

Remembering to look for the Light!

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2014

Last week I wrote a very frank and honest post – it shared all the pain I have been suffering these past months and how it is not allowing me to smile – I went back and forth on whether to post, I feel like the blogging/online friends I have should only see Happy Kara and that is why I kept myself off-line this past month or so.

As I kept re reading and deciding whether to hit publish the ding of a Facebook private message sounded – on the other end one of the most amazing ladies, a woman I feel so honured calls me a friend. She always inspires me, she knows what to say to make me realise the right answer – like a good friend should.

So after much back and forth I listened to something she said to me this morning and decided to leave that post in drafts, her words of wisdom ….

If I focus on what I don’t have, then I will receive nothing. If I focus as though happiness is already mine, then the universe will notice that.

She is so so right, I was told I could never have children, we just started the 1st stage of the IVF plan and I found out I was 11 weeks pregnant with my miracle son.

I thought I would never see the end of the awful everyday I was living when I met Ashley and then he arrived in my life and became my soulmate, my best friend, my everything.

So today I am starting again, I know it wont be easy, with many health problems mentally and physically I am constantly being thrown challenges, but I will find a way. I am going to look for the Happiness – I am not naive, this is not a cure, this will not take away my dark depression, but it will allow me to smile, if only briefly, I am lucky, I have 3 beautiful children, I have been living and married to my best friend for over 10 years and I have some close friends now that I trust, that love me no matter my mood.

Today I am going to make a mark and write my Happiness list from the past 2 months, then on a dark day I will come back and focus on these not the bad!

Thank you to Travelodge who made it possible for us to go down to Bournemouth and have some much needed family time, a little break in where we got to spend time with one of the most amazing families in the world – Kirsty, Clara and little Monkey.

Bournemouth Adventure

If you are ever looking for somewhere to go with children I can not recommend Bournemouth enough, so many wonderful things to do and see, we shall be heading back in 2015.

To a very dear friend, thank you for my little surprise post this week, the cutest little thing that may not be everyones taste, but it is something that we share a love for, I can not wait to put it up in my new home and be reminded of you.

On the subject of that… WE ARE MOVING! Finally out of the damp ridden home, into a very nice new house, it will test us financially but my children will be happy, they will be safe and hopefully it will help their health.

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On November 15th we renewed our Vows after 10 years of marriage – the day was amazing, so many friends and family celebrating with us. Kirsty of Just Me Kirsty took the most beautiful photos (which I shall be sharing over the next few weeks). Children played, adults laughed, I cried, most importantly I got to share how much I love my Husband formally with my children.

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Picture Taken By Kirsty

My babies – it maybe cliche but I care not – they are hard work there is no mistaking but the little things they do keep me going day to day, Grayson loving Horse Riding, Addison playing Action man and putting on a gruff voice and Deacon’s cuddles, some of the best cuddles in the world.

My Babies

Lastly I am so thrilled with how I have created a little Instagram community in #StyleItKids – we have nearly reached 1000 uploads in 6 weeks, it is lovely to see a community grow and see people become inspired. I have met some truly beautiful people who have helped to keep me smiling this past few weeks – so thank you to you all.

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So how do you feel about looking for the Happiness? Is it something you can easily achieve ? Do you have any tips ? As I am open to trying anything to continue to smile!

#StyleItKids – December Prompts

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in #styleitkids, fashion, kids fashion

I can’t say thank you enough to all that have joined in with #StyleItKids – when I had the idea I had hoped to inspire a few, but I can not believe by the 25th of the month we have had over 700 uploads!

Not only has the project taken off more than I could ever have asked for but I have also been lucky enough to meet so many new and inspiring Instagram ladies and their bubbas.

Out of the 700 there are so many photos that have made me smile, have increased my wish list and have brought new brands to my mind, I wanted to share some of my faves, it has been hard but here are my top 9.

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miss0una/mrs_carol_johns/standingbythewall_

whatelsawears/lallydone/luckytwinmumsam

emmadventures/outfitsandadventures/mariaainscough

Do go check out all these ladies, so many great feeds that you will enjoy seeing. As well as sharing these pics I wanted to share some of the truly kind words Jenny and I have received from people who are taking part.

Katecharles2012 – Thanks for coming up with this! I’m loving it! And love finding out about so many fantastic brands from everyones wonderful pictures!

Mariaainscough – I’m having so much fun!

miss0una – Myself and Lyra are loving it! She for the sweets and me for doing my favourite thing. Photographing her.

RocketandBee – It’s fun because it is forcing me to think of things! Have gained new followers and followed too :)

 So don’t you want to take part, well you can as #StyleItKids is running for a second month and we have some fun prompts with a festive feel of course cause Christmas is a coming.

Days 13-24 this month have been tailored to also fit in with another great Instagramer who has been a great support to #styleitkids – Medicated_follower – she is running an IG Fashion linkup called #12dayschristmaskids – so check it out and have fun linking up with both.

So without further a do here is this months prompts…

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I hope you all love the prompts, you will see Legging Love has made a reappearance, I just loved seeing all the great brands and patterns and I wanted to see more – selfish me.

I am doing something a little different this month too, as I want to give everyone that enters the chance to chose a prompt for January – so get your thinking caps on ladies – I will pick 5 to be added at the end of the month.

Just a refresh of what #StyleItKids is all about.

  • Find the prompt picture and the day’s prompt, each month should be live a couple of days before the end of the previous month, if not always head to my blog.
  • Interpret the prompt as you will – just make sure the picture is of your child’s style or maybe a wish list item you are wanting for them.
  • Take a photo and upload to Instagram tagging #styleitkids – so that Jenny and I as well as other people taking part can find it.
  • Look at the hashtag #styleitkids and share the love, get ideas, chat to others.
  • Don’t forget this is for fun, you DO NOT have to take part every day, 1, 3, 7 days or a whole month whatever takes your fancy.
  • JUST HAVE FUN!

If you have any Qs do just ask but I hope you will all just realise this is a fun project with a great little community which is growing day by day, please do come and have fun and even if you don’t take part then check out the awesomeness on the hashtag.

Don’t forget to check out Kyna Boutique to, my lovely partner in crime, I have just ordered 3 more items for under the Christmas tree, you shall not be disappointed, shopping with Jenny is like shopping with family.

Gift of Giving – Frugi Family

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in fashion, kids fashion, review

frugi family

I am sure like myself many of you find the best part of Christmas is the reaction when people you love open the gifts you have spent so much time making perfect. Well Frugi wanted to spread this love on the run up to Christmas so they contacted their Frugi Family of Bloggers, one of which is My Two Mums and asked them to choose someone to show the Gift of Giving.

Imagine our excitement when a parcel arrived for young Deacon from his favourite surrogate Aunties. Inside the most beautiful soft, bright and fun organic T-Shirt adorned with a Rainbow Owl.

I had never really visited Frugi before but when I saw the quality of the T-Shirt I headed to have a look, so I have no idea how a lady that likes to spend all of my wages on good quality, bright and cheerful clothes for her kids had missed Frugi.

Their site is pure awesome, our wishlist is already pretty much all they sell, Addison has already chosen 2 dresses that “Santa must bring Mama”, she loves anything that adorns animals, this Doggy one is her favourite and I have to agree.

Even better I loved  hearing the generosity of Frugi, not only with these gifts but they also give 1% of their turnover (not profit) to Environmental Charities such as The Woodland Trust, this is just another reason I shall be shopping with them in the future.

So on to my little model showing off his Tee…

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Great colours, soft fabric, bold designs, organic cotton and perfect for this little climber

kids fashion

My little Deacon loved his Frugi gift – Thanks My Two Mums and Frugi – he is over the Rainbow!

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Disclosure – We were gifted this item.

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