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32yr old Mummy to 3. Our 4yo disabled son, 2yo strong willed minx and our recent addition our little piglet Deacon born 21st June 2013. Making our way through the every day, remembering to smile, as it's the 2nd best thing you can do with your mouth.

Did You Know ?

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2014, Home & Interiors

B & Q sell everything to makeover your house, well near enough.

I was kindly invited to their Christmas in July Press Day, I was excited to go and see the new Autumn/Winter lines as well as see the new Christmas Decs expected this year. As many of you will know I love anything to do with making my home look pretty, decorating for me is fun! So I was looking forward to seeing what wallpapers would be trending and paint colours.

What I wasn’t expecting was how much B & Q actually sell, I mean they are not just a nuts and bolts DIY store anymore and after seeing so many gorgeous home furnishings I had to spread the word.

I can bet you any money you are overlooking B & Q when you are thinking of new cushions, or a funky on trend light fitting, even a lovely Christmas throw to wrap in and wait for Santa to arrive.

Here are some of my top finds from the day, but do head to B&Q’s website to check out all the current stock.

Christmas in July

Nearly all in this photo is available from B & Q – I loved the Xmas throw in the bottom left – max of £25

B&Q Christmas in July

These were one of my favourite items to come this Autumn, these lights are a soft rubbery plastic and can be manipulated into may shapes (as seen above) they are completely child friendly and I shall be buying one for each of the kids by their beds, there is so much colour choice, expected to retail at under £25 they are a real steal.


B & Q offer a wide range of Artwork, I loved these glitter detail canvases – the Think Happy piece would be awesome in our home surrounded by family photo’s – I love the colours pastel/neon on trend.

Christmas Tree

There were more Christmas Trees than I can even talk about, for every style and budget, I actually fell in love this one for all year round, this would be a perfect addition for Grayson’s room as the lights are subtle and similar to that in a sensory room, this tree is also an indoor/outdoor tree, I was surprised how many were – I would love this outside in the garden. It comes in 2 sizes too.

Outdoor Christmas Lights

There were lights for outside for every style, the Father Christmas is an exclusive design to B&Q – I loved the old-fashioned lanterns – they would be fab by our front door for Santa to find us

Christmas In July

My inner chair lover went mad for these, actually this style is right up my street even all the dishes, I felt at home here

B&Q Lighting

Copper lighting is HUGE AW14 and I loved B&Q’s contribution, it has sparked a whole new want for my home (watch this space) – the shadow detailing of this lamp is awesome

Cushions with quotes

One of the most surprising finds from B&Q were their soft furnishings, I loved all the cushions with quotes and different textures, especially the pompoms round the edge


I loved the simplicity of this Christmas centrepiece, I think I shall be making something similar – nice to see such an array of coloured decs available this Winter at B&Q

So does anything above surprise you, or take your fancy ?

Disclosure – I received a goody bag for attending the event but was not asked to post, it was my choice.

Joss and Main Giveaway

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2014, Current Giveaways

I am sure if you follow my blog you will know I am a little crazy for Interior Design and shopping for things for my home. Hence why I run my Corners of my Home monthly link up.

So imagine my excitement the other day when Joss and Main contacted me, I had not heard of them before (my bank balance is wishing I hadn’t still) – Joss and Main are a memebers only site that offers Home wares, furniture, decor and accessorizes from all styles and designs at heavily discounted prices for limited times.

When you go on Joss and Mains site you will not be disappointed, they have items that will excite every taste and budget. I opened up today to be met by beautiful boheim delights which has pleased me muchly as that is the theme I have in mind for a Bedroom when we move.

Here are my top choices at the moment for our bedroom.

Joss and Main Giveaway


Lovely aren’t they, would feel so beautiful and bright, exactly what I want, I can see the tray (bottom right) on the wall as art.

joss and main

I couldn’t not share this sofa either, oh how I could read a book on here.

So maybe you would like to know why I am harping on about Joss and Main, well of course I think nice shops need to be shared with you my lovely readers but also they have kindly asked me to offer one of you a £50 e-voucher to win to spend on their site, HOW AWESOME! I am super jealous I wish it was mine.

So fill in the Gleam box below, one mandatory option to sign up to Joss and Main and come back here and share your favourite item!

The giveaway is only open UK residents over 18.

Please read terms and conditions.

Joss and Main £50 E-Voucher


The Ultimate List Lover and Doer Stop Here…

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2014, Day Zero Project

icc - day zero project

Back in 2009 I found the Day Zero Project. I loved everything about it. I am a massive list lover and this was the ultimate list. 

Fast forward 5 years and I have been desperately trying to find a control of my life. I started my Love Life, Love Me project on my blog, but the every-days took over. Blogging every week/fortnight about my progress was just not possible. But I want to change things. I want to do more things for me, to make memories for my children. 

So I have decided to start my Day Zero Project all over again. I am excited 101 things that I can do in 1001 days. 

I have promised myself to only put things on my list that I honestly believe I can make happen, no trips to NYC on there this time, I have also promised myself that over 50% shall be things for me, it sounds selfish but honestly I do not do as much for me anymore.

If you would like here is a link to my list last time round back in 2010, some of the things I did not complete have moved onto my current list, which currently in the 60′s – here are a few of my tasks.

  • Renew our vows
  • Take a cake decorating course
  • Climb a tree
  • Potty train Addison and Deacon
  • Go on holiday
  • Go to Bravissimo and treat myself to a bra
  • Go to the Cinema (it has been at least 4 yrs)
  • No take aways for a fortnight
  • Tell myself 1 nice things about myself everyday
  • Take the kids to Cbeebies land

As last time I am struggling a little so I am opening it up to you all for inspiration, please help me complete my list so i can start my Day Zero Project this month.

What I love about Blogging is when I came up with the idea of starting the Day Zero Project again I told a few awesome bloggers about it, the lovely Lauren and Kirsty decided they also wanted to join in, so I have decided to every month do an update of how my tasks are going and what I complete, with this I shall open it up for people to join in and share their lists and updates, a way to keep all of us motivated.

You don’t have to necessarily be doing the DZP, maybe just a life changing to do list, a bucket list, it’s all the same, a way of striving for happiness.

Living Arrows {21st July 2014}

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2014, grayson

Our everyday is probably a little different, but that is ok, because with every scary or hard moment it brings a moment which warms the heart.

Grayson had a hard week, but in true Grayson style he beat every expectation we as parents had for him, he in true Grayson style was a Superhero, he has been doing a lot of that lately.

Although I sobbed hard silently for the 5 minutes after he was put to sleep in Ashley’s arms, feeling angered that my little boy had to do this again, when he came round he was like any other little boy, all he needed was Daddy and Mummy cuddles, selfishly I have to say I enjoyed this so much, not his pain but the most intense cuddles I have felt from my little boy in a very long time.


As Ashley cradled our eldest son I stopped, seeing Grayson sigh with relief and sink into his Daddy’s hold, he may not be able to communicate with us, but for that moment he did, for that moment he said thank you for being here Daddy to look after me. 

Don’t forget to check out all the beautiful children growing each week with the help of the Living Arrows project from I Heart Snapping – in particular this week I want to send you onto one of the Living Arrow contributors blogs – Emily – Emily is a truly gifted Photographer and her boys touch my heart each and every day. You will not meet a more beautiful person than Emily on your travels.

living arrows
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