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InnocentCharmer

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.

Yorkshire Linen Review and GIveaway

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2014, Current Giveaways, Home & Interiors, review

Have you heard of Yorkshire Linen ?

If your answer is no seriously read on, if your answer is yes you will still want to read on as we have a great giveaway for you.

I could not believe the prices on Yorkshire Linen’s site when they first contacted me, I always find Bed Linen with great designs and quality to be very expensive, we actually have a Super King bed and I have never had a set that hasn’t set me back at least £70, when you want to buy at least 2 for sheet changing days etc this gets very pricey.

They sell sets from as little as £24.99 for Super Kings, what a killer price, not just one set either, at least 6, I was tempted when they offered me to review their items to pick a set for our bedroom, but the kids have been waiting for new bed linens for over a year now so being a Mummy won over and Grayson and Addison were kindly sent new bed sets, sheets and pillows.

The hardest thing was choosing, there is so much choice, I was blown away, I ended up with a lovely Elephant set for Addison (as she is animal crazy) and a very modern Zig Zag print for Grayson.

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The website was easy to get around and the system worked well, within 3 days I had received our parcel well wrapped.

Grayson has his Special Needs bed coming soon so I wanted something that would break the prison feel of that and tie in with his Chevron rainbow inspired bedroom. The set was a steal under £10 and the colours are so vibrant and really brighten up his room don’t you think ?

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Addison’s set was also great quality and design, with 2 different patterns it is totally reversible but we obviously chose the Elephant side, she loves that the main colour is predominately pink, as it is her current favourite. I like that it has several colours and not overly girly as she shares a bedroom with her younger brother.

elephant bed linen

I guess the best thing for me is that both children have had a total bedroom over haul for less than £50, I love that as their tastes and mine change (which is quite frequently) the cost of new great designs is manageable every few months.

Yorkshire Linen don’t just sell Bed Linens though, they have everything you could think of needing for your home that is fabric based, from luxury towels, curtains to tea towels and  beautiful tablecloths for Sunday Lunch, what is even better is that today you can enter to win a £30 voucher to spend on some goodies at Yorkshire Linen.

So get entering and enjoy making a virtual wishlist, I am sure you will not be disappointed.

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Don’t forget this giveaway is only open to UK residents over the age of 18.

Disclosure – I was sent the items FOC for purpose of review but all opinions are our own.

Fashion Friday Plus Sized #5

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in #fashionfridayplussized, 2014, fashion

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I really love sharing my outfits with you on a Friday, it has stopped me from dressing drab everyday, I can easily get caught up in school runs, work and hospital visit days and I will put the same old outfit on. Saving my nice clothes for best, but let’s be honest you should look your best everyday as it makes you feel so much better.

We were due to take Grayson for a hospital visit and then a spot of food shopping, I have had my new Moheda Clogs now for a couple of weeks and still haven’t worn them, it finally wasn’t raining so I though that’s it they are coming out.

Our day didn’t end up going to plan as Grayson got admitted to hospital for the best part of the day, but I felt lovely in the outfit, not overdressed just looking good no matter the situation, all this meant iPhone pics outside the hospital at the end of the day so I apologise for that.

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I teamed my beautiful pink clogs with skinny jeans and a simple white top, I have worn theses jeans in my last 2 #fashionfridayplussized posts, I am in desperate need of some more jeans, but for now these are comfy and a great style.

The outfit was finished off with one of my own jewellery creations, for those who don’t know I have a jewellery business, although for the past 5 years it has pretty much been closed, I do now take custom orders and sometimes sell a few pieces.

handmade beaded jewellery

Outfit Details

* Glasses – Select Specs

* Top – Next

*Necklace – Innocent Charms aka Me

* Jeans – Simply Be

* Shoes – Moheda at Lotta From Stockholm 

I am loving all the ladies that are taking part, I hope you are enjoying finding new bloggers who also are plus size, I certainly am and am hoping more will keep finding us each week.This week and I am doing a little giveaway, as who doesn’t like one, everyone who links up will automatically be entered. I am giving away a necklace similar to the one above, made especially for the winner, all the beads I use are of the highest quality and it shall be completely unique for you.

So show me your outfit from this week.



Review & Giveaway of a Calafant Palace

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2014, review

We are very honored this month to be asked to be an additional Asobi Ambassador, each month there are a team of 4 bloggers who review toys on behalf of Asobi (details at bottom of post) this month we are all showing you the wonders of Calafant.

Calafant describe themselves as “A Cardboard Land of Fantasies” how perfect does this sound and they are literally that, with over 30 projects from Dinosaurs to Race Cars to Princess Castles there is something for every child’s imagination and capabilities.

Addison is currently My Little Pony obsessed, she had been asking for the dreadful plastic pony castle for weeks (which there was no way I was spending £40 on) so when I saw the Calafant Palace I knew this was the project for us.

calafant palace

I was really impressed with how great the design was, Addison being 3 is still too little to build this on her own so Mummy (and a little help from Daddo) made the task a breeze, it simply slots together using a fold and slot system no gluing or sticking necessary which I was impressed with, Addison even took to the task when directed. The only thing I sometimes found a little hard was distinguishing which piece was which, so I would have loved Calafant to put the corresponding letters somewhere on the pieces, but this is just cause I am a tired Mummy.

The palace was built in less than 15 minutes, great when you have an excited 3 year old sitting next to you, once built Addison had to show her Ponies their new home, she was just so excited. We then set about designing and painting.

calafant palace

It is literally a case of letting your imagination go wild, you could use everything from Crayons, paints, stickers to fabric to design your Calafant project, Addison is LOVING painting at the moment so we decided on that, I picked up some cheap glitter paints for less than £1 at the Supermarket so the project doesn’t have to cost much.

I decided (as much as my inner artist wanted to) to let Addison paint and design completely herself, as that is what Calafant is about “Imaginative Play” – she loved trying all the different colours, demanding where I painted and using different types of paint brushes.

The great thing about the project is you could easily just leave your child to it or complete as a whole family, Addison insisted Daddo even have a go at painting, it is the perfect rainy day activity that I honestly think all 3 of my kids could get involved in, even in my 30′s I would love to do one all by myself (ssh).

The Palace took us about 30/40 minutes to paint, I think we could have spent all afternoon but Addy was getting impatient and wanted her Ponies to live in it.

rainy day play

We added some stickers and a little bit of drawing to ours, I drew a stone wall like on a real castle and Addison did some polkadots and rainbows (she is rainbow crazy).

Once all dry, as you will see in the video it was the perfect Palace for her Ponies, I have been told to share “Twilight Sparkle loves her tower Mummy”.

Addison has been non stop playing with the castle for the past 2 weeks, it has brought hours of fun even after the actual painting, every grandparent has had to play with it too.

We shall definitely be investing in another for Addison for Christmas as it is the perfect project for now the rain has come, I am thinking the Dinosaur as she loves them, but I have also taken quite a fancy to the huge playhouse (although no idea where we would put it.)

The lovely people at Kind Toys, who support the Asobi Ambassador program are kindly offering 20% of all Calafant items through September using the code “CALAFANT” – I shall be ordering ours ready for Xmas with a bargain like that.

As well as that generous deal though I also have a Calafant Palace just like Addison’s for one of my lucky readers to win below. Please do check the T&C’s. UK Residents over 18 only.

 

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Don’t forget to check out all the other Asobi Ambassadors this month as they all have different Calafant products to giveaway this month too on behalf of Asobi.

Edspire

Lilinha Angel

A Mummy Too

Susan K Mann

Blog By Baby

Dancing In My Wellies

Real Housewife of Suffolk County

Hello From Jo

Red Rose Mummy

 

Disclosure – We were sent a Calafant castle FOC for purpose of review.

 

Living Arrows {Deacon at 14 Months}

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2014, Deacon

Can you believe my baby is 14 months ? It has gone so fast, I felt like I was just sharing his Birthday pictures and I haven’t even shared his party yet.

This past month he is becoming less baby and more toddler, he capably walks, runs, even dribbles a football, don’t ask me why as we hate football.

He climbs, has said a first word and now even more of them.

He stamps his feet in anger, smiles when he is naughty and gives the best hugs you have ever felt.

He still hates sleep and eats nothing but puree but you can see from these pictures (wearing a pair of his brothers old jeans) he is no longer the baby you cradle.

Although he is a mini little thing, nothing like his Dad’s over 6ft stature, much more like his tiny little Mummy, still in 9/12 month clothes he is so so tiny and precious.

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