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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.

Cheeky Chompers Have Done It Again!!!

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in pr event

Just over 2 years ago as I walked round The Baby Show I met 2 ladies who were selling a dribble bib with a difference.

They were Cheeky Chompers, the Neckerchew was a revolutionary product, simply a good quality dribble bib with a silicone teether on the end, Grayson was with us, sore chin and all from his constant mouthing (part of his disability) and I thought this could work for him.

The hubby was sceptical, it was pricey but as we both love gadgets and the ladies were total sweethearts I bought one. Guess what 2 years on Grayson still uses that first bib daily, yep were poor Sophies have been bitten through and gone the Neckerchew has survived his 5 year old gnashers, no other product has ever done that, even the special needs chewy tube.

The famous Neckerchew

The famous Neckerchew

So when I was approached last month to go and meet the ladies at Cheeky Chompers and hear of a new product launch I was seriously excited, I wanted to tell them how awesome their bib is and beg them to make in special needs sizes.

We had a truly lovely time, a group of bloggers sat and chatted, hearing their actually film script story (seriously girls you should make a film). How they met at baby club at the doctors, how they over a glass of wine came up with the idea, were turned down by Dragons Den (idiots) and 2 years on are celebrating HUGE success that those Dragons said they wouldn’t achieve – eat that Dragons!

So those lovely ladies got their thinking caps on and yep they have done it again.

ComfortChew

They have created the ComfortChew and 1 hour in I was in LOVE, 1 month in I am still in LOVE and ordered a second.

So basic info

The ComfortChew is a Teething Comforter that can be attached to anything. The silicone teether is super smooth and will comfort the most tender gums, made from soft jersey cotton that is super delicate and soft so when cuddled no hurting little ones skin.

  • Machine Washable at 40c
  • Teether made form super soft material that massage the gums helping teeth to breakthrough
  • 3 products in 1 – Comforter, Teether and Teddy
  • Can attach to anything, no loosing toys/teethers
  • Made in the UK

Grayson within 30 seconds of having it attached to his carseat for our long trip to Bournemouth picked it up and started chewing it, when he chucked it there was no hurting my neck to try and reach behind me as it just hung waiting to be re picked up.

Special Needs Chew

The product is as genius as the Neckerchew, who would have thought they could find 2 amazing products, wonder what they will do next.

I am excited though that Amy and Julie aka Cheeky Chompers are currently testing Neckerchews for special needs kids, so watch this space as they have promised me I can share the news with you all once testing is complete.

Do go check out the website you shall not be disappointed.

Ashley’s Rocking #1

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in fashion, What We Are Rocking

I happen to think my Hubby is one handsome man (bit of luck huh), he has always dressed attractively so I thought of course why should he not feature on my blog more.

So here is his 1st What We Are Rocking from Ashley.

Mens Fashion

PinUpd

Glasses – Select Specs

Sweatshirt – H & M

Jeans – Very Old Next

Boots – SuperDry

PinUpd

Superdry Boots

Select Specs Glasses

Glasses are new to the Hubby so of course I sent him to my new favourite Select Specs.

The Pie Hunt Is On With Higgidy

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in Food & Drink

Higgidy Recipe Hunt

 

How would you like to have one of your creations on the shelves in Sainsbury next Spring ? Well get busy baking a pie and share your recipe with Higgidy.

Higgidy are looking for a pie recipe to share the spotlight with their best sellers. You can share anything from wild and weird, family favourites or an old classic with a twist, no recipe is barred, but don’t forget you only have till the 26th October to submit, so get over and share.

Best bit Higgidy will shortlist their top 3 recipes and then the British public get to choose the winner.

Higgidy sent me a lovely pie making package so that I could share a recipe to get you all thinking. I went with one of my favourite pies I have made over the past few years, it is not fancy but the Hubby loves it and always cleans the plate. It also always blends up well for my Boys.

Pastel Pot Pie

Higgidy

Ingredients 

  • 350g Chicken, Ham, Bacon, Gammon (whatever you have)
  • 2 Medium Leeks
  • Sweetcorn (1 Can drained)
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 350ml of Chicken/Vegetable Stock
  • 150 ml of Cream
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Pinch of Parsley
  • Sheet of Puff Pastry
  • Egg Yolk

How to Make

Preheat Oven to 200C

  1. Thinly slice the leeks and dice meat
  2. Fry the Meat/leeks till browned and soft
  3. Stir in Flour
  4. Add stock, herbs and cream, stir and simmer for 5 minutes
  5. Mix in the Sweetcorn and simmer for another 2 minutes
  6. Pour filling around the Blackbird
  7. Cover the dish with Puff Pastry
  8. Trim to size and coat with beaten yolk
  9. Bake in oven for 20/30 minutes till Pastry goes golden brown
  10. Serve

I love that this pie can take me time to cook from fresh or be an after work scrummy dinner using leftovers as tonight.

Higgidy

I used already cooked roast chicken along with slow cooker gammon. The Gammon joint alone has been used for 3 meals and that’s what is fab about slow cooking food.

The pie was one of its best tonight as the meat held so much flavour from being slow cooked, it took me less than 15 minutes to put together as the good cooking had already been done.

This pie allows for things to be added if you have them in the fridge, Mushrooms, green beans whatever takes your fancy. You will find more often than not a Pot Pies in my home, I think it is my American Mom roots coming out.

The very talented Camilla, founder of Higgidy kindly shared her tip pie making tips with me, let’s be honest her pies are the best so she knows what she is talking about, although I can not share all her secrets I thought I would share the Top 3.

  1. Don’t be afraid to be creative – if you have a favourite ingredient, or an idea for an unusual combination, then give it a go
  2. Don’t worry if the pie does not look perfect, a higgledy piggledy pie is all part of the home-made charm!
  3. The most important thing is not to be afraid and just have fun with it!

Higgidy Recipe Hunt

So head over and share your favourite recipe with Higgidy and good luck I am excited that one of us maybe on the shelves next Spring.

 

Disclosure – I was sent a pie making kit to share the hunt with you my readers, all words are my own.

#Fashion Friday Plus Sized 10 – Autumn School Run

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in #fashionfridayplussized, 2014, fashion, Plus Size Fashion

fashionfridayplussized

The weather has changed quickly, 2 weeks ago I was still very much in my Summer clothes, the problem now as I said last week is no Winter wear.

So I have been digging into my wardrobe to get me through this next few weeks as all spare money is going on our wedding renewal.

plus size winter fashion

Excuse the photo bomber, weather did not permit outside photos

This cardigan is a reason to spend money on classic clothes. I bought it from Monsoon 2 years ago and it is fantastic, the colours are classic and I love how easy it is to chuck on.

I went with hints of red to accessorise the very plain colours. I had forgotten totally about the gorgeous Barry M gloss I am wearing, think it shall become a firm favourite this winter.

Outfit Details

* Glasses – Select Specs

* Necklace – Hand Crafted Love

* Cardigan – Monsoon

* Tee – H&M

* Jeans – Simply Be

* Boots – RocketDog

* Bag – Primark (Last Year)

As you can see most of the outfit is old, but I think I still look good and perfect for the school run and lunch out with a friend.

So what have you been wearing now the weather has changed ? Looking for inspiration.

Don’t forget to link up your Plus Size Outfits.

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