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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.

Monster Fun with BEAR Alphabites

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2015, review

“Mummy there is a box from BEAR – is it PawPaws or Letters ?” – I was met by a very excited little girl at the door when I returned home from work last week – she knows the BEAR logo well, we have all BEAR products in our home, when she comes food shopping with me she always has her own little list (I kid you not) and PawPaw’s (BEAR Paws), Pawpaw’s the round ones (Yoyos) and letters (Alphabites) are always on that list!

So she was beside herself when she saw the box from them, even more so when she saw not only was there “letters” but as always with BEAR an awesome package of making goodness for her to do.

BEAR Alphabites have hit the shops this month with all new packs which include a gift, yes a gift, let’s be honest how much does this happen anymore with cereal? My fondest memories as a child of breakfast time were opening a new pack of cereal to receive a little treat and then as I scoffed said cereal to read all the fun on the back of the box! Well BEAR obviously had fond memories too as they have done both.

BEAR Monsterbet

BEAR Alphabites are celebrating a new year with special packs that include magnets with the MonsterBet on them, a series of Monsters designed around every letter of the alphabet, each with unique stories. BEAR kindly sent the kids (even Grayson, thank you BEAR) everything they needed to make their own Monsterbet – so the younger 2 (Grayson was poorly) after enjoying some yummy Letters aka Alphabites set to making theirs, they chose to do the letters of their names, it was so much fun and with our leftovers we are going to make more.

BEAR Alphabites

Addison decided hers was a nice monster and had to be called Addison as well.

How would your kids like to design their own MonsterBet ? Well BEAR have the template on their website ready and waiting and you could even be in with a chance of winning a Monster supply kit – just click the photo below and give it a go, what a great way to have fun on these cold, wet afternoons.

monsterbet competition

Once again I am outstanded by how much care and thought BEAR put in, we reviewed Alphabites back in 2013 when they were released and the fact that they are added to Addy’s shopping list just shows how much we still love them, not only do we have them for breakfast in our house but we also take them out dry for snacks when out n about and as they are refined sugar and salt free I am always happy (as is the dentist).

I love that they have taken such care in thinking of ways make learning fun, to make breakfast time fun, Addison at 3 is struggling a little with the Alphabet but these magnets have not left her pocket and they are bringing such a fun element to help her learn.

BEAR Alphabites

I really can’t recommend going out and buying BEAR Alphabites MonsterBet packets enough, I know from my Instagram some people were saying they struggle to find them, but if you can’t find them in store at Waitrose, Asda, Wholefoods, Sainsburys and even many Tesco, then do head online to Ocado and get some delivered, they have a great shelf life so just stock up for a while.

See us making our Monsterbet.

So do come by and share what you think of Alphabites and if you design a monster the kids and I would love to see.


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#ICCMoves / Home Tour

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2015, home, Home & Interiors

uk home blogger

So we are 3 weeks in our new home, we are still massively in boxes, but beds are built and we are no longer on a mattress on the floor – so progress has been made.

Many of you will know I HATED our last home, it didn’t work well for us as a family, it had damp, was dark and gloomy and so dated. It’s only plus was good-sized rooms.

By no means is our new house a forever home, it is on 3 floors (not ideal with a disabled child), only has 3 bedrooms (we need 4) and it is pricey but it is also perfect. NO damp, newly renovated to a lovely standard, warm and maybe most importantly good landlords.

Yep we rent, we have now for 8 years, of course I hate it, I am massively into home design and painting walls, choosing bathrooms and knocking walls down is kinda my dream – but the house is lovely and neutral and you can still make a rented house feel very much like home.

So over the next few months #ICCMoves is going to show you exactly that, how I am planning and will style my home, all on a very tiny budget.


If you like to nose around people’s houses head to my YouTube where you will find a video of the house before furniture is moved in, funny how big a house looks then.

What are you loving on the interiors front at the moment ? Please share you Pinterest boards or blog posts as I am in need of inspiration!

The Kiddies/Living Arrows //Five

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in living arrows

It’s Monday so it is time to share the Kiddies week and join in with Hayley’s Living Arrows.

living arrows

Grayson - I am sorry! I am struggling to know how to help you my superhero, I am failing you, I pray you are not in pain, I pray you are going to come back to us. I need you to come back to us. I love you more than anything, please find a way to help Mummy understand – Grayson has been suffering, he has not stopped crying for 8 days straight, Grayson never cries, when you have a child that has no communication the world is a guessing game, I don’t want to guess anymore, I want to help him.


living arrows

Addison - Look at this disheveled beauty – she is all mine and how proud I am. She has been so poorly this week but still she smiles and has threenager moments. She has grown inches in weeks, I do not lie, her clothes are mini skirts, she is not going to be a munchkin like Mummy.


living arrows


Deacon - Oh my baby Deacon, this child is just like his favourite things in the world – switches – one minute the most adorable loving child you have ever met, the next a biting monster – but always making me smile.


What I Am Rocking #1

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

It has been a while since I shared outfits for me, I even got some new clothes for my birthday back in December so I thought it was time to get them on the blog.

Talking of my Birthday this is the outfit I wore for my day date with the Hubby.

Plus Size Fashion

Outfit Details

* Glasses – Select Specs

* Necklace – DP’s

* Top – Wallis

* Clutch – Primark

* Boots – Topshop (similar here)

plus size fashion

Most of this outfit was early Birthday presents, I am loving the new Plus Size range from Wallis, some real classic pieces, I love the way this top is sheer at the back, it can be worn dressed up or down.

The bag is the most awesome Neon yellow with great Aztec pastels, it was a bargain from Primark for £2 and really brightens up the outfit.

Has anyone else tried the Wallis Plus Size range ? What are your thoughts ?

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