Friday, 28 February 2014

Charity Bank Now Open #RESPECT PARENTING CAMPAIGN


Right. So, my 'RESPECT PARENTING' Campaign/Calender 2015 is well underway. And, to say I was excited by the whole thing would be somewhat of an understatement. I am officially far more than excited about this - I'm crazy excited!
If you don't have the foggiest with regards go what I am talking about, then please visit this blog post to find out more and get on board with the campaign:


I am happy to announce that a venue has been found and has been pretty much secured for the photoshoot. I am just waiting on dates and all can be confirmed. Once again "Eek!".
I am also happy to announce that the 'RESPECT PARENTING' Charity bank is now open. This too is very very exciting.
So, how does it work? Well, the money raised from the sale of the 'RESPECT PARENTING' Calender will be going to 3 chosen charities. Charities chosen by you the readers, the partakers. All you have to do is:

- Jump on over to the Facebook events page for the campaign:
- Join (become a member)
- Drop Moms the Word a personal message with your name and the name of your chosen charities with a reason as to why you are nominating. You don't have to choose 3, you can choose less. But, 3 is the maximum. I don't want people posting their nominations on to the wall, as I think it is quote a personal thing. So, please bare in mind that nominations that are popped on the wall will be removed. Sorry. Sound like a right Scrooge. But, it's only fair.

GET NOMINATING!

Please remember that you can get involved on this campaign and feature within the calender. I need as many folk as possible to feature within this calender. So far we have a good number of 43 participants. The more people on it spreading the word, the better. Let's show this world that as parents we are here to support one another. Not, here to knock each other. Let's show others that together we can embrace parenting in all it's forms and styles.


Thursday, 27 February 2014

We Have Ourselves A Walker


Goodness doesn't time fly? Doesn't it indeed! It feels like only last week when I was cooing over my beautiful boy managing a roll and lift his head. I never thought that the whole holding out my arms and encouraging him in to them would come along so quickly. And, so quickly it did! Now, my boy is plodding a long like the little gentleman that he is. Granted, he isn't massively confident with the whole thing yet and won't really do it for long stretches on his own. But, my he is capable of a marathon with someone holding his hand. Really! :-)
Recently we have been taking little strolls to the bottom of my road to watch the cars go by. You see, Montgomery is crazy about cars and it is A walking insensitive for him - "Let's walk down to the bottom of the road to see the cars". And, sure enough  that's what we do. That's what he does. The walk down is far quicker than the walk back up. I guess it is the prospect of loads of ultra cool cars waiting for him. We walk to the bottom of the road, say "hi" to a fair few vehicles, get a load of paps from lovely drivers and then make our way back up the hill to our home, to Dotty and Blue. 




I'm proud of you Montgomery for taking your first steps. Mind you, taking your first steps is just a very small part of my proudness. I'm most proud of you for you just being you. However, watching you toddle and waddle does fill me with a loving warmth  like no other. You are such a clever little soul. 


 

#100happydays day 13 - Montgomery and Dotty spent a little time together yesterday stacking tins and cans. ( Please understand that I am completely aware of the dangers with dogs and children. I was right there and removed Montgomery after a short time. I know my dogs and I know how dangerous dogs in general can be. Please don't presume that by this photograph, I simply left my son in the basket. I didn't)





And, just before I go. By way of celebrating the 'Almost at 200 like mark' - Hop on over to Moms the Words Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning one of these lovely personalized to how you prefer pump bags from 'Craft By Kate'.


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

My 14 Month Old Still Has A Bottle




There's no point denying it, I can't deny it. Reason being, my son pretty much always has A bottle plonked in his little mouth. Am I bothered by this? Well, I was. But, am I now? No! Not one bit.
I have spent a lot of time comparing my 14 month old to others out there that drink there juice so lovely and it's great that they do. Of course it is. It would be fantastic if Montgomery would drink a little more other than milk but, he dosent. And, I have come to the conclusion that there is no point. My son just loves his milk and he loves his bottle. Do I need to wean him off the bottle? Yes. I guess I do. But, there is no rush. He is still a baby and finds so much comfort in it and you know what? That's okay. I plucked him from the breast fairly abruptly, which was something that he just loved and it took a lot of time and patience to coax him into loving the bottle the way that he does. And, now, now I've got to rip the bottle teet from his lips? ... Well, I won't. Not yet anyway. Every baby or child is different. Every parent is too. Allowing my 14 month old to find comfort in a bottle is not wrong. Not wrong at all. At the minute it suits us and it suits him just fine. Our difficult journey onto the bottle is not one to be under estimated. Trust me. It took many days of tempers, may tears from both Montgomery and I, many days of sore leaky breastsand many days of wanting to just give in, forget the bottle and remain breast fed forever. But, in the end, we did it! And, we are still enjoying this little phase of his growing. Yes, I know that there are plenty of 14 month olds out there bottle free and happy and I'm really glad about that. That must as a parent feel wonderful. However, I can't say that for my son. He most definitely is not bottle free nor milk free (which I never want him to be. Milk free that is.)  I'm happy with the amount of milk he drinks, more than infact. And, I'm happy with him still having a bottle. 


I get a little tired and a little bored of folk judging me when they see Montgomery with a bottle popped in his mouth. He isn't drinking from a bottle because I can't be bothered to feed him. So, when you say "Isn't it time you got him on solids" - You should know this: Montgomery eats 3 whole meals a day. He also eats 3 snacks a day and more if he requires. He is baby led weaned boy that very much enjoys a varied diet. His bottle of milk is not a food substitute. It is just what he enjoys at regular intervals through out the day.
Oh and when you ask him to give it you because you don't like what he looks like with it, understand this: He is not silly and he is perfectly aware that you are about to take something he loves away from him. Would Montgomery remove your glass of wine from you? Nope. No he wouldn't. So, lay off him. He won't give you his bottle and he looks neither nicer nor better without it than he does with it. He is a baby and some babies still have a bottle. Face it!


My son, Montgomery is a baby still. He is 14 months old and will continue to have a bottle of milk until the time is right to alter his routine. He enjoys it and I enjoy the fact that he is drinking 9oz of goodness every day. His bones are getting stronger and I'm proud that this is part of his daily ritual. 

Enjoy your bottle Montgomery and next time someone tuts at you for drinking it, know that they are the ones that deserve a good tutting. 
Remember this: Have nothing nice to say? Then, say nothing at all. NOTHING! 


#100happydays Day 12 Montgomery has been walking so much lately. I can't believe how quickly he is developing and changing. His confidence on his feet is getting stronger day by day.


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

MAD Awards 2014


Don't worry I am only going to pop a post up like this once. I won't be begging for nominations constantly. Calm down, calm down. However, I did want to make you aware that the 'MAD Blog Awards' were happening. For those of you that are unsure as to what they are, please read on:
"The fifth annual Mum and Dad Blog Awards, in association with Parentdish.co.uk, are the UK’s biggest and most exciting awards for parent blogs."

So, every Mommy Blogger would love to be awarded a 'MAD Award'. It's a little bit of a dream I guess. And, with 'Moms the Word' being a fairly new blog it would be great to just get a little recognition and to get the blog out there a bit.
There are a Fair few categories that you can nominate your favorite blogs for:
  • Blog of the year
  • Best blog writer
  • Best baby blog
  • Best pregnancy blog
  • Best family travel blog
  • Best new blog
  • Outstanding contribution
  • Best craft blog
  • Best food blog
  • Most innovative blog
  • Best thrifty blog
  • Best School days blog
  • Most entertaining blog
  • Best blog photography
  • Best MAD blog for family fun
  • Best homes and interiors blog

So, if you feel that Moms the Word is worthy of an award or at least a nomination for one or more of those categories please please please click on the link below and get nominating. It would be so much appreciated.





http://www.the-mads.com/vote/

Remember if you don't nominate, no one will do it for you. Please don't think "It's okay other people are nominating for them' because they may not be and every nomination helps.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Fluffy Post (TULA)

We are now the proud owners of the following:


You can now officially call us 'Urbanistas'. Yes, that's right! A TULA toddler Urbanista is now in our hands. Or, on our back if you rather. And, we love it. So far so good. It has in the short amount of time that we have used it, served us well. Very well indeed. It is especially comfortable and incredibly sturdy. My little man will only travel on my back really. But, will travel for large amounts of time. So, it was really important that we laid our hands on a carrier that was strong and very durable as we walk quite alot on questionable terrain with the dogs. An, the TULA sure does do the trick. I had hear of TULA and the name kept cropping up alot with fellow wearing Mommy and Daddy's. I checked them out and instantly fell in love.

I haven't used out TULA that much yet as we have only had it a matter of days. I will be blogging about it often though as our journey together continues. However, we did go for a very long 3 hour walk last week and it got my complete and absolute thumbs up. I love it, my husband loves it and little Montgomery appears to be more than a fan! :-) Super pleased with this wonderful carrier
.

This post is a fairly basic post really. Once, I have used this a few more times I will write a proper post on my TULA. But, for now, just know that it is good. Very good!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

My Valentine, My Husband, My Sons Father ...

Yes, Valentines Day came and went this year really rather abruptly I feel. And, yes. You're right, I didn't even pop a post up dedicated to my dear husband. It's true. However, I did say there was one to come and there is. Infact, here it is.


My husband, my best friend and my soul mate. Please find this post dedicated to you and how much you mean to me.
Sometimes, well, most of the time I find myself consumed with nappies, nappy changes, crafting, cooking, cleaning, picking up dog poo, washing, washing up, clothing amongst many other things. Many other things that don't always include you. And, as a result I'm guessing you find yourself feeling a little left out. Not with Montgomery, of course not with him. He likes to show you he loves you in loads of different ways. But, I mean with me. Every now and then you must feel left out of our relationship. I know this as every now and then I feel like I have forgotten I am part of a two. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by being a Mommy that when I stop, I realise I haven't held you in my arms for well over 24 hours. I never intend to starve you of affection, cuddles and love. But, because I have and I know I have, please accept this post from me to you.

You are the last face that I see at night and the first that I see of a morning. Your hand is the only hand that fits mine in jigsaw fashion. The memories that we have made together are ones that will never ever be forgotten. And, together we will continue to create magic. Life flies by at a rapid rate and it is incredibly easy to forget one another or to let valuable 'us' time slip away. This is why right here, right now I vow to take a couple of minutes every day to wrap my arms around you, stop and listen. I vow to to hold you in my arms and let the world pass us by for a couple of minutes. And, in those couple of minutes there will be us and only us. You can tell me about your day and I can tell you about mine. We can share each other and I can tell you how much I've missed you. Because, I have, I do. I miss you immensely every single day. I clock watch from 2pm onwards waiting for you to call to say your on our way home. these vows I pledge to you and I pledge them to you because you mean the world to me and deserve far better than to be forgotten.

Karl, I'm going to cut this short as I'm sure my readers aren't overly appreciating. But, always know that I love you. Never underestimate how much so and forever hold my heart tight in your hands.


Saturday, 15 February 2014

Mommy Recipe #6 - Get Well Chicken Broth

Our house has been a wash with cold and flues for the past few days. We have had runny noses galore pretty much all week. But, things are improving and it could have been far worse. Daddy is on antibiotics and Montgomery Moose is dosed up nicely on Calpol and cuddles.
I did my own little bit of medicating this week you know. It's true. I say medicating, I mean cooking. But, cooking cab help to make you feel better can't it? Course it can. Want to know what I got up to in the kitchen? Well,



Chicken Broth
  • Chicken carcass. I used what we had left over from our Sunday roast. There doesn't have to be loads of meat left on it. But, having a little does help.
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and roughly chopped.
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 parsnips
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • White pepper
  • Crushed black pepper
  • You can add any other vegetable that you feel needs adding folks. Go for it!

What to do? What to do?
  • Pop the chicken carcass in large pan, cover with cold water and bring to boil. You then need to simmer this carcass for an hour.
  • In the meantime, fry all over your veg unroll soft along with garlic.
  • After an hour. Strain the chicken carcass keeping the liquidy goodness.
  • Now for the messy part. You need to pick as much chicken from the carcass as you can and add that back to the liquid. 
  • Pop the liquid back onto boil. Add all the veg and simmer for another hour.
  • After an hour serve with crusty bread.
  • Voila!

This recipe is great for littlies as there are some really yummy chunky pieces through out this broth that are ideal for them to pick up with their hands or if your like Montgomery flick at with a spoon. :-) Little man loved it. So, I hope your family do too. Let's banish these nasty bugs eh?


Wondering why no Valentine's post from me? Well, wonder no more because there will be, don't you worry. You sere we are both so busy today with work and that, that we won't actually see each other infill tomorrow afternoon. So, our Valentines day is going to be tomorrow :-) I don't often blog at the weekend. But, I will be this weekend. I think. Xx


#100happydays Day 5 - Montgomery suffered a little nappy leakage before lunch. So, we had to get nakey. I didn't want to pop him a new outfit before lunch incase he got dirty as we were off out. So, I popped him in my top and he looked just the sweetest little thing ever. He made me smile inside and out watching him potter about in Mommies top.


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Handmade Crayons (Ideal for Valentines Gifts)

Yesterday as you are aware from my previous post was a bit of a poorley day for us. Boo!
But, we did manage to have a day as fun as possible.
So, what did we get up to? Well,


Handmade Wax Crayons
Yes, that's right. We made our own crayons. It was just a bit of a trial run yesterday. You see, if it worked, which it did, we are going to make love heart crayons for Valentines Day gifts.
I wish to share this great craft with you.

So,
- Pop the oven onto 150
- Collect all the broken crayons that you have.
- Pop the broken crayons into a silicone ice tray.
- Pop a sheet of grease proof paper on a tray and then place your ice cube tray of crayons onto this. Pop them in the oven for a total of an hour. But, do check them through out this melting period. 

When you take them out of the oven, keep an eye on them. You need to push them out of the tray before they get to hard. If you leave them, they will just break as you try to force them out.
So, there you have it! :-) Let me know how you get on. 



#100happydays Day 4 - Although, this little man is feeling a little grim he still managed a masterpiece. Watching him sketch away fills me with inspiration. He is now big enough to sit at his table on his chair. :-)


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Note To A Poorley Boy


Montgomery today you are poorley. Today you are suffering with quite a nasty cold. It has been on it's way for a couple of days now. It got to your Daddy first and he is off to the Walk in Centre this evening as there is now a threat of an ear, nose and throat infection according to the pharmacist. Let's hope not for Daddy's sake. But, also for yours. Daddy is a grown man and can help himself to fight these nasties. You, however are a small boy and infections really are no good for you and your little body. But, if that is what your cold progresses into then we will cope. You can be in Mommies arms all day if you want to. I really don't mind. I have things to do. But, those things can surely wait.
I shall keep you dosed up, nice and warm and lovely. I know your feeling rough and things don't feel to great for you. But, in no time at all you'll be well and fighting fit. You just got to ride out the next couple of snotty days. Ignore the bad nappies and sore bottom as best you can. I will look after you, don't you worry. I'll look after both you and your Daddy. I'm here for you, I'm here for you both!
I'll kiss you and make you feel cosy and if it helps we can paint all day, or sleep all day, or watch TV all day (real privilege), or snack all day, or drink milk all day. Today is about making you better and feel happy hey?
Cold and flu - Do one! You've got nothing on us. Nothing!



#100happydays Day 3: Today Karl left with the pram in the car. So, a day at home for us today. But, that's okay because today home looks alrite. :-) 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Baby Wearers Have Done It!

 Photograph thanks to Tula baby Carriers

For those of you that are regular readers of my blog, I'm guessing your aware of the 'Sling Swingers' and their baby wearing, Britain's Got Talent mission right? And, for those of you that are not. But, are intrigued - see my previous 2 posts regarding these ultra cool Mommas:


Well, it would appear that this talented bunch of Baby Wearers have done it! They have got through to the televised auditions and will be strutting their stuff and babies in front of none other than Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden. How crazy is that!?! And, yet how brilliant! So, it's fair to say that this Thursday (Audition day) is going to be a very exciting day for these wonderful boogying mammas and their tots. 
Carly Birchell, the lady in charge of the 'Sling Swingers' and this wonderful idea has assured me that their journey through the BGT auditions on Thursday will be relayed to me in the greatest of detail for all of you to read. I get excited about all my posts. But, if I am truly honest the thought of the post I may be writing on Friday has got me more than excited. I am really routing for this bunch of Baby wearers and I am all for spreading the 'Wearing' word. 

I think it is fair to ask for you all to show a little support for this bunch of Auditionees. I'm sure each one of you would like to join me in wishing them all the very best of luck for Thursday. They deserve to get through and they all deserve a kiss off Ant and Dec don't they? Seriously, to Carly and all of the 'Sling Swingers' - I hope this Thursday is a great day for you. I am more than sure that you will blow those judges and Britain out of the water with such an innovative idea.Go have fun and show them how it is done!

Any comments left on this post as a way of support will be passed onto the baby wearing group!






And, before I forget

#100happydays Day 2: Montgomery and his friends Tom had a proper little natter to one another yesterday and both listened intently to one another. It was really sweet to see Montgomery chuntering away!


Monday, 10 February 2014

#100happydays with Moms the Word

#100happydays
Some of you may be aware of this latest craze within Social Media. But, some of you may not.
Please allow me to explain. Well, basically online on Facebook/Twitter you share 100 days of happiness with others. Simple really.
So, you post either a status or a photograph of something that made you incredibly happy that day and hastag it with the following: #100happydays
I'm going to be starting my #100happydays today and would love it if you could join me in doing so.
How will it work?
Well, you post your status or your photograph (something that has made you happy on that day) title it with day number and a description of what has made you happy. For example:
Day 1 - Montgomery took even more steps!
You also need to include the hastag: #100happydays
And the @:
@momtheword2012
This is to remind us every day that things aren't that bad and there is always light at the end of our tunnels. Every day deserves a little smile from each of us.
So,
#100happydays Day 1 - Montgomery took more steps this morning and is getting very confident with it.


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Getting Messy With Paint

Well, wasn't yesterday a glum glum day. Wasn't it just! Bluh. 
I can drive. But, I don't drive. Finances currently won't allow for it. So, on a day as grim as yesterday, I either have to grin and bare it by donning my wellies and wrapping the boy up so much that he resembles a worm or we stay in and make fun at home. Normally, I do go for it and step out in puddles. But, yesterday I wasn't feeling it. I just was not feeling. So, Montgomery and I have matching onesies and we wore them. Yay! I'd say it's a little sad. But, I don't believe it is to be. I believe it to be pretty cool. (Okay maybe it is a tad sad). Anyway, onesies aside, they were on and we were loving them. popped Montgomery down for his morning nap and started 'fun day prep'. I moved all the furniture out of our living room into the dining room and got this set up for Montgomery's wake up.



It was completely naive of me to think that it would remain this under control and tidy. Thank goodness for wooden floor I say. My little man awoke and this happened.







Yes, things got a little messy. Yes, things got a little blue, red, green and yellow. Yes, Montgomery was covered, Yes, as was I. But, most importantly YES we had fun. Lots and lots of fun! I did have to lose the messy mat in the end as it was causing more trouble than it was worth. So, the floor became our mat and I didn't mind at all. Had it have been carpet now that would have been another story. But, it wasn't so we just enjoyed enjoyed and enjoyed some more. 
Eventually, the little man burned himself out and got rather sleepy and fed up of being the colour of a rainbow. So, yes a bath was necessary. Check out Montgomery's little red Mohawk.



The painting and fun did result in a tired boy that stayed put for a whole hour and half to watch his favourite film 'Rio'. Yay! :-) (We have cut back our TV time at home now. He isn't allowed it on the day until 4pm. But, as we had had such an eventful morning I turned a blind eye).


Monday, 3 February 2014

Bring Back Mr West

If something is worth fighting for, fight! Right? Right! Well, this isn't a normal topic for me to be writing about. But, it does relate to me in many a way - 1 day I will have a child at secondary school, I was once a child at secondary school plus the teacher that I am going to be writing about taught me. Not only did he teach me. But, he inspired me. I owe my Science GCSE to this man I really do. He took the time to learn how I learn and build a teaching method around that. He took time when teaching, he cared. His lessons were 'out there' and practical in every way.

Wondering what I'm talking about and why I'm talking about it? Thought so! Well, Mr West a Physics Teacher from Wolverhamptons St Peters Collegiate School (My old teacher) Has been sacked last week. He was sacked due to an accident that occurred when conducting an experiment infront of a class of students.The experiment resulted in a young lad being shot in the leg. No! It is not as bad as it sounds. Hear me out - Firstly, it was with an airgun, secondly it ricocheted off the table before it hit the boys legs and thirdly the boy it hit reckoned a safety pin would do more damage. It was a pure accident. A pure accident! And, the pupil that got hit agrees. Mr West got sacked because of this incident and EVERYONE disagrees with this outcome. So much so a Facebook page entitled 'Bring Back Westy 2014' has been set up with over 3000 likes. Along with an  'ipetition' with over 1500 signatures on it. I have liked the page and signed the petition. What has happened to this teacher is wrong. Wrong in every way. I say so, my friends say so, fellow teachers say so, past students say so and alot of parents say so.

This dreadful dismisal has caused a real uproar with alot of press surrounding it:-
-Daily mail
-The Telegraph
-The Metro
-Express and Star

Please I urge every single one of you to like the Facebook page and support this pupil with his fight for the return of a great teacher:
-https://www.facebook.com/bringbackwesty

Please I also urge every single one of you to sign this petition. The more singatures, the better. We are far more likely to get Mr West back if we get as many signatures as possible. Sign folks, sign.
-http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bring-back-westy


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