Thursday, 31 January 2013

Say Cheese...

If anyone was fortunate to follow my previous blog - 'An Actors Story' You may remember me having numerous head shots, photo shoots and snaps done. If you really followed followed your may remember the name of the Company that did them for me. 'JB Photography'.

Well I would like to use this post as an opportunity to show off her work again. Do you really think that I would stop at a couple of head shots? Oh no! I have had a son and he needs some snaps of his own (of course).

So, let me introduce you to West Midlands photographer, Joanne Blakemore who runs the wonderful photography company - 'JB Photography'. She specializes mainly in newborn photography and let me tell you this - She does it beautifully. My husband and I were lucky enough to use her talents wisely and booked her for a 'Montgomery Shoot'.

We chose to have our shoot in her studio which was great. We were made incredibly welcome and she was very patient where Montgomery was concerned. We went along to her house for our shoot but her studio is portable and can be taken to different locations. This means if your newborn is particularly relaxed at home you could choose to have them photographed there. Joanne is extremely accommodating making the experience far more enjoyable for parent and baby.

JB Photography offer a range of photo packages to choose from and they vary in price to suit anyone's wallet. Personally I feel that she offers wonderful value for money as the photographs that she produces are stunning. Please see below for package prices:

Still not convinced? Does it help if I tell you that we trusted JBPhotography with our wedding photography and Joanne did a wonderful job. All our guests felt the need to comment on the excellence of our marriage shots. Also, take a look at these bad boys:

Aren't they lovely?

If like us you are impressed with the photographs taken by JB Photography - Why not contact Joanne Blakemore and have a chat about what she can do for you.

JB Photography:
07795 468242

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Mommy Recipe No .1.

My lentil curry

A wonderful tea.

I very much enjoy cooking as does my husband and to be honest he is far better than I am at it. But, every now and then I like to give it a bash. I say 'every now and then' that's because Karl is a cook to relax kind of guy. strange I know but it's true. Sometimes I call him and say "Babe I'm cooking this for tea tonight ..." He then responds by saying "Oh! Would you mind if I cook?" Do I say no? No! I mean yes, I mean no. Of course, I don't say no. 

At home we now have the 7 O'clock bed time routine in place for Montgomery. You know the kind - Bathtime, pyjama time, Bottle time (I express the night before in order for Karl to have a feed) and then bed time, which is Karl and Montgomery time. So, I have done a little more cooking recently and I am going to share with you one of my favourite recent dishes. One does not want to blow her own trumpet but, it's pretty good and I really want to share it with you. For those of you with a babe on your hip, breast or in your arms it's a real-easy cook. 

Here we we go:

  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cups of red lentils
  • Half a tube of tomato puree
  • 1 table spoon garamasala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic
  • Small chunk of fresh ginger (Finely chopped)
Part of our small spice collection
  1. Run the lentils under a cold tap in a sieve. This removes the scum that may appear when boiling. Once the water has run clear pop in a saucepan add boiling water and simmer until tender.
  2. Whilst the lentils are simmering finely chop your onion and sweat them in a little oil of your choosing.
  3. Mix the garamasalla, turmeric, ground cumin, chilli powder, sugar, salt, garlic and ginger together in a small dish to create a curry mix.
  4. Add your curry mix and tomato puree to the onions and cook for 1 minute.
  5. At this stage your lentils should be nice and tender. If so, add to the pot along with 1 cup of boiling water. (If it doesn't feel wet enough, add some more water.)
  6. Cook until hot and serve.

I tend to serve my lentil curry with 1 wholemeal roti, chopped coriander, a helping of brown rice, mint yogurt and a onion and cucumber salad. But, please feel free it up however you wish. If you happen to think of or come up with a wonderful accompaniment to this dish please do let me know and I will give it a go.

So, there you have it. My very own 'Lentil Curry' there for you to try and enjoy and enjoy it I hope you do. Oh and for those of you, like me, trying to shift the extra baby pounds, this recipe really is a healthy one (minus the 1 teaspoon of sugar).

Enough for four (If you don't eat it all mind).

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Returning No Longer As One ...

So, after a good break away from the 'Mommy Blogging' scene, I have now returned. I thought I'd take a little time away and focus mainly on the 'Bumpling' which may I add is no-longer a 'Bumpling' more of a 'Realperson-ling'. Mind you, the boy may no longer have 'Bump' in his title but his mother sure still has the 'Bump' evidence round her middle. Nice ... Why does that happen? That wonderful bump that you carried round with pride has now become a pouch that's good for nothing. Even a kangaroo would take one look at it and bounce off half a mile in the other direction. And then, then there's the stretch marks - So, not only do you have that beautiful pouch that we were just talking about but it has a wonderful 'Tiger Bread' appearance to it along with that bready-doughy feel. I do find myself 'kneeding' it now and then.You know when I'm checking for the 17th time that it is still there and guess what?!? Yep, you guessed it. It's still there. I can moan all day about what pregnancy did to my body but I'm not sure that I want to because although it has changed me appearance wise it has also changed me person-wise. All the scars it has given me they are just war wounds, battle scars to remind me what I went through in order to receive the most wonderful gift ever offered up to me.

You probably read a little earlier on in the above paragraph that I referred to 'The boy'? Well, on the 11th December 2012 that's is exactly who I gave birth to - 'The boy' and that boy we named ...

Montgomery Veltman

Our son, mine and my husbands son ... My son. Two words that make me the proudest girl alive. He was 8ib3 at birth and is currently well on his way to be 12ib. Although arriving very late, being spine to spine, giving me a 4 and a half day labour, high blood pressure and stitches (plus extension), he is 100% worth it. I would go through it all again in a heart beat for my little man.

So, Montgomery. What can I tell you about my 6 week old Montgomery. Let's see ...

* He has large feet considering he is such a little fella.

* Mommy and Daddy love him very much.

* He is regularly dressed up as a bear (Too keep him warm ... Oh alrite and for the cute factor ;-)).

* He is a HUGE fan of the stripe.

* At Christmas he was just as big as the festive turkey.

* He is a Wolverhampton Wanderers fan just like his Grandad and his uncle Louis.

* He is already a natural infront of the camera. (See if you can spot him in the photo below.)

* Now and then he resembles Winston Churchill.

* He is growing up far too fast.

* He loves bathtime.

* He is my best Friend. My very best friend.

* He is known as 'Montgomery Moose.'

* He now looks like this :-

My little boy, my special boy, my Montgomery boy. Right there, every morning I see the best thing I have ever created looking back at me straight in the eyes and I think to myself  'Wow! What a wonderful thing Karl and I did. What a wonderful boy we have created!' I cannot describe how much I love him, it's impossible to put into words. I have thought about it and tried to do it but I just can't write it down. He is spectacular in every sense of the word. He is gorgeous, beautiful, loving, friendly, smiley, handsome everything and more I wanted in my child. I'm so proud of him and of us and I hope one day he can read this blog knowing that he was the most important thing in my life. He is our number one and we will look after him in the best way we can, forever.

Oh goodness. Hark at me sopping on and on and on and on and on. Apologies. So, the blog is back and will be updated daily apart from weekends (but, that was always the deal). Let's get parents, non-parent, friends, family etc: talking. Please feel free to share this blog with others, share posts, become a member, comment, agree, disagree and enjoy what you are reading. I'm currently in the process of setting up a 'Momstheword' Facebook page for all you lovlies to like. I will keep you updated and let you all know when it's to be launched.