Thursday, 29 May 2014

Montgomery's Chick Adventure

Over here at 'Moms The Word HQ' we have some new arrivals. I say arrivals, they haven't actually arrived yet. As such. I mean they are here. But, THEY are not here. You see, I'm talking fertilised eggs and I'm talking chicks. So, we currently have 12 fertilised eggs in an incubator hanging out in our spare room waiting to be hatched into cute little fluffy chicks.
Far too exciting, I know. This is not our first time owning chickens. However, it is our first time laying our own. It feels odd. I feel maternal. The idea behind the whole incubating and hatching them on our own is so that we can train them a little as they grow. It would be nice to think that we can get them super tame and eating from Montgomery's hand no troubles. So, yeh my mission, should I choose to accept it is to hatch and raise super tame hens. I choose to accept.
We are currently only on day 2 of incubation with another 19 to go. I'm too excited. I want them to hatch now. But, no. They will do so when they are good and ready.
Why not follow Montgomery's Chick Adventure with us. Hop on over to the 'Moms The Word 2012 Facebook Page' to stay updated on our chicks progress. I will try and do a weekly post on them within my blog. But, I will be doing a daily post over on Facebook. So, probably best to like the page to find out more.

Right, day 1 - All 12 eggs have been popped into the incubator with crosses on. The cross is there to help with the turning of the egg. They have to be turned twice a day. So, it is a good thing to pop a marking on the egg, helping you to know whether you have turned it or not. There isn't much else happening really. Hopefully, the eggs will settle in well.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Montgomery's First Festival

Bank holiday Monday was a funday if you ask me. So, yeh I was working all day. So, yeh I did a 16 hour shift at the pub and so yeh, I got super tired and smelt like burgers all day. But, none the less it was a fun day. You see, the pub where I worked were hosting there first ever festival - 'The Barley Bash' to raise money and awareness for 'The Children With Cancer UK Charity'. A great thing to do and a great day was had by all.
Over 400 tickets were sold for the festival and over 300 burgers were eaten. Crazy! Everyone had a pretty awesome day. Me included. I may have been working. But, I was buzzing of the festival vibes and loved watching my family really go for it.
Although, I was attending the festival as a goer as such, my family were. Montgomery included. Yes, I am a stickler for routine and yes, I am serious where bed time is concerned. However, my little man is now at an age where I feel a late night every now and then is not the end of the world and won't pull his routine apart. Especially, if the late night is for something that I feel will benefit him in some way. And, both my husband and I felt that the experience of a festival with live music was something worth experiencing for Montgomery. Plus, the late night wasn't actually that late. He was in bed by 9.00. Only 2 hours after his usual head down time.
The live music at the festival was cracking. I didn't get to see all the acts. But, I heard most of them and was really impressed. The band that I actually took time out of my working day to see and dance to were 'The Super Skas' and they were absolutely brilliant. I could not have faulted them in anyway. When they playing the tent was electric. There wasn't one person sat down. Everyone was up with their best skanking boots on foot stomping. I loved them that much, I popped Montgomery on my shoulders and we embraced the festival tent. We got right in there, smack bang in the middle. He raised his bottle of white stuff in the air and chuckled the whole way through. He loved it. He loved watching every one jump to the beat, clapping their hands with smiles on their faces. He had a great time at the festival and loved being surrounded by all the people.
I am so glad we decided to bring Montgomery along. It was an experience that I am glad he didn't miss. I was super proud of him and loved watching him enjoy himself. My boy has now attended his first ever festival and I would not think twice about taking him to more live music. He loves a good beat and had a fabulous time at the 'Barley Bash'.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Half Term. Daddies Home.

Yes, that's right. It is that time of the school year that us as a family very much look forward to. You see, not only is it half term for all you lovely kiddies out there. But, it is half term for all you fabulous teachers and lecturers too.Yay! So, with complete open arms, we welcome Daddy home for a week. :-)
My husbands job is intense and it can mean that during the week we become somewhat passing ships on the sea at night. Hense, why weekends are what our family lives for. But, half terms are good. Infact, better. Fee;s weird knowing that he will be home with us for a whole week. Crazy,
This means every sort of routine that I have going during my usual weeks at home will go out the window. For sure. My daily rituals will alter hugely and my weekly comfort blanket will be removed. But, that's okay. I don't mind. I only have those in place to make our week go smoothly and keep me in sane mind. I will allow Daddy to destroy those if it means we get to keep him for a week.
So, in advance i apologize if I am not overly social this week and don't make it much on my blog, Twitter or Facebook. But, somethings you just have to grab with both hands and not let anything else get in the way. This week, family comes first.

Friday, 23 May 2014

18 Months Is Upon Us

Montgomery? Yes you! I'm talking to you my sweet little moose that's now my Little boy. That's right. Your not a baby anymore. Your not my newborn that Kay sweetly forever in my arms. Your my big boy. The big boy that plays with cars, feeds himself and collects worms from the garden. You've grown so much over the last month in so many more ways than one. Your feet have grown, your hair has too, your vocab is forever growing and your confidence too. You no longer walk everywhere, you run. Like a bolt of lightening, your little feet carry you now speedily to your next destination. Yet, you've learnt to always hold Mommies hand when out of the house. You understand pretty much everything I tell you and are utterly frustrated with your lack of conversational skills. You want to chat and make sense. But, you just can't string those words together. But, it will come my boy. It will come. There is no rush nor hurry. In tine you will find your voice and no doubt our conversations will be endless.
I look at you and I just ooze with pride. I smile from ear to ear. You little man, have completed the world I live in. You have made our family the family that we are today. We owe so much to you and your tiny body. Each bone within you I love with all of my heart. It's strange. But, if mountains were moveable, I'd move them for you if you ever needed me too.
Almost 18 months now little chap. Your a boy in blossom. Your fantastic, magical, wonderful and lovely. Your everything I ever wished to see in my very own little person. You have a heart of gold and a smile that melts. I'm proud of everything that you are becoming Montgomery.
The days go by so quickly. I don't even realise you growing some days. Often they just pass us by. But, every now and then, I stop and look at you for a while and it amazes me. I can't believe your 18 months old very soon.
The best 18 months ever young man. The best!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Boogie Wipes Review

Boogie Wipes. Ever heard of them? No? Nor had I. Well, not until the other day when asked to review their product. And, now I am so glad that I have heard of them. So glad! They are great. Really really great!
Let me tell you more about them:

'Cleans and moisturiser with natural saline. For quick, effective clean-up and relief of stuck on booties (mucus) caused by the common cold and allergies. Developed by Moms tired of chasing runny noses.' 

The wipes are really wonderful. Not only because of their gentleness to littlies skin. But, because they smell so lovely and are just all round appealing to parents and children. They come in a choice of scents, our favourite being 'Great Grape Scent'. It smells delightful. I got funny looks when I kept sniffing Montgomery's face through out playgroup. I constantly worry about products where my son skin is concerned. And, these need no concern. They are so soft, gentle and kind on the skin. You can't really go wrong
They receive a huge thumbs up from me and Montgomery. We will continue to use them and enjoy doing so. I would recommend these to any parent with littlies. And, I don't recommend things lightly. I'm thrilled with these wipes and thrilled with the results.
Banish those runny noses with Boogie Wipes! :-)
Here is Montgomery's 'Boogie Wipes' appreciation face! 

Hop on over to their website to check out other products that they sell.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Moms The Word Summer Picnic 2014

Oh the weather outside is delightful and the fire is so ... Not burning! Yay! There's no point. The sun is giving us it's own bit of fire. Is it not? Is it not? Oh I love a bit of sun. Long nights, BBQ's, swimming, beaches, camping, the sea and picnics. PICNICS! Oh yes, picnics. Now, that brings me on to what this post is actually all about. You see, over here at Moms The Word 2012 HQ we love the sun and picnics that much, we want to share it with you. Now, firstly I apologise to all those readers that don't live West Midlands way as this may not be great for you. But, for all those that are based local to me - Get in!
I'm hosting a summer picnic in Wolverhampton on the 25th July at 12.30pm and every single one of you are welcome to come along. It would be wonderful to see as many of you and your littlies at the picnic. It's during the summer holidays. So, the older kiddies are more than welcome to join us too. It's probably best to bring your own packed lunches as opposed to sharing gnosh. As, there could be allergies and all sorts. However, if you do want to bring something along for everyone to try ie: cakes, biscuits, fruit etc please label them up clearly.
If you can come along and you fancy some picnicy fun. Let me know. It would be fabulous to see you as many of you there enjoying the sun with me. If you could let me know if you are coming that would be great.

To join the Moms The Word 2012 Summer Picnic, hop on over to the events Facebook page and join.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Getting Snappy Happy

Centre Parcs May Blogger Challenge.
So, the sun is out, the nights are longer and the littlies are hitting the outdoors. And, if your little one is anything like my Little one, you cant get them back in. He is a real outdoorsy kind of lad with mud running through his veins. He loves nothing more than a dig in a veg patch, a splash in a puddle or a roll in the grass. If like me you get snap happy when your little ones play outside why not join me in sharing those photographs with everyone.
My photographs aren't of just one day. But, of all the days of sun that we have had. Enjoy!

  'This is my entry to the Centre Parcs and Tots100 May Challenge. If I am chosen, I would like to visit Sherwood Forest.'

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Friday, 16 May 2014

Happy Half A Century Momsy

A bit of a boring post I guess. Perhaps for you. But, not for myself and my family. I just had to write a post on it. I couldn't not. As un-parenty and Mommy-bloggy as it is. It's a must.
My mom turned 50 years of age today. Crazy, I know! But, yes Momma is now half A century old. And, if you wouldn't mind. I'd like you to join me and my family in wishing her all the happiness in the world on her special day. You see, she deserves it. She is my Mom and I'm proud of her. So, I guess it's not a boring post at all is it really? It's a post for a woman that I love. A woman that saw me as a baby right up to the girl that I am today. Thank you for all that you do for me Mom. You re lovely. Just lovely. And, I love you very much! 

'Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to Mommmmmm.
Happy Birthday to you!'

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Let Us Take A Minute

The night before last my little Mini-Moose was utterly worn out and begging for his bed come 5 O'clock. But, it just wouldn't have been right, me putting him to bed at that time. His tea was ready, he hadn't seen his Daddy and mornings are early enough in our house as it is. So, he needed no encouragement to rise even earlier. As a result to me prolonging his bed time to the usual 7.15 tuck in, we had a hugely miserable toddler on our hands and nothing. I repeat - nothing made him happy. The night continued in this manor. Everything made him scream and no one was to touch him. By the time 7 O'clock came we were all over the moon to bring an end to this misery. I put him to bed and calm resumed as normal.
I sat down feeling a little beaten and over whelmed by the whole evening. Montgomery had really tested my patience and had got me into a silent tizz.
After a little time, I began to realise that it was just one of those things. The boy got tired and as a result got niggly. But, it's over, it's done, he is now happy to be a sleep. I felt guilty that I was letting Montgomery's negatives outweigh his positives. How could I? He didn't misbehave on purpose. He was just tired and had no other way of telling me. I was guilty of allowing his tired behaviour take over my brain. That felt bad, I felt bad. It didn't feel right to be doing that.
 So, I took a deep breath and decided to 'take a minute' to think of all things Montgomery that make me smile every day. Once I'd started, I just couldn't stop. It made the whole evenings antics seem so minor and small. Soon anything negative was forgotten and I was a mushy mess oozing Montgomery love.

So, I thought I'd share my 'Let Us Take A Minute' method with you. 
I took a minute at the end of a very difficult and tired fuelled evening to fill my mind with all things lovely and Montgomery:

  • I love your smile, your eyes, your nose, your lips, your belly, your toes, your everything.
  • The way you hold my face in your hands and plant a kiss upon my mouth.
  • I love you in your pyjamas and a good knit.
  • The way you say "Motor Bike" is just so lovely.
  • You change every day. I love every one of your changes.
  • You care about people and love your dog's.
  • Your cheeky and I love it.
  • You give the best snuggles.
  • I love holding you in my arms and watching you get comfy.
  • Your my best bud. 
  • You have the cutest waddle.
  • You look scrumptious in wellies.
  • You make life a better place to be and worth living.
  • The way you love animals makes me melt.
  • You hold your arms out for a cuddle in such a way I just can't resist.
My list goes on and on and on and on. You see, by the time I'd started, I couldn't stop and suddenly the night felt 100 times better. I was filled with happiness and that was all that mattered. Being a parent is difficult and trying. Relaxing your mind and turning off from the day you had is also very difficult. These days are sure sent to try us and try us they will. But, we must be able to switch off from them at the end of the day. Our brain needs a little time to stop being negative and weighed down. Sometimes seeing the positives in a negative moment really eases the bad feeling. This little method might help you put yourself in a happy place. It could help you take A minute to reflect and realise that actually all is not that bad. I'm not saying it will change the day you've had. But, it will at least pop a small smile on your face and see your child (and yourself) in the best possible light. Out with the bad days and in with the good eh?. :-)

Wednesday, 14 May 2014


For those of you wondering what on earth I am talking about. Please see this previous post to get the low down on 'RESPECT PARENTING CAMPAIGN/CALENDER'

Please have a look at the previous post regrading the 'Charity Banks' also:

So, after reading the previous post, this piece of information may well be important to you:
The charity bank closes on June 15th at 12 O'clock midday. So, it's really important that all of your charity nominations are in before that date else they will not be valid. To nominate a charity it is super simple:

Remember, you can nominate up to 3 charities. But, you don't have to. You can nominate just 1 if you wish.

I have a meeting scheduled in with the photographer next week. In this meeting we will be discussing dates, times and creating our board and plans for the shoot. Hopefully, a lot will start happening around the 'RESPECT PARENTING CAMPAIGN/CALENDER' now and you will all be kept in the know.
So far, there is a fair few of you on board. But, it would be so wonderful if we could all work together to really spread the word. I am going to be printing some leaflets this week to pass on to you all. It would be fabulous if we can get them everywhere and get people talking about our Campaign.

Venue - This has been confirmed. The shoot will be held at St Bartholomews Church in Penn, Wolverhampton. The date and time are yet to be decided. So, stay tuned to hear more regarding those.
I'm super excited to have each one of you on board. Help me spread the word by spreading the following image.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

#Bring Back Heather Bays

As some of you are aware, Moms The Word 2012 is also on Instagram.
I enjoy sharing my photos with other parents, friends, family and those supporting my views and opinions. I also enjoy following others and getting to know other Mommies and Daddies from this Country and a far. I very much enjoy Instagram as it is a platform for sharing and inspiration. However, recently I feel that the Social Network has really let it's self down and I use @heatherbays as an example. You see, Heather is a Mother of 3 beautiful boys and wife to the fabulous @takingbackpaternity. Together, over on Instagram I see them as a huge support to other parents out there. They are all about attachment parenting and really dive deep into their experiences with their followers. From what I can gather parenting to them is a complete blessing. They seem happy and totally in love with each other and their family. A lot of their family views I share.
But, thanks to Instagram  @heatherbays has been removed. And, do you know why? Because, she posted a photograph of her feeding her youngest son. Shocked? Yes, I am too. Which is why I am in full support of the campaign #saveheatherbays and @save_heatherbays. I don't think it is fair that any woman is discriminated for the way she chooses to feed her child. And, if she does choose to breastfeed that baby and share photographs of it. Then, so be it!
It is not porn! It is not filth! It is not explicit! And, it isn't there to make you feel uncomfortable. If, however you do feel uncomfortable then the solution is simple - Just delete her. Don't report her because she has done nothing wrong. Nothing! It is not wrong to breastfeed your baby. Not wrong in the slightest. And, photographs of this should be celebrated not frowned upon. Heather should not have been removed from Instagram and the fact that she has been is disgusting.
I hope, like me you will join the campaign to get her back on Instagram sharing photographs of her beautiful family.
It is not right that she has been removed. We need to stick together and make sure she is brought back. Are you with me?
Get hash tagging the following everywhere: #saveheatherbays
Get following @save_heatherbays 

Cover every Social Network site with the above. 

Monday, 12 May 2014

Mumpreneur Monday's #12

It's that time of the week again. It's been a while. But, we have a lovely Mumpreneur that wants to share her business with you. Yay!
So, let me introduce you to Lindsay Meanley, Mom of 2 lovely little girlies. This Mommy has a business and she wants to share it. 'Gentle Birth Method' is what keeps Lindsay busy. She teaches hypnobirthing using the Mongan method. 
'This teaches Moms-to-be how to relax and stay calm using the art of guided imagery, breathing exercises and relaxation scripts.' 

I know a few Moms that used hypnobirthing throughout their pregnancy and it resulted in a really calm and lovely labour. Lindsay herself actually used hypnobirthing when having her daughter. She loved giving birth and felt inspired to share her experience with other Moms.
What better way to do this than start the 'Gentle Birth Experince'.
Personally, I will be contacting Lindsay when I choose to extend my little family. As the idea of hypnobirthing really excites. The thought of being able to help yourself remain calm throughout labour is great. I love the idea of being able to get myself in the right frame of mind and be able to stay in it. If you have experienced hypnobirthing in any way, be it your the Mom that tried it, or the parent of the Mommy that tried it or the husband of the  Mommy that did, please share with us your stories. We would love to her them. 

If like me, hypnobirthing and the 'Gentle Birth Experience.' Is something you would like to know more about. Then hop over it Lindsay's website and have a mooch.

A huge thank you to Lindsay Meanley for sharing her business with us. :-)

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Something For A Saturday

This is exactly how my 6am Saturday morning has been rolling today. Mind you, it does mean an early nap. Happy Saturday all!

Friday, 9 May 2014

April In Snap Shots

I totally forgot my 'Month In Snap Shots' for last month. That month being May. So, please forgive the utter lateness of this post. But VoilĂ ! Here you are ...