Monday, May 4, 2015

inspiration monday: love*birds

the inspiration

megan bird

entire outfit ~ thrifted

nora bird

shirt ~ Old Navy
pants ~ Free People
shoes ~ Target
Things I am loving today:

~ We got our vegetable garden planted yesterday. The kids did most of it, which made me proud. I love being able to send them outside to pick the salad for dinner.
~ We also got most of the yard work done yesterday. Chris mulched, the kids cleaned up all the leftover leaves from last year, and I planted annuals and cleaned up the patio. Bring on Friday night patio happy hours.
~ Henry auditioned for choir next year. I can't wait!
~ We're having a garage sale this weekend and I actually cleaned out our basement. We plan on turning the basement family room into a super cool mid century lounge. Step one was cleaning, so now I can start furniture shopping!
~ We bought a tree swing and installed it this weekend. Watching the kids play on it was the highlight of my weekend.
~ I've met some really great blogging friends lately, and have been super excited to hang out with them and get to know them. What a wonderful community we all have, right?

What are you loving today?
megan bird

For next week's inspiration picture, click here.

Friday, May 1, 2015

mama bird: like versus love

I don’t know how to say this without sounding like a bad parent, so I’m just going to say it.
I don’t like everything about my kids.
 I love them, and I love every aspect of them, the good and the bad, but I don’t like it all. And really, is that so bad? I don’t know….maybe it’s just bad to admit. But I have even told them so much. When they are extra naughty, I will tell them that I always love them, but I don’t always like them.
And I have found myself getting more easily annoyed with certain personality traits of each of them. But at the same time, these are personality traits that will do them well in life at some point in the future.
So we have hit this hard parenting point of what to do. Do we steer them in a direction that will potentially end these annoying behaviors? Do we ride it out until that point where the behavior is beneficial to them? Do we try as hard as we can to teach them that they need to learn when to use that trait and when not to? It may be an easy decision, but not an easy task.
And here’s the hard part, the parts of them that annoy me are the parts of them that are most like me.
Eva loves attention. She loves showing off, she is loud and boisterous. You can see how that can be annoying, but you can also see how it is fun. She makes people laugh, she makes people notice, and she has this self confidence that I never want to ruin. She will be a leader.
Henry is a know-it-all (although he mostly gets that from his dad) and he is always right (even when he’s wrong). And you can see how that can be annoying, but you can also see it is amazing. He will be strong and confident, and won’t let people tell him no. He will be a leader.
And they are both stubborn. The most stubborn. And admittedly, they get that from both Chris and I. An argument in our family is never easy. They are frustrating and both kids have to have the last word. It’s annoying to no end, but it’s also encouraging. It will work for them in the future. They will be go getters, they will stand up for what they believe in, and they will have the confidence to back it up. They will be leaders. Good leaders. Fair leaders. Strong leaders. Smart leaders.
So in the end, it’s ok to not like everything about your kids. They certainly don’t like everything about you, I can almost guarantee that. But you love them 100%, and you support them 100%, and you encourage them 100%, and you guide them 100%. And you may not like them 100% of the time, but that’s ok.
megan bird

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): 1-10

dress ~ vintage, garage sale
belt ~ thrifted
shoes ~ Kohl's
sunglasses ~ Francesca's
Out of curiosoty, I was wondering (if you're comfortable telling me) how you would rate yourself on a scale of 1-10. So, 10 being the best, how would you rate yourself in looks and personality?
I'll start:
looks: 6 or 7, depending on the day
personality: 8 (I happen to love my personality and would pick 10 most days, but am also aware that some people might find me loud and obnoxious)
I'm curious to hear your thoughts on yourself (but not on me, unless you say 10)!
megan bird

mama bird: chef mimi

This post is kind of a 'bird seed', a 'baby bird.i.y', and a 'mama bird' all rolled into one. There are two (really really really simple) recipes and cute kids making things. And I was there for it all, so I just went ahead and decided to call it a 'mama bird' post. Not that you really care, I'm just explaining myself. I am sure you weren't going to lay awake tonight thinking, "Gosh, I wonder why Nora labeled that a 'mama bird' post???? How curious!" And if you were, I am sorry to say, that is really quite strange. But I digress. Onto the post!

Mimi is always telling us what she is going to be when she grows up. It usually changes day to day; she's going to be a scientist, a basketball player, an engineer "like daddy", a mommy "like mommy", a teacher, a ballet dancer, a nurse, a writer, an artist, and so on and so forth. But lately she has been telling me she is going to be a chef, and that one has stuck for a couple of weeks now. So, I have been letting her help out with meals, washing and chopping fruits and veggies and other simple tasks, and she has been loving it. On Sunday we went to the farmer's market and ended up buying a big bunch of strawberries. And yesterday, Mimi declared that she wanted to make dessert with the strawberries. We decided on chocolate covered strawberries (with sprinkles, of course) and cream cheese filled strawberries.

What you'll need:
About two dozen strawberries. (We actually used 27 and made 15 chocolate and 12 cream cheese.)
Parchment paper

For the chocolate:
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
sprinkles (optional)

For the cream cheese:
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp (maybe a titch more) almond extract
Mix all ingredients together and put in a ziplock (with one corner cut off) or pastry bag.

 Line a baking sheet with parchment.
For the chocolate, holding it from the stem, simply dip the strawberry into the melted chocolate and then into the sprinkles. Place onto the parchment lined pan and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Little brother was very interested.

He wanted a closer look!

Perhaps he, too, will want to be a chef!

Or maybe he just wants a taste of that sweet sweet chocolate!

For the cream cheese, cut a deep X into the tip of each strawberry. Spread the berries open and pipe about 2 tsp of the cream cheese mixture into each. Little hands will need help with this process! Place onto the pan and refrigerate until you are ready to eat!

Once the strawberries are filled, go ahead and eat the rest of that cream cheese. You know you want to!

xoxo, nora bird (and Chef Mimi, too!)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): love bird

shirt~ H&M
shorts~ Marshalls
shoes~ Target
hat~ Dorfman Pacific

Things I am loving lately:
~ This hat. Once I moved out here, I realized I didn't own and needed a good sun hat. I have seriously worn this almost every day since I bought it.
~ Pilates. I recently started taking a really super challenging class. It kills me every time, but I can definitely feel myself getting stronger!
~ Trying new restaurants. I love eating out and trying new food. It's fun to have a whole slew of new places to try. Plus, if I am feeling lazy or uninspired about cooking dinner, it's a good excuse! "Hey, Jim, I just read this great Yelp review..."
~ This shop. Not only do they make amazingly cute clothes (I am seriously coveting this dress and this dress, among other things) but their mission to lead and inspire a sustainable way to be fashionable is awesome and something that I am really trying to focus in my own closet right now.
~ This list of children's books. I bought all of the books that we didn't already own almost immediately upon reading the list.
~ Mad Men. I cannot believe it's almost over! I am anxious to see how it ends.
~ Weekends with my family, exploring our new state. We have been trying to check out new places and have a new little adventure every weekend and it's been a lot of fun!

What are you loving lately?
xoxo, nora bird

Monday, April 27, 2015

inspiration monday: trickery

the inspiration
Britt Robertson

megan bird

 tank ~ Target
pants ~ Forever 21
shoes ~ Guess, thrifted
sunglasses ~ Francesca's

nora bird

 tunic ~ Forever 21
pants ~ thrifted
shoes ~ DSW

Every year, our kids' school has a Spring Fling fundraiser, and every year, Chris and I go and spend a ton of money on auctions, drinks, and good causes. One of the fun parts of the event is that people host parties, and you can pay to sign up for them. Chris and I always participate in a Cross Fit competition party, and we've signed up for other fun ones, too.
I always want to sign up to actually have one of the parties at our house. Every year Chris says no. I know I have told you before that Chris is a very open and welcoming person, but he is also an introvert. He gets nervous around new people, or at least the thought of new people, because if I'm being honest, after 5 minutes, he is besties with everyone. Anyhow, my point is that he has never agreed to have a party with me, and I have never pushed it too much.
But, this weekend, we had an impromptu neighborhood party. It started at about 4:00 and by about 5:00, my neighbors were doing shots of Beam on the lawn. I had to be sober cab because Henry was at a birthday party.

So, at 10:00, when we got home from the party, I said to Chris, "how fun would it be to have a lip sync party for Spring Fling?" And he said, "YES! That would be should email and volunteer us!" So at 10:00 on a Saturday night. I emailed the leader of the Spring Fling committee and made it so. And this morning, when Chris woke up and disputed our decision, it was too late.

megan bird

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Friday, April 24, 2015

a bird's life

Happy Happy Friday! This week really seemed to drag along, didn't it? Was it just me or did it feel that way to everyone? But it is Friday! We made it! We have had a busy past couple of weeks filled with friends and family, trips into the city, trips across the bay, and trips to the beach. I thought I'd share a few photos from our comings and goings and doings and eatings these past couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy!

~ A simple and delicious lunch. Sriracha sea salt = everything.
~ Happy Hour in San Francisco with some dear friends.
~ Mondays, am I right? We didn't want to get out of bed.
~ My mom and big sister, Carrie, were in town for a few days! So wonderful.
~ I finally got a shot of one of these critters. They're fast little guys!
~ Mimi got an awesome new shirt! (Get it here.)
~ Mimi snapped this shot of me on the beach! The ocean is my happy place.
~ Ben also got an awesome new shirt! (Get it here.)
~ Sick day necessities: hot tea, a good book, and fresh blooms.
~ The beautiful birthday girl on her birthday.

xoxo, nora bird

P.S. Passive Juice Motel is not paying me to advertise their shirts or anything. I just really think they're super rad.