Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NYE 2014!




Wishing you all love, peace, health, and happiness in the New Year! Thank you all so much for your support and love this year. We love our little blog family!

Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve! Here's to an amazing 2015!

xoxo, two birds

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 outfit recap!













As another year is about to come to an end, it's always fun to look back at the blog and remember what we wore! These are some of our favorite looks from 2014. Here's to dressing fearlessly and wearing what we love, once again, in 2015!

xoxo, two birds

Sunday, December 28, 2014

inspiration monday: cilantro

the inspiration
Heidi Klum

megan bird

tank ~ Target
boots ~ swap
coat, scarf, jeans ~ thrifted

nora bird

vest ~ TJ Maxx
sweater ~ thrifted
jeans ~ H&M
shoes ~ J. Crew via Second Debut
scarf ~ Target

My sisters and I were all in one place this past weekend, and therefore spent pretty much every waking hour together from the 23rd right until our littlest left for the airport last night. On Saturday, we all decided to finally get a sister tattoo together. We made an appointment at a local tattoo shop, and all five of our loud selves showed up ready and willing and giggly.

The tattoo artist was definitely introverted to put it nicely, and kind of a jerk to put it bluntly. He basically didn't have great bedside manner, especially for the sisters who were getting their first tattoo. At one point, we jokingly said to him, "Sorry, we know we're a lot to take all at once. You probably hate us." to which he replied, "I don't hate you, I just think you're annoying." OK, thanks for your honesty, I guess?

As we left (probably never to return), I turned to my sisters and said, "well, I guess he has a point. We are a little bit like cilantro, people either love us or hate us." I guess I'd just prefer the love version.

megan bird
PS, I personally love cilantro (and also think my sisters and I are pretty amazing).

For next week's inspiration picture, click here.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas!!! Be safe, be happy, and laugh often!
Megan and Nora 

Christmas Tree: A Comedy of Errors

We decorated the tree last weekend (I know, we waited way too long). It was a comedy of errors that included some crying, some stomping, but mostly laughing. We started with the kids cleaning up the area where the tree would go. Eva was carrying a bottle of nail polish and spilled it all over the stairs. She frantically tried to wipe it up, and only ended up smearing it and drying it to the woodwork. We eventually got it off, but not before she started crying and stomped to her room.

Then Chris made us some bagel sandwiches. He threw in a fried egg for good measure, and when I took a bite of mine, it spilled out and ran down my leg. I changed my pants, we laughed about it, and then Chris took a bite of his, and it promptly spilled all over his shirt. He got up to grab a napkin, and knocked my coffee, spilling it all over the table and my phone. 

We almost decided to just give it up for the day, but instead I decided to coax Eva out of her room and give it all another shot. She cheered up a bit and decided to join us. As she was unpacking ornaments, she found an old favorite of hers, a gift from friends of ours when she was first born. She decided to spin it around in her hand, only to drop it and have it shatter in pieces. Again, she started crying and stomped to her room.

I had to pull out the big guns...Elvis, and Kenny and Dolly. I found my favorite Christmas records from when I was a kid, and played them as loud as I could. 

I told Eva we were going to decorate, and that we'd love for her to join us, but that it was up to her if she wanted to participate. She tentatively came downstairs, and slowly gained momentum as she pulled each ornament out of the box.

We finally got it all decorated and gathered around for the annual picture in front of the tree, We tried for a funny one...

...but you can clearly see that Eva is not completely pleased yet. So we tried again...

...and this time her smile was for real.

Only two more sleeps until Christmas!!! I hope your holidays are happy!
megan bird

Monday, December 22, 2014

inspiration monday: Iron Chef

the inspiration
Olivia Palermo
megan bird

jeans ~ Old Navy
shirt ~ Ross
shoes ~ b. (a resale shop)
ring, earrings ~ Forever 21

nora bird

hat ~ made by mom
shirt ~ vintage, thrifted
jeans ~ b. (a resale shop)
shoes ~ Shoedazzle

Tomorrow our family will be participating in our first ever Iron Chef competition. I hope we make it a new Christmas tradition. We are pairing up and each team will be cooking three dishes. The only rules are that we have a $25 limit, and it has to be vegetarian. (I know, I'm so selfish, but how else would I get to be a judge?) The "secret" ingredient is squash. 

I don't sleep very well, and one night a few weeks back, I woke up with mine and Chris' full menu planned in my head. Now, I haven't written any recipes down or even tried to see if they will work and/or taste good, but in my head, they sound delicious, so wish us luck! With any luck, I will be posting the recipes in the next few weeks. If you don't see them on the blog, well, you'll know they weren't the best! So here's hoping!!

Happy Monday!
megan bird

For next week's inspiration picture, click here!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

bird seed: red velvet cream cheese cookies

Mimi and I made these cookies a couple of days ago and...they are all gone. I could not stop eating them. Jim could not stop eating them. We let the kids have a few. So bad, yet so so good. The diet starts on January 1st, am I right? In the meantime, here's the recipe. You're going to want to make these. You won't be sorry!

For the cookies
1 cup butter (I used lightly salted, but unsalted would work, too.)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, separated
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp red food coloring
2 tsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar

For the filling
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat the butter, brown sugar, and 1 egg yolk in a large bowl. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour, food coloring, and cocoa and mix until combined and a soft dough forms. Roll the dough into balls. My batter made about 18 balls. (Why am I laughing at the word 'balls'? Apparently, I am a third grader.)
Place the egg whites in a small bowl and lightly beat. Place the granulated sugar into a separate bowl. Roll each dough ball in the egg whites and then in the sugar. Place the balls on an ungreased baking sheet. Make an indentation into each cookie with your thumb.
To make the filling, beat the cream cheese, sugar, extra egg yolk, salt, and vanilla in a bowl until combined.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and fill each cookie with about 1 teaspoon of the filling. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for another 12-15 minutes, until the cookies and filling are set.
Cool cookies on the baking sheets and then transfer to baking racks to cool completely. Once cookies are cool, store them in the fridge. Or just eat them all in one sitting! You may not be able to help yourself!

Happy Friday!

xoxo, nora bird

outfit of the day(bird): a silly photo and a really good joke

vest~ TJ Maxx
sweater~ Forever 21
jeans~ H&M
boots~ thrifted
hat~ Target
necklace~ gift from mother-in-law

Jim takes my blog photos and he always takes a ton, so I always end up goofing around at the end and there are usually a few hilarious and/or totally embarrassing shots. I don't usually share those outtakes, but I thought that one up there was particularly funny and deserved a place on the blog. In case you didn't already know, which is highly unlikely, I am a huge nerd. But at least I don't take myself too seriously and can laugh at myself, right?

Another thing I have laughed at recently? This joke that Ben told at dinner last night:
Ben: Knock Knock?
Me: Who's there?
Ben: An interesting sheep.
Me: An interesting sheep who?
Ben: Neigh!
Cue Ben cracking up hysterically at his own joke. But really, a sheep that said "neigh" truly would be an interesting sheep!

And that's all I've got for you today. I hope you are all having a great week!

xoxo, nora bird

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

birthday bird.i.y.: fairy garden birthday party favors

OK, enough feeling sorry for myself. I can only handle about two days of self pity before I want to slap myself in the face and tell myself to suck it up. Instead of being tired and crabby, I'm going to focus on all the good things.
Like the first and foremost, it's my baby girl's birthday today! Eight years ago, she completed our family, and I have loved her more every minute that goes by. Happy birthday Eva Diva!!! I love you to the moon and back!
Secondly, I'm going to focus on all the good that happened last weekend. Sure, it was a lot of work, but it was a lot of work in order to throw the best party for my little eight year old that I could. And it was pretty fabulous. This year Eva chose a fairy garden theme, and I was pretty excited about it.

For these parties, I never want to send home the typical gift bag with the kids. Sure, every kid loves a good gift bag, but parents don't always. Instead, I like to come up with a craft for the kids to work on at the party, turning it in to something they can take home and show off (and yes, it also eats up an hour of what might be very loud, very crazy girls running around the house). This year, I decided we would all make fairy gardens. To make one (or 10) of your own, here's what you'll need.

~ small bowls (I thrifted these)
~ rocks or sand for drainage, and rocks for decoration
~ succulents
~ fake flowers
~ dirt
~ stickers, or any other decor you prefer (I couldn't find fairy dolls small enough)
And then it's simply as easy as 1, 2, 3, (4):
1. Add rocks to the bottom of the bowl.
2. Add dirt.
3. Add as many succulents as you want and cover with more dirt and rocks to keep in place.
4. Decorate as you want with stickers, or whatever you have on hand.
Then simply send the kids home with their creations, happy in the fact that they proudly created something and had fun doing it!

Oh, and of course, make one for yourself, too!

megan bird