Friday, August 29, 2014

megan is a...

I'm moving from our regular posting today because I'm lazy. And also because I think this is fun...and I'd like to hear what Google has to say about you. So instead of an outfit/food/DIY post, try this on for size.
Go onto Google and type "*your name* is a" and tell me what pops up.
Here's mine. And yes, I am a fruit loop. And sometimes a fox. And always awesome. ; )

Tell me yours in the comments below!
Have a fabulous weekend!
megan bird

Thursday, August 28, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): road trippin'

capelet~ b. (a resale shop)
tee~ Old Navy
jeans~ thrifted
shoes~ DSW

When it comes to road trips, I think you either love them or you hate them. I fit into the latter category. I really don't love them. I really don't enjoy driving or being in a car in the first place, so long periods of time in the car are not my favorite. I am a super anxious passenger (and just person in general) and a horrible backseat driver, but I also really don't want to drive for long stretches. I can't read in the car without getting nauseous and I find it hard to fall asleep while someone is driving, so there is really nothing I can do to distract myself from the fact that we are driving and driving and driving forever. Add two young kids into the mix and it makes it that much more difficult. Basically, I am the last person you want on your road trip. That said, guess where I am right now? On a road trip with Jim and the kids, on our way to visit Jim's grandma. Luckily, by the time you are reading this, we will be just about to our destination! But as I am writing this, I am anxious about the trip and really hoping that someone invents a way to teleport before we have to leave. Seriously, how amazing would it be if we could just teleport everywhere? So amazing. Someone should really get on that.

xoxo, nora bird

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

bird.i.y: painted cuffs

I told Megan the other day that I had no idea what I was going to post today. Lately, when it has come to DIY projects, I have been very uninspired and quite lazy. It's nearing the end of the summer and we have been so busy with other things and trying to be outside and enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather and my time for DIYs has been limited. So, instead of trying to come up with a whole new idea this week, I went into the corner of my basement reserved for DIY projects that have been started and abandoned and decided to finish one of those.

I bought a package of metal cuffs and some acrylic paint pens at Michael's months and months ago. I had big plans for designing my own original jewelry. I even started doing so, but then I just left them, unfinished and half-painted, in that sad corner of my basement. Until this week! And now I have four new, original pieces of jewelry to add to the mix!

What you'll need:
~ metal cuff
~ acrylic paint pen
~ clear acrylic sealer

I have little to no artistic skill, so I just went with some very simple designs. But you could really have fun with this! The world (or the cuff?) is your oyster. Go crazy! Be bold! Make cool, original jewelry that everyone will ask you about! Really, anything goes.

Once you have finished creating your designs, spray the cuffs with the acrylic sealer according to the directions on the can.

Once that is dry, wear your cuffs proudly!

This was a lot of fun and I am happy that it helped me out of my DIY rut. In fact, I bought a package of metal rings that I plan on painting one of these days!

xoxo, nora bird

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): skool


shirt, shoes, sunglasses ~ Target
jeans ~ Goodwill, thrifted

The kids' first day of school was yesterday. For some reason, I woke up at 2:00 AM for the day on
Monday. I woke up and started worrying that I hadn't planned everything out for them. What if they didn't have the right forms signed? What if Eva didn't remember to put her pencil box in her backpack? All the stuff that probably doesn't matter in the long run, but that for some reason, kept me up the remainder of the night. At 5:00 I went for a run, hoping to clear my mind, and then sat down to write Henry's teacher a letter per her request.
She wanted us to write about our kids...their likes and dislikes, what we wish for them this year, what she should look out for. I started writing, and before I knew it, I had written almost two pages of information about Henry. And I was tired, man was I tired, which is why when I tried to write, "We really hope Henry has a great school year", I actually wrote "shcool year". In pen. After already writing two pages. And I was too tired to start over. So I crossed it out, like crazily crossed it out, like scribbled over it until I almost ripped the paper. Because I didn't want Henry's teacher to judge Henry just because on four hours of sleep his mom doesn't know how to spell school.
megan bird

Monday, August 25, 2014

inspiration monday: reason #3,562

the inspiration
Sophia Bush

megan bird

dress ~ H&M
vest ~ Kohls
shoes ~ thrifted
necklaces ~ Heartbreaker, Forever 21
belt ~ Target

nora bird

jacket ~ thrifted
dress ~ Urban Outfitters
boots ~ gift from mom

Saturday, we went to the farmer's market with the specific intent of buying this hot sauce for our brother-in-law. We had bought some for ourselves over a month ago, and loved it so much we wanted to share. We came and went from the farmer's market without the hot sauce. Such is life these days.

It just so happened, though, that on Sunday, we had breakfast at a little restaurant in South Minneapolis that was right next to another small farmer's marker. And it just so happened that the guy was there selling the very same hot sauce.

I walked up to him and told him how serendipitous it was that he happened to be there, and that we had bought some from him a while ago, yada yada yada....and he said, "Oh yeah, I remember you guys!"

On the drive home, I said to Chris, "I think the reason people remember us is because of you. Me, I'm just another brown-haired girl from Minnesota, but most people remember a bald guy." To which Chris replied, "Have you looked in the mirror lately? Everyone remembers you."

And he was 100% sincere. Because even if that may not be true, it's true to Chris. And this is reason #3,562 why I love my husband.

megan bird

For next week's inspiration picture and rules on how to play along, click here!

Friday, August 22, 2014

bird seed: tomato pie

I am not a huge tomato fan except in the summertime when they are fresh from the garden. Because of this, I was very excited when I opened our CSA box to find a huge pile of fresh tomatoes! We also recieved basil and green onions this week, so I immediately knew I would attempt a tomato pie. If you're a fan of tomatoes and cheese, you will probably like tomato pie! It's a super simple summertime dish that is great as a side or even served as a main course alongside a light salad.

~ Four tomatoes, sliced
~ 1/4 cup basil, chopped
~ 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
~ 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
~ 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
~ 3/4 cup garlic aioli (or just your favorite mayo)
~ salt and pepper
~ 9 inch deep dish pie crust (I used store-bought. Please don't tell my mother-in-law!)

~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
~ Place the sliced tomatoes on a paper towel or in a colander in your sink and salt generously. Let them sit for at least 10 minutes to release most of their juices.
~ Mix together the cheeses and aioli or mayo in a bowl. I use ailoi because I have a very strange aversion to plain old mayo. As in, I find it repulsive. But add some garlic and lemon juice and I am good to go! Aversion gone! I know, I am a crazy person. Set aside. (Both your thoughts about me and the aioli mixture.)
~ Once the tomatoes are ready, layer them on the bottom of your pie crust and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
~ Layer the green onions and basil on top of the tomatoes.
 ~ Spread the cheese mixture on top of the tomato/basil/onions.
~ Place the pie in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until it begins to brown.
~ Remove from oven and let sit for about 20 minutes to set.
~ Serve and enjoy!

Have you ever tried tomato pie? What's your favorite tomato recipe?

xoxo, nora bird

Thursday, August 21, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): dog days of summer

 dress/cover-up ~ TJ Maxx
shoes,tank/bra ~ Target
This weekend is our kids' last weekend of summer, so we promised them a weekend full of fun. We asked them, "If you could plan the perfect day, what would you do?" in hopes of getting some clues as to what we should plan. Henry said Skyzone (easy enough), and Eva, without hesitation, said, "Skyzone, zip lining, and then go to China!"
We're still not sure exactly what we're going to do, but it will most likely involve zip lining, paddle boarding, and maybe even Skyzone if it's not too busy. China, however, may not be on the books. We need them to be fairly rested on Monday!
Any suggestions?
megan bird

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

bird.i.y.:vintage sheet wall banner

Nora bought the cutest wall hanging from Urban Outfitters a while back. I saw a picture of it and instantly (of course) wanted one. Knowing that I needed a DIY post for this week, and knowing that I am too cheap (frugal?) to pay $34 for the UO one, I decided I would make my own. While I love the tribal feel of the one Nora owns, I knew that I wanted to make one with more of a colorful, vintage vibe to it. And of course, I had all the supplies I needed at the house already. I case you're not a vintage sheet, pom pom hoarding person like me, here's what you'll need to make your own.
~ iron-on transfer paper
~ fabric (I used a vintage sheet)
~ two dowels, or sturdy sticks from your yard (I used one of each)
~ hot glue gun
~ scissors
~ pom pom yarn (or regular yarn or string)

I started by creating a cute template using PicMonkey. I tried it out in both all caps, and all lowercase, added a frame around each one, and reversed it. I then printed (make sure to use an inkjet printer) (well, I used a laser printer, but I was taking the chance it wouldn't melt the transfer paper and ruin the printer) (I got lucky) both versions on the transfer paper.

I decided to go with the all caps version. I simply cut it out, placed it face-down on the pre-ironed piece of fabric, and followed the instructions on the transfer paper box. The "note" made me laugh...

Only YOU can prevent bad t-shirt transferring.

I then ironed the transfer for...well, it was supposed to be 30 seconds, but I got all paranoid that it wasn't done yet. Trust the instructions, follow the instructions (remember the note)....I went longer than 30 seconds and ended up burning the transfer a bit. We'll just say that I did it on purpose to add a vintage patina to the writing, m'kay?

Once everything cooled down, and I removed the backing off the transfer, I hot glued the top of the fabric to the stick from my backyard.

And I glued the dowel to the bottom of the fabric.

I then added the pom pom yard to hang it, and promptly hung in on Eva's bedroom wall.

Ta Da!

I still love the one Nora bought, and perhaps may even buy it one day if it goes on sale. But in the meantime, I love my rustic, vintage version just as much!
megan bird

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): 20

shirt~ Mille
jeans~ thrifted
shoes~ Target
headband~ Urban Outfitters

This past weekend, Jim and I traveled to his hometown to attend his 20th high school reunion. It was a three-part event which started on Friday evening with a sort of pre-reunion reunion party at a local hole in the wall bar. This was the third of Jim's reunions that I have attended and I really enjoy his former classmates and would even count a few of them among my dearest friends, so it was a fun night. Lots of reminiscing and laughs. The next day there was a family picnic at a local park which was also a lot of fun. It was a beautiful day and we just sat around watching our kids play, relaxing in the sun, and eating potato chips. Later that night was the official reunion, so we went back to Jim's parent's house to nap and rest up for the big event. Unfortunately, I awoke feeling feverish and with quite possibly the worst headache I have ever had. I could barely move without feeling nauseated and bursting into tears. It was horrible. I felt bad missing out on the actual reunion, but I spent the rest of my evening in bed while Jim and his classmates partied the night away. He ended up having a fun night and, although it really really sucked being sick, the introvert in me may have been secretly relieved not to have to get dressed up and socialize yet again! Just don't tell Jim or he'll think I faked the whole thing!

xoxo, nora bird