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

For next week's inspiration monday picture, click here.

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.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): probably not blog-worthy

tunic and sneakers~ b. (a resale shop)
jeans~ Limited
necklace~ Etsy, gift from Jim
bandeau~ Urban Outfitters

I wasn't going to share these pictures. It's a pretty boring and not-so-blog-worthy outfit. I literally wore this around the house on Sunday while I was cleaning up for a little get-together we had that afternoon. Plus, it was so sunny and the colors and editing are a bit off. As I was editing them, I said to Jim, "Yeah, we are going to have to retake my outfit photos. These just aren't any good." And then I got unexpectedly sick for the last couple of days. Or just sick, I guess. No one really gets sick expectedly, do they? And I have been wearing comfy pants and no makeup and have barely even brushed my teeth (super hot, I know), so I figured this outfit was way better than sharing any of that. I mean, I guess I did just share that. But you definitely don't need a visual. So, there you go! That is how I came to share a possibly not blog-worthy outfit on the blog!

In other news, Mimi turned 5 on Tuesday. 5!!! I have a 5-year old. I've been a mom for five years. I don't know why but, for some reason, a 5-year old seems so much bigger to me than 4-year old. I have been strangely emotional about the whole thing. But she thinks it's pretty cool to be 5, which it certainly is, and I am happy about that.

I hope you're all having a great week! 
xoxo, nora bird

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

bird.i.y.: game time travel tin (made from upcycled cookie sheets)

Spring has sprung...well at least it did, and then it snowed, and now it's coming get the idea. Anywho, with Spring and Summer comes camping, and with camping comes road trips. Our kids are pretty good on road trips; iPads and a DVD player (with headphones) in the car helps. But I also want to make sure they are enjoying the idea of a road know, old school alphabet and license plate games sort of stuff. So when I started thinking about what I could make for a DIY this week, I was thinking about that. I was also madly trying to close the cupboard door in which our cookie sheets are stored, wondering why we have so many cookie sheets when I don't even bake.
So I grabbed one from the cupboard and started my project. If you want to make one of your own, here's what you'll need:

~ cookie sheet
~ magnet strip
~ hot glue gun
~ chalkboard paint
~ paint brush
~ spray paint (optional)
~ 20 buttons, two sets of 10 in different colors
~ hammer/nail or drill
~ String/twine
~ pencil pouch (if you're a child of the 80s, use a Le Sport Sac)
~ chalk
To begin, I cleaned the cookie sheet to make sure there was none of that "bake" residue on it. You know what I'm talking about, right? Why do baking sheets always look so beautiful when you buy them and one batch of cookies later they're black and permanently greasy? (Is it just my cookie sheets?) (Are you all judging me right now?)
So...I had a (fairly) clean cookie sheet. I then spray painted the rim and the handles. This is just for looks, and you certainly don't have to do this part. And to be honest, with my painting skills, I probably shouldn't have done it myself. (Don't look to closely at the pictures) (You are now, aren't you?) (Are you all judging me again?)

Once the spray paint was dry, I applied as many coats of chalkboard paint to the flat surface of the pan as needed. In my case, it was about 100 5.
While the paint was drying, I hot glued buttons to cut pieces from the magnet strip.
Once the paint was all dry, I nailed a hole in the rim of the baking sheet and put a piece of string through the hole. I attached the string to the pencil pouch and secured.

I added playing cards, Yahtzee sheets, dice, chalk, Kleenex (to clean the chalkboard), and Pictionary cards to the pouch, but you could certainly add whatever else you want. These just happen to be games my kids like to play.

And now we're all set for a long road trip! Who wants to come camping with us?
megan bird