Wednesday, September 30, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): working for the weekend

dress~ Zara
shoes~ Target
sunglasses~ 7 for all Mankind

It's only Wednesday but I am already looking forward to the weekend. We have a babysitter + new friends + Thai food in our future for Friday night. And on Saturday, Jim is taking the kids out on a daddy date for a few hours in the morning, so I have some time for myself. I am still deciding between going to get a mani/pedi or going to explore a nearby town where I have heard rumors that there is an amazing 2-story Savers thrift store. Tough decisions. Perhaps I can fit both in! Do you have any fun upcoming weekend plans? I know, I know. It's only Wednesday. It's just one of those weeks, I guess. I hope you all enjoy your hump day!

xoxo, nora bird

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ch ch ch changes (sung like David Bowie)

Well, it's the year of change. We took the summer off and admittedly, it was a welcome break. There were a few things we feared from taking time off, but the main thing was losing touch with our friends, both real life and virtual. What we found was that we actually did not. Many of you we follow on Instagram, and/or Twitter, or are even our Facebook friends. Many of you we actually see in person (albeit not nearly enough). A few of you, we don't, and that makes us sad, but come on, join Instagram already!

When we started our blog, we never had any lofty goals for it. It was a fun way to show off our creative side and a weird way for us to take awkward photos of ourselves every day. It may even be fun to look at this blog 40 years from now and think how great we looked. No? What I am saying is that we never had any financial hopes for our blog. We certainly never wanted to grow it as a business or make a living out of it. Sure we wouldn't have said no to those things, but we didn't want to lose the integrity of what we were building by doing that. And by saying that, I am in no way saying that those who monetize their blog have no integrity, all I mean is that this blog for us was meant to be a true expression of who we are and what happens in our lives. We wanted to share silly stories of our lives, easy DIYs, and hardships that may not have always been easy to talk about. In doing so, we met so many friends and developed so many relationships literally across the world. And what we learned this summer is that those relationships lasted, even without daily contact. I suppose that's what true friendship is, right?

So, long story short, Nora and I are not willing to give up on this blog. We're not ready, nor will we ever be ready, to say goodbye to two birds. After all, two birds has given us so much. We became professional stylists and shoppers, consultants, runway and fashion show curators, writers, and yes, I believe this blog even lead me to my dream job. Plus we're sister and best friends, so no, we're not ready to give up on two birds.

What we are ready to give up on is the schedule. While we love posting, and we love reading your blogs, you may have noticed that we have not been able to be as present as we'd like to. I personally don't have a ton of time to comment every day, and for that I feel bad. I love your blogs and want to give them the attention they deserve, and I have been a bad blogger in that sense. So what we plan to do is this...if we have a great outfit, we'll post it. If we have a fab DIY or recipe we want to share, we'll post it. If we have a funny story about our kids, we may post it, but let's be honest, we'll probably just share it on Facebook. What we will for sure do is post all of these fab outfits, DIYs, recipes, and stories on Instagram, so feel free to follow along there if you're not already. If we're not following you, please leave your Instagram feed in the comments and we'll make sure to stay in touch that way.

In the meantime, there will be many days where we will pop up in your feed, but it just won't be every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thanks for playing along with us these past few years, and we hope to continue the game for many more. Are you in?

megan and nora bird

Sunday, September 27, 2015

My Stitch Fix Box

I received my latest Fix on Friday and love it all. I'm having trouble deciding what to keep (all of it?). Help me decide what to keep from my latest Stitch Fix box!!! 

Skies are Blue Zatanna Contrast Back Knit Top

 Lysse Keeley Faux Leather Legging

 Fun2Fun Covelin Cut Out Back Blouse

 RD Style Novalli Split Back Tank

RD Style Tam Turtle Neck Knit Top

What do you think? Tell me what I should keep in the comments!
megan bird

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

bird.i.y.: sleep salve

I have a wonderful coworker who also happens to be a wonderful friend. She was kind enough to gift me the shirt I wore on the blog yesterday because I was going to purchase it myself and she happened to have it in a size that didn't fit her. She refused to take any money for it, so I had to come up with something else.

Having traveled with her, I happen to know that, like me, she also has some sleep issues. i.e., she can't. So I thought this would be a great opportunity to make her some sleep salve. It's super easy, super yummy to smell, and worst case scenario, if it doesn't help you sleep, it will at least make your feet soft. 

You too can make it for your sleep-deprived friends. Here's how.

What you'll need:
~ 1 cup olive oil
~ 1 cup coconut oil
~ 4 tablespoons beaded beeswax
~ 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon oil
~ 1/4 teaspoon orange oil
~ 1/4 teaspoon lavender oil
~ 1/4 teaspoon cedarwood oil
~ 1/4 teaspoon neroli oil
~ 1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil
~ 3 - 4 oz. jars (or you can half the recipe and use 1 6 oz. jar) (MATH!)
~ label sticker and a marker (optional)

The directions are simple.
1. Melt olive and coconut oils together in a double broiler. Add the beeswax and stir until melted. This is a quick process.

2. Mix all the essential oils together. Or have your daughter do it.

3. Remove the olive/coconut oil/beeswax mixture from the heat and add the essential oil mixture to it. Or have your daughter do it.

4. Pour the concoction into a pourable measuring cup, and pour into the jars. Your daughter will ask to do this, but I recommend you do it yourself.

5. Write "sleep" in your best handwriting on a sticker and stick it to the jar. Add a fun note on how to use it and add a pair of fuzzy socks to make the gift complete. 

I made enough for myself, too, and all I can say is that the first night I used it, I fell asleep so hard and unexpectedly that I don't even remember falling asleep. I also fell asleep before I could set my alarm and missed a run I had planned with some friends the next morning, but it wasn't my fault. It was the salve!!!

Enjoy! Sweet Dreams!
megan bird

outfit of the day(bird): your hair's long and black

blouse ~ Stitch Fix
jeans ~ Gordmans
shoes ~ thrifted
necklace ~ World Market

Many moons ago, when Chris and I first met, let's just say that his feelings for me may have been a little deeper than my feelings for him. Obviously things have changed, but back then I thought we were friends, and he was hoping for more.

I introduced him to a local band that he had never heard of and he quickly began to love the band. (Or was he just trying to impress me? I'll never know.) I had all of their CDs (yes we met long enough ago that people still bought CDs) and he wanted them. So I made copies for him. One CD was live, and it had the same song on it twice. Part of the song goes like this:

Your hair's long and black
As it lays 'cross my pillow
When I stare in your eyes
I get lost in your glory

I'm gonna make you love me
I'm gonna dry your tears
And we're gonna stay together
For a million years

Of course when he listened to the CD, and heard this song twice, he assumed I put it on there purposely for him, as a hint that I was secretly in love with him. After all, I did have long dark hair, and, of course, I would get lost in his glory. Hearing the song on the CD twice convinced him to continue to pursue me.

I guess it worked. And now we're gonna stay together for a million years.
megan bird

Monday, September 21, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): date night!

top~ hand-me-down from my friend kerri
jeans~ The Limited
shoes~ thrifted
necklace~ Tess + Tricia

After almost 7 months living in California, Jim and I have finally found an awesome babysitter (insert confetti emoji!) and were able to have a date night on Friday. This is what I wore. We had reservations at this yummy tapas restaurant at 8pm, but went a little early to walk around, window shop, and grab a drink beforehand. Jim has been working non-stop and all hours for the last couple of months so it was really nice to have some time alone together to re-connect and talk without distraction as well as enjoy some good food and drinks. After dinner we decided to stop into this hole-in-the-wall bar a few blocks from our house. As it turned out, it was karaoke night (my favorite!) and, not only that, it was disco night. Almost everyone in the bar was decked out, head to toe, in their best Studio 54 wear. It was amazing. Everyone in the bar seemed to know each other and they all were so friendly and welcomed Jim and I with open arms. We had a couple of drinks and enjoyed the performances of our fellow partygoers. There may have even been a song sung by me. It was such a fun night and I am looking forward to our next date night, which we have decided we will have to happen at least every other week. 

How was your weekend?

xoxo, nora bird

Friday, September 18, 2015

a bird's life: summertime fun

Since we were away from the blog all summer, I thought it would be fun to share some photos of a few of the things my family and I did over our break. We did so much that even after narrowing it down there was so much I wanted to share with you. Prepare for a photo overload!

1. We became members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium which is seriously one of the coolest places. I especially love all the jellyfish!
2. We celebrated LOVE! #lovewins
3. We got on a lot of airplanes this summer! The kids love watching planes take off and land while we wait to board. Jim and I dropped the kids off with their grandparents in the Midwest and continued on to NYC to celebrate our anniversary and attend the wedding of two of our dear friends.
4. While in NYC, I had a wonderful dinner and even better conversation with Ally! I am so happy that I got a chance to see her and introduce her to Jim.
5. Jim and I spent a week in NYC to celebrate 10 years of marriage. It was magical.
6. Speaking of marriage, we then headed upstate NY to attend our friends' beautiful wedding. I got to get henna, which was amazing!
7. After the wedding weekend, we headed back to the Midwest to spend a week in Jim's hometown, LaCrosse, WI. His parents still live there and both of his sisters and their families joined us for a few days, too!
8. We did a lot of swimming while in LaCrosse. My kids are little fish.
9. Mimi and Ben loved seeing their Beyers-side cousins. They all have so much fun together.
10. We then headed to Minneapolis, my hometown, to spend a week in the city. I got to see lots of friends and family while in town.
11. The birds were reunited.
12. I got to see a bunch of my favorite blogger-turned-real-life friends. (Beth was there, too, but had to leave early.)
13. More wedding fun happened. This time, with the kids!
14. We then headed up north to spend a week in the wilderness with my whole family. We did all the kayaking, canoeing, swimming, boating, fishing, tubing, beer drinking, bonfiring, laughing, crying, eating, and just plain hanging out. It was glorious.
15. I love these amazing ladies.
16. We celebrated Ben's 3rd birthday on an airplane headed back to California. He didn't seem to mind seeing as he got to play on the iPad for almost the whole flight.
17. We took advantage of being back in California. We love beach days!
18. We bought an awesome new bike. The kids really enjoy being carted around in this thing. It's awesome for Farmer's Market trips.
19. We did some camping in the Santa Cruz Mountains with some of our best friends.
20. This girl started kindergarten!

And there you have it! My summer in a nutshell. A nutshell filled with photos!

xoxo, nora bird

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): stuff and things

shirt~ Marshall's
jeans~ Gap
shoes~ Converse

Hey, everyone! How are you all doing? I hope you had a wonderful summer and are settling nicely into early fall. It's started to feel fall-ish even here in California, and that is making me happy. I missed you all while we were away, but I had a really nice and very busy but also quite relaxing summer. And now? Now it kind of a weird period of transition and change and confusion and anxiety and excitement in my life. Oh, did I mention anxiety? Yeah. Mimi started kindergarten this year and it's really going well. She absolutely loves it and is learning and thriving and growing right before my eyes. Upon picking her up after her first day, she ran out to greet me and exclaimed, "Kindergarten is AWESOME!" So, yeah, she is happy. And that makes me happy. Ben will start preschool next week, just three days a week. It's a parent participation co-op school, so I will have to work one school day a week as well as attend monthly meetings, work on the Arts & Crafts Committee, and take part other projects and events throughout the year. It is going to be a lot of work but I really think it will be an amazing experience for both of us. I am excited to see him blossom and flourish and learn and make new friends and become even more independent than he already is. As a stay-at-home mom with both kids in school, this leaves me at sort of a strange place in life. Of course, Ben is only part time right now and I am going to be heavily involved with his school and will also be volunteering as much as possible with Mimi's school, as well. But this transition has really got me thinking about my future and what it could and what I want for it to hold. And that's really scary because I'm not quite sure yet what I want to be when I grow up. That's a weird thing to experience at almost 36-years of age. I have days days when I feel really lost and scared and days when I feel motivated and excited and inspired and ready to conquer whatever is next. I am excited to be back at blogging so I can share in this new crazy journey with all of you. So, that's what's happening with me! What's new with you?

xoxo, nora bird

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Outfit of the Day(bird): We're BAAAAAACK!!!

We're back, and maybe better than ever. Or maybe just well rested after an amazing summer! We've missed you all, but are so happy we took a little time for ourselves. Since we last spoke, I personally have been up to quite a bit...

~ I got a new kick-ass job that has changed my life. Like dream job sort of stuff. Like, "when I grow up I want to be a..." sort of job.
~ We camped almost every weekend of the summer. We hiked caves and waterfalls and thrifted in each little town we explored. We drank wine in front of campfires and ate copious amounts of junk food with friends and family. It was glorious.
~ I traveled to San Fransisco twice for work and unfortunately never got to see Nora either time. Luckily we have a non-work trip planned for next month!
~ We went to a cabin in northern Minnesota with the family (i.e., all of my sisters, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and parents) for a whole glorious week. We used to go there as kids, and it was even more fun as adults. We spent a lot of time doing nothing, a lot more time laughing, and a little time crying, but it was all good in the end.
~ My kids started school, and I have a middle schooler on my hands. It's crazy how they've grown.
~ I finally found a mascara that I love and jeans that fit me properly.
~ I have finally decided that as frugal as I am, it's ok to spend money on good mascara and jeans.
~ I've somehow ended up on a clean-out-my-life kick. I've sent bags and bags of unused pieces to Goodwill and am still at it. It won't stop me from shopping, but I am at the very least being more mindful of what I'm buying. It feels good.
~ I've gotten so much more comfortable in my style. Part of it is that I am no longer tied to a corporate job where I feel like I dress as one person at work and another at home. I get to wear whatever I want now, and I have to say it's freeing. I am so much more comfortable in my own body when I am able to wear what I want. Hopefully, I can share a more true self on the blog.
~ I have forgotten how to blog. I know I have plenty of great stories that I want to share with you all, but it may take me a minute to remember them all. Bear with me.
~ We decided to only blog three days a week. We'll be here Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. We hope you'll be here with is.

We missed you all!!
megan bird