Friday, April 17, 2015

life lately: thrifted

I haven't had a ton of time lately to thrift, but I went once or twice over the past couple of months and have gotten lucky in my finds. I thought I'd share a few of my faves...

1. Because just one striped tee won't do.
2. The cutest pair of nude Enzo Angiolinis that I have been searching for forever.
3. The best thing about this lace sweater is that it's long. I plan on wearing it as a beach cover-up this summer.
4. Pink scar. Giraffes. Need I say more?
5. Fuzzy and sheer, like peanut butter and chocolate.
6. I can't not buy vintage bracelets when I see them Especially when they're only $1.00.
7. I love pretty much anything with fringe on it these days. Plus a scarf I can wear in the summer is always a bonus.
8. This J. Crew pencil skirt was calling my name. I didn't even try it on before I bought it.
What have you thrifted lately?
Happy Friday!!
megan bird

Thursday, April 16, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): No I Wants

jeans ~ swap
tank ~ Marshalls
shoes ~ Target
sunglasses ~ Francesca's
belt ~ thrifted
The other day, the kids and I were in line to return some impulse purchases from the day before. (Yes, that happens.) There was a mom in front of us with three sons. They didn't seem like particularly mean kids, or even ill-behaved kids at all. In fact, they were pretty good. But the mom was having a bad day. And we all know that happens. Everyone has bad days. And sometimes moms take those bad days out on their kids. I know I'm guilty.
And I know I shouldn't laugh, but when this woman was as vocal as she was, she has to know that people can hear her. And when she inadvertently says something funny (I never would have laughed to her face...not with the day she was having), she just has to know that maybe people will talk about her later. Or blog....same/same, right?
So the back story is that her son was buying a pair of sunglasses with his own money. The glasses were $4.99 and he had $5. He was maybe 8, and not well versed in the ways of sales tax, as most 8-year olds are not. So when the total came to $5.38, the kid was perplexed, and out of luck because he literally only had $5. He looked at his mom with his big doe eyes, and she started digging through her purse, yelling at him the whole time.
At this point, I am also frantically digging through my purse for $.37 because I felt for this kid. And I felt for the mom. It just wasn't a good day for anyone. But the mom beat me to it, and as she handed him the money, she turned to all of her kids and yelled,
"I don't want any of you talking to me for the rest of the day. No 'I wants'. No 'Can Is'. No 'I needs'" And then they were out the door.
When we got to our car, Henry said to me, "mama, why was that woman so mean to her kids?" and I said, "All moms have bad days, I am sure I have been mean to you like that before." And Henry said to me, "Mama, I have never thought you were mean."
And I will remember that forever. Because I have been, and will be again, where that woman was that day, yet he still doesn't think I'm mean. Or he was just scared of the wrath of moms.
megan bird

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

bird's nest: my new kitchen and dining room

I am excited to share bits of our new home with you guys. I really love it and it's been super fun setting everything up and decorating. I thought I would start with my kitchen/dining room. It is by far my favorite room in the house and we definitely spend the most time in here. It's also the only room that is pretty much completely set up. Everything else is still a work in progress. And while I am sure we will make a few changes here and there in this space, I really love how it's coming together. I hope you like it, too! And now, prepare for photos. Lots of photos. Probably way too many.

Our dishwasher is quite possibly the first one ever invented. It seriously sounds like a jet engine when it is running. I am not exaggerating. Also, probably not great for that huge water problem we have going on in California. It will be replaced very very soon.

Ugly but extremely necessary appliances. Someday I will have a pretty coffee maker but, for now, this one does the job. Also, I forgot to clean up my coffee mug before taking photos. Oops!

My cousin, Annie, who lives just north of us, made the kids that 'Welcome to California' block and I love it. So sweet.

I do not make my kids color coordinate their magnets. That is all their crazy mama.

It seemed slightly weird at first to have a couch in our dining area, but we love it so much. You can find Jim and the kids or any guests here while I am cooking dinner. And after a particularly heavy meal, it's nice to have a close place to lay down.

A small sampling of the magnet collection that Jim and I have had forever.

Roses from our garden!

Jim HATES this chair here. He says it messes with the flow of the room and that is apparently bad Feng shui. But I love the chair and there is not another spot for it in the house. Sorry Feng shui! I am sure it will be removed at some point, after great debate.

Gotta represent my hometown!

I hope you liked the tour. You are all invited over for dinner and drinks whenever you are nearby!

xoxo, nora bird

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): oldie

shirt~ Stitch Fix
jeans~ Levis
shoes~ b. (a resale shop)
necklace~ Tess + Tricia

There is an "oldies" radio station (or as I call it, a station that plays music from when I was a kid) in the Bay Area that I listen to a lot while we are driving around. They favor old hits by Genesis, Wings, Hall & Oates, and Huey Lewis and the News, among other greats. Needless to say, it's pretty much my favorite radio station out here. How could it not be, am I right? Whenever a song that I particularly love starts playing I always turn it up super loud and start doing my amazing (according to me) driver's seat dance. And whenever that happens, Mimi will groan loudly and say, "Another song from when you were a kid, huh Mama." To which I always reply, "Oh, you kids these days just don't appreciate good music." So, you know, maybe I am an oldie. And oldie and proud of it.

xoxo, nora bird

Monday, April 13, 2015

Inspiration Monday: Worst Mom Award

the inspiration
Charlize Theron
megan bird
leggings ~ Dots
sunglasses ~ Francesca's
shirt, shoes ~ thrifted
nora bird
shirt ~ hand-me-down from little sister
pants ~ Urban Outfitters
shoes ~ Converse
sunglasses ~ Target
On Friday, the kids and I (and eventually Chris) decided to have a slumber party in our sunroom. We brought down the memory foam mattress topper, all the blankets and pillows we could fit in our arms, and set up camp. We made a ton of appetizers and set out to find a movie on Amazon. I saw that they had Into the Woods, but I had heard this movie was pretty dark. So I texted my sisters asking if they'd ever seen it, and if so, was it appropriate for my kids. I then did a little Google research to see if the movie would scare them.
The more I read, the more I thought that it might be a little too dark for the instead we watched Mr. Deeds....which says the "s" and "a" words quite a few times.
In the end, my kids did not get nightmares, but they did cringe every time Adam Sandler said a bad word. And I didn't turn it off. Movie mom fail..
But the slumber party was a success. And I'm guessing that's the part they will remember. Or at least I'm hoping.
megan bird
For next week's inspiration picture, click here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

mama bird: yes day

Last Thursday, I woke up and decided randomly to have a 'yes' day with my kids. With the move and the unpacking and the setting up the house and all of the other stuff that comes along with that, I felt like I had been saying 'no' to my kids way too much lately. No, I can't play right now. I'm busy. No, we can't go get ice cream. I've got to unpack these boxes. No, you can't paint. It'll make too big of a mess and I am trying to clean. And so on, and so forth. I felt like I was being such a boring mom. So I woke up that day and said, "Today I am saying yes!" I told the kids I would say yes to whatever they wanted, within reason, for the whole day. Now, my kids are still very young and they didn't quite understand to the full extent what this meant. They didn't take full advantage of the situation, in my opinion. I am sure when we do this again (and we will do this again!) when they are older, it will be a bit different. That said, we had a whole lot of fun that day. We went to a couple parks, we had french fries and milk shakes for lunch, we painted, we picked wild flowers, we danced, we read lots of books, we had ice cream (okay, it was frozen yogurt, but they couldn't tell the difference!) after dinner. I didn't say no to one request and it was really great for all of us. I felt so light and happy at the end of the day and I could tell my kids had benefited, as well. The energy around the house felt cheerful and light. I will remember that feeling the next time I am about to say no to something for no good reason. Most of the time, saying yes is way more fun, gets many more laughs, a lot more kisses and hugs, and everyone is a whole lot happier. And happy is good.

 (I did take away those weird little gummy hamburgers and hide them in my purse before the kids saw them. I wasn't sure I wanted to say yes to those. Also, they are still in my purse.)

xoxo, nora bird

Thursday, April 9, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): great friends and writer's block

dress~ b. (a resale shop)
shoes~ Converse

I just texted my sisters and asked if they had any funny stories that I could share on the blog today because I am having complete writer's block. They didn't come up with much. At least nothing that I will share here! My sisters have hilarious stories to share but they are probably not appropriate for a public blog. ANYWAY...I think my problem is that I am still coming down from the high (not literally, I swear) of having visitors over Easter weekend. We had such a fun, full weekend and it has been hard to get back to reality. Some of our dearest friends drove up from Santa Barbara and stayed with us all weekend. They have a son the same age as Mimi and those two have been best friends since birth. We haven't seen them in months and it was a really great visit. It was so fun to see all the kids playing together and to just hang out, relax, and enjoy a pretty lazy weekend. We ate and drank too much and laughed a ton all weekend long. It was just what I needed after the stress of the move. Great friends = the best.

I hope you're all having a great week!

xoxo, nora bird