Thursday, May 21, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): my husband, the wine model

sweater, shoes~ thrifted
shorts~ b. (a resale shop)
necklace~ made by my lovely friend, Erin

The other night, on his way home from work and per the request of his ever loving wife, my husband stopped to pick up a bottle of wine. While he was there, perusing the shelves, a man walked up behind him and said something like, "Yes, yes. You will be perfect." If you know Jim, he of course agreed with the man immediately before even knowing what he was perfect for. But he was curious, so he turned around and asked, "Excuse me?" The man introduced himself as a wine rep for the store and told Jim that he would like to take a few photos of him holding a bottle of and drinking some Bulgarian wine. Jim, of course, asked why and the man told him that the photos would be on "some advertisements". Jim asked where these advertisements would be seen and the man told him, "Only in Bulgaria. I would like you to be the face of Bulgarian wine." And, well, Jim let him take the photos. So now he, my proud Irish American husband, is apparently the face of Bulgarian wine. This story will never stop making me laugh and, if I ever find myself in Bulgaria, I truly hope to see his face on all of the billboards.

Bonus: We totally got a free bottle of Bulgarian wine and I can assure you, it is as delicious as it's spokesman.

xoxo, nora bird

And because I love sharing outtake photos and because Ben's "WTH are you doing?" face is priceless in this one:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

bird.i.y.: polymer clay necklace

This isn't really a DIY, and when I say that, I mean two things by it. 1. it's so easy even a caveman can do it, and 2. cavemen must have more patience than me when it comes to making jewelry.
So really, this isn't a DIY because it's more of a DIYTAYHTHBHHMP (do it yourself then ask your husband to help because he has more patience).
The end result was good, though, so I thought I'd share.
What you'll need:
~ polymer clay
~ spray paint
~ chain
~ jump rings
~ ring clasp
~ pliers
~ a McGyver-like husband (not pictured)
I first rolled out the clay to be about 1/8" thick and cut it in a half circle shape. Really you can use any shape you want, I just happened to like this. Oh, and I happened to have an old padlock that was the perfect shape to trace. Yes, I am very professional like that, using a padlock as my form.
Keeping along the lines of professionalism, I used a kitchen knife to cut the clay, and a cuticle stick to poke holes in it (this is where the jump rings will go). Who needs Martha Stewart's crafting tools when you have a padlock, a dicing knife, and a cuticle stick? Not this girl.
Bake the clay per the package instructions. I think I went a little longer than it said, but that's because I forgot it was in the oven. Luckily our oven sucks, so it didn't burn.
Then tape off a section of the clay that you want to keep white. Spray paint the rest back and front. Let it dry.
Next, realize that the chain you bought is WAY too small to fit the jump rings you bought. At this point, run around the house looking for an old necklace that may have smaller jump rings. When you can't find one, yell for your husband to help.
And because your husband is so nice and so resourceful, he will finish the necklace for you while you change into a  shirt that isn't an old baggy sweatshirt so you can take pictures of your new necklace.
Unfortunately, I didn't take the time to make sure I had a bra on that you couldn't see through the shirt. But let's be honest, I was taking this picture at 9:00 PM, you guys are lucky I'm even wearing a bra at all.
And that, my friends, is how you make a polymer necklace. Questions?
megan bird

outfit of the day(bird): Nyquil

shoes, jeans ~ Target
shirt ~ thrifted
necklace ~ Tess + Tricia, gift from Nora
hat ~ TJ Maxx
Eva gave me her sick, so I have been taking Nyquil at night to get to sleep. I always have to warn Chris that I will be taking it because it knocks me out. Normally I'm "in charge" at night when the kids wake up, not because Chris won't do it, but because they usually just come to me when they have a nightmare or need anything. So, when I take Nyquil, he's in charge.
Except on Sunday night. I took my dose and was pleasantly sedated. Eva had a nightmare and came in to our room. I actually don't remember what happened, but I know I made her feel worse. You see, she came in and told me she had a bad dream. Normally what would happen is I would bring her in to bed with us and we'd talk about the dream, and I change the dream's ending to be good. That is what Eva was expecting. Instead, she shook me once, shook me twice, and I didn't wake up. Then apparently, I did wake up with a loud and kicking start, and promptly told her to go back to bed. Not only did I not comfort her, I probably scared her even more.
And then I woke up and realized what had happened. Eva was in her room crying and scared, and I came to my senses and had her come snuggle, so not all was lost. When we were up for the day, I explained to her why I had acted the way I did, and we had a good chuckle, and Chris of course apologized for not waking up. All was good.
megan bird

Sunday, May 17, 2015

inspiration monday: cloak of invisibility

the inspiration
Kate Hudson
megan bird
jeans ~ Marshalls
necklace ~ Tess + Tricia, gift from nora
shoes, jacket, tank ~ thrifted
nora bird
shirt ~ H&M
tank ~ Marshalls
jeans ~ Limited
shoes ~ thrifted
necklace ~ gift from mother-in-law
Chris and I went to see Willie Nelson at one of the local casinos on Saturday night. After the show, we went to one of the many bars in the casino and relaxed for a while. The bartender was pretty nice and attentive for our first drink. And while we were certainly in no hurry to continue drinking, it was pretty amazing how downhill the service went from there. He was offering Chris more drinks, but whenever I finished a drink, he would pay me no attention.
So after a while, Chris and I made a game of it to see how often he would pass me without asking if I needed anything.
At one point, he literally stood right on front of me, and I KID YOU NOT, twiddled his thumbs while my empty beer bottle sat right in front of him.
And when he finally did ask me if I needed another drink, all he said was, "Ma'am?"
Luckily Chris and I were really enjoying each other's company, and were happy to make a game of the bad bartender. And because of the bad service, I woke up on Sunday feeling fresh and rested! So thank you bad bartender!
How was your weekend?
megan bird
For next week's inspiration picture, click here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

a bird's life: life lately

1. Post garage sale beer with my husband and his mutton chops. Yes, he shaved them off.
2. Waiting for the chairs that didn't sell to find their way to Goodwill. Might as well enjoy a beer on them!
3. Me and my beautiful mama. Seriously, isn't she gorgeous?
4. Eva and Papa and their daily snuggle tradition.
5. Mother's Day. My loves.
6. My gifts from each of the kids.
7. Yes I bought a fairy door to put on our stairs. And yes, I love it.
8. Sick daughter means working from home in sweats.
Happy Weekend!!
megan bird

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

outfit of the day(bird): the incredible, edible egg

jacket ~ Stitch Fix
jeans ~ Ross
shirt ~ Marshalls
hat ~ TJ Maxx
shoes ~ thrifted
sunglasses, necklace ~ Francesca's
A few weeks ago, I taught the kids how to make eggs in the microwave. You would have thought I'd taught them the meaning of life by how excited they were about it. The mix of being able to do this grown-up thing on their own and making something delicious was out of this world to them. Now they make eggs daily, adding hot sauce and different spices to their pleasing.
Of course when I make eggs for them, they eat them begrudginly because after all, it's just a boring egg; but when they make them themselves, they are the best things in the world.
Give the kids an egg, they'll eat for a day. Teach the kids to microwave an egg and you will feed them for a lifetime.
We're teaching valuable lessons on this blog here.
megan bird

bird seed: kale and quinoa caesar salad

I really love salad. I eat a salad almost every day for lunch which, for some reason, annoys my daughter to no end. "Mix it up, Mom! You should try new things!" But that's what I love about salad. You can mix it up and make something new every time. One of my favorite kinds of salad is the caesar. So simple, yet so delicious. Unfortunately, most restaurant and store bought caesar dressings are made with anchovies which, as a vegetarian, I choose not to eat. So, when my caesar craving hits, I end up making my own dressing most of the time. I have tried many different versions and variations and have come up with one that I really like. Bonus, it's pretty dang healthy! Yesterday, I was craving a caesar salad and decided to make one for dinner. I added quinoa to make a bit more hearty and main dish-worthy and toasted up some chickpeas in lieu of croutons (I stole that idea from Oh She Glows!). It was yummy, so I thought I'd share the recipe with you!


for the salad:
3-4 cups kale, chopped
1 can chickpeas, toasted (instructions below)
1 can black olives (Kalamata would be good, too, but Mimi is obsessed with canned black olives.)
1 cup quinoa, cooked according to the instructions

for the dressing:
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I like full fat, but low or no fat would be fine.)
1/4 cup grated romano cheese
2 tsp dijon
2 tsp red wine vinegar
2-3 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

I like to massage salt into my kale and then let it sit for about a half an hour before I assemble my salad. This is a totally optional step, but it wilts the kale a bit and makes it more tender and easier to eat.

While the kale is wilting, drain and rinse the chickpeas. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the chickpeas on a baking sheet, cover with about a tbsp of olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and garlic powder, and place in the oven for about 25 minutes. Shake the pan halfway through to stir the chickpeas a bit. They will be brown and toasty when they are done.

While the chickpeas are toasting, place all of the dressing ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.

Add the olives and cooked quinoa into the bowl with the kale and top with the dressing. Mix well. Top with the toasted chickpeas and sprinkle a bit more romano atop, if you please. I am always pleased with more cheese. I also cooked up some breaded "chicken" to add on top of the salad. You can obviously use real chicken or just skip this step entirely!

I served our salad with a simple flatbread, but we really didn't need it. It was delicious and definitely filling enough on its own!

Are you a caesar salad fan?
xoxo, nora bird