Thursday, October 16, 2014

mama bird: happy birthday mom!

You know that old saying where a man is supposed to look at his future mother-in-law to gauge whether or not he should stay with his girlfriend? Well, in the case of all of our husbands, I think it was a very easy decision. Our mom is beautiful, inside and out...and on Saturday, she is celebrating a monumental (momumental?) birthday!

Mom, you are truly the best mom we could ever have asked for. By being the beautiful person you are, you taught us how to be the beautiful people we are. You are a friend, a mentor, a teacher, and the light that has led us to where we are today. Thanks for being you, and happiest of birthdays! We love you!!!!
megan & nora bird

outfit of the day(bird): weird facts

jeans ~ Ross
sweater ~ Alloy
tank ~ Target 
scarf ~ from mom
boots, hat ~ thrifted

A few weird facts about me...
~ I hate odd shaped fruit and veggies. If a carrot looks like it has arms and legs, I won't eat it. Or a baby orange inside of a large orange. Gross.
~ I am the queen of dumb jokes and puns.
~ I pride myself in being quick-witted in coming up with dumb jokes, puns, and comebacks.
~ I can be terribly inappropriate. But I'm still pretty funny.
~ I will wear heels over flats any day.
~ I have very short legs for my height (hence the heels). My sisters make fun of me for this often (in a nice way).
~ I am loud, and love being the center of attention. Unless it's a public speaking role.
~ I'd be a great public speaker if all events were held at bars.

And that's all I can think of for now. I'm sure there's more. Share a fun fact about yourself with me!
megan bird

PS, Nora and I both changed our Instagram names. Check us out if you don't already @meganbirdmork and @norabirdbeyers

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

bird.i.y: thread-wrapped love necklace

Sometimes, when you have a blog with two writers and you happen to be the least responsible and most absentminded of said writers, it's possible that you might forget that you are supposed to have a DIY post ready on Wednesday. Just a hypothetical, of course. You might become suddenly frantic on a Tuesday afternoon and think to yourself, "Oh, shoot <insert harsher word here>, I am a complete idiot and totally forgot to do a DIY this week!" Then you might apologize for calling yourself an idiot, because that's just not very nice, and begin racking your brain for a quick and easy DIY. Again, totally theoretical. You then might remember a necklace that you happened to make a few weeks ago and, while it totally wasn't your idea, technically you did do it yourself! Let's just say at that point you are desperate and take a few quick photos of said necklace to post on your blog, explain the forgetful chain of events, link to the original blog post where you found the idea, and call it a day!

Well, it is a really cute necklace! And it's seriously way better than anything I could have come up with on my own, especially on such short notice. So, please forgive me for being scatterbrained and check out this post to find out how to make your very own super cute, thread-wrapped 'love' necklace!

xoxo, nora bird

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): lady date

sweater~ TJ Maxx
jeans~ Levis
hat, necklace~ H&M
shoes~ old, ???

On Sunday, I had a really fun late afternoon/evening out with my mom and three of my sisters (the fourth lives in Vegas and was unable to join us, for obvious reasons. She really should invest in a private jet for such occasions!) We went to an early showing of Gone Girl, which was okay. The acting was great, especially the performances of Ben Affleck and Tyler Perry, and it was very true to the book, but none of us loved the movie. It was very very long. Perhaps too long? And it's definitely not a feel good movie. So it was basically three hours of feeling anxious and uneasy, even though we all read the book and knew what was going to happen. Anyway, it's worth seeing. Especially a matinee and especially when your mom pays for your ticket. Thanks, Mom! After the movie, we headed to a nearby restaurant for yummy food (I had a fried pickle sandwich. Yep, you read that right!), great conversation, and a ton of laughs. All in all, it was a really fun time. I am so lucky to have such an amazing family that I truly enjoy hanging out with. I wish we could have lady dates more often!

Have you seen Gone Girl? What did you think?
xoxo, nora bird

Monday, October 13, 2014

inspiration monday: Parenthood

the inspiration
Amal Alamuddin
megan bird

jeans, tank ~ Target
shoes ~ Shoedazzle
sweatshirt, sunglasses ~ thrifted
hat ~ DIY

nora bird

sweatshirt ~ gift from sisters
leggings ~ Forever21
boots ~ Shoedazzle
sunglasses ~ Kohls

I don't know if anyone watches the show Parenthood, but I do ~ more like, I sob through each episode. Even the previews for the next week's episode make me cry. I mean, I'll be the first to admit that it doesn't take much to make me cry, but this show is one of the worst offenders for me.

The other day, I watched an episode while working out on the elliptical in the morning. I could barely breath as I worked out because 1. the physical activity made me a little out of breath to begin with, and 2. I was literally sobbing. Loudly sobbing. On the elliptical, at 5:30 in the morning, in the basement, by myself.

I guess the upside is that at least I wasn't at the gym in front of a ton of people.
megan bird

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

Friday, October 10, 2014

bird seed: vegan broccoli "cheese" soup

I am no vegan. I know I have mentioned my love of cheese more than once on this blog. But my friend Tracy sent me this recipe a few months ago and I finally got around to trying it and it was delicious. So good. I didn't miss the cheese or cream at all and, coming from a self-proclaimed cheese fanatic, that's huge. This recipe contains no dairy, no soy, and no fake cheese and it is still so creamy and "cheesy" and satisfying. The secret ingredient is a cashew cream. Okay, it's not so much a secret but it IS amazing. I guarantee you will love it! (Okay, I can't make any guarantees. If you try it and, for some reason, you don't love it, please don't sue two birds!)

Ingredients for the soup:
~ 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
~ 1 small yellow onion, chopped
~ 1/2 tsp salt
~ 3 cloves garlic, minced
~ 4 cups broccoli, chopped
~ 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
~ 1/2 tsp turmeric
~ 3 cups vegetable broth
 ~ 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
~ fresh ground pepper

 Ingredients for the cashew cream:
~ 1 cup cashews, soaked for at least two hours
~ 2 cups vegetable broth
~ 3 tbsp mellow white miso
~ 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until softened. Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds. Add the broccoli, carrots, turmeric, salt, and broth, cover, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer until the carrots are tender (about 10 minutes).

While the soup is simmering, prepare the cashew cream. Drain the cashews and place them in a blender with the broth, miso, and nutritional yeast. (Note: If you don't have/can't find nutritional yeast, you could substitute parmesan cheese. Of course, then your soup will not be vegan.) Blend until smooth. Now you have your cashew cream!

Once the carrots are tender, add the cashew cream to the soup. If you have an immersion blender, use that to puree the soup in the pot. If not (like me!) you can add your soup to your blender to puree. I pureed about half and left the rest as is, but you could definitely puree the whole pot if you like a more creamy consistency. In that case, I would do about half at a time, so as not to overflow your blender!

Once everything is pureed and back in the pot, heat on low for another 10 minutes, until thickened. Once thickened, add the lemon juice and pepper. Taste to see if it is seasoned to your liking (I added a bit more salt at this point), and serve. Preferably with some crusty bread!

Did I mention how good this soup was? Well, the leftovers were even better the next day for lunch!

Have you ever cooked with cashew cream?

xoxo, nora bird

Thursday, October 9, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): conversations with a 4-year-old

cardigan/scarf~ TJ Maxx
tee~ Urban Outfitters
jeans~ Levis
boots~ b. (a resale shop)
watch~ Michael Kors
bracelet~ Mille

Here's just a snippet of a conversation that I had with Mimi the other day. Just a little glimpse into what we talk about on the daily and into the mind of a 4-year-old...

 Mimi: Mom, have you ever seen a fish?
Me: Of course I have.
Mimi: I meant deep down in the water, alive. *annoyed look in my direction*
Me: No, not deep down in the water.
Mimi: Why?
Me: I just haven't gone that deep down into the water.
Mimi: Can you even go deep down in the water?
Me: People do it. Scuba divers.
Mimi: What do Gaston's parent's even look like?
Me: Who?
Mimi: GASTON! From Beauty and the Beast? Does his mom have red hair?
Me: I don't know.
Mimi: I think she does. Why is his name even Gaston? *speaking in a French accent* Gasteaux. Gasteaux.
Me: That's just his name. His parent's named him that.
Mimi: His red haired mom. *annoyed look in my direction*
Long pause while she worked on the drawing she was doing.

Mimi: What's his name?
Me: Who? Gaston?
Mimi: No. Just never mind. *annoyed look in my direction*

Another pause...

Mimi: How did God even build himself.
Me: .....
That last question stumped me. I left answering that for another day!
xoxo, nora bird