Thursday, April 24, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): my girl

dress~ gift from little sister
boots~ vintage
necklace~ etsy, gift
watch~ Michael Kors
leggings~ Target

My daughter, Mimi, celebrated her fourth birthday on Monday. In honor of her, I will share with you a few of my favorite Mimi quotes and conversations from the last year. Enjoy!

Mimi, looking at the living room rug with disdain: Mom, when are we going to get rid of this tired old rug?
Me: What? We're not.
Mimi: Really? I really don't like this rug. I would like a nice, new one.
Me: You would, huh?
Mimi: think about that.
Me: Mimi, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Mimi: Ummmm...prrrrrrobablyyyyy...a diva!
Mimi: Mommy, my belly hurts!
Me: Oh no! What's wrong? Are you hungry?
Mimi: No, it's just a really silly reason.
Me: Oh, what's the reason?
Mimi: It's so silly. My appendix is just really hot.
Mimi: Mama, I hope someday I'm as good at sweeping as you!
Jim: listening to metal downstairs while getting ready for work.
Mimi: Wow. He did NOT pick a relaxing song today. He is really rocking out down there!
Mimi: So, first it's spring and then it's summer and then it's April and then it's winter and then it's Halloween and then it's CHRISTMAS!!! Right, mama?
Me: Pretty close...
Mimi: Thanks for giving me a cookie, Mom. I am SO proud of you!

And here she is, in the same dress, on her 2nd, 3rd, and 4th birthdays. She's getting to be such a big girl. I am so proud to be her mama.

This weekend we will celebrate with family and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ice cream cake! Fun times!

xoxo, nora bird

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

bird.i.y: suede fringed sweater

I bought this sweater months ago, on sale for $5, at H&M. I bought it without trying it on (because, $5!) and I haven't worn it a ton. A couple of times, tops. Every time I go through my closet to clean out and get rid of stuff, this sweater always makes the cut. I'm not sure why. Maybe I knew that it was meant for bigger and better things? Like suede fringe! This is a very simple DIY (what a surprise!) but I love the results. My sweater got a cool new makeover and I will now be certain to wear it a ton!

What you'll need:
sweater with an open knit
suede lace

Begin by cutting the lace into pieces about an arm's length. I didn't measure perfectly but, as long as the pieces are pretty close to the same size, you'll be fine. I cut about 20 pieces.
Next, fold a piece of the lace in half and loop it through the sweater at the top, near the neckline. Pull the fringe tight to secure.

Continue the folding and looping throughout the sweater until you get a shape you like. I followed a sort of waterfall shape down the sweater.

Once you're done, just throw it on, go in your front yard, and have your husband take photos! Or you could go somewhere way more exciting than that. That's cool, too. I did the front yard thing...

What do you think? I am excited to wear this with jean shorts once it gets a little warmer around here!

xoxo, nora bird

P.S. My favorite outtake from the front yard photo shoot:
Nerd alert.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): altruism

 jeans ~ Ross
necklace ~ H&M
ring ~ Burlington
booties, sweater, jacket ~ thrifted

I got the best email yesterday. Henry and Eva's school has an annual food drive where the classes compete to see who can collect the most food. Eva's class won this year, and as a result, earned a pizza party for their class. It turns out that a few of the kids were bragging about winning, so the teacher had a discussion with the whole class about being a good sport. This discussion turned into the kids coming up with the idea (on their own) of donating the money meant for their pizza party to the PTA in order to buy more food for the food drive.
How amazing is that?
They are first graders, and they came up with this idea all on their own. It brought me to tears to read the email from Eva's teacher. I couldn't be prouder of them all for being so kind!
megan bird

Monday, April 21, 2014

inspiration monday: cleaning for mom

the inspiration
Taylor Swift
megan bird

dress, shoes ~ thrifted
watch ~ online??
earrings ~ Opitz

nora bird

dress, shoes ~ thrifted

My mom is traveling to Las Vegas today so she can be there when our baby sister has her first baby (yay!). Because of that, my mom asked if we could have Easter at our house. And by have it at our house, she meant, "I will cook, I just need your house." So we didn't really have to do anything but clean.

Our house isn't a pit, but it's not always the cleanest. We keep it tidy, but I don't mop the floors on a nightly basis or anything. But, because my mom was going to be at our house without me around (we were at the in-laws), I felt that I needed to really clean it....and not because my mom would judge me for our house not being clean, but because I know her, and if she sees something dirty, she will clean it. We would come home and she'd have a perfect Easter meal cooked, plus all of our laundry would be washed and folded (and probably even put away), and our fridge would be all cleaned out. She's nice like that.

But, I didn't want her to do any of that, so I really cleaned. And by really cleaned, I mean I even cleaned the microwave.

megan bird

Friday, April 18, 2014

2014 WINGs Flight of Fashion

We have mentioned more than once now that we attended the WINGs Flight of Fashion runway event last weekend. It was an amazing event hosted by the United Way. Not only was it a fun-filled night complete with amazing blogger friends, fashion, and wine, but it was all for a fabulous cause. We truly enjoyed the night.

We snapped a few pics of the models as they walked down the runway. They were all stunning, and there were some great local boutiques featured. If you are local, definitely check them out.

~ Maha
~ Minq
~ June

Here are a few of the great looks from the evening. Enjoy!

two birds

To learn more about the Greater Twin Cities United Way, or to make a donation, visit their site here.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): bedside manner

dress, necklace ~ Forever 21
shoes ~ Bakers
belt ~ vintage, thrifted

I got a call from school the other day while I was at work. I know the nurse's number pretty much by heart because apparently my kids can't just trip and fall like normal kids. They seem to trip and fall and break an arm or require stitches. This call was just that, Eva tripped and fell off the slide. She had a hole, yes, it was more of a hole than a cut, on her chin that luckily only required two stitches.

We went to urgent care, and luckily didn't have too long of a wait. However, the doctor that helped us was rather odd. To start things off, he washed his hands, dropped the paper towel and picked it up off the floor, defeating the whole washing your hands step. He then literally dropped every cap of every bottle he opened on the floor. When looking for the correct medication, he opened and closed every cabinet three times and still didn't find what he needed (the nurse found in in the front of the cabinet right away).

But the worst was when I basically had to assist him. He was using a q-tip with numbing agent on her chin and he asked mom to (sorry this is gross) actually stick it IN the cut and hold it there. I don't have the stomach for that, but did it anyways because what else was I supposed to do? Here's hoping we get a discount on our bill for my work.

The next day, Eva had some major bragging rights at school. All is well.
megan bird

ps, this is the outfit I wore to the Greater Twin Cities United Way WINGs Flight of Fashion. It really isn't an:outfit of the day".

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

bird.i.y.: salad bowl plant stand

I wish I could take full credit for the bulk of this DIY. truth be told, all I did to make this was thrift, think outside the box, and paint. Thrifting and thinking outside the box are easy for me, painting on the other hand I could do without. Let's just say that no one would nor should ever hire me to paint anything for them. If you want to hire me to thrift for you, that's another story.

A quick little story about salad bowls on legs. Chris and I went out to celebrate a friend's birthday a few years ago. Chris (being Chris) decided to order a chop salad. The waiter asked him if he was sure, as the salad was meant to share. Chris, thinking with his belly, ordered it anyways. The waiter came out a few minutes later (I'm sure with a smirk on his face) with a gigantic salad bowl on legs and sat it next to Chris. And Chris (I'm sure with a smirk on his face) ate the whole thing. 

So, with that back story, when I saw this giant salad bowl on legs (complete with hooks to hang the spoons) at Goodwill, I knew I had to have it. I wasn't sure at the time what I'd do with it, but for $6.99 and an outside the box attitude, I went for it.
I am still not sure what I plan to do with it, it will either stay as a plant stand in our living room, or I might bring it downstairs to our playroom and fill it with crayons and fun craft stuff. Time will tell, but for now, I like it in the living room.

Here's how it started out...

A few coats of white spray paint on the legs, a few coats of tiffany blue paint on the bowl (I honestly keep a quart of this color on hand at all times) and a colorful table is made.

Put it all back together, throw in a fun succulent (or another plant that doesn't require a ton of sun) and a plant stand is made.

That's it!! Easy peasy.
megan bird