Thursday, January 31, 2013

January 2013 | In the Bag

Can you believe that January is already over? I can't. But it is!

I have several things in the works for February. Before we go there I thought I would share with the most popular posts for January.

In reverse order to count down to the most popular:


5.  House Warming Gift Basket


Gift Basket How to



4. Egg Bake Recipe


Egg Bake



3. Sesame Street Party Food


Sesame Street Food Collage



2. How to make your own Liquid Laundry Detergent


All is too Expensive

And the most popular post in the month of January... no surprise with Valentines day just around the corner...

1. Valentine Gift Ideas


Valentines Day Ideas


Do you have a favorite post at BitOfByrd? What is it? I would love to know!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

DIY Mugs | Missing you from Mass

 Missing You Mugs


 

Miss you Mug Header

I have sisters on both coasts and I live in Texas. So I see them rarely and miss them often. I got these great mugs as a gift and wanted to share them with you because they would make a great gift for someone you are missing.



StateMugs Hearts

My sister in Massachusetts sent me these awesome mugs for Christmas. They are large soup mugs and each have a lid. You want a close up? I thought you might.

Mass State Mug Heart


She is there in Mass...


 

Texas Mug Heart

I'm here in Texas.

Aren't they cute?! I LOVE them! My sister that lives in Seattle was jealous of them because she appreciates a good mug.

I asked Brooke how she made them and she said they were so easy. She used a permanent marker. Drew her design. Then baked them to set it.

She said they might be dishwasher safe but to wash them by hand to preserve them the best.

I found a pin with the directions:


 

Go check it out if you are interested. This is much cheaper than buying the glass paint like I have done in the past. lol

If you make some share the link in the comments!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Being Single is Awesome | Free Chalkboard Art Printables

It is that time of the year and love and the flu are in the air.

I am sure you have seen all the chalkboard art all over Pinterest. There is also a large amount of Valetines subway art floating around at the moment.

FreePrintableBeingSingle

If you want to make your own chalkboard printables head over to how to Nest for Less. That's where I learned it. You can see her full post here.

Being that I do not have a Valentine I thought I needed my own type of art. I'm single and I'm happy with that.


Chalkboard Art Printables


These printables are 8X10. Click on the link below each image to download the pdf without the watermark. If you have TONS of ink you could print them at home. I spent a few cents and had them printed at the store to save my black ink.

Chalkboard Art Single not Status2

Download Single is not a Status



Chaulkboard Art Love Being Single2Download Love Being Single


 

Remember... These printables are for PERSONAL use only. Please do not sell them or claim them as your own. If you want to share them please link back to BitOfByrd.com Thanks :-)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Crazy week

I don't know about you, but this week did not go anything like I had planned it.

That applied to both my blogging goals and my personal endeavors.

I actually wrecked my car this week. lame. I don't know how long it will take to fix. {thank goodness for insurance}

Unfortunately I didn't have rental on my policy. But the amazing people in my life that I am lucky to have include a great couple who happened to have an extra vehicle. So while my car is in the shop I am still going to be mobile.

My blog business cards came in on the same day I wrecked my car. That was greatness! {happy sitting down dance}

Roxy {cat} and Stacy {dog} are both doing well. They are as cuddly and cute as ever and I plan on showing them off a little but this weekend.

I have many many posts planned over the next few weeks. Hoping they all make it in!

Happy Friday! How was your week?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pins Byrd Loves | Jello Shots

Jello Shot Pins


Thinking about my mom's party coming up I keep thinking about Jello Shots!


Don't those just sound YUM! I have a whole board on Pinterest called Adult Foods/Drinks. It is filled of recipes for drink and foods that involve alcohol. Don't drink... I have a board of Alcohol Free Drinks too. If you aren't already make sure to Follow Me so that we can pin together!


These are some of my favorite Jello Shot ideas or recipes I have found on Pinterest. I might just try some!




Orange Dreamsicle Jello Shots


Who doesn't love a dreamsicle!


Source: foodto.us via Teralyn on Pinterest



Bloody Mary Jello Shots


These are unusual but I bet are delish!


 

Margarita Jello Shots


mmmm don't these look yummy. and no sweet and sour!


 

Irish Car Bomb Jello Shots


Had my first car bomb a few months ago and it was really good... hope these are too!


 

Rum and Cherry Coke Jello Shots


oh... my go to drink when out LOL


 

Vegan Jello Shots


Can't leave out my vegan friends!


 

Don't they all look so yummy?! Have you made jello shots before? What flavors did you make and how did they come out?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Valentines Card Exchange

I'm super excited about this.

jillsbanner

Over at Create.Craft.Love Jill is hosting a card exchange!

 

You don't have to be a blogger to sign up but it is only for US residents.

For all the details and the link to sign up pop over there! {Click here}

The cut off is Jan 31 to sign up.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Blogger to WordPress | How I Made the Change

If you've been reading Bit Of Byrd for a while then you have seen a different looking BOB a while ago.

Bit Of Byrd's Old Look

 

What do you think of the new look?


 

Well there is more than just the look that has changed. Here's how I decided to make the change...



Well, I follow and love to read a blog called Addicted 2 Decorating. The lady who writes and creates at A2D is named Kristi. Kristi herself used to run her blog through Blogger and came to the conclusion it wasn't the best for her or her blog anymore. She writes about that choice here.

Since I love seeing her stuff and reading her posts I naturally roamed around her blog and found her whole blogging section called Addicted 2 Blogging. After reading some of these posts I decided that I did want the freedom and potential that WordPress offered over Blogger. So I Goggled who could make that change for me. I emailed about info and that company wanted for charge me almost $300!

I decided I don't make money from my blog to cover that so I wasn't spending that. Then I stumbled upon a button from Kristi's blog...


How To Move Your Blog From Blogger To WordPress


Well That is exactly what I needed... a step by step guide! However, I didn't have confidence in myself and when I saw that Kristi also offered to do the conversion at a reasonable price I emailed her for details.


Ultimately I decided I could do it. So I bought it. I read it and I made a plan to make the change.

I am not going to tell you the steps. But I will tell you they were easy to follow and I was able to complete the process in a day! I only had one step where I needed clarification. I emailed Kristi and she got back to me so fast.

Since I did need clarification I will share with you what I asked. For Step 20 the steps to set up your feedburner were given if you used the template Kristi prefers but I am using a different one. I emailed her and she got back to me right away letting me know that she has had success with a plug in called "FD Feedburner Plugin" before and so that is what I am using.

I know to my average reader that comes to see my craft projects or recipes this is all nonsense. But for some, like me before I made this change... this type of info is invaluable! I have been with WordPress a week and I already LOVE it.

Be watching for these posts in the future:

Blogger to WordPress | My Template Choice


Blogger to WordPress | Why I love WordPress More

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pins Byrd Loves | Over The Hill Theme

Over the Hill Theme Pins


If you caught yesterday's post about my mom flying over the hill then it comes as no suprise that today's theme of Pins that I love is Over the Hill!


If you don't already follow me on Pinterest I am not sure what you are waiting for.... here's a link: Follow Me. You done? Okay, awesome.


Well now onto my favorite Over the Hill themed pins. These are only a few from my Over the Hill Theme board. I love party ideas so several of my boards are theme ideas.




Candy Filled pill bottles.


 



Denture Ice.


tee-hee!





I know she is 50... but I have this cartridge



Cricut Over the Hill Invites


 


 

The Golden Thrown


oh this makes me giggle!




 

Depends-Viagra Cake


LOL I wont be making this but it sure makes me laugh


 

 Depends Diaper Cake


OMG- sooo funny!


 

remember to practice proper pinning and go to Pinterest to repin it instead of this picture on my blog.

 

What do you think about these ideas? Any of them too over the top for you? Do you have any other ideas you want to suggest?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Byrd's Mom is flying Over the Hill

That's right! My mom is turning 50!


 

ByrdsMom

That is half a century for those of you who aren't math buffs. :-) She looks good uh! She uses Mary Kay {Shamless Plug}

So we are throwing a party! Yea! I am pretty excited about. This month is going to have several posts that are relating to being so old. lol

Have you ever planned an Over the Hill party? What did you serve? Where did you have it?

We thought about having the party at the Sr Center in our city but those old fuddy dutties don't let you bring alcohol in!

I have to create a flyer for her party so she can hand them around- reminds me a bit of college.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Red Solo Cup | Made in USA

Made in USA products

It's been a while since I've had a Monday's Made in USA post but what a better way to start the new year off right! I really tried to pay attention this holiday season and favor Made in USA products. I also noticed when I received them.

Here is a glimpse into Christmas Eve at the Byrd's parent's house.



Oh Red Solo Cup... how you fill me up! You know what I'm talking about right? If not go watch Toby Keith in this youtube video.

On Christmas my brother opened this box:

Solo Cup Made in USA (4)


We were like, "who red solo cup lights! how cool!" But we were wrong. This is MUCH cooler.


And I got a set too! In fact my brother, my sister and I all got a set!


Solo Cup Made in USA (3)

It is a set of 6 cups that are more heavy duty plastic than the standard solo cup but still has the same classic solo cup look. I am excited to break these in at my next get together.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2013 Projects

Home RenovationsI am not much for resolutions. But I am all about projects and having a list of them helps me a lot.

Over at The Butterfly Mom my bff Brittany shared her 12 projects for 12 months. Some of her projects are HEFTY home redos. She is ulta handy and crafty and then has a husband who will help if needed/asked. My list is NOT 12 because I just don't see me being able to keep up with all my regular projects and 12 new ones.

Since I don't have 12 and I have a project that is half done that wasn't from Pinterest... I am going to call all my home related projects Byrd House Renovations.

 

 



These projects are not in any order as far as when I will be attempting them. The pictures below are my inspiration. None of these pictures are my own spaces. I will share those soon. If you click on any of the below pictures it will take you to the source. As I continue to be inspired you can follow my Pinterest Board: 2013 Projects. These pictures can also be found on my board.
1. Coat Closet

Organize Small Coat Closet


I have a small coat closet in my front entry way that just needs some love. It has coats in it...but they are all mine and there is almost no room for anyone else.


Organize Coat closet


I also plan on putting these rods in my coat closet. I own many scarfs and hats but never seem to be able to find them as I head out the door.


 
2. Hall Closet : Finished 03/04

Hall closet redo finished {see the post here}


 

Organize Small Linen Closet


My hall closet already has shelves like this in it {SCORE} and there is even some extra space between the shelves and the door for the hanging towels. I just need to organize it. The hall closet is also where all my board games and puzzles live.


I haven't decided if I am going to try and squeeze my vacuum into the coat closet or hall closet. Currently it is sitting in the middle of my rug because I just cleaned it. But it normally lives in my coat closet.


Where do you keep your vacuum?



3. Guestroom Closet

 

Organize small closet


I know... I know... Lots of closets going on. But they really need it! My guestroom closet is almost this same size. Instead of two short hanging spaces I only want one long one. But I'm going to measure and I'm hoping there is enough room to turn it on it's side and put the bar on the right wall instead. I don't know. still batting that idea around in my head.


The guestroom closet does have a mirror on the outside of the closet door currently and on the inside of the door it has a storage canvas hanger. I am thinking of relocating the canvas hanger and also putting in towel rods on the inside of the door similar to the hall closet. That way guests can hang their towels but since I only have one bathroom they aren't taking up bathroom space.


{Lightbulb} I have an extra door in my bathroom that has nothing on it because it leads to my bedroom... I could put towel rods on it! Oh goodness.



4. Small Tweaks to the Bathroom

Paint Bathroom Counters

My bathroom just has small changes to be done. Like the light bulb moment above, touching up some paint. Maybe painting the cabinets and counter top. Replacing the sink fixture. LOL not so small I guess.
5. Deal with my Mail

Organize Mail Upcycle


I hate mail because it is never fun. I never get cool pictures drawn by god kids {cough, cough, hint}. I occasionally get a cool card from my sister. I got several Christmas cards but that season is over.


I am going to have two, maybe three of these vents to sort mail that is bills, outgoing, needs action. I know you would think bills need action but eh. I pay most of them online so I just file the bills. So it is more appropriate to say file it, outgoing, needs action will be my categories.


I plan on putting them on a piece of wood first, maybe framing the wood, adding cork or something like that. Adding hooks for my keys! And then hanging this in my entryway.



6. Guestroom Wall mural

I don't talk about it much because it has been a constant work in progress. Scratch that, it has been a work sitting waiting to be in progress. I have probably put in about 20 hours of effort into it over the last 3 years. But it is ALMOST done and it is on the project list!
7. Guestroom Wall Bed

DIY Full Size Wall Murphy Bed

If you don't think this is cool... we probably cant be friends. Sorry. The one I want in my guestroom will be white to match the theme in their. I already have the bed. I have to check the clearance for the ceiling fan but it should be okay. If not I will make it horizontal!
8. Laundry/Pantry room

Laundry room organization

Pantry Organization

Yup, that's right. My rooms are together. I often wonder if that is good for the food because the dryer makes the room a few degrees warmer. But it is what I have to work with.
 9. Blog planner

Sweet Pea was featured on Addicted 2 Decorating's Facebook page as a newly redone blog by Kristi (the author of A2D). If you want to see other blogs Kristi designed visit here. Well, I went over to Sweet Pea to check it out and saw this post: Blog Planning for 2012. A blog planner... how cool! I am really hoping it will help my blog stay on track.
10. Be healthier

I'm going to tell you a secret. So don't tell anyone who has previously heard me say I was going to be healthier and failed because I need encouraging people not Debbie Downers... but I bought an elliptical. It should be ready to pick up tomorrow. My goal is to start at 15 minutes every day and work up to an hour. I am trying to eat healthier too. Brittany is committing to update her progress once a month. I think that is a doable goal. My blog isn't about fitness so don't think that will be taking over.

Month 1 Update



 

Okay. That's it. 10. A good round number. Some projects are big. Some are small. Some have a higher budget, others just require elbow grease and the commitment to get it done.

What are you planning for 2013?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Giveaway | Love Your Pets

You guys know how much I love my fur babies. So a giveaway is appropriate!





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The above mentioned Sponsors have generously supplied us with an item to giveaway for the Love Your Pets Giveaway. Be sure to stop by each and thank them for the giveaway. I had the opportunity to get to know more about the products they offer. Every single one of them has awesome quality products for your cat and dog, or both. Several of them offer all Natural products.


You can find my product reviews HERE


I want to thank all the bloggers that came through to help promote this Giveaway! Thank you so much..


Now go put your entries in on the rafflecopter for a chance to win one of these awesome prizes:

Perfect Perch kitty Gym

Gift Basket of All Natural goodies from DOGSWELL

$25 gift voucher to Around the Collar

6 play Stack boxes

Grain Free Buddy Biscuits, Oven Baked (2 flavors)

Grain Free Buddy Biscuits, Soft & Chewy (2 flavors)

Grain Free Buddy Biscuits for Cats (3 flavors)

Sniff Candle

Charlee Bear Dog Treats (2 packs)

It's a Cats Life scraobook

Element Jacket

2 Fluff and Tuff Toys

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Happy New Year!

Can you believe it is already 2013?! I can't!

Well there have been some changes around here on BOB... what do you think? They are still in the works. I am trying to work out some kinks.

 

Tried to take a short cut on making some html changes... I knew better. but <shrug>

 

How did you spend your New Years Eve? I watched Harry Potter while I converted my blog over to word press. Later today I'll be moving over all my sidebar stuff so it wont look so plain :-)