oscarsbestworstdressed2013 Aside from the telecast being SUPER long and a little heavy on the music and bad jokes (okay, so that's every Oscars telecast), I was pretty pleased with the winners and fashion this year. I thought Jessica Chastain was flawless - perfect hair, perfect makeup, and that dress! The fit was incredible. Kristen Stewart's tailor could stand to take a few notes. I thought K-Stew looked like a complete train wreck - even more than usual, which is saying something. It must be nice to get paid millions of dollars and still be able to look like a hungover mess any time you show up to a fancy event. Also, what was she even doing there? As my friend Ailsa said, "Kristen Stewart has no business being at any event purportedly rewarding good acting. No business!" Amen, sista. Anywho, my other favorite looks of the night were Naomi Watts, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jennifer Garner.

As for our menu... this is the second year in a row I've made an Oscar themed feast, and while my names were pretty weak this year, the food - thankfully - was not. We had (brace yourselves) Seth MacncheeseFarlane (using our go-to Alton Brown recipe), BroccoLincorn (which was basically just broccoli and corn... we needed a veggie that Emma would eat), and Life of Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies.


Obviously, the hand pies were the best part of the menu. The recipe was surprisingly easy to follow, despite my perpetual fears about making pie crust from scratch. I definitely recommend eating these warm, though... they were still good cooled, but they were heaven when they were just shy of piping hot.

How did you spend your Oscar night? I'd love to hear what you thought of the fashion!

Goals for 2013

This was our NYE this year, right after the clock struck midnight at The Avett Brothers' show in NC. Ah-mazing. More on that soon!

Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but I'm very happy to see 2012 go. It was a roller coaster of a year and I'm hopeful that 2013 will be a bit more balanced for me and my little family.

As in prior years, I made a list of goals for the coming year... I definitely took on too much last year, and while I have a lot I want to accomplish this year, I really tried to narrow this list down so that I could focus only on the things that are most important to me:

  • Take a class with Emma (we're all starting Music Together next weekend!)
  • Go on a weekend away with Jared, sans kiddo
  • Have more play dates with Emma and my nephew, Zachary
  • Cross 3 things off of my Life List
  • Finally give my home office a much needed makeover
  • Get healthy and toned (or at least healthy)
  • Take two more Clickin' Moms workshops (already signed up for Shooting 201 at the end of January)
  • Participate in a Project 52
  • Print and store our family photos in albums every month
  • Rebrand Made by Bird (very excited about this one!)
  • Get a blogger I admire to participate in Desert Island Discs
  • Gain 100 new Facebook followers (have you liked MBB on Facebook yet? If not, click here!)
What are your goals for the coming year? I'd love to hear them!