Thursday, April 17, 2014

Featured Artist::: Vyacheslav Mishchenko

"Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko documents tiny creatures in nature who often go unseen. In particular, he captures portraits of snails that are both magical and adorable. The photographer gets in close to snap macro shots of precious, surreal moments." - Source

I love love love snails!! These photos make me SO happy. I know some people think they're gross but I think they're cute.



Monday, April 14, 2014

I'm Over Here

Hey Everyone!

Jenny Highsmith of the MaieDae duo is hosting an amazing inspirational series on pursuing your dreams. I was so honored when she asked me to contribute to the series {and so thankful when she was patient with me on sending her the content}. Come check out my guest post and read the beautiful posts from other ladies as well!

Wear::: Sammy Dress

The weather in Boston last week was absolutely gorgeous! But now I'm nervous that it's going to get too hot too fast. Can we have temperatures between 50-70 degrees for the next three months please? Anything above 70° is too much for me! Who needs hot summer weather when there are so many adorable layers to be worn? Especially coats like this cozy fur lined number from Sammy Dress.

{{{All photos copyright Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard}}}

Coat : Sammy Dress | Tee ... Leggings : Forever 21 | Booties : Aldo | Bag : Shop Ruche {Similar}
Skull Necklace : Fifth and Mae | Dainty Necklace : Love Edor | Lip Color : Bare Minerals Strength

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Birthday Giveaway ::: $600 Visa Gift Card!


April has always been my favorite month of the year - because it's my birth month! And who doesn't love a good birthday celebration? Even if you don't like big parties there's always treats and presents. I'm turning 27 on the 26th, it's one of those "off" years as far as milestones go, but I'm still excited for whatever fun plans we make. For my birthday this year I've teamed up with another amazing group of bloggers and shop owners to give one of you lucky readers a huge gift. A $600 Visa Gift Card that can be spent anywhere in the world that accepts Visa!!!!! No way!!! It's true. I can hardly believe it myself. Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who made this giveaway possible.

Friday, April 11, 2014

I Understand Weekends


Adjusting to my new schedule is going to take me a while. I apologize for the lack of posts and communication around here - and particularly the lack of talk about anything but school. Hopefully everything will balance out soon. I'll tell you what - waking up at 4:45am is HARD! But I survived my first week of classes and I'm absolutely loving it. Chef Danny {my "professor"} is amazing. He's so talented and I feel very lucky to get to study under him. We did lots of introductory stuff and basic training on kitchen policies this week. Operations are very rigid and militaristic, but not in a bad way. We all line up for inspection before class to make sure our uniforms are up to code - it's awesome. One thing I really didn't expect is that grades are very important even after graduation for culinary school. They include not only your cooking abilities but your professionalism {i.e. neatness of uniform, showing up on time, interaction with others, etc.}. I've never been a straight A / 4.0gpa kind of student but this time around I'm determined to change that. So far so good! I got full marks {100%} on our chocolate chip cookie practical today!

If you want to follow along on more day to day stuff, I'm using the hashtag #jaybakes on instagram and this Pinterest board.

I've been doing my best to prepare everything I need for class the evening before. Ironing my uniform, studying, making a breakfast/lunch... But I could definitely use some suggestions for easy/quick to make and pack food goods that are still healthy. Got any ideas? Also, I'll admit, I'm pretty worried about how much sugar I'm going to be eating. Obviously I need to taste test my products, which is great and all, but I need to make sure I exercise self-control by not eating 1000 cookies everyday. OH! That reminds me - my physical therapist cleared me for running yesterday {YAY!} so that will definitely help with keeping off any taste testing weight I put on. 

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to my Indiegogo campaign so far! It means so much to both The Beard and I. Every bit has helped alleviate the financial stress we've been feeling. If you haven't had a chance to check the campaign out yet, please do {HERE}. Not only does it help me pay for my tuition - you get your choice between some pretty dang fabulous perks in return! There are options from my shop {which is now closed} and some of my baked goods. Remember, this is your last chance to purchase some of the items previously sold in my shop so don't miss out! There are only 3 days left!

Okay well I'm exhausted and haven't felt this brain dead in ages so I'm going to go. Sorry if I'm not making any sense or rambling. Today was the first time in as long as I can remember that I woke up and thought  -'s.friday! After years of working from home I finally understand what all this hype about the weekend is about!

I hope you all have a good one!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Featured Artist::: Khoa Le

Khoa Le is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and painter based in HCMC, Vietnam. - Source



Monday, April 7, 2014

Lets Do This

Everyone keeps asking me if I'm nervous. I'm not. Not even a little bit. That option hadn't even occurred to me till people started asking me about it. Should I be nervous? What would I be nervous about? Well, I do feel paranoid about wrinkles in my jacket and tying my cravat properly {I think I did a terrible job here}. Sure, I don't have the slightest idea what I'm doing, but that's the point of going back to school in the first place. I believe in wild leaps of faith and plunging head first into the wild unknown.

{{{All photos copyright Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard}}}

I'm excited. I'm excited to begin class. I'm excited for the challenge. I'm excited to meet new people. I'm excited to bake.

Also, I love my Vans knock off kitchen safe shoes. They make this oompa loompa suit not quite as bad {The Beard couldn't stop laughing at how ridiculous he thinks I look in it}.

Okay fine, there is one thing I'm apprehensive about. Class starts at 7am {aka the ass crack of dawn}. I'm not a morning person. For the past, I don't know, 6 or 7 years I've gone to bed around 2 and gotten up around 10. So yeah I'm not looking forward to 5am. But who knows? Maybe it'll be a good change for me.

Thank you all for supporting me, I can't wait to let you know how my first class goes. I'm ready, lets do this!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Healthy Eating and Fitness Check-In

Yo yo, it's time for our monthly evaluation and update! Last month in the workout update post I mentioned that February had been a rough month for me fitness-wise because of my ankle. Well March wasn't much better. I swam a couple times but my ankle pitched a fit even with the low impact of that, so I didn't get to swim much. However, I was able to run on the treadmill at my physical therapy appointments twice now so that's encouraging. Hey man, twice is better than not at all! If all keeps going well I should be back to "normal" within the next couple weeks. Hooray! Then I can get back to my regular running and swimming routines. So basically last month consisted of daily workouts at home and yoga - lots of strength training - very little cardio. I've felt frustrated about the minimal cardio because I love being more active, but also because I've been feeling like I'm putting on a bit of chub chub in places I'd rather not. The Beard says I'm crazy but I can see it. It's not a big deal and I keep trying to remind myself to think big picture. Once I can get back to running and swimming like normal I'll feel much better and this short time of inactivity won't seem so bad.

{{{Photos left from February 1st | Photos middle from March 1st | Photos right from April 1st}}}

As for goals, last months goals {see full post here} were to loose the last two inches on my belly and one inch on my thighs; do 8 consecutive pull-ups and focus on my core muscles and thighs. Well the inches didn't happen because, cardio. But I have at least maintained so thats good. With pull-ups I'm at a solid 7. I tried so hard to make it to 8 but I'm just not there yet. I did work on my thighs and core a lot in my strength training. And I've been trying really hard to be consistent in staying hydrated.

Now, April goals::: Get back into my cardio routines and loose those inches! 10 pull-ups {scary!} and more ab workouts. I especially want to work on core for yoga. If you follow me on Instagram you already know this, but I LOVE inversions. I've been working really hard on them but they take so much core strength. So yeah, crunches etc. Here are two images that have really been inspiring me recently.

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Food food food. I did good with the healthy eating challenge, how did those of you who joined me do? I really enjoyed meatless Mondays and even got The Beard to do them with me! Did you? I think I'll keep doing it. However, since baking classes start on Monday my no-sugar policy is going to have to change. I'm a little apprehensive about that, but we'll talk about it more later.

If there's one thing I want to keep reminding you of it's baby steps. I know weight loss and eating healthy can feel daunting. But I promise you can do it. If I can, you can. Start off small if you need to. Do one thing per day if that's what it takes. Just get started.