edible finger paint

As a mostly stay at home mom (I still work one day a week) I try my best to keep Lyla entertained and stimulated. 

We read books, sing songs and dance around the living room. We take walks, go to the park and play fetch with Rocco on the daily.

eight month old edible finger paint

But yesterday was one of those days where our normal activities weren’t cutting it. I was exhausted and Lyla was ready to party. Our living room was a disaster and every minute we spent inside I was trying to convince myself that another cup of coffee would be a bad idea. (ha – like coffee is ever a bad idea)

messy living room

Finger painting with Lyla had been on my list for a while but I didn’t want to use paint because the whole “I’m going to stick anything and everything in my mouth” thing.

Then, a few weeks ago, I read about edible finger paint and I figured that I could probably make my own. We were already on a fast track to bathsville so I figured it was the perfect time to try!

It was super easy and took all of 30 seconds. All I did was add a few drops of food coloring to a container of plain greek yogurt and we had ourselves some non-toxic finger paint. taaadaaaaa!

easy edible finger paint

(pretend that we only painted with red because I’m super on top of things and am getting us in the spirit of Valentine’s Day – not that I only had one container of yogurt and had to borrow food coloring from my neighbor)

In the backyard I put down a big piece of kraft paper, stripped her down to her diaper and let her go. She had tons of fun painting the paper, painting Rocco and eating the grass paint. Clean up was a breeze — I just crumpled up the paper and threw it away and brought the bean girl straight to the bath. 

We will definitely try this again soon…next time with more colors. 





those lashes though ^

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byrd food: turkey burger pizza

I love turkey burgers. And turkey burgers love me. At least, I’m guessing that’s what they would say if they could talk. Kind of a weird thing to think about, yea? Even weirder way to start off this blog post. I’m sorry. Blame my seriously sleep-deprived mom brain.


I had a serious hankering for a turkey burger last week but it was Friday. And in the Byrd household, Fridays are for pizza. And beer. (can’t forget the beer) So I did a little bit of Googling and came across this recipe.

homemade pizza dough

sweetbabyjesus it was delicious.

Ground turkey in Worcestershire sauce (I swear that’s the secret to any good burger). Onions caramelized in butter. Cheese. Onions caramelized in butter. Homemade dough. Onions caramelized in butter. And did I mention onions caramelized in butter?!

turkey burger pizza

Do yourself a favor and make this pizza immediately. Or come over to my house so I have an excuse to make it again.

turkey burger pizza
Serves 4
Favorite turkey burger mix, but on a pizza. Hello, yum!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 3/4 pound ground turkey
  2. 1/2 red onion, chopped
  3. 1 TB crushed garlic
  4. 2 TB Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  6. salt and pepper
  7. pizza dough
  8. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  9. tomato sauce
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. in a small pan, caramelize the onion in a mixture of olive oil and butter
  3. in a skillet, brown the ground turkey
  4. add garlic, onion, Worcestershire and parsley to turkey mixture, warm for 1 minute, then remove from heat
  5. on a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to desired thickness and shape
  6. spread the tomato sauce evenly onto the dough
  7. dress your pizza with turkey mixture and cheese
  8. slide your pizza into the oven and bake approximately 15 minutes
  9. remove pizza from oven and allow to cool slightly
  10. top with chopped parsley, slice and enjoy!
  1. keep an eye on your pie! baking times will vary depending on your oven and cooking method (pizza stone, baking sheet, etc)
Adapted from Bev Cooks
Adapted from Bev Cooks
BRINGING UP BYRDS http://www.natashabyrd.com/
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clutter free homes for you and for me

“No more shit”

It’s a running joke in our household. When I was pregnant with Lyla, and in full nesting mode, our house suddenly seemed like it was filled with shit stuff. I was constantly organizing, re-organizing and then re-re-organizing our belongings. I must have made seventeen billion trips to Goodwill before I felt like I even made a dent.

“No more shit” had become my motto. And it was working for awhile.

When we moved to our new place, we downsized a lot and it felt oh so good. Pretty much everything had a place, we were organized and mama was happy. Nothing feels better than a clean, organized living space – amirightpeople?!


william morris quote

{via – side note, how awesome is that Tumblr?!}

As it always seems to do, life kept happening. And when life happens, clutter happens.

We all have the clutter. I bet even my girl Martha has a kitchen drawer that is in some serious need of organizing.

Clutter sucks, so let’s all start off the new year getting rid of it!

I’ve created a de-clutter calendar for myself (and you) to follow through the first month of 2015. Each day has a task that will help you get your house in tip-top shape for 2015. Most days, the tasks are simple and shouldn’t take more than thirty minutes.

download it here: De-clutter calendar

Since chores are always more fun with a friend, you can follow along and share your progress using #clutterisforthebyrds

Print out the calendar, hang it on your fridge, and get to cleaning, people!

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