The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars


John Green’s book is just so good. What a love story. This was a wonderful story about 2 kindred spirits with a connection that astounds. I just loved every minute of it. From laughing out loud to falling asleep with tissues it was THE BEST!! 

Happy Reading!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Reading List 2013

Vowing yet again to read more! Winter is easy, it’s cold and most TV shows are reruns at least for a month or so! HA!

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green this was named TIME magazines best fiction book of the year. I started reading it at 11last night and am half way thru. I love how he writes. It’s like I am having a convo with the cast of characters. I am enjoying it a lot!


Fanny at Chez Panisse: A Child's Restaurant Adventures with 46 Recipes

Fanny at Chez Panisse by Alice Waters I am in love with everything about Fanny, Alice’s daughter and what it must be like to grow up with such a creative Mother!

One Second After by William Fortchen was reccomended to me this summer and ironically it is all about a EMP and this Fall the Revolution which is about just that, Hum.

Shepherding a Child's Heart, DVD   -     
        By: Tedd Tripp

I go to a weekly MOMS bible study and we are reading Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp for the spring semester.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell I really enjoyed and was so intrigued by Gladwell’s Outliers that I am thinking this will be another book that makes me think as well as talk about it!



Divergent Veronica Roth I saw this on instagram and that it sounded interesting, downloaded the sample…


The Age of Miracles: A Novel

The Age of Miracles found this and also downloaded the sample on my kindle months ago, it seems very interesting!

Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office 

Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster just looks snarky and hilarious. I am there.

Grace: A Memoir

Grace: A  Memoir by Grace Coddington  My uber chic and beautiful friend, Annie, suggested this to me!


What are YOU Reading? Please add your favorites in the comments and email mamabirdsnest (at) gmail (dot)com if you would like to write a guest post about what you are reading.

xoxo, Mama Bird

Pinching Lobsters

Stacy's Lobster Photo

In a strange way I think I am one of the luckiest girls in the world. Not because I am wealthy or beautiful or extreamly smart or talented, (cause I’m not) but because I know so many freaking people!! And not just know of but, really I KNOW so many people. I have lived in 9 cities, 2 of them twice, attended 3 high schools and 4 colleges, really. I have worked in too many salons to even count. What does all this mean? well, with my need to connect and facebook to thank for the fact that I know what most of these people are doing, what their kids/pets look like, where they vacation and what they are doing to leave their mark on the world!

Tonight I introduce you to Dax Santi a Hickory boy that is cute and funny and SO WORTH READING!!! Dax recently published his own novel.


 Pinching Lobsters  A failed marriage proposal sends a man off the deep end, where he forms and unlikely bond – with a lobster.

Dax started a kickstarter project and if you pledge a dollar he will tweet you! For $5 you can download the book!!! Pop on over and check out a very talented friend!! Tweet Dax tell him Mama Bird sent ya!!

Read with ME!!!

Join Readathon 2012

What a wonderful program that Meme Tales has set up along with PBSkids to avoid the summer reading slumo and keep kids reading!! My little guy can’t read yet so, I am going to read to him!! It’s a great way to keep me focused and give me something fun to share with him and our friends this summer. We love going to the libary and checking out books, now we will have a list to do each week!! 

Summer Reading

Last night A few weeks ago (forgot to post this!!) some girls came over for a Stella & Dot Party and we started talking about books and how fun it would be to start a book club. I am compiling a list of books that I am hoping to read and asking everyone to add their suggestions. I hope that we can get a monthly book club started, maybe this fall?!

Room Emma Donoghue

just started this and a tish uncomfortable with the fact that her son’s name is jack. Hope this doesn’t freak me out!! You know I don’t like coincidences.

The Book Thief  Markus Zusak

hear this is a great book, no virtually NOTHING about it.

Sarah’s Key Tatiana de Rosnay

good friend Bethany highly recommended this last summer. still haven’t picked it up!

Lamb Christopher Moore

another great friend Joy gives this 2 thumbs up she says it is has great whit and charm

Pop on over for another list HERE



Honest Scrap Award!!!


The Honest Scrap award rules are simple:
Thank the person who “nominated” you and link back to that blog post.

I would like to THANK The Cooking Lady for the nomination of a HONEST SCRAP AWARD!! I have never received an award like this so I am HONORED!!

Tell 10 honest things about yourself—and make the interesting, even if you have to dig deep!
Pass the award on to ten blogger’s who you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap, and whose blog’s you find brilliant in design and/or content.

My “Honest Scrap”

1. I am obsessed with technology. I break out into a cold sweat if my crackberry battery is getting low.

2. I read cookbooks like novels. I collect them and display them on my bookcase.

3. I never thought I would find a man that I couldn’t run off. I did.

4. I have wanted to be a Mom since I was about 8 yrs old and now I am. It is WAY harder than any job I have ever had.

5. I am so OCD that I will change a roll of toilet paper (at your  house) so that the paper rolls over the top.

6. I watch every cooking show and day dream about being THE NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR!!

7. I am very tough on the outside but actually very sensitive.

8. I am extremely loyal.

9. I hate feet, people who blow there nose in public, bad manners and peeps that wear too much perfume.

10. I love my boys, my friends, the smell of fresh laundry, a clean house, fresh cut grass, my garden, a long summer day, sweet tea & my swimming pool.

I would like to spread my joy with the following peeps that I have had the pleasure of making their acquaintance! xoxo

Headaches, Hormones & Hot Flashes 

Heart N Soul Cooking

Mom Tried It

My Carolina Kitchen

Jenny Matlock

The Perks

Meals, Thrills, Amore

Jackie Fo

Roots & Wings Co

A Blonde Walks Into A Blog

Three Simple Girls

The Glass Castle ~ Reading thru 2010!

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is the 2nd book I have read in 2010.
To see the rest of my list go HERE.

The Glass Castle is an amazing story. I really feel like I know her. Her story at times made me so sad but her strength and strong-will made me smile. I just want to give her a hug. Anyone that questions if they have had a tough life needs to read this! I cried, I admit it, I cried at the end. I cried because I felt like I was losing a friend and I wanted to know more. What happened to Maureen?  I hope I would have been a friend to Jeanette if we had met in one of her stops.

A must read!!

What should I read next???

Reading for 2010

One of my GOALS for 2010 is to read more. I have started The Help by Katherine Stockett and it is great. I had 3 people tell me how wonderful it was and I am happy to report that they were right! Her character profiles are so well written that I feel like I know Minny, Abileen and Skeeter personally. The book takes place in the 60’s in Mississippi during a very critical time for race relations and brings these women together for a purpose, To tell their story. Love it!

Reading List for 2010:
I am going with a SOUTHERN THEME for my pleasure reading because, well I love the South and I love all things Southern.
Walking Across Egypt Clyde Edgerton
Before Women Had Wings Connie May Fowler
Bastard Out of Carolina Dorthy Allison
South of Broad Pat Conroy
*The Glass Castle Jeanette Wells AMAZING!! {AMAZING!}
The Ominvores Delimma Michael Pollen Watched the documentry FOOD INC. wow!
*Parenting by the Book John Roseman (love this man!) {great}
Bringing up Geeks Marybeth Hicks
Babywise  Gary Esso {best book ever on how to raise a baby}
South of Broad Pat Conroy (starting now)

And I/we read to Mr. Jack every night. I think I will share those as well. With a 2 almost and 1/2 year old we get stuck on certain books that are his favs.  Here is this weeks!

I will keep you updated on what I am reading and what I think about it!
Here’s to 2010 and reading more!!