Friday, April 29, 2011

The Dish Featuring My3littlebirds

Welcome to another edition of The Dish! This week is not brought to you by my dead laptop and is co-sponsored by the letter M, as in Mary Lauren and her magnificently mighty blog My3littlebirds. As I've put together each edition of The Dish, I've noticed one glaring similarity between every blog I've featured so far, and this week's featured blog is no different. These women can write, man! They all do an incredible job of weaving together posts that capture their readers' attention and keep people coming back for more. Mary Lauren of my3littlebirds perfectly embodies this shared characteristic of The Dish bloggers and their blogs.

My3littlebirds doesn't fit into any neat categories. It's not a mommy blog or a recipe blog or a writing blog, because any of those labels wouldn't give it the credit or justice it is due. To describe it best, I would say that M3LB is an addictive blog full of creativity and charisma, and each visit I take there leaves me wanting more of Mary Lauren's wit, insight, and beautifully woven tales of family and the memories that make life so precious and unique.

Delicious Design

What could be cuter than a yellow polka-dotted background? Not much! But three little birds woven into the title art are one thing that give the yellow polka-dots a run for their money. One of the first things that captured my attention about this blog would have to be the title and title artwork. The title itself reminds me of my absolute favorite song EVER "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley. Whenever I see M3LB pop up in the recently updated list on blogger, this song automatically starts playing in my head, and I love it. In actuality, and as I learned just tonight, the blog title is derived partially from the author's three adorable children, as well as from a beautiful and meaningful painting. While my3littlebirds certainly does not focus on the blogger's children solely, the stories she shares of her "three little birds" and her adventures as a mom are likely to keep you laughing your butt off each time you hear one...see The Bad Mom Chronicles. I'm still laughing over Part Two and the "Code Brown."

But back to the design of M3LB. Like so many of the blogs I love, my3littlebird's design is simple and minimalistic. No crazy sidebars full of worthless crap, just a nice, clean look with an adorable banner that allows the blogger's words to shine.

Oh, and I should mention her adorable design comes from Seven Thirty Three Custom Blog Designs, who obviously know what they're doing!

Appetizing Content

As I've already pointed out, my3littlebirds doesn't follow any kind of "typical" blog formula. Mary Lauren isn't bound by the limitations of a specific blog "genre" or topic. She writes about life, in a hilarious and usually thought-provoking way, and she shares her experiences and expertise on everything from stockbroking to Mom Hair. Regardless of the topic, every post she composes seems to either make me laugh or make me cry; I'm always affected in some way by her words...which is the mark of a true writer in my humble estimation.

My3littlebirds also hosts a linkup party each Monday called What's For Dinner, where she allows other blogger's to join the fun and linkup to their recent recipe posts. Through this linkup, I've already discovered some other great bloggers, which makes it a rousing success if you ask me! I urge any of you who regularly post recipes to join in on the fun every Monday at M3LB.

Probably my personal favorite of the posts that are shared on my3littlebirds would have to be the ones which showcase the blogger's incredible writing talent. She posts poems and has recently started participating in writing prompts, and I just love her writing style! I could go on all day, but checking her out for yourselves will sell her case better than I ever could.

Scrumptious Survey: Answered by blogger.

What’s your favorite dish/food?
If I'm eating at home, I love a simple roast chicken with vegetables. If I'm eating out, I often order seafood (scallops are a favorite of mine) since my family doesn't really eat it. And for date night at home, my husband and I love to share a bottle of wine and eat crusty bread with cheese (I love Danish Blue and he prefers very sharp cheddar).

What’s your favorite type of cuisine (Italian, French, etc.)?
Well, I love it all. But for me a perfect night out with friends would include a Spanish tapas-style meal with lots of yummy things to try. 

What is unique about the cuisine in your part of the world?
Our area is known for traditional southern style foods. Not the healthiest stuff in the world- that's for sure!

Sweet or salty?
Salty wins by a landslide.

What food are you craving right now?
I am looking for a great recipe for cinnamon raisin bread. My kids love it for breakfast and I can't seem to buy enough! Send me a message if you've got one, pretty please?

Do you like to cook? If so, do you ever share recipes on your blog?
I do like to cook. I do share recipes but they tend to be "this worked for my picky 3 year old" type meals, and not exactly gourmet. 

Where do you get the recipes you use? From cookbooks, blogs, online directories, etc?
Most of the recipes I use these days come from online directories and blogs. I love Simply RecipesOur Best Bites, and of course The Pioneer Woman Cooks. But I also refer to my collection of cookbooks and food magazines.

What food-related word would you use to describe your blog? (i.e. salty, sweet, savory, delicious, yummy…) Get creative!
Sweet. For sure: )

As always, I hope you enjoyed this week's edition of The Dish, and I certainly hope that I was able to introduce you to a new blog to fall in love with. If you haven't already, be sure to visit my3littlebirds; it's sure to capture your heart instantly and make its way onto your must-read list.


  1. Mary Lauren IS so sweet! And she did NOT do a ribbon dance in 8th grade (I'm still super stoked about winning her 9 truths and a Lie. She is super good at lying! But not in a bad way...).

    Love what you said about hearing that song in your head. Every time I see the title, I sing the first lines of that Corinne Bailey Rae song "Three little birds sat on my window...."


  2. Katie, thank you so much for such a sweet feature. You captured M3LB perfectly! So well, in fact, that I'm going to link this post to my "About" page. I really appreciate your kind words and that you took the time to put this together.

  3. Wow! I'm already a M3LB stalker (hi Mary Lauren, hehe) but if I weren't, I would have fallen in bloglove with M3LB just from your write-up. Beautiful :)

  4. I want to mention, too, that my blog design was the work of Kim @ She's great! Check her out : )

  5. Perfect! Thanks for the reminder...I should have already mentioned that in the post, so I edited to add it.

    Thanks for reading, y'all! And I'm glad you liked it M3LB. I had a great time putting it together!

  6. Great feature! :)

    *waves to my3littlebirds*

  7. I am already a follower of 3 Little Birds! Love it!

  8. I love M3LB and found your site through her's. Love your site also I've read several of your posts and know I'm really going to enjoy it here! Your blog is one of the best I've seen and I'm now following you.

    Regards, Mari

  9. I have found her via your site as well. Great write up!
    I went to leave my first comment on her blog yesterday and blogger wouldn't let me. Perhaps today will be different.

  10. Mary Lauren is on my list of bloggers who I would force into friendship if she lived near me. My list is getting long with the recent addition of Dwija. We need to plan a group blog buddy meet-up someday in the future.
    my3littlebirds is such an incredible blog and ML is a truly talented writer. Great write up, Katie! (I'm with you on Bob Marley - I find myself singing it at least twice a week.)
    Keep writing talented friends!

  11. You guys are the best. Thanks again.


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