Indoor Patio Room

Ahhh, you know that feeling when you finally finish a big project and your shoulders straighten, your breathing slows, and you can’t stop smiling? That’s how I feel today. Our indoor patio room has been months in the making. Most of that time it actually sat empty while I worked on the skim-coated walls little by little (in and around doing other projects like wallpapering the guest bathroom and redesigning our bedroom.) The whole space turned out just as I imagined and is a really wonderful addition to our home. Let me tell you more about it! Indoor Patio Room - One Little Minute Blog-5 Indoor Patio Room - One Little Minute Blog-1-3 When we built this house, this room–a little awkwardly placed off of the main hallway, around the corner from the kitchen– was sold listed as the dining room on the floor plan. We started with a table in here, but it felt just far enough away from the kitchen and the main eating and hanging out space in the house to not work for us. Combined with the more casual nature of our family, and the really wonderful dining area we created on the covered back patio, it was an easy decision to do away with the dining room and create something else.

As I was browsing the internet, I came across this costal house feature and instantly fell in love with the indoor patio room! The hammock, plant-lined walls, and breezy feeling all felt so easy and lovely for a home. It was just what our house needed.
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I decided on a black wall to anchor the room, and make it feel intentional. It works really well on the wall with the window, because the light is still able to come in and bounce around on the freshly painted white side walls, keeping the mood bright and fresh. I worked with Sherwin Williams, who I adore, to choose paint colors and types, and they generously provided the paint. We went with Tricorn Black in their cool Emerald paint with flat sheen, which has all the washability of a glossier sheen, but with a gorgeous suede-like flat texture. For the walls I went with Extra White, also in  Emerald paint and flat. It was trickier than I expected choosing the perfect white, but this one is bright, but still warm feeling. Indoor Patio Room - One Little Minute Blog-6 Read More »

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Houseplants 101: Keeping Indoor Plants Alive and Happy

About three years ago I picked up a couple succulents at Trader Joe’s on a whim. They were coming into trend, I had just moved to the desert of Austin, TX, and I was excited to finally have a house with big windows where I could try to grow something green. Since then, houseplants have become one of my favorite decorations, and keeping them healthy and beautiful has been a favorite new hobby. I have people ask me all the time about how to take care of houseplants, so I’m excited to share a few tips for caring for houseplants today! Houseplants 101 - One Little Minute Blog-1 Houseplants 101 - One Little Minute Blog-1

This post is also my first in a series in partnership with At Home! I’m excited to have joined the At Home Inspiration Team, and will be sharing some monthly ideas for how I incorporate some of their vast inventory of home and patio items into my home. The first time I experienced an At Home Store was here in Texas, and I was totally blown away by the huge selection of patio furniture, planter pots, baskets and rugs– and that was only the first third of the store!
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Some of my plants had been living in their plastic pots for months, and they all feel so much more finished as decor when they’re intentionally potted. From basic, southwestern terra cotta (in every size and shape) to natural woven baskets, I keep my palate neutral and mix and match the styles and shapes to meet the needs of the rooms and the plant sizes. Read on for all of my houseplant tips! Read More »

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Minivan Movie Night

Eliot turns five-years-old today! As he’s grown up, so has his deep love of wearing costumes, jumping on the trampoline, and watching movies. We have a family movie night every Friday, so we switched it up with a fun new movie night idea!

Instead of watching at home, we had a minivan movie night to enjoy the The Land Before Time DVD, which was one of my childhood favorites. We don’t have a DVD player in the house, since we’re usually streaming movies, so I transformed the car into our theatre by taking out the front row seats, laying down a blanket, and piling pillows in for us to lounge on. The kids eyes grew wide with excitement as they saw our minivan movie theater!  Minivan Movie Night- One Little Minute Blog-10 Minivan Movie Night- One Little Minute Blog-9 Minivan Movie Night- One Little Minute Blog-6 A few weeks ago I had a bizarre dream, that involved some white chocolate and sprinkle-covered popcorn, and I woke up craving it. I decided to add a build your own popcorn bar to our movie night, and grabbed some Pop Secret, white chocolate chips, caramel balls, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, gummy bears, and red hots at Walmart on the way home from errands to make this fun popcorn recipe happen.  Minivan Movie Night- One Little Minute Blog-1 The easiest way to make the popcorn movie snack turned out to be scooping a handful of each desired treat into a bowl, adding freshly popped popcorn to the top and letting it melt the chocolate a bit. Then stir the popcorn around into the melted chocolate and caramel, coating it lightly. I also chilled the mix in the refrigerator for a few minutes to keep little fingers from being too messy. Minivan Movie Night- One Little Minute Blog-2 Minivan Movie Night- One Little Minute Blog-4 Minivan Movie Night- One Little Minute Blog-5 We drove over to a local park and turned on the show next to the duck pond. The view was pretty, and the kids thought the gaggle of geese watching us was pretty funny too.  Minivan Movie Night- One Little Minute Blog-13 Minivan Movie Night- One Little Minute Blog-7 It wasn’t until we were almost to the lake, with The Land Before Time movie all hyped up for our kids, that I realized the car has a regular DVD player and I had a Blu Ray disc! Luckily, we had a stack of movies on hand and promised them that we would download the included digital version today so we can stream it at home for our weekly Friday night movie. Something else to look forward to! And I think we’ll break out the white chocolate sprinkle popcorn again!

For your own family movie night, whether in the minivan or not, head to Walmart to grab The Land Before Time: The Complete Collection DVD available now, while supplies last!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® , Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Pop Secret, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Pop4LandB4time

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Braided Boho Sundress

Happy First Day of Sundresses!

I confess, I didn’t spend even one minute of today at the pool like I would have liked to, but I did put on my swimsuit to take photos of this new braided boho sundress to share. I whipped it up last night as part of Melissa‘s annual 30 Days of Sundresses series.
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This dress is called the Bellevue, and the instructions in Sundressing were written for little girls. Because of the drapey fit and option to use knit fabric, it modified easily to be used for an adult dress–I absolutely adore it.
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Girls Trip Austin, TX– A Three Day Itinerary

When we moved to Austin  three years ago, I could never have imagined how hard and fast I would fall for this city. Not only is the weather beautiful most of the year enabling an active outdoor culture, but it has much to offer in amazing food, cool activities, great local shopping, and an overall super hip vibe.

I have been trying to convince my old friends to come join me for a girls trip in Austin and thought that if I put together the itinerary I might woo them down. I have partnered with Murad skin care to share my Austin, Texas weekend girls trip, including some of the best spots in the city for hanging with your besties.

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First off, you’ll want to stay downtown near all the fun.

Hotel Saint Cecilia is the queen bee of cool hotels in Austin, located in the heart of South Congress. The iconic hotel is complete with private grounds and the Instagram-famous SOUL pool. The rooms are a bit pricey, so this is a great one for a splurge.

Kimber Modern offers clean lines, thoughtfully designed modern decor, and great location along South Congress. It is one of Austin’s premier boutique hotels, and would be a fun place to call home on your stay.

Hotel San Jose is a lush, bungalow-style hotel also along the bustling South Congress Avenue. In addition to the mid-century industrial Texan decor, the hotel offers a full calendar of events, so you’re always sure to be in the happening spot. Girls Trip to Austin, TX-- One Little Minute Blog-8

Day One

We’ll start with my favorite brunch down at South Congress Café, because no girls trip is complete without brunch. This little place fills up quickly so go early to get a seat. I always order the migas, but have been tempted by the carrot cake French Toast as well. The cafe’s location right along South Congress Avenue shopping district make it a perfect place to start the day.

While nearby, make sure to stop in at Uncommon Objects (which is like your great aunt’s attic, with curiosities everywhere you look!) A couple stores down pop in at Limbo Jewelry to try on their beautiful, minimal pieces for everyday wear, then visit Tesoros beautiful international market. Before leaving South Congress also stop in at Parts and Labour , which carries mostly local mostly locally design pieces and is a fun place to grab and “I Heart TX” T-shirt. You will “Heart TX” before you know it! Girls Trip to Austin, TX-- One Little Minute Blog-4 For lunch head a few blocks over to Elizabeth St. Café which has the best ramen and banh mi around, not to mention their amazing French pastries. (Tuck a couple into your bag for a late-night snack!) Then on South First street, visit the “Greetings from Austin” mural. Continue some fun shopping along South Lamar at the beautiful home goods boutiques Mockingbird Domestics and Nanni Inez.

The lazy summer afternoons in Austin are well-spent laying by the water at Barton Springs Pool. This natural swimming hole is an Austin staple, and the most refreshing way to beat the heat and catch some great people watching. Girls Trip to Austin, TX-- One Little Minute Blog-6 After freshening up back at the hotel, head out for dinner on the beautiful patio at Contigo. Enjoy the fresh air, fried green beans with sriracha sauce, and the best farmhouse burger in town. Finish the evening by catching some live music at the Stubbs outdoor stage and dancing the night away in the Live Music Capital of the World.

Day Two

Start today with a Stand-Up Paddleboard workout on Town Lake cruising down to see the beautiful skyline. All that exercise works up an appetite, and Hillside Pharmacy is a sweet place to recharge. After waking up and eating up, see the lake from a different perspective, grabbing bikes at one of the many local B-Cycle stops around town, and heading down to pedal along the Lady Bird Lake trail. It goes on for miles, with lots of fun people and duck-watching along the way. Girls Trip to Austin, TX-- One Little Minute Blog-14 For lunch, make your way over to one of the many Torchy’s Tacos locations, where you can get wild tacos and the best queso in town. (For more authentic street-style  tacos, visit Las Trancas on East Ceasar Chavez.) Order a Topo Chico with your meal and people will think you’re local. Girls Trip to Austin, TX-- One Little Minute Blog-3

Spend an hour wandering through the Umlauf Sculpture Gardens. It’s free all summer long and a great place to recharge a bit. The nearby wildflower center is perfect for plant-enthusiasts. If you want to take a piece of the Texas flora home, head over to East Austin Succulents and pick out a favorite cactus baby as a souvenir. Girls Trip to Austin, TX-- One Little Minute Blog-13 For dinner tonight, have some Texas BBQ. I’m not much of a barbeque gal (I know! Blasphemy!) but the very best I’ve had is from Stiles Switch, and I’ll happily take my girlfriends there anytime. The mac and cheese is really great (and I am very much a mac and cheese gal.)

For your evening entertainment, head to The Hideout Theatre to catch an improv act. The shows go on twice nightly on the weekends, and you can go early and enjoy some old school tea and chess in the cafe while you wait for the show.

Day Three

Sleep in, you deserve it. When you’re ready, head over to brunch at the darling Josephine House. I go for the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, and we can share the fresh fruit and honey with burette. (Yum!) Stop in at some of the new shops popping up along east sixth street on the way to take a craft class at The Paper+Craft Pantry or just shop the sweet paper, party, and home goods selections. Girls Trip Austin --One Little Minute Blog In the afternoon, soak up a little Austin culture with a historic walking tour through some of the city’s oldest beautiful buildings. If you’d rather ride, the segway tour is one of the most fun and hilarious things I’ve done downtown. Stop in at Walton’s Fancy and Staple for a great salad and sandwich lunch, and grab a golden egg. It’s delightful.

For an afternoon treat, try the Banarchy food truck You’ll get a frozen dipped banana rolled in all of your favorite toppings. I always go for chocolate with toffee and coconut. And, fair warning, you’ll crave them when you’ve returned back home.

Keeping with the food trucks for dinner, order some made-to-order Italian at Patrizi’s. The bruschetta appetizer  is a great way to enjoy the short wait for your delicious, fresh food, and if you’re lucky there will be live music playing on the patio while you eat.

Finish off the night with drinks and music at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, where the highest tip gets to choose the next song. Even if you sit back and listen to other’s requests, you’re sure to hear some old favorites, and the energy is contagious. Girls Trip to Austin, TX-- One Little Minute Blog-5 On the way back to the hotel, make one last stop at the newly opened VooDoo Doughnut, serving up fresh pastries 24 hours a day. Skip the fancy-topped styles and try the Mango Tango or Texas Peach Fritter, which are both fresh, fruity, and delicious. Go to bed and dream about your next trip to Austin! Girls Trip to Austin, TX-- One Little Minute Blog-12  So, who’s going to come join me for this amazing weekend girls trip in Austin? These recommendations are just the beginning of what I’ve discovered is a never-ending list of great activities, restaurants, and sights here in the city. You might have to make your girls trip a regular thing!

For some other Austin area recommendations, check out my Around Austin series!

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DIY Jedi Robe for Kids

We were at a play date last week at a neighbor’s house when Milo came running down in a jedi robe. It was simply sewn out of a beautiful brown linen fabric, and after some quick examination I was determined to add DIY Jedi Robe to my to-sew list for the kids. Just a day later, when we were out fabric shopping for a summer dress, the boys grabbed a bolt of brown linen and the project moved up the list to next-in-line.
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I have ideas for new projects to sew all the time, but it is hard to make the time to actually do them! There are simply so many other things that I could be doing at any given part of the day.  Like laundry.  Never ending baskets of laundry.

But Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is helping me make time for both. I’ve used it on my linens for about a year, and recently started using it with the rest of my laundry, too.  It is making such a difference! For example, I manage my laundry by letting clean clothes pile up and folding everything at once, instead of folding each load right out of the dryer.  In the past, the folded clothes would still be wrinkled from being crumpled in the baskets and I had to pull out the iron for easily-wrinkled fabrics (like this Jedi linen).  But now I simply spray as I fold; the wrinkles smooth out and the clothes feel refreshed.

I’m excited to partner with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus today to share a tutorial so you can make your own DIY Jedi Robe. Or if you don’t sew, grab a coupon to try it out and save time for the things you do love!

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This DIY Jedi Robe doesn’t use a pattern, but instead only requires a few basic measurements and a little bit of eyeballing. Also, instead of wasting time hemming all of the edges, I simply serged them with my Baby Lock Diana, which was another way to simplify the project. Sometimes “done” is better than “perfect,” and these kids are way happier with unhemmed robes than none at all! Read More »

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Boredom Busters Summer Kit

Boredom Buster Kit downloadable PDF kids ages 6-12- Miranda Anderson for One Little Minute Blog-5 Oh Summertime. There is so very much to love, and I get excited thinking about the pool days and hikes, vacations and movie nights. And I also get a little bit of anxiety about entertaining my three kiddos all summer long without the structure of regular school schedule! It was with that challenge in mind that my friend Andrea set out to collaborate with a few other bloggers to create this awesome printable Boredom Buster Kit.

Everyone contributed one project that is something a child (ages 6-12) could independently complete, effectively creating hours of independent and interactive fun for the kids to be able to print out and set up in a pinch. My contribution was a DIY Backyard Explorer Kit that uses household items and supplies to create binoculars, a cross body collection bag, and a field memo notebook that then can be used for spotting, collecting, and recording all sorts of backyard discoveries! Boredom Buster Kit downloadable PDF kids ages 6-12- Miranda Anderson for One Little Minute Blog-12 Boredom Buster Kit downloadable PDF kids ages 6-12- Miranda Anderson for One Little Minute Blog-9 Bugs! Flowers! Rocks! Tadpoles! Almost anything is new and exciting with the right eyes, and children seem to have them. I sat down with my littles to create the kits (we’ve actually made them twice now. That’s a nice thing about a printable!) and we had so much fun. The boys decided to become “Backyard Spies” instead of explorers, which I loved. Boredom Buster Kit downloadable PDF kids ages 6-12- Miranda Anderson for One Little Minute Blog-11 Boredom Buster Kit downloadable PDF kids ages 6-12- Miranda Anderson for One Little Minute Blog-7 I’m always trying to come up with fun ways for the kids to stay engaged in an outdoor activity, and this seems to work well for a while. Having some hands-on supplies to make and use brings the whole activity to a new, creative level.  Read More »

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Cozy Master Bedroom

Cozy Master Bedroom-26 For some reason, our master bedroom seems to always be the last priority when we move into a new home. It probably has to do with the fact that guests and visitors don’t ever see it, and we tend to give decorating priority to more public areas. As soon as we moved into this house, I started brewing up ideas to create a cozy master bedroom, and three years later I’ve finally pulled it together. I love how it turned out! I keep walking in the room and telling Dave how happy it makes me! I can’t wait to share some of my design process with you, and lots of fun photos and sources.
Cozy Master Bedroom-25 Cozy Master Bedroom-16 The room has evolved bit by bit– we started with a mattress on a metal frame and went from there. Over the last few months, about half of the room had been feeling pretty nice. But there were a few feet of empty space at the end of our bed that needed attention. We kept filling it up with random junk: packages that hadn’t been opened and sorted, piles of framed art still unhung, and often clothes and toys from around the house tossed behind the closed door just before company arrived!

In the empty space I wanted to create an intentional, cozy conversation area. We needed a place to sit together, unwind, and talk over the day. It was time to give our master bedroom the attention it deserved, and I partnered with to bring it all together.
Cozy Master Bedroom-1 I started by choosing out the perfect, modern-but-still-comfortable couch as the focal point of the wall. This blue couldn’t be prettier. I am often drawn to blues lately, and I don’t think you can go wrong with a blue couch. It’s a great, calming neutral that can be decorated with any style.

Next, I choose this beautiful grey geometric rug that looks nice over our neutral grey carpet. I love the little bit of pattern on the floor, and keeping it simple and modern feeling. It would be ideal to have our hickory flooring run into the master as well as the rest of the main house, we went with carpet too keep it cozy underfoot. Funny thing though, after throwing this rug down Dave told me that with a great rug like this, he’d be okay with hardwood in the master, so I’m adding it to the someday list!  Cozy Master Bedroom-11 The next major player in this cozy master bedroom is the mid-century inspired coffee table at the end of the bed. The rounded edges and simple lines make it perfect for the bedroom, where I walk past it several times a day to get over to my side of the bed. There are drawers and open shelves for storage, and the warm stain is inviting. I love it here, and kind of want another one for the living room, too.  Cozy Master Bedroom-29 Cozy Master Bedroom-30 After I had the furniture in place, including my newly re-covered leather butterfly chair, I was able to add design details. I DIY-ed these fun leather-wrapped brackets to hang a shelf above the couch (tutorial forthcoming), and styled it with tidbits of our family history and story. The cactus from East Austin Succulents is one of the prettiest I’ve seen and I couldn’t leave it in the nursery. The Indian vase was my grandmother’s, bought while she and my grandfather lived in Bombay, and one of the beautiful things I inherited from her. The brass armadillo is part of my growing collection. I think it’s fun to add one to just about every room I’ve designed at home. I gave Dave the human model for Christmas one year, and Dave and I take turns arranging his limbs into different positions. It’s always fun to see what he’s up to. Cozy Master Bedroom-31

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Foraged Flower Arrangements

It’s been a rainy spring in Texas, which means the normally incredible wildflower season has gone on longer, and become more stunning than usual! Even the piece of our yard that aren’t covered in sod (okay, and some parts that are, too) are springing up with flowers in every color. It’s incredible, and has made for some really fun, foraged flower arrangements inside. Foraged Flower Arrangement- Texas Wildflowers- One Little Minute Blog DIY Foraged Floral Arrangements- Miranda Anderson-16 Foraged Flower Arrangements- One Little Minute Blog My kids love picking flowers for me, and while I always look forward to their fresh bouquets, I am sometimes at a loss for what exactly to do with them! Eliot insists one goes behind my ear, but the others usually are set down or tossed aside when they’re not looking.

To take advantage of the abundance of flowers, I created a couple DIY foraged flower arrangements, and completed some tips for turning those backyard bouquets into pretty, long-lasting displays. Read More »

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SNACK Lunch for Busy Moms

So, you forgot to eat lunch again? Yeah, me too. Somehow I manage to pack sack lunches for my preschoolers, pay the meal bill for the school child, and then totally miss eating something myself! Luckily, I’ve created a pretty awesome routine of stashing the perfect combination of packaged foods in my bag each morning to make a pretty well-rounded SNACK lunch. It’s easy and helps keep this mama from being hangry before dinner. How to pack a Snack Lunch- Lean Protein, Complex Carbs, Fruit, Super Fruit, H2O-1 How to pack a Snack Lunch- Lean Protein, Complex Carbs, Fruit, Super Fruit, H2O-3 When the kids are all in school, I’m hustling to finish work or creative projects, run those errands that I’d much rather do alone (I’m looking at you eyebrow threading and post office line.) The next time I look at the clock it’s time to pick up kiddos, and start the afternoon routine of homework, lessons, and then making dinner and bedtime.

On days they aren’t all in school, we are usually out having an adventure before lunch, then I pack lunches and snacks to eat on the go before getting Plum down for a nap. And while I know that sitting down at the table with a nutritious lunch, prepared thoughtfully by myself, for myself, would be the ideal way to enjoy lunch each day, that’s just not happening! How to pack a Snack Lunch- Lean Protein, Complex Carbs, Fruit, Super Fruit, H2O-10 Instead, I’ve started tossing a great combination of snacks into my bag each day that fill me up with the necessary energy, protein and nutrients, and even some superfoods to keep up my mom energy. They are all snacks my kids all enjoy, too. So inevitably on days we’re all together, pieces of my snack lunch get passed around and shared, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve partnered with Lorissa’s Kitchen today for a closer look at what this super snack lunch looks like! How to pack a Snack Lunch- Lean Protein, Complex Carbs, Fruit, Super Fruit, H2O-5 How to pack a Snack Lunch- Lean Protein, Complex Carbs, Fruit, Super Fruit, H2O-6 SNACK LUNCH for Busy Moms:

Lean protein from Lorissa’s Kitchen premium beef strips (available to buy here.) I was introduced to these tasty little bites of flavored meat at Alt Summit this year, and was hooked! They come in pork, chicken, and beef strips, all responsibly raised. The flavors are really fun. Ginger Teriyaki chicken is my kids favorite, Korean Barbeque and Szechuan Peppercorn beef have surprisingly different, sweet and smoky flavors. The Sweet Chili is just spicy enough I don’t have to share it, so it’s probably my favorite. Without preservatives, nitrites, or MSG I feel better about eating it regularly, and passing it around at the playground, too. The bags come with a resealable top, so I can keep one in my bag all the time. I love how the lean protein keeps me feeling satisfied for longer than eating just carbs. And it’s really delicious!

Complex Carb Bar. My latest favorite has been the Fig Bar variety from Costco, because it’s whole wheat and real fruit. I can buy them in bulk to keep in the pantry and my kids love them too. Once in a while I have regular granola bars, and they fill the same need for some quick energy without too much junk.

Superfood Squeeze. How did we all survive without food in pouches? Seriously, I started feeding Plum baby food pouches, stayed hooked on the applesauce variety because it’s so easy, then somehow grabbed these Chia Squeeze packages on a grocery run when I realized they are made for moms! The texture takes a little getting used to, but I love the taste, and they pack some necessary omega-3s .

Whole Fruit. I like apples because they are pretty durable and can handle being jostled around in my diaper bag without too much damage. They also give such a satisfying crunch on a hot day, and fill me up with fiber pretty quickly.

H2O. I’ve been drinking a ton of water lately, and I can definitely tell a difference in my overall well being and state of mind. I feel sharper and more awake when I’m fully hydrated. With the upcoming summer, it’s a great habit to form if you haven’t already.

How to pack a Snack Lunch- Lean Protein, Complex Carbs, Fruit, Super Fruit, H2O-7 The only trick for success with the snack lunch is keeping stocked up on all of these favorites so that they can be grabbed at a moment’s notice and brought along on errands and adventures. And maybe packing a second one when you have littles along, because yours will be confiscated by tiny fingers before you know it!

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DIY Picnic Beverage Stakes + other Memorial Day Projects

Happy Memorial Day! A beautiful day to remember those who have given their lives for our freedoms, and sacrificed to serve the country. Also, the holiday that feels like an true introduction into the summer with pool parties, barbecues, and picnics on most people’s agendas. Here are some great Memorial Day DIY ideas that will get you ready for the summer season!

DIY Picnic Beverage Stakes DIY Beverage Stake- World Market Blog- by Miranda Anderson-15 DIY Beverage Stake- World Market Blog- by Miranda Anderson-24 I created this simple, useful DIY for the World Market blog, and love how it solves the problem of spilled drinks at any outdoor picnic. They can be whipped up easily with a few simple supplies, and stuck into the ground whether at a beach, playground, or out on a hike. I say this often, but these are one of my very favorite projects ever.

American Flag Beach Towels
DIY-Tie-Dye-American-Flag-Towels-One-Little-Minute-5 DIY-Tie-Dye-American-Flag-Towels-One-Little-Minute-11 These fun tie dye towels have become a summer staple for us, and are a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of pool season, and Memorial Day. They’re fun to make with the kids, and each turn out just a little differently, which is a great way to keep who’s whose straight!

Poolside Tea and Toast Poolside-Tea-and-Toast-One-Little-Minute-Blog-5 Poolside-Tea-and-Toast-One-Little-Minute-Blog-9 Making some fresh cheese and veggie/fruit toasts to enjoy outside with a cool glass of iced herbal and fruit tea is a fun variation on the classic picnic fare. Find some ideas for new combinations in this post.

Ten Minute Hammock Ten-Minute-Hammock-DIY-One-Little-Minute-10 Ten-Minute-Hammock-DIY-One-Little-Minute-21 Any day off of work, and the normal routine deserves to be a day of rest along with play. This simple ten minute hammock gives you a cozy place to kick up your feet in the yard, off camping, or anywhere you can think to hang out!

Vegetarian Burgers, Three Ways
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Have a Happy Memorial Day with those you love!

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Leather Butterfly Chair Cover DIY

You know when a project ends up being easier than you thought and turning out better than you imagined? This leather butterfly chair cover DIY was just that way. It came together quickly and easily (even wrestling our new puppy in my lap) and turned out beautifully. I can’t wait to share the process and a free pattern for the leather butterfly chair cover today!  Leather Butterfly Chair Cover DIY- One Little Minute Blog-13 I don’t remember when I first saw a butterfly chair, but for at least the last couple years I’ve been in love with them. The design was originally created in 1938 in Buenos Aires by architect Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, then was made popular in the US with the rise of mid-century modern design. (I sort of love that it was an Argentine design, as I spent 18 months living in Buenos Aires in my 20’s. It feels like home.)

There are a lot of places to find modern reproductions online, but I naturally have trolled Craigslist in search of some at a decent price point. I’ve come up lucky, finding a pair of like-new Circa50 chairs with outdoor covers for half the price. They sit on my front patio and basically make the curb appeal for our home.   Leather Butterfly Chair Cover DIY- One Little Minute Blog-16 Leather Butterfly Chair Cover DIY- One Little Minute Blog-22 As I got ready to re-do our bedroom, I thought another butterfly chair would be a perfect addition, and so I hit Craigslist once again and found this vintage, foldable frame for $15. Knowing I could whip out a cover myself, I scooped it up and got to work.

I know, love, and trust the leather from Leather Hide Store, so I was thrilled to partner with them to complete this project. I have sewn with their leather on a lot of different projects in the past, including my handmade leather jacket, and all of the boxes for my leather clutch with The Crafters Box used pieces of their gorgeous hides.

I have a bunch of their sample leather swatches in my sewing room, and settled on this really beautiful Pub Chocolate. It has a little but of a waxy, distressed look, which is a pivot from my recent obsession with camel leather goods, and I really love it.
Leather Butterfly Chair Cover DIY- One Little Minute Blog-15 Leather Butterfly Chair Cover DIY- One Little Minute Blog-19 The leather is full grain, meaning it maintains all of the strength and integrity of the best part of the hide and will get better with age. When Dave came home from work yesterday he asked if he could sit on it or if it would break! This leather cover may be one of the most durable chairs we own now! And prettiest, too.
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