DIY Jenga Set

DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-12 DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-13 DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-18 I love the slow days of summer, and have been enjoying these days home from vacation when the kids and I have been able to spend time together. And in order to stay sane and all feel happy and entertained, we have been coming up with some fun and simple summer activities to do. This easy DIY Jenga Set was inspired by a huge version that we’ve played at the children’s museum downtown. The total cost was around $3, and the once I cut and sanded the boards, the kids had a blast painting the ends before we set it up to play. It actually ended up being a great two-in-one because the painting was a fun activity, then once it was dry we played several rounds and had a blast.

Jenga turns out to be a perfect game for kids over about three years old who can understand how to grab and remover a board from the stack. My kids caught on really quickly, and we’ve been playing almost every day!

Here’s how to make one of your own: DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-1 You’ll need:

2 1″x2″ boards, 8′ long, cut into 4.5″ pieces
sandpaper
acrylic paint in a variety of colors
sponge brushes

I already had a chop saw out on the patio because I was building an outdoor reading nook, so it was simple to chop up some extra pieces DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-2 Sand all of the sharp edges and ends by rubbing them along sandpaper on a flat surface, then wipe down with a cloth to remove the sawdust DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-3 Squirt little samples of each of your paint colors onto paper plates and let the kids paint the ends of the boards, then let dry.

If you have little ones like mine, some of the boards might get painted more than on the ends, and that’s alright. It adds that homemade charm.
DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-4 DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-5 DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-6 You can see that my kids got really into it, and we had a fun (messy!) time from the get-go! DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-7 DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-8 I choose a few coordinating blues, green, and a fun purple for our blocks, and love the way it turned out. My more design-snob side was tempted to only use white paint, or leave them plain wood, but the kids had so much fun mixing colors! It was a good reminder to let them have fun with color! 
DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-10 DIY Jenga - One Little Minute Blog-11 Once the pieces are all dry, you’re ready to play! Set them each row of three in opposite directions as you stack the tower. Then take turns removing one piece from the middle and setting it back onto the top of the tower. When the tower tumbles, the game is over! It can get pretty tricky to remove pieces after a while. I was always surprised by how little blocks remain when it all falls down. Read More »

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Leather Shelf Brackets DIY

Cozy, Modern Bohemian Master Bedroom-5 When I was designing my Master Bedroom last month, I settled on hanging a shelf above the couch, rather than some additional art. It was the perfect opportunity to try creating some leather-wrapped shelf brackets like I had seen in a cool rental home in the Fall. The process of making the leather shelf brackets was simple, quick, and they turned out amazing. Leather Shelf Bracket DIY-17 I love the hearty feel adding hand-sticked leather to these simple metal brackets gave. They feel elevated with a touch of southwestern appeal, but are simple enough to maintain a nice, modern industrial design. Here’s the how-to!

You’ll need:

simple metal shelf brackets (this one is from Home Depot)
gold spray paint
a wooden shelf plank
wood stain
paintbrush
leather strips 1″ x 12″ long
a leather hole punch
waxed polyester thread
a large needle Read More »

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DIY Origami Wall Planter + #munchkinmakermamas Workshop

DIY Wall Planter - One Little Minute Blog-2 Last month I gathered a group of local Austin mamas for the second Munchkin Maker Mamas workshop to learn to make a simple canvas and leather origami wall planter. This series, generously sponsored by Munchkin, is a unique opportunity for moms to come to a craft workshop where childcare is provided on-site so they can enjoy some creative time while the kids enjoy snacks, games, and toys nearby.

When I came up with the idea, the goal was to support moms in their roles as caretakers and nurturers by eliminating as many obstacles as possible for them to come together and create. The first workshop, back in March, had an amazing energy and this second one exceeded expectations as well.

Because so many of my friends and readers don’t live nearby, I’ve included a full tutorial for the DIY origami wall planter at the end of this post so you can make one of your own! IMG_0557 IMG_0583 I designed this wall planter after experimenting with several types of hanging planters. As much as I love them, it turns out that it is really hard to find the perfect place to hang a planter from the ceiling. I loved the idea of creating a simple, hearty planter that would be able to hang on the wall as a piece of art, as part of a gallery wall, in a row of three, or simply as an accent and a way to bring life into the room.

The planter is created from canvas and leather, with a brass D ring for hanging. It fits a ceramic pot perfectly, so the plant can be watered while it’s on the wall without worrying about the water leaking. I’ve loved having mine up, and was so excited to share the steps with a group of maker mamas.
DIY Wall Planter - One Little Minute Blog-1 In experimenting with different event venues, I reached out to an AirBNB owner regarding using his home to host the event and he heartily agreed. It was really nice to have a house with a kitchen for the catering, a fridge to keep drinks cold, a nearby bathroom, and the whole comfortable living room for the kids to use as their play area. 
DIY Wall Planter - One Little Minute Blog-4 DIY Wall Planter - One Little Minute Blog-11 DIY Wall Planter - One Little Minute Blog-9 As each attendee arrived the kids all received their Miracle Cup and Snack Catcher filled with snacks. They met the babysitters and started working on stacking blocks, creating art with stickers, and making music with the Mozart Magic Cubes. Moms were invited to grab a drink and snack themselves, choose a seat, and settle in for the workshop.
DIY Wall Planter - One Little Minute Blog-5 DIY Wall Planter - One Little Minute Blog-6 The creative energy in my workshops is always so contagious. Everyone is excited to be learning, and especially when teaching moms you can feel the gratitude they have for the chance to spend a couple hours working with both hands free, making something outside of their usual routine.  Read More »

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The Best Time To Get a Dog

I could also title this post “How Facebook Convinced Me to Get A Dog,” because in a lot of ways that’s what happened.

I’ve always been a turning point sort of person. I’ll mull over thoughts and ideas for a long while before something simple– like a TED talk, new book, or Facebook article– flips a switch and I am able to clearly and decisively make a big change in my life. This is what happened with the dog and the article. The Best Time To Get A Dog- One Little Minute Blog-10 The dog was initially brought up by Milo, who around June last year started asking if we could get a dog. I grew up having dogs, and always imagined we would have one too, but the series of pet-free apartments we’ve lived combined with the regular addition of a baby human to the family every two years kept the idea sort of far away. When he first started asking about getting a dog, Plum was only eighteen months old, and I wasn’t ready to entertain the idea. I told him “When Plum is five we’ll get a dog. It will be so great!” And that was my plan. Get the kids grown up and into elementary school before getting a dog, so I could take care of the kids first, then the dog later.

As the months passed by, he kept asking, and the idea became more real. Well, maybe not a dog, but getting a pet for Milo to care for seemed sort of inevitable, and we started talking about the entry-level variety: fish, turtles, hamsters, etc. Anxious to be encouraging and involved as a parent, I appeased Milo’s puppy hunger by agreeing to visit the local animal shelter to visit the dogs. Which we did, and I left feeling ready to adopt every stray and shelter animal I could find. I’m a bleeding heart. Milo felt the same way and told me, bright eyed,  “Look at this one, Mom, he’s free to a good home!” (This One was Jack, a 7 year old Jack Russell Terrier who was so hyper I think he bounced between all four corners of his kennel in the 30 seconds we passed by him!)

It was around this time that I read The Article on Facebook, which turns out to have nothing at all to do with animals and everything to do with watching our kids grow up, put childhood behind them, and move onto adolescence without us. Because the dog idea had been on my mind, tapping me on the shoulder to ask when was the best time to get a dog, the switch that flipped for me as I read this article answered “NOW”. Now, while my children are young, while they’re home and excited to see me, and excitedly asking for a puppy. Now, when we’re all learning and growing and adapting to newness as they hit the milestones of childhood. Now, when we spend our weekends together as a family, hiking and camping and playing in the yard.
The Best Time To Get A Dog- One Little Minute Blog-6 The Best Time To Get A Dog- One Little Minute Blog-7 It hit me that when Plum is five years old, going to kindergarten, it will just be me at home with the dog. The kids will be away all day most days, starting to have more homework. Our already busy afternoons will be even more scheduled with lessons and acitivites. Whether I like it or not, someday soon their weekends will start to be filled with friends more than family. So, I decided it was time for us to get a puppy to enjoy with the rest of my young kids, and have them all grow up together! Instead of a baby human, this time my two-years-later would be filled by a puppy.  The Best Time To Get A Dog- One Little Minute Blog-15 The actual timeline of choosing and getting our puppy is another story. Read More »

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BumbleBFF Moms Night Out + Hand Painted Tote Bag DIY

Every mom needs a night out once in a while. We recharge by being with friends who can relate, enjoying good food, and working on a simple project to feel creative and accomplish something. That’s just what I provided last month in partnership with Bumble BFF. We hosted a Moms Night Out in Austin, where we brought together a group of mamas and created hand painted tote bags while meeting and mingling with each other.
Moms Night Out Hand Painted Tote Bag-2 Moms Night Out Hand Painted Tote Bag-10 Bringing people together to create is one of my main career objectives. Bringing people together for any reason is one of Bumble‘s objectives. The women-run app launched in the dating space, but has since expanded to include the unique feature of matching with new friends for purely platonic relationships, and has announced they’ll soon provide ways to create business and networking relationships as well! The new developments are exciting for someone like me, who has been happily married for almost ten years (since before dating apps existed!) but who is still interested in meeting and connecting with new people where I live.

We loved hosting moms from all over the Austin area with our first Moms Night Out. There were brand new, expectant mamas, and moms with kids heading into high school. Everyone enjoyed meeting each other, and I loved seeing new friendships form as people exchanged cell numbers and social media handles to stay in touch after the event. Read More »

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Cheerios™ Ice Cream Bars

We’re always coming up with new ways to eat ice cream in the summertime. It’s sort of a daily staple around our house, and the kids love finishing a hot day with a cold ice cream treat on the patio. Last week we combined two of our favorite meals, breakfast and dessert, and came up with these delicious Honey Nut Cheerios™ Ice Cream Bars! They’re layered with banana slices and vanilla ice cream, so basically your favorite bowl of cereal morphed into a sweet and cool treat to enjoy anytime.
Cheerios Ice Cream Bars - One Little Minute Blog-13 Cheerios Ice Cream Bars - One Little Minute Blog-12 The of the layers of cereal on the bottom and top make this an easy-to-eat finger food, which is always a big win with kids. Also, they’re sweet without being heavy, and almost have me convinced that we should just eat them for breakfast, too.  Cheerios Ice Cream Bar - One Little Minute Blog-1 As soon as I imagined these bars in my head, I could’t wait to pick up a new box of Honey Nut Cheerios™ some bananas, and some vanilla ice cream on a quick trip to Walmart. You can use this coupon to grab a box and make your own! I also bought some wax paper to make the bars easy to release from the pan, and for wrapping and storing the finished dessert bars in the freezer.

The Cheerios™ Ice Cream Bars are super simple to make and so far have been high pleasers in my house. Here’s what you’ll need: Read More »

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Five Favorite Food Truck Treats in Austin

It’s no secret that I love where we live. Austin, Texas feels like home in every way. As we have explored I have discovered more and more favorite activities, neighborhoods, parks, restaurants, and of course food trucks.

When I heard that Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water was asking Texans to share why they love where they live, I couldn’t wait to jump on board and share five of my favorite Austin Food Truck Treats, all perfect for the beautiful summertime weather.
5 Favorite Food Truck Treats in Austin, TX - One Little Minute Blog-2 Ozarka Spring water is a Texas original, gathered from three different springs around the state it has that refreshing Texas taste. We try to support local whenever we can, and so it is a no-brainer to drink Ozarka water as we are out around town, on hiking adventures, and to toss a couple bottles into the pool bag to spend the day swimming. As part of this new initiative, Ozarka send me curated box full of Texas goodies, all of which were new to me and I am so excited to try!

Paqui tortilla chips are all natural and so good. I ate the bag in about five seconds. Snow BBQ sauce was named Best in Texas by Texas Monthly, and we will be using it at our next barbecue for sure. I’ve been on a hot sauce kick and was excited to discover this Yellowbird Habanero hot sauce. It was fun to see some sauces from the Jelly Queens. I love unique flavors when cooking at home and the black garlic rosemary sauce will be fun to try. Finally, I can’t wait to whip up some more homemade hot pretzels to use with the Taste Elevated mustard seeds. Mustard has always been my favorite condiment, and this chunky seeds look amazing. Food Truck Treats Austin, TX- One Little Minute Blog-1 All of the little tasting samples together make quite an awesome meal at home. And  we love getting out of the house in the evening to treat the kids to something sweet downtown at one of the many Austin food trucks. Here are five of my favorite food truck treats in Austin:
5 Favorite Food Truck Treats in Austin, TX - One Little Minute Blog-2-2 1. I’ve talked about Holy Cacao before (here) but it truly is one of my very favorite frozen treats in the city. The frozen hot chocolate taste like a liquid dark chocolate bar and it is so good. It is a must stop when we have visitors in town, or when we’re looking for a delicious frozen treat. 5 Favorite Food Truck Treats in Austin, TX - One Little Minute Blog-1-2 5 Favorite Food Truck Treats in Austin, TX - One Little Minute Blog-6 2. I grew up loving churros, so when ChurroCo Austin opened I was so excited to check them out. Their menu of gourmet churros doesn’t disappoint, and this campfire churro is the perfect combination for summertime. Read More »

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Ice Cream Cone Tray DIY

Ice Cream Cone Tray DIY- Miranda Anderson for World Market-6 How did it become July?

The summer is just rolling right along, and we’re loving every pool day, barbecue, and homemade ice cream cone! To solve the problem of tipping cones, and have somewhere to set the fresh waffle cones we’ve been making lately, I create this Ice Cream Cone Tray DIY.  Ice Cream Cone Tray DIY- Miranda Anderson for World Market-12 It’s pretty simple, and so useful. We’ve used it regularly in the last couple weeks, which makes the work and time of making it so worthwhile. Even when the kids are playing and eating their ice cream outside and need to run in to go to the bathroom, it’s been awesome to have a place for them to set their cones so I don’t end up with five in my hands! Read More »

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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.
Indoor Patio Room - One Little Minute Blog-1-2 Indoor Patio Room - One Little Minute Blog-2 Because the front door is a long way from the back of the house, where our family room and kitchen are located, having a sitting area that is mid-way into the house also helps with having company in for a few minutes. We’ve also loved having a couch in a room without the tv, so we can sit, chat, and relax without that distraction.

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!
Houseplants 101 - One Little Minute Blog-2 Houseplants 101 - One Little Minute Blog-7 Summertime is the perfect time to start bringing the outside in, with some greenery indoors. It’s also a perfect time to repot and fertilize plants that have been dormant during the winter. I chose an eclectic variety of planter pots and baskets from At Home for a general plant upgrade.

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 http://my-disclosur.es/OBs

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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.
Braided Boho Sundress- One Little Minute Blog-1 Braided Boho Sundress- One Little Minute Blog-2 This year I had the fun of sewing something from Melly’s newly released book Sundressing: 21 Easy, Breezy Dresses for Women and Girls! From the moment I got her book in the mail I was gushing over the way she provides not only some fun inspiration for sewing sundresses, but also a basic bodice block with step-by-step instructions to modify it to make any of the sundresses she shows and more! Braided Boho Sundress- One Little Minute Blog-3 Braided Boho Sundress- One Little Minute Blog-5 Braided Boho Sundress- One Little Minute Blog-6 Most of the dresses are sleeveless, of course, as sundresses tend to be. And I generally wear sleeves unless I am headed to the pool or beach, so I choose a dress that felt really boho and cozy to wear as a comfy swimsuit cover-up this year.

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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