creative ways to document baby’s first year

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If you haven’t already, I highly suggest you visit Mila’s Daydreams, the adorable blog where uber-creative mom Adele Enersen crafts whimsical dreamscapes around her daughter Mila as she sleeps. What a great way to record an infant’s first year! Over at Young House Love, the Youngsters have been recording their daughter Clara’s growth through colorful weekly updates with numbered onesies in their Flickr stream. I love clicking through and seeing her progress – those first months are so fleeting! They grow up so fast and these inspiring documentaries are motivators for me to put effort into creatively recording my little one’s first years, whenever he or she decides to arrive in the distant future. What do you think, readers? Have any crafty techniques to share? – Sarah C.

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healthy frozen treat: ikea-pop yogurt-sicles

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We have a new favorite summer treat in our house — homemade frozen yogurt treats. I realize this not anything groundbreaking, but their simplicity is stunning. We simply poor some drinkable yogurt into a Midsommar pop maker from Ikea, $2, and freeze. Sometimes we mix it up by combining two flavors. Or when we’re feeling fancy, we’ll make layers by freezing a little juice, then pouring the yogurt on top it. It’s a wonderful way to get an insanely fussy toddler to eat something remotely nutritious, but honestly we love them, too. And the Ikea pop maker is one of the best we’ve tried. Grab one if you can! — Angela M.

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neat and cheap: wrap a stick in yarn

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Are we nuts, or would this deceptively simple craft be a colorful addition to your summer decor? The folks at Ohdeedoh recommend wrapping sticks in yarn as a fun and super-easy summer craft for kids. We find it appealing for craft-challenged adults as well. (Let’s just say we didn’t master the god’s-eye in Girl Scouts.) What do you think?

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garden inspiration: “miss rumphius” and “a man named pearl”

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Have you seen “A Man Named Pearl” yet? It’s a documentary about an untrained horticulturist who creates a yard with topiaries that defy convention. Again and again as I watched it, I was reminded
of a story I read to my kids: “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney. In the book, a young Miss Rumphius tells her grandfather she wants to travel the world and live by the sea. He responds that she must do a third thing — make the world more beautiful. In the documentary (without giving too much away), Pearl Fryar starts out merely wanting to dispel the neighbors’ notion that he won’t keep up his yard. Along the way, he manages to make a garden — and a community — more beautiful. Find “A Man Named Pearl” on Netflix or buy it at Docurama. — Sarah L.

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