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Last weekend, the Children’s Garden in our town held a wonderfully creative garden party for the kids. There were scarecrows to be made, printed cards to decorate, peas and carrots to pick and face painting a plenty. But what CP#1 and #2 loved best were the adorable, sunflower cupcakes. MP told them they could have just one, but she’s pretty sure the pair helped themselves to more when she wasn’t looking. And really, who could blame them?

We love these sunflower cupcakes for summer parties

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Last week, we highlighted Jess Proctor’s super cute, reusable sandwich bags. We’ve already used ours for picnics, packed lunches and snacks on the go. And MP is thinking they will be perfect for the beach this weekend.

Enter to win this set of reusable snack and sandwich bags

Speaking of the holiday weekend, wouldn’t it be nice to win something fun? Here’s your chance. Tell us where to find the very best July4th parades, fireworks and celebrations in Maine this weekend, and you could win a set of Jess’ snack and sandwich bags. We’ll select one lucky person at random and announce the winner on Tuesday, July 6. Good luck!

For details on the set, visit Jess’ Etsy shop, The Reuse Zone.

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CP#2 in his glory

MP can’t quite figure it out, but CP#2 gets positively gaga when he sees a John Deere tractor. If he can actually sit on the machine and pretend he’s a farmer, oh boy. You’ve never seen a happier 3-year old.

This is why the team has decided to take our aspiring farmer to Farmington’s Antique Tractor Festival. The weekend long event at the Farmington Fairgrounds promises to delight even the littlest tractor fans. Families will enjoy the daily pancake breakfast (7 a.m.-10 a.m), tractor pull, toy and pie auctions, children’s area, parade and local crafts.

For a full list of events, check out the Maine Antique Tractor Club’s site.

Maine Antique Tractor Club
15th Annual Tractor Festiv
al

When: June 25, 26 and 27
Where: Farmington Fair Grounds
Time: Event begins at 8 a.m. all weekend
Cost: Adults $5, Ages 11-17 $2, Kids under 10 are Free

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We’re fortunate to have many wonderful homemade ice cream establishments in Maine, but if we had to choose one, Toots in North Yarmouth would be our favorite. Cones, shakes and sundaes are served from an old caboose. The creative flavors are many and fun.

Just a few of the flavors available at Toots

This season, MP is loving Chocolate Whoopie Pie – a heavenly mix of chocolate ice cream, whoopie pie pieces, marshmallow and fudge swirls. CP#2 has ventured from plain chocolate to Chocolate Dipped Strawberry. DP tried decadent Extremely Black Raspberry, which is made of black raspberry ice cream, swirls of black raspberry puree and chunks of dark chocolate. And CP #1 likes the kids’ classic: vanilla with rainbow sprinkles.

Another favorite flavor is Pig Pen: coffee ice cream with Oreo cookies

After we devour our cones, the team likes to tour the Toots family farm, which is home to some enormous cows (we’re talking Guinness Book of World Records). The kids love to visit with the bunnies, sheep, goats and check out all the impressive farm equipment. If we let them, CP#1 and #2 could easily spend hours running around Toots.

Usually we coax our duo into leaving with the promise that we’ll be back again. And we will, happily, for the rest of the summer.

Toots Ice Cream
137 Walnut Hill Road
North Yarmouth
829-3723

For hours, visit:
http://tootsicecream.com



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While visiting the New Gloucester Community Market on Sunday, MP met the lovely Jessica Proctor—a Portland-based mom with an Etsy shop called The Reuse Zone. Jessica sells a variety of green products, but our favorite is her reusable snack/lunch bag. Each washable bag is made of 100% cotton and lined with ripstop PVC nylon, so it’s easy to shake out and wipe clean. The bag seals shut with a handy Velcro® closure.

Some of our favorite prints & patterns

We love this effortless way of being green. And it doesn’t hurt that the fabrics are super cute, too. We’ll definitely be back for more.

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Saturday, June 19:

Strawberry Festival
Pineland Farms
New Gloucester

What’s not to love about Pineland Farms, with its sprawling green campus, gardens and wonderful market? Stop by this Saturday for the Strawberry Festival. Kids can learn to make ice cream (11:00 – 1 p.m.) and sample locally made treats. Later in the afternoon, Mom and Dad can enjoy a wine tasting featuring Winterport Winery’s fruit wines.

Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Market and Welcome Center

The market at Pineland Farms

Maine Blues Festival
Naples

Word on the street is Bray’s Brew Pub is the place to be for families during the Maine Blues Festival. Children can dance and play outdoors, while their parents enjoy the show. In town, kids can take part in even more fun, like face painting, creating public art and our personal favorite, the Cub Scouts’ pie throwing booth. Tickets can be purchased at the event for $15.

Time: Noon – past bedtime
Where: Locations throughout Naples

Taste of Brunswick

We love events where we can try everything from Mexican food to gelato. The Taste of Brunswick offers samplings from nearby restaurants for $8 /pp (kids under 12 are free). While you’re there, enjoy live music on the town green.

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Town Green, Maine Street Brunswick

Sunday, June 20:

Antique Car Show

Hodgman’s Frozen Custard
New Gloucester

A visit to Hodgman’s Frozen Custard is exciting enough on its own, but on Sunday, over 300 antique cars will be on view. Not enough for you? Check out the New Gloucester Community Market across the street, where they’ll be celebrating with free hamburgers, music and lemonade.

Where: Route 100, New Gloucester
Times:

Car Show: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Market event: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bureau of Parks and Lands
Maine Day
Statewide

To celebrate their 75th anniversary, the Maine State Park System is offering free entry to all state parks and historic sites on Father’s Day. So pack a picnic lunch and treat Dad to a day at the park.

Time:
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Visit the Maine Department of Conservation’s site for a full listing

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Thanks so much to all of the moms who participated in our book giveaway. Lynn Barnard will receive a signed copy of Amy Wilson’s When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, The Worrier, The Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget Buyer & Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be.

We loved your comments, and like many of you, before she was a mother, MP never planned on using the TV for break time, owning a mini van (and an embarrassingly messy one at that), bribing the team with sweets or the big one… resting with CP#1 until she falls asleep.

No matter our parenting choices, one thing is certain: we can all be proud to be raising our children in Maine—what a special place to call home.

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