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?
Archive for June, 2010
Posted in Celebrations, Food, Gardens, Recipes, tagged creative cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes for kids parties, cutepotato.com, easy sunflower cupcakes, garden party, sunflowers on June 29, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Giveaways, tagged cute potato july 4th giveaway, Etsy, family picnics made easier, fireworks and celebrations in Maine, jessica proctor, july 4th in maine, packing kids lunches, parades, reusable sandwich bags, reusable snack bags, set of reusable sandwich and snack bags, The Reuse Zone on June 28, 2010| 15 Comments »
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.
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.
Posted in Events, tagged Farmington Antique Tractor Festival, farmington fairgrounds, John Deere, kids and tractors, maine country festivals in june, maine tractor pull, tractor pull on June 25, 2010| Leave a Comment »
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 Festival
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
Posted in Food, tagged chocolate dipped strawberry ice cream, chocolate whoopie pie ice cream, coffee ice cream with oreos, creative ice cream flavors, extremely dark chocolate raspberry, farms kids can visit in Maine, homemade ice cream in Maine, maine's best homemade ice cream, pig pen ice cream, toots ice cream, toots north yarmouth on June 24, 2010| 2 Comments »
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.
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.
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
For hours, visit:
Posted in Shopping, tagged avoiding zip-lock bags, Etsy, green products, jessica proctor, new gloucester community market, portland maine mom with green business, reusable sandwich bags, The Reuse Zone, washable snack and lunch bags, zip-lock bag replacements on June 21, 2010| 1 Comment »
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.
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.
Posted in Activities, Events, tagged Antique Car Show, Brays Brew Pub, brunswick, free entry to maine state parks and historic sites, hodgman's frozen custard, ice cream making, Maine Blues Festival, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Maine Day 2010, Maine Department of Conservation, maine family events for father's day, Maine Street, Naples, new gloucester community market, pineland farms, strawberry festival, The Taste of Brunswick, winterport winery on June 18, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Saturday, June 19:
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
Maine Blues Festival
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
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
Car Show: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Market event: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bureau of Parks and Lands
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.
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Visit the Maine Department of Conservation’s site for a full listing
Posted in Giveaways, tagged amy wilson, cute potato giveaway results, growing up in Maine, things moms never planned on before they became mothers, when did I get like this on June 17, 2010| Leave a Comment »
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.