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Archive for October, 2011

If there’s one event that will put your family in the Halloween spirit, it is this weekend’s Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival at L.L.Bean in Freeport. MP took the kids in their pajamas and winter coats on a Saturday evening last year and we had a blast. The festival’s 6,000 jack-o’-lanterns are spectacular to view at night.

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Note: Our friend Cathy Davis moved to Atlanta, GA in 2014 – lucky Atlanta parents! 

MP’s parents visited not long ago, and she thought getting some professional photos of the family would be a good idea. Enter our wonderful sponsor—photographer Cathy Davis of Cathy Clicks. Cathy kindly agreed to meet us on the Eastern Prom in Portland after 5 p.m. The weather cooperated, but the Cute Potato kids were running on empty and not quite in picture taking form. MP resorted to bribery, promising pizza from Otto and soda if they would cooperate for just a little while.

Thankfully, Cathy is not only a talented photographer, but also a patient mother of three who understands kids and families. Despite CP#2’s desire to stay on the playground, DP’s late arrival due to traffic, and MP’s unexpected downhill slide in the mud, Cathy managed to take these memorable pictures: (more…)

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Note: We visited when this cafe was called The Library Cafe. Menu items may have changed.

In August, CP#2 joined MP on a scouting trip to Lewiston-Auburn. Our first order of business was a visit to Cafe LA , located at the Auburn Public Library. MP fell for the space immediately. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming. The café has a few, small tables with fresh flowers, low lighting, and music that could calm the most unraveled of parents (thank you, Ella Fitzgerald).

The relaxed space is just right for kids and their adults.

The lunch menu is full of delicious options. MP ordered a Sylvia Plath panini with ham, smoked gouda, veggies, and Dijon mustard on Borealis sourdough bread.

Tempting, right? 

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MP remembers bringing home a school fundraising catalog filled with Russell Stover chocolate, boxed greeting cards, and foil wrapping paper when she was a kid. Her grandparents loved these items, but friends and neighbors? Not so much. So you can imagine her surprise when CP#1’s school sent home the genius Close Buy catalog. The catalog, designed to raise money for Maine schools, features locally sourced foods, jewelry, clothing, toys, and more handmade gifts.

MP dog-eared several pages of the catalog, but one of her favorite discoveries was this beautifully designed, memory game from South Portland-based Merchants Row.

Stylish, wooden memory cards feature Maine plants and animals.

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