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Archive for February, 2014

Last February, Cute Potato held its first online fundraiser, called Show Your Love: 14 Days of Giveaways for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. If you recall, we kickstarted the fundraiser for our nephew, Little J, who was born with complications.

At the time, it was too difficult to share Little J’s full diagnosis. Our family learned he has a rare syndrome called Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder (PBD). A mouthful, right? The genetic disorder touches 1 in 50,000 children and affects all major systems of the body.

As you can imagine, the CP family was heartbroken by this news. We adore Little J and we want all good things for his life. With PBD, as with many rare diseases, there are a lot of unknowns. The disorder affects every child in different ways, and some children don’t survive past their first year.

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Our favorite little guy – at age one.

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MP would like to welcome Sara Sullivan, a nutritionist from Yarmouth, back as a guest blogger today. Sara offers wonderful ideas for healthy meals, gorgeous salads, and smoothies on her blog, sarasulllivan.com. For Valentine’s Day, she has delicious, no-bake dessert recipes to share. Take it away, Sara….

Grocery store candy? Not a chance.

You’ve printed out cards, made cute crafts, and now you are ready to make some sweets for your pint-sized Valentine. Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day eating is really about dessert. What better way to celebrate than with fun and healthy treats?

Here are a few family favorites that I have fine-tuned over the years:

Peppermint Patties
Nothing says I love you more than this homemade treat. My peppermint patties are indulgent, guilt-free, and totally healthy. And no one will believe these treats are all natural. I promise!

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and MP likes to give and make special gifts for the family. It never ceases to amaze MP how many choices there are for creative gifts in Maine! Following are a few favorites:

1. A crocheted hat for kids and adults.
2. Get festive with felt heart garland from InJoyEcoCutie
3. This balsam pillow from Lakeside Quilts Maine makes a thoughtful gift
4. Find this sweet ‘Love Maine’ onesie at LiveME

 

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Jessica Jenkins, the owner of Daytrip Jr. in Kennebunkport, guest blogs today. If you haven’t already, follow Daytrip on Facebook. Jessica is a wonderful source of ideas for kids and families. We’re so happy to have her here! Take it away Jessica….

In search of a winter activity to cure our cabin fever, the Daytrip Society family packed our hats, coats, and snow pants and headed north toward the Saco Heath Preserve. We spotted some amazing photos of the preserve from the summer and fall, so we took our chances that the trail would be passable in winter.

When we arrived, we were happy to find the parking lot open! We entered the trail and walked along the snow-covered boardwalk which zigzagged about half-mile to where the trail opens up to the Heath (aka a bog). My husband and I were glad for our last minute decision to throw a sled into the car, so our 4-1/2 year old could get a tow whenever she needed it!

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