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For Mother’s Day this year, MP’s wish is for good weather and a breakfast visit to a local garden with coffee, croissants and a book in hand. If you’re also a mom in search of Sunday morning serenity, here are a few favorite Maine gardens to enjoy plus a few fun events for the weekend:

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Holy cow. This is a busy time of year! MP is trying her best to slow down and enjoy the season, but it’s easy to get swept up in the holiday hubbub. There’s our daily routine to maintain coupled with holiday parties, cards to order, trees to light, cookies to make and gifts to buy — all good things for certain, but it can be hard for a parent to keep up!

Thankfully, we live in a state where there are so many beautifully made gifts available to us, it’s easy to check a few items off the holiday to-do list. And it feels good to support our local makers!

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It’s hard to believe that MP started Cute Potato 5 years ago this month! CP#1 and #2 were two- and three-years old. Here they are in one of our earliest posts that featured Dollar Store finds.

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Every once and awhile, MP comes across a local Etsy shop, and wonders how she never knew about it. The Bakers Party Shop is one such place. The shop offers everything a parent could want for a party, including colorful cupcake liners, sprinkles, favor bags, and more festive supplies.

The Bakers Confections is the brainchild of Scarborough’s Shauna Osteen and Esther Holden. While working at Le Roux Kitchen in Portland, the two ladies bonded over their love of baking, and decided to start a bakers supply shop of their own.

MP has been searching for a local source for bakers twine. So cute for wrapping gifts!

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Every year, Grandma Cookie Potato organizes a festive gingerbread house party for family and friends. Grandma is a whiz when it comes to making, baking, and assembling these houses. She gave MP a gingerbread house bake set years ago, and MP still hasn’t mastered the patient art of rolling out gingerbread dough (or maybe she just needs to work on her upper arm strength).

Grandma and CP#1 begin work on their house.

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DP celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday. To surprise him, MP thought it would be fun to make t-shirts to commemorate the big day. She had this silly idea of creating a whoopie pie shirt that reads, “Whoopie! You’re 40.” Surprisingly, the shirts were so easy to make.

CP#2 modeling (sort of) his whoopie pie shirt.

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CP #2 is about to celebrate his 3rd birthday and because he is our resident rocker, MP decided to throw him a rock and roll themed bash. To help, she enlisted the talents of Olio Designs in Rangeley. Shop owner/designer Meg Shelton is a dynamo when it comes to party favors. Even Martha Stewart Weddings noticed Meg’s talents and named her one the magazine’s favorite crafters. Needless to say, MP knew Meg would rock this assignment.

CP#2 in his element

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