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Our family last visited Acadia National Park in 2009 when the kids were just two- and three-years old. At the time, we explored the Schoodic Peninsula — a lesser known entrance to the park, where a 6-mile loop treated us to spectacular views of lighthouses and forested islands. The visit was a quiet way to introduce our young family to the park, and while we loved our first adventure together, we left wanting to experience more iconic spots in Acadia.

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Father’s Day is fast approaching, and as usual, MP is behind schedule! Thankfully, there are plenty of great shops and purveyors nearby to help with gift giving. Take for example the smart folks at Coffee by Design, who are offering a special, dark roast just for dads. Even better, one dollar for each pound sold of this coffee goes to Boys to Men—a non-profit organization that teaches adolescent boys the importance of non-violence and respect for all genders.

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We are thrilled by the responses to our latest giveaway. Thanks to all who entered! Our 3 winners were chosen based on the beaches’ unique locale and family-friendly vibe. So without further ado, congratulations to:

• Michelle Webb (Peaks-Kenny State Park, Dover-Foxcroft)

• April Cloutier (Ferry Beach State Park, Saco)

• Harmony Lattin (Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor)

Sand Beach at Acadia National Park

We can’t wait to hear more about our winners’ experiences, and look forward to upcoming posts on these three fabulous beaches.  As promised, each of the winners will also receive a free, one-day Maine State Park pass from our friends at the Maine Department of Conservation.

Interested in finding out more about Maine beaches? Check out Park Search and this helpful, Acadia National Park site for great information. We also love this site for its handy list designed for beach-goers.

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CP#1 celebrated her birthday over the weekend, and we wanted to find her a special crown to mark the occasion. Lucky for us, we discovered the wonderfully talented Kirsten Hardy, who runs a home-based business in Bar Harbor called Annabel Fuzz. Kirsten whipped up a beautiful, felt crown in a day, and to CP#1’s delight, it arrived in a perfectly pink package.

Kirsten has two daughters, so it’s no wonder she knows a thing or two about the importance of pink and princess crowns to the preschool set. In fact, she got her start designing bonnets for her own girls. When the owner of Stone Soup Toys in Bar Harbor spotted the bonnets, she asked Kirsten if she would like to sell them in her shop. The rest, as they say, is history. Annabel Fuzz offers everything from wrap skirts and bonnets in fun, feminine prints to the birthday crown you see here.

CP#1 wearing her new crown

A bonnet from Annabel Fuzz

The crown is great for parties and dress up, but most of all, we like that CP#1 can use it from now until she’s twenty-one (as long as hearts and flowers are still her thing).

Know a princess in need of a party hat? You can find Kirsten’s crowns on Etsy, and her popular bonnets (just in time for gardening season) at Stone Soup Toys, Roots & Tendrils in Belfast and Oak Handmade Clothing & Gifts in Boston.

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