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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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One of the many things we love about our new home is an upstairs room made for family time. A cozy window seat with hidden storage holds our games: UNO, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, and more favorites. The downside? We haven’t had time to track down a pedestal table to go along with the seating.

CP#1 loves the Q+A game Hedbanz.

CP#1 loves the Q+A game Hedbanz.

Since our search might take a month (or two), we’re so glad for events like the Southern Maine Family Game Festival. The day long event supports the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland. The wonderful caregivers at the hospital helped our nephew, Little J, after an unexpected setback last March and we are so grateful to them.

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Our Show Your Love Fundraiser for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital was a big success! Thank you to all the wonderful people who donated their time and effort to make this event possible. Much gratitude goes to designer Vivian Page for the beautiful poster she created for the event. Many thanks to the businesses who donated to the fundraiser: Rainbow Toys, Down East Books, Maggie’s Naturals, Cathy Davis, L.L.Bean, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Gather, Minka, Peekaboo Children’s Center, Pitter Patter, Islandport Press, Two Fat Cats, Bella Luna Toys, Sheabella Tutus, and Toots Ice Cream.

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Illustration by Richard Haines

Also, thank you to all of you fabulous readers, family, and friends who donated to the hospital. MP will get in touch with the winners over the next few days. Until then, Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Cute Potato!

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One of the highlights of spring for Cute Potato is the opening of Toots Ice Cream in North Yarmouth for the season. Fans patiently wait on line for decadent homemade ice cream served from a little red caboose. Owner Martha Grover-Lambert and her team have been making great ice cream for nearly 10 years using milk from Garelick Farms. There are always new flavors available, but we especially like Coconut Willy (coconut with Needhams), Pig Pen (coffee with crushed Oreos), and Candy Store Floor (vanilla with Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch, Twix, and caramel cups).

For those who can’t live without Toots all winter, Martha offers ice cream sundae parties for up to 10 people. MP loved this idea, and thought it would be fun to have a few friends over to celebrate Valentine’s Day with some special treats from Toots.

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How does MP love Two Fat Cats Bakery in Portland? Let her count the ways: 1) Simple, but downright delicious cupcakes with swirls of buttercream frosting. 2) Chocolate chip cookies worthy of a mention in Food & Wine. 3) Sweet and savory pies with picture perfect crusts.

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Whenever MP drives on Route One in Yarmouth, past the modest office that houses Islandport Press, she feels so proud. How cool is it to live near a company that publishes the works of Dahlov Ipcar and Robert F. Baldwin?

We love Dahlov Ipcar’s books for their vivid, unforgettable illustrations. Her stories capture the beauty and simplicity of everyday life. We meet a farmer who works tirelessly to enjoy the fruits of his labor, a boy who is comforted by a handmade quilt, and a family who honors their hardworking mare by keeping her long after she’s retired.

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Pitter Patter in Bath is a thoughtful boutique you’ll want to spend some time perusing. Owner Colleen Whitaker has an eye for beautiful children’s items and it shows. Every corner of the shop is a treat. You’ll find dresses from Maine-based designers, like Melissa Sailer of Yarn & Cloth, baby accessories, and whimsical stuffed toys.

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