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Kim Collins Kalicky is a 50-something wife, writer, and mother of two grown boys. Her latest book, Mothers Fulfilled, focuses on her life as a full-time working parent, and the challenges her hectic schedule presented in the office and at home. On a broader scale, the book discusses work-life balance for families throughout the United States. Kim introduces a dialogue about the need for parents to have more flexible scheduling options at work.

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Fairy houses are a relatively new phenomenon in the Cute Potato household. We didn’t realize how much fun they could be to construct, until we were invited to the Portsmouth Fairy House Tour last September.

Just one of hundreds of fairy houses at the 2011 Fairy House Tour in Portsmouth.

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It’s raining… again. And tomorrow’s forecast calls for more. What’s a parent to do? MP went through some of Cute Potato’s favorite rainy day activities to help:

1. Visit an Indoor Play Space
Try Portland’s Greenlight Studio or The Rumpus Room in Brunswick. Also, don’t forget to check out your nearby libraries for fun children’s programs and free play.

CP#2 takes a building break at a favorite play space.

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When MP becomes a senior citizen, she hopes to be as plucky as the grandmother in Katie Clark’s popular Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck and Grandma Drove the Snowplow series. If you’re familiar with the Brunswick author’s books, you know her lovable protagonist is a dedicated problem solver. Grandma is ready to do whatever it takes to help her community, no matter the obstacle.

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Since we’ve been away, MP is a little bit behind on everything, especially her Easter shopping. She likes to put some candy in the kids’ baskets, but small gifts are always fun and memorable. This sweet mouse from Laika Handknits is just the right size for little hands:

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MP  had the pleasure of reading Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home, a memoir by Portland-based author Caitlin Shetterly. The story unfolds as Caitlin and her husband, Dan, a photographer, leave Maine for new opportunities in Los Angeles. The move across country brings a series of unexpected challenges, including a difficult pregnancy for Caitlin, frequent travel for Dan, and an upstairs neighbor whose behavior is worrisome.

After the birth of their son, Matthew, the recession hits full force. Dan’s freelance jobs slow to a halt. Their beloved family cat becomes ill. Dan and Caitlin do everything possible to find work. When they can no longer pay their bills, the family returns home in hopes of recovery. (more…)

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A few weeks ago, the team treated Mom Potato to a much needed night off. She decided to see New York City-based writer Amy Wilson read from her book, When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, The Worrier, The Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget Buyer & Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be at the Auburn Public Library.

Amy, who is the mother of three young children, writes about her parenting experiences with equal parts humor and insight. When Did I Get Like This? is a joy to read because her stories are wonderfully relatable, especially to mothers (MP included) who over-analyze everything from choosing the right preschool to managing meltdowns.

MP chatted with Amy after the reading, and she graciously offered a signed copy of her book for one lucky, Cute Potato reader. All you need to do is tell us: what is the one thing you’ve done as a mother you swore you’d never do before becoming one? We’ll pick a winner at random Wednesday, June 16. Good luck!

PS: Need some inspiration? Read about the one thing Mom Potato swore she’d never do on Meet the Hazards.

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