Mothers Fulfilled by Kimberly Kalicky

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 …

Fairy House Handbook by Liza Walsh

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.

Rainy Day Activities

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.

Grandma Drove the Lobsterboat

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, …

Handmade Easter Gifts

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:

Made for You and Me by Caitlin Shetterly

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 …

Mom’s Night Out

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 …