A Toy Expert’s Advice for Gift Giving

    The Cute Potato kids are growing up fast, and with each passing year, MP finds it more challenging to find a toy or game they’ll use again and again. For ideas, MP enlisted the help of toy expert Anita Demetropoulos, the owner of Island Treasure Toys. Her toy store, which began as a home business in 2001, has …

Candy Making at Wilbur’s Chocolates

CP#1’s Girl Scout troop is working towards their commerce badge. To make it fun, the troop leaders organized a trip to Wilbur’s Chocolates in Freeport, where the girls would spend the afternoon learning about chocolate and how it’s made. MP, who is never one to turn down an opportunity for chocolate samples, decided to tag along. Wilbur’s, which is located …

Suddenly, Last Summer: Becoming Maine Insiders

On this sunny March Friday, with the promise of warmer days ahead, it’s nice to recall last summer. A highlight of our August was filming a short piece as Maine Insiders for the Maine Department of Tourism. The two-day shoot took us from Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport to Popham Beach and all of our favorite places in …

Neighborhood Toy Store Day

What’s not to love about a day devoted to local toy stores? One of our favorite shops, Rainbow Toys in Falmouth, is hosting a daylong event this Saturday to celebrate! The lovely staff promises all kinds of free fun for kids. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, and a giant outdoor game of chess. The store is also …

Wolfe’s Neck Farm Pumpkin Hayrides

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, a 626-acre, educational farm set on the Casco Bay, is one of our favorite places to visit any time of year, but in the fall, the golden fields and changing trees make for a stunning setting. We visited for a Pumpkin Hayride, and despite a cloudy Sunday, our team had a blast.

3-Ingredient Maple Greek Yogurt

At the farmers’ market last summer, MP discovered yogurt from Winter Hill Farm in Freeport. The creamy, whole milk yogurt was better than anything MP had ever tasted at the store, and before long, it became a family breakfast staple. MP considered making her own, but she worried the process would be too fussy. Plus, it was so easy to …

Giveaway Day #5: February Vacation Package from L.L.Bean and Wolfe’s Neck Farm

In late January, the Cute Potato team visited the L.L.Bean Winter Carnival in Freeport. The outdoor carnival is an impressive event, where families get to try snowshoeing, ice fishing, cross country skiing, and more snowy day activities for free! The CP kids had a blast trying all of the activities, but their favorite by far was snow tubing down an expansive …

Brunswick Winter Market

Determined to get out of the house on a rainy Saturday, the team visited the Brunswick Winter Market. The market, which takes place in the Fort Andross Mill, is one of our favorites. There is so much to choose from here, including organic root vegetables, greens, outstanding cheeses, baked bean dinners and fresh fish.

Make Dad’s Day

We’ve been trying to come up with something to surprise Dad Potato on Father’s Day. It’s hard. Last year, we made him Viva El Papa t-shirts. This year we’re considering a Dad Rocks theme, but our glittery guitar card didn’t turn out as planned. Thankfully, Mom Potato came across a few last minute possibilities to suit all Daddy types: The …

Little Gardeners

This year, we decided to join our Community Garden. Mom and Dad Potato have plenty of gardening supplies handy, but CP #1 and #2 needed some of their own. While shopping, the team discovered these sturdy Schylling-brand garden tools at Play & Learn in Freeport, but you can find them at toy stores throughout Maine. We also found Boss-brand, cotton …