Where to Find Weekend Markets in Maine

When there is not much snow on the ground during winter weekends, our family finds ourselves hunting for accessible adventures. We found a road trip to a new-to-us weekend farmers’ market is always a highlight. There’s a thrill to discovering local farms and artisans. All of us enjoy chatting with vendors, sampling new foods, and of course, shopping for all …

Maine Forest Playgroup

MP recently met with Courtney Cronin, a Portland-based mother of two who is the founder of Maine Forest Playgroup, a parent-powered program that encourages families to enjoy the outdoors together. Designed for children ages one to five, the group meets on Friday mornings at nature preserves, parks, and beaches in and around Portland. Courtney started the group in December 2015. …

Portland Science Center

We were excited to learn about the opening of the new Portland Science Center last fall, and since then, it’s been on our bucket list of places to visit. The center was designed to create an atmosphere of entertainment and learning, which is something we can totally get behind! The latest exhibit, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, caught our attention immediately. …

A Birthday Visit to Vena’s Fizz House

For CP#1’s 10th birthday, our family decided to venture into Portland for the afternoon and treat ourselves to homemade sodas at Vena’s Fizz House. The cozy corner soda bar, which is located on Fore Street, is open to all ages. And while Vena’s specializes in mocktails and cocktails (served only from 7-11 p.m.), the menu has craft sodas and lemonades …

A New Member of the Family

When a family considers adopting a pet, it’s a big decision. That’s what MP told the kids when they asked for a dog. She mentioned the responsibilities involved: walking, feeding and cleaning up after the dog. MP also couldn’t help but consider our busy family schedule: how long can we leave the dog alone in the house? Can he ride in the car? And who will take care …

Winter Adventures Bucket List

Last year, MP shared some of the adventures she hoped to try with the family during the winter season, and it was one of the blog’s most popular posts. We had so much fun exploring cross-country skiing and ice fishing, MP decided to come up with an updated list of activities for our family to try during the chilly months …

Get Air Trampoline Park

During these long winter days, keeping our kids active and engaged can be a challenge. That’s why we were thrilled when we heard that Get Air, an indoor trampoline park for kids and adults, was opening in Portland. The park is situated inside a 25,000 square foot warehouse on industrial Riverside Street. Based on advice from friends who told us …

Silly’s Restaurant

You would think, given the name of this beloved Portland restaurant, the team would have checked out the space years ago. Somehow Silly’s slipped by us. CP#1 and MP had a chance to redeem ourselves recently during a girls’ day out. The Washington Avenue institution is worth visiting based on the eclectic décor alone. Each lamp hanging from the ceiling …

Giveaway Day #11: Gift Certificate to Two Fat Cats Bakery

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.

Show Your Love: 14 Days of Giving for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital

MP doesn’t typically get personal on these pages, but today, as she prepares to launch Cute Potato’s first online fundraiser for The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, she thought it would be worth sharing a CP family story with you. Meet Jack. In August, MP’s nephew Jack was born weighing 6 lbs. 10 ounces, looking healthy, fabulous, and ready to greet …