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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.

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CP#1 outside Silly’s Restaurant.

The Washington Avenue institution is worth visiting based on the eclectic décor alone. Each lamp hanging from the ceiling is covered in buttons, beads, and feathers. There are travel photos on every wall, displaying happy customers holding bumper stickers that read, “Eat at Silly’s.”

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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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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 the world. After a few days in the hospital, Jack’s mom and dad, both new parents, were looking forward to bringing their baby home to begin their lives together as a family. 

MP meets her nephew for the first time.

MP meets her nephew for the first time.

During his first week, Jack lost weight. He was nursing, but struggling to do so. His mom grew concerned and checked in with Jack’s pediatrician. He told her not worry. Babies often lose weight when they first arrive home. Then Jack lost more. He wheezed when he nursed. He pulled his legs to his belly after feeding and cried. His parents decided to call a lactation consultant. When the consultant heard the baby nurse, she recommended he be brought to the hospital immediately.

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Note: The Portland Flea-for-All will be moving its location to 585 Congress Street in Fall 2016, according to a June 14, 2016 article by Kathleen Pierce of the Bangor Daily News.

MP and CP#1 enjoyed a girls’ day out recently, while the boys headed to the Museum of Science in Boston for the Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit. We ladies decided to stay local and started our day with a decadent brunch at Silly’s in Portland.

After we stuffed ourselves on pancakes and eggs, MP decided to visit the Portland Flea-for-All. CP#1 is always game for shopping, but MP silently wondered if a flea market would be the best place for a six year-old girl.

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Last week, we posted about a new, family-friendly restaurant in Yarmouth called Gather. One of the things we appreciated about Gather was the play area, as well as the knowledgeable waitress who sat us right next to the toys and games. While we were there, we discovered a wooden barn that belonged to owner Matt Chappell when he was a boy. MP started to think about how cool it would be for the kids to have a keepsake barn of their own.

Enter Finns & Flowers. The Palermo, ME-based toy company makes lovely wooden and felted toys. Their classic New England barn, made of Northern White Pine, is perfect for little kids with big imaginations.

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Does Father’s Day seem to sneak up on you every year? If you’re searching for ideas, here are a few last minute gifts for Dad:

Local Sprits
Cold River Vodka has a loyal following, but did you know the Freeport distillery also makes gin? Toast the man of the house with a G & T, and let him enjoy a few minutes to sip and enjoy.

Homemade Tee
The kids surprised DP with a Viva El Papa shirt one Father’s Day. This year, we’re planning on another Team Potato original. MP found this letterpress card in Portland and was inspired. A yellow T-shirt and some black fabric paint should do the trick.

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Photo courtesy of Jessica Teesdale

MP was recently introduced to the work of Portland-based artist Jessica Teesdale. Known as Clay Tile Mom, Jessica creates keepsake hand and foot print tiles.

The busy mother of three started her business in 2008. Since then, Jessica schedules print sessions at her home studio, playgroups or spaces like Smudge Art Studio in Freeport. The tiles are popular with families who want to capture a moment in time.

Sessions with Jessica take about 5 minutes for each child. She brings the printed clay back to her studio, shapes the tile, then glazes and fires the clay in the kiln.

Like her clients, Jessica says she cherishes a tile of her twin daughters’ hands and feet that a friend gave her years ago:

The tile is on my bedroom wall.  I love being able to feel the imprint of their hands and feet.  It is an amazing reminder of how small the babies were. After that, I have done clay prints of my kids each year. They grow so fast. 

FMI: visit Clay Tile Mom.

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