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MP recently met with Leah Deragon, the director of Birth Roots—a Portland-based program designed to assist parents before and after their child’s birth. Leah and her team offer supportive classes, facilitated discussion, and more valuable resources to moms and dads in their cozy space on State Street.

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Leah and a staffer discuss plans for the day.

Birth Roots is designed to be all-inclusive, meaning no matter the parenting style, everyone is welcome to participate in peer discussions. “There is a diversity of parenting philosophies,” Leah says, “and facilitated discussion helps moms and dads find what’s right for their own unique parenting experience.”

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A friend recently invited us to Camp Ketcha, a non-profit in Scarborough that fosters environmental education, for their annual Fairy House Festival. The spacious campground is an ideal place for kids to roam and play. We brought along our own Fairy House Kit from from fairy house expert and writer Liza Gardner Walsh. The wooden kit contains everything a kid needs to build a house: feathers, sea glass, soft moss, and of course, glittery fairy dust! The wonderful staff at Camp Ketcha also had supplies on hand like Forsythia branches and pinecones. The CP kids were in fairy house heaven!

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Bright colors. Pretty accessories. Twirly skirts. These are a few of the Cute Potato girls favorite things about summer dressing. While visiting the In Bloom Market in Cumberland a few weeks ago, MP discovered the work of Kendra Haskell. The Scarborough designer has an eye for summer style. Her clothing line, aptly named Whimsy, offers colorful cotton skirts for women and girls in bold prints.

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Whimsy skirts for girls are available in sizes 3-8.

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CP#1 wanted a Hello Kitty themed party for her fifth birthday. To help create a memorable cake, MP enlisted Cathy Ducey, baker and owner of Mom Made It! in Scarborough. Cathy, who makes everything from scratch in her home kitchen, was kind enough to let MP bring some gluten-free ingredients to make CP #1 a rich, chocolate layer cake.

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Last week, Cute Potato asked where you found your favorite kids’ room furniture and accessories. One reader recommended the Yarmouth Clam Festival and we couldn’t agree more. Maine fairs and festivals are a great way to connect with local artisans. Can’t wait for summer festivals to start? Try the Etsy Maine Team for wall art and fun decor for your child’s room.

Our friend and fellow blogger, the Maine Maven, discovered a beautiful crib at Hands of Hope Thrift Store in Bangor. Children’s resale shops are ideal for finding cribs, rocking chairs and book shelves at low prices. If you’re fortunate enough to have a Family Network Trading Post in your town, it’s a great resource for kids’ rooms. We found Cute Potato #2’s crib and mattress (both in perfect condition) for $100 on our network. Craig’s List Maine and Uncle Henry’s are also great places to find bargains on gently used furniture for little ones.

We found a similarly styled crib (minus the leopard print rug) on our Family Network Trading Post

A great-looking kids’ room from L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean has been stepping up their line of kids’ bedding and room accessories lately. We love the quilts, comforter covers, monogrammed pillows and most especially, the canvas storage totes (more colors, please). Their chenille braided rugs are durable and they work well in a playroom or bedroom.

Nearby gift shops also offer a few unique accessories for kids’ rooms. We’re big fans of Folly 101 in Portland, where we found a colorful paper mobile, fun room hooks and a beautiful, pressed floral lampshade.

An eye-catching Maine Cottage dresser

Keep an eye out for sales at Chilton’s, where we’ve spotted pine bunk beds and single beds. Maine Bunk Beds in Brunswick, who make eco-friendly beds in beautiful (milk paint) colors, is our current favorite.

We’re loving the styles and colors at Maine Bunk Beds

So there you have it. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. We’ll keep searching… and let us know what you discover, too!

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Congratulations to Sue Sass, the winner of our Frugal Find contest! Sue will be receiving $10 towards her favorite thrift store in Maine.

We were thrilled by the response to our contest, and even more excited by all of the great suggestions. Sue discovered a toddler-sized, L.L.Bean winter coat at Good Will in Falmouth for just $4.99. Winter coats like this one often sell for at least $50. Way to go Sue!

Cute Potato also learned that the Freeport Community Center Thrift Shop offers 2-1 sales on clothing most every Wednesday. And best of all, kids’ clothing is priced at $1.00-$2.00. All of the proceeds go to Freeport Community Services, which offers support to local people in need.

Other favorites included the popular Lots for Tots in Falmouth and Scarborough, which we featured in our last post, Bull Moose Music for used video games and movies, The Kids Room in Brunswick and Kids Unlimited in Portland.

Thanks to everyone for your ideas, and happy shopping!

Good Will: locations throughout Maine. Check site to search by zip code. http://www.goodwillnne.org/

Freeport Community Thrift Shop, 53 Depot Street, Freeport,
869-1007

Bull Moose Music: locations throughout Maine. Check site for details. http://www.bullmoose.com

Kids Unlimited, 352 Warren Avenue, Portland, 878-5028

The Kids Room, 149 Maine Street, Brunswick, 729-5437

Tots to Teens, Kings & Queens, 474 Main Street, Gorham, 839-7839

Hands of Hope Thrift Store, Bangor
http://bangorhandsofhope.tripod.com/

The Growing Place, Bangor
http://www.growingplace.biz/


Baby Furniture Fair, Biddeford
http://www.babyfurniturefair.com/

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