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Last February, Cute Potato held its first online fundraiser, called Show Your Love: 14 Days of Giveaways for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. If you recall, we kickstarted the fundraiser for our nephew, Little J, who was born with complications.

At the time, it was too difficult to share Little J’s full diagnosis. Our family learned he has a rare syndrome called Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder (PBD). A mouthful, right? The genetic disorder touches 1 in 50,000 children and affects all major systems of the body.

As you can imagine, the CP family was heartbroken by this news. We adore Little J and we want all good things for his life. With PBD, as with many rare diseases, there are a lot of unknowns. The disorder affects every child in different ways, and some children don’t survive past their first year.

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Our favorite little guy – at age one.

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Our Show Your Love Fundraiser for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital was a big success! Thank you to all the wonderful people who donated their time and effort to make this event possible. Much gratitude goes to designer Vivian Page for the beautiful poster she created for the event. Many thanks to the businesses who donated to the fundraiser: Rainbow Toys, Down East Books, Maggie’s Naturals, Cathy Davis, L.L.Bean, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Gather, Minka, Peekaboo Children’s Center, Pitter Patter, Islandport Press, Two Fat Cats, Bella Luna Toys, Sheabella Tutus, and Toots Ice Cream.

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Illustration by Richard Haines

Also, thank you to all of you fabulous readers, family, and friends who donated to the hospital. MP will get in touch with the winners over the next few days. Until then, Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Cute Potato!

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We have been fans of Sheabella Tutus in Brunswick for what seems like for-evah. CP#1 was just 4-years old when she received a Paris Pink tutu for Christmas. She’s outgrown the tutu since, but its tulle beauty lives on at her former nursery school, where little ones transform into ballerinas during morning playtime.

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Whenever MP drives on Route One in Yarmouth, past the modest office that houses Islandport Press, she feels so proud. How cool is it to live near a company that publishes the works of Dahlov Ipcar and Robert F. Baldwin?

We love Dahlov Ipcar’s books for their vivid, unforgettable illustrations. Her stories capture the beauty and simplicity of everyday life. We meet a farmer who works tirelessly to enjoy the fruits of his labor, a boy who is comforted by a handmade quilt, and a family who honors their hardworking mare by keeping her long after she’s retired.

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Note: We were very sad to learn Peek-a-Boo Children’s Center closed in June 2014. For more play spaces in the area, try Greenlight Studio in Portland or The Rumpus Room in Brunswick. 

The Peek-a-Boo Children’s Center in Westbrook is one of our favorite indoor play spaces in Maine for good reason. Located in the Dana Warp Mill, the inviting space highlights creative and active play. Kids ages 0-5 will feel right at home. In fact, they may not want to leave. Little ones will enjoy the colorful, infant playroom with their parents, and older kids can explore the Cedar Works playground, sensory table or cool art space, to name a few.

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Yes, this is a blog about all things kid-friendly, but every once and awhile, MP posts about something with fabulous Maine moms in mind. That’s why today’s giveaway features a stunning necklace and earrings from Minka. MP discovered this stylish Kennebunkport boutique and gallery while scouting for 48 Hours.

ImageMinka is filled with gorgeous, handmade jewelry and leather bags designed by Michelle Larochelle. Her partner, artist Christopher Larochelle, creates the ethereal paintings displayed in the shop. You’ll also find Maine made gifts for yourself or someone you love, like body care, stationery, and T-shirts for adults and children. (more…)

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Not long ago, MP posted about how much the Cute Potato team enjoys Gather; a new, family-friendly restaurant on Main Street in Yarmouth. What is it about Gather that appeals? One reader put it best:

“We’ve taken our 3-1/2-year old there a few times now. So great to get to eat good food in a more sophisticated atmosphere with a toddler and not feel out of place.”– Andrea Berry

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