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When it’s too cold to enjoy the outdoors, or the snow conditions are not quite up to snuff, we try to find active indoor spaces that have something for all of us. Following are a few new favorites and suggestions for where you can find similar locations throughout the state.

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Welcome our newest sponsor, Gabrielle (Gab) Melchionda of Mad Gab’s natural and organic bodycare, to the blog! In the early nineties, Gab started making lip balm in her mother’s kitchen just for fun. Family and friends encouraged her to sell her homemade balms at farmers’ markets and local stores, and in a few short years, her company received national attention. QVC featured her lip balms on television, and magazines including Vogue and Working Mother highlighted Gab and her sought-after products.

Flash forward 25 years and Mad Gab’s is looking to make headlines again. They’ve recently launched an exciting new line of products called MG, geared towards young women. The company is also a finalist on Greenlight Mainea local TV show that features up-and-coming Maine businesses.

MP sat down with Gab to discuss the challenges of running a successful business, balancing work and motherhood, and what she’s dreaming up next.

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Winter is finally here and for our family, the drastic change in temperature demands we pay better attention to our skin. Wind, cold and bright sun can be especially hard on sensitive skin like ours. CP#1 is prone to chapped lips, and MP, who runs outside throughout the winter months, has rough hands and feet. And whether we are cross country skiing or sledding, all of us need to protect our lips and faces from the elements.

For MP, the challenge has always been finding a bodycare line that appeals to the whole family. Enter Mad Gab’s — a Westbrook-based company that specializes in lip and body balms made with a balanced combination of natural and organic ingredients. Their line also includes convenient, SPF 30 Sun Sticks for sun protection on the go.

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A cool, camo design makes this a popular choice for kids.

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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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Note: Catbird Creamery closed in 2017. You can read about it here.

Today’s spring preview has MP thinking about ice cream (not that she needs an excuse). One of her favorite new spots is the Catbird Creamery in Westbrook. Owner Andrew Warren, who grew up serving ice cream with his father at the Dark Harbor Shop in Islesboro, makes his own delicious flavors daily.

A sampling of flavors from Catbird Creamery.

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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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