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Photo courtesy Island Treasure Toys (Bath)

 

The Cute Potato kids are growing up fast, and with each passing year, MP finds it more challenging to find a toy or game they’ll use again and again. For ideas, MP enlisted the help of toy expert Anita Demetropoulos, the owner of Island Treasure Toys. Her toy store, which began as a home business in 2001, has expanded to three locations over the years. Anita’s warm and welcoming shops in Yarmouth, Freeport, and Bath are favorites among parents for quality toys and games. With nearly 16 years of experience, Anita has valuable advice to offer when it comes to gift-giving.

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MP found this letterpress Easter greeting while shopping at Royal River Books in Yarmouth. When she turned the card around, she learned it was made in Swans Island by a company called Saturn Press.

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Sara Sullivan is a Yarmouth-based, certified nutritionist, who you may have spotted on Good Day Maine. MP discovered Sara’s healthy, family-friendly recipes on Facebook. She became an instant fan after trying Sara’s Mango Coconut Smoothie (made with 1 cup of spinach) for an after school snack. To MP’s delight, CP#2—who is afraid of green vegetables—loved it!

Sara recently launched a beautiful new web site, where you can find everyday healthy tips, and more inspired recipes on her blog. We’re thrilled to have Sara guest blogging for us today, and we can’t wait to try her new take on Apple Crisp! Take it away, Sara….

Autumn’s glory is upon us!

I don’t know about you, but I am loving the cool air, the brilliant colors of the trees, and of course, the seasonal delicacies. I find that going apple picking, drinking fresh cider, and baking crisp apple chips just feels right this time of year.

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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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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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The Cute Potato team survived a long road trip from Maine to Ohio with the help of some travel-friendly art kits and a great children’s album, plus a few stops for ice cream. We don’t have video in our Subaru, so MP and DP are dependent on books, music, and games to keep the kids occupied in the car.

Before the trip, MP shopped Island Treasure Toys in Yarmouth to find a few, small gifts to reward the kids for good behavior. MP left with two, super cute art folios from a company called The Piggy Story. These fabric kits have a handle for easy carrying, 12 crayons, and a note pad. CP#1 and CP #2 loved their portable art folios (so much so, MP and DP enjoyed a peaceful lunch by Lake Erie while the kids drew pictures at the table). (more…)

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While shopping at the Rosemont Market & Bakery in Yarmouth, MP spotted this lovely May Basket. Traditionally, these springtime baskets are made by children and left as a gift on the doorstep of a neighbor, friend or loved one.

This basket was made by the families of the Village Nursery School in Yarmouth

MP thinks this would be a fun, sunny day project with the kids. All you need is a basket, liner, potting soil, pansies and some ribbon. The May basket made by the Village Nursery School is finished with a gift tag that features the children’s art work. So sweet!

 

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