A Toy Expert’s Advice for Gift Giving

    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 …

Springtime Greetings from Saturn Press

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.

Rocky Ridge Orchard + Raw Apple Crisp

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 …

Giveaway Day #10: Children’s Classics from Islandport Press

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 …

Giveaway Day # 6: Gift Certificate to Gather Farm Fresh Eatery

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 …

Road Trip Activities for Kids

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 …

May Baskets

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. MP thinks this would be a fun, sunny day project with the kids. All you need is a basket, liner, potting …

Fun at the Yarmouth Clam Festival

Note: The 2015 Clam Festival, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, promises to be a blast! The parade, carnival, and horse drawn wagon rides remain highlights. In the Kids’ Area this year, look for magic shows, live music and balloon tying. Also, we have it on good authority that our friends at Islandport Press will be giving away 100 copies …

Little Gardeners

This year, we decided to join our Community Garden. Mom and Dad Potato have plenty of gardening supplies handy, but CP #1 and #2 needed some of their own. While shopping, the team discovered these sturdy Schylling-brand garden tools at Play & Learn in Freeport, but you can find them at toy stores throughout Maine. We also found Boss-brand, cotton …

Children’s Room Resources in Maine

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 …