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I'm Nicole. I am a wife, mother, shop owner on Mackinac Island, and lover of handmade. The little things and little moments inspire me. Follow me on my blog as I write about shop news, my travels, island life and motherhood.
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Do you ever wonder what a seasonal shop does during the off season? Here are a few things that we do to stay busy and get ready for the upcoming season!
*Spend time with family and friends! Since we are open 7 days a week for 7 months a year, I rarely get to spend time with extended family or even friends! A lot of the off season is spent with our loved ones, catching up and making memories! I also spend a lot of time with the boys when they aren’t in school. I love to take the time to make cookies for them, read them extra books or make a fun arts and craft project!
*Take trips! When it isn’t a pandemic, we spend a lot of time taking weekend trips, heading South for warmer weather! Andrew and I usually take a trip just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary and the end of one season before the next season begins! It’s nice to have just time for the two of us and to explore somewhere new!
*Evaluate the past season. Brainstorm what worked and what didn’t! I want to make sure that each season, we are improving and becoming the best shop we can to keep on selling the goodies that bring a smile to your face! 
*During November and December when the storefront is closed, we are very busy mailing out online orders and then opening on select days for Island residents to do their holiday shopping. 
*Order for the upcoming season! I spend a lot of time perusing catalogs, searching for new, unheard of artists and looking for unique goods for all three shops! This is one of my favorite things to do during the off season. Dream about new goodies that you’ll love!
*In January, I start to hire for the next season! If you’re interested in applying, read about the positions we have open HERE and then send an email with your resume and references to me (Nicole) at littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com
*Purge! I love a good deep clean! I spend a lot of time going through the shops, getting rid of old displays and thinking of ways to display goods!
*House projects! Since I’m so busy during the summer, I spend some days doing house projects, deep cleaning and decorating various spaces. Out with the old, in with the new!
The off season is filled with memories being made with our family and friends, plus administrative work to prepare for the upcoming season! It’s a lot of work, but I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Nicole
Xo 
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January 17, 2021

Join Our Family!

We are on the hunt for an outgoing, flexible, loving nanny to take wonderful care of our three boys! We live in Petoskey and Mackinac Island. This position is 5 days a week, housing provided, dates are April 1st - November 1st. 
If you are interested or know of someone who might be send an email to littleluxuries.mackisland@yahoo.com to Nicole for more information. :) 
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We're hiring for the 2021 season! Would you like to be a part of a passionate, hard working team and live and work on beautiful Mackinac Island, MI? 
At Little Luxuries, we are like family, and we take pride in our company. We believe that we work better when we all work together. 
We offer housing located on Mackinac Island, flexible with schedules, and we offer fun perks! We work hard to provide our customers with beautiful, carefully selected products each season. 
See our job opportunities below:
Retail Manager: 
April-November, previous retail experience, comfortable working in a fast pace environment, exceptional customer-service, hard working, creative, able to manage a team, multi-tasker and works six days a week.
Retail Associate: 
May-August & May-November
Very hard working, enjoys people, exceptional customer service skills, creative, pays attention to detail, comfortable working in a fast pace environment, team player
If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please email littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.comyour resume and references. Thank you for your interest! 
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January 4, 2021

Strength

Goals and intentions are very popular to start the new year off right. I have never been that great at keeping my New Years goals. Last year, I decided to have a word for the year. It was Focus. Having that one word to reflect and work towards really helped me to 'focus' in my work areas and family areas. This year, my word for the year is Strength. I know that I need more strength than ever in 2021 as our economy will be suffering due to the pandemic and many other issues will downward spiral because of the economy. I also know I will need strength to prepare, and run my three businesses this season with our three growing children. Our lives will only be getting busier. The time now is so important for us to get a jump on the new year. Don't wait to figure out your 'word' or your goals. Do it now! 
The word strength came to me very easily. I guess because I know what 2020 was like and just because it's in the past, it does not mean 2021 and the years ahead will be better. Of course, we hope they will be, but my heart tells me we have a lot to overcome in the future. Hang on, nobody said life was easy. It is the challenges we go through that makes us stronger and better at what we do in work and out of work. 
I hope you find strength in the days ahead and I hope you have time to reflect on a word or a list of goals for 2021. 
We can do this! 
Nicole
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We’re well into the beginning of a New Year! I love a new year and the fresh start that it brings! Here are a few things that I’ve ordered to give our home a reset for the new year! 

Probiotic

Probiotic to keep your gut clean

Fern from Target

Faux potted fern to add 'freshness' to a room without watering it! 

Vest

This Plaid vest is cozy for winter months ahead. Easy to throw on for a casual day or to dress up with leggings and boots. 

Pillows

Refresh your bed with new pillows for the new year.

Charging Station
Organize all of your phone and iPad cords with a charging station. Too many cords can drive me crazy! 

Love Crunch

Have a sweet tooth, but need to keep those New Years goals? Don't feel too guilty indulging in Love Crunch Organic Granola with dark chocolate pieces - my favorite!  

Kind Bars

Chocolate Cherry Kind bars are my favorite go to snack.  

Charades

Spend the winter months playing charades with your kids on Friday or Saturday nights!

Tell me, what are some things that you’re doing to give your home a reset for the New Year? 

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