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We love every season in our home, but winter is especially fun because we have a lot more time together just as a family, without having to be in the shops every day! 

We have written out a Winter Bucket List of things that the boys want to do this season! It’s fun to see them get excited about getting outside or doing a project inside. Here’s our list:

  1. Sledding at the Winter Sports Park in Petoskey. The Winter Sports Park is a fun afternoon activity! They have a sledding hill, ice skating rink and even a spot to get hot chocolate and warm up! 
  2. Skiing at Boyne Highland’s or Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs. While the boys are learning to ski, I’ll hit the cross country trails! They have great classes for the kids to start out with and they have a lot of fun learning to pizza down the hills! Watch out, in a few seasons we may have some awesome skiers in the family! 
  3. When the boys want a day of water sports, we load up the car and hit the Avalanche Bay Waterpark at Boyne Mountain. This is a fun spot for kids of all ages - and it is fun for the parents too! It’s nice to escape the cold winter for a day and splash around inside! 
  4. The boys are at the age where they all love being outside, so we love to try to take Winter Hikes as often as possible! Michigan has so many great spots for hiking year-round. One of our favorite spots is the Petoskey State Park, which has winter accessible trails, which lead down to the waterfront! The boys love to see the water starting to freeze on Lake Michigan! 
  5. When the boys are ready to stay inside for a little while (after playing outside all day long!) they love a mug of hot chocolate and making a winter craft! The old art project of making a snow flake out of a coffee filter never gets old! 
  6. Last night, the boys wanted to write a letter to their very best friend, so they all pulled out the art supplies to mail him a sweet card! I love snail mail and I’m so glad that my boys love it too - I hope they never outgrow that sweet spirit of having a pen pal. 

It’s so fun as the boys are getting older to see what they enjoy to do when they aren’t at school! Along with playing legos for hours upon hours, this is their winter bucket list! What’s on your winter bucket list for 2020? 

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January 5, 2020


We're hiring for the 2020 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 manager a team, multi-tasker
Digital Marketing Retail Manager: 
Year-Round Position, creative, hard working, trusting, able to work in a fast pace environment, enjoys people, exceptional grammatical skills, up-to-date on trends, extreme attention to detail, able to manage a team, multi-tasker
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 fill out our application on our website. Thank you for your interest! 
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Hello, 2020! Hello, New Decade! 
We spent the last week in our happy place on Mackinac Island. My shops were open for the holiday week and Doud's Market was open late. The weather turned from rain and high winds to the most beautiful snow on Monday. We were very thankful for the snow! 
We spent our NYE taking the boys on a family snowmobile ride and visited with friends. Our youngest, John, was not a fan of the snowmobile ride! 
We are now back in Petoskey, cleaning up from the holiday madness and getting into work mode. I have lots of ideas spinning in my head for the new year. Buying show season begins shortly - - one of my favorite parts of owning a retail shop. If you don't follow me on IG or Facebook, jump on over to @littleluxuriesofmackinac to share new products that you would like to see in 2020 and see what new things are coming this spring! 
I would love to hear from you! 
I hope 2020 is a good one for you! 
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December 26, 2019

Christmas Greetings!

Merry Christmas to you and your families! 

December is a whirlwind of events and emotions for our family as I'm sure it is the same to many others. There seems to be something planned every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas! For our family, we have added in Louie's birthday and our wedding anniversary into the mix. We have definitely made the already hectic month a busier one! But there's so much to love about December! 

Once the week of Christmas arrives, I start to naturally reflect on the past year and look ahead to the coming year. Being a seasonal business, it takes a lot of self-motivation to stay on track with ordering and planning for the new season. With three little boys in the mix it makes it even a little more tricky! 

This coming season, we are on the hunt for new store managers and retail associates. If you are interested or know of anyone that might be interested, please send an email to Nicole at littleluxuries.mackisland@yahoo.com 

The weekend before Christmas we celebrate with my family at my parent's house. My two older brothers live in my hometown still as well. My parents have always made sure Christmas is extra special, even at age 34. My mom is fabulous in the kitchen! She still fills everyone's stockings up with the most unique goodies and spoils us with too many great gifts. My dad always has the video camera and is in the background smiling at everyone :) 

The last few years we spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Petoskey at home. It's easier with the arrival of Santa and just nice to be at home. I have started the tradition of making homemade pizza on Christmas Eve, crepes for breakfast Christmas morning and a nice dinner later in the day (this year we had beef tenderloin and Andrew did an amazing job preparing and cooking it!). 

We then spend the remainder of the holiday week on Mackinac Island. The shops are open for holiday guests and locals and it's a fun, festive time on Mackinac. If you're on Mackinac this next week, come say hello! I may be with our boys out and about or in the shop! 

I hope you have a memorable holiday relaxing and enjoying all the little things. 

All the best, 



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Nicole's Favorite Salad
This week, I wanted to share one of my favorite (and easy!) salad recipes!
I make this salad for special occasions like Christmas, Easter, or really any special gathering. 
Nicole’s Favorite Salad
What You’ll Need:
Romaine lettuce
Sliced red onion
Broccoli florets
Cooked bacon
In blender mix:
1 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped onions
1 tbls. celery seed
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp salt
Blend together just before serving
Add any of your favorite salad ingredients. You can add shredded cheese, cranberries...the dressing is what makes this salad really good!!
My mouth is watering, just thinking about making this salad for our family’s Christmas gathering! I hope you enjoy this scrumptious healthy dish!
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