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 love to listen to podcasts? During my commute to the island, I love listening to a podcast! It really helps set my mood for the day!
A new podcast that I recently found is Emily P. Freeman’s, The Next Right Thing.
Sometimes, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the BIG things. But listening to this podcast, I’ve been reminded of just breaking it down and working to focus on the little steps that make up the bigger decisions.
Tell me, what’s your favorite podcast? I’d love to know and give it a listen! 
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You know Fall is my favorite season! 
Here is our family fall bucket list that we’re excited to do on Mackinac Island and around Northern Michigan this season! 
Visit a corn maze! I loved going to corn mazes growing up and can’t wait to do one with the boys this fall!
Raking leaves in the yard and then jumping into them and doing it all over again!
A good old family style dinner at the Dam Site Inn which is outside of Pellston, MI. 
Go Pumpkin and Mum shopping to decorate the porch for fall! 
The boys love Carving Jack o' Lanterns! This will be a fun and messy family activity!
We can’t wait for a Saturday bike ride to the Cannon ball for delicious donuts + hot cider!
More family fall picnics with the family in Marquette Park as the weather allows us! 
What’s on your fall family bucket list?  I would love to hear! 
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Summer passed by in the whirlwind! I cannot believe that it is already September! We had the best summer spending every spare minute enjoying our favorite parts of Mackinac.

Here are some of our summer highlights: 

🏊🏻‍♀️Swimming at the Grand Hotel’s pool and swimming in the Great Lakes.

🚲Biking around the Island and all over Mackinac!

🧺Dinner picnics at Marquette Park and British Landing. 

🌅Sunset Sip n’ Sails under the Mackinac Bridge. 

🫖Lunch at the Tea Room.

🌊I went paddle boarding for the first time!

🍋The boys sold homemade lemonade at a stand in the front yard. 

🔦We played flashlight tag at night!

🎨The boys attended art classes at Watercolor Cafe. 

🔥We spent nights outside having s’mores and hot dogs.

🍦Ate way too much ice cream at Sadie’s and I drank a lot of chai tea from Lucky Bean.

This summer was one of the busiest summers I have experienced in the 10+ years that I’ve lived and worked on Mackinac. 

Overall, it was an incredible summer. I loved every minute that I got to spend with the boys! The staff that I had this summer was also truly amazing. They worked so hard, despite the many challenges that come each and every day!  

Another summer is in the books - while I’m sad that the busy season is over, we still have so much to look forward to this fall! 

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I love snack time after school with the boys! It’s one of my favorite parts of the day. I love seeing the boys and having them tell me all about their days! They also love it when I have delicious snacks and treats waiting for them!  Here are some new delicious after school snacks that I plan on incorporating into our after-school routine this fall.

Apple Nachos from Good Cook

  Shot from Good Cook. Grab apples, peanut butter, Nutella and some fun sprinkles to make this nutritious and fun snack! 

Critter Crudites from Good Housekeeping

Shot from Good Housekeeping

Grab some apples, blueberries, peanut butter cream cheese and other fruit to make some delicious and healthy veggies friends! 

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups form Brit + Co.
Shot from Brit + Co

Grab some bread, sharp cheddar cheese and make these tasty little treats for an afternoon snack! 

These are some of the new recipes that I’m adding to our after school snack rotation! For more fun recipes, visit my Pinterest here for more ideas! 

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Even though it’s still SO warm outside, I’ve been starting to get ready for the cozy fall weather that is coming! Fall is my favorite season! I love the chilly mornings, the warm breezy afternoons and the cozy nights. 

I love that fall means more of a routine for the boys as they head back to school. I love that I can drink a chai tea latte without getting instantly too hot, but instead feeling so cozy!

Speaking of coziness, I’ve been looking for new fall sweaters and cardigans. Here are some of my new favorite sweaters that I’ve found for fall!

Shop my favorite fall fashions here: https://a.co/9draCkR

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