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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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Happy August everyone! I’d like to introduce you to my amazing staff at Little Luxuries, Canvas and Paddle, and The Artists Market this season.
We’re so excited to have Allison back for her second season at Little Luxuries. Allison is from Bay City, MI. She came here last year for her internship in Fashion and Merchandising, but enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to return for a second season. Her favorite product from Little Luxuries are the Swan Creek Collection of candles. These are the perfect addition to brighten up and fragrance any home. This summer, Allison’s favorite thing to do on the island has been enjoying the sunset at Sunset Rock, and a goal of Allison’s has been to visit every restaurant on the island (that’s quite a task).
Emily is from Alma, MI and is here for her third season at The Artists Market. Emily has her own collection of earrings (Placed By Grace Designs) at The Artists Market that we love. Her favorite products at the stores are the Mary Lou Peters pieces at The Artists Market. While on the island, Emily loves to stargaze at Fort Holmes and explore the inner trails. This summer Emily hopes to take a sunrise kayak tour.
Meet Bella, who is here for her very first season on the island. Bella is from Grand Rapids, MI. Bella has visited the island in the past and knew that it would be a great way to spend the summer! Bella’s favorite products are the Michigan Awesome, Women’s Flowy Hoodies and the Ned’s Pretzels at Little Luxuries. Bella loves grabbing ice cream with friends after work and a goal of hers this summer has been to try fudge from every fudge shop.

Mallory is from Essexville, MI and is also here for her first season. She has visited the island several times before and wanted to experience life and retail here. Mallory’s favorite products are the Mackinac Bath and Body collection and the Cat Studio Pillows at Little Luxuries. This summer, Mallory’s goal has been to visit the Copula Lounge at the Grand hotel. Her favorite thing to do on the island is trying new restaurants and finding new trails to ride on and explore.

 

Isabella is from Macomb, MI and is here for her first season to complete her internship. Her favorite products in the stores are the Nat + Noor barrettes and earrings at Little Luxuries. This summer, Isabella has enjoyed exploring the island and finding new things to see. Isabella’s goal for the summer has been to ride a horse.

Meet Alissa! Alissa is from Commerce, MI. She has visited the island several times and was interested in experiencing life and work on Mackinac as well as all of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that come with it. Alissa’s favorite products are Ava’s Candles (especially the Island Vacation scent) and the Katie Elberts prints at The Artists Market. Alissa’s goal this summer is to go dancing at the Grand Hotel and she loves spending time at the beach near British Landing.

If you have been visiting us here for recent seasons, you might recognize Gaby. Gaby is from Ashland, Ohio and is here for her third season. She fell in love with Mackinac and loves working with us here at Little Luxuries. Her favorite product is the Vintage Silverware Treasures rings at The Artists Market and she is slowly working on filling her fingers with them. A summer goal of Gabys has been to make new friends. Her favorite thing to do on the island is take walks and enjoy the beautiful sights that Mackinac has to offer.

 

Meet Natalie! Natalie is from Zeeland, MI and has come here to complete her internship in a unique place full of fun summer opportunities. Her favorite products are the Jenna Kator bags at Little Luxuries and the Cellar Door candles and soaps at The Artists Market. A summer goal of hers has been to see a sunset at Sunset Rock and she loves spending time anywhere by the water.

 

Meredith is from Walnut Creek, California. She came to Mackinac to explore Michigan and meet people from all over the world. Her favorite product at the stores are the Mackinac Mittens at The Artists Market, which are made by 3 teachers on the island. Her favorite thing to do on the island has been swimming along the East Bluff. This summer, Meredith hopes to be able to kayak to Round Island.

 

Meet Kati! Kati is from Alma, MI and is here for her first season. Kati loves exploring and knew that coming to the island would be the perfect place to do so. She has been enjoying the season and hopes to return for another. Her favorite products at the stores are the Faded Flannels at Canvas and Paddle and the Ned’s Honey Mustard Pretzels at Little Luxuries. Her favorite things to do on the island are watching the sunset and stargazing at Fort Holmes. This summer Kati wants to develop her knowledge in retail to help her open her own store one day!

 

Remi is from Linden, MI. She came to the island to experience something new and exciting before starting her Masters degree. Her favorite products are the State of Copper pieces at Canvas and Paddle. Each piece from State of Copper is one of a kind! This summer her favorite thing to do on island has been exploring the trails and a goal of Remi’s has been to try all the Main Street restaurants.

Come stop on in to meet these lovely ladies, we are open from 9:30am to 9pm everyday. We can’t wait to see you!

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I can’t believe that the boys will be back to school very soon! They are getting excited to see their friends and I’m getting excited for more structure!

I’ve been on Pinterest lately, looking for some new recipes to incorporate into our meal schedule! Here are a few that I’m going to be making as we head back to school - these look easy and delicious!

This first one is a make ahead breakfast idea, which I love for the busy mornings! 

Greenletes has made these Mushroom Freezer Breakfast Burritos that look amazing! They are packed full of nutrition, which is great! She offers ideas of what to sub out if you don’t like mushrooms, or the cheese she uses, etc! 

Photo from Greenletes 

I love trying new things! This next recipe that I found is Nut Free Cold Noodles from Chelsey Amer's Nutrition Blog. Again, this recipe is filled with protein and nutrition making it an excellent dinner option!

Photo from Chelsey Amer's Nutrition Blog

This final new recipe I’m trying is from Greenletes, again! :) She has so many amazing options, but this one looks especially delicious: Coconut Fried Rice! I can’t wait to try! 

Photo from Greenletes

Have you started thinking about back to school meal prep? If you know me, you know that I don’t meal prep a lot! But these are three recipes that I’m going to try this fall and add to the rotation! They look too good and easy not to try! 

 

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I can’t believe that it’s already August and the boys will be headed back to school soon! The summer just flew by! 
I’ve started back to school shopping - and I found so many cute goodies on Etsy! Have you ever back to school shopped for your kids there? They have SO many personalized items that make it fun for the boys’! 
Here are my favorite finds so far!
How cute are these personalized pencils from The Pencil Boutique on Etsy? I love the idea of personalizing pencils for the shops, my office and even for the boys to take back to school! 
I love this back to school / last day of school sign for the boys to hold! I’m sentimental for all the pictures - especially back to school pictures! 
This personalized homework folder is so adorable! I think I’m ordering one for the boys and myself! I love having their names on as many school supplies as possible - it’s easier for me to make sure they are in the right backpacks the next day! 
I found this jumbo pack of sticky notes that is perfect to keep around the house to add to the boys’ school folders whenever necessary! 
Picking out your pencil box is always such a big deal, making sure that you’re finding the perfect one! I love having the boys be able to pick out their favorite color and then put their name on it! 
Have you seen this awesome back to school classroom kit from honest? It includes disinfecting spray, hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, and hand sanitizer gel. This is such a nice way to appreciate the boys’ teachers as they head back to school! 
These two cute pouches are for me! I love to throw all my pens and pencils in my tote bag and I always lose them! So having a cute little pouch is always perfect!
Have you started back to school shopping? If so, I’d love to hear what you’ve found!
Also, I wanted to include this fun FREE lunch note printable - I’m going to include these little notes in the boys’ lunches their first week back!
 
Xo,
Nicole 
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            Sadly, summer is coming to an end and college students are getting prepared for the upcoming semester. Looking through our stores we have so many products that would be the perfect addition to this school year. I found 5 products from Little Luxuries, Canvas and Paddle and The Artist Market that are essential for college students. See our favorites below:

 Little Luxuries Of Mackinac Island 

1Canoe2- Peach Today Notepad:

          In college you always want to stay organized with this note pad you are able to have your schedule on one side and your tasks on the other side. Having goals is always important so having this feature at the top is great to always remind you to keep going!

Swig Mug 18oz.:

            Having this mug handy will be a lifesaver in college. This mug can keep drinks cold for up to 9 hours and hot for up to 3 hours. Weather you need a cold sip of water to stay hydrated or need hot coffee to help you keep going through the day this insulated mug is perfected to do just that!

Hand Sanitizing Wipes:

            Not only are these wipes easy to take on the go but these sanitizing wipes can be used both for surfaces and skin which is great for college students.

Island Girl Tote:

       This reusable Island Girl tote is perfect for college students! It could be used for groceries, trips back home and even to hold all of your books for classes.

Mackinac Sherpa Blanket:

            With the cold season coming ahead and if you go to school somewhere cold this double-faced Sherpa blanket is perfect to keep you warm and can match any college room aesthetic.

Canvas and Paddle 

Mackinac Awesome Fudge Coffee:

            Caffeine is a must for some college students, this Michigan made fudge coffee is a must have! Having a little taste of Mackinac fudge is a great way to help you study day or night.

Shopping List:

            Has anyone ever lost their shopping list? I know I have!! This jumbo shopping pad is a great way to keep track and organize what you need from the grocery store. Plus, it is made in Michigan!

Storage Bowl:

            Storage is always important when it comes to college students, these multipurpose storage bowls are great for snacks, food in the fridge, or even your jewelry. The black and white pattern can match anyone's room décor.

Stormy Kromer Hat:

            With summer and warmer weather winding down, and colder weather will be here before we know it! This cozy Stormy Kromer hat is ideal to keep anyone's head warm which can be helpful for those cold walks to class.

Backpack:

            Customers love the backpacks at Canvas and Paddle. They are durable and essential to   hold your books, laptop, pens and pencils and more!

The Artists Market of Mackinac Island 

Stickers:

            Want to add a little personality to your laptop or water bottle? These stickers are a perfect addition. Stickers are a great conversation starter in class and are a fun way to decorate your water bottle or laptop with.

Essential oils:

            College can be taxing as everyone knows, we have a handful of essential oils that can help from stress relief, help sleeping, and more, we have it all!

Alleviation Aromatherapy:

            A great addition to the Essential oils is the Alleviation Aromatherapy we have. All you need to do is sniff the oils to help with countless things such as sinus, migraines, and if we need boost of energy. They are small and can fit anywhere, which makes it perfect for on the go college students. 

Soap and Washcloth:

            Having products that serve two purposes is even better for college students. This fun multicolored ball is soap and a washcloth in one made of wool. Each color has a different essential oils, so come and pick your favorite scent today!

Key Chain: 

Never lose your car keys or dorm keys with this key chain. This product is not only cute but the perfect size where you can easily find them in your backpack or purse.

I hope you enjoyed learning about our top back to school essentials. Shop online or in the the store, we are open till 10 pm!

 

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Are you looking for a new summer recipe? We have found an incredibly delicious watermelon and feta salad from Cooking for Keeps!
By this point in the summer, I am always looking for fresh inspiration - it's still too early to bring out the fall menu, but we are all tired of the same old summer dishes! This Grilled Watermelon and Feta Stacked Salad is an amazing new dish to try!
Ingredients: 
  • 8 ounces whole feta cheese, cut into four smaller squares (length wise, they should be about 3”x3”)
  • ½ large watermelon cut into 8 squares the same size as feta
  • 2 cups arugula
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Prepare a grill or grill pan to a very high heat.
  2. Place balsamic in a small saucepan. Turn the heat on medium, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until thickened and similar in texture to syrup, about five minutes. Let cool.
  3. Drizzle watermelon with a little bit of olive oil, season with a bit of salt and pepper. Grill VERY quickly, just getting a slight char, about ten seconds per side.
  4. Toss arugula with about a teaspoon or two of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place watermelon squares on platter, top with feta, and another watermelon. Place about ½ cup of arugula on top of watermelon and drizzle with reduced balsamic vinegar.

This recipe from Cooking for Keeps will be a winner for everyone at your dinner table - and we bet that they will be asking for the recipe!

Enjoy!

XO,

Nicole 

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