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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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Little Luxuries
It sure feels good to BE OPEN! ✨
 
In January I thought, it’s going to be simple to get the store reopened again in the spring. We kept getting product in throughout the winter for the online store which makes spring time a little easier not starting from scratch with inventory. 
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Then I decided to have all of our white shelving repainted with a special lacquer paint that could only be sprayed on. The majority of the store had to be packed up and covered. 
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THEN I decided to change things up! Let’s switch the baby section to the front of the store, the accessory section to the middle and get new clothing displays + more little changes. We had a last minute change in staffing and by April 7th I had one full time employee starting and I could barely put in a 5 hour day because of commuting on the ‘winter boat’ from St. Ignace to the island weekly.
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Going back + forth a lot + making our schedule work between Andrew + I + the boys’ schedule; it’s been a dizzy month. I now have three full time employees + some part time help + all three shops are open again as of today! Yay! By mid May, more employees will be arriving + our hours will be extended! 
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All I can say is, you would think it gets easier entering my 13th year of business. 😆 A seasonal business is full of roller coasters! That’s what keeps owning a business exciting + feeling brand new each new season. ✨I am so thankful for the hard work my team has given the last three weeks. We hope to see you soon this season + check out the new products! 💕🎉✨
 
Enjoy some of the behind the scenes shots of the store as we got it ready for our opening. We can’t wait to see you this season! 
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There are SO many new goodies for Spring! In today’s blog, we are highlighting what’s NEW in the shop!
  1. Spread More Kindness: This pink mug is perfect for spring! It’s colorful and encouraging for yourself or a friend!
  2. Indigo Tray & Dip Set: Indigo is the perfect color for Spring & Summer! This is great for appetizers for a night at home.
  3. Salt & Pepper Shakers: We love this simple Salt & Pepper for spring. It’s light and bright and will dress the kitchen up!
  4. Let’s Taco ‘Bout It: We love Taco Tuesday’s in our home! This is fun for having a taco bar for Tuesdays or any night of the week!
  5. Indigo Serving Bowls: These indigo serving bowls are beautiful, featuring mango wood on the outside and blue / white enamel on the inside.
  6. Flower Planting Sets: It’s time to start planting for spring! Treat yourself or gift one of these cute planters featuring Cornflowers, Petunias, or Sunflowers.
  7. Mackinac Is My Happy Place Pillow: This is a NEW pillow to our sister store, the Artists Market of Mackinac! We love it SO much and know you will too!
  8. Round Stoneware Jar: Add these stoneware jars to your kitchen counters for storage or add as a decorative piece in another room! 
  9. Mackinac Is My Happy Place T-Shirt: The newest addition to The Happy Collection is the long sleeved t-shirt! Long sleeved t-shirt that will keep you warm and cozy during the spring! 
  10. Tea Drops: This gift of tea drops is paired perfectly with a mug or cute kitchen item from the shop! We have a few different flavors and love them all!
  11. Spring Dress: We have a new baby.+ kids like in the shop this summer! The pom-pom trim is so darling that moms and kids alike will love this new line!  
There are new goodies being added to the shop daily, so check back often to see what else is new! 
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Shot from Kathryn's Kitchen Blog
With St. Patrick's Day quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to make a special treat for the boys! Earlier this week, Johnny and I made these Lucky Charms Rice Krispie Treats while the older boys were at school.
I followed the recipe from Kathryn's Kitchen Blog. It was so easy and a fun recipe to make with John's help!
Ingredients: 
  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Lucky Charms cereal
  • Rice Krispies cereal
Directions: 
  1. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot over low heat, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, stir in the marshmallows and stir constantly until melted. Be sure not to let the marshmallows brown, they will burn quickly.
  3. Once the marshmallows are melted remove from heat and stir in the cereal until evenly coated.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press evenly (coat a spatula with nonstick cooking spray on both sides or coat your hands so the mixture doesn’t stick). Add Lucky Charms marshmallows to the tops of the treats (optional). Allow to cool for a few minutes and slice into bars.
If you make these yummy bars, tag me in your Instagram stories so I can see the fun! 
xo,
Nicole 
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