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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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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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Even thought the storefront has been closed, we have been busy prepping in the store to reopen on Friday, April 30th! 
Currently, the store is completely torn apart! We painted the shelving and are changing up some of the sections, along with the layout of the shop! When you come in this Spring, you will see so many NEW displays! The baby section is being completely refreshed and updated and we can’t wait for you to see it! 
We have received so many orders, especially a HUGE one from Mud Pie, which has so many goodies for Spring + Summer that you are going to LOVE! New orders from vendors keep on coming, so make sure to check out the website often, as items are added to the website almost daily!
After Easter a few employees begin working again and then we go at full speed ahead to get all three stores ready for Opening Day!
Garden Cart
You can see in the Garden Cart, we have been SO busy mailing out online goodies all winter long! Thank you so much for your continued support! 
 
We are so glad we can ship Little Luxuries to you year round! 
Keep shopping the website and we’ll see you in the shop on April 30th!!
 
Xo,
Nicole 
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This week, Andrew and I have been in St. Augustine, Florida with the boys. It has been so fun to see a new spot and to just get away from the cold for a little bit! Plus, we have not been away on vacation since November 2019! 
Since I’m at the beach, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite beachy items we currently have available on the online store + a few things I love to have with me when I go to the beach! 

 

I love these two new dresses that we got in for spring / summer! They are so nice to just throw on when it's warmer outside or even over a swim suit! Shop the light blue one and navy here!
There's always a need for a tiny toiletry bag or pouch when traveling. I love both of these- the silicone one is fun and bright, while the clear ones help me see that I remembered to pack everything without digging through the pouch! 
Of course, I've packed my pouches FULL of items from the Bath & Body section! Including my favorite lotion from Farmhouse Fresh, called Whoopie Cream. We're currently out of that one but we do have another one I love called Sweet Tea Shea Butter in stock that is amazing
This Shea Butter whip is a jarful of refreshment! You'll be tempted to sip this creamy, supple shea butter that calms even the severest of dry skin. Scented like a southern sweet tea with peach, ginger, and white tea - a light herbal treat!
We can never be at the beach without sunscreen, with our fair skin! I packed the ThinkBaby sunscreen that has been great! BONUS! It's on sale over on the website here.
Of course, lip balm! I usually forget to pack this on vacation, but was so glad I remembered to throw it in my bag! Shop our favorite Green Daffodil Lip Balm Here! It has SPF in it too!
Wax-free soy lip balms include vitamin E and SPF 15, which penetrates into your skin for extra care and long lasting protection to ward off dry lips. Use only essential or flavor oils to scent our lip balm, so they are safe. A unique oval shape tube to keep your lip balm from rolling off your desk or night stand and they also fit nicely into your pocket.

Never forget to pack a hat! Especially one that represents our favorite spot! Shop my favorite Mackinac hat here! 
Finally, guess what I packed in? 
My new favorite tote! I'm so excited about this burlap bag. It's been perfect for the beach! You can shop for it here!
This week at the beach has been so much fun! I hope you've been following along in my Instagram stories as I've shared a little what we're up to! If you have a beach vacation coming up soon, enjoy shopping this list as you start to pack!
xo,
Nicole  
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