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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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It's the holiday season and here is our family's Christmas Bucket List! 🎄

Visit Santa 
Make Homemade Ornaments 
Sip on Rich Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows 
Take a Drive to Look at Christmas Lights 
Wear a Holiday Sweater 
Open One Gift on Christmas Eve
Make Christmas Cookies 
Give Back 
Christmas Movie Marathon 
We hope this will give you ideas to get in the holiday spirit for your family! I'd love to hear what's on your holiday bucket list! 
Please share with me! 
Nicole
xoxo
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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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We're SO excited for our SUMMER Bucket List! We're ready for sunny days, warm nights and lots of family time! 

☀️ Long bike rides through the island and around M-185 🚲

☀️ Beach days at the many inland lakes in Northern Michigan ⛱

☀️ Jumping in the lake! 💧

☀️ Picnics in Marquette Park 🧺

☀️ Ice cream at Sadies 🍨

☀️ Iced Chais at Lucky Bean ☕️

☀️ Dates with friends at Watercolor Cafe 🎨

☀️ S’mores by the campfire 🔥

☀️ Flashlight tag 🔦

☀️ Lemonade stands 🍋 

What is on your summer bucket list? I'd love to hear! 

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Holiday Bucket List

Have you already written out your holiday bucket list? I've made mine with the boys and I can't wait to start tackling these fun and festive projects!

xo, Nicole 

Nicole's Holiday Bucket List

1. Make a homemade ornament
2. Bake your mom's or grandma's favorite holiday recipe wearing your Christmas apron!
3. Complete a holiday puzzle
4. Build a gingerbread house
5. Watch Christmas Vacation in your favorite Christmas pj's
6. Go on a winter family hike
7. Send out holiday cards to friends and family
8. Make homemade bread for your neighbors
9. Give a toy or canned goods to those in need
10. Listen to your favorite Christmas music while baking cookies
11. Sip on hot cocoa while watching the Hallmark channel
12. Read your favorite Christmas book over Facetime to your nieces and nephews
13. Drive through your town looking at Christmas lights
14.Send Christmas cards to a nursing home
15. Dress up in your best holiday outfit and go out for dinner or make a fancy meal at home
16. Support your local businesses and buy gifts in your town/city
17. Support your favorite small business online shop!
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Lavender Hill Farms

One of our favorite places to go as a family is Lavender Hill Farm, in Boyne City.  It is one of the largest lavender farms in the entire state of Michigan, boasting 25 varieties of lavender. 
Lavender Hill Farms
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They have walking trails that will take you through the fall foliage which we did with the boys just a few weeks ago. It was so beautiful to see all the leaves changing. The trail is longer than a mile, but you can turn around at any point you want and head back.
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Lavender Hill Farms
One of my favorite parts of Lavender Hill Farm is their boutique shop. It’s filled with so many lavender goodies, such as spa products or a lavender treat to eat! Almost all of the products are made by local artists and women owned companies. We love supporting local whenever we can! Their dried lavender bunches are some of my favorites. The purple color makes such a pretty display piece and the smell is so calming. They sell candles, spas, sachets, lavender lemonade and so much more! 
Lavender Hill Farms
I hope that you have a chance to make it to Lavender Hill Farm sometime soon! 

 

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