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December 27, 2020

Christmas Holly's

We all have holiday traditions which makes this time of year so much fun. My mom always made my brothers and I Christmas Holly's. They are cornflakes with marshmallows, butter and red cinnamon candies. So simple, but so tasty! They are quite sticky so you need to move quickly when making them. 

I made these yummy treats this morning. I didn't have any red cinnamon candies so I went with mnm's instead. The boys like these better actually! Check the recipe out below! 

Christmas Holly's

1 half stick of butter turn to low, 1 bag of marshmallows stir til melted, add green food coloring, add cornflakes (4 cups), stir completely then spoon onto wax paper in little balls as best as possible. They are sticky! Add your red cinnamon candies or mnm's to top. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays! 



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Christmas Break is well under way! It’s been such a busy month, but with school finally out, it’s time for me and the boys to do fun Christmas crafts!

Here are some of the fun Christmas crafts that I found on Pinterest that I’m hoping we’ll do over the holidays:

Image from: One Little Project 

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees found here

These are so easy to make, but will be fun for the boys!

Here’s what you’ll need to make these ornaments:

  • 3 popsicle sticks (one with about 1″ cut from the end of it)
  • 1″ x 1″ square of brown card stock
  • A star cut from glittery card stock
  • A piece of twine, approximately 6″ long
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors and a craft/utility knife

And to decorate them, you can use whatever you have on hand!

  • Tiny pom poms
  • Sparkly pipe cleaners
  • Jingle Bells
  • Rhinestones
  • Buttons
  • Glitter

Image from Growing A Jeweled Rose

Another fun craft is No-Cook Cinnamon Ornaments that will be the perfect addition to the Christmas tree or a great gift for the grandparents.

Other Items You’ll Need:

What To Do:

  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Then, add 3/4 cup of very warm water and mix well.

You can find the entire recipe and craft idea here.

Image from The Resourceful Mama

Another favorite that I’m excited to try with the boys is this Burlap Reindeer Ormanent from the Resourceful Mama found here.

What You’ll Need:

  • Burlap cut into triangles
  • Googly eyes
  • Mini Clothespins
  • Small Red Pom Poms
  • Glue
  • Craft Jute Twine or String


1. If you have the premade triangles like we did, you can skip this step. If not you will need to cut your burlap into small triangles. 

2. Glue two googly eyes onto the burlap and a red pom pom for the nose.

3. Add two small clothespin for the antlers.

4. Form a small loop with the twine (or string) and glue to the back of the reindeer ornament to hand the ornament.

I can’t wait to be creative and craft with the boys this holiday season using fun craft ideas like these from Pinterest! If you don’t follow me on Pinterest, give me a follow here! Tell me, what other crafts are you doing this holiday season?

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Favorite Christmas Movies

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas movies of all time that I love to watch by myself or with the boys! 
There’s nothing better than cuddling up on the couch in front of the twinkling tree watching a classic Christmas movie this month. To top it off, sipping on your favorite cocoa with marshmallows 😊
Little Women
Christmas Vacation
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Holiday
Santa Clause
The Grinch
Home Alone
I hope you can cozy up this month and watch some of your favorite holiday classics! This weekend and next week, I plan to cuddle up on the couch with our new Mackinac Sherpa Blanket, Hammond’s Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows in my Warm + Cozy mug with the Christmas tree lights on and soak up the holiday magic.


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Stocking Stuffers
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers this holiday season? We’ve picked out some of our favorite little luxuries from the shop that we know you’ll love giving and they’ll love receiving!
Crystal Clear Brightening Mini Mask: Gifting to someone that loves self-care? Gift them a face mask! These masks help promote smooth skin, while also hydrating the skin- which we all need during the long winter months!
Musee Bath Balms: These new bath balms are so beautiful and we want everyone to shop them because of how much we love them! The shop is filled with many different scents and varieties - Just Breathe, Golden Hour and Dreamweaver. There are bath balms for the kids too - featuring a baby shark, Amelia Earhart. 
Wooden MI Map Ornament: Perfect for any fan of the Mitten state, this fun ornament features a silhouette of Michigan’s two peninsulas and highlights the cities, foods, icons, culture and natural beauty that make our state so great! 
Snuggle Season Mug: This mug is one of our favorites for the long winter months! Bundle up with this mug, hot cocoa and marshmallows under your coziest blanket for the cozy winter season. 
Hammonds Dunking Spoon: If you give a mug, you also have to give something to go inside the mug! 
Farmhouse Candle: We have so many holiday and winter scents in stock! One of our favorites is Sugar + Spice: Fill your home with the sweet smell of the holidays! Gingerbread mixed with Cinnamon, Clove and bourbon!
Olive Oil Soap: Rich and herbal, Nablus sage olive oil soap is a sage experience that will delight your dermis. This soap is made with 100%  certified virgin olive oil and is perfect for hydrating your skin during the winter.
Christmas Tea Towel: Help them spruce up the kitchen with this truck and buffalo check ruffled tea towel. 
To make it easy for you, we’ve put together some pre-made stocking stuffer boxes.
Or if you’d rather, put them all together in your cart and add a few more things like jewelry, Michigan made food items or something they’d love from our Island Girl collection.
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December is here and truthfully I cannot believe the last month of 2020 is here. It's been a mix of emotions as we all can relate. Normally this month our family has holiday functions every weekend and school + community events on week days. This December, those functions are not happening, but our online businesses are keeping me busy. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! As much as the online business is so much different than in the store, it is fun being creative through social media! I enjoy explaining some of our products to you so you can better understand them. Ask me anything, I'm here to help! 
This Sunday is the Christmas tree lighting on Mackinac Island and it will be virtual so all of you can experience the joy of the perfectly lit tree on Main Street. 
Go to the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau's facebook page to find the details to join in! 
Everyone has so many different holiday traditions. A few that our family has started since the boys have been little are Elf on the Shelf, gingerbread house making, a chocolate advent calendar, Christmas light drive, Christmas eve homemade pizza, and Christmas morning crepes. Check out my favorite crepe recipe here!
This month I will be sharing photos of our Christmas decor in our own home, photos of Mackinac Island and family recipes. The stores are open every Tuesday in December for island residents and December 26th - January 1st from 11am-3pm. 
I will continue sharing some of our favorite products through Instagram and Facebook and new items are still arriving. 
I hope you are able to spend this holiday season with loved ones and you can find peace and joy during this special time. 
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