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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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A summer day at the lake is the perfect way to spend a day off of work! Every summer, we take Sunday’s as our family day. This summer, we’ve been stealing away to my parent’s cottage on a small lake in Michigan for the perfect summer time with the boys, my parents and my brothers!
When we were there a few weeks ago, I realized that somehow I forgot my bathing suit! (Mom Brain!) My mom actually had a spare bathing suit she convinced me to try - it fit perfectly! The fun part is, it was her suit from the 1970s, but it was still in great condition and the style was so classic no one would ever know it was some 50 years old! Now, it’s my go-to summer suit when we are swimming at the cottage! So fun to see what has gone out of style come right back in!
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While we were at the cottage this past weekend, my mom made one of everyone’s favorite recipes: Blueberry Muffins! We grew up with these muffins and now the boys love to eat them! My mouth is watering just thinking about them filled with fresh Michigan blueberries!
Ingredients:
1/2 rolled oats
1/2 cup orange juice (or water)
1 1/2 cups all purpose or unbleached flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Prepare muffin tin with either grease or baking cup liners.
In a large bowl, combine rolled oats and orange juice; stir well.
Add flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, coining oil and egg.
Mix together.
Stir in blueberries
Spoon into muffin tin, filling 2/3 full.
Blend 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over the batter.
Bake for 18 - 22 minutes, until golden brown.
Makes 12 muffins.
MMM! I can’t wait for you to try this recipe and to hear if you liked it or not! Also, tell me, do you and your mom share any pieces of clothing that have gone in and out of style?
Xo,
Nicole

 

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Today on the blog I’m sharing some of my summer essentials for myself and the boys!

I recently purchased two tops that I love from Target. They are the perfect shirt for summer in the shop - cool and breezy and a good price!

Women's Bubble Elbow Sleeve Blouse - Universal Thread™

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Women's Plaid Short Sleeve Collared Button-Front Shirt - Universal Thread™ Red

Recently, I bought a pepper plant from the Magnolia Line at Target! It’s the perfect addition to any room in the house! 

Faux Pepper Plant - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

The boys LOVE this new 2-1 shampoo / body wash that I got them! It’s toxin free (which makes me happy!) and, tear free and smells great! Plus, it’s called Fresh Monster! What little boy doesn’t love that?!

Fresh Monster Shampoo & Body Wash Ocean Splash

I’m a bath girl, I LOVE soaking in the tub! These 24 bath bombs from Amazon have 6 different scents. They are organic and natural and I bet that you’ll love them as much as I do! The boys are just as excited about them as I am AND they keep our skin extra soft!

 

This is my favorite laundry detergent! The garden - fresh scent isn’t too strong and I love that it’s a plant based solution. 

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Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Liquid Laundry Detergent, Cruelty Free and Biodegradable Formula, Honeysuckle Scent, 64 oz

The boys are out in the sunshine everyday, almost all day! This sunscreen is great for the boys - the best part is - it’s water resistant and is easy to apply. 

Alba Botanica Tropical Fruit Kids SPF 45 Sunscreen, 4 oz

 

These are our current summer essentials! Tell me, what are your summer essentials? 

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This week has been one for the books! With unprecedented amounts of quality family time, I’m choosing to be thankful for this season that we find ourselves in! 

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The boys have definitely kept us busy - here’s a little list of the things that we have been doing to stay busy and encourage hands on learning. I hope that this list can spark some ideas for you and your family! 
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  1. Build a Fort
  2. Decorate a card board box and make a city out of it, house, garden, etc - be creative!
  3. Clean Your Toys: this can be a fun project with your kids. Lots of bubbles and warm water and they can give their toys a bath :)
  4. Make play dough or slime
  5. Make Bath Bombs: I’ve never done this one before, but we are going to attempt it this weekend!
  6. Scavenger hunt
  7. Hide n Go Seek
  8. Tag: You can add a twist on this and play Ghost Tag, or whatever your little ones are into 
  9. Art: There are SO many art projects you can attempt! Check out my Pinterest kid’s art crafts here for some ideas! 
  10. A Reading Marathon: Gather the kids on the couch, bed, or next to all their stuffed animals and get cozy and read as many books as you can to them!
  11. Easter Egg Hunt: Never too early to hide plastic eggs (maybe some with a toy or treat inside) around the house or outside! 
  12. A Walk: A simple walk is always good for us!
  13. Baking: Have them help bake muffins, energy bites, cookies...they love to be a part of the process! 
  14. Kid’s Yoga: There are so many resources online for how to get started. 
  15. Organized Sports: Have them play a mini game of soccer, basketball or baseball as a family!
  16. Homemade Pizza: We’ve been making these for lunch and the boys love creating their own custom pizza!
  17. Lastly, if our boys are just fussy and tired, I put them all in the bath tub. They always love the tub! Plus, it's never too early to take a bath xo.

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I hope these trigger some ideas for your own little ones at home these next few weeks, especially while it's still cold in our neck of the woods. Don't stress! Some days just don't work out the way you want it too with 6 different projects on the list for your kids to tackle. If the day is just not going great, let them play with their toys, tablets (yes, some tablet time is okay in my opinion. It just needs limitations), or go outside for a drive!
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To make our weekend a little more exciting we purchased a homemade beef pie from our friends at Good Hart General Store in Cross Village. This will be our 'out to dinner' night. We may even attempt a fun breakfast in bed one morning! We'll see how that goes! Our kids will always remember this time at home with mom and dad and siblings. Remember to try to always choose joy and make the most of it :) 
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Happy Weekend! I can’t believe how quickly the weeks seem to fly by - before too long, we will be heading back to Mackinac for a new season!
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Last weekend, our family loaded up and headed to Forbush Corner Nordic Ski Center in Fredric, Michigan for a day of fun in the snow! We were able to meet up with our friend Susan for our winter adventure! 
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This cross country ski area in 2019 and is known for its trail system. There are trails for skating and skiing and snowshoeing. Forbush has rentals available, which makes the trip a lot easier! They also have a warming room, where the boys loved warming up with some hot chocolate!
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The snow was coming down good and it was just beautiful! I had a feeling our boys wouldn't last long in the cold and trekking through it. I was wrong! Tommy led the way and little Johnny did not want to be carried! He went face first in the snow a few times even and got right back up and wanted to keep walking. It was adorable! All three boys were so tired from the fresh air that they slept the entire way home!
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We had such a great experience at Forbush Corner - I can’t recommend it enough for families to go visit! 
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