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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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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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I love snack time after school with the boys! It’s one of my favorite parts of the day. I love seeing the boys and having them tell me all about their days! They also love it when I have delicious snacks and treats waiting for them!  Here are some new delicious after school snacks that I plan on incorporating into our after-school routine this fall.

Apple Nachos from Good Cook

  Shot from Good Cook. Grab apples, peanut butter, Nutella and some fun sprinkles to make this nutritious and fun snack! 


Critter Crudites from Good Housekeeping

Shot from Good Housekeeping

Grab some apples, blueberries, peanut butter cream cheese and other fruit to make some delicious and healthy veggies friends! 


Grilled Cheese Roll Ups form Brit + Co.
Shot from Brit + Co

Grab some bread, sharp cheddar cheese and make these tasty little treats for an afternoon snack! 

These are some of the new recipes that I’m adding to our after school snack rotation! For more fun recipes, visit my Pinterest here for more ideas! 

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This past weekend we were on Mackinac Island getting ready for the new season. There is a lot of preparation involved before that opening day! 

We are enjoying the last couple of weekends of the streets being empty before the crowds arrive. We were also able to spend some time with family and friends and catch a gorgeous sunset! Louie made a little ‘boat’ out of popsicle sticks and duct tape and we all went down to the water to let it ‘sail’. It was so cute! 

On the work side, I’m busy getting the three shops ready for the new season, along with Andrew busily making new changes at Doud’s Market. Doud’s Market has decided to update to self-checkout lines which is an exciting, but big project!

 

I worked on tidying the shops, going through new product that has arrived and putting displays together! We have SO many amazing new goodies for the season. I’ve been sharing on my Instagram many of my favorite new goodies for Mom this Mother’s Day. 

Do you need help picking out a gift for Mom? Check out our Mother’s Day page here: https://littleluxuriesofmackinac.com/collections/mothers-day-gifts.

If you still need help after looking at our Mother’s Day collection, send us an email at littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com. We’d love to help you find the perfect gift for Mom! 

Hope your week is a good one! You’ll find me in my casual shop clothes and a baseball hat this week moving boxes, pricing, displaying and trying to get it all together! 
Nicole 
Xo
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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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2020, the year of our new normal.
This year, masks became our new normal. Everyone created a Zoom login for countless online meetings. School constantly fluctuated between online learning and masked learning. We counted how many guests could be in the shop at once. We ate and cooked at home more than ever before. 
In February, we took a family trip to NYC and Andrew and I escaped to Mexico in March. Those trips were fun escapes before we realized that we would be spending more time at home than ever before! 
This year was an unexpected gift in a lot of ways. We had more family time than we would have ever expected. The boys started distanced learning, we relocated from Petoskey to Mackinac early and spent our days in the fresh, cool air all throughout the spring.
I learned to pivot to more of an online shop than ever before and you showed up LOVING all the fun options! I was excited to offer Surprise Boxes, Curated Boxes, Online Trunk Shows and more! It was so fun to box up your orders for yourself, for friends and for those you loved on the front lines.
I'm ending the year grateful for the boys, grateful for our health and grateful for you. 
Xo,
Nicole 
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