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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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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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With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, I wanted to write a quick note on the festivities that happen in our home for this lovely holiday!


I love decorating a little bit here and there for the holidays, especially the “small” holidays, too! The boys realize the importance of each holiday and decorating, even in little ways, brings me so much joy!

Our decorations come from various places. The paper napkins are usually from Hobby Lobby or the dollar store! The peppa pig valentine box is Tommy’s and Louie made his valentine box out of a tissue box last year!

I always put up a new banner for each holiday! The stitched felt heart banner and the sparkles banner are both from Etsy - I love to shop small when I can! The tie died heart banner hanging from the mantle the boys made.  I found little red hearts to spread around the candle on our kitchen table. I love to visit antique stores and that’s where I found the cute scrabble Valentine’s sign!

Of course, I have to make snacks that are holiday themed as well! Two new recipes that I found on Pinterest for this Valentine’s Day season are Valentine’s Day popcorn and Heart Shaped Quesadillas.

Valentine’s Day Popcorn from here. This recipe is super easy and super sweet!

  • 10 Cups of Popped Popcorn (I usually make our popcorn the old fashioned way over the stove top!)
  • 3 tbsp. Butter (Sweet Cream, Salted)
  • 3 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • Pretzel M&M's – Red
  • Valentine's Mix M&M's
  • Valentine’s Day Sprinkles
  • Confetti Heart Sprinkles

Mix & Enjoy! I bet the boys will always ask for popcorn this sweet from now on!

When the boys get home from school on Valentine’s Day, I plan to make them Heart Shaped Quesadilla’s!

If you have a heart shaped cookie cutter, use it to cut your tortilla into the perfect heart! If you don’t have one, scissors will do!

Place one heart on a greased cookie sheet, sprinkle with love and shredded cheese, then place the second heart on top! Cook in the oven at 350 for about 3 minutes - but keep your eye on it, just in case. Then, enjoy!

What are your Valentine’s Day traditions? I’d love to hear all about them and maybe add an idea or two to our fun plans!

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Easter Weekend is almost here, which means fun treats, egg hunts, pastel colors galore, egg dyeing and more exciting memories to be made! As the boys get older, it’s fun to see them remember the traditions that we celebrate each year and look forward to doing those same fun things again! Here are a few cute pictures of the boys enjoying our Easter traditions last year:
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Last year, I made this sweet and savory Bunny Munch that everyone, kids included, loved! I plan to make it again this Easter for all to enjoy.
Moritz Fine Designs
Ingredients:
-4 cups chex cereal (your preference on wheat, corn or rice)
-2 cups stick pretzels
-2 cups cheerios
-1 cup candy coated Easter eggs (Hershey’s, Cadbury, M&M’s, or whatever you prefer!)
-1 12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips
Directions:
-Mix all ingredients (minus the white chocolate chips)
-Microwave and melt the white chocolate chips for 90 seconds, pausing to stir as needed, until it is completely melted.
-Pour the chocolate over the mix and stir in thoroughly.
-Place the mixture on wax paper and put in the fridge until it is hard and ready to enjoy!
Recipe and Photo Credit from Moritz Fine Designs
Another tradition that the boys are starting to love is dyeing eggs! Instead of purchasing Easter Egg dye, we have tried making it! An article from Country Living had a recipe where you use different kinds of fruits and veggies to make the coloring, which is fun for the boys to see how that works!
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The recipe is simple:
-1 Quart of Water
-1 Tablespoon of Salt
-2 Tablespoons of Vinegar
-2 Tablespoons of the fruit, vegetable or spice for coloring
Directions:
-Mix all those ingredients together and boil.
-Simmer for 30 minutes, strain the dye, let it cool and then dip your eggs!
Recipe and Photo Credit from Country Living
 
I hope that you enjoy Easter Sunday surrounded by your loved ones, with sweet treats and colorful eggs!
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