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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.
Nicole
xo.

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Mackinac Island Lilacs

Mackinac Island Lilacs

This year, we are really missing having all of you here for Lilac Festival! Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau is doing a great job to bring you virtual events over on their social media pages, so be sure to tune in on their Instagram & Facebook!

The Barn Social Lilac

We wanted to highlight some of our favorite memories from last year’s lilac festival! Last year we had so many fun artists at Artists Market that you were able to interact with. The Barn Social was there doing a live painting, Mary Lou Peters was also there meeting you while live painting. Red Cabin Studio popped in for you to meet, along with so many other artists that we love!
Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
One of our favorite events every year is the parade! The boys love this part of the week and I admit, I do too! It’s always so fun to see how creative the different businesses can be! The boys also love heading down to Windemere Point for all the children’s activities. In past years, there was a lilac planting class at St. Anne’s that was always really neat to see, especially since you got to take home your own lilac plant! 
There are so many lilac goodies in the shop, but I just wanted to take a minute to highlight a few! 
Lilac Pin
Lilac Enamel Pin: Show off your love for Lilacs with this lilac enamel pin! Perfect for a denim jacket, backpack or tote bag!
Beth Mueller Pottery
Beth Mueller Lilac Pottery: Beth Mueller pottery is a favorite around the shop, especially when it has lilacs on it! The online shop is stocked with lilac pottery just for you! While you're there, check out the new Otto Bowl by Beth Mueller that makes the perfect sized jewelry holder.
Lilac Tray
Lilac Trays: These lilac trays are made exclusively for Little Luxuries! They are perfect for afternoon tea or an evening cocktail with your favorite snack! Head to the website to shop!
We really wish that you were hear to smell and see the lilacs! We’re trying to share all our favorite products of lilacs on our social media pages, along with current pictures of the lilacs to help bring a little joy to your day.
 
Xo,
Nicole 
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I can’t believe that we are almost halfway through the month of June!
It’s time to start sampling new summer salad recipes for summer get togethers, family picnics and dinners outside! Along the way, I found this salad that is a fan favorite already! I found it on Julie’s Eats & Treats and made some minor adjustments to make it my own!
Dressing:
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoon chopped onion
3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
Salad:
12 cups of leafy greens
9 oz. corn chips
1 cup bacon bits
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz. dried cranberries
It’s so simple! Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients in the bender. Then, create the salad by placing it all in a serving bowl! Add the corn chips directly before serving so they stay fresh!
I know I’ll be taking this to many summer picnics! I hope you enjoy it!
Xo,
Nicole
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What day is it?? This seems to be the common question over the last two months. We have moved back to Mackinac full-time again, and, a little earlier since the boys are doing school from home. Normally, the island would be coming alive right now for the 2020 season. Unfortunately, this season is going to be very different. I am on my second week being back in the store getting it ready to reopen (hopefully soon!) and it feels so good to be back in the store! We ARE OPEN for curbside pick up for local residents and WE ARE shipping with a special $5 shipping rate and free shipping over $49!!
Mackinac IslandLittle Luxuries FREE Shipping
When we are on Mackinac Island our little family loves taking walks after dinner, either through town, along the board walk or to Grand Hotel and the West Bluff. This spring, our walks have been extremely quiet and, honestly, it's VERY weird to me. Not seeing the lights on at Grand Hotel or the flags flying, only seeing 2-3 people on our entire walk, and seeing CLOSED signs on almost every business along Main Street - it's so scary.  It has definitely been challenging trying to stay positive once we moved back to the island. We are so used to experiencing a normal, busy Mackinac Island season to now a lonely, quiet island. This time has made me realize how important small businesses are. Of course I know how important they are to our economy, but through all of this small businesses are the heart of small towns. The past 12 years running my shops, never did I ever think we would be experiencing something like this. However, it has had it's positives. Such as, making me think out of the box, ordering more carefully, and digging deeper to make my businesses work. I do believe that small businesses are going to get more support than ever right now and after this pandemic. We will get through this! Our world is realizing how important independent businesses are to our economy.
Mackinac Island, along with other tourist towns will have a later start than normal, and I really hope many of you can still make a trip to our beautiful island this season. If you cannot, follow my Instagram stories so you can feel like you are on Mackinac. I am trying my best to show each of you your favorite place(s) and what's behind our store doors.
Mackinac Island WalksMackinac Island Walks
Fun New Things: 
Our Island Girl Collection items are arriving the end of this month!! I can't wait to show you what's new!! 
Who would have thought we would be styling ourselves with handmade masks?! Families are purchasing patterned masks and supporting local makers. We are carrying 4 different makers' masks in the shops. Check them out online! They are selling quickly!
Little Luxuries Face Masks
Family Time On Mackinac During Stay-at-Home Time: 
You are probably thinking what are we doing to keep busy on Mackinac Island with only the grocery store open and the Mustang for take-out. With three little boys it is a little challenging, especially with the weather not being in our advantage right now.  We are spending time in our backyard, enjoying walks, venturing out to Wawashkamo Golf Course, finding rocks along the shore, family face-timing, board game nights, science projects, eating more, and just holding each other tighter more.
Doud Boys 
I know this isn't easy for anyone. This will pass and IT WILL get better eventually. Be patient, stay positive and don't be so hard on yourself. Staying in your pjs all day and binge watching Netflix IS okay :) 
Be well, 
Nicole
xo
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This week, we thought it would be fun to have Nicole answer some questions! Everyone is asking each other for recommendations on what to read, what to watch, anything that they haven't thought of yet! Here are some questions that Nicole answered about what she's doing!
What are you reading right now? 
Health and business podcasts when I get some free time. I am enjoying Natalie Freeman's new podcast on business and Dr. Brownstein's, blog who is a holistic doctor. 
What is a TV show you'd recommend? 
I actually do not watch much television.  It's usually Ninjago or Star Wars these days, but since the stay at home order was in effect, my husband got me to watch the Netflix series, Ozark. It was very intense! Ozark is not your happy, feel good show. Haha!
Outside of getting the shops ready, are you doing any fun projects? 
I have had on my 'to-do list' to get more things on our walls! I am working on getting our family photos on some of our walls as well as inspirational verses that I live by. Instead of scrapbooks, I enjoy photo books. I just got our winter photo book printed. If I don't do it now, it might be a year before I do it!
What is your quarantine comfort food? 
Oh, gosh! I feel like that's all I've been doing lately is eating! I've been snacking on my favorite tortilla chips with salsa or hummus, the zucchini bread I made for the first time from Joanna Gaine's recipe book, and chocolate from the boys' Easter baskets! 
What is the boys' favorite quarantine comfort food? 
Pancakes and pizza AND cookies! 
What is one piece of advice for anyone working from home? 
Deep breaths! haha! I'm learning I can't stress out too much with how much I do NOT accomplish in a day that I would like to. There's always tomorrow and the day after. We are extra sensitive right now. We can only do what we can do. If you go to bed early one night, make the next day extra productive. If you stay up late working on things or can't sleep, then know the next day will be not be as productive. We are all in this together. Stay positive, listen to music, podcasts, read inspirational quotes, bake, go for a walk, do 25 jumping jacks... I also make lists. I'm slower at accomplishing my lists right now with homeschooling, Tommy's broken arm has slowed me down too, and keeping up with house chores. Organizing also helps me be more productive. I hope some of these will help you as well! 
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Please enjoy these free printable coloring page of Doud's Market, Little Luxuries and Mackinac Island designed by Katie Doucette, a Michigan designer. 
To download the coloring sheets, click here.

Doud's Market Coloring Sheet

Little Luxuries Coloring Sheet

Mackinac Island Coloring Sheet

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