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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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xo.

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Fruit Pizza

I made mine in a heart shaped pan because it was for Tommy. ❤️ 
My mom made this often growing up for our sporting events and family gatherings. It's SO good and so easy!
Two Packages of Sugar Cookie Dough
One Container of Cool Whip
One Package of Cream Cheese
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
Assortment of fruit - you can use blueberries, grapes, strawberries, kiwi, melon, whatever you love! 
Fruit Pizza
Spread the cookie dough on a baking sheet, bake until golden brown, let cool. Combine cool whip, vanilla and softened cream cheese together. Spread over cookie dough. Sprinkle your fruit on top. Enjoy!
I hope that you can enjoy this recipe and that it will bring a smile to your family's faces during this time at home! 
xo Nicole
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New Pieces Available at Little Luxuries!

If you’ve been looking at the online shop this winter, you’ve probably noticed the growing selection of fun and trendy clothing! 

Little Luxuries will never be a clothing store, but we do like to carry a selection of stylish sweaters, cute t-shirts and similar accessories. Since we don’t have a dressing room, we work to provide you with clothing selections where you don’t need to try something on - and if you do, it can simply slip over what you are wearing.  

Here’s a round up of some of the new pieces that have entered the shop! 

  1. The Dani T-Shirt: Rayon spandex t-shirt features V-neckline, short sleeves, side slits and curved hem. This stylish t-shirt comes in four different designs!
  2. Greer Striped Hoodie: French terry hoodie features drawstring neckline, cotton ribbed sleeve openings and curved hem. 
  3. Memphis Cocoon Cardigan: Comfy acrylic knit cardigan features dolman sleeves with ribbed cuffs and curved cocoon hem. It comes in three different colors: blue, cream and gray.
  4. Noah Jersey Top: Viscose jersey knit top features long sleeves, front chest pocket, high-low hem with side vents and back pleat channel.  
  5. Dixon T-Shirt: Super soft French terry t-shirt features cuffed short sleeves and side slits at hem. It comes in three different designs! 

We are so excited about these new offerings that are now live in the shop and will be available in the storefront when we open in May! 

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Hey guys! I hope your getting through the winter blues okay. I know February can be a tough month, especially in Michigan with not many sunny days. Our family is trying to stay healthy. I've been working hard at that. Baths with Epsom salt almost every night, I diffuse Doterra Breathe oil for Louie and Tommy and I run humidifiers in both of their rooms. The humidifiers really make a difference! Louis, our oldest gets cold easily, like myself. I try to keep away from dairy as much as possible as that causes inflammation and I try to cook at home most of the time. As well as diffusing Doterra's On Guard oil in the kitchen area and disinfecting tables and chairs and the bathrooms often. What kinds of things do you do this time of year to stay healthy? We also drink lots of water! I don't let the boys drink anything else. Call me crazy, haha, but the extra sugar isn't needed, especially for growing little ones. 
Nicole Doud
I wanted to get a little personal in this blog post. During the winter months, it can be a big transition from working non-stop April-October. You really have to stay focused and motivated. I also have time to think. I think about my vision of the stores, I wonder sometimes if staying home with the boys is a better option. I almost have too much time to think! 
Nicole Doud
Retail can be sticky, anywhere. I've learned over the last 12 years, whether you are in high school or you are middle aged, the unkindness doesn't go away. That is one big thing that I am very surprised by as I get older. Looking back to my high school days, I never imagined the drama that exists the older you get. It's in the work place, friendships, marriages, and so on. This makes me really sad to see this in our world. For me, I have to have a positive outlet. I can only surround myself with positive people, I can only hire people that are hard working and kind, and I turn to motivational quotes or podcasts to keep myself in the right lane, the happy lane. 
I opened Little Luxuries when I was 23 years old. I'm sure this did not make other island business owners very happy. The new girl to Mackinac opening a gift shop on Main Street. I tried not to pay attention to the side chatter, I put my head down and I did the work. Andrew as my support team and yes, he was nervous about me opening a business on my own; I reassured him everything will be fine. I never once felt like I wasn't going to make it. I just worked and did what I knew I had to do to make customers happy and made sure bills were paid. In the business world, there is a lot of competition, which is normal, especially on a tiny island. I truly believe if you work hard, stay focused on your dreams and not anyone else's, good things will happen.
Nicole Doud
You probably wonder why I am writing about this today...I guess it just makes me sad to think about all the negativity in this world and the unique ideas that are taken so often and used again by someone else. I hope my blog post today makes you think about kindness (as it is Kindness Month) and being true to yourself. So many of us assume so much about other people. Nobody knows what anyone is going through behind closed doors. We are all trying to make life work. My advice from my own personal experience in business and living in a small town, is to stay true to YOU, follow your dreams, work hard and stay unique. 
I hope your week is a happy, healthy and productive one. 
Nicole
xoxo.
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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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Above Mackinac CondosAbove Mackinac Condos

Above Mackinac Condos is excited to be your newest Mackinac Island lodging destination! Bob Benser and Andrew Doud have created three luxury condos above Good Day Cafe and Doud’s Market that are available to rent May - October. 

Above Mackinac Condos

Five years ago in 2015, Bob Benser purchased Alford’s Drug Store. He sold half of the building to Andrew Doud for the expansion of Doud’s Market. On the left of Doud’s Market, Bob Benser created Good Day Cafe, which serves ice cream, sandwiches, coffee, bakery treats, crepes, sandwiches and more. 

Above Mackinac Condos

Most of the store fronts on Mackinac Island have second stories which are used to house their employees. Instead of using the upstairs of the Doud’s expansion / Good Day Cafe as more housing, Bob Benser along with Andrew Doud worked to create luxury condos to be rented out. The condos are gorgeous, with every comfort. 

Above Mackinac Condos

There are (2) two bedroom condos and (1) four bedroom condo. The four bedroom condo occupies the third floor - it has a large balcony that overlooks the bustle of Main Street. 

Above Mackinac Condos

The condos are very affordable: 

Two bedroom condos - 

$300 a night in May & October

$400 a night in June & September

$450 a night in July & August 

Four bedroom Condo - 

$600 a night in May & October

$700 a night June through September

Above Mackinac Condos

The condos are available for extended stays only. 

As mentioned above, the condos have been afforded every comfort:

  • Pull Out Sleeper Chair 
  • Walk-in Showers 
  • Completely Stocked Modern Kitchen 
  • Washer And Dryer 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • Flat Screen TV's 
  • Internet 
  • Non-Smoking Only 

Above Mackinac Condos

To book your stay call 906.847.3614 or email abovemackinaccondos@gmail.com. When you book at Above Mackinac Condos, mention that you saw this blog post on Little Luxuries’ blog! You will enjoy your stay in the Above Mackinac Condos and you will continue to make it your lodging destination for Mackinac Island for ages to come! 

Above Mackinac Condos

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