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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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Little Luxuries will be opening on Friday, April 26th for its 11th year! 
So many new and exciting products are arriving daily at the shop! Did you know, in order to get all of the items to our front door, boxes have to either arrive by airplane or ferry boat? After the mail arrives on the island, it is placed on a drey, which is basically a horse drawn wagon. The wagon then brings all of the boxes with our beautiful goodies to our front door! All of the mail from the USPS is delivered to the Post Office on Mackinac Island. Little Luxuries staff goes to the post office daily! If a large shipment comes in, a garden cart is used to pick up the boxes and brought back to the shop. 
The team has been working for a couple of weeks now to get everything perfectly in place for our opening day. Our new products will be available in the shop on our opening day, April 26th and then will be listed on our website shortly after. If you happen to see a product on our social media that you are interested in purchasing and cannot find it listed online, please call 906.847.9980 between 9 AM - 5 PM. 
We can’t wait to see you!
If you’re planning on coming to our Opening Day Celebration, RSVP here! 
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We are excited to welcome new products to Little Luxuries for the 2019 season! This week, we are letting you in on a few new product lines that will be in the store this season. 
Beekman 1802
Beekman 1802 is located in Sharon Springs, NY. This lifestyle brand has become nationally known and grew faster than Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his parter Brent Ridge could have ever imagined. They learned to run their farm, making artisan goods and now are known all over the world. We will be carrying a variety of their beauty and body products this summer. If you have never tried the products before, we highly recommend you do. The large soap bars are wonderful! 
Pieces of Me
Pieces of Me is a jewelry lifestyle brand “Celebrating Strong, Beautiful Women, One Piece of Jewelry at a Time.” Pieces of Me was founded to help women find their feeling of value and true freedom. We know that you will love the jewelry we are carrying from their line AND it's a Michigan maker! 
Bee's Wrap
Bee’s Wrap was started as a more sustainable way for food storage in 2012. Created from organic cotton, beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, Bee’s Wrap has created a sustainable and reusable plastic wrap. 
Dave's Sweet Tooth
Dave’s Sweet Tooth is an old fashioned (no machines, microwaves or assembly lines!) company creating an incredible toffee experience. We will be carrying their tasty sweet treats for you to tote around on the island when you are in need of an afternoon snack. They melt in your mouth and are SO good! 
June & December
June & December is a Michigan based company creating goods for home and life. They want all of their products to invoke memories and stories of day to day life, that can create meaningful conversations. Their products that we carry will remind you of special memories and hopefully help you create a few new memories, as well.  We have carried the line for a few years now and each year they come out with new items and beautiful new designs. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 
Boogie Toes
Boogie Toes will be a new parents favorite purchase! Created with anti-slip bottoms and filled with cute rattles on the toes, these socks will keep baby occupied and also safe when walking! 
Our Opening Celebration is Friday, April 26th from 10 AM - 6 PM. We hope to see you there for the festivities and to check out our new products! 
Nicole Doud
All Photos are Courtesy of their brands' websites
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Can you believe that winter is almost over? We are ready for the snow to be gone, but can't believe it's almost time to re-open the shops!
This winter on Mackinac Island has been one for the books because of all the snow accumulation and frigid temps! My husband, Andrew has been commuting back and forth to Mackinac Island via the ice bridge. While this is never a safe way to travel, thankfully this year it has been exceptionally smooth. During the winter, in order to keep Doud's Market stocked, Andrew will meet the trucks from downstate Michigan in St. Ignace. After that, they unload the truck, just to reload all the products onto a trailer, pulled via snowmobile to the island. It's not a simple process and takes many, many hours. But, no one goes hungry on the island! I've included some pictures below for you to get an idea of just what the process looks like! I've also included a few pictures of our family crossing the ice bridge.
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John is 4 months old, already! To escape the winter, we just went on a family vacation before the busy summer season starts! This was our first big road trip as a family of 5. We went to North Carolina and were excited to explore a new place as a family. If you want to see some pictures from our trip, check out my Instagram page!

 

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There’s no better feeling than knowing at the end of a long, busy day (when you’re going 100 different directions in a limited number of hours) coming home and knowing that you have one of your favorites on the menu for dinner! This family favorite is easy and perfect for the mid-week stressful days.
I make Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken often in our home. Almost all the boys love it (minus one slightly picky eater!) and best of all, it’s quick and easy! Seriously, it takes only 25 minutes total. Additionally, it’s a healthy option that the entire family will enjoy. I found this recipe from Café Delites, via Pinterest. To view more of my favorite recipes on Pinterest, visit here! 
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Photo Courtesy: Cafe Delites

Without further ado, Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken:

Ingredients:

Chicken: 

  • (2) large boneless, skinless chicken breasts halved to make 4 fillets
  • (3) teaspoons of Italian seasoning or Italian herbs
  • (2) teaspoons minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • (1) tablespoon olive oil, for cooking

Topping:

  • (4) Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • (1/4) cup red onion finely chopped
  • (4) tablespoons of fresh basil, shredded
  • (2) tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • (1/2) cup of freshly shaved parmesan cheese

Balsamic Glaze:

  • (1/2) cup balsamic vinegar
  • (2) teaspoons brown sugar 

Instructions:

  1. Season chicken with Italian seasoning, garlic and salt. Heat oil in a grill pan or skillet, and sear chicken breasts over medium-high heat until browned on both sides and cooked through (about 6 minutes each side). Remove from pan; set aside and allow to rest.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil in a bowl. Season with salt. Top each chicken breast with the tomato mixture and parmesan cheese.
  3. Serve immediately with balsamic glaze (optional).

 

Balsamic Glaze: 

  1. (If making from scratch, prepare while chicken is cooking.) Combine sugar (if using) and vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; allow to simmer for 5-8 minutes or until mixture has thickened and reduced to a glaze. (If not using sugar, allow to reduce for 12-15 minutes on low heat).

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It’s time for Monday Maker, highlighting Lovable Lobes! These stylish, leather earrings are carried at our sister shop, the Artists Market.

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Owner of Lovable Lobes, Danae wanted a cute dangly earring, but didn’t love the weight of large, dangly earrings. So she decided to do something about it- by creating stylish leather earrings. The leather earrings from Lovable Lobes are trendy, stylish and affordable! Using different shapes, sizes, textures and colors this artist has a little something that everyone will love to wear.

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Next time you’re on Mackinac Island, pop in to view our selection of Danae’s beautiful leather selection that we carry at the Artists Market.

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