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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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I wanted to share a blog post with you that highlights what you as our customers are loving in the shop! 
Here are the top goodies that are popular in the shop right now!
Hand painted Mackinac Ornaments: Everyone loves to bring home an ornament from Mackinac! These ornaments are so popular because they are hand painted and gorgeous!
Mackinac Bath and Body: It's no secret that our Mackinac Bath and Body line is extremely popular! Made in Northern Michigan, this line is luxurious, but affordable! 
Island Girl Candle: Another popular item that is signature to the shop, our Island Girl line from Green Daffodil! These lilac candles are the perfect take home present from Mackinac- they remind you of lilac season year round!
Elyse Breanne Stickers: Elyse Breanne is an artist that is currently in law school! Her creative outlet of stickers, cards and more is helping pay her way! We love supporting business women like her. 
Polka Dot Mitten Stickers: Another business woman, Katie Doucette's work is extremely popular! Her stickers remind you of the best parts of your trip to Mackinac! 
Choices Shower Steamers: Popular among everyone, these shower steamers are great for those that want to add a touch of self-care to their daily routine! 
MichiGummies: There's just something about candy in the shape of Michigan - it tastes better! Plus, we love that these are made in Michigan! 
Beth Mueller Mugs: Beth Mueller has been working with Little Luxuries since 2009. Her mugs have remained classic and timeless pieces that are wanted every year! There are so many beautiful designs that have been added over the years, but the bike design still remains our favorite! 
Michigan Necklaces: Overall, these necklaces remain the most popular! With quite a few different designs, these necklaces are a favorite year after year! 
Wee Bee Jammin': We love all of our different options from the Michigan food section, but this year Wee Bee Jammin' is taking the lead as the most popular! With so many different tastes and flavors that are all delicious, these are the perfect addition to any appetizer! 
Were any of your favorites included in this list? If you haven't checked these goodies out, head over to the online shop and add them to your cart!
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We’ve been talking a lot about Mother’s Day gifts! Today we’re sharing my favorite Mother’s Day gifts to give! 

I recently saw these Tea Drops and LOVED them! They are individually wrapped and perfect to add to a cute gift! Just open the bag and drop in the hot water. If you aren’t sure what flavor of tea they like, Tea Drops are perfect because you can just give them one of each! 

Have you ever seen a Tea Mug? These are NEW this season and we love them for the avid tea drinker! The side of the mug has a cute little tea bag holder. Paired with the Tea Drops, you will have the perfect gift for your Mom! 

The perfect Michigan made Artisan Caramels that were made exclusively for Little Luxuries! These caramels are a delicious sweet treat and are the perfect addition to any present!

Have you tried the amazing Hanover’s Michigan Mints? These delicious chocolates are made in my hometown of St. John’s, Michigan! I love the Michigan Cherry and Mint Chocolates! We have a variety of milk chocolate and dark chocolate - if you want to add these to a present, you won’t regret it! 

The cutest gift for Mom or grandma is the Kitchen Buddy Spatula. What an adorable pairing - one large spatula with handy, dandy measuring table on the back, paired with it's mini-me! These are great gifts for the avid baker, mom and child cookie baking tag team, the always entertaining hostess, and / or anyone who has a kitchen!

I’ve mentioned tea a lot, but we know the Moms out there love their coffee!! Our Lake Charlevoix Coffee is back in stock! This is locally made in Northern Michigan by an awesome company and we love selling this- and you love drinking it!

 

A PERFECT gift for Mom and Grandma: Beth Mueller and it’s back in stock! We have so many mugs, plates, trays and more in for the new season. This makes a great gift for Mom. It’s classic, yet reminds her of her best summer days on Mackinac. 

My favorite part of any gift is our signature line, Mackinac Bath and Body! Goat’s Milk Hand Lotion, Body Butter, Bar Soap, Room Spray and Body Spray are all included in four different scents. We already have them packaged in a gift box ready to go, if that’s easier for you!

If none of the options above interest you for Mom, shoot us an email! We’d love to help you pick out the perfect gift to send to Mom this year.

 

Xo,

Nicole 

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Getting ready to open for a new season is so exciting, but so overwhelming, too! 
I shared a few weeks ago in my Instagram stories about something that’s been weighing on my heart. It’s small, but it factors into the whole supply chain and so many small stores across the country.
When the horrible snow storm hit Texas a few months ago, the factory that produces the glue for all of our cute bags that you leave the shop with had to shut down.
We can get our bag order, but none of the bags will have handles - which would be a sight if you had to walk up and down Main Street holding your bag with no handles. Can you imagine?! 
Because I love to support companies in the United States, I was able to find another option for the bags that also have handles, while still being made in the US. 
While they won’t be as cute, they will be purposeful and they will still carry the same beautiful goodies that you have been getting at the shop for years.
When you shop small, you are not only supporting my shop, but you are also supporting a bag company in Texas that has had a hard year and been affected by a crazy snow storm.
When you shop small, you are helping to benefit the supply chain in ways that you probably don’t think about often, but make a huge difference in countless lives. 
So while we don’t have the prettiest bags this season, I know that we are still doing our part to support the US Supply Chain and help support business’ that need us in our country.
In a way to also help support our environment, if you purchase a Little Luxuries Burlap Tote Bag and bring the bag in when you shop this summer, you will save 10% OFF on your entire purchase! (Bag must be purchased ahead of time.)
As always, thank you for shopping small and supporting Little Luxuries. 
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There are a lot of NEW goodies in the shop, so we wanted to take a minute to tell you about some of them!

Teacher Pots Teacher Pot & Market Set: Give a cute and creative gift to your favorite teacher! Hand-painted ceramic herb pot features raised accent tag with debossed sentiment. Arrives with coordinating ceramic soil marker. 

1st Birthday T-Shirt: Celebrate your baby's first birthday with this adorable t-shirt! 

Safari Sleeper & Bib Set: The cutest little safari sleeper set with a bib that matches! The bib reads: "Be kind to animals, be kind to nature, be kind to all".

Square Silicone Pouch: Fun silicone pouches that are perfect for all your essentials!

Safari Friends Plush Set: Take off on an adventure with this set of safari animals and a fun safari bus! 4-piece set. Set of three plush safari animal rattles with sensory crinkle paper detail. Arrives with plush safari bus tote with clear vinyl windows.

Many Dogs Puzzle: Stay busy this winter with a fun puzzle of all your furry friends! With 1000 pieces, this puzzle will take up a few nights when it’s too cold to do anything outside! 

Suddenly You Were My Everything: This adorable sentimental frame will be the perfect addition to your home, or the perfect gift for a grandparent! “Suddenly you were my everything” frame holds a 6X4 picture.

You're the Best Bath Balm Set: In need of a long bubble bath and some self care? Treat yourself or a friend to this You’re The Best Bath Balm Set!

Chasing Courage Necklace: Are you chasing courage in your life during this new year? Hold that reminder close with this beautiful necklace. 1 Corinthians 16:13 says Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. I think being scared it okay. It's trusting that God will see you through it and jumping in anyway that is courageous. Be on guard and chase that courage sister- He's got amazing things in store. Chain with repeating crystal beads, representing us continually chasing courage in our lives.

Toilet Bomb Cleaning Tabs: You can clean kill germs without toxic ingredients Plop. Fizz. Scrub.Flush. Cleaning toilets has never been so easy and safe! 10 tabs per bag • ingredients: sodium bicarbonate, non-GMO citric acid, water, essential oils of organic peppermint, tea tree + lemon. plastic-free packaging

 

To see what else is NEW in the shop, click here: https://littleluxuriesofmackinac.com/collections/all

 

We know you’ll find something you love and maybe a gift or two, as well! Happy Shopping! Be sure to check back often to see what else is NEW, as goodies are arriving often! 

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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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