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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We love celebrating Mother's Day! It's a special time of the year where we can celebrate the special women that raised us and have made us who we are today! 
There is always someone special to celebrate in your life - whether your Mom, your Grandma, a sister, friend or close friend. Take time to remember those who have shaped you and loved you into the person you are today!
We have picked out some of our favorite products that we know she'll love! 
Archipelago is always a favorite! It's extremely soft and soothing, without any of the extra oils. 
This Island Girl Lilac Candle is one of our favorites! It's 100% soy wax and made in Michigan! When you smell this candle, you'll feel like you are walking through Marquette Park during June on Mackinac. 
I ❤️ That You're My Mom Sign is so sweet for Mom! It will bring a smile to her face every time she walks by! 
Grandma, An Amazing Mother With Lots of Practice Don't forget to include Grandma in your Mother's Day gifting! Our Grandmas have done an amazing job in contributing to who we are today! Never forget to celebrate Grandma too! 
Grandma will love this Grandma Snuggles Blanket to snuggle her special grand babies! 
Hello Mello Lounge Pants: Every Mom loves her comfy clothes, especially comfortable pajama pants!  Unwind in the colorful designs and captivating style of these lounge pants!
Gift Mom a way to keep track of all her cards! This card organizer can hold up to 165 cards and comes with 6 stylish dividers to keep every occasion separate and organized! 
Commemorate Mom’s special day with this adorable I'd Be Lost Without You Necklace! We love this 14k gold dipped necklace and we know Mom will love it too! 
This is an amazing gift - that will keep on giving! Give the gift of a recipe tin to your special Mom - it will benefit you with so many tasty meals and desserts coming out of her kitchen!
When gifting a special present, don't forget to include a card! Write the note at checkout and we'll get it added to her special present.
As always, thank you for supporting Little Luxuries! 💕  Your order makes all the difference - it brings a smile to our face and we know it will bring a special smile to her face too! 
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It's February 1st! The beginning of our Random Acts of Kindness Month! 💕

We can always be kind! This month, we're working to do everything on our Random Acts of Kindness List, because

it's all about the little things! 

Will you join us in making this month a time of spreading positivity, love and kindness? 

Download Random Acts of Kindness Sheet Here to join in the fun! 

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February 14, 2018


Happy Valentine's Day! 
"There is no remedy for love, but to love more." - Thoreau
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. It's simple and sweet. You don't have to go over board with gifts. A card, flowers, chocolate, cupcakes, dinner out or breakfast in bed are all little ways to celebrate and show your love on this day. I guess that's why I enjoy Valentine's Day so much - I believe life is all about the little things. 
My husband, best friend, father to our children, and business partner is the rock in our lives. Andrew, a native, of Mackinac Island is our 'local grocer' (Doud's Market). We met the summer of 2006 while working together at the Gate House Restaurant. We started dating the summer of 2007 and after graduating from Albion College, I moved to Mackinac full-time to work at Grand Hotel. In 2009, the opportunity to open a small gift shop on Main Street was presented to us. Without any retail knowledge, I went for it. Andrew was by my side for support the entire way. We sure have been through many obstacles the last nine years in the 'retail world'. Without him, I would not have the strength, courage and knowledge that I have today. 
September 2009, we were engaged and in December 2010 we were married on Mackinac Island (on a beautiful, wintry day!). 
Since 2010, we have two beautiful, smart, adventurous boys (Louie & Tommy), and I have opened two more shops (Artists Market of Mackinac Island & Canvas & Paddle) and last summer, Doud's Market opened a new, smaller location towards Shepler's Ferry dock called Doud's Market & Deli. I never imagined to be on this exciting (frightening at times) ride with Andrew. We are passionate about our businesses, our community, our family and our love. My summer job back in 2006, changed my life and I am thankful, grateful, and blessed to have such a strong, determined man by my side. 
This is one of my favorite LOVE quotes from Bob Marley:
"He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”

I hope your Valentine's Day isn't just a 'Hallmark' holiday for you. I hope you are loved and enjoy the little things today a little more than most days. 
Love always, Nicole
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