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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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December 2, 2018

'Tis the Season!

This weekend is Mackinac Island's annual Christmas Bazaar. It is a classic, small-town Christmas event. Island residents, friends, family and some tourists take part in the festivities. 
Friday evening was the tree lighting with Christmas caroling followed by a pig roast. Saturday is the first day of the bazaar - a silent and live auction, baked goods sale, craft making, lunch, a special visit from Santa and much more! 
The entire weekend events benefit the churches on the island and the medical center. 
The Christmas season has officially begun on Mackinac Island! 
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November 25, 2018

Winter Time

Many of our customers wonder where and what we do in the 'off-season'.  For ten years it was pretty simple, my husband and I lived on Mackinac Island year-round. We would take a few trips for work and pleasure, worked on projects for our businesses and at home.  Our friends and family and customers often wondered and still wonder how we lived on an island during the winter months without going crazy. Our motto is: it's what you make it. If you want to be at home and rest during these quiet months, do it. If you want to keep busy and accomplish projects, do it.  Now our lives are a little more complicated....
It is our third winter in Petoskey, MI, a small town just 35 miles SW of Mackinaw City.  We love the town of Petoskey and it's a great place to raise a family. Of course, we absolutely love Mackinac Island too; however, going to buying shows, meeting with vendors, visiting family, traveling and raising kids; living off the island during the winter months is best for our growing family and busy lives.
Now you probably wonder how my husband still goes to work (owner of Doud's Market) and how online orders are shipped from our stores. Andrew commutes to the island 3-4 times a week weather permitting and our online orders are shipped out by a few of our amazing employees who live on Mackinac Island year-round. 
We are very lucky to be able to live in two beautiful northern Michigan towns. If you follow me on Instagram you will notice my stories and posts in the winter time are more 'off island', and during the summer season, they are on the island. I apologize if I have confused any of you and I have been meaning to explain our unique lives for awhile now. 
Thank you, again, for your continued support and friendship and love for Mackinac Island and all of northern Michigan. 
Nicole
xoxo. 
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Happy Friday from our store to YOU! 


September is off to a great start and I am loving the coming of fall this time of year! For this blog, I wanted to share what my family and I would consider a perfect September day on Mackinac Island! Read along for a taste of beauty and some ideas for your next island visit:

First, a morning wake-up drink from Lucky Bean Coffeehouse is a must...

... Then, a bike ride around the island on M-185, taking stops at your favorite scenic photos...

...If you've never been inside The Grand Hotel, you must! It is worth the $10 to take a self-guided tour through the famous historic hotel. Head to the very top, to the Cupola bar, for more beautiful views of the island and the Straits of Mackinac and for a delicious cocktail or mocktail! The News Stand in the hotel is a cute little shop with magazines, books about the Grand Hotel, cards, snacks and beverages. I like to look at the sweet cards and pick up a homemade caramel... 

...On your bike ride or walk back downtown, take a little detour in the 'forest' just before the hotel. It's a peaceful walk through trails that leads you to the famous Esther Williams Pool and even a 'Secret Garden'... 

...For lunch, I suggest the Tea Room inside Fort Mackinac. The Tea Room has some of the best views, the food is light but delicious and then you can tour Fort Mackinac following lunch...

...Of course shopping has to be on your agenda! Hit the local shops on Main Street and Market Street. Make sure you visit Little LuxuriesArtists Market and Canvas and Paddle!...

...While downtown, visit the famous  Pink Pony bar and America's Oldest Grocery Store, Doud's Market... 

...Need a rest? Find a spot in Marquette Park to relax and watch the boats in the harbor, or just people watch along Main Street... 

...For dinner, if you want to escape downtown, head for a leisurely bike ride to the Woods Restaurant, or the restaurant at Stonecliffe Inn. After dinner, go to Sunset Rock, which is behind Stonecliffe Inn, for some stunning sunset views overlooking the Mackinac Bridge ...

...On your ride back downtown, take a bike ride through the Annex, a historic neighborhood just past the West Bluff. There are beautiful homes and landscape to enjoy...

...By this time, it's probably time to catch an evening boat back to the mainland. Hope these insider tips for a perfect day on the island are helpful! 

Enjoy!

 

Nicole, 

xoxo

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Hi all! 

The end of August is approaching very quickly which only means one thing-the beginning of fall! I feel like it was just yesterday that our "beginning of the season" post was being sent out! But no worries,

our stores will still be open and full of life until October 29th, the same day the Grand Hotel closes for the winter. We are looking forward to meeting more of you in person before then! 

**Also, I want to note that our Little Luxuries online store will remain active all winter. Instead of bringing your gifts home with you, we will have them shipped right to your doorstep!**

I hope you and your family can soon feel the summer craziness begin to slow down as autumn approaches. I know my family can! Although, this fall feels a little bit different because we have a new family member to prepare for [Baby Doud's due date is mid-November]. We are getting so excited to meet our newest little angel!  

It does sadden our hearts to watch the summer season come to a close, we LOVE when autumn makes its first appearance on the island. The cooler weather, the beautiful change of colors in nature, a stronger sense of community among the island residents, and pumpkin added to everything!!

[See some of my favorite fall recipes below-Click the link to check them out]

Pumpkin and Sage Stuffed Shells

Pumpkin Pancakes 

The pumpkin stuffed shells are so easy to make and have such a delicious flavor! And my boys absolutely love the pumpkin pancakes-they add a healthy twist to breakfast which I love as a mother. I hope you and your family can enjoy them too! 

Happy cooking! 

 

Nicole, 

xoxo 

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This year was our 8th summer trunk show with Jenna Kator from the Jenna Kator Collection! It is always a favorite event for myself and our staff. We had two giveaways throughout the afternoon - one of Jenna's wristlets and one of our Island Girl handbags. Customers had a chance to pre-order from the new fall collection which will be available next month! 
  
Jenna and I have become lifelong friends from our working relationship. We started our businesses at the same time, our children are very close in age and we can connect on many levels through work and life. She has been a positive influence for me and I am very grateful to be able to work with Jenna and carry her beautiful handbags. I also had the privilege of co-designing a line of custom handbags together that you can find here.   
  
Jenna is a big part of the Mackinac Island community, especially the Women's Wellness Weekend which takes place every October. Jenna brings a bus full of women from the Detroit area to Mackinac Island for a fun girls getaway! We host a private trunk show for her group and this year her group is over 70 women!  The weekend benefits the Mackinac Island Community Cancer Fund. You can find more information here
We look forward to welcoming Jenna to the island again very soon! 
Nicole, 
xoxo
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