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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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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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You know that I love to celebrate every single holiday, no matter how big or small!

 

I love Easter, it always falls in spring when I’m ready for more color, fresh flowers, and just a fresh start to the season! This year, Easter feels later than usual, so I have enjoyed being able to take my time decorating - adding spring touches to the Easter decor!

 

You can read my Spring Finds Blog HERE where I highlight some new accessories, plus a few home items I’ve decorated with and loved this spring! 🌸

 

I’ve been busy putting together little Easter baskets for the boys. Here are a few things I’ve found from the shop that I know the boys will love + a few goodies from Amazon!

 

What Does Bunny Like? This book is so cute because it’s tactile for your kids to enjoy! I know that it’s a little young for John, but he will still love it!

My Easter Basket Book Such a cute addition to any spring gift! It has hide + collect eggs throughout the book. So fun and interactive!

 

Bunny Pillow I love these bunny pillows because the proceeds go to lilac artisans through the Imani Collective. It’s an amazing company that we are carrying for the second year now - check out their story here: https://imanicollective.com/pages/artisans

Ouch Pouch: These are so cute to add to any gift! It’s a gel ice pack that is perfect for every “ouchy”!

Don’t Push The Button! I have been finding little surprises to stick in the boys' Easter baskets and this book is a perfect addition to their basket!


Easter Bear Gummies 
Of course, I had to include these delicious gummies from Hammonds! They are SO tasty - kids and adults alike will love them!

Rainbow Scratch Paper The boys love these little scratch notebooks! They provide endless hours of fun entertainment as they make difference pictures and drawings.

 

I hope that you’re able to celebrate this Easter season in a way that is fun and relaxing for you and your family.

Nicole
Xo
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Visiting Mackinac Island for the first time can have many unknowns. Which ferry do we take? Do we bring our own bikes or rent them? Do we stay on the island or just for the day? Do we pack a lunch or eat out? 
Since living on Mackinac since my first summer in 2006 and now living here with kids I have learned a lot over the years. If you are making the trip to Mackinac Island with kids this summer below are a few of my suggestions that I have found work best for our family. 
1. Dress in layers. You never know what the weather will be like once you are on the island. It could be sunny and warm in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace and by the time you get to the island it is chilly and cloudy. It's not fun with kids not having enough warm clothes with you! 
2. If you plan to ride bikes throughout the island and most of your time while on Mackinac, I recommend bringing your own bikes. If you want to ride a bike only for a few hours I recommend renting them. All the bike rentals on the island are great! 
3. Do we eat out or pack a picnic? This is totally up to you and your family. Personally, I would grab to-go items at Doud's Market and eat in Marquette Park or ride bikes and pick a picnic table along the way. If you are not wanting the restaurant atmosphere The Doghouse is also a good option for families across from The Windermere Hotel. There is a large grassy area with picnic tables right on the water. The kids love throwing rocks in the water or flying kites. If you do want to eat in a restaurant Pink Pony is the iconic restaurant on the water side and Mary's Bistro is great with a family as it is spacious, options to eat outside or inside and great food! 
4. When visiting, make sure you get off of Main Street and see what beautiful Mackinac Island has to offer. There is so much more than just Main Street! 
5. If you want the full Mackinac experience staying overnight is highly recommended. Once the last ferry leaves it is peaceful and quiet along Main Street. When you visit just for the day it is difficult to fit it all in. Staying overnight allows you to relax more and fit it all in. If staying overnight just isn't an option, I do recommend staying til the last ferry leaves and there are many campsite options on the mainland close by as well. 
I hope these 5 tips help plan your next visit to Mackinac Island! Stop in and say hello! 
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Another year of visiting the AmericasMarket in Atlanta has come and gone! 
To all of you that filled out the survey that we sent before we visited the show, thank you! That gave us so many ideas of what you love to shop for when visiting Little Luxuries!
This year, we have beautiful new home goods, baby clothes, accessories, spa products and more arriving in the shop!
When at the market, we work hard to meet with current vendors, but also find new vendors to bring into the shop! 
One of my favorite places to visit while there is the Made in America section, where all the smaller, artisan lines are. We visited with Nola Watkins, a Christmas ornament  vendor that we have had for years at Artists Market. She will be bringing fun, new ornament designs to Little Luxuries this year! We also found beautiful new candles and fun new rubber toy soaps for the kids! 
We can’t wait to show you what will start arriving this spring! Be sure to follow along on our Instagram to see what’s arriving. Also, if you haven’t signed up for our weekly email, let’s be email friends! We promise not to spam you - we just love to let you know what’s new, what’s on sale and what events will be on Mackinac during the summer!
We can’t wait for another amazing year at Little Luxuries! 
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2021 was truly amazing! This year was filled with so many beautiful memories and moments - I wrote a blog recapping our year here
Here is what you loved this year - the Top 10 Customer Favorites for 2021, followed by my Top 10 Favorites from the shop this year! 
If you missed out on shopping any of the favorites highlighted below, simply click on the image and it will take you over to the shop to learn more about that product and then purchase it for yourself! 

Top 10 Customer Favorites for 2021:

  • Green Daffodil Island Girl Soap 
  • Mackinac Bath and Body Goat Milk Soap
  • Polka Dot Mitten Stickers
  • Elyse Breanne Stickers
  • Mackinac Bath + Body Lotion
  • MichiGummies
  • Hanover’s Chocolates
  • Choices Bath + Body Steamers
  • Log Cabin Creation Ornaments
  • Island Girl Candle

 

Nicole's Top 10 Favorites for 2021: 

  • Do More of What Makes You Happy T-Shirt + Crewneck
  • Mackinac Island Beanie
  • Mackinac Is My Happy Place Mug + Sticker
  • Mackinac Island Embroidered Pillow
  • Mackinac Island Bicycle Sweatshirt Blanket
  • Ginger Turmeric Granola by Bear Creek Farm
  • Jenna Kator Peninsulas Wallet
  • Coconut Lime Body Lotion 
  • Wavertree + London Soaps
  • Island Girl Reusable Tote Bag
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