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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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Hey guys! I hope your getting through the winter blues okay. I know February can be a tough month, especially in Michigan with not many sunny days. Our family is trying to stay healthy. I've been working hard at that. Baths with Epsom salt almost every night, I diffuse Doterra Breathe oil for Louie and Tommy and I run humidifiers in both of their rooms. The humidifiers really make a difference! Louis, our oldest gets cold easily, like myself. I try to keep away from dairy as much as possible as that causes inflammation and I try to cook at home most of the time. As well as diffusing Doterra's On Guard oil in the kitchen area and disinfecting tables and chairs and the bathrooms often. What kinds of things do you do this time of year to stay healthy? We also drink lots of water! I don't let the boys drink anything else. Call me crazy, haha, but the extra sugar isn't needed, especially for growing little ones. 
Nicole Doud
I wanted to get a little personal in this blog post. During the winter months, it can be a big transition from working non-stop April-October. You really have to stay focused and motivated. I also have time to think. I think about my vision of the stores, I wonder sometimes if staying home with the boys is a better option. I almost have too much time to think! 
Nicole Doud
Retail can be sticky, anywhere. I've learned over the last 12 years, whether you are in high school or you are middle aged, the unkindness doesn't go away. That is one big thing that I am very surprised by as I get older. Looking back to my high school days, I never imagined the drama that exists the older you get. It's in the work place, friendships, marriages, and so on. This makes me really sad to see this in our world. For me, I have to have a positive outlet. I can only surround myself with positive people, I can only hire people that are hard working and kind, and I turn to motivational quotes or podcasts to keep myself in the right lane, the happy lane. 
I opened Little Luxuries when I was 23 years old. I'm sure this did not make other island business owners very happy. The new girl to Mackinac opening a gift shop on Main Street. I tried not to pay attention to the side chatter, I put my head down and I did the work. Andrew as my support team and yes, he was nervous about me opening a business on my own; I reassured him everything will be fine. I never once felt like I wasn't going to make it. I just worked and did what I knew I had to do to make customers happy and made sure bills were paid. In the business world, there is a lot of competition, which is normal, especially on a tiny island. I truly believe if you work hard, stay focused on your dreams and not anyone else's, good things will happen.
Nicole Doud
You probably wonder why I am writing about this today...I guess it just makes me sad to think about all the negativity in this world and the unique ideas that are taken so often and used again by someone else. I hope my blog post today makes you think about kindness (as it is Kindness Month) and being true to yourself. So many of us assume so much about other people. Nobody knows what anyone is going through behind closed doors. We are all trying to make life work. My advice from my own personal experience in business and living in a small town, is to stay true to YOU, follow your dreams, work hard and stay unique. 
I hope your week is a happy, healthy and productive one. 
Nicole
xoxo.
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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.
Mackinac Ice BridgeN&AUnloadIce Bridge
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!

 

Nicole xo

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Mackinac Island's annual Christmas Bazaar begins Friday, December 1st! The old-fashioned Christmas weekend kicks off Friday evening with the lighting of the tree on Main Street. There is nothing more classic than gathering around a community's Christmas tree singing Christmas songs and waiting for the tree to sparkle!
A pig roast dinner will follow the tree lighting at the Community Hall.
Saturday there is a silent and live auction, lunch and SANTA visits the children! Sunday, enjoy a prime rib dinner and a silent and live auction. Monday is the final day and it concludes with a big lunch and one more auction! All proceeds go to the Mackinac Island Medical Center and all of the churches on the island.
Come on out for some good ole' family fun on Mackinac Island this weekend!
Starline Ferry is the only ferry that runs this time of year from St. Ignace, MI. See schedule.
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One year ago today, islanders were crossing the 'ice bridge' from St. Ignace, MI to Mackinac Island.  This winter, unfortunately, it has not been cold enough to make an ice bridge.  For workers and locals, the ice bridge is very convenient to come and go anytime of the day (weather permitting) and for hauling things across.  

If you have never experienced the ice bridge to Mackinac, you should definitely consider putting it on your bucket list.  On a clear day, the views are beyond stunning...it feels a little magical and surreal.

We will wait and hope for a 2017 ice bridge! 

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