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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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In last week's blog, I talked about ways that Andrew and I have been spending our time with the boys, while they are learning from home. Spring is always busy for me, as I prepare to re-open the store fronts on Mackinac Island, but this spring is looking differently for all of us. Today, I want to share a few ways that I have been caring for myself during this rather crazy time.
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1. Taking walks alone, even if it's 10-15 minutes long while pushing the stroller. 
2. When I find an extra ten minutes in the bathroom either in the morning or before bed, I am taking a longer shower or using a facial mask. I LOVE face masks! When my skin is extra clean, it makes me feel like I am going the extra mile to take care of my skin. My favorite face masks are by Farmhouse Fresh - their Pumpkin Dirt Mask is incredible! I also love Lollia, as it's always a treat for your skin. Mackinac Bath and Body, our exclusive line is also always on hand! Did you know we have a new scent coming out this spring? Keep your eyes open for that! 
3. Once the boys are in bed, I am choosing to spend time with my husband talking and watching a show or even the news together. Just that alone time together is helpful! 
4. While teaching the boys what they need to be learning, I am including ideas that I enjoy doing too. Such as, baking cookies, scavenger hunts outside, going for a drive, or just dancing to music and being silly! Those belly laughs sure help! 
5. Reading - reading and listening to podcasts is very calming for me especially when the topic is about restoring our health. I also enjoy reading about business and how I can improve what I am doing in my own business. 
Nicole Doud
6. Organizing - organizing ALWAYS makes me feel like I am ready to take on the next project. It's such a good feeling to de-clutter and organize your chaos!
7. Facetime or Phone calls - one positive from being at home is being able to talk on the phone more to friends and family. Those short or lengthier calls sure do help!
 
8. Snail Mail - I have sent out more cards to friends and families this week than I have in a long time! I really enjoy sending loved ones a happy message. We have a great selection of cards in our online shop to choose from too! 
9. Instagram Love - for me instagram is a happy place. It's great to see the small business support and love out there lately. I do have to limit myself on it, but seeing happy photos and what other friends and business owners are doing inspires me.
 
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10. Nature - raking leaves, sweeping, or any type of yard work to me makes me feel good! Give me all the house chores :)
I hope that we can see the simple things as joyful things right now. Tell me, what ways are you caring for yourself during this time?
xo Nicole
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This week has been one for the books! With unprecedented amounts of quality family time, I’m choosing to be thankful for this season that we find ourselves in! 

Doud Family

The boys have definitely kept us busy - here’s a little list of the things that we have been doing to stay busy and encourage hands on learning. I hope that this list can spark some ideas for you and your family! 
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  1. Build a Fort
  2. Decorate a card board box and make a city out of it, house, garden, etc - be creative!
  3. Clean Your Toys: this can be a fun project with your kids. Lots of bubbles and warm water and they can give their toys a bath :)
  4. Make play dough or slime
  5. Make Bath Bombs: I’ve never done this one before, but we are going to attempt it this weekend!
  6. Scavenger hunt
  7. Hide n Go Seek
  8. Tag: You can add a twist on this and play Ghost Tag, or whatever your little ones are into 
  9. Art: There are SO many art projects you can attempt! Check out my Pinterest kid’s art crafts here for some ideas! 
  10. A Reading Marathon: Gather the kids on the couch, bed, or next to all their stuffed animals and get cozy and read as many books as you can to them!
  11. Easter Egg Hunt: Never too early to hide plastic eggs (maybe some with a toy or treat inside) around the house or outside! 
  12. A Walk: A simple walk is always good for us!
  13. Baking: Have them help bake muffins, energy bites, cookies...they love to be a part of the process! 
  14. Kid’s Yoga: There are so many resources online for how to get started. 
  15. Organized Sports: Have them play a mini game of soccer, basketball or baseball as a family!
  16. Homemade Pizza: We’ve been making these for lunch and the boys love creating their own custom pizza!
  17. Lastly, if our boys are just fussy and tired, I put them all in the bath tub. They always love the tub! Plus, it's never too early to take a bath xo.

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I hope these trigger some ideas for your own little ones at home these next few weeks, especially while it's still cold in our neck of the woods. Don't stress! Some days just don't work out the way you want it too with 6 different projects on the list for your kids to tackle. If the day is just not going great, let them play with their toys, tablets (yes, some tablet time is okay in my opinion. It just needs limitations), or go outside for a drive!
Doud Family
To make our weekend a little more exciting we purchased a homemade beef pie from our friends at Good Hart General Store in Cross Village. This will be our 'out to dinner' night. We may even attempt a fun breakfast in bed one morning! We'll see how that goes! Our kids will always remember this time at home with mom and dad and siblings. Remember to try to always choose joy and make the most of it :) 
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Happy Weekend! I can’t believe how quickly the weeks seem to fly by - before too long, we will be heading back to Mackinac for a new season!
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Last weekend, our family loaded up and headed to Forbush Corner Nordic Ski Center in Fredric, Michigan for a day of fun in the snow! We were able to meet up with our friend Susan for our winter adventure! 
Doud Family
This cross country ski area in 2019 and is known for its trail system. There are trails for skating and skiing and snowshoeing. Forbush has rentals available, which makes the trip a lot easier! They also have a warming room, where the boys loved warming up with some hot chocolate!
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The snow was coming down good and it was just beautiful! I had a feeling our boys wouldn't last long in the cold and trekking through it. I was wrong! Tommy led the way and little Johnny did not want to be carried! He went face first in the snow a few times even and got right back up and wanted to keep walking. It was adorable! All three boys were so tired from the fresh air that they slept the entire way home!
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We had such a great experience at Forbush Corner - I can’t recommend it enough for families to go visit! 
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Above Mackinac CondosAbove Mackinac Condos

Above Mackinac Condos is excited to be your newest Mackinac Island lodging destination! Bob Benser and Andrew Doud have created three luxury condos above Good Day Cafe and Doud’s Market that are available to rent May - October. 

Above Mackinac Condos

Five years ago in 2015, Bob Benser purchased Alford’s Drug Store. He sold half of the building to Andrew Doud for the expansion of Doud’s Market. On the left of Doud’s Market, Bob Benser created Good Day Cafe, which serves ice cream, sandwiches, coffee, bakery treats, crepes, sandwiches and more. 

Above Mackinac Condos

Most of the store fronts on Mackinac Island have second stories which are used to house their employees. Instead of using the upstairs of the Doud’s expansion / Good Day Cafe as more housing, Bob Benser along with Andrew Doud worked to create luxury condos to be rented out. The condos are gorgeous, with every comfort. 

Above Mackinac Condos

There are (2) two bedroom condos and (1) four bedroom condo. The four bedroom condo occupies the third floor - it has a large balcony that overlooks the bustle of Main Street. 

Above Mackinac Condos

The condos are very affordable: 

Two bedroom condos - 

$300 a night in May & October

$400 a night in June & September

$450 a night in July & August 

Four bedroom Condo - 

$600 a night in May & October

$700 a night June through September

Above Mackinac Condos

The condos are available for extended stays only. 

As mentioned above, the condos have been afforded every comfort:

  • Pull Out Sleeper Chair 
  • Walk-in Showers 
  • Completely Stocked Modern Kitchen 
  • Washer And Dryer 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • Flat Screen TV's 
  • Internet 
  • Non-Smoking Only 

Above Mackinac Condos

To book your stay call 906.847.3614 or email abovemackinaccondos@gmail.com. When you book at Above Mackinac Condos, mention that you saw this blog post on Little Luxuries’ blog! You will enjoy your stay in the Above Mackinac Condos and you will continue to make it your lodging destination for Mackinac Island for ages to come! 

Above Mackinac Condos

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While going through my recipe box this week, I found some of my favorite recipes that I like to pull out for the holiday season.

This Turkey Dressing recipe is a family one on my mom's side.  

Turkey Dressing

  • 1 loaf bakery style bread
  • 1 c. chopped onions
  • 1 stick oleo
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cut bread into cubes, set aside in large bowl. Fry onions and mushrooms in oleo; add salt/pepper, cook until tender, add to bread cubes. Fry sausage until brown, drain fat, add to bread mixture. Mix in remaining ingredients of soup and eggs, Use to stuff turkey or place in casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour covered, til brown on top. Uncover the last few minutes in oven. Enjoy! 

I can’t wait to have you try this favorite recipe of my family. Let me know what you think!

Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

Xoxo,

Nicole 

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