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’re well into the beginning of a New Year! I love a new year and the fresh start that it brings! Here are a few things that I’ve ordered to give our home a reset for the new year! 


Probiotic to keep your gut clean

Fern from Target

Faux potted fern to add 'freshness' to a room without watering it! 


This Plaid vest is cozy for winter months ahead. Easy to throw on for a casual day or to dress up with leggings and boots. 


Refresh your bed with new pillows for the new year.

Charging Station
Organize all of your phone and iPad cords with a charging station. Too many cords can drive me crazy! 

Love Crunch

Have a sweet tooth, but need to keep those New Years goals? Don't feel too guilty indulging in Love Crunch Organic Granola with dark chocolate pieces - my favorite!  

Kind Bars

Chocolate Cherry Kind bars are my favorite go to snack.  


Spend the winter months playing charades with your kids on Friday or Saturday nights!

Tell me, what are some things that you’re doing to give your home a reset for the New Year? 

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Lavender Hill Farms

One of our favorite places to go as a family is Lavender Hill Farm, in Boyne City.  It is one of the largest lavender farms in the entire state of Michigan, boasting 25 varieties of lavender. 
Lavender Hill Farms
Doud Boys
They have walking trails that will take you through the fall foliage which we did with the boys just a few weeks ago. It was so beautiful to see all the leaves changing. The trail is longer than a mile, but you can turn around at any point you want and head back.
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Lavender Hill Farms
One of my favorite parts of Lavender Hill Farm is their boutique shop. It’s filled with so many lavender goodies, such as spa products or a lavender treat to eat! Almost all of the products are made by local artists and women owned companies. We love supporting local whenever we can! Their dried lavender bunches are some of my favorites. The purple color makes such a pretty display piece and the smell is so calming. They sell candles, spas, sachets, lavender lemonade and so much more! 
Lavender Hill Farms
I hope that you have a chance to make it to Lavender Hill Farm sometime soon! 


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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. 
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