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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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2020, the year of our new normal.
This year, masks became our new normal. Everyone created a Zoom login for countless online meetings. School constantly fluctuated between online learning and masked learning. We counted how many guests could be in the shop at once. We ate and cooked at home more than ever before. 
In February, we took a family trip to NYC and Andrew and I escaped to Mexico in March. Those trips were fun escapes before we realized that we would be spending more time at home than ever before! 
This year was an unexpected gift in a lot of ways. We had more family time than we would have ever expected. The boys started distanced learning, we relocated from Petoskey to Mackinac early and spent our days in the fresh, cool air all throughout the spring.
I learned to pivot to more of an online shop than ever before and you showed up LOVING all the fun options! I was excited to offer Surprise Boxes, Curated Boxes, Online Trunk Shows and more! It was so fun to box up your orders for yourself, for friends and for those you loved on the front lines.
I'm ending the year grateful for the boys, grateful for our health and grateful for you. 
Xo,
Nicole 
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Stocking Stuffer Ideas Little Luxuries

June & December Notepad: The perfect notepad for the paper lover on your list! Made in Michigan, this notepad will inspire you with its pretty florals all year long. 

Lollia Hand Creme: Delightfully paired, these signature Lollia favorites will be your skin saving go-to when you're on-the-go. Formulated with rich Shea Butter, Aloe & Macadamia Nut Oils to leave skin supremely soft.

Weekend Money: Once a memento of old-school amusement parks and Summer camps, these vintage-inspired rubber coin pouches adorned with the latest Three Potato Four designs are our new favorite accessory! 

Lavender Sachet: Lavender sachets are great to give or tuck anywhere for a fresh scent for years!

Swig: Triple insulation technology allows our top-selling stemless wine cups to keep drinks cold up to 9 hours and hot up to 3 hours. Their unbreakable construction makes them perfect for enjoying chilled wine or cocktails by the pool, hot tea in the morning or even ice cream sundaes before bed (Swig calories don't count! 😉)

Quotable Mug: Give the gift of this Quotable mug to the person in your life who loves al the cute sayings. 

Handsanitizer Wipes: Disinfect anytime, anywhere. Made with alcohol-free Benzalkonium Chloride, which means gentle on your skin. Safe and effective alternative to alcohol-based products for skin and surfaces.

Nablus Soap: Rich and herbal, Nablus sage olive oil soap is a sage experience that will delight your dermis. Made with 100% certified organic virgin olive oil

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Fall at Little Luxuries
We have so many new goodies in the shop for fall that we absolutely adore. We know you’ll love them just as much as we do!

Matte Tin Pumpkin: Nested set of two matte tin pumpkin trays perfect for serving appetizers before dinner. 

Green Leaf Mug: 2-piece set. Glazed stoneware mug features green leaf exterior and exposed stoneware base. Arrives with wood bead spoon.

Salted Maple Caramel: An instant favorite. The simple maple-y sweetness of this buttery caramel sauce is the perfect partner for creamy vanilla ice cream, or spooned over a warm waffle with a cup of coffee for the best breakfast. 

Watercolor Turkey Napkin Set: Beautiful set of four napkins that will be a beautiful addition to your fall table.
 Root Dinner Candles: The art of fine dining requires the careful selection and display of eye-catching dinner candles. The understated elegance of Root Dinner Candles will grace any table setting with unique character.
 
Halloween Garland: Felt Halloween character and pom-pom garland.

Pumpkin Bread Bowl & Towel Set: Fluted ceramic bread bowl features debossed sentiment exterior. Arrives with folded printed cotton towel. This would make a great fall hostess gift! 

 

Pumpkin Chip & Dip: Ceramic watercolor pumpkin chip bowl features attached hand-painted leaf dip bowl.

We can’t wait to see what fall pieces you pick out and how you style them in your home! 
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A few weeks ago on social media, I did a fun Q + A! These were questions submitted by Instagram followers and I wanted to share my answers here for those who do not have Instagram! 
Doud Boys
Where are your boys starting school? The boys go to school at St. Francis in Petoskey! 
Fort Mackinac
What’s October like on Mackinac? How late does stuff (hotels, the fort, stay “open”?  Weekends in October are normally very busy. This fall, we are not sure what it will be like. Most of the hotels and Fort Mackinac are closing October 25th. Personally, I think Fall is a great time to visit!
Mackinac at Sunset
What area of the island do you live in? And do you live there year round?  We live close to town and we do not live here year round anymore. We spend half the year in Petoskey. We lived on the island for ten years and my husband is from the island. We love Mackinac and Petoskey.
Mackinac Island
Do the island crowds seem to be normal sized this year? The crowds seem very similar to past years. Some days are slower and some are busier. We are very thankful for the business this summer and for everyone who still decided to visit Mackinac Island.
Mackinac Bath & Body
What’s your favorite product in the shop? There’s a lot that I love! But to narrow it down to one item or product line, it would be the Mackinac Bath and Body line. I love the hand cream and room / body spray. 
Mackinac Island
What led you to opening a shop on the island? Such a dream! The opportunity came back in 2009. I was looking for a “career” on the island. The storefront was for lease so I jumped on it and took the risk. It was the best decision. It’s been a fun, adventurous ride. 
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Nicole Doud's Fall Favorites

A few months ago, I shared some things that I was loving for summer, including some summer decor and cute new shirts! If you missed it, read the blog post here.
Now, I’m sharing some things that I found for the new fall season that I am excited about!
With the new fall season rapidly approaching, I know that I’ll want to cook more! I recently purchased these two cookbooks:
Real Life Dinners by Rachel Hollis: The title alone sold me! The book has over 80 recipes that are going to fit right in the the chaotic and busy season that all working Moms find themselves in! With the boys going back to school, the shops still open, etc. easy dinners are just what our family needs! I’m excited to dig into this new cookbook! I’ll be sure to update you and share my favorites once I’ve started using it!
Magnolia Table, Volume 2: You all know how much I love Joanna Gaines! I’ve been so busy with the summer rush, that I never purchased Magnolia Table Volume 2 when it came out in April. So I recently ordered it here. 
I’m super excited to get into this book! Have you made anything out of this book? If so, do you have a favorite I should start with? There are 145 recipes in this new edition, so tell me where I should start! I love flipping through a beautiful cookbook, so I am super excited about this one!
This dress comes in six colors and is versatile for work and for date night! I ordered the black, but if I love it, I might go back and order a few more in the other colors! It is lightweight and doesn’t have to be dry cleaned, which is a huge plus!
Have you ever shopped Amazon for your clothes? If so, what are some of your favorites? I would love to know!
If you know me, you know I love natural ways of staying healthy! With fall coming quickly and the boys going back to school, I stocked up on Elderberry Syrup to keep our immune systems strong!
These are just a few things that I am loving for the upcoming fall season. I’m excited to hear if there are other cookbooks you love or other Amazon fashions that you’ve found you can’t live without!
XO,
Nicole
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