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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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Getting ready to open for a new season is so exciting, but so overwhelming, too! 
I shared a few weeks ago in my Instagram stories about something that’s been weighing on my heart. It’s small, but it factors into the whole supply chain and so many small stores across the country.
When the horrible snow storm hit Texas a few months ago, the factory that produces the glue for all of our cute bags that you leave the shop with had to shut down.
We can get our bag order, but none of the bags will have handles - which would be a sight if you had to walk up and down Main Street holding your bag with no handles. Can you imagine?! 
Because I love to support companies in the United States, I was able to find another option for the bags that also have handles, while still being made in the US. 
While they won’t be as cute, they will be purposeful and they will still carry the same beautiful goodies that you have been getting at the shop for years.
When you shop small, you are not only supporting my shop, but you are also supporting a bag company in Texas that has had a hard year and been affected by a crazy snow storm.
When you shop small, you are helping to benefit the supply chain in ways that you probably don’t think about often, but make a huge difference in countless lives. 
So while we don’t have the prettiest bags this season, I know that we are still doing our part to support the US Supply Chain and help support business’ that need us in our country.
In a way to also help support our environment, if you purchase a Little Luxuries Burlap Tote Bag and bring the bag in when you shop this summer, you will save 10% OFF on your entire purchase! (Bag must be purchased ahead of time.)
As always, thank you for shopping small and supporting Little Luxuries. 
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We’re SO excited to have the Imani Collection in the shop! These banners are beautiful AND serve an amazing purpose!
This is their story: 
“Sixteen women looking for a better way to provide for their families. Sixteen women who believed they were worth more than the saturated fruit selling street markets. 
Sixteen women intrigued enough by Jenny’s vision to stick by her side and grow together.
Imani Collective started in a small village outside of Mombasa, Kenya. 
Our founder, Jenny Nuccio, traveled there looking to help fund education projects for kids. As she got to know the families she realized that the children who were struggling the most came from single income homes where their mother’s did not have many job opportunities and often sold fruit for mere pennies a day. Jenny fell in love with the people and decided to move to Kenya full time to learn from and invest in the community. Through broken English and Swahili, she and the sixteen women awkwardly laughed their way into deep friendship and mutual partnership. They taught her how to cook over an open fire, how to wash her clothes, and of course, how to carry her water like a local. In return, Jenny taught them how to sew. Through creating this collective, she realized they were not just better together, they are their best together.
Imani Collective now employs over eighty Kenyan women + men  in Mtepeni Village and Mombasa, along with half a dozen women stateside. Together, we unleash a woman’s greatness through empowerment + opportunity + community.” 
Check out their products on our website. We currently sell their beautiful banners that we know you’re going to love! 
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There are a lot of NEW goodies in the shop, so we wanted to take a minute to tell you about some of them!

Teacher Pots Teacher Pot & Market Set: Give a cute and creative gift to your favorite teacher! Hand-painted ceramic herb pot features raised accent tag with debossed sentiment. Arrives with coordinating ceramic soil marker. 

1st Birthday T-Shirt: Celebrate your baby's first birthday with this adorable t-shirt! 

Safari Sleeper & Bib Set: The cutest little safari sleeper set with a bib that matches! The bib reads: "Be kind to animals, be kind to nature, be kind to all".

Square Silicone Pouch: Fun silicone pouches that are perfect for all your essentials!

Safari Friends Plush Set: Take off on an adventure with this set of safari animals and a fun safari bus! 4-piece set. Set of three plush safari animal rattles with sensory crinkle paper detail. Arrives with plush safari bus tote with clear vinyl windows.

Many Dogs Puzzle: Stay busy this winter with a fun puzzle of all your furry friends! With 1000 pieces, this puzzle will take up a few nights when it’s too cold to do anything outside! 

Suddenly You Were My Everything: This adorable sentimental frame will be the perfect addition to your home, or the perfect gift for a grandparent! “Suddenly you were my everything” frame holds a 6X4 picture.

You're the Best Bath Balm Set: In need of a long bubble bath and some self care? Treat yourself or a friend to this You’re The Best Bath Balm Set!

Chasing Courage Necklace: Are you chasing courage in your life during this new year? Hold that reminder close with this beautiful necklace. 1 Corinthians 16:13 says Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. I think being scared it okay. It's trusting that God will see you through it and jumping in anyway that is courageous. Be on guard and chase that courage sister- He's got amazing things in store. Chain with repeating crystal beads, representing us continually chasing courage in our lives.

Toilet Bomb Cleaning Tabs: You can clean kill germs without toxic ingredients Plop. Fizz. Scrub.Flush. Cleaning toilets has never been so easy and safe! 10 tabs per bag • ingredients: sodium bicarbonate, non-GMO citric acid, water, essential oils of organic peppermint, tea tree + lemon. plastic-free packaging

 

To see what else is NEW in the shop, click here: https://littleluxuriesofmackinac.com/collections/all

 

We know you’ll find something you love and maybe a gift or two, as well! Happy Shopping! Be sure to check back often to see what else is NEW, as goodies are arriving often! 

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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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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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