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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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While I love ALL our products at Little Luxuries, The Artists Market and Canvas & Paddle, I wanted to share with you my top favorites that I am loving this season! 
Little Luxuries: 
Melamine plates: These plates are so fun and simple way to make your gathering more festive!
Archipelago Oat Lotion: This lotion makes my skin silky soft and smell so good! 
Michigan Gummies: I can eat the whole bag! They are SO yummy! 
Baskets: The perfect basket for plants, throws, towels! 
Artists Market of Mackinac Island: 
Bath Tea from Janet Marie: This is new this year and I love it! I'm a bath girl! 
Lenny and Eva Bracelets: I’m a bracelet girl too! 
Lilac Festival Poster: I love this year's poster. It has a vintage look and is very warm and welcoming.
Canvas and Paddle: 
Checker board: I love a game of checkers and this is perfect for summer months! 
Vintage Thermoses: I collect them! There is something something about a thermos that I just love!  
Swan Creek Candles: I adore the smells and the look of these cozy, Up North candles! 
Next time you’re on the website, or in the shop, check out these products that I love! 
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It’s time to introduce to you the Little Luxuries’ ladies of 2020! I asked them to tell you their favorite product and / or their summer goal! 

Allison is from Bay City, Michigan! Her favorite product is at the Artists Market of Mackinac Island: Peach Tree Lane. These necklaces are dainty and the perfect addition to any outfit! When asked about her summer bucket list / goal while living on the island she said: “Everything! I wanna explore as many of the trails as I can!"

We’re SO excited to have Hannah back this year working at The Artists Market of Mackinac Island! Hannah is from East Lansing, Michigan. She loves the Barn Social signs at The Artists Market. Fun Fact: These signs are made in Michigan! Her goal for this summer is to live slow and spend every moment possible outside. 

Meet Marea, who is back for her second summer at Canvas and Paddle! If you stop into Canvas and Paddle, Marea will be there to greet you with a smile! Marea is from Rogers City, MI. She loves all the vintage products that can be found in the Canvas and Paddle shop. Her goal while working at the shop this summer is to meet someone from every state! 

Amber, from Cadillac, Michigan, is here for her first summer on Mackinac Island! The Must Have Must Get Jewelry line is her favorite product at Little Luxuries! It’s cute, simple, and she likes the popularity of them. Her goal for the summer is to be able to ride the grand hill all the way through, try every restaurant on the island, kayak to the light house!” 

If you’ve been visiting Little Luxuries for a few years, you’ll recognize Tiffany’s smiling face, as she is back for her 3rd year! During the off season, she lives in Alma, Michigan. Her favorite products can be found at the Artists Market of Mackinac Island, Eclectic Bead Jewelry. Her goal for the summer is to learn as much as possible and have fun!

We’re so excited to have Gabi back for her second year! Gabi is from Ashland, Ohio. If you stop into the shops, ask Gabi which fudge shop is her favorite. Her goal for the summer is to collect as many coffee mugs as possible from all the shops on Mackinac Island! Gabi loves the silverware rings from The Artists Market of Mackinac! 

Meet Bry, who is back for her 3rd summer on Mackinac Island! Her favorite products are the candles from Milk Reclamation Barn. They are new this season and caught her eye immediately on her first day back in the shop! She love the idea of repurposing a glass milk bottle into a yummy smelling candle! As for her summer goal: "I hope to go on a sunrise kayak tour with Great Turtle Kayaks. This has been something that has been on my bucket list every summer and it’s about time I get out on the water!"

Meet Irena, who is a full time resident of Mackinac Island! Her favorite part about living on Mackinac Island is the no car rule! She loves to ride her bike around the island every chance she gets! If you ask her what her favorite food on the island is, she won't tell you fudge- but rather all the ice cream! Stop in to Little Luxuries to meet Irena- she'll bring a smile to your face and have a great recommendation for what to buy!

Little Luxuries is open every day, 9:30 AM - 10 PM. Stop in to meet these lovely Little Luxuries' ladies and to shop for your favorite goodies! 

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I can’t believe that we are almost halfway through the month of June!
It’s time to start sampling new summer salad recipes for summer get togethers, family picnics and dinners outside! Along the way, I found this salad that is a fan favorite already! I found it on Julie’s Eats & Treats and made some minor adjustments to make it my own!
Dressing:
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoon chopped onion
3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
Salad:
12 cups of leafy greens
9 oz. corn chips
1 cup bacon bits
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz. dried cranberries
It’s so simple! Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients in the bender. Then, create the salad by placing it all in a serving bowl! Add the corn chips directly before serving so they stay fresh!
I know I’ll be taking this to many summer picnics! I hope you enjoy it!
Xo,
Nicole
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Mother's Day Ideas Little Luxuries
Over the next few weeks, we are going to share fun ideas for Mom!
This week, we have a round up of 8 goodies from the shop that we think she will love! 
  • Mackinac Island Bath & Body: A perfect gift from beautiful Mackinac Island. This line is moisturizing and refreshing, inspired by Mackinac Island, made in Michigan. Be sure to check out the latest scent: Cherry Almond! 
  • One Hot Mama Card: Check out this sassy and fun card from The Social Type!
  • Island Girl Hoodie Dress: It’s still a little chilly in Michigan, so get Mom this cute Island Girl dress for when she wants to be cozy, but feel primped and ready for the day! This cute dress comes in Magenta or Gray.
  • Mackinac Island Lilac Tray: This tray is unique to Little Luxuries. Decorated with purple lilacs, this tray is beautiful and ready for to be an accent for your summer decor. 
  • World’s Best Mom: Snag this cute card for Mom to let her know how much you love and appreciate her! The inside is blank, so you have plenty of room to write a heart felt message. 
  • Cheese Boards: New to the shop this spring is a beautiful collection of cheese boards in various styles. Surprise Mom with a by presenting her with a  beautiful charcuterie board for Mother’s Day brunch.
  • Best Mom Ever Mug: Mom has probably been drinking her coffee or tea at home a lot more recently! Gift her with a new mug so she knows just how much you love her! 
  • Lollia Dream: Mom will LOVE this! It is one of Little Luxuries’ Best Sellers all year long! Lollia is luxurious, dreamy and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 
These are just a few ideas for Mom, but we have so many more fun ideas in our shop! Also, check out our Mother’s Day from Little Luxuries board on Pinterest here for some other great ideas!
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This week, we thought it would be fun to have Nicole answer some questions! Everyone is asking each other for recommendations on what to read, what to watch, anything that they haven't thought of yet! Here are some questions that Nicole answered about what she's doing!
What are you reading right now? 
Health and business podcasts when I get some free time. I am enjoying Natalie Freeman's new podcast on business and Dr. Brownstein's, blog who is a holistic doctor. 
What is a TV show you'd recommend? 
I actually do not watch much television.  It's usually Ninjago or Star Wars these days, but since the stay at home order was in effect, my husband got me to watch the Netflix series, Ozark. It was very intense! Ozark is not your happy, feel good show. Haha!
Outside of getting the shops ready, are you doing any fun projects? 
I have had on my 'to-do list' to get more things on our walls! I am working on getting our family photos on some of our walls as well as inspirational verses that I live by. Instead of scrapbooks, I enjoy photo books. I just got our winter photo book printed. If I don't do it now, it might be a year before I do it!
What is your quarantine comfort food? 
Oh, gosh! I feel like that's all I've been doing lately is eating! I've been snacking on my favorite tortilla chips with salsa or hummus, the zucchini bread I made for the first time from Joanna Gaine's recipe book, and chocolate from the boys' Easter baskets! 
What is the boys' favorite quarantine comfort food? 
Pancakes and pizza AND cookies! 
What is one piece of advice for anyone working from home? 
Deep breaths! haha! I'm learning I can't stress out too much with how much I do NOT accomplish in a day that I would like to. There's always tomorrow and the day after. We are extra sensitive right now. We can only do what we can do. If you go to bed early one night, make the next day extra productive. If you stay up late working on things or can't sleep, then know the next day will be not be as productive. We are all in this together. Stay positive, listen to music, podcasts, read inspirational quotes, bake, go for a walk, do 25 jumping jacks... I also make lists. I'm slower at accomplishing my lists right now with homeschooling, Tommy's broken arm has slowed me down too, and keeping up with house chores. Organizing also helps me be more productive. I hope some of these will help you as well! 
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