We won’t let rainy days keep the fun away! As we look forward to warmer Spring weather, we thought we’d share some of our favourite ways to spend the day when the grey storm clouds hit!
Have a Picnic Indoors
Who says you need to be outside in the grass to have a picnic? Bring this outdoor tradition indoors by laying a blanket out on the floor, putting some chips, fruit and other snacks in a basket, and having your picnic lunch in the comfort of your living room!
2. Rock Painting Crafts
A rainy day to-do list isn’t complete without one activity in the rain! Grab your family, toss on your rain boots and go for a mini adventure right in your backyard on a hunt for one medium sized flat stone each. Bring your stones home, bring out your paint and work together to create some colourful elements for your garden! Looking for some inspiration to get you started? Check out this haul of ideas by I Love Painted Rocks!
What better way to spend a rainy day then to work together as a family to create the best indoor fort! With blankets, pillows, chairs and whatever household items you can find, get creative with it! One of our favourite things to do after building a fort is to bring in a laptop and watch a movie!
4. Bake some Sweets
Whether you decide on finding an indoor alternative to Smores or want to bake the world’s best brownies, filling the house with the sweet smell of baked goods sounds like a good plan to us! Nothing pairs better with a rainy day then the uplifting smell of fresh sugar cookies! We saved some of our favourite recipes over on our Weekend Recipes Pinterest Board.
The spring season means a lot of outdoor work getting our cottages and yards ready for the summer season! Reward yourself on the days that you can’t work outside by taking a moment to relax at home! Some of our favourite ways to relax are getting into our cozy Muskoka Bear Wear, trying out some face-masks, give ourselves a hand massage to fix some of the gardening dryness and soaking our feet with some bath salts!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we want to help you celebrate the moms and mother figures in your life! Do you find yourself without a gift for Mother’s Day? We’ve compiled a few sentimental gifts that you can do within a few days!
Sometimes the best gift we can give is time! This is a great Mother’s Day present even if you are not able to physically visit your mom. Call your mom ahead of time to plan an hour out of your day that you can both sit down and enjoy a tea and talk whether that be on the porch or over a video call. Turn off other distractions around you so that your mom gets your undivided attention! Bonus Idea: Plan a local food delivery to her door with some baked goods for your mom to enjoy during your tea catch-up!
2. Home Cooked Meal
Let’s face it – moms are superwomen! What better way to show your love and appreciation for everything they’ve done and continue to do, than cooking a home cooked meal and maybe a bonus dessert! Check out some of our favourite recommendations on the Muskoka Bear Wear Recipes Board on Pinterest: Weekend Recipes
3. A Few of Your Favourite Moments
Moms are there for some of the most important moments in our lives! Why not create a momento of those moments as a gift for Mother’s Day to show your mom some of the favourite memories you have with her! This could be a small book, a memory box, a container of photos with notes on the back, a framed shadow box or even a video blog! Some ideas for moments to include and reflect on might be:
a family trip
a time you both laughed until your bellies ached
a particular moment you remember them going above and beyond to help you through a difficult time
the simple moments – a tradition or daily routine you do with your mom
a collection of reasons about why you think she’s unique and special
A Local Gift-Basket
Shopping local is not only a great way to support you community, but great if you find yourself running out of time to ship something to your door! Many local businesses offer local curb-side pick-up within the week! At muskokabearwear.com, we offer contactless curb-side pick-up at our Online Order Processing Facility in Bracebridge and are available via online chat to help you pick out the perfect gift for your mom!
5. A Mini Garden
Bring nature inside to admire on those rainy days with a homemade mini indoor garden! This could be something you create for your mom with some of her favourite small flowers or herbs, or you could make it a project that you can build together on Mother’s Day as a bonding activity! Some of our favourite indoor gardens we stumbled across on Pinterest include:
While we eagerly await being able to welcome you back to Muskoka for some of our favourite events and activities of the season, we’re bringing the cottage feels directly to you with with our Cottage Comfy Pants that help make staying home, super cozy! So whether you’re participating in online learning, hosting a zoom work meeting, or catching up on the latest Netflix or Disney+ series, our Cottage Comfy Pants are are the go-to for comfort!
To sweeten the deal, we’re offering $10 off all Ladies, Men’s and Youth Cottage Comfy Pants January 15th – 17th. Online at muskokabearwear.com
Our Cottage Comfy Pants are made right here in Ontario! They provide a stretchy, relaxed, basic fit with an embroidered Camp Classic logo on the left side & a draw-cord waistband for easy fit adjustment. Made from 100% Micro Fiber Polar Fleece, allow for about 3% shrinkage, with durable double-stitched bottom hem. Cute, Comfy & Canadian Made!
In response to the challenging times that we are experiencing together regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to give props to some stellar local businesses who are stepping up to serve our great community.
Owned and operated by Darren Budd, DPB Delivery has been in business for 7+ years serving Bracebridge and, as of this year, Gravenhurst as well. When they first opened, DPB focused on moving and large item delivery, but within the last 3 years have transitioned more into food, beverage, grocery and parcel service. DPB and their team specialize in providing fast, friendly service.
Things were busy pre-Covid-19, but really ramped up once the pandemic hit. All of the DPB drivers were equipped with facemasks, hand sanitizer and wipes for the debit/credit machines as DPB became a safe alternative for people who wished to have their essentials delivered without having to leave the safety of their home. DPB also offered an e-transfer option, allowing for doorstep drops. As DPB expanded into Gravenhurst this year, things have really expanded for their hard-working team. Darren Budd shared “I am proud of DPB’s growth as we now provide employment for nearly a dozen individuals.”
Looking ahead to the future, DPB says they are here for the long haul. “Even after we kick this virus, people will continue to use our service out of precaution and convenience” Budd said. DPB has also launched a Facebook Page to connect with their followers and offer giveaways in part thanks to the businesses that DPB delivers for, but also as a fun way of giving back to the community.
We know just how challenging this pandemic has been for businesses of all sizes and industries, but we can definitely appreciate and would like to give kudos to those who are right on the front lines serving community and ensuring families have access to the essentials they need – AND – supporting local small businesses to offer a delivery services to their patrons. Thank you DPB for all that you do for our community in allowing it to continue to be a great place to live despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
To contact DPB Delivery, you can visit their Facebook Page, or call 705-394-5581.
If you know a local business who deserves a shout out, send us a direct message with a photo and why they should be featured.
We hope that despite things having been a little bit different this year, that you managed to capture some of that holiday magic and that you were able to enjoy an amazing Christmas! Now that the big day is behind us, we’re looking ahead and want to share some of our favourite Boxing Week traditions!
#1 – Movies Marathons in MBW!
Whether you received new movies as Christmas gifts, or you’ve been adding them to your Watch-List on Netflix or Disney+, the extra time at home is perfect for bundling up and pressing PLAY!
#2 – Video Chat with your Friends & Family!
Hopefully you have at least a few days of time at home, so it’s a great chance to check in with your extended family or friends. This can serve as a real pick-me-up for people during these tough times, so don’t be shy, fire up a video call with that person you haven’t from in a while and see how they’re doing!
#3 – Take Advantage of Boxing Day Sale!
Whether you received a MBW Online Gift Card for the holidays, or maybe there was just something that you missed out on for Christmas that you really wanted, we have incredible Boxing Day savings happening for THIS WEEKEND ONLY!