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!
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!
November 13th is World Kindness Day so we turned to RandomActsofKindness.org for some ideas on how you can spread some love and kindness to those around you. In fact, they have a list of 7 ways you can make kindness part of your normal daily routine, so let’s dive in!
#1 Send an uplifting text to a friend or family member.
You can make someone’s day just by sending them a quick message to let them know you’re thinking of them. Maybe you’re thanking them for something that did for you recently or just saying how much you appreciate them.
#2 If you drive, let someone merge in front of you, or let someone else go first at a stop and do it with a wave and a smile.
We’re all in a hurry to get somewhere, which means it can really have a big impact to let someone go ahead of you when out on the road. Maybe it’s letting someone have that prime parking spot, or pull ahead of you at the drive-thru, but certainly don’t underestimate the impact of such a gesture when driving.
#3 Include intentional moments of laughter and delight in your daily routine.
Is there any better medicine than laughter? If you find it, let us know! In the mean time, we highly recommend a good ‘ole belly laugh at least once a day. Whether you pull up something funny to watch on YouTube, or you can find humour in the world around you, be good to yourself and let yourself have some fun each and every day.
#4 Go slightly outside of your comfort zone once a day to make someone smile.
Alright, you don’t need to hang up-side-down from a tree to pull this one off! The sentiment here is that we all might be missing a chance to show kindness because we’re too shy to seize the moment. Well, we say go for it. If that means being a bit silly, or being the butt-end of a joke, it’s all fun if it helps someone smile.
#5 Share an appropriate compliment with a co-worker or friend.
We can all agree that sometimes being at work isn’t the number one place you’d choose to be at any given time, so why not offer a pick-me-up to those around you by sharing a compliment with one of your co-workers. Tell them that they handled an interaction with a customer well, or that you appreciate their work and you can have an huge impact on someone!
#6 Reach out to a friend or family member of you haven’t spoken to in a while.
It’s natural to want to feel included and thought-of by those we care about, so instead of waiting for that extended family member to reach out, why not be the first to say hello. A thoughtfully-written letter, e-mail or text will go a long way at not only nurturing that relationship, but spreading kindness and joy in all you do.
#7 Gift someone to a small treat – maybe it’s a friend, a stranger, or even yourself!
This one is our favourite because it’s something you can do for a stranger, a loved one or even for YOURSELF! Yes, YOU! We all deserve kindness, so why not pay yourself some kindness by treating yourself to a little something-something. Maybe it’s a delicious snack, or just going for a cruise with the tunes up, be kind to yourself and you will see an immediate impact on your well-being.
How many things from this list have you done today? What about this week? Well, with World Kindness Day on November 13th, we’re reminding you to be kind to those around you, your friends, your family and to yourself.
We know Halloween is going to look a little different this year, so we’re sharing some of our best pumpkin-carving tips, along with a few other TREATS in this week’s MBW Blog!
Pumpkin-Carving Tip #1 – Make a Plan!
Before you start cutting up that poor pumpkin of yours, it’s best to make a plan. Take into account the fun, unique shape of your pumpkin and maybe even draw directly on to it, or prepare a stencil! That way you can make sure everything fits just the way you’re hoping for. There’s a saying… measure twice, cut once. Once you’ve made a cut, it’s pretty hard to go back.
Pumpkin-Carving Tip #2 – If Possible, Leave the Top On!
This is a tip right from the pros! Not only does removing the top of your pumpkin affect the structural integrity of it, but it also leads to the pumpkin drying out and rotting faster. The stem is where the pumpkin gets it’s nutrients and moisture – even after it’s been hollowed out! – so you want to leave that stem on there for as long as possible. It should buy you a couple extra days before you need to discard your pumpkin. So how do you get the insides out? We recommend cutting a hole in the BACK of the pumpkin (the side facing away from how it will be displayed) and removing the insides from there.
Pumpkin-Carving Tip #3 – Scoop Everything Out! EVERYTHING!
Icky, sticky, slimy, goopy pumpkin insides are either going to be your favourite or least favourite part of carving a pumpkin. Regardless, you want to get as much of that stuff out of there as possible! Don’t be afraid to scrape the inside of the pumpkin really good to get those insides out. Any left-over goop is likely to mold quickly and begin to rot your precious pumpkin faster than you be hoping it to last. The bright side is that the goopy pumpkin insides are GREAT for your and the seeds can be used for growing more pumpkins, pumpkin pie or roasted as a delicious snack!
Pumpkin-Carving Tip #4 – Keep It Comfy & Cozy!
Just in time for Fall, Halloween and the Pumpin-Carving season, we’ve released several new colours that are sure to help you stay comfy while you celebrate all things Fall!
Whether pumpkin-carving isn’t really your thing, or maybe you’ve already finished carving all your pumpkins and you’re still looking for something fun to do with the family this Halloween, we turned to a website called “The Best Ideas For Kids” for an article with 50+ Halloween Crafts for Kids! 50! Ready to get started, you can find the article here.
Join us for our very first VIRTUAL CRANBERRY FESTIVAL SALE! That’s right, with the unfortunate cancellation of the annual event this year in Bala, we wanted to keep the tradition alive with our own Online Shopping Sale!
Fall in Muskoka is probably best known for two things. Firstly, the stunning display of Fall colours as the leaves change draws visitors from all over Ontario, across the country and even from around the world. Whether viewing the colours while hiking, cycling or boating, the breath-taking views are some of the best in the world. Secondly, Fall in Muskoka is known for the Bala Cranberry Festival – one of our favourite events each year! Offering visitors the opportunity to literally ‘take the plunge’ and walk waist-deep in the cranberry marsh, the event also serves up a wide variety of cranberry culinary creations – both sweet & savory – along with live music, games, shopping and more.
As amazing as the event itself is, it is actually much more than that. Despite being hosted within a small town with a population around 700, the event has drawn over half a million visitors since its inaugural year in 1984. The event has generated over $500,000 in funds raised that have been dispersed as community funding & scholarships; has featured over 125 local musicians; has supported hundreds of local community groups and non-profit associations; and has even been included as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals & Event.
Traditionally, we’d be loading up the van and gearing up for an exciting weekend at the Cranberry Festival, but unfortunately the organizers of the event had to make the difficult, albeit socially responsible decision to cancel the event this year due to Covid-19. With that said, we want to keep that tradition alive and show our love for the Cranberry Season by launching our first-ever VIRTUAL CRANBERRY FESTIVAL SALE!
Here are the details…
Starts: Friday, October 16th at 12:01 AM (ET) Closes: Sunday, October 18th at 11:59 PM (ET)
In addition to hosting our Virtual Cranberry Festival Sale, we also want to spread the word about a fundraising initiative that has been launched by the organizers of the Cranberry Festival in order to raise funds for next year’s event. They have created a 2020 Collector’s Edition Button to commemorate the ‘festival that never was’.
Now that we’re into October, there is no question that Fall is in full swing and that means apple picking, pumpkin patches, Fall colour tours and living your best life in your favourite Muskoka Bear Wear layers. And just in time for sweater weather, we’re introducing three BRAND NEW colours of our cottage-comfy Ladies Quarter-Zip!
1 – Dark Grey with Cream Logo
2 – Tan with Cream Logo
3 – Cobalt Blue with Cream Logo
Our Ladies Quarter Zips are a very popular Canadian Made style in our Collection! Each comes complete with a small embroidered camp logo on the front and circle paw logo on the back below the collar. The quarter front zipper makes this an easy add-on for those colder cottage mornings.
Made from durable 16oz. 80% cotton, 20% polyester & fabric washed for shrinkage control.