Wild Within Journal

Wild Within Journal

Woah. Bees are AMAZING.

Posted by Shannon MacLaggan on

 A few years ago, Pete took a beekeeping course and has been pretty much low-key obsessed with all things bees since then. While we still don’t have our own hives (one day!!!!), we have fallen madly in love with these fuzzbutts and all they do for our planet.  

Did you knooowwwww….

Bees are the worlds most important pollinators, working their buns off to pollinate 1/3 of our food crops and 80% of our flowering plants worldwide. The mind truly boggles. 

Bees consume honey to produce beeswax and it takes 8.5lbs of honey to produce 1lb of wax.

Honey bees communicate with each other by dancing to alert other bees where nectar and pollen are located. So darn cute. 

Almost 2 million flowers are needed for honey bees to make 1lb of honey and on average, a hive will produce 65lbs of honey a year.

Beeswax candles release negative ions, which help purify and clear the air!

It's hypoallergenic! Good for sensitive skin and sinuses!

Colonies of honey bees are declining at an annual and terrifying rate of 30% because of Colony Collapse Disorder. Some of the major reasons for this decline is the loss of crop diversity and increased uses of pesticides worldwide. 

So, yeah. Save the bees. Cause we need 'em. 

Support beekeepers, use beeswax products in your home and in your kitchen, stay away from pesticides, plant a pollinator garden, buy local and organic when you can and make sure to thank those little badasses when you see them flying by. 

Bee Products We Know and Love:

Our Tapers and Pillars. Smooth, sleek and so damn purdy. 

BeeSavvy. OMG their honey, lotion bars, lip balm. Pretty much everything they’re got. 

Mind Your Bees. Really gorgeous food wraps as an alternative to plastic wrap.

Beekeepers Naturals. Throat Relief, Bee Pollen and Superfood Honey. OMG.

GeesBees. Their honeycomb!!!! Wow. So, soooo good. Drizzle on crackers and DEVOUR. Like, immediately. 

Paradisio Bees. Their creamed and chocolate salted caramel honey. Duuuuuude.

All of these are really wonderful companies, offering such thoughtful and impactful products. Such great holiday gifts too!!! #goodsforgood

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6 Ways to Create a Calm, Captivating Home

Posted by Shannon MacLaggan on

As biz owners, Pete and I have always spent A LOT of time working from home. 

Initially, I felt quite squirrelly spending so much time in the same place, but over the years, I’ve found that creating an inviting and nourishing space has helped with my own mental health and happiness immensely. HOME is now my favourite place to be. 

So I figured I’d throw together some easy tips to tend to yourself and your home, helping you create a space that feels good and vibrant. 

1. The Little Things Are Actually The Big Things. 

I will say this again and again, forever and ever. It’s not about having a brand new kitchen or massive amounts of space to design and decorate. It's the small, daily acts that bring us joy. Lighting the candles in the morning, getting up a little bit earlier to actually ENJOY your coffee. Putting on your favourite playlist, pulling out the cloth napkins for meals together. Setting the screens down to cozy up with a good book. Snuggling our sweethearts under a favourite blanket. These small intentional moments, when done consistently and strung together, help to create a life you love. 

2. Declutter. 

Piles and piles of stuff you don’t need, love or use is a MASSIVE energy drain. It feels heavy and stagnant and sticky and stuck. So start slowly, room by room. Pour yourself a drink, blast some tunes and Marie Kondo that shit. 

3. Bring Nature In.

Cut the flowers and collect the pinecones. Gather the fallen leaves, bring home that beautiful piece of bark you found in the woods. And when in doubt, just add a house plant! 

Bringing nature indoors is great for our home's air quality, for our mental wellbeing and it all just looks absolutely gorgeous too. 

4. Less Is More. 

Longer lasting, sustainable pieces. Repurposed, reused and well loved. Moving away from the wasteful idea that we need MORE to be happier. Bringing in less ‘stuff’ and only investing in pieces that you truly love. Pieces that you want to use, day after day, indoors and outdoors, over and over and over again. 

5. Set The Room.

The rule around our house is ‘leave the room just like you found it’. So after a quick tidy in the morning, everyone has to leave every room in the same condition they found it. It’s just this simple, quick, mindful act that helps SO MUCH. Toys are put away as soon as they’re done being played with, chairs are pushed in, cushions are properly placed and dishes are cleaned or put in the dishwasher. Kinda sounds type A, but slowly, it starts to become second nature and truly, the WHOLE family appreciates it. 

6. Gratitude.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be your dream home or dream location. What we focus on EXPANDS, so take time everyday to just appreciate all that you have. Warmth. Food. A place to lay your head. The big moments and the quiet ones too. Such a simple act, but appreciation begets MORE appreciation, helping you create and celebrate a warm, thoughtful and nourishing home. 


Shan + Pete

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Valentine's Day Outside

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Ahhhhh, Valentine's Day is well on its way and while you might be rushing to get your sweetheart something special (we've got some pretty beautiful blankets that might be kinda perfect...), we thought we'd share our FAVOURITE way to celebrate this day of LOVE!!!


For real. Winter Picnics and Bonfires are THE BEST.

There is simply nothing better than laying out a beautiful blanket (again, we can help!), sitting around a crackling campfire, telling stories, staying toasty with some hot cocoa and just spending time in the Great Outdoors with the people we love most!

Surprise your sweetie (and that's besties and parents and platonic pals too!) with a seriously delectable spread and just ENJOY each others company.

Here are some tips to make the day as enjoyable as possible:

1. Location. Where you going? Is there parking? Do you need snowshoes to get in? 

2. Fire. If the conditions are right, pack wood, kindling, and something to get the blaze going. Pulling a sled with all your gear is SUPER helpful.

3. Use cloth napkins, metal utensils and reusable mugs to go as Waste Free as possible! 

4. Dress Appropriately. The WORST thing (and what will totally kill the party) is being cold and uncomfortable. Remember, there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad planning. So pack alllllll the mitts, socks, beanies and blankets. Depending on your climate, get those damned snow pants on. Cannot stress this point enough. Keeping Warm = More Fun!

5. Food. Pack a big ole thermos of soup, some crusty bread and sliced cheese. Maybe some veggie dogs and marshmallows to roast too. Bring some fruit, muffins or homemade cookies for a delicious and simple dessert!

6. Draaaaaaanks. Don't forget to pack all the warm beverages! Mulled wine, hot cocoa, chai, coffee or hot apple cider keep you warm and make the day so, so sweet.

7. Have Fun! Being outside in extreme temperatures is the most fun when you bring a good attitude, don't sweat the small stuff, have an open mind and get stoked about trying new experiences!!!!

Enjoy!! Breathe that gorgeous fresh air and show your darlings how much you care with a thoughtful day in the woods!!

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Into the Wild with Lacey Rose

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Our 'INTO THE WILD' series are a collection of stories, photos and interviews from inspiring folks who love our shared wild spaces, take time to truly celebrate them and do their part to preserve and protect them.

Lacey Rose is here!!!!!!!!!

Hmm. What can I say about Lacey?

She is truly a wild woman extraordinaire. A country forester, backcountry camper, avid paddler and skilled gardener. She's a badass human being, has been so inspiring to me in getting outside and moving past my own fears and is truly one of my very bestest friends. We are absolutely THRILLED to have her here!!!

From Fear to Comfort in the Forest

My relationship with nature has gone through several stages of evolution already in my life. I grew up in Labrador, and my first trip to the cabin was when I was just weeks old. My grandfather helped build the railway into Labrador in the 1960s and built the family cabin in the middle of nowhere by tossing building supplies off the train. I spent my childhood immersed in wilderness, yet my feelings toward it at this stage were of fear and not wanting to be alone. There were things to be feared that probably seemed reasonable for my parents to tell me about to keep me safe – getting lost, getting eaten by bears, death by exposure due to insect bites (legit – the blackfly and mosquito situation in Labrador is no joke). The bear claw and teeth marks on the cabin door probably didn’t help the situation. My family used the forest for hunting, trapping, getting firewood to heat the cabin and picking berries. The first fish I caught was longer than I was tall at the time. Any night spent in the woods was in the safety of a cabin, or very rarely in a tent, in a gravel pit surrounded by many other tents. Yes, that’s how we rolled in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Although I grew up surrounded by trees, there was no commercial forest industry, and I didn’t know anything about forestry. It was by luck and circumstance that a wise professor told me to look into it when I was trying to decide what to do with my life. I was a serious treehugger, mostly thanks to seeing the movie Ferngully when I was 8 years old and chose to study forests so that I could save them. I spent 5 years learning about all things forest. This led me to the second stage of my relationship with forests: immersion and awe – but in a controlled environment! I learned how to compass, identify SO many species of trees and plants, and all the ins and outs of managing forests. But there were always other students and teachers around, kind of like a security blanket. No need to fear. 

My first job in the woods was in Northern Ontario, with the forest industry, and I will be forever grateful for that experience. Enter stage 3: panic and irrationality. At first, I was working on tree plants, where you were lucky to find enough privacy to find your own tree to squat behind. But eventually, I had to work solo on occasion, in the middle of vast forests. I would travel together with co-workers, then split up for the day. No cell phones, no radios. See you at 4 back at the truck! I cannot describe to you how afraid I was those first months. It was completely due to my past perception of the woods, my lack of experience, and low confidence level. I checked my GPS every 2 minutes to make sure I knew where I was. I gasped at every sound expecting an angry bear to jump on top of me. My imagination was wild. I like to think that everyone starts out this way, they just don’t come clean about it. So, if this has happened to you, you can now feel better about yourself – and don’t let it discourage you enough to quit! 

I had some really cool experiences while working in Northern Ontario, mama moose with babies crossing my survey path and casually looking my way, seeing timber wolves on the road, staying in camp and going for an evening fish to pass the time. As I spent more time in the woods, the fear slowly began to dissolve. Another important change took place. I realized that cutting trees was ok. Ontario’s forests are so stringently managed that years worth of effort and planning have to take place before even one tree can be harvested. And - trees grow back. Every hectare of forest is legally required to be regenerated, and plans must be in place to ensure that all values that exist today must be protected for all future generations. Young forests are equally important as old forests. And, imagine this: the people who work in the woods love forests more than anyone else. I’m still a treehugger, but I no longer think that you have to “protect” forests to save them. Wood is our only renewable natural resource, and we’re wise to make responsible, sustainable use of it. 

Fast forward a few years, through a few desk jobs, becoming a Registered Professional Forester, and I ended up back in the woods, with another great mentor. I learned to look at the forest through a different lens. Through practice, learning (by asking dozens of questions every day) and time, I came to savour every minute I spent in the woods. I grew confident in my ability to navigate alone. I started carrying bear spray, brought my dog to work with me, and after a few uneventful encounters, stopped fearing those snapping branches. I am now in Stage 4: love, comfort and respect. I can build a darn good lunchfire and enjoy my sandwich toasted and mittens dried in winter. Every day brings the wonder of seeing something new or beautiful. Although I have a job to do when I’m out there, you really have to stop and smell the flowers to get the most from working in the woods. Being inquisitive makes you better at what you do. I also go back country camping now. In a tent in the middle of no where with my husband and our dog. Paddling and portaging everything we need on our backs. For fun. And I love every minute of it. 

If you asked me to close my eyes and picture my happy place, it would be stretched out on the forest floor, shaded by trees with a few sunbeams sneaking through, chickadees and nuthatches singing, leaves quivering in the breeze, deeply breathing in the earthy smell of leaves turning to soil below me. Alone. I actually feel the stress melt away when I’m in the woods. Even in the rain. Even in the cold. Even in the height of mosquito season. When I look back at the beginning and the overwhelming fear that almost kept me out of the woods, I feel so grateful that it didn’t. Experience and knowledge are power. Everyone is capable of developing this kind of relationship with nature. You just have to get out there. Start small. Hang out with people who can teach you something. Feel prepared. Read some books. Even better, read some books while in the woods. Because life’s better outside. 


Lacey Rose grew up on the 53° N parallel in Labrador, Canada. Graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Lacey has been a Registered Professional Forester in Ontario since 2008. Lacey’s work experience has ranged from working on tree plants in the Boreal forest, to writing a forest management plan for 250,000 hectares of Crown forest in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence forest, to hands-on managing a small, community forest landbase. Outside of these roles, Lacey is a councillor for the Ontario Professional Forester’s Association, Co-Founder of Women in Wood, and the host of a web-series titled “Mighty Jobs”. Otherwise, you will find her gardening, paddleboarding, ice fishing, or camping in the interior of Algonquin Park.

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Into The Wild with Andrea Ference

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I was raised on the side of a hill in southern Alberta with my parents and four brothers, we had a big bay window in our front room overlooking the Rocky Mountains that I would gaze out of and daydream about first ascent routes (long before I would learn what an ascent route was) and the animals I would encounter on my adventures. As the only girl I became fiercely independent at a young age,  often found in the woods, long after my mom called us in for dinner, covered in dirt from collecting branches and rocks. I always joke that wandering mountains is in my blood - my grandparents were born and raised in the Austrian Alps! From the North America Rockies to the European Alps there is something comforting about being a part of something so immense.
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