• Red Fox Otter Falls
    Adventures

    Autumn camping trip to Otter Falls

    Can you believe I never went camping once this summer? I couldn’t stand this fact and booked a last minute trip to Otter Falls campground in Manitoba. How would I sum it up? One word. COLD. We learned the hard way and made a list of cold weather camping tips to share so you don’t have to freeze like we did! My husband Darcy and I had never camped past the September long weekend.  We knew it was going to be cold so we packed everything! The forecast was saying it would rain for days and we replied with “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!” We…

  • Feeding a Chickadee
    Adventures

    A mother and daughter adventure to beautiful British Columbia

    This past March I hopped on a plane with my mom and flew to British Columbia. For the last few years Mom has been making this yearly trip to visit her sister and family. She invited me along this time for a little mother daughter adventure. It definitely started out a bit rocky with some of the flights getting canceled due to blizzard weather but even though our flight was delayed a little we were still scheduled to leave for Abbotsford. Our flight made one stop in Edmonton first and I was really nervous. This was the first time I had flown in a snow storm. Looking out the window…

  • Winter Forest
    Adventures

    Winter day in the woods with Fionn

    Happy new year forest friends! One of my New Years resolutions is to take more photos of my adventures and write more blog posts. So I’m starting off with a chilly winter day out in the snow with my best buddy Fionn. I spent the weekend out at my parent’s place where we had a delicious traditional Ukrainian dinner for Ukrainian New Years. We found out my father is 97% Ukrainian after getting an Ancestry DNA test done. But that’s a story for another time. Anyways dinner was great and I’m excited to keep learning more about my Ukrainian heritage which I barely know anything about except that cabbage rolls…

  • The Forest Fairy Cottonwood Tree
    Nature

    Happy National Tree Day September 23, 2015 – Celebrating the Cottonwood

    Happy National Tree Day! Let’s take a moment to celebrate our native trees and the fact that without them we wouldn’t have our beautiful forests. Also happy first day of Autumn! Trees have been an inspiration to me for as long as I can remember. I’ve been trying to think back and figure out when I became so fascinated by trees and I always think of my beloved childhood tree an Eastern Cottonwood. That tree and I grew up together and it was the definition of a grand gentle giant. Towering over every tree in the forest with a massive trunk that split into several limbs perfect for climbing and…

  • Lessons from the Forest
    Books & Poetry

    Lessons from the Forest Book

    During 2014 I posted a series of blog posts called “12 Things I Learned in the Forest.” These stories were so fun to write and really gave me a chance to reflect on my time growing up in a forest. Each story featured a lesson that helped me grow into the person I am today. At the time these little adventures didn’t seem like a lesson but more of just a fun day out in the woods with my family. Now that I’m older I’ve found a lot more meaning in those early evening walks or Sunday afternoon hikes down our forest trail. Sprinkle some fairy dust!Facebook6TwitterPinterest0Tumblr0email

  • Take a Walk
    Music,  Nature

    Forest Wisdom – Take a Walk (Song)

    To complete my series on lessons I learned from the forest I compiled all of them in order with links to each page. These are all written about personal experiences and fond memories of spending time with my family through the seasons among the trees and nature. I have also included a song I wrote years ago that was the main inspiration for this series of stories. Join me on a walk through the forest and see how many lessons you can hear in my song “Take a Walk.” (I’m hoping to one day record this again so it’s not so rough. But you know when inspiration hits you just have…