Sunday, 31 December 2017

Winter Camping in the Pacific Northwest – Mt. Hood National Forest

Have you ever wondered what camping in the winter would be like?  Whether you prefer backcountry camping, tent camping, or RV camping, there are many beautiful places across the U.S. for you to explore during the winter.  Aside from avoiding the crowds that often congest campsites and hiking trails, you’ll experience pure solitude as the rustle of leaves and buzz of bees and insects has vanished.  Camping in the winter will provide you with a new outlook from your typical summer camping trip. 

One of our favorite winter camping locations is Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon.  The Pacific Northwest always leaves us in awe of the natural beauty from beaches and bays to the valleys, plateaus, and mountains.  Mt. Hood provides an array of things to do year-round, but winter time is when it shines.  The summer camping crowds have vanished, and the mountain area has turned into an untouched winter wonderland yet to be explored. 

We like to start our cold weather camping excursion by checking out Mt. Hood’s USDA Forest Service website for updates on local conditions, alerts, and warnings. We then make sure all the essentials are packed such as our winter camping tent (thin, lightweight summer camping tents won’t cut it out here in the cold!), cold weather clothing including a base layer and outer layer, proper footwear to keep the toes warm and dry.  Although not always necessary, we like to keep a small propane space heater in the tent.  For an extra layer of insulation between the ground and sleeping pad, we use a few of our navy blue wool blanket. Our Explorer Collection black and white wool blanket are also great as an additional layer of insulation on top of our sleeping bags.  Once basecamp is setup, it is time to get outside and explore.

Mt. Hood offers hundreds of miles of trails or you can make your own trail. Just be aware of closed off areas that are in place to protect the wildlife and watershed.   Winter camping is extremely cool! Remember to use caution during the winter months and always camp and hike with a partner.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Creative Gift Basket Ideas

Gift baskets are a creative and thoughtful way to give a gift to someone you love. Finding items to include makes for a fun opening experience. Whether your recipient is an outdoors lover, chef, spa-enthusiasts, or dog owner, there is something for everyone. And keep in mind that the “basket” doesn’t always need to be an actual basket. You can use a wooden crate, galvanized bucket, oak barrel, or anything that can store all the items. Below are our top favorite gift basket ideas.
For the Homebody
Sweetly-scented candle (fan favorites tend to be vanilla, cinnamon, sandalwood, or cedar)
Book of poetry
Cozy socks
Gourmet popcorn
Loose leaf tea
A fun mug
Package together in a beautiful basket
For the Outdoorsman
Dehydrated camping food
Nylon hammock
First Aid Kit
Energy bars
Package together in a hiking pack
For the Wine Lover
Bottle of their favorite wine
Organic crackers
An array of cheeses (goat cheese, brie, gouda, fontina…to name a few)
Package together in a galvanized bucket
For the Dog Lover
Soup and knuckle bones
Dog grooming brush
A bandana
Cookie cutters shaped in the breed of the dog
Package together in a wooden crate
quality wool blankets for the dog to stay warm
100% merino wool blankets for the animal to stay warm
For the Gardener
Gardening tools
Gardening gloves
Gardening books
A subscription to a gardening magazine
A bird feeder and birdseed
Package together in a large terracotta ceramic pot

There are so many other ways to package gifts together when you begin to think about hobbies and passions of your gift recipient. Your recipient will enjoy revealing each item and the thought and love will shine through. Happy gift giving!

Friday, 29 December 2017

How to Create a Welcoming Guest Room

There is something special about opening your home to family and friends. Creating a warm and inviting space is a sweet way to ensure your guests are comfortable. Below are a few simple and classic ideas to spruce up your guest room and make your visitor feel cherished.

Flowers and Plants
Fresh flowers bring a clean and organic vibe to any space. Leave a bouquet of their favorite stems on the dresser. A pretty arrangement and pleasant smell is sure to add a nice touch.

There’s nothing worse than realizing you forgot to pack your toothpaste and toothbrush when you arrive to your destination. Keep some spare toiletries on hand including a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, and makeup wipes. We make our own slow cold-pressed soap and always keep a few extra bars in the guest bathroom for our friends to use and take back home with them.

A tray is a wonderful touch. Include a nice hand lotion, essential oil, candle, and sparkling water.

It’s always a safe bet to keep a spare blanket, just in case your guests get cold. As a wool blanket company, we always have plenty of yellow wool blanket to go around! We always keep a cream wool blanket in the guest room closet. 

Clean Towels
Provide clean bath towels, hand towels, and wash clothes in the bathroom and leave a few spare ones in their guest room.

Comfortable Bed
Nothing says “ahhh” after a long drive or flight then a comfortable bed that your guests can sink into and dream the night away. Fresh linens and fluffy pillows make all the difference.

This one may seem obvious, but adequate window shades truly make all the difference in a good night’s sleep. Whether you use black-out shades or plantation shutters, keeping the room dark allows your guests to wake up slow and on their terms.

There you have it! Simple and easy ways to make your guests feel special.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Virgin Sheep Wool versus Recycled Wool

The difference between virgin sheep wool and recycled wool is quite simple.  Virgin wool is wool that has never been used before. The wool fibers have never been dyed or made into clothing, blankets, or rugs. Because of this, virgin wool is inherently stronger, more resilient, and softer than recycled wool. Virgin wool, often called new wool or pure wool, is less prone to wrinkling, and its fibers are more elastic than recycled wool. For the reasons mentioned above, here at Woolly Mammoth Woolen Company, we use virgin Merino wool in all our blankets.  This gives our Farmhouse Collection and Explorer Collection heavy wool blanket the softness and durability you can rely on for many years to come.

What is Recycled Wool?

Recycled wool and wool fibers are merely those that have been used before and repurposed for another use. Recycled wool typically goes through a process of being sorted, cleaned, shredded, and reduced down to woolen fibers. The wool fibers are then re-dyed or kept in their new recycled color then spun into new yarn. Recycled wool is excellent for many uses such as insulation, absorption material, and rugs. Recycled or reclaimed wool does not have the same resilience and softness qualities as virgin wool because the fibers have been torn apart and spun many times over. Due to reprocessing, a recycled 100 percent wool blanket will typically feel a lot rougher and “scratchier” than a blanket woven with virgin wool.

Looking for the perfectly soft and comfortable virgin gray wool blanket?  Shop our warm Merino wool blankets today.

Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is in full swing. This calls for snowy mornings, soulful cooking, and warm nights curled up with a good book and a sheep wool blankets.

Some of our favorite holiday traditions include tree cutting, game nights, Christmas cook-offs, and pulling out our trusty red plaid wool blanket and black and white checkered blanket for a night of binge-watching Christmas movies. We love to add a good bottle of wine and a beautiful charcuterie board while we lounge the night away. No matter how many times we watch the same movies year after year, we can never get enough of the classic lines that we all remember so well.  

Below is our annual Christmas movie line up.

Home Alone I and II

The Holiday

The Family Stone

Love Actually

Miracle on 34th Street


The Santa Clause

A Christmas Story

Carving out time to relax and enjoy the night should not always just take place during the holidays. In a world where technology is everywhere, it’s nice to take a step back and focus on the classic and timeless ways to bring people together.

Launching a Robust Corporate Giving Program

Have you considered the benefits of implementing a robust corporate giving program in your company? Corporate giving is no longer a simple holiday touch-point activity. Creating customer, employee, and clientele loyalty is a practice that should be thoughtfully maintained all throughout the year. Our wool blanket company offers wholesale wool blankets to fit a variety of needs, budgets, and organizational missions. The gift of a quality wool blankets will leave a lasting impression on your audience.

Reward and retain employees, impress clients, thank business associates, and celebrate important company milestones with a beautifully curated merino 100% wool blanket. Good corporate gifts can improve morale and drive company sales.

Where should you start? Here are a few ideas to kick off your corporate gift program.

·         Develop an incentive program that easily aligns with performance expectations
·         Establisha tiered bonus structure
·         Celebrate work anniversaries and other important milestones including births, weddings, and birthdays
·         Spread cheer and provide gifts to mothers on Mother’s Day or fathers on Father’s Day
·         Surprise unsuspecting employees during monthly meetings.
·         Show your support and appreciation for longstanding customers
·         Turn customers into brand ambassadors

Our warm merino wool blankets are also great for

·         Employee Incentive Programs
·         Vendor Gifts
·         Client Gifts
·         Welcome Gifts
·         Real Estate Closing Gifts
·         Referral Gifts
·         Holiday Gifts

Stand out from your competitors. Affirming business relationships and include a corporate gift program into your marketing and human resources strategies today. Corporate gifts are impactful and are sure to leave a memorable impression.