February 6, 2020

Time is ticking on those Valentines, parents!  If you're like me, you want to steer your child towards sharing Valentines that are cute... but don't contain plastic that will soon be in the trash. You want something handmade... but also easy to do.  And on top of all that, your child's teacher says it can't be a food item!

I went down an internet rabbit hole on this mission, and I think I looked at every page on the web in search of ideas that check all the boxes!  To help you avoid such internet rabbit hole, I've neatly compiled the best of my findings here. 

Check out these nature inspired valentines and shar...

February 16, 2019

All parents want to provide their children with the best future possible.  This means providing their children with optimal learning opportunities. We want our children to succeed, and we encourage them to excel intellectually, physically, and socially.  

But what do children under 2 really need to grow, learn, and thrive?

From conception, new parents are bombarded with information and opportunities to help our children succeed.  We are told to take prenatal vitamins and read books to our growing belly bumps. We are told that our own exercise is good for the baby.  Our pregnancy apps tell us taking fish oil supplements c...

November 2, 2018

The colors are SO vibrant this time of year where we live.  Yellows, oranges, reds, purples, greens, and leaves that seem to display all of the colors at once.  Don't you just want to freeze them in time and keep them that way? 

Well, here's a craft that will do just that!  I'm feeling very Martha Stewarty after this project, so I knew I needed to share it with you!

We're creating Wike Baby's playroom and this beautiful idea kept popping up on Pinterest and Instagram.  I had to try it myself.  I'm not a huge Pinterest project person.  My life is not a curated one-- honestly, it's uninstagramably practical.  My house...

October 27, 2018

Rainy days are the perfect time to mindfully give your child a gift that will last them a lifetime-- a sunny outlook on life! 

Life has its ups and downs.  We can't even predict what challenges our children will face in their lives, but we can rest unassured that there will be challenges. There will be dark days.  There will be sadness.  It hurts my heart to even think about it.  

As we raise children to be resilient and able to cope with the challenges life throws at them, teaching them to roll with the punches, see the silver linings, and look at the glass half full will help them through the challenges...

September 28, 2018

When the founder of Hike it Baby, Shanti Hodges, came out with her new book this summer titled Hike it Baby: 100 Awesome Outdoor Adventures with Babies and Toddlers, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  I just knew this book would be a great resource for all new parents-- from seasoned mountaineers to new adventurers. Luckily, I was given a review copy in exchange for sharing my honest opinion of the book.  After enjoying it so much myself, I’ve decided to do a book giveaway for my readers, so at least one of you can treasure this book for free!

This book oozes with the Hike it Baby organization’s community feel an...

September 28, 2018

This summer, I had the pleasure of being invited to Hale Summer Club for a day to experience it for myself, and it flooded me with all the best memories of my childhood.

As I wrote on Instagram that day, it’s a magical land. Children there don’t ask for screens because they are too busy catching fish, digging in the sand, tie-dying t-shirts, taking boating and archery lessons, and having good ol’ fashioned fun.  The adults relax because their kids are safe.  I even saw a few READING BOOKS—big person books, not Eric Carles or Sandra Boyntons! Others were in an outdoor yoga class or doing aqua aerobics.

My visit was a...

September 22, 2018

When I picture my fondest summer memories throughout my life, all of them are outdoors.  Every single one.

Summer weekdays spent biking back roads to the pool, swim practice in the exhilaratingly frigid water, playing cards and eating penny candy on picnic tables, and lots of capture the flag.  Collecting shells and splashing around with my siblings and cousins at the beach.  Playing "house" outside with all of the neighborhood kids and then sipping lemonade under the sun.  Spending time at a lake building sandcastles on “secret” beaches, borrowing rowboats, and eating wild blueberries.  That wild time my mom took us sailing...

August 30, 2018

We just returned from our summer trip, and while we jet-setted across the world before our daughter was born, this trip was both adventurous and close to home-- exactly what we needed!  Tons of awesome recommendations from friends made Acadia National Park a memorable experience for us.  Here I share with you the culmination of all my research and experience, so you, too, can have an epic visit to Acadia National Park.

After our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado exceeded our wildest expectations, I began dreaming up all of the national parks we could visit.  Drive just under 5 hours from Boston, and...

August 20, 2018

I came across this beautiful, inspiring, and educational book by a Boston-based author and HAD to create a give away for it.  You will LOVE the book Hidden City:  Poems of Urban Wildlife by Sarah Grace Tuttle, illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford!  Read my review and interview with the author, and then scroll down to find out how to win a prize pack that includes this book as well as Tuttle's newest book releasing this week: Dot, Stripe Squiggle!

June 28, 2018

UPDATE: The contest is closed.  Please see the contest winners here

Let's get our children outside a TON this summer... and also reading and writing for fun! 

Presenting... our first ever children's writing contest! The winning pieces will be shared on the blog.  See the poster and details below.

Special thank you to Blue Bunny Books and Toys and Mass Audubon's Trailside Museum for providing prizes.  These spots are Wike Baby favorites that are definitely worth visiting.

Please share this with all the children ages 5-12 in your life! 

Contest Details:

  1. Children ages 5-12 are eligible to enter the contest.  Text mu...

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Wike: (v) to walk or hike; (n) a walk or hike, usually used when referring to a short hike or long walk in nature.

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