March 12, 2019

As spring hops closer, the celebration of Easter is just around the corner.  While I loved gorging myself on a smorgasbord of chocolate and jelly beans as a kid, I want to fill my own child’s Easter basket with healthy and practical items that I know she will love and use.  And maybe a chocolate bunny.

While our family's simple baskets won’t include ALL of these items, I’ve been brainstorming a list to help us plan.  I hope my list of Easter basket ideas will inspire you, as well. Please share your own ideas in the comments at the bottom of the post-- I can use a few more ideas myself!

THE BASKET

I purchased a person...

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

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...

June 21, 2018

As I researched about composting in order to start my own family's composting journey, today's guest blogger really inspired me.  Kristi Caggiano is a design consultant specializing in low-water use hummingbird and butterfly gardens, Smartscape Certified, Arizona Certified Landscape Professional (ALCA), member of Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs, and a Master Gardener Volunteer. You can find her on Instagram @miraclehavengarden and @rebelcompost. Learn about her new book FAIL-PROOF COMPOSTING at here

IF the word “compost” makes you roll your eyes and grimace - trust me! I feel your pain. For nearly a decade I tried to ma...

April 19, 2018

Amanda currently lives south of Boston with her husband, toddler son and a rambunctious hound mix. She volunteers with Cotton Babies-Share the Love Program as the Boston host and is a volunteer and educator with Babywearing International of Greater Boston, where she serves on the board as President and VP of Events.  When she is not volunteering, you can find her on the trails and paths of the South Shore with her son and dog or at one of the many local breweries around town.  Amanda is my go-to person for all questions related to cloth diapering, and I'm thrilled she's sharing the basics with you here!

Every expectant...

April 12, 2018

Kristi, Hike it Baby friend and mom to her 15-month old wike baby, enjoys exploring new places while enjoying great food and drink along the way.  She loves spending time outdoors, especially visiting the lakes in New Hampshire and Maine that she grew up on.  She also loves spending time in the kitchen making delicious food to share with friends and family.  That's why she chose to make a change in the kitchen to help planet Earth, which she tells you all about here!

We recently made a pretty big change in our kitchen. In an effort to reduce the amount of trash we create as a family, while saving money in...

April 2, 2018

In the Make Just One Change series, I'm challenging you to change just one thing in your lifestyle in order to show your love for Mother Earth. 

With the help of lots of folks, I compiled this MONSTER list of 60 things for you to consider choosing for the challenge.  Everyone is different; we are all at different stages of trying to live sustainably.  Whereever you are on your journey to living a sustainable lifestyle, I'm right there with you.  

Why not make this a family project?  Involve the kids!  When you involve them in the decision and planning process, the impact will be greater.  It won't just be somet...

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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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