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...

April 2, 2018

As an adult in your household, you have the power to change your family’s lifestyle.  Your values become your children’s values.

I see it all the time as an elementary school teacher.  “My mom says I don’t have to do homework on gymnastics days.” “My dad says to punch back when someone hits me.”  “We don’t recycle in my house. It’s too much work.“   Your values are your children’s values (and, believe me, your secrets are not your secrets)! 

If you’re a Wike Baby reader, you certainly value the natural environment and want your children to experience, appreciate, and protect it.  You probably aim for envir...

April 2, 2018

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, I’m presenting a new Wike Baby series called "Make Just One Change".  

Our Earth deserves so much love.  As I’ve written before, I believe we need to show our children that they are part of nature, not a part from it.  And we need to live that way ourselves. 

Most of us know our Earth deserves love, but acting on it is another thing.  Our lives move so quickly.  The American work culture. The over-scheduling of children’s after school programs.  Family health and well-being.  Laundry. So much laundry.  If you’re like me, you feel like you’re always looking out for others.  Y...

March 28, 2018

Meet Lori, a mother of two and special educator from Boston, who shares her reasons why Iceland makes a great destination for lots of exploring the natural environment with children.  With six children in tow (ages 3, 8, 8, 9, 13, and 13), she would know!  Read along as Lori persuades you to make Iceland your next family trip, and enjoy the stunning imagery of the island!

We’ve long wanted to show our kids the world—especially the natural world up close and in person. We traveled extensively before kids. When our first son was born with multiple food allergies we kept our experiences more local. We wanted to m...

Ireland isn’t famous for its hikes or walking routes.  When most people think about Ireland, they probably think about Guinness, Leprechauns, or maybe even St. Patrick and our parades in March. Ireland has a temperate weather system; this means that it’s never too hot or cold.   Because of this, we have lush green countryside and mountains filled with purple heather--but for hiking this means soggy feet for 6 months of the year!

February 21, 2018

In June of 2017, my husband, brothers-in-law, my twenty-two month old daughter, and I went to Slovenia and Croatia for an eleven day vacation with an ambitious itinerary. Flying in and out of Zagreb, we rented a car for the first half of the trip so we could access some harder to reach areas like the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia and Lake Bled in Slovenia-- these were highlights of our trip, which I'll tell you all about.

February 7, 2018

Introducing the Robinsons, a family of three and two lovable mutts that enjoys traveling, exploring, and being active in the outdoors.  Jamie and Peter are on a quest to raise their daughter to love and appreciate nature because they believe that kids grow better outside. To follow the Robinsons' adventures, follow them on Instagram @roving.robinsons.

If you enjoy traveling and hiking, and also taking your kids along with you, Italy’s dramatically jagged rooftop, the Dolomites, are the ideal place for a family adventure. We visited these famed mountains during the off season in October with our then 18 month old da...

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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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