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Hike It Baby

I want to share an awesome group, I learned about these past couple of weeks …

Hike It Baby!

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I learned about Hike It Baby from another local babywearer in the Babywearing of Central Iowa group.

Hike It Baby all began in July of 2013 and has EXPLODED since then. It all started when one mother, Shanti Hodges, from Portland, Oregon, asked a group of other women if they wanted to go hiking with her. Week after week, more and more women joined. As the numbers increased, Shanti decided to create a website and newsletter to keep everyone in touch with each another.

Shanti created this group with the main focus to get moms (even dads) and babies out into nature. The hikes also help minimize postpartum depression, allows you to learn more about your city, meet other people who have the same interests as you, and give you some exercise.

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By word of mouth, and social media, several moms AND dads volunteered to lead hikes. The number of hikes that were lead weekly and daily, grew and grew! At this time, there are 40-80 Hike It Baby lead hikes across America. Each location has their own Facebook group, where leaders plan hikes and everyone who is in that area can talk and plan.

I absolutely love babywearing and to hear that an activity like Hike It Baby exists, makes me so happy!

Hike It Baby is completely free. It’s free to lead and it’s free to hike. It does not take much to become a leader. You can wear your baby, you can push them in a stroller, or if they want to hike along with you, they can do that too!

Right now, the Hike It Baby 30 challenge is taking place during the month of November. The challenge is to hike 30 miles in the month of November. Every 10 miles you hike, you are entered into a giveaway and there are some AWESOME prizes to be won! You can register for $10 to be officially part of the Hike It Baby 30 challenge and have a chance to win prizes OR  you can do it on your own, without registering, but you will not win prizes.

There are several levels of the challenge if you really want to challenge yourself even more. Such as hiking on only dirt trails all 30 miles, or you can walk around anywhere in your city as long as you hit the 30 miles. Amelia and I signed up for this challenge. Since it has been getting colder, it has been hard to get out and hike/walk, but there is still time! I know we can do it!

There is still time to sign up for the Hike It Baby 30 Challenge and if you belong to the Babywearing of Central Iowa Group, there are a group of women who are planning some hikes to meet this challenge. If you have not joined Babywearing of Central Iowa, read this to find out how!

As of now, there is no official Hike It Baby group in the Des Moines area. After the Hike It Baby 30 challenge, there has been talk of one being created! So, keep your eyes and ears open!

30 Days of Thankfulness

I cannot believe it’s November already! Halloween has came and went, and now we are all preparing our recipes and turkeys for Thanksgiving!

This time of year it’s easy for everyone to get consumed with shopping, and planning. I will admit I am one of these people! BUT we must not forget the importance of THANKS-giving! It’s time to give thanks for what we have and of course spend time with our wonderful families!

One blog I follow, Des Moines Moms Blog (if you do not follow, I highly recommend following ASAP!) is doing a 30 Days of Thankfulness. Rachel Verzani, one of the bloggers for the Des Moines Moms Blog, wrote the post and has extended out the invitiation for everyone to participate.

Not only is this a great thing to personally take apart in, it will also be a great thing to share with your kiddos. Monte isn’t at the age yet to understand the whole “giving thanks” concept, but for those who have older children, I definitely recommend getting involved!

Each day post on Facebook and/or Twitter one thing you are thankful for. It could be as simple as “being able to enjoy a Starbucks latte” 🙂 OR “thankful for my beautiful home”. Just think of one thing, post it and hashtag #thankfulDMmamas!

Also,  everyday I will post on my Facebook page, what I am thankful for! Go ahead share in the thread and hashtag there #thankfulDMmamas.

Happy November everyone!