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Why you should plan a Family Bike Ride {Plus a Special Earth Day Giveaway!}

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This post is part of a collaboration with Green Child Magazine and Onya Baby.

Our family spends time outdoors every single day, nearly year round.  We are fortunate to live in a climate where this is possible and believe me, we appreciate this change of scenery compared to the 5 years we spent in a winter wonderland.  One of the things I looked forward to most about the move was the opportunity to ride bikes with my children.  In our baby days, most of our outdoor time involved walks around the lake, usually with a baby in one of our carriers.  Today they’re not content to just walk or be carried, they need to speed through nature!

We love biking for so many reasons…

Exercise

It is true that my job requires me to sit and work from a computer for long hours, and it sets the same example for my children.  Having our outside time is my way of counteracting this.  Children do as they see, and if mom is outside riding her bike, digging in the yard, or throwing the frisbee they will be just as excited to do so.  I know that by setting expectations of daily exercise it is a habit they will continue on with, hopefully for the rest of their lives.

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Sightseeing

At this age, Fletcher isn’t able to go on our adventures for long distances.  We can do, at most, about three miles round trip.  On our longer journeys we trek out past the communities where there is an old farm.  It is the closest to nature we can get on our bikes, The children love being on these adventures, and we find new things to point out and admire each trip, including an amazing old tree that stands alone in the middle of a pasture.  It is an amazing view that never gets old and I’m so glad these bits of nature are just a bike ride away even in our susburban environment.

Back to Nature

These trips are ways we can remove ourselves from the media that surrounds us.  We are enmeshed in this modern world, and enjoy our computers and iPads, but I believe in balancing that time out with the considerable amount of time we spend outdoors.  The farther we pedal the more removed we are from the communities and cars, and the louder the birds become.  As the children get older I plan to take our bikes out to other places in our town where we can enjoy the view even more than what is at our doorstep.  We have access to bike paths next to the gulf, and in areas with amazing wild life.  I know for me, it is therapeutic to enjoy the fresh breezes and the feeling of warm sunshine.  It is good for my soul, and I want my children to grow up with that same appreciation for the outside world.  It is easy to get caught up in the entertainment indoors, one can certainly never be truly bored with the Internet around, but nothing compares to actually living life and experiencing it right in front of you.  Some days I’m outside, watching the sun set past our tree line as it lights up the spanish moss with a golden glow, and I can’t believe we have this beauty right beyond our brick walls.

This is how I want my children to see, and fall in love, with nature.  Appreciating what we have means they are more likely to care for our resources and understand why protecting them is so incredibly important.  We see litter on our rides and I have to explain to my son that some people don’t appreciate the natural world, but that we should.  Our trips can become teaching moments too.

Enter to Win!

In collaboration with Green Child Magazine and Onya Baby this post also has a great giveaway in celebration of Earth Day!  You can enter to win one of these incredible packages.  I can tell you that I loved our Onya, especially for back carries, and the PITS from Taylor’s Pure and Natural is my go-to natural deodorant!

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Get Active! (Grand Prize)
Onya Baby: Recycled NexStep Onya Baby Carrier with Organic Booster & Chewies ($195)
KIND Mixed case of KIND Healthy Grains Bars ($39)
Taylor’s Pure & Natural 2 PITS! & 2 PITS! Spray (winner chooses scent) ($33)

Total Prize Pack Value: $267

Get Growing! (Prize Pack 2)
Sage Spoonfuls Glass Let’s Get Started kit, Glass Snack Pack, and a pack of Bamboo Spoons ($123)
Cubit’s Bee Friendly Seed Collection ($20)
Green Toys Gardening Kit ($23)
Green Team Distribution Mosquitno SpotZzz ($4)

Total Prize Pack Value: $170

Get Playing! (Prize Pack 3):

Green Toys Tugboat, Sand Play Set, and Tractor ($57)
Pure Play Kids Fishing Rod Set ($30)
Old South Essentials Bug Repellant Essential Oils Blend ($8)
Eyla’s Imports Scout & Stainless Aqua Vessel Water Bottles ($55)

Total Prize Pack Value: $150

 Enter using the Rafflecopter below, this contest is open to US and Canada!

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.

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  • Laetitia Knight

    Love the outdoors with my little man. Going for a walk in my baby carrier or for a bike ride. We love going to the park for picnics too!

  • lisa gonzalez

    The simple pleasures in life are free. I like to take my kids to the back yard. Thet ride their bikes i sit in the sun.

  • Sveta

    We go to the playground with my daughter every day. She loves it!

  • Sveta

    One day we all want to buy bikes for the whole family and have a weekly outing in the mountains somewhere. Can’t wait!

  • JP

    We are starting to get our map-obsessed kids into orienteering!

  • Heidi Stane

    We like to go for walks and play at the park

  • Becca

    We take the dogs and baby for a walk almost every day. :-)

  • judi

    I like to spend time at the park.

  • Brie D

    Being outdoors is the best!


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