On Pushing Limits + KEEN Kids Giveaway

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 Sponsorship provided by KEEN Kids. All content and opinions, are my own. 

Do you ever feel like those “on this day” reminders from your social media networks and online photo storage have a way of sucker-punching you in the most bitter-sweet ways?  I’m certain that it was just the other day that we tackled milestones like learning to walk, swim and ride a two wheeler.  And here we are – with kiddos ages seven and nine – plowing down skateboard ramps, surfing, and adventuring – and begging for skateboard “trick school” lessons that will lead us to another borough every weekend this fall.  Although I sometimes have to brace myself, I’m incredibly proud of the sort of solid confidence that can only come from pushing limits.  These kids play hard and work hard – and have collected a few battle wounds to prove it.

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So what’s a cautious mom to do, while reminding the kids’ Abuela that it’s not helpful to yell “BE CAREFUL!” DON’T FALL!!” “THAT’S DANGEROUS!”? I just make sure that my kids know that they have to wear helmets, skateboard-pads for the big tricks, the right sort of footwear – and a reminder to “make good decisions.”  They may have their share of falls – but they get right back up again.  And I’m learning lessons in squashing my concerns while admiring their determination.

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As brand new walkers, I first turned to KEEN Kids for their summer sandals, because they gave me comfort in those reinforced toes. We’ve been picking up pairs every summer since. And in this new season of back-to-school and adventuring – KEEN Kids will take my active kiddos from the school yard to the skate park in functional kicks that feel good and look cool too.

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Check out all of these great KEEN styles for kids! The new Hikeport from the Solo collection (featured in this post) – and the Fall Moxie are among my favorites.Back-to-school-Keen-Kids-shoes

Win It! Our friends at KEEN have partnered with us and other parenting websites to giveaway 10 pairs (yes ten!) of KEEN Kids shoes (new arrivals) to ten lucky winners – who will each get one pair.  Check out all the other writers favorite kicks below:

The Chirping Moms // Wanderlust Crew // Simple, Like Love // Suburban Wife, City Life // Girl in the Red Shoes// The Love Designed Life // Momfessionals // Munchkins and Moms // Being Brickner // Thrifty Nifty Mommy

To Enter – leave a comment on this post and visit the Rafflecopter below (U.S. only). Best of luck and check back to see if your name pops up as a winner!

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Hello September + Printable Calendar Sheet

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I know summer isn’t officially over yet – but the back-to-school season always brings a new rhythm and the return to the sort of structure that I suppose we’re all craving over here.  With a lot of new projects in the works – it’s much easier to work from home without the kids around! And so, September, for me, comes with excitement and motivation and the feeling of a fresh start. And although I miss the readily available peace that comes with entering the ocean whenever I feel like it – I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.

I hope that all good things are in store for you this month.  Grab our free printable September calendar sheet below to help stay on top of your goals.  Just click on the image, download, and print.


Happy new month!

xo,

M

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Cheers to Summer

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Thank you JaM Cellars for sponsoring this post. Looking for Butter Chardonnay or JaM Cabernet near you? Check out our Store Locator! Just pop in your zip code. Although I think I’m built for an endless summer – the end-of-season promise of the return to routine (hello kids in school!) is always welcomed as soon […]

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Aloha, Nanea Mitchell: American Girl’s new Hawaiian Doll + Giveaway

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Introducing, Nanea Mitchell, American Girl’s new BeForever character! This darling doll is a 9-year-old Hawaiian girl who adores her close-knit family, dancing the traditional hula, fishing alongside her father and playing wither her dog, Mele.  She lives on the Island of Oahu – and her story explores the life of islanders in 1941 during the […]

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Back-to-School Super Cool: Tween Edition

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This post is sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh. All opinions are my own. How do you get a tween who lives for bathing suits and cover-ups to swap her super casual beach-all-day-every-day vibe for clothing that’s suitable for a new school year? Stir up excitement for the impending back-to-school season by letting her pick out some […]

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’90s Nostalgia: Limited Too Pop Up Shop Comes to NYC

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Tweens of the ’90s rejoice! Your favorite store to hit up at the mall with your friends is back – and it’s touring New York City.  There’s still time to catch the Limited Too mobile pop-up shop packed with fashion and accessories nostalgic of your own childhood years (but perhaps, way cooler). All the necessities […]

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