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!

Update: Giveaway closed. 

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My Everything Bag + Giveaway

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When life seems to be in disarray – there are a few things that I try to keep organized – my bedroom, my work space, and my go-to bag.  Now and then, I connect with a band that meshes perfectly with my life. I’m currently on year four of packing my days into Lily Jade designer diaper bags, and I’m absolutely a loyalist.  Even though I no longer have tiny babies, I love how the bags have proven to evolve along with the changing shape of motherhood – making them suitable for anyone who craves functionality, quality and versatile style in her bag.

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The backpack carry option is among the features that I love most about Lily Jade – taking the strain off of my shoulders and neck on days when I’m traveling all over the city.  All of  Lily Jade’s backpack diaper bags convert to a handbag or messenger carry option, and the removable baby bag (with 12 pockets!) keeps things organized and secure.  My current new favorite is Lily Jade’s Rosie. The beautiful structure, super luxe leather, and multiple carry options set it apart from any bag that I’ve every owned.

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Once packed with sippy cups and pull ups – my Lily Jade bags now safely carry cameras, delicate lenses, my laptop, (sometimes kid’s stuff!) and more – making it suitable for the baby years and beyond.

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Lily Jade is generously giving away a $350 credit to cover the cost of one lucky winner’s diaper bag of choice! Just leave a comment on this blog post and then enter the giveaway over on our Instagram (post below!). xo

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Family Travel Packing Tips + Adorable Spring Kids’ Style

This post is sponsored by OshKosh B’Gosh. Opinions, as always, are my own.

We’re going to look past that brush of snow arriving on the first evening of Spring. Eager to escape those winter doldrums, we’re only looking towards all that is warm and bright.

It’s no secret that I enjoy swapping those cumbersome winter layers for new stylish spring clothes for the kids.  And I’m holding tight to that bit of a say that I still have in my children’s fashion choices.  Easter marks our third consecutive weekend of traveling, and it’s so much fun to coordinate special vacation kids’ styles. While I don’t think it will ever be a breeze to take-off perfectly packed and organized, we have a few packing tips to take along for those upcoming spring break vacations.

  • Creatively Coordinate: We love to revisit family memories through photographs – and vacations are full of prime opportunities to snap away. I like to select a great color palette to have the kids clothing mesh without being too matchy-mathcy.

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  • Dress up with Accessories: Would I love to stuff my son up in his fancy-pants suit while traveling? YES! Does he want to wear this sort of restrictive clothing? NO! Believe in the power of adorable accessories like ultra cool suspenders to elevate that simple dark jeans and solid T-shirt look. I love the way accessories pull this clean style into a casually dressy and super fun outfit.
  • Don’t Forgo the Sun Protection! Along with sunscreen, we believe in starting them young on habitual hats and sunglasses wearing in the warmer months.  In addition to providing protection from the sun, they also add instant style!
  • Roll the Clothes: I can often fit my clothing and both children’s clothing into one (yes one!) carry-on suitcase for weekend getaways. The secret? Neatly rolling each article of clothing maximizes space and generally keeps things wrinkle free.

Like so many previous years, we turned to OshKosh B’Gosh, a tried and trusted brand for our big seasonal order.  It’s been a while since we’ve shared images of the kids, and I absolutely can not wrap my head around the little people they are rapidly growing into!

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Super happy, silly, carefree and comfortable – the definition of what being a kid is all about.

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I’m so grateful for the everyday joy these two Easter bunnies make me see.

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Can you tell that I adore this sweet OshKosh sibling look?  And I’m ahead of the game this year by already stocked up on swimsuits, flip-flops, undies and spring essentials.  With incredible savings on must-have styles – I’m always surprised at the whopping value packed into my OshKosh orders.

Locate an OshKosh B’Gosh store near you and take advantage of this coupon for MB readers!

Cheers to Spring, new beginnings and all of those great memories to come.

Special thanks to our sponsor OshKosh B’Gosh.

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Not Your Mama’s Fanny Pack

There is something incredibly liberating about being years away from transporting around an overstuffed diaper bag. Now I make the kids wear packs for our day-tripping – and I suppose that I’ve streamlined my must-carry essentials (save those days that I need my camera, plus lenses and a laptop).  I’ve been searching for a smart alternative to a great bag for quite sometime while lusting over the idea of a hands-free bag.  I haven’t found a backpack that I love and pretty much loath the designer-logo-emblazoned glorified fanny-packs that I still see everywhere.

As a busy New Yorker, mother and overall multitasker I was seriously thrilled to discover Hipsters for Sisters.  They’ve mastered the stylish and innately wearable belt-bag without looking anything like Sporty Spice.

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Founded by a mother and daughter trio, Hipsters for Sisters is also committed to sustainability. Their L.A. manufactured-products are comprised of only earth-friendly materials.

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The classic styles with minimalist aesthetics are designed to fit only the essentials, as a simplistic lifestyle reminder to live a life filled with more experiences and meaning, and less “stuff.”

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Once you give this modernized hands-free style a try, you won’t ever want to go back.

Most definitely NOT your mama’s fanny pack.

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Cool Kicks for Back-To-School

This little family of mine will linger in summer for as long as we possibly can – despite turning the calendar page to the last official full month of the season. I don’t have anything against the natural progression of time.  I’m just trying to be mindfully appreciative and attentive to the simple beauty of summer with little ones at home.

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With autumn approaching, I’ve learned that a bit of preparation can prevent an unnecessary frenzy before the kids head back-to-school.  And I understand how the newness of untouched school supplies and a cool pair of kicks can ignite excitement for the school year-to-come.  That’s why we love partnering with brands that give back and understand how transformative a new pair of shoes can be for a child on the first day of school.  Rack Room Shoes not only has the best in shoes for back-to-school; they’re also committed to providing new shoes to kids in need via their annual Shoes That Fit campaign.  Rack Room Shoes accommodates donations at checkout; matching 100% of all donations, up to $300,000 (with over 1 million in Rack Room donations during the past two years!).

We’re huge fans of their stylish athletic selections that allow kids to be kids while focusing on the important work of childhood without fussing with uncomfortable footwear.

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From fresh Converse to Vans, Nike, and New Balance – the big girl even found the Skechers Game Kicks she’s been hoping for, ever since her little brother joined the Game Kicks Club.

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Rack Room’s well-known rewards program includes instant savings.

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And everyday “Buy One Get One 50% Off” promos are especially helpful during the back-to-school hustle.

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 Fortunately, they carry adult sizes too!

To shop or make a donation visit Rack Room Shoes

This is a sponsored story.  Thank you for reading.  

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The Best Jackets For Women and Kids + Giveaway

We’re serious about our outerwear.  Since the majority of our daily-schlepping happens on our feet and scooters, we need to be prepared for unpredictable weather.  I never skimp when it comes to purchasing jackets for my family with a focus on quality and lasting protection from the elements.

Finside and finkid – a popular European, ethically and environmentally friendly all-weather brand, sent a bunch of products to me and the children on the heels of their recent launch in the US.  We were so impressed with their functional beauty and high-quality craftsmanship that we had to share here – and offer readers an amazing finkid giveaway!

Finkid – the line for kids – had me with their signature pointed caps! The kids wore them throughout the rainy spring days, cool beach evenings and on our recent glamping adventure.  Finkid encourages little explorers with functional and beautiful designs without constraining them.  The kids will get tons of use out of their Tonttu and Tuulis jackets – and when the weather turns, I can easily zip the Tonttu into the Tuulis for comfortable, warm protection.

 

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I found the jacket that I’ve been searching for (for years!) in finside’s amazing Kerttuli jacket! I adore the beautiful look, comfort and smart design. I have enough room to zip-in the Inkeri jacket underneath when the weather calls for it – accommodating for every season.

Inspired by Finland, the land of forests and lakes – with centuries-long traditions of creating the most resilient outwear in the world, finside brings function, longevity and smart design to all of their garments.  With materials equipped with fast drying, dirt repellent and SPF 50+ protection, finside and finkid are a solid choice for moms and kids alike.

Win It!  Finkid is spreading the love with an amazing giveaway! Three winners (yes 3!) will win their choice of a finkid kid’s jacket in color of choice (either Tonttu or Tulppa) AND their choice of a finside kid’s hat (Varjella, Ranta Sport, Taikuri).  To enter this great giveaway (valued at $130 for each winner) visit the rafflecopter below.  Best of luck!

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Products provided.  Opinions, as always, are my own. 

 

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