On Pushing Limits + KEEN Kids Giveaway


 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.


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.


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.


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. 



  1. Love the boots! They look really awesome!

  2. Love these shoes, especially the Hikeport style.

  3. love them all the Big Kids Jasper are my favorite!

  4. Amanda klein says

    Would love to win a pair of these for my son !! With his Autism he is so picky !!

  5. My son would live in these shoes especially the boots !!



  7. Nicole Acuna says

    I love the Big Kids Oakridge!

  8. I like the Versavent shoes.

  9. Margaret S Porter says
  10. I like the BIG KIDS’ OAKRIDGE.

  11. Rosanne Clark says

    we love the moxie collection

  12. I love KEEN KIDS and so does my daughter. They’re comfy, durable and stylish. I can’t choose just one favorite style.

  13. Love the Moxie Mary Janes!

  14. my daughter would like the Big Kids’ Oakridge in plum/purple wine

  15. we love keens for my son because he went through this REALLY annoying foot dragging phase and these were the only shoes (with the rubber front) that could hold up. Proof that they are really well made!

  16. I like the Hikeport Waterproof Mid boots. However, they all are very nice.

  17. Sheryl Holden says

    the Mary Janes

  18. I really like the Hikeport Waterproof Mids. There are a few more that I like too.


  20. Sherri Chastain says

    I love all the colors to choose from in the Big Kids Hikeport Waterproof shoes !!

  21. Lorena HERNANDEZ says

    My nieces love their Keens!!

  22. I would love the Chandler for my kid. She’s been so hard on the toes of her shoes. These might be just the shoe for her.

  23. colleenmarie says


  24. Rebecca Thomas says

    i really love the hikeport strap boot in dark olive. It’s perfect for active pre-teen boys like mine!

  25. Oh they are all so cute! I really love the Chandler Waterproof CNX!

  26. Kelsey Jessee says

    I love the Sprout double strap shoes!!! My son has some crazy wide feet, so anything that he can wear comfortably, and put on himself, is a game changer!!!

  27. Keen shoes are the best for adventures!

  28. I like the waterproof winter boots.

  29. kathy Persons says

    I would love to try the Big Kids Versavant

  30. I think my grandson would like the BIG KIDS’ HIKEPORT STRAP WATERPROOF

  31. kathy Persons says

    Have you announced the winners yet. Thanks

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