My school bird. (a stride rite giveway)

Nola started kindergarten a month ago. Our days, nights, and every moment in between have been changed. She’s no longer here all day to be my buddy, running errands around town and helping me make morning smoothies. But then again, she’s not here all day butting heads with me either, the give and take battle that became our norm.

I miss her so much during those in-between hours that are sandwiched between breakfast and dinner. But I know kindergarten is the place for her to be. She’s thriving and growing socially. She’s learning and understanding. It’s been a good change for everyone.

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When I think of Nola’s personality, the chorus to a song by Katy Perry instantly comes to mind. Yes, it’s one of those pesky earworm songs I frequently get stuck in my head in the middle of the night.

You… change your mind
Like a girl… changes clothes

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‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
You’re wrong when it’s right
It’s black and it’s white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up

Ugh, Nola. We’re so much the same.

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The day starts looking like 600 other uniformed students, marching into class.
Orange polo shirt. Khaki pants. Navy Shoes (which, omgeee where are her socks?) And a backpack that is far too big, on her itty bitty bird frame.

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And the day ends with a silly five year old little girl twirling in the backyard until she falls over in giggles.
A tattered hand-me-down princess dress. Her mom’s wedding day “crown” atop her head. Sparkle sneakers.

The awesome folks at Stride Rite heard Nola was heading to the classroom for the first time ever, and wanted to outfit her with a few pairs of shoes. Generously giving her a step in the right direction, so to speak.

Stride Rite believes every kid should have 3 pairs of shoes. A pair for school, a pair of play, and a pair for when it gets cold out.

And I couldn’t agree more.

So I’m teaming up with them, hosting a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to their site. If it were me, I’d probably hit up the sale section and walk away with 2 pairs.

Enter the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*I received the shoes mentioned above. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. they will be for y princess i really love theJessica Simpson Pepper boots

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  2. I’d use the money to buy shoes for Mary. She mostly owns hand me down shoes from her big sister, except for the 2 pair of Stride Rite shoes we bought her at the beginning of the school year.

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  3. Molly Harris says:

    Ok – my 7 year old want cowgirl boots and I just looked and stride right sells them on their website, so I totally have to win this now! :)

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  4. I’d love to win this for my youngest, Jenna…who seems to always get the hand me downs!

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  5. Molly Harris says:

    I would order them for my 7 year old Summer!

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  6. My sweet Hatteras needs shoes that fit! So hard to get them without paying so much money! I would love for him to have some easy to put on shoes that will hold up for awhile!
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  7. Ok, my four year old could totally use these cute Stride Rite SRT Preschool Chad shoes. Easy velcro slide ons, how I love velcro!
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  8. I’d use the gc to purchase boots for my niece for this fall.

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  9. Barbara Beerthuis says:

    I think Nola is so lucky to have you as a Mommy and blue shoes….love them! I’d like to gift my potential ‘win’ to a little girl in my neighborhood that rides her bike past my house, and is always smiling, and yelling HI mrs. Barb…what’cha doin? She always brightens my day. She too loves fairy tales and princesses. :)

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  10. I’d love to win this to get some new shoes for my kindergartner! or maybe my baby girl… or both! :)

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  11. I would use this on my son, he grows so fast and has no older siblings to hand shoes down to and now that the weather is turning colder I realized he has only 1 pair of non-croc shoes!

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  12. I was at the stride rite store last week and had my oldest son fitted for the Birkenstock orthotics. They are very supportive and were recommended by our Kaiser PT dept. I noticed my daughter having simar issues. Wish it didn’t take me 9 years to identify Patrice’s problems. Moms watch how your kids walk and run and wear out their shoes. No cheap shoes at our house

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  13. We love Stride Rites! I grew up wearing them, and now my girls do too. I love finding them at thrift stores or garage sales because they always have a lot of wear left in them.

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  14. Also? I would probably get him the Tex because they would go with everything :-) Thanks!

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  15. Totally need fall boots for Ms. E, my 3 year old who just started preschool! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  16. I’d probably get Vivian some that light up because I know she’d love them and we’d never fight about which shoes she’s wearing that day. Ha!

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  17. OH! The Belle cozy boot! Disney princess + fall boot = awesome!

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  18. We need shoes for the kids so badly–this would be awesome!
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  19. I work above a Stride Rite and have never been in. I’d love to get my almost-2-year-old some new shoes (rather than just new-to-him shoes!

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  20. I’d use this for my 5 year old (who also just started kindergarten) since his feet seem to grow overnight!

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  21. I’d probably pick out the Saucony Cohesion 5 sneakers, but he’d love the Cooking Monster ones!

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  22. I’m sure he would go crazy for the Star Wars shoes!

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  23. Susan Alberda says:

    My big girl is in desperate need of some new shoes!

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  24. Your relationship with Nola seems a lot like my relationship with my daughter. Since mine’s only 3.5, I’m assuming the head to head battles don’t ease up?
    Maybe if I let her pick her own Stride Rite shoes, it’d be one less thing for us to argue over.
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  25. She is such a doll. And I love the sparkle shoes! :)

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  26. I love the picture of her laughing in the princess gown, so cute! I would use the gift card to get my Kindergartner some winter shoes. If it were up to her she would wear sparkly sandals every day of the year but I’m kind of partial to her toes and don’t want her to get frostbite lol.

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  27. Sale, for sure, so I’d get one each for my girls. They are seriously lacking in the shoe department.
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  28. leve. totally cute. and by jessica simpson? really?
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  29. I would get my daughter the Stride Rite Monica Kids boots, they are adorable! I want some in my size.

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  30. I would totally use this for my son! He is a typical boy who is too busy to waste time tying shoes and Stride Rite has a cool selection of no tying shoes

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  31. I would buy my son new shoes! Just before he started kindergarten last month he had a growth spurt and now only has one pair of school shoes that fit.

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  32. I would buy my 5 year old (who also just started kindergarten) a new pair for “play time”

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  33. Ooh great selection! Would probably get my son the Stride Rite X-celeRacers™ X-cavate!! Love the bright colors and their on clearance!

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  34. I would use them for my baby boy, Charlie.

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  35. Ah, I just wish I could get my kindergartner to wear something other than sneakers! And pick out a pair that doesn’t have any neon. He’s already heavily “broken in” the new pair I bought him for school, so we could always use a replacement pair and a spare!

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  36. I love love to be able to buy My Claire new shoes!!!

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  37. Ooh, I’d love to get Dean some new shoes for family pictures! Also, I can actually wear “big kid” sizes (I have tiny feet), so I may even be able to find something for myself.
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  38. It is hard when they start no matter how many you have :) so fun to see them grow and learn though!

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  39. It is hard when they start, no matter how many you have. Course the more you have the quicker relief for a brief respite sets in :).

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  40. I would use this for my son and daughter.

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  41. Oh what a fabulous giveaway. I would spend it on my 1st grader, hands (feet?) down!

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  42. Laura Smeyers says:

    I would love to get some new shoes for my son because he is growing out of them the minute I buy new ones for him!

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  43. Both my girls only have hand me down shoes in the closets. I would love to get them a new pair for just them.

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  44. I think the Trista are so cute!

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  45. I’d have to spend this gift certificate on the boy- the girl has about 123 pairs of shoes at any given time. He’s got two, if he’s lucky!

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  46. He would FLIP for any of the Marvel light up shoes- So, so cool!

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  47. Those shoes are so cute!

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  48. My 4yo would love any of the shoes that light up.

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  49. I’d use them on whichever of my 3 kids needs shoes next. Probably all three of them will need shoes at the same time because that is just how it goes. :)

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  50. I like these: Stride Rite X-celeRacers™ X-cavate for my oldest son or these for my daughter: Stride Rite SRT Preschool Brooke :)

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  51. Three girls…how to choose. But probably Lili because then I know the other two will hopefully be able to wear them as hand me downs too!
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  52. I would probably choose the Stride Rite Sapphire or the Jessica Simpson Chandra. Very cool options!!
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  53. I would have to get my little guy new shoes so that he can pick out what he likes instead of all his brothers hand me downs.

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  54. I would totally buy shoes for my son. He’s 18 months old and it seems like every season he’s into a new size!

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  55. I would also buy any of the winter boots, how cute are they?!

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  56. Eli needs shoes so badly. He’s down to a pair of summer Keens and some soccer cleats! Yikes!
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  57. Love stride rite!

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  58. Wow- would love to win this one! Could sure use some new shoes around here.

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  59. Oh dear! We have a 7 month old who is in love with Elmo. I would get the Elmo for him but my choice would be the adorable skiing Penguin or the super adorable Chameleon. Darling!

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  60. I would love to win this as my daughter is also in Kindergarten and would totally benefit with Stride Rite shoes and sneakers – she is the tiny version of Imelda Marcos’s shoe fetish!

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  61. I would buy new shoes for my (almost) 4 year old. I was just thinking that it was time for new shoes!

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  62. I would spend it on my two year old son, who desperately needs new shoes!

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  63. I love the Tyson shoe – so cute.

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  64. traci saucier says:

    my Kindergarten student!

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  65. Even though I just bought her two pairs of Stride Rite shoes, I’d use this on my three year old – she needs a cute pair of fashion boots for the fall/winter! Love Stride Rite shoes :-).

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  66. What a great giveaway!

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  67. My daughter

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  68. My daughter desperately needs shoes that aren’t sandals and I’m draaaaaging my feet.
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  69. Oh yes, I like your idea of hitting up the sale section. I would try to get a pair for both of my girls.

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  70. I would buy some shoes for my son! He’s only been walking for a couple months now but needs some good shoes for winter. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  71. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I would buy shoes for my son since he needs wide shoes and Stride Rite is THE BEST place to get those!

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  72. I love the boys Truman shoes! I would definitely get those!

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  73. Mary Happymommy says:

    I would buy shoes for my daughter.

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  74. Mary Happymommy says:

    I love the Disney Princess for Stride Rite Cinderella Flat.

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  75. Stride Rite is a bit of a “tradition” in our family. My husband and I BOTH wore them when we were babies and toddlers (or so our mothers told us) and now our little guy is wearing them as well! We had a pair of the “Step 2″ shoes, because he was starting to walk. Unfortunately, he outgrew them before he even started walking! Now he’s all over the place, and we have yet to get him the next size up. Thanks for offering this giveaway to give us a shot at doing just that!

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  76. jessica simpson brown boots

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  77. claire gets everything, girls stuff is much better.

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  78. My 14-month old is growing out of his first pair of stride rite’s. I’d love to get him some new ones!

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  79. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I would get shoes for my Niece

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  80. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I really like the Sierra Shoes!

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  81. my youngest daughter

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  82. Jennifer Marie says:

    My son would love the Star Wars™ by Stride Rite Jango Fett™

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  83. I absolutely LOVE Stride Ride shoes. My daughter is just beginning to walk so this is perfect timing :) I’ll for sure be hitting up the sale section!

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  84. My kids have feet! We like shoes!

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  85. Rowen would LOVE to wear the Robeez Mini Shoez Bow Crazy!

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  86. Hey! My kid has feet!

    Plus also only crocs fit him right now. Not exactly good “fall” footwear.
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  87. Ed would want any of the ones that light up, but since I am apparently a hipster, I would put him in keds :)
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  88. Jamie Brigham says:

    I would spend this on my 2 1/2 yr old son, He has outgrown everything he owns including shoes. He would love to get new shoes.

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  89. Jamie Brigham says:

    I would love to get the Marvel by Stride Rite Spider-Man Lighted (Toddler)

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  90. kelly willis says:

    on my son

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  91. kelly willis says:

    Stride Rite Zach Attack (Kid)

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  92. I just love that she wears your wedding day “crown”. :) Cutie Pie!
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  93. And I would spend the gift cert. on my girl!! :)
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  94. I like the Ella Mary Jane in silver
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  95. I’m thinking sale section and one for the son and one for the daughter. That sale section comment of yours is why I love you!

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  96. My four year old Aidan needs new tennis shoes. I’m convinced that the cheap-o ones he loves now (that light up and have a monster and camo)cause him to trip. We just got back from the ER with 5 stitches in his head…
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  97. Oh I love the Saucony Crossfire Lace!

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  98. I would buy some new tennis shoes for my son. Oh! Or maybe some boots for winter.

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  99. I would spend it on my daughter

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  100. I like the soft motion gloria

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  101. I would use the gift card to purchase new shoes for my toddler!

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  102. Um I have a 10yo who totally loves shoes :) Stride right rocks!

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  103. The stride right Effie or the sperry angelfish would be right up her alley :)

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  104. I would spend it on one of my kids. Or both, if I Emily’d it and hit the sales. :)

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  105. With two kids you can bet a pair (or two) of free shoes (and a great brand at that) are needed up in here!!

    Nola is adorable, btw. Can’t believe she’s already in all-day schooling!!

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  106. With two kids in our home you can bet a free pair (or two) from such a great brand would be helpful!

    Nola is adorable. Can’t believe she’s in kindergarten! How fast they grow!!

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  107. probably my “baby” (almost 3YO daughter)!

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  108. Disney Princess Cinderella Cozy Boots! #bling

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  109. I would spend it on my sweet daughter who turns two on october13!
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  110. i would pick the Preschool Trista in brown!
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