Easy football paper sacks

I know many of you are looking forward to this weekend's Super Bowl, and getting together with family and friends to watch the game, eat, and hang out.  However, I am looking forward to this weekend for a completely separate reason...my husband will be home from a two week international trip.  I think a massage is calling my name, and probably a pedicure too.  We are all so ready to have him home! That said, we are a football family, and love watching games together.  Of course snacks and food are involved, and I'm all about simple .  One of my kids' favorite snacks is popcorn, and it's a popular and fun thing to munch on during a game.  In my quest to come up with something cute for the popcorn to go in, I made (seriously) the easiest and most adorable football paper sacks to hold popcorn and snacks.

Easy Football Paper Sacks | simplykierste.com

Aren't they perfect?  And pretty much the easiest thing ever.  Like it will take you less than a minute for each bag, and just two items  needed!

Easy Football Paper Sacks | simplykierste.com

These would be perfect for football birthday parties and taking to one of your kids' games to hand out to the players.  Wouldn't you be the coolest mom ever?  And it's so fast & easy! They are also extremely cost effective--paper sacks are so inexpensive, and so is popcorn.  We usually pop our own in the air popper if we're doing bigger batches, and that's really cheap.  Microwave popcorn totally works too!


-paper sacks

-full sheet white labels, or white vinyl


I cut strips from the full sheet white label to the size I needed to fit on my sack--one longer piece, and three shorter pieces-- then stuck them on.  See!  Those are the shortest directions in history!  :)  I used a regular paper sack, then also a much smaller one that I found at Hobby Lobby for the M&M's.  You can buy a pack of maybe 8 or 10 for around $3.

And that's it!  Totally cute.  Totally easy.

Easy Football Paper Sacks | simplykierste.com

14 days of valentines for your kids & spouse

14 Days of Valentines for your kids & spouse | simplykierste.com

It's been a tough couple of years for my kids, and our family.  We've lived in three states and moved cross country twice over that short period of time, and that's meant a lot of changes, including leaving the only place they've ever  really known.  We are starting to get settled here in upstate New York, and in the process of building a home, where we hope to live for a very long time.  I've felt like doing some extra-special things for my kids and my husband, to show them how much I love them, and give them a little extra joy, and Valentine's Day is the perfect time to do that.  I created a really fun 14 Days of Valentines, and I know they are all going to love it! I gathered cute … ...read more

His & hers Valentine’s Day gift card giveaway!!

His & Hers Valentine's Day Giveaway | simplykierste.com

I just LOVE giveaways, and this one is extra special, and a little different.  Not only is it for Valentine's Day, but it's a HIS & HERS Valentine's Day gift card giveaway!  $300 Gift Card for Him and a $300 Gift Card for Her!  ($600 Value) Awesome, right? Here are all the amazing bloggers that are bringing this giveaway to you... Lisa and Pam from Over the Big Moon – Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Jessica and Sarah from Pretty Providence - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Jen, Jamie & Jodi from Eighteen 25 - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Tauni from SNAP - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Kristen from Capturing … ...read more

10 easy & irresistible game day recipes

10 Easy & Irresistible Game Day Recipes | simplykierste.com

We are a football family!  Even though our team isn't playing in the Super Bowl this year (although they do have the most Super Bowl wins...GO Steelers!), we're still excited.  The Super Bowl is also synonymous with food.  Lots of yummy food.  I want to try a few new game day recipes this year, so I scoured the web for ideas--specifically ones that would be fast, easy, and of course contain cheese or chocolate.  :)  I rounded them up to share with you, plus a couple that I already know and love. Lasagna Dip Who doesn't love lasagna?  And to make it a dip?  HEAVEN!!! Peanut Butter Football Dip This is just so adorable, I couldn't resist! Game Day Walking … ...read more

14 favorite Valentine’s Day children’s books

14 Favorite Valentine's Day Children's Books | simplykierste.com

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see my full disclosure. Books are always a wonderful way to celebrate any holiday, and Valentine's Day is no exception.  If you're looking for a really fun and easy Valentine's Day tradition for your family, try a Valentine's Day Book Countdown...one book a day from the 1st through the 14th! Check out this list of Favorite Valentine's Day children's books! A Kiss for Little Bear , by Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! , Laura Numeroff Queen of Hearts, by Mary Engelbreit Counting Kisses, by Karen Katz Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George, N. Di … ...read more

Valentine popcorn lollipops + free printable!

Valentine Popcorn Lollipops | simplykierste.com

The Patriotic Popcorn Lollipops that I made for the 4th of July were such a hit,  I decided I just had to make a Valentine's Day version! My kids love these so much, and one of my five year old boys deemed them "the best popcorn balls in the world". So, there you go, all the recommendation you need. :) These are so easy and fun to make, and they are always popular wherever we take them.  They're made with melted marshmallow--so like a Rice Krispie treat but using popcorn instead! I tinted them pink, and I like the extra color it gives them for the Valentine holiday.  Next their dipped in white chocolate, with generous sprinkles on top, and they're ready to go! You can make them and … ...read more

Striped love sign

Striped Love Sign | simplykierste.com

I'm kind of in love with stripes, and I really love them on this Striped Love Sign I made to add to my Valentine's Day decor.  Although I love it so much, I might leave it up year round! SO fun!  I seriously love it.  Best of all, it's super easy to make and is a pretty quick project!  It would be adorable sitting on a mantel or entry table, or hanging on the wall.  I made mine a pretty good size--2 feet x 2 feet, but you can really make it any size you like. Use the same method and have it say something else--for a bedroom, bathroom, playroom--anywhere!  I love the wood color of the MDF alongside the white--so cute! Here's how I did it: SUPPLIES: -1/2 inch MDF, cut to 24 x24 … ...read more

14 fun Valentine’s Day movies for families

14 Fun Valentine's Day Movies for Families | simplykierste.com

We love family movie nights, and snuggling up together to watch our favorite movies. Valentine's Day is coming up in a few weeks, and a family movie night is a perfect way to celebrate together!  I'm sharing a list of our favorite Valentine's Day movies that are great for families. So...grab your cozy blankets, make some Pink Hot Chocolate, and get ready for an evening of Valentine's Day movie fun! Most of them are rated G, and a few are rated PG.   Common Sense Media is a resource that I've used to check movies for more rating information. The Love Bug , rated G The original version is definitely my favorite, and the one we watch.  I have loved it since I was little! The … ...read more

Valentine bingo!

Valentine Bingo | simplykierste.com

Can I tell you how much I love Valentine's Day?  I totally do, it's true.  We make it a family affair at our house, and  I just love doing fun things for my kids and husband to celebrate.  We do a super fun and easy Valentine Countdown every year, and one of the things on our list is to play Valentine Bingo! I created a fun new Bingo printable for this year, and I love it...I think my kids will too! Bingo is fun at home--we love playing it for Family Night too!  It's also perfect for any Valentine party.  If you're looking for a a great Valentine game for a class party, this works for preschool on up through upper elementary grades.  Everyone loves Bingo! We always use small Valentine … ...read more

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup | simplykierste.com

After a really warm week last week (like REALLY warm...as in the warmest December in 125 years), the cold is back, and soup is sounding even yummier than usual.  Let's be honest, though, even when I lived where it's warm all year, I always loved soup in the winter.  :)  We tried a yummy new soup that was gobbled up at our house, and it's full of some of my favorite things. It's hearty without being heavy, filling, flavorful, and a little bit spicy---and SO delicious!  Soup is one of the best meals around. I love a big post of soup simmering on the stove--there's something just so cozy about it.  Serve with crusty bread, and it's the perfect lunch or dinner.  Or both.  :) This particular … ...read more