DIY personalized notepaper | Perfect for Mother's Day, teacher gifts, and more! |simplykierste.com

DIY personalized notepaper

With Mother's Day coming up, and the end of school on the horizon, gifts for mom and teacher gifts are definitely on the mind.  I've got a really fun solution for you--for both of them! More than ten years ago, we made my mom personalized notepaper for Mother's Day.  It was a huge hit, and from that point on, it has been highly requested time and time again.  It is one of my favorite gifts to give for so many occasions and people--it makes an awesome teacher gift and it's perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, and even wedding and hostess gifts.  My sister served as a missionary for our church several years ago, and we made a set for her for one of her birthdays while she was gone.  It's just so fun to make and give!

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DIY Dinosaur Bookends | simplykierste.com

DIY Dinosaur Bookends

Today  I'm pleased to announce Amanda Becker, from Tale of an Ugly House, as the newest Simply Kierste contributor!!  I just know you are going to fall in love with her, her projects, and her style.  Don't forget to swing by and say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!! // DIY Dinosaur Bookends

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We recently built my son a toy organizer for his room. If your child is anything like mine, they have a lot of books! I wanted to keep a few of my son's favorite books where he could easily get to them but still keeping them organized. Being that Charlie is only two, his favorites are always changing! I searched for the perfect bookends. I found several cute ones, but none that really jumped out at me.

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How to make an easy & adorable quiet book | simplykierste.com

How to make an easy & adorable quiet book

Make an easy & adorable quiet book for your toddler or preschooler using plastic name badge holders and this darling free printable!

How to make an easy & adorable quiet book | simplykierste.com

I adore name badges, and I've used them for so many projects.  Not only are they inexpensive, but they're the perfect portable size.  I made my twin boys quiet books several years ago using them, and this week I decided it was time for my baby girl to have one too!

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Strawberry Poundcake with Lemon Cream | simplykierste.com

Strawberry Poundcake with Lemon Cream

The weather has been absolutely incredible this week. My windows have been thrown open, chores have been set aside to play at the park, and we're all wishing there wasn't school or work...at least for a day or two.  The lovely spring temperatures also have me craving flavors like lemon and strawberry, and I bent to temptation and made one of my most favorite desserts, Strawberry Poundcake with Lemon Cream.

Strawberry Poundcake with Lemon Cream | simplykierste.com

My roots are Southern, and my grandmother is one of the reasons I love to bake. I grew up eating her biscuits & gravy, fried catfish, grits & eggs, (and more) and I'm Southern girl at heart. When I was 8 years old, my grandmother gave me my own cookbook filled with her favorite recipes written in her own hand. She passed away when I was 17 years old, and it is one of my most treasured possessions.

This poundcake is her recipe, and it is divine. The cake is dense but moist, and because it has lemon extract in the batter, it's perfectly paired with the lemon cream and strawberries. I'm not a huge fan of angel food cake, so this is my version of strawberry shortcake. We always serve it on Easter Sunday, and many times after that through the spring and summer.

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Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn | simplykierste.com

Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn

I'm delighted to announce that Kara, from Creations by Kara, is the newest Simply Kierste contributor! I'm so excited to have her as part of the team, and for you to get to know her.  Don't forget to say hello to her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram too!

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Popcorn is a staple at our house. It makes a great snack, it's inexpensive, and it's easy to whip up. Plus there are so many different yummy ways to prepare it. This cinnamon glazed popcorn is a new favorite!

Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn

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7 things I learned from being stranded in the airport | simplykierste.com

7 things I learned from being stranded in the airport with kids

Early last Wednesday morning I left for the airport with my three girls after spending a glorious week with my parents.  I had no idea that it would be a long two and a half days before we would finally get home. We happened to arrive at the Chicago airport just as a major storm was making its entrance, and due to a deadly tornado that was crossing the state, many flights needed to be delayed and cancelled. With no luggage, no way to get home, and three little girls counting on me, it was an experience I won't soon forget.

I've flown many times before, but I'd never even come close to being stranded. Somehow everything had always been very uneventful, so I had no idea what was in store for me, and ultimately, what I would learn from it.

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You WORM my heart...a funny Mother's Day printable | simplykierste.com

You WORM my heart…a funny Mother’s Day printable

Mother's Day doesn't have to be all about flowers, chocolates and breakfast in bed. I love to have fun with my boys and that is thanks enough! This funny Mother's Day free printable gift tag fits our personalities perfectly.

Funny Mother's Day Free Printable Gift Tag

I am a mother to two amazing little boys! As much as I love the idea of flowers, chocolates and breakfast in bed the best part about mother's day is the fact that those two adorable boys are the reason I am a mom.

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10 yummy granola recipes | simplykierste.com

10 Yummy Granola Recipes

Granola is one of the best snacks around. It's really quite addicting, and I know that when I make it, it probably won't last too long.  It's perfect for packing in lunches, after-school snacks, taking on road trips and traveling, hiking, or just to have around for munching on.  I love how easy it is to make, and how my house smells when I do! Another thing that's so great about granola is how customizable it is, and how many options there are.  If there's one problem with granola, it's that there too many varieties to try, and too little time! I've recently wanted to try a few new recipes, so I gathered them up to share with you!

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20+ Best Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Flying with a Toddler | simplykierste.com

20+ best tips, tricks & ideas for flying with a toddler

Flying with a toddler?  Try these tips, tricks and ideas to make your trip easier!

20+ Best Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Flying with a Toddler | simplykierste.com

I recently took my newly-turned two year little girl on her first plane ride. She joined her sisters and me for a girls' trip out west, and none of us could wait to go!  I've flown plenty of times before, but it had been awhile since I had a toddler with me since now there are eight of us, we do most of our family traveling by car.

I think toddlers are in general the hardest age to travel with, but especially flying.  Not that they aren't perfectly adorable in every way, but they are at a age where they want to be down, running, and moving, and a plane is probably the most limiting.  When you're in a car, you can stop and stretch little legs and take a break, but that's just not always possible on a plane.  That said, to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for both toddler and parents, it's good to have a game plan, and plenty of tricks up your sleeve for the trip.

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A Letter from the Easter Bunny | Official Easter Bunny Stationary | simplykierste.com

A Letter to the Easter Bunny: Official Easter Bunny Stationery

I'm so excited to introduce Kiki Comin, from Kiki and Company as a new Simply Kierste contributor. I absolutely have adored her from the minute I met her last year, and I know you will too.  She's extremely talented, and such a genuine person--I just love her! Her printables have always been some of my very favorites, and she will be sharing some here each month!  Please go say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too! 

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 Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here sharing a fun printable with you every month. My name is Kiki from Kiki and Company. I first met Kierste last year at SNAP (a blogging conference) and we became instant friends. She is amazing, so I feel blessed to share here on her blog.So the first thing you will get to know about me is that I have a whole gaggle of kids (5 of them!). They keep me on my toes and keep me inspired from day to day. I LOVE being a mom and coming up with ways to make life exciting and fresh for them. Easter is in just a few days, so I wanted to share a really fun printable for a last minute surprise. I still have a few kiddos who believe in the Easter Bunny and as long as I have kids who believe, I have to make it magical! Each year, even my oldest who don't believe are stumped by the Easter Bunny who leaves droppings (m&m's and jellybeans) all around the house and out the door to where he disappears. They are so excited to see what the Easter Bunny has to say to them and look forward to letters from him. So this year, we are getting official with Official Easter Bunny Stationary!

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