Striped Halloween Wreath | simplykierste.com

Striped Halloween Wreath

If there's anything I love as much as polka dots, it's stripes.  I've had this black & white striped ribbon in my ribbon drawer for awhile now, just calling my name, and what could be more perfect for it, than this adorable Halloween wreath?

Striped Halloween Wreath | simplykierste.com

I love love it!  A big fat bow some sparkle, and little bits of ribbon put the finishing touches on it. I can't wait to get this up on my front door! Best of all, it's super easy to make!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup | simplykierste.com

Chicken Tortilla Soup

It's soup season!  Hooray! I love to serve soup at least once a week--maybe more!  Crockpot soups are my favorite, because I can add all the ingredients in the morning, and then just serve it that night when very little additional prep.  It's a busy mom's best friend!

A friend shared this recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup years ago, and it's been at the top of my list ever since.  It's super yummy, and it's healthy, so it makes everyone happy!

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Trick-or-treat printable gift tags | simplykierste.com

Trick-or-treat printable gift tag

 
October is NEXT week, people.  Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like it was just June?  The last quarter of the year is my most favorite, but it always goes the fastest.  Here is upstate New York the trees are just starting to change colors, the air is getting a little more crisp at night, and all I want to do is bake apple pies and wear cozy sweaters!  To quote Anne of Green Gables, "I'm so happy I live in a world where there are Octobers!" October also means Halloween, and I embrace all of the "cute part" of the holiday.  It means darling costumes, candy, yummy food, jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, and parties!

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Maple Nut Oat Scones | simplykierste.com

Maple Nut Oat Scones

today, sharing this YUMMY recipe! 

Loaded with hearty oats and pecans, then drizzled with a tasty maple glaze, these maple nut oat scones are sure to make any morning a little sweeter!

Maple Nut Oat Scones with maple glaze
I already have several awesome recipes for scones, but I love trying out new flavor variations. I am a big fan of scones with fruit and nuts, but my kiddos prefer a more plain scone. I like to pack them with a little nutrition, so this version is filled with fiber from whole wheat, oats, and nuts. My kids were none the wiser, and gobbled them up just as fast as a plate of doughnuts. Score!

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DIY Striped Mason Jar Soap Pump | simplykierste.com

Striped mason jar soap pump…perfect for Halloween!

Did you know there is a super easy way to make and adorable mason jar soap pump?  I've made them in the past using vintage jars and soap pumps cut from plastic soap dispensers, and I love them still, but this way is just SO easy.  You can use a plain jar, which is always a classic choice, but I thought a fun black & white striped version would be perfect for Halloween!

DIY Striped Mason Jar Soap Pump | simplykierste.com

I love love LOVE it!  Isn't it too adorable?  Stripes are another one of my obsessions, so it was an easy choice.  How cute would this be, sitting on your kitchen counter or next to your bathroom sink?  I know!

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Easy Fall Gift Ideas & Free Printables | simplykierste.com

Easy fall gift ideas & printables

Hello there, fall!!  It was a cool 59 degrees today, and I had my windows wide open, just soaking in all that lovely fall smell.  It's going to get warmer this week again, but this little taste of fall definitely has me on the countdown.  Fall brings on the beginning of the holidays, and most definitely my favorite time of year. It's full of friends, family, and giving!

There are always fun opportunities to give gifts during these fall and winter months,and  I always love easy gift ideas, especially ones that will fit a budget. I've also discovered that a cute tag makes ALL the difference--add it to any gift, and it goes from drab to fab!  I created a darling printable tag that's perfect for any fall gift!

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DIY Halloween frames | simplykierste.com

DIY Halloween picture frames

Hi, it's Jessica from Mommy Envy! Once September hits I like to pull out the Fall and Halloween decor. Fall is my favorite season and I feel like it never sticks around long enough. And winter is my least favorite so I try to make Fall last as long as possible.

My kids and I have been feeling a little cooped up this week. We typically walk every morning but I have a knee injury and haven't felt like walking much. With a few left over supplies from other projects my oldest and I put together these fun DIY Halloween Picture Frames.

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Farmhouse Style Fall Wood Signs | simplykierste.com

Farmhouse Style Wood Fall Signs + Free Silhouette Cut Files

With all of our things still in storage, I really needed wanted to make a few fall decorations.  Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they're super easy to make!

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Apple Mason Jar Teacher Gift | simplykierste.com

Apple mason jar teacher gift

Today is our first day of school!  I feel like the summer went way too fast, and we just didn't have enough time to do all the things we wanted to do. And...my twin boys are starting kindergarten, and I'm crying my eyes out. For reals. Their time at home goes so quickly--I'm never ready for it to be over.   I'm excited for them and their new adventures, but I have to admit, it's hard for me.  So bittersweet.

Between my tears (I'm kind of joking), I'm going to share our teacher gifts that have been safely delivered to the school this morning. Our fun tradition teacher gift for the first of the year is to give an apple--in some form.  Some years it's been a caramel apple, and other years it's been apple soap. This year I decided on these darling apple mason jars full of pencils--perfect for a teacher's desk!

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Fall Bucket List | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

Fall bucket list –19 ways to celebrate autumn

I absolutely adore fall.  It is my most favorite season, and I look forward to it all year long. The crisp mornings, yummy smells, brilliant leaves, cozy sweaters, warm fires, football games, pumpkin patches, cider mills, apple picking, bonfires, trick-or-treating, roasting pumpkin seeds, carving pumpkins...there just really isn't anything about it that I don't love.

Making a fall bucket list is a great way to really celebrate autumn, and it lets you take a look at fall as a whole--all the wonderful things there are to do and see!  Fall means the start of the holidays, more time spent with family and friends, and the best four months of the year!

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How to convert png and jpg files into Silhouette cut files | simplykierste.com

How to easily convert a PNG or JPG file into a Silhouette cut file

There are many things I love about the Silhouette Studio Design Edition software (affiliate link), but one of my favorites is the ability it gives you to take your own files--PNG, JPG, GIF--and convert them into Silhouette cut files, so you can use them in a multitude of different projects!  It really is very simple to do, and since I was just working on a project this week using this method, I thought I would share it with you!

How to convert png and jpg files into Silhouette cut files | simplykierste.com

You're going to utilize the trace function, and if you've never used it before, it could very well become your new best friend after this tutorial.  Really. It opens up SO many possibilities!!

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