Gift Wrapping with Scotch Holiday Tape | simplykierste.com

Wrapping it up with Scotch Holiday Tape!

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Tis' the season for gifts and wrapping! Giving gifts is an integral and magical part of the holiday season, and it's so fun for me to make or find the perfect gift for the people in my life.  Whether it's for my family, teachers, neighbors, or friends, I love making packages look festive, and Scotch consistently comes through for me!  This time of year I head to Staples and stock up on my favorite tapes:  Scotch Magic TapeScotch Double Sided Tape and Scotch Expressions Tape.

Scotch Magic Tape is perfect for holding wrapping paper in place--it's strong and clear and stays just where I need it to be. I use Double Sided Tape to adhere printables or tags onto packages or gifts, and they're both my go-to products during the holiday season.  I've started wrapping up Christmas books for our annual Christmas book advent, and both of these tapes help me wrap them up just right!

So cute, right?  Thank goodness for Staples and Scotch Holiday Tape!

I also love love Scotch Expressions Tape--washi tapes that come in all kinds of great colors, and even glitter, which is perfect for the holidays! There's always a great selection at Staples, and they're in a main showcase making them super easy to find.

Washi tape can be used for so many things around the holidays, and one of my favorite ways to use it is to cutesify (that's a word, right??!!) a plain paper treat bag. I used the green stripes,  solid green, and silver to create a darling Christmas tree on this bag:

It completely changes the look of the bag, and it just took a few pieces of tape! Simple, so easy, and SUPER cute! Now it's perfect for gift-giving, after I add a few treats!

To keep track of all of my washi tape rolls, I adore the Expressions Multi Roll Dispenser. It's refillable and portable, making it super easy to store and use!

Make YOUR holidays magical with Scotch tape, and find everything you need at Staples! To find a store near you,look up your area with their Store Locator.

Happy wrapping!

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what I wish I knew with baby #1 | simplykierste.com

What I wish I knew with baby # 1…truths, tips, and ideas

Looking back over the years since I've had my first baby, there have been countless lessons learned, wisdom gained, and knowledge acquired--and I'm still learning.  There have so many times I've muttered to myself "I wish I knew that the first time!", and with some things, wondered why in the world no one ever filled me in beforehand!

So...I'm going to do that for you.  Six babies later, I'm sharing not only some of the truths I've learned, but also tips on some baby basics and advice for new moms, and maybe--hopefully-- you'll glean a little something that will help you on your motherhood journey. And while you're in the thick of it, you'll know that someone else has been there, and understands.

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Free Christmas Card Templates | simplykierste.com

Free Christmas card templates…plus easy tutorial!

I love receiving Christmas cards, and so does my whole family.  My kids pore over the letters and pictures, reading them over and over again throughout the season.  I also have a Christmas Memories Book, and I keep all of the cards we receive each year.  It's so fun to look back over the years and see how our friends and family have grown and changed.

I also look forward to sending cards, and it's a tradition that our family loves to to together.  Our Christmas card assembly line has been happening for quite a few years now, and it's just one of the things that we love to go together.

Today I'm sharing a few fun Christmas card templates...all you have to do is add your photo, and it's EASY and FREE to do!

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Our untraditional family rules | simplykierste.com

Our untraditional family rules

When my oldest was around five years old, we started a little list of unofficial "family rules".  My husband is a pretty funny guy who likes to nickname everything and everyone, and he started make up silly rules based on incidents that happened in our family. Over the years we've added to it, but they now have to go through a serious vetting process in order to make it on the list. Since then they've become more official than unofficial, and we refer to them all the time.

I love having these silly rules, because it usually evokes a more positive response than it might otherwise, and more often times than not, I get a tiny smile.  Most of the time, I don't even need to finish my sentence, and all I have to say is "What's rule #1?"

We take following rules seriously at our house, because it keeps order, lessens the chaos, and teaches a lot of life lessons. We do have regular rules that govern how our house runs, like when to make your bed and pick up your clothes and do your homework.  But when it comes to behavior, these five rules pretty much cover all the bases!

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Easy DIY Thanksgiving Plates | simplykierste.com

Easy DIY Thanksgiving Plates

I've always wanted to have a set of dishes for each holiday, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving. Over the years I would see ones I liked, but the price never agreed with my budget. Finally last Christmas I made a set of polka dot Christmas plates that I adore, and this year I decided to go ahead and make a set for Thanksgiving. It was one of the easiest projects EVER, and turned out so darling-- I can't wait to use them!

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Top 15 {scrumptious} pie recipes | simplykierste.com

Top 15 Scrumptious Pie Recipes

Confession time.  I don't love Thanksgiving dinner. Gasp!  I mean, they're alright, the turkey and potatoes and stuffing, but what I'm waiting for comes afterward.  That's right..the PIE!!  In my opinion, it's the best part of Thanksgiving, and if I thought I could get away with eating only pie, I would.

I love a lot of different kinds of pie, and finding scrumptious new pie recipes goes to the top of my to-do list about this time of year.  I gathered some of the yummies, most mouthwatering pies I could find, and wanted to share them with you too!  Beware...you are going to want to make ALL of them!

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