An Organized Summer with the 2016 Summer Schedule {Free Printable}

An Organized Summer: Summer Schedule 2016 | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

It startled me when I was doing my planning for the coming week when I realized it's going to be May!  How did that happen? Not that I'm complaining--the weather has been fabulous, the sun is shining, and spring is in the air!  But it also means that summer is on the horizon, and even though we don't get out of school until the end of June (I know...), there are a bunch of you that probably get out in May, and I realized I needed to get the 2016 Summer Schedule ready to go! If you're looking for a place to keep track of all of your summer activities and travel, this free printable is here to help. This is the sixth year I've posted this schedule--I've been using it for years, and can't do … [Read more...]

6 Easy & Adorable Personalized Mother’s Day Ideas

Easy & Adorable Personalized Mother's Day Gifts | simplykierste.com

When it comes to Mother's Day gifts my favorites are the ones that capture my kids' childhood in some way.  I love using their sweet handprints and footprints, as well as their artwork and handwriting to make handmade gifts that I know my mom will treasure.  With Mother's Day right around the corner, I thought I'd share these easy & adorable Mother's Day ideas with you! DIY Personalized Notepaper We've been making personalized notepaper for many years, and it's hand down one of our favorites...and my mom's! It's super easy to make, and it's such an adorable way to feature your kids' artwork! Handprint Apron This is a perfect gift for a mom or grandma who loves to be … [Read more...]

Handprint Dishtowels

Handprint Dishtowels | simplykierste.com

There is just something about handprints that I love.  They capture a moment in time that is so precious, and I treasure them as tangible pieces of their childhood.  What's even better is when you have a reason to look at those adorable handprints all of the time? I created the cutest Handprint Dishtowels that are perfect for proudly displaying in your kitchen, and they're also perfect for Mother's Day, which is right around the corner! SO cute! I made a set of six dishtowels--one for each of my kids.  I just keep staring at those cute little fingers, I love them so much. I can't wait to use them in my new kitchen! This is a very quick project, and you can change the colors and … [Read more...]

Less Dishes for Mom: Mother’s Day Gift & Printable

A Day of Less Dishes | Mother's Day Gift & Printable | simplykierste.com

When I think of what I really want on Mother's Day, my list would most likely have "no laundry", "all the cooking done", and "no dishes" on it.  I'm pretty sure that all moms would appreciate any of these things as a Mother's Day gift, but I've got you covered when it comes to the no dishes part of things! What mom wouldn't love a night off of doing dishes?  I know I would! I've always loved this idea of giving a mom the night off from dishes, and this year I decided to go ahead and make up a fun printable to go with it. It's the perfect gift for any mom in your life--a brand new mom, friends, ladies you visit, neighbors, teachers, sisters, and your mom and mother-in-law! It's … [Read more...]

Family Tree Illustration GIVEAWAY {by Sarah Nielsen Art}

Family Tree Illustration by Sarah Nielsen | simplykierste.com

When I lived in Texas, I was fortunate enough to meet and get to know one of the most talented artists I've ever seen.  She's super creative, and pretty much amazing all the way around. Even my kids benefited from her, and from the awesome summer classes she offered for art and creative writing (and more).  I am so glad to know her, and really excited to share her beautiful art with all of you!  Her name is Sarah Nielsen. Sarah's Family Tree Illustrations are her most popular item, and they're my favorite too.  Isn't this simply gorgeous?  It's totally customized, and it's an original, beautiful piece of art that's also easy to frame. I absolutely love it. Can you imagine a more … [Read more...]

Thanks a Bunch! Printable Gift Tags for Flowers

Thanks a Bunch Printable Gift Tag for Flowers | simplykierste.com

I found the most vibrant yellow tulips this weekend, and they are the epitome of spring.  Just looking at them made me so happy, and I knew that not only would they be perfect for my kitchen table, but also to give to a friend so spread some of that happiness!! I created a few of darling printable gift tags, including one for friends, teachers, neighbors, and another one for anyone you want to say "thanks a bunch!" Oh, man, I love tulips.  They are my favorite!! But they great thing about these tags is that you can use them for any bunch of flowers you love, including some from your own yard, if you're so lucky! Flowers are an easy and thoughtful way to really brighten someone's … [Read more...]

Some Bunny Loves You! An Easter Service Idea

Some Bunny Loves You | An Easter Service Idea | simplykierste.com

One of our favorite things to do as a family during the holidays is to take treats to friends & neighbors secretly--ringing the doorbell, running as fast as we can, and getting away before we're spotted.  We love it so much, and it's so fun to be able to spread a little cheer to those that may be in need of a little extra. We call it "You've Been Boo'ed" at Halloween, but at Easter, it's Some Bunny Loves You!  We usually like to plan our rendezvous for Sunday evening or Monday for Family Night.  We either bake treats, or package together some Easter candy to take, then tie on cute tags and print the instructions! My kids absolutely love coordinating all the details--who's going … [Read more...]

Easy & Adorable Oreo Chicks

Easy & Adorable Oreo Chicks | simplykierste.com

Since my kids love helping in the kitchen so much, I'm always looking for fun & easy projects we can do together, especially during the holidays.  We first made these adorable Oreo Chicks several years ago, and they're still such a favorite! It makes a great activity (and treat!) for Family Night, and we usually make them a week or two before Easter.  Not only are they fun for home, but perfect to take to spring parties, or as part of your Easter menu! When I've made them in years past, I've added small pieces of broken pretzels to use as cute little legs.  I don't know if Oreos have gotten skinnier over time, because even though I use Double Stuf, I've had a terrible time … [Read more...]

Bloom Where You’re Planted Prints: 5×7, 8×10, 11×14

Bloom Where You're Planted Print | 11x14, 8x10, 5x7 sizes | simplykierste.com

We've lived in three states in three years with major cross-country moves involved each time, and there's been a lot of uprooting and replanting. It can be difficult to start over, and each of us has experienced "growing" pains along the way. With another move to our new house coming up this summer, one of our family's goals is to be brave...and bloom where we're planted. To inspire us, I decided to turn the printable Bloom Where You're Planted tags into a print, and find a place where we can all see it and be reminded of what we're trying to accomplish. Of course, I wanted to share it with all of you! This print is not only beautiful for home, but you an turn it into a card, … [Read more...]

Bloom Where You’re Planted: Housewarming Gift Idea

Bloom Where You're Planted | Free Printable Tag & Gift Ideas | simplykierste.com

A good friend of mine just moved into her new house, and I wanted to drop by a little something to help her celebrate. With spring on the horizon, potted flowers were the just the thing for a housewarming gift idea!  I added a few extra touches, including a super cute watercolor printable tag that reads " Bloom Where You're Planted".  I thought it was appropriate for a new home--new roots, a new place to grow and learn. It turned out SO cute--I love it! SO cute, right!?!?  I just love the watercolor effect on the tag--it's perfect for these spring flowers! It was so easy to do, and took just a few minutes to put together. Whether you make this for a housewarming gift, thinking of … [Read more...]