Sunday Scoops: Encouraging, Motivating & Rewarding a Child’s Good Behavior

Apr
14
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Sunday Scoops | simplykierste.com

We go to church for three hours each Sunday, and the first hour is spent together as families.  When you're little (and even when you're big) it's hard to still still for that long, and being quiet at the same time.  I bring plenty for them to do, but the wiggles can set in, and helping them sit still can be a challenge. With six kids sitting next to each other, they also *might* be known to take their wiggles out on the person next to them.  To help motivate, encourage, and reward their good behavior, we use SUNDAY SCOOPS! I've learned that kids really respond to visual cues, and this does that--it shows them what they've earned, what they've lost, and they can more easily connect it to the … [Read more...]



Bunny Tail Bingo {FREE PRINTABLE}

Apr
10
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bunny tail bingo | simplykierste.com

Ah, spring is in the air and what's more springy than sweet bunnies? I created a darling Bunny Tail Bingo game that's perfect for entertaining kids in the classroom, at parties, or at home during this spring and Easter season! We've already played this several times at our house, and my kids beg to play it about a million more.  They all love the candy, of course, but I love that it's also teaching my cute four year old boys their numbers. I play it during the day with them, and I can add in more educational aspects. It's also just FUN.  This would be a perfect game for a classroom party, Easter party or gathering, entertaining kids while Easter dinner is being prepared, or just … [Read more...]



Footprint Stool

Apr
06
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footprint stool | simplykierste.com

I made this footprint stool four years ago, not too long into my blogging career.  To this day, it has remained one of my most popular posts, and I have to say, it's one of my favorites too.  I decided to update the post for a couple of reasons, but it was definitely time for better pictures.  ☺ It's amazing what you learn in four years!  I also wanted to share it with my newer readers, especially with Mother's Day coming up. I absolutely love this stool, and now that I've had another baby, I'm trying to figure out how to fit another footprint on there! I had a wooden stool that had been a staple in our house for years, but it was needing a little face lift. I thought of all the little … [Read more...]



EASY MASON JAR SPICE CONTAINERS

Mar
19
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Mason Jar Spice Containers | simplykierste.com

Oh, how I love an organized drawer!!  My spice drawer has been making me crazy lately.  They were all in there neatly on their sides, but the different sizes and round shape made everything roll around and cause chaos.  ☺ I decided that this week was time for a long and overdue makeover, and of course I turned to one of my favorite things to help me out...mason jars!  They are the perfect size to fit in the drawer, and with the cute labels on top, it's super easy to find which spice I'm looking for. I love these Mason Jar Spice Containers! Isn't that lovely?  It seriously makes my heart flutter. I used 4 oz. quilted jelly jars , so they would fit in my drawer. I also love the … [Read more...]



DRAB TO FAB PLAY KITCHEN TABLE

Mar
17
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Play Kitchen Table...From Drab to Fab | simplykierste.com

A couple of years ago I was looking for a cute little play kitchen table in our playroom, and realized that I had just the thing...an old end table that we weren't using anymore was just sitting gathering dust, and needed to be put to good use.  So, I sprayed it white, and called it good.  Fast forward those couple of years, and this poor table had been through the wringer.  It desperately needed a fresh coat of paint, and a little pep put back into it. I'm also finally starting to decorate the playroom, so this would be one of the first projects to get me up and running.  I LOVE how it turned out! The top of the table had a groove around the edges, creating a big square directly in the … [Read more...]



ST. PATRICK’S DAY FREE PRINTABLE GIFT TAG {KISS ME, I’M IRISH}

Mar
14
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Kiss Me I'm Irish | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

  Looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day gift idea? I've got an easy one for you... a "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" St Patrick's Day FREE PRINTABLE gift tag that when paired with a bunch of green & silver Hershey Kisses, is simply adorable! This is perfect for friends, people you visit, teachers, neighbors...anyone!  It's super easy to put together, using the free printable I created.  I bought the Easter Hershey Kisses, and picked out all of the silver and green ones--which is actually most of the bag.  It's really nice of them to put out Easter candy in time for St. Patrick's Day, don't you think?  ☺ The pink and blue ones I can save for Easter.  If they make it that long.  ☺  You can put the … [Read more...]



35% OFF SILHOUETTE DESIGNER SOFTWARE

Mar
11
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Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software | simplykierste.com

I get asked quite often about my favorite Silhouette products, and what I most would most recommend to buy when getting a new Silhouette, or adding to a current collection. Every single time I've answered that my number one recommendation is the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software--hands down.  I have a lot of products that I love, but this particular one makes all of those products, and every project I do easier--and opens up the door to so many more possibilities.  I LOVE it, and I have since I first started using it a couple of years ago. Starting today, and running through the 19th or March,  both the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition and Silhouette Connect™ will be 35% … [Read more...]



Friendship Gift Tags {FREE Printable}

Mar
10
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Friendship Gift Tags | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th day of the month, which means the 10 Bloggers Blog Hop!  I've gathered my creative blogging friends, and this begins our 11th month with this collaboration. We had so much fun with it the past 10 months, we decided to take it another round. One friend needed to part ways, so we added the amazingly talented Chelsea from Two Twenty One to the mix. If you've missed the past ten months of fun, please check them out! This month we came up with a PASTEL theme to create projects around, since SPRING is upon us!  I created some darling Friendship Tags in fun spring colors, and you'll find all the details below! Are you ready to get into SPRING mode?  All of these darling projects … [Read more...]



Simple Ruler Frame {Contributor: Chalkboardblue}

Mar
07
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Simple Ruler Frame | simplykierste.com

 Michelle From Chalkboardblue is sharing this Simple Ruler Frame Today! I made this simple Photo frame using 2 pieces of wood and a ruler...no glass involved! It is a simple and cute frame that is tacked down only at the ends of the ruler allowing a photo to slide  in the middle section tucked in behind the ruler to hold your photo! It can be used to hold several photos, a recipe, a note to a loved one, a shopping list or how cute would this be as a teacher gift with a cute photo or note tucked in it? Or the front can also serve as a stand or display.  This is kind of  a Scrapbook look below… For this project you will need two blocks of wood 3/4 in. thick. … [Read more...]



Easy DIY Ruler Growth Chart {Perfect for SUPER SATURDAY}

Mar
06
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DIY Ruler Growth Chart | simplykierste.com

I'm in charge of the Super Saturday at our church this year, which is a big group of ladies getting together to make really fun crafts and projects. It's so fun for me, because it's two of my passions together---creating and talking.  ☺  One of the things I wanted to do this year was make a Ruler Growth Chart. LOVE them!! I've planned many of these, and when it comes to choosing projects for Super Saturday or any craft group, there are several things that I always consider: 1.  It can be totally completed in the time frame we have (what's worse than going home with unfinished projects that are just going to sit in your closet???) 2.  It's appropriate for all skill levels.  Not that … [Read more...]