Halloween Don’t Eat Pete

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Don't Eat Pete is one of our most favorite family games...EVER.  We play it quite often for family night, and I thought it would be fun to create a fun Halloween version! If you're looking for a fun and easy classroom party idea, this is one for your list!  Kids of all ages love this, making it perfect for any grade. With very little prep, it also makes it an easy choice. Whether it's for home or school, it's very popular with anyone who plays! Here's how it works: (Print the file below, the laminate for best results. You'll also need a bag of Halloween candy, like Skittles, M&M's, marshmallows, or other small candy.) 1. Have all the players sit around in a circle around the … [Read more...]

Jack-o-Lantern Treat Jar

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Do you have someone in your life that you want to give a little Halloween "something" to? It could be for a friend, neighbor, teacher, family member, someone you want to thank, or a "just because".  This darling Jack-o-Lantern treat jar is really easy to put together, and the free printable tag I'm sharing adds the perfect touch! I visit a few ladies each month, and I love being able to take a little treat to them, especially during the holiday months.  You can add a little note if you like, and it makes a perfectly adorable gift. This is something that anyone can do!  I filled a half pint mason jar (wide mouth) with little pumpkin candies, and added a jack-o-lantern face cut on my … [Read more...]

Paint Can Trick-or-Treat Buckets

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Remember how I told you everything we have (minus the basics) is in storage?  That means all of our Halloween stuff, including the trick-or-treat buckets.  The kids were pretty concerned about what they would put all of their candy in, so, it was time to make new ones!  I was going to use pails--because I'm seriously obsessed with them, and use them for everything--but when I was in the paint aisle at Home Depot and saw the paint cans, I thought they would be perfect, and so fun!  I absolutely love how they turned out, and so do my kids.  Maybe a little too much, because I've now had to hide them until it's time to use them! You all know that I love simple and quick projects, and this … [Read more...]

Halloween Tags {Free Printable}

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How about some fun Halloween tags? Just print and cut out, punch a hole in the corner, and tie on to a jar, pail, treat bag, milk bottle, or paper sack with ribbon.  You could also use washi tape to to tape to the front of the paper sack, or as a label on another container. How about using them as lunchbox notes? They would super fun to add to your kids' lunches the week before Halloween!  Use them as part of your Halloween tablescape--one at each plate. There are so many fun ways you can use these free Halloween printable tags! DOWNLOAD: 31 boo! happy haunting happy halloween … [Read more...]

Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath

Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath | simplykierste.com

We moved to New York last month, and because we are going to build a home here, we are renting an apartment with 90% of our belongings in storage, including all of our holiday decorations.  I wish I could say it was easy enough to just go get them out of storage, but I'm afraid to say that's nigh until impossible.  It's a huge unit, stacked floor to ceiling, front to back with furniture and boxes, and everything would have to be moved out and looked through to even have a chance of discovery. We're talking hours and hours of work, for a low percentage of success. So...I decided to just create a few new fall and Halloween decorations, because we all love when we have a bit of the season in … [Read more...]

Easy Tin Man Costume + 88 Easy Costume Ideas!

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It's almost October, and that means Halloween is on the horizon!! One of my favorite parts of Halloween is coming up with cute costumes for my kids.  So...I'm excited to tell you that I got together with 80+ blogging friends to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including my super adorable and Easy Tin Man Costume! My little Jack-Jack was going as the Tin Man last year for Halloween, and I searched for quite awhile for a Tin Man costume for him.  I just wasn't in love with any of the ones that I saw, and didn't want to pay the price they were asking for them.  So...I decided to make one.  Problem? I'm not a seamstress.  Not a real one, anyway.  I can sew straight lines--give me basic … [Read more...]

Out-of-the-Vault: Easy Halloween Projects

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With Halloween around the corner, I thought it would be fun to bring some of my favorite easy Halloween projects out of the vault to share with you. Halloween is something our family looks forward to every year, and my list includes free printables, fun family traditions, decor, and more!  I have a list of even more Halloween ideas and projects I'll be posting over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for those too! 1.  Halloween Chalkboard Printable This is such a fun addition to my mantel!  It's a newer project (last year), but it's going to be a keeper.  :)  It's easy, too--just get it printed as an 8x10 or 11x20, and you're ready to put it up!  2.  You've Been Boo'ed!  FREE … [Read more...]

Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts & Dingbats

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Halloween is one of my very favorites.  The fact that it's a part of the cozy fall season just adds to its appeal.  When it comes to Halloween, I'm more of a not-so-spooky girl.  Give me the pumpkin carving, fun decor, darling costumes, trick-or-treating, fun parties, and yummy food!  There are also lots of opportunities to use fonts throughout the Halloween season, so being the  font addict that I am, I gathered my favorite Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts.  Best of all...they're free! Use them for Halloween decor, printables, tags, banners & buntings, invitations, and anything you can think of.  :) Hallocuties (Dingbats) // MTF Sweet Halloween Dings // Things We Said // 1942 Report // … [Read more...]

DIY Recipe Binder with FREE Printables!

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others.   I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true.  It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it's been around for a long time, but that says something right there...it's still around because it WORKS!  I've had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this … [Read more...]

Good Mornings with Eric Carle and Gymboree

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This is a sponsored blog post. I received compensation from Gymboree.  All opinions and text are 100% mine. ----- You know one of the best parts of the day for me?  First thing in the morning, after the morning rush, after breakfast has been served and cleaned up, and after the big kids are on the bus to school.  My three little kids and I snuggle up on the couch, all of us still pajama-clad, with a pile of our favorite books. The house is quiet, and I can concentrate on this special time with my little ones.  The big kids get the attention after schol, when everything is a swirl of activity--homework, piano practice, ballet, hockey practice, violin lessons-- all while I prep for … [Read more...]