Free Back to School Printables

Jul
30
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free back to school printables | simplykierste.com

Okay, you guys, it's MOVING week!! The movers are coming today, and we will be on our way to the lovely state of New York! We are all just so excited to get there, start exploring the area, and find out all about the kids' new schools. The first day of school is always exciting at our house, and I created a set of darling free Back to School printables to add to that fun first of school picture. I had all ages in mind with these printables--super cute for everyone, but not too "young" for older kids.  Simple.  Adorable.  LOVE them!!  What I like to do is print each one that I'm going to use (I did orange for my boys, and pink for my girls), then laminate them and file them away. Then each … [Read more...]



Picking Berries, Making Jam, and Summer Family Fun!

Jul
28
4
picking berries, making jam, summer family fun | simplykierste.com

Our summer days always include reading.  I don't think a day passes that we haven't sat down and read together, and I love that we aren't feeling the hustle and bustle of a typical school day afternoon.  We also love to have adventures together, and sometimes the two go hand-in-hand.  A couple of weeks ago I posted on Paging Supermom (as part of their Books Alive series) about how the two are combined!  Reading + Adventures (outdoors and in the kitchen) = Summer Family Fun!  They are simple ideas, but those are the best kind!  ☺ Our family is in LOVE with the Frances books by Russell Hoban. That Frances is such a character, and we laugh so hard at all of her adventures...or misadventures.  … [Read more...]



Favorite & FREE Back-to-School Fonts!

Jul
21
5
favorite & free back-to-school fonts | simplykierste.com

Hello, my name is Kierste, and I'm a total fontaholic.  I LOVE finding and using different fonts in all my projects, and while I have purchased several fonts I adore, I'm always on the hunt for FREE and FABULOUS fonts.  Of course I want to pass on my finds to you, and with the start of school quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to share my most favorite and free Back-to-School fonts! Aren't they delicious?  YUM!! And yes, I'm describing fonts as if I could eat them, because that's how much I love them! Use these darling fonts to create fun gift tags, jazz up school projects, and more! You can even just stare at them a little, like I do.  ☺ Once you download these fonts, you can … [Read more...]



Chalkboard Back to School Countdown Printable {FREE!}

Jul
18
8
Chalkboard Back to School Countdown | simplykierste.com

Back to School time has been one of my favorite times of year since I was small.  The smell of new clothes, new pencils all sharpened and lined up in a pencil box, a backpack hung up and ready to go, all the wondering about the new teacher and all the kids in class--all of these things still make me excited!  Just the sight of all of the school supplies on the store shelves makes me happy. My kids are already picking out their new backpacks, and imagining what their new school in New York will be like.  So...as we are enjoying every last bit of the summer, we are also counting down to the start of SCHOOL! To help us, I created a fun Chalkboard Back to School Countdown! You have some … [Read more...]



Picture ABC Books

Jul
14
6
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One of my absolute favorite things to make for my kids is Picture ABC Books. I make them each their very own book, and it is most definitely a treasured possession. In their book, each letter of the alphabet is represented by a picture of them or someone in our family, so it's not a only a great way to reinforce the ABC's, but  also an adorable little mini memory book.  This month is my twin boys' birthday, and it's their turn for this very special gift! My kids LOVE to see themselves in pictures. We snuggle up on the couch or in their bed at night, and it doesn't matter how many times they've seen the pictures, they always ask me a million questions---what, why, where.  It's a piece of … [Read more...]



25+ BEST Board Books for Babies & Toddlers

Jul
11
8
25+ Best Board Books | simplykierste.com

I am an affiliate with Amazon.  I have linked to these books for your convenience, and some of them are to Amazon. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- When I found out we were expecting our first baby, the very first thing I bought was a board book.  I love to read, and I couldn't wait to read to my own little one.  Over the years we've added kids and books to our family, and I'm excited to share our best board books with you! I love board books because they are so much heartier than other types of books. They get dragged around the house, tossed in the diaper bag, are brought on trips, stuffed in backpacks, read, and re-read thousands of times.  They might get scuffed up over the years, … [Read more...]



Sweets for the Sweet: Free Printable Birthday Gift Tags AND Birthday Gift Blog Hop (100+ ideas!!!)

Jul
09
10
Sweets for the Sweet Friend Gift Idea & Free Printable | simplykierste.com

I'm excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my Sweets for the Sweet Gift Idea & Free Printable! I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! SO fun, seriously!! This is a fabulous collection of gift ideas and printables that are absolutely perfect for the wonderful friends and family in your life...and it's all here in one place! I will never forget the first birthday I had here in Texas. We had just moved here a few weeks before (and it had been a really hard move for me) , and I didn't really know anyone very well at all.  To my … [Read more...]



Older than Dirt: Celebrating a Milestone Birthday

Jun
19
35
Older than Dirt | Celebrating Milestone Birthdays |simplykierste.com

After five years of blogging, I have a lot of posts from years past that I want to pull out of the archives and brush the dust off!  Through the summer I'm going "vintage", and sharing some of my favorites from the past!  This was originally posted three years ago, and I love it still! ----- Tonight we went to a surprise party for one of our closest friend's 40th birthday, and it was just SO fun. He was totally surprised, and his wife did a fabulous job planning and executing it. We laughed and laughed, ate a ton of yummy food, and did A LOT of teasing. You can't have a milestone birthday without some ribbing, and in that spirit, I created this fun gift jar...Older than … [Read more...]



Polka Dot and Striped Flag

Jun
10
15
Polka Dot & Striped Flag | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th of June which means another fabulous themed roundup from this talented bunch of bloggers! This month's theme is POLKA DOTS, one of my favorite things. I loved the Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins I made last fall so much, I just knew I had to make a flag version!   This is seriously the easiest project, plus it's super cute, and inexpensive! If you're looking for an easy way to add to your patriotic decor, this is it!   Here's how you can make your own! {SUPPLIES} -4x4 wood post, cut into three 6 inch pieces -red, white and blue spray paint -vinyl dots or round stickers (mine are 1 inch) -frog tape or painters tape -medium grit sandpaper or power … [Read more...]



DIY Painted Curtains {Tutorial}

Jun
04
9
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If you're a Pinterest lover like I am, then you've probably seen projects and wondered if they *really* would work. I felt that way anytime I saw DIY painted curtains--with stripes.  I've always loved them, just didn't know how those stripes would actually turn out.  Then when I needed new curtains for the music room, and I just knew that stripes would be perfect for that space.  When I started looking at striped curtains online, I quickly realized how pricey they were, and that I didn't want to spend that much on them. So...I decided to give painted curtains a try, and I'm SO SO glad!!!  Honestly, I am in LOVE. They are so perfect in this space, and every time I walk by them it makes me … [Read more...]