Family Lacing Cards

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We live far away from all of our family--most of them live thousands of miles away, and my sister is the closest at twelve hours away. We don't get to see them as often as we would like, but it's important to me that we do things to keep connected, and to help my kids know their family.  I thought it would be fun to make a set of family lacing cards for my kids for Christmas a couple of years ago, and they LOVE them.  I made a card for each of our siblings, and their families, and it's so fun to have their cute faces so often.  It's a perfect gift for either your kids, or for other family members--with a card of your family, of course!  I love to tuck them into our church bag, into my … [Read more...]

Children’s Art Christmas Gift Tags

Children's Artwork Christmas Gift Tags | simplykierste.com

I originally posted this on Tater Tots and Jello a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to post it here in case you missed it. I first made gift tags using my kids' artwork a couple of years ago, and I'm excited to share the tutorial with you! It's still one of my favorite things. ----- Yesterday afternoon I asked my kids to draw me some Christmas pictures--anything they wanted. We brought out the markers and the white paper, and they went to town. While I always love their cute artwork, this time I had ulterior motives. :)  I also made sure to have them sign their names, then I took their artwork, and made them into these absolutely adorable Christmas gift tags! How adorable, right??!! … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Craft Stick Dolls: An Easy Craft for Kids

Craft Stick Dolls | A Fun Craft For Kids | simplykierste.com

Well, hello, hello!! Can you believe it's the 10th of the month, already?? Our bunch of 10 bloggers is so happy to be back, sharing with you ten brand new ideas.  This month we've turned our thoughts to our kiddos! Our chosen theme is JUST FOR KIDS, with ten great ideas, for and all about kids, including recipes, crafts, and all-around great ways to bring the family together. After you check out my super cute Craft Stick Dolls, be sure to check out (and pin!) the posts from my fellow blog friends. Enjoy! My girls love to make things, and often they're borrowing my craft supplies to create their latest project.  Last week they asked for craft sticks and washi tape, and I am in la la love … [Read more...]

Picking Berries, Making Jam, and Summer Family Fun!

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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...]

Ruler Necklace {Teacher Gift}

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I used rulers in a project awhile ago, and I've had a leftover bag of ruler pieces in my drawer that I've been wanting to do something with.  With the end of school coming, I thought they would be darling to use as a teacher gift. I made a simple ruler necklace for my girls' teachers--just a little something that we thought would be fun for them to wear to school! I'm kind in love with rulers, and I think is SO cute!  I thought about different ways to put the words on the ruler, but the slick surface and tiny letters eliminated most of them.  I wanted it to be simple and easy, so I printed the text out on white cardstock, then sealed and adhered it on with Mod Podge. My girls can't wait … [Read more...]

Easy Peasy Washi Tape Clothespins + 10 Ways to Use Clothespins

Washi Tape Clothespins | simplykierste.com

Do you want to know the fastest and easiest way to "fancy" up clothespins?  Aren't these Washi Tape Clothespins ADORABLE?  And the best part?  30 seconds people. 30 seconds is all it takes to make one! I've decorated clothespins a variety of ways...with paper, fabric, and paint.  But... the FASTEST and EASIEST way to do it is using Washi Tape--one of my most favorite things ever. I adore clothespins, and I use them all the time, for just about everything. They're cheap, multi-functional, and totally adorable! They have so many uses around the house, and for gifting. Here's a list of a few of the things I use them for: Chip Clips...they're my favorite ones! Gift Packaging:  I love to … [Read more...]

Canning Lid Flashcards

Canning Lid Flashcards | simplykierste.com

My girls are in second grade, and have started learning their multiplication tables. The only way to really learn them inside and out is repetition....and A LOT of it.  I really wanted to come up with a way to help them practice through the school year, and into the summer, preparing them for third grade next year.  I love flashcards, but the paper ones never seem to last long at our house. I don't know if you can relate, but it seems like some of them get bent, torn, or lost.  A younger sibling may get a hold of them, and well, that's the end of the flashcards.  So...I used some extra canning lids I had sitting around, and created my own durable and adorable Canning Lid Flashcards! I … [Read more...]

Footprint Stool

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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...]