Valentine bingo!

Valentine Bingo | simplykierste.com

Can I tell you how much I love Valentine's Day?  I totally do, it's true.  We make it a family affair at our house, and  I just love doing fun things for my kids and husband to celebrate.  We do a super fun and easy Valentine Countdown every year, and one of the things on our list is to play Valentine Bingo! I created a fun new Bingo printable for this year, and I love it...I think my kids will too! Bingo is fun at home--we love playing it for Family Night too!  It's also perfect for any Valentine party.  If you're looking for a a great Valentine game for a class party, this works for preschool on up through upper elementary grades.  Everyone loves Bingo! We always use small Valentine … [Read more...]

All about me: annual interview questions for kids

Annual Interview Questions for Kids | simplykierste.com

I take a lot of pictures of my kids. And I mean A LOT.  I always have a camera with me, and I was super happy when the smartphone came along, so then I had a phone AND a camera all-in-one!  My kids know that no matter the occasion, no matter we go, pictures are going to happen  It's just how it is.  But what I love just as much as photos are their little words--the funny things they say, what they think about, and how they view the world.  Years ago, I started doing an annual interview with my kids, and it's seriously my favorite thing EVER.  At first it was on paper only, but now I do video too.  We have a family blog that I update regularly and get printed every year, so I keep it in print … [Read more...]

Gold Striped Christmas Gift Tags

Gold Striped Gift Tags | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th of the month! This month my friends and I got busy with the theme GOLD. It's kind of perfect for the holidays right? Check out my post and then hop on over to visit all of the others. Gold is such a fun color all year, but I love it at Christmastime!  I was looking through the candy aisle the other day, and saw one of my favorites (Hershey Nuggets with Toffee) in their beautiful gold wrappers, and knew I needed to make some Gold Striped Christmas Gift Tags to go with them! Aren't they so fun?  Perfect for giving to friends, visiting teachers, neighbors...anyone!  These gift tags are darling paired with a milk bottle, mason jar, or treat bag full of gold-wrapped candy, or … [Read more...]

FREE Chalkboard Christmas Card Templates

Chalkboard Christmas Card Template | simplykierste.com

I first posted these in 2013, but updated them for the 2014 season...and I included all the directions to add your own text!  If you have any questions, please let me know! Sending and receiving cards is one of my favorite things about the holiday season, and I love making them each year to send to our friends and family. Today I thought I would share some free Chalkboard Christmas Card templates in case you wanted to use them too!  And guess what...NO PHOTOSHOP REQUIRED!!  ☺  It's super easy, and I'm going to show you how! You'll need to head to Pic Monkey, which is a free online photo editor. This is seriously just a couple of steps people, EASY and CUTE! I'm going to use my … [Read more...]

Favorite Free Christmas Fonts

Favorite Free Christmas Fonts | simplykierste.com

It's true.  I have an addiction.  To FONTS!! I just can't stop! There are so many fun ways to use fonts over the Christmas season, and I'm sharing my favorites with you today! Not only are they super cute, but they are free!  Some of them are intended to be Christmas fonts, and others are ones that I chose specifically because I think they are perfect for all things Christmas & holiday!  I love them ALL!  I'm a huge fan of dingbats, and I'm dying over those Christmas trees. SO cute.  And the Christmas Go dingbats?  Those would make perfect gift tags, all by themselves! Fonts really make all the difference, and just by changing out a plain font for something a little more festive can … [Read more...]

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Neighbor Gift {Free Printable}

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Neighbor Gift | simplykierste.com

I love simple and adorable neighbor gifts, and this one is not only darling, but takes no time at all! Give your neighbors, friends, and teachers a cozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Kit--I'm sharing a free printable today! You just need a few things to put them together, and I love how easy it is--literally just a few minutes!  If you don't have a lot of time, this will work perfectly. This is what you'll need for every kit you make: -12 inch cone-shaped treat bags (or mason jar) -3/4 c. chocolate chips -2/3 c. white chocolate chips -3 to 4 T. chopped peppermints -ribbon -printable recipe (download at bottom of post) Directions:   1.  Layer the chocolate chips and white chocolate … [Read more...]

25 Days of Family Christmas Activities

25 Days of Family Christmas Activities | simplykierste.com

This is a vintage post that I couldn't help re-sharing.  We love counting down to Christmas with family activities--it's the highlight of the season! ----- The best part of Christmas isn't Christmas morning.  Don't get me wrong--I absolutely love the magic of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and seeing the joy in my children's faces as they tiptoe down the stairs, see the tree lit with all the presents underneath it, peek into their stockings for the first time, and open that one gift that they've been praying for (and that I've been dying to give them).  For me, it's everything that leads up to that morning--all the wrapping, shopping, decorating, baking, reading, light-seeing, … [Read more...]

Halloween Don’t Eat Pete

Halloween Don't Eat Pete | simplykierste.com

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...]

Halloween Tags {Free Printable}

halloween tags | free printable | simplykierste.com

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...]

Out-of-the-Vault: Easy Halloween Projects

Easy Halloween Projects | simplykierste.com

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...]