Valentine’s Day Game…Don’t Eat My Valentine!

Don't Eat My Valentine | Valentine's Day Game for Kids| simplykierste.com

One of our favorite family games is called "Don't Eat Pete".  We love to play it on Family Night, which we have once a week on Monday evenings.  It's a very simple but super fun game, and my kids especially love that they get candy. (Or mini marshmallows if I don't have any candy on hand!)  This week I'm helping with one of my kindergartner's Valentine's Day party, and I knew this would be a perfect Valentine's Day game! It's a simple game, but kids of all ages love to play it, so it works for any elementary school grade, plus kindergarten and preschool! My girls are in 4th grade, and they love it as much as my six year olds. How do you play? *Have the kids sit in a circle on … [Read more...]

Printable Bookmark Valentines

Printable Valentine Bookmark |Classroom Valentines | simplykierste.com

It's official...my kids' school is not allowing any candy Valentines this year.  They are totally and completely disappointed, but secretly I'm happy that we won't have quite as much candy coming home.  Don't worry about them--they will plenty of sweet treats--but I did need to come up with a non-candy valentine idea that wouldn't break the bank.  I created super cute Printable Bookmark Valentines, and I love that they are the valentine and the gift, all in one! These could not be easier--just print, cut them out, and fill in the to and from areas.  I'm going to laminate the ones we're making (my laminator is one of my favorite things!), but that's totally optional.  I also punched a … [Read more...]

Christmas thank you stationery for kids {free printable}

Christmas Thank you Letters for Kids | simplykierste.com

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderfully merry Christmas with your family and friends! We've had such a lovely holiday, and received such thoughtful gifts from family and friends. On our list this week is sending thank you letters, and I created some adorable Christmas thank you stationery for my kids to use. They love having a fun template, and I wanted to share it with all of you too! I'm a big believer in sending thank you letters, and I'm trying to teach my children the importance of them as well. They don't have to use fancy words, or make it very long, but I do expect it to be sincere and to show gratitude to the person that thought of them.  I'm on a journey to teach them … [Read more...]

For your mistletoes…a Christmas gift idea & printable

For your "mistle"toes nail polish gift idea & free printable | simplykierste.com

My girls were looking for something to fun to give to their friends for Christmas, and I immediately knew just what to do! Bottles of nail polish make the perfect gift--add a cute For Your "Mistletoes" tag, and you're set to go! I love these Christmas-y nail polish shades, but any color is adorable! These are perfect for any of the girls in your life, no matter the age! I printed my tags onto Silhouette's printable gold foil. If you have a Silhouette, you can use the print & cut feature to cut them out. You can download the Silhouette file at the bottom of the post, and I also have a post on the print & cut feature if you need directions. If you don't have a … [Read more...]

Go on a Christmas lights scavenger hunt with your family!

christmas lights scavenger hunt for kids & families | free printable | simplykierste.com

Just down the street from us, there is a house that has the best musical Christmas lights show around.  So much so, in fact, that my little kids, who rarely can sit still for anything longer than 10 minutes, sit in rapture watching the lights dance to the music as it streams through the speakers into our car.  They beg to stay "just a little bit longer", and that little bit soon turns into an hour. There is just so magical about Christmas lights, and taking a night to drive around and look at them is one of our favorite Christmas traditions. We cozy up in our pajamas, take along bags of popcorn, turn up the Christmas music, and head off to see homes and neighborhoods transformed into … [Read more...]

Christmas mason jar soap dispenser & gift jar {with free printable tags}

Christmas Mason Jar Soap Dispenser & Gift Jar | simplykierste.com

Remember that adorable black & white striped mason jar soap dispenser I made for Halloween? Well, I just couldn't resist making a red striped version for Christmas, and I'm in love! You can also fill it with candy and use it as a gift jar instead--they are both super cute, easy to make, and make darling gifts! Oh my goodness, how I adore stripes!  And red stripes?  My favorite ever!  It's festive and perfect for the holiday season, and so cute on a kitchen or bathroom sink.  If you're looking for cute ideas for hostess, teacher, neighbor, colleague, friend gifts...these are fun for anyone! I also took one of the striped jars and filled it with Christmas candy (I used the … [Read more...]

Just popping by to wish you a Merry Christmas! (Popcorn gift idea)

Just popping by to wish you a Merry Christmas | free printable tag | simplykierste.com

Did December sneak up on anyone else?  All of a sudden, Christmas is less than four weeks away, and I don't know how it happened!  There just seem to be years that are busier than others, for me, this is most definitely one of them. My book manuscript is due in a few weeks, and we are starting to really get into house stuff, so I kind of feel like this month is going to be a blur! I love giving gifts to the people in my life, but since time is always a factor (especially this year), I'm all about fun & easy & cute ideas that I can put together quickly.  This popcorn gift idea fits the bill, and is something that can be given to friends, neighbors, teachers, your hairstylist, … [Read more...]

Thankful for pie! {printable tags}

Thankful for Pie Printable Tags | siimplykierste.com

I'm totally thankful for pie. My ideal Thanksgiving is a small dinner then lots and lots of pie!  To keep track of all those fabulous pies, I've made some fun "Thankful for Pie" printable tags. They're a super cute way to label all the different flavors or pie, and who made them! Aren't they so cute?  I just printed the tags, cut them out, and taped them to striped paper straws.  You could also use bamboo skewers, if you have those on hand instead.  Write the info on the tag, and they're ready for your pies! It would also be fun to attach to a pie that you're giving as a gift--just add your name in addition to the other information. I just love them!  Happy … [Read more...]

Free Christmas card templates…plus easy tutorial!

Free Christmas Card Templates | simplykierste.com

I love receiving Christmas cards, and so does my whole family.  My kids pore over the letters and pictures, reading them over and over again throughout the season.  I also have a Christmas Memories Book, and I keep all of the cards we receive each year.  It's so fun to look back over the years and see how our friends and family have grown and changed. I also look forward to sending cards, and it's a tradition that our family loves to to together.  Our Christmas card assembly line has been happening for quite a few years now, and it's just one of the things that we love to go together. Today I'm sharing a few fun Christmas card templates...all you have to do is add your photo, and it's … [Read more...]

Paper Bag Popcorn

Paper Bag Popcorn | simplykierste.com

We are huge popcorn fans at our house. HUGE. I won't tell you how many bags of popcorn kernels we have in our basement! It's the  yummiest snack, and who can watch a movie without popcorn?  With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I was thinking of  fun gift and party favor ideas, and I knew Paper Bag Popcorn would be perfect! Not only are they SUPER cost-effective, but they're totally adorable! Isn't it the cutest?  I just love paper sacks!  Inside that cute little package is a bunch of popcorn kernels, and on the outside, the recipe for the person you give it to to follow to make easy & yummy Paper Bag Popcorn! These would be adorable on Thanksgiving plates, as … [Read more...]