Picking Berries, Making Jam, and Summer Family Fun!

Jul
28
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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
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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
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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...]



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

Jul
09
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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...]



Don’t Eat Pete! A Simple & Fun Game for Kids and Families

Jun
27
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don't eat pete | free printable | simplykierste.com

Our family has been playing Don't Eat Pete for years, and it has remained my kids' most requested game ever!  It's easy to play, making it perfect for even the youngest players, but fun enough for the oldest ones too.  Our copy finally bit the dust this past week, so I created a new one, and wanted it to share it with all of you!  The concept is simple.  Try to get as much candy as you can.  ☺ DIRECTIONS: Place a piece of candy on each picture. The first players turns their back, while everyone else chooses a picture to be "Pete".  When the player turns around, they point to one picture at a time, taking the candy that's on it, trying to avoid "Pete".  When they point to "Pete", … [Read more...]



Older than Dirt: Celebrating a Milestone Birthday

Jun
19
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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...]



Father’s day with The Home Depot {Free Printable and $100 Gift Card GIVEAWAY!!!}

Jun
07
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Home Depot Gift Card + Drill Bits + Reeses Pieces = "We Love You to Bits & Pieces" Father's Day Gift (FREE PRINTABLE) | simplykierste.com

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.  All opinions are 100% mine. ------ My husband has gotten the same thing for Father's Day for as long as I can remember. And you know what?  He LOVES it.  It's his favorite thing, and he asks for it every. single. year.  What is it, you ask?  A Home Depot Gift Card!!!  To him, it's like giving him the world.  So many tools, not enough time.  ☺  I like to pair a gift card with something fun, and because drill or router bits are always in high demand at our house, this year I packaged his gift card up with a set of drill bits and his favorite Reese's candy inside a cute pail. I LOVE it! It's really a win-win for everyone. I know he's going to love … [Read more...]



Bottled Water Printable Tags

Jun
02
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Bottled Water Printable Tags | simplykierste.com

So...I'm in moving mode, as you can probably tell from my last few posts.  This blog mirrors my life, and since we're knee deep in trying to sell our house and move across the country, a lot of my energy has been focused in that direction.  This past weekend we had the first open house after putting our home up for sale, and I always like to leave a little something for anyone that comes through.  Bottled water is perfect to beat the heat, and together with a little chocolate, it will hopefully help them remember us!  ☺ I made some cutey cute bottled water printable tags that add just the right touch!  I just love how they turned out, and all those bottles looked so cute all lined up.  … [Read more...]



Father’s Day Measuring Tape Gifts {FREE PRINTABLE}

May
13
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Measuring Tape Father's Day Gift | FREE PRINTABLE | simplykierste.com

Last year I made Father's Day printable for a measuring tape gift for the dads at our church, and it was  HUGE hit!  and since it had the date on it, I went ahead and updated it for this year!  Whether you are giving to one dad or lots of dads, this is such a fun gift! You can read all the details in the original post about where I got the measuring tapes, and how I printed them. If you don't have the size of tapes I used, or can't put it on the top of the measuring tape, you can always print it on to white cardstock instead of sticker paper, and use it as a tag instead--just punch a hole and tie some twine or jute through it! To use the printable, you can  either save the image below to … [Read more...]



Summer Reading Program {FREE Printables!}

May
09
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Summer Reading Program | simplykierste.com

When I was growing up, summers were for reading. I read all year long, but in the summer I could curl up with a book for as long as I wanted to. I absolutely {love} to read, and even now, it's my biggest luxury. As a child, our local library only allowed 10 books to be checked out on a junior library card, and for a fast reader like me, that was just not enough. I would read those 10 books in two days, and then beg my mom to take me again. I soaked up all my favorites, and I would read them, them read them again. The tooth fairy at our house also brought books, and by the time I was 8 or 9, I had read many of the classics---Jane Eyre, Moby Dick, David Copperfield, Little Women, Great … [Read more...]