Fall bucket list –19 ways to celebrate autumn

Fall Bucket List | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

I absolutely adore fall.  It is my most favorite season, and I look forward to it all year long. The crisp mornings, yummy smells, brilliant leaves, cozy sweaters, warm fires, football games, pumpkin patches, cider mills, apple picking, bonfires, trick-or-treating, roasting pumpkin seeds, carving pumpkins...I could totally go on and on and on! There just really isn't anything about it that I don't love! Making a fall bucket list is a great way to really celebrate autumn, and helps you enjoy all the wonderful things there are to do and see!  Fall means the start of the holidays, more time spent with family and friends, and the best four months of the year! Our family has so much fun … [Read more...]

Make packing lunches easier & faster with a school lunch station!

School Lunch Station | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

With my twin boys starting kindergarten this year (sniff, sniff), I will now have five kids to pack school lunch for.  All of a sudden this past week that seemed like... a lot.  We still have a couple of weeks until school starts, but I decided to get organized now! I've always had some kind of lunch station, but the thought of 25 bags of chips, 25 fruit cups, 25 granola bars, 25 string cheese, and 25 go-gurt (plus sandwich stuff) per week really got me thinking about how I could create something to make the packing process a lot faster and easier. So...the official school lunch station has been created, including some super cute printables as the finishing touch. It's simple, but that's … [Read more...]

DIY notebook paper treat bags

DIY notebook paper treat bags | simplykierste.com

I was at Target (of course) and saw the cutest notebook paper treat bags. I immediately thought how fun they would be for all things school, and at first thought I would buy up a bunch to keep for throughout the year. But I would have to spend a fortune to do it, and I didn't really want to do that. Then I remembered I already had some plain white treat bags at home, and realized it would be super easy for me to make my own DIY version, anytime I needed them! You guys, they are SO easy to make, and literally take just a couple of minutes.  If you have plain white treat bags, and a couple of colored pencils, you can make your very own set of notebook paper treat bags. You can always … [Read more...]

Monogrammed backpack tags

Monogrammed Backpack Tags | simplykierste.com

My kids love having something on their backpacks that identify it as "theirs".  I created these super cute monogrammed backpack tags that are perfect for the new school year! I prefer using monograms instead of their full names for safety reasons, plus initials are really just adorable! My darling boys (yes, they're twins!) are heading off to kindergarten this fall (sniff, sniff), and they are SO excited about their backpacks and tags. On my girls' tags, I added a bit of ribbon. I think I could add even a few more pieces, for a fuller look, and it would be darling! These are SO easy to make...you need just a few items and you can make one for each of your kids! … [Read more...]

First day of school printables!

First Day of School Free Printables | simplykierste.com

I know, I know, back-to-school stuff already??!!  The summer is flying by, and even though we have a little more than a month before my kids are back in school (right after Labor Day), I know it's going to come fast. We are trying to stuff in everything we can, and working on whittling down our summer bucket list.  Too many things, not enough time! I'm also in my get-everything-organized-before-school-starts mode, and making these cute first day of school printables was on my list.  I know some of you  go back to school in August, so I thought I'd share them now! It's a first day of school ritual--snapping a picture to capture that moment in time--each year is a milestone to be … [Read more...]

Easy peasy lemon squeezy: “you can do it” gift tag

Easy peasy lemon squeeze...fun printable gift tag | simplykierste.com

Four years ago I ran my first marathon.  It was one of the most challenging and most rewarding things I've ever done.  Nine months before that, my second set of twins were almost a year old, and I really wanted to get back in shape. My best friend asked me if I wanted to do a half marathon, and I actually laughed!  I've always played sports, but pretty much had the mentality that there was no reason to run unless you were chasing a ball. :)  I decided to take her up on it, and in ten weeks, I ran my first half marathon.  Then the crazy idea to run a marathon became a reality just six months later.  In nine months I went from running a couple of miles to running a full marathon, and while I'm … [Read more...]

Are your kids arguing? Try a kindness punch card!

Are your kids arguing? Try Kindness Punch Cards! | simplykierste.com

One of the hardest things about having all my kids home in the summer is the arguing.  Don't get me wrong--they are really good kids, and they do well most of the time, but being home all together all of the time tends to cause more disagreements and disruptions than usual.  It certainly doesn't help that we are in a very small space, pretty much on top of each other, and without most of their toys and games, but even other summers in the past it was an issue. Does your family struggle with this too? Today I decided something had to be done.  They need a little extra motivation to be kind even when it's hard--even when one of their siblings does something that bugs them or that they don't … [Read more...]

Keep kids busy with these adorable 4th of July placemats!

Keep kids entertained with these darling 4th of July placemats! | simplykierste.com

Happy July Everyone! I'm Kiki from Kiki and Company and am super excited to be here today to share a fun printable for one of my favorite holidays. July 4th just has a special place in my heart, so I hope these 4th of July placemats help to make lunch or dinner just a little more patriotic and a little less hectic! These place mats are simply a quick download and print away to keep your little munchkins busy while they are waiting for their meal. There are 3 activities. Color the Flag is a way for them to color in a US flag. My Favorite Fireworks is a way for your kiddos to draw the most beautiful fireworks they have ever seen. Star Tic-Tac-Toe is just a quick way to play tic-tac-toe … [Read more...]

Save your sanity with a “before you can play” chore list!

"Before you can play" summer chore chart | simplykierste.com

Every summer morning I hear the words "can I play?", in one form or another.  They might be referring to going outside to play, having friends over, wanting me to take them somewhere, requesting screen time, or  any number of things that's on their agenda that day.  I got really tired of listing the things off that they needed to do before they could play (even though they already knew), that I decided to make things easier for not only myself, but for the kids too, by making a summer "before you can play" chore list.  I hung it on the fridge, and when they want to know if they can play, I just ask if they have everything done on the list! Love! We have a regular chore chart that we … [Read more...]

An easy way to create circular text in Photoshop Elements

An easy way to create circular text in Photoshop Elements | simplykierste.com

I love making cute customized tags and stickers for different projects and gifts, and I've used Photoshop Elements (referred to as PSE from here on out) for many years to do just that. It's also a great photo editor, but even though I use different software for editing photos, I still love PSE for creating printables.  It's a pretty reasonable cost (affiliate link--you can download it on Amazon for $69), and there is just so much you can do with it! I love it, and use it often. I think it's one of the best values you can get for your money! One of favorite things to do is to create circular text around the outside of my tag or sticker. I think it's SO cute!  It looks hard, but it really … [Read more...]