An Organized Summer with the 2016 Summer Schedule {Free Printable}

An Organized Summer: Summer Schedule 2016 | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

It startled me when I was doing my planning for the coming week when I realized it's going to be May!  How did that happen? Not that I'm complaining--the weather has been fabulous, the sun is shining, and spring is in the air!  But it also means that summer is on the horizon, and even though we don't get out of school until the end of June (I know...), there are a bunch of you that probably get out in May, and I realized I needed to get the 2016 Summer Schedule ready to go! If you're looking for a place to keep track of all of your summer activities and travel, this free printable is here to help. This is the sixth year I've posted this schedule--I've been using it for years, and can't do … [Read more...]

6 Easy & Adorable Personalized Mother’s Day Ideas

Easy & Adorable Personalized Mother's Day Gifts | simplykierste.com

When it comes to Mother's Day gifts my favorites are the ones that capture my kids' childhood in some way.  I love using their sweet handprints and footprints, as well as their artwork and handwriting to make handmade gifts that I know my mom will treasure.  With Mother's Day right around the corner, I thought I'd share these easy & adorable Mother's Day ideas with you! DIY Personalized Notepaper We've been making personalized notepaper for many years, and it's hand down one of our favorites...and my mom's! It's super easy to make, and it's such an adorable way to feature your kids' artwork! Handprint Apron This is a perfect gift for a mom or grandma who loves to be … [Read more...]

Less Dishes for Mom: Mother’s Day Gift & Printable

A Day of Less Dishes | Mother's Day Gift & Printable | simplykierste.com

When I think of what I really want on Mother's Day, my list would most likely have "no laundry", "all the cooking done", and "no dishes" on it.  I'm pretty sure that all moms would appreciate any of these things as a Mother's Day gift, but I've got you covered when it comes to the no dishes part of things! What mom wouldn't love a night off of doing dishes?  I know I would! I've always loved this idea of giving a mom the night off from dishes, and this year I decided to go ahead and make up a fun printable to go with it. It's the perfect gift for any mom in your life--a brand new mom, friends, ladies you visit, neighbors, teachers, sisters, and your mom and mother-in-law! It's … [Read more...]

Thanks a Bunch! Printable Gift Tags for Flowers

Thanks a Bunch Printable Gift Tag for Flowers | simplykierste.com

I found the most vibrant yellow tulips this weekend, and they are the epitome of spring.  Just looking at them made me so happy, and I knew that not only would they be perfect for my kitchen table, but also to give to a friend so spread some of that happiness!! I created a few of darling printable gift tags, including one for friends, teachers, neighbors, and another one for anyone you want to say "thanks a bunch!" Oh, man, I love tulips.  They are my favorite!! But they great thing about these tags is that you can use them for any bunch of flowers you love, including some from your own yard, if you're so lucky! Flowers are an easy and thoughtful way to really brighten someone's … [Read more...]

Some Bunny Loves You! An Easter Service Idea

Some Bunny Loves You | An Easter Service Idea | simplykierste.com

One of our favorite things to do as a family during the holidays is to take treats to friends & neighbors secretly--ringing the doorbell, running as fast as we can, and getting away before we're spotted.  We love it so much, and it's so fun to be able to spread a little cheer to those that may be in need of a little extra. We call it "You've Been Boo'ed" at Halloween, but at Easter, it's Some Bunny Loves You!  We usually like to plan our rendezvous for Sunday evening or Monday for Family Night.  We either bake treats, or package together some Easter candy to take, then tie on cute tags and print the instructions! My kids absolutely love coordinating all the details--who's going … [Read more...]

Bloom Where You’re Planted Prints: 5×7, 8×10, 11×14

Bloom Where You're Planted Print | 11x14, 8x10, 5x7 sizes | simplykierste.com

We've lived in three states in three years with major cross-country moves involved each time, and there's been a lot of uprooting and replanting. It can be difficult to start over, and each of us has experienced "growing" pains along the way. With another move to our new house coming up this summer, one of our family's goals is to be brave...and bloom where we're planted. To inspire us, I decided to turn the printable Bloom Where You're Planted tags into a print, and find a place where we can all see it and be reminded of what we're trying to accomplish. Of course, I wanted to share it with all of you! This print is not only beautiful for home, but you an turn it into a card, … [Read more...]

Bloom Where You’re Planted: Housewarming Gift Idea

Bloom Where You're Planted | Free Printable Tag & Gift Ideas | simplykierste.com

A good friend of mine just moved into her new house, and I wanted to drop by a little something to help her celebrate. With spring on the horizon, potted flowers were the just the thing for a housewarming gift idea!  I added a few extra touches, including a super cute watercolor printable tag that reads " Bloom Where You're Planted".  I thought it was appropriate for a new home--new roots, a new place to grow and learn. It turned out SO cute--I love it! SO cute, right!?!?  I just love the watercolor effect on the tag--it's perfect for these spring flowers! It was so easy to do, and took just a few minutes to put together. Whether you make this for a housewarming gift, thinking of … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Printable: Lucky To Know You

St. Patrick's Day Printable Tag | Lucky to Know You | simplykierste.com

I am such a big fan of super cute tags that dress up a simple jar and add a ton of charm!  I love creating them for every holiday, then use them to give gifts to friends, neighbors, teachers, and other people in my life. Everyone loves knowing that someone is thinking of them or really grateful for them, and I created an adorable St. Patrick's day printable tag that's perfect for letting them know! Tie it on to a jar of treats or candy, and you're set to go!  I love using holiday M&M's because they're  so festive and totally cute. And yummy.  I especially love the ones for St. Patrick's Day, because they're mint & chocolate...my fave! So cute, right?! And SO SO easy. … [Read more...]

Save, Spend & Share Jars for Kids

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Something we feel really strongly about as parents is teaching our kids about money--how to save it, spend it, and share it. Raising financially stable kids starts is a process, and these simple Save, Spend & Share saving jars are a really great way to start! The value of teaching your kids about money is immeasurable, and will have life-long effects. It teaches them what money is worth--what things cost, and what it really takes to pay for things you need or want.  It also reduces the sense of entitlement, which in this day is a constant battle.  As they get older, it also prepares them for real life--to be able to leave the house and be financially responsible as a young … [Read more...]

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...]