Family Prayer & Scripture Chart

We are a religious family, and one of our goals as a family is family prayer & scripture study.  We also have a family night (Family Home Evening) once a  week, typically on Monday nights, where we all have our schedules cleared and do things together.  With school starting next week, our laidback summer is coming to an end, and I'm getting things ready now so we can be as organized as possible, in all aspects of our family life.

I'm a list girl, and I like to check things off!  Lists help me stay organized, motivated, and also gauge progress.  My kids love the visual of a list, and it helps keep them on track and excited.  So...I created this weekly checklist, so we could post it and check off each day as we go.  I decided on a weekly list, as opposed to monthly, because with my little ones (and even the big ones too!), it's easier to keep motivated for shorter periods of time. We'll have weekly rewards, which they will love!

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How to write a thank you note in six easy steps | simplykierste.com

How to write a thank you note + free printable tags

I'm a big believer in thank you notes.  And thank you treats. ☺

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This technologically savvy world we live in has provided us with super fast ways to communicate, including text and e-mail, but when it comes to saying thank you, nothing beats a hand-written thank you note.  I'm talking about a good, old fashioned, lick the envelope, put a stamp on the front and drop it in the mailbox kind of note.  Isn't it the BEST feeling when you check the mail, and find a letter addressed to you that's not junk mail or a bill? Something meant just for you?

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Summer bucket list {free printable}

I love summertime. Summer is the time to really enjoy our freedom, be spontaneous, and do things we just don't have the time to do as much of during the school year. Having more time with my kids is such a great thing, but it can also be challenging to keep them busy as the summer goes on, once the excitement of being out of school has rubbed off.  Summer boredom can definitely occur at our house, and every year I try to put different plans in place to help prevent it, including a summer bucket list!

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{d is for dad & g is for grandpa} paper sack cards & printable

I've had a bunch of requests for the Father's Day paper sack printables, and I'm happy to oblige.  :) In case you didn't see the original post, these are based on my Paper Sack Mother's Day Cards, and you can find a complete tutorial HERE.
I love these just has much when they're made for dads and grandpas, because I'm in love with the questions kids are able to answer. When I did this with the kids at church for the moms, I laughed and cried (silently, of course) as I read some of their answers. SO sweet. SO funny.
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{thoughts on motherhood & life}

I have six children, five of them in six years. Life is...a little crazy.

-I get funny looks in the grocery store, whether it's because I have a lot of little kids with me, or because someone is throwing a fit. 
-Cleaning up messes and trying to prevent disaster is how most of my day is spent.
-I've stopped counting how many loads of laundry I do, because I'm afraid to know.
-I hope that I get a shower...at least every other day.
-I fall into bed every night, hoping that the baby will sleep just one more hour.
-I spend more time cooking meals and cleaning them up than anything else I do.
-I rarely have a quiet moment, just a constant, dull roar in the background.
-I pack everything + the kitchen sink when I go anywhere.
-My definition of relaxation has changed from a day at the spa to just being able to sit down a read a book.
-I'm discovering that my college education hasn't necessarily prepared me for 8th grade math (I swear, they've added some stuff...), and that despite completing years of school, I get to now do it all over again.

But through it all,  I try to remember every single day...

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Paper Sack Mother’s Day Card: a Child’s Q&A

At my church, I get to work with the Primary children (kids aged 3-11), and I LOVE it. Mother's Day is just a few short weeks away, and this week I designed a super fun card that I think all their moms are going to love! I wanted to make a card where they could each express some favorite things about their mom.  I was talking to one of my best friends this week, and she reminded me of an idea that I have actually loved for a long time...in fact, my oldest son wrote a card like it for me when he was in preschool, and it's one of my most treasured possessions.  Asking a child questions about their mom--some funny, others serious--and putting it all together in a cute package was just what I was looking for! .

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Spring Cleaning List & Printable | simply kierste.com

Spring Cleaning! Printable checklist & tips

The words "spring cleaning" might strike fear deep into your heart, but I'm here to tell you that it is totally doable, and that you will love the difference it makes in your home.  As soon as March hits, I start thinking about spring cleaning.  I like to take a couple of months (March & April) to get it all done, rather than all it once--otherwise it just seems to overwhelming, or I kill myself (and my family, lol) in a week to finish.  I've learned a lot about what works for me, and I'm going to share my tips with you.

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Free Santa Letter Templates

Writing letters to Santa is a big deal around here.  It's a chance for my kids to write out anything and everything they've ever dreamed of, and although some of them are just never going to happen  a tad unrealistic. In this very digital age, it's a rarity that letters are written or sent, so I especially love that this is a chance for them to do so.

  Delivering it to Santa is a big deal too--whether we mail it, or give it to him in person when they sit on his lap. I like to keep copies of their letters, and add them to their files--they are so fun to read later!

I've created a simple, yet darling Santa letter template in a variety of colors--with plenty of space for writing, drawing, and imaginations to run wild!  They are all 8.5 x 11 pdf files, so just save and print!

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