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...]



Picture ABC Books

Jul
14
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picture abc books | simplykierste.com

One of my absolute favorite things to make for my kids is Picture ABC Books. I make them each their very own book, and it is most definitely a treasured possession. In their book, each letter of the alphabet is represented by a picture of them or someone in our family, so it's not a only a great way to reinforce the ABC's, but  also an adorable little mini memory book.  This month is my twin boys' birthday, and it's their turn for this very special gift! My kids LOVE to see themselves in pictures. We snuggle up on the couch or in their bed at night, and it doesn't matter how many times they've seen the pictures, they always ask me a million questions---what, why, where.  It's a piece of … [Read more...]



25+ BEST Board Books for Babies & Toddlers

Jul
11
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25+ Best Board Books | simplykierste.com

I am an affiliate with Amazon.  I have linked to these books for your convenience, and some of them are to Amazon. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- When I found out we were expecting our first baby, the very first thing I bought was a board book.  I love to read, and I couldn't wait to read to my own little one.  Over the years we've added kids and books to our family, and I'm excited to share our best board books with you! I love board books because they are so much heartier than other types of books. They get dragged around the house, tossed in the diaper bag, are brought on trips, stuffed in backpacks, read, and re-read thousands of times.  They might get scuffed up over the years, … [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...]



Lemon Meltaways

Jun
23
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Lemon Meltaways | simplykierste.com

I'm pretty much obsessed with anything lemon.  All I have to do is see the word "lemon", and I totally want to try the recipe.  That's what happened a week ago, when a friend shared a recipe via e-mail.  AND it was for Lemon Meltaways, which, come on now, how can that be resisted?  Not very well.  ☺  I made them, LOVED them, my kids loved them, and they now have a permanent place in my recipe book.  I'm sharing them with you today!!  I don't think you'll be able to resist them either! This isn't a typical cookie recipe, which makes me love it that much more.  No beaters are required--just mix up the ingredients, which takes all of about 5 minutes.  Tops.  After rolling the dough into two … [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...]



Silhouette Washi Sheets & Specialty Media Promo!!

May
22
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Silhouette Washi Sheets | simplykierste.com

This post is sponsored by Silhouette.  All opinions are 100% mine. ----- I so love pretty packaging ---to add ribbon, bows, tags, twine, and other embellishments to fancy up gifts and cards. I also love quick and simple, so when I find awesome products that help me accomplish all of these things, I am thrilled.  I've recently discovered Silhouette Washi Sheets, and I ADORE them! Washi Sheets???  Oh, yes!  Have you ever wished that washi tape was wider?  Or bigger?  It is now!!!  Now you can cut it into shapes or text on your Silhouette, and use it in a million ways--cards. crafts. home decor, and more!  It's super easy to work with, and I love these simple additions on the card and jar … [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...]



Ruler Necklace {Teacher Gift}

May
08
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Ruler Necklace | simplykierste.com

I used rulers in a project awhile ago, and I've had a leftover bag of ruler pieces in my drawer that I've been wanting to do something with.  With the end of school coming, I thought they would be darling to use as a teacher gift. I made a simple ruler necklace for my girls' teachers--just a little something that we thought would be fun for them to wear to school! I'm kind in love with rulers, and I think is SO cute!  I thought about different ways to put the words on the ruler, but the slick surface and tiny letters eliminated most of them.  I wanted it to be simple and easy, so I printed the text out on white cardstock, then sealed and adhered it on with Mod Podge. My girls can't wait … [Read more...]