Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Easy & adorable packaging idea for Valentine's Day | simplykierste.com

I love packaging gifts in a way that's simple, inexpensive, but totally adorable.  This darling Valentine's Day Gift Idea is all of those things, and it's perfect for giving to anyone on your gift-giving list this Valentine's Day. This post isn't so much about what's inside of the gift, because you can put anything you want in there!  Cookies, candy or other treats, lotion, cute soaps, gift card--they would all be perfect.  I'm going to tell you today about a simple and adorable way to package it all up! You don't need any special machines for this one--just a few basic supplies that I always keep on hand.  I really like being able to put a gift together quickly if I need to, … [Read more...]

Peek-a-boo Valentine Treat Jar

Valentine Treat Jar with free printable | simplykierste.com

Any excuse I can get to combine three things that I love--milk bottles, chocolate, and baker's twine--I take full advantage of it. These Valentine treat jars do just that, and they're the most darling way to tell someone "you're sweet". I just love the peek-a-boo heart that shows all those yummy Valentine M&Ms inside of there! (I always use the Peanut Butter kind...it's my favorite. Many innocent M&M's were consumed during the photo shoot. ) I love how simple they are to make, but they don't look like it!  They're super easy, and don't take long at all.  Let me show you how! SUPPLIES: -milk bottles (you could also use mason jars) -spray paint (red, pink, or … [Read more...]

Heart Thumbprint Platter

Heart-shaped fingerprints on a serving platter make an adorable gift! | simplykierste.com

I can never resist a really cute serving platter, but when you add adorable little thumbprints, there really is nothing cuter! I absolutely adore my Heart Thumbprint Platter, and it makes me happy every time I look at it! So adorable, right? Not only is it darling, but it captures a moment in time that is so fleeting--it won't be long before their fingerprints will be bigger. I love it. It would also make the perfect gift for grandparents and anyone who loves your kids! It would also be super cute Valentine's Day decor--place it on a mantel, or the kitchen counter, on a shelf...anywhere! My six kids fit perfectly on this rectangular platter, but you could do round, square, … [Read more...]

For your mistletoes…a Christmas gift idea & printable

For your "mistle"toes nail polish gift idea & free printable | simplykierste.com

My girls were looking for something to fun to give to their friends for Christmas, and I immediately knew just what to do! Bottles of nail polish make the perfect gift--add a cute For Your "Mistletoes" tag, and you're set to go! I love these Christmas-y nail polish shades, but any color is adorable! These are perfect for any of the girls in your life, no matter the age! I printed my tags onto Silhouette's printable gold foil. If you have a Silhouette, you can use the print & cut feature to cut them out. You can download the Silhouette file at the bottom of the post, and I also have a post on the print & cut feature if you need directions. If you don't have a … [Read more...]

Christmas mason jar soap dispenser & gift jar {with free printable tags}

Christmas Mason Jar Soap Dispenser & Gift Jar | simplykierste.com

Remember that adorable black & white striped mason jar soap dispenser I made for Halloween? Well, I just couldn't resist making a red striped version for Christmas, and I'm in love! You can also fill it with candy and use it as a gift jar instead--they are both super cute, easy to make, and make darling gifts! Oh my goodness, how I adore stripes!  And red stripes?  My favorite ever!  It's festive and perfect for the holiday season, and so cute on a kitchen or bathroom sink.  If you're looking for cute ideas for hostess, teacher, neighbor, colleague, friend gifts...these are fun for anyone! I also took one of the striped jars and filled it with Christmas candy (I used the … [Read more...]

Paper Bag Popcorn

Paper Bag Popcorn | simplykierste.com

We are huge popcorn fans at our house. HUGE. I won't tell you how many bags of popcorn kernels we have in our basement! It's the  yummiest snack, and who can watch a movie without popcorn?  With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I was thinking of  fun gift and party favor ideas, and I knew Paper Bag Popcorn would be perfect! Not only are they SUPER cost-effective, but they're totally adorable! Isn't it the cutest?  I just love paper sacks!  Inside that cute little package is a bunch of popcorn kernels, and on the outside, the recipe for the person you give it to to follow to make easy & yummy Paper Bag Popcorn! These would be adorable on Thanksgiving plates, as … [Read more...]

Easy fall gift ideas & printables

Easy Fall Gift Ideas & Free Printables | simplykierste.com

Hello there, fall!!  It was a cool 59 degrees today, and I had my windows wide open, just soaking in all that lovely fall smell.  It's going to get warmer this week again, but this little taste of fall definitely has me on the countdown.  Fall brings on the beginning of the holidays, and most definitely my favorite time of year. It's full of friends, family, and giving! There are always fun opportunities to give gifts during these fall and winter months, and I love easy gift ideas, especially ones that will fit a budget. I've also discovered that a cute tag makes ALL the difference--add it to any gift, and it goes from drab to fab!  I created a darling printable tag that's perfect for all … [Read more...]

Apple mason jar teacher gift

Apple Mason Jar Teacher Gift | simplykierste.com

Today is our first day of school!  I feel like the summer went way too fast, and we just didn't have enough time to do all the things we wanted to do. And...my twin boys are starting kindergarten, and I'm crying my eyes out. For reals. Their time at home goes so quickly--I'm never ready for it to be over.   I'm excited for them and their new adventures, but I have to admit, it's hard for me.  So bittersweet. Between my tears (I'm kind of joking), I'm going to share our teacher gifts that have been safely delivered to the school this morning. Our fun tradition teacher gift for the first of the year is to give an apple--in some form.  Some years it's been a caramel apple, and other years … [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...]

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...]