DIY personalized notepaper | Perfect for Mother's Day, teacher gifts, and more! |simplykierste.com

DIY personalized notepaper

With Mother's Day coming up, and the end of school on the horizon, gifts for mom and teacher gifts are definitely on the mind.  I've got a really fun solution for you--for both of them! More than ten years ago, we made my mom personalized notepaper for Mother's Day.  It was a huge hit, and from that point on, it has been highly requested time and time again.  It is one of my favorite gifts to give for so many occasions and people--it makes an awesome teacher gift and it's perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, and even wedding and hostess gifts.  My sister served as a missionary for our church several years ago, and we made a set for her for one of her birthdays while she was gone.  It's just so fun to make and give!

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Easy & Adorable DIY Bookmarks | simplykierste.com

Easy DIY Bookmarks

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I hosted a book exchange party a few weeks ago, and it was SO SO fun.  It's been one of my favorite parties over the years, and I was excited to have new friends over and carry on the tradition here.  I promise I will share all the details about the party soon, but today I'm sharing the easy & adorable DIY bookmarks I made for the party favors.  SO easy, SO fast, and SO dang cute!

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Picture ABC Books

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 scrapbook. This month is my twin boys' birthday, and it's their turn for this very special gift!

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Older than Dirt | Celebrating Milestone Birthdays |simplykierste.com

Older than Dirt: Celebrating a Milestone Birthday

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 Dirt!

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Picture Bunting for the Birthday Girls!

My BABY girls are turning EIGHT this weekend!! (I'm secretly in the corner crying my eyes out...) They are seriously so excited, and I think they've written and rewritten and edited gift lists at least four times this past week.  They are so thrilled about their big day, and I love to do little things that make it even more special. Hanging a Picture Bunting is a really simple and easy way to celebrate their years of life, and highlight some of our favorite pictures of them.  My girls LOVE it,  and I have a feeling they're going to want to keep it up for a while.

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DIY Ruler Growth Chart | simplykierste.com

Easy DIY Ruler Growth Chart

I'm in charge of our Super Saturday at our church this year, which is a big group of ladies getting together to make really fun crafts and projects. It's so fun for me, because it's two of my passions together---creating and talking.  ☺  One of the things I wanted to do this year was make a Ruler Growth Chart.  I LOVE them, and I knew it would appeal to a lot of people.  When it comes to choosing projects for Super Saturday or any craft group, there are several things that I always consider:

1.  It can be totally completed in the time frame we have (what's worse than going home with unfinished projects that are just going to sit in your closet???)

2.  It's appropriate for all skill levels.  Not that everyone doesn't have the ability, just may not have the experience.

3. It will have a wide appeal.

This ruler growth chart met all of those requirements, and best of all, it is SO SO easy,  Seriously.  It's also really reasonable--it's less than $15 to make!!

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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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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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Dry Erase Activity Book | simplykierste.com

Dry Erase Activity Books

 I don't know about you, but I am always looking for something to keep my kids quiet and occupied during church,  while traveling, and any other time we have to wait anywhere for any length of time.  I've got some busy kiddos, and I'm sure the people in the church pews in back and in front of us appreciate the effort.  :)

When I came across this darling dry erase quiet book by icandy handmade, I thought it was brilliant, and couldn't wait to make some of my own.  Instead of using a binder, and sliding coloring and workbook pages inside sheet protectors (which is a great idea), I decided to make them differently, for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I wanted mine to be smaller, so they would fit more easily in a diaper bag, purse, or church bag. I also wasn't sure how long the sheet protectors would hold up with my four little kiddos, and since they aren't super durable, I wanted to try a different method. I created half sheets, laminated them, and used book rings to hold them together.  I bought some dry erase crayons to use with it, and I wish I would  have bought them sooner. I LOVE LOVE how they turned out, and my kids are crazy over them. It's a hit!

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