Picture ABC Books

Jul
14
6
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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...]



Older than Dirt: Celebrating a Milestone Birthday

Jun
19
35
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...]



Picture Bunting for the Birthday Girls!

Apr
24
3
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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.  I inserted the pictures into Word, re-sized as needed, then printed them onto white cardstock.  If you already have developed … [Read more...]



Easy DIY Ruler Growth Chart {Perfect for SUPER SATURDAY}

Mar
06
16
DIY Ruler Growth Chart | simplykierste.com

I'm in charge of the 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. LOVE them!! I've planned many of these, and 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 … [Read more...]



{christmas mason jar gift set}

Nov
15
24
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This post was sponsored by Michael's.  All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone. ----- In addition to the in-store Michael's Pinterest party last weekend (and it was SO fun), I threw a Pinterest Party at my house this week for some of my friends, and we had a FABULOUS time!  I love the idea of getting together with friends for a party to create some of the things that you see on Pinterest...to not just pin, but make it! I, of course, am a huge advocate for DIY projects, so this is exciting to me. Plus...it's so much more fun to craft and create with friends!  For my party, I went with a DIY gift theme, and decided on one of my favorite gifts to give, with a Christmas spin...a Christmas … [Read more...]



{no-sew fort kit}

Oct
30
9
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Oshkosh B'Gosh.  All opinions are 100% mine. ----- It's coming!  Winter is quickly approaching, and I'm preparing for both in and outdoors. When it comes to high quality and super cute outerwear at a decent price, I go to Oshkosh B'Gosh.   They have darling things for both boys and girls!  For girls, a great option for cold days is a puffy bubble jacket. With a fleece-lined hood and plenty of weather protection, it’s great for layered looks and will keep her warm. Find lots of fun, girly details like polka dots, colors and floral prints that are fashionable and provide warmth on wintry days. When it comes to boys, a bubble jacket, bib and reversible … [Read more...]



{diy stenciled magnet blocks}

Aug
02
0
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 Hi, it's Michelle from Chalkboard Blue! I wanted to share with you some fun magnet blocks that you can make... They are simply cut from a long board of trim measuring 3 in. wide and are perfect to use on a magnet board or fridge. They are perfect for Back to School paperwork, pictures, etc... 1. Cut your blocks 2 in. tall.  They should already be 3 in. wide. 2. Glue a Magnet to back of each block. 3. Paint your blocks a color of your choice... 4. Cut Stencils  out of contact paper on a Silhouette Cameo or purchase already made stencils and place stencils on the blocks... 5. Paint colors of your choice to fill in the stencils... Remove your stencil and your … [Read more...]



Six Steps to Saying Thank You + Free Printable Tags

Jun
28
5

This was originally posted on the Time Out For Women blog...I am so excited to be a part of their featured bloggers series, where we share experiences and ideas for Living Higher.  There are some really great posts by many awesome bloggers--definitely worth a visit!! ----- I'm a big believer in thank you notes.  And thank you treats. ☺ 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 … [Read more...]



{chipboard key chain}

May
09
2
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Y'all know how much I love personalizing anything and everything, and what could be better than a darling key chain?  (I sound so Texan with that "y'all", don't I?  ☺ )  As soon as I saw the new chipboard by Silhouette, I knew it would be the perfect way to make one! Seriously people, isn't that SO cute??!!!  I just want to carry around my keys all day!  The front has darling scrapbook paper embellished with my stamped initial, and the back features a picture of my kids, which I LOVE.  (It's missing baby Caroline...time for an update!!!) These are super easy to make, and make the best gifts.  Think Mother's Day, Father's Day (not as cute-sy, of course), birthdays, teachers, Christmas … [Read more...]



{striped straw birthday candles}

Apr
30
1
striped straw birthday candles | simplykierste.com

It was my girls' birthday this weekend, and we had such a blast celebrating!  They wanted a pink cake, which was a pretty easy request considering what they've asked for in past years.  I made a simple pink cake, and when it was time for the birthday candles, it just seemed like it needed something more. I was getting out some striped straws for our hot chocolate, when I had an idea... The hole in the straw looked to be just a tad bigger than the plain birthday candles I had (just the regular white striped ones), and I decided to see if they would fit inside, and they did!  It was a tight fit, but I was able to slide them in just far enough that they were secure. SO CUTE!!!  It made all … [Read more...]