A toe-tally awesome valentine

A toe-tally awesome valentine | simplykierste.com

This post may contain affiliate links. My kids love to give Valentines to their friends, and so do I! This darling "toe-tally awesome" valentine is perfect for all the girls in your life! So cute, and so easy!  Just tie on the tag to your favorite nail polish, and you're set!  They're perfect for friends, sisters, moms, teachers, hairstylists, and all those ladies in your life that you want to give a little love to.  It doesn't have to be for Valentine's Day...you can use it anytime you want to give a fun gift.  These would also make cute favors for a party, bridal shower, or girls' night. They're also perfect valentines for tweens and teens, when they want to give something that's … [Read more...]

You are sweet Valentine’s Day treat jar {free printable}

You are sweet Valentine's Day treat jar | free printable | simplykierste.com

This post contains affiliate links.  This darling "You are Sweet" Valentine's Day treat jar fits into my favorite simple + cute category.  With the included free printable tag, you can put it together in just minutes!   This cute gift is great for friends, neighbors, co-workers, and teachers.  It would also be a great favor for a Valentine's Day party!  Anyone would love to receive this fun jar, so if there's someone in your life you want to thank, or let know how special they are to you, this would be perfect!   SUPPLIES: -Milk Bottles -Valentine's Day M&M's -baker's twine -printable -double stick tape   DIRECTIONS: They're very easy … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Bookmarks

Easy & Adorable DIY Bookmarks | simplykierste.com

There are affiliate links within this post. 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 adorable & easy DIY bookmarks I made for the party favors.  SO easy, SO fast, and SO dang cute! I just love them.  And I'm not kidding when I tell you I made each one in less than a minute!  Only a few supplies, a few minutes, and you can have adorable bookmarks for yourself or for gifts. Or both. :) How fun to give these to teachers, friends or neighbors … [Read more...]

Picture ABC Books

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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

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!

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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}

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

christmas mason jar gift set | simplykierste.com

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}

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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}

diy stenciled magnet blocks | simplykierste.com

 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...]