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...]

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...]

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...]

Lunchbox Love Notes {Free Printable}

Lunchbox Love Notes | simplykierste.com

I've always loved to tuck in a note with my kids' school lunches. Sometimes it's a quickly scribbled message written on a napkin or post-it note--whatever I have time for in the early morning rush.  This year I created some really fun Lunchbox Love Notes, free printable labels that I can quickly peel off and place on a paper sack lunch, sandwich bag, or lunch container! My kids LOVE notes in their lunch, and I know they look forward to them.  One of my girls saved a note her dad wrote her for the entire year!  It's so fun to send them with off with a little reminder of home for the middle of the day. Notes of encouragement or an "I love you" or even a funny joke go a long way for … [Read more...]

Fortune Cookie Gift Tags & Free Printable {Mother’s Day and Friendship}

fortune cookie gift tags | simplykierste.com

Can I just say that chocolate-dipped fortune cookies are SUPER yummy?  ☺ I work with the young children at my church, and we like to have the kids give something to their moms on Mother's Day.  I've always loved the fortune cookie gift idea, and I thought it would be perfect for all of the lovely mothers of our cute Primary kids.  We have almost 200 kids, so we always need to come up with something that will work for a large group.  That's one of the reasons I love this idea so much--it's easily adaptable for numbers--whether you need a bunch of them, or just a few, it works! And the tags...once I got started I couldn't stop! I made some for mothers, grandmothers, friends, and even visiting … [Read more...]

Friendship Gift Tags {FREE Printable}

Friendship Gift Tags | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th day of the month, which means the 10 Bloggers Blog Hop!  I've gathered my creative blogging friends, and this begins our 11th month with this collaboration. We had so much fun with it the past 10 months, we decided to take it another round. One friend needed to part ways, so we added the amazingly talented Chelsea from Two Twenty One to the mix. If you've missed the past ten months of fun, please check them out! This month we came up with a PASTEL theme to create projects around, since SPRING is upon us!  I created some darling Friendship Tags in fun spring colors, and you'll find all the details below! Are you ready to get into SPRING mode?  All of these darling projects … [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...]

Six Steps to Saying Thank You + Free Printable Tags

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...]