Free Back to School Printables

Jul
30
13
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Okay, you guys, it's MOVING week!! The movers are coming today, and we will be on our way to the lovely state of New York! We are all just so excited to get there, start exploring the area, and find out all about the kids' new schools. The first day of school is always exciting at our house, and I created a set of darling free Back to School printables to add to that fun first of school picture. I had all ages in mind with these printables--super cute for everyone, but not too "young" for older kids.  Simple.  Adorable.  LOVE them!!  What I like to do is print each one that I'm going to use (I did orange for my boys, and pink for my girls), then laminate them and file them away. Then each … [Read more...]



Picking Berries, Making Jam, and Summer Family Fun!

Jul
28
4
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Our summer days always include reading.  I don't think a day passes that we haven't sat down and read together, and I love that we aren't feeling the hustle and bustle of a typical school day afternoon.  We also love to have adventures together, and sometimes the two go hand-in-hand.  A couple of weeks ago I posted on Paging Supermom (as part of their Books Alive series) about how the two are combined!  Reading + Adventures (outdoors and in the kitchen) = Summer Family Fun!  They are simple ideas, but those are the best kind!  ☺ Our family is in LOVE with the Frances books by Russell Hoban. That Frances is such a character, and we laugh so hard at all of her adventures...or misadventures.  … [Read more...]



Chalkboard Back to School Countdown Printable {FREE!}

Jul
18
8
Chalkboard Back to School Countdown | simplykierste.com

Back to School time has been one of my favorite times of year since I was small.  The smell of new clothes, new pencils all sharpened and lined up in a pencil box, a backpack hung up and ready to go, all the wondering about the new teacher and all the kids in class--all of these things still make me excited!  Just the sight of all of the school supplies on the store shelves makes me happy. My kids are already picking out their new backpacks, and imagining what their new school in New York will be like.  So...as we are enjoying every last bit of the summer, we are also counting down to the start of SCHOOL! To help us, I created a fun Chalkboard Back to School Countdown! You have some … [Read more...]



Summer Playlists for Kids & Families

Jul
16
0
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Isn't everything more fun with music?  At our house, you can usually find us rocking out to our favorite tunes while we do the dishes, make dinner, drive in the car, or just because!  Summertime means even more time together, whether it's at home hanging out or on the road, and a Summer Playlist is a super fun way to enjoy that time together! I'm a huge fan of playlists.  All of the holidays, seasons, girls' trips, races, and pretty much any party are all great reasons to create one, and summertime is no different! Everything is more fun with music.  ☺ Summer Playlists for Kids is one for the bucket list!  I just created our Summer 2014 Playlist as a surprise for my kids, and I'm so … [Read more...]



Raspberry Pretzel Bars

Jul
03
6
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Raspberry Pretzel Bars are one of my favorite things on earth.  How can you beat a buttery, pretzel-y crust, smothered in a scrumptious cream cheese center, and topped with raspberries and raspberry Jell-O?  You really can't.  Plus, it's red and white, which makes it very appropriate for 4th of July and patriotic festivities! I'm really sentimental about this recipe.  One of my closest friends gave me this recipe, and it's one that she often brought over (that I begged her to make) to our BBQs and picnics. I miss her like crazy, and I love thinking of her every time I make this. These are REALLY easy to make, but it's a process.  Each layer needs to be refrigerated before adding the next … [Read more...]



Stars & Stripes Oreos

Jul
02
6
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 A couple of years ago I made these super cute Stars & Stripes Oreos for the 4th of July, and they are now a family (and friends) favorite! They're so easy to make, and perfect for any patriotic party, BBQ or get together!!! These are also really fun for kids to help with--mine loved the chocolate dipping and then drawing on the stars and stripes. It makes a great afternoon activity! {SUPPLIES} -candy melts:  red, white, blue -Oreos {DIRECTIONS} 1.  Melt the white candy melts according to the package directions.  You can use white chocolate chips too--just melt them in a glass bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until they're melted enough to stir … [Read more...]



Don’t Eat Pete! A Simple & Fun Game for Kids and Families

Jun
27
2
don't eat pete | free printable | simplykierste.com

Our family has been playing Don't Eat Pete for years, and it has remained my kids' most requested game ever!  It's easy to play, making it perfect for even the youngest players, but fun enough for the oldest ones too.  Our copy finally bit the dust this past week, so I created a new one, and wanted it to share it with all of you!  The concept is simple.  Try to get as much candy as you can.  ☺ DIRECTIONS: Place a piece of candy on each picture. The first players turns their back, while everyone else chooses a picture to be "Pete".  When the player turns around, they point to one picture at a time, taking the candy that's on it, trying to avoid "Pete".  When they point to "Pete", … [Read more...]



Lemon Meltaways

Jun
23
4
Lemon Meltaways | simplykierste.com

I'm pretty much obsessed with anything lemon.  All I have to do is see the word "lemon", and I totally want to try the recipe.  That's what happened a week ago, when a friend shared a recipe via e-mail.  AND it was for Lemon Meltaways, which, come on now, how can that be resisted?  Not very well.  ☺  I made them, LOVED them, my kids loved them, and they now have a permanent place in my recipe book.  I'm sharing them with you today!!  I don't think you'll be able to resist them either! This isn't a typical cookie recipe, which makes me love it that much more.  No beaters are required--just mix up the ingredients, which takes all of about 5 minutes.  Tops.  After rolling the dough into two … [Read more...]



10 Fun Summer Hairstyles for Little Girls!

Jun
20
0
Summer Hairstyles for Little Girls | simplykierste.com

I like to "do" my girls' hair everyday. It's a ritual for us--they each come into my bathroom, and we talk while I do their hair for the day.  It's our time together, and one of my very favorite things. My girls have had short hair (a-line bobs) for most of their lives, so our routine has almost always included curling it or blowing it out.  Recently one of my girls has decided to grow hers out for ballet--it needs to be longer so it's easier to put back in a ballet bun, and I think she prefers long hair.  Her sister still loves short hair, and requests the same swing bob she's had since she was about a year old. Here in Texas. the summers are HOT and HUMID, and whether you're hair is long … [Read more...]



Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups

Jun
11
7
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 4th of July.  Every bit of it.  The celebration of this great nation, fireworks, food, friends, decorations...I love it all! It makes me so excited to announce that 101 of your favorite bloggers....yes, you read that right, 101!!!...have teamed up to create the ULTIMATE Red, White and Blue Roundup.  This is one roundup you just can't miss!  At the end of this post, after I share my fabulous Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups, you'll find the complete list of Red, White and Blue projects.  Sit down, get comfortable, and get ready to pin! I am seriously obsessed with frosted sugar cookies.  And let's face it...the whole purpose for the cookie is as a vehicle of the frosting.  ☺ … [Read more...]