Keep kids busy with these adorable 4th of July placemats!

Keep kids entertained with these darling 4th of July placemats! | simplykierste.com

Happy July Everyone! I'm Kiki from Kiki and Company and am super excited to be here today to share a fun printable for one of my favorite holidays. July 4th just has a special place in my heart, so I hope these 4th of July placemats help to make lunch or dinner just a little more patriotic and a little less hectic! These place mats are simply a quick download and print away to keep your little munchkins busy while they are waiting for their meal. There are 3 activities. Color the Flag is a way for them to color in a US flag. My Favorite Fireworks is a way for your kiddos to draw the most beautiful fireworks they have ever seen. Star Tic-Tac-Toe is just a quick way to play tic-tac-toe … [Read more...]

Save your sanity with a “before you can play” chore list!

"Before you can play" summer chore chart | simplykierste.com

Every summer morning I hear the words "can I play?", in one form or another.  They might be referring to going outside to play, having friends over, wanting me to take them somewhere, requesting screen time, or  any number of things that's on their agenda that day.  I got really tired of listing the things off that they needed to do before they could play (even though they already knew), that I decided to make things easier for not only myself, but for the kids too, by making a summer "before you can play" chore list.  I hung it on the fridge, and when they want to know if they can play, I just ask if they have everything done on the list! Love! We have a regular chore chart that we … [Read more...]

Summer fun: free flip flops coloring page

Free flip flops coloring page | simplykierste.com

Kiki is here with a super fun free flip flops coloring page, to help beat summer boredom!  And...it's just fun. :) -------------------- Hey Ya'll! SUMMER is here! Yay and Yikes, right?! Yay because your kids are home all day and you have so much quality time with them. Yikes because your kids are home all day...:) It's Kiki from Kiki and Company and I am here to share a really simple printable with you to add to your summer arsenal. I like to have a bunch of things my kiddos can do during the day to avoid the dreaded "BORED" word. In my house that is just code for "I need a job, mom!" ;) What says summer more that flip flops? Print a ton of these out and have fun with them. Have your … [Read more...]

Easy painted flag window

Painted Flag Window | simplykierste.com

I've been in withdrawals over the last year. Since we moved to New York, all of our things have been in storage while we build our house, including my collection of old windows.  I haven't ad a chance to go looking for more, so when a friend very kindly gave me a few of hers, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with one of them.  Making  a painted flag window has been on my list forever, and I want to use it not only for holiday decor, but on a regular basis in my home.  Not sure where yet...but somewhere!  It was super easy to do, and I LOVE it! I'm already trying to figure out where I'm going to permanently put it in our house, but for now, it will be perfect for my patriotic decor … [Read more...]

How to put together a summer car kit + free printable!

Summer Car Kit | simplykierste.com

Already the sunscreen and bug spray have come out of hibernation, and plans are being made to enjoy every single minute of the summer.  We're  on the go a lot during the summer months, whether it's a road trip, or just around town.  It means a lot of parks and outdoor activities and FUN!  With all that fun comes the inevitable, and odds are, I'm going to need something out of the car kit that I keep in my trunk. Preparedness is key! I change it up a bit for each season, and today I'm sharing the summer version, plus a super cute free printable! Yep.  If  you've got kids, you know that bugs, sun, scrapes, bee stings, dirty diapers, wet clothes, mud, accidents, emergency potty stops … [Read more...]

Cheap & easy DIY outdoor wooden blocks

Cheap & easy DIY outdoor wooden blocks | simplykierste.com

My husband and I are outside quite a bit building and working on different projects now that the weather is nice, and it's wonderful!   The kids will play outside in the yard while we're working, and one of the things they love to play with are all the wood scraps that we seem to have an endless supply of.  This past Saturday they were stacking the scraps, building towers, making roads, pretending all sorts of things, and even coloring them with their sidewalk chalk.  It kept them busy for a long time, and they were having a ball.  I decided to use all of our scrap wood and make them their own permanent set of outdoor wooden blocks to keep outside all the time, knowing they would be a huge … [Read more...]

8 easy patriotic ideas & projects

8 Easy Patriotic Ideas & Projects | simplykierste.com

How I love every patriotic holiday!  They are my favorite, and I absolutely adore celebrating them in every way, including decor, yummy food, cute things for my kids to wear...all of it!  I'm also into simple, and my favorite projects are those that don't take a lot of time, but look like they did. :) I've gathered 8 of my most favorite patriotic ideas & projects that I've posted over the years, and put them all in one spot, just for you! They're perfect for all the patriotic holidays over the next couple of months, starting with Memorial Day, then Flag Day, and Independence Day.  Put them up now, you can keep them up pretty much the whole summer! (click on pictures to see full … [Read more...]

Make your summer easier with a printable summer schedule & calendar 2015

Keep your summers organized with the printable 2015 Summer Schedule | free printable | simplykierste.com

I have been receiving comments and emails about if and when I would be posting a 2015 Summer Schedule, and it totally took me off guard, because we still have two months of school left.  So for all of you lucky ducks that get out in May, I thought I should get this posted now! I LOVE having this spreadsheet for our summer schedule, and after using it for several years, I can't imagine a summer without it. There is always so much going on--concerts in the park, park days, library story times, ball games----and while we're not going to go to every single one of them, I want to know when they are in case we can go.  There just isn't room on my regular calendar for all of that … [Read more...]

20+ best tips, tricks & ideas for flying with a toddler

20+ Best Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Flying with a Toddler | simplykierste.com

Flying with a toddler?  Try these tips, tricks and ideas to make your trip easier! I recently took my newly-turned two year little girl on her first plane ride. She joined her sisters and me for a girls' trip out west, and none of us could wait to go!  I've flown plenty of times before, but it had been awhile since I had a toddler with me since now there are eight of us, we do most of our family traveling by car. I think toddlers are in general the hardest age to travel with, but especially flying.  Not that they aren't perfectly adorable in every way, but they are at a age where they want to be down, running, and moving, and a plane is probably the most limiting.  When you're in a … [Read more...]

A Letter to the Easter Bunny: Official Easter Bunny Stationery

A Letter from the Easter Bunny | Official Easter Bunny Stationary | simplykierste.com

I'm so excited to introduce Kiki Comin, from Kiki and Company as a new Simply Kierste contributor. I absolutely have adored her from the minute I met her last year, and I know you will too.  She's extremely talented, and such a genuine person--I just love her! Her printables have always been some of my very favorites, and she will be sharing some here each month!  Please go say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!  -------  Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here sharing a fun printable with you every month. My name is Kiki from Kiki and Company. I first met Kierste last year at SNAP (a blogging conference) and we became instant friends. She is amazing, so I feel blessed to … [Read more...]