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...]

Hoppy Easter Bag Toppers

Hoppy Easter Bag Toppers from Simply Kierste --- perfect for packaging Peeps and other yummy Easter treats!

Fun "Hoppy Easter" bag toppers perfect for packing up Peeps or other yummy Easter treats!   My girls want to take Easter treats to their friends and classmates, so I created a cute printable bag topper that will be just the perfect thing! Bag toppers are so fun, and such an easy and cute way to package yummy Easter treats for your kids, classrooms, teachers, friends, and more!  You just staple them onto the top of a sandwich bag, which is also an extremely inexpensive way to package treats. Here's everything you need to make your own! SUPPLIES: (some affiliate links) - Easter Marshmallow Bunny Peeps , or other Easter candy - sandwich bags - Hoppy Easter bag … [Read more...]

Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops

Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops | simplykierste.com

My kids love Peeps so we usually have them around Easter, and today I had some out for another project I'm working on. At the same time my kids happened to be begging for the open bag of chocolate chips in the pantry, AND I had a bag of lollipop sticks on the counter that were ready to be put away. What happened next is what I'm calling kismet.  Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops. My kids loved these so much, they were gone in about 30 seconds flat.  I'm lucky I even got a picture of two for this post, because they were inhaled so quickly.  I had chocolate-y mouths with huge smiles, and I was one of them! When you bite into a chocolate-covered peeps pop, you taste the creamy chocolate, … [Read more...]

Lemon Oreo Truffles

Lemon Oreo Truffles | simplykierste.com

Have you tried the new Lemon Oreos?  Oh my goodness, they are SO yummy! I'm just slightly obsessed with all things lemon, so I was really excited to see them. My favorite way to eat Oreos is actually as an Oreo Truffle.  (Which if you haven't tried, you need to head straight to your to-do list and add it immediately.)  When I saw the new lemon flavor, I knew exactly what I wanted to make...Lemon Oreo Truffles. They did not disappoint! Dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with lemon zest, they're perfect for spring and Easter! They really could not be any easier to make, and they have just three ingredients!  Oreos (yummy), cream cheese (yummy), and white chocolate (yummy).  See … [Read more...]

Homemade Easter grass

homemade easter grass | simplykierste.com

Homemade Easter grass is a fun variation that's inexpensive and adorable! Plastic grass is really cheap, I know, but homemade grass is so much cuter! :)   All you need is: (**these are affiliate links**) -shredder -cardstock   I like using the textured Bazzil cardstock, which is a little thicker, but you can use any kind you like. I also recommend using solid colors--a pattern will most likely be unrecognizable once shredded. Empty out your shredder, then run one color of cardstock through at a time. I used 3 sheets of 12x12 paper per color, and it made enough to fill two pails to the halfway point. Once one color is done, remove the pieces, then do the … [Read more...]

Bunny bait trail mix

Bunny Bait Trail Mix | simplykierste.com

We're into snacks at our house.  There might be three main meals, but there are at least 42 other times in the day that my kids want to eat.  My baby (yes, she's almost two, but she's my baby!!) asks every 5 seconds for a "nack", and I pretty much always acquiesce.  If you saw her cute face, I bet you would too!  When the holidays come around, I love to do simple snacks for our own little celebration, and with Easter coming, that means it's time for our favorite Bunny Bait Trail Mix! This fun mix is perfect to munch on during any Easter gathering--as favors, in a cute bowl as an appetizer, or even as place cards. Tie it up with ribbon in clear bag or jar, and you've got a darling gift … [Read more...]

The BEST mint chocolate brownies

The BEST chocolate mint brownies | simplykierste.com

If you read my post on Friday, you'll know that I adore mint and chocolate together.  L.O.V.E. it.  Like I want to marry it. You can serve them anytime, anywhere, and they will be gobbled up!  Triple layers are involved here:  oo-ey goo-ey brownies, rich & creamy mint buttercream frosting, and a smooth chocolate ganache on top.  They are melt-in-your-mouth good. Pour yourself a tall glass of milk, and get ready to enjoy a little piece of heaven. Mint chocolate brownies are good anytime, but with St. Patrick's Day coming up, they're perfect for serving at parties, as dessert that night, or wrapping up all cute and giving away.  Just watch...wherever you serve them, they'll … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Floats

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Float | simplykierste.com

A delightfully minty green Shamrock Float is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Oh my goodness, how I love mint and chocolate together!  It's one of my favorite flavor combinations, and it's perfect for St. Patrick's Day.  They're definitely on our St. Patrick's Day menu, and my kids can't wait! I've been a fan of Shamrock Shakes forever, but I love the floats even more.  They have the same minty-delicious taste, but with the hint of chocolate.  Plus, if you're making them for a crowd (which my family is!), they're SO quick to put together, and definitely faster than making shakes. The ingredients?  Add your favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream to large glasses, … [Read more...]

You are my lucky charm! St. Patrick’s Day free printable

You are my lucky charm free printable | St. Patrick's Day | simplykierste.com

Looking for a fun and super easy St. Patrick's Day breakfast idea?  I'm posting one over on Babycenter today, and it includes a super cute free printable tag! I'd love for you to come on over and say hi!  … [Read more...]