Christmas thank you stationery for kids {free printable}

Christmas Thank you Letters for Kids | simplykierste.com

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderfully merry Christmas with your family and friends! We've had such a lovely holiday, and received such thoughtful gifts from family and friends. On our list this week is sending thank you letters, and I created some adorable Christmas thank you stationery for my kids to use. They love having a fun template, and I wanted to share it with all of you too! I'm a big believer in sending thank you letters, and I'm trying to teach my children the importance of them as well. They don't have to use fancy words, or make it very long, but I do expect it to be sincere and to show gratitude to the person that thought of them.  I'm on a journey to teach them … [Read more...]

For your mistletoes…a Christmas gift idea & printable

For your "mistle"toes nail polish gift idea & free printable | simplykierste.com

My girls were looking for something to fun to give to their friends for Christmas, and I immediately knew just what to do! Bottles of nail polish make the perfect gift--add a cute For Your "Mistletoes" tag, and you're set to go! I love these Christmas-y nail polish shades, but any color is adorable! These are perfect for any of the girls in your life, no matter the age! I printed my tags onto Silhouette's printable gold foil. If you have a Silhouette, you can use the print & cut feature to cut them out. You can download the Silhouette file at the bottom of the post, and I also have a post on the print & cut feature if you need directions. If you don't have a … [Read more...]

Reindeer Cookies

Easy Reindeer Cookies | simplykierste.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker.  All opinions are 100% mine. The day after Thanksgiving is the day we go and cut down our Christmas tree.  We bundle up in our warmest clothes, and head to our favorite Christmas tree farm.  Finding "our tree" is always an adventure, and there's plenty of conversation and discussion about which tree is "plumpy" enough (that word is courtesy my nine year old girls), has the right branches at the top for the star, and is full enough all the way around. Somehow, in the end, we just know, and we all agree that we've found the one.  After it's tied safely to the top of our vehicle, there's always a stop for hot chocolate to … [Read more...]

Easy & delicious no-fail, no-cook fudge!

Super easy & absolutely delicious: No-fail, no-cook fudge | simplykierste.com

Who loves fudge??? ME!!! I've always loved it, even in my crazy not-loving-chocolate years (I have NO idea what I was thinking!).  Cooking fudge can be a little finicky though, and so I especially love this recipe that came from my grandmother.  It's a super easy and super delicious no-cook fudge, and I dare say no-fail too! You can whip up a batch of this yummy fudge in less than five minutes, and then pop it into the fridge for about an hour to firm. Then you're ready to serve it to guests, or wrap it up to give it away...or just eat it. :) It is seriously so easy!  It's a mixture of all the yummiest things: cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, and a little bit of … [Read more...]

Go on a Christmas lights scavenger hunt with your family!

christmas lights scavenger hunt for kids & families | free printable | simplykierste.com

Just down the street from us, there is a house that has the best musical Christmas lights show around.  So much so, in fact, that my little kids, who rarely can sit still for anything longer than 10 minutes, sit in rapture watching the lights dance to the music as it streams through the speakers into our car.  They beg to stay "just a little bit longer", and that little bit soon turns into an hour. There is just so magical about Christmas lights, and taking a night to drive around and look at them is one of our favorite Christmas traditions. We cozy up in our pajamas, take along bags of popcorn, turn up the Christmas music, and head off to see homes and neighborhoods transformed into … [Read more...]

Easy wood Christmas sign

Easy Wood Christmas Sign | simplykierste.com

You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I've actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!!  With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It's what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I'm a happy happy girl! I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband … [Read more...]

Christmas mason jar soap dispenser & gift jar {with free printable tags}

Christmas Mason Jar Soap Dispenser & Gift Jar | simplykierste.com

Remember that adorable black & white striped mason jar soap dispenser I made for Halloween? Well, I just couldn't resist making a red striped version for Christmas, and I'm in love! You can also fill it with candy and use it as a gift jar instead--they are both super cute, easy to make, and make darling gifts! Oh my goodness, how I adore stripes!  And red stripes?  My favorite ever!  It's festive and perfect for the holiday season, and so cute on a kitchen or bathroom sink.  If you're looking for cute ideas for hostess, teacher, neighbor, colleague, friend gifts...these are fun for anyone! I also took one of the striped jars and filled it with Christmas candy (I used the … [Read more...]

Just popping by to wish you a Merry Christmas! (Popcorn gift idea)

Just popping by to wish you a Merry Christmas | free printable tag | simplykierste.com

Did December sneak up on anyone else?  All of a sudden, Christmas is less than four weeks away, and I don't know how it happened!  There just seem to be years that are busier than others, for me, this is most definitely one of them. My book manuscript is due in a few weeks, and we are starting to really get into house stuff, so I kind of feel like this month is going to be a blur! I love giving gifts to the people in my life, but since time is always a factor (especially this year), I'm all about fun & easy & cute ideas that I can put together quickly.  This popcorn gift idea fits the bill, and is something that can be given to friends, neighbors, teachers, your hairstylist, … [Read more...]

Free Christmas card templates…plus easy tutorial!

Free Christmas Card Templates | simplykierste.com

I love receiving Christmas cards, and so does my whole family.  My kids pore over the letters and pictures, reading them over and over again throughout the season.  I also have a Christmas Memories Book, and I keep all of the cards we receive each year.  It's so fun to look back over the years and see how our friends and family have grown and changed. I also look forward to sending cards, and it's a tradition that our family loves to to together.  Our Christmas card assembly line has been happening for quite a few years now, and it's just one of the things that we love to go together. Today I'm sharing a few fun Christmas card templates...all you have to do is add your photo, and it's … [Read more...]

10 Fun & festive Christmas breakfast ideas

10 Fun & Festive Christmas Breakfast Ideas | simplykierste.com

We are on the countdown to Christmas!  Is your house feeling it too?  The celebrating has already started around here, and just today I went and bought a ridiculous amount of food for this week.  On the list?  Christmas breakfast!  It's probably our favorite breakfast of the entire year.  I've gathered 10 fun & festive Christmas breakfast ideas that would be perfect for not only Christmas day, but the days leading up to it.  I love all the pancake and waffle ideas...they're all SO cute! *Snowman Milk Men *Gingerbread Waffles with Cinnamon Butter *Red Velvet Pancakes *Rudolph Pancakes *Cinnamon Roll Pancakes *Snowman Pancakes *Christmas Tree Waffles *Candy Cane Cream Cheese … [Read more...]