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Valentine’s Day Game…Don’t Eat My Valentine!

One of our favorite family games is called "Don't Eat Pete".  We love to play it on Family Night, which we have once a week on Monday evenings.  It's a very simple but super fun game, and my kids especially love that they get candy. (Or mini marshmallows if I don't have any candy on hand!)  This week I'm helping with one of my kindergartner's Valentine's Day party, and I knew this would be a perfect Valentine's Day game!

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Cupid Crunch Trail Mix |Valentine's Day Snack| simplykierste.com

Cupid Crunch Trail Mix

Can I tell you how much my kids love snacks?  Whether it's choosing them for their school lunches, raiding the pantry after school, or taking them on the go, they pretty much love them for every reason and in lots of different forms.  Around the holidays I like to come up with fun & easy snacks that make snack time a little more festive, and Cupid Crunch Trail Mix is a favorite for Valentine's Day!

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Adorable layered heart brownies | simplykierste.com

Layered Heart Brownies

I kind of love Valentine's Day.  Okay, I big, fat, puffy heart Valentine's Day.  There are just so many fun things about it, and one of them is that I can use my heart cookie cutters as much as I want. Nothing is safe--I will cut out anything into the shape of a heart!  Isn't everything cuter like that?  Well, brownies were on the list this week, and I made the most adorable & yummy Layered Heart Brownies you've ever seen.

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An adorable valentine tree, perfect Valentine's Day decor! | simplykierste.com

A Valentine Tree {simple Valentine’s Day decor}

I'm going to have to have the most gigantic garage sale this summer when we move into our new house.  I can't tell you how many things I've bought or made to replace that very same or similar item that's in storage.  We even have two trampolines!  (The kids have big plans for them both...we'll see.)  It holds true for holiday decor, too, but with one major difference--I don't believe in having too much!

I recently came across the most fabulous red and white striped pitcher, and being enormously obsessed with both red and stripes, I felt as if it was fate.  The best part? It was only $10!  It was a good day.  I had packed it away for next Christmas, but then I realized how perfect it would be for Valentine's Day.  With a little card stock, twine, and a few branches, an adorable Valentine Tree was born!

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heart chips and salsa | simplykierste.com

Heart Chips & Salsa

Chips and salsa are a favorite at our house, and every once in awhile I make them homemade tortilla chips. They're always a huge hit, so I knew that my kids would love this fun Valentine's Day snack of Heart Chips & Salsa!

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Aren't they adorable?  And they taste SO yummy! My kids gobbled them up and were asking for more within minutes.  I guess next time I'll have to do a much bigger batch!

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You are sweet Valentine's Day treat jar | free printable | simplykierste.com

You are sweet Valentine’s Day treat jar {free printable}

 This darling "You are Sweet" Valentine's Day treat jar fits into my favorite simple + cute category.  With my free printable tag, you can put it together in just minutes!  

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This cute gift is perfect for friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, and more!  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 them know how special they are to you, this is a good place to start.

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Give 14 days of Valentines to someone you love! | simplykierste.com

14 days of valentines for your kids & spouse

It's been a tough couple of years for my kids, and our family.  We've lived in three states and moved cross country twice over that short period of time, and that's meant a lot of changes, including leaving the only place they've ever  really known.  We are starting to get settled here in upstate New York, and in the process of building a home, where we hope to live for a very long time.  I've felt like doing some extra-special things for my kids and my husband, to show them how much I love them, and give them a little extra joy, and Valentine's Day is the perfect time to do that.  I created a really fun 14 Days of Valentines, and I know they are all going to love it!

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14 Fun Valentine's Day Movies for Families | simplykierste.com

14 fun Valentine’s Day movies for families

We love family movie nights, and snuggling up together to watch our favorite movies. Valentine's Day is coming up in a few weeks, and a family movie night is a perfect way to celebrate together!  I'm sharing a list of our favorite Valentine's Day movies that are great for families. So...grab your cozy blankets, make some Pink Hot Chocolate, and get ready for an evening of Valentine's Day movie fun!

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{my most memorable valentine’s day ever}

Happy Valentine's Day!!  We had such a fun morning, and I'm gearing up for our little party tonight.  I love this holiday with kids--they love even the most simple of traditions, and it's really about celebrating together.  I love it.  However, my most memorable Valentine's Day EVER occurred before we had kids.  It's most definitely unforgettable, and I thought I would celebrate today by sharing it with you.  ☺

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