14 days of valentines for your kids & spouse

14 Days of Valentines for your kids & spouse | simplykierste.com

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! I gathered cute … [Read more...]

14 favorite Valentine’s Day children’s books

14 Favorite Valentine's Day Children's Books | simplykierste.com

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see my full disclosure. Books are always a wonderful way to celebrate any holiday, and Valentine's Day is no exception.  If you're looking for a really fun and easy Valentine's Day tradition for your family, try a Valentine's Day Book Countdown...one book a day from the 1st through the 14th! Check out this list of Favorite Valentine's Day children's books! A Kiss for Little Bear , by Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! , Laura Numeroff Queen of Hearts, by Mary Engelbreit Counting Kisses, by Karen Katz Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George, N. Di … [Read more...]

Valentine popcorn lollipops + free printable!

Valentine Popcorn Lollipops | simplykierste.com

The Patriotic Popcorn Lollipops that I made for the 4th of July were such a hit,  I decided I just had to make a Valentine's Day version! My kids love these so much, and one of my five year old boys deemed them "the best popcorn balls in the world". So, there you go, all the recommendation you need. :) These are so easy and fun to make, and they are always popular wherever we take them.  They're made with melted marshmallow--so like a Rice Krispie treat but using popcorn instead! I tinted them pink, and I like the extra color it gives them for the Valentine holiday.  Next their dipped in white chocolate, with generous sprinkles on top, and they're ready to go! You can make them and … [Read more...]

Striped love sign

Striped Love Sign | simplykierste.com

I'm kind of in love with stripes, and I really love them on this Striped Love Sign I made to add to my Valentine's Day decor.  Although I love it so much, I might leave it up year round! SO fun!  I seriously love it.  Best of all, it's super easy to make and is a pretty quick project!  It would be adorable sitting on a mantel or entry table, or hanging on the wall.  I made mine a pretty good size--2 feet x 2 feet, but you can really make it any size you like. Use the same method and have it say something else--for a bedroom, bathroom, playroom--anywhere!  I love the wood color of the MDF alongside the white--so cute! Here's how I did it: SUPPLIES: -1/2 inch MDF, cut to 24 x24 … [Read more...]

14 fun Valentine’s Day movies for families

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

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! Most of them are rated G, and a few are rated PG.   Common Sense Media is a resource that I've used to check movies for more rating information. The Love Bug , rated G The original version is definitely my favorite, and the one we watch.  I have loved it since I was little! The … [Read more...]

Valentine bingo!

Valentine Bingo | simplykierste.com

Can I tell you how much I love Valentine's Day?  I totally do, it's true.  We make it a family affair at our house, and  I just love doing fun things for my kids and husband to celebrate.  We do a super fun and easy Valentine Countdown every year, and one of the things on our list is to play Valentine Bingo! I created a fun new Bingo printable for this year, and I love it...I think my kids will too! Bingo is fun at home--we love playing it for Family Night too!  It's also perfect for any Valentine party.  If you're looking for a a great Valentine game for a class party, this works for preschool on up through upper elementary grades.  Everyone loves Bingo! We always use small Valentine … [Read more...]

{my most memorable valentine’s day ever}

rick & kierste | simplykierste.com

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.  ☺ Rick and I had been married a couple of years, and we were living in an apartment and going to school. This particular Valentine's day fell on a Saturday, and we were planning to leave really early that morning and travel about 4 hours away to our hometown to visit family and … [Read more...]

{raspberry chocolate brownie torte}

raspberry chocolate brownie torte | simplykierste.com

Ooh la la!  I've got a fancy dessert for you...just perfect for Valentine's Day, or any other time you really want to impress.  And in Simply Kierste style, it won't take you all day to make.  ☺  This Raspberry Chocolate Brownie Torte is layers of rich & chocolate-y brownie and fresh whipped cream, then balanced with the perfect tartness of raspberries.  It is DIVINE. And SO easy. A torte usually refers to layers of cake, and you could certainly do that instead, but I'm a brownie lover, and I thought the extra gooey-ness of them would be fabulous...and it IS!!! Honestly, you just can't get any easier than this, and if you're looking for an extra special dessert, look no … [Read more...]

{easy valentine idea…o “fish”ally!!} FREE printable included!

easy valentine idea | o"fish"ally | DIY, crafts, printables & more | simplykierste.com

Are you looking for an quick and easy Valentine idea?  I've got one for you, plus the FREE printable! I first saw this "fish" idea over on eighteen25 several years ago, and loved it!  I also thought it would make a darling Valentine...and it does! This is SUPER easy, and won't take long at all!  Just download the printable, and print as many as you need--onto white or cream cardstock.  I created the color border around it, so there's no need to mat it on any other paper!  Cut them out, punch a hole in one corner, and tie on to a bag of Swedish fish, or even goldfish crackers.  I used clear treat bags, and bakers twine, but ribbon would be cute too! I found giant bags of Swedish fish at … [Read more...]

{newspaper heart blocks}

newspaper heart blocks | simplykierste.com

It's that time again! Welcome to the blog hop featuring 10 of our favorite creative bloggers. This month's theme is RED! (my MOST favorite color ☺) I'm sharing super cute & easy Newspaper Heart Blocks, and you can find all the details below! But that's not all! There are so many fun projects to choose from- recipes, decor, and so much more! I'd love for you to pin the collage below, and then go see all the other fabulous projects created by some of our friends. 1. 'Or so she says...' sharing Chocolate Cherry Cream Pie 2. Lolly Jane sharing Rustic Love Wood Barn Sign 3. Your Homebased Mom sharing Red Raspberry Pavlova 4. Eighteen 25 sharing Framed Burlap Heart 5. Landeelu … [Read more...]