Picking Berries, Making Jam, and Summer Family Fun!

Jul
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picking berries, making jam, summer family fun | simplykierste.com

Our summer days always include reading.  I don't think a day passes that we haven't sat down and read together, and I love that we aren't feeling the hustle and bustle of a typical school day afternoon.  We also love to have adventures together, and sometimes the two go hand-in-hand.  A couple of weeks ago I posted on Paging Supermom (as part of their Books Alive series) about how the two are combined!  Reading + Adventures (outdoors and in the kitchen) = Summer Family Fun!  They are simple ideas, but those are the best kind!  ☺ Our family is in LOVE with the Frances books by Russell Hoban. That Frances is such a character, and we laugh so hard at all of her adventures...or misadventures.  … [Read more...]



Chalkboard Back to School Countdown Printable {FREE!}

Jul
18
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Chalkboard Back to School Countdown | simplykierste.com

Back to School time has been one of my favorite times of year since I was small.  The smell of new clothes, new pencils all sharpened and lined up in a pencil box, a backpack hung up and ready to go, all the wondering about the new teacher and all the kids in class--all of these things still make me excited!  Just the sight of all of the school supplies on the store shelves makes me happy. My kids are already picking out their new backpacks, and imagining what their new school in New York will be like.  So...as we are enjoying every last bit of the summer, we are also counting down to the start of SCHOOL! To help us, I created a fun Chalkboard Back to School Countdown! You have some … [Read more...]



Summer Playlists for Kids & Families

Jul
16
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summer playlist for kids | simplykierste.com

Isn't everything more fun with music?  At our house, you can usually find us rocking out to our favorite tunes while we do the dishes, make dinner, drive in the car, or just because!  Summertime means even more time together, whether it's at home hanging out or on the road, and a Summer Playlist is a super fun way to enjoy that time together! I'm a huge fan of playlists.  All of the holidays, seasons, girls' trips, races, and pretty much any party are all great reasons to create one, and summertime is no different! Everything is more fun with music.  ☺ Summer Playlists for Kids is one for the bucket list!  I just created our Summer 2014 Playlist as a surprise for my kids, and I'm so … [Read more...]



Picture ABC Books

Jul
14
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picture abc books | simplykierste.com

One of my absolute favorite things to make for my kids is Picture ABC Books. I make them each their very own book, and it is most definitely a treasured possession. In their book, each letter of the alphabet is represented by a picture of them or someone in our family, so it's not a only a great way to reinforce the ABC's, but  also an adorable little mini memory book.  This month is my twin boys' birthday, and it's their turn for this very special gift! My kids LOVE to see themselves in pictures. We snuggle up on the couch or in their bed at night, and it doesn't matter how many times they've seen the pictures, they always ask me a million questions---what, why, where.  It's a piece of … [Read more...]



25+ BEST Board Books for Babies & Toddlers

Jul
11
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25+ Best Board Books | simplykierste.com

I am an affiliate with Amazon.  I have linked to these books for your convenience, and some of them are to Amazon. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- When I found out we were expecting our first baby, the very first thing I bought was a board book.  I love to read, and I couldn't wait to read to my own little one.  Over the years we've added kids and books to our family, and I'm excited to share our best board books with you! I love board books because they are so much heartier than other types of books. They get dragged around the house, tossed in the diaper bag, are brought on trips, stuffed in backpacks, read, and re-read thousands of times.  They might get scuffed up over the years, … [Read more...]



Don’t Eat Pete! A Simple & Fun Game for Kids and Families

Jun
27
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don't eat pete | free printable | simplykierste.com

Our family has been playing Don't Eat Pete for years, and it has remained my kids' most requested game ever!  It's easy to play, making it perfect for even the youngest players, but fun enough for the oldest ones too.  Our copy finally bit the dust this past week, so I created a new one, and wanted it to share it with all of you!  The concept is simple.  Try to get as much candy as you can.  ☺ DIRECTIONS: Place a piece of candy on each picture. The first players turns their back, while everyone else chooses a picture to be "Pete".  When the player turns around, they point to one picture at a time, taking the candy that's on it, trying to avoid "Pete".  When they point to "Pete", … [Read more...]



10 Fun Summer Hairstyles for Little Girls!

Jun
20
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Summer Hairstyles for Little Girls | simplykierste.com

I like to "do" my girls' hair everyday. It's a ritual for us--they each come into my bathroom, and we talk while I do their hair for the day.  It's our time together, and one of my very favorite things. My girls have had short hair (a-line bobs) for most of their lives, so our routine has almost always included curling it or blowing it out.  Recently one of my girls has decided to grow hers out for ballet--it needs to be longer so it's easier to put back in a ballet bun, and I think she prefers long hair.  Her sister still loves short hair, and requests the same swing bob she's had since she was about a year old. Here in Texas. the summers are HOT and HUMID, and whether you're hair is long … [Read more...]



Bottled Water Printable Tags

Jun
02
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Bottled Water Printable Tags | simplykierste.com

So...I'm in moving mode, as you can probably tell from my last few posts.  This blog mirrors my life, and since we're knee deep in trying to sell our house and move across the country, a lot of my energy has been focused in that direction.  This past weekend we had the first open house after putting our home up for sale, and I always like to leave a little something for anyone that comes through.  Bottled water is perfect to beat the heat, and together with a little chocolate, it will hopefully help them remember us!  ☺ I made some cutey cute bottled water printable tags that add just the right touch!  I just love how they turned out, and all those bottles looked so cute all lined up.  … [Read more...]



5 Easy Things to Do Before Showing Your Home to a Potential Buyer

May
28
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Easy Things to Do Before Showing Your Home to a Potential Buyer | simplykierste.com

We are in the buying and selling mode once again, as we prepare for our move to New York. We've prepped our house for sale--painting, yardwork, and other small details that needed to be done.  We just put it on the market, and we're ready for buyers to come through!  I want the very best first impression for anyone that comes into our home, and there are five simple things that I do every single time a potential buyer is going to see our home that I've found to make a huge difference. They can be done in around 15-20 minutes, so even if you have a last minute showing, you can pull these off! If you've ever walked through a home that's for sale, you know that first impressions stay with … [Read more...]



Our Next Family Adventure…

May
27
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Family Adventure | simplykierste.com

Our family adventure continues!!! Yep--the sign is up, and this is happening!!  We are headed to New York! My husband took a new position at a company in upstate New York, and our family is getting ready to embark on a whole new adventure.  We are all thrilled beyond words, and can't wait to get there! If you had asked me when we first got married where our life would take us, I never would have imagined the places we would live.  Our moves have taken us from the West, to the Midwest, to the South and now to the East, and I'm so grateful for the experiences and friends I've gathered in each place. We are going from one extreme to the other--living near the Gulf of Mexico and HOT HOT … [Read more...]