National Diabetes Month & Sweet Freedom

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This is a sponsored post by Blue Bunny Ice Cream. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- November is National Diabetes Month, and it's very near and dear to my heart. I can't believe it's been 10 years since my darling little boy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He was in kindergarten, and had just turned six years old--it seems like yesterday and forever ago all at the same time.  What a roller coaster it's been! A couple of weeks ago, we visited the town in Michigan where we lived for many years. We happened to also visit The Diabetes Center where we received our very first training all those years ago, and the memories just came flooding back.  I also realized just how far we had come, … [Read more...]

Holiday Hot List Giveaway WINNERS!!!

We have Holiday Hot List Giveaway WINNERS!!!  CONGRATS, and a huge thank you to everyone who entered. Sharon Perkins Bottini Won the $200 Apple Gift Card Angie Snyder Won the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack Nichole Lee Richins Won the $100 Disney Gift Card Contact Mariel at to claim your prize within 48 hours, or we'll need to select a new winner.   … [Read more...]

FREE Holiday Hot List Digital Coupon Book + GIVEAWAY!!!

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I am seriously SO excited! This day has been a long time coming for me, because I have been so thrilled to share it all with you.  I love doing giveaways, because it's so fun for me to be able to give back to all of you, my awesome readers.  I've always wished that I could give something to EVERYONE, and now I can! I've teamed up with three other bloggers extraordinaire to bring you all the FREE Holiday Hot List Digital Coupon Book!  It's chock full of amazing and exclusive coupons from some of your favorite online retailers, including...Melissa & Doug, World Market, Ghirardelli, Sassy Steals, Overstock, Blendtec and so many more!  Freebies2Deals // The Crafting Chicks // Or So She … [Read more...]

Silhouette Back to School Promo & Portrait Giveaway!!

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I'm an affiliate with Silhouette.  All opinions are 100% mine. ----- Silhouette is celebrating Back to School with an awesome promo!  Along with either the CAMEO or Portrait, the bundles include some of my favorites--chipboard, printable sticker paper, printable foils, adhesive wash sheets, and more!  My CAMEO has been packed away for a few weeks, and I'm starting to have withdrawals, lol.  With school starting, even more projects are getting added to the list, and whether it's preparing for school, getting organized, or school projects, my Silhouette is my right hand guy. Or girl.  :) Here are a few of the back to school projects I've made using my Silhouette... { Chalkboard Binder … [Read more...]

Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken Tacos

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Have a busy day? You simply cannot beat a yummy crockpot meal.  I'm all about fast, easy, and forget about it.  :)  I have been making these Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken Tacos for a long time, and they have always been a family favorite.  It's one of the meals that every single one of my kids love, and every last bite is eaten! Get this...there are only three ingredients that go in the crockpot! That's it! This literally takes 3 minutes to put together (I timed myself, lol) and it's perfect for those busy days when you really only have a few minutes. It starts with chicken breasts or chicken tenders (it doesn't matter, because you're going to shred it)--whatever you have is fine.  In … [Read more...]

Instax Share Smartphone Printer + $50 Sassy Steals GIVEAWAY!!!

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Have you seen the Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer?  I hadn't heard of it until this week, but now I totally want one! I don't know about you, but I take the vast majority of our family photos on my iPhone. The Instax is a printer that allows you to wirelessly print the cutest credit card sized photos (square too!)...from your phone!!!  Seriously, how cool is that? They're like little polaroids, totally adorable, and made so incredibly easy.   LOVE. I've joined up with some pretty awesome bloggers, so that you you can enter to win one, along with a $50 credit to Sassy Steals!  Wahoo!! Just follow the directions in the box below, making sure to read all terms before entering.  GOOD … [Read more...]

HP Pavilion x360 GIVEAWAY!!!

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This post is sponsored by HP. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- I'm SO SO excited!! I've been waiting for this day for a long time, and it's finally here! You've heard me talk about how much our family loves our HP Pavilion x360, and how we use it for EVERYTHING from planning trips to homework to movie nights to paying bills--it's incorporated itself into our family life, and we love it. Well....I am thrilled to tell you that HP is giving one lucky Simply Kierste reader their own HP Family Time Kit, including the  HP Pavilion x360 and HP Envy 5530 All-in-One Printer!!!  I'm already thrilled for the winner!! We  use the HP Envy printer ALL the time, and I especially love that you can … [Read more...]

Packing with Atlantic Luggage…and a GIVEAWAY!!!

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This post brought to you by Atlantic Luggage. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- Summer is quickly approaching, and that means traveling!! Whether it's a longer vacation or a short getaway, we like to plan several trips over the summer.  Next week we're headed to San Antonio to visit the Alamo, walk the Riverwalk, and go to Six Flags--and we can't wait!!! Traveling with six kids means A LOT of stuff,  and I always do my best to limit the amount of pieces of luggage we have to bring with us. When Atlantic Luggage issued me a "packing challenge", I couldn't resist.  They sent me a brand new piece of luggage to try out, and challenged me to see how much I could actually fit inside. My … [Read more...]

My Herbs are Growing! Gro-ables Update…

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This post brought to you by Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- Okay, so you know how nervous I was to venture into this world of gardening, and I'm feeling so encouraged!  I think I might even go so far as to remove "black thumb" from my name! ☺  I've been so pleased with my whole experience with Gro-ables. It was the perfect start for me, since they're designed for beginning gardeners, and the user process has been streamlined and simplified to take the guesswork out of gardening. I'm not quite ready to harvest, but I'm really looking forward to that day!  The basil smells SO yummy, and I'm totally counting down the days until I make some of my favorite recipes and try new … [Read more...]

My Gro-ables Herb Garden Update!

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This post brought to you by Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- I have some very exciting news to little herb garden is growing! This is BIG, I'm telling you. When I heard about Gro-ables, how easy they are to use, and that they're designed for beginning gardeners,  I couldn't wait to give them a try.  Since I'm not the world's best gardener, I usually rely on my husband to do  the gardening, but this time I wanted to do it all on my own. So...when I saw these cute little green sprouts popping up this week, I was more than thrilled.  That's basil you see there, yay!!! They really were so easy to plant, I almost couldn't believe it. I literally just peeled off the … [Read more...]