Wrapping it up with Scotch Holiday Tape!

Gift Wrapping with Scotch Holiday Tape | simplykierste.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 3M. All opinions are 100% mine. Tis' the season for gifts and wrapping! Giving gifts is an integral and magical part of the holiday season, and it's so fun for me to make or find the perfect gift for the people in my life.  Whether it's for my family, teachers, neighbors, or friends, I love making packages look festive, and Scotch consistently comes through for me!  This time of year I head to Staples and stock up on my favorite holiday tape:  Scotch Magic Tape, Scotch Double Sided Tape and Scotch Expressions Tape. Scotch Magic Tape is perfect for holding wrapping paper in place--it's strong and clear and stays just where I need it to … [Read more...]

Black Friday with Silhouette!!!

Silhouette Black Friday | simplykierste.com

*I am an affiliate with Silhouette. YOU GUYS!!! This is THE Silhouette sale of the year!!! I've been working with Silhouette for a long time-since the very beginning--and I just don't see a better sale than Black Friday.  This year is no different, and with the introduction of two brand new, amazing machines, it's even more exciting!! I really love their machines and products, and I use them often for so many aspects of my life--school, church, home & family, organization, home decor, holidays--pretty much everything! If you have been dying to get your hands on the new Curio or Mint, or if you've been waiting to get the Cameo or Portrait, this is the time!  If you want to … [Read more...]

Candy Bar Mummy Halloween Gift Idea

Candy Bar Mummy Gift Idea | simplykierste.com

You probably know by now that I love simple the most.  Quick, easy, and adorable is my mantra, and I'm always looking for gift ideas that fit all of those criteria.  Even better is when they are cost-efficient, and this darling Candy Bar Mummy is all of them! SO cute! It literally took me 30 seconds to make--so easy.  Love!!  If you're looking for a simple and cost-effective Halloween gift idea or party favor, this is a great option.  Since it's wrapped, it's also great for a classroom treat idea. Our school just adopted a new snack/treat policy, and everything needs to be wrapped, so I'm excited to do this for my kids' classmates.   SUPPLIES: (affiliate links … [Read more...]

Some exciting news…

I'm going to be an author!! | simplykierste.com

I'm still pinching myself. I'm sure the surreal feeling I have is going to last for a very long time, because whether I say it out loud or in my head it seems like there's no way it's really true.  But it is! It's also the reason I've been posting a little less than usual, and why that will most likely be the case for the next few months.  It's been almost a week since my last post, and it's because I've been working like mad on my biggest project so far. Here's a little hint... I'm going to be an author!! I'm so excited, and nervous, and excited, and nervous! I'm learning how to balance being a mom, write a book, and still get all the laundry done. :)  It's been quite the … [Read more...]

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup | simplykierste.com

It's soup season!  Hooray! I love to serve soup at least once a week--maybe more!  Crockpot soups are my favorite, because I can add all the ingredients in the morning, and then just serve it that night when very little additional prep.  It's a busy mom's best friend! A friend shared this recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup years ago, and it's been at the top of my list ever since.  It's super yummy, and it's healthy, so it makes everyone happy! There are just a few ingredients, and most of them are probably already in your pantry. I use a pizza cutter to cut corn tortillas into strips, and fry them in a little oil in a cast iron skillet, but I've seen them at stores already made if … [Read more...]

Maple Nut Oat Scones

Maple Nut Oat Scones | simplykierste.com

  Kara, from Creations by Kara is here today, sharing this YUMMY recipe!  Loaded with hearty oats and pecans, then drizzled with a tasty maple glaze, these maple nut oat scones are sure to make any morning a little sweeter! I already have several awesome recipes for scones, but I love trying out new flavor variations. I am a big fan of scones with fruit and nuts, but my kiddos prefer a more plain scone. I like to pack them with a little nutrition, so this version is filled with fiber from whole wheat, oats, and nuts. My kids were none the wiser, and gobbled them up just as fast as a plate of doughnuts. Score! These scones have a nice sweet flavor from the brown sugar, and … [Read more...]

DIY Halloween picture frames

DIY Halloween frames | simplykierste.com

Hi, it's Jessica from Mommy Envy! Once September hits I like to pull out the Fall and Halloween decor. Fall is my favorite season and I feel like it never sticks around long enough. And winter is my least favorite so I try to make Fall last as long as possible. My kids and I have been feeling a little cooped up this week. We typically walk every morning but I have a knee injury and haven't felt like walking much. With a few left over supplies from other projects my oldest and I put together these fun DIY Halloween Picture Frames. I used some scrape pieces of wood and craft paint left over from other projects. The ends were a bit rough from the saw so I sanded them down a bit and … [Read more...]

Chocolate energy bites

Chocolate Energy Bites | simplykierste.com

Kara, from Creations by Kara is sharing a yummy recipe today! .................   On the lookout for an easy after school snack for the kiddos? Give these Chocolate Energy Bites a try. I bet they'll be a big hit with everyone at your house! My boys started school this week. Dang why does summer have to go so fast? I mean I'm kind of glad to be back into a routine that includes kids in bed before 10:30, but I do miss having them around during the day. And of course my four year old is going through withdrawals because preschool hasn't started yet. But school always starts whether I'm ready for it or not. Like, every single year. And of course, once school starts, as the mom … [Read more...]

Banana Split Brownie Ice Cream

Banana Split Brownie Ice Cream | simplykierste.com

I am a big fan of banana splits and the more toppings the better! This no churn banana split brownie recipe is one of my favorite recipes yet and I am so excited to share it with you today! My name is Jes and I blog over at Mommy Envy, I am so excited to be back again this month sharing this recipe with you! Now that I've discovered no churn ice cream I don't know if I will ever go back. I've never had luck with ice cream machines, mainly because I like too many toppings. And I love that I get to make up my own flavors! I've contemplated this recipe for a while now and I finally made it just for you! Even if you don't like banana splits, I think you will still like this recipe. … [Read more...]

First-day-of-school outfits with Rack Room Shoes!

School Shoes for Kids | simplykierste.com

This post is sponsored by Rack Room Shoes. All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone. ................ It's almost time for school to start!  Can you just smell the newly sharpened pencils? I love this time of year, and shopping with my kids for all of their school supplies, including their first day of school outfits.  Do you remember choosing your outfit for the first day?  Oh, the memories!  In my day it was ESPRIT bags and Guess jeans and Birkenstocks, which totally tells you I'm a child of the 80's and 90's! As a mom, those first day outfits are still important, because my kids love them too. School shoes are a really important part of that first day, and the whole year. Our … [Read more...]