{one fish, two fish}


We had a very informal birthday celebration for my boys this past weekend, and it was SO fun.  A backyard campfire, roasted hot dogs, lots of yummy food, playing in the yard--it was perfect.I really wanted to make just a couple of things to make the evening fun, and although I didn't have a lot of time to do much, it turned out just right. All of these are really simple, but I've found that it's the simple touches that make the biggest difference.  I chose the theme "1 Fish, 2 Fish", well, because there are two of them, and because they were turning two. :) The color combo was easy--red & blue of course, plus yellow, and a little green and orange. ShirtsThey have to have cute … [Continue reading...]

{friday favorites}


Thank goodness it's Friday--I'm SO ready for the weekend. We are celebrating my babies' birthday, and I can't believe they are turning 2. *sniff sniff*Friday also means that I have some current favorites to share!  This week is all about food and cleaners.  (What does that say about me?)1.  Tony's Creole SeasoningI am in love with Tony.  It is so versatile, and can be added to just about anything from soups to meat to french fries.  It has a little bite to it, so you'll need to tread carefully in the beginning, but you will love it!2.  Breakstone's Zesty Blends Sour Cream I saw this at my grocery store last week, and since we are both garlic and sour cream … [Continue reading...]

{ice cream sandwiches}


Ice cream sandwiches are a classic, and an absolute favorite of mine.  I love to make my own--they are super easy, and oh so yummy!(Sorry about the melty ice cream-it was frozen solid before I started taking pictures, but it was HOT outside!)It all starts with Black & White Chippers, a DELICIOUS chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips that I got from my bff Erica. This cookie is thick and rich, with a delightfully gooey center.  They are the perfect complement to the vanilla ice cream, creating a yummy summer treat.Ice Cream Sandwiches   Cookies:  1 3/4 cups flour 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder1 cup white sugar3/4 cup brown sugar2 tsp. baking soda1 cup butter2 … [Continue reading...]

{guest blogger} DIY summer camp


Do I have a treat for you today!! I am so excited to introduce you to my friend Courtney.  She is simply amazing, and you're going to find out one of the reasons why as you read this post.   When I heard about the summer camp she did for her kids, I knew I wanted her to share her ideas with not only me, but all of you. ..... Thanks Kierste for inviting me to your blog! My name is Courtney and I am a stay at home mom to five kids (including a set of triplet girls) as well as a non-practicing CPA.As we were planning out our summer I wanted to provide some fun experiences for my kids but was overwhelmed at the costs. Because our older son was attending some sports camps, I … [Continue reading...]

{big silhouette news and sale}


The Silhouette Team just returned from the CHA show in Chicago where they officially launched the Silhouette CAMEO! It is their brand new 12 inch cutting tool. (More details coming on that.) With the CAMEO on its way they have discontinued the Silhouette SD.  The good news? You can get the SD for $175 (while supplies last). Supplies are EXTREMELY limited, and once they're gone, they're gone.  You can also get  20% off ALL Silhouette products, including the new Silhouette Starter kits (excluding the download cards and machines).  Act now, and act fast!  This is a great deal on not only the Silhouette, but all the product as well.Just use the promo code bpp … [Continue reading...]

{berries for jam}

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One of our family's most-loved books is Jamberry, by Bruce Degen.     It's nearly impossible to read this only once through per sitting.  The words are utterly charming and delightfully irresistible.  I simply cannot tell you how many times we've read this book!  Every one of my kids loves it, and I have to admit, it's a personal favorite of mine too. What is this book all about?  Berries, berries for jam! So, after reading this book, what do we want to make?  Jam, of course! Freezer jam is super easy to make, and oh-so yummy.  In less than an hour you can have your very own homemade jam! It's also a really fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and enjoy an … [Continue reading...]