Personalized Baby Blocks

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A good friend of mine created the cutest baby announcement cross stitch project for each new baby that's come into their family, and they are proudly on display in her home. I love the idea of having a child's birth information displayed, so I created these darling personalized baby blocks--perfect as a baby gift for a new mom, or for your own child's nursery or room. This is a simple project with a fabulous finish! Aren't they so fun?  I think any new mom would love these baby blocks for her baby, and you can make them in any color scheme to match any nursery! Gray, pink, navy, orange, turquoise...so many options! I made these a couple of years ago, and used vinyl for al the … ...read more

Free Back to School Printables

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Okay, you guys, it's MOVING week!! The movers are coming today, and we will be on our way to the lovely state of New York! We are all just so excited to get there, start exploring the area, and find out all about the kids' new schools. The first day of school is always exciting at our house, and I created a set of darling free Back to School printables to add to that fun first of school picture. I had all ages in mind with these printables--super cute for everyone, but not too "young" for older kids.  Simple.  Adorable.  LOVE them!!  What I like to do is print each one that I'm going to use (I did orange for my boys, and pink for my girls), then laminate them and file them away. Then each … ...read more

Picking Berries, Making Jam, and Summer Family Fun!

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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

Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken Tacos

Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken Tacos | simplykierste.com

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

Favorite & FREE Back-to-School Fonts!

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Hello, my name is Kierste, and I'm a total fontaholic.  I LOVE finding and using different fonts in all my projects, and while I have purchased several fonts I adore, I'm always on the hunt for FREE and FABULOUS fonts.  Of course I want to pass on my finds to you, and with the start of school quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to share my most favorite and free Back-to-School fonts! Aren't they delicious?  YUM!! And yes, I'm describing fonts as if I could eat them, because that's how much I love them! Use these darling fonts to create fun gift tags, jazz up school projects, and more! You can even just stare at them a little, like I do.  ☺ Once you download these fonts, you can … ...read more

Chalkboard Back to School Countdown Printable {FREE!}

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

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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

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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

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