Pizza Night with Newman’s Own

Pizza Night with Newman's Own | simplykierste.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman’s Own. All opinions are 100% mine. Friday night is pizza night at our house, and we all absolutely love it.  We eat yummy pizza, then snuggle up on the couch to watch a movie. It's a tradition that's been going on for many years, and it's a great way to spend time together and unwind after a busy and hectic week.  The kids also love the fact that they get to stay up late! This past week we tried a new pizza by Newman’s Own. I was happy because I could pick up Three Cheese and Pepperoni for the kids, and the delightful Margherita with tomatoes for the adults. They're not tomato fans, but I sure am! It was quickly declared to … ...read more

A toe-tally awesome valentine

A toe-tally awesome valentine | simplykierste.com

This post may contain affiliate links. My kids love to give Valentines to their friends, and so do I! This darling "toe-tally awesome" valentine is perfect for all the girls in your life! So cute, and so easy!  Just tie on the tag to your favorite nail polish, and you're set!  They're perfect for friends, sisters, moms, teachers, hairstylists, and all those ladies in your life that you want to give a little love to.  It doesn't have to be for Valentine's Day...you can use it anytime you want to give a fun gift.  These would also make cute favors for a party, bridal shower, or girls' night. They're also perfect valentines for tweens and teens, when they want to give something that's … ...read more

You are sweet Valentine’s Day treat jar {free printable}

You are sweet Valentine's Day treat jar | free printable | simplykierste.com

This post contains affiliate links.  This darling "You are Sweet" Valentine's Day treat jar fits into my favorite simple + cute category.  With the included free printable tag, you can put it together in just minutes!   This cute gift is great for friends, neighbors, co-workers, and teachers.  It would also be a great favor for a Valentine's Day party!  Anyone would love to receive this fun jar, so if there's someone in your life you want to thank, or let know how special they are to you, this would be perfect!   SUPPLIES: -Milk Bottles -Valentine's Day M&M's -baker's twine -printable -double stick tape   DIRECTIONS: They're very easy … ...read more

Easy football paper sacks

Easy Football Paper Sacks | simplykierste.com

I know many of you are looking forward to this weekend's Super Bowl, and getting together with family and friends to watch the game, eat, and hang out.  However, I am looking forward to this weekend for a completely separate reason...my husband will be home from a two week international trip.  I think a massage is calling my name, and probably a pedicure too.  We are all so ready to have him home! That said, we are a football family, and love watching games together.  Of course snacks and food are involved, and I'm all about simple .  One of my kids' favorite snacks is popcorn, and it's a popular and fun thing to munch on during a game.  In my quest to come up with something cute for the … ...read more

14 days of valentines for your kids & spouse

14 Days of Valentines for your kids & spouse | simplykierste.com

It's been a tough couple of years for my kids, and our family.  We've lived in three states and moved cross country twice over that short period of time, and that's meant a lot of changes, including leaving the only place they've ever  really known.  We are starting to get settled here in upstate New York, and in the process of building a home, where we hope to live for a very long time.  I've felt like doing some extra-special things for my kids and my husband, to show them how much I love them, and give them a little extra joy, and Valentine's Day is the perfect time to do that.  I created a really fun 14 Days of Valentines, and I know they are all going to love it! I gathered cute … ...read more

His & hers Valentine’s Day gift card giveaway!!

His & Hers Valentine's Day Giveaway | simplykierste.com

I just LOVE giveaways, and this one is extra special, and a little different.  Not only is it for Valentine's Day, but it's a HIS & HERS Valentine's Day gift card giveaway!  $300 Gift Card for Him and a $300 Gift Card for Her!  ($600 Value) Awesome, right? Here are all the amazing bloggers that are bringing this giveaway to you... Lisa and Pam from Over the Big Moon – Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Jessica and Sarah from Pretty Providence - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Jen, Jamie & Jodi from Eighteen 25 - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Tauni from SNAP - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Kristen from Capturing … ...read more

10 easy & irresistible game day recipes

10 Easy & Irresistible Game Day Recipes | simplykierste.com

We are a football family!  Even though our team isn't playing in the Super Bowl this year (although they do have the most Super Bowl wins...GO Steelers!), we're still excited.  The Super Bowl is also synonymous with food.  Lots of yummy food.  I want to try a few new game day recipes this year, so I scoured the web for ideas--specifically ones that would be fast, easy, and of course contain cheese or chocolate.  :)  I rounded them up to share with you, plus a couple that I already know and love. Lasagna Dip Who doesn't love lasagna?  And to make it a dip?  HEAVEN!!! Peanut Butter Football Dip This is just so adorable, I couldn't resist! Game Day Walking … ...read more

14 favorite Valentine’s Day children’s books

14 Favorite Valentine's Day Children's Books | simplykierste.com

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see my full disclosure. Books are always a wonderful way to celebrate any holiday, and Valentine's Day is no exception.  If you're looking for a really fun and easy Valentine's Day tradition for your family, try a Valentine's Day Book Countdown...one book a day from the 1st through the 14th! Check out this list of Favorite Valentine's Day children's books! A Kiss for Little Bear , by Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! , Laura Numeroff Queen of Hearts, by Mary Engelbreit Counting Kisses, by Karen Katz Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George, N. Di … ...read more

Valentine popcorn lollipops + free printable!

Valentine Popcorn Lollipops | simplykierste.com

The Patriotic Popcorn Lollipops that I made for the 4th of July were such a hit,  I decided I just had to make a Valentine's Day version! My kids love these so much, and one of my five year old boys deemed them "the best popcorn balls in the world". So, there you go, all the recommendation you need. :) These are so easy and fun to make, and they are always popular wherever we take them.  They're made with melted marshmallow--so like a Rice Krispie treat but using popcorn instead! I tinted them pink, and I like the extra color it gives them for the Valentine holiday.  Next their dipped in white chocolate, with generous sprinkles on top, and they're ready to go! You can make them and … ...read more

Striped love sign

Striped Love Sign | simplykierste.com

I'm kind of in love with stripes, and I really love them on this Striped Love Sign I made to add to my Valentine's Day decor.  Although I love it so much, I might leave it up year round! SO fun!  I seriously love it.  Best of all, it's super easy to make and is a pretty quick project!  It would be adorable sitting on a mantel or entry table, or hanging on the wall.  I made mine a pretty good size--2 feet x 2 feet, but you can really make it any size you like. Use the same method and have it say something else--for a bedroom, bathroom, playroom--anywhere!  I love the wood color of the MDF alongside the white--so cute! Here's how I did it: SUPPLIES: -1/2 inch MDF, cut to 24 x24 … ...read more