25 Days of Family Christmas Activities

25 Days of Family Christmas Activities | simplykierste.com

This is a vintage post that I couldn't help re-sharing.  We love counting down to Christmas with family activities--it's the highlight of the season! ----- The best part of Christmas isn't Christmas morning.  Don't get me wrong--I absolutely love the magic of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and seeing the joy in my children's faces as they tiptoe down the stairs, see the tree lit with all the presents underneath it, peek into their stockings for the first time, and open that one gift that they've been praying for (and that I've been dying to give them).  For me, it's everything that leads up to that morning--all the wrapping, shopping, decorating, baking, reading, light-seeing, … ...read more

31 Cheesy, Easy, & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas

31 Cheesy, Easy & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas | simplykierste.com

Looking for neighbor gift ideas? Have I got a list for you! My mom passed this list on to me years ago, and since it was an old, typewritten copy, I thought it was time it came into the digital age.  :) I love how cheesy these ideas are, but they are also super fun and easy. I remember quite a few from my growing up years, so they also bring back a lot of memories. If you're looking for something that you don't have to bake, there are some really great ideas on here! I LOVE the Chex one...... M&M's: Have a Merry & Most Wonderful Christmas! Soup or soup mix: Wishing you a "Souper" Holiday Season! Frozen or ready-to-bake pizza: Warm up to a wonderful holiday season, … ...read more

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden: BEFORE

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden | simplykierste.com

This post is sponsored by the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine. ----- We moved to New York from Texas just a little over two months ago, and since we were planning to build a home, we moved into a rental duplex and put pretty much everything we owned into storage.  Even though we aren't going to be here too long, I kept out a few things to decorate with, and to make it feel like home. Sometimes it's hard living in a rental, when you can't make any changes, or paint any walls, and even if you could, spending money on something temporary isn't what you want to do.  I feel that way about my kitchen. It isn't bad...just really white.  Everything.  The cabinets, … ...read more

Halloween Don’t Eat Pete

Halloween Don't Eat Pete | simplykierste.com

Don't Eat Pete is one of our most favorite family games...EVER.  We play it quite often for family night, and I thought it would be fun to create a fun Halloween version! If you're looking for a fun and easy classroom party idea, this is one for your list!  Kids of all ages love this, making it perfect for any grade. With very little prep, it also makes it an easy choice. Whether it's for home or school, it's very popular with anyone who plays! Here's how it works: (Print the file below, the laminate for best results. You'll also need a bag of Halloween candy, like Skittles, M&M's, marshmallows, or other small candy.) 1. Have all the players sit around in a circle around the … ...read more

The Best Apple Crisp

The Best Apple Crisp | simplykierste.com

One of my husband's most favorite desserts is Apple Crisp. So, as the very good wife that I am, I spent years searching for the best recipe I could find, with the focus being on that yummy, crumbly topping, which is what I think the whole point of having Apple Crisp is.  :)  And you know what?  I found it.  Several years ago, I tried this recipe, and I've never gone back.  It really is The Best Apple Crisp!   I will tell you, I love it because there it makes A LOT of the topping, which is my favorite part. My husband also always asks for "extra" crumbly topping of any kind, so it satisfied both of our appetites.  If you like more apple than crisp, than you might want to consider cutting … ...read more

Gluten Free Halloween Candy

Gluten Free Halloween Candy | simplykierste.com

 One week until Halloween!  Eeek!  We are so excited at our house, and my five year old boys ask at least ten times every day how many more days until Halloween arrives! The costumes and the candy....oh, the candy. We end up with SO much!! I have a little girl with Celiac Disease and can't have gluten, so being aware of the gluten free Halloween candy  is really important. I've read through several gluten-free and Celiac dedicated sites, because they always post candy information about this time of year. I was able to compile a list of popular Halloween candy that is listed by their manufacturers as gluten-free, which will be very helpful when all that candy comes home! If you are also … ...read more

Holiday Shopping Deals of the Week!

holiday shopping deals of the week | simplykierste.com

This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone. ----- I like to start my holiday shopping early.  Don't get me wrong..there are usually a few gifts that I'm buying the day or two before Christmas, but for the most part, I like giving myself plenty of time. I also love shopping online and taking advantages of holiday shopping deals and bargains, all in the comfort of my own home.  Pajamas?  Check.  Mug of Hot Chocolate?  Check.  Cozy blanket?  Check.  As a blogger, I'm lucky enough to hear about great shopping deals, and since I love to share info with you, my lovely readers, I'm passing them along! Some of the  holiday shopping deals of the … ...read more

10 Spooky & Easy Halloween Dinner Ideas

Easy & Spooky Halloween Meals | simplykierste.com

Halloween night is one of the most fun nights of the year, and one our whole family looks forward to.  Costumes, trick-or-treating, friends, and food!!  I love to make something fun for Halloween dinner, but it has to be pretty quick and easy.  Usually the day includes dashing from one school classroom to another, costume parades, and other Halloween activities, so it doesn't leave a whole lot of prep time. This year I was on the hunt for some fun, spooky & easy Halloween dinner ideas, and I wanted to pass them on to you! So many yummy and creative ideas! Mini Halloween Pizzas Who doesn't love pizza? Always popular with a crowd...no matter the size! Pumpkin Veggie Tray, Taste of … ...read more

Jack-o-Lantern Treat Jar

Jack-o-Lantern Treat Jar | simplykierste.com

Do you have someone in your life that you want to give a little Halloween "something" to? It could be for a friend, neighbor, teacher, family member, someone you want to thank, or a "just because".  This darling Jack-o-Lantern treat jar is really easy to put together, and the free printable tag I'm sharing adds the perfect touch! I visit a few ladies each month, and I love being able to take a little treat to them, especially during the holiday months.  You can add a little note if you like, and it makes a perfectly adorable gift. This is something that anyone can do!  I filled a half pint mason jar (wide mouth) with little pumpkin candies, and added a jack-o-lantern face cut on my … ...read more

Paint Can Trick-or-Treat Buckets

Paint Can Trick-or-Treat Buckets | simplykierste.com

Remember how I told you everything we have (minus the basics) is in storage?  That means all of our Halloween stuff, including the trick-or-treat buckets.  The kids were pretty concerned about what they would put all of their candy in, so, it was time to make new ones!  I was going to use pails--because I'm seriously obsessed with them, and use them for everything--but when I was in the paint aisle at Home Depot and saw the paint cans, I thought they would be perfect, and so fun!  I absolutely love how they turned out, and so do my kids.  Maybe a little too much, because I've now had to hide them until it's time to use them! You all know that I love simple and quick projects, and this … ...read more