on the road with the hp pavilion x360

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This post is sponsored by HP.  All opinions are 100% mine. ----- A few weeks ago, I told you all about our plan to visit San Antonio for a quick family getaway, before the craziness of our move started. Can I just tell you how much fun we had? It was just what the doctor ordered! I thought I was in love with the HP Pavilion x360 before the trip, but now I KNOW I love it. It was a hot commodity while we were driving both there and back, and it rotated through all the kids, so they could each have their turn.  They used it for movies and games, and I used it for my sanity.  ☺  It was the perfect size to have in the car--small enough that it wasn't in the way, or too hard to move back and … ...read more

Don’t Eat Pete! A Simple & Fun Game for Kids and Families

don't eat pete | free printable | simplykierste.com

Our family has been playing Don't Eat Pete for years, and it has remained my kids' most requested game ever!  It's easy to play, making it perfect for even the youngest players, but fun enough for the oldest ones too.  Our copy finally bit the dust this past week, so I created a new one, and wanted it to share it with all of you!  The concept is simple.  Try to get as much candy as you can.  ☺ DIRECTIONS: Place a piece of candy on each picture. The first players turns their back, while everyone else chooses a picture to be "Pete".  When the player turns around, they point to one picture at a time, taking the candy that's on it, trying to avoid "Pete".  When they point to "Pete", … ...read more

Summer = Sweet Freedom

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This post brought to you by Blue Bunny Ice Cream. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- That first morning after the last day of school is heaven.  No kids to wake up at the crack of dawn, no early morning lunches to make, and no throwing on some clothes that won't embarrass my children before gathering all of them up to walk my girls to school. {Although my pajamas did make several appearances throughout the year, especially toward the end...}   Even if we're up early--because my children don't get the whole "sleeping in" thing--we lounge around, get dressed at 10am if we want to, watch a movie in the middle of the day if we want to, and go swimming as late as we want!  One word?  … ...read more

Fast & Easy Individual Pizzas

Fast & Easy Individual Pizzas | simplykierste.com

I'm going to tell you a secret.  Don't tell ANYONE. I don't like making dinner. It might have to do with the fact that it falls at the worst possible time of day,  Kids are tired, I'm tired, everyone's hungry, and as Murphy's Law states, as soon as I get in the kitchen, everyone needs something at that very moment. If school is in session, kids are doing homework, practicing music, and odds are one of the kids (or more) will have a lesson or practice.  In the summer, we're out and about during the day, and somehow, we are just as busy. So...I'm a big fan of fast, easy, and yummy meals that require minimal time in the kitchen but have maximum flavor.  These fast & easy individual pizzas … ...read more

Lemon Meltaways

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I'm pretty much obsessed with anything lemon.  All I have to do is see the word "lemon", and I totally want to try the recipe.  That's what happened a week ago, when a friend shared a recipe via e-mail.  AND it was for Lemon Meltaways, which, come on now, how can that be resisted?  Not very well.  ☺  I made them, LOVED them, my kids loved them, and they now have a permanent place in my recipe book.  I'm sharing them with you today!!  I don't think you'll be able to resist them either! This isn't a typical cookie recipe, which makes me love it that much more.  No beaters are required--just mix up the ingredients, which takes all of about 5 minutes.  Tops.  After rolling the dough into two … ...read more

10 Fun Summer Hairstyles for Little Girls!

Summer Hairstyles for Little Girls | simplykierste.com

I like to "do" my girls' hair everyday. It's a ritual for us--they each come into my bathroom, and we talk while I do their hair for the day.  It's our time together, and one of my very favorite things. My girls have had short hair (a-line bobs) for most of their lives, so our routine has almost always included curling it or blowing it out.  Recently one of my girls has decided to grow hers out for ballet--it needs to be longer so it's easier to put back in a ballet bun, and I think she prefers long hair.  Her sister still loves short hair, and requests the same swing bob she's had since she was about a year old. Here in Texas. the summers are HOT and HUMID, and whether you're hair is long … ...read more

Older than Dirt: Celebrating a Milestone Birthday

Older than Dirt | Celebrating Milestone Birthdays |simplykierste.com

After five years of blogging, I have a lot of posts from years past that I want to pull out of the archives and brush the dust off!  Through the summer I'm going "vintage", and sharing some of my favorites from the past!  This was originally posted three years ago, and I love it still! ----- Tonight we went to a surprise party for one of our closest friend's 40th birthday, and it was just SO fun. He was totally surprised, and his wife did a fabulous job planning and executing it. We laughed and laughed, ate a ton of yummy food, and did A LOT of teasing. You can't have a milestone birthday without some ribbing, and in that spirit, I created this fun gift jar...Older than … ...read more

The Vintage Pearl GIVEAWAY!!!

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This post is sponsored by The Vintage Pearl.  All opinions are 100% mine.  ----- I have been a fan of The Vintage Pearl for just about forever.  Okay, forever.  I've oohed and aaahed and drooled and LOVED their fabulous jewelry, and the bracelet they sent me with all of our family members' names on it is truly one of my most treasured possessions. I just love their personalized jewelry, because to me it means carrying my kids and family with me, even when we're apart. The Vintage Pearl style is so charming and lovely and clearly shown in all of their jewelry.  Each piece is  handmade, and with your own personalization, really are one-of-a-kind! It's special jewelry and everyday … ...read more

Easy German Pancakes

Easy German Pancakes | simplykierste.com

Ahhhh...the freedom of summer! We are all loving the lazy days spent at the pool, and I have a tendency to want to do super easy and fast dinners. Breakfast for Dinner is always popular, and one of my favorite, go-to meals is Easy German Pancakes.  They totally remind of me my childhood, and I grew up having them on Christmas Day, smothered in freshly whipped cream and berries. We couldn't WAIT to have them the next year!  Since then, I decided to have them a little more often (sans the whipping cream if we're having them for a regular dinner).  My kids LOVE them, and there are always huge cheers when they know they're on the menu! Whether you have these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, … ...read more

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 4th of July.  Every bit of it.  The celebration of this great nation, fireworks, food, friends, decorations...I love it all! It makes me so excited to announce that 101 of your favorite bloggers....yes, you read that right, 101!!!...have teamed up to create the ULTIMATE Red, White and Blue Roundup.  This is one roundup you just can't miss!  At the end of this post, after I share my fabulous Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups, you'll find the complete list of Red, White and Blue projects.  Sit down, get comfortable, and get ready to pin! I am seriously obsessed with frosted sugar cookies.  And let's face it...the whole purpose for the cookie is as a vehicle of the frosting.  ☺ … ...read more