Peace of mind with the VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor

V-Tech Safe & Sound Monitor | simplykierste.com

This post is brought to you by VTech and The Motherhood. All opinions are 100% my own. ----- There have been lots of times over the years when seeing what was going on inside the nursery would have been extremely helpful. Take for example the time that my one year old twin girls got into the fruit snacks I was storing under their cribs (small apartment, no storage space) while they were supposed to be taking a nap.  They ate through six full boxes before they were discovered. Or the time that my doorbell rang at 6am, and found my neighbor and my two year old little boy standing on the front porch.  He had woken up when his dad got up for work, quietly escaped from his crib, and … ...read more

Heart Chips & Salsa

Heart Chips & Salsa | simplykierste.com

Chips and salsa are a favorite at our house, and every once in awhile I make homemade tortilla chips. They're always a huge hit, so I knew that my kids would love this fun Valentine's Day snack of Heart Chips & Salsa! Aren't they adorable?  And they taste SO yummy! My kids gobbled them up and were asking for more within minutes.  I guess next time I'll have to do a much bigger batch! If you've never made homemade tortilla chips before, I'll tell you, they're worth it.  They don't take long to make, and they taste divine.  Usually I use a pizza cutter to cut corn tortillas into pie-shaped triangles, but in honor of Valentine's Day, I used a heart cookie cutter (about 2 inches) … ...read more

Famous 3-ingredient potato chip chicken

Famous 3-ingredient Potato Chip Chicken | simplykierste.com

The definitely of hitting the jackpot when you're a mom?  When every single one of you kids AND your husband absolutely loves the dinner you made.  There is a hands down favorite meal at our house, and my kids beg me to make it on a regular basis.  Potato Chip Chicken is crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed with flavor.  With sides of ranch dressing and honey mustard, it's pretty much heaven and a HUGE crowd-pleaser. It's a winner, all the way around!! Seriously, this chicken will make you a rockstar! It's popular with everyone I've served it to, and it's great for company and feeding a crowd.  I'm warning you...make a lot, it will go fly off the table! It's an … ...read more

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