Bunny Bait Trail Mix

We're into snacks at our house.  There might be three main meals, but there are at least 42 other times in the day that my kids want to eat.  My baby (yes, she's almost two, but she's my baby!!) asks every 5 seconds for a "nack", and I pretty much always acquiesce.  If you saw her cute face, I bet you would too!  When the holidays come around, I love to do simple snacks for our own little celebration, and with Easter coming, that means it's time for our favorite Bunny Bait Trail Mix!

Bunny Bait Trail Mix | simplykierste.com

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING!!! XO

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

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

 This darling "You are Sweet" Valentine's Day treat jar fits into my favorite simple + cute category.  With my free printable tag, you can put it together in just minutes!  

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

This cute gift is perfect for friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, and more!  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 them know how special they are to you, this is a good place to start.

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING!!! XO

Easy & Adorable DIY Bookmarks | simplykierste.com

Easy DIY Bookmarks

There are affiliate links within this post.

I hosted a book exchange party a few weeks ago, and it was SO SO fun.  It's been one of my favorite parties over the years, and I was excited to have new friends over and carry on the tradition here.  I promise I will share all the details about the party soon, but today I'm sharing the easy & adorable DIY bookmarks I made for the party favors.  SO easy, SO fast, and SO dang cute!

Easy & Adorable DIY Bookmarks | simplykierste.com

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING!!! XO

Family Lacing Cards | simplykierste.com

Family Lacing Cards

We live far away from all of our family--most of them live thousands of miles away, and my sister is the closest at twelve hours away. We don't get to see them as often as we would like, but it's important to me that we do things to keep connected, and to help my kids know their family.  I thought it would be fun to make a set of family lacing cards for my kids for Christmas a couple of years ago, and they LOVE them.  I made a card for each of our siblings, and their families, and it's so fun to have their cute faces so often.

Family Lacing Cards | simplykierste.com

 It's a perfect gift for either your kids, or for other family members--with a card of your family, of course!  I love to tuck them into our church bag, into my diaper bag for visits to the doctor and other times we have to wait, and into the car.

  This is a very easy project, and can be put together in an afternoon! It's also extremely budget-friendly--I made this whole set for less than $10, with the majority going to the lamination.

Family Lacing Cards | simplykierste.com

 

ITEMS YOU NEED:

-white cardstock

-coordinating cardstock

-paper trimmer & scissors

-hole punch

-printer

-pictures of choice

Family Lacing Cards | simplykierste.com

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Develop 5x7 pictures of your family.  On white cardstock, print the names or other text a little below the middle of the page, giving room for the picture to go above it.  Once it's printed, adhere the picture right above the text using double stick tape. (Font = century gothic)

2. Trim the white cardstock, leaving about a 3/4 inch border around the edges.  Mat it onto a coordinating piece of cardstock--I decided on red.  Trim all edges to be even.

3.  You're ready to laminate!  I took mine to Office Max, and had them use a 7 mil laminate.  I wanted it as thick as possible, and the 10 mil wouldn't work with all of the cardstock. Trim the laminate, leaving a small border around the edges.  ***Make sure you round the corners afterward--the edges are very sharp! If you have a laminator, you can do it yourself too! I also have a laminator, but I wanted it a little thicker than mine can do.

4.  Using a ruler and a Sharpie, decide where you how far apart you want the holes, and make a small mark.  Punch the holes over the mark you made with your hole punch.

That's it, you're done!  You've got darling family lacing cards!

 Family Lacing Cards | simplykierste.com
Cupcake Liner Treat jar | simplykierste.com

Easy Cupcake Liner Gift Jars

If you've been reading my blog for very long, you know that I'm all about simple ideas that pack a big punch--small things that don't take a lot of time, but look like you did.  :) I try to always have simple packaging items on hand, in case I need to quickly put together a gift for someone. Mason jars, milk bottles, bakers twine, and jute are a few, but I'm going to let you in on a little secret about one of my favorites...cupcake liners! They fit perfectly on the top of mason jars, and dress them up to make an easy and adorable Cupcake Liner Gift Jar.

Cupcake Liner Treat jar | simplykierste.com

Isn't that SO cute? And it literally took me three minutes.  THREE!

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING!!! XO

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms | simplykierste.com

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

Peppermint is one of my favorite holiday flavors, and I LOVE it with chocolate.  The pairing is a match made in heaven, and heavenly would be the perfect way to describe these cookies.  When I came across Candy Cane Kisses at the store last week, I knew exactly what I wanted to do...I took the popular Peanut Butter Blossom cookie, and traded out the flavors for a delightful Christmas cookie!

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms | simplykierste.com

The rich, chocolate-y cookie, with that little creamy bite of peppermint on the top...it's absolute perfection. And isn't it so adorable and festive? I love love the cute stripes on the Candy Cane Kiss!

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING!!! XO

Favorite Toys List | simplykierste.com

Favorite Toys List

This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are 100% mine.

-----

Christmas is on its way, and the talk of Christmas toys and gifts is rampant at our house.  I've made my lists, and shopping has commenced! We tend to invest in classic toys, and add to the collection over the years...like Legos, Lincoln Logs,  blocks, and art supplies.  They last for a long time, in terms of both quality and age level.  Love that! Many of them are also gender neutral, because my kids like the same things, and play all together a lot.  I've made a list of some of our favorite toys, and others that top our Christmas list this year!  If you're looking for some ideas, I hope these help!  Age range:  4-10, with a few sprinkled in for a little younger.  

Favorite Toys List | simplykierste.com

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING!!! XO

Snowball Cookies | simplykierste.com

Snowball Cookies

It's the 10th of the month...another fun blog hop today, with a SNOW theme!

 When I was growing up, every Christmas we would receive an eagerly anticipated package from my grandmother.  It was packed full with all of her famous Christmas cookies and treats, and we couldn't wait to get them.  Snowball Cookies were always included, and they've long been one of my favorites.  This classic shortbread cookie is rich, buttery, melts in your mouth, and is the perfect addition to your holiday baking!

Snowball Cookies | simplykierste.com

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING!!! XO

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

31 Cheesy, Easy, & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas

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!

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

I LOVE the Chex one......

  1. M&M's: Have a Merry & Most Wonderful Christmas!
  2. Soup or soup mix: Wishing you a "Souper" Holiday Season!
  3. Frozen or ready-to-bake pizza: Warm up to a wonderful holiday season, "topped" with Christmas cheer! OR...Hope your holiday has a lot of "pizza-az"!
  4. Apples & Hershey's hugs: A teacher can't live by apples alone...she needs hugs too!
  5. Popcorn balls: Here's hoping you have a "ball" this year!
  6. Loaf of bread: For being there when you were "kneaded", for "rising" to the occasion, large or small. For never "loafing" on the job, for helping others to "heel". No matter how you "slice" it, you do a terrific job. Merry Christmas!
  7. Jolly Ranchers: Have a Holly "Jolly" Christmas!
  8. Root beer: We're "rooting" for you to have a wonderful holiday season!
  9. Chex mix: Remember, Santa "Chex" his list twice! Happy Holidays!
  10. Nuts: We're "nuts" about you! Merry Christmas!
  11. Measuring cup (filled with candy): Wishing you joy beyond measure!
  12. Cinnamon & Sugar (or cookie sprinkles), in a cute jar: May your Christmas be sprinkled with laughter and love--Merry Christmas!
  13. Salsa: Adding a little "spice" to your holidays!
  14. Seasoning Mix: "Seasoned" with love--Merry Christmas! Or "Seasons" Greetings!
  15. Sprite: May your Christmas be Merry & Sprite!
  16. Soda Pop: I'd "soda" like to wish you a Merry Christmas!
  17. Mints: Friends like you are worth a mint! OR We were "mint" to be friends!
  18. Grater & Cheese: To a "grate" neighbor--Happy Holidays!
  19. Bear-shaped Honey: Have a "beary" sweet Christmas!
  20. Christmas-shaped Pasta (or any pasta & sauce): Have a "pasta-tively" happy holiday!
  21. Jam: Hoping you have a holiday "jam-packed" with fun!
  22. Cookie Dough: Here's a little extra "dough" for Christmas! or Everyone needs a little extra "dough" for Christmas!
  23. Divinity: May your holiday be divine!
  24. Toffee or Brittle: Any way you "break it", we're think you're the greatest!
  25. Apple anything (pie, muffins, bread, cobbler, or apples): You're the "apple' of our eye! Merry Christmas!
  26. Banana bread: We love you a whole bunch!
  27. Cupcakes: You take the cake! Merry Christmas!
  28. Carrot cake: We "carrot" a lot about you!
  29. Oranges: "Orange" you glad we're friends? I am!
  30. Sparkling Cider: Wishing you a sparkling holiday season!
  31. Set of thank you notes: We're so thankful for you!.....

And one more that I love, and have done several times...Snowman Soup!  I've created free printables for download!

Snowman Soup | free printable | simplykierste.com

Do you have a fun idea? Please share--and link it up here, or leave me a comment!

halloween tags | free printable | simplykierste.com

Halloween Tags {Free Printable}

We are a popcorn family, and love it pretty much every way you can think of.  When I came across black melting wafers by Wilton on my last trip to the store, I knew they would be perfect for a fun & spooky Halloween popcorn treat!  This popcorn is yummy for snacking on at home, but it's also perfect to wrap up and give away.  Add one of these darling free Halloween tags, and you've got a fun and super easy Halloween gift!

Spooky Halloween Popcorn & Free Printable Halloween Tags | simplykierste.com

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING!!! XO

Sweets for the Sweet Friend Gift Idea & Free Printable | simplykierste.com

Sweets for the Sweet: Free Printable Birthday Gift Tags AND Birthday Gift Blog Hop (100+ ideas!!!)

I'm excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my Sweets for the Sweet Gift Idea & Free Printable! I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! SO fun, seriously!! This is a fabulous collection of gift ideas and printables that are absolutely perfect for the wonderful friends and family in your life...and it's all here in one place!

Sweets for the Sweet Friend Gift Idea  & Free Printable | simplykierste.com

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING!!! XO