{tutorial} how to publish your blog

My family blog has now become my scrapbook, journal, and family history all wrapped into one.  I started out scrapbooking years ago, but gradually as I had more children, I quickly realized that I was not going to be able to keep it up.  I was sad about it, because I really wanted to have a place to record our journey as a family, display pictures, and remember not only milestones but all the daily events that make up our life together.  About five years ago, I jumped on the blogging bandwagon, and it was a match made in heaven. I quickly noticed that I was writing a lot more than I ever had in a journal, or in my scrapbooks, where the photos tended to be the highlight and the … [Read more...]

Pop! An Easy & Adorable Music Recital Gift

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 There is an UPDATED POST and FREE PRINTABLE!!! \\Music Recital Gift...POP!!!! … [Read more...]

DIY Wood Pallet Photo Display

DIY Wood Pallet Photo Display| simplykierste.com

I recently acquired a bunch of wood pallets, and I couldn't wait to get going on a list of projects that I had in mind for them.  I had a vision of using them to display family photos, and there was a blank spot in my house that would be a perfect place for it to settle in. I love love love the end result!  The clothespins make it extremely versatile, and I can switch pictures in and out whenever I like.  I've clipped our most recent family pictures, but I thought about displaying past photos that were taken during the current season or holiday. It would be so fun to feature old Halloween pictures at Halloween, Christmas pictures at Christmas time, etc. Where can you find wood … [Read more...]

{photography with lei} what’s in my bag?

So here's the infamous "what's in my bag" post... except I'm also going to chronicle for you where I started and where I am now.  Because too often Mom decides she "wants to do photography" and goes out and buys a top of the line camera that she can't for the life of her utilize to its full capacity.  For what it's worth, I think it's important to start small and build slowly.  So I am going to admit to having some really piddly equipment in the beginning.My first digital camera was a Sony Cybershot with a whopping 3.3 megapixels.  It was just a point and shoot, nothing fancy, just fancier than anything I'd had before.  Except perhaps the Minolta I checked out and … [Read more...]

{a clean home}

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*****This post has recently been updated, with even more details, and a brand new checklist!! You can read all about it and download it in the new post!   ****** New checklist: ----- I'm one of those crazy people that likes to clean, and I really love a clean house.  There's something about an orderly home that creates a calming atmosphere, and I find that I can manage the rest of my life so much better if my house is clean.  I'm a big believer in "maintenance" cleaning, as opposed to cleaning for hours on one day of the week or before visitors are due to arrive.  It's much easier for me to fit in chores around my schedule during the day whenever I can, and it also allows for our … [Read more...]

{5 minute chocolate mousse}

Valentine's Day is a family day around here, and we always look forward to a really fun dinner together.  I'm all about the dessert though, and to me that means chocolate.  I whipped up this chocolate mousse in about 5 minutes, and it is so creamy and delicious. I served it in small mason jars, with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate.  If you're looking for an easy, quick, and yummy dessert, this recipe is for you!{5 Minute Chocolate Mousse}1-8 oz. package cream cheese, softened1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips1 pint heavy cream1/2 c. powdered sugar1 tsp. vanillaMelt the chocolate chips in the microwave, checking and stirring every 30 seconds, until you … [Read more...]

15 yummy super bowl food ideas

15 yummy super bowl food ideas | simplykierste.com

We love football at our house, and so of course that includes the Super Bowl.  I'm looking forward to the game, but since our team isn't playing, I'm just not quite as excited as I was last year. (Go, Steelers!)  At least there will be good food, right?  That always makes me feel better. :) When I think of Super Bowl food ideas, I think of hearty soups & chilis, yummy appetizers & easy-to-eat snacks, anything bite-sized, and delicious, munch-able treats.  This is a collection of recipes that have caught my eye, and started my mouth watering! They're all perfect for the Super Bowl, and for any other game day throughout the sports seasons. We love to get together with family and … [Read more...]

{wood photo clipboards…and more!}

wooden photo clipboard | simplykierste.com

I love coming up with different ideas to display photos, and this one is super cute and SO easy!  The binder clip allows for a simply way to change out photos, whenever you like! While I was making a clipboard for photos, I went ahead and made a couple others... Supplies for Chalkboard Clipboard: 1x6 piece of wood dowel hot glue gun router and sander painters tape spray paint chalkboard spray paint large binder clip (I got mine at Walmart--4 for $1.88) ribbon Supplies for Paper Clipboard: 1x6 piece of wood spray paint dowel hot glue gun router and sander scrapbook paper mod podge and foam brush vinyl lettering large binder … [Read more...]

{tutorial} how to install fonts

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I've had a lot of questions about downloading and installing fonts, so I wanted to address some of your questions, and offer a step-by-step tutorial so you can take advantage of all the fabulous fonts out there.  You can totally do this--once you've got it down, you'll be downloading them left and right. :) Since I have Windows 7, that's what my tutorial will be for, but I'm also including info for those of you that may not have that operating system. If you have a different Windows operating system than Windows 7 (XP, 2000, Vista) I did find a good step-by-step process for installing fonts in windows (includes all windows operating systems)--click HERE for that tutorial. There is another … [Read more...]