{striped straw birthday candles}

striped straw birthday candles | simplykierste.com

It was my girls' birthday this weekend, and we had such a blast celebrating!  They wanted a pink cake, which was a pretty easy request considering what they've asked for in past years.  I made a simple pink cake, and when it was time for the birthday candles, it just seemed like it needed something more. I was getting out some striped straws for our hot chocolate, when I had an idea... The hole in the straw looked to be just a tad bigger than the plain birthday candles I had (just the regular white striped ones), and I decided to see if they would fit inside, and they did!  It was a tight fit, but I was able to slide them in just far enough that they were secure. SO CUTE!!!  It made all … [Read more...]

{queen bee market giveaway!!!}

win 200 of handmade awesome from the queen bee market

Happy Monday!!  What a FUN giveaway I have for you today, to start the week off right! If you follow craft bloggers on social media, you may have heard about a bloggers' conference called SNAP that happened last weekend.  I REALLY wanted to go, but I was home...with my new baby.  :) One of the fabulous things they have there is called the Queen Bee Market, which is full of handmade goodness. This gathering is fun to browse through... and even more fun to shop at! I partnered with BlogPrizes.com and some of my awesome blogging friends to give YOU a chance to win some of the hottest items at the Queen Bee Market. And I really mean the HOTTEST. Several of these items were sold out before the … [Read more...]

{simple DIY numbered labels}

labels three alone copy

I number everything.  It's true.  I do number things just to make them cute, but I also use numbers quite a bit for organizational purposes.  With six kids, numbers really come in handy, although I do feel a little like Captain Von Trapp. ☺ Each of my children have a number, and they have their own kitchen stool, coat hook, and more.  We have a front entry bench with baskets underneath it, where each child has their own basket for shoes. We used to have the whole family's shoes there, and the kids shared baskets, but they were quickly running out of room.  Now it's one child per basket, and it was time for numbered labels! These are highly used shoe baskets, and I needed durable, … [Read more...]

Paper Sack Mother’s Day Card: a Child’s Q&A

paper sack mother's day cards | simplykierste.com

At my church, I get to work with the Primary children (kids aged 3-11), and I LOVE it. Mother's Day is just a few short weeks away, and this week I designed a super fun card that I think all their moms are going to love! I wanted to make a card where they could each express some favorite things about their mom.  I was talking to one of my best friends this week, and she reminded me of an idea that I have actually loved for a long time...in fact, my oldest son wrote a card like it for me when he was in preschool, and it's one of my most treasured possessions.  Asking a child questions about their mom--some funny, others serious--and putting it all together in a cute package was just what I … [Read more...]

{silhouette portait giveaway winner!}

april promo with code

A huge congratulations goes to Miriam Prantner...winner of the Silhouette Portrait giveaway!!! Check your e-mail for details, Miriam!! :) The promotion is still going strong, and will be through April 26th!! Premium vinyl is 25%, making it only $7.50 a roll!!  Time to stock up! {kierste} … [Read more...]

{2013 summer schedule}

2013 summer schedule | simplykierste.com

Yes, I know it's only April, but summer is soon upon us, and I've already started penciling in summer activities.  Summer camps, swimming lessons, and vacations have made their way onto my calendar, and there is more to come. I'm constantly learning about other fun summer activities, and I love having a place to keep them all straight, and reduce overbooking or overlapping.  I created this summer schedule several years ago, and loved it, so I update it each year and live by it the whole summer! It makes me happy!  :) There are a couple of ways you can use this: 1.  Download the PDF file, place in a frame, and use it as a dry erase board. (Use a fine point Sharpie--it won't rub off with … [Read more...]

{silhouette GIVEAWAY and promo!}

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I'm so lucky!  It's time for another Silhouette Portrait giveaway!!! Plus...this month's promo is also awesome, featuring my personal favorite...vinyl! It's also priced at an all-time low--you don't want to miss this! I use vinyl ALL.THE.TIME.  I label everything in sight, create tons of home decor, put it on my walls, use it on tags & cards, create banners and other party items...and more.  I think I'm kind of in love with it.  :) I'm in the middle of re-doing my twin boys' room (age 3), as they have now moved from their cribs into bunk beds. Today I used vinyl for a simple lamp makeover, and I LOVE it.  I actually only added one small thing--a number 2 (there are two of them :) ), … [Read more...]

{chalkboard & fence post family home evening board}

Family Home Evening Board | simplykierste.com

Every Monday night is a special one at our house...it's Family Night, or Family Home Evening as we like to call it. We put everything on hold, and don't put anything else on the schedule.  Everyone stays home, and we enjoy some really fun and quality time together as a family.  We do have a structure, not only to stay organized, but to also give each member of the family an opportunity to contribute.  We sing songs, have a simple gospel lesson from the scriptures, pray, eat treats, play games, have a talent show (you should see some of the crazy talents my kids have, lol!), and do some kind of activity--whether it's playing games, going on a walk, bike ride, or to the park, bowling, going … [Read more...]

{grace adele winner}

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A HUGE congratulations to Karel...winner of the Grace Adele giveaway!!  If that's your name...check your e-mail!!  I'm thrilled for you!! {kierste} … [Read more...]

{dirty laundry}

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I do A LOT of laundry.  I haven't done an official count lately, mostly because I've been too afraid to find out. ☺  Just with towels and sheets every week, it's 8 or 9 loads alone, so it adds up pretty fast around here.  I also have kids that play hard and work hard, and their clothes show it.  I've had to be pretty particular about laundry detergent, because not all have up been to the task of getting clothes as clean and fresh as I want them to be. I was recently introduced to Method Laundry Detergent, and was excited and curious (and perhaps a bit skeptica)l to find out if this teeny bottle was filled with enough power to do what I needed it to do. {this is a sponsored post written by … [Read more...]