Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | simplykierste.com

So excited to have Amanda from The Tale of an Ugly House here today, sharing this ADORABLE Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp! My husband and I have recently been transitioning our son's room from a nursery to more of a big boy room. My son, Charlie has been over the moon to see all the new things coming into his room. One item that I just couldn't settle on was a lamp. I wasn't finding exactly what I was looking for when I went to the big box store. While flipping though a Pottery Barn Kids magazine one morning, I saw this adorable vintage truck lamp. Given that Charlie loves cars and trucks, it was perfect! The price however was not. $130 for a lamp for a two-year old was a bit much … [Read more...]

Cheap & easy DIY outdoor wooden blocks

Cheap & easy DIY outdoor wooden blocks | simplykierste.com

My husband and I are outside quite a bit building and working on different projects now that the weather is nice, and it's wonderful!   The kids will play outside in the yard while we're working, and one of the things they love to play with are all the wood scraps that we seem to have an endless supply of.  This past Saturday they were stacking the scraps, building towers, making roads, pretending all sorts of things, and even coloring them with their sidewalk chalk.  It kept them busy for a long time, and they were having a ball.  I decided to use all of our scrap wood and make them their own permanent set of outdoor wooden blocks to keep outside all the time, knowing they would be a huge … [Read more...]

8 easy patriotic ideas & projects

8 Easy Patriotic Ideas & Projects | simplykierste.com

How I love every patriotic holiday!  They are my favorite, and I absolutely adore celebrating them in every way, including decor, yummy food, cute things for my kids to wear...all of it!  I'm also into simple, and my favorite projects are those that don't take a lot of time, but look like they did. :) I've gathered 8 of my most favorite patriotic ideas & projects that I've posted over the years, and put them all in one spot, just for you! They're perfect for all the patriotic holidays over the next couple of months, starting with Memorial Day, then Flag Day, and Independence Day.  Put them up now, you can keep them up pretty much the whole summer! (click on pictures to see full … [Read more...]

DIY ampersand sign tutorial

DIY Ampersand Sign & Tutorial | simplykierste.com

Hello! It's Jes from Mommy Envy and I'm back and sharing this easy DIY ampersand sign tutorial with you! Lately I've been obsessed with black and white home decor. I love how classy it looks. Black and white can be rustic, modern, or just about anything you want it to be! This sign came together really nicely and I was surprise how easy it was. I am in a couple Facebook groups of people who share their vinyl projects. I joined them to get ideas but it has been a motivator to use my machine more. Here's my step by step tutorial on making this wooden sign. I started with a 1x4 cut into 12 inch sections. I purchased a 6 foot board so I have enough to make 2 signs. My Home Depot and … [Read more...]

Easy & adorable teacher gift card holder

Teacher Gift Card Holder | FREE printable | simplykierste.com

I've done a lot of different things for my kids' teachers over the years, but no matter what I give, I almost always tuck in a gift card.  Whether it's to Target, Staples, or even our local education store, I know that's what teachers want...and need.  I'm still amazed and so appreciative of how much of their own money they spend on their kids and classrooms, and it's my hope to help just a little by showing my gratitude with a gift card. I created a super cute {free} teacher gift card holder that's perfect for any gift card! You can get it from any store, for any amount, and tuck it right inside for the fabulous teacher(s) in your child's life.  Yes, they hit the mark this … [Read more...]

Make your summer easier with a printable summer schedule & calendar 2015

Keep your summers organized with the printable 2015 Summer Schedule | free printable | simplykierste.com

I have been receiving comments and emails about if and when I would be posting a 2015 Summer Schedule, and it totally took me off guard, because we still have two months of school left.  So for all of you lucky ducks that get out in May, I thought I should get this posted now! I LOVE having this spreadsheet for our summer schedule, and after using it for several years, I can't imagine a summer without it. There is always so much going on--concerts in the park, park days, library story times, ball games----and while we're not going to go to every single one of them, I want to know when they are in case we can go.  There just isn't room on my regular calendar for all of that … [Read more...]

The World’s Best Supermom Letter!

The World's Best Supermom Letter | simplykierste.com

Hi everyone! It's Kiki from Kiki and Company back to share a new printable with you for this month. After designing and getting this printable ready, I realized that I made a letter for you last month, so NEXT month I PROMISE to give you something else! haha. I LOVE celebrating moms and motherhood. As the 3rd of 5 children myself, helping my mom to realize the great impact she has had in my life is so important to me. As a mother of 5 children, I also LOVE hearing from each of my kids on Mother's Day. Today, I will make that a little bit easier with a letter to the World's Best Supermom (that's you)! It's a simple fill-in-the-blank letter that the smallest to the largest child can … [Read more...]

DIY personalized notepaper

DIY personalized notepaper | Perfect for Mother's Day, teacher gifts, and more! |simplykierste.com

With Mother's Day coming up, and the end of school on the horizon, gifts for mom and teacher gifts are definitely on the mind.  I've got a really fun solution for you--for both of them! More than ten years ago, we made my mom personalized notepaper for Mother's Day.  It was a huge hit, and from that point on, it has been highly requested time and time again.  It is one of my favorite gifts to give for so many occasions and people--it makes an awesome teacher gift and it's perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, and even wedding and hostess gifts.  My sister served as a missionary for our church several years ago, and we made a set for her for one of her birthdays while she was … [Read more...]

How to make an easy & adorable quiet book

How to make an easy & adorable quiet book | simplykierste.com

Make an easy & adorable quiet book for your toddler or preschooler using plastic name badge holders and this darling free printable! I adore name badges, and I've used them for so many projects.  Not only are they inexpensive, but they're the perfect portable size.  I made my twin boys quiet books several years ago using them, and this week I decided it was time for my baby girl to have one too! Since we're working on our numbers and shapes, I created a darling set of  printables that I thought would be perfect for the quiet book.  Caroline absolutely loves it, and it tucks right in my diaper bag or purse to use in the car, at church, or while we're waiting … [Read more...]

You WORM my heart…a funny Mother’s Day printable

You WORM my heart...a funny Mother's Day printable | simplykierste.com

I'm so excited to introduce Jes from Mommy Envy as a new contributor to Simply Kierste!  She is just darling, and I know you're going to love her style and ideas.  Please go say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram too!  ----- Mother's Day doesn't have to be all about flowers, chocolates and breakfast in bed. I love to have fun with my boys and that is thanks enough! This funny Mother's Day free printable gift tag fits our personalities perfectly. I am a mother to two amazing little boys! As much as I love the idea of flowers, chocolates and breakfast in bed the best part about mother's day is the fact that those two adorable boys are the reason I am a … [Read more...]