Farmhouse style picnic table

Farmhouse Picnic Table | simplykierste.com

The last picnic table we had cost $10.  We had just moved into our first house, while I was at the township office working on paperwork, I saw a pile of picnic tables outside. They happened to be old tables from the parks in our township, and they were selling them cheap to make room for brand new tables.  I dug through the stack and chose the best of the bunch, and after refinishing it several times over the years, it lasted us until we made this last move. I had plans to make another one this spring, and then my cute hubby surprised me by making one when I was out-of-town a couple months ago.   We've always used our picnic table a lot, and with the good weather finally making an … [Read more...]

Easy peasy lemon squeezy: “you can do it” gift tag

Easy peasy lemon squeeze...fun printable gift tag | simplykierste.com

Four years ago I ran my first marathon.  It was one of the most challenging and most rewarding things I've ever done.  Nine months before that, my second set of twins were almost a year old, and I really wanted to get back in shape. My best friend asked me if I wanted to do a half marathon, and I actually laughed!  I've always played sports, but pretty much had the mentality that there was no reason to run unless you were chasing a ball. :)  I decided to take her up on it, and in ten weeks, I ran my first half marathon.  Then the crazy idea to run a marathon became a reality just six months later.  In nine months I went from running a couple of miles to running a full marathon, and while I'm … [Read more...]

Are your kids arguing? Try a kindness punch card!

Are your kids arguing? Try Kindness Punch Cards! | simplykierste.com

One of the hardest things about having all my kids home in the summer is the arguing.  Don't get me wrong--they are really good kids, and they do well most of the time, but being home all together all of the time tends to cause more disagreements and disruptions than usual.  It certainly doesn't help that we are in a very small space, pretty much on top of each other, and without most of their toys and games, but even other summers in the past it was an issue. Does your family struggle with this too? Today I decided something had to be done.  They need a little extra motivation to be kind even when it's hard--even when one of their siblings does something that bugs them or that they don't … [Read more...]

Keep kids busy with these adorable 4th of July placemats!

Keep kids entertained with these darling 4th of July placemats! | simplykierste.com

Happy July Everyone! I'm Kiki from Kiki and Company and am super excited to be here today to share a fun printable for one of my favorite holidays. July 4th just has a special place in my heart, so I hope these 4th of July placemats help to make lunch or dinner just a little more patriotic and a little less hectic! These place mats are simply a quick download and print away to keep your little munchkins busy while they are waiting for their meal. There are 3 activities. Color the Flag is a way for them to color in a US flag. My Favorite Fireworks is a way for your kiddos to draw the most beautiful fireworks they have ever seen. Star Tic-Tac-Toe is just a quick way to play tic-tac-toe … [Read more...]

Nautical outdoor “eat” sign

Outdoor Nautical "Eat" Sign | simplykierste.com

 Amanda, from The Tale of an Ugly House is here today, sharing this adorable outdoor "eat" sign!!  With summer finally here I've been looking for fun decor items to spruce up our backyard. We love to entertain and grill out. It's been really fun adding some nautical touches here and there to our outdoor space. I love how this sign turned out. We have it sitting on our grill prep/ buffet table. It's super easy to make and very inexpensive! Here's what you need to make your own rope sign- 3- 1x4 cut to 18 inches 2 - 1x3 cut to 8 inches Rope of choice Stain or paint of choice Cut three 1x4's to 18" long. Attach them together by screwing two 1x3's to the back of your … [Read more...]

Vintage lemonade stand with reversible chalkboard sign

Vintage lemonade stand with reversible chalkboard sign | simplykierste.com

Making a lemonade stand has been on my list...pretty much forever.  The last few years we've been so transient that it wasn't really an option--with no where to store it and moves coming up.  Even though all of our things are in storage right now, we did keep out the chop saw so that we would be able to build things for our new house.  With summer parties and entertaining on the horizon, I decided it was finally time for a lemonade stand!  I'm calling it a lemonade stand just because I'm not sure what else to call it, and because it just sounds cuter, but it will mostly be used as a outside serving station. I added a few features, including a reversible chalkboard sign, and decided on a … [Read more...]

Save your sanity with a “before you can play” chore list!

"Before you can play" summer chore chart | simplykierste.com

Every summer morning I hear the words "can I play?", in one form or another.  They might be referring to going outside to play, having friends over, wanting me to take them somewhere, requesting screen time, or  any number of things that's on their agenda that day.  I got really tired of listing the things off that they needed to do before they could play (even though they already knew), that I decided to make things easier for not only myself, but for the kids too, by making a summer "before you can play" chore list.  I hung it on the fridge, and when they want to know if they can play, I just ask if they have everything done on the list! Love! We have a regular chore chart that we … [Read more...]

5 tips for painting & decorating unfinished frames

5 tips for painting & decorating unfinished frames | simplykierste.com

Hello again... Jes here from Mommy Envy. Pinterest is full of cute printables inside cute frames. I love using these MDF frames with fancy edges because they are customizable and it's easy to change out the picture. I love decorating with pictures of my family and since we have young kids I am constantly putting new pictures in. First of all you can get these unfinished frames at most craft stores. I ordered a bunch from Cut it Out Frames and then let them sit in a drawer for almost a year! There's no need to be afraid to paint these frames. It's so easy! There's no sanding or priming required. The first set of frames I painted were for my youngest's nursery. My mom made the cutest … [Read more...]

An easy way to create circular text in Photoshop Elements

An easy way to create circular text in Photoshop Elements | simplykierste.com

I love making cute customized tags and stickers for different projects and gifts, and I've used Photoshop Elements (referred to as PSE from here on out) for many years to do just that. It's also a great photo editor, but even though I use different software for editing photos, I still love PSE for creating printables.  It's a pretty reasonable cost (affiliate link--you can download it on Amazon for $69), and there is just so much you can do with it! I love it, and use it often. I think it's one of the best values you can get for your money! One of favorite things to do is to create circular text around the outside of my tag or sticker. I think it's SO cute!  It looks hard, but it really … [Read more...]

Summer fun: free flip flops coloring page

Free flip flops coloring page | simplykierste.com

Kiki is here with a super fun free flip flops coloring page, to help beat summer boredom!  And...it's just fun. :) -------------------- Hey Ya'll! SUMMER is here! Yay and Yikes, right?! Yay because your kids are home all day and you have so much quality time with them. Yikes because your kids are home all day...:) It's Kiki from Kiki and Company and I am here to share a really simple printable with you to add to your summer arsenal. I like to have a bunch of things my kiddos can do during the day to avoid the dreaded "BORED" word. In my house that is just code for "I need a job, mom!" ;) What says summer more that flip flops? Print a ton of these out and have fun with them. Have your … [Read more...]