Canning Lid Flashcards

Apr
16
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Canning Lid Flashcards | simplykierste.com

My girls are in second grade, and have started learning their multiplication tables. The only way to really learn them inside and out is repetition....and A LOT of it.  I really wanted to come up with a way to help them practice through the school year, and into the summer, preparing them for third grade next year.  I love flashcards, but the paper ones never seem to last long at our house. I don't know if you can relate, but it seems like some of them get bent, torn, or lost.  A younger sibling may get a hold of them, and well, that's the end of the flashcards.  So...I used some extra canning lids I had sitting around, and created my own durable and adorable Canning Lid Flashcards! I … [Read more...]



Sunday Scoops: Encouraging, Motivating & Rewarding a Child’s Good Behavior

Apr
14
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Sunday Scoops | simplykierste.com

We go to church for three hours each Sunday, and the first hour is spent together as families.  When you're little (and even when you're big) it's hard to still still for that long, and being quiet at the same time.  I bring plenty for them to do, but the wiggles can set in, and helping them sit still can be a challenge. With six kids sitting next to each other, they also *might* be known to take their wiggles out on the person next to them.  To help motivate, encourage, and reward their good behavior, we use SUNDAY SCOOPS! I've learned that kids really respond to visual cues, and this does that--it shows them what they've earned, what they've lost, and they can more easily connect it to the … [Read more...]



Footprint Stool

Apr
06
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footprint stool | simplykierste.com

I made this footprint stool four years ago, not too long into my blogging career.  To this day, it has remained one of my most popular posts, and I have to say, it's one of my favorites too.  I decided to update the post for a couple of reasons, but it was definitely time for better pictures.  ☺ It's amazing what you learn in four years!  I also wanted to share it with my newer readers, especially with Mother's Day coming up. I absolutely love this stool, and now that I've had another baby, I'm trying to figure out how to fit another footprint on there! I had a wooden stool that had been a staple in our house for years, but it was needing a little face lift. I thought of all the little … [Read more...]



EASY MASON JAR SPICE CONTAINERS

Mar
19
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Mason Jar Spice Containers | simplykierste.com

Oh, how I love an organized drawer!!  My spice drawer has been making me crazy lately.  They were all in there neatly on their sides, but the different sizes and round shape made everything roll around and cause chaos.  ☺ I decided that this week was time for a long and overdue makeover, and of course I turned to one of my favorite things to help me out...mason jars!  They are the perfect size to fit in the drawer, and with the cute labels on top, it's super easy to find which spice I'm looking for. I love these Mason Jar Spice Containers! Isn't that lovely?  It seriously makes my heart flutter. I used 4 oz. quilted jelly jars , so they would fit in my drawer. I also love the … [Read more...]



DRAB TO FAB PLAY KITCHEN TABLE

Mar
17
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Play Kitchen Table...From Drab to Fab | simplykierste.com

A couple of years ago I was looking for a cute little play kitchen table in our playroom, and realized that I had just the thing...an old end table that we weren't using anymore was just sitting gathering dust, and needed to be put to good use.  So, I sprayed it white, and called it good.  Fast forward those couple of years, and this poor table had been through the wringer.  It desperately needed a fresh coat of paint, and a little pep put back into it. I'm also finally starting to decorate the playroom, so this would be one of the first projects to get me up and running.  I LOVE how it turned out! The top of the table had a groove around the edges, creating a big square directly in the … [Read more...]



ST. PATRICK’S DAY FREE PRINTABLE GIFT TAG {KISS ME, I’M IRISH}

Mar
14
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Kiss Me I'm Irish | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

  Looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day gift idea? I've got an easy one for you... a "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" St Patrick's Day FREE PRINTABLE gift tag that when paired with a bunch of green & silver Hershey Kisses, is simply adorable! This is perfect for friends, people you visit, teachers, neighbors...anyone!  It's super easy to put together, using the free printable I created.  I bought the Easter Hershey Kisses, and picked out all of the silver and green ones--which is actually most of the bag.  It's really nice of them to put out Easter candy in time for St. Patrick's Day, don't you think?  ☺ The pink and blue ones I can save for Easter.  If they make it that long.  ☺  You can put the … [Read more...]



Friendship Gift Tags {FREE Printable}

Mar
10
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Friendship Gift Tags | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th day of the month, which means the 10 Bloggers Blog Hop!  I've gathered my creative blogging friends, and this begins our 11th month with this collaboration. We had so much fun with it the past 10 months, we decided to take it another round. One friend needed to part ways, so we added the amazingly talented Chelsea from Two Twenty One to the mix. If you've missed the past ten months of fun, please check them out! This month we came up with a PASTEL theme to create projects around, since SPRING is upon us!  I created some darling Friendship Tags in fun spring colors, and you'll find all the details below! Are you ready to get into SPRING mode?  All of these darling projects … [Read more...]



Simple Ruler Frame {Contributor: Chalkboardblue}

Mar
07
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Simple Ruler Frame | simplykierste.com

 Michelle From Chalkboardblue is sharing this Simple Ruler Frame Today! I made this simple Photo frame using 2 pieces of wood and a ruler...no glass involved! It is a simple and cute frame that is tacked down only at the ends of the ruler allowing a photo to slide  in the middle section tucked in behind the ruler to hold your photo! It can be used to hold several photos, a recipe, a note to a loved one, a shopping list or how cute would this be as a teacher gift with a cute photo or note tucked in it? Or the front can also serve as a stand or display.  This is kind of  a Scrapbook look below… For this project you will need two blocks of wood 3/4 in. thick. … [Read more...]



Easy DIY Ruler Growth Chart {Perfect for SUPER SATURDAY}

Mar
06
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DIY Ruler Growth Chart | simplykierste.com

I'm in charge of the Super Saturday at our church this year, which is a big group of ladies getting together to make really fun crafts and projects. It's so fun for me, because it's two of my passions together---creating and talking.  ☺  One of the things I wanted to do this year was make a Ruler Growth Chart. LOVE them!! I've planned many of these, and when it comes to choosing projects for Super Saturday or any craft group, there are several things that I always consider: 1.  It can be totally completed in the time frame we have (what's worse than going home with unfinished projects that are just going to sit in your closet???) 2.  It's appropriate for all skill levels.  Not that … [Read more...]



Washi Tape Chore Chart

Feb
28
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washi tape chore chart | simplykierste.com

Families are a work in progress, aren't they?  It's all about trying to find what works--sometimes you hit it right on the head the first time, other times it takes a little bit of experimentation before it clicks.  When it comes to chore charts, I've been in that experiment stage for a little while, trying to find that one that "clicks".  What I've discovered is that we need EASY.  As in super easy. We also need it to be small, not take up too much space, have too many components, and not take very long to check things off.  When my kids get older, that may change, who knows, maybe we won't even need chore charts anymore, but for now...this is what's working. First of all, this took less … [Read more...]