7 things that will keep your house clean in about an hour a day!

7 things that will help you keep your house clean in about an hour a day | simplykierste.com

Oh, how I love having a clean home.  But life is crazy busy, and there are always a million things to do all of the time, and it can be tricky to keep up on housework. Whether you work out of the home or in the home, to-do lists and responsibilities can be a mile long, and you might feel like you just don't have time to do what needs to be done. Years ago, I developed a method that really worked for me to keep my house clean, and I've been able to maintain it through six kids, working, staying home, and now working/blogging from home. I've found that I can just maintain a clean house, the daily chores just don't take as long, so I can fit a lot more in. There are seven things that I do on … [Read more...]

Easy wood Christmas sign

Easy Wood Christmas Sign | simplykierste.com

You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I've actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!!  With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It's what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I'm a happy happy girl! I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband … [Read more...]

Christmas mason jar soap dispenser & gift jar {with free printable tags}

Christmas Mason Jar Soap Dispenser & Gift Jar | simplykierste.com

Remember that adorable black & white striped mason jar soap dispenser I made for Halloween? Well, I just couldn't resist making a red striped version for Christmas, and I'm in love! You can also fill it with candy and use it as a gift jar instead--they are both super cute, easy to make, and make darling gifts! Oh my goodness, how I adore stripes!  And red stripes?  My favorite ever!  It's festive and perfect for the holiday season, and so cute on a kitchen or bathroom sink.  If you're looking for cute ideas for hostess, teacher, neighbor, colleague, friend gifts...these are fun for anyone! I also took one of the striped jars and filled it with Christmas candy (I used the … [Read more...]

Kierste’s Favorite Things 2015

Simply Kierste's Favorite Things 2015 | simplyikierste.com

I just love reading about people's favorite things--not only is it interesting, it can also give some great ideas on products I just might like to try. Since it's officially the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to share my own collection of favorite things...2015! (affiliate links included) Amazon Prime I think if there is one thing that I used the very most this year, it was Amazon Prime.  For a long time I didn't do it--wasn't sure about the cost, if I would use it, lol. A couple of years ago I decided to just try it for one year, and see what happened.  Well, let's just say, I will never go back to not having it!  I buy EVERYTHING on Amazon, lol. Okay, not … [Read more...]

4×4 Post Striped & Polka Dot Candlesticks

4x4 Post Striped & Polka Dot Candlesticks | simplykierste.com

You probably all know by now how much I love polka dots and stripes. I've used them in lots of my projects, with two of my favorites being Peppermint Striped Candlesticks and Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins. I love them so much that I simply couldn't resist making a set in brown & white for Thanksgiving table centerpieces.  They're easy, adorable, and really inexpensive--three of my favorite things! SO SO cute! I use battery-operated tea lights, so they're totally safe to use indoors, and they look so pretty all lit up. They're perfect on the kitchen table, mantel, shelf, table, or anywhere! I made them exactly like I did the Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins, so you can follow … [Read more...]

Striped mason jar soap pump…perfect for Halloween!

DIY Striped Mason Jar Soap Pump | simplykierste.com

Did you know there is a super easy way to make and adorable mason jar soap pump?  I've made them in the past using vintage jars and soap pumps cut from plastic soap dispensers, and I love them still, but this way is just SO easy.  You can use a plain jar, which is always a classic choice, but I thought a fun black & white striped version would be perfect for Halloween! I love love LOVE it!  Isn't it too adorable?  Stripes are another one of my obsessions, so it was an easy choice.  How cute would this be, sitting on your kitchen counter or next to your bathroom sink?  I know! What makes it so easy?  I picked up a mason jar soap pump kit at Michael's for around $3, using a … [Read more...]

Farmstyle wood fall signs + free Silhouette cut files

Farmstyle Fall Wood Signs | simplykierste.com

With all of our things still in storage, I really needed wanted to make a few fall decorations.  Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they're super easy to make! I wanted them to look more like barn wood--farmstyle--and using a stain then sanding the heck out of them helped me achieve that.  I used stencils I cut out using my Silhouette, and painted them on with white paint. They were an easy weekend project that was mostly drying time (you need to let stain dry for 24 … [Read more...]

Make packing lunches easier & faster with a school lunch station!

School Lunch Station | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

With my twin boys starting kindergarten this year (sniff, sniff), I will now have five kids to pack school lunch for.  All of a sudden this past week that seemed like... a lot.  We still have a couple of weeks until school starts, but I decided to get organized now! I've always had some kind of lunch station, but the thought of 25 bags of chips, 25 fruit cups, 25 granola bars, 25 string cheese, and 25 go-gurt (plus sandwich stuff) per week really got me thinking about how I could create something to make the packing process a lot faster and easier. So...the official school lunch station has been created, including some super cute printables as the finishing touch. It's simple, but that's … [Read more...]

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...]

Backyard fun: Make your own DIY tetherball set!

Backyard fun: Make your own DIY Tetherball set for half the cost! | simplykierste.com

We are on a quest to add some really fun things to our backyard, and this DIY tetherball set was an easy weekend project that our whole family loves!   After re-discovering tetherball at our friends' home several weeks ago, the kids begged us to get a tetherball set for them.  I checked them out on Amazon, and when I saw the price (around $100), I knew I could make one for less. I did!  I saved more than half by making our own, plus it's incredibly sturdy and durable.  We absolutely love it, and our family has already spent a lot of time outside enjoying it. It really is so worth it to make your own.  It only took about an hour to put together, then 24 hours of drying time.  Totally … [Read more...]