An Organized Summer with the 2016 Summer Schedule {Free Printable}

An Organized Summer: Summer Schedule 2016 | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

It startled me when I was doing my planning for the coming week when I realized it's going to be May!  How did that happen? Not that I'm complaining--the weather has been fabulous, the sun is shining, and spring is in the air!  But it also means that summer is on the horizon, and even though we don't get out of school until the end of June (I know...), there are a bunch of you that probably get out in May, and I realized I needed to get the 2016 Summer Schedule ready to go! If you're looking for a place to keep track of all of your summer activities and travel, this free printable is here to help. This is the sixth year I've posted this schedule--I've been using it for years, and can't do … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Kitchen Inspiration Board: Building Old Salt Farm

Farmhouse Kitchen Inspiration |Old Salt Farm | simplykierste.com

I have been dreaming of a farmhouse kitchen for such a long time, and it's been so fun for me to not only create an inspiration board, but also to start the design process and making selections for Old Salt Farm, which is now currently in the framing phase.  We are so excited to be making progress, and I'm in the throes of making about 25 decisions a week, but I love it!   All the specific kitchen choices haven't been nailed down yet, but I thought I'd share what my plan is--then later when it's all finished, I'll definitely show you the end result and share the complete resource list. I'm one of those people that believes white IS a color. I love a really crisp, clean look, but with … [Read more...]

Handprint Dishtowels

Handprint Dishtowels | simplykierste.com

There is just something about handprints that I love.  They capture a moment in time that is so precious, and I treasure them as tangible pieces of their childhood.  What's even better is when you have a reason to look at those adorable handprints all of the time? I created the cutest Handprint Dishtowels that are perfect for proudly displaying in your kitchen, and they're also perfect for Mother's Day, which is right around the corner! SO cute! I made a set of six dishtowels--one for each of my kids.  I just keep staring at those cute little fingers, I love them so much. I can't wait to use them in my new kitchen! This is a very quick project, and you can change the colors and … [Read more...]

11 Tips & Ideas for Busy Moms: Organize for Success!

11 Tips & Ideas for Busy Moms | simplykierste.com

Let's face it.  Moms are BUSY.  So, so busy.  Between kids' homework, sports, music & other activities, taking care of the home, church responsibilities and perhaps working on top of it, there is just so much to juggle and keep track of.  And that's only the basics! Boy, do I get it.  In order to keep myself on track, and make the days a little easier and less hectic, I've implemented 11 different things into my day that while simple, make a HUGE difference, and help me organize for success! I won't say they'll make things perfect, because life is life, and things happen.  But they give me a leg up, and a fighting chance to do the things I need to do, and the things I want to … [Read more...]

Finding Farmhouse style at Target!

Farmhouse Style at Target | simplykierste.com

I have loved the farmhouse style for a long time..well before it became a huge trend. And I will love it afterward too!  One of the perks of it being so popular now is that there are lots of great places to find farmhouse decor, including one of my most favorite stores ever...Target.  I seriously love that place.  They've also joined in on the farmhouse style trend, and I love that not only can I buy online, I can also go right down to my local store and see them in person!  I've gathered some of my favorite Target farmhouse style pieces, and I thought I'd share them with you!!! SO cute, right?!?!  My wish list is WAY too long! I've already scooped up some of these for our new … [Read more...]

Bloom Where You’re Planted Prints: 5×7, 8×10, 11×14

Bloom Where You're Planted Print | 11x14, 8x10, 5x7 sizes | simplykierste.com

We've lived in three states in three years with major cross-country moves involved each time, and there's been a lot of uprooting and replanting. It can be difficult to start over, and each of us has experienced "growing" pains along the way. With another move to our new house coming up this summer, one of our family's goals is to be brave...and bloom where we're planted. To inspire us, I decided to turn the printable Bloom Where You're Planted tags into a print, and find a place where we can all see it and be reminded of what we're trying to accomplish. Of course, I wanted to share it with all of you! This print is not only beautiful for home, but you an turn it into a card, … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Tree Baby Swings

DIY Outdoor Baby Tree Swings | simplykierste.com

We made these swings nearly five years ago, and they ended up being one of our very favorite things in our yard! I decided it was time to re-share, and it's a perfect spring project for the yard.  I wish I could retake pictures with a lot of different angles, but we no longer live in this house...or state.  We can't wait to do it again in at our new house, once it's built! With six kids that all love to swing, there just isn't enough room on our play set to accommodate everyone--especially needing two baby swings.  So I came up with a plan! How about taking advantages of the trees in our yard to add more?  A few 4x4 posts and a little hardware was all we needed to make these adorable and … [Read more...]

Easy & Adorable Heart Ice Cubes

Heart Ice Cubes | simplykierste.com

I love things to be cute, but I'll admit I'm kind of impatient, and I don't always have a lot of time, so my favorite ideas are the simple ones! I absolutely adore these tiny red heart ice cubes, and they seriously take this glass of milk from boring to the cutest thing ever, and all it took was a minute or two of prep! Am I the only one who thinks anything tiny is even more adorable? These ice cubes would be darling for any special meal, including Valentine's Day. (My fourth grader pointed out to me today that they're technically not "ice" cubes, but calling them milk cubes didn't sound quite right! :) ) When they melt, they turn the milk pink, so it keeps the whole theme going even … [Read more...]

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...]