DIY Recipe Binder with FREE Printables!

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others.   I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true.  It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it's been around for a long time, but that says something right there...it's still around because it WORKS!  I've had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this … [Read more...]

Simple Burlap Garland Bunting

Simple Burlap Garland Bunting | simplykierste.com

This is a "vintage" Simply Kierste project from several years ago.  We've moved several times since these pictures were taken, but I still have the garland bunting and LOVE it.  It's proved to be staple in my fall decor, so I dug this post out of my archives to re-share! ----- Burlap is one of my favorite things to work with, and it's absolutely perfect for this time of year.  This darling and Simple Burlap Garland Bunting is one of those simple touches, and will take just minutes to make! It's also an inexpensive project--less than $5--plus all you need is some burlap and some twine! ITEMS YOU NEED: burlap twine/jute DIRECTIONS: 1.  Measure your space, and cut a … [Read more...]

Twine & Berry Fall Wreath

Twine & Berry Fall Wreath | simplykierste.com

Fall is right around the corner, I can almost smell it. Seriously--I'm itching for the crisp mornings, fall leaves, visits to the cider mill and pumpkin patch, cozy sweaters, evening fires--I could probably go on and on. I'm also one of those girls that gets up fall decorations right on September 1st, because I like to eek out every last minute of fall.  Wreaths are an easy way to add decor to your home, and this darling Twine & Berry Fall Wreath is so simple to make! I LOVE it, and it will be perfect on a front door, in an entry way, on an mantel, or wherever you like! You can find berry garland at Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, Michael's, along with all of the other supplies too. It's a … [Read more...]

School Papers Storage System {Free Printables!}

School Papers Storage | FREE PRINTABLES | simplykierste.com

 School is almost in session around these parts, and it means that soon a plethora of papers will be heading my way.  Many of those are my kids' "treasures"--artwork, papers, pictures, and other keepsakes from their school years that I want to keep forever.  They can pile up really fast, and I'm excited to share with you my School Papers Storage system--one that I've used for many years to organize all those special papers! It's super easy.  Easy to put together, and easy to maintain, which are both important, and vital to success.  I bought a plastic filing tote for each child (the kind meant for filing--it has edges on the side of the tote for the hanging files to hook on to), then … [Read more...]

Personalized Baby Blocks

Personalized Baby Blocks | simplykierste.com

A good friend of mine created the cutest baby announcement cross stitch project for each new baby that's come into their family, and they are proudly on display in her home. I love the idea of having a child's birth information displayed, so I created these darling personalized baby blocks--perfect as a baby gift for a new mom, or for your own child's nursery or room. This is a simple project with a fabulous finish! Aren't they so fun?  I think any new mom would love these baby blocks for her baby, and you can make them in any color scheme to match any nursery! Gray, pink, navy, orange, turquoise...so many options! I made these a couple of years ago, and used vinyl for al the … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Curtains {Tutorial}

diy painted curtains | simplykierste.com

If you're a Pinterest lover like I am, then you've probably seen projects and wondered if they *really* would work. I felt that way anytime I saw DIY painted curtains--with stripes.  I've always loved them, just didn't know how those stripes would actually turn out.  Then when I needed new curtains for the music room, and I just knew that stripes would be perfect for that space.  When I started looking at striped curtains online, I quickly realized how pricey they were, and that I didn't want to spend that much on them. So...I decided to give painted curtains a try, and I'm SO SO glad!!!  Honestly, I am in LOVE. They are so perfect in this space, and every time I walk by them it makes me … [Read more...]

Bottled Water Printable Tags

Bottled Water Printable Tags | simplykierste.com

So...I'm in moving mode, as you can probably tell from my last few posts.  This blog mirrors my life, and since we're knee deep in trying to sell our house and move across the country, a lot of my energy has been focused in that direction.  This past weekend we had the first open house after putting our home up for sale, and I always like to leave a little something for anyone that comes through.  Bottled water is perfect to beat the heat, and together with a little chocolate, it will hopefully help them remember us!  ☺ I made some cutey cute bottled water printable tags that add just the right touch!  I just love how they turned out, and all those bottles looked so cute all lined up.  … [Read more...]

Sweet Lemon Water

Sweet Lemon Water | simplykierste.com

Summer is almost here, and yummy, cold drinks are perfect to beat the heat.  Sweet Lemon Water is one of my favorites, and my go-to drink to serve at any BBQ, party, or gathering.  It's incredibly simple to put together, refreshingly light, and absolutely delicious!  You may be thinking, lemon water?  Really?  How is this different from regular ice water with sliced lemons in it?  Well, I'm going to tell you.  ☺ It all starts with mixing sugar in with ice cold water, and letting it dissolve, then adding lemon extract for the lemon-y flavor and then...the secret ingredient. Have you heard of citric acid? It's used a lot in canning tomatoes as a replacement for lemon juice, and it provides … [Read more...]

5 Easy Things to Do Before Showing Your Home to a Potential Buyer

Easy Things to Do Before Showing Your Home to a Potential Buyer | simplykierste.com

We are in the buying and selling mode once again, as we prepare for our move to New York. We've prepped our house for sale--painting, yardwork, and other small details that needed to be done.  We just put it on the market, and we're ready for buyers to come through!  I want the very best first impression for anyone that comes into our home, and there are five simple things that I do every single time a potential buyer is going to see our home that I've found to make a huge difference. They can be done in around 15-20 minutes, so even if you have a last minute showing, you can pull these off! If you've ever walked through a home that's for sale, you know that first impressions stay with … [Read more...]

21 Top Disney Tips You Can’t Miss!!!

Top Disney Tips | simplykierste.com

 We took our kids to Walt Disney World for the first time about a year and a half ago, and absolutely loved it. We not only thoroughly enjoyed the park, but we had an awesome place to stay, ate amazing food, and saw SO much.  I credit the reason for our success to the mastermind behind our whole trip...our very good friend, Dale Schmidt, who joined us, along with his family.  He is, in my mind, the Disney World Master.  ☺ I can't even tell you how many times he's been there--without kids, with small kids, with older kids, and a mix of older and younger kids. He's stayed both on and off property, with large groups and small groups.  He does an incredible amount of research, pays close … [Read more...]