Why our kids have chores + an age-appropriate chores guideline

Why our kids have chores + free printable chore guide | simplykierste.com

Ever since I posted my cleaning schedule and talked about my kids having their own chores, I've had a lot of comments, questions, and e-mails about our chores routine. It's been on my mind quite a bit lately too, because this year each of my six kids are turning ages where we can add a few more chores that they are able to do. We also moved from a larger home to a tiny apartment that we are living in while our new house is being built, and it's definitely required me to make a few changes, so I figured it was a good time to write out how our family handles chores for kids, and more importantly, why. We start chores young at our house--they are are one of the most vital parts of our family … [Read more...]

DIY Finances Ledger

DIY FInances Ledger | free printables | simplykierste.com

A couple of years ago I posted about the kitchen mini command center I made for our Texas home. One of the things that I mentioned was my bills and finances ledger. I've had so many e-mails and questions about it that I decided to give it its very own post!  Even though my command center has had to be modified since we moved to New York, that finances ledger has remained the same--I've had it for a long time. I use this ledger almost every day. I pay the bills and handle the finances for our family, so I use it to stay organized and keep track of all of our financial information. My husband is also able to look at it whenever he wants to, and see exactly where we're at and what's going … [Read more...]

Easy football paper sacks

Easy Football Paper Sacks | simplykierste.com

I know many of you are looking forward to this weekend's Super Bowl, and getting together with family and friends to watch the game, eat, and hang out.  However, I am looking forward to this weekend for a completely separate reason...my husband will be home from a two week international trip.  I think a massage is calling my name, and probably a pedicure too.  We are all so ready to have him home! That said, we are a football family, and love watching games together.  Of course snacks and food are involved, and I'm all about simple .  One of my kids' favorite snacks is popcorn, and it's a popular and fun thing to munch on during a game.  In my quest to come up with something cute for the … [Read more...]

Striped love sign

Striped Love Sign | simplykierste.com

I'm kind of in love with stripes, and I really love them on this Striped Love Sign I made to add to my Valentine's Day decor.  Although I love it so much, I might leave it up year round! SO fun!  I seriously love it.  Best of all, it's super easy to make and is a pretty quick project!  It would be adorable sitting on a mantel or entry table, or hanging on the wall.  I made mine a pretty good size--2 feet x 2 feet, but you can really make it any size you like. Use the same method and have it say something else--for a bedroom, bathroom, playroom--anywhere!  I love the wood color of the MDF alongside the white--so cute! Here's how I did it: SUPPLIES: -1/2 inch MDF, cut to 24 x24 … [Read more...]

I need to get organized, I want to get organized…now what? A guide to getting organized!

Getting Organized! | simplykierste.com

This is the time of year that getting organized is especially on everyone's mind.  The busy-ness and craziness of the holidays are coming to a close, and when the tree goes down, the urge to organize everything hits in full force.  Sometimes though, it can feel SO overwhelming, looking at a room, or a drawer, or a closet, (or all of the above), and wondering where in the world to even start.  You know you want to, you know you need to, but now what? How exactly do you make that leap, and get started?  If getting organized is on your list, I'm going to share my tips and tricks that will help you on your way to getting organized in 2015! Remember…the goal of getting organized isn't getting … [Read more...]

The Easiest Sparkling Punch

Easy Punch Recipe | simplykierste.com

I bought my first punch bowl very early on in life.  As a piano teacher, I felt it quite necessary to have punch and cookies after each recital, and a girl can't be without a punch bowl!  Now I use a drink dispenser, but I still have my punch bowl! This particular recipe is my go-to punch, and it's the easiest sparkling punch around. It only has two basic ingredients, so it's also so quick to put together, which I love. You can also easily change flavors to match a theme, season, or holiday, and I've made many different kinds.  The kind I love for Christmas and the holidays is what I call...Sparkling Cranberry Punch! Its delightful red color with cranberries with floating on top is perfect … [Read more...]

Easy Shoe Shelf + Rockwell Bladerunner X2 Tabletop Saw GIVEAWAY

Easy Shoe Shelf for Winter Boots | simplykierste.com

This post is sponsored by Rockwell Tools. All opinions are 100% mine.-----Oh my goodness, the snow.  The salt.  The mud.  The wet. The drippy.  All of which I do not want brought into my house this winter!   With no mudroom in our little apartment, I decided that we needed a shoe shelf just outside our front door, so all boots could be deposited there before coming inside.  I had just been sent a Rockwell Bladerunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw to try, and knew it would be the perfect first project!Who knew that something as simple as a shoe shelf could make me so happy? :)  It was such an easy project too. We screwed 2x4's (two on each level)  into 1 inch pine boards (for the sides)--to make … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Christmas Plates

Easy DIY Christmas Plates | simplykierste.com

I have always wanted really cute Christmas plates, but whenever I saw any I liked, I couldn't bring myself to pay for them. So...I decided to make my own, and get this...not only are the SO easy, they only cost $1 each!    I love love LOVE how they  turned out!  And it was so simple.  It literally took me 20 minutes, plus the baking time.  Can I just tell you how much I adore projects that are quick and simple and super cute? I found the plates at Dollar Tree for $1 each, and they're by Royal Norfolk.  They seem to carry that brand quite often, and I've bought them there for years.  They're really nice, heavy duty plates that are perfect for entertaining and guests! You can make enough … [Read more...]

Burlap Sack Place Cards

Burlap Sack Place Cards | simplykierste.com

 Burlap Bags are not only totally adorable for gift-giving, but they work perfectly as place cards and tableware holders too! I wanted something simple but elegant for our Thanksgiving table this year, and these Burlap Sack Place Cards are just the thing!  Not only can I use them as place cards, but also as tableware holders!  I love the practicality and adorability factors.  :)   They are so fast & easy to put together--all you really have to do is stencil an initial or name on to the burlap bag, and then everything compiled. You can find the burlap bags at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Joann Fabric, or perhaps at your local scrapbook or hobby store.  I cut out the initials of each … [Read more...]

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden…AFTER!

Glidden® DUO® Paint and Primer Interior Satin

This post is sponsored by the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine. ----- I am in love.  I'm so happy I went with the red! (Glidden Paint's Red Delicious...Read more about my decision.) That pop of color makes such a huge difference in my kitchen, and I can't stop staring at it.  I love how it completely transforms the look of the room, and the whole space (it's connected to the dining and family rooms).  Even though we're renting right now, and can't paint walls, freshening, brightening and adding pops of color with paint isn't off limits! Painting and refinishing furniture is one of my favorite things to do, and one of the easiest (and least expensive ) ways to … [Read more...]