Quick Spring Cleaning | simplykierste.com

Spring is coming, and with it comes the itch to throw open the windows, start wearing ballet flats and...get clean and organized.  It's also a really busy time of year, so if you're on the hunt for a Quick Spring Cleaning List, I'm your girl!  I do have an in-depth spring cleaning list that I love, and if you want a totally thorough list, you can check that one out.  However, if you're short on time,  I've got a quicker version that will help get your home in tip-top shape! I've chosen seven items that will cover the basics, and if you tackle just a couple of them a week, you'll be done in a little over 3 weeks! Your house will feel so much better, and so will you.  If you have more time, … [Read more...]


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...]

{how to have a clean home every day…plus a FREE printable checklist!}

a clean home every day | simplykierste.om

One of the things I get asked about most is my cleaning schedule and regimen. I love having a clean home, and not just once a week, but every day. I can manage the rest of my life so much better when my house is clean and organized, and there's something about an orderly home that provides a more calming atmosphere. Everyone is just happier in a clean home, especially me! Over the years as we've added more children to our family, it's be come even more essential, because there are so many more people contributing to the mess and chaos! Years ago,  I developed a routine that has worked wonders for me, and I've loved it ever since. I'm going to share my secret with you today! It works, and … [Read more...]

{dry erase chalkboard chore chart}

Chalkboard Printable Download

I love chore charts for a bunch of reasons, but the whole key is in finding one that really works for you and your family.  Over the years I've tried several different types of charts--some I liked, others I didn't.  I don't like them to be complicated, or have a lot of moving parts--I know that for us it just doesn't work.  My favorite to date is the dry erase chore chart I made several years ago--but it desperately needed to be updated. I thought it would be really fun to make it chalkboard style, so I created a Dry Erase Chalkboard Chore Chart, and it's perfect! I created a chalkboard chore chart in photoshop, then had it printed in an 11x14 print at Walmart for $5.  I placed it in my … [Read more...]

{thanksgiving checklist}

thanksgiving checklist | simplykierste.com

I know, I know. It's not even Halloween yet, but the month of November is quickly approaching, and Thanksgiving is 5 short weeks away.  I love the whole holiday season, but it's also the most busy, with so many fun things to do and see, and I want to do them all!!  So...I'm a list girl. I love making lists, checking things off, and staying organized. I accomplish so much more when I have a list, and forget much less.  We have really good friends coming to stay with us for Thanksgiving, and we couldn't be more THRILLED!  We are going to have the best time, and I can't wait to see them. It does mean preparation ahead of time though, not only with getting the house ready, but preparing food … [Read more...]

{juice can lid magnets}

juice can lid magnets | simplykierste.com

 Y'all know that I love simple projects--ones that don't take a long time, are easy to do, but are darling, all at the same time!  These juice can lid magnets fit the bill for each of those things, I love them! I have a large magnet board hanging above the kids' backpack hooks, and I really wanted and needed some magnets for it.  Enter in...juice can lids!  I've used them for so many projects, and I LOVE them.  These literally took less than 10 minutes to make--love that! These would be so cute in a locker, on a fridge or magnet board, or anywhere magnetic! Use photos instead of paper for an even more personalized look or gift.  I used ampersands, but you could also use initials--one … [Read more...]

{family prayer & scripture chart}

family scripture chart

We are a religious family, and one of our goals as a family is family prayer & scripture study.  We also have a family night (Family Home Evening) once a  week, typically on Monday nights, where we all have our schedules cleared and do things together.  With school starting next week, our laidback summer is coming to an end, and I'm getting things ready now so we can be as organized as possible, in all aspects of our family life. I'm a list girl, and I like to check things off!  Lists help me stay organized, motivated, and also gauge progress.  My kids love the visual of a list, and it helps keep them on track and excited.  So...I created this weekly checklist, so we could post it and … [Read more...]

{how to watermark your photos: three easy & free tutorials for both picasa and picmonkey}

3 Easy Ways to Watermark Your Photos | simplykierste.com

Have you always wondered how to watermark your photos? Once you read through these step-by-step tutorials, you'll be surprised at how easy it is!  If you plan to post photos online, it's a smart idea to protect them by stamping them with your watermark.  Whether it's pictures of your projects, home, crafts, or family, a watermark tells the world who they belong to! There are two totally free programs that provide an easy way to watermark photos.  The first one is Picasa, which also is a great way to keep edit and organize your photos. You download the free software, then it stays on your computer.  It automatically searches for all the photos on your hard drive, so you don't have to do it … [Read more...]

{chalkboard binder labels} a back to school project

chalkboard binder labels | simplykierste.com

  It's time for another fun, monthly blog hop--featuring 10 of our favorite creative bloggers! This month's theme is all things CHALKBOARD, and we just know you'll have a blast with these projects. We’d love for you to pin our collage below, check out my Chalkboard Binder Labels and then go see all the other fabulous projects created by some of our friends!   To see each fantastic Chalkboard Project up close, join the Blog Hop! 1 • Lolly Jane sharing a Chalkboard Calender 2 • Thirty Handmade Days with an Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard Tags 3 • Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Cheap and Easy Kids Chalkboard Table 4 • Landee See Landee Do sharing a Hexagon … [Read more...]

{stocking your craft pantry}

craft supplies basics | simplykierste.com

Do you love to create and make projects?  Would you like to know what kinds of things are helpful to have on hand to make projects for your home, family, gifts, and more?  Today I'm sharing my list of basic craft supplies--a guide to help you in stocking your own craft pantry! I work on most of my projects at night, after my kids have gone to bed and the house is quiet. I can fit some things in during the day--like a coat or two of paint, taking any pictures, making small projects, or working on the computer. I can even have my kids work on their own project while I'm doing mine...for a little while. But if it involves a power tool, anything sharp, or an amount of time over 30 minutes … [Read more...]