DIY Dinosaur Bookends

DIY Dinosaur Bookends | simplykierste.com

Today  I'm pleased to announce Amanda Becker, from Tale of an Ugly House, as the newest Simply Kierste contributor!!  I just know you are going to fall in love with her, her projects, and her style.  Don't forget to swing by and say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!! // DIY Dinosaur Bookends by Amanda Becker...they are ADORABLE!!! We recently built my son a toy organizer for his room. If your child is anything like mine, they have a lot of books! I wanted to keep a few of my son's favorite books where he could easily get to them but still keeping them organized. Being that Charlie is only two, his favorites are always changing! I searched for the perfect … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Easy Peasy Washi Tape Clothespins + 10 Ways to Use Clothespins

Washi Tape Clothespins | simplykierste.com

Do you want to know the fastest and easiest way to "fancy" up clothespins?  Aren't these Washi Tape Clothespins ADORABLE?  And the best part?  30 seconds people. 30 seconds is all it takes to make one! I've decorated clothespins a variety of ways...with paper, fabric, and paint.  But... the FASTEST and EASIEST way to do it is using Washi Tape--one of my most favorite things ever. I adore clothespins, and I use them all the time, for just about everything. They're cheap, multi-functional, and totally adorable! They have so many uses around the house, and for gifting. Here's a list of a few of the things I use them for: Chip Clips...they're my favorite ones! Gift Packaging:  I love to … [Read more...]

QUICK SPRING CLEANING LIST

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...]