Easy painted flag window

Painted Flag Window | simplykierste.com

I've been in withdrawals over the last year. Since we moved to New York, all of our things have been in storage while we build our house, including my collection of old windows.  I haven't ad a chance to go looking for more, so when a friend very kindly gave me a few of hers, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with one of them.  Making  a painted flag window has been on my list forever, and I want to use it not only for holiday decor, but on a regular basis in my home.  Not sure where yet...but somewhere!  It was super easy to do, and I LOVE it! I'm already trying to figure out where I'm going to permanently put it in our house, but for now, it will be perfect for my patriotic decor … [Read more...]

How to put together a summer car kit + free printable!

Summer Car Kit | simplykierste.com

Already the sunscreen and bug spray have come out of hibernation, and plans are being made to enjoy every single minute of the summer.  We're  on the go a lot during the summer months, whether it's a road trip, or just around town.  It means a lot of parks and outdoor activities and FUN!  With all that fun comes the inevitable, and odds are, I'm going to need something out of the car kit that I keep in my trunk. Preparedness is key! I change it up a bit for each season, and today I'm sharing the summer version, plus a super cute free printable! Yep.  If  you've got kids, you know that bugs, sun, scrapes, bee stings, dirty diapers, wet clothes, mud, accidents, emergency potty stops … [Read more...]

Cheap & easy DIY outdoor wooden blocks

Cheap & easy DIY outdoor wooden blocks | simplykierste.com

My husband and I are outside quite a bit building and working on different projects now that the weather is nice, and it's wonderful!   The kids will play outside in the yard while we're working, and one of the things they love to play with are all the wood scraps that we seem to have an endless supply of.  This past Saturday they were stacking the scraps, building towers, making roads, pretending all sorts of things, and even coloring them with their sidewalk chalk.  It kept them busy for a long time, and they were having a ball.  I decided to use all of our scrap wood and make them their own permanent set of outdoor wooden blocks to keep outside all the time, knowing they would be a huge … [Read more...]

8 easy patriotic ideas & projects

8 Easy Patriotic Ideas & Projects | simplykierste.com

How I love every patriotic holiday!  They are my favorite, and I absolutely adore celebrating them in every way, including decor, yummy food, cute things for my kids to wear...all of it!  I'm also into simple, and my favorite projects are those that don't take a lot of time, but look like they did. :) I've gathered 8 of my most favorite patriotic ideas & projects that I've posted over the years, and put them all in one spot, just for you! They're perfect for all the patriotic holidays over the next couple of months, starting with Memorial Day, then Flag Day, and Independence Day.  Put them up now, you can keep them up pretty much the whole summer! (click on pictures to see full … [Read more...]

Make your summer easier with a printable summer schedule & calendar 2015

Keep your summers organized with the printable 2015 Summer Schedule | free printable | simplykierste.com

I have been receiving comments and emails about if and when I would be posting a 2015 Summer Schedule, and it totally took me off guard, because we still have two months of school left.  So for all of you lucky ducks that get out in May, I thought I should get this posted now! I LOVE having this spreadsheet for our summer schedule, and after using it for several years, I can't imagine a summer without it. There is always so much going on--concerts in the park, park days, library story times, ball games----and while we're not going to go to every single one of them, I want to know when they are in case we can go.  There just isn't room on my regular calendar for all of that … [Read more...]

20+ best tips, tricks & ideas for flying with a toddler

20+ Best Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Flying with a Toddler | simplykierste.com

Flying with a toddler?  Try these tips, tricks and ideas to make your trip easier! I recently took my newly-turned two year little girl on her first plane ride. She joined her sisters and me for a girls' trip out west, and none of us could wait to go!  I've flown plenty of times before, but it had been awhile since I had a toddler with me since now there are eight of us, we do most of our family traveling by car. I think toddlers are in general the hardest age to travel with, but especially flying.  Not that they aren't perfectly adorable in every way, but they are at a age where they want to be down, running, and moving, and a plane is probably the most limiting.  When you're in a … [Read more...]

A Letter to the Easter Bunny: Official Easter Bunny Stationery

A Letter from the Easter Bunny | Official Easter Bunny Stationary | simplykierste.com

I'm so excited to introduce Kiki Comin, from Kiki and Company as a new Simply Kierste contributor. I absolutely have adored her from the minute I met her last year, and I know you will too.  She's extremely talented, and such a genuine person--I just love her! Her printables have always been some of my very favorites, and she will be sharing some here each month!  Please go say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!  -------  Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here sharing a fun printable with you every month. My name is Kiki from Kiki and Company. I first met Kierste last year at SNAP (a blogging conference) and we became instant friends. She is amazing, so I feel blessed to … [Read more...]

Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops

Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops | simplykierste.com

My kids love Peeps so we usually have them around Easter, and today I had some out for another project I'm working on. At the same time my kids happened to be begging for the open bag of chocolate chips in the pantry, AND I had a bag of lollipop sticks on the counter that were ready to be put away. What happened next is what I'm calling kismet.  Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops. My kids loved these so much, they were gone in about 30 seconds flat.  I'm lucky I even got a picture of two for this post, because they were inhaled so quickly.  I had chocolate-y mouths with huge smiles, and I was one of them! When you bite into a chocolate-covered peeps pop, you taste the creamy chocolate, … [Read more...]

Lemon Oreo Truffles

Lemon Oreo Truffles | simplykierste.com

Have you tried the new Lemon Oreos?  Oh my goodness, they are SO yummy! I'm just slightly obsessed with all things lemon, so I was really excited to see them. My favorite way to eat Oreos is actually as an Oreo Truffle.  (Which if you haven't tried, you need to head straight to your to-do list and add it immediately.)  When I saw the new lemon flavor, I knew exactly what I wanted to make...Lemon Oreo Truffles. They did not disappoint! Dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with lemon zest, they're perfect for spring and Easter! They really could not be any easier to make, and they have just three ingredients!  Oreos (yummy), cream cheese (yummy), and white chocolate (yummy).  See … [Read more...]

Homemade Easter grass

homemade easter grass | simplykierste.com

Homemade Easter grass is a fun variation that's inexpensive and adorable! Plastic grass is really cheap, I know, but homemade grass is so much cuter! :)   All you need is: (**these are affiliate links**) -shredder -cardstock   I like using the textured Bazzil cardstock, which is a little thicker, but you can use any kind you like. I also recommend using solid colors--a pattern will most likely be unrecognizable once shredded. Empty out your shredder, then run one color of cardstock through at a time. I used 3 sheets of 12x12 paper per color, and it made enough to fill two pails to the halfway point. Once one color is done, remove the pieces, then do the … [Read more...]