Canning Lid Flashcards

Apr
16
6
Canning Lid Flashcards | simplykierste.com

My girls are in second grade, and have started learning their multiplication tables. The only way to really learn them inside and out is repetition....and A LOT of it.  I really wanted to come up with a way to help them practice through the school year, and into the summer, preparing them for third grade next year.  I love flashcards, but the paper ones never seem to last long at our house. I don't know if you can relate, but it seems like some of them get bent, torn, or lost.  A younger sibling may get a hold of them, and well, that's the end of the flashcards.  So...I used some extra canning lids I had sitting around, and created my own durable and adorable Canning Lid Flashcards! I … [Read more...]



Sunday Scoops: Encouraging, Motivating & Rewarding a Child’s Good Behavior

Apr
14
4
Sunday Scoops | simplykierste.com

We go to church for three hours each Sunday, and the first hour is spent together as families.  When you're little (and even when you're big) it's hard to still still for that long, and being quiet at the same time.  I bring plenty for them to do, but the wiggles can set in, and helping them sit still can be a challenge. With six kids sitting next to each other, they also *might* be known to take their wiggles out on the person next to them.  To help motivate, encourage, and reward their good behavior, we use SUNDAY SCOOPS! I've learned that kids really respond to visual cues, and this does that--it shows them what they've earned, what they've lost, and they can more easily connect it to the … [Read more...]



Bunny Tail Bingo {FREE PRINTABLE}

Apr
10
12
bunny tail bingo | simplykierste.com

Ah, spring is in the air and what's more springy than sweet bunnies? I created a darling Bunny Tail Bingo game that's perfect for entertaining kids in the classroom, at parties, or at home during this spring and Easter season! We've already played this several times at our house, and my kids beg to play it about a million more.  They all love the candy, of course, but I love that it's also teaching my cute four year old boys their numbers. I play it during the day with them, and I can add in more educational aspects. It's also just FUN.  This would be a perfect game for a classroom party, Easter party or gathering, entertaining kids while Easter dinner is being prepared, or just … [Read more...]



Footprint Stool

Apr
06
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footprint stool | simplykierste.com

I made this footprint stool four years ago, not too long into my blogging career.  To this day, it has remained one of my most popular posts, and I have to say, it's one of my favorites too.  I decided to update the post for a couple of reasons, but it was definitely time for better pictures.  ☺ It's amazing what you learn in four years!  I also wanted to share it with my newer readers, especially with Mother's Day coming up. I absolutely love this stool, and now that I've had another baby, I'm trying to figure out how to fit another footprint on there! I had a wooden stool that had been a staple in our house for years, but it was needing a little face lift. I thought of all the little … [Read more...]



Simply…Life {March 16th}

Mar
16
4
simply life | simplykierste.com

Simply Life is a new series that will be posting on Sundays.  I really want to share the behind-the-scenes of my life--snippets that will help you to get to know me...the person behind the blog.  Life is meant to be lived...loved...and enjoyed.  Join me on my journey! ----- I tend to be a very task-oriented, list-driven person.  It's mostly my Type-A personality (it's how I came!!!), but I think it was magnified when I became a mom...a mom to two sets of twins and six kids, five of them that were born within six years (currently are aged seven and under).  The lists became essential for me to even function, and to get anything done.   They are such a part of me now, that I now think in … [Read more...]



Easy DIY Ruler Growth Chart {Perfect for SUPER SATURDAY}

Mar
06
12
DIY Ruler Growth Chart | simplykierste.com

I'm in charge of the Super Saturday at our church this year, which is a big group of ladies getting together to make really fun crafts and projects. It's so fun for me, because it's two of my passions together---creating and talking.  ☺  One of the things I wanted to do this year was make a Ruler Growth Chart. LOVE them!! I've planned many of these, and when it comes to choosing projects for Super Saturday or any craft group, there are several things that I always consider: 1.  It can be totally completed in the time frame we have (what's worse than going home with unfinished projects that are just going to sit in your closet???) 2.  It's appropriate for all skill levels.  Not that … [Read more...]



Washi Tape Chore Chart

Feb
28
6
washi tape chore chart | simplykierste.com

Families are a work in progress, aren't they?  It's all about trying to find what works--sometimes you hit it right on the head the first time, other times it takes a little bit of experimentation before it clicks.  When it comes to chore charts, I've been in that experiment stage for a little while, trying to find that one that "clicks".  What I've discovered is that we need EASY.  As in super easy. We also need it to be small, not take up too much space, have too many components, and not take very long to check things off.  When my kids get older, that may change, who knows, maybe we won't even need chore charts anymore, but for now...this is what's working. First of all, this took less … [Read more...]



{how to buy brand name clothes for kids on a walmart budget}

Feb
26
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brand name clothes on a walmart budget | simplykierste.com

As the mom of six kids, buying clothes can be EXPENSIVE!  I love finding and buying not only cute, but high-quality clothes that last, but I'm on a budget...as I'm sure you can all relate. Over the years I've figured out how to buy my favorite brand name clothes without breaking the bank.  It does take some work and planning, but it's totally possible.  I'm excited to share my strategies list, and hopefully it will help you save some money too! And before we continue--I have absolutely nothing against buying clothes from Walmart, nor am I saying that you shouldn't. I'm only using it for the purpose of comparing cost, since they are known for their low prices. Everyone has a different budget, … [Read more...]



15 Favorite Chapter Books & Series For Boys {ages 8-12}

Feb
20
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favorite chapter books & series for boys | simplykierste.com

 I posted my 20 of my favorite girls' chapter books a few weeks ago, and now I'm excited to share my favorite chapter books and series for boys!  It's most definitely not just for boys (nor is my girls list just for girls), but these are books that generally appeal to boys. This age range is vital for boys and reading--it can really set the tone for how they feel about books going forward. I think the key is to find a series or genre that they can get into, and often it will take a few tries until you find one that clicks. Whether they like adventure, action, mystery, or fantasy--it's on this list!! I decided a long time ago that I would read the books that my kids were reading, so not … [Read more...]



{my most memorable valentine’s day ever}

Feb
14
11
rick & kierste | simplykierste.com

Happy Valentine's Day!!  We had such a fun morning, and I'm gearing up for our little party tonight.  I love this holiday with kids--they love even the most simple of traditions, and it's really about celebrating together.  I love it.  However, my most memorable Valentine's Day EVER occurred before we had kids.  It's most definitely unforgettable, and I thought I would celebrate today by sharing it with you.  ☺ Rick and I had been married a couple of years, and we were living in an apartment and going to school. This particular Valentine's day fell on a Saturday, and we were planning to leave really early that morning and travel about 4 hours away to our hometown to visit family and … [Read more...]