Favorite Toys List

Favorite Toys List | simplykierste.com

This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are 100% mine. ----- Christmas is on its way, and the talk of Christmas toys and gifts is rampant at our house.  I've made my lists, and shopping has commenced! We tend to invest in classic toys, and add to the collection over the years...like Legos, Lincoln Logs,  blocks, and art supplies.  They last for a long time, in terms of both quality and age level.  Love that! Many of them are also gender neutral, because my kids like the same things, and play all together a lot.  I've made a list of some of our favorite toys, ones that all of our kids have loved, and been the most popular in our playroom--plus others that top our Christmas list … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Halloween Candy

Gluten Free Halloween Candy | simplykierste.com

 One week until Halloween!  Eeek!  We are so excited at our house, and my five year old boys ask at least ten times every day how many more days until Halloween arrives! The costumes and the candy....oh, the candy. We end up with SO much!! I have a little girl with Celiac Disease and can't have gluten, so being aware of the gluten free Halloween candy  is really important. I've read through several gluten-free and Celiac dedicated sites, because they always post candy information about this time of year. I was able to compile a list of popular Halloween candy that is listed by their manufacturers as gluten-free, which will be very helpful when all that candy comes home! If you are also … [Read more...]

Meet the Mormons…Meet Me!

Meet the Mormons | simplykierste.com

Today you're going to learn a little more about me--the girl behind the blog :) One thing you may not know is that I'm a Mormon--I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.   I'm excited to team up with over 65+ blogger friends that are also Mormons, to extend an invitation to see a film entitled "Meet The Mormons".  You may have wondered who the Mormons are, and what we're all about, and this film is an honest look addressing that very thing.  If you've been curious, and just want to know what makes us tick, this is a movie for you! This film is not meant to be an "in your face" /you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you … [Read more...]

The REAL Me…I am Brave and Beautiful!

I am Brave and Beautiful | simplykierste.com

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... " Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it … [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...]

Ten Years Later…Our Family’s Diabetes Story

Ten Years Later...Our Family's Type 1 Diabetes Journey | simplykierste.com

The end of this month marks the 10 year anniversary of our son's diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes.  It's been quite the journey for him, for me as a mother, and for our entire family.  I wrote this last fall, but to mark this milestone, I wanted to re-post it in recognition and celebration.  He is now almost 16 years old, happy, and doing well. This is dedicated to him, and to all the families with darling children that have been and will be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Ten years later...this is our family's diabetes story. xo ..... Sometimes we experience life-defining moments that while we're right in the middle of them, we don't quite realize how much of an impact they will actually … [Read more...]

Craft Stick Dolls: An Easy Craft for Kids

Craft Stick Dolls | A Fun Craft For Kids | simplykierste.com

Well, hello, hello!! Can you believe it's the 10th of the month, already?? Our bunch of 10 bloggers is so happy to be back, sharing with you ten brand new ideas.  This month we've turned our thoughts to our kiddos! Our chosen theme is JUST FOR KIDS, with ten great ideas, for and all about kids, including recipes, crafts, and all-around great ways to bring the family together. After you check out my super cute Craft Stick Dolls, be sure to check out (and pin!) the posts from my fellow blog friends. Enjoy! My girls love to make things, and often they're borrowing my craft supplies to create their latest project.  Last week they asked for craft sticks and washi tape, and I am in la la love … [Read more...]

Lunchbox Love Notes {Free Printable}

Lunchbox Love Notes | simplykierste.com

I've always loved to tuck in a note with my kids' school lunches. Sometimes it's a quickly scribbled message written on a napkin or post-it note--whatever I have time for in the early morning rush.  This year I created some really fun Lunchbox Love Notes, free printable labels that I can quickly peel off and place on a paper sack lunch, sandwich bag, or lunch container! My kids LOVE notes in their lunch, and I know they look forward to them.  One of my girls saved a note her dad wrote her for the entire year!  It's so fun to send them with off with a little reminder of home for the middle of the day. Notes of encouragement or an "I love you" or even a funny joke go a long way for … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free School Lunch Ideas

Gluten Free School Lunch Ideas | simplykierste.com

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- One of my girls was diagnosed with celiac disease a couple of years ago, and one of the hardest parts of eating gluten-free is figuring out eating at school and in social situations.  We really are so fortunate now, because there are so many GF options in grocery stores, and even restaurants. Thirty years ago, my brother was diagnosed at  only 18 months old after nearly dying (Celiac Disease was not well known at that time). Back then there were extremely limited options, and the very few gluten-free products that did exist were horrible tasting.  So, when I'm feeling frustrated about a certain situation, I just … [Read more...]

Thrilled to Pieces Teacher Gift {FREE Printable}!

Thrilled to Pieces Teacher Gift | simplykierste.com

I love giving my kids' teachers a little something at the beginning of the school year, and my kids love it too. It's never anything big or fancy, just a small token of our appreciation, and to show them how much we are all looking forward to the school year.  I actually made this fun "Thrilled to Pieces" Teacher Gift at the end of the past school year for my kids' teachers, but I went ahead and made a tag for the beginning of the school year so I could share them both with you! This is SO easy to put together! I filled a mason jar mug with Reese's Pieces, then tied on the cute tag.  I stuck in a orange chevron straw, and added a cute chalkboard flag with my girls' names on it.  When I … [Read more...]