Blueberry dump cake

Blueberry Dump Cake |

Kara, from Creations by Kara, is sharing this delicious Bluberry Dump Cake recipe today! If you live in an area where you can grow your own blueberries, I am insanely jealous. I love them so very much, but since they don't grow in my area, they cost a small fortune. I buy them whenever they go on sale. I bought a pint last week, then we ended up going out of town before they all got eaten. When we got back they weren't fresh enough for salad, so I decided to use them for baking. I remembered an awesome dump cake that my mom used to make. I couldn't get ahold of her to get the recipe, so I had to go from memory and improvise a little. Thankfully it turned out just as good as I … [Read more...]

Making dinner easy with Newman’s Own

Dinner made easy with Newman's Own |

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman's Own. All opinions are 100% mine. ----------- My kids love to "dip".  Pretty much everything, actually.  We always have a bottle of ranch dressing in our refrigerator, and there's house-wide panic if it starts to get too low. One of our favorite dressings is Newman's Own, and not only does it come in Ranch, but Balsamic, Olive Oil & Vinegar, Family Recipe Italian, Creamy Caesar and more. As a mom, I love how simple salad dressings are to implement into dinners. It's how I get my kids to eat most veggies, but it definitely doesn't end there, because there are so many things that are dippable! Salad dressings make … [Read more...]

Introducing Nauzene® Kids…liquid nausea relief for the whole family!


 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nauzene Kids . All opinions are 100% mine. ----- Whenever my little ones have an upset tummy, I usually feel pretty helpless.  You can give different medicines for headaches and fever, but a heating pad and a comfy place to rest are generally my best options for a stomach that aches.  When I got the opportunity to try Nauzene Kids , I jumped at the chance, and it ended up being perfect (but not so perfect) timing.                                                         Last week, one of my girls stayed home from school with a tummy ache, and she was curled up on the couch, very uncomfortable. That very morning, a package containing … [Read more...]

Peanut butter & jelly bars

PB & J Cookie Bars |

Hello, it's Kara, from Creations by Kara!  Some people may think PB & J's are just for kids, but I still enjoy one every now and then. Do you still love a good peanut butter sandwich? My very favorite is one made with homemade wheat bread, creamy peanut butter, and homemade raspberry jam. So yummy. If you enjoy PB J's, you should really give these Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars a try! They start with a simple shortbread crust, then they have a layer of jam and peanut butter chips, topped with more buttery crust. Served warm they are an ooey gooey treat that is rich and delicious. After cooled down, they are crunchy and chewy with a gooey layer in the middle. I like them best … [Read more...]

My favorite way to keep kids safe in the water: Puddle Jumpers!

Puddle Jumpers |

 This post brought to you by Stearns Puddle Jumpers®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Simply Kierste. ---------- All of my children enjoy being in the water, but one in particular would actually live in it if he could, and has absolutely loved it since he was tiny.  At that young age, he also had no fear (still doesn't), and none of the ramifications that came with it (including nearly giving me a heart attack on more than occasion).  From early on, I knew I needed to find a flotation device that would not only keep him safe, but allow him to enjoy the water he loved so much. I remember the first time I saw a Stearns Puddle Jumper.  We were at the pool, and I saw a … [Read more...]

The power of home equity

power of home equity |

This post was written and sponsored by U.S. Bank.  -------- Seems you’ve got a bit of a dilemma on your hands. That big project you’ve had in your head for what feels like forever is now actually coming together on paper and just waiting to be started. You have the time to do it and - best of all? - you want to do it. There’s just one problem. You need funds, because without them, your dream project stays on hold. But fear not! If you’re a homeowner, and have equity in your home, you may have some options. One possible funding opportunity could be a second mortgage through access to your home equity. You may be able to take out what’s called a home equity line of credit (HELOC), or a … [Read more...]

Important Steps to Home Ownership

Important Steps to Home Ownership

This post is written and sponsored by U.S. Bank. ----- So, you’re ready to make the big leap into home ownership? Good for you. Home ownership can be a great experience and holds a number of tangible and intangible benefits. But first, you need to actually buy that property, which, especially if this is your first home, can feel more than a little complicated. Understanding the mortgage process Since a home is arguably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, being prepared is key to having a successful experience. Doing some homework ahead of time – specifically on mortgage prequalification, the type of mortgage that’s best for you and determining how much home you can … [Read more...]

Pizza Night with Newman’s Own

Pizza Night with Newman's Own |

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman’s Own. All opinions are 100% mine. Friday night is pizza night at our house, and we all absolutely love it.  We eat yummy pizza, then snuggle up on the couch to watch a movie. It's a tradition that's been going on for many years, and it's a great way to spend time together and unwind after a busy and hectic week.  The kids also love the fact that they get to stay up late! This past week we tried a new pizza by Newman’s Own. I was happy because I could pick up Three Cheese and Pepperoni for the kids, and the delightful Margherita with tomatoes for the adults. They're not tomato fans, but I sure am! It was quickly declared to … [Read more...]

His & hers Valentine’s Day gift card giveaway!!

His & Hers Valentine's Day Giveaway |

I just LOVE giveaways, and this one is extra special, and a little different.  Not only is it for Valentine's Day, but it's a HIS & HERS Valentine's Day gift card giveaway!  $300 Gift Card for Him and a $300 Gift Card for Her!  ($600 Value) Awesome, right? Here are all the amazing bloggers that are bringing this giveaway to you... Lisa and Pam from Over the Big Moon – Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Jessica and Sarah from Pretty Providence - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Jen, Jamie & Jodi from Eighteen 25 - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Tauni from SNAP - Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram Kristen from Capturing … [Read more...]

Best of 2014!

best of 2014 |

What a year!  I honestly can't believe it's already time again to write a "best of" post, but here we are, at the end of 2014! It's been an interesting year for me personally, and as a blogger.  We had a huge move in late summer, and we're currently living in an apartment while we're building a home, so many of my home projects/decorating ideas have been put on hold.  But, it's been fun to focus on other things, and believe me, I'm creating a huge list of projects that I'll tackle in a few months, and share with you! I'm grateful for 2014, and looking forward to 2015!  So glad you're all along for the ride!  xoxo So...without any more delay, here's a list of the most popular posts... the … [Read more...]