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...]

Merry Christmas!

merry christmas |

Oh my goodness, I can't believe Christmas is here!  It has been another wonderful season, and a first for us here in upstate New York. I wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate you, and love getting your comments, e-mails, and posts in social media.  I just love you all, and so grateful to you for reading!  I feel like we're friends, even though we've never met.  :) I wanted to share with you a Christmas story that has been my favorite since I was a little girl. It touched my heart then, as it does now, and tears come to my eyes every single time, no matter how many times I read it.  It's called Trouble at the Inn, and it tells the story of a young boy named Wally, and his part in … [Read more...]

Blendtec Blender GIVEAWAY!

Blendtec Blender Giveaway |

This post is sponsored by Blendtec. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- Happy Monday, and Happy December!  Today we're celebrating with a really exciting giveaway...a Blendtec Blender!!! And not just one blender...this is an awesome blog hop giveaway, with FOUR blenders, and FOUR winners!!!  Make sure you head on over to Or So She Says, The Crafting Chicks, and Freebies 2 Deals to enter there too! I promise, you'll want to enter more than once, for a better chance to win an awesome blender:  a Certified Refurbished Total Blender Classic!  There is also a coupon in our awesome Holiday Hot List for the same blender--which will save you $100 and it has a 7 year warranty! To receive your … [Read more...]

Black Friday CASH GIVEAWAY!!!

Black Friday Cash Giveaway |

I'm continuing this week of giveaways, and today is SO exciting! To help you with the holidays, I teamed with 30 blogging friends to give you a $400 Cash giveaway! You read that right! $400 of CASH for one lucky winner right before the holidays!! All you have to have is a PayPal account where we can send you the money and enter below for your chance to win this Black Friday Cash Giveaway! Giveaway rules: Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents. Winner must have valid PayPal address to claim winnings. Winning entry WILL BE VERIFIED and if incomplete the entry is void and a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway will be open on Black Friday, November 28th-December 5th at midnight. … [Read more...]

A Silhouette Black Friday Event! (Prices good through December 8th)

Silhouette Black Friday Event |

  Are you ready for a Silhouette Black Friday Event???!!!   It's that time again...Black Friday 2014!  It's hands down the best sale of the year when it comes to Silhouette machines and products, and if you have been waiting to buy a machine for yourself or someone else, this is the time!  If you already have a machine, the 40% off sale is awesome--stock up now on all your favorites, or things you have been wanting to try. I know you're all waiting for details, so I'll just cut to the chase... Portrait Bundle -        Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99    CAMEO Bundle #1-           CAMEO machine, Designer Edition … [Read more...]