kierste

 Hello, darlings! I'm so glad you're here!  This is a place where I can post about all of my favorite things--and he list is long!  I love to create, organize, make my home warm and inviting, enjoy the holidays to the fullest, do fun things with my kids, make old things new again, and add simple touches that make all the difference.

I'm a wife and mom to six kids, including two sets of twins!  Our home is busy and lively, as you can well imagine, and working on projects is my way to spend some downtime and relax!  My husband is a talented woodworker, and I'm not bad with a chopsaw. :)  Together we have built almost every piece of furniture in our home, and I love looking at it and knowing that we made it.

the new baby...lucky number six!

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my family | simplykierste.com

A few tidbits about me...

-I'm a runner, and in the  two years since I've started long distance running,  have completed three half  marathons and a full marathon. I love it, and can't wait to do more! My goal is to do a half Ironman, along with my husband.

-I've played the piano since I was 4 years old, have taught lessons for years, and love music in all forms.

-I could read all day if I had the time.  I've been an avid reader since I was small, and the classics are my favorite.  The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas is in my top three!  Many of Jane Austen's works are also up there!

-Sports have always been a part of my life, and volleyball has been my favorite for them past 10 years.  I've played on a league almost that long--I love the competition and the game!

-If I was going to watch a movie, it would be Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, North & South, or the Bourne Identity series.

-I have a major sweet tooth. I'm pretty much always craving sugar!  My favorites include Red Vines, anything lemon, English Toffee, and sugar cookies with LOTS of frosting.

-I like cooking, but I LOVE baking!  It's probably that darn sweet tooth, lol.

I hope you'll stop by often and say hi--I'd love to have you!

{kierste}






comments

  1. great intro to your family….wow six kids…what a blessing and a busy household!

  2. So glad I found your blog! I cannot wait to read more! And your kids are absolutely beautiful!
    Stephanie @ meetwithasmile.blogspot.com

  3. Nicolle Carlin says:

    I just want to say how much I enjoy your blog! You are such an inspiration! I am a former political reporter, turned stay at home mom, and I have been meaning to start a blog of my own for about two years. I think it will finally be ready to go this week and I have had an overwhelming urge to say thank you. Every time I read one of your entries, or try one of your projects, my drive to get my own little project going is renewed. Keep up the great work!
    Nicolle

    • simply {kierste} says:

      Nicolle, I am so thrilled for you! A new blog is so exciting, and I wish you the very best. You’ll have to send me the link! Thank you for your kind words–I so appreciate them! xoxo

  4. Just found your blog via some friends on facebook. Now I know why they’re addicted to your wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing with all of us, and best to you and your wonderful family!

    • simply {kierste} says:

      Thank you so much!!! I’m so glad you found me, and stopped by to say hello! So happy you’re here!!! xoxo

  5. Super love the website you manufactured, and your family, your six kids are god’s best gift to you.

  6. Your cinnamon ornaments are adorable – and the recipe I will use for our first time making these (2 kiddos, 10 & 8). Thanks for posting! Inspired blog, can’t wait to read more. Well done!

    • simply {kierste} says:

      Hello there! I’m so glad you found me, and I’m excited for you to try these ornaments! They are a favorite!!! You’ll have to stop by and let me know how they turned out! Merry Christmas!

  7. I am so excited I found your blog! Lots of great info!! I can not wait to try some of your crafts! I just started blogging three months ago and if you have any great advice I would be so grateful! I have a large family too! We have seven kids, aren’t big families so wonderful!! Have a great day!

    • simply {kierste} says:

      Hello Lara! Yes, big families are wonderful!! How old are your children? Congrats on the new blog…I’d be happy to help answer any questions you have! Just e-mail me simplykierste@yahoo.com. Thanks for stopping by!! I’m so glad you found me! xoxo

  8. Just discovered your blog and I’m so inspired to see a mom of SIX be able to keep up with running and work and lots of DIY projects. I’ve got (just one!) 10 month old and it’s a whirlwind. You’re a role model!

    • Jenn, I’m so glad you found me!! When I had a 10 month old, it was a whirlwind for me too. All the running and projects just keep me sane. ☺ Hope to see you around, thanks for dropping by!! xo

  9. Kierste……
    I have a sincere question for you…..As I age, I’m finding it harder to keep those extra pounds off. I’ve always envied people that find joy in running….bc I never have. My lungs burn and I literally feel like I’m going to die!….lol Do you have any tips for someone that would love to be able to say that I find joy in running and would some day love to accomplish a small race…..like a 5k. What is the best way to “become” a runner? (May be a silly question but to this point I have been unsuccessful.) Thanks for your time and your lovely site.
    Sincerely, Lisa

    • I actually HATED running for a long time, lol. I’ve played sports my whole life, and thought it was so pointless to run without a ball. :) After my second set of twins were born, I really needed a way to keep in shape that I could do from home, that wasn’t expensive, and that would be a good workout. So…I started running. It helped that I had friends that also started running, and we did our Saturday runs together, which made it fun. Start slow—start with a mile, do that for a couple of weeks, then slowly add on after that–a mile at a time. You body will get used to it, and so will your lungs, I promise!!! I also really started enjoying running after I hit 4-5 miles. My body got into a groove, and I felt like I could just keep going. Still today, the hardest part of my run is the first mile or two. Look up at couch to 5k program online–there are quite a few out there–and they are really great for getting into a schedule, and knowing what to do, and how to do it. I say go for it! I know you can do it! When I started, I could run about 3 miles, and within 3 months I ran a half marathon, and within 9 months I had run a full marathon. It’s totally possible, and it’s really made a difference in my life. GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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