Oh, how I love baskets and bins and jars! My favorites are the ones that look pretty, but are also functional and keep me organized at the same time. While Old Salt Farm is being built, I’m on the search for farmhouse storage ideas for my pantry, craft room, laundry room, playroom, and well, pretty much…
It startled me when I was doing my planning for the coming week when I realized it’s going to be May! How did that happen? Not that I’m complaining–the weather has been fabulous, the sun is shining, and spring is in the air! But it also means that summer is on the horizon, and even…
Let’s face it. Moms are BUSY. So, so busy. Between kids’ homework, sports, music & other activities, taking care of the home, church responsibilities and perhaps working on top of it, there is just so much to juggle and keep track of. And that’s only the basics! Boy, do I get it. In order to…
With my twin boys starting kindergarten this year (sniff, sniff), I will now have five kids to pack school lunch for. All of a sudden this past week that seemed like… a lot. We still have a couple of weeks until school starts, but I decided to get organized now!
I’ve always had some kind of lunch station, but the thought of 25 bags of chips, 25 fruit cups, 25 granola bars, 25 string cheese, and 25 go-gurt (plus sandwich stuff) per week really got me thinking about how I could create something to make the packing process a lot faster and easier. So…the official school lunch station has been created, including some super cute printables as the finishing touch. It’s simple, but that’s my favorite way to do things!
Every summer morning I hear the words “can I play?”, in one form or another. They might be referring to going outside to play, having friends over, wanting me to take them somewhere, requesting screen time, or any number of things that’s on their agenda that day. I got really tired of listing the things off that they needed to do before they could play (even though they already knew), that I decided to make things easier for not only myself, but for the kids too, by making a summer “before you can play” chore list. I hung it on the fridge, and when they want to know if they can play, I just ask if they have everything done on the list! Love!
Already the sunscreen and bug spray have come out of hibernation, and plans are being made to enjoy every single minute of the summer. We’re on the go a lot during the summer months, whether it’s a road trip, or just around town. It means a lot of parks and outdoor activities and FUN! With all that fun comes the inevitable, and odds are, I’m going to need something out of the car kit that I keep in my trunk. Preparedness is key! I change it up a bit for each season, and today I’m sharing the summer version, plus a super cute free printable!
I re-use plastic grocery sacks for so many things–they are a hot commodity at our house! I save them and use them on a very regular basis not only in my house, but on the road. I keep a bunch in the car so I’ll have them when I need them, for any variety of reasons. Whether it’s a pair of muddy shoes, wet clothes, a child that’s sick, or a million other things, grocery bags regularly save the day! You can probably relate–there isn’t much worse than a crazy mess when you’re away from home, and being stuck without anything to wrap it up in (and perhaps contain the smell!) until you get home. Empty Clorox wipes bottles make perfect grocery bag containers, and they make it so easy to pack them in the car, or even a diaper bag. I decided to dress mine up with washi tape, and in literally 5 minutes, it was transformed. Cute + functional + simple = my favorite combination!
I have been receiving comments and emails about if and when I would be posting a 2015 Summer Schedule, and it totally took me off guard, because we still have two months of school left. So for all of you lucky ducks that get out in May, I thought I should get this posted now!
I LOVE having this spreadsheet for our summer schedule, and after using it for several years, I can’t imagine a summer without it. There is always so much going on–concerts in the park, park days, library story times, ball games—-and while we’re not going to go to every single one of them, I want to know when they are in case we can go. There just isn’t room on my regular calendar for all of that information, plus when you adding swimming lessons, vacations, and summer camps, it’s really ridiculous.
Today I’m pleased to announce Amanda Becker, from Tale of an Ugly House, as the newest Simply Kierste contributor!! I just know you are going to fall in love with her, her projects, and her style. Don’t forget to swing by and say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!! // DIY Dinosaur Bookends
We recently built my son a toy organizer for his room. If your child is anything like mine, they have a lot of books! I wanted to keep a few of my son’s favorite books where he could easily get to them but still keeping them organized. Being that Charlie is only two, his favorites are always changing! I searched for the perfect bookends. I found several cute ones, but none that really jumped out at me.
A couple of years ago I posted about the kitchen mini command center I made for our Texas home. One of the things that I mentioned was my bills and finances ledger. I’ve had so many e-mails and questions about it that I decided to give it its very own post! Even though my command center has had to be modified since we moved, that finances ledger has remained the same.
I use this ledger almost every day. I pay the bills and handle the finances for our family, so I use it to stay organized and keep track of all of our financial information. My husband is also able to look at it whenever he wants to, and see exactly where we’re at and what’s going on–and find something quickly if I’m not at home. I use it to track our savings, bills that are paid and need to be paid, receipts, checking account balance and receipts, flex spending, tax info, and a variety of other financial information. It works really, really well for us, and I’m excited to share it with you!