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

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Pumpkin Crumb Cake | simplykierste.com

It’s the 10th of the month which means another fabulous themed roundup from this talented bunch of bloggers! This month’s theme is pumpkin– recipes, crafts, and more. I love seeing how each blogger takes the theme and runs with it, and this month is no different. After you check out my Pumpkin Crumb Cake, be sure to check out what everyone else is sharing as well! Okay, so I'm totally admitting to you that pumpkin is usually not my favorite--pumpkin pie I just can't do.  But...this Pumpkin Crumb Cake is so yummy, that even if you're not a pumpkin fan, if anything will change your mind, this will!  If you already love pumpkin, then this is a must-try! My kids love it too, and it's one of … ...read more

Halloween Rolo Pretzel Treats

Halloween Rolo Pretzel Treats | simplykierste.com

One of our favorite treats to make at Christmastime is Rolo Pretzel Treats. They are brilliantly quick and easy and completely addicting.  Sweet caramel and chocolate, combined with salty and crunchy pretzels?  That's a recipe for perfection!  Because we love them so much, I thought it would be fun to make a Halloween version! This is one of my kids' favorite treats to help with in the kitchen, and it's perfect for little hands. Everything from unwrapping all the Rolo wrappers to laying out the pretzels on a cookie sheet, to setting the M&Ms on top...they love it, and I love it too!  It saves me a ton of time, so if you can find some little (or big) helpers at your house, I would grab … ...read more

Halloween Tags {Free Printable}

halloween tags | free printable | simplykierste.com

How about some fun Halloween tags? Just print and cut out, punch a hole in the corner, and tie on to a jar, pail, treat bag, milk bottle, or paper sack with ribbon.  You could also use washi tape to to tape to the front of the paper sack, or as a label on another container. How about using them as lunchbox notes? They would super fun to add to your kids' lunches the week before Halloween!  Use them as part of your Halloween tablescape--one at each plate. There are so many fun ways you can use these free Halloween printable tags! DOWNLOAD: 31 boo! happy haunting happy halloween … ...read more

Hearty Oven Beef Stew

Hearty Oven Beef Stew | simplykierste.com

Whether you live where it's cold or hot, when fall arrives soups and stews become irresistible.  One of our favorites this fall is Hearty Oven Beef Stew, and it's seriously the best beef stew I've ever had.  It's thick with chunks of meat and vegetables, with a rich, delicious flavor. It's  a simple, rustic stew that doesn't disappoint. It only takes a few minutes in the morning to cut the veggies and put it in the oven.  It's SO easy to put together, then roasts all day in the oven, creating the most decadent aroma.  I have to admit, I look forward to that aroma just about as much as the actual stew!  You can also serve it over rice if you have some leftover, and it also extends the meal … ...read more

Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath

Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath | simplykierste.com

We moved to New York last month, and because we are going to build a home here, we are renting an apartment with 90% of our belongings in storage, including all of our holiday decorations.  I wish I could say it was easy enough to just go get them out of storage, but I'm afraid to say that's nigh until impossible.  It's a huge unit, stacked floor to ceiling, front to back with furniture and boxes, and everything would have to be moved out and looked through to even have a chance of discovery. We're talking hours and hours of work, for a low percentage of success. So...I decided to just create a few new fall and Halloween decorations, because we all love when we have a bit of the season in … ...read more

FREE Holiday Hot List Digital Coupon Book + GIVEAWAY!!!

Holiday Hot List Digital Coupon Book 2014 | simplykierste.com

I am seriously SO excited! This day has been a long time coming for me, because I have been so thrilled to share it all with you.  I love doing giveaways, because it's so fun for me to be able to give back to all of you, my awesome readers.  I've always wished that I could give something to EVERYONE, and now I can! I've teamed up with three other bloggers extraordinaire to bring you all the FREE Holiday Hot List Digital Coupon Book!  It's chock full of amazing and exclusive coupons from some of your favorite online retailers, including...Melissa & Doug, World Market, Ghirardelli, Sassy Steals, Overstock, Blendtec and so many more!  Freebies2Deals // The Crafting Chicks // Or So She … ...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

Easy Tin Man Costume + 88 Easy Costume Ideas!

easy tin man costume | simplykierste.com

It's almost October, and that means Halloween is on the horizon!! One of my favorite parts of Halloween is coming up with cute costumes for my kids.  So...I'm excited to tell you that I got together with 80+ blogging friends to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including my super adorable and Easy Tin Man Costume! My little Jack-Jack was going as the Tin Man last year for Halloween, and I searched for quite awhile for a Tin Man costume for him.  I just wasn't in love with any of the ones that I saw, and didn't want to pay the price they were asking for them.  So...I decided to make one.  Problem? I'm not a seamstress.  Not a real one, anyway.  I can sew straight lines--give me basic … ...read more

Out-of-the-Vault: Easy Halloween Projects

Easy Halloween Projects | simplykierste.com

With Halloween around the corner, I thought it would be fun to bring some of my favorite easy Halloween projects out of the vault to share with you. Halloween is something our family looks forward to every year, and my list includes free printables, fun family traditions, decor, and more!  I have a list of even more Halloween ideas and projects I'll be posting over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for those too! 1.  Halloween Chalkboard Printable This is such a fun addition to my mantel!  It's a newer project (last year), but it's going to be a keeper.  :)  It's easy, too--just get it printed as an 8x10 or 11x20, and you're ready to put it up!  2.  You've Been Boo'ed!  FREE … ...read more