Easy DIY Bookmarks

Easy & Adorable DIY Bookmarks | simplykierste.com

There are affiliate links within this post. I hosted a book exchange party a few weeks ago, and it was SO SO fun.  It's been one of my favorite parties over the years, and I was excited to have new friends over and carry on the tradition here.  I promise I will share all the details about the party soon, but today I'm sharing the adorable & easy DIY bookmarks I made for the party favors.  SO easy, SO fast, and SO dang cute! I just love them.  And I'm not kidding when I tell you I made each one in less than a minute!  Only a few supplies, a few minutes, and you can have adorable bookmarks for yourself or for gifts. Or both. :) How fun to give these to teachers, friends or neighbors … ...read more

All about me: annual interview questions for kids

Annual Interview Questions for Kids | simplykierste.com

I take a lot of pictures of my kids. And I mean A LOT.  I always have a camera with me, and I was super happy when the smartphone came along, so then I had a phone AND a camera all-in-one!  My kids know that no matter the occasion, no matter we go, pictures are going to happen  It's just how it is.  But what I love just as much as photos are their little words--the funny things they say, what they think about, and how they view the world.  Years ago, I started doing an annual interview with my kids, and it's seriously my favorite thing EVER.  At first it was on paper only, but now I do video too.  We have a family blog that I update regularly and get printed every year, so I keep it in print … ...read more

I need to get organized, I want to get organized…now what? A guide to getting organized!

Getting Organized! | simplykierste.com

This is the time of year that getting organized is especially on everyone's mind.  The busy-ness and craziness of the holidays are coming to a close, and when the tree goes down, the urge to organize everything hits in full force.  Sometimes though, it can feel SO overwhelming, looking at a room, or a drawer, or a closet, (or all of the above), and wondering where in the world to even start.  You know you want to, you know you need to, but now what? How exactly do you make that leap, and get started?  If getting organized is on your list, I'm going to share my tips and tricks that will help you on your way to getting organized in 2015! Remember…the goal of getting organized isn't getting … ...read more

Best of 2014!

best of 2014 | simplykierste.com

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 | simplykierste.com

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

10 Fun & festive Christmas breakfast ideas

10 Fun & Festive Christmas Breakfast Ideas | simplykierste.com

We are on the countdown to Christmas!  Is your house feeling it too?  The celebrating has already started around here, and just today I went and bought a ridiculous amount of food for this week.  On the list?  Christmas breakfast!  It's probably our favorite breakfast of the entire year.  I've gathered 10 fun & festive Christmas breakfast ideas that would be perfect for not only Christmas day, but the days leading up to it.  I love all the pancake and waffle ideas...they're all SO cute! *Snowman Milk Men *Gingerbread Waffles with Cinnamon Butter *Red Velvet Pancakes *Rudolph Pancakes *Cinnamon Roll Pancakes *Snowman Pancakes *Christmas Tree Waffles *Candy Cane Cream Cheese … ...read more

The Easiest Sparkling Punch

Easy Punch Recipe | simplykierste.com

I bought my first punch bowl very early on in life.  As a piano teacher, I felt it quite necessary to have punch and cookies after each recital, and a girl can't be without a punch bowl!  Now I use a drink dispenser, but I still have my punch bowl! This particular recipe is my go-to punch, and it's the easiest sparkling punch around. It only has two basic ingredients, so it's also so quick to put together, which I love. You can also easily change flavors to match a theme, season, or holiday, and I've made many different kinds.  The kind I love for Christmas and the holidays is what I call...Sparkling Cranberry Punch! Its delightful red color with cranberries with floating on top is perfect … ...read more

Easy Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate | simplykierste.com

We are such a hot chocolate family! I don't think many days pass through the holiday and winter season where my kids aren't asking me to make hot chocolate...and I oblige quite often.  One of my favorite versions is Mexican Hot Chocolate.  The added cinnamon and nutmeg brings a depth of flavor that is deep and rich, and accents the chocolate.  It's SO delicious, and easy! I like to serve it with whipped cream, then shaved chocolate and cinnamon & sugar sprinkled on top.  Mmmmmm...my mouth is watering just writing this out!  It's perfect for serving at home, or to guests.  I like to make a big pot of it on Christmas morning, and just keep it simmering in my crock pot or on the stove, … ...read more

Family Lacing Cards

Family Lacing Cards | simplykierste.com

We live far away from all of our family--most of them live thousands of miles away, and my sister is the closest at twelve hours away. We don't get to see them as often as we would like, but it's important to me that we do things to keep connected, and to help my kids know their family.  I thought it would be fun to make a set of family lacing cards for my kids for Christmas a couple of years ago, and they LOVE them.  I made a card for each of our siblings, and their families, and it's so fun to have their cute faces so often.  It's a perfect gift for either your kids, or for other family members--with a card of your family, of course!  I love to tuck them into our church bag, into my … ...read more

Gold Striped Christmas Gift Tags

Gold Striped Gift Tags | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th of the month! This month my friends and I got busy with the theme GOLD. It's kind of perfect for the holidays right? Check out my post and then hop on over to visit all of the others. Gold is such a fun color all year, but I love it at Christmastime!  I was looking through the candy aisle the other day, and saw one of my favorites (Hershey Nuggets with Toffee) in their beautiful gold wrappers, and knew I needed to make some Gold Striped Christmas Gift Tags to go with them! Aren't they so fun?  Perfect for giving to friends, visiting teachers, neighbors...anyone!  These gift tags are darling paired with a milk bottle, mason jar, or treat bag full of gold-wrapped candy, or … ...read more