Striped love sign

Striped Love Sign | simplykierste.com

I'm kind of in love with stripes, and I really love them on this Striped Love Sign I made to add to my Valentine's Day decor.  Although I love it so much, I might leave it up year round! SO fun!  I seriously love it.  Best of all, it's super easy to make and is a pretty quick project!  It would be adorable sitting on a mantel or entry table, or hanging on the wall.  I made mine a pretty good size--2 feet x 2 feet, but you can really make it any size you like. Use the same method and have it say something else--for a bedroom, bathroom, playroom--anywhere!  I love the wood color of the MDF alongside the white--so cute! Here's how I did it: SUPPLIES: -1/2 inch MDF, cut to 24 x24 … ...read more

14 fun Valentine’s Day movies for families

14 Fun Valentine's Day Movies for Families | simplykierste.com

We love family movie nights, and snuggling up together to watch our favorite movies. Valentine's Day is coming up in a few weeks, and a family movie night is a perfect way to celebrate together!  I'm sharing a list of our favorite Valentine's Day movies that are great for families. So...grab your cozy blankets, make some Pink Hot Chocolate, and get ready for an evening of Valentine's Day movie fun! Most of them are rated G, and a few are rated PG.   Common Sense Media is a resource that I've used to check movies for more rating information. The Love Bug , rated G The original version is definitely my favorite, and the one we watch.  I have loved it since I was little! The … ...read more

Valentine bingo!

Valentine Bingo | simplykierste.com

Can I tell you how much I love Valentine's Day?  I totally do, it's true.  We make it a family affair at our house, and  I just love doing fun things for my kids and husband to celebrate.  We do a super fun and easy Valentine Countdown every year, and one of the things on our list is to play Valentine Bingo! I created a fun new Bingo printable for this year, and I love it...I think my kids will too! Bingo is fun at home--we love playing it for Family Night too!  It's also perfect for any Valentine party.  If you're looking for a a great Valentine game for a class party, this works for preschool on up through upper elementary grades.  Everyone loves Bingo! We always use small Valentine … ...read more

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup | simplykierste.com

After a really warm week last week (like REALLY warm...as in the warmest December in 125 years), the cold is back, and soup is sounding even yummier than usual.  Let's be honest, though, even when I lived where it's warm all year, I always loved soup in the winter.  :)  We tried a yummy new soup that was gobbled up at our house, and it's full of some of my favorite things. It's hearty without being heavy, filling, flavorful, and a little bit spicy---and SO delicious!  Soup is one of the best meals around. I love a big post of soup simmering on the stove--there's something just so cozy about it.  Serve with crusty bread, and it's the perfect lunch or dinner.  Or both.  :) This particular … ...read more

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