About the Author
Kierste Wade is the author of Simply Kierste Design Co., a DIY & Lifestyle blog, where she has been sharing creative ideas since 2009. As the mother of six, she loves to feature simple ideas for both home and family, including organization, holiday traditions and activities, home décor, DIY, recipes, printables, and more. Her work has been featured in many publications, both online and in print, including CountryLiving.com, HGTV.com, BetterHomesandGardens.com, Parents.com, and Babycenter.com. She’s happy to make her home in upstate New York with her family in their farmhouse, Old Salt Farm.
1. What or whom inspired you to become an author?
I've always loved the sharing of ideas, and that's in large part why I started my blog nearly ten years ago. When I had the opportunity to write a book about something I was so passionate about, I jumped at the chance. My life has been greatly influenced by those that have shared their experiences and ideas with me, and I wanted to do the same for others.
2. Who are some of your favorite authors?
I grew up on the classics, and they're still my favorites today. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, and Alexander Dumas penned my most beloved titles. I also love L.M. Montgomery--Anne of Green Gables is perhaps my most adored book character.
3. What inspired the idea for Simply Tradition: 70 Fun & Easy Holiday Ideas for Families?
Traditions are a big part of our family life, and celebrating the holidays together through tradition has always been something that has brought us closer together. Making memories, experiencing simple & fun activities, working together to help others--it's something that we love, and I wanted to share that with other families.
4. What are some of your favorite activities from Simply Tradition: 70 Fun & Easy Holiday Ideas for Families?
It's so hard to choose! The Kindness Countdown Chain, Christmas Tree & Sugar Cookie Day, Family Book Exchange, Haunted Gingerbread Houses, Love Buckets, Mailing Easter Eggs, Cereal Night at the Park...they're all favorites!
5. What hobbies do you enjoy?
Anything outdoors, any kind of sport, long distance running, reading, baking, photography, and home design
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