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february is over???

i have tried to sit down to blog for a long time!
but i just couldn’t get to it… sports and dinner and work and chores and blah blah blah!
but here’s an update on my world.
TWINNING! the boys and the girls.

Lauren turned 22!
it’s wild to even think about how we have a “child” that age!
we took her to lunch and of course… SAM’S Club for groceries.
i love having us all together even if it’s just for a few hours.
going out to eat with 5 big kids/young adults is actually really fun!

Craig & Annie got to enjoy a WSU Shockers basketball game last week and just happened to be right behind Fred Vanvleet & Ron Baker!
my friend sent me the picture from the shockers IG with the text “what the heck?!”
and i said “what? that they are at the game?”
she said “THAT’S RON BAKER!” and i said “i’m not sure who that is but it sounds exciting!”
ha ha ha!
i was quickly schooled on WHO they were – former WSU players who are now in the NBA.

i saw this sign on @saltybison‘s instagram and immediately clicked over and ordered it.
it just felt right.
it will hang among my fun pics in our bathroom.

lots of love for mr. duerksen – he’s a keeper!

regular moments – chatting and laughing while making school lunches.
this was my “office” last week… all the furniture pulled together to keep the dogs from bugging me.
it didn’t quite work.  
my thrift shop embroidery score!
i thought i would put it at the Craft House but i am liking it here at my house for now.

my friend Pam has been back in the states for a few months and heads back to Liberia on Monday.
that is sad for me and happy for her.
before she leaves she made sure to come over and teach me how to make cinnamon rolls!!!
it wasn’t as hard as i thought!  i was super proud of these pans of yumminess!
and we made cheesecake too – because it’s THE pam of Pam’s cheesecake.
we couldn’t NOT make that!

last week i did something completely new for me – i cooked for a 4 day retreat at the craft house!
Stephanie Ackerman hosted the Creative Soul Retreat at the Craft House with Julie Carson as her speaker.
16 women… just like Camp Create but instead of leading the crafting projects i was in the kitchen making 3 meals a day.
it was very different but i liked it very much!
i tried to be as organized as i could be with lists and more lists.
i enjoyed being at the house with the group but in a totally different role.
and i always love spending time with Stephanie!
Royer’s Pie Haven sent a box of mini pies!
just a whole bunch of pies in a box – you should totally order these for a party!
so darn cute!
oh… and delicious too!

these were some fun ladies to cook for!
and she’s having another retreat in October – spots are open now!

and since i got to spend so much time at the Craft House last week – i took more pictures!

“abundant need” sign is from 2017 calendar for the Craft House Rentals  is almost completely booked!
if you were wanting to come with your group these are the only dates left:
may 12-14
may 26-28 (memorial day weekend)
july 21 – 23
august 11 – 13
november 24-26 (thanksgiving weekend)  last year all the women of a family rented it, made crafts AND did their black friday shopping too!
such a fun idea! maybe your family should do that this year?!!!

and possibly october 27-29 – because it is marked “Reserved”  but i cannot figure out WHO booked this weekend so i am 95% sure i just wrote down the wrong dates.
if it’s YOUR group that reserved it – please please please email me right away.
i have searched through every form of contacts i have and cannot find anyone asking for that weekend.

and if you want any of the other dates listed let me know!  🙂


Cassandra Heck - That “Abundant” sign <3 <3 <3 those words are beautiful, love it!!

Karly - Dear Meg, I have followed your blog for probably 7 years. I remember bfirst coming across your colorful blog when I was an art teacher! Somehow a link brought me to a cute project you did with your kids ( I think it had rainbows or turtles in it)! Anyways I have always checked back in every week or so to see all of your inspirational posts and adorable family. It’s hard for me to believe how big your kids are getting. I am still at the beginning of the parenting phase. I have a 1.5 year old and almost 4 year old. Thank you for blogging and showing us a little bit of your life! One day when the kids get older I am going to come to the Crafthouse for a weekend! 🎨🌈❤🌻

meg duerksen - KatyO, Mary & Michelle M – i purchased that sign from! They have hundreds of awesome signs!

KatyO - I came to the comments to ask about that “Abundant Need” sign as well! It is FANTASTIC!

Mary - I’m with Michelle M – could you please share where you got the “there is an abundant need” sign? Love it! -Mary

Michelle M - I love your updates and photos. Your life is colorful!

Please tell me where to get the There is an abundant sign from. Al I think it is you who has another sign on the stairs that I love. Can you tell me who made that one too-if it is you.


cindy b. - loved my four-day weekend at the Craft House with Stephanie and Julie! Meg, you were a fantastic chef 🙂 thanks for loving on us! ALL of the food was great!!

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let’s create in Round Top!!!

I am SUPER excited to invite you to the next event we have planned!
Stephanie Ackerman & Tara Royer Steele & I are hosting The Gathering Retreat in Round Top, Texas – May 10 – 13.
We want YOU to come & get creative with us, shop for all the great texas “junk” and eat the best food!

I have wanted to spend time in Round Top FOR-EVVVV-ER!
This is going to be a seriously FUN time ladies!
The Gathering Retreat is all inclusive… meals, lodging & supplies for the creative workshops are included.

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE.  – it is less than 3 months away!  🙂

Stephanie, Tara & I each love bringing women together to celebrate their gifts.
God has made all of us to create and made a million different ways to do it.
Using our creativity we can worship Him!
Through painting or sewing, drawing or cooking, writing or photography – we can bring Him glory!
We know that it can often be hard to make time for yourself to be creative.
But we also know that we when make it a priority – we are filled up.
Our hope with this retreat is to remind you of the super fantasic, creative woman God made you to be.
We want you to have a time away that is inspiring, relaxing and uplifting.

This retreat will be held at The Vintage Round Top.
This place is amaaaaazing!
We get to stay here and be creative all day in this beautiful space – this is so special!
I am giddy about it!

You will spend lots of time in creative workshops with me & stephanie.
We enjoy working together so very much!
There will be many, MANY hours of  messy, colorful creating together!
All your supplies for these workshops are included in your registration.

Tara Royer Steele is going to make sure we are filled up with home cookin’ from morning till night.
She is also going to teach a pie baking class for us!  YUMMMM!
There will be meals at the house but also get to visit Royer’s Pie Haven & Royer’s Round Top Cafe too.
Would you just look at this menu?!!!  And this is only about half of the options!
I can’t wait to try ALL the pie!!!
Be sure to bring your stretchy pants  🙂

You know I love to go junking… and I am over the moon about getting to do that here!
My heart gets beating a little faster when I think of all the chippy painted goodness we could find.
Round Top is known for having really good antiquing and I’m ready to see for myself!


1. Registration is open in my shop right now!  🙂

– First payment of $250 is today.
This payment is non-refundable but will go towards your total registration cost.

– Second payment of $500 is due on March 15, 2017

– Third payment of $500 is due on April 15, 2017

2. The house sleeps 15 – many queen & king beds meaning most will have to share beds.

3. If you will be flying please fly into IAH airport – Houston, TX.

4. Airfare & travel expenses are not included but we will take you to/from the airport on 5/10 & 5/13 if you need it.

5. Leave any questions you have in the comments and I will try to answer them.   🙂

Ashley - Would the price of airfare in the expenses be different if you live in Texas and can drive?

meg duerksen - Yes…Most likely you will have to share a bedroom.

Shetly - Do I have to share bedroom ?

Amy - I’m so excited! I have been wanting to go to craft weekend for years — and this is just a few hours drive away so I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity! I don’t know anyone else going, but trying to find a friend or two who wants to join me. If not, I’m still so thrilled to come! (Boy, that was a lot of exclamation points … can you tell I’m exicted?!)

Shay - Oh my word! I can’t believe this! I grew up 20 minutes from Round Top and ate at Royers Rounf Top Cafe many times. I remember the family well. I’m sure Tara and I would know some of the same people! I would die to come to this weekend and would sign up in a heartbeat, especially since now I knelt live 2 hours away. However, there is no way, humanly speaking, that this girl can afford it! God would have to work a miracle. Maybe I’ll start praying…😄

Michelle - Are there many spots left available? I want to sign up but need to discuss with my husband before committing but don’t want to miss out.

Katie Skiff - LOVE!! I was lucky to go to Round Top this summer, but I would go back with you anytime!!

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Gal-entine’s Fun Finds

i’m not a huge valentine’s day fan.
but i know that i’m in the minority.
i’m not anti-love.
i am just lazy.
and since we don’t celebrate it much over here… i have no ideas for what to give your man.
but i am an excellent shopper for me or my friends!
so here are a bunch of red & pink themed gift ideas for ladies in your life – for valentine’s or anything.
or for yourself!
send the link to your husband or boyfriend if you’d like.


and as always… everything is available on Amazon Prime so it’s not to late to order for Valentine’s!



Gigantic Donut Pool Floatie

USB Leather Tassel with Lightning Cable for iPhone & iPad – can be on a key ring or attached to your purse

very fun bright red Retro Toaster



very cute Polka Dot Backpacks


 these are three different adult coloring books that i am loving right now –
Sweeter Than Honey coloring book by Lindsay Letters
Whatever is Lovely coloring book by Waterbrook
Color at Home coloring book by Young House Love

.120 Colored Pencils to color all the pages of your coloring book
 Pink Colored Pencil Carrying Case to hold all your pretty pencils!

i love this Macbook Pro polka dot hard case cover

and this Keyboard cover for Macbook in red is the finishing touch!


it’s always fun to add some color in the kitchen – try with this pink enamel coated colander

 this Ribbed Knit Infinity Scarf comes in over 20 colors… i choose the valentine hues.

a Popcorn Maker for movie nights at home

how adorable is this Rainbow Cloud Washi Tape and Dispenser?!


i love you mug

. red Keurig K250 Coffee Maker


Nail Polish Gift Set of 15 different colors/shades
this is ALWAYS a fun gift to give or receive!

Beats Solo Headphones
 i mean… they say Happy Valentine’s Day perfectly to me!


i just love this heart shaped waffle maker!!
what could be sweeter on valentine’s day?!
it’s the perfect breakfast (or lunch or diner!) for your loved ones.


Rain Boots in great colors and patterns (i am loving the green!!)

Rainbow Jenga game (but not jenga brand)
i would play this game more often because it is so colorful  🙂

a 5 Speed Blender that is available in 21 different colors!
the FitBit Blaze in Pink & Gold – smart fitness watch  (other colors available)


red & pink pajama onesie
 i would wear this for a week straight if i didn’t have to go so many ball games!
maybe it could just be my thing… the mom in the onesie at the games… like a mascot – but not.
red IS one of our school colors.


YES to Grapefruit body wash


Pedi Perfect for super soft feet!
i have shared this several times on my gift lists but it’s for a good reason!


Maybelline New York the Blushed Nudes Eye Shadow Palette
Maybelline Rock the Nudes Eye Shadow Palette
Maybelline New York 24K Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

 Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara


Sock It To Me Heart Socks

a hard boiled egg cooker – seems silly until you have one!
this thing is one of my FAVORITE gadgets!
it takes up very little cabinet space… it’s quick and efficient and i don’t screw up eggs anymore.
perfect hard boiled eggs every time!


a very pretty journal by katie Daisy to write all your feelings of love inside.

 fabulous bright pink Boho Weekender Shoulder Bag

Rainbow Colored Silicone Whisks – i have these at home and at the Craft House!


Raspberry Rose Pantone Universal Thermos Cup



i almost always add books to my gift lists.
i added books about LOVE or relationships for this post…. all great stuff here!

TOP ROW:  Love Does by Bob Goff  /  You and Me Forever by Lisa Chan
Looking for Lovely by Annie Downs  /  Crazy Love by Francis Chan

MIDDLE ROW:  For Women Only by Shaunti Feldman  /  Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall
The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp  /  Hope Heals by Katherine & Jay Wolf

BOTTOM ROW:  For the Love by Jen Hatmaker  /  You’re Going to Be Okay by Holly Gerth
She Reads Truth by Raechel Meyers & Amanda Bible Williams /  Power of the Praying Wife by Stormie OMartian

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!
may there be heart shaped waffles & onesie pajamas in your future!

i think you should Pin this pic…


Lori - Your gift guides are always super fun!

Karyn - I LOVE your amazon gift ideas! You have saved me time and money! Keep posting them!

Cathy - I always love your creative gift lists…and I always find something on them that my girls love!

Sandy - Although this list looks great, I found myself visiting your R & F post over and over and over. So……. I ordered my ❤ gift today! ……my hubby spoils me!! 😀

Kimberlee Jost - I love your lists because then I have some idea of what to surprise YOU with. 😉

Kathie - Yet another great list!! I can even use a few of these for ideas to get my hubby!! 🙂

Sharon - I love your gift lists. I find myself referring back to them over and over. Thanks for sharing.

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going on over here

i posted this picture on Instagram a couple of weeks ago.
talby called me after she’d left with sean for school and said “MOM! HURRY! GO OUTSIDE! There’s a FULL RAINBOW! HURRY!”
so i ran out to the driveway in my pajamas and saw THIS!
i mean – whaaaaat?!
and just as i was taking the photo it began to rain.
the rain lasted about 2 minutes and the rainbow was gone.
but i was beaming with joy about it for hours.

and this was the sunset on the way home from ball games later that same day!
the sky was getting so fancy for a plain old tuesday!

we have a new kitten.
there have been many names thrown around for her but i chose Yzma from Emperor’s New Groove.
the kids still disagree with me but no one will make up their mind any other way so Yzma it is!

talby’s club team has a tournament every weekend for like… ever.
but it has been SO fun to watch them find their stride.
it’s a really great team that talby loves to be with – which makes me happy to see too!

we were in lawrence for a volleyball tournament and decided to catch a KU game the same day.
(omg – the guy behind us!) ha ha ha
we had just the youngest two kids with us which is always fun to change the dynamics a little.

it was a GREAT game!
craig was loving every minute.
watching a game in Allen Fieldhouse is always awesome – A L W A Y S !

another great sunset last week!

i made these monster cookies last weekend.
i already bought everything to make them again.

more volleyball tournaments and more hugs.

in the last week i have seen all three of these movies.
YOU MUST go see them!
all three of them!

ok… my list for the week is slightly depressing.
i just want to snuggle into bed and not be prodcutive… is that so wrong?

Emily - Double rainbow!!!!

Ashley Pera - Made the Monster cookies for Super Bowl Sunday… Sweet Jesus!!!! They were so good. Quick question… I noticed in the picture that you were making them regular size??? Do you cook them any less? Thanks in advance…
Ashley from Tennessee

Teyonce - I always love catching up on your blog, it’s like we are sitting down chatting cause I can hear your voice as I read. I really love that. We should probably do it in real life…like soon. love you!

KWolff - I think your week sounds pretty awesome! We are in the early stages of volleyball tournaments. It was a whole new world for me. It was a lot of fun though. Your KU game was against my Texas Tech Red Raiders – it looked like a blast to be at! 😀
Thanks for sharing the pretty rainbow/sunset photos. They are so gorgeous on a dreary day!

kristin - Monster cookies for Super Bowl Sunday! Thanks for posting 🙂

Teresa - Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Allen Field House is the only place to watch college basketball!

Sandra K - Oh how I ADORED La La Land. It was so wonderful and it is a movie that has stayed with me. Now I’m listening to the soundtrack on repeat. I have to go see Hidden Figures soon. Happy Wednesday to you! 🙂

Jenny B. - That is the cutest kitten!! Makes me want one. 🙂

Lisa - That kitten oh my is that the cutest thing every!!! Thanks for sharing your week, looks wonderful!

anna - so i have to ask what was your thoughts on the ending of la la land??? my friend and i went and we were crying at the end. and then we laughed so hard because we were crying so hard. then we started crying again. and on and on. we stayed in the theater until all the credits were done and the lights came back on. we were so shocked!!

Lori - That rainbow is gorgeous and those cookies look amazing!

Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More - Your kitten is so darn cute! I really like the name, too.

I’ve never been to a game at KU, but several at KSU and MU. So fun! I’m probably not allowed in Lawrence. 😉

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