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Last minute gifts for the Ladies

well i wrote this post on sunday night but then my blog decided to break.
it’s back to normal now and it’s probably too late for most people BUT these are still mostly on Amazon Prime so you could still get them by christmas or the day after.
and don’t worry… mot EVERYTHING is rainbow-ed – just some!

Rainbow Colored Knife Set

 Six Piece Silicone Spatula Set

Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File
this is so awesome for smooth soft feet!
i own it and love it!



Living Proof Dry Shampoo
my friend suggested this and i laughed because this is what i’ve been using too!
so YES it had to be on the list.

.Mrs. Meyers Peppermint Candle – seasonal scent


Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker

Hollywood Fashion Tape in a Single Pack or the Value Pack of 3 Tins

i use this stuff ALL THE TIME!
to hold my button up shirts from gaping across my chest… to hold my shirt to my skin to keep it from sliding too low… to hold a hem that’s coming loose…. to keep your bra strap from showing… to keep your strapless bra up where you want it…
i love it.
this would be a GREAT stocking stuffer!


Hand Lettering  (An Interactive Guide to the Art of Drawing Letters by Megan Wells
this girl has such crazy artistic talent!
i love everything she makes – including this book.


DIY Woven Art by Rachel Denbow

 another super talent is Rachel and this book!
you will love this book about weaving that she wrote this year.

14″ Weaving Frame or the 20″ Weaving Frame
after reading that book you will definitely need a loom to get started right away!


Gold Converse!!!
these are so dang cute!  i just love them!
they are available at JCPenney – free shipping – receive by christmas!


90 Degree by Reflex High Waisted Leggings

i’ve talked about these leggings many times.
i love them because they are thick and they go WAAAAY up.


Knit Cable Infinity Scarf

i know this is just chapstick but i looooove this candy cane flavor.
i buy a bunch every december to last the whole year.

Mini Umbrella in lots of colors & patterns


Nesting 9 Piece Food Prep Set

this is just happy!  i would love to give this as a gift!   🙂

Silicone Earbud Holder
wrap up your headphones quickly & easily – no more knots and tangles!
available in lots of colors too.


Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine           Fabric Scissors           Sewing Machine Carrying Case

i love this sewing machine! we use these at the Craft House.
good fabric scissors are a must.
and your sewing machine will be much happier living inside a case to keep it from getting extra dusty.


         Self Healing Cutting Mat                    OLFA Rotary Cutter

i use these four products (above and below) every time i sew.

   Acrylic Ruler                          Ruler Grip with Double Suction Cup



Pom Pom Maker Small Sized Poms and Large Sized Poms
these are so fun to use!   you can make all sizes!

Extra Fine Glitter – Set of 24 colors

i just love glitter!


JOCO 16 oz Reusable Glass Coffee Cup


.Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner

this isn’t available by christmas but this is just so great i had to share it!


Wet Brush Pro


Hello Sweatshirt with Rainbow

this is my new favorite shirt… SO SOFT!
i got it this month when they ran a big sale… follow them on IG to find out when they have sales.


Wristlet Clutch Organizer Wallet

this was also on the teen girls post because they are super cute!
they come in over 30 colors so you don’t have to get neon green or hot pink… ha ha ha.

.Long Puffer Vest with Faux Fur Trimmed Hood


 Snow Boots
i think these are all soooooo cute!

these are books i love and books i want to read this year.

Tattoos on the Heart                          Falling Free                           Assimilate or Go Home                   Love Does 

Looking For Lovely                      For the Love                    Giddy Up Eunice                Made Well

Talking As Fast As Can                    Wildflower                        Where Am I Now?                         Riley Unlikely

because crack is illegal                   All The Pretty Things                   How to Be a Wildflower              All You Ever Wanted

Lori - Fun list! My mom gave me a Pedi Perfect, and I thought it was the strangest gift. But, it’s awesome and I really love it. The fashion tape is really useful too!

Kathie - Love your lists each year!! This one is always fun and full of things I would just get for myself 😛

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Teen Boys

i hope these lists help with your shopping!
i know it’s close to christmas but i am pretty sure there are lots of you that aren’t quite done with your shopping.
everything on this list is available on Amazon Prime so you still have time!
there are 2 or 3 things that are from Dick’s Sporting Goods but they have free shipping & guarantee arrival before christmas or it’s free!

i love to give gifts so these lists are one of my favorite things to make!
i hope to make one more list for grown ups!

don’t miss my post about Gift Ideas for Tween & Teen Girls 


Combine character and attribute cards to make ridiculous fights & argue over who would win
we have this game and it’s quite entertaining!


Sandwich Toaster
we love this!
it’s nice to just wipe it clean and not have to dirty more pans!


 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker for the shower, beach or pool


Funny Nose Pencil Sharpener



What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
this is a very cool and interesting book!


Microsuede Slippers

XBOX Live Gold Membership
gamers in your life would looooooove this!

Charging Station for XBOX ONE
if you have an xbox at your house – you need this.
you will finally be able to find a AA battery again when you need one!


Bacon Lip Balm

Bacon Air Freshener


Slouchy Beanie Hat in many different designs


Top Ramen Rapid Cooker  for the boys who looooooove their Ramen!

Balaclava – Windproof Mask
his was a huge hit last christmas at our house.
it’s not something you “need” until all of a sudden it snows or freezes and then it’s the best thing ever!


an Electric Shaver is just a staple for dudes.
shaving with a real razor is for grandpas…  today’s guy want ease, speed and no cuts.   🙂

Wall Mounted Mini Basketball Goal
extremely sturdy shatter-proof goal with a breakaway rim… mounts to studs in the wall.
we have this at our house and it’s AWESOME!

if the wall mounted goal is more money or time than you were looking for –
the Over the Door Mini Basketball Goal is a great solution!
easy set up…. portable… guaranteed fun!


Funny Sign T-shirt


Ask Me About My T-Rex T-shirt


Ninja Disguise T-shirt


Ugly Christmas Sweater Bathrobe


or just a regular soft Plaid Microfleece Bathrobe

i know this has a girl in the photo but this Bean Bag Chair is a great gift for guys!
there are also many bigger sizes of these.
sean got the GIANT XXL Bean Bag Chair for christmas last year and LOVES it so so much!


Minimalist Avengers Poster
i actually LOVE this poster!  it’s a classier more creative take on what can often be such a cheesy market.

Movie Theater Gift Card
it’s always more fun to go out to a movie when someone else is paying for it!

.Key-tars Electric Guitar Shaped Key Covers
these are so awesome!


this Microwave Egg Cooker makes one egg the perfectly sized for making McMuffin Sandwiches!
we have this and use it all the time!


GoPro HERO – a camera that is great for active people on the go!
bluetooth & wifi enabled, waterproof & rugged – completely changing the world of video for this generation of teens!

GoPro HERO Session Holiday Promo Kit
this comes with the camera and the extras to get started right away!


Every Man Jack Body Wash
because boys don’t necessarily want to be stinky.

AAA Emergency Road Assistance Kit
great for teen drivers to have in case of… emergencies!


Toilet Night Light
you totally know that this invention is GENIUS!!!
no more turning on the lights when you have to use the bathroom in the night – blinding yourself or waking others up.
and not to mention the messes that won’t be made…


Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) Hammock
this could be the best thing on the whole list.
these are crazy popular… go anywhere… dry quickly… super heavy duty… SO MUCH FUN!


NBA Star Socks

Lebron  James      –       Steph Curry     –     Kareeem


Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook
a humourous book about everything you would ever possibly need to know if faced with wild situations!


Portable Bluetooth Speaker
this is great for taking music anywhere you want!
we have one of these and it gets TONS of use.
it has excellent ratings on amazon AND it’s super inexpensive.


Star Wars Accordion Sun Shade
this made me smile so big!  what a funny gift for a teen driver!


Lego Light Up Alarm Clock:   Superman  –  Batman  –  Darth Vader  –  Storm Trooper  –  Yoda  –  Boba Fett
even though they are growing up… these would make great gifts for those boys in our lives!
they are 7 – 9 inches tall.   🙂



Under Armor Ignite IV  –  Nike Solarsoft Comfort  – Nike Benassi SolarSoft 2  –  Nike Benassi Swoosh


MLB team logo ball cap


Portable Power Bank to charge your phone anywhere!


an Amazon Gift Card is truly the best gift for picky teens because they could buy almost ANYTHING they would want.

a New Gym Bag to haul all their gear around from practices & games


leave a comment here if i’ve missed anything that you think is a great gift for boys!
and i’d love it if you pinned this post for me too!

Jill - Oh, man, I used to have those keytars and LOVED them! 🙂

Ashley - Glad you posted this. I laughed hard because we got my boys the TRex and ninja shirts. They’re priceless! The hammock is amazing, too!

Library Momma - I love that you do these lists for both boy and girl. I look forward to the each year! I have an almost 9 year old and wrack my brain but this helps! It also gives me ideas as my kids get older, and even occasionally for my husband or myself! Thank you!! So fun!!

alice h - Great ideas! My 16 year old has a ton of hats so I bought him a hat rack from Bed Bath and Beyond (
He is also getting Madden 17 and a Kayak (cheaper one from Walmart).

Jessica - My husband makes these – a super fun gift for music lovers! Mint tin amps for MP3 players or electric guitars.

Patti Mullican - You always have such great ideas – I love your lists!

Lori H - Great ideas, Meg! My kids are a little older, but I was still ordering and pinning like crazy! Merry Christmas!

Kelly - I bought the What If? book for my brother for Christmas after hearing about it on a podcast. I am glad to hear it gets your recommendation too! Kelly

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christmas ideas for teens & tween girls

well it’s ALMOST Christmas!
this post is coming out later than i’d like it to be (because – life)
BUT i made sure to put everything available through Amazon Prime so you can get anything on this list in time for christmas morning!
amazon prime is the best thing since the DVR!!!
this list is full of ideas that almost any teen or tween girl in your life would enjoy receiving.


yummy donut pillow


Spec-trix – a card game for Color Lovers


Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer by Conair

Style Station to keep hair accessories organized in the bathroom


Maybelline New York Lip Studio Lip Color Palette
(i use this everyday!)

41oo9k2udwlMaybelline New York The Blushed Nudes
(and i use this everyday too!)
it looks small but both of these palettes are about the size of your hand – palm to finger tips.


12 Piece Makeup Brush Set


Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual
this book was on the list last year too because it’s GREAT!


Clarisonic Mia 1 Speed Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System


91venteej0l-_sx522_or if you want to save $100 – Oil of Olay has a very similar product that will also keep your teens face extra clean!


the Bed Head Wave Artist gives distinctive masterfully sculpted waves.
my daughter has this and loves the look it gives to her hair.

.xmas2Cosmetic Bag

a must have for any girl to hold all the STUFF they like to use on their face & hair!


xmas1a towel wrap is always nice for teens to put on while getting ready for the day
keeps makeup or products getting on your clothes!


55e87bc5c6399baf3cd38698-w1000_h1000Rainbow Colored Playing Cards
how much fun are these cards?!!!
i want these for ME!

mttdyc15_webUNO emoji card game
same UNO game just with a fun twist on the design   🙂

81ygzj8u9kl-_sl1500_Set of 48 Colored Pencils in a Roll Up Case
annie got this set for her birthday and she loves it!

this would’ve made me SO HAPPY as a teen!
every girl should have a disco ball in her room… don’t ya think?


81tlb4wo2l-_sl1500_my girls LOVE our Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera

honestly – it’s just kind of nice to have something different than their phones!
if they are using this camera… they can’t be on snapchat.

and don’t forget the extra film!


51ivgv1xtrl-_sx425_because who doesn’t need this?
there are several other animal options too.
so silly!

Hair Chalk – a nonpermanent, inexpensive way for teens to put fun colors in their hair.


51ulseswwplbluetooth speaker for the shower, beach or pool that hooks up to your phone


Power Bank to charge their phones anywhere at anytime.


PopSocket is a stand or grip for your phone or tablet and all the kids love these things!


Clip-on Phone Lens Kit – wide angle, fish eye and macro
these are a cool way to change up the regular pictures you can take with your phone.
maybe they will make lots of new artistic photographers!


crazy cute ice cream sundae socks


cute aztec print sweater poncho


these Sneaker Balls are great for stinky shoes!
there are tons of different designs & colors.


super soft plush robe


polka dot rubberized hard case covers for MacBook
i think these are the cutest!
i want ALL the colors!

these are really cool dot-to-dot books with animals or famous faces cities.
by the time they finish each page, they have completed a work of art!


Post This Book
an interactive journal that empowers kids to rediscover creativity & fun – and post the results to social media.


blanket scarves for every possible outfit


 knitted fingerless gloves in several different colors
as moms or grandmothers we look at these and think “you’ll freeze in those!”
but kids want to their fingers out for phone access and they don’t ever get cold anyway.
ha ha ha  😂


photo display stand for all their rad pics
i love this!
it’s under our tree this year for sure.


these Letter Light Boxes are so much fun!


a Wristlet Clutch Organizer Wallet available in over 30 colors!
these can hold their phone too!


this mermaid tail blanket is a hot item for this christmas!


 these books are all excellent choices for teens or tweens to grow in their relationship with Christ, love others and to understand more how God sees them as the amazing girls they are!
all girls need more encouragement to be who they were created to be!
Liked by Kari Kampanis
Journey to Freedom by Elisa Pullium
10 Things for Teen Girls by Kate Conner
You’re God’s Girl by Wynter Pitts
Cherish by Vicki Courtney
What About Me? by Vicki Courtney
Graceful by Emily P. Freeman
Live Original by Sadie Robertson
Jesus Today by Sarah Young
Perfectly Unique by Annie Downs


happy shopping!

leave me a comment if you found a great gift this year that should be on this list!
i’ll add it if i can find it!

i would love if you pinned this post (the image below)!

alice h - Ordering my daughter that Style Station (she’s leaving me for college next year). And I am ordering myself that Maybeline makeup! My daughter is getting a couple of Kendra Scott jewelry pieces also. Along with makeup and clothes.

Michelle from Australia - Thanks for the inspiration. I bought a light box for my impossible to buy for 13 year old!

Jen - Love this! But, I can tell you from personal experience, the sneaker balls DO NOT WORK. Don’t waste your money. I haven’t found one single product that can combat the stench of smelly boy athletic shoes! Ick!

Now………those rainbow cards are THE BOMB!!

Merry Christmas!

Christy - I bought the Olay Pro X, thanks to your rec and I actually bought it for my teenage son. Boys, needs good skin too. 🙂 The aesthetician recommended he exfoliate for stubborn acne and now I don’t I have to share.

tonya - i need the same kind of list for tween boys!!! Soon!

Debbie H - I agree! What a great job THIS is. You always have good ideas, but hit it out of the park this year! I thought I was done, but now a couple of these have me thinking. Always another reason for a gift later in the year. Thanks, Meg.

And received my Xmas garland. LOVE IT! Squares are larger this year – so it looks great with my older garland from you. Thanks for always sharing with us! And the merriest of Christmases to you and your swell family! Sending you stress free vibes! (I’m sending them to me too – my girls arrive home late the 19th) 🙂

Wendy - I cannot tell you how helpful this is!! I was finding it so hard to get inspired when searching for gifts for my sweet tween daughter. I can tell you right now I’m ordering at least a half-dozen of your suggestions! Thank you so much, Meg!

From a fan in Seattle 🙂

Kristin S - What a great list!

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rainbows, birthdays & big kids

a couple of weeks ago, Mr. Duerksen bought us a new bed and mattress.
it’s so grown up.
we are loving it so so much.
i’ll show some pics once i have that room in order again.

our bed we had before… moved into the guest room.
but the guest room is now the rainbow room because annie moved to a new room.
everything is getting switched up over here!
she was ready to have a room that was more HER style instead of MY style.
she’s so 12!
it would’ve bothered me (and it did!) with my first child… but thankfully i have learned a thing or two over the past 20 years of parenting.
NEWSFLASH – each child has their own personality.
crazy right?
just kidding… it’s not crazy at all!  it’s completely normal!
their style doesn’t have to be ANYTHING like my style.
and even if i don’t necessarily like their design choice – it doesn’t mean it’s wrong!  (i do like her new room)
it just means it’s not my design choice.
thank goodness we aren’t all the same!
YAY for everything that makes us unique!!!

i am grateful that we could move her to a different room so that we could keep the rainbow stripes because they are just so cheerful and fun!
we painted the old bed – i have wanted to paint it for YEARS!
i was painting in the late afternoon and looked up to see the orange & red tree glowing perfectly centered in the window around the orange curtains… it was just so pretty and so typically fall!

so now it’s all ready for guests!
the rainbow pillow & the yellow polka dot shams are from the Land of Nod.
i found the bedskirt at Goodwill several years ago   🙂
my friend sent me the rainbow quilt that was from target several years ago as well.
Talby turned 15!
she’s got such a great heart!
it’s been such an honor to watch her grow up!
by the end of her birthday evening these 3 ended up in my bed – wrestling, laughing and being crazy.
i was loving every second of it.
of course there’s plenty of fighting and normal sibling stuff but when it’s good – it is SO GOOD!!!

we went out for dinner to celebrate both annie & talby’s birthday together to a restaurant we had (half)jokingly told them we would never take them to because of the cost of 7 of us and the behaviors of the past.  But since we combined our celebration and only went out once instead of two separate times… we said yes!
It was the best dinner out that we have ever had!
not kidding.
the food was great but our time together was suddenly different.
conversations were good and real.
it was truly enjoyable!
i didn’t know if we’d ever get to this point of a time at a restaurant with all of us that was like that.
it was as dreamy as i had imagined.

i love them but i also really like them.   🙂

we still have all three dorky dogs.
kobe has adjusted and isn’t as goofy as he was in the beginning (he was terrified of grass!)
he is a good cuddler too.

i put up a few christmas decorations at the Craft House last week.
the wreath was at sam’s club (what in the world???) and then it was officially time to get a white tree to rainbowtize.
the tree is not too big and definitely not fancy but it was pre-lit so i went for it.
i got it at walmart – impulse buy but no regrets.
the ornaments are all from Michaels.
this was me on black friday.
i drove lauren home the morning after thanksgiving and thought i’d stop for a bit and check out the deals.
ummmm…. i spent THREE HOURS just in Dick’s Sporting Goods!
long story short – i came home at 10:30 pm.
ha ha ha!
just a quick 13 hour black friday shopping day… no big deal.

but seriously… i was alone.  i had coffee.  everything was on sale.
it was perfect!

renee - i love your blog! maybe because you’re a few seasons ahead. mine are 7 months, 2.5, and almost 4. i enjoy them and i’m trying to soak these seasons up and be grateful for the time but i’m really looking forward to getting to know them as they’re older too. my brothers in law are 15 and 16 and they’re so fun! love these posts and glimpses into your family life 🙂 how did you not lose your mind when they were all tiny!?! 🙂 haha

carol - hi meg- would love to know where you bought your bed its gorgeous! thank you!

Lori - Congrats on a new bed! And, I love the bedding in the rainbow room. So happy ❤️💛💚💙💜

Andrea - Prefacing with this statement: I know you are really busy being a mom and wife and businesswoman. That said, I MISSED these kinds of posts! The assortment of family stories, house projects and dog faces. It’s what drew me to your blog years ago.

Every time you say “older kids are awesome” I’m nodding my head. While we still parent, and help where needed, we get to enjoy them as humans. People we like to hang out with. I’m fortunate to have one ‘kid’ left (he turns 12 this week) and a 19 and next-week-22 year old. Watching them together is fun, being around them is the best.

Wendy C - Ditto on seeing your new room and Annie’s new room. And the boys rooms? We never see those. Please share! Even if they are messy – any Mom of boys would totally understand 🙂 My definition of “bed made” and my 16 years old son’s definition of “bed made” are very different! HA!

Tracy - I can’t wait to see your room!

Can we see Annie’s new room?

What restaurant did you go to?

My kids are now 20, 19, 17 & 17 and I feel the same way you do. They’re so fun to be around!! <3

carrie - Love the rainbow tree, and yay for you on Black Friday. We had a marathon shopping spree as well and it was so much fun!

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