Care Packages

Open When Letter Ideas

Open When Letter Ideas

Posted on Apr 12th, 2017

I've shared my love of open when letters before, having sent them with A a time or two. It's the perfect way to cover all situations your loved one may encounter without sending a care package every single day.  You can send some with your loved one when he or she leaves and then add a few to each…

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Bedtime Care Package

Bedtime Care Package

Posted on Apr 10th, 2017

Raise your hand if you sleep horribly when your spouse isn't home. Yup, me too. I toss and turn endlessly every time A is gone and he doesn't fare much better either. That mutual sleeplessness has led me to send him some sleep aids throughout his deployment and served as the inspiration for my new…

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Kids and Care Packages: How to Get Them Involved at Any Age!

Kids And Care Packages

Posted on Apr 5th, 2017

Military kids are some of the most flexible and resilient people around and frankly they deserve way more appreciation than they get. Thanks to April being the Month of the Military Child, they'll get a little extra love here on Countdowns and Cupcakes over the next few weeks, including today's…

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North Carolina Care Package

The Story Behind Care Packages

Posted on Mar 15th, 2017

Someone recently asked me what happens to all of the decorated care packages I send to my husband when he's deployed. When I explained that A destroys the boxes before returning home, their face fell a little bit. "Well that must make you feel bad, right? I mean what's the point if he's just…

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Care Package Decor: Where To Find It & How to Save Money

Posted on Mar 8th, 2017

It's no secret that I love decorating care packages. But what I don't love is hitting up multiple stores and spending a bunch of money in order to get the look I want. Over the course of a few deployments (and some serious trial and error), I've gathered a few go-to places for affordable care…

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Easter Care Package

Easter Care Package

Posted on Mar 6th, 2017

Hoppy Monday, everyone! Get it? Because I'm sharing my Easter care package today? I know that was lame. Don't laugh, it will only encourage me. Regardless of how lame my jokes are, I am really egg-cited to share the newest item in the shop with you. I promise I'm done now. Seriously though,…

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North Carolina Care Package

North Carolina Care Package

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2017

Happy Wednesday! I'm celebrating today because I finally get to share the last care package of this deployment with you all! I was so excited to about this last box: I'd planned it almost since day one of the deployment. And then to finally seal this North Carolina care package shut? Talk about a…

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Kiss Kit

SWAK: Kiss Kit Hits The Shelves

Posted on Feb 20th, 2017

In a way, a deployment homecoming is a lot like a first date. There are all the same nerves, butterflies and excitement. Plus there's a decent chance the person you meet doesn't look 100% like you remember. And you get all the same jitters when it comes to your (second) first kiss. That's why my…

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Space Saving Care Packages

Posted on Feb 15th, 2017

My husband's first few deployments were spent on a ship. His accommodations were the aptly named "coffin locker" with just enough room to lay out flat and roll over.  While he has moved up a bit in the deployment world since then, his room overseas is definitely not something you'd call roomy.…

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Valentine's Day Care Package

Valentine’s Day Care Package

Posted on Feb 8th, 2017

Oh my heavens, I have been waiting for what seems like FOREVER to share this Valentine's Day care package with y'all. After a delay in A getting my New Years Eve box, I wanted to make sure he got this in plenty of time so I sent it very early. And then waited. And waited. And waited some more. But…

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Toiletry Care Package

Toiletry Care Package Spotlight

Posted on Feb 6th, 2017

Raise your hand if this situation sounds familiar to you at all: about a week before deployment, you ask your spouse what items they still need to purchase. "Nothing," they say.  And then a few weeks later, you get a phone call/email/text asking for…

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St. Patrick's Day Care Package

St. Patrick’s Day Care Package

Posted on Jan 30th, 2017

Happy last Monday of January, everyone! I'm so excited to end the month on a high note by sharing my St. Patrick's Day care package with you! I am so pleased with how it came out and know that anyone would feel lucky to open this box. St. Patrick's Day is a great holiday to design a care…

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Care Package Food

Care Package Food: What to Include & What to Avoid

Posted on Jan 25th, 2017

When my husband is deployed, I have two separate lists every time I go to the store. One is my regular grocery list and then the second is my care package grocery list. More often than not, I'm searching for just the right care package food to send in my next box. But since not all food is created…

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Orange you glad care package

Orange You Glad Care Package

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2017

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Despite the yucky weather, I had a great few days off because I finished and sent the (hopefully) last care package of this deployment! Can I get a woot woot?! There really is something satisfying about taping that last box shut and temporarily retiring from the…

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Resolution Care Package

Resolution Care Package

Posted on Jan 18th, 2017

How are you doing on your resolutions for 2017? If you're anything like me, you're trying your very best, but habits are hard to change. And if it's hard for us, imagine how hard resolutions are to keep while you're deployed! Between crazy schedules and being in foreign countries, the odds are…

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Mini Care Package

Mini Care Package

Posted on Jan 11th, 2017

Mark this deployment down in history as the deployment where I discovered small flat rate boxes! What they lack in space, they make up in convenience and cost. They're the perfect way to send a little cheer in between larger boxes. This mini care package will certainly not be the last one I…

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Twelve Anytime Care Package Ideas

Posted on Jan 9th, 2017

I have a pretty large confession to share with y'all today. Are you ready? I am a care package idea hoarder. It doesn't matter if A is home, deployed or somewhere in between; I am constantly saving care package ideas. Now while this wreaks havoc on my Pinterest account, it actually works in your…

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Happy birthday care package

Birthday Care Package (And Link-Up)

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2017

Happy 2017, everyone! I hope you all had a great start to the new year and are ready to make it your best one yet. I'm still traveling today, but didn't want to wait to share my birthday care package backstory (or this month's military spouse link-up) with you. The first special occasion A and…

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Going Nuts Without You Care Package

Posted on Dec 27th, 2016

I've previously shared that the definition of true love is giving up nut snacks because your wife is horribly allergic. To make his nut-free time up to my husband, I send as many "forbidden" snacks as possible when he's away. During his last deployment, I went the extra mile and sent a care package…

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New Years Eve Care Package

New Years Eve Care Package

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2016

I'm jumping the gun a bit here, but I am so incredibly ready for it to be 2017! There are a lot of reasons for my anticipation, but the biggest one is definitely A coming home. I know, you're completely unsurprised by that revelation.  Even though I'm excited about 2017, I'm a little less excited…

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I oFISHally Miss You Care Package

Posted on Dec 19th, 2016

Let me tell you about the time I caught the world's largest fish. It was the second time A and I went fishing together and, after an epic battle, I pulled a massive catfish out of the pond. Ok so perhaps it wasn't the exactly the world's largest fish, but it was pretty stinking big!  I earned…

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Christmas Care Package

Christmas Care Package

Posted on Dec 14th, 2016

You know what's hard? Packing Christmas into a box. There are so many little details that make the holiday special that it's a challenge to convert them into a care package. While I couldn't exactly pack eight lords a'leaping in a flat rate box, I do think my Christmas care package had at least 12…

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Valentine's Day Care Package

Valentine’s Day Care Package

Posted on Dec 12th, 2016

I got into the care package game very early on in my relationship with A. We'd only been together a few months when he left for a three-month long training school. I sent my first care package not long afterwards, but when Valentine's Day rolled around, I wanted to up my game. My Valentine's Day…

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Fall Care Package

Posted on Nov 21st, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was filled with lots of crafting in preparation for my store launch next week. So on Sunday evening, when I was a bit care packaged out, I was very happy that I'd already sent A his fall care package (and not just because I love how it turned…

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Anniversary Care Package

Anniversary Care Package

Posted on Nov 17th, 2016

Monday was our two year wedding anniversary and A and I had to celebrate it apart. Bummer, I know. But every deployment cloud has a silver lining and right now, this anniversary care package is mine! I have never sent a small box like this before so I was excited for the challenge of decorating…

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Mini Halloween Care Package

Mini Halloween Care Package

Posted on Oct 14th, 2016

Dear readers, by the time you read this, my little family will be deep in the woods in the midst of a three-day camping trip. I enjoyed my first camping experience, but it's kind of different when you're only 15 minutes from home. We're going to be hours from home this time, but I think I can…

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Five (Practically) Free Things to Put in Care Packages

Posted on Oct 4th, 2016

I talk about care packages a lot on this blog. I offer ideas for themes, create them for my husband when he's still in the country, share great care packages for military spouses and even talk about ways to save money on care packages.  I just can't help it. There are some pretty sucky…

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Bacon Care Package Inspiration

Posted on Sep 26th, 2016

Happy Monday, all! I hope you had a weekend filled with all of your favorite things.  If you checked out my Instagram story, you probably saw that I found the most amazing antique corbels on Saturday. Oh my heavens am I excited about them. Probably almost as excited as A gets about bacon.…

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Patriotic Care Package

Patriotic Care Package Tags

Posted on Jun 10th, 2016

You know how you know you're a military wife? You collect care package supplies even when your spouse is home because you just never know when you'll find that perfect item again. There's an entire set of storage drawers A isn't allowed near because they hold all of my goodies.  And the number one…

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Deployment ABCs: Care Packages for a Year

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2016

The Deployment ABCs is a 26-week series where I cover every deployment-related topic, from care packages to homecomings to OPSEC. Tips, tricks and maybe a resource or two to help military spouses navigate their way through the craziness that is a deployment.  If there’s a topic you’d like for…

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Baseball Care Package

Baseball Care Package

Posted on May 23rd, 2016

Happy Monday! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I got my care package on this weekend!  Even though A isn't deployed right now, sometimes inspiration hits and I just have to put the pieces together. That was totally the case with this baseball care package. I found…

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week-long care package

Week-Long Care Package

Posted on May 2nd, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone! Last week was absolutely bonkers for A and I and this weekend wasn't much better so I'm looking forward to reconnecting a little bit over the next few days.  Since I knew we wouldn't spend a whole lot of time together (at least not while awake), I put together a really…

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Cinco de Mayo Care Package Inspiration

Posted on Apr 11th, 2016

Let's fiesta like there's no mañana! Well ok, so maybe that's better suited to the weekend rather than a Monday, but I'm so excited to share my Cinco de Mayo care package inspiration with you that it feels like we're partying. Cinco de Mayo Care Package: The Box For me, a care package theme…

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Military Care Package Inspiration: Spring is Here

Posted on Mar 4th, 2016

Confession time: I think spring may be my favorite season. I know that as a girl, I'm genetically predisposed to choose fall, but all the pumpkin in the world can't compete with how happy fluffy baby geese make me. Baby geese poop on the sidewalk however...anyone have a pumpkin spice latte to…

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Military Care Package Inspiration: Valentine’s Day

Posted on Jan 19th, 2016

Are you ready for some real talk, right now? I miss making care packages. Now I don't miss A being gone, of course, but I miss shopping, crafting and sending boxes of sunshine to my favorite guy.  My fingers are just itching to put together a new box, especially with Valentine's Day being so…

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Football Care Package

Posted on Nov 4th, 2015

Y'all. You guys. All y'all. This is my last care package of this deployment! Let the happy dance begin! There was something very satisfying about sealing that last box shut and temporarily retiring my tape gun.  Obviously I enjoy creating care packages and then sharing them with you…

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Saving Money on Deployment Care Packages

Posted on Oct 21st, 2015

To paraphrase the great J.Lo, my love don't cost a thing, but care packages do. Now, I could be wrong, but I'm like 85% sure the above was the original line for that song, but producers, you know? Ok, fine. Neither do I. But I do know care packages and let me tell you, those stinkers can get…

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Nuts For You Care Package

Posted on Oct 12th, 2015

You know how I can tell that A loves me?  Like everlasting, hardcore true love? He gave up peanut butter for me. You see, I'm super allergic to nuts, especially peanuts. And I do mean super allergic. You know the scene in Hitch where Will Smith's character eats shellfish and his face swells…

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Sealed with a Kiss: A’s Kiss Kit

Posted on Oct 9th, 2015

Happy Friday everyone! I'm popping in to share a really quick (and fun!) post today as I prepare for a big work event this weekend. Anyone who's been around me at all for the past 5-ish months knows that I've been looking forward to fall with a large amount of anticipation. Why you…

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Happy Birthday Care Package

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2015

When A and I started dating, the first “special day” we celebrated was his birthday. I went all out and made a cake, cooked a special dinner and bought a humorous, but heartfelt gift, setting the bar high for future birthdays. I’d like to think that I’ve raised the bar every year since…

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Anniversary Care Package

Posted on Aug 19th, 2015

Happy Wednesday all! We're halfway to the weekend and I'm back to share A's most recent care package, so it's a good day all the way around. Even though we weren't going to be together, I still wanted A to have something to celebrate our 3rd anniversary.  In the past, I've given A a scrapbook…

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4th of July Care Package

Posted on Jul 13th, 2015

I think care package posts are some of my favorite posts to write.  I have so much fun putting the actual boxes together that this gives me a chance to enjoy them all over again! The 4th of July care package may have been the best one I've ever sent A.  Between the top notch contents and the…

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Looking Forward To Care Package

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2015

I feel like it's been forever since I last shared a care package with you all! It's so hard to wait until A gets a box before I post about it! One could say I look forward to it for weeks.Get it?That was a pun because of the theme of this box.I'm sorry.I like all of my boxes to have a theme and was…

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“I Love You More Than Polka Dots” Care Package

Posted on May 21st, 2015

I love A a lot. I love him more than I love having my own bathroom, more than chocolate, more than trashy TV.  He knows that. And now, thanks to his most recent care package, he knows that I love him more than polka dots.< I know. That's a lot of love, especially for me. My care…

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open when military care package

“Open When” Care Package

Posted on Apr 27th, 2015

Y'all. I have been aching to share this with you since about 45 seconds after I sealed the last envelope, but I had to wait until A was gone so I didn't ruin the surprise for him! But now...now I can unveil the very first care package of the 2015 deployment season! (That totally sounds as if I…

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military care package tips

Five Must Read Care Package Tips

Posted on Apr 21st, 2015

The other day I was at the post office and came across a lady trying to ship a care package overseas. It was her very first time doing so and you could tell she was completely unprepared for the entire situation. The customs form was stressing her out and the cost made things even worse! So I…

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Care Package Flashback #5

Posted on Oct 29th, 2014

All good things must come to an end and this series is no exception.  The good news is that we're quickly approaching wedding time which means I'll be sharing quite a few wedding details and possibly some actual engagement and wedding photos! This is a theme that I may reuse in future…

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Care Package Flashback #4

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2014

This week's care package was meant to be the very last one I sent to A, but he ended up having to stay longer. To be honest,  I feel kind of cheated out of the awesomeness of this theme so I'm especially excited to share it with you! Obviously, everything in the box had an orange theme to…

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Care Package Flashback #3

Posted on Oct 15th, 2014

Can you believe we're already in our third week of the Care Package Flashback series? I wish the actual deployment had flown by this quickly! We're taking a look back at possibly one of my favorite care packages of the deployment, the Big Bang-themed care package.  A and I watch the show pretty…

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Care Package Flashback #2

Posted on Oct 8th, 2014

Happy Wednesday! I am two days away from a long weekend and boy does that realization feel good. Working 29 days out of the past 31 has begun to get to me a little bit so I am very much looking forward to having a day to myself and my wedding to-do list. In honor of my mini-vacation, here's the…

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Care Package Flashback #1

Posted on Sep 30th, 2014

I used a lot of things to get me through our first deployment including countdown apps, a super busy home cleaning plan and binge watching The Amazing Race every night until I fell asleep.  But perhaps the best one was sending A care packages.  I sent so many that the owner of the local PostNet…

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Care Package #3: I’m So Lucky to Have You

Posted on Mar 20th, 2013

Full confession: I love holidays. Like dressing up, house decorating, food making love them. Like almost more than I love glitter. From New Year's to Christmas, I am always up for a party (especially if there are cupcakes involved!) which makes it completely reasonable that I would wholeheartedly…

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Care Package #2: You’re the Cheese to My Macaroni

Posted on Mar 12th, 2013

(Note-this post is a little delayed, but I prefer to think of it as getting better with age!)There are very few things in life I enjoy more than a bad pun. I consider them downright punderful...get it? Sorry. I'm stopping. A has quickly learned this lesson and thanks to a last minute request, so…

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Care Package #1: I love you more than…

Posted on Mar 8th, 2013

A has been at a training school since January and the separation has been far more difficult than I thought it would be. Something about this boy has turned me (formerly little Miss "I don't want to be around someone all the time-I hope they travel a lot") into a completely different person who…

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