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Halloween Care Package

August 28, 2017
Halloween Care Package

Boo! Scared ya didn’t I? Don’t worry, that will be the only scary moment in this blog post. Because let’s be honest, my new Halloween care package is way too cute to be scary!

If you know me at all, you know that I love a good pun and when I started brainstorming my Halloween care package, I kept coming back to this one. Now that it’s all done, I’m so happy that I went with it! It’s cute, a little romantic and perfect for Halloween.

Halloween Care Package Flaps

I opted to alternate colors for the flaps to really drive home the Halloween theme. Plus I think the cut out pieces really stand out against their background color.  The flaps play off the bottom paper very well and make the whole thing come together.

But as much as I love the overall look of the box, there is one element that I love above and beyond the rest. I bet you can’t guess.

Oh. You guessed the sparkly cutouts. Well yes, that is my favorite part. But can you really blame me? There’s something about a Halloween care package that screams for glitter. Of course, I’d argue that every care package needs a touch of glitter.

Halloween Care Package

My Halloween care package is available for sale in my Etsy shop. As always, it ships for free and 10% of each sale is donated to an organization that supports military families.

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Camping Care Package

August 21, 2017
Camping Care Package

This will probably come as no shock to those of you who know me in real life, but before I met A, I wasn’t terribly outdoorsy. I may have liked being outside, but something like camping would not have even been in the realm of possibility. Until A convinced me to go camping. We had the best time and it’s something we plan to do regularly when he gets home.  I tried to capture all the fun of that trip in my new camping care package.

I selected shimmery blue paper for my night sky and think everything really pops against it. The sparkly stars remind me so much of our weekend in the woods and catching glimpses of the sky through the trees. In our case, we had both dogs packed into the tent and made a lot of s’mores over our campfire.

I love this entire camping care package so much, but my favorite part may be the two decorated flaps. The hammock and deer are just so stinking precious! They add a touch of romance to the box because when you’re camping (and don’t have two dogs in the tent with you), it can be a little romantic.

If you’re loved one enjoys the great outdoors, then this would be the perfect care package for them.  You could send trail mix, beef jerky, s’mores flavored snacks and even a pine air freshener to make them feel like they’re relaxing in the forest.

This camping care package is available in my shop right now. As always, it ships free and 10% of your total is donated to an organization that supports military families.

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Military Branch Care Package

July 17, 2017
Military branch care package

My heart belongs to someone in the Navy. That sentence sums up 98% of my life and was the inspiration for the new military branch care package in my shop. When you become a military spouse, a piece of your heart travels around the world with your significant other every time they leave. This care package represents that perfectly.

I wanted the flaps to be very simple so that the emphasis could be on the bottom. The yellow cutouts provide the perfect background for 5×7 photos or a love note to your service member. This is the first time I created a care package design with the intention of it being customized by customers and I’m excited for folks to get their hands on it.

Military branch care package

I went with a very subtle color scheme for this care package so that each branch was represented equally. The shimmery gray paper plays perfectly off the gray hearts on the bottom paper and gives the flaps a little added dimension. Each branch has a different cutout on the fourth flap that really pops against the gray.

Military branch care package

This military branch care package comes in a version for each branch so there is something for everyone, no matter which branch has your heart. You can view the different versions in my Etsy shop. As always, the care package ships free in the US and 10% of each sale will be donated to an organization that supports military families.

Which branch has your heart?

P.S. you can learn more about my second quarter donation recipient, Service Dogs for Heroes, here.

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Charity Spotlight: Service Dogs for Heroes

July 10, 2017

I am committed to giving back to military families in as many ways as possible. One of the ways I’m doing just that is by donating 10% of each purchase in my Countdowns and Cupcakes Shop to an organization that supports military families. Each quarter I’ll spotlight one charity that you and I are supporting! 

Oh my gosh, y’all. I cannot say thank you enough for all your support through the first months of my Countdowns and Cupcakes Shop.  It’s done so much better than I could have ever hoped for and thanks to all of my fantastic customers, I fulfilling my dream of giving back to military families around the country. In the first quarter of 2017, I was proud to donate to United Through Reading. And I just made my second quarter donation to Service Dogs For Heroes.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much our dogs mean to me and A.  For someone returning home from service wounded, disabled or with serious emotional needs, I’m sure that meaning grows exponentially. Service Dogs For Heroes recognizes that need and works to connect high-quality service dogs with veterans in need, through education, advocacy, promotion and fundraising.

What does Service Dogs For Heroes do?

EDUCATION

We teach veterans about what a service dog can provide for them in regards to physical and emotional support. We help veterans learn how and where to acquire a service dog and connect them to our Partner-Providers across the nation.

We educate the general public about how service dogs are an effective therapy options for veterans coping with both visible and invisible wounds.

ADVOCACY

We advocate for established standards and the development of an ID Tag system for service dogs supporting veterans.

PROMOTION

We promote how service dogs are helping veterans overcome visible and invisible wounds and share how these dogs and veterans work together to thrive in life.

If you’re interested in learning more about Service Dogs For Heroes and their partner providers, visit their website. Thank you to everyone who’s shopped with me this quarter! Here’s to an excellent third quarter and huge donation for my next organization.

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Float My Boat Care Package

June 12, 2017
Boat Care Package

Full confession: my husband is in the Navy so I’m a bit biased when it comes to all things nautical. But I can’t not love my newest care package! This boat care package is the perfect way to celebrate the start of summer, because who doesn’t want to be out on the lake during the hot summer months?

And while I may have drawn some inspiration from my sailor husband for this boat care package, it doesn’t have to go just to sailors! Once you fill it with items like water bottles, flip flops and sunglasses, it would brighten anyone’s day.

I love how this box turned out. It’s fun and has all the best parts of summer depicted on the flaps. Everything from the palm trees to the dolphins makes me wish I was on a tropical island somewhere.  The bottom piece is a little tribute to my husband, but is a sweet sentiment to share with someone in any branch of service.

This boat care package is now available in my shop and, as always, ships free. Plus 10% of the total will be donated to an organization that supports military families so you’re really giving twice!