Happy Monday, everyone! We are officially back in town after the most amazing few days in Ireland. I’m going to have oodles more about our trip over the next little while here on the blog, but definitely check out my Instagram for a sneak peek. Today though, it’s all about all the money you’ll save if you shop with me this week!
That’s right: I have a big sale going on in the Etsy shop that runs through Cyber Monday. Starting today, when you use the code THANKFUL at checkout, you’ll get 30% off everything in the shop (including the Christmas and New Years care packages).
30% off is huge, y’all! If you’ve had your eye on something for your next care package, now is the time to purchase it. The sale includes all of my care package flaps, the kiss kit and countdown frame.
This sale will run through next Monday, but quantities are limited (especially for the Christmas and New Years care packages) so shop early!
Every so often, you find yourself in exactly the spot you’re supposed to be at exactly the moment you’re supposed to be there. Maybe you took steps to get there or maybe it happened by accident, but in that moment, you’re completely at home. That was me earlier this week when I attended the Military Influencer Conference in Dallas.
I was so excited to be a part of more than 250 military entrepreneurs, bloggers and companies coming together to network and share ideas. But I was also insanely intimidated: by the success, by the number of people, by the overwhelming “small fish in a big pond” feeling. But I shouldn’t have been! This was the most welcoming and encouraging groups of people I’ve ever come across, from bloggers just starting out to multi-million dollar companies. Everyone was ready to engage with all who crossed their path and the energy was contagious.
Learning from those around me, meeting individuals I admired and finally connecting with my Internet buddies all made for two and a half fantastic days. I took so much away from Dallas, beyond just business cards and new contacts.
Takeaways from the Military Influencer Conference
Takeaway #1: These are my people. I posted yesterday about being a military spouse in a primarily civilian world. Because of this, I tend to feel a bit isolated from people who get my lifestyle, so being at this conference with so many other military spouses was a breath of fresh air. There was this unspoken understanding between us all, this immediate feeling of camaraderie. We got each other, no questions asked. I made connections that I foresee lasting long beyond the hotel ballroom.
Takeaway #2: The military spouse community is mighty! At a conference that was billed for military influencers, I was so incredibly impressed with the large number of military spouses in attendance. I’d guess that we made up at least half, if not more. I felt lucky to find myself in the company of so many inspiring men and women who are busting their butts to take care of the home and their families and a business. Our interests and backgrounds may be varied, but our passion for supporting the military community binds us together.
Takeaway #3: Community over competition is where it’s at. Most people perceive the world of business as very cutthroat with everyone out for just themselves and to some extent, that’s true. But I didn’t find it to be true at this conference. Even individuals who did similar things were more than willing to help each other take their business to the next level. People kept saying that there was room for everyone in this niche and that’s so true. I didn’t walk away feeling like I needed to compete with people I met so that I was the only voice, but instead, I left feeling inspired to learn from people I met so we’re a strong collective voice.
Takeaway #4: I want to make Countdowns and Cupcakes a thing. Ok, so this was probably my biggest takeaway, but it was the easiest one to settle on. As I listened to our keynote speakers share their stories of success, as I networked with companies and bloggers, as a I sat in on educational sessions, all I could think was “I’m ready to take Countdowns and Cupcakes to the next level.” I started making a list of my 2018 goals right there at the conference because I was so pumped!
I have grown to love this little corner of the internet so much and I am so passionate about it continuing to grow, on the blog, in the shop and on social media. I so hope you’ll be a part of it!
P.S. The conference is coming to Orlando on September 23-25 next year! If you couldn’t make it to Dallas (or we didn’t get the chance to connect), I can’t wait to see you in Orlando.
Christmas last week, New Year’s this week…the pages are flying off the calendar! Ok so it’s not really 2018 yet, but when you’re shipping care packages halfway around the world, sometimes you have to think ahead. That’s why I’m excited that my New Year’s care package is now available in the shop.
I modeled this one after my husband’s New Year’s care package from last year and, just like my Christmas product, I’m really pleased with how it turned out! I wanted paper that was sparkly without being glittery (if your loved one is anything like my husband, glitter is a no go). But what’s a New Year’s care package without some sparkle?!
The shimmery black paper is the perfect backdrop for my design and a type of paper that I keep coming back to for care packages. It’s a nice thickness and the shimmer adds a little extra to the design. The gold cutouts really pop against the black and add just the right amount of sparkle to this New Year’s care package.
The gold lettering and black background sell the whole New Year’s theme, but I think the fireworks really make the box! You can almost hear them explode amid the oohs and aahs of the crowd. This New Year’s care package is a great way to start off 2018 with your loved one and make it your best year yet.
While it doesn’t quite make up for not being able to kiss them at midnight, it’s a very close second. You can fill it with lots of photos and wishes for 2018. Other contents could include confetti, Hershey’s kisses, sparkling apple cider and fun decorations.
You can shop this New Year’s care package now. As always, it ships free and 10% of your total is donated to an organization that supports military families.
Want even more care package ideas? I’m giving away 165+ ideas (plus what to put in them) here.
I know what you’re thinking: “Rachel, it’s only October, why are you posting about a Christmas care package?” Well for a few reasons, but mainly because I’m so stinking excited about how my Christmas care package came out and I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you.
I modeled this new listing after my husband’s Christmas care package from last year, but secretly may like this one even more! I added “ho ho ho” to the bottom paper instead of keeping it plain and really think it completes the whole look. Otherwise though, the bottom is very simple to keep the attention on the flaps. And they sure are beauties!
The red plaid paper I chose for the flaps just screams holidays to me. I can picture it as a blanket, all snuggled on the sofa in front of the fire. The cut out pieces pop so well against the red. I opted to use gold foil for a large portion of the details and think they really drive home the holiday feel.
The tree is decorated with a combination of gold ornaments and candy canes. The mirror effect of the ornaments almost gives you the illusion of the tree having lights on it. It’s the next best thing to being home in front of your own Christmas tree.
What’s a Christmas tree without presents? I chose a holly print with green and red in it to tie into the other colors of the Christmas care package. Then I topped each present off with a gold bow. The whole picture has a very traditional Christmas feel and I love it!
Shipping times tend to get longer around the holidays so make sure to send out your Christmas care package with plenty of time to spare. This Christmas care package is currently available in my shop and ships within a week (for free). As always, 10% of each purchase is donated to an organization that supports military families.
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.
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.
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.