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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?


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.


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


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!

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Custom Care Packages

June 5, 2017
Custom Care Packages

Care packages are a great way to tell someone you love them, no matter how far away they are. So shouldn’t there be a care package that’s as unique as your relationship? I thought so too which is why I’m now accepting orders for custom care packages in my shop!

That’s right! You can now order custom care packages and send your loved one a one-of-a-kind box decorated just for them. Just visit my shop and click the “Request Custom Order” button on the left hand side of the page. It will start a conversation where we can figure out exactly what you want and then I will create the custom listing for you to purchase. Each custom order is $15, ships for free and will be custom designed to fit your request.

Custom Care Packages

Tips for ordering custom care packages

Be specific. 

When ordering custom care packages, it’s really important to be as specific as possible. If you know your loved one hates glitter or loves the color purple, share that with me. The more specific you can be, the better shot I have of making exactly what you’re looking for.

Send ideas or examples. 

Another great way to make sure your custom care packages turn out the way you want is to send examples. Pinterest is a great source of care package inspiration (check out some of my favorites here) and sending photos of care packages you like helps me narrow down the design.

Allow for creativity. 

Part of the beauty of ordering custom care packages is that you get something no one else has. If you want me to copy someone else’s design exactly, that benefit is lost. Send inspiration, but also allow me to make some creative choices that make your design unique.

Custom Care Packages

Interested in custom care packages? Send me a message on Etsy along with some of your ideas and we’ll get something started!

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4th of July Care Package

May 22, 2017

What says “happy Monday” better than a new care package? A new 4th of July care package, of course! That’s right, I’ve added a super cute patriotic care package set to the shop and it’s ready for you to check out.

I wanted this 4th of July care package to super fun and festive, but simple. I toyed around with using a variety of patterned paper to get the festive look, but opted instead to stick with the good ol’ red, white and blue. Frankly, the finished product makes me exceptionally glad that I did. All of the colors are really vibrant and pop against each other.

To add a little extra pop, I selected shimmery paper for the text and stars.  I used similar paper for the flaps of my St. Patrick’s Day box and loved the look so much that I knew I would use it again.  But I didn’t stop there. I went full on glitter bomb with the paper I selected for the fireworks.

I don’t use glitter paper very often due to my husband’s borderline irrational fear of it. However, when I think fireworks, I think sparkle, so I decided to go for it. And honestly? Those sparkly little fireworks make me so darn happy and I hope they make y’all happy too.

You can shop this 4th of July care package right now in my shop and, as always, it ships for free! Plus 10% of the purchase price is donated to an organization that supports military families.