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Easter Care Package

March 6, 2017
Easter Care Package

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, this Easter care package is so stinking cute! My favorite touches are definitely the grass and real cotton tail on the bunny.  This is the first time I’ve done something three-dimensional, but I couldn’t pass it up. The extra touches are what sets your care packages apart!

Easter care package

There are a lot of colors and patterns in this box, but spring is nature’s party, so we might as well celebrate! I took a page from A’s Valentine’s Day care package and went with patterned paper for the text. The tiny flowers add another pop of spring and I really like the way the font turned out.  And we can’t go through this whole post and skip the Easter basket, complete with decorated eggs!

I know I say this almost every single time, but this Easter care package may be my favorite item in the shop! I have plenty in stock and they all ship free. Get yours quickly before Peter Cottontail beats you to it!

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North Carolina Care Package

February 22, 2017
North Carolina Care Package

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 good day.

The idea for a North Carolina care package was one that I developed over time. I knew I wanted to send a bunch of North Carolina-made products and had intended for this to be the first box I sent. But then I started thinking about what the saying on the flaps would be and realized it be the perfect last care package. Nothing could be finer than having A back in Carolina!

North Carolina Care Package

I purchased a North Carolina map to cover the inside of the box and could not be happier with how the finished product looked! I sent a medium flat rate box and the map covered the entire inside perfectly. I used navy blue paper for the letters and North Carolina state cutout so that it popped against the many colors of the map.

North Carolina Care Package

The whole theme of this North Carolina care package rested on the idea of sending as many locally made products. Wrapped in brown paper, this box contained beef jerky, roasted nuts, peanut brittle, a NC magazine and microwavable pork rinds. Yes, microwavable pork rinds. You read that correctly. I topped it off with a postcard of our adorable downtown instead of my normal greeting card.

But perhaps my favorite item in this North Carolina care package was the one item that wasn’t 100% locally made. I mentioned earlier this week that I always send my husband a kiss kit for his trip home and this deployment followed the same pattern. I snagged the cute bag from Target’s dollar section and filled it with all the goodies he’ll need for his trip home.

I really loved how my North Carolina care package turned out and hope that it got A (even more) excited to come home. You could certainly make a similar care package the first one you send or really at any time in a deployment!

North Carolina Care Package

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SWAK: Kiss Kit Hits The Shelves

February 20, 2017
Kiss Kit

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 new Kiss Kit is the perfect thing to send in your last care package!

As your loved one travels home, they’ll be able to use the contents to make sure they’re 100% kissable when reunited with you! The small size of the bag and its contents make it easily transportable, especially if space is limited in luggage.

Each bag is hand stamped (both front and back) with bright red kissing lips, making sure there’s no doubt about what it’s for. I selected all of the contents based on what I would actually send my husband. In fact I did send most of these things in his last care package, which you’ll see later this week. There is still a bit of room in each bag so you could add in another item or two if you would like.

In addition to the essentially toiletries, each Kiss Kit comes with a miniature note care and envelope. You can use it to write a little note to your loved one – the level of sassiness of the note is up to you. I would highly recommend slapping on some bright lipstick and sealing your note with a kiss (and maybe a spritz of perfume).

Kiss Kit

This is my first filled care package and I definitely see more of these coming to the shop in the future! You can shop this fun care package addition now-they ship quickly and 10% of your purchase goes to an organization that supports military families.

Military spouses get the added perk of multiple first kisses throughout their life. That first kiss after homecoming can be just as anticipated as the first one in a relationship. This Kiss Kit will help your loved one be minty fresh, no matter how far they’ve traveled.

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Space Saving Care Packages

February 15, 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. For the most part, the same goes for other military personnel who are deployed.

When planning care packages, it’s important to keep the lack of space in mind. You don’t want to add useless clutter to your loved one’s room, especially if they’re tight on room to begin with. So what do you send when space is limited, but that still lets someone know you’re thinking about them?

Organizational items

This actually came up in a care package group on Facebook. Someone’s husband was in a tiny space and needed help organizing his belongings via items shipped in care packages. I took it as a personal challenge to try and help.

Items like foldable storage cubes or a hanging shoe storage system will provide a lot of use to your loved one, but still fit in a flat rate box.  The shoe storage system can be used for a variety of different things beyond shoes: clothing, toiletries, smaller pieces of equipment, extra linens and even snacks.  Plus, these items aren’t terribly expensive so if they don’t come back home, you aren’t out a ton of money.

Usable items

I have mentioned before that I only send my husband items if I’m ok with never seeing them again. Sometimes it’s because he can’t (or forgets to) bring them home, but more often than not, it’s because he uses them up! Sending items that can be used and then thrown away keeps them from cluttering up an already tight space.  For example, don’t send baked goods in tupperware you want returned to you!

Photos

Photos take up almost zero space (especially if you send them unframed) and make a cold space seem instantly more welcoming. Just don’t send a huge number of them at once if you know your loved one is limited on display space. You could create a small booklet with photos from home or even save a bunch on a thumb drive.

Smaller versions 

Yes this applies to food and toiletries, because who doesn’t love mini things? But it also applies to things like music or movies. Instead of sending CDs and DVDs, send iTunes cards so your loved one can download the item and not have to store the case.  Skip books and magazines and use things like eReaders or books on tape through apps like Audible to save space.

What items do you send (or avoid sending) when your loved one is low on space?

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Valentine’s Day Care Package

February 8, 2017
Valentine's Day Care Package

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 he finally got it (and loved it) so now I can share it!

The challenge with owning a care package shop is making sure that anything I send A is unique and different. When I set about designing this Valentine’s Day care package, I knew that I wanted to mix things up so that it looked nothing like the care package I had for sale.

I opted to do that by using plain paper as the flaps and patterned paper for the text. And oh my word, I love that combination so much! Expect to see this in the shop sometime in the future because the words pop so much! The tiny hearts add a little extra love to the words and helped keep the pink to a minimum.

Valentine's Day Care Package

Another unique aspect is that this care package never references Valentine’s Day, although that’s what it’s for. I referenced love in other ways, including the cutest beat skipping EKG I’ve ever seen. It was also a giant pain in the butt to glue down, but A’s worth it.  But what I truly love is the “love you” on the bottom of the box. I had to work a little pink in there somehow!

I also loved the little red hearts on the interior sides. I always cover them, but don’t normally decorate the inside. But this box needed them!

Valentine's Day Care Package

Then to add another layer of uniqueness to this box I wrapped everything in rather un-Valentine’s Day paper. I scored this at HomeGoods for about $4 and knew that I wanted to use it for this box. The pink, orange and black dots were super cute, but not necessarily holiday themed which was perfect.

Valentine's Day Care Package

This was the last big box of A’s deployment (I hope) so I filled it to the brim with as many of his favorite snacks as possible. Salt and pepper cashews, shortbread cookies, Nutella and beef jerky all found their way in here.

I’d like to think I’ve really stepped up my care package game during this deployment and am so pleased with how this one came out.

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