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Recent Care Package Finds

August 23, 2017

You know you’re a military spouse when…you constantly shop for care package contents. No matter how far along we are in a deployment, I still go down each aisle in the store with a care package mentality. I have a hard time not grabbing a few things each time!

And while this habit may seem a little ridiculous, it has led me to find a lot of really great care package contents. Sending new and different things makes each care package a little more exciting, plus when you decorate your boxes with different themes, you have to find new stuff to fit them!

Over this deployment, I’ve really tried to find different items to send to A and have been pretty successful. The key to finding new care package items is to shop in new places. Different grocery stores, specialty shops and even bulk stores can offer unique products.

The food situation isn’t the best where A is right now, so I’ve been trying to find on-the-go meals he can make himself with limited kitchen access. These microwavable pasta meals have been a good solution. I send just one in each of his boxes because they aren’t necessarily the healthiest thing in the world. But considering that they’re shelf stable and ready to eat in just minutes, I consider them ok.

So these maybe aren’t technically a new find, but I haven’t sent them in a care package before this time. A really likes oatmeal for breakfast, but doesn’t have a way to make it overseas. These eliminate the need for dishes, but are still filling.

These guys have been A’s hands down favorites. I got these originally at World Market as an impulse buy, but have since purchased more at Lowe’s Foods.  They come in a variety of different meats and flavors and are semi-decent nutritionally speaking. They are a bit on the pricey side compared to other beef jerky, but I think it’s worth the little bit of extra money.

Last, but not least, these protein shakes. I’ve sent a variety of different brands, all chocolate, and A likes them all. He says they double as a dessert/late night snack. I also enjoy dessert/late night snacks while A is deployed, but mine definitely do not have 26g of protein. They can get a bit pricey, but you can usually find them on sale, which is when I buy them.

I am always on the lookout for new and different things to put in my husband’s care packages. What unique items have you sent in care packages lately?

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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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Sharp Dressed Man Care Package

August 16, 2017

I’m going to give you all a heads up: I’ve really stepped up my care package game this deployment. So much so that this statement is probably going to make frequent appearances on the blog over the next few months: this is my favorite care package yet.

I know what you’re thinking: Rachel, they can’t all be your favorite care package.

Oh yes, they can be! Especially this one. When my husband asked me to send him some clothes, I started brainstorming cute box ideas. The ZZ Top lyrics popped into my head and I knew it was the way to go! Even though I was just sending some polo shirts and gym shorts, I was really excited about putting together this sharp dressed man care package.

And what better says “sharp dressed man” than a tuxedo? Once I settled on the look, the black and white color scheme was a no brainer.  Finding the black and white heart paper really sealed the deal.

This box was definitely one of the simpler ones I’ve sent, but I think it had some great impact. It was very easy to put together and could really fit almost any circumstance. I opted to go with paper that had some shimmer to it for the flaps and bottom and am so glad I did! It really made the silhouette and details in the tuxedo stand out.

I wasn’t sure how my husband would feel about the box, but I should have known that he’d love it. In fact, when I mentioned how proud I was of the box, he told me I should be proud of it because it was “badass”. That’s very high praise from him!


Things I sent in this box: gym shorts, polo shorts, socks, Gatorade, Mio water flavoring, Muscle Milk, peanut butter, beef jerky, Nutella, peanut butter crackers, trail mix and nuts.

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“Blue Without You” Care Package

August 7, 2017
Blue Without You Care Package

We’ve officially hit our first deployment milestone: my husband has received his first care package! I usually start putting his first box together right after he leaves, so it’s a bit of a waiting game until he gets it.  But the box has arrived so now I finally get to share it with you!

I took a bit of a different approach with this care package and sent it from these two little faces instead. The dogs sure are blue without him around and he misses them quite a bit as well. It was the perfect easy theme for a first care package.

My favorite part was probably the note they wrote A on the bottom of the box.  I may have helped them spell some of the harder words, but the sentiment was all them.  I think this is a great way to have little ones (who are human!) help with care packages.  A note or drawing on the bottom of the box is an added surprise once it’s empty.

I’ve shared before that wrapping each item in the care package adds a little bit more fun to it. But for a theme like this, wrapping each item helps your box look a little more cohesive. I wanted to send my husband items he likes and needs, but they weren’t all blue! A little wrapping paper solved that problem and pulled the entire box together.

You may have caught my Instagram Story showing some of the stuff I put into A’s care package, but just in case you missed it, here is everything that fit in this box. Getting everything in there is a bit of a puzzle, but a lot really can fit in a large flat rate box.

You can see that this box had a wide variety of stuff inside. Some of my favorites were the $10 sheets from Walmart, the cooling towel I found stuffed in his sock drawer, the giant bag of pistachios (his favorite snack) I found on sale and the Prego Ready Meal. My husband’s schedule is super funky and doesn’t always coincide with meal time so options like these will help fill in the gaps.

And just like that, the first care package of this deployment is a wrap!

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Anniversary Care Package Inspiration

July 26, 2017
Anniversary care package inspiration

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that anniversaries have a lot of meaning to me and that I really enjoy celebrating them. I certainly don’t let something as small as my husband being deployed stop me! As our dating anniversary approaches, I’ve started thinking about the anniversary care package I will send him.  I pulled together some of my favorite ideas for you all!

Anniversary Care Package Decor

Photos

You could print a photo collage and cut it to fit each flap or even create one with individual photos on the flap itself. Depending on the resolution of your photo, you could blow it up and use one photo to cover the entire inside of the box. Imagine how cool that would look!

Maps of significant locations

Pick a map of where you met, where you fell in love, where you live, where you got engaged/married and you’ve already covered the entire box! I used maps for a care package during our last deployment and loved how it turned out.

Handwritten love letters

People don’t write love letters enough anymore; email and texts just aren’t the same. There’s something inherently more romantic about handwritten letters and what better time to use them than an anniversary care package? You would need to write them on large enough paper to cover the entire flap, but the effect would be so sweet.

Reasons you love him/her

This could go hand-in-hand with handwritten love letters, but covering all four flaps with reasons you love your service member works perfectly for an anniversary.  You could write out a long list or place a few reasons in little envelopes attached to the flaps.

Anniversary Care Package Contents

Photo album or scrapbook

You can find small photo albums for a few dollars and once you fill them with pictures, they make the perfect gift. Since most albums have those plastic photo protectors, you could also slip in a few love notes or include small mementos of your relationship.

LoveBook 

No, this isn’t something dirty. LoveBook is this super cute illustrated version of life with your loved one. The characters are super cute and they have so many different pages, you will definitely find something that applies to your relationship.

Deployment-friendly take on traditional gift

Did you know that there are traditional wedding anniversary gifts? See if you can come with a deployment-friendly version of the traditional anniversary gift to send your loved one. Creative gifts are often the best because of the extra thought that goes into them.

Puzzle letter

I just found this idea and so want to try my hand at a puzzle letter! This would be so cute if you used a photo of the two of you as the picture and then wrote a sweet note on the back.  It’s something interactive and handmade for your loved one with a sentimental twist.

Do you celebrate all of your anniversaries? What would you put in an anniversary care package?