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Halloween Care Package Crafts

October 9, 2017

Happy Monday, I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I spent it in full-on care package mode: filling orders and finishing up A’s Halloween care package. Hopefully this was my last care package for this deployment! While I searched around for inspiration, I found so many cute Halloween care package crafts, more than I could possibly include in A’s last box. I pulled together a few of my favorites for y’all to use in your next care package.

I’ve linked original sources when I could find them, but all of these Halloween care package crafts are so simple and could easily be done without directions. Most of them are related to food, but the few that aren’t may actually be my favorites.

Halloween Care Package Crafts

Popcorn GloveGhost LollipopsMonster Candy BarsBugs & Kisses – Pedicure Kit – Tic Tacs – Ghost Footprints – Chex MixLollipop Spiders

I absolutely love the ghost footprint art! It would be a great way to get your little ones involved; actually most of these are kid-friendly. But there’s something about sending those little footprints in a care package that make me all gooey inside and they’re not even for me!

The rest of these Halloween care package crafts are great ways to dress up your care package contents to fit your Halloween theme, especially the monster candy bars. You could take the same idea and use it to decorate any of the items in your care package. I highly suggest adding extras of whichever crafts you do choose so that your loved one can share the Halloween cheer with others.

The best news is that all of these Halloween care package crafts don’t have to be just for care packages! You could use them for trick-or-treating, as treats for a Halloween party or even as small gifts for co-workers or neighbors.

Share your favorite Halloween care package crafts in the comments!

Care Packages

80’s Birthday Care Package

October 4, 2017
80's Birthday Care Package

Oh my word, I am so excited to share this care package with you all today! I had A’s 80’s birthday care package planned long before he actually left on deployment and once I saw it finished, I knew that it was my best one yet. Keeping it under wraps until after he got it was so difficult, but now I can finally share it with you.

I really went all out on this box, starting with making my own paper for the flaps. After a pretty extensive search, I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for pre-made so I had to get creative. I purchased plain black scrapbook paper and neon paint, broke out a garbage bag and started splattering. I let it dry in a very sunny spot for a day and then used it just like any other paper. The result was exactly what I envisioned. I’ll definitely be more open to painting my own paper in the future!

80's Birthday Care Package

I kept the neon splatter paint theme going in the bottom of the box by using the same technique to decorate the birthday cake. It helped make the cake look like it fit in the 80’s birthday care package.

80's Birthday Care Package

But the flaps are definitely what I’m most proud of! There were a lot of little pieces and quite a few layers to get everything looking totally rad, but once the flaps were done? Oh my word. I was in love. I stuck to classic 80’s items like Pac-Man, cassette tapes, a boom box and a Rubix cube. My husband loved the sunglasses; apparently he had a pair himself. Now, I really want a photo of that!

80's Birthday Care Package

My favorite flap was probably the Pac-Man flap, especially the little ghost. Is that the right word for it? Pac-Man was not part of my childhood. Yes, my husband would be appalled.

80's Birthday Care Package

As much as I loved this 80’s birthday care package, I knew I couldn’t ship it empty! As tempted as I was to decorate all of the contents in 80’s themed stuff, when I found this wiener dog wrapping paper, I knew I had to use it for A’s birthday box. Their bright colored party hats tied into the neon colors of the rest of the box and it just fit our little family so well.

80's Birthday Care Package

I topped everything off with a few brightly colored birthday noisemakers. Hopefully A made his co-workers use them while he opened everything.

80's Birthday Care Package

Speaking of opening everything, here’s what I sent in A’s 80’s birthday care package. Most of it was pretty standard care package stuff, but the collectors edition Rolling Stone magazine was an extra little birthday gift from B and Ruger.

80's Birthday Care Package

I always feel a bit bad about not being able to really celebrate A’s birthday when he’s deployed, but I’d like to think that this 80’s birthday care package made up for us being apart. And that it arrived a few days late. Whoops.

P.S. You can check out my other care packages here or on Pinterest.

Care Packages

Fall Care Package Contents

September 27, 2017
Fall Care Package Contents

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you all had a great start to fall last week, even if it still feels like summer in lots of spots! Even though the temps are still a bit too high to break out sweaters and everything pumpkin spice, you can’t help but notice all the good fall care package contents in the stores. There’s no shortage of fall spirit when you stroll through the grocery store aisles!

I’m not sure what it is about fall care package contents, but I just absolutely love shopping for them! Actually it’s probably because there’s so much orange, but even if you decide to send non-fall themed items, a little wrapping paper makes everything fit the theme.  I used that in A’s last fall care package and couldn’t be happier with the way that box turned out.

Fall Care Package ContentsFall care package contents can quickly slip firmly into the junk food category.  Every cookie/brownie/snack cake out there seems to come in a limited edition pumpkin spice flavor. And for some folks, that’s totally fine, but if your loved one is anything like my husband, a box of junk food isn’t going to fly, no matter how well themed it is.  So when shopping for fall care package contents, I tried to put together a mix of healthy and not so healthy items, plus a few non-food items.

Items like granola, pumpkin seeds or flavored nuts can still say fall while not adding a ton of calories. Apple flavored items are under appreciated when it comes to fall care package contents.  Consider sending apple chips or even apple flavored granola or oatmeal to give your loved one a break from pumpkin everything.

To me fall goes beyond just pumpkin-flavored foods; things like fall scented candles and snuggly blankets really make the season. And while you can totally ship a nice snuggly blanket, a candle probably isn’t the best idea. Oftentimes open flames aren’t allowed and the candle could definitely melt en route.  Instead, I recommend a fall-scented air freshener to add that touch of homeyness.

Depending on weather, items like hand warmers or cold-weather clothing (like extra warm socks!) may be good additions to your fall care package.  I also love the idea of cutting out paper leaves and writing little notes on them.  You could also try sending fall leaves from home, but they may crush and turn to dust during shipping.  However, little ones could color or decorate paper leaves.

Fall care package contents are everywhere right now and the only real limit on what you can send is your imagination. What kinds of things will you send in your fall care package?

P.S. stuck on how to decorate your fall care package? I can help with that by creating a custom look just for you! Contact me via my Etsy shop and we’ll start collaborating!

Care Packages

PCS Care Package

September 20, 2017
PCS Care Package

It’s easy to get stuck in a care package rut: they’re for deployed troops and come in decorated flat rate boxes based on some sort of theme. All of that is 100% true of course, but there are so many other groups who would enjoy a care package! Luckily military spouses don’t have to look too far for another care package recipient: new neighbors. A PCS care package is the perfect way to welcome a new neighbor to the ‘hood.

PCS Care Package Ideas

PCS Care Package

Squeaky clean PCS Care Package

Moving is a chore, am I right? Whether you’re just changing houses or going to another state, the entire process is exhausting. Just when you think that all the work is done, you realize that the previous owners maybe didn’t leave things as clean as you’d like them. So add one more thing to your already packed to-do list!

A great PCS care package for a new neighbor would be a basket (or bucket) of cleaning supplies to help that process along. Everything from tile cleaner to sponges to paper towels help get a new house in squeaky clean shape. Add in a nice scented candle to make it feel homier and you’ve really helped them feel welcome!

Live like a local PCS Care Package

Military families often move to a new home without really knowing a whole lot about the surrounding area. Where the United States of America tells us to go, we go. It doesn’t matter if they have decent Chinese food or a grocery store we’re familiar with. Help them learn the ropes of their new home with a PCS care package full of local area resources.

Menus from local restaurants (and maybe a gift card or two), a guidebook with fun locations and activities for the family and your recommendations for grocery stores, dry cleaners and so on would be great things to add to this care package.

PCS Care Package

Dinner’s covered PCS Care Package

When I move, the first room that has to be unpacked is the kitchen because if I can’t eat a normal meal, I get very cranky. But if you’ve just moved across the country (or to another country), grocery shopping and figuring out what to eat for dinner is probably the last thing on your mind. You can help your new neighbors by showing up with dinner in a basket!

This particular PCS care package has a few different variations: bring the ingredients and a recipe like in the picture, bring something fully prepared that all they need to do is heat or bring a few gift cards to local places so they can choose when to use them.

Or if you want to go super simple: show up with pizza and paper plates. You’ll still meet the new folks and be the hero at dinnertime!

Take a little piece of home with you PCS Care Package

For every new neighbor that arrives, you have to say goodbye to someone you’ve gotten to know pretty well. You can send your neighbor off to their new home with a few pieces of the place they’re leaving behind. A coffee table book with famous scenes from the town (or state) along with a few unique foods are great contents for this PCS care package.

A PCS care package is a great way to welcome new neighbors, something military families have plenty of! Have you ever given or received a PCS care package and what made it great?

Care Packages

Anniversary Pun Care Package

September 13, 2017
Anniversary Pun Care Package

Some of you may remember that last month A and I celebrated our five year dating anniversary. Well technically, we’re waiting to celebrate it because A is currently deployed, but I made sure he was still feeling the love thanks to my anniversary pun care package.

Even before A left, I knew that I wanted this box to be food themed, mainly because there are so many cute food puns out there! I chose four of my favorites and started cutting out all the pieces. This is probably the most labor intensive box I’ve sent him so far because each flap had multiple layers, but the end result is so worth it!

Anniversary Pun Care Package

I picked a dark blue as the background for this anniversary pun care package so that everything would pop against it. Plus dark blue is my husband’s favorite color so I couldn’t really go wrong! This was the rare care package that I opted to not wrap all of its contents and instead covered the top with a layer of tissue paper. Truth be told I was running a bit short on time and couldn’t find the right color paper to go with everything. I ended up really liking the blank slate the white tissue paper gave me; it made sure your attention went right to the box’s flaps!

Anniversary Pun Care Package

I packed this box full of goodies, including a microwavable mac and cheese dinner to remind him of our first date, but my favorite was definitely the personalized book I made! I used a company called LoveBook and it could not have been easier! The website has a bunch of pre-made templates, but you can edit them to fit your relationship. I put together a paperback story of our relationship and absolutely loved the way it turned out.  If you haven’t given LoveBook a try, definitely give it a shot. (P.S. this is totally not a sponsored post. I just really loved my book!)

I know I say this a lot, but this anniversary pun care package may be my favorite one yet! I so wish we could have celebrated five years as a couple together, but this care package was a nice placeholder under we can be together again.