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Care Packages

Care package bloopers are often the result of packing a box poorly, but there are some simple tips you can follow that will help your care package arrive intact and blooper-free.

Care Package Packing Tips

Posted on Nov 18th, 2018

You've spent hours decorating your care package and shopped at multiple stores to find just the right items. But now comes a very important step: packing the box! The last thing you want is for your loved one to receive a half-empty box filled with crushed crackers or items covered in shampoo. Care…

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Pre-made elements are a convenient way to decorate your next care package, especially if you're short on time or crafting expertise.  Items like stickers or pre-cut die cuts can quickly be attached to your flaps, adding some color and decoration to the box.

Care Package Tip: Creating a Design from Pre-Made Elements

Posted on Oct 30th, 2018

People often ask what I use to put together all of my care package designs and when I share that I use a die cut machine, their response often includes how it's either too expensive/complicated or they aren't crafty enough to use one. I agree with all those concepts, at least to some extent. But…

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Have a sports fan in your life? Then you'll want to save this list of sports care package puns!

Sports Care Package Puns

Posted on Oct 25th, 2018

Y'all know I love a good care package pun and am always on the lookout for a chance to incorporate them into a care package. Whether it's the holidays, a food-themed box or a care package based on a favorite hobby, where there's a will, there's a pun. Of course, sports care package puns are some…

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Get tips for customizing a sports care package for your loved one's favorite team!

Care Package Tip: Customizing A Sports Care Package

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2018

So many people call these next few months the most wonderful time of the year, but there's more to the end of the year than the holidays. For sports fans, the combination of playoff baseball, NFL football, professional hockey and the start of basketball season makes this time of year pretty…

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Not everyone gets care packages, even during the holidays! By sending a group care package, you can help make sure everyone is in the holiday spirit!

Holiday Group Care Packages

Posted on Oct 18th, 2018

Military care packages and the holidays are pretty closely entwined, but unfortunately, not every deployed service member gets care packages from home, even at the holidays. I frequently talk about sending a few extra items here and there for your loved one to share with others, but around the…

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Care package extras are the "above and beyond" level of decorating and filling a care package. They may seem like small things, but they add another layer of love to your box, especially when it's for a holiday.

Christmas Care Package Extras: Ways to Make Your Box Extra Special

Posted on Oct 14th, 2018

There's something about Christmas that gives it an extra hold on my heart. Maybe it's the coziness of the holiday or the many layers of tradition. Or maybe it's the lifetime of memories or all the little pieces that make it so special. It's probably the combination of all these things that inspire…

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It's time to start thinking about your Christmas box. Luckily there are already lots of red and green goodies in stores and plenty of Christmas care package themes to inspire you.

Five Very Merry Christmas Care Package Themes

Posted on Oct 11th, 2018

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you turn. Actually, it's not. Probably because it's still October, but in the world of care packages, it's definitely time to start thinking about your Christmas box. Luckily there are already lots of red and green goodies in stores and plenty…

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Even when the temps are too warm to break out your sweaters and boots, there’s no shortage of fall spirit when you stroll through the grocery store aisles! Get ideas for fall care package contents here.

Fall Care Package Contents

Posted on Sep 21st, 2018

I'm not sure what it is about fall care package contents, but I just absolutely love shopping for them! Actually it's probably partially because there's so much orange (as a Clemson grad, I'm required to gravitate towards anything orange), but there's definitely more to it than that. Even when the…

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all care package can be so much fun to decorate. Get ideas and must-have elements for your box here!

Four Must-Haves For Your Fall Care Package

Posted on Sep 20th, 2018

The weather is starting to cool and the days are beginning to get shorter. That can mean only one thing: fall is on its way! With the sweaters, boots and scarves come the need to plan your fall care package. Fall care packages tend to be a bit underrated and overlooked in favor of more commercial…

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Military Spouse Deployment Survival Care Package

Posted on Sep 11th, 2018

Military spouses have the care package game locked down. Boxes big and small, decorated, filled with love from home consistently make their way to all corners of the world. These boxes bring comfort to service members while they're deployed and are very important. But what's equally important is…

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There's something extra special about sending a random care package. It's kind of like an "I love you" text out of the blue or a note hidden in your work bag. Get ideas for anytime care packages here!

5 Care Package Themes Perfect To Send Anytime

Posted on Sep 6th, 2018

With all of the great holiday-themed materials in the craft stores, it's pretty easy to decorate a holiday care package. But what about those times in between holidays? Depending on when your loved one is deployed, you may decide to send care packages beyond just the big holidays. Whether you want…

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Mini care packages are a great way to make service members feel appreciated when they're away from home. Get tips and ideas here!

Mini Care Packages For Groups

Posted on Aug 29th, 2018

When I learned that not everyone has a loved one at home who sends them care packages during deployment, it honestly broke my heart a little bit. Being away from home is hard enough, but if your mailbox always stays empty? That's got to make things even harder. Sending things for my husband to…

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Five Steps To A Spooktacular Halloween Care Package

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2018

Isn't it spooky that it's time to talk about your Halloween care package? See what I did there? Spooky? Because we're talking about Halloween care packages? Sorry. That's my one of the holiday season, I promise. It is a little hard to believe that it's time for Halloween care packages,…

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When you're dealing with overseas shipping times, you need to get started early on your holiday care package. Get holiday care package ideas here!

The Big List of Holiday Care Package Ideas

Posted on Aug 21st, 2018

People always complain when holiday items appear in stores "too early," seemingly rushing the year on and not giving us time to enjoy the present moment. But if you're a military spouse, Halloween items in August and Christmas items in September are welcome sights! When you're dealing with overseas…

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Romantic gifts aren't limited to when a couple is together. There are many romantic care package gifts that are great additions to your next care package. 

Romantic Care Package Gifts

Posted on Aug 17th, 2018

About three months after my husband and I started dating, I turned 24. Even though we were a new couple, he still got me a gift: a scrapbook so I could record the many adventures we were going to have together. We've celebrated quite a few gift-giving holidays since then, but that birthday present…

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10 Anniversary Care Package Designs

Posted on Aug 16th, 2018

Anniversaries have a lot of meaning to me and I won't let a little thing like a deployment keep me from celebrating them. Throughout our years together, I've sent my husband more than a few anniversary care packages, reminding him that he's very loved. In that time, I've learned that the beauty of…

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What you put in a care package is just as important as what you put on it. There are a lot of things to send that make your care package special. 

Contents That Make A Care Package Special

Posted on Aug 10th, 2018

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I believe decorating a care package makes a huge difference for your loved one. But I also believe that what you put in a care package is just as important as what you put on it. After all, that's the whole point of the box:…

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Five Steps To Personalizing A Care Package

Posted on Aug 8th, 2018

People always say that it's the little things that are most meaningful and that's especially true during a deployment. A phone call can change your entire outlook. An email can be something you savor over and over again. And a care package is something that can significantly brighten your loved…

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Care package bloopers are going to happen, but you can do a few things to reduce their effect.

Care Package Bloopers (And How To Avoid Them!)

Posted on Aug 1st, 2018

Can I tell you a story? My husband's favorite candy is a peanut butter cup and unfortunately, because of my severe nut allergy, he can't have them at home. So when he's deployed or TDY, he likes to indulge in them. Being the excellent and supportive person that I am, I immediately chose to send…

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Don't let care packages overwhelm your already too full to-do list. Taking advantage of time-saving care package hacks will make life easier.

5 Time-Saving Care Package Hacks

Posted on Jul 24th, 2018

During a deployment, your to-do list can feel very overwhelming. Managing a life and household solo, while missing a loved one, can make it feel like there aren't enough hours in the day for everything you need to get done. That's when things like these time-saving care package hacks become so…

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Puns and care packages are the perfect fit! Add a little fun to your next box and make your loved one smile with some of these care package puns!

104 Care Package Puns

Posted on Jul 19th, 2018

Whale hello there! Sorry that was a little cheesy, but you can't start a blog post all about care package puns with just a normal introduction, now can you? I have always loved a good pun - they're so simple and make me smile almost every time.  So when it comes to care packages, they seem like…

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Celebrate fun in the sun with these summer care package contents!

Summer Care Package Contents

Posted on Jul 6th, 2018

Decorating any care package is only half the challenge; you can't just send your loved one an empty box so what you put in a care package is just as important as how you decorate it. This goes for a summer care package as well! Summer care package contents can be just as fun, if not more, as the…

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Whether your theme is all about a sweet treat or some fun in the sun, a summer care package helps your loved one enjoy the season no matter where they are.  Get ideas here!

Super Cool Summer Care Package Themes

Posted on Jul 5th, 2018

Can temperatures really be called a heat wave when they stick around for an entire month? I don't know about y'all, but my poor air conditioner has been running itself ragged the past few weeks. If there was any doubt whether summer was here, it's gone now. Unfortunately, not everyone is getting…

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Stop spending too much on care packages! Fill your next box with these cheap things to put in care packages instead!

10 Cheap Things To Put In Care Packages

Posted on Jun 22nd, 2018

Earlier this week, I confessed that I used to spend way too much money on care packages and honestly, the contents of each care package were a big reason why.  Sure I tried to use coupons and pick items that were on sale, but the toiletries, snacks and magazines were really adding up to a…

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How To Decorate A Care Package From The Sale Rack

Posted on Jun 20th, 2018

I'm going to let y'all in on a little secret: for the first few years of my relationship with my now-husband, I way over spent on care packages. Between paying too much for shipping and decorations and buying too many contents, I was spending way too much money during deployment. About mid-way…

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Send your hero the perfect patriotic care package by decorating the box and filling it with patriotic care package contents!

Patriotic Care Package Contents

Posted on May 4th, 2018

It's that time of year again - red, white and blue items fill store shelves, baseball diamonds are back in action and grills are firing up all over the neighborhood.  As the weather warms up, it's time to start thinking 4th of July care packages and patriotic care package contents! My 4th of July…

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Already sent your open when letters? Here are more ideas!

(Even More) Open When Letter Ideas

Posted on Mar 30th, 2018

About a year ago, I shared a list of open when letter ideas and y'all loved them! I get why: they're a great way to be a part of your loved one's daily life, no matter where they are. Plus they're small and you can send a bunch of them at once! So today, I'm sharing even more open when letter ideas…

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5 Steps To A Perfect Care Package

Posted on Mar 28th, 2018

When I first started out on my military spouse journey, I had zero idea what I was doing. Ranks, abbreviations and care packages were all a foreign concept to me. In fact, sometimes it felt like people were speaking another language! But I spent a lot of time listening and learning, sometimes…

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Spring sure is dragging its feet, isn't it?! If you want to speed up the process a bit for your loved one no matter where they are, a care package is a great idea, especially if it's filled with these spring care package contents. 

Spring Care Package Contents

Posted on Mar 9th, 2018

A few weeks ago, we had the most glorious 75 degree weather and I thought "yes, spring is here! Let's break out the flip flops and celebrate!" Today the high was 47 and I had to break out the dog sweater for poor B. He did not celebrate. Luckily, I know spring will eventually get here. If you want…

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Want to know what to put in a care package? Why not ask the person who's actually receiving the care package? Here are some care package content suggestions from my husband, a sailor and recipient of MANY care packages over the years.

What To Put In A Care Package, As Answered By My Husband

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2018

There are a lot of posts out there all about what to put in a care package. Heck, I've posted quite a few of them! But if you're making a care package for someone, I firmly believe that you should let them dictate what goes in it. So I asked my husband for his favorite care package contents in the…

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Wholesale stores are great for bulk shopping and can often save you money on care packages, but it's important to shop smart! Following a few care package bulk shopping tips can help you get more bang for your buck and make the most of your marathon shopping trip.

Care Package Bulk Shopping Tips

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2018

You know the true sign you've reached adulthood? No, it's not renting a car, buying a house, drinking alcohol or having a job with benefits. It's the day you purchase a membership to a wholesale store. As you push your oversized cart through the 4,000 aisles, picking up giant bags of salad and 42…

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What to put in your St. Patrick's Day care package: ideas for food, clothing and fun items

What To Put In Your St. Patrick’s Day Care Package

Posted on Feb 12th, 2018

Did you know that St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner? Well, it is if you're planning a care package; with just under a month to go until March 17, now is the time to get your box decorated and filled. I genuinely like filling holiday care packages because you usually have so many more…

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Movie Care Package

Movie Care Package

Posted on Feb 5th, 2018

Raise your hand if Netflix has judged you with its "Are you still watching?" message during a binge-watching session? Yeah, me too. On lazy weekends, my husband and I often lose a few hours (or more) to a new addicting series. As boring as it may seem from the outside, those weekends are some of my…

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St. Patrick’s Day Care Package Decor

Posted on Jan 29th, 2018

I know what you're thinking. "Rachel, it's only January. We haven't even had Valentine's Day yet. What the heck are you doing talking about St. Patrick's Day?" And ordinarily, I would agree with you, but when you operate in the care package world you have to think ahead! Shipping a care…

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Must-Have Care Package Supplies

My Must-Have Care Package Supplies

Posted on Jan 24th, 2018

Have you ever sat down to work on a project, all motivated and excited, only to realize that you're missing a key component? Maybe the glue stick is dried up or you've misplaced the scissors. Frustrated, you start to look for the missing supplies, but get distracted. Four hours later, the project…

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Care Package Shipping Tips

Posted on Jan 17th, 2018

I talk a lot about decorating care packages and what to put in them, but that's really only half the battle! All of the decorations and fun contents mean nothing if your care package never makes it to your loved or is ruined when it finally does arrive. While you can never be 100% sure that a care…

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Fitness care package ideas

What To Include A Fitness Care Package

Posted on Jan 15th, 2018

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.  What is it about a deployment that drives people to the gym? I think it's probably part boredom, part stress relief, but every time my…

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Unique Ways To Send Photos

Posted on Jan 12th, 2018

If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that I'm a huge fan of putting photos in care packages. I add them to almost every single one of my husband's care packages and always recommend them for just about any care package theme. Why photos? First off, they get you as close to your…

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Five Things Your Valentine’s Day Care Package MUST Have

Posted on Jan 8th, 2018

Valentine's Day care packages get the short end of the stick, don't they? To accommodate shipping times, they often have to go out right after the holidays, when you've exhausted your care package creativity and maybe your budget. But your loved one deserves a care package for Valentine's Day,…

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Date Night Care Package Ideas

Date Night Care Package

Posted on Dec 6th, 2017

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.  There is something about colder weather that makes me want to do all the coupley things, especially date nights. Whether it's dinner…

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Christmas Care Package Contents

Christmas Care Package Contents

Posted on Nov 29th, 2017

With heavier mail volume than the rest of the year, shipping times can get longer around the holidays, That's it's recommended that your box is in the mail by as early as December 4 for some APO zip codes. Hopefully you're almost ready to put your holiday care package in the mail, but just in case…

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Halloween Care Package

Posted on Nov 6th, 2017

Happy Monday! Boy, am I glad to finally be able to share this Halloween care package with you all. I wouldn't necessarily call the past few weeks a Halloween movie, but it sure was suspenseful. Mail service has been spotty where my husband is and with his homecoming date quickly approaching, I cut…

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New Year's Care Package

New Year’s Care Package

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2017

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…

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Emoji Care Package

Emoji Care Package

Posted on Oct 18th, 2017

Sometimes a care package just feels meant to be, like the whole universe wants you to create that care package. Way back at the beginning of this deployment, I was strolling through the gift wrap section of WalMart and found the most amazing emoji wrapping paper. I immediately knew that I wanted…

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Christmas care package

Christmas Care Package

Posted on Oct 16th, 2017

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…

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Care package contents that aren't food

Care Package Contents That Aren’t Food

Posted on Oct 11th, 2017

Filling care packages is serious business. Between rules on what you can and can't send, things spoiling or melting during the shipping process and making sure your loved enjoys what you send, it's not as easy as it looks! Most military spouses find what works, what their loved one likes and buy it…

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Halloween Care Package Crafts

Posted on Oct 9th, 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…

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80's Birthday Care Package

80’s Birthday Care Package

Posted on Oct 4th, 2017

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…

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PCS Care Package

PCS Care Package

Posted on Sep 20th, 2017

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…

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Anniversary Pun Care Package

Anniversary Pun Care Package

Posted on Sep 13th, 2017

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…

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Nut Care Package

Nut Care Package

Posted on Sep 6th, 2017

There is no one in this world who has the ability to drive me nuts quite like my husband. It's a good thing he's cute, huh?! But oddly enough, the things that irritate me when he's home are some of the first things I miss when he's gone. Truth be told, even his odd quirks are part of the total…

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Care Packages Beyond The Military

Posted on Aug 30th, 2017

Care packages and the military are so closely linked that most folks probably view them as going hand-in-hand. They aren't wrong: deployed troops probably receive the majority of care packages. But once you get into the rhythm of sending care packages, you start to realize just how many people in…

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Halloween Care Package

Halloween Care Package

Posted on Aug 28th, 2017

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…

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Recent Care Package Finds

Posted on Aug 23rd, 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…

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Camping Care Package

Camping Care Package

Posted on Aug 21st, 2017

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…

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Sharp Dressed Man Care Package

Posted on Aug 16th, 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…

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Blue Without You Care Package

“Blue Without You” Care Package

Posted on Aug 7th, 2017

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…

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Your Care Package Questions Answered

Posted on Jul 24th, 2017

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I was in hardcore care package mode over the past two days filling orders, planning for the rest of 2017 and designing a few care packages for my husband. It's funny how quickly something goes from a hobby to a full on obsession, isn't it? A few…

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Care Package Recipes

Care Package Recipes

Posted on Jul 19th, 2017

When A is gone, I show my love via care packages. When he's home, that love is expressed via homemade food. For a long time, I viewed one as replacing the other, but not anymore! As I've gotten more familiar with this world, I've learned that care package recipes that will make it overseas…

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Military branch care package

Military Branch Care Package

Posted on Jul 17th, 2017

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…

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“Reasons I Love You” Care Package

Posted on Jul 12th, 2017

If you're anything like me, you probably tell your husband that you love him a lot. But what I don't do as often is tell my husband WHY I love him. I often think it in the moment, but then something happens or a I get distracted and rarely share it with him. And frankly that's a shame. Who doesn't…

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Mini July 4th Care Pacakge

Mini July 4th Care Package

Posted on Jul 5th, 2017

Happy 5th of July, y'all! Hopefully you all had a wonderful day with your family and friends. I know things were quiet around here yesterday, but I'd like to think that I'm making it up to you today by sharing my mini July 4th care package.  I had to get creative with this care package since it…

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Care package freebies

Care Package Freebies

Posted on Jun 28th, 2017

Care packages can get downright expensive. Between the contents, the decorations and the shipping, the total can really start adding up. While there are plenty of ways to save money on care packages, I think we can all agree that the best way is to get things for free. Luckily, there are quite a…

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BBQ care package inspiration

BBQ Care Package

Posted on Jun 21st, 2017

Happy first day of summer, everyone! While today may officially mark the start of the summer season, we have been in full on BBQ mode for weeks now. And can you really blame us? For me, cookouts are one of the best parts of summer, something that I know my husband hates missing when he's deployed.…

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Patriotic Care Package Contents

Patriotic Care Package Contents

Posted on Jun 14th, 2017

Putting together a care package is a three-part process: pick a theme, decorate your box and then fill it with goodies that fit the theme and that your loved one enjoys. Luckily for all of us, the 4th of July comes with a pretty perfect built-in theme for military care packages. Steps two and three…

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Boat Care Package

Float My Boat Care Package

Posted on Jun 12th, 2017

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…

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Pinterest Care Package Inspiration

Care Package Inspiration

Posted on Jun 7th, 2017

I remember the first time I discovered Pinterest. I was in college and it was dangerously close to finals week, but I just had to pin ALL the things. If I had known how important Pinterest would be for me in the future, I may not have ever studied for my exams! But now Pinterest is a great source…

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Custom Care Packages

Custom Care Packages

Posted on Jun 5th, 2017

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…

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Cover Your Flaps: How To Cover Your Care Package

Posted on May 24th, 2017

I've shared a lot of care package ideas on this blog, everything from what to put in them to keeping costs down. But no matter what tips or tricks you use, care packages usually start in the same spot: covering the flaps. For many military spouses, it's a way to say "I love you" when our loved ones…

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Send your hero the perfect patriotic care package by decorating the box and filling it with patriotic care package contents!

4th of July Care Package

Posted on May 22nd, 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…

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Summer Care Package

Summer Care Package

Posted on May 17th, 2017

What do you consider to be the official start to summer? Memorial Day? When you have to switch your AC on for the first time? For me, it's when temps hit the 90s and we are officially there in North Carolina this week! The flip flops are out, the AC is on and a summer care package is the perfect…

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Travel Care Package

Five Secrets For A Perfect Travel Care Package

Posted on May 10th, 2017

Hello all, long time no chat! Some really long days at work plus some family obligations in a town with no internet conspired against me late last week and early this week. Hopefully I'm making up for it today with a great post about how to put together the perfect travel care package. Travel Care…

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Love Language Care Package

Love Language Care Package

Posted on May 3rd, 2017

In March, A and I read The Five Love Languages: Military Edition and it had a big impact on us. We've been more intentional about how we love each other because we want to speak each other's love language. But the book got me thinking about how to continue that even when we're half a world apart.…

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Open When Letter Ideas

Open When Letter Ideas

Posted on Apr 12th, 2017

I've shared my love of open when letters before, having sent them with A a time or two. It's the perfect way to cover all situations your loved one may encounter without sending a care package every single day.  You can send some with your loved one when he or she leaves and then add a few to each…

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Bedtime Care Package

Bedtime Care Package

Posted on Apr 10th, 2017

Raise your hand if you sleep horribly when your spouse isn't home. Yup, me too. I toss and turn endlessly every time A is gone and he doesn't fare much better either. That mutual sleeplessness has led me to send him some sleep aids throughout his deployment and served as the inspiration for my new…

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Kids and Care Packages: How to Get Them Involved at Any Age!

Kids And Care Packages

Posted on Apr 5th, 2017

Military kids are some of the most flexible and resilient people around and frankly they deserve way more appreciation than they get. Thanks to April being the Month of the Military Child, they'll get a little extra love here on Countdowns and Cupcakes over the next few weeks, including today's…

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North Carolina Care Package

The Story Behind Care Packages

Posted on Mar 15th, 2017

Someone recently asked me what happens to all of the decorated care packages I send to my husband when he's deployed. When I explained that A destroys the boxes before returning home, their face fell a little bit. "Well that must make you feel bad, right? I mean what's the point if he's just…

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Care Package Decor: Where To Find It & How to Save Money

Posted on Mar 8th, 2017

It's no secret that I love decorating care packages. But what I don't love is hitting up multiple stores and spending a bunch of money in order to get the look I want. Over the course of a few deployments (and some serious trial and error), I've gathered a few go-to places for affordable care…

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Easter Care Package

Easter Care Package

Posted on Mar 6th, 2017

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,…

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North Carolina Care Package

North Carolina Care Package

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2017

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…

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Kiss Kit

SWAK: Kiss Kit Hits The Shelves

Posted on Feb 20th, 2017

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…

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Space Saving Care Packages

Posted on Feb 15th, 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.…

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Valentine's Day Care Package

Valentine’s Day Care Package

Posted on Feb 8th, 2017

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…

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Toiletry Care Package

Toiletry Care Package Spotlight

Posted on Feb 6th, 2017

Raise your hand if this situation sounds familiar to you at all: about a week before deployment, you ask your spouse what items they still need to purchase. "Nothing," they say.  And then a few weeks later, you get a phone call/email/text asking for…

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St. Patrick's Day Care Package

St. Patrick’s Day Care Package

Posted on Jan 30th, 2017

Happy last Monday of January, everyone! I'm so excited to end the month on a high note by sharing my St. Patrick's Day care package with you! I am so pleased with how it came out and know that anyone would feel lucky to open this box. St. Patrick's Day is a great holiday to design a care…

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Care Package Food

Care Package Food: What to Include & What to Avoid

Posted on Jan 25th, 2017

When my husband is deployed, I have two separate lists every time I go to the store. One is my regular grocery list and then the second is my care package grocery list. More often than not, I'm searching for just the right care package food to send in my next box. But since not all food is created…

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Orange you glad care package

Orange You Glad Care Package

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2017

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Despite the yucky weather, I had a great few days off because I finished and sent the (hopefully) last care package of this deployment! Can I get a woot woot?! There really is something satisfying about taping that last box shut and temporarily retiring from the…

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Resolution Care Package

Resolution Care Package

Posted on Jan 18th, 2017

How are you doing on your resolutions for 2017? If you're anything like me, you're trying your very best, but habits are hard to change. And if it's hard for us, imagine how hard resolutions are to keep while you're deployed! Between crazy schedules and being in foreign countries, the odds are…

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Mini Care Package

Mini Care Package

Posted on Jan 11th, 2017

Mark this deployment down in history as the deployment where I discovered small flat rate boxes! What they lack in space, they make up in convenience and cost. They're the perfect way to send a little cheer in between larger boxes. This mini care package will certainly not be the last one I…

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Twelve Anytime Care Package Ideas

Posted on Jan 9th, 2017

I have a pretty large confession to share with y'all today. Are you ready? I am a care package idea hoarder. It doesn't matter if A is home, deployed or somewhere in between; I am constantly saving care package ideas. Now while this wreaks havoc on my Pinterest account, it actually works in your…

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Happy birthday care package

Birthday Care Package (And Link-Up)

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2017

Happy 2017, everyone! I hope you all had a great start to the new year and are ready to make it your best one yet. I'm still traveling today, but didn't want to wait to share my birthday care package backstory (or this month's military spouse link-up) with you. The first special occasion A and…

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Going Nuts Without You Care Package

Posted on Dec 27th, 2016

I've previously shared that the definition of true love is giving up nut snacks because your wife is horribly allergic. To make his nut-free time up to my husband, I send as many "forbidden" snacks as possible when he's away. During his last deployment, I went the extra mile and sent a care package…

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New Years Eve Care Package

New Years Eve Care Package

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2016

I'm jumping the gun a bit here, but I am so incredibly ready for it to be 2017! There are a lot of reasons for my anticipation, but the biggest one is definitely A coming home. I know, you're completely unsurprised by that revelation.  Even though I'm excited about 2017, I'm a little less excited…

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I oFISHally Miss You Care Package

Posted on Dec 19th, 2016

Let me tell you about the time I caught the world's largest fish. It was the second time A and I went fishing together and, after an epic battle, I pulled a massive catfish out of the pond. Ok so perhaps it wasn't the exactly the world's largest fish, but it was pretty stinking big!  I earned…

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Christmas Care Package

Christmas Care Package

Posted on Dec 14th, 2016

You know what's hard? Packing Christmas into a box. There are so many little details that make the holiday special that it's a challenge to convert them into a care package. While I couldn't exactly pack eight lords a'leaping in a flat rate box, I do think my Christmas care package had at least 12…

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Valentine's Day Care Package

Valentine’s Day Care Package

Posted on Dec 12th, 2016

I got into the care package game very early on in my relationship with A. We'd only been together a few months when he left for a three-month long training school. I sent my first care package not long afterwards, but when Valentine's Day rolled around, I wanted to up my game. My Valentine's Day…

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Fall Care Package

Posted on Nov 21st, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was filled with lots of crafting in preparation for my store launch next week. So on Sunday evening, when I was a bit care packaged out, I was very happy that I'd already sent A his fall care package (and not just because I love how it turned…

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Anniversary Care Package

Anniversary Care Package

Posted on Nov 17th, 2016

Monday was our two year wedding anniversary and A and I had to celebrate it apart. Bummer, I know. But every deployment cloud has a silver lining and right now, this anniversary care package is mine! I have never sent a small box like this before so I was excited for the challenge of decorating…

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Mini Halloween Care Package

Mini Halloween Care Package

Posted on Oct 14th, 2016

Dear readers, by the time you read this, my little family will be deep in the woods in the midst of a three-day camping trip. I enjoyed my first camping experience, but it's kind of different when you're only 15 minutes from home. We're going to be hours from home this time, but I think I can…

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