Care Packages

Deployments are certainly not constant parties by any stretch of the imagination, but even in the toughest environments, service members still manage to find ways to have fun, especially with a little help from fun care packages!

Fun Care Packages

Posted on Jul 1st, 2020

One of the biggest preconceived notions about military life is that service members never have any fun while deployed. After going through four deployments with my husband, I can definitely tell you that idea is a GIANT misconception! Deployments are certainly not constant parties by any stretch of…

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Having a loved one miss a big moment due to deployment is a harsh reality for military families. But thanks to gender reveal care packages, they can be part of this one! Get ideas here.

Gender Reveal Care Packages

Posted on Jun 11th, 2020

Military deployments often mean a loved one missing key moments at home. Not having your loved one present for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions can really make an otherwise joyous moment a little less fun. This is especially true when military families are getting ready to…

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Getting little ones involved in care packages ups the fun big time! This is especially true for a Father's Day care package; get some fun craft ideas here!

Father’s Day Care Package Crafts

Posted on Apr 25th, 2020

Whether they're nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors or your own children, kids can add so much fun and creativity to a care package. Getting them involved in everything from picking out contents and writing notes to decorating the box and taping it shut is a great way to help them feel connected to…

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Deployments on a submarine are very unique and so are their care packages! Get must-read care package tips from a submarine wife to help with your next box.

Care Package Tips from a Submariner Wife

Posted on Apr 8th, 2020

Deployments are unique beasts, aren't they? Even if you've been through four of them, that fifth one will come along and be completely different, forcing you to adapt and learn new skills and lessons. Each deployment truly is different.This is just as true when comparing deployments between…

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Mother's Day care packages are the perfect way to show mom how much she's loved and appreciated this year! Get tips and ideas here!

Mother’s Day Care Packages

Posted on Mar 26th, 2020

Whenever a parent is deployed, it is hard on everyone involved. That heartache can be exceptionally pronounced on days meant to celebrate together, like Mother's Day! That's why Mother's Day care packages are so important: they remind mom that she's loved and appreciated even when she's far away.…

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Thanks to a little creativity and quite a few online resources, the world of putting together care packages has opened up so much, even when you're stuck at home.

How to send a care package entirely from home

Posted on Mar 17th, 2020

There are times when connecting with loved ones takes on an almost priceless value and more often than not, it's when you can't be there physically. Maybe it's a long-distance relationship or a military deployment or illness or a global pandemic that requires isolation. No matter the reason, the…

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When you involve others in care packages, a sense of community begins to grow. You're not alone. Get tips for sending care packages as a group here!

Sending care packages as a group: tips and tricks for making it easy!

Posted on Feb 18th, 2020

Deployment can be a very isolating experience for a lot of people. A significant member of the family is absent, survival mode has kicked in and there isn't always the time or energy needed for being part of a larger community. Living in a primarily civilian environment or far from a military…

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During deployment, care packages are just as important to female service members as to their male counterparts. Get ideas for them here!

Care Packages for Female Service Members

Posted on Feb 12th, 2020

When many folks think about deployed service members, they usually come up with an image of a male. While men definitely make up the majority of service members, it's important not to forget that women deploy as well! During deployment, care packages are just as important to female service members…

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From the sassy puns to the festive designs, a St. Patrick's care package shamrocks my world! Decorating one can be really easy: get ideas here!

St. Patrick’s Care Package Themes

Posted on Feb 6th, 2020

What's your favorite part of St. Patrick's Day? Is it the beer, the food, the general shenanigans? If you're like me, it's definitely something else entirely: care packages! From the sassy puns to the festive designs to the fun contents, a St. Patrick's care package shamrocks my world! Decorating a…

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Winter care packages get the short end of the stick because everyone focuses on big holidays in the winter. Get ideas for your next chilly box here!

Winter Care Packages

Posted on Dec 13th, 2019

Are you a winter weather fan? I'll admit that I'm probably not. It seems all fine and dandy when you're inside in your wiener dog jammies, but when it's time to head outside to go grocery shopping, that's where the fun ends. But when it comes to winter care packages, I am 100% a fan! I think winter…

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Cookie Monster had it right when he said "me want cookies!" so why not send cookie-themed care packages when your loved one is away from home? Ideas here!

Cookie-Themed Care Packages

Posted on Dec 5th, 2019

Cookie Monster definitely knew what he was talking about when he said "me want cookie" and I think most of us feel the same way! Chocolate chip, gingersnap, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin...there's literally a cookie out there for every taste. Whether it's at the holidays or just because, a freshly…

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Just like there's a genre of music for every listener, there are music-themed care packages for every recipient! Get ideas here!

Music-Themed Care Packages

Posted on Nov 20th, 2019

Music is kind of the universal crowd-pleaser, isn't it? You may not like the same genre, but you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't like music at all. It makes sense of course: there's something for everyone and every situation. Maybe that's why music is such a deployment staple, for…

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Dress blues or not, your Marine has your heart! Sending a Marine care package is a great way to show them your love! Get ideas here.

Care Packages Your Marine Will Love

Posted on Nov 14th, 2019

What do the Marines call the Navy? Uber.If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that joke as a Navy wife, I'd have a lot of nickels. As much as they like to tease each other, each branch has a ton of respect for the other and pride in their respective branches. In fact, Marines may have the…

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Santa may be making his list and checking it twice, but with these tips, your holiday care package won't be on your to-do list very long!

Holiday Care Package Tips

Posted on Nov 4th, 2019

It's the most wonderful time of year...for care packages! Call me crazy, but holiday care packages are my favorite to put together, even though having a loved one gone for the season really dampens the holiday cheer. The busyness of the season can definitely make adding one more thing to your plate…

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Do you have a coffee fan in your life? Then you need to pin this post all about coffee care packages! Get theme and content ideas right here.

Coffee Care Packages Perfect for the Caffeine Fan

Posted on Nov 1st, 2019

I married a coffee lover. Flavored, black, iced, hot, seasonal, regular, first thing in the morning, middle of the day...my husband has never met a cup of coffee he doesn't love. He swears he has the best method of making coffee, the Best Coffee Maker, the best beans or granules, the best…

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Consider sending a Navy care package to your sailor to help them celebrate their branch! Get ideas here!

Navy Care Package Ideas Perfect for Your Sailor

Posted on Oct 16th, 2019

Fun fact: my husband knows every single word of "Anchors Aweigh" and can sing it upon request. Even more fun fact: so do I! One thing you quickly learn when you become involved in the military lifestyle is that there's a lot of branch pride and that it oftentimes extends to the family of the…

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Thanksgiving care packages won't take the place of a home-cooked dinner, but you can send the elements of the holiday in a fun way, if you get creative. Get ideas here!

Thanksgiving Care Packages

Posted on Oct 10th, 2019

My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving: I love gathering with loved ones, reflecting on all that I'm grateful for and indulging in all the delicious food! But at the same time, it's also my least favorite holiday because it's so hard to put together Thanksgiving care packages!  I…

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If you are willing to be a little punny and very creative, you can send your loved one a unique care package they definitely won't expect!

Boozy Care Packages That Are Deployment-Friendly

Posted on Oct 4th, 2019

If you've been a reader here for any length of time, then you know two things: I have equal passion for care packages and rule following and I cannot for the life of me resist a good pun. So while I will never ever as long as I live endorse sending alcohol in care packages (hint: it's illegal), I…

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Consider sending an Air Force care package to your airman to help them celebrate their branch! Get ideas here!

Air Force Care Package Ideas Perfect for Your Service Member

Posted on Sep 21st, 2019

"Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun..." How many of y'all could finish out this song? I'll bet just about every single person who's served in the Air Force is still singing! One thing you quickly learn when you become involved in the military lifestyle is that…

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Handmade Items for Your Care Package

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2019

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. Do you remember when you were a little kid and you came home from school almost every single day with a backpack stuffed full of…

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If you're celebrating an anniversary while your loved one is away from home, consider sending one of these traditional anniversary gifts perfect for a care package!

Traditional Anniversary Gifts for Care Packages

Posted on Aug 16th, 2019

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. How do you celebrate your anniversary? A date night? A weekend getaway? Maybe an extra long dinner? If you're a military couple, odds are…

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There are a few care package tips that are the best of the best and those are the ones that only the pros know! Get them here!

Care Package Tips Only The Pros Know

Posted on Aug 4th, 2019

Over the years, I have written a lot of posts filled with care package tips and tricks; everything from putting sports care packages together to how to best pack your box and what items can't be shipped have appeared on this blog. All of that content is wonderful, but there are a few care package…

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If you're short on time, you can't beat care package shopping via Amazon Prime. Get everything from decorating supplies to care package staples in just days!

15 Amazon Prime Products You Need for Your Care Package

Posted on Jul 28th, 2019

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.  Between this most recent PCS and a lot of care packages, Amazon Prime and I are basically BFFs at this point in my military spouse…

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No matter how many beautiful care package ideas you have pinned, you may not have time for more than a quick care package and that's ok! Get ideas here!

5 Quick Care Package Themes for When You’re Short on Time

Posted on Jul 28th, 2019

Updated 1/22/20Let's be honest, sometimes a Pinterest-perfect care package just isn't in the cards for you during deployment. Maybe you don't have the time, energy or resources or maybe you just aren't feeling terribly creative. If you take just one thing away from this post, I hope it's this: it's…

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A baseball care package is the perfect way to send your loved one a little piece of home while they're overseas. Get ideas for your game in a box here!

Take me out to the ballgame: Baseball Care Package

Posted on Jul 19th, 2019

I am not a longtime fan of baseball. In fact, for the longest time, I was decidedly NOT a fan of America's pastime, finding it a bit boring compared to my first sport loves: basketball and hockey. But then I went to a few games with my baseball-loving husband and began to come around. Granted,…

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The problem with most summer treats is that they aren't terribly care package-friendly. Fruit spoils. Chocolate and ice cream melt. Frosty alcoholic beverages are a no-go. You just can't send your loved one any summer treats when they're deployed. Or can you?

Summer Treats In Care Packages

Posted on Jul 11th, 2019

True story: I have eaten an embarrassingly large amount of ice cream in the past two weeks. There's a fantastic ice cream shop within walking distance of our new apartment and I'm a frequent visitor. But can you really blame me? It's the perfect summer treat, especially when it's so hot outside!…

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Travel-themed care packages give your loved on a little escape from their current (and likely not so pleasant) reality. Get ideas for your next box here!

Travel-Themed Care Packages

Posted on Jun 26th, 2019

I'm not sure how it happened, but right around age 25, the travel bug bit me and bit me hard. Don't get me wrong, I'd had "travel" on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, but didn't really do anything about it until I met my husband. Suddenly I had someone in my life who enjoyed exploring…

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If your loved one is an outdoor fanatic, then you need to start brainstorming ideas for outdoor-themed care packages! Luckily there are as many different themes as there are outdoor activities to enjoy. Get ideas here.

Outdoor-Themed Care Packages

Posted on Jun 21st, 2019

True story: when I first met my husband, I was definitely not what you would consider "outdoorsy." Ordinarily, that wouldn't have been a big deal, but he's 100% what you'd consider "outdoorsy". Fishing, hiking, camping, boating...you name it, he loves it and is working on getting me on board with…

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Each branch of the military is so unique! Celebrate that with a branch-themed care package. Get ideas for an Army care package here!

How to send an Army-themed care package

Posted on Jun 13th, 2019

Understanding a branch in the military is kind of like learning a new language: all the acronyms, job-specific lingo and ranks can be really confusing at first. But you'll get them down eventually. And then your loved one heads to a joint command and you have to start all over again. Why you…

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There's really no shortage of ideas for patriotic care packages, probably because care packages and the military go hand-in-hand. Whether you're into fun puns or sentimental sayings, there's truly a design to brighten every service member's day.

Perfect Patriotic Care Packages

Posted on May 15th, 2019

I think there's some sort of magic that takes place when you become a part of the military lifestyle: suddenly you become acutely aware of every single patriotic item in stores. I can't eat M&M's, but you can bet I notice when the 4th of July bags make their appearance on shelves. I may not…

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Make shopping for your next care package easy as 1...2...3 with these tips!

How To Shop For A Care Package

Posted on Mar 25th, 2019

During deployment, there's a lot on your plate. Taking care of everything at home can be exhausting and sometimes extras seem like more trouble than they're worth. Unfortunately, care packages sometimes fall squarely in this "extra" category, but they don't need to take a lot of time.Luckily, I've…

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Next time you're getting to ready to fill a care package, get out of the big box stores and shop military-owned companies! 

Military-Affiliated Care Package Contents

Posted on Mar 21st, 2019

It can be hard to come up with new and exciting things to put in a care package. After all, there are only so many snack foods out there and one person only needs but so many photos of the dog. So yes, the contents may be limited, but they don't have to be the same all the time. One of the best…

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Even if spring hasn't sprung where you are, you can still send some to your loved one! Get ideas for a spring care package here!

Spring Care Package Themes

Posted on Mar 11th, 2019

Can you feel that? Warmer temperatures, longer days, chirping birds...spring is springing as we speak! Well, it may not be springing as much as it is slowly slowly slowly coming to the surface. But that still means that I'm all about the spring care package!I've shared some spring care package…

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The best way to celebrate a birthday is to be with the ones you love, but you can send pieces of home in a birthday care package that will help your loved one feel special.

Celebrating Birthdays During Deployment

Posted on Mar 7th, 2019

I've always been a big fan of birthdays: they're like your own personal holiday. It's the one day of the year where the world CAN revolve around you and celebrations are highly encouraged. Of course, if your loved one is deployed, they can't necessarily celebrate 50 Cent-style (no sippin bub in the…

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Care package crafts made by hand are a great addition to your box and are valuable keepsakes that will mean so much to your loved one.

Care Package Crafts

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2019

What makes a care package special may surprise you: it's not the snacks or the magazines. It's the smaller, more personal items that do the trick: the photos of a favorite vacation, the hand-written encouraging note, the drawing from a little one. They make the service member feel closer to home…

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It's easy to feel disconnected from your loved one during deployment. But here are some unique ways to say "I love you" even while apart!

Saying “I Love You” During Deployment

Posted on Feb 15th, 2019

Updated: 1/14/20One of the hardest parts of deployment is feeling connected to loved ones, whether you're the service member overseas or the one holding down the home front. The poor phone or Internet service, the time difference and the mismatched schedules can make communicating difficult and…

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Your loved one will feel extra lucky getting a St. Patrick's Day care package with these must-haves!

Three Things Your St. Patrick’s Day Care Package Must Have

Posted on Jan 31st, 2019

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? It's not really a holiday I spend a ton of time on, but you can bet that I've sent a St. Patrick's Day care package or two to my super Irish husband while he was deployed. Over the years, I've grown to love the holiday for it's wonderful care package potential,…

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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 your life could benefit from one!

5 Groups Who Need Care Packages (Beyond The Military)

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2019

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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If sending healthy care package contents seems like more trouble than it's worth, check out this post for lots of suggestions.

Healthy Care Package Contents

Posted on Jan 18th, 2019

You know what derails a deployment fitness plan faster than me hitting the snooze button on a Monday? A care package full of junk food. But sending healthy care package contents can seem like more trouble than it's worth: your items have to be shelf stable, easily shipped and fit within a budget.…

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Between the popularity of working out while deployed and the military’s fitness requirements, fitness care packages could easily be part of every deployment. Get ideas here.

Fitness Care Packages Perfect for Deployment

Posted on Jan 17th, 2019

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 husband is deployed, he goes all out with a workout routine and his co-workers are often right there with him. Between the popularity of working out while…

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Donut forget that I love you. A donut care package is a fun and sweet way to tell someone you care.

Donut Care Package

Posted on Jan 10th, 2019

I know that there are only supposed to be five love languages, but in my world, there is definitely a sixth. Donuts. It's 100% donuts. I truly love them all: sprinkled, frosted, glazed, even jelly-filled. So it only seems natural that I would eventually come up with a donut care package design! A…

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If your loved one stole a pizza your heart, send them a pizza care package!

Pizza Care Package

Posted on Jan 7th, 2019

What's your favorite kind of pizza? Deep dish? Thin crust? Packed with toppings? Just plain cheese? Or, like me, just about any pizza? There's something about that particular food that always hits the spot and I know I'm not the only one. A pizza care package would be the perfect way to give you…

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Don't let Valentine's Day sneak up on you! These Valentine's care package theme ideas will help get you started.

5 Valentine’s Care Package Themes They’ll Love

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2019

Valentine's Day is a sneaky holiday for care packages, isn't it? It comes seemingly right on the heels of all the Christmas/New Years festivities and catches you totally off guard. Suddenly, every shelf is all pink and heart-filled when you SWEAR it was just red and green the day before. But don't…

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If your loved one's access to mail is spotty or nonexistent, an electronic care package can be the perfect solution! Get ideas and tips here.

Care Package Tip: Try Sending An Electronic Care Package

Posted on Nov 27th, 2018

I love a creative care package more than just about anyone. Decorating a box, filling it with fun and unique contents and anxiously awaiting its arrival are some of the few bright spots during a deployment. But sometimes the most creative ideas come when you think outside the flat rate box. Rather…

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Small flat rate boxes are great options for deployment care packages: helping you to save time and money. Next time you're getting ready to send your loved one a care package, consider sending a mini one!

5 Reasons You Should Send Mini Care Packages

Posted on Nov 20th, 2018

A few deployments ago, I made a pretty significant discovery: small flat rate boxes. I was in search of a way to send just a few small items to my husband in between my large care packages. While at the post office, I found the small flat rate box and just like that, the entire care package world…

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

Group Care Packages: Tips and Ideas

Posted on Aug 29th, 2018

Updated: 3/10/20We've all experienced those hard deployment days here on the home front, but sometimes we forget that those away from home go through them too! Whether it's brutal weather, rough schedules, missing home or missions not going as planned, morale can be a very fragile thing, especially…

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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, even if…

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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

Updated: 1/17/20About three months into dating my husband, 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 a…

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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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Who's egg-cited about spring care packages? Your loved one sure will be, especially if you send these 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 package…

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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 at…

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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 to…

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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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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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