Saturday, July 6, 2013

4th of July - Care Packages

I created the below post for my guest post on Mal Smiles! I just wanted to re-post it on my blog for anyone who needs a little bit of care package inspiration. :) I am sure most of you have already seen this!


Hi! I am Stephanie and I am a brand new blogger over at Living in the Moment! I am so excited to be a guest blogger for Mal. She was one of the first blogs that I really started to follow and I always enjoy reading about her day to day life. Mal and I have a few things in common. We both have men in the Army, we are both are fitness enthusiast, and we will both be moving to Colorado in the fall. I have really enjoyed getting to know her better and I can't wait to meet her in person!

On my blog you will find a variety of lifestyle topics, everything from health, fitness, family, and deployment. But one of my favorite things that I like to blog about are care packages. My soldier is currently deployed and I have really enjoyed making him themed care packages. I normally like to think outside of the box when it comes to the theme and not go with the traditional themes.

But, this time around I wanted to send 3 boxes, 1 for Joe and 2 for the soldiers that work in his office. I don't really  know much about his soldiers and I have only met them once.  So, I decided that it was safe/best to just stick with good old 4th of July themed boxes.

For these boxes I used the medium flat rate boxes, I normally use the large ones because they are less than $15 to ship and "if it fits, it ships". I prefer to used these flat rate boxes because they are free, they ship quickly (this batch took about a week), and they are easy to get. To decorate the boxes I always go to Michael or any other craft store and get scrapbook paper and stickers. As a rule of thumb I like to get 5 pages of paper per box, this will cover the entire inside of the box.

For these boxes, I filled them with a lot of snacks and fun little things to keep them entertained. I have found that the following snacks ship really well:

  • Sun Flower Seeds, Beef Jerky, Pop Corn, Individual packed snacks (I send individual packed snacks because they are easy to pack and great for him to take on a mission or to work), Gum, Hard Candy (It is getting too hot to send Chocolate, but I have sent it in the cooler months and it has arrived fine), Drink Mix (Mio or Propel Single serve) 

The guys received their packages a day before the 4th and were thrilled to get them. Below you will find links to some of my other care packages that I have blogged about. Each one is filled with different ideas and tips. 

Zombie Theme / Honey I Shrunk the Care Package / Travel Theme / Syracuse Theme
Thanks Mal for letting me guest post and for being such a great Smile Sister. I have learned many things about blogging from you and am excited for what's ahead. I hope you will all stop by my blog and say hello! 

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  1. I wanted to say hi, I saw your post over on Mal Smiles. My husband and I are also moving to Colorado! I'm excited to start reading your blog and getting to know you more.

    1. Thanks for following! I feel like everyone is moving to Colorado Springs at the same time!! Hopefully we can chat some more and meet up for coffee sometime :)


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