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Spring Fever Parcel

I’m currently experiencing a major case of Spring Fever. I want change, I want to be outside, I want to ride my bike, and color pictures on the sidewalk. I want to wear flipflops, and start my tan. I want to be 13, hanging out at the base pool with my friends. The weather has just not been cooperating with me, though, so I’m using this as inspiration for a package.

Contents clockwise from top left:

  • Dinosaur Evolution T-shirt to celebrate the return of short sleeves. I’ve ordered from this Etsy shop before, and been impressed with their quality.
  • Sidewalk Chalk encourages a return to childhood!
  • The Outsiders…or really any good book to read while laying on the grass.
  • A pair of flipflops, because nothing says spring like a new pair of Old Navy classics.
  • Sunscreen to protect winter white skin.
  • And a hat, since the inspiration for this series came from my sister and her boyfriend, and I think J’s head might fall off if he didn’t wear a hat. Go Navy!
  • And what’s a care package without a treat? Pixy Stix are one of my favorites. They don’t melt, and you feel like a kid eating them. What could be better?

Feature Series Announcement: Parcel Planning

My little sister, L’s boyfriend, J, is joining the Navy next week, signing up for a six year stint. She has asked for a series of care package ideas for him, as I am an experience care package sender.

There are a host of circumstances to take under consideration when assembling a care package. Distance, weather, and dietary restrictions all factor into the decisions of what kinds of food stuffs to include (a necessary care package ingredient in my book). Interests play a part, of course, but frequently the biggest concern is space. Not in the package itself, usually, as I’ve found that a medium sized flat rate box from the USPS holds a bounty of goodies, but in the recipient’s life. We tend to send care packages to college students, missionaries, and of course, members of the military. These people usually have small living spaces and move often, which means that too much “stuff” gets in the way. As an illustration, my Mom loves elephants, in all forms. We frequently buy her elephant cookie jars, etc as gifts. Were Mom a student, instead of an elephant cookie jar, I might buy her a t-shirt with an elephant on it. Or an elephant shaped flash drive. Elephant shaped sugar cookies. Something fun, and a little bit frivolous, yes, but still useful. With these thoughts in mind, I will assemble virtual care packages based on a loose theme.

The first Parcel Planning post will go up shortly.

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