Deployment: 1 Care Package at a Time: Christmas Edition

Winter Care Package

Hey long lost friends!

Sorry I have been MIA for a while, life has gotten crazy (as it tends to do), but there is good news nonetheless! I got to go up to Maryland to see my family for Christmas AND my soldier FINALLY got his Christmas care package! It only took forever and a half to get there! Well…three weeks…but it seemed like forever!  I felt terrible that it didn’t get there till after Christmas, but he was still excited about it so I feel less bad about myself. (Lesson learned: If I ever have to send another Christmas care package, send it at Thanksgiving).

This package was filled with all sorts of Christmas themed goodies!

  • Reindeer Munchies & Snowman Soup <–Click to see the post
  • Christmas Tree Debbie Cakes
  • Candy Canes (lots of them)
  • A Christmas stocking filled with 2 bags of army men (parachutes included), red & green swirly straws, white & milk chocolate santas, Christmas themed word search, and Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark.
  • Box of 100 colorful Christmas Lights
  • 2 red stress balls (good to throw at friends)
  • His Christmas Present: A dog tag that says “Always & Forever” as well as my name at the bottom. I have a similar one that says “No Matter What” with his name on the bottom. Bought from AtEase Designs
  • A lovey dovey Christmas card
  • Santa Hat
  • Silver Garland

I decorated the box with some scrapbooking paper & letters. I wrote him a little letter on the right side, and I made a little felt door to cover a picture of me blowing him a kiss. Underneath it there’s an arrow and it says “Open for a Christmas kiss”, super cheesy, but he thought it was really cute!

So to close out this post, I’m going to leave y’all with some pictures from my trip to the land of the Mary! (Maryland).

maryland adventures

 

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Baffling Blankets

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Hey there!

So..I wrote this post last night, and my computer spazzed out and didn’t post it! How rude! So…here goes (again)

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge South Carolina Gamecock football fan! Unfortunately..Mr. James (my soldier) is a Clemson Tigers fan, meaning that we’re rivals. It definitely makes for an entertaining college football season! But when I started hearing about (and receiving pictures of) the snow that they are getting over where he’s deployed, I figured I would make him a blanket…innocent enough, right? When I went to pick a fabric..I somehow ended up looking at Clemson cotton prints? I don’t know how it happened, but I found a plaid Clemson Tigers fabric in my shopping cart along with a striped white minky. I’m not proud of it..but honestly..it’s incredibly soft and comfy, and I snuggled with it…I’m so ashamed! So here is how to make your own shameful baffling blanket..or hopefully yours will be less confusing.

  1. First, I laid the fabrics down on the floor, and realized that the minky was about 18 inches wider then the cotton print. My solution was to cut two 4.5 inch strips & add them to either the cotton print fabric.(FYI: when pinning them to sew, make sure you put the fabric right sides together, meaning the colorful print side together with the fuzzy side)Image
  2. Then once the two pieces of fabric were around the same size, I pinned 3 whole edges together, and 3/4 of the fourth edge. I made sure to leave a opening so the I would be able to pull the blanket right side out once I was done sewing the edges.(Again, make sure that when you pin it, you have the fabrics right sides together)Image
  3. Carefully pull the blanket right side out, and stitch the hole together. My mom told me to hand stitch it..but I absolutely hate hand sewing, so I folded the edges down and ran it through the machine!

There ya go! One blanket for the snuggly person in your life! I used 2.5 yards of each fabric since James is 6 feet tall (and I wanted his feet to be warm!) But you could easily make this in a smaller fashion with less fabric (and much less hassle). It would make a great baby blanket! Which I think will be my next project!

Assorted Awards

I have been such a slacker..I’m sure some of y’all have noticed. (At least I hope you have..) But I have some rewards to respond too! I’m going to make a page of them that will contain all the answers to the questions and my nominees! So this is just going to be a quick overview of what you should go check out on the awards page!!

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My 11 Nominees Are:

Miss Marzipan | Beautiful Objects |Fee’s Bites |The Life Of Lulu Belle

Love Knobby Knees | Choose Your Hard |Using All The Words I Know

| Engaged To The ArmyHomemade Delish | My MCM LIfe | The Renegade Seamstress

Just to be clear, they are nominated for BOTH the Liebster Award & Lovely Blog award 🙂

Here are the Rules for the Liebster Award:

Award rules:

1.Pingback to the person who nominated you.

2. Answer their questions.

3. Make up new questions.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

I answered my questions on my Awards page, but here are the 11 questions for the Nominees:

  1. What is your favorite color? Why?
  2. Have you ever been in love?
  3. If you could change 3 things about yourself, what would you change?
  4. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
  5. Do you have any pet peeves?
  6. What would you do for a Klondike Bar?
  7. Have you ever gone skinny dipping?
  8. Do you have any embarrassing pet names?
  9. What’s your favorite season?
  10. Are you a dog or cat person? Or neither?
  11. What’s the worst gift you’ve ever gotten?

Ok..now for the Lovely Blog award, you just have to post 7 things about yourself that aren’t on your about me page! (Mine are listed on my awards page)

Again..sorry for the crazyness of this post, I really wasn’t sure how to tackle these at the same time..it got a bit crazy up in here y’all…message me if you’re totally confused 🙂

Sunday Storytime: The Honest Truth

Hey guys!

So, pre-blog, I used to be obsessed with Tumblr! Which is a micro-blogging type website. It was kind of like a reflection of the war that was waging itself inside of me. I decided to go back and take a look at it a couple days ago, because I feel like I’ve come so far! I tend to hint towards what happened but I never come out and say it so..here goes…I was sexually assaulted during my freshman year of college. I didn’t tell anyone for about 6 months until I dropped out. This led to me now dealing with a lot of delayed issues which I’m told is PTSD. Looking back at the things I used to post, I realized how angry I was and how by keeping all that anger balled up inside of me that I was making myself my own victim. The people that had caused all that original hurt and self loathing had moved on..they probably were in relationships, getting married, having kids, getting promotions at work. And I was sitting at home…writing on a tumblr about how they had hurt me in the past.

LIGHT-BULB!! No..oh heck no! That’s when I totally turned my life around and decided to just enjoy the little things in life. I know I’m still a work in progress, and I still get angry now and again. But I’m able to look at things and smile…I even have a picture in my head of what my future looks like. I enjoy taking care of the kids that are around me and showering them with love and attention, just thinking about how I’m going to have some of my own some day. It’s an amazing and liberating feeling…just to be vulnerable and happy. Turning emotions that once haunted me and turning them into strengths. I’m vulnerable and that’s beautiful! I’m stubborn and insecure! But those are all things that I love about myself. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t have a doubt about myself…but all those fears and doubts, those are what make me realize I’m alive!

I just wanted to share my favorite page of my Wreck This Journal that I kept while I was going through the first bits of counseling. The concept is that you destroy the pages as you fill them up. It was a great way for me to get back into crafting. They’re nothing special, but they’re beautiful to me…

This page said to “Stand Here. (wipe your feet, jump up and down)” Sorry of the quality, I blurred it a bit just to cover the words themselves a bit more

The page says to“Stand Here. (wipe your feet, jump up and down)”

The page says to“Stand Here. (wipe your feet, jump up and down)”

How to be Alone in Funky Town

Hey ladies & gents!

I’m about to hit the hay and get some shut eye. I have work at some ungodly hour in the morning…seriously, I hate waking up at 6am! I’m so not a morning person, it doesn’t matter how early I go to bed (seriously I went to bed at 6pm once..that’s 12 hours of sleep). I’m just not a rise and shine type of gal! If I don’t have to wake up to an alarm and can wake up on my own it will probably be around 8 am (not too shabby) but I’ll be in a much more cheerful mood!

I don’t have anything super crafty tonight since I spent the evening serenading my boyfriend over skype to “Funky Town” …not as weird as it sounds. He’s switching work shifts so he’s changing sleep schedules. Meaning he has to really try to stay awake at weird times. I was trying to help him by singing and dancing during our skype date, but he just kept smiling at me with his head laying on his laptop until I decided to pull out my old ipod (I say old because I haven’t used it in about a year, especially now since I have an Iphone). Everything was good & normal and then out of the blue comes “Won’t you take me to funky town!” His face was priceless! I was blushing so much (literally my entire face was cherry red) and he was laughing so hard he was crying! He just kept saying, “Are you serious? OMG Jess, REALLY?!” I was so embarrassed but then I just decided to own it, so both of us were dancing and singing our way through Funky Town…I know…we’re weird but we love it that way.

I wanted to share a video with y’all that I’m totally stealing from The Village Pixie. She’s amazing, you should really go check her out! But the video is really quite inspiring. I’m a firm believer in alone time, no matter how much I love my boyfriend & friends, sometimes (the majority of the time) I really need some quiet alone time, just me and my cup of tea.

Sultry Snowflakes

First off, I want to express how horrified I am at the tragedy in Connecticut that occurred today. I didn’t know anybody there but it is truly terrifying to think that our children are not safe, even at school. It’s an unnerving feeling; however, I hate how much press this is getting! I literally can not get away from it on the TV and the radio. I make it a point in my life not to overwhelm myself with traumatic information. It’s not that I don’t care, because trust me, I care! I did my crying, and when my girls I nanny come over tonight, you know I’ll be holding them so tight! But I want to shelter them from it as well. They’re children, they don’t need to see or hear any of this! I’m studying to become a social worker, and people, especially children, can have mild cases of PTSD from seeing too much of a traumatic event. It’s scary! So tonight we refused to be attached to the tv, and instead drove to see Christmas lights! Happy thoughts for happy people! So, I encourage you to keep these families in your prayers, but be mindful of the influence the media has on our families’ mental beings.

This is the quote that brought me to tears:

“Eighteen children who will not have children, who will not have children, who will not have children. Thirty six parents who will not watch their child grow to adulthood, graduate, come home for the holidays, walk down the aisle. Seventy-two grandparents who will look across the generations and see less than they would have yesterday. Hundreds of accomplishments that will go unaccomplished. Inventions that will not be invented. Kindnesses that will not be committed. Ideas that will not be expressed. Romances that will never happen and kindnesses that will never be conveyed. How do you measure loss? Start here.”–Ted Anthony, AP

Now..the point of this post! I made snowflakes out of…dun dun dun….JUNK MAIL! (Y’all are all like..come again?) You heard me right! Advertisements that I will never ever use! I got the idea from Michele Made Me ; although hers are so much cooler! She’s so crafty and resourceful! I tried my hand at making mine into a gift bow…yeah…didn’t turn out as great as I wanted really…but I was half asleep and watching Frosty the Snowman, I was all hot chocolate(d) and snuggled up!

snowflakes

Snowman Soup & Reindeer Munchy Madness!

Oh..my..gosh…y’all! I survived finals week! I didn’t think I would do it but I did! But I have totally neglected to keep you guys in the loop for what has been going on! So here ya go..I studied…wrote an 11 page paper…studied…and made a care package! TA-DA!! I know, I know, I live a “crazy” life! I’m going to show you guys the finished product of the Christmas care package, but my soldier hasn’t gotten it quite yet, so in the mean time I’ll let you guys know the little crafty bits!

I made Snowman Soup & Reindeer Munchies! What do snowmen and reindeer eat, you ask? Well I’m about to show you!

Snowman SoupWe’ll start with the snowman soup. It’s actually kind of like a hot chocolate kit? It has:

  • A hot chocolate pack
  • A little baggy of marshmallows
  • 2 hershey’s kisses (a little holiday lovin & extra chocolaty goodness)
  • 2 mini candy canes (to stir with or snack on)

Then I just put them all in a little plastic gift bag & attached a gift tag with the snowman soup poem! I got the printable from Organized Christmas. The poem says:

“Was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.

So here’s a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!”

How cute is that?!!  Next was the Reindeer Munchies!! Which is also known as puppy chow to some! I got the recipe from Chex.

reindeer munchiesIngredients:

  • 9 cups rice Chex cereal (or any version of chex cereal)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar

How:

  • Measure out your Chex & put it in a BIG bowl!
  • Put your chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave for 1 minute, stir, and microwave for an additional 3o seconds (or until smooth)
  • Pour the melted chocolate peanut butter goodness onto your chex cereal (which is in your BIG bowl)
  • Stir gently until everything is nice and coated (it doesn’t seem like enough at first but it is I promise!)
  • Divide the chocolate covered chex into 2-1 gallon bags
  • Put half the powdered sugar in each bag & shake it! (Like a Polaroid picture!)

Then I filled little ziploc snack bags with as much as I could fit, and then I attached labels to the tops with my stapler. I got the idea for the labels from Catie <–Click this link.    But I just made them in word by downloading the “Christmas Eve” font off of fontspace.com, then I inserted some snowflake clip art as the background and typed what I wanted it to say! I actually figured out how to make a printable (I think) so you guys can download the labels!! (Insert applause!) But anywho…click this link to download the labels–> Reindeer Munchies Bag Labels

The rest of the care package is on it’s way!! So stay tuned!