Wendy Poling
Frequent Contributor

"Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love." -- William Shakespeare ("Hamlet")

It's time to think of your Valentine's Day love drop and there is no time to spare!! You'll need to get them in the mail pronto! Mail can sometimes take three weeks and longer to get to ships/units overseas and delivered to your loved one.

Here are some ideas to get you started on your Valentine's Care Package:

Think Budget: Decide how much you have to spend on this care package. I know this isn't the fun and creative part, but by doing this you are sure not to put a ding in your family budget. A well-intentioned $25 care package can easily end up being $100 if you are not careful. Also depending on what you are sending, consider picking up a flat rate shipping box from your post office.

Once you have your budgeted amount and box, this is where the fun begins!

Think Simpl-y RED:

Include red/pink/white M&Ms, Red Hots, Red Twizzlers, Red Fireballs, Red Swedish Fish, Cherry Pop Tarts, Spicy Beef Jerky, Doritos (you get the idea), and make sure you add their favorite treat even if it's not red.

Get Creative:

- Modify a deck of cards with "52 Reasons Why I Love You".
- Bake heart shaped sugar cookies with pink frosting on top (Packing note: Be sure to back these in a tin to ensure they don't arrive as crumbs).
- Make chocolate dipped heart pretzels covered with sprinkles.

Boudoir Photos:

Here is my advice on sending photos of yourself, be prepared for whatever type of photo you send to be seen by EVERYONE in your husband's section / unit. No matter how convincing your husband is when he tells you he will keep your photos "secure", be prepared for them to make it "out in the open". So, leave a little (or a lot) to the imagination.

The Love Note:

Include either a store bought or home made card with a meaningful quote.
For example: "There is no remedy for love but to love more." - Henry David Thoreau

So have fun this week creating your care package full of love from home.

Additional Resources:

Valentine's Day Cards and Quotes - MarthaStewart.com
Additional Care Package ideas - Pinterest.com