Today was the March event for Bloggers Giving Back. The event was held at Great Over Good in Santa Ana. Naadine is awesome for hosting us again! 🙂 Today’s event was all about putting together care packages and sending them to service members overseas using AnySoldier.com. We also had pizza and wine. As usual, the decor was super cute. I met some new bloggers and actually decorated a box before sending it. The decorating was pretty easy but I’m not artistic at all so I always think it’s going to end up looking horrible. Thank you Melyssa, Naadine, Jess, and Megan for planning and hosting this awesome event!
My box consisted of 3 packages of chicken flavored ramen noodles, 2 boxes of Thin Mints, 2 mason jars filled with peeps and jelly beans, 6 Easter eggs filled with crunchy chocolate eggs, 2 journals, 3 dvds, a ziploc bag filled with packets of instant coffee, a handful of candy, and a three page letter (I once wrote a Gunny about how I got pulled over for avoiding a pothole and he loved it – I think he’s still laughing about it). Since the big bro was a marine, naturally I chose a marine. I took forever scanning the names and decided on a Sgt Major. I mean how many people can say I sent a care package to a Sgt Major?! Well maybe quite a few but I still thought it was pretty neat. He’s actually in the same battalion the big bro was in so that was a plus. Because his name sounded somewhat familiar, I googled it. Does that make me a stalker? Don’t answer that. He looks like a total badass and what people would see when they think “marine.” And as usual, I took a bazillion pictures. Here we go! 🙂
**EDIT: You might see some slight variations of the pictures in this post. Kara left me a comment about opsec so I proudly told this to my friend who happens to be in the army. He trolled my blog and told me I missed a few pictures. Thanks Tony 🙂 Always glad I can count on you for that lol
The white cloud like thingy is just photoshop. I wrote the persons name and rank on the letter so obviously for opsec reasons I’m not going to post it.
All the decorations for the care packages
Inside my box! I couldn’t decide to do a Easter theme or a snack theme so I did both.
Piled with even more stuff
The table I sat with
Melyssa of The Nectar Collective and her adorable dog Monja. Sweetest darn dog ever 🙂
The other table 🙂 Esther..I’m not sure what you’re doing! haha
Naadine standing on a chair to take pics of the care packages
My decorated box. I had a hard time deciding whether to decorate the flaps or not. All the other ladies were decorating like crazy so I decided to do it in the end. I picked a simple print because the box is going to a high ranking marine who happens to be male. I figured I’d keep it simple. Yes I know, simple really meant floral. This is why I don’t decorate! lol
A close up of the box. Again the white is the name on the letter.
Melyssa’s dog Monja. I swear everyone was snapping pictures left and right. I know Naadine has at least 5!
Me with the lovely Naadine. Our monthly photo! haha 🙂
The decorations on the wall
The candy corner 😀
Sweet Monja again! 🙂
All the beautiful decorated care packages ready for service members overseas.
Kettlecorn made by Naadine. It was delicious!
Fudge brownies made by Victoria of Poverty Luxe. They were delicious as well.
Delicious pizza. We had olives and mushrooms, pepperoni, and cheese.
Here are the links to the bloggers that attended today’s event. If I forgot you, please let me know. I didn’t do it on purpose, swear! 🙂
Melyssa of The Nectar Collective
Naadine of Great Over Good
Jess of Jess Loves This Life
Raewyn of Be a Warrior Queen (So awesome to see you again! I can’t remember how many times I asked you for scissors!)
Victoria of Poverty Luxe (The brownies you made were freakin fabulous!)
Esther of Esther & Jacob (Esther and I bonded over donuts! So nice to meet you Esther!)
Megan of The Artistic Brunette
Jasam of The Opulent Owl
Jes of Bleu Dress Jes
Kara of Ramblings of a Marine Wife (Kara is a Project Give sponsor!)
Nicole of Adventures of a Semper Fi Family (Nicole, it was nice to meet you! You’re so sweet!)
Katie of Going Coastal With The Plumes (It was nice to meet you Katie! Katie is also a Project Give sponsor)
Emily of Just The Stew Of Us
Victoria of Anchored by Faith
Well that’s all folks. I think this post might be longer than the OC Blogger Brunch one. Have a great weekend! Don’t do crazy over the earthquakes.